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MD - On the afternoon of December 31, 2015, Baltimore City Fire Department units were alerted for a reported building fire in the 1700 block of N. Ellwood Avenue (Box Alarm 51-13). Arriving units reported heavy fire and smoke showing from a one story warehouse and began a fire attack.

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Multi vehicle collision for Dover On January 18, 2016, the Dover Fire Department was alerted for a multi-vehicle collision with a possible rollover at the intersection of S. State St. and S. DuPont Hwy. The futy officer, Asst. Chief JUMP TO FILE # Glenn Whitt, was 012216116 first on scene to find two vehicles with heavy damage, and two with minor damage. The drivers of both heavily damaged vehicles were still inside their vehicles. There were no subjects entrapped. E4 was first on scene and assisted BLS and ALS with patient care and vehicle stabilization. As more units arrived on scene, all vehicles were attended to and fluid spills were mitigated.

A total of two individuals were transported to the local trauma center for evaluation. The scene was placed under control and turned over to the

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A bizarre afternoon of incidents

On January 19, 2016, the Dover Fire Department responded to two separate incidents of vehicles into structures. The first was a vehicle into a commercial structure, causing structural damage as well as water damage. Shortly after clearing that scene, the department was alerted for a vehicle into a residence in the Mayfair development. A total of six patients were transported by local BLS units from both incidents. Both scenes were turned over to the Dover Police Department and City Inspections for investigation.


Seaford battle house fire

At 3:19, Seaford Fire Department along with stations 71, 72, and Dorchester county 26 were alerted for a house fire on Matts Rd. 87 Command (B. Taylor) arrive to find a 2 story residential with fire showing form the garage. Engine 87-2 split the crew, putting a line into the front door and a second to the garage. The fire was contained with minor extension into the residence. Under investigation by the Fire Marshal. Engine 872, 879, Tower 87 and Rescue 87 made the call.

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Delaware County Engine 40 on scene at a recent fatal fire in a private dwelling on Abington Road in Talleyville

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Trench rescue for Dover On January 20, 2016 at 10:43 a.m., the Dover Fire Department was alerted for a trench rescue in the parking lot of the Sam’s Club. Engine 3 was first on scene, under the direction of Assistant Chief Glenn Whitt, to find a subject nine feet down inside of a storm drain. The incident was a confined space rescue and not a trench collapse. The subject had been working, when he suffered a fall and could not climb out. Rescue 1 arrived on scene. Crews quickly assembled the confined space rescue tripod rigged with a 4:1 haul system. A crew member entered the drain and assessed the subject for injuries. Warm air was pumped down below grade to warm the subject. He was fitted into a rescue

JUMP TO FILE #012216115 harness and attached to the haul system. The subject was lifted without incident and placed on a waiting stretcher. He was transported to the local trauma center with non-life threatening injuries. Units on scene included Car 2 Duty Officer; Dover Engine 3; Dover Heavy Rescue 1; Dover Ladder 1, KCDPS paramedics KM5, KM7 and Tango 1; and the City of Dover Fire Marshals office FM1 and FM2. The Kent County Special Ops Team was dispatched, but returned prior to arrival. - DOVER FIRE DEPT

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Texas: Stacy A. Crawford, 47 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: December 19, 2015 Death Date: December 19, 2015 Fire Department: Navarro County Emergency Initial Summary: While involved in training exercises at the fire station, Firefighter Crawford suddenly became unconscious and collapsed. Resuscitation efforts were begun by fellow responders and Firefighter Crawford was transported to the hospital where he succumbed to a nature and cause of fatal injury still to be determined.

North Carolina: Sidney "Sid" Winer, 92 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: October 20, 2015 Death Date: December 15, 2015 Fire Department: No. 7 Township Fire Rescue Initial Summary: Firefighter Winer was involved in a motor vehicle collision on October 20th, 2015, while riding in department's Ford F150 returning from picking up equipment. Another vehicle pulled out directly in front of the department's truck. Winer sustained serious fractures to both feet as a result of the collision which totaled the department's truck. As a result of the injuries he sustained, Firefighter Winer's right leg was amputated just below the knee on December 3rd, 2015. Firefighter Winer was in the rehabilitation center at CarolinaEast Medical Center when he succumbed to his injuries on December, 15th. Mississippi: Willie B. Ratliff, 66 Rank: Captain Incident Date: December 21, 2015 Death Date: December 21, 2015 Fire Department: City of Clarksdale Fire Department Initial Summary: Fire Captain Ratliff was found deceased in the firehouse by fellow firefighters from an apparent heart attack shortly after participating in fire department physical training at the fire station.

Pennsylvania: Louis “Pop Pop” Patti, 67 Rank: Fire Police Officer Incident Date: December 6, 2015 Death Date: December 22, 2015 Fire Department: Warwick Township Fire Company 1 Initial Summary: Fire Police Officer Patti passed away on December 22, 2015, from a CVA injury suffered minutes after returning home from a vehicle extrication response call on December 6, 2015.

Ohio: Patrick R. Wolterman, 28 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: December 28, 2015 Death Date: December 28, 2015 Fire Department: Hamilton Fire Department Initial Summary: Firefighter Wolterman died from injuries sustained when he became trapped in a residential structure fire. According to initial reports from the media and fire department, firefighters responded to the fire at 0112hrs and upon arrival observed heavy smoke coming from the home. Firefighters had been advised that the house may be occupied with two elderly residents and at 0117hrs entered the home to search for any residents and began an interior attack on the fire. At approximately 0120hrs firefighter Wolterman fell from the first floor into the basement and firefighters transmitted a "Mayday" alert calling for help. Firefighters quickly located and rescued Firefighter Wolterman and performed life saving measures while en route to Fort Hamilton Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. The fatal fire incident remains under investigation by local and state authorities. Michigan: Charles C. Adams, Jr., 47 Rank: Firefighter Trainee Incident Date: January 2, 2016 Death Date: January 2, 2016 Fire Department: Spring Arbor Township Fire Department Initial Summary: Firefighter Trainee Adams was participating in search and rescue training at the local fire academy. He became ill and momentarily lost consciousness. Displaying heart attack-like symptoms, he was transported by ambulance to the hospital. Firefighter Trainee Adams passed away at the hospital later that evening from a cause yet to be determined. Illinois: Kenneth K. Harris, 56 Rank: Firefighter/Paramedic Incident Date: January 11, 2016 Death Date: January 11, 2016 Fire Department: Village of Oak Park Fire Department Initial Summary: Firefighter/Paramedic Harris finished his shift on 01/11/16 at 0730hrs. During this shift, Harris responded to multiple incidents with the last incident being at 0615hrs. At approximately 2030hrs that same day, Harris suffered a cardiac arrest while at home and passed away from injuries sustained.

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Working fire proves fatal in Talleyville

Late in the evening of January 19th, the fire assignment was put out to a private dwelling in the 2000 block of Abington Road in the Talleyville section of New Castle County. Upon arrival of units from 13 and 25, they had fire throughout the residential building, with reports of people trapped. Units tried to make the push in, but due to the immense and advanced fire conditions they could not. Multiple lines were placed in service along with a ladder pipe. The fire was knocked down in about an hour. After further investigation, the coroner was notified for one. Multiple companies from New Castle County, DE and Delaware County, PA operated for multiple hours.

On November 20, 2015, NIOSH issued a safety advisory for the fire service. This safety advisory was issued after a firefighter fell through a corrugated roof panel and subsequently died from his injuries. The following information is taken directly from the NIOSH safety advisory and can be downloaded from the NIOSH web site and printed for distribution and posting: Please inform your membership. Translucent corrugated roof panels may contribute to increased fall risk during roof operations. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) recommends that all fire departments immediately take the following actions to reduce the risk of firefighters being injured or killed while operating on roofs that contain translucent corrugated roof panels: • Ensure that all firefighters, company officers and chief officers are aware of and are trained to recognize translucent corrugated roof panels. • Establish policies and procedures to ensure that firefighters do not walk or stand on translucent corrugated roof panels. • Ensure firefighters immediately inform the incident commander and other firefighters when translucent corrugated roof panels are identified. • Ensure firefighters follow safe roof operating practices including sounding the roof, having enough ladders for safe exit and always wearing the proper PPE, including self-contained breathing apparatus. The NIOSH Fire Fighter Fatality Investigation and Prevention Program is currently investigating a July 15, 2015 firefighter line of-duty-death that illustrates the hazard to firefighters when operating on roofs containing translucent corrugated panels. These panels are designed to transfer natural light and heat into a building's interior and in some cases may be painted or tinted to blend in with the existing roof. These panels are designed in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors and may be difficult to recognize, especially at night. Preliminary findings indicate that these panels are typically not designed to be walked upon, will not support the weight of a firefighter (with or without personal protective equipment and tools), and may degrade when exposed to UV, water and other chemicals. These roof panels can be found in a variety of buildings including, manufacturing facilities, warehouses, storage buildings, restaurants, carports, canopies, barns and covered walkways in both commercial and residential settings. Circumstances of the incident under investigation by NIOSH On June 28, 2015, at approximately 9:30 p.m., a 46-year-old career firefighter/engineer was seriously injured, and eventually died, when he fell through a translucent corrugated roof panel while his crew was searching the roof for fire extension from an exterior

dumpster fire. The fire department was dispatched for a report of a multi-family commercial structure fire. The first arriving crews found a fire burning in a dumpster located against the exterior wall of a 300 feet x 60 feet, one-story, metal frame commercial building located in a warehouse district. The first arriving crews pulled the dumpster away from the building and quickly extinguished the fire using tank water. Scorch marks on the exterior wall near a window raised the possibility of fire extension inside the building. The incident commander directed crews to force entry into the building and search for fire extension and occupants. He also directed a truck company to ladder the roof and search for fire extension. Four firefighters climbed onto the roof, where one used a thermal imager to check for signs of fire extension while the other three, including the firefighter/engineer, sized up the roof conditions. While operating on the roof, the firefighter/engineer stepped on a translucent corrugated roof panel and fell approximately 17 feet onto a concrete floor. The firefighter was seriously injured and died 17 days later on July 15, 2015. This fire department experienced a similar incident in 2012 in which a translucent corrugated roof panel broke under the weight of a firefighter who fortunately did not receive a serious injury. A NIOSH investigation report of this fatality providing additional details about the incident and recommendations for preventing falls through these types of roof panels will be available at a later date. NIOSH would like to bring this information to the attention of all U.S. fire departments; firefighters; fire service trainers; building officials; local, city and state authorities having jurisdiction and building code organizations. Translucent corrugated roof panels are widely used across the United States. Fire departments should identify structures within their jurisdiction that have translucent corrugated roof panels and include this information in pre-incident plans. This information should be shared with mutual aid departments and added into the caution notes of CAD dispatch systems where possible. Incident commanders should strongly consider the risk benefit analysis of permitting rooftop operations on identified buildings. Firefighters may not be aware of and may not fully appreciate the hazards and risks associated with these panels. Firefighters should always inform the incident commander and other firefighters when translucent corrugated roof panels are identified and should not walk or stand on them. Firefighters should constantly sound the roof to gauge structural integrity and changes in roof construction. Translucent corrugated roof panels can be difficult to identify and seldom have frames or other features that identify their location. References NIOSH [2004]. NIOSH ALERT: Preventing Falls of Workers through Skylights and Roof and Floor Openings. Cincinnati OH. DHHS (NIOSH) Publication Number 2 0 0 4 - 1 5 6 . Till next time, Stay Safe and God Bless!

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Let’s Roll Engine 15 Media Group Available from: FSP Books & Videos 188 Central Street, #4 Hudson, MA 01749-1330 1-800522-8528 E-Mail: support@firep o l i c e - e m s . c o m Price $14.95 (DVD) This DVD gives an account of six Los Angeles firefighter, who peddled 3300 miles within 45 days from their city to New York City to help support two foundations benefitting those who died on 9-11-01. Their quest was not only to recognize and remember the 343 New York City firefighters, who gave their lives but all those who died that day. Accompanied by a camper bus, a videographer who rode on a pickup truck tailgate to visualize the many aspects of the trip and the support group, these men withstood all kinds of weather, individual injuries and group conflicts at times to accomplish

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their mission. The video brings you through many stops throughout the trip, the many bicyclists who joined them when riding through and the hospitality shown them in many different ways. One thing realized is that when you become a firefighter you join a brotherhood, which is recognized wherever you go. I say the word brotherhood, but extend that meaning to the many female firefighters as well. The video has to be seen to appreciate the team’s efforts and reception in all of the stops along the way. In Albuquerque, NM one of them noticed that there was a pole hole in the restroom so that firefighters could hit the floor safely if they were using the room when a call came in rather than running to one in another room or taking the stairs. Their stops included Shanksville, Pennsylvania where one of the planes landed that fateful day and to the Pentagon where another one landed, before ending expedition to New York City.


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Keeping hydrants clear On January 23, 2016, the members of Sophia City Fire & Rescue spent the day shoveling snow from the driveways of Sophia's residents. We also cleared away snow from hydrants in the town limits.

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Winter fire destroys Randallstown house


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Shortly before 7 a.m. on Saturday, January 30, 2016, firefighters on Baltimore County's west side were alerted for a house on fire (Fire Box 18-1) in the 3000 block of Rusty Rock Road in Randallstown. First arriving BCoFD Engine 18, responding from quarters two

JUMP TO FILE #013116100 blocks away, reported heavy smoke and fire in a vacant two story house. A working fire dispatch and two additional engines were quickly requested to the scene as

firefighters utilized exterior operations to fight the fire. The fire was brought under control after firefighters battled temperatures, which were less than 20 degrees for more than two hours. - MICHAEL SCHWARTZBERG


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At approximately 1:30 p.m. on January 9th, firefighters and paramedics from the Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services (HCDFRS) were dispatched to a house fire in the 10,000 block of Hatbrim Terrace in the Kings Contrivance Village of Columbia. Crews arrived to find heavy fire on the first floor of a two story single family home, and they began an

JUMP TO FILE #011216138 aggressive interior attack. The fire was extinguished quickly, but firefighters were on site for an extended period of time for overhaul and to ensure the fire is completely extinguished. Two residents had evacuated the home prior to HCDFRS arrival, but

firefighters rescued the family dog, Jet. Both residents were transported to local hospitals for treatment. More than 30 firefighters from HCDFRS worked to extinguish the blaze. There were no fire department injuries. HCDFRS fire investigators were on scene to determine the origin and cause of the blaze. - MARC FISCHER

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Three alarm fire in Ellicott City Just after 11:20 a.m. on February 14, 2016, Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services was alerted for an apartment fire in 7600 block of Coachlight Ln in Ellicott City. Multiple 911 calls were received reporting the side of a building on fire. First arriving units from HCDFRS found heavy fire showing from a two story condominium building and requested a second alarm. All of the building’s occupants were able to evacuate on their own prior to HCDFRS arrival.

JUMP TO FILE #021516102 Firefighters performed an aggressive interior fire attack in six condo units and the attic, which prevented the fire from spreading to another section of the building. The third alarm was requested at 30 minutes into the incident for additional manpower. Units from Anne Arundel and Baltimore Counties as well as BWI Airport responded on the second and third

alarms. It took approximately 75 firefighters 90 minutes to control the flames. A total of 16 occupants (12 adult, four children) were displaced and are being assisted by the American Red Cross. This incident is under investigation by HCDFRS fire investigators and the estimated loss of property and contents is 1.2 million dollars. There were no injuries to responders or civilians reported. - ADAM NOLDER


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Two alarm blaze in Chestertown


Three alarm blaze destroys warehouse On the afternoon of December 31, 2015, Baltimore City Fire Department units were alerted for a reported building fire in the 1700 block of N. Ellwood Avenue (Box Alarm 51-13). Arriving units reported heavy fire and smoke showing from a one story warehouse and began a fire attack. However, due to the intensity of the fire, command ordered a de-

JUMP TO FILE #010316114 fensive operation and quickly called for a second and a third alarm, with special calls for additional engine companies and the BCFD Water Tower. In addition to the heavy fire conditions through the roof of the building, firefighters were ham-

pered by having limited access to Side C of the fire building due to a cemetery. The cause of the fire is unknown, and the warehouse is believed to have stored mattresses. It took several hours for firefighters to bring the blaze under control and crews remained on scene until the next day. - MICHAEL SCHWARTZBERG

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At 5:13 a.m. on Dec. 21st, the Chestertown Vol. Fire Company, with mutual aid, was dispatched for a dwelling fire at 8966 Bakers Lane, a tenant house on the William Loller poultry farm. This area is rural and not protected by hydrants. The first unit arrived at 5:26 a.m. to find a two story farm house, approx 100 yrs old, with fire showing.A delivery driver alerted the two sleeping occupants. Crews initially made an aggressive interior attack, but roof integrity became a concern. The focus was then operating hose lines from the exterior. A tanker task force was requested at 5:50 a.m. Once a good supply of water was on hand, the crews employed elevated master streams from Tower 6. The fire was declared under control at 7:28 a.m. The house was completely destroyed. During the course of the fire, Choptank Electric was summoned to cut power to the house. This was determined to be impractical as it would also have cut power to the poultry operation further back on the farm. The operation relies on electricity to power automatic feeding, watering and ventilation systems. The Maryland State Fire Mar-

JUMP TO FILE #122215100 shals Office was called to the scene. They have since completed their investigation and determined the cause of the fire was a space heater placed too close to combustibles. Red Cross assistance was offered to the occupants of the dwelling, but they declined. One female occupant was evaluated on scene by EMS, but did not require transport. There were no injuries to any first responders. There were 60 emergency personnel on scene. The Clayton VFC (Delaware) and the Grasonville VFC provided stand by. Mutual aid was provided by Kent & Queen Annes Rescue Squad, Kent County EMS, Rock Hall VFC, Kennedyville VFC, Betterton VFC, Galena VFC, Community FC of Millington, Cecilton VFC, Hacks Point VFC, Chesapeake City VFC, Church Hill VFC, Crumpton VFC, Centreville VFC, Grasonville VFC, Marydel VFC, Goldsboro VFC, and Clayton VFC (DE). -LARRY SLAGLE

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Fatal house fire in Rock Hall At 9:47 p.m. on December 10th, Kent dispatched Rock Hall, Chestertown, Betterton, Kennedyville, Kent and Queen Anne’s Rescue Squad with Kent County EMS for a dwelling fire with rescue at 21444 JUMP TO FILE # 121215100 Catholic Avenue. Engine 72 arrived securing their own hydrant and reported a two story single family dwelling with fire through the roof. Due to the fire conditions on the first floor, crews from Engine 72 were forced to take a defensive stance and attempt to control the fire from the exterior. Tower 6 arrived and with the reports of the homeowner still unaccounted for, laddered all second floor windows in an attempt to vent, enter and search; however, crews had to withdraw due to the second floor being compromised from the fire load on the first floor. Engine 6 secured a secondary water source in the event a ladder pipe operation would be necessary. In an attempt to still complete a search while not putting any members in danger, the crew from Tower 6 located the deceased homeowner on Division two, side


Charlie. As additional crews from Chestertown, Betterton and Kennedyville arrived, they were assigned numerous tasks that included master stream operations and opening up exterior walls to contain the fire. The fire was brought under control at approximately 11:00 p.m. with all units remaining on the scene. Captain 7-1 (Matt Dowling) had Catholic Avenue command. The Maryland State Fire Marshall's


Office assisted by the Rock Hall Police Department and Maryland State Police were investigating the cause of the fire. Rock Hall units cleared the call at 12:40 a.m. on Friday. Units on the call included Engine 72, Engine 6, Engine 67, Engine 5, Engine 4, Truck 7, Tower 6, Rescue 6, Rescue 5, Tanker 5, Ambulance 7, Ambulance 71, Ambulance 8, Utility 7 and Kent EMS units. -JAMES RUSSUM

Two alarm townhouse fire Just before midnight on December 8, 2015, Baltimore County westside firefighters were alerted for a reported townhouse fire at 2510 Barnesley Place in Woodlawn (Fire Box 3-18), in the Crosswinds at Rolling Road development. BCoFD Engine 3 reported heavy smoke and fire showing from a two story townhome upon arrival, with fire extension to attached exposures. Due to the fire conditions, command requested a

JUMP TO FILE #071513129 second alarm response; however, firefighters made an aggressive attack and knocked the fire in about 15 minutes. The Red Cross Greater Chesapeake chapter was requested to assist with several people who were displaced. - MICHAEL SCHWARTZBERG

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Firefighters pull one victim from blaze


Vacant rowhouse in Baltimore City During lunchtime on Tuesday, December 22nd, Baltimore City Fire Department westside units were dispatched to a reported fire in the 1800 block of West Pratt Street. First-arriving units reported fire and smoke showing from the front and rear of a three story vacant middle-of-the-row and initiated a quick attack. However, due to hazardous conditions inside the structure such

JUMP TO FILE #122315101 as missing floors, command ordered exterior operations. Crews were able to get the fire extinguished in about 15 minutes.


Shortly before 6 a.m. on February 28, westside units in Baltimore County were alerted for a house on fire in the 7000 block of Alden Road in the Colonial Village area of Pikesville. As units began JUMP TO FILE # responding, Fire 022816105 Dispatch reported callers were reporting occupants possibly trapped inside and upgraded the assignment to a Fire Rescue Box. First arriving BCoFD Engine 2 reported smoke showing from a two story single family house and began stretching lines. Upon arrival, Pikesvile Volunteer Fire Company Tower 323's operator backed the truck onto Alden Road and put the bucket to the roof for ventilation, while the tower's firefighters threw ground ladders to windows on sides Alpha and Delta. Interior crews found and removed one victim unconscious from the house. Awaiting EMS crews initiated patient care before transporting the victim to Sinai Hospital. The fire is under investigation by BCoFD's Fire Investigation Bureau. - MICHAEL SCHWARTZBERG

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What do most people think of when they describe their local ambulance agency? A speeding ambulance with flashing lights? Maybe they will think of those so-called “ambulance drivers”? If they’ve been the recipient of an emergency medical response, maybe they will think of the strangers who came in to take blood pressure readings and took them to the hospital? Few people understand everything that goes into the existence and maintenance of an EMS agency. Most people have no idea if the middle-of-the-night responders are paid or volunteer, if they are firefighters, EMTs or paramedics, if they are first aid trained or other, or if the training took a day or nine months. Most people only know that if they dial 911, someone will show up to help. Whether you are part of a nonprofit volunteer agency or a for-profit EMS business, community support is a necessity. Fundraising to keep your agency fully equipped and functioning, attracting qualified staff as efficient paid professionals, replacing vehicles, building a headquarters, charging patients for services, or even replacing uniforms for members will all go smoother if the residents and government leaders of your service area are behind you. Public information officers can fill many valuable positions from the dissemination of vital info during an emergency to the more valuable (for the agency) connecting with the community. Publicizing things that the agency can do for the community in addition to 911 response (such as CPR classes, loan closets, holiday events, event stand-bys, etc) will definitely open your neighbors’ eyes. All agencies should maintain websites. They can be simple and inexpensive sites, some sites start as low as $20 per year depending on storage space and how much the

agency can do for itself. Vital components to websites include listing the administrative and operating officers, non-emergency contact info (including an email, phone number and street address) for the agency, info about HIPPA policies and obtaining medical records. Other helpful information to include would be member or employment applications, a running list of courses offered to the community, health and safety tips, the organization’s history, an “in the news” section, and highlighted announcements about awards, achievements, new equipment, etc. Occasional photos of corps events are nice to add although not a necessity depending on member and leadership preferences, but they do help to literally put a face to the organization. Posting “kudos” to members for a job well done and personal notes of congratulation on weddings, births, promotions and stuff like that helps to humanize the agency and lets the community connect. Membership and fundraising drives can be added to the website to help increase exposure. Ideally the agency PIO should be a team effort (with one person in charge to ensure cohesiveness). Different positions can include a liaison with other first responder agencies, a publicity coordinator to establish a relationship with local media; a webmaster to ensure the website is up to date and accurate, and a “speakers’ bureau” to attend community meetings and offer presentations. Have the staff work on yearly EMS Week ideas publicized by NAEMT ( and ACEP ( for tried and true community awareness. *Learn how to be a public information officer, publicity chair, or webmaster with (often free) training offered online through FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute (, at regional EMS conferences, local newspaper meets, and links to webinars at E M S W o r l d (, and JEMS (

Laugh your way to the bank with a stand-up comedy fund-raiser

Who needs to laugh more than the Fire Companies ---the first responders who deal with dangerous circumstances each and every day? There’s an innovative concept for fund-raising developed by Joey Novick, who is a stand-up comedian and the Fire Commissioner in his hometown: Stand-up comedy shows. Fire companies can get much-needed laughs and profit financially as well. Novick's company, ComedyWorks, provides all-star headline comedians from HBO, Comedy Central, Showtime, Last Comic Standing, and the Tonight Show. Novick’s been producing comedy shows since 1977, and has experience producing shows with such comedians as Jerry Seinfeld, Rosie O’Donnell, Larry The Cable Guy, and Tim Allen. "The comedians were very funny, and very professional," wrote Mark Bruhmuller, Fire Chief of the Churchtown Fire Company of New York. “Joey Novick did an excellent job. Everybody loves to laugh, and it's a great deal of fun." ComedyWorks produces more than 300 shows a year, almost 150 of those for emergency service organizations. The money these shows can

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raise varies, depending on things like the number of tickets sold, how they're priced, the amount spent on promotion and whether food and drink are available. "Mostly companies produce shows in their own facilities, which may hold 300–400 people," says Novick. "We'll put together a show for them that will bring in comedians from major comedy clubs, with a headliner from HBO, Comedy Central, or the Tonight Show. The feature performer will be someone who's headlined the comedy circuit: Catch a Rising Star, the Improv, the Comedy Store. The host of the show will be a comedian who's very high-energy, like a gameshow host, to get the audience warmed up. A triple headliner show!” The Somerset Fire Company of New Jersey produces two fundraisers a year through ComedyWorks. "We've done about ten shows so far, and it's been great," says Mike Rein-

beck, who coordinates the shows for the 65-member volunteer department. "A friend of mine who had used Joey told me, 'This guy books really good acts.' So, we did the first show, everything was great, and we've been doing shows with Joey ever since." "I find their people to be very funny," agrees Adam Hubney, chief of the Atlantic Highlands Volunteer Fire Department in New Jersey, which books comedians through ComedyWorks for its annual dinner. "We have a professional comedy club in our county, and the quality is just as good." Comedy Works provides a 30-page ‘How-To’ guide that assists organizations through the comedy show production and warns of mistakes to avoid. "We make sure they follow everything in the guide," says Novick. "If a company has never done this before, it gives you everything from you need to know. We make sure that things get done right. Clients who follow the guide always do very well and tend to make money.” For information on Comedy Works, call 1 (888) 782-4589, go to or e-mail


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Technical rescue for horse in Clifton


Vehicle into grocery store Henrico, VA. Henrico County Division of Fire units responded to 1312 Gaskins Rd (Good Foods Grocery Store) for the report of vehicle into a grocery store at 2:01 p.m. on February 4th. First arriving units were on scene in five minutes and found a vehicle had taken out one of the brick columns at the entrance to the store. One adult female was in the vehicle at the time of the incident and she was transported to a local hospital with minor injuries. The Henrico County Building inspector was called to evaluate the building.

Clifton, VA. Kona, a large 12 year-old horse was in a dire situation. Suffering from a leg infection, the huge horse lay down and couldn’t get back up. The administration of medicine didn’t help. Two veterinarians JUMP TO FILE # had kept vigil by 022216119 Kona’s side throughout the previous night providing care. It was heading into day two and the situation was becoming increasingly dangerous for Kona. At 10:06 a.m., on Feb. 20, Little Fork Technical Large Animal Rescue Team was dispatched to the emergency. It would be no small task to get this equine on its feet and the clock was ticking. A third veterinarian was dispatched for evaluation. Pictures of the downed horse were sent to Little Fork’s Technical Large Animal Rescue Team while on the way so they could begin to formulate a plan. Upon arrival, the tech rescue team decided on using a tripod system and slings. There were no large tractors in the area. While waiting on the third veterinarian to arrive, the tech team set up the tripod and readied other

tools nearby. The veterinarian arrived, examined Kona and it was decided to raise the horse from the down position. The horse was placed in a Becker sling and slowly raised up via the tripod system. Kona, who had been sedated, remained in the sling until the sedation wore off. Rescuers released Kona from the Becker sling after she was able to stand on her own. When Kona’s rescuers left the scene at 3:15 p.m., the horse was


walking around, drinking and eating. Little Fork Technical Large Animal Rescue Team expressed thanks to Fairfax County and Rescue, Animal Control Officers and the veterinarians for their help in the rescue. Annandale Volunteer Fire Dept. provided refreshments for the personnel on scene. Information on the rescue was provided by Little Fork Technical Large Animal Rescue Team. - BECKY ROBINETTE WRIGHT


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Three puppies rescued from garage fire Henrico, VA. Henrico County Division of Fire units responded to the 100 block of Greencourt Rd for the report of smoke coming from a garage at 2:30 p.m. on Jan. 25. First arriving units reported a single story garage, detached from the main home, with smoke. Inside the garage, crews found a small fire in the corner that was quickly extinguished. As fire crews started clearing the smoke from the fire, they noticed a small puppy in a pen near the door. The puppy was removed from the garage and taken to Firefighter/EMTs for treatment. Outside, the firefighters placed the

JUMP TO FILE #012716108 puppy on oxygen by way of a special pet oxygen mask carried on the fire apparatus. While treatment was being done for the first puppy, a second and third puppy were discovered. Each of them was having significant difficulty breathing. After a few minutes of working with the puppies, some improvement was made but they were still in bad shape. Henrico’s Animal Protection Officer was requested, but due to other calls for service was not

available immediately. After speaking with a local animal emergency center, the decision was made to transport the puppies in a chief’s vehicle, while firefighters attended to them. Upon arrival, all three puppies were given emergency treatment and their condition improved. The cause of the fire was attributed to a light that was being used to provide warmth for the puppies, which was too close to combustibles. There was minimal damage to the garage. The damage was contained to the area where it began. - DANIEL ROSENBAUM


Richmond, VA Engine 12 is a 2015 KME Severe Service 1500/500


Millville, DE Fire Company now runs this 2015 Seagrave 2000/750.


Felton, Delaware Fire Company now operates a 2015 Ford F550/Blanchat 300/500 Brush Truck. RJ WHALEY

House fire in Highland Springs Henrico, VA. Henrico County Division of Fire units responded to the 100 block of North Rose Ave off of East Nine Mile Rd in Henrico County’s Highland Springs area this afternoon for the report of a structure fire. Units received the call at 4:32 p.m. on Wed, Feb. 17. First arriving units reported smoke from the first floor and the roof of a single story residence. Crews marked it a working fire began an interior fire attack to knock the fire down. The fire was marked

JUMP TO FILE #021816109 under control at 5:03 p.m. A neighbor who noticed the fire, called 911. Fire crews were able to rescue a dog during the fire and using pet oxygen masks were able to resuscitate the dog. It was transported by Animal Protection Officers to a veterinary hospital. No one was home at the time that the fire occurred. There was

heavy fire and smoke damage done to the house. Four engine companies, two specialty service units, one fire medic unit, and three command staff units were assigned to the call for service. The exact cause and area of origin of the fire is under investigation at this time. No injuries were reported from the fire. A family of four, two adults and two children will be displaced by this fire. - RJ WHALEY


Richmond, VA Engine 1 is a 2015 KME Severe Service 1500/500.

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Body found inside burned Chesapeake home

Chesapeake Firefighters responded to the 1300 block of Hoover Ave shortly before noon on Thursday, January 28, 2016. On arrival, crews were faced with flames and heavy black smoke showing. While battling the blaze, firefighters found a dead person inside a home. Police said in a news release that they were investigating the death. The home, according to fire department spokesman Captain Scott Saunders, appeared to have substantial damage. The cause of the fire was unclear.


Five injured in massive crash, vehicles on fire on the Willoughby Bay Bridge Norfolk, VA. Norfolk Fire-Rescue along with Virginia State Police were dispatched to a serious crash scenario with multiple vehicles involved, including some on fire, on the Willoughby Bay Bridge, Interstate 64 eastbound, Dec. 29. The call came in at 2:45 p.m., and Engine 13 arrived on scene and discovered several vehicles fully involved.

JUMP TO FILE #123015101 Command requested additional resources and began to search the vehicles for victims. All drivers and passengers had evacuated the vehicles. Five occupants of the vehicles were transported to a hospital with

minor injuries. Responding to the crash were Battalion 2, Engine 13, Engine 15, Ladder 13, Rescue 2, Medic 9, Medic 11, Medic 12, and Medic 13. The crash is under investigation.


New deputy chief for New Kent Fire-Rescue


One firefighter burned, five fatalities Chesterfield, VA. Five people are dead and one firefighter was burned after a massive fire at 3401 Wicklow Lane on Jan. 15. According to Lt. Jason Elmore of Chesterfield Fire and EMS, fire crews responded at 3:13 a.m. and found heavy fire coming from the attached garage and into the house. Officials said five residents had escaped the house, firefighters pulled five others from the house. "Four residents were pronounced dead at the scene," said Elmore. "The fifth was pronounced dead at VCU Medical

JUMP TO FILE #011716101 Center." One firefighter was transported to the hospital with minor burn injuries. The house had significant fire damage, Elmore said. The Red Cross is assisting displaced family members. The fire remains under investigation. - BECKY ROBINETTE WRIGHT

Henrico, VA. Henrico County Division of Fire would like to congratulate one of our own. F i r e fi g h t e r Brian Bennett has been selected to take the position of Deputy Fire Chief for New Kent Fire- JUMP TO FILE # 020516101 Rescue. Brian has served in Henrico County for the past twenty years, serving six years in the emergency communications center and the past fourteen years as a firefighter. Brian has worked part-time for New Kent Fire-Rescue for the past six years with the last year of that in the Fire Marshal’s Office. Brian also served as a volunteer for New Kent Fire-Rescue for fifteen years. Brian is a resident of Quinton, VA and says “Anytime you can do something to benefit the people of your home town it is a good thing”. Brian started his new position on February 17th and his last full duty day with Henrico Fire was February 15th. We wish Brian the very best in this new chapter of his life and long service. - DANIEL ROSENBAUM


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Cardio workout blues? “Break it up to wake it up!” FIREFIGHTER FITNESS Lori Ann Hodgkinson

It's not Spring yet, but we're getting there. January and February are in the rearview mirror. We are in the homestretch when it comes to avoiding/beating the Winter blues. One way to get a step closer is to break-up/change up your current cardio workouts. Even the smallest of changes can do the trick. Presently I have my clients breaking their cardio workouts into four quarters and inserting several basic exercises in between. It breaks the monotony and makes the cardio more manageable and enjoyable. They report time seems to pass more quickly and there is a notable positive change in their bodies. We use the first two minutes of

the first quarter to gradually warmup before reaching the usual speed/pace. After completing the first quarter we insert twenty pushups, twenty squats and twenty crunches. The exercises are performed as quickly as possible, with no rest and without sacrificing proper form or alignment. Next it's a return to cardio for another 25% at the usual pace, followed by the push-ups, squats and crunches. Then we get right back to that cardio and a third bout of the exercises. We complete the final quarter then move into a cool-down and fullbody stretch. The sample uses one exercise each for the upper-body, lower-body and abdominals, but you may prefer to substitute them to suit your needs. All guidelines regarding intensity and duration apply. Remember to have your physician's approval before beginning any exercise program.

Vehicle News

This 2016 KME ‘Force’ crash truck is a 2500/1500/130/250#. Its one of two purchased for the Washington Naval District. KEN SNYDER

A pre-delivery photo of a 2015 KME Severe Service 1500/500 for Engine 5 of the Richmond F.D. KEN SNYDER

The City of Richmond, VA has ordered four KME Severe Service 1500/500 engines for companies 1, 5, 12 and 22.


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Fire levels garage Happy New Year from the members of Engine 6 Truck 4 and Ambulance 6.


Chesterfield, VA. Chesterfield Fire and EMS were toned out at 10:35 a.m., on Christmas day, Dec. 25 for a structure fire in the 5300 block of Hopkins Road. Responding were Engines 11, 3, 17, 2; Truck 3; Ambulance 3; Medic 11; Battalion Chiefs 2 and 3; TSO; and Fire Marshal 6. Crews arrived on scene to find a garage fully involved. An aggressive attack was launched. Exposures included neighboring homes, vehicles and the garage owners house. No injuries were reported, said

JUMP TO FILE #122915114 Captain Charles Knowles of Chesterfield Fire and EMS. The one story detached garage was leveled, and two adjacent properties-a detached garage and a deck were damaged. The cause was ruled as accidental cooking related fire.


Are you a friend or are you a Brother? A successful technical rescue in Clifton

Delaware County RIT 55 on scene at a fatal fire in Talleyville, DE


Chaplain's Corner Didymus McHugh


We call each other “Brother” but that is not a title to be awarded easily. Usually a rookie is not called brother. That title is reserved for someone that has gone through battle with our common enemy and we can rely on that person. We may have friends in the department, but may have less that we actually call “Brother”. Proverbs 17:17 states “A friend loves at all times and a brother is born out of adversity” and our brotherhood has been molded and shaped out of adversities that we have gone through together. We see so much of the public’s challenges and we may put our lives in risk. The peoplewho are there with us are our Brothers. When we say to a brother “I got your back.” that says that we are with them through all their challenges and danger. When a Brother calls and he

says that he needs our help, our response to help him should be immediate and not even a second of delay. We are to look out for our Brother, offer him help, if we think he may need it. This may be a car repair, painting a house or if we see that he has something that is weighing heavy on hismind and may need to talk. Are you a friend, who may only be in it for your benefit or are you a Brother who comes when there is an emergency, even if it is inconvenient for you. I personally know that I have at least one Brother who is always there, even if I do not ask him to be there for me. He has saved me plenty of times and even pulled me out of a fire. You may be there to answer your calls for help from the public, but are you there to answer your Brothers’ call for help in his time of adversity? Stay safe.

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Early morning fire quickly extinguished Henrico, VA. Henrico County Division of Fire units responded to the 1300 block of Northbury Ave for the report of a house fire at 6:58 a.m. on January 31st. First arriving units reported a single story home with smoke coming from the side and attic. Fire crews were able to extinguish the fire quickly and prevent the spread to the rest of the house.

JUMP TO FILE #020116102 Henrico County Division of Fire units remained on scene on Northbury Ave for several hours. After extinguishing the fire, units remained on scene to assist the homeowner with salvage work on the home.

The exterior of the home was closed up with heavy duty plastic sheeting. And the interior was sealed to allow the homeowner to remain in the home. The cause of the fire was determined to have been accidental in nature and due to discarded smoking materials outside. - DANIEL ROSENBAUM

Dog rescued off pond Henrico, VA. Henrico County Division of Fire responded to the 4800 block of Saddleridge Court in Henrico County’s West End on Jan 21 for the report of a dog stuck on the ice on a pond. The dog had wandered out onto the ice, but was unable to get off by himself. The call was received at 10:07 a.m. and originally a single engine company responded to assist. Shorty after that, a call was made for the Henrico Search and Rescue Dive Team to assist. Using an inflatable boat, rope, and leash; the dog was retrieved and brought back to shore. The incident was resolved in 30 minutes.

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Extrication with overturn in Colonial Heights

Colonial Heights, VA. Tones sounded around 5:13 p.m. on Jan. 4 for an overturned vehicle with entrapment on Interstate 95 and Temple Ave. Crews arrived on scene to find an overturned vehicle. Medics checked the patients as the vehicle was stabilized by crews. Hydraulic tools were made ready. Two people were injured, but only one was transported to a hospital. The crash is under investigation. Police have not said if charges will be filed.


House fire in Henrico’s East End

Henrico, VA. Henrico County Division of Fire units responded to 100 block of North Pine Ave off of Nine Mile Rd for the report of smoke in the area at 10:30 this evening, January 24th. First arriving units were on scene in seven minutes and reported a single story home with smoke coming from it. Additional units were called to respond to assist with the working house fire. Inside crews found fire in the crawl space that had also made it’s way into the attic. Fire crews worked for several hours to extinguish the fire and find all hot spots. The fire is under investigation by Henrico Fire’s Fire Marshal’s Office. No one was injured due to the fire. No one was home at the time of the fire. One adult was displaced due to the fire.


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Heavy fire from structure summons Richmond firefighters DANIEL ROSENBAUM

No injuries from apartment fire Henrico, VA. Henrico County Division of Fire responded to the 2300 block of Rocliffe Rd in Henrico County’s West End for an apartment fire at 8:50 a.m. on January 9th. The occupant in the apartment was not at home at the time of the fire. First arriving units made it on scene in five minutes and reported heavy fire from the front of the

JUMP TO FILE #011216139 apartment. The fire was quickly extinguished and prevented from spreading to the other apartments in the building. The apartment, where the fire originated, suffered extensive fire and smoke damage. The adjacent apartments suffered some smoke

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damage. Three families were displaced by the fire for a short period of time. The fire was marked under control at 9:25 a.m. There were no injuries related to the fire. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation by the Fire Marshal’s office. - DANIEL ROSENBAUM

Richmond,VA. Reddish-orange flames lit up the night sky as flames billowed from a house in the 3100 block of Snead Road on Feb. 9. Sirens screamed and flashing red lights pierced the sky as Richmond firefighters shifted into high gear and headed to the firefight in their engines and trucks. The call was dispatched about 7:24 p.m. Responding were Truck 22; Engines 20, 21, 22, 23; Rescue 1; Battalion 3 and 4; Safety Officer and Air light 5. Richmond Ambulance Authority provided EMS. Richmond Police were also on scene. Crews arrived to find heavy fire from the side and roof.

JUMP TO FILE #021016103 A primary and secondary search was conducted and no one was found. Ventilation cuts were made on the roof. The fire was soon marked under control. No injuries were reported. The occupants were displaced. Lt. Christopher Armstrong of Richmond Fire and Emergency Medical Services said the cause was unattended cooking.




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