The Melbourne Fire Department is proud to announce that it has earned an ISO Class 1 rating, placing it among the top 1% of fire departments in the nation and the top 10% of fire departments in the state of Florida. It is the first fire department in Brevard County to receive a Class 1 rating.
During last night’s (August 9) City Council meeting Michael Morash, Community Hazard Mitigation Manager for ISO, announced the new designation and presented a plaque recognizing the achievement.
“Of about 40,000 fire-protection areas that we evaluate, there are only 474 total in the country” that receive the Class 1 rating Morash said. “There are only 47 in the state of Florida -- Melbourne is one of those 47. It’s great for a community to have this distinguished award.”
City of Melbourne
A hamster was discovered unharmed in its play ball, a turtle was found uninjured in its tank and a dog was found shaken but alive after a house divided into eight apartments on Farnol Street caught fire Wednesday.
Three engines and a tower truck from the Winter Haven Fire Department, two engines and a medic unit from Polk County Fire Rescue and members of the Winter Haven Police Department and the Polk County Sheriff's Office responded to the fire at the two-story subdivided home around 10 a.m.
Upon arriving, firefighters reported seeing flames coming from a first-floor apartment and thick smoke from two second-floor apartments directly above the fire.
A fire crew launched an offensive attack while police and deputies began searching for anyone still inside the structure.
Retirements and resignations at the Marco Island Fire Rescue Department have left openings for new hires and promotions. The city has advertised these positions both within and outside the department.
One of the vacancies was created by the departure of Deputy Chief David Batiato in July of this year, after nearly 32 years with the department. Batiato, who served as second in command, began his career in 1991.
When the department looked to replace Deputy Chief Batiato, they sought an individual with similar skill sets, to assist Fire Chief Chris Byrne. Byrne returned to the department after retiring from that same position.
Coastal Breeze News
A man operating a bulldozer was seriously injured Wednesday morning when the vehicle flipped over into an embankment at an Osceola County construction site, fire officials said in a tweet.
The rollover accident occurred before noon at the construction site along Jones Road and Wetland Place in St. Cloud, according to fire rescue.
Crews said the bulldozer driver sustained “serious injuries” after the machine flipped over, falling about 20 feet down into an embankment.
Osceola crews got help from the St. Cloud Fire Department to successfully perform a trench rescue, after which the driver was airlifted to the hospital, officials said.
WKMG-TV CBS 6 Orlando
Two key positions have been created ahead of The Villages Public Safety Department taking over ambulance service on Oct. 1.
The Village Center Community Development District Board of Supervisors on Wednesday unanimously voted to create the two new positions within The Villages fire department as it prepares to take over responsibility for EMS transport services.
The new positions are: Division Chief of EMS and Inventory Control Technician.
The Division Chief of EMS will be responsible for developing, managing, and evaluating all aspects of the EMS Transport Division. In addition, this position will serve as the liaison to local hospitals to ensure the timely transfer of patients at the receiving medical facilities and the liaison to the EMS billing agency to ensure optimum collection rates are achieved.
A fire erupted Thursday morning at a Wawa gas station that is under construction in Oakland Park.
Sky 10 was above the scene at 1640 W. Oakland Park Blvd. around 9:15 a.m. as firefighters used a ladder truck to douse the flames with water.
It appeared that the fire started on the roof.
No details were immediately released by authorities.
WPLG-TV ABC 10 Miami