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FEBRUARY, 2020

CONCORD MANSION DESTROYED BY FOUR-ALARM BLAZE

PETER LOBO

Concord, MA - A caretaker at 240 Fairhaven Hill Road reported a fire at 9:30 A.M. on December 27th. When firefighters arrived they found smoke on floors 1 and 2, as well as parts of the roof.

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RYAN FLAHERTY

Danielson Captain Ryan Kelleher stretches a 1.75" hose line to begin fire attack on the first floor.

Fire Marshal Tim Smith

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Orange Firefighters, Employees Mourn Loss of Fire Marshal Tim Smith Orange, CT (January 20, 2020) - Volunteer firefighters and town employees in Orange today are reeling from the loss of longtime Fire Marshal Tim Smith, who died Sunday, January 19th, after investigating a fire in a local home. “The Orange Volunteer Fire Department and Orange Town employees are mourning the untimely passing of Tim Smith, our fire marshal,” said Vaughan Dumas, fire chief. “Tim was an invaluable member of the town’s public safety corps and will be missed here in town and across the state,” added First Selectman James M. Zeoli. Dumas said Smith was called to a structure fire at 161 Tyler City Road around 1:20 P.M. Sunday to determine the cause and origin of the fire. He had completed that task and was returning home when he was involved in a motor vehicle accident in Woodbridge. The Woodbridge Police and Connecticut State Police accident reconstruction team are investigating the crash. They will release their findings and comments when their investigation is complete.

JUMP TO FILE #012120102 Smith was a member of the Orange Volunteer Fire Department for more than 30 years. He became a town employee in 1986 as a deputy fire marshal and rose to the fire marshal’s post in April 1989. In addition to being a certified state fire marshal, Smith was a fire service instructor for the Valley Regional Fire School. He received an award from the International Association of Arson Investigators in 2015 for outstanding accomplishment in relation to an investigation of an arson fire on Golf Road. Smith was known as a progressive and innovative fire official. He inaugurated the use of drones to investigate fires. He also implemented the use of special software to track fires in town and report them to the state. His family has requested privacy as they mourn their loss, said Zeoli.

Third Alarms Called for Garage Fire in South Killingly South Killingly, CT - At 6:48 P.M. on Tuesday, January 21st, the South Killingly Fire Department, with mutual aid from Danielson ET161, Tower 161, Williamsville Engine 160, East Killingly & Moosup FAST with KB Ambulance were dispatched to 365 Cranberry Bog Road for an attached garage fire. Car 65 Chief DeAngelis arrived at 6:52 P.M., reporting a well involved two-bay garage with heavy smoke from the front door of a twoand-a-half story wood-frame residential. Command requested the second-alarm at 6:54 P.M., and also asked for Atwood Hose Tender 196 to set up at Station 65 for water supply. Engine 165 and ET-161 arrived at 7:01 P.M. and stretched two hand-

JUMP TO FILE #012220107 lines from Engine 165 that was positioned in the driveway. South Killingly’s crew took a two-and-ahalf inch line to the front of the garage while Danielson’s crew stretched a one-and-three-quarter inch line through the front door, where they encountered heavy fire on the first floor. Crews knocked a lot of fire in the garage and the first floor of the house, but unfortunately it spread to the second floor and attic. This is a rural area without hydrants, so tankers had to bring water into the scene and then make a loop to get filled.

At 7:12 P.M., command requested the third-alarm to stage in quarters and then moved them up into the scene at 7:30 P.M. After about 30 minutes, the fire took over the attic and crews were evacuated from the building. Moosup Ladder 194 backed into the front yard and used their ladder pipe to knock a large volume of fire. Tankers were called from East Killingly, Attawaugan, Dayville, Moosup, Mortlake, Plainfield and Foster Rhode Island while Sterling Engine 167 provided coverage. The Killingly Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating, and the American Red Cross assisted four family members. - RYAN FLAHERTY

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Tanker 34 in Glastonbury is a 1987 Autocar built by 4 Guys. It has a carrying capacity of 3000-gallons with a 1000-GPM front-mount pump.


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Wallingford House Fire Possibly Sparked by Appliance

Wallingford, CT - On December 16th at 1:42 P.M., the Wallingford FD was dispatched to a fire in a home, possibly coming from a heater. On arrival at 17 Hill Ave., heavy black smoke was billowing from the structure with fire showing on the 'Bravo' side first floor. Engine crews made an aggressive interior attack on the fire, which was quickly knocked down. Searches and ventilation to the roof were also completed without incident. All Wallingford units were on scene, as well as Meriden Fire for RIT. The Wallingford FD Fire Marshal's office is continuing to investigate the cause. No injuries to any firefighters or civilians were noted.

Engine 2 as fire attack.

BERNIE MEEHAN, JR.

Barn Fire in Harwinton Harwinton, CT - On January 15th at 8:40 P.M., the tones sounded for the Harwinton Fire Department to respond to 126 Woodchuck Lane for a barn fire. First to arrive was the Harwinton Ambulance (66-1), who reported a working fire. Harwinton Car 1 (Chief Bill Buys) arrived to take command and requested assistance from Nepaug and Burlington. Harwinton Engine 2 arrived first, taking a position in the driveway to attack the fire. Engine 1 set up in the street for water supply, drawing water from two folding tanks. A quick tanker shuttle was set up, utilizing two tankers from Har-

JUMP TO FILE #011620100 winton, two from Burlington and one from Nepaug. The fill site was about a mile away. The barn was approximately 20'x40', and in between the house and road. Firefighters made the attack with three handlines and were successful in keeping the fire contained to the barn. Harwinton EMS provided stand by and rehab services. The fire is under investigation. - BERNIE MEEHAN

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Fatal Car Versus Tree in Voluntown

Voluntown, CT - At 5:25 A.M. on Saturday, December 14th, the Voluntown Fire Department with Griswold's Rescue 455 and an American Ambulance Paramedic were dispatched to Beach Pond Road by the Boat Launch for a car versus tree with entrapment. Car 53 arrived, confirming the driver to be pinned in the car which sustained heavy intrusion from the tree. Rescue 453, ET 253 and Ambulance 553 arrived and began extrication in the heavy rain storm. At 5:44 A.M., the patient was extricated in traumatic arrest and transported to the hospital.

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Nebraska: John Sing, 67 Rank: Chief Incident Date: November 11, 2019 Death Date: November 11, 2019 Fire Department: Boys Town Fire & Rescue Initial Summary: On Monday, November 11, 2019, at approximately 0200hrs, Chief John Sing responded to an EMS call. When he returned to the station, he collapsed and was immediately taken to the hospital where he passed away from an apparent heart attack. Massachusetts: Jason Menard, 39 Rank: Lieutenant Incident Date: November 13, 2019 Death Date: November 13, 2019 Fire Department: Worcester Fire Department Initial Summary: In the early morning hours of Wednesday, November 13, 2019, Lieutenant Jason Menard and his crew responded to a multi-residential structure fire, with heavy smoke coming from the building. The fire grew to four alarms and, at one point, firefighters issued a mayday call from the third floor. Lieutenant Menard and other firefighters became trapped by heavy fire conditions. He helped two firefighters escape the blaze, but the fire quickly worsened and Lieutenant Menard was unable to flee and succumbed to his injuries. Three other firefighters were taken to the hospital. Two of the firefighters have been released and the third is in serious condition.

New York: Darryl Rollins, 42 Rank: Chief Incident Date: November 19, 2019 Death Date: November 20, 2019 Fire Department: North Amityville Volunteer Fire Company Initial Summary: On Tuesday, November 19, 2019, at approximately 1900hrs., Chief Darryl Rollins responded to a possible residential fire. He returned home and was found unresponsive early the next morning. He was im-

mediately taken to the hospital where he passed away from a cardiac arrest.

New York: Robert White, Jr., 65 Rank: Chief Incident Date: December 5, 2019 Death Date: December 5, 2019 Fire Department: West Stockholm Fire Department Initial Summary: On Thursday, December 5, 2019, at approximately 1930hrs., Chief Robert White responded to a residential structure fire in Potsdam, New York. After arriving at the scene, he collapsed and was immediately taken to the hospital where he passed away. The cause and the nature of death have not yet been determined.

Georgia: George "Johnny" Childs, 64 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: December 4, 2019 Death Date: December 5, 2019 Fire Department: Arcade Fire Department Initial Summary: On Wednesday, December 4, 2019, at approximately 1545hrs., Firefighter George “Johnny” Childs responded to a residential structure fire. The next morning, Thursday, December 5, 2019, he was found unresponsive by his personal vehicle outside a local business. He was immediately taken to the hospital where he passed away from cardiac arrest.


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Woodbury Firefighters Battle Early Morning Home Blaze on New Year’s Day "I'm a supporter and former volunteer of the Crescent City Fire Department in Crescent City, FL. I still work for the city now as a meter reader. I'm also a volunteer for Fire Dog Services Program (a turnout gear recycling program for hand-me-down gear), which I've done since 2011'ish. I got this tattoo around 2013, and I designed it myself. It was inspired by my interest through life being a junior/explorer to a volunteer. Working with FDSP, I have witnessed many stations willing to donate hand-me-down gear to less fortunate smaller stations, and I believe it's just one of the many true definitions of brotherhood; our Fire brothers and sisters working together to help one another out, even in other areas or other parts of the world."

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Woodbury, CT – Nearly 50 firefighters from the Woodbury Volunteer Fire Dept., and four neighboring Connecticut towns, contained a fire that destroyed a home in the early hours of New Year’s Day at 329 Washington Rd., Route 47 in Woodbury. “The team effort putting the wet on the red was amazing,” said Chief Janet B. Morgan. “The response went like clockwork, and there were no injuries.” Most of the house was gutted, but homeowner Kevin McSwiggan, who works as an excavator, and two dogs escaped injury. His wife and two children were away at the time. The fire started around

JUMP TO FILE #010320109 1:40 A.M., and was declared clear just before 6:00 A.M. as dawn broke. The south wing of the structure and a breezeway area were destroyed, with extensive smoke damage to the original part of the home built in 1888. The cause remained undetermined and was still under assessment by the weekend, Chief Morgan said. Morgan is also the town’s fire marshal. Woodbury’s two companies had five fire engines at the scene. Roxbury, Southbury and Water-

town supplied additional tank trucks with crews, while Bethlehem sent a fire engine and firefighters to protect Woodbury while Woodbury’s own firefighters and vehicles were deployed. Woodbury firefighters also organized a shuttle run for the tank trucks to refill with water at the nearest hydrant more than a mile away. “We’re really grateful to our mutual aid departments,” Chief Morgan added. “Everybody cooperated and stayed right through.” - WVFD

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NORWALK FD

Firefighters tend to the smoldering engine, following patient care.

Norwalk FD Responds to Three-Car MVA Norwalk, CT - The Norwalk Fire Department responded to a three-car motor vehicle accident on Martin Luther King Drive, in the area of UPS, at 4:15 P.M. on New Year’s Day. The accident resulted in two male occupants of a BMW sedan and one male occupant of a Toyota Sienna Van being transported by Paramedics to Norwalk Hospital. The driver of the BMW was found unconscious, when a Norwalk Firefighter on his way to work, came upon the accident. He was assisted by the first arriving Police Officers in getting the

JUMP TO FILE #010220118 driver off the embankment to the sidewalk. A firefighter drove the ambulance while the paramedics tended to the patient. A second ambulance transported the remaining two patients, with nonlife-threatening injuries. There were no injuries in the third vehicle. Norwalk Police are investigating the cause of the accident.

Fire under control.

BRIAN OWEN

Christmas Day House Fire in Wallingford Wallingford, CT - At 1:07 P.M. on Christmas day, the Wallingford FD responded to a working structure fire at 28 Ridgeland Circle. The Battalion Chief arrived, reporting heavy fire from the garage of a one-story wood-frame. There were also live wires down in the driveway. A two-and-a-half inch handline was stretched to the garage for fire attack by the engine company, while the truck com-

JUMP TO FILE #122719100 pany and medic units did an interior search and ventilated the roof. A one-and-three-quarter inch handline was brought to the interior for a fire attack after the garage fire was knocked down. Companies remained on scene for most of the afternoon overhauling and putting out hot spots.

Meriden Fire E-1 assisted as mutual aid for RIT. The following units or companies responded or stood by for the duration: C-4, E2, E-1, T-2, E-7, M-1, M-2 Meriden E-1, volunteer companies 7 and 8. The cause was possibly due to cooking, but is still under investigation. There were no injuries reported. - BRIAN OWEN

- NORWALK FD

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Train Versus Service Truck in Newington

CHUCK LOWE

Clinton VFD was able to reacquire Engine 961, a 1964 Duplex/Oren pumper, in 2011 after parting with it many years earlier. This classic once pumped at 750-GPM and carried 750-gallons of water. It will be maintained and operated as a parade piece.

Newington, CT - Just after 11:00 A.M. on January 24th, an Amtrak passenger train collided with an Amtrak service truck not far from the New Britain Avenue overpass. Two employees in the truck were able to jump out just before the collision. Of the 64 passengers on the train, six people reported minor injuries. Two wheels of the train were derailed off the tracks. An investigation is underway.


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Rollover with Serious Injuries in Voluntown

Voluntown, CT - At 12:43 P.M. on December 7th, the Voluntown FD with an American Ambulance Paramedic were dispatched to the area of 676 Pendleton Hill Road for a vehicle rollover. Car 53 arrived at 12:49 P.M. and reported that the vehicle had struck a tree and was on its roof. Rescue 453, ET 253 and Ambulance 553 responded and found a male operator that had self-extricated and sustained serious injuries. Ambulance 553 transported the patient with the paramedic, who called a trauma alert.

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IN SERVICE

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Engine Tank 309 in Chaplin operates a 1998 International S-4900 built by Central States. This apparatus carries 1000-gallons of water and features a 1500-GPM top-mount pump.

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Washington Crews Battle House Fire Washington, CT - On December 22nd at 7:33 P.M., Litchfield County Dispatch alerted the Washington Fire Department of a structure fire in the area of 9 Main Street, in the village of New Preston. While responding, an updated report from the State Trooper on scene was that there was heavy fire showing. Arriving on scene, fire units found a house with heavy fire issuing at 6 Main Street. The house was located on a small ridge up from and overlooking Main Street. First to arrive was Tanker 7 from the New Preston firehouse a short distance away. The driveway takes an immediately 90-degree right turn as you enter it from the street, which was a challenge for access. Tanker 7 worked out quite well in this situation since it's a front mount pump. The operator pulled in as far as he could, then provided attack lines from the 1250-GPM front mount pump. Command requested a second-alarm be sounded, which brought in mutual aid from Northville, Bantam, Warren and Roxbury. While the mutual aid tankers were responding, Washington laid a five-inch supply line approximately 800-feet up into the center of New Preston to draft out of the East Aspetuck River, just down from Lake Waramaug.

JUMP TO FILE #122319100 Additional manpower was also requested from New Milford to assist with overhaul. The fire is under investigation by the fire marshal's office.

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I was listening to a speaker a while back and they were discussing that certain diseases or health conditions earn certain food. If you think about it, you will notice the truth behind it. People with certain diseases, visitors come over and bring casseroles. If other people spend time in the hospital, an edible arrangement, of fruit, is sent to the house. Recently, I went over to a friend’s house, who has a physical challenge, and there was a team of supporters, with 14 people in the room. It was good to see that there were so many people there to show support and love. This morning it made me think, what is it like for someone with a mental health issue or substance abuse challenge? Where is the team that comes together for them? I know people who deal with depression or PTSD or substance addiction. You want to guess how many people show support? What food do you bring over? I have talked with many people who have substance addictions. Many of them told me that they had a crisis or trauma in life. They never sought help for one reason or another. I have even heard of people being told that they are to never cry or talk about what happened. Talk about a reason why some of these people have challenges. Do we take the time to really talk to people? For many of us, when someone is in the hospital for a surgery or treatment, we may go over to visit. How do we handle someone with a mental health issue? Do we just avoid the person? How would you feel if you were that person? Many people put a stigma with people who have mental health issues. Did you know that 20% of Americans have mental health issues? That means that 1 in 5 of us has challenges. Think about people in your family. Who do you know that may be depressed? Do you realize that depression untreated may lead to someone taking their own life? One thing that sticks me strange is that so many times people say that they never expected the person to take their own life. My question is simple, did you bother to engage the person when they were going through depression, or did you just walk away? Have you taken a Mental Health First Aid Course, or a Suicide Awareness Course, or a Psychological First Aid Course? There are many places that we can learn to help someone, but are you willing to take the first step? Did you check out the SAMHSA website? Or any other mental health website?

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MASSACHUSETTS

Be brave enough to help others. By helping others on this issue, you may even find out that you may need some assistance, or you may finally take care of the issue that you have been denying for years. The first part of healing is to admit that you have a challenge and work to get the assistance that you need. The best thing that you can do, to be a good friend, relative, church member or what have you, is to care about all people. The Good Book that I read tells me that we are to love our neighbor. That’s it PERIOD. There are no qualifications as to who that person is, or what condition that they have. Remove the Stigma, Show the love. Didymus McHugh didymus-mchugh.com

CHANGE OF QUARTERS

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Burlington Engine 2 moved into their new firehouse on June 25, 2019. This three-bay facility is located on the same lot as the previous station. The new house includes a training facility with technical rescue props, and living space for eight firefighters.


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Cucina Povera FORK & HOSE CO. a Food Blog by A.J. Fusco

Cucina Povera translates from Italian to English as “poor cooking”. It is a term used to describe the food and recipes of rural Italian cooking centuries ago. This “style” of cooking was not one of intentions, but more of necessities. These times were very trying and with meat being so scarce, many of the recipes that come from this period are very heavy on vegetables. There was also no waste, as evident in the recipe for biscotti, where the Tuscans “twice-cooked” the biscuits to make them last longer. Or in Ribolitta, a thick bread soup which is “re-boiled” to further extend its use. Cucina Povera can be looked at from a philosophical point

rather than specific recipes. Using what you have, rather than seeking out ingredients, is one philosophy of this era. The Italian peasants either used whatever vegetables they had on hand, or found ways to repurpose what they had already cooked. It is absolutely one of my favorite ways to approach cooking, especially for the firehouse. We all know cooking at the firehouse is one ripe with budget constraints and opinions. Using the Cucina Povera approach allows us to keep costs low by using ingredients we may have on hand already, rather than having to go out and shop for an entire meal. I almost always take a look in the fridge before heading out to the supermarket, a reconnaissance mission of sorts. There is almost always a half onion not used, or maybe a bag of carrots on their way out. Leftover fresh herbs, which I highly recommend for their flavor over dried, are going to be inevitably left in the crisper

waiting to die a slow, wilting death. So rather than plan a meal based off what I want to cook, I like to base it off of what is available to use. And no dish is designed better for this application than soup! Minestrone soup is a dish from the Cucina Povera era, and is still popular many years later after it originated. For good reason too! It is packed with vitamins, nutrients, protein and flavor! There are many recipes out there for it, but use what you’ve got on hand. Any vegetables will work, just keep in mind cooking times vary for the types you use. In this recipe I also blend some of the beans with the stock, which when added back to the soup, adds body. If you prefer a more liquid soup, skip this step. There is also no meat in this recipe, but if you must, the addition of crumbled sausage would be delicious! Stay safe, eat well!

MINESTRONE SOUP Operations Chief O'Donoghue

On January 4th, friends and family gathered at St. Raphaels Church in Medford to say farewell to John J. O'Donoghue, retired Operations Chief of the Cambridge Fire Department. The active and retired members of CFD were joined by members of other departments including Newton, Medford, Washington DC and the FDNY. He clearly left his mark on the fire service.

After serving our country in the US Army, John answered a newspaper ad and joined the fire service in 1966. His first assignment was to Rescue Company 1. In total, he would spend 15 years on the Rescue as he moved up in rank. During his career he also worked at Engine 4, Engine 6 and Truck 3 in various capacities.

In 1987, John was promoted to Deputy Chief and placed "Downtown". Following nearly a decade overseeing the busy side of town, he transferred to Division 2 for another five years. Based on his extensive knowledge and experience, he was the best candidate for the Assistant Chief's position. In July of 2001 he accepted that role and remained there until his retirement in December of 2004.

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During his 38 year career, Chief O'Donoghue saved countless lives and impacted many more. He was recognized and received numerous commendations, including Firefighter of the Year in 2001. Everyone who worked with John has great stories to tell. He set the standard at every level of his career and paved the way for all that followed.

Post "retirement", John remained on staff at the Massachusetts Fire Academy and continued his quest to keep the new firefighters safe. He also continued to follow his passion for the elevator and escalator industry writing standards for the fire service and elevator regulations himself. His book on the subject, published by Fire Engineering, is a must for any department with elevators.

In a final fitting tribute, Cambridge Rescue 1 led the procession, escorting the beloved Chief O'Donoghue to church and then his final resting place. Donations may be made in his name to the Boston Sparks Association, 344 Congress St., Boston, MA 02210. - CHUCK LOWE

Serves 6

Ingredients:

1 Yellow Onion, chopped 3 Cloves of Garlic, chopped 3 Carrots, peeled and rough chopped 3 Celery Stalks, rough chopped 3 Yukon Gold Potatoes, cubed 5 Stalks Kale, leaves torn and stems chopped Handful Fresh Green Beans, ends removed and cut into 1” pieces 2 Zucchini, chopped 1 Sprig of Fresh Rosemary 1 Bay Leaf 1 T Tomato Paste 28 oz. Can of Diced Tomatoes (No Salt Added if possible) 48 oz. Low Sodium Chicken Broth 19 oz. Can of Cannellini Beans Extra Virgin Olive Oil Chili Flakes Salt to taste Procedure:

-Heat a large Dutch oven or pot over medium heat. Add enough oil to just coat the bottom of the pot. When the

oil starts to shimmer, add the onions, bay leaf and rosemary. Season with a pinch of salt and chili flake. When the onions are translucent add the garlic, carrots, celery and kale. Stirring often, cook until the vegetables are light golden brown. Add the tomato paste and stir for about a minute. -Stir in the diced tomatoes and cook until most of the liquid has evaporated. Add the chicken broth and bring to a boil, then lower to a simmer. Add the potatoes, half of the beans, zucchini and green beans. Continue cook-

ing until the potatoes are soft, about 20 minutes.

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-While the soup is cooking, take a ladle of soup broth and put in a blender with the remaining half of the beans. Let cool for a couple minutes. Carefully, blend the beans and add the bean purée to the soup. -Taste and season before serving. Garnish with celery leaves, parmesan cheese and a drizzle of olive oil.


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Whitman Firefighters Rescue Family Pet from Working House Fire Whitman, MA - Shortly after 9:00 A.M. on the morning of Wednesday, January 8th, the Whitman Fire Department responded to the report of a building fire at 293 School Street. A box was struck and Car-1, Car-3, Engine-243 and Lad- JUMP TO FILE# der-246 responded. 010820100 Contractors who were working on an addition to the house arrived to go to work and smelled smoke. They called 9-11 to report the possible fire. Companies arrived to find smoke showing from a two-story wood-framed dwelling that was under construction. A working fire was requested, bringing a Hanson engine, Abington tower, and a Halifax ambulance to the scene, and an Abington engine to cover. Crews made an aggressive interior attack, searching for any victims and for the seat of the fire. They encountered a heavy smoke condition throughout the house. Companies were able to locate a fire in the basement and quickly knocked it down. The residents of the house were not home at the time of the fire. When the homeowner arrived, she alerted firefighters to a pet rabbit who was in the house. Firefighters were able to locate the rabbit and remove it safely from the house and back to the homeowner. The cause of the fire is under investigation. The American Red Cross and Massachusetts State Fire Marshal were both requested to the scene. No injuries were reported. - PAT TRAVERS

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Whitman FF Brian Trefry comes out of the house with the family's rabbit.


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75-Year-Old Woman Fatally Struck by Vehicle in Brockton Brockton, MA - At approximately 4:20 P.M. on the rainy evening of Tuesday, December 10th, the Brockton Fire Department responded to a reported pedestrian accident on JUMP TO FILE# Main Street, near 123019121 Davids Street. Ladder-2 arrived and reported that the police were on scene performing CPR on a victim in the roadway. The victim, a 75-year-old female, was packaged and transported with a firefighter on board to Caritas Good Samaritan Medical Center. The victim was later transferred to a Boston Hospital where they later died. - PAT TRAVERS

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Cats Rescued from Working Fire in Leominster

Heavy fire vents from the third floor.

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Suspicious Fire Strikes Occupied Three Decker in Fall River Fall River, MA - On Friday evening, January 10th at 8:30 P.M., firefighters responded to 159 Fourth Street on a still alarm. Car 2 arrived moments after dispatch and reported that he had a working fire in a three-story wood-frame, with heavy fire in the basement. Members made an aggressive attack on all three floors, with fire traveling the balloon frame construction all the way to the attic space. Command ordered an evacuation shortly after, when heavy fire took over the third floor and tactics were changed to the exterior. Command ordered two "Blitzfire" appliances to cover the 'B' and 'D' sides and a two-and-a-half

JUMP TO FILE #011120101 inch hand line brought to the 'C' side, rear. After knocking down the heavy fire, command resumed interior operations. This incident went to two alarms and the Red Cross was called in to assist three displaced families. The fire investigation unit was called in to begin origin and cause determination, and Special Services provided scene lighting and rehab to fire personnel. The building was considered a total loss. - KENNETH LEGER

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Leominster, MA - On the evening of Tuesday, December 10th, Leominster Firefighters along with Fitchburg Firefighters worked a fire on Wheeler Street. The fire was in the basement of a one-story building. Crews contained the fire to the basement, and several cats and kittens were rescued. The fire remains under investigation. Pictured are Leominster Firefighters Robbie Griffin and Scott LaPrade working to bring a cat back to life after being rescued.

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Five-Alarm Working Fire Ravages Building in Rockland Rockland, MA - Around 12:20 A.M. on the morning of Thursday, January 2nd, the Rockland Fire Department began receiving calls for a reported building fire at 20 East Water Street. Due to their ambulance being at the Good Samaritan Medical Center in Brockton from a previous JUMP TO FILE# 010320123 medical call, three firefighters responded. Engine-1 arrived to find smoke showing from a threestory wood-framed dwelling, residential over commercial. Car270, Chief Scott Duffey, arrived onscene, reported heavy smoke showing and requested a working fire. Shortly after the working fire was requested, as firefighters were making a primary search, heavy fire was seen on the 'C' side of the building. Interior firefighters reported that they were making rescues, and Chief Duffey immediately requested a second-alarm with two additional ambulances. Third-alarm companies were requested to stage at Union Street at Market Street. Companies became heavily engaged following the evacuation of all occupants from the building. Crews backed out and hit the heavy overlapping fire in the rear of the building, knocking that fire down quickly. A ladder pipe on Rockland Ladder-1 was put into operation to darken down the fire. Once heavy fire was knocked down, crews made their way back into the building, attacking fire on floors 2 and 3. As mutual aid companies arrived on-scene, numerous big lines were put into operation. Firefighters placed ground ladders around the building and ladders from Rockland and Brockton were stretched to the roof. Crews worked extensively to overhaul the second and third floors, knocking down fire found in the walls and attic. The fire eventually went to fourth and fifth alarms, bringing mutual aid companies from Hanover, Abington, Hingham, Whitman, Norwell, Hanson, Weymouth, Brockotn, Holbrook and East Bridgewater to both work the fire and cover. Fire ground rehab was provided by the Massachusetts Department of Fire Services, Boston Sparks Association and the Whitman CERT Team. At least one person rescued from the building was transported to a local medical center with what was believed to be non-life-threatening injuries. One firefighter was also transported from the scene with a minor injury. The cause of the fire is under investigation. - PAT TRAVERS

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FF Mike Tracy hits fire on floor-2 with a hand line after the firefighters were pulled from the building.

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Whitman firefighters come down the stairwell for a bottle change as fire blows out a third floor window.


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Concord Mansion Destroyed by Four-Alarm Blaze Concord, MA - A caretaker at 240 Fairhaven Hill Road reported a fire at 9:30 A.M. on December 27th. When firefighters arrived they found smoke on floors 1 and 2, as well as parts of the roof. F i r e fi g h t e r s began an aggressive attack on the first floor, but the fire had JUMP TO FILE# already spread 123019114 within the walls. The Colonial Revival style home was built in 1899 for John Quincy Adam’s descendent, Charles Francis Adams III. There were no fire hydrants in that part of Concord, so tanker trucks were needed to supply apparatus on scene. Four alarms brought assistance from nearly 10 communities. The $3-million, 6500-squarefoot mansion was a total loss. Firefighters fought the blaze for over 12 hours. No one was home, nor were there any injuries. - PETER LOBO

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Each of Middleton's apparatus has a different and unique cartoon character. Engine 4, the department's 2500's tanker, shows Dumbo taking out a house fire with the slogan "The Big Shot".

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Watertown Apartment Building Fire Displaces 30 Residents Watertown, MA - On January 24th around 10:30 A.M., Watertown Fire responded to 62 Robert Ford Road and found heavy fire showing from the rear of the apartment complex. It wasn’t long before three alarms were transmitted. This brought in mutual aid from JUMP TO FILE# Waltham, Belmont, 012420108 Cambridge, Boston and Newton. A partial roof collapsed in the rear of the building. It took firefighhtgers about two-and-ahalf hours to put the fire out. Thirty people were displaced and a total of 11 units were affected. -PETER LOBO

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Oxford FIRE-EMS Firefighter Lewis with Future First Responder Catherine Lewis.

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Arson Suspected Cause of General Alarm Mill Crash in Pembroke Seriously Injures Fire in Fall River Several People Heavy damage to the Subaru station wagon on the scene.

Fall River, MA - On January 13th at 12:30 A.M., a police officer on patrol discovered a working fire in a five-story granite mill at 62 County Street. Fire command arrived on scene just as a second still alarm was being dispatched for a second fire elsewhere in the city. Command requested two additional Ladder companies, which required the use of mutual aid. He informed dispatch that he had a five-story heavy timber mill with fire showing from the ground to the roof on the exterior of the building. Command continued to call for additional resources that came from numerous neighboring communities. Several mutual aid ladder companies were used as the fire took hold on the fifth floor and

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raced across the top floor from west to east. A working fire sprinkler system helped to hold the fire in check on the lower floors of the mill that was packed with product. Chief John Lynch arrived on scene and called for a general alarm, recalling all city firefighters and support personnel and activating the Bristol County Mutual Aid response, with help coming from as far away as Seekonk to the West and New Bedford to the East. Just about four hours into the fight, the fire was declared under control. Preliminary investigation is leaning to arson as a cause.

Pembroke, MA - Around 7:00 A.M. on the morning of Sunday, December 29th, the Pembroke Fire Department responded to a reported motor vehicle accident in the area of 145 Church Street, at Oak Street. Companies arrived to find a serious two-vehicle motor vehicle accident with at least one patient trapped and two patients who were suffering life-threatening injuries. Crews reported that they were working a traumatic arrest on at least one person. Three victims were in a Subaru station wagon, while one was in a commercial Ford pickup truck. Pembroke Fire struck a box for

JUMP TO FILE #123019105 manpower, and also two additional ambulances from Marshfield and Hanover to the scene. Hanover Engine-7 responded to the scene to assist in extrication. At least one hand line was stretched from Pembroke Squad-5, but it was unclear if it was utilized on-scene. Victims were all transported to the South Shore Hospital from the scene, with two reportedly transferred to Boston hospitals with life-threatening injuries. Church Street, which is Route-

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139, was closed for several hours while the Pembroke Police, Plymouth County Sheriff's Department BCI Unit and the Massachusetts State Police investigated the accident and conducted accident reconstruction. Police arrested Gregory Goodsell, 31, at the scene and charged him with OUI - Liquor causing serious injury, marked lanes violations, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, and failure to stop/yield at signal, among several other charges. He was also transported to the South Shore Hospital for evaluation. - PAT TRAVERS

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MVA with Tech Rescue in Kingston ANTHONY FITZHERBERT

Dudley, MA - In December, firefighters responded to a well involved garage attached to a house that spread into the attic, resulting in a total loss fire. Pictured is Dudley Fire LT. Chris Wilson doing a 360 while his crew is stretching on the dwelling.

Kingston, MA - Firefighters responded to an MVA on January 6th at 120 Main St. On arrival, firefighters found a vehicle down an embankment approximately 30-feet. The vehicle went off the road and struck a tree before landing down the embankment. One patient was trapped in the vehicle. Firefighters extricated the patient and used a stokes basket to move the patient to the ambulance. One patient was transported by ground to South Shore Hospital.


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Crews work to extinguish the fire in the detached barn.

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Captain Denson and FF Torres of Truck Co. 2 work to vent the 'Bravo' side dormer.

Fire Guts Duplex, Sends One Firefighter Two Alarms Struck for to Hospital in Springfield

Stoughton Barn Fire Stoughton, MA - At approximately 1:00 A.M. on the morning of Thursday, December 26th, the Stoughton Fire Department responded to 39 Walnut Avenue for a reported building fire. Companies arrived to find fire showing from a detached barn in the rear of the property. A working fire was requested, bringing mutual aid to the scene and to cover. A second-alarm was ordered shortly after the working fire, bringing additional companies to the scene. Crews used several hand lines to knock down the heavy fire breaking through the roof line in the rear of the building. The crew from Brockton Ladder-1 opened

JUMP TO FILE #122919101 the peak roof for ventilation. The apartment in front of the barn was evacuated as a precaution while firefighters worked on scene. Companies were able to knock down the heavy fire quickly and remained on scene checking for hot spots and extension. During the investigation of the fire, an illegal apartment was discovered in the garage. The cause of the fire has not been determined, but it is believed to be accidental. No injuries were reported.

Springfield, MA - A wind-driven, fast-moving fire gutted a duplex at 358 Wilbraham Road in Springfield on December 19th, and sent one member of the SFD to the hospital with burns. Calls came into 9-1-1 at 2:30 P.M. for the home at the corner of Dearborn Street and Wilbraham Road, which was the scene of another fire in the Spring of 2016. This fire however, was far more advanced by the time first units of the Springfield Fire Department arrived. Crews were met with heavy fire venting from the second floor extending into the attic and mounted an aggressive interior attack. Sev-

JUMP TO FILE #122219104 eral problems developed early on in the operation. Second due Engine Co. 1 had difficulty getting the steamer cap off their hydrant and nearly ran out of water by the time the cap was removed. The air temperature outside at the time of the fire was in the upper teens to low 20's, causing icing problems right away, along with a sustained wind that continually fanned the flames. Wilbraham Road command started special calling companies to the scene almost immediately and eventually depleted the city of

available manpower and equipment, to the point that mutual aid had to be called in to back fill several stations. While firefighters made a valiant effort to save the home, the fire simply had too much headway and took possession of the second floor and attic, necessitating a defensive attack. No civilians were injured as a result of the fire, but one member of the SFD was transported for treatment of burns he sustained, but was expected to make a full recovery. The cause of the fire remains under investigation. - NATE ARNOLD

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Aircraft Crashes into Halifax’s East Monponsett Lake

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Boston Car 7, the district chief serving sections of Dorchester and Roxbury.

Halifax, MA - On December 21st at 12:13 P.M., the Halifax Fire Department responded to a small aircraft crash into the East Monponsett Lake in Halifax. The Halifax FD with assistance from the Middleborough FD and the Plymouth County Technical Rescue Team were able to deploy booms to prevent fuel release and float the aircraft to shore using low pressure airbags. The pilot had no injuries. Pictured is Halifax Fire operating with Middleborough Fire to place booms around the aircraft.


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MVA with Rollover in Kingston Kingston, MA - On January 1st, firefighters responded to the area of 145 Main St. for a vehicle on its side. On arrival, firefighters found a pickup truck on its side with two people in the vehicle. A saw was used to cut the window and the victims were removed. One patient was transported by ground to BI Plymouth.

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Two Alarms for Brockton Garage Fire Brockton, MA - Around 12:15 P.M. on the afternoon of Sunday, December 29th, the Brockton Fire Department responded to a reported garage fire at 140 Market Street. Fire alarm advised the companies they were receiving calls, and Engine-2 reported a column of smoke visible from a distance. Engine-2 arrived and reported a fully involved two-story detached garage on fire. Crews stretched numerous hand lines and quickly

JUMP TO FILE #123019107 knocked down heavy fire on the front of the garage. A working fire was requested shortly after companies arrival by Car-56. Several minutes later, a second-alarm was ordered. Crews stretched multiple twoand-a-half inch hand lines around the garage to knock down the fire.

Additional hand lines were utilized to knock down fire in several vehicles which were in the garage and out front. Melted siding could be seen on the rear of the house in front of the garage. No injuries were reported and the cause of the fire is under investigation. Several mutual aid companies covered firehouses in the city while crews worked on-scene. - PAT TRAVERS

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Dump Truck Overturns in Newton Newton, MA - On Friday morning, January 24th, Newton MA fire received a call for an overturned dump truck on I-95 northbound at the Mass Pike entrance, with possible entrapment. Engine 8, Ladder 1, Rescue 1 and a medic unit were dispatched. Upon arrival, firefighters found a trash truck on its side after hitting another vehicle. There was no entrapment, nor any injuries. CHUCK LOWE

Mansfield Squad 3 was built by Fire-1 on a 2016 Ford F-550 4x4 chassis. It has 400-gallons of water on board with a 220-GPM pump.


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Fall River Fire Chief John Lynch gets a report on conditions.

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Heavily Trapped Victim at Duxbury Highway Crash Duxbury, MA - Around 10:00 A.M. on the morning of Sunday, December 29th, the Duxbury and Marshfield Fire Departments responded to Route-3 southbound, near Exit-11, for a reported motor vehicle accident. Massachusetts State Police arrived on scene first and reported that the patient was heavily entrapped. While still en route Duxbury Fire checked on the availability of Boston

JUMP TO FILE #123019106 MedFlight, if they would be needed. Duxbury Fire arrived on scene first and reported a single-vehicle motor vehicle accident with a car into a tree in the median of the highway. Command reported heavy entrapment, and a very seriously injured patient. The patient was ex-

tricated and transported to the South Shore Hospital with life-threatening injuries. The left travel lane was blocked in the area for some time while crews worked on scene and tow vehicles removed the car from the woods in the median. Massachusetts State Police are investigating the cause of the accident. - PAT TRAVERS

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Whitman FFOP Jackson Valentine changes out FF Brian Trefry's bottle.

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Five Apartments Damaged at Framingham Second-Alarm

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Fitchburg Firefighter Sean Roy overhauls after a fire on Wheeler St. in Leominster.

Framingham, MA - Framingham firefighters responded for a fire alarm activation at 1321 Worcester Road just before 11:30 A.M. on January 2nd. Engine 1 arrived to find nothing showing, but got reports of smoke on the 6th floor. Companies found a fire in an electrical room on the 6th floor that had extended into a pipe chase below the roof. A second-alarm was requested for manpower. Companies were on scene for the next hour opening up and chasing hot spots. Five apartments suffered water damage, but no injuries were reported.


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Nashua Engine 1 operated this 1988 Pierce Arrow 1250-GPM pumper for 13 years before it become an NFD spare. It carried 750gallons of water and 60-gallons of foam.

Heavy snow falling during single digits as fire completely destroyed a barn and house.

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Belmont Fire Destroys Barn and Farmhouse During Snowstorm Belmont, NH - A four-alarm fire destroyed a large cattle-style barn and farmhouse during a fierce snowstorm on Saturday, January 18th. Lakes Region Communications received a report of smoke coming from the barn at 6:45 P.M., and firefighters arrived with heavy smoke showing from the cattle barn. The barn had an attached ell to the main house. "Fire quickly traveled through the ell into the home, which was a

JUMP TO FILE #012220104 total loss," said Belmont Fire Chief Mike Newhall. He continued with saying "the home was unoccupied, and at this point there was nobody living there that we know of." Temperatures in the single digits and heavy snow dropping several inches hampered firefighters during the fire. Four alarms where transmit-

ted, bringing tankers into the scene to battle the fire all night long. Laconia's Tower Ladder operated on the main farmhouse along with the deck gun from Belmont Engine 2 and several hand-lines. Firefighters did not clear the scene until 5:00 P.M. the next day, about 22 hours after the first call. The NH State Fire Marshal's Office was also called to the scene. - JAY HEATH

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Engine 4 in Candia was a 1970 Maynard 750-GPM pumper built on an International chassis. This unit carried 750-gallons of water. CFD no longer has an Engine 4.

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Engine 2 in Goffstown was an odd looking 1979 American LaFrance Invader that carried 500-gallons of water. It pumped at 1000-GPM.

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Salem, NH firefighters on group 1 recently participated in their annual ice rescue training. Training included self rescue and self rescue using "picks", as well as banana boat rescue and two man rescue. For several newer members, this was their first ice training.


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OLD & NEW

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On January 6th, the Hollis, NH Fire Department placed their brand new 2019 Sutphen/Dingee 500/750/30F into service as Rescue 1.

more storage for all necessary items, including up top storage, and a tank capable of holding 750-gallons of water.

This truck is replacing a much older 1996 International/Hackney Rescue, which before coming to the HFD served as a Pepsi Truck. This new Rescue will be more efficient, as it has seating for 4 compared to 2,

This new truck will help quicken the response to an MVA as well. Because it is acting as a “Rescue-Engine”, only 2 apparatus (the Rescue and Ambulance) will have to respond, compared to 3 that had to respond prior.

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Fire advances into the house from the barn at 265 Seavey Road as firefighters set up hand lines.

Three-Alarm Fire Destroys Barn and House in Belmont Belmont, NH - Firefighters battled back-to-back multiple-alarm fires two nights in a row this during the weekend of January 18th. The department, short-handed with five members out with illnesses, again found a fully involved barn with an attached house on Sunday, January 19th, the night after a fouralarm fire on Brown Hill Road. Like the Brown Hill Road fire, a person passing by 265 Seavey Road saw a fire in the barn and called 9-1-1. Lakes Region Communications Center dispatched the reported barn

JUMP TO FILE #012220106 fire at 9:52 P.M. with automatic mutual aid. First due Tilton-Northfield's Engine 3 arrived as Belmont's duty crew was returning from the hospital from an EMS run. The barn was fully involved and spreading to the house. Three alarms were transmitted and Laconia's Tower Ladder was set up to knock down the fully involved barn. Firefighters made an aggressive attack

into the house. "Unfortunately due to the advancement of the fire, it got into the house and this will be a total loss as well," said Belmont Fire Chief Mike Newhall. Single-digit temperatures and a fresh blanket of snow once again challenged firefighters battling the blaze, which was placed under control at 12:10 A.M. The State Fire Marshal's Office is investigating the fire.

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Firefighters advance a big line to knock down the fire.

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Man Receives Serious Burns in Swanton House Fire Swanton, VT - At approximately 5:00 A.M. on December 29th, the Swanton Fire Department along with Missisquoi Valley Rescue (MVR) were dispatched to a house fire on Route 105 in Swanton Town. Upon arrival of 13E3, the house was fully involved. One JUMP TO FILE# man was transported 122919107 by MVR with 1st, 2nd and 3rd degree burns on his body. The other person in the house did not receive injuries. Mutual aid was provided from Highgate, Sheldon and St. Albans Town Fire Departments. Tankers were filled at the Sheldon Fire Station. The fire is under investigation. - GREG RAMSDELL

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Guide to New York City Fire Apparatus ON THE BOOK SHELF

by John Malecky

Guide to New York City Fire Apparatus 2019 Edition Edited by John A. Calderone Available from: FSP Books & Videos 188 Central Street, Suite #4 Hudson, MA 01749-1330 1-800-522-8528 E-mail: support@fire-policeems.com www.fire-police-ems.com Price $29.95

This is a soft cover book measuring 5 ½ inches by 8 ½ inches. It has 88 pages, which are color coded to specify different types of apparatus. The photos are all in

color, plus there's an introduction page, abbreviations, and the last two pages have apparatus assignments by unit. The book has quality page material and as is usual for Fire Apparatus Journal, it is put together magnificently. It portrays the apparatus that was part of the department at the time the book was made up. It includes a photo of each apparatus with appropriate data and the number purchased in the order. In most cases, registration numbers and assignments are given. There is also an explanation on how to interpret the registration numbers. The apparatus photos in the case of special units does not always have an indication as to the responsibility of that unit. Hard core buffs of the New York City Fire Department would naturally know the duties. The photos again as usual are of top quality by experienced apparatus photographers. Enjoy the book…it’s another winner!!

RHODE ISLAND

MAINE

IN SERVICE If your department has photos you would like to see in our In Service feature please upload them on our website www.1RBN.com or email them to Lindsey@1stResponderNews.com

CHUCK LOWE

Tank 1 in Gorham operates a 2017 Ferrara Cinder 1000-gallon tanker. It's rated to pump at 2000-GPM and in addition to its water capacity, this apparatus also carries 50-gallons of foam.

MEMORIES If your department has photos you would like to see in our “Memories” feature please upload them on our website www.1RBN.com or email them to Lindsey@1stResponderNews.com

CHUCK LOWE

Chopmist Hill Fire Company in Scituate once ran with this 1979 Mack MC 2000-gallon tanker. It was locally built by the Farrar company.

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DEPARTMENT PROFILE

If your department has photos you would like to see in our “Departmnt Profile� feature, please upload them on our website, www.1stResponderNews.com or email them to Lindsey@1stResponderNews.com

The Town of Shapleigh, named after its original owner, Major Nicholas Shapleigh, was first settled in 1772. It once included all of Mousam Lake until the western half of town separated to form Acton in 1830. This reduced the town to its current size of 41-square-miles, with 6% of that being water. The heavily wooded town was destroyed during the "Great Fires of 1947". Most of the homes located here were lost. It took over a decade for the region to recover from the effects.

Modern day Shapleigh maintains a population of under 3,000 residents, with spikes

SFD Squad 1

during the summer months. Fire protection to the town is provided by Shapleigh Fire Department and Ross Corner Fire Department. Both agencies are volunteer. EMS is staffed full time and runs out of the SFD station with Rescue 1. The SFD fleet consists of three apparatus: Engine 1 is a 1997 Freightliner FL70 built by Luverne with a 750-gallon tank. Tanker 4 runs a 2004 Freightliner built by Rosenbauer that carries 1800-gallons. Both can flow 1250-GPM. Squad 1 is a unique 2010 GMC C5500 4x4 built by Metalfab in New Brunswick. This light duty rescue has a 400-gallon water tank with a 250-GPM pump.

Shapleigh Fire & Rescue Station

CHUCK LOWE

SFD Engine 1

SEMS Rescue 1

CHUCK LOWE

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SFD Tanker 4

CHUCK LOWE


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PATCH OF THE MONTH If you have photos you would like to see in our “Patch of the Month” feature please upload them on our website, www.1stResponderNews.com or email them to Lindsey@1stResponderNews.com.

COMMAND VEHICLES If your Department has photos you would like to see in our “Command Vehicles” feature, please upload them on our website, www.1stResponderNews.com or email them to Lindsey@1stResponderNews.com

GEORGES SULLIVAN

This patch belongs to the St. Agatha Vol. Fire Department, located in Aroostook County, ME.

Scarborough has placed a 2019 Chevrolet Tahoe into service as Car 7.

CHUCK LOWE

The Chief in Kennebunk, Car 1, is assigned a 2009 GMC Yukon command vehicle.

CHUCK LOWE

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

CHUCK LOWE

Bucksport Engine 2 is assigned a 2009 Ford F-550 Mini Pumper that was built by Rosenbauer. It carries 300-gallons of water and can pump 1000-GPM.


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