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Thursday, July 11, 2024

Fort Myers Fire recruit dies following physical fitness test

VIDEO: The Fort Myers Fire Department announced on Wednesday that a recruit has died after completing his physical assessment and evaluation. At a press conference on Wednesday, Chief Tracy McMillion said the department is experiencing "heavy hearts" in response to the loss of Nathaniel Lee Wilcox, 22, from Cutler Bay, Florida. Chief McMillion says Wilcox's family wants the community to know more about their loved one - sharing that he played college football. Our Fox 4 Community Correspondent Miyoshi Price contacted the university to gain permission to use Wilcox's photos in our coverage and they also shared a statement reflecting on the man Wilcox was while here on earth.
WFTX-TV FOX 4 Cape Coral

Florida fire trucks will soon have blue rear lights and here’s why

Until this month, only police and prison vehicles could use blue lights. Large fire trucks throughout the Sunshine State will soon have blue rear lights in addition to the red tail lights seen on practically all vehicles nationwide. There’s a good reason. This past Legislative Session, state lawmakers unanimously approved a bipartisan bill (HB 463) to allow government-owned fire department vehicles weighing more than 12 tons to have blue lights on their rears. Previously, the allowance only applied to police and prison vehicles. Numerous studies have found that red and blue are the most visible illuminated colors on the spectrum. That includes a 2004 study by the Florida Highway Patrol that determined that red flashing lights are most easily perceived in daylight, while blue stands out best at night.
Florida Politics

Leesburg firefighter serving community on and off the clock

VIDEO: Many times, firefighters are rushing to an emergency where they may encounter people having one of the worst days of their lives. So it is their job to help save the day and lift people up. Lt. Jeff Moore has been with Leesburg Fire Station 61 for more than 21 years. Many know him for the work he does in the community - whether it’s cooking at the annual fish fry, chili cook off or other charity events. His colleagues said he is always stepping up to the task. "I thought, golly, I said this is the guy that needs to go on the Care Force," his friend Matt Tutton said. "I said he gives his time, he’s out there going to the elementary schools, he does fish frys for them, he does fish frys for us downtown and any charitable event or anything going on he’s probably going to be there and be involved if he can."
WOFL-TV FOX 35 Orlando

Fire ignites at North Miami Beach apartment building; no injuries

VIDEO: Residents at an apartment building in North Miami Beach made a fire escape after a blaze ignited inside one of the units. Miami-Dade Fire Rescue units responded to the scene near Northeast 167th Street and 22nd Avenue, just after 8:30 p.m., Wednesday. Cameras captured smoke and flames shooting out the door of one of the units as nearby residents got out safely. Firefighters were able to get the flames under control and were letting residents back into the building. No one was hurt.

Wednesday, July 10, 2024

Brevard County firefighters rally for new contract, better starting pay

VIDEO: Firefighters in Brevard County say they want a new contract. They and some of their supporters gathered outside the county’s government center on Tuesday afternoon to raise awareness for their cause. Currently, the starting salary for firefighters in Brevard County is approximately $15 per hour. The President of the local firefighters union says there’s plenty of competition for new recruits. Meanwhile, county officials are making an effort to attract and retain more firefighters. The new contract has been under negotiation since January. The current contract expires on September 30. “It’s a calling, and they want to do their job,” said Michael Bramsom, President of the Brevard County Professional Firefighters Union IAFF Local 2969. “Are we giving them the services, the knowledge, the equipment to do the job?”
WFTV ABC 9 Orlando

Dog killed, 1 person injured in house fire in south Fort Myers

VIDEO: At least one person has been injured, and a dog has died after a house fire erupted in South Fort Myers on Tuesday night. According to South Trail Fire and Rescue, the fire began shortly before 8:30 p.m. at a manufactured home in the Jamaica Bay community. Two people and a dog were inside when the fire started. Authorities say one person was transported to the hospital as a trauma alert, and the dog was found dead by firefighters during fire operations. The condition of the person is currently unknown. The State Fire Marshal and South Trail Fire & Rescue investigators were on the scene to investigate the cause and origin of the fire. The Red Cross was also called to assist the homeowner.
WINK-TV CBS 11 Fort Myers

Firefighters’ bravery on display in Martin County crash that left two trucks stacked

PHOTO: An image shared by Martin County Fire Rescue on Monday showed the results of a violent collision that left a truck stacked on top of another one. Now, the Martin County Sheriff’s Office has released a picture from another perspective, that of the firefighters and the risks they took to save the people trapped in the two badly damaged vehicles. “When I watched our fire personnel yesterday stabilizing a pickup truck that had crashed on top of another pickup truck, and realizing how dangerous that situation was, it made me proud to work alongside such professionals,” Sheriff William Snyder wrote on the MCSO Facebook page. Snyder explained the photograph was snapped shortly after they freed a person from the smashed bottom truck.
WTVX-TV CW 34 Fort Pierce

’Camp Ignite’ in St. Petersburg provides fire rescue training to teenage girls

VIDEO: A group of twelve young girls is taking on St. Petersburg Fire Rescue's "Camp Ignite" program. The girls, ages 14 to 18, are participating in a three-day intense training featuring rope rescues, extrication equipment and nozzle operations. "Yesterday, they got CPR certified. Today they are out here rappelling the ropes. Going over some extrication, cutting patients out of cars. Some hose work over there and learning about extinguishers as well. So there's a lot going on today, " Lieutenant Nicole Howard told FOX 13 News. The brave teenagers learned various life skills and met with the best firefighters in the business. One of them even said she wants to become a firefighter. "Oh yeah, I do. I just want to help people so they feel good and everything," said student Astrid Garcia when asked about her experience in the program.
WTVT-TV FOX 13 Tampa

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