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PASSERBY RESCUES WHEELCHAIR-BOUND MAN FROM HOUSE FIRE IN FRANKLIN

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Franklin, VT - On June 26th, a passerby on Main Street in Franklin noticed a house on fire and quickly alerted the Franklin Fire Department. Before firefighters arrived, the passerby got help and rescued a wheelchair-bound man from the burning structure. - See full story on page 20

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Sandy Hook & Southbury Crews Work Vehicle Rollover on I-84

Sandy Hook, CT - Sandy Hook Fire & Rescue firefighters were dispatched just before 8:00 P.M. on Thursday, June 20th to I-84 east on the Rochambeau Bridge for a vehicle rollover with entrapment. While enroute firefighters were updated that the two occupants had self-extricated. The MVA was actually just over the town line in Southbury, and Southbury Fire was on scene. Sandy Hook firefighters handled patient care for the two occupants of one vehicle while EMTs from Southbury EMS took care of the patient in a second vehicle. Once all patients were transported to the hospital, Sandy Hook Fire cleared the scene and Southbury Fire waited for the vehicles to be removed.

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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New Britain House Fire Displaces Over a Dozen Residents New Britain, CT - A fire at 39 South Whiting Street displaced around 17 residents on June 24th. The second-alarm fire was called in around 8:15 P.M., and was brought under control about two hours later. The West Hartford

JUMP TO FILE #062519109 and Hartford Fire Departments provided station coverage during the incident.

There were no reported injuries and the cause is under investigation. - MICHAEL CARENZA JR

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Simsbury Firefighters Rescue Fallen Hiker on Talcott Mountain Simsbury, CT - On June 12th, the Simsbury Volunteer Fire Company was dispatched to Talcott Mountain for a hiker over the cliff. Companies responded and conducted a high-angle rescue, rappelling over 100-feet to reach the victim that had fallen. A LIFE STAR helicopter was requested to the scene to fly the patient to Hartford. Pictured are firefighters returning to the command post on a UTV.

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Mom’s Lecturing Pays Off After Son Rescues Friend from Drowning

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Smart Power Systems

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Utility Communications

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Water Rescue

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New Britain Crews Hold Fire to One Apartment New Britain, CT - New Britain firefighters arrived at 57-59 Walnut Street on the morning of July 3rd to find fire blowing out of a third floor window on the top of a three-story apartment building. Firefighters' quick actions held the fire to the one apartment, bringing it under control after about 20 minutes. One resident received minor injuries. The cause is under investigation.

Duluth, MN - All the years of telling my son "everything that can go wrong will, so be prepared," recently paid off. I stopped by his house as he was leaving with friends on June 27th to go cliff diving. I gave him a hug, and normally I would give a short lecture but I didn’t this time. I knew that I have instilled in him to have fun and live life, but to always be cautious and prepared. My normal lecture goes something like "don’t drown please, it would be bad for business!". All joking aside, what happened that day is something he will never forget. My son called me and said, "Mom, I just saved my friend's life in 200 feet of water! Everyone was cliff jumping so I stayed in the water so that if something happened to anyone I would be close by." When his friend jumped and attempted a double, he opened up

JUMP TO FILE #070119112 late and knocked himself out. Brody Fleming was just a few feet away. Realizing immediately that there was a problem, he dove under, grabbed his friend and got his head above water. He then found out that his instincts were right and his friend had completely passed out. The friend eventually came to and would make a full recovery. Had Brody been even just a few feet further away, his unconscious friend would have sank straight to the bottom. I am so proud of Brody for not just being in the right place at the right time, but for purposely putting himself there! - CONNIE SYLVESTER

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Arkansas: Michael Watkins, 75 Rank: Driver/Engineer Incident Date: April 21, 2019 Death Date: April 24, 2019 Fire Department: Northeast Lakeside Fire Department Initial Summary: On April 21, 2019, Driver/Engineer Michael Watkins was responding to a brush fire when he suffered a heart attack. He was immediately taken to the hospital where he passed away on April 24, 2019. Florida: Brad Gregrich, 30 Rank: Firefighter/EMT Incident Date: April 14, 2019 Death Date: April 27, 2019 Fire Department: Desoto County Fire Rescue Initial Summary: On April 14, 2019, while on-duty at the fire station, Firefighter/EMT Brad Gregrich complained to his co-worker that he wasn’t feeling well, with a headache and feeling tired. The next morning, returning home after his shift, Firefighter/EMT Gregrich was still ill. His wife transported him to the hospital. The hospital then released him after an evaluation. He returned home but became unresponsive and 9-1-1 was called. He was rushed back to the hospital where he suffered a major stroke and never regained consciousness. He passed away at the hospital on Saturday, April 27, 2019.

Illinois: Kody Vanfossan, 24 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: May 5, 2019 Death Date: May 5, 2019 Fire Department: Christopher Fire Department Initial Summary: Firefighter Kody Vanfossan responded to a multi-alarm two-story vacant structure fire in Christopher, Illinois. Upon arrival, heavy smoke could be seen coming out of the top floor of the structure. Vanfossan, along with a second firefighter, began an interior attack on the fire. An additional firefighter later called for the two firefighters to exit the building. As the two firefighters started down steps in the rear of the building, the steps collapsed. While the second firefighter was able to make it out of the building, a Mayday was issued for Vanfossan. Vanfossan was recovered

from the building and placed into an ambulance where he was pronounced deceased. Investigation into the incident continues. Wisconsin: Mitchell F. Lundgaard, 36 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: May 15, 2019 Death Date: May 15, 2019 Fire Department: Appleton Fire Department Initial Summary: On May 15, 2019, firefighters from the Appleton Fire Department, the Appleton Police Department, and the Gold Cross Ambulance Crew, responded to a medical emergency at the Valley Transit Center in downtown Appleton, WI. While treating the patient, the situation escalated into shots being fired, striking Firefighter Lundgaard, a police officer, and a bystander. Aid was immediately rendered to Firefighter Lundgaard and he was rushed to the ThedaCare Regional Medical Center in Appleton, WI. Despite all lifesaving efforts, Lundgaard passed away from the injuries he sustained from the shooting. Investigation into the incident continues.

Pennsylvania:William Norman Franck, 81 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: May 12, 2019 Death Date: May 12, 2019 Fire Department: Willow Street Fire Company Initial Summary: On May 12, 2019, Firefighter William N. Franck was performing scene safety at a motor vehicle accident. While at the accident, he suffered a CVA. He was immediately taken to Penn Medicine Lancaster General Hospital in Lancaster, PA, where he passed away a short time later.


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East Great Plains FF Parker trains Engine 52's monitor towards the fire.

Heavy Fire Destroys Barn in Rural Norwich Area Norwich, CT - At 6:39 A.M. on June 21st, the East Great Plains Fire Department in Norwich was dispatched for a barn fire at 202 North Wauwecaus Hill Road. EGP Chief Car-5 and Ladder-5 arrived to find a 30' x 90' barn fully involved. The barn, located about 500feet down a narrow driveway, was set in a very rural area of Norwich with the closest water supply over two-miles away on Rt-82. Because a local pond about one-mile away

JUMP TO FILE #061719100 was not accessible due to low water levels for maintenance, a Tanker Strike team was activated, bringing in numerous tankers. The barn was a complete loss and the cause of the fire is under investigation.

Dump Truck Vs. Car in Newtown Requires Extrication

Newtown, CT - On Thursday, June 20th, Hawleyville Fire, Newtown Hook & Ladder and Sandy Hook Fire & Rescue Co.'s were dispatched at 7:48 A.M. to a two-vehicle MVA requiring extrication, per PD on scene. Sandy Hook Rescue 444 and crew were first to arrive on scene and went to work providing patient care and starting the extrication. Hook & Ladder Rescue 113 arrived next on scene and firefighters worked together to safely remove the patient from the vehicle. The patient was then turned over to Newtown EMS for care and transport. Sandy Hook and Hook & Ladder cleared the scene shortly after while Hawleyville stayed for fluids cleanup.

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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The North Thompsonville Fire Department, located in Enfield, operates this 2017 Pierce Velocity 105' Tower Ladder as Truck 41. It has a 2000-GPM pump with 200-gallon booster tank.


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Summertime and the living’s easy...so is the cooking! FORK & HOSE CO. a Food Blog by A.J. Fusco

FRANKLIN FIRE

The van sustained heavy damage after colliding with the logging truck.

Driver of Van Dies After Colliding with Logging Truck in Franklin Franklin, CT - At 3:30 P.M. on Friday, June 30th, the Franklin Fire Department with an American Paramedic were dispatched to Route 32 near Thompson Road for a car versus tractor-trailer with rollover. While responding, Bozrah Engine 126 and Yantic Engine 33, as well as Lebanon’s Ambulance were added due to the reports being received by WW Dispatch. Franklin Rescue 125 arrived on scene to find an unconscious male trapped in a van that had collided with a logging truck. The driver of the logging truck was able to climb out of the truck, which was resting on its passen-

JUMP TO FILE #070319124 ger’s side in the wood line. Rescue 125 shut the road down and performed a rapid extrication of the driver from the van. Franklin and American worked together performing CPR on the elderly male, but were unable to resuscitate him. Bozrah’s engine provided scene support while the Yantic and Lebanon assignment were diverted to a second accident on Route 32 involving a car and dump truck. - RYAN FLAHERTY

The heat of the summer begs for easy, quick, no-cook recipes. With this time of year we also get to enjoy the bounty of fruits, vegetables and herbs that thrive in the July and August months. My absolute favorite is the tomato, when they smell and taste like a tomato is supposed to. Nothing irks me

more than seeing those dull pink “tomatoes” that seem to be in season all year round on the shelves in the supermarket and taste no better than a piece of plastic. If you can’t get your hands on garden-fresh produce, look for brightly colored tomatoes that smell ripe. I like cherry tomatoes for this recipe in particular because their size makes them perfect for either garnish or as a salad on their own. Cherry tomatoes are also usually very sweet, which is balanced out by the acidity of the lime and heat of the jalapeno. After buying the tomatoes, I do not like to put them in the fridge

because I feel like it alters their texture and doesn’t allow them to ripen further. Instead, I prefer to leave them on the counter top, in a brown bag if possible. And when cutting any tomatoes, it's best to use a serrated knife. These cut through them much better without crushing them, which typically happens with a regular knife, especially a dull one. This quick recipe is perfect to put over grilled steak, use as a taco topping, add to a salad or toss with some pasta for an easy no-cook pasta “sauce”. Just make sure to buy the best produce you can, or better yet, grow your own!

CHERRY TOMATO - CILANTRO SALAD

4 Servings (if used as topping) Ingredients:

16 oz. Package of Cherry Tomatoes ½ White Onion, finely diced 1 Jalapeno, seeded and finely diced (if you prefer extra spice, leave the seeds in) 1 Lime, zest and juice Small Bunch of Fresh Cilantro, chopped Salt, to taste Procedure:

-Put the diced onion in a small bowl, cover with cold water. Place in fridge while preparing the rest of the ingredients. This helps mellow out the astringent onion flavor. -Halve the tomatoes (serrated knife works best), combine in a bowl with jalapeno, lime zest and juice and a pinch of salt.

Toss to combine.

Season with a pinch of salt, toss to combine and taste. Adjust seasoning accordingly. AJ FUSCO

-Remove the onion from fridge and drain well. Add onion and cilantro to the bowl with tomato mixture.

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Shaker Pines FD in Enfield has purchased a 2018 Sutphen Monarch pumper that was briefly used by the manufacturer as a demonstrator. This unit has a 1500-GPM Hale Q-Max-150 single-stage pump and carries 1000-gallons of water and 30-gallons of foam. SPFD will retain the pumper previously designated "Engine 51" and use it as a spare.

CHUCK LOWE

A patient is removed from the woods.

KARIN M. HALSTEAD

Two-Car MVA in Sandy Hook Requires Low Angle Rescue Sandy Hook, CT - On the evening of Monday, June 10th, Sandy Hook firefighters were dispatched to an MVA on I-84 west in the area of Exit 11 for a car down an embankment. Rescue 444 and Engine 441 responded to the scene with crews; 2nd Assistant Chief Andy Ryan JUMP TO FILE # 061819117 was OIC. Upon arrival crews found one vehicle located on the roadway with the driver stating that she was ok. A second vehicle was then located down an embankment with two injured occupants who had self-extricated, but could not make it up the embankment. Firefighters went to work treating the two patient's injuries and packaging them to be hoisted to the roadway. Other firefighters removed the backboards, stokes baskets and ropes from the apparatus and set them up. A total of three ambulances and two paramedics were called to the scene for transport, as the driver of the other vehicle stated that she wanted to be checked out. All patients were then turned over to the care of EMS. Firefighters stayed on scene awaiting the removal of the vehi-

cles and to place speedy dry down on leaked fluids.

- KARIN HALSTEAD

CHUCK LOWE

Suffield Fire Rescue has taken delivery of a 2019 Emergency One Quest Heavy Rescue that has a 20foot, non-walk-through body. Designated Rescue 1, it replaces a smaller Pierce Dash that served the town for over three decades.


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Driver Crashes Through Sandy Hook Home After Suffering Medical Incident Sandy Hook, CT - At 9:22 A.M. on Friday, June 21st, Sandy Hook firefighters and Newtown Ambulance were dispatched to Cherry Street for a car into a home with the driver needing extrication, as well as a propane tank leaking. Deputy Chief Anthony Capozziello served as OIC of the incident. Firefighters stabilized the vehicle, stretched a line, shut off the propane tank and assisted a para-

JUMP TO FILE #062119115 medic with extrication of the patient from the vehicle. It appeared that the driver suffered a medical emergency, causing the incident. There were four occupants inside the home at the time of the crash, including one adult and three children. None were hit by the car, but were knocked down by

falling debris from the walls. They were able to self-extricate and the adult was taken to the hospital for evaluation. Sandy Hook firefighters cleared the scene at 11:07 A.M. once the vehicle was removed from the home after the town building inspector inspected it and JP Maguire secured it. - KARIN HALSTEAD

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This tattoo belongs to Justin Decker. He is with Schuyler Hose Company out of Schuylerville, NY and has been with the company for three years. Firefighter (#107) Decker's tattoo portrays a set of irons - a perfect set of firefighting tools!

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In February, two new probationary firefighters began their career with the Norwich FD by attending a 15 week recruit class at the Connecticut Fire Academy in Windsor Locks; 37 students graduated the program on May 23rd. On Friday, May 24th, Firefighters Arthur Muench and Glenn Maiorano were sworn into the Norwich FD with a ceremony held at headquarters. Both firemen had their badges pinned by their wives and then City Clerk Betsy Barrett administered the oath. FF Muench is assigned to one shift under the supervision of Captain Curtin while FF Maiorano is assigned to three shift with Captain Suplita. Pictured is City Clerk Betsy Barrett swearing in FF Glenn Maiorano.


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Orange Firefighters Discuss Living Safely with Older Adults Orange, CT – About 15 adults at the Orange Senior Center listened raptly as an Orange firefighter told them they were twice as likely as the general population to be killed or injured by fire, and then dis- JUMP TO FILE# cussed ways to 061419111 avoid becoming part of those statistics. Doug Fenichel, a firefighter with the Orange Vol. Fire Department, was joined on June 14th by James Vincent, deputy fire marshal, Orange Fire Marshal’s office. In a program called “Retire Fire,” the pair covered smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, cooking and home fire sprinklers. “Statistics tell us that adults over 65 are 2.7 times more likely to die from a fire than the total population,” said Orange Fire Chief Vaughan Dumas. “In 2015, older adults represented only 15 percent of the country’s population, but suffered 40 percent of all fire deaths. While we still love to

teach kids about fire safety, this is a population that is growing every year and merits special attention from the fire service.” Using slides and props, Fenichel covered some basic tips on fire safety, and then homed in on fire alarms, cooking and sprinklers. Vincent joined in the discussion, elaborating on many of the points. The pair reminded the residents not to move or disable smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. They discussed maintenance of the alarms, including changing batteries when clocks are changed and knowing when a detector has reached the end of its life. Cooking is an obvious source of fire danger, Fenichel told the group. Unattended cooking is the leading cause of kitchen fires and related injuries. He warned against wearing loose clothing because sleeves can touch burners and light up instantly. Clothing accounted for 18 percent of cooking fire deaths. He offered other safety tips, such as making sure handles are pointed toward the back of the

range, not leaning over a hot burner, and turning the stove off when cooking is through. The pair showed the residents how to put out a pan fire with a lid or cookie sheet, but warned them that anything bigger should be handled by the fire department. And they warned against leaving the stove unattended, even for a minute. The one-hour talk also discussed getting out of a home in case of a fire. That’s of special concern in a population where residents may need mobility assistance or help staying oriented to the situation. Vincent also gave a quick lesson on using fire extinguishers, including where to keep an extinguisher and how to care for it. Fenichel showed a dramatic video demonstrating the impact sprinklers can have on a fire in a home. He acknowledged that many residents who live in their own homes probably don’t have sprinklers, but he said the video also demonstrated how quickly smoke detectors activate and how rapidly fire spreads. “This is why we tell you to get out and call us,” said Fenichel.

“Fire spreads exponentially. We have the tools and the training to find and extinguish the fire.” Residents asked numerous questions about escape routes, smoke detectors and other issues of concern to them. “Responding to fires isn’t the only way we can help our neighbors stay safe,” said Dumas. “Education is a powerful tool to help

people avoid emergencies that can threaten lives and property.” The Fire Department and the Fire Marshal’s Office offer public education programs for various audiences. Firefighters can also welcome groups to the fire station with advanced notice. ORANGE VOL. FD

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Second-Alarm Fire Damages New Britain Home New Britain, CT - On June 15th around 6:30 P.M., firefighters arrived at 21 Wallace Street with heavy fire shooting out of the front second-floor windows and spreading up to the thirdfloor of a three-story, wood-frame house. A second-alarm was called in shortly after. JUMP TO FILE# Interior crews 061719100 would soon be pulled out and defensive operations were set up. A house at 17 Wallace Street received some exterior heat damage, but no injuries to firefighters or residents was reported. The fire is under investigation, but does not appear to be suspicious. - MICHAEL CARENZA JR

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Engine 13 in Kennebunkport operates a 1989 Emergency One Cyclone pumper that carries 3500-feet of large diameter hose. It has a 1500-GPM pump with 500-gallons of water on board.

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The Frye Island, ME FD still runs this immaculate 1969 International/Howe Tanker. The truck was acquired by Frye Island in 1998 from the neighboring town of Raymond and is equipped with a 1000-gallon pump, 2000-gallon tank, and a Caterpillar Engine. Back when it was delivered the truck had a gas engine and a 5 Speed, but was underpowered, so it was rehabbed with a Caterpillar Engine and an Allison Automatic. The Department hopes this truck will continue to serve for years to come! JACK STAWASZ

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The first-ever 911 call in the United States happened on February 16, 1968, in Haleyville, Alabama. It wasn’t until 1999 that Congress directed the FCC to make 911 the universal emergency number for the United States for all telephone services.

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DEPARTMENT PROFILE

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Arundel, Maine is a land-locked coastal town between Kennebunkport and Biddeford. It's 24-squaremiles in size and mostly residential. The combination Fire & EMS department that protects the town operates out of a single station with two members working around the clock. At least one paramedic firefighter is scheduled at all times.

AFD operates a fleet of two engines, one tanker, a forestry unit and an ALS ambulance. The oldest unit in the department, Engine 301, is a 1991 International/E-One 1250-GPM pumper with a 1000gallon tank. It's the last of the yellow apparatus in Arundel. This pumper will soon be replaced by a Ferrara engine that was recently ordered.

The two other suppression units are also on International chassis with body work by Emergency One. Engine 303 is a 2001 S-4900 model with a 1250 pump, 1000-gallon tank and 40-gallons of foam. Tanker 1 runs a 2006 IHC 4400 that hauls 1800-gallons with a 500-GPM pump. The department is considering replacing both of these vehicles with a new pumper tanker in the future.

Rounding out the fleet is a 2017 Ford F450 brush unit, designated Forestry 302. The body of this unit was built locally with CET components. Ambulance 300 is a 2015 Ford F-450 4x4/Demers MXP-170 ambulance.

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Arundel Engine 301

Arundel Forestry 302

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Arundel Engine 303

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Arundel Tanker 312

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Arundel Ambulance 300

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VEHICLE NEWS

B SPRAGUE

2019 Hand Tub Muster Held in Bath

Bath, ME - The very first Hand Tub Muster was held in Bath back in 1849, and the event has been going strong every year since. This year's Muster was held on July 6th with seven teams participating, going for points with class 'A' and class 'B' tubs. The hand tubs have 15 minutes from the time they set on the block to pump as many or as few times as the foreman calls for. The hand tubs must be off the blocks within 15 minutes or the team loses their last pump. Both the 'A' and 'B' teams from Bath took home 1st place in their class. A great day filled with fun was had by all!

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Casco Fire/Rescue has placed this 2018 Ford F550 XTL/Horton Ambulance into service as A-1.

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Raymond Fire has taken delivery of a Metalfab 3000-gallon tanker built on a 2018 Freightliner M2-112 chassis. Tank 2 has a 1500-GPM pump with jet dumps on both sides and the rear. It replaces a 1996 Freightliner that was built by Fouts.

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This patch belongs to the Fryeburg Fire Department, located in Oxford County, ME.

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Old Orchard Beach Surf Rescue 79 is a 2018 Chevy Silverado that's operated by the Life Guard Division of OOBFD.


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Passerby Rescues Wheelchair-Bound Man from House Fire in Franklin Franklin, VT - On June 26th, a passerby on Main Street in Franklin noticed a house on fire and quickly alerted the Franklin Fire Department. Before firefighters arrived, the passerby got help and rescued a wheelchair-bound man from the burn- JUMP TO FILE# ing structure. 070119114 Franklin Fire Department along with First Response and Enosburg Ambulance Service, and mutual aid from Highate and Enosburg Fire Departments responded to the house fire, which was located about a quarter of a mile from the Franklin Fire Station. Crews on scene were hampered by a venting propane tank, but were able to quickly bring the fire under control. The house was considered a total loss. There were no reported injuries and the cause of the fire is under investigation. - GREG RAMSDELL

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Double Wide Trailer in Brandon Destroyed by Fire Brandon, VT - On July 2nd at about 9:00 A.M., the Brandon Fire Department was summoned to a structure fire at 38 Newton Road. Upon arrival they found a double wide trailer almost fully engulfed in flames. Initial reports stated that people JUMP TO FILE# were trapped in the 071119103 building, but during the initial attack and primary search, the department was told that the family was out of town on a Make-A-Wish trip. The fire was brought under control within 45 minutes, but firefighters spent several additional hours putting out hot spots. The Vermont State Police fire investigator said that the cause was undetermined but not considered suspicious. It is believed that the fire started in a back bedroom where an air conditioner was located, but the fire left little evidence to fully determine the cause. The home is considered a total loss. The Brandon Fire Department was assisted on the scene by the Pittsford and Salisbury Fire Departments, and the Proctor Fire Department relocated to the Brandon fire station for coverage. - DENNIS REISENWEAVER

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THEN & NOW

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The West Springfield FD owns and maintains former Pumper 2, a 1949 Mack L 750-GPM pump that carried just 350-gallons of water. This classic is stored at Station 2 along with the company's current apparatus, a 2017 Pierce Enforcer 1500-GPM pumper that has a 750-gallon tank.

Old WSFD Pumper 2

Current WSFD Engine 2

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Dive Team Responds for Car Submerged in Rockland Pond

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Rockland, MA - Shortly after 7:00 A.M. on the morning of Tuesday, July 2nd, the Rockland Fire Department responded to the area of 80 Market Street, at Reed's Pond, for the report of a vehicle in the water. Companies arrived to find a car completely submerged in the water. Witnesses reported that a man had pushed the vehicle into the pond, and then walked away. A limited response of the Plymouth County Technical Rescue

JUMP TO FILE #071119100 Dive Team was called in to search the vehicle for any possible victims and to assist with the recovery of the car. Divers entered the water and were able to quickly clear the vehicle, not finding anything inside. The car was secured to a recovery vehicle and removed from the water. Divers remained on-scene

for approximately three hours while they conducted the dive operation and then decontaminated their diving equipment. The person who reportedly pushed the vehicle into the water was later found on Plain Street by police, where he was transported to a local medical facility for a mental health evaluation. No injuries were reported. - PAT TRAVERS

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

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Falmouth Crews Respond to Head-On Crash Falmouth, MA - On the night of July 2nd, Falmouth 911 dispatchers received a call for a head-on car accident at Route 28 and Martin Street. Falmouth Engine 20 and Ambulance 36 responded. One person was transported to Falmouth Hospital with unknown injuries.

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Lexington FD Promotes Three, Hires One

Lexington, MA - On Monday, June 17th, the Lexington FD held a promotional ceremony for three members and a swearing in ceremony for a new firefighter at town hall. Matthew Happel was sworn in as Lexington’s newest Firefighter/Paramedic. Firefighter Adam Hubbard was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant; Lieutenant Guy Monaco was promoted to the rank of Captain/Shift Commander; and Captain Timothy Flaherty was promoted to Assistant Chief of Operations. Pictured (L to R): Asst. Chief Timothy Flaherty, Capt. Guy Monaco, Lt. Adam Hubbard and Probationary FF Matthew Happel with Chief Derek Sencabaugh.

Members become enveloped in smoke while waiting for water.

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Fire Destroys Lawrence Three Decker Lawrence, MA - On June 22nd, the Lawrence Fire Department was called to a fire in a three-story, wood-frame building at 268 Lawrence Street. Upon arrival they encountered heavy fire on the rear porches that quickly extended into the cockloft. Members on the first-alarm made an aggressive interior attack, but were removed when the stabil-

JUMP TO FILE #062219104 ity of the structure became a concern. The fire went to three alarms as members worked to overcome the wind, a brief hail storm, and a car blocking the closest hydrant. Mutual aid from neighboring towns assisted in bringing the fire

under control. Despite these efforts, the structure was deemed a total loss and it will be torn down. A similar building on the 'Delta' side suffered exterior damage, but firefighters prevented fire from entering that building. - CHUCK LOWE

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Fallen Firefighters Remembered at Memorial in Fall River Fall River, MA - On Sunday, June 9th, fire department personnel gathered at the Firefighters Memorial in Kennedy Park to remember fallen firefighters from the Fall River FD. Dozens of firefighters along with their families attended the service, which was hosted by the Firefighters Association President, CJ Ponte. Chief of Department John Lynch welcomed guests and Father Michael Racine offered prayers before the names of the department's line-of-duty deaths as well as recent deceased retirees were read allowed while a bell was rung. The American Flag at the memorial was then lowered to half-staff. After the brief ceremony, those in attendance gathered at a local restaurant for breakfast.

Neighbors join firefighters to help lift a car that was obstructing a hydrant.

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Medflight Required for Man Burned by Propane Grill in Whitman Whitman, MA - Around 6:45 P.M. on the afternoon of Wednesday, July 3rd, the Whitman Fire Department responded to 246 School Street for the report of a person who was burned while using a propane grill. Engine-243, Ambulance-249 and Car-3 JUMP TO FILE# responded. 071119101 Companies arrived to find a 35year-old male victim with first and second degree burns, which were suffered reportedly after he disconnected a propane tank from the grill while it was still ignited, causing a flash fire. Boston MedFlight was requested and responded to the Memorial Field landing zone on Essex Street. The victim was transported to the Brigham and Women's Hospital with serious, but non-lifethreatening injuries. - PAT TRAVERS

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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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Hubbardson acquired a 2004 Stewart & Stevenson 6x6 from the military and converted it in to a brush unit. There will be some minor modifications, including the addition of cross-layed, dead load, but Truck 4 is in full service and ready to take on the forest. HFD outfitted the unit with an 800-gallon water tank along with a 10-gallon glass A foam bladder. It pumps at 250-GPM.

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Jaws Used to Extricate Victim from Rollover in Whitman Whitman, MA - Around 5:00 P.M. on the evening of Monday, June 24th, the Whitman Fire Department responded to the area of South Avenue and Franklin Street for reports of an accident involving one car. Companies arrived to find a car on its side in the front yard of 542 South Avenue. Firefighters attempted to extricate the victim, who was talking with paramedics through the wind-

JUMP TO FILE #062419102 shield initially, but were unable to get the victim freed from the vehicle. Firefighters then began rolling back the roof with a hydraulic cutter and other hand tools. A box was struck for manpower as firefighters worked to free the trapped victim. After approximately

15 minutes the victim was pulled from the car and brought to an awaiting ambulance. Whitman firefighters transported the victim to South Shore Hospital, with a trauma alert. Companies remained on scene until the vehicle was righted. The cause of the single-vehicle accident is being investigated by the police. - PAT TRAVERS

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Ladder 19, serving the south section of Boston, operates this 2016 E-One Cyclone II Metro 100' RMA.

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Engine 6 in Cambridge operates this 2017 Pierce Saber PUC 1250/500/200F.

Whitman FFs Scott Figgins and Russ Lucas work to peel the roof back.

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Mattapan Blaze Strikes 7 Houses, Hits 9 Alarms Boston, MA - On June 15th, Boston Fire Alarm struck a box for a building fire on Old Morton Street in the Mattapan section of the city. Car 8 arrived and reported smoke and fire showing from a vacant multi-story structure and quickly struck the JUMP TO FILE# second and third 061619104 alarms. The tightly settled neighborhood made protecting exposures an issue. Command reported that fire was spreading to other occupied buildings and ordered evacuations of the immediate area. Wind didn't help matters either, as firefighters fighting defensively struggled to keep the fire from spreading. The fourth through ninth alarms were struck over the next hour, with additional units being called in. Seven buildings were involved in total and crews remained on scene overnight for fire watch. Area towns and cities covered Boston firehouses while companies operated on scene. - SEAN FESKO

Boston firefighters operate at one-of-seven buildings on fire in Mattapan.

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Defective Flue Possible Cause of House Fire in Fall River

Fall River, MA - Firefighters responded to 238 Mulberry Street on June 9th for the report of black smoke pouring from a wall outlet. Command arrived on scene and called for a thermal imaging camera while the leader lines were stretched to the building. Crews found smoke in the basement and first floor and brought in smoke ejectors to clear the house. Command radioed in that he would hold existing companies for approximately 40 minutes.

Lawrence FF Adam Marino's sons came to see him in action at a recent structure fire.

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MEMORIES

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Holyoke once operated this 1972 Maxim-S 100' tractor-drawn truck. The department no longer uses tillered apparatus.

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Firefighters bring the victim to an awaiting ambulance as fire shoots from the roof.

Man Rescued from Two-Alarm Fire in Abington Abington, MA - Around 9:45 P.M. on the evening of Tuesday, June 18th, the Abington Fire Department responded to the area of 1060 Plymouth Street (Route-58) for a reported house fire. Companies arrived to find heavy smoke showing from an occupied two-story, wood-framed dwelling. As firefighters approached the scene, they were informed of a resident still inside the house. Companies immediately struck a secondalarm. An unconscious, 57-year-old male resident was pulled from the vicinity of the fire by a neighbor, Kurt Knepshield, and Abington Police Officer Shawn Kelly. With as-

JUMP TO FILE #062419101 sistance from Abington Police Sergeant Mark Kilgour, the victim was pulled from the house and a Whitman Ambulance was requested immediately to the scene. Firefighters initiated lifesaving efforts to the unconscious victim and quickly rushed the patient to an awaiting ambulance. Boston MedFlight was requested, but was unavailable due to weather. The Whitman Ambulance transported the patient to Massachusetts General Hospital with paramedics onboard from Whitman, Rockland and

Abington. While lifesaving efforts were ongoing with the patient, firefighters continued to battle the blaze that was on the second floor. The fire was knocked down shortly after and contained to the second floor and attic area of the home. The cause of the fire was determined to be electrical in nature after an investigation by the Massachusetts State Fire Marshal's Office. No other injuries were reported. Mutual aid companies from Whitman, Rockland, Holbrook, Weymouth, East Bridgewater, Norwell and Hanson assisted during the incident. - PAT TRAVERS

COMMAND VEHICLES

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Weymouth utilizes this 2014 Ford F-250 as Car 2, the shift commander's vehicle.

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HARWICH FD

(L to R): Chief Norman Clarke Jr, FF Williams, FF Ferro and Deputy Chief David LeBlanc.

Harwich FD Holds SwearingIn Ceremony Harwich, MA - The Harwich FD officially welcomed two new firefighters to the ranks at a swearing in ceremony held on July 1st at fire headquarters on Sisson Road. Provisional Firefighters Robert Williams and Brandon Ferro were sworn in as Probationary Firefighters in front of a crowd of fellow firefighters, police officers, town officials, family and friends. “What a privilege, what a tremendous sense of pride and accomplishment to say, 'we serve the people'." With this statement, Chief Norman Clarke welcomed the two new firefighters to the Harwich FD in his opening remarks. Clarke, a 41-year veteran of the Department, told the assembled audience about how the bonds created with fellow firefighters will help them through the good and bad times. In addition to swearing in Williams and Ferro, Firefighters

JUMP TO FILE #070219106 Timothy Drukenbrod and James Sandino were presented with their permanent helmet shields, an indication that they have successfully completed their probationary year as firefighters. Probationary firefighters are issued a black helmet front with an orange insert. This makes it easy to identify them at fire scenes, so that more senior firefighters can keep an eye on them. Once off probation, they are issued a black helmet shield with their company identification on it. Immediately following the ceremony there was a small gathering with refreshments provided by the Harwich Fire Association.

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Boston House Fire Leaves Four Displaced

Boston, MA - On June 7th, Boston Fire Alarm struck a box after receiving multiple calls reporting a fire on Cummins Highway in the Mattapan neighborhood of the city. Engine 52 and Ladder 29 arrived on scene and reported fire showing from a two-story addition, and the working fire assignment was dispatched. The heavy fire was knocked down within 15 minutes, but companies remained on scene for an additional hour conducting overhaul. Four residents were displaced from the fire.

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- HARWICH FD

ANTIQUE APPARATUS

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Wilmington Ladder 1 operated with this 1959 Maxim 75' mid-mount ladder. This truck is now privately owned by a collector in the area. CHUCK LOWE

Shrewsbury in Worcester County has acquired a 2005 Ford F350 4x4 built by Fire One. This apparatus saw prior duty in nearby Northborough as Forestry 2. It has a 300-GPM pump with 150-gallon water tank.


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eLEND joins Heroes Mortgage Program to offer down payment assistance for heroes

For many Americans, funding the down payment necessary to realize a dream of home ownership simply is not possible; and squirreling away the dollars to do so on a limited budget could mean several years of renting and waiting to buy a house. In some cases, first responders and other community service employees have trouble affording homes in the areas where they work. With a purchase as big as buying a home, a little help can go a long way. The Advantage Program, introduced to the Heroes Mortgage platform by eLEND, helps hometown heroes like police officers, volunteer and paid firefighters, EMS workers, medical professionals and educators purchase a home within the community where they work, even in high-cost areas. The unique down payment assistance program was specifically designed for those who make a difference in other people’s lives, as well as first time home buyers. “The Heroes Mortgage platform helps connect members of the emergency services community with lenders that are specifically interested in working with them,” said Joseph P. Belsito, publisher of 1st Responder Newspaper. “The Advantage Program created by eLEND is exactly what makes the Heroes Mortgage Pro-

“We’re excited to introduce our Advantage Program to the Heroes Mortgage platform. It’s our way of trying to help hometown heroes advance their dreams of home ownership.”

- BILL PACKER Executive Vice President eLEND

gram a valuable resource for heroes in our community looking for home financing.” Grant provides help to homebuyers Many buyers wait patiently on the sidelines, saving money and watching interest rates rise. Unlike many other home buying assistance programs, eLEND’s Advantage Program provides a grant for the down pay-

ment. These resources can immediately build a borrower’s buying power, helping them act on a purchase more quickly for either that first home, or a move-up home as the family has grown and needs more space. Qualified buyers can receive grants up to 2% of the purchase price, minimizing the

down payment dollars needed at closing. The grant is “forgivable” so it doesn’t have to be paid back, and there are no resale or borrower repayment restrictions. In the state of Wisconsin, appraisal cost (up to $700) is credited back at closing. This program is not yet available in Hawaii or Washington. To qualify, a borrower need only meet one of the following very flexible requirements: a current, retired, volunteer or professional first responder (police officer, firefighter, paramedic, emergency medical technician, etc.), educator, medical personnel, civil servant or military personnel, or a first-time homebuyer or meet certain income requirements. “We’re excited to introduce our Advantage Program to the Heroes Mortgage platform,” said Bill Packer, executive vice president of eLEND, a division of American Financial Resources, Inc. “It’s our way of trying to help hometown heroes advance their dreams of home ownership.” For more information or to check your eligibility for The Advantage Program, visit www.heroesmortgage.com/AdvantageProgram or call 877-541-HERO.

For more information or to check your eligibility for The Advantage Program, visit www.heroesmortgage.com/AdvantageProgram or call 877-541-HERO.


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K. LEGER

Fall River Fire Museum Holds 11th Annual Fire Truck Show Family Friend Alerts Residents Crews overhaul the garage and check for extension with a TIC.

Fall River, MA - On Sunday, June 23rd, under beautiful blue skies, the Fall River Fire Museum held their 11th annual fire truck show. Dozens of adults and children that attended were treated to displays of antique and modern fire apparatus, as well as tours of the Fire Prevention Bureau's fire safety house. Children were also given an opportunity to try their hand at a firefighter combat challenge course. Pumps were flowing water and aerial master streams were in operation during the day. Heavy Rescue

JUMP TO FILE #062419100 1 arrived to perform a mock extrication on an overturned SUV and went about stabilizing the vehicle, removing the windshield and roof. Smokey the Bear and Sparky the Fire Dog arrived to meet with children and pose for photographs. Numerous vendors were set up to display their wares, and a large food concession was busy all day. - KENNETH LEGER

KEVIN MOSIO

in Templeton to Garage Fire Templeton, MA - On Sunday, June 9th just after noon time, the Templeton 911 center received calls reporting a garage fire at an address on Barre Road. Prior to firefighters' arrival the homeowner had hit the fire with a garden hose, knocking it down almost completely. The residents of the home were

JUMP TO FILE #061019125 inside prepping food for their daughter's birthday party when the fire started. A family friend arrived at the house to help set up for the party when she stumbled upon the

flames. She immediately called 911 while also notifying the family. Firefighters ventilated smoke from the upstairs bedrooms before clearing the scene. Some moderate damage occurred in the garage, but no one was hurt and the birthday party continued as scheduled. - KEVIN MOSIO

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Mill Building Burns in Lowell

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Mashpee Forestry 357 is a 2015 Ford F-550 4x4 built by BFX Fire Apparatus. It carries 313-gallons of water and 7-gallons of class A foam. The pump is rated at 135-GPM.

Lowell, MA - On June 14th, Lowell Fire was dispatched to a reported building fire on Tanner Street. While en route companies were advised that there was heavy smoke and fire showing, which was confirmed upon Engine 2's arrival. A second-alarm was quickly struck, bringing mutual aid into the city. Due to the size of the building, (a three-story brick mill with many boardedup windows), additional manpower was requested to the scene. Companies fought the fire defensively and had it under control in about one hour.


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Vehicle News

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Becket Ambulance Dept. has placed a 2019 Ford F-550 Lenox has placed a 2018 Seagrave Marauder II 1500- West Boylston placed a 2019 Emergency One Typhoon 4x4/Lifeline blue Ambulance with white roof into service GPM pumper into service at the "New Lenox" Station. It 1500-GPM pumper into service as Engine 3. It carries as BAD-250. 750-gallons of water and 30-gallons of class A foam. carries 750-gallons of water.

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Becket has taken delivery of a 1000-GPM Mini Pumper, built by Dependable Emergency Vehicles in Canada. Rescue 6 has a 300-gallon poly tank and Foam Logix 2.1A system.

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Southbridge's new Rescue 1, built by Marion on a 2018 Spartan Metro Star chassis, features a non-walk-thru 15foot body, notched roof walkway, access ladder in the rear, and on-board PTO generator and CAFS system.

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Ludlow FD members recently completed in-house construction of their new brush truck, designated Forestry 2. It's built on a 2017 Ford F450 with a 100-GPM pump, 300-gallon water tank and class A foam system.


Connecting in a Crisis Chaplain’s Corner

Pastor Fernando Villicana

We are all appalled whenever we respond to, or hear about another active shooter incident. Many of these incidents seem to take place at our schools. But what happens once a first responder leaves the scene? The crisis continues on in our hearts and minds. Those who have had loved ones lost or injured during a disaster have to deal with the lingering effect, sometimes for years to come. Critical Incident Stress Management becomes a necessary journey for those who respond to emergencies day in and day out. It has been determined that first responders experience a cumulative affect over time. When everything is up in the air, when it’s all in crisis and chaos, what can good people do? “When the foundations are being destroyed what can the righteous do?” (Psalm 11:3) If you were to ask God that question He would say two words: “Worship Me” (Focus on Me). The Bible says in 1 Chronicles 16:11 (TEV) “Go to the Lord for help and worship Him.” It is in the crisis, in the chaos, in the confusion, when we feel crushed that we need most to focus on God. But how do you do that? How do you worship God in a tragedy? How do you keep your eyes on Jesus when they’re full of tears? How do you connect with God in a crisis? 1. TELL GOD HOW YOU FEEL. In the Bible we read that Job (who suffered so much loss) is brutally honest with God. He tells God exactly how he feels. “I can’t be quiet. I’m angry. I’m bitter and I have to speak.” (Job 7:11) God can handle your questions and your anger. “Cry out in the night. Pour out your heart like water in prayer to the Lord.” (Lamentation 2:19) After you tell God how you

feel... 2. ASK GOD FOR STRENGTH AND HELP. When your heart is breaking and when you’re confused and when you’re angry because of a tragedy, don’t turn away from God, turn toward God. “Look to the Lord for strength.” (Psalm 105:4 NIV) David said: “I can lie down and go to sleep and I can wake up again because the Lord gives me strength.” (Psalm 3:5 NCV) The first sign of stress in a tragedy is you can’t get to sleep. When you’re under stress your mind won’t stop. You can’t turn it off. You toss and turn. You can’t stop thinking about it. You grieve. You’re angry. You’re upset and you can’t get any sleep. God says, “You know why? Because you’re not trusting in My strength.” He says, “I'll give you the strength to get a good night’s rest if you’ll just trust Me.” God is waiting to strengthen you. He’s waiting to strengthen our nation as we go through these times of trouble. The third step is... 3. KEEP FOCUSED ON GOD AND HIS PROMISES. There are 6000 promises of God in this book that God says, “Here’s what I promise to you if you’ll just trust Me.” “By trusting Me, you will be unshakable and assured, deeply at peace. (Wouldn’t you like to be deeply at peace in a crisis?) In this godless world you will continue to experience difficulties. Count on it! But take heart! I have conquered the world.” (John 16: 33 Msg) There’s only one thing that will give you the stability you need to go through life and that is to be connected to the creator who made you. “Those who worship God will be encouraged.” (Psalm 69:32 TEV) 4. TURN BACK TO GOD. If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. (2 Chronicles 7:14)

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RHODE ISLAND

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

CHUCK LOWE

The Meshanticut Park Vol. Fire Department in Cranston was disbanded in 1994. They operated with a blue 1976 Hahn 1250-GPM pumper, designated Engine 7, that carried 500-gallons of water. The truck was rebuilt in 1987 after being in an accident. This unique piece of history is owned and maintained by the Cranston Volunteer Firefighters Museum at 470 Hope Road.

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DRILLS/TRAINING

NEW HAMPSHIRE

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On June 9th, the Weare and Francestown Fire-Rescue Departments participated in training provided by New England Fire Training. The main objective of the training was to build confidence in the use of self-contained breathing apparatus, an essential component of a firefighter’s personal protective equipment. Chris Grover of NE Fire Training utilizes a portable maze that replicates the challenges and obstacles firefighters frequently come across during a building fire. A major advantage of this training is the ability to conduct evolutions in a safe and controlled environment where the sole focus is on learning and reinforcing the techniques necessary to deal with these challenges. The 17 participants encountered various obstacles including narrow passages, wall breaching, wire entanglements, window enter/exit techniques, and firefighter rescue methods.

Pembroke's Tower Ladder pours water into the single-family home to knock down heavy fire.

JAY L HEATH

Pembroke Home Destroyed by Early Morning Fire PROVIDED

Pembroke, NH - An early morning fire on July 7th completely gutted a single-family home in Pembroke. Concord Fire Alarm dispatched Pembroke Fire with automatic mutual aid from Allenstown, Hooksett and Concord at 12:18 A.M. for a house fire at 419 Ross Road. Additional calls confirmed a working fire and Chief Harold Paulsen soon arrived to find the

JUMP TO FILE #070919100 whole front of the home fully involved. A second-alarm was requested by the Chief at 12:27 A.M. No one was home at the time of the fire, as the family was vacationing in Maine. "There was just a massive amount of flames," Chief Paulsen

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said, adding that the entire front of the house and the porch were ablaze on arrival. The fire was placed under control at 1:42 A.M. Crews remained on scene for several additional hours conducting extensive overhaul. The house is pretty close to a complete loss and the fire is under investigation. - JAY HEATH

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Bedford Fire Department's old Engine 3 is shown here operating at a multiple-alarm building fire on Route 101 back in 2010.


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APPARATUS IN ACTION

NEW HAMPSHIRE

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JAY L HEATH

Accidental Fire Displaces Family in Pembroke Pembroke, NH - An accidental fire that broke out on June 11th in Pembroke displaced a family and their pet cat. Concord Fire Alarm dispatched Pembroke at 6:40 A.M. with automatic mutual aid from Allenstown and Concord to 236 Pembroke Hill Road for "smoke in the attic". Arriving companies found smoke showing from the single-family cape and reported a working fire in the kitchen and garage area, with extension to the attic and roof. The fire was brought under control within one hour. The home sustained extensive smoke damage. Pictured are firefighters wetting down hot spots on the roof.

SEAN FESKO/FDNH911

Engine 5 of the Nashua Fire Rescue Department with AMR ALS-9 at the scene of a multi-vehicle accident on Amherst Street in May.

Heroes on Call VIDEO REVIEW

Video reviews by John Malecky

Heroes on Call By Monarch Films 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 $14.99 (DVD)

This DVD is about 50 minutes in length and was taken after 9/11. It visits different aspects of how 9/11 affected people in its aftermath. It covers a story of a New York City firefighter who made a heroic rescue and later had to leave the job due to an injury. He was off the job during 9/11 and suffered emotionally from not being able to respond to it. He would put on his turnouts and go down to the scene to help out with

the recoveries until the operation was terminated. Another story briefly touches on a widow of one of the firefighters, how she recalled their wedding day and remembered their good times. The Newark, NJ Fire Department is focused on and how they remember their brother’s sacrifices. It shows the NFD in action and also shows them going to schools and teaching small students about fire safety and what to do if they should be exposed to fire in their home for instance. Another story is about a volunteer ambulance corps in the borough of Queens who lost their ambulance at 9/11, but even worse, lost an 18-year-old member who was so dedicated that he joined as a junior cadet at the age of 14. This was a truly tragic story, especially as his mother tells of how much he wanted to help people. This coverage is touching. The disc that I have has a voice that is not quite lined up with the facial expressions of those being interviewed and in the beginning the reporter’s voice is muffled somewhat by the voices of those working the operation.

WEARE FD

Weare Fire Rescue Hosts Bike Rodeo Weare, NH - Weare Fire Rescue, in partnership with Weare Athletic Club and S&W Sports of Concord, hosted a Bike Rodeo on Saturday, June 22nd. This free community event provided bike safety concepts to children of all ages. Thanks to a grant supplied by the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth (CHaD) and Kohl’s Cares, multi-sport helmets and bicycle safety equipment were provided free of charge. In all, 50 children participated in the event. Pictured are Weare Fire Rescue members Amanda Charest and Jeff Mancini.


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