Tag Archives: emergency

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 »

Marco First Responders Awarded

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Twenty Marco Island first responders were recognized on November 8 with Phoenix Awards, in a special ceremony held by the Collier County Emergency Medical Services Department. The Phoenix Award is given to emergency response personnel who have responded and contributed to the successful resuscitation of a cardiac arrest victim. The award is given to first ... Read More »

October Fire and Life Safety

Keeping You Safe  Chris Bowden With Halloween fast approaching it’s extremely important to remember the significance of being safe during the fall festivities. Accidents happen everyday and are in fact, more likely to occur during the holidays. It’s statistically proven that children are twice as likely to be hit by a motor vehicle on Halloween night while trick-or-treating, than any ... Read More »

Marco Voters Are Smarter

More Straight Talk  Steve “Stef” Stefanides stef@coastalbreezenews.com This is an interesting year for elections in every segment of the political scene around the country. Voters can’t help but shake their heads at the negative nature of the campaigns and some of the outrageous claims and comments being made. Here on the island we are about to elect four individuals to ... Read More »

COUNTY EMS PREPARES TO HANDLE PATIENTS WITH DEMENTIA

In an emergency, the unfamiliar and stressful situation can lead to the person with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia to become confused, agitated or aggressive. First responders on the scene could easily mistake the behavior for uncooperativeness, when it is actually caused by the disease. To help prepare first responders for this possibility, the staff at Barrington Terrace of Naples, an ... Read More »

Why is Learning CPR so Important?

Keeping You Safe  Chris Bowden Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation, commonly called CPR, is one of the main elements to survival in cardiac arrest. To clear up a common misconception before going any further, the difference between a heart attack and cardiac arrest is very simple. A heart attack occurs when a blocked artery prevents oxygenated blood from reaching one or multiple ... Read More »

SEVERE WEATHER REMINDER BE PREPARED

During hurricane season, Collier County officials keep a close eye on the tropics.  Hurricane hazards come in many forms, including storm surge, heavy rainfall, inland flooding, high winds, tornadoes, and rip currents. It is essential that your family be ready before a storm approaches, and that you have a 72-Hour Disaster Survival Kit prepared. Remember, the first 72 are up to ... Read More »

Launch of New Marco Island App

Submitted It’s about time! Marco Island now has it’s own app, courtesy of B and K Enterprises. The free application, which is available in the App Stores on all smart phones, can be loaded in less than two minutes and turns your phone into a source for Marco Island local news, up-to-date weather, including weather radar and lightening warnings, a ... Read More »

6 Tips for a Safe Day on the Water

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@Outlook.com With this hot summer air, and a tackle box full of lures, it is no wonder why you may be excited to hop onto the boat for a long day of fishing and relaxing. However, before you jump in, there are a few safety measures you should know about. 1. Follow and check off ... Read More »

Goodland’s Guardian Angel Fiala steps up

Goodland Life  By Barry Gwinn Goodland Road (as it is known here) has been mired in controversy since Collier County turned it over to the City of Marco Island (CMI) in 2002. It turns out that because of increased flooding, the road needs to be rebuilt and elevated at a cost which may exceed $5M, an amount which CMI says ... Read More »

Tricia Wins Glamour Puss Calendar Cover!

Submitted After an intense 72-day online photo contest, with over 100 entries and over 6,600 votes from avid supporters, Tricia emerged as the Judge’s favorite for this year’s Glamour Puss Calendar Cover. Tricia was rescued by For the Love of Cats and adopted by Nancy Nash in August 2007. The national photo contest was open to all owned cats and ... Read More »

Shorebird Chicks Fight for Survival

Submitted One way to open your eyes is to ask, “What if I had never seen this before? What if I knew I would never see it again? – Rachel Carson, “Silent Spring” It is brutally hot out there in the sand “tundra” of Sand Dollar Island. Sometimes you might have a difficult time looking for the eggs and chicks. ... Read More »

MIPD to Deploy New Assets

Submitted The Marco Island Police Department (MIPD) anticipates deploying two new assets this summer: a 2015 “Quadski” and a 2016 Ranger Bahia Ranger. The 2015 Gibbs Quadski is a $50,000 fourteen foot long amphibious vehicle, half all-terrain vehicle and half personal watercraft. The MIPD was exceptionally fortunate to obtain the Quadski through the extremely generous donation of Mr. and Mrs. Phil ... Read More »

Police/Fire Academy Shapes Next Generation

By Maddy Dumas Editor’s Note: Each summer, the City of Marco Islands’ Fire Rescue and Police Departments hold a week-long camp for 6th-8th graders.  It’s one the most popular camps offered through the City of Marco Island.  Students have hands-on experiences in law enforcement, fire service, emergency medical response, marine patrol and more.   Many who went through the Police ... Read More »