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Raymond, ME. An early morning barn fire destroyed a three bay garage and attached barn on Kingsley Road in Raymond near the Casco town line. The box assignment for two engines two tankers, and one rescue supplemented with automatic aid from JUMP TO FILE# 042914101 Casco, and Poland was struck at 5:11 a.m. The building was fully involved on arrival of the first unit approximately eight minutes after the 911 call was received. The exposure home was protected from radiant heat, which made it impossible to walk between the two buildings. Water supply was established at a dry hydrant 2000 feet away by Chief Bosse from Poland Fire Rescue. Raymond, Poland and Casco crews provided suppression tactics. A car, tractor and various equipment and tools were lost in the fire. Seven pieces of apparatus with 21 firefighters were on scene. A Gloucester engine and a Naples engine covered Raymond’s two stations.

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Crews respond to fiery crash Highgate, VT. On May 2, 2014 at approximately 5:10 a.m., Highgate Fire Department, Missisquoi Valley Rescue (MVR), and Swanton Fire Department for heavy rescue responded on the Frontage Road in Highgate for car versus tree with reports the car was fully involved by fire. There was no one around or in the vehicle when crews arrived. The car was travelling north on Frontage Road when the operator of the vehicle lost control and went off the east side of the road. The vehicle veered back onto the road and then slammed into a tree on the west side of the road. A fire broke out in the engine compartment. The fire then spread quickly throughout the car, which was destroyed in the crash. The operator was located later with unknown injuries. Vermont State Police are investigating the crash.

Hazmat incident appears suspicious Swanton, VT. On May 22, 2014 just before 2:00 p.m., Missisquoi Valley Rescue (MVR), Swanton Fire Department, Mutual aid from St. Albans Town and Phillipsburg QC were alerted. Fire departments and AmCare Ambulance Service responded to the Tractor Supply on Route 207 in Swanton for a chemical reaction that caused breathing problems in five people according to Vermont State Police (VSP). Five people were transported to a nearby hospital by MVR and AmCare Ambulance Service with breathing problems. Numerous law enforcement agencies and Vermont State HazMat responded to the scene. The incident appears suspicious according to Vermont State Police. All agencies were on the scene for several hours. Alburgh Fire Department covered Swanton’s station and Alburgh Rescue covered MVR’s station.R ouses Point (NY) EMS covered Alburgh’s station and Champlain (NY) covered Rouses Point. The incident remains under investigation.

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Massachusetts: Michael R. Kennedy, 33 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: March 26, 2014 Death Date: March 26, 2014 Fire Department: Boston Fire Department Initial Summary: While operating in the basement of a burning multiple unit residential structure, Lieutenant Walsh and Firefighter Kennedy died from injuries sustained when they became trapped by fire conditions. Investigation into the fatal incident, which also injured many other firefighters and several police officers, continues by local authorities.

Alabama: Wayne O'Neal Jeffers, 64 Rank: Captain/EMT Incident Date: March 15, 2014 Death Date: March 16, 2014 Fire Department: South Montgomery County Volunteer Fire Department Initial Summary: Within 24 hours of responding to a motor vehicle accident with the South Montgomery County Volunteer Fire Department, Captain Jeffers passed away from a nature and cause of fatal injury still to be reported.

Massachusetts: Edward J. Walsh, 43 Rank: Lieutenant Incident Date: March 26, 2014 Death Date: March 26, 2014 Fire Department: Boston Fire Department Initial Summary: While operating in the basement of a burning multiple unit residential structure, Lieutenant Walsh and Firefighter Kennedy died from injuries sustained when they became trapped by fire conditions. Investigation into the fatal incident, which also injured many other firefighters and several police officers, continues by local authorities.

Indiana: Tom D. Stevens, Sr., 59 Rank: Assistant Fire Chief Incident Date: March 16, 2014 Death Date: March 17, 2014 Fire Department: Bright Volunteer Fire Company Initial Summary: Several hours after returning home from an emergency response call with the fire department, Assistant Fire Chief Stevens suffered an apparent heart attack. Responders from the Bright Fire Company were summoned and treated Chief Stevens then transported him to the Mercy Harrison Medical Center (Harrison, OH), where despite all efforts he succumbed to his injury.

West Virginia: George Underwood, 64 Rank: Fire Chief Incident Date: April 2, 2014 Death Date: April 2, 2014 Fire Department: Lake Volunteer Fire Department Initial Summary: Fire Chief Underwood responded to a call of localized flooding that was affecting residential properties in the community. While attempting to clear a blocked culvert with a hose line, Underwood fell ill and collapsed at the scene from an apparent heart attack. Chief Underwood was treated by responders and transported to the hospital where he succumbed to his injury.

Pennsylvania: Edwin J. "Lance" Wentzel, 57 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: March 16, 2014 Death Date: March 17, 2014 Fire Department: Youngwood Volunteer Fire Department Initial Summary: While participating in a search operation along railroad tracks for a missing woman, Firefighter Wentzel was struck and killed by a train. Investigation by authorities continues into the fatal incident.

West Virginia: Hugh Ferguson, 52 Rank: Fire Chief Incident Date: April 21, 2014 Death Date: April 21, 2014 Fire Department: Damon Volunteer Fire Department Initial Summary: While working to establish a water supply at the scene of a vacant residential building fire, Fire Chief Ferguson collapsed from an apparent heart attack. Fellow responders immediately rendered assistance to Ferguson and transported him by Life Flight to the Memorial Hermann Hospital where he succumbed to his injury.


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Pickup truck versus motorcycle sends one to hospital Swanton, VT. On June 2, 2014 at approximately 4:00 p.m., Missisquoi Valley Rescue (MVR), Swanton Fire Department, Swanton Police Department, and Border Patrol responded to the intersection of First Street and Broadway Street in Swanton Village for a pickup truck versus a motorcycle. The vehicles collided sending the motorcycle operator to the hospital by MVR with minor injuries. Swanton Police Department is investigating the crash.

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As firefighters, we all know that our best ally in extinguishing fire is water, the basic H2O. Sometimes just a little squirt from a “can” will be more than sufficient and, at other times, it will take thousands of gallons of water. The bigger the fire, the more water and the more hose lines along with specialty equipment, apparatus, and appliances that will be needed to effect total extinguishment. In the end, it is water that will confine and extinguish the fire, while making the scene safe for all concerned. In urban areas, it seems as if there is an endless water supply with water mains and hydrants in abundance. Using a forward or reverse stretch, you locate your hydrant, lay in your attack hose line, call for water and go to work. For the most part the system works well. The next arriving engine connects to a different water source, hydrant, and provides a backup line. As additional hose lines are needed, they can be supplied by these two pumpers, or additional pumpers on scene depending on the size of the fire, its location, and threat to exposures or possible extension. Contrasting with the urban firefighting, the water supply situation in a rural area is a bit more complex. There may be some hydrants located within a village, but for the most part, you have to carry your own water supply on your pumper or tanker. The bigger the fire, the sooner your tank water will be expended and the more tankers that will be needed. This will require establishing a water supply officer and a water supply source to replenish the tankers. Usually a draft site will be designated from a static source such as a pond, lake, stream, swimming pool, cistern, or other available water source. Many departments have water source maps designating the location of these available water sources within their jurisdiction. The planning, installation, and use of dry hydrants that have been strategically located throughout a district will reduce time in establishing a water supply. Another option for refilling the tankers would be the use of the nearest hydrant system located

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within a town or village. Sometimes, the water source may be close to the scene of the fire, and at other times it may be a distance (miles) away. Travel distance is a key factor in determining the number of tankers needed and the potential for more than one supply pumper at the water source in order to maintain a continuous and adequate water supply at the fire scene. The use of portable folding tanks, commonly referred to as porta-ponds, may also be set up near the fire scene and tankers can offload their water supply directly into the portable tank and return to the fill site for another tank refill. A pumper will be drafting from the portable tank and supplying the attack pumper(s). Usually more than one pumper may be needed if additional portable tanks are located at other locations on the fire ground. If master streams are being used along with hand lines, it will not take long for two or three thousand gallons of water to be depleted very quickly. There may be occasions at the onset of an initial fire attack that the water supply may be interrupted when all the tank water on the initial response apparatus has been expended. Pre-planned mutual response and immediate requests for additional tankers to the scene will do much to eliminate this problem. Standing around watching the fire and waiting for water doesn’t do much for public relations, though there may be situations when you will be forced to do just that. And it can happen in the urban response areas also when hydrants, water mains, or pumpers break down and fail to supply the needed water. Maintaining a constant water supply helps ensure the safety of all on scene personnel. Should there be a loss of water supply, all personnel shall be withdrawn from the structure until an adequate water supply has been resumed. To be continued. Till next time, Stay Safe and God Bless!

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Looking for a quick “pick me up”? Why not give yourself a five minute energy boost? I was recently asked to provide a few “desk jockeys” with a quick "caffeine free" midday energy Boost. Fitness, motivational levels and age varied across a broad spectrum. Each participant was provided a 32oz bottle of water. Here’s what worked for them, and it can work for you, pretty much anytime, anyplace! Do as many repetitions as you can during the 30 seconds without using momentum or sacrificing proper form or alignment. Remember to work at an intensity level (speed) suitable to your current level. Progress to the next movement without rest. Once you have completed all the movements go back and repeat each one a second time. In a seated or standing position begin while holding the 32oz bottle of water in front of you (elbows bent, bottle close to your body) at chest level and extend overhead to near straight arm po-

sition. Return to starting position. For a greater challenge, if standing try performing the movement while standing on leg, being sure to alternate legs ½ way through. If seated, you can further vary the exercise by raising the bottle in your right hand only then switching to the left half way through. Keep the empty arm extended overhead throughout. Repeat for 30 seconds. Next, while standing, hold the water bottle in front of you at chest height (overhead for a greater challenge), sit down near the edge of a chair (if you don’t have a chair, squat as though you do) then stand up to the starting position. Repeat for 30 seconds. Continue by sitting near the edge of a chair (if no chair, you can sit on the floor/ground) with the water bottle at chest level and somewhat close to your body (elbows bent). Keeping hips fixed rotate only at the waist as far as you can (keeping bottle in front of your chest) and then to the opposite direction. You can pause in the forward facing (start) position between rotating to each side if you are more comfortable with that. Continue this for 30 seconds. Seated or standing (if done standing, be sure knees are slightly bent) hold water bottle overhead. Keeping elbows up and shoulders stationary (close to your ears/head) flex the elbows to bring

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Second alarm boat fire in Cranston On May 10, 2014 at 11 p.m., firefighters were alerted to a boat fire at 1 Ocean Avenue at the Cranston Yacht Club. First arriving crews reported heavy fire showing from three boats with extension to two more boats. It took companies three hours to bring the fire under control. No injuries were reported to firefighters or civilians.


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Waterbury responds General alarm fire in Southington to gas odor in state condo building injures one person building On the early afternoon of Wednesday May 21st, firefighters with Engine 8 and Truck 1 along with Car 5 (battalion chief) were dispatched to the Connecticut Labor Department at 249 Thomaston Avenue for an odor of natural gas in the building. Car 5 took command on arrival and the building had been evacuated. Firefighters metered the entire building and there were no readings of natural gas. Upon further investigation, a car leaking fuel in the parking lot was the cause of the odor.

In the early morning hours of Sunday, May 4th, Southington firefighters responded to a condo complex at 20 Summer Street for several calls for a structure fire. On arrival, heavy fire was showing from the building. Car 3 struck a general alarm, which brought out Engines 11, 12, 21, 22, 31, 51; Ladder 1; and Rescue 1 as well as mutual aid from Cheshire and Plainville to cover the town. Engines 11 and 12 were di-

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rected to lay in as they approached the scene and Ladder 1 set up for a master stream. One person was injured when he noticed the fire in his unit and jumped from a second floor window onto a deck. He was transported to a burn unit to be treated for minor burns and leg injuries. The fire was under control in

just over a half hour and all of the other occupants escaped the building with no injuries. The fire heavily damaged three units and the fire is under investigation. Fire stops in the building along with an aggressive attack by firefighters prevented the fire from spreading throughout the entire building. - RICK KULMANN

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Man injured in Southington construction accident In the early afternoon hours of Wednesday, May 28th, Southington police and firefighters were dispatched to 172 Hilltop Drive for a construction accident. Car 4 (captain) Engine 21 and Rescue 1 arrived on scene at a residential dwelling to find a construction worker, who was working near a backhoe in the rear of the house digging a foundation. The worker fell into the hole. AMR responded to the scene and transported the victim to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

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Wallingford handles smoky basement fire On May 23, 2014, a call was received for smoke coming from basement of a residential home by the occupants. Dispatched to the incident were E2, E1, E5, T1, Rescue 3 and Medic 2. On arrival of Car 4 (Acting Battalion Chief), reported he had smoke showing from the Alpha-Bravo corner of building with a working basement fire. First in companies made their way through the interior stairs with a one and three quarter inch line. They were met by heavy black smoke in the basement. A thermal imaging camera was used to see the fire spreading up the walls and floor joists of the balloon frame structure. Another one and three quarter inch backup line was brought to the rear bilco door for backup. Due to the aggressive stop by companies, little extension was made to the upper floors. No injuries were reported. The fire is still under investigation.


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Wallingford companies handle second basement in two days On May 24, 2014 at 12:48 p.m., the Wallingford Fire Department was dispatched to 298 Ward Street for a structure fire. C4, E1,E2, T1, M2 and R7 responded. Engine 1 arrived and reported a two and a half story wood balloon frame structure with smoke showing. A first floor occupant reported a fire in the basement. They also reported everyone out of building. Engine 1 initiated an offensive attack from the charlie side into the basement to attack the seat of the fire. The fire was found to be in the basement on the bravo side, traveling up the stud bays. The fire was extinguished with minimal extension to the first floor. Truck 1 set up for a vertical vent and overhaul. Engine 2 established the water supply and advanced a backup line while Medic 2 assisted in the search. Rescue 7 was assigned RIT. M1 assisted the truck with overhaul. The cause is still under investigation. No injuries were reported.

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Heavy fire on waterfront in Danbury Danbury, CT. Just before dawn on May 28th, the Danbury Fire Department was dispatched to a report of smoke in the house on Forty Acre Mountain Road, which is in the north end of the city along Candlewood Lake. Engine 24 was the first to arrive and found a large lakeside house with heavy fire issuing on the waterfront side. The house is approximately 3500 square feet, built into the lakefront hillside. From the water side the house is actually four stories tall. Forty Acre Mountain Road is a narrow street that rises steeply above Candlewood Lake. Firefighters had their work cut out for them, since accessing this house was very difficult. Engine 24's crew stretched a handline down the series of stone stairways to the waterside of the

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house to begin the attack. Car 30 (deputy chief) arrived and assumed command, requesting all six Danbury tankers, as well as two from the neighboring town of Brookfield. As Engine 23 arrived second due and it was very apparent that this was going to be a complicated fire attack and water supply scenario, Command requested that Marine 25, the fireboat from Brookfield's Candlewood Fire Company respond to assist with firefighting, as the boat has the ability to pump 2000 gallons per minute. The house had been renovated numerous times, and even after knocking a large quantity of fire down, crews chased hidden fire for quite some time. Numerous handlines were

stretched for the fire attack from the road, a line was stretched from the fireboat, and an effective tanker shuttle was operating. Due to the topography and complexity of the fire attack, additional manpower was required. By the end of the fire, the entire on duty career platoon was on the scene, as well firefighters from a number of Danbury's volunteer companies and a crew from Brookfield. Danbury EMS stood by at the scene, as well as provided rehab. No injuries were reported and the Danbury Fire Marshals are investigating. While the fire was burning, Bethel and Ridgefield provided back fill for coverage of the city and ran multiple calls. - BERNIE MEEHAN

Structure fires in Norwalk The Norwalk Fire Department responded to a pair of structure fires 19 minutes apart. The first fire was received at 6:28 p.m. on April 21st for a reported porch fire at 60 William Street. A plume of smoke was visible while responding. E4 reported heavy fire on an outside porch attached to the house. E4’s crew quickly advanced a hose line and began to attack the fire, while E3 began water supply operations. R1 searched the first and second floor for any fire extension into the home. Due to the large size of the porch, T1 and T2 began overhauling

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operations. E2 was assigned RIT during the incident. There were no injuries during the fire. The two occupants self-evacuated the home prior to fire department arrival. Fire Inspector McDonald is investigating the cause of the fire. In all, 25 firefighters were on scene. The second fire was received at 6:47 p.m. for a reported fire on the third floor balcony of 26 Belden Ave., Avalon Gates. E5 reported a sprinkler activation from the bal-

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cony holding the fire in check. T1 went to the balcony via the bucket to finish extinguishment and do some overhauling. E1 checked for water damage in the surrounding apartments. The occupant in the apartment was not aware of the fire until the sprinkler opened up. No injuries were reported and the fire is under investigation by Fire Inspector Raila. During these fires, mutual aid was received by New Canaan, Westport, and Rowayton Fire Departments to cover our stations. - GINO GATTO

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Danbury Fire Department’s annual ARFF training On May 6th, members of the Danbury Fire Department traveled from Connecticut to Westover Air Force Base in Massachusetts for their annual training in Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting (ARFF). The Danbury Fire Department in Western CT handles the ARFF duties for the Danbury Municipal Airport.


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APPARATUS IN ACTION If you have photos you would like to see in our Apparatus in Action feature please upload them on our website www.1stResponderNews.com or email them to Heather@1stResponderNews.com.

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Lawn tractor accident The Norwalk Fire Department responded to a lawn tractor accident at 11 Crossland Place, on May 27th at 6:21 p.m. A man in his 60’s was moving some wood logs in a trailer along an embankment when the tractor he was JUMP TO FILE # riding on tumbled 052814104 down the hill 20’ pinning the man’s leg. Family and neighbors heard the man’s call for help and pulled the man out just prior to firefighter’s arriving on scene. Firefighters secured the tractor to a tree and with Norwalk Hospital paramedics tended to the man’s injured leg. Firefighters used a winch from the rescue truck to bring the tractor up to level ground, before leaving the scene. - EDWARD PRESCOTT

Richard "Porky" Andrews a lifetime member of Sandy Hook Vol. Fire & Rescue passed away on Friday, June 6th, 2014 at his home surrounded by family. Porky served Sandy Hook Fire & Rescue for 63 years. JUMP TO FILE # He also helped build 060914116 the main station and the sub-station. His wife, Louise, who survives him is a lifetime member of the ladies auxiliary. Porky was also a POW serving in the U.S. Army 106th Division, Canon Company, 424th Infantry Regiment. He fought in the Battle of the Bulge and was captured by the Wehrmacht on December 16, 1944. He was transported by train to Stalag 12A Luckenwalde, Germany and was imprisoned there until May 6th, 1945. His death occurred on the 70th anniversary of D-Day, and the 76th anniversary of Sandy Hook Fire & Rescue's formal organization. Porky helped make the Sandy Hook Fire & Rescue Com-

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Man arrested after MVA in Waterbury Waterbury police and firefighters with Engine 5 responded to the area of 371 Scott Road on May 31st for an MVA with injuries and the person turning blue. Engine 5 and police arrived to find a car off the road into a residential driveway possibly hitting a parked vehicle. Car 5 requested Engine 4 to the scene to handle the fluids on the ground while the crew on Engine 5 conducted patient care. Campion Ambulance arrived on scene and a short time later the occupant of the vehicle was arrested by police for being under the influence of drugs or alcohol. There were no other injuries in this incident.

House damaged by fire in Southington On May 29th just after 5:30 p.m., Southington firefighters were dispatched to 36 Buena Vista Drive for a garage fire called in by the homeowner. Car 3 arrived on scene to heavy fire in an attached garage of the two story raised ranch dwelling and immediately called for a general alarm bringing all firefighters to their stations. Engine's 11, 21, 22, 31, 32 Ladder 1, Rescue 1, Car 1 and 3 responded to the fire. Engine 11 was first on scene and laid a supply line from a hydrant that was a few hundred feet away. Engine 22 was told to find a

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second source of water and found a hydrant up the street from the scene and laid into Engine 31. Firefighters stretched a one and three quarter inch line off Engine 11 and began to battle the blaze as other crews vented and did a search of the house. It took a half hour to knock down all visible fire. The building department and the power company were asked to respond. In addition, an AMR ambulance was dispatched

because the homeowner had smoke inhalation. The fire started when the homeowner put a lawnmower he was using back in the garage and the heat from the mower set some dead grass in the garage on fire. The house was severely damaged and a vehicle in the garage was destroyed. Crews remained on scene through the night doing overhaul and assisting the investigators. Engine's 12, 22 and Rescue 2 were manned to respond to any other incidents in town. - RICK KULMANN

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School children visit fire house The children from Our Savior PreSchool recently visited South Windsor Fire Department Company 3.

Two Ridgefield firefighters receive awards To commemorate EMS Week 2014, the Western Connecticut Health Network held its dinner and recognition ceremony at Danbury Hospital after taking EMS providers on tours of the almost completed new Emergency Department. Two Ridgefield firefighters were honored for their EMS accomplishments. Firefighter/Paramedic Michael Trenck received a plaque acknowledging him as the Ridgefield EMS Provider of the Year. Mike is very active in the local EMS arena and does a lot of work to progress EMS in the area. Lieutenant/Paramedic Rommie Duckworth received the Christopher Blackwell Dedication to Service Award, which recognizes those members involved in EMS who are highly motivated and dedicated to delivering service. Christopher Blackwell was a long time Danbury area paramedic, who was a full time FDNY firefighter assigned to Rescue 3 and killed on 9/11.


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Worcester State Hospital Fire Worcester, Massachusetts Photography by D. M. Wenc Available from: FSP Books & Videos 188 Central Street, Suite #4 Hudson, MA 01749-1330 1-800522-8528 E-mail: support@fire-pol i c e - e m s . c o m www.fire-police-ems.com Price: $19.95 This DVD is 38 minutes in length. It was transferred from the original VHS to a DVD in 2012. The fire happened on July 22, 1991. It is first important for the reader/viewer to know that the videographer took in this fire after taking up from another fire a distance away. I write this because for the first five minutes or so the viewer will see a blank screen with only the time and the date showing. Within the five minutes is a flash of the vehicle he is in, responding on a highway to a column of smoke off in the distance. This smoke is the hospital fire. During the black screen presentation (which is when the camera is turned off to save wasted time), one can hear the radio traffic of companies arriving and an order from the chief for a fourth alarm. This is all written so that the viewer does not think that the DVD is defective! The hospital is an old historic building, most likely vacant (condition of occupancy is not mentioned) and from the looks of the building, it has the telltale sign of being a state hospital, namely drab and depressing. It is a large building with an inclined roof running the length of it with dormers in some parts between the ridge pole and the floor below. The fire has possession of the top of the building and is through the roof in some sections. A tractordrawn aerial (which appears to be an E-ONE tractor pulling an older Maxim aerial trailer) has the ladder raised and eventually a ladderpipe is deployed. It appears to be an outside fight, but during the period of firefighting, an evacuation signal was given so I guess there may have been attempts made at an interior attack. There is a part of the roof buildup that resembles a cupola, but I’m not sure if that would be what this section was called. Anyway it eventually becomes fully involved with fire. It is decided to have the firefighting force fallback to a safer position and the aerial is actually moved while the ladder is still raised. The ladderpipe is eventually re-deployed, but the stream is not hitting the fire but falling short onto the exterior of the building where there is no flame. It’s quite possible that there was

insufficient water pressure. The blaze was eventually elevated to five alarms with over 100 WFD firefighters in attendance reinforced by members from nine other mutual aid fire departments. In its height, the fire runs the length of the building. The videographer pans both the fire building and the fireground. I saw one mutual aid chief wearing a white helmet without a front piece, but the town’s name and his rank were on the back of his bunker coat. The scene brought back memories of some of the older apparatus many of us were used to seeing such as Maxim Model “S” pumpers, a Mack “R” pumper and more. The video abruptly ends probably due to the transfer from VHS to DVD. It is a scene with plenty of fire!

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Car set on fire in woods in Waterbury In the early evening of May 21st, Engine 7 was dispatched for a possible brush fire in the area of Berkley Avenue and Wall Street. On arrival, heavy smoke was seen in the woods across from 210 Berkley Avenue and firefighters had to stretch 350 feet of hose into the woods. When firefighters got to where the smoke was coming from, they encountered a car fully involved with gasoline poured all around the vehicle. It took several minutes to put the fire out and the fire marshal and a police officer was dispatched to the scene. Police are investigating whether the car was a stolen vehicle.

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Waterbury firefighters standby at imminent building collapse Waterbury firefighters with Engine 1 and Rescue 9 responded to 802 North Main Street for an investigation of a potential building collapse. On arrival, they had a three story vacant building that was in danger of collapse, The road was shut down and Yankee Gas responded to make sure the gas was shut off. The building department also responded to the scene.

Firefighters riding for a cause The Renegade Knights Firefighter Motorcycle Club (RKFFMC) is comprised of fire fighters with ten or more years of service who ride for the benefit of children and families in their community. The club consists of four battalions in CT. Battalion III is the Eastern CT chapter, consisting of seven members. Battalion III has had the privilege of helping families in Eastern CT over the past two years. This year has brought devastation to multiple families in the Moosup, Plainfield and Norwich area of CT. Fire destroyed a duplex in Moosup in April. Volunteers from the local fire departments worked to bring the fire under control. Renegade Knights Leo Berube and Kevin Wells were there with their respective departments. Due to the

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extent of damage, two families were displaced. Knights Wells and Berube contacted the other members of their club to see what they could do to help the families. The club made a donation and presented it to the family within days of the fire. Fire struck again in the area with a blaze in Plainfield at a single family home. The blaze was brought under control and Knights Wells, Pendleton, and LaVoie were present. The family was displaced and again the Renegade Knights saw a chance to help those in their community at their time of need. Within one hour of the fire being placed under control, the club had

a donation in the hands of the family. Fire struck a historical house in Norwich that was home to multiple families. Due to the large number of people affected, a fund was established to assist the displaced families. Again the Renegade Knights Battalion III made a donation to assist those in need. It is with great pride that this club raises and distributes money to families in their time of need after fire changes their lives. For these individuals helping out doesn’t stop at the fire house when the emergency is over. They organize motorcycle rides throughout the riding season and support other clubs that raise money for charitable giving. - AL LAVOIE

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Morris firefighters battle early evening structure fire Just after 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 6th, Morris firefighters responded to 191 East Street for a structure fire. Upon arrival, Engine 4 reported fire was showing in front of a two story residential dwelling. Car 2 requested mutual aid from Bethlehem, Litchfield and Watertown. It took firefighters an hour to put the fire out. There were no injuries reported and it is under investigation.

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Waterbury firefighters battle fire at Brooklyn baking company Just after 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 13th, Waterbury firefighters responded to a structure fire at the Brooklyn Baking Company at 8 John Street in the Brooklyn section of Waterbury. Engine's 4, 8, 11, Rescue Engine 1, Rescue 9, Truck 1, Truck 3 and Car 5 were dispatched. On arrival, first due Engine 11 had smoke showing from the two story wood building and stretched a line. A few minutes into the call, Car 5 reported there was a fire between the ceiling and the second floor of the business and placed the fire under control 45 minutes later. Crews remained on scene for several hours to conduct overhaul and check for hot spots. There were no injuries reported and the fire is under investigation by the city fire marshal.


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Heroes Mortgage sponsors Home Depot gift card giveaway! It’s the summertime and you know what that means: Barbecues, vacations and pool parties. Don’t forget the honeydo-list. With the summer about to go into full swing, you know some type of home improvement project will creep up poolside. Well, 1st Responder Newspaper is here to help with whatever job you have to take care of. The Heroes Mortgage Program, brought to you by 1st Responder and Sun Home Loans, has teamed up to give away a $500 gift card from Home Depot to celebrate the success of the innovative mortgage opportunity. One Home Depot gift card will be given away at each of the upcoming trade shows that 1st Responder and Sun Home Loans will be attending to share more information about the popular Heroes Mortgage Program. There is absolutely no charge or obligation to enter the drawing for the Home Depot gift card. Readers can enter by visiting 1st Responder’s website at www.1RBN.com. To enter the contest, entrants must completely fill out the form and verify their email address. “We have received so much great feedback about the Heroes Mortgage Program from our readers,” said 1st Responder Publisher Joseph Belsito. “Sun Home Loan has stepped up in a big way to extend benefits to members of the emergency services community and their families. The program has been a success and we look forward to continue to build our relationship with the emergency services community who risk their lives for us every day.”

The Heroes Mortgage Program is an exclusive mortgage opportunity, which provides discounted fees and low interest rates for firefighters and other members of the emergency services community. The program offers unmatched rates, minimal lender fees and promises to get clients in their new home by the contract date. To participate in the program, firefighters, rescue and EMS personnel must verify their active or retired status within the emergency services community. The program is open to both paid and volunteer members. To receive more information about the program and its

Heroes Realty helps military veteran find his dream home Stephen Hylton often used public transportation to look at different homes he was interested in on the market. However, Hylton didn’t have to worry about catching the train to get home during his search. Martin Kaczmarczyk, the Broker of Record for Heroes Realty, usually gave Hylton a lift – even though it was out of the way. It was the least he could do for Hylton, a U.S. Army veteran, who proudly served our country. Kaczmarczyk couldn’t help but think of Hylton over Memorial Day weekend, proudly knowing that he helped him purchase his home through the innovative Heroes Realty program. “Being able to find a place for a veteran, right around Memorial Day, that means a lot,” Kaczmarczyk said. “This is a home Mr. Hylton can spend a lot of years in. It means so much because of the sacrifices he made. Mr. Hylton closed in early-May, so it was perfect timing.” Heroes Realty works with heroes and their families across the country with a variety of real estate transactions. These brave men and women include firefighters and EMT’s, police officers, members of the armed services, healthcare professionals – including doctors, nurses and support staff – and educators. Whether you are looking to purchase a new home, sell the one you are in for the best price possible, or are even looking to rent or lease a quality home or apartment, Heroes Realty has opened its doors to provide personal real estate services to all of the Heroes in our community. Heroes Realty is dedicated to the longterm success and financial well-being of all of our members. The Heroes Realty team is made up of a knowledgeable staff

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Fall River Fire Museum holds 6th annual fire truck show Fall River, MA. The Fall River Fire Museum held their 6th Annual Fire Truck Show on Sunday, June 1st. on the shores of Battleship Cove under brilliant blue skies. Attendees to the show were treated to a display of antique and modern fire apparatus, a live chainsaw carving display, as well as a demonstration by a FEMA K9 trained to find bodies at disaster scenes. Heavy Rescue 1 used a hy-

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draulic rescue tool to perform a mock extrication an tore apart a car to the delight of the crowd. Young children and future firefighters got to try their hand at extinguishing live fire with a Bullex Xtreme fire extinguishing system, provided by the Massachusetts Call Firefighters Association. Also the

young people were treated to a visit from Sparky the fire dog. At the end of the event, two carvings created by Michael Higgins, chainsaw artist, were raffled off to two lucky attendees. Trophy's were awarded in the categories of viewers choice, voted by attendees, best in show, voted by Museum committee members and longest driven. -KENNETH LEGER

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Leominster Fire Department’s 114th Sunday Memorial Service On Sunday, June 8th 2014, the Leominster Fire Department held their annual firefighters Memorial Service. Each year, the firefighters as well as city and state officials hold and participate in the memorial service held at the monument in the center of the city to remember all the past members of the fire department.


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Dumpster fire with explosions in Waltham Waltham, MA. On June 3, 2014, Engine 4 and Ladder 2 were dispatched to a construction dumpster between to houses. Engine 4 arrived to find the dumpster fully involved and requested a full box assignment. Engine 1 and Rescue 6 re-

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Accident for Waltham Waltham, MA. On May 26, 2014, a two car accident at the intersection of South and Vernon Streets sent three people to area hospitals. Engine 4 arrived and stabilized two of the injured and requested a third ambulance. Engine 4 also requested Engine 1 to a bicyclist accident several feet up from their accident on Vernon Street.

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Serious motor vehicle crash on Route 49 Sturbridge, MA. On Sunday, May 25, 2014 at 3:15 p.m., Sturbridge Public Safety dispatchers received reports of a serious motor vehicle crash on Route 49 in the area of Ladd Road. On-duty Sturbridge personnel responded from the Public Safety Complex while all off-duty personnel were called to respond and assist as reports indicated one vehicle had rollover and that multiple people were injured. First arriving crews confirmed that multiple vehicle occupants were injured. Two medical helicopters were requested, but none were

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available to respond due to severe thunderstorms throughout the area surrounding Sturbridge. The Charlton and East Brookfield Fire Departments, and Spencer Emergency Rescue Squad each sent an ambulance to assist Sturbridge Fire and EMS personnel. In all, four patients were transported to area hospitals. Sturbridge and Charlton ambulances each took one patient in critical condition to

UMass-Memorial Medical Center’s Trauma Room in Worcester. East Brookfield and Spencer ambulances each transported patients with less severe injuries to Harrington Memorial Hospital in Southbridge. No updates on patient conditions are available. The Sturbridge Police Department closed Route 49 to all traffic in order to clear patients and vehicles from the scene, and to investigate the crash. - NICHOLAS DADALT

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Memorial day parade in Fall River Fall River, MA. Engine 3 from the Fall River Fire Department participated in the 2014 Memorial Day Parade. Also marching were members of the Special Services Unit led by Deputy Chief Richard Aquiar. Special Services entered their Lighting Unit and their Rehab Unit 1.


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School evacuated in Plymouth Plymouth, MA. Firefighters responded to the Cold Spring Elementary School for a report of an odor of gas in the building. Firefighters responded and the school was evacuated. Firefighters checked the building and did not find any readings of gas in the building. The gas company responded and confirmed the building was safe for staff and students to re-enter. Staff and students were evacuated for approximately one hour.

The Southwick Fire Department was called to 134 Feeding Hills Road just after 2:30 p.m. on Mother's Day, May 11th. Firefighters arrived to find an attached two car garage fully engulfed in flames. JUMP TO FILE # Mutual aid was 080713101 called in from Agawam Fire Department to assist at the scene. The fire was knocked down and did not impede on the main section of the house due to a quick aggressive attack. There were four people home at the time of the fire, whom all es-

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Motor vehicle accident on Route 24 Fall River, MA. The Fall River Fire Department was dispatched to a reported rollover MVA on Route 24 North in the area of Exit 5. Because the exact location was unknown, Fire Alarm dispatched Engine 9 and Heavy Rescue 1 to approach from the South. They also dispatched Engine 12, Platform 1, and Medical Rescue 5 from the north. When units arrived on scene, they had a single vehicle crash in the center median. The crash victims were treated and transported to a local hospital.

Accident in Harwich Harwich, MA. A two car collision between an Acura SUV and a BMW sedan sent one person to Cape Cod Hospital with unknown injuries. The accident happened around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 14th at the intersection of Lower County Road and Grey Neck Road. Harwich Police are handling the investigation.

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ACTION SHOTS FROM AROUND THe STATe To see your action shots in the newspaper upload them on our website www.1stResponderNews.com or email them to Heather@1stResponderNews.com.

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Waltham firefighters as RIT at a working fire (Lt. Brian Kiernan, Sean McShane and Jeff Ciccone)

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Chain saw artist Michael Higgins poises with one of his creations at the Fall River Fire Museum’s 6th annual fire truck show

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Kingston Firefighters transfer the patient to Medflight.

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Lt Matthew Roderick and Firefighter/EMT Bill Chamberland work to free the patient, while Firefighter/EMT Robert Moynagh, Jr. helps to provide medical care of the patient. Not visible is Firefighter/Paramedic Brian Towns whom was inside the vehicle providing medical care throughout the extrication process.

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Kingston Deputy Fire Chief Douglas coordinates the scene of a Gas Leak with Police Lieutenant Kelley and members from NSTAR.


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Laugh your way to the bank with a stand-up comedy fund-raiser

JAKE O'CALLAGHAN/CWN

Bicyclist hit in Harwichport Harwichport, MA. Around 5 p.m. Friday, June 6th, a bicyclist heading westbound on Lower County Road was hit by a landscape truck. The accident happened in front of Allen's Harbor. The truck failed to stop and left in a westerly direction. Harwich Police are searching for the truck. Police Sergeant Adam Hutton gave comfort to the victim before the Harwich Fire and Rescue arrived on scene. Officer Keith Kennally later examined the crumbled bicycle. The victim was transported to Cape Cod Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

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Who needs to laugh more than the Fire Companies ---the first responders who deal with dangerous circumstances each and every day? There’s an innovative concept for fund-raising developed by Joey Novick, who is a stand-up comedian and the Fire Commissioner in his hometown: Stand-up comedy shows. Fire companies can get much-needed laughs and profit financially as well. Novick's company, ComedyWorks, provides all-star headline comedians from HBO, Comedy Central, Showtime, Last Comic Standing, and the Tonight Show. Novick’s been producing comedy shows since 1977, and has experience producing shows with such comedians as Jerry Seinfeld, Rosie O’Donnell, Larry The Cable Guy, and Tim Allen. "The comedians were very funny, and very professional," wrote Mark Bruhmuller, Fire Chief of the Churchtown Fire Company of New York. “Joey Novick did an excellent job. Everybody loves to laugh, and it's a great deal of fun." ComedyWorks produces more than 300 shows a year, almost 150 of those for emergency service organizations. The money these shows can

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raise varies, depending on things like the number of tickets sold, how they're priced, the amount spent on promotion and whether food and drink are available. "Mostly companies produce shows in their own facilities, which may hold 300–400 people," says Novick. "We'll put together a show for them that will bring in comedians from major comedy clubs, with a headliner from HBO, Comedy Central, or the Tonight Show. The feature performer will be someone who's headlined the comedy circuit: Catch a Rising Star, the Improv, the Comedy Store. The host of the show will be a comedian who's very high-energy, like a gameshow host, to get the audience warmed up. A triple headliner show!” The Somerset Fire Company of New Jersey produces two fundraisers a year through ComedyWorks. "We've done about ten shows so far, and it's been great," says Mike Rein-

beck, who coordinates the shows for the 65-member volunteer department. "A friend of mine who had used Joey told me, 'This guy books really good acts.' So, we did the first show, everything was great, and we've been doing shows with Joey ever since." "I find their people to be very funny," agrees Adam Hubney, chief of the Atlantic Highlands Volunteer Fire Department in New Jersey, which books comedians through ComedyWorks for its annual dinner. "We have a professional comedy club in our county, and the quality is just as good." Comedy Works provides a 30-page ‘How-To’ guide that assists organizations through the comedy show production and warns of mistakes to avoid. "We make sure they follow everything in the guide," says Novick. "If a company has never done this before, it gives you everything from you need to know. We make sure that things get done right. Clients who follow the guide always do very well and tend to make money.” For information on Comedy Works, call 1 (888) 782-4589, go to www.comedyworks.org or e-mail joeynovick@earthlink.net.

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Barnstable County Fire Chiefs Association hosts successful company officer academy training program On May 2 and 3, the Barnstable County Fire Chiefs Association hosted a two day Company Officer Academy training program at the Ocean Edge Resort in Brewster, Ma. The program, which was conducted by retired Lewisville Texas Fire Chief Rick JUMP TO FILE # Lasky and retired 051514103 Fire Department New York (FDNY) Battalion Chief John Salka focused on developing the skills of current and aspiring company officers in the areas of leadership, management, team building, strategic and tactical fireground decision making and FF safety. The event was attended by 210 firefighters from over 50 fire departments within the New England region including Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine, Vermont, Rhode Island, Connecticut, and New York. The Chiefs Association recognizes that company officers are a critical component of their organizations overall operation and hosted this training event to ensure the regions company officers and those seeking to become officers are afforded the opportunity to have the most current fire service supervisory and fire suppression concepts available to them on a daily basis. The Chiefs Association would also like to thank all of the attendees for their dedicated effort and the vendors for their support of the program. - ROBERT MORAN

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Three transported to hospital in highway crash Newton, MA. Massachusetts State troopers along with fire and medical personnel were dispatched to the Massachusetts Pike westbound around 8 a.m. on May 27, for a motor vehicle crash. Three people were injured and transported to a hospital, said Trooper Dustin Fitch. The crash is under investigation.

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Cataldo Ambulance Service donates golf proceeds to ACS Somerville, MA. On Wednesday, May 21, Cataldo Ambulance Service held its 22nd annual charity golf tournament, Swing Fore Hope, to benefit the American Cancer Society’s AstraZeneca Hope Lodge Boston. Thanks to the generosity of Cataldo Ambulance and all those involved, this year’s donation to the American Cancer Society’s Hope Lodge Boston is $30,000. In the past 22 years of tournament play, Cataldo Ambulance Service has donated over $600,000 to ACS and other nonprofit and community organizations. This year’s tournament, held at Four Oaks Country Club in Dracut, boasted over 120 golfers whom participated in a full day of activities. Over 50 companies and numerous individuals contributed to support the sizable donation presented to the American Cancer Society and over 25 companies were represented in the tournament play. Golfers were first provided

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with a social registration hour including lunch, followed by a shotgun start at noon. The post-play activities included dinner and awards ceremony, raffle items and a silent auction. Cataldo Ambulance Service is humbled by the continued success of the annual golf tournament and truly appreciates the contributions received during these challenging economic times. The success of this tournament is a credit to all of the sponsors, company staff, volunteers and participants. Without them, Cataldo Ambulance would not have been able to make so many generous contributions to the American Cancer Society throughout the years. As in the past 21 years, Cataldo Ambulance is honored to donate the tournament proceeds to the American Cancer Society; and extends endless thanks for our

sponsors and golfers roles in supporting this remarkable facility. In November 2008, the American Cancer Society opened the doors of the new AstraZeneca Hope Lodge, a wonderful facility in the heart of Boston’s most applauded medical institutions. Since its opening, the AstraZeneca Hope Lodge Center in Boston has provided over 45,000 nights of free lodging to 1,450 cancer patients from 46 states and 12 countries, saving them more than $8.2 million in housing costs. The Lodge provides approximately 14,000 nights of free lodging to cancer patients every year. A typical guest spends six weeks at the Lodge, saving more than $7,000. With a waiting list of up to five weeks, the need for the Hope Lodge is continuously growing; and participation in this event helps to ensure that the ACS can continue to provide this much needed service. - LINDSEY SONN

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR GORDON WREN

I created this memorial quilt back In 1998 for the men and women, who lost their lives in the

line of duty. I'm accepting fire patches to be added to the quilt. I'm asking for two patches: one to be added to the quilt and the other one for backup. If you see your patch on the quilt, please send another one so I can have it for a backup. You can send the patches to John Smith, 11 Austin Place, Jamestown, New York 14701.


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JAKE O'CALLAGHAN/CWN

Vehicle goes through guardrail Harwich, MA. Around 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 9th, the female driver of a Honda Accord hit and took down the handicap guardrail at The Corner Thrift Shop which is affiliated with The First Congregational Church, at the corner of Main Street and Sisson Road. The original 911 call said the vehicle had gone into the building. No injuries were reported.

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Waltham house fire heavily damaged Waltham, MA. A Waltham police office was driving by 212 Bacon Street when he noticed heavy smoke pouring from the house on May 14th. The Waltham Fire Department responded with Engine 2, 4, Rescue 6, Ladder 1, Engine 7 and Ambulance 1. Engine 1 and Ladder 2 were special called. Upon arrival, heavy fire was coming out the B and C sides of the house. Firefighters knocked the fire down in about a half hour.

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Firefighters host high school cookout Harwich,MA. The Chatham Fire Association and the Harwich Fire Association teamed up for a well deserved lunch for the over one hundred workers at the new Monomoy Regional High School. Last October, the fire department members had a cookout for the men and women doing the framing and steel work. Thursday, they honored the men doing the finished work inside the building with clam chowder, hamburgers, and hot dogs. Firefighters work the giant grille, while workers wait in line for their food.


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Celebration in Derry Members of Derry Fire Department Battalion 2 had a crew BBQ to celebrate Firefighter Anthony DeRosaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s completion of his one year of probationary training. Battalion 2 also invited Firefighter DeRosaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s family to the BBQ including his wife, parents, in-laws, brother, sister and her two small children. At the start of his probationary year, Firefighter DeRosa attended the Derry Fire Department Recruit School and was assigned to Battalion 2 with Firefighter Jason Hall as his mentor. The probationary year is a busy time for a firefighter and mentor. They have to complete extensive additional training and document that in their probationary manual. The probationary firefighter is expected to attend additional off site training, such as the IAFF Firefighter Survival Program. This is also a time for the new firefighter to learn the organizational culture and traditions (such as this BBQ) of the Derry Fire Department. During the BBQ, Firefighter DeRosa was presented with his official DFD helmet shield by his mentor Firefighter Jason Hall and was presented with a framed and signed copy of the roster from his first day on shift.

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there were large quantities of ammunition and reloading supplies in the building. Unity Engine 2 and Lempster Engine 2 arrived on scene at 6:54 p.m. and laid lines to the front of the building and the exposures. Chief Bruce Baker arrived at 6:56 p.m. and assumed command. Mutual aid was received from Lempster, Acworth, Claremont, Newport, Goshen, Washington, Sunapee, Marlow, and Alstead. Charlestown, Newbury, and Gilsum provided coverage for various towns.

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On a bitter cold, windy night at 1:36 a.m., a fire broke out in a multiple dwelling. The fire started inside an interior wall, spreading to a mansard roof while numerous residents slept, not knowing that a major fire was burning in the concealed spaces of their building. I happened to be the first unit on the scene and reported to dispatch that we had heavy fire, with numerous people still in the building. In fact, the situation was eerie because there was literally no evidence of human activity inside the building. There were no lights on, and the parking lot was full of cars. I remember pulling my vehicle to the front of the building and placing the siren on yelp to awaken occupants and then running through the buildings with a police officer, knocking on doors. Ultimately, several search teams rescued occupants, with one fatality and several injuries. An intense investigation took place, zeroing in on the exact location where the fire started inside a wall. At some point in the past, electrical work had taken place in one of the units, improperly. We were never able to determine who the person was. He or she may have been a homeowner, a well-meaning friend, a handyman, an unlicensed contractor or a licensed contractor cutting corners. The individual, who made

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the faulty connection never realized that their mistake would put approximately 40 peoples' lives in extreme jeopardy, as well as all the firefighters, who searched through the building. They unknowingly killed an innocent woman and almost killed several more. Recently, we have been encountering numerous residential one and two-family homes being illegally converted into rooming houses and small apartments. The construction related to these illegal conversions is generally not inspected; and because there are no inspections or building permits, the codes are frequently ignored. This is particularly dangerous when dealing with load-bearing structural changes and with electrical work. The problem has become so prevalent that we have decided to address this problem by going after the contractors, who are doing this work. We are in the process of obtaining search warrants to inspect some of the illegal buildings and will be working with our local Office of Consumer Protection, the county's Board of Electrical Examiners, the local health department and municipal fire/building inspectors' offices. In addition, we are working with our local utility to prevent the installation of electric meters in illegally converted or constructed buildings - no building permit, then no meter will be installed. We intend to prosecute those individuals doing shoddy work without permits and hope to get the word out to prevent future illegal conversions and prevent future fires and deaths.

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MVA rollover for Unity Unity, NH. At 1:12 a.m. on May 18, 2014, Unity was dispatched to a report of a motor vehicle rollover, with no further information available. Deputy Chief Robert Noll arrived on scene at 1:23 a.m. and found a single vehicle accident with an SUV on its roof approximately 30 feet off the roadway. The driver was out of the vehicle and had only minor injuries. There were no other occupants. Unity Engine 2 and Rescue 1 responded to the scene along with Golden Cross Ambulance and New Hampshire State Police. All units were back in service at 2:30 a.m.

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