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BOSTON FIREFIGHTERS RESCUE MOTHER AND CHILD FROM HOUSE FIRE

PATRICK KERRIGAN

Boston, MA - On Wednesday, May 30th around 8:00 P.M., Boston Fire was called to 6 Woodward Park Street for a building fire. Upon arrival of E24, fire was showing from the "Delta" side of the building, with people hanging from the third-floor windows. - See full story on page 16

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Massive Junkyard Fire in Carmel Ruled Accidental Carmel, ME - On May 21st at 11:30 A.M., firefighters were dispatched to the Ideal Recycling yard in Carmel for reports of a fire. The initial information given UMP TO FILE# was that a pile of J060418127 “sheet metal" was on fire. First arriving units found a large pile of junked vehicles, tires and other scrap metal materials on fire, including numerous propane and pressurized gas containers. The containers were indicated to have been made safe, however, not all were which resulted in several minor explosions of unknown origin during the course of the incident. Units from throughout Penobscot County responded to both assist in fighting the fire, as well as providing a tanker shuttle for water supply. Special units that responded included the Maine Forest Service, which provided air support and water drops to keep the fire from spreading into the surrounding woods, as well as the Maine Air National Guard Fire Department from the Bangor International Airport, which provided a foam trailer. Maine DEP also responded, along with the Bangor based Salvation Army field support canteen. There were no injuries and the cause of the fire was ruled accidental. Units remained on location monitoring for flare ups and hot spots throughout the day and into mid-morning on May 22nd.

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Armor Tuff Floors

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Badger Medical Collar

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Brindlee Mtn. Fire App.

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Autotronics

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Bergeron Protective Clothing CA Reed

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Dingee Machine Company

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EJ Boughton Co.

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Fabco Power

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FDIC

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Firematic

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Firehouse Expo

Hollis Fire & Rescue recently placed a 2017 Freightliner FL114SD 3000-gallon tanker into service. Tanker 1 was built by Spencer Manufacturing in Michigan, and features a Hale QMAX 1500-GPM pump and carries 30-gallons of foam.

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Five Star Fire

5

Greenwood Emergency

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Hoffman Radio Network

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Long Island Productions

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Mid Atlantic Rescue

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Kimtek

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Marion Body

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Minuteman Fire & Rescue

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New England Fire Equip.

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New England Marine

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Penflex

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NorcomCT

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PGI

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PL Custom

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Goodwin's Mills Fire Rescue, which provides Fire & EMS to Dayton and Lyman, has placed a 2017 Ford F-550 Ambulance into service as Ambulance 86. The BLS unit was built by Lifeline and matches the new colors adopted when Engine 83 entered service a few years ago.

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PVC

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Shaker Auto Group

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TurboDraft

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Sutphen

45

Utility Communications

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Vintech LLC.

Yankee Equipment

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Firovac Power Systems

WEH Technologies

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Fireflow Services, Inc.

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Zodiac

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Sanford Firefighters Battle Second Fire in Two Days

Sanford, ME - On June 4th, the Sanford, Maine Fire Department was dispatched to a reported fire in the laundry room of 43 Payne Street in the Springvale section of the city. Engine 3 was first to arrive, and under the orders of Lt. Rick Smith, a working fire assignment was issued. The working fire was quickly updated to a first-alarm, bringing in mutual aid to work and cover. Crews were able to quickly get the fire under control in the one-and-a-half story residential structure. This fire came a day after Sanford responded to and fought a fatal second-alarm fire on Deering Neighborhood Road.

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Buxton Fire-Rescue recently placed a 2017 Emergency One Typhoon into service as Engine 422 at the Bar Mills station. The new rig has a 1500-GPM pump and carries 1000-gallons of water with 30 of foam.


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Georgia: Stacey Leigh Boulware, 44 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: March 12, 2018 Death Date: March 12, 2018 Fire Department: Cobb County Fire and Emergency Services Initial Summary: Firefighter Stacey Leigh Boulware collapsed while on duty at Cobb County Fire Station 5. Firefighter Boulware was reported to having responded to two emergency calls and passing a fire department physical agility test in the hours prior to her falling ill. Boulware was treated by fellow responders then transported to Kennestone Hospital where, despite all efforts, she succumbed to a nature and cause of fatal injury still to be determined.

Texas: M.V. Hudson, 86 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: February 28, 2018 Death Date: March 10, 2018 Fire Department: New London Volunteer Fire Department Initial Summary: Firefighter M.V. Hudson was injured in a fire tender (tanker) crash on the evening of February 28th. Hudson and two other firefighters were responding to a grass fire when the apparatus left the right side of the roadway and rolled over, badly damaging the cab and injuring all three occupants. The three firefighters had to be extracted from the vehicle and were rushed to the hospital. Two firefighters were subsequently released, but Firefighter Hudson died while in the hospital on March 10, 2018.

Louisiana: Allen Headley, 31 Rank: Firefighter-Operator Incident Date: March 16, 2018 Death Date: March 16, 2018 Fire Department: Plaquemines Parish Fire District # 2 Initial Summary: While on-duty at the fire station, Firefighter-Operator Allen Headley was found unresponsive in the fire station day room. FirefighterOperator Headly was treated by fellow responders and transported to the hospital but succumbed to a

nature and cause of fatal injury still to be determined.

Pennsylvania: Ivan Flanscha, 50 & Zachary Anthony, 29 Rank: Firefighters Incident Date: March 21, 2018 Death Date: March 22, 2018 Fire Department: York City Department of Fire/Rescue Services Initial Summary: Firefighter Ivan Flanscha and Firefighter Zachary Anthony were killed from a collapse at the scene of a multi-alarm fire that began the previous day. Fire crews were still onscene putting out hot spots that were flaring up nearly twenty-four hours later. Firefighters Anthony and Flanscha were transported to the hospital where they succumbed to their injuries. Two other firefighters injured in the collapse are reported to be in stable condition with non-life threatening injuries. Prior to the fire breaking out, the 150 year old multi-story structure, known as the Weaver Organ and Piano building, was being renovated into apartments. The cause of the fire remains under investigation by authorities.

Ohio: Rodney D. Baker, Jr., 47 Rank: Assistant Chief Incident Date: March 15, 2018 Death Date: March 16, 2018 Fire Department: Madison Township-Kunkle Fire Department Initial Summary: After attending an earlier fire department training meeting, Assistant Chief Rodney D. Baker, Jr., responded to a grass fire at 2229hrs on March, 15, 2018. Chief Baker (Chief 51) was first on scene as the commanding officer for the incident and was back in service at 2336hrs. The following day, while attending a family event, Chief Baker became ill and collapsed at 1638hrs. Family members trained in CPR immediately came to Chief Baker’s aid while the Pioneer Fire Department and Williams County EMS were called to the scene. Assistant Chief Baker was transported to Bryan hospital where, despite all efforts, he later passed away from a reported cardiac event.


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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

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First Responders in Pittsford Recognized for Their Efforts at Plane Crash

Pittsford, VT - The Pittsford Fire Department, located in Rutland County, along with Pittsford First Response and the Pittsford Police Department, were recently recognized by the Pittsford Select Board for their efforts, going "above and beyond the call of duty", in their response to an airplane crash back in November.

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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

Area firefighters wet down the remains of the barn.

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This patch belongs to Concord Fire Department Engine 7/Rescue 7, located in Merrimack County, NH.

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Fire Destroys Outbuilding and Threatens Home in Pelham Pelham, NH - Firefighters were called to a reported building fire on Thursday afternoon, May 24th. The first arriving firefighters on scene reported a 20x20 barn well involved with exposure issues to a house in

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Area HazMat rehab unit handing out cold drinks at the scene.

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Manatee County Fire Services Goes to the Dogs for Early Cancer Detection Manatee County, FL - They say that a dog is man’s best friend; well, soon he may be firefighters' best friend as well. With cancer rates soaring at an alarming rate, there is only so much a firefighter can do to reduce the risk of contracting this disease. Early detection is the key in battling it, and the answer might be only a sniff away. Last summer, while working a fire in California at the Modoc National Forest, I was having lunch with some paramedics from central California and they were talking about the dogs. I listened for a while and then asked what exactly they were talking about. To my surprise, they said they were talking about a program that their fire departments run once a year with dogs from Canada that sniff out cancer. I have to say at first I really thought they were pulling my leg (especially being that I'm originally from New Jersey), but as I listened, the story was more than believable with the dogs finding cancer in some of their firefighters. That night when I got back to camp, I called my wife and had her look up "Canada Cancer Dogs," and there it was. We decided that we were going to research it and run the program in Manatee County, Florida where we live. We gave Glenn Ferguson, owner of Canada Cancer Dogs, a

JUMP TO FILE #051518110 call to set up the program for Manatee County, which he explained my wife and I would now be project managers of. We needed an organization to sponsor the program, so I approached Manatee County Fire Academy, where I'm an instructor. We used the Academy and then traveled to firehouses for a two-week period to take samples. We opened the program to firefighters and their families, and around 300 samples were taken. The test starts with participants filling out a medical questionnaire, followed by each individual breathing into a mask for 10 minutes. (Participants pay $20 for the mask.) The masks are then mailed out to Canada for the dogs to test. Each mask is sniffed by at least four dogs that are about 96% accurate in detecting cancer. The dogs can find cancer cells at a very early stage, much sooner than conventional cancer testing. The Chicago Fire Department has been using this program for years, and even has a documentary out about it called “Walking Points”. For more information about the program and how you and your department can get involved, visit www.CancerDogs.Ca

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Florida Forestry's Chris Taylor breaths into the mask for 10 minutes.

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Harwich Fire Department Holds Swearing-In Ceremony Harwich, MA - Two new firefighters were recently sworn in and others were recognized during a brief ceremony held in Harwich at the Robert A Peterson Firehouse on Sisson Road. The ceremony acknowledged differing backgrounds, accomplishments and effort put forth to become a firefighter. JUMP TO FILE# “To you I say, 060418119 after more than 40 years of service at the Harwich Fire Department, that you are beginning a career in the best job in the world, an elite fraternity of brothers and sisters. I can only hope that after your 40 years of service that you will love the job as much as I do,” said Chief Clarke to the two new full time firefighters being sworn in. Timothy Druckenbrod and Jamie Sandino were sworn in by Town Clerk Anita Doucette in front of a crowd of Town Officials, fellow firefighters and family. At the completion of their oath, the new firefighters were “pinned” with their new badges. Pinning Firefighter Druckenbrod was his uncle and former Harwich Fire Chief, William Flynn. Firefighter Sandino was pinned by his mother, Carol Hammond. After the pinning they were presented with their official appointments and the Probationary helmet fronts by Chief Clarke. Also recognized in the ceremony were Firefighter Christina Brown and Firefighter Danial SanGiovanni. These two firefighters recently completed their probationary year with the fire department and were given their permanent shift assignments and presented with their permanent helmet fronts. Finally, two new provisional firefighters were introduced. Provisional firefighters are temporary employees used to cover long term vacancies due to illness or injury. Provisional Firefighters Andrew Ottino and Joseph Battista both started with the Brewster Fire Department as call firefighters. Ottino, a Harwich resident, is still on call with Brewster and an Emergency Medical Technician, while Battista is a call firefighter with Orleans and has almost completed paramedic school. Both went through a competitive interview process and were ultimately chosen from a list of over 40 candidates. In addressing the crowd, Deputy Chief LeBlanc said, “This day represents the end of a quest to be a part of something bigger than oneself and at the same time a beginning of a pursuit of service to a community and its citizens.” - HARWICH FIRE DEPARTMENT

Chief Clarke addressing the new hires.

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Vehicle News

CHUCK LOWE

Cambridge Fire has placed a pair of 2017 Ford F450 light duty rescues into service. They were built by Fire-1 and replace their previous Ford E-350 vans, which saw a lot of action. The primary function of the city's two squads is advanced life support and fire suppression, but they are also involved with the department's Hazmat and Technical Rescue groups. The new apparatus are strategically located in Lafayette Square (Downtown) and Porter Square (North Cambridge). Five of the city's 15 fire companies operate at the paramedic level.

CHUCK LOWE

Hopkinton Fire Rescue has placed a 2018 Ferrara Igniter heavy rescue into service as Special Hazards 1. It replaces a 1995 Pierce that was acquired by the city of Newton, MA for use as a spare.

CHUCK LOWE

Ashland has placed a 2017 E-One Typhoon into service as Engine 1. The apparatus has a 1500-GPM pump and carries 750-gallons of water along with 30-gallons of foam. It is their first Emergency One joining a variety of other apparatus.


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New Jersey Single-Vehicle Rollover in Fall River Heavy Fire VIDEO REVIEW

Video reviews by John Malecky

New Jersey Heavy Fire Newark, Jersey City and Linden, NJ The 1970’s By Advanced Print & Video Available from: FSP Books & Videos 188 Central Street, #4 Hudson, MA 01749-1330 1-800-522-8528 e-mail: support@fire-policeems.com www.fire-police-ems.com Price $29.95 (DVD) This DVD is 60 minutes in length. It was reproduced by Fire Line Video Productions in 2002. It has four scenes on it which are also listed on the back of the jacket, however the scene numbers are transposed on two of the them. All of these incidents occurred at night. The first is in Jersey City and is a third-alarm at the United Chemical Company. You’ll almost expect to feel the heat in your easy chair while you watch it. It is rip roaring from one end to the other. Firefighters can be seen reversing their helmets to shield them from the heat! Most of the footage is from a distance due to the heat and probably the fire line. The next is in Newark and involves a residential building fire in which four perished. They can be seen being carried out and placed in ambulances. Crews can be seen using master streams to battle the fire. The next is a dwelling fire in Jersey City that took the lives of seven. They also can be seen being carried out. This “job” is along the same lines as the Newark fire. Finally is the Linden Exxon Oil refinery fire, which was a heavily involved inferno and again seen from a distance for obvious reasons. All of these incidents happened in the 1970’s and they brought back memories of the older apparatus that served their cities so well. For seeing plenty of fire, don’t miss out on this one!

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K. LEGER

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MASSACHUSETTS Fall River, MA - Shortly after 6:00 P.M. on May 26th, Police, Fire and EMS units responded to 70 Haffards Street for a reported MVA with rollover with entrapment. Engine 9, Medical Rescue 2, Squad 11 and Heavy Rescue 1 responded. While en route, Rescue 1 was JUMP TO FILE# canceled by P.D. be- 052618107 cause all occupants were reported to be out of the vehicle. The crew of Engine 9 assisted medical personnel on scene with patient care and fluid containment. One person was transported to Rhode Island Hospital while a second person refused medical treatment "against medical advise". Members were on scene for over one hour while the scene was secured. - KENNETH LEGER


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MASSACHUSETTS

Boston Firefighters Rescue Mother and Child from House Fire Boston, MA - On Wednesday, May 30th around 8:00 P.M., Boston Fire was called to 6 Woodward Park Street for a building fire. Upon arrival of JUMP TO FILE # E24, fire was show- 060518103 ing from the "Delta" side of the building, with people hanging from the third-floor windows. E24 quickly struck a secondalarm as companies made an aggressive interior attack to knock down the fire and rescue the victims. Both the child and mother were evaluated by Boston EMS. The fire was quickly brought under control within an hour. - PATRICK KERRIGAN

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Boston FF Patrick Callahan makes the rescue of the baby and mother.

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WOMEN IN FIREFIGHTING

BUDDY SHOTS

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Oxford FIRE-EMS members, Capt. Lambert, FF Belanger and FF Rudman.

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Oxford FIRE-EMS Firefighters Decelles and Belanger training on the Oxford UTV.

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MASSACHUSETTS

K. LEGER

SFD Commissioner BJ Calvi monitors conditions from the "A/D" corner.

NATE ARNOLD

Car Fire Spreads to Dwelling, Displaces 11 in Springfield Springfield, MA - A late afternoon fire that started in a Jeep parked next to a two-and-a-half story wood-frame dwelling, spread quickly to the home and displaced 11 tenants in the Old Hill section of Springfield on Tuesday, June 5th. Springfield firefighters were called to respond shortly after 5:00 P.M. to 95-97 Lebanon Street for the reported car/house fire and arrived on scene shortly after to find heavy fire spreading from the parked Jeep up to the exterior "Bravo" side wall and into the

JUMP TO FILE #060618101 home. While crews were able to knock down the exterior fire in short order, the fire had gained a foot hold in the walls of the second-floor and attic. Companies advanced attack lines to both the second-floor and attic in an attempt to contain the fire, but when the structural integrity of the building started to deteriorate, command ordered all crews out of the structure so that

blitz guns and Ladder 8's ladder pipe could be deployed to knock down the bulk of the fire. Using large caliber appliances, companies brought the fire under control an hour after dispatch, but remained on scene for several more hours overhauling the building. The Pioneer Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross is assisting the 11 displaced occupants.

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- NATE ARNOLD

K. LEGER

Father & Son Fire Officers/Marines Named Grand Marshals in Fall River

NATE ARNOLD

Members utilize Ladder 8's aerial to vent the "Bravo" side of the peaked roof at 95-97 Lebanon St.

Fall River, MA - A father/son team were honored on May 28th to be the Grand Marshals of the 2018 Fall River Memorial Day Parade. Retired District Chief and Vietnam Veteran, David Jennings Sr., and his son, Fire Captain and Iraq War Veteran, David Jennings Jr., were named the Grand Marshals of the annual parade, which honors the sacrifices of the men and women of our military who were killed in action. The fire department had a large contingent of firefighters and EMS personnel marching as well as several pieces of fire apparatus, including Engine Company 2 which is a brand new 2018 truck. Members of the Special Services group also marched with the equipment they use to support firefighters on the fire ground as well as provide shelter for victims.


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The Thin Red Line; The Flag And The Firefighter Chaplain’s Corner

Pastor Fernando Villicana

During my career with the Los Angeles City Fire Department, each and every shift included the placing and lowering of our flag; a responsibility that could have easily become routine really had meaning for me. There was never a day where I raised or lowered the flag that didn’t come with a sense of awe and respect. The term “Thin Red Line” is a symbol used by fire departments to show respect for firefighters injured and killed in the line of duty. Many times during my career the flag was raised at half mast in recognition of our fallen heroes who paid the ultimate price. Throughout our nation, Firefighters and other Emergency Responders place their lives second to those they protect. They are forced to face their own fears and grasp for every ounce of courage to perform the necessary task. The American flag stands for so much more than some stars and stripes on a piece of fabric. To me, the American flag represents the freedoms we are given here in America. Those freedoms do not come without a price. There are thousands of men and women that are fighting to maintain these freedoms each and every day. You can disagree with the government, or the way America is run, but we should always respect those who fight (or have fought) for our freedom and well being, some of which fight in foreign lands and others who have responded to emergencies in the streets of our cities. Although we live in an imperfect world, most people would agree we live in one of the best countries in the world. We have freedoms that people in other countries dream of. Because of those freedoms, we should respect the American flag much more. By respecting the American flag, you are respecting the freedoms you are given, and respecting the people that fight to give us those freedoms.

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Two-Car Crash in Waltham Snarls Traffic Waltham, MA - Waltham Engine 7, Rescue 1 and Ambulance 2 responded to a two-vehicle MVA with one vehicle on its roof on June 8th. Rescue 1 signed off with a truck on its side. No injuries were reported, but rush hour traffic in the area was severally impacted.

PETER LOBO


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Three Aerials Used to Douse Northborough Fourth-Alarm Northborough, MA - The Northborough FD was dispatched to the site of the former R&T Furniture building on West Main St. for a structure fire at 4:25 P.M. on June 2nd. Engine 2 arrived one minute later to find heavy fire showing from the abandoned two- JUMP TO FILE# story wood-frame 060218102 building. A secondalarm was quickly requested. Companies immediately went into a defensive mode to protect an adjacent business and a gas station. Mutual aid ladders were requested to set up for master stream operations. A third-alarm was struck to bring in additional mutual aid to assist. Crews remained in a defensive mode until the majority of the fire was knocked down. A fourth-alarm was eventually requested, bringing in Berlin, Hopkinton, Hudson, Marlboro, Milford, Shrewsbury, Southboro, Westboro and West Boylston. Ashland and Grafton provided station coverage. A total of three ladder pipes and multiple hand lines were used to extinguish the blaze. Crews stayed on scene into the evening chasing hot spots. Patriot Ambulance and Worcester EMS were also on scene, as well as Rehab 7 from the Department of Fire Services. It is unknown if anybody was injured, and a cause of the fire is under investigation. - JIM FORTIN

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Electrical Fire Strikes Gold Metal Bakery in Fall River Fall River, MA - Early in the afternoon of Thursday, May 24th, firefighters responded to Gold Metal Bakery warehouse for a report of an electrical fire. Firefighters arrived to an electrical sub-station that was severely arcing and impinging on the exterior wall of the bakery. District Chief Jeffery Bacon, Incident Commander, called for the utility company on a rush to shut down power to the complex. Engines 4, 5 and 9, along with Ladders 2 and 4, and Heavy Rescue 1 responded. While en route, Ladder 4 was diverted to a report of a construction dumpster on fire that was up against a house. All remaining

JUMP TO FILE #052418109 city units were dispatched to join Ladder 4 at the second incident. Meanwhile, the power company arrived and disconnected power to the bakery so that firefighters could complete extinguishment of the fire. Companies were able to prevent fire extension, however they did have to ventilate smoke from the building. At the second incident, the dumpster fire was handled by the engine companies and all other units went back into service. - KENNETH LEGER

Crew of Ladder 2 heads to the roof.

K. LEGER

OLD & NEW

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Shirley's new Engine 4 is a 2017 Pierce Enforcer 2500-gallon tanker. It is powered by a Detroit Diesel DD13 470 Horsepower Engine that can flow 1250-gallons per minute. The new apparatus replaces a 1992 Pierce Dash pumper tanker with similar specifications.

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DEPARTMENT PROFILES

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Sharon, MA (Norfolk County) The Sharon Fire Department moved into its new home at the public safety facility late last year. This structure was built by Kaestle Boos Associates. It is located a short distance from their former station in front of the DPW yard. The old structure will be torn down in the coming weeks. SFD's portion of the facility features four drive-through apparatus bays, EMS and fire gear

decon areas, an SCBA area and a lot of storage. There are living areas for the career staff, which includes a full kitchen, bunk rooms and workout area. The most impressive part of the station, however, is the training area.

The planning committee incorporated a multi-level indoor training tower into the middle of the apparatus bays that can be used year-round. It includes a pump training facility that cap-

Sharon Fire HQ.

Ladder 1's 2017 Pierce in front of its new home.

tures 3000-gallons of rain water and stores it below the frost line. This water can be used for pump drills on site and recycled for future training. Proudly hanging over the apparatus bay is an American flag made of new fire hose, metal fab and diamond plate. It adds a classy touch to an already extraordinary facility.

- CHUCK LOWE

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Sharon's year-round training tower.

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Red, White & Blue proudly on display.

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Two-Car Crash with Injuries in Waltham

Waltham, MA - Solar glare may have caused this accident at South and Vernon Streets in Waltham on June 9th. Engine 1, Squad 5 and Medic 2 responded to an accident with entrapment. There was no entrapment, but one person was injured and taken to Newton Wellesley Hospital with unknown injuries.

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Chelsea Engine 3 ran this classic 1966 Peter Pirsch open cab pumper for over two decades. It saw hundreds of fires in its career, including the 2nd Great Chelsea Fire, in 1973, that destroyed 18 city blocks. It was removed from front line service in the early 80's. Pictured is Chelsea Engine 3 operating at a Hazmat incident on Eastern Ave. in the 80's.


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Bicyclist’s Journey from Key West to Canada Benefits First Responders Poughkeepsie, NY - A 70year-old US Army veteran has traveled up the east coast on a bicycle to raise money and awareness for veterans and first responders. Jerry Lachance of Sandown, New Hampshire started his cycling journey on April 9th in Key West and pedaled 2800 miles, all the way to the Pittsburgh, New JUMP TO FILE# Hampshire-Cana- 052218112 dian border, arriving on May 19th. The 23-year volunteer firefighter from the small New Hampshire town did the trip from Canada to Key West in 2016 and raised over $25,000 for Ride2Recovery, which is part of Project Hero. This year he decided to run the trip in reverse and has raised over $14,000 to date. Lachance has stressed that this trip, working with donors, is designed to give back to those who gave so much. Project Hero is an adaptive sports medicine organization that serves veterans and first responders, and is dedicated to helping those affected by PTSD, traumatic brain injuries and other deficiencies to achieve rehabilitation and recovery. They also build and provide adaptive bikes to physically challenged and injured veterans and first responders. The organization has also founded the Project Hero Institute for Mental Health to support clinical research programs. Lachance's trip ended at a firehouse along the route almost every night. On May 11th he started his day in Milford, Pennsylvania, on the Delaware River, and crossed the Hudson River, ending at the Arlington Fire District headquarters in the Town of Poughkeepsie, New York. The well-traveled cyclist was greeted by Captain Bill Steenbergh and his firefighters. The union representing the Arlington firefighters, IAFF Local

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Fatal Dwelling Fire in Waltham Claims Life of Man Waltham, MA - At 6:30 P.M. on June 4th, Waltham Fire responded to a building fire at 32 Rumford Avenue. Engine 1, Squad 5, Rescue 1, Ladder 2 JUMP TO FILE # and Engine 4 as the 060518101 RIT were dispatched on the firstalarm. Deputy Chief Randy Mullin reported heavy smoke and fire from the third-floor with the possibility of a person still inside. A secondalarm was transmitted with Engines 2 and 3, Tower 1 and Ambulance 1 responding. Firefighters found one man with minor injuries, and later rescued a second man from the thirdfloor who was unfortunately pronounced dead at the hospital. The State Fire Marshal is investigating the deadly fire. - PETER LOBO

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Fall River, MA - "In 1998, the Fire Department issued a challenge to the Fire Companies to come up with a logo for their respective company. My Company was first commissioned in 1873 as Massasoit Engine Company Five, so we came up with a logo that featured an Indian wearing a fire helmet inside a Maltese cross emblem. My tattoo is a replica of the Indian on the logo." -Kenneth Leger JIM FORTIN JR

House Struck by Lightning in Framingham Framingham, MA - A storm passing through the area on May 15th kept the Framingham FD busy for a couple of hours, including responding to a house fire caused by a lightning strike. Engine 5 was responding to a fire alarm at JUMP TO FILE # 88 Lincoln St. when 051918101 they observed smoke coming from the roof of 90 Lincoln St. just after 6:30 P.M. A working fire assignment was started and Engine 5 stretched a hand line to the third-floor while Ladder 3 went to the roof to open it up. Tower 1 was special called to assist with roof operations. A small fire was located at the ridge line and quickly knocked down with a water can. Companies completed overhaul in a short time and command began releasing companies. - JIM FORTIN

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Truck Fire in Waltham

Firefighters march to the memorial site.

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Annual Firefighters Memorial Day Remembered in Fall River Fall River, MA - Sunday, June 10th was Firefighters Memorial Day and Fall River members came out in droves to honor the memory of those lives lost in the line of duty, as well as retired members who have passed on during the past year. The firefighters marched a short distance to the Firefighter's Memorial located in John F. Kennedy Park to begin the day. The

JUMP TO FILE #061018102 ceremony opened with the Pledge of Allegiance followed by a prayer by Fire Department Chaplin, Fr. Michael Racine. Fire Chief John Lynch welcomed the family members and public to the ceremony and remarked on the large turnout of ac-

tive and retired firefighters. A roll call of names of the deceased were read, followed by the ringing of a bell with the sequence 555 to signify a line of duty death. The flag was then lowered to half staff, ending the ceremony. Everyone was then welcomed to attend a brunch at a local restaurant. - KENNETH LEGER

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Working House Fire in Waltham

Waltham, MA - Waltham firefighters had a busy 24 hours on June 9th with two vehicle rollovers, a working fire and diesel spill. Around 11:00 A.M., there was a report of a cellar fire at 31 Milner Street. Engines 2 and 7, along with Rescue 1, Tower 1 and Medic 1 responded. Engine 7 found smoke coming from the rear of the house and laid a line into the rear cellar door. The fire was contained to the cellar, but heavy smoke went throughout the house. There were no injuries.

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Vehicle News

CHUCK LOWE

Concord has placed their third Emergency One pumper into service. The 2018 model Typhoon is designated as Engine 3 with a 1250-GPM pump, 530-gallon water tank and 20-gallons of foam. With this addition, the prior Engine 3, a 2016 Typhoon, moves to reserve status as Engine 8.

Firefighters begin the fight from the exterior.

K. LEGER

Two-Alarm Fire Strikes Three-Story Structure in Fall River

CHUCK LOWE

Foxborough replaced their 15-year-old E-One that ran as Engine 24 with a 2017 model. The new apparatus has a short wheelbase for increased maneuverability and numerous ergonomic features. FFD deviated from the norm on this purchase by having only (one) 1 3/4 crosslay. There is also a pre-connect and front suction in the bumper. The remaining attack lines are accessible from the rear in a low hose bed configuration that allows them to be safely deployed. Like all of their other apparatus, the new engine proudly displays the New England Patriots colors and logo, as they are first-due to Gillette Stadium.

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Fall River, MA - At 12:35 P.M. on June 12th, firefighters responded to a still alarm in a threeand-one-half story wood-frame structure. Engine 2 arrived at 132 17th Street and called a JUMP TO FILE# working fire with 061218108 smoke showing from the rear firstfloor porch. Car 2, under the command of D.C. David Levesque, established command and immediately called for a second-alarm, with heavy fire now running the balloon framing all the way to the eaves. Firefighters initially hit the fire from the exterior while lines were being stretched into all three floors. Platform 1 used their bucket to access and ventilate the roof while the interior fire fight was going on. Heavy Rescue 1 conducted a primary search that proved negative. Engine 2 was able to utilize a hydrant in front of the fire building while a second engine hooked up about a block away. Firefighters were able to quickly knock down the interior fire and went into overhaul mode, tearing open ceilings and walls and chasing the flames through the open bays. Special Services arrived on scene to provide rehab to on-scene personnel. The fire investigation unit also arrived on scene to try and determine how the fire started. - KENNETH LEGER

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Second-Alarm on Arrival for East Great Plain Fire Dept. Norwich, CT - At 5:11 P.M. on Monday, May 28th, the East Great Plain Fire Department was dispatched to 575 New London Turnpike, across from Three Rivers JUMP TO FILE# Community College, 061018100 for a house fire. Two minutes later, dispatch updated responders that they were receiving multiple calls for flames showing from the second-floor of a two-family residence. East Great Plain’s Chief arrived at 5:15 P.M. and reported heavy fire from the "Bravo" side second-floor of a two-and-ahalf story wood-frame residence. Car 5 established command and transmitted the second-alarm, which brought Norwich’s Engine 3, Truck 1 and the Mohegan Tribal FAST. Ladder 5 arrived at 5:18 P.M. and stretched a one-and-three-quarter inch hose line to the "Bravo" side and hit the fire from the exterior until they ran out of tank water. Engine 52 arrived second and laid a five-inch supply line from the hydrant into Ladder 5. After the water supply was established, the crew from Engine 52 stretched a two-and-a-half inch hose line to the rear and began darkening down heavy fire on the second-floor from the backyard. Engine-Tanker 51 arrived third and tied into the hydrant assist valve. Engine 3 arrived next and stretched a one-and-three-quarter inch hose line from ET-51 through the front door and up the stairs to the second-floor, where they encountered a large volume of fire. The crew from Engine 3 and some members from East Great Plain operated two lines on the second-floor together. Engine 3 then repositioned their line to the third-floor. Truck 1 positioned on the "Alpha" side and flew their bucket to the roof. The truck crew performed vertical ventilation and cut their first hole over the main body of fire. Two engines from the Yantic Fire Company were added at 5:30 P.M. The crew from Engine 33 took over Engine 3’s line while their crew came out to get new air cylinders. After getting new bottles, Engine 3’s crew stretched another one-andthree-quarter inch attack line from ET 51 and extinguished fire in the attic with Yantic. Truck 1’s crew then cut a second hole over the front of the house. Engine 32’s crew was directed to assist the interior companies with advancing their lines and helped open up. Laurel Hill’s Hose Tender laid a supply line from West Main Street and New London Turnpike, which was tied into Engine 33 who then fed Truck 1. At 6:07 P.M., command ordered the evacuation tones and all crews went defensive. Crews remained on scene throughout the night and the Norwich Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating. - RYAN FLAHERTY

Ladder 5 arrives to heavy fire on the second-floor.

Members from Truck 1 vent the roof over the main fire area.

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CT Fire Academy Recruit Class #61.

BERNIE MEEHAN JR

CT Fire Academy Graduates Recruit Class #61 Enfield, CT - The Connecticut Fire Academy held a graduation ceremony for Recruit Class #61 in Enfield on May 23rd. A total of 45 Recruit Firefighters representing 19 various fire departments spent 15 weeks at the Connecticut Fire Academy in Windsor Locks. For 15 full weeks, the residential program concentrates on preparing the Firefighter for the rigors of the fire service, with emphasis on four main areas: Academics,  Skill Proficiency,  Professional Demeanor, and Work Capacity. The program was opened by Jeffrey Morrissette, the State Fire Administrator, who also introduced Dr. Dora Schriro, the Commissioner of Public Safety, who delivered some congratulatory remarks to the class.  The keynote speech was given by Chief Ellen Murray of the Naugatuck Fire Department, who reflected on her ex-

JUMP TO FILE #052418102 perience at the Academy and her many years of service. The Michael C. Reilly Hard Charger Award was presented to James Pavelchak of the Burlington Fire Department. The Academy Instructor Award was presented to Milford Firefighter Kerry Warren. An excellent video presentation was shown to the audience that spotlighted the training program, along with tributes to the recruits' families, which was a nice touch. Father Thomas Thorne, Westport Fire Chaplain, delivered the Benediction, after which Class #61 was dismissed to enter their fire service careers. - BERNIE MEEHAN

On Saturday, June 9th, a classic 1954 ALF 700 series aerial appeared at the Lynnfield, MA parade with Lisbon markings. A few of the hardcore apparatus guys picked up on the Ladder 1 markings on the door and deciphered that this was originally Windsor Locks, CT Ladder 1. This rig ran there until about 1992 when it was replaced. Being an American LaFrance, its firefighting days were far from over. The apparatus found a new home, 200 miles away, in Lisbon, NH where it operated for many years. It is now proudly displayed by a private collector in Massachusetts. It retains the markings from its final assignment. CHUCK LOWE

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American Medical Response in Hartford Closes Out World CPR Challenge Week with Ceremony Honoring First Responders Hartford, CT - From Sunday, May 20th through Wednesday, May 23rd, American Medical Response employees (AMR) in Hartford, CT, hosted free CPR trainings to hundreds of community members at various locations around the city. They join thousands of their col- JUMP TO FILE# leagues across the 052918101 company with the goal of training as many people as possible in compression-only CPR during EMS Week. Compression-only CPR has been shown to double the chances of someone surviving a cardiac event until first responders can arrive. Each participant’s training will take approximately 15 minutes. Beginning in 2013, AMR has held an annual CPR World Challenge in May of each year during EMS Week. Since starting the challenge, AMR teams have trained nearly 300,000 people in compression-only CPR. Events took place at Hartford High School, King Philip Middle School in West Hartford, and, in partnership with the Town of West Hartford Fire Department, both Hall and Conard High Schools. “CPR Challenge is always a great event,” said Chris Caplin, Operations Manager for AMR. “American Medical Response really values community engagement and education, as well as our relationship with the people of Hartford. You never know when CPR will save a life.” The week of trainings closed with a ceremony at the AMR Hartford Operation recognizing AMR employees, Bloomfield Volunteer Ambulance members and police officers who recently successfully saved a person who suffered a cardiac event. AMR Hartford has recorded three specific events that took place over the last few months during which a patient was saved and made a full recovery all because of the bystander CPR or very quick arrival of first responders. For more information about the World CPR Challenge, please v i s i t : http://www.amr.net/News/AMRWorld-CPR-Challenge.aspx About American Medical Response (AMR): American Medical Response, Inc., America’s leading provider of medical transportation, provides services in 40 states and the District of Columbia. More than 28,000 AMR paramedics, EMTs, RNs and other professionals work together to transport more than 4.8 million patients nationwide each year in critical, emergency and non-emergency situations.

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