Daily Dispatch: Florida News
Children 'hanging' 50 feet above ground at Altamonte Springs hotel rescued
Thu, 17 May 2018 15:37:54 -0700
Two children stuck on scaffolding 50 feet above the ground at an Altamonte Springs hotel were rescued by firefighters Thursday afternoon. The incident happened at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Orlando North, near Cranes Roost Park. Staff at the hotel described the children as "hanging" 50 feet up as of 5:15 p.
- PUB DATE: 5/17/2018 3:37:54 PM - SOURCE: Central Florida News 13 (CFN13)
Suspicions flare as 5 fires burn in Oak Hill mobile home park
Thu, 17 May 2018 15:17:30 -0700
Five fires in 13 months have aroused paranoia among residents of a tucked-away mobile home park in Volusia County’s southernmost city and suspicions from investigators. One of the fires, which destroyed a single-wide trailer the evening of Nov. 4, 2017, at 152 West Loop, was declared “incendiary in nature” and state arson investigators are looking into it, said Lance Tomkins, a spokesman for the Florida Division of Investigative and Forensic Services, which oversees the Bureau of Fire and Arson Investigations.
- PUB DATE: 5/17/2018 3:17:30 PM - SOURCE: Daytona Beach News-Journal
Call and response: Emergency crews navigate traffic on Siesta Key
Thu, 17 May 2018 13:09:12 -0700
Residents on Siesta Key are quick to bring up safety concerns when it comes to traffic — mainly, that the congested roadways can slow down emergency vehicles on the way to help someone. A year’s worth of data from the Sarasota Fire Department between May 2017 and April 2018 on Siesta Key, though, indicates response times at peak season don’t vary much from the rest of the year.
- PUB DATE: 5/17/2018 1:09:12 PM - SOURCE: Your Observer.com Newspapers
Community Fire Rescue Departments Team Up in Sumter County
Fri, 18 May 2018 02:18:14 -0700
After a home collapsed on three residents during a mock natural disaster, three fire rescue and EMS teams dug and cut through debris to find them and pull them to safety within a couple of hours. This training scenario, which took place Wednesday at a vacated home along County Road 468 that will become part of The Villages’ future development, helped prepare fire rescue teams from District Public Safety, Sumter County Fire and EMS and Citrus County Fire and Rescue for a real life emergency.
- PUB DATE: 5/18/2018 2:18:14 AM - SOURCE: Villages Daily Sun
After Stoneman Douglas Shooting, Renewed Attention On Broward's 'Vulnerable' 911 System
Wed, 16 May 2018 15:26:48 -0700
Broward County’s 911 system was widely criticized after communication failures during the 2017 airport shooting in Fort Lauderdale. Now it's under scrutiny again for similar failures during the Parkland shooting. Files show that critical upgrades have been recommended on the system since at least 2016; most were never made.
- PUB DATE: 5/16/2018 3:26:48 PM - SOURCE: WJCT-TV Jacksonville Public Broadcasting
Ocala council debates appropriateness of firefighters union comments
Wed, 16 May 2018 14:59:12 -0700
The decision to allow a representative of the local firefighters union to discuss concerns members had about the fire chief was questioned Tuesday by two Ocala City Council members. On May 1, Robert Altman, president of the Professional Firefighters of Ocala, delivered a speech before the council expressing that union members do not believe Ocala Fire Chief Bradd Clark either has the citizens’ or firefighters’ safety as his first priority or that he is making decisions to advance the department’s mission.
- PUB DATE: 5/16/2018 2:59:12 PM - SOURCE: Ocala Star-Banner
Medication shortage impacting South Florida, Treasure Coast firefighters
Wed, 16 May 2018 13:24:36 -0700
A medication shortage sweeping the country continues to hit home in South Florida and the Treasure Coast. Firefighters across the country are experiencing a shortage in dozens of drugs they use to save lives. Indian River County Asst. Fire Chief Cory Richter said about one-third of the drugs they use during emergency calls countywide are on back order.
- PUB DATE: 5/16/2018 1:24:36 PM - SOURCE: WFLX-TV FOX 29 West Palm Beach
Brooksville Council to hire interim fire chief, keep talking about county fire service takeover
Thu, 17 May 2018 06:22:52 -0700
The City Council isn’t sure whether to keep its fire department, but decided earlier this month to hire an interim fire chief to replace David Freda, the former Brooksville chief arrested last year on a charge of organized fraud. At the same meeting, council members discussed what to do about the dwindling number of Brooksville firefighters in the continuing atmosphere of uncertainty.
- PUB DATE: 5/17/2018 6:22:52 AM - SOURCE: Tampa Bay Times and Tampa Bay.com
Water-gate: Fort Lauderdale officer used fire hydrant to fill swimming pool
Wed, 16 May 2018 15:13:11 -0700
A Fort Lauderdale police officer is in hot water for using a city fire hydrant to fill his home swimming pool. Officer James Hayes is facing a one-day, unpaid suspension for unbecoming conduct. A citizen review board agreed with the recommended discipline earlier this week. An anonymous letter writer tipped the city off to the alleged water-gate, pointing the finger at Hayes; his wife Stylianee Diamianides, also a police officer; and Fort Lauderdale Firefighter Capt.
- PUB DATE: 5/16/2018 3:13:11 PM - SOURCE: Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel & SouthFlorida.com
Dramatic Video: Lightning strike hits Daytona Beach home
Wed, 16 May 2018 14:04:45 -0700
Storms rolled through Central Florida this week, causing some to the capture dramatic weather. Cindy Holt's surveillance camera captured a bolt of lightning exploding on a roof across the street from her home in the Tuscany Woods subdivision in Daytona Beach. Hearing the boom, she told WESH 2 News she thought her boyfriend, who was pulling into the driveway at the same time, had crashed.
- PUB DATE: 5/16/2018 2:04:45 PM - SOURCE: WESH-TV NBC 2 Orlando
New Florida law will help firefighters with PTSD
Tue, 15 May 2018 17:56:55 -0700
One call and you must drop everything and go. Responding to one call after another, firefighters have seen it all. "Unfortunately a couple of years ago I had two pediatric cardiac arrest. It was very tough," Alachua County Fire Rescue Lt. Jennifer Blakeney said. "I have a child right around the same age so it really makes you think about your own kids.
- PUB DATE: 5/15/2018 5:56:55 PM - SOURCE: WGFL
Ten Polk County Fire Rescue paramedics and EMTs earn second certification
Tue, 15 May 2018 10:17:05 -0700
Ten Polk County Fire Rescue paramedics and EMTs just became a lot more valuable to the residents of Polk County. They completed a 16-week training program in Fire Science at South Florida State College (SFSC) and while doing so, made history at the college. For the first time in the program’s history at SFSC, the students produced a 100 percent pass rate for their firefighter certification.
- PUB DATE: 5/15/2018 10:17:05 AM - SOURCE: Polk County
Fort Walton Beach, Cinco Bayou and Mary Esther officials discuss possible partnerships for fire and police services
Wed, 16 May 2018 00:00:00 -0700
Staffers and council members from Fort Walton Beach, Cinco Bayou and Mary Esther gathered Tuesday at the Fort Walton Beach Public Library to talk public safety. Fort Walton Beach City Manager Michael Beedie led the workshop in which officials heard from city Police Chief Edward Ryan, Fire Chief Ken Perkins and Finance Director Brandy Ferris about the ways the city can improve on public safety and possibly partner with neighboring governments.
- PUB DATE: 5/16/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Northwest Florida Daily News
Stopped train blocks firefighters on Jacksonville's Westside
Tue, 15 May 2018 15:18:33 -0700
Cellphone video from a driver shows multiple Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department trucks struggling to respond to an emergency on Jacksonville’s Westside because of a stopped train Tuesday morning. The train blocked the tracks at the Chaffee Road crossing in Whitehouse, inconveniencing first responders, drivers trying to get to work, and children trying to get to school.
- PUB DATE: 5/15/2018 3:18:33 PM - SOURCE: WTEV-TV 47
Firefighters: Disney World parking lot fire could have been put out sooner if hydrants weren't removed
Tue, 15 May 2018 16:39:05 -0700
Four cars were destroyed and four others were burned in a fire in a parking lot at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom in March. Channel 9 on Monday obtained recordings of radio transmissions that prove the concerns that firefighters had when they couldn't find a water source. The firefighters said they worked with emergency dispatchers for more than 30 minutes that day to locate a hydrant, but they never found one, because Disney had moved the hydrant during construction.
- PUB DATE: 5/15/2018 4:39:05 PM - SOURCE: WFTV-TV ABC 9 Orlando
Miami-Dade County homeowner hears popping sound, escapes house fire
Wed, 16 May 2018 05:07:17 -0700
A homeowner escaped a southwest Miami-Dade County house fire early Wednesday after a popping sound woke him from his sleep. Miami-Dade Fire Rescue said the fire started about 1 a.m. in the garage of the home on Southwest 179th Street near Southwest 109th Avenue. The homeowner, who did not want to be identified, said he woke up to a popping sound and the smell of smoke.
- PUB DATE: 5/16/2018 5:07:17 AM - SOURCE: WPLG-TV ABC Local10.com - Miami & Fort Lauderdale
Manatee County Emergency Communications Center receives international industry recognition
Mon, 14 May 2018 14:10:51 -0700
Manatee County Emergency Communications Center (ECC) this week received international recognition, the division's crowning achievement in a year of technological advancements that have improved public safety in the community. The Association of Public Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International, the world's largest organization of public safety communications professionals, announced last week Manatee County ECC is the recipient of its 2018 Public Safety Communications Technology Leadership: Small Agency Award.
- PUB DATE: 5/14/2018 2:10:51 PM - SOURCE: Manatee, Florida
Trapped passenger rescued from Marion County crash involving school bus
Mon, 14 May 2018 10:41:54 -0700
One person had to be rescued from their crushed car after a three-vehicle crash in Marion County. Marion County Fire & Rescue said a school bus, SUV and a sedan collided around 8 a.m. Monday at the intersection of SE 3rd Ave and SE 35th Street in Ocala. Firefighters had to remove the roof and doors of the sedan to rescue a passenger.
- PUB DATE: 5/14/2018 10:41:54 AM - SOURCE: WFTV-TV ABC 9 Orlando
Update: Rain stalls spread of 82,000 acre Collier County wildfire, but hotspots still a problem
Mon, 14 May 2018 16:38:19 -0700
Several wildfires burning in eastern Collier County doubled in size late last week to over 80,000 acres total, known collectively as the Avian Complex Fire. 338 firefighters from around the country are battling the blaze in the Big Cypress National Preserve. While rainfall Sunday and Monday has improved fire conditions and lessened smoke impacts in the area, the rain hasn't been enough to put out the fire.
- PUB DATE: 5/14/2018 4:38:19 PM - SOURCE: WTFX-TV FOX4 Southwest Florida
4 of 6 cats saved from fiery mobile home in Summerfield
Mon, 14 May 2018 18:53:47 -0700
Neighbors saved two kittens and firefighters saved two more cats from a burning mobile home in Summerfield on Monday, officials said. Just before 4 p.m., officials with Marion County Fire Rescue were sent to battle the blaze in the 17000 block of SE 96th Court. A neighbor who called 911 reported seeing heavy smoke and flames coming from the home.
- PUB DATE: 5/14/2018 6:53:47 PM - SOURCE: WKMG-TV CBS 6 Click Orlando

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