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HEAVY FIRE DESTROYS FRANKLIN HOME

RYAN FLAHERTY

Franklin, CT - At 3:13 P.M. on Thursday, November 21st, the Franklin Fire Department was dispatched to Tyler Drive, in the area of their fire station, for a smoke investigation. WW Dispatch began taking multiple calls for a structure fire at 89 Whippoorwill Hollow Road, so the call was upgraded to a first-alarm at 3:18 P.M. - See full story on page 2


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Heavy Fire Destroys Home in Franklin Franklin, CT - At 3:13 P.M. on Thursday, November 21st, the Franklin Fire Department was dispatched to Tyler Drive, in the area of their fire station, for JUMP TO FILE# a smoke investiga- 112519115 tion. WW Dispatch began taking multiple calls for a structure fire at 89 Whippoorwill Hollow Road, so the call was upgraded to a first-alarm at 3:18 P.M. Baltic’s captain arrived at 3:24 P.M. and reported a large two-story, wood-frame residential house that was 50% involved. Tanker 125 arrived at 3:33 P.M. and used their deck gun to try and prevent the fire from spreading to the right addition. Engine 125 was second due and laid a fiveinch line about halfway up the driveway, which was approximately 2,000-feet long. Bozrah Ladder 126 arrived next and set up their ladder pipe on the main house. During these efforts, crews also set up a blitz fire in the front and stretched a one-and-three-quarter inch hose line around the rear. A crew from Ladder 126 made entry through the back of the addition and confirmed that the fire was in the attic, as well as the adjoining walls. Firefighters from Bozrah, Franklin and Yantic pulled the ceilings and were able to prevent the fire from taking over the addition. Crews also threw a ground ladder to the rear and performed vertical, which slowed the fire’s progression. Lebanon’s Hose Tender 106 completed the lay for the supply line while Engine 206 relay pumped water up the hill. The house was about 6,300square-feet and unfortunately, half of it was destroyed. This was in a rural area, so tankers responded from Baltic, Bozrah, East Great Plain, Lebanon, Lisbon, Gardner Lake, Colchester and Windham. One firefighter sustained a minor injury. The Franklin Fire Marshal is investigating with assistance from the State Fire Marshal’s Office.

Half of the house was burning when the fire department arrived.

BILLY EYBERSE

- RYAN FLAHERTY

Yantic FF Maerkel darkens down the exterior fire.

RYAN FLAHERTY


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CONNECTICUT

Five-Vehicle MVA with Serious Injuries in Norwalk Norwalk, CT - The Norwalk Fire Department responded to fivecar motor vehicle accident at 4:00 P.M. on Tuesday afternoon, November 19th, between exits 40 and 41 in the area of the East Rocks Road overpass. JUMP TO FILE# The chain reac- 112219104 tion crash closed both northbound lanes for an hour while firefighters worked to extricate two occupants from their vehicle. The extrication of the male passenger took a couple of minutes, and he was transported to Norwalk Hospital by Westport EMS with non-life-threatening injuries. The driver’s extrication was a little more complicated and took around 15 minutes. The female driver was transported by Norwalk Hospital Paramedics with serious injuries. The four other operators involved in the accident were not injured. The Parkway remained closed so three tow trucks could travel the wrong way to remove the vehicles and clean up the roadway. The Parkway was finally reopened by 5:15 P.M. - NORWALK FD

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No Injuries at House Fire in Wallingford

CHUCK LOWE

Engine 1 of the Mashantucket Pequot FD, at Foxwoods Casino, is a 2017 Sutphen 1500-GPM pumper. The former demo carries 1000gallons of water.

Wallingford, CT - Firefighters responded at approximately 1:00 P.M. on December 16th to Hill Avenue for reports of a house fire. All Wallingford units were on scene, as well as Meriden Engine 2 for mutual aid. North Farms Engine 7 was on stand by. There were no injuries reported.

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Pivot Onsite Innovations

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PL Custom

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Mid Atlantic Rescue

Raynor Garage Doors

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IN SERVICE

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Truck 2 in the City of New London is assigned a 2007 Seagrave 100' tractor-drawn aerial (previously designated Truck 25). It's based at the North Fire House on Broad St., and manned by two firefighters.

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Franklin, CT - During the morning hours of Saturday, October 26th, the Franklin Fire Department was dispatched to Route 32 at Whippoorwill Hollow Road for a serious motor vehicle accident. Rescue 125 arrived to find a flatbed truck that had peeled the driver's side of a car completely off. The female operator required minor extrication and sustained serious injuries.

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New York: Robert H. Bush, 49 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: October 19, 2019 Death Date: October 19, 2019 Fire Department: Homer Fire Department Initial Summary: Firefighter Robert Bush fell ill during fire department training. Other firefighter department members immediately provided medical assistance to Firefighter Bush and then transported him to a local hospital. Despite revival efforts, Firefighter Bush passed away at the hospital. The nature and cause of fatal injury are still to be determined. Alabama: Michael Johnston, 45 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: October 18, 2019 Death Date: October 18, 2019 Fire Department: Equality Volunteer Fire Department Initial Summary: Firefighter Michael Johnston was driving the Equality Volunteer Fire Department’s 2004 GMC water tender when it overturned while responding to a brush fire. Firefighter Johnston was ejected from the truck in the single-vehicle accident and pronounced deceased at the scene from the injuries he sustained.

Washington, DC: Alex Graham, 48 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: October 24, 2019 Death Date: October 27, 2019 Fire Department: DC Fire and EMS Department Initial Summary: On Thursday, October 24, 2019, Firefighter Alex Graham was conducting pump testing at the D.C. Fire and EMS Training Academy, when he suffered a medical emergency. He was immediately taken to the hospital, where he passed away on Sunday, October 27, 2019, from an aortic dissection.

Wisconsin: Brian Serdynski, 38 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: October 19, 2019 Death Date: November 2, 2019 Fire Department: Union Grove-Yorkville Fire Department Initial Summary: On 10/19/2019, Firefighter Brian Serdynski suffered a heart attack while at the scene of a motor vehicle accident. He was transported to a hospital where he was treated and then released on 10/21/2019. In the very early morning hours on 11/02/2019, Serdynski was having difficulty breathing. First responders from Union Grove-Yorkville and Kansasville fire departments responded to Serdynski’s home and immediately administered medical care. Despite their efforts, Serdynski was pronounced deceased at his home.

Florida: Dwain S. Bradshaw, 41 Rank: Assistant District Chief Incident Date: November 6, 2019 Death Date: November 6, 2019 Fire Department: Escambia County Fire Rescue Initial Summary: On Wednesday, November 6, 2019, at approximately 0350hrs, Assistant District Chief Dwain S. Bradshaw of the Beulah Fire Station of Escambia County Fire Rescue responded to a fatal motorcycle accident. While at the scene, he was struck by an 18-wheeler log truck. Chief Bradshaw was immediately airlifted to the Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola, Florida, where he passed away. Chief Bradshaw also served as the District Chief of the Escambia County Fire Rescue Station #1 in the community of Bellview.


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Fast-Moving Blaze Destroys Coastal Homes in Old Saybrook Old Saybrook, CT - Multiple towns responded to assist Old Saybrook with a residential fire near Chapman Point on December 6th. Winds off the JUMP TO FILE# ocean allowed the 120719100 blaze to spread to three exposures, hampering firefighters' efforts. The original home and one adjacent property seemed to be a total loss. Two additional homes were also damaged. Authorities reported that there were no injuries at the fire, which started at 29 Beach Front Road W. Officials continue to investigate the cause and origin. - CHUCK LOWE

Crews reposition after the beach side of one home collapses.

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New Britain, CT - Two people received minor injuries during a basement fire at 101 Tremont Street on November 20th. The fire caused extensive damage to the basement, as well as smoke and heat damage to the rest of the two-story house. The families living there have been displaced. The cause of the fire is under investigation.


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DEPARTMENT PROFILE

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Founded in 1927, The Quaker Hill Fire Co. is one-of-five fire companies currently serving the Town of Waterford. This is a volunteer department with one paid driver working during the day. QHFC is first due to the northeast portion of the town, which is mostly residential. This department operates a fleet of four suppression vehicles and a boat. An ambulance, one-of-six operated by Waterford Ambulance service, is also housed in their 3-bay station on Old Colchester Rd.

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You say potato, and I say potahto… FORK & HOSE CO. a Food Blog by A.J. Fusco

In the firehouse, there is what I like to call the “Firehouse Standard”. This meal consists of a steak, potatoes and a vegetable, and rarely does anyone ever oppose it being on the menu. You have your protein, carbs and fat to help keep the crew satiated. There are many variations on this. Some may prefer rib eyes, some stick to the budget friendly London broil and others celebrate special occasions like promotions with a nice rib roast. When it comes to the potatoes, it usually ends up being mashed, roasted or baked. While

everyone has their preference, nothing compares to simple and delicious roasted potatoes. When done right, they are crispy on the outside while still creamy on the inside. And like most things culinary, the simple isn’t always the easiest. A dish is only as good as its ingredients. When it comes to something as simple as roasted potatoes, making sure you use the right ones is key. Not all potatoes are created equal; there are actually different uses for the many different kinds. Potatoes fall into two categories, waxy and starchy. Waxy potatoes are exactly as they sound, waxy and usually “shiny” on the exterior. They contain more moisture than starch varieties and are ideal for wet cooking techniques, which include boiling and steaming. New potatoes, fingerlings and Red Bliss are all waxy

potatoes. Starchy potatoes contain, well…more starch of course. They are ideal for dry cooking techniques such as baking, frying and roasting, which because they don’t involve water, can be considered dry cooking. But here is the catch, this recipe involves both wet AND dry techniques! So therefore we need to use a potatoes idea for both, enter the Yukon Gold (or white potato). The Yukon Gold is considered all-purpose because it can be cooked so many ways. In this recipe, we par cook them in salted, boiling water first. This creates a cooked-through, creamy center while also seasoning it from the inside out. After, they are drained and then roasted in olive oil, allowing the exterior to get crispy and delicious. The best of both worlds! Stay safe, eat well!

ROASTED POTATOES

CHUCK LOWE

Serves 4

Ingredients:

Engine 21: 2007 Ferrara Inferno 1500- GPM pumper that carries 1000-gallons of water with 60-gallons of foam. CHUCK LOWE

2 lbs. Yellow Potatoes, scrubbed 1 Tablespoon Kosher Salt 2 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil Optional: 2 Sprigs of Rosemary or Thyme 3 Garlic Cloves, whole and skin-on Procedure:

- Preheat oven to 450°F

-Cut the potatoes into even size shapes. Place in a pot, cover with cold water by 1”. Add the salt and turn the burner on high. Bring to a boil and lower to a simmer. Forestry 23: 2006 Ford F450/Firematic BRAT that has a 250-GPM pump with a 500-gallon water tank. CHUCK LOWE

-Cook the potatoes until the outside starts to look “fluffy”, or is just barely knife tender, approximately 7-8 minutes. Drain the pota-

toes gently into a colander and give a gentle shake or two to roughen up the exterior. Let steam dry in the colander for 10 minutes. -Add the olive oil to a baking pan along with herbs and garlic if using. Gently add the potatoes, stir to coat. Place the pan in the oven and cook for about 45 minutes, stirring and flipping

every 15 minutes. The potatoes are done when they are golden brown and crispy. AJ FUSCO

*Par-boiling the potatoes creates a creamy center while allowing the exterior to get crispy. When you stir and flip the potatoes, rotate the pan when you place back in oven to cook evenly.

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Truck 25: 2016 Spartan Gladiator/Smeal/LTC 65' Telesquirt. It has a 1500-GPM pump and carries 750-gallons of water with 30-gallons of foam.


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Norwich Truck 1 setting up on the 'B' side.

RYAN FLAHERTY

Three Alarms Called at Yantic House Fire Yantic, CT - At 12:15 P.M. on Sunday, November 17th, the Yantic Fire Company was dispatched to the area of 84 Otrobando Avenue for smoke coming from the house. Assistant Chief Paul O’Connell arrived at 12:16 P.M. and transmitted the second-alarm for heavy smoke coming from the rear of a two-and-a-half story wood-frame residential. Car 38 requested the third-alarm at 12:21 P.M. because the fire was venting out of multiple windows in the rear of the second floor and extending to the third. Engine 32 arrived at 12:22 P.M. and stretched a one-andthree quarter inch hose line up the exterior stairs on the 'B' side to the second floor. Another crew also stretched a one-and-threequarter inch hose line to the rear and darkened down some of the fire from the exterior. Engine 33 arrived at 12:25 P.M. and tied a three-inch line into the hydrant just past the house which fed Engines 32 and 33. East Great Plain ET 51 and Bozrah Engine 126 laid a fiveinch line from West Town Street to secure a secondary water supply. Taftville Tower 25 cut a vent hole in the front and Norwich Truck 1 cut a hole in the rear. Crews operated for about 35 minutes before they were called

CHUCK LOWE

Somers Rescue 146 was a 1993 Kenworth T-450B that was built by Saulsbury. The truck was sold after two new rescue pumpers arrived in 2013. The department no longer operates a dedicated Heavy Rescue.

JUMP TO FILE #112419100 out of the building for defensive operations. After about 15 minutes, crews went back inside to open the walls and extinguish the rest of the fire. One firefighter went to the hospital and was released that night. Additional crews from Norwich Engine 3, Occum, Laurel Hill and the Mohegan Tribal FAST provided assistance on scene. The Norwich Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating. - RYAN FLAHERTY

East Hampton ran with this 1985 Pierce Arrow 75' telesquirt for 32 years. Former Ladder 1-12 had a 1500-GPM pump with a 400-gallon tank. It was replaced in 2017 with a "full size" aerial.

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Fire Does Significant Damage to Waltham Dwelling Waltham, MA - At 8:20 A.M. on December 7th, Waltham Fire dispatched Engines 1 and 4, Rescue 1, Medic 4 and Ladder 2 to 217 Bacon Street for a building JUMP TO FILE# fire. 120919100 Upon arrival, Engine 4 reported heavy fire blowing out of the side of the house. Deputy Roger Hebert requested a working fire, which brought Squad 5 to the scene. The fire was located on the second floor, with extension to the third floor. Firefighters spent about two hours chasing pockets of fire before bringing the fire under control. Approximately 15 people were displaced. - PETER LOBO

PETER LOBO

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Boston Fire Knocks Down One-Room Blaze

Boston, MA - On December 11th, Boston Fire Alarm struck box 3547 for a reported fire on Fessenden Street in Mattapan. Companies arrived with nothing showing, but soon reported a fire on the third floor. The fire was knocked down within about 15 minutes, and companies remained on scene for another 30-45 minutes checking for extension and cleaning up.

CHUCK LOWE

The 2009 International 4400/Horton Type 1 that previously served as COMM Ambulance 325 has found a new home in Greenfield, Mass. It has been designated Ambulance 2 by GFD.


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MASSACHUSETTS

Afternoon Fire Damages Multi-Family Home in Springfield Springfield, MA - A mid-afternoon fire caused an estimated $150,000 to $200,000 in damage to an occupied two-and-a-half story wood-frame dwelling in the Forest Park section of Springfield and displaced nine people JUMP TO FILE# on Friday, Novem- 111919114 ber 15th. Calls to 911 reporting the fire came in at 2:57 P.M., and responding Springfield Police Officers advised of a confirmed working structure fire at the same time. First due Engine Co. 3 and Truck Co. 3 arrived to find smoke banking across the street. Within minutes of his arrival on scene, Fire Commissioner BJ Calvi ordered the sounding of a second-alarm for the incident, draining the city of most of its remaining available fire protection and calling in mutual aid to back fill city firehouses. Crews on scene worked hard and fast, stretching hand lines to all floors of the building while Truck companies 2 and 3 ventilated the roof on the 'Bravo' and 'Delta' sides of the peak. Within 30 minutes of striking the secondalarm, the main body of fire was knocked down and companies began overhauling the home and checking for hot spots. The cause of the fire remains under investigation by the SFD Arson Squad. The residents displaced by the fire were helped by the Red Cross with finding temporary shelter. - NATE ARNOLD

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FF Chris Dipetro of Truck 2 opens his vent cut on the 'Delta' side.

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Three Alarms for Wind-Driven House Fire in Quincy Quincy, MA - On November 22nd, Quincy Fire was dispatched to a reported building fire on Winthrop Street in the Houghs Neck section of the city. First-due companies had heavy fire in the front of a two-and-a-half story house. A second and JUMP TO FILE# third alarm were 112719105 struck in quick succession. Due to high winds in the area, evacuations of surrounding homes were conducted; the MBTA provided a bus for displaced residents to wait. The cause of the fire is under investigation. - SEAN FESKO

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Vehicle Rolls Over in Waltham Waltham, MA - On Tuesday, November 19th, Waltham Fire dispatched Squad 5, Rescue 1 and Ambulance 2 to 185 Newton Street for a reported MVA. Upon arrival, crews found a Chevy Trax on its roof with two occupants out of the car. Both occupants were transported to Lahey Hospital in Burlington with minor injuries.

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Vehicle News

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Littleton has taken delivery of a 2018 Rosenbauer Cobra 101' tower ladder. It's a former demonstrator truck that's equipped with a 2000-GPM pump and 500-gallon water tank. This apparatus replaced a Seagrave rear-mount that served the town for three decades.

CHUCK LOWE

Cambridge has placed a 2019 Pierce Enforcer 1250-GPM pumper into service at Inman Square. The new Engine 5 has a 500-gallon water tank and is significantly smaller than the last few pumpers purchased by this city. The 2007 Pierce Saber previously assigned to Engine 5 has been relocated to Engine 8 in Taylor Square.

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Worcester Engine 16 operates a 2019 E-One Cyclone 1500-GPM pumper. It carries 500-gallons of water with 30-gallons of foam.

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Two-Alarm Fire Claims Life of Homeless Man in Springfield Springfield, MA - A late night structure fire on November 22nd in the McKnight neighborhood of Springfield destroyed a vacant twostory, wood-frame dwelling and claimed the life of a homeless man who was known by neighborhood residents to seek shelter from the JUMP TO FILE# elements within its 112519100 walls. Fire Companies responding at 9:00 P.M. were presented with a vacant, boarded up, two-story, wood-frame dwelling with heavy smoke and fire venting from the second floor. First alarm companies, while beginning the fire attack, were informed by neighbors that there might be a homeless man inside. With this information now in hand, crews began opening up the first floor, cutting through plywood windows and door coverings while Yale Street command ordered a second-alarm. Companies tried to initiate a search of the building in several locations, but were driven back by heavy fire conditions. At that time, the decision was made to go defensive and attack the fire with Truck 2's ladder pipe, Engine 12's deck gun and several large caliber hand lines.

Truck 2 attacks the fire with their master stream on the 'A' side of the building.

Once the main body of fire was knocked down and companies could enter the building, the homeless man, who neighbors feared was inside the home, was located deceased on the

first floor. The cause of the fire remains under investigation by the SFD Arson Squad. - NATE ARNOLD

NATE ARNOLD

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Waltham F.D. Receives FEMA Grant EUGENE WEBER JR.

This patch belongs to the Hardwick Fire Department, located in Worcester County, MA.

Waltham, MA - On November 26th, a ceremony was held in front of Waltham Fire’s Central Station to receive a check from federal grant funding to purchase new innovative SCBA to replace Waltham's outdated, older and expiring inventory of SABAs. FEMA Regional Fire Program Specialist, Dave Parr, presented the FEMA-2018 AFG (Assistance to Firefighters Grant) to Chief Tom Macinnis. Also in attendance were Mass. Senator Ed Markey, Mayor Jeannette McCarthy and State Rep. Tom Stanley.


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Worcester Fire Lt. Jason Menard Laid to Rest Worcester, MA - On the morning of Monday, November 18th, the Worcester Fire Department was assisted by firefighters from all over the Commonwealth and the nation in paying their final respects to Worcester Fire Lieutenant Jason Menard, Ladder-5, who was killed in the line of duty on Wednesday, November 13th during a four-alarm blaze on Stockholm Street. Pictured are Honor Guards standing at attention outside of the church.

K. LEGER

Third-Alarm Fire Rips Through Three Decker in Fall River Fall River, MA - Around 8:30 P.M. on Friday, November 22nd, Fall River firefighters responded to 234 Hamlet Street for a still alarm. Engine 4 reported smoke showing as soon as he entered the street. Based on that report, Command called for an extra engine company to be dispatched. Car 3 arrived on scene and reported smoke and flames showing

JUMP TO FILE #112319100 from the third floor of a three-anda-half story wood-frame dwelling. Command was notified of a large hole burned through the Division 3 living room floor. Multiple lines were stretched to the second and third floors and the fire was quickly

knocked down. Engines 2, 4 and 5, along with Ladders 2 and 4, Rescue 1 and Car 3 responded, as well as a special call for Engine 9 as RIT. Fall River Special Services arrived to provide lighting and rehab for the members on the fire ground. - KENNETH LEGER

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PETER LOBO

Woman and Dog Injured in Waltham Rollover

Waltham, MA - On December 1st, Waltham Fire received a call for a car crash in front of 199 Lincoln Street, with a person reportedly through the windshield. Engine 7, Rescue 1 and Medic 3 responded. Engine 7 arrived and reported a car that was upright, and a woman and dog on the ground. Rescue 1 was then returned. The woman was transported to Newton Wellesley Hospital with unknown injuries and the dog was sent to an area veterinarian. The Waltham Police accident reconstruction team was called and determined that the car had rolled over several times, possibly due to a mechanical issue.

Athol Engine 1 at the scene of a structure fire, 11/16/19.

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OLD & NEW If you have photos you would like to see in our “Old & New� feature, please upload them on our website, www.1stResponderNews.com or email them to Lindsey@1stResponderNews.com.

This 1994 International S-4900 pumper, built by KME, served the town of Hubbardston for 25 years as Engine 1. It was recently replaced with a 2019 KME Panther 1500-GPM pumper. The new 15-E1 carries 1000-gallons of water and 30-gallons of class A foam.

Glowing lava soil.

CAPT. KRAUSSE

Downed Arcing Wires Impinge Structure in Easthampton Easthampton, MA - At 4:00 A.M. on November 20th, Easthampton PS Dispatch received 911 calls for a primary wire arcing against a tree branch on Lovefield Street. Engine 2 was dispatched and on arrival, Capt. Krausse reported an energized primary line down across the front lawn and in a small tree two-feet from an occupied structure. Capt. Krausse immediately requested a Priority 1 response from Eversource, who had an ETA of 30 minutes. Winds were favorable, keeping heat and smoke away from the structure, but after 25 minutes, Eversource reported another 30 minute ETA. By that time, winds shifted and there was now impingement on the struc-

Former HFD Engine 1.

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New HFD Engine 1

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JUMP TO FILE #112419103 ture, with vinyl siding melting and wood clapboards beginning to char. Capt. Krausse ordered the property to be evacuated, and via telephone, asked Eversource to cut power to the residence. Power was cut and damage was limited to melted siding, some charred clapboards, and ground damage to the yard and cement sidewalk. The house was ventilated and power was restored to about 200 residents less than two hours later. - DAVE SAFRON


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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

Weymouth Forestry 1 is a 1986 Chevy 4x4 that was repurposed by WFD personnel. It has a 125-GPM pump with 250-gallons of water. It's one-of-three brush fire units in the city.

Whitman Deputy Chief Al Cunningham surveys the damage.

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Truck Smashes Pole in Whitman Whitman, MA - Around 8:40 P.M. on the rainy evening of Wednesday, November 20th, the Whitman Fire Department were dispatched to a reported motor vehicle accident in the area of 622 Washington Street. Car-3, Ambulance-249 and Engine-243 responded. Companies arrived to find a single-vehicle accident involving a

JUMP TO FILE #112019110 pickup truck. The pickup truck left the roadway and struck a telephone pole, taking live wires down with it. National Grid was requested to the scene with a Priority-2 response. The single occupant was transported to the South Shore Hospital

by Whitman Ambulance-249 with unknown injuries. Washington Street was closed to traffic while National Grid repaired the broken pole. The cause of the MVA is under investigation. - PAT TRAVERS

BUDDY SHOTS CHUCK LOWE

Breaker 195 in Rochester was built in 1970 by Maxim on a GMC 4x4 chassis. It carries 500-gallons of water and is rated to pump at 250-GPM. While this is the oldest in service apparatus in town, it still gets the job done.

If you have photos for our Buddy Shots feature, please upload them on our website, www.1stResponderNews.com or email them to Lindsey@1stResponderNews.com

CHUCK LOWE

Tyringham Rescue 6 is a 2005 Polaris Ranger 6X6 that is outfitted with a 50-GPM pump and 70-gallon water tank.

CAPT RDL

Oxford FIRE-EMS members EMT Sheridan, FF Mastroianni, Capt. Lambert, FF Gryncewicz and FF Lambert, showing support for "Wreaths Across America".


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Barnstable County Fire Chiefs and the Barnstable County Public Safety Training Center Host Fire Officer Leadership Program Brewster, MA - On Saturday, November 16th, 110 fire officers, firefighters and town officials from around the region attended a leadership training program titled “Step Up and Lead�, at the Ocean JUMP TO FILE# Edge Resort in 111919112 Brewster. The program was presented by Deputy Chief Frank Viscuso (ret) of the Kearny (NJ) Fire Department. It's based on his popular leadership book of the same title. The six hour session included a discussion on exceptional leadership traits such as loyalty, adaptability, determination, enthusiasm, empathy and honor. Deputy Viscuso also examined the critical leadership skills needed to motivate employees, manage and maintain team discipline, and build successful organizations. Specific topics included mentoring and succession planning, task completion, delegating, managing administrative duties, effective communication, dealing with subordinates, and how to build trust and morale. - ROBERT MORAN

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WORKING FACES If you have photos you would like to see in our “Working Faces� feature, please upload them on our website, www.1stResponderNews.com or email them to Lindsey@1stResponderNews.com

Fire vents from the 'Delta' side dormer as Truck 2 prepares to open their ladder pipe.

NATE ARNOLD

Fire Burns Roof Off Home in Holyoke Holyoke , MA - A late evening fire tore through the third floor and attic of an occupied three-story home in the Elmwood section of Holyoke on December 4th, displacing the occupants and causing the City of Holyoke to condemn the remains of the building. Holyoke jakes responded within minutes to the 9:20 P.M. call for a structure fire at 45-47 Brown Avenue, and arrived to find heavy fire venting from the roof of the building. Brown Ave. command ordered a second-alarm to be struck, bringing all remaining HFD apparatus to the scene. An

JUMP TO FILE #120719102 engine company from South Hadley and an engine and ladder company from Chicopee were sent into the city for coverage. Members of the HFD tried to mount an interior attack, but were forced out when a partial structural collapse brought the roof down into the third floor. At that time, ladder pipes from Engine 5's 75foot Quint and Truck 2's 105-foot rear-mount ladder, along with large caliber hand lines and Engine 3's

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Brockton MA Fire Chief Michael Williams at the scene of a threealarm house fire, 9/16/19.

deck gun were opened up to knock down the fire from the exterior. Companies spent the next several hours on scene in a surround and drown operation, unable to reenter the building due to structural instability. The cause of the fire remains under investigation, and one occupant was confirmed displaced by the fire. At the time of this article's writing, it was unknown whether the other units in the building were occupied or vacant at the time of the fire. - NATE ARNOLD

ANTIQUE APPARATUS

Kingston MA Fire Chief Mark Douglass commands the scene of a two-alarm house fire, 10/12/19.

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The Lenox Fire Department still owns their 1934 Buffalo Stewart 500-GPM pumper. It carried just 200gallons of water.

Weymouth MA Captain Jason Cullen on the roof of a one-story block of stores during a two-alarm fire, 10/9/19.

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STILL IN SERVICE

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

The Franklin Fire Department hosted a live training burn on Saturday, November 9th. Numerous fire departments from around the area participated and had the rare opportunity to conduct live fire training inside a large 11-room house under the direction of Franklin Deputy Chief David Hall and several State Fire Instructors. Interior firefighting operations were conducted throughout the morning and early afternoon. A large garage and the main house were then burned to the ground.

CHUCK LOWE

Rindge recently had their 1985 International S-1800 LDH reel truck refurbished by J & J Truck in Troy, NH. The truck returned "looking new" with a black roof and updated graphics. RFD hopes to get another 10 years of service from this necessary, but rarely used apparatus.

JAY L HEATH

A firefighter works from a ground ladder to open up for extension during the live training burn.

JAY L HEATH

Numerous area fire departments participated in the live training burn in Franklin NH on November 9, 2019.


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NEW YEAR - RENEWED PURPOSE Chaplain’s Corner Pastor Fernando Villicana

It is a new year again! 2019 is behind us, 2020 is here and we all get a fresh start. Lots of people aren’t really crazy about the idea of newness. But newness has the capacity of opening new opportunities, like the fulfilling of our purpose. This is probably one of the most rewarding feelings we as mortals can feel. This is especially true to those in all aspects of the Emergency Services. We are often placed in the unique situation of actually being able to understand the true sense of satisfaction this brings one. But are we not designed to fulfill a much bigger purpose? Was not God's plan for us to fulfill the purpose of a Christian and thus fulfill His purpose? Each tool used in the Fire Service has a specific purpose. Just this past week I responded to a well involved single-family residence fire. The homeowner told us that their family dog was still in the house. The Incident Commander immediately assigned an Engine Company to search the home for the dog. After the dog was rescued and resusci-

tated, the PIO told the news media that it would have taken much longer to locate the dog if it had not been for a new type of thermal imager that they had just put into service. Again, the tools and equipment serve a specific purpose. God means for us to find joy in fulfilling our purpose in life. Just as there is a satisfying rightness when a good tool is used for exactly the right purpose, there is a wholesome goodness when progress is made toward being who we were created to be. Good deeds are good not only because they are right, but because they contribute to the fulfillment of our purpose. But what is the purpose for which we were created? One answer is that we are called upon to show forth His goodness through us. Jesus taught, "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven" (Matthew 5:16). As we enter a new year, may we also enter into a renewed purpose. We never really know exactly what the New Year will holds for us. But Christians are familiar with the language of newness: At the end of our story, the One seated on the throne says, “I make all things new.” Happy New Year.

MAINE

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CHUCK LOWE

Kennebunkport's newest apparatus, Engine 33, runs out of the Goose Rocks Fire Station. It is a 2017 Pierce Saber that carries 1000-gallons of water. It's rated to pump at 1250-GPM.

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From Fire Engineering Books & Videos Presentation by Chief Ron Kantermann Available from: FSP Books & Videos 188 Central Street, Suite #4 Hudson, MA 01749-1330 1-800-522-1828 E-Mail: support@fire-policeems.com www.fire-police-ems.com Price: $49.00

This DVD is one hour and 38 minutes in length. It's a classroom presentation by Ron Kantermann, who at the time was chief of the Wilton, Connecticut Fire Department. Ron has a colorful history with the fire service for over 40 years. It included serving with the New York City Fire Department, working as a chief with a Fortune 500 pharmaceutical company, and let’s just say that his resume is so long that you will just have to read about him on the back of the DVD jacket and be impressed. In any event, here is a colorful speaker with a wealth of knowledge and

experience. I met him in person when in 1996 he wanted to get a new pumper in Fire Engineering’s Apparatus Deliveries Column (which I am the author of), and I was thoroughly impressed with him. So I recommend this classroom session to you so you can expand your knowledge and stay safe. The class addresses combatting fires in commercial buildings by using construction design and building fire and detections systems. The talk addresses survivability profiling, firefighting accountability, safety culture, risk profiling, SOP’s, SOG’s, work, active fire protection and challenges to firefighters. Though it appears to be a lengthy presentation, the time goes quickly and my attention was kept on the subjects taught and discussed. It brought back memories of my time in the fire service and the knowledge about standpipe and sprinkler systems, other suppression systems and fire detection systems. I noted new technology now in place, which was not during my career. It confirmed my decision not to review most textbooks as I become a dinosaur and progress marches on! There are a number of visual aids that accompany this presentation, as well as explanations of the theory and performance of the systems. It's a DVD well worth the modest cost.

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

CHUCK LOWE

Tower 41 in Colchester Center is a 2012 Sutphen 95' aerial. It has a 1500-GPM pump with 300-gallons in the booster tank.

CHUCK LOWE

Winhall Engine 4 operates with this 2006 Pierce Dash 2000-GPM pumper. It carries 1000-gallon of water and 50-gallons of foam.

CHUCK LOWE

North Bennington Engine 55 operates a 2002 Freightliner FL80/E-One 1250-GPM pumper. This rig sports a "high and dry" top-mounted pump panel, and can haul 1000-gallons of water with 40-gallons of class A foam.


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1st Responder Newspape er features EMERGENCY SERVICES RELA ATED TATTOOS

ROCKPORT MAINE FD

Rockport, ME - A training with Camden Fire & Rescue and Hope FD in October was the first joint training held in many, many years. With numbers diminishing in the volunteer fire service, it's even more important that we work and conduct training together. In groups of two, teams navigated the SCBA trailer, with three floors of doors, narrowing walls, heavy smoke, and dead ends to find potential victims and get them out to safety. All of our pump operators worked together reviewing and checking over all the trucks from the towns to see what each truck can do on a fire call.

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"I'm Devvin Brown, New Hampton Fire Explorer (soon to be EMT), and this is a fallen firefighter tattoo in memory of Firefighter/EMT Douglass Clement. FF/EMT Clement suffered a heart attack, sadly resulting in his line-of-duty death."

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CHUCK LOWE

Kittery Maine ran this 1975 Maxim-F, featuring a 1000-GPM pump and 500-gallon water tank, as Engine 5. It's now privately owned by a collector in Rhode Island.


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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.

EUGENE WEBER JR.

This patch belongs to the Hancock Vol. Fire Department, located in Hancock County, ME.

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STERLING BEAUCAGE

Car Slams Into Pawtucket Mill, Causing Fire

EUGENE WEBER JR.

This patch belongs to the Hialoland Fire Department, located in Kent County, RI.

Central Falls, RI - Around 11:00 P.M. on November 30th, Pawtucket Fire Alarm received multiple calls for a car that slammed into a building located at 227 Weeden Street. Upon arrival crews reported a car into the building, with the car also on fire. The fire was extending up the walls of a mill type building, causing a second-alarm to be requested. Firefighters from Engines 5 and 2 conducted a fire attack as Ladder 1 put the stick up to the roof to check for extension.


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