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PBCFR Staff Win Telly Awards
Video Production Manager Jack Norris. Posted on September 14th , 2015

Palm Beach County Fire Rescue's Video Production staff and Training and Safety Division won two awards in this year's 36th annual Telly Awards. Congratulations to our video team- Video Production Manager Jack Norris, Broadcast Facility Coordinator Sergio Ornelas, and Producer/Director Derek Wiley and Training Division Captain Steve Trimble. Palm Beach County Fire Rescue was awarded two of these highly prestigious awards. This year's winning videos were- Honor Flight April 2014 Mission which won a Silver Telly Award - the highest award given , and Holly Lake Fire which was awarded a Bronze Telly Award. Congratulations!

Eric Aho selected as Village of Wellington Firefighter of the Year
Chief Sam Eaton. Posted on September 14th , 2015

Every year The Village of Wellington honors one police officer and one firefighter from their community as the public servant of the year.

This year's honor went to FM Eric Aho (Station 30A) for his exemplary service to community and department. One of the things that set Eric apart from others PBCFR that were nominated was a saving a life off duty. FM Aho was called upon to his neighbor's home for a choking and nearly unconscious person. The actions he performed in that critical moment effectively cleared the full obstruction and saved her life. That neighbor and family went on to recognize his actions by communicating their appreciation to him officially to our department.

Congratulations to FM Aho - one of PBCFR's finest.

Texting and Driving Event in Wellington
Captain Albert Borroto. Posted on August 31st , 2015

On Tuesday August 25th Palm Beach County Fire Rescue, Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office, The Village of Wellington and the Neil Hirsh Boys & Girls Club held an event to educate and show children the dangers of Texting and Driving. Fire Safety Specialist Jeff Heinz and deputies spoke with the children and parents inside the gymnasium about the dangers and answered questions. Once done the attendees went outside and witnessed up closed the possible consequences of an accident due to being distracted by texting and driving. Members from the local fire station, the department Special Operations team and Cadets performed an extrication demonstration and removal of patients from a mock crash scene.
The event was well attended by children and their parents and allowed first responders to interact and demonstrate the dangers of distracted driving, especially texting and driving.

World Trade Center Beam Escorted thru Palm Beach County
Captain Albert Borroto. Posted on August 25th , 2015

On Friday morning August 14th a beam from the World Trade Center was escorted thru Palm Beach County on its way up to Cape Canaveral Kennedy Space Center. As the beam traveled thru Palm Beach County it was escorted by fire rescue vehicles. Members of Palm Beach County Fire Rescue were at turnpike over pass locations as a sign of respect as the beam passed by.
PBCFR crews including both Special Operations Trucks escorted the beam from the Broward /Palm Beach County line up to the Palm Beach/ Martin County line.
Travelling with the beam were members of Urban Search and Rescue Florida Task Force II, Cape Canaveral Fire Rescue and Transport Union Workers of America.

Station 30 Reunion with Cardiac Arrest Survivor
Captain Albert Borroto. Posted on August 25th , 2015

On Saturday August 8, 2015 Palm Beach County Fire Rescue Station 30 held a very emotional reunion with a cardiac arrest patient and his family they had treated just a month earlier. On June 30 PBCFR Reserve Firefighter Matt Reiman was with his grandfather when he realized his family member required medical attention. Matt's training as a reservist with the department served him well on this day with his grandfather. He quickly evaluated the situation and called 911 with Rescue 230 arriving just a few minutes later. The rescue crew evaluated the elder Reiman and determined he was having a cardiac event. While transporting him to the hospital he went unresponsive and into sudden cardiac arrest as they arrived at the emergency room doors. The Rescue crew and emergency room staff resuscitated him successfully and after spending several days in the hospital Mr. Reiman made a full recovery. Mr. Reiman and his family presented the crew that saved his life that day a plaque of appreciation and shared a meal with the men and women that saved his life that day.
Great job Lieutenant Sebastian Garay, Firefighter/Paramedic Jen Kleier and Firefighter/Paramedic Andrew Vega!

Back to School Event in Wellington
Captain Albert Borroto. Posted on August 24th , 2015

On Saturday, August 15, Palm Beach County Fire Rescue participated in the 7th Annual Back to School event held in Wellington Florida. The event, held at the Whole Foods Market in Wellington, allowed attendees to get free lunch box samples and reusable lunch bags while meeting their local firefighters and deputies. Crews from Fire Rescue, Division of Forestry and PBSO were in attendance to answer questions and provide safety tips for everyone. Attendees were excited to see all the equipment up close and be able to walk thru the new Special Operations Truck. This was a great event to get ready for the start of school on the following Monday and a fun educational time was had by all.

Battalion Three Crews Handle Multi Vehicle Accident with Fires on Interstate
Driver Operator J. Ferguson/Pictures Chief Sehres. Posted on August 21st , 2015

During the early morning hours of Sunday August 9 crews from Battalion Three responded to reports of a vehicle accident on Interstate 95 in the Lake Worth area. First arriving crews reported a multiple vehicle accident, several vehicles on fire and trapped occupants. Crews were challenged with an accident scene that was spread over 100 yards. While one firefighter extinguished the vehicle fires others extricated the trapped occupant providing medical care and transport to a local area hospital.
Great job by all involved on this out of the ordinary, challenging incident!

Crews on this incident included E93, R93, T35, BC91, EMS9, E91, R91, and R39

Airport Rescue Firefighting Drills Held at Palm Beach International Airport
District Chief Jose Gonzalez. Posted on August 17th , 2015

On August 11, 12, and 13 real-life drills were conducted at Palm Beach International Airport which involved two General Aviation (GA) planes that collided resulting in five victims, two active fuel leaks, and an overturned tug with a victim trapped underneath. Airport Rescue Firefighting (ARFF) units (AC1, ES1, RP81, D1, and D3) arrived on scene first and immediately deployed a foam blanket from Dragon 1 (D1) while Dragon 3 (D3) was used for fire suppression under the direction of Airport Captain 1 (AC1) who established Palm Beach Command. Additional ARFF crews on location initiated patient care and removal from the Immediately Dangerous to Life or Health (IDLH) environment. Once on scene, Battalion Chief 34 assumed command and assigned Special Operations units (E34, R34, SO34, T34) as Hazard Group, ARFF units as ARFF group and E33 as Extrication Group and R33 as Medical Group.

All crews performed extremely well together and were able to mitigate this scene in a timely manner. Once all phases of this drill were completed, a Post Incident Analysis (PIA) was conducted and valuable lessons learned were discussed which will assist our crews when a call of this magnitude occurs. A big thank you to Captain Permenter on setting up this invaluable training and for making it as realistic as we could expect!!

Countywide Command Staff High Rise Training
Captain Steve Trimble. Posted on August 14th , 2015

Benign or complicated incidents can quickly become chaotic when things don't go according to plan. For example, a fire alarm at a high rise with lots of occupants exiting quickly. Critical cues, unexpected things, begin to appear that trigger a revision to the initial plan. Sometimes, the event outgrows a fire department's ability to safely and effectively apply the operations and support needed to bring order to the chaos. Building a strategic command team while working with other agencies can be cumbersome, but is necessary to establish a manageable span-of-control and provide for comprehensive resource management for all qualifying incidents, especially high risk, low frequency ones. Like firefighters, fire departments must be adaptable.

This was the motivation behind the recent County-Wide Command Training hosted by the Riviera Beach Fire Rescue Department. A continuation of previous command training held at Lake Worth Towers, the VA Hospital, and the Landmark condominium in Palm Beach Gardens, this training was completed on site of a recent fire in the Phoenix Towers on Singer Island. Over a 3-day period over 75 firefighters, company officers and chief officers from a variety of fire departments came together to review and practice command operations at a mega event. Using the recent fire at The Phoenix Towers as a case study, participants worked as teams in a strategic decision-making exercise to identify the problems, communicate clear objectives, and implement simple plans to manage a high rise fire.

PBCFR Units to Carry Cyanokits
Captain Albert Borroto. Posted on August 11th , 2015

Beginning today select Palm Beach County Fire Rescue units throughout the county will have a new weapon in their medical boxes to help firefighters and citizens that are exposed to deadly cyanide. Cyanokit ( hydroxocobalamin for injection) is being distributed to these units. The job firefighters do is inherently dangerous. But hidden behind the smoke and flames are two deadly dangers, carbon monoxide and cyanide. In the event that crews encounter a patient suffering from cyanide poisoning they will now be able to administer this treatment while transporting to a hospital.
Palm Beach County Fire Rescue is committed to providing the best available pre-hospital emergency care to all residents/visitors.

Training and Safety Division Confined Space Rescue Operations andTechnician Class
Captain Brad Havrilla. Posted on August 4th , 2015

The Training and Safety Division is proud to announce the completion of their first Confined Space Rescue Operations / Technician Class. Members of PBCFR from the rank of District Chief, Captain, Lieutenant and Firefighter completed the physically demanding class in the July heat. More classes will be announced in the fall.

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