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Monday, August 15, 2022

4 injured, including 3 firefighters, when fire truck overturns in crash on US-1 in Brevard County

VIDEO: Four people, including three firefighters, were injured late Sunday when a fire truck and a pickup truck collided in Brevard County, officials said. The crash happened around 10:30 p.m. on U.S. 1 at Burkholm Road in Mims. The crash victims included three people in the fire truck and one person in the pickup. At least one victim was airlifted from the scene, but no other details about the victims’ injuries have been released. The cause of the wreck is under investigation. U.S. 1 was closed in the area, but the roadway was reopened Monday morning. The Florida Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.
WKMG-TV CBS 6 Orlando

Follow-up: Brevard County’s first firefighting academy for high schoolers opens at Palm Bay High School

VIDEO: Palm Bay High School’s new firefighting academy is serious business — and not just because, as instructor Chester Bombriant quipped, “everything in that classroom could hurt you.” It’s also a college-level course, and it’s the first of its kind in Brevard County. About 100 students are in the program. On Friday, some of them saw their new classroom for the first time along with school administrators, local firefighters and reporters. The program will give students a head start at a well-paying career, and could help address a local shortage of firefighters, officials said. The course is designed to prepare students for the fire fighting program at Eastern Florida State, and eventually their state certifications. “They're going to be doing for the first two or three years here before they get over there,” Bombriant said.
Florida Today - Metered Site

3 lightning strikes sparked North Lauderdale townhouse fire, causing roof damage; at least 8 displaced

Three lightning strikes sparked a fire at a townhouse building in North Lauderdale, causing extensive roof damage and leaving at least eight people displaced, city officials said. North Lauderdale and Tamarac Fire Rescue units have responded to the scene of the blaze at the two-story building, Sunday afternoon. 7News has learned three bolts of lightning hit the townhouse at around 2:45 p.m., causing the roof to cave in. “Lightning strikes started the fire. According to the some of the deputies, there were three lightning strikes that hit the house almost at the same time,” said North Lauderdale City Manager Mike Sargis. Homeowner Donna McCully said her life has been turned upside down. “I feel like my entire life has been destroyed right now,” she said.

Update: Manatee County fire lieutenant returns to work after donating kidney to wife of fellow firefighter

VIDEO: For firefighters, saving lives is part of the job, but one Tampa Bay area firefighter went above and beyond, giving a Tampa NICU nurse a second chance at life. Lt. Derek Foss just returned back to work at Southern Manatee Fire Rescue after eight weeks out, recovering from surgery. He went under the knife, donating a kidney to Tampa mom and nurse Brianne Baker. When Baker was 15 years old, she was diagnosed with a rare kidney disease, but there was only a 3% chance she would ever need a transplant. In 2018, pregnancy complications took a big toll on her kidneys, bringing her into stage four renal failure. Two years later, she told 8 On Your Side a case of COVID-19 made things even worse. “My husband and my son and I all contracted COVID-19 and within four months, I was in and stage five renal failure,” said Baker.

Crews put out kitchen fire in Opa-Locka; 2 cats rescued

Firefighters in Opa-Locka put out a fire that broke out in the kitchen of a home and came to the rescue of two pets. Miami-Dade Fire Rescue units responded to the scene of the blaze at the single-family residence along the 1100 block of Ahmad Street, just after 6:15 p.m., Friday. “Fire people responded appropriately. They responded on protocol,” said homeowner Shane Rhodes, “like, they did everything. They came in with the hose, they made sure everybody was out, they made sure anybody wasn’t in there, any animals.” Rhodes said she told crews her two cats were still inside the home. Firefighters went inside to search and found both felines under a bed. “They got the animals out. They made sure my daughter was OK,” said Rhodes. Crews brought out Rhodes’ cats and gave them oxygen. They were able to revive the animals.

Dog dies after apartment complex catches fire in southwest Miami-Dade County

VIDEO: Miami Dade Fire Rescue units responding to a Saturday evening fire. Cell phone video from drivers captured the bright orange flames, shooting from an apartment along the 13- thousand block of SW 17th Lane in Southwest Miami Dade. Tom Lima who owns the upstairs unit that suffered smoke damage from the fire, says the fire started in the unit below then sent flames shooting upward. “I remember coming as a kid here and this used to actually be my grandparents old apartment,” said Lima. Miami Dade Fire rescue tells Local 10 no one was injured in this fire, and neighboring units did not have to be evacuated. “It’s sad it’s something that I remember having memories with my family and now it’s burnt to a barbecue,” added Lima.
WPLG-TV ABC 10 Miami

Friday, August 12, 2022

’I’d go back again’: Treasure Coast forest ranger returns after battling Texas wildfires

VIDEO: Treasure Coast firefighters who help forest rangers battle wildfires in Texas are back home and waiting to help again. Noah Hines is a forest ranger with the Florida Forest Service. He's now back home in St. Lucie County and on the job. Last month Hines was in Texas battling wildfires. "It was my first time going out so there was a lot to take in," Hines said. He and fellow firefighter Christopher Jacobson, who is stationed in Martin County, were sent to the Buckshot Fire in Texas and worked out of the Smithville office which is about an hour east of Austin. They were there to help other responders battle multiple wildfires sparked by continued hot and dry conditions. "A couple of times there were fires near homes,” Hines said. "Being that our engine was so big, we were tasked with structure protection.”
WPBF-TV ABC 25 Tequesta

Brevard County Fire Rescue Special Operations Team Responds to Overturned 1,200-Gallon Fuel Tanker

The Brevard County Fire Rescue Special Operations Team and Engine 44 responded to a call for a 1,200-gallon fuel tanker that had rolled over at around 11:25 a.m. on Thursday. The accident happened on southbound I-95 at mile marker 200. In order to remove the diesel fuel from the overturned truck, Special Ops personnel had to drill and tap a hole into the tanker. According to officials, air tools and Alcohol Resistant Film Forming Foam were used in order to eliminate any possible ignition sources while drilling the tank to protect the firefighters. The product was pumped into another tanker and hauled to a collection facility. “Another job well done by our Brevard County Fire Rescue firefighters!” said Brevard County Fire Rescue officials.
Space Coast Daily

Maitland police officer whose dog alerted him to house fire returns to work

VIDEO: A Maitland police officer who also serves as a school resource officer has returned to work roughly six weeks after his home was destroyed by a fire. Officer Josh Rotarius credit his very own dog for saving his life after he said lightning struck his home and sparked a fire. "Started a fire in the attic, and obviously it moved to the rest of the house," Rotarious told FOX 35 News last month. He said he was sleeping when lightning struck his home. It was actually his dog, Null, that got his attention as smoke filled the house, back on July 1. "He was making kind of a strange noise which wasn’t common for him. So it kind of woke me up." When Joshua opened his eyes, he said he couldn’t see anything or breathe. "I managed to get him out of his crate after I got pretty low." After getting Null out of his cage, both of them escaped the fire.
WOFL-TV FOX 35 Orlando

Follow-up: Hillsborough County boy rescued from fire makes full recovery, returns to the football field

VIDEO: A Seffner boy who nearly died in a house fire back in May is able to run up and down the football field once again. "I use this as an opportunity to show him what we can do when tragedy strikes and in life son, tragedy will strike again and we will get through it," Owen Ares' mother, Karen McGinnis, said. It's a recovery his family says is truly amazing and they credit Owen's strength. "Here he is. He made a full speedy recovery, on the field and he started 4th grade yesterday. I am just grateful," McGinnis said. Owen was recused by Hillsborough County deputies when his house caught fire on May 19th. Hillsborough fire investigators said the fire started in the barn and then spread to the house. McGinnis and her boyfriend were able to make it out of the house with their animals, but Owen was inside asleep at the time.
WTSP-TV CBS 10 St. Petersburg

Seminole County firefighters drop off school supplies in countywide collection drive

Seminole County Fire Department personnel on Friday suited up and rolled out to deliver a care package of classroom essentials for teachers and students to use for free throughout the new school year. With dozens of boxes of school supplies on hand — donated in a collection drive hosted at all SCFD stations and Seminole County public libraries — the firefighters handed off the goods at 10 a.m. to Tools 4 Seminole Schools, located on Airport Boulevard in Sanford. Tools 4 Seminole Schools, operated by the Foundation for Seminole County Public Schools, seeks to alleviate the burden of school-related costs on teachers and low-income families by offering a place for students and educators to visit, “shop” a bit, and leave without paying a dime.
WKMG-TV CBS 6 Orlando

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