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ESSEX, MD - On Sunday afternoon, August 30th, Baltimore County eastside units were alerted for a vehicle crash with reported entrapment on Old Eastern Avenue and Route 702 in Essex. Arriving units reported a multi-vehicle MVC with multiple injuries but no entrapment. - See full story on page 2

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Crash with Multiple Injuries in Essex, MD

On Sunday afternoon August 30th, Baltimore County eastside units were alerted for a vehicle crash with reported entrapment on Old Eastern Avenue and Route 702 in Essex. Arriving units reported a multi-vehicle MVC with multiple injuries but no entrapment. Engines 7 & 71 from the Essex career station, Truck 15 from Eastview and Middle River Volunteer Fire Rescue Truck 741 handled, along with Medics 7, 15 and 6, and the Baltimore County Police Department.

House Fire on Shabbos in Garrison Shortly after 9 P.M., on Friday night, July 10th, Baltimore County Fire Dispatch alerted westside units for Fire Box 199, reporting a fire in a house in the 9000 block of Purdy Lane. First-arriving BCoFD Engine 19 from the Garrison station laid a supply line at the intersection of McDonogh Rd & Purdy Lane and upon arrival reported heavy smoke showing from a 2-story single family house. Crews from engines 19, 2 and 18 and Pikesville Volunteer Fire Company Tower 323 made an aggressive interior attack, knocked down the fire in the basement and ventilated the structure. The home's occupant reported the fire started when a Shabbos candle fell over in the basement.

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Mission BBQ Hosts 9-11 Remembrance Event in Owings Mills On Friday, September 11, 2020, the Mission BBQ restaurant at Foundry Row in Owings Mills hosted its annual 9-11 Remembrance event on the 19th anniversary of the attack on America. Firefighter Katherine Garroway, a firefighter at Woodlawn Station 3 and a member of JUMP TO FILE# the Baltimore 091120105 County Fire Department's 111th Recruit Class, opened the event with her rendition of the Star Spangled Banner, followed by comments from Mission BBQ staff. Retired Baltimore City firefighter Robert McCurdy played the bagpipe, and the BCoFD Honor Guard displayed the colors. Crews from BCoFD Stations 18 & 56, and volunteers from the Owings Mills, Pikesville, Glyndon, Reisterstown and Chestnut Ridge stations also participated. Multiple Baltimore County Police officers also attended, and Rockdale Towing sent a heavy-duty wrecker. - MICHAEL SCHWARTZBERG


On Friday, September 11, 2020, the Mission BBQ restaurant at Foundry Row in Owings Mills hosted its annual 9-11 Remembrance event on the 19th anniversary of the attack on America.


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Around 3:30 P.M., on Sunday July 5, 2020, Fire Box 12-8 was struck reporting smoke coming from an apartment building in the 9900 block of Dehavilland Way in Middle River at The Commons at JUMP TO FILE# White Marsh com- 070520103 plex. First-arriving Baltimore County Fire Department Engine 12 reported fire in a 3-story garden-style apartment building, with possible occupants trapped. Engine 12's officer also urgently requested a Baltimore County Police Department response for civilians who were attempting to enter the burning structure. A Working Fire/Rapid Intervention Dispatch was quickly sounded, followed soon thereafter by a second alarm as firefighters faced fire in the attic and through the roof, traveling to a second attached building. Firefighters laid multiple supply and attack lines, set up ladder pipes and threw ground ladders on sides Alpha and Delta, and command requested a third alarm as the fire spread. The fire was brought under control in about two hours. More than 20 units were affected, with multiple individuals displaced, and the American Red Cross Disaster Action Team responded to the scene. The fire is under investigation, however it is believed to have been caused by a lightning strike as heavy storms were moving through the area. One civilian and two firefighters were transported to the hospital with minor injuries. - MICHAEL SCHWARTZBERG



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New Jersey: Ronnie Cordero, 61 Rank: Assistant Chief Incident Date: April 1, 2020 Death Date: April 22, 2020 Fire Department: Little Falls Fire Department Initial Summary: On Wednesday, April 1, 2020, Assistant Chief Ronnie Cordero drove the fire department apparatus to a service call at a residence. During that call, the crew came in close contact with the homeowner who stated that his son tested positive for COVID-19. He also stated that he had just returned from the hospital with COVID-19 related symptoms. The following day, the homeowner was transported by EMS to the hospital where he tested positive for the virus. Some of the EMS and fire personnel that Assistant Chief Cordero came in close contact with during this call and other responses were then tested positive for COVID-19 antibodies. Assistant Chief Ronnie Cordero was hospitalized on Tuesday, April 14, 2020, and passed away on Wednesday, April 22, 2020, from the disease. West Virginia: Russell K. Roberson, 42 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: June 21, 2020 Death Date: June 21, 2020 Fire Department:Iaeger Vol. Fire Department Initial Summary: On Saturday evening, June 20, 2020, firefighters from the Iaeger Volunteer Fire Department, as well as several other departments, responded to the scene of a residential fire. On Sunday, June 21, 2020, firefighters again responded to the same residence for a possible rekindle. While at the scene, Firefighter Russell K. Roberson evacuated a home owner from a second residence that had started to burn. He became ill and while being transported to the hospital, passed away. The cause of his death has not yet been determined. Missouri: Ron Wehlage, Jr., 40 Rank: Fire Lieutenant/Fire Marshal Incident Date: June 27, 2020 Death Date: June 30, 2020 Fire Department: De Soto Rural Fire

Protection District Initial Summary: On Saturday evening, June 27, 2020, Fire Lieutenant/Fire Marshal Ron Wehlage, Jr., responded to a residential fire. After his work duty ended on Sunday morning, June 28, 2020, he returned home. On Tuesday, June 30, 2020, he did not show up for his next shift. Someone was sent to check on him and found Fire Lieutenant/Fire Marshal Wehlage deceased at his home from an apparent heart attack. Individuals attempted to contact Fire Lieutenant/Fire Marshal Wehlage on Sunday, June 28, 2020, but all attempts were unsuccessful. West Virginia: Jason Cuffee, 27 Rank: Firefighter/Medic Incident Date: July 19, 2020 Death Date: July 20, 2020 Fire Department: Charleston Fire Department Initial Summary: At approximately 2330hrs., on Sunday, July 19, 2020, Firefighter/Medic Jason Cuffee was working at the Charleston Fire Department, Station 3. When he failed to respond to a call, his coworkers became concerned and went to check on him. They found Firefighter/Medic Cuffee unresponsive. They immediately performed CPR, and was then transported to the hospital where Firefighter Medic Cuffee was pronounced deceased in the early morning hours of Monday, July 20, 2020. The cause of his death has not yet been determined.

Georgia: Justin Robinson, 50 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: July 14, 2020 Death Date: July 21, 2020 Fire Department: Haralson County Fire Departmen Initial Summary: On Tuesday, July 14, 2020, Firefighter Justin Robinson was at the scene of a motor vehicle accident performing extrication of injured patients. While at the crash site, he went into cardiac arrest. Crews immediately initiated life saving measures and Firefighter Robinson was transported to the local hospital, where he passed away on Tuesday, July 21, 2020.

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Two Injured in Fire at Ner Israel Rabbinical College Shortly before 2 P.M., on Thursday, September 10th, westside Baltimore County fire units were alerted for Fire Box 19-2, reporting a fire in a dormitory building at Ner Israel Rabbinical College at 400 Mt. Wilson Lane. First arriving Engine 2 from the JUMP TO FILE# Pikesville career sta- 091020107 tion reported no evidence of a fire from a two-story building with people evacuating. Tower 323's crew began a search and reported smoke in a room on the second floor, extinguishing a small fire in a bedroom air conditioning unit. Engine crews laid hose lines, truck company crews placed multiple ladders and firefighters worked on overhaul and checking for extension. Firefighters from BCoFD Stations 2, 18 & 19, the Pikesville Volunteer Fire Company, Owings Mills Volunteer Fire Company and Lutherville Volunteer Fire Company were on the scene. No injuries were reported and the fire is under investigation. - MICHAEL SCHWARTZBERG

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Two Motor Vehicle Collisions Shuts Down I-70 On the afternoon of August 7th, the Washington County Emergency Communications Center (ECC) received reports of a multi-vehicle accident on Interstate 70 in the area of the 29-mile marker. Emergency crews from Funkstown JUMP TO FILE# Volunteer Fire Com- 082120105 pany and the Volunteer Fire Company of Halfway were alerted for the call at 2:47 P.M. Units responding were advised that they had up to 7-9 vehicles involved with unconfirmed injuries. With multiple vehicles involved, additional Medic Units from Community Rescue Service and

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Williamsport Fire and EMS were started to assist. Lieutenant Willie Vazquez from Halfway arrived first to confirm he had multiple vehicles involved and established I-70 Command. Emergency crews were able to quickly evaluate the scene finding that they had no serious injuries. Command reported he had no entrapments and was holding the incident to two Medic Units only and was releasing the rest. With in seconds of the report to the ECC, units working the scene witnessed a second accident in the opposite lane of Interstate 70. Personnel were jolted by the sound of the skidding rubber as they looked up to watch a tractor trailer on the east bound side of the interstate strike the guardrail and erupt into flames. Firefighters quickly sprang into action rushing to the aid of the tractor trailer driver who was already self-extricating himself as Command reported to the ECC that they needed a second assignment started for a second vehicle accident on the East Bound side with fire. The fire appeared to be rapidly growing so Command requested a Tanker Task Force started on the assignment. Crews operating on the West Bound side halted their operations to assist with the East Bound accident that appeared more serious. As Funkstown crews worked to access the East Bound Lane, the ECC started additional units to the East Bound incident as West Bound Command had crews deploy a Leader Line off of Halfway’s Engine 261 along with a High-Rise Pack to reach the burning tractor trailer and extinguish the blaze. As units worked to gain control, Funkstown’s Fire Chief Eric Fraley arrived, and established East Bound I-70 Command and Halfway’s Deputy Chief Jamie Drawbaugh assumed West Bound Command as Lieutenant Vazquez was assisted with the East Bound Operations. Firefighters quick actions on the East Bound incident kept the fire from spreading and the incident from being much worse than what it could have been. Interstate 70 was brought to a complete standstill in both directions for several hours as emergency crews worked both incidents. No serious injuries were reported with either accident that afternoon. One motorist involved with the West Bound accident was transported to Meritus Medical Center with nonlife-threatening injuries. No other motorists involved required transport to the hospital, but one firefighter was transported to Meritus Medical Center for evaluation after suffering a heat related emergency. The interstate was shut down for several hours causing severe traffic delays throughout the area. Washington County Fire Police and Hagerstown City Auxiliary worked together to shut down multiple ramps for I-70 and handled traffic

control in the Funkstown area while crews were operating on I-70. West Bound I-70 was able to be re-opened around 5:00 P.M., while East Bound remained closed until all hazards were able to be removed around 7:00 P.M. that evening. Both accidents are currently being investigated by the Maryland State Police. Emergency personnel on the call

responded from the Funkstown Volunteer Fire Company (Co.10), Volunteer Fire Company of Halfway (Co.26), Community Rescue Service (Co.75), Williamsport Fire & EMS (Co.2), Mt. Aetna Volunteer Fire Company (Co.16), The Community Volunteer Fire Company of District 12 (Co.12), Washington County Special Operations 20,


Washington County Division of Emergency Services, Washington County Emergency Support Services (Rehab 25), Washington County Volunteer Fire & Rescue Association Safety Officer, Washington County Fire Police, Hagerstown City Police Auxiliary. - WILLIAM KING

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This 1981 HAHN/LTI 100’ Tiller Which Previously Served Waldorf Maryland is Privately Owned By a Member Of The Schuylkill Historical Fire Society In Shenandoah, PA.

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The Grasonville Fire Department operates a 1998 Pierce Dash 1250/500/105' Quint.

Kochek Introduces New, Upgraded Pistol Grip Ball Valves September 14, 2020--Putnam, CT - Kochek Company, LLC has announced that new, custom Scotty pistol grip ball valves are replacing its former offerings. The new Kochek ball valves in 1.0” and 1.5" sizes are now sourced directly from Scotty® Firefighter to ensure durability and top-quality performance. To further meet the rigorous demands of the field, Kochek re-engineered the Scotty models to include a lightweight aluminum full-time 360º female swivel on all models and aluminum male threads on most models, excluding those with 1.5” NH Male threads. These high-flow pistol grip ball valves are compatible with most 1.0” and 1.5” threaded nozzles, allowing for flow rates up to 100 GPM. They come with a bail positioned on top, permitting reliable, smooth shut-off operation. All Kochek's standard finishes and colors are available on the aluminum components, and laser engraving is available. Scotty® Firefighter, a division of Scott Plastics Limited based in British Columbia, Canada, manufactures forestry hand pumps and backpacks, foam and gel systems,

nozzles, wrenches, adapters, connectors, and valves. A complete product view is found at www.ScottyFire.com.

About Kochek Headquartered in Putnam, CT, Kochek Company is a leading producer of water movement products for fire, water works, and irrigation markets throughout North America and abroad. In order to achieve its mission to manufacture and deliver the highest quality products at competitive prices, Kochek follows the guiding principles of lean manufacturing. More information about Kochek and the company's entire product line may be found at www.kochek.com. - PROVIDED


Crews Respond To Fiery MVC in Hagerstown On the evening of August 2nd, emergency crews from the Hagerstown Fire Department and the Volunteer Fire Company of Halfway were alerted for a personal injury collision on Wesel Boulevard around 1912 hours. Washington County Emergency Communications received multiple reports of a two-vehicle accident with one on fire. Officers from Hagerstown City Police arrived to find one vehicle engulfed in flames with one occupant still in the vehicle on fire. Battalion Chief 3 was advised of Hagerstown Police Departments findings and a second Medic Unit was started and operations was switched to Tac 1 Ops. Battalion Chief 3 arrived confirming he had a two-vehicle accident with one vehicle still occupied and on fire. Firefighters quickly pulled an attack line and began their fire attack to make access to the patient. Firefighters were able to get a quick knock down on the flames, but the patient was already deceased. In the meantime, the crew off Medic 269 was tending to the driver of the second vehicle involved. Command advised Emergency Communications that they had one

JUMP TO FILE #080420113 Priority 4 patient and requested them to notify Meritus Medical Center that Medic 269 would be transporting one Priority 2 Category C trauma to their facility. The second medic unit out of Community Rescue that was responding was canceled at that point with confirmation they only had one patient for transport. Medic 269 quickly packaged their patient and transported to Meritus Medical Center as Fire crews began wrapping up their operations. Fire crews were committed on the scene for about 30 minutes while securing any remaining hazards. The scene was turned over to Hagerstown City Police around 1941 hours. The roadway remained closed for a lengthy period due to the nature of the accident and the need for a reconstruction crew to come out to the scene to determine a cause. Hagerstown Fire Department’s Truck 3 responded back out later that evening to assist investigators on the scene as they worked investigation into what caused the fiery crash. The roadway was com-

pletely re-opened shortly before Midnight. The incident remains under investigation by the Hagerstown City Police. They were able to identify a Smithsburg Man who was killed in the accident. They believe the vehicle driven by the Smithsburg man drifted across the center line into the path of the other vehicle striking it head-on. The driver who was transported to Meritus was reported by Hagerstown City Police to have nonlife-threatening injuries. Crews on the call consisted of personnel from Hagerstown Fire Departments Western Enterprise Station 4 (Engine & Truck 4), Volunteer Fire Company of Halfway (Engine 261 & Medic 269), Community Rescue Service Station 754, Hagerstown Fire Marshal’s Office, Hagerstown City Police Auxiliary Unit, Washington County Fire Police, and Hagerstown City Police. Hagerstown Fire Departments Truck 3 from Pioneer Hook & Ladder responded back out to the incident to assist Hagerstown City Police Reconstruction Team later that evening. - WILLIAM KING

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The Fort Meade Fire Department, at a US Army base in Anne Arundel County, Maryland, has placed into service a 2020 Pierce Saber 1250GPM/750/25F Pumper as Engine 452.

The Annapolis Fire Department in Anne Arundel County, MD has placed into service Truck 39, a 2019 Pierce Enforcer 107’ TDA. Truck 39 operates from the Taylor Avenue Station.



The Annapolis Fire Department has placed into service Engine 361, a 2019 Pierce Enforcer 1250GPM/750GWT engine operating from the Eastport Station.

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The Annapolis Fire Department in Anne Arundel County, MD has placed into service Truck 36, a 2019 Pierce Ascendant 107' TDA. The tractor is a refurbished 2003 Pierce that formerly served AFD as Truck 35, Truck 36 and Truck 39. Truck 36 operates from the Eastport Station.

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Footprints on the Heart Chaplain's Corner Didymus McHugh

It is not the what that is important but the who. I feel like I spent my life around a firehouse all my life, at least since I was two years old. I may not remember everything about every time that I was there, but I remember how my uncles made me feel. They spent time with me and I cannot for the life remember what we did, except the feeling around Christmas and the summer picnics. But the uncles made sure that they spent time with the children and made our time special. The other day I noticed some children who were being lifted up by their parents so that they could see the fire engine through the windows. I pulled the engine out of the bay. I showed the boys around the engine and turned on the lights. The boys were so happy. When I got home I saw a large toy fire truck that I was going to get rid of. I brought it down to the station to give to the boys. After a few days, the family came back and I asked the parents if I could give it to the boys. The parents agreed and then it all happened. Their faces lit up with smiles and their eyes were so wide open. One of the boys stopped whatever he wanted to do and got down on his knees and starting playing with the toy right on the driveway. The family will never remember who I am. They may not remember what town but they may remember the feeling that they had while they were with me for a short time. When we spend time with the children, they may not remember us but they may remember the feeling. Kids may remember that firemen make them happy. They may remember the care that a police officer had for them. The lol-

lipop that he would always get from the doctor for a great check up. People will remember the time that you spent with them. You may have listened to someone who was having a really bad day. You may have helped the little old lady down the street, bring in her trash cans. The veteran who may be in the veterans’ home may not remember your name but they know that they like you. I remember my mentors in life and how I was appreciative for their time and their constant words of encouragement and caring they had for me. I remember how some teachers were caring and became friends of my family. I remember my friend in Georgia who always made time for me and my daughter. I cannot remember everything that we did but I can remember how they made me feel. People may not always be with us but the impression that they leave on our life will always be there, be it positive or negative. There is a saying that I heard, I forget where it comes from, we are blessed to see everyone. Some people bless us when they come into the room and others bless us when they leave the room. What kind of impression are you leaving? Are we the type of people that leave footprints on someone’s heart and they always want to have those footprints? When I teach new chaplains, a question that is always asked of them is “how do you know that you have made a difference with the person that you were with?” The answer is that we never know what type of impression we have on anyone’s life. The conversation and time that we spend with people are the seeds that we are planting. We may never see the harvest of those seeds but we are not supposed to. Stay safe,

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Two Chesterfield Firefighters Injured Battling Fire Chesterfield, VA - One adult was displaced and two county firefighters injured in an overnight blaze at the 14200 block of West Salisbury Road, on July 3rd. One firefighter was treated on the scene and the other was transported to a JUMP TO FILE# hospital. The in- 070320101 juries were heat related due to high humidity and temperatures and the intense fire. It all began around 12:22 A.M. when tones sounded dispatching Engines 5, 20, 4, Truck 9 and 7, Medic 4, TSO, Battalions 3 and 4 and mutual aid from Powhatan Fire and Rescue. Additional units added included Engine 15, Medic 16, Shift Commander, a fire marshal and air utility. Crews arrived on scene to find an attached garage with heavy fire extending to the home. Captain Joe Harvey, Deputy Fire Marshal, Chesterfield Fire and EMS said the cause is under investigation. - BECKY ROBINETTE WRIGHT


CHESTERFIELD,VA-One adult was displaced and two county firefighters injured in an overnight blaze at the 14200 block of West Salisbury Road,on July 3.

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Wytheville, VA - On July 27th, Wytheville Fire & Rescue Dept. was dispatched for a confirmed working fire with heavy fire showing upon arrival. Rescue Engine 61, Tanker 61, Medics 61 and 62, Truck 61 and Chiefs 601, 602 and 603 responded with 11 personnel. An additional eight off-duty personnel responded on call-back for manpower and back-fill of the town. Max Meadows FD responded with an engine and two tankers with six personnel. No injuries were reported. Residents were not home at the time of the fire. The cause of the fire was determined as accidental.

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Lightning Strike Damages Multi-Family Residential Units in Henrico County Henrico County, VA - On July 22nd, Henrico Fire units responded to the 10300 block of Trellis Crossing Lane, just before midnight. The Trellis Crossing community consist of 4 residential units under one roof. Several occu- JUMP TO FILE# pants heard and felt 072220105 the lightning strike before discovering smoke and fire coming from their attic area. All occupants departed their homes safely prior to the fire department arrival. Henrico Fire units arrived to find heavy smoke from the attic area with fire inside the attic. An exterior fire attacked was initially used to control the bulk of the fire. Firefighters then transitioned to an interior fire attack. Henrico Police are assisting with traffic control around Pump Road and Ridgefield Parkway. Four families were displaced by the fire damage. The American Red Cross is assisting the families with immediate housing and personal items. Henrico Fire had several storm related incidents during the evening hours. - HENRICO COUNTY FIRE




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Juvenile Injured in Chesterfield House Fire, Five Displaced Chesterfield, VA - Chesterfield Fire and EMS personnel were toned at 6:32 P.M., for a structure fire at 2032 Willis Road, on July 6th. A large column of smoke rising in the air greeted responding crews. Captain Joe Harvey, Deputy Fire Marshal, NREMT-P of Chesterfield Fire and EMS said the scene upon arrival was heavy fire showing from a two-story single family dwelling. The occupants self-evacuated while rescuers were enroute. Firefighters stretched 1.88 handlines and launched an aggressive interior attack. A juvenile, one of the occupants from the residence, suffered smoke

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JUMP TO FILE #070720116 inhalation, was treated on scene and not transported, Captain Harvey said. The fire was marked under control at 7:18 p.m. A total of two adults and three juveniles were displaced, Captain Harvey said. The cause is under investigation. Units that responded were Engines 17, 3, 14, 1, Truck 14, Medic 17 and 21, Battalions 2 and 1, Air Utility and a fire marshal. - BECKY ROBINETTE WRIGHT

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Former New Market Engine 232 was recently found 700 miles away in the small town of Randolph Maine. The 2003 HME / FFA 1500/1500/40A serves that department as Engine 51. A twin of this, Engine 231, is still operating with NMFR.

Owl Fire Department in Woodbridge, Virginia once ran a 1981 Hahn 1500/500. The unit is now privately owned.


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Keeling Fire Department, located In Pittsylvania County, Virginia.


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Kochek and AWG Team Up to Deliver Outstanding Valve Quality Kochek Company, LLC has announced its new alliance with AWG Fittings GmbH. The two companies have partnered to provide Kochek loose equipment dealers with the superior performance and reliability for which AWG valves are known throughout the industry. As Kochek's primary supplier of several sizes of gate, ball, intake, hydrassist, manifold, siamese, and pressure relief valves, AWG plays an important role in Kochek's efforts to ensure the continued satisfaction of its dealers and customers. With every order, Kochek custom fits each valve to exacting specifications. Kochek President and CEO, George J. Wessner, said of the relationship with AWG, "We're thrilled to work with AWG to make this quality possible for our

customers. They rely on their Kochek equipment when it matters most, and our valve performance is something they can always count on in the field."

About Kochek Headquartered in Putnam, CT, Kochek Company is a leading producer of water movement products for fire, water works, and irrigation markets throughout North America and abroad. In order to achieve its mission to manufacture and deliver the highest quality products at competitive prices, Kochek follows the guiding principles of lean manufacturing. More information about Kochek and the company's entire product line may be found at www.kochek.com. - PROVIDED


by John Malecky

FIREFIGHTER From Rookie to Chief By A. I Dower

Available from: FSP Books & Videos 188 Central Street, Suite #4 Hudson, MA 01749-1330 800-522-8528 E-mail: support@fire-police-ems.com www.fire-police-ems.com Price: $19.95

This is a soft cover book measuring 6 inches by 9 inches and has 164 pages plus nine pages of black and white photos. The author at present will be 95 years old this year. He joined the London Fire Brigade in 1950 and retired in 1983 after rising from rookie to chief and then inspector. There are 13 chapters of interesting reading starting with a chapter before the fire service and building on each subsequent chapter which was memoirs of each rank that he held. I believe that he may have had intended to address British readers because there is no glossary to explain many terms used by the

British fire service which different from the United States fire service. Nevertheless it is a colorful read especially trying to figure out what certain terms or titles may mean. Sometimes I had to go to the search engine of my computer to find a definition here and there. Add to that the jargon spoken by the English much of which Americans may describe as slang, and you have interesting stories. Although he spent his career in many assignments in many different types of areas, he explains about his experiences battling fires and emergencies of all kinds. He does not dwell on many of these calls some of which were tragic and others at times humorous. We must not forget fire station routines and atmospheres of comradery which are always fun to read about and those can be found in the book. One of this things which amused me the most is how the British could take a noun or verb that Americans would be familiar with and present with another word or term. In those cases I would say to myself, “Yeah I guess you could call it that also!� In any event I believe this is an interesting book to read for anyone who has the time. The photos are at the end of the book and are mostly group photos or presentation. He and his late wife are in one photo. She is credited with being an important inspiration to him when he did his writing. He now resides in Spain.

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Cockeysville, MD operates a 1998 Ford F550/M&W 1000/300 Mini Pumper.


Williamsport Volunteer Fire Company March 1967.

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Say it with me now...KEEN Wah! FORK & HOSE CO. a Food Blog by A.J. Fusco

So in case you missed it or didn’t know, quinoa is pronounced KEEN-wah. If you have been living under a rock, you wouldn’t know that this ancient “grain”/superfood has become extremely popular over the last few years. And while its popularity is in its infancy here in the United States, historical evidence puts its domestication for human consumption 34 thousand years ago in Peru and Bolivia. But perhaps its biggest misconception is that it isn’t actually a grain at all. In fact, quinoa is the seed from a flowering plant in the amaranth family. It is more closely related to spinach than say rice. Because of this, it is a gluten-free food, which makes it

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perfect for those with gluten allergies. Many recipes that contain grains such as wheat, rice and barley can easily be substituted with quinoa. They even make quinoa flour for baking! So now that we have the pronunciation down, let’s talk about cooking with quinoa. In the firehouse, I have found that it's hit or miss when it comes to putting out a successful meal using this delicious ingredient. Those who haven’t tried it are often reluctant just based on the name alone. And some just don’t like the texture, like when one of my partners said it felt like he was eating sand, which I find to be a little bit of an exaggeration. The great thing about quinoa is that while it certainly has its own flavor, it is mild enough to “play well in the sandbox” with other flavors, sort of like rice. It is delicious on its own, cooked in some chicken stock or seasoned water, but using it in other ways is where I find it to be more accessible to others

who may have not tried it. I have used it successfully in casseroles and stir-frys, but one of my favorite applications is to use it as a stuffing, like in this recipe for stuffed acorn squash. And it is seasonally versatile as well. While this acorn squash recipe is perfect for the fall, a cold quinoa salad with cucumber and tomato is delicious for the summer. Maybe use it in a Spring quinoa bowl with peas, lemon and mint. Or how about using it as a base for beef stew in the winter?! Seriously though, you get the idea. And besides its versatility, it is extremely healthy. In fact, a 2017 study in the Journal of Nutraceuticals and Food Science found that when compared to other cereals like wheat, corn and barley, quinoa has more protein and a greater balance of essential amino acids. Not only is it a good source of protein and fiber, it is full of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. It is no wonder this crop was so important to the Incan people!



2 Acorn Squash, cut in half horizontally, seeds and stringy flesh scooped out. ½ lb. Chicken Sausage, casing removed ½ Apple, seeded and chopped ½ Onion, chopped 1 Garlic Clove, diced 4 Sage Leaves, diced 1 tsp. Paprika 1 tsp. Ground Cumin 3/4 Cup Dry Quinoa, cooked according to package 3/4 Cup Shredded White Cheddar Cheese, reserve half for garnish Salt, to taste EVOO Optional: Finely chopped chives for garnish


• Add the cooked quinoa to the sausage mixture and stir to combine. Taste and adjust seasoning.

• Preheat oven to 400* F

• While the squash is baking, cook the quinoa according to the package and brown the sausage in a drizzle of EVOO in a medium saute pan. Using a slotted spoon, remove cooked sausage and set aside in a bowl.

• Place squash on a foil lined sheet pan, cut side down. Roast for 25 minutes or until soft. Remove from the oven.

• Add the garlic, sage and spices to the pan and cook until fragrant. Remove the onion-apple mixture and add it to the cooked sausage.

• Garnish with chives and serve.


• Trim both ends of the acorn squash off. Cut the squash in half horizontally and scoop out the seeds and stringy flesh. Drizzle with EVOO and a pinch of salt.

• In the same pan, add the onions and saute until lightly browned. Add the apples and saute until the apples start to soften.

• Add half of the shredded cheddar to the mix and stir. Place the cooked squash on the same sheet pan cut side up. Stuff with quinoa-sausage mix, top with more cheese and bake for another 15 minutes or until the cheese is browned.

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