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Flagler County Emergency and Rescue Teams Part of Big Response as Panhandle Reels from Hurricane

| October 14, 2018

Flagler County’s contributions includes Health Department Administrator Bob Snyder and Emergency Chief Jonathan Lord, among others sent to regions that have no functioning government structure.

SUV Flips, Traps and Injures Woman, 21, in Crash With Flagler County Ambulance on Old Kings Road

| October 9, 2018

Gabrielle Julia Connors, 21, of Palm Coast, crashed into a Flagler County Fire Rescue ambulance that was making an illegal U-turn at Farnum Lane on Old Kings Road early the morning of Oct. 6.

Flagler Emergency Alerts Switch to More Flexible System, But Residents Urged to Re-Enroll

| October 2, 2018

CodeRed users and others must enroll in Flagler County’s new AlertFlagler emergency notification system for weather, law enforcement and other critical events.

Jerry Forte, Humbler Side of Clout, Becomes Palm Coast’s Fire Chief as Mike Beadle Rides Off In an RV

| September 27, 2018

Jerry Forte became Palm Coast’s second fire chief in 19 years today as he took over for Mike Beadle in an emotional ceremony attended by some 250 people.

Palm Coast Manager’s Power-Play Mucks Up Donation of Truck to FPC’s Fire Academy, Ignoring County’s Role

| August 24, 2018

What should have been a feel-good donation of a fire engine to FPC’s popular Fire Academy turned into a turf war after Palm Coast Manager Jim Landon ignored the county fire department’s role in the academy.

Fire Severely Damages House on Palm Coast’s Walter Place, Making It Uninhabitable

| July 21, 2018

A fire that started in a vehicle parked in the driveway consumed the garage and the attic of the house at 1 Walter Place in Palm Coast Saturday morning.

Ambulance Fees Going Up 48% as Flagler Fire Rescue Makes Pitch For Big Budget Increase

| June 20, 2018

Flagler County’s fire department is asking for a substantial budget increase to raise pay and buy $1.5 million worth of equipment, and the county approved huge increases in emergency transportation fees.

Flagler Firefighters Pull Off Two Saves in 12 Hours–A $1.2 Million Home and Strip Mall Shop

| June 15, 2018

This morning’s fire broke out around 8:30 p.m. at the Bikes ‘N Coffee shop at Flagler Plaza. Thursday evening a three-level house in the Hammock caught fire from a lightning strike.

Palm Coast’s Epic Theatres Briefly Evacuated After Burnt-Smell Report

| June 4, 2018

Epic Theatres in Palm Coast’s Town Center was briefly evacuated Saturday evening after a report of a burning odor in the area of the box office.

Flagler Fire Services Get Boost and 8th Ambulance With Heritage-Preserving Transfer of Bunnell Fire Station

| May 22, 2018

Bunnell’s Fire Department no longer exists, but a Bunnell fire station lives on, improved, under county auspices, with better response times and expanded countywide services.

Rymfire Elementary Student Sets Fire to Paper Dispenser, Triggering Sprinklers Evacuation

| May 18, 2018

Sprinklers triggered by the fire caused more of a disruption than the fire itself, but most activities and normal dismissal were not affected.

Pick-Up Flips on Old Kings, Driver Arrested For DUI, Palm Coast Firefighter Injured

| April 12, 2018

Lt. Brian Mugford of the Palm Coast Fire Department injured his foot when looking for other patients: the driver of the pick-up had falsely claimed someone else had been driving, and had run off.

30-Acre Brushfire Shuts Down I-95 in Volusia Again; Florida Forest Service Marks Wildfire Awareness Week

| April 6, 2018

FHP shut down I-95 from mile marker 257 to 261 in both directions as a 30-acre fire jumped the interstate, forcing firefighters to battle the blaze from both sides.

First Responders in Florida Aren’t Covered for PTSD. That May Change After Parkland.

| March 5, 2018

Like many states, Florida does not provide lost wages to first responders disabled with PTSD. A bill that would change that is now gaining momentum after 17 people were killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last month.

Flagler’s Opioid Crisis Seen From Those Fighting It: A Severe Lack of Treatment Beds, Drug Court at Capacity, Jail as a Waiting Room

| January 10, 2018

The most comprehensive picture of the opioid crisis in Flagler County came to light today in a gathering of Flagler County judges, top cops, medical, social and government services. Here are the details.

Early Morning Fire on Wellstream Lane Makes Home Uninhabitable For Family of Five

| December 14, 2017

The fire broke out in the chimney at the 3,500-square-foot, two-level house at 68 Wellstream Lane in Palm Coast just before 1:30 this morning. It then spread to the roof.

Taken For A Ride: Ambulances Stick Patients With Surprise Bills as Insurers Balk

| November 28, 2017

Ambulance and private insurance companies often can’t agree on a price. That leaves patients stuck in the middle with out-of-network charges that are not negotiated.

Nine Flagler County Firefighter-Paramedics Get Lifesaving Awards For I-95 Truck Rescue

| November 26, 2017

Crews were called out to a rollover crash on Interstate 95 and worked four hours to extricate the driver, Scott Breidenstein, from the crushed cabin – a mere 24 inches of space to maneuver.

Two Flagler Rescue Crews and 11 Sheriff’s Deputies Heading to Alachua as Part of Emergency Over Supremacist’s Event

| October 17, 2017

Flagler County’s paramedics and deputies are part of a larger public safety response to prevent a Charlottesville-like degradation ahead of white supremacist Richard Spencer’s UF speech on Thursday.

Two Palm Coast Firefighters Responding to Attempted “Chemical Suicide” Sent to Hospital

| August 30, 2017

A man believed to have attempted “chemical suicide” or “detergent suicide” at a house on Black Bear Lane in the Woodlands was hospitalized as were two firefighters exposed to the fumes.

After Years of Resistance, County May Finally Absorb Bunnell Fire Department In Expansion

| August 28, 2017

Bunnell government appears ready to cede its fire department’s property to the county, which is expanding its ambulance service from seven to eight 24-hour rigs, and would so so in Bunnell.

Flagler County Firefighters Ronald Titus and Justin Thomas Off To Help Brethren Battle Oregon Wildfires

| August 9, 2017

The firefighters were activated by the Florida Division of Forestry. Oregon is facing a dozen large wildfires, the largest, the Cinder Butte fire in Central Oregon, having exceeded 52,000 acres.

For Flagler County’s Specialized Firefighters, Four Technical Rescues in a Week

| August 2, 2017

Two water rescues, one extrication in a car crash and a rescue from atop the Palm Coast Water Tower kept Flagler County Fire Rescue’s specialized teams busy.

In Blow to Collective Bargaining, Court Upholds Scott Veto of Firefighters’ Pay Raises

| June 6, 2017

Scott’s decision to veto the $1.57 million for state firefighters, including employees who fight forest fires, had drawn criticism even from Agriculture Secretary Adam Putnam.

Flagler County’s Burn Ban Will Be Rescinded Monday, Thanks to Steady Rainfall

| June 6, 2017

Recent rainfall and the prediction for more in coming days mean that Flagler County’s burn ban will expire on Monday, though restrictions have already eased. The burn ban has been in place since May 1.

Flagler Beach Pier Cleared for July 4 Fireworks, Which Will Go Off Even If Burn Ban Persists

| May 24, 2017

Flagler County Fire Chief has cleared the July 4 fireworks for takeoff while an engineering firm certified the Flagler Beach pier’s safety for the event.

Wildfire Smoke Shrouds Flagler-Palm Coast From West as Officials Declare Fire Warning

| May 12, 2017

A Red Flag Warning signaling a high-fire danger is in effect from noon to 8 p.m. today, and a 300-acre fire in Crescent City was sending thick smoke over Flagler-Palm Coast today, flooding the 911 center with worried callers.

Flagler County Will Declare a Burn Ban Effective Monday and For Foreseeable Future

| April 26, 2017

Flagler County is joining at least 21 other Florida counties with an open-ended burn-ban declaration, mostly as a precautionary measure as upwards of 100 fires burn statewide and the local drought index continues to rise.

As Flagler Considers Countywide Burn Ban, Fire Units On Stand-By to Help Elsewhere

| April 24, 2017

Twenty-one counties have a burn ban in effect, though for now that has not been declared in Flagler, where firefighters are on stand-by to assist battling forest fires in Southwest Florida if necessary.

With 3 Large Flagler Fires in 2 Months and 107 Burning in the State, Scott Declares Emergency

| April 12, 2017

Gov. Scott’s declaration of a wildfire emergency comes in the wake of several large fires in Flagler County and more than 100 ongoing fires elsewhere. It will allow for swifter sharing of firefighting resources, including the use of the National Guard.

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