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News 7 APRIL 2017 COLLEGEPARKPAPER.COM 17-FHMG-01648 Member of College Park Pediatrics | LMPeds.com 716 Vassar St., Orlando, FL 32804 | P: (407) 423-8443 Same Great Pediatric Care Rolling on a New Track! Rolling on a New Track! *Accepted insurance carriers have not changed. College Park Pediatrics is now part of Florida Hospital Medical Group (FHMG), Central Florida’s most comprehensive physician network* . Because FHMG is part of the world-class Florida Hospital * . Because FHMG is part of the world-class Florida Hospital * network of care, our patients benefit from seamless access to leading pediatric specialists and a state-of-the-art pediatric hospital and emergency department, right down the road! Constructed in 1972, the current facility replaced the original Fire Station 3, which stood near Dade Street on Orlando Avenue from 1926 until it became the Randall R. Tuten Orlando Fire Museum aft er the city moved it to Loch Haven Park. While located in the heart of College Park, the fi re station covers a wide geographic area with dense population, including residential and commercial buildings, high-rises and many lakes. “Th e Florida Hospital complex is a huge world in itself,” Day said. From calls for accidents and rescue needs on I-4 to jurisdiction over Edgewater High School and Bishop Moore Catholic High School, the fi refi ghters of Station 3 have seen a signifi cant increase in call volume. Engineer Terry Gray said there has been a big diff erence in the number of calls the station responds to every day. Ten years ago, the station would get seven calls over two to three days. “We had seven calls just today,” Gray said. In 2016, the Knights of College Park responded to 28 fi re calls and 1,437 emergency medical service (EMS) rescue calls. Firefi ghting services are also impacted by the new higher- density development in the area such as the Wellesley condominiums and the new Princeton apartment project under construction. Traditionally, the Station 3 staff schedules a walkthrough of in-progress buildings, such as Th e Princeton complex, once construction is further along. Chief Day said that though there are not many high-rise fi re incidents, “We are all trained for high-rises. Learning the new building is important to us, and being able to adequately respond to any calls that we may get from those buildings. We all go through quarterly training; everyone has to be prepared for any type of structure within the city, whether residential, high-rise, commercial, whatever it may be.” Four years ago, all 17 Orlando fi re stations took over emergency medical transport duties, which private ambulances used to provide within the city. “It’s a dramatic change in our operation,” Day said. Th e fi refi ghters formerly responded and treated people, but now they also take them to the hospitals, he explained. Th e15 fi refi ghters on staff at Station 3 (two women and 13 men, from early 20s to 53 years old)workinthreeshifts—A,BandC.They work 24 hours on duty and have 48 hours off . Th ree fi refi ghters operate the fi re engine, and two are assigned to the rescue truck. Th e vehicles, tucked behind two enormous bay doors, are ready to go at a moment’s notice. Th e size of the staff has not changed in many years, nor has the size of the station. “Th is is one of the few neighborhood stations left ,” Day said. Th e staff enjoys a tight camaraderie with the community. Engineer Clint Broda said, “Th e folks in College Park interact with us. Th ey wave when they are driving by, going to school, when we’re out washing the vehicles in the morning. We love it here. We have a very good relationship with the community.” Every Tuesday morning for many years, a neighbor has delivered desserts to the station. According to Gray, the fi refi ghters are approached by families every time they are in Publix, he said, and told how appreciated they are. “Th ey thank us,” he said, and the fi refi ghters oft en invite children to look into the fi re engine and sit in the driver’s seat. “Th ere’s a lot of pride in being a fi refi ghter.” According to Orlando Fire Department Public Information Manager Ashley Papagni, “Th ere are thousands of hidden stories of fi refi ghters going above and beyond the call of duty.” She mentioned an incident when College Park fi refi ghters were on a “smoke alarm blitz” going into residents’ homes for fi re safety checks, and they also fi xed a window in an elderly resident’s home. “Th ere are so many times when they run one call and it turns into a completely diff erent incident,” Papagni said, “because they go the extra mile to do some investigative work that you would see as a safety hazard. Th ey are very thorough.” According to Chief Day, “It’s part of their nature. Th e makeup of a fi refi ghter includes a high degree of empathy. People call us to fi x their problems. It’s not beyond these guys and gals when they respond, and show up, that they look around, and if they recognize something that is not taken care of, they check up on these folks.” “We’re one of the professions that grade school kids still want to be,” Chief Day said. “And we’re all still that same kid. We all still like to sit and look at the fi re tr uck!” 3541 EDGEWATER DRIVE ORLANDO (IN THE BREEZEWAY OF EXUM CHIROPRACTIC) EXTRAORDINARY FACIALS Numerous options, skin analysis, cleansing, steaming, exfoliation mask, facial massage, moisturize, sunscreen and more! PURIFYING BACK TREATMENT ADVANCED TREATMENTS Red Light LED Rejuvenation Blue Light LED Rejuvenation CompuLift Micro-Current ThermoCoagulation WOMEN / MEN / TEEN Ca Marlene for your FREE Consultation 407-426-7690 Feel Extraordinary in Minutes! 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