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First-Alarm House Fire in Nashua Nashua, NH - Nashua firefighters responded to a reported building fire on February 28th. While enroute, responding companies were notified of a possible barricaded subject inside the residence. Nashua Police responded and cleared the building once on scene so that Nashua crews could extinguish the fire. Crews had the fire knocked down a short time later. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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Commercial Building Fire in Tilton Tilton, NH - On Sunday afternoon, February 21st, Lakes Region advised Tilton-Northfield Fire of a fire alarm activation at Spinnaker Manufacturing Co. While en-route Lakes Region advised that the owner could see a fire in the building from his security camera at home. Due to this information Tilton C-1 requested a first-alarm while en-route. The first company on scene reported smoke showing from the roof line and requested a working fire. The fire was under control within the hour, but companies remained on scene for overhaul and smoke removal. The cause of the fire was not known at the time.

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Firefighters Risk Health when Exposed to AFFF Firefighting Foam Firefighters work in a dangerous environment every single day. They knowingly risk their lives in service to others and their community as part of the job description. Their willingness to protect us in the face of unthinkable danger is part of what makes them heroes. Firefighters understand the risks of the flames and deteriorating buildings. They have seen their colleagues suffer burns, broken bones and the complications caused by smoke inhalation. While we all know and acknowledge running into a burning building is dangerous, firefighters are often exposed to life-threatening hazards that are not as obvious. One of the most-deadly hidden dangers is not presented by the fire, but by one of the tools these brave men and women are provided to fight it. Aqueous Film Forming Foam (AFFF) is a fire suppressant found on most fire trucks and at fire training facilities. It is a humanmade chemical designed to coat and suffocate a fire, depriving it of oxygen. While AFFF Foam may be an effective fire suppressant, it also may contain perfluorooctane acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS). These perand polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are part of a large family of dangerous man-made chemical

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compounds that are known carcinogens – meaning we know they can cause cancer. These substances can accumulate and remain in the human body for long periods of time. It is this long-term exposure that creates an increased risk of various deadly cancers, including pancreatic cancer, kidney cancer, leukemia, testicular cancer, ovarian cancer and prostate cancer. For men and women fighting fires, the harmful chemicals can be orally ingested, absorbed through the skin or inhaled. These dangers are now welldocumented. The U.S. Fire Administration now cautions that fire departments should replace older AFFF stocks with fluorine-free foam solutions. It advises handlers of these dangerous chemicals to wear personal protective equipment (PPE) and a self-contained breathing apparatus. It also advises firefighters to shower within one hour after returning to the station or home, among other warnings. Despite these relatively new warnings and awareness, the manufacturers of AFFF have known of these dangers for years and know-

ingly exposed our nation’s firefighters to these cancer-causing substances - putting profits over the safety of our heroes. “If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with cancer after being exposed to AFFF firefighter foam, you may have a claim against the manufacturers and should seek counsel,” Ms. Liakos of Bond Legal said. If you have been exposed to AFFF firefighter foam on the job and developed cancers or other side effects, contact Bond Legal to discuss your potential claim for justice and compensation at 866927-1261 or intake@bondlegalgroup.com. Cancers caused by PFAS Some potential cancers that are caused by PFAS chemicals in AFF: Bladder Breast Colon/Rectal Kidney Leukemia Lymphoma Liver Neuroendocrine Pancreatic Prostate Ovarian Testicular


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Heavy fire is through the roof at the Sunview Apartment Complex in Raymond, NH as Sandown's Ladder and Raymond's Tower operate.

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Occupants Rescued from Raymond Apartment Complex Fire Two Unusual Rescues Conducted

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Two people were injured while trying to escape, and over 50 residents were displaced by the fire. Raymond Fire Chief Hammond said the fire was brought under control by 6:30 A.M., but firefighters were on the scene most of the day conducting overhaul and chasing hot spots. Hammond said they had hydrants near the entrance to the parking lot, and water supply was not an issue. He stated that there was so much fire when they arrived it was very tough to bring it under control, but they had plenty of water. The Chief estimates the damage done is well over a million dollars. The fire is under investigation. - JAY HEATH

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Within 3 Days in Weare Weare, NH - On Saturday, February 6th, a woman suffered injuries after falling into a trash compactor at the Weare Transfer Station on Merrill Road. The 55-year old woman fell about 12-feet from a ledge over the trash compactor, suffering injuries to her upper body and head. To reach the woman, Weare Fire Rescue personnel climbed into the hopper to assess her injuries. She was removed utilizing rope rescue equipment and then transported to Concord Hospital with non-lifethreatening injuries. This was the second unusual rescue for personnel that week. On Wednesday, February 3rd, personnel responded to an injured man on one of the Town’s many snowmobile trails. The man was helping the local snowmobile club remove a motor vehicle that had been stuck on the trail for several days. While attempting to retrieve the vehicle, the trail-grooming ma-

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chine struck the 70-year-old man, causing an open fracture to his leg. Fire Rescue personnel, working with members of the snowmobile club, accessed the injured man who was located approximately two miles from the trailhead. After assessing and treating his injuries, Fire Rescue personnel placed him into a Rescue Boggan and he was towed by one of the snowmobile club members to the awaiting ambulance. In 2015, the Weare Winter Wanderers Snowmobile Club donated the Equinox Rescue Boggan used by Weare Fire Rescue. “Having used it a few times now, we are very appreciative of the Weare Winter Wanderers donation,” said Weare Fire Chief Robert Vezina. - ROBERT VEZINA, JR.

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Raymond, NH - A three-alarm fire ripped through the "Sunview Apartment Complex" during the early morning hours of February 8th. The fire came in around 4:30 A.M., and firefighters arrived to find heavy fire and smoke coming from the 24-unit apartment building, with occupants still inside. A third-alarm was immediately transmitted, bringing over 75 firefighters from several mutual aid departments to the scene. Firefighters encountered heavy fire conditions and freezing temperatures in the teens as they worked to rescue occupants by ladders and out of emergency exits while the fire was quickly spreading. "The fire was ripping across the back side as Raymond Fire Lt. Adam Brackett rescued a man and his cat from a ladder," said Raymond Fire Chief Hammond.

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Fire destroyed this 24-unit apartment complex, displacing over 50 residents. WEARE FIRE RESCUE


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Illinois: Leo W. Werner, 67 Rank: Captain Incident Date: December 9, 2020 Death Date: December 10, 2020 Fire Department: Scales Mound Fire Protection District Initial Summary: On Wednesday, December 9, 2020, at approximately 2200hrs, Captain Leo W. Werner responded to a medical call at a residence. After returning home, he suffered an apparent heart attack and passed away shortly after midnight on Thursday, December 10, 2020. Texas: Randy Robinson, 64 Rank: Captain Incident Date: November 15, 2020 Death Date: December 17, 2020 Fire Department: Fort Worth Fire Department Initial Summary: While on duty, Captain Randy Robinson contracted COVID-19 at the fire station.

He passed away on Thursday, December 17, 2020, from the virus. Wisconsin: David Jerald Tomlinson, 71 Rank: Firefighter/Fire Inspector Incident Date: November 11, 2020 Death Date: December 6, 2020 Fire Department: Poynette-Dekorra Fire Department Initial Summary: Firefighter/Fire Inspector David Jerald Tomlinson contracted COVID-19 while performing fire inspections for the department. Alabama: Donald Downs, 69 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: November 17, 2020 Death Date: December 9, 2020 Fire Department: Saragossa Volunteer Fire Department Initial Summary: On November 17, 2020, Firefighter Donald Downs, while attending mandatory training for the fire department, contracted COVID-19 from attendees at the exercise. He passed away on Wednesday, December 9, 2020 from the virus. Pennsylvania: Lee Witman, 88 Rank: Chief Emeritus/Firefighter Incident Date: December 6, 2020 Death Date: December 11, 2020 Fire Department: Colonial Park Fire Company Initial Summary: Chief Emeritus/Firefighter Lee Witman, while performing in-station duties, contracted COVID-19. He passed away on Friday, December 11, 2020, from the virus. Pennsylvania: Edward Hine, 79 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: December 13, 2020 Death Date: December 16, 2020 Fire Department: Colonial Park Fire Company Initial Summary: Firefighter Edward Hine, while performing in-station duties, contracted COVID-19. He passed away on Wednesday, December 16, 2020, from the virus.


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RIT company, Derry Eng-2.

Neighbor Assists Homeowner from House Fire in Salem

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Firefighters set up water supply as the fire was quickly knocked down on the second floor.

Salem, NH - On the morning of Friday, February 5th at 9:37 A.M., Salem Fire alarm received a call from a man reporting that his neighbor's house was on fire. All Salem fire units were tied up on other calls in the south end of town, but companies were able to clear and respond to the fire. While en-route a second call was received reporting that a person was trapped in the house. Deputy Chief Murray was first on scene and reported heavy fire from the second floor windows and called for the working fire. The occupant had just gotten out of the house with the assistance of a neighbor.

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Engine 2 was the first company on scene and started fire attack. Rescue 3 arrived on scene and started ALS care to the fire victim. The patient was transported to an area hospital and later transported to a Boston Mass. hospital with serious burns and smoke inhalation. The fire is under investigation by the Salem Fire Prevention Division. - ROBERT SPRAGUE

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Engine 2 in Newton is a 1991 E-One Protector. It carries 1000-gallons of water and has a pump rated at 1250-GPM.

Firefighters Rescue Three People in Webster House Fire Webster, NH - A good samaritan driving by a large farmhouse noticed wispy light smoke coming from the second floor and turned around to immediately call 911. The Webster Fire De- JUMP TO FILE# partment was dis- 022521100 patched at 3:22 P.M. on February 24th for a reported house fire with an occupant trapped inside. Automatic mutual aid from Concord, Hopkinton, Warner, Boscawen and Bow Fire Departments were sent on the initial dispatch. The Webster Fire Chief was one of the first people to arrive and reported a heavy smoke condition in the building and a female occupant needing rescue from the second floor. He reported a working fire with an occupant trapped inside and that he was trying to make a rescue. As he desperately tried to use a tractor and a folding ladder to get to the woman trapped on the second floor, the first due Webster Engine and Concord Engine 5 arrived to make the rescue. Concord and Webster firefighters immediately entered the building and made their way to the second floor to find the woman as a ground ladder was raised to the window to reach her. She was taken out by the second floor window over a ground ladder, as two children were then found on the second floor and taken out by firefighters over a ground ladder. A special call for four ambulances was requested to the scene. Concord, Chichester, Franklin and Hopkinson Fire Department's

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A Concord, NH Firefighter removes a child from the second floor of this house fire in Webster, NH on February 24th.

ambulances were dispatched along with Med-Flight. All three victims were flown by Med-Flight Helicopter to Mass General Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. The investigation into the origin and cause of the fire is ongoing by members of the NH State Fire

Marshal's Office - Bureau of Investigations and the Webster Police and Fire Departments, according to NH State Fire Marshal Paul J. Parisi. - JAY HEATH


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No one can resist the temptation of Buffalo Sauce!

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FORK & HOSE CO. a Food Blog by A.J. Fusco

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A Laconia firefighter opens up the roof in this large 3-story, 6-unit apartment building on February 25th.

You are sitting in your local watering hole, and a server walks by with a plate of Buffalo wings. The smell is intoxicating, and no it’s not the beer you are drinking. The combination of peppers, vinegar and butter create the perfect combination of heat, savory and sour. Your mouth starts to water and you cannot resist the temptation to order a dozen…or two. I am sure we have all been there. It is, to me, one of the best examples of flavors coming together to form the perfect sauce.

The roots of Buffalo sauce and in particular, the Buffalo wing, are rooted in myth and lore. The most popular, and arguably most true, is that they were born out of necessity in 1964 at the Anchor Bar in Buffalo, NY. A place which I have yet to visit, but will, hopefully, before I kick the bucket. Now at this point you are probably assuming this is a recipe for Buffalo wings. Unfortunately it is not, but it is however a recipe for something inspired by the almighty wing. There are times when I absolutely crave those familiar flavors but would rather not go through the trouble of deep frying in my home or firehouse. The smell of frying chicken, although good, can linger around a little longer than I like. It also creates a mess if you are not careful. Oil almost always manages to find its way to the kitchen

floor, stovetop and everything in between. And let’s be honest, it’s not the healthiest thing in the world. As you probably have figured out by now, I love taking unhealthy dishes and putting a healthier spin on them, while keeping them delicious. This is one of those recipes, Buffalo Chicken Burgers! In this recipe I use lettuce as a bun to lower the carbs, but feel free to use a traditional bun if you so please. There is also a bleu cheese yogurt sauce which, when compared to traditional bleu cheese dressing, adds extra protein and lowers the calories. This is a great recipe for the grill now that the weather is warming up. Hope you enjoy… and remember, stay safe, eat well!

Laconia Firefighters Battle BUFFALO CHICKEN BURGERS W/ BLEU Apartment House Fire CHEESE YOGURT SAUCE ON LETTUCE “BUNS” Laconia, NH - On the morning of February 25th at 8:27 A.M., Laconia Fire, along with automatic mutual aid engines from Gilford and Belmont, were dispatched to 27-29 Baldwin Street for the caller reporting smelling and seeing smoke coming from the roof. The first Laconia unit arrived on the scene in three minutes of the tone to find light smoke showing from the roof of a three-story, sixunit apartment building. An offduty Laconia firefighter was on scene and had confirmed a fire in a third-floor apartment. At 8:30 A.M., a first-alarm was requested, bringing in off-duty firefighters from the city and cover trucks to both Laconia Stations. First due companies accessed the third floor and found fire in one-of-two third floor apartments and heavy fire in the attic. In addition to the fire in the attic, the fire was found to be burning in knee

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Makes 4 burgers Ingredients:

walls, and other hidden void spaces, which made it difficult for firefighters to find and extinguish. At 8:53 A.M., a second-alarm was requested, bringing additional mutual aid to the scene, along with a special call for an additional ladder. All occupants were out, or not home at the time of the fire, and firefighters were able to locate a dog who was safely brought to animal control. The fire did an estimated $10,000 in damage and the Red Cross was assisting 10 to 15 displaced occupants. The fire was declared under control at 9:36 A.M., and is under investigation according to Laconia Fire Chief Kirk Beattie. - JAY HEATH

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Chicken Patties: 1 lb. Ground Chicken 1 Carrot, peeled/rough chopped 1 Celery Stalk, rough chopped ½ Yellow Onion, rough chopped 1 Egg ¼ Cup Buffalo Sauce 1 Cup Breadcrumbs Buffalo Sauce: 1 Cup Hot Sauce 3 Tbsp. Butter, cubed Bleu Cheese Yogurt Sauce: 1 Cup Plain Greek Yogurt ½ Cup Crumbled Bleu Cheese 1 tsp. Worcestershire 1 tsp. Garlic Powder 1 tsp. Lemon Juice Salt/Pepper to taste 1 Head Boston Lettuce, leaves separated Optional: Chives for garnish Procedure: -For the buffalo sauce: Heat hot sauce in a small saucepan over low heat. When the sauce starts to simmer, add the butter and stir until combined. Set aside to cool.

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Lincoln Tower 1 is a 2001 KME Aerial Cat 1500/250/95' that was acquired in 2016. It previously ran as Tower Ladder 28 with Union Fire Association in Lower Merion, Pennsylvania.

-For the bleu cheese sauce: Combine the yogurt, worcestershire, bleu cheese, garlic powder, lemon juice in a bowl. Add a pinch of salt and black pepper.  Stir to combine. Taste and adjust season-

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ing. -For the chicken burgers: Add the carrots, celery and onion to a food processor and buzz until minced (mince with a knife if needed). Sauté the carrot mixture in a sauté pan with a drizzle of EVOO and a pinch of salt until soft, 2-4 minutes. Set aside to cool. -In a large bowl, combine the cooled carrot mixture, egg and ¼ cup of the cooled Buffalo sauce.  Stir until combined. Add the ground chicken, and mix with your hands just until combined.  Add the bread crumb and mix in gently with your hands. Do not overwork

the mixture or it will toughen up the burgers. Form 4 equal sized burger patties, place on a sheet pan. IMPORTANT: refrigerate for 10-20 minutes to allow burgers to set up.  -Heat up a cast iron pan, sauté pan or grill on medium heat.  Add a drizzle of EVOO and cook burgers 4-5 minutes on one side without moving. Flip and cook an additional 4-5 minutes or until the internal temperature reads 165°F. -Assemble burgers on lettuce “buns”, drizzle with Buffalo sauce, a dollop of Bleu cheese sauce and chives. 


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Several Families Displaced After Fire in New Britain

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Norwich's Lieutenant Scott Belleville with Firefighters Ryan Flaherty and Glenn Maiorano in front of Engine 2.

New Britain, CT - A fire at 16 Whitman Street on March 8th displaced several families. The first company on scene reported smoke showing from the attic and roof of a multi-family structure. A second-alarm was called, along with an extra engine company. Firefighters chased fire through the walls for a time, bringing the blaze under control in about 40 minutes. The cause is under investigation.

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The barn was well involved as Captain Kulman performs his 360.

CHUCK LOWE

Forestry 2 in Old Lyme is a 1967 Dodge Power Wagon 200 that was built by the department many years ago. It carries 120-gallons or water and pumps 100-GPM. This work horse remains marked as Unit 5, it's prior designation.

Yantic FAST set up in the front.

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Barn Burns in Lebanon Lebanon, CT - At 3:50 P.M. on January 15th, the Lebanon FD with Bozrah, Colchester, Gardner Lake and the Yantic FAST, were dispatched to 84 Norwich Avenue for a barn fire. Bozrah Ladder 126 arrived at 3:58 P.M., reporting that JUMP TO FILE # the barn was well 020521111 involved, with a house and vehicles as exposure problems. Ladder 126’s crew positioned a two-and-a-half inch hose line between the barn and the house while setting up their ladder pipe

for defensive operations. Firefighters hand jacked a five-inch supply line down the driveway from Ladder 126 where tankers tied in and fed the scene until Colchester’s Engine 128 established the draft. Bozrah and Lebanon firefighters stretched two one-and-threequarter inch cross lays from Engine 126 and put out a pickup truck that was burning, as well as sprayed water on the barn. The barn was a complete loss, but the fire was stopped from spreading to the home. There were no injuries, and the Lebanon Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating. - RYAN FLAHERTY

CHUCK LOWE

Stonington Boro FD in the Town of Stonington runs this 1996 International S-4700 as a Support Unit. It was acquired used from another agency, where it ran as an ambulance.


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Heavily Involved Garage Fire in Wallingford Wallingford, CT - On February 6th, Wallingford firefighters battled this two-car detached garage fire on the corner of Swan and Hanover Avenues. On the Chief's arrival, he reported it to be fully involved with close exposures on both 'B' and 'D' sides. The fire was under control within minutes. Career Engines 1,2 and 3, along with Truck 1 and Meriden FD Engine 1 handled this fire. It is currently under investigation by the F.M.O. No injuries were reported.

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The view from the main entrance to the camp off of Route 44. The column of smoke could be seen for miles.

Massive Fire Tears Through Popular Camp in Ashford Ashford, CT - At 4:53 P.M. on Friday, February 12th, the Ashford and Eastford Fire Departments were dispatched to The Hole In The Wall Gang Camp at 565 Ashford Center Road for a fire alarm. At 5:03 P.M., Tolland County Dispatch told Engine 120 that they were receiving multiple calls reporting a structure fire at the camp. The first-alarm assignment was filled out, bringing in Ashford, Eastford, Mansfield Squad 307, UConn Tower 122, Tolland Tanker 140 and Willington Hill Tanker 149. Ashford Car 420 arrived at 5:11 P.M. reporting multiple buildings involved, with one already on the ground. Eastford Engine 171 arrived at 5:13 P.M. and set up on the

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eastern side while attempting exposure protection. Ashford Engine 120 set up on the western side and stretched a two-and-a-half inch hose line with a blitzfire to the 'Bravo' side. At 5:18 P.M., Car 120 transmitted the third-alarm, which added Mansfield Tanker 307, Tolland ET 240, Tanker 440, Uconn Engine 122, with Willington ET 113 and ET 249. Squad 307 assisted ET 113 with establishing a draft from the dry hydrant on Eaton Road and sent their manpower forward to stretch a line from Engine 120, which cut the

fire off before spreading to another large exposure on the 'Bravo'/'Charlie' corner. Tower 122 stretched a one-andthree-quarter inch hand-line and positioned it on the 'Alpha'/'Delta' corner using their tank water on the exposure until Eastford Engine 271 established a draft. Engine 271 fed Tower 122, which knocked down a lot of fire. Crews worked the scene for several hours while the temperature outside was a cold 25 degrees. The Ashford Fire Marshal is investigating with assistance from the Connecticut State Police Fire and Explosion Investigation Unit. - RYAN FLAHERTY

SAYJE BENJAMIN

Propane Leak Awakens Sleepy Norwalk Neighborhood Norwalk, CT - Around 11:30 A.M. on March 9th, companies in Norwalk were dispatched to a leaking propane tank on Woodchuck Court. On arrival, companies found a 120-gallon propane tank on the side of the house that had been compromised with an active leak. Command requested Fairfield County Hazmat 1 to the scene from Westport. Upon Hazmat 1's arrival, companies set up to burn off the propane in the leaking tank. Engine 2's bumper line was stretched for safety. Once a safe level of propane was burned off, the leak was secured and companies packed up. The scene was turned over to the homeowners and Gault Energy.

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Firefighter Delmastro manning the blitz fire.


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Malibu Burning The Real Story Behind L.A’s Devastating Wildfire By Robert Kerbeck Available from: FSP Books & Videos 188 Central Street, Suite #4 Hudson, MA 01749-1330 1-800-522-8528 Email: support@fire-policeems.com www.fire-police-ems.com Price: $16.99 This is a soft cover book measuring 6" x 9", with 250 pages. It has 22 chapters plus a prologue and an epilogue. It is a great book about horrific stories and experiences! The thing that makes this book different than most books about fires is that the author, his family and his house survived this fire, the worst in L.A. history, and the chapters are about residents, businessmen and others and what their experiences were during this period, which started on November 8th of 2018. You will get a perception of what they endured and how the fire was handled by the firefighting agencies who battled it. You will read about horror, tragedy, heroism and perseverance. You will come to know that not everyone who lives in the Malibu areas are wealthy people, in fact it is the opposite. You will read however how some celebrities, such as Nick Nolte, lost his house while he was filming a movie in Europe! You’ll read about the organization of Engine 271 and the story behind that. You will read about to what extreme homeowners will go to protect their property, especially when tall trees of types prone to fast burning surround them and how far embers can travel and spread flames. You will read about death and human interest stories, especially when it came to animals, both as pets and those running free. Just about all of these chapters cover these experiences compiled through inter-

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views by the author who happens to be a writer. He himself put in countless hours trying to help others in all kinds of ways. There is one chapter where the fire department tries to address questions and complaints from displaced residents and people devastated by this fire. I cannot write enough about these stories in the limited space that I have, but each chapter tells a story that the reader will empathize with and there are no cookie cutter stories. When I was on the job I expected to go to fires and we took many as routine. But many times I did empathize and thought how devastated and depressed I would be if the fire I was at was my own home! Each chapter is separate in itself and this book is worth reading!

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E/T-109 in Chaplin is a 2004 Pierce Dash 2000/500/40F. This rig previously served the Westlake FD in Harris County, Texas as their Squad 41.


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Wind-Driven Second-Alarm Fire Smokes Out New Haven New Haven, CT - Around 4:00 P.M. on March 4th, the New Haven FD responded to a reported structure fire at the corner of Lamberton and Arthur in the "The Hill" section of the city. Engine 11 quickly reported a column of smoke as they pulled out of quarters. On arrival, Engine 11 called a working fire on a large three-story, wood-frame with fire on all floors. A secondalarm was soon struck, bringing additional resources in as the fire extended to the neighboring dwelling. Several special calls were made and many additional units responded to this fire. Companies engaged the fire in a defensive position soon after arriving, with Chief John Alston taking command of the scene. There was minor extension to a

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building at 82 Lamberton St., across the intersection. Companies were able to go interior once the buildings were deemed safe enough. Due to the extreme wind of the day, much of the smoke remained at a low level and made its way southeast through the city, causing air quality and traffic issues, as well as nearby alarms being set off. Companies remained on scene well into the night mopping up. The NHFD Fire Investigation Unit is investigating the cause of the fire. - SAYJE BENJAMIN

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Bethel, CT - Shortly after 1700 on January 19th, Stony Hill Fire & EMS was alerted to an MVA with rollover on Old Hawleyville Road, near Kristy Drive. First arriving units located a car on its roof in a private driveway. The vehicle had traveled off the roadway at a high rate of speed, hitting and knocking down a tree before rolling onto its roof. While Stony Hill A3 tended to a traumatic arm injury on the suspected single occupant of the vehicle, a neighbor alerted command that

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Moosup Ladder 194, a 2005 Pierce Dash, flew their stick to the roof and pumped two 1.75" hose lines. CHUCK LOWE

Echo Hose Company of Shelton, Connecticut operates this 2014 Pierce Velocity PUC 1500/500 as Squad 1.

Bathroom Fire Damages Home in Moosup Moosup, CT - At 5:11 P.M. on Tuesday, February 23rd, the Moosup Fire Department, with mutual aid from Plainfield, Central Village, Atwood Hose, Oneco, South Killingy/Danielson FAST and the Moosup Ambulance responded to 41 Highland Street for smoke coming from the third floor windows of a house. Ladder 194 arrived at 5:18 P.M., confirming smoke from the third floor windows. They flew the aerial to the roof and stretched a one-and-

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Plainville Fire Department Tower 1 is a 2020 KME Predator with a 102’ Aerialcat rear-mount platform, 2000-GPM pump and 300-gallon tank.

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three-quarter inch hose line through the front door to the third floor where they found a room burning. Car 94 assumed command at 5:19 P.M. and put operations on QV Tac 6. Engine 196 hit a hydrant at the corner of Daggett and Linnell Street, then laid about 1,000-feet of fiveinch supply line, which fed Ladder

194. Tower 195 set up on the 'Alpha'/'Bravo' corner and pulled the soffit on the 'Bravo' side. Car 394 reported the main body of fire knocked down at 5:31 P.M., while crews continued overhauling and began salvage work. Command placed the incident under control at 5:53 P.M., and had Quinebaug Valley Emergency Communications notify the American Red Cross for two displaced adults. - RYAN FLAHERTY

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Stamford Engine 8 operates this 2018 Pierce Enforcer PUC Rescue Pumper. It carries 800-gallons of water and has a 1500-GPM pump.

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Seen here are Newtown Hook & Ladder Truck 114 and Hawleyville Tanker 339 battling a house fire in Newtown on 11/6/20.


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CHUCK LOWE

The Wilkinsonville Fire Station in Sutton is home to the department's new Engine 3, a 2020 Ferrara Inferno. This apparatus carries 1000-gallons of water and 100-gallons of class A foam. It is rated to pump 1750-GPM.

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Members of the WSFD swap out bottles on the 'A' side of Barnard St.

Residents Escape Inferno Over Gangplank in West Springfield CHUCK LOWE

Worcester's newest Truck Company is a 2019 E-One CycloneMetro 100' with pre-piped water way. This apparatus is assigned to Ladder 1, which runs out of the Franklin Street Firehouse.

CHUCK LOWE

Ayer has placed this 2020 E-One Typhoon eMAX in service as Engine 2. It carries 750-gallons of water, 30-gallons of class B foam and is rated at 1500-GPM.

West Springfield, MA - A quite Sunday evening was violently disrupted in the Merrick neighborhood of West Springfield on March 7th when a fire tore through a three-story multi-family dwelling on Barnard Street, sending nearly a dozen residents fleeing for their lives. West Springfield FD’s 911 line lit up like a Christmas tree shortly before 9:30 P.M., fielding multiple 911 calls for the fire, which was visible in the sky over the town as firefighters responded. Deputy Chief Steve Manchino was the first to arrive on scene and waisted no time in striking three-alarms as the fire building was, quite literally, four-feet away from the exposure building on the 'Delta' side. The fire had already taken possession of over 50 percent of the

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building before the first hose line was even flaked out. While mutual aid companies were making their way into West Springfield, WSFD firefighters were informed that two residents of the building could potentially be trapped on the third floor of the home. Members of Engine 1 threw their 35-foot portable ladder to the third floor on the 'Alpha' side to conduct a search, but before they could even set foot in the house, the two residents appeared on the roof of the exposure building and were rescued from there by Engine 2’s crew. It was later found out that these residents had escaped the

building by using a 2"x 8" board as an emergency gangplank to span the four-foot distance from their window to the exposure building roof. Once all residents had been accounted for, West Springfield, Agawam and Springfield firefighters worked together to contain the fire to the original building. The operation, hampered by low water pressure off one hydrant and freezing temperatures icing up equipment, dragged on for over five hours before the assignment was released and a fire watch detail monitored the building for flare ups. The home is a total loss, and the fire remains under investigation. - NATE ARNOLD

CHUCK LOWE

Mansfield's 2001 Emergency One Hurricane 95’ Tower Ladder has returned after being refurbished by Greenwood Emergency Vehicles. The new regional designation for this apparatus is Tower 37.

NATE ARNOLD

The board used by residents of the third floor to make their escape onto the exposure building roof.


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PETER LOBO

Fatal Car Vs. Tree Crash in Waltham Waltham, MA - On February 25th, the Waltham 911 center received a call for a car into a tree at 72 Lyman Street. Engine 2, Rescue 1 and Medic 1 responded and found a van into a tree. In the meantime, police were reporting a utility pole (also part of this accident) was split in half with wires down approximately 300-feet from the crash. Engine 3 was then dispatched to secure that incident. Rescue 1 extricated the male driver, who was then transported to Newton Wellesley Hospital in serious condition. Subsequently, he was transported to Mass General Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. The Waltham Police Accident Reconstruction Team was investigating the accident.

CHUCK LOWE

Acton Ladder 28 operates their pipe.

Boxborough Condo Fire Requires Tanker Shuttle Boxborough, MA - Boxborough 911 was inundated with 911 calls for a structure fire at 101 Swanson Road around 5:00 P.M. on February 10th. The OIC asked for an upgrade to the working fire assignment pre-arrival based on the dispatch information. This was followed by an immediate secondalarm when Engine 64 arrived to "heavy fire through the roof". The first due engine had an immediate life hazard because numerous occupants failed to evacuate.

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Twenty-four units inside the large three-story condo complex required a quick search with a limited number of personnel. These actions were effective and no loss of life, or even civilian injuries, have been reported. In addition to the evacuation, the lone engine company on scene had to direct incoming units, locate

a water source and establish a tanker shuttle. There are no hydrants in town so suppression efforts were limited until a permanent water supply was put in place. Third and fourth alarms, with calls for additional tankers, soon followed. The fire was not marked under control for a few hours. Firefighters remained on scene until the following morning. - CHUCK LOWE

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Smoking Material Causes Structure Fire in Fall River Fall River, MA - On February 17th around 3:15 P.M., firefighters responded to 846/848 Second Street for a smoke investigation. On arrival, Engine 4 reported "smoke showing from the 'A/B' corner of a two-and-a-half story wood-frame". Engine 4 brought an attack line up the exterior fire escape to the third floor landing where the fire was located. A second attack line was brought up the interior stairs. Fire crews chased the fire to the attic, where it was extinguished. Investigators believe someone smoking on the fire escape was the cause of the fire.

JOHN SJOSTEDT

On 2/20/21 members of the Plympton FD participated in an ice rescue training drill. Pictured is a Plympton firefighter securing the survival ring around the patient.


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Occupant Rescued from House Fire in Lowell CHUCK LOWE

Shirley firefighters in full turnout gear climbed a snow covered hill to access the fire building in Boxborough. Pictured are Chief Cooley, FF Eramo and others assisting Captain Deshler up the slippery slope.

Lowell, MA - Lowell firefighters arrived to find fire showing from the front porch and first floor of this single-family home around 11:30 P.M. on March 6th. Crews made an aggressive interior attack and had the main body of fire knocked down in a few minutes. Command struck a second-alarm, bringing in an extra engine and truck for manpower to overhaul and check for extension. One occupant was rescued from the home by firefighters.


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K. LEGER

Ladder 4 moves the stick to the roof.

Overheated Extension Cord Deemed Cause of Fire in Fall River Fall River, MA - Around 2:00 A.M. on the morning of March 3rd, firefighters responded to 1858 Pleasant Street for a possible fire on the third floor. Engine 9 arrived and reported flame showing from the third floor 'A/B' corner. The structure was a large wood-frame with several stores on the first floor and apartments above. The crew of Engine 9 dropped their leader lines and took a hydrant. The crew of Engines 9 and 2 brought two attack lines to the fire floor and began fire attack. Meanwhile, the driver of Engine 9 charged the hydrant and found himself tied into a dead hydrant. Command immediately ordered all companies to evacuate the building until water supply

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could be reestablished. Command also received a report from dispatch of a possible tenant still inside on the second floor. Command ordered Rescue 1 to do a primary search which proved negative. The heavy fire was knocked down, but not without extensive overhaul. Engines 2, 9 and 12, along with Ladders 4 and 2, Heavy Rescue 1 and Car 2 responded on the initial alarm. The Red Cross provided shelter for the displaced residents.

One Transported from Three-Car Crash in Waltham Waltham, MA - A reported car on its roof with entrapment on February 8th sent Waltham Engine 3, Rescue 1 and Medic 1 to Warren and Beaver Streets. Engine 3 signed off with a three-car accident, with one on its side without entrapment. Rescue, however, stabilized one of the vehicles. Medic 2 was also requested. One person was taken to Newton Wellesley with minor injuries and three others refused treatment.

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On February 17th, the Charlton Fire Department received a new Engine 1, replacing the old 1994 Simon-Duplex. The new apparatus is a 2021 Pierce Enforcer 1250/1300. It was brought to Allegiance Fire & Rescue on February 10th, and arrived at Station 1 on the 17th. This new Engine 1 will be the first engine out on future calls. Pictured are both the new and old Engine 1 at Station 1 side by side.

CHUCK LOWE

The shift commander in Norton operates this 2018 Chevy 2500HD 4X4 as Car 44.


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Residents Escape ThreeAlarm House Fire in Dracut Dracut, MA - Dracut firefighters arrived to find fire showing from the rear of this single-story wood-frame on Old Meadow Road on March 10th. Command quickly struck the second and third alarms, bringing in manpower to the scene and to cover. Crews made an aggressive interior attack and had the fire knocked down in a short amount of time. The occupants made it out safely.

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Fire Damages Auto Repair Garage in Fall River Fall River, MA - At approximately 10:00 A.M. on Friday morning, March 5th, firefighters responded to 830 Globe Street for a reported still alarm. Car 3 arrived on scene and reported smoke in the building. Engine 5 laid attack lines while Engine 4 hooked up to a hydrant for water supply. Ladder 2 used their aerial to reach the roof. The fire appeared to be confined to a piece of machinery. Firefighters brought in a large smoke ejector to clear the smoke from the building.

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Hubbardston firefighters battle a 3-alarm fire on Abernaki St., 2/13/21.

Crews Battle Three-Alarm Structure Fire in Hubbardston Hubbardston, MA - Hubbardston Firefighters were dispatched to a reported building fire on February 13th. Rutland Regional Dispatch received calls for a building fire on Abernaki Street around 11:00 P.M. This was the end of JUMP TO FILE# a busy day for fire- 021521104 fighters, as they had already worked two building fires earlier in the day. Police arrived and reported heavy fire showing and a working fire was struck. Engine 1 arrived minutes later and reported heavy fire showing from a two-story home. A secondalarm was immediately struck due to fire conditions and being out of the hydrant district. Mutual aid from several towns responded along with multiple tankers. Crews worked for over two hours with heavy fire conditions and poor water pressure to get this fire under control. A third-alarm was struck with a special call for two additional tankers. Once a water supply was established and tankers were moving water, the fire was able to be brought under control. - DAVID BRYCE

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Hubbardston Lt. Erik Ares vents a window.


Love, love, love Chaplain's Corner Didymus McHugh

For the past 12 months, we have been going through some major events. We have started with the covid virus; that one event can be a challenge in itself. Add to it the demonstrations that we have had for various civil unrest. Add to that a very interesting and emotional presidential election. Also child, elder, domestic and other abuse has been on the rise, and so has been depression and suicide. Do you remember the old game with a camel? On a camel there were two bags and the object was to see how many straws that you can put into the bags and then the camel would finally break the back. Each one of us has our own packs, on our figurative backs. There is only so much that we can take and I have been seeing the kicking the dog scenario. Some people may be getting frustrated from being confined in the house or apartment, people’s employment may be in jeopardy or they may have challenges dealing with the new technology or procedures, each person has some of the common stress and some think that they are the only person going through their challenges. Well, people may be looking for an outlet, no matter what. The person may not know how to constructively release stress, so they may look for the figurative dog to kick. They may know or feel that the dog will not do or say anything back to them. As you have been seeing, we are going through so much together. People have been lashing out on one another, when they would never have even thought of it before. People are destroying things, when they would never have done anything like that in the times before this pandemic. I am pretty sure that most religions promote loving one another and helping one another. So how can we reduce a lot of the stuff that’s going on? How about putting yourself in the other people’s shoes? How about talking with the other person and not just shouting offensive things? How about showing concern for those hurting or looking for a voice? I still believe that people are good and the heart to care for one another is there. Many of us would not do the work that we do or do outreach in the community, if we did not care for people. During the movie “Independence Day”, Judd Hirsh refers to John Lennon, from the Beatles, where John Lennon wrote the song “all you need is love”, and that John was a very smart man. If we loved one another, would we attack each other? Would we destroy property? Would we deface property? This is not expressions of love. How about coming together with respect and voice your opinions and listen to the other persons opinion? Wow, there is the difference. Many people want to voice their opin-

ion PERIOD. They want to voice their opinion but nobody else in this world matters but them. I listen to many people who do not believe what I believe. They may not think the way that I do. I may not think the way that they do. We still get along. In the Bible, Jesus was asked what the greatest law was. Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” I ask you to please look at those verses. It says “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Does anyone see any qualifiers? Does it state that they have to be the same color? Same religion? Same sexual orientation? From the same country? What other qualifiers do you want to put up? It says “Love your neighbor as yourself”, pretty simple to me.

1ST Responder Newspaper - NE How many of you have spoken to strangers in your life? Everyone has. It is through talking with and getting to know strangers that we develop friendships and may get a spouse out of it or a best friend. I know that it sounds so simple but let me ask you, how easy is it for you to love your family? You may have that one person that is really difficult or gets on your nerves, but you are still there for them. So, try the same thing for someone who is not your relative. We can not only show love for someone in word but also as we talk with them. Someone I was speaking to express how they were talking to someone. I heard the words that they were using and I understand that they were frustrated, but I heard words that did not express love. Many of us will recognize parts of First Corinthians chapter 13, especially during wedding ceremonies: "If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing." Let the phrase "if I do not have love, I am nothing" sit with you

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for a while. How many people actually have love, especially for those who are not within your inner circle? Do you show love to strangers or your enemies? Sure, it is easier to love people that look like us, talk like us, or have some of the same interests but do we love people who are not like us. Are we willing to love people who think differently than we do? Are we willing to love people of different occupations? Other religions? "Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres." Love is kind. It does not dishonor others. It is not easily angered. It keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil. It always protects, always hopes, always perseveres. These phrases give us something to think about and also to measure our love by. How are we and society at loving, according to this teaching? Are you willing to forgive? Do you sit there with

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a book and keep track of how many times someone has messed up, according to your rules? This action only creates more bitterness. If you need something to keep track of, keep track of the good that people have done, what people do for you without asking, or when people give you a hug. We should not be watching to make sure that the scales are balanced. Do you think this might be where the phrase "I'll get even with you" comes from? Throw away the scales, the records or whatever and just care for people. I can never get even with all those who have showed me encouragement, kindness, caring, compassion, or brought me joy. I can only try to pay it forward and put all that into people that I experience each day. We never know what kind words or actions will do to a person's day. Please continue to show that you care for all. Also remember that you can raise someone up or tear them down with your tongue. Stay safe, Didymus McHugh didymus-mchugh.com


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Mark Grabowski (Complete Restoration Solutions) with Chicopee, Massachusetts Deputy Fire Chiefs Wayne LeMay & Matthew Cross taking delivery of their new ambulance.

PATRICK KERRIGAN

A candid photo of Townsend MA Deputy Chief Shepard at a 3rd Alarm on 12/22/20.

Heavy smoke pushes from the 'A' side of 1179 Bay St.

Fire Destroys Single-Family Home in Springfield; One Firefighter Injured Springfield, MA - A fast-moving fire tore through a single-family home in the Pine Point neighborhood of Springfield on the afternoon of Wednesday, March 10th, displacing five residents and injuring one member of the Springfield Fire Department. Springfield Fire Alarm operators began receiving 911 calls for the address of 1179 Bay St. just after 3:00 P.M., and responding companies noted heavy smoke in the sky from a distance. Crews arrived on scene to find heavy fire venting from the first floor 'Alpha' side and extending up to the second floor and attic. Due to over-

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head high tension power lines, the first due truck company experienced some delay in getting their aerial to the roof, but engine companies fought hard to make a push into the home with hand lines in an effort to control the fire without the benefit of vertical ventilation. Despite valiant efforts by the balance of the first-alarm assignment, Bay St. Command ordered all members out of the building 20 minutes into the operation due to deteriorating conditions inside.

Crews pulled back to a defensive posture and played away with multiple hand lines and master streams to bring the fire under control in an hour before heading back inside to chase hot spots and overhaul the building. During the course of the operation, one member was injured by falling glass but was treated for non-life-threatening injuries by EMS personnel. The home is considered a total loss and the cause of the fire remains under investigation. - NATE ARNOLD

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Brockton ran this 1974 Mack CF 1000-GPM pumper as Combination 5. This apparatus carried 500-gallons of water.

NATE ARNOLD

Truck 4 FF Dan Damours plays away into the building with a hand line from the tip of Truck 4’s aerial.


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Truck Driver in Waltham Spots Car Down Embankment, Calls 9-1-1

DAMIEN DANIS

Pepperell Ladder 1 is this 2019 Spartan/Smeal 1500/500/20F 105' RMA.

Waltham, MA - A serious accident was reported in Waltham on February 21st around 5:15 A.M. at 271 Waverley Oaks Road. Waltham Engine 3, Rescue 1 and Medic 1 were dispatched. While companies were responding, dispatch diverted Rescue 1 to I-95 northbound near Trapello Road for a rollover. Also dispatched were Engine 7 and Medic 2. A Market Basket trailer truck was traveling North on I-95, and being up high, was able to spot a car

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down an embankment. The car had flown over a snow bank and crashed into a tree. The driver was transported to Lahey Hospital Burlington with non-life-threatening injuries. Had it not been for the truck driver, he may not have been noticed until daylight. - PETER LOBO

CHUCK LOWE

Plymouth Ladder 3 is a 2019 E-One Cyclone 1750/450/100' Quint. It is assigned to Station 7 in North Plymouth. The three members of Engine 7 will staff this apparatus when needed.

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CHUCK LOWE

Tanker 198 in Rochester carries 3660-gallons of water and 40-gallons of class A foam. It was built by Emergency One on a 2019 International HV chassis with a 1500-GPM pump.


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On February 26th, Waltham firefighters feted Dwight (Dewey) Anderson at his Engine 3 Station on Willow Street after serving 32 years. Of real note: In July of 2007, there was a 3-alarm fire at Sal’s Pizza on Main Street. At the height of the fire, two firefighters fell through the floor into the basement. FF Joe Nelson and Tony Capello (at the time Captain, now Deputy Chief) were rescued by Dewey by pulling both of them out of the blaze.

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PATRICK KERRIGAN

Four Alarms Struck at Building Fire in Lawrence Lawrence, MA - Lawrence firefighters were dispatched to a reported building fire at 35 Essex Street on February 22nd. Arriving crews had heavy fire showing from the rear of a church rectory and command quickly struck a second-alarm. Crews made an aggressive attack to keep the fire from spreading to the main church. Chief of Department Moriarty arrived on scene, assumed command and struck a third and then fourth-alarm, bringing in mutual aid to the fire and to cover. Crews made a defensive attack to knock down the heavy fire until they could go in and overhaul. Crews remained on scene for several hours checking for extension.

PETER LOBO

Oil Leak Contained in Waltham Waltham, MA - On February 23rd, a bystander noticed an oil slick coming from a storm drain under the Elm Street bridge in Waltham. Initially, Squad 5 was dispatched and tried to contain the leak. Deputy Chief Roger Hebert requested 6A and Rescue 1 to respond. Firefighters contained the leak along the Charle River with booms and blotters. The DEP was called to the scene to determine the cause and stop the leak, which appeared to be diesel fuel.


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RHODE ISLAND

MASSACHUSETTS

STILL IN SERVICE If you have photos you would like to see in our “Still in Service” feature, please upload them on our website, www.1stResponderNews.com or email them to Lindsey@1stResponderNews.com

PETER LOBO

Truck Fire with Exposure Issues in Waltham Waltham, MA - Around 7:30 A.M. on February 20th, Weston Engine 3 and Ambulance 1 responded to a rollover on I-95, near route 20. At the same time, Waltham Engine 7, Rescue 1 and Medic responded to a rollover on I-95 southbound, near Totten Pond Road. Engine 7 found a van on its side at Totten Pond Road with no apparent injuries. Weston Engine 3 and Ambulance 1 found nothing on I-95 north in Waltham and began to return back to Weston. As companies were arriving at the accident, a box alarm was transmitted for a truck fire up against a gas station garage on Totten Pond Road. Because Weston Engine 3 was getting off I-95 and Waltham Engine 7 heard the

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box alarm, both companies took the box, as heavy smoke was showing in the sky. Weston Engine 3 arrived first and got a line on the fire. In the meantime, Engines 2,4 and 8, along with Ladder 3 and Medic 1 were on their way. Engine 7 then took a line and assisted Weston Engine 3. Engine 4 needed to dig a hydrant out of a snow bank in order to supply Engine 7. It took about 15 minutes to knock down the fire. The building sustained minimal damage. - PETER LOBO

STILL IN SERVICE If you have photos you would like to see in our “Still in Service” feature, please upload them on our website, www.1stResponderNews.com or email them to Lindsey@1stResponderNews.com

CHUCK LOWE

Barre Engine 5, a 1990 Pierce Dash, is celebrating three decades of service. It has a 1250-GPM pump with 1000-gallons of water.

CHUCK LOWE

Engine 716 in Charlestown, RI operates a 1996 E-One Sentry 1250-GPM pumper. This apparatus has a 1000-gallon tank.

Bob Long


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VERMONT

Enjoy taking photographs? STILL IN SERVICE

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1st Responder News compensates correspondents for their article & photograph submissions.

Contact Lindsey TODAY for more information! Lindsey@1strespondernews.com CHUCK LOWE

Tanker 1 in Barnet was built by Dingee on a 1989 GMC Top Kick chassis. It carries 1250-gallons of water and is equipped with a 1000-GPM front-mounted pump.

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MAINE

PATCH OF THE MONTH If you have photos you would like to see in our “Patch of the Month’ feature please upload them on our website, www.1stResponderNews.com or email them to Lindsey@1stResponderNews.com.

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SCOTT DUNBAR

CHUCK LOWE

This patch belongs to Augusta Fire & Rescue, located in Kennebec County, ME.

Belgrade Engine 62 operates a 1991 Central States on a GMC chassis. The 1000-GPM top-mount pumper carries 1500-gallons of water.

CONNECTICUT

Motorist Drives Under Parked Car in Norwich Norwich, CT - At 8:29 P.M. on Saturday, February 20th, the Yantic Fire Company with American Ambulance and the Norwich Police were dispatched to 100 West Town Street for a two-car accident. Engine 33 arUMP TO FILE# rived at 8:39 P.M. J022121103 reporting that a car had driven underneath the back of a parked truck, which had also struck a utility pole. Engine 33’s crew treated two patients from the car who had self-extricated. Rescue 3 arrived at 8:42 P.M. and secured the vehicles. Car 38 had command and requested Norwich Public Utilities to assess the pole. - RYAN FLAHERTY

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