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Battalion 5 Crews Battle Fire in Suburban Boca Home
District Chief Louis Valdes. Posted on October 29th , 2014

At 5pm on October 22 crews from Battalion 5 responded to reports of a fire on the 8000 block of Brussells Way in Boca Raton. Callers reported a garage on fire. Responding firefighters stated they could see a column of smoke while still several blocks away. First arriving crews reported heavy smoke and flames from the garage of a home. Firefighters initiated an aggressive fire attack and rapidly brought the main body of fire under control. On primary and secondary searches crews found fire had extended to a kitchen doorway and into the attic of the home. There were no reported injuries from this fire and an investigator was called out to determine the cause

This was Probationary Firefighter Ryan Flavin's first shift, FIRST CALL with PBCFR!

PBCFR Perform Demonstration at Annual Civics 101 Event in Wellington
Battalion Chief Mike Arena. Posted on October 29th , 2014

Personnel from HQ, Battalion 2 and Battalion 9 participated in the annual civics 101 in Wellington on Oct 28, 2014. PBSO and Fire Rescue presented an anti-texting and driving campaign along with a demonstration of what can happen in a car accident. The Fire Rescue presentation demonstration was indeed a hit with the high school students and the message most definitely made an impact on them. The high school students were mesmerized by what was happening with the extrication and play by play narration by Chief B. Young and Lt. Jorge Cardoso along with an excellent recruitment message from Capt Amanda Vomero. They did a phenomenal job in making them feel the tragedy what can occur from driving while distracted. I am certain the efforts portrayed with this presentation will prevent some unnecessary accidents from ever happening largely because the message conveyed by our dedicated personnel. They undoubtedly indirectly saved some lives!

Countywide High Rise Command Training
Captain Steve Trimble. Posted on October 28th , 2014

Palm Beach Gardens Fire Rescue recently hosted a bi-monthly County-Wide Command Training session that was held at the Landmark Residential High Rise in Palm Beach Gardens. The goal of the 3-day exercise was to train and educate officers in managing large, complex incidents by organizing resources, developing strategies, managing tactical operations and interagency coordination. The target audience was fire officers from all departments who have the responsibility for managing these incidents. Participants included officers from Riviera Beach, Town of Palm Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, Boynton Beach and Palm Beach County.

The focus of this training was to:

Build a command team early to manage strategic goals
Interface with building staff from onset, utilize SME's when possible
Build on the ongoing working relationships with other Fire-Rescue agencies

The Instructors on hand for this exercise were Chief James Schaffner, Chief Billy Schmidt, Chief Dan Millstone, Chief Shon Broedell (PBGFR), Captain Steve Trimble, and Lt. Chris Henry(PBGFR).

PBCFR Welcomes New Division Chief of Operations
Captain Albert Borroto. Posted on October 24th , 2014

Palm Beach County Fire Rescue is pleased to announce the promotion of District Chief Chris Hoch to Division Chief of Operations. Chief Hoch brings with him over eighteen years of experience in the fire service to this key position. We welcome Chief Hoch and look forward to his leadership skills helping to guide the operations division into the future.

PBCFR Recruitment Team at College and Career Event
Captain Amanda Vomero. Posted on October 23rd , 2014

On Wednesday, October 22, 2014, members of the PBCFR Recruitment Team participated in a College and Career event hosted by the School District of PBC at the Palm Beach County Convention Center. This was a very successful event and was attended by a couple thousand students and their parents. Thank you to Cody Harris and Bob Smallacombe for helping make this event a huge success!

USAR Rope Rescue Operations Class Held at PBCFR Regional Training Center
Captain Brad Havrilla. Posted on October 21st , 2014

Congratulations to the first USAR Rope Rescue Operations class delivered by the Training and Safety Division. Members completed 40 hrs of NFPA 1670 curriculum which included three written quizzes, a knot tying skill station and a final exam. Students spent long days raising, lowering, rappelling, and setting up rope rescue systems. More Operations Level and Technician level classes to follow.

Fire Rescue Hosting 30th Anniversary Celebration
Captain Albert Borroto. Posted on October 16th , 2014

In recognition of the 30th anniversary of Palm Beach County Fire Rescue, the department will host a celebration on Saturday, October 25, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at 405 Pike Road, West Palm Beach.
This will be a fun family event with tours of the fire training center, safety displays, Jaws of Life and firefighting demonstrations, a children's entertainment area, and much more.
Kids will be able to meet Fire Rescue firefighters, take photos in fire gear, and go "trunk or treating" with the firefighters. Free food and drinks will be provided from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
For more information, contact Capt. Albert Borroto at 616-7077, aborroto@pbcgov.org

PBCFR Employee Honored in Star Spangled Heroes Exibit
Captain Albert Borroto. Posted on October 16th , 2014

Star Spangled Heroes: A Tribute to Local Military Heroes and the US Military
With an estimated 115,000 US military Veterans residing in Palm Beach County, the West Palm Beach Library Foundation will recognize Veterans in an exhibition accompanied by programs and events on military service from October 11 through December 7, 2014 at the Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach.
The photograph exhibition, entitled Star Spangled Heroes, highlights Veterans for their exemplary service and includes military memorabilia.
One of the veterans highlighted in the exhibit is Charlotte Rebillard from our Training Division. Her name is on the Wall of Honor and several pieces of military items on display are from her personal collection.
If you're in the downtown area stop by and see this great exhibit honoring our local Veterans.

Vehicle Crash in Boca Damages Fire Station Sign
Lieutenant Anthony Faso. Posted on October 14th , 2014

In the early morning hours on October 5, 2014, the crew from PBCFR Station 53 in suburban Boca Raton was woken up by a loud boom outside their station. The station officer looked out her window to find a car that had crashed into the front cement sign designating Fire Station 53. The crew responded and arrived within seconds to find a single vehicle that spun out of control with heavy damage and a trapped driver. The Jaws of Life and other extricating tools were used to free the driver. He was quickly transported as a Trauma Alert to the nearest trauma center.

2014 IAFF Memorial in Colorado Springs
Captain Steen Eriksson. Posted on October 14th , 2014

On September 20, 2014, Palm Beach County Fire Rescue was represented at the IAFF Fallen Firefighter Memorial in Colorado Springs by the Pipes & Drums and Honor Guard.

This year, the names of 136 firefighters were memorialized on the granite wall that is the centerpiece of the Memorial Park, which is now in the process of a complete make-over that started after this year's event.

The totally redesigned Memorial site will be completed in time for the 2015 Memorial Remembrance, at which time our own District Chief Glen Kimberly (ret) will have his name added to the wall.

Attending: District Capt. John Flynn, Capt. Steen Eriksson (ret), Lt. Lee Forshner, Lt. Leilani Kamalu, DO Ed Peek, FF/PM Khristy Osment and FF/PM Matt Poulin.

Young Marine Recruit Graduation 2014
Captain Amanda Vomero. Posted on October 9th , 2014

On Wednesday October 8, 2014 Bob Smallacombe and Captain Amanda Vomero attended the Young Marines recruit graduation and accepted an award on behalf of the department. Palm Beach County Fire Rescue is a proud supporter of the Young Marines and we wish all of their members a healthy, bright, successful future!

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