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Multi-Vehicle AccidentMulti-Vehicle Accident
Photos by Artie Werkle. Posted on June 16th , 2011
Station 21 and Special Ops 34 units worked a multi vehicle accident just West of Palms West Hospital the evening of June 8.  One patient was a trauma alert to Delray and another patient was taken to Palms West. 
Honor Guard/Pipe and Drum Wall in MuseumHonor Guard/Pipe and Drum Wall in Museum
Story and photos by Captain Steen Eriksson. Posted on April 18th , 2011
Honor Guard members Sean Pamplona and Steen Eriksson with the expertise of Jeff Miller, transformed a wall in the museum at HQ for Honor Guard and Pipe and Drum memorabilia. The wall is a work in progress, with more photos and other items to be added. Check it out next time you are at HQ. It is next to the Wellness Center door.
AED for South Bay City HallAED for South Bay City Hall
Story by District Captain Craig Prusansky, photo by Firefighter/Paramedic Matthew Poulin. Posted on April 18th , 2011

On Friday, April 15, 2011, the City of South Bay received an AED (Automated External Defibrillator) for their City Hall.  The AED and cabinet was installed by Palm Beach County Fire-Rescue Battalion 7, and the crew from Station 74 'A' shift.  Shown in the photo from left to right are Public Works Employee Omar Sheppard, Human Resources Director Vicky Del Bosquez-Taylor, City Clerk Virginia K. Walker, Administrative Assistant Jessica Figueroa, District Captain Craig Prusansky, Public Works Employee George Sandiford.  A CPR class was also given to the city employees the same day to make sure that they were trained in the use of this device.

An AED is a medical device which is connected to a person who has experienced sudden cardiac arrest.  This machine is able to automatically detect the heart's rhythm, and if needed, deliver a life-saving electrical shock.  It is meant to be used as a lifesaving device by people trained in CPR until the paramedics arrive.

Rollover Crash on US 27 near Lake HarborRollover Crash on US 27 near Lake Harbor
Story and photos by District Captain Craig Prusansky. Posted on April 12th , 2011
On Saturday, April 9, 2011, crews from Palm Beach County Fire-Rescue stations 73 and 74 responded to a reported rollover vehicle crash on US Highway 27 just north of Lake Harbor.  Hendry County Sheriff also received the 911 call and sent their units to assist.
 
Clewiston Fire Department and Hendry County Fire/EMS units arrived on scene first, and began to handle the scene.  They found 3 people trapped inside of a pickup truck that had blown a tire and subsequently rolled, but was now upright.  The crews from Engine 74 and Rescue 73 arrived shortly afterwards and began to assist the other crews already on scene.  Using the "Jaws of Life", all three patients were removed from the vehicle and sent to a local hospital with minor injuries. 
 
This call was an example of the good working relationship that all three agencies have with each other in this area of Palm Beach County.
The Great American Cleanup in PahokeeThe Great American Cleanup in Pahokee
Story and photos by District Captain Craig Prusansky. Posted on April 12th , 2011
On Saturday, April 9, 2011, the crew from Palm Beach County Fire-Rescue Station 72 helped out the City of Pahokee at "The Great American Cleanup" event held at Martin Luther King park in Pahokee. 
 
Citizens and city officials came to help out with some tree planting, grass mowing, and litter pickup.  This was all done in cooperation with "Keep Palm Beach County Beautiful, Inc.", Florida's certified non-profit affiliate of "Keep America Beautiful."
 
The crew from Station 72 was tasked with the cooking duties for the event.  They served a crowd of approximately 300 people, all helping to make Pahokee a little bit cleaner.
PBCFR Members Volunteer for Camp Good GriefPBCFR Members Volunteer for Camp Good Grief
Story and photos submitted by Aaron Turner. Posted on March 16th , 2011

This past weekend March 4-6, 2011, PBCFR members Aaron Turner, Jason Martino, Dave Collado, Gary Garrett, Ada Vought and Drew Reyburn, volunteered their free time serving as camp counselors for a local bereavement camp for area children between the ages of 5-15. Camp Good Grief is designed to help children who have recently lost a loved one through their grieving process. The camp is organized and funded through Hospice by the Sea and is free to the children in Palm Beach and Broward counties.

Each counselor worked with the children individually and as a group through various activities to help them address their feelings and emotions about their loss. The children that attended the camp had lost either their mother or father and in few cases, both parents. Some lost siblings, a close family member or their caretaker.

As firefighters, on any given day we may witness a child watching us, as we do our best to save the life of one of their family members. After the call is over, we aren't privy to the pain that these children will experience, that is why attending this camp "was a life changing experience," said Lt. Ada Vought.  It was an emotional weekend and meeting the children and hearing their stories gives an understanding of what the families struggle with. "It puts everything into perspective really quick," said D/O Jason Martino. Even though the camp is focused on dealing with grief, there were fun activities such as swimming that was meant to give everyone an emotional break. Of course the highlight of the camp was sitting around the campfire eating s'mores and sharing our experiences at camp.

Camp Good Grief is offered twice a year, during the spring and fall. If you have an interest in becoming a future counselor and would like more information about the camp, or you know a child that may benefit from the camp, please contact Aaron Turner D/O 29B.

Caluvito StoryCaluvito Story
Story and photos submitted by Jack Norris. Posted on March 10th , 2011
On February 25th and 26th Fire Rescue and Home Depot teamed up to provide much needed home improvements to the Caluvito family. By now you are all aware that Nick Caluvito is a disabled FDNY fire fighter who was injured in the line of duty over 30 years ago. He paid the ultimate price for his heroic efforts and has been a quadriplegic for many years. Due to the expense of his round the clock care, home repairs have been at the bottom of their priority list. Home Depot stepped up to the plate and donated everything on our home repair wish list, and went as far to have their management personally volunteer to help with the project.
 
The home repairs included pressure cleaning from the roof down, removing and installing a new fence, painting the exterior of the home, and painting Nicks room. Lunch on Saturday was provided by the local 2928. The list of volunteers for both days are as follows: Scott and Marilyn Calvis,Phil Williams, Dave Prill,Adrian Castro, Dennis Morel,Cletus Pirtle,Sandra and Mike Boike,John and Daisy Harsch,Chief Jerauld,Jack Norris,Tim Calhoun,John Larkin, retired FF Jim Miller,and Team Home Depot members Ed Mary, AJ Saunders.
 
A great turn out and good time had by all. I would like to personally thank all those who volunteered not only on these two days but for previous help and visits with Nick. He will be attending the Delray Fire parade and I hope you take the time to stop by and see him.He will be viewing the parade from the porch of the Colony Hotel.
Station 35 Car FiresStation 35 Car Fires
Story and photos submitted by Amado Li. Posted on February 25th , 2011
On Sunday February 20, 2011, In between running medical calls and going on move-ups, Engine and Rescue-35 had two vehicle fires. We used the K-12, making a V cut on the hood of these vehicles which gave us quick access to the engine compartment.
Update on Cresthaven Smoke Alarm Installation at Dudley with Media EventUpdate on Cresthaven Smoke Alarm Installation at Dudley with Media Event
Story and photos submitted by Gerri Penney. Posted on February 11th , 2011

On Saturday February 5,  42 Palm Beach County Fire Rescue Volunteers arrived at the Dudley club house at Cresthaven Condominium. They were there to install smoke alarms ( the newer 10 year life, lithium battery operated type) in the homes of some of the seniors that reside there.  By the afternoon they had installed over 500 alarms. This area (at Cresthaven Condominium) was divided into 18 quadrants and teams literally went door to door to do the installations.

We were lucky enough to have Carol and Luis Martinez at that location to promote this program with the media. On January 16th they had a fire in their apt. in the Ashley section.  It was late at night and Carol Martinez was asleep on the sofa in the living room. Her husband was taking a shower and heard the smoke alarm sounding. He awakened his wife, saw fire in the back bedroom and both were able to escape with some of their pets. They lost everything and had no insurance. They have since moved and our Fire Rescue Volunteers again installed new smoke alarms in their new residence. Channels 5, 12 and 25 and the Sun Sentinel all covered the event including an interview with the couple.

In Service, In Quarters, Charged Lines on the Ground!In Service, In Quarters, Charged Lines on the Ground!
Story and photos submitted by Doug McGlynn. Posted on February 3rd , 2011

Awareness levels of keeping crews in service, in zone and in quarters has never been greater these days.  That is exactly what members of Station 47 had in mind over the past 10 1/2 months in designing and implementing a new "Portable Crosslay Hose Cart System"!

The innovative Hose Cart  models the exact dimension of a typical apparatus pre-connected hose bed.  A project design that has been in the works for years now recently came to fruition in late 2010/early 2011 when an old engine was being moved to surplus.  The hose bed of this engine was salvaged by fire rescue fleet service technicians (those guys are amazing!!!!)  in order to acquire the raw materials to build the creative training tool.

The cart offers a heightened level of service for the residents of 47's zone in the way both units remain in service during the evolutions.  In the past, when a cross-lay was pulled off the Quint it required the aerial to be raised in order to repack the pre-connected 1.75" hose line.  With the aerial up, outriggers out, and deployed lines on the ground this usually required that the Quint company would be placed "out of service".  Not anymore!   The Cross-lay Cart is easily wheeled out from the apparatus bay and can be charged straight off a hydrant, or from Quint 47 directly. It can act as simulated hose off the apparatus or drills can include a relay pump scenario. Other times crews simply focus on hose stretches where the hose cart can be positioned between obstacles like parked cars, building entrances, between the fuel pumps, etc (all available in the front yard of the firehouse). In some of the pics attached the cart was strategically parked so a realistic drill could be performed where members arrived, stepped off the truck in full gear and went to work. Split pulls were practiced and cones were set up for target knockdown once the friction points were managed. While performing evolutions with the Cross-lay Hose Cart system, Q47 was paged out to a call.  The crews simply disconnected the supply line and drove away without delay.

The cart features (2) pre-connected 1.75" lines with a gated wye appliance on the supply side.  Another 2.5" coupling w/ hydrant valve allows the supply of a 200' pre-connect of 2.5" Blitz attack line (something not available on most Quint apparatus).

A community partnership was established in order to pay for some of the appliances and components of the Cross-lay Hose Cart. Some inline flowmeters and specialty nozzles were also donated to compliment the cart (not all arrived yet).  Between the crews' innovative design and the amazing technicians at fire rescue fleet services this project would have never happened without the support of the local residents and our local DC/BC staff!

Station 47 Crews
ABC Shifts

Extended Extrication on US Hwy 27Extended Extrication on US Hwy 27
Story and photos submitted by District Chief Curtis Rice. Posted on February 2nd , 2011

On Sunday January 23rd, the 7th Battalion responded to a reported roll-over of a semi-tractor trailer hauling gravel. PBSO reported that the driver was pinned in the cab.

E74 arrived just south of the US Hwy 27/ SR 827 intersection. They reported a large dump truck on its side with the load of gravel across the entire north bound lane. Upon survey of the area and vehicle it was found that the driver was in fact in need of extrication. The Drivers side was down with the dash and steering column applying pressure on the driver's legs. The hydraulic holding tank and the down side diesel saddle tank both had minor leaks.

Based on this information, Q73 was requested. It has the 10,000 psi extrication equipment and the 75' ladder can be raised if additional lights are needed. Due to the potential for an extended extrication, Trauma Hawk was requested. SO34 was sent with the initial alarm.

Members of R73, E74 and Q73, pulled protection lines, assessed the scene, the patient, assembled extrication equipment and began the task of cutting the driver out of his cab. Moss Towing was on scene and apprised of the extrication issues facing the crew. Base on this exchange Moss brought out both a Class C and Class D wrecker. Multiple plans were discussed and initiated to attempt to free the driver's legs. Due to the cab resting on the folded over guard rail, the fact that the cab was not flat but rather cocked at an angle putting additional stress on it and limited points to push or pull, Moss towing personnel were consulted as to what they would recommend and could do with their large class tow trucks. The primary plan developed was to raise the boom above the cab, lower their cable and attach it to the steering column and lift it off the driver allowing us to remove him out the roof that had previously been cut open. This did not accomplish what we expected. After a re-evaluation, E74 was relocated allowing the second tow truck access. Q73 and E34 captains reviewed options and consulted with Donald Moss of Moss Towing. It was decided to make a few more cuts and use the first tow truck to stabilize and lift the cab. The second tow truck was positioned so that its boom would be projected out to a position in front of the cab. This would allow them to get a much better angle on the steering column and dash to again pull it away. A coordinated effort to lift the cab off the guardrail and at the same time pull the dash and steering column towards the front of the cab allowed the driver to be immediately removed out the roof. The Driver was assessed and transferred to the waiting Trauma Hawk crew for transport to the regional trauma center.

A coordinated effort between all parties as well as access to heavy class wreckers made this complicated extrication a success. From arrival of the first Palm Beach County Fire Rescue unit, E74 to extrication of the patient took less than 2 hours.

Units on scene. E74, Q73, R731, TH1, E34, R34, SO34, DC7, EMS7, DC9. 

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