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On September 14th, the drawing commenced for the top winner of the raffle sales to raise funds in Wildwood, NJ for the Burn Foundation. The artist, J o s e p h Getsinger, was there selling raffle tickets up to JUMP TO FILE # the 1:00 p.m. 100413117 deadline. Burn Foundation Board Chairman John McCann was present with Fire & Safety Services, Ltd., President David Russell, sponsor for the thirteenth “lucky” year, to pick the 25 winners from the raffle entries. Twenty four tickets were drawn for the limited edition signed and numbered prints, “Fire Parade” by artist Joseph Getsinger. The last raffle ticket drawn was for the framed #1 Giclee’ canvas print. The big winner was Robert Wilson of Port Republic, NJ. Robert is a past fire chief, firefighter, and a member of the NJ Forest Fire Service. When the tally came in for the funds received it was $23,600 including ticket pre-sales by the artist Joseph Getsinger. Artist John Egenstafer of Bridgeton, NJ who volunteered, assisted in raffle ticket sales and sold a huge amount of collector pins on Saturday. Roy Burnham, who was the fire police guy in the print was on hand to meet visitors and raffle ticket purchasers at the Burn Foundation booth, dressed exactly as the print depicted. He was the celebrity for the day and enjoyed every minute of it. Thanks Roy! In addition “Atlas Flasher” donated pens for the raffle tickets. It is interesting to note that the fluorescent orange cone in the painting was one of theirs. Thanks to the Five Mile Beach Committee for securing and counting the funds collected during the raffle sales. Joe Getsinger was able to recruit able body Burn Foundation supporters to russle up some funds prior to the Wildwood fundraising event. The top single amount raised before the convention was from Fran Ferry of Rolferrys in Brooklawn, N.J., a year round supporter of the Burn Foundation. Many thanks go out to BC&B Graphics, Inc. President Bill Eachus Jr. who not only superbly printed the “Fire Parade” prints, but also printed the raffle tickets, which of course was paid for again by our generous sponsor: Fire & Safety Services, Ltd. President David Russell. There was a lot of attention this year given to this image. Many raffle buyers approached the artist at the booth and mentioned each of the prints they owned included in this new image. Burn Foundation collector pins were also flying out of the booth to those who wanted a remembrance of the fundraiser and


Roy Burnham depicted in painting, Burn Foundation Chairman John McCan with Sponsor President David Russell of Fire & Safety Services

the art. The collector cards supplied by Choicemarketing,,Chip Lillie to support the Burn Foundation in their fundraising efforts got into many hands who stopped at the Burn Foundation booth. Each person who purchased a collector pin also received a Choicemarketing card. Artist Joseph Getsinger has supported the Burn Foundation for over 33 years with his fire art. His email is and EBAY store is at: He still continues to support the Burn Foundation through sales on EBay by automatically donating a percentage of each sale directly to the Burn Foundation through Mission Fish on Ebay. You too can automatically donate funds to the Burn Foundation when selling on EBay. When you list on Ebay to sell an item, you can donate any percentage

of the sale to the Burn Foundation through Mission Fish. You are just a click away from helping the victims of burns and those survivors. It just doesn’t have to be a fire related item, you can designate any percentage of your sale to go directly to the Burn Foundation. You don’t even have to write a check, it is automatically done, and at the end of the year you can write off the donation. Burn Foundation: ( A Philadelphia based organization, which supports the greater Delaware Valley through education and support of five regional Burn Centers. God bless the Burn Foundation, our Troops and God bless America. Last but not least, a great thanks to the fine staff from the 1st Responder Newspaper, who did a wonderful job supporting the Burn Foundation and the artist in the printing of the image and article, which many people complimented in the paper. What will be next year’s image?

We’d like to hear from you. So, email the artist with your suggestions at: If your idea is used, you will receive ten signed and numbered prints from the artist. If you have a very unique photograph, the artist can create into a painting, you will receive credit on the print and twenty-five signed and numbered prints of that image. About a week and a half after the convention, artist Joseph Getsinger met with Robert Wilson and his wife and turned over the top prize to them. They were very happy to receive their prize. What a great couple. Robert is a clammer by trade and promised some little necks to the artist when he’s in the Port Republic area. The artist will take him up on that.

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Collins Hardwood Foundation Donates to Richwood Fire Department Richwood Fire Department Chief Tommy Coleman purchased 24 sets of new bunker gear for firefighters. The purchase was made possible through a grant from the Collins Hardwood Foundation. Collins Hardwood currently operates a mill in Richwood, West Virginia. The company's main headquarters is in Portland, Oregon and they operate mills across the United States. The Collins family is noted for helping organizations in communities where their mills are located. Chief Coleman stated he was grateful for the donation as the fire department was in dire need of bunker gear for the firefighters.


Emergency Vehicle Operation Course In mid-September 2013, Richwood Fire Chief Tommy Coleman hosted an emergency vehicle driving course. The course was open to Nicholas County emergency service personnel. Firefighters from Richwood, Summersville, Birch River, Nettie, and Craigsville attended along with EMS personnel from Redi-Care Ambulance and Kanawha County Ambulance. The instructor was Larry Dunbar from RESA-I. Mr. Dunbar is the fire chief at Union Fire Department in Monroe County. His daughter Marissa helped him teach the class. Mr. Dunbar offers a wealth of knowledge and wisdom during the two day, 16-hour course which included classroom and practical applications. West Virginia State law requires any emergency personnel operating an emergency vehicle to attend this course.


Jefferson County Fire/Rescue units battle mobile home fire On Sunday October 27, 2013 at approximately 5:30 p.m., Jefferson County Communications received a report of smoke coming from a structure on Darke Lane in Middleway, WV. Box 610 was transmitted bringing Companies 6 (Middleway), 2 (Citizens), 4 (Independent) and Berkeley County 20 (South Berkeley) to the scene. Crews arrived to find heavy fire from a one story single wide mobile home. Command (Chief 6) requested the working fire and tanker task forces to the scene. Crews had the fire under control in approximately 45 minutes and completely out in an hour.


Wheeling Fire Department busy responding to broken water lines after deep freeze The Wheeling Fire Department has been busy responding to broken water line calls at homes and business after several days of sub zero weather in the Ohio valley area including responding to Ohio Valley Medical Center OVMC, which had a water line break in one of its buildings. That break caused sprinkler systems to activate fire alarm signals due to surging water in the pipes. Firefighters were quick to respond and help where they could.

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Jefferson County units participate in rural water supply training On Sunday, November 3, 2013, members of Citizens Fire Company (Co. 2) and Blue Ridge Mountain Fire Company (Co. 5) participated in a rural water supply training evolution. Rural water supply is a big part of Jefferson County firefighting activities, as 80% of the county is non-hydranted. Members trained on drafting from a water source, performing dump tank operations, nursing tankers and filling tankers among other evolution's.


Scenario of a head on collision with a drunk driver (dramatization). Note in the background Nicholas County High School students watching the mock disaster.

Mock prom night for Nicholas County In May, Korey Allison and Billy Neil of Nicholas County 911 setup two mock disasters to show teenagers the possible consequences of drinking and driving on Prom Night or any other night. The first mock disaster was at Richwood High School and the

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Local fire departments and Redi-Care Ambulance and JanCare Ambulance participated in the mock disasters. - STEVE FLYNN

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In memory of those who gave all 1st Responder Newspaper honors and remembers emergency responders lost in the line of duty Ohio: James Michael Hill, 52 Rank: Lieutenant Incident Date: November 5, 2013 Death Date: November 5, 2013 Fire Department: Sycamore Township Fire & EMS Department Initial Summary: Lieutenant Hill passed away at home in his sleep. Hill had been on-duty and responded to an emergency incident within 24 hours of his passing. The cause of death is still to be officially reported but initial findings indicate a sudden cardiac arrest.

Pennsylvania: Russ “Rooster” Gow, 58 Rank: First Assistant Fire Chief Incident Date: November 20, 2013 Death Date: November 20, 2013 Fire Department: Factoryville Fire Department Initial Summary: While at the scene of a residential structure fire, First Assistant Chief Gow collapsed from a nature of illness still to be reported. Gow was treated on scene by fellow responders and transported to the hospital where he succumbed to his injury.

Maryland: David Roland Barr Jr. , 64 Rank: Fire Police Captain Incident Date: October 25, 2013 Death Date: November 7, 2013 Fire Department: Community Fire Company of Perryville Initial Summary: While working a traffic control point protecting the scene of a motor vehicle accident, Fire Police Captain Barr was struck by a car and seriously injured. Barr was treated at the scene by fellow responders and transported to the hospital where he succumbed to his injuries almost two weeks later.

West Virginia: Charles A. Pierson, 76 Rank: Fire Chief Incident Date: December 7, 2013 Death Date: December 7, 2013 Fire Department: Southern Jackson County Volunteer Fire Department Initial Summary: After responding to the fire station for the report of a motor vehicle accident, Chief Pierson suffered a medical emergency and collapsed while boarding the first due apparatus. Although fellow responders came to his aid, Chief Pierson passed away in the fire station from a nature of injury still to be reported.

New York: James C. Goodman, Jr., 52 Rank: Lieutenant Incident Date: November 11, 2013 Death Date: November 11, 2013 Fire Department: Nedrow Volunteer Fire Department Initial Summary: Lieutenant Goodman passed away while at the fire station from a cause still to be officially reported. According to fire department officials, Goodman was found unresponsive in the exercise room of the firehouse.

Minnesota: Matt Frantz, 42 Rank: Fire Chief Incident Date: December 9, 2013 Death Date: December 9, 2013 Fire Department: Rice Lake Township Volunteer Fire Department Initial Summary: Chief Frantz passed away from an apparent heart attack within 24 hours of responding to his fire station for a mutual aid fire call.

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Chesterfield and Colonial Heights firefighters teamed up to battle a two alarm blaze at a Virginia Department of Transportation facility.

Two alarm fire rages at VDOT facility Chesterfield, VA. Smoke rising in a black column, could be seen from the City of Richmond to Prince George County, as a massive fire burned out of control in a VDOT storage facility located in the 2400 block of Pine Forest Drive, near the boundary JUMP TO FILE # line of Chesterfield 121313101 and Colonial Heights, on November 23. Around 11:30 a.m., Chesterfield Fire and EMS and firefighters from Colonial Heights Departments, arrived to see heavy fire, said Lt. Jason Elmore of Chesterfield Fire and EMS. The orange-red flames were destroying not only the building, but VDOT vehicles inside the bays of the structure, stored files and was spreading to nearby trees and through the dried grasses on the ground. Additional vehicles and buildings in the VDOT yard were in danger of lighting up. A nearby trailer park was on the alert. A second alarm was declared and additional crews arrived on scene. An army of fire units surrounded the blazing building, fire hoses snaked through the VDOT complex, fire engines hummed pumping the water so desperately needed to squelch the fire, aerial ladder trucks from Colonial Heights, and Chesterfield raised their ladders to the sky and blasted the fire with a deluge of water. The flames hissed, spit, and fought the crews, who battled the unforgiving fire. “After an hour and a half, the blaze was marked under control,” said Elmore. The roof of the building had

collapsed, but no injuries were reported, according to Elmore. “The fire area was a storage area,” said Dawn Eischen, Public Information Officer for VDOT. “Our ability to respond to any upcoming weather events will not be affected.” Officials said no workers were near the storage area before the fire. Eischen explained that it would be unusual for workers to be at that location on a weekend unless an emergency event was happening. Along with fire crews, emergency medical personnel, VDOT officials and fire officials, Chesterfield County police responded with multiple police units. Police officers directed traffic, handled crowd control, directed news personnel, and assisted firefighters. Responding apparatus and personnel included Chesterfield Engines 14, 12, 1, Colonial Heights Q2, Chesterfield Truck 14, Medic 14, Battalion 1, Battalion 2, Tactical Safety Officer and Colonial Heights Battalion Chief on the first alarm The second alarm included Chesterfield Engine 18, 8, 15, Truck 12, Ambulance 1, and Battalion 3. Additional apparatus on the scene were Chief 1, Chief 2, Fire Marshal 7, Chesterfield Engine 2, 19, and 17. Crews were on scene for around five hours. Early damage estimates were around $900,000, according to Elmore. Virginia State Police Fire Investigators investigated the fire and the cause is undetermined.

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Chesterfield battles barn fire in high winds Chesterfield, VA. Chesterfield Fire and EMS were dispatched to the 4800 block of Kingsland Road for a structure fire on January 3rd around 10 a.m. Richmond firefighters were dispatched as mutual aid. Chesterfield County police handled crowd and traffic control. Sustained wind speeds were at 20 mph and gusts clocked at 30 mph. Temperature was in the 20's but due to wind chill felt like teens. Crews discovered a pole barn fully involved with fire. More details will be made available as they are released.

One person was trapped and injured when fire erupted in his apartment in the 2500 block of Alfalfa Lane. Chesterfield crews saved his life.

Chesterfield firefighters in rescue mode save man from apartment fire Chesterfield, VA. Tones sounded dispatching crews for an apartment fire in the 2500 block of Alfalfa Lane on October 13th shortly before 1 p.m. and a resident was reported as trapped. Engine 3 and Truck 3 arrived on scene to heavy smoke showing. Firefighters and the truck crew wasted no time, but immediately went into rescue mode and entered the burning apartment, removing the male resident from inside the smoke filled dwelling. Medical aid was provided and the patient was transported to a hospital.

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Hand lines blasted the fire as water pulsated through the charged five inch quick connect supply lines. Wailing sirens continued to pierce the air as additional apparatus arrived. Chesterfield County police set up a perimeter around the scene, assisted firefighters and performed crowd control. Smoke blanketed the complex while neighbors and passerbys watched the tense scene unfold

before them. Responding to the call were Engines 3, 11, 17, 14, Medic 17, Medic 11, Truck 3, Truck 14 and DLA T23 (as mutual aid), TSO, Battalion 1 and 3, Chesterfield County police and Dominion Power. Chesterfield Fire and EMS Assistant Chief Bobby Lukhard said the fire was located in the bedroom of the apartment and that the resident was displaced. The fire continues to be under investigation. - BECKY ROBINETTE WRIGHT

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House fire in Henrico County Henrico, VA - Henrico County Division of Fire responded to the 9300 block of Wishart Road off of Derbyshire Road in Henrico County’s West End for a house fire at 3:20 a.m. on January 23rd. First arriving units reported heavy fire coming from the roof of the house. Fire quickly moved across the attic of the house burning away three quarters of the roof. One occupant was displaced by the fire and will be staying with family in the area. The adult male was not at home at the time of the fire. No injuries were reported due to the fire. The Fire Marshal’s office is currently investigating the exact cause of the fire. The cold weather can cause issues for firefighters. Fire crews did not report any issues fighting this fire due to the cold weather.


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House fire in Henrico’s East End Henrico, VA. Henrico County Division of Fire responded to the 1700 block of Ivy Cliffs Court off of North Ivy Avenue in Henrico County’s East end for a house fire at 02:02 this morning. All occupants were able to make it out of the home uninjured. The neighbors reported seeing the fire and alerting the occupants. First arriving units reported heavy fire from the first floor, second floor, and roof of the house. Units initially attacked the fire from the exterior before moving

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inside to finish extinguishment. The home suffered heavy fire damage due to the fire. Crews were able to bring the fire under control quickly and prevent the spread to any adjacent structure. It is unknown at this point if the home had a working smoke detector The Fire Marshall’s Office is currently investigating the cause of the fire.

The Greater Richmond Chapter of Red Cross has been contacted for assistance with the residents. Three total occupants displaced by the fire. One adult female and one adult male were at home at time of fire. Second adult male was at work at time of fire but is also displaced. Crews will remain on scene through the morning for overhaul and investigation of the fire. - DANIEL ROSENBAUM


One to Hospital Hamilton VA. A little after 2 p.m. on January 19th, Loudoun County dispatched Hamilton Engine Co. 5 and the Purcellville Rescue Co. 14 medic unit for an auto accident on Hamilton Station Road. The career staff on Engine 605 arrived first to find a small two door pick up truck off the road on the wrong side and in the storm drain. Also found was a car further up the road parked on the side with damage to the front. EMT's from the engine gave aide to the injured person. Other firefighters directed traffic around the accident. The medic unit from Co. 14 arrived and took over the care. The injured person was transported to a local hospital. Virginia Sate Police are looking into the cause of the accident.


Chesterfield medics respond to snakebite call Chesterfield, VA. Any day or night can bring an unexpected call and on January 14th, Chesterfield Medic 8 was dispatched to one of those calls. Tones sounded at 11:40 a.m. for a snakebite in the 2800 block of Ida Avenue. Medic 8 responded. Medical personnel arrived on scene to find an adult who had been bitten by a Western Diamondback Rattlesnake. "The patient was transported to a hospital," said Lt. Jason Elmore of Chesterfield Fire and EMS. "The snake was a pet and the patient had been bitten the night before." Elmore said the snake was not at the residence where Fire and EMS responded. Condition of the patient has not been released.


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Henrico, VA. Henrico County Division of Fire responded to the 8700 block of Pellington Place in Henrico County’s West End for an apartment fire at 2:27 a.m.,on December 28th. No one was JUMP TO FILE# home in the apart- 123013130 ment where the fire started at the time of the fire. All occupants in the other apartments were able to make it out of the apartment building uninjured. First arriving units reported fire from the bedroom window at the rear of the apartment building. Crews were able to bring the fire under control quickly and prevent the spread to the other seven apartments in the building. The apartment where the fire originated was the only apartment to suffer fire damage. There was some smoke damage to the remaining apartments on the second floor and a small amount of water damage to the apartment below. Fire marked under control at 3:14 a.m. The apartments did have working smoke detectors that alerted the occupants of the other apartments to the fire. The Fire Marshal’s Office is currently investigating the cause of the fire. Six adults and four children were displaced by the fire and smoke. Apartment management is assisting the residents of the building with short term relocation. Due to the quick knock down and confinement of the fire, most of the residents of the apartment building will be able to go back home in a short time. No injuries were reported as a result of the fire. - DANIEL ROSENBAUM

in wreckage Prince George, VA. Tones sounded on January 15th at 7:40 a.m. for a tractor trailer crash in the 9200 block of Route 460. Responding were Disputanta Volunteer Fire Department, Prince George Volunteer Fire Department, Prince George Emergency Crew and Prince George Police. Possible entrapment was reported so heavy rescue units from Disputanta and Carson were added to the call. First on scene discovered a

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tractor trailer pulling a shipping crate had left the roadway, traveled through a swampy area, struck a large tree, and breaking the cab of the rig off the truck frame. The driver was trapped in the wreckage. Crews quickly went to work assessing the patient and preparing for extrication.

Prince George Police handled traffic while crews worked to free the truck driver. After extrication the truck driver was transported to Southside Regional Medical Center by Prince George Emergency Crew. The fuel tanks on the rig were damaged and a small amount of fuel leaked out. The crash is under investigation - BECKY ROBINETTE WRIGHT


Fully involved garage fire summons Dinwiddie Dinwiddie, VA. Flames roared throughout a garage at Satisfaction Lane shortly after 2 p.m., on October 6th. Dispatched were Tankers 2, 4 and 1, Engine 2, Support 4 and Medic 42. The garage was a two car structure in Ford Volunteer Fire Department area and the scene upon arrival was fully involved. Engine 4 established a draft site for the water shuttling. Tankers 4, 2 and 1 provided water supply. Medic 42 and Support 4 performed rehab and medical monitoring. The structure was a total loss due to the advance nature of the fire before firefighter arrival. A nearby residence received minor heat damage. No injuries were reported. The fire is under investigation.

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Fire rages from a pickup truck in Manassas. Crews soon gain the upper hand and accomplish a fast knockdown.

Manassas volunteers knock truck fire Manassas, VA. Manassas volunteer firefighters were toned out around noon on January 10th for a vehicle fire in the 9100 block of Mathis Drive, a shopping center. Company 1’s tower ladder and attack unit (mini pumper) arrived on scene to fire showing from a pickup truck. A line was quickly stretched and a fast knock down accomplished.

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Firefighters were able to protect nearby vehicles from any damages. The cause is under investigation. - BECKY ROBINETTE WRIGHT

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Cement truck and SUV collide Chesterfield, VA. At 11:26 a.m., on December 30th, Chesterfield Fire and EMS along with county police were toned out to 5830 Ecoff Avenue between Lunswood and Chalkley Roads for a motor vehicle collision. First on scene reported a cement truck and an SUV had collided. Fuel was leaking from the saddle tank so Haz Mat 15 was dispatched to contain the leak. Lt. Jason Elmore of Chesterfield Fire and EMS said one person with serious injuries was transported to a hospital. The crash is under investigation and police have not said if charges will be filed.

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Driver medflighted after colliding with train Waverly VA.One person was medflighted to VCU Medical Center on December 12th, after a vehicle versus Amtrak train collision, around 6 a.m., at Route 40/Route 460 crossing in Waverly. Sgt. M. Anaya of Virginia State Police said a 2000 Ford Crown Victoria, driven by Untron Drew, attempted to drive around a crossing bar, disregarding warning lights and functional crossing bar. Mr. Drews vehicle was then struck by an Amtrak train traveling 79mph. The train, to include an engine car and eight passenger cars, was transporting 44 passengers and

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five crew members, none of which were injured. The train did not derail. Mr. Drew was med flighted to VCU, Richmond, with non-life threatening injuries. State police said that alcohol was a factor and that the vehicle Mr. Drew was operating was an old police vehicle auctioned off to a private citizen. - BECKY ROBINETTE WRIGHT


Smell of gas delays mass in Purcellville Purcellville, VA. On February 2nd, Loudoun County toned out units in the western part of the county for the smell of gas in a church. Units from Percellville stations 602 and 614 were joined by Hamilton 605 and the county battalion chief at St Francis De Sale Roman Catholic Church. Engine 602 dropped an LDH at the end of the driveway and proceeded to the B side. Tanker 602

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arrived right behind them and got ready to provide water to the engine. Tower Ladder 602 parked at the A/B corner. Engine 605 set up at the end of the driveway in case a rural water supply had to be put into operation. Station 614 ambulance staged on the road. Members of the church, who

had arrived for the 10:30 mass, were evacuated to the front lawn and it's parking lot on the A side. Firefighters from companies armed with gas meters entered the church to look for the cause of the smell. After a complete search no cause was found. The church was then aired out, allowing members to return and attend mass. - WILLIAM CLARE


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Shed fire on Myradare Drive Henrico, VA. Henrico County Division of Fire responded to the 1400 block of Myradare Drive in Henrico County’s West End for the report of a structure fire at 2:10 p.m. on November 4th. The call for service initially came in as a brush fire, but was upgraded to a full structure fire assignment soon after. Total assignment was four engine companies and two specialty service apparatus. One of Henrico Fire’s fire marshals was in the area and first on scene. He reported heavy fire involving the rear of a 12 x 20 foot shed. The shed was about 25 feet from the main house. The first engine company arrived several minutes later and extinguished the fire. The fire was marked under control at 2:31. No injuries were reported as part of this

Professional Requirements: incident. On scene fire marshals determined that ashes from an outdoor fire pit had been dumped behind the shed in a compost pile earlier that day. They believe the smoldering ashes caught the compost pile and a nearby woodpile on fire first. This led to the shed fire. Coals from a fire can stay hot enough to cause a fire for days. Henrico fire urges everyone to properly dispose of ashes from fire pits or fire places in a metal container. Douse the ashes with water. Place the container outside, away from other combustibles. - DANIEL ROSENBAUM

Virginia Governor eliminates toll fees for first responders Hampton, VA. In Virginia, beginning February 1st, on the downtown and midtown tunnels, tolls will not be charged for fire trucks, ambulances, local police, school buses and employees of the transportation facility when conducting official business. The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and Elizabeth River Crossings (ERC) are working to amend their comprehensive agreement, allowing free passage for such vehicles. Governor Terry McAuliffe said, “It is critical that local police, firefighters and other first responders have free access to use the downtown and midtown tunnels. I appreciate ERC’s willingness to work with our administration and expand the list of exemptions to include emergency vehicles.” Prior to the amendment,


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Virginia State Police, sheriffs and sheriff deputies, and VDOT and Department of Motor Vehicle employees on official business would not be charged tolls; but, local emergency responders and police were not included in the list. Governor McAuliffe announced last week that initial toll rates will be cut in half to provide toll relief for motorists. ERC is the private company that is financing, building, operating and maintaining the Elizabeth River Tunnels Project that will provide a second midtown tunnel, rehabilitate the existing midtown and downtown tunnels and extend the Martin Luther King Freeway from London Blvd. to Interstate 264. - BECKY ROBINETTE WRIGHT

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Phillips Past Chief laid to rest Chesterifeld, VA. John Kinsey “Jack” Eggleston, 82, of Chesterfield County, Virginia, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Wednesday, October 30, 2013. Eggleston was a charter member of Phillips Volunteer Fire Department with 37 years of service, and faithfully served as Chief for over 20 years. Born in Richmond, VA, he was the son of the late Daniel and Julia Greene Eggleston. Eggleston served in the U. S. Army during the Korean War. He was a graduate of Virginia Tech with a degree in engineering and spent 30 years as a safety engineer in the insurance field. He was known as a mentor to many young firefighters, many of whom are professional firefighters today. Eggleston had a strong reputation as a man of honesty and integrity. He possessed the drive and work ethic to make him a good leader and to inspire others. He was an avid outdoorsman and especially enjoyed gardening. Much of his youth was spent around water, and sailing became one of his favorite activities. His attraction to boats and water

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included his riding out a hurricane in a boat. Most important of all, Jack loved his family and “extended family” very much and expressed that in his devotion to them. Eggleston was preceded in death by his wife, Polly Ann Eggleston. He is survived by his daughter, Jacqueline Eggleston Ferguson of Chesterfield; son, Dan Eggleston and his significant other, Heather Taylor; son-in-law, Mike Ferguson, and a large extended family. A funeral service was conducted at 11:00 a.m. November 4th at the Petersburg Chapel of J. T. Morriss & Son Funeral Home & Cremation Service. Interment will followed at Blandford Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Phillips Volunteer Fire Department(please note for Education Fund), 10630 River Road, Chesterfield, VA 23838. Condolences may be registered at

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Squad helps set out luminaries Hamilton VA. While last minute shoppers filled the stores on Christmas Eve, a long standing tradition in the Town of Hamilton was taking place. Volunteers from the town were hard at work in the bay of the Hamilton Volunteer Rescue Squad filling white paper bags with sand and a candle to create luminaries. The town-sponsored event brings holiday joy to all who travel through the town. The luminaries line both sides of Colonial Highway to light up the Christmas

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Chili cook off a hit Hamilton, VA. While the snow fell outside, it was nice and warm inside at the Hamilton Volunteer Fire Co. 5’s 1st Annual Chili Cook Off. As crook pots full of chili lined the wall, attendees sampled the different recipes that were entered and cast their votes for the best one. It was the type of day that staying indoors and eating comfort food was just the thing to do. Attendees did just that as they went back for more chili and chatted among themselves all afternoon. But all good things must come to an end and so it did for the cook off. But there is next year and for Marc Jagoe, it was a good afternoon. He took home first place. He expects to be back next year to defend this title.

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Civilian firefighters based at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling (JBAB) helped save a $450 million satellite, belonging to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) from destruction Thanksgiving Week. (NASA file photo)

Navy civilian firefighters save $450 million NASA satellite Washington DC. Civilian firefighters based at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling (JBAB) helped save a $450 million satellite, belonging to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) from destruction. JBAB firefighters were dispatched at approximately 1 p.m. to an outside fire at the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL). Firefighters assigned to Engine Co. 41; Truck Co. 21; Ambulance 41 and Battalion Chief 41, joined forces with firefighters assigned to NRL-based Engine Co. 43 to quickly extinguish the fire. Engine Co. 42, based at the nearby Washington Navy Yard, also responded to the scene, but was not needed and was reassigned to another emergency call. The firefighters found fire and smoke coming from the top of a tractor-trailer truck. Upon investigation, firefighters found fire originating from an

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environmental control unit (ECU), which was providing heat to a NASA Magnetospheric Multiscale Satellite (MMS) being transported on the trailer from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt. Md. Firefighters extinguished the fire, while protecting the satellite from damage. The MMS was boxed and double wrapped during its transport to the NRL, where it was to undergo some testing, before a late 2014 launch, according to a NASA Goddard spokesman. All spacecraft must go through a series of rigorous tests before they are launched into space, according to NASA. The ECU maintains the MMS in the right environmental state, including humidity, air filtration and temperature to protect its sen-

sors, flight systems and other components, the spokesman said. The MMS, one of four scheduled for launch, will investigate how the sun and Earth's magnetic fields connect and disconnect, explosively transferring energy from one to the other, a fundamental physical process that is known as magnetic reconnection, the spokesman stated. While damage to the ECU was estimated at $50,000, the quick response and actions of firefighters saved not only the $405 million MMS, but more than a billion dollars in total for the American taxpayer, including the cost of the tests and the MMS, had it been destroyed, according to NASA and fire officials. NASA will inspect the MMS closer to confirm that its surface was not contaminated by smoke particles, the NASA spokesman explained.


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Second alarm dwelling fire on Main Street in Betterton On Thursday, January 09, 2014 at 12:55 a.m., Kent dispatched Betterton, Kennedyville, Galena, Chestertown, Kent and Queen Anne’s Rescue Squad and Kent EMS for a multiple family dwelling fire located at 207 Main Street. Fire Police 5-2 (J. Nicholson) arrived and reported a three story wood frame multiple family dwelling with fire showing from side Charlie. Engine 53 laid in from a nearby hydrant and deployed a two and a half inch line to the Bravo/Charlie side. Rescue Pumper 4 was giving the assignment to approach the scene from the bay side and secure a secondary water source. Command requested the second alarm and tanker strike team due to problems with the hydrants. Tower 6 arrived and positioned on side Alpha and started throwing ground ladders for the fire attack

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crews that were making entry. While the crew was getting the aerial positioned, command ordered the evacuation of the dwelling. With all interior crews out, Tower 6 began to knock the fire with the master streams. Truck 7 was then positioned on the Alpha/Bravo corner while Queen Anne’s Quint 6 was positioned on the Alpha/Delta corner to assist with knocking the fire. After several hours of master stream and hand line operations, the fire was brought under control. Command called for an excavator and held multiple units until the dwelling was completely demolished and hot spots were extinguished. One patient was flown to the R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center by Maryland State Police

Aviation due to injuries sustained when jumping from the second floor. An another patient was taken by personal vehicle to the University of MD Shore Medical Center at Chestertown for minor smoke inhalation. Companies cleared the call around 1:00 p.m. Companies on the call included Kent-Betterton, Kennedyville, Galena, Chestertown, Millington, Rock Hall, Kent and Queen Anne’s Rescue Squad and Kent EMS Queen Anne’s-Church Hill, Crumpton, Sudlersville, Centreville, Queenstown and Grasonville Cecil–Cecilton, Hacks Point and Chesapeake City Caroline – Ridgely and Goldsboro Kent Delaware–Marydel, Clayton, Smyrna and Hartly New Castle Delaware–Middletown, Townsend and Odessa. - JAMES RUSSUM

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Afternoon fire with patient in Glenmont On November 22nd at around 12:30 p.m., Montgomery County ECC alerted units to a house on fire at 1313 Winding Waye Lane in the Glenmont section of the county. Co 18 arrived quickly reporting smoke showing and the RID was requested. Units found a basement fire with limited access. Units made quick work of the fire and had extensive overhaul operations. Units remained on the scene for several hours. One occupant was treated and transported with smoke inhalation. Unit included PE718, PE721, PE724, E705, PE725, AT718, AT724, T725, RS742, RS715, M742C, M725, M704, BC704, and BC701. Battalion Chief Polikoff (BC704) had the command.

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Serious car accident On November 15th, Anne Arundel County Fire Department was alerted for a motor vehicle collision at Arundel Corp and Sterling Roads. While units where responding, fire alarm upgraded to a rescue with one trapped. Engine 31 arrived and advised they needed a door pop. Medic 32 transported a 22 year old male to the trauma center.

Shortly before 2:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 23rd, firefighters and paramedics from Howard County Department of Fire & Rescue Services were dispatched to the 8200 block of Chandler Court in Ellicott City for a house fire. Three residents were awakened by a smoke alarm and were able to exit the home safely. They were not injured. In addition, since the rear of the house is located adjacent to Route 40. First arriving units found heavy fire billowing from the roof

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of the home. The incident commander ordered a defensive fire attack. Fire crews worked to extinguish the fire from outside the home instead of entering the structure. A portion of the fireground was cordoned off as a precaution because one of the side walls of the structure had the potential to collapse. Howard County fire crews

were assisted by the Baltimore County Fire Department. Three adult residents were displaced by the fire. They are being assisted by the American Red Cross. The family reported their two dogs were in the back yard, but they have not yet been located. It took approximately one hour for firefighters to place the fire under control. Crews remain on the scene to ensure the fire is fully extinguished. There have been no firefighter injuries. - MARC FISCHER

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Two alarm house fire in Ellicott City At approximately 11:00 p.m. December 29th, the Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services was alerted for a house fire in the 5000 block of Ellis Lane in Ellicott City. Callers reported flames from the front of the house with possible children trapped. Units arrived to find a two story residence with an attached garage and flames through the roof. A rapid search of the residence was conducted with no victims found. It was later discovered that

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the residents were away on vacation with a housesitter at home. The housesitter made it out of the house with no injuries. Due to the volume of fire and extent of damage to the house, firefighters were pulled out of the structure and the fire was attacked from the outside. The incident went to two alarms and was placed under con-

trol at around 11:50 p.m. A total of 37 units responded from HCDFRS, and the Baltimore County and Baltimore City Fire Departments. There have been no civilian or fire department injuries. The damage to the original house is estimated at $900,000 with some siding on the exterior of one of the neighboring houses damaged as well. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.


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Shortly before 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 9th, Baltimore County westside fire units were dispatched to a reported building fire at Stevenson University in Owings Mills on Campus Circle. First-arriving Engine 312 from Owings Mills Volunteer Fire Company reported fire in the roof area of a maintenance storage building adjacent to the athletic field complex. Incoming engines laid lines and firefighters made an aggressive attack to hold the fire to only

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part of the building. Units also responded from Baltimore County Fire Department stations 2, 14, 18, 19 & 56, and from Pikesville Volunteer Fire Company, Reisterstown Volunteer Fire Company & Chestnut Ridge Volunteer Fire Company. - MICHAEL SCHWARTZBERG

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LODD in Prince George County Prince George County, MD. It is with deepest regrets that the Prince George’s County Fire/Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Department announces a Line of Duty Death (LODD). James “Doc” Delbert Brooks, a 20 year volunteer member of the department passed away on Wednesday, January 15, 2014, after suffering a JUMP TO FILE # medical emergency 011714101 while on duty the previous week. Doc Brooks, 62 years-old, was a resident of Camp Springs, Maryland. On Monday, January 6, Brooks, a member of the Prince George’s Volunteer Marine Fire Rescue, was winterizing the boats and station in preparation of record low temperatures forecasted for the following day. Shortly after midnight, while still at the Marina located in Fort Washington, he experienced difficulty breathing and called 911. Firefighters and paramedics arrived to find Brooks in cardiac arrest and immediately began pre-hospital care. He was transported to a nearby medical facility and subsequently relocated to Medstar at Washington Hospital Center in “critical” condition. Doc Brooks was surrounded by his wife, family members, and colleagues throughout his time in the hospital. Jan Demeritt, Deputy Chief of the Volunteer Marine Fire Rescue, also maintained a constant vigil and was at his bedside when he passed. “On behalf of the Brooks family, I want to thank everyone for their continued support during this difficult time,” said Demeritt.


James “Doc” Delbert Brooks, a 20-year volunteer member of the Department passed away on Wednesday, January 15, 2014, after suffering a medical emergency while on duty the previous week. Doc Brooks, 62 years-old, was a resident of Camp Springs, Maryland.

Prince George’s County Fire Chief Marc S. Bashoor stated, “This is indeed a dark time for the Department, in particular, the Volunteer Marine Fire Rescue, as we mourn the passing of a friend and colleague. “Brooks was concerned about how the cold weather would affect the rescue boats and the barge that serves as their station. He wanted to ensure their readiness, in the event they were called to duty.” A memorial service with full fire department honors was planned. - BECKY ROBINETTE WRIGHT

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Smithsburg fire responds on working garage fire On November 24th, Washington County ECC received a call through 911 reporting a garage fire near the intersection of Greensburg Road and Welty Church Road. At 12:55 crews from Smithsburg, Leitersburg and Long Meadow were immediately dispatched out on the Task Force Assignment for the call. The ECC had reports of a working fire and quickly completed the assignment for Box 7-3. Captain Fishack of Smithsburg Fire arrived on the scene to find 30 x 40 foot structure with fire showing. Captain Fishack assumed command and requested a tanker task force due to the rural area along with the County Safety Assignment to bring additional resources to assist. Crews arrived and were automatically in a defensive mode as

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they worked to control the blaze from the exterior of the structure. Crews on the call were faced with frigid and windy weather conditions hampering their efforts to control the blaze. Command reported the fire under control at 1:54 p.m. Once under control, crews conducted overhaul operations for an additional hour hitting hotspots. Command reported operations were being wrapped up and began releasing units from the scene shortly after 3:00 p.m. A state fire marshal was requested to the scene to investigate what caused the fire that afternoon. Captain Fishack estimated approximately $45,000 lost between damage to the structure and its contents.

Over 50 Fire and EMS workers responded out on Sunday’s blaze!Smithsburg Fire Co. 7 received assistance from Leitersburg Fire Co. 9, Long Meadow Fire Co., Thurmont Fire Co. 10, Wolfsville Fire Co. 21, Waynesboro Fire Co. 2, Mt. Aetna Fire Co. 16, Smithsburg EMS Co. 79, Washington County Special Operations 20, Washington County Emergency Air Unit, Rehab Unit 255 and the Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office. While crews were committed, area departments from Funkstown Fire Co. 10, Middletown Fire Co. 7, Maugansville Fire Co. 13 and Community Rescue Co.7 5 supplied units and manpower to transfer and fill in at company stations to cover the northeastern section of Washington County.

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Three alarm fire hits garden apartment building in Pikesville At 3 a.m. on Thursday, January 30, 2014, Baltimore County firefighters were dispatched to a reported apartment fire (Fire Box 18-13) at 37 Tentmill Lane in the St. Charles at Olde Court apartment complex in Pikesville. BCoFD Engine 3 (Woodlawn career station) and Pikesville Volunteer Fire Company Tower 323 arrived simultaneously, and Engine 3's officer reported heavy fire showing from a three story gar-

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den apartment complex with flames through the roof. Some residents were self-evacuating and firefighters made multiple rescues of other civilians from apartment balconies. Battalion Chief 2 (Chief Brown) requested a second alarm followed quickly by a third alarm.

In temperatures under ten degrees, firefighters battled the fire for more than two hours before it was brought under control. Three civilians were transported to area hospitals with non lifethreatening injuries. The American Red Cross Chesapeake Region responded to assist with approximately 20 displaced residents.

This video is 65 minutes long. When I think of Detroit, I think of the Tigers, the Lions, the Red Wings, the Pistons and the flames. The first four are sports teams, but the last is simply “fires”, many fires! This video has many fires. In fact, these 14 fires with the exception of two occurred over a three day period. One is in Detroit, and all but one are box alarms. One is a second alarm. It is assumed that the one, out of town fire in neighboring Highland Park was probably a general alarm as this is a small fire department. In this fire at a four story apartment building, the tower overheats and has to be shut down. So, if you figure that the average Detroit firefighter dons his turnouts after roll call and waits

for the calls to come in, it may not be that far from the truth! Of the incidents, I believe I remember two church fires, and there are two garage fires one of which has live wires sparking. Firefighters cautiously spray water while truckees await the power company to complete shutting off the electric at the pole. One house fire was caused by a car running into it after the driver had been shot. Both were fully involved. Neighbors removed the driver and firefighters and EMS are seen wheeling him to an ambulance. Nine of the fires occur in either one and a half or two and a half story vacant dwellings, most fully involved. In fact, the last incident sees the DFD return later to the same scene which involved two vacant dwellings. Guess the arsonists used accelerants after the structures were drowned with water. The normal operation was handlines, ladderpipes in some cases, a tower stream, etc. Truckmen performed ventilation from roof ladders and all in all the DFD impresses me as an aggressive firefighting force even with the workload and the fact that many structures are vacant! I also see that their apparatus seem to be in decent shape as many of these pumpers are older, but they are not beat up like you would expect in larger cities. There is plenty of action here for the viewer.

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Head on crash in Garrison leaves one trapped Shortly before 11 a.m. on Sunday, November 3, 2013, Pikesville Volunteer Fire Company Squad 322 and Tower 323 responded to a crash with entrapment on Garrison Forest Road near the Garrison Forest School (Rescue Box 19-4). BCoFD Engine 19 had previously been alerted for a report of a crash with a vehicle smoking. Upon arrival, they reported a two vehicle head on crash involving a Mercury Mountaineer SUV and a Honda Element SUV with multiple patients and one victim trapped and requested additional fire department resources. PVFC firefighters stabilized the Mercury Mountaineer and worked to extricate the driver,

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who was airlifted via Maryland State Police Trooper 5 to the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center downtown. Owings Mills Volunteer Fire Company Engine 312 handled the landing zone at the adjacent Garrison Forest School soccer field. Two additional patients were transported by BCoFD medic units to area hospitals. The crash is under investigation by the Baltimore County Police Department Crash Team. - MICHAEL SCHWARTZBERG



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Firefighters extinguish apartment fire in Ellicott City CRAIG URBAN

Working dwelling fire On November 13, 2013 around 7:00 p.m. in Baltimore County in the Halethrope area, Station 5 was alerted for a dwelling fire on Oakland Rd. The fire department arrived to find a one story dwelling with heavy fire through the roof.

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Two months into the New Year and you and your fitness routine are hangin’ in there. Chances are you’ve made some progress. You are certainly feeling better. stronger, leaner, more alert, more overall energy. Good For you! We’ve talked repeatedly about the benefits of periodic changes to your regime. Change is good. The variety helps keep you motivated and keeps those results coming. But what about the flip side of that: “If it aint broke don’t fix it”? Uggh! That’s a good point. Your workouts are working, you are enjoying them (come on – you know you are!) and it’s a little scary to make changes when all seems right in your “Fitness World”. Here’s a compromise that has worked for many of my “creature

of habit” clients in the past. Chances are it will work for you too! Keep the major components of your existing routine. You can generally keep the exercises – the format but with one small “five minute change”. Finish the cardio portion of your workout with high intensity interval training (short intervals of higher than usual intensity, followed by lower intensity rest periods). For example, when you reach the last five minutes of a treadmill workout sprint for 20 seconds then walk for 40 seconds. Repeat this sequence five times then proceed to your usual cool down. You have more than likely heard of the benefits of high intensity interval training (HIIT). We’ve discussed it briefly in the past. Simply said, the science behind it has exercisers burning more calories and more fat (both during and after exercise) with HIIT than with traditional steady state cardio exercise. The science is there, yet many exercisers are skeptical and

unwilling to make the break from their traditional routines. My clients incorporating the change began with 20/40 second (work/active rest) intervals and progressed to 30/30 intervals after a month or so. Many have increased the bouts to include the last ten minutes of the workout. Some have limited steady state workouts to once a week and still others have ditched the steady state workouts altogether. All of these clients are healthy individuals with no medical restrictions. Are HIIT workouts for you? Check with your physician first, of course and as always choose intensity levels that match your age and current fitness level and medical history. This may be just the five minute change you are looking for. I have seen it work wonders. Here’s a chance for you to test it for yourself. Let me know what your findings are. Again, be sure to have the approval of your physician before beginning any exercise program.

Shortly after midnight on Monday, November 25th, approximately 40 firefighters and paramedics from Howard County Department of Fire & Rescue Services (HCDFRS) were dispatched to the 6200 block of Waterloo Road in Ellicott City for an apartment fire. The building includes six apartments, five of which were occupied at the time of the incident. First arriving units found heavy smoke billowing from the attic of both the main portion of the structure as well as the attic of an addition that had been constructed on the right side of the building. Crews began an aggressive interior fire attack, and they made access to the fire from both the interior and exterior of the building. All six apartments are expected to be declared uninhabitable, and approximately 20 people will

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be displaced as a result of the blaze. They are being assisted by the American Red Cross. It took approximately one hour for firefighters to put out the blaze. Crews remained on the scene to ensure the fire is fully extinguished. There have been no firefighter or civilian injuries. HCDFRS was assisted by fire crews from Baltimore and Anne Arundel Counties. HCDFRS and HCPD fire nvestigators are on scene, and they have just begun their work to determine the origin and cause of the fire. Damage estimates are not available at this time. - MARC FISCHER

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Multiple rescues from second alarm apartment fire in Dundalk At 11:45 p.m. on November 8, 2013, Box 6-2 was struck for the report of the apartment fire on Four Georges Ct. Engine 272 (Wise Ave volunteers) arrived and reported heavy smoke showing from a three story garden style apartment building with numerous people trapped. Truck 15 (Eastview career) arrived and with the assistance of other arriving units quickly enacted rescues via their ladder. Fire was in a first floor rear apartment. A second alarm was sounded at 11:54, bringing additional units to the scene. The fire was brought under con-

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trol at 12:20 a.m. and was confined to the apartment of origin with other apartments suffering smoke and heat damage. A total of ten people were rescued and 18 people were reported displaced, with Red Cross and property management assisting them. Units remained on the scene performing overhaul and cleanup until 4:30 a.m.. The cause of the fire remains under investigation - CHARLIE LEWIS


Fatal MVC on Baltimore Beltway Baltimore County Fire Department units were dispatched at 4:35 a.m. to a reported motor vehicle crash on the Outer Loop of Interstate 695 between Exits 23 and 22 with unknown patient status (Box 14-61). While responding via the Inner Loop, Pikesville Volunteer Fire Company Squad 322 advised that they saw a passenger car wedged underneath the rear of a tractor-trailer and requested a “heavy rescue” box be dispatched. Upon arrival, units confirmed

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an Audi sedan had struck the rear of the trailer and the driver was trapped and deceased and canceled responding units other than BCoFD Engine 14. Following the Maryland State Police crash investigation, a heavy duty wrecker from Sullivan’s Towing was special-called to assist in stabilizing the tractortrailer while the squad crew stabi-

lized the car and used a winch to pull it from underneath the trailer. Firefighters then extricated the victim from the wreckage and turned the victim over to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. Officials believe the car first impacted the tractor trailer in the area of the Interstate 83 exit and was dragged for approximately 1,000 feet to just before the Greenspring Avenue exit. - MICHAEL SCHWARTZBERG

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Is the media working for your department? Recently, I was involved in a discussion with a fire official from another department and a reporter. The fire official was explaining to the reporter how the media did not cover events in the local JUMP TO FILE# area and don’t get 012414110 the story facts right. The reporter was telling him how understaffed they are and cannot physically be at all events, adding that his news organization welcomes emails with facts about the event. The fire official’s response was “then I’m doing your job.” As the Public Information Officer (PIO) for my fire company, I understood both points of view. You cannot change how the media works, but your department can help change how your department presents news to the media. If the media is in the dark about the happenings in your department, don’t curse the darkness, enlighten them. In today’s world, the media is under so many different types of pressures, especially financially. Just ask any newspaper that is struggling to stay alive. It is difficult to cover all the events in their coverage area, get all the facts of the story from multiple sources, and all under a deadline. For purposes of discussion, consider these questions. First, whether you are a volunteer or paid department, do you have an assigned PIO? If you don’t, you need to ask yourself why not? What is your department doing to get your message out to the media? Does your department dislike dealing with the media by not returning a phone inquiry or, while at the scene, tell the reporters the chief is busy and can’t talk? Or do you reach out to the media only when your department needs to campaign for money from the public for a new engine or other big expenditures? Having a PIO will help the department with recruitment, retention, funding, community support, public education with fire prevention, and justification of resources. Having a person assigned to deal with the media saves time and eliminates headaches for your department. The media will know who they need to contact for facts about recent calls, events or department issues. The chief and other department members will not have to worry about being contacted by reporters and can go about their normal jobs. Reporters have told me that they do not like to bother the chief who is busy at the scene, but they still need the information for their story. A PIO can give the media the time and the facts about the call. You may say that the PIO is doing the media’s job and ask why

do it? Remember whoever releases the story controls the story. If your department doesn’t release information, the media will go to someone else such as the police, other agencies or people at the scene. Do you think they will tell the fire department’s side of the story? I think not. Developing that relationship with the media in the good times may pay off if anything negative develops in your department. For example, let’s say one of your members is arrested and it affects your department. Being pro-active and knowing what and how to conduct yourself with the media will make your department look professional and might instill more public confidence in your department. Having developed a relationship with the media doesn’t guarantee your department will be treated any better during bad times, but it can only help. Don’t disappear or hide the bad news from the media. They will find out about it. Be as transparent and honest as possible. The fire service does not offer training for PIOs, but the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and state emergency management agencies do. That is because the PIO’s role is the same for any agency whether you are a fire, police, EMS, local, city, or state agency. The facts of the story will be different from the different agencies, but how you tell the story will be the same. The first level of training is the PIO Awareness Course (G289) offered online. This course takes an hour or two to complete and is available to anyone. I highly recommend this course to all officers and chiefs for their own education and to better understand the role of a PIO. The course will orient participants to the function and the role of the PIO in the public safety and emergency management environment. The next four levels are classroom training. So where do you begin? The first step is always the hardest: finding someone to be a PIO. A desirable quality in a good PIO is someone who has a good working relationship and knowledge of your organization. They also need to be aggressive in compiling the information and to become a trusted strategist and advisor to your fire department leadership. There will be a learning curve with your department and the new PIO, until both fully understand the workings and actions of a PIO. Having a source for the media to contact can reap rewards with story ideas or with fire prevention for your department. A few times in the past and on slow news days, the media phones me about the call before I’m out of my driveway responding to it. Other times, I just do not have a story for them.


Kevin Barry is a PIO for the Rombout Fire Company and the Town of Fishkill Emergency Preparedness Committee.

In one instance, a reported brush fire was in reality a family roasting marshmallows around a fire pit. There are still times that a fire call is not printed or reported because there was another more interesting story to report on. Remember, your story is competing against others for valuable newspaper or airtime. You have a better chance of getting your story told when you have the information the media needs. Follow along with me on a typical fire call as a PIO. My fire district has an interstate and a major state highway running through it and when there is an accident on one of them, there are major traffic delays, particularly at commuter time. Within ten minutes of arriving on the scene, I am briefed by the chief and take a few photos. With the chief’s approval, I post the information about the

accident on the fire company’s Facebook and Twitter pages. Then I phone the local radio, TV and daily newspaper with the story. It takes less than five minutes to tell the story. Many times, my fire company is still at the scene, but the story is on the airwaves or posted on the internet, helping people detour away from the scene. Without a PIO, the media is calling the firehouse, but no one answers because everyone is at the scene. After the call, the chief may return phone calls with the information if he or she is not late for work or busy. It may not have been a big story, only a few paragraphs long, but it is a missed opportunity for your department. With a little training and practice, a PIO can develop a professional relationship with the media, but the key is being there for them

and always with the correct information. Firefighters gain experience from drills and actual calls. The same is true for a PIO. We do this so we all can be our best when the big one comes along. Remember, telling your department’s story on the information highway is a two-way street. You and the media each have a job to do. Treat the media with respect and provide them with the accurate information. You will learn that over time such a proactive strategy will reap rewards. Kevin Barry is a PIO for the Rombout Fire Company and the Town of Fishkill Emergency Preparedness Committee. He is an AdvancePIO and a member of the National Information Officer Association. - KEVIN BARRY


Two alarm townhouse fire in Laurel Laurel, MD. At around 5:..15 am on January 16th, units from the Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services (HCDFRS), and the Anne Arundel, Prince George's and Montgomery County Fire Departments were alerted for an end of the row townhouse fire. They arrived to find heavy fire conditions and initiated an interior fire attack. They also searched the house and found and removed one

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elderly female patient, who was transported to Laurel Regional Hospital in serious condition. There was light smoke damage to the interior of the adjacent townhouse. The fire was placed under control around 6 a.m. There were no fire department injuries. The fire occurred in the 9500

block of Canterbury Riding. The current damage estimate is around $150,000. Previous reports suggested that an occupant from the neighboring residence was displaced. We now know that the neighboring structure was vacant and the only occupant to be displaced is the elderly female from the initial fire building. - CERISA SPEIGHT

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Second alarm in Burtonsville area of Silver Spring On Saturday, January 25th at 4:34 p.m. as Burtonsville Rescue Squad 715 was returning from a box truck fire on Cherry Hill Road, the rescue squad officer (MFF Ryman) noticed a smoke condition in the area of the JUMP TO FILE# townhome com- 012714115 plex, just blocks away. As they were getting turned around, Engine 841 and Ambulance 715 were dispatched to an unknown emergency that was also just a few blocks away at 12160 Sweet Clover Drive, Box 15-29. The rescue squad arrived and made the radio transmission to upgrade this address from an unknown emergency to a house fire on 7 Alpha (dispatch) the box was dropped. After the verbal for the box was finished, Rescue Squad 715 advised they were on scene at a working fire in the middle of a row of townhomes and to start the second alarm. Upon initial interviews of bystanders, a report of people trapped was also transmitted and Rescue Squad 715 began a primary search to the best of their efforts, despite a well involved basement and fire running all three floors of the Charlie side exterior wall, seconds from being extended into the floors. Medic 715 (Weber) was quick to arrive with PE841, who was now arriving due to the initial dispatch of closest apparatus for the unknown emergency. PE841 stretched attack lines and got into position to protect the search by RS715. PE715 (Capt Heflin) was now pulling up and secured the water source, stretched their 300’ of two inch line and began an attack on the fire with PE841’s crew. Truck 715 (MFF Davidson) arrived and set up on the alpha side and also placed portable ladders on the Alpha side along with two men making entry to support the engine companies. Tower 724 (Capt Dominick) and Medic 715 laddered the Charlie side exposures and also confirmed heavy fire conditions through all floors and making its way into the attic. Ambulance 715's set up an aide station at Medic 715's location and then set up inside MAB 726. With the first floor burnt

away and collapsing and heavy fire conditions throughout all floors and into the attic; the incident commander, Battalion Chief 701 (Carrigan), evacuated the main fire building. Orders were given to the first and second in engine chauffeurs to move heavy lines to defensively attack the main fire building while crews work the D1 and B1 exposures offensively. PE724 (Lt Ward) entered the Delta 1 exposure, made their way to the rear and darkened down the bulk of the fire showing in the main fire building, Charlie side from a rear deck. PE712 (Lt Tomassoni), Rescue Squad 814 and Medic 715 took position on the Alpha side as the Rapid Intervention Group. PE716 (Capt DeVries) and his crew took the Charlie side with Tower 724. With the fire now darkened down, command resumed the offensive attack and crews from the original and second alarm reentered the main fire building carefully in the original fire building as well as from access points on the Delta and Bravo exposures due to the floors integrity being weakened and sagging. The fire was now through the roof. This was taken care of with a coordinated attack from the roof due to limited access on the interior. Crews worked this job for several hours with extensive overhaul and salvage before returning to service. Fire damage was held to the unit of origin by the coordinated efforts from Montgomery and Prince Georges County units. One firefighter from Company 15 suffered burns to the face and was transported to Med Star Burn Center in Washington D.C. by Ambulance 715 for a precautionary checkup. On scene were dngine companies 841, 715, 712, 724, 716, 718, 702, 719 and 701. The truck companies were 715, 724, 716, 831 and 812 with rescue squads 715 and 814; EMS units Medic 715, and 712, Ambulance 715 and 841; Air 716, Canteen 705, MAB 726; Duty Operations Chief 700 (McCarty); Safety 700 (Keller); Battalion Chiefs: 701 (Carrigan), 704 (Richards), 702 (Fitch), 703 (Hinkle), 886, PG Northern Division Chief, Chief 814, Chief 812, Chief 831. - MATT MILES



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