Daily Dispatch: Florida News
Hallandale Beach firefighter back at home after sudden illness
Wed, 16 Jan 2019 18:11:53 -0800
Erik Conde, the Hallandale Beach firefighter lovingly known as "Hulk," is finally home after a serious illness almost took his life. He's a little skinnier but he's relieved. "I was so grateful to be on my way home and to sleep in my own bed last night," Conde said. His wife Rachel added: "It's amazing to have him home.
- PUB DATE: 1/16/2019 6:11:53 PM - SOURCE: WPLG-TV ABC Local10.com - Miami & Fort Lauderdale
Manatee County Benefit bill could help firefighters during life-threatening cancer battle
Wed, 16 Jan 2019 18:47:08 -0800
Firefighters put their lives on the line around the clock to protect families. Surprisingly, it’s not always the direct flames that injure or kill the first responders. Firefighters may not learn about the true dangers associated with their battles for years. “There’s a lot of risks up until death. you accept that,” said Dwayne McKeaver, First Class Firefighter for Southern Manatee Fire Rescue.
- PUB DATE: 1/16/2019 6:47:08 PM - SOURCE: WWSB-TV ABC 7 My SunCoast.com
Woman reunited with Miami-Dade Firefighters who saved her life after jet ski accident
Thu, 17 Jan 2019 00:29:19 -0800
A woman who was seriously injured in an accident on the water two years ago finally got the chance to meet Wednesday with the Miami-Dade firefighters who saved her life. Dariana Mizrahi is strong and healthy today, but it’s taken a lot to get her back to this. "I remember telling somebody, 'Oh please, I don't want to die,' and that was it," Mizrahi said.
- PUB DATE: 1/17/2019 12:29:19 AM - SOURCE: WPLG-TV ABC Local10.com - Miami & Fort Lauderdale
Panama City Fire Honors Members of Force in Ceremony
Wed, 16 Jan 2019 17:53:42 -0800
During an award and promotion ceremony, the Panama City Fire Department created a new Hurricane Michael citation recognizing three members of the department. The chief also promoted one member of their crew to the rank of engineer. Chief Alex Baird says it was important to recognize those who sacrificed so much during the time of the storm.
- PUB DATE: 1/16/2019 5:53:42 PM - SOURCE: WMBB-TV My Pan Handle.com
Man electrocuted while carving wood at Lee County workshop
Thu, 17 Jan 2019 07:54:05 -0800
Man electrocuted while carving wood at a workshop off Pine Ridge Road, south of Summerlin Road, Iona McGregor Fire Department confirms. Iona McGregor Fire Department Battalion Chief Mark Mascarelli says something went wrong while the man was carving wood while using high voltage electricity. Firefighters on scene said people working in the unit next to the victim noticed he was laying on the ground lifeless and called 911.
- PUB DATE: 1/17/2019 7:54:05 AM - SOURCE: WINK-TV WinkNews.com
Firefighters extinguish garage fire on Cedar Key
Wed, 16 Jan 2019 17:18:45 -0800
Firefighters from four different departments put out a garage fire on Cedar Key early Wednesday morning. Firefighters responded at 2:41 a.m. to a call about multiple structures on fire in the area of 2nd and F Streets. Police arrived and evacuated nearby homes after they saw flames coming from a 2,500-square-foot garage with an extended roof and pole barn.
- PUB DATE: 1/16/2019 5:18:45 PM - SOURCE: WGFL
Orange County firefighter's dad couldn't attend his graduation, so crew brought the ceremony to him
Tue, 15 Jan 2019 11:04:56 -0800
Orange County firefighter had barely started his first shift when his crew gave him a surprise from his father and his new Fire Rescue family Monday night. Firefighter Greg Ferone was among the 41 new OCFR’s recruits who graduated Friday at Valencia College. As part of the ceremony, members of Class 84 were honored with ceremonial pins given to them by family members who served in the military, fire rescue or law enforcement.
- PUB DATE: 1/15/2019 11:04:56 AM - SOURCE: Orlando Sentinel
MW Horticulture believes Lee County, Bayshore firefighters holding a grudge over fires
Tue, 15 Jan 2019 18:55:21 -0800
A big recycling facility in Lee County failed its second fire code inspection in the past several days. Bayshore firefighters gave a failing grade to MW Horticulture's North Fort Myers location on East Street last Wednesday and again today for code violations. This means the company isn't allowed to bring in any new materials.
- PUB DATE: 1/15/2019 6:55:21 PM - SOURCE: WBBH-TV NBC 2 Fort Myers
Panama City: No Firefighter Left Behind
Tue, 15 Jan 2019 18:32:16 -0800
Brothers helping brothers. It's nothing new in the fire service. Men and women form a close bond when they work 24 hour shifts, many becoming more like family. "I enjoyed and loved that work," said Retired Captain Glenn Williams with the Panama City Fire Department. "Best group of people you'll ever wanna meet.
- PUB DATE: 1/15/2019 6:32:16 PM - SOURCE: WMBB-TV My Pan Handle.com
Clay dispatcher's ‘last chance' after reportedly not giving CPR instructions, bringing gun to work
Tue, 15 Jan 2019 14:42:06 -0800
A Clay County Fire Rescue employee was suspended and handed a “last chance agreement” two weeks after an Action News Jax Investigation. In November, Action News Jax uncovered the county’s most senior emergency dispatcher, Ricky McCall, was accused of failing to provide CPR instructions during a 911 call for a patient.
- PUB DATE: 1/15/2019 2:42:06 PM - SOURCE: WAWS-TV Fox 30
Neighbor says car explosion led to Deltona house fire
Wed, 16 Jan 2019 06:47:26 -0800
A neighbor helped rescue a woman, but her dog and two cats were killed Wednesday morning in a Deltona house fire. The fire broke out before 5 a.m. in the 1000 block of Brady Lane. Before firefighters arrived, a neighbor said he smelled smoke while lying in bed and ran outside to help. “I started pounding on the window to get her to wake up, and the car exploded and the entire house caught on fire, so I went to go back to the house to get something to break the window and she finally came running out of the house,” Richard Metro said.
- PUB DATE: 1/16/2019 6:47:26 AM - SOURCE: WKMG-TV CBS 6 Click Orlando
Palm Coast Fire Department warns of donation scam
Tue, 15 Jan 2019 12:26:35 -0800
The Palm Coast Fire Department on Tuesday warned residents of a phone scam in which the caller asks for donations to the agency. The Fire Department and its partners, the Palm Coast Volunteer Fire Rescue Inc. and the Palm Coast Professional Firefighters Local 4807, would never call residents to ask for donations, according to a public information officer.
- PUB DATE: 1/15/2019 12:26:35 PM - SOURCE: WJXT-TV CBS 4 Jacksonville
Walton firefighters battle blaze at deputy's house
Tue, 15 Jan 2019 06:30:34 -0800
Firefighters on Saturday were able to prevent most of a Walton County Sheriff’s Office deputy’s house from being totally destroyed by a fire. At 11:28 p.m. Saturday, Walton County Fire Rescue, DeFuniak Springs Fire Department and Liberty Volunteer Fire Department firefighters and Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a 911 call in reference to a structure fire on Pine Hill Drive.
- PUB DATE: 1/15/2019 6:30:34 AM - SOURCE: The Walton Sun
Florida Benefit Proposal Helps Firefighters Deal With Cancer
Tue, 15 Jan 2019 05:05:11 -0800
Florida lawmakers will try once again this year to create a system to help a particular group with a higher risk of developing cancer: firefighters. Florida CFO trying to create cancer benefit for firefighters Would help mitigate cost of treatment, even with insurance A similar bill failed to pass last yearThe Centers for Disease Control found in a study that firefighters are at a 15 percent greater risk of developing cancer than the average person.
- PUB DATE: 1/15/2019 5:05:11 AM - SOURCE: Bay News 9
Fire chief calls on Collier County to regulate storm shutter use due to safety concerns
Tue, 15 Jan 2019 07:29:06 -0800
"I want to thank you for working with us in a proactive fashion to get the word out on this," Kingman Schuldt, Fire Chief of the Greater Naples Fire Rescue District said. A Collier County Fire Chief is calling on his county commissioners to make a change following an NBC2 investigation. Greater Naples Fire Chief Kingman Schuldt is pushing for an ordinance or regulation that would require homeowners to take down their storm shutters 30 days after a hurricane passes or 30 days after hurricane season wraps up.
- PUB DATE: 1/15/2019 7:29:06 AM - SOURCE: WBBH-TV NBC 2 Fort Myers
Fire destroys Sleepy Hollow Resort in Floral City
Tue, 15 Jan 2019 00:00:00 -0800
A Friday night fire that gutted a Floral City restaurant and bar is being investigated as possible arson. Citrus County Fire Rescue (CCFR) crews were dispatched at around 11:53 p.m. to the Sleepy Hollow Resort at 10333 E. Gobbler Drive to find the building 75 percent involved with flames, according to Citrus County Fire Rescue Deputy Chief Keith Long.
- PUB DATE: 1/15/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Citrus County Chronicle
Three people injured while escaping Tallahassee house fire
Tue, 15 Jan 2019 00:00:00 -0800
Three people are recovering from injuries they sustained while evacuating a burning home. Crews with the Tallahassee Fire Department arrived at the home in the 3500 block of Lakewood Drive to find flames coming from the roof of the house. Crews extinguished the blaze while additional firefighters conducted a search of the building and determined that no one was still inside.
- PUB DATE: 1/15/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WCTV.com
Firefighters warn Escambia County Fire Rescue is facing 'financial crisis'
Sun, 13 Jan 2019 05:41:58 -0800
Escambia County firefighters are warning that the county's Fire Rescue Department is facing a "financial crisis" without more funding. Nick Gradia, a lieutenant with Escambia County Fire Rescue and president of the Escambia County Professional Firefighters union, sent an open letter to the county warning the operational budget has been stripped to such a degree of "negligent inefficiency" that the only place left to cut to meet other requirements is from firefighter's salaries.
- PUB DATE: 1/13/2019 5:41:58 AM - SOURCE: Pensacola News Journal
Daytona firefighter saves life of police officer having heart attack at gym
Mon, 14 Jan 2019 08:37:13 -0800
An off-duty Daytona Beach firefighter working out at a gym saved the life of a police officer, who had a heart attack, while exercising at the same facility, authorities said. The incident occurred on Friday at a Port Orange gym, Daytona Beach Fire Department spokeswoman Sasha Staton said in a statement released Monday morning.
- PUB DATE: 1/14/2019 8:37:13 AM - SOURCE: Leesburg Daily Commercial
Woman dies after house fire on Jacksonville's Westside
Sun, 13 Jan 2019 11:37:20 -0800
Woman dies after house fire on the west side A woman has died after a fire Sunday morning on the West Side. JFRD was called out to the scene just after 1 a.m. for a fire that started at a home at 6450 N Diamond Court. Dr. Charles Franson, a neighbor, says he heard pops and explosions. When he walked outside he noticed his neighbor’s house was on fire so he called 911 and tried to put out the flames with some water.
- PUB DATE: 1/13/2019 11:37:20 AM - SOURCE: WTEV-TV 47

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