Thursday, April 25, 2013
St. Pete Fire & Rescue said the driver lost consciousness before crashing into the building.
A 52-year-old man was taken to Bayfront Medical Center after St. Petersburg Fire & Rescue said he lost consciousness while driving a Chrysler Town and Country minivan and crashed into the Calais Apartments Wednesday morning. The crash, authorities said, happened at 5743 Calais Lane N. When arriving to the scene, firefighters saw the minivan had crashed through a 6-foot concrete black wall. According to Lt. Joel Granata, "The van was wedged between the wall and the apartment building making access difficult to rescue the driver. Incident Commander Fire Lt. George Wade called for extrication upgrade and proceeded to cut and peel back the roof off the van." Once the roof was off, the driver was treated at the scene and taken to Bayfront. …
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
The man was taken to Bayfront Medical Center as a trauma alert and is in stable condition.
After 31 minutes, with paramedics administering oxygen, IV fluid and pain medication, St Petersburg Fire & Rescue was able to free a man whose feet were trapped inside a forklift. Around 12:45 Tuesday afternoon, firefighters received a call that a man working for Northeast Marine to work on their fork lift, was trapped between the forks and a stabilizer bar called a stage. According to Lt. Joel S. Granata, deputy fire marshal/PIO, the man had propped wood under the forks to hold them up. While standing on top of a stabilizer bar (stages), the wood snapped, causing the forks to come crashing down and pining the man's feet in between two of the three stages. Firefighters, Granata said, called for their technical rescue team who has …
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
The fire was started when the victim fell asleep and left macaroni and cheese cooking in the kitchen.
Jerome Williams of St. Petersburg was visiting his mother at 1035 Arlington Ave. when he smelled smoke. After investigating, Williams went into the apartment next door and saw 76-year-old Oscar Jenkins asleep in his recliner with the kitchen fire. Williams grabbed Jenkins and pulled him to safety. "If it wasn't for the quick thinking of Mr. Williams, Mr. Jenkins may not have survived," said St. Petersburg Fire & Rescue District Chief Allen Rosetti in a news release. According to firefighters, when they arrived to Jenkins' apartment Monday night, the fire was held under control by an active sprinkler. Authorities said Jenkins, who had just celebrated his birthday, had fallen asleep in his recliner while cooking macaroni and cheese. The …
Sunday, December 30, 2012
St. Pete Police and St. Pete Fire and Rescue created a PSA to urge residents not to shoot off fireworks or guns this New Year.
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
The homeowner thought fog was rolling in, but the "fog" was smoke coming from his attic.
According to St. Petersburg Fire & Rescue, lightning from the heavy thunderstorms Monday night started a fire in a home at 1338 Monticello Blvd. Lighting, investigators said, struck the home and started a fire in the attic. The first arriving units Tuesday morning reported a two-story home had heavy smoke conditions showing from the second floor. Firefighters, according to the incident report, went in for a fast attack and primary search for possible victims. Firefighters pulled the ceiling to attack the fire in the attic and saved the rest of the house from being destroyed The homeowners were home at the time of the fire, smelled smoke and called 911. Primary and secondary searches found no victims, authorities said. The homeowner, 85-…
Monday, November 19, 2012
The truck, which was restored by Remembrance Rescue Project, will be on display today and tomorrow at St. Petersburg Fire Station #6, 4825 9th Ave. N.
On Sept. 11, 2001, Rescue 5 was a fire truck stationed on Staten Island that responded to the attacks at the World Trade Center. Ten of the truck's 11 crew members died that day. As part of a Remembrance Project, Hillsborough County Firefighters Benevolent Association has given St. Petersburg Fire and Rescue the opportunity to display "FDNY Re5cue." The truck, which was restored by Remembrance Rescue Project, will be on display today and tomorrow at St. Petersburg Fire Station #6, 4825 9th Ave. N. It will be one diplsay from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday and 8 a.m. - noon on Tuesday. The public is invited to come see the truck for free.
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
According to the Tampa Bay Times, 35-year-old Jeremy Wert resigned from his position following his arrest.
On Monday, the Manatee County Sheriff's Office announced it had arrested 43 men in an online sting designed to catch people soliciting sex with children. Six of those men lived in Pinellas County and one of them was a firefighter with St. Petersburg Fire & Rescue. According to the Tampa Bay Times, 35-year-old Jeremy Wert resigned from his position over the weekend following his arrest. "Wert had been a St. Petersburg firefighter for 10 years. Fire Chief James Large called his record 'exemplary,' saying Wert had never been disciplined and was considered one of the agency's best firefighters. "I'm embarrassed," Large said. "It's a black eye, but we are going to get through it." Wert, according to his arrest report, lives at 4516 2nd Ave N …
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Three dogs and one cat were saved by firefighters Wednesday and are expected to be OK. The home, however, has an estimated $75,000 in damages.
St. Petersburg Fire and Rescue were able to save four family pets from a burning home Wednesday at 835 39 Ave. N. According to a news release, at 11:22 a.m., firefighters reported a large column of smoke visible several blocks away as they raced to the scene. Upon arrival firefighters found a single story masonry home with heavy fire showing from the rear of the structure. Firefighters forced their way into the structure, battling back the flames as they searched for possibly trapped victims. During their search they located three Chihuahuas and one cat. All were suffering from severe smoke inhalation. Firefighters administered oxygen with special oxygen pet masks, a news release said. According to St. Pete Fire and Rescue, the four …
Thursday, July 5, 2012
After a woman jumped from the Sunshine Skyway Bridge, she was picked up by boaters that were nearby.
A woman drove to the highest point of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge around 7 a.m. Thursday and jumped. According to St. Petersburg Fire and Rescue, the woman survived the jump and was pulled from the water by a nearby fisherman. A fishing charter, operated by Captain Kris Winkel, was nearby and saw the commotion. Winkel drove to the woman and picked her up. According to authorities, the woman was then transported to Bayfront Medical Center where she is currently in stable condition. A Florida Highway Patrol officer drove to the top of the bridge and placed a flare over the woman’s location, according to Lieutenant Joel Granata of St. Petersburg Fire Rescue. The flare helped Captain Winkel locate and rescue the woman. SPFR personnel then …
Monday, May 21, 2012
Sunday morning, police were called to a
St. Petersburg Police and St. Pete Fire & Rescue are investigating a suspicious fire that occurred around 5 a.m. Sunday. According to police, officers responded to a call at 911 9th Ave. S. Sunday morning to assist firefighters with a fire to a vacant residence. Upon arrival, police said they were advised an un-responsive female was located inside the residence with burns on 15% of her body. The victim was transported to Bayfront Medical Hospital and is in critical condition. According to police, there were no obvious signs of trauma to the victim’s body. The cause of the fire and the identity of the victim have not
been determined. The investigation is ongoing.