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Family Receives Surprise Welcome Home from PBCFR Crews
Captain Albert Borroto/ Photos Courtesy Driver Operator Craig Gerlach. Posted on July 7th , 2015

On Wednesday July 1, 2015 members of Palm Beach County Fire Rescue gave a special boy a welcome home he will not soon forget. The young boy and his family were returning home after being gone for over five months in Baltimore receiving specialized medical treatment. PBCFR Driver/Operator Craig Gerlach along with multiple crew members from different stations and two Pipe and Drum members rallied to the home and waited for the family to arrive. When they turned the corner onto their street they could see the line of fire rescue vehicles and hear the bag pipers playing, welcoming the family home. Great job to all involved on bringing a happy smile to this young man and his family on their return home!

Station 19 Welcomes New Special Operations Truck
Captain Bob Kropa. Posted on July 7th , 2015

Palm Beach County Fire Rescue would like to announce the retirement of Special Ops 19, Asset # 10136434 and welcome aboard the new Special Ops, Asset # 10197868.

We would like to wish this Company and those assigned to her a safe journey and the skills necessary to provide the best possible service to our visitors and the citizens of Palm Beach County

Placed into service this 27th day of June, 2015

Crews Battle Two Alarm Fire in Jupiter Farms
Captain Albert Borroto. Posted on June 30th , 2015

On June 24, 2015 at 1046am crews from Palm Beach County Fire Rescue and Palm Beach Gardens Fire Rescue responded to reports of a structure fire on the 12500 block of Sandy Run in Jupiter Farms. First arriving firefighters reported flames and smoke from a home and were advised by bystanders that it was unoccupied. Rural communities such as this do not have traditional hydrants so firefighters established rural water supply operations and quickly began firefighting operations. During firefighting operations there was a partial roof collapse in a front room with fire moving into the attic. Firefighters were able to contain the fire, extinguishing it and preventing further damage throughout the 3,000 square foot home.
Investigators have estimated an approximate dollar loss of $386,000 and this continues to be an ongoing investigation.

Firefighters Battle House Fire in Royal Palm Beach
Captain Albert Borroto. Posted on June 24th , 2015

On Monday June 22, 2015 crews from Palm Beach County Fire Rescue responded to reports of a fire on the 1000 block of Harmony Way in Royal Palm Beach. The first arriving truck company reported smoke from all the eaves of a large two story home. Firefighters quickly entered the residence, located the fire and began firefighting operations. An aggressive interior fire attack brought the flames under control and prevented further fire damage to the home. Firefighters had been advised that family pets, three dogs and two cats, were still inside the home but despite all efforts they sadly perished in the fire.

The Red Cross was contacted to assist the displaced homeowners.

Fire investigators have determined this fire accidental, starting in the kitchen of the home.

Engine Company 39 Rescues Trapped Ducklings in Palm Springs
Captain Albert Borroto. Posted on June 22nd , 2015

On Monday morning June 22, 2015 Palm Beach County Fire Rescue Engine Company 39 responded to a special rescue in Palm Springs. A mother duck was seen walking around a storm drain in a parking lot at 1620 South Congress Avenue frantic that her ducklings had fallen inside. Firefighters removed the drain cover and carefully coaxed the scared ducklings into a net bringing them out and reuniting them with a grateful and happy mom. Great job Engine 39!

Firefighters Battle Structure Fire in Western Boca Raton
Captain Albert Borroto. Posted on June 22nd , 2015

At 445pm on Tuesday June 16, 2015 Palm Beach County Fire Rescue crews responded to reports of a structure fire on the 17000 block of Grand Este Way. First arriving crews reported visible flames and smoke from the side of a large home on arrival. Firefighters quickly entered the home and began firefighting operations. During these operations the roof of the structure collapsed and all firefighters inside were ordered out of the structure. A head count confirmed that all firefighters were accounted for and safe. After the collapse firefighting operations were transitioned to a defensive attack due to the instability of the structure and danger to firefighters being inside.

A joint firefighting effort between Palm Beach County Fire Rescue and Delray Beach Fire Rescue brought this fire under control and extinguished it.

Two occupants were displaced by this fire and the Red Cross was contacted to assist them.

Palm Beach County Fire Rescue investigators have determined the cause of this fire to be accidental, electrical with an estimated monetary loss of $1,000,000

Battalion Seven Participates in Fantastic Food Give Away
Battalion Chief Sam Haubert. Posted on June 22nd , 2015

A Fantastic Food Give-away was held in the City of Belle Glade on June 12, 2015. Members of Battalion 7 and the Reserve Battalion participated in cooperation with County Commissioner Melissa McKinlay, Senator Joe Abruzzo, Representative Kevin Radar and FarmShare. Palm Beach County Fire Rescue provided logistical help with setting up the distribution process, providing muscle and coordinating the packing line staffed by volunteers from Chase Bank and Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office Explorers.
Each family that signed-up for the event received approximately 30lbs. of fresh and canned food including fruits, vegetables and dry goods. Over 450 families in need received food that served approximately 1350 household members.
Commissioner McKinlay's and her staff expressed their heartfelt gratitude to Palm Beach County Fire Rescue and Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office for our assistance in making the event a huge success!

Battalion Two Fights Structure Fire in the Acreage
Captain Albert Borroto/Photos courtesy Driver Operator Kevin Kemp and Chief Sam Eaton. Posted on June 18th , 2015

At 6am Tuesday June 16th, crews from Palm Beach County Fire Rescue responded to reports of a structure fire in the Acreage. First arriving companies reported heavy fire from side AD of the structure and smoke from all the eaves. A quick fire attack and primary search by crews from Station 26 confirmed that there were no occupants inside the home.
One injured civilian was transported to a local area hospital.
The cause of this fire is under investigation.
Great job by all crews!

Officer Development Class 24 at Quantum House
Captain Jason Torlucci/Photos courtesy Heather Torlucci. Posted on June 15th , 2015

Every Officer Development Class chooses a charity to help and contribute to as part of their class project. Palm Beach County Fire Rescue Officer Development Class (ODA) #24 chose as their charity the Quantum House. Quantum House is a caring and supportive home that lessens the burden for families whose children are receiving treatment in Palm Beach County for serious medical conditions. ODA #24 cooked dinners for the families who were staying at the Quantum House Friday, June 13, 2015. The class fed eight families, about twenty five people, and treated the children to tours of the fire trucks along with each receiving their own fire helmet.

Station 91 Performs Pub Ed at Lake Worth City Hall
Captain Joe Bostic. Posted on June 15th , 2015

Palm Beach County Fire Rescue Engine and Rescue 91 provided public education to pre-school students and their parents at Lake Worth City Hall on Thursday June 11, 2015. Crews explained to the attendees what firefighters and paramedics do during emergencies and what they as citizens should do in case of a house fire. Firefighter/Paramedic Raynard Gordon also dressed in full personal protective equipment to allow the children and parents to see how a firefighter will look inside their home during a fire. The attendees loved the opportunity to see and meet their local firefighters!

Pictured are Captain Joe Bostic, Driver/Operator Scott Reeves and Firefighter/Paramedic Raynard Gordon

PBCFR at Storm Preparedness Event The Mall at Wellington Green
Captain Albert Borroto. Posted on June 15th , 2015

On Saturday June 6, 2015 Palm Beach County Fire Rescue participated in a Storm Preparedness event held at The Mall at Wellington Green. This community safety event allowed citizens to build their own storm preparedness kits and meet representatives from local agencies to become informed on what they need to know in the event a Hurricane or Tropical Storm threatens the area. Local firefighters, law enforcement officers, Emergency Management and Red Cross representatives were on hand to answer any questions attendees had. The highlight for the children in attendance was the opportunity to meet Sparky the Fire Dog and see him dance while learning fire safety.

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