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HOUSE FIRE DISPLACES FAMILY ON THANKSGIVING MORNING

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Salem, NH - Salem Fire Alarm received a call from a resident on November 24th, reporting a fire in his home. Due to the home being out of the water area, a mutual aid tanker was started. First arriving firefighters on-scene reported a large, two-and-a-half story home, with fire showing from a first-story window.

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NEW HAMPSHIRE

STILL IN SERVICE 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

Hudson, NH - The Hudson Fire Department still runs this 1995 HME/Smeal, which has been in service since 1995. The plaque is on the side of the truck and shows who helped give Hudson a new ladder truck.

LACONIA FD

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JACK STAWASZ

ANTIQUE APPARATUS

Firefighters Battle Two Alarm Blaze in Laconia Laconia, NH - On the morning of Saturday, November 5th, Laconia, Gilford and Belmont Fire Departments were dispatched to the area of 76 Winnisquam Avenue for a building fire at 11:36 A.M. Lakes Region Mutual Aid (LRMFA) advised dispatch that smoke was visible from their camera and they were taking calls. Captain Shipp from Central Station requested a first-alarm to start cover trucks and recall off-duty members. LRMFA gave an update that PD reported at least three houses on fire. Captain Shipp then requested a second-alarm. The response time from Central was three minutes. Engine-1 laid in with a

JUMP TO FILE #112816118 four-inch supply line. Captain Shipp reported a twostory, heavily involved structure, with fire spreading to two stories, including Exposures "B" and "D." He only had four members on-scene as the ambulance was at a call. They laid the supply line and put a twoand-a-half inch hose into operation on Division "C" and knocked down both exposures before working on the main body of fire. As more crews arrived, additional lines were stretched into the main building and Exposure "B."

Ground ladders were raised for access and eventually, the tower went to the roof. Damage to the primary building was extensive. A male occupant had jumped through a window prior to fire department's arrival. He was treated at the scene for cuts on his hands. The fire is currently under investigation. Along with the Gilford and Belmont automatic aid, Tilton, Meredith, Franklin and Sanbornton also assisted at the scene. Stewarts Ambulance, Belmont and Holderness covered the empty stations. The cover trucks handled five additional calls while in the city. - LACONIA FD

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JACK STAWASZ

Milford, NH - Milford FD's parade engine is a 1953 American Lafrance, owned by former Chief Richard Tortorelli.

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Morning Extrication in Gilmanton

Gilmanton, NH - At 9:07 A.M. on December 2nd, the Gilmanton Fire and Police Department units were dispatched to a motor vehicle accident with entrapment and wires down on Route 140, near Cogswell Mountain Road. Units arrived to find a car suspended in a utility pole with a single occupant trapped and pinned in the car. Additional manpower was requested from the Belmont Fire Department and all units worked to secure the car. The extrication process took 20 minutes to complete. A young male was removed from the car and transported by Gilmanton Ambulance (9A1) to the Gilmanton School ball field, where they were met by a DHART helicopter, who then transported the patient to a local hospital.

House Fire Displaces Family on Thanksgiving Morning Salem, NH - Salem Fire Alarm received a call from a resident on November 24th, reporting a fire in his home. Due to the home being out of the water area, a mutual aid tanker was started. First arriving firefighters on-scene reported a large, two-and-a-half story home, with fire showing from a firststory window. A working fire was called, shortly followed by a second-alarm for manpower and extra water to the scene. Due to the amount of fire in the building, a third-alarm was struck. A total of 55 firefighters from 10 area towns, including both New Hampshire and Massachusetts, helped to fight the fire. Two people were transported to local hospitals from the scene. One cat was rescued from the fire, but a second cat is still missing. The Salem Fire Marshal's Office is looking into the cause of the fire.


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New Jersey: Alfred A. Stewart, 79 Rank: Firefighter (Former Fire Chief) Incident Date: November 6, 2016 Death Date: November 6, 2016 Fire Department: West Milford Volunteer Fire Company #6 Initial Summary: Firefighter Stewart reported to the fire station for a company drill. He remained alone at the station to perform maintenance duties while other company members attended the drill. At some point, Stewart ascended a ladder inside the station for these maintenance duties. When fire department personnel returned from the drill, they found Stewart entangled in the fallen ladder. Despite lifesaving efforts, Steward was pronounced dead shortly thereafter. It is unknown whether Stewart suffered a medical emergency while atop the ladder and then fell, or if the ladder had fallen while he was on it, causing his trauma. An autopsy is pending to determine the official cause of Firefighter Stewart's death.

Indiana: Michael Payne, 58 Rank: Fire Chief Incident Date: November 7, 2016 Death Date: November 8, 2016 Fire Department: Brookston Prairie Township Fire Department Initial Summary: Chief Michael Payne and members of his department responded to a truck fire on Interstate-65 north of Lafayette, IN, just before midnight on 11/07/2016. After the fire was extinguished, Chief Payne fell ill and collapsed. Lifesaving efforts were initiated and Chief Payne was transported to Indiana University Hospital (Lafayette) where those efforts continued until he passed away at approximately 0145hrs on 11/08/2016.

Georgia: Michael W. Curry, 42 Rank: Master Firefighter Incident Date: November 19, 2016 Death Date: November 19, 2016 Fire Department: Savannah Fire & Emergency Services Initial Summary: Master Firefighter Curry was involved in operations at an emergency incident on River Street late Saturday afternoon when he suffered an apparent medical condition. Emergency medical personnel attended to Curry on the scene and were escorted in their transport of the firefighter to Memorial University Medical Center. Curry passed away at the hospital Saturday evening.

Kentucky: Ted Rodney Collett, 41 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: October 29, 2016 Death Date: November 17, 2016 Fire Department: Red Bird Volunteer Fire & Rescue Initial Summary: Firefighter Collett suffered head and arm injuries on October 29th while working a wildland fire incident when a tree limb fell and struck him and the fire apparatus he was on. Firefighter Collett was airlifted to Pikeville Medical Center for treatment but succumbed to his injuries the evening of November 17th.

New York: Merle L. Nell, 78 Rank: Fire Police Captain Incident Date: November 26, 2016 Death Date: November 26, 2016 Fire Department: Volunteer Fire Company of Vernon Initial Summary: After becoming ill while working on a mutual aid fire call with his fire department, Fire Police Captain Nell passed away in the hospital from a nature and cause of fatal injury still to be reported.


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Leather Helmet Society Holds Holiday Outstanding Service Awards Luncheon Manchester, NH - Members of the Leather Helmet Society, (LHS), of Manchester, N.H. gathered at Ollie’s Restaurant for their annual Christmas and Outstanding Service Awards luncheon on Sunday, December 4, 2016. The 2016 LHS Outstanding Service Award recipients are Scott Wentworth, Damien Danis and Nat Whittemore. Scott Wentworth – Captain – Truck 1 – Belleville, N.J. FD – 25 year career in the fire service with this department. He is also a 22 year member of the N.J. Metro Fire Photographers Association and current President of this fire buff organization. Damien Danis – 25 year member of the Saddlebrook, N.J. FD. Currently holds the position of Engineer on Engine 2. He is also a 25 year member of the N.J. Metro Fire Photographers Association and has held several leadership positions in this well-known club. Both Scott and Damien have provided valuable assistance for many years as presenters and A/V technicians to the Leather Helmet Society’s annual fire ground show here in New Hampshire. We appreciate that help and cherish our great friendship with these broth-

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Congratulations to both of the 2016 LHS Outstanding Service Award recipients, we thank you for your commitment and dedication to the fire service and your community. Nat Whittemore – Videographer – 51 year career with WBZTV in Boston, Ma. – Now retired, a distinguished career in the world of television as a cameraman for Channel 4, a leading station in the Boston/New England market. He has covered many fire and police stories throughout the city over many decades and this past October was one of three who shared the first ever Pioneer Award from the Massachusetts Broadcasters Hall of Fame. Nat was given Honorary Membership with the Leather Helmet Society as a thank you for his contribution of video coverage to the fire service. A great fire buff and friend with many stories to share. A great gathering was had of members and guests, totaling 28, for fellowship and much laughter! - CHARLIE TENTAS

(L to R): Scott Wentworth, Nat Whittemore and Damien Danis.

The staff of 1st Responder Newspaper would like to extend to our valued readers and advertisers our warmest wishes for a safe & happy holiday season.

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Williston, VT - On December 12th, Williston Fire and Rescue responded to a report of an elderly man found wandering in the middle of the street. A passerby had found the man and stopped to offer help. She put him in her vehicle, kept him warm and even offered him her scarf. With the assistance of the Williston Police Dept., the firefighters were able to track down the wandering man's family and get him back to where he needed to be. Williston Fire and Rescue thanked the good samaritan for reaching out to a person in need without asking herself "what's in it for me?" This holiday season is all about paying it forward and caring for those around us, which this woman truly exemplified! WILLISTON FIRE DEPT.

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Swanton, VT - On November 19th at 7:35 P.M., the Swanton Fire Department, Swanton Police Department and Missisquoi Valley Rescue, responded to First Street and Missisquoi Street for a two vehicle, rear-end crash, with one minor injury. The accident occurred after a car failed to stop and collided with a pickup truck, which was stopped at a red light. No patients were transported. Firefighters also had to deal with leaking fluids. The Swanton Police Department is investigating the crash.

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One Car Rollover in Swanton Leaves One Trapped Swanton, VT - On November 21st around 7:35 A.M., ST. Albans Town Fire Department, AmCare Ambulance Service (paramedic unit), ST. Albans Police Department and the Vermont State Police responded to Route 7, located north of Hudaks, for a one-car-rollover

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MAINE

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ROCKPORT MAINE FD

Rockport Firefighters Knock Down Fire at Transfer Station Rockport, ME - Firefighters from Rockport Fire Dept. spent nearly three hours on the morning of Monday, December 5th, fighting a debris fire at the Transfer Station. It took roughly 9,000 gallons of water, 13 firefighters, three hand lines and one BIG excavator from Sargent, who was working at the Transfer Station, to extinguish the fire. Rockport, ME - Kim Wickenden was recently thanked by the Rockport Fire Dept. for coming up with the idea for a "Firefighter United" Christmas tree, and for bringing it to Rockport Fire! ROCKPORT MAINE FD

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Rangeley, ME - Olivia Wakefield, daughter of Jonny and Missy Wakefield, is definitely following the path of both her parents! Whether it's going to training nights, hanging out at the station, or keeping the crew at Station-2 in line (no one dares to argue with her), Olivia enjoys the firefighter life just as much as they do. CARA WILLIAMS

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CONNECTICUT

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NORWALK FD

House Fire in Norwalk Displaces Six Residents Norwalk, CT - The Norwalk Fire Department responded to a structure fire at 15 Elmwood Avenue on November 17th at 1:18 P.M. Upon arrival, firefighters found heavy smoke pushing from the home's attic dormers. As firefighters attacked the fire, an elderly woman was evacuated from the first-floor. Three of the other five occupants who were home at the time of the fire self-evacuated prior to firefighters' arrival. Firefighters advanced two hose lines and ventilated the roof above two of the three dormers to bring the fire under control, as the fire threatened to burn through the roof. In the process of advancing hose lines on the fire, a firefighter received some 1st and 2nd degree burns to his back, arm and hand. He was transported to Norwalk Hospital by Paramedics on-

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JUMP TO FILE #111816107 scene and then transported to Bridgeport Hospital's Burn Center for treatment. The American Red Cross responded to the scene to provide shelter for the six displaced residents. A total of 29 firefighters responded to the scene on four engines, two trucks, a rescue and a command car. Westport Fire Department provided mutual aid coverage, along with one Norwalk engine during the fire. Fire Inspector Luca Feola and Firefighter Phil D’Acunto are investigating the cause of the fire. The house was posted unfit for occupancy.

MICHAEL CARENZA JR.

Quick Knock Down in New Britain

New Britain, CT - On November 19th around 6:10 A.M., firefighters responded to 17 Carlson Street, where they found smoke showing from a three-story, wood frame house. The fire was located on the third-floor and quickly extinguished, bringing it under control in approximately 30 minutes. There were no injuries to residents or firefighters reported. The cause of the fire is being investigated by the Fire Marshal's Office.

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MICHAEL CARENZA JR.

SOMERS FD

Somers, CT - The Somers Fire Department recently thanked Charlene Pagani for her 41 years of service to the community. Charlene joined the Women's Auxiliary in 1975 and then in 2002, she joined the ambulance division, serving as an EMR and later, an EMT. In 2013, Charlene stepped down from the ambulance division, but continued serving as a member of Somer's Fire Police, while also continuing to be an active member of the Auxiliary. Congratulations on your retirement, Charlene!

Train Derailment in New Britain New Britain, CT - On December 6th around 3:45 P.M., seven rail cars tipped over along Columbus Boulevard, spilling a load of construction material along a portion of the street. None of the tanker cars that were carrying odorless propane were effected. The remaining train cars were also blocking the Chestnut Street crossing, causing major traffic jams throughout the downtown area. There were no injuries reported and clean-up was expected to take days.

BUDDY SHOTS

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SOMERS FD

Fire Breaks Out at Sun Valley Campground Stafford, CT - On Sunday, November 13th at approximately 10:45 P.M., the Somers Fire Department was requested to West Stafford to assist with a fire at the Sun Valley Campground. Squad-146, Tanker-146, Tanker-246 and Service-146 responded to assist with water supply and to help extinguish multiple camper and brush fires. The Stafford, Crystal Lake, Willington and Tolland Fire Departments were also on-scene. All units were released around 3:00 A.M. Hazardville Fire District provided cover assignment at Station-46.

SOUTH WINDSOR FIRE DEPT.

South Windsor, CT - Dedicated members of the South Windsor FD, as well as members of the South Windsor PD and ASM, recently braved the frigid temps to collect toys for "STUFF A TRUCK," held at both Stop and Shop and Geissler's Supermarkets.


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CONNECTICUT

Truck Collision in Harwich Sends Drivers to Hospital Harwich, CT - Harwich police are citing the driver of a GMC Scherrer Hardwood Floor truck for failing to grant the right-of-way and causing a collision. The crash happened on Tuesday, Decem- JUMP TO FILE# ber 6th at 11:15 A.M. 120716111 The Craig Borden Plumbing truck traveling on Depot Street at Belmont Ave., near the Brewster line, was unable to stop, slamming into the other vehicle. Harwich Fire and Rescue transported both male drivers to Cape Cod Hospital with unknown injuries. Depot Street was closed for approximately one hour. Brewster Police helped direct traffic at the scene. - JAKE O'CALLAGHAN

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Windsor, CT - Recently, Windsor Fire Explorer Post-6789 trained with high pressure air bags to free "Jenifer," the training dummy, from under a drainage pipe. They learned that by working as a team and using the air bags and cribbing, they could lift the pipe and support it to remove her.

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Cornwall, CT - For almost two months, the town of Cornwall has been dealing with a forest fire located in a remote section of the town. The fire, which is in a deeply forested area, is believed to have been started by JUMP TO FILE# lightning. The na- 111716103 ture of the terrain and inability to access the area by vehicle, has plagued residents in the area with smoke. The week of November 12th saw a push by local fire departments and the CT DEEP Forestry Crew to attempt to extinguish the fire. Approximately 50 local firefighters and 20 state forestry firefighters joined in a campaign to put the fire out. DEEP lit a back fire to reduce fuel in its path, while local firefighters went in and dug out hot spots. These actions, plus heavy rain on November 15th, seemed to have quelled the fire. - BERNIE MEEHAN

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Fire seen from the distance.

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RHODE ISLAND

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UNION FIRE DISTRICT OF SOUTH KINGSTOWN

Union Fire District Dedicates Meeting Room

South Kingstown, RI - On November 12th, members of the Union Fire District of South Kingstown Station-8, dedicated their meeting room to Lt. Jack Chisty, who recently passed away.

TIVERTON FD

Tiverton, RI - With the lack of snow in their area, Santa was unable to get his sleigh to the town of Tiverton's tree lighting ceremony on December 3rd, so he did the next best thing and stopped at Station-2 to ask for their assistance. Engine-2 was glad to help Santa!


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5-5-5 Firefighter Fitness: “A New Year, A New You” Let me start by saying, I’ve only ever made one New Year’s resolution that I have actually kept. Well it’s that time of year again, where we all over-indulge in the awesomeness of the holiday season, and then make our amazing New Year’s resolutions, including our new goals and the “it’s time to change” moment. With some very sophisticated internet research, i.e. the Google, I was able to confirm my hypothesis that the NUMBER ONE New Year’s resolution each year is to “get fitter.” I also learned that only about 8% of Americans actually achieve this goal. My knowledge about the state of fitness within the fire service makes me think that we are no different, and the statistics posted on NFPA.org really speak for themselves: Firefighter Death or Injury by Cause: Overexertion/Stress/Medical 2010: 54% 2011: 52% 2012: 48% 2013: 33% 2014: 58% 2015: 59% Again, I am hypothesizing here, but really, are we any different?? As a whole, we sure do act like it. Just do a quick internet search for “Firefighter T-Shirts.” A number of “we are different” slogans will pop up. I could list them, but why when you all know them by heart, regardless if you actually wear them or not. But are we “really different,” or are we just like everyone else out there?? Physically, for sure; but mentally, maybe not so much. As with any Member of Service, we choose to do a very dangerous job by risking our lives for others. But at what cost?? The cost has to do with those numbers listed above. Just look at the cause provided: Overexertion/Stress/Medical.These causes speak to the type of people we are. We work hard, i.e. overexertion. We see and do things that are beyond most peoples grasp, i.e. stress. This job taxes us, our bodies and more importantly, our hearts, i.e. medical. So why aren’t we taking better care of ourselves?! I wish I knew the answer, but I don’t, and I honestly don’t believe anyone really does. So why not make that change now? A new year and a new you should start TODAY. Before you even begin, let me tell you this much. It won’t be easy. Actually, it’s going to suck…a lot. Especially during the

JUMP TO FILE #120116101 first 30 days. But again, just look at those percentages listed above. If we all just embraced the “suck,” dug in deep and pushed through, imagine the fire service we could create! Imagine how much better you’d be, for yourself, for your family and for the fire service as a whole. Another thing I wish I could do is provide you with a way to make this happen for yourself. But here’s the thing…there’s no manual. There’s no one book, one DVD, one gym, one diet or one style that will work for everyone. Of course loads of people will disagree with me, mostly because they might have a product, a theory or a style that they claim will change you forever, and it just may! But I can’t find that for you. That one goes back to the resolution theory. You have to commit to a positive change. You have to start, and start NOW. Take a few moments while you’re at the station and look around. You’re not alone there. Your brothers and sisters all put their bunker gear on one leg at a time, and no matter where they are on their fitness journey, they are there to help you. Another positive about the fire service is that we are all about embracing the “suck” together. The level at which a fire crew works together to achieve a common goal is simply unbelievable to most. So why not make this resolution together? Why not agree, as a crew, that you’re going to spend time together working on yourselves, both physically and mentally. Together, we can do anything. Alone, we are just that…alone. Remember that one New Year’s resolution I mentioned earlier, that I actually kept? It was to always return my shopping cart to the cart rack. It seems so trivial, I know, to just push it back to where it belongs. Try it though! You just may be surprised what you learn about yourself and others. Happy New Year!

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Portsmouth, RI - A new element was recently added to the Portsmouth Fire Dept. probationary firefighter training; wellness! In-house firefighters with background training in physical fitness and nutrition mentored their new hires. Healthy firefighters are better able to execute their mission, less likely to get sick or injured, and also provide greater value to the residents of Portsmouth. So far, four of their probationary firefighters have lost nearly 100-lbs., combined! The fifth probationary firefighter already maintained a high level of fitness, but did add 10-lbs. of muscle mass. Great job guys, and keep it going!

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Massive 11-Alarm Blaze Ravages Through Cambridge Cambridge, MA - A massive fire that broke out on December 3rd just before 3:00 P.M., is said to be the largest fire Cambridge has seen since the 1980's. According to Cambridge Fire Chief JUMP TO FILE# Gerald Reardon, 120816114 the flames extended to as many as 11 buildings, as well as to several parked cars. It took more than 130 firefighters from surrounding companies to knock down the blaze, which eventually went to 11alarms. Although there were a few people reported to have suffered minor injuries from the fire, there were no lives lost, which Fire Chief Reardon is calling "miraculous." The cause of the fire is unclear and will be under investigation. More than 60 people who lived in the buildings were displaced from the blaze. The city started a relief fund for the victims at Cambridgema.gov/firefund. - DAMIEN DANIS

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Plymouth, MA - On Thursday, November 17th, the Plymouth County Technical Rescue Team held structural collapse training at their Plymouth training site. The focus was on shoring up a collapsed building for the rescue of a trapped person. Crews needed to shore up a doorway and then set a second shore inside the building, so that the victim could be reached safely.

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Turkey Day Duplex Fire in Springfield Springfield, MA - Shortly after 7:30 A.M. on Thanksgiving Day, November 24th, Springfield firefighters were dispatched to a vacant, two-and-a-half story, wood frame duplex, located at 66-68 Clifton Avenue, for a reported structure fire. Due to some confusion from the citizens who called 911 to report the fire, companies where initially sent to Newman Street, which is one block over from

JUMP TO FILE #112416104 Clifton Ave., before quickly realizing that the fire building was actually on Clifton. Once on-scene, firefighters found heavy smoke venting from the "Bravo" side of the building, as well as the attic. Companies stretched several small diameter attack lines to both the first and

second floors. Truck crews vented the roof and tore away exterior siding on the "Bravo" side, while engine jakes worked their way to the back of the building. Crews had the bulk of the fire knocked down in less than 30 minutes. The cause of the fire remains under investigation by the SFD Arson Squad, with assistance from the State Fire Marshal's Office. - NATE ARNOLD

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FUTURE 1st RESPONDERS If you have photos you would like to see in our “Future First Responders” feature, please upload them on our website, www.1stResponderNews.com or email them to Lindsey@1stResponderNews.com.

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Thanksgiving Day Car Crash in Hinsdale JOHN SJOSTEDT

Halifax, MA - Future First Responder, John Sjostedt, was happy to be at the scene of Halifax Landing Zone #1 (Walmart).

Hinsdale, MA - At 11:45 A.M. on the morning of Thanksgiving, November 24th, Dalton Communications toned out the Hinsdale VFD for a reported motor vehicle accident in the vicinity of 440 Middlefield Road. On arrival, Chief Larry Turner found that two compact vehicles had hit headlight-to-headlight on the driver’s side of each car, causing significant damage to

JUMP TO FILE #120816103 both. The force of the crash ripped the front wheel off of one car. The vehicles ended up about 150-feet apart and both into snow banks from a recent 13-inch snowstorm. Nine firefighters and EMT's responded to the call, manning Res-

cue-4, Squad-1 and the department’s ambulance (H-5). Although there was airbag deployment, both drivers refused transport to a hospital after an assessment by medical staff on-scene. There were no other occupants in the vehicles. Units remained on the scene until the cars were removed at 12:47 P.M. - RICHARD SCIALABBA

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Bridgewater, MA - The East Bridgewater Engine-3 crew, FF Allen Hover, Lt. Jeff Kelley and FF Derek Avery, at a recent house fire.


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Where to Begin: Unmanned Aircraft Systems and Your Fire Department Eric Moore has been a firefighter for almost 30 years, first joining the department in November of 1988. The tattoo he chose to get covers his entire back and took almost three months to complete, from September until November of 2014. When asked what inspired him to get this specific tattoo, Eric responded "my inspiration came from the love for my brothers lost on that fateful day and the need for a tribute, as well as my love for what we do and my love of ink." Eric currently works for Daly City Fire Department, located in Daly City, CA.

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The first known female firefighter in the U.S. was Molly Williams, a slave from New York, who fought fires side by side with men in 1815.

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The new year has rolled in and your fire department has started the dialogue to consider incorporating unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), often referred to as “drones”, into departmental operations. Your officers and firefighters have witnessed some of the benefits of using UAS during departmental operations because a local hobbyist has volunteered to fly his aerial vehicle over your fire scenes and has shared the videos in real-time with the chief. So, where do you go from this point? The first step is to immediately stop what you are doing. While the intentions of the hobbyist may be sincere and much appreciated by the fire department, they go against federal regulations and can land both the fire department and the hobbyist in serious trouble, including fines adding up to tens of thousands of dollars, if not more. The same holds true for any firefighter who may be using his or her personal UAS on scene for the benefit of the fire department. The bottom line is, this is not allowed within the scope of federal UAS regulations. Fire chiefs have recognized the value of using UAS during departmental operations. Whether it’s for scene size up, hazmat conditions, search and rescue, or large scale incidents, the benefits of this technology are certainly notable. The decision to acquire a UAS is not one that should be entered into lightly. For any fire department, this process should be initiated with a strategic-level needs assessment that evaluates a variety of factors, including types of calls, number of alarms, manpower and

JUMP TO FILE #121216109 budget. The appropriate UAS platform and accessories must also be matched with the department’s operational needs. Fire departments need to conscientiously and sensibly establish comprehensive and risk adverse UAS programs along with substantial educational and training protocols for the utilization of this technology as a practical and sustainable tool. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has established separate guidelines for the use of UAS by public organizations as compared to hobbyists and commercial entities. As public organizations, fire departments need to follow the procedures set forth in this category by the FAA in order to deploy UAS legally and safely during departmental operations. Through the FAA, public agencies can apply for a Certificate of Waiver or Authorization (COA) in order to seek approval to conduct UAS operations in the nation’s airspace. This approval follows a lengthy all-inclusive operational and technical preparation by the fire department and an equivalent review by the FAA. Fire departments may also utilize elements of the newly designated FAA small UAS rule (Part 107) to become properly certified to fly for their department’s aerial vehicle. Attaining this certification, which must be renewed every 24 months, requires becoming proficient in general aeronautical knowledge. This includes being able to read visual flight rules (VFR) sectional

charts in order to recognize various airspaces and their limits; the understanding of weather phenomena and their effects on your UAS in flight; and specifics about the Part 107 regulations that you will be flying under. Depending upon the individual, preparation for this test could take more than 20 hours of study time. All of these details illuminate the fact that fire departments are not permitted to simply go to a store, purchase a drone, and deploy it during their calls. It is an exciting time in the world of unmanned aerial technology. Use cases are presenting themselves at dizzying rates as the aerial and imagery technology continues to rapidly advance. In this blur of progress it is essential for fire departments and other public agencies to remember that they are being closely scrutinized by the public. Your department needs to ensure that it has developed and implemented a comprehensive UAS program that encompasses regulatory compliance, ground safety, executive management and operational training. Much consideration needs to be made by your department and municipality in regard to budgeting and vendor management, as well as designing appropriate policies, standard operating procedures and emergency safety protocols. In the end, the essential objective is to be able to deploy your UAS in a safe and responsible manner in order to aid your department in effectively saving lives and property. - MIKE RUSSELL


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Firefighter Safety Requires Proper Attitude STAYING SAFE

Chief Henry Campbell

No matter what your mom, dad, best friend, or lawyer tells you, somewhere along the line, you have to buy into your personal safety. You must be an active participant, concerned with staying out of harm’s way. This is a shared responsibility beginning with you and progressing up the chain of command to the Chief, with each higher rank bearing an even greater share of responsibility for themselves and their subordinates. Firefighter safety requires PROPER ATTITUDE. You must be in the mindset that you will be alert and concerned for your own personal safety at all times, while complying with department policies, rules and training procedures, regardless of your own personal opinion. While concerned for your own safety, you will look out for and be aware of your fellow firefighters and their actions, and prevent them from performing unsafe acts. There may be some of you who may disagree; believing looking after others (as mentioned previously), is someone else’s responsibility. Wrong! If your fellow firefighter is doing something that can precipitate injury and/or death to himself/herself, and you stand by idly, you and others may become a

casualty as a result of his/her unsafe act. Intervene to stop the unsafe act! We are all in this together and getting back home the way you showed up is what firefighter safety is all about. There is no better definition of firefighter safety! There are those believers in the trenches who will try to convince you that firefighter safety has taken the aggressiveness out of firefighting. Safety is not, nor should be, a deterrent to aggressive firefighting. That is what we are all about. Aggressive firefighting can take place within the constraints of safety, and need not delay rescue and rapid knockdown. What it requires is a good size up, good command structure, and thinking before acting. Your personal size up and the incident commanders size up will indicate whether an aggressive offensive assault can be safely implemented, or if a defensive posture should be the initial game plan. For many in the fire service, there exists a hidden bravado that firefighting is one of the most dangerous, if not the most dangerous profession, and with that comes death and injuries. Not necessarily so! Will we eliminate all death and injury? Probably not in my lifetime, but we must continue to reduce the annual toll. It is long past time to deflate the bravado of the “most dangerous occupation." There have been many changes in the fire service relative to firefighter safety over the past dozen or so years and what they re-

quire is implementation and structured discipline to be effective. Talking about safety is not the same as practicing safety. In the past, we have rung our hands, shed our tears, offered our apologies and chalked it up to the dangers of the job. In time, we would once again proceed down the same well-worn path, one that often led to injury and death, learning absolutely nothing from the previous incidents. When will we learn? When do we say, “Enough is enough!”? We can no longer boast and maintain a "macho" image that includes avoidable pain and suffering or injury and death as a result. The incidents of death and injury that were the result of poor or no training, lack of supervision, insufficient personnel, failure to use protective gear and equipment, no accountability, complacency, laziness and/or sheer stupidity, contribute to a needless annual toll. We may be considered America’s Heroes, but we don’t have to prove it by “shooting ourselves in the foot” to maintain the image, as some of our injuries and deaths may have been avoided. Safety requires each of us to have the attitude to stay safe in all we do. We owe it to ourselves, our families, our department and the communities we serve. Till next time, Stay Safe and God Bless!

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Body Recovered from Plymouth State Pier Plymouth, MA - On November 8th, emergency crews were called to the Plymouth State Pier, in the area of where the Mayflower II stays, for a report of a body found in the water. The victim was located and officials determined the subject was non-viable. Plymouth Fire, Police and Harbormaster responded to the incident. The cause of death is unknown.

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Rollover in Waltham Injures Woman Waltham, MA - A woman rolled her car over in front of 94 Adams Street on December 8th, sandwiching it between a wall and pickup truck. Waltham's Engine-1 and Rescue-6 responded to the scene. Once the vehicle was secured, firefighters were able to extricate her after only a few minutes. She was then taken to Newton Wellesley Hospital with minor injuries.


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AMR Loses Two-Year Fight to Retain Control of Ambulance Services Milford, CT - In a first-of-its kind decision in Connecticut, the state has granted a municipality’s petition to revoke the transport license of its national ambulance provider and reassign that license to its superior municipal fire department. This pioneering effort was championed by the City of Milford, which now benefits from complete municipal control over the operation of, and revenue from, the provision of emergency medical services within its boundaries. The City of Milford filed a petition with the Connecticut Department of Public Health in December of 2014, requesting that it assign the Milford Fire Department as the City’s primary service area (“PSA”) responder for basic level ambulance service, a change that meant ousting American Medical Response (AMR), which had held the PSA license for Milford since 1995. The City filed its petition pursuant to General Statues §19a-181f, a newly enacted statute that gives municipalities the right to petition for removal and reassignment of its primary service area responders. “After nearly two years of proceedings before the Connecticut Department of Public Health, we are thrilled that control of our city’s ambulance transport services will revert to the Milford Fire Department and the community – where it be-

JUMP TO FILE #121216106 longs,” said Atty. David Slossberg of the Milford-based law firm Hurwitz, Sagarin, Slossberg & Knuff, which represented the City and the Milford Fire Department throughout the proceedings. “The State agreed that the Milford Fire Department is better suited than AMR to meet this community’s needs,” Slossberg said. “The finding is based on Milford Fire Department’s plan for additional ambulances, considerably shorter response times, increased personnel training requirements, decreased costs, and more intense scrutiny of performance standards.” The final decision of the Commissioner of the Department of Public Health transferred control of the basic level ambulance service in Milford to the Milford Fire Department on October 17, 2016. AMR had until November 5, 2016 to file an appeal. None was filed. The City has now implemented its plan to the benefit of its residents. Emergency responders currently serve the city’s population of some 55,000 in an area of approximately 26 square miles. The City presented written briefs and oral arguments explaining why and how provision of am-

bulance service by its Fire Department would effectively maintain or improve patient care in the area. Problems cited included AMR’s delayed response times, refusal to negotiate a service contract with improved standards, and failure to provide a bariatric ambulance (a specially-outfitted ambulance to accommodate the severely obese). Mayor Ben Blake lauded the decision, emphasizing that “it is a culmination of almost two years of hard work to develop a better response system for our residents and secures important advancements that will benefit patients and taxpayers.” Of the victory, Milford’s Fire Chief, Douglas Edo said,” It was important for the City of Milford to have control over these services, which are so crucial to the public’s health and safety. We are thrilled that the issue was decided in our favor to the great benefit of our community.” The decision to remove AMR as Milford’s ambulance provider is a step towards breaking up AMR’s monopoly in the region. Nationwide, AMR provides emergency transportation, federal and international disaster response, and air ambulances, among other similar services. - MICHAEL LONDON

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Tower-1 opened up the roof.

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Car Hits Pole in Waltham

Waltham, MA - The Waltham Fire Dept. responded to an accident at the intersection of Main Street and Bear Hill Road on November 25th. When crews arrived, they found a pole and transformer leaning against the Wolfers Lighting store. Firefighters had to evacuate people who were inside of the building. The driver of the car who hit the pole sustained minor injuries.

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Working Fire in Bridgewater Confined to Garage Bridgewater, MA - Shortly after 9:00 A.M. on the cold morning of Monday, December 5th, the Bridgewater Fire Department responded to 64 Brookstone Drive for a reported house fire. Companies arrived to find heavy fire in a twocar garage that was attached to a one- JUMP TO FILE# and-a-half story, 120516126 wood framed, modular home in a 55plus community. A working fire was requested, bringing a mutual aid engine from East Bridgewater to the scene and a West Bridgewater engine to cover the station. Companies made an aggressive push to knock down the heavy fire in the garage and keep it from spreading to the main part of the house. Several hand lines were stretched and put into operation, knocking the heavy fire down quickly and keeping it from extending into the dwelling. The couple that was home at the time of the blaze were able to get themselves out of the house prior to the fire department's arrival. Tower-1's crew made several holes in the roof, and found the pre-fab house had a second roof, under the top one, making ventilation difficult. No injuries were reported and the cause of the fire is under investigation. Two vehicles that were in the garage at the time of the fire were total losses. - PAT TRAVERS

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A Bridgewater firefighter operates a hand line in the garage.


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FACES OF NEW ENGLAND’S EMERGENCY SERVICES

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Manchester, NH - The Leather Helmet Society held their annual holiday and Outstanding Service Awards luncheon on Dec. 4th. (L to R): LHS Secretary/Treasurer/retired District Chief Vinny Toland of the Manchester, NH F.D.; LHS President/Captain Charles Pierson, Jr. from Manchester, NH F.D.'s Engine-2; LHS Outstanding Service Award recipient Damien Danis, Engineer of Saddlebrook, NJ F.D.'s Engine-2 and LHS Board Member/retired Merrimack, NH FF Wayne Perkins. CHARLIE TENTAS

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Bridgewater, MA - Bridgewater Fire Chief Thomas Levy.

Manchester, NH - The Leather Helmet Society held their annual holiday and Outstanding Service Awards luncheon on Dec. 4th. (L to R): LHS Secretary/Treasurer/retired District Chief Vinny Toland of the Manchester, NH F.D.; LHS President/Captain Charles Pierson, Jr. from Manchester, NH F.D.'s Engine-2; LHS Outstanding Service Award recipient Captain Scott Wentworth of the Belleville, NJ F.D. and LHS Board Member/retired Merrimack, NH FF Wayne Perkins. CHARLIE TENTAS

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Rockport, ME - A few members from Rockport Fire Department stop for a quick photo.

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Firemen of the Bronx VIDEO REVIEW

Video reviews by John Malecky

Firemen of the Bronx By Monarch Films Available from: FSP Books & Videos 118 Central Street, Suite #4 Hudson, MA 01749-1330 1-800-522-8528 e-mail: support@fire-policeems.com www.fire-police-ems.com Price: $14.99 (DVD) This is a short, 35 minute video of a two week period in which the producers rode with two fire marshals in the Bronx. These events took place before 9/11. Marshals are essentially arson investigators. In New York, they call them “criminal fires” and most of the fires in the Bronx at the time were from arson. The boro has 65 fire stations, at least during the time of this video. Though the title has “of” on the jacket, the actual movie is entitled “in” (Firemen in the Bronx). This is a quick moving video which is narrated. The viewer can also hear the voices of the firefighters up close. Most all of the fires are in vacant or occupied multiple

dwellings, which the fire department describes as “brick” construction, while textbooks describe the category as “ordinary” construction. The description of the video states that nine firefighters died while fighting what was deemed as arson fires. There is no location given for any of the fires and the camera jumps around. In one case, a child was rescued by a firefighter and some time is devoted to that story. Another incident involved a rescue company (I suppose), reporting to the emergency room of a hospital to load a man of over 1400pounds into an ambulance for transfer. There is plenty of truck work and stream operations to see. Also, the apparatus can be seen from the past, such as solid red Mack CF/Ward pumpers, Seagrave rear mounted aerials and Mack tower ladders. In one scene, a flashover can be observed coming out of the upper story of a multi-storied building. A tribute is made for FF Peter McLaughlin, who died in the line-of-duty. In another scene, the use of a thermal imaging camera is briefly demonstrated. During the brief stay with the marshals, they explain the reasons why arson is not as prevalent today as in the past. It is the "Bronx of yesteryear" in a nutshell, and it is presented well!

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Hinsdale, MA - On October 2nd, the Hinsdale Vol. Fire Department conducted a regional burn drill from 8:00 A.M. until 2:00 P.M. The building used was a century-old farmhouse that once housed a butcher shop operation. Vacant for many years, the building was meticulously prepared by HVFD personnel and the owner according to Mass. Dept. of Environmental Protection rules, including asbestos removal. The morning session was dedicated to small, single-room fires involving an observation crew who watched the progression of fire, then backed out and an attack crew entered to extinguish the fire. This continued until all 52 firefighters from the eight towns involved had taken at least one turn on each crew. Meanwhile outside, there were firefighters maintaining a tanker shuttle and other fire ground operations, including an RIT team, exposure protection and pump operations. After a brief break for lunch, the main event was staged as the entire two-and-a-half story, seven room, 50x75-foot building was allowed to become fully involved with proper staging of crews and hose lines to control the blaze. It took 25 minutes for the building to collapse into itself in the basement. After extinguishment was complete, crews secured the scene at 2:00 P.M. Chief Larry Turner observed that all went well and he thought the exercise provided valuable knowledge and experience that could be applied in actual situations. Departments participating in addition to Hinsdale were Dalton, Becket, Peru, Middlefield, Otis, Blandford and Lanesborough.

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NEW ENGLAND APPARATUS OF THE MONTH A look at what’s new with apparatus around the states with John Malecky

Dear Readers, Professional Vehicle Corporation reports they have sold the following ambulances: to First Branch Ambulance in Chelsea, VT, a Ford F350/4x4 AEV. To North East Mobile Health Services in Scarborough, ME, a Ford E-350 DR 92 AEV Trauma Hawk, and to Golden Cross in Claremont, NH, a Ford Transit T-350/AEV high roof and diesel engine. C & S Specialty, Inc. reports the following Spartan ER orders: in Connecticut, for Willington, a rescue style pumper/tanker. Specs include a Gladiator MFD raised roof cab, air bag system, Cummins ISX, 500-HP diesel engine, Allison 4000 EVS transmission, Darley LDMBC 1750-GPM pump with AutoCAFS foam, fully enclosed pump compartment, UPF 2000-gallon water and 30-gallon foam tank, Foam Pro 2001 system, Smarty Power 8-KW hydraulic generator, Spartan Smart Storage, wheel well modules, triple Newton 10-inch stainless steel electric dump valves and enclosed ladder and suction storage. In Rhode Island, for East Providence, three pumpers. Specs include a Gladiator LFD 10-inch raised roof cab with six seats, APS air bag system, Waterous CSU, 1500-GPM pump, UPF 500-gallon water and 30gallon foam tanks, low profile hose bed, Smart Storage wheel well modules and five rear pre-connects. For Cranston, a pumper. Specs include a Metro Star MFD, 10-inch raised roof cab, APS air bag system, Cummins ISL, 380-HP diesel engine, Allison 3000 EVS transmission, Hale DSD, 1500-GPM pump, Spartan ER 304L stainless steel body, UPF 750-gallon water and 30-gallon foam tanks, and a Foam Pro 1600 Class “A” system. In Massachusetts, for Plainville, a 100foot rear mount platform quint. Specs include a Gladiator LFD chassis with APS air bag system, Cummins 600HP diesel engine, Allison 4000 EVS transmission, Hale 8FG 2000-GPM pump, 300-gallon water tank, Smart Power 20-KW hydraulic generator and dual monitors on the platform. For Brimfield, a pumper/tanker on a Freightliner 114SD, two-door chassis. Specs include a Cummins ISL, 450HP diesel engine, Allison 3000 EVS transmission, Hale DSD, 1250-GPM pump, UPF 3000-gallon water tank, rear Newton swivel 10-inch dump valve and Quic-Lift portable tank rack. In New Hampshire, for Sandown, a 75-foot rear mount quint. Specs include a Metro Star MFD chassis Cummins ISL, 450-HP diesel engine, Allison 3000 EVS transmission, Hale 1500-GPM pump and aluminum body. Deliveries to Mansfield, CT, include an elliptical tanker on a Spartan ER Metro Star LTD tandem axle chassis, with two person cab.

Specs include an APS bag system, Cummins ISL, 450-HP diesel engine, Allison 3000 EVS transmission, UPF polished 3000-gallon water tank, Hale DSD 1500-GPM pump, triple Newton 10-inch electric dumps and dual Zico electric portable tank racks. In New Hampshire, Ossippee Corner received an EVI 14-foot extruded aluminum body rescue, with three person crew compartment. It is mounted on a Ford F-550 4x4 chassis and has a Smart Power 8-KW hydraulic generator in a roof top recess compartment, a Will Burt NS 2.3, 7.5” 12V LED light tower, Hannay electric cord reel and a Warn five-ton Zeon Multi-Mount portable winch. Greenwood Emergency Vehicles has made the following E-ONE deliveries: to Manchester, NH, a Cyclone II 100-foot platform. Specs include a Cummins ISX, 500-HP diesel engine, Allison 4000 EVS transmission, electronic stability control and a 10-KW hydraulic generator. In Massachusetts, to Stoughton, a Typhoon pumper with Cummins ISL 450-HP diesel engine, Allison 3000 EVS transmission, Class-1 pressure governor, Hale 1500-GPM pump, Trident air primer, UPF 750-gallon water and 30-gallon foam tanks, and a Foamlogix 3.3 system. To Westborough, a Typhoon pumper with a Cummins ISL 350-HP diesel engine, Allison 3000 EVS transmission, FRC PumpBoss pressure governor, Hale 1500GPM pump, UPF 730-gallon water, 40-gallon Class “A” and 10-gallon Class “B” foam tanks, Foamlogix 5.0 system and a 6-KW Smart Power generator. In Maine, to Sabattus, a Freightliner M2 commercial tanker with Cummins ISL 350-HP diesel engine, Allison 3000 EVS transmission, FRC PumpBoss pressure governor, Hale 1250-GPM pump, UPF 2500gallon water and 30-gallon Class “A” foam tanks and a Foamlogix 2.1 system. To Readfield, a Freightliner M2 commercial tanker with Cummins ISL, 350-HP diesel engine, Allison 3000 EVS transmission, Hale Qmax 1500-GPM pump, UPF 1500-gallon water and 30-gallon Class “A” foam tanks and a Foam Pro 2001 system. To Cranberry Island, an International 4400 commercial tanker with Navistar 9, 330-HP diesel engine, Allison 3000 EVS transmission, Class-1 TPG pressure governor, Hale Qflo 1250GPM pump, UPF 1000-gallon water and 30-gallon foam tanks and a Foamlogix 2.1 system. They also delivered two Horton ambulances in Massachusetts. Both are on Ford F550 chassis' with 300-HP, 6.7L diesel engines. One went to U-Mass and the other to Rochester. Minuteman Fire Trucks has made two deliveries in New Hampshire.

The first is a Pierce pumper to Concord. It is an Arrow XT with medium aluminum body, Cummins ISL diesel engine, Allison 4000 EVS transmission, 750-gallon poly water tank, Waterous 1500-GPM pump, painted front bumper with two trays, front intake with swivel and one-and-a-half inch discharge, LED lighting, excessive interior and exterior cab storage, New York style low access hose bed and officer’s side booster reel. The second is a Road Rescue Ultramedic Type-1 ambulance to Derry. It has a Ford F-450, 4x4 chassis, aluminum body, 6.7L Power Stroke diesel engine and numerous safety features. They have delivered two Pierce pumpers in Massachusetts. The first is an Arrow XT to Falmouth. It has a Cummins ISL diesel engine with Allison 3000 EVS transmission, long stainless steel body, Waterous 1500GPM pump, poly 750-gallon water, Husky-12 foam system, Onan 10-KW generator, frontal impact and side rollover protection, a Will Bert light tower and Whelen scene lighting. The second is a Saber to Somerset. It has a Cummins ISL diesel engine, Allison 3000 EVS transmission, medium aluminum body, Waterous 1500-GPM pump, poly 750-gallon water tank, inline foam educator system, Harrison 3.6-KW generator, hot dipped galvanized frame rails, inside and outside EMS cabinets, cab gear storage, ladder storage in body, Code-3 scene lighting, deluge gun, low crosslays, On Spot chains, front bumper discharge and hose storage and Saber FR raised roof cab. They have delivered two Pierce pumpers in Maine. The first is a Quantum PUC 214 to Freeport Fire Rescue. It has an aluminum body, Detroit DDE13 diesel engine with Allison 4000 EVS transmission, Pierce PUC 1500-GPM pump, poly 750-gallon water tank, Husky-12 foam system, Harrison 3.6KW generator, TAK-4 independent suspension, Command Zone Multiplex with Diagnosis and Prognostic features transmitted wirelessly and on Command Zone, hot dipped galvanized frame rails, cross members, battery boxes, water tank cradle and body substructure. It is their fourth Pierce apparatus. The second is a Saber to Windham Fire Rescue. It has a long aluminum body, Cummins ISL diesel engine, Allison 3000 EVS transmission, Waterous 1500-GPM pump, poly 1000-gallon water tank, Husky-3 foam system, Whelen Pioneer LED scene lighting, all SCBA are mounted in compartments not in cab, galvanized frame rails, cross members and battery boxes and stainless steel water tank cradle. It is their first Pierce apparatus.

Please send any comments or news tidbits you might have about Apparatus of the Month to us at 1st Responder News, 1 Ardmore Street. New Windsor, NY 12553. Or you can e-mail them to Apparatus@1stResponderNews.com.

Concord, NH - The Concord Fire Department recently received this Pumper as Engine 5, with an Arrow XT Chassis/Aluminum Body/Cummins ISL Engine/Allison 4000 EVS/750-GAL Poly/Waterous 1,500-GPM. MINUTEMAN FIRE & RESCUE APPARATUS, INC.

MINUTEMAN FIRE & RESCUE APPARATUS, INC.

Derry, NH - Derry Fire Department recently received this Medic Ambulance, with a Ford F-450 4x4 Chassis/T1 Ultramedic/Aluminum Body/6.7L Power Stroke Diesel/Ford Automatic.

Falmouth, MA - The Falmouth Fire Department recently received this Pumper as Engine 25, with an Arrow XT Chassis/Pumper Long/Stainless Steel Body/Cummins ISL/Allison EVS 3000/750GAL Poly/Waterous 1,500-GPM/Husky-12/Onan 10-KW.

MINUTEMAN FIRE & RESCUE APPARATUS, INC.

MINUTEMAN FIRE & RESCUE APPARATUS, INC.

Freeport, ME - Freeport Fire Rescue recently received this Pumper as Engine 3, with a Quantum Chassis/Pumper PUC 214/Aluminum Body/Detroit DD13/4000 EVS/750 GAL Poly/PUC 1,500 GPM/Husky 12/Harrison 3.6 KW.


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Basement Fire Extends to Attic in Middleboro Home Middleboro, MA - At around 12:15 P.M. on the rainy afternoon of Monday, December 5th, the Middleboro Fire Department responded to a reported house fire at 19 Carmel Street. A UPS driver was the one who called in and reported smoke coming from the building. Companies arrived to find heavy JUMP TO FILE# smoke showing 120516129 from a single-family, one-story dwelling. A working fire was ordered by command, but no mutual aid was requested to assist. Crews stretched several hand lines into the dwelling and found a basement fire that had extended up to the attic. All occupants were reported out of the building upon companies' arrival. Crews opened up the roof on the "C" side of the building and also opened up around the exterior chimney on the "C" side. The heavy fire was knocked down by crews. Firefighters remained on-scene after the knock down, opening up and checking for any further extension. The cause of the fire is under investigation. No injuries were reported. - PAT TRAVERS

A firefighter changes the bottle out from another firefighter at the scene.

A firefighter uses a hand line to knock down hot spots.

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