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HEAVY FIRE CONDITIONS AT NEWINGTON HOUSE FIRE

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NEWINGTON, CT - Firefighters were met with heavy fire conditions at 39 Robbins Avenue around 4:30 A.M. on May 20th. All occupants made it out unharmed. Firefighters fought the fire from outside because of the heavy involvement until it was brought under control. - See full story on page 10

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Occupants Escape Three-Alarm House Fire in Nashua NASHUA, NH - Shortly before 11:30 P.M. on May 20th, Nashua Fire Alarm began receiving calls for a fire on Cedar Street, with people reportedly trapped. L1 arrived and Captain Finnerty reported heavy smoke showing with people on the fire escapes and ordered a second-alarm. Heavy fire was venting out of the 'Charlie'/'Delta' side of the building. Crews made an aggressive interior attack and had the fire knocked down in a short amount of time. Ladder companies ventilated and conducted searches. A third-alarm was struck due to heavy fire in the loft, bringing in mutual aid companies to the scene.

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Third-Alarm House Fire Destroys Derry Home DERRY, NH - On May 20th, Derry firefighters responded to a reported house fire on High Street. First personnel on scene reported heavy fire in the rear of a two-and-a-half story victorian style home and requested a working fire. Due to the size of the home and fire quickly spreading into the walls and attic area, a second-alarm was requested for more manpower. Due to labor intensive operations, a third-alarm was transmitted for crew relief. Over 100 firefighters worked the fire, with 10 towns either at the fire or covering several other calls in town during the incident. The cause of the fire is under investigation at this time.

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Heavy smoke is banked down as a Concord firefighter works a hose line into the house.

Dunbarton Home Totally Destroyed by Fire DUNBARTON, NH - On May 18th, Dunbarton FD along with automatic mutual aid from Concord and Bow was dispatched for a house fire on Jean Drive around 4:39 P.M. Concord Fire Alarm started to receive numer- JUMP TO FILE# ous calls for the 051921112 house fire and updated companies that the residents all evacuated out of the house. A second-alarm was transmitted immediately, bringing in numerous tankers for water supply. No one was injured, said Dunbarton Fire Chief Jonathan Wiggin. Along with the second-alarm, a special call for a brush response was needed to simultaneously fight the stubborn house fire and the flames that had spread to the woods, about 50-feet from the home. Residents initially tried to fight the fire with a fire extinguisher and garden house as flames spread quickly. "The fire was already pretty advanced when the homeowner discovered it,"said Chief Wiggin. "The whole front of the house was fully involved when first due firefighters arrived." Firefighters left the scene at 2:00 A.M., and returned in the morning to extinguish pockets of fire as the house had collapsed into the basement. Firefighters shuttled water in with mutual aid tankers and a nearby pond proved to be a vital water source as well. - JAY HEATH

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Firefighters battle the fire with numerous hose lines as fire burns through the roof.


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In memory of those who gave all 1st Responder Newspaper honors and remembers emergency responders lost in the line of duty Oklahoma: Lonnie Bolar, 45 Rank: Chief Incident Date: January 29, 2021 Death Date: January 29, 2021 Fire Department: Waynoka Volunteer Fire Department Initial Summary: On Friday, January 29, 2021, at approximately 3:07 a.m., Chief Lonnie Bolar and Firefighter Tayler Bradford responded to a residential fire. The fire was initially reported by a person trapped in a bedroom of the home. Chief Bolar and Firefighter Bradford entered the home and found a man and woman. While attempting to perform rescues, there was a roof collapse killing both Chief Bolar and Firefighter Bradford as well as the occupants. Oklahoma: Tayler Bradford, 28 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: January 29, 2021 Death Date: January 29, 2021 Fire Department: Waynoka Volunteer Fire Department Initial Summary: On Friday, January 29, 2021, at approximately 3:07 a.m., Chief Lonnie Bolar and Firefighter Tayler Bradford responded to a residential fire. The fire was initially reported by a person trapped in a bedroom of the home. Chief Bolar and Firefighter Bradford entered the home and found a man and woman. While attempting to perform rescues, there was a roof collapse killing both Chief Bolar and Firefighter Bradford as well as the occupants. Pennsylvania: Edward P. Bookmyer, 60 Rank: Chief Engineer Incident Date: January 24, 2021 Death Date: January 30, 2021 Fire Department: Craley Fire Department Initial Summary: On January 24, 2021, Chief Engineer Edward P. Bookmyer was working on a piece of apparatus after returning from a fire call when he suffered a medical emergency. He was immediately taken to the hospital where he passed away on Saturday, January 30, 2021.

New Mexico: Edward Vasquez, 35 Rank: Lieutenant Incident Date: December 7, 2020 Death Date: January 30, 2021 Fire Department: NASA Fire Department, White Sands Test Facility Initial Summary: While on duty, Lieutenant Edward Vasquez contracted COVID-19 at the fire department. He passed away from the virus on Saturday, January 30, 2021. West Virginia: Brian Ritchie, 50 Rank: Lieutenant Incident Date: December 18, 2020 Death Date: February 2, 2021 Fire Department: Weirton Fire Department Initial Summary: While on-duty, Lieutenant Brian Ritchie contracted COVID-19 at the fire department. He passed away from the virus on Tuesday, February 2, 2021. Lieutenant Ritchie was also the Assistant Chief of the Hooverson Heights Volunteer Fire Department. Mississippi: Guandes “Mook” Smith, 27 Rank: Captain Incident Date: December 9, 2020 Death Date: February 8, 2021 Fire Department: Sardis Volunteer Fire Department Initial Summary: While on duty, Captain Guandes “Mook” Smith contracted COVID-19 at the fire department. He passed away from the virus during the early morning hours of Monday, February 8, 2021. Tennessee: Terry Watts, 51 Rank: Training Lieutenant Incident Date: January 20, 2021 Death Date: February 10, 2021 Fire Department: Shelby County Fire Department Initial Summary: While on-duty, Training Lieutenant Terry Watts contracted COVID-19 at the fire department. He passed away from the virus on Wednesday, February 10, 2021.


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Explosion Destroys Home in Amherst AMHERST, NH - On May 14th, Amherst Fire Alarm began receiving calls for a house explosion with fire on Clark Avenue. C1 arrived on scene with smoke showing and then reported the dwelling to be fully involved and beginning to collapse. Command quickly struck a secondalarm, bringing more manpower to the scene and to cover. Command eventually struck three alarms. Crews remained on scene for several hours overhauling and extinguishing the fire. The fire is now under investigation.

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Working Attic Fire in Nashua NASHUA, NH - Nashua firefighters were dispatched to a reported house fire on Carson Circle, May 29th. E6 arrived first due with smoke and fire showing from the gable end vent of the attic. E6 stretched a line to the attic and knocked down the fire while Ladder 2 ventilated and performed searches. Crews had the fire knocked down in a short amount of time.

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New Salem firefighters and a new officer recently got some drafting training using a dry hydrant up around the lake area where there are no hydrants.

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Heavy Fire Conditions at Newington House Fire NEWINGTON, CT - Firefighters were met with heavy fire conditions at 39 Robbins Avenue around 4:30 A.M. on May 20th. All occupants made it out unharmed. Firefighters fought the fire from outside because of the heavy involvement until it was brought under control. The cause is under investigation.

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Heavy wind-driven smoke pushes from the roof of the 2 1/2 story wood-frame dwelling.

Three-Alarm Fire Rattles Bridgeport’s South End BRIDGEPORT, CT - Around 5:55 P.M. on April 26th, the Bridgeport ECC received multiple calls for a structure fire at 331 Park Ave. This Charlie-2 assignment consisted of Engine 3, Engine 4, Engine JUMP TO FILE# 1, Engine 7 as RIT, 052821115 Ladder 5, Ladder 11, Rescue 5, Safety Officer 1, Battalion 1 and Battalion 2. Car 3 and FM-10 also responded on the initial alarm. On arrival, Battalion 1 reported a large two-and-a-half story woodframe with heavy smoke showing from the rear with risked exposures on the 'B' and 'D' sides. As companies arrived and stretched on the dwelling, they found heavy fire on all floors with the 'C' side well involved. Battalion 1 quickly struck a second-alarm, bringing E6, E10, L6 and Car 2 to the scene. E7 would now be stretching lines to the rear of the dwelling for fire attack. Companies made a push and were able to push the fire back to the third floor of the dwelling. The fire dug itself into crawlspace and knee walls, causing difficult access. A brief MAYDAY was declared for a missing firefighter, but was quickly cleared after the firefighter was found to be okay. As conditions continued to deteriorate, and the fire beginning to slightly extend to a neighboring dwelling, command asked for a third-alarm, bringing E12, E15 and L10 to the scene. Car 1 and the command vehicle soon responded after this. E7 stretched lines and quickly knocked the fire on the 'B'/'C' corner roof of the neighboring dwelling and made entry to ver-

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ify that the fire was out, as well as combat the fire from the neighboring dwelling. A ground monitor from E7 was also placed into service on the 'C'-side of the main fire building. After over two hours of continuous fire attack, the fire was placed under control around 9:10 P.M.

There were some minor injuries to firefighters and few civilians. Red Cross is assisting the occupants. The Bridgeport Fire Marshal's office is investigating the cause of this fire. - SAYJE BENJAMIN


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Fast-Moving Fire Damages Home in New Britain NEW BRITAIN, CT - Firefighters had heavy smoke pushing from the attic on arrival at 239 Kelsey Street on April 29th. The fire traveled throughout the top floor and through the roof of the twoand-a-half story JUMP TO FILE# home before being 043021110 brought under control. At one point a ladder had to be thrown to the roof to remove firefighters that were cut off when fire broke out through the roof where their ladder was positioned. - MICHAEL CARENZA JR

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Heavy fire on the rear porches was quickly knocked down.

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Fire Displaces About 30 Residents in New Britain NEW BRITAIN, CT - Nearly 30 residents were displaced after fire heavily damaged the rear of 189 Oak Street on May 24th around 7:30 P.M. The rear porches were fully involved with fire extending up into JUMP TO FILE # the attic at the 052521111 three-story brick building. Firefighters made a strong push on the fire, knocking down the flames and holding the damage to the rear of the building and above attic area. Two cars in the rear lot also received damage. The cause of the two-alarm fire is under investigation.

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Safety Officer/FM Galliford directs first arriving units. COSTA KONSTANTINIDIS

Lieutenant Griffin and Director Waters after being sworn in to their new positions.

Norwich Holds Badge Pinning Ceremony NORWICH, CT - At 3:00 P.M. on Monday, April 26th, the Norwich FD held a badge pinning ceremony for two members. Adam Griffin, a United States Coast Guard veteran and 12 year Norwich Fireman, was promoted to lieutenant and will now be assigned to Engine 3 on Platoon Four. Lieutenant Griffin had his new badge pinned onto his uniform by his father, Kevin Griffin, a past chief from Clinton, New York. Mark Waters, a retired battalion chief from the New London FD was sworn in as the department’s new

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Director of Training and Safety. He will oversee all training functions of the department, as well as respond to all major incidents as the safety officer. Director Waters had his badge pinned by his son Conrad and daughter Marissa. We welcome you to your new roles and look forward to working with you.

Home Under Renovation Burns in Bethel BETHEL, CT - At approximately 5:45 P.M. on Wednesday, May 12th, Bethel & Stony Hill Fire Departments were dispatched to the area of Route 302 (Dodgingtown Road) near the Newtown line for the report of smoke coming from a house. While units were responding the incident was re-toned as a working structure fire. Stony Hill Engine

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1 arrived first on scene to a well-involved home that was under renovations. Three hand lines were placed into operation, quickly bringing the fire under control. Tankers were requested from Dodgingtown Fire (located .4 miles

away), Brookfield and West Redding. Newtown Hook & Ladder Truck 114 responded as rapid intervention. Station coverage was provided by Brookfield and West Redding. The cause remains under investigation, led by Bethel Fire Marshal Tom Galliford. - PATRICK MAGYAR

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Fairfield Ladder 2 operates at a high rise fire at 1401 Kings Hwy. in Fairfield, March 10th.


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Orange Home Damaged by Morning Fire ORANGE, CT - A vacant home in Orange was damaged on May 5th by a fire that was quickly brought under control, despite presenting firefighters with some challenges. Orange volun- JUMP TO FILE# teer firefighters were 050721104 dispatched to 753 Mapleview Road in Orange around 6:50 A.M., according to Fire Chief Vaughan Dumas. On arrival, smoke was seen coming from the home’s roof and walls, and flames could be seen inside the single-story home. “Alert neighbors spotted the smoke and called 9-1-1,” said Dumas. “We had equipment and personnel on the scene within minutes and were able to get inside to find the seat of the fire and extinguish it quickly.” Firefighters attempted to enter the structure through the front door, but encountered a weakened floor. Access was gained through the rear door and firefighters located the fire in the basement. The fire was brought under control minutes after arrival. There were no injuries, but the fire caused approximately $50,000 in damage to the basement and first floor of the newly renovated home. The cause of the fire is being investigated by the Orange Fire Marshal’s Office. The Orange Vol. FD received assistance from the Woodbridge FD. Also on the scene were units from American Medical Response, the Orange Police Department and the Orange Fire Marshal’s Office. - DOUG FENICHEL

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Pedestrian Killed After Being Struck by Tractor-Trailer in Waltham WALTHAM, MA - On the morning of May 19th, Waltham’s 911 center received a call for a pedestrian struck by a tractortrailer at Main and Bacon Streets. En- JUMP TO FILE# gine 4, Rescue 1, and 052021102 Medics 1 and 2 were dispatched. Engine 4 arrived on scene and reported a pedestrian down and unconscious. Deputy Chief Roger Hebert requested Medflight, but because it was unable to respond, the pedestrian was transported to Lahey Hospital in Burlington where he later died from injuries sustained. - PETER LOBO

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Boston Ladder Co. 21, located in East Boston, once ran with a 1972 Maxim-F 100' tractor-drawn aerial. The city stopped purchasing tillered apparatus many years back. The current apparatus assigned to this company is a 2016 E-One Cyclone Metro 100' rear-mounted aerial.

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BFD Ladder 21 of the past.

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

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Sandwich Ladder 3 operates this 2019 Ferrara Cinder 77' quint. It can deliver 1750-GPM and has 500-gallons of water on board. The Barnstable County radio designation for this apparatus is "Ladder 453".

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Chicopee Engine 8 operates a 2019 Pierce Saber that has a 750-gallon tank and 1500-GPM pump.

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The vehicle came to rest partially in the trench and smashed into a backhoe.

Car Drives into Work Crew, Strikes Backhoe in Whitman WHITMAN, MA - Around 11:40 A.M. on the morning of Tuesday, May 11th, the Whitman Fire Department was alerted by police officers working a road detail that there was a motor vehicle accident on South Avenue, near Dyer Avenue. Engine-243, Ambulance-249 and Car-3 responded. Companies arrived to find an SUV partially in a trench in the roadway with heavy front end damage after striking a backhoe at a work site. Whitman Police Officer Christopher Lee was working the detail with two other officers and no-

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ticed the operator of a vehicle was slumped over the wheel. When he attempted to check on the driver, the vehicle revved up and started traveling towards officers and the work crew, nearly striking him. Officer Lee quickly alerted the other officers on the detail and the workers on-site and advised them to get out of the way. All of the workers were able to exit the trench and get out of the way

of the vehicle, which struck a backhoe on scene. The vehicle came to rest partially in the trench and smashed against the backhoe. Police officers assisted with medical care until the fire department arrived on scene. The lone occupant of the vehicle was transported to the South Shore Hospital, with an additional paramedic on-board. The operator suffered non-life-threatening injuries, and it is believed a medical issue may have contributed to the crash. - PAT TRAVERS

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Worcester Ladder 1 runs out of the Franklin St. Firehouse. They are assigned a 2019 E-One Cyclone II with a 100' aerial.

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Tanker 358 in Mashpee is a 2019 International MV607 4X2 that was built by Emergency One. This apparatus carries 2000-gallons of water and is capable of delivering 500-GPM.

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Worchester Fire Department used to operate a 1973 Mack CF 75' Aerialscope. The unit is now privately owned.


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WOMEN IN FIREFIGHTING If you have photos you would like to see in our Women in Firefighting feature please upload them on our website www.1stResponderNews.com or email them to Lindsey@1stResponderNews.com

ROCKY POINT, NY - Meet Caitlin Thrash, cheerleader by day, firefighter by night!

moved up to the regular department around the same time she did.

Caitlin is not just your average young lady; she's an inspiration to many. Caitlin is a senior at Shoreham-Wading River High School, and in addition to her studies and being on the cheer squad at school, she also has other very important responsibilities.

When asked about whether the guys treat her differently because she's a female, she said they don't. She did however admit that some of the training can be a little tough so she has to work harder, but her friends and fellow department members are super supportive.

Caitlin is currently a probationary member in the Rocky Point Fire Department Company #3. She originally joined the fire service around the age of 14 when one of her neighbors, who is a chief in the department, struck up a conversation with her about the department's Junior Firefighter program. Little did she know that this would lead to bigger things.

Caitlin had her first working fire in April of this year and when asked if she was nervous about it, she said that though the heat was something to get used to, the training she had done prior in the Juniors Program and regular department definitely helped ease her nerves. The very next evening the department had another house fire and she saw some more action.

Now a few years later, Caitlin is one of just a handful of female members in the department, most of whom are EMTs. She joined the department as a probationary member in October of 2020. I was able to sit down with Caitlin recently to discuss her involvement in the fire service, as well as how she balances it all.

Though right now she is balancing her school, work and volunteer schedules, Caitlin plans on sticking with the fire service as a volunteer and eventually aspires to work her way up the ranks into being an officer.

Caitlin said she was originally a little nervous when she first joined the Junior Program a few years ago, but that changed after she built great relationships with the guys in the program, some of whom had

Caitlin's advice for any fellow women who may want to join the fire service but are nervous is to just try it, and if need be join with a friend. “The more women the better!”, says Caitlin. For her, she said it was one of the best decisions she ever made, and she has made many great relationships because of it.

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Whitman Firefighters Chris Donahue, Scott Figgins, Steven Foster and Lieutenant Nick Grasso pose with mom Erica Rodriquez and baby Nathan McCarthy at their meeting on May 7th.

Whitman Firefighters Assist With Special Delivery WHITMAN, MA - Around 3:58 A.M. on the morning of Wednesday, May 5th, the Whitman Fire Department responded to a nearby residence for a report of a woman in labor. When firefighters arrived, they realized quickly that the birth was imminent. Lieutenant Nick Grasso, along with Firefighters Steven Foster, Scott Figgins, Chris Donahue and Jerry Thompson, all paramedics, quickly set up a sterile area for the birth to occur. Shortly after firefighters' arrival, at approximately 4:06 A.M., baby boy Nathan McCarthy was

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born in the family's house. Mom, Erica Rodriquez, and baby Nathan were then transported to the South Shore Hospital, where the birth was supposed to be taking place in about two weeks. Nathan is a healthy baby boy who weighed in at 7lbs., 9oz. On Friday, May 7th, baby Nathan, along with father, brother and sister came into the Whitman Fire Station to visit the five fire-

fighters who assisted in his birth. Some of the firefighters noted that this was the first field birth that they had been involved with, but their training kicked in and they were able to assist with the delivery without any problems. Firefighters and the family stated they were both happy to meet each other on Friday in a less stressful situation. The family is back home and resting comfortably. - PAT TRAVERS

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Rocky Point FD Co. 3 Probationary FF Caitlin Thrash is a senior at Shoreham-Wading River High School where she's also a cheerleader, but on nights and weekends she can be seen battling fire! Caitlin's pictured here at a working fire on April 10th.

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Newbury Engine 9 still operates this 1995 Pierce Dash 2000/750/40 pumper. It was purchased from Yardley/Makefield, Pennsylvania in 2005.


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

Wareham, Mass Rescue 1 is a 2020 Spartan Metro Star with 20-foot EVI walk-in box and command post. This well designed apparatus allows the members to perform all facets of technical rescue. It replaced a much smaller 1986 GMC 7000 that was built by Emergency One. That apparatus will be retained and repurposed by WFD.

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Wareham's old Rescue 1

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Wareham's new Rescue 1

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Two-Alarm House Fire in Groton

K. LEGER

Two 3 deckers. GROTON, MA - Groton Fire began receiving calls for a house fire on Shanendoah Road in the early morning hours of May 5th. Upon the arrival of C1, a two-story detached garage was found fully involved and began to collapse. A second-alarm was struck, bringing in mutual aid to the scene and to cover the stations. Crews had the fire knocked down in a short amount of time and remained on scene for several hours overhauling. The state fire marshal is investigating.

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Driver Hits Pole and Flips Car in Falmouth FALMOUTH, MA - On May 15th, Falmouth police reported a car accident near 46 Metoxit Road. Falmouth Engine 25 and Ambulance 37 responded and found a female driver standing outside her car that had smashed into a utility pole and flipped on its roof. She refused medical attention.

Three-Alarm Fire Burns Two Houses, a Garage, Shed and Boat in Fall River FALL RIVER, MA - At 1:45 A.M. on the morning of May 17th, firefighters responded to numbers 20 and 28 Meadow Street for a still alarm. Engines 2, 9, and 12, along with Platform 1, Ladder 4, Rescue 1 and Car 2 responded. Car 2 arrived on JUMP TO FILE# scene and reported 051721131 (two) three-story, wood-frame dwellings with both rears 'C' side involved from the ground to the roof. Command immediately called for an extra engine company to the scene. As companies went to work they discovered that not only were the structures on fire, but a garage, a shed and a boat were also heavily involved. Multiple attack lines were deployed and the fires were quickly knocked down, but not before heavy damage was incurred. During the fire fight, it was discovered that the boat fire was being fed by several fuel containers, Firefighters had to use foam to completely extinguish the boat fire. Due to the layout of the fire ground and witness statements, this fire is being treated as suspicious. - KENNETH LEGER

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

Massport Fire Rescue protects three airports in Massachusetts. The largest, Logan International in Boston, has six active runaways, four passenger terminals, numerous cargo facilities and a variety of related structures. The airport is located on a 2400-acre parcel. The department also oversees the port area of South Boston. Response to that location comes from Boston Fire, but Massport has overall responsibility. Boston EMS is the transporting agency for medical emergencies at both locations. The department's headquarters, located at 162 Harborside Drive, includes classrooms and a large, multi-bay firehouse. Most of the apparatus assigned to the airport run out of this location. This includes three crash trucks, two structural engines, one tower ladder, one light duty rescue, a hazmat, one stair truck and other command/support units. These apparatus handle incidents within the terminals and support buildings in addition to the airfield. The two substations are significantly smaller. Station 2 is located on "the field" at the intersection of runways 22Right and 33-Left. This cozy two-bay firehouse is home to a pair of Oshcosh Strikers that respond to all incidents on their airfield. Station 3, at One Harborside Dr., is the living quarters for the Marine Division. They operate the larger boat "American United" and a smaller 37' Moose Boat. These units patrol the area around the airport on a regular basis, launch on all airport alerts and provide aid to Boston on water related and water front incidents. All three firehouses are staffed 24 hours per day, including the boat. Minimum manning is 21 personnel per shift. The department handles approximately 4,300 incidents each year. Responses include mutual aid to fires in numerous towns via pre-arranged 10-alarm Metro Fire running cards. It is not unusual to see a Massport Engine or Tower Ladder working at a major fire in the Boston area.

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Engine 1: 2019 Rosenbauer Commander 1500/1500/250AFFF/250AR-AFFF

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Engine 6: 2010 Oshkosh Striker 4500 1950/4500/630 ARFF/450 pkp/460 Halotron II/65' Snozzle

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Engine 2: 2005 Pierce Dash 1250/1000/220AR-AFFF Completely refurbished in 2018 by Pierce

Engine 7: 2012 Oshkosh Striker 4500 1950/4500/630AFFF/500lbs pkp/460Halotron

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Engine 4: 2018 Oshkosh Striker 4500 8x8 1950/4500/540AFF/450lbs Dry Chem/460 halotron/HRET 65' Snozzle.

Truck 1: 2017 Rosenbauer Commander 2000/300/100B 101’ RM Tower

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Engine 5: 2018 Oshkosh Striker 4500 8x8 1950/4500/540AFF/450lbs Dry Chem/460 halotron. An identical unit is assigned to Engine 3.

Stair Truck 1: 2001 Ford F-450 / AccessAir Systems Stair Rescue Truck


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212 degrees Chaplain’s Corner Pastor Fernando Villicana

One of the many things I learned in the Fire Department Drill Tower was that at 211 degrees, water is hot. At 212 degrees, it boils. And with boiling water, comes steam. And with steam, you can power a train. One degree! When water turns to steam the expansion ratio is 450/1. 450 more effective than water at 211 degrees. Applying one extra degree of temperature to water means the difference between something that is simply very hot and something that generates enough force to power a machine. A beautifully uncomplicated idea that should feed our every effort. Consistently pushing us to make the extra effort in every task, action and every responsibility we undertake. 212 serves as a scientific/natural law and a spiritual law. It reminds us that seemingly small things can make tremendous differences. In the lives of believers, this entire thought has a much greater outcome – salvation, eternal life, making a spiritual impact on the world that we live in. Let me ask and answer the question that most of you are/should be thinking about now: WHAT IS NEEDED TO REACH AND MAINTAIN THE BOILING POINT IN MY LIFE? What is needed to transform me into steam? 1. Position yourself over the heat source: Leviticus 6:12 (ESV) The fire on the altar shall be kept burning; it shall not go out. The priest shall burn wood on it every morn-

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ing… Being Spirit filled and Spirit led is deliberate act of your will. If you want to go from a subdued, unenthusiastic, lukewarm existence to the boiling point (212) which produces steam - you will have to position yourself for it. Position yourself over the fire of God! 2. Be constant: 1 Chronicles 16:11 (ESV) Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually! Stay long enough for the fire to do its work. Be steady, stable and unmovable when it comes to your dream or vision. Never allow yourself to be thrown off or removed by things you see around you (failure of people, administration, bureaucracy). 3. Maintain concentration and focus: Psalm 1:2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night. Joshua 1:8 This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success. Your efforts must be such as to harness the steam and focus it where it is needed. A laser beam can cut through several inches of steel. That laser is no more than concentrated light. The bottom line - do whatever necessary to raise your temperature. Let us ask God for help in moving from a simmer, to a boil, to steam which has the ability to produce power.

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Firefighters found a single vehicle on its side.

Single-Vehicle Accident Leaves Car on its Side in Whitman WHITMAN, MA - Around 10:20 P.M. on the evening of Wednesday, May 26th, the Whitman and Hanson Fire Departments were dispatched to the area of the Whitman-Hanson Regional High School, located at 600 Franklin Street (Route-27), for a reported rollover motor vehicle accident. Hanson Fire arrived on scene first and reported a single-vehicle accident in Whitman, with a car on its side.

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The car had come to rest on the sidewalk, against a fence near the athletic fields for the high school. Crews had to work against a passing thunderstorm, which down poured rain upon the scene. With the assistance of firefighters and police officers on scene, the lone occupant of the vehicle was able to extricate himself from the vehicle.

The patient was brought to Whitman Ambulance-247 for evaluation and then transported to a local hospital for evaluation. The Whitman and Hanson Police Departments are investigating the accident with the assistance of Plymouth County Sheriff's Department's BCI Unit. - PAT TRAVERS

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South Deerfield once ran this 1973 GMC/Maynard 1000/500 as Engine 2.


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Norton, MA Fire Lieutenant Andrew Burgess.

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Braintree FD Lt. Tribble, FF Giachetti, FF Chin, Lt. B. Daddy, and FF Rose.

Close Call for Hinsdale Resident HINSDALE, MA - At 4:58 A.M. on May 6th, the Hinsdale Volunteer Fire Dept. was dispatched to a residential fire alarm sounding at 811 Middlefield Road. While en route to the scene Engine JUMP TO FILE# 2, Ambulance 5 and 050321125 Chief Ralph Cormier were given information that a resident of the first floor apartment could hear the smoke alarms sounding in the upstairs unit and that the resident of that unit was known to be home. Chief Cormier and Hinsdale Police Officer Ken Pettibone arrived on the scene simultaneously and visually noted a light smoke condition. At this point knocking on the door brought no response, so they quickly made entry through the locked door. Chief Cormier, now joined by Asst. Chief Doug Olds, searched through the haze and found the resident still asleep even with the detectors sounding. They were able to wake the female occupant and get her to safety. The cause of the smoke was from a steak and some potatoes which were burned to a charred state in a large counter top toaster oven. This meal had obviously been “cooking” for many hours as can be seen in the picture accompanying this article. The fire did not extend outside of the toaster oven. A very close call for sure. The eleven firefighters and EMTs on scene vented the smoke and checked out the resident for any issues caused by the smoke. She refused transport to the hospital. All units cleared the scene at 5:50 A.M. - RICHARD SCIALABBA

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(L to R): Norton, MA Captain Alvan Fuller and Captain Michael Wilson.

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Pembroke Forest Fire 2 is a 2010 Ford F-550 4x4 that was built by FireOne. It carries 438-gallons of water and is equipped with a 95-GPM pump.


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Waltham Crash Sends Multiple People to Hospital WALTHAM, MA - State Police on May 4th reported a tractortrailer accident on I-95 South at the Route 20 exit. Waltham dispatched Engine 2, Rescue 1 and Medic 1. Units found a tractor-trailer with heavy damage in the left lane, a box truck turned sideways, a car into the rear of the tractor-trailer, and a car up the highway. Firefighters tended to three people who were transported to Newton Wellesley Hospital, and one person who was transported to Beth Israel Hospital in Boston. Traffic was backed up five miles southbound for about two hours during the incident. State Police were investigating.

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Southern California Wildfire Siege 2019 VIDEO REVIEW Video reviews by John Malecky

Southern California Wildfire Siege, 2019 By Firestorm HD Productions Available from: FSP Books & Videos 188 Central Street, Suite 4 Hudson, MA 01749-1330 1-800-522-8528 E-mail: support@fire-policeems.com www.fire-police-ems.com Price: $12.95 This DVD is approximately 53 minutes in length and involves coverage of four fires driven by high winds that lasted a span of five days. They are the Tick, Getty, Easy and Maria fires. They involved the Los Angeles City, Los Angeles County and Ventura County Fire Departments with mutual aid from several departments from California and other western US states. At one fire I spotted a Type II engine from Albuquerque, NM. I found out later that many western states have agreements with California to furnish mutual aid when requested. It is an involved process, but worth learning about if you are interested. It also applies

to firefighting aircraft, both fixed wing and rotary. One of the fires involved the area of the historic Bel Air fire in 1961, which was one of the worst, if not the worst wildland fire in the state’s history. Another fire in Ventura County occurred very near the President Ronald Reagan Library in Simi Valley. In the first fire, an engine company from Los Angeles County valiantly tries to prevent wind-driven flames from involving a couple of nice homes. They are eventually backed up by a second engine company making their best effort as well; but the wind overcomes their tactics and eventually flames start to take the homes. Much of the footage involves wildfire suppression supported by fixed wing air tankers and rotary craft. Some of the fixed wing aircraft are huge, like commercial jet size. There was one fixed wing craft by CanadAir which I recognized as being one which is able to swoop down onto a lake for instance and take on water in its tank and they take off again to continue firefighting. There was no slouching here! Firefighters relentlessly fought using handlines from their pumpers and facing extreme heat. Even the videographer put in such a day that he admitted he had to rest from exhaustion, but promised to resume the next day!

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The car struck a telephone pole, the driver was found to be in cardiac arrest.

Car Strikes Pole in Hanson, Driver Found in Cardiac Arrest HANSON, MA - Around 3:20 P.M. on the afternoon of Friday, May 7th, the Hanson Fire Department received nearly simultaneous calls for motor vehicle accidents at both 200 and 583 Liberty Street. Ambulance2 responded to 200 Liberty Street, while Ambulance-3 responded to 583 Liberty Street. Initial calls for the 583 Liberty Street crash reported a car struck a telephone pole and that the occupant was unconscious. Ambulance-3 arrived on scene at 583 Liberty Street and found a single

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car vs. telephone pole. When firefighters arrived at the patient, they found them to be unconscious and not breathing. Command reported that CPR was in progress and offduty firefighters were requested to the scene to assist. The victim was quickly extricated from the vehicle and placed in the back of A-3 for treatment.

Ambulance-2 was able to clear the other motor vehicle accident with patient refusals and then responded to 583 Liberty Street to assist. Firefighters transported the victim to the Brockton Hospital with CPR in progress. The condition of the victim in the crash was not immediately known. No other vehicles were involved, and no other injuries were reported. The cause of the accident is under investigation. - PAT TRAVERS

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The Bondsville Fire Department, located in Palmer, once operated this 1970 Maxim-F 1000/1000 pumper.


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Putnam Hose Company 3, in Bennington, operated with this unusual Ranger pumper that was built on a 1984 Mack-MS chassis. It carried 750-gallons of water and was rated to deliver 1000-GPM. It was replaced in 2004 with this Smeal that is built on an International 2-door chassis. The water tank and pump have been increased to 1000 and 1250, respectively.

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Wind-Driven Fire Destroys Large Abandoned Building in Bennington CHUCK LOWE

Former Putnam Hose Co. 3

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Current Putnam Hose Co. 3

BENNINGTON, VT - On May 19th at 3:44 P.M., the Town of Bennington VT’s Fire Department was dispatched for a reported structure fire at 254 Benmont Avenue. Multiple callers reported heavy fire coming from the back of the building. As fire chiefs called en route to the scene, heavy black smoke filled the clear skies over the City of Bennington. The first arriving chief immediately declared a working structure fire and requested all available interior firefighters to the scene from Bennington Rural, Pownal, North Bennington, Hoosick Falls for a ladder company, and North Hoosick for their Reel engine to the scene. As command conducted his walk around of the building he found heavy fire pushing from the rear of the structure and heavy extension into the center of the building. Command also had multiple exposure issues in the rear of the building and on the 'Bravo' side of the structure. The first arriving engine on

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scene immediately deployed multiple hand lines to the rear of the building and began to attempt to knock down the heavy fire condition. Firefighters tried to connect to the nearest fire hydrant, but the hydrant was not working. Command had the North Hoosick Fire Department use their Reel engine to lay in their large diameter hose from Hunt Street to the scene. With heavy winds causing the fire to rapidly spread throughout the structure, command began to use multiple ladder trucks for a defensive operation. As firefighters were conducting master stream operations, an accident in Bennington Rural FD’s district was dispatched and firefighters on the scene that were available made their way to the accident call. Firefighters on scene conducted master stream operations for an extended period of time.

After it was deemed safe to enter the building firefighters made their way in and began to knock down hotspots inside of the structure. Crews discovered numerous portions of the building had been chopped up and reconfigured, posing multiple hazards for firefighters inside of the structure. Firefighters also discovered several roofs which allowed for the remaining fire to travel in the different void areas, making it difficult for them to bring the fire under control. Firefighters inside of the structure used class A foam to smother the fire. Crews remained on scene until around 11:00 P.M. that evening before clearing. Fire Investigators are actively investigating the fire, which at this time appears suspicious in nature. No firefighters were injured on scene, and the building was deemed a total loss. -JEFFREY BELSCHWINDER

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Warwick Firefighters Battle Third-Alarm WARWICK, RI - On Tuesday, May 11th, Warwick firefighters were called to a structure fire at 15 College View Court. Upon arrival firefighters found heavy smoke and fire primarily from the 'Charlie'/'Delta' corner. Fire crews were on scene for several hours before the fire was completely knocked down.

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Not all barbecue sauces are created equal! FORK & HOSE CO. a Food Blog by A.J. Fusco

CHUCK LOWE

Providence ran this 1986 Mack CF/Baker 95' Aerialscope as Tower Ladder 1.

To lump all barbecue into one category would be doing it an extreme disservice. It is by far one of the most complex cuisines in the world. Its origins can be debated and dissected ten times over without ever fully understanding it. But rather than focusing on all aspects of it, let’s talk sauce. What makes BBQ taste so good is not one thing. It is a combination of quality meat, spices a.k.a rubs, smoke and sauce. And it is sauce that can arguably make the most noticeable difference between recipes. The most popular of all barbe-

cue sauces is the tomato-based kind, particularly Kansas City style. It is sweet, tangy and loaded with spices such as garlic and onion powder. Thick, almost syrup-like, from molasses and brown sugar, this type is the one found in most restaurants that serve anything “BBQ”. Most tomato-based sauces start with ketchup and then branch off in many directions with the addition of unique ingredients, particular to a region or style. Some other examples are Texas and St. Louis style, which tend to leave out molasses. These are thinner and less sweet than the Kansas City sauce. The ketchup-based sauces compliment most types of BBQ, whether it is beef, pork or chicken. When you get into North Carolina, which is predominantly hog, that is when vinegar-based sauces start to become popular. This is actually my

favorite style because I tend to like the way these sharp, spicy sauces cut through the fattiness of pork. By now you are probably thinking there couldn’t possibly be anymore styles of BBQ sauce. What if I were to tell you that South Carolina is known for a mustard base sauce? Yup, mustard. Traced back to the 18th century and the German settlers in the area, this type of sauce is perfect for pork. Typically it contains just a hint of ketchup, but the yellow mustard is the star if the show. In this recipe I wanted to make it a touch healthier by replacing the molasses and brown sugar often used with maple syrup. The result is just enough sweetness to balance out the acidity and spice from the mustard. Give this one a shot the next time you fire up the smoker!

MAPLE-MUSTARD BBQ SAUCE Yields 1 pint Ingredients: ¾ Cup Yellow Mustard ¼ Cup Apple Cider Vinegar 1 tsp. Salt 2 Tbsp. Ketchup 1 tsp. Hot Sauce ¾ Cup Maple Syrup CHUCK LOWE

Woonsocket ran this 1967 Maxim F 1000/500/100F as Engine Co 4.

Procedure: -Combine all ingredients well, taste and adjust seasoning. Set aside in the fridge.

CHUCK LOWE

Lime Rock Fire District in Lincoln ran this 1980s Mack-MC/Pierce as Engine 31.

AJ FUSCO


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