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Indiana: Richard Rehm, 55 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: December 24, 2016 Death Date: December 24, 2016 Fire Department: McCordsville Volunteer Fire Department Initial Summary: While responding to an early morning alarm call, Firefighter Rehm’s privately owned vehicle became stuck on an active railroad crossing. A short time later, Rehm was struck and killed by a passing train.

South Carolina: Amy Dimmery, 34 Rank: Probationary Firefighter Incident Date: January 2, 2017 Death Date: January 2, 2017 Fire Department: Marion Rural Fire Department Initial Summary: Probationary Firefighter Amy Dimmery responded to a motor vehicle accident (MVA) call on January 2, 2017 reported at 1515hrs. Units cleared the scene at 1600hrs. Before making it back to their home, she and her husband, also a firefighter, were involved in a MVA. Firefighter Amy Dimmery was entrapped and response personnel began resuscitation efforts upon their arrival. Firefighter Amy Dimmery was taken by Marion Medic 10 to Carolinas Hospital in Marion and died as a result of her injuries shortly after arriving. As of January 3, 2017, her husband, Firefighter Freddie Dimmery remains in McLeod Hospital in serious condition. Pennsylvania: Donald Leroy "Sarge" Brenner, Jr., 67 Rank: Chief Engineer/Firefighter Incident Date: December 24, 2016 Death Date: January 4, 2017 Fire Department: Speedwell Engine & Hose Company Initial Summary: While operating at the scene of an automobile accident on December 24, 2016,

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Alabama: Tracy O. Sanders, 44 Rank: Fire Chief Incident Date: January 13, 2017 Death Date: January 13, 2017 Fire Department: Mount Olive Volunteer Fire Department Initial Summary: While conducting official fire department business, Chief Sanders was stopped in the department's rescue truck on Alabama Highway 77 preparing to make a left-hand turn when she was struck from the rear by a tractor-trailer. The rescue unit was forced into oncoming traffic where Chief Sanders was struck again and her vehicle was forced off the roadway and into trees lining the east side of the highway. Members from the Mount Olive Volunteer Fire Department and surrounding agencies arrived on scene and began to treat Chief Sanders. She was then transported to Anniston Regional Medical Center where she succumbed to her injuries at approximately 1434hrs.

Wisconsin: Rodney “Tiny” Menne, 53 Rank: Assistant Fire Chief Incident Date: January 10, 2017 Death Date: January 10, 2017 Fire Department: Eldorado Volunteer Fire Department Initial Summary: At approximately 0200hrs, several hours after a fire department meeting, Assistant Fire Chief Rodney “Tiny” Menne was discovered deceased from a heart attack by another Eldorado firefighter at the Eldorado Volunteer Fire Department.


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Burlington Firefighters Rescue Puppy from Vehicle Fire Burlington, VT - At 3:53 P.M. on February 9th, Burlington Fire Dispatch requested Engines 2 and 1 to respond to a possible recreational vehicle fire on Elmwood Avenue in the City’s JUMP TO FILE# old North end. 031017118 Engine-2 arrived two minutes later to find a parked RV with visible fire and a considerable amount of black smoke coming from the vehicle. The fire was contained to the vehicle of origin and no exposures were in danger. BFD personnel quickly extinguished the fire and afterwards, began overhaul operations. During the overhaul phase, the owner of the RV arrived on scene and was able to confirm that there were no people in the vehicle, but that his puppy may have still been inside. Crews were able to coordinate a search of the vehicle and located the puppy in the rear of the RV, hiding underneath a cabinet. The puppy was taken outside by the Lieutenant of Engine-2 and then brought over to Engine-1 to be warmed. Rescue-2 responded to the scene to provide assessment and care to the dog, who was ultimately found to be in good spirits and free from any airway compromise. The puppy was reunited with his owners and BFD personnel wrapped up overhaul and in-

vestigation operations shortly after. No injuries were reported during the incident. BFD responded with two Engines, one Rescue and one Command Vehicle, with a total

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River Rescue for Norwalk Firefighters Norwalk, CT - Norwalk combined dispatch received a call at 2:00 P.M. on March 6th, reporting that a man had fallen into the river in front of 601 Merritt 7. A passerby heard the man’s cries for help and called 911. The 601 Main Avenue address is an office park along the Norwalk River. The river at that point was narrow, fast moving and about six to ten inches deep. The water temperature was approximately 40-degrees. Police, EMS and FD companies arrived on scene approximately four minutes after being dispatched. Upon arrival, a male was observed sitting on the side of the riverbank, being assisted to by a civilian. FD personnel had cold water survivor suits on and made their way across the river to attend to the male. At that time, it was determined that the male had

JUMP TO FILE #030717119 received a head injury caused by the 12-foot fall down the river bank. The patient was loaded into a stokes basket and a police officer, along with the help of firefighters, hauled the patient up the embankment, where he was attended to by Norwalk Hospital Paramedics. The patient had been walking his dog along a trail when he slipped and fell down the embankment. The dog was also removed from the riverbank and handed over to a friend of the patient. The patient’s condition is not known at this time, but he was alert and talking to rescuers while on scene.

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Afternoon House Fire in Danbury Danbury, CT - On March 6th at 3:46 P.M., a first-alarm assignment was sent to 31 Stevens Street, reporting a structure fire. Upon arrival, Car-30 (DC Meehan) found a twostory, wood-framed JUMP TO FILE# house with fire and 030717101 smoke showing, and transmitted the working fire. Firstdue Engine 22, responding from Headquarters about two blocks away, took a position just beyond the house, which was 75-feet from a hydrant, pulled an attack line and went to work. Truck-1 and Squad-1 also responded from HQ and arrived within seconds. Truck-1 split their four man crew, with the Captain and one Firefighter performing a search, while the Driver and OV went to the roof. The family had been located outside and reported that there was no one in the house. Squad-1 made the hydrant with one of the responding Fire Marshals and stretched a second attack line with the assistance of second-due Engine 23. Volunteer Companies Engine 8 and Squad 7 also arrived to assist. Danbury EMS had one ambulance and the Medic Supervisor on scene, however there were no reported injuries. The Danbury Police Department was assisted by Fire Police personnel for traffic and scene security. The Danbury Fire Marshal's Office is investigating the cause and origin of the fire. - BERNIE MEEHAN

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New Milford Family Loses Home to Blaze New Milford, CT - On March 3rd at approximately 9:21 P.M., the New Milford 911 center received numerous calls reporting an explosion and fire in a house at 6 Mare Lane, in the Northville Fire District. Initial callers re- JUMP TO FILE# 030517111 ported that there was a possibility that people were still inside the house. Litchfield County Car-8 arrived first and reported the house to be fullyinvolved. As he was surveying the scene, the homeowners pulled up in their car. The homeowner is a career fire service member and reported that no one was in the house. A truck in the driveway was also engulfed in flames. Northville Chief Alan Harris arrived at the scene, established command, and requested mutual aid from the other two New Milford Fire Companies, Water Witch and Gaylordsville, as well as assistance from the Bridgewater and Washington Fire Departments. As the first Northville Engine attacked the fire, the second one laid a five-inch line out to the intersection of Palomino Drive and set up the portable pond so that Tankers could run a shuttle. Meanwhile, New Milford Engine-21 set

up a supply at the Northville School. The house was fully-involved from the start and with the 20-MPH wind driven flames, the fire spread to about four or five acres of woods behind the house. The combined efforts of all firefighters kept the brush fire relatively minor, but the house was completely destroyed.

A New Milford Ambulance stood by in case of injuries. The New Milford Fire Marshal is being assisted in the investigation by the CT State Police Fire Marshals. The Danbury Fire Department is planning a fundraiser to assist the family with their recovery.

Danbury Firefighters Win Ski Race At Mohawk Mountain Cornwall, CT - On March 5th, the annual Firefighters Ski Race was held at Mohawk Mountain in Cornwall, CT. Enduring the frigid temperatures, biting wind and stiff competition, the Danbury Firefighters emerged victorious! The Pittsfield, MA firefighters took second place, while Meriden firefighters took third. The event raised $2100 for the Bridgeport Burn Center.

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New Britain Deals with Back-to-Back Fires New Britain, CT - On March 3rd around 1:00 P.M., firefighters arrived at 168 North Street with fire showing from a forth-floor window of a four-story brick building. Firefighters moved in fast, holding the fire to the room of origin and bringing the blaze under control in about 35 minutes. No injuries were reported, but six families were displaced. Approximately 20 minutes into this fire, another call came in for a fire at a laundromat at 145 Stanley Street. With a few companies left in the City, the West Hartford, Hartford and Kensington Fire Departments were called in to assist at the second fire and to cover the empty stations. The second fire created a lot of smoke but fortunately, it was held to a small part of the laundromat and caused minimal damage.

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Acronyms Small Electrical Fire in Southborough Chaplain's Corner Didymus McHugh

In the fire service, there are plenty of acronyms. We put on our PPE and SCBA. We lay the LDH and grab our TIC. We have SOG's and SOP's. We use ICS so that we know who the IC is and the PIO on every scene. We may need the CISM team after a bad call and also would want to call in the LAST team to help if we have an LODD. If we call a mayday, we are to use LUNAR, then we take a PAR and sent in the RIT. We have so many abbreviations and I would like to introduce another one to you for your personal life. The acronym is F.R.O.G. Usually this congers up the thoughts of a little green amphibian that we may have tried to catch in our younger years, or watching Sesame Street, or the Muppets. There are plenty of times when we go through life and may feel overwhelmed by a situation. This may be losing a job, being diagnosed with something, going through a divorce, detox or depression, or the death of a friend or relative. Each person has their own part that they may think they cannot handle. Sometimes we may feel like we are in a house doing a search in all the smoke and darkness, and we have come to the end of our search rope, but still need to continue the search, furthest that the rope can go and we have no light to see where we are going. We need to remember that as we go through our personal challenges, there is always one that we can turn to...God. We may be Catholic, Christian, Jew or Muslim but we can rest assured that we can always turn to God. God is always there for you. People say that God does not give us more that we can handle. Well, I saw a sign that said "God helps us handle what we are given". There are many Scriptures that reassure us of God's presence in times of need and also how He will never leave, nor forsake us. But these are only words, unless we get to know and trust God. We should always remember that we can F.R.O.G., Full Rely On God. Something tells me that as I tell you this, you may think it is nonsense, but something also tells me that you'll think about this, when you see that little green guy. Stay encouraged. Stay safe. God cares about you. -Didymus McHugh

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MASSACHUSETTS Southborough, MA - The Southborough Fire Department was dispatched just before 7:00 P.M. on March 6th to 56 Deerfoot Road for an electrical fire. Engine-23 and Squad-24 responded and were updated that the homeowner thought the fire in the outlet was out and JUMP TO FILE# that the house was 030617135 evacuated. Crews arrived to find nothing showing from the two-and-ahalf story, woodframed dwelling. Engine-23 found heat behind a wall and began to open it up. One line was stretched to knock down the fire inside the wall. Companies quickly had the flames knocked down and began overhauling. The electrical inspector was requested to respond and all companies were made up and cleared within 45 minutes. - JIM FORTIN


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Fall River, MA - Firefighters responded to 84 Stetson Street at 6:30 A.M. on March 4th for a working structure fire. When first units arrived, they found heavy fire showing from the third-floor and attic. Car-2 established Stetson Command and called for a second-alarm. Firefighters stretched lines up the rear stairs to attack the fire, as heavy fire JUMP TO FILE # vented from the 030417109 rear of the structure. The home had working smoke detectors that alerted the residents and all were able to escape unharmed. Members were able to attack the fire with an aggressive interior attack and got the fire under control. Four engine companies and three ladder companies responded, along with the heavy rescue. One firefighter was transported to the local hospital with an unknown injury. Special Services arrived to provide rehab for members on the scene. The morning was bitterly cold, with temperatures around 14-degrees and a wind chill pushing the temps much lower. This created havoc on the fire ground, with water rapidly freezing and equipment breakdowns. Mutual aid companies responded to fill in at the empty stations around the city. The fire investigation unit was called in along with the building inspector's office to determine origin and cause, as well as whether or not the building could be saved. The third-floor and attic sustained heavy fire damage while the first and second floors sustained heavy smoke and water damage. - KENNETH LEGER

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Gas Leak Sends Six to Hospital in Waltham Waltham, MA - Waltham FD Engine-3 was dispatched on March 5th for a gas odor at the Colonial Plaza. Shortly after arriving, crews discovered high levels of carbon monoxide throughout many of the stores, especially in the laundromat. A couple who was in the laundromat at the time saw a friend acting strange and took her home. She was then transported to the hospital. Numerous other people were complaining of dizziness. Deputy Tony Capello then transmitted a box that brought in Engine-1, Rescue-1, Ladder-2 and several ambulances. In all, six people were transported to the hospital. Firefighters were on the scene for over an hour clearing out the very high carbon monoxide levels.

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Car Slams into House and Pickup Truck in Fall River Fall River, MA - Engine-12 and a Medical Rescue were dispatched to Stetson Street during a working fire on February 26th for a reported car into a building. Engine-12 arrived on the scene to find an SUV that had plowed through the front yard of one house before striking a pickup truck and the front porch of a house next door. The driver of the SUV was transported to a local hospital for unknown injuries.


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Three-Alarm House Fire in Newton

Newton, MA - On March 2nd, Newton firefighters responded to a house fire at 1889 Washington Street. High winds hampered firefighters' ability to battle the fire, bringing it to a third-alarm. There was heavy fire and water damage to the house.

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Working Structure Fire in Waltham Waltham, MA - A reported building fire on February 22nd sent two engines, a ladder, rescue and an ambulance to 252 Calvary Street. Upon arrival, crews had smoke showing from the rear of the building and there was a possibility of people still in the building. Rescue-6 searched the building. Squad-5 reported hearing a baby crying, which fortunately was only a cat. A working fire dispatch brought an additional engine and ambulance to the scene. Newton’s Engine-4 was the RIT. The fire was knocked down after approximately 25 minutes.


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Kingston Fire Captain Hatch checks the structure.

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Brush Fire in Leominster Spreads to Home

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Car Crashes into Kingston CVS Building

Kingston, MA - Firefighters in Kingston responded to a CVS store on February 27th for reports of a vehicle that struck the building. On arrival, firefighters found a vehicle that had struck the side of the building and went through the exterior brick wall. One patient was evaluated, but refused medical attention. The Kingston Building Inspector was called to the scene to check the structure.

Leominster, MA - At 12:30 P.M. on Monday, March 8th, Leominster Fire received a call for a structure fire on Sage Avenue. On arrival, firefighters found a smoky brush fire that covered the embankment on the "D" side of the house. The fire was quickly knocked down with a front bumper pre-connect line from E2. As overhaul was started, it was discovered that the fire had gotten under the porch on the rear of the home and entered into the cellar. The working fire was then

JUMP TO FILE #030817107 struck by Deputy FC Scott Cordio and a number of pre-connect lines were pulled. E4 laid a hydrant line from Lancaster St., up the hill and to the fire. The fire was contained to the cellar and siding and extinguished after about 20 minutes. The oneand-a-half story, wood-framed home received moderate damage to the side and cellar. No injuries were

reported and crews cleared the scene in just over one hour. Residents were not displaced from the home. The possible cause of the fire was from wood stove pellets when cleaning outside the home. Author's Note: If this incident had been a day or so earlier, it could have been a very serious, wind whipped fire, as we had high gusting winds for several days over 50MPH. - ROBERT ALLEN

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Trees Down in Waltham

Waltham, MA - High winds on March 2nd caused numerous trees to come down in Waltham. Waltham firefighters responded to help remove this fallen tree from Lexington Street.

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A number of firefighters overhauling the side of the home where fire entered the cellar.

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PATCH OF THE MONTH

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Excavator Strikes Wires in Plymouth

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The Barnes Air National Guard Fire Department is located in Hampden County, MA.

Plymouth, MA - Firefighters responded to Sandwich St. on February 27th for an excavator that struck some wires. On arrival, firefighters found the arm of an excavator against overhead wires. The area was secured and the power company was called to the scene. Upon their arrival, the power company secured power to the lines so that the excavator could be moved.


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One Hundred Years of Valor, Rescue Company 1 New York City Fire Department ON THE BOOK SHELF

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One Hundred Years of Valor, Rescue Company 1 New York City Fire Department By Paul Hashagan Available from: FSP Books & Videos 188 Central Street, Suite #4 Hudson, MA 01749-1330 1-800-522-8528 e-mail support@fire-policeems.com www.fire-police-ems.com Price: $42.50 This is a hard covered book measuring 8 ½ x 11-inches, with 224 pages. It is the first hundred years history of FDNY’s Rescue Company-1. The author is a retired New York City firefighter who spent 20 of his 25 years of service with Rescue-1. He is also the author of "FDNY: The Bravest, an Illustrated History 1865-2002." When I first saw this present book, I had my doubts about reviewing it for two reasons. The first reason was that there would not be a need to persuade a reader to buy this book because the FDNY is a favorite among firefighters and buffs alike worldwide. The second reason was because my backlog was such that I felt it may be sold out by the time the review was printed, but I spoke with the author and he assured me that it did not matter when the review was published and that there would most likely be additional printings. So with that said, here we go! The book has been put together so adequately that it is a no-brainer to want to read it and find it meaningful. The company was organized to address difficult situations besides fires where specialized skills of the crew would mitigate emergencies that become more common than one would expect. I had also once heard that that the company was organized to rescue firefighters such as a modern day RIC would be expected to do. The book is divided into 11

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chapters, each essentially covering a decade. Beyond that are galleries of their apparatus through the years, photos of members and an appendix which lists company commanders, firehouses, company awards, unit citations and medals awarded to members of the company. The book has an abundance of photos from old to new. It has pictures of members placed near the stories of their heroism, as well as those who gave their lives in the line-of-duty. Some of the stories of heroism are unbelievable! The only breaks in the coverage of each decade are when one incident ends and another begins, so if the reader needs to put the book down for any reason, he or she would have to try and find a page that ends a sentence.

A few minor typos appear due to printing, but none detract from the stories. There is one point I wanted to make which may cause the reader to think there is a typo and that appears on page-105, where a new style rescue truck is shown and mention is made that it did not have a walk-through body. This refers to the face that the cab was separate from the body. The former models had a body in which the cab was incorporated and permitted passage to the body from it, not that the newer truck bodies were non-walk-ins. The newer truck featured on page-105 was two doors, so the crew had to ride in the body. This is about all I will have to say! The book speaks for itself. Another job well done Mr. Hashagen, and those who helped him.

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The crew of Ladder-2 climbs to the second-floor window.

K. LEGER

Commercial Building Fire in Fall River Fall River, MA - Shortly after 6:30 P.M. on February 26th, firefighters responded to a two-story, brick commercial building in the downtown section of the City. Engines 2, 4 and 5, as well as Ladders 2 and 4, Rescue 1 and Car 2, were dispatched. Car 2 arrived under the command of District Chief James Mellen, who reported smoke in the building. Ladder 2 went to work on the front door lock with the K-tool

Hanson Fire Lt. Keith Wilson.

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Fire Destroys Outbuilding in Hanson Hanson, MA - At approximately 7:30 P.M. on the evening of Thursday, February 16th, the Hanson Fire Department responded to a reported building fire in the area of 96 Main Street. Companies arrived to find a fully-involved one-story, 40'x60', wood-framed outbuilding. A working fire was requested, bringing an engine from Pembroke to the scene and a Hanover engine to cover Hanson's headquarters. Two lines were stretched to quickly knock down the heavy fire in the outbuilding, which was set well off from the road. The building was a total loss, but the fire did not extend to any other structures. National Grid was requested to the scene for downed power lines on scene. No injuries were reported, but one animal reportedly perished in the fire. The Hanson Fire Department was investigating the cause of the blaze.

JUMP TO FILE #022617103 to force entry, while (two) one-andthree-quarter inch attack lines were stretched into the building. Firefighters made a quick knock down. Command ordered the ladder crews to bring all available fans into the building in an attempt to vent the smoke from the structure. The heavy smoke proved difficult

to ventilate, so command called for the large positive pressure fan, which was successful. Special Services arrived on scene with Rehab 1 and the Lighting Unit to provide rehab to firefighters and to light the scene. Command called for the Fire Investigation Unit to respond to the scene to begin origin and cause determination. There were no injuries reported. - KENNETH LEGER


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Operating Power Tools Safely STAYING SAFE

Chief Henry Campbell

Power tools have just about replaced the use of manually (muscle power) operated tools not only in the home and industry, but also in the fire service. Life sure has gotten easier, including in the emergency services. Imagine, there are people who have never known anything other than a power driven screwdriver! The dictionary defines a tool as “a device, such as a saw, used to perform or facilitate manual or mechanical work.” What that means is that a tool is meant to make the job or task at hand easier and if it isn’t making it easier, you are probably using the wrong tool, or using it improperly. In the fire service, we now have an assortment of portable power tools which can be operated by a variety of power sources. These power sources include electric or battery operated, compressed air and/or hydraulically operated tools. Whatever the power source, there is no doubt that they make the task at hand easier and faster to accomplish; but they must also be maintained and operated in a safe manner or they can become dangerous devices, especially in the hands of the untrained. Tools can seriously injure or even kill the operator, or others, when not properly maintained or used. All emergency responders who use power tools must learn to recognize the hazards associated with the different types of tools and the safety precautions necessary to prevent those hazards. Therefore, some precautions are required when using power tools. First and foremost, we must read the owner’s manual and instructions that came with the tool. It is also recommended to let the salesperson or manufacturer’s representative give a training session on the proper and safe use of the tool. Learn the proper application, limitation and potential hazards of the tool and operate the tool at all times according to the manufacturer's instructions. Follow the instructions; do not cut corners and do not remove any built in safety devices and controls. Then, follow up with your department training program where

members can get some additional hands on training before placing the tool in service. Knowing how to start the tool and how to stop the tool is important. I know all of this is pretty basic, but all members who will use the tool should attend the training session. This will help prevent unsafe practices and future problems. Whenever using any power tool, personal protective clothing must be worn along with eye, respiratory and hearing protection if required. Select the correct tool or tools for the job at hand and never use a tool or attachment for something it was not designed to do. Don’t expect more from a tool than it can deliver and never operate a tool you have not been trained to operate. Concentrate on the work at hand when operating power tools, using two hands to control the tool and never looking away from your work. Sometimes the use of power tools under certain situations may require the use of another firefighter as a guide. Should you become distracted, or if someone or something enters the work area, immediately shut down the power tool. Never overreach and maintain your footing and control of the tool at all times. If you feel you are losing your grip or stability, shut the tool down and reposition. If operating at night or under limited light, provide adequate scene lighting to maintain adequate visibility to safely operate the power tools. After each emergency, all tools used should be cleaned and inspected, ensuring that they are in safe operating condition and ready for the next emergency. Power tools make our everyday tasks much easier and enable us to accomplish many feats in a short period of time, but they also require respect. Most accidents and injuries that occur do so quickly and are usually from lack of concentration or firefighter inexperience with the tool. Accidents can happen to the experienced (over-confident) firefighter just as easily as to a newer firefighter. Being aware of your surroundings, not letting your guard down, expecting the unexpected and operating within the parameters of your training and the manufacturer’s instructions, should result in a safe operation. Like most accidents, accidents with power tools are preventable. Till Next Time, Stay Safe and God Bless!

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FIRST IN PHOTO'S

Companies working the "D" side of the home, ripping siding and getting under the porch.

Quick Stop by Leominster Firefighters on Wind-Driven Fire Leominster, MA - Leominster Fire received a call on Monday, February 13th at approximately 3:00 P.M. for smoke under the porch of a one-story cape, located at 29 Old Brook Road. The first arriving Deputy reported smoke showing. Smoke was coming out from under a porch attached to the home. With the winds being extreme that day, gusting over 40-MPH, this could have been a se-

JUMP TO FILE #072913106 rious fire. A Working Fire was struck, bringing in additional manpower and mutual aid companies to cover the empty stations. Leominster FD Engine-4 was the first to arrive and hit the fire quick with their one-and-three-quarter inch

pre-connect line. Engine-3 laid the four-inch line from about 300-feet away and had to dig out the hydrant before they could lay the line. The fire was quickly contained and extensive overhaul was completed, checking for any entry into the home. Companies spent about one hour on scene for overhaul and hose pickup. - ROBERT ALLEN

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Duxbury, MA - On the afternoon of Monday, February 27th, the Plymouth County Technical Rescue Team held dive training at the Percy Walker Pool on Saint George Street in Duxbury. Divers went through a swimming test prior to working on underwater skills with their dive gear on. As part of the test, divers had to complete 200yards of freestyle swimming, tread water for 10-minutes and drag a "victim" 100-yards, among other tasks. Tenders assisted the divers with donning and doffing their equipment, and working with ropes and the underwater communications equipment. Divers and tenders from Abington, Duxbury, Hanover, Hingham, Kingston, Marshfield, Pembroke, Plymouth and Whitman took part in the training. The Plymouth County Technical Rescue Team held an additional day of training for the remaining divers the following day.

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Members of Gong Club Toast to Friend’s Promotion Cambridge, MA - Members of the Gong Club recently gave a toast Gerry Mahoney, friend and member of sister club, the Boston Sparks Association. Gerry was recently promoted to Acting Chief of the Cambridge Fire Department during a ceremony that took place on Sunday, March 5th. Congratulations Gerry!

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Units Respond to Vehicle Rollover in Waltham Waltham, MA - At approximately 4:15 P.M. on Friday, February 17th, the male driver of a vehicle hit a parked car, causing his car to rollover onto its roof. Engine-4, Rescue-6 and Ambulance-1 responded to the scene. Solar glare and narrow roads due to snow may have contributed to the cause of the accident. The driver was taken to Newton Wellesley Hospital to be checked out.

Quincy, MA - During the early morning hours of February 12th, firefighters were dispatched to 13 Bell Street in the Houghs Neck section of the City for reports of a house fire. Engine-6 was first on scene JUMP TO FILE# and found heavy 021717103 fire throughout the first and second floors of the home. Acting Deputy Chief Gilbody struck the second-alarm upon his arrival. Companies made an aggressive attack and had the fire under control within one-hour. There were three occupants still inside the home at the time of the fire, including a 19-year-old male, his 67-year-old grandmother and the father of the teenager. The teenager and his grandmother unfortunately did not survive. The teenager's father was able to escape the fast moving fire by jumping out of a second-floor window and is expected to survive. Officials speculate that Medical Oxygen inside the home contributed greatly to the rapid spread of the fire. The fire remains under investigation, but is not considered suspicious at this time. - STEPHEN SWEET

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Portsmouth, RI - Team photo of the Portsmouth FD guys on January 27th at the "Project Purple" dodgeball tournament!

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Palmer, MA - Palmer FD's Firefighter Laurie Rocco appeared on the T.V. show "Mass Appeal" on February 6th.

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Cheshire, CT - Cheshire LT. Mike Roke (left), is congratulated by Captain Jeff Pechmann after being sworn in on Monday, January 16th as Lieutenant.

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Waltham, MA - On February 3rd, Deputy Fire Chief Randy Mullin was presented with a Citation from Chief Paul Ciccone for attending an Executive Fire Officer Training Program that took place over a four year period in Maryland. Randy graduated with honors. PETER LOBO


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Firefighters Throughout Rhode Island Participate in Charitable Air Climb Providence, RI - The Fight for Air Climb is one of the signature fundraising events of the American Lung Association. The Climbs are held in prominent skyscrapers and other buildings across the country, giving participants the opportunity to join together with friends, family and co-workers, as they climb the stairs of the building to the top! The Climb has been taking place for more than a decade and has raised more than $40 million to support the mission of the American Lung Association.

JUMP TO FILE #031017112 More than 30,000 participants from 51 Climb events across the country came together last year to raise more than $8 million. Participants throughout Rhode Island joined at the Omni Providence Hotel on March 4th to complete this year's climb. The Fight for Air Climbs vary in the number of flights and stairs to climb, but each event offers an

opportunity for teams and individuals to challenge themselves. Whether you are climbing as part of a healthy lifestyle, to beat your previous time, or in honor of all those who are affected by lung disease, you will achieve a sense of personal accomplishment as you reach the top of the building and the height of your fundraising potential. Every step you take moves us forward in our fight for healthy lungs and clean air! - PROVIDED

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Tiverton, RI - The American Red Cross and Tiverton FD, along with other sponsors, recently teamed up for the Home Fire Campaign. Red Cross volunteers and TFD members went around town on March 9th, installing free smoke detectors for the residents.

Congratulations to Portsmouth FD members, Deputy Chief Mike O'Brien, FF Brendan Phelan, FF Greg Carcieri, FF Dylan Miniati, FF Mark Silva and FF Harrison Jones for making the climb up the Omni Providence Hotel. The group raised $1406 for the charity!

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Multiple Companies Respond to House Fire in Derry

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Family Visits Hooksett Firefighters Who Helped Deliver Their Baby Hooksett, NH - The Goertel family recently paid a special visit to the Hooksett Fire Department to say thank you for care rendered at the in-home delivery of Mallory Goertel, born on Monday, February 27th. Congratulations to the Goertel family and great job to all firefighters involved in the delivery! Pictured are Lt. Rob Wolinsky, FF/Paramedic Mike Benoit, Wayne Goertel holding son Collin, Meredith Goertel holding baby Mallory, Captain Joe Stalker and FF Andrew Howe.

Derry, NH - At 5:20 P.M. on March 10th, the Derry Fire Department responded to a house fire at 65 Chester Road. Initial fire personnel arrived to find heavy fire and black smoke coming from a single-story, single-family home. The sole occupant was alerted by a smoke detector and had self-evacuated prior to fire department arrival. At the time of this fire, the department was handling four other emergency calls as snow squalls were through the area. Because of the simultaneous emergency calls, fire trucks responded from greater distances and travel was slow due to poor road conditions. The fire was brought under

JUMP TO FILE #031317110 control at 5:43 P.M. The home was considered uninhabitable and the dollar loss is estimated at $87,000. There were no injuries to civilians or fire department personnel. The Red Cross responded to the scene to assist the occupant. Mutual Aid was received from Auburn, Chester, Londonderry, Wyndham, Salem, Manchester, Raymond and Hooksett. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation. - DERRY FD


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House Fire in Newport Displaces Residents Newport, NH - The Newport Police Department's Emergency Communications Center received a call at 6:33 A.M. on February 14th for a reported building fire on Sandy Lane. While en-route, a JUMP TO FILE# fire officer reported 021617107 smoke showing from the High School area and requested a first-alarm. Upon arrival, first-due units found a single-story ranch home with an attached garage, and heavy fire through the roof on the back of the building. A second-alarm was requested. Initial units arrived on scene at 1 Sandy Lane at 6:36 A.M. Crews made entry with attack lines in the back door of the building and started to attack the fire. A primary search conducted by crews found one cat alive in the basement and it was quickly removed. Crews continued to attack the fire until personnel were removed from the building due to heavy fire advancement in the attack/roof, making a collapse hazard present. Newport's Ladder was placed and crews conducted fire extinguishment using master streams. The homeowner arrived on the scene and reported to be missing two additional cats and one dog. The fire was deemed under control at 7:43 A.M. with extensive overhaul needed. While conducting overhaul at 8:30 A.M., crews located the missing dog on the firstfloor, which was alive, but very wet and cold. The dog was brought over to a Newport Ambulance, where he was warmed up and given oxygen before being taken by family to a nearby Vet clinic for evaluation. All fire apparatus were cleared of the scene at 11:08 A.M. Responding to the scene were the Newport PD, Claremont FD, Goshen FD, Lempster FD, New London FD and Eversource. Covering the Newport Fire Station were the Croydon and Newbury Fire Departments. A joint investigation is being conducted by Newport Fire-EMS and Newport Police Department members. The cause of the fire is believed to be from electrical wiring in the basement. - NEWPORT FIRE-EMS

HOWARD G. SARGENT

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Sunapee, NH - On January 15th, the Sunapee FD played Wheelchair Basketball with the Boston area Disabled American Veterans during their Winter Activity Week. This was the department's 18th year participating in the annual event. The game was held at the Sunapee Middle/High School gym. There is no admission fee and the 50/50 raffle raised over $400 for the winner and the Ski Program. For the 18th year, the Firefighters went down to defeat.

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FIREFIGHTER PROFILES

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Busy Day for Laconia Firefighters

Student John Bowler.

Belmont, NH - Meet Student John Bowler. Student Bowler was born and raised in Amherst, NH and ventured up to Belmont to become a fire science student with the Lakes Region Community College. He is a second year live-in student with the Belmont FD and is just two months shy of graduating with his degree. He is the youngest person in the building, but that has not stopped him from doing big things! He has obtained his Fire I and II certs, his AEMT, his Ice Rescue Tech cert and his Swiftwater Tech cert. He has aspirations of becoming a career firefighter/paramedic after graduation. He looks forward to interacting with people, while learning and doing new things every day. Student Bowler eats, sleeps

BELMONT FD

and breathes the fire service right now. He goes to school fulltime and when he is not going to class, he is running calls with the duty crew. During the times when he gets a day off, he is usually back home working for his local fire department. In the very little spare time that he has, you can find this pancake king cooking up a breakfast feast for the duty crew, playing around with his new found love of photography, spending time outdoors, or enjoying the company of his many Great Brook friends on Wednesday mornings. If you see this "Mayor" of Great Brook out and about, make sure to wish him luck before he graduates! -BELMONT FD

Laconia, NH - On March 13th at 1:51 P.M., Laconia firefighters went to Gilford to assist at a chimney fire; this was an automatic response. At 2:05 P.M., Laconia, Gilford and Belmont were dispatched to Pear Street in Laconia for smoke coming from a house. Laconia was able to divert to their own fire. Gilford was delayed in responding, but did send an Engine. Captain Shipp arrived and reported nothing visible. They had no house number given, so they

JUMP TO FILE #031417108 started checking the neighborhood. Smoke was seen coming from a second-floor window of a twostory, wood-framed structure. Crews stretched a line and started forcing entrance. Upon gaining access, the building was charged with black smoke. Crews started searching for the fire and eventually found an oil burner fire in the

basement. The building was under renovation, so moving was difficult. One stairway was missing and there were holes in the floors. The fire was quickly contained and crews started breaking down. A Belmont Engine responded to an alarm activation in the Weirs district from the fire scene. There were 18 calls in Laconia on this same day, only five being EMS related. - LACONIA FD

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