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Battalion Seven Airboat Assists in Search for Missing Boater on Lake Okeechobee
Battalion Chief Sam Haubert. Posted on May 1st , 2015

Crews from "A" and "B" shifts in Battalion 7 assisted in the successful search and recovery of a missing airboat operator. "A" shift began assisting FWC, PBSO and local citizens in searching during the early morning hours of May 1st. "B" shift continued combing the areas adjacent to Torrey Island where the man was last scene. Soon after day-break, the stranded boater was spotted by PBSO Eagle 1. AB73, in communication with the Eagle, retrieved the grateful boater. He was re-united with his relieved family a short time later. Another great job by the crews at station #73 and a fantastic resource PBCFR supplies in the Glades!

Recruit Class Fifty Eight Orange to Black Ceremony
Captain Albert Borroto. Posted on May 1st , 2015

On April 28, 2015 Recruit Class 58 completed their one year of probation and in an "Orange to Black" ceremony class members were awarded their black helmet shields signifying they were no longer probationary firefighters. Congratulations to everyone!

PBCFR Cadets at Firematics Competition in Coral Springs
Captain Albert Borroto. Posted on April 28th , 2015

On Sunday April 19, 2015 members of the Palm Beach County Fire Rescue Cadets travelled south to Coral Springs to compete in the Firematics being hosted at the Coral Springs Fire Academy. The cadets participated in many events simulating firefighting activities and pre-hospital emergency care. Over a dozen teams competed at this event from all over the South Florida region.
Great job to our Cadets for representing the department at this event and congratulations on winning: 1st Place in Water Wars
3rd Place in Trauma
5th Place Overall

Battalion Seven says Goodbye to Chief Stephen Rice
Acting Battalion Chief Sam Haubert. Posted on April 27th , 2015

District Chief Stephen Rice was honored for 37 years of service to the citizens of Belle Glade and Palm Beach County on April 7, 2015 at Station #73. Members of Battalion 7 hosted an old-fashioned Bar-B-Que at Chief Rice's request. Among the attendee's were: Chiefs' Collins and his administrative staff, Tim Calhoun and members of his staff from Support Services, members of the community and several former City of Belle Glade Volunteer Firefighters that worked with Chief Rice in the early days of his career. The Battalion purchased a fully stocked rolling Snap-On tool set for Chief Rice as a token of our appreciation for his un-paralleled leadership and influence in Battalion 7. Chief Stephen served as a firefighter/EMT, Driver, Lieutenant, Training Officer, Fire Chief and even Chief of Police for the City of Belle Glade. Chief Rice served as a model District Chief for P.B.C.F.R.. Stephen and his wife Isabelle are retiring to Reliance TN.

PBCFR Crews Work Rollover Cement Truck Crash on Turnpike Ramp
Captain Albert Borroto/Photos Courtesy BC Ellis and DC Muller. Posted on April 27th , 2015

Early morning commuters were affected by a rollover accident on Friday April 24, 2015 on the Florida Turnpike in the Delray Area. Palm Beach County Fire Rescue crews responded to a cement truck that had rolled over on the exit ramp near Atlantic Avenue. First arriving companies found a truck had rolled onto the grassy incline with the driver still trapped inside. Firefighters carefully worked on stabilizing the vehicle and extricating the trapped driver from the large vehicle. Working diligently firefighters were able to safely extricate the trapped driver, evaluate and transport him to a local area hospital.
Great job by all crews on this unique challenging incident!

PBCFR at Fun Day Event in Pahokee
Fire Safety Specialist Marvin Hubert. Posted on April 23rd , 2015

On Friday April 17, 2015 members from Palm Beach County Fire Rescue participated in the Fun Day Event held in the City of Pahokee at Paul Rardin Park. Over 300 Pre-K and Kindergarten children attended from the tri city western community. The children loved being able to see the fire apparatus up close and get to interact with their local firefighters.

PBCFR at Black Gold Jubilee in Belle Glade
Fire Safety Specialist Marvin Hubert. Posted on April 23rd , 2015

On Saturday April 18, 2015 crews from Palm Beach County Fire Rescue Station 73 and Reserve Battalion participated in the Black Gold Jubilee event in Belle Glade at Torry Island. This yearly community event drew more than 2,000 attendees. Department participation in these community events allows the residents to interact and get to know their local firefighters.

Department Helping Raise Awareness During Autism Awareness Month
Captain Albert Borroto/Photos Courtesy Scott Jurasz. Posted on April 23rd , 2015

April is Autism Awareness Month and Palm Beach County Fire Rescue is helping bring awareness by wearing blue and participating in a fundraising event. On April21, 2015 at Butterfields southern café in Royal Palm Beach firefighters from the department participated in a fundraiser. The restaurant was decorated in blue and the department in partnership with IAFF L2928 helped as waiters and waitresses. Money collected during this event was donated to the FAU Center for Autism and Related Disabilities which provides expert consulting, training and support, at no charge, for people with autism and related disabilities, their families and the professionals serving them.

CAB Corp and PBC Fire Rescue Reserve Battalion Golf Outing and Luncheon for Fire Rescue
Captain Albert Borroto. Posted on April 20th , 2015

On Thursday, April 16, 2015 the Community Assistance and Benefit Corporation (CAB Corp) held its Annual Golf Outing and Luncheon in support of Palm Beach County Fire Rescue. For over 10 years, the Community Assistance and Benefit Corporation have supported Fire Rescue by holding events such as this. Throughout the years CAB Corp has been instrumental in donating various pieces of equipment to the department including King Vision Laryngoscopes, Tough Books, and most recently PET Oxygen Masks. Palm Beach County Fire Rescue Chief Jeff Collins and members of his staff played alongside members of the organization at this year's event. At the luncheon Fire Chief Collins presented members of the board with a framed gift thanking this group of amazing volunteers for their dedication and support of Fire Rescue.

PBCFR Hosts Urban Search and Rescue Exercise
Captain Albert Borroto. Posted on April 7th , 2015

On March 23-27, 2015 Palm Beach County Fire Rescue hosted a full scale Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) training exercise at the their Regional Training Center in suburban West Palm Beach. This exercise involved specialized rescue teams from across the state, to include the Federal FEMA USAR teams from Miami.

This year participants were challenged with a simulated detonation, a flood and a building/parking garage collapse. Training exercises such as these provided local and Federal teams the opportunity to train together in real life situations. The exercises also help these specialized teams maintain their high skill levels to deploy to natural and manmade disasters.

Several of the local teams participating in this drill included West Palm Beach Fire Rescue, Boynton Beach Fire Rescue, Miami-Dade Fire Rescue and Palm Beach County Fire Rescue.

PBCFR Type 3 All Hazards Incident Management Team at Recent USAR Drill
Jason Cohen/Photos Courtesy Susan Taylor Hall. Posted on April 6th , 2015

Palm Beach County Fire Rescue (PBCFR) began to establish a Type 3 All Hazards Incident Management Team (AHIMT) in January, 2014. The team has grown to over 20 members consisting of personnel from PBCFR, Palm Beach Sheriff's Office (PBSO), Palm Beach County Health Department, Animal Care and Control, the Municipal Emergency Manager from Wellington, Delray Beach Police, Delray Beach Fire Department and Delray Community Hospital.

A Type 3 AHIMT is a multi agency and multi jurisdictional team used for large scale incidents that will extend into more than one operational period. These Teams operate in compliance with Presidential Directives 5 & 8 (2004, 2013) and the National Response Framework related to response as well as the National Incident Management System (NIMS). Furthermore, Type 3 Teams deploy with at least 8 trained personnel to help manage major incidents where large quantities of local, regional and state resources are being utilized for events such as tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, earthquakes or even terrorist attacks to name a few.

The USAR drill held the week of March 23 through March 27, 2015 simulated a detonation, a flood and a major building collapse. The PBC AHIMT managed, directed and attained additional resources which operations personnel needed to complete their mission and provided support for all of the agencies involved in the drill while also practicing completing necessary task book objectives and documentation which is needed when catastrophic events like these happen.

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