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Charlotte's Last Day at Palm Beach County Fire Rescue
Division Chief James Schaffner. Posted on May 3rd , 2016

Friday, 29 April was Charlotte Rebillard's last day after over 30 years with Palm Beach County. She served in the Training Division.

Originally from Connecticut, Charlotte served in the U.S. Air Force from 1974 - 1978 as a morse code intercept operator. When she got out, she moved to West Palm Beach. She has been a Life Member of the Vietnam Veterans of America, local Chapter #25, for over 30 years. She has been active locally, at the State level and at the National level in Washington, DC.

For over eight years, Charlotte has been a member of a local organization, Palm Beach County Veterans Committee, that hosts two major events each year: V.A. National Cemetery Memorial Day Ceremony and the City of West Palm Beach Veterans Day Parade.

Ms. Rebillard started with Palm Beach County October 29, 1984, with the Equal Opportunity Section of the H.R. Department. Nine months later, Chief Bob Bean hired her in the Bureau as the Secretary to schedule all fire inspections. She transferred to the Training & Safety Division when Chief Randy Sheppard became the Training Chief back in the early/mid 90's.

Prior to the Awards Banquets, there only use to be the EMS Banquets. Charlotte spoke with Bonnie Stein and they went to Chief Brice together asking about having some sort of event for everyone else within Palm Beach County Fire Rescue. The Awards Committee was formed and it's been an annual event ever since!

Congratulations Charlotte Rebillard! And here's wishing you a long and Happy Retirement!

Station 73 Participates in Walk a Kid to School Day in Belle Glade
Battalion Chief Sam Haubert. Posted on May 2nd , 2016

Crews from station 73 participated in the annual walk-to-school event at Glades Day School in Belle Glade. P.B.C.F.R. members and teachers walked along with the children in observance of Earth Day. Each student was made a Jr. Fire Marshal as well as the teachers! Later in the morning, the companies from #73 staffed a booth at Glades Central High School Career Day where we were able to communicate with hundreds of students interested in public service careers. It was a great morning devoted to some of our most important customers and future leaders!

PBCFR at Combat Challenge FDIC 2016
District Chief Ken Sehres. Posted on April 26th , 2016

This year at the Fire Department Instructor Conference & Exhibition (FDIC) in Indianapolis, once again, the Firefighter Combat Challenge was conducted. There were over 130 firefighters competing. The venerable firefighter Aaron Piering of Station 30 A-shift finished strong as always having competed in the top events for several years now. He made the stairs look like an escalator at high speed. For the first time, rookie firefighter Marc Rice from District 10 B-shift made a spectacular run that rivaled the competitiveness of those more experienced. If you've ever watched this event then you understand that technique and process is just as important as physical brawn. Both Piering and Rice dragged and maneuvered the charged hose with precision. Thank you to both firefighters (wearing the white helmets) for their passionate representation of Palm Beach County Fire Rescue in a very demanding demonstration of our job skills.

Congratulations Recruit Clas 64
Captain Albert Borroto. Posted on April 18th , 2016

Palm Beach County Fire Rescue Congratulates Recruit Class #64 "The Forged" on completion of the recruit academy and being assigned to shift. Twenty new firefighters added to our ranks!

Station 91 Helps Children at Local Elementary School go on Year End Trip
Captain Albert Borroto. Posted on April 12th , 2016

Firefighters from Palm Beach County Fire Rescue, found out that many North Grade Elementary 4th grade students would not be able go on an end of the year field trip to Epcot because their families couldn't afford it. The crews from Station 91, in Lake Worth, started a campaign and raised enough money to send all 63 students who would otherwise be unable to attend. On Thursday April 7th the firefighters presented the school principal and students with the gift. The students in return thanked the crews with homemade cards and a special banner. Great job Station 91 and everyone involved in this project!

Team Wins Second Place at Boca Burn Softball Competition
Captain Albert Borroto. Posted on April 4th , 2016

Congratulations Softball Team on their 2nd Place Finish at the recent Boca Burn Softball Tournament!

Investigators Help on Science Fair Project
Captain Tom Fucci. Posted on March 29th , 2016

"How do different liquids burn and what do they look like after they're out." This was not a question from an arsonist, but rather 12 year old Jordan Polito for her Loggers Run Science fair project. Jordan's mom, Debra called the PBCFR Investigations Division trying to find a solution to her dilemma and figure out how to get the answers for her daughter. On March 3, 2016, Debra and Jordan came to the PBCFR Training Center to get those answers. Investigator's Brian Gordon, Mike Boike and Captain Tom Fucci set up a demonstration showing her different types of liquids on samples of carpeting and set them on fire. She had a smile from ear to ear and was asking all kinds of questions. Jordan was able to keep the carpet samples to display for her science fair project, which made her and her mom extremely happy. "You guys are great and I can't believe you guys did all this for her" said Debra referring to her daughter. We'll just have to wait to see what Jordan got as a grade for her project.

Department Band Members Attend South Florida Pipe and Drum Academy
Driver Operatot Jon Ferguson. Posted on March 8th , 2016

Members of the department band attended the South Florida Pipe and Drum Academy held at Boca Raton Fire Rescue HQ for 5 days. There were 6 instructors from Scotland that were working with the pipers and drummers. There were band members from Broward, Ft. Lauderdale, Miami Dade and Boca Raton Fire Depts.
Various topics were covered in addition to learning new skills and music, such as:
o Tuning drones and chanter
o Bagpipe/drum maintenance
o Highland Dress
o Massed band sessions: starting with a drum roll, marching in step, stopping on a dime, and deportment. Massed band tunes and settings are sent to students in advance of the session.
On Sunday, A concert was performed for the public. Our own Pipe Major John Flynn won the award for most the most promising piper!!

PBCFR Firefighter Named Career Firefighter of the Year
Captain Albert Borroto. Posted on March 3rd , 2016

Congratulations Firefighter Alfred Pulvirenti! Honored as the Career Firefighter of the Year at the recent 2016 Annual Fire Service Awards hosted by CFO and State Fire Marshal Jeff Atwater in Tallahassee on Tuesday March 1st.

Firefighters Battle Multiple Structure Fires Inside Forest Hill Village
Captain Albert Borroto. Posted on March 2nd , 2016

At dinnertime on Tuesday March 1st crews from Palm Beach County Fire Rescue responded to reports of multiple homes on fire in the Forest Hill Village development in suburban West Palm Beach. Responding crews reported a visible column on smoke when turning onto the street. First arriving crews reported they had multiple homes on fire and immediately started a fire attack. Firefighters reported they had two homes directly affected by fire and a third home whose fence and yard were on fire, on two separate streets. Working quickly firefighters were able to get the two fires under control and prevent spread to any other homes in the neighborhood. All residents at home at the time of the fire were able to get safely out without injury.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Home Fire Preparedness Campaign in The Village of Wellington
Captain Albert Borroto. Posted on March 2nd , 2016

On Saturday February 27, 2016 members from Palm Beach County Fire Rescue, The American Red Cross and Wellington Fire Academy students participated in a Home Fire Preparedness Campaign installing free smoke detectors in the Periwinkle and Hawthorne communities of The Village of Wellington. Two hundred smoke detectors were distributed for crews to install in homes that needed detectors.
While performing installations in one neighborhood a child approached the crew from Engine 27 and asked for a tour of the Fire Engine, after completing the tour the child went home returning with his toy fire truck to show the firefighters his engine! Great job Engine Company 27!
Thank you to all the volunteers, PBCFR Reserve Battalion and Engine Company 27

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