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Waltham, MA - On October 24th, Mass State Police received a call for an accident on I-95 north in Waltham involving three vehicles, one of which was on fire. Waltham Engine 4, Squad 5, Rescue 1 and Medic 1 responded and found one car fully involved. There were no injuries reported. This was the second accident within six hours in the Waltham area that required I-95 to be shut down. - See full story on page 22

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Local First Responders Receive Heart Saver Hero Award Berwick, ME - On September 9th, the Berwick Fire Department responded to a medical aid call involving a cardiac arrest with CPR in progress. Engine 2 and Chief Dennis Plante responded. On arrival, CPR was in progress by off duty Somersworth Firefighter Lt. James Drakopoulos. Chief JUMP TO FILE# Plante and Captain 110617125 Sam Tibbetts assumed CPR and received assistance from Berwick Firefighters Captain Steve Plante, Firefighter Dylan Leary and Firefighter Justin Menter, as well as American Ambulance staff members John Britton and Rick Morrill, and Berwick Police Officer Bill Vachon. As a result of each of their efforts, the patient was stabilized and transported to the hospital where he survived and was released three days later. The First Responders arrived at 3:34 P.M. and the patient was transported at 4:00 P.M., for a total of 26 minutes of CPR on scene. The First Responders were credited by the patient's doctors as life savers for their efforts. The American Heart Association recently recognized this team for their effort that saved the patient by presenting them with the Heart Saver Hero Award. - ERIN THOMAS

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Recipients of the American Heart Association Heart Saver Hero Award, (L to R): Berwick Fire Chief Dennis Plante, John Britton (American Ambulance), Rick Morrill (American Ambulance), Berwick Fire Captain Steve Plante, Somersworth Fire Lt. James Drakopoulos, Berwick Police Detective Bill Vachon and Berwick Firefighter Dylan Leary. (Not shown in photo are Berwick Fire Captain Sam Tibbetts and Berwick Firefighter Justin Menter.) ERIN THOMAS


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Firefighters from 25 Departments Battle FiveAlarm Blaze in Sanford

Sanford, ME - A fire that went to five alarms on October 19th destroyed two multi-unit dwellings at 33 and 35 Island Ave. in Sanford and damaged three other properties. The fire was reported around 1:15 P.M. and firefighters arrived on scene just moments after. Upon arrival, crews were faced with heavy fire in multiple buildings, with flames rapidly spreading. Residents who lived nearby the structures were immediately asked to evacuate. In total, firefighters from 25 surrounding departments responded to the scene to help fight the blaze, which was finally brought under control around 4:00 P.M., almost three hours after the initial call came through. A total of eight residents were displaced, but there were no reported injuries. The fire is currently under investigation.

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Firefighter Bob McPherson on scene of a four-alarm structure fire in Eliot, Maine on October 9th. He responded with a crew of four to the late night fire as a driver and operated Eliot Engine 4 on the scene for the duration. He humbly stated, "You couldn't ask for a better crew of Firefighters than the four that I responded with today. They are amazing." McPherson joined Eliot Fire Department in 1984 and has served as a volunteer Firefighter in Eliot, Maine for 33 years so far.

Apartment Fire in Sanford Goes to Three Alarms

Sanford, ME - On October 20th, a three-alarm fire broke out on the top floor of a three-story wood-frame apartment building located at 41 River Street in Sanford. Sanford firefighters received the call a little after 3:00 P.M. and had the fire under control shortly after arriving on scene. No injuries were reported.


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Wisconsin: Matthew Mark Deicher, 47 Rank: Firefighter-EMT Incident Date: July 31, 2017 Death Date: September 23, 2017 Fire Department: Mosinee Fire Department Initial Summary: Firefighter-EMT Matthew Mark Deicher was paralyzed from a July 31, 2003, ambulance crash while located in the patient compartment of the vehicle. On September 23, 2017, Firefighter-EMT Deicher passed away from complications due to his injuries and related medical condition. Indiana: Eric J. Balliet, 41 Rank: Captain Incident Date: September 27, 2017 Death Date: September 27, 2017 Fire Department: Fort Wayne Fire Department Initial Summary: Captain Eric J. Balliet died September 27, 2017, during a training exercise at a commercial structure while leading a crew during physically demanding maneuvers. The nature and cause of fatal injury are still to be determined and reported.

North Carolina: Jason Keith Hensley, 40 Rank: Probationary Firefighter Incident Date: October 8, 2017 Death Date: October 9, 2017 Fire Department: Triple Community Fire Department Inc. Initial Summary: Probationary Firefighter Jason Keith Hensley responded to a call for service of a tree blocking the roadway. Firefighter Hensley's POV was parked behind the fire department's brush truck and a police department vehicle was also on the scene. All emergency vehicles had their lights activated. Just after midnight, a pickup traveling eastbound on US Highway 70 approached the scene

and failed to stop. The vehicle first struck Firefighter Hensley, who was wearing his reflective gear, killing him instantly, then crashed into the other vehicles at the scene. The driver of the vehicle spent the night in the hospital from injuries received and has since been charged by police with driving while impaired, no operator’s license, reckless driving, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. South Dakota: Donald Fred Manger, 54 Rank: Fire Chief Incident Date: October 14, 2017 Death Date: October 14, 2017 Fire Department: Presho Volunteer Fire Department Initial Summary: Fire Chief Donald Fred Manger fell ill and passed away while on the scene of a working fire in an unoccupied structure. The nature and cause of fatal injury are still to be reported.

Florida: Steven R. Terry, 53 Rank: Firefighter/Paramedic Incident Date: September 3, 2017 Death Date: September 14, 2017 Fire Department: Hernando County Fire Rescue Initial Summary: Firefighter/Paramedic Steven R. Terry passed away while on duty October 16, 2017. Firefighter/Paramedic Terry was found unresponsive by his fellow Fire Station #9 crew members who then initiated resuscitative measures. He was transported by Hernando County Fire Rescue paramedics to Bayfront Brooksville Hospital. Despite the exhaustive efforts by the Bayfront Brooksville Hospital ED team, Firefighter/Paramedic Steven R. Terry passed away. The nature and cause of fatal injury are still to be determined and reported.


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Crews from Berwick, ME and Somersworth, NH respond on scene for smoke coming out of the tannery on a redevelopment site.

Maine State Fire Marshal Investigating Suspicious Fires in Berwick Berwick, ME - The Maine State Fire Marshal recently asked for the public to assist with information while they investigate a possible arsonist that set fires at the former Prime Tanning building in downtown Berwick. Two weekends in a row, Berwick Fire Department was toned for smoke pouring out of the empty industrial building across the street from the Fire Station. Mutual aid companies from Somersworth, NH and North and South Berwick, Maine were called in to assist on scene. The first call came in October 14th at around 6:45 A.M. when smoke was spotted pouring out of the building. Crews discovered fire burning on the second-floor and were able to get the blaze quickly under control and vent the building. The second call came in one week later on October 22nd at around 7:00 A.M., when a Firefighter was leaving the Station for a medical call and spotted the thick smoke pouring out of a vent.

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DRILLS/TRAINING If you have photos you would like to see in our Drills feature, please upload them on our website www.1stResponderNews.com or email them to Lindsey@1stResponderNews.com.

Norwich, CT - On Monday, 11/6/17 Norwich FD's Platoon 3 performed confined space training. Members had an hour long classroom session discussing permit required confined spaces, hazards and our capabilities. Companies then went down to the sewage plant on Falls Avenue for the practical session. Crews were broken into groups so multiple tasks were performed simultaneously. The first group asked questions about the circumstances leading up to the event and started sizing up the incident from the exterior. After gathering pertinent information, a group en-

tered and began metering while others assembled the equipment. Positive pressure ventilation was set up going down into the space where the rescue was to be performed.

The Arizona Vortex Tripod was set up over the hole while members began rigging a lowering system as well as a belay line. The air cart was also set up to provide the rescue team with clean air. After the rescuers were lowered and made contact with the victim, the lowering system was changed into a haul line to lift them up out of the space. - RYAN FLAHERTY

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Firefighters John and Esposito prepare the victim to be hoisted.

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Firefighters Johnson and Wollman set up the 3 to 1 Z-Rig to hoist the members from the confined space.

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Cromwell Fire Department Prides Itself on Resourcefulness Cromwell, CT - In the current fiscal and budgetary climate that has been coming from the state capital, taxpayers are going to begin to feel the negative impacts resulting from it. Fire departments need to continue to provide 24/7 protections that their constituencies expect and are entitled to receive, whether there are adequate funds available or not. Resourceful fire departments that recognize these fiscal constraints that are placed on everyone must identify and develop alternative ways to meet their community’s needs in the fiscal aftermath of the current budgetary storm. Cromwell Fire Department considers itself one of those resourceful departments. Resourceful fire departments find new uses for the older equipment that still have a viable service life remaining, and that’s just what the Cromwell Fire Department has done. Pondering on the decision to purchase a new piece of apparatus in the current fiscal climate, and facing the immediate need to replace an unreliable and limited servicable Rescue unit, the department has decided to repurpose another less utilized pumper back to front line status. At the end of their service lives, apparatus are typically moved into reserve status where they will remain in a reserve role for years and are utilized as replacement apparatus when a firstline unit goes in for service or repair. According to the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA), due to the old rescues’ current age of 26 years, the apparatus is well beyond its recommended age for front line or reserve response status. The rescue vehicle also has major mechanical components that have been deemed undependable, thus

JUMP TO FILE #110217104 reducing its reliability. Coupled with the fact that the manufacturer has since gone out of business, rendering the availability of replacement parts scarce, placed the department in an untenable situation. After years of utilization, it becomes cost-prohibitive to maintain older trucks. At that point, there are several options; purchase completely new apparatus at considerable cost, refurbishment of current equipment if it is a viable option, or re-purposing other viable apparatus to assume new additional response duties. The Cromwell Fire District and it’s Fire Department’s mission mandates that we respond to the fire and life safety needs of the community it protects, and the apparatus it utilizes must be equally ready, viable and effective. The decision to reutilize a current piece of apparatus was a no brainer after considering all of the alternatives. The fire department still needed to be able to provide the required services that the community deserves, but also needed to do it safely and efficiently and avoid a costly expenditure during this time of fiscal uncertainty. A plan on replacing the rescue unit with a re-purposed current pumper to fill the role in a dual function capacity that would include a fire pump to provide initial attack firefighting capability in addition to rescue capabilities makes it more efficient was formulated and acted on. The minimum cost to re-purpose the unit and still continue providing services to the community was able to be met in existing budget numbers without simply going for hundreds of thousands of dollars to buy a new piece

of equipment. The Cromwell Fire Department’s plan of reutilizing existing apparatus into a new vocation as a new tactical apparatus has come to fruition. Under the direction of the Fire Chief and with the cooperation of the Executive Director and the Fire Commission, the mechanical division of the department, line officers and key personnel came up with a strategy to implement the plan and accomplished the retrofit of the reserve engine. Much of the equipment from the old rescue was remounted on the existing re-purposed apparatus and has been recommissioned as Tactical unit 4. Additional needed compartment space was provided with the removal of extra fire attack equipment not required to make room for “job boxes” that were installed and permanently mounted to accommodate the additional rescue equipment. The mechanical division performed other repair work that would eventually have needed to be completed so as to render the new tactical unit as operationally effective as possible. The unit will serve as a temporary replacement and will provide additional firefighting capability, thus making the department operate a bit more efficiently at a minimal cost to the tax payers. The new tactical unit is scheduled to go into service by November 1, 2017. The Cromwell Fire Department would also like to remind everyone as we enter the Holiday Season of the importance in preventing fires, and the ensuring of maintaining working smoke detection. The department, through its Fire Marshal’s Office, is always available to answer any questions that any one may have. - MICHAEL TERENZIO


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Rules of the Firehouse Kitchen FORK & HOSE CO. Anyone

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a Food Blog by A.J. Fusco

The event was very well attended by the residents of Norwich.

RYAN FLAHERTY

Norwich FD Holds Open House in Greenville Norwich, CT - The Norwich Fire Department held their annual open house on Saturday, October 21st. The event took place at the Greenville Station, located at 446 North Main Street, to promote fire prevention and safety within our community. The Greenville Station houses Engine 2 which is staffed with two firefighters and a lieutenant. This station was built in 1896 and is the second oldest continuously operating firehouse in Connecticut.

JUMP TO FILE #102217100 Smokey the Bear, Sparky the Dalmation, Tilley the Utility Truck, and the Bully Busters were on hand for the children. Special thanks to the East Hampton Fire Department for letting us use their smoke trailer so that we could teach the children what to do in the event of a fire. The Greenville Neighborhood

Norwich's Rescue 1 with East Hampton's smoke trailer.

Revitalization Zone, American Ambulance Service, Norwich Police Department and Norwich Public Utilities assisted with demonstrations. Backus Hospital donated 50 helmets which were given out to the children in the community. The event was very well attended and we look forward to seeing you next year! - RYAN FLAHERTY

RYAN FLAHERTY

has ever been in a firehouse kitchen knows there are rules to follow. And while they may be unwritten, I can guarantee across America, many firehouses share these same rules. This concept may seem foreign to some home cooks, but just like in a professional kitchen, order must be established and “regulations” set. Ok, so maybe that all sounds a little too formal and strict, but it is very important to anyone who wants to take command of a kitchen. So without further ado, let’s share some of these “rules and regulations”..... It should be stated that these are not all my rules, these are just some rules I have heard from other firefighters. But please, by all

means, adopt some of these into your kitchen! And stay out of the chefs way! #1: “If you eat the meal and you don’t like it, you still need to pay up.” #2: “Probies eat last.” #3: “No phones at the table.” #4: “Firefighters on overtime chip in more for the meal/ buy dessert.” #5: “Make enough for leftovers.” #6: “Don’t complain to the chef if you don’t like the meal.” #7: “No farting at the table” crazy to think this has to be reiterated. #8: “Eat as a family, even if you aren’t participating in the crew meal.” And #9, the most popular by far….”If you cook/prep, you don’t help clean up!” If you have any more rules you would like to add to the list we would love to hear them. Send them to forkandhoseco@gmail.com or tell us on Facebook/Instagram/Twitter @forkandhoseco!

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New State Law Regarding Child Safety Car Seat Requirements; Cromwell F.D. Can Help Cromwell, CT - It’s confusing; it’s intimidating even for the “seasoned” car seat installers to install your child’s car seat the proper way. Experts estimate that anywhere from 75% - 90% of seats are installed or used incorrectly. So who can help? The Cromwell Fire Department is pleased to announce that they have partnered with the National Child Passenger Safety Board and Safe Kids Worldwide to implement a child safety seat installation program. Safe Kids Worldwide was founded in 1988 by Dr. Marty Eichelberger and since then, there has been a 60% decrease in the unintentional injury rate among children 19 years and younger. The recently enacted state law that began in October of 2017 placed more requirements on the installation of child safety car seats. The Cromwell Fire Department provides rescue and EMS services with a considerable percentage of the operations on both state highway Route 9 and Interstate 91. The fire department recognizes the need for injury prevention much to the same degree as fire prevention. Last year, the new fire chief, through a presentation by two Cromwell firefighters, recognized the need and appropriateness of providing certified child safety car seat installations. These firefighters embraced the idea and attended certification training to conduct certified installations as they are trained in the installation of new safety seats,

JUMP TO FILE #110217105 inspection of existing safety seats and the instruction of the proper way to secure children in safety seats. One of the firefighters, Brett Hallden, who spearheaded the effort, also testified at committee hearings to enact the bill as well. The department has received a grant to assist in its efforts to conduct this vital service and provides it to anyone who needs this assistance at no charge. The newly implemented program is a first for the Cromwell Fire District and we are excited to add this to our list of community fire safety education and accident injury prevention, including our Fire Prevention Program, Smoke Detector Inspection/Installation Program, and Fire Extinguisher education. To date, the department has performed over 120 certified child safety car seat installations. The Cromwell Fire Department has certified personnel to install car seats available Monday – Friday from 6:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M. For your convenience, appointments are necessary to insure the availability of an installation technician by calling 860-635-6155. The Cromwell Police Department also has certified installers. For more information about Safe Kids Worldwide, please visit www.Safekids.org - MICHAEL TERENZIO


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Norwalk Firefighters Handle Structure Fire Norwalk, CT - The Norwalk Fire Department responded to a fire in a commercial building at 108 Water Street at 5:55 P.M. on October 24th. Norwalk combined dispatch received a call reporting smoke coming from the roof of a building on the corner of Water Street and Hanford. Further calls confirmed the address as 108 Water Street, which is a Landan and Rondano Marine repair shop. The first Engine arrived within two minutes of being dispatched. They encountered heavy smoke coming from the front door of the business. Engine-5 stretched a hose line, made entry into the store and encountered heavy fire in an office area. The fire did not spread outside of this office due to the fact that all the doors were closed that led to the rest of the repair shop. The rest of the building did encounter heavy smoke from the fire

JUMP TO FILE #103017104 that dissipated quickly with ventilation. The business owner was on scene and confirmed that the building was unoccupied. Multiple boats were in close proximity to the building, but the fire was extinguished before it could extend to any of them. In total, 25 suppression personnel arrived on scene utilizing three engines, two trucks, a rescue, and command car, along with support personnel from the Fire Prevention Bureau who were on scene to determined the cause and origin of the fire. No injuries were reported and at this time, the cause of the fire is still under investigation. - CHRIS KING

BILL COFFEYCAKE

(L to R): Bill Halstead, Chris Doyle and Bill Davin.

Firefighter of the Year Award Presented in Fairfield County Sandy Hook, CT - At the annual meeting of the Fairfield County Chiefs, Chris "Deck Gun" Doyle was awarded with the honor of Firefighter of the Year. After careful consideration of several nominees, Chris was chosen for the award. Chris served the city of Greenwich for many years and retired as

JUMP TO FILE #110117104 a Deputy Fire Marshal. He also serves his current hometown of Monroe, CT by being a member and past Chief of Stepney Vol. Fire Company for approximately 30 years.

Chris was presented with the award from two of his friends, Sandy Hook Fire Chief Bill Halstead and Monroe Fire Marshal Bill Davin. - KARIN HALSTEAD

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House Fire Contained to One Room in Montville Montville, CT - At 10:37 A.M. on Thursday, October 19th, the Montville FD with automatic aid from Mohegan, Oakdale, Chesterfield, Quaker Hill and the Mohegan Tribal FAST, were dis- JUMP TO FILE# patched to 260 102017106 Maple Ave. for a fire on the first-floor of a dwelling. Engine 13 arrived to find light smoke showing from the first-floor of a two-story, wood-frame. Members stretched a one-and-three-quarter inch cross lay into the first-floor and quickly knocked the fire. Cohanzie's Ladder 55 was added to the assignment because Montville's Ladder was out of service. Tankers from Bozrah, Colchester, East Great Plain, Gardner Lake and Salem were added to the assignment, but quickly cancelled because Montville's second engine was able to get a water supply from the hydrant across the street. One occupant was evaluated for smoke inhalation. The fire marshal's office is investigating. - RYAN FLAHERTY

The event was very well attended by the residents of Norwich.

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Driver Strikes Parked Car in Norwich Norwich, CT - While Norwich Companies were performing confined space training on Monday, November 6th, Engines 2 and 3 were dispatched to the area of 307 Main Street for a car accident with a person injured. Companies arrived to find a male that was not alert who had driven into the side of a parked car. Engine 2 assisted American Ambulance with patient care while Engine 3 secured the vehicles. Luckily, the people on the sidewalk were a few feet away when the accident occurred.

Baltic Fire Engine Co. #1 Hosts Safe Halloween Program Baltic, CT - In October, Baltic Fire Engine Co. #1 hosted a Safe Halloween Program that drew over 1,100 trick or treaters! Pictured is a line of children and parents going table to table to fill thier bags with candy and chips, as well as a free fire/smoke detector for Sprague residents.


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Overturned Vehicle with Fatality in Weston Weston, MA - On November 8th, a call went out to Weston Fire Department for an overturned car at Wellesley and Newton Streets. Upon arrival, firefighters found the car on its roof and a utility pole split in half. The driver was given CPR and transported to Newton Wellesley Hospital where he was pronounced dead. The accident occurred when another car struck a deer and forced it into the deceased driver's car.

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The word ambulance is derived from the Latin “ambulare� which means to move about. It was used to describe the lifting or moving about of patients on two- wheeled carts. The Spanish first used such carts for emergency transport in 1487.

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JOHN SJOSTEDT

ATV Accident in Plympton Cranberry Bog

Plympton, MA - On October 8th, firefighters responded to the cranberry bogs on Main Street for an ATV that was overturned in the bog. First arriving companies found an ATV upside down in the bog. There was no patient in the area. The ATV was removed from the bog. The patient was later found at his residence with non-life-threatening injuries.

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Car Crashes into Pole in Whitman Parking Lot

Whitman, MA - Shortly after 8:00 A.M. on the morning of Friday, October 27th, the Whitman Fire Department responded to the parking lot of 688 Bedford Street for a reported car into a barrier. Ambulance-249, Engine-243 and Car-3 responded. When companies arrived, they found a single car had crashed into the concrete barrier holding a handicap parking sign in the nearly empty parking lot for the Rockland Trust Bank. The driver reported that the solar glare had blinded him and they collided with the pole, right in the front middle of the vehicle. No one was injured in the accident, and the Plymouth County Sheriff's Department BCI unit was called in for photo evidence.


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Car Catches Fire After Crashing in Waltham Waltham, MA - On October 24th, Mass State Police received a call for an accident on I-95 north in Waltham involving three vehicles, one of which was on fire. Waltham Engine 4, Squad 5, Rescue 1 and Medic 1 responded and found one car fully involved. There were no injuries reported. This was the second accident within six hours in the Waltham area that required I-95 to be shut down.

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Into Harm’s Way ON THE BOOK SHELF

by John Malecky

Into Harms Way By Lieutenant Paul Geidel, FDNY Available from: FSP Books & Videos 188 Central Street, Suite #4 Hudson, MA 01749-1330 1-800-522-8528 E-mail: support@fire-policeems.comj www.fire.police.ems.com Price: $24.99 This book is soft cover and measures 6-inches by 9-inches. It has 45 chapters within 187 pages. It is loaded with pictures as well so it is an easy read! The forward is written by the author's wife where she explains that the content is made up of his three most avid interests: FDNY Rescue 1 (where he served most of his career), the Korean War (where he served in a bomber squadron), and fast pitch softball (of which he was an excellent pitcher.) Sadly, he is also the father of two FDNY firefighters who lost their lives. One of his sons lost his life on 9/11 and his body was

never found, while the second lost his life from ill health sustained by working on “the pile” trying to find his brother. There is a third brother who also worked in the recovery effort and is still alive. The author was a lieutenant at Rescue 1 and is now in his mid 80’s. He served the department during the ‘50’s, ‘60’s and ‘70’s and so this book is made up of many interesting and sorrowful stories that played out during that era including the 23rd Street Fire; the 1960 midair collision of two jets, each landing in a different borough; and the Constellation fire which occurred not too long after. Korean War stories are also interesting ones, and of course the fast pitch softball stories add a flair. As you can tell, the stories are not long and the pictures make reading it go a lot faster. If you are or were a firefighter, especially a career one, you will appreciate some of the comical stories and horseplay around the station which you just may relate to or recall some of your own. The stories are not in chronological order and they do bounce from one subject to another, but all in all it is another book that must be read. A color photo of his son, Gary is in the book and is removable. May he and all of our heroes rest in peace!

JOHN SJOSTEDT

MVA with Medflight in Hanover Hanover, MA - On October 21st, Hanover Fire Department responded to Hanover Street at Plain Street for an MVA. Boston Medflight was requested and landed at LZ#1 - Sylvester Field. One patient was transported by Medflight to Boston.


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What Do You Have to Offer? Chaplain's Corner Didymus McHugh

I have been watching about all of the disasters that have been happening. As part of the fire service, I responded to calls during Hurricane Irene, Super Storm Sandy and more than I can remember. As responders and caring people, we want to help. We raise money to send to help others. We gather new toys, new clothes, things needed for the household, whatever we can. We send it to places in need and hope that it makes a difference. We as a family of responders cannot sit on the side lines. I have the honor to be able to respond to places effected by hurricanes. I was able to speak to other responders and some stories need to get out, like the police officer that did not need money from the overtime that he received from working security at the shelters. He took the money that he earned and put it in the visor of his cruiser. He was able to take the money and put it in the hands of people who were in need. No forms. No waiting. Immediately helping. I don’t know about you but I do not have all that money. My mind went to a person that I had heard about at the gate of a temple. The man was lame from birth and had to beg to survive. We have seen people begging many times, especially in certain areas. Well, Peter and John were going into the temple. Peter looked at the man and said to him, “Silver and gold I do not have, BUT what I do have I give you: in the name of Jesus, rise up and walk.” And the man was able to walk and leap. Acts 3 I know that all of us cannot do a miracle; but what can we do? What do we have to give? You would be surprised at what we have to give. First responders love to give. You give of yourselves on calls. We have our strength. We have our time. There are others things very important to the people who have gone through a disaster that also means so much. You have compassion. You have ears to listen to someone’s story. When I working in shelters, I was asked many questions by so many people. Where are my ani-

mals? What time is the next meal? So many questions that I had to research the answers because I did not have the answers. We don’t always need to have the answer. I was able to help some elderly people get their meals since they did not have the mobility. I was able to try to get a table, so some could play dominos but I want to share something that will stay with me forever. I was in a shelter and an older gentleman came up to me. He asked me if I was the chaplain. I said “yes, I am”. “You’re a man of God?” “Yes, I am.” Then came the best question “can I have a hug?” “Of course you can.” The man put his head on my right shoulder as he hugged and then the left shoulder for another hug. He looked at me and asked if I would pray for him. I told him that I would. As I was going to pray with him there, he put his head on my right shoulder for a hug, then the left side for another hug and then he went away crying. He may have lost everything, or may have been homeless before everything started. I don’t know. But his need was so simple. He needed human contact. We take for granted how much we can help people, just by being there. If the only reason that I went to work in the shelters for two weeks was to give that hug, then it was worth the trip. Think of how many opportunities you may have to really have an impact on someone’s life. What do you have to offer? What skills? Do you have ears to listen with compassion? Arms to come around someone who may have nothing? God has blessed us all so much. We may not be wealthy but as we live life the most important thing that we can give is … ourselves. Thank you to all our brothers and sisters who have been responded in the times of tragedy. Thank you to those who took care of their families and as soon as they were safe, kept responding to calls to help others. It is an honor to be associated with people who give of themselves. It was a pleasure to work with people from New Hampshire to Washington state, Alaska, Hawaii and the entire country. Who knows, maybe others will take other training for disasters and maybe I will see you in the shelters. Stay safe, Didymus McHugh

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Victim Suffering Third-Degree Burns Flown from Pembroke Pembroke, MA - Around 1:45 P.M. on October 23rd, the Pembroke Fire Department responded to 30 Riverside Drive, at Markings Incorporated, for a report of a person suffering burns. Companies arrived to find a 26-year-old male victim with third-degree burns on his arms, bilaterally. Paramedics requested Boston MedFlight to respond to transport the patient. They were available with a 15-20 minute ETA to the landing zone at 139 Church Street,

JUMP TO FILE #102317130 Kohl's. Police and fire apparatus secured the landing zone as bystanders gathered to watch. Markings Incorporated utilizes paints for marking roads and parking lots. The hot paint reportedly discharged from a machine or vehicle, burning the victim. Boston MedFlight landed and took over patient care from the

Pembroke paramedics. The victim was assisted from Pembroke's ambulance to an awaiting Boston MedFlight stretcher, then loaded into the helicopter. Yellow paint was visible on the victims head. The patient was transported to the Rhode Island Hospital in Providence. The cause of the incident is currently under investigation. - PAT TRAVERS

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Trash Truck Fire in Weston Causes Traffic Delays

Weston, MA - On October 24th, both the Weston and Waltham Fire Departments received multiple calls for a trash truck on fire on I-95 northbound in Weston. Weston sent Engines 1 and 3 to the scene while Waltham sent Engine 4 and Squad 5. Upon arrival, firefighters found the truck fully involved. Waltham Engine 1 was requested for additional water. It took firefighters about 30 minutes to contain the fire. State Police had to shut down all four lanes of the northbound lane for approximately 45 minutes during the incident.

Kingston, MA - Tankers from Carver and Plymouth assisting at a landfill fire in October.

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Waltham Fire Lieutenant Honored for 37 Years of Service Waltham, MA - Waltham Fire Lt. Jack Foley was feted on October 29th at the Moody Street fire station. Jack, an icon on Ladder 2, served 37 years on the department. (L to R): Deputy Tony Capello, Lt. Jack Foley and Mayor Jeanette McCarthy read a city citation.


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FACES OF NEW ENGLAND’S EMERGENCY SERVICES

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Kingston, MA Firefighter Bob Veno working a landfill fire in October.

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Pembroke, MA Firefighter Andy Scanlon awaits outside of the ambulance during a recent incident. PAT TRAVERS/NEFIREPHOTO.COM

Norwich, CT Firefighters Local 892 was proud to support the Backus Hospital Breast Health Initiative with a $500 donation. Throughout the month of October, their members proudly wore pink T-shirt’s in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month and raised money for the worthy cause. LOCAL 892

Waltham, MA F.D. Moody Street station members.

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Hanson, MA Firefighter/Paramedic Sean Gerraughty working a house fire in October.

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Two Sheds Consumed by Flames in Whitman Whitman, MA - Around 12:30 A.M. on the morning of Monday, October 23rd, the Whitman Fire Department struck their Box-55 for a reported fire at 28 Pearl Street, on the corner of Erin Street. Engine-243, Ladder-246 and Car-3 responded. Companies ar- JUMP TO FILE# rived to find two 102317100 8'x10' sheds well involved. Lieutenant Tim Clancy reported that the fire was impinging on a residence adjacent to the sheds. Crews stretched two hand lines to the fire, quickly knocking down the flames. Crews used foam to darken down the flames and overhauling, as it was reported that there was a lot of fuel and equipment stored in the sheds. Companies had the heavy fire knocked down within 10 minutes. Companies remained onscene overhauling and checking for any extension. The Plymouth County Sheriff's Department BCI unit was called in to photograph the scene and to assist in investigation. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation. No injuries were reported. - PAT TRAVERS

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Two sheds were well involved when crews arrived.

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The Hanson engine on-scene.

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Working House Fire in Hanson Hanson, MA - Around 11:45 A.M. on the morning of Thursday, October 26th, the Hanson Fire Department responded to 233 High Street for a reported house fire. Companies arrived to find smoke showing from a two-and-ahalf story wood-framed dwelling. A working fire was requested as crews had a fire on the first-floor near the rear of the building. Firefighters stretched in and quickly knocked down the heavy fire. Multiple lines were stretched and operated to knock down hot

JUMP TO FILE #102717102 spots. No one was home at the dwelling at the time of the fire. Whitman and Pembroke engines responded to the scene while a Halifax engine covered Hanson's fire station. No injuries were reported and the cause of the fire is currently under investigation. - PAT TRAVERS

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Landfill Fire in Kingston Quickly Contained Kingston, MA - On October 13th, firefighters responded to the landfill on Marion Drive for reports of smoke coming from the side of the landfill. Front-end loaders were called to assist with removing debris from the pile. Tankers from Plymouth and Carver were called in to assist with water supply.


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East Greenwich Firefighters Hold Fundraiser for One of Their Own East Greenwich, RI - East Greenwich Firefighters IAFF Local #3328 held a fundraiser on Monday, October 23rd for one of their own firefighters. Edward "TJ" Matola JUMP TO FILE# has been out of 102517111 work since August following a very serious motorcycle accident in Pennsylvania. TJ Matola has been a Paramedic for over 20-years, and has been with the East Greenwich Fire Department as a firefighter, paramedic and EMS Coordinator for over 12-years. He has three young children, and his wife Kerri of 17-years. TJ has had several surgeries and is on a long road to recovery. East Greenwich Firefighters held a benefit dinner at the East Greenwich Veteran Fireman's Hall. Dinner was donated by Texas Roadhouse for all those who attended. Countless raffle prizes were available, along with

Lt. Joseph Webster and Chief Richard Waterman.

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Harmony Fire District Lieutenant Recognized as Volunteer Firefighter of the Year Glocester, RI - Recently, both the Laurel Grange #40 in Harmony, RI and the Rhode Island State Grange recognized Harmony Fire District's Lieutenant Joseph Webster as their Volunteer Firefighter of the Year. Not only does he perform his duties as a Firefighter and EMT, providing emergency care to the sick and the injured, but he has also contributed countless hours supporting the information technology needs for the Harmony Fire District. This includes RI EMS reporting and radio/cellular communication services, so our Firefighters and EMTs receive emergency calls for service.

JUMP TO FILE #103117102 Lt. Webster also mentors newer members and has an inspiring presence. His assistance has helped to build a good morale base with the crew. He displays a positive attitude which inspires other members to help. Lt. Webster’s participation has contributed to the overall success of the Harmony Fire District. Congratulations for this well-deserved recognition!

- KIMBERLY BARBER

TJ is seated while his brothers and sisters from the Fire & Iron MC pose for a picture with him at the fundraiser. PAT TRAVERS/NEFIREPHOTO.COM

a 50/50. The hall was packed full of fellow firefighters, family, friends, and members of the Fire & Iron MC, a firefighters motorcycle club that TJ is the President of Station 60 in Coventry, RI. At the end of the evening, TJ and his family was handed over $14,000 in donations from that

evening alone, including the 50/50 winner's share of over $1,000, which he generously donated back to TJ. We wish TJ a speedy recovery and hope to see him back to work soon! - PAT TRAVERS


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The Amherst, NH Fire Department runs this 2002 Pierce Dash as Engine 3, seen here at the 2017 Manchester, NH Fire Prevention Parade held on October 8th.

APPARATUS FOR SALE The Board of Fire Commissioners of the Uniondale Fire District will accept sealed Bids until 2:00 pm, June 19, 2017, for the sale of one (1) Red 2005 International Ambulance. Add’l detailed info can be obtained. At 3pm, June 19, 2017, bid(s) will be opened and publicly read aloud. Vehicle is to be sold “as is”. The minimum accepted bid for the vehicle is $35,000 w/ firematic pkg. Sealed bid(s) may be delivered in person to District Office M-F 9:00a-5:00p at 501 Uniondale Ave., 2nd Floor, Uniondale, NY 11553. Sealed bid(s) must be marked “Bid for 2005 International Ambulance”. Sealed bid(s) must be accompanied with a check in the amount of ten percent (10%) of the bid price submitted or the bid will not be accepted. Contact District Secretary at (516) 481-8411 8:30a-5:00p M-F. The final sale payment is to be by certified or bank check. The Uniondale Fire District reserves the right to reject any and all bids.


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