|Daily Dispatch: Florida News|
|Orlando firefighters rescue woman, car from oncoming freight train|
|Fri, 14 Dec 2018 06:20:32 -0800|
Orlando firefighters are being credited with helping to save a woman and her car after they got stuck on railroad tracks in downtown as a freight train approached. The rescue was captured on cellphone video by Nolan Thompson on Wednesday night. According to Orlando fire officials, people started banging on the doors to Fire Station 1 at approximately 11:20 p.
- PUB DATE: 12/14/2018 6:20:32 AM - SOURCE: WKMG-TV CBS 6 Click Orlando
|Navarre Beach Fire Rescue to take over lifeguards, beach safety operations from county|
|Fri, 14 Dec 2018 04:31:49 -0800|
An agreement passed by Santa Rosa County Commissioners on Thursday will give Navarre Beach Fire Rescue control of beach safety on Navarre Beach. For decades, beach safety lifeguards have been managed by the county's Navarre Beach Department and were a separate division under the direction of Utilities Supervisor Terry Wallace.
- PUB DATE: 12/14/2018 4:31:49 AM - SOURCE: Pensacola News Journal
|Driver slams into pole, killed in fiery crash in Hastings|
|Fri, 14 Dec 2018 05:06:16 -0800|
A driver died Friday morning in a fiery crash in Hastings, reported the St. Johns Fire Rescue department. The crash took place on 8905A Hastings Boulevard around 3 a.m. Firefighters say the driver slammed into a pole before the car was engulfed in flames. They arrived to find the driver had died on scene, said Captain Bob Snell with the fire department.
- PUB DATE: 12/14/2018 5:06:16 AM - SOURCE: WJXT-TV CBS 4 Jacksonville
|Tallahassee Fire Department offers Christmas tree safety tips|
|Thu, 13 Dec 2018 15:57:10 -0800|
As we prepare for the holidays whether that is decorating the Christmas tree and wrapping presents the Tallahassee Fire Department and the State Fire Marshal wants to remind you about how quickly things can turn dangerous. "Every year 200 fires start because of Christmas trees and those do a damage of anywhere between 15 to 17 million dollars worth of damage and that's what we want to prevent," said Todd Pierce with the state Fire Marshal office.
- PUB DATE: 12/13/2018 3:57:10 PM - SOURCE: WTXL
|2 Fires Torch 5 Homes in Brevard County; 2 Hurt|
|Wed, 12 Dec 2018 15:52:07 -0800|
At least five homes have been damaged, and two people were hurt, after separate fires erupted in Brevard County on Wednesday. Fire in Cocoa damages 4 mobile homes; no one hurt Currently unclear what started the fire, officials say 2nd fire that broke out in West Cocoa injures adult, child The first fire, which broke out on Lake Drive, torched four mobile homes.
- PUB DATE: 12/12/2018 3:52:07 PM - SOURCE: Central Florida News 13 (CFN13)
|Woman rallies to donate pet oxygen masks to Southwest Florida fire departments|
|Wed, 12 Dec 2018 14:10:21 -0800|
Firefighters work to protect us, and now they have tools to save our pets as well. And it’s all thanks to one woman and a special donation to Southwest Florida fire departments. Jean Bobis loves dogs, her pup Moochi is part of the family. “I’ve had dogs since way back in the 1970s,” she said. So she turned that passion for animals into a lifesaving mission for our canine companions.
- PUB DATE: 12/12/2018 2:10:21 PM - SOURCE: WINK-TV WinkNews.com
|Malfunctioning heating unit sparks fire at Orange County home|
|Wed, 12 Dec 2018 11:59:38 -0800|
Firefighters responded to a fire Tuesday night at an Orange County home caused by a malfunctioning home-heating unit, according to Fire Rescue spokesman Michael Jachles. First responders arrived at Quail Pond Street, just east of Conway, to find smoke coming out of the eaves of a one-story home. The fire extended into the air handler and to the attic before it was contained, according to Jachles.
- PUB DATE: 12/12/2018 11:59:38 AM - SOURCE: Orlando Sentinel
|Panama City Beach Advertising for Bids for New Fire Station|
|Wed, 12 Dec 2018 20:57:58 -0800|
Panama City Beach has started advertising for bids for the construction of a new fire station. It will be located off nautilus street north of panama city beach parkway. This project includes construction of an approximately 15,500-square foot building, and includes site work, parking, access, exterior lighting, landscaping, irrigation and signage.
- PUB DATE: 12/12/2018 8:57:58 PM - SOURCE: WMBB-TV My Pan Handle.com
|Jackson County hires new fire chief|
|Tue, 11 Dec 2018 21:10:27 -0800|
After five months of searching, Jackson County has hired a new fire chief. At Tuesday's board of county commission meeting, a unanimous vote to hire Charlie Brunner for the position, was made. In high school, Brunner started his career as a volunteer fire fighter for the city of Marianna. Following that he graduated from the EMT and fire academy at Chipola College, he worked as a firefighter, EMT with Jackson County for eight years.
- PUB DATE: 12/11/2018 9:10:27 PM - SOURCE: WMBB-TV My Pan Handle.com
|Hillsborough firefighter used 'Magical Butter' machine to make cannabis oil in a fire station, deputies say|
|Tue, 11 Dec 2018 13:24:23 -0800|
The Magical Butter Botanical Extractor is a mechanical device which looks similar to a coffee thermos and is marketed as a tool to infuse food with your favorite herbs. Sheriff's officials say a Hillsborough County firefighter used one to create homemade cannabis oil. Deputies were called Monday afternoon to Hillsborough Fire Station 26, a small public safety house at 5302 Thonotosassa Road, after someone found a Magical Butter machine in the workout room with marijuana in it.
- PUB DATE: 12/11/2018 1:24:23 PM - SOURCE: Tampa Bay Times and Tampa Bay.com
|A lucky break: Miami Gardens man uses cast on his arm to get into a house and save neighbor from fire|
|Wed, 12 Dec 2018 03:18:38 -0800|
A man with a broken arm proved not all heroes wear capes. Sometimes they wear casts. Altavious Powell used his cast to smash a window and get into his elderly neighbor's house in Miami Gardens, Florida, as it was burning on Monday night. Powell said he ran toward the home of his neighbor, identified by WSVN as 93-year-old Maria Cabral, when he smelled smoke.
- PUB DATE: 12/12/2018 3:18:38 AM - SOURCE: WPTV-TV NBC 5 West Palm Beach
|Palm Beach County Fire Rescue to buy gas monitors to detect cancer-causing toxins|
|Tue, 11 Dec 2018 15:26:43 -0800|
When on the scene of a building fire, Michael McKeehan’s firefighting role stations him outside — where he is likely breathing in cancer-causing toxins with no protection. McKeehan is a driver operator with Palm Beach County Fire Rescue. To extinguish a fire, it’s the captain and firefighter on his engine who typically go inside the building and are outfitted with the proper respiratory equipment.
- PUB DATE: 12/11/2018 3:26:43 PM - SOURCE: Palm Beach Post
|Midway firefighter saves dog from freezing water|
|Wed, 12 Dec 2018 04:27:28 -0800|
A Midway firefighter is being praised for his heroic actions after he dove into freezing cold water to save the life of a citizen’s dog this weekend. Cale Secondine, who has been a firefighter/EMT for a total of three years and has served in Midway for one year, said the station received a call on Sunday night for a public assist.
- PUB DATE: 12/12/2018 4:27:28 AM - SOURCE: Pensacola News Journal
|Orlando Fire Department to purchase more automatic CPR devices|
|Tue, 11 Dec 2018 14:42:19 -0800|
Orlando firefighters lifted the accordion-like straps of the Zoll AutoPulse Compression Device and watched them tighten to a mannequin’s chest as Lt. Robert Anctil pressed a button on the end of the stabilizing board. Once fitted, it began the steady squeeze of CPR. The device, which firefighters demonstrated at their downtown station in August, helped the agency gain EMS accreditation that month for patient care and ambulance service delivery.
- PUB DATE: 12/11/2018 2:42:19 PM - SOURCE: Orlando Sentinel
|Firefighters contend with suspected live ammunition at house fire in Hillsborough County|
|Tue, 11 Dec 2018 06:15:32 -0800|
Firefighters had more than flames to contend with at a house fire in the Northdale area on Monday. Fire crews looking for people inside a burning home in the 16000 block of Norwood Drive had to turn around and flee after what appeared to be live ammunition burning in the flames started going off, said Hillsborough County Fire Rescue spokesman Eric Seidel.
- PUB DATE: 12/11/2018 6:15:32 AM - SOURCE: Tampa Bay Times and Tampa Bay.com
|Elderly woman escapes house fire in Quincy|
|Mon, 10 Dec 2018 18:31:30 -0800|
An elderly woman and her dog escaped their burning home in Quincy Monday afternoon. Quincy firefighters were called to the 400 block of Highland Avenue just before 5 p.m. When they arrived, the house was fully engulfed in flames but the resident and her dog escaped unharmed, said Sgt. Anglie Hightower of the Gadsden County Sheriff's Office.
- PUB DATE: 12/10/2018 6:31:30 PM - SOURCE: Tallahassee Democrat & Tallahassee.com
|Fireworks, propane tanks explode during Orange County house fire, firefighters say|
|Tue, 11 Dec 2018 03:28:58 -0800|
Explosions rocked a southeast Orange County neighborhood just after midnight Tuesday morning as fireworks and propane tanks exploded as a home went up in flames. Orange County Fire Rescue said they are still investigating what caused the house fire on Oakwood Cove Lane. OCFR said more than 50 firefighters responded to the scene, and one suffered a minor injury.
- PUB DATE: 12/11/2018 3:28:58 AM - SOURCE: WFTV-TV ABC 9 Orlando
|Stuart woman charged with burning her own home|
|Mon, 10 Dec 2018 19:11:55 -0800|
A 65-year-old Stuart woman is accused of purposefully setting her home on fire and then trying to defraud her insurance company. Joanne Konefal, of the 1000 block of Southwest Bromelia Terrace in Stuart, was arrested on two felony arson charges Friday afternoon. Martin County Fire Rescue said firefighters responded to Konefal's home Nov.
- PUB DATE: 12/10/2018 7:11:55 PM - SOURCE: TCPalm.com
|Honoring Florida's fallen firefighters: 4 names added|
|Fri, 07 Dec 2018 10:26:09 -0800|
Four firefighters who lost their lives in the line of duty within the past year were honored during the annual Florida Fallen Firefighter memorial service held at the Florida State Fire College on Friday morning. The chilly weather did not prevent family members, friends, fire officials and politicians from paying their respects to Jeffery Atkinson, Steven R.
- PUB DATE: 12/7/2018 10:26:09 AM - SOURCE: Ocala Star-Banner
|Bryceville family loses home during overnight fire|
|Mon, 10 Dec 2018 06:09:17 -0800|
A family in Bryceville lost their home when flames tore through it, Monday morning. Firefighters with Nassau County Fire Rescue were called to the home on Sunowa Springs Trail around 4:30 a.m. When they arrived, three quarters of the two-story home was already damaged by the fire, reported Chief Brady Rigdon.
- PUB DATE: 12/10/2018 6:09:17 AM - SOURCE: WJXT-TV CBS 4 Jacksonville