PHOTOS: Months after a Riviera Beach fire station was deemed unsafe to work out of due to mold, firefighters who returned to Station 88 a month ago have now been moved again.
Last week, employees discovered some concerns in the air plenum that the air ducts run into at the fire station on Blue Heron Blvd.
"Behind those plenums which have been sealed since the build of the station, there was some concerns brought to the attention of fire administration," said Riviera Beach Interim Fire Chief John Curd.
The city had a professional consulting firm come in the next day and develop a plan for action, but said the crew could stay in the dormitory.
"We’ve had at least one employee who has been hospitalized," said Scott Bielecky, President of Professional Firefighters and Paramedics of Palm Beach County back in March.
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VIDEO: A woman was killed Tuesday when her car went airborne and crashed into the Halifax River in Daytona Beach, according to police.
Officials said Shanna Ferring died in the crash, which happened around 9:50 a.m. on the east side of what will be the Orange Avenue Bridge near Silver Beach Avenue and Peninsula Drive.
According to Daytona Beach police, Ferring appeared to be traveling at a high rate of speed in a four-door Kia, which was driven through a construction zone, went airborne for 75 feet, struck a concrete pylone and submerged in the water.
Firefighters pulled Ferring from the car and she was pronounced dead. Authorities said it's believed she died upon impact, but an autopsy will determine her official cause of death.
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Between a proposed millage rate increase, bumps to the road and drainage, solid waste and fire fee districts, as well as an increase in his property value, Greg Culy said that he’s facing as much as an 18 percent increase in his property tax bill.
Commissioners, on the first of three days of budget workshops, were sympathetic but, as Mayor Chris Hanks noted, some of the increases Culy and other homeowners would see are a result of city commissioners keeping tax rates and fee increases artificially low.
The perfect illustration of that dilemma was outlined by North Port Fire Rescue Chief Scott Titus and consultant Erick van Malssen of Stantec, who explained that decisions by previous boards to throttle back the potential increase in the fire fee, including a 5.37 percent reduction in the 2016-17 fiscal year, resulted in the need to increase the fee by 9 percent in each of the next four years, to make sure the department has enough money to provide existing level of service by 2023.
The American Heart Association's Mission Lifeline Emergency Medical Service recognition program has recognized the Fort Myers Beach Fire Department for the second year in a row.
In addition to being awarded the American Heart Association's award for its STEMI care and systems, the department qualified for a Gold level award and received a Plus designation for stroke patient care. The FMBFD is one of only 42 Florida agencies to ever be given this award.
"We are excited that our efforts in patient care excellence have been recognized by the American Heart Association," The FMBFD said in a press release. "We would like to thank all of the dedicated Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics who make a difference in our community every day."
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Lake County Fire Rescue is more equipped to save all nine lives, after receiving a "paw-some" donation for pets.
Cat Café donated two pet oxygen mask kits to the rescue Tuesday, in recognition of National Pet Fire Safety Day.
Commissioner Sean Parks joined a group of firefighters at the fire rescue to accept the donation.
"Each year, more than 500,000 pets are affected by house fires and our hope is that the donation of these masks will help save precious pet lives," said Sandy Caga, Cat Café owner.
Cat Café is the first of its kind in Central Florida. Visitors can travel to Clermont and enjoy a cup of coffee alongside adoptable cats. For every purchase made, a portion of the proceeds are donated to assist homeless cats at SPCA Florida.