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Progressive Agriculture Safety Days
Captain Albert Borroto. Posted on May 21st , 2015

Palm Beach County Fire Rescue participated at The Progressive Agriculture Safety Days ( PASD) event held May 14 and 15 at Paul Rardin Park in Pahokee. This yearly event is geared towards teaching rural agricultural safety to local area fourth grade students. Students spent the day visiting different safety stations set up in the park. The stations covered topics such as wearing seatbelts, handicap awareness, fire safety, railroad safety, house hold chemicals, hand washing, and drowning prevention.

An estimated 450 participants, over the two days, attended this educational event.

PBCFR Installs Free Smoke Detectors in Pahokee and South Bay
Captain Albert Borroto. Posted on May 18th , 2015

On Saturday May 16, 2015 crews from Palm Beach County Fire Rescue Battalion 7, Reserve Battalion and Public Education were in Pahokee and South Bay knocking on doors and offering residents free smoke detector installations. The two tragedies that have hit these communities within the past month highlight the importance of having working smoke detectors in your home. The department installed detectors with 10 year batteries in them offering residents peace of mind that they would have a first line of defense warning in the event their home caught fire. Pahokee Mayor Colin Walkes and Lisa Wilson from PBC Commissioner Mellissa McKinlay's office were also in attendance during this event offering words of encouragement, helping distribute alarms to the residents and speaking with families.

PBCFR Installs Free Smoke Detectors in Pahokee and South Bay
Captain Albert Borroto. Posted on May 18th , 2015

On Saturday May 16, 2015 crews from Palm Beach County Fire Rescue Battalion 7, Reserve Battalion and Public Education were in Pahokee and South Bay knocking on doors and offering residents free smoke detector installations. The two tragedies that have hit these communities within the past month highlight the importance of having working smoke detectors in your home. The department installed detectors with 10 year batteries in them offering residents peace of mind that they would have a first line of defense warning in the event their home caught fire. Pahokee Mayor Colin Walkes and Lisa Wilson from PBC Commissioner Mellissa McKinlay's office were also in attendance during this event offering words of encouragement, helping distribute alarms to the residents and speaking with families.

PBCFR Regional Training Center Hosts FACAP Training
Captain Tom Fucci/Photos Captain Albert Borroto. Posted on May 8th , 2015

On April 22, 2015, the PBCFR Regional Training Center hosted the Florida Advisory Commission on Arson Prevention (FACAP) Arson for Prosecutors School. The purpose of the training was to prepare prosecutors from around the state on the crime of arson and to provide them with the tools to achieve convictions in trials. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, from 2008 to 2010, an estimated 16,800 intentionally set fires occurred in the United States, with $593 million dollars in property loss. The PBCFR Fire Investigators facilitated the training, with help from other agencies, by constructing two identical burn cells. These burn cells were built with specifications and plans from the ATF and Florida State Fire Marshal's Office. These burn cells are similar to the ones used at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland. What makes these cells unique is the ability to move them to different locations for training purposes. They were set up to resemble a common living room in a residential dwelling with working electric, furniture, paint, carpeting, and other contents. One cell was burned to simulate an accidental fire, while the other was burned with an accelerant. The students were present when each was burned, so that they could observe the differences in time for each cell to burn. This type of training is essential for anyone involved in the investigation and prosecution of arson related crimes. The PBCFR Regional Training Center was pleased to host this event and look forward to future training opportunities.

Water Smart Palm Beach County Campaign Kick Off
Captain Albert Borroto. Posted on May 8th , 2015

On Thursday morning May 7, 2015 Children's Services Council Palm Beach County held a press conference announcing the new campaign Water Smart Palm Beach County. This campaign in association with the Y.M.C.A and the Drowning Prevention Coalition of Palm Beach County strives to bring attention to the importance of water safety and everyone learning to swim. Speakers from many disciplines including first responders addressed the standing room only crowd. Anna Stewart, Manager of the Drowning Prevention Coalition, presented the very first Water Smart Palm Beach County Hero Award to young Noah Norwitch. Noah received this award for his efforts in raising over $3,300 so underprivileged children could participate in water activities in his local community. First responders in attendance included members from Palm Beach County Fire Rescue, Boynton Beach Fire Rescue, Delray Beach Fire Rescue, Town of Palm Beach Fire Rescue and Boca Raton Police Department. Palm Beach County Commissioners Steven Abrams and Paulette Burdick also attended this kickoff event. Water Smart Palm Beach County and the agencies supporting this campaign want to shed light on the drowning prevention efforts being done throughout the county every day.

Driver Operator Joe James named Firefighter of The Year in Pahokee
Captain Jesse Ali. Posted on May 5th , 2015

On Saturday May 02, Palm Beach County Fire Rescue Driver Operator Joe James was awarded Fire Fighter of the Year by the City Of Pahokee. This is the second time Joe has received this award in his twenty five years of service to the people of Belle Glade and Pahokee. As the senior Jake, Joe is highly regarded as the "Go to Guy" and is always willing to extend a helping hand. Earlier that day, prior to receiving this well deserved award, Joe attended a community event and volunteered to cook over 300 hamburgers and hot dogs. Well done Joe. Please join me and all of Battalion 7 in congratulating Joe James on his achievement.

Community Assistance Team Honored
Captain Albert Borroto. Posted on May 4th , 2015

On Saturday, May 2, 2015 Palm Beach County Fire Rescue hosted an appreciation dinner for the Community Assistance Team. These volunteers devote countless hours of service to the department by responding on the C.A.T. vans, along with our crews, to emergencies. Members of this dedicated team support individuals and families in the most difficult and stressful situations. They also perform follow up visits with the numerous referrals that are received from the field. Many of these referrals require several hours of counseling and in-home interventions. The C.A.T.'s involvement with a victim/an event/a referral may take weeks or months to complete.
This amazing group of volunteers includes retired physicians, firefighters, business owners, educators, and counselors just to mention a few of the professionals on the team. The Community Assistance Program was placed into service in October 2004 and many representatives in attendance on Saturday have been with the team since its inception. We thank them for their efforts, devotion, and service to Palm Beach County Fire Rescue and our community.

More information on the team and how to join can be found at http://www.pbcfr.org/cat.asp

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.

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