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Here’s The Scoop…We Made The News…VFD On Channel 10 & 6 At 11 PM…UPDATED…We Made The Papers…Another Rorshach Test?…

May 17, 2009 by Barbara


Dear Readers…It was quite a day yesterday in LBTS… a look outside this writer’s window in the morning…showed a sea wrought with whitecaps….A troublesome sight to behold as we watched all the swimmers going in despite the treachery that awaited them….

As previously posted we saw that evening the familiar white T.V. Camera trucks from Channel 10 and Channel 6 news…

Below…the text from both interview with links to the sites which may have the videos on soon…

CHANNEL 10 NEWS…. 5/17/09…. 11 PM

Channel 10 news showed in their opening the photo of LBTS-VFD Capt. Ron McGirr and an unidentified FF on the LBTS-VFD Sea Doo…as the Anchor Charles Perez said ” Rescue at sea caught on camera after a day of rough surf”…

At 11:07 pm…Charles Perez said ” High winds made for rough conditions on the beach today where several people had to be rescued after nearly drowning within hours of each other.. Julie Sommers (standing in front of the newly installed post #7) joins us now live from the beach in Lauderdale- By- The- Sea with the pictures of quite a dramatic rescue,Julie”…

Julie Sommers said ” Good evening to you Charles. This lifer preserver post here behind me is one of several installed just three days ago and already today proved priceless. Because on this stretch of sand alone five people who would have drowned this afternoon were saved.’

BC- Next was the interview with the young men previously posted across from the LBTS fire station around 8 pm….

Julie Sommers-” As the sun set this evening surfers strapped in their boards and described the thrills of a rough day on the water can bring”

The young man responded -” It was pretty fun”

Julie Sommers- ” Fun for you guys though can be dangerous for swimmers who aren’t strong enough for rip tide.”

Young surfer- ” I actually warned a couple people today about the rip current.”

Julie Sommers-” You were warning some of the swimmers out there?”

Young surfer-” Yeah, some of the kids, so yeah they didn’t really know what they were doing.”

Julie Sommers- ” It was not just kids that needed rescuing. These photos capture some of the terrifying moments when two tourists from Holland (Photo shown of FF Mark Conn) were rescued this afternoon by volunteer firefighters who patrol the sand here .” ( Photo of Dep. Chief McIntee/ Cat. Ron McGirr and 5 FF by life ring)…

Julie Sommers-” Because the city cannot afford lifeguards.”

BC- Looks like the Dep. Chief came back to the station this evening for an interview…

Dep. Chief/VM McIntee- ” The rips, I watched them take them like a rubber duck in the river, right out and my eyes just popped out. I watched it.”

Julie Sommers- ” And then he and others raced into the water as couples screamed for help and yes that gash on his cheek is from the rescue effort, a rogue wave he said that slammed into the rescue board. A minoe injury worth the bigger pictur.” ( Videos shown by ATV with closeup of McIntee’s cheek )

Dep. Chief McIntee- ” If the volunteer fire department wasn’t there as fast as we were those people wouldn’t be going back to Holland in a plane, they’d be going back in a box.”

Julie Sommers- ” Just before that couple was saved firefighters pulled another woman to safety and moments after the rescue to the north good Samaritans pulled two other people to safety.” ( She held up the life ring that says “property of LBTS”) ” And Charles in that case they (the good Samaritans) used these life rings that had just been posted here on the beach.”

Charles Perez- ” Very lucky to have the right people there at the right time.”..

CHANNEL 6 NEWs……5/17/09…. 11 PM…

11:05 PM…

BC- Channel 6 showed the same photo of Capt. Ron McGirr on the Sea Doo

Anchor- ” Dangerous rip current threatened the lives of several beachgoers across the south Florida coast today including a group of five in Lauderdale- By- The- Sea. Thanks to some quick thinking by volunteer first responders they all survived.”

Reporter- (on the LBTS beach in front of a group of warning signs) ” This is an unsupervised beach area so you are really swimming at your own risk and that’s exactly what these swimmers were doing and five nearly drowned.”

Vice Mayor/Deputy Chief McInteee- (on the beach in the afternoon) ” As we walked towards the beach approximately 20 feet from the beach we observed two people to our right on the ocean side hit the water and the riptide just picked them up and took them right out like a rocket. They started screaming for help.”

Reporter- ” There are no lifeguards here at Lauderdale By The Sea beaches, but the volunteer fire department happened to be nearby, they were nearby at another emergency”

BC- A photo was shown in the Minto sales office beachfront parking lot of VFD photog Marc Furth, Dep Chief McIntee, FF Mark Conn, Capt. Ron McGirr and an a VFD- FF…and a photo of McIntee and VFD-FF’s with the 2 ATVs and AMR )

Reporter- ” The volunteer first responders on jet skis were able to reach these two swimmers in time.”

Dep Chief McIntee- ” The bottom line is if the volunteers were not there those people would not be going home in chairs, they’d be going home in boxes.”

Reporter- ” The two people rescued are tourists from Holland spending the weekend in South Florida. The rescue was captured by the department’s photographer.”

VFD- Photog Marc Furth- ( Video with McIntee) ” I shoot pictures for the volunteer fire department and they use those for training purposes. I was able to be there in the very beginning to the very end of this.”

Reporter- ( as pictures of a rescue boat was shown) The other three swimmers who had close calls on Sunday were rescued by other beachgoers. Now officials are putting out these life preservers all over on this stretch of beach just in case anyone needs a rescue.”

BC- While we are all thankful that all those swimmers were saved today, a closer look at these reports shows that the VFD  were on patrol yesterday and were able to save some of the swimmers…but the others were saved by “good Samaritans”…and the report from Channel 10 stating …” Because the city cannot afford lifeguards.” along with Channel 6 reporting….” This is an unsupervised beach area so you are really swimming at your own risk and that’s exactly what these swimmers were doing and five nearly drowned.”…and…”The other three swimmers who had close calls on Sunday were rescued by other beachgoers. Now officials are putting out these life preservers all over on this stretch of beach just in case anyone needs a rescue.”…should make it time to put the Clottey recommended referendum item for LBTS lifeguards on the March 2010 ballot!…After all…today is Monday…when the VFD does not patrol as often as on the weekend…and we also face the Memorial Day weekend…and much larger crowds of swimmers…

UPDATE…In today’s Sentinel Local section…including a photo of LBTS-VFD Capt. Jud Hopping making a  rescue… by ‘ Marc Furth,correspondent’ ( Really? McIntee BFF-BTSTimes Editor/Owner-Town photog-VFD photog- 4th of July Event coordinator…now he’s called a correspondent? )….with the accompanying text…

‘Firefighters make Rescue’ ‘ SAFE RETURN: Capt. Jud Hopping, left of the Lauderdale-By-The- Sea Volunteer Fire Department, works to bring Tine Kristensen back to shore after a  rip current dragged her and Brian Spencer out to sea. Hopping and another firefighter who were on the beach near the 4300 block of El Mar Drive, rushed on a water scooter to save the pair. They were assisted by four other firefighters. The victims whose hometowns and ages were not available, did not need medical attention. “These people would be deader than a doornail if we weren’t there,” said spokesman Deputy Fire Chief Jerry McIntee, who is the vice mayor of Lauderdale-By-The-Sea.’

BC- Again, it is time for some serious discussion about how this town is portrayed…our P.R….perhaps Comm. Clottey was correct after all concerning  Town PIO d’Oliveira being ready in such circumstances…A look at the comments made by VM/Dep. Chief  and now (according the the Sentinel) VFD Spokesman McIntee in the last 24 hours…should give rise for great concern to the Town, VFD and for businesses that rely on tourism ….On the one hand we cannot be talking about charging $400-500 a night to become a “resort destination” ( VM McIntee/ Cristie Furth previous 5/13/09 meeting LBTS agenda/meetings cat.)…and then have comments made such as these by McIntee about our beach and what awaits the travelers!…

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May 15, 2009 by Barbara


From a faithful Reader…after seeing the Dep. Chief McIntee’s command vehicle photo..below…(previous post scoops/vfd cat.)…

‘I saw your picture of the VM’s vehicle. To me, it seems that someone did not know how to properly configure the 5″ supply hose prior to charging. While 5″ is the gold standard when it comes to maximum water supply, one of the drawbacks is that it pushes forward like a blowout party favor when filled with water. This is not a big deal if it is “flaked out” properly. However, if it is not, it can “find its way” into a bad position, such as wedged-up underneath a vehicle as shown in your picture. What happens then is similar to crimping-off a garden hose. The water supply can be greatly diminished (upwards of 75%). Regardless, this could be a sign of both poor training or decisions. If one of our firefighters allowed this to happen on an incident scene, it would officially addressed. This is a basic mistake that can not be allowed to happen.

BTW…. I forgot to mention that fire hose can catastrophically fail if it comes into contact with the catalytic converter, any other hot part of the exhaust system or a sharp surface that can be present underneath the vehicle. Definitely not a “fun time” if you are relying on the water supply. That is why you have to be well trained on knowing what to avoid and not getting excited on an incident scene.’

BC- other FF’s have fully agreed with the above…information…

Thanks, Faithful Reader…commentary always appreciated!…

more to come…

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May 14, 2009 by Barbara


Power is back on in downtown LBTS….ENJOY!….

more to come…

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May 14, 2009 by Barbara


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Update…Does He Have A Screw Loose?…

May 13, 2009 by Barbara


In the previous scoops post…’Bending The Rules’… the BSO Police  5/4/09 Incident Report…showed that VFD Deputy Chief McIntee went in ahead of the BSO into a crime scene after dispatch put out a call of “shots fired, possible suicide attempt.”…

Deputy Chief McIntee did not follow the LBTS-VFD SOPs required in this situation putting himself, BSO Police , the victim and his family at risk!

Deputy Chief McIntee went inside at and was found “inside the house, talking with the complainant.” after BSO Police arrived at 17:13 …The BSO Deputy was advised by the wife that her husband had just shot himself and the BSO Deputy went to the master bedroom with two other BSO Police Deputies….

The victim was still alive and had a loaded gun next to him….

AMR “arrived at 17:16 and started CPR on the subject”…..

BC- We have been told repeatedly that McIntee arrives on medical calls to assist AMR in first aid until they arrive….So why did he not go in and begin CPR on the victim until AMR arrived…well over 4 minutes later?…(Dispatch was at 17:11 …BSO arrived 17:13 to find McIntee already inside..AMR arrived at 17:16)…

If McIntee did not enter the room because of the victim having a gun…then why would he stand in the living room with the wife?…..

There is no way to exonerate or condone his actions in this dire situation….

This is a no- win situation…showing more grandstanding behavior ……and Deputy Chief McIntee’s continued disregard for following the rules!…

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UPDATE….. From A Faithful Reader… LBTS Is Not Cape Canaveral

May 12, 2009 by Barbara

Interesting budget item from Cape Canaveral

Cape Canaveral 2 stations not sure how many trucks 1 ladder 33 paid full time includes Chief and Dep. Chief shared with Port Canaveral 1.8 million including a 350k reserve…

LBTS 1 station 4 trucks no full time paid staff is budgeted for 850k…(due to increase this next year)……

Thanks…Faithful Reader…

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Update…LBTS…Goes That Extra Mile…

May 5, 2009 by Barbara


Readers may recall a post about the recent Sentinel news story dealing with towns stuck with maintaining foreclosed properties which meant they were paid for by the taxpayers…The article revealed that LBTS had a dozen such properties…but our Town was able to have the banks pay to maintain them…..Quite a fete  and a savings for our residents…This writer contacted the Town to give them a big thumbs up for a job well done…and asked how they accomplished what the other towns did not…

Today I heard back…Our Development Department took the time to research the mortgages…thus finding the banks that were attached to these properties and made contact and arrangements for them to pay for the upkeep of the property…as they should…

I am told in other towns the code enforcement officers go by the properties in question…slap them with a “red tag” and move on…The scenario offered was that the banks attached to the properties are most likely to be out of state leaving the situation to further deteriorate and making it necessary for the towns to take on resolving the problem…

In the past we had approximately twelve… as stated above and in the article…There were four others that we maintained while going through the lien process…and as of today…all have been settled and we as a town have no properties requiring town services to maintain them…

Nice to know…

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Update …Hyperbaric Chamber Tragedy…A Child Hangs On….Big News In Italy…Some Answers Of Safety Concerns…

May 4, 2009 by Barbara

Sentinel excerpts….

BC…..His Father is here……

‘With his father keeping vigil at his bedside, the boy remains in critical condition at Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Burn Unit, Marco Rocca, the Italian consul general in Miami, said Monday.’

BC…..First  reasons what might have caused this….

‘An initial investigation by Broward Sheriff’s Office homicide detectives and the State Fire Marshal’s Office indicated a tube attached to an oxygen chamber at Ocean Hyperbaric Oxygen Neurologic Center became dislodged, causing the explosion and flash fire.’

BC…..We hear this is the big news in Italy…with so many who made this possible for the boy….as relayed in a phone call from Italy to a local property owner…yesterday…

‘After the child’s family raised funds to pay for the trip, the 4-year-old arrived in South Florida last Nov. 22 for therapy sessions in a hyperbaric oxygen chamber. Such treatment is restricted or forbidden in Italy because of the risk of fire.

Luigi Martinisi “is very shocked at this tragedy, and very focused on the situation of his son,” said Rocca.

The mayor of San Felice a Cancello said the child had probably been blinded as well as horribly burned.’

BC…..Answers are beginning to come from the LBTS Public information Officer…regarding the Town and the VFD…and any prior action taken in regards to safety concerns with the building…….

”The medical center where the explosion occurred is inspected periodically to ensure it complies with regulations on oxygen chambers promulgated by the National Fire Protection association, Lauderdale-by-the Sea spokesman Steve d’Oliveira said.

In January, an inspector hired by the city cited the center for eight fire code violations. The citations involved such issues as signage, sprinkler heads and improper storage areas.

“There was nothing that had to do with the chamber, per se,” d’Oliveira said. “We went out there again in March and they had corrected everything.”‘

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Updates…Explosion In LBTS…”it could be the first such incident in the United States.”….

May 1, 2009 by Barbara



‘A Broward Sheriff’s deputy who was first on the scene fought through thick smoke and found the boy in a burning hyperbaric chamber on the first floor.

State fire marshals and Sheriff’s Office homicide detectives are investigating.
The Lauderdale-by-the-Sea fire department arrived a short time later.

The woman and the boy are not mother and son, Jachles said.

It is not known why the victim of this afternoon’s explosion was being treated.

A patient is usually put in a chamber and exposed to 100 percent oxygen at a pressure greater than sea level. Chambers are typically cylindrical and can fit only one person at a time.

Hope Fine, who runs a freestanding Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy clinic called South Florida Center For H.O.P.E. in Deerfield Beach, said if the hyperbaric chamber exploded, it could be the first such incident in the United States.

“The last accident was at least 15 or 16 years ago in Asia, because the patient brought in a hand warmer,” she said. “These chambers are safe if you do it correctly. You have to take precautions because you’re dealing with 100 percent oxygen.”

Pure oxygen is highly flammable’

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Miami Herald…link below has a series up photos….along with the story…

Television news crews are still on scene…so expect local coverage on all local channels….starting at 5 pm…(It was on local channel 7 at noon)…

Channel 4 reported at 5 pm the boy first said to be 7-8 yrs. old was actually 4 and the woman was in her 50s and possibly the boy’s grandmother…They were here from Italy for treatment of Cerebral Palsy…First taken to Broward General…they were then transported to Jackson Memorial…The boy’s father is en route from Italy…The BSO Deputy …first on scene was also a paramedic…A special report on hyperbaric chambers will be at 6 pm….

At 5:30 the area surrounding the building is closed down while the all the tanks are being emptied …..precluding many homeowners from entering their  streets…

We are also told the helicopter touched down at the Fountainhead Condominium….

Questions being asked by concerned citizens today…with 3 calls since October 2008…was the facility sufficiently inspected for fire safety?…

A request for the incident report has been made from BSO and an e-mail sent to the VFD….

They will be posted upon receipt….

BC- a note of thanks to all the Readers who contacted this writer with eyewitness accounts and professional input ….

more to come…..

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Update…LBTS Fireworks RFP Now On Town Website…

April 14, 2009 by Barbara


HMMMM…Today the Fireworks  RFP is  online on the Town website………

7 pages…shell size…time between firing shells…….number of personnel……and the location…on the beach behind El Prado Park…including  last on page 7 a permit for special events …conditions for marine guidelines..below…

Field Permit No.
1) The following conditions ate required for special events for the protection of marine turtles during the marine
turtle nesting season. The nesting season is March 1 – October 31 in Brevard, Indian River, St Lucie, Martin, Palm
Beach, and Broward counties, and is May 1 – October 31 in all other coastal counties in Florida.
2) All structures proposed to be constructed in marine turtle nesting habitat and left out overnight shall have 3 feet of
vertical clearance beneath them, at least 7 feet of horizontal clearance between the supports where they meet the
beach, and shall be located as far landward as possible. Any structures or materials not meeting these criteria must
be removed by sundown each day. All staging and storage of event equipment and materials shall be off the beach.
3) The use of heavy equipment is prohibited, and the use of street vehicles to transport event equipment is prohibited
except on beaches where public beach driving is allowed by local ordinance. A lightweight, ATV-type vehicle with
10 p.s.i. or less ground-to-tire pressure may be used for equipment transport if allowed by local ordinance. Use of
vehicles shall be minimized, and restricted to event set-up and break-down.
4) In order to place structures on the beach, surveys for marine turtle nesting activity must be ongoing, and have been
conducted daily for 65 days previous to the event date or since the beginning of marine turtle nesting season. It is
the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that nesting surveys have been conducted in accordance with the
following conditions:
a) All nesting surveys shall be conducted by qualified persons who hold a valid marine turtle permit issued by the
FWC pursuant to Florida Administrative Code Rule 68E-1. No materials or equipment may be set up on the
beach until the applicant has coordinated with the marine turtle permit holder.
b) Nest surveys shall be conducted daily between sunrise and 9 a.m. during marine turtle nesting season. No
activity shall occur in any location prior to completion of the necessary marine turtle nest survey and protection
c) Nests deposited within the event area shall be marked and left in place unless natural factors threaten the
success of the nest. Any nests left in the event area shall be dearly marked and the actual location of the clutch
determined- A circle with a radius often (10) feet, centered at the clutch, shall be marked by stake and survey
tape or string. No activities shall enter this circle and no adjacent activities shall be allowed which might directly
or indirectly disturb the area within the staked circle. During marine turtle hatching season (July 1 – October
31), no structures or materials which could impede the progress of turtle hatchlings may remain seaward of a
nest overnight
5) No lighting associated with the event is authorized after 9:00 psa. during the marine turtle nesting season.
6) No water from the structure or event area shall be allowed to run onto the beach where it could impact adjacent sea
turtle nests.
7) In the event an unmarked marine turtle nest is exposed, or a dead, injured, or sick marine turtle is discovered during
the event, the marine turtle permit holder shall be notified immediately such that appropriate conservation
measures can be taken. Within 24 hours of any such occurrence, a report of the incident shall be faxed to the FWC
Bureau of Protected Species Management at (850) 921-6988.
8) The permittee shall not disturb existing beach and dune topography and vegetation. No excavation of sand
landward of the mean high water line is permitted. Any temporary minor disturbances in the sand (including ruts,
depressions, holes, or mounds) shall be filled in and raked smooth with hand tools each evening’

BC- If this is a go acceptable to do….. then again …..the pavilion could not be built after season because?….

full RFP link below………

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