Escambia County Fire-Rescue

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An audit by the Internal Revenue Service of Escambia County’s payroll is resulting in changes for the county’s volunteer firefighters. That could result in fewer volunteers.

Escambia County Administrator Jack Brown says what started out as a routine audit on the 2012 tax year eventually focused on a number of county employees who moonlighted as volunteer firefighters

As of Monday, Dec. 1, Escambia County Fire Rescue and the City of Pensacola are again teaming up for the 11th annual “Keep the Wreath Green” holiday fire safety campaign.

According to the U.S. Fire Administration, about 400 lives are lost and more than 1,600 people injured in holiday fires each year. Damages total around $1 billion.

Through “Keep the Wreath Green,” Lt. Daniel Akerman at Escambia Fire Rescue says their goal each holiday season, is putting off as long as possible what appears to be the inevitable.

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We all “fall back” one hour Sunday morning, with the end of Daylight Saving Time until March. It’s also a good time to make sure your home is a bit safer. 

Daylight Saving Time was introduced during World War I, made permanent in 1966 and expanded in 2007 to run from March to November. Any state can opt out of DST, as have Arizona and Hawaii. But it's not so much the time change; it's how you use that time. 

To that end, Lt. Dan Akerman with Escambia Fire-Rescue, reminds everyone of the 27th annual “Change Your Clocks, Change Your Battery” campaign.

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As we head towards spring and the dry season in northwest Florida, controlled burns are being conducted in certain areas to lessen the chance of wildfires. Officials say that for now, local residents need to leave the burning to the pros.

One controlled burn was set to begin Tuesday in the Jones Swamp Preserve, by the Escambia County Natural Resources Conservation Division. But high winds forced a postponement.  Jones Swamp was the scene of a large-scale wildfire in 2011, which covered much of Escambia County in thick smoke and put several homes in danger.

Keep the Wreath Green

Nov 29, 2013

Beginning Sunday, Dec. 1st, Escambia County Fire Rescue and the City of Pensacola are again teaming up for the 10th annual “Keep the Wreath Green” holiday fire safety campaign.

According to the U.S. Fire Administration, about 400 lives and lost and more than 16 hundred people injured in holiday fires each year. Damages total around a billion dollars.

Through “Keep the Wreath Green,” Lt. Daniel Akerman at Escambia Fire-Rescue says their goal each holiday season, is putting off as long as possible what appears to be the inevitable.