Daily Dispatch: Florida News
Firefighters with cancer tell emotional stories as benefits bill passes unanimously
Fri, 19 Apr 2019 00:00:00 -0700
After four years in legislative purgatory, a bill that would grant firefighters cancer coverage — in a stunning reversal brought about by sustained public pressure and allegations of political vendettas — is being fast-tracked to clear the Legislature this year. The bill cleared a key hurdle Thursday morning when the House State Affairs committee agreed unanimously to advance the proposal, after more than an hour of discussion marked by teary testimony and lawmakers’ vocal support.
- PUB DATE: 4/19/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Miami Herald
Clermont Fire Marshal wins statewide industry award
Thu, 18 Apr 2019 07:09:38 -0700
Clermont’s fire marshal just received a prestigious statewide industry award. The Florida Fire Sprinkler Association (FFSA) named Jennifer Pierce the 2019 Champion of the Industry – a fitting name for an employee of the Choice of Champions. This is the association’s highest award. “Fire Marshal Pierce promotes fire safety in her community through fire department open houses and explaining how fire sprinkler work during Side by Side Fire Sprinkler Demonstrations,” said Lorrell Bush, executive director of the FFSA.
- PUB DATE: 4/18/2019 7:09:38 AM - SOURCE: Clermont, Florida
Arrest made in string of Lake County arson fires, deputies say
Thu, 18 Apr 2019 15:53:05 -0700
Lake County deputies said they have arrested the person responsible for a string of arson fires in the area in February. James Anthony Bennett, 48, of Altoona, was arrested Thursday at his home. He's facing four counts of arson and two counts of armed burglary. Nine fires were reported during a nine-day period beginning Feb.
- PUB DATE: 4/18/2019 3:53:05 PM - SOURCE: WKMG-TV CBS 6 Click Orlando
New numbers point to rough year ahead in Bay Area for opioid epidemic
Thu, 18 Apr 2019 14:25:07 -0700
New numbers foreshadow a worse year for overdoses nationwide as health experts warn of a super drug 100 times stronger than fentanyl. In the first three months of 2018, Clearwater Fire & Rescue used the opioid reversal drug Narcan 60 times. But they used it 126 times during the same period this year.
- PUB DATE: 4/18/2019 2:25:07 PM - SOURCE: WFTS-TV ABC 28 Tampa Bay
Delray man indicted on murder, arson charges in man's death at mobile home
Fri, 19 Apr 2019 09:13:59 -0700
The man accused of setting a Palm Springs-area mobile home ablaze last month now faces a first-degree murder charge as well. On Thursday, a grand jury indicted 42-year-old Reinier Koole on arson, murder and armed burglary charges in the early morning fire March 29 at the Mar-Mak Colony Park and the killing of 33-year-old Ramon Eduardo Herrera-Moradel.
- PUB DATE: 4/19/2019 9:13:59 AM - SOURCE: Palm Beach Post
Clermont Fire Marshal Honored
Wed, 17 Apr 2019 19:32:29 -0700
The city of Clermont recently announces that Fire Marshal Jennifer Pierce received the Florida Fire Sprinkler Association 2019 Champion of Industry award. It seemed a fitting award for an employee of the Choice of Champions city and is the association’s highest award. “Fire Marshal Pierce promotes fire safety in her community through fire department open houses and explaining how fire sprinkler work during Side by Side Fire Sprinkler Demonstrations,” says Lorrell Bush, executive director of the FFSA.
- PUB DATE: 4/17/2019 7:32:29 PM - SOURCE: Lake and Sumter Style Magazine
Firefighters battle 300-acre brush fire in Brevard County
Wed, 17 Apr 2019 15:39:54 -0700
Firefighters are working to contain a 300-acre brush fire in Brevard County. The fire is 75 percent contained, according to the Florida Forest Service. Highway 407 is shut down until further notice. The fire was initially reported at five acres, but quickly grew to 200 acres by 4 p.m., the Florida Forest Service said.
- PUB DATE: 4/17/2019 3:39:54 PM - SOURCE: WPEC-TV CBS 12 West Palm Beach
Chamber honors Tequesta firefighters, other first responders at awards ceremony
Wed, 17 Apr 2019 14:30:11 -0700
Riding to a house fire in late December, firefighter paramedic Jason Fawcett was in disbelief. The Tequesta Fire Rescue truck’s monitoring equipment indicated there was a serious blaze in the 200 block of Country Club Drive, he said. “This isn’t real,” Fawcett recalled thinking. “It’s never like this.
- PUB DATE: 4/17/2019 2:30:11 PM - SOURCE: Palm Beach Post
Thinking of his daughter, Plant City firefighter with incurable cancer hopes lawmakers take action
Wed, 17 Apr 2019 15:37:27 -0700
Jimmy Riley has dedicated his career to public service, first as a part of the Marines and then as a firefighter. He’s been fighting fires for Plant City for the past 15 years. Now, he is in for the fight of his life. “For a few months I was having headaches, personality changes…it was brain cancer.
- PUB DATE: 4/17/2019 3:37:27 PM - SOURCE: WTSP-TV 10 News
Firefighters train for rope rescues with dummies in Fort Myers
Wed, 17 Apr 2019 13:47:47 -0700
Firefighters from multiple Southwest Florida units completed rescue training with dummies on Wednesday. At Station 74 in Fort Myers, members of the Southwest Florida Urban Search & Rescue Team practiced high-angle rope rescue training. These types of rescues are used if someone was stuck on the side of a building or inside a ravine, according to a Facebook post from the Iona McGregor Fire District.
- PUB DATE: 4/17/2019 1:47:47 PM - SOURCE: WBBH-TV NBC 2 Fort Myers
House will hear firefighters’ cancer bill after public pressure, payback allegations
Wed, 17 Apr 2019 00:00:00 -0700
The Florida House will reverse course and now hear a bill that would give firefighters cancer coverage, its leader said Tuesday, caving to days of public pressure and recent allegations that the bill had been deliberately held as payback after an ally’s contentious midterm election last year. House Speaker José Oliva, who had previously said he objected to hearing the bill, said in a statement that the “environment has become too toxic to debate the true original disagreement.
- PUB DATE: 4/17/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Miami Herald
Hot car death: Brevard mom left toddler in car during drug binge, police say
Wed, 17 Apr 2019 05:54:15 -0700
The mother of 1-year-old boy who died after she took him to a Melbourne fire station because the child was in distress has been arrested on manslaughter charges, according to authorities. Emily Hartman, 26, of Palm Bay, was arrested on charges of aggravated manslaughter by child neglect, possession of cocaine with intent to sell and possession of marijuana.
- PUB DATE: 4/17/2019 5:54:15 AM - SOURCE: WKMG-TV CBS 6 Click Orlando
Escambia County medical director emails reveal details about EMS training problems
Wed, 17 Apr 2019 04:06:38 -0700
Two months after being named Escambia County's medical director in 2018, Dr. Rayme Edler suspended a program that trained Emergency Medical Technicians to start patient IVs after discovering her name was being used on the training certificates without her knowledge. In emails obtained by the News Journal through a public records request, Edler raised questions about the program, which eventually led to Escambia County EMS Chief Steve White resigning on June 30, 2018, and the launch of an internal investigation that was handed over to the Florida Department of Health in March.
- PUB DATE: 4/17/2019 4:06:38 AM - SOURCE: Pensacola News Journal
Florida lawmakers carry out Death Benefits Measure
Wed, 17 Apr 2019 06:20:34 -0700
A Senate panel Tuesday approved a proposal that would set death benefits that would be paid if law-enforcement officers, firefighters, other first responders and military members are killed while on duty. The proposal (SB 7098), sponsored by Sen. Ed Hooper, R-Clearwater, would carry out a constitutional amendment, known as Amendment 7, passed by voters in November.
- PUB DATE: 4/17/2019 6:20:34 AM - SOURCE: Health News Florida
Jacksonville Beach leaders postpone vote on fire department merger
Mon, 15 Apr 2019 14:47:42 -0700
A week after Jacksonville Beach residents sounded off on a proposal to merge the Jacksonville Beach Fire Department services with those of the city of Jacksonville, Jacksonville Beach city leaders on Monday night decided to postpone the vote on the proposal. During Monday's meeting in the Jacksonville Beach City Council Chambers, Councilman Cory Nichols motioned for the merger vote to be tabled.
- PUB DATE: 4/15/2019 2:47:42 PM - SOURCE: News 4 JAX
Crews contain wildfire in Fort Pierce preserve
Mon, 15 Apr 2019 17:46:19 -0700
Crews were able to contain a 10-acre wildfire Monday afternoon, the Florida Forest Service Okeechobee District said. The fire ignited at George LeStrange Preserve. Large dead trees caught fire and the wind carried embers from trees towards cured mulch at the recycling plant off Glades Cut Off, according to fire officials.
- PUB DATE: 4/15/2019 5:46:19 PM - SOURCE: WPEC-TV CBS 12 West Palm Beach
Investigation: HUD hasn't inspected Jacksonville high-rise since seniors returned after massive fire
Mon, 15 Apr 2019 16:43:18 -0700
An Action News Jax Investigation has revealed that the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development did not inspect a Jacksonville high-rise that caught fire after its 200 elderly tenants moved back in more than a year ago. The Section 8 housing for seniors caught fire in December 2017, displacing the people who lived at Jacksonville Townhouse Apartments for two months.
- PUB DATE: 4/15/2019 4:43:18 PM - SOURCE: WOKV-AM
A Safe Haven for Newborns welcomes 300th safe baby
Mon, 15 Apr 2019 13:02:18 -0700
Newborns, less than seven days old, can be left at participating hospitals or 24/7 staffed fire/EMS stations without fear of repercussions. Seventeen years ago, at approximately 5 a.m. on a Saturday morning, the 24/7 confidential helpline received a call that a beautiful, healthy newborn girl was left in the arms of a Florida firefighter at a fire station.
- PUB DATE: 4/15/2019 1:02:18 PM - SOURCE: Community Newspapers.com
Fernandina Beach lifeguards, firefighters rescue teen from rip current
Sun, 14 Apr 2019 19:35:38 -0700
Quick action by Fernandina Beach lifeguards and firefighters led to the rescue of a 17-year-old from Brunswick. The teen was one of three people pulled out by a rip current at Peters Point on Saturday. “We got dispatched to three swimmers in a rip current and they were starting to get farther and farther out,” Haynes Cavender said.
- PUB DATE: 4/14/2019 7:35:38 PM - SOURCE: WTEV-TV 47
Marion County firefighter injured while responding to a fire in Ocala
Sun, 14 Apr 2019 13:51:42 -0700
A Marion County firefighter is in the hospital after he was seriously injured while responding to a structure fire in Ocala early Saturday morning. All residents made it out of the building before fire rescue arrived. During overhaul operations, ceiling debris fell on the MCFR lieutenant, and he was taken to a local hospital.
- PUB DATE: 4/14/2019 1:51:42 PM - SOURCE: Ocala Star-Banner
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