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Engine Company 33 Rescues Frightened Kitten from Storm Drain
District Chief James Guyn/ Captain Christopher DeVito. Posted on September 29th , 2014

On Sunday night September 29, 2014 at crews from Station 33 responded to reports of a kitten that had fallen into a storm drain near the intersection of Congress Ave and Southern Blvd. On arrival Engine Company 33 investigated and could hear the cries of the frightened kitten eight feet down, standing in the drain pipe. District Chief 10 and Palm Beach County Animal care and Control were called out to the location to assist with the rescue. Firefighter Mierzwa climbed down into the storm drain and placed a trap with sardines for the kitten. After several attempts, the scared kitten climbed into the cage and was safely lifted up to be reunited with a very grateful owner.

Great job by everyone involved in this rescue. Engine 33 ( Captain DeVito, Driver/Operator Parker, Firefighter/Paramedic Mierza) District Chief Guyn, Animal Care & Control Officer Dana Weisberger.

PBCFR Reserve Battalion Donates Life Jackets to PBC Parks and Recreation Department
Battalion Chief Kevin Rattey. Posted on September 18th , 2014

The PBCFR Reserve Battalion donated 36 youth size life jackets to the Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation Department, Therapeutic Recreation Program, at The Gleneagles Country Club Aquatic Center located in the CMAA Therapeutic Recreation Complex in Lake Worth. The jackets were obtained from a grant awarded to the Battalion last year from the National Safe Boating Council.
This facility is open to the public; however their primary focus is providing recreation opportunities for people with disabilities. They offer adapted swimming lessons for children and adults with physical and developmental disabilities. Their Special Olympics Swim team practices at this facility twice a week. They also offer a sailing program for individuals with Disabilities at Okeeheelee Park from January to May. For more information, please go to the link below:
http://www.pbcgov.com/parks/therapeutic_recreation/swimming_pool/

Battalion 5 Crews Fight Early Morning Fire
Captain Albert Borroto. Posted on September 17th , 2014

At 545am on Saturday September 13 Battalion 5 crews responded to reports of a fire on the 19000 block of Sea Pines Way. Callers reported that there was nobody home but they could see smoke from a home. First arriving firefighters reported flames and smoke from the roof and side of a single family home. Crews quickly entered the structure to locate the fire and performed primary searches to make sure there were no occupants inside the home. At one point during firefighting efforts crews had to pull out of the structure due to the roof becoming unsafe.

Fire investigators have determined that this fire was caused by a lightning strike.

Great job by all crews on this fire!

Battalion 5 Crews Battle Fire in Four Story Apartment Building
Captain Albert Borroto/Photos Courtesy Captain Schainuck. Posted on September 17th , 2014

At 12 noon on September 12 crews from Battalion 5 responded to the 9300 block of SW 8th St. to reports of flames from the window of a second floor apartment. Responding crews reported dark black smoke visible several blocks away. First arriving crews reported flames from the front and side of a four story building. Fire crews quickly initiated an offensive fire attack entering the second floor of the building, located the fire and brought it under control.

Great job by all crews on this fire!

Crews Battle Early Morning Commercial Fire in Station 24 Zone
Captain Albert Borroto/Photos Courtesy Chief Doug McGlynn. Posted on September 17th , 2014

During the early morning hour of 6:30am on August 22 crews from Battalion Two Station 24 responded to reports of a commercial building fire on the 2100 block of Scott Ave. Callers stated they could see flames from the doors and roof of a building. First arriving engine company reported heavy black smoke from a commercial building with flames visible. A working fire was called and crews immediately attempted to gain entrance to the building. Given the early morning hour the business was closed and firefighters had to force entry to the structure to begin firefighting efforts. Once inside crews quickly located the fire and brought it under control.
Great job by all crews on this Commercial fire!
Units on this included: E24,E23, Q29, E33, R24, R231, DC10, CP10, DC9, BC3, DC3, R29, IV6

Congratulations Recent LFTI Graduates
Captain Bill Morris. Posted on September 15th , 2014

Congratulations to the recent graduates of the latest LFTI course!

Thomas Dalman, Jerome Delaney, Gary Garrett, Chris Harris, Mike Meyer, Armando Soutullo, Robert Stubbs, Douglas Taylor, Steve Trimble, Todd Tuner, Robert Valentine.

Station 91 Welcomes New Fire Engine 91 With In Service Ceremony
Captain Albert Borroto. Posted on September 12th , 2014

The Fire Department has been a rich part of the history in the City of Lake Worth for over 100 years. And the fire engine has been a symbol of safety to the visitors and citizens of the city since the first motor-powered fire truck was purchased on May 26, 1917.
On September 9, 2014 a new fire engine in service ceremony was held at PBCFR Station 91 welcoming the newest fire engine to the City of Lake Worth. The firefighters with the assistance of Lake Worth Mayor Pam Triolo, Councilman Andy Amoroso, and community leaders gave the new engine a ceremonial wetting from the retiring engine, drying and then "pushed" the engine back into its new home at Station 91 ready to protect the visitors and citizens of Lake Worth.

Captain Darla Leal receives Top Firefighter Award from The Village of Wellington
Battalion Chief Mike Arena. Posted on September 10th , 2014

The Village of Wellington council presented Captain Darla Leal with the Top Firefighter award for the Village of Wellington at their September 9, 2014 council meeting. Captain Leal is an exceptional employee who strives for professionalism and quality responding to the needs of the citizens of the Village of Wellington and Palm Beach County. She serves on numerous department teams and committees and also is a part of the Battalion Command team as a liaison for the Village of Wellington. She serves as a proctor for the department Work Performance Evaluation program and has served at Palm Beach County Fire Rescue for over 18 years. Please join us in Congratulating her on this accomplishment.

PBCFR and WPBFR Crews Handle Structure Fire in Riverwalk
Captain Albert Borroto/ Photos Courtesy Stephen Wolf. Posted on August 22nd , 2014

Early afternoon on August 20 crews from both Palm Beach County Fire Rescue and West Palm Beach Fire Rescue responded to reports of a fire on the 7000 block of Grassy Bay Drive. Callers reported seeing smoke from the home. First arriving firefighters reported grey smoke from the front of the home and quickly entered to investigate the source. The firefighters quickly located the fire n a room of the home and easily extinguished it. There were no reported injuries and an investigator was called to the location to determine the cause of the fire.
Units on this incident included E23, R23, P29, R231, DC10, L7, DC12, IV13

Firefighters Fight House Fire in Lake Worth
Captain Albert Borroto. Posted on August 21st , 2014

On the afternoon of August 19 crews from Palm Beach County Fire Rescue Battalion Three responded to reports of a fire on the 700 block of South East Coast St in Lake Worth. First arriving firefighters reported flames from the home and started an offensive attack. During firefighting operations there was a partial roof collapse and crews were pulled back to a defensive mode for safety. Firefighters quickly brought the fire under control and extinguished it. The structure was an unoccupied abandoned building that did not have any electrical power to it.

An investigator was called to the scene to determine the cause of the fire.

Great job to all the crews!

This was PBCFR Reserve Firefighter Ray Vazquez Jr. first fire since joining us, great job Ray!

2014 MDA Boot Drive
Captain Albert Borroto/ Tara Cardoso. Posted on August 21st , 2014

Firefighters across the county are gearing up for the 60th anniversary of the MDA Boot Drive. Palm Beach County Fire Rescue will be celebrating its 30th year anniversary this year and therefore, this is also the 30th year of collections for our local MDA office. Palm Beach County's 30 year collection total is only about $150,000 away from reaching the $2,000,000 mark! For that reason, this year's goal is to collect $150,000! Palm Beach County Firefighters will likely be the leaders in the state, if we can reach our goal. The money raised goes directly to help 500 local families with everything from health clinic visits, to medical supplies, summer camps, family support and research. In 1954, The International Association of Firefighters vowed to make MDA its charity of choice until a cure for muscular dystrophy was found. This 60 year firefighter tradition still holds true today as this year's MDA Boot Drive kicks off August 28th.

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