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NORTH BERWICK FIREFIGHTERS BATTLE THREE-STORY BLAZE

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ME - North Berwick firefighters battled a fire on Somersworth Rd. on September 7th. A heavy column of smoke could be seen before arrival. Once on scene, crews had heavy fire showing from this three-story home.

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Cat saved, house a total loss

Early Saturday morning, September 5th, the Atkinson Fire Department was toned out for a house fire. First unit on scene, C-1 Chief Murphy, ordered a second alarm due to the extent of fire in the home. Several area towns assisted with tankers or manpower. The home was a total loss but firefighters were able to save the family cat. No injuries were reported and the cause of the fire is unknown at this time.

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Pictured (L to R): Lieutenant AEMT Wayne Meattey, Firefighter AEMT Amanda Charest, Ava Lynne, and Captain Paramedic Kristina Houde.

Injured Child Thanks First Responders Recently, a happy and healthy Ava Lynne stopped by the Weare Fire Station to meet some of the people who helped save her life. She presented to them a wooden flag that her Papa made to say thank you. On February 10, 2020, Weare Fire Rescue responded to South Sugar Hill Road for a young girl injured from a horse kick to the head. The duty crew that evening, Captain Paramedic Kristina Houde and Firefighter AEMT Amanda Charest, responded immediately from the Safety Complex. Fire Chief Robert Vezina and Lieutenant Wayne

JUMP TO FILE #082620100 Meattey soon joined them. Within moments of arriving, it was apparent that the young girl was facing a profoundly life-threatening medical emergency. Working quickly the crew began what would prove to be life saving measures as they prepared to get her Concord Hospital. Once at the hospital, Ava Lynne was taken to surgery to remove shattered bone fragments from her brain before she was flown by helicopter to Boston Children’s

Hospital. “We almost lost our sweet Ava Lynne, but tonight she is doing so amazing,” said her mom, Michelle Preve, “From the bottom of our hearts; we would like to thank Weare Fire Rescue for everything they did that night”. Ava Lynne’s road to recovery has not been easy. She has demonstrated strength and determination in overcoming each physical and emotional obstacle to make an astonishing recovery, amazing even the most experienced doctors. - PROVIDED

ALL IN THE FAMILY

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Nashua Firefighters Respond to Edinburgh Drive Building Fire Nashua firefighters responded to a report of a building fire on Edinburgh Drive on August 30th. Engine 6 arrived first due to a one-story woodframe with smoke showing from the gable vents. Engine 6 stretched an attack line into the basement where they found the main body of fire. Crews had the fire knocked down in a short amount of time. Companies overhauled and checked for extension. No injuries reported. The fire is under investigation.

JACK STAWASZ

Three generations of Ford’s at the Hollis, NH Fire Department. From L-R, retired Ambulance 2, a 2006 Ford E-450/Osage, current Ambulance 2 a 2010 Ford E-450/Lifeline, and current Ambulance 1 a 2020 Ford F-550/Osage.


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Advertising Index

A guide to finding great companies

Company

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Backstop USA

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Allegiance Fire & Rescue

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Dinghy Pro

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ElectriClean, Inc.

29

Firehouse Expo

23

Firematic

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Fire Tech & Safety

15

Firovac Power Systems

30

Granite Fire Apparatus

5

Kimtek Corp.

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Kochek

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PATRICK KERRIGAN

Hudson Firefighters Make Quick Work of Second Alarm

Hudson Firefighters made quick work of this second alarm fire on August 25th. First arriving crews encountered heavy fire showing and made an aggressive interior attack. Multiple mutual aid companies responded to the fire. Nashua L3 performed ventilation. Crews remained on scene checking for extension and hot spots.

Five Alarms was transmitted for this 8 unit apartment building in Laconia on September 8.

Five Alarm Laconia Fire Leaves 15 People Homeless On September 8th, a five-alarm fire displaced over 15 residents in a large 8 unit apartment building early Tuesday morning on Dyer Street in downtown Laconia. Lakes Region Communications started receiving numerous calls for the fire at 12:40 A.M. Laconia's Central Companies arrived within minutes and transmitted a second alarm on arrival for heavy fire coming from three units in the large apartment building. Laconia Fire Chief Kirk Beattie said the fire may have been deliberately set but that the cause is under investigation by the NH State Fire Marshalls Office. All residents managed to escape unharmed and five alarms was needed to bring the fire under control. After crews conducted searches through out the building,

JUMP TO FILE #090920101 firefighters went offensive until the heavy fire was knocked down. Then several crews went back inside to pull ceilings until the fire was knocked down at 3:22 A.M. The fire was placed under control by 4:02 A.M. Chief Beattie said the fire caused a portion of the buildings roof to collapse, which created additional challenges for firefighters working to extinguish the blaze. Firefighters from 18 departments responded to the fire. The American Red Cross was helping the residents displaced by the fire.

Long Island Mega Show

3

Mid Atlantic Rescue

7

New England Marine

27

Northeast Rescue Systems

27

PL Custom

19

WORKING FACES

Shaker Auto Group

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Utility Communications

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Milford NH Second Alarm Brush Fire Milford firefighters fought this extensive stump pile/brush fire on August 15, 2020. Crews responded for smoke in the area of the Milford bypass and quickly discovered that it was a large stump pile that also started a brush fire. Chief Flaherty arrived on scene and struck a second alarm bringing in multiple mutual aid tankers and forestry trucks. The Chief also requested heavy machinery to pull apart the pile. Crews remained on scene for a few hours extinguishing the fire.

Chief Brian Rhodes of the Nashua Fire Department at a working fire on August 22nd.

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

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

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


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FIREFIGHTER, From Rookie to Chief ON THE BOOK SHELF

by John Malecky

FIREFIGHTER From Rookie to Chief By A. I Dower

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

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

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Barre City Responds to Structure Fire On Saturday, September 5, at approximately 11:34 P.M., the Barre City Fire Department responded to a reported structure fire at 59 Brooklyn Street in Barre City. The first arriving unit found smoke and fire coming from the sec- JUMP TO FILE# ond-floor windows 090820115 of the five-unit apartment building. Shortly after arrival, the Incident Commander was notified that all occupants were out of the building, however with simultaneous fire attack further search tactics were performed to guarantee full evacuation. Two occupants were transported to Central Vermont Medical Center, one 17 year old female was injured while jumping from the building, the second, an adult female was transported due to smoke related issues. One elderly female was removed from the building by neighbors and police officers from Barre City Police Department. Due to the size and nature of the fire, mutual aid assistance was called for and provided by Montpelier Fire Local 2287, Barre Town Fire Department, Williamstown VT Fire Department, Berlin Volunteer Fire Department, Barre Town EMS, Williamstown Ambulance, and East Montpelier Fire Department covered Barre City Fire Department. There is moderate to severe smoke and fire damage to the structure. The building seems to be structurally sound and will be evaluated for rehabilitation by insurance officials. The American Red Cross was on scene to provide occupants

with temporary housing. There were no firefighter injuries sustained. Barre City Fire Investigators with assistance from the Vermont State Police and Vermont Division of Fire Safety Fire Investigations Unit will be working to determine the cause of the fire during the next few days. The fire was under control within 3 hours of dispatch, however cleanup took several hours and a

crew remained on scene overnight to assure that the fire was completely extinguished. All units appeared to have working smoke detectors, however it appeared that the fire was initially on the exterior of the building, which prevented early detector activation. Occupants of the building called 91-1 to report the fire. - BARRE CITY FD

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North Berwick Firefighters Battle Fire North Berwick firefighters battled a fire on Somersworth Rd. on September 7th. A heavy column of smoke could be seen before arrival. Once on scene, crews had heavy fire showing from this three-story home. Crews made an exterior attack as the building became fully involved. Multiple handlines and Wells FD Tower was used to knock down the main body of fire. Command had to call in multiple mutual aid tankers because of limited water supply and the house being set off the road. Brush fires also started around the property and mutual aid brush trucks were called into the scene.

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Randolph VFD acquired this 2003 HME / Ferrara pumper in 2018. It carries 1500 gallons of water and 40 gallons of class A foam. It previous operated as Engine 232 in New Market Virginia.

VEHICLE NEWS CHUCK LOWE

Skowhegan Engine 10 is a 2015 Pierce Saber 1500 GPM PUC that carries 1000 gallons of water.

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South Portland has placed a 2019 Pierce Arrow XT 107’ quint in service. The new Ladder 45 features a 1500 GPM pump, with 500 gallons of water and 30 gallons of foam.

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Scarborough's new Public Safety Building opened this Spring at 275 Route 1. Personnel and apparatus from the former Oak Hill Fire Station moved in on April 27th. The Police Department, 911 Communications Center and Fire Headquarters are all located in the new facility. Scarborough has five additional fire stations that will remain open.


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Fire Heavily Damages Cheshire Home

On September 8th, the Cheshire Fire Department was alerted for a working fire by the homeowner at 3:24 A.M. On arrival of the Assistant Chief, minutes later he reported this 2 1/2 wood frame house heavily involved in fire. The first due engine laid in and stretched a 2 1/2 to knock down fire. Firefighters used multiple handlines and a defensive attack from ladder truck to control this fire. Mutual aid was called from nearby Wallingford to the scene, along with Prospect and Bethany to standby. All occupants of the home made it out safe and no injuries were reported.

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Deck Fire Extends to Attic at Condo Fire

At 10:01 P.M. on August 27th, a fire was reported in the Spice Hill condos. On arrival fire units were met with fire on the back deck of one of the condos extending into eaves and burning actively in the attic. With an aggressive attack with 2 hand lines and the truck company opening the roof made quick work of this fire and brought it under control relatively quickly. All Wallingford career and volunteer units were at this fire as well as mutual aid from Meriden for a RIT team. No injuries were reported. Possible cause of the fire is electrical and is still being investigated by the Wallingford FMO.

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Norwalk FD Responds to Electrical Fire at Power Sub-Station The Norwalk Fire Department responded to an electrical fire at the New Cannan Avenue power sub-station, at 7:36 P.M., Monday evening, August 24th. Upon the fire departments arrival heavy fire was visible from an ele- JUMP TO FILE # vated switch gear 082520101 cabinet, that controls a 13,800 volt transmission line. Eversource technicians were on scene immediately to start the process of shutting down the adjacent gear

switches, so the firefighters could safely operate and extinguish the fire. Firefighters initially used dry chemical extinguishers to knock down the fire, then a CO2 extinguisher to cool the equipment. Once the fire was extinguished Eversourse employees then started to restore the power, that was shut down for firefighting. 2 Engines, a Truck and Command Car responded to the scene. Firefighters cleared the scene by 8:30pm. - NORWALK FD

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Cement Truck Rolls Over In Bozrah At 2:22 PM on Monday, August 31st, the Bozrah and East Great Plain Fire Departments with American Ambulance were dispatched to Salem Turnpike at Noble Hill Road for a truck that rolled over. Bozrah Chief Sholes arrived at 2:31 P.M. reporting a cement truck on its passenger’s side. The driver had self extricated and refused treatment. Crews contained a fluid spill and Bozrah held the scene until the truck was uprighted.

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dealers and customers. With every order, Kochek custom fits each valve to exacting specifications. Kochek President and CEO, George J. Wessner, said of the relationship with AWG, "We're thrilled to work with AWG to make this quality possible for our customers. They rely on their Kochek equipment when it matters most, and our valve performance is something they can always count on in the field." About Kochek Headquartered in Putnam, CT,

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Fatal Early Morning Fire in South Windham On September 9th at 3:12 A.M., the South Windham FD with automatic aid from Windham Center, North Windham, City of Willimantic Engine-101 and Yantic FAST were dispatched to a dwelling fire on Jaynes Ave in the Windham Camp Meeting Association Development. JUMP TO FILE# Numerous 911 calls 090920112 reported a possible civilian trapped. City of Willimantic Rescue-601 and Windham Medic 31 and 32 were added to the assignment. City of Willimantic Engine 101 arrived and reported a fully involved dwelling. Exterior attack was started on this 1.5 story cabin-like dwelling. Crews were unable to make entry due to fire damage All hands worked to gain access to the fire which was on two floors by cutting through walls and raising ground ladders to extinguish the fire Aid was added from Lebanon. The fire took over and hours to extinguish. One civilian was found deceased on the 2nd floor. Local and state Fire Marshals Office are investigating - SHANE DUPUIS

Fire is visible on the roof line.

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Suffield Fire Department responds to residential fire The Suffield Fire Department was dispatched to a reported structure fire on Bridge St on the evening of Sunday, August 9, 2020. First arriving units reported heavy fire in a two-story wood frame residential JUMP TO FILE# building. It was un- 081120116 known if occupied. The primary search was negative. Mutual aid to the scene was provided by the Windsor Locks Fire Department and the Thompsonville Fire Department while the East Granby Fire Department provided station coverage. - CORAL RUGGIERO

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Norwalk Responds to Fire in Vacant House On Wednesday, September 2nd, at 2 P.M., the Norwalk Fire Department responded to a fire in a vacant house on Strawberry Hill Ave. First reports were large amounts of gray smoke comJUMP TO FILE# ing from a house. 090320101 Upon arrival a well involved fire was found in the basement and indications of fire in many other parts of the structure. The first and second floor windows and doors were boarded shut due to a previous fire in the structure. The initial fire attack was a defensive strategy extinguishing the fire from the exte-

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rior. The fire extended through the interior of the structure because of the holes from the previous fire and into the many void areas. These conditions made extinguish-

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about one hour but crews remained on scene for several hours extinguishing hot spots. 25 firefighters operated on scene. The cause of the fire in

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Senator Blumenthal with Acting Chief Wucik, Battalion Chief Benjamin, Lieutenants Kannas & Sicuso as well as Firefighter Podzaline and Flaherty.

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Working Fire in Chaplin

At 4:55 P.M. on Tuesday, August 25th, the Chaplin, Hampton, North Windham, Eastford and Willimantic Fire Departments were dispatched to 45 Natchaug Street for a garage fire spreading into the house. Engine 109 arrived at 5:06 P.M. with fire showing from the garage extending up into the residence. Crews stretched a 2.5� hose line to the garage to knock down a large volume of fire while other members stretched a one and three quarter inch line to the front door and began interior operations. Firefighters then stretched an additional inch and three quarter to the bravo side while another crew performed vertical ventilation. This is a rural area without hydrants so Scotland and Bungay Tankers were added. The fire did not result in any injuries and the Chaplin Fire Marshal is investigating.

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Senator Blumenthal with City Manager Salomone and Mayor Nystrom.

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Norwich Secures Grant For Extrication Equipment & Training On Wednesday, August 19th, a press conference was held at the Norwich Fire Department's Station 2 located at 446 North Main Street. Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal, City Manager John Salomone and Mayor Peter Nystrom announced a recently awarded FEMA Assistance to Firefighters Grant in the amount of $193,977. The federal funds will help the department purchase extrication equipment and provide key training for all department personnel. This grant will allow 52 members of the Norwich Fire Department to earn certification as Vehicle Res-

JUMP TO FILE #082720101 cue Technicians through the Connecticut Fire Academy. These grants are crucial for the Norwich Fire Department and its members to continue providing professional and efficient emergency services to the residents and visitors of Norwich. Special thanks to the former Director of Training and Safety Jason Balletto for securing this grant for us.

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Arson Fire Damages Vacant Night Club; Arson Squad Searching for Arsonist An early morning arson fire damaged a long vacant former night club in the Forest Park section of the city and Arson Squad investigators continue to search for the individual(s) responsi- JUMP TO FILE# ble for starting the 082920104 fire. Shortly before 2:30 A.M. on Sunday August 23, 2020, Springfield fire fighters were dispatched to the intersection of Locust St. and Dickinson St. via multiple 911 calls for a report of a fire in that general vicinity. Crews arrived find smoke and fire venting from the Alpha/Delta corner of a commercial structure. Crews began forcing entry to each unit in the taxpayer as moderate smoke initially indicated the fire may be traveling in the cock loft. 20 min-

utes into the operation however, it was determined the fire was confined to the original end unit but had worked its way up into the Alpha side parapet wall. This complicated matters as the parapet wall was made of wood framing encased in brick, mortar and a stucco finish. First alarm assignment companies began the back breaking work of tearing apart the parapet wall but were, mercifully, relived by second alarm companies before anyone literally broke his back. During the ensuing fire investigation, SFD Arson Squad members determined the fire was deliberately set and are asking for the public's help in tracking down the party or parties responsible for starting the fire. - NATE ARNOLD

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The Mass Fire Academy operated this 2002 E-One Typhoon 1250/500 pumper at the Stow Facility. After 14 years, the former Engine 2, was sold to the Town of Barre. This apparatus currently operates as Engine 1 out of BFD's South Station.

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Lowell Firefighters Respond to Second Alarm Fire Lowell firefighters extinguished this fire on Floyd St on August 16, 2020. Fire alarm received numerous calls reporting a basement fire. E11 arrived on scene and reported smoke showing from a two-story wood frame. Companies stretched lines and began JUMP TO FILE# searches. Fire was 081720106 found in the basement extending to floor 1 and 2. Command ordered a second alarm bringing additional companies into the fire. Crews had the fire knocked down a short time later and remained on scene to check for extension and overhaul. - PATICK KERRIGAN

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The Lawrence Fire Department took delivery of this ONE Boat Complete Water Rescue Package. This set up allows the department to rapidly transport two boats to any incident scene. The bottom boat is the R ONE Series 1660 boat with a 40HP Mercury motor, command console, dive platform, LED work lights, Tomar emergency lights, and interior safety lights. The top boat is the R ONE Boat i-series 430 HD inflatable. This boat is all welded seams, has 5 chambers plus the keel, removable seats and a bow storage bag. The boat is powered by a 30HP Mercury motor. Both motors are protected by a prop-guard.

Groveland, MA Battles Four-Alarm Fire On August 15th, Groveland, MA firefighters fought this stubborn fire in a large 2 1/2 story woodframe dwelling. Companies had fire showing from the rear of the house extending up. Crews made an aggressive interior attack to knock down the flames. Four-alarms were struck bringing in additional manpower and apparatus. Crews remained on scene for a few hours chasing hot spots and overhauling.


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Whitman Fire Lieutenant Bob Hover Retires After 34-Years On Monday, August 31, 2020 at 4:00 P.M., Whitman MA Fire Lieutenant Robert Hover signed off the air after his 34-years of service to the Town of Whitman. Lt Hover was driven home in Whitman Engine243, which was chauffeured by his JUMP TO FILE# son, FF Allen Hover 090620104 of the Walpole Fire Department. Following close behind was nearly every piece of Whitman fire apparatus. He arrived at home to find a welcoming committee of family and friends awaiting him, along with a large electronic sign congratulating him on his 34-year firefighting career. Lt Hover leaves the department after 34-years of service including 2-years as a call-firefighter, 11-years as a firefighter, and his last 21-years as Lieutenant. Most of his years as lieutenant he served as the shift officer of Group-3. Lieutenant Bob Hover’s last shift was surely an interesting one. Shortly before noontime, Lt Hover traveled with Engine-243 as they responded to Brockton Station-2 for a cover assignment during their second alarm fire on Pleasant Street. When the RIT company got put to work, Engine-243 moved up to cover Station-1. As Engine-243 was backing into Station-1, the OIC of the fire struck a third alarm, moving Engine-243, among others, to the scene. The fire ultimately went to four alarms. The Whitman crew was immediately put to work upon their arrival. After spending a couple minutes on the second floor, Lt Hover’s relief arrived after being shuttled over from Whitman, and he was pulled out of the building. Lieutenant Hover returned to Whitman with Chief Timothy Grenno, as a ceremony would be underway shortly celebrating his retirement. Friends, family, co-workers, elected officials, and others all congratulated Lieutenant Hover on his 34-year career and wished him well during retirement, wearing masks and while remaining socially distant at the firehouse. Lieutenant Hover received commendations and recognition from the local Selectmen Don Salvucci, State Representative Alyson Sullivan, State Senator Mike Brady, US Congressman Stephen Lynch, the Professional Firefighters of Massachusetts, IAFF Local #1769, the members of Group-3 and from the Fire Chief, among others. Lieutenant Hover’s replacement, newly promoted Fire Lieutenant Tom Ford will take over duties as Shift Commander of Group-3 on September 3rd.

Lieutenant Bob Hover retires after 34-years of service.

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Several off-duty members attended Lieutenant Hover's final firehouse meal on August 29th.

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NEVER FORGET

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Child Struck by Vehicle in Kingston

On Saturday, September 5th, Kingston firefighters responded to the area of 18 Station St. for an 18 month old child that was struck by a motor vehicle. On arrival, firefighters found an 18 month old awake and alert with a head injury. Medflight was called and landed at the Silver Lake High School Landing Zone. The child was transported to Childrens Hospital in Boston.

Chiefs John Lynch and Richard Aguiar place a wreath of flowers at the 9/11 Memorial

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Boy Jumps Off Bridge Landing on Boat On August 20th, Falmouth Engine 21, Ambulance 39, and Car 33 responded to 156 Menauhant Road for a report of a 13 year-old boy who jumped off a bridge and hit a boat. The boy had jumped 50’ off the bridge and landed on a boat full of teenagers. The teenagers brought the boat to shore and notified emergency personal. The boy sustained neck, back and spinal injuries. He was transported by a Medflight helicopter to a Boston hospital. The Falmouth police and Environmental police were investigating the accident. Quite often teenagers jump off the bridge illegally.

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Ashby Forestry 1 is a 2000 Ford F-450 4x4 that was built by its members. It carries 300 gallons of water and has a 500 GPM pump.

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Marblehead Ladder 1 is assigned this Pierce Arrow XT-PUC 1500/400/100' Quint. It was purchased new, in 2013, to replace a 1997 Kovatch 75' Quint.

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MEMORIES

Abington FF Justin Silva and Duxbury Captain Rob Reardon were two of the first members of the PCTRT to encounter the animal.

Multiple Agencies Work to Rescue Horse Stuck in the Mud in Hanson Around 2:00 P.M., on Tuesday, September 1st, the Hanson Fire Department responded to Burrage Pond Wildlife Management Area, located in the area of 450 Elm Street, for a report of a horse stuck in the mud off of one of the trails. Car 6-0, Squad-4 and Engine-2 responded. With the assistance of the Regional Old Colony Communications Center, The R.O.C.C.C., companies were able to quickly locate the horse and uninjured rider within the maze of trails within Burrage Pond. As soon as the animal was located, the Plymouth County Technical Rescue Team, PCTRT, was

JUMP TO FILE #090620103 activated with their large animal rescue equipment and members. Highly trained firefighters from across the county responded to the scene to assist. Veterinarians with PCTRT also responded to the scene to assist with sedating the animal while crews worked to free the horse. To hoist the horse out of the mud, the Hanson Water Department provided a backhoe and operator to be used as a crane, along with specialized equipment the PCTRT has in their cache to safely

lift and move the animal. After the horse was sedated, the harness was put into place and the horse was hoisted out of the mud, and carried to a safe location for the animal to recover from the sedation. "Libby", a 13-year old horse was able to be walked out of the woods with the help of its owner, the veterinarians, and firefighters. Libby is expected to make a full recovery. Crews mentioned were also assisted by the Hanson Police Department, Whitman-Hanson Animal Control, and the Massachusetts Environmental Police. - PAT TRAVERS

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This 1978 Hendrickson / Farrar was once operated by the Hudson Fire Department as Engine 1. It had a 1000 GPM pump and carried 600 gallons of water. It is shown here in front of the old Station 2 which is now closed.

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The horse was hoisted and brought to a safe location for the animal to recover from sedation.


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Footprints on the Heart Chaplain's Corner Didymus McHugh

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

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

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COMMAND VEHICLES

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Victim run over by tractor in Kingston

Kingston MA - Firefighters responded to a residence for a subject who was run over by a tractor on August 18th. The elderly male had multi systems trauma. Medflight was called and landed at the Silver Lake High School LZ. The patient was transported to Brigham and Womans Hospital.

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Electrical Shock Victim Falls 40’ from Utility Pole On August 30th, around 5:00 P.M., Royalston received calls for a man who climbed a utility pole and fell. Other calls came in confirming that he did in fact climb the pole, touch the high voltage lines, get zapped and fell from the pole and was on fire. Mutual aid was JUMP TO FILE# initiated from Athol 083020106 for an EA and an automatic response from Richmond, NH was started. First arriving personnel asked for Lifeflight to be started as the subject had in fact been electrocuted, was on fire at one point and fell approximately 40 feet to the ground. Royalston fire units tended to the patient and put out a brush fire in the area. Athol, Ma ambulance transported him to the LZ at Tully Lake in Athol where Royalston E3 was waiting and securing the area with Athol PD. The parties condition is unknown at this time. - KEVIN MOSIO

Umass Lifeflight coming in to land at Tully Lake in Athol, Ma while Royalston engine 3 stands ready.

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

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

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

QUINOA-CHICKEN SAUSAGE STUFFED ACORN SQUASH

Ingredients:

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

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

• Preheat oven to 400* F

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

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

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

• Garnish with chives and serve.

Procedure:

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

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

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


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