The Boca Grande Fire Department had a busy weekend for calls. Perhaps the most noteworthy of them involved assistance provided to the United States Coast Guard as they retrieved a man in the midst of a medical emergency offshore.
On Sunday, April 5, at around 2:30 p.m., the fire department assisted with medical care and transport of the man, who is not identified. The Coast Guard had transferred him to their vessel, picked up a member of the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Department and members of the Boca Grande Fire Department.
Chief C.W. Blosser of the Boca Grande Fire Department said they had one other boat call: to Cayo Costa to put out a brush fire. He said it may have been caused by a stand of Australian pines being struck by lightning. They are problematic, he said, because fires can be extinguished in that kind of vegetation but continue to burn underground and resurface later.
They may need to follow up with the US Division of Forestry personnel to enact more serious measures if the fire resurfaces, said Blosser.
“It was a busy weekend,” he said. Adding that there were seven calls to which the BGFD responded on Sunday alone.
Firefighters spent Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, April 5, 6 and 7 assisting with the South Gulf Cove/Rotonda Meadows fire which burned approximately 700 acres. On Thursday, April 9, they also responded to a call of a boat on fire at 11:20 a.m. in Charlotte Harbor. There were no injuries reported.
In other news on Friday, April 3, the fire department and sheriff’s office responded to a golf cart vs. bicyclist accident at 10:42 a.m. There were only minor injuries, and no one was transported to the hospital.
Blosser said that since March 21, the approximately time that Spring Break started, they have responded to 26 medical calls, 14 fire and fire alarm calls and five boat calls.