Daily Dispatch: Florida News
Davie Fire Chief named 2018 Fire Chief of the Year
Wed, 18 Jul 2018 08:37:23 -0700
Since being named Davie Fire Rescue’s chief two years ago, Fire Chief Julie Downey has kept her team busy. Between seeking grants that would benefit the department and taking part in national campaigns like Stop the Bleed — a program that shows bystanders how to control bleeds in an emergency situation before fire rescue arrives — it’s Downey’s projects that have her peers praising her.
- PUB DATE: 7/18/2018 8:37:23 AM - SOURCE: Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel & SouthFlorida.com
Update: Marion County approves settlement in fire chief lawsuit
Tue, 17 Jul 2018 10:23:53 -0700
The County Commission approved a proposed settlement agreement Tuesday in a two-year discrimination, then retaliation, lawsuit filed by a Marion County Fire Rescue employee against the county. Marion County Fire Rescue Division Chief Shari Hall filed suit against the county in May 2016, claiming the county discriminated against her based on her gender when she was passed over in 2015 for the fire chief position, which was given to now-retired Paul Nevels.
- PUB DATE: 7/17/2018 10:23:53 AM - SOURCE: Ocala Star-Banner
Lakeland fire chief is actively recruiting women to join firefighting ranks
Wed, 18 Jul 2018 06:55:24 -0700
Kyleigh Lough, 12, held a large fire hose and opened the nozzle, shooting a powerful jet of water 20 feet into a green traffic cone and knocking it over. “It looks really fun, I think,” Kyleigh said when asked if she might like to be a firefighter one day. “They don’t just fight fires — they help people.
- PUB DATE: 7/18/2018 6:55:24 AM - SOURCE: Winter Haven News Chief
Florida PTSD therapists making history to understand plight of first responders
Tue, 17 Jul 2018 20:52:42 -0700
Forty-five local clinicians attended the first search and rescue training session in Central Florida to give therapists a better understanding of the perils first responders diagnosed with PTSD face in the field. The program, sponsored by Orange County Fire Department’s Safety & Wellness Division, involved members of fire and rescue units from across the state, including Palm Beach County.
- PUB DATE: 7/17/2018 8:52:42 PM - SOURCE: WKMG-TV CBS 6 Click Orlando
Ocala firefighter becomes certified critical care paramedic
Tue, 17 Jul 2018 22:58:06 -0700
An Ocala firefighter is now a certified critical care paramedic. Ashley Andrews spent five months in the University of Florid's Critical Care Paramedic program. Program topics range from the biomechanics of ventilation to neonatal care. Only those who learn the material as second nature, successfully complete the program.
- PUB DATE: 7/17/2018 10:58:06 PM - SOURCE: WCJB-TV ABC 20 Gainesville
Four killed in a County midair plane collision over Everglades
Wed, 18 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0700
Four people were killed Tuesday afternoon when two small planes from a Miami flight school crashed in midair over the Everglades in West Miami-Dade. The crash, which the Federal Aviation Administration placed about nine miles west of Miami Executive Airport, 12800 SW 145th Ave., involved a Piper PA-34 and a Cessna 172.
- PUB DATE: 7/18/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Miami Herald
Tampa Fire upgrades carcinogen-fighting protective hoods
Fri, 13 Jul 2018 15:43:18 -0700
When every firefighter suits up, there are many layers involved. One of the first layers, a firefighter’s protective hood, is getting an upgrade at Tampa Fire Rescue. “These new hoods that we purchased have a material in them that’s supposed to assist in blocking particulates that have been associated with causing cancer,” said Assistant Fire Chief Mark Bogush.
- PUB DATE: 7/13/2018 3:43:18 PM - SOURCE: WTVT-TV MyFox 13 Tampa Bay
Fire destroys Fernandina Beach business
Tue, 17 Jul 2018 03:12:50 -0700
An overnight fire destroyed a Fernandina Beach business next to Tiger Point Marina, according to firefighters. Heavy flames engulfed the Ocean Outboard Marine boat shop around 11:30 p.m. Monday. Firefighters with the Fernandina Beach Fire Department were alerted to the fire after someone drove by the business and saw the flames.
- PUB DATE: 7/17/2018 3:12:50 AM - SOURCE: WJXT-TV CBS 4 Jacksonville
Mobile homes delayed for Eastpoint fire victims due to permit requirements
Mon, 16 Jul 2018 15:07:01 -0700
The Eastpoint families who lost everything three weeks ago in the Limerock Wildfire are still waiting for travel trailers to use as temporary housing. Franklin County Sheriff A.J. Smith says the county isn't allowing him to give out the trailers until property owners have elevation certificates for the land.
- PUB DATE: 7/16/2018 3:07:01 PM - SOURCE: WTXL
Sanibel fire district adopts tentative millage rate
Tue, 17 Jul 2018 02:01:40 -0700
The Sanibel Fire and Rescue District's commission approved the not-to-exceed millage rate for the upcoming fiscal year at its recent monthly meeting. On July 11, the board voted unanimously 3-0 to approve a rate cap of 1.1089 mills - the current rate for fiscal year 2017-2018 - which would be an increase for the district's residents of 2.
- PUB DATE: 7/17/2018 2:01:40 AM - SOURCE: Captiva Current & Sanibel-Captiva Islander
State Fire Marshal Welcomes Ginger, DFS’ New Accelerant Detection K9
Fri, 13 Jul 2018 15:30:58 -0700
Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis announced the addition of the newest member of his Bureau of Fire, Arson and Explosives Investigations K9 Accelerant Detection Team. Ginger, a 2-year old Yellow Lab, will be based in the Panama City field office. She was obtained through a funding and training program in conjunction with State Farm Insurance.
- PUB DATE: 7/13/2018 3:30:58 PM - SOURCE: Department of Financial Services
Fort Myers Beach man charged with arson in multiple flag burnings at Bonita Springs community
Tue, 17 Jul 2018 04:48:44 -0700
A Fort Myers Beach man caught by deputies inside a Bonita Springs home uninvited will face charges of arson after he allegedly roamed around a manufactured home community on Hickory Boulevard setting flags and banners on fire. Lee County Sheriff's Office deputies found Joel David Teltow, 31, inside one of the manufactured homes at Bonita Beach Village on Hickory Boulevard shortly before 4 a.
- PUB DATE: 7/17/2018 4:48:44 AM - SOURCE: Fort Myers News-Press
Woman Killed in DeFuniak Springs House Fire
Mon, 16 Jul 2018 09:01:25 -0700
A Defuniak Springs woman was killed in a fire Sunday night. The Walton County Sheriff’s Office and Walton County Fire Rescue responded to a fatal house fire on Josephene Street in DeFuniak Springs. Walton County Fire Rescue and Walton County Sheriff’s Office were called to the home at 11:06 p.
- PUB DATE: 7/16/2018 9:01:25 AM - SOURCE: WMBB-TV My Pan Handle.com
Clearwater medics ‘didn’t hesitate’ to save man from sinking car
Fri, 13 Jul 2018 15:51:21 -0700
VIDEO: Had the two firefighters swum up to the sinking car any later, the 91-year-old driver might have drowned. "They didn’t hesitate, and that’s the bottom line," Clearwater Fire & Rescue Assistant Chief Ricky Stasiowski said after Friday’s dramatic rescue. Medics Paul Sudduth and Andrew Sullivan explained to reporters how they pulled off their quick and timely rescue of driver Harry Hefter.
- PUB DATE: 7/13/2018 3:51:21 PM - SOURCE: Tampa Bay Times and Tampa Bay.com
Settlement proposed in Marion County Fire Rescue lawsuit
Fri, 13 Jul 2018 13:29:04 -0700
A proposed settlement to a two-year discrimination then retaliation lawsuit against Marion County will be presented to the County Commission on Tuesday for approval. Marion County Fire Rescue Division Chief Shari Hall filed suit against the county in May 2016, claiming the county discriminated against her based on her gender when she was passed over in 2015 for the fire chief position, which was given to now-retired Paul Nevels.
- PUB DATE: 7/13/2018 1:29:04 PM - SOURCE: Ocala Star-Banner
Sorely needed fire station coming to Baymeadows area of Jacksonville
Mon, 16 Jul 2018 05:53:50 -0700
Booming growth on Jacksonville's Southside has created a need for a new fire station in the area, and one is on the way. District 11 City Council Member Danny Becton, who represents the area, will announce Monday that a recent purchase and sale agreement by the city will bring a fire station to Baymeadows Road East and Gate Parkway.
- PUB DATE: 7/16/2018 5:53:50 AM - SOURCE: WJXT-TV CBS 4 Jacksonville
East Lake Fire Rescue Department on cutting edge of emergency services
Sat, 14 Jul 2018 02:02:00 -0700
While his peers in north Pinellas County have been retiring left and right, East Lake Fire Rescue Chief Tom Jamison is not planning to go anywhere any time soon. Jamison, who joined ELFR in 1995 and was named chief in 2011, oversees a department that’s responsible for 33 square miles of unincorporated Pinellas County, including highways and waterways, and features three fire stations, each with a fully staffed engine; 41 employees, including 39 firefighters who are all at least EMS certified; a $150,000 rescue boat that was paid for by funds from the BP oil spill settlement; a water tanker; a brush truck; and a rapid-response dive team, the first of its kind in the county.
- PUB DATE: 7/14/2018 2:02:00 AM - SOURCE: Seminole Beacon
Police find gasoline jugs inside apartment of man who threatened to burn down Miami Beach condo building
Sat, 14 Jul 2018 06:11:14 -0700
A resident at a Miami Beach condo was angry after learning he was about to be evicted so he planned to burn down the building and had one group, in particular, targeted, police say. Along with gasoline and some of the materials he planned to use to fan the flames, detectives found artifacts with swastikas and books of Nazi ideology inside his apartment.
- PUB DATE: 7/14/2018 6:11:14 AM - SOURCE: Miami Herald
Trenton firefighters seriously injured while responding to crash
Fri, 13 Jul 2018 04:37:33 -0700
Two firefighters had to be airlifted to the hospital after they were involved in an accident with another car while responding to a crash. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the crash happened around 6:25 p.m. Thursday at the intersection of State Road 26 and Shady Grove Road in Trenton. The crash report states that 22-year-old Ryan Cumbie and 55-year-old Troy Breton were traveling in a Trenton Fire Rescue vehicle to the scene of crash when they were involved in an accident with a Volkswagen Jetta.
- PUB DATE: 7/13/2018 4:37:33 AM - SOURCE: WCTV-TV Tallahassee
Parrish Fire District ready for population growth with new fire chief and reserve program
Thu, 12 Jul 2018 13:03:09 -0700
Parrish Fire District officials know the mostly rural character of the area of Manatee County they cover will be quickly changing in the near future. To prepare for the thousands of homes the county has already permitted to be built in the district, the fire commission and department leadership are being proactive in planning for a new fire station and the personnel to staff it.
- PUB DATE: 7/12/2018 1:03:09 PM - SOURCE: Observer News.net

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