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Literacy Day
Posted on October 14th , 2011

A letter and photos from Elizabeth Lauren:

We had a terrific Literacy Day Thursday!  We would like to thank Firefighters from station 55 for coming out to read Llama Llama Red Pajama to our classrooms.  We enjoyed seeing the staff and children dressed in red or in their pjs, it was so much fun!  Literacy day was a huge success and we cannot wait until next year! 

Please enjoy the photos below and have a great week-


PBCFR Volunteers Receive Safe Boating Grant
Story and photos submitted by Kevin Rattey. Posted on October 14th , 2011

This past summer, the PBCFR Volunteer Battalion received a grant from the National Safe Boating Council to promote safe boating throughout the County. The funds were used to purchase "Wear It" lifejacket stickers, banners and whistles. The stickers and whistles were given out at no charge to boaters throughout the County all summer long.
In addition, funds were used to purchase 70 child and youth size lifejackets. The lifejackets were distributed by the Drowning Prevention Coalition of Palm Beach County to the Marine Industry Education Foundation, Good News Fishing Ministry, Cub Scout Pack #116 and the Jupiter Police Marine Unit.

To further emphasize the need to wear a lifejacket, the volunteer safety boat (Marine 970) was wrapped with the "Wear It" logo and became a floating billboard for safety on the ICW and was seen by thousands over the summer.  The "Wear It" campaign will continue next summer and we hope to have an even bigger campaign for May 2012.

Walk to School Day
Story and photos submitted by Chuck Lupo. Posted on October 7th , 2011

Crews from station 73 participated in the 7th Bi-annual "Walk to School Day" at Gove Elementary. The event took place on October 5th, from 7:20 to 7:55 a.m. The event was open to the entire student body, their families and community. The emphasis was on encouraging families to walk together for wellness, conservation of our environment.

The Wellness Student Council and participants were an encouragement to our parents, children and community on the importance of a proper regiment of exercise, practicing safety and making the right environmental and nutritional choices. Students were encouraged to dream and dress in a career choice.

PBCFR Represented in New York City for 10th Anniversary of 9/11
Story and photos submitted by FF/PM Troy Dichard. Posted on September 30th , 2011
Approximately 15 members from Palm Beach County Fire Rescue travelled to New York City for the 10th Anniversary of the September 11th attacks.  They joined thousands of other firefighters, police officers, EMT's, and members of the Armed Services from all around the world.  There were several remembrance services and activities that our personnel took part in.  On Saturday, September 10, 2011, PBCFR was represented in a 9/11 remembrance parade made up mostely of military, police, and fire services. The parade marched through Midtown Manhattan, bagpipes playing along the way.  On the evening of September 10th, our very own Capt. John Fischer was invited to play the bagpipes on FDNY fire boat #2 as the boat escorted the Brotherhood Ride Bicycle Team from Staten Island to Manhattan.  The bicycle team is made up of approximately 35-40 firefighters who rode their bicycles from Florida to New York.  Capt. Fischer led a small bagpipe group in the song Amazing Grace when the fire boat docked at Pier 66 in Manhattan. 
On Sunday September 11, 2011 all the members from PBCFR attended a 9/11 remembrance service at River Side Park in the Upper West Side of Manhattan.  The service, led by ranking members of FDNY, focused on the 343 firefighters that perished at Ground Zero on September 11, 2001.  Each and every lost member of FDNY was remembered with their name and rank being read aloud followed by a single bell chime.  This service was attended by thousands of firefighters, police officers, EMS workers, and civilians.  The solemn service lasted 2 hours and brought many to tears.
During the trip, many members took time to visit the Ground Zero site, the new 9/11 Memorial site, and St. Pauls Chapel.  On the evening of September 11th the "Tribute in Lights" was turned on.  The "Tribute in Lights" are two beams of light that shine into the night sky taking the place of the Twin Towers in the Manhattan skyline.  The lights can be seen from all over the city and surrounding areas.  The "Tribute in Lights" is only displayed on the night of September 11th each year and it is truly a breath taking site to see in person.
2011 IAFF Memorial
Story submitted by Captain Steen Eriksson. Posted on September 29th , 2011
Members of the Honor Guard and Pipe and Drum Corps represented Palm Beach County Fire Rescue at the 2011 IAFF Fallen Firefighter Memorial on September 17 in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
This year, which was the 25th anniversary of the Memorial, the names of 86 firefighters who died in the line of duty, were added to the black granite wall at the Memorial Park. Fifteen of those were from previous years.
As in past years, the show of respect for the Fallen and their families was tremendous, with 800+ Honor Guard and 400+ Pipes and Drums from across the United States and Canada.
Fortunately, we did not have a LODD to be memorialized this year, but we were there to honor the memory of our PBCFR Fallen whose names are etched in the wall forever.
IAFF Memorial
Story and photos submitted by D/O Jon Ferguson. Posted on September 29th , 2011

Hundreds of family members and nearly 900 members of IAFF Honor Guards and Pipe and Drum corps assembled September 17 for the annual memorial service. The service began with the rolling thunder of more than 400 riders with the IAFF Motorcycle Group (IAFF-MG) and the Wind and Fire Motorcycle Club joining a procession of more than 50 fire apparatus. President Schaitberger greeted them all as they proceeded past the memorial site.

At this year's memorial service, the IAFF will add the names of 87 fire fighters from the United States and Canada who died in the line of duty over the past year to the Wall of Honor.

With the addition this year of the names of 87 fire fighters, the Wall of Honor will bear the names of 2,497 fallen fire fighters who have died in the line of duty since 1976.

The IAFF is now completing plans to add the names of 2,742 members who died in the line of duty between 1918 (the founding date of this union) and 1975.

Palm Beach Aggregates Call
Story submitted by Jim Clark. Posted on August 22nd , 2011

On August 10th at about 4 PM R20 and E20 were dispatched to a construction accident at Palm Beach Aggregates. R20 arrived to find a man working on top of the rock crushing machine replacing a large metal grate that had fallen into the rock crushing hopper. The grate had fallen in behind him and was wedged in place. The rock crusher is a system of hoppers, crushers, and strainers. Luckily It was not running during the accident. The patient was on a 75 degree conveyor belt at the bottom of the uppermost hopped and had fallen and slid some distance before being caught by another employee through an access port. R20 assisted holding the patient and it kept him from falling down the belt into the next hopper. When E20 arrived, they established command and evaluated the situation. E20 and R20 were able to attach a rope from above, position a backboard below with assistance from District Captain 2, and lower the patient onto the backboard for extrication through another access port below. Special operations and Platform 29 arrived and were able to move the patient up a conveyor belt using a mechanical advantage system into a position to be picked off by the platform truck and lowered to the ground. R20 then resumed patient care and transported the patient to the trauma hawk. This was a low frequency high risk situation, one of the most difficult we encounter, but in spite of the difficulty the patient was extricated, treated, and transported in a timely manner with no FF injuries. Kudos to the crews involved.

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Pahokee Fishing EventPahokee Fishing Event
Story and photos submitted by Chuck Lupo. Posted on August 15th , 2011
On August 9, 2011, crews from Battalion 7; Engine 72 C ( CO Osullivan, DO Bush, PM Fortune), T72 C (DO McCarroll), DC7(Gribble on an exchange), BC7 , DC Burroughs and Lt Slonaker assisted in the Pahokee Vice Mayor Fishing tournament that allowed over 100 children from Pahokee to fish from the Pahokee marina, some for the first time. Everyone of the kids had the chance to catch fish and were assisted by battalion 7 crew members. This was a very successful event for the city of Pahokee and it was a pleasure being part of it, we look forward to being a part of this event in the future.
Pahokee Book Bag BashPahokee Book Bag Bash
Story and photos submitted by Chuck Lupo. Posted on August 15th , 2011
On Saturday, August 6, 2011, crews from station 72 C, DC7 , Captain 7, BC7 and the following off duty personnel (DC Steven Rice, DC Gary Burroughs, District Capt. Ken Sehres, and Capt Edwards) all cooked over 2000 hamburgers and hot dogs for those attending the city of Pahokee Book Bag Bash, in which kids from the community were given book bags and school supplies for the upcoming school year. In addition, the city raffled off several bikes for the kids attending. This event was a huge success and PBCFR involvement was extremely appreciated by the city council and citizens in attendance. 
Vehicle Accident at Pike and Belvedere RoadsVehicle Accident at Pike and Belvedere Roads
Story and photos submitted by Arthur Werkle. Posted on August 1st , 2011
On Wednesday evening, July 27th 2011, at approximately 6:45pm, Engine and Rescue 34 were dispatched to a traffic accident in the vicinity of Pike and Belvedere Roads. While enroute, the call type was upgraded due to information that occupants were trapped. Special Operations 34, Platform 29, Rescue 29, DC9, DC10, EMS9, BC9, and Trauma Hawk were added to the assignment. Upon arrival, a vehicle was found wrapped against a concrete power pole with a female occupant heavily entrapped. Special Ops crews freed the victim using multiple power tools. The victim was transported by Rescue 29 to the P.B.C. Water Treatment facility at Jog and Belvedere Road's where the City of West Palm Beach Engine 7 secured a landing zone for Trauma Hawk. The patient was flown to St. Mary's Trauma Center.
Aircraft Accident RescueAircraft Accident Rescue
Story and photos submitted by Battalion Chief Chuck Lupo. Posted on August 1st , 2011
A light aircraft landed in Lake Okeechobee yesterday after experiencing engine problems.  An instructor and student pilot took off from Pahokee airport around lunchtime and started having engine issues.  They attempted to turn around and head back to the airport but couldn't make it.  The plane flipped over on contact with the water.  Both individuals were able to get out of the plane and stay with the aircraft until our PBCFR airboat brought them to shore.  Only one person had minor injuries.    Hugo Matos operated the airboat.

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