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Station 56 Receives Donation of Pet Oxygen Masks
Captain Albert Borroto. Posted on December 19th , 2014

On Thursday December 18, 2014 Palm Beach County Fire Rescue Station 56 received a generous donation of two Pet Oxygen Mask kits from local residents Rosalind and Albert Karel. Each kit has appropriately sized oxygen masks to assist firefighters in treating pets that are rescued from fires and need oxygen therapy. The Rescue and the Engine at Station 56 will each carry one kit. Thank you for your donation!
Accepting the donation on behalf of the Station was C -Shift crew Captain Keeler, Driver Harris, Firefighter Packer, Lieutenant Parrinello and Driver Gardella.

Fire Inspector of the Quarter
Captain Tom Fucci. Posted on December 16th , 2014

The Bureau of Safety Services from Palm Beach County Fire Rescue is pleased to announce that Fire Safety Specialist Doug Manger was selected as Fire Inspector of the Quarter. In a presentation ceremony by Division Chief Larry Willhite and Captain Pam Summers on December 4, 2014, Specialist Doug Manger was presented with a plaque. Captain Summers was quoted as saying that "Doug has always been willing to step up and take on additional responsibilities." Specialist Manger has been called upon to assist in conducting inspections at multi-family residential dwellings outside of his assigned zone, as well as, continuing his own annual inspections. He volunteered to assist Community Education with a presentation in the Belle Glade area and has always been willing to assist other inspectors. He is always willing to take on additional responsibilities and has a lot of experience and knowledge. Chief Willhite said "This award is well-deserved and we are so glad to have Doug here."

Congratulations to Fire Safety Specialist Doug Manger for being named Fire Inspector of the Quarter.

2014 Wreaths Across America
District Chief Mike Reece/ Captain Edward Moss. Posted on December 15th , 2014

Palm Beach County Fire Rescue Quint 47 seen here flying the American Flag at the 2014 Wreaths Across America event at South Florida National Cementery Saturday December 13.

Crews Battle Fire at Scrap Metal Yard
Captain Albert Borroto. Posted on December 4th , 2014

On Monday afternoon December 1, 2014 crews from Palm Beach County Fire Rescue responded to reports of a commercial fire at a business on Belvedere Rd in suburban West Palm Beach. Responding crews reported a large column of black smoke as they drove over the turnpike overpass. First arriving firefighters found the fire was at a scrap metal collection site. They were directed by workers to a large pile of metal that was burning in the middle of the yard. Firefighters immediately began fighting this fire with hand lines and set up aerial apparatus. With the assistance of heavy machinery that was on location to move the burning metal the firefighters were able to bring this fire under control and safely extinguish it.
Great job by all crews on this fire!

Palm Beach County Yellow Dot Program Launch
Captain Albert Borroto. Posted on December 3rd , 2014

On Monday December 1, 2014 Palm Beach County Fire Rescue held a press conference to announce the launch of the new PBC Yellow Dot program.

The PBC Yellow Dot sticker is a visual clue to first responders to let them know that important medical information about you is located in the glove box. This lets first responders know how to treat you appropriately based upon you medicines and conditions. This is especially important if you are unconscious after an accident or unable to communicate clearly. Typically, first responders would ask you questions about medical conditions or medications you are taking when responding to an emergency. Depending on the severity of the car accident, they may not be able to do that. So, the PBC Yellow Dot will speak for you, when you can't speak for yourself!

This is a free public safety program available to ALL Palm Beach County residents. All you have to do is pick up a form from a Palm Beach County Fire Rescue station or go to the website for large quantities. After you fill out all of your medical information on the yellow card and put the card in your glove box, you can then stick the signature Yellow Dot sticker on the back driver's side window of your car.

Thank you to everyone that participated in making this project a reality.

Crews Battle Structure Fire in Station 48 Response Area
Captain Albert Borroto. Posted on December 2nd , 2014

At 848pm on November 26, 2014 crews responded to reports of structure fire at 10414 88th Street South. Callers reported flames up to 20 feet in the air. First arriving firefighters reported a single story unoccupied home that was fully involved in flames. The property was in a remote access area with limited water supply; firefighters were able to draft water from a nearby canal and began a defensive fire attack. One concern for crews on this fire was possible spread to adjacent dry brush causing a brush fire.

Investigators were called to the location to determine the cause of the fire.

Station 33 C-Shift Finds Fire on Investigation Call
Gregory Ferguson. Posted on December 2nd , 2014

On November 21, Engine 33 C-shift responded for an investigation. The caller stated that a large column of smoke was behind her address. While responding, dispatch stated this may be a possible vehicle fire and that the caller reported what sounded like explosions heard. On arrival Engine Company 33 reported heavy smoke and fire showing from the rear of the residence with a large storage shed found on fire in the back of the property. Engine and Rescue 33 extinguished the fire and performed overhaul saving many of the owner's valuables in the shed. On arrival District Captain 10 assumed command.

This was Captain Wallace's last shift before retirement!

Great job by all on this fire!

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.

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