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Car fire in Belle Glade
Captain C. Prusansky. Posted on December 27th , 2011

On Monday, December 26, 2011, at approximately 2:10 pm, units from Palm Beach County Station 73 responded to a car fire in the 900 block of SW Avenue C in Belle Glade.  The crews found an SUV with its engine compartment involved in fire.  The crew was able to quickly contain the fire, and there were no reported injuries.  The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

 

Unit on scene: E73, R73.

Station 33 adopted a family for Christmas
Jon Ferguson. Posted on December 27th , 2011

On Christmas Eve, Station 33 "B" Shift answered a local call for help. A family in financial distress inquired with LT. Dwyane Foster about getting gifts for her autistic grandson Dillon. His father has been out of work for quite some time and has been hospitalized for the past month. The crew from 33 "B" shift, with assistance from a local business, were able to secure toys for Dillon. On the evening of Christmas Eve, Engine and Rescue 33 showed up to Dillon's home. Decked out in Santa hats they delivered a bicycle along with several gifts, much to the delight of Dillon and his family. It was a rewarding experience for all.

Capt. Craig Dube. Driver  Jon Ferguson, LT Dwyane Foster, Firemen Juan Cendejas-Garcia, Bidwell Cranage, Justin Goodrich.

Battalion 7 delivers toys to Panda House for Christmas
Story by Capt. Craig Prusansky/Photos by B/C Lupo and Capt.Craig Prusansky. Posted on December 27th , 2011

BELLE GLADE The crew from Palm Beach County Fire Rescue Station 73 decided to do their part this year to make things a little brighter for one of the local community programs.  Not too long ago, Lt. Juan Batista was talking with the staff at the PANDA House, a community assistance program center for women located in Belle Glade, to inquire as to their needs for this holiday season. 

 

Many of the women at the PANDA House have young children who live there with them.  Two years ago, Lt. Batista coordinated a successful toy drive so that the children who lived there could have gifts for Christmas.  This year, he wanted to do the same.

 

Under the direction of Lt. Batista and Battalion Chief Chuck Lupo, the firefighters from Station 73 along with the Command Staff from Battalion 7 (which is the Battalion for Belle Glade and the surrounding area) and the residents from the Belle Isles community in suburban Lake Worth made Christmas gift donations as well as donations of some needed supplies to go to the PANDA House.  As a result, 14 women and their children are going to have a much better Christmas this year.

 

The toys and supplies were delivered 3 days before Christmas, on December 22.  While everything was being delivered, the mothers and their children were given a tour of the fire trucks.  The residents and staff at the PANDA House were very appreciative of the donations provided to them.

 

The PANDA residential treatment program focuses on women struggling with drugs or alcohol issues, teaching coping and life skills and helping reintegrate them back into the community.  This program provides ongoing chemical abuse or dependency treatment in a supportive and structured living environment.  The PANDA House is part of the Oakwood Center of the Palm Beaches.

Firefighters deliver Santa and presents to St. Mary's Children's Hospital
D DeLucia. Posted on December 27th , 2011
On Friday December 23, the Palm Beach County FOOLS did their 7th annual visit to St. Mary's Children's Hospital delivering a huge quantity of toys to a full house of sick children (70).  The Fraternal Order of Leatherheads (FOOLS) group consisted of firefighters primarily from PBCFR and from other area departments. Santa had additional helpers who were wives and children of the firefighters.  Approximately 20 children from the hospital were permitted to greet Santa at the entrance of the facility.  From there the group went through three floors delivering toys and included the pediatric intensive care unit and the pediatric emergency room.  If Santa saw a child, that child was left with a toy.  It was a very emotional event and well covered by out local media. 
Santa arrived early in the Glades
B/C Chuck Lupo. Posted on December 22nd , 2011


Santa arrived early to the Glades. He arrived in fashion showing up to Glades Day School in Quint 73. Santa greeted the kids with lights flashing and siren blaring. The kids were thrilled to see Santa as he handed out candy to all of the elementary students. Santa stayed around to take pictures with the all the classes.

White powder call outside Wellington Regional Hospital
Delucia/Werkle. Posted on December 21st , 2011

On Sunday 12/18 at approximately 0900 at Wellington Regional, an employee returned to her vehicle after an overnight shift to find her tires slashed and white powder spread over the vehicle. After analysis by Special Ops the powder was found to be harmless.

Units on scene:
E30 R27 DC9 CP9 E34 R34 SO34

Fire Rescue helps grant a woman's wish
Don DeLucia. Posted on December 21st , 2011
Today Palm Beach County Fire Rescue had the honor of working with a national organization, Jerry Bloom's Wish of a Lifetime (seniorwish.org), and fullfilled the wish of an 87 year old resident of the Classic of West Palm Beach.  Her wish.... a ride on a fire engine.  Mrs. Beverly Bennis, a former Eastern Airlines flight attendant,  grew up as a little girl in the 30's in a small town in Stow, Ohio.  Her father established the town's first volunteer fire department.  She vividly remembers riding on an engine with Santa during Christmas holiday parades.  Today, Engine 23 delivered Santa to the residence where I escorted Mrs. Bennins from the lobby, past two lines of firefighters, to a waiting Santa at the Engine.  Great media coverage of a great story that made all three networks and the Post.  From the Senior residence, we took her to two daycare centers where she, dressed as Mrs. Claus, and Santa,  gave out candy canes to the kids.  Happy Holidays to all.
Toys for Tots Collection Project
Jack Norris. Posted on December 19th , 2011
Various stations and personnel are pictured assisting with the major process of picking up hundreds of toys and delivering to the Marine receiving point at the Fairgrounds. Captain Anthony Acosta acted as liaison between the Marine Corps and PBCFR again this year.
Station 20 Hosts an Adopted Family for Christmas
Don D. Posted on December 19th , 2011
On Saturday December 17, Station 20 put smiles on the faces of Alvaro and Jeremy Nolasko.  Alvaro had been a trauma patient of Station 20 A shift when he fell 30 feet from a tree he was trimming.  Being out of work and looking forward to a bleak Christmas, Station 20 along with the other Wellington stations collected funds to purchase food and other gift certificates.  They also donated a Lark scooter to help with Alvaro's mobility and young Jeremy receved a bicycle and a laptop to help with school work.  All of the local TV networks covered the story and the Palm Beach Post sent a reporter and photographer.  Good holiday PR. 
Accident on Indiantown Road
DeLucia/Renna. Posted on December 15th , 2011
Photo from a traffic accident that occurred on Indiantown west of the Publix earlier today (12/15). A Honda Accord ran into the back  of a Heavy Front end loader. 
FIre severly damages Wellington home
DOn DeLucia/Photos by investigator Summers. Posted on December 15th , 2011
On Wednesday December 14 at around 11 am, units responded to a fire at 12024 Old Country Road in Wellington.  Flames were seen coming from a rear bedroom and smoke was coming from most of the openings in the home.  FIre crews found the source of the fire in the back bedroom.  It was intense enough to burn through the roof and damage a good portion of the interior of the home.  There were no injuries.  A dog was rescued and the crews did a great job getting the fire out while saving a good portion of the structure.  Investigators determined the origin of the fire to be an unattended incense candle and was accidental. 

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