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Boston, MA - During a rainy, early-season Nor'easter in Boston on October 27th, Boston Fire Alarm received calls for a building fire on Hemenway Street. First-due Engine 37 reported smoke and fire showing from the middle floors of a five-story brick apartment building. - See full story on page 18

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Firefighters Rescue Elderly Resident from Apartment Fire in New Britain New Britain, CT - An elderly resident was removed from the fourth floor of an apartment by the bucket of a ladder truck during a structure fire on October 23rd. The resident became trapped inside the apartment after their exit was blocked off by the JUMP TO FILE# fast-moving fire. 102418102 Firefighters arrived at 38 Broad Street just after 3:30 P.M., with heavy smoke showing from the fourth floor rear of a four-story brick building. A second-alarm was called in shortly after their arrival. Crews quickly stretched a line to the fourth floor, knocking down the fire and quickly bringing it under control. There were no injuries reported and the cause of the fire is under investigation. - MICHAEL CARENZA JR

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Fairfield County Fire Chief’s Emergency Plan Announces Firefighter of the Year

Sandy Hook, CT - During the annual dinner meeting of Fairfield County Fire Chief's Emergency Plan held on October 24th, Doug Bogen was surprised to receive the Firefighter of the Year award. Doug is a past Chief with the Long Hill Fire Dept. in Trumbull. He is still active with the company, and a top responder. (L to R): Monroe Fire Marshal Bill Davin, recipient Doug Bogen, and Sandy Hook Chief Bill Halstead.

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American Medical Response Holds Event to Honor Veteran Employees New Haven, CT - On November 9th, an event was held in New Haven by American Medical Response to honor their employees who have served, as well as community members. Pictured are members of Quilts of Valor, the organization that makes quilts for veterans, which were given to those at the event.

Norwalk, CT - The Norwalk Fire Department responded to a fire on Wednesday evening, November 14th just after 6:30 P.M., at 61 Rampart Road. The fire was located in the ceiling and the inaccessible attic space of a two bedroom addition to a single-story ranch style home. The husband, wife and their two children evacuated the home when they smelled smoke and called 911. The husband then went back in to attempt to put out the fire with a garden hose before firefighters arrived, but had to leave as the smoke charged the attic space and started to fill the house. Firefighters had to pull down the bedroom ceil-

JUMP TO FILE #111518101 ing and vent the roof to extinguish the flames, which engulfed the attic space. Heat, smoke and water damage was confined to the two bedroom addition. The family made arrangements to stay with friends until repairs could be made. Fire Inspector Luca Feola was investigating the cause of the fire. Twenty five firefighters responded to the scene with three engines, two trucks, a rescue and command car. - NORWALK FIRE DEPT.

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Georgia: Barry Everett, 42 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: August 8, 2018 Death Date: August 8, 2018 Fire Department: DeKalb County Fire Rescue Initial Summary: Firefighter Barry Everett worked a 24-shift and responded to multiple emergencies, the last emergency being at 0000hrs. During shift change, at 0800hrs, Everett was found deceased in bed at the fire station. The nature and cause of fatal injury are still to be reported. California: Andrew Brake, 40 Rank: Heavy Equipment Mechanic Incident Date: August 9, 2018 Death Date: August 9, 2018 Fire Department: CAL FIRE Initial Summary: On Aug. 9, 2018, at 12:19 a.m., Heavy Equipment Mechanic Andrew Brake was driving northbound on Highway 99 when his CAL FIRE support vehicle left the road, hit a tree and burst into flames. He was the only person in the vehicle. The collision happened near Los Molinos in Tehama County. Brake was assigned to the Carr Fire, burning in Shasta and Trinity counties. Oklahoma: Madison Lee Clinton, Jr., 54 Rank: Assistant Chief Incident Date: August 10, 2018 Death Date: August 10, 2018 Fire Department: Friendship Volunteer Fire Department Initial Summary: Assistant Chief Clinton was engaged in fire suppression activities at a residential structure fire. During the operation, the structure collapsed and pinned him under the roof. Clinton died at the scene. North Carolina: Jeff Holden, 32 Rank: Assistant Chief Incident Date: August 13, 2018 Death Date: August 13, 2018

Fire Department: Orange Rural Fire Department Initial Summary: On Aug. 13, 2018 at 11:09 a.m., Assistant Chief Holden responded to a rescue call for a trapped person that required him to enter a trench on West Ten Road in Efland, North Carolina. At 2:50 p.m., while still working his shift, Holden was found unresponsive at the fire station. All attempts to revive him by the crew on shift and additional emergency workers were unsuccessful. The nature and cause of fatal injury are still to be reported. Utah: Matthew Burchett, 42 Rank: Battalion Chief Incident Date: August 13, 2018 Death Date: August 13, 2018 Fire Department: Draper City Fire Department Initial Summary: Battalion Chief Burchett was injured while on the fire line of the Ranch Fire, a part of the Mendocino Complex Fire north of San Francisco, California. Burchett was airlifted to a local hospital where he passed away from the injuries he sustained. The nature and cause of the fatal injury are still to be reported. Burchett was one of five firefighters sent from the Draper City Fire Department in Utah to help fight the California wildland fires through a mutual aid agreement with CAL FIRE. Pennsylvania: Michael Reese, 53 Rank: Fire Chief Incident Date: August 23, 2018 Death Date: August 23, 2018 Fire Department: Willow Street Fire Company Initial Summary: Fire Chief Michael Reese responded to a vehicle accident during the early morning hours on 08/23/18. Several hours later that day, Reese suddenly passed away at his home. The nature and cause of fatal injury are still to be reported.


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Firefighters Keep Damage to Attached Garage of Newington Home Newington, CT - On the evening of November 2nd, the members of the Newington Volunteer Fire Department were attending their annual awards dinner. Task Force 51, with companies from Wethersfield, Rocky Hill, Cromwell and Berlin, were provid- JUMP TO FILE# ing station coverage 110318100 during this event. Around 10:20 P.M., a call went out for a fire in an attached garage at 52 High Ridge Drive. Task Force companies responded with reports that the garage was fully involved. Members from all four towns did a great job working together to quickly bring the fire under control and kept it from spreading to the interior of the house. - MICHAEL CARENZA JR

Task Force 51 firefighters working on the garage.

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Fully Involved Car Fire on I-84 in Danbury

Danbury, CT - On November 1st at 5:23 A.M., the Danbury Fire Department was dispatched to a reported car fire on Interstate 84 eastbound, at Exit 2. Fire and State Police units arrived to find a passenger car with heavy fire issuing from the front end. The fire was extinguished quickly and units were back in service within the hour.

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The company patch for Engine 12 of the Bridgeport, CT Fire Department.


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OLD & NEW

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The Dayville Fire Co. in Killingly operated a 1987 Spartan Olympian/LTI/GK 110' Quint for many years. It had a 1500-GPM pump with a 300-gallon water tank. The Spartan was retired in 2016 when a new Pierce Velocity 107' Quint arrived. It has a 1500-GPM pump, like its predecessor, with a 500-gallon tank.

Former Dayville Ladder 163.

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Firefighters conducting overhaul.

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Fully Involved Garage Fire in Westport

Current Dayville Ladder 163.

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WHERE ARE THEY NOW?

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Windham County, CT - East Thompson Tanker 285 is a 1996 Freightliner that was built by 4-Guys. It hauls 3000-gallons of water and is rated at 1000-GPM pumping capacity. The apparatus was acquired in 2017 from the West Annapolis FD in Anne Arundel County, Maryland. It retains the colors from that department in its new assignment.

Westport, CT - At 11:12 P.M. on November 1st, the Westport Fire Department received multiple calls reporting a house fire in the area of Sherwood Drive. The initial response was four Engine Companies, one Ladder Truck, Car 3 from Westport (shift JUMP TO FILE# commander), and a 110118101 Norwalk Fire Engine. Engine 5 arrived first and reported a fully involved working fire in a detached two-car garage. The next arriving engine company established a water supply at the nearest fire hydrant. Additional responding companies assisted with fire attack and exposure protection of nearby homes. Fairfield Fire Department was called to cover fire headquarters during the duration of the incident. Westport Police were called to help with traffic and crowd control. Westport EMS provided medical evaluation for the residents as well as rehabilitation for firefighters. The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Westport Fire Marshal’s Office. - BERNIE MEEHAN

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The garage was fully involved upon firefighters' arrival.


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Retail Stores Affected by Smoke from Trash Compactor Fire at Norwalk Walmart

New Marlborough, Massachusetts Fire & Rescue Firefighter Brittney Lane designed this beautiful tattoo herself, displaying a dreamcatcher featuring a Maltese cross with her number.

Norwalk, CT - The Norwalk Fire Department responded to a trash compactor fire at the Main Avenue Walmart on the morning of November 26th at 7:59 A.M. The compactor/dumpster was located at the rear of the store and attached through the wall to the warehouse section of the building. When firefighters arrived, smoke from the fire had filled the warehouse and created a light haze within the retail

JUMP TO FILE #112618118 area. While firefighters were working to extinguish the fire, additional fire crews worked to limit the smoke infiltration into the retail areas. Firefighters had to call the dumpster contractor to the scene to remove the unit from the building

and dump the contents in the parking lot for extinguishment. The store was ventilated and monitored before firefighters left the scene at 10:45 A.M. Fire Inspector Bryan Scully is investigating the cause of the fire and Health Department Inspectors were heading to the scene. - NORWALK FIRE DEPT.

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New London County, CT - Voluntown Engine Tank 253 has received a 2018 Spartan ERV 1500-GPM pumper on a Metro-Star chassis. It carries 1000-gallons of water. This truck replaces a 1994 International two-seater built by Emergency One that was sold to a department in Tennessee.


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Bethel & Stony Hill Battle Condo Fire Bucket truck rescue.

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Westport Tree Worker Rescued After Falling Westport, CT - On October 29th at 9:44 A.M., the Westport Fire Department responded to a report of a tree worker who had fallen from the bucket of a company’s vehicle. The fire department responded with a rescue truck, ladder truck, fire engine, and the shift commander. Additionally, the Westport Police Department and Westport EMS responded. Arriving units found a worker who had fallen from the bucket onto the roof of his truck. The patient sustained injuries from the fall and was treated on-scene by

JUMP TO FILE #102918100 the three responding agencies. The patient was packaged in a “stokes basket”, removed from the top of the truck and transported to Norwalk Hospital by Westport EMS. The condition of the patient is not known at this time, and the accident is under investigation by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. - BERNIE MEEHAN

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Bethel, CT - Just after 5:30 P.M. on Saturday, November 24th, Bethel and Stony Hill firefighters were dispatched to a reported structure fire in the Plumtrees Heights complex. Bethel Car 1 Scott Murphy arrived on scene and confirmed a JUMP TO FILE# working fire. 112718102 Bethel Police Department then began evacuating adjoining units. Crews were met with heavy fire coming from the rear of the condo on the second floor. BFD's E5 crew stretched a one-and-three-quarter inch line to the second floor to knock down the fire. Additional lines were stretched and the fire was under control within 20 minutes. Members remained on scene overhauling the unit and hitting hot spots. The fire damage was held to the unit of origin. Units on scene were Car 1, Engines 5, 1 and 3, Tower 1, Rescues 1 and 2, Bethel A1 and Stony Hill A3. The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Bethel Fire Marshal’s office. Two patients were transported to Danbury Hospital with minor injuries. Thank you to Brookfield Vol. Fire Dept., Candlewood Company Inc. and West Redding Vol. Fire Dept. for the station coverage. - THOMAS GALLIFORD

Fire showing from side 'C' upon arrival.

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New Beginnings Chaplain’s Corner Didymus McHugh

Just because we may have to get a calendar for a new year does not necessarily mean that we should hold off changing until January 1st. I know that many times we may set New Year’s resolutions, but how many of them do we see through until completion? There have been so many changes that we have made in our lives that did not wait for January 1st. When did you sign an application to join emergency services or another organization? How about starting a new job, if the fire services is not your paying job? Did you have a discussion with your wife to make sure that the baby was born on January 1st? She would laugh. So, you start to get the point. We have our clients who have to start new lives because of a house fire, or maybe a diagnosis from the doctor, or a love one died. We have people effected by tornados, wildland fires, hurricanes, and other natural disasters. These are traumatic events that we have no choice over, but they are a new beginning. I know that the phrase that I was not wild about was that it was the “new normal”. When someone has something like these events in their life, that comment will be the last thing that they want to hear. Think about the one person that you just had to rescue from their house and the only thing that they have is that bar of soap that they are clinging onto, or the slippers on their feet. They definitely have a new beginning, but it was thrust upon them. We do have new beginnings that we can control. You control when you want to stop smoking, start exercising, stop drinking, stop using that substance, or behaving a certain way and get assistance. We do have control of so

much in our lives; there are so many things that we do not realize we have control over, and then things that we have no control over. There are many new beginnings each and every day. Some we are joyful for, others are full of sadness and despair. The one thing that I want to let you know is that you are not alone in this thing called life. There are people around you to assist you. They may not know what to do but they just may be there to talk with you. But you are not alone. I have seen so many people who have gone through hell and back, who some people would see as crushed, but they made it through. They had someone, some people that they can rely on. No matter how challenging your new beginning is, remember that you always have God. He has never left you. He is here to listen to your praises and your gripes. If you ever feel like griping to God, just read from the book of Psalms. Many of the writings are written like the author is coming to God with all their problems and then they get that moment of clarity, the V-8 moment. God is there, is the strength that can be drawn upon. I wish that you all have the success in your new beginnings. Please don’t forget that the new beginning can be a minute from now. Remember the resources that you have, that you know about, and that you may discover resources that you never knew were right around you. Look for the inspiration. Listen to the whispers in the wind. Encouragement can come from anywhere at any time. I know that this article is being read by the one person who needs encouragement at this particular time. Most people may not believe it, but this is an appointment from God. He wants to give you the strength in your deepest time. He wants to encourage you for your next step. Stay safe, Didymus McHugh didymus-mchugh.com

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Several Injured After Bus Carrying Princeton Students Crashes into West Haven Building West Haven, CT - On the morning of November 10th, West Haven Police along with the West Haven Fire Department, West Shore Fire and American Medical Response, responded to Campbell Avenue and the Northbound I-95 exit 43 offramp for a reported coach bus versus building. Upon arrival units found that the 45-foot coach style tour bus had exited the highway, traveled across the intersection down a driveway and collided with a building, totally destroying it. Command was established and a mass casualty incident was declared. In addition, command requested a response from the Yale New Haven Hospital SHARPE team. Personnel stabilized both the bus and what remained of the building and extricated over 30 passengers plus the driver from the wreckage. Several passengers were transported to area hospitals for treatment of their injuries. Police and fire personnel remained on scene for several hours while an investigation into the cause of the accident was conducted. The vehicle was then removed from the wreckage using a heavy-duty wrecker and

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DEPARTMENT PROFILE

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The town of Scotland was established in 1857. It is the least populated town in Windham County, with less than 2,000 residents. Scotland Fire Department was completely volunteer until they recently appointed part time Firefighter/EMTs for day shifts. They are designated Station 16 by QV Dispatch.

The SFD fleet is unique and colorful. Their newest apparatus is Engine 116, which is a 2011 Toyne pumper built on an HME chassis. It has a 1250-GPM pump, 1000-gallon water tank and 30-gallons of class A foam. Engine-Tank 116 was originally a Ladder Truck in Cleveland, Ohio. This 1987 tandem axle Seagrave was converted to a tanker by V-Tec in 2001. It hauls 2500-gallons of water with a 1000-GPM pumping capacity. Both of these rigs are white.

Hose Tender 116 was originally in service down the Cape with the Mashpee Fire Department. This apparatus was built in 1986 by Middlesex on an International chassis. It has an LDH hose reel with 5000' of supply line. It also has a 1000-GPM rating. Tower 116 was acquired from the Camp Hill, Pennsylvania Fire Department. It replaced a MackCF Aerialscope that was retired. This 1979 Pierce Arrow has an 85' LTI boom. HT116 & Tower 116 are white-over-red. The department's brush truck, featured in the July/2018 issue of 1st Responder News, is a yellow power wagon. The fleet is rounded out with Ambulance 516, a BLS transport truck that was purchased from Tolland, Connecticut. This 2007 Ford E450 was built by LifeLine.

Engine 116

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Engine Tank 116

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Hose 116

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Torrington Responds to Three-Alarm Structure Fire

Torrington, CT - At approximately 10:01 P.M. on October 26th, the Torrington Fire Department responded to a reported structure fire at 79 Linden Street. Dispatch reported possible people trapped. Car 2 arrived with heavy fire showing on all floors of a two-and-a-half story, wood-frame dwelling. A third-alarm was transmitted, bringing in mutual aid from outside agencies. There were no reported injuries, and all occupants escaped on their own.

Tower 116

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Engine Co. 3 in Springfield has received the department's newest pumper, a 2018 Pierce Velocity PUC named the "Screaming Banshee". This apparatus has a 1500-GPM pump, 750-gallons of water and a 25-gallon foam tank. This will be the last rig to have a white roof. Future acquisitions will be black-over-red.

KENNETH LEGER

New Heavy Rescue Dedicated in Fall River

Fall River, MA - The Fall River FD recently dedicated a new truck, Heavy Rescue 1. The ceremony took place at the Bedford Street station, affectionately known as "The Big House". Dignitaries, active firefighters, retirees and the public gathered together to properly place the new truck into service. After remarks by the Chief of the Department and the City's Mayor, Fr. Michael Racine, Department Chaplain, blessed the new truck and the members who will respond on her. Retired Captain Ed Walsh, along with current Captain Frank O'reagan, wet down the new truck while the assembled members pushed it into its new bay. The retiring Rescue 1 was then saluted and driven away to begin service as a spare backup truck.

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Hudson has placed a 2018 Emergency One Typhoon 1500-GPM pumper into service as Engine 4. The new apparatus has a 1000gallon water tank and 30-gallons of class B foam. It's assigned to the substation at Central & Lincoln Sts.

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Onset Fire Department in the Town of Wareham recieved a 2018 International 7400 4x4 that was built by KME. This apparatus has a 1250-GPM pump with 1800-gallons of water and 50-gallons of foam on board.

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7-Alarm Fire Rips Through Boston Apartment Building Boston, MA - During a rainy, early-season Nor'easter in Boston on October 27th, Boston Fire Alarm received calls for a building fire on Hemenway Street. First-due Engine 37 JUMP TO FILE# reported smoke and 103118110 fire showing from the middle floors of a five-story brick apartment building. Crews immediately began rescuing residents from the upper floors in the back alley. A second and third alarm were quickly struck due to the size of the fire, the rescues being made, and the weather. Additional alarms were eventually struck, bringing a seventh-alarm response to the scene. Companies remained on scene into the night. The building was a total loss, with an estimated $10 million in damages and more than 100 people displaced, mostly area college students. It was later determined that the cause of the fire was electrical. - SEAN FESKO

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Boston firefighters battle a 7-alarm fire during a Nor'easter storm.

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FACES OF MASSACHUSETTS’ EMERGENCY SERVICES If you have photos you would like to see in our “Faces” feature please upload them on our website, www.1stResponderNews.com or email them to Lindsey@1stResponderNews.com.

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Barnstable County Technical Rescue and Dive Teams Participate in Statewide Homeland Security Drill

CHUCK LOWE

Marlborough FD recently took delivery of three new trucks built by Pierce. Chief Kevin Breen is seen here taking one of the new rigs for a test drive on a beautiful fall day. Chief Breen became the leader of the department in 2015 after completing three decades in Salem, NH where he rose through the ranks to become Chief.

Barnstable County, MA Members of the Barnstable County Technical Rescue and Dive Teams participated in Vigilant Guard 191, which is a full-scale civil-military training exercise, hosted by the Massachusetts National Guard with 46 federal, state, local and civilian organizations, November 5-9, held at various locations throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The Technical Rescue Team was assigned to Joint Base Cape Cod and performed breaching and

JUMP TO FILE #110918101 breaking, EMS and mass casualty exercises, and shoring operations at a simulated explosion and building collapse with a group of firefighters from the Boston metro area. Sixteen members of the Dive Team were deployed to northwest Massachusetts to participate in a variety of swift water rescue exercises with other water rescue trained first re-

sponder resources. Vigilant Guard is an exercise sponsored by US Northern Command that provides local, state and federal agencies, National Guard units, and private sector partners to cooperatively work together under real-life scenarios to improve emergency response plans, interagency relationships, communication capabilities, field operations, and interoperability. - ROBERT MORAN

LITTLE BIG GUYS If you have photos you would like to see in our Little Big Guys feature please upload them on our website, www.1stResponderNews.com or email them to Lindsey@1stResponderNews.com.

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Oxford FIRE-EMS recruit Firefighters Christopher Doeg, Nicholas Fresolo and Tyler Desautels. The trio are attending the Massachusetts Call/Vol. Firefighting Academy Recruit Program.

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Provincetown Foam 199 was a 1996 AM Hummer 4x4/Fire Attacker that protected the small airport at the end of the Cape.


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WHERE ARE THEY NOW? If your Department has photos you would like to see in our “Where are they Now?� feature, please upload them on our website, www.1stResponderNews.com or email them to Lindsey@1stResponderNews.com

JIM FORTIN JR

One Transported from Marlborough Rollover

Marlborough, MA - Marlborough Engine 1 and Rescue 1 were dispatched for a reported MVA with a vehicle rolled over on November 13th. Firefighters assisted one person out of the vehicle and EMS transported the patient with unknown injuries.

CHUCK LOWE

A 1998 Pierce Saber Foam Pumper that ran as Cambridge Engine 3 was purchased by Arlington in 2017. It operates as Engine 5, a department spare, and is housed at Headquarters.

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BUDDY SHOT If you have photos you would like to see in our “Buddy Shot� feature please upload them on our website, www.1stResponderNews.com or email them to Lindsey@1stResponderNews.com.

Members re-enter the building on Clayton St.

NATE ARNOLD

Springfield Firefighters Make Fast Work of Apartment Fire CAPT. RDL

Oxford FIRE-EMS Group 4 Firefighters, Gryncewicz and Lewis.

Springfield, MA - A fire that started in a first-floor unit's kitchen did an estimated $50,000 in damage and displaced four residents in the Brightwood Square section of the City of Springfield early on the morning of Saturday, November 10th. Springfield firefighters were called to the two-story, woodframe apartment building at 30 Clayton Street at 12:30 A.M., and arrived on scene within four min-

JUMP TO FILE #111018104 utes to find smoke pushing from the 'Bravo' and 'Delta' sides of the structure. Companies stretched hand lines through the first-floor entrance located on the 'Delta' side of the building and made fast work of the main body of fire, knocking it down within 10 minutes of arrival.

Members then spent the next hour overhauling and checking for extension on the first and second floors of the building before clearing the scene. While the point of origin has been determined, the Springfield Fire Department Arson Squad continues to investigate the cause of the fire. - NATE ARNOLD

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MVA with Rollover in Kingston Kingston, MA - Firefighters responded to an early morning MVA on October 27th near 5 Pembroke Street in Kingston. The driver of the vehicle reported that she struck a pole and the vehicle landed on its side after she fell asleep behind the wheel. Firefighters evaluated the driver and she refused treatment.

CHUCK LOWE

Acushnet Mass Engine 4 has been fighting fires for over 42 years. The 1976 Ford C900 apparatus was built by Farrar. It has a 1000-GPM pump and carries 500-gallons of water.


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DEPARTMENT PROFILE

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Middlesex County, MA - The Sherborn Fire Department is a call department that operates out of two stations under the command of Chief Erron Kinney. He brings extensive experience to the department, having worked his way through the ranks in Tennessee and South Carolina after completing his career in the National Football League. He was a Tight End on

the Tennessee Titans. Chief Kinney also served on the Tennessee State Firefighting Commission for seven years.

This department operates a variety of unique apparatus. There are 5 Engines companies, a Quint and one forestry tanker on the roster. In addition, the department runs a BLS ambulance that's staffed by per-diem fire-

fighter/EMTs Monday-Friday.

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Engine 4 - 2011 Pierce Saber PUC 1500-GPM pumper with 1250gallons of water and 30-gallons of class A foam. There is a CAFS system on board.

Quint 1 - 2016 Rosenbauer Commander 78' Aerial Ladder. This apparatus has a 2000-GPM pump with 1500-gallon water tank, 30-gallon class A foam tank and 20-gallon class B foam tank. There is a CAFS system on board. CHUCK LOWE

Engine 2 - 1990 Mack MR, built by Ranger. It features a 1500-GPM pump with two hose reels that carry 5,000-feet of 5-inch supply line. CHUCK LOWE

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Engine 5 - 2013 Ford F-550 4x4 brush pumper that flows 200-GPM. It has a 292-gallon water tank with 8-gallons of foam.

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Engine 6 - 1986 IHC S-1800 4x4 built by Farrar with a 750-GPM front-mount pump and 1000-gallon water tank.

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Engine 3 - 2004 Pierce Dash 1500-GPM pumper tanker with 2500-gallons of water on board.

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Brush 1 - 1987 AM General 5-ton with 500-GPM pump and 1200gallon water tank.


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Three Alarms Called for Southborough House Fire Southborough, MA - The Southborough Fire Dept. was alerted for a reported fire in the residence at 7 Wyndemere Drive at 7:00 A.M. on November 15th. First JUMP TO FILE# arriving units found 111518103 smoke showing from the roof of a large wood-frame residential structure. A second-alarm was quickly requested to bring in surrounding towns. Crews stretched multiple hand lines to the upper floor where they found fire in the attic. Firefighters had a difficult time accessing the fire, but had the majority of the flames knocked down within 30 minutes. A third-alarm was eventually called to bring in relief crews. Companies remained on scene with extensive overhaul. No injuries were reported and the cause is under investigation. - JIM FORTIN

Companies arrived to smoke showing from the roof.

JIM FORTIN JR

Vehicle News Wilbraham Fire Department has placed two new apparatus into service.

Ladder 1 is a 2018 Pierce Impel 107' Quint with ascendant aerial. It has a 1500-GPM pump and 500-gallons of water on board. It replaces a traditional rear-mount ladder truck that was 31-years-old.

Rescue 1 is a 2018 Ford Expedition 4x4. This is an ALS capable Class 5 Ambulance that is utilized as a fly car. It can run along with the town's transporting Medic units or independently. This SUV replaces an older vintage Ford Explorer that served the same purpose.

DICK SCIALABBA

Hinsdale Firefighters Handle Multiple Incidents During Severe Storm Wilbraham Ladder 1

Wilbraham Rescue 1

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Hinsdale, MA - A severe rain and wind storm on October 20th tested the limits of the Hinsdale Vol. FD as wind gusts of 50 mph combined with torrential rain brought down trees and power lines in several areas of town. The first and most difficult to deal with was dispatched at 12:41 P.M. for a tree down that also took down a 24,000 volt power line on Maple Street (State Route 143). The line was burning into the road as well as on the property of a residence. Chief Larry Turner and Quick Attack/Brush 8 went to the

JUMP TO FILE #111418105 scene to block off and divert traffic away from the incident while awaiting Eversource utility crew's arrival. This incident was followed in rapid succession by trees and/or wires down on Smith, Middlefield, Buttermilk and East Washington Roads, all handled by Engine 2 and Squad 1, manned by 13 firefighters. Crews used chainsaws for tree removal where possible and

blocked roads/diverted traffic in locations involving utility wires. The Route 143 incident was the most significant issue due to the amount of traffic that had to be rerouted, and the extended time period required for utility crews to repair pole/wire damage. Also responding to these incidents, which occurred within a 45 minute period, were the Hinsdale Police and Highway departments. All Hinsdale fire units were returned to service by 4:30 P.M. - RICHARD SCIALABBA


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Firefighters work an 8-alarm fire in Pepperell.

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Eight-Alarm Fire Ravages Through Pepperell Junkyard Pepperell, MA - In the early afternoon hours of Friday, November 23rd, Pepperell firefighters were dispatched to a garage fire at Wilson junkyard. The first arriving engine had heavy fire showing and requested tankers to the scene. Due to the building being in a non-hydrant area, two tanker task forces were called to the scene; one from Massachusetts and one from New Hampshire. The build-

JUMP TO FILE #112418114 ing was 30,000-feet with fire throughout. Additional alarms were struck for more manpower. In all, eight alarms were struck and many hours were spent on scene to bring this fire under control. - DAVID BRYCE

JOHN SJOSTEDT

MVA with Entrapment and Traumatic Injuries in Plymouth

Plymouth, MA - Firefighters responded to Route 3 South, between Exits 5 and 6, for a vehicle that struck a street sweeper on November 1st. Upon their arrival, firefighters found the operator of the vehicle heavily trapped. Two Engines and the Rescue were called to the scene to help extricate the victim, who was then transported by ground with traumatic injuries.

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2018 Veterans Day Services Held in Waltham Waltham, MA - On November 11th, Waltham Fire Department members participated in the 2018 Veterans Day services held on the Waltham Common at the Circle of Remembrance. Members of Oxford FIRE-EMS at the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy S09 Graduation.

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Light smoke pushes from the 'A' side entrance as members use a water can to try and knock down a hot spot.

Simultaneous Fires Keep Holyoke Jakes Busy on a Friday Night

KEVIN MOSIO

A Barre FF exits the front door with a heavy smoke condition behind him inside the structure.

Quick Stop on Basement Fire in Barre Barre, MA - At 8:47 P.M. on October 21st, a 911 caller reported smoke coming from their neighbor's house at 122 Valley Road. Barre Stations 1 and 2 were toned out. On arrival, Car 1 confirmed smoke was showing from a onestory ranch with a report of people possibly in the basement. A working fire assignment was then transmitted. The first-due engine stretched a line and began an interior attack while Ladder 1 conducted a primary search. Companies found a room and contents fire in a finished basement room. The fire was quickly knocked down. As the primary search was being conducted, numerous cats were rescued and handed off to EMS

JUMP TO FILE #102218118 where they were treated for burns and smoke inhalation. The home was uninhabited at the time of the fire and the basement sustained heavy fire damage. There were no injuries. In total, six cats were rescued and all are expected to survive. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation jointly between the Barre Fire Department, Barre Police Department, and State Troopers assigned to the Fire Marshal's office.

Holyoke, MA - The evening of Thursday, November 8th, proved to be a busy one for Holyoke firefighters as well as mutual aid firefighters from Chicopee and South Hadley. Shortly after 5:00 P.M., calls came in for the first fire of the night in a two-story, wood-frame, single-family dwelling at the corner of Loomis Ave. and Morgan Street in the Highlands section of the city. Companies arrived on scene within minutes to find heavy smoke showing from the basement windows and first-floor of the home. Before this fire fight could begin however, the Fire Alarm Office had to tone out for the second fire of the night; this one a room and contents fire reported on East Dwight Street,

JUMP TO FILE #111018103 sending the remaining engine and truck company in the city to that location. Meanwhile, on Loomis Avenue, crews attempted to initiate an interior attack via the front door on the 'Alpha' side of the home, only to find a large hole had burned through the floor just inside the door, making entry there impractical. With smoke now pushing from the second-floor windows, and knowing firefighters would be committed to the other scene on East Dwight Street for some time due to salvage and overhaul operations,

Loomis Ave. Command requested a second-alarm be struck, bringing mutual aid from Chicopee and South Hadley to the scene. The fire fight on Loomis continued for several hours with jakes knocking down the main body of fire, but then dealing with annoyingly persistent hot spots that continued to flare up in portions of the house that had be accessed via ground ladders. Two residents ultimately needed assistance from the Pioneer Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross after being displaced. The cause of the fire remains under investigation. - NATE ARNOLD

COMMAND VEHICLES

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- KEVIN MOSIO

Arlington C-2, the shift commander, operates a 2017 Ford Explorer 4x4.

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THEN & NOW If your Department has photos you would like to see in our “Then & Now” feature, please upload them on our website, www.1stResponderNews.com or email them to Lindsey@1stResponderNews.com

Lynnfield Engine 3 has operated with some interesting apparatus over the past few decades. This includes a big nose FWD, a Mack-CF and their current E-One Typhoon.

DAVID BRYCE

Car Fire in Fitchburg

Fitchburg, MA - Fitchburg firefighters extinguished a car fire on Whalon Street during the afternoon hours of October 30th. 1960 FWD/Farrar 1000-GPM with 500-gallon water tank.

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From Horses to Horsepower ON THE BOOK SHELF

by John Malecky

From Horses to Horsepower By Jack Wright Available from: The Fireman’s Hall Store 215-923-1438 W e b s i t e : Firemanshallstore.com Price $45.00 + Shipping This book is hard cover, 8 ¾ inch by 11 1/4 inch and has 272 pages of both black and white and color photos. The author is the Philadelphia Fire Department Historian and he has put together extensive, magnificent work! I've had the privilege and honor to contribute in a small way to the making of this book. In 1979, before I knew the author, I had an interest in Philadelphia fire apparatus and wrote to the fire commissioner for permission to photograph their apparatus for a historical collection for myself. I received the permission and spent the entire year photographing their apparatus, resulting in getting all but four of them, which included both active and spare apparatus except for ambulances and chief cars. I completed my mission the following year. It was the year that they took delivery of 32

American LaFrance pumpers, so in essence, 1979 was the best year for photos since they had many different makes and models or rolling stock. The author, after meeting me, asked for copies of the trucks which I gladly provided, and many are in this book! It filled many of the gaps in his collection. Be that as it may, he has compiled nine chapters of history of PFD apparatus which includes every make and model the department ever owned, detailed down to the number of each that had been ordered. Philadelphia through the years has had many interesting units. For many years they purchased pumpers with commercial chassis, mostly with International tilt cab, which was different for a large city. Nevertheless, that is what makes an apparatus buff’s hobby so interesting…to photograph rare makes, models and combinations. You the reader will share all of these as you thumb through this history! The airport crash trucks are of particular interest because they are purchased by the Department of Commerce and operated by Philadelphia firefighters. A couple of unique apparatus are the Calavar 125-foot Firebird operated by Ladder 2, and a Fire Halftrack that was originally quartered at Engine 62 and Ladder 34, and later at Engine 69 which is near the international airport. In my many years of reviewing books, this one is one of my favorites. If you purchased it, you will be glad you did!

1985 Mack CF/Emergency One 1500-GPM with 750 water and 50 foam tanks.

2005 Emergency One Typhoon 1250-GPM pump with a 750 water tank.

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THEN & NOW If your Department has photos you would like to see in our “Then & Now� feature, please upload them on our website, www.1stResponderNews.com or email them to Lindsey@1stResponderNews.com

Providence FD Special Hazards 1 is the department's Heavy Rescue. They currently operate a 2004 Pierce Arrow XT Heavy Rescue. The truck has an impressive design with the American Flag and an eagle on the box. The previous Special Hazards, a 1992 Heavy Rescue built by Ranger (a local manufacturer), on a Pemfab chassis, continues to serve the city as a back up heavy rescue. It saw heavy duty during its 12 years of front line service.

Vehicle News

Prior to the 1992 rig, the Special Hazards had another Ranger Heavy Rescue that was built on a Mack R chassis. That 1981 apparatus did 11 years in front line service before becoming a spare.

The current "Hazards" is now 16-years-old. It has served longer than both its predecessors. Based on the life span of its prior apparatus, the city should be looking at a replacement in the near future.

CHUCK LOWE

The Richmond Carolina Fire Department (Washington County) has placed this 2017 Smeal Sirius 2000-GPM pumper into service as Engine 611. It carries 750-gallons of water along with 30-gallons of class A foam and 30-gallons of class B foam.

1981 Mack R/Ranger

1992 Pemfab/Ranger

2004 Pierce Arrow XT

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DEPARTMENT PROFILE

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Lee, New Hampshire is a bedroom community of about 4,400. It's located just west of Durham, home to the University of New Hampshire, in the northeast corner of the state. Fire and Rescue services are provided by a combination department consisting of the Chief and a few paid members covering day tours every day. The remaining 25 members are paid on call.

The department also offers an explorer program for people aged 14-20.

The department's fleet is housed at the public safety center along with the police department. Although they respond on EMS calls, there are no ambulances and the department maintains a good working relationship with McGregor Memo-

rial Ambulance Corps. UNH Fire Alarm is responsible for communications.

The department operates a fleet of two engines, one tanker, a heavy rescue and two utility vehicles. All apparatus, except U1, are painted LFD's signature yellow. They also operate a pair of trailers for breathing supply and hazmat needs. CHUCK LOWE

Tanker 3 - 2015 Spartan Metrostar 2500-gallon tanker, built by Marion. It can pump 1500-GPM.

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Rescue 1 - 2003 International 4400 Heavy Rescue, built by Marion. CHUCK LOWE

Engine 1 - 2000 International S4900 1250-GPM pumper, built by KME. It has a 1000-gallon water tank.

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Utility 1 - 2011 Ford F-550 handles forestry and EMS responses.

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Engine 2 - 2004 Spartan 1250-GPM pumper, built by Marion. It holds 1000-gallons of water and 30gallons of class A foam.

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Utility 2 - 2003 Ford F-350 handles forestry and EMS responses.


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eLEND joins Heroes Mortgage Program to offer down payment assistance for heroes

For many Americans, funding the down payment necessary to realize a dream of home ownership simply is not possible; and squirreling away the dollars to do so on a limited budget could mean several years of renting and waiting to buy a house. In some cases, first responders and other community service employees have trouble affording homes in the areas where they work. With a purchase as big as buying a home, a little help can go a long way. The Advantage Program, introduced to the Heroes Mortgage platform by eLEND, helps hometown heroes like police officers, volunteer and paid firefighters, EMS workers, medical professionals and educators purchase a home within the community where they work, even in high-cost areas. The unique down payment assistance program was specifically designed for those who make a difference in other people’s lives, as well as first time home buyers. “The Heroes Mortgage platform helps connect members of the emergency services community with lenders that are specifically interested in working with them,” said Joseph P. Belsito, publisher of 1st Responder Newspaper. “The Advantage Program created by eLEND is exactly what makes the Heroes Mortgage Pro-

“We’re excited to introduce our Advantage Program to the Heroes Mortgage platform. It’s our way of trying to help hometown heroes advance their dreams of home ownership.”

- BILL PACKER Executive Vice President eLEND

gram a valuable resource for heroes in our community looking for home financing.” Grant provides help to homebuyers Many buyers wait patiently on the sidelines, saving money and watching interest rates rise. Unlike many other home buying assistance programs, eLEND’s Advantage Program provides a grant for the down pay-

ment. These resources can immediately build a borrower’s buying power, helping them act on a purchase more quickly for either that first home, or a move-up home as the family has grown and needs more space. Qualified buyers can receive grants up to 2% of the purchase price, minimizing the

down payment dollars needed at closing. The grant is “forgivable” so it doesn’t have to be paid back, and there are no resale or borrower repayment restrictions. In the state of Wisconsin, appraisal cost (up to $700) is credited back at closing. This program is not yet available in Hawaii or Washington. To qualify, a borrower need only meet one of the following very flexible requirements: a current, retired, volunteer or professional first responder (police officer, firefighter, paramedic, emergency medical technician, etc.), educator, medical personnel, civil servant or military personnel, or a first-time homebuyer or meet certain income requirements. “We’re excited to introduce our Advantage Program to the Heroes Mortgage platform,” said Bill Packer, executive vice president of eLEND, a division of American Financial Resources, Inc. “It’s our way of trying to help hometown heroes advance their dreams of home ownership.” For more information or to check your eligibility for The Advantage Program, visit www.heroesmortgage.com/AdvantageProgram or call 877-541-HERO.

For more information or to check your eligibility for The Advantage Program, visit www.heroesmortgage.com/AdvantageProgram or call 877-541-HERO.


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Portsmouth Rescue 7 has placed a 2018 Emergency One TyphoonX Heavy Rescue into service. This apparatus will be housed at Station 3 by Pease Tradeport and manned by Engine 3's crew when needed. The new Heavy Rescue replaces a 1985 Chevrolet/Betton roll-up "Pepsi Truck".

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THEN & NOW

MEMORIES

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The Falls Township, Pennsylvania Fire Department operated this 1999 Seagrave 100' rear-mount aerial until 2016 when it was replaced by a 2016 Seagrave Tower Ladder. The '99 unit was sold to Newington, New Hampshire. Newington has run the rig for the past two years, retaining its original color scheme from the Bucks County agency. NFD plans to replace this apparatus in the very near future. Falls Township is interested in re-acquiring the apparatus.

Original assignment in Pennsylvania.

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Current assignment in New Hampshire.

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Hampton Engine 4 operated a 1950 Mack pumper out of the beach station (Rockingham County). Its 500-GPM pump and 300-gallon tank were considered sufficient during that time period.

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Plaistow Engine 1 (Rockingham County) operated an unusual 1977 Howe pumper built on a Brockway chassis. It had a 1250-GPM pump with 500-gallons of water. Shown here in its yellow glory, the truck was later repainted red with a white roof.


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STILL IN SERVICE

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Brookline, New Hampshire Engine 4 (Hillsborough County) operates a 1984 GMC Top Kick pumper that was built by Farrar Fire Apparatus. The town has no hydrants, so they rely on this apparatus with its 2500-feet of LDH to get water to the scene. It has a 1000GPM pump, but no water on board. BFD is actively working to secure a grant that will replace this truck with a modern, more reliable version. The replacement will have a 2000-GPM pump, doubling its capabilities, and an additional 500-feet of LDH.


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