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Driver Engineer Joel Brown Retires After 30 Year Career with LFD

On Thursday, October 17, 2013 in a well-attended retirement ceremony, the Lakeland Fire Department gave a fond farewell to Driver Engineer Joel Brown. D/E Brown was joined by his lovely wife and daughter as well as by many LFD personnel old and new, including some that are retired themselves.

D/E Brown enjoyed a noteworthy 30 year career with LFD which included a close call in a 1987 fire that led to a structural collapse. He was trapped with a fellow firefighter while fighting the blaze and fortunately made it through, making him a highly respected and experienced member of the department. 

He plans to enjoy his well-earned retirement hunting, fishing, and spending more time with is family.

Congratulations and sincere thanks to Joel for his many years of selfless and dedicated service. 

 

 

 


USAR Team Members Enhance Their Structural Collapse Rescue Skills

In late September of 2013, a select group of Lakeland Fire Department Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) team members attended a Structural Collapse Technician Course in Ocala, Florida. This specialized training opportunity gave LFD’s USAR members an opportunity to learn new life saving rescue techniques and the ability to train with fellow firefighters from throughout the state. 

The course offered by the state fire college was a unique experience for those involved.  The course was 80 hours of rigorous training.  It involved various methods of breaching and breaking concrete, usage of various cutting torches, lifting and moving significantly large objects utilizing a crane as well as some basic rigging and hand signals for crane operations, and shoring up of unstable buildings.  These skills are particularly useful in the event that access to a victim or multiple victims is needed for rescue as a result of a collapsed or significantly compromised building.  

“I enjoyed the class, it was challenging and informative.  I would encourage more firefighters to take and obtain this level of training.  The learning environment that the state fire college created was excellent.  It was great for team building and morale among team members.” said Firefighter Jason Diaz.  All of the firefighters that participated felt that it was a great learning experience and was very useful in improving their skills to better serve the people of Lakeland in the event of a structural collapse or situation requiring heavy rescue.  

Firefighters that attended were: 

 

Lt. Scott Gilbreath, Lt. Heath Seeber, D/E Dan Varner, D/E Kuikahi Kawailani, FF Jason Diaz

 


 

 

 

 



7th Annual Open House a Huge Success

The LFD’s 7th Annual Open House event that took place Saturday, October 12 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM was a huge success. Approximately 3,000 people showed up making it the largest event put on by the department yet!

Citizen’s came out to learn more about fire safety, to better understand the many different services the department offers the community, and to see the equipment used to keep the citizens of Lakeland safe up close.

Demonstrations we offered every half hour, kitchen fire safety tips were provided, and guests were invited to tour the station and enjoy free goodies and refreshments.

The event is growing every year and plans are already under way to make next year’s event even bigger and better. Mark your calendars because everyone is encouraged to come out and join the department again for its 8th annual Open House event, planned for October 11, 2014.

Check out more information about the event and photos here




 

 


Lakeland Firefighters Respond to Home Fire Involving Injured Pets

Lakeland --- At approximately 8:15 PM, the Lakeland Fire Department responded to a home fire at 1408 Phyllis Street, Lakeland, FL.  Fire crews breached the front door to find heavy smoke conditions and a bedroom on the east side of the home consumed in flames. Crews extinguished the fire without incident but upon searching the structure for occupants discovered 3 pets; a large dog and two cats.

The home was occupied by siblings Thomas Watkins and Pamela Burton, neither of which were home when the fire began. The fire is believed to have begun after Watkins briefly left the home for a walk. Upon returning Watkins discovered the fire and entered to rescue the aforementioned pets. Mr. Watkins was assessed and air lifted from the scene to Tampa General Hospital for treatment.

Extensive resuscitation attempts were made on all three of the pets by LFD firefighters. One cat was revived after being administered oxygen, however the second cat and the dog perished from their injuries, even after resuscitation attempts by crews which included full intubation and Advanced Life Support treatment. The LFD crews are trained and all of the department’s rescue apparatuses are equipped with specialized equipment designed for pet rescue and resuscitation.

It is important to remind pet owners that however difficult it may be to do, please do not enter a burning structure to save a pet. If a building is on fire or shows signs of fire, like smoke, stay out! Pets are very much loved and seen as members of the family but people should not jeopardize their safety in the event of a fire or other emergency. Responders are specially trained to rescue everyone, including pets.

LFD’s fire investigator determined that that the fire was started by smoking materials in the affected bedroom and was accidental. The fire caused $25,000 in damage to the home.