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We were there to help.. but more is needed

BAY COUNTY, Fla. – It’s been 7 weeks since Hurricane Michael hit the Panhandle, and the area still needs help.

Although we’ve dropped out of the eye of the national media, lawmakers are still fighting for hurricane victims up in Washington.

“Every time I drive down the street to my house, I see new damage that I didn’t know was there before,” said Rep. Neal Dunn, (R) Panama City. Congressman Neal Dunn knows firsthand the devastation to the Panhandle. Although we’ve made progress, new damage continues to emerge everyday.

Dunn said he’s fighting for the Panhandle in Washington and that relief is on the way. “We think were going to get a disaster relief package out of the house next week,” said Dunn.

Senator Marco Rubio, also backing Northwest Florida and says funding for communities in the panhandle is a top priority.

“We need a disaster supplemental before the end of the year to help our communities in Northwest Florida that have been deeply impacted. We’re working on that with the state now to make sure we have the right programs and the right money. It’s one of our top priorities here to end the year, and hopefully we’ll get something done before the end of the calendar year,” said Rubio.

The disaster relief supplement will most likely be bundled, helping victims in areas impacted by Florence, Michael and even the California wildfires.

Dunn said having the disasters grouped together will help it pass, but also the timeliness of the bill. “It’s the timing. You want to get it to these people now more than ever because these people need help. They’re laying on their backs, they’re really, really badly hurt,” said Dunn.

As far as how much money, that’s yet to be discussed…but Dunn said any aid to the Panhandle is appreciated.

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6061 SOUTH POINTE BLVD

FORT MYERS, FLORIDA  33919

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DECON… not just for victims anymore

The increased risks of several types of cancer are well recognized throughout the fire service. Carcinogens as byproducts of combustion enter firefighters’ skin through PPE penetration, cross transfer from PPE to the skin, inhalation in the environment and gear off-gassing. This has become even more hazardous with the increasing use of synthetic materials in home furnishings and buildings. The Iona McGregor District has taken a proactive approach to protecting our firefighters from the harmful effects of the job they do everyday…
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Washing gear on the fireground with soap and water is an effective way to decontaminate gear. Research is currently ongoing about the effectiveness of on-scene washing compared to NFPA-compliant commercial extractors but, in the mean-time, gross decon on scene is an effective measure to use in conjunction with more advanced options.
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Wipes also appear to be an effective tool for decontamination and removal of PAHs from the neck area, but cannot replace a shower. A thorough shower and hand washing should be conducted as soon as possible after an incident.

The Iona McGregor Fire Department will continue to be on the forefront of these challenges. We will do everything we can to ensure your safety and the safety of our firefighters as well !

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WEBSITE NOTIFICATION OF VACANCY ON THE BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

A vacancy has occurred on the Board of Commissioners due to the resignation of Commissioner Langford.  The District is seeking written letters of interest and resumes from qualified electors who reside in the District to fill the vacancy. Letters of interest and resumes may be submitted via email to contact@ionafire.com or mailed to “Vacancy” 6061 South Pointe Boulevard, Ft Myers, Florida 33919. Submission deadlines is 4:00pm on November 9, 2018.
Interested individuals may acquire additional information concerning the process to select a commissioner by visiting our administration offices 6061 South Pointe, or through policy documents available on this web site or by contacting Fire Chief David Howard directly – 239 433 0660.

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Public Protection Classification Summary Report for Iona McGregor Fire Department

Public Protection Classification Summary Report for Iona McGregor Fire Department, prepared by Insurance Services Office, Inc., February 2014.  ISO collects and evaluates information from communities in the United States on their structure fire suppression capabilities. The data is analyzed using our Fire Suppression Rating Schedule (FSRS™) and then a Public Protection Classification (PPC™) number is assigned to the community. The surveys are conducted whenever it appears that there is a possibility of a classification change. As such, the PPC program provides important, up-to-date information about fire protection services throughout the country

Public Protection Classification Summary Report for Iona McGregor Fire Department