EaseAlert is a pre-alert system designed to alert firefighters of an emergency before the alarm sounds in their station. It was created by young entrepreneurs Blake Richardson and Elezar Tonev with the goal to reduce stress and improve efficiency for firefighters.
“My dad has been a firefighter most of my life. For years I would see him come home from work every third day just stressed and exhausted. I was seeing the toll that firefighting was taking on him first hand,” Richardson said.
After doing some research, Richardson learned that the toll had a bigger impact on firefighters than he thought -- with heart attacks and an alarming number of suicides being leading causes of death. “Of course, firefighting is a very stressful job. We can’t change the inherent nature of the job,” Richardson said, “but what we can change is the alerting process and that’s where EaseAlert comes in.”
WCJB-TV ABC 20 Gainesville
During the COVID-19 pandemic, dozens of firefighters across Central Florida have tested positive or have been exposed to the virus.
Some Reedy Creek firefighters said they are concerned about how the governing body for Walt Disney World handles how its first responders get paid during that time off, which is different from other communities. The first responders who take care of emergencies at Walt Disney World feel they are being treated unfairly when it comes to COVID-19 exposure.
“It affects morale,” said Ryan O’Reilly, with the Reedy Creek Professional Firefighters Union. “We don’t understand why they want to treat us like that.”
A Reedy Creek firefighter recently tested positive. So out of an abundance of caution, the district asked nearly an entire crew at one of its stations to quarantine. But the union is upset that those firefighters have to use sick time while they're off. And if they run out, they have to use vacation time.
WFTV ABC 9 Orlando
Seven months after breaking ground on Ocala’s second first responders’ campus, the facility on Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue is more than half finished.
Even with delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic, construction is set to end in October, about 30 days longer than originally anticipated.
The delays involved the manufacturing and shipping of certain materials, according to Ashley Dobbs, Ocala city spokeswoman.
Once complete, the $7 million campus will feature a new Ocala Fire Rescue station, an Ocala Police Department substation and a community center, complete with a basketball court.
Ocala Fire Station No. 3 will move from 737 SW Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. to the new campus less than a mile up the road. In addition to the fire station, the campus will also serve as the Ocala Fire Rescue administration headquarters. It’s the first true headquarters for the department in about 50 years, according to Fire Chief Shane Alexander.
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Brevard County Fire Rescue on Tuesday said goodbye and wished a happy and healthy retirement to Emergency Vehicle Dispatch Shift Supervisor Brenda Propst. “Brenda has faithfully and diligently served the citizens and visitors of Brevard County for 35 years,” said Brevard County Fire Rescue Chief Mark Schollmeyer.
“She has literally answered tens of thousands of 911 calls, dispatched thousands of emergency vehicles, and saved countless lives over her long and distinguished career. She has been a fixture on the radio waves since many of us were barely out of our teens and you are loved and respected by all.”
Congrats, good luck, and happy and healthy retirement, we hope you enjoyed your drive by parade today.
A Spring Hill homeowner woke up Tuesday night to the smell of smoke, and managed to safely evacuate the home, fire officials say.
Around 8:32 p.m., Hernando County fire crews were alerted to the fire, located at 3346 Marina Way. Officials say the homeowner was sleeping on the couch when she smelled smoke.
She thought her roommate was home, and tried to warn him, according to Hernando County Fire Rescue. They said she tried to open his door, but it was locked. She exited the mobile home and threw a rock through his bedroom window. The action caused more air to enter the home, rapidly spreading flames through the structure, fire officials say. This occurred before firefighters arrived at the location, where they found fire and heavy smoke.
Firefighters say they extinguished the fire within 12 minutes of arriving.
WTVT-TV Fox 13 Tampa
A fire broke out Wednesday morning at a shopping plaza in Kendall.
The fire occurred at 8505 Mills Drive.
Sky 10 was above the scene shortly before 6:30 a.m. as light smoke and flames were coming from the side of the building. Some roof damage was visible from the outside but it’s unclear how extensive the damage was inside any of the businesses.
Miami-Dade firefighters have since extinguished the flames.
A spokesperson for Miami-Dade Fire Rescue said no injuries were reported.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
WPLG-TV ABC 10 Miami