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New Britain, CT - On March 23rd around 6:20 A.M., the New Britain Fire Department was dispatched to 209 Maple Street for a reported structure fire. The first fire company on scene, which is stationed a short distance away, reported that they had flames showing. - See full story on page 8


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Autism: The Unexpected Call and What to Expect



Fire Damages Crowther’s Restaurant in Little Compton

Little Compton, RI - Around 1:00 P.M. on March 17th, Little Compton firefighters received a call for smoke coming from the eaves of Crowther's Restaurant on Pottersville Road. Upon arrival, the crew reported heavy smoke coming from the eaves and second-floor of the building. Mutual Aid was activated, as well as the Tanker Taskforce. Tiverton, Westport, Portsmouth and Fall River all responded to the scene for assistance and Bristol responded for station coverage. The fire was under control in under 45 minutes. There was heavy damage to the area of the fire, but there were no injuries.

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I started training first responders in autism awareness in 2008. It was a hard sell even though the training was free. The autism rate then was 1 out of every 150 children born in the U.S. Now officially it’s 1 out of 68; unofficially it’s more like 1 out of 24 per the large autism groups. Autism is getting to be more prevalent every year. The chances of a call involving an individual with autism are extremely high. You may have already had this interaction and not realized it. We have all been trained to handle emergencies, but not an emergency that involves an individual with autism. In this article, I will try to outline the basics; my hope is that this article will help you better understand the issue and the need for more involved training. Autism is basically a dysfunction of the senses: hearing, vision, touch and smell. In many individuals one or more of these senses are amplified causing confusion and sensory overloads. The first thing you must consider is that individuals with autism are very structured on how they live day to day. Any disruption can create a sense of panic and anxiety. The one common trait is that it will be a confrontation for you, the first responder. Their caregiver should be your go-to person. This could be a parent, teacher or anyone that knows the person. They can answer most questions. Many individuals with autism are nonverbal or have skills far less than their age level. Many use picture boards to communicate. There are free apps you can download for your phone so you have them readily available. When you do attempt to communicate, speak slowly and do not shout. Use simple terms, not slang, as they may take what you say literally. Even if they are not looking directly at you, it doesn’t mean they are not listening. Give them the time they need to sort out what you are asking them. Sometimes rephrasing the question will

JUMP TO FILE #032618125 get you the answers you need. Let’s move on to search and rescue. Elopement is big in the autism community. Individuals with autism are master escape artists and are attracted to water. They have no real sense of dangers, like water currents, temperatures, heights, roads and railroad tracks. They feel comfortable in tight, out of the way places that can be dangerous to access. Approaching them quickly can startle them, putting them in further danger. Our second form of search and rescue is a structure fire. Any action you take will break their routine, thus causing confrontation. You are asking them to leave their “safe” place. Remember, the caregiver will be your go-to for places to look. Once again search tight, out of the way places, under beds and in closets. Subduing the individual will not be easy and will require several people. Individuals with autism have great amounts of strength especially when their adrenaline is flowing. After finding the individual, be ready for more possible confrontation. Things as simple as what door you exit may break their routine. Be prepared in case an alternative exit is needed. Doors and windows can be locked and barred to deter wandering. After any rescue, the individual must be watched or they may attempt to return to the place they were just rescued from! If approaching an accident scene or called to a house or school for an individual with autism, try to keep lights and sirens to a minimum. These can trigger seizures. Even if you are responding to a call at a school or group home and the individual does not have autism, someone there may. Many individuals with autism are subject to regular seizures. Confusion is frustrating for individuals with autism. Simple

things like the diamond plate on the steps of the ambulance or EKG cable wadded up could cause the individual to become uncooperative. Have a caregiver accompany the individual in the ambulance; it will make things easier. Again, if you must restrain the individual, it must be face up and use as many people as possible. The ER environment should be a private quiet room, low lighting and cloth sheets, not paper. One reactive mechanism is a “meltdown”. It’s basically a loss of control of senses. It’s not a temper tantrum. In most case it will play itself out. If the individual is not endangering him or herself and is no danger to you or others, let the meltdown take its course. They will tire and be much more willing to cooperate. In closing, visit an autism group home and set up a fieldtrip with them to your firehouse. It’s a great way for interaction between first responders and the individuals in a non-threatening environment. They get to see the equipment and firefighters in gear and can learn to become more relaxed with it and you. You get the opportunity to see some of the things we discussed in this article first hand and a chance to practice your communication skills. - JOHN SOKOL

John M. Sokol. Ph.D., the author of this article, has been a firefighter for over 10 years and is currently Deputy Fire Chief of Beaverville Fire Protection District in Illinois. You can take his complete training course online for a very small donation. The program is nationally accredited through C.A.P.C.E. and approved for EMT/EMS/Paramedic continuing educations hours in almost every state. You can contact Deputy Chief Sokol if you would like to set up on-site training at


On March 24th, Tiverton firefighters participated in the 2018 Fight For Air Climb: Providence. They all made it, 22 floors (348 steps), to the top.



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Norwich, CT - On Saturday, April 7th at 11:42 P.M., the Norwich FD was dispatched to 15 Howard Street for a structure fire. Engine 2 arrived at 11:45 P.M. and reported fire showing from the front of a five-bay garage. Engine 2 stretched a oneand-three-quarter inch crosslay and began suppressing the fire. Squad A laid in from a hydrant on Prospect Street and supplied Engine 2. Engine 3's crew stretched the second line from Engine 2. Truck 1 assisted with opening the doors and overhauling. Mohegan Tribal FD provided the Firefighter Assistance Search Team. There were no injuries and the Norwich Fire Marshal's Office is investigating.

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Knoxville, TN - The Volunteer Firefighter Alliance is kicking off its Spring Fire Prevention Push, in which free fire prevention materials are offered to groups across the country. The Alliance has free fire prevention activity books available to fire departments, schools and civic organizations. The Alliance hopes that these materials will help raise fire prevention awareness in communities across the nation. Groups can get started by visiting and clicking on the ‘programs’ tab to request materials. Organizations will then receive the materials in the mail. The Volunteer Firefighter Alliance is a national non-profit 501c3 organization dedicated to assisting volunteer firefighters and their departments through many diverse programs.

JUMP TO FILE #032318106 The Alliance is also dedicated to fire safety education of at-risk groups across the nation. Free fire prevention education books for fire departments, schools, and organizations can be requested at w w w. v o l u n t e e r f i r e f i g h t e r a About Volunteer Firefighter Alliance: The Volunteer Firefighter Alliance is committed to fire safety and prevention through public education. The non-profit organization assists local volunteer fire departments across the country in areas such as recruitment, community outreach, fundraising, and public education. - VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTER ALLIANCE


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New Britain House Fire Displaces Eight Residents New Britain, CT - A two-alarm fire at 82 Rocky Hill Avenue displaced eight residents on March 18th. Firefighters had heavy fire showing when they arrived at the two-story house around 10:00 P.M. The heavy fire was quickly knocked down and the fire was brought under control within 45 minutes. The cause of the fire is under investigation by the New Britain Fire Marshal's Office.


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Kansas: John Randle, 67 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: January 1, 2018 Death Date: January 2, 2018 Fire Department: Wamego City Fire Department Initial Summary: At 0450hrs, January 1, 2018, the Wamego Fire Department responded to a reported structure fire. Upon completion of the call and after returning to the station, Firefighter John Randle sustained a life threatening injury from a fall while returning fire apparatus to service. Firefighter Randle, was air lifted from Wamego Health Center to Stormont Vail Hospital where on January 2, 2018, Firefighter Randle succumbed to his injuries.

Pennsylvania: Matthew LeTourneau, 42 Rank: Lieutenant Incident Date: January 6, 2018 Death Date: January 6, 2018 Fire Department: Philadelphia Fire Department Initial Summary: Lieutenant Matthew LeTourneau of Philadelphia Fire Department Engine 45 succumbed to injuries suffered from a structural collapse while fighting a rowhouse fire. Louisiana: Russell Achord, 48 Rank: Deputy Fire Chief Incident Date: January 17, 2018 Death Date: January 17, 2018 Fire Department: West Feliciana Parish Fire Protection District #1 Initial Summary: While at the scene of a motor vehicle collision involving a tractor-trailer that had run off the side of a highway due to icy conditions, the driver of a second vehicle, a pickup truck pulling a trailer, lost control and crashed into the scene. Several people were struck and injured, including Deputy Fire Chief Russell Achord, who was pinned under a vehicle. Fellow responders rushed to extract Chief Achord and provided med-

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Tennessee: Derrick Ryan Webb, 31 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: January 17, 2018 Death Date: January 17, 2018 Fire Department: Hardy’s Chapel Volunteer Fire Department Initial Summary: Firefighter Derrick Ryan Webb fell ill while preparing a training drill at the fire station. Webb was found unresponsive in the apparatus bay beside his turn-out gear and SCBA. The PASS device on the SCBA was still sounding. CPR was initiated but firefighter Webb was pronounced deceased at the hospital from a nature and cause of fatal injury still to be reported. Virgin Islands: Dwayne "Yogi" Thomas, 57 Rank: Firefighter/Driver-Operator Incident Date: January 24, 2018 Death Date: January 24, 2018 Fire Department: U.S. Virgin Islands Fire Service Initial Summary: Shortly after driving a tanker to the scene of a structure fire, Firefighter/Driver-Operator Dwayne "Yogi" Thomas assisted with forced entry of the burning building. Firefighter Thomas then returned to his apparatus as other fire engines arrived on scene to set up water supply. Soon thereafter, Firefighter Thomas was found unresponsive by fellow responders. Thomas was attended to immediately, but succumbed to his injury, a reported heart attack, while being transported to the hospital.

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Two-Alarm Fire Causes Heavy Damage to New Britain Home New Britain, CT - On March 23rd around 6:20 A.M., the New Britain Fire Department was dispatched to 209 Maple Street for a reported structure fire. The first fire company on scene, JUMP TO FILE# which is stationed a 032418106 short distance away, reported that they had flames showing. Crews were working an interior attack but were eventually withdrawn as the fire took hold of the two-and-a-half story, wood-frame house. Houses on both sides had to be evacuated as a precaution. There were no injuries reported. With the fire going to two alarms, several other towns were called in for station coverage. The cause of the fire has not yet been determined. - MICHAEL CARENZA JR

Heavy fire takes hold of the building.


Dozens of Vehicles Burn at Boyd’s Junkyard in Norwich Norwich, CT - At 3:32 P.M. on March 22nd, the Norwich FD was dispatched to Boyd’s Junkyard at 133 Corning Rd. for a structure fire. Engine 2 arrived at 3:36 P.M. and re- JUMP TO FILE# ported heavy smoke 041018114 pushing from a structure made up of conex boxes, as well as multiple cars on fire. Engine 2’s crew led off with a two-and-a-half inch hose line and began attacking the fire. Squad A hit a hydrant on Corning Rd. and fed Truck 1 which hit it from up above. Engine 3 also laid in from a hydrant on Corning Rd. which supplied Engine 2. Engine 3’s crew then stretched a one-andthree-quarter inch hose line and began extinguishing multiple vehicles. A second-alarm was transmitted which brought in Engine 21 and Truck 25 from Taftville with Engine 62 and the hose tender from Laurel Hill. Due to the poor water mains in that section of the city, a Tanker Task Force was started which brought in tankers from East Great Plain, Preston, Poquetanuck, Baltic, Bozrah, Lisbon, Griswold and Franklin. Engine 21 tied into Engine 2’s original supply line and relay pumped it. The hose tender laid an additional supply line up Corning Rd. to Engine 2. Three portable ponds were set

Truck 1 hit the fire with their master stream to protect the exposure.

up at the intersection of Corning Rd. and Hamilton Ave., where Yantic Engine 33 drafted from and fed the fire. An Occum Engine set up a tanker fill site on North Main

Street. East Great Plain Rescue 5 responded to the scene to fill air cylinders. The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection also responded as well as the foam


trailer from the City of New Haven, which was cancelled in route. Car 1 had command while the Battalion ran operations. Around

three dozen vehicles burned. The Norwich Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating.


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Norwich, CT - On March 24th and 25th, firefighters from Colchester, Lisbon, Norwich, Salem, Taftville and Yantic attended a class on Firefighter Assistance Search Teams. Yantic Fire Lieutenant Adam Herz organized the class through All Hands Operating LLC. The classroom portion was held on a Thursday night and they did the practical session at Salem's new burn building on Hartford Road. Firefighters learned multiple ways of removing downed firefighters from a burning structure and also worked on air management.

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I have said it once and I will say it again; getting the crew to eat healthy in the firehouse is not easy. But one thing I have learned over the years is that you have to treat it the way parents do when trying to get their kids to eat vegetables. It’s trickery, mixed with a little culinary creativity and a splash of luck. If you are lucky like me, your crew will trust you enough when it comes to cooking that they won’t ask too many questions. Sometimes after a meal I will get the “What was that thing you put in the pot?” But if I was successful at hiding the healthy stuff, they won’t even know what hit 'em! How to go about doing this is easier than you may think. One of

the first ways I was able to “hide” a healthy ingredient was by swapping in mashed cauliflower for half of the potatoes needed for Shepherd’s Pie. The crew knew something was different, but they just couldn’t figure out what it was, but they loved it! One of my favorite things in the world to cook is pasta, but unfortunately many pasta dishes don’t offer much in the way of nutrition. To get a little more fiber I will use whole wheat pasta if possible. This will fill up the crew a little quicker, resulting in smaller portions and often less calories consumed. Adding more vegetables than meat is also another little “trick” to get more nutrients and vitamins into the meal. For example, with the classic pasta with sausage, broccoli, garlic and oil, I will cut the amount of sausage in half and add more broccoli than say a recipe calls for. When the crew wanted lamb burgers I was able to put some ideas “to the test”. Since lamb is

naturally very lean, it can dry out very easily. So even if you don’t overcook it, it still needs some extra fat to make it more delicious. With the Roasted Pepper Sauce, I used Greek Yogurt instead of the traditional Mayonnaise based. The yogurt offers much more in protein and probiotics. And the best part...they didn’t even know it was yogurt! I also felt the burger needed a little crunch to it, so I decided on a Radicchio Herb Salad to top the burger with. Radicchio is great because it offers a slight bitterness that compliments the gamier lamb flavor. And the herbs and lemon were able to cut through the fat of the feta cheese and sauce. And of course a burger is often served with fries, and while it is a great combo, sometimes I want to eat a little healthier. So for this meal I roasted some potatoes in olive oil with fresh thyme and finished with lemon. Another healthy, delicious firehouse meal!

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INGREDIENTS: Small Head of Radicchio, first couple of layers peeled ¼ Cup Fresh Parsley, rough chopped ¼ Cup Mint, rough chopped Zest of ½ Lemon 1 TBS. Lemon Juice Extra Virgin Olive Oil, just enough to coat Salt, to taste


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PROCEDURE: Cut radicchio into thin strips. Combine in a bowl with herbs, lemon zest and juice and a pinch of salt. Toss to combine, add a drizzle of olive oil. Taste and season as needed.


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Rear porches where the fire started. Rep. Devin Nunes


Rep. Devin Nunes Named EMS Legislator of the Year Clinton, Miss. — The National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT) will present Rep. Devin Nunes (RCA) with the 2018 NAEMT EMS Legislator of the Year Award on April 11th during EMS On The Hill Day, the largest national advocacy event for emergency medical services (EMS) professionals. This prestigious award recognizes a member of Congress who demonstrates an outstanding commitment to, and support of, high quality prehospital and emergency medical care, as well as the EMS professionals who dutifully serve our nation’s patients. Rep. Nunes said, “I’m grateful to NAEMT for this award. Emergency medical services may not get a lot of headlines, but they’re absolutely vital services for my district and all American communities. The passage of the five year extension of Medicare ambulance add-ons was a good first step in providing long-term relief to ambulance service providers and suppliers, and I look forward to working with my colleagues in Congress to further improve conditions for the provision of emergency medicine.” Rep. Nunes introduced legislation in 2017 to preserve the Medicare ambulance extenders for another five years and set the EMS industry on a path toward cost reporting that will give EMS the data needed to demonstrate the true costs associated with out-ofhospital patient care and preparedness. The provisions of this legislation were passed early in February as part of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018. “Everyone in EMS – from all delivery models – understands the

JUMP TO FILE #041018106 importance of maintaining our Medicare ambulance extenders. The fact is... EMS could not survive without them,” noted NAEMT President Dennis Rowe. “We deeply appreciate Rep. Nunes’ leadership in securing our Medicare extenders for another five years. Throughout the entire process, Rep. Nunes demonstrated his steadfast commitment to do right for our industry, our patients, and our communities. It has truly been an honor to work with Rep. Nunes and his great staff on this legislative initiative, and we thank him for his outstanding leadership to our nation.” About NAEMT: Formed in 1975 and more than 65,000 members strong, the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians is the only national association representing the professional interests of all emergency and mobile healthcare practitioners, including emergency medical technicians, advanced emergency medical technicians, emergency medical responders, paramedics, advanced practice paramedics, critical care paramedics, flight paramedics, community paramedics, and mobile integrated healthcare practitioners. NAEMT members work in all sectors of EMS, including government agencies, fire departments, hospital-based ambulance services, private companies, industrial and special operations settings, and in the military. - NAEMT


Porch Fire Damages Three Buildings in New Britain New Britain, CT - On April 8th just before 3:00 P.M., New Britain Engine 2 and a Medic Unit responded to the area of 67 Arch Street for a medical call near the front of the building. While on scene, smoke was seen coming from the rear of the building. Engine 2 drove to the back lot to check it out. What was at first just smoke showing from the rear porches of a four-story building soon became

JUMP TO FILE #040918122 a fully involved fire with exposure issues. A second-alarm was called in, followed shortly after by a third-alarm, bringing all city companies to the scene. Despite strong winds helping to spread the flames that were running the cockloft, as well as exposure issues, firefighters made a

good effort in bringing the fire under control. The buildings on either side received some damage from fire and water. The fire started on the rear porches, but the exact cause is under investigation. Mutual Aid was provided by the cities of Bristol, Meriden, West Hartford, Hartford and East Hartford. - MICHAEL CARENZA JR

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Newtown Hook and Ladder Company 1 had their new Pierce engine delivered in February. As pictured, the old engine is on the left, running strong for a 30-year-old apparatus which will be continuing onto the next chapter of it's life going to Utah.

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New Britain Firefighters Quickly Contain Porch Fire

New Britain, CT - On March 31st around 10:35 A.M., firefighters were dispatched to the Fairway Apartments at 183 Hartford Road for reports of the rear porches on fire. With heavy smoke showing, a second-alarm was called in by Engine 7 that is housed just down the street. Firefighters from Company 7 quickly contained heavy fire that started on the rear second-floor porch and extended to the third-floor porch of the three-story apartment building. The blaze was brought under control in 20 minutes and is under investigation by the New Britain Fire Marshal's Office.


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Multiple Departments Assist Swanton at Large Structure Fire Swanton, VT - On March 31st around 10:15 A.M., the Swanton FD responded to a fully involved structure fire involving a storage garage on Lakewood Drive. All Grand Isle County JUMP TO FILE# Fire Departments 040218100 responded to assist Swanton. Firefighters were able to save a nearby building, but the storage garage was a total loss as well as its contents, including a car, RV and several boats. There were no reported injuries, however two firefighters were transported to a local hospital by Missisquoi Valley Rescue for possible smoke inhalation. The cause of the fire is unknown at this time. - GREG RAMSDELL

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Fire Damages Apartment Building, Kills Three in Springfield Springfield, MA - A fastmoving, wind-driven fire heavily damaged an occupied multipledwelling at 49 Belmont Avenue in Springfield on Sun- JUMP TO FILE# day, March 18th, 032118116 displacing nearly 80 residents and taking the lives of a man and his two young children. Springfield firefighters where summoned to 49 Belmont Avenue at 7:20 A.M. by the building's fire alarm system and a follow up call from Springfield Police reporting a working structure fire. While still enroute the scene, Engine Co. 3 confirmed a working fire with smoke showing from several blocks away. Ten minutes after the initial call, a second-alarm was sounded as the fire was extending from the second-floor up to the third. Crews stretched hand lines to all four floors of the block and worked to simultaneously conduct a primary search of the building and attack the fire. During the initial stages of the operation, there was some confusion as to whether or not all residents had evacuated the building, as several families who lived at the address were Somalian refugees who spoke little to no English, and finding an interpreter proved difficult. Shortly after the secondalarm companies arrived on scene, it was learned that three residents were unaccounted for. Sadly, once the main body of fire was knocked down, the three missing residents, a father and his two children, were found deceased on the second-floor. The cause of the fire and the fatalities are under investigation by the SFD Arson Squad, State Fire Marshal's Office, Springfield Police Department and the Office of the Hampden County District Attorney.

Two members on the aerial of Ladder 3 are enveloped by smoke on the "A" side of 49 Belmont Ave.




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Fire Destroys Home in Ludlow

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Ludlow, MA - A fire broke out at 73 West Street in Ludlow on Saturday night, April 7th, just after 9:00 P.M. Crews arrived to find heavy smoke and fire in the one-story, wood-framed home. No one was home at the time of the fire. Crews battled the blaze for almost two-and-a-half hours before it was declared under control. The house is a complete loss.


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Plympton, MA - In February, Plympton firefighters conducted live fire training in a building donated by a local resident.


Three People Injured, Including One Child, in Waltham Rollover

Waltham, MA - On March 17th, Waltham Fire received a call for a vehicle on its side with entrapment. Engine 1, Squad 5, Medic 1 and Ambulance 1 responded to the intersection of Pine and Moody Streets where they found a car on its side with a father, mother and four-year-old child still inside. Firefighters shored up the car and spent about 15 minutes getting the individuals out. Deputy Brock Roland special called Rescue 1 to assist in the operation. All three injured were taken to Newton Wellesley Hospital with minor injuries.


Waltham, MA - On March 21st, Brandeis University in Waltham did an active shooter drill at the Farber Library. Waltham Fire sent Engine 4, Rescue 1 and several medic units. Waltham Police sent several swat units, as well as the Northeast Mass Swat Team. Brandeis Police did the initial entry to the library and found several ‘injured’ students and faculty, with one fatality. Brandeis medics followed the swat teams in. Further medical assistance was given by Waltham firefighters and medics.



You might expect EMTs to be relatively safe when dealing with patients -- after all, they are there to help. But in fact, EMTs face a lot of danger in the field, and they do so without the weapons and authority that police officers have. EMTs have been hit with cinder blocks, stabbed by syringes (often still filled with drugs), chased by dogs and shot at on a regular basis. In Boston, for instance, 28 percent of total EMT injuries in 2006 were the result of violent assaults.


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Car Versus Pole in Whitman

Whitman, MA - Around 10:30 A.M. on the morning of Friday, April 6th, the Whitman FD responded to a report of a motor vehicle accident in the area of 63 Auburn Street. Companies arrived to find a car that had collided with a pole, shattering it in half. The vehicle then collided into a wooden fence at the front of the property, destroying it. The single-vehicle accident sent one victim to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The roadway was closed for an extended period of time due to low hanging wires across the road, and for the power company to replace the pole. No other injuries were reported.

Countdown to Calamity (1971) VIDEO REVIEW

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Countdown to Calamity (1971) By Quality Information Publishers Available from: FSP Books & Videos 188 Central Street, #4 Hudson, MA 01749-1330 1-800-522-8528 Price: $18.99 (DVD) This DVD is 26 minutes in length. It is narrated coverage of a massive fire from 1970 which started in Oakland, California. Though it seemed to be contained, the high winds which periled that state spread the fire from north to south, spreading the joint firefighting forces so thin that mutual aid had to be called in. This was a very difficult story to review because the scenes changed so fast and in spite of the excellent narration, notes just could not be taken quickly enough to keep up. It was exhausting to even watch this devastation, especially if you thought of the relentless fight that these forces put forth.

All of the fire scenes show ruins! There is footage of the operations centers and their dispatching activities. Camp crews were also in abundance. These were the infantry so to speak, whose manual labor helped other ground and air operations to bring this conflagration so to speak, to a halt. It is an exceptional report that viewers can appreciate.


Stoneham Fire Explorer Capt. Thomas Alden (right) prepares to apply a CAT tourniquet during “Stop the Bleed” training while Aux. FF Ryan Butler looks on.

Fire Explorers Complete “Stop the Bleed” Training Stoneham, MA - A person who is bleeding can die from blood loss within five minutes. Emergency responders will arrive as quickly as possible, but bystanders are almost always there first. In the case of disaster and high casualty incidents, emergency services are often spread thin. The “Stop the Bleed” course was designed and funded by the Department of Homeland Security after the Sandy Hook shooting. It is a combination of lectures and hands-on training on what to do in case of injuries like those sustained in a mass shooting or intentional mass casualty incident, such as what we experienced during the Boston Marathon Bombing incident. Five minutes can be the difference between life and death. If someone is losing blood, five minutes of that blood loss can be fatal. What students are learning to do is try to buy a victim enough time for trained medical professionals to arrive and help.

JUMP TO FILE #040818110 On April 2nd, the Stoneham Fire Explorers participated in the “Stop the Bleed” training initiative and learned the “ABCs” of trauma response: A (Alert), call 91-1; B (Bleeding), find the bleeding injury; C (Compress), apply pressure to stop the bleeding by covering the wound with a clean cloth (if possible) and applying pressure by pushing on it directly with both hands, OR using a tourniquet, OR packing (stuffing the wound with gauze or a clean cloth and then applying pressure with both hands). The Explorers learned how to apply effective direct pressure, how to pack wounds, how to use quick-clot (or combat gauze) and how to properly apply tourniquets. The training was led by Lahey Health Trauma Nurse Sandi Mackey, MSN, RN, TCRN and assisted by SMSgt. Rebecca Marrs,

an EMT with the United States Air Force. “We cannot predict when we will have injuries or the types of injuries we will have,” Mackey said. “But we can train people so that if this ever does happen in your community or your school system, you can apply these techniques very quickly to increase the chance of survival.” At the conclusion of the training program, 22 members of the Fire Explorer Program received certificates acknowledging their completion of the training program and effectively demonstrating the practical skills they learned. Tourniquets and QuickClot Combat Gauze will now be added to the First Aid & Trauma Bags used by the Fire Explorers when they are on duty. For more information on the “Stop the Bleed” national training initiative, please visit

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A God of Empty Promises Chaplain's Corner

Pastor Fernando Villicana

I recently came across this story: A young man from a wealthy family was about to graduate from high school. It was the custom in that affluent neighborhood for the parents to give the graduate an automobile. "Bill" and his father had spent months looking at cars, and the week before graduation, they found the perfect car. Bill's father told him that he would come through with a promise to purchase the car for him upon his graduation. On the eve of his graduation, his father handed him a gift-wrapped Bible. Bill was so angry that he threw the Bible down and stormed out of the house. He and his father never saw each other again. It was only the news of his father’s death years later that brought Bill home again. As he sat one night going through his father’s possessions that he was to inherit, he came across the Bible his father had given him. He brushed away the dust and opened it to find a cashier’s check, dated the day of his graduation, in the exact amount of the car they had chosen together. As I thought about this story, I couldn’t help but wonder how many people in this world have done the same thing with God. Literally tossed aside a wonderful promise(s), because they didn’t understand it, look into it enough, or believe that it was possible. God reveals His promises to all of us in the Bible: "For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope," (Jeremiah 29:11). In our world, we are taught that “if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is". So many of us have been taken in by “empty promises,” that we are leery of anything or anyone that tells us we can have something for nothing. The world simply doesn’t work that way! But, you know what – God does. God never made a promise that was too good to be true. It is His gift to those who trust in Him: “I am leaving you with a gift-peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid," (John 14:27).

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The truth of the matter is, the world is full of empty promises. We watch TV and the advertisements tell us that we can be happy, sexy, rich, or famous, if only we purchase a certain product. It doesn’t take long before we discover that the world’s promises are full of emptiness. But, God is different. Instead of promises full of emptiness, he gave us emptiness that is full of promise. For all of God's promises have been fulfilled in Christ with a resounding "Yes!", and through Christ, our "Amen" (which means "Yes") …(2 Corinthians 1:20a). Jesus said: ”I am the resurrection, and the life; he that believes in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whoever lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?” (John 11:2526 ). What tremendous promises promises that all can embrace with confidence.



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Firefighters from Waltham Engine 4 and Rescue 1 participated in an active shooter drill at Brandeis University on March 21st. (L to R): Mike Collins, Mike Gianotti, Lt. Pete Turner, Lt. Jim Perry, Joe Pino, Matt Giardina, Eric Saia and Ben Arnold. PETER LOBO



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Waltham, MA - The Department of Fire Safety of Mass. recently conducted rope rescue training exercises in Waltham. Firefighters from Waltham, Newton, Canton, Situate and North Hampton participated in the program that will certify them in Rope Rescue Technician Level. Sixteen Waltham firefighters, mostly from the rescue companies, participated.

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Fall River Fire Museum Sponsors Trip to NYC John Thomas submitted this tattoo, saying "I had it completed in one sitting on March 22, 2018. It took 6 hours to complete. I have been in emergency services since 1981 with a few different departments, and I was also an EMT and Police Officer before going back to fire. I've been a firefighter with the current township for 28 years. This is the only tattoo I will be getting. I returned from Ground Zero from my last shift and wanted to do something for all of my fallen brothers; yes I know it took me a few years to find someone this good. The top has my personal logo that I live by, "No Guts No Glory". If you don't have the guts to do the job, you don't get to see the look on someone's face after you just saved one of their loved ones. The medals don't mean anything to me, I have actually turned down a few over the years. The money means nothing but paying bills. I do this because I love the job. I love to see the looks on people's faces when we come out and the fire is out, and the family is safe."

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Fall River, MA - On April 7th, the Fall River Fire Museum sponsored a bus trip to New York City. Two bus loads of visitors were able to enter the World Trade Center complex and tour the 9/11 memorial and museum, as well as the FDNY Fire Museum. The group was able to see the FDNY "Ten House" and view the 40foot bronze mural JUMP TO FILE# depicting the ac- 040818107 tions of the fire department on September 11, 2001, along with spectacular views of Tower Number 1, the "Freedom Tower". The group then entered the hallowed grounds of the 9/11 Memorial to view the reflecting pools and the survivor tree. They then entered the museum and descended 70-feet to bedrock to the beginning of the displays. The first thing you see as you enter are the two massive tridents that formed the exterior of the original twin towers. As you descend to the bottom, you come upon the "Last Beam" that was the final piece removed from ground zero during the clean up of the site. Once we entered the interior, we viewed artifacts from that day, including the crushed FDNY Ladder 3, and many other breathtaking displays. After touring the grounds, the group moved on to the FDNY museum that displayed dozens of

antique fire apparatus and gear. This museum also features a room dedicated to the 343 FDNY fire-


fighters killed on that fateful day.


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Derry FF Will Thalheimer is the only professional to be selected from the New England area.

Derry Firefighter Selected to Attend National Fire and Emergency Services Symposium in D.C. Before firefighters' arrival.


Structure Fire in Laconia Displaces Six Residents Laconia, NH - On Friday, March 30th at 6:05 P.M., Laconia, Gilford and Belmont Fire Departments were dispatched to Bungalow Court for a reported building fire. Lakes Region Mutual Fire Aid advised they were taking multiple calls and could see smoke from their tower camera. Lt. Vaillancourt could see the column from Laconia Central Station and requested a first-alarm from the station apron. On scene, Lt. Vaillancourt reported a long row house, two stories high, with fire running up the back of the building on the "C/D" corner. The actual address was 1729 Dyer Street. He upgraded to a second-alarm, which brought another Gilford engine, as well as Meredith, Tilton, Franklin and Sanbornton engines to the fire. In addition, 10 off-duty members responded to the fire or covered. The Central crew laid in from a hydrant on Oak Street. The Ladder had to back down Bungalow Court to get good access to the building. The crew then hit the fire with a two-inch line and then moved up the exterior stairs to force their way into 17A. Fire had

JUMP TO FILE #040618111 possession of this unit. A second line was stretched to 17 Dyer (exposure "D") by Gilford Fire. The Weirs Engine and Ladder were directed to Dyer Street-Division A. Captain Bean and crew stretched into 19 Dyer-Exposure B. As more crews arrived, searches were conducted in the remaining five units. The building measured 30'x160' and had a continuous cockloft. The fire in 17A was knocked down and ceilings were pulled to get at any extension. Tin ceilings in the kitchen helped slow down the fire spreading into the void space. Two civilians were injured, and four adults and two children were displaced. Meredith EMS assisted on scene with the injuries. Lakes Region C1 was also on scene at the command post. Holderness, Belmont, Meredith and Meredith EMS covered the empty Laconia stations. Damage is estimated at $85,000.

Derry, NH - Please join us in congratulating Firefighter Will Thalheimer for being selected as one of only 12 fire service professionals to attend the “Engaging Future Leaders� Seminar during the 30th Annual National Fire and Emergency Services Symposium and Dinner in Washington, DC. The symposium is hosted by the

JUMP TO FILE #041118107 National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) in conjunction with the Congressional Fire Service Institute (CFSI). Will was selected due to his dedication and hard work as the

executive assistant to the Director of the NFFF. Will is the only professional to be selected from the New England area! Thank you Will for all you do for your Station, Battalion, Department and the National Fallen Firefighter Foundation!



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The Hollis Fire Dept. held a training burn on Hayden Road on Monday, March 26th. The house was used to help improve the skills of firefighters and explorers. (L to R): FF Girouard, Lt. Marquis and Recruit Fuller.


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Plympton firefighters take a photo together at a fire operations training.


Fall River Firefighters Knock Down Chimney Fire

Fall River, MA - At approximately 1:30 P.M. on Saturday, March 24th, firefighters responded to 44 Donnelly Street for the report of a possible chimney fire. Firefighters arrived to a fire in the flue with extension into the attic. Members made a quick knockdown and prevented any additional extension into the home. Engines 2, 9 and 12, along with Ladders 2 and 4, and Heavy Rescue 1 responded.



The estimated number of firefighters working in the U.S. is 1,134,400. Of that number, 346,150 are career firefighters and 788,250 are volunteers.


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Two-Alarm Fire Rips Through Apartment Block in Springfield Springfield, MA - A fire broke out just after 10:00 A.M. on April 9th at 21 Bancroft Street in Springfield. A second-alarm was quickly transmitted JUMP TO FILE# as the fire began to 040918125 spread. Multiple ladder pipes worked for almost two hours before the fire was under control. The fire displaced approximately six families. Mutual aid from West Springfield, Chicopee, East Longmeadow and Longmeadow was called in to cover the city stations. - JOHN DEFOREST

Ladder pipes work as heavy smoke pours from the apartment block in Springfield.



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Waltham Fire Chief Retires with 32 Years of Service

Waltham, MA - Waltham Fire Chief Paul Ciccone (center holding plaque) retired on April 5th after 32 years of service, six of those serving as chief. Paul joined the department on November 3, 1985 and became chief on March 9, 2012. (L to R): WFD Union 866 VP Mike Duffy, Lt. Kevin Ciccone, Chief Paul Ciccone, Izzy Torres Secretary, Jeff Ciccone and Lt. Brian Ciccone. All three Ciconne’s are sons of the Waltham chief.

Future First Responders Kaylee and Jacob Lambert visit their uncle, Oxford FIRE-EMS Firefighter Ruess Lambert, at work. CAPT RDL

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