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Firefighters Bring Christmas to St. Marys HospitalFirefighters Bring Christmas to St. Marys Hospital
Story by Lt. Douglas McGlynn, Photos by Lt. Douglas McGlynn & Captain Don Delucia. Posted on January 18th , 2006

The Customer Service Team joined forces with members of Palm Beach County Fire-Rescue and The PBC FOOLS in delivering Santa Claus to The Nicklaus Children's Center at St. Mary's Hospital. This is the 2nd Annual Toy Drive for the Hospital since it's Grand Opening early last year.

We have Santa ride into the Children's Center atop Buddy Yarbrough's open cab fire truck with over two dozen of Santa's favorite helpers consisting of both on and off duty firefighters from all over the department in addition to Santa's elves. A combined collection of 200 gifts and toys were collected from the McGlynn Annual Benefit and The FOOLS Annual Christmas party in order to put smiles on nearly 50 unfortunate boys and girls that spent their holidays in hospital beds this Christmas Eve.

Afterwards, firefighters went over to Trauma ICU to visit injured, brother firefighter Vince Merriweather who was showing signs of improvement with sensation and movement in his legs. It is events like these that allow us to put our own lives back into perspective and remind us what truly is important!

Station 28 Brings Christmas to the Kids SanctuaryStation 28 Brings Christmas to the Kids Sanctuary
Story by Lt. George Springthorp and Lt. Doug McGlynn, Photos by Lt. Doug McGlynn. Posted on January 18th , 2006

Many of us witnessed the spirit of giving this holiday season and for members of the Customer Service Team, this next story was no different! Crews from station 28 adopted the Kids Sanctuary in Royal Palm Beach for Christmas this year. All three shifts made donations as well as members of the general public. Donated items included toys, blankets, back packs, clothes and shoes for the children. Station 28 A-Shift made the delivery on Christmas Eve. Shift members playing Santa Claus included Kit Howes, Mike Del Rossi, Juan Batista, Chuck Stamm, Dawn Donaldson, Jim Bass and George Springthorpe.

Kids Sanctuary provides temporary housing for children from birth to age 12 who are in the custody of DCF. They have a dedicated staff that tries to provide a warm, loving home life for children awaiting placement in foster homes or permanent adoption.

Support for One of Our OwnSupport for One of Our Own
Story and photos by Capt. Brad Havrilla. Posted on January 17th , 2006

The nurses in the TICU at St. Mary's are pretty strict regarding visiting hours (even for those of us in uniform). Again, visiting hours are from 1:00 - 5:00 PM. They asked if you would call before you come by. The phone number is 881-2702. Ask for his nurse. If he is asleep the probably will not let you back to his room.
Vince is doing about the same today. He is going to be evaluated for PT/OT this afternoon. They are still up in the air with the surgery option as of today. Thanks to all..........

Chief Brice, Jerauld, Sierra, Honor Guard, Pipe and Drum Band, and the rest of the gang tried to visit Vince at the hospital and were turned away. Vince was having a procedure done and couldn't be disturbed. We all wished him the best and a fast recovery.

Adopted Family Receives Christmas PresentsAdopted Family Receives Christmas Presents
Story and photos by Capt. Don Delucia. Posted on January 17th , 2006

Palm Beach County Fire Rescue annually adopts many needy families around the holidays each year so that they may have a merry Christmas. Many of these families are adopted by the fire stations that serve them. Fire Rescue Administration also adopts a family at Christmas and highlighted here is one such family, the Reynosos.

Hurricane Wilma impacted this familys finances in a big way. The father is an employee that works on commission. He was unemployed for weeks due to the storm. Prior to getting the familys name from one of our local County agencies, the announcement was made by the father to his four children (ranging in age from 5 months to 12 years) that they couldnt celebrate Christmas this year. They were unable to afford it. Our contributions of a gift certificate for the parents and a variety of gifts for the children helped to turn this around. This type of situation was repeated numerous times throughout the County this holiday season thanks to many kind members of our Department.

We do make a difference.

The President Comes To TownThe President Comes To Town
Story and photos by Lt. Mark V. Carr. Posted on January 17th , 2006

It's not often that common folk get to set their eyes on the aircraft and limousines used by the President of the United States of America, much less catch a glimpse of the President himself. But, the firefighters at Palm Beach County Fire-Rescue's Station 81, located at Palm Beach Int'l Airport, got to do just that on January 12th.

President, George W. Bush, flew in on the majestic Air Force 1 to present an award and to attend a fund-raising dinner in Palm Beach. Crews at Station 81 were responsible for protecting the President in the event of a mishap at the airport but reaped the benefit of seeing first-hand, the special processes and equipment that accompany the President. Marine 1, one of the President's Sikorsky VH-3D helicopters; Air Force 1, one of the President's Boeing 747 jets, a pair of shiny limousines, and an Air Force C-17 cargo jet were on hand in support of our country's leader.

Thankfully, the event went off without mishap and the visit came and went without incident. Shown are some of the photos taken during the President's brief visit to the Palm Beaches.

Tractor Trailer Fire in Station 47's AreaTractor Trailer Fire in Station 47's Area
Story and photos by Lt. Pete McGrane. Posted on January 17th , 2006

On January 4, RE47 responded to a tractor trailer on fire on 441. On arrival we found a trailer completely full of bales of small wood chips used as bedding for horses. This was basically a mulch fire on wheels. If you think it's impossible to get to the seat of a mulch fire you should try it in a confined space like a tractor trailer some time.

RE-47 and RE-54 with 1,500 gallons of water couldn't do it. Tanker 43 used 9,000 gallons of water and a master stream and couldn't do it. Quint 57 couldn't do it with an elevated steam. It was a beautiful site when a front end loader from parks and recreation showed up and opened up the sides of the trailer . After 2 hours on scene that loader looked absolutely beautiful. And in the end, like all grade b movies, it was beauty that killed the beast.

The Master of Community InvolvementThe Master of Community Involvement
Story and photos by Captain Don Delucia. Posted on January 17th , 2006

When Chief Herman Brice was asked if he would like to be a celebrity volunteer for a fund drive for The Lords Place, he never hesitated to accept the challenge. He would have to spend 3 hours, in the sun, in a dumpster, next to Palm Beach Lakes Blvd. With bullhorn in hand and his ever-present smile, donations were aggressively solicited and cheerily collected from passing motorists. Again, Palm Beach County Fire Rescue rose to the occasion. Community service, community assistance and customer service, all vital parts of our job. We follow the Master.

Confined Space TrainingConfined Space Training
Story and photos by Staff Capt Houston Park. Posted on January 17th , 2006

Just days before Christmas and all through the confined spaces not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse, but Special Operations and the Quints were training with Chief Bouse.

The quint and Special Operations personnel participated in some confined space rescue training at the South County Regional Wate Treatment facility. Emphasis was placed on sharing resources and working together in a confined space atmosphere. Crews rigged equipment and PPE to make entry into a real confined space. The training was a success and we look forward to future training with the teams. District Chiefs Bouse and Anderson and Staff Captain Park delivered the training over three days. A special thanks to the WaterTreatment Department for their assistance and allowing us to use their facility.

Tractor Trailer Fire in Station 47's AreaTractor Trailer Fire in Station 47's Area
Story and photos by Lt. Pete McGrane. Posted on January 11th , 2006
On January 4, RE47 responded to a tractor trailer on fire on 441. On arrival we found a trailer completely full of bales of small wood chips used as bedding for horses. This was basically a mulch fire on wheels. If you think it's impossible to get to the seat of a mulch fire you should try it in a confined space like a tractor trailer some time.

RE47 and RE54 with 1,500 gallons of water couldn't do it. Tanker 43 used 9,000 gallons of water and a master stream and couldn't do it. Quint 57 couldn't do it with an elevated steam. It was a beautiful site when a front end loader from Parks and Recreation showed up and opened up the sides of the trailer . After 2 hours on scene that loader looked absolutely beautiful. And in the end, like all grade B movies, it was beauty that killed the beast.

Confined Space TrainingConfined Space Training
Story and photos by Staff Capt Houston Park. Posted on January 9th , 2006
Just days before Christmas and all through the confined spaces not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse, but Special Operations and the Quints were training with Chief Bouse.

The quint and Special Operations personnel participated in some confined space rescue training at the South County Regional Wate Treatment facility. Emphasis was placed on sharing resources and working together in a confined space atmosphere. Crews rigged equipment and PPE to make entry into a real confined space. The training was a success and we look forward to future training with the teams. District Chiefs Bouse and Anderson and Staff Captain Park delivered the training over three days. A special thanks to the WaterTreatment Department for their assistance and allowing us to use their facility.

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