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Whitman, MA - At approximately 8:10 P.M. on the evening of Sunday, May 21st, the Whitman Fire Department responded to a reported building fire in the area of 81 Beal Avenue. Box-55 was struck and Engine-243, Ladder-246 and Car-3 responded. Companies arrived to find a large shed fully involved. - See full story on page 56

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PATCH OF THE MONTH

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Couple’s Home Destroyed by Wayne Structure Fire

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This patch belongs to Acton Fire Department, located in York County, Maine.

Wayne, ME - On June 2nd shortly after 6:00 P.M., Wayne Fire Department and the Lakes Region Mutual Aid group responded to North Wayne Rd. for a garage and house on fire. A Wayne couple lost their home after a fire broke out in their garage and quickly spread to their attached home. It is believed that the fire started when something went wrong while charging the

JUMP TO FILE #060517114 battery on a lawn mower. The homeowners were home when the fire started, but no one was injured. The fire department was quick to respond, but the building was fully involved when they arrived. Firefighters from Fayette, Man-

chester, Mount Vernon, Readfield, Vienna and Winthrop assisted Wayne. Firefighters remained on the scene until after 11:00 P.M., but hot spots remained. The scene was checked frequently during the night and an excavator was called in the following day to help put out the remaining hot spots. - ELAINE CHRISTOPHER


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Berwick Brings Families and First Responders Together for Public Safety Day Berwick, ME - A public event held on May 20th in Berwick brought local and state First Responder agencies and families together for a fun-filled day of live demonstrations, exploration and food. F i r e fi g h t e r s Sarah Turner and Dylan Leary, along JUMP TO FILE# with several other 053017100 members of the Volunteer Firefighters Association and full time staff, volunteered for the daylong event that was held at the Middle School on Cranberry Meadow Road. The event is now in it's third year and has been proven to be a very effective way to reach the community and grow support and appreciation for the agencies that attend, while also providing kids with a truly unique and fun experience. Event Coordinator and Firefighter Dylan Leary stated that it is important to bring the community together and give the kids a day to experience the things that they may not be able to otherwise. "The kids always love it and always have a blast at the event. Even the parents love the fact that we do something like this and appreciate the things we do throughout the year as firefighters. I like that the little things that we do always make a very good impression on everyone there," said Leary. It was all about the opportunity to interact with the agencies and get a close up experience with the equipment and tools of the trades. Every year, the ladder climb and firetruck rides are the largest attractor at the event and contribute greatly to it's continued success. Several agencies that were in attendance have returned every year and love having the community interaction as well. South Berwick Fire Department, Berwick Fire Department and P. Gagnon and Son wowed the crowds at the end of the event with a demonstration involving a liquid propane fire being extinguished by a team of firefighters while Volunteer Nick Goulet explained to the crowds how the team worked together to achieve the goal. Maine State Game Wardens and Forestry Service were on hand to chat with kids and show them the tools they use in their professions. Berwick Police Department not only let the kids climb in and out of their cruisers, they also gave rides to the little ones in their off-road ATV and got on the dunk tank to let kids have a chance at dunking them in cold water! In previous years, a big attraction has been the Helicopter Rescue Team dropping into the field for a visit. They were unable to attend this year due to an emergency, but that didn't damper a perfect day of BBQ, bounce house and first response fun! - ERIN THOMAS

Berwick FF Scott Dowler puts safety straps on a little girl for the ladder climb.

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Berwick Firefighters demonstrating how they work as a team to put out a propane fire.

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New York: William N. Tolley, 42 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: April 20, 2017 Death Date: April 20, 2017 Fire Department: Fire Department New York City Initial Summary: At 1420hrs, Firefighter William N. Tolley and members of Ladder 135, along with additional fire units, responded to a fire in a second floor apartment in a five-story apartment building at 1615 Putnam Avenue in Queens. Firefighter Tolley, who was assigned as his unit's outside ventilation firefighter, was accessing the roof of the structure when he fell five stories. Firefighter Tolley was transported to Wyckoff Heights Medical Center where he succumbed to the injuries sustained in the fall. Ohio: David Lemponen, 83 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: April 27, 2017 Death Date: April 28, 2017 Fire Department: Austinburg Volunteer Fire Department Initial Summary: Firefighter David Lemponen was directing traffic on the north side of State Route 307 at the scene of a minor motor vehicle accident when he was struck by another vehicle. Firefighter Lemponen was treated and transported by Medevac to a Cleveland hospital but succumbed to the injuries sustained when struck.

Arkansas: Doug Deckard, 51 Rank: Fire Chief Incident Date: April 30, 2017 Death Date: April 30, 2017 Fire Department: Cove Creek Pearson Fire Department Initial Summary: While outside of his vehicle checking water conditions during severe storms that were occurring throughout north-central Arkansas, Fire Chief Doug Deckard was struck by another ve-

hicle on Highway 25 just west of the Faulkner-Cleburne County line near Quitman. Fire Chief Deckard passed away a short time later from the injuries sustained when struck.

California: Jerome Boyd, 55 Rank: Battalion Chief Incident Date: April 28, 2017 Death Date: April 28, 2017 Fire Department: Los Angeles Fire Department Initial Summary: Battalion Chief Jerome Boyd suffered a medical emergency on the morning of Friday, April 28, while on-duty driving in a fire department vehicle near Downtown Los Angeles. He was transported to California Hospital Medical Center by a Los Angeles Fire Department rescue ambulance. All efforts to revive him, however, were not successful.

New Jersey: William F. Gerace, 54 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: April 10, 2017 Death Date: April 28, 2017 Fire Department: Gibbsboro Fire Company No. 1 Inc. Initial Summary: On April 10, as he was advancing hose line during mandatory live burn training, Firefighter William Gerace suffered a spiral fracture to his right fibula. On April 28, Firefighter Gerace's spouse contacted 911 from Gerace's residence as he was showing signs of severe respiratory difficulty. Upon the arrival of emergency responders, Firefighter Gerace stopped breathing and went into cardiac arrest. He was immediately transported to a local hospital with EMS performing CPR. CPR was continued at the hospital and, after approximately 20 minutes, doctors pronounced him deceased. Autopsy results showed that he suffered a pulmonary embolism, which was directly attributed to being a complication of his initial leg fracture and recovery process.


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Brotherhood Above Everything Else

RHODE ISLAND

HEALTH & FITNESS

by Robert “Pip” Piparo

COURTESY OF PORTSMOUTH FD

Car Versus Pole in Portsmouth Portsmouth, RI - On Monday night, May 22nd at 10:05 P.M., Portsmouth Fire Department received a 911 call reporting a motor vehicle accident in the area of East Main Road and Sandy Point Avenue. Portsmouth Rescue 3 and Engine 1 responded to the area just five minutes after dispatch. Upon arrival, responders found a single car that had collided with a pole. The 38-year-old female driver was found to with injuries that were considered to be non-life-threatening. Portsmouth firefighters transported the woman to Newport Hospital for further treatment. The vehicle was heavily entangled with the utility pole, so

JUMP TO FILE #061217131 National grid was summoned and arrived at 10:15 P.M. National Grid was forced to shut power down during the removal of the vehicle, effecting approximately 200 residences. Portsmouth firefighters from Engine 1 remained on scene to provide assistance with the removal of the vehicle and protection to those working the scene. The last responders cleared the scene at 12:41 A.M. the following morning. - PORTSMOUTH FD

COURTESY OF PORTSMOUTH FD

"Brotherhood doesn’t mean turnout coats, kilts and t-shirts. Brotherhood is men and women sweating and suffering together: whether on the drill ground, the fire ground, or in the gym. It means 'I’m going to do whatever I can to be the best for them, for my crew, and for myself.' It means no longer tolerating incompetence in tactics, skills or physical ability." -James Keegan, Cherry Hill Fire Department Firefighter James Keegan of Cherry Hill Fire Department sent me this quote after the 2017 Fire Department Instructor's Conference in Indianapolis, IN. Jimmy just finished competing in the 'Firefighter Throwdown' and this was his biggest take away from his time spent there. Of course, I totally agree with his sentiment but recently, I was able experience it first-hand at an event that just so happened to have been held at Jimmy’s department. Thousands upon thousands of firefighters, police officers, soldiers, athletes, first responders and civilians from all across America participated in the ‘Memorial Day Murph’ workout over Memorial Day weekend. This workout was created to honor Lt. Michael Murphy, who was killed in action on June 8, 2005. His life was memorialized in the movie “Lone Survivor”. The workout consists of a 1-mile run followed by 100 pull-ups, 200 push-ups, 300 air squats and another 1-mile run, all while wearing a 20-lb. weight vest. This workout can be scaled for all abilities, however it’s meant to be a challenge. It’s meant to push you to a new level. Lieutenant Murphy did this workout weekly in preparation to become a Navy Seal. We honor him and all other service members who made the ultimate sacrifice by participating in this workout and pushing ourselves to new physical limits. I’ve participated in ‘Murph’ for

several years, but this year was different. I was invited to participate with the members of the Cherry Hill Fire Department at one of their stations. They are an official ‘Murph’ location each year. I’ve worked out there before, but I’d never experienced anything like this. There were about 30 of us total, including firefighters, police officers and family members, most of whom I had never met before until that day. But none of that mattered, because we were all there for one reason; to honor the fallen. Hanging on the whiteboard in the station where the workout was written, also hung pictures of New Jersey service members who were killed in action in various wars. Before we started the workout, names of the fallen were read aloud. Their names stuck with me on that first mile and through several rounds of the workout. During the workout, I looked around a lot, watching everyone work through their rounds. I couldn’t help but think how amazing this was. I was at a firehouse, in New Jersey, doing one of the most grueling, yet meaningful workouts possible. I also thought about Jimmy’s quote and just how true it felt in this moment. We throw the word “brother” around in the fire service daily. Brotherhood is written everywhere, but do we truly understand and embody its meaning? It’s a topic I never thought physical fitness would lead me to ponder. But it did, and participating in ‘Murph,' alongside so many other emergency responders, really made its meaning clear to me. It's way more than wearing a uniform, or putting a sticker on your car. Just showing up doesn’t cut it anymore. The job that we signed up for is killing us. We are losing too many firefighters to health related issues to keep denying that fact anymore. A cultural change needs to occur, and it needs to occur now. I’m sure that by this point most people are saying, “there’s no way I can finish ‘Murph'.’” Guess what? Chances are you’re right! Actually, no one should just attempt a workout like 'Murph' straight off the couch. Just like no one should run into a structure fire without months of

training. This is where the cultural shift needs to occur. Our culture needs to adopt physical fitness as part of our daily routine. Just like checking the truck or making the beds. We need to take care of the most important piece of equipment we have: our body. It won’t be easy, I’m not saying it is. But what about our job is easy? Our mission is to protect lives and property. We owe it to ourselves, to the citizens we serve and to those we serve with to start putting more effort into our physical fitness. ‘Murph’ will take place next year, on Memorial Day weekend, at locations around the country. I challenge you to start training now, to make completing this workout your goal. You have just under one year to physically and mentally prepare yourself for this challenge. I very rarely make guarantees in the fitness world, but this is one I’m willing to put down in writing. Whatever your current physical state is today, if you put forth the work, you will be ready one year from today to tackle this beast of a workout. During your prep year you will not only be helping yourself, but also those you're training with. Your sense of pride and brotherhood will increase, as I’ve seen with firefighters worldwide. The goal is to complete this workout, but you should set smaller goals along the way. Before long, your regimen will become routine. As you adopt this new fitness lifestyle, start to note how you feel overall. Start to note how your commitment to the fire service grows. When you take the time and put work back into yourself, you start to realize just how good you really do feel. Having your “brothers” and “sisters” doing it alongside you is just icing on the cake. It’s time to reverse the negative trend that is plaguing our services and bring pride back. Pride in ourselves, pride in our company, pride in our departments and pride in our services. As always, should you have any questions, feel free to email me at pip@555fitness.com. Also, feel free to share your stories of transformation along the way. You never know who you may inspire tomorrow from the work you are putting in today!

ASHE HUSEIN, OBSESSED WITH LIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY


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Three-Alarm Blaze Ravages Apartment Building in Laconia Laconia, NH - On the morning of May 31st, at 4:05 A.M., Laconia, Gilford and Belmont were dispatched to 15 Orange Court, located off Court Street in Laconia, for an unknown type fire. Lakes Region Mutual Fire Aid had received an alarm from a medical alert reporting a fire and opted for a full response. Laconia Central Station crews arrived within minutes and Lt. JUMP TO FILE# Vaillancourt re- 060217107 ported fire blowing out of several windows on the firstfloor's right/front corner. Fire was overlapping the front of the building to the second-floor and mansard/soffit. He requested a second-alarm, passing the firstalarm, which called in all off-duty firefighters and crews from Gilford, Tilton, Franklin, Meredith and Sanbornton. Lt. Vaillancourt had his crews put a large capacity two-and-ahalf-inch hose stream into operation on the right/front corner. This stream was used to knock down the heavy fire on the first-floor and penetrate into the soffit and attic space. This stream slowed the fires progress. Gilford was assigned to search the middle and left sides of the buildings. Belmont and Laconia firefighters then placed a smaller attack line through the right-side

entrance door into the first-floor apartment. All occupants appeared to be out, but a search was still needed. Additional crews, including Gilford, stretched a hose line up the front stairs to the secondfloor, where they encountered heavy fire in that apartment. The building was built in 1870 as the home/estate for the owner of the Laconia Car Company. At the time, this was probably the biggest employer in Laconia, building rail cars that were used around the country. Over the years, the home was converted into an apartment building, now housing 11 apartments. The building is 112x40, two stories at the front and a full three stories at the rear. The original 12-foot-high ceilings had been lowered to eight-feet, creating enormous combustible voids for fire to spread undetected. The Weirs Engine laid in a supply line from Court St. to the back of the building. Ladder 2 was out of service that night; it did eventually respond, after two offduty firefighters went to get it. Gilford’s second Engine completed Engine 5 hose lay to a hydrant on Court Street. Captain Bean was assigned as Division 'C' supervisor. He reported smoke showing from multiple windows on the second and third floors. In the rear, the basement was a full level walk-out, with three apartments. As more resources arrived, the

Minimal Damage, No Injuries in Wolfeboro Fire at Mill Complex Wolfeboro, NH – No one was injured and the building was minimally damaged during a firstalarm fire at the former Berry Mill complex in Wolfeboro on Friday, June 9th. Wolfeboro Fire-Rescue was alerted to the blaze at 10:08 A.M. First arriving units found smoke showing from the structure. A first-alarm assignment brought assistance to the scene from Tuftonboro Fire-Rescue, Ossipee Corner Fire-Rescue and Wakefield FireRescue. “The first arriving crews were able to make a quick knockdown. The fire was confined to some equipment in the old mill building,” said Wolfeboro Fire-Rescue Chief Jim Pineo. “Access was a concern as the water in Back Bay is high and the structure can only be access by ladders.” The fire

fire scene was divided among arriving officers. Chief Lachapelle from Franklin was Division 'A' while Chief Dexter from Sanbornton was RIT Officer. Chief Erickson (Laconia) established a Command Post on Court St., and Assistant Chief Beattie (Laconia) was overall Incident Commander. As the operation progressed and crews were deployed, the smoke started pushing from the attic and cupola. A third-alarm was

requested, which brought Meredith’s Tower to the scene, along with Engines from Belmont, Holderness and Concord. Bristol, Gilmanton and Center Harbor were now covering the city. Early in the fire, a Belmont ambulance transported a victim who had suffered burn injuries. Stewart’s Ambulance treated an occupant at the scene. The fire originated in the front living room and was caused by

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discarded smoking materials. The occupant had been using medical oxygen prior to the fire. This caused an oxygen rich environment on the couch, which quickly ignited. There was substantial damage to the entire right side of the building. Preliminary damage was estimated at $200,000. The building is owned by Gilbert Trust of Laconia. - LACONIA FD

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JUMP TO FILE #061217125 was declared under control at 10:45 A.M. The building, one of the last of the structures at the former excelsior mill, is owned by the Robert J. Reich Revocable Trust, with a mailing address of Montana, according to town records. The cause of the fire remains under investigation by Wolfeboro Fire-Rescue and the Wolfeboro Police Department. Wolfeboro Fire-Rescue was also assisted at the scene by Stewarts Ambulance, the Wolfeboro Police Department and the Wolfeboro Water Division. - TOM ZOTTI

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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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Derry Fire and mutual aid crews during the salvage and overhaul phase of the fire.

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The Nashua Fire Department runs this 2016 Pierce Arrow XT as Engine 4, shown here at the 2017 Nashua Memorial Day Parade.

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Derry Fire Engine 1 at Parkland Medical Center displaying life jackets (L to R): FF John McCaugherty, Parkland Medical Center EMS Director Justin Romanello, Paramedic Matt Carter, PMC Director of Emergency Medicine Doctor Nicola Dirito, Lieutenant Paramedic Greg Laro and PMC Doctor Thomas Scott.

Derry FD Announces Community Life Jacket Loaner Program

Derry, NH - The Derry Fire Department and Parkland Medical Center have created a life jacket loaner program for community members and their guests to enjoy safe swimming, boating or other water-related activities. Through the loaner program, life jackets available in infant, child and adult sizes can be loaned out for a day and up to one week. Remember: Unlike clothes, children don’t grow into life jackets and a properly fitting life jacket can make the difference between life and death in the water! Community members can call (603) 432-6121 or drop into one of the following stations to get a loaner: Island Pond Fire Station: 140 Warner Hill Road and/or Central Fire Station: 131 East Broadway.

Two-Alarm Residential Fire in Derry Derry, NH - At 3:08 P.M. on May 16th, Derry Engines 1, 4, 3 and 2, along with Car-1, were dispatched to 15 Gordon Road for a reported building fire. Windham Fire Engine3 was also dispatched, as the fire occurred in an automatic aid response area. Derry Medic-1 was not available, as they were on a prior medical call. Upon arrival, initial crews observed heavy fire throughout the first-floor, with fire extending into the second-floor. Neighbors called 911 after hearing and seeing fire blow out of a window on the firstfloor. One neighbor attempted to knock down the fire with his garden hose. Another neighbor stated that the occupants were not home and had left a few hours earlier. Derry Fire Engine-1 initiated a rapid, aggressive, transitional fire attack, quickly cooling the fire from the outside with a hose-line and then quickly moving into the first-floor. Windham Engine-3 arrived on scene and took a hose line to the secondfloor to attack the fire and perform a primary search. Derry Engine 1's crew found several holes in the floor, with the floor being very hot. Derry Engine4 took a line to the basement and extinguished the basement fire. These crews performed a primary search of the entire structure and confirmed that the building was unoccupied, all while extinguishing the fire. Initial crews were hampered by zero visibility and very high heat conditions throughout the building. Subsequent Derry and mutual aid companies were assigned to the Rapid Intervention Team to ventilate the structure, provide water supply from a hydrant that was 1,000-feet away, salvage, and overhaul. Londonderry Fire Medic-1 provided emergency medical standby for the

JUMP TO FILE #051717102 incident. Command requested a second-alarm at 3:28 P.M. to provide relief crews. The fire was under control at 4:04 P.M. Mutual aid on scene was provided by the Windham, Auburn, Chester, Londonderry, Hampstead, Manchester, Raymond and Salem Fire Departments. Station coverage was provided by the Nashua, Hudson, Hooksett and Kingston Fire Departments. During this incident, a Nashua Engine responded to a reported structure fire in Londonderry, and station coverage companies also responded to a stove fire in Derry. The building suffered fire, heat and smoke damage on all three floors. All contents were destroyed in the fire and the structure was declared uninhabitable. There were no firefighter or civilian injuries reported. A mother, father and oneyear-old child lived in the home. The Manchester Chapter of the American Red Cross responded to provide family services. The residents also had family who lived in the same neighborhood. The Derry Fire Prevention Bureau is investigating the fire. Preliminary investigation shows that the fire originated in the basement, and the cause was being considered nonsuspicious. Incident #2017-1782 was dispatched at 3:08 P.M.; first units arrived on scene at 3:19 P.M.; the fire was under control at 4:04 P.M., and all Derry Fire units were secure and available at 6:45 P.M. This fire occurred in West Derry, near the Windham town line, four-and-a-half miles from Derry Central Station. - DERRY FD


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Hudson Firefighters Battle Two-Alarm Garage Fire Hudson, NH - A garage built in the early 1900’s and currently used as a repair facility, suffered heavy damage after a two-alarm fire, possibly sparked by a lightning strike, JUMP TO FILE# tore through the 052517112 building. The Hudson Fire Department received a 911 just before 5:00 A.M. on May 19th reporting the fire. Two engines, a ladder and command vehicle, along with a Nashua engine, were dispatched to the 117 Lowell Road address. Fire Captain Sean Mamone could see smoke from a distance while en-route to the fire. On arrival, fire and heavy smoke was showing from the one-and-a-half story garage and a working fire assign-

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ment was requested, bringing an additional Londonderry engine and Nashua ladder to the scene. As crews began their attack on the flames, they initially entered the building through a side door. A short time later, the roof of the building began to collapse, pushing out a wall, and the firefighters were removed from the building. With heavy fire burning in the roof area, a second-alarm was struck to bring in additional manpower from Windham and Pelham to the scene. With limited access to the garage bays, firefighters used saws to cut open the overhead doors and pour water into the building. Several hose lines were used to knock down the fire and the blaze was placed under control at 5:44 A.M. Firefighters had a difficult time getting at hot spots burning in the shingled roof due to sheet metal roofing material covering it. Working from an aerial ladder, crews from both Hudson and Nashua removed the metal roofing to allow water to be sprayed onto the roof to extinguish any remaining pockets of fire. No injuries were reported. Hudson police quickly shut down Lowell Road as firefighters worked. Traffic was detoured onto Pelham and County Roads to get around the fire. Lowell Road was reopened about one hour later. The cause of the fire remains undetermined, but fire department officials said in the press release that the most probable cause of the fire was from a lightning strike in the area overnight. The lightning strike may have caused combustibles to catch on fire in the building which smoldered through the night before breaking out in the building during the early morning hours. The Hudson Building Inspector was called to the scene to evaluate the building's stability. It was determined that the building is unstable and a structural engineer was to be brought in to shore up the building, as signs of wall and truss roof collapse may be imminent. Several vehicles and other equipment in the building at the time of the blaze were damaged. The Salvation Army Canteen unit provided drinks for the crews operating at the scene, with firefighters from Londonderry, Pelham, Windham and AMR ambulance covering the Hudson stations.

Hudson firefighters begin their initial attack on the fire.

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Nashua firefighters ready to enter the building with a hose line.

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Norwich City Clerk Betsy Barrett swears in FF Esposito.

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FF Esposito smiles after having his badge pinned on by his father.

Norwich Probationary Firefighter Gets Sworn-In Norwich, CT - After spending 15 weeks living at the Connecticut Fire Academy, Donte Esposito recently became Norwich's newest probationary firefighter. On May 25th, he was sworn in by City Clerk Betsy Barrett in front of a small crowd at headquarters. Donte's father pinned his badge onto his class-A uniform. Firefighter Esposito has been assigned to Engine-3 Step, under the supervision of Lieutenant Patrick Curtin on 3-shift. It only took two shifts for him to be the firstdue nozzle man at a second-alarm fire at 160 West Thames Street. Good luck with a safe and healthy career Donte!

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Firefighter Christopher Paige places an American Flag by retired Captain Kurasz's grave, who also had a brother and son on the job.

Crews working on gaining access into the passenger compartment.

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Police Pursuit Leads to Crash with Entrapment Norwich, CT - On May 21st at 8:05 P.M., the Norwich Police Department attempted to stop a motor vehicle on Chelsea Harbor Drive. The operator failed to stop and the police pursued him up Washington Street through Norwich. At 8:08 P.M., the police broke off the pursuit on West Town Street near Sacred Heart Church. Shortly after, the vehicle tried getting onto the highway, but failed to make the on-ramp to Interstate 395 Northbound. The Yantic Fire Company was then dispatched for an accident with people trapped and an engine compartment fire.

JUMP TO FILE #052317103 Yantic’s Deputy Chief Herz arrived and found a car with heavy front end damage and a small fire after it struck a pole. Engine-33 arrived next and stretched a hose line to extinguish the fire and then began stabilizing the vehicle. Rescue-3 pulled onto the onramp and stretched Hurst Tools to both sides of the vehicle. Assistant Chief O’Connell assumed operations and crews went to work extricating the driver and front seat

passenger. The driver was extricated after about 20 minutes and was then turned over to American Ambulance. Crews began extricating the female passenger by removing the door and roof. Following that, they lifted the dash and cut away metal that had wrapped around her leg. About 45 minutes into the incident, the second patient was removed and turned over to American Ambulance. Three people were transported to Backus Hospital, two of them with serious injuries. - RYAN FLAHERTY

CHRIS PAIGE

Lieutenant Curtin and Watts walk through the cemetery with Firefighters Flaherty and John.

Norwich Marks Graves with Flags Norwich, CT - Norwich members came together on May 27th to put American Flags at the gravesites of our Local 892 brothers who have passed before us, many of whom were military veterans. Flags were placed at Maplewood, Yantic, St. Mary's and St. Joseph's Cemeteries. Thank you to Lieutenant Glenn Watts for leading this activity every year. Heavy front end damage collapsed the dash onto the passenger's legs.

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PATCH OF THE MONTH

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Washington, CT - Washington Fire and Ambulance were dispatched a little after 3:00 A.M. on June 10th to a reported MVA on Route 199 (Roxbury Rd.), with a further report that the vehicle was on fire and a victim was lying in the roadway. Because of the proximity of the call and limited information, Roxbury EMS was also dispatched. Roxbury EMS-2 arrived first and reported that the car was fully involved, and that the victim was conscious and ambulatory. Roxbury Ambulance was cancelled and the Washington Ambulance transported the patient to Waterbury Hospital, along with an ALS intercept.

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DRILLS/TRAINING

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Devon At Danbury FD HQ visiting her rescuers.

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Accident Victim Visits Rescuers in Danbury

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Norwich, CT - Back in April, firefighters from the City of Norwich and East Great Plain Fire Departments conducted a joint training exercise on confined space operations. The drill began with a classroom session in the morning, followed by a walk through of the equipment. Firefighters utilized a space at the Norwich Public Utilities Water Treatment Plant on Falls Ave. for the practical session. Members reviewed hazmat metering, ventilation, rope systems, tripod setup, patient packaging and patient removal. Companies mixed crews and ended the day with two scenarios that went very smoothly. Pictured are Firefighters Ryan Flaherty and David Fahrahan making contact with the patient and preparing for removal.

Danbury, CT - In September of 2016, Danbury resident Devon Walsh was involved in a serious automobile accident on Interstate 84 in Danbury. The Danbury Fire Department, along with Danbury EMS responded to the crash and per- JUMP TO FILE# formed a lengthy 052517102 extrication and cared for her serious injuries. On May 24th, 2017 through the "magic of Facebook," Devon and her friend Alexis Swagemaker were able to find Deputy Chief Bernie Meehan and ask him if Devon could meet her rescuers. DC Meehan checked into the response and found that it was DC Paul Omasta and the C-Platoon that was on-duty that day, along with three members of the City's EMS operation. A meet-and-greet was organized for 12 noon. Devon arrived along with her sister Lisa, and friend Alexis. As Devon began meeting the various members of the crew, as luck would have it, a structure fire response came in, so most of them had to run. Two other Fire Units and an ambulance crew then arrived to meet with Devon. Devon is a professional chef by trade and provided a treasure of baked goods for the responders. It was a very emotional experience for Devon, her sister and her friend, as well as the responders. As DC Omasta stated; "it isn't often we are given the opportunity to meet the people we rescue". One of the highlights of the visit was FF Shannon McFadden kidding Devon about her complaining of her ambulance driving

Devon with FF McFadden.

skills on the way to the hospital. As the meeting began to wind down, another emergency response was received and more of

DC BERNIE MEEHAN, JR.

the rescuers responded to the call, as they do dozens of times a day. - BERNIE MEEHAN


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Your Personal Size-Up STAYING SAFE

Chief Henry Campbell

Most of us are familiar with the term “size-up," including what it is and how it aids in analyzing and bringing to termination a safe and effective emergency response. Coupled with any pre-plans and SOP’s, it enables one to readily plan strategies and carry out tactics in order to accomplish specific goals in a safe manner. The goals may include rescue, confinement, extinguishments, extrications, hazmat mitigation, medical intervention and transport, and whatever type of emergency to which we have responded. Included in our size-up are Scene Safety and Risk Evaluation, primary concerns of the Incident Commander and Company Officers. What about you, do you leave size-up to the IC and officers? You shouldn’t, you should be just as diligent in doing your own personal size-up as your officers are in doing their overall size-up. Just maybe you will spot and report on something that may have been missed or has changed. Remember, the scene of most emergencies is dynamic and complicated with change, especially in the early stages. Many heads work better than one! More importantly, your own size-up doesn’t have to be as broad based as the IC’s, but it is just as important to your safety and the safety of other firefighters, as well as EMS personnel on scene. Your personal size-up should be carried out each time you respond to an emergency. The brief time it takes to engage one's personal computer and visual recording equipment, our brain and eyes; much information can be garnered that will improve one's personal safety and help keep you out of harms way. The brain, upon receipt of the alarm, begins to process all of the information that it has stored on the specific location and/or type of incident. Included also will be “real time” information, such as time of day, day of week, weather conditions, response route, traffic conditions and any known response hazards. All should be taken into account and adjustments should be made in order to complete a safe response to the incident scene. Once on scene, the eyes should scan the entire area, taking in the “Big Picture;" now is not the time for tunnel vision. (In the emergency service business, there is never time for “Tunnel Vision”.) If it is a fire situation, where does the

fire appear to be located? What floor, or area is it in? Are there alternate escape routes for you, such as fire escapes, porches, adjoining buildings or roofs, should you need them for a hasty exit. What way is the wind blowing? No, you don’t have to wet a finger or throw grass in the air; just look at the travel direction of the smoke. Wind direction is important, as it will push smoke, flames and heat. If ordered to ventilate, you want the wind at your back and to be working back into the wind in order to safely complete your assignment. If the fire is in a private residence, what type of house is it? Ranch, split or high ranch, salt box, modern contemporary, Cape Cod, or Queen Anne? Once you decide on the style of the house, the layout for that style house will almost always be the same, one that you will be familiar with. You know a lot about the layout of the various styles of houses if you take a second or two to recall the common layouts. Most houses are divided into two sections, living quarters and sleeping quarters. If it's 3:00 A.M. in the morning and search and rescue has to be completed, the bedrooms should be the most likely area to begin the search. Therefore, knowing where the bedrooms are improves chances for a successful search and save, while increasing one's own personal safety. If conditions deteriorate and you have to make a speedy retreat or bailout, it is comforting to know there is a deck, porch, garage roof, or other readily accessible safe escape routes just outside this window or that door; something you may not have known if you hadn’t done a personal size-up. Your on scene size-up should include being alert for any changes in the immediate area where you are operating. Are fire conditions changing, such as color and intensity of smoke, flames, heat? Is there fire in an area where there was no fire upon arrival? Are the changes for the better, or for the worse? Have there been any changes structurally in the area where you are operating, such as sudden cracks in walls appearing, or partial ceiling, wall or other form of interior collapse? Any of the aforementioned will require immediate notification to the IC and reevaluation by you or your immediate officer as to whether to withdraw or relocate to a safe position. Remember, the fire is dynamic; what was may not be any longer, therefore there is a constant need for size-up, caution and staying alert to the situation. When in doubt, get out! To be continued...

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Truck-1 had some obstacles in front of the house with power lines and a tree, but were still able to get the aerial to the roof.

Three Dogs Die in Norwich House Fire Norwich, CT - On May 30th at 7:03 P.M., the Norwich Fire Department was dispatched to 160 West Thames Street for black smoke showing from the house. While responding, units were updated that an off-duty fireman was on scene and confirming a working fire, so the Mohegan Tribal FAST was started. Battalion-1 arrived to find a twostory, wood-frame with fire venting from four windows on the first-floor, and transmitted the second-alarm. Engine-3 was first-due and stretched a one-and-three-quarter inch hose line to the front door. Two members from Truck-1 forced entry and began the primary search.

JUMP TO FILE #060517122 The driver of Truck-1 set up on the 'A' side and flew the aerial to the roof. Members from Truck-1 did vertical ventilation after completing the primary search. Squad-A laid a supply line into Engine-3 and then stretched a line to the second-floor. Engine-2’s crew threw a ladder to the front of the house and then assisted with humping hose and pulling ceiling. Engine-2 then took over Engine-3’s line on the first-floor when their members exited to get new air cylinders.

East Great Plain Ladder-5 assisted with opening walls on the second-floor while Laurel Hill’s Engine-62 assisted with overhaul on the first-floor. The RIT threw ladders on the 'C' and 'D' sides and extinguished fire on the exterior of the building. Three dogs unfortunately perished in the blaze, but no civilians or firefighters sustained any injuries. The Norwich Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating the cause. The Taftville and Yantic Fire Departments provided station coverage and responded to a fire alarm during the incident.

Norwich Firefighters Scott Belleville and Andrew Cooke vent the roof.

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Norwalk FD Swears-In New Lieutenant

Norwalk, CT - The Norwalk FD held a brief swearing in ceremony Tuesday afternoon, May 16th, during the monthly Board of Fire Commissioners meeting. Lieutenant Adam Sussman was formally sworn in by Mayor Harry Rilling and Fire Commissioners Oscar Destruge and Curtis Langley. Lt. Sussman was promoted from Firefighter on March 8, 2017. Lt. Sussman is a 44-year-old graduate of Staples High School in Westport and has a Bachelor's Degree in Communications from the University of Delaware. He was hired in September 2008. His wife Stacey, and children Hannah and Milo, were in attendance to pin his Lieutenant's badge on.

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Motorcyclist Strikes Deer in Franklin

Franklin, CT - Just prior to 9:00 P.M. on Thursday, June 8th, the Franklin Fire Department was dispatched to the area of Norwich Orthopedic Group, located at 82 New Park Avenue, for a motorcyclist that struck a deer. FM-125 arrived with the Connecticut State Police and found a male operator standing in the roadway with minor injuries. Franklin's Rescue provided scene support while a crew from Bozrah's Ambulance tended to the patient. Ambulance-526 transported the single rider to Backus Hospital and all units cleared the scene.


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New Britain Firefighters Make Quick Stop on House Fire

New Britain, CT - On May 13th, after being dispatched to two different streets in the same area for reports of smoke coming from a house, New Britain Engine-4 found smoke showing from a house at 53 Russwin Road. Firefighters did a great job stopping the fire before it caused any further damage. New Britain EMS treated at least one person for smoke inhalation. The cause of the fire is being investigated.

A Picture is NOT Worth a Thousand Words by Chief Joel Miller

There’s an old saying, “A picture is worth a thousand words.” How many times have you heard that before? By definition, this refers to the notion that a complex idea can be conveyed with just a single still image. This implies that a picture can tell a complete story. But in the fire service, a picture only tells about a hundred words, give or take, and we are left to fill in the other nine hundred words to complete the story. In today’s social media driven world, there are a lot of “Arm Chair Safety Officers” and critics that love to point out the negative. This is where we must provide the “nine hundred words” to complete the story behind the picture. Of course, I don’t mean it literally, however, make your explanations matter. I’m not saying that pointing out the negative is a terrible thing, because we can all learn from constructive criticism and use it as a learning tool if we allow. As owner of the largest fire Instagram page (@chief_miller), I post several photographs from around the world each day. I have come to realize that people do not always tell the story behind the pictures they post, leaving others to sometimes think the worst. For example, I posted an amazing picture of a firefighter exiting a structure fire and his air line was not connected to his mask. What everyone, myself included, didn’t know was that this firefighter had run out of air while inside the structure and barely made it out alive. Once the story was revealed as to why the firefighter’s mask was not connected, it completely changed everyone’s perspective, therefore, the picture was viewed in a brand new

light. Social media can be the fire service’s best friend and help advance a fire department in many positive ways, however, we must be willing to invest a little time into telling the complete story. We must tell the story in a way to help others understand what was truly happening, as well as how and even why these events occurred. These pictures with complete stories can serve as learning opportunities. While I agree that not all safety rules will always be observed, I also understand that sometimes a simple explanation as to why a situation was handled a certain way can go a long way in making a picture worth a thousand words. This can help present your department in an honorable way. On the flip side, we can’t give a 900-word explanation either. Too much is just that- “too much.” In reality, most people will never read beyond two short sentences when viewing a picture or video on social media, so make your words count. Here are just a few simple rules to follow when posting to your departments social media page or your own social media page to help your picture tell a complete story. 1. Follow your department’s SOP or SOG regarding social media. 2. Convey the complete story in just a couple of short sentences. 3. Never post pictures that will reflect negatively on your department or other departments. You can easily advance your department in the social media world and beyond. The choice is yours, so make it a good one and make all your pictures worth a thousand words!

The white car made contact with the truck in the intersection, forcing it into the pole.

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Two-Car MVA Snaps Utility Pole Norwich, CT - On Thursday, May 25th at 6:06 P.M., the Quinebaug Valley Emergency Communications Center started receiving calls for a motor vehicle accident at the intersection of Salem Turnpike and Wawecus Hill Road. The Bozrah Fire Department was dispatched with automatic aid from East Great Plains due to being on the Norwich town line. Crews arrived to find a car that had struck a pickup truck with a trailer, forcing it into a utility pole. Rescue-5 put a hydraulic tool into operation to extricate the driver of the truck. The patient was then transported to Backus Hospital by Bozrah's Ambulance with an American Paramedic on board. Crews contained the fluid spill and then turned the scene over to the Connecticut State Police and Bozrah Light & Power.

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Sandy Hook, CT - Thank you to the area Chiefs and past Chiefs for coming out to support Sandy Hook Fire & Rescue's 30th Annual two-day event, "Lobsterfest"! (L to R): Past Asst. Chief Trasz of Riverside, Chief Bill Halstead of Sandy Hook, Chief Dan Tomasack of Southbury, Chief Scott Pelletier of Oxford, Past Chief John Plofkin of Nichols, Past Chief Chris Doyle of Stepney, Chief Tony Bruno of Middlebury, Past Chief Bill Davin of Monroe, Past Chief Bob Galbraith of Stevenson, Asst. Chief Mike Kronick of Westport and Chief John Howe of Stevenson.


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Baltic Fire Company Holds Rural Water Supply Class Baltic, CT - On Saturday and Sunday, June 3rd and 4th, the Baltic Fire Company held a rural water supply class that was taught by instructors from the Connecticut Fire Academy. The first day consisted of classroom sessions JUMP TO FILE# covering different 060617103 kinds of water supply, proper set ups for tankers and how to make a scene safer while moving water more efficiently. On Sunday, the students went to an open parking lot on Hanover Versailles Road and set up the dump site. Students deployed three drop tanks and had Baltic's Engine drafting out of the middle one. A holly tube with a three-inch line feeding it was put into both of the end tanks to move water into the center tank. Baltic's engine fed Lisbon's new Tower-154, which was set up for master stream operations. The fill site was established on Paper Mill Road where an Occum Engine drafted out of the Versailles Pond. Special thanks to Baltic, Lisbon, Franklin and Scotland for supplying tankers. - RYAN FLAHERTY

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JUMP TO FILE #052217129 Using the Hurst eDraulics system, the roof was removed within moments and the victim was cared for and transported by Danbury EMS. The accident is under investigation by the CT State Police. - BERNIE MEEHAN

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Engine-3 stretches their 100' pre-connected trash line.

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Norwich Firefighters Extinguish Car Fire

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Berlin Home Damaged by Structure Fire Berlin, CT - On June 2nd around 11:30 A.M., four fire companies responded to 186 Ellisworth Blvd. for the report of a structure fire. On scene, they had smoke showing JUMP TO FILE# from a raised-ranch 060317101 style house. An engine from Meriden was called to the scene and the Task Force was activated, which also brought the towns of Cromwell, Newington, Rocky Hill and Wethersfield to the scene. New Britain and Westfield provided station coverage. Firefighters had the fire under control within one hour, and spent another hour completing overhaul operations. The fire may have been started by smoking material, but the cause is still under investigation. - MICHAEL CARENZA JR

Smoke pushing from the house.

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Firefighter Gary Heering Retires from Danbury FD Danbury, CT - June 3rd marked the last day Gary Heering worked as a Firefighter for the City of Danbury. As a salute to retiring fire personnel, the Danbury Fire Chief lowers the American Flag flying over Fire Headquarters and presents it to JUMP TO FILE# the retiring member. 060417119 The ceremony was scheduled for June 3rd, however just as FF Heering's C-platoon was gathering, the City tried to resist Gary's departure and manufactured a number of calls, putting most of the platoon to work. The ceremony was then rescheduled for June 4th at 2:00 P.M. This time it was the weather that attempted to delay Gary's departure with a threatening rainstorm. The C-platoon, along with Chief T.J. Wiedl and Asst. Chief Mark Omasta, managed to get the ceremony finished just as the skies opened. Chief Wiedl, along with C-Platoon Deputy Chief Paul Omasta, said some kind words about FF Heering's successful 37 year career. FF Heering, affectionately known as "Fish", then spoke to his platoon, stating that 37 years go by in a flash. He then told his brothers and sisters to be safe in their endeavors. - BERNIE MEEHAN

Chief TJ Wiedl presents Amerrican Flag to FF Heering,

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NEW ENGLAND APPARATUS OF THE MONTH

A look at what’s new with apparatus around the states with John Malecky

Dear Readers,

Professional Vehicle Corporation has sold two AEV TraumaHawk Type III ambulances on Ford E-450 chassis'. One is for the Town of Bethel, Maine and the other Lisbon, NH. C & S Specialty, Inc. has delivered three Spartan ER custom pumpers to East Providence, RI. Specs include a Gladiator LFD chassis with five-seat cab and 10-inch raised roof, custom interior EMS Cabinets, Cummins 500-HP diesel engine, Waterous CSU, 1500-GPM pump, custom stainless steel bodies with low hose bed configuration, rear pre-connects, ladder storage slide in body, Whelen LED lighting package and 750-gallon poly water tanks. They have an order from the Fall River, MA Fire Department for an EVI custom heavy walk-in rescue on a Spartan chassis. Specs include a Metro Star MFD chassis with 10-inch raised roof cab, Cummins ISL-9, 450HP diesel engine, Allison transmission and a 16-foot extruded aluminum custom walk-in/walk-thru rescue body. P.L. Custom has made the following ambulance deliveries this year: In Maine, a medium duty Titan on a Ford F-650 chassis to the Gorham FD, a remount of a Medallion onto a Ford E-450 chassis; a Medallion 80 on a Ford E-450 to the Boothbay Region Ambulance; a remount of a Chevrolet G4500 to the Med Care Ambulance in Mexico, and two Classic 170’s on F-450, 4x4 chassis to Kingston. In Connecticut, a Medallion 170 to the New Fairfield VFC and a Medallion on a Chevrolet G4500 to Westport EMS. In Massachusetts, a Classic 170 on a Ford F-550 4x4 chassis to the Hookset Fire Rescue and five Classic 170’s on Ford F-450 4x4 chassis' (one

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each to South County EMS, Norwell, Natick and two to Kingston), and a Classic 170 on a Dodge 4500 4x4 chassis to Townsend. In New Hampshire, a Classic 170 on a Ford F-450 4x4 chassis to the Dover Fire & Rescue, a Medallion 170 on a Ford E-450 chassis to the Linwood Ambulance Service, and a Classic 170 on a Ford F-550 4x4 chassis to Tri Town EMS. Greenwood Emergency Vehicles has delivered a total of six E-ONE pumpers to the City of Boston, MA. Specs include the Typhoon chassis, Cummins ISL 9, 400-HP diesel engines, Darley single-stage 1500-GPM pumps, FRC TGA 400 pressure governors, Foam Pro 2002 systems and UPF 560-gallon water tanks.

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OLD & NEW

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Car Versus Tree in Yantic

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Norwich, CT - On Tuesday, June 6th at 7:05 A.M., the Yantic Fire Company was dispatched to East Town Street for a car into a tree. Yantic's Assistant Chief arrived quickly and found minor damage, with the operator already out of the motor vehicle. Engine-33 tended to the motor vehicle while American Ambulance handled patient care.

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One Person Killed in Danbury Car Crash

Danbury, CT - At approximately 1:30 A.M. on May 6th, Danbury was alerted by Bethel of a serious MVA needing extrication on Coal Pit Hill Road, in the south end of town. A full fire/ex- JUMP TO FILE# trication assignment 050917106 was sent, along with both City Ambulances and the Medic-1 supervisor. As Car-30 (DC) signed on, dispatch advised that the accident was at the Bethel town line, and there were two people entrapped. Car-30 requested the assistance of Bethel Fire Department Rescue. Car-30 arrived first, finding both the Bethel and Danbury Police on the scene, with a car that had rolled over into a tree, roof first. There were two people entrapped, although only one was visible, with the second one deep in the wreckage. The first order of business was to stabilize the vehicle, which had all four wheels off the ground. Multiple ResQJacks were deployed to lock the vehicle in place so that extrication could begin. The Danbury response included Engines 22 and 23, Squad1 and Truck-1. Bethel Rescue-1 responded very quickly as well. Two teams were employed to work on freeing both victims. Using multiple sets of Jaws, Cutters and Rams, including the eDraulics system, one team went to work on the 'tree side' of the car to free the driver, while the second crew went to work on the 'undercarriage side' to free the passenger. As a potential back up plan, Car-30 requested a rotator crane wrecker to the scene for possible rescue use. The passenger side victim was the first to be removed, led by Engine-23. They were able to cut away the passenger side door, which was actually under the wreckage, and gain access to the patient from that aspect. This patient was extricated, handed off to EMS and transported to the trauma center. Working simultaneously, the crew on the 'tree side', led by the Truck Captain, gained access to their patient moments after the first one was removed. The total extrication took approximately 35 minutes, which was incredible considering the complicated extrication the crew faced. The second victim was removed and also transported to the trauma center, but unfortunately did not survive his injuries. Once the rescue operation was completed, the entire crew was given a rest period before breaking down equipment after investigators took photographs. Engine-24 and Squad-7 were then brought to the scene to finish assisting the police and wrecker operation. - BERNIE MEEHAN

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FORK & HOSE CO. a Food Blog by A.J. Fusco

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Car Engulfed in Flames After Waltham Crash Waltham, MA - A two-car accident on Weston Street in Waltham on June 7th sent Engine-9, Rescue-1, Ladder-2 and Medic-2 to the scene. When firefighters arrived, one car was fully involved. There were no injuries reported.

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MVA with Rollover in Plymouth Injures Two Plymouth, MA - Firefighters responded to the area of 468 Rocky Hill Rd. on May 15th for a report of an MVA with rollover. First arriving companies found a vehicle off the road on its side. Two patients had already self-extricated and were transported by ground to BI Plymouth with minor injuries.

The fire scene and professional kitchen are not all that different. The moment I stepped into a professional kitchen, I could see the similarities. It was hot, noisy and had an air of controlled chaos, something I think all firefighters can relate to. Heck, the word “Chef” literally translates to “Chief”! One of the first things we learn in culinary school is the traditional kitchen “brigade” system, which was developed by Chef Auguste Escoffier. It's modeled after the military system of hierarchy, with a strict chain of command. On top of that, each cook has a job and purpose.

This system is very similar to the fire department chain of command. The purpose of both systems is to ensure a smooth fire ground operation/restaurant service so that any and all objectives are completed in an efficient and effective manner. Another similarity between the restaurant kitchen and fire scene is the importance of being prepared. Pre-planning, equipment checks and making sure that tools are ready at any given time are vital to successful fire ground operations. In the kitchen, there is a term for this: “mise en place,” pronounced “mi za plas,” which translates in French to “everything in it’s place”. It means having not only the proper ingredients ready, but your tools, recipes and anything else you may need for your tasks at hand; and just how your fire ground operations can result in disaster, the same can happen in the kitchen if you don’t have your “mise en place”. So now that you have your tools,

equipment, ingredients and rigs all set to go, you're ready for the 2ndalarm job in the middle of the night, or that last minute “push” at the end of dinner service; and when this happens, things will undoubtedly be a little more hectic than normal. It's during these times when staying cool, calm and collective are more important than ever. It's also during these times when multi-tasking will inevitably be necessary. You may need to search off the hand-line you just stretched because you are short-staffed and don’t have a designated “truck company” coming in behind you, or you may need to chop some more herbs for the next order because your buddy on the line didn’t prep enough, all while you're busy frying up the next order of potatoes. But at the end of shift, teamwork will get you and your team through it. That is the underlying key to it all, teamwork.

“Chicken Quinoa Bake with Roasted Garlic Gravy” Ingredients: 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts (sub chicken thighs for more flavor) 2 carrots, peeled and rough chopped 1 onion, peeled and rough chopped 1 small package mushrooms, rough chopped 1 head of garlic 1 bunch broccoli rabe 1/2 c hot cherry peppers (sub sweet if needed), chopped 10 oz. quinoa 2 - 32. oz low sodium chicken stock 2 balls of fresh mozzarella fresh basil olive oil salt 1 tbs. flour 1 tbs. butter

Procedure: - Preheat oven to 350* - Cut just the top off the head of garlic, place on tinfoil and drizzle with a little olive oil. Make a pouch with the foil and bake in the oven for 45-60 min. Remove and set aside. - While garlic is roasting, put chicken stock in a small pot, bring to a boil and add the chicken. Bring the stock up till barely simmering. Poach until internal temp on chicken is 160*, about 10-15 min. Remove, set aside and let cool. Reserve the stock. - While the chicken is poaching, sauté the onion and carrots with olive and salt in a large cast iron or oven-safe pan. When the onion is translucent, add the mushrooms and sauté over medium-high heat. When all the moisture has evaporated, taste and season the

mixture as needed. Remove from the heat and set aside. - While the onions/carrots are working, bring water to

zarella in freezer for a little will make slicing easier). Place the whole pan in the oven and bake until cheese

boil in a large pot and add the broccoli rabe. Cook for 3-5 minutes until just tender, remove and place in an ice bath. When cool, put in a towel and squeeze out all the water. This will help remove some bitterness. Chop the broccoli rabe and add to the onion and carrots. - Add the amount of stock needed for the quinoa to a large saucepan and cook the quinoa according to the package. Once cooked, add it to the onion/carrot/broccoli rabe mixture along with the chopped cherry peppers. - When the chicken is cool, shred it and add to the vegetable - quinoa mixture. Top the mixture with sliced fresh mozzarella (placing moz-

is melted and browned. You can also use the broiler to brown the cheese. - While the dish is baking, in a small pan make a roux by melting 1 tbs. butter and adding 1 tbs. flour. Stir for a few seconds to cook, be careful not to burn. Add about 1 cup of reserved chicken stock, stir and bring to a boil. Lower to simmer. Squeeze out cooled roasted garlic and using flat part of your knife, make a paste. Add the roasted garlic paste to the gravy and turn off heat when the desired consistency is achieved. - Remove the quinoa bake from the oven and let cool for a few minutes before serving. Garnish with some fresh basil and roasted garlic gravy.


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View from the 'Bravo' side of 85 Hayden Avenue.

NATE ARNOLD

Fire Damages Two Buildings in Springfield

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Fall River’s 2017 Memorial Day Parade Fall River, MA - On a rainy Memorial Day weekend, the skies cleared long enough for the annual parade to step off during a dry spell. The parade started from Kennedy Park at 2:00 P.M. on May 29th and proceeded down South Main Street to Government Center, where it passed a reviewing stand. Several fire department units participated in the parade.

Springfield, MA - A fire that reportedly started on the secondfloor of an occupied, single-family dwelling extended to the two-story ordinary construction commercial building JUMP TO FILE# behind it, giving 061217145 Springfield firefighters a considerable amount of work on the hot and humid Summer day of June 11th. Springfield firefighters where summoned to the occupied twostory, wood-frame, single-family dwelling at 85 Hayden Avenue in the McKnight section of the city at 5:30 P.M. for the reported structure fire. After arriving on scene, jakes found heavy smoke and fire showing from the second-floor of the dwelling and extending into the 'Charlie' side exposure building, which was a vacant, two-story ordinary construction commercial structure. While firefighters were beginning their attack on the fire, an occupant of the home tried repeatedly to re-enter the building to save personal possessions, creating an unnecessary risk for themselves and firefighters on scene. The occupant was subsequently taken into custody by Springfield police officers on scene and charged with obstructing firefighters at the scene of an emergency. In spite of this setback, Springfield firefighters brought the fire under control using multiple hand lines within 30 minutes. The fire caused an estimated $100,000 in damage to the home and several thousand dollars in damage to the commercial building.

A Lieutenant works on the second-floor of the original fire building. NATE ARNOLD

No injuries were reported on scene; however, a small dog died in spite of firefighters' best efforts to save the animal. The cause of

the fire remains under investigation. - NATE ARNOLD


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Fire Destroys Lawrence Neighborhood, Displacing 50 Residents Lawrence, MA - Firefighters from New Hampshire helped answer a call in a tight packed neighborhood on the hot Sunday afternoon of June 11th. Lawrence firefighters were called JUMP TO FILE# to the area around 061217146 3:30 P.M., found heavy fire and proceeded to quickly strike second and third alarms due to water and heat issues. Sixteen towns from the area sent additional manpower to the scene or for station coverage.

Due to flying brands and water issues, Lawrence Fire Chief Brian Moriarty struck fifth and sixth alarms, bringing in even more manpower to try and get water into the area. Approximately 50 residents were displaced by the massive fire and three people were transported due to heat issues. Fire crews remained on scene overnight conducting overhaul operations. A total of seven buildings were damaged or destroyed. The cause of the fire is still under investigation. - ROBERT SPRAGUE

Putting water on heavy fire in the rear from next block over.

Lawrence's Fire Chief gives briefing to the Salem, NH tower crew.

A Salem, NH tower works to protect an exposure.

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Truck Versus Train in Kingston

Kingston, MA - On May 15th, firefighters responded to the intersection of Lake and Grove Streets for a motor vehicle versus train. First arriving units found a pickup truck that had struck a passing train. One patient was transported by ground to BI Plymouth with minor injuries.

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Evacuations Ordered for Gas Leak in Whitman

Whitman, MA - Firefighters responded to 200 Hogg Memorial Drive on June 1st for reports that a gas line had been struck. First arriving units observed a gas plume coming from a construction site. An immediate evacuation of a 200-foot area was ordered. Command also ordered a shelter in place for an area Middle School. The gas company responded and secured the leak without further incident.


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Two Vacant Westport Homes Destroyed by Fire Westport, MA - At 6:18 P.M. on June 12th, Westport firefighters were toned out for a reported building fire on Davis Road. The first units on scene arrived to a fully involved vacant cottage with a two-story vacant exposure beginning to light up. Firefighters went to work attempting to protect the exposure, but realized early on that they could not win that battle. Mutual Aid was called in from surrounding cities and towns, with several units responding directly to the scene, while other out-of-town units covered the empty stations. A special call went out for the Rehab unit from Fall River Special Services to respond with their rehab equipment to assist firefighters who were working in the 90-degree heat. One firefighter was treated for smoke inhalation.

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On May 19th, Waltham firefighters participated in a mock prom crash. (L to R): Don Hopkins, Joe Pino, LT. Matt Kiernan and Shawn Caissie.

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Hanover Call-Firefighters pose for a group shot during some down time at a seven-alarm fire in Rockland.


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Suspicious Fire in Fall River Fall River, MA - Shortly after 7:00 P.M. on June 11th, firefighters responded to 506 Penn Street for a reported fire. Car-3 arrived to find an exterior fire burning under the shingles in the area of the side porch. Firefighters rapidly extinguished the visible fire on the exterior, and then chased the flames up the open bays, into the attic. Ladder-2 used their aerial to ventilate the roof, while the crews from Engines 4 and 5 stretched attack lines into the building. Engine-5 tagged a hydrant to feed Engine-4, while Engine-2 and Rescue-1 conducted a primary search for occupants while also searching for fire extension. Firefighters used extensive overhaul operations to extinguish the remaining fire. PETER LOBO

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RV Fire in Duxbury Duxbury, MA - On June 12th, firefighters responded to Route 3 North, located North of Exit 10, for a vehicle fire. First arriving units found an RV with heavy fire in the engine and cab compartments of the vehicle. A mutual aid engine from Kingston also responded to assist.

Three-Car MVA Claims Life Weston, MA - One person was killed and several others injured in a three-car accident at 855 Boston Post Road in Weston on May 19th. Ambulances from Weston, Wayland and Waltham transported the injured to a local hospital.


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Firefighters’ Memorial Sunday Observed in Fall River Fall River, MA - Several dozen firefighters gathered on Sunday, June 11th at the deceased firefighters memorial to remember the fallen from the Department. Fire Department Chaplin Monsignor Thomas JUMP TO FILE# Harrington began 061117107 the service with an opening prayer and a salute to the flag. Fire Chief John Lynch spoke of the many advances the Department has made when it comes to the safety of members. Recently, the Department has replaced the SCBAs, added turnout gear washers and dryers, and has started to replace the apparatus fleet. Chief Lynch vowed under his watch to do everything in his power to not add to the 22 members' names engraved into the granite memorial. Fire Department members, retirees, families and friends remembered the fallen, and then retired to a local restaurant for a meal. - KENNETH LEGER

Monsignor Harrington leads the service with a prayer.

Dozens of firefighters march towards the memorial.

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Boston Structure Fire Goes to Four-Alarms Boston, MA - On May 5th, firefighters responded to 247 Harvard Street for the report of a structure fire with people trapped. First arriving companies had heavy fire showing from the front of the building. Second and then third alarms were struck. Fire-

JUMP TO FILE #052517108 fighters conducted a primary and secondary search, both of which were found negative. Firefighters made an aggres-

sive offensive attack and knocked the fire down. A fourth-alarm was struck for manpower and rehab. One firefighter was treated for minor injuries. - JOHN SJOSTEDT III

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Waltham Participates in Mock Prom Crash

Waltham, MA - On May 19th, Waltham Fire and Police put on a mock car crash, simulating the consequences of drunk driving. The class of 2017 was given a presentation in the auditorium and then shown the mock crash.

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WORKING FACES

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Whitman FF John Norton on the Blitz gun.

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Whitman Deputy Chief Joseph Feeney at the scene of a sevenalarm blaze in Rockland, MA.

Whitman, MA - At approximately 8:10 P.M. on the evening of Sunday, May 21st, the Whitman Fire Department responded to a reported building fire in the area of 81 Beal Avenue. Box-55 was struck and Engine-243, Ladder-246 and Car-3 responded.

JUMP TO FILE #052317110 Companies arrived to find a large shed fully involved. Engine243 stretched a three-inch hand line with a Blitz gun to the building, and

was able to quickly knock down heavy fire conditions in the shed. An additional hand line was stretched to extinguish hot spots. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation. - PAT TRAVERS

JOHN SJOSTEDT

Jeep Erupts into Flames in Kingston

Kingston, MA - On June 12th, firefighters responded to Route 3 North, located North of Exit 9, for a motor vehicle fire. Firefighters arrived and found a fully involved Jeep Cherokee.

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PATCH OF THE MONTH

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Shirley, MA - In May, emergency crews requested ALS out of Ayer Mass for a serious MVA with a medical air transport. The patient was transported to Nashoba Hospital, where they were met by Worcester Life Flight.

APPARATUS IN ACTION

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FACES OF NEW ENGLAND’S EMERGENCY SERVICES

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Duxbury, MA - Duxbury Firefighter/Paramedic Timmy Geary at a working fire on Temple Street.

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Burlington, VT - Burlington FD recently promoted three members, including Mark McDonough, who was promoted from SFF to Lieutenant. Lt. McDonough will assume the role of directly leading one of BFD's Fire Suppression and/or Rescue Companies.

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Belmont, NH - Chief Erickson, Captain Newhall, FF Harry and Assistant Chief Beattie from Belmont FD during their recent Fire Awards Ceremony.

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Rockland, MA - Massachusetts State Fire Marshal Peter Ostroskey and Whitman Fire Chief Timothy Grenno at a seven-alarm fire.

Danbury, CT - Water Witch Hose #7 is one of 12 volunteer fire companies in Danbury. Paul Salvatore, long-time member and current Captain, was captured here in a photo in front of his apparatus at a recent fire.


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ALL IN THE FAMILY

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Firefighters making an interior attack.

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Firefighters Make Excellent Save at House Fire Brattleboro, VT - Captain Ron Hubbard announced his retirement effective June 30, 2017 with almost 40 years of service in the Department. His son, Matt, has three years as a career firefighter and another seven years prior to that as a call firefighter/rescue diver. (L to R): Brattleboro FD Captain Ron Hubbard and his son, FF Matt Hubbard at the Department's 2017 Award Ceremony. PROVIDED

Highgate, VT - At approximately 7:20 A.M. on June 13th, Highgate Fire Department responded to a house fire on Route 78 in Highgate. Mutual aid was called in from the Swanton and Franklin Fire Departments. AmCare Ambulance

JUMP TO FILE #061317106 Service stood-by at the scene. The fire was contained to two bedrooms and knocked down within about 30 minutes. Overhaul oper-

ations then began. It is believed that the fire may have started from a power strip. There were no reported injuries. Firefighters were on the scene for about two-and-a-half hours. - GREG RAMSDELL

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Firefighters Respond to Rollover

Swanton, VT - Swanton Fire Department, Missisquoi Valley Rescue (MVR) and the Vermont State Police (VSP), responded to Bushey Road on May 7th for a one-vehicle rollover. There were no injuries. The pickup truck was heading north on Bushey Road when the operator lost control on a curve, rolling the truck over in a field. The accident is being investigated by VSP.

Firefighters dowsing the fire.

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Car Versus Pickup Truck with Minor Injuries Swanton, VT - At 7:46 P.M. on May 16th, Missisquoi Valley Rescue (MVR) units 1 and 2, along with the Swanton Fire Department and Swanton Police Department (SPD), responded to Route 207 and Woodshill Road for a car versus pickup truck, with four minor injuries. The car was traveling south on Route 207 when it collided with an eastbound pickup truck. The crash caused the truck to rollover. All patients refused transport. SPD is investigating the accident.

Emergency Personnel Respond to Overturned Boat in Missisquoi Bay

Highgate Springs, VT - On May 3rd at approximately 5:23 P.M., the Highgate Fire Department, Swanton Fire Department with their marine unit, and AmCare Ambulance Service responded to Shipyard Bay for a report of an overturned boat with a person on top of the boat. Swanton's marine unit was launched and searched the lake. The boat and the person were both found on the Phillipsburg QC side. AmCare Ambulance stood-by at the scene. There were no reported injuries. The lake was rough that day due to high winds. Phillipsburg QC Fire Department was also dispatched with their marine unit to search their side of the lake.

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Truck Loses Box, Spills Fertilizer All Over Highway Highgate, VT - At approximately 2:55 P.M. on May 30th, Highgate Fire Department, AmCare Ambulance Service and the Vermont State Police (VSP), responded to the corner of Route 78 and Machia Road for a truck that lost its box, which was loaded with fertilizer. Route 78 was down to one lane for several hours after the truck spilled fertilizer all over the highway. There were no injuries reported and VSP is investigating the accident. Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles was also notified.

Firefighters Respond to Smoldering Mulch in Storage Barn Sheldon, VT - Sheldon Fire Department, along with Mutual Aid from the Enosburgh Fire Department, responded to East Sheldon Road for the report of a barn fire. Upon arrival of Sheldon's first-due engine, firefighters found mulch smoldering in a storage barn. A small loader removed the smoldering mulch and firefighters dowsed it down. There were no reported injuries.


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Taking the Terror RICHARD BILLINGS Out of Terrorism Chaplain’s Corner

Pastor Fernando Villicana

Well, once again our world is faced with another terrorist attack. Our prayers go out to all of the family members and friends of the victims of yet another horrible incident, this time in Manchester, England. I was captured by a piece of journalism that dealt with terrorism, titled “The toll on our psyche.” In other words: The effect on our minds! I believe that all of our minds have been effected in varying degrees by what has taken place in our world today as a result of terrorism. Once again, terrorists did more than stack up a staggering death toll. They struck at our psyche! A Los Angeles psychiatrist, Dr. Robert Usano (chair of the Dept. of Psychology-University school of Medicine), put it this way: “It is psychological warfare. The terrorists were clearly intent on more than a shocking body count. The target of terrorism is not the terrible number of death and injuries, it is to disrupt the rest of the world by shredding our collective sense of security.” The article went on to say that “judging by the immediate aftermath of the attack, the terrorists were wily successful.” That is what terrorism wants to do – cause terror! A war on our minds – that’s what Satan has always done! Isaiah describes the fall of the ultimate terrorist (not Bin-

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Laden or Isis), but Satan! Isaiah 14:12 “How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How you are cut down to the ground, You who have weakened the nations! Here comes the fall of terrorists. v15 Yet you shall be brought down to Sheol, to the lowest depths of the Pit. Satan (and he who he uses), will always use terror as a tool against us. “The thief comes but to steal, kill and destroy.” Hebrews 2:15 and release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage. Living in fear of death is a bondage! If Satan is allowed to put these chains on us, he’s got us backed up in a corner. What are the chains we’re talking about? Living in constant fear of death! After attacks like the one that just took place in England, people are afraid to go into buildings, afraid to fly in planes, attend large public events, checking everybody out. Why? Fear! God has given us specific direction in Philippians not to fear. Philippians 1:28 and not in any way terrified by your adversaries… How is this possible? How can we have peace in the midst of such destruction? Through prayer and faith. 2 Timothy 1:7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. Let us come together in prayer, faith and tap into His ability that goes beyond our own ability - an ability that comes from above. Jesus is known as “the Prince of Peace” and thus has the power to grant us all “a peace that surpasses all understanding.”

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