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WEST VIRGINIA - At 1:12 P.M. on Friday, April 22nd, Company-51 (Bridgeport FD), Engines 521, 11 (Anmoore VFD), and 121 (Stonewood VFD), were alerted for a structure fire at Crestview Terrace Apartments in Bridgeport. Chief-51 (Hart), arrived on the scene to find heavy smoke showing from the second-floor of a two-story garden style apartment complex.

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Departments respond to house fire

At 4:15 P.M. on May 18th, Good Will and mutual aid units were dispatched to 6 Oregon Avenue in Wilmington Manor Gardens, for a reported house fire. Engine 18-2 went enroute and Fireboard advised that they were receiving calls, reporting fire from the home. Engine 18-2 and Wilmington Manor Ladder-28 arrived to find fire showing from the rear of the home. Crews went to work and operated for roughly 90 minutes before clearing the scene. Responding units included 18-2, L18, L28, E22, R20, E32, L17, R15 and E12. Engine-30 and Tower-11 covered the area while units operated.

Dog rescued in structure fire

On June 5th around 1:30 P.M., Station-18 and mutual aid units were alerted to a residential fire in the unit block of Booker's Circle. Chief-18 arrived first and reported smoke showing from the rest of the home. Engine 18-2 arrived, secured their own water supply and stretched the bumper line. As the crew was getting water on the fire, Ladder-28 and additional mutual aid units arrived, searching and completing other tasks. One dog was rescued from the home and reunited with it's owner. The fire was confined to the room of origin and was investigated by the State Fire Marshal's Office. Operating units were Command 18, 18-2, L18, 18-6, L28, R20, R23, E22-3 and 28-5.

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Bethany and Millville extinguish brush fire Structure fire on Farmview Drive


On Sunday, June 12th, Bethany and Millville Fire Units teamed up to respond to and extinguish a brush fire, just outside of Breakwater Beach.


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On June 13th at 12:03 P.M., the Dover FD started taking multiple calls of a structure fire on the 1200 block of S. Farmview Drive. Fire Chief Carleton Carey Jr. was first on scene to find a two-story, single-family residence with fire showing from the "B/C" corner and on the roof of the garage. E-4 arrived on scene and established a water supply. The crew advanced a one-and-three-quarter

JUMP TO FILE #061416112 inch attack line through the front door to first check on interior extension. E-6 arrived almost simultaneously and advanced a second one-and-three-quarter inch attack line to the "B" exposure (house next door), and met with E-4's crew at the

rear of the residence. Primary and secondary searches were accomplished with negative results. Crews extinguished all visible fire. Additional crews made way to the attic space above the garage and the true attic to check for extension. Extensive overhaul was completed above the garage space. The scene was turned over to the City's FMO for investigation.


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North Carolina: Joshua Warren Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: June 16, 2016 Death Date: June 16, 2016 Fire Department: Alexis Volunteer Fire Department Initial Summary: Firefighter Warren fell ill from a nature of injury still to be determined while onduty and engaged in physical fitness training at a local middle school. Warren was rushed to CHSLincoln Medical Center, where he later succumbed to his injury. Hawaii: Clifford M. Rigsbee Rank: Firefighter III Incident Date: June 14, 2016 Death Date: June 16, 2016 Fire Department: Honolulu Fire Department Initial Summary: Firefighter III Rigsbee was found unconscious and floating in the water immediately after being separated from a jet ski/rescue sled while participating in a rescue watercraft training exercise. The firefighter operating the jet ski jumped into the water to initiate a rescue and with the assistance of others, including a nearby off-duty firefighter, brought Rigsbee to shore where he was rushed to the Straub Medical Center in critical condition. The firefighter/operator of the watercraft, who was also injured in the incident, was treated at the hospital and released. In spite of all efforts, Firefighter Rigsbee, who had suffered a spinal column injury, succumbed two days later while in the hospital. North Carolina: David K. Britt Rank:Fire Chief Incident Date: June 17, 2016 Death Date: June 18, 2016 Fire Department: Severn Volunteer Fire Department

Initial Summary: Fire Chief Britt suffered a medical emergency at his home several hours after responding to a motor vehicle crash. The nature and cause of fatal injury are still to be reported. Ohio: John R. Fritz Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: June 27, 2016 Death Date: June 27, 2016 Fire Department: Austintown Fire Department Initial Summary: While on duty at Austintown Fire Station #1, Firefighter Fritz passed away from a nature and cause of fatal injury still to be determined. Firefighter Fritz ran several emergency calls throughout his shift, and when he did not report to the truck for an emergency medical response, his crew found him in the station unresponsive. Fellow responders and Lane LifeTrans Ambulance provided medical assistance but Firefighter Fritz did not regain consciousness.

Pennsylvania: Michael Morgan Rank: Deputy Fire Chief Incident Date: May 3, 2016 Death Date: June 26, 2016 Fire Department: Garrettford - Drexel Hill Volunteer Fire Company Initial Summary: Deputy Fire Chief Michael Morgan began feeling ill during or shortly after responding to two fire calls on May 3, 2016. After a brief rest period at the firehouse, Chief Morgan reported for his midnight shift at the Delaware County Emergency Communications Center where his condition worsened and was then transported by ambulance to Riddle Memorial Hospital in Middletown. Chief Morgan succumbed to his CVA related injuries on June 26, 2016.

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Late night fire destroys home


Wilsonburg house fire At 6:04 P.M. on Friday June 3rd, Company-8 (Reynoldsville VFD) along with Engines' 71 (Nutter Fort VFD), 91 (Salem VFD) and 51 (Mt. Clare VFD), were alerted for a structure fire on Wilsonburg Road, near Chicken Farm Road. Engine-71 (w/3-DC Rohrbough), responded within three minutes, with Tanker-7 (w/1) not far behind. RVFD Engine82 arrived on the scene to find a single-story dwelling with fire showing from the rear and a nearby home as an exposure. Crews placed a oneand-three-quarter inch cross lay into service and began fire attack, protecting the exposure. Engine-71 arrived on the scene as second-due engine and placed their own oneand-three-quarter inch cross lay into service as E-71's crew made entry

JUMP TO FILE #061016124 through the front door to make an interior attack. They entered and found moderate fire and heat in the rear portion of the home and attic area. Tanker-7, RVFD Engine-81, SVFD Engine-92 and MCVFD Engine-52 assisted with water supply as their crews assisted with fire extinguishment and ventilation. The fire was placed under control within 30 minutes and crews began to open up and hit hot spots. After clean up, Co.7 apparatus returned home a little after 8:00 P.M. Thanks to Anmoore Medic-18 for the stand-by. - FRANK FERRARI

At 10:28 P.M. on Monday, April 11th, Company-13 (Summit Park VFD)as well as Engines 71 (Nutter Fort VFD) and 81 (Reynoldsville VFD), were alerted JUMP TO FILE# for a structure fire on 050316105 Setting Sun Lane in Arlington Addition. Engine-71 (w/6Chief Haddix), hit the streets two minutes later with Tanker-7 (w/2) and Unit-75 (w/2) not far behind. Initial reports indicated a basement fire. Engine-71 arrived on the scene with a working, heavy fire showing from the "C" and "D" sides. Crews placed a one-and-three-quarter inch cross lay in service in an attempt to gain entry to the rear, while another crew placed a second one-and-three-quarter inch cross lay in service, making entry through the front door. Engine-131 arrived on the scene and laid the four-inch LDH to a nearby hydrant, only to find it dead. They then hooked into E-71 for water supply using their tank water. Crews were quickly faced with water supply issues as several bad hydrants were in the area. Crews then evacuated the structure as the first-floor began to collapse into the basement. Downed power lines also forced crews out of the rear. At

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10:52 P.M., Engine-123 (Stonewood VFD) and Tanker-3 (Lost Creek VFD) were added to the BOX, as Engine-112 (Spelter VFD) was transferred to Co.-13. Crews then began protecting the adjacent house as an exposure and placed the two-and-ahalf inch blitz line into service. With the nearest working hydrant flowing less than 40-gpm, requiring over 1000-feet of four-inch LDH to be laid to tag it, Tanker-3 performed water shuttle operations from a hydrant in


North View section, in the City of Clarksburg. Crews worked for about two hours to bring the fire under control. After a lengthy clean up and overhaul, crews returned home early the next morning at around 2:00 A.M. Harrison County EMS Ambulance621 remained on scene for stand-by. Units on scene were Engines 71, 131, 81, 123; Tankers: 7, 3; U-75, B-13 and HCES-A621. - FRANK FERRARI

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Five patients transported from MVA with double entrapment At 6:46 P.M. on Saturday, May 28th, Company-9 (Salem VFD), Company-64 (Harrison County EMS) and Squad-7 (Nutter Fort VFD) were alerted for a vehicle accident with injuries on Route-50 Westbound at the Route-23 intersection in Salem. Squad-7 (w/3LT/EMT Ferrari) responded within minutes. Salem Rescue-94 and Engine-91 arrived on the scene to find a two vehicle accident, with one SUV into the guardrail and another over a small embankment, into a ditch with patients stuck inside both vehicles. Command-9 quickly confirmed entrapment in both vehicles and began extrication. Crews placed the Hurst Spreaders in service and popped the passenger side door on the SUV to free one ALS patient within five-minutes. Squad-7 arrived on the scene and sent it's man-

JUMP TO FILE #061016125 power to the vehicle over the embankment, assisting with patient care and placed the Hurst Cutters in service to remove the driver's side door. Crews assisted with packaging and loading two ALS patients from the vehicle and provided a crew member for HCES Medic-617 enroute to UHC. A total of five patients were transported; two by HCES Medic-614, two by HCES Medic-617 and one by Doddridge County Ambulance Authority-608. Engine-82 from Reynoldsville VFD assisted with traffic control along Route-50. Squad-7 was placed in service within 25-minutes. - FRANK FERRARI

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has had many photos in Fire Engineering, Fire Chief and Fire Rescue Magazines. You can read the rest of his colorful story on the inside cover...and then you can review his outstanding photos. I counted only one black and white photo. The rest are color and there are many to each page. The cover the cities and towns of Northbrook, Evanston, Gurnee, Rockford, Chicago, Joliet, Winthrop Harbor, Waukegan, Wheeling and Highland Park. Types of photos include fire scenes, apparatus at fires, a funeral, group shots of personnel and individual shots or firefighters and chief working, male and female firefighters, a posed shot of mobile ventilation units of MABAS (Mutual Aid Box Alarm System), accidents and other emergencies. These scenes reflect firefighting and emergency work in all kinds of weather. From a variety of angles both close up and from a distance, the quality is flawless! It is a book you would want to thumb through over and over again!


Early morning fire destroys home At 7:41 A.M. on Monday, May 23rd, Company-13 (Summit Park VFD), Engines' 71 (Nutter Fort VFD), 121 (Stonewood VFD) and 81 (Reynoldsville VFD), were alerted for a structure fire on lower Jack Run Road in Glen Falls. Engine-71 (w/5-LT/EMT Ferrari), hit the streets in just under two-minutes. Engine-71 arrived on the scene to find a working fire with a singlestory dwelling heavily involved from the "A" and "D" sides. Tanker3 (Lost Creek VFD), was then alerted. Crews placed a one-andthree-quarter-inch cross lay in service and began a defensive attack

JUMP TO FILE #061016123 with Engine-131 arriving next and picking up E-71's three-inch supply line for water, with Engines' 123 and 82 not far behind. The bulk of the fire was knocked within ten-minutes while a second one-and-three-quarter-inch cross lay was placed in service, with crews making entry inside and through the front door at the same time. Tanker3 and Engine-82 performed water shuttle operations. Crews then laddered the structure and made their

way to the roof to begin vertical ventilation and made several cuts to make access to fire in the attic. The fire was found in the attic and ceiling areas with a lengthy process of opening up and hitting hot spots following. The fire was placed under control in just over one hour. After clean up, units returned home at 10:12 A.M. Harrison County EMS remained on scene for standby and assisted with firefighter rehab. There were no injuries reported and the home was a total loss. - FRANK FERRARI


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Firefighter separated from hoseline dies STAYING SAFE Chief Henry Campbell

Over the past few years, I continue to read of firefighters, who for some reason or another have managed to separate themselves from the rest of their crew, usually a hoseline attack crew, and become disoriented, trapped, and eventually running out of air and succumbing within the structure. A few firefighters caught in these conditions have managed to be rescued by RIT firefighters and revived. Why do these firefighters leave the safety of their crew? How do they leave the security of the crew without the other crew members knowing they have left? Many times, the crew has withdrawn from the structure before they realize a member is missing. Is there no communication among the crew? One can only wonder as to the answers. They are supposed to be a team following some pretty simple operating procedures, stay together! They should be maintaining visual, vocal, or physical contact with each other at all times, you know, hanging onto each other’s coattail while keeping up the chatter. Staying alert to their surroundings and any changing fire conditions that may impact their safety while monitoring the radio are also required. If for any reason a team member has to leave, the entire team must exit, following the hoseline back out. If it is a Mayday situation, a Mayday should be called over the radio and department procedures for a Mayday should be initiated by the incident commander and followed. Sounds simple, yet firefighters continue to die in similar circumstances as in the following report. On April 15, 2016 NIOSH released the following FF Fatality report: “On May 8, 2013, a 29-year-old male career probationary firefighter died after running out of air and being trapped by a roof collapse in a commercial strip mall fire. The firefighter was one of three firefighters, who stretched a one and a half inch hoseline from Side A into a commercial strip mall fire. The hose team stretched deep into the structure under high heat and heavy smoke conditions and were unsuccessful in locating the seat of the fire. The hose team decided to exit the structure. During the exit, the firefighter became separated from the other two crew members. The incident commander saw the two members of the hose team exit on Side A and called over the radio for the firefighter. The firefighter acknowledged the incident commander and gave his location in the rear of the structure. The firefighter later gave a radio transmission that he was out of air. A rapid intervention team was activated but was unable to locate him before a flashover occurred and the roof collapsed. He was later recovered and pronounced dead on the scene.”

The NIOSH report lists the following contributing factors and key recommendations: risk assessment, communications, crew integrity, firefighter ran out of air in an IDLH atmosphere, staffing and deployment, arson fire in a commercial structure, and lack of automatic fire sprinklers. There also is an extensive list of recommendations worthy of review. I include the following from the report as it contains important information relevant to firefighting in modern commercial buildings. Adaptive Fireground Management Safety Considerations Firefighting in commercial buildings and occupancies demands alternate tactical engagement and management that differentiate from residential deployment and operations. Building features and systems and complexities create very distinct and defined incident action parame-

ters that required commanders, officers and firefighters to implement discrete strategies, tactics and awareness that are commonly resource driven, complex, concurrent and high risk. Commercial building fires and incidents require specific training, skill sets, and experience and risk management protocols. Today’s fireground demands, challenges and risks are less forgiving than in the past, leave little to no margin for error and when those errors and omissions manifest themselves-may be very unforgiving in their resulting severity and magnitude. This then requires significant adaptability in the identification, selection of strategic, tactical and task level actions that demand critical thinking skills, based on fluid incident and building assessment and evaluation for conditions. The importance of implementing Tactical Discipline, Tactical Patience

and Adaptive Fireground Management is formative on today’s fireground and built upon an established platform of building knowledge, an understanding of the predictability of the building’s performance under fire conditions and the integration of critical thinking skills that aligns with the unique given conditions of an incident scene and structural fire in a building. Firefighting continues to be driven by long established practices and protocols that have a basis on expected building or fire performance and behaviors. These long held beliefs and methodologies have had new perspectives applied based on on-going research, development and emerging practices that suggest adaptive and alternatives methods, practices and protocols that are changing the rules of engagement. First-due company operations are influenced by a number of parameters

and factors; some deliberate and dictated, others prescribed and prearranged and yet others subjective, biased, predisposed or at times accidental, casual and emotional. The connotations and implications are significant and can be characteristic of successful or detrimental operations. Buildings and occupancies when involved in a structure fire will continue to require the suppression and rescue engagement and intervention of fire department resources and staffing; evolving into an art and science of firefighting that demands greater command and company officer skill sets and understanding of building parameters and fire dynamics. The complete NIOSH report can be downloaded at: e201314.pdf Till next time, stay safe and God Bless!


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Two-alarm commercial building fire with rescue in Bridgeport At 1:12 P.M. on Friday, April 22nd, Company-51 (Bridgeport FD), Engines 521, 11 (Anmoore VFD), and 121 (Stonewood VFD), were alerted for a structure fire at Crestview Terrace Apartments in Bridgeport. At 1:17 JUMP TO FILE# P.M., Engine-72 050316104 (Nutter Fort VFD) was added to the assignment. Engine-72 (w/3DC Rohrbough), hit the streets within seconds. Chief-51 (Hart), arrived on the scene to find heavy smoke showing from the second-floor of a two-story garden style apartment complex. Chief-51 then upgraded the BOX to possible entrapment, adding ambulances from Anmoore (Medic-18), HCES (Medic-617), and a secondalarm at 1:25 P.M., consisting of Ladder-101 (Shinnston VFD), Engine-301 (Flemington VFD) and Engine-111 (Spelter VFD), with Barbour Engine-41 (Philippi VFD) being alerted to transfer to Co. 51. Crews from Engine-511, Engine-521 and Squad-51 placed hand lines in service, tagged a nearby hydrant, began an interior attack and performed searches, locating one patient in a downstairs apartment and removing him from the structure. Anmoore Engine-12 arrived next and laid a four-inch supply line from a second hydrant for water supply, pumping to Truck-52 and Engine-521. They were also sent to

the interior to perform additional searches as well as opening up to find and extinguish fire in the cockloft of the first-floor apartments. Engine-72 arrived on scene as fourth-due engine/first-due special service and were ordered by Command-51 to head to the roof in Truck-52 and begin ventilation. Heavy fire then began showing from the roof, so Truck-52 set up for an aerial master stream operation. Crews from T52 and 72 began trench cuts for ventilation as interior crews were pulled out shortly after. One ALS burn patient was flown to West Penn Burn Center in Pittsburgh by HealthNet from North Central WV Regional Airport. Co-7 also provided a driver for Anmoore Medic-18 to the landing zone. The fire was placed under control within 30 minutes. Additional incoming units assisted in opening up and hitting hot spots. Crews on the roof also began hitting hot spots using Truck-52's handline from the bucket. After salvage and overhaul in all the apartments as well as clean up, crews were released by Command-51 at 3:15 P.M. A total of eight apartments were damaged by the fire. Flemington Ambulance-309 also remained on scene as stand-by for the duration of the incident. Units on scene were Engines 511, 521, 12, 72, 123, 112, 301; Truck-52; Ladder-101, Squads 51, 1 and HCES Medic-617, Flemington309 and Anmoore-18. - FRANK FERRARI




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DC Firefighter/EMT Daniel Lavoto named recipient of the National Safety Recognition Award DC Department of Veterans of Foreign Wars honored DC Firefighter/EMT Daniel Lavoto as the recipient of the National Safety Recognition Award this past Saturday, June 11 at the Sheraton Pentagon Hotel, located at 900 South Orme Street, Arlington, VA. Assis-

JUMP TO FILE #061616122 tant DC Fire and EMS Chief Edward Mills III accepted on behalf of FF/EMT Lovato, their National Safety Recognition Award. Each

year, the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) selects emergency services personnel, such as law enforcement officers, firefighters, and medical technicians to receive the VFW Safety Awards. - DC FIRE AND EMS

DC Fire and EMS participate in exercise on how to deal with potential Ebola victims The DC Fire and EMS Department was one of the players in a Department of Health exercise held June 15th on how to deal with potential Ebola victims. The scenario involved an adult and child who call 911 seeking medical assistance. Their symptoms and other information leads the call taker and first responders to suspect the patients have been exposed to the virus. This results in the implementation of special protocols intended to provide proper care for the patients, as well as protect paramedics, firefighters, and hospital personnel from being exposed to the danger of

JUMP TO FILE #061616120 infection. The simulation involved the victims being transported to the Washington Hospital Center, where our personnel and hospital staff practiced decontamination procedures. A joint review of the exercise followed, giving all parties the opportunity to provide feedback and recommendations for the future. These training partnerships are key to keeping the community safe. - DC FIRE AND EMS


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Scores of fellow firefighters gathered at the Petworth Firehouse to bid a fond farewell to Battalion Fire Chief Dick Sterne. June 6th marked Chief Sterne's final shift after faithfully serving residents and visitors of our nation's Capitol for 35 years.

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Vehicle fire in tunnel quickly extinguished


Battalion Fire Chief Robert Mullikin speaks at DC Metro Safety event Many District of Columbia Government Agencies were present on June 14th, at the Golden Triangle DC Metro Safety and "My Safe Track Plan" event at 1050 Connecticut Ave., NW. The event was held to inform and train the community on how to appropriately respond to Metro emergencies and incidents. During the event, DC Fire and EMS Battalion Fire Chief Robert Mullikin gave attendees tips on what to do to help emergency responders if an emergency is to happen while riding a Metro train. He also spoke about the resources that DCFEMS currently have available to help during an incident.


DC Firefighters and EMS go the extra mile

DC firefighters and EMS workers are a special breed, and often quietly go the extra mile to help our citizens. Such was the case during the Memorial Day weekend, when Truck Company 16 was dispatched to the 3400 block of Nash Place Southeast. They arrived to find a citizen who was trimming hedges while in his walker. The walker collapsed and the gentleman fell to the ground. The members of Truck 16 helped the man up and assisted him inside his home, but their efforts did not end there. The firefighters went on to repair the walker, and than completed the yard work. A grateful neighbor witnessed this act of kindness, and send us these photos. The personnel involved were Captain Mike Dolby, Firefighter Technician Mark Colbert, and Firefighters Vincent Hunnicut, Jeffrey Mathias, and Davon Moore.

Although it produced a tremendous amount of smoke and attracted considerably attention, a vehicle fire in a 3rd Street tunnel ramp was dealt with quickly by our units Tuesday evening, June 14th. Two engine companies were dispatched to extinguish the blaz- JUMP TO FILE# 061616121 ing car, which was on the ramp just prior to the exit on Second Street NW. No one suffered injuries, but the auto was gutted, and the extreme heat in the confined tunnel caused overhead lighting fixtures to melt. - DC FIRE AND EMS


A paramedic’s gift to the EMS world Ron Morin now runs Sugarloaf Ambulance/Rescue Service vehicles on U.S. Route 2 East. A television show in the 1970's got him interested in emergency medical work. “I personally was inspired by the TV series 'Emergency!' to become a paramedic,” he said. In 1982, he was part of the first paramedic graduating class. Morin has now built a replica of Squad 51's apparatus that dominated the television show, racing around the streets of Los Angeles County. This was made possible by purchasing a 1971 Dodge from the Alna, Maine, Fire Department and an original paramedic rescue body in California. The Dodge was used by the A.F.D. as a brush fire unit. While searching for a utility body, Morin said he came across a 1983 vintage medic box on eBay that had been in a shed for more than 15-years. Morin flew to California and dug the body out of the storage shed. It was loaded it onto a rental truck, and he drove back to Maine. He said the Dodge cab was in “immaculate condition,” with only 7,980 miles on the vehicle. The body, however, required some restoration work. Not to duplicate the LA County Fire Department lettering, Morin has “Lost Angel Fire Department, Rescue Squad and Paramedics” graphics added to the truck. He added, “Lost Angels are lost but not forgotten.” It took about six months to as-

Ron Morin with his "EMERGENCY!" replica apparatus at an apparatus muster on Long Island in June. RON JEFFERS

semble the replica. Locating some equipment became quite a challenge. The “gutter mounts” for the Twinsonic light bar was one of the hardest to find. A Facebook friend was helpful for that find. Most of the equipment in the replica's compartments is from the 1970's and was on ambulances that were owned in Morin's Sugarloaf Ambulance/Rescue business. A Pioneer “orange box” Telementry Unit was donated by some friends in New Jersey. He also has a telephone-style radio communications box similar to the one used in the TV show.

The original Dodge for the series is located at the LA County Fire Museum. Morin is excited about his new adventure of showing off his masterpiece. The first showing was at the Fire House Grill in Auburn, Maine, in 2015. “Having given more than fortyyears in emergency medical services, I now have the ability to give back, by making the younger generation understand where us dinosaurs of EMS came from,” Morin said.

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Firefighters resuscitate dog found in apartment fire Henrico County Division of Fire units were dispatched at 3:05 P.M. on May 15th, for the report of an apartment fire in the 12300 block of Shore View Drive in the county’s West End. First arriving units arrived three minutes later to find heavy smoke condi- JUMP TO FILE# tions coming from a 051616113 townhouse. Crews immediately made entry and encountered heavy fire conditions on two floors and also encountered near-zero visibility. Search crews located and rescued two pet dogs. One dog perished in the fire on the second-level. Firefighters/paramedics treated an unresponsive dog and were able to resuscitate him. Henrico Animal Protection Officers and Henrico Fire Paramedics transported the dog to a local vet and transferred patient care to that facility. No occupants were home at the time of the fire and all have been accounted for. The fire extended into the attic space as well but was contained to the original town-


Extrication in Powhatan

house. The fire displaced a total of four occupants, all of adult age and all from one family. The Red Cross was contacted to assist with immediate needs and recovery. Fire Marshals were on scene to


assist with the fire cause investigation. Because of the quick arrival of firefighters, damage to the complex was very limited. - TAYLOR GOODMAN

On April1st, tones sounded to announce a high priority emergency. A trash truck had crashed into a tree and one occupant was trapped on Route-609 at the Powhatan-Amelia line. County Chief-2 was first on scene to find a garbage truck into a tree and at a 45-degree angle. Engine-1 arrived shortly after. The truck was stabilized and the occupant was monitored while crews worked. The occupant had to be extricated and was transported to a local hospital. According to Powhatan Fire, the patient had non-life-threatening injuries. The crash is under investigation.


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When do we stop helping people? Chaplain’s Corner Didymus McHugh

When we joined the fire service, we wanted to make a difference and help people. We have seen that John 15:13 become so real “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” How many times are we willing to risk our lives for a civilian, child and even more so for a brother? But this is only the beginning or supreme end. We are to have compassion for people as we always do. When are we supposed to stop showing compassion for others? There is a way that we can save or enhance to about 50 lives, once we die. We can become organ and tissue donors now. One organ donor can save up to eight lives. They state that the organs that can be transplanted are the heart, kidney, livers, lungs, pancreas and intestine. Since there are more than 122,000 people waiting for transplants in the U.S., that’s a big number, But if you look that, 22 people die every day as they wait for an organ transplant. How or who can you help? Think about the guys in your station, department or their families. Does someone you know have health challenges? Where do you think skin comes from for the graft for burn victims? Yes, they can take the donor skin off of other parts of the patients’ body, but sometimes things will not or cannot work that way. Do you know a brother, who may need a valve job? No, not his car, but heart. You can help one of them out. Your corneas can help restore sight to someone. What about bone grafts, ligaments or tendons to help fix diseased bones and joints? The people who are on the organ donor lists as recipients are praying and hoping for a new organ. I know that for me, it would be nice if God used me to answer someone’s prayers and let them continue to live. Right now, you answer people’s prayers and give them hope when you assist them by answering calls. Continue that spirit when you die. By our concern for our fellow man, we are called into this profession and we give of ourselves with our time, money, talents, etc. I, myself, am an organ and tissue donor. I let my family know. I let a lot of people know. I have come to appreciate that if I can help someone, I will. If people can physically benefit from me dying, I do not want to cremate a body part that someone might not be able to live without. I know that it may be a concern

to people, but I feel that this conversation needs to be put out there. You may want to talk with your family, friends, doctor, or religious leader. I am just making you aware of a situation, not an opportunity to volunteer. You may even know someone who benefited from an organ or tissue donation, or maybe someone who did make a donation. Romans 12:1 reminds us that we are to offer our bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God. If we care for people, why not have a part of us live on and help others. Would your family be comforted that even though you would not be with them anymore, that you selflessly gave for others? If you have any questions, please reach out to your local organ and tissue donation organization. If you are concerned about religious implications of organ donation, I have been advised by the NJ Sharing

Network, that most religions approve of it. But you can still discuss it with your religious leader. I mentioned about being a donor and wondered what would happen at wake and I was advised that it would look like me, if I wanted a viewing. When people were trying to trap Jesus about the greatest commandment, He stated that the greatest commandment was to love your God with your heart, mind and soul and that the second greatest commandment was that we are to our neighbors as ourselves. Do you love people enough to help them when you are no longer living? I used to belong to a fire department that did not have fire companies, instead we had defender companies. The sign at the firemen’s memorial said “Defenders of life and property”. I’m all in, take what you need to protect someone’s life. What about you?


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Quick work on house fire saves residence On May 19th, a report of a working house fire brought an upgraded box alarm to Ivandale St. Hamilton Co-5 was the first on location, dropping over two JUMP TO FILE# blocks of LDH to 051916114 the front of the house. Co-2 of Purcellville came in from the other direction, also dropping a long stretch of lDH. Leesburg Co20 connected to the hydrant and pumped to Co-2, while Co-5 stretched a line to the back of the house to start fighting the fire. The flames were climbing the back wall of the house, as Co-5 attacked the fire and a second line was taken to the front door. The quick attack from the outside onto the back wall helped to place the fire under control. Tower-2 from Purcellville got ready to raise their tower in case it was needed. Members of the other responding units searched to make sure there were no hot spots. The Loudoun County Fire Marshal's office is looking into what caused the fire. No injuries were reported. - WILLIAM CLARE


Brush fire hampered by terrain


Fire officers confer after bringing the fire under control. Half of the back wall is damaged.

Henrico County Division of Fire units responded to the area of Lourdes Road and Lydell Drive for the report of a brush fire at 12:41 P.M. on March 1st. First arriving units were on scene in seven minutes and reported a brush fire in the woods, about one acre in size and moving toward houses. Fire crews moved quickly to contain the fire and prevent it from involving any structures. The extinguishment of the fire was hampered by the terrain and wind conditions. It took just over one hour to bring the fire under control and six fire apparatus' were assigned to the call for service. The fire is currently under investigation by the Henrico Fire Marshal’s Office.

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Henrico Fire receives American Heart Association Gold Award The Henrico County Division of Fire, an internationally accredited fire service agency, has been recently awarded the 2016 Mission: Lifeline® EMS Gold Level Recognition Award by the American Heart Association. The award is granted for implementing quality improvement measures for the treatment of patients who experience severe heart attacks. Every year, more than 250,000 people experience an “ST elevation myocardial infarction” (STEMI), the most deadly type of heart attack caused by a blockage of blood flow to the heart that requires timely treatment. To prevent death, it’s critical to restore blood flow as quickly as possible, either by mechanically opening the blocked vessel or by providing clot-busting medication. Unfortunately, a significant number of STEMI patients don't receive this prompt reperfusion therapy, which is critical in restoring blood flow. Mission: Lifeline seeks to save lives by closing the gaps that separate these patients from timely access to appropriate treatments. Mission: Lifeline’s EMS recognition

JUMP TO FILE #051916108 program recognizes emergency medical services for their efforts in improving systems of care and improving the quality of life for these patients. Emergency Medical System providers are vital to the success of Mission: Lifeline. EMS agencies perform 12-lead ECGs which measure the electrical activity of the heart and can help determine if a heart attack has occurred. They also follow protocols derived from American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology guidelines. These correct tools, training, and practices allow EMS providers to rapidly identify suspected heart attack patients, promptly notify the medical center, and trigger an early response from the awaiting hospital personnel. Agencies that receive the Mission: Lifeline Gold award have demonstrated at least 75 percent compliance for each required achievement measure for two years.

“EMTs and paramedics play a vital part in the system of care for those who have heart attacks,” said James Jollis, M.D., Chair of the Mission: Lifeline Advisory Working Group. “Since they often are the first medical point of contact, they can shave precious minutes of life-saving treatment time by activating the emergency response system that alerts hospitals. We applaud Henrico Fire for achieving this award that shows it meets evidence-based guidelines in the treatment of people who have severe heart attacks.” “Henrico Fire is dedicated to making our service among the best in the country, and we’re constantly striving to provide the highest quality medical care and timely transport to provide our patients the highest chance of recovery,” said Captain Taylor Goodman, Public Information Officer for the Henrico County Division of Fire. “We are excited to be recognized for our dedication and achievements in emergency medical care for all cardiac patients.” - TAYLOR GOODMAN


Overloaded extension cord causes house fire Henrico County Division of Fire units responded to the 600 block of Savannah Ave., off Meadowbridge Road, at 5:03 P.M. on May 16th for the report of a house fire. Units arrived on scene within five minutes to find a two-story Cape Cod home with heavy smoke and fire coming from the second-story windows. Firefighters immediately went inside to search for possible victims while also pulling hose lines. Personnel were able to aggressively make their way to the second-floor, where they extinguished the heavy volume of fire. Searches were clear, as it was discovered no one was home at the time of the fire. The incident was marked under control within 30-minutes. The fire displaced two occuppants, who will be using the Red

JUMP TO FILE #051716101 Cross to assist them with lodging and other immediate needs. The fire was ruled accidental in nature, as the result of an overloaded extension cord. Henrico Fire reminds everyone that extension cords should be adequately sized for the load that they’re expected to carry and should not be used long-term or in place of permanently-installed wiring. According to the Electrical Safety Foundation International, roughly 3,300 home fires originate from extension cords each year, killing 50 people and injuring about 270 more. - TAYLOR GOODMAN

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Exterior of house sustained some damage from the fire.


(DE): On June 7th, seven firefighters from Dover FD tried out a new venue, the grandstands at the Dover Downs International Speedway, for their weekly stair climbs. With temperatures approaching 90° F, it made for a challenging day. Great job Dover FD!


Firefighters respond to working garage fire in Maugansville On April 23rd, Washington County 911 received a call reporting a structure fire in Maugansville, just north of Hagerstown. The caller was reporting a garage on fire at 13908 Maugansville Road. A Task Force Assignment was immediately dispatched out at 4:38 P.M. that afternoon. Multiple reports came into dispatch reporting the blaze, as crews could see heavy smoke coming from the area as they pulled out of the firehouse. One report advised heavy fire which appeared to be spreading to the adjacent residence. With the additional information, the assignment and additional equipment were started to complete the assignment for Box 13-1. Engine-132 and Captain Austin McCoy of Company-13 arrived shortly after dispatch to find heavy fire showing from a detached

JUMP TO FILE #050316110 garage with exposures. Captain McCoy reported to dispatch that they had a fully involved garage fire and requested to have the Safety Assignment started. Firefighters conducted a defensive attack on the garage and worked to protect the house, dowsing the flames on the side of the house that were beginning to catch fire. Firefighters battled the blaze for about 20 minutes before bringing it under control. Command advised dispatch that the fire was knocked down at 5:01 P.M. Firefighters worked for an additional hour-and-a-half, conducting overhaul operations and checking the residence for further extension. A majority of crews on

the scene began wrapping up equipment and clearing the scene around 6:30 P.M. Company-13 remained on the scene while waiting for the arrival of the State Fire Marshal. No injuries were reported and the cause is currently under investigation. Maugansville Co.13 responded out with assistance from Greencastle Fire Co.3, Long Meadow Fire Co.27, Leitersburg Fire Co.9, Halfway Fire Co.26, Williamsport Fire Co.2, Washington County Special Operations-20, Community Rescue Co.75, Washington County Safety Officers 202 & 204, Washington County Air Unit-25, Washington County Rehab Unit-255 and the State Fire Marshal’s Office. - WILLIAM KING


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Lindsey Palmer returns to 1st Responder News


Publisher Joseph P. Belsito announced that Lindsey Palmer has been appointed as Managing Editor for 1st Responder Newspaper effective immediately. Palmer previously served with the company as Office Manager of 1st Responder Wireless News.

“We are thrilled to have Lindsey take point in our editorial department,” said Belsito. “She will not only work hard to forge great relationships with the outstanding correspondents we currently have, but will look to expand our coverage geographically into new areas, which is one of our top goals.” Palmer will be reaching out to correspondents over the coming weeks to introduce herself and will also be working to further build out her network of contacts throughout the local emergency services community.

General Manager Kathy Ronsini stated, “I am pleased and excited to welcome Lindsey Palmer back to our team. I am confident that she will be an excellent match for the position of managing editor. Lindsey exhibits a high level of care and compassion for the emergency


Trailer fire at Allied Trailers

services and I hope that she will find her work challenging and rewarding.”

Lindsey Palmer said “Thank you to everyone on the 1st Responder News team for the very warm welcome; and I consider it a privilege to be back. I am eager to make a positive contribution to the company and


I am grateful for your confidence in my abilities. I am already teaming up with our current supporters of the newspapers and am very much looking forward to working with all of the new ones that will be joining us.”

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Shortly before 6 P.M. on June 14th, firefighters and paramedics from the Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services (HCDFRS), were alerted by passersby of smoke coming from the rear of the Allied Trailers storage yard in the 9200 block of Washington Boulevard in Savage. Crews from the nearby Savage Fire Station arrived to find heavy smoke coming from the rear of the storage yard. Since the business was closed, they had to gain access to the storage yard by forcing entry through the rear gate. Firefighters with the first arriving units immediately began an aggressive attack on the fire. Access to the fire proved to be especially challenging because the trailers were tightly packed in the storage yard – affording firefighters little room to maneuver, and making it easier for the fire to extend to other units. Due to the location of the fire at the far reaches of the storage yard as well as the heavy fire conditions crews initially encountered, firefighters on several fire engines were tasked with laying an extensive amount of large diame-

JUMP TO FILE #061516111 ter water supply hose from the closest fire hydrant to the location of the fire. As a precaution, the Incident Commander requested assistance from a water tanker from the Scaggsville fire station to ensure enough water was available to quickly extinguish the blaze. Approximately 55 firefighters from HCDFRS were on scene at the height of the incident. A much smaller number of firefighters will be on site for a period of time for overhaul and to ensure the fire is fully extinguished. There have been no civilian or fire department injuries. HCDFRS was assisted on this incident by crews from the Anne Arundel County Fire Department and the Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department. HCDFRS fire investigators were also on scene and are working to determine the origin and cause of the blaze. - MARC FISCHER

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5 Things to Consider When Entering the DROP THE INFORMED FIREFIGHTER “YOU PROTECT THE PUBLIC, WE’LL PROTECT YOUR FINANCIAL FUTURE” Whether or not to enter the DROP is a unique decision and one which should be considered carefully. For some, the decision is a foregone conclusion due to personal circumstances and an attractive plan design. For others, the decision is less obvious and involves a more thorough review of the costs and benefits. This article covers the most important points to consider when a sworn employee has decided to enter the DROP. The goal is to avoid the common pitfalls in the DROP-decision process and make informed choices that maximize the benefits offered within the pension plan and within the tax code. The first and most fundamental point regarding DROP is that it is an irrevocable decision. The one consistent feature in all DROP plans is that once the paperwork is completed, the employee is considered “retired” for all practical purposes. As such, his length of service is suspended, his final average salary is calculated, and he no longer accrues pension credits. When the DROP period ends (5 years typically), the member must separate from service. It is important to recognize that during the period between DROP-entry and DROP-exit, most plans suspend a member’s contributions. So if a firefighter had been contributing 7% (as required by the plan) to the pension prior to DROP-entry, his paycheck will effectively increase by 7% once he enters DROP. This is an ideal time to increase 457 (deferred comp) contributions by a similar amount (7%), since the employee would not “feel” any difference in his take-home pay. This would likely lead to a higher 457 plan balance at the end of the DROP period and be an important resource in retirement. In short, a firefighter has every incentive to increase 457 contributions at DROP-entry. Additionally, it would be an ideal time for a certified financial planner to review the member’s 457 allocation and consider rebalancing the portfolio to lower risk. A second point to consider before entering the DROP relates to timing. Ideally, one would enter the DROP after a pay-raise from a promotion, or perhaps right after a COLA (cost of living adjustment) is announced. This would maximize the member’s pension and therefore lead to a higher DROP balance at separation. It is important to time one’s exit from the DROP after the member turns age 50. Retiring any sooner may compromise the employee’s ability to access the DROP money without a 10% penalty. Per section 72(t)-10 rules, a member can exit the DROP in the year she turns 50 and not be subject to a premature penalty. This section in the internal revenue code deals exclusively with sworn employees and is a calendar-based rule, not an agebased rule. For example, say a chief is scheduled to exit the DROP in November of this year and anticipates a DROP balance of $350,000. Let’s assume she is presently 49 years old, but will turn 50 in December of this

year. Per IRS guidelines, if she takes a direct distribution for any amount in the DROP, she will not be subject to a 10% early-withdrawal penalty on the money. With proper planning, exiting from DROP should be a smooth process and not involve withdrawal penalties on the DROP balance. When entering DROP, another important decision a firefighter must make is choosing a pension payout. The retirement benefit one chooses is a personal decision based on factors such as risk tolerance, investable assets, and whether one is single or married. The default retirement benefit in most plans is 10- year certain. This benefit is paid to you for life, but you or your beneficiary will receive at least 120 monthly benefit payments in any event. Keep in mind that the period certain begins once a firefighter enters DROP, not at separation from service. So if a member is in DROP for 5 years, he has 5 years of period certain left when exiting DROP. Interestingly, this type of default retirement benefit or “normal benefit”, is not the most conservative option and therefore might necessitate additional life insurance to mitigate exposure to premature death. Other optional forms of retirement benefit include joint & survivor payouts. While of equal actuarial value as the normal benefit, these optional forms vary in degree of risk. The most conservative option is 100% joint & survivor and guarantees that a spouse will receive an unreduced monthly annuity in the event of a joint pensioner’s death. Other iterations of this retirement payout include modified monthly amounts that are 75%, 66 2/3%, or 50% of the primary pensioner’s benefit. Another thing to consider in choosing a retirement benefit relates to social security integration. Increasingly, this optional form of benefit is available in retirement plans. If you retire prior to the time at which social security benefits are payable, you may elect to receive a more level retirement income during your entire period of retirement by integrating your social security. Effectively, the city front-loads your pension by giving you a higher monthly amount and then reduces the pension once your social security payments begin. It is also a powerful way to turbo-charge your DROP, since it yields the highest monthly pension. However, many plans only allow social security integration if the member elects a single life annuity payout, a retirement income of a comparatively higher amount, but payable to you for your lifetime only (with no period-certain). A fourth point to consider when entering DROP is that you will no longer be eligible for disability benefits under most pension plans. As such, if a firefighter becomes disabled in the line of duty while in the DROP, he will not be eligible for benefits unless he has coverage in a private disability plan. Additionally, DROP participants are typically not eligible

for pre-retirement death benefits either. Given this fact, it is important to review insurance coverage prior to entering DROP to minimize exposure. A final point to keep in mind when entering the DROP is that most plans allow a firefighter to roll unused sick time and vacation time to a 457 account. This tax deferral strategy is ideal for those who have accumulated sizeable balances. Rather than taking a check for these benefits, an employee has the opportunity to defer immediate taxation until a later date. Also, given the favorable distribution rules for 457 plans, a firefighter can request drawdowns right after separation from service occurs. For example, say a chief enters the DROP and has accumulated $18,500 in sick time and vacation time. He decides

to have the city cut two checks: one to him for $5,000 to pay down debt and another for $13,500 to his 457 provider. So long as he doesn’t exceed federal guidelines on maximum contributions to the plan for the year, he can redirect the larger second check to his 457 account and take distributions on his terms. There are a lot of moving parts when it comes to DROP and making a mistake can be costly. All of the different rules present potential pitfalls, so leveraging a financial professional is essential. Consider contacting me to discuss your specific situation and I will design a comprehensive, customized plan for you and your family. Rick Palmer is a Certified Financial Planner™ and a recognized

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Coroner demands fire sprinklers following death of couple in their home A day of celebration ended tragically when a couple in their 30's died from a fire in their home earlier this year. Deciding to spend a low-key New Year's at home, the couple died from carbon monoxide poisoning, attributed to the fire. The fire was caused by a ciga- JUMP TO FILE# rette that ignited 060616111 bedding, reported the Manchester Evening News. An inquest determined that the smell of smoke likely woke the couple, but they quickly became unconscious by the fumes. Upon learning the official cause of death, assistant coroner Jean Harkin has vowed to urge council officials and housing associations in her English town to seriously consider home fire sprinklers. The paper also reported that she plans on writing to her government to "campaign a push for all residential buildings." "Whilst they might not prevent all deaths, they might prevent


Mother’s Day afternoon house fire in Pikesville

some," Harkin told the paper. Become an advocate like Harkin, and tell your legislators and code-making bodies that home fires--and home fire sprinklers-need their immediate attention.


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Around 1:30 P.M. on Sunday, May 8th (Mother's Day), fire units on Baltimore County's westside, including Engine-321, Squad322 and Medic-325 from Pikesville Volunteer Fire Company were alerted for a reported house fire with someone possibly trapped in the 900 block of Scotts Hill Drive (Fire Box 2-18). BCoFD Engine-3 arrived with heavy smoke showing from a one-story, single-family house. Firefighters advanced a hoseline to the rear while firefighters from Engine-321 took a second line through the front door. Other crews threw ground ladders, searched the home and raised BCoFD Truck-18's aerial to the roof. Firefighters made an aggressive attack and were able to quickly bring the fire under control. No injuries were reported.



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Clayton, DE – During the June Clayton Fire Company meeting, J.J. Jonathan Burnett was named as the May fire company member of the month. J.J. attended 16 of 21 fire calls, five fund raising events, 12 misc. functions, two drills and one fire company meeting. J.J has accumulated 43 points for the month and a total of 231 for the year. Please join with the members on thanking J.J for his dedication to the Clayton Fire Company. L-R: Fire Chief Skip Carrow, MOM J.J. Burnett, Fire Company President Robert Faulkner.


Hagerstown, MD- Firefighter McCoy dresses down after interior operations during a hazmat in May.



Millville, DE- On April 25th, Bethany, Millville, Roxana, Selbyville, Frankford and Dagsboro Fire Companies participated in a joint vehicle extrication training at Millville Fire Station-2.

New Castle, DE- Firefighters from Good Will Fire Company pose after successfully fighting a residential fire. GOOD WILL FIRE CO


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Clear Spring, MD- Firefighters from Williamsport & Special Operations-20 work to extricate a Priority-1, Category-A Trauma in June.


Hamilton, VA- A roll of LDH is carried back for repacking after battling a house fire in May.


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Hamilton, VA- Firefighters are checked at a rehab station by Members of Co-17 from Hamilton.

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House fire displaces six At approximately 8:45 P.M. on May 10th, Henrico County Fire units were dispatched to the 4100 block of Roundtree Road in the county's West End. Units arrived on scene to find smoke showing from a twostory residential home and immedi- JUMP TO FILE# ately began a search 051116104 of the home while simultaneously stretching hose lines to attack the fire. Because of the aggressive action of the firefighters, a majority of the damage was contained to the kitchen, where it appears that unattended cooking

caused the fire. The rest of the home suffered significant smoke damage. Searches of the home turned out negative, as all occupants were able to escape prior to the arrival of the fire department. Two adults and four teenagers will be displaced while the home is repaired. Working smoke detectors alerted the occupants of the fire, allowing them to escape quickly and without injury. Henrico Fire would like to remind everyone that unattended cooking leads to thousands of house fires in the US each year and they strongly encourage to not leave anything that is cooking out of sight. - TAYLOR GOODMAN

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House fire in Prospect

On May 17th, Farmville Dispatch received a 911 call from a woman stating that her burglar alarm was going off in the 200 block of Tuggle Road and that she also thought she was having a heart attack. Farmville dispatched a Prince Ed. R-11 ambulance as well as a Deputy. The woman then added that she was leaving the house, as she saw smoke and fire in the kitchen. Dispatch toned out Prospect FD ,Farmville FD and Hampden FD . Farmville E 1-2 was first on the scene and entered the "D" side door with a one-and-three-quarter-inch line. The ceiling started to drop, so firefighters backed out and used a two-and-a-half-inch line and two one-and-three-quarter-inch lines. Once the fire was knocked down, they went back in with the two one-and-three-quarterinch lines for overhaul.The fire was under control by 1:32 A.M. TAYLOR GOODMAN

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Working smoke alarms alert family to overnight fire At approximately 12:26 A.M. on June 1st, Henrico County Division of Fire units in the county’s East End responded to the 6800 block of Elko Road, near Portugee Road, for the report of a house fire. Personnel arrived to find smoke coming from the front of a single rancher-style home. Firefighters immediately pulled hose lines and began a search of the home. The searches revealed that everyone was out and accounted for. One adult received minor injuries from smoke inhalation, but did not require transport to the hospital. She was evaluated by firefighters on the scene. Firefighters credited working smoke alarms in the house to saving the family. The smoke detectors awoke two children who in turn woke the adult in the home, and everyone was able to quickly escape. Through aggressive tactics, personnel were able to bring

JUMP TO FILE #060116103 the incident under control within 20-minutes of arrival. The fire marshal’s office was on the scene and will be investigating the cause and origin of the fire, which is believed to have started in the utility room. The family will be displaced and is staying with relatives in the area. We would like to remind everyone that working smoke alarms save lives! Smoke alarms should be cleaned and tested monthly and their batteries should be changed every six months as well. In the event of a house fire, families should have a pre-designated place to meet outside of the home and should never go back in once they’re out.

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One patient flown to Baltimore Shock Trauma following CO poisoning On Tuesday, May 17th, Washington County 911 took reports of an unconscious person at a local business on Western Maryland Parkway. Emergency crews from Halfway Fire & EMS and Community Rescue were quickly dispatched out to 120 Western Maryland Parkway at 12:55 P.M. Dispatch advised that they had UMP TO FILE# limited information J052916103 from the caller who could only advise of a male subject who was found unconscious. Crews arrived to find that the male was located by staff after they heard an alarm sounding in the warehouse. The alarm was found to be for a carbon monoxide detecting system. Firefighter Drew Dehaven on Engine 26-1 immediately assumed Western Maryland Parkway Command, requesting additional assistance from Maryland State Police Aviation Division, Hagerstown Fire Department and Special Operations 20 to the scene at 1:12 P.M. Command recognized the possibility of the patient being exposed to carbon monoxide, turning this into a possible hazmat incident. Fire & EMS crews initially onsite were able to rapidly remove the patient from the immediate area of threat and evacuate the building while awaiting the arrival of the additional units and then started to assist with the investigation. Upon arrival of Western Enterprise Truck 4 and Hazmat 20, 2 firefighters from Truck 4 re-entered the structure to take CO readings as paramedics transported the patient to the landing zone and worked to prepare the patient for medevac to Shock Trauma by Maryland State Police Trooper 3. Truck 4 firefighters confirmed CO readings over 1,000 Parts Per Million. At that point, Command requested additional units and manpower to the scene for a confirmed hazmat. Upon arrival on the scene, Chief Ed Ernst assumed Command from firefighter Dehaven, who then took over operations. Crews worked to ventilate the building for nearly one hour before CO levels began to drop. Firefighters worked to ventilate the structure for over two hours that afternoon. Command reported CO levels down and within safe parameters around 3:30 P.M., at which time Command was terminated and the building was turned back over to the property owners. The patient flown to R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma was last reported to be in the hyperbaric chamber, receiving treatment. No further information on the patient has been released. Over 30 emergency providers

responded out to the incident. Crews on the call were from Halfway Fire & EMS Co. 26, Western Enterprise HFD Engine & Truck 4, First Hagerstown Hose Company Engine 1, Community Rescue Co.75, Washington County Special Operations 20, Division of Emergency Services EMS1811 and 1800 Director Hays, Washington County Air Unit 25, Washington County Rehab 255 and Maryland State Police Aviation Division’s Trooper 3. - WILLIAM KING


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Department receives American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline EMS Award The Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services (HCDFRS) has received the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline® EMS Silver Award JUMP TO FILE# for implementing 051816105 quality improvement measures for the treatment of patients who experience severe heart attacks. “We have exceptional emergency medical services in Howard County,” said County Executive Allan H. Kittleman. “The Department is committed to innovation and continually expanding and improving the service it offers residents. I am pleased the Department is receiving this well-deserved national recognition.” Every year, more than 250,000 people experience an ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) the most deadly type of heart attack caused by a blockage of blood flow to the heart that requires timely treatment. To prevent death, it’s critical to restore blood flow as quickly as possible, either by mechanically opening the blocked vessel or by providing clot-busting medication. Unfortunately, a significant number of STEMI patients don't receive this prompt reperfusion therapy, which is critical in restoring blood flow. Mission: Lifeline seeks to save lives by closing the gaps that separate these patients from timely access to appropriate treatments. Mission: Lifeline’s EMS recognition program recognizes emergency medical services for their efforts in improving systems of care and improving the quality of life for these patients. Emergency Medical System providers are vital to the success of Mission: Lifeline. EMS agencies perform 12-lead ECGs which measure the electrical activity of the heart

and can help determine if a heart attack has occurred. They also follow protocols derived from American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology guidelines. These correct tools, training, and practices allow EMS providers to rapidly identify suspected heart attack patients, promptly notify the medical center, and trigger an early response from the awaiting hospital personnel. “EMTs and paramedics play a vital part in the system of care for those who have heart attacks,” said James Jollis, M.D., Chair of the Mission: Lifeline Advisory Working Group. “Since they often are the first medical point of contact, they can shave precious minutes of life-saving treatment time by activating the emergency response system that alerts hospitals. We applaud HCDFRS for achieving this award that shows it meets evidence-based guidelines in the treatment of people who have severe heart attacks.” Agencies that receive the Mission: Lifeline Silver award have demonstrated at least 75 percent compliance for each required achievement measure for one year. In order to be awarded the Silver award the Department had to be recognized previously with the Bronze award. Next year, they will be eligible to apply for the Gold award. “Our firefighters and paramedics are dedicated to making our service among the best in the country, and the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline program is helping us accomplish that by implementing processes for improving systems of care with the goal of improving the quality of care for all acute coronary syndrome patients,” said Fire Chief John S. Butler. “We are pleased to be recognized for our dedication and achievements in emergency medical care for all cardiac patients.” - JACQUELINE KOTEI



Stabilization University comes to Virginia On April 30th, Res-Q-Jacks Stabilization University made it's Virginia debut in Edinburg. It was hosted by the Edinburg Volunteer Fire Department and sponsored by Mid-Atlantic Rescue Systems, Inc. (the state dealer for Res-Q-Jack). Over 75 students from as far away as Dunkirk, MD. and Tyler Mountain, WV. were in attendance. The event included a classroom lecture and hands-on practical application. Lunch and an event T-shirt were provided to those in attendance. The event focused on simple to sophisticated stabilization scenarios, some of which included a telephone pole down on a vehicle involved in an under-ride accident, a vehicle on it's side with another vehicle on it's side on-top of it, a vehicle on it's side on top of two parked cars and a ve-

JUMP TO FILE #050516107 hicle overturned in between two jersey barriers. Instructors guided students through different stabilization techniques and tricks of the trade. In addition to providing equipment for the event, Res-Q-Jack also lent the inventor of the system, Cris Pasto, to Mid-Atlantic Rescue Systems for the day. Students commented that there was no better way to learn than from the guy that designed the system. “We didn’t care if students were using Res-Q-Jack or a competitor's strut, the goal of the day was to teach students how to stabilize a situation so they could safely work around it," said Rick Salkowski of Mid-Atlantic Rescue Systems. Chief Bob Dryden

of Purcellville Fire Department had this to say on behalf of his members: “The Res-Q-Jack Stabilization University provides the attendees the opportunity to learn from a wide variety of knowledgeable instructors. They are extremely well versed in the equipment and have the extensive practical experience to support their tactics. The instructors represent all facets of the product, from design to everyday tactical rescue field work. This was without a doubt the best rescue stabilization training our members have participated in.” To learn how to host a Stabilization University event near you, please visit - PROVIDED


One person was transported to a hospital after a motor vehicle collision on Beach Road at Iron Bridge Road on May 4th. Tones sounded at 12:58 P.M., dispatching Engine-15, Medic1 and Chesterfield County Police. Planning-3 also was on scene. Police have not said if charges will be filed. The crash is under investigation.


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Firefighters from Maugansville and Hagerstown Engine-4 work together to extricate the patient.

Crews respond out for MVA with entrapment West of Hagerstown On Saturday, June 4th, Washington County 911 received a call for a vehicle accident on Broadfording Road, just west of Hagerstown. Reports came in for a pickup truck off the road and into a tree on Broadfording Road, between McDade Road and Salem Church Road. Maugansville Fire and Community Rescue were dispatched out to the 17500 block area of Broadfording Road at 7:24 P.M., for a personal injury collision with entrapment. Community Rescue’s Paramedic-759 was the first unit to arrive on the scene and reported one occupant still in the vehicle, with heavy front end damage. They confirmed one entrapment to Washington County dispatch as they began evaluating the situation. Maugansville Rescue Squad-13 then arrived and worked to stabilize the vehicle as Lieutenant Paul Virden arrived on the scene and assumed Broadfording Command. After a quick size up of the situation, Command reported that they were dealing with a pickup truck into a tree with a Priority-2, Category-B trauma patient. Washington County immediately pre-alerted Meritus Medical Center so that they could prepare for the incoming trauma patient. At that point, Maugansville Company-13 were on the scene, beginning extrication procedures with an additional engine from Western Enterprise. As crews from Maugansville worked to begin extrication of the patient, crews quickly learned

JUMP TO FILE #060816101 they were looking at a lengthy extrication due to the amount of damage done during impact. Paramedics from Community Rescue worked to closely monitor the patient as Maugansville and Engine-4 crews worked together to extricate the patient from the wreckage. Twenty minutes into the incident, paramedics upgraded the patient to a Priority-1, Category-A trauma and had Meritus updated of their current status. Firefighters were able to finally free the patient from the wreckage forty-five minutes after their arrival on the scene. Command reported extrication complete at 8:13 P.M., as EMS worked to package the patient and prepare for transport to Meritus. Paramedic-759 was able to begin transport to Meritus Medical Center by 8:18 P.M., fifty-four minutes after units being dispatched. Once Paramedic-759 cleared the scene enroute to Meritus Medical Center, Lieutenant Virden terminated Command and the scene was turned over to the Washington County Sheriff Department. All fire department units wrapped up and were clear of the scene by 8:40 P.M. The accident was being investigated by the Sheriff's Department. No information has been released as to the cause of the accident at this time. - WILLIAM KING

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