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Abington, Plymouth County, MA - At around 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 7th, the Abington Fire Department responded to a reported house fire at 111 Monroe Street. Abington Engine 3 reported heavy smoke showing from a distance, and arrived to find heavy fire throughout a two and a half story wood framed dwelling.

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NORTH YARMOUTH FIRE RESCUE DEPARTMENT

Single vehicle rollover North Yarmouth, ME. Chief 501, Deputy 502, Ambulance 56, Engine 51, and Squad 57 responded to a single vehicle rollover. Fortunately, there were no injuiries and the occupant was able to get out of the vehicle on his own. Companies were under the command of Deputy 502, Ambulance 56 assessed the occupant for injuries, Engine 51 and Squad 57 provided traffic control until the vehicle could be removed by the wrecker company.

AUGUSTA FIRE DEPARTMENT

Garbage fire On May 5, 2015, the Augusta Fire Department responded to a garbage pile fire. It was a pile of burning garbage, plastics, etc. set for disposal. The fire was quickly extinguished by firefighters.


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Pennsylvania: Edward Roddy, 48 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: November 5, 2014 Death Date: February 22, 2015 Fire Department: Somerset Volunteer Fire Department Initial Summary: Firefighter Roddy suffered from a heart attack on November 5, 2014 while at the scene of a fire and did not recover. He passed away on February 22, 2015

Pennsylvania: Jeffery Scott Buck, 18 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: March 3, 2015 Death Date: March 9, 2015 Fire Department: Lawrence Township Volunteer Fire Company #1 - Clearfield County Station #5 Initial Summary: Firefighter Buck was critically injured on March 3, 2015, while fighting a residential structure fire when the front porch of the home collapsed on him. Buck was rescued and transported to UPMC Altoona where he succumbed to a head injury March 9, 2015. California: Jerold “Jerry” Bonner, 72 Rank: Pilot Incident Date: March 6, 2015 Death Date: March 6, 2015 Fire Department: CAL FIRE Initial Summary: While on duty at Alma Helitack Base in Santa Clara County, California, Pilot Bonner was found deceased inside of his barracks from a cardiac related nature of fatal injury. Kentucky: Billy R. Jarvis, 54 Rank: Fire Chief Incident Date: March 4, 2015 Death Date: March 10, 2015 Fire Department: Allen Fire Department Initial Summary: On March 4, 2015, while responding in a fire department vehicle to a downed power line call, Fire

Chief Jarvis became ill with trouble breathing. His son, Fire Captain Jarvis, who was a passenger in the vehicle at the time, took over as driver and rushed Chief Jarvis to Highlands Regional Medical Center. Upon arrival at the hospital, Chief Jarvis went into cardiac arrest. Jarvis was revived by attending personnel and transferred to the Pikeville Medical Center where he succumbed to his injury on March 10, 2015.

Mississippi: John L. Shoup, 38 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: March 7, 2015 Death Date: March 15, 2015 Fire Department: Ashland Volunteer Fire Department Initial Summary: While working at the scene of a structure fire on March 7, 2015, Firefighter Shoup complained to other firefighters that he wasn’t feeling well and departed for home. Several hours after returning home, Shoup was taken by his wife to the hospital where he was treated for a heart attack and his condition stabilized. Subsequently, Firefighter Shoup was transferred to a hospital in Jackson, Mississippi, where he succumbed to his injury on March 15, 2015.

Ohio: Daryl Gordon, 54 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: March 26, 2015 Death Date: March 26, 2015 Fire Department: Cincinnati Fire Department Initial Summary: Fire Apparatus Operator Gordon, assigned to Cincinnati Fire Department’s Heavy Rescue 14, died from injuries he sustained in a fall down an elevator shaft while working with fire crews to rescue the residents and extinguish a fire in a Madisonville neighborhood apartment building. Some of the residents were reported to have suffered smoke inhalation and one other firefighter was injured with second-degree burns in the fire. Investigation into the fatal incident continues by authorities.


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NEW HAMPSHIRE

BRIAN BLACKDEN

Six alarm forest fire brings mutual aid

NORTHWOOD FIRE-RESCUE DEPARTMENT

While multiple brush fires broke out in a very dry New Hampshire, May, 4, 2015, Concord, NH Fire Department battled one fire of at least seven acres during daylight hours, escalating to six alarms. Ashes from the fire fell like black snow in gusty winds and were as large as two inches in diameter floating at least a hundred feet in the air. The area of the City of Concord water supply, Penacook Lake at Long Pond Road, was the scene of almost eighty firefighters, forestry trucks, tankers, off road vehicles, state forestry units, and air support water drops during a very busy

JUMP TO FILE #050515101 brush/forest fire day throughout the state. Simultaneously, crews that would normally be called to Concord for mutual aid, and well within the six alarm response area, were travelling to another brush fire in Canterbury to assist there instead, straining resources. The fire was reported at approximately 1:30 p.m. and quickly escalated to six alarms. At approximately 4:00 p.m., all firefighters were evacuated from the

woods as a helicopter was flown in to drop water on the blaze in an attempt to knock down a larger portion of the fire. This assisted firefighters so they could work on containing the fire more effectively. The smoke was so thick the helicopter could barely be seen as it approached its drop zone. At 6:30 p.m., the scene was still active with dispatch continuing to call out 20 minute marks. Last update at approximately 10:00 p.m. was that over 40 acres were burned.

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COMMAND VEHICLES To see in your “Command Vehicles” photos, upload them on our website, www.1stResponderNews.com or email them to Heather@1stResponderNews.com

PLAISTOW FIRE DEPARTMENT

After a long build process, the 2015 Chevy Tahoe command vehicle is complete. This vehicle is replacing the current 2003 Ford Expedition. Timely and efficient replacement of the apparatus lineup based upon their life expectancy when purchased keeps the fleet up to date with NFPA standards and prevents larger costly expenses down the road. This vehicle is primarily operated by the fire chief in his numerous duties throughout the day, including emergency incidents in which the vehicle carries medical equipment, air monitoring devices, fire incident command boards, fire inspection and code enforcement resources and much much more. As with the rest of the fleet, each member of the Plaistow Fire Department takes pride in making sure each apparatus in the fleet goes out the door like it's going to a parade, no matter the age, this addition will be no different.

Odor of smoke evacuates Chili’s Restaurant On April 7, 2015 at 3:56 p.m., the Lebanon Fire Department responded to the Chili’s Restaurant on South Main Street, West Lebanon for a report of an odor of smoke in the building. JUMP TO FILE# Lebanon Truck 2 051415118 found a moderate smoke condition just inside the main entrance. Personnel upgraded the response to a full first alarm assignment and immediately evacuated. Smoke was observed coming from the main entrance overhang and at the roof line in an exterior wall. Thermal imaging cameras indicated there was a high heat condition on the exterior wall. Personnel cut into both the interior and exterior walls. The fire was found at ground level near the main entrance to the building with some extension between the walls. The fire was extinguished with no further extension was found and was declared under control at 4:46 p.m. Upon investigation, the cause was determined to be improper disposal of smoking materials in the mulch bed. Lebanon units were assisted on scene by the Hanover, NH and Hartford, VT Fire Departments. Enfield and Plainfield/Meriden provided station coverage. There were

no injuries and the restaurant will remain closed until further notice. Damages are estimated to be between $50,000 and $75,000. All fire depart-

LEBANON FIRE DEPARTMENT

ment units cleared the scene at 6:30 p.m. - LEBANON FIRE DEPARTMENT


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VERMONT

GREG RAMSDELL

Firefighters respond to second grass/brush fire of day Swanton Fire Department 13E1,13E3,13U6,13T1 responded to the rail trail between Grand Ave and South River Street for a brush/grass fire at approximately 5:00 p.m. Firefighters found three separate grass/brush fires. Firefighters had to pump water with a portable pump from a nearby river. The fire was contained and the firefighters were on the scene for approximately two hours.

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DENNIS W. REISENWEAVER

The Brandon Fire Department of Brandon Vermont recently accepted delivery of a 2014 KME 2000 gallon tanker with a 1000 gpm pump on a Kenworth chasse.

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Firefighters respond to R&A Auto for structure fire

Highgate, VT. On April 19th at approximately 11:00 a.m., the Highgate Fire Department and Missisquoi Valley Rescue (MVR) responded to Route 78 in Highgate to R&A Auto for a report of a structure fire. Mutual aid was called in from Swanton and Sheldon Fire Departments. Firefighters made an aggressive attack, knocking down the structure fire. Firefighters also had to deal with brush and woods on fire. Firefighters made an excellent save. The cause of the fire appeared to be a spark from a burn pile that spread to nearby brush and woods. It then spread to the structure according to a person, who lived there. There were no reported injuries.

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RHODE ISLAND

Code red for firefighters in Pawtucket Pawtucket, RI. On May 13, 2015 at about 6 a.m., Pawtucket Fire Alarm received a call from the homeowner reporting a house fire at 62 Warren Avenue. The fire department arrived on scene to light smoke showing from a three story wood JUMP TO FILE# frame. Engine 1 had 051415107 fire in the ceiling of floor one with extension to the upper floors. Companies opened up and knocked down the fire quickly. No injuries were reported. The cause of the fire is under investigation. - BRIAN HARDY

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Warwick Engine 13 at the scene of a minor fire on May 3, 2015.


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After a bottle change, crews re-enter the structure to begin overhaul.

NICK ZABAWAR

Warwick house fire knocked quickly BRIAN HARDY, BIGDOGFIREPHOTOS.SMUGMUG.COM

Small fire in Pawtucket

At approximately 5:45 p.m. on April 13th, Warwick firefighters responded to the corner of Blackburn and Quimby Streets for a report of a building fire. Engines 8, 2, and 7, Ladders 2 and 1, Rescue 2, Special Hazards, and Battalion 1 responded. Engine 8 arrived to find a light smoke condition and stretched a line. Ladder 2 set up for roof operations and Engine 2 established a water sup-

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This forced a temporary detour on Jefferson Boulevard and left at least one unhappy motorist to vent their fustrations. Battalion 1 took command and reported a working fire, bringing Engines 1 and 6 and Ladder 3 as RIT and safety teams

as well as extra manpower. Firefighters had the fire knocked down quickly and began overhauling hot spots. The owner of the two family apartment building was on scene and did not appear too pleased with the situation. No injuries were reported and at this time the fire is under investigation. - NICK ZABAWAR

On April 20th at about 5 a.m., Pawtucket Fire received a call for a house fire at 153 Summit Street. The fire department arrived on scene to smoke showing from a two and a half story wood frame. Fire was reported in the basement. Companies reported extension to the first floor. Two lines were used to knock down the fire. No injuries were reported.

BRIAN HARDY, BIGDOGFIREPHOTOS.SMUGMUG.COM

MVA for Pawtucket Pawtucket, RI. On April 27th at about 9 p.m., Pawtucket Fire Alarm received a call for a car versus pole. When Engine 4 arrived on the scene, they had a car versus fire hydrant. The victim was taken to Rhode Island Hospital with minor injuries. the cause of the accident is under investigation.


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RHODE ISLAND

BRIAN HARDY, BIGDOGFIREPHOTOS.SMUGMUG.COM

Promotional ceremony On May 6, 2015 at 3 p.m., Pawtucket Fire Department held a promotional ceremony for Tim Pacheco. He was promoted to the rank of lieutenant.

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Second alarm for North Providence North Providence, RI. On May 10, 2015 at approximately 11:30 a.m., North Providence Fire responded to 184 Woonaquatucket Avenue. Fire alarm received a call for a building fire. When the fire department arrived on the scene, the found smoke showing from a one story brick commercial building. Command requested a second alarm as a precaution. Companies had fire on the first floor with extension to the second. The investigation into the cause and origin is ongoing.


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RHODE ISLAND

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One line used in Pawtucket

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Pawtucket and Attleboro respond to fire Pawtucket, RI. On May 4, 2015 at 1:30 p.m., Pawtucket Fire Alarm received calls for a building fire on Dickens Street. The fire department arrived to heavy smoke showing from an auto repair shop. Companies re- JUMP TO FILE # ported car parts 050615109 burning in the back of the building. Two lines were used to knock down the fire. No injuries were reported. Attleboro FD from Massachusetts arrived as mutual aid. - BRIAN HARDY

Pawtucket, RI. On April 30, 2015 at about 1:45 p.m., Pawtucket Fire Alarm received calls for a building fire at 506 York Avenue. The first engine arrived on scene to smoke showing from a one story commercial building. The fire was found on the first floor in a dryer. It was quickly knocked down with one hose line. No injuries were reported.


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Rehabilitation: Bridging the gap between illness and wellness

RHODE ISLAND

FIREFIGHTER FITNESS Lori Ann Hodgkinson

Paid or volunteer, firefighting is a very dangerous business. For some it’s a job, for others a passion and for many, it’s both. Regardless of those variations, risk levels remain high. Despite the highest level of training, physical conditioning and protective gear, it is inevitable that fire service injuries and illnesses will continue to exist. Countless unforeseeable unavoidable incidents and accidents await firefighters/1st responders at every call to duty. Firefighting is truly a hazardous occupation. One thing I have learned over the years is that the majority of fire service personnel do not let the risks deter them, nor do they allow the injuries/illnesses to sideline them from duty any longer than necessary. Whatever initially drove them to enter the fire service is not easily squashed or even curtailed. In fact, many of them come back with even more passion and drive than before. There’s something special about the tried and true that put that gear on, and there always will be. That being said, the one thing that has been difficult for fire service personnel to do is bridge the gap between illness and wellness. Once sidelined, members are often expected to take “time off”. “Time off from Work. Time Off” from exercise. “Time off” from everything. Initially, this makes perfect sense. Healing takes time. Healing takes patience and healing takes rest. The problem facing most is that they are expected to heal completely and then simply return to work. In many instances, there isn’t anything in between to ease them back into that return. In order to do so, it is important to address the needs and abilities of the injured/ill. You must also address any liability issues. For some, this may just be a re-classification for the individual so that they are able to be present within the firehouse for any suitable activities without violating any liability/insurance issues. This certainly is not an area where you want to skirt the rules. The stakes are of course too high. Check your SOP’s and if they need to be adjusted, go through proper channels to make the adjustments. I have seen many fire compa-

nies institute a “lite duty” category where tasks are limited and then increased until a return to “full duty” is possible. Still others place firefighters on medical leave or “out of service” banning them from participating in any activities or duties (even classroom) until they can return to full duty. Perhaps a better alternative is a safe and effective course of action – medically based and monitored - with the intention of gradually and fully preparing the firefighter to enter back into service as strong and as ready as possible. Rehabilitation is an important step in the healing process and should not be overlooked. The result can be a physically/mentally stronger and better prepared individual. That should always be the goal. After all this is a job that requires exactly that. To take it one step further, the same should be true regarding participation in physical fitness programs. Many individuals are not eligible to participate in fire company sponsored fitness programs when they are ‘out of service’. Please understand, I am not suggesting a reckless call to have firefighters participate in strenuous and/or inappropriate exercise programs without regard for health, wellness or safety. Surely, a firefighter with a broken finger can use the exercise bike even though he cannot operate at the fire scene. A broken foot can absolutely keep you off a fire truck, but it is likely you can still perform a limited workout with your upper body. The key is medical intervention/clearance and individualization. Working together, the physician, physical therapist and other health and fitness professional can gradually and more fully prepare fire service personnel for return to full duty. Smaller, continuous carefully calculated and monitored steps provide a greater foundation than making one giant jump from inactive to fully involved. Ease back into action. Come back strong. Come back ready. Most of all come back. You are a special group. I’ve seen it. I’m amazed by it. I’m grateful for it. I wish you safety always.

BRIAN HARDY, BIGDOGFIREPHOTOS.SMUGMUG.COM

Car into building in Warwick Warwick, RI. On May 3, 2015 at about 10:45 p.m., Warwick Fire Alarm received a call for a car versus building. When the first engine arrived on scene at 2400 Warwick Avenue, crews reported a car into a CVS store. Engine 4 removed the victim from the car. That patient was transported to Rhode Island Hospital with unknown injuries.

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MVA in Providence puts jaws to work Providence, RI. On May 3, 2015 at about 9:03 p.m., Providence Fire Alarm received a 911 call for an MVA at Westminster Street at Service Road 7 with one victim pinned in her car. The first companies arrived on scene with a two car MVA with one pinned. The jaw were used to remove her. A second rescue was requested to the scene.


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Codes, rules, and initiatives, a safety refresher

CONNECTICUT

STAYING SAFE

Chief Henry Campbell

RICK KULMANN

Wolcott firefighters respond to house fire In the early morning hours of Monday, April 20th, the Wolcott Fire Department was toned out for a structure fire at 2 Garrigus Court on the Waterbury/Wolcott town line. On arrival, heavy fire was showing from the second floor of the two and a half story house. The Waterbury Fire Department was called in for mutual aid at the scene. The cause of the fire is under investigation by the town fire marshal. Two teenage children were outside when firefighters arrived and were screaming that their mom was trapped inside. Firefighters made it into the burning house and rescued the woman, who was transported to the hospital with minor injuries.

Roxbury battles fully involved fire On Saturday morning, April 25th, Roxbury Fire & EMS were alerted to a structure fire at 2 Squire Road. Within one minute, EMS Captain Aaron Hodge arrived, confirmed a working house JUMP TO FILE# fire, and began to 0426151102 establish command. Under the automatic mutual aid plan, Northwest Public Safety Comm Center started out assistance from the Woodbury, Bridgewater, Southbury, Washington and Sandy Hook Fire Departments. With a breeze pushing the fire into the structure, the structure became fully involved within minutes. Roxbury Engine 12 arrived first due, and Captain Mike Josefson assumed command of the incident. Attack lines were deployed, and a tanker shuttle was established to provide water supply, however the house was destroyed. The two occupants of the house had escaped, and one was transported to the hospital for

evaluation. The local and state fire marshals are investigating cause and origin, and there were no fire-

fighter injuries.

It is almost daily we read, view, or hear of incidents involving injury or death to a firefighter, and often we ask ourselves that basic question “What was he/she thinking or doing?” Sometimes it appears that maybe the firefighter wasn’t thinking, he was just doing his job, carrying out his assignment. There will be times you cannot carry out your assignment/function due to safety concerns, and that is when they should be aborted. With all the emphasis on safety in the fire service, we shouldn’t be asking ourselves “what were they thinking?” Over the past 10-12 years a variety of safety measures and guidelines were presented to the fire service from fire service organizations in the form of codes, rules, and initiatives. They were presented to firefighters to encourage us to be more concerned with our personal safety while reducing fire fighter death and injury. Over the next few article, I will present these safety guidelines once again in an effort to remind firefighters of the importance of staying safe, and taking a few extra seconds to do a personal size up before carrying out their assignments. The results of your size up may cause you to alternate the method you apply, or prevent you from performing the task and save your life. In 2011, the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) presented “Rules of Engagement,” which is actually two sets of rules, one for the firefighters, consisting of 11 rules and the other for the incident commander consisting of 14 rules. The ultimate goal of the Rules of Engagement is to make firefighting, the fireground, and the emergency scene safer. The Rules of Engagement are listed below: Rules of Engagement for Firefighter Survival •Size-up your tactical area of operation. •Determine the occupant survival profile. •Do not risk your life for lives or property that cannot be saved. •Extend limited risk to protect savable property. •Extend vigilant and measured risk to protect and rescue savable lives. •Go in together, stay together, come out together •Maintain continuous awareness of your air supply, situation,

location and fire conditions. •Constantly monitor fireground communications for critical radio reports. •You are required to report unsafe practices or conditions that can harm you. Stop, evaluate and cecide. •You are required to abandon your position and retreat before deteriorating conditions can harm you. •Declare a MayDay as soon as you think you are in danger. The incident commanders Rules of Engagement for Firefighter Safety •Rapidly conduct, or obtain, a 360 degree size-up of the incident. •Determine the occupant survival profile. •Conduct an initial risk assessment and implement a safe action plan. •If you do not have the resources to safely support and protect firefighters – seriously consider a defensive strategy. •Do not risk firefighter lives for lives or property that cannot be saved – seriously consider a defensive strategy. •Extend limited risk to protect savable property. •Extend vigilant and measured risk to protect and rescue savable lives. •Act upon reported unsafe practices and conditions that can harm firefighters. Stop, evaluate and decide. •Maintain frequent two-way communications and keep interior crews informed of changing conditions. •Obtain frequent progress reports and revise the action plan. •Ensure accurate accountability of all firefighter location and status. •If, after completing the primary search, little or no progress toward fire control has been achieved- seriously consider a defensive strategy. •Always have a rapid intervention team in place at all working fires •Always have firefighter rehab services in place at all working fires. The rules are not new, nor something we have not heard before, but when listed together they can be looked upon, reviewed, and applied. Do we need Rules of Engagement in the fire service? What do you think? They will provide a simple mental checklist that both firefighters and incident commanders should use to make firefighting determinations relative to individual firefighter safety and the safety of all personnel. To be continued next month. Till then, Stay Safe and God bless!

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Two birds and guinea pig saved from fire Around 8:20 a.m. on May 10th, the Norwich Fire Department was dispatched to 8 Peck Street for a house fire. Battalion 1 arrived to find a working fire on the first floor of a two story wood frame. Engine 3 stretched a one and three quarter inch hose line to the first floor, while Squad A established the water supply, and performed a primary search. The members of Truck 1 forced entry and provided ventilation while Engine 2 stretched a line to the second floor and checked for extension. Two birds and a guinea pig were removed from the building.

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Four alarm fire destroys Meriden apartment building At just after 12:00 p.m. on May 9th, the Meriden Fire Department was dispatched to a reported fire in an apartment unit in the Crown Village at 525 Crown St. Car 3 saw the plume of smoke and called for a second alarm. Heavy fire was showing from the three story building and firefighters stretched several lines to battle the fire. The fire spread so quickly that Car 3 ordered an evacuation of the buildingfor defensive operationss 15 minutes into the call.

JUMP TO FILE #050915100 Car 3 struck a third alarm for additional crews to the scene and coverage. Three ladder trucks were used for master streams, including Meriden Truck 1, Berlin Truck 9, and Middletown Truck 1. Several pets were rescued from the building and two firefighters were injured. One suffered burns and the other had heat exhaustion.

A fourth alarm was struck a few minutes later for relief crew No injuries were reported to occupants of the building.The cause of the fire is under investigation by local and state fire marshals. Mutual aid included Wallingford, Berlin, Southington, Middlefield, Middletown and Kensington. South Meriden was called to the scene upon dispatch of the call. - RICK KULMANN

RICK KULMANN

Cheshire firefighters battle multiple cars on fire In the early evening of Sunday, May 10th,Cheshire firefighters responded to 254 Industrial Avenue at Bozzuto's Grocery distribution warehouse for a car fire. Upon arrival, they encountered four cars fully involved. It took several minutes to knock the fire down and four cars were destroyed. The fire started when a employee started his vehicle under the hood. The wind spread the fire to other nearby vehicles. Two engines responded to the scene.

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Car accident with fire for Yantic Around 8 p.m. on May 9th, the Yantic Engine Company was dispatched to Route 2 Eastbound near the end of the connector for a single car accident with fire. Yantic's Engine 32 and Norwich's Truck 1 arrived to find the driver had self-extricated and was not injured. Truck 1 shut the highway down and Engine 32 extinguished the fire.


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Waterbury battles structure fire At around 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 30th, Waterbury firefighters responded to 69 Dikeman Street for a reported structure fire. On arrival, heavy fire was showing from the three story multiple family dwelling and several lines were in operation. The fire had to be fought defensively due the rapidly deteriorating conditions. But, all occupants made it out of the structure before the fire department arrived on scene. It took an hour to bring the fire under control, although, the heavy smoke could be seen throughout the city. The first units on scene were Engine 2 and Truck 3. The fire had advanced prior to their arrival. The fire is under investigation by the fire marshal.

Prospect battles afternoon structure fire

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Ladder 8 operater, Firefighter Greg Smith, heads to the front of his apparatus after shutting down the aerial master stream.

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Heavy fire showing from the rear of the building.

Second alarm for Abington house fire Abington, Plymouth County, MA. At around 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 7th, the Abington Fire Department responded to a reported house fire at 111 Monroe Street. Abington Engine 3 reported heavy smoke showing from a distance, and arrived to find heavy fire throughout a two and a half story wood framed dwelling. A second alarm was requested, bringing mutual aid ladder companies from Rockland and Bridgewater, and engine companies from Whitman, Holbrook, Weymouth and Brockton. An East Bridgewater ambulance was on scene for stand by, and the Whitman CERT Rehab unit also was utilized on-scene. A Hanson engine company provided station coverage. Crews quickly went to a defensive operation due to the heavy

JUMP TO FILE #051315105 fire conditions in the building. Numerous two and a half inch hand lines were stretched around the building. Ladder pipes were used, along with Blitz guns on large hand lines. Abington Fire Chief John Nuttall said, "a steady wind blowing into the structure allowed the fire to quickly spread through the entire building." He went on to add, "the fire also moved into many void spaces in the roof and floor areas, which required a great deal of firefighting effort to extinguish." No firefighter injuries were reported on-scene. The house is a total loss.

Just before midnight on May 8, 2015, Springfield firefighters were called to respond to the metal recycling company J.F. Freedman's on Stevens Street in the East Springfield for what residents were calling multiple explosions and a large fire. Following multiple 911 calls, SFD companies found a large fire in the yard between the buildings impinging on several exposure buildings behind a locked gate. Initially, firefighters were unsure of exactly what was burning though they knew that, as part of the metal recycling process, metal shavings containing

JUMP TO FILE #051415104 magnesium were stored on the property. Through what can be described as the process of trial and error, first alarm assignment companies quickly discovered that the fire was being fed by the metal shavings. When they applied water, the fire reacted violently with a blinding bright white light. The decision was made to strike a second alarm. This brought in two

more engine companies and a third ladder company to protect the exposure buildings. Companies set up a defensive perimeter and let the metal shavings burn out. This process took several hours to complete. Damage estimates were not readily available, though the J.F. Freedman Company did loose one of their trucks. The cause of the fire has been ruled accidental by the SFD Arson Squad. - NATE ARNOLD

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JOHN SJOSTEDT

All companies working in Plymouth Plymouth, MA. Firefighters received a Box Alarm at a three story, brick, commercial multi-use building. Enroute to the call, dispatch received an update of a possible electrical fire in the building. On arrival, command found smoke inside the building in the area of the CafĂŠ Strega Ristorante. A water supply was secured and companies investigated the source of the smoke. The source was found to be from a hydraulic elevator motor.

Car into a tree, and also took out a concrete pillar and metal fences.

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Person succumbs to injuries after Whitman crash Whitman, Plymouth County, MA. At around 6:15 p.m. on May 12th, the Whitman Fire Department received several 911 calls reported a serious motor vehicle accident in the area of 999 Bedford Street. Ambulance 247, Engine 1 and Car 3 responded. Companies found a single vehicle accident with a car into a tree. Ambulance 247 reported entrapment and the victim was in traumatic arrest. Lieutenant Robert Hover requested the box struck for manpower and Rescue

JUMP TO FILE #051315108 1 with the jaws. Rescue 1 utilized several tools to extricate the patient. Chief Timothy Grenno requested a mutual aid engine with jaws. Abington Engine 3 went to work. Boston MedFlight was requested, but was cancelled as the patients condition deteriorated. Several off-duty firefighters assisted with extrication and re-

suscitation efforts. The patient was transported to Signature Healthcare Brockton Hospital, where the victim succumbed to injuries. Route 18 was closed to traffic for several hours, while the Whitman Police, Plymouth County Sheriffs Department and the Massachusetts State Police Accident Reconstruction Team conducted their investigation. The cause is still under investigation. - PAT TRAVERS


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PETER LOBO

Mock crash in Waltham Waltham, MA. On May 14th, in front of the Waltham High School Class of 2015, Waltham fire and police put on a mock crash caused by a drunk student after the prom. He crashes head on into another car, ‘killing’ one of the classmates. Rescue 6 demonstrated how they had to use the Jaws of Life to extricate one of the drivers (Waltham Firefighter Mike Kiley). Firefighter Steve Lyndon, who narrates and coordinates the ‘crash’ program, was asked by one

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JUMP TO FILE #051415120 student, “why did it take so long to extricate the crash victim.” Steve said, “this was an easy one, sometimes they take much longer.” After the crash demo, students went to the auditorium to hear about the importance of not drinking and driving.

Deputy Steven Cummings travels under the American flag being held by Sharon Ladder-1 and Foxboro Ladder-26.

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Pall bearers carry Deputy Chief Cummings into the church for his funeral mass.

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Deputy Chief Steven O. Cummings (retired) laid to rest PAT TRAVERS/NEFIREPHOTO.COM

Texting and driving likely cause of Whitman crash Whitman, Plymouth, MA. Around 9:00 p.m. on March 26th, the Whitman Fire Department responded to a reported car into a house at 303 High Street. Companies arrived to find a single vehicle motor vehicle accident with a car partially into a house. The operator of the vehicle initially refused treatment or transport, but then changed her mind and was transported to a local hospital. The Whitman Police report that the operator of the vehicle admitted to texting while driving, just before the crash. Her license has since been suspended, and she is expected in

JUMP TO FILE #033115107 court to face charges of texting while driving, and reckless operation of a motor vehicle. The building inspector was called in to check the stability of the building. The car crashed just below a child's bedroom. No one in the house was injured following the crash. The car smashed through the foundation of the house and was partially into the basement. - PAT TRAVERS

Sharon, Norfolk County, MA. Deputy Fire Chief Steven O. Cummings, age 58, of Westborough and formerly a long time resident of Foxboro and Mansfield passed away unexpectedly on April 17th. He was the loving husband of Alice (Lowe) Cummings, devoted father of Kevin B. and Stephanie M. Cummings and predeceased by son, Michael A. Cummings. Born in Norwood, he was the son of the late Berton C. Cummings and Elsie B. Cummings Albro. Steve's professional career was dedicated to the fire service. He retired from the Sharon Fire Department in 2012 after 39 years of service. He started his career in 1973 with the Foxborough Fire Department as a junior firefighter. On September 17, 1978, Steve was hired as a permanent firefighter for the Sharon Fire Department and promoted to deputy fire chief in

JUMP TO FILE #042715126 2000. During the course of his career, he obtained his bachelors degree in Fire Sciences from Salem State College. Steve was the beloved brother of Berton C. Cummings (Wendy) of Taunton, Merlyn Cummings (Dottie) of Easton, Alan Cummings (Patricia) of Foxboro, JoEllen McNamara (Gerald) of Foxboro, Judy Cummings of Foxboro, and Peter Cummings (Eric Allen) of East Providence. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Steve's greatest joy in life was his family closely followed by several passions including the collection of fire memorabilia and photography of apparatus. When he took time away from firefight-

ing, he enjoyed traveling and always came back with a good story to share. As a longtime member of the Foxboro cribbage league, he will continue his quest for achieving a 29-hand. Steve will always be remembered for his infectious smile and warm bear hugs. Relatives and friends were kindly invited to attend calling hours on Wednesday, April 22 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Roberts and Sons Funeral Home, 30 South Street, Foxborough. A funeral service was held on Thursday at 11 a.m. at the Bethany Congregational Church, 3 Rock Hill Street, Foxborough. In lieu of flowers, donations in Steve's memory may be made to the Last Call Foundation, c/o Boston Firefighters Credit Union, 60 Hallet Street, Boston, MA 02124. - PAT TRAVERS


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Firefighter Art Williamson puts Engine 3's 75 foot aerial to the roof at Bradford Drive.

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West Springfield firefighters make good stop

K. LEGER

Minor damage in Fall River fire Fall River, MA. At 11:15 a.m. on May 2nd, firefighters were dispatched to 67 Linden St. for the report of a fire. On arrival, District Chief Doug Sullivan established Linden Command and reported smoke showing. JUMP TO FILE# Engine 2 arrived 050315110 and immediately stretched an inch and three quarter attack line to the second floor of the three story house. The crew was joined by firefighters from Engine 9, 12, and Heavy Rescue 1, who conducted a primary search of the fire floor and the floor above. Ladder 4 used their aerial to reach the roof for ventilation. Engine 2’s crew found the fire in a rear bedroom and quickly extinguished the fire while the crew of Platform 1 overhauled the room. Chief Sullivan called for an extra engine company to the scene as the RIT team. The chief also called for fire investigators to the scene. Investigators believe the fire started in a

overheated multi-outlet power strip. One firefighter was treated for a cut hand. The residents of the first and third floors were allowed to return to their apartments, but the sec-

ond floor tenant could not, because power was cut off to that unit. - KENNETH LEGER

A 61 year old female occupant was displaced from her apartment late in the morning on Sunday April 19, 2015 when unattended food on the stove caught the kitchen on fire in her Bradford Drive apartment. West Springfield firefighters were called to the address of 33 Bradford Drive, Apartment number 38 just before 11:00 a.m. when West Springfield police, on routine patrol, spotted smoke pushing from the third floor of this three story wood frame apartment complex. Engine Co. 3 advised Fire Alarm and all responding apparatus they had smoke showing as they were leaving quarters and requested Engine Co. 2 to tag a hydrant and lay in to Engine 3's apparatus. Two engine companies, Ladder 1 and Medic 2's crew worked to keep the fire contained to the apartment of origin and where

JUMP TO FILE #042015113 able to knock the fire down within 20 minutes. The cause of the fire was found to be food, left unattended on the kitchen stove. Unfortunately, the situation was made worse when two good Samaritans tried to make entry to the apartment prior to the arrival of city firefighters by kicking in the front door. While their attempt to rescue the trapped occupant was noble in gesture, the only thing they accomplished was feeding fresh oxygen to the fire. West Springfield firefighters brought the woman down to Medic 1's ambulance and transported her to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield for treatment and observation. - NATE ARNOLD


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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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Simple Things Chaplain’s Corner Didymus McHugh

There are so many people who have challenges, so many ways. So many times people do not know how to interact with them. People see them as oddities and it upsets me. Where is the love or the compassion for those who we do not understand what their life is all about? They may have physical, emotional, psychological, or spiritual challenges. Maybe they have a lot on their plate and don't know how to cope. Yes, a person with cerebral palsy cannot do everything that the "norm" of society would expect. Talk to them, understand that they delight in the simple pleasures they we take for granted. When was the last time that you looked at the wonder of a storm? How do you react when you get your favorite meal after not having it for so long? My daughter is a special needs woman, who was born with

multiple challenges. She used to hold onto her dolls or stuffed animals that gave her comfort. What do you have that gives you comfort? Is it that one jacket that you always wear? Your hat? Something that you have in your pocket? So you have your rituals that you have to do? Do you feel off if you do not have your phone, or certain jewelry? My daughter reinforced in me the need to slow down and just enjoy the simple things, like walking and looking at what God has created. I now get the pleasure of visiting people who may not fit into our idea of "normal," but how blessed am I. I am a student of what they see, how they think, and what they feel. Just because they may make you uncomfortable at first, is no reason to discard them. Take the time, talk with them. Their minds are still going and you can learn from them. We are to love all of our brothers and they are to love us. Appreciate one another and appreciate the small things in life, even that cup of coffee you may be drinking now.

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A member of the Boston Fire Department marathon team gets a hug from a Boston firefighter after completing the marathon pushing a wheelchair.

119th running of the Boston Marathon Boston, Suffolk County, MA. The 2015 Boston Marathon was held on the rainy, windy and raw day of Monday, April 20, 2015. This was the 119th running of the Boston Marathon. Over 32,000 runners left the starting line in Hopkinton, Massachusetts and ran the 26.2 miles into the City of Boston, ending at the Boylston Street finish line. In order to keep both runners and spectators safe, a massive public safety effort was put forth, along the entire 26.2 mile route of the marathon. Fire, EMS and Police Departments worked together to ensure that the route was safe for all

JUMP TO FILE #042715124 involved. Boston EMS had a large medical staging area just after the finish line on Boylston Street. Any sick or injured runners could be quickly brought into the medical tents for treatment, or transport to local hospitals if needed. EMS and Fire crews stoodby near the end of the race, in case anyone needed medical treatment as they crossed the iconic finish line. Fire and EMS crews were also spread out along the entire

marathon route, in case their need arose. Cities and towns along the 26.2 mile route had adequate resources, planning and procedures in place if they were required to go to work. Many public safety employees also participated in the Boston Marathon each year. The Boston Fire Department put together a marathon team of firefighters from the area. Members of the marathon team raised money for local charities. Boston Police Commissioner William Evans was also a veteran runner of the Boston Marathon. - PAT TRAVERS

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Garage fire in Duxbury

Duxbury, MA. Firefighters responded to a report of smoke in a garage on May 3. Enroute to the call, the homeowner updated that they could see flames. On arrival, firefighters found heavy smoke coming from the garage. Entry was made and the fire was extinguished. The cause of the fire was found to be rags that were put in a trash barrel that ignited.


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Two car accident closes roadway

Harwich, MA. Around 8:20 p.m. on Wednesday, May 13th, a two vehicle crash between a Ford Explorer and a Nissan sedan occurred at the intersection of Route 124 (Pleasant Lake Ave.) and Queen Anne Road. Two people were taken to Cape Cod Hospital by the Harwich Fire and Rescue with unknown injuries. The roadways were closed for approximately one hour while the scene was cleared. Massachusetts State Police assisted at the crash scene with traffic. Harwich Police are handling the investigation.

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Wild Turkey versus truck Brewster, MA. Around 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 30th, a wild turkey flew into a truck windshield on Route 6 eastbound. The driver, Kyle Douglas of Eastham franchise owner of MAC Tools, suffered minor cuts to his arm and received first aid from Brewster Fire and Rescue. The turkey ended up inside the vehicle and escaped into the woods along the highway. The wild turkeys are becoming a problem as their population grows, with more of them being struck by vehicles on the roadways.


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Dirt bike starts brush fire in Southampton Around 2:20 p.m. on a hot, dry, Red Flag fire danger Sunday afternoon, tones went out to the Westhampton, Southampton, and Easthampton Fire Departments for a dirt bike crash with fire far off the road in the area of the Whites and Tigh Carmody Reservoirs in Southampton. Westhampton Fire, under the command of Fire Chief Chris Norris dispatched its tanker and brush unit while Southampton Fire dispatched Engine 4 and their brush truck with four firefighters. Easthampton A2 was dispatched for the reported injured dirt bike rider, When crews arrived, they were

JUMP TO FILE #051015111 greeted by other riders who stated the dirt bike was crashed and on fire. Approximately an acre of field and brush had been consumed and the operator of the dirt bike had fled the scene. The area in question was at least a mile off the road, but was accessable by brush units. Chief Norris remained roadside while the two brush units made their way to the scene. The State Forestry Fire patrol responded with two patrol units. The Southampton Police De-

partment had an ATV unit on scene along with the Massachusettes Environmental Police to investigate. With no injured rider to tend to, Chief Norris asked that Easthampton A2 remain on scene to stand by in case any firefighters suffered heat related injuries from the high tempertures. It took about an hour and a half for units to put out the brush fire and and clear the scene. Since the dirt bike was a total loss and no owner to answer questions, the incident remains under investigation by the Massachusettes Enviromental Police. - DAVE SAFRON

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Heavy smoke and fire in Falmouth Woods Hole, Falmouth, MA. Falmouth firefighters from Engines 20, 21, 22 and Ladder 26 found a two and a half story house with heavy smoke and fire showing at 23 Fells Road on May 9th. Ladder 26 was unable to access the house. The house sustained significant damage. It took firefighters about an hour to bring the fire under control. One firefighter was transported to Falmouth Hospital with minor injuries and a dog also perished in the fire. The State Fire Marshal was investigating the fire.

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Carver, MA. Carver Fire and EMS responded to Route 44 West at Route 58 for a reported MVA. First arriving units found a vehicle that rolled over with two occupants ejected. Two Medflight helicopters were called. One Medflight was cancelled due to an extended ETA. That victim was transported to South Shore Hospital with traumatic Injuries. The second patient was transported to the Tractor Supply Co. landing zone, where Medflight took over care of the patient and transported a 24 year old female with head trauma to Rhode Island Trauma Center.


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Car on its side in Whitman Whitman, Plymouth County, MA. At round 2:45 p.m. on April 9th, the Whitman Fire Department responded to a reported motor vehicle accident with a rollover at the intersection of Temple Street and Bedford Street. Ambulance 247, Engine 2, Car 3 and Rescue 1 responded. Companies arrived to find a two vehicle motor vehicle accident

JUMP TO FILE #040915107 with one vehicle on its side. The lone occupant was reportedly uninjured and was assisted out of her vehicle by firefighters after the vehicle was stabilized with cribbing. The occupants of the other vehicle were also reportedly not in-

jured. Ambulance 247 cleared the scene with three patient refusals. Engine 2 remained on-scene until the vehicle was righted. The cause of the accident is currently under investigation. The Whitman Police was assisted onscene by the Plymouth County Sheriffs Department. - PAT TRAVERS

The most effective leader is one, who can lead by example. In emergency services, like an ambulance corps, that means training, experience and skill. Never expect your subordinates to do something you are not willing to, or can’t, do. Depending on your corps chain of command, you might have administrative and well as operation officers; while the level of certification may not be the same across the lines, every person who participates in leadership needs to be informed and familiar with the responsibilities assigned to members. For a salaried employee, a paycheck is definitely an inducement to do the job although even a decent salary doesn’t negate poor leadership. In a volunteer agency other inducements need to be offered. Volunteer or paid, no one wants to feel unappreciated, and no one wants to feel deceived or used. When leadership stops putting the needs of the ambulance corps and its members first in lieu of self-serving interests, the membership will respond with less effort, less commitment and far less loyalty. In EMS response, the crew member(s) who is less dedicated will reflect poorly on the ambulance corps and this will be evident to the people they treat. The leader should be perceptive and able to recognize potential problems before they can damage the work environment. A leader needs to be fair, just and consistent. Reward and recognize based on actual performance and not because someone is, or is NOT, a friend or family member. While other members may air their displeasure if you reward someone close, the solid member (who

might be your relative or friend) will get discouraged and may lose some of his loyalty and dedication. By kowtowing to members, who are disconnected from the agency mission and who do not make a concerted effort to do the job to the best of their ability and ignoring the accomplishments of high achievers (for whatever reason), leaders will find they will start losing members, beginning with the ones that the agency needs most. A good leader must be able to make a decision after thought and valuation, and callous as it may sound, retaining employees/volunteers who can support the agency mission is more important than keeping the ineffectual hangers-on happy. Ideally the leader is intuitive Everyone needs to adhere to the same rules — even you. Teamwork, especially in emergency services response, is imperative. Encourage everyone to work together as equals. Honesty is also important don’t lie to your members, not about the agency and not even about your own life; trust is a hard-won commodity and once shaken is very fragile. This is important if you expect your members to take the risks involved in our risky profession. A leader’s personal attitudes need to be “left at the door”; volunteer agencies, where most members serve in the communities they have lived in, are especially susceptible to personality differences. It is not unheard of for a leader/community-parent to react to another parent whose child might have had differences with the leader’s child. Reactions and attitudes are normal; it is up to the leader to manage control and keep the work environment free of animosity. Some of the attributes that should be sought when selecting someone to fill leadership shoes are: dedication; skill; people skills, integrity, confidence, trustworthiness, the ability to control emotions and reactions, and reliability.

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