Fla. Firefighters Recognized for Outstanding Service
Sept. 04—Palm Coast firefighter-paramedic Julie Rivera and volunteer intern Brandon Davis were recognized for outstanding service by the Columbian Club of Flagler County during the club's Tribute to First Responders.
The Columbian Club of Flagler County promotes high social, business and professional standards and civic welfare, according to a media release. Fire safety and service has evolved into a highly technical and skilled profession requiring ongoing study and training to stay abreast of the latest developments in firefighting and, most importantly, the preservation of life and property. The Columbian Club recognizes that emphasis at its Tribute to First Responders.
The award recipients from Palm Coast Fire Department were nominated by Deputy Chief Jerry Forte, who said Rivera and Davis have made a positive impact on the community by maintaining a positive outlook while dealing with fire department challenges.
A firefighter with the Palm Coast Fire Department since 2015, Rivera was selected for excellence in service and for her involvement in many of the department's infrastructure programs. She is engaged with the department's information technology team and communications team, ensuring that critical department infrastructure needs are being met and maintained. Rivera did her firefighter and paramedic training at First Coast Technical College in St. Augustine.
Davis joined the Palm Coast Volunteer Fire Department in 2005, serving nearly five years. While in St Augustine, he got married and the couple have a son, Kingston. Davis re-certified as an EMT in 2013 and as a volunteer intern firefighter in 2017. He moved back to Palm Coast and rejoined the Palm Coast Fire Volunteers last September, with a goal of becoming a career firefighter.
Davis completed his firefighter and EMT training at the First Coast Technical College in St. Augustine. He is scheduled to be the next volunteer-intern to be hired as part of the department's Fire Department Intern Program.