Daily Dispatch: Florida News
Behind the 'black line': Women in Fire Exchange brings global female fire workers to Tallahassee
Thu, 21 Mar 2019 16:34:35 -0700
Using a drip torch, a woman bends to carefully ignite a line of slow-burning embers. Charring away at greenery, the smolders catch along the edge of a stretch of forest in northern Tallahassee. The air is heavy with smoke, but the women seem unfazed, wearing helmets and smocks, thick yellow jackets and green pants.
- PUB DATE: 3/21/2019 4:34:35 PM - SOURCE: Tallahassee Democrat & Tallahassee.com
Escambia County firefighter's union demanding change after delayed response to house fire
Thu, 21 Mar 2019 19:58:57 -0700
A large house fire completely destroyed a home in Cantonment on Wednesday, leaving it’s five occupants homeless. The home on Booker Street was just slightly over a mile and a half from the nearest firehouse, station #4, but the Escambia County Fire Department reports it had to send units several miles away in Ensley to the scene.
- PUB DATE: 3/21/2019 7:58:57 PM - SOURCE: WEAR-TV ABC 3 Pensacola
Ocala: First responders get education on CSX Safety Train
Thu, 21 Mar 2019 16:31:14 -0700
The CSX Transportation Safety Train, a mobile classroom and hands-on training platform for first responders, rolled into Ocala this week for three days of training on handling railway emergencies. About 60 local firefighters, along with hazmat team and technical rescue personnel from Marion County Fire Rescue and Ocala Fire Rescue, had classroom instruction and hands-on training on the seven-car Safety Train.
- PUB DATE: 3/21/2019 4:31:14 PM - SOURCE: Ocala Star-Banner
Three stations in Siesta Key and Sarasota are next in line for upgrades
Thu, 21 Mar 2019 13:02:27 -0700
After several years of analyzing data, call volume and general countywide growth, the Sarasota County Fire Department has decided to overhaul fire stations on Apex Road, Bee Ridge Road and Siesta Key. The new stations are expected to better accommodate personnel in the event of hurricanes, evacuations and staff growth.
- PUB DATE: 3/21/2019 1:02:27 PM - SOURCE: Your Observer.com Newspapers
Wildfires burn Eglin land
Thu, 21 Mar 2019 12:27:18 -0700
Two wildfires, both apparently related to military activities, hit Eglin Air Force Base test ranges in Santa Rosa County on Thursday, according to base spokesman Mike Spaits. In addition, smoke — apparently from a civilian burn authorized by the Florida Forest Service — moved across the main portion of Eglin and the surrounding community throughout Thursday, according to reports.
- PUB DATE: 3/21/2019 12:27:18 PM - SOURCE: Crestview Bulletin
Pasco County firefighters save man who suffers cardiac arrest on a roof
Wed, 20 Mar 2019 18:53:14 -0700
Pasco County Fire pulled off a unique save after they got a call about a man who collapsed on a roof while doing work. Firefighters responded to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office Forensics building where the man was working with other private contractors when he suffered cardiac arrest. "I learned he had fallen and he wasn't breathing, but he was up on the roof.
- PUB DATE: 3/20/2019 6:53:14 PM - SOURCE: WFTS-TV ABC 28 Tampa Bay
Car smashes into fire engine in Hollywood, totaling vehicle
Wed, 20 Mar 2019 11:20:15 -0700
A car crashed into a fire engine in Hollywood, a union official said. Anthony Vera, a spokesman for Hollywood Professional Firefighters, said Engine 45 was en route to a call when a car crashed into the back of the engine as it turned onto 56th Avenue. The engine was traveling with its lights and siren on.
- PUB DATE: 3/20/2019 11:20:15 AM - SOURCE: WPLG-TV ABC Local10.com - Miami & Fort Lauderdale
Family of 5 escapes Arlington house fire that kills pet ferrets, snakes
Thu, 21 Mar 2019 04:58:43 -0700
A family of five is thankful to be alive after they safely escaped an early morning house fire in Arlington on Thursday. The family's pets, which include three ferrets and dozens of snakes, died in the fire. Jerry Fernandes said his wife, son, 8-month-old granddaughter and brother were all asleep when the house caught on fire.
- PUB DATE: 3/21/2019 4:58:43 AM - SOURCE: WJXT-TV CBS 4 Jacksonville
Family members say 3 and 4-year-old grandchildren saved them from Cantonment house fire
Wed, 20 Mar 2019 19:48:05 -0700
Video: Five members of a Cantonment family are displaced after their home was destroyed. Wednesday morning flames poured out of the home on Booker Street, as firefighters battled the blaze. “My daddy worked on this house for 43 years and in a matter of seconds, it was gone,” said Alexsonda Evans. Inside the home, decades full of memories turned into ashes and burnt debris.
- PUB DATE: 3/20/2019 7:48:05 PM - SOURCE: WEAR-TV ABC 3 Pensacola
Multiple Manatee County agencies participate in a simulated training exercise
Wed, 20 Mar 2019 19:33:35 -0700
Manatee County Fire, Emergency Management and multiple other agencies participated in a simulated tornado-incident training exercise. "So this is an exercise in tasks and skills that are needed during a major impact that is bringing that many agencies together to work and communicate together to be better prepared.
- PUB DATE: 3/20/2019 7:33:35 PM - SOURCE: WWSB-TV ABC 7 My SunCoast.com
Retired Palm Beach county firefighter teaches children important life lessons
Tue, 19 Mar 2019 08:42:53 -0700
A retired Palm Beach County firefighter is changing the lives of South Florida children. Dawn Donaldson retired from Palm Beach County Fire Rescue in 2008 because of a cardiac disability. Since then, she's opened JTK Bike Shop in Belle Glade, which has become a hub for her youth mentoring. "I saw some children that I knew in a parking lot with a monkey wrench trying to fix a bicycle," she remembered.
- PUB DATE: 3/19/2019 8:42:53 AM - SOURCE: WPTV-TV NBC 5 West Palm Beach
Orange County rescuer surprised with news he's Florida's 2019 'Firefighter of the Year'
Tue, 19 Mar 2019 13:59:56 -0700
Jason Wheat is Florida’s “Firefighter of the Year.” It’s a fact he was surprised to learn Tuesday, as he thought he was surrounded by news cameras for a workout video he planned to record with Orange County Fire Rescue Chief Otto Drozd for nutrition month. The department tricked him to maintain the surprise that he had won the Florida State Firefighters Association’s 2019 award.
- PUB DATE: 3/19/2019 1:59:56 PM - SOURCE: Orlando Sentinel - Metered Site
Scrap metal fire erupts at Deerfield Beach recycling facility
Wed, 20 Mar 2019 08:15:09 -0700
Firefighters battled a scrap metal fire Tuesday night in Deerfield Beach. The fire broke out just before 11 p.m. at a recycling facility on Powerline Road Firefighters arrived and were met with flames encompassing a large mass of metal debris -- some 25-30 feet high, Broward Sheriff's Office Department of Fire Rescue Battalion Chief Michael Kane said.
- PUB DATE: 3/20/2019 8:15:09 AM - SOURCE: WPLG-TV ABC Local10.com - Miami & Fort Lauderdale
Firefighters respond to kitchen fire in Fort Myers apartment
Tue, 19 Mar 2019 17:38:06 -0700
Fire crews responded to an apartment fire Tuesday evening. Three fire trucks from the Fort Myers Fire Department responded to a neighbor's report of smoke at 2650 Park Windsor Drive sometime after 7 p.m. When firefighters arrived on scene, they started checking the units at the complex for signs of smoke.
- PUB DATE: 3/19/2019 5:38:06 PM - SOURCE: WBBH-TV NBC 2 Fort Myers
Commentary: How much will new bulletproof vests protect Jacksonville firefighters?
Tue, 19 Mar 2019 14:25:33 -0700
Bulletproof vests purchase by the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department in the wake of a mass shooting downtown last year won't protect the city's firefighters from all types of gunfire. But they will keep them safe from handguns, like the one David Katz opened fire with inside the Jacksonville Landing during a video game tournament in August.
- PUB DATE: 3/19/2019 2:25:33 PM - SOURCE: WJXT-TV CBS 4 Jacksonville
Firefighter injured in cooking incident in Homestead
Mon, 18 Mar 2019 14:13:49 -0700
A firefighter was airlifted to the hospital Monday after he was injured in a cooking incident at a fire station in Homestead. The firefighter, whose name wasn't released, was airlifted to Jackson Memorial Hospital's Ryder Trauma Center from Fire Station 16 on Northwest 4th Avenue, Miami-Dade Fire Rescue officials said.
- PUB DATE: 3/18/2019 2:13:49 PM - SOURCE: WTVJ-TV NBC 6 Miami
Fire officials say Venice fire no longer suspicious, cause discovered
Mon, 18 Mar 2019 17:05:09 -0700
Fire marshals in Venice have determined the blaze that destroyed a home Monday night was caused by the misuse of an extension cord. On Mon. March 18, 2019 around 6:30 p.m. firefighters were called to the scene on the 700 block of Cypress Avenue. Flames could be seen shooting out of the roof and there was a reported explosion during the fire.
- PUB DATE: 3/18/2019 5:05:09 PM - SOURCE: WWSB-TV ABC 7 My SunCoast.com
6 people displaced, 2 pets killed after fire destroys Rockledge home
Tue, 19 Mar 2019 05:00:43 -0700
Six people were displaced after a fire destroyed a Rockledge home late Monday, fire officials said. Two family pets died in the blaze. The Rockledge Fire Department, assisted by Brevard County Fire Rescue, responded about 10 p.m. to the single-story home in the 1000 block of La Paloma Drive. The home was heavily involved when units arrived.
- PUB DATE: 3/19/2019 5:00:43 AM - SOURCE: Florida Today
Owners say their Pensacola fabric shop a 'total loss' after fire
Tue, 19 Mar 2019 04:47:35 -0700
Fire investigators are trying to figure out what sparked a fire that destroyed a family-owned business in Pensacola. Lloyd Guisasola is looking at what is left of this family business. "My wife managed the business for about 10 years before we purchased the business in 2006. We moved to this location in 2008," Lloyd Guisasola said.
- PUB DATE: 3/19/2019 4:47:35 AM - SOURCE: WEAR-TV ABC 3 Pensacola
Santa Rosa, Pace first responders receive donation
Mon, 18 Mar 2019 09:19:25 -0700
The Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office and Pace Fire Rescue District received $51,294 worth of equipment from the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation. According to a press release from the foundation, SRSO received 20 automated external defibrillators to be placed in patrol cars. The foundation will also provide training so the deputies can learn how to operate the new equipment.
- PUB DATE: 3/18/2019 9:19:25 AM - SOURCE: Santa Rosa's Press Gazette

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