Cape Coral Fire Department Annual Toy Drive

Cape Coral Fire Department Annual Toy Drive

Until December 14, the Cape Coral Fire Department will be collecting toys and gifts for children in our community. These gifts are for children who have special needs, suffer from chronic illnesses such as cancer, are in foster care, or have families struggling with financial difficulties.

Donations for boys and girls of all ages (newborn to 17 years) are needed. Gifts for teens are often in short supply. Please consider donating gift cards, makeup, body soaps and lotions, perfume or cologne, arts and crafts supplies, sports equipment, or entertainment items for this age group.

“The need is evident and the donations we receive have a clear, positive impact…last year over 1500 children received toys,” says Fire Chief Ryan W. Lamb, “Thanks to the continued support and generosity of the Cape Coral community,we are able to help our neighbors enjoy the holiday season, whichthey may not otherwise be able to do.”

Cape Coral Fire Department Annual Toy Drive

If you would like to contribute, please bring a new, unwrapped toy or gift to any of the below fire stations by Friday, December 14:

  • Station 1 – 4610 Coronado Parkway
  • Station 2 – 701 Nicholas Parkway
  • Station 3 – 1627 Everest Parkway
  • Station 4 – 2007 Santa Barbara Boulevard
  • Station 5 – 1029 Diplomat Parkway
  • Station 6 – 4540 Chiquita Parkway
  • Station 7 – 3942 Burnt Store Road N
  • Station 8 – 707 SW 1st Street
  • Station 9 – 4107 Pelican Boulevard
  • Station 10 – 3623 Gator Circle West
  • Station 11 – 1038 Burnt Store Road

If you have a business or a group that would like to partner with the Cape Coral Fire Department for toy collections, or if you or someone you know could use a little help this year, please contact aschuch@capecoral.net or call (239) 242-3303.

Cape Coral Fire Department Annual Toy Drive
Cape Coral Fire Station 11 Grand Opening

Cape Coral Fire Station 11 Grand Opening

Fire Station 11, located at 1038 Burnt Store Rd., is open and ready to serve the northwest Cape Coral community

Fire Station 11 has been in the Fire Department’s Master Plan and the City’s Capital Improvement Plan for five years. Construction for the station was funded by Debt Proceeds secured by the Fire Service Assessment (FSA). The timeline for the project is as follows:

  • Funding allocated and adopted in Fiscal Year 2016
  • June 2016, Sweet Sparkman Architects selected for professional design services
  • December 2016, Wright Construction Group selected as the Construction Manager at Risk (CMAR)
  • August 2017, construction drawings and specification completed
  • November 2017, approval of Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP) of $3,750,581
  • January 11, 2018, groundbreaking
  • November 7, 2018, grand opening

The construction of the station has been completed ahead of schedule and under the $4,070,189 budgeted.

Cape Coral Fire Station 11 Grand Opening

“Fire Station 11 was built to be incredibly cost effective and functional; from the lights, floors, countertops, and even the color of the building and roof. The station was designed to reduce energy costs and meet future needs for the next 50+ years,” says Fire Chief Ryan W. Lamb, “It is also built to withstand a Category 5 hurricane and will serve as a first responder base during such events.”

Geographically, Fire Station 11 was needed to ensure all residents in Cape Coral are within five miles of a fire station, per Insurance Services Office (ISO) standards. Its response district incorporates areas previously covered by Stations 7 and 8 and services a population of close to 11,000. It is anticipated to respond to 2,000 emergency calls annually. The addition of this station is necessary to match the growth of the City and improve response times in the northwest area. It is estimated that by 2040, the population in the service area will be over 28,000.

Fire Station 11 will be staffed by a lieutenant, engineer, and two firefighters and will house an Advanced Life Support (ALS) engine and a brush truck. The Cape Coral Fire Department is pleased to announced that Engine 9, located at 4107 Pelican Blvd., was also upgraded to an Advanced Life Support unit today. This makes eight of the 11 Cape Coral stations ALS, with plans for all stations to be so by FY2020.

Cape Coral Fire Station 11 Grand Opening
Grand Opening for Cape Coral Fire Station 11

Grand Opening for Cape Coral Fire Station 11

The Cape Coral Fire Department would like to invite you to the grand opening of Fire Station 11, located at 1038 Burnt Store Rd. N. tomorrow, November 7, at 10 am.

There will be remarks by Fire Chief Ryan Lamb, City Manager John Szerlag, and Council Member Rick Williams followed by fire department traditions including the uncoupling of a fire hose (in lieu of a ribbon cutting), the raising of the flag, and a housing ceremony for Engine 11. 

Grand Opening for Cape Coral Fire Station 11

Below are a few facts on Station 11:

  • Four firefighters
  • Advanced Life Support
  • Sutphen fire engine
  • Brush truck
  • First Cape Coral fire station built since 2009
  • Rated for winds of 175mph
  • Estimated to provide 50+ years of service
  • Incorporates areas currently covered by Stations 7 and 8.
  • Groundbreaking occurred on January 11, 2018
  • Total cost of $4,070,189 funded by Debt Proceeds secured by the Fire Service Assessment (FSA)
Grand Opening for Cape Coral Fire Station 11
Cape Coral Fire Department Open Houses

Cape Coral Fire Department Open Houses

On Saturday, November 3, the Cape Coral Fire Department will host their ninth annual Open House. From 9 am until 12 pm, the public is invited to visit any of Cape Coral’s ten fire stations for the opportunity to tour the station, meet firefighters, and learn about the fire apparatus and equipment.

Cape Coral Fire Department Open Houses

There will also be fire safety information, takeaways, and a scavenger hunt with prizes for those who find all of the answers. In addition, a variety of fun and educational activities and displays from the CCFD’s partner public safety agencies will be available at each station.

Cape Coral Fire Department Open Houses

Fire Station 1, 4610 Coronado Pkwy., is the Save a Life Station. OneBlood will be onsite with their Big Red Bus accepting blood donations. All donors will receive a CCFD ‘thank you’ gift. The Gulf Coast Humane Society will also be at this station with dogs who are available for adoption. Stop by for a scratch behind the ears, and maybe give one a forever home.

Fire Station 2, 701 Nicholas Pkwy., is the Water Safety Station. This station houses the CCFD dive team, and they will be showcasing their specialty dive equipment and one of the Department’s rescue boats. The Cape Coral Police Department Marine Unit will also be onsite with their jet skis. In addition, the US Coast Guard Auxiliary will be at this station with their mascot, “Coastie.” Coastie is a robotic tugboat that moves independently and interacts with guests, even talking to them!

Cape Coral Fire Department Open Houses

Fire Station 3, 1627 Everest Pkwy., is the Cape Coral Police Department Station. Come to meet CCPD K-9 officers and SWAT team members. The SWAT Bearcat vehicle will also be onsite for visitors to explore.

Cape Coral Fire Department Open Houses

Fire Station 4, 2007 Santa Barbara Blvd., is the Junior Firefighter Station. This station is a ‘must visit’ for any kid who has ever dreamed of being a firefighter.

Cape Coral Fire Department Open Houses
Owner Nocera Photographic

Participants will run a series of obstacles, just like those faced by the firefighters. First participants will put on kid-sized bunker gear – boots, pants, a jacket, and a helmet. Then they will tackle the obstacles: crawling through a tunnel filled with smoke, dragging a ‘victim’ (a large stuffed bear) to safety, carrying a bundle of hose, using a hose to extinguish a virtual fire, and finally climbing up a ladder and through a window to rescue another ‘victim.’ Fire Chief Ryan W. Lamb will also be at this station to meet community members of all ages!

Cape Coral Fire Department Open Houses

Fire Station 5, 1029 Diplomat Pkwy., is the Wildland Safety Station. The CCFD’s monster brush truck is housed at this station, and the Florida Forest Service will be onsite with a bulldozer and a transport truck along with special guest, Smokey Bear! Lee County Mosquito Control District will also land a helicopter at this station for visitors to see and even get inside!

Cape Coral Fire Department Open Houses

Fire Station 6, 4540 Chiquita Blvd., is the Vehicle Safety Station. The Florida Highway Patrol will be at this station with a squad car and safety handouts. SafeKids will also be conducting car seat checks. If you have a car seat and need it installed or want to make sure the one you have is installed correctly, please visit this station for a free check or installation. Firefighters will also be performing vehicle extractions to demonstrate how they rescue someone trapped inside a car after a crash.

Fire Station 8, 707 SW 1st St., is the Lee County EMS Station. Meet the EMTs and Medics who provide first response medical care and learn more about how they transport patients to the hospital. An ambulance and the LeeFlight helicopter will be at this station for guests to tour.

Cape Coral Fire Department Open Houses

Fire Station 9, 4107 Pelican Blvd., is the Child Safety Station. 9-1-1 for Kids will be at this station for the younger visitors to learn how to use 9-1-1 in an emergency. They can practice this after making their way through the inflatable fire safety smoke house. Filled with a light haze of smoke, this brightly colored house is easy for kids to navigate (with or without their parents) and has easy to read fire safety messages written on the walls. There will also be Fingerprinting for Kids provided by CCPD and face painting.

Fire Station 7, 3942 Burnt Store Rd., and Fire Station 10, 3623 Gator Circle W., are CCFD Open House Stations. They welcome visitors and will have Open House activities, including the scavenger hunt, available.

The Cape Coral Fire Department Open House will take place on Saturday, November 3 from 9 am until 12 pm. Mark your calendar for this fun and educational event!

Cape Coral Fire Department Open Houses
Fire Prevention Week

Fire Prevention Week

Fire Prevention Week, which runs from October 7 to 13, provides fire departments across the country the opportunity to remind the public about the importance of fire prevention.

Fire Prevention Week is the longest-running public health observance in our country. President Calvin Coolidge proclaimed it a national observance in 1925. Fire Prevention Week is observed each year during the week of October 9 in commemoration of the Great Chicago Fire, which began on October 8, 1871. That fire killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures, and burned more than 2,000 acres of land.

Fire Prevention Week

Each year the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) develops a theme for Fire Prevention Week. This year’s theme is “Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere.”

This campaign is designed to educate people about three basic, but essential, steps to take to reduce the likelihood of having a fire and how to escape safely in the event of one.

  • LOOK for places fire could start. Identify and then take care of potential fire hazards around your home.
  • LISTEN for the sound of the smoke alarm. If you hear the smoke alarm, quickly and safely exit your home and go outside to your meeting place. Remember, your meeting place should be a safe distance from the house and everyone should know its location.
  • LEARN two ways out of every room and make sure all doors and windows leading outside open easily and are free of clutter.
Fire Prevention Week

In a fire, mere seconds can mean the difference between a safe escape and a tragedy.

Fire safety education isn’t just for school children. Teenagers, adults, and the elderly are also at risk in fires, making it important for every member of the community to take some time during Fire Prevention Week to make sure they understand how to stay safe in case of a fire.

The Cape Coral Fire Department offers fire safety programs for all ages and for a variety of groups. For more information and to schedule, please call (239) 242-3303.

Fire Prevention Week

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