First Report: Hurricane Season 2004

Bill Wade provides an initial assessment of the multi-agency search and rescue operations that followed Hurricane Charley’s rampage through the Florida community of Punta Gorda.


The morning of Aug. 13, 2004, had firefighters throughout the Tampa Bay area of Florida taking the final steps to prepare themselves, their homes and their community for a threatened strike of Hurricane Charley. The storm, a Category 2 hurricane packing winds over 100 mph, was expected to head...


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Bill Wade has been involved with the fire and EMS services since 1973. He has been with Tampa, FL, Fire Rescue since 1981, where he has served as a firefighter, paramedic, tactical medic, hazardous material technician and is currently a captain assigned as the department’s public information officer. He serves as part-time faculty with the Hillsborough Community College EMS program. Wade has a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of South Florida.