Elizabeth & Robert Catana
Join us on Sunday April 1st for the Annual Easter Egg Hunt from noon - 3pm at the Big Coppitt Fire Station. Candy, giveaways, tour the trucks and meet the crew. You can even help firefighters put out a house fire. The Monroe County Sheriff's Office Animal Farm will be there too!
Join us on Sunday April 1st for the Annual Easter Egg Hunt from noon - 3pm at the Big Coppitt Fire Station. Candy, giveaways, tour the trucks and meet the crew. You can even help firefighters put out a house fire. The MCSO animal farm will be there too!
Monroe County Fire Rescue responded at about 4:12 p.m. Friday to a fully involved trailer fire at 189 Overseas Highway on Rockland Key. There were no injuries.
Crews from Big Coppitt Key and Stock Island put out the fire.
The Monroe County Fire Marshal is investigating.
Small Plane Crashes at Key West International Airport
Three on Board; Only Minor Injuries
A general aviation, Cessna Cardinal 177, single engine plane based in Key West took off from runway 9 at Key West International Airport on Thursday afternoon and immediately lost engine power....
The pilot, David M. Wyant, 58, told airport officials he couldn’t maintain altitude and tried to glide to water. The plane clipped power lines before crashing about 1:21 p.m. on airport property.
The plane also grazed fuel pumps as it came to a stop near Monroe County’s public works yard. The crash caused a power outage that was restored about an hour later, according to Keys Energy Services.
There were three on board: Wyant, co-pilot and plane owner, Abraham Cox, 51, and 12-year-old David Wyant Jr. There were only minor injuries, with no one requiring transport to a hospital.
There was no fire, but the plane leaked a small amount of fuel. Monroe County Fire Rescue put foam around the area to prevent ignition of that fuel.
The airport remains opens.
The Federal Aviation Administration will investigate the crash. The Department of Environmental Protection will deal with the fuel leakage.
Photo of three happy plane crash survivors.
Monroe County Fire Rescue participated in the Sugarloaf School Safety Day. The entire school population of about 600 pre-kindergarten to 8th graders gathered on the sports field to visit with first responders and learn about fire safety while having fun.
Monroe County IAFF Local 3909 donated $500 to the school.
A crew from Monroe County Fire Rescue's Key West Station celebrate FF David Reeves receiving his employee of the quarter plaque. L-R: FF Jeremy Hackworth, FF David Reeves, LT Tony Araque and FF Michael Bland
Monroe County Fire Rescue is extremely proud of Firefighter EMT David Reeves for being named the Monroe County BOCC Employee of the Year.
MONROE COUNTY PRESENTS FF/EMT DAVID REEVES WITH 2017 EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR AWARD
The Monroe County Board of County Commissioners presented Fire Fighter/EMT David... Reeves with Monroe County’s 2017 “Employee of the Year” award.
Reeves, who works for the County’s Emergency Services department, also was awarded the “Employee of the Quarter” for the 4th Quarter.
The County’s other 2017 Employee of the Quarter winners were: Executive Administrator Tania Stoughton (Fleet Management), Transportation Driver Franklin Carey (Social Services) and Supervisor Michael Basham (Solid Waste & Recycling).
Monroe County’s Employee of the Year is selected from the four Employees of the Quarter. These employees are chosen for going above and beyond their own work responsibilities, and showing continual demonstration of the values of Monroe County.
After Hurricane Irma struck the Keys, FF/EMT Reeves stepped up, took charge and led teams of off-duty firefighters to assist anyone in need, despite having significant damage to his own home on Cudjoe Key. He also opened his house to host strangers flying in from the mainland so there would be a base for their operations.
Day after day, he led groups that cleared debris and gutted houses, all to help people in the community rebuild their lives. The groups included many of Reeves co-workers in Emergency Services, who were helping out while off-duty.
County employee Mary Napoli, whose home was badly damaged by Irma, said: “My home received 4 feet of flooding and was full of mold. I had no idea how my husband and I would ever start our clean-up process while caring for our infant son and working full-time. Firefighter Reeves reached out to me and told me not to worry, he had a team of people who would take care of business. He wasn't exaggerating.”
Reeves came to her house with several others and in one day completely gutted her house.
After Irma struck, Reeves also led an effort to get the badly damaged Big Pine Academy repaired enough for kids to be able to go back to school.
“We are just so proud of David and what he was able to orchestrate by bringing firefighters from all over to help our community,” Monroe County Fire Chief James Callahan said.
Thank you to South EasternMedical Academy for hosting the Florida Keys EMS awards on Friday. It was a wonderful event honoring some of the the outstanding men and women from Key West Fire Department, Lower Keys Medical Center Marathon Fire Rescue, Fishermen's Hospital, Islamorada Fire Rescue Department, Mariners Hospital and Ocean Reef Public Safety.
Monroe County Fire Rescue was proud to recognize the following personnel:
Paramedic of the Year...
A-Shift - Firefighter Flight Medic Christopher Suescun
B-Shift - Firefighter Flight Medic Tony Perez
C-Shift - Firefighter Flight Medic Sean Ojeda
EMT of the Year - Firefighter EMT David Reeves
Flight Nurse of the Year - Flight Nurse Annie Gomez
Nurse of the Year - Lower Keys Medical Center - Sandy Rodriguez
Captain Andrea Thompson and Lieutenant Jodie Reilly were also honored for their exceptional contributions to air rescue operations during Hurricane Irma.
LEGO night was a hit at Sugarloaf Station 10 last night! The theme of the night last night was firefighters and fire trucks. The kids had a blast making their own creations and sharing at the end with each other what they had built. Firefighters Sean Luggi and Xavier Simancas joined in on the fun with the kids too! LEGO night will be hosted by MCFR Sugarloaf station 10 every Wednesday from 6:30-8. Hope to see you out there!
Here is information from the Florida Highway Patrol, the agency investigating the plane crash at the Marathon Airport.
A Piper Lance, single engine plane was a...ttempting to take off from Marathon Airport traveling north on runway 7. According to one of the passengers, as they lifted off, the plane was caught by a gust of wind that caused the plane to be blown over into the tree line on the west side of the runway.
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection was notified due to a 90-gallon aviation fuel spill. The Federal Aviation Administration was responding from Homestead.
The airport is still closed. The plane is well off the runway and not a hazard but emergency vehicles are still tending to the plane and fuel leak.
Two passengers and the pilot were airlifted to Ryder Trauma in Miami, with serious injuries.
Pilot: Roch A. D Aoust, 65, Panama City Beach, Fl
Right Front: Derrick H. Kelley, 53, Auburndale, Fl
Right Rear: Danny A. Gilileo, 49, Auburndale, Fl
Left Rear: Tony R. Lewis, 60, Lakeland, Fl (Not airlifted, minor injuries)
A small plane, a Piper Lance, with four people on board crashed on the back side of the Florida Keys Marathon International Airport, in a wooded area, around 2:...30 p.m.
Three of the four people are being classified as “trauma alerts” and are being airlifted by Monroe County's Trauma Star helicopter and Miami Dade South Air Rescue to Ryder Trauma Center in Miami. The fourth person on board the aircraft also suffered some injuries.
Monroe County Sheriff's Office is reporting that the injuries do not appear to be life-threatening.
The plane was reported to have caught fire, but the fire was extinguished quickly.
The airport is closed to air traffic until 8 p.m. tonight, but that could change.
The Florida Highway Patrol is responding to investigate.
There also are two other trauma alerts in the Keys that occurred within 35 minutes of the plane crash.
A person in a moped crash in Key West was airlifted by Monroe County's second Trauma Star helicopter. And another person involved in a vehicle crash on Stock Island is being taken by Monroe County FIre Rescue to the Marathon hangar, where Miami Dade South Air Rescue will pick up the person and transport to Ryder Trauma Center.
Photos by FHP.
Monroe County Fire Rescue responded at about 4 a.m. Tuesday to a mobile home fire at the former Seahorse trailer park on Big Pine Key. The home was abandoned and no one was injured.
Crews from the Big Pine, Cudjoe and Sugarloaf fire stations put out the fire.
A Monroe County Public Works crew assisted with lifting a collapsed wall so the Deputy Fire Marshal could examine the interior floor as part of the fire investigation.
MCFR's Captain Andrea Thompson and Flight Nurse Lynda Rusinowski were honored and thankful to receive a grant today from the Jason Taylor Foundation to implement the Handtevy Pediatric Resuscitation system on all of our Advanced Life Support apparatuses and Trauma Star helicopters.