Daily Dispatch: Florida News
JFRD Chief on search for missing Florida boaters: 'These guys have the skills to survive a long time'
Mon, 19 Aug 2019 09:49:16 -0700
Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department Chief Keith Powers gave an update Monday into the search for one of their firefighters who went missing Friday. Brian McCluney and Justin Walker were last seen entering a boat dock for a fishing trip near Port Canaveral and haven't been seen since. “This is still absolutely a rescue mission," Powers said during a news conference Monday, a full three days since the men disappeared.
- PUB DATE: 8/19/2019 9:49:16 AM - SOURCE: WTLV 12 NBC & WJXX 25 ABC - First Coast News
Related: 50 firefighters, 11 boats searching for missing firefighters
Sun, 18 Aug 2019 19:36:04 -0700
The Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department is assisting with the search for the missing JFRD and Fairfax firefighters who went missing after going for a fishing trip out of the Port Canaveral area on Friday. JFRD said they sent 50 firefighters and 11 boats to help with the USCG Southeast's search of the Vilano and Daytona Beach area on Saturday morning.
- PUB DATE: 8/18/2019 7:36:04 PM - SOURCE: WTLV 12 NBC & WJXX 25 ABC - First Coast News
Firefighters rescue man from belly of cargo ship in Port Everglades
Sun, 18 Aug 2019 14:28:19 -0700
PHOTOS: Firefighters rescued a man who fainted while working inside the belly of a cargo ship Sunday afternoon at Port Everglades, according to Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue. The man, who suffered from heat exposure, was 50 feet down in the hold of the Impala, a 350-foot cargo vessel, according to Battalion Chief Michael Kane.
- PUB DATE: 8/18/2019 2:28:19 PM - SOURCE: WPLG-TV ABC Local10.com - Miami & Fort Lauderdale
Firefighters break into home to rescue man, stay behind to fix broken door
Sun, 18 Aug 2019 14:29:21 -0700
Firefighters in Palm Harbor did whatever it took to rescue a man in need. Even if that meant breaking down the door to the home. On Thursday, a home health nurse was heading to a house to help an elderly woman when she saw the woman’s husband laying on the floor through a window. The nurse tried to get inside but all the doors were locked, according to Palm Harbor Fire Rescue.
- PUB DATE: 8/18/2019 2:29:21 PM - SOURCE: WTSP-TV 10 News
Sarasota Fire Chief: Githler mansion extensively damaged in four-alarm blaze
Sun, 18 Aug 2019 13:55:34 -0700
PHOTOS: Jane Robinson had only a minute to collect her husband and two cats early Saturday morning before firefighters told her to evacuate. It was around 2:30 a.m. and the house next door on 374 S. Shore Drive was engulfed in flames. As she ran out of her front door, Robinson could see the center of her neighbor’s 10,883-square-foot home ablaze.
- PUB DATE: 8/18/2019 1:55:34 PM - SOURCE: Herald Tribune.com
Florida man sets woman's house on fire after dispute at bar: 'You're going to regret this!'
Mon, 19 Aug 2019 00:00:00 -0700
Florida man was taken into custody over the weekend for allegedly threatening a woman and setting fire to her home following a dispute at a bar. Richard Caldwell, 30, was charged with arson and burglary on Saturday after he returned to the scene of the blaze, which occurred at a residence on the 400 Block of Southwest Crawfish Drive in Port St.
- PUB DATE: 8/19/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Newsweek Florida
Firefighter suing city of St. Petersburg after being denied benefits for cancer diagnosis
Fri, 16 Aug 2019 00:00:00 -0700
A local firefighter is suing the city of St. Petersburg after he says he was denied benefits he should have received after his cancer diagnosis. Back in May, Governor DeSantis signed a bill granting firefighters certain benefits upon receiving a cancer diagnosis. Lt. Jason Francis has been employed by the city of St.
- PUB DATE: 8/16/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WFTS-TV ABC Action News
Person killed after vehicle crashes into Wellington canal
Fri, 16 Aug 2019 06:41:18 -0700
VIDEO: Palm Beach County Fire Rescue said a person died Friday morning after crashing into a Wellington canal. Capt. Albert Borroto said crews responded at 7:25 a.m. near the intersection of South Shore Boulevard and Lake Worth Road. Firefighters found a vehicle that was partially submerged in the canal.
- PUB DATE: 8/16/2019 6:41:18 AM - SOURCE: WPTV-TV NBC 5 West Palm Beach
Parkland to address 911 deficiencies over a year after school shooting
Fri, 16 Aug 2019 00:00:00 -0700
The 911 and police radio deficiencies exposed by the Parkland school shooting are finally being addressed, after years of squabbling among government agencies, officials said Wednesday. In testimony to the commission investigating the shooting, Broward law enforcement and county officials painted a far more optimistic picture than that of two months ago when police and fire chiefs said they didn’t trust the county government to fix the system.
- PUB DATE: 8/16/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Firerescue 1
Cape Coral firefighters undergo turbo draft training
Thu, 15 Aug 2019 14:33:38 -0700
Cape Coral fire crews had special training on Thursday to speed up the process of getting water from nearby canals to putting out flames. It comes a day after a family’s home was left in ruins and the death of three dogs inside it. The training addressed a serious question: how do Cape Coral firefighters put out a fire when there is no fire hydrant insight? Cape Coral Fire Dept.
- PUB DATE: 8/15/2019 2:33:38 PM - SOURCE: WINK-TV WinkNews.com
First responders prep for future of self-driving vehicles in Jacksonville
Thu, 15 Aug 2019 12:38:37 -0700
VIDEO: As Jacksonville looks toward the future and autonomous vehicles, first responders are making sure they’re ready to keep people safe. On Thursday, the Jacksonville Transportation Authority hosted the first of several training events with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office and Jacksonville Fire-Rescue Department.
- PUB DATE: 8/15/2019 12:38:37 PM - SOURCE: WTEV-TV 47
Generational bond: Retired Cape firefighter and German family stay close decades after meeting
Fri, 16 Aug 2019 03:24:00 -0700
Chris Schroder picked up the phone and heard a familiar voice on the other end. What he didn't know was that this phone call would lead to new family, unbreakable bonds and a sharing of different cultures an ocean away. A generation in the making story came full circle Tuesday in Cape Coral, as Schroder showed his godchildren exactly how he and their father met one fateful day decades ago.
- PUB DATE: 8/16/2019 3:24:00 AM - SOURCE: Pine Island Eagle
Bradenton Fire Department Names New Assistant Chief
Thu, 15 Aug 2019 00:00:00 -0700
Battalion Chief Tim Geer of the Bradenton Fire Department has been named assistant chief. Geer replaces David Ezell who retired after more than 20 years with the agency. The appointment was announced earlier this week by Fire Chief Chuck Edwards and takes effect on Aug. 27. "As the department faces notable evolution in the next few years, including the reconstruction of two stations and personnel succession implementation, we are confident that the leadership contributions of Assistant Chief Geer will aid in bringing our goals to fruition," said Edwards.
- PUB DATE: 8/15/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Patch Bradenton
Palm Coast Fire Department Promotes and Hires 8
Thu, 15 Aug 2019 07:20:14 -0700
The Palm Coast Fire Department on Wednesday promoted Capt. Gary Potter to battalion chief, succeeding Mark Valentik, who retired after 25 years of service, and Lt. James Neuenfeldt to captain. The promotions were part of a series of promotions and new hires affecting the $9 million fire department–the largest single-expenditure out of the city’s general budget.
- PUB DATE: 8/15/2019 7:20:14 AM - SOURCE: Flagler Live
After almost 20 years of service to Longboat Key, Tina Adams takes on new role
Wed, 14 Aug 2019 13:04:05 -0700
Longboat Key emergency services now have a designated public information officer, and she’s a familiar face around the island. Tina Adams’ official title is Fire-EMS Liaison and PIO, a long moniker that still doesn’t totally encompass her role. Being in charge of public information has always been in her job description, but in recent months the responsibility has become more prominent and well-defined.
- PUB DATE: 8/14/2019 1:04:05 PM - SOURCE: Your Observer Newspapers
Orlando flooding: 9 people rescued from 6 vehicles
Thu, 15 Aug 2019 00:00:00 -0700
VIDEO: Flooding created huge problems for people in Central Florida on Wednesday. It was a rainy, soggy mess in many areas. In East Orange County, neighbors along El Prado Avenue had quite a bit of flooding. "I parked my car there, and trying to find a way walking along the grass to get to my house down the street," one person told WESH 2 News.
- PUB DATE: 8/15/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WESH- TV 2 News
Gulf Breeze still pondering move to professional fire department
Thu, 15 Aug 2019 06:58:04 -0700
City Manager Samantha Abell told Council members she and Fire Chief Shane Carmichael, who is also the Community Services Director, have been working on the issue of whether the department should retain its current status, should join forces with other fire departments in South Santa Rosa County, should become a totally professional department or should opt for some combination of the possibilities.
- PUB DATE: 8/15/2019 6:58:04 AM - SOURCE: Gulf Breeze News - Metered Site
Elderly woman, animals die in St. Lucie County house fire
Tue, 13 Aug 2019 18:36:45 -0700
VIDEO: A deadly house fire in St. Lucie County Tuesday night killed an elderly woman and at least one dog, according to investigators. The cause of the fire along Rolyat Street near Fort Pierce remains under investigation. Investigators have not released the identity of the victim. St. Lucie County Fire Rescue Spokeswoman Brenda Stokes says a call came into 911 just before 7 p.
- PUB DATE: 8/13/2019 6:36:45 PM - SOURCE: WPTV-TV NBC 5 West Palm Beach
Portable fire rescue stations coming to Southport and Hiland Park
Tue, 13 Aug 2019 20:46:30 -0700
VIDEO: At last Tuesday’s Bay County commission meeting, commissioners awarded a contract to Panhandle Power Solutions LLC for two portable fire rescue stations. But, what is a portable fire rescue station? “It’s basically a fire station in a box for a lack of better words,” said Bay County emergency services chief Mark Bowen.
- PUB DATE: 8/13/2019 8:46:30 PM - SOURCE: My Panhandle
Firefighters rescue Broward dog who got teeth hooked in metal crate
Wed, 14 Aug 2019 05:38:51 -0700
VIDEO: Dahlia, a 4-year-old pit bull mix, needed help Friday afternoon after she got her teeth hooked in the bars of the metal crate holding her. Carolina Loreto’s two teenage daughters were home alone when Dahlia became stuck. Loreto was at work. “And they called me, FaceTiming me, and they were crying and yelling, and I didn’t understand,” Loreto said.
- PUB DATE: 8/14/2019 5:38:51 AM - SOURCE: WFLX-TV FOX 29 West Palm Beach
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