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Fire Demolishes House in Painter’s Hill and Jumps A1A to Island Estates Before It’s Stopped

| November 24, 2013

A fire that started at about 3:15 this afternoon in a vacant, two-level house at 3518 North A1A, in Painter’s Hill, was fueled by 40 mph winds off the ocean and had quickly engulfed the structure in flames by the time firefighters arrived at the scene.

In Flagler Beach, Muted Interest in Last Two Candidates Looking to Head Fire Department

| November 14, 2013

Thursday evening’s town hall-style meeting with Bobby Pace and Brandon Seymour, the two candidates looking to be Flagler Beach’s Fire Captain (that is, chief), drew hardly an audience, possibly because City Manager Bruce Campbell’s choice, to be announced before Thanksgiving, has not been a secret.

Gentle Warning Beep as Flagler’s $10 Million Emergency Radio System Approaches Its End

| November 5, 2013

It’s less than eight years since Flagler spent $10 million to upgrade its county-wide communications to an 800 MHz system, to which some 1,500 radios from police, fire, municipal and county agencies are attached. That system is set to reach its official life’s end in 2017, requiring county government to start now to examine how it will replace it, and how it’ll pay for the replacement.

State Attorney Will Not Prosecute Bobby Pace, Clearing Him to Return to Flagler Beach Fire Department

| October 30, 2013

The State Attorney’s Office settled on a deferred prosecution agreement that would eventually drop the misdemeanor charge against Bobby Pace, clearing the way for him to return to work at the fire department and possibly be named its fire captain next month.

As the Flagler Beach Fire Department’s Court Cases Churn On, 11 Apply for Top Post

| October 23, 2013

Eleven men have applied to be Flagler Beach’s next fire chief, a position the city reclassified as “Fire Captain.” It is widely believed that City Manager Bruce Campbell will award the post to Bobby Pace, the suspended firefighter fighting a first-degree misdemeanor charge of obstruction of justice–a charge that may be settled with a deferred prosecution agreement this week or next.

Under Pressure from Sheriff and Fire Chiefs, County Heralds Emergency Management Changes

| October 22, 2013

Troy Harper, Flagler County’s emergency management director for the past four years, has resigned and will be replaced by Ken Guthrie, who was hired in September, leading to speculation at the time that Harper was on his way out. Harper denied it then.

At Death’s Door 15 Months Ago, Firefighter Mike Pius Leads Life-Saving Water Rescue With Flagler’s Marine Unit

| October 16, 2013

Flagler County Fire Rescue’s Marine Unit, led by Lt. Mike Pius and John-Edward Raffo, saved an Indiana visitor from the surf Monday in the Hammock. Pius 15 months ago was in critical condition after a truck ran into his scooter. His recovery lasted seven months, and Monday’s rescue showed him–and his crew–in full form.

Rapid Response Limits Fire as Lawnmower Sets Garage Ablaze on Palm Coast’s Woodward Lane

| September 21, 2013

The Palm Coast Fire Department’s rapid response–about eight minutes between the call to 911 and the time water was on the flames–helped limit the fire damage to a house at 36 Woodward Lane, where a lawnmower is believed to have started a blaze that demolished the garage.

At Palm Coast’s 9/11 Memorial Ceremony, Memory as Duty to the Dead, and the Living

| September 11, 2013

Palm Coast’s annual 9/11 memorial ceremony at Heroes Park Tuesday morning, under a sky as blue as the blue over New York 12 years ago, drew some 150 people, including throngs of active and retired firefighters and cops.

Some 450 Motorcyclists Turn Out For 9/11 Memorial Ride and 21-Gun Salute

| September 8, 2013

the Flagler County Courthouse was all glittering chrome, American and black P.O.W. flags, leather jackets,  tattoos beading in the sun and the occasional helmet as 400 to 500 riders gathered for the annual 9/11 memorial ceremony and ride across Flagler and Volusia Sunday morning. A photo gallery is included.

Flagler County, Palm Coast, Habitat for Humanity and Stetson Line Up 9/11 Events

| September 4, 2013

Several local organizations and local governments, including Flagler County, Palm Coast, Habitat for Humanity, Stetson University and others are commemorating the 12th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

Flagler Beach’s Bobby Pace Pleads Not Guilty to Obstruction Charge

| August 28, 2013

Bobby Pace, the 41-year-old Flagler Beach acting fire chief until late July, has pleaded not guilty to an obstruction charge the State Attorney filed against him on July 25 and waived an appearance before County Court Judge Melissa Moore-Stens at an arraignment on Tuesday.

Firehouse Subs Marks 10 Years in Palm Coast As Community Ties Aid Longevity

| August 26, 2013

Monday afternoon Palm Coast’s Firehouse Subs celebrated its tenth anniversary, $8 million in business and considerable donations to local fire houses with visits from its core constituents—firefighters—but also company CEO Don Fox, Palm Coast Mayor Jon Netts, several other city council and county commission members, and of course franchise owner David Hause and his wife Melinda.

CPR and First Aid Heart Saver Certification Training Offered Free

| August 22, 2013

The Flagler County school district and the Palm Coast Fire Department are offering free day-long training in CPR and first aid heart-saver techniques to all school employees or any member of the community. Anyone 13 and older may participate in the Saturday classes Aug. 31, Oct. 5 and Dec. 7.

County Celebrates Carl Laundrie and His Rescuers 10 Days After Near-Fatal Wreck in “The Drink”

| August 19, 2013

Firefighter-paramedics from every agency save people every day, but when the same employer signs the checks of the person saved–PIO Carl Laundrie–and his saviors, the intersection lends itself to the sort of recognition the county commission organized at the top of its meeting Monday evening.

Early Morning Fire Demolishes Flagler Beach’s Iconic Seaside Shoppe; Bayer Office Saved

| August 15, 2013

Flagler Beach’s iconic Seaside Shoppe, for two decades a mainstay of the city’s commercial life, was demolished by an early morning fire the owner detected at 4 a.m. when she smelled smoke.

Two Ex-Firefighters Sue Flagler Beach, Charging Their Firing Was Retaliatory

| August 6, 2013

Shane Wood and Jacob Bissonnette say their firing by City Manager Bruce Campbell last February, over an allegation they stored home-made alcohol at the fire station, was retaliation for their role in an investigation that led to a charge of obstruction of justice against Bobby Pace, another firefighter who was briefly acting chief.

Meanwhile, Back in the Trenches: Flagler Beach Firefighter Saves Kitten From Deep In a 300-Foot Drain

| July 31, 2013

Tuesday evening, Morgan Walden—one of three firefighters who answered a distress call, for a kitten, at the Flagler Beach Publix on State Road 100—crawled half-way into a narrow, suffocating stormwater drain and rescued an 8-week-old kitten that had been howling in there loud enough for a Publix customer to hear it.

Massive Fire Demolishes a House on Palm Coast’s Woodhaven Dr., But 3 Dogs Are Saved

| July 29, 2013

A massive fire engulfed a single-family house at 121 Woodhaven Drive, off of Pine Lakes Parkway, in Palm Coast at around 11:50 this morning. There were no occupants in the house at the time, but two dogs were rescued after the fire started.

Creal Won’t Be Chief After All as Flagler Beach Fire Department’s Troubles Mount

| July 28, 2013

Within 24 hours of being named Acting Fire Chief of the very troubled Flagler Beach Fire Department, Robbie Creal said he declined the post because of health, while City Manager Bruce Campbell said he’ll himself assume all administrative duties at the department, and have three firefighters–David Kennedy Stephen Cox and Dustin Snyder–be shift commanders.

Acting Flagler Beach Fire Chief’s Past Drug Issues Aside, Questions Arise Over Certification

| July 26, 2013

City Manager Bruce Campbell and Commission Chairman Steve Settle say they were not aware of Acting Fire Chief Robbie Creal’s past marijuana use or the investigation that led to his resignation and retirement in 2002, and Campbell said he had not verified whether Creal has the certification to be an active fireman at fire scenes, in line with state law requirements that kicked in July 1.

State Attorney Files Obstruction Charge Against Robert Pace, Flagler Beach’s Acting Fire Chief

| July 25, 2013

The State Attorney’s Office has filed an obstruction of justice charge against Bobby Pace, the acting fire chief in Flagler Beach, following an investigation into charges that Pace falsified the records of a probationer and destroyed evidence earlier this year.

Pay an Issue as Flagler County Fire Chief Don Petito and Others Aim for Jobs Elsewhere

| July 23, 2013

Flagler County Fire Chief Don Petito is one of a growing list of senior county staffers, especially in the fire department, who have left or are seeking to leave the department for neighboring departments where pay is significantly higher, a brain-drain issue County Administrator Craig Coffey has been warning county commissioners about this summer.

Lightning Triggers Fire in Flagler Beach House, Damaging Third Floor

| July 21, 2013

A three-level house at at 2120 South Central Avenue was struck by lightning Sunday afternoon, igniting a fire in the attack and a closet that Flagler County Fire Rescue contained to that area. There were no injuries.

As Flagler Beach Residents Bear Biggest Burdens of Changes, Commissioners Duck

| July 7, 2013

More visitors and more businesses have vastly increased costs on Flagler Beach residents, but when the county stepped up with proposals to reduce those costs through some fire-house consolidation, City Commission Chairman Steve Settle said no thanks–before the commission had even considered the proposals. It’s an example of a commission that doesn’t have city residents’ best interests at heart, argues Rick Belhumeur.

“Fiercely Independent” Flagler Beach Says No to County Fire Services and $100,000 Savings

| July 2, 2013

Flagler County is ready to take over the Flagler Beach Fire Department, provide a higher level of service that would vastly improve the city’s fire insurance rating and lower property insurance rates, and net the city a $100,000 annual saving, not counting capital savings, but the city is not interested for now.

Flagler Beach Plans to Eliminate Fire and Police Chief Posts, But Both Departments Survive

| June 20, 2013

Flagler Beach City Manager Bruce Campbell wants to replace the fire and police chiefs with captains, and see them working the streets when necessary. The change, tentatively approved by the city commission, would eliminate high salaries but with proposed raises for the ranks, would only slightly lower payroll costs in the fire department, and raise them in the police department.

Flagler County’s Rescuers Take Flight in Tactical Operations Training Over Intracoastal

| June 19, 2013

Ten members of Flagler County Fire Rescue and five Flagler County Sheriff’s deputies jumped out of Fire Flight up to five times each today in a rescue training operation at Bings Landing and over the Intracoastal that will vastly enhance water-rescue capabilities in offshore emergencies.

Flagler’s Firefighting and Helicopter Costs Expose County Tensions Over Wants and Needs

| June 17, 2013

Looking at the near certainty of a tax increase, Flagler County Commissioners Monday continued to wrestle with a budget submitted by their administration that is adding to their costs rather than making it easier to fill a budget gap, or keep taxes from increasing. But the administration argues there’s no room for going cheap short of eliminating services.

Shupe and Carney Clash as Fire Merger Referendum Proposal Enflames Flagler Beach Commission

| May 24, 2013

Flagler Beach City Commissioner Marshall Shupe questioned fellow-Commissioner Kim Carney’s honesty over talks with county officials on a potential fire department merger after Commissioner Joy McGrew proposed handing the matter to voters next March in a citywide referendum.

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