Jun 19th, 11
The IHBVFD and the Women’s Auxiliary hosted a car wash on Saturday June 18th to raise funds for the completion of the 9-11 Memorial. The response by the community is greatly appreciated by the firefighters and Women’s Auxiliary. This is the second car wash fund raiser we have held to raise funds for the memorials and while the first was great this one surpassed that! We thank everyone who came out to support the worthy cause to Honor the Memory of all the First Responders who perished in the attacks on The Twin Towers. Your support and generosity is helping us to archive our goal to complete the Memorial Tribute in time for the 10 Anniversary of 9-11. We were honored to have two retired FDNY Firefighters who lost brother’s and countless friends in the collapse of the Twin Towers spend time with us on Saturday. We also would like to thank the Firefighters from Satellite Beach Fire Rescue who came out to encourage people to sign the commitment to not Text and Drive for the Remember Alex Brown Foundation. Below are some pictures from the days event.
Jun 4th, 11
The IHBFD received a section of a steel I-beam salvaged from the 9-11-01 attacks on the W.T.C. Lt. Rick LaDell had sent a letter to the NY/NJ Port Authority in November of 2009 requesting we be granted a piece of steel. Lt. LaDell had read that the Port Authority was going to issue pieces of the recovered steel to Fire Departments throughout the United States on a request basis. The request had to specify the size of the piece you were requesting and you had to agree to pay to have the piece of steel shipped. Lt. LaDell kept in contact with the Port Authority and he was advised that our request was received but that they were overwhelmed with requests from all over the country. In May of this year Lt. LaDell was notified that we had been selected to receive a piece of an I-beam from the wreckage of the Twin Towers that was being held in storage at JFK Airport outside NYC. Arrangements were made to have the steel shipped to us via UPS. The piece we received is a 24″ x 8″ section of I-beam weighing 102 pounds with one end still encased in concrete where it was anchored to a floor. Plans are currently underway to create a display area in our Memorial Garden at the Fire Station for this sacred piece of steel which will honor the memory of the 343 Firefighters, 60 Police Officers, 15 EMT’s and the 2559 civilians who lost their lives in this tragic attack on the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center. Once the memorial is complete a dedication ceremony will take place with the public and all Brevard Fire and Police Agencies invited. Our intention, if all goes as planned, is to have the memorial completed in time for the 10th anniversary of the attacks on 9-11-11. We would like to thank Lt. Rick LaDell for his effort in securing this piece of history for our department so the firefighters, police officers and citizens of IHB and surrounding communities may never forget the victims of 9-11. Below are some photos of the steel beam we received, click on the photos to bring up a larger image.
May 13th, 11
A crew from Station 56 took E-56 to Imagination Station to talk to the kids about fire safety. The kids got to play on the engine and practice shooting water from the hose. Below are some pictures from the visit along with a short video.
Apr 19th, 11
The first part of the new Fallen Firefighter Memorial honoring our fallen Brothers and Sisters who have served the IHBVFD was delivered on 4-19-2011. The memorial was hoisted by crane into place in Firefighter Park at Station 56 under the careful guidance of Chief Scaldo. A bronze sculpture of a Firefighters boots, turnout gear and helmet will be added later this year. We are also awaiting the delivery of an I beam from the World Trade Center that will be displayed in Firefighter Park.
Apr 15th, 11
The IHBVFD Women’s Auxiliary attended Firefighter appreciation night at the Brevard County Manatees baseball game. The ladies were gracious enough to invite their spouses and friends to the game as well. A good time was had by all as you can see in the pictures. One firefighter who had their picture taken with Manny the Manatee was wondering why Manny’s flipper was wet when he had his fin around her! Well he does reside in the water!!! Another is very comfortable with his manhood.
Mar 19th, 11
IHBVFD Truck 56 visited Lowe’s of Indian Harbour Beach on Saturday 3-19-11. The truck was open for the kids to play on and learn about. Plastic fire helmets, pencils and refrigerator magnets were handed out. Community service events like these are just another way The Indian Harbour Beach Volunteer Fire Department thanks the Residents and Business Community for the continued support of Their Volunteer Fire Department.
Mar 17th, 11
After more than two years of wishing, hoping, designing and funding the Hall’s kitchen remodel is COMPLETE! Designer, Chief Todd Scaldo has finally seen the last piece of his station makeover finished. It started with the addition of the weight room and office in 2008, the remodel of the Hall including new walls, floors and ceilings in 2009 and now the kitchen. Pictures posted here will follow the remodel from old to new, so if you were not here all you missed was the noise and dust!
Station 56′s new kitchen includes: Tile Floor With A Custom Designed Egyptian Tile Maltese Cross Mosaic In the Center, Granite Counter Tops & Back Splashes, Honey Maple Wood Cabinets, Twin Elkay Deep Sinks With Moen Commercial Faucets, Bosch Eco Sense Dishwasher, Twin GE 1100 Watt Microwaves, A Single Door Beverage Air Energy Star Freezer, A Double Door Beverage Air Energy Star Refrigerator, A Vulcan 10 Burner Commercial Gas Stove With Twin Ovens and a 32″ Panasonic LCD HD TV Mounted Above the Cabinets.
The men and women of Station 56 would like to thank the following contractors for their work on this project: General Contractor – Al Trepanier, Cabinet Installation and Trim Work – Al Trepanier Construction, Tile Floor Installation – Custom Tile Installation by Joe & Frank Catrini, Granite Counter Tops – StoneCrafters of Melbourne, Electical Wiring- MJM Electricians.
Mar 2nd, 11
Focus on Fire Safety: Smoke Alarms
Every year, approximately 2,600 Americans die in home fires. Over half of these deaths (52%) occur between the hours of 10:00pm and 7:00am, when residents are typically sleeping. Smoke and toxic gases from a home fire are as deadly as heat and flames. Just two or three breaths of toxic smoke can render you unconscious. The majority of fire victims die or are injured from exposure to smoke and toxic gases, such as carbon monoxide, not actual burns. In addition, smoke obscures vision, decreasing your ability to escape.
Smoke alarms save lives, prevent injuries, and minimize property damage by detecting fires early and alerting residents, allowing crucial time to escape. The risk of dying from a fire in a home without working smoke alarms is twice as high as in a home that has working smoke alarms.
What types of smoke alarms are available?
There are many different brands of smoke alarms available on the market but they fall under two basic types: ionization and photoelectric.
- Ionization alarms sound more quickly when a flaming, fast moving fire occurs.
- Photoelectric alarms are quicker at sensing smoldering, smoky fires.
- There are also combination (dual sensor) smoke alarms that combine ionization and photoelectric into one unit.
Because both ionization and photoelectric smoke alarms are better at detecting distinctly different yet potentially fatal fires, and because home residents cannot predict what type of fire might start in a home, the U.S. Fire Administration recommends the installation of both ionization and photoelectric or dual sensor smoke alarms.
In addition to the basic types of smoke alarms, there are alarms made to meet the needs of people with hearing disabilities. These alarms may use strobe lights that flash and/or vibrate to assist in alerting those who are unable to hear standard smoke alarms when they sound.
How long will my smoke alarm last?
Most alarms installed today have a life span of about 8-10 years. After this time, the entire unit should be replaced. It is a good idea to write the date of purchase with a marker on the inside of your alarm so you will know when to replace it. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions for replacement.
Have questions regarding your smoke alarms please contact the IHB Fire Marshal at 321-773-3181
Credit USFA Focus on Fire Safety www.usfa.dhs.gov
Feb 13th, 11
On Saturday Feb 12, 2011 SBFD requested mutual aid from IHBVFD for a structure fire in Satellite Beach. Truck 56 and S-56 responded to the structure fire. Crews from IHB provided aerial support, a water supply, a RIT team, a Safety Officer, ground ladders, water cans with “Fire Ice”, and a Thermal Imaging Camera. Crews from SBFD, IHBVFD & BCFR were able to make a stop on the fire limiting the damage to the garage area.