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Highgate, VT. On November 6, 2014 at approximately 1:00 p.m., the Highgate Fire Department responded to a sawdust shed on fire attached to a dairy barn. - See full story on pages 8



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Car rolls over, avoiding deer On October 10, 2014 at approximately 10:20 p.m., the Swanton Fire Department, Missisquoi Valley Rescue, and Swanton Police Department responded to Route 207 in Swanton for a one car rollover with no injuries. The driver said he avoided hitting a deer, lost control of the car, and rolled over.The driver was not injured. The accident is under investigation by the SPD.


Vehicle destroyed by fire On October 11, 2014 at approximately 12:55 a.m., the Highgate Fire Department and the Franklin County Sheriffs Department responded to a vehicle on fire on Frontage Road in Highgate near the sandpits. Firefighters checked the three sandpits and found nothing and were diverted by dispatch to Airport Road about four miles away to another sand pit. There were several narrow side roads in the wooded area. The vehicle was destroyed by fire and was well involved with fire before firefighters were called in addition to the firefighters given the wrong location by the 911 caller. The fire is under investigation. There were no injuries.

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Farm tractor and liquid manure spreader hits bridge Highgate, VT. On October 28th at approximately 1:00 p.m., Highgate Fire Department, Missisquoi Valley Rescue, and the Franklin County Sheriffs Department responded on Route 207 in Highgate Falls on the bridge for a tractor and liquid manure spreader versus bridge with injuries. The steering on the liquid manure spreader let go, causing the spreader to fishtail and the operator to lose control of the tractor, hitting the bridge.The spreader was empty and there was some leaking fluids from the tractor. It was contained by Highgate firefighters and no manure or fluids leaked into the river. The operator of the tractor was transported by MVR to a local hospital with a head and arm injury. Route 207 was closed to all traffic for approximately three hours. The FCSD is investigating the accident.

Three car motor vehicle crash on Interstate 89 Swanton, VT. On October 3, 2014 at approximately 6:45 p.m., Missisquoi Valley Rescue (MVR), Swanton Fire Department with Rescue/Pumper 13E2, and Vermont State Police (VSP) responded to Interstate 89 northbound near milemarker 120 for a three car MVA with minor injuries. VSP is investigating the accident.


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Car versus pole with injuries Highgate, VT. On September 11, 2014 at approximately 6:15 a.m., Highgate Fire Department, Missisquoi Valley Rescue (MVR), Franklin County Sheriffs Department, and Vermont State Police (VSP) responded to St. Armand Road in Highgate for a car versus a pole. The operator lost control of the car, hitting the pole and breaking it in half. The road was closed for several hours due to low hanging wires. The operator was transported to the hospital by a passerby. The extent of injuries are unknown. VSP is investigating the accident. Swanton Electric replaced the pole and restored power.


30 years with Berwick Fire Department Friends, family, and coworkers of Peacham, Vermont Fire Chief Jeff Berwick gathered on Monday, September 29 to celebrate Berwick's 30 years on the Peacham Fire Department. For 28 of those years, he has served as chief. Here, Chief Berwick holds an

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In memory of those who gave all 1st Responder Newspaper honors and remembers emergency responders lost in the line of duty Kentucky: Anthony “Tony” Lynn Grider, 41 Rank: Captain Incident Date: August 21, 2014 Death Date: September 20, 2014 Fire Department: Campbellsville Fire-Rescue Department Initial Summary: Captain Grider succumbed to injuries sustained 30 days earlier when he received a high-voltage electric shock during an "ALS ice water challenge" at Campbellsville University. Grider and a second firefighter, who has since been released from the hospital and is recovering from his injuries, were both injured in the bucket of an aerial ladder truck when, according to reports, energy from a nearby power line arced to the bucket. New York: Allen Westby, 67 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: September 22, 2014 Death Date: September 23, 2014 Fire Department: East Islip Fire Department Initial Summary: Firefighter Westby responded to alarm on the evening of September 22nd and was found deceased at his residence the following morning. The nature and cause of fatal injury are still to be determined. Arkansas: J.B. Hutton, Jr., 73 Rank: Assistant Fire Chief Incident Date: October 1, 2014 Death Date: October 1, 2014 Fire Department: Dermott Volunteer Fire Department Initial Summary: While working an outdoor fire call along Highway 165 South near the Pine Tree Boat Landing on Lake Wallace, Assistant Fire Chief Hutton fell ill and passed away from a nature and cause of injury still to be reported.

California: Geoffrey “Craig” Hunt, 62 Rank: Pilot Incident Date: October 7, 2014 Death Date: October 7, 2014 Fire Department: CAL FIRE Initial Summary: The pilot of a CAL FIRE S-2T air tanker, Geoffrey “Craig” Hunt, was killed when his aircraft crashed while operating on the Dog Rock Fire near the Arch Rock entrance of Yosemite National Park. There were no other occupants in the aircraft and no injuries were reported among fire crews on the ground near where the aircraft came down. Investigation into the fatal incident continues by state and federal authorities. Connecticut: Kevin Bell, 48 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: October 7, 2014 Death Date: October 7, 2014 Fire Department: Hartford Fire Department Initial Summary: Firefighter Bell died from injuries sustained while operating at a residential structure fire. Several other firefighters were injured in the incident, transported to the hospital and are expected to recover from their injuries. Investigation into the fatal fire continues by local and state authorities. Montana: Eddie Johnson, Jr. , 45 Rank: Fire Chief Incident Date: October 20, 2014 Death Date: October 20, 2014 Fire Department: Alton Fire Department Initial Summary: While responding to a residential structure fire, Fire Chief Johnson died from injuries sustained in a single motor vehicle accident after he lost control of the police vehicle he was operating. Chief Johnson, the only occupant, was reportedly ejected from the vehicle in the crash.

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I just returned to my office from having breakfast at a diner with one of our local emergency services leaders. The gentleman had called me a few days ago to set up a date and time; and quite frankly, I was not looking forward to it. The individual had assumed the top position in his organization over one year ago and had become bogged down in internal feuding with several of his assistants. We had already met several times and shared dozens of phone calls. These calls and meetings usually took place during or in the middle of the latest "crisis." After a few of these sessions, it became apparent that he became extremely defensive at the slightest hint of criticism and would get so angry that he would say things that fueled the dissention and just made things worse. In addition, he usually felt horrible about the things that he shouted out in a rage. When he told me some of the things he had said in response to comments made by his staff, I cringed. I also found that when he called me right after slamming the door and leaving the building and the argument behind him, that our discussions were pretty much a waste of time while he was still angry. I would frequently say that I was busy and would ask him if we could talk or meet later that night or the next day. And, invariably, we had a calmer and more productive discussion about what took place. It also became apparent that his staff were purposely "pushing his buttons" in an almost sadistic fashion. My friend would almost always take the bait and react negatively to the great delight of a few of his staff. This went on for many months

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and at times became annoying because of the amount of time it took me away from other things. After a while, it became apparent that this individual would never succeed as a leader unless he changed his behavior and how he responded to controversy. I also encouraged him to seek professional help for anger management. We developed a few scenarios in advance of planned events where he felt he would be challenged and analyzed how he should react. It also became apparent that some of his most talented people were also some of his biggest problem people. However, he really did care and was determined to improve. He started to have some successes and a few relapses; but generally, the tide seemed to be turning. When he called me the other day, I thought, "Oh no, here we go again." When we met for breakfast, he was very happy and positive over some recent successes and interactions. I asked him what had changed; and he said that when he could feel himself starting to get angry, he would ask if the discussion could be continued at a later date. During the interim, he would think things through from both sides and maybe talk over the current situation with his wife or someone else who he trusts. He also started to publicly commend staff members for good work and successes, which he admits he did not do very often before that. He also indicated he had read two books that I had recommended to him on leadership and read a third one that he had discovered on his own bookshelf that he had purchased and never read. Overall, our 45 minutes were upbeat and positive, a refreshing change from the past. He thanked me for helping him, which made me realize that the time we spent was actually extremely productive. Not only did this young leader turn things around, his entire organization is doing better.



Firefighters respond to sawdust shed fire, save main barn Highgate, VT. On November 6, 2014 at approximately 1:00 p.m., the Highgate Fire Department responded to a sawdust shed on fire attached to a dairy barn. Mutual aid from Swanton, Franklin, Sheldon and Phillipsburg QC responded to the scene. Missisquoi Valley Rescue Unit 2 stoodby at the scene. Upon arrival of Highgates 14E1, smoke

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and flames were showing from the sawdust shed. Firefighters made a quick attack on the sawdust shed fire. The cows were evacuated from the attached barn. The sawdust shed had to be torn down by a

backhoe when the overhauling began to remove the rest of the sawdust away from the main barn. Firefighters were credited for a quick attack and response in saving the main barn. There were no animals injured and no one was injured. The cause is unknown at this time. - GREG RAMSDELL

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Three people sent to hospital after near head on crash Highgate, VT. On October 15, 2014 at approximately 7:30 a.m., the Highgate Fire Department, Missisquoi Valley Rescue, and the Vermont State Police responded to the intersection of Route 78 and Carter Hill Road for a two car MVA/near head on crash, which sent three patients to the hospital with minor injuries. MVR Units 1 and 2 transported all three patients to a local hospital. The VSP is investigating the cause of the crash.

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Two trapped in rollover, one seriously hurt On September 22, 2014, the Missisquoi Valley Rescue heavy rescue, Swanton Fire Rescue pumper, and Vermont State Police responded to Route 207 in Swanton at approximately 8:00 a.m. for a one car rollover with two people trapped inside the vehicle. The car was travelling southbound on Route 207 when the operator lost control of the car, hitting a power pole and breaking it. The car rolled over, coming to rest on the driver’s side of the car. Extrication was needed to free the driver and passenger. MVR transported both patients to a local hospital. The driver was in serious condition and later transferred to a major trauma center in Burlington, Vermont. The accident is under investigation by VSP.

The volunteer firefighter When I was a teenager, a senior fireman who I greatly looked up to explained to me the life cycle of being a fireman. He started off by saying that when you first join you see nothing else, everything is all about the firehouse. No matter how old you are, that’s how it seems. You get to the point that if you miss a small call you get mad, so mad that you wished you were home instead of being somewhere else. These are called your “Buff Years”, one of the best times of my service career. During the first years from when you join the firehouse, you may have a girlfriend/boyfriend, and you are getting more involved with them while building a relationship. At this point, the firehouse doesn’t seem as special as it did. You still love it, but your time there starts to slowly decrease. In some cases, it is because of your other half’s jealousy of the time you spend at the firehouse and not with them. It has always been hard to explain how you can give so much time and effort into something that you do not get paid for and countless hours away from your loved ones. There is a balance and each situation is different. Compromises need to be made, especially if you want to build a future together and also be a volunteer firefighter. The best advice I have given to peers going through this stage is: the firehouse will always be here, relationships won’t. Once you get through this tough stage, the outcome will set the tone for the future. The next stage is the career

Letters to the Editor phase. I learned many things the hard way during this period. Everyone has a career in mind when they are growing up. Your choice should be something that you are passionate about. It may or may not be a paid firefighter, but in my case it was. Once I was hired, I looked at things from a different perspective. I felt I was helping my community and making a difference in a way unlike I was before. I started slowing down with the volunteer firehouse and focused on my job. I truly felt that I could not give a 100% to both, so I was not an active volunteer during the initial time of the career phase. The next phase for me was the children phase. My kids were not easy infants to care for so it was hard for me to leave for the firehouse or go on fire calls. I didn’t think it was fair to my wife or my kids to be gone. My motivation for why I chose to focus on my family is rare and it was set forth many years prior to my marriage. Your attitude towards this ideal may be the same or different. I have to say that bad timing is the story of my life. I can recall numerous times that I had plans and a fire call disrupted the entire night or day. It may not only disrupt daily activities, but it will also affect others. A good example of this is getting a fire or

serious call before picking up the kids from school. It’s added stress, but it is also the chaos that balances our lives out. For the firefighters’ families: Although we leave to respond to a call or attend a training, we are providing a service to the community. We are also fulfilling our need for chaos and adrenaline. Let’s face it, some members’ full-time jobs may not be their passion. The fire service is a great outlet for that. During the week of Hurricane Irene, fire districts were running nonstop with rescues, floods, and during the final days, house fires. It was a rough week of no sleep and dealing with some upset family members. My family was very lucky during that storm. There was no flooding or downed trees, but we did lose power. Being away for so long caused a lot of tension in my house. One day, I took my wife to the basement and said, “We have no water flooding. Our family is safe. There are people in our community who need help. They are not as fortunate as us right now. I am not only providing service by responding to their homes, but also the comfort that their fellow neighbor has their back on the worst day of their lives.” That last statement above sums it up. When that pager goes off, no matter what type of call comes through, we are aiding our community in a time of need and assisting to help with what could possibly be someone’s worst experience ever. It’s what we are passionate about. It is what drives us. It is what we are called to do. - STEPHEN KELLY


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Lifestar lands for fire safety day On Saturday October 18th, Home Depot on Meriden-Waterbury Turnpike held a fire safety day in their parking lot to teach children about fire prevention. Southington firefighters conducted an extrication drill on a junk car and a Lifestar medical helicopter landed in the parking lot, where all the attendees could take a look at the aircraft and learn about what it does from the flight crew.

As a member of the fire service, chances are you have attended your share of meetings. I myself have attended a number of them and other than the verbal “motions,” there is usually very little movement going on. It’s just the nature of the beast. Unfortunately, most meetings include a lot of sitting and often a lot of eating. Now, eating is not necessarily a negative – but often times the menu consists of very few healthy options, if any. We are all smart enough to know that lots of sitting and lots of poor food choices can send us onto a path of unhealthy living. So at your next meeting, why not make a motion to move? Here are a few simple suggestions, but I bet you can come up with many more that suit the needs and personalities of your membership. You can precede the meeting with a group fitness session. It can be as simple as a 15 minute walk or weight training session. If the meeting is a small group, it’s even possi-

ble to conduct the meeting on the move. Two to four individuals can successfully walk and talk and accomplish a great deal. Another suggestion is to simply recommend that your department establish and implement a physical fitness program. If you already have a program, your next meeting is a great place to get feedback from officers and members on ways to improve or vary your existing program. Additionally; it’s possible to actually add a bit of movement to the meeting itself. You can begin (and even end) each meeting with five minutes of simple movements and stretches to combat all that sitting and possibly even stir some interest in Health and Fitness. You can ask a local fitness professional to come in and lead the movements to get you started. It’s quick, it’s simple and it’s beneficial. Another way to combat all that sitting is to have meeting materials placed at different stations around

the room and have members gather them on their own instead of having someone hand them out. Most people have no problem getting up and standing in the buffet line and moving along as they load their plate. Why not institute the same concept for your meeting materials? Of course, you must always make provisions for those who may not be capable, but for the most part the majority of your membership can certainly be on the move. The same goes for chair set up. Yes, it’s wonderful to walk into a meeting hall and only have to make your way to a chair that has already been set up for you. Perhaps, each member could be responsible for their own chair set-up and clean-up. Hey, it’s a thought. Be sure to observe all safety precautions. Lastly, eliminate or minimize those poor food choices from your meeting menu. At the very least make an effort to add a few healthy and tasty options so members have the ability to make better personal choices when it comes to food. There are many ways to make a motion to Move! So make that motion! Surely I second it! All those in Favor?... Keep Moving & Stay Safe! Always remember to have medical clearance from your physician before beginning any exercise program.

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Incident command’s impact on firefighter safety

STAYING SAFE Chief Henry Campbell

Last month, I wrote about what type of officer training is required of fire officers in both volunteer and career departments and the impact it can have on firefighter safety. At just about the same time, much controversy arose about the investigation reports relating to the death of Firefighter Stanley Wilson of the Dallas Fire Department. Firefighter Wilson died as a result of injuries sustained from a collapsing wall while operating at a fire in a condominium complex. The reports contained information that pointed to incident command, inadequate size-up, tactics and communications problems, and all leading to onscene confusion and inconsistent reports. There were two reports, one from the Texas Fire Marshal’s Office and the second from the Dallas Fire Rescue Department. Both reports had similar recommendations on what needs to be done to correct the problems that were evident at the condominium fire on May 20, 2013. The Dallas Fire Rescue Department’s report contained the following recommendations: 1. DFR (Dallas Fire-Rescue) should ensure incident commanders establish a stationary command post, maintain the role of directing fireground operations, and do not become involved in firefighting efforts. 2. DFR should ensure that its incident commanders conduct an initial size-up and risk assessment of the incident scene before beginning interior firefighting operations. 3. DFR should ensure critical benchmarks are communicated to the incident commander. If needed information is not forthcoming, incident commanders should prompt division commanders from their stationary positions at the command post. 4. DFR should evaluate its procedures for communicating and implementing operational modes at emergencies and ensure compliance. Changes in modes must be coordinated between the incident command, the command staff, and the firefighters. 5. DFR should train on and understand the use and operation of elevated master streams and its effects on structural degradation. 6. DFR should provide ongoing training covering structural collapse hazards to all firefighters. 7. DFR should ensure the predesignated incident safety officer assumes that role upon arrival on the fireground and that this role is maintained throughout the incident until the emergency is brought under control. Additionally, the RIT members should not be issued orders that would compromise their mission and this should be reinforced through training. 8. DFR should evaluate and

train on its procedures for conducting effective primary searches of structures and refine them if deemed appropriate. 9. DFR should commit to regular and consistent training of regularly assigned command technicians and their back-ups to enhance performance of command post functions fulfilled by these individuals. The Texas State Fire Marshal’s report contained the following findings: 1. Continuous risk assessments were not completed. A thorough analysis was not completed prior to the interior search of the first floor of the fire building. 2. Fireground communications were not clear nor understood. 3. Adequate supervision of personnel did not take place. 4. There were simultaneous offensive and defensive operations. 5. The IC was directly supervising up to 18 people. 6. The command and the plan to conduct a primary was not altered although a search was completed earlier. The Texas Fire Marshal’s report also contained pointers as to what fireground operations that were conducted that proved to be beneficial to the firefighting operations overall. As I write this article, there continues to be fingerpointing among members of the DFR and the fire service as it relates to the command actions and decisions made at this fire. Many critics feel the death of Firefighter Stanley Wilson was preventable. What do you think? Read the following reports and draw your own conclusion. The Texas Fire Marshal’s report can be accessed on line at: The Dallas Fire-Rescue report can be accessed on line at: Till next time, stay safe and God bless!




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MVA involving four vehicles for Norwalk On November 1, 2014, the Norwalk Fire Department responded to an accident at the corner of Fairfield Ave. and Flax Hill Rd. in the South Norwalk section of the city. At 2:21 p.m., Norwalk combined dispatch received multiple calls of an accident involving a dump truck and three other vehicles. Police and fire departments arrived on scene in less than two minutes and found a small box truck on its side that had a Chevy

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Malibu pinned against a telephone pole with a dump truck and a Norwalk taxicab involved. The taxi received rear end damage and the dump truck had front end damage. One male had to be extricated from the Malibu by fire personnel using hydraulic tools.

The roof was removed from the car to allow medical personnel access to the driver. Six people were transported to Norwalk Hospital by ambulance. None of the injuries appeared to be life threatening. All four vehicles had to be towed from the scene. The accident is under investigation by the Norwalk Police Department. - CHRIS KING

This is a hard cover book measuring nominally 6” x 9” and has 213 pages. Well, he has done it again…another masterpiece! The author, a retired division chief from the Fire Department of the City of New York, has written two other books, namely Laughter, Tears & Muffled Drums and Bringing Everybody Home, which were previously reviewed and are excellent publications. This book is no less interesting and easy to read. There are 44 titled chapters, which are each stories from his memoirs. He joined the fire department in 1963 and stayed 40 years, yet he was at some memorable fires while working his previous job at the Brooklyn Borough Gas Company. He was still able to competently

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cover the two major incidents. With few exceptions the chapters are short, some very short, but they all will leave a lasting thought with the reader. Some of the fires are from so long ago that they did not have gas masks, portable radios and only had two and a half inch hose for fire streams. Most of the chapters center on one or more members of the fire department and his memory of them as most are now deceased. As for me, I did recognize many of the names partly from the book “Fallen Heros”, from living close to New York City and reading the newspapers or watching the news programs through the years. So I was familiar with a number of those, who lost their lives even before 9-11-01. This book put a personality to names and photos of fallen heros from many fires. Some videos did the same when they featured fires and emergencies that had many members who would lose their lives in 9-11-01. The author pulls no punches when he writes about things that went right as well as those that went wrong and he is willing to express his opinion about orders, procedures and personalities which he agreed and disagreed with. These chapters cover stories from the perspective of all of the ranks he attained, not just from a division chief’s outlook. It is an easy book to thumb through because of the interest it attracts.

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The fire service loses a best friend



These helmet front pieces were to be presented to Harvey Eisner as his party at the Tenafly firehouse on November 1.


Goodbye, Harvey

His Fire Service friends were preparing, and looking forward to an affair at the firehouse to honor his many contributions on November 1st. Instead, they gathered at a funeral service for their friend a week earlier. Harvey Eisner, 59, ex-Chief of the Tenafly Fire Department, Honorary F.D.N.Y. Assistant Chief, and Editor Emeritus of Firehouse magazine, passed away suddenly on October 23rd at New YorkPresbyterian Hospital of an apparent heart attack. To say Harvey loved the Fire Service would be an understatement. In 1975, he became a volunteer firefighter in Tenafly and later rose through the ranks to Chief of Department. Volunteer chief positions usually last for a few years,

but Harvey held that position for 12-years. He worked tirelessly to improve his hometown department. He first became a volunteer firefighter while he was a fire science student at Oklahoma State University. Harvey served at the Campus Fire Station in Stillwater. Harvey became an avid fire scene photographer, buffing fires in New York and New Jersey, and getting his work published in newspapers. He worked full-time at the Bronx District Attorney's office as a crime scene photographer and videographer, on call all weekend long, and working at Firehouse magazine during the week. Firehouse began using his photos in 1976 and he was named editor in 1982. During his time as editor at

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Firehouse he covered many significant incidents around the country. This included the 1992 Los Angeles riots, World Trade Center attacks, the Oklahoma City bombing, Hackensack Ford fire, Charleston and the Worcester Cold Storage and Warehouse fire. His passion for the Fire Service and improving firefighting and firefighter's conditions were paramount to him. As a volunteer firefighter, Harvey and his fellow members saw heavy fire duty in the bordering city of Englewood, where one of his close friends, Bob Moran, rose to career Chief of Department. Harvey would join Chief Moran at the command post.

Harvey Eisner was featured in the November 2011 Ups and Downs column with his book, “WTC: In Their Own Words”

“His leadership skills, knowledge of strategy and tactics and his ability to remain composed at a scene were assets that I capitalized on every chance I got,” Moran said. Harvey recently told a Firehouse magazine associate, Jeff Barrington, that he wanted his legacy to be a book he wrote about the experiences of firefighters responding to the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center called “WTC: In Their Own Words.” “That was his crowning achievement,” Barrington said. He was also widely known for his dedicated work as program director for the Firehouse Expo in Baltimore and the Firehouse World and Firehouse Central conferences. At the time of his death, he

was working on a new book and compiling hundreds of interviews with New York City firefighters about experiences going back to the 1940's, according to Barrington. Harvey intended to write chronicling the F.D.N.Y.'s history of dramatic rescues, firefighters' escapes from dangerous situations and other anecdotes told by the people who lived them. “I hope somehow we can retrieve them (notes) and tell the stories as a tribute to Harvey,” Barrington said. Billy Goldfeder described Harvey as “a man who never did anything but good for others.” Simply put, the Fire Service has lost one of its best friends. - RON JEFFERS

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Contagion EMS ISSUES CHelle CoRdeRo

It’s big news – Ebola, Enterovirus, Influenza, Meningitis, Small Pox, SARS, HIV, Chicken Pox, and even the common cold. How do you treat and transport the sick individual and still protect yourself? And before you sigh and say you’ll take your chances, think about all the people you can carry those germs to – your co-workers, other patients, the folks you bump into at a crowded shopping mall, your spouse, and even your children. Personal safety is a vital part of emergency response or you could become a part of the problem yourself. We should all be using personal protective gear on every call – treat all cases as worst case scenario, the potential is always there. Gloves, face masks, and eye shields are the most basic of protective things the first responder should be reaching for. If it’s wet and sticky, don’t touch it – it’s a good motto to live by, however fluids and airborne microorganisms can contaminate a seemingly clean scene and lurk in the hidden gaps of seat cushions, gurney rails, stethoscopes and all surfaces in the ambulance; even when you “thoroughly” clean your rig between calls. Wear gloves every time you are in the patient compartment; change the gloves between patients and duties, bag all contaminated items in red bags, and avoid carrying contaminants between scenes. There are also gowns, Tyvek suits, booties and interior-rigdraping when you suspect the potential for contagion; explain to patients, if they are frightened by your gear, that you deal with ill pa-

tients all day long and this is your way of protecting yourself and all of your patients. Learn to recognize warning signs of contagious diseases. The CDC recently issued guidelines and interim recommendations for recognizing potential Ebola victims: address scene safety; if dispatch advises that the patient is suspected of having Ebola, EMS personnel should put on the appropriate PPE (gloves, fluid resistant gown, eye protection, shoe covers, face-mask and N95 respirators) before entering the scene; isolate the patient as much as possible; approach patients with caution, illness can cause erratic behavior; consider the symptoms and risk factors of Ebola - fever of greater than 101.5 degrees Fahrenheit, and additional symptoms such as severe headache, muscle pain, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, or unexplained hemorrhage. Ask the patient about risk factors within the past three weeks before the onset of symptoms, including contact with blood or body fluids of a patient known to have or suspected to have Ebola, travel from a country where an Ebola outbreak is occurring, or direct handling of bats or nonhuman primates from disease-endemic areas. Whether you are responding to a sick patient, a bio-terrorism incident (viruses, bacteria or toxins), a haz-mat incident or any scene with the presence of body fluids, precautions must be taken. EMS administrators are realizing the need for proper PPE for all responding personnel overrides the desire to keep operating costs at a minimum and training is updated almost daily. Stay current with CDC guidelines/alerts and local regional EMS protocols. Remember the analogy of the airplane pre-flight safety instructions regarding oxygen masks – put yours on first before helping those around you, if you aren't breathing yourself, you will be no help to those who might need you. Stay safe out there.

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Heavy fire from box truck in Danbury On October 11th at 6:57 a.m., the Danbury 911 center took numerous calls for a truck on fire at 425 Main Street, at the corner of North Street. Callers were reporting that a large UMP TO FILE# truck was on fire J101114104 near a building. The Danbury Fire Department responded with Engines 22, 23, Truck 1, Rescue 1, Squad 6 and Car 30 (Deputy Chief). First to arrive was Car 30, who reported a large box truck with heavy fire showing close to a commercial building. Engine 22 arrived next and pulled a line to protect the exposure and fight the fire, while Rescue 1 crew pulled a second line as back up.

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Engine 25 laid 500 feet from a five inch feeder line from a hydrant, while the Truck 1 crew checked the exposed building for extension, and found none. The truck was full of home fur-

nishings, getting ready to make its list of deliveries for the day. The cargo of furniture made for quite a fire load, which contributed to the spectacular flames issuing from the box.


Ambulance 1 was also dispatched on the report of an injured civilian from the fire, but this report was unfounded. Car 33, the off-shift Deputy Chief responded as the Safety Of-

ficer. The Fire Marshals Office is investigating the cause and origin of the fire. - BERNIE MEEHAN


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Derry completes trench rescue training refresher


Captain Scott Jackson and Firefighter/Paramedic Mike Garone discuss how to assemble and use the air shores used in trench rescue.

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Firefighters John McCaugherty and Tom Small lowering an airshore to Lt. Rob Atwater as the crew builds a trench box.

In October, Captain Scott Jackson and members of the Derry Fire Department Technical Rescue Committee coordinated trench rescue refresher training for all 64 line personnel. The training scenario was a utility worker, who got partially buried by dirt and pinned by a large rock and heavy iron pipe. Crews had to safely secure the area around the trench, use air monitoring equipment to check for toxic gases like hydrogen sulfide, shore the trench using specialized plywood strong-backs and air-actuated trench shores, and then use shovels and army trenching tools to remove the dirt. Some of the scenarios required the use of an exo-thermic cutting torch to remove the pipe. The Derry Fire Department maintains a heavy rescue and lumber trailer that carry the tools, equipment and lumber supplies to respond to a building collapse or trench collapse. Some of the specialized equip-

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ment includes cutting torches, Stanley hydraulic jack-hammers and cutting tools, mud pumps, rescue camera, nail guns, and a large variety of carpentry tools. Much of this equipment was purchased through Federal Homeland Security Grants. Many of the skills needed to perform a successful trench rescue also crossover to a building collapse. In recent years, the department has had a variety of emergencies including trees and cars into buildings where this equipment had to be used. Also, the Derry Fire Department has had to shore some buildings that were so damaged by fire as to make them unstable and difficult for fire investigators to complete their tasks. - JACK WEBB

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The holidays are coming and so is the change of the New Year and this gets me thinking. We can give thanks for the officers that we have had and look forward to the officers that are going to be sworn in. We can look back at the past and think of our brothers, who are no longer with us. At this time of year, people may not be able to completely understand us even more. We may be having a holiday meal or have guests over at our house or about to do something, like opening presents. Then an alarm comes in and everything changes. Most people may want us to sit and finish our meal or watch the children open the presents, but we get up and leave. We have some people who ask us why we have to leave in the middle of our celebration. Our answer to us is simple, "if you had a house fire, would you want the fire department to show up?" We may be paid or volunteer, but our services are needed all the time. When emergency services joined, everyone answered the calling to help our fellow man. Since

we cannot plan emergencies, we have to be ready to go at a moment’s notice. I remember two holiday celebrations that were interrupted. The first was when I first joined and my father and I ran out of the house as the family was just getting up. The second was a call that came in and my daughter was just opening her presents. My daughter may have cried for leaving in the middle of the event, but she understood that it was part of helping other people. Emergency services help people when the person is having a bad day. We do not fit it into our schedule. We inconveince ourselves so that we can be good servants. At this time of year, especially at this time of year, I would like to say something for all the public servants. "Thank you for your time, dedication and training. Thank you to your family for giving of their time that they do without you. You provide a service to each person without consideration of who they are. How many people and organizations can learn by observing you?" I would also ask that you also set aside some time for yourself. In emergency services as well as many occupations that provide care, we may take ourselves for granted. We need some down time to recharge our batteries and bring ourselves down to our level of normal baseline, whatever it may look like for you. Have an enjoyable holiday season and talk with you next year.


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Area fire departments kick off Fire Prevention Week Several area fire departments started the week off by holding open houses and putting on several events for the public. Firefighters in Salem put on several demonstrations including a Jaws of Life demonstration, car fire scenario, and a propane tank fire. There was plenty of food and games for the kids. Manchester Fire Department had a parade with area fire departments attending. Also they had a three event muster that included a dry hose race, a wet hose race and an old style bucket brigade race. Afterwards, Manchester did a live fire demo showing the advantage of using smoke alarms and a sprinkler system in the home.

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This 1973 Hahn 1000/1000 originally had an open cab and served as E-3 with the Southbridge Fire Department. It is now privately owned.

Technical rescue in Kingston Kingston, MA. Firefighters were called to 260 Grove Street to assist with a sick horse, who was unable to move. After assessing the incident, the Plymouth County Tech Rescue team JUMP TO FILE # was activated to at- 102514105 tempt to move the horse. The horse was euthanized by a veterinarian on scene due to illness.

Trailer truck accident in Waltham A trailer truck carrying concrete forms lost some of its load while exiting Route 128. The forms hit the front of a Honda Pilot nearly hitting the passenger, who was taken to the hospital with minor injuries. Engine 7, Rescue 6, Medic 1 and C2 responded. Initial reports were that the driver may have been struck.





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Whitman, Plymouth County, MA. On the morning of Tuesday, September 16, 2014, the Whitman Fire Department held pump training for Groups 1 and 4. The class started with some classroom time in the morning, followed by hands on training with the pump later on in the day. Firefighters explored how to get the most out of your pump at a fire or incident. Tips and tricks on how to get

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the most water out of the pump as possible. At the max, Whitman Engine 2 flowed a deck gun, a blitz gun on a 3 inch hand line, and twoone and three quarter inch hand lines, pumping out approximately 1500 gallons of water a minute. - PAT TRAVERS

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Waltham battles early basement fire Around 7 a.m. on Tuesday morning, October 21st, Waltham 911 received a call for a basement fire at 36 Pine Vale Road in North Waltham. Box 371 was struck and Engine 7, Engine 8, Rescue 6, Ladder Tower 1 and Engine 2 (RIT) responded. Engine 8 on arrival reported smoke showing from a one and a half story wood frame dwelling and transmitted the working fire. C-4 Deputy Brock Rolland (Safety Chief) and C-3 Deputy Cliff Richardson were dispatched. Engine 7 tagged the hydrant and layed a

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feeder line while Engine 8 stretched a one and three quarter inch attack line into the basement. Companies found a heavy smoke condition, but could not locate a fire. Companies opened the ceiling with rakes and soon found the fire in the basement ceiling. A second one and three quarter inch line was also stretched off Engine 8 while Ladder Tower 1 set its stick to the roof.

Deputy Tony Capello requested an additional engine company for RIT as Engine 2 was put to work. Engine 4 responded as the additional RIT company. The fire was knocked down in about 15-20 minutes and was contained to the basement. The fire remains under investigation. The lone occupant was evaluated at the scene by Cataldo for smoke inhalation, but refused treatment. - MATTHEW CARTER


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Sailboat adrift Harwichport, MA. On Monday, October 13th around 8:30 a.m., a sailboat was seen adrift off Red River Beach. The "Thistle Dew" had no one onboard. The Harwich Harbormaster was able to secure the boat and tow it back to Saquatucket Harbor.


Car into building in Orleans Orleans, MA. An elderly man from New Jersey lost control of his Chevrolet Impala slamming into the front of the Lost Dog Pub on Route 6A at Route 28. The accident happened Tuesday, October 14, 2014 around 5:30 p.m. No patrons in the restaurant or the driver and his wife, who was in the car with him, were injured. Orleans Police were seen interviewing the driver and his wife after the accident. JAKE O'CALLAGHAN/CWN


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Chatham, MA. A 53 year old male fell down a flight of stairs in his home around 10 a.m. on Tuesday, October 14th. The man suffered a severe head injury. Chatham Fire and Rescue called for med-flight. The victim was flown from Chatham Airport to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. No further information was available.

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Laugh your way to the bank with a stand-up comedy fund-raiser


MVA rollover in Sandwich Sandwich, MA. On October 29, 2014, an MVA was reported at Quaker Meeting House Road and Lyndsay Way. Sandwich E3 was responding to a investigation call and came upon the accident. They stopped to provide care and extricate the driver and her young daughter. The driver and her daughter were transported by fire department medics to Cape Cod Hospital.

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raise varies, depending on things like the number of tickets sold, how they're priced, the amount spent on promotion and whether food and drink are available. "Mostly companies produce shows in their own facilities, which may hold 300–400 people," says Novick. "We'll put together a show for them that will bring in comedians from major comedy clubs, with a headliner from HBO, Comedy Central, or the Tonight Show. The feature performer will be someone who's headlined the comedy circuit: Catch a Rising Star, the Improv, the Comedy Store. The host of the show will be a comedian who's very high-energy, like a gameshow host, to get the audience warmed up. A triple headliner show!” The Somerset Fire Company of New Jersey produces two fundraisers a year through ComedyWorks. "We've done about ten shows so far, and it's been great," says Mike Rein-

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House fire in Chatham Chatham, MA. A working fire broke out Sunday, November 2nd at a house on Wood Carver Knoll around 4:30 p.m. Fire crews from Brewster and Harwich quickly brought the flames under control. There was heavy damage to the interior of the home. A man inside lit the fireplace that got out of control. He was being evaluated at the scene


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Plymouth MA. Firefighters responded to the Spring Hill Condominiums for an alarm of fire. First arriving units found fire on the third floor of a multi story occupied dwelling. Fire departments from Kingston, Carver, and Duxbury responded for mutual aid. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

SUV versus hydrant in Harwich Harwich, MA. Around 9:15 a.m. on Thursday, November 6th, a 76 year old man accidentally hit the accelerator at the intersection of Route 137 and Pleasant Bay Road causing him to strike a hydrant. The man was not hurt, but the crash caused a widespread mess including flooding and traffic delays for over one hour until the water from the damaged hydrant could be turned off. There were some delays at the intersection until the hydrant was replaced. Harwich Police are handling the investigation.

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Please take notice that the Board of Fire Commissioners of the Uniondale Fire District will accept sealed Bids until 2:00 PM, November 7, 2014, for the sale of one (1) 1997 Ford F350 Pickup Truck. 47,000 miles. At 3:00 PM bid(s) will be opened and publicly read aloud. Vehicle is to be sold in “as is condition”. The minimum accepted bid for the vehicle is $500.00. Sealed bids may be delivered in person to the District Monday through Friday 9-4pm at 501 Uniondale Avenue, Uniondale, NY 11553. Sealed bids must be marked “Bid for 1997 Ford F350 Pickup Truck.” For more info contact the District Secretary at (516) 481-8411 between the hours of 8:30am and 4:00pm Monday through Friday ONLY.

Please take notice that the Board of Fire Commissioners of the Uniondale Fire District will accept sealed Bids until 2:00 PM, November 7, 2014, for the sale of one (1) 1994 Chevy P30 Grumman Van. 11,600 miles. At 3:00 PM bid(s) will be opened and publicly read aloud. Vehicle is to be sold in “as is condition”. The minimum accepted bid for the vehicle is $1,500. Sealed bids may be delivered in person to the District Monday through Friday 9-4pm at 501 Uniondale Avenue, Uniondale, NY 11553. Sealed bids must be marked “Bid for 1994 P30 Grumman Van.” For more info contact the District Secretary at (516) 481-8411 between the hours of 8:30am and 4:00pm Monday through Friday ONLY.

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1996 Seagrave 100 foot Rear Mount Fire Apparatus. Sale is subject to a mandatory referendum. Accepting sealed bids until 4:00 p.m. on October 20, 2014. The minimum accepted bid for the vehicle is Eighty-Five Thousand Dollars ($85,000.00). For more specific information, contact the District Secretary, Joyce L. Nolan at (516) 481-8411 between the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday ONLY.

For Sale First Priority Renaissance Wheeled Coach Type 1 Ambulance on a 2014 Chevrolet K3500 4x4 Diesel Chassis. This unit was completely refurbished. Some upgrades include new FPEV  RCT Electrical System, hoseline 12v Heater/AC Unit, new LonPlate Mica Grey Floor, Interior LED Lighting. $115,000 For additional information or photos, email or call 800-247-7725.

1995 Ford E350-Horton Ambulance 37000 miles, 7.3 turbo diesel Automatic Transmission, Power Steering, Power Brakes, Power Windows, Power Locks, Rear view camera, Air conditioning, front and rear Ready for immediate use. Ready for immediate sale, Asking $11,000.00 Call Vincent Sorrentino, District Mechanic 516-931-3546, extension 211


Fatal pedestrian accident in Waltham Waltham, MA. On October 15, 2014, the Waltham fFire Department received a 911 call around 11 a.m. for a JUMP TO FILE# pedestrian, who 101614106 was struck by a vehicle on Forest Street. Engine 8, Ambulance 1 and Medic 1, C1 and C2 responded. Engine 8 reported an 82

year old man had struck the windshield of a sedan and was thrown several feet. Medflight was immediately called. Engine 2 responded to the Gann Academy athletic field, where the helicopter landed. The victim was transported to Boston Medical Center, where he pronounced dead. The operator of the car was allegedly under the influence of drugs. - PETER LOBO


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Boynton Beach hosts record event to help NFL alumni charities BOYNTON BEACH, FL - It wasn’t supposed to happen at all. The crippled economy, the housing slump, the unemployment explosion, even the oceanic conditions threatened to beat down the 4th Annual Fishin’ & Firehouse Chili Grand Slam put on by the Boynton Beach Firefighter Benevolent Association on April 18th. It just wasn’t supposed to happen this year—the members looked at the state of the world and asked themselves, “How do we ask for sponsorship money, boat entry fees, donations and support at a time like this?” Somehow though, in a mighty confluence of tenacity and generosity, South Florida’s firefighters, fishing fanatics, chili connoisseurs and their taste testers pulled together for a full day of fun and excitement to set a few records and raise over $20,000.00 for some kids who really need it—especially during this economic crisis. The popular Boynton Beach fishing tournament and chili cook-off has grown like a wildfire since it’s first go-round in 2006 when it attracted a respectable 43 boat entries—not bad for a first year tournament in South Florida, the fishing tournament capital of the world. With hopeful expectations for the same in 2007, Boynton firefighters were shocked when 74 captains entered their boats. In 2008, that number fell to 63 entries, but understandably so as there were three other tournaments that same day, most with much higher payouts to draw some captains away. However, with the global economic abyss swallowing boats and every other luxury item folks have to unload just to stay afloat, a decision was made to forego the 2009 event. Then, suddenly, a title sponsor— Sutphen--offered up the $5000.00 sponsorship donation, and then, other large sponsors sent $1,500.00 checks, $500.00 checks, boat entries, chili teams, prizes, food! In the end, this “little engine that could” wound up beating its own records with 76 boats registered, the tournament’s recordbreaking fish weighing in at 63plus pounds, over 870 pounds of fish donated to the cause by their captors, and a new department single event donation record of over $20,000.00 for charity! It’s a story that speaks to the overwhelming generosity of Americans—people helping people who need it when they need it most, giving of themselves when


the last thing that makes logical sense in such trying times is to give at all. The Boynton Beach Firefighter Benevolent Association and IAFF Local #1891 can not possibly express the heartfelt gratitude that each shares for everyone who stood up and threw down for this very worthy cause. Heroes all. - STEPHEN M. LEWIS


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