Daily Dispatch: Florida News
Hundreds of Riviera Beach employees, including firefighters, did not get paid Friday, city leaders blame bank
Fri, 21 Sep 2018 10:19:59 -0700
Over 500 of Riviera Beach City employees, including police and firefighters, didn’t get paid Friday. “I was heartbroken, I was upset,” said Riviera Beach employee Catina Jordan. Employees looked at their bank accounts Friday morning only to see they didn’t get paid. "They are very upset and they're afraid because they're not able to take care of their family and bills are piling up,” Jordan said.
- PUB DATE: 9/21/2018 10:19:59 AM - SOURCE: WPTV-TV NBC 5 West Palm Beach
Two Key West Fire Department Members Honored for 20 Years of Service
Mon, 24 Sep 2018 06:57:16 -0700
City Manager Jim Scholl and Fire Chief Michael Davila, during a recent city commission meeting, honor two members of the Fire Department for 20 years of service. Both men were presented with gold watches. Alan Averette and Danny Galvan both joined the Key West Fire Department in September of 1998. “They both provide great leadership and exceptional service and are examples of what the Key West Fire Department stands for: Serving and Protecting the citizens and guests of our island,” said Chief Davila.
- PUB DATE: 9/24/2018 6:57:16 AM - SOURCE: Key West, Florida
Florence: South Florida rescue team receives hero's welcome in Orange County
Sat, 22 Sep 2018 06:12:28 -0700
A team of firefighters tasked with rescuing people from floodwaters brought on by Hurricane Florence stopped in Orlando on Friday on their way home to South Florida. First responders from Central Florida gave a hero's welcome to the roughly 80 men and women who braved floodwaters as high as treetops.
- PUB DATE: 9/22/2018 6:12:28 AM - SOURCE: WFTV-TV ABC 9 Orlando
Burn contractor that handled Eastpoint prescribed burn fights civil suits
Sun, 23 Sep 2018 16:29:59 -0700
According to a report issued by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, the blaze clearly came in the aftermath of the prescribed burn. They documented no instances of lightning strikes in the area. “The observed indicators, witness statements, and data collected indicate the unburned vegetative materials left within the boundary of the prescribed burn on FWC managed lands ignited on the day of the Lime Rock Road wildfire and were influenced by winds,” reads the report.
- PUB DATE: 9/23/2018 4:29:59 PM - SOURCE: Panama City News Herald
Hillsborough asking why rescue captain stayed back as patient’s friends performed CPR
Mon, 24 Sep 2018 04:29:22 -0700
It was almost 4 a.m. when the man’s friends found him unconscious in a Riverview home and called 911. His breath was shallow and he was turning blue. With the 911 call-taker giving instructions, his friends performed CPR and waited. Ten minutes passed, then 15, then 20. "Where are these people? Where are they?" the friends pleaded with the voice on the other end of the phone.
- PUB DATE: 9/24/2018 4:29:22 AM - SOURCE: Tampa Bay Times and Tampa Bay.com
Fiery hit-and-run crash causes $800G in damage, police say
Sat, 22 Sep 2018 21:36:44 -0700
An intense structure fire ignited by a weekend hit-and-run crash in Tampa caused hundreds of thousand dollars in damage, officials said. Tampa firefighters responded to multiple early morning calls of a structure fire at a building which housed a Havoline Express Lube on Saturday. Upon arrival, firefighters found the building almost fully-engulfed with flames.
- PUB DATE: 9/22/2018 9:36:44 PM - SOURCE: KID Newsradio
Jacksonville Fire employees sue city of Jacksonville, say they were retaliated against for testifying in case
Thu, 20 Sep 2018 16:56:20 -0700
Two Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department employees are suing the City of Jacksonville, saying they were retaliated against for testifying in a racial discrimination case. That complaint was filed by JFRD Capt. Eric Mitchell. The employees said they were told they need to "get rid of" Mitchell. This isn't the first time JFRD has faced allegations of discrimination and hostile work environments concerning African-American firefighters.
- PUB DATE: 9/20/2018 4:56:20 PM - SOURCE: WTEV-TV 47
Man Dangling From 4th Floor of Kendall Building in Miami Rescued
Thu, 20 Sep 2018 09:27:43 -0700
A worker was rescued after he was left dangling from the fourth floor of a Kendall office building Thursday. The incident happened at a building on Kendall Drive near Southwest 114th Avenue shortly after 11:30 a.m. Miami-Dade Fire Rescue crews arrived at the scene and found the man dangling from a window sill on the fourth story.
- PUB DATE: 9/20/2018 9:27:43 AM - SOURCE: WTVJ-TV NBC 6 Miami
Man accused of threatening Tallahassee firefighter with scissors
Fri, 21 Sep 2018 06:38:41 -0700
A man is behind bars in Leon County, accused of threatening a local firefighter with a pair of scissors. Officers with the Tallahassee Police Department were dispatched on Wednesday to the intersection of North Macomb and West Tennessee Streets to assist members of the Tallahassee Fire Department. A TFD firefighter told officers he was trying to medically assess a woman at a bus stop near the intersection when a man began yelling and cursing at him.
- PUB DATE: 9/21/2018 6:38:41 AM - SOURCE: WCTV-TV Tallahassee
Boca Raton Fire Rescue trains with new rescue equipment
Thu, 20 Sep 2018 16:47:15 -0700
The Boca Raton Fire Department has invested in new rescue equipment. Firefighters were training with the new equipment all week. The department bought a new motorized surfboard to help with water rescues. “It is going to cut through the waves, it has handles to hold onto the board,” said Lieutenant Mike Sember.
- PUB DATE: 9/20/2018 4:47:15 PM - SOURCE: WPTV-TV NBC 5 West Palm Beach
Valparaiso fire chief suspended
Thu, 20 Sep 2018 15:09:02 -0700
Fire Chief Mark Norris has been suspended and Niceville Fire Chief Tommy Mayville has been appointed to oversee the Fire Department in his absence. “I’m running Niceville and I’m the interim chief for Valparaiso,” Mayville said Thursday morning. Valparaiso Police Chief Joe Hart said he was directed Wednesday to hand deliver a letter to Norris from Valparaiso Mayor Brent Smith.
- PUB DATE: 9/20/2018 3:09:02 PM - SOURCE: Ft. Walton Beach: Northwest Florida News
West Palm Beach firefighters save lives during Florence
Thu, 20 Sep 2018 10:52:25 -0700
West Palm Beach Fire Rescue has crews on the frontlines in the Carolinas for the Hurricane Florence aftermath. The department said it sent two people as part of a FEMA team. One team member from West Palm Beach Fire Rescue worked with a crew that saved 11 people last Saturday night. The firefighters are currently on the border of North Carolina and South Carolina.
- PUB DATE: 9/20/2018 10:52:25 AM - SOURCE: WPEC-TV CBS 12 West Palm Beach
Fort Myers woman in critical condition after being set on fire
Wed, 19 Sep 2018 11:41:12 -0700
The suspect who set a Fort Myers women on fire yesterday in her home was in court today for his first appearance. According to police, Terry Palmer ran inside the home of Thelma Shelby on Evans Street, in Fort Myers and threatened to burn the house down. He eventually poured gas on Thelma and set her on fire.
- PUB DATE: 9/19/2018 11:41:12 AM - SOURCE: WINK-TV WinkNews.com
Volusia County Council takes sharp look at ambulance response times
Thu, 20 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700
When a person called 9-1-1 on Aug. 8 for help with a stroke victim, it took an EVAC ambulance 58 minutes to get the person from their Ormond Beach residence to a hospital. Two days earlier, a caller from DeBary dealing with heart problems waited 32 minutes for an ambulance to arrive, records show. Volusia County Councilwoman Heather Post cited these examples Tuesday as occasions when the county's emergency system failed residents.
- PUB DATE: 9/20/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Daytona Beach News-Journal
Duval County school bus driver takes Westside High School student with gunshot wound to fire station
Wed, 19 Sep 2018 10:16:32 -0700
Jacksonville officers say a school bus driver dropped a student off at a fire station with a gunshot wound Wednesday. Police are investigating the shooting Wednesday morning shooting that seriously injured the Westside High School student. According to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, the student was walking to his bus stop around 6:15 a.
- PUB DATE: 9/19/2018 10:16:32 AM - SOURCE: WAWS-TV Fox 30
2 adults, 3 children experience carbon monoxide poisoning symptoms at Miami Gardens school
Wed, 19 Sep 2018 12:44:43 -0700
Two employees and three children were hospitalized Wednesday after being exposed to carbon monoxide inside the cafeteria at Carol City Elementary School, in Miami Gardens, authorities said. Miami-Dade firefighters told Local 10 News reporter Roy Ramos that they walked into the building with a sensor that detected high readings of carbon monoxide.
- PUB DATE: 9/19/2018 12:44:43 PM - SOURCE: WPLG-TV ABC Local10.com - Miami & Fort Lauderdale
Treasure Coast 911 dispatcher helps deliver baby
Wed, 19 Sep 2018 15:34:12 -0700
A Treasure Coast dispatcher gets the call she's been waiting for and now she’s hoping to meet the little guy who made it happen. Jada Webb has been working with the St. Lucie County Fire District Communications Office for a little more than a year. Webb said she's always wanted to get a baby delivery call.
- PUB DATE: 9/19/2018 3:34:12 PM - SOURCE: WPBF-TV ABC 25 West Palm Beach
Mary Esther officials continue to discuss moving fire, police services
Tue, 18 Sep 2018 14:37:51 -0700
The City Council is continuing to wrestle with proposals to contract with neighboring Fort Walton Beach for fire and police services. “We’re going to have more discussions. These are still working documents,” Mary Esther Mayor Margaret McLemore told a couple dozen people who jammed the council chambers Monday evening.
- PUB DATE: 9/18/2018 2:37:51 PM - SOURCE: Ft. Walton Beach: Northwest Florida News
Martin County Firefighters Compete in 2018 Firefighter Combat Challenge
Wed, 19 Sep 2018 09:09:26 -0700
On September 14-15, sixteen Martin County firefighters joined nearly 150 firefighters from around the country to compete in the Firefighter Combat Challenge in Fort Pierce. With both individual and team events, this competition encourages firefighter fitness and showcases the extreme skills needed to be a firefighter.
- PUB DATE: 9/19/2018 9:09:26 AM - SOURCE: Martin County
Fire fears doused after broken hydrants in Lake Worth replaced
Tue, 18 Sep 2018 17:19:02 -0700
Many families in Lake Worth feared if a fire broke out in their neighborhood lives could be in jeopardy, but they are now breathing a sigh of relief. Steve Carr has called Lake Osborne Estates home almost his entire life, and he is sleeping a bit easier. "It does bring some relief to the neighborhood that we know we do have a fire hydrant within reach of our houses,” Carr said.
- PUB DATE: 9/18/2018 5:19:02 PM - SOURCE: WFLX-TV FOX 29 West Palm Beach

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