By Bryan Boggiano
A television show is putting Tamarac Fire Rescue in the spotlight.
Producers for ABC’s “Hearts of Heroes” visited Tamarac Fire Rescue Station 36 on Dec. 17 and 18 to film an upcoming episode.
“Hearts of Heroes” focuses on emergency workers’ responses to natural disasters, how people can prepare for weather hazards, and disaster recovery efforts. Visitors included hosts Ginger Zee, ABC chief meteorologist, and Stephen Yellen, BELFOR Property Restoration CEO.
Interim Fire Chief Michael Annese, Operations Chief John Fraser, Division Chief Jeff Lopez, and Fire Inspector Cintia Chelles participated in the filming.
The fire rescue station served as a backdrop for upcoming episodes. City staff detailed information about fire prevention and how to approach weather-related information. According to Monique Johnson, city marketing specialist, no live calls or Tamarac-related calls were featured.
“Hearts of Heroes” producers learned about the fire station through their grand opening on social media. According to Johnson, First Responder Magazine and Florida Fire Chief’s Magazine also featured information about the new station’s opening, which show producers saw.
She said that the city does not have specific information about what the upcoming episodes are about or how many episodes Tamarac Fire Rescue will be featured in, but they will have a better idea by February when episodes start to air.
Johnson said it means a lot for local first responders to receive national recognition for their hard work and devotion to the community.
“This is a great opportunity for Tamarac Fire Rescue and the City of Tamarac to be seen on a national television program,” she said. “We are greatly appreciative to the Hearts of Heroes’ production team for recognizing our city.”
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- A University of Florida journalism graduate, Bryan plans to pursue geosciences at Florida International University for his master's. He has a strong interest in weather, entertainment, and journalism.
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