Daily Dispatch: Florida News
Multiple City of Miami firefighters fall victim to car burglars
Thu, 20 Feb 2020 13:50:04 -0800
Multiple vehicles were targeted early Thursday morning outside a City of Miami Fire Station near Miami International Airport. Miami police responded to the call around 6 a.m. and said they found several burglarized vehicles outside the station. There was a number of trucks with broken windows and shattered glass all across the lot along Northwest Seventh Street and Le Jeune Road.
- PUB DATE: 2/20/2020 1:50:04 PM - SOURCE: WPLG-TV ABC Local10.com - Miami & Fort Lauderdale
St. Petersburg: Team running the Skyway 10K, carrying the weight of hundreds of fallen firefighters
Fri, 21 Feb 2020 00:00:00 -0800
VIDEO: In its three years, the Skyway 10K has seen thousands of participants. A few have traveled the bridge each year, like friends and firefighters Tom "Bull" Hill and Mike Junge. Hill walks the Skyway to honor firefighters who lost their lives to cancer and PTSD. Hill walked the Skyway in 2018 with a pack covered in the names, shields and objects from firefighters who had died from cancer or suicides related to PTSD.
- PUB DATE: 2/21/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTSP-TV CBS 10 ST. Petersburg
Tampa Fire Station 13 gets new truck to help lower response times
Fri, 21 Feb 2020 00:00:00 -0800
One of the busiest fire stations in Hillsborough County has received a new fire truck to help lower response times for people in New Tampa. The new vehicle for Tampa Fire Station 13 is an additional full rescue unit vehicle. "This will come with new personnel to help offset the tremendous stress that the men and women of Station 13 endure every single day," said Councilman Luis Viera on his Facebook page.
- PUB DATE: 2/21/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WFTS-TV ABC Action News
Lake County Fire Rescue honors three lieutenants
Thu, 20 Feb 2020 11:42:25 -0800
Three Lake County Fire Rescue personnel were among those honored for their dedication to service during the annual awards banquet that recognizes police officers, firefighters and K9 officers who went above and beyond the line of duty during the past year. The event, which takes place at Eustis Elks Lodge 1578, has been honoring first responders for 17 years.
- PUB DATE: 2/20/2020 11:42:25 AM - SOURCE: Lake and Sumter Style Magazine
Man allegedly tries to burn down Fort Walton Beach hotel room
Thu, 20 Feb 2020 16:40:36 -0800
Fort Walton Beach Police Officers responded to the Days Inn Hotel on Miracle Strip Parkway Thursday after a report of attempted arson. Officers discovered that Miguel Antonio Gonzalez-Montes, 24, of Okaloosa County was involved in a physical altercation with his pregnant girlfriend, according to a press release from the Fort Walton Beach Police Department.
- PUB DATE: 2/20/2020 4:40:36 PM - SOURCE: Ft. Walton Beach: Northwest Florida News
Tequesta girl becomes firefighter for a day
Thu, 20 Feb 2020 11:36:55 -0800
A 4-year-old Tequesta girl became a firefighter for a day on Thursday! Tequesta Fire Rescue surprised Abby Essaye by showing up at her home in the morning, swearing her in as an honorary firefighter, then giving her a ride to school in a firetruck. "About six years ago, we decided that we wanted to help the local schools raise money for books and supplies and things like that, so we decided to start a program where we would bring kids to school on the fire engine," said Lt.
- PUB DATE: 2/20/2020 11:36:55 AM - SOURCE: WFLX-TV FOX 29 West Palm Beach
1 person in serious condition, 2 dogs dead after house fire in Tampa
Wed, 19 Feb 2020 19:37:02 -0800
Tampa firefighters battled a massive blaze in the VM Ybor neighborhood just after 6 p.m. Wednesday. Crews rushing to the home knew several people were trapped inside. When they pulled up, they had to navigate around a downed power line near the driveway. "Anytime you are confronted with electricity and chain link fences, that's always a big hazard for firefighters because those chain link fences you could be a block down the road and energize an entire block if those fences are touching," Assistant Fire Chief Mark Bogus said.
- PUB DATE: 2/19/2020 7:37:02 PM - SOURCE: WFTS-TV ABC 28 Tampa Bay
Crestview Fire Department saves woman’s finger
Thu, 20 Feb 2020 00:00:00 -0800
A 38-year-old was rushed to the hospital Monday after a ring cut off circulation to her hand, causing intense swelling. Erika Simmons, a Crestview resident, was wearing a stainless steel ring, when her aunt, Terry Kemp, became concerned about her finger. Kemp rushed her to the emergency room of North Okaloosa Medical Center.
- PUB DATE: 2/20/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Crestview News Bulletin
Longboat Key's firefighters try yoga, with help of experts, to reduce stress at work
Thu, 20 Feb 2020 04:15:01 -0800
“Inhale up over your head and straighten your front leg. Take a big breath, straighten your front leg. Exhale, back and looking over your front arm. Yeah,” Debby McClung said rhythmically. “Turn your palm up, let’s do that again. Inhale, rise. Exhale, down. Look over your front arm. Powerful posture.
- PUB DATE: 2/20/2020 4:15:01 AM - SOURCE: Your Observer.com Newspapers
Woman, twins escape house fire near Winter Park
Thu, 20 Feb 2020 06:35:39 -0800
Fire crews said the woman and two 11-year-old children were sleeping inside the home on Elsinore Avenue when the fire broke out Thursday morning. Crews said about half the house was in flames when they arrived and the car port was almost completely burned. Smoke damage was also found inside the home, which officials said is not currently habitable.
- PUB DATE: 2/20/2020 6:35:39 AM - SOURCE: WKMG-TV CBS 6 Click Orlando
What's the point of doing prescribed burns in Southwest Florida?
Wed, 19 Feb 2020 19:39:22 -0800
February, March, and April are often the driest months of the year in Southwest Florida. Though this also makes up what many consider to be the nicest time of the year in our piece of paradise, it comes at a cost. Dry weather in Southwest Florida increases the threat of wildfires and that risk is highest during the stretch of months we're entering now.
- PUB DATE: 2/19/2020 7:39:22 PM - SOURCE: WBBH-TV NBC 2 Fort Myers
Okeechobee considering ending city fire services
Tue, 18 Feb 2020 16:46:08 -0800
Okeechobee city leaders are taking a close look at contracting fire protection with Okeechobee County to replace the city fire department as a way to save money. “It’s a tough decision to make we're in the exploratory stage,: says Okeechobee Mayor Dowling Watford. The city is currently waiting on a proposal from Okeechobee County on what it would cost to have county firefighters take over.
- PUB DATE: 2/18/2020 4:46:08 PM - SOURCE: WFLX-TV FOX 29 West Palm Beach
Captiva Island Fire Control District's commission hears of calls, inspections
Wed, 19 Feb 2020 02:56:21 -0800
The Captiva Island Fire Control District's commission was updated on recent fire calls, annual inspections and the annual audit at its recent meeting, as well as discussed a requested contribution from the district for this year's involvement in the Captiva Civic Association Annual ABC gala. At the Feb.
- PUB DATE: 2/19/2020 2:56:21 AM - SOURCE: Island Reporter
North Port police SUV catches fire with K9 inside
Wed, 19 Feb 2020 07:47:17 -0800
A North Port police officer rescued his canine partner after their patrol vehicle caught fire Tuesday afternoon, the department reports. According to police, officer James Mills was conducting a traffic stop in the parking lot of the SunTrust Bank at U.S. 41 and North Port Boulevard when his vehicle began to smoke.
- PUB DATE: 2/19/2020 7:47:17 AM - SOURCE: Herald Tribune.com
Gainesville Fire accepts funds to enhance state search and rescue operations
Wed, 19 Feb 2020 00:00:00 -0800
It may sound like the ingredients of a good country song: money for a truck and a dog, but it’s much more serious than that. Tuesday evening the Gainesville City Council approved receipt of a pair of grants totaling $29,340. The funds will be used by the Gainesville Fire Department to enhance the Georgia Search and Rescue (GSAR) Task Force 1 team which operates out of Gainesville.
- PUB DATE: 2/19/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: AccessWDUN
Fort Myers Beach Fire Chief mulling over options for site of new station
Wed, 19 Feb 2020 04:56:19 -0800
With approvals in hand from the Fort Myers Beach Board of Fire Commissioners to spend $3.99 million on the purchase of the vacant lots at 2545 and 2555 Estero Blvd. to construct a new fire station adjacent to town hall, Chief Matthew Love said plans are now being formulated on exactly how to use the parcels.
- PUB DATE: 2/19/2020 4:56:19 AM - SOURCE: Fortmyersbeachtalk
Jacksonville firefighters relive dramatic rescue of toddler from burning home
Mon, 17 Feb 2020 14:39:54 -0800
VIDEO: Before Jacksonville Fire And Rescue Department Lt. Mike Belcher even made it to the Mayport house fire, he had a knot in his stomach. The fire communications operators had already told him there was a child inside the burning home. “I don’t know if it was what was on the line with a child being inside, but it was so unnerving going in there,” Belcher said.
- PUB DATE: 2/17/2020 2:39:54 PM - SOURCE: WJXT-TV CBS 4 Jacksonville
Pregnant woman escapes Orange County house fire through window
Mon, 17 Feb 2020 10:36:50 -0800
PHOTOS: A pregnant woman escaped through a window when a home she was in caught on fire Monday morning, according to Orange County Fire Rescue. The fire happened at about 8:40 a.m. on Valley Drive. The pregnant woman was taken to an area hospital to be checked out after she escaped. Two men who lived at the home are now displaced, officials said.
- PUB DATE: 2/17/2020 10:36:50 AM - SOURCE: WKMG-TV CBS 6 Click Orlando
Nassau County woman arrested for arson, police find drugs in her body using x-ray
Mon, 17 Feb 2020 10:37:09 -0800
The Nassau County Sheriff’s Office arrested Mary Christina Jones, 42, on alleged arson and possession of methamphetamine charges. Police say she set her hotel room on fire, and a contraband screen showed that she had an object inside her vaginal area. Deputies responded to the Holiday Terrace Motel at 552428 US-1 after a fire was reported in one of the hotel rooms, police say.
- PUB DATE: 2/17/2020 10:37:09 AM - SOURCE: WTEV-TV 47
Man accused of arson, attempted murder in Orlando County to face judge
Tue, 18 Feb 2020 04:42:08 -0800
In Orange County, a man charged with arson and attempted murder is set to face a judge on Tuesday. 49-year-old Robert Lee Hendrix is accused of starting a house fire in Orlando on Saturday. Two burn victims were taken to the hospital as trauma alerts. Witnesses told police that they woke up to the sound of water flowing and the smell of gasoline.
- PUB DATE: 2/18/2020 4:42:08 AM - SOURCE: WOFL-TV MyFox Orlando 35
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