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DYLANCONWAY LAWRENCE, MA - On April 15th, Lawrence Fire Alarm received a single telephone alarm for a fire in the building at 28 Crosby Street. The reported address is less than a block away from the quarters of Ladder 4. The initial assignment dispatched Engines 6, 8 and 9, with Ladder 4, Squad 1 and Car 21. Upon arrival of Ladder Co. 4, they reported heavy fire on floor 3. -

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Building in Carroll Plantation Deemed Total Loss After Fire DYLAN CONWAY PENOBSCOT COUNTY, ME - Lee Fire Rescue assisted Springfield Fire on April 20th with a building fire at 1848 Main Road. Sadly, the building was a total loss. Responding units were Tanker 704, Tanker 701, Engine 702, Engine 703 and members with personal vehicles.


Tw o-Alarm S tru c tu re F ire in K itte ry KITTERY, ME - On April 18th, Kittery firefighters and mutual aid partners responded to a twostory wood-frame located at 40 Williams Avenue for a reported fire. Initial assignment compa­ nies arrived to find heavy fire conditions and a second-alarm was ordered. Companies assumed a defensive posture early on. Additionally, water supply issues were encountered which re­ quired a feeder to be run from nearby Whipple Road. Fire ultimately burned through the roof and was extinguished by masters streams and exterior hand lines.

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Lee Fire Rescue Engine 702 was set up in a nearby pond and established a water supply at a recent structure fire.

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(L to R): 1st Responder News Senior Correspondent Jeffrey Belschwinder with Eric Wisher, President of Union for the Troy Firefighters IAFF Local 86.

1st Responder News Correspondent Receives Prestigious IAFF Award TROY, NY - During the Troy Firefighters Local 86 Retirement Dinner held on April 8th, one of our longtime Senior Correspon­ dents, Jeffrey Belschwinder, was recognized for receiving Second Place for Best News Story from the 2021 International Association of Fire Fighters Media Awards Con­ test for a story he wrote for our publication. The story, " Second-Alarm Flouse Fire Claims Life of Child in Troy", was featured in our June 2021 New York edition, and like many of Jeff s stories, it also made the front cover. According to the IAFF web­ site, the IAFF Media Awards Con­ test recognizes affiliates for their best work in communicating with their members and the public, and honors reporting and photography that best portray professional fire fighters and paramedics as dedi­ cated all-hazards responders. The IAFF Media Awards Contest also helps create a greater awareness of the important and dangerous work IAFF members in the United States

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3 and Canada do to keep the public safe. This nationally held contest is very competitive, and to receive an award is a great honor. In a Facebook post, Jeff said "I would like to thank all of my followers and family for their continued support. I will continue to do my best to serve the public with covering our emergency responders in the area. I would also like to thank my sig­ nificant other, Katelyn. She is my rock. Thank you for always putting up with me running out the door day and night, late nights editing photos, and the radios on in the house all the time." On behalf of all of us at 1st Re­ sponder News, we want to say con­ gratulations Jeff! We are so proud of your amazing accomplishment and appreciate your continued ded­ ication to our publication.


Working Fire in Manchester MANCHESTER, NH - On April 18th, Manchester Fire was dis­ patched on an echo response to 32 Jane Street for a reported fire. Multiple companies reported smoke showing from a dis­ tance while signing on responding. Upon arrival of first-in company Squad 1, heavy fire from the rear was reported. Companies stretched lines and threw ladders, making quick work of the main body of fire in a 10'XIO' addition off of the main building.


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BOSCAWEN, NH - A passing motorist prevented a potential major fire as he noticed flames inside the windows of a com­ mercial building on King Street early Thursday morning, April 14th. Boscawen Fire, along with automatic mutual aid from Concord, Penacook Rescue and Webster, were dispatched at 5:54 A.M. to the Black Forest Nursery building on King Street for a building fire. The building, which recently housed a pizza shop, is being renovated into the new Black Forest Nursery building which will open this Spring. First due Con­ cord Engine 5 forced the doors and made a quick knock of the fire just inside the front door. Boscawen crews along Con­ cord Tower 2 ventilated heavy smoke from the structure, which caused minimal damage to the building.

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Maryland: Kelly William Frye, 53 Rank: Firefighter/EMT Incident Date: August 29, 2021 Death Date: September 29, 2021 Fire Department: City of Cumberland Fire Department Initial Summary: Firefighter/EMT Kelly Frye contracted COVID-19 while on duty after responding to multiple medical calls with COVID-19 positive patients. Fire­ fighter/EMT Frye was hospitalized and passed away from complications due to the virus on Sept. 29, 2021. Indiana: Mark Gillam, 58 Rank: Engineer Incident Date: August 21, 2021 Death Date: October 3,2021 Fire Department: Elwood Fire Department Initial Summary: On Aug. 21,2021, while on duty, Engineer Mark Gillam provided medical care to patients for a 12-hour period during a local festival. On Aug. 25, 2021, Gillam became sick with symptoms. Be­ cause his symptoms worsened, Gillam went to the hospital on Aug. 30,2021, where he tested positive for COVID-19 and was ad­ mitted. Gillam was eventually placed on a ventilator and put into a medically induced coma but passed away from complications of the virus on Oct. 3, 2021.

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S Carolina: Andrew Orphanoudakis, 56 Rank: Lieutenant Incident Date: August 31, 2021 Death Date: October 3,2021 Fire Department: Hardeeville Fire Department Initial Summary: On Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2021, Lieutenant Andrew Orphanoudakis re­ sponded to an EMS call with a patient with a known case of COVID-19. He subsequently contracted the virus and passed away on Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021. Lieutenant Or­ phanoudakis has been posthumously pro­ moted to Captain. Colorado: Marshall Grant Brookfield, 41 Rank: Firefighter/Paramedic Incident Date: September 13,2021 Death Date: September 29, 2021 Fire Department: Emergency Response Logistics Initial Summary: Wildland Firefighter/Paramedic Marshall Grant Brookfield was deployed to the McCash fire in Orleans, CA when he contracted COVID19 and a rare fungal infection that was found to be directly associated to the wildfires and smoke inhalation. He was removed from the incident due to severe illness and sent to the hospital where he was admitted and re­ mained in the Intensive Care Unit until his passing on Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2021.

New Jersey: Nicholas Prioli, 89 Rank: Safety Officer Incident Date: October 23, 2021 Death Date: October 23,2021 Fire Department: Jackson Township Volunteer Fire Company Initial Summary: On Sat., Oct. 23, 2021, Safety Officer Nicholas Prioli responded to the fire department for a call of a vehicle ex­ trication that was ultimately cancelled. He left the fire house and was returning home when he experienced a medical emergency. Emergency personnel responded to the scene where they found Safety Officer Prioli in cardiac arrest. He passed away shortly there­ after. Ohio: Gregory Lee Bauer, 56 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: September 13, 2021 Death Date: October 18,2021 Fire Department: Columbus Division of Fire Initial Summary: While working a 24-hour shift, Firefighter Gregory Lee Bauer con­ tracted COVID-19. He passed away from the virus on Monday, Oct. 18, 2021. Colorado: Darcy Stallings, 34 Rank: Captain Incident Date: October 21, 2021 Death Date: October 21,2021 Fire Department: Yuma Volunteer Fire Department Initial Summary: On Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021, Firefighter Darcy Stallings was re­ sponding to a residential fire call in his pri­ vately owned vehicle, when he was involved in a rear-end crash with a tractor trailer. He passed away at the scene of the accident. Florida: Giovanni Ciancio, 55 Rank: Driver/Engineer Incident Date: July 16,2021 Death Date: October 21,2021 Fire Department: Hillsborough County Fire Rescue Initial Summary: Driver/Engineer Gio­ vanni Ciancio responded to an EMS call with a patient with a known case of COVID19. He subsequently contracted the virus and passed away on Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021. Arkansas: Lucas Stephenson, 25 Rank: Assistant Chief Incident Date: October 26, 2021 Death Date: October 26,2021 Fire Department: Mandeville Volunteer Fire Department Initial Summary: On Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2021, Assistant Chief Lucas Stephenson was responding to a motor vehicle accident on Arkansas Highway 296 when the brush truck he was driving overturned numerous times. He passed away at the scene. Investigation

into the incident is ongoing. Colorado: Larry Wyant, 68 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: October 26,2021 Death Date: October 26, 2021 Fire Department: Joes Volunteer Fire Department Initial Summary: On Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2021, Firefighter Larry Wyant was driving to the funeral of Captain Darcy Stallings, who was killed last week in an automobile acci­ dent while responding to a residential fire, when a call came in for a combine that sparked a fire in a cornfield. He and the members of his department faced 30 mph winds, with gusts up to 60 mph, with the wind direction changing as they worked to stop the fire. Firefighter Wyant was out of the truck attempting to get a hose line stretched when the fire overtook him. He passed away at the scene. California: Marcus Pacheco, 53 Rank: Assistant Fire Engine Operator Incident Date: August 29,2021 Death Date: September 2, 2021 Fire Department: United States Forest Service-Lassen National Forest Initial Summary: While assigned to the Dixie Fire, Aug. 10-29, 2021, Assistant Fire Engine Operator Marcus Pacheco had close contact with a COVID-19 positive individ­ ual. He became ill and tested positive for the virus on Aug. 29, 2021. Assistant Fire En­ gine Operator Pacheco passed away due to complications from the vims on Sept. 2,

2021. California: Allen Johnson, 68 Rank: Liaison Officer Incident Date: August 24,2021 Death Date: August 31, 2021 Fire Department: United States Forest Service-Stanislaus National Forest Initial Summary: While assigned to the French Fire near Kemville, CA, Liaison Of­ ficer Allen Johnson became ill and tested positive for COVID-19 on Aug. 24, 2021. There were other confirmed cases of the vims on the French Fire. Liaison Officer Johnson was placed in isolation at the inci­ dent and transported to the hospital on Aug. 31, 2021 where he passed away.

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Kitchen Fire Quickly Knocked in Nashua NASHUA, NH - Nashua firefighters made quick work of a kitchen fire on Wellman Ave., April 7th. Engine 1 arrived on scene to find smoke showing from the second floor of a twostory wood-frame dwelling. Engine 1 quickly stretched a han­ dline and knocked down the fire while Ladder 1 performed searches and ventilated. Companies remained on scene checking for extension and overhauling.

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Two Alarm Fire in Hooksett Damages Home HOOKSETT, NH - A two-alarm fire damaged a home on Hackett Hill Road early Wednesday afternoon, March 30th. The call came in as a gas explosion with fire, and automatic mutual aid was dispatched right away. First due crews reported smoke showing from the highway and found heavy fire show­ ing from the one-story cape. Firefighters made a quick knock down. A second-alarm was called for water supply and addi­ tional crews for overhaul and to check for extension. No in­ juries were reported and the fire is under investigation.


Concord B attles Vacant Building Fire CONCORD, NH - City Firefighters had their hands full with a wind-driven two-alarm fire early Sunday evening, March 27th. Concord FAO started to receive calls for a building on fire at 8:08 P.M. at the State Hospital grounds off Pleasant Street. The city dispatched all Concord compa­ nies and a working fire was transmitted right away, as heavy fire could be seen from the threestory house that was vacant and under renovations. Flames from outside the building reached the second floor and traveled through the walls. A second-alarm was transmitted as gusts of wind made the fire more difficult to extinguish. The fire did extend to the third floor before crews brought it under control at 9:11 P.M. No one was injured, and the NH State Fire Marshal's Office was called to the scene to start an investigation.

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P ittsfield Firefighters Battle Three-Alarm Blaze PITTSFIELD, NH - Fire­ fighters from nine area depart­ ments battled a three-alarm fire in downtown Pittsfield early Wednesday morn­ ing, April 13th. The fire was dispatched at about 7:39 A.M., report­ ing as a building fire on Depot Street. The Pitts­ field Chief arrived within seconds to find the two-story brick building with fire and smoke showing and requested a second-alarm. Five people from three up­ stairs apartments escaped from the blaze, and two were taken by ambulance to the hospital. The Scenic Theatre next door suffered only exterior damage after its white-house siding, in close prox­ imity to the burning apartment building, was knocked down by firefighters, leaving the siding peeling off the walls, but saving the historic theater that was built in 1914. A third-alarm was requested by Chief Peter Pszonowsky, and firefighters made an aggressive attack knocking down the heavy fire from the first and second floors in the front of the building. Fire had extended and damaged most of the building. Concord's Tower opened up the roof for ventilation, accessing it from the rear of the building. The State Fire Marshal's Of­ fice was called to the scene and is conducting the investigation. The Red Cross was also called in to assist the residents. Firefighters remained on scene well into the day for overhaul and hot spots.

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Emergency! Chaplain's Corner Didymus McHugh

Ok, something tells me that some o f you may have thought about the 1970's television show with Johnny Gage and Roy DeSoto, that's ok. The thing that has come to my mind was preparing for emergen­ cies. Law enforcement, firefighters and EMS are classified as Emer­ gency Responders. Why? When people have an emergency, these are the front line that are there and usually trained for the emergency. Emergency responders train to re­ spond to emergencies. We have the motto "don't train until you get it right, train until you can't get it wrong." Many areas train on the bread and butter calls and try to im­ prove, so that everything works from muscle memory. There are other emergency re­ sponders who really train. They are curious for knowledge and prepare for calls that barely happen or have not happened yet. Eiow many are trained to work with livestock emergencies, when you live in an urban area? Eiow many people be­ fore 2019 were trained to deal with a pandemic? Did anyone know that FEMA had courses to train you to handle providing services during a pandemic years before the pan­ demic happened? Eiow many peo­ ple are trained to deal with airplane crashes and mass casualty when you live nowhere in the path of any planes? I think now people are training for terrorists, bio-weapons and electro-magnetic pulses. These may see like a dream, or nightmare but this is the thinking we need. Eiow many people thought through fight­ ing a fire or doing extrication with an electric car or self driving car? Towns have departments that plan to deal with emergencies called Office of Emergency M an­ agement. These departments are supposed to be training for the big stuff like tornadoes, earthquakes, hurricanes and things along that na­ ture and they may do table top drills or almost full scale simulations. But how are you prepared to handle you emergencies in life? I met a brother firefighter in Houston, after Eiurricane Eiarvey. Eie shared with me that as the storm was coming, he put mattresses, an axe and chainsaw in the rafters of his one-story house. As the water started rising, his family went up there for refuge. Eie saw that the water remained high and he took

the chainsaw and cut a whole in the roof and got his family on the roof of the house, until they got rescued. Like many firefighters, he made sure that his family was safe and then he went and reported for his shift. When does the individual train for dealing with all this bad news? Have you ever taken a class on how to handle a life changing car acci­ dent? Do you how to handle when a doctor tells you that you have stage 4 cancer? Does anyone train you how to tell your spouse that you no long can provide an income to sup­ port the family? Are you ready for a sudden death, a divorce and all that entails, death o f a loved one, or any sudden news? We may think that we are ready for our training, but it may help lessen it to some point. There was a time that a chaplain friend of mine had to go into the hos­ pital and people there knew him and knew that he was as a chaplain. When they gave him the bad news, they saw that he was a bit over­ whelmed by what they told him. They mentioned that he was the chaplain, and works with this every day. The comment back to them was "yes, I deal with this every day, but it is not me that gets the news every day". Even people who help others all the time through their tough times also need to be supported. Develop your support group to help you manage your emergencies. Try to pre-plan. I know that it may not be fun, but you may want to start thinking about a will, power of attor­ ney, communications, where you can stay if your residence is destroyed. Have you thought how you would handle a fire in your house? Did you scan all your important documents and photos and store them on a flash drive and put in a safe deposit box, so that if you lose the house, you still have the important papers? Please develop your team that you can call, local and long distance. During certain disasters, local calls were not getting through but people would be able to call people in other states. Some people were smart. They called a relative in another state and had them call someone in the town of the original caller. Remember that when the stuff hits the fan, you can look towards a counselor, faith leader, a chaplain and as always you can talk with God. He is always there. Sometimes it may not feel like it but He sees what you are going through. I pray that you do not have per­ sonal emergencies, but we know that it will happen. Know that I care. Stay safe, Didymus McHugh didymus-mchugh.com

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MVA w ith Fire in Norwich NORWICH, CT - At approxi­ mately 9:49 RM. on April 24th, the East Great Plain VFC, along with Yantic Fire Co. were dispatched to an MVA on Route 395 southbound at exit 11. As units were signing on, dis­ patch advised that the state police were reporting the vehicle to be on fire. Upon arrival of Car 5, the en­ gine compartment of the vehicle was on fire and extending into the passenger compartment. State po­ lice were on scene and advised that the operator was out of the vehicle. EGP Engine 52 arrived and the crew stretched a handline to extin­ guish the fire. EGP Rescue 5 ar­ rived right behind Engine 52 and assessed the operator for any in­ juries. Thankfully, the operator wasn't injured and didn't require

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medical treatment. The operator stated that his car rolled over once and came to a rest on the grass. He said he was wearing his seat belt and was able to get out of the car as the fire started. EGP ET 51 provided Engine 52 with additional water if it was needed, and EGP Service 5 had the Route 395 southbound on-ramp closed to traffic during the incident. Yantic Engine 32's crew provided assistance and helped block traffic. Yantic Rescue 3 stood by on the exit ramp at the scene. - KEITH MILTON

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WALTER COOPER A large gathering showed up in attendance from the Yantic & East Great Plain Fire Departments to watch Chief Eyberse be inducted.

Connecticut Firefighters Hall of Fame Dinner SOUTHINGTON, CT - The Connecticut Firefighters Hall of Fame held their annual dinner at the Aqua Turf in Southington at 7:00 PM. on Thursday, April 7th. The Connecticut Firefighters Pipes and Drum Band opened the ceremony and Kevin Hogan was the guest speaker that introduced everyone. A total of 585 tickets were sold, so there was a great crowd to cheer on the new inductees. Everyone en­ joyed a great meal and then listened to some amazing accomplishments in regards to how the fire service has changed during the last 30-40 years. Congratulations to all 10 indi­ viduals who were inducted into the Hall of Fame, and thank you for all

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ft 3P of the hard work and effort you put forth to improve your departments while also serving the community. I'm super proud of my hero. Chief William Eyberse, who always encouraged and guided me in the right direction from a very young age and throughout my fire service career. You have always taken the Yantic Fire Engine Co. and the Eastern CT Fire School to the next level while constantly pushing both organizations to better themselves. You've truly left your mark on the Eastern Connecticut Fire Service. Assistant Chief Alan Olenick is

also an amazing gentleman that I have been lucky enough to be friends with since I began dispatch­ ing at Colchester Emergency Com­ munications “KX” in 2010. He has always gone above and beyond for the Lebanon FD while also serving with the New London County Fire Chiefs Association. He also has done multiple deployments fighting wildfires around the continent. Class of 2022 Inductees are: John Carew, Charles Coakley, Robert Duval, William Eyberse, Donald Griffin, William Hackett, Ralph Humphrey, Robert Massicotte, Alan Olenick and Mark Sekorski. - RYAN FLAHERTY

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EUGENE WERER JR. This patch belongs to the Wethersfield Fire Department, Est. in 1803, located in Hartford County, CT.

CHUCK LOWE Enfield Fire District 1 operates this 1996 Pierce Lance 1250/500/65' Snorkel as Engine 12.

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Yantic Celebrates 175 Years of Volunteer Service YANTIC, CT - Yantic Fire Engine Co. #1, one of the oldest continually operating volunteer fire companies in Connecticut, is celebrating its 175th anniversary this year. Established by an act of the Con­ necticut General Assembly on July 14th, 1847 Yantic Fire Engine Co. #1 was founded by Winslow Tracy Williams, owner of the Yantic Woolen company. The first fire station was built in 1863 and the service was comprised of 18 members, whose primary purpose was to protect the mill and the village of Yantic. In 1906, the building was destroyed by fire and the mill owners built a new station out of stone with a Tudor style second story. The member­ ship purchased the building and surrounding property in 1962 and the fire company remains the pri­ vate owner. This building is still in use today, with several additions to house the fire company's collec­ tion of antique apparatus along­ side the in-service vehicles, and an adjacent open area known as "Fireman's Field." Their primary response area has grown to in­ clude 10-square-miles in the City of Norwich, where they provide primary response for fire, medical and motor vehicle accidents. This area includes a historic district, commercial and retail spaces, 10 miles of limited access highway (Ct Route 2 and 1395), a minor league baseball stadium, hospital and a railway, along with residen­ tial areas and several waterways. Yantic Fire Engine Co. addition­ ally provides F.A.S.T. services and mutual aid to several sur­ rounding towns. Yantic Fire Engine Co. has re­ cently accepted the return of their fully restored 1891 Silsby Steamer. The restoration was done over several years by Firefly of Maine and funded through do­ nations and various fundraising events. This rejoins the horsedrawn, hand operated pumper and hose reel, and 67 Mack pumper of their private collection. These ap­ paratus can be seen at the Yantic firehouse at any of the events we have scheduled for this anniver­ sary year. Come join our celebrations! Visit www. IRBN.com and click on "Events Calendar" to see our scheduled events.

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Solar Panel Fire Q uickly Contained in Newington NEWINGTON, CT - A solar panel fire on the roof of the aban­ doned Local Market building at 175 Lowrey Place was quickly brought under control on April 3rd.


MVA w ith R ollover and Entrapm ent in Occum OCCUM, CT - At 9:20 P.M. on Tuesday, April 5th, the Occum FD, American Ambulance and the Norwich Police were dis­ patched to the area of 694 Scotland Road for a car versus tree with entrapment. Dispatch told Car 48 that Car 2 said they had a crew in quarters if Rescue 2 would be needed. Car 49 arrived at 9:25 P.M. reporting one car on its roof with a person trapped inside. Engine 42 arrived at 9:27 P.M. and stretched their front bumper line while Car 48 assumed Command. Crews made patient contact and began stabilizing the vehi­ cle. Crews from Occum and Taftville extricated the patient to­ gether and turned him over to the American Ambulance crew.

CORAL RUGGIERO East Windsor Police lead the procession as East Windsor Ambulance transports Derrick to the funeral home.

Hundreds Pay Respects to Fallen Flight RN/Paramedic HARTFORD, CT - On April 7th, LifeStar Flight Nurse/Paramedic Derrick Donahue tragically passed away in a diving accident while on vacation in Curacao. Diving was one of Derrick’s passions and he had made many trips to Curacao. Prior to LifeS­ tar, Derrick had worked as an emer­ gency department nurse at Hart­ ford Hospital and Intensive Care Unit nurse at Manchester Memo­ rial Hospital. He began his emer­ gency services career as a junior member of the Broad Brook Fire Department (CT), and later with the Warehouse Point Fire Depart­ ment (CT). Derrick was a career Firefighter/Paramedic in Massa­ chusetts and Connecticut. He was one of the first paid part-time EMTs and supervisors at East Windsor Ambulance. Derrick had the opportunity to interact with a number of Police, Fire, and EMS agencies through­ out his career. A procession held on Friday, April 22nd made his im­ pact on the community abundantly clear. He was met on the tarmac by brother and sister firefighters from Connecticut State Firefighters IAFF Local S-15, members of East Windsor Ambulance, and an Honor Guard composed of his coworkers from LifeStar. East Windsor Ambulance As­ sociation transported Derrick from Bradley International Airport to Bassinger Funeral Home in East Windsor, CT. Hundreds lined Spring St. in Windsor Locks and Bridge Street in East Windsor to

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pay their respects. Derrick and his family were escorted by East Wind­ sor PD, Warehouse Point FD, Broad Brook FD, AMR Ambulance, Aetna Ambulance, Connecticut State Po­ lice, Windsor EMS, and Baystate Pre-Hospital and Emergency Serv­ ices. Windsor Locks FD, Windsor Locks PD, and Bradley Interna­ tional Airport FD assisted with arrangements and traffic control. Suffield Vol. Ambulance Associa­

tion, Enfield EMS, and Windsor Locks Lions Ambulance Corps staged along the procession route to render honors. It is impossible to count the number of lives that have been touched by Derrick’s time on this Earth. He will be greatly missed by many family and friends. - CORAL RUGGIERO

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BUDDY SHOTS If you have photos you would like to see in our “Buddy Shots” feature, please upload them on our website, www.lstResponderNews.com or email them to Lindsey@lstResponderNews.com.

RYAN FLAHERTY The ceremony began inside and then moved to the front ramp so the new sign could be unveiled while the band played.

RETSY PETRIE-MCCOMRER, EMS-CAPTAIN, LERANON VFD Lebanon VFD crews were recently in Willimantic providing cover­ age for Willimantic FD as they operated at a structure fire. While there, Roddy McComber was presented with a plaque commemo­ rating his 38 years of service to WW Dispatch. Pictured (L to R): LVFD Captain Todd Kulman, 2021 Member of the Year Roddy Mc­ Comber, WW Lead Dispatcher Kevin Ring, Sr., and Willimantic Captain Kevin Theriault. Congrats Roddy, well deserved!

Memorial Ceremony Held for 60th Anniversary of Norwich Van Tassle Explosion NORWICH, CT - At 1:30 P.M. on Sunday, April 3rd, the Norwich Fire Department held a memorial ceremony to honor the 60th an­ niversary of four fallen firefight­ ers from the Van Tassle Explosion on Forest Street. While attempting to extin­ guish a box truck on fire, it vio­ lently exploded, killing Captain William Sheridan, Leonard Counihan, Edward Romano and Carl Burke. Two other firefighters were

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I significantly injured and had to wait about 30 minutes to be res­ cued due to the severity of the fire. The truck was carrying organic peroxides and this event helped change the way hazardous materi­ als must be labeled/placarded across the country. We were very fortunate to

have retired Lieutenant Tom LaFreniere address the crowd while speaking about the tragic events of this day. Chief Montoya and Lieutenant LaFreniere un­ veiled a new street sign to honor our fallen brothers. Special thank you to the New London Firefight­ ers Pipes & Drum Band for play­ ing at our ceremony. - RYAN FLAHERTY

JP VALENZUELA Members of New London, CT Engine-3 after taking up from a 2ndalarm fire on the afternoon of 3/30/22.

RYAN FLAHERTY Chief Montoya and retired Lieutenant/Survivor Tom LaFreniere.


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SAYJE RENJAMIN A firefighter measures for mercury contamination at a Hazmat incident in Norwalk.


Two Campers Burn in Franklin FRANKLIN, CT - At 7:13 P.M. on Sunday, April 26th, the Franklin FD was dispatched to Route 32 near 207 for multiple trailers on fire. While responding, units were updated that the trailers were well involved and spreading to brush. The first-alarm assignment was filled out, which brought in South Windham, Baltic, Bozrah, Lebanon and Yantic. Tanker 125 arrived at 7:25 P.M. and stretched (two) one-and-three-quarter inch lines. Engine 225 arrived next and stretched a oneand-three-quarter inch line to fight the brush fire. Bozrah Tanker 126 nursed Franklin’s Engine and crews overhauled the remains. Franklin’s Fire Marshal is investigating.

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M e rc u ry S p ill in N o rw a lk Sends One to H o sp ita l NORWALK, CT - On Wednes­ day, April 13th around 1:10 P.M., Norwalk Engine 1 responded to the 1 block of Ward St. for a reported Mercury spill in a parking lot. Truck 2 was also soon added. Upon arrival and investigation, it was confirmed that the fluid in the parking lot was Mercury and a large amount had spilled. It was believed the Mercury had been there since the previous night, and a hazmat in­ cident was declared. The Fairfield County Hazardous Incident Re­ sponse Team was notified and re­ sponded to the scene. Firefighters soon learned that a large amount of Mercury had spilled in from a van in the parking lot and that the night before, a man had taken items out of the van and up to his apartment. The man re­ fused to exit his apartment for sev­ eral hours. During this time, the situation was upgraded to a full team response for Fairfield County

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*4 dfP Hazmat. When the subject finally exited his apartment, Hazmat techs metered the subject and his apart­ ment, finding both to be substan­ tially contaminated. The subject was transported to the hospital after all contaminated items were dealt with. The Stamford Fire Department Hazmat Team was requested to the scene for additional equipment and personnel. Crews finally began clean up and the process of re-occupying apartments. Hazmat techni­ cians from around the state also evaluated several other sites con­ nected to this incident. There were no additional injuries. Norwalk PD and CT DEEP are investigating the incident. - SAYJE BENJAMIN

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RYAN FLAHERTY On Wednesday morning April 13th, Norwich's 2 shift assisted the American Professional Educational Services with their EMT class. Members began in the classroom discussing different types of car ac­ cident scenarios, their hazards and what type of injuries to expect. Everyone discussed how we can work together for the best patient outcome and then moved outside. Engine 2’s crew went over sta­ bilization and various methods of extrication. Pictured are FF Mike Christoff and Lt. Scott Belleville removing the door.

CHUCK LOWE This classic 1976 Mack R-600, with an American Modular body, once served as Wethersfield Rescue 8.

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V icto ria n Home in Fall River Destroyed in Late A fternoon Fire

SHAUN SHATTUCK ACTON, MA- Firefighters were dispatched on April 22nd to Route 2 eastbound, near Piper Road, for a reported motor vehicle rollover with ejection. One patient was transported from the scene to a Boston area hospital by Boston Medflight with lifethreatening injuries.

SHAUN SHATTUCK ACTON, MA - Firefighters were dispatcher to on Hosmer St. on May 2nd for a reported car vs. pole with rollover and entrapment. On arrival, two patients were extricated using extrication tools and struts. Both patients were transported to local trauma centers. Boston Med Flight was contacted, but unable to fly due to the weather.

FALL RIVER, MA - On Sun­ day, April 3rd at 5:15 P.M., Fall River firefighters were dispatched to 528 High Street for a reported fire and explosions. Engines 2, 9 and 12, along with Plat­ form 1, Ladder 4, Rescue 1 and Car 2 responded. Car 2, under the command of District Chief Matt Johnson, re­ ported heavy smoke showing immedi­ ately upon leaving the station. Moments later, he arrived on scene and reported heavy fire in a three-story Victorian home. The single-family home was built in 1890, and seven adults and one child were residing in the home at the time of the fire. The residents were sitting down to a meal when upon returning to the kitchen discovered a wall of flame entering from the exterior. All occupants were accounted for, and Command called for a sec­ ond-alarm. After knocking down the heavy exterior fire, companies made their way inside only to have to evacuate a short time later as heavy fire took control of all floors. Platform 1 used their tower along with several hand lines and were able to darken down the fire and then return to interior operations. Firefighters were on scene for several hours, with a spare piece being detailed to be a fire watch overnight. - KENNETH LEGER

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Occupant Escapes House Fire in Pepperell

EUGENE WEBER JR. This patch belongs to the Gloucester Fire Department, Est. in 1831, and located in Essex County, MA.

PEPPERELL, MA - On April 17th, Pepperell Fire was dispatched to 179 Brookline Street for a re­ ported building fire. Upon arrival of the first-in company, heavy smoke and fire was showing from a two-story wood-frame with a single-story “L” style addition. A working fire was trans­ mitted followed by the second-alarm about one minute later. Companies ran multiple hand lines and set up the Pepperell Ladder. Mutual aid engines from Townsend, Groton, Dunstable, and Nashua operated at the scene. A Hollis Tower also responded to the scene. Companies had the fire knocked down in about 30 minutes and remained on scene for an extensive time to over­ haul. A single occupant escaped the fire prior to fire department arrival and refused transport.

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8 Alarms Struck at Crosby Street Fire in Lawrence LAWRENCE, MA - On April 15th, Lawrence Fire Alarm re­ ceived a single telephone alarm for a fire in the building at 28 Crosby Street. The reported ad­ dress is less than a block away from the quarters of Lad­ der 4. The initial as­ signment dis­ patched Engines 6, 8 and 9, with Lad­ der 4, Squad 1 and Car 21. Upon ar­ rival of Ladder Co. 4, they reported heavy fire on floor 3. Car 21 arrived with Deputy Mclnnis minutes later and a second alarm was struck for a three-story wood-frame with heavy fire on the third floor ex­ tending to two exposures. This brought all remaining LFD com­ panies to the scene (Engine 7 and Ladder 5), and also brought mu­ tual aid into the city to work and cover. A third and then fourth alarm were transmitted shortly after. Following the fourth-alarm. Deputy Mclnnis to 981 (Lawrence Fire Alarm) reported (3) three-story wood-frames, and (1) two-story wood-frame. Addi­ tionally, there were numerous spot fires starting in the area and the fifth-alarm was transmitted. As mutual companies were still rolling into the city, com­ mand reported fire extending to a fifth building. Car 21 requested additional engines and ladders, strategically placing companies to protect exposures in the tight neighborhood, ultimately stop­ ping the rapid spread of fire. The total amount of mutual aid brought to the scene classified the fire as an eighth-alarm. Aerial masters streams were used on Lawrence Ladder 4, Lawrence Ladder 5, the Salem Tower, and the Lowell Tower (Ladder 3). Multiple deck guns were also used, including those on Lawrence Engine 9 and a Methuen engine. Blitz guns and an assortment of hand lines were also in operation. Companies worked to contain the fire and overhaul the buildings into the early morning hours of April 16th. - DYLAN CONWAY


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P ic k u p T ru c k C rashes In to F a lm o u th Hom e FALMOUTH, M A- On April 22nd around 6:30 P.M., a report to Falmouth came in as a truck into a house. Engine 21 and Am­ bulance 39 were dispatched. Upon arrival they found a dump truck into the home at 76 Menauhant Road. The truck was traveling west on Menauhant Road when it side swiped a util­ ity pole, jumped a curb and skidded 100-feet before crashing into the house. Firefighters requested Med flight, but can­ celed them upon further evaluation. The truck driver was then transported to Falmouth Hospital with unknown injuries.

K. LEGER A number of recruit firefighters from Fall River and New Bedford are currently working their way through the Massachusetts Fire Training Academy located in Fall River. On this particular day, the recruits were working in the flashover simulation trailer as well as hose lay evolutions, and using hauling lines.

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Fire Confined to Exterior of Home in Fall River FALL RIVER, MA - On Sunday, April 24th shortly before 12:00 P.M., firefighters responded to 21 Tobin Street for a reported fire on a second floor porch. Car 2 arrived and reported smoke and flames showing from the second floor porch, and dispatch reported that an elderly male may still be in the unit. Command reported all occupants accounted for and requested a Medical Rescue for a tenant who needed oxygen assistance. Engine 9 backed themselves up to a hydrant across from the fire build­ ing and then stretched an attack line to the second floor porch where fire was showing just outside the door to the unit. The fire was contained to the area of the exterior wall and flooring materials. There was smoke and water damage inside the unit. Paramedics on scene treated the resident of the fire unit.

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Three-Alarm House Fire Displaces Fitchburg Residents FITCHBURG, MA - Fitch­ burg firefighters battled a threealarm fire on Ashburnham St., May 1st. Companies had fire showing from the rear of the two- Jump to file# 050222114 and-a-half story wood-frame and quickly struck a second-alarm. The fire extended up into the attic and command struck a third-alarm. Companies made an aggres­ sive interior attack to knock down the fire. Multiple mutual aid com­ panies assisted at the scene and covered the city. - PATRICK KERRIGAN


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Brush Fire a t Prospect H ill Park in W altham WALTHAM, MA - Waltham Fire received a report of a brush fire at Prospect Hill Park on April 24th. Engine 4 responded and found a large area on fire deep in the woods. Engine 4 requested Engine 2 to respond and lay a feeder line. They took a hydrant and ran it from about 600-feet. Pictured is Cap­ tain Ryan Sweder breaking up some dead trees.

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NATE ARNOLD Truck 3 opens up a vent hole on the 'Alpha' side of the peaked roof at Manchester Terrace.

Late Night Fire Q uickly Knocked Down in Springfield SPRINGFIELD, MA. - A late evening fire on a quiet, tree lined side street in the Forest Park neighborhood of Springfield heav­ ily damaged the first floor of an occupied single-family dwelling and displaced at least one occu­ pant on Monday morning, April 18th. Springfield Fire Alarm re­ ceived a lone 911 call just before 2:30 A.M. from a neighbor across the street from the fire building re­ porting that fire was venting from the first floor of the home, and the male occupant was not home at the time of the fire. While fire companies were still en route to 130 Manchester Terrace, SPD patrol units arrived on scene and reported the home was “engulfed” in flames. This well intentioned but incorrect on scene report by the PD was fol­ lowed up by the arrival of Engine

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*4 39 3, Truck 3 and Chief 2, who con­ firmed the original report that this was, in fact, a room and contents fire with some extension to the second floor and attic. Crews worked fast, stretching three hand lines on the dwelling, and brought the fire under control within 15 minutes of arrival of the balance of the first-alarm assign­ ment. Companies then spent oneand-a-half hours overhauling the building and checking for exten­ sion prior to clearing the scene. The cause of the fire remains under investigation by the SFD Arson Squad. The Red Cross is assisting the occupant. - NATE ARNOLD

PAT TRAVERS/NEFIREPH0T0.C0M Graduates of Class #BW-18 watch as the National Anthem is sung by Erin Scott.

Graduation of Career Recruit Firefighter Class#BW-18 BRIDGEWATER, MA - At 11:00 A.M. on the morning of Fri­ day, April 8th, the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy held a grad­ uation for Career Recruit Firefight­ ing Class #BW-18 at their Bridgewater campus. This gradua­ tion was held simultaneously as the 300th career recruit class grad­ uation that was held at the Stow campus. Eighteen recruits, representing twelve communities completed the 10-week program held at the Bridgewater campus of the Massa­ chusetts Firefighting Academy, while also attending the Stow cam­ pus for some specialized training during their 10-weeks. The audi­ ence was filled with firefighters, friends, and family members of the graduates. The Master of Ceremonies of the event was Recruit Programs Coordinator Dennis Ball. Deputy

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m 39 State Fire Marshal Maribel Fournier addressed the graduates and those in attendance, sharing some words of wisdom to the new graduates. Lieutenant Paul Medeiros of the Massachusetts Fire Training Council presented the Outstanding Student Award to Centerville-Osterville-Marston Mills Firefighter Matthew DePippo for his hard work during the academy. De­ Pippo also addressed the audience as the Student Spokesman near the end of the ceremony. Along with some of his classmates, they pre­ sented the academy instructors a class plaque to be hung up at the academy. The graduates of Bridgewater Class-18 were: John Conaty, Peter

Donovan and Matthew McCabe of the Belmont Fire Department, Matthew DePippo and John Green of the Centerville-OstervilleMarston Mills Fire Department, Kyle DiFrancesco and Samuel Hammond of the Dennis Fire De­ partment, Spencer Espinola of the Fairhaven Fire Department, JeanMarc Thelussaint of the Hanover Fire Department, Stephen Imparato of the Harwich Fire Depart­ ment, Jason Kirby of the Lakeville Fire Department, Michael Lupisella and Alexander Peckham of the Marlborough Fire Depart­ ment, Shane Couming of the Mendon Fire Department, Geury De La Cruz and Cody Caponi of the Peabody Fire Department, Fer­ nando Baez of the Salem Fire De­ partment, and Justin Everson of the Whitman Fire Department.

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Driver Flees Scene of Three-Car Crash in Falmouth FALMOUTH, MA - On April 2nd around 8:00 P.M., Falmouth Police got a report of a three-car crash at East Falmouth Highway and Old Barnstable Road. Falmouth Fire dispatched Engine 25 and Ambulance 37, and at the intersection they found two cars, one with heavy front end damage. The other car had minor damage, and the third car that caused the accident left the scene. There were no injuries.

LINDSAY MONN Firefighters at work during a fourth-alarm fire in Lynn, MA.

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Third-Alarm in Dracut DRACUT, MA - On April 15th, Dracut Fire was dispatched to 158 Donahue Road for a reported structure fire. Upon arrival, the building was well involved and the second-alarm was struck, bringing mutual aid to the scene. Companies attacked the fire from a defensive posture until conditions darkened down and they were able to enter the building to overhaul and chase hot spots. The fire ultimately went to a third-alarm.

CHUCK LOWE Haverhill Engine 8 is operated by the call firefighters assigned to the Ayer's Village Station. They respond in this 1987 Hahn 1250/500.


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PATRICK KERRIGAN Lawrence Deputy Chief Mclnnis in command at an 8-alarm fire on Crosby St., 4/15/22.

Truck 2’s aerial is repositioned with the remote control levers on the 'Charlie' side of the block.

Fire in Vacant A partm ent B lo ck Keeps Holyoke Jakes Busy

PATRICK KERRIGAN Boston District 12 Chief Michael Mullen at a 3rd-alarm on Bluehill Ave., 4/7/22.

HOLYOKE, MA - A fire in a vacant four-story apartment block in the Flats section of the City of Holyoke was noticed just before 7:30 P.M. on Sunday, April 24th, and kept city firefighters on scene well into the night. Calls to 911 began coming in from neighborhood residents and passersby reporting smoke and fire venting from the fourth floor of the block that has been officially va­ cant for several years, but is also known to be occupied by homeless people seeking shelter from the el­ ements. The first HFD crews arrived on scene within moments of the

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•a 3® alarm and found fire venting from not just the top floor, but also from the first floor entry way and the 'Charlie' side stairway tower. The size of the fire building and multi­ ple locations of fire had Cabot St. Command calling for a secondalarm right away, bringing all re­ maining on duty Holyoke crews to the scene and triggering a recall of off duty personnel and calls for mutual aid to neighboring Chicopee and South Hadley. On scene, companies used

transitional attack strategies, work­ ing the fourth floor with hooks and hand lines, but backing out when conditions deteriorated for a brief exterior attack before going back inside to resume chasing the fire through the cockloft of the build­ ing. The fire was finally brought under control just before midnight. No injuries to fire crews were known at the time this article was written, and since the building was vacant at the time, no civilian in­ juries were reported. The cause of the fire remains under investiga­ tion. - NATE ARNOLD

SHANE SHIFFLETT Boston Fire Department's transport van at the Maryland triple LODD funeral.

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FALL RIVER, MA - Around 2:00 P.M. on Thursday, April 7th, Engine 4, Ladder 2 and Rescue 1 were dispatched for a report of a man that had fallen down a manhole. While on scene extricat­ ing the uninjured man, crew members discovered a working fire nearby. Command called for a full still alarm response and went to work. Firefighters found an exterior fire with no interior ex­ tension at 164 Pelham Street, and extinguished the fire and cleared the scene shortly after.

Second-Alarm on M yrtle Ave. in Lawrence LAWRENCE, MA - Lawrence firefighters responded to Myr­ tle Ave. on April 7th for a reported building fire. Upon ar­ rival, heavy fire was showing from the rear of the three-story wood-frame. Command arrived on scene and struck a second-alarm. Crews made an aggressive attack and knocked down the main body of fire that was quickly traveling up. Companies had the fire knocked down in a short amount of time. They remained on scene overhauling and checking for extension.


T hree-A larm F ire Dam ages P opular W a ke fie ld Pizza Shop

CHUCK LOWE Ashby recently placed a 2017 Rosenbauer Commander into service as Engine 4. This apparatus was previously used by Rosenbauer as a "Demonstrator". It carries 1000-gallons of water and is equipped with a 1500-GPM pump.

WAKEFIELD, MA-Wakefield fire companies were dispatched on April 18th to 191 Albion Street, at a popular local pizza and sandwich shop, for a reported fire. Upon arrival at “Pizza Express”, companies had smoke showing and a second-alarm was ordered. Companies stretched multiple hand lines and began to open up, finding a large volume of fire above the drop ceiling. As com­ panies opened up and conditions worsened, a third-alarm was ordered. Wakefield and mutual aid companies were able to open up confined spaces and extinguish the fire in the shop. Addi­ tionally, propane tanks from a neighboring 7 Eleven gas station were moved away from the fire building. Companies had the fire knocked down and overhauled in under one hour.

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inches. It has 104 pages, and was composed in 1986. There may be all black and white photos, but the history is very colorful, brought to us in detail by the author! Sanford Fire Apparatus built nearly 200 trucks ending in 1985. They had been located in the Syra­ cuse, NY area and started out as a motor truck company. It later started building fire apparatus, and even built its own chassis. These apparatus for the most part were sold to smaller fire departments. They were attractive looking trucks built on both commercial and custom chassis. To me, they resembled another brand of appa­ ratus but I am not suggesting that this was on purpose, it is only my observation. There are eight chapters: 19091924, The Industrial Revolution Creates a New Business; 19251932, Fire Apparatus Division Takes Charge; 1933-1939, Motor Trucks Depart as Streamlining Ar­ rives; 1940-1947, The New Corpo­ rate Identity as Sanford Goes to War; 1948-1959, Filling the Needs of Loyal Customers; 1960-1964, Revitalizing a Proud Name; 19651985, Building for the Future and 1925-1946, Sanford Delivery Lists. Sanford was a localized com­ pany that sold mostly in New York State, with a few sold in New Jer­ sey and Pennsylvania. From 1943 to 1945 they also had a contract with the U.S. Navy, delivering 10 units to different parts of the coun­ try. There are well over 100 photos of commercial trucks and all types of apparatus, including besides pumpers, mini pumpers, tankers an in-plant fire truck, and three aeri­ als. I remember twin custom pumpers with large water tanks at the DeCou Hose Company in Hamilton Township, Mercer County, NJ, that I photographed when they were new, and they were two of my favorites because they were attractive. Unfortu­ nately, they are not among the pho­ tos in this book, but nevertheless there are many others that the reader will enjoy. If you are a per­ son that enjoys history and appara­ tus, this book is a must for you if you don’t already have it!

M. LARRABEE At 2:13 A.M., Walden firefighters arrive on scene to find heavy fire.

Large Structure Fire Brings 7 Fire Departments to Walden WALDEN, VT - On March 30th at 1:50 A.M., Walden Fire De­ partment, along with Cabot Fire Department, were toned for a reported fire on the second floor of a three-story building at 805 Coles Pond Road, with animals report­ edly on the second and third floors. Walden's second assistant chief ar­ rived on scene to find heavy fire on the second floor and fire also start­ ing on the third floor. He immedi­ ately called for additional help, bringing in Hardwick, Greensboro, Danville, Peacham, Craftsbury, and Marshfield. Walden's engine arrived on scene 16 minutes after the first tone to find a fully involved structure, pickup truck, and (two) 250-pound propane tanks off-gassing right up against the building. A sharp wind added to the issues. Two hand lines were deployed, but due to the lack of water, the deck gun was not able to be used immediately. Tankers hauled water three miles to the fire scene, but due to the very rough dirt roads in mud season, it took almost 15 min­ utes to get between water supply and the scene. The fire was finally placed under control by 4:00 A.M. All units and personnel were back in quarters at 10:00 A.M. In the end, the structure, two vehicles, a mo­ torcycle, lawnmower and tent garage were destroyed.

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A. LARRABEE At 7:34 A.M. the fire had been mostly knocked down, but a log loader was called in to remove the tin roofing.


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In 2020, W arwick acquired a second-hand 1998 American LaFrance Eagle pumper from Hooksett, New Hampshire. It was bought with the intention of having a reliable spare apparatus and designated Engine 12. Plans soon changed after Engine 8's apparatus was perm anently removed from service. The 24-year-old apparatus is expected to continue running front line, out of the Hillsgrove Fire Station, until a new rig arrives for Engine 8.


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