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New Hampshire 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb held On October 6th, the New Hampshire 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb was held at Brady/Sullivan Plaza in downtown Manchester. The event was held by the Fire Instructors and Officers Association of New Hampshire. This was the third time this event has been held. Firefighters, police officers, EMS workers, and civilians from all over New England and even

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Wolfeboro, NH. No one was injured, but a home suffered damage during a fire in Wolfeboro on Tuesday, November 12, 2013. The Wolfeboro Fire-Rescue Department was called to the fire at the Lee and Mary Toscano residence at 2 Tern Lane at 2:52 p.m. First arriving crews found a fire in the garage and smoke throughout the home. The fire was quickly extinguished without extension to the rest of the home. Wolfeboro Fire-Rescue was assisted at the scene by Tuftonboro Fire-Rescue, Stewarts Ambulance and the Wolfeboro Police Department. The blaze was declared under control at 3:06 p.m. All units

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were back in quarters at 3:43. An investigation has revealed the cause to be improper disposal of fireplace ashes. "Now that heating season is upon us, we encourage everyone to be safe with fireplace and woodstove ashes," said Wolfeboro Fire-Rescue Chief Butch Morrill. "Make sure ashes are disposed of in a metal container and taken away from the building. Ashes can stay hot for as long as five days." - TOM ZOTTI

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Swanton, VT. On October 29, 2013 at approximately 10:45 p.m., the Swanton Fire Department and Missisquoi Valley Rescue responded to Webster Terrance in Swanton Village JUMP TO FILE # for a house fire. 103013127 Upon arrival of 13E1, heavy smoke was showing.There was fire in the ceiling above the fireplace. An aggressive attack was made by firefighters that brought the fire under control quickly.Firefighters overhauled and there was a line set up at a hydrant on nearby Canada Street. There were no reported injuries and firefighters were on the scene for approximately one and a half hours. The fire is under investigation. Swanton Fire Department 13E1, 13E2, 13L4 and Missisquoi Valley Rescue all responded to the scene.

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Firefighters respond to recreational vehicle fire Highgate, VT. On November 1st at approximately 5:20 a.m., the Highgate Fire Department responded to a recreational vehicle fire JUMP TO FILE # on Lampkin Street 110313100 in Highgate Center. Firefighters arrived on scene within minutes of the 911 call and the RV was fully involved by fire. Mutual aid was called in from the Swanton Fire Department and they were later canceled. There was a high wind advisory out that morning and firefighters dealt with the high winds during the fire. The RV was destroyed by fire and there were no injuries. The cause of the fire appears accidental. The call first came in as a structure fire, then later, updated to a fully involved RV fire. Missisquoi Valley Rescue (MVR) stood by at the scene. Highgate Fire Department 14E1, 14E2, 14T1 and MVR responded to the scene. - GREG RAMSDELL GREG RAMSDELL

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In memory of those who gave all 1st Responder Newspaper honors and remembers emergency responders lost in the line of duty Montana: Joe Darr, 62 Rank: Assistant Fire Chief Incident Date: August 17, 2013 Death Date: September 4, 2013 Fire Department: Chillicothe Fire Department Initial Summary: While working his shift and performing duties at the firehouse on August 17, 2013, Assistant Fire Chief Darr was found unresponsive. Darr was transported to the Hedrick Medical Center in Chillicothe and subsequently transported to St. Luke's Hospital in Kansas City, MO. Although he was released by the hospital, Darr was again found unresponsive while still on medical leave on September 4, 2013. He was transported back to St. Luke's Hospital where he passed away that day from a cause still to be determined. New Mexico: Token Adams, 41 Rank: Captain Incident Date: August 30, 2013 Death Date: August 30, 2013 Fire Department: Santa Fe National Forest Initial Summary: Captain Adams disappeared August 30 while riding an ATV and checking on a report of smoke in the Santa Fe National Forest. A week later after extensive search operations, Adams was discovered by searchers deceased as a result of an accident involving the ATV. Florida: Iran D. Rivers, 48 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: September 22, 2013 Death Date: September 22, 2013 Fire Department: Hillsborough County Fire Rescue Initial Summary: Firefighter Rivers responded to an emergency medical call during the early morning hours then returned to the station. Later at shift change, Rivers was discovered in quarters deceased from a cause still to be determined.

Idaho: Mark T. Urban, 40 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: September 27, 2013 Death Date: September 27, 2013 Fire Department: Boise Smokejumpers - Bureau of Land Management Initial Summary: Firefighter Urban, a smokejumper for the Bureau of Land Management, died from injuries sustained while performing a proficiency jump. Investigation into the fatal incident continues. Michigan: John Allison, 51 Rank: Chief Incident Date: October 7, 2013 Death Date: October 14, 2013 Fire Department: Mason County Rural Fire Authority Custer Fire Department Initial Summary: On October 7, Chief Allison responded with his fire department to a personal injury auto accident as a mutual aid request. After assisting in extricating the victims and providing medical care, Chief Allison and the fire departments remained on scene to assist the Mason County Sheriff's Office in conducting an accident investigation. After clearing the scene, Chief Allison returned to the department and assisted other personnel in restocking the trucks to put them back in service. In addition, because an accident victim was the wife of a fellow firefighter, Chief Allison stayed at the fire department for a while with other members for a debriefing discussion. The following day, October 8, Chief Allison was at home and stated to family that he was not feeling well. That evening, Chief Allison suffered a cardiac event. Even though family members and fellow responders immediately took actions to revive Chief Allison after his collapse, he never regained consciousness. Chief Allison was transported to Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital before being transferred to a hospital in Grand Rapids, MI. Chief Allison later passed away on October 14, having never recovered from the cardiac event on October 8.

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Swanton, VT. On October 22nd shortly before 1:00 p.m., the Swanton Fire Department and Missisquoi Valley Rescue responded to Second and Broadway Streets for a gas line cut at a construction site. Swanton Fire Department 13E1, 13E2 (shown here), 13E3, 13U6, and Missisquoi Valley Rescue (MVR) responded to the scene. Vermont Gas shut the gas down. Some homes had to be evacuated and checked for gas. MVR stoodby at the scene.

Get Out of The Gym Okay…hold off on the celebration! I said “get out of the gym” ... not ... “Stop working out”. With the upcoming holiday season, many have expressed concerns about getting in that “gym time”. Don’t despair. It’s the perfect time to try something new. Here’s a workout that’s fast, innovative, simple, and effective. So, get out of the gym and give it a try. For the example cited here, you’ll need a stairway and a hose pack, but I bet you can come up with variations that will also do the trick. Most firehouses have that storage closet stashed with out of service equipment. If that’s the case, maybe you can find and old length of hose and cut the couplings off. If that’s not possible, I recommend you wear a helmet. After all, the objective is to work you out, not knock you out. Ouch! This workout is circuit style. It alternates upper and lower body training with a quick bout of cardio (stair climbing) between each exercise. The upper body exercises are performed while you are upstairs and the lower body exercises while you are down just to make it even easier to remember.


One complete circuit takes five to seven minutes, depending on how many stairs you have in a flight, and of course, your pace. Stay hydrated and you may want to have a mat/towel handy. It is also designed to be performed on alternate days. Do a few minutes of light cardio to warm-up and again at the finish to cool-down before your final stretch. I like to do three full circuits then do a few abdominal exercises at the very end. For me, that’s a great way to ease into the cool-down. During the 30 second bouts, you should do as many reps as you can without sacrificing proper alignment and execution. So, here goes: Warm up with a few minutes of walking (okay, if you don’t want to walk around the fire house, I guess you can head into the gym and use the treadmill or bike). After your warm up, place the hose pack over your outside shoulder, grab the stair rail with your inside hand and walk lively

Car versus pole brings out emergency crews Swanton VT - On October 18th at approximately 7:10 p.m., Missisquoi Valley Rescue (MVR), Swanton Fire Department, and Swanton Police Department (SPD) responded to Route 7 just South of Comstock Road for a car versus pole. The car traveling southbound lost control, went down an embankment, and hit a power pole. There were no reported injuries. SPD is investigating the accident. MVR Unit 1, Swanton Fire Department 13E2, 13U6, and SPD responded to the call.

(but avoid running) up the stairs. When you get to the top, place the hose pack on the floor and do push-ups for 30 seconds. Grab that hose pack, hoist it over your shoulder and head back downstairs. When you reach the bottom of the stairs, move the hose pack behind your head and lay it across both shoulders. Perform squats for 30 seconds (for a greater challenge, hold the hose pack overhead). Move the hose pack back to your outside shoulder and head back up the stairs. When you reach the top, hold the hose pack in front of you at shoulder height with both hands (as if it were a barbell). Elbows are bent and tucked. Using the hose pack as your resistance, do shoulders presses (raise and lower the hose pack overhead) for 30 seconds. Once again, hoist that pack over your outside shoulder and head back downstairs. When you reach the bottom, place one foot forward and assume a front lunge position. Front foot is flat, the heel of the rear leg is raised. Lie the hose pack either across the front thigh (or you can once again place it behind your head over both shoulders as you

did for squats). Perform lunges for 30 seconds, switching legs after 15 seconds. That hose pack returns to the outside shoulder and back up you go. This time when you reach the top, grasp the hose pack in an under-grip in front of you with your arms extended and resting against the outside of your thighs (as you would for bicep barbell curls). Curl the hose pack (bicep curls) to shoulder height, and then press directly overhead. Once the hose pack is overhead, bend the elbows and lower the hose pack behind your head (as in triceps overhead extension exercise). Be sure to keep your shoulders fixed and your elbows in tight to your ears. Extend once again to the overhead position, lower to shoulder height and then extend your arms back down to the starting position. Do this bicep curl/overhead triceps extension sequence for 30 seconds. Get that hose pack back over that outside shoulder and head down the stairs. Lay the hose pack on the floor. Lie down on your back, knees bent, and your feet resting on top of the hose pack. Extend your arms out to the side (shoulder height) and rest your palms on the

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Working car fire in Pawtucket On November 1, 2013 at midnight, Pawtucket Fire Alarm received multiple calls for a working car fire on Weeden Street in Pawtucket. Engine 5 arrived to find the working fire in the rear of a one story wood frame dwelling. Companies knocked down the fire quickly and found no extension to the home.

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Shortly After 6:00 p.m. on October 28th, Pawtucket Fire dispatched Engine's 1, 2, 5; Ladder 1; and Battalion 4 to the vicinity of 16 Dudley Street for a possible structure fire. Due to a second call, the fill in assignment was dispatched with Engine 3, Ladder 2, and Rescue 1 responding. Engine 1 arrived and reported a "Code Red" with fire on the third floor of a three story occupied multiple dwelling.

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Heavy fire rapidly extended into the attic space and took hold forcing the evacuation of exposure buildings and the two remaining city units responded (Engines 4 and 6). Due to little progress being made and deteriorating conditions, fire ground operations went defen-

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Wallingford firefighters make quick knockdown Wallingford firefighters were called to 365 Hope Hill Rd at 12:05 p.m. on October 18, 2013 for a bedroom fire. On arrival, the acting battalion chief reported smoke and fire issuing from the D side second floor window. While the engine companies setup water, the truck company along with Medic crews removed the front door to access stairs to the second floor. Engine companies then made a quick knock down of the fire, while the truck company searched and setup ladders. Overhaul was done. The fire was kept to the room of origin with minimal extension to the hallway. No injuries reported. Fire was ruled accidental.

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Southington firefighters extinguish bedroom fire Southington, CT. In the mid afternoon hours of October 18th, Southington firefighters were dispatched to 1063 Mount Vernon Road for a reported bedroom fire. Engine 11 was first on scene and laid in their four inch supply line, confirming a small fire in one of the bedrooms of the two story colonial style home. The fire was quickly extinguished with minor damage to the room. An ambulance was requested for one of the residents with smoke inhalation and was treated on scene. Engines 11 and 21; Rescue 2; Car 2(assistant chief); Car 3 (shift commander); and Car 6 (inspector) responded to the scene. A ladder truck was requested mutual aid from Cheshire as Southington's ladder truck was out of service.


Multiple departments battle brush fire in Hamden Hamden, CT - In the afternoon of Saturday, October 26th, Hamden firefighters responded to the famous Sleeping Giant State Park for a brush fire in the area called the Chin. The mountain of the park resembles a person laying on their back and that's how it acquired the name Sleeping Giant. Command requested mutual aid to the scene from Cheshire, Bethany, North Haven and Wallingford with brush trucks, gators, all terrain vehicles, and manpower with Indian tanks. There are 30 miles of trail in the park and fire was deep in the woods off the blue trail, so firefighters were transported up the mountain with the gators and ATV's. It took several hours to extinguish the fire, which was about five acres. The staging area for apparatus was at the park entrance on Mount Carmel Avenue across from Quinnipiac University. There were no injuries reported, but an AMR ambulance was on scene at the command post.

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Sewer truck burns in Waterbury Waterbury, CT. In the late morning hours of October 23rd, Waterbury firefighters from Engines 1 and 7 responded to Wakelee Road for a reported truck fire. They encountered a sewer vacuum truck in the road with fire coming from the ve- JUMP TO FILE hicle's mid section. #102313104 A nearby hydrant was made for a water supply and they went to work to extinguish the fire, which took a few minutes. Car 5 had Rescue 9, Hazmat 9, and Truck 2 respond to the incident to assist with setting up a dike to prevent the contents from the vehicle making its way to the storm drains. Firefighters put down speedi dri to clean up hydraulic fluids that leaked from the vehicle and DEEP was also called in to assist firefighters on scene. - RICK KULMANN

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Pickup versus light pole BRIAN HARDY

Second alarm for Central Falls On October 24th at 4:50 a.m., Central Falls Fire received a call for a dwelling fire at 713 High Street. The fire department arrived on the scene to find fire in a three story wood framed dwelling with fire on the second floor. Companies used two lines to knock the fire down. No injuries were reported. Crews were assisted by mutual aid from Pawtucket and Lincoln Fire Departments.

Shortly before 1 p.m. on November 3rd, Warwick firefighters were dispatched to the rear of the Warwick Public Library on Sandy Lane for a report of a vehicle into a light pole. Engine 3, Ladder 3, Rescue 1, Special Hazards, and Battalion 2 were dispatched. Ladder 3 arrived on scene and reported a pickup had struck a light pole head on. Two adults and a child were in the truck and did not report any injuries. Ladder 3, Engine 3, and Rescue 1 were able to handle the incident.


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Every EMS worker and health care provider has heard the acronym HIPAA and the fear of violating the rules has been reiterated at every meeting. It is good to review privacy rules frequently. It’s also a good idea to understand what the rules are when dealing with other health care providers who err too far on the side of caution in fear of liability. HIPAA refers to The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act which was created by Congress in 1996 to help protect health insurance coverage. In 2003, privacy rules were enacted and joined with HIPAA regulations to cover medical records and payments, this was the Protected Health Information act, known as PHI. Since then, rules have been implemented which cover the way health information is used for billing purposes, transmission and patient records. In EMS, there are three types of HIPAA covered entities: health-care clearing houses, health plans and health-care providers who engage in elec-

tronic transactions. Basicall, the rules affect electronic transmissions and within the coming year agencies billing Medicare/Medicaid will be required to do so electronically giving nearly every agency the need for compliance. There’s a lot of confusion about medical care entities sharing patient information used for billing purposes; the privacy rule specifically allows health-care providers to share information between them if they're both treating the patient. If an ambulance service hands care over to a hospital, another transport agency, doctor’s office or vice-versa, then the patient’s medical records are allowed, and should, go with him. Hospitals are also allowed to share information on patient outcomes with an ambulance service for quality assurance or quality improvement purposes, as long as that ambulance service also treated the patient. HIPAA doesn't prohibit any of these disclosures. Radio transmissions during dispatch and transport are permitted, but providers should be discreet when practical, patient information such as nature of illness or injury, vitals, and any other information necessary for the care and treatment of the patient is permitted under HIPAA and PHI rules.

EMS responders can also give the police patient information when it involves a crime, unattended death, when it concerns a possible danger to the public, or to identify or locate a missing person or suspect. Also patient information can be disclosed during Critical Incident Stress Debriefing sessions although discretion should be used to keep the discussions in private areas and confidentiality should be respected by all present, it might be wise to sign confidentiality agreements. Patient medical records are not the only records subject to confidentiality rules. While each state’s Department of Labor sets confidentiality rules regarding personnel files and medical information, they all generally protect the rights of the individual employee and permit access to these records by only a selected few. In NYS ambulance services, employees and volunteers should have a second set of personnel files containing medical disclosures and kept separate from administrative records (ie: job performance, hiring dates, etc). EMS agencies need to have a written confidentiality policy and medical records are kept private except for supervisors and managers where there are work restrictions or reasonable accommodations have been made; safety personnel if the condition might require emergency treatment; and government officials investigating compliance.

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MVA on highway injures one in Waterbury Waterbury, CT - In the morning hours of Saturday, November 2nd, Engine's 2 and 5 and Car 5 along with Campion Ambulance and state police responded to Interstate 84 westbound just before exit 25A for an MVA with injuries. On arrival, they had one vehicle that slammed into the guardrail with heavy front end damage. One person with minor injuries was treated by EMS and transported to the hospital.


Prospect battles overnight fire Prospect, CT. At around 12:30 a.m. on October 29th, Prospect firefighters were toned out for a structure fire at 2 Summit Road in the center of town. On arrival, firefighters had heavy fire showing in the front of a two story office building, which was used as a doctors office with a studio apartment attached to it. Mutual aid was immediately requested for an engine and manpower from Bethany as well as an

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aerial truck from Cheshire to the scene. Also requested was an engine from Cheshire and Woodbridge for station coverage. Firefighters knocked the fire down in a few minutes and kept it from spreading throughout the entire building. They remained on scene throughout the night to hit

hot spots and overhaul the building. State and town fire marshals are investigating the cause of the fire and think it may have started on the outside of the structure and spread to the inside and the roof. There were no injuries reported and the two people in the apartment were able to escape the fire. - RICK KULMANN

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Overnight fire destroys Waterbury home Waterbury, CT - Waterbury firefighters responded to 22 Griggs Street in the city's north end at about 1:30 a.m. on Saturday, November 2nd for a reported structure fire. First due Engine 7 arrived on scene and had a three story wood frame residential home with heavy fire on the second and third floors. Engines 2 and 5; Rescue Engine 1; Truck's 1 and 2; and Battalion 2 were also sent to the assignment. An additional engine was requested, which sent Engine 5 and Car 5. The fire destroyed the building and the fire marshal is investigating the cause of the fire.


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Victim rescued from two alarm fire in Hartford Hartford, CT. On Sunday October 20th at 3:00 p.m., Hartford firefighters with Engines 7, 14, and 16; Ladders 3 and 4; Tac 1; and District 2 responded to 19 Colebrook Street for a structure fire. First arriving companies had a three story brick structure with heavy fire showing from the first floo. District 2 requested an additional engine to the scene, which brought out Engine 5, District 1, and an engine for rehab (Engine 2).

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Multiple lines were stretched and firefighters went to work trying to extinguish the fire. Ladder 3 and Tac 1 rescued an elderly man from a third floor window using the aerial bucket. The man was transported to the hospital with minor injuries. The fire grew in intensity and 25 minutes into the fire, the third floor flashed over so a second

alarm was transmitted. Engines 1, 8, and 10 as well as Ladder 2 were dispatched. Firefighters went on a defensive attack and knocked the fire down around 4:15 p.m. A firefighter was injured and transported to the hospital with minor injuries. The fire destroyed the home and the fire marshal is investigating the cause of the fire. Mutual aid from West Hartford, East Hartford and New Britain were brought in to cover the city. - RICK KULMANN


Ridgefield battle stubborn brush fire Ridgefield, CT - Career and volunteer firefighters from Ridgefield and Danbury were kept busy fighting a brush fire on a small mountain that one firefighter best described as "mountain goat terrain". Originally spotted by aircraft approaching Danbury airport around 3 p.m. on Wednesday, October 30th, firefighters from Ridgefield, Mill Plain, Miry Brook, as well as crews from the State DEEP, were battling the stubborn blaze located off of George Washington Highway near the Danbury border. Difficult rocky and steep terrain, with limited access, were making for a very labor intensive job which so far scorched approximately 25 acres.

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Waterbury crash sends elderly woman to hospital Waterbury, CT - On Monday, November 4th at about 8:00 a.m., Waterbury firefighters from Engine 5 responded to 1150 Meriden Road for a two car accident with injuries. Upon arrival, the police reported a door pop was needed to get the woman out, so the response upgraded to a extrication response. Engine 5 quickly got the door opened and the response was canceled. The woman was transported to the hospital with minor injuries by Campion Ambulance

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Multiple alarm fire destroys building in Manchester Manchester, CT. Just before 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 12th, Manchester 911 received a call from a resident at 801 Main Street reporting smoke in the hallway of his apartment building. Manchester firefighters were dispatched and Car 22 (battalion chief) arrived on scene and reported smoke showing from the roof of the three story brick building and fire in the basement. A working fire was transmitted and mutual aid from East Hartford was also dispatched. The building had two businesses on the first floor and 24 apartments on the second and third floors. Firefighters attempted to ventilate the building to fight the fire, but the fire continued to spread through the walls of the century old building. The fire grew rapidly and within an hour, the fire went to a third alarm bringing in additional mutual aid from the towns of Bolton, South Windsor, Hartford, West Hartford, Glastonbury, Vernon. Firefighters were unable to fight the fire from inside so a defensive attack was in place using four tower ladder trucks from Manchester Eighth Utilities District, Hartford, East Hartford, Vernon and two ladder pipes from Manchester and Bolton along with several hand lines. The driver for East Hartford's Ladder 1 (aerialscope) managed to back into an alley off of Purnell Street to fight the fire from the side of the building. He had six

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inches to spare and it was quiet an impressive sight. Two hours into the fire, the third floor flashed over and the entire building was engulfed causing all three floors to collapse. Heavy smoke poured throughout the neighborhood and several onlookers and residents of the apartment building watched firefighters battle the fire from across the street. One person was treated for smoke inhalation and a firefighter had a minor foot injury during this incident. The bulk of the fire was knocked down around 2 a.m. Sunday morning and smoldered throughout the day as firefighters hit hot spots. The outside walls were only left standing so heavy machinery was brought in to start demolishing the building. State and local fire investigators searched for the cause of the fire, which was determined to have started in the basement about seven feet off the floor and is not suspicious. About a dozen people lost their apartments and the town along with the Red Cross are assisting the victims. About a dozen engines and six ladder trucks responded to this fire. - RICK KULMANN



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Victim flown from pedestrian accident Whitman, MA. Around 8:30 p.m. on the Fall evening of Monday, October 21, 2013, the Whitman Fire Department responded to a report of a pedestrian struck in the area of 401 South Avenue. Ambulance 248 and Car 3 responded. Companies arrived on scene to ďŹ nd two victims down at the intersection of South Avenue and Raynor Avenue. One victim was the person who was struck by the vehicle and the other was reported to be the operator of the vehicle who struck the victim. Whitman struck a box for manpower. Ambulance-247, who was

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just clearing an area hospital, responded to the scene for the second victim. Command of the scene, Lieutenant Robert Hover, requested Boston MedFlight to respond to transport the pedestrian who was struck by the vehicle. MedFlight responded to the Memorial Field landing zone at 20 Essex Street. Engine 2 responded to secure the landing zone. The reported operator of the ve-

hicle was transported to the Brockton Hospital by Ambulance 247. Ambulance 248 transported the pedestrian wh o was struck to the landing zone. The crew from MedFlight evaluated the patient and then loaded them into the awaiting helicopter. The victim was transported to Tufts New England Medical Center in Boston. Whitman Police and the Plymouth County Sheriffs Department are currently investigating the accident. - PAT TRAVERS


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Seasonal home lost Fire struck a seasonal home on National Street in Lanesborough. The building was a total loss. Pittsfield and Cheshire were called in mutual aid. No injuries were reported. Although embers from the fire were flying through the air no other structures reported significant damage.

Tyringham, MA. On November 2nd, the small town of Tyringham (population 350), hosted a live fire burn in an acquired structure. Crews from Tyringham, Otis and Lee Fire Departments rotated throughout the morning for interior attack drills, where rookies and veterans alike got a taste of the heat from a room and contents fires. After lunch, crews reassembled for several more advanced fires before the air horn of Tyringham Engine 4 was sounded advising all personnel to evacuate the building. The building was allowed to burn to the ground.

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Fall River has busy Fire Prevention Week Fall River, Ma. The Fall River Bureau of Fire Prevention had a very busy fire prevention week. Members of the Bureau visited several pre-cchools throughout the city. On Wednesday, the members visited with over 150 children at the Community Development PreSchool where the children learned to crawl low in smoke. Firefighters held up a smoke curtain and each child practiced crawling underneath it. They also watched Firefighter Steve Marques as he dressed in all his bunker gear and crawled around the room to the delight of the children. Sparky the fire dog then made an appearance and led the children outside to view Platform 1 as the firefighters raised the bucket up and waved to the children. Later that evening, the fire department hosted an open house at the Reney/Eastwood Fire Station

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where the attendees were treated to Papa Gino's pizza and Friendly's ice cream. The children got to climb in the front seat of the engine and the ladder trucks to have their pictures taken. Pluggie the talking robotic fire hydrant made an appearance and danced with the children. Sparky greeted the families as well. Children had their faces painted, and the the adults had a chance to win door prizes from smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to fire extinguishers donated by local hardware stores in the community. At one event during the week, Sparky was given a large thank you card and a dog biscuit. - KENNETH LEGER

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Worcester Ladder 3 on scene on October 27th at a structure fire at 9 Dallas Street

Burning debris fills house with smoke in Marlborough At 10:30 a.m. on October 28, 2013, the Marlborough Fire Department sent Engines 2, 3, and 5; Tower 1; Rescue 1; and Car 2 to 47 Foley Road when a neighbor reported smoke coming from the house and that someone might still be inside. Car 2 arrived and reported smoke showing and requested the box be struck for station coverage. Companies advanced a line into the basement where they found debris burning on the B/C corner. Positive pressure ventilation was set up to remove smoke from the house. All occupants escaped prior to the arrival of first due companies. Multiple cats were rescued from the residence. The fire investigation unit was requested and all companies were clear two hours later.

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Harwich, MA. Over $9,300 was raised at the 12th Annual Golf Tournament for the Harwich High School Spirit Club and the Harwich Fire Association. The event took place Saturday, October 5th at the Harwich Port Golf Club, where many local businesses supplied the food and refreshments for the day along with cash sponsorships. Each group will receive a check for $4,600. Pictured are Fire Chief Norman Clarke, Jr.; Health teacher Angelina Chilaka, Spirit Club Advisor; Bob Kingsbury, General Manager Harwich Port Golf Club; Bruce Young, Jr., President, Harwich Fire Association; Scott Tyldesley, Vice President, Harwich Fire Association; and Kevin Turner, Harwich High School Principal.


Working fire in Great Barrington Great Barrington, MA - A working fire ws reported in the upper levels of a three story mixed use building. A fire alarm system notified the fire department of the problem and the chief quickly discovered the fire, which with a fair amount of work was knocked down. Significant overhaul was required. Mutual aid from Sheffield and station coverage from Stockbridge was called in. Lenox Engine 6 was the RIT company. Southern Berkshire Ambulance stood by, but no one was transported. the Great Barrington Police and Highway Department shut down nearby roadways. The fire marshal was called into investigate, however, it did not appear nefarious in nature.

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FF Jim Campion inspects rigging during the annual confined space drill conducted by the the Southbury Training School Fire Department on October 24th


Chief Sullivan on scene at the Worcester second alarm on Beaverbrook Parkway.


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Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) Part III OSHA estimates that over five million workplaces in the United States would be affected by the revised Hazard Communication Standard (HCS). These are all

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those workplaces where employees, a total of approximately 43 million of them, could be exposed to hazardous chemicals. Included among these five million workplaces are an estimated 90,000 establishments that create hazardous chemicals; these chemical producers employ almost three million workers. The revised Hazard Communications Standard's (HCS) total costs an estimated $201 million a year on an annualized basis for the entire United States, is the sum of four major cost elements. 1. OSHA estimates that the cost of classifying chemical hazards in accordance with the GHS criteria and revising safety data sheets and labels to meet new format and content requirements would be $22.5 million a year on an annualized basis. 2. OSHA estimates that training for employees to become familiar with new warning symbols and the revised safety data sheet format under GHS would cost $95.4 million a year on an annualized basis. 3. OSHA estimated annualized costs of $59 million a year for management to become familiar with the new GHS system and to engage in other management-related activities as may be necessary for industry's adoption of GHS. 4. OSHA estimated annualized costs of $24.1 million for printing packaging and labels for hazardous chemicals in color. OSHA expects that the modifications to the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) will result in increased safety and health for the affected employees and reduce the numbers of accidents, fatalities, injuries, and illnesses associated with exposures to hazardous chemicals. The GHS revisions to the HCS standard for labeling and safety data sheets would enable employees exposed to workplace chemicals to more quickly obtain and to more easily understand information about the hazards associated with those chemicals. In addition, the revisions to HCS are expected to improve the use of appropriate exposure controls and work practices that can reduce the safety and health risks associated with exposure to hazardous chemicals. OSHA estimates that the revised HCS will result in the pre-

vention of 43 fatalities and 585 injuries and illnesses (318 non-lostworkday injuries and illnesses, 203 lost-workday injuries and illnesses, and 64 chronic illnesses) annually. The monetized value of this reduction in occupational risks is an estimated $250 million a year on an annualized basis. OSHA estimates that the revised HCS will result in savings of $475.2 million from productivity improvements for health and safety managers and logistics personnel, $32.2 million during periodic updating of SDSs and labels, and $285.3 million from simplified hazard communication training. OSHA anticipates that, in addition to safety and health benefits, the revised HCS will result in four types of productivity benefits: (1) for chemical manufacturers, because they will need to produce fewer SDSs in future years; (2) for employers, in providing training to new employees as required by the existing OSHA HCS through the improved consistency of the labels and SDSs. (3) for firms engaging in, or considering engaging in, international trade. OSHA is requiring that employees are trained on the new label elements (i.e., pictograms, hazard statements, precautionary statements, and signal words) and SDS format by December 1, 2013, while full compliance with the final rule will begin in 2015. OSHA believes that American workplaces will soon begin to receive labels and SDSs that are consistent with the GHS, since many American and foreign chemical manufacturers have already begun to produce HazCom 2012/GHScompliant labels and SDSs. It is important to ensure that when employees begin to see the new labels and SDSs in their workplaces, they will be familiar with them, understand how to use them, and access the information effectively. The above information has been extracted from the OSHA web site and for more information go to: and Hazardous chemicals will always be hazardous and require extreme caution when being handled, but human error and industrial error and mistakes will continue and require response from emergency responders. Therefore, all emergency responders should receive instruction and training on the new GH System and the changes impacting their response and the handling of hazardous chemicals. Familiarization will not occur overnight but will eventually lead to a safer and unified response environment for all. Till next time stay safe and God Bless!

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Laugh your way to the bank with a stand-up comedy fund-raiser Who needs to laugh more than the Fire Companies ---the first responders who deal with dangerous circumstances each and every day? There’s an innovative concept for fund-raising developed by Joey Novick, who is a stand-up comedian and the Fire Commissioner in his hometown: Stand-up comedy shows. Fire companies can get much-needed laughs and profit financially as well. Novick's company, ComedyWorks, provides all-star headline comedians from HBO, Comedy Central, Showtime, Last Comic Standing, and the Tonight Show. Novick’s been producing comedy shows since 1977, and has experience producing shows with such comedians as Jerry Seinfeld, Rosie O’Donnell, Larry The Cable Guy, and Tim Allen. "The comedians were very funny, and very professional," wrote Mark Bruhmuller, Fire Chief of the Churchtown Fire Company of New York. “Joey Novick did an excellent job. Everybody loves to laugh, and it's a great deal of fun." ComedyWorks produces more than 300 shows a year, almost 150 of those for emergency service organizations. The money these shows can

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Fatal fire at Rockland residence Rockland, MA. Around noon time on the Fall afternoon of Tuesday, October 15, 2013, the Rockland Fire Department responded to a report of an injured person and a possible fire at 644 Market Street. Companies arrived to find a small fire and a victim in the residential dwelling.

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The ambulance crew evaluated the victim and did not transport. Command requested the Massachusetts State Fire Marshal's office to respond to investigate the

scene. The cause of the fire and the cause of the fire are currently under investigation. Companies were tied up on scene for several hours while the investigation was on going. - PAT TRAVERS


This book is soft cover measuring 5 ½ inches by 8 ½ inches. It has an introduction followed by 193 pages within 37 chapters. The story is about a firefighter serving in the Richmond, Virginia Fire Department. The story opens with a house fire and the author responds to it on a engine company. Before the brief chapter is over, the author is sidelined with chest pains and later he is transported to the hospital. He has had a heart attack and is admitted. We jump to the last chapter to where he is about to go home the following day. However, between the first and last chapter, the author relives his career, writing to us about his

years of service. He takes us not only through working fires, but about firehouse routines, procedures, firehouse life, missed meals, inspections, explaining the duties of engine and ladder companies which he rode on both in his regular station and while filling in at others, including as a fill in driver/pump operator. He also writes about rookies, acting captain, the safety officer, salvage and overhaul and work cycles, medical calls, etc. He bounces back and forth to his hospital stay and his unusual roommate. Read about the roommate’s diagnosis. It might just be something you never heard of. He writes about some lingo, which might be common in Richmond, but may not be in other fire departments. One is a “Zone Car” which after reading about it, I imagine it is a paramedic supervisor. Another is a “smoke cutter” which appears to be a handlight, possibly a personal one. Another is the word “destriced” which is used once having to do with a serious car fire. I believe I may have come across it in another chapter, but the computer does not recognize it so it could be one of his own selfmade words meaning trashed, destroyed or something along that line. In any event, the chapters as you can see are short, but interesting and presents as a good read!

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Public fire education in Harwich Harwich, MA. Fire safety and fire prevention were the theme Saturday, October 19th at headquarters on Sisson Road. K i n d e rg a r t e n and first graders came together for a learning experience JUMP TO FILE with firefighters #102113125 and the equipment they use on the job. Firefighter/paramedic Leighanne Deering wrote the application and received the grant money from the State Fire Marshall's office to start the program for safe planning and public fire education. Youngsters were everywhere including the back of Ambulance 62. Braedon McWilliams, two years old, was ready to take Engine 65 down the road, while Firefighter/EMT Ryan Edwards helped Sean Cloney man a hose. - JAKE O’CALLAGHAN

Whitman, MA. Around 11:00 a.m. on the Fall morning of Monday, October 7, 2013, the Whitman Fire Department responded to the area of 246 South Avenue for a report of a natural gas main break that was called in by a police officer working a detail at the site. Engine 2, Car 3 and Car 1 responded. Car 1 signed off and reported that a high pressure three inch natural gas main had been struck by a work crew and was actively leaking. The release of natural gas was very loud and was traveling ap-

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proximately 15 feet into the air from the site in the road. Whitman struck their Box 55 for the incident, calling off duty personnel to the station and scene. When manpower was sufficient, Engine 3 and Ambulance 247 responded to the scene. An East Bridgewater engine company was called into the station for coverage during the incident. Whitman Engine 2 tied into

a nearby hydrant and ran and charged a three inch hand line to a Blitz gun and stood by in position in the event of fire on the scene. Firefighters on the scene knocked on doors and evacuated several residents who were in the immediate area of the gas leak in the event of a fire or explosion. The leak was stopped by National Grid gas crews approximately an hour into the incident. No injuries were reported. - PAT TRAVERS

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Successful mission continues for heroes mortgage program after two successful years Two years ago, 1st Responder and Sun Home Loans teamed up to create the Sun National Bank Heroes Mortgage Program. The mission? It was simple. Provide firefighters and other members of the emergency services community, the brave men and women who risk their lives for us every day, with an exclusive mortgage opportunity that provides discounted fees and low interest rates. Mission accomplished. The Heroes Mortgage Program continues to flourish, helping firefighters buy their first house, purchase the home of their dreams and get a better mortgage rate with a refinance. “We knew the Heroes Mortgage was a good idea when we developed it, but we had to still introduce it to the public,” said Joe Belsito, Publisher of 1st Responder. “We were confident from day one and, rather quickly, we started receiving positive feedback from clients. The program took off and we couldn’t be more proud, considering who we are serving, the hard-working people who risk

their lives for us every day.” Over the last two years, the Heroes Mortgage Program has had the pleasure of working with some special individuals. Ernesto Acuna works two weekly 24-hour shifts as a firefighter/paramedic with the Gainesville (Fla.) Fire Rescue Department. And that’s not all. Acuna, 42, also puts in two 12-hour shifts as a paramedic at a local hospital. Talk about dedication. With so much going on, Acuna didn’t have time to be tied down with paperwork during his search for a mortgage. Not a problem. “It made a big difference and made my life a lot easier,” Acuna said. When she and her husband applied for a home mortgage, Lori Yukniewicz admitted being intimidated by the seemingly endless paperwork. However, Heroes Mortgage clients enjoy unmatched customer service and attentiveness throughout the process, from their initial inquiry, to closing. Yukniewicz’s husband, Logan, has been a volunteer with the East Whitehouse (N.J.) Fire Department

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Blaze guts strip mall in Hadley A fast moving overnight fire leveled a two story ordinary construction mixed use occupancy in this small Hampshire County town on the evening of October 27, 2013. Just before 8:00 p.m., Hadley Police dispatch started receiving multiple 911 calls for the address of 206 Russell Street with callers stating the building was filling with smoke and an orange glow could be seen at the roof line. Being a volunteer fire department, Hadley jakes were alerted to the call via the departments radio

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system and responded as quickly as possible. Arriving on scene, members initiated an aggressive interior attack on the fire only to be driven back out by deteriorating conditions. The fire very quickly took possession of the second floor and common attic space before adequate mutual aid resources could arrive to back up the Hadley Fire

Department. In spite of the best efforts of the 60 plus firefighters who responded, the fire ended up taking possession of the entire building and destroying the building along with all the contents of the more than one dozen businesses that occupied it. The cause of the fire remains under investigation by Hadley Fire and Police as well as the State Fire Marshal's office at the time this article was written. - NATE ARNOLD

Worcester goes to second alarm on Beaverbrook Parkway Shortly before 6:00 p.m. on October 30th, Worcester Fire Alarm began receiving calls for fire in a three decker. Engine 4 arrived on scene and was greeted with heavy smoke and fire showing from the enclosed porches on the second floor. Companies made an interior attack on floors two and three as fire quickly spread to the third floor and attic. A second alarm was struck. Ladder 4 and Ladder 7 took the roof as companies pushed interior. The rescue performed primary searches on all floors. In all, the fire was brought under control in just under an hour. Fire investigators were requested to the scene.

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Gas leak in Kingston Kingston MA - Firefighters responded to 30 Joseph St. in Kingston for a report of a gas main that was struck. First arriving companies found a line that had been struck in a building. Evacuations were ordered in the immediate area and Kingston Police shut down roads. Engine companies secured a supply line to the engine and monitored the incident. NSTAR gas responded and stopped the leak without further incident.


PCTRT tower rescue training Duxbury, MA. The Plymouth County Technical Rescue Team held a two day drill at the Duxbury fire headquarters that certified members of the team in tower rescue. JUMP TO FILE # The training 101813102 was open to members of the team who have their Rope Technician level certification. Members views PowerPoint presentations, had lectures and had hands on training in self-rescue, and rescuing victims from various different types of towers. This skill set is increasingly important with the large number of cellular phone towers, communications towers, and wind mills that are being put up in nearly every community. Approximately 20 members of the county team were expected to complete this certification training. - PAT TRAVERS


Car into house in Harwich Harwich, MA - At around 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 16th, a young lady lost control of her Ford Explorer and plowed into a house at 506 Long Pond Drive. The female driver was taken to Cape Cod Hospital by the Harwich Fire and Rescue with unknown injuries. The building inspector said the home is habitable with minor damage. Harwich Police are seeking the cause of the accident.

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One airlifted after serious accident The Lebanon Rescue Department, Maine State Police and Lebanon Fire Department responded to a motor vehicle accident with serious injury on Tuesday evening, Sep- JUMP TO FILE tember 24, #092613106 2013. The accident was dispatched at 6:37 p.m. and located near 135 Prospect Hill Road. While crews were enroute, they were updated that the patient was unconscious and trapped in his car. Assistant Chief Jason Cole was the first unit on scene about nine minutes after the call was dispatched. “A 2011 Ford Escape was traveling South on Prospect Hill Road when it lost control on a sharp corner and went off the road striking several trees. Due to the patient’s serious injuries, an advanced life support unit from Frisbie Hospital was called to the scene as well as a helicopter from Lifeflight of Maine. “Milton Fire and Milton Ambulance arrived on scene a short time later and it was determined we would transport the patient to the Milton Industrial Park off of Route 75 in Milton where the helicopter could land,” Assistant Chief Jason Cole advised. Crews used the jaws of life to remove the vehicle’s roof to extricate him from the vehicle. The patient was trapped

for about 50 minutes before being removed to the ambulance. The patient was then transported by ambulance to the landing zone, where Lifeflight had just landed. At 8:00 p.m.,, the helicopter left the landing zone heading for the approximate 15 minute flight to the Trauma Center at Maine Medical Center. The driver of the car was a male in his 50’s from Lebanon. He was alone in the vehicle. It is believed he was not wearing his seatbelt and the vehicles airbags did not deploy. He suffered serious injuries in the crash. The vehicle was destroyed during the accident and had to be towed from the scene. The road was closed to all traffic for over an hour while emergency crews extricated the patient and then secured hazards. It opened to one lane until 8:40 p.m. when all units cleared the scene. The accident is under investigation by the Maine State Police. “This corner has seen several serious accidents over the past few years resulting in several serious injuries. We encourage everyone to buckle up and please drive cautiously. “We continue to see an increase in serious accidents town wide and want to get the information out there to residents to please drive cautiously.” Assistant Chief Jason Cole added.


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