(Lauderdale Lakes) – Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue Inspectors Dave Sweet (left) and Michael Korte (at right) look for the cause of a fire that damaged apartment #105 at the Canterbury Palms complex Monday afternoon. A 64-year-old woman was inside at the time and told BSO deputies she woke up and her apartment was on fire. When Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue crews arrived, there was heavy smoke and flames inside the first floor unit. They were able to contain the blaze and keep it from damaging any of the adjoining units. There was a melted smoke alarm in one room of the apartment but it is unknown if it was functional at the time. The Broward Sheriff Fire Marshal’s Bureau and the State Fire Marshal are continuing to investigate the cause of the fire. The occupant was transported to Florida Medical Center for observation.



(Port Everglades) – A Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue Hazardous Materials Team technician tests for chemicals after workers at Port Everglades noticed liquid leaking from a container just before noon on Monday.  The dock workers off-loaded the container from a ship that arrived from Haiti and notified authorities when they spotted the leak. Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue and BSO deputies cordoned off the area surrounding 4200 McIntosh Rd. into late Monday afternoon halting operations in the affected Southport section of Port Everglades. Due to the day’s high temperature and prolonged nature of the incident, three of the county’s four Hazardous Materials Teams had to be utilized.

Photo Credit: Mike Jachles/Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue


Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue, BSO Bomb Squad and the State Fire Marshal’s Office demonstrate the dangers of fireworks at Broward Fire Academy on Wednesday. A watermelon rigged with an illegal firework was placed in the lap of a mannequin and detonated by Bomb Squad Technicians. The blast blew the melon to pieces and the concussion blew the mannequin and chair over.  Photos by Mike Jachles/Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue

With the Fourth of July holiday weekend fast approaching, the Broward Sheriff’s Office Fire Marshal’s Bureau, BSO Bomb Squad and the Florida State Fire Marshal once again demonstrated the dangers of fireworks and the destruction they can cause.

On a typical Independence Day, more fires are reported in the United States than on any other day. Over 10,000 fireworks related injuries are also reported each year, with over half of those occurring to children, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

For a safe holiday, Broward Sheriff Al Lamberti has this message, “If you want to see fireworks, leave it to the professionals.” Consider attending one of the many public fireworks displays throughout the area. Sheriff Lamberti added, “The last thing we want to see is a child get burned or lose fingers from fireworks.”

There are no legal consumer fireworks in Florida. Only sparklers are legal for consumer use and can reach temperatures of 2,000 degrees – hot enough to melt gold – and can cause serious burns or permanent disfigurement. Broward Sheriff Fire Marshal Charles Raiken cautioned, “When things go wrong with fireworks, they go very wrong, very fast.”  Just minutes after midnight on New Year’s Day 2009, a 41-year-old Broward County man was killed while detonating fireworks in his backyard.

As for “celebratory gunfire,” it is against the law to fire a gun in the air – falling bullets have killed people in South Florida.


Firefighters from Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue responded to a house fire in Weston on Monday afternoon. Just before 3:00 p.m., Ken Bank returned home and was sitting in his car in the driveway waiting for the storm to let up when a bolt of lightning struck the roof of the two-story house. Inside were Bank’s three children and their babysitter. Bank dashed inside the house, smelled smoke and evacuated everyone. He called 9-1-1 and when firefighters arrived, they reported smoke coming from the eaves of the roof. Firefighters used an aerial platform truck to access the roof while firefighter/paramedic Jim Owens, pictured, crawled through the attic to locate the fire. In the photo, Owens is on a ladder in the attic assessing the damage after firefighters secured a tarp over the hole in the roof to prevent water damage. Thermal imaging cameras measured the fire in the attic at 1,000 degrees. Thanks to quick work by firefighters, damage was confined to the immediate area of the lightning strike that caused a two-foot hole in the tiled roof and burned part of the roof and trusses. No injuries were reported. The Banks family was staying with relatives.

Photo by Mike Jachles/Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue

Smart Car

June 3, 2009

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An airport safety officer at Ft. Lauderdale – Hollywood International Airport parks a new BSO smart car along the departure level at Terminal 2 on Tuesday. BSO is using the environmentally friendly vehicles to replace full-size sedans that consume six times the fuel. Four smart cars will be used in conjunction with BSO’s other environmentally friendly patrol tools including bicycles and three-wheeled T-3 electric scooters at the airport. The smart cars, with three-cylinder, one-liter engines are much more economical to operate and maintain than their full-sized counterparts.

Photo by Mike Jachles/Broward Sheriff’s Office


Pictured from left to right are Fort Lauderdale Vice Mayor Bruce Roberts; Fort Lauderdale Commissioner Charlotte Rodstrom; Broward County Vice Mayor Ken Keechl; Broward Sheriff Al Lamberti; and Stonewall Library & Archives Executive Director Jack Rutland (at podium).

Stonewall Library & Archives (SLA), the largest independent circulating library of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender materials in the US, officially opened its new facility in downtown Fort Lauderdale on Thursday, April 23, with a cadre of city and county elected officials and dignitaries on hand, including Sheriff Al Lamberti. SLA received proclamations from both the City of Fort Lauderdale and Broward County, moving away from its past designation as a “controversial” gay library.

Stonewall Library & Archives is a museum, gallery, and cultural center for locals, tourists, researchers and scholars, and has an impact far beyond South Florida. “I was proud to be part of such a significant event. The library is a symbol of South Florida’s movement towards a more open and understanding society,” said Sheriff Lamberti.


Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue Lt. Tom Posey, center, directs firefighters in the backyard of a home where a brush fire erupted Monday around 3:00 p.m. A passerby saw smoke and knocked on the door at 2011 SW 44 Terrace to alert the resident, who then called 9-1-1. When firefighters arrived, a wooden fence was fully engulfed that quickly spread to the overgrown trees, brush and mulch, fueled by the afternoon’s high winds. The firefighters were able to contain the blaze and keep it from spreading to several homes that were around 10 feet from the fire. About 20 firefighters responded and no injuries were reported. The Broward Sheriff Fire Marshal’s Bureau is looking into the cause.

Photo by: Mike Jachles/Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue