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Swanton, VT - On April 22nd at approximately 5:31 p.m., Missisquoi Valley Rescue (MVR) Swanton Fire Department, and the Swanton Police Department responded to First Street in Swanton Village for a car almost on it’s side in an approximately twenty foot ditch. - See full story on page 3

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Firefighters respond to vehicle fire

On May 10th, Swanton firefighters responded at approximately 3:25 p.m. for a vehicle fire on Bushey Road. Firefighters knocked the fire down quickly. There were no reported injuries. The cause is under investigation.

Car goes into twenty foot ditch, firefighters free driver in three feet of water

Swanton, VT. On April 22nd at approximately 5:31 p.m., Missisquoi Valley Rescue (MVR) Swanton Fire Department, and the Swanton Police Department responded to First Street in Swanton Village for a car almost on it’s side in an approximately twenty foot ditch.The car was traveling west bound on First Street, when the elderly female operator went off the road and into the ditch. Firefighters had to stabilize the car in about three feet of water before freeing the woman from the car. The woman was transported by MVR to a local hospital for evaluation. The accident is under investigation by SPD.


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Third alarm in Burlington’s Old North End On Friday, April 8, 2016 at approximately 8:26 p.m., the Burlington Fire Department received multiple 911 calls for a report of a fire at 8 Haswell Street. Engine Co. 2 arrived three minutes after dispatch and reported heavy fire at the rear of a two story residential structure, transmitting a second alarm on arrival. DC Brown arrived moments later and requested a third alarm due to the very close proximity of adjacent buildings. The main body of fire was knocked down and the incident controlled within two hours of the call. Extensive overhaul efforts were required due to the balloon-frame construction and renovations of the building.


Firefighters respond to abandoned car on fire near sandpits

On April 30, 2016 at approximately 6:15 a.m., Highgate Fire Department and Missisquoi Valley Rescue responded for an abandoned car on fire off Airport Road in Highgate near the sandpits. MVR was canceled. There was no one in or around the car. The car had been burning awhile before firefighters were called. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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Texas: Steven Whitfield II, 32 Rank: Cadet Incident Date: March 31, 2016 Death Date: March 31, 2016 Fire Department: Houston Fire Department Initial Summary: Cadet Steven Whitfield II was hired by the Houston Fire Department on October 26, 2015, and was a member of Class 2015-G that will graduate in June 2016. On March 31, 2016, Whitfield collapsed during obstacle course training at the Houston Fire Department Val Jahnke Training Facility. Other cadets, as well as a medic crew, immediately began CPR and tried to lower his body temperature. He was then transported to the Memorial Hermann Texas Trauma Institute where, despite the resuscitation efforts of the medical staff, Cadet Whitfield was pronounced dead at 1248hrs. The cause of death is still under investigation.

Alabama: Charles M. Tucker, 56 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: March 30, 2016 Death Date: April 2, 2016 Fire Department: Lynn Fire & Rescue Initial Summary: On March 30, 2016, Firefighter Tucker responded from home with his son, Austin, a 16-year-old Junior Member of Lynn Fire & Rescue, to a grass and woods fire on Winston County Road 37. Once units cleared the fire scene, Firefighter Tucker was driving with his son back home when, for a cause still to be determined, their privately owned pickup truck veered off of the highway and struck an empty logging trailer parked nearby. Lynn Fire & Rescue and other emergency services responded to the scene finding both occupants badly injured and entrapped in the vehicle. After extensive extrication efforts, Firefighter Tucker and his son were flown by medical helicopter to UAB Medical Center in Birmingham, Alabama. Firefighter Tucker succumbed to his injuries sustained in the early morning hours of April 2, 2016. Junior Firefighter Austin Tucker remains in UAB Children’s Hospital recovering from his injuries. The fatal accident is under investigation by the Alabama Highway Patrol.

Maryland: John Ernest "Skillet" Ulmschneider, 37 Rank: Firefighter/Paramedic Incident Date: April 15, 2016 Death Date: April 15, 2016 Fire Department: Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department Initial Summary: Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department (PGFD) responded to a home for a welfare check call regarding a man with medical conditions that had not responded to relatives attempting to contact him. After arriving on scene, checking for any open doors or windows, and after making themselves known several times, firefighters forced entrance to the residence. As they entered the home, the resident fired several gun shots striking PGFD Firefighter/Paramedic John Ulmschneider, Morningside Volunteer Firefighter Kevin Swain, and the relative who had originally called for help. After being transported to the hospital, Firefighter/Paramedic Ulmschneider succumbed to his injuries. Firefighter Swain remains hospitalized in serious but stable condition. Police said the resident of the home believed his house was being broken into and fired in self-defense. No charges have been filed. Investigation into the fatal incident continues by authorities. Tennessee: Rodney Eddins, 57 Rank: Lieutenant Incident Date: April 16, 2016 Death Date: April 17, 2016 Fire Department: Memphis Fire Department Initial Summary: While operating at the scene of a residential structure fire, Lieutenant Eddins collapsed from a nature of fatal injury still to be determined. Fellow firefighters removed Lieutenant Eddins from the structure and rushed him to Methodist South Hospital in critical condition where he succumbed to his injury. Fire crews determined the blaze started from a malfunctioning portable fan in the bedroom. There was not a working smoke alarm in the house, but two adults and four children at the home were uninjured.

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Firefighters respond to an abandoned car on fire near the sandpits

On April 30, 2016 at approximately 6:15 a.m., Highgate Fire Department and Missisquoi Valley Rescue responded for an abandoned car on fire off Airport Road in Highgate near the sandpits. MVR was canceled. There was no one in or around the vehicle. The car had been burning a while before firefighters were called. The fire is under investigation.


Firefighters battle brush fire Swanton, VT. At approximately 3:05 p.m. on April 17th, Swanton Fire Department responded to Hog Island Road in West Swanton for a brush fire. Firefighters knocked the fire down quickly. Approximately one acre burned. There were no reported injuries.

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Minivan versus mail truck with rollover On April 30, 2016 at approximately 1:30 p.m., Highgate Fire Department and Missisquoi Valley Rescue responded to Frontage Road for a minivan versus a mail truck. The two vehicles collided causing the mail truck to rollover on it’s side. There was one minor injury and no transport. The cause of the accident is under investigation by Vermont State Police.

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Early morning tractor trailer accident The Augusta Fire Department responded to a tractor trailer truck accident that occured around 1:00 a.m. on May 2nd in the southbound lane of Interstate 95 near mile marker 105. The Midland truck was hauling a load of french fries and there were no significant injuries. DEP was called in to pump the fuel out of the fuel tanks before the truck was moved and hauled away.

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One extricated from vehicle

Firefighters and rescue personnel extricated one victim from this car early on the afternoon of May 12. A few small trees were cut down and then the driver's door had to be removed to gain access to the victim. The lone occupant was then transported to a Lewiston hospital with non-life threatening injuries.


Vehicle fire extinguished

Wales Engines 31 and 32 with Tanker 33, (with a total of 12 fire members from Wales) and Sabattus Engines 2 and 6 responded to the Wales Presbyterian Church parking lot for a reported vehicle fire. Chief 301 was first on scene with command reporting a vehicle fully involved. First arriving crews made an aggressive attack by stretching a couple of one and three quarter inch hose lines with water and foam and had fire the under control within minutes.

When do we stop helping people? Chaplain’s Corner Didymus McHugh

When we joined the fire service, we wanted to make a difference and help people. We have seen that John 15:13 become so real “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” How many times are we willing to risk our lives for a civilian, child and even more so for a brother? But this is only the beginning or supreme end. We are to have compassion for people as we always do. When are we supposed to stop showing compassion for others? There is a way that we can save or enhance to about 50 lives, once we die. We can become organ and tissue donors now. One organ donor can save up to eight lives. They state that the organs that can be transplanted are the heart, kidney, livers, lungs, pancreas and intestine. Since there are more than 122,000 people waiting for transplants in the U.S., that’s a big number, But if you look that, 22 people die every day as they wait for an organ transplant. How or who can you help? Think about the guys in your station, department or their families. Does someone you know have health challenges? Where do you think skin comes from for the graft for burn victims? Yes, they can take the donor skin off of other parts of the patients’ body, but sometimes things will not or cannot work that way. Do you know a brother, who may

need a valve job? No, not his car, but heart. You can help one of them out. Your corneas can help restore sight to someone. What about bone grafts, ligaments or tendons to help fix diseased bones and joints? The people who are on the organ donor lists as recipients are praying and hoping for a new organ. I know that for me, it would be nice if God used me to answer someone’s prayers and let them continue to live. Right now, you answer people’s prayers and give them hope when you assist them by answering calls. Continue that spirit when you die. By our concern for our fellow man, we are called into this profession and we

give of ourselves with our time, money, talents, etc. I, myself, am an organ and tissue donor. I let my family know. I let a lot of people know. I have come to appreciate that if I can help someone, I will. If people can physically benefit from me dying, I do not want to cremate a body part that someone might not be able to live without. I know that it may be a concern to people, but I feel that this conversation needs to be put out there. You may want to talk with your family, friends, doctor, or religious leader. I am just making you aware of a situation, not an opportunity to volunteer. You may even know

someone who benefited from an organ or tissue donation, or maybe someone who did make a donation. Romans 12:1 reminds us that we are to offer our bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God. If we care for people, why not have a part of us live on and help others. Would your family be comforted that even though you would not be with them anymore, that you selflessly gave for others? If you have any questions, please reach out to your local organ and tissue donation organization. If you are concerned about religious implications of organ donation, I have been advised by the NJ Sharing Network, that most religions approve of it. But you can still discuss it with your religious leader. I mentioned about being a donor

and wondered what would happen at wake and I was advised that it would look like me, if I wanted a viewing. When people were trying to trap Jesus about the greatest commandment, He stated that the greatest commandment was to love your God with your heart, mind and soul and that the second greatest commandment was that we are to our neighbors as ourselves. Do you love people enough to help them when you are no longer living? I used to belong to a fire department that did not have fire companies, instead we had defender companies. The sign at the firemen’s memorial said “Defenders of life and property”. I’m all in, take what you need to protect someone’s life. What about you?

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The Man Behind Badge #711 By Thomas Cooney Available from: Barnes & Noble Price: $11.00 This is a paperback eight inches by five inches and has 169 pages. It was written by a man who put in 20 years with the New York City Fire Department. We have shown reviews of videos in this publication of the War Years, a period of time when the department saw its most work with fires and other emergencies. The author, a soft spoken,

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mild mannered man with a big heart, put his career in during many of those years and most of this time was spent at Ladder 30 in Harlem. His badge number (711) many times turned out to be lucky for him, sparing him from serious injury and even death. He was appointed in 1959 and retired in 1979. He writes about his memoirs from the very beginning in training through the many fires and emergencies he responded to. He includes some family life and from the firehouse perspective, the brotherhood of firefighters and how they help each other out on and off the job. I remember when on the job whenever I needed a tradesman to help me out, I always canvassed the roster of my fire department to see who specialized in what trade. They were the first ones I considered. No different here. Some of the book tells of a unique part time job that he had while he was still a firefighter. Still other jobs that he held after retirement are touched on. The book has 32 remarkable chapters that should keep the reader turning pages. There are good times as well as tragic times written about. Many of the fires and rescues are described in detail. Many of the memorable tragic fires and incidents are touched on as well. I enjoyed reading this book so much that I did it twice! It is money well spent! Due to the sources that this book is available from and that it was reviewed sometime before the review’s printing, the price may vary slightly either way.



LP tanks pose hazard at blaze At 10:50 a.m. on Thursday, April 28th, Laconia, Gilford, and Belmont Fire Departments responded to a reported building fire at 518 Weirs Boulevard. Lt. French on Engine 5 reported heavy fire from a one story home with serious exposures. He requested a first alarm, which brought Meredith EMS, Meredith Fire, and Tilton Fire to cover the city. The first alarm also called in off-duty firefighters. Lt. French had his crew start attacking the fire with the plan to keep it from spreading to either adjacent home. The buildings are about 12 feet apart. Two LP tanks located on the

JUMP TO FILE #042916116 back corner of the home were venting, so he had the hose stream redirected to the tanks to prevent an explosion. The tanks were so hot that as soon as the water stream was moved, the fire would reignite. As additional crews arrived, a water supply was established. Laconia Police shut down Weirs Boulevard for about an hour. Additional hose lines were stretched to the inside of the home. The fire was knocked down within 15 minutes; however, it

took well over an hour to overhaul the structure and dig out the fire in the floor and crawl space. The home is probably a total loss. Crews were on scene for two hours. During the fire, the covering trucks responded to another fire call, and two medical emergencies. The fire was accidental and started while the owner was attempting to light the pilot light on the stove. This was the eighth building fire that Laconia Fire had responded to since last Friday. - KENNETH ERICKSON

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No injuries, home saved in woods fire


Raging fire destroys barn fueled by hay inside

At about 10:10 p.m. on May 11th, 911 reports of a fire in a barn loaded with hay. First arriving units find a fully involved one and a half story barn with fire through the roof. Due to being in a non-hydrant area of Milton, the fire department was assisted by the following towns for a water supply shuttle relay operations: Farmington, Rochester, Wakefield, and Somersworth. New Durham and Middleton Fire Department units provided station coverage during the fire incident. No animals were injurThe cause of the fire is under investigation.

Wolfeboro, NH. No one was injured and a home was saved during a woods fire off Timberlane in Wolfeboro on Sunday, April 24, 2016. The fire burned approximately one and a half acres. The blaze, located on the Lake Winnipesaukee end of Timberlane, was first reported at 4:52 p.m. First arriving crews found a fast moving fire driven by winds off the lake. The fire was headed for a nearby home. "The crews did a superb job protecting the residence in the path of the flames," said Wolfeboro FireRescue Deputy Chief Tom Zotti. "The building sustained no damage." A first alarm forestry response brought around 30 firefighters from Tuftonboro Fire-Rescue, Ossipee Corner Fire-Rescue, New Durham Fire-Rescue, and Alton Fire-Rescue. Wakefield Fire-Rescue covered

JUMP TO FILE #042516110 Wolfeboro Central Station Wolfeboro Fire-Rescue was also assisted at the scene by Stewarts Ambulance and the Wolfeboro Police Department. The cause of the fire remains under investigation. "It is extremely dry and the potential for fires is significant," said Zotti. "We ask everyone to use extreme caution with barbecue grills and other outside fires." The fire was declared under control at 6:15 p.m. The last Wolfeboro Fire-Rescue units returned to quarters at 8:13 p.m. - TOM ZOTTI

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No injuries at Norwich garage fire

On April 28th around 6:15 p.m., the Norwich Fire Department was dispatched to 17 Taylor Drive for a garage fire. Engine 2 was first due because Engine 3 and the truck were at a fire alarm at Backus Hospital and Squad A was at a medical. They arrived to find smoke showing from a two bay attached garage. Engine 2's crew stretched a one and three quarter inch crosslay and contained the fire to the Charlie/Delta corner. The truck company overhauled and the other units were released quickly. No injuries were reported and the Norwich Fire Marshal's Office is investigating.

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CT Fire Academy bomb squad outreach On April 29th, the Connecticut Fire Academy hosted a new program "ESU/Bomb Squad Outreach Program". The class was attended by approximately 100 members of Connecticut's Fire Service in the auditorium at the Windsor Locks facility. Director of Training William Higgins welcomed the group, and then handed it over to CT State Police Sgt Art Derderian of the Emergency Services Unit. Sgt Derderian spent the first few hours in the classroom covering various subjects concerning threats and devices, and then the class took the drill grounds to see the equipment CT CSP ESU has available, and to watch a few demonstrations. The class was well received and the academy hopes to present this again in the future.

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New Britain porch fire New Britain, CT. On April 24 2016, the New Britain Fire Department responded to 171 Wilcox Street for a report of a porch fire. First company on scene reported that the rear porches were fully involved on a three story wood frame structure. At that time, a second ladder company was requested, filling out a second alarm response. Quick action in knocking down the heavy fire saved the interior of the home from any major damage. The fire was brought under control in about an hour. There were no injuries reported. The cause of the fire had not been determined at this time.

New Britain working house fire New Britain, CT. On April 30, 2016 at 4:30 p.m., the New Britain Fire Department was dispatched to 17 Millard Street for a reported house fire. A police officer on scene confirmed that the house was on fire. Fire was showing from a window on the second floor B side and heavy smoke was starting to show from the front second floor window of this two and a half story wood frame.

JUMP TO FILE #050216113 Firefighters made quick work in knocking down the fire and holding it to the second floor, bringing it under control in about half an hour. No injuries were reported and the cause has yet to be determined. - MICHAEL CARENZA JR

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Firefighter separated from hoseline dies


Chief Henry Campbell

Over the past few years, I continue to read of firefighters, who for some reason or another have managed to separate themselves from the rest of their crew, usually a hoseline attack crew, and become disoriented, trapped, and eventually running out of air and succumbing within the structure. A few firefighters caught in these conditions have managed to be rescued by RIT firefighters and revived. Why do these firefighters leave the safety of their crew? How do they leave the security of the crew without the other crew members knowing they have left? Many times, the crew has withdrawn from the structure before they realize a member is missing. Is there no communication among the crew? One can only wonder as to the answers. They are supposed to be a team following some pretty simple operating procedures, stay together! They should be maintaining visual, vocal, or physical contact with each other at all times, you know, hanging onto each other’s coattail while keeping up the chatter. Staying alert to their surroundings and any changing fire conditions that may impact their safety while monitoring the radio are also required. If for any reason a team member has to leave, the entire team must exit, following the hoseline back out. If it is a Mayday situation, a Mayday should be called over the radio and department procedures for a Mayday should be initiated by the incident commander and followed. Sounds simple, yet firefighters continue to die in similar circumstances as in the following report. On April 15, 2016 NIOSH released the following FF Fatality report: “On May 8, 2013, a 29-year-old male career probationary firefighter died after running out of air and being trapped by a roof collapse in a commercial strip mall fire. The firefighter was one of three firefighters, who stretched a one and a half inch hoseline from Side A into a commercial strip mall fire. The hose team stretched deep into the structure under high heat and heavy smoke conditions and were unsuccessful in locating the seat of the fire. The hose team decided to exit the structure. During the exit, the firefighter became separated from the other two crew members. The incident commander saw the two members of the hose team exit on Side A and called over the radio for the firefighter. The firefighter acknowledged the incident commander and gave his location in the rear of the structure. The firefighter later gave a radio transmission that he was out of air. A rapid intervention team was activated but was unable to locate him before a flashover occurred and the roof collapsed. He was later recovered and pronounced dead on the scene.” The NIOSH report lists the following contributing factors and key recommendations: risk assessment, communications, crew integrity, firefighter ran out of air in an IDLH atmosphere, staffing and deployment, arson fire in a commercial structure,

and lack of automatic fire sprinklers. There also is an extensive list of recommendations worthy of review. I include the following from the report as it contains important information relevant to firefighting in modern commercial buildings. Adaptive Fireground Management Safety Considerations Firefighting in commercial buildings and occupancies demands alternate tactical engagement and management that differentiate from residential deployment and operations. Building features and systems and complexities create very distinct and defined incident action parameters that required commanders, officers and firefighters to implement discrete strategies, tactics and awareness that are commonly resource driven, complex, concurrent and high risk. Commercial building fires and incidents require specific training, skill sets, and experience and risk management protocols. Today’s fireground demands, challenges and risks are less forgiving than in the past, leave little to no margin for error and when those errors and omissions manifest themselves-may be very unforgiving in their resulting severity and magnitude. This then requires significant adaptability in the identification, selection of strategic, tactical and task level actions that demand critical thinking skills, based on fluid incident and building assessment and evaluation for conditions. The importance of implementing Tactical Discipline, Tactical Patience and Adaptive Fireground Management is formative on today’s fireground and built upon an established platform of building knowledge, an understanding of the predictability of the building’s performance under fire conditions and the integration of critical thinking skills that aligns with the unique given conditions of an incident scene and structural fire in a building. Firefighting continues to be driven by long established practices and protocols that have a basis on expected building or fire performance and behaviors. These long held beliefs and methodologies have had new perspectives applied based on on-going research, development and emerging practices that suggest adaptive and alternatives methods, practices and protocols that are changing the rules of engagement. First-due company operations are influenced by a number of parameters and factors; some deliberate and dictated, others prescribed and prearranged and yet others subjective, biased, predisposed or at times accidental, casual and emotional. The connotations and implications are significant and can be characteristic of successful or detrimental operations. Buildings and occupancies when involved in a structure fire will continue to require the suppression and rescue engagement and intervention of fire department resources and staffing; evolving into an art and science of firefighting that demands greater command and company officer skill sets and understanding of building parameters and fire dynamics. The complete NIOSH report can be downloaded at: e201314.pdf Till next time, stay safe and God Bless!

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Bethel firefighters battle condominium fire Bethel, CT. On April 30, 2016, the Bethel and Stony Hill Fire Departments were dispatched to Eagle Rock Hill in the Plumtrees Heights Condominium complex for a working structure fire. First arriving units found heavy fire rapidly extending up and into the end unit. With fire hydrants on both ends of the structure, Bethel's Engine 6 and Tower 1 immediately went to

JUMP TO FILE #050216114 work, and were quickly able to prevent the fire from extending any further inside the occupied unit, which suffered from heat, smoke, and water damage. Mutual aid was provided by the City of Danbury with Engine 22 to

the scene, while West Redding and Brookfield Fire Departments provided standby coverage in town. There were no injuries to occupants or firefighters on scene. The American Red Cross had a representative on scene to help with displaced occupants. - ROBERT FISH


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“Step Up” To Fitness FIREFIGHTER FITNESS Lori Ann Hodgkinson

With stair climbing playing such an integral part of firefighting and rescue it makes sense to include stair climbing and step training in your fitness regime. As with any training modality, it is important to create a balance between training enough so that you are prepared when called upon to perform at work, but not so much as to risk overuse injuries. With this in mind, work stair climbing and step training into your workouts while also cross training with other cardio and leg training exercises. While actual stair climbing (and using the Stairmaster 7000 – which actually has moving stairs) translates more directly to duty related circumstances, using a stepper or step platform can also provide beneficial training. Periodically and randomly vary the modality (climbing actual stairs, using the stairmaster, stepper and step platform) for best results. This basic workout is designed to be performed two to three days per week on alternate days in addition to your regular regime. For Safety and Training Purposes - Remember to “walk” the stairs – not “run”. Warm-up with three to five minutes of light cardiovascular activity Stair climb/step train for three minutes One minute of crunches or other abdominal exercise Stair climb/step train for three minutes One minute of heel raises Stair climb/step train for three minutes One minute of crunches or other abdominal exercise Stair climb/step train for three minutes Three to five minutes of light cardiovascular exercise followed by complete stretching All the usual guidelines for intensity apply. Work within your capabilities. Train with or without gear as appropriate for your personal fitness level and duty requirements. “Step Up” and Stay Safe! As always remember to have your physician’s approval before beginning any exercise program.

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Garage destroyed in Fall River

Fall River, MA. Around 10:30 a.m. on May 9th, firefighters responded to 89 Murray Street for a reported fully involved one car garage. From about a quarter mile away Heavy Rescue 1 reported heavy black smoke in the distance. District Chief Doug Sullivan arrived on scene and established Murray St. command. Chief Sullivan reported he had a garage on fire in the rear yard with a severe exposure problem. Command ordered an attack on the nearby exposures to cool them down before turning the lines onto the garage. Engine 12 secured a hydrant and fed Engine 2, who attacked with two lines operating. The garage and the motor vehicle inside were destroyed while three nearby structures received heat damage that melted siding.

Scary back yard fire panics neighbors

Some scary moments this evening just after 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 21st when fire broke out between fences behind 316 Main St in Leominster and a home on 103 Harrison St that was raging pretty good when fire department arrived. The fire was knocked down quick with little damage and no injuries. LFD Engine 3 had a hydrant right in front of the home. LFD E4 had to pull a line back up the street with a two and a half inch line about 150 feet. The fire was started by a child and was unintentional. There were minor damages to two fences. No one was injured.



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Crash on Route 6 in Harwich

Harwich, MA. Around 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 23rd, a female driver lost control of her vehicle and crashed into a ditch near the Exit 10 ramp. The driver was ejected from the sedan and was found lying on the ground when Mass State Police arrived on scene. Harwich Fire and Rescue determined she had suffered a medical condition causing her eastbound vehicle to cross over Route 6 into the westbound lane then crashing into the woods. The lady was taken to Cape Cod Hospital with unknown injuries. Harwich Police and Brewster Fire and Police assisted at the accident scene.

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Waltham, MA. On March 7th, a school bus van that did not contain any children, drove at a very high speed across Main Street, crashed through a traffic signal and proceeded 100’ up Barbara Road where it stopped and rolled back 20 feet. The driver was unconscious when firefighters arrived. She was transported to Newton Wellesley Hospital in serious condition. Later that afternoon, she was transported to Mass General Hospital. Police felt the driver may have experienced a medical issue.

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Vehicle in precarious position after accident Waltham Engine 2 and Rescue 6 responded to an accident in which an elderly man drove through a busy intersection at Forest and Beaver Streets. While they were responding, they received an JUMP TO FILE update saying the #041516121 car was in danger of tipping over. Engine 3 was then dispatched. Firefighters found a car had broken through a guard rail and was leaning precariously against a small tree. Because of the situation, Deputy Chief Randy Mullin requested a full assignment which brought Ladder 1. Crews had to stabilize the car and ended up using two sets a Jaws to extricate the driver. He was taken to Beth Israel Hospital in Boston. - PETER LOBO

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Multiple cars on fire in Rockland Rockland, Plymouth County, MA. At around 8:40 p.m. on the evening of Wednesday, March 30, 2016, the Rockland Fire Department struck Box-33 for 100 Market Street and the report of a fire in the rear of the building. Companies arrived to find several automobiles, and a fence on fire in the rear of the gas station. Crews stretched hand lines and hooked up to a hydrant on Market Street. A couple hand lines were stretched and were able to knock the heavy fire down. Crews remained on-scene wetting down and overhauling. The roadway was shut down while crews worked at the scene. No injuries were reported.

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Duxbury quickly battles brush fire

Duxbury, MA. Firefighters responded to Treetop Lane for a brush fire that got out of control from the homeowner. The fire spread quickly toward a neighbor’s yard. The fire burned approximately 1/4 of an acre and was quickly brought under control by firefighters.


Four car crash in Lexington A four car crash on Route 2 westbound in Lexington MA on May 10th sent four people to Lahey Clinic in Burlington. The driver of the gray van was administered CPR. State police crime scene photo reconstruction teams were requested.

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Duxbury MVA with entrapment

Duxbury, MA. Firefighters responded to the intersection of Summer Street at Franklin Street for an MVA with entrapment. First arriving units found a two car MVA with the two vehicles several feet away from each other. One patient was trapped in the vehicle and the Jaws were needed for a door pop. Three patients were transported by ground with non-life threatening injuries.

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Fire & Iron MC holds Annual Ride For Pediatrics Brockton, Plymouth County, MA. On the morning of Sunday, May 1, 2016, the Fire & Iron Firefighters Motorcycle Club - Station #144 held their annual Champions Ride For Pediatrics motorcycle ride. The Champions Ride For Pediatrics is an annual event and is held in conjunction with the Signature Healthcare Brockton Hos-

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This year, cool temperatures and the threat of rain kept many from attending, but the ride was able to raise over $1,000 for the pediatric unit at the Signature Healthcare Brockton Hospital. Following the ride, food and live music was provided. - PAT TRAVERS

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MVA in Kingston

Kingston, MA. Firefighters responded to Summer Street in the area of Town and Country Estates for an MVA. First arriving units found a vehicle on top of a guardrail. The operator was evaluated and had no injuries. The vehicle was checked for hazards.

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Equestrian accident, Middleborough

Middleborough, MA. Firefighters responded to Otis Pratt Lane for a report of a female, who fell off of a horse. First arriving units found a 53 year old female with a head injury. Paramedics evaluated the patient and called for Boston Medflight. The patient was transported by Medflight to Rhode Island Hospital with a head injury.


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Working fire in Abington apartment Abington, Plymouth County, MA. At around 11:45 a.m. on the morning of Tuesday, April 5, 2016, the Abington Fire Department responded to 500 North Quincy Street after they received the box and calls reporting a fire. Abington received automatic mutual JUMP TO FILE aid via a Hol- #040616131 brook ladder to the scene on the line box. Companies arrived to find a small fire on the second floor of the large three story apartment complex. The fire extended up the the third floor. Crews opened up the walls and stretched a line to knock down the fire. The apartment below on floor-1 received water damage. Around noontime, the working fire was requested bringing mutual aid engines from Brockton and Whitman to the scene, and a Rockland engine into cover Abington headquarters. Chief John Nuttall states that he believes the fire was accidentally started by a plumbers torch in a vacant apartment. The building was evacuated during the incident, leaving many residents to wait outside and in their vehicles in the cold. No injuries were reported. - PAT TRAVERS


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