JFRD Firefighter dies off-duty


Jason Bishop was a 10 year veteran of the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department. He was a firefighter assigned to Station 4. He was off duty trimming a tree when the tree snapped in half and he fell 40 feet. He was airlifted to Shands Jacksonville TraumaCenter where he was pronounced dead. He leaves behind a wife, two young daughters, and an infant son. He was 39 years old. Our condolences go out to his family and the family of the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department.

RIP Jason.

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Updates from our November Business Meeting:

*We have started working on the checklist for the State of Florida-as far as their requirements for us to be a volunteer fire department. It is a long checklist!
*We are still closed down until further notice.
*We are working on getting the final paperwork done for Nassau County-per their request at the end of September.
*One of our members will be completing Firefighter 1 by the end of December and starting Firefighter 2 in January.
*Another member will have completed Emergency Medical Responder (formerly First Responder) by the middle of December and starting Emergency Medical Technician in January.
*We are looking into the possibility of getting all of our members a Certificate of Completion – Firefighter Part I from the State so they can enter the “hot zone” as a volunteer firefighter.

Station 8-Gray Gables/Nassau Village and Station 9-River Road, have completely shut down for good. Stations 4-Hilliard, 5-Callahan, and 11- Nassau Oaks Volunteer Fire Dept are also turning to the state to get their inspections completed.

Tanker 10 will be in the Callahan Christmas Parade.

~RCVFD, Station 10, Public Information Officer

UPDATE~STATION 10 has been forced to close!

This is the e-mail we received Tuesday evening at the close of government hours. We discussed our options last night-we will be pursuing all options to stay open for the benefit of our community. We will not let Chief Graves shut us down! Although we currently cannot respond to any calls-they won’t even be toning us out-we will stay “open”.

Tanker 10 and her 2,500 gallons of water, Engine 10 with her capabilities, and Squad 10 with her foam capabilities will be staying in the station until further notice.

~Station 10 Public Information Officer

The following is the exact quotes from the e-mail we received:

“Effective immediately, due to the lack of having a valid contract for service, volunteer fire stations are not authorized to respond to any calls for service. Hilliard and Callahan may respond within their respective town limits under the authority of their Town Councils. I recommend that each of you contact Mr. Charles Chapman with the State Fire Marshal and request that he complete a compliance inspection as soon as possible to help move this situation forward. He can be contacted at 407-445-0480 or charles.chapman@myfloridacfo.com. The Reserve / Support option is still available to you.”

Matt Graves
Fire Chief
Nassau County Fire Rescue
96160 Nassau Place
Yulee, Fl 32097

We have a contract!!!!


We have a contract!!!!

As a department we know we can function under the newest version of the contract that we received from the County on Friday.

We discussed it at length last night-and are excited to inform you that Station 10 will be responding to calls after October 1st!!!

We will be signing the contract with the County. Thank you for all of your support!!

The Full Scope of “Never Forget”

A very well written article as we remember what happened 12 years ago today.

Jacksonville's Burning Issues

Today marks a very solemn day in the fire service, as we reflect on the tragic events of this day in 2001, where our country was attacked and numerous Americans from all walks of life rose to the occasion to help others.

It’s days like these that define an entire generation.  You will always remember where you were and what you were doing when everything went down.  Unfortunately, many monumental days like this, such as D-Day, Pearl Harbor, and the Kennedy Assassination, seem to fade away as time goes on.  To combat that, our generation has repeatedly used the phrase “Never Forget.”

However, as time passes, other events occur that place the attacks further in the rear view mirror.  Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy, two wars, countless devastating wildfires, and multiple massive tornado outbreaks over the last decade have taken some of the spotlight off of what happened at the World…

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NEVER FORGET~The 343 FDNY~September 11, 2001~

Twelve years has not made the pain go away. Our hearts go out to the families of those men on this never-ending list. These men were heroes-but they are also “just firefighters” as they would like to be remembered. Please remember their souls and their living family members on this Day of Remembrance. NEVER FORGET!!!

These are the 343 members of the Fire Department of New York that lost their lives on September 11, 2001.

William Feehan, Deputy Commissioner
Peter C. Ganci, Jr., Chief
Mychal Judge, Chaplain
Gerald Barbara, Assistant Chief, Citywide Tour Commander
Donald Burns, Assistant Chief, Citywide Tour   Commander
Ronald Bucca, Fire Marshal

Battalion Officers and Firefighters
Batallion 1 
Matthew Ryan, Battalion Chief
William McGovern, Battalion Chief
Paul Mitchell, Lieutenant

Battalion 2
Richard Prunty, Battalion Chief
Faustino Apostol, Jr., Firefighter

Battalion 4
Thomas O’Hagan, Lieutenant
Battalion 6
John Williamson, Battalion Chief  

Battalion 7
Orio Palmer, Battalion Chief
Stephen Harrell, Lieutenant
Philip Petti, Lieutenant

Batallion 8
Thomas DeAngelis, Batallion Chief
Thomas McCann, Firefighter

Batallion 9
Dennis Devlin, Batallion Chief,
Edward Geraghty, Battalion Chief
Charles Garbarini, Lieutenant
Carl Asara, Firefighter
Alan Feinberg, Firefighter

Battalion 11
John Paolillo*, Battalion Chief

Battalion 12
Fred Scheffold, Battalion Chief

Battalion 22
Charles Margiotta, Lieutenant

Battalion 43
Geoffrey Guja, Lieutenant

Battalion 47
Anthony Jovic, Lieutenant  

Battalion 48
Joseph Grzelak, Battalion Chief
Michael Bocchino, Firefighter

Battalion 49
John Moran, Battalion Chief

Battalion 50
Lawrence Stack, Battalion Chief

Battalion 57
Joseph Marchbanks, Jr.,* Battalion Chief,  
Dennis Cross, Deputy Chief

Safety Battalion 1
Robert Crawford, Firefighter

Special Operations Command
Raymond Downey, Battalion Chief
Charles Kasper *, Battalion Chief
Patrick Waters, Captain
Timothy Higgins, Lieutenant
Michael Russo, Lieutenant

Division Officers and Firefighters

Division 1
Joseph Farrelly, Captain*
Thomas Moody, Captain

Division 11
Timothy Stackpole, Captain
 Division 15
Thomas J. Haskell, Jr., Battalion Chief
Martin Egan, Jr., Captain
William O’Keefe, Captain

Engine Company Officers and Firefighters 

Engine 1/Ladder 24

Andrew Desperito, Lieutenant
Kevin Donnelly, Lieutenant
Michael Weinberg, Firefighter

Engine 4 w/ Ladder 15
Calixto Anaya, Jr., Firefighter
James Riches, Firefighter
Thomas Schoales, Firefighter
Paul Tegtmeier, Firefighter

Engine 5
Manuel Delvalle, Firefighter

Engine 6
Paul Beyer, Firefighter
Thomas Holohan, Firefighter
William Johnston, Firefighter

Engine 8
Robert Parro, Firefighter
Engine 10 w/Ladder 10
Gregg Atlas, Lieutenant
Jeffrey Olsen, Firefighter
Paul Pansini, Firefighter*

Engine 21
William Burke, Jr., Captain

Engine 22 w/Ladder 13
Thomas Casoria, Firefighter
Michael Elferis, Firefighter
Vincent Kane, Firefighter*
Martin McWilliams, Firefighter

Engine 23
Robert McPadden, Firefighter
James Pappageorge, Firefighter
Hector Tirado, Jr., Firefighter
Mark Whitford, Firefighter

Engine 26
Thomas Farino, Captain
Dana Hannon, Firefighter

Engine 33 w/Ladder 9
Kevin Pfeifer, Lieutenant
David Arce, Firefighter
Michael Boyle, Firefighter
Robert Evans, Firefighter
Robert King, Jr., Firefighter
Keithroy Maynard, Firefighter

Engine 37 w/Ladder 40
John Giordano, Firefighter

Engine 40 wLadder 35
Kevin Bracken, Firefighter
Michael D’Auria, Firefighter
Bruce Gary, Firefighter
John Ginley, Lieutenant
Michael Lynch, Firefighter
Steve Mercado, Firefighter 

Engine 50
Robert Spear, Jr., Firefighter

Engine 54  w/Ladder 4
Paul Gill, Firefighter
Jose Guadalupe, Firefighter
Leonard Ragaglia, Firefighter
Christopher Santora, Firefighter

Engine 55
Peter Freund, Lieutenant
Robert Lane, Firefighter
Christopher Mozzillo, Firefighter 
Stephen Russell, Firefighter

Engine 58 /Ladder 26
Robert Nagel, Lieutenant

Engine 74
Ruben Correa, Firefighter

Engine 201
Greg Buck, Firefighter
Paul Martini, Lieutenant
Christopher Pickford, Firefighter
John Schardt, Firefighter

Engine 205 /Ladder 118
Robert Wallace, Lieutenant

Engine 207 /Division 11
Karl Joseph, Firefighter
Shawn Powell, Firefighter
Kevin Reilly, Firefighter

Engine 214 w/Ladder 111
Carl Bedigian, Lieutenant
John Florio, Firefighter
Michael Roberts, Firefighter 
Kenneth Watson, Firefighter

Engine 216
Daniel Suhr, Firefighter

Engine 217
Steven Coakley, Firefighter
Philip T. Hayes, Firefighter
Neil Leavy, Firefighter
Kenneth Phelan, Lieutenant

Engine 219
John Chipura, Firefighter

Engine 226
Brian McAleese, Firefighter
David Derubbio, Firefighter
Stanley Smagala, Jr., Firefighter

Engine 230
Brian Ahearn, Lieutenant
Frank Bonomo, Firefighter
Michael Carlo, Firefighter
Jeffrey Stark, Firefighter
Eugene Whelan, Firefighter
Edward White, Firefighter

Engine 235 w/Battalion 57

Steven Bates, Lieutenant
Nicholas Chiofalo, Firefighter 
Francis Esposito, Firefighter
Lee Fehling, Firefighter
Lawrence Veling, Firefighter

Engine 238
Glenn Wilkinson, Lieutenant

Engine 250
Michael Ragusa, Firefighter

Engine 279
Ronnie Henderson, Firefighter
Anthony Rodriguez, Firefighter

Engine 285
Raymond York, Firefighter

Engine 320
James J. Corrigan, Captain, Retired  


John Fanning, Battalion Chief, Haz-Mat Operations 
John Crisci, Lieutenant, Haz-Mat Company 1 
Dennis Carey, Firefighter, Haz-Mat Company 1 
Martin Demeo, Firefighter, Haz-Mat Co. 1 
Thomas Gardner, Firefighter, Haz-Mat Co. 1 
Jonathon Hohmann, Firefighter, Haz-Mat Co. 1 
Dennis Scauso, Firefighter, Haz-Mat Co. 1 
Kevin Smith, Firefighter, Haz-Mat Co. 1

Ladder Company Officers and Firefighters     

Ladder 2

Frederick Ill, Jr., Captain
Michael Clarke, Firefighter
George DiPasquale, Firefighter
Denis Germain, Firefighter
Daniel Harlin, Firefighter
Carl Molinaro, Firefighter
Dennis Mulligan, Firefighter

Ladder 3
Patrick Brown, Captain
Michael Carroll, Firefighter
James Coyle, Firefighter
Gerard Dewan, Firefighter
Jeffrey Giordano, Firefighter
Joseph Maloney, Firefighter
John McAvoy, Firefighter
Timothy McSweeney, Firefighter
Joseph Ogren, Firefighter
Steven Olson, Firefighter

Ladder 4 w/Engine 54
David Wooley, Captain
Daniel O’Callaghan, Lieutenant
Joseph Angelini, Jr., Firefighter
Michael Brennan, Firefighter
Michael Haub, Firefighter
Samuel Oitice, Firefighter
John Tipping, II, Firefighter

Ladder 5

Vincent Giammona, Captain (was Lieutenant)
Michael Warchola, Lieutenant
Louis Arena, Firefighter
Andrew Brunn, Firefighter
Thomas Hannafin, Firefighter
Paul Keating, Firefighter
John Santore, Firefighter
Gregory Saucedo, Firefighter


Ladder 7

Vernon Richard, Captain
George Cain, Firefighter
Robert Foti, Firefighter
Charles Mendez, Firefighter
Richard Muldowney, Jr., Firefighter
Vincent Princiotta, Firefighter

Ladder 8

Vincent Halloran, Lieutenant

Ladder 9

Gerard Baptiste, Firefighter
John Tierney, Firefighter
Jeffrey Walz, Firefighter

 Ladder 10

Sean Tallon, Firefighter, *probie

 Ladder 11

Michael Quilty, Lieutenant
Michael Cammarata, Firefighter
Edward Day, Firefighter
John Hefferman, Firefighter
Richard Kelly, Jr., Firefighter
Matthew Rogan, Firefighter

Ladder 12  w/Engine 3
Angel Juarbe, Jr., Firefighter
Michael Mullan, Firefighter

Ladder 13
Walter Hynes, Captain
Thomas Hetzel, Firefighter
Dennis McHugh, Firefighter
Thomas Sabella, Firefighter
Gregory Stajk, Firefighter

Ladder 15
Richard Allen, Firefighter   
Arthur Barry, Firefighter
Thomas Kelly, Firefighter
Scott Kopytko, Firefighter
Scott Larsen, Firefighter
Joseph Leavey, Lieutenant
Douglas Oelschlager, Firefighter
Eric Olsen, Firefighter

Ladder 16
Raymond Murphy, Lieutenant
Robert Curatolo, Firefighter

Ladder 20
John Fischer, Captain – Formerly Lieutenant
John Burnside, Firefighter
James Gray, Firefighter
Sean Hanley, Firefighter
David LaForge, Firefighter
Robert Linnane, Firefighter
Robert McMahon, Firefighter

Ladder 21
Gerald Atwood, Firefighter
Gerard Duffy, Firefighter
Keith Glascoe, Firefighter
Joseph Henry, Firefighter
William Krukowski, Firefighter
Benjamin Suarez, Firefighter

Ladder 24
Daniel Brethel, Captain
Stephen Belson, Firefighter

Ladder 25
Glenn Perry, Lieutenant
Matthew Barnes, Firefighter
John Collins, Firefighter
Kenneth Kumpel, Firefighter*
Robert Minara, Firefighter
Joseph Rivelli, Jr., Firefighter
Paul Ruback, Firefighter

Ladder 27
John Marshall, Firefighter

Ladder 35
Frank Callahan, Captain
James Giberson, Firefighter
Vincent Morello, Firefighter
Michael Otten, Firefighter
Michael Roberts, Firefighter

Ladder 38
Joseph Spor, Firefighter

Ladder 42
Paul Bielfield, Firefighter

Ladder 101
Joseph Gullickson, Lieutenant
Patrick Byrne, Firefighter
Salavatore Calabro, Firefighter
Brian Cannizzaro, Firefighter
Thomas Kennedy, Firefighter
Joseph Maffeo, Firefighter
Terence McShane, Firefighter

Ladder 105
Vincent Brunton, Captain
Thomas Kelly, Firefighter*
Henry Miller, Jr., Firefighter
Dennis Oberg, Firefighter
Frank Palombo, Firefighter

Ladder 111
Christopher Sullivan, Lieutenant

Ladder 118
Robert Regan, Lieutenant
Joseph Agnello, Firefighter
Vernon Cherry, Firefighter
Scott Davidson, Firefighter
Leon Smith, Jr., Firefighter
Peter Vega, Firefighter

Ladder 131
Christian Regenhard, Firefighter, *probie

Ladder 132
Andrew Jordan, Firefighter
Michael Kiefer, Firefighter
Thomas Mingione, Firefighter
John Vigiano II, Firefighter
Sergio Villanueva, Firefighter

Ladder 136
Michael Cawley, Firefighter

Ladder 166
William X. Wren, Firefighter, Retired

Rescue Officers and Firefighters

Rescue 1

Joseph Angelini, Firefighter, Rescue 1
Gary Geidel, Firefighter, Rescue 1
Terence Hatton, Captain*, Rescue 1
William Henry, Firefighter, Rescue 1
Kenneth Marino, Firefighter, Rescue 1
Dennis Mojica, Lieutenant, Rescue 1
Michael Montesi, Firefighter, Rescue 1
Gerard Nevins, Firefighter, Rescue 1
Patrick O’Keefe, Firefighter, Rescue 1
Brian Sweeney, Firefighter, Rescue 1
David Weiss, Firefighter, Rescue 1

Rescue 2                                                       
William Lake, Firefighter, Rescue 2
Daniel Libretti, Firefighter, Rescue 2
John Napolitano, Firefighter*, Rescue 2
Kevin O’Rourke, Firefighter, Rescue 2
Lincoln Quappe, Firefighter, Rescue 2
Edward Rall, Firefighter, Rescue 2

Rescue 3
Christopher Blackwell, Firefighter, Rescue 3
Thomas Foley, Firefighter, Rescue 3
Thomas Gambino, Jr., Firefighter, Rescue 3
Raymond Meisenheimer, Firefighter, Rescue 3
Donald Regan, Firefighter, Rescue 3
Gerard Schrang, Firefighter, Rescue 3

Rescue 4
Brian Hickey, Captain*, Rescue 4
Peter Brennan, Firefighter, Rescue 4
Kevin Dowdell, Lieutenant, Rescue 4
Terrence Farrell, Firefighter, Rescue 4
William Mahoney, Firefighter, Rescue 4
Peter Nelson, Firefighter, Rescue 4
Durrell Pearsall, Firefighter, Rescue 4

Rescue 5

Louis Modafferi, Battalion Chief (was Captain)
Harvey Harrell, Lieutenant
John Bergin
Carl Bini
Michael Fiore, Firefighter
Andre Fletcher, Fire Marshal (was Firefighter)
Joseph Mascali, Firefighter
Douglas Miller, Firefighter
Jeffrey Palazzo, Firefighter
Nicholas Rossomando, Firefighter
Allan Tarasiewicz, Firefighter

Squad Officers and Firefighters

Squad 1
James Amato, Captain*
Edward D’Atri, Lieutenant
Michael Esposito, Lieutenant*
Michael Fodor, Lieutenant
Brian Bilcher, Firefighter
Gary Box, Firefighter
Thomas Butler, Firefighter
Peter Carroll, Firefighter
Robert Cordice, Firefighter
David Fontana, Firefighter*
Matthew Garvey, Firefighter
Stephen Siller, Firefighter

Squad 18
Eric Allen, Firefighter
Andrew Fredericks, Firefighter
David Halderman, Firefighter*
Timothy Haskell, Firefighter
William McGinn, Lieutenant*
Manuel Mojica, Firefighter
Lawrence Virgilio, Firefighter               

 Squad 41

Michael Healey, Lieutenant
Thomas Cullen III, Firefighter
Robert Hamilton, Firefighter
Michael Lyons, Firefighter
Gregory Sikorsky, Firefighter
Richard VanHine, Firefighter

Squad 252

Tarel Coleman, Firefighter
Thomas Kuveikis, Firefighter
Patrick Lyons, Firefighter
Kevin Prior, Firefighter

Squad 288

Ronald Kerwin, Lieutenant
Ronnie Gies, Firefighter*
Joseph Hunter, Firefighter
Jonathan Ielpi, Firefighter
Adam Rand, Firefighter
Timothy Welty, Firefighter

Update from our September Business meeting

If a contract/agreement is not signed by us and by the county as of October 1, 2013, we will stop responding to calls. This is not to be seen as “shutting down or closing our doors.”
Without a contract we will not be legally allowed to respond to calls.

We will continue to meet as a department and train, but our trucks will not be rolling to a scene, until a contract/agreement is reached.

So you are aware, Station 10 has has two members currently seeking additional training on their own personal time/money to better serve you and the county. Stephen has started Firefighter I and II with FSCJ and will have his training completed in 7 months. Rachel has also started training with FSCJ for her Emergency Medical Responder certification, that will lead to EMT, starting in January.

Tanker 10 will be in the West Nassau High School Homecoming Parade on September 20th!

Thanks for all of your support!!!!

One month left to decide our fate…

Still no good news about our contract…our current contract expires September 30, 2013. We have a little more than a month before it runs out.

It is up to the County Commissioners to get us a contract for the 2013/2014 fiscal year.

These are the brave and dedicated men and women that are available to respond whenever you call 9-1-1. We have over 120 years of fire-rescue experience combined as a department. We want to continue to serve Nassau County for years to come!Image

As a volunteer department we have done what we can on the bargaining table….our future as a department is in the hands of the County Officials.

Thank you for your continued support!

~The members of Station 10

The photos have been taken!!!!

Station 10-August 10, 2013-Copyright EMS Photography 2013\

We had our professional department photos taken last night at the Station. Two local photographers, Betty and Alyssa, donated their time and effort to provide us with updated photos. You can view their work at EMS Photography and Alyssa Morgan Photography.

We do not have all of the photos yet-but we are sure to be impressed but what has already been released!!

Check out their sites and keep an eye out on here and our Facebook page for the announcement and release of more photos!!!

RIP Brothers!! LODD~ Wildland June 30, 2013

RIP Brothers!!!!Image


Last Call June 30, 2013.






Yearly Totals
Year Totals
2013 63
2012 83
2011 81
2010 87
2009 93

June Business Meeting Recap

We had a busy meeting last night! Here is a recap:

*We approved/accepted our newest member-Casey-into the department. He is now fitted with gear and ready to start learning! So glad to have another volunteer join our ranks!
*We will be hosting a fish fry/family day in August to raise funds for the department. Stay tuned for the date. more information will be provided as we get it laid in stone!
*Contract Information: We are awaiting a reply from the county about the funds that we are to receive for the next fiscal year as well as clarification about workers compensation before we do anything more with the contract as it stands. The response we receive from the county with regards to these issues will determine if we will sign the contract for the 2013-2014 Fiscal Year. If we are unable to sign the contract we may try to stay open as a community funded fire department-our only other option would be to close our doors and stop serving the community after 23 years.
We hope we don’t have to close our doors, but at this point it is up to the County Officials.

Just an update from the Station!
Thanks for your support!!!

National Trauma Awareness Month and National EMS Week 2013

EMS EMS2 NATMRatliff Community Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department Station 10 would like to announce that May is National Trauma Awareness Month. This year the celebration is 25 years old. The theme for this year is, “If you’re distracted, we’re impacted.”

Also, May 19th-25th, 2013 is National Emergency Medical Services Week. This week is National EMS week! A special thank you to the members of Station 10 that are EMT certified!! Several more of our members have plans to become certified within the next year!

Thank you all so much!!!

Recent Structure Fire Shows we will respond no matter what time it is!

Station 10 responded to a structure fire on Commanchee Road Thursday morning at 12:09am. All of the Fire-Rescue Units on the Westside of the County were dispatched. The call came in just after midnight. Upon the arrival of Law Enforcement the vacant home was fully engulfed. The State Fire Marshal was called out to investigate the cause of the blaze. This structure fire was extinguished by apparatus and personnel from Nassau County Fire-Rescue Stations 50, 60, 90, and 40 and volunteer stations 5, 9, 10, and 11. Station 10 responded with Tanker 10 and was able to provide several loads of water (2,500 gallons each) to the apparatus onscene.

Way to go Nassau County Fire-Rescue and the volunteer departments!!!

Yes, we will respond even if it is midnight!! We are here to help you~no matter what time it is!!!