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Battalion One Handles Early Morning High-Rise Structure Fire
Captain Albert Borroto. Posted on March 3rd , 2015

On Monday morning February 23 crews from Battalion One and Palm Beach Gardens Fire Rescue responded to reports of a high-rise structure fire at 201 South Seas Drive in Jupiter. Callers stated they had smoke from the 5th floor and could see water from underneath a condo door. First arriving crews reported a five story condo building with smoke showing. Upon reaching the 5th floor crews reported heavy smoke in a residence and water flow from the sprinklers. Crews entered the residence and quickly located the source of the smoke in the utility room with the sprinklers having extinguished the fire.

A total of 10 units were affected by water damage.

PBCFR Members Attend Annual EMS State of the Sciences Conference
Battalion Chief Dan Millstone. Posted on March 3rd , 2015

Palm Beach County Fire Rescue members travelled to Dallas in late February to attend the annual EMS State of the Sciences Conference (dubbed by media as "A Gathering of Eagles"). It has become one of the most progressive and important EMS conferences worldwide.

The faculty, derived from the U.S. Metropolitan Municipalities EMS Medical Directors Consortium (The "Eagles" Coalition) is comprised of most of the jurisdictional EMS Medical Directors for the nation's 35 to 40 largest U.S. cities' 9-1-1 systems as well as the chief medical officers for several pivotal federal agencies such as the FBI, U.S. Secret Service, White House Medical Unit and also includes several global municipalities such as London (UK) and Sydney (Australia).

In essence, this small but cohesive cadre of leading emergency medical services specialists not only oversee the medical aspects of day-to-day 9-1-1-type emergency responses and early resuscitative interventions for trauma, stroke, cardiac care and other critical emergencies in the nation's (and some of the world's) most populous cities, but most of them are also responsible for much of the medical aspects of homeland security and disaster management in these high-risk venues (in which nearly 100 million persons dwell and make their livelihood). Their ability to deal with these significant responsibilities is, in many ways, facilitated by the close cooperation of this unique convocation of physicians who also generally serve as the main interface between local government and the medical community at large in these metropolitan municipalities.

The purpose of the highly popular annual Eagles conference is to share with participants --- and faculty alike --- the most cutting-edge information and advances in EMS patient care, research and management issues --- as well as trending challenges (and lessons learned from those challenges) --- while also introducing novel patient care strategies and techniques.

Beyond the faculty, this unique global EMS conference is also famous for having pioneered the 10 minute bullet plenary presentation, "lightning rounds" and other innovative educational advances which have not only provided the attendees with 40 or so plenary presentations over 2 days but, according to conference evaluations, have also changed nationwide medical practices almost overnight. Accordingly, the consortium has become extraordinarily influential in shaping future EMS practice trends, medical aspects of disasters and homeland security -- not to mention day-to-day 9-1-1 responses and resuscitations worldwide.

Pictured from left to right:
Juan Cardona, Division Chief of EMS, Coral Springs Fire Department; Dr. Ken Scheppke, Medical Director Palm Beach County Fire Rescue; James Ippolito, Division Chief of EMS, Palm Beach Gardens Fire Rescue; Dr. Paul Pepe, Founder of the Eagles; Dr. Peter Antevy, Pediatric Emergency Medical Director, Palm Beach County Fire Rescue; Daniel Millstone, Battalion Chief of EMS, Palm Beach County Fire Rescue; Jody Marlow, District Captain, Palm Beach County Fire Rescue. Not pictured: Charles Coyle, Captain, Palm Beach County Fire Rescue; Paul Leser, District Captain, Palm Beach County Fire Rescue, Steven Campana, District Captain, Palm Beach County Fire Rescue.

Local Girl Scouts Visit PBCFR Station 57
Captain Albert Borroto/Photos Courtesy Heather Torlucci. Posted on March 3rd , 2015

On Saturday February 28, Girl Scouts of South East Florida Troop 10593 visited Palm Beach County Fire Rescue Station 57 in Boca Raton. The troop was excited to be visiting the fire station and interact with their local heroes. The girls were able to see the equipment on the trucks, firefighters in full gear and witness the platform in action.
Great job by the crew Captain Peter Hund, Firefighter Philip Shriver and Driver Operator Jack Dilgen on providing the girl scouts a visit they will not soon forget and helping them earn their Fire Station Tour Badge.

Late Night Fire Damages Home in Palm Springs
District Chief Doug McGlynn. Posted on February 12th , 2015

At 11:30pm on January 22 crews from Battalion Three responded to a structure fire on Morgans Way in the Village of Palm Springs. Upon arrival of the home with heavy fire auto-extending out the Delta side windows and impinging fire against the weather head, FPL was asked to expedite. The fire lapping upward into the eaves of the home also provided a channel for the attic to be involved. Crews encountered heavy heat and smoke conditions as they advanced their interior lines into the structure. The home was believed to have flashed prior to arrival after windows in the home self vented including the poly skylights at the ceiling. Crews were faced with rapid decision making as they knocked down the large body of fire from the front door, initiated primary searches and removed multiple hurricane panels from around the house.
All occupants safely got out of the home but a family dog pulled from a back bedroom by firefighters and treated with Pet Oxygen Masks regrettably did not survive.

Late Night Fire Damages Home in Palm Springs
District Chief Doug McGlynn. Posted on February 12th , 2015

At 11:30pm on January 22 crews from Battalion Three responded to a structure fire on Morgans Way in the Village of Palm Springs. Upon arrival of the home with heavy fire auto-extending out the Delta side windows and impinging fire against the weather head, FPL was asked to expedite. The fire lapping upward into the eaves of the home also provided a channel for the attic to be involved. Crews encountered heavy heat and smoke conditions as they advanced their interior lines into the structure. The home was believed to have flashed prior to arrival after windows in the home self vented including the poly skylights at the ceiling. Crews were faced with rapid decision making as they knocked down the large body of fire from the front door, initiated primary searches and removed multiple hurricane panels from around the house.
All occupants safely got out of the home but a family dog pulled from a back bedroom by firefighters and treated with Pet Oxygen Masks regrettably did not survive.

Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners Proclamation Declaring CPR Day
Battalion Chief Dan Millstone. Posted on February 6th , 2015


At the Board of County Commissioners meeting on February 3, 2015, Vice Mayor Berger presented a proclamation declaring the second Saturday of every February as “Palm Beach County CPR Day. Pictured here (l to r): PBC Fire Rescue Chief Jeff Collins, PBC Fire Rescue Lieutenant Jordan Silbert, PBC EMS Specialist Lynette Schurter, Town of Palm Beach Fire Rescue Division Chief Jimmy Duane, Vice Mayor Mary Lou Berger, Medical Director Dr. Ken Scheppke, PBC EMS Manager Sally Waite, PBC School Board Medical Sciences Specialist Dr. Miguel Benavente, PBC Fire Rescue EMS Chief Dan Millstone, Health Care District Trauma Nurse Outreach Coordinator David Summers, PBC Fire Rescue District Chief Doug McGlynn, Palm Beach Gardens Fire Rescue Driver/Engineer Mike Zingaro.

PBCFR Refurbishing Program Highlighted in Trade Magazine
Captain Albert Borroto. Posted on February 6th , 2015

Follow link below to read the article in Fleet Magazine
http://www.government-fleet.com/channel/procurement/article/story/2015/01/refurbishing-equipment-the-ultimate-recycling-program.aspx?utm_campaign=topnews-20150130&utm_source=Email&utm_medium=Enewsletter

PBCFR Crews Help Build Community Playground in Lake Worth
Captain Albert Borroto. Posted on January 28th , 2015

On Saturday January 24, 2015 crews from Palm Beach County Fire Rescue participated in the KaBoom project in suburban Lake Worth. Over 200 volunteers, including 40 Fire Rescue volunteers, helped build a new playground for the children in the Lake Worth West community. After a long day the ribbon was cut and the children were able to enjoy their amazing new playground.
Thank you to the Palm Beach County Reserve Battalion and all the volunteers that helped make this dream a reality for the community.

Station 32 Honored by the Poinciana Ladies Social Club
Captain Albert Borroto. Posted on January 28th , 2015

On Tuesday January 20th Palm Beach County Fire Rescue Station 32 was honored by the Poinciana Ladies Social Club at their annual Charity Card Party & Luncheon. Station 32 was recognized for being "efficient, capable and responding quickly, while being so caring and thoughtful." The event was held at the Poinciana Country Club and Station 32 was presented with a generous donation that will be earmarked for Station 32's use to purchase equipment. The check was presented by Gail Hoffman, President and Geri Schlenger, Chairperson to Captain Kevin Kimberly and Captain Bob Dawson.

PBCFR and PBGFR Crews Rescue Trapped Worker
District Chief Doug McGlyn. Posted on January 20th , 2015

On Monday January 19th units from Palm Beach County Fire Rescue Special Operations, Station 14 and Palm Beach Gardens Fire Rescue ran a high angle call at Matheson Tri-Gas on Beeline Highway. A worker was trapped 75' above the ground when his maneuverable vertical boom lift had malfunctioned. The worker was uninjured, but found himself suspended in the open bucket at the end of the hydraulic boom from which he was performing aerial work operations and inspection on one of the many industrial size Bulk Gas production towers on the Tri-Gas property. District Chief Dan Teems made a special call to Palm Beach Gardens Fire Rescue for their 100' Platform which the firefighters then used to safely assist the trapped worker down. Great job by all crews on this unusual rescue.

Crews on this incident included: E14, R14, DC6, DC9, DC1, CP1, CP9, E19, SO19, R19, and T61

Lakeside Medical Center Celebrates 5th Anniversary
Captain Albert Borroto. Posted on January 20th , 2015

On Thursday January 15, 2015 Palm Beach County Fire Rescue joined the Health Care District of Palm Beach County in celebrating the fifth anniversary of Lakeside Medical Center. Congratulations Lakeside Medical Center on your recognition as a Joint Commission Top Performer!

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