Boca Raton, Florida: On Friday, March 1st at 9am there will be a special "Last Roll Call" ceremony in the auditorium at the 6500 Building. Boca Raton Honor Guard and Pipes and Drum Corp will be there when Fire
Chief Tom Wood honors our retired members. Also taking place will be the announcement of promotions, recognition of our Firefighter of the Year, department Excellence and Innovation Awards and a Citizen Courage Award. We look forward in seeing you there.
Captain Dan Coine - 29 Years of Service
Captain Joe Hauck - 31 Years of Service
Captain Scott Johnston- 25 Years of Service
Captain Robert Diaz- 33 Years of Service
Captain Mike Francis
Fire Prevention Officer Dan Rush
Recognition of Firefighter of the Year
Firefighter/Paramedics Robert Parks, Evan Gaub and Octavio Quinones
Lt. Jay Sumner and Firefighter Shelly Griffith
Firefighter/Driver Kevin Sullivan
Assistant Fire Chief Raul Travieso
Firefighter/Paramedic Nick Massimino
Citizen Courage Award
Mr. John Holgerson
Boca Raton, Florida: In a closed door meeting, Boca Raton City Council members met in an executive session to discuss the possibility of opening the firefighters’ contract to specifically talk about Police Officers’ and Firefighters’ retirement plan funding issues. The city has been in talks with the firefighters and police officers in hopes of achieving $5 million dollars of immediate savings. In an effort to help the city reach their goal, John Luca, President of the firefighters’ union and his leadership team were ready to meet
and start the dialogue. Unconscionably, when the doors opened, the city refused to meet with the firefighters. Instead they choose to wait on an independent study, which could cost the city in excess of $40,000 and would take nearly 6 months to complete. Opening the contract at this time would have a potential savings of $150 million dollars over the next thirty years. President Luca is calling a press conference at 11am on Monday, February 25, at Fire Station #5, located at 2333 West Glades Road, to discuss the City’s decision. Boca Raton Police Detective Kelly Shifflet, President of The Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 38 will also be on hand for the conference.
The Nationally accredited IAFF/IAFC CPAT Test will be conducted by Boca Raton Fire Rescue during the month of March 2013.This test is open to anyone who may need it to get into Fire School or to be hired by a Department that requires it.
All the information for this process can be found at www.bocafire.net (Just click on CPAT).The entire process will take place at 4400 Broken Sound Blvd. which is just east of Military Trail & just north of Spanish River Blvd.
Participants must pre-register with Boca Raton Fire Rescue at firstname.lastname@example.org or 561-982-4010.
Boca Raton Fire Rescue will be accepting applications in April and a completed CPAT will be required to submit an application.
Calling all kids to bring your parents to college – FAU, that is – on Saturday, February 23 for the Hottest Fire Rescue Expo in Boca Raton’s history! Plans for this year’s FAMILY EXPO include action-filled exhibits for children and adults to enjoy, such as a vehicle extrication demonstration and a live fire demonstration. Of particular interest should be the Side-by-Side Fire Sprinkler exhibit, which profoundly illustrates the value of fire sprinklers in the home. The City’s Fire Rescue Services Department’s state-of-the art fire engines, medical units and even the 1926 vintage engine, Old Betsy, will be on display.
Fun-filled activities for the kids include a bounce house slide, face painting, and competitions for hose rolling and squirting water; and everyone can munch on hot dogs, popcorn, and other refreshments. A number of other City departments will be on site to provide interesting information regarding City services. This year Fire Rescue is partnering with the Police Department to provide Child Passenger Chair Safety Checks and Installation. Folks from Boca Raton Regional Hospital and Red Cross will offer blood pressure screening and health evaluations as well as lessons on safety.
Boca Raton Fire Rescue Services is looking forward to sharing their mission with the community. Come out to see what Fire Rescue does and meet your local Firefighters at this free event!
Parking Area #38 (North of the Stadium)
Saturday, February 23rd, 2013
10:00 AM until 3:00 PM
Members of Boca Raton Fire Explorer Post #315 were on hand this weekend to help honor the brave men and women who fought in WWII and the planes that helped win the war. Hundred of citizens joined the Explorers to meet and greet and get an up close and personal tour of the aircraft. Each year the Collings Foundation makes a scheduled stop at Boca Airpaort with its vintage aircraft. Each year Fire Explorer Post #315 have been helping by manning thier food and drink tent. The money raised will help to off set costs so that the Explorers can attend classes and events and purchase needed equipment. If you are interested in learning more about the post or are interested in joining please contact Lead Advisor Jesus Barrera at email@example.com.
At the convention center in Daytona Beach three local heroes from Boca Raton Fire Rescue Services were among those honored at the Fire Rescue East Conference and Seminar hosted by the Florida Fire Chiefs Association. Assistant Fire Chief Dave Woodside was selected as Fire Marshal of the Year, Fire Explorer Chief Nick Galiardo of Boca Raton Fire Explorer Post #315 was selected as the Fire Cadet of The Year for 2012 and Frank Correggio was selected as the Fire Cadet Advisor of the Year for 2012. At last years conference Frank was selected as Public Information Officer of the Year for 2011. Frank recently retired in June started Fire Explore Post #315 in 2004. The young men and women who join are taught fire and medical skills. After their initial training they are permitted to ride along on emergency calls as observers with members of Boca Raton Fire Rescue. Explores volunteer their time with many different organizations performing hundreds of hours of community service. To date Boca Raton Fire Rescue has hired eight of its former Explores who have completed their schooling and passed the rigorous pre employment testing.
Members of The Firefighters of Boca Raton Local 1560 and their families came together to on their off time to visit with the residents of Banyan Place located at 2950 NW 5 Avenue in Boca Raton. The Annual Sweet Heart Ball which helps celebrate Valentines Day gives the firefighters a chance to spend time with the residents, dancing, talking and brightening up their day. This is the 15th year that the firefighters have participated in the ball. Events such as these are just one way our men and women who protect our city can give back to the citizens and the community.