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Friday, December 2, 2022

VIDEO: 4 injured when fireworks explode inside Orange County warehouse

At least four people, including a teen, were taken to the hospital after fireworks exploded and sparked a large fire at a warehouse in Orange County Thursday night, according to Orange County Fire Rescue. The fire occurred at 901 Central Florida Parkway at around 7:10 p.m., fire officials said. According to Battalion Chief Garrett Wienckowski, crews were told on the way to the fire that there were fireworks going off in the building, and people were still trapped inside. Upon arrival, crews said they saw flames and began treating multiple patients. Officials on Thursday initially reported that five people were hurt in the incident, later clarifying there were four patients. In a briefing, Wienckowski said the warehouse caught fire after the fireworks stored inside ignited — though the cause of ignition is still unknown.
WKMG-TV CBS 6 Orlando

Broward Sheriff’s Office Fire Rescue truck catches fire near Fort Lauderdale airport

VIDEO: A Broward Sheriff’s Office Fire Rescue truck needed rescuing itself Friday morning. It caught fire inside a fleet facility in the 500 block of Southwest 34th Street near Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. Only one ladder truck in the service bay was damaged and it was moved outside the warehouse to be towed. Authorities confirmed that the truck sustained serious damage, and there was also smoke and water damage to some equipment. No injuries were reported. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
WPLG-TV ABC 10 Miami

Jacksonville: Treatment program for first responders offers hope for group at high-risk for cancer

First responders, particularly firefighters, are at a higher risk of getting cancer because of what they can be exposed to while doing their jobs. Baptist MD Anderson Cancer Center has a special program that helps them navigate treatment. So far, 21 first responders have gone through the program since it started less than two years ago. Brooke Westerhoff has a lot of titles to list. She is a firefighter and EMT with Putnam County Fire Rescue, and a newlywed. Westerhoff is also a cancer survivor. “It is a second chance at life because I look at everything differently now,” Westerhoff said. Westerhoff has been cancer-free for 10 months now. She was diagnosed with Stage 3 Hodgkins Lymphoma in July 2021 while planning her wedding.
WJXT-TV 4 Jacksonville

East Manatee Fire Rescue plans to expand to handle growth

East Manatee Fire Rescue commissioners passed a five-year plan Nov. 22 that focuses on the infrastructure needed to accommodate additional firefighters. The department is planning for expansion of its personnel to deal with the area's rapid growth. The five-year plan also recommends adding an Advanced Life Support program. “Chief (Lee Whitehurst) and staff did a heck of a job,” Fire Commissioner Derek Foss said of putting together the plan. “We’ve got a plan to expand, and hire more people, and (Advanced Life Support) is in there as well.” Advanced Life Support refers to adding equipment and paramedic-certified firefighters, who can offer care beyond what regular firefighters can provide. Whitehurst was pleased that commissioners showed unanimous support of the plan. He noted the plan is not a fixed path for the department, but a guide which the board has the ability to revise moving forward, if needed.
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First responders in Martin County assemble bikes for families and kids in need

VIDEO: Dozens of Martin County first responders spent the morning at the fairgrounds assembling bicycles for families in need for the holidays. More than 150 bikes were put together by firefighters and paramedics to help spread holiday cheer for parents and families who wouldn’t be able to otherwise afford it. “Knowing we can come here and help out, it’s a good feeling," said James Horton, with Martin County Fire Rescue. The United Way Holiday Project is behind the yearly event and coordinates the Toys for Tots drive locally with the help of other organizations. "We cry as staff as we watch families go through, and it’s the parents and the dignity we provide for them to pick out their toys for their children," Carol Howard Dietz, president and CEO at United Way Martin County, said.
WPBF-TV ABC 25 Tequesta

Thursday, December 1, 2022

2 hospitalized after Seminole mobile home consumed by fire

Two people were hospitalized as a precaution after a fire consumed a mobile home in Seminole early Thursday morning. At about 5:45 a.m., the Seminole Fire Rescue Department responded to a fire at a mobile home in the 7100 block of 105th Lane North. An agency spokeswoman said two women and a dog evacuated the home before their arrival. The women were both taken to an area hospital as a precaution, but no serious injuries were reported. Firefighters were able to bring the blaze under control, but the mobile home sustained heavy damage. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Fire departments in Escambia County launching annual ‘Keep the Wreath Green’ Fire Safety campaign

The Pensacola Fire Department, in collaboration with Escambia County Fire Rescue, will launch its annual “Keep the Wreath Green” Fire Safety campaign Thursday, Dec. 1. While a joyous time of year, PFD said cold weather, holiday decorations and festivities can create serious fire dangers. Firefighters hope to reduce the number of fires by promoting simple, life-saving holiday safety tips each day in December. During the month-long campaign, 5-foot wreaths will be on display at five city fire stations and 21 county fire stations. Wreaths will also be placed outside Escambia County’s Ernie Lee Magaha Government Building downtown, the Escambia County Public Safety Building and Pensacola City Hall. Each time firefighters respond to a residential fire with damage in the City of Pensacola, a green bulb we be replaced with a red one to remind citizens of the dangers posed by fires in residential homes.
WKRG-TV CBS 5 Mobile

The 2022 Atlantic hurricane season ends quietly, but with lasting impacts

It may only take one impactful storm to make a difference in a hurricane season, but Florida took two good impacts and one lesser one during the 2022 Atlantic hurricane season. A disorganized storm crossed south Florida back in June before becoming Tropical Storm Alex just north of Grand Bahama Island. The two largest were Hurricane Ian and Hurricane Nicole. Ian hit Florida as a Category 4 hurricane on September 23 and was connected to 139 deaths, according to the Florida Medical Examiners (FME) office. Among those were 17 from Central Florida: Lake – 2; Orange – 3; Osceola – 5; and Volusia – 7. By contrast, FME said Hurricane Nicole, which made landfall on November 11, was responsible for five deaths. Four of those were in Orange County and one was in Duval County.
Spectrum News 13

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