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Revere, MA - On February 17th, a five-alarm blaze broke out and destroyed the well known Sozio Appliance store on Squire Road in Revere. The store had been in business for nearly 70 years. Firefighters responded to the scene around 4:30 P.M. and found heavy smoke and flames engulfing the one-story building. - See full story on page 16


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Kitchen Fire Damages Home in Norwich

Norwich, CT - On the evening of February 26th, the Occum FD, with aid from Baltic, Taftville and Lisbon, responded to a kitchen fire on Lillibridge Road. Crews arrived to find an active fire in the kitchen, extending up. Lines were stretched and fire suppression began while other companies worked to open walls and ceilings. The fire was completely extinguished in about two hours. One civilian was taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation. The fire is under investigation by the local FMO.


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New Britain Fire Department Alters Uniform to Help Raise Awareness for Colorectal Cancer

New Britain, CT - The month of March is officially Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. The Johnson family, and the brothers and sisters of the New Britain Fire Department, know all too well the reality of this disease. In August of 2017, they lost one of their own. Scott Johnson, a 43-year-old father of three, husband to Caroline, United States Coast Guard veteran, and brother firefighter, lost his 28month battle with colorectal cancer. In this very sad time, Caroline has fought to make early screenings more available to men and women.

JUMP TO FILE #030518120 She was able to take her message all the way to the White House when she was invited by Senator Chris Murphy to join him at the 2018 State of the Union Address. In January, Caroline approached New Britain Fire Chief Peter Margentino about altering the department's uniform t-shirt to royal blue, the official color of awareness for colorectal cancer. For the month of March, the men and

women of the NBFD will be wearing royal blue t-shirts in Scott's memory and to show support for Caroline's mission. All proceeds from the T-shirt sales will be donated to the Fight Colorectal Cancer Foundation. Caroline would also like to invite all those who would like to support the Fight Colorectal Cancer Foundation to join her at Walnut Hill Park at 9am on April 22, 2018, for a Team Johnson 5K/1 mile walk. - SHANE BURNS


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This adorable 15-week old Dalmatian's name is "Kenna". She's from Riverton Fire Co. in Barkhamsted, CT.

Sandy Hook, CT - Sandy Hook Firefighters were dispatched to Rt. 34 near Sherman Street at 3:42 A.M. on March 10th for a one-vehicle rollover. Upon arrival of Chief Bill Halstead and Engine 441, a Jeep was found on its side with a tree down and utility pole snapped in half across the roadway. The driver had fled the scene. Rescue 444 went around to the other side of the incident to block the road and light up the scene. Firefighters searched the woods with the TIC to look for the driver, who was later located a distance from the scene at Misty Vale Deli. The female driver was taken by Newtown Ambulance to Danbury Hospital with minor injuries. Firefighters remained on scene while Eversource cut the power. A tow truck responded to remove the vehicle. Firefighters applied speedi dry to the area due to an oil leak and cleared the scene at 5:51 A.M. The road was still closed at that time.


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Truck Fire in Danbury Danbury, CT - On February 15th at about 10:40 A.M., the Danbury FD received 9-1-1 calls reporting a tractor-trailer on fire on Interstate 84 Westbound, by Exit 4. The dispatch center was getting multiple calls on it, so a "Large Vehicle Fire" response was transmitted. Upon arrival on scene, Car 30 (Deputy Chief Joe Halas) found that a tractor had been disconnected from the trailer, and was on fire in the area of the rear running gear. Engines 23 and 24 arrived on scene and made short order of putting the fire out. The Connecticut State Police and CT DOT assisted with traffic control.


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Two-Car Accident in Bozrah Bozrah, CT - At 2:41 P.M. on Thursday, February 15th, the Bozrah FD was dispatched to the intersection of Stockhouse Road and Lebanon Road for a two-car motor vehicle accident. Ambulance 526 arrived at 2:47 P.M. and reported two cars with moderate damage. The ambulance crew tended to three patients, which all ended up being refusals. Engine 126 applied speedi dry and picked up some of the debris.

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Minnesota: Jeffrey A. Vollmer, 40 Rank: Captain Incident Date: December 19, 2017 Death Date: December 19, 2017 Fire Department: Mayer Fire and Rescue Department Initial Summary: Captain Jeffrey A. Vollmer passed away at home from an apparent cardiac arrest several hours after participating in non-classroom training of a nonroutine strenuous nature at a local community center.

New Jersey: Craig A. Maull, 71 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: December 19, 2017 Death Date: December 21, 2017 Fire Department: Haddon Fire Company #1 Initial Summary: Firefighter Craig A. Maull responded to a dwelling fire call on 12/19/2017, but his apparatus was recalled while enroute. Upon returning to quarters, Maull mentioned to other members that he wasn't feeling well, but declined medical assistance and later went home. Firefighter Maull missed additional calls later, which was uncommon for him, and members were unable to contact him by phone or email. Family and department members went to his home on 12/21 to check on Firefighter Maull and found him deceased (from a heart attack). *Additional police follow-up shows extensive evidence that Firefighter Maull passed away sometime between the evening of 12/19 and morning of 12/20. New Jersey: Frank Matagrano, 75 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: December 13, 2017 Death Date: December 13, 2017 Fire Department: New Milford Fire Department Initial Summary: Firefighter Frank Matagrano suffered cardiac arrest inside the fire apparatus while it was responding to an emergency call on

12/13/2017. His fellow crew members immediately initiated CPR and utilized an AED to successfully regain his pulse. He was transported to a local hospital, where he remained hospitalized for continued care. Doctors determined that Firefighter Matagrano suffered a stroke which caused his cardiac arrest. He never regained consciousness, and subsequently passed away on 12/23/2017 in the hospital.

Kansas: Jason Garrett, 46 Rank: Firefighter-Paramedic Incident Date: December 26, 2017 Death Date: December 26, 2017 Fire Department: Kansas City Kansas Fire Department Initial Summary: Fellow responders discovered Firefighter-Paramedic Jason Garrett deceased in the firehouse bunkroom when he did not appear for a morning response call. The nature and cause of fatal injury are still to be determined by authorities. Oklahoma: Jeffrey S. White, 53 Rank: Lieutenant Incident Date: December 26, 2017 Death Date: December 26, 2017 Fire Department: Oklahoma City Fire Department Initial Summary: Lieutenant Jeffrey S. White succumbed to complications from a medical condition on December 26th, 2017. Lieutenant White was assigned to Fire Station 36 in southeast Oklahoma City where he was when the episode began. White was transported by ambulance to an area hospital where he later passed away from a nature and cause of fatal injury to be determined.

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Neighbor Calls 9-1-1, Reports House Fire Sandy Hook


Fully Involved Garage Fire in Westport Westport, CT - On February 16th, the Westport FD was alerted to a building fire on Remlin Court. The Department responded with four engines, one truck and the shift commander. Mutual aid was also dispatched on receipt of the call. The first fire department unit arrived and reported a fully involved structure. The main fire building was a large garage with a single apartment located above it. Incident command was established by Assistant Chief Matt Cohen and the fire department began extinguishment. The building was verified to be unoccupied at the time of the fire and the surrounding structures were evacuated. Due to the level of fire involvement, the neighboring buildings were of concern. Fire began

Sandy Hook, CT - At 7:47 P.M. on March 9th, Sandy Hook Firefighters along with Botsford Fire and Newtown Hook & Ladder were dispatched to a possible structure fire at 107 Great Quarter Road. A neighbor placed the 9-1-1 call when he saw gray smoking coming from the home. Chief Bill Halstead was the first to arrive on the scene and confirmed a working fire. Hawleyville Fire and Dodgingtown Fire were added to the dispatch when the fire was confirmed.

JUMP TO FILE #031018102 Engine 442 from Sandy Hook's sub-station on Rte. 34 was first-in and pulled (two) two-inch lines from the truck. Firefighters extended one line to the front the door and the second to the rear of the structure. Sandy Hook's Quint 440 also had a line stretched to the rear of the structure. The fire was a difficult one to fight at first because it was in the walls and between the first and second floor.

Once the fire was knocked down, firefighters continued to attack the stubborn areas in a crawl space until it was completely extinguished. Monroe Fire served as the RIT team for the fire. Southbury Fire covered Sandy Hook’s main station and responded to an automatic alarm during the fire. Brookfield covered Newtown Hook & Ladder’s station and Stepney covered Botsford’s station. Sandy Hook cleared the scene at 10:30 P.M. - KARIN HALSTEAD

JUMP TO FILE #021718100 to extend to the main house on the property and there was risk of extension to the neighboring house. Protective hose lines were deployed to protect the uninvolved structure. The fire was contained to the main building of origin, with minor extension to the main house on the property. The fire was extinguished with no civilian injuries, and the cause is under investigation at this time. Westport FD utilized mutual aid from Norwalk, Wilton, Weston and Fairfield Fire Departments. Westport Police and EMS also operated at the scene. - BERNIE MEEHAN


Overturned Vehicle Found in Pond in Machimoodus State Park East Haddam, CT - On March 4th at approximately 7:28 A.M., East Haddam FD, East Haddam EMS, East Haddam PD and the Connecticut State Environmental Conservation Police were dispatched to Machimoodus State Park (Echo Farm Road) for a report of a vehicle rollover into a pond. Upon arrival, Car 15 reported one vehicle on its roof, fully submerged in the pond. Bystanders could not confirm if there were occupants in the vehicle. Firefighters donned water rescue equipment, determined the vehicle to be unoccupied, and assisted in removing the vehicle from the pond. Occupants were later located offsite, uninjured. The accident is currently being investigated by CT ENCON Police.

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Sandy Hook and Southbury Firefighters Work MVA

Southbury, CT - On March 1st around 1:15 P.M., Sandy Hook Firefighters were requested to assist Southbury Fire on the scene of an extrication on I-84 eastbound, before Exit 14. Southbury Fire's rescue was out of service at the time of the incident. Southbury Car 2, Asst. Chief Brian Warren, was the first to arrive and had Rescue 444 park before the scene and asked the crew to bring their stabilization equipment. Once the Toyota was stabilized on both sides, the male driver was able to climb out of the car with the assistance of firefighters. The driver was checked out on scene and refused transport. Sandy Hook returned to service within 30 minutes.


Arson Deemed Cause of Newington Hotel Fire Newington, CT - On February 13th around 4:00 A.M., a police officer on routine patrol spotted smoke coming from the Grantmoor Motor Lodge at 3000 Berlin Turnpike. The officer called in for more help and as other police officers arrived, they started to evacuate patrons from their rooms as the Newington Vol. FD and EMS were en route.

JUMP TO FILE #021418108 With one room on the first-floor fully involved and fire starting to spread to the second-floor balcony of the two-story occupied structure, a second-alarm was requested, bringing all companies to the scene and activating the Task Force for

town coverage. With a good aggressive attack, firefighters were able to keep the fire to the room of origin. Four police officers and two patrons were treated for smoke inhalation. The fire was determined to have been deliberately set. - MICHAEL CARENZA JR


Truck Crashes into House, Displaces Three Families in Danbury

Danbury, CT - On February 17th at 4:00 A.M., a report of a truck versus house with entrapment was received by the Danbury FD. A full rescue response was initiated and upon arrival at the scene at West Wooster Street and Garfield Avenue, Car 30 (DC Joe Halas) found a Nissan Titan pickup fully into the first-story of a three-family house. As other Fire and EMS units arrived, it was determined that there was no entrapment, and there were only two injuries, the occupants of the truck. Fire units included Engines 22 and 26, Truck 1 and Squad 1, along with A-1 and A-2. Two patients were transported to the hospital. The City Building Department was summoned to check on the integrity of the house, and determined that it was not able to be reoccupied. Three families were relocated until repairs can be made.


Lisbon Home Destroyed by Fully Involved Fire Lisbon, CT - On the early morning of February 14th, the Lisbon FD, with aid from Occum, Taftville, Baltic, Jeweet City, Griswold and Yantic FAST, responded to 26 Papermill Road for a house fire. Crews arrived to find a fully involved house fire. There was a large pond across the street for drafting operations, but the fire was already too far advanced to save the home. The state and local FMO are investigating.

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Spring Has Sprung, Fire Up the Grills!


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

If you haven’t done so yet, it’s time to take the covers off the grills!! I use mine all year round, but not nearly as much as when the weather gets warm, especially at the firehouse. Grilling is great because we tend to make our meals a little healthier by using less fat, more vegetables and less processed food. It also results in less dishes, and who doesn’t like that in the firehouse?!? Besides the usual suspects of

hamburgers and steaks, I like to change it up once in a while and one of my favorites is grilled chicken gyros. It is a great way to incorporate healthy, flavorful ingredients into your firehouse cooking. A simple marinade, some fresh toppings and a delicious Tzatziki sauce is all you need for this soon to be firehouse favorite! When it comes to a marinade, they all usually share the same types of ingredients. You need some sort of salt, such as kosher/sea salt, soy sauce, worcestershire, etc., a fat to help carry fat soluble ingredients into the meat, olive oil being the most popular, and finally, an acid to help tenderize the meat. In this case lemon is perfect, but just be careful not to marinate it too long, as the meat

will break down into “mush”, not good. But the star of the show is the Tzatziki sauce, a traditional Greek condiment usually consisting of Greek yogurt, cucumber, lemon and fresh herbs. When it comes to yogurt, a lot of people think the low/no fat versions are healthier, but I disagree. Usually in order to make up for flavor they add extra garbage, such as sugar to make it more palatable. I also feel that when you use full fat products, you tend to use less of it because it is more “filling”. And like they say, fat is flavor! Tzatziki is not just good for gyros, but also great on fish, grain bowls and basically anything grilled. Give this recipe a shot!

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Meriden House Fire Caused by Unattended Pot on Stove

Meriden, CT - On March 4th around 5:00 P.M., City of Meriden firefighters responded to a house fire at 55 Wilcox Avenue. Berlin Truck 9 also responded as mutual aid. There were no injuries reported, but the multi-family, two-and-a-half story structure was a total loss. The Red Cross was called in to assist more than a dozen residents that were displaced by the fire. Firefighters from Southington and Wallingford covered city stations during the incident. The cause of the fire was determined to be from an unattended pot left on a stove.



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How’s Your Rubber Band? Chaplain's Corner Didymus McHugh

There is a demonstration of resiliency that shows our resiliency, our sense of bouncing back is like a rubber band. After we experience a traumatic event or something stressful, we need to look at if we come back to the same place where we started, like a rubber band that has been stretched. We stretch the rubber band and release it and watch it go back to where it started. The more intense the pressure and/or the longer the pressure, the less were are going to go back to when we began, just like the rubber band. The more and more that we are stretched without our coping skills and self-care skills, we can snap like that rubber band. Our coping to stress starts long before we ever respond to any emergency call. It starts with the relationships that we develop, how well we are trained, what we do to relax and what we do to seek joy. It includes understanding what the signs of stress are. Some people show stress some different ways, but most are the same. Do you know who you can talk with? A friend, chaplain, crisis team....Who do you have? What do we do when we are in the middle of the crisis? On a scene, we may not have time to remove ourselves from the scene. We can remove ourselves from the scene. We can try tactical breathing exercises, to bring our breathing under control and our pulse. There was an incident that I was about to go in with a partner but I could see that his mind was someplace else. I asked him what was going on. He said that I was the only one that noticed. We had a quick discussion and went on with our assignment. Yes, I could have just gone in with him and not discuss it, but it came to me "Two in, two out" and I wanted to make sure it would be two out. A few minutes to address someone's stress can make a big difference on the overall scene. What about after the scene? Do you exercise when you are stressed? Do you pray, do yoga, go for a bike ride? There are so many things that people do. Jesus after feeding 5,000 people, made the disciples get into a boat and go ahead of him and dismissed the crowds. "After dismissing the crowds, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray. When evening came, He was there alone." Matthew 14:23 See, we may all need some time alone to do self-care. I do not think that anyone is immune. Even God rested on the seventh day. If we do not treat our stress and take hold of it, we can have psychological issues, or physical issues, like a heart attack. We need to reduce as much stress that we can.

When I was on a Hazmat team, we had physicals annually to make sure that we were in shape. When we went to a scene, we had our vital signs checked before and after entering into the hot zone. When we came out, we had a certain amount of time for our vitals to come within ten percent of our baseline. If we did not stabilize, we got a ride to the hospital, no negotiations. Resiliency may include running, eating healthy, playing with your kids, etc. We all need to take care of the stress and how it affects us. If we do not handle the stress, it will handle us. How do you feel about having a heart attack? Don't want one? Find a constructive way to deal with it. If you do not know how to build resiliency, you can always talk to people trained in crisis intervention. They are trained with a bunch of ideas. Stay safe, Didymus McHugh

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Fast-Moving Blaze Destroys Iconic Store in Revere Revere, MA - On February 17th, a five-alarm blaze broke out and destroyed the well known Sozio Appliance store on Squire Road in Revere. The store had been in business for nearly JUMP TO FILE# 70 years. Firefighters re- 022018112 sponded to the scene around 4:30 P.M. and found heavy smoke and flames engulfing the onestory building. The blaze eventually went to five alarms for additional manpower to assist crews on scene, and took several hours to bring under control. There were no injuries reported and the cause of the fire was not immediately known. - JOEL MILLER

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Driver Seriously Injured After Pickup Truck Rolls Over in Kingston Kingston, MA - Firefighters responded to the area of 118 Ring Road on February 21st for a truck that rolled over. First arriving units found a pickup truck with heavy damage. The operator of the vehicle was self-extricated on arrival. Medflight was called, but unavailable due to weather conditions. One patient was transported to South Shore Hospital with traumatic injuries.


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Apartment Fire Goes to Three Alarms in Ashland Ashland, MA - The Ashland FD was dispatched for a reported dishwasher on fire at 8 Joanne Drive at around 9:45 P.M. on March 4th. Companies arrived to find smoke showing from a threestory garden style apartment, and the working fire was struck. Crews made entry and found a large volume of fire in a secondfloor apartment that was extending to the third-floor. Multiple attack lines were stretched to the second and third floors to try to stop the advancing fire. With conditions rapidly deteriorating, a second-alarm was struck, bringing additional mutual aid to the scene. Interior crews reported that the fire was extending into the attic and moving its way down the building. Tower 1 reported that

JUMP TO FILE #030518128 flames were starting to vent through the roof. A third-alarm was struck and all members were ordered out of the building for defensive operations. A deck gun and aerial master stream were used to knock down the visible fire. Crews were allowed to reenter the building to extinguish any remaining fire. Multiple surrounding towns responded to assist Ashland in fighting the blaze. Companies were on scene into the night chasing hot spots and overhauling. One firefighter was transported from the scene with a minor injury. Dozens of residents were dis-



placed, and the building is expected to be a total loss. A cause is under investigation. - JIM FORTIN

Building Collapse in Boston Displaces Residents Boston, MA - Crews responded to a partial building collapse on February 18th around 1:00 P.M., at 4 Winthrop Street in East Boston. The four-story brick building was unoccupied at the time of the collapse, as it was under renovation. There were no injuries reported, but 28 residents from adjacent buildings were evacuated as a precaution. Because the building was deemed too unstable to repair, it was torn down the morning after the collapse occurred.


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From 1603 until 1867, Japanese firefighters fought fires in a “different� kind of way. They wet themselves with hoses so they would be less flammable (causing their uniforms to weigh up to 75 pounds). They used hooks on poles to try to pull the buildings down and smother the fire. They believed preventing the fire from spreading was more important than saving the burning structure itself. Only five percent of all recorded fires which happened in Japan for centuries resulted in death, seemingly proving their methods.

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Car Fire in Waltham Waltham, MA - At about 1:30 P.M. on March 4th, Waltham dispatched Engines 2 and 7 for a car fire located on the southbound lane of I-95, under the Route 20 overpass. Weston Fire dispatched Engines 1 and 3, as it was near to their town. The car was fully involved when they arrived. Engine 2 put water and foam on the fire and Engine 7 overhauled the car. The operator was not injured, however, he claimed that he had just bought the car 20 minutes earlier. A state trooper said he only had a permit.

Smoke pushes from the structure as Ladder 8 positions on the "C" side.


Garage in Springfield Leveled by Two-Alarm Fire Springfield, MA - Springfield firefighters were dispatched to 14 Loring Street at 8:15 A.M. on March 4th for a reported structure fire in the south-end of the city that leveled a two-story commercial building and caused radiant heat damage to apartment houses nearby. When fire companies arrived at the reported address, they discovered that the fire building was surrounded on three-of-four sides by occupied residential structures, and that access to the building would be limited at best. Heavy smoke was already pushing from the second-floor of the garage/workshop as members first attempted an interior attack.

JUMP TO FILE #030718125 An explosion that occurred during the initial attack on the fire knocked the officer from Engine 3 off his feet at the entrance to the building, requiring other firstalarm assignment personnel to assist him in getting out of the structure. Shortly after this incident, Commissioner Bernard "BJ" Calvi arrived on scene and ordered a second-alarm to be sounded for the fire due to the advanced state of fire conditions, unknown hazards inside, and multiple exposures that needed protection. In addition, Commissioner

Calvi ordered members to maintain a 30-foot collapse zone around the structure, which proved fortuitous later in the fire when the entire structure collapsed, pushing the load-bearing brick walls out into the parking lot on the "C" side of the building. The Lieutenant from Engine 3 was transported from the scene for evaluation of a possible concussion, but was expected to make a full recovery. No other injuries were reported and the cause of the fire remains under investigation by the SFD Arson Squad and State Fire Marshal's Office. - NATE ARNOLD


Lifeflight Called for Berlin Construction Accident Berlin, MA - UMass Memorial Lifeflight was called to 1 Bigelow Street for a construction accident on February 26th. A 34-year-old male was transported with traumatic injuries after a wall fell on him. The landing zone was set up at Berlin Memorial School with the assistance of Hudson Engine 2.


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The Brewster Fire Department recently accepted delivery of a 2018 Ferrara Multi-Vocational Pumper (MVP) on an Igniter chassis. The new apparatus was designed to merge the assets of the department’s 1989 Pierce pumper and 2005 Heavy Rescue into one multi-functional unit capable of responding to and operating at structure fires, motor vehicle collisions, technical rescue incidents, water rescues, EMS incidents, and all other requests for service.

The unit will allow the depart-

Firefighters conducting overhaul operations.

ment to significantly improve the level of response efficiency and effectiveness it provides the community and its ability to answer the various types of service requests experienced on an annual basis. As part of the purchase, the department will trade-in the 1989 Pierce pumper and 2005 Heavy Rescue, allowing for a reduction in the overall cost of the unit and a decrease in the overall number of fire apparatus maintained by the department. Specific details of the new ve-

hicle include: Igniter custom five-person cab, NFPA 1901 certified pumper, 1750 gallon per minute (GPM) pump, 750 gallons of water, 30 gallons of Class “A” foam, 5 pre-connected attack lines, Front intake, Liberator 10KW generator, LED lighting, XRT hydraulic power system for vehicle extrication tools, Full complement of Paratech air lifting bags, Rapid intervention equipment, Light tower, and 9000 lb. winch. - ROBERT MORAN


Bedroom Fire Quickly Knocked in Fall River Fall River, MA - On the evening of February 15th, firefighters responded to 208 Jefferson St. for a reported structure fire. Engines 4, 5 and 9, along with Ladder 2, Ladder 4, Rescue 1 and Car 3 responded. Engine 4 arrived on scene along with Car 3 and reported smoke and flames showing JUMP TO FILE # from a one-story 021518119 wood-frame. Firefighters stretched attack lines through the front and rear doors to a rear bedroom where they found a room and contents fire. Firefighters quickly knocked down all visible fire and began overhaul. Command called for a Medical Rescue to respond along with a Fire Investigator. Special Services responded to provide rehab and lighting of the fire ground. Firefighters were able to hold the fire to the rear bedroom, but the entire home suffered heat and


smoke damage. During the fire, north-end companies were moved up to cover empty south-end stations. The building inspector was also called to the scene to determine if the home could be reoccupied.



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Small Fire Sends Victim to Brockton Hospital Brockton, MA - Around 10:50 P.M. on the evening of Tuesday, February 28th, the Brockton Fire Department responded to a reported fire at 159 North Montello Street. Companies arrived to find a small fire in a commercial building. Crews quickly extinguished the fire. A victim suffering burns, reportedly to his facial area, was found and transported by EMS to a local hospital. The cause of the fire is under investigation. No other injuries were reported.


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Quick Work by Framingham Firefighters

Framingham, MA - The Framingham FD was dispatched to 8 Dyer Street for a structure fire at 5:15 P.M. on March 6th. Engine 5 and Rescue 1 arrived in under one minute to find smoke showing from the second-floor of a two-and-a-half story wood-frame. The fire was found on the second-floor and was making its way towards the attic. Tower 1 set up to go to the roof for ventilation. Command requested two additional engines above the working fire to respond. A primary search confirmed that everybody made it out of the house. The heavy fire was knocked down in 20 minutes and crews began to overhaul. The cause of the fire is under investigation.


Members of Oxford FIRE-EMS and Oxford Police Department attended the annual Oxford High School Job Fair in February. (L to R): Firefighter Jason Kelly, Firefighter Bryan Givner, Captain Roger D. Lambert and Oxford Police Dept. Sergeant Grinet with three of the high school students.

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Crews investigate the damage after a large tree crashed through this Whitman home.


Nor’easter Blows Tree Through Whitman Home Whitman, MA - Around 4:30 P.M. on the afternoon of Friday, March 2nd, the Whitman Fire Department responded to a reported tree into a house at 312 Commercial Street. Whitman Engine-243 and Car3 arrived to find a large pine tree into a one-and-a-half story woodframed occupied dwelling. Live wires were down in the street and the front side of the house was being torn away from the rest of

JUMP TO FILE #031318100 the house. The building and electrical inspectors were immediately requested to the scene. Firefighters entered the home and escorted the two occupants out of the structure. Neither of the occupants home at the time were injured. A nor'easter storm that rav-

aged the South Shore of Massachusetts was to blame for the high winds that took down the tree. It is currently being determined whether or not the home can be saved, or if it will need to be demolished. Several other homes in Whitman were damaged by trees, but this one suffered the most damage.

Members of Oxford FIRE-EMS recently participated in an SCBA air consumption training drill. (L to R): FF Belanger, FF Gryncewicz, FF Williams and FF Lewis.



In February, Plympton firefighters participated in live fire training at a building donated by a local resident.


Ashland Handles Second Structure Fire in Five Days

Ashland, MA - Ashland FD was dispatched just after 4:30 P.M. on March 9th for a reported home on fire at 640 Main Street. Companies arrived to find fire showing from the "A/D" corner of a oneand-a-half story ranch style dwelling. Engine 2 stretched a hand line to the front door while other crews conducted a search, which came up negative. The majority of the fire was knocked down in 15 minutes and members began overhaul. Hopkinton assisted at the scene and the cause is under investigation.

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Three-Alarm Mobile Home Blaze Claims Life in Farmington Farmington, NH - A 9-1-1 call came in on the morning of February 21st for a fire at a single-wide mobile home located at the property of the NAPA Auto parts building on the very busy Route 11 in Farmington. JUMP TO FILE# The mobile 022118111 home was fully involved upon the arrival of first responders. One local firefighter who was first on the scene attempted to check the building for occupants, but was unable to do so due to heavy smoke and fire present. Due to the intense flames of the fully involved mobile home and it being located close to numerous propane tanks and vehi-

cles, the fire quickly went to three alarms. The blaze was fully under control within one hour. Due to the fatality discovered during overhaul, the Farmington FD, assisted by the Farmington PD and the NH State Fire Examiner officer, was called in for the investigation and spent the rest of the day on the scene doing interviews. Responding to the scene were the Farmington FD, Milton NH FD, New Durham FD, Gilmanton FD, Wolfeboro FD, Rochester FD and Lebanon ME FD. The fire is under investigation by the Farmington FD, Farmington PD and the NH State Fire Examiners office (State Police). - PAUL DOLNIER


This was the first structure fire of 2018 in the area that turned fatal. The fire went to three alarms before being knocked.

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Minivan Falls on Man in Waltham

Waltham, MA - On February 16th, a report of a man trapped underneath a minivan near Moody and Chestnut Streets sent Waltham Engine 1, Squad 5, Medic 2 and Ambulance 1 to the scene. When firefighters arrived, they found that some construction workers had shored up the vehicle and removed the man. Firefighters administered first aid until medics arrived. The victim was transported to Mass General with unknown injuries.

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Massive Fire Destroys Historic Barn in Wolfeboro Wolfeboro, NH – No one was injured, but a historic barn was destroyed in a fire in Wolfeboro on Wednesday, February 28th. Wolfeboro Fire-Rescue was alerted to the blaze at the property owned by Elizabeth Nordbeck at 332 JUMP TO FILE# North Main Street at 030118104 11:11 P.M. Heavy fire and smoke was visible from many parts of town. A firstalarm was immediately requested. First-arriving crews reached the scene at 11:18 P.M. and found the approximate 100'x30' barn fully involved in fire and the home about 50-feet away. Crews were able to prevent fire extension to the home. The fire was declared under control at 12:59 A.M. The cause of the fire remains under investigation by the Wolfeboro Fire-Rescue Department. Wolfeboro Fire-Rescue was assisted at the scene by Tuftonboro Fire-Rescue, Wakefield Fire-Rescue, Ossipee Corner Fire-Rescue, Stewarts Ambulance, and the Wolfeboro Police Department. Center Ossipee and Alton Fire-Rescue provided coverage at Wolfeboro Central Station and responded to a fire alarm while doing so. - TOM ZOTTI



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This is a soft cover book measuring six-inches by nineinches and has 72 pages. The author is a semi-retired Roman Catholic priest who serves in Massachusetts. Through the years, he has served in many different cities in the state and he writes about his experiences in those assignments. To read the nine chapters and epilogue was to me like reading about a volunteer firefighter because Father Thomas is well versed in fire terminology and lingo. He details his fires and incidents in ways that you feel you are there with him. His field of operation so to speak is not limited to only serving firefighters, but to minister and pray for those unfortunate souls that firefighters encounter and seek his blessing to help set a person or a family at ease after a horrid experience. These incidents could be accidents, drug related calls and other medical calls to which they responded. The reader can very easily get exhausted comprehending his running around at times of his own volition. That also takes into consideration all kinds of weather. A number of the stories are rather sad, while others are heartwarming. One of the incidents included is the Worchester Fire that took six firefighter’s lives. Another is a fire involving a large Catholic church that consumed 30 blocks in Fall River. There is a photo section of four pages of color and black and white pictures of a plane crash, the church fire and a dramatic rescue of an elderly lady from the attic of her dwelling to name a few. This is an inexpensive book that is well worth the while to read and identify with the duties of a chaplain and the good and bad times they have to minister through.

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Truck Fire in Swanton

Swanton, VT - Firefighters from the Swanton FD responded to Route 78 on February 27th at 2:00 P.M. for a fully involved truck fire. Upon arrival of 13E1, the truck was fully involved. Firefighters knocked the fire down quickly, but the truck was a total loss. There were no injuries. Route 78 was shut down for about 20 minutes during the incident.

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Fully Involved Garage Fire in Alburgh

Alburgh, VT - Alburgh Fire Rescue responded to Alburgh Springs Road on February 28th for a fully involved garage fire. Mutual aid from Isle La Motte and Swanton, as well as Rouses Point, NY and Champlain, NY Fire Departments responded to the scene. The Grand Isle County Sheriff's Department was also called in. The garage was fully involved upon the arrival of Alburgh's first-due engine company. Firefighters made an aggressive attack, knocking down the fire quickly, and then began overhauling. There were no reported injuries and the fire is under investigation. LINDSEY PALMER

Vehicle News

On Tuesday, January 16th, the Middlebury FD received a new ladder truck, Ladder 1, after years of planning and negotiations. The truck, an HME Ahrens-Fox Model HAF111L 111-foot rear-mounted aerial ladder on a Spectr Chassis, was built by HME, Inc. of Wyoming, Michigan, and purchased through Lakes Region Fire Apparatus of Tamworth, NH. Glenn Davis was the salesman, and the departmental committee that designed the truck included Asst. Chief Myron Selleck, Captain Jeff Carpenter, Captain Kirk Gallipo and Captain Scott Selleck. Middlebury Ladder 1 has a six-

person custom cab with a stainless steel body, and is powered by a Cummins ISX-15 600hp motor and an Allison 4000EVS automatic transmission. The frame rails, torque box and outriggers have been galvanized to protect against winter weather. The truck has a full LED lighting package, including driving, warning and scene lights. It is equipped with an Onan 8000w hydraulic generator and a Ramsay 9000# winch with receivers mounted on all four sides of the truck. The truck utilizes smart aerial technology with features like auto store and anti-collision. The aerial also has a pre-piped

waterway with a remote controlled Akron automatic nozzle. In addition, it has tip-creeper controls to allow a firefighter at the top of the ladder to make adjustments to the ladder’s position. The truck has been equipped with a complement of power and hand tools, giving it additional capabilities on a fire scene. The Middlebury FD would like to thank the residents of Middlebury and all who helped make the purchase possible for their support. We look forward to years of service from Ladder 1.

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Lt. Jenks, a 33-year veteran of the Pascoag Fire Dept., lost his life on Wednesday, February 14, 2018, at an active fire incident on Hill Road in the Pascoag Fire District. Lt. Jenks was operating on the fire scene when he suddenly collapsed. EMS personnel on scene immediately tended to Lt. Jenks, and he was transported to Landmark Medical Center in Woonsocket. Despite the tireless efforts of EMS and hospital personnel, Lt. Jenks succumbed to his ailment while at the hospital. The cause of the fire and the circumstances of the death of Lt. Jenks remain under investigation. Lt. Jenks first joined the ranks of the Pascoag Fire Dept. in June of 1970 at the age of 25 through membership in Pascoag Hose Co. #2. Between 1970 and 1988 he served for a total of 13 years with that Company, after which time he reaffiliated to the ranks of Pascoag Hose Co. #1. Between 1989 and 2018 he served a total of 20 active years in Hose Co. #1 alongside his wife, Sharon, herself a 28-year veteran of the Pascoag Fire Dept., until his passing.

Most recently Lt. Jenks served as the Departmental safety officer, holding the rank of lieutenant. Firefighter safety was a paramount concern of Lt. Jenks, and he took his role very seriously, often collaborating with fellow safety officers from neighboring fire departments with the Town of Burrillville. Through his active membership

in Pascoag Hose Co. #1, an independent social entity of the Department, he participated in countless social, fundraising, and philanthropic activities. Lt. Jenks was often found "puttering" around the firehouse, either using his electrician background to make repairs throughout the fire station or tending to matters of firefighter safety.

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In addition to his membership in the Pascoag Fire Dept., Lt. Jenks served as a dedicated per-diem employee at the Nasonville Fire Dept. in the town of Burrillville, spending countless hours patrolling Wright's Farm Restaurant on a weekly basis as a fire safety detail. Lt. Jenks was a faithful employee of the Pascoag Utility District (formerly the Pascoag Fire District Electric Department) for 41 years, retiring in 2011. Since his retirement he has served as an elected member of the Pascoag Board of Utility Commissioners for the past 7 years.

Lt. Jenks was also a member of the United States Air Force from 1964 to 1968, serving at the rank of Sergeant. He was a member of the Rhode Island Air National Guard from 1978 to 2005, retiring at the rank of Master Sergeant. Through these affiliations he served in deployments to Vietnam, Thailand, Kuwait, and southwest and southeast Asia. - PASCOAG FIRE DEPT.


Westerly, RI - Members from Dunn's Corners Fire Dept. and Kingston Fire District-Rhode Island teamed up on February 21st for some training.

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