Thursday, May 21, 2015

Yes, we are still here

It's 2015 and we are still waiting for a new Chief to fill the shoes of Brian Gorski.
New fire station 7 is currently being built with an expected completion of November 2015.

This is the current view from our temporary station 17 located in the Benderson development just on the outskirts of the UTC mall in Lakewood Ranch/Sarasota FL.
Our current view of the Benderson UTC mall from our temporary location.


Wednesday, December 29, 2010


Yep, you have probably heard the news......our "new" Chief up and left. He went back to Washington D.C. to be their fire chief. You can read more about it here.

Sarasota County is currently preparing to take applications, stay tuned.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Pet O2 Masks - SCFD has them, how about your department?

*This has recently saved the lives of some local pets that were found in a house fire.

Veterinarians have used oxygen masks designed especially for animals for years. Now, Pets America is making this life-saving tool available for emergency responders.Nearly all fire fighters have seen people try to rush back into a burning building to save their pets, and most understand that pets are indeed beloved family members. With the right equipment, firefighters and EMS rescuers can often save a pet's life.

We now carry these on the department I work for and I am so very happy about it, easy to use and all of our apparatus carries them.

Here is what they look like and they come in a few different sizes. If you are the slight bit interested in how they work click on this link to view more.


Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Live SCFD Audio

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Bat 1 & 2

Bat 3 & 4


Friday, February 5, 2010

Chest Decompression

Needle decompression is indicated for the treatment of:
A. Tension pneumothorax and / or
B. Tension hemopneumothorax

A. Chest decompression is indicated in the field only in the face of a life-threatening
tension pneumothorax. In that situation, there are essentially no contraindications since
the only alternative is almost certain death.

A. Blunt force trauma to the chest that ruptures a portion of lung tissue
B. Fractured rib that punctures the lung tissue
C. Spontaneous pneumothorax for no apparent reason
D. Conversion of a simple pneumothorax to a tension pneumothorax by positive pressure
ventilation as with a bag-valve mask device etc.
E. Open pneumothorax that is covered and left unattended developing into a tension

A. Chest pain
B. Severe respiratory distress
C. Tachycardia
D. Hypotension
E. Decreased or absent breath sounds on affected side

A. Cyanosis
B. Distended neck veins
C. Tracheal deviation away from affected side

(Source: Canadian Tactical and Operational Medical Solutions)

A. Creation of pneumothorax where none existed previously
B. Laceration of lung tissue
C. Bleeding from laceration of intercostal blood vessels
D. Severe pain to conscious patient (since this is life-threatening, the procedure must be
continued )
E. Local hematoma
F. Laceration and/or puncture of the heart


Sunday, January 17, 2010

A. Fib?

84 y/o female
No cardiac history
Parkinson's disease
No allergies
C/O sudden onset of weakness while walking into the kitchen to make coffee.
Found by EMS in her bedroom supine in bed with SOB and palpitations.

Symptoms relieved with Cardizem 20mg

Is it A. Fib? SVT? VTach? some kind of abberated A. Fib with movement?

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Chief Gorski Retires

Yesterday Chief Gorski, Fire Chief for S.C.F.D. retired after 32 years of loyal service. We will all miss him, it's going to take a big man to fill his shoes.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

What an ass!
We would be going to jail.............and who would take the responsibility of the patient I wonder?
Again....what an ass!

Thursday, May 14, 2009




Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Drawings by Gibby


Saturday, May 9, 2009

She is determined!


Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Installing Smoke Detectors

Today we got the luck of the draw and were called upon to help with smoke detector installation, which can be VERY boring - if you didn't have the great crew we had with us. Here are a few pics

I'm the short one

again, the short one...............see what my day is like with Kerri as my partner.


Thursday, April 2, 2009

Something special for Teddy!


Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Happy St. Paddy's Day

Green beads for everyone!!!!! That includes the Battalion vehicle and the chief!!! What a good sport.


Sunday, February 15, 2009


What do 2 paramedics do during a fire??? Take pictures of course! Oh and rehab :)

Monday, December 15, 2008

Inferior MI

75 y/o female on a flight into Sarasota developed nausea on the plane, vomited x1 prior to landing approx 1 hour. Pt asymptomatic on EMS arrival w/ no complaints.

STEMI alert
NTG held due to B/P
No Lopressor
ASA 342mg PO
NS 500cc in route to Hospital
pt was in the cath lab 7 minutes after we arrived at he hospital.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Fun with Vinnie & Ted

Sorry, didn't realize I would not be able to turn this video around.

Here is Ted giving Vinnie a hard time.....Ted is always trying to stir him up (and everyone else for that matter). Today Ted had us embroider this statement on a shirt and he gave it to Vinnie (as a joke of course). Here is Vin's reaction...what a great sport he is!

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Princess Dark Cloud

You know you are!

Yep, that is the shore line for the rescue.....guess which EVOC instructor drug it for about 5 miles when we were actually responding to a call.


Tuesday, August 5, 2008


This is how many SSO (officers) you get when you call in a trespasser at the fire station...............WOW, we don't get that many for a simple MVC. No really there have been many thefts of our gear and equipment from the department so no one is taking any chances. We have been watching these kids for the past few weeks, they come out every week and dig thru the dirt piles (we are in a large construction area) looking for scrap metal. We finally had to call it in since the problems of theft are escalating. I know I don't need my bunkergear or helmet out there with someone else in it, it has my full name across the back.....OMG could you just imagine !!!

Friday, July 11, 2008

Bunkroom .....revised

You can say we have finally moved in! Downtime at it's finest.


OB GYN call

Training.....Oh no!

Gibby's Obama drawing

Thursday, June 26, 2008

We have a new addition

Benderson is starting to move in their construction trailers next to us.....they have a triple wide. Today was day one of their move, these guys did a great job today.

Station 17
Part 1 of the triple wide
Part 2 of the triple wide
Trouble 1 and 2................. Michelle and "W" Wayne.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Station 17 Front entrance

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