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Congratulations PBCFR Golden Palm Winners
Captain Albert Borroto. Posted on November 21st , 2014

Congratulations to Angela Brown and Wendi Mason on winning their Golden Palm awards. Both received their awards at the annual ceremony held in November. If you see them in the hallways around HQ be sure to congratulate them.

Regional Training Center Welcomes Special Visitor
Division Chief James Schaffner. Posted on November 17th , 2014

Eddie Rodriguez (a CVA survivor)stopped by the WPE on Friday 11-14-14. Eddie was treated by personnel from the City of Miami Fire Rescue Department and has since made a full recovery. Eddie has made a mission of stopping to thank firefighters around the country for their work. He recently saw our tower when he was traveling on the turnpike and wanted to stop by to say thanks. It was a very heartfelt moment and was appreciated by all of us. Don't be surprised to see him again at your station, as he is committed to saying "Thank You" to as many firefighters as possible.

Crews Battle Early Morning Apartment Fire in Battalion 5
Captain Albert Borroto. Posted on November 12th , 2014

At 4am crews from Palm Beach County Battalion 5 responded to reports of a fire on the 5600 block of Wellesley Park Rd. Callers stated they could see flames from the 3rd floor balcony of a building. First arriving crews reported flames and smoke from the 3rd floor of a 3 story apt building. An aggressive fire attack kept the damage to a minimum with a total of seven apartments evacuated and several suffering fire damage.

Great job by all fire crews on this fire!

Third USAR Rope Rescue Operations Class Graduates from Regional Trainig Center
Captain Brad Havrilla. Posted on November 12th , 2014

Congratulations to the third USAR Rope Rescue Operations class delivered by the Training and Safety Division. Members completed 40 hrs of NFPA 1670 curriculum which included three written quizzes, a knot tying skill station and a final exam. Students spent long days raising, lowering, rappelling, and setting up rope rescue systems and dodged the rain. More Operations and Technician classes to follow after the New Year.

Battalion 3 Crews Battle Structure Fire
District Chief Doug McGlynn/District Chief Jason Wasielewski. Posted on November 12th , 2014

Palm Beach County Fire Rescue 'B' Shift, 3rd Battalion arrived to find heavy flames showing from the alpha and delta sides of a residential structure with exposures threatened. Initial attack lines were stretched to a fully involved kitchen through an open carport entry while additional lines protected the interior through the front door. A large body of fire threatened the next door house from multiple windows on side Delta. The early establishment of Command from DC10 and the quick and aggressive actions of stations 23 & 33 working together is what quickly brought this fire under control. Great job to all B shift Crews!

Reserve Battalion at Veterans Day Parade
Lieutenant Caleb Heinl. Posted on November 12th , 2014

Palm Beach County Fire Rescue Reserve Battalion participated in the City of West Palm Beach Veterans Day Parade this past weekend. Here they can be seen on the parade route proudly representing the Battalion. Pictured from left to right are Lieutenant Caleb Heinl, Firefighter Brandon Read, Captain John Haney and Firefighter Ray Vazquez Jr (following in his father's footsteps)

Second USAR Rope Rescue Operations Class Graduates from Regional Training Center
Captain Brad Havrilla. Posted on November 3rd , 2014

Congratulations to the second USAR Rope Rescue Operations class delivered by the Training and Safety Division. Members completed 40 hrs of NFPA 1670 curriculum which included three written quizzes, a knot tying skill station and a final exam. Students spent long days raising, lowering, rappelling, and setting up rope rescue systems and dodged the rain. More Operations and Technician classes to follow after the New Year.

Congratulations Officer Development Academy 20 on Graduation
Captain Adrian Castro. Posted on November 3rd , 2014

A total of twenty-six Captains and Lieutenants from PBCFR, Town of Palm Beach Fire-Rescue and Palm Beach Gardens Fire-Rescue recently completed 80 hours of officer development academy at headquarters. Captain Larry Doelling and staff were able to incorporate multiple subject matter experts from within PBCFR and also the South Florida region to instruct and train the Captains and Lieutenants in Initial Arrival Reporting, Safety, Scene Size-Up, Structural Fire Fighting in South Florida, Drill Planning, EAP, Crew Resource Management, Cultural Diversity, Stress Inoculation and several other topics. Each Company Officer presented a book report based on Leadership. The group was divided into five companies with each company assigned to conduct a presentation on a specific LODD and develop a multi-company training drill to execute for the 2nd week of class. Companies chose drills involving TIC Operations for Primary Search, LUNAR/Mayday, Ladder/VES, Garden Apartment Operations utilizing the Coil Pack, and Hose Management/Deployment. All involved felt it was invaluable training, but were excited to return to their shifts and put these principles into action. The Captains and Lieutenants who made up Officer's Development Academy #20 are:

Douglas Kornowski; Edgar Harvey; Edward Rivera; Frank Malinconico; Frank Vomero; Fredrick Corcoran; Glen Miller; Gregory Ferguson; Jacques Aime; James Rorabaugh; Jan Morantz; Jeff Green ?[Palm Beach Gardens Fire Rescue]?; Jesse Egert ?[Palm Beach Gardens Fire Rescue]?; Joe Bostic; Joseph Nieves; Lynn Yoos; Michael Preston; Rich Ward ?[Town of Palm Beach Fire Rescue]?; Robert Barone; Sara Pults; Sean Baker ?[Town of Palm Beach Fire Rescue]?; Steve Mikhail; Thai Chau; Todd Rapp; William Stansbury;

Recruitment Team at WPB Adult Education Center Career Event
Captain Amanda Vomero. Posted on October 30th , 2014

On Tuesday, October 28, 2014 members from the Recruitment Team participated in a very successful career event at the Adult Education Center in WPB. Thank you to all who showed up to represent PBCFR and show what a great organization we are to work for!!!

Battalion 5 Crews Battle Fire in Suburban Boca Home
District Chief Louis Valdes. Posted on October 29th , 2014

At 5pm on October 22 crews from Battalion 5 responded to reports of a fire on the 8000 block of Brussells Way in Boca Raton. Callers reported a garage on fire. Responding firefighters stated they could see a column of smoke while still several blocks away. First arriving crews reported heavy smoke and flames from the garage of a home. Firefighters initiated an aggressive fire attack and rapidly brought the main body of fire under control. On primary and secondary searches crews found fire had extended to a kitchen doorway and into the attic of the home. There were no reported injuries from this fire and an investigator was called out to determine the cause

This was Probationary Firefighter Ryan Flavin's first shift, FIRST CALL with PBCFR!

PBCFR Perform Demonstration at Annual Civics 101 Event in Wellington
Battalion Chief Mike Arena. Posted on October 29th , 2014

Personnel from HQ, Battalion 2 and Battalion 9 participated in the annual civics 101 in Wellington on Oct 28, 2014. PBSO and Fire Rescue presented an anti-texting and driving campaign along with a demonstration of what can happen in a car accident. The Fire Rescue presentation demonstration was indeed a hit with the high school students and the message most definitely made an impact on them. The high school students were mesmerized by what was happening with the extrication and play by play narration by Chief B. Young and Lt. Jorge Cardoso along with an excellent recruitment message from Capt Amanda Vomero. They did a phenomenal job in making them feel the tragedy what can occur from driving while distracted. I am certain the efforts portrayed with this presentation will prevent some unnecessary accidents from ever happening largely because the message conveyed by our dedicated personnel. They undoubtedly indirectly saved some lives!

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