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Congratulations Extrigators Extrication Team
Lieutenant DJ Manger. Posted on July 17th , 2014

Palm Beach County Fire Rescue's Extrication team the "Extrigators" recently competed at the North American Vehicle Rescue Association World Rescue Challenge. This event which was hosted by the Englewood Fire Department and sponsored by Genesis Rescue tools was held on June 22, 2014 in Clearwater, Florida.
All teams competed in two evolutions.
" 20min. Standard, Where the team performs a rescue operation involving multiple vehicles and assess, package and extricate one stable entrapped casualty.
" 10min. Rapid, which sees teams, perform a rescue of a single casualty from a single vehicle whose condition has deteriorated.
The department congratulates the team on winning three awards at this event!
Second Place - Rapid
Third Place- Standard
Third Place - Overall

Special Operations 'B' Shift Performs High Angle Rescue Training
District Chief Doug McGlynn. Posted on July 11th , 2014

Members of Special Ops 'B' Shift perform scenario based high angle rescue maneuvers with Quint 15 at the Regional Training Complex. Crews were able to deploy some of the battalion's newest gear including the MPD (Multi Purpose Device) which affords major innovations in advanced technical hardware for our rope rescue capabilities. These new high-efficiency pulleys offer several new features that allow a single mechanical advantage system to be used as a lowering device on the main line and belay line systems while greatly expediting to a raising system without switching out or replacing the hardware. This means shorter rigging set-ups and faster rescue times for our suspended victims. This scenario was a window washer rescue nearly 50ft off the ground with the rooftop eyelets utilized as high point anchors. Future training sessions are pre-planned to include a lowering system elevated stokes operations off the north side landing.

Special Operations Team Called to Suburban WPB Home
Captain Albert Borroto. Posted on July 8th , 2014

On Monday July 7 crews from Palm Beach County Fire Rescue Special Operations responded to reports of a hazardous material incident on the 100 block of 1st Street in suburban West Palm Beach. On arrival crews located approximately two (2) pounds of Mercury in an abandoned home. The Special Operations Team entered and safely secured the Mercury in a proper container. Subsequent atmospheric testing showed no danger present and the situation had been mitigated. The Department of Environmental Protection was contacted to pick up and properly dispose of the material.

Church Bell Ringing once again thanks to PBCFR Crews
Captain Albert Borroto. Posted on July 7th , 2014

Captain Appleby, Station 91 A shift, recently received a phone call from a parishioner of the St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Lake Worth with a unique request for assistance. They have a bell in their church tower that is rung to signal the start of church service. It appeared that someone had been too enthusiastic when pulling the rope that rings the bell located 50 feet up in the church tower, the bell was now stuck and they needed help. Because the bell was beyond the reach of ground ladders, arrangements were made to use Quint 47 to help solve the problem. The plan was reviewed and approved by Fire Rescue, and after a brief discussion with the Parish Priest, "Operation Bell Tower" was launched. Quint 47 laddered the bell tower and easily freed the bell. While there, they applied some grease supplied by the church to help ensure the bell continues to ring for future church services.

Quint 47: Captain Ed Kranski, Jason Cohen, Matt Hyman. Station 91: Captain Steve Appleby, Joe Cokusis, Rory Kimbrell, Lt Jose Gutierrez, Ryan Sheppard, and Tad Bentley.

PBCFR Crews Battle Mid Morning Fire in Palm Springs
Captain Albert Borroto. Posted on June 30th , 2014

At 1030 am on Saturday June 28 Palm Beach County Fire Rescue crews from Palm Springs responded to reports of a structure fire at 345 Osborne Dr. First arriving crews reported a single family home with black smoke coming from the front and side. Firefighters were advised by neighbors that the owner was not home but that there may be 3 dogs inside. Crews quickly entered the home to search for the dogs while a fire attack was initiated. The fire was located in the kitchen area of the home and quickly brought under control. Primary and secondary searches for the animals did not locate any pets in the home.
The Red Cross was contacted to assist the displaced homeowner and Investigators were called to determine the cause of this fire.

Great job by all crews on this fire!

Community Assistance and Benefit Corporation Makes Donation to Reserve Battalion
Captain Albert Borroto. Posted on June 20th , 2014

The Community Assistance and Benefit Corporation, also known as CAB Corp. has supported Palm Beach County Fire Rescue in the south county area for the past ten years. Their most recent donation to the Reserve Battalion is a twelve foot rigid hull inflatable boat. Over the past three years this amazing organization has donated a Hale portable pump for the safety boat, Med bed for the Polaris 500, and a commercial grade trailer for the new Polaris 750!

PBCFR Recruit Class 58 Graduates Academy
Captain Albert Borroto. Posted on June 20th , 2014

Congratulations to Palm Beach County Recruit Class 58 on completion of the academy! We welcome you to our Fire Rescue Family and wish you a long rewarding career.

Abramovitz, Christopher Ayala, Ricardo
Bedgood, Joshua Betancourt, Anthony
Boggio, Brian Bonilla, Walter Jayson
Connell, Martin M. Cooper Jr., Joey
Curtis, Christopher s. Frank, Kyle
Guedj, Jonathan Hernandez, Jose
Hightower, Curtis Hormilla, Luis
Horn, Samantha Kazee, Mark Thomas
Kleier, Jen Knabb, Mark Christopher
Little, Robert Marciante, Michael
Mattson, Tyler Mills, Christopher
Pickens, Jennie Rosenberg, Drew
Staes, Mark Suarez, Rafael
Thomas, Winston Lloyd Torbert, Christopher
Triana, Zandy Weech, Shawn
Young Jr., Paul

Recruitment Office at Career Day Glades Central High School
Captain Amanda Vomero. Posted on June 17th , 2014

Recently, members of the Recruitment Team, E73, R73, and Jeff Heinz participated in a Career Day at Glades Central High School. We had a great turn out and definitely planted a lot of seeds for the future of the Fire Rescue. Thank you to all that helped make this a great day!!

Recruiting Office at Family Fun Day at Somerset Academy
Captain Amanda Vomero. Posted on June 17th , 2014

Recently the Recruiting Office participated in the Family Fun Day held at Somerset Academy in Boynton Beach. All participants had the opportunity to speak with Recruiting Captain Amanda Vomero and learn about how to pursue a career in the fire service. Station 46 crews attended and were a huge support in allowing the families to interact with their local firefighters. The event was a big success!

Four Victims Rescued From Burning Home in Battalion Three
Captain Albert Borroto. Posted on June 13th , 2014

On June 6, 2014 during the early morning hour of 2am crews from Palm Beach County Fire Rescue responded to reports of a structure fire on the 3800 block of Chickasha Rd. Callers reported seeing flames and smoke from the home. Responding crews reported a visible column of smoke from a distance. The first units on the scene reported a fully involved structure fire with smoke and flames coming from the front and sides of the structure. Bystanders let the fire crews know that the occupants were still inside the home, including several children. Firefighters immediately began an offensive fire attack, locating the source and bringing it under control.
A Palm Beach County Sherriff Deputy that had arrived moments before the fire crews went inside a bedroom window into the children's room. The deputy handed the children out to the waiting Rescue crews and was then helped out by firefighters from the burning structure. As firefighting efforts continued, multiple rescue crews attended to the four trauma alert victims that had been pulled from the fire. All victims were rapidly triaged and quickly transported to the two local Trauma Centers.
Great job by all the crews on this incident battling a fully involved structure fire AND caring for four trauma alert patients!

Engine Company 23 Rescues Trapped Kitten
Captain Terrel Patterson. Posted on June 12th , 2014

On the afternoon of June 7th crews from Station 23 responded to assist a small kitten that had become stuck in a sewer line near the gas station located at Okeechobee Blvd and Haverhill. On arrival the crews could see and hear the distressed kitten in the sewer line but just out of reach. With a little encouraging from Driver/Operator Buckley, the kitten was coaxed close enough to be rescued from his predicament. Great job to Engine Company 23!

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