Tag Archives: emergency

Council Tackles Full Agenda

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides Marco Island City Council on Monday evening, June 17, held a marathon session which saw a number of items postponed while others dominated their discussions until 11 PM before adjourning for the evening. The evening’s discussions included an introduction of Joshua Gruber. Gruber is the only candidate for the vacant position of city manager and is ... Read More »

Tips to Ease Travel Tensions

Dimensions of Dementia Shirley Woolaway Traveling with a loved one who has dementia can be stressful. Whether it’s by car, by ship, or plane, many pitfalls exist. Planning and preparation can help, say the experts. But despite preparation, crises can happen and I’ve experienced a few as a caregiver traveling with my husband. We were not in our home airport ... Read More »

Care for the Elderly to Keep Them at Home

Collier County has a Community Care for the Elderly (CCE) Program that provides support services in the home to frail, functionally impaired residents age 60 and older, enabling them to remain in the community and “age in place,” rather than face nursing home placement. While the eligibility guidelines begin at 60, the average client we serve is in his or ... Read More »

Fire Rescue Report

Submitted The following information is contained in the Marco Island Fire Rescue Department’s monthly report. The full report may be found on the city’s website, cityofmarcoisland.com, as an attachment to the June 5 city council meeting agenda. Seasonal Ambulance  The part time 12-hour seasonal ambulance (Medic-803) was removed from the island the end of April and is scheduled to return ... Read More »

Republicans Discuss Hot Potato Issues

By Maria Lamb The Caxambas Republican Club (“CRC”) hosted an evening of “Hot Potato Issues” on June 14. Guest speaker, Marco Island City Councilor Bob Brown, spoke on the critical emergency medical services (EMS) question, “Who will determine your destiny during a medical emergency?” It was a packed room of attendees, anxious to hear more about the direction of Marco ... Read More »

Crowd Management Saves Lives

By Samantha Husted  In 2003 a fire broke out in a Rhode Island nightclub after pyrotechnics were set off. The club was over its legal capacity and the flames moved quickly, engulfing the building and filling it with thick, black smoke. In the rush to escape the overcrowded club, over 200 people sustained injuries and 100 people perished, making it ... Read More »

Safe Boating Saves the Day

Submitted While May is National Safe Boating month, the Marco Island Sail and Power Squadron (MISP) believes every day in every month is Safe Boating Day! In this issue, one of the members, Charlie Gentry, tells his story about an incident well offshore on board the Blue Chip, a boat he was delivering. A fire broke out and the training ... Read More »

Take That First Step

Submitted  Step Smart Collier is a new program designed to aid seniors with prevention of accidents in the home. Such accidents account for far more visits to the emergency room or hospital than strokes or heart attacks each year, and many are preventable. Keith Dameron is chairman of this program for all of Collier County. You may remember Keith as ... Read More »

MICMS Provides Valuable CPR Certification

By Jesus Calo and Samantha Husted Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation, commonly referred to as CPR, is one of the main elements to survival in cardiac arrest. During cardiac arrest, an electrical malfunction in the heart causes an ineffective-irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia) that disrupts the flow of blood to the brain, lungs and other vital organs. Once the heart stops beating and the ... Read More »

Marco’s Miracle Baby

By Jessica Hernstadt With his deep brown eyes and infectious smile, no one who meets 7½-month-old baby Cash is immune from his charms. But what many don’t know is that this beautiful child is nothing short of a miracle. Cash Carter Macchiarolo was born on August 24, 2016, five weeks early with a severe heart condition. Cash’s father Nick Macchiarolo, ... Read More »

ASH Offers New Treatment Options

Naples-based Animal Specialty Hospital of Florida expanded its physical rehabilitation and fitness center, installing an Oasis Underwater Treadmill. This hydrotherapy system gives patients the best opportunity to recover from surgical, arthritic, geriatric and chronically debilitating diseases and conditions. ASH of Florida’s physical rehabilitation team designs treatment programs focusing on sports medicine, performance optimization, fitness, weight management, surgery recovery and chronic ... Read More »

Fire Department Update

Submitted The City of Marco Island Fire Rescue Department has provided the following update in their monthly report to city council. Fire Station 51 The temporary housing facility has been delivered and is currently in the set-up phase. Staff anticipates that the station will open in mid-March. The City Attorney is waiting for a response from the insurance company relating ... Read More »

Cub Scouts Learn Boating Safety

Submitted United States Coast Guard Auxiliary (USCGAux), Marco Island, Flotilla 95 Flotilla Commander (FC) Doug Bartlett presented several topics related to Recreational Boating Safety to the Cub Scouts of Pack 234, Marco Island, at their January meeting. Using several visual aids, Bartlett engaged the youngsters by having them try on life jackets, make emergency calls on a marine radio, and ... Read More »

MIFRD Update

By Coastal Breeze News Staff The Marco Island Fire Rescue Department (MIFRD) responded to 246 emergency incidents during the month of November 2016. These numbers continue to reflect an overall call volume increase over the prior year. During November, the department experienced 53 overlapping emergency incidents greater than two at the same time. The part-time 12-hour seasonal ambulance (Medic-803) responded ... Read More »

Keeping You Safe: Is Your Home Poison Proof?

Chris Bowden Firefighter/Paramedic cbowden@cityofmarcoisland.com With poisoning now being listed as one of the leading causes of death in the State of Florida, the Marco Island Fire Rescue Department strongly encourages you to poison proof your home. Preventing these tragic incidents before they occur should be everyone’s top priority. As many of us know, children are very curious and will get ... Read More »

City Council Update

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides The Marco Island City Council met on the evening of December 5, and for the second straight time had to extend its adjournment to beyond the normal 9:30 PM agreed upon adjournment time due to extended discussions on issues. After working though some procedural items and an initial request by Councilwoman Roman to have the appointment ... Read More »

Phoenix Award Winners

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Twenty-nine of Marco Island’s first responders were recently honored with Phoenix Awards from the Collier County Emergency Medical Services Department. The Phoenix Award is given to first responders who contributed to the successful resuscitation of a cardiac arrest victim. Some of Marco’s emergency response personnel received multiple awards for their life-saving measures. This year fifteen ... Read More »

Tom Bogan 25 Years of Dedicated Service

By Maureen Chodaba  The life of a firefighter is one that requires hard work and dedication. Each day on the job brings forth new challenges and surprises, most in the form of emergencies where the firefighter needs to react quickly and effectively. Marco Island Fire Rescue Division Chief Tom Bogan has been reacting quickly and effectively for over 25 years ... Read More »

Screwworm Endanger Key Deer

By Coastal Breeze News Staff On October 3, Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam declared an agricultural state of emergency in Monroe County after New World screwworm were found in samples taken from three Key deer. At this time, the infestation seems limited to Big Pine Key, No Name Key, and surrounding areas in the Lower Keys. Although not ... Read More »

Breaking News: Barfield at Collier Collision With Injuries

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides Units from the Marco Island Police Department, Marco Fire Rescue and Collier County EMS were dispatched to a motor vehicle accident at the intersection of North Collier and North Barfield Drive at 3:04 PM Wednesday, November 16. Three vehicles were involved in the incident and one individual was transported by Collier EMS to a local emergency ... Read More »