Hurricane just misses Pinellas County
The first real Hurricane threat narrowly missed Pinellas County over July 6th and 7th, 2021. All of the members of the Lealman Fire District were prepared for the potential of a hurricane Elsa hitting the Tampa bay area. Firefighter/Paramedic crews manned the hurricane shelter for "Special Needs" residents of the county as the storm approached our coast. For us, there is not a lot of difference between a Strom tropical storm and a low level hurricane. We prepare the same way and operate on the same SOPs. our area was blessed to have the storm slightly further off our coast and the Bay area missed the strongest winds. Only minor damage was reported in the Lealman Fire District area. Please be safe and prepare now for the next storm.
Lealman Fire District Welcomes New Commissioner
James Banning has been selected to fill the vacancy on the Lealman Fire Commission. He will have to run to complete the remainder of the term in 2022. The seat he took over for is up in 2024, however Florida State law requires him to run for election in 2022 to finish the 2 years left on the seat. We wish him the best and are glad to have him serving the Lealman Community.
Hurricane season is Here --- Prepare Now
Hurricane Season for 2021 is here and you should prepare now. You can pick up a Hurricane Guide from any of the Lealman Fire Stations. Please make your preparations and do not wait to stock up on water, food, and any medical needs. Being prepared is piece of mind should a storm head our way. Irma has taught us that the path of a hurricane is very unpredictable and if you do not evacvuate early, you may not be able to evacuate at all. Be safe, be prepared, and be smart.
Question and Answer --- Should we be prepared for a hurricane? What does that mean?
I hear this a lot from our residents and citizens. Hurricane Irma, Katrina, Charley, and Michael have all taught us that the path and severity of a hurricane is very hard to predict. It seems sometimes that the storms do exactly what is predicted so the path and severity are known. However, other times, like Irma Charley, and Katriina the path or severity varies from the predictions and can change at the last minute. This does not leave enough time for people to go out and purchase water, food, and medical supplies. When everyone goes out at the last minute, the supply chain is stripped and there are not enough supplies to go around. It may take FEMA and the state of Florida 2 to 3 days to start getting water into the areas that are hit by the storm. The worse the storm, the longer it can take to get supplies into areas that are hardest hit by the storms. Experts tell us to be prepared for up to 72 hours. However, I tell people to be prepared for 96 hours. That is your best protection for a severe impact from a major hurricane. Planning is your best defense and self reliance for the first 96 hours will allow emergency relief workers time to get set up and the distribution chain working.
We are sad to report the passing of Chairman Ron Kemerer
February 14, 2021 -- I am sad to report the passing of the Chairman of the Lealman Special Fire Control District as reported on February 14, 2021. Please keep his family in your prayers during this time. Ron worked at Lealman from 1987 starting as a fire inspector, fire investigator, then fire marshal. After retiring, Mr. Kemerer was elected to the commission. He served as the Lealman Commission Chairman for the last few years. Ron was actively involved in the fire service and his community. He called the firefighters his children and was looking forward to the construction of a new fire station to replace Station 19 on 46th Avenue North and 68th St North. Ron Kemerer will be missed by his family and all of us who worked with him. --- Written by Fire Chief Rick Graham.
Lealman Firefighters and staff delivered gifts, bikes, helmets, and good cheer during the 2020 COVID pandemic. All personnel used masks and made the event safe. Santa had to stay on the fire engine this year, but the children were still excited to see him as presents and bikes were delivered to their doors. This year was tougher than prior years mostly because of the requirements to stay safe. The kids didnt seem to notice and everyone enjoyed the Christmas Outreach. We are praying 2021 will be much better and maybe even back to normal.
**** Without the continued support and donations of our community and partners, we would not be able to provide a full Christmas to over a hundred children. We also provide presents to some of the low income areas of the district and literally thousands of children receive a gift during this outreach. Thank you to our partners for your support.
The Tasco crews have been partners for our Christmas deliveries for many years. They are a huge help and people have come to rely on them as a major fixture in their Christmas. They work all day Christmas Eve and usually rap up about 7 to 10 pm. Hard workers all of them and have plenty of energy to go around. Thank you guys.
A special "Thanks" to Fran Haasch and her crew as a major partner with the Lealman Fire District and for her special Christmas support of those folks who are not so fortunate. Tough times can hit anyone on any particular year and Fran Haasch has be an major supporter for several years. Donating many bikes, presents, and money to those people who are in need at Christmas time. www.lawfran.com May God bless you, your family, and your crew.
Fit Testing Local Business Employees in Lealman
Fire Captain Smay and District Chief Robertson "Fit" test an employee of a local business in Lealman. The Lealman Fire District is going to Assited Living Facilities (ALF) and Nursing Homes to assist the employees with their "Fit" testing. This process helps to make sure their Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) fits properly making the work place safer for employees and residents. "We are just trying to do our part and make sure our community is safe for residents and employees alike", said Fire Chief Richard Graham. He also added, "When our community is safe, we all are safer and the Lealman Fire District is working hard to do our part". Preventing COVID Clusters is so important to protect the lives of our most at risk residents. PPE makes a difference and so does proper hand washing. Lealman is trying to educate and remind people how important these measures are for everyone's safety.
COVID-19 Operations Continue May 6, 2020 Updated
Please forgive us if we do not shake your hand… it is not safe right now. 😊
I wanted to reach out and let the communities of the Lealman Fire District and Tierra Verde Fire District know some of the things that are happening during this unprecedented time. First of all I must let you know how proud I am of all of my firefighters and staff. All have responded to the challenges we have faced over the last few weeks and continue without complaints. All have performed their jobs without refusal to complete any task or mission we have asked of them. Many of the recent medical calls have been on suspected COVID-19 positive patients and all of the crews have responded with unknown risks to themselves and their families. Everyone with Flu symptoms are treated as if they are COVID-19 positive because of the risks to all first responders. Many of the firefighters have very young children and parents or elderly grandparents that could be at risk should they become infected. No one has refused any mission or call for emergency care even when it was unclear if we had the proper protective equipment. The mental pressure or stress has been great not just for the first responders, but for most of the community and our precious residents. I understand that this is a global effort, however my part is to help protect this community.
We will look a little different as we respond to some of the medical calls as we have moved to what looks like a gas mask (P-100) on medical calls for most of our crew members. This is to save as much of our Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) as possible. Hospitals, ALFs, and nursing homes need as much as they can get. Not that we do not need these critical items, we just understand that many workers need more PPE. Do not worry, we know it takes a little time, and more is on the way. Americans are a very resourceful people and we are pulling out all of the stops to obtain these items and increase our inventory of various kinds of PPE.
I also wanted to thank the unknown Tierra Verde resident who stopped by the station and donated $700.00 worth of various island business gift cards for food. He wanted the firefighters to support the Tierra Verde businesses and order food from the island. They gladly accepted and have been using the gift cards for many of their meals. Firefighters love food and hot meals are great. Thanks again to the anonymous resident.
More information to come and I just want everyone to keep up the social distancing, washing their hands, and staying home if they are sick. I think our world will be a little different for a while until we have this disease under control.
Be safe and don’t get infected.
May God bless each and every one of you,
New Fire Engine is in Service May 1, 2020
Lealman introduces its newest Fire Engine. E18 is now inservice and responding to calls.
Modified Office Operations -- March 26, 2020
The offices at the Lealman Fire District are operating under modified procedures during this declared National Emergency and threat from the COVID-19 virus. Please do not come to the station for normal business items as our staff are beginning to rotate and work from home. Please call ahead if you need something from the District. Due to the CDC guidelines, access to our station are severely restricted and are limited to essential visitors and employees only. No patients will be allowed inside the stations and any treatment will be provided outside the building. Essential visitors are outside workers required to maintain operations, lettercarriers, delivery drivers and most will be restricted to the front office area only. Deliveries will still be accepted as listed under the CDC guidelines.
Please be understanding during this time as we are trying to protect our workforce and the general public by not spreading the COVID-19 virus. All personnel and any authorized visitor will be screened prior to entering any of our fire stations for everyone's safety.