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Lane Burnsed Is Laid to Rest to the Words of Job and a Community’s Grief

| August 1, 2012

Lane Burnsed, 19, was laid to rest Wednesday as hundreds of friends and family members paid their respects to his father, Capt. Jamey Burnsed, and his wife Iola, whose roots in the community run broad and deep.

To Save Tax Dollars, Consolidate Palm Coast and County Fire Departments Into One

| July 20, 2011

In a year of cutbacks and falling revenue, the presidents of the Palm Coast and Flagler County firefighter unions are proposing to consolidate the two fire departments into one as a way to save taxpayer money and become more efficient.

From Wildfires to Ocean Breakers: Flagler Launches Sea Rescue Unit

| July 5, 2011

The Flagler County Fire Department’s ocean rescue unit will be on the beaches during special events, adding a rapid-response capability that hadn’t been available north of the Flagler Beach pier.

Firefighter Hero-Worship and Floridians’ Hypocrisy: When Public Employees Save Lives

| June 10, 2011

Flagler County and Florida residents are falling in heaps with praise for the same public and union employees they and the lawmakers they elected just finished bashing, insulting, demeaning and robbing. The disconnect is sickening.

Duval, Clay, Volusia Helping Flagler; 18 Homes Pre-Evacuated; White Eagle Flaring Anew

| June 9, 2011

Other counties’ crews should help relieve local firefighters and press the case for a declaration of a state of emergency. Pre-evacuation warnings affect the western portion of Flagler, north of S.R. 100.

Video Tour: Lt. Richard Bennett Takes You Into the Heart of the Espanola Fire

| June 9, 2011

Lt. Richard Bennett is the Flagler County Fire Department’s operations chief, overseeing all fires. He describes and explains the extent of the Espanola fire and what firefighters have been doing to try to stay ahead of it.

Flagler Fires: New 70-Acre Blaze Northwest of Palm Coast, 3 in Southwest, Espanola Billows

| June 8, 2011

The 70-acre late-afternoon blaze northwest of Palm Coast, beyond Hargrove Grade, was contained by evening, but three fires in the southwest are burning anew, and Espanola is approaching 2,000 acres.

Photo Gallery: The Espanola and CR305 Fires on Monday

| June 6, 2011

A sequential photo gallery showing where Flagler’s largest and its newest fires were on Monday, and what it’s taking to keep them under a measure of control.

Day Ends With a New Fire Near CR305 As Dangers Mount and Devastation Sprawls

| June 6, 2011

The Espanola fire has grown to 1,500 acres, with little stopping it from doubling in size soon. By Monday evening, a new, 70-acre fire had exploded past Lake Disston on CR305, further straining limited firefighters’ resources. A complete roundup of Flagler’s forest fires and a photo gallery.

Taking Stock of Flagler’s Fires: Taming White Eagle as Espanola Threatens Mondex

| June 4, 2011

A ride-along with Flagler Fire Chief Don Petito and a photo gallery illustrate how firefighters took control of the US1-Seminole Woods fire, and what they’re doing to try to control the ever-growing Espanola fire, which may threaten Daytona North, i.e. the Mondex.

County and City Fire Departments Merge Methods and Training in Hint of Consolidation

| April 13, 2011

The Flagler County and Palm Coast Fire Departments will share a medical director. Both agencies are holding regular joint exercises and learning shared procedures with the Bunnell and Flagler Beach departments. Consolidation next?

Flagler Firefighters Hold Third Annual Chili Cook-Off; Clover Beach Wins

| April 3, 2011

The cook-off was started three years ago as a fund-raiser to help firefighters injured on the job. Some 250 people turned out, and the Keppler brothers (and uncle Harrington) won this year’s prize–for the second time in three years.

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