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TWO ALARM IN OZONE PARK

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On Saturday, May 11th, 2013, Battalion 51 transmitted a second alarm at 4:50 p.m. on arrival to Box 99-22-6093 for the address of 105-06 131st Street in Ozone Park, Queens. - See full story on page 9

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Maspeth private house On May 13, 2013 at approximately 8:00 a.m., FDNY units in Maspeth responded to a house fire at 73-32 53 Road. The fire was located in the basement of a two and a half story wood frame private dwelling. Two lines were stretched and operated at this fire. One civilian was rescued by members and transported to Elmhurst Hospital in critical condition. The fire was placed under control at 8:50 a.m.

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FDNY, BCVFD and WHBVFD respond to major accident The FDNY, Broad Channel and the West Hamilton Beach Volunteer Fire Departments responded to a major accident in the Broad Channel area of Queens on Friday, May 10th around 5:00 p.m. There was a total of ten patients transported, with two in critical condition and three with serious injuries. The 17 year old driver of the white Honda was speeding in excess of 100 mph, with a doughnut (spare tire) mounted in the rear and

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six passengers when he suddenly lost control, hopped a grassy median and slammed into two oncoming vehicles. The impact caused the Honda to split in half, separating the engine from the rest of the vehicle and sending pieces of the vehicle in every direction. “It’s amazing no one was

killed,” a police source said. Southbound traffic on Cross Bay Boulevard was shut down for hours while the NYPD investigated the motor vehicle collision. The incident occurred in a secluded area of the boulevard surrounded by the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, a mile south of the North Channel Bridge. All patients were in stable condition by Saturday. - RICHIE YORK

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Ladder 20 ran with this 1989 Seagrave tiller. It was their first white over red piece of fire apparatus.


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VEHICLE NEWS If you have photos you would like to see in our Vehicle News feature please upload them on our website www.1stResponderNews.com or email them to Heather@1stResponderNews.com.

RON JEFFERS

FDNY Ladder Co. 84 has been assigned a new Ferrara 100-foot rear mount aerial ladder.

FRED BACCHI

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All hands in Jackson Heights On April 11, 2013 at 7:00 p.m., all hands went to work at Queens Box 7765, located at 30-65 86 Street in the Jackson Heights section of the borough. At 7:06 p.m., Battalion 49 transmitted the all hands and reported fire in a two story brick private dwelling 20x40 with heavy fire conditions in the basement with heavy smoke throughout the building.

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A burst length on the first line resulted in a mayday being transmitted by Engine 307. As the F.A.S.T. truck was entering the building, the members of Engine 307 were exiting on their own. All members were accounted

for and the mayday was canceled. Two firefighters were treated and removed to local hospitals by FDNY/EMS. Both injuries were non life threatening. Two additional trucks were special called to the scene. The fire was placed under control at 7:45 p.m.

RON JEFFERS

FDNY Ladder 80 has been assigned a new Ferrara 100-foot rear mount aerial.

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FDNY Battalion 23's GMC in Staten Island has added custom graphics.

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100 years for Engine 277 Engine 277 and Ladder 112 recently celebrated 100 years of service to the community of Bushwick, Brooklyn with a ceremony at their quarters. Past and present firefighters attended the ceremony. Their firehouse was rebuilt and their new quarters was dedicated in 1977. “The traditions of the firefighters who came before you now live through all of you,” Fire Commissioner Salvatore Cassano said. “You’ve overcome any challenges to get the job done.”

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Tools of the Trade If your department has photos you would like to see in our Tools of the Trade feature, please upload them on our website, www.1stResponderNews.com or email them to Heather@1stResponderNews.com.

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All hands in Queens On May 27, 2013, FDNY crews were alerted to a fire at 178th Street and 130th Avenue in Queens. One hose line was used to extinguish the fire.

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Firefighter Drew (Ladder 116/Rescue Collapse 4) using the surveyor's transit to monitor wall movement at a recent building collapse in the Woodhaven section of Queens.

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EMS Appreciation Night at Citi Field An EMS contingent of honor guards from Jersey City Medical Center (NJ), Pittsburgh (PA), and Boston (MA) participated in the 10th Annual EMS Appreciation Night JUMP TO FILE # at Citi Field before 052913111 the New York Mets versus Atlanta Braves game on May 16th. EMS personnel were invited to the game at a discounted rate, courtesy of the Mets. -ROB RIVERA

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Midwood Ambulance unveils NYC’s first ever pink ambulance Brooklyn, NY. Midwood Ambulance recently celebrated EMS Week by unveiling their newest vehicle, a brand-new pink ambulance designed and dedicated to supporting breast cancer awareness. The first of its kind in the New York City area, this incredibly unique pink ambulance by Midwood Ambulance has the pink breast cancer ribbon logo emblazoned on it along with the "Join the Fight" slogan painted on the vehicle. EMT's and paramedics working on this ambulance will be wearing pink gloves. During the festivities, a giant tarp was literally pulled off the pink ambulance by representatives of the American Cancer Society and a group of breast cancer survivors, along with Midwood Ambulance staff who, in honor of breast cancer awareness, wore pink "Join the Fight" shirts and pink gloves. Several Midwood employees also received 20 year length of service awards at the event that included a staff barbeque under a large tent. Al Rapisarda, President of Midwood Ambulance, stated, "We are proud to serve the New York City community and beyond as the health and well being of all residents of our region is so very important to us. Our pink ambulance will be a visual reminder every day of our commitment to the patients we serve, many of whom have been diagnosed with breast cancer." He added, "We want to show our support for these women by creating awareness, promoting prevention, education and treatment of breast cancer... and not just during the

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month of October, when there is a national focus on breast cancer, but through a commitment all yearround." According to Mr. Rapisarda, "Our commitment to breast cancer is personal. As a family-owned business actively run by five siblings, our mother, Frances Rapisarda, is a breast cancer survivor, and it is our wish to honor her, along with all women, with this important campaign. Midwood Ambulance is proud to serve our community with outstanding emergency and nonemergency medical transportation, with unparalleled customer service and compassion." Breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women (except for skin cancers). About 1 in 8 of all women in the US (12%) will develop invasive breast cancer during their lifetime. At this time there are more than 2.9 million breast cancer survivors in the United States. Today, two out of three people diagnosed with cancer are surviving. In fact, more than 400 people a day in the US are celebrating birthdays that would have otherwise been lost to the disease. This year, the American Cancer Society is turning 100 years old. Midwood Ambulance is proud to be a part of this effort to Join the Fight against breast cancer. Founded in 1956, Midwood Ambulance is one of the largest privately-owned medical transportation

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NYC's first-ever pink ambulance from Midwood Ambulance, unveiled at an exciting ceremony during EMS Week. Pictured here (L-R) are Midwood's five owners, Paul Rapisarda, Anthony Rapisarda, Al Rapisarda, Grace Rapisarda-Torres and John Rapisarda, along with a group of breast cancer survivors as well as Elizabeth Lombardi, Manager of American Cancer Society and Jessica Peterson, Director of Special Events for American Cancer Society.

businesses in the New York City area. A leader in ambulance services, Midwood Ambulance works closely with hospitals, nursing homes and other health care facilities as well as companies to provide emergency and

non-emergency transportation with the highest level of personal service and quickest response times possible. For more information or to schedule the pink ambulance at an event, please contact Midwood Am-

bulance at (718) 645-1000 or visit their website at www.midwoodambulance.com. - PROVIDED

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RICHIE YORK

Two alarm in Ozone Park On Saturday, May 11th, 2013, Battalion 51 transmitted a second alarm at 4:50 p.m. on arrival to Box 99-22-6093 for the address of 105-06 131st Street in Ozone Park, Queens. BC-51 reported fire on the first, second floor and attic of a two and a half story private dwelling with extension to exposures two and four. By 5:09, BC-51 put the incident probably will hold, with the main bodies of fire knocked down and negative primary and secondary searches.

FRED BACCHI

Tower Ladder 117 - F.A.S.T. Truck readies equipment at the scene of an all hands in Jackson Heights

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Two alarms in Elmhurst, Queens On Tuesday, May 14, 2013, at 3:00 p.m., firefighters responded to a fire at 74-15 Woodside Ave (110 Police PCT). The fire was located on the first floor commercial laundry and extended to the apartments above. Residents of the building were evacuated by firefighters. Engine Company 287 and Lad-

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der Company 136 were first to arrive along with the 46 Battalion Chief, who requested a second alarm be transmitted due to the fire spreading to the second floor. Other responding units were

Engines 289, 292, and Ladders 138, 154, TL117 as well as Squad 288 and Rescue Company 4. No injuries were reported at this fire and the fire was brought under control at 3:50 p.m. - FRED BACCHI

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This Mack/Saulsbury 1,000 gpm pumper from Sparta Center now serves the Rockaway Point Volunteer Fire Department in Queens.


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FDNY FireďŹ ghter Rob Corwin on Bradford Street in East New York. He was turning on the hydrant for a group of kids.

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MVA extrication in Brooklyn FDNY Ladder 120 responded to a two car MVA on Eastern Parkway and Rockaway Avenue for people possibly trapped inside a vehicle. On arrival, they confirmed the pin job and removed doors to properly extricate the victims for EMS. EMS Station 44 is located a block away and had units on scene immediately. A total of six patients were transported to Brookdale Hospital in stable condition. NYPD ESU also assisted with the extrication.

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Engine 8 of the Point Breeze Volunteer Fire Department in Queens is a 1994 International KME 750/300.


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FDNY HOUSES FDNY HOUSES by Larry Woodcock

I want to start by thanking our troops who risk everything for me to have the freedom that I have here. They are truly great. Second, thanks to Chief Lerch and Lieutenant Dan Maye and the FDNY Mand Library for all of their help with this and future articles. For my inaugural column, I think it would only be fitting to talk about a truly stunning firehouse located on 67th Street in Manhattan, 39 Engine and 16 Truck. In 1998 it was designated a city landmark by the landmarks preservation commission. Built in 1884 and finished in 1886, this six story building was designed by famed architect Napoleon Lebrun, who would design more than forty firehouses for the city during a ten year span. This was the first headquarters for the New York City Fire Department. Prior to the merger of the five boroughs, the Brooklyn Fire Department had its own headquarters located on Jay Street in downtown Brooklyn. Although the department would be officially organized in 1865, it would not incorporate the other boroughs until 1898. This firehouse would also serve as the offices of the chief of the department, commissioners and staff, as well as the school of instruction for probies, medical office and the fire alarm telegraph system. Today, 39 Engine was established in March of 1875 and 16 Truck was established in November of 1873, along with High Rise Unit No. 2. After touring this firehouse twice, it is easy to fall in love with its character and Romanesque style. It fits in in one of Manhattans nicest neighborhoods, the Upper East Side.

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When built, it included a 150 foot tall tower that was used as a fire watch to scan the horizon for fires. It would be removed two decades later due to the fact that larger buildings were now being built obscuring its views. One other note was that this being the training facility all the scaling ladder drills were performed here on the rear windows of the fire watch tower. Chris Hoell of the St Louis Fire Department was hired in 1883 to train the FDNY members in the recently invented Hoell life saving appliance, which would later be named the scaling ladder. The use of this device, enabling firemen to go from floor to floor on the outside of the building, is such a daring feat that no matter what period of time it was used, absolutely took nerves of steel. When entering this firehouse, it is truly a step back in time...if these walls could talk. It makes me wish I was entering inside for the first time one hundred years ago to see what the times and the men were like and to see the old equipment being driven by the horses. It was a much more simple time, but so much more appealing from an historic standpoint. I don’t know what is my favorite feature, from the pink polished granite columns that surround the front door to the oval balconies on the third floor or the ornamental tin ceilings and oak interiors. All was built for $175,000. Despite its beauty, members do have to work hard to keep it clean and very presentable. They do a good job of it and a lot of company pride is present here. I implore anyone who has an affinity for character and style to see this firehouse. - LARRY WOODCOCK

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