August 2011, Volume 10 – Issue 53
A Publication For Boynton Beach Firefighters & Paramedics
B-Battalion works an MVA
The City Of Boynton Beach EOC
“WHAT MOTIVATES YOU” – P2 Image by Steve Lewis
“We’re ready . . . are you”?
EMS: “PEDIATRIC CODES” – P3
Image by Steve Lewis
RESIDENTIAL SPRINKLERS – P4
LOCAL 1891 – P5
CHAPLAIN’S CHALLENGE – P6
BENEVOLENT NEWS – P7
“EGG – CELLENT” – P8
THIS & THAT – P9
PAUL COMBS – P10
Captain Dean Kinser flows
water from Truck 3 during
the February training burn.
SCAN THE HURRICANE PLAN!
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Diversity - Integrity - Stewardship - Creativity
What Motivates You?
Ray Carter, Fire Chief
While simply being a part of the greatest profession in the world would seem to be the most obvious
answer to the question asked in the title above, there really isn’t a single, secret hand shake type answer
to the question being asked. While I may feel strongly about the parts of being a professional
firefighter that motivate me, you on the other hand may not be quite so tuned in to those feelings and
perspectives. We all have one or two things about our job that excite us and keep bringing us back to
work with a strong sense of commitment and dedication to being “all we can be” as professional
firefighters. The question “what motivates you” can only be answered by looking deep inside ourselves
and remembering our core values and our vision of personal success that was developed as we entered
the “service” as rookie firefighters.
FF Ryan Flattery checks out Flame SIM.
Thinking back to the day you started your career as a professional firefighter, what was it that brought
you to a profession that would ask you to care for those who could not or would not care for themselves?
What was it that allowed you to accept the risk of entering a building that was heavily involved in fire
based solely on the possibility that someone’s life could be saved or their property could be salvaged
only if you were willing to take that risk? What is it that allowed you to think that it was OK to step out
of the apparatus you were assigned to, while parked on I-95, with a mostly uncaring group of motorists
racing by at speeds in excess of 70 miles per hour, just to take care of someone that was more interested
in texting “LMAO” than paying attention to their responsibility to operate their vehicle in a safe manner?
While you and I may not answer these questions the same, my expectation is that neither of us answered
by stating that our motivators were money or benefits. In spite of my “dinosaur status” in this profession, I
do remember a time when I had very little of either of these (money or benefits) and the profession
didn’t offer much hope of moving me far above the poverty level in this country. I point this out only to
stimulate your thought process about today’s economic climate and what seems to be an endless barrage
of vocal citizens that seem to want to place our photographs in the local post office along side of the
FBI’s most wanted criminals. These influences on our level of motivation can and in many cases has
become a significant distraction from those core values and the vision we developed when we first
became professional firefighters.
My hope is that each of us recognize that achieving our long range vision(s) of success is most likely to
occur by building and fostering a culture within our department that relies on those core values (integrity,
honesty, professionalism and dedication to our mission) that all firefighters understand are the real
motivators that inspire us to come to work each day and be willing to risk everything for the greater
good of those we serve. Our success as an organization and as individuals relies on our ability to
motivate and prepare ourselves for tomorrow’s challenges by embracing those very core values that
brought us to this profession in the first place. Doing so is what makes each of you “the best you can be”
and what makes Boynton Beach Fire Rescue Department a world-class organization.
Quick response times translate into a positive outcome for two Boynton Beach Toddlers
Michael Landress, EMSC
Summary of Pediatric Drowning Run No. 5629 Date 6/16/2011
Location: 100 Meadows Circle, Boynton Beach, Florida 33436; (community pool) R3 & E3 (C-Battalion)
responded to a purported pediatric drowning of a three-year old male patient. Call was received at 14: 27,
and subsequently dispatched at 14:28, crews than arrived at 14:32 (4-minute response time). Crews arrived
to find a three-year old male unresponsive, supine on pool deck presenting with agonal/gurgling respirations
w/ pulses. Bystanders advised that the child was under water for approximately a minute. Crews quickly
began suctioning the child’s airway and provided ventilations via BVM, an IO was established and the child
was transported to BMH, arriving at 14:56 - (24-minutes total from on-scene to arrival at ER). Follow up with
BMH on 6/22/11 indicates the child is expected to make a full recovery without any neurological deficits.
Summary of Pediatric Drowning Run No. 5809 Date 6/21/2011
Location: 1061 Foster’s Mill Drive, Boynton Beach, Florida 33436 (private residence)
R3 & E3 (B-Battalion) responded to a purported pediatric drowning of a one and a half year old male
patient. Call was received at 11:02, and subsequently dispatched at 11:02; crews arrived at 11:06 (4 minute
response time). Crews arrived to find a one and a half year old male unresponsive with CPR in progress by
bystander. Bystanders unsure of the amount of time this child was under water in an unclean pool. Patient
presented w/o respirations and a heart rate of fewer than 60 – crews initiated CPR and controlled the
airway via OPA & BVM. An IO was also established and Sodium Bicarbonate administered. The child’s heart
rate improved to 130 BPM with spontaneous respirations noted. the patient was transported to BMH, arriving
at 11:18 (16-minutes total from on-scene to arrival at ER). Follow up with BMH indicates the child was later
transferred to St. Mary’s Medical Center. Follow up on 6/22/11 with SMMC staff indicates the child is
expected to make recovery without any neurological deficits (barring any complications from a secondary
infection due to the poor quality of the pool water ingested into the lungs).
Ask any paramedic and they will tell you, working a pediatric code of any type is heart wrenching. Our
department experienced two such calls in a period of only fives days to begin the summer. There is no doubt
that the quick response time for both of these emergencies coupled with the actions of the paramedics are the
primary reasons why both of these children are expected to make full recoveries. I commend all the men and
women of the Boynton Beach Fire Rescue Department who played such an instrumental role during these two
Image by Charlie Crawford
Compassion – Assessment – Skills – Documentation (CASD) – “Traits of a Great Paramedic”
Residential Sprinkler Prop to help Educate & Train
FF Ryan Flattery checks out Flame SIM.
Ray Altman, Division Chief of Training
The Fire Training Division, Fire and Life Safety, and Operations will combine efforts in August to build a
side-by-side burn demonstration prop. The prop was designed by the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC) to
demonstrate the effectiveness of home fire sprinklers. According to the HFSC, eight out of ten fire deaths
occur in the home. Also, 90% of fires can be contained by the activation of just one sprinkler
(homefiresprinkler.org, 2011). In addition to fire prevention and public education, the reusable prop will assist
in live fire scenario training of firefighters.
Wildland Firefighters HCD Updates TTP
As you may know, there have been some revisions
to the “Blues & Reds” of the Palm Beach County
Congratulations are in order for the following Health Care District trauma transport protocols. The
firefighters who recently completed, I-100 Intro to changes that deal specifically with Mechanism of
ICS, S-190 Intro to Fire Behavior, S-130 Basic Injury (MOI) are; single “Blue” criteria are as
Wildland Firefighter, L-180 Human Factors on the follows; Ejection from an automobile or death of
Fireline, and S-110 Orientation to Fire Suppression; occupant in same vehicle, deformed steering wheel
BC Thomas Murphy, Captain Mark Henkle, Captain or side impact with more than 12inches intrusion into
Rani DeMarco, EMSC Michael Landress, Lt. Larry passenger compartment, ejection from motorcycle >
Lederhandler, Lt. Michael Besosa, Gary Blocker, 20 MPH, or thrown from a horse with anatomical
Matt Oxendine, Jason Doherty, Dan Fischer, Michael injury. The additional “Reds” are as follows; blunt
Flaherty, and Chris Lemieux. A special thanks to FF3 abdominal or chest trauma in a patient with a
Jon Raybuck for coordinating and facilitating the history of paralysis (paraplegia or quadriplegia).
course. Electrocution with a loss of consciousness or visible
signs of injury.
Blast From The Past!
That’s retired Deputy Chief Jim Ness behind the wheel of “A. A. Ambulance service during the late 1970s.
Union meetings are held on the first Monday of every month!
Answering life’s challenges with more confidence in God
Chaplain Chuck Brannon
National Shake-up - "Shake Well Before Using"?
Shake well before using. You probably read these words on some medicine you took to help you get well. There's a whole lot of
shakin' going on right now in our nation from the White House to your house and mine (and around the world). "Crisis" seems to
be our middle name. Our current one is the "debt ceiling, taxation and default" crisis - but it reveals how we've been living on
shaky ground for a long time. I heard that some Congressmen were actually praying - in itself an answer to prayer. We want to
know why it's happening and where the answers are found.
Getting shook can speed up solutions to long-standing problems. It can turn many of us toward God - though others may turn
away. Some blame Him for our self-made problems, sins, failures, and integrity issues. Though not popular, it's true: God allows us
to be shaken when He has good reason(s). Look around, listen - can you see or hear any reasons God's allowing us to be
shaken? But He releases His stabilizing power if and when we commit ourselves to Him. Here's a little known Scripture: "...He has
promised, 'Once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens...so that what cannot be shaken may remain. Therefore, since
we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and
awe...." When our worship is right, our life is right; when our worship is wrong, or absent, our life goes wrong. Honest-to-
God worship works mighty come-backs and miracles. God alone is unshakeable, doing what our President, Congress, banks, stocks
and bonds, a AAA credit rating and the entire U.S. population can't do alone - stop our shaking, breaking and aching. He's our
power, sanity and stability; not a quick fix but a real cure.
Where do we start? We begin by believing God the Father Himself. He loves us - each one and every one. Our pain, confusion,
compromise, unbelief and sins of commission and omission grieve Him daily. God is compassionate. God the Son demonstrated this
on the cross of redemption. Our belief results in personal repentance - we haven't applied this "R" word to our lives for
a long time. God can then forgive and heal us, renew us, guide us and bring us back into joy and confidence. This is what God
wants for us - and we're smart when we want what God wants for us in the first place. God's Spirit deals with us individually,
urging us to pray, "Let your will be done and let it begin in me and through me, O God." National revitalization can
happen simultaneously - but it begins with one American at a time. It's still true: "Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach
to any people...in the way of righteousness there is life."
Here's a voice of truth, a foundation for the future from God's Word: "God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in
trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way...though the waters roar...and the mountains quake...Be still and know that
I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth." (Psalm 46)
Isn't today a good day to "get still" and "know God"? Someone said, "Yesterday is a cancelled check, today is cash in hand,
tomorrow is only a promissory note." Today, now, we can pray to the God of the nations - our nation - building or rebuilding life's
only lasting foundation - trusting and obeying God who loves us with an everlasting love. Procrastination is always enticing - but
deadly. Think "if it's going to be, it's up to me". Action brings results today. And who knows what tomorrow holds?
I recommend a transforming Scripture to you, a promise from God found in Jeremiah 29:11-14 that applies to me, you and our
nation. I encourage you to read it and heed it today.
Looking to the future with faith,
Chuck Brannon, Chaplain
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Deadline for the October 2011 Edition is Sept.29th
That’s right, it time to start ramping up for Our “social season” has begun! Yes, that’s right! It’s
that time again for our annual “Takeover” of the
the 13th Annual Bill Bingham Charity Classic
Boynton Beach Bru’s Room! The date is September
presented by the Boynton Beach Firefighter 14, 2011 from 5pm – 11:30pm. As always,
Benevolent Association! As always, the proceeds will benefit the BBFBA and the AHA Heart
proceeds will benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Walk Event. Anyone wanting to volunteer should
Association and the BBFBA. The tournament contact Lt. Jake Brant at FS No. 2 @ 742-6626!
will be held on Saturday, October 29, 2011 See ya’ there!
at the Cypress Creek Country Club located
at 9400 South Military Trail – west Boynton
Beach, Fla. All entries must be submitted by Soldier Festival
October 16, 2011 – for additional
information please call (561) 742-6333! Come on out and join for the 3rd Annual Soldier
See you there! Festival & Poker Run hosted by the Boynton Beach
Bru’s Room. The event will be held on Saturday
August 20, 2011 beginning at 11:00. Anyone
interested in volunteering for the firefighter carwash
Congratulations! and/or bartending duties should contact Audrey G.
Walker at FS No. 3 @ 742-6606!
Congratulations to FF3 Alan Newman (FD ID No. The Encode newsletter will no longer be made
117) for his recent retirement from BBFRD. Alan
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Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with Ed Our thoughts & prayers are with the
Sisko, Brycen Brant, The Tamihi family, The LeJeune following BBFRD Families who have
family, The Calvin Simmons family, and Susan lost a loved one;
Morman for a speedy recovery!!
The Garnsey Family
The Moschetti Family
The Tolberts, The Friedbergs, The Foltz Family
The Murphy’s, C. MacAlpine & J. Furtak!
BENEVOLENT NEWS & NOTES
Image and article by S. Lewis
The Truck 5 crew of Cory Lewis, Mark Henkle and Vance Carpenter assist at St. Mark’s during their 100’ Egg
Drop challenge where students had to devise some sort of vessel that would protect an egg from a 100’ fall.
Image by Steve Lewis
Captain Herrmann and Lt. Rehr
take a breather after battling a
structure fire in May.
Image and article by S. Lewis
Boynton Beach Fire Rescue Honor Guard proudly represents the department during the recent Fourth of July
celebration. (l. to r) Johnny Canela, Steven Permenter, Thomas Murphy, Ronny Ferguson, Kevin Cox and Vance
Carpenter. Image by Steve Lewis
CERT Update Our 10th Year!
The BBFRD recently began CERT Class No. 14 on It’s hard to believe, but this August 2011 edition of
June 22, 2011. The class has a total of 14 the “Encode” marks our 10th year of publishing this
students, which includes three city of Boynton Beach department newsletter. I want to thank all of you
employees! Students will complete the eight-week who have contributed in the past, and who will in
course and graduate on August 10th. the future! It’s truly amazing how time just keeps
zipping by at light speed.
Congratulations to all! ML
“Back Up Lines”
On The Rocks
Paul Combs is a classically trained artist, award winning illustrator, and firefighter/EMT. Paul is a former
editorial cartoonist for the Tampa Tribune and has been nationally syndicated through Tribune Media
Services, Inc. In conjunction with his career as an illustrator, he is a fourteen-year veteran firefighter for the
city of Bryan (OH) Fire Department where he is a Firefighter II, NREMT-B, hazmat technician, and instructor
for the City of Bryan Fire Training Academy. Visit his Web site at www.artstudioseven.com
BBFRD’s First Rescue 1952
In the spirit of Boynton Beach as the “Gateway to the Gulfstream”
we will be adding a link to the website dedicated to the world of
sport fishing. The Fish On! Newsletter will chronicle the many
adventures of Boynton Beach Firefighters & Paramedics in their
pursuit of trophy game fish. The site will offer recipes and trade
secrets from some of the department’s best fisherman & hunters.
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