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Battalion 3 Crews Battle Early Morning Fire in Lake Worth
Captain Albert Borroto. Posted on August 15th , 2014

At 624 am crews responded to reports of a fire on the 1700 block of 11th Ave N in Lake Worth. Palm Beach County Fire Rescue Engine 93 arrived to find heavy black smoke coming from the rear of the residence. Occupants were out of the house upon arrival. Firefighters initiated an offensive attack and entered the structure to search for the fire, finding it was in the attic of the residence. Crews were able to prevent the fire from spreading to the rest of the home and possibly destroying many family keepsakes. Three adults, one child and two small dogs were displaced by this fire. The Red Cross and PBCFR Community Assistance team were both called to assist the family. At this time the cause of the fire is under investigation.

Crews on this incident included Station 93, 91, WPB 2, and Q29

County Wide Command Training
Captain Steve Trimble. Posted on August 14th , 2014

Riviera Beach Fire Rescue recently hosted a bi-monthly County-Wide Command Training that was held at the VA Medical Center in Riviera Beach. The goal of the 3-day exercise was to train and educate officers in managing large, complex incidents by organizing resources, developing strategies, and managing tactical operations and interagency coordination. The target audience was fire officers from all departments who have the responsibility for managing these incidents. Participants included officers from Riviera Beach, Town of Palm Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, Greenacres, North Palm Beach, West Palm Beach and Palm Beach County.

The focus of this training was to:

" Build a command team early to manage strategic goals
" Establish effective operational communications
" Interface with hospital staff and other agencies

The Instructors on hand for this exercise were Chief James Schaffner, Chief Billy Schmidt, Chief Dan Millstone, Chief Ken Brack (RBFR), Captain Steve Trimble, Communicators Stuart Roth, Kim Yost and Jill Anderson. Special thanks to the staff of the 2 million square foot VA Medical center and especially Michael Lettera of the VA's Occupational Safety & Health Department.

Firefighters Perform Burn Off at Residential LP Gas Leak in Juno Beach
District Chief Doug McGlynn. Posted on August 1st , 2014

Units from Palm Beach County Fire Rescue Battalion One, Special Ops and Palm Beach Gardens Fire Rescue, responded to a residential LP Gas Leak in Juno Beach. Residents reported a strong smell of gas in the area which came from the regulator of a 60 lbs. cylinder in the side yard of a single family home. Crews performed a recon and realized an additional breach at the bottom of the cylinder which intensified the leak and activated high readings on the Draegar 4-Gas Monitor. Ignition sources were eliminated, a Unified Command was established, neighboring homes were evacuated, electrical power was secured and a mild, west wind blew the gas into adjacent properties. Hydraulic ventilation was initiated and a Hazmat Group was established with Special Ops units. With two active leaks on a compromised tank that the owner reported to have just filled last week, the crews setup for an LP Gas Flaring Operation.

This specialized equipment, the Red Dragon Flare-Kit from Flame Engineering, allowed crews to hook up to the liquid valve of the source tank, which was 3ft from the home, and connect it to the remotely setup flaring stand in the street. This provided the best location for a safe flaring operation while monitoring radiant heat exposures to the adjacent power lines and area. Scene was under control with the hazards contained within an hour. Good job to all involved.

B-Shift Battalion 9 Quarterly Training
Chief Doug McGlynn. Posted on July 30th , 2014

Units from Station 19 performed several high risk training scenarios involving live victim loads on a complex lift and haul system inside the training tower. Members of the team worked together to save a simulated rescue from a 40'drop into a confined space which was performed from the interior stairwell landing where the manhole covers are located. A variety of high point anchors were utilized outside the common use of the tripod which allowed crews to adapt their thinking and overcome the lateral forces of the haul system above the hole. We had additional units from Battalion 9 perform high rise standpipe operations on the south side of the Tower while Level II SCUBA Dives were administered to our Quint program on the Intracoastal at the same time.
District 9 also performed Incident Command duties for Captain Duffy and Station 23 on their multi-company drills at the tower.

Fire in South Bay
District Chief Curtis Rice. Posted on July 28th , 2014

On Monday July 21st at 6:58pm E74 and R73 were dispatched to a reported vehicle fire in South Bay on US Hwy 27 North. Enroute they quickly determined the address given was one street east and based on the direction of the smoke they made the decision to turn into the parking lot of a large plastic recycling company. During their 360 they located a dump truck backed up tight against the building with a load of roofing material on fire inside the bed. Fire had already melted the sides of the aluminum dump bed and flames were now rolling up the exterior of the Charlie side of the structure. E74 was able to maneuver to the back end of the complex within reach of the 200' cross lay. Capt Adrian Castro immediately called for the 1.75" line to be put in service to knockdown the fire as well as keep it off the building and away from the brand new membrane roof above. E73 was requested to lay a line to E74 at the back of the complex. Water on the fire was quickly declared and the fire was under control. Attempts to move the dump truck did not work. Ladders were used to get a better angle and begin overhaul until the dump truck owner could be located to assist. The QAS was utilized to reach the owner who had a representative on the property within minutes. E73 entered to verify no extension inside and R73 laddered the roof to make sure there was no fire or damage to the roof for the owner. Quick action by all kept the fire from entering the structure or lighting off the new roof. The truck was moved away and the load dumped for a final overhaul.

Officers Development Academy #17 Steady
Lieutenant Tom Reyes. Posted on July 28th , 2014

Twenty PBCFR Lieutenants recently completed 80 hours of officer development training at headquarters. Captain Larry Doelling brought in multiple subject mater experts from both within PBCFR and also the South Florida region to instruct and train the Lieutenants in safety, scene size up, fires commonly found in south Florida, drill planning, EAP, crew resource management, stress inoculation and several other topics. Each company was assigned a multi-company training drill to plan and execute for the 2nd week of class. They chose drills involving MVC, MCI, RIC, VES, and Pediatric Medical Scenarios. All involved felt it was valuable training, but they are happy to go back to a 24/48 schedule. The Lieutenants who made up Officer's Development Academy #17 are:
A. Berlanga, D. Taylor, B. Croes, B. Morrow, T. Massey, J. Maki, D. Cooper, T. Franklin, T. Reyes, L. Kamalu, P. Eldridge, V. Levin, C. Henri, D. Deyo, G. Campa, S. Jatoba, J. Fair, B. Dittmer, Z. Muvdi, A. Albert.

Station 43 Ceremony Welcomes New Engine into Service
Captain Adam Eaton. Posted on July 28th , 2014

On Thursday July 24th 2014 Palm Beach County Fire Rescue Station 43 crew and alumni officially Christened "New" Engine 43 into service. Father Kevin Nelson from Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Lantana offered up an inspiring prayer and with Holy water blessed 10196388 and her crews. Captain Eaton was assisted by those in attendance in performing the traditional "wetting" and "housing" ceremonies.

Thank you to Captain Flynn and the Crew of Engine 35 for your services.

Congratulations Extrigators Extrication Team
Lieutenant DJ Manger. Posted on July 17th , 2014

Palm Beach County Fire Rescue's Extrication team the "Extrigators" recently competed at the North American Vehicle Rescue Association World Rescue Challenge. This event which was hosted by the Englewood Fire Department and sponsored by Genesis Rescue tools was held on June 22, 2014 in Clearwater, Florida.
All teams competed in two evolutions.
" 20min. Standard, Where the team performs a rescue operation involving multiple vehicles and assess, package and extricate one stable entrapped casualty.
" 10min. Rapid, which sees teams, perform a rescue of a single casualty from a single vehicle whose condition has deteriorated.
The department congratulates the team on winning three awards at this event!
Second Place - Rapid
Third Place- Standard
Third Place - Overall

Special Operations 'B' Shift Performs High Angle Rescue Training
District Chief Doug McGlynn. Posted on July 11th , 2014

Members of Special Ops 'B' Shift perform scenario based high angle rescue maneuvers with Quint 15 at the Regional Training Complex. Crews were able to deploy some of the battalion's newest gear including the MPD (Multi Purpose Device) which affords major innovations in advanced technical hardware for our rope rescue capabilities. These new high-efficiency pulleys offer several new features that allow a single mechanical advantage system to be used as a lowering device on the main line and belay line systems while greatly expediting to a raising system without switching out or replacing the hardware. This means shorter rigging set-ups and faster rescue times for our suspended victims. This scenario was a window washer rescue nearly 50ft off the ground with the rooftop eyelets utilized as high point anchors. Future training sessions are pre-planned to include a lowering system elevated stokes operations off the north side landing.

Special Operations Team Called to Suburban WPB Home
Captain Albert Borroto. Posted on July 8th , 2014

On Monday July 7 crews from Palm Beach County Fire Rescue Special Operations responded to reports of a hazardous material incident on the 100 block of 1st Street in suburban West Palm Beach. On arrival crews located approximately two (2) pounds of Mercury in an abandoned home. The Special Operations Team entered and safely secured the Mercury in a proper container. Subsequent atmospheric testing showed no danger present and the situation had been mitigated. The Department of Environmental Protection was contacted to pick up and properly dispose of the material.

Church Bell Ringing once again thanks to PBCFR Crews
Captain Albert Borroto. Posted on July 7th , 2014

Captain Appleby, Station 91 A shift, recently received a phone call from a parishioner of the St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Lake Worth with a unique request for assistance. They have a bell in their church tower that is rung to signal the start of church service. It appeared that someone had been too enthusiastic when pulling the rope that rings the bell located 50 feet up in the church tower, the bell was now stuck and they needed help. Because the bell was beyond the reach of ground ladders, arrangements were made to use Quint 47 to help solve the problem. The plan was reviewed and approved by Fire Rescue, and after a brief discussion with the Parish Priest, "Operation Bell Tower" was launched. Quint 47 laddered the bell tower and easily freed the bell. While there, they applied some grease supplied by the church to help ensure the bell continues to ring for future church services.

Quint 47: Captain Ed Kranski, Jason Cohen, Matt Hyman. Station 91: Captain Steve Appleby, Joe Cokusis, Rory Kimbrell, Lt Jose Gutierrez, Ryan Sheppard, and Tad Bentley.

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