Location of class:
Edgewater Fire/Rescue Association Hall
2616 Hibiscus Dr. Edgewater
The United Way of Volusia-Flagler Counties held their 26th annual Outstanding Volunteers of the Year awards ceremony on April 25, 2013. Edgewater Fire Rescue, jointly with New Smyrna Beach Fire Department, was nominated in the group category. The departments were nominated by the staff of New Smyrna Beach High School based on the efforts of both agencies in providing emergency services education to the students in the Medical Academy program, including first responder curriculum and Community Emergency Response Training (CERT). Representatives from each department were on hand at the luncheon to receive the runner up award in the Civic/Community category.
On average, Florida experiences the second highest number of wildfires in the nation. During dry years, Florida experiences severe wildfires- wildfires that destroy homes, disrupt people's lives and impact our economy. Homeowners must become partners in fire protection.
This workshop included interactive presentations, videos and a presentation from a Florida Division of Forestry representative. Attendees learned how to protect their homes and community from wildfire.
"This workshop could not have come at a better time" according to Fire Chief Stephen Cousins. In the hours before the workshop began, Edgewater Fire Rescue crews responded to three brush fires in a two hour period, two of which had a high potential to threaten nearby homes. One closed down Hibiscus Drive for nearly thirty minutes.
Edgewater Fire Rescue suggests the following actions to take before a wildfire strikes:
Beginning Tuesday, September 1st, Edgewater Fire-Rescue will be offering flu shots at both fire stations (Station 55 – 1605 South Ridgewood Ave. and Station 57 – 2628 Hibiscus Drive). Department paramedics will be administering the shots Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM until 3:00 PM. Department personnel will remain subject to emergency calls during these times so there may a delay when there is not a paramedic available to administer the flu shots.
The cost per shot is $25, payable via cash or check. Once again this year, Edgewater Fire-Rescue is also able to accept Medicare Part B as payment. Each patient must provide their Medicare card and picture ID in order to process the Medicare payment.
The influenza vaccine currently being offered by the department is the common or “seasonal” flu vaccine which the National Center for Disease Control recommends once a year. There are no plans at this time for the department to administer the H1N1 or “swine flu” vaccine as it is still under development. Fire Chief Steve Cousins advises that “I want to reassure our residents that should the vaccine for the H1N1/swine flu become available every effort will be made to provide it as may be dictated by local, state or federal health officials.”
On Saturday, March 28th a team of Edgewater firefighters participated in the 2nd annual Central Florida Fire Muster in Eustis. The team consisted of the crew of “B” shift from Fire Station 57 (Lt. Bruce Coates, Driver/Paramedic Bryan Everidge, Driver/Paramedic Brandon Hudson, FF/EMT John Halcomb and Volunteer FF/EMT Chris Morrow). There were a total of six events including a bucket brigade and a “midnight alarm” that simulated the conditions of waking from a sleep, putting on fire gear and responding to an emergency alarm. Edgewater Fire-Rescue’s team placed first in the balloon and hose cart races and second in the barrel roll and bucket brigade competitions. The team was also rewarded the highly coveted “Team Spirit” award. They hope to compete again next year since having so much fun and success in their first effort.