History of North Port Fire Rescue

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2004 to Present
   
 March 2018

Scott Titus named North Port Fire Chief. After a national search, City Manager Peter Lear has found the City's next Fire Chief on our own doorstep. Scott Titus has been serving as the Interim Chief for North Port Fire Rescue for the past two months. He began his career with the Department as a Firefighter in 1993 and has served as the Deputy Fire Chief for the past decade.

 February 2018

 Fire Chief William Taaffe retires after 45 years of dedicated service, 15 years as the City of North Port Fire Chief.

 October 2017

Fire Rescue staff held Station 85’s grand opening on October 31st with guided tours by personnel. Special thanks to City Manager Peter Lear, Mayor Linda Yates, Commissioners, and the Doyle Family. Station 85 is dedicated in honor and memory of Firefighter Christina Doyle #144.

Fire Prevention's "Safety Bunch" presents puppet shows at preschools and elementary schools. Show was seen by 1,510 children.

North Port Fire Rescue welcomes new Fire Marshal Peter Marietti.

 September 2017

Remember the Fallen 7th Annual 5K Memorial Run cancelled due to Hurricane Irma.

 July 2017

12th annual Boots vs. Badges Blood Drive. "Boots" is again victorious over the Police Department "Badges" in the blood drive. IT was a close competition - 209 donations from Boots and 205 donations from Badges - total of 414 donations.

North Port Fire Rescue received two new Rescues, one to Station 82 and one to Station 84.

 May 2017

 Historic 3500 acre Raintree wildfire on May 13th, 2017.

 March 2017

North Port Fire Rescue Badge Pinning and Awards Ceremony held - four given 20-year pins, eight given 10-year pins. New personnel were also pinned and recognized.  Phoenix Awards were given to nine paramedics and nine EMTs who have used their skills to resuscitate patients in cardiac arrest.  Lieutenant David Hawes received Fire Officer of the year and Firefighter Justin Lundquist received Firefighter of the year awards for 2015.

 February 2017

 North Port Fire Rescue welcomes new Logistics and Safety Officer Frank Patterson.

 November 2016

Renewal of three-year lease with Air Methods Corporation for helipad and office space for BayFlite II medical evacuation helicopter.

Commission approved purchase of two replacement ambulances for Rescues 81 and 84.

 October 2016

Groundbreaking for Fire Station 85.

 September 2016

Remember the Fallen 6th annual memorial run.  5k, and for the first time 10k, races were held.

Firehouse Magazine recognizes Lt. Hawes for his actions during the underwater rescue

Lt. Hawes also awarded Florida's 16th Congressional District Fire and Rescue award for his actions by Congressman Vern Buchanan.

Personnel from North Port Fire Rescue's Technical Rescue Team deploy to Florida's east coast to support recovery efforts during Hurricane Matthew.

Commission approved the contract with Willis Smith Company for the construction of Fire Station 85.

 July 2016

Commission approved a 20-year interlocal agreement with Sarasota County government and Sheriff for fire and medical dispatch services.

 June 2016

The annual Brotherhood Ride honored fallen Lt. Jeffery Newland.

11th Annual Boots vs. Badge Blood Drive.  "Badges" was awarded the trophy in support of law enforcement nationwide.

 March 2016

North Port Fire Rescue Badge Pinning and Awards Ceremony held - three given 5-year pins, 16 given 10-year pins, one given a 15-year pin, one given a 20-year pin and one given a 30-year pin. New personnel were also pinned and recognized.  Phoenix Awards given to 20 paramedics and EMTs who have used their skills to resuscitate patients in cardiac arrest.  Lieutenant Casey Kelch received Fire Officer of the year and Firefighter Josh Clements received Firefighter of the year awards for 2015.  Lt. David Hawes awarded Medal of Valor for rescue of two individuals trapped in their vehicle while underwater.

 November 2015 New Engine 85 and Truck 84 ordered.

 October 2015

Fire Prevention's "Safety Bunch" presents puppet shows at preschools and elementary schools. 

 September 2015

Dr. Newman renews agreement as Medical Director for the City of North Port Fire Rescue District for a three year term. 

The City of North Port hosted the 5th Annual Remember the Fallen 5K Memorial Run.

 August 2015

FF/EMT Christina Doyle passed away after a long battle with cancer, surrounded by her Station 84 crew and family.

 July 2015 Agreement reached with Sweet Sparkman Architects, Inc. for the construction of the new Fire Station 85.

 June 2015

The Brotherhood Ride stops in North Port honoring Lt. Jeffrey Newland and Sgt. Scott Graham who passed away in 2014. Firefighters, Law Enforcement Officers and Emergency Medical Personal from all over the country ride as one team known as the Brotherhood Ride

North Port held the 10th Annual Boots vs Badges Blood Drive.

May 2015

Fire Marshal Michael Frantz, the first fire marshal for the City of North Port, retires. 

 April 2015

North Port Fire Rescue welcomes new Fire Marshal Paris Smith-Higbie. 

February 2015

New Engine 83 delivered.  Pumper 83 (old Engine 83) placed into reserve status.  This adds a second reserve engine to Fire Rescue's fleet.

Lt. Martin Szalbirak and Firefighter David Hawes receive Fire Officer and Firefighter of the Year awards for 2014 (respectively).

Fire Chief's award for courage and outstanding achievement was given to FF/EMT Christina Doyle.

December 2014

Firehouse Subs presents North Port Fire Marshal with their Public Safety Foundation grant for iPad tablets and software to support the fire inspections' program. 

 November 2014

Firefighter/EMT Keith Tommas retires after 30+ years of dedicated service.

 October 2014

The Pink Heals Bus arrives in North Port.

Florida Fallen Firefighter Wall of Honor Dedication in Tallahassee in memory of Lt. Jeffrey Newland.

September 2014

After an intensive examination of operations, communications, water supply and community risk reduction, the Insurance Services Organization reclassified the City of North Port Fire Rescue District as a Class 1/1Y community.

The City of North Port hosted the 4th Annual Remember the Fallen 5K Memorial Run.

July 2014

Boots “smoke” badges in the 9th Annual blood drive.

City of North Port recognized by National Weather Service as only 3rd municipality within the State to achieve this designation of StormReady.

 June 2014

Benefit ride for FF/EMT Christina Doyle and in memory of Lt. Jeffrey Newland.

April 2014

Loss of Lieutenant Jeffrey Newland after passing from cardiovascular event within a short time going off-duty.

March 2014

North Port Fire Rescue Badge Pinning and Awards Ceremony held - 43 given 5-year pins, 6 given 10-year pins, 11 given 15-year pins, 5 given 20-year pins and 3 given 25-year pins. New personnel were also pinned and recognized.  Phoenix Awards given to 20 paramedics and EMTs who have used their skills to resuscitate patients in cardiac arrest.  First-ever “Fire Chief’s Award” given to Honor Guard Commander, Firefighter/EMT Richard Yarnall. B/C Karl Bennett received Fire Officer of the year and Firefighter Raymond Coyle received Firefighter of the year awards for 2013.

July 2013

A collaborative relationship Emergency Management and Public Works resulted in the acquisition and installation of reflective collars on street signs to indicate hurricane evacuation zones.  Collars were obtained from Sarasota County Emergency Management under a grant program and supplied to the City at no cost.  Street signs in Zones A and B were collared.  Remaining zones will be addressed as further grant funds become available.

November 2012

BayFlite 2 relocates its base from Dove Airfield in Sarasota to Station 81 under an agreement between the City and Bayfront Medical Center.

August 2012

Conducted Juvenile Fire Setters Intervention and Educational class for four young people.

June 2012

Awarded $18,375 grant from Florida Bureau of Emergency Medical Services for traffic pre-emption devices to be installed in six rescues.

May 2012

After two years of design, development and procurement, firefighters, paramedics and command staff will now use computers installed in their apparatus to receive emergency calls, provide the quickest driving route, access critical building information, and prepare fire and medical reports in the field.  24 Panasonic CF-19 Toughbooks, vehicle mounting hardware and software application programs funded from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s “Assistance to Firefighters Grant” (AFG) program.

March 2012

North Port Fire Rescue Badge Pinning and Awards Ceremony held -badges issued to new Firefighter/Paramedics Joshua Gilliam, Adam Robson, and Sean Baenziger. The Firefighter of the year was awarded to Adam Davis and the Fire Officer of the year was awarded to Richard Berman.

January 2012

Closed on property located at Ponce-De-Leon Blvd. and North Biscayne Drive for new Fire Station 85.

Award contract for Fire Rescue District Assessment Methodology
Study.

Dawn Jones wins “Community Service Award” for 2011.

December 2011

Commission approves purchase of property for new Fire Station 85.

New life for used batteries implemented by Inspector Frank Nist during 12 Days of Giving at Social Services Toy give-a-way.

Driver training competency course and proficiency comparison between North Port Fire Rescue Englewood Fire Department.

First prescribed burn in City limits.  110 acre burn in the Northeast portion of the City held in conjunction with Florida Forest Service and numerous other local fire departments.

October 2011 Prescribed burn presentation given to Commission by D/C Scott Titus on the benefits of prescribed fire management programs that will be implemented in North Port city limits.

A Public Service Announcement (PSA) on the File for Life program released.

City Center Pond Reconfiguration and Heliport completed.

September 2011

Candle light “911 Ceremony” creates emotional experience for all.

Unveil 911 Artifact to the citizens of North Port at 911 ceremony.

911 Brotherhood Ride from Naples, FL to New York City by Lt. Kristy Halvorsen.

Lt. John Waligora participates in the “Stair climb” in Tampa, the Honor Guard participate in half time show at Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ game.

Inaugural “Remember the Fallen” 5K run sponsored by Fire Rescue Honor Guard.

North Port Fire Rescue recognized Florida Power & Light employees with Life Saving Award at Commission Meeting.

August 2011

North Port Fire Rescue wins “Boots vs Badges” 6th Annual Competition

City Pond Reconfiguration Project – Heliport & Parking complete.

July 2011 Dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony at the Captain Earl J. Conrad – Fire Station 84.
June 2011

Employer Support of the National Guard recognizes NPFR with certificate at City Commission Meeting.

Annual Brotherhood Ride comes through North Port on their way to
Tampa.

May 2011

911 artifact arrives to Station 81 – after 2 ½ years of negotiations

April 2011

City Pond Reconfiguration Project – Heliport & Parking to begin

March 2011

Captains are retitled to Battalion Chief.

Promotion of 1st female Fire Lieutenant Kristy Halvorsen.

February 2011

EPA grant for gutter and cistern installation begins at Stations 81 and 83.

January 2011    

Deputy Chief Scott Titus wins the City of North Port "Leadership Award," and Emergency Manager Richard Berman wins "Innovation Award."

Lieutenant/Paramedic Marty Hills is awarded Fire Officer of the Year, and Firefighter/EMT Richard Yarnall is awarded Firefighter of the Year.

December 2010

Fire Rescue is notified of its award for a FEMA FY2010 Assistance to Firefighters Grant for replacement cardiac monitor/defibrillators and mobile computers.  Project total of $515 thousand with Federal contribution of $413 thousand.

Fire Station 82 gets design award "Honorable Mention" in Fire Chief magazine.

October 2010

Retired Captain Earl Conrad passed away.

August 2010

Juvenile Firesetter Program being offered by NPFRD.

July 2010

Launching of the new "Firehouse" software program for fire and EMS incident reporting and department management.  Firehouse replaces "Fire Programs" which has been in-place for several years.

NFRD recognized as finalist for Green Bldg at Fire Station 82 at the Florida Green Building Coalition’s Green Trends Conference in St. Petersburg, FL.

May 2010

Groundbreaking on new Fire Station 84.  Construction to be completed within 300 days.

April 2010

Lieutenant Romeo Carrano honored as “Hometown Hero” at Boys & Girls Club fundraiser dinner.

March 2010

Lieutenant/Paramedic David Ingalls is awarded Fire Officer of the Year, and

Firefighter/EMT Kyle Dent is awarded Firefighter of the Year.

Over 80 attend badge presentation ceremony held at Fire Station 82 for Capt. Frank DeAngelis, Lt. Jentzen Barton, Lt. Edward Evancho and Probationary Firefighters Stephen Cenko, Jr., Randall Rumney, Jared Clark and Justin Lundquist.

February 2010

Proclamation from MDA recognizing March as MDA Firefighter
Appreciation Month.

 January 2010

First "Green Building" award presented at Commission meeting for Station 82.

December 2009

Old Fire Station 82 demolished.  Property turned into green space.

Two new MedTec rescue ambulances arrive to be placed into service as Rescue 82 and Rescue 85, which are equipped with solar power panels

FF/Paramedic George Miller selected Instructor of the Year at Edison State
College.

November 2009

Grand opening of the new Fire Station 82 and Police sub-station.  This building is the City's first "green" initiative.

Frank DeAngelis promoted to Captain.

October 2009

Founding member Captain Earl Conrad retires after 26 years of dedicated service to the City and fire department.

Fire Marshal Michael Frantz wins the City of North Port "Leadership Award."

September 2009 Accepted delivery of two new MedTec rescue ambulances for Rescue 81 and Rescue 84, and a new Pierce engine to become Engine 81.
June 2009 Approval of three-year Collective Bargaining Agreement between the City of North Port and the Suncoast Firefighters and Paramedics, Local 2546, International Association of Firefighters.
March 2009 Approval of contract for design, bidding and construction of new Fire Station 84.
February 2009 Captain Joseph McCord and Firefighter Kristy Halvorsen receive Fire Officer and Firefighter of the Year awards for 2008 (respectively).
November 2008 Fire Station 83 naming ceremony – Morales Fire Station.
October 2008 New Captains named: Joseph “Jody” McCord and James “Chip” Woods.
August 2008 New brush trucks used by the military in Iraq arrive.
July 2008 City of North Port fire stations become “Safe Place” locations.
May 2008 Captain Richard Gamber retires.
April 2008 New Medtec ambulance arrives at Station 82.
March 2008

Firefighter Matthew Russell and Fire Marshal Michael Frantz receive Firefighter and Fire Officer of the Year award recipients for 2007 (respectively).

Scott Titus promoted to Deputy Chief of Emergency Services.

December 2007 Captain Scott Berkley retires after 22 years of service.
September 2007 Fire Station 83 holds Grand Opening and ribbon cutting ceremony.
May 2007 Howard Bearse, Deputy Chief of Operations retires, and becomes the new paid Fire Chief with Nokomis Volunteer Fire Department.
April 2007 Firefighter Tim Mason and Lieutenant Tom Truesdale named Firefighter, and Fire Officer of the Year award recipients for 2006 (respectively).

Richard Berman hired as the City’s first full-time Emergency Management Coordinator.
March 2007 Fire Station 85 opens at the end of West Price Boulevard.
February 2007 Arrival of twins – two new Emergency One 75’ ladder trucks to be stationed at Fire Stations 82 and 84.
December 2006 David Quaderer hired as the new Deputy Chief of Administration.
August 2006
Insurance Service Organization (ISO) rating improves to 2/8B. Only 1% of fire departments nationwide have earned this rating.
May 2006 Approval to participate in Sarasota County Sharps depository program.
January 2006 Fire Officer of the Year Lieutenant Brent Cox, and Firefighter of the Year Dave Ingalls are announced for 2005.

Adoption of Homeland Security Presidential Directive on implementing the National Incident Management System (NIMS).
November 2005

Awarded $166,000 grant from the US Department of Homeland Security, Assistance to Firefighters Grant, to be used to purchase self-contained breathing apparatus.

Michael Frantz hired as the City’s first Fire Marshal.

October 2005 Temporary Fire Station 83 opens at Nabatoff Street.
January 2005 Chris White is announced as Firefighter of the Year for 2004.
December 2004 Grant in the amount of $135,000 awarded from the US Department of Homeland Security, Assistance to Firefighters Grant, for the District to purchase a 3,000 gallon tanker.
February 2004 Fire stations become legal “Safe Havens” for abandoned infants.

2004 to 1961

NPFR History

 

The above graphic is from the June 2009 edition of the NORTH PORT Magazine, and is provided by Roi Media.