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State Fire Marshall Stacy McIntire promoted to Lieutenant

State Fire Marshall Stacy McIntire was promoted on March 17, 2011 from Detective to Lieutenant. He has been with the state for 6 years, is stationed at the Lake Wales Field Office, and is First Line Supervisor to Detectives. Lieutenant McIntire can be contacted at stacy.mcintire@myfloridacfo.com

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NEW MACHINE CLEANS FIRE VICTIMS CONTENT
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NEW MACHINE IN TOWN CAN CLEAN 85% OF NON BURNED

 

SOFT GOODS IN A HOME AFTER A FIRE!

 

Tracy Maglicho with Paul Davis Resoration is pictured with the New Esporta Machine

 

Paul Davis Restoration of Polk County just took delivery of the new Esporta Wash System. This machine

is designed to recover "Soft Contents" from fire and water disasters. It's patented design features "safe

hold" compartments which are designed for holding delicates, like leathers, and what is known as

Category 2 & 3 soiled laundry. It can disinfect, deodorize and wash up to 160 lbs. of laundry, shoes and  

other bulky goods that might have survived your fire or water disaster.

 

Traditional front and top loading washing machines utilize mechanical action to remove soil. It is not

effective for the removal of smoke, soot and bacteria. The patented Esporta Wash System along with

specially formulated proprietary detergents completely removes smoke, soot, bacteria and other

contaminants through hydraulic pressure.

This machine is

particularly suited

for fire victims

that have contents that

can't just be replaced or

homeowners who don't

have insurance and have 

to clean their contents.

 

This machine is particularly suited for fire victims

that have contents that can't just be replaced or

homeowners who don't have insurance and have

to clean their contents. Imagine how a fire victim

would feel knowing that the blanket passed down

through the family can be restored to new. Or the

fire victim that, for whatever reason, has no insurance

but can take their property and have it cleaned

instead of thrown away. Many fire victims are

unaware that this new technology exsists and it is right here in Winter Haven.

 

  

As a public service, Fire Departments should let fire victims know that this technology is available in 

their area. Paul Davis Restoration of Winter Haven is a trusted member of the business community.

They specialize in Fire & Smoke damage and Water & Mold damage. Customers in need of their

 service can contact the office that is located on Spirit Lake

Road in Winter Haven at 299-9688 or 644-7373.

Another service that Paul Davis offers is free board up. If

a fire victim has doors or windows that are not operational

after a fire, call Paul 24/7 and they will come out and board

up for free. The Public Safety Network.com endorses Paul

Davis Restoration as a trusted member.

 

 

 

 

  

 
Little Billy Email
Fire News

 

Have you got this email, it is based on a true story, but years

 

ago. Check out the real story here.

 

In Phoenix , Arizona , a 26 year-old mother stared down  at her 6 year-old son, who was dying of terminal leukemia.  
                



Although her heart was filled with sadness, 
She also had a strong feeling of determination. 
Like any parent, she wanted her son to grow up & 
Fulfill all his dreams. Now, that was no longer possible








 

The leukemia would see to that. But she still wanted her son's dream to come true.









 

She took her son' s hand and asked, 'Billy, did you ever think about what you wanted to be once you grew up? Did you ever dream and wish what you would do with your life?'









 


Mommy, 'I always wanted to be a fireman when I grew up.'









 


Mom smiled back and said, 'Let's see if we can make your wish come true.'









 


Later that day she went to her local fire Department in Phoenix , Arizona , where she met Fireman Bob, who had a heart as big as Phoenix !









 


She explained her son's final wish and asked if it might be possible to give her 6 year-old son a ride around the block on a fire engine.









 


Fireman Bob said, 'Look, we can do better than that. If you'll have your son ready at seven o'clock Wednesday morning, we'll make him an honorary Fireman for the whole day.  He can come down to the fire station, eat with us, go out on all the fire calls, the whole nine yards!









 


And if you'll give us his sizes, we'll get a real fire uniform for him, with a real fire hat - not a toy -- one-with the emblem of the Phoenix Fire Department on it, a yellow slicker like we wear and rubber boots.'









 


'They're all manufactured right here in Phoenix ,  so we can get them fast.' 
                                       
 

 
Three days later Fireman Bob picked up Billy, dressed him in his uniform and escorted him from his hospital bed to the waiting hook and ladder truck.









 


Billy got to sit on the back of the truck and help steer it back to the fire station. He was in heaven.









 


There were three fire calls in Phoenix that day and Billy got to go out on all three calls.









 

He rode in the different fire engines, the Paramedic's' van, 
And even the fire chief's car.









 


He was also videotaped for the 
Local news program.









 


Having his dream come true, 
With all the love and attention that was lavished upon him, so deeply touched Billy, that he lived three months longer than any doctor thought possible.









 


One night all of his vital signs began to drop dramatically and the head nurse, who believed in the hospice concept - that no one should die alone - began to call the family members to the hospital.









 


Then she remembered the day Billy had spent as a Fireman, so she called the Fire Chief and 
Asked if it would be possible to send a fireman in uniform to the hospital to be with Billy as he made his transition.









 

The chief replied, 'We can do better than that.  We'll be there in five minutes. Will you please do me a favor?









 

When you hear the sirens screaming and see the lights flashing, will you announce over the PA system that there is not a fire?'









 

'It's the department coming to see one of its finest members one more time. And will you open the window to his room?'









 


About five minutes later a hook and ladder truck arrived at the hospital and extended its ladder up to Billy's third floor open window-------- 
16 fire-fighters climbed up the ladder into Billy's room.









 


With his mother's permission, they hugged him and held him and told him how much they LOVED him. 
With his dying breath, Billy looked up at the fire chief and said,









 

'Chief, am I really a fireman now?'








 

'Billy, you are, and the Head Chief,  Jesus, is holding your hand,' the chief said.









 


With those words, Billy smiled and said, 'I know, He's been holding my hand all day, and 
The angels have been singing.'






 

He closed his eyes one last time.









 


My instructions were to send this to at least four people that I wanted God to bless and I picked you.









 

Please pass this to at least four people you want to be blessed.









 

This story is powerful and there is nothing attached.  PLEASE do not break this pattern; uplifting stories are one of the best gifts we receive. There is no cost, but a lot of rewards, let's continue to uplift one another~ 

 
The Littlest Firefighter
Fire News

 

The Real Story of Bopsy

 

aka Little Billy

 

 

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Over the last 20+ years, the story of "Bopsy, The Littlest Firefighter"  (sometimes referrred to as "Billy") has circulated  worldwide. It appeared in the first "Chicken Soup for the Soul" book and has also become one of the most circulated chain emails. Just search the word "Bopsy" in any web search engine, and you'll see just how many web-sites around the world contain the story.

 

The story is about a little boy with Leukemia, and his dying wish to become a Firefighter. The Phoenix Fire Department is featured in the story because of the exceptional customer service paid to this little boy and his family. One of the main charactersin the story is Fireman Bob,who is our Phoenix Engineer Bob Walp.

 

There is another child with a similar story in circulation as well. His name is Chris, and he wanted to be a Police Officer, both are listed on the Make-a-Wish foundations website. Christopher (Chris) is where Make-a-Wish traces its roots to, thought Billy and below Bob Walp were the first wish granting recipients.

 

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Fire News

 Aldridge/Benge Lightweight Truss Act

 

The Florida Legislature has adopted into law Administrative Code 69A-60.0081.

The purpose of this law is to require the placement of an identifying symbol on

structures with a light-frame truss system. The symbol is to warn Firefighters who

may enter a building of this type construction. Two Orange County Firefighters

Mark Benge and Todd Aldridge lost there lives when they entered a Gift Shop with

this type of construction, and the building collapsed on them suddenly. Lightweight

Truss Systems are prone to collapse due to how they are built. Governor Charlie

Christ sign the bill into law in June of 2008 and became effective December 3, 

2009.

The symbol is a Maltese Cross measuring 8 inches horizontally and 8 inches 

vertically, with a bright red reflective color, designed in accordance with the 

examples shown below. 

 

 

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