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WIND-DRIVEN HOUSE FIRE GOES TO THREE ALARMS IN CANTERBURY

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Canterbury, CT - The Canterbury FD, with aid from Scotland and Central Village, were dispatched to a house fire on North Canterbury Road on April 26th. Crews arrived to find heavy smoke and fire showing from a old historic house.

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Structure Fire in Laconia Goes to Three Alarms

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The Belmont Fire Dept. recently responded to three building fires over the course of one weekend, and boy were they tired... but they were still smiling! Pictured are Lt. Griffin, FF Bowler and FF Fenn.

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Hollis, NH Tanker 2, a 2009 Freightliner 4X4/Dingee 500/2000, is shown here staging at the burning down of a training house in case it got out of hand.

Laconia, NH - On Thursday, May 3rd at 2:33 P.M., the Laconia, Gilford and Belmont Fire Departments were dispatched to a building fire at 148 Union Avenue in Laconia. A caller reported flames JUMP TO FILE# coming down from 051118104 the bathroom ceiling vent. Captain Shipp arrived within three minutes with a crew of six in Engine 1, Ladder 1 and Ambulance 2. He reported smoke showing from the third-floor of a large apartment building and requested a first-alarm at 2:37 P.M. Within a few minutes, conditions changed and dark brown smoke was now showing from the second and third floors. Chief Erickson requested the second-alarm at 2:40 P.M. Captain Shipp’s crew started a two-inch hose up the front stairway to start the attack. His pump operator stretched a four-inch hose to the nearby hydrant. The smoke condition was getting worse by the minute. Belmont's Engine arrived on scene and Lt. Murphy and crew started a second attack hose. Gilford’s Engine arrived on scene and laid in an additional four-inch supply line. Lt. Madden and his crew started in to assist with hose advance and primary search. Civilians outside were screaming that a man was down on the ground in cardiac arrest. Gilford’s pump operator and two off-duty Laconia firefighters went to the victim’s aid. An ambulance was requested from Stewart’s EMS, which was already enroute on the cover assignment and arrived on scene within minutes. Ladder 2 and Engine 5 from Weirs Station came in from Arch Street and backed into place. Lt. Desrosiers and his crew did a great job of placing the aerial and then raising ground ladders. The aerial was raised to the third-floor and a mutual aid crew eventually ran a two-inch hose up to the

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third-floor. The Weirs crew worked inside the building conducting a primary search on Floor 3. Assistant Chief Beattie arrived and was assigned Operations. Deputy Newhall was assigned Division C, Chief Carrier went inside to Division 2, and Captain Shipp was Division 3. As more resources arrived, ground ladders were thrown around the three-and-a-half story building for firefighter escape. The outside temperatures were in the 80's, and firefighters inside were taking a beating. The fire was in the voids between Floors 2 and 3, and into the attic. Dark brown smoke was pushing from many openings, indicating a confined void space fire. Off-duty firefighters raised the Laconia Tower to vent the thirdfloor windows and then cut the roof. Aerial placement was difficult due to the many overhead wires, but both trucks were placed into good working positions. Second-alarm crews started searches as well as relieving attack crews. Most firefighters could only work through one-cylinder without taking a break. A third-alarm was requested at 3:12 P.M., which

brought a Meredith Tower as well as Concord and Holderness Engines. Concord had a 17-mile response, arrived on scene and went to work on the third-floor. All crews were used extensively for the duration of the fire. Relief areas were set up to cool down overheated firefighters. Captain Bean was assigned as the Safety Officer. Eleven off-duty Laconia firefighters responded to the fire. Without the off-duty help, the fire would have probably gone to a fourth-alarm. It was a learning experience for many, including the pump operator and first-in nozzle person; both are on probation. The Belmont crew had two probies and a student intern. Laconia was assisted by Belmont, Gilford, Franklin, TiltonNorthfield, Sanbornton, Meredith, Concord, Holderness, Lakes Region Mutual Aid, Stewart’s and New Hampton EMS units, and Laconia Police. Bristol covered with a Ladder, while Gilmanton and Center Harbor covered with Engines. Damage is estimated at $500,000 to the structure. - KEN ERICKSON


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JUMP TO FILE #050318102 appeared to have died on impact. A joint investigation is being conducted by the Wolfeboro Police Department and members of Troop G, New Hampshire State Police. Route 28 North was closed to vehicle traffic for approximately six hours while crews worked at the scene. The Wolfeboro Police Department wishes to thank the following agencies who assisted us at the crash scene: the Ossipee Police Department, NH State Police, Wolfeboro, Tuftonboro, Ossipee And Wakefield Fire Rescue Departments, EMS and Paramedics from Huggins Hospital and Stewart’s Ambulance, NH DES and the NH Medical Examiner’s Office. - DEAN J. RONDEAU

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Wolfeboro, NH - On May 2nd at approximately 4:54 P.M., a single commercial motor vehicle crash occurred on Route 28, just south of the Ossipee Wolfeboro Town Line. The vehicle, a red Mack dump truck, was driving North on Route 28 when it sustained a right front tire blowout, causing the vehicle to go into a non-controllable hardright turn, later crashing into a large pine tree. Speed does not appear to be a factor in the crash. There were two occupants in the vehicle at the time of the collision. The driver was extracted by members of the Wolfeboro, Ossipee, Tuftonboro and Wakefield Fire Rescue Departments, and treated at the scene by EMS and paramedics from Huggins Hospital before being medevacked from the scene to Maine Medical. The second occupant, riding in the front passenger area, was found deceased in the cab of the truck and

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Tennessee: Jason Dickey, 38 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: February 12, 2018 Death Date: February 12, 2018 Fire Department: Lawrenceburg Fire Department Initial Summary: Firefighter Jason Dickey died from injuries sustained in a structural collapse while operating at the scene of a residential structure fire. Two other firefighters were injured in the collapse and taken to the hospital. The fire started in a twostory residence along Lakeview Drive at around 1630hrs. According to media reports, crews transmitted a “Mayday Emergency” near 2000hrs when the three firefighters became trapped as the result of a collapse. The cause of the fire remains under investigation by authorities. Rhode Island: Richard Jenks, 72 Rank: Lieutenant Incident Date: February 14, 2018 Death Date: February 14, 2018 Fire Department: Pascoag Fire Department Initial Summary: Lieutenant Richard Jenks collapsed while fighting a residential chimney fire. Other responders performed CPR on Lieutenant Jenks and transported him to Landmark Medical Center in Woonsocket, RI, where he was pronounced deceased. The nature and cause of fatal injury are still to be determined. Georgia: Earnest McDuffie, 51 Rank: Captain Incident Date: February 20, 2018 Death Date: February 20, 2018 Fire Department: Hinesville Fire Department Initial Summary: While performing fire department mandated physical fitness training, Captain Earnest McDuffie was running at a local park and fell unconscious. CPR was rendered immediately and Captain McDuffie was transported to Liberty

Regional Medical Center where he passed away from a nature and cause of fatal injury still to be determined.

Maryland: Christopher Pryor, 46 Rank: Assistant Fire Chief Incident Date: February 25, 2018 Death Date: February 25, 2018 Fire Department: LaVale Volunteer Fire Department Initial Summary: After returning home from an early morning response for a motor vehicle crash, Assistant Fire Chief Christopher Pryor complained to his wife that he was not feeling well. According to reports from FirefighterCloseCalls.com, Chief Pryor's wife then took him to the emergency room where, upon arrival, he collapsed. Despite all efforts to revive him, Assistant Fire Chief Pryor passed away from a nature and cause of fatal injury still to be reported. Vermont: Casey Stephen Kuhns, 30 Rank: Lieutenant Incident Date: February 27, 2018 Death Date: February 28, 2018 Fire Department: Morrisville Fire Department Initial Summary: On February 27, at 1526hrs, Lieutenant Casey Stephen Kuhns responded to a motor vehicle crash. Later that day, Lieutenant Kuhns participated in fire department training that ended at approximately 2130hrs. At 0600hrs on February 28, Lieutenant Kuhns was found deceased at home from a nature and cause of fatal injury still to be reported.


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Orono FD Firefighter Dennis Bean designed this patch several years ago for the Department. Maine's black bear was incorporated into the patch because of their coverage of Orono, home of the UMaine Black Bears.

"This is a photo of a shadow box I created with my great uncle and grandfather's fire department badges. My uncle, Joseph Cattelona, and grandfather, Michael J. Haas, Jr., were both former chiefs of the Hamburg Volunteer Fire Department in Hamburg, New Jersey. The shadow box highlights Joe's Ex-Chief badge and Mike's Fire Police badge, along with an old newspaper clipping of Joe (far right) and two other members of HVFD showing off their parade trophies. A current patch from Hamburg Fire is also displayed that I was thrilled to receive in a patch trade with my own department, (Lake County Fire Rescue in Lake County, Florida)."


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Dream Comes True for Father & Son Firefighters in N.J. My name is Mike Nittoli, and all my life I wanted to be a firefighter. My father, Angelo Nittoli, who I consider "my hero", was a firefighter and exchief with the Green Knoll Volunteer Fire Company in Bridgewater, New JUMP TO FILE # Jersey. As a kid, I 042018108 can vividly remember going to the firehouse and being around the trucks, and it was something I looked forward to every day. Being able to play on the trucks back in the late 1980's was every kid's dream. Back in those days, Mack, Hahn and American LaFrance rigs were the the only ones around; everyone had one of the three in the area. Taking pride in your apparatus in those days was something everyone looked forward to doing and wanted to be a part of. Green Knoll Fire Company had three Macks back then. One of them I considered a favorite was a 1977 Mack CF600 50' Tele-Squirt. I was hooked at first sight. I always wanted to be around the Macks. So when I turned 16-yearsold in 1998, I joined the Raritan Borough Fire Department as the department's first junior firefighter. Raritan, along with many other departments in the area, had two Mack trucks: a 1979 Mack CF600 Tower Ladder and a 1983 Mack MC Engine. Again, being able to be around Macks made the firefighting experience for me extra special. Raritan opened many doors for me as I came through the ranks in the fire service. In 2002, I became a full member once I turned 18years-old, and years later I achieved the rank of Lieutenant. I currently belong to Manville Fire Company #1, and my father be-

longs to the Herbertsville Fire Department in Brick Twp., NJ. Throughout my younger years, and even more so recently, me and my father have talked many times about owning a Mack fire truck. Every time we would attend a show or parade and see a private collector, we would later talk about how cool it would be to own one for ourselves. So about four years ago, I thought I would search for previously owned Macks by Green Knoll Fire Company. I belonged to the Mack Fire Apparatus Facebook group and posted there that I was looking for some help. I posted some older pictures and asked if anyone knew of their current whereabouts. Lo and behold, someone reached out and I was able to find two of them! One was the 1972 Mack Engine, which was in Harrisburg, PA, and owned by a private collector. The other was my childhood favorite, the 1977 Mack Tele-Squirt. It was owned and operated by the Franklin Borough Vol. Fire Department, which is located in Cambria County, just outside of Pittsburgh, PA. I contacted the Franklin Fire Department and spoke to their chief, Mr. Jeff Weir. Jeff informed me that the truck definitely came from Green Knoll Fire Company because it still had their name custom built into the steering wheel of the truck. I asked if they would be willing to sell the truck and he informed me that they couldn't sell it since it was still in service. About two years went by and then I received a phone call from Jeff. Jeff advised me that they had received a new ladder truck, and they were putting our Mack up for sale. I thought "this is it, now is our chance". I spoke to my father and we agreed on a number that we were going to offer. I contacted Jeff, told him what our intentions were, and he advised that he would

bring the info back to the membership for a vote. Well, about a week's time had passed, and then I received some unfortunate news. My father had gotten laid off from his job, so we were unable to commit to our original offer for the Mack. I informed Jeff, who gave us his sympathy and told us that he would let us know who would be buying the truck so that we could stay in touch with it. Approximately two months passed before Jeff called to inform me that they had only gotten one offer for the Mack, and that they wanted to give us a second chance at making an offer. I took it upon myself without speaking to my father to make them an offer, using my own funds. I thought to myself, if this truck was meant to come home, whatever would be will be. On October 1, 2017, I made the Franklin Borough Fire Department a formal offer. On October 3, 2017, I received a call from Jeff. He informed me that the department had accepted my bid offer and that the truck was mine. He told me that the membership was happy that the truck would be returning to it's original home. Talk about a dream come true! I called my father and we had an emotional moment over the phone. We drove out to pick the truck up on December 2, 2017. I can't thank the Franklin Borough Fire Department enough. We decided that we would leave Franklin's lettering on the truck as a constant reminder of their sincere generosity. I wanted to share this story with the Fire Service because miracles do happen. If you have an interest in apparatus collecting, don't wait, you too can do this just like we did.

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How the truck looked in 1977 (top), compared to now in 2018.

- MIKE NITTOLI

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This photo was taken in June of 1977 when the truck first arrived. Fire Chief Angelo Nittoli is front row, 6th from right.

After picking up the 1977 Mack Tele-Squirt, (L to R): Frankiln Fire Chief Jeff Weir, Mike Nittoli, and Angelo Nittoli.


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VENDOR SPOTLIGHT

IN SERVICE

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Orono, ME Fire Department's newest engine is a 2015 Pierce Saber. Engine 241 is the lead unit to respond in town and to the University of Maine. Orono FD Firefighter Dennis Bean makes signs, and also does airbrush and gold leaf work on his days off. He has gold leafed and detailed every unit in the department's fleet, including a special piece he hand painted on the side of their newest engine to represent UMaine, home of the Black Bears.

KIMTEK’s FIRELITE and MEDLITE Units Aboard Latest Energy Efficient First Response Vehicles April 23, 2018 Orleans, VT— KIMTEK CORPORATION, manufacturers of modular skid units for firefighting and emergency medical transport in ATVs/UTVs, and brush trucks, recently implemented its latest line of skid units that support energy efficient electric vehicles. KIMTEK's commitment to environmental sustainability, quality construction and convenient, modular design features provides important advantages for makers of electric vehicles such as Polaris GEM and Ranger EV models and, most recently, for the California-based Tropos Motors team.

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Orono, ME Firefighter Dennis Bean hand painted this piece on the side of the department's new engine.

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38 Years, A Detroit Firefighter's Story

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The Norwich FD purchased two CMC multi-purpose devices, which were put in service on Squad A and Truck 1. Each shift recently trained on how to use the new devices with different rope systems. Members have also been focusing on FAST training, carrying out different types of evolutions. Four members from Local 892 also just completed a regional FAST class that was held in Salem.

by John Malecky

38 Years A Detroit Firefighter’s Story By Bob Dombrowski Available from: FSP Books & Videos 188 Central Street, Suite #$4 Hudson, MA 01749-1330 1-800-522-8528 E-mail: support@fire-policeems.com www.fire-police-ems.com Price: $15.95 This is a soft cover book, measuring 6-inches by 9-inches, with 232 pages. It is the memoirs of a Detroit firefighter who retired as a battalion chief in June of 2010 after 38 years of service. These are his stories to the best of his recollection. In a nutshell, I must recommend to the reader that this is a must read book! It has 44 chapters and an epilogue. All but one of the chapters are untitled, but by reading them you get a pretty good idea about the city of Detroit and its fire department. In short, you will easily become overwhelmed by the heroic and the horrific! These are stories one cannot make up! The author was born and raised in the city and has always had a love for it. The disaster that it has become and has been for many years is one that people who love the city hold out that someday it will return to the beautiful, prosperous town it once was. Remember, it was the automobile capital at one time, and one of the richest, if not the richest city in the country. The author will enlighten you about the nightmares of arson, legitimate fires, accidents and crime that plague it. Even though the chapters are not titled, the reader is in for an interesting voyage through them. He also mixes in non-emergency activities that the DFD involved themselves in with sports, education and entertainment. Almost all of the fires in Detroit are arson. It took most of the book to get through before I discovered that he eventually achieved the rank of battalion chief. To say the least, he is a humble man! He is also critical of the administration and freely admits to breaking the rules at times, but nevertheless, he tells his stories in an honest way. The chapters are not long and there is a 15 page section of black and white photos. As I stated in the beginning of my review, this is a book I recommend buying to learn about Detroit, its fire department and the horror and heroics of fighting fires and saving lives in it.

A Jewett City FF pulls the line as fire vents out the back door. S DUPUIS

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Firefighters Wollman, Johnson, Belleville and Esposito operate a three-to-one mechanical advantage system.

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Crews Contain Basement Fire in Griswold

Griswold, CT - Just after 1:00 P.M. on April 15th, the Griswold FD, along with auto aid from Jewett City, Voluntown, Lisbon and Taftville FAST, were dispatched to a basement fire on Brewster Road in the Town of Griswold. American Ambulance arrived on the scene, reported heavy smoke in the area, and confirmed a working fire with all occupants out. A Tanker Task Force was added. It took crews two hours to control the blaze. The Griswold Fire Marshal's Office is investigating the fire.

After locating and assessing the downed firefighter, members had to remove him through a tube and other obstacles.

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Shed and Wooded Area Burn in Windsor Locks Windsor Locks, CT - Mid-afternoon on Saturday, April 14th, the Windsor Locks Fire Department was dispatched to George Road for a fully involved shed fire. Windsor Locks Public Safety Dispatch Center received multiple 9-1-1 calls reporting an active fire in the shed. Upon arrival of the first fire units, the shed was fully involved, with exposures of a fence and wooded area also on fire. Firefighters quickly extinguished the shed, fence and wooded area. The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Windsor Locks Fire Marshal's Office.


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Extrication Conducted at One-Car MVA in Sandy Hook Sandy Hook, CT - Sandy Hook firefighters, along with Newtown Ambulance, were dispatched at 10:48 P.M. on May 1st to Route 34, near Zoar Road, for a one-car MVA. While en- JUMP TO FILE# route, responders 050218108 were updated that the location was closer to Jordan Hill Road. After Engine 442 and Engineer Pete Barresi arrived, he evaluated the scene and upgraded the call to an extrication. Route 34 was then closed down. The 2008 Honda Civic had traveled a far distance before hitting a tree and landing on the driver's side. Engine 441 and Rescue 444 arrived on scene next and went to work. The vehicle was stabilized and the cutters were used to remove part of the roof to access the patient. The extrication time was approximately 17 minutes. The conscious female driver was removed and given to awaiting EMS personnel. Firefighters applied speed-dri and waited for the wrecker to arrive and remove the vehicle. The road was reopened once firefighters cleared at 12:14 A.M. - KARIN HALSTEAD

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Wind-Driven House Fire Goes to Three Alarms in Canterbury Canterbury, CT - The Canterbury FD, with aid from Scotland and Central Village, were dispatched to a house fire on North Canterbury Road on April 26th. Crews arrived to find heavy smoke and fire showing from a old historic house. A second-alarm was activated, JUMP TO FILE# adding Lisbon, 042718102 Mortlake, Plainfield and Atwood Hose FAST. The fire was fast-moving as strong southwest winds occasionally whipped up. Crews were pulled from the building when fire over took the attic space, and master streams were then put into operations. Firefighters worked for two hours to bring the fire under control. The Canterbury Fire Marshal is investigating the cause. - SHANE DUPUIS

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PATCH OF THE MONTH

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Danielson crews lead off with a 2.5" hose line, positioning it between the house and garage.

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Fire Strikes Auto Recycling Garage in Meriden

Meriden, CT - At about 8:00 A.M. on Friday, April 13th, a fire broke out at an auto recycling garage in Meriden. All Meriden units responded, along with mutual aid from Wallingford, Southington and Berlin.

Killingly, CT - Just before 2:00 A.M. on Friday, March 23rd, the Danielson FD, with automatic aid from Dayville, Williamsville, South Killingly, Moosup and Atwood FAST, were dispatched to 17 Hawkins Street for a garage fire. ET 161 arrived first and reported a fully involved two-bay detached garage with a significant exposure problem to the house. The crew stretched a pre-connected two-and-a-half inch attack

JUMP TO FILE #041918113 line down the driveway and positioned it between the garage and house. As the initial crews were arriving, the fire spread to a large pine tree in the backyard. Williamsville ET established the primary water supply with a reverse lay to the hydrant at the intersection of Potter and Broad

Street. Dayville ET 163 established the secondary water supply from the hydrant on Hawkins Street, located north of the scene. The crew from Engine and Tower 161 helped overhaul the fire. The exposure sustained minor to moderate damage. The fire did not result in any injuries. The Killingly Fire Marshal is investigating. - RYAN FLAHERTY

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Griswold, CT - On the morning of April 10th, the Griswold FD, with auto aid from Voluntown, Jewett City, Lisbon and Taftville RIT, were dispatched to a house fire at 131 Latham Drive. Responding units could see the header, confirming a house fire. Crews arrived to a one-and-ahalf story lake cottage, well involved with fire. Multiple attack lines were stretched and a tanker strike team was requested. The fire was knocked down in 30 minutes, with total extinguishment complete within one hour. The Griswold Fire Marshal's Office is investigating.


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Radio Test

VEHICLE NEWS The Fall River FD has placed three new pumper tankers into service to replace their aging apparatus, thanks to a federal grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development agency.

On May 2nd, a 2018 Ferrara "Cinder" custom pumper was placed into service, designated as Engine 5. The truck has an extruded aluminum body, capable of pumping 1500-gallons per minute, and it carries 750gallons of water and 75-gallons of foam.

Dignitaries and members of Engine Company 5, both past and present, gathered at the Globe/Kosier fire station to dedicate the new engine. Fire Chief John Lynch began the program by welcoming all guests to join him in the Pledge of Allegiance. Following the Pledge, Captain Kevin Emond used water from the retiring 1998 KME engine to christen the new piece. He then transferred the tank water from the old truck to the new truck. The chief invited the Mayor and State Representatives to say a few words during the dedication, as well as Michael Dion from the community development agency, who was able to secure the federal dollars needed to upgrade the fleet. Father Michael Racine, Fire Department Chaplain, blessed the new truck while all members laid hands on it. The members then symbolically pushed the new truck into its bay. The department’s second new

truck, a brand new Ferrara pumper designated as Engine 4, was put into service on May 4th. The "igniter" custom pumper features an extruded aluminum body with a 1500gallon per minute pump, 750gallon booster tank and a 75-gallon foam tank. This truck replaces a 1997 KME pumper that will continue to serve as a back up piece.

The department’s chaplain was on hand to bless the new engine and all who ride on her. Water from the 1997 pumper was used to christen the new truck, and then all members of Engine Company 4, both past and present, pushed the truck into its new bay.

The department’s third new truck, a Ferrara pumper built on an "Igniter" chassis with an aluminum body, was put into service on May 8th and designated as Engine 2. The engine features a 1500-gallon per minute pump with an on-board supply of 750-gallons of water, as well as a 75-gallon foam cell.

Chaplain's Corner Didymus McHugh

Members join in the blessing of Engine 5.

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A brief ceremony was held to mark the occasion, with the new truck being wet down and christened with water from the old truck. The chaplain then blessed the truck as members of Engine Company 2 symbolically pushed it into its bay. The department is also expecting a new Heavy Rescue 1 that should be delivered sometime in July, as well as a new Ladder Truck that’s currently under construction. - KENNETH LEGER

Capt. Ron Sevigny performs a wet down of Engine 4.

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There are many fire departments that have radio tests at the beginning of a shift or once a day. The purpose of this test is to see how well we hear dispatch, and how well they hear us. There are many times we pray. We transmit communications of our concerns to Dispatch, but do we always hear Dispatch answer our transmission? Do we wait to hear the answer, or do we keep on going? We are used to someone acknowledging our calls, especially when we call a Mayday. When we call a Mayday, it is confirmed and then everything on the fire scene stops and handles that Mayday. When we pray, we do not usually hear a verbal response from God. God has other ways that He communicates with us. It may be a direct response by the situation that is answered right away, or there may be a soft answer. We may be so busy that we never pay attention to the response. Psalm 46:10 tells us to be still and know that He is God. I have to admit that there are times that I want an immediate response, or want to hear from God to make sure that He is working on the problem. I have learned that I need to trust him. I have to think of it like doing a search in a building. I do not need to be nervous or scared, even though I do not see my partner or hear from Him all the time. I can trust Him. Joshua 1:9 tells us to be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.

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Capt. Medeiros christens Engine 2.

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WORKING FACES

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Whitman Fire Lieutenant Tim Clancy and Deputy Chief Joe Feeney working a recent fire on Pond Street.

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Oxford FIRE-EMS FF Rudman and Lt. Lambert on the scene of a recent residential structure fire. Firefighters forced entry into the residential structure with active fire showing. The crew deployed an attack line and extinguished a majority of the fire.

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West Springfield firefighters vent the roof of the fire building at 126 Union Street in Westfield.

Improper Disposal of Smoking Material Deemed Cause of Three-Alarm Apartment Fire in Westfield Westfield, MA - An early afternoon apartment block fire required three alarms to knock down, and displaced 40 residents in Westfield on April 22nd. Westfield firefighters responding to the Powdermill Village complex at 126 Union Street found heavy fire venting from the first and second floors of the middle unit of a two-story garden variety apartment building, with fire gaining a foot hold in the cockloft. Once it was confirmed that all the residents were safely out of Building #5, the structure of origin, a second-alarm

JUMP TO FILE #042918105 assignment of Westfield jakes began defensive, exterior operations on the structure. With fire still venting from the cockloft and multiple similar buildings on three sides of the fire building, the incident commander elected to sound the third-alarm, bringing mutual aid from West Springfield and Holyoke to the scene, and calling mutual aid from Agawam and Southwick to cover the city.

Using large caliber hand lines and two aerial master streams, firefighters brought the fire under control within one hour of the third-alarm being sounded. Westfield firefighters remained on scene late into the afternoon and early evening chasing hot spots, overhauling and posting a fire watch detail. The cause of the fire was traced back to improper disposal of smoking materials in a potted plant on the second-floor balcony. - NATE ARNOLD

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Whitman FFOP Zack Baldwin, FF Nick Grasso and FF Scott Nascarella at the scene of a recent fire.

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Oxford FIRE-EMS members Lt. Fitzgibbons and FF Lambert take a photo together after finishing up at a recent large brush fire in Oxford. First arriving Firefighters Fitzgibbons and Lambert worked to confine multiple separate fires until additional resources could arrive to extinguish and overhaul the fire. CAPT. RDL

Stow Fire's new Rescue 17 is a 2018 Ford F-550/Road Rescue.

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WOMEN IN FIREFIGHTING

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One-Bay Garage Fire in Fall River Fall River, MA - At 11:05 P.M. on Friday evening, May 11th, Fall River firefighters responded to a still alarm at 889 High Street. The original call came in from a neighbor at 880 High Street, reporting a garage on fire. Car 2 responded, along with Engines 2, 6 and 12, Platform 1, Ladder 4 and Heavy Rescue 1. Car 2, under the command of District Chief Ken Lima, arrived on scene and reported a fully involved, detached,

JUMP TO FILE #051218102 single-bay garage. Engine 2 attacked the fire with two pre-connected lines, while Engine 12 hooked up to a hydrant and laid a supply line to Engine 2. Heavy fire in the "C/D" corner burned through to the exterior. Firefighters had to pull down the wall to fully extinguish the fire.

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One resident was treated for a minor injury by EMS personnel on scene while Command called for a fire investigator to begin origin and cause determination. Firefighters were able to quickly contain the fire to the garage, preventing any damage to the nearby houses; however, the garage and its contents, including a motorcycle, were destroyed. - KENNETH LEGER

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Firefighter/Paramedic Ashley Belanger form Oxford FIRE-EMS Group 4.

Firefighter/Paramedic Jenn Dailey of the Westfield Fire-EMS Dept.

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BUDDY SHOTS

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Crews arrived to find heavy fire showing.

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Oxford FIRE-EMS FF Williams and Lt. Fitzgibbons representing Group 2.

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Two Men Arrested After Setting Multiple Cars on Fire in Whitman Whitman, MA - Around 1:00 A.M. on the morning of Tuesday, May 1st, the Whitman Fire Department responded to a reported car fire at 10 Day Street. Companies arrived to find several motor vehicles in a parking lot on fire. Lieutenant Al Cunningham requested the box to be struck for manpower. Companies advanced hand lines into the parking lot and worked to extinguish the fires. Offduty personnel responded in another engine and assisted with extinguishment. In all, three vehicles had heavy fire damage, while

JUMP TO FILE #050918102 two others suffered minor damage. Whitman Police and Fire began investigating the fire as suspicious at the scene. While at the scene, Lt. Al Cunningham was approached by two men, one of whom was known to the Lieutenant. He reported the interaction to the police, who began investigating. Video surveillance from the scene showed two men entering the fenced-in lot, followed by the fire being set, then the two men

leaving the scene. Whitman Police arrested the two men, Shaun Minnock, 23, and Zachary Ralph, 22, both of Whitman, and charged them with Burning a Motor Vehicle (3-counts), Wanton Destruction of Property over $1,200, and Trespassing. The Plymouth County Sheriff's Department BCI Unit and the Massachusetts State Fire Marshal's Office also assisted in the investigation. - PAT TRAVERS

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Oxford FIRE-EMS Firefighters Gryncewicz, Andexler and Belanger.

Whitman FF Scott Figgins uses a hand line to knock down the fire.

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Sudbury Goes Defensive at Second-Alarm House Fire Sudbury, MA - The Sudbury Fire Department was dispatched to 226 Goodmans Hill Road for a structure fire at 3:56 P.M. on May 2nd. C2 arrived to find heavy smoke showing from the attic of a one-and-a-half story wood-frame, and ordered a secJUMP TO FILE# ond-alarm. 050218107 Crews stretched multiple handlines to make an interior attack and found heavy fire on the second-floor. A primary search was performed and turned up negative. Heavy fire in the attic was beginning to vent through the roof, so command backed out the interior crews for defensive operations. Ladder 1 set up the ladder pipe and had the bulk of the fire knocked down in five minutes. Crews were then allowed to reenter the house to hit remaining hot spots and overhaul. A dog was rescued during the secondary search and reunited with the homeowner. Sudbury was assisted at the scene by Framingham, Marlborough, Maynard and Wayland. No injuries were reported, and the cause is under investigation. - JIM FORTIN

Companies arrived to find heavy smoke showing.

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Fire Explorer Bike Team Deployed to Support Historic 20-Mile Minuteman Pursuit Hike Concord, MA - On April 19th of 1775, the British troops retreated from Concord, Massachusetts back to Boston. Exactly 243 years later, on Thursday, April 19th of 2018, a group of Boy Scouts set out to follow the exact historic 20-mile route of JUMP TO FILE# their retreat, begin- 042318104 ning at the Old North Bridge where the first shots of the Revolutionary War were fired. The Boy Scouts began their trek to Boston at 7:30 A.M. under weather conditions that included heavy rain and even snow for a brief period, with temperatures that hovered just above 32-degrees. The Boy Scouts followed the carefully researched trail, stopping at many of the landmarks along the route that still exist to this day. The journey carried the Scouts through the towns of Concord, Lincoln, Lexington, Arlington, Cambridge and Somerville. Accompanying the Boy Scouts was the Stoneham Fire Explorer Program’s specialized EMS Mountain Bike Team. The bike team, also know as the R.A.B.I.T. Team (Rapid

Access Bicycle Intervention Team), is made up of Fire Explorers who have been certified as First Responders and BLS Providers, who are able to assist in the treatment of minor injuries, or intervene when needed in the event of more serious medical problems, ranging from heat exhaustion to cardiac arrest. The team is equipped with medical supplies and has an AED at the ready. Facing extremely unseasonable weather and trail conditions that were soft and muddy in places, the trek became challenging at times, but regular stops along the route proved extremely beneficial to the bike team, allowing them to get warm and swap out wet outerwear. Never before had the bike team been deployed under such conditions, but as the day progressed and rural trails gave way to suburban paved roadways and trails, the weather conditions also improved. The Bike Team monitored the hikers' progress and assisted them in safe roadway crossings along the heavily travelled Massachusetts Avenue. While a few of the hikers dropped out along the way, none were due to medical issues. At lunch, two young hikers needed the team's

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(L to R): Fire Explorers Donald Lancelotte and Jack Albushies, with Lawrence Walford, and Fire Explorer Lieutenant Robert Herrick at Prospect Hill in Somerville.

attention, one for a minor ankle injury, and one experiencing foot discomfort. Both were assisted and both were able to continue on the hike. The Scouts ended their journey at the 20-mile mark, after spending nearly 12 hours on the move. David Owen, the Boy Scout Unit Commissioner from Concord, MA, thanked

the bike team for its service. Owen noted that the team “was particularly helpful in having us progress through crossings safely in Arlington, and attending to injuries at lunch". Owen went on to say, “Thank you very much for making today a success". The bike team was led by Fire Explorer Lieutenant Robert Herrick,

and staffed by Fire Explorer Jack Albushies and Fire Explorer Donald Lancelotte. This was the very first bike team support mission for all three, and was the longest ever deployment for the team in both time and distance covered. - MICHAEL SOPER


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Harwich Fire Participates in 2018 Heroes Cup Hockey Tournament Marlboro, MA - The Heroes Cup is a weekend long event designed to bring firefighters, police officers, EMS and military members together for a fun weekend to raise money and awareness for multiple charities. Each JUMP TO FILE# team plays for the 050418119 charity of their choice, with a cash prize going to the winning team’s charity of each division. This year's tournament was held April 20th-22nd. From the Heroes Cup website: “The mission of the Heroes Cup Hockey Tournament is to bring together First Responders, Firefighters, Police Officers, Military Members and EMS workers for a fun weekend while promoting a healthy active lifestyle through hockey. Our goal is to show support for our First Responders while raising money for the charities they are passionate about. In 2017, the first year the Heroes Cup Hockey Tournament was held, 52 teams comprised of 850 hockey players played in over 120 hockey games throughout the weekend. The tournament champions included the Cape Cod Black Knights, Coast Guard Hockey, Somerville Fire Department, ATF Boston, Nashua Police, and Lowell Fire. This year the goal is to increase the size of the tournament with close to 80 teams, giving more First Responders a chance to play.” This is the second year that Harwich Fire entered a team in the tournament. Firefighters from Harwich, Dennis and Yarmouth made up the team, and both years the team has played for the Jerome Lipper Multiple Myeloma Center, a charity that is dear to department members due to the loss of Mary Clarke, wife of Captain John Clarke and mother of Firefighter Jim Clarke. Mary passed away from Multiple Myeloma. Additionally, the Harwich Team purchased a custom jersey at auction, made for fallen Yarmouth Police Officer Sergeant Sean Gannon. The Harwich team won their first four games to make it into the championship game for their division, ultimately losing to the Nashua Police Team by one goal. Regardless of the outcome, the annual event is a huge success for all involved. “It provides a unifying and team-building opportunity that is truly difficult to match. The mix of competition, exercise, fun and being a part of such a large group of police, fire and military members is very special,” said Lieutenant Scott Tyldesley. - HARWICH FIRE DEPARTMENT

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Framingham, MA - The Framingham FD received a call for a house fire at 45 Edwards Street at 6:23 P.M. on April 23rd. Engine 2 arrived to find fire showing from the second-floor on the "D" side. Crews stretched multiple hand lines to the second-floor of the two-story wood-frame dwelling. Tower 1 went to the roof for ventilation. Interior crews made an aggressive attack and the bulk of the fire was knocked down in 15 minutes. Companies then began overhaul operations. The occupants made it out prior to firefighters' arrival, and no injuries were reported. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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Brewster, MA - On Friday, May 4th, the Barnstable County Fire Chiefs Association hosted a one-day fire suppression operations training seminar, titled “Fireground Situational Awareness”, at the Captains Golf Course in Brewster.

The instructor for this dynamic training program was Jersey City (NJ) Deputy Fire Chief (ret.) Michael Terpak, who is a nationally recognized speaker and author known for his dynamic presentations involving fireground size-up, strategy and tactics, building construction, and fire attack.

During the program, which attracted approximately 80 firefighters from across Cape Cod and the region, Deputy Chief Terpak used his 36-years of urban firefighting experience, real life video, modern fire suppression strategy and tac-

tics, and a forthright common sense approach to fire suppression operations to deliver a dynamic program focusing on enhancing the attendees' knowledge, skills and abilities in the areas of fireground decision making, situational sizeup, building construction, apparatus use and placement, resource allocation, and occupant life safety.

This is the sixth firefighter training event sponsored by the Barnstable County Fire Chiefs who have made it their mission to bring dynamic, innovative and high-quality management, leadership, and fire suppression training to Barnstable County firefighters so that they are better prepared to respond to your requests for emergency services. - ROBERT MORAN

Whitman Fire Lt. Tim Clancy checks the area with a thermal imaging camera.

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Patriot’s Day Fire at Whitman Commercial Building Whitman, MA - Around 8:30 A.M. on the rainy and cold morning of Patriot's Day, April 16th, the Whitman Fire Department struck Box-55 for a reported fire inside the building at 66 Pond Street. Car-3, Car-4, Engine-243 and Engine-242 responded. Ladder-246 was out of service for maintenance. Car-3 arrived on-scene and reported light smoke showing from a large, one-story commercial building. A fire was found in the ventilation system at Computron Metal Products. Companies stretched a hand line off of Engine-243 and

JUMP TO FILE #041618128 were able to knock down the fire quickly. Crews attempted to tie into a yard hydrant at the property, but were unable to get the front cap off the hydrant. A hydrant was tied into on Industrial Way, but was not needed. Companies worked to take apart the ventilation system where the fire had originated, and removed it to ensure that the fire was

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Plymouth, MA - On Wednesday, May 2nd, the Southeastern Massachusetts Technical Rescue Team conducted regional structural collapse training in Plymouth. Teams from Plymouth, Norfolk, Bristol, Barnstable and Dukes Counties all participated in the day-long training, which included breaking and breaching, lifting and moving, cutting, and shoring stations.

(L to R): Explorer Donald Lancelotte, Lt. Matthew Sartori, Lt. Robert Herrick and Explorer Brad Largent. Missing from the photo, Explorer John Acres.

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Northeast Metro Tech Students Train to Save Lives Wakefield, MA - For these vocational students, it’s what they’re doing outside the classroom that’s pretty amazing. The Northeast Metropolitan Regional Vocational High School District, more commonly known as Northeast Metro Tech, or just “The Voke”, has been teaching students both academics and vocational skills since 1968, serving approximately 1250 students per year from 12 local cities and towns. The suburban campus, surrounded by woods, sits just 14miles northwest of Boston. The Voke offers a wide range of 14 diverse vocational programs, from Plumbing and Auto Tech, to Culinary Arts and Business Technology. Some would say that today’s vocational students already face a difficult challenge, balancing academics, shops and for many, athletics and other after school programs. Students at the Voke alternate weeks between shop and academics, therefore having half the academic class time that traditional high school students are afforded. But nonetheless, these students are held to the same academic curriculum and standards, as well as expectations of high MCAS scores. The Voke offers advanced placement courses and nearly 50% of students will go on to attend college. Despite the pressures they already face, five current Voke students have decided to take on another challenge. Voke students Matthew Sartori of Wakefield, Bradley Largent of Stoneham, Robert Herrick of Wakefield, John Acres of Malden and Donald Lancelotte of Reading, are all members of the Stoneham Fire Explorer Program. The Fire Explorer Program is a national career exploration program, which offers students ages 14-21 the opportunity to become involved with local fire departments and receive real life firefighter training. The Stone-

JUMP TO FILE #043018100 ham Fire Explorer Program was founded in 1993 and has been the first step for many teens who are now full-time career firefighters, police officers, EMTs, paramedics and other related public safety employees. The program currently has 25 active members. The training these Voke students are receiving off campus as Fire Explorers is very much the same as actual firefighters. They practice firefighting skills, and conduct and participate in regular drills covering a myriad of possible scenarios. In addition to their firefighter training, the students have become certified in CPR for adults, children and infants, including the use of automated external defibrillators (AEDs). They are also certified First Responders, certified to provide emergency medical care at a level just below that of an EMT. Their medical training runs the gamut from basic first aid skills, to emergency childbirth, to the administration of Narcan to help reverse opioid overdoses. They have participated in the national training initiative “Stop the Bleed”, that teaches the critical skills needed to stop massive traumatic bleeding. These are the very same skills that saved so many victims of the Boston Marathon Bombing, and are used commonly in the aftermath of an active shooter situation. The skills these students possess have been put to use in the real world. Matt Sartori, who is a Lieutenant in the Explorer Program and member of the Junior class, was with his plumbing class off campus in a school van when he witnessed a citizen fall to the ground and become injured. “Matt ran to the man’s aid as his classmates watched. He checked on the man and sum-

moned EMTs to the scene to further treat his injuries,” recalled Chief Richard Hastings, the program's Executive Officer. “Matt’s willingness to react and respond to such situations becomes second nature. He’s been trained well and is very confident of his abilities. If something were ever to happen to me, I’d want Matt to be the one treating me,” said Hastings. “There is no doubt in my mind that if any one of these students, alone or as a group, faced some type of incident at school or elsewhere, that they would be ready, willing and able to react quickly and play a part in saving lives,” stated Lt. Brian Cronin, the program's advisor. Cronin continued, “I’m not sure the school or the community at-large realizes what an asset these five students can be. They are poised to act if, God forbid, they are ever called upon.” Student Robert Herrick, also a Lieutenant in the program, is a member of the freshmen class. “I’m pretty sure some of my teachers are aware that I want to be a firefighter, but I’m not sure they realize how seriously we all take what we do and the skills we have,” said Herrick. “When we had a recent lockdown and active-shooter scare, despite having to hide behind a desk, I was thinking about the things I could do to help if this was real, and where my guys were if I needed them,” recalled Herrick. Members of the Fire Explorer Program are a tight knit group of friends. They have learned to trust one another, how to function as a team, how to get a job done, and how to effectively assist the sick and injured and save lives to the best of their abilities. These are lessons that just can’t be learned in a classroom. - MICHAEL SOPER

Brockton, MA FF Rick Heenan and Duxbury FF Alex Merry work together on the breaking and breaching station. PAT TRAVERS/NEFIREPHOTO.COM

Sharon, MA FF Marlene Herman uses an exothermic cutting tool.

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Abington, MA FF Chris Cotti cutting with the oxy-acetylene torch.

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DRILLS/TRAINING

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Rush Hour Car Fire in Fall River

Fall River, MA - Shortly after 4:00 P.M. on May 4th, firefighters responded to Interstate Rte. 195 west for a reported car fire. Two engine companies responded and found a vehicle in the right breakdown lane with a fully involved engine compartment fire. Firefighters pulled pre- connected attack lines to douse the flames. Traffic quickly backed up on the busy interstate, which caused an additional motor vehicle crash that crews had to respond to. This incident's location was at the junction of two major highways, causing a considerable back up of traffic on both roadways.

Waltham, MA - On May 17th, the Waltham Fire Department put on a mock prom crash in front of the high school's senior students. Waltham police, fire and Cataldo Ambulance personnel participated. The simulated crash involved a head-on accident caused by drunk driving. One female was ‘killed’. Waltham Engine 8 and Rescue 1 were involved in extricating and tending to the injured students. PETER LOBO


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KATE MCCONVILLE

This patch belongs to the Block Island Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department, located in Washington County, RI. (Block Island is also known as New Shoreham.)


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Out of Control Pit Fire Destroys Tractor-Trailer and Four Cars Highgate, VT - On May 14th around 6:00 P.M., the Highgate Fire Department responded to a grass and brush fire on Brosseau Road that was approaching the yard of a nearby house. An update from dispatch notified responders that there were also two JUMP TO FILE# cars on fire. 051518111 Mutual Aid from Swanton Fire Department was called in. AmCare Ambulance Service also responded and stood-by at the scene with paramedics. Upon arrival of Highgate's first-due Engine 14E1, they found several vehicles on fire and a tractor-trailer on fire, filled with auto parts. A nearby house was damaged from the heat of the fire, but no injuries were reported. The cause of the fire was determined to be from an out of control burn pit catching grass and brush on fire, which then spread to the vehicles. Four cars and a tractor-trailer loaded with auto parts were destroyed. Firefighters did an excellent job containing the fire. - GREG RAMSDELL

Firefighters from Highgate and Swanton battling the fire.

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One-Car Rollover with Entrapment in Swanton Swanton, VT - On April 30th at approximately 7:00 P.M., Missisquoi Valley Rescue (MVR) units 1 and 2, along with the Swanton Fire Department responded to Route 7 for a one-car rollover with entrapment. The car rolled down an approximate 40-foot embankment, coming to rest on its roof. Swanton firefighters extricated the victim from the car. The victim was then transported by MVR to a local hospital.

ORWELL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT

This patch belongs to the Orwell Volunteer Fire Department, located in Addison County, VT. The department was chartered in 1947 and currently has a membership of 30 firefighters and officers. Twenty-one years ago, Firefighter Sandy Korda (a professional graphic designer), created this patch design in celebration of the department’s 50th anniversary. On February 7th of this year, Firefighter Korda was recognized for his 30-years of continued participation with the Orwell Fire Department.


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