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At Flagler’s Emergency Operations, Key Employee’s Firing Exposes Broader Turmoil

| October 31, 2016

The firing of Jennifer Stagg, for more than six years a senior preparedness planner at Flagler County Emergency Services, caused Kevin Guthrie, her former boss, to launch a campaign on her behalf, causing 31 people to turn up at her termination hearing this morning. The hearing will resume Wednesday.

County Rejects One Jumbo Cell Tower, Approves Another and Hedges On Third

| September 9, 2015

The Flagler commission was responding to concerns about the height and visibility of three proposed communications towers rising between 320 and 350 feet–more than twice the allowable size under county rules.

Flagler’s Push For Trio of Cell Towers Rising Higher Than Statue of Liberty Beams Alarms

| September 8, 2015

Flagler County Emergency Services wants the three towers, including an especially controversial one on John Anderson Highway in Flagler Beach, to improve its communications network, but residents and environmentalists are raising questions.

Flagler County Assist REACT Marks 30 Years of Emergency and Public Service

| May 11, 2015

Flagler County Assist REACT started in the days when CB radios were the surest means of communications during emergencies, and has adapted in the age of cell phones to new roles and responsibilities.

CodeRed System Credited With Locating Missing 16-Year-Old With Special Needs

| March 31, 2015

Within a quarter hour of a CodeRed alert that went out to 15,214 subscribers Monday evening, a 16-year-old boy with the mental capacity of a 6 year old who’d gone missing was located in the W Section.

Flagler Emergency Services Broadening Dollars Available to Homeowners and Governments For Disaster Preparation

| March 30, 2015

While Flagler Emergency Services has brought in more than $1 million in grants and subsidies in the past year, division director Kevin Guthrie is concerned that not enough local government agencies are aware of the dollars available, or the need to be involved to tap into the money.

Sheriff Defends Weekend Use of Code Red Alert For Missing Boy But Initiates Review

| March 11, 2014

Future Code Red alerts will have to be approved by the sheriff himself, though the two Code Red calls that went out Saturday night, including the one that told residents that the Palm Coast boy was found, were both matters of public safety, emergency officials said. Some 30 people asked to be dropped out of 150 people who called emergency services to complain.

Jacksonville and Clay Exit, Va. and Miss. Send Help As Espanola Fire Grows to 3,800 Acres

| June 12, 2011

As winds begin to shift, bringing more drift smoke over Palm Coast, the Espanola fire keeps growing and out of county firefighters are rotating back home, though the Division of Forestry has taken over the Espanola fire.

Dog Pen Fire Jumps Its Lines, DOF Takes Over Espanola, Disaster Declaration Still Off

| June 11, 2011

While most fires have been “behaving” in the past 24 to 36 hours, one fire jumped its lines today, and the 3,000-acre Espanola fire remains the big worry as winds will shift beginning Sunday, pushing smoke, and maybe fire, south and east.

Union Power in Prague: Flagler’s Firefighters World Champions for 2nd Time in 3 Years

| May 28, 2011

Flagler paramedics’ Local 4337 team–Dennis Kline, Caryn Prather, Mike Pius, Jessie Hunter–competed against 27 teams from 17 countries, all of them from Europe.

Bob Pickering, Flagler Voice of Climate Safety, Wins National Weather Association Award

| January 30, 2011

Bob Pickering, for 17 years a technician in Flagler County’s Emergency Management, won the national award from the National Weather Association for bridging weather forecasting with public safety.

Extreme Drought Conditions Prompt Flagler To Extend State of Emergency Indefinitely

| January 3, 2011

Flagler County is among a handful of regions in the United States facing extreme drought conditions. The burn ban is designed to stem what could be an active and dangerous wildfire season, starting much earlier than normal.

Flagler Paramedics Take 2nd and 14th Place in Czech Competition

| June 4, 2010

Flagler’s paramedics competed against 10 countries and 23 teams. Photo gallery included.

Bohemian Rhapsody: Flagler Firefighters Go Czech to Defend World Title

| May 18, 2010

They were world champions last year. This week, two teams of Flagler medic-firefighters return to Prague to defend their title.

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