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Man Dies in Early-Morning Fire
On Westmayer Place in Flagler Beach

| October 18, 2014

The double-wide trailer on Westmayer Place, a dirt road off of A1A at the north end of town, was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived at the scene. It was the first death in a house fire in Flagler County since an elderly woman died at her home in Palm Coast almost two years ago.

Case Closed: Flagler Beach Commission Votes 4-1 to Buy $600,000 “Quint” Fire Truck

| October 14, 2014

There was debating, pleading, occasional shouting and plenty of sniping, but in the end a conclusion foretold months ago was ratified with a 4-1 vote as the Flagler Beach City Commission Thursday night opted to buy a nearly $600,000 fire truck called a “quint.”

Sgt. Frank Celico’s Name Added to Memorial In 9/11 Commemoration at Heroes Park

| September 11, 2014

During the early morning ceremony at Heroes Park, Palm Coast Mayor Jon Netts spoke of the Callery pear tree that survived the attacks of 9/11 at Ground Zero and has come to symbolize resilience and rebirth at the site.

Flagler Fire Rescue Rolls Out Two, $219,000 Ambulances, Workhorses of Local Emergencies

| September 4, 2014

The county has seven ambulances on duty 24 hours a day (11 units in all) that each log 5,000 miles and 1,000 calls a month, by far the majority of the 14,000 annual emergency calls in Flagler.

Palm Coast Council, in 4-0 Vote, Sides With Its Manager Against Firefighters Union in Contract Dispute

| August 29, 2014

The Palm Coast City Council sided with its Manager Jim Landon’s recommendation to reject union positions on a collective bargaining agreement in contention for three years.

Flagler Beach Rejects Commissioner Carney’s Proposal to Put $600,000 Fire Truck Buy on Hold

| August 28, 2014

When Commissioner made a motion to pull the $600,000 truck buy proposal out of the budget this year and “think about what we’re doing,” the rest of the commission snubbed her during a contentious, at times anger-tinged meeting.

The Palm Coast City Council as Labor Tribunal: Firefighters Union and Administration Face Off

| August 28, 2014

Palm Coast firefighters and the city administration reached an impasse in December after more than three years of negotiations over a contract, leaving it to the city council on Friday to settle the dispute in an unusual hearing.

650 Names, or 13% of Flagler Beach Population, On Petition Opposing $600,000 Fire Truck

| August 15, 2014

The 65-page petition, published here in full for public examination, has not been authenticated by the city, but would, if verified, pose a serious challenge to a majority of commissioners still intent on buying the fire truck.

Far From Settled, Whistleblower Case Against Flagler Beach Fire Department Focuses on Captain’s Truthfulness

| August 12, 2014

Flagler Beach Fire Captain Bobby Pace’s truthfulness on his job application and his handling of a probationer’s work hours at the station were the focus of a deposition in which Pace repeatedly invoked the Fifth Amendment’s right not to testify. An attorney is seeking to compel him to answer. The matter goes to court Wednesday.

Flagler Beach’s $600,000 Fire Truck Runs Into Opposition Petition, Prompting Another Pitch

| August 11, 2014

Commissioner Steve Settle called yet another town hall meeting Monday evening again to make the case for a $6090,000 “quint” fire truck as opposition gels around a petition that organizers say has more than 450 names, or close to 10 percent of the city’s population.

Three Arrested After Chase and Violent Armed Robbery Leaves 2 Victims Injured on SR100

| July 27, 2014

The armed robbery at 11 p.m. at SR100 and Belle Terre Parkway took place just as firefighters were battling a house fire in Grand Haven. The subsequent car chase and crash required pulling personnel from the fire to the crash scene.

Flagler Beach Commissioner Settle “Goes Off” On Resident as Confrontations Rattle Meeting

| July 25, 2014

In two confrontations that upset fellow-commissioners, Flagler Beach City Commissioner Steve Settle questioned resident Rick Belhumeur on what “allowed” him to address issues relating to the city’s fire department and called his public comments “inappropriate” by falsely claiming that Belhumeur was running for office. After the meeting, the two men got in a shouting match.

Court Authorizes Higher Ambulance Fee For Out-of-State Visitors, Opening Revenue Door

| July 23, 2014

Rejecting arguments that the policy is unconstitutional, a state appeals court said Wednesday that the city of Miami can charge an extra $100 when its rescue crews transport non-residents to hospitals for emergency care.

Flagler Firefighter’s 3-Year-Old Son Burned in Campfire Accident Now Recovering at Home

| July 3, 2014

Chase Price got 2nd and 3rd degree burns on 20 percent of his body—on his back and on his legs. He was treated at Shands’ burn unit and released on Tuesday to continue recovering at home. A fund-raising campaign was set up to help the family.

PAL and Flagler County’s Firefighters’ Union Donate $1,000 to Grace Community Food Pantry

| June 28, 2014

The Flagler County Sheriffs Office PAL and the Flagler County Professional Firefighters’ Association teamed up to donate $1,000 to Pastor Charles Silano’s Grace Community Food Pantry.

Flagler Beach Fire Department’s Case For a New $600,000 Truck Draws Key Support

| June 24, 2014

A town hall meeting designed to give the fire department its say drew no ire or passions but rather some critical questions and some support for the proposed buy.

Don’t Buy The Flagler Beach Fire Department’s Deceptions: City Doesn’t Need New Aerial Fire Truck

| June 21, 2014

The Flagler Beach Fire Department is veiling its unwise request for a new $600,000 fire truck under the guise of “fire safety equipment,” a deception–and a purchase, with money the city cannot afford–residents should reject, argues Rick Blehumeur.

County Taxes To Increase Some in a $68.6M Budget That Sheds Austerity for Investment

| June 16, 2014

Flagler County’s 2014-15 budget, led by a $600,000 increase in the sheriff’s costs, is a reflection of a more relaxed, less financially pressured budget season, and a willingness among commissioners to replace years of austerity with increased investment in the government infrastructure.

Flagler Beach Fire Department Makes Pitch For $600,000 Fire Truck, Igniting Questions

| June 9, 2014

City Commission Chairman Kim Carney has predicted last year that the fire department would soon be asking for a new fire truck, and is raising questions about its proposed financing, including taking more than $300,000 from the city’s infrastructure fund.

Flagler County Adds a 7th Ambulance Unit But Reduces Staffing on Some Fire Engines, Triggering Concerns

| May 29, 2014

Staring May 20, Flagler County Fire Rescue reduced fire engine staffing from three firefighters to two at two of the county’s three fire stations to make possible the addition of a seventh ambulance unit, reducing response time or the need for aide from neighboring counties. But the shift has triggered opposition from the firefighters’ union, on safety grounds, and fears among residents.

Thick Smoke in Palm Coast From Controlled Burns in Putnam and Clay Counties, Not Flagler

| May 22, 2014

Thick smoke has been wafting over areas of Palm Coast and Flagler County Thursday (May 22), but only from controlled burns in Clay and Putnam counties, authorities say. No fires have been spotted or reported in Flagler County and Palm Coast.

Fire Police’s Bob Hudak Among Top Winners in Palm Coast Fire Department’s Annual Awards

| February 17, 2014

Hudak was named the 2014 Fire Police Officer of the Year Saturday evening, bringing some attention to one of the more thankless and least-rewarded aspects of emergency operations. Firefighter-Paramedic David Faust was named Career Firefighter of the Year, and Lt. Paul Matarazzo was honored as Volunteer Firefighter of the Year, among other awards.

Downed Power Line Triggers Fire Along Seminole Woods Blvd., But Blaze Is Controlled

| February 10, 2014

A road crew was working on the east side of Seminole Woods Blvd., clearing brush in the first step of construction of a path, when a track hoe severed a power line that set a 70-by-70 fot area on fire. No residential or commercial properties were in danger.

Ex-Flagler Beach Cop Juratovac Sentenced to 4 Years in Prison in Attempted Murder of Flagler Firefighter

| January 24, 2014

Nathaniel Juratovac, the 41-year-old ex-Flagler Beach cop who twice shot an unarmed Flagler County firefighter in what was then termed a road-rage incident by the side of U.S. 1 was sentenced this afternoon to 51 months in prison in a plea agreement. Had he been convicted at trial, he could have faced up to 25 years in prison on the attempted murder charge.

Eulogy For a Tornado: Palm Coast Memorializes December Twister in Numbers and Kudos

| January 22, 2014

With a dramatic video narrated by Mayor Jon Netts and a line-up of presenters, the Palm Coast City Council heard and watched a recap of the December tornado that ripped through the city’s B, C and F Sections, with nearly final costs to property owners and to the city’s bottom line.

No Need To Lie Anymore: Proposed Law Would Allow Sale of Fireworks For “Personal” Use

| January 8, 2014

Currently the law limits sales to relatively innocuous devices such as sparklers, while banning sales of such things as bottle rockets. Lawmakers are gathering support for a proposal that would allow the sale of aerial and explosive devices as long as the individuals buying the fireworks sign a waiver asserting that it’s for personal use–not just agricultural use, as is now the case.

Preparing For the Next Hurricane: Flagler Firefighters Join Statewide Rescue Exercises

| January 8, 2014

A seven-member team from Flagler County Fire Rescue is taking part today in statewide disaster-preparation exercises in Palm Beach County, honing skills that could be used locally or whenever a disaster strikes in the state, and a statewide response calls on Flagler to offer assistance.

In Wealth of Heart, Flagler County and Palm Coast Firefighters Fulfill Christmas Wishes of 58 Children

| December 22, 2013

Flagler County Fire Rescue’s Station 92 Sunday was transformed into a Christmas giveaway station for some 58 children thanks to county and Palm Coast firefighters who’d donated their own money and time to make it possible. The event was organized by firefighter Kyle Lockwood.

Police and Firefighters’ Unions Troubled by Plan to Give Local Governments Freer Hand in Pensions

| December 12, 2013

A Senate committee pushed forward Wednesday with a bill that would overhaul how local governments fund pensions for police officers and firefighters, hoping that a different political climate in 2014 will allow the legislation to succeed after it died in the House during the spring legislative session.

Debris Fire on Land Off CR 304 Is No Threat, But Will Smoke Up Palm Coast and Bunnell For Days

| December 3, 2013

The 9-acre fire is consuming tree stumps, mulch and related debris at a dump for such material, and will continue burning at a lesser intensity for days, possibly weeks, creating smoke issues. Firefighters left the scene Tuesday morning, leaving it to the landowners to resolve.

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