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Two abandoned buildings were involved in a fire near Rocky Point in Warwick on Saturday, March 15, 2014. Firefighters were dispatched about noon time to the area of Ogden Road and Burnett JUMP TO FILE# for a building fire. 031514101 Firefighters had some difficulty reaching the fire, since a chain link fence surrounded the property. Initially, Engine 6 used their deck gun and Engine 4 used tank water and a two and a half inch line to control the fire until a water supply could be established. The fire was contained to the two buildings with one completely destroyed and the other suffering a large amount of damage. Initially, Engines 4, 3, and 6, Ladders 3 and 2, Rescue 3, Special Hazards, and Battalion 2 were dispatched. Engines 8, 2, and 7, Ladder 1, and Battalion 1 were special called for additional manpower and RIT duties during the incident. Surrounding communities were called to cover empty stations, and handled several medical calls. The Providence Canteen also responded for firefighter rehab. Neighbors reported several kids in the area before the fire was discovered. The fire is under investigation at this time. - NICK ZABAWAR


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Engine 6 operating at the fire near Rocky Point in Warwick, Rhode Island

On the afternoon of March 26, 2014, Warwick firefighters were dispatched to 1197 Post Road for a report of a car into a building. Engine 7, Ladder 2, Special Hazards, Rescue 2, and Battalion 2 were dispatched. Companies arrived on scene to find a vehicle had driven through a metal railing and into a below ground access way. An approximately 70 year old female was taken to Kent County Hospital with a shoulder injury. The vehicle was removed by a local tow company, and the accident is under investigation by the Warwick Police Department.

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Mississippi: Dwight Hilton, 57 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: February 1, 2014 Death Date: February 1, 2014 Fire Department: East Central Volunteer Fire Department Initial Summary: Firefighter Hilton suffered a fatal heart attack while fighting an outdoors fire that was threatening homes in the area. According to officials, the cause of the fire is under investigation and may have been intentionally set in several locations. Ohio: Bruce A. Stayner, 49 Rank: Lieutenant Incident Date: February 3, 2014 Death Date: February 4, 2014 Fire Department: Scioto Township Fire Department Initial Summary: Lieutenant Stayner fell ill at home within 24 hours of responding to a mutual aid structure fire call. Stayner was transported to the Grady Memorial Hospital where he passed away from an apparent heart attack. Indiana: James Joseph Knesek, Sr., 59 Rank: Fire Chief Incident Date: February 8, 2014 Death Date: February 8, 2014 Fire Department: Munster Fire Department Initial Summary: Fire Chief Knesek passed away at home from an apparent heart attack several hours after responding to a motor vehicle accident. Texas: William Scott Tanksley, 40 Rank: Fire Rescue Officer Incident Date: February 10, 2014 Death Date: February 10, 2014 Fire Department: Dallas Fire Rescue Department Initial Summary: As road conditions in Dallas began icing over and visibility was hampered by mist and fog, Fire Rescue Officer Tanksley was operating at the scene of an auto accident which occurred on a bridge in Southwest Dallas. Tanksley was setting road flares to warn motorists of the accident when he was reportedly struck by a passing vehicle and fell a significant distance off of the bridge to the ground below. Responding EMS personnel attempted resuscitation efforts en route to the hospital where Fire Rescue Officer Tanksley was pronounced dead. Arkansas: Dennis Channell , 54 Rank: Fire Captain Incident Date: February 9, 2014 Death Date: February 10, 2014 Fire Department: Poyen Fire Department Initial Summary: Fire Captain Channell fell ill during or soon after responding to a medical call. Captain Channell passed away in the hospital the following day from a reported stroke. New York: James C. Wilber, 58 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: February 9, 2014 Death Date: February 9, 2014 Fire Department: Franklin Fire Department Initial Summary: Assistant Fire Chief Wilber suffered an apparent cardiac event while responding to a motor vehicle accident call. Wilber was transported by the Unadilla Emergency Squad and Cooperstown Medical Transport to the Tri-Town Regional Hospital in Sidney where he succumbed to his injury a short time later. Arkansas: Jake Harrell, 34 Rank: Pilot Incident Date: January 31, 2014 Death Date: January 31, 2014 Fire Department: Arkansas Forestry Commission Initial Summary: Following almost two weeks of searching for a missing single-engine Cessna 210 Centurion, Civil Air Patrol located the crash site and a National Guard helicopter crew confirmed that the pilot, Jake Harrell, was deceased and likely killed upon impact. Harrell, an experienced pilot, went missing while flying a regularly scheduled fire detection flight throughout west Arkansas. Investigation into the fatal incident continues by local, state, and federal (NTSB) authorities. Florida: Roger Dale Tome, 71 Rank: Assistant Fire Chief Incident Date: February 10, 2014 Death Date: February 10, 2014 Fire Department: Kennedy Space Center Fire and Rescue Initial Summary: Assistant Fire Chief Tome passed away

from an apparent heart attack several hours after completing his shift which included department mandated physical training. New Jersey: Gregory D. Barnas, 57 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: February 28, 2014 Death Date: February 28, 2014 Fire Department: Wallington Fire Department Initial Summary: Firefighter Barnas died of injuries sustained when he fell from the roof of a burning commercial structure (restaurant) while, according to reports, he was working to ventilate the building. Investigation into the fatal incident continues by authorities. Tennessee: Jerry Campbell, 61 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: March 1, 2014 Death Date: March 1, 2014 Fire Department: Tennessee Department of Agriculture Division of Forestry Initial Summary: While at a work center and preparing to deploy to a wildland fire incident in the Cherokee National Forest, Tennessee, Firefighter Campbell fell ill from an apparent heart attack. According to reports, Campbell's condition suddenly deteriorated and he passed away from his injury while being prepared for air transport to the hospital. Ohio: Steven Joseph Knaus, 47 Rank: Firefighter First Class Incident Date: February 28, 2014 Death Date: February 28, 2014 Fire Department: Willowick Fire Department Initial Summary: Several hours after coming off of a shift that included four emergency responses, Firefighter Knaus was discovered in his vehicle located in the driveway of his home and in cardiac arrest. Knaus was treated and transported to the hospital but succumbed to his injury. New York: Kevin J. Bristol, 48 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: March 3, 2014 Death Date: March 3, 2014 Fire Department: Peekskill Fire Department Initial Summary: Firefighter Bristol passed away at home from an apparent heart attack several hours after coming off shift during which he worked one or more emergency responses including a kitchen fire. Arizona: Bobby Mollere, 61 Rank: Lieutenant Incident Date: March 8, 2014 Death Date: March 8, 2014 Fire Department: Hellsgate Fire Department Initial Summary: While performing a Wildland Pack Test, Lieutenant Mollere collapsed on the Payson High School track. Fellow firefighters on scene initiated a medical assessment and found Mollere in cardiac arrest. The EMTs and Paramedics began advanced life support immediately on scene. Lieutenant Mollere was transported to the Payson Regional Medical Center where resuscitative efforts continued until he passed away. Alaska: Jeffery Bayless, 51 Rank: Senior Captain Incident Date: March 7, 2014 Death Date: March 7, 2014 Fire Department: Anchorage Fire Department Initial Summary: Senior Captain Bayless collapsed during Rules Of Air Management (ROAM) training. Crews on scene began immediate treatment and Senior Captain Bayless was transported to Alaska Regional Hospital where he later passed away from a nature of fatal injury still to be reported. Michigan: Jamie A. Peite, 43 Rank: Fire Chief Incident Date: March 4, 2014 Death Date: March 5, 2014 Fire Department: Ironwood Township Volunteer Fire Department Initial Summary: While participating in pumper training at the fire department, Fire Chief Peite began to not feel well but thought it was not serious. While attending classes at the University of Wisconsin-Superior the following morning, Peite suffered a heart attack. Fire Chief Peite was treated and transported to the hospital but succumbed to his injury.

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Bust your routine with the 15 minute medicine ball workout FIREFIGHTER FITNESS Lori Ann Hodgkinson


Heavy fire in Bradford Bradford, NH. At approximately 6:50 p.m. on Sunday, March 23rd, the Bradford Fire Department was dispatched with automatic mutual aid for a reported building fire at 85 Cheney Hill Road in Bradford. The first officer on the scene found heavy fire coming from all side and levels of the two story home. Responding from his residence, one of the deputy chiefs noted a heavy column of smoke from about two miles away, and asked for a second alarm.

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The first address given was wrong and quickly relayed to Concord Fire Alarm. Also, the residence was located across a small private bridge that was not certified. The Chief Mark Goldberg heard this report and asked for a third alarm Forestry response, so that they could get smaller/lighter apparatus across the bridge to fight the fire. The residence was a complete

loss, and the cause of the fire was undetermined due to the extent of destruction. No one was home at the time of the fire, and no injuries were reported. Mutual aid from the following towns assisted: Newbury, Warner, Henniker, Sutton, Hopkinton, New London, Hillsboro and Washington. The fire was brought under control at 8:30 p.m.and crews remained on the scene picking up until 10:30 p.m. - ROB STEIZ

These days, it appears more and more fire service personnel are becoming increasingly diligent with their exercise routines. That’s an awesome trend and I hope the numbers continue to grow. The majority of those I speak to are having success and plan to continue. I’d have to say one of the most common requests I am receiving from these individuals is for a simple routine buster. This is not a new topic for us. As we have previously discussed, remaining diligent is essential, but can lead to boredom and stagnation of results. We have covered many ways to change your exercise routine. As much as I’ve explained the importance of varying the frequency, intensity duration and choice of activities/exercises, it appears most people just want me to tell them exactly what to do. So here is a full-body workout to throw into your schedule once a week for the next month or so. Use it in place of one of your fullbody workouts weekly. If you don’t have a full-body workout (and are training different muscle groups each day) select the exercises from the workout that train those muscle groups and substitute the medicine ball in place of the free weights or machines. Select a medicine ball with a weight that allows you to perform all repetitions correctly and with proper alignment while still challenging yourself physically. Most of my clients use a ten lb medicine ball, but based upon your physical condition the ball may range anywhere from 5-15 lbs. Challenge yourself, but be smart! Chest-Medicine Ball Chest Press. This exercise replaces your typical chest/bench press. Upper back-Medicine Ball Bent-over Row. In standing position, flex forward 90 degrees at the hips so that your back is flat. Knees are slightly bent, arms are holding medicine ball and are extended downward. Pull medicine ball to chest. Shoulders-Overhead Shoulder Press. Can be done seated or standing. If standing, be sure knees are slightly bent. Start with the medicine ball in front of you at chest level (elbows bent – ball somewhat tight to your body) and extend overhead to near straight arm position. Bicep-Medicine Ball Bicep Curls. Stand with knees slightly bent holding the medicine ball in front of you with arms extended downward. Keeping elbows in at your sides flex at the elbow and curl the medicine ball to chest level (as you would in a barbell bicep curl).

Triceps-Medicine Ball Overhead Triceps Extension. Can be done seated or standing. If done standing, be sure knees are slightly bent. Hold medicine ball overhead. Keeping elbows up and shoulders stationary (close to your ears/head) flex the elbows to bring the ball down behind your head. Legs-(Quadriceps, Gluteals, low back) Medicine Ball Squats. Perform a squat with the ball at chest height, overhead or extended downward in front of you. Legs-(Hamstring) Medicine Ball Bridge. Lie on your back. Knees are bent and both feet are on top of the medicine ball. Arms are extended to the sides at shoulder height with palms facing downward. Lift the hips and low back off the floor and hold in the “UP” position for a second. Abdominals-Seated Medicine Ball (Russian) twist. Sit holding the medicine ball at chest level and somewhat close to your body (elbows bent). Keeping hips fixed rotate only at the waist as far as you can (keeping ball in front of your chest) and then to the opposite direction. You can pause in the forward facing (start) position between rotating to each side if you are more comfortable. Abdominals-Medicine Ball Crunch. Lie on your back, feet flat on the floor, knees bent. Hold the medicine ball overhead and perform a crunch (keeping low back on the floor). How to use it-After a 3-5 minute warm-up of light cardiovascular activity, perform each exercise for a total of 30 seconds. Do as many repetitions as you can during the 30 seconds without using momentum or sacrificing proper form or alignment. Remember to work at an intensity level suitable to your current fitness level. Progress to the next exercise with little or no rest. After completing all of the exercises – rest for 30 seconds then repeat the entire sequence a total of three (3) times. Be sure to stay hydrated, by sipping water. Conclude with a cool-down followed by stretching for each muscle group. Variations-Alternate the upper body exercises with a leg or abdominal exercise. (Do the routine in this order: chest press, squat, bent-over row, seated twist, shoulder press, bridge, bicep curl, crunch, triceps extension). You can increase intensity by gently releasing the ball (at the top of each movement) and catching it during each repetition. You are not throwing the ball, just opening the hands and releasing it so that it is briefly airborne). Additionally; you can alternate each medicine ball exercise with 30 seconds of cardiovascular exercise for greater variety, intensity and duration. Please Note. All exercises are not suitable for all individuals. Be sure to consult with your physician and receive medical clearance before beginning this or any exercise routine.

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ground ladders if there is an electrical problem within the structure. When placing ladders at a working fire, try not to place ladders above windows or door openings on lower floors where the fire may vent from and cut off your return route. Do not break overhead windows from a ladder placed below them. The ladder should be placed to the windward side of the window, and a little above so that when the glass is broken it will fall harmlessly to the ground. Prior to breaking any glass, make sure no one is operating where the falling glass can endanger him or her. Should windows have to be taken out by use of ground ladders, the ladder should be dropped into the glass window and the removing hand contact with the ladder. If your hands are on the ladder, there exists the potential of the broken glass sliding the beams and resulting injury to the firefighter. Whenever a firefighter is to work from a ladder, they must secure a “leg-lock” on the ladder or use a safety belt. A leg lock is taken on the side opposite from which you will be working. Till next time, Stay Safe and God Bless!


Firefighters respond to kitchen fire Highgate, VT. On April 2, 2014 at approximately 1:15 p.m., Highgate Fire and Missisquoi Valley Rescue (MVR) were toned out for a kitchen fire on Carter Hill Road. Upon arrival of 14E1, smoke was showing. Mutual aid was provided by the Swanton Fire Department. The fire was knocked down and overhauling began quickly. One patient was checked out by MVR, but there was no transport. The cause of the fire is under investigation by local officials.


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Resident assists with evacuations in Waltham Waltham, MA. On March 30, 2014, a fire in an electrical box extended to the basement of a two and a half story apartment building. A resident, Victor Cassie, ran through the build- JUMP TO FILE # ing warning other 033114106 residents of the fire that was spreading quickly. Engine 1, Squad 5, Ladder 2 and C2 from the Moody Street station, only two blocks from the fire, had smoke showing when they arrived. Rescue 6 arrived and did a search and rescue. A second alarm was soontransmitted, bringing Engine 2, 3 and Ladder 1. The cause and origin of the fire are under investigation by local officials. - PETER LOBO



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Chicopee catches late night work A basement fire that extended up the walls of an occupied three story balloon frame Victorian style dwelling displaced one resident and did several thousand dollars in damage to the dwelling on Friday night, March 14, 2014. Chicopee companies were toned out to respond to the area of 274 Broadway Street shortly after 9:30 p.m. for a report of heavy smoke in the area and a possible structure fire. Due to multiple calls going on at the same time, Engine 1, Tower 1 and Engine 4 were dispatched to the call, with Tower 1 arriving first and reporting smoke coming from the

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roof of 277 Broadway. Command requested an additional engine to fill out the assignment and companies began interior operations. Due to radio problems, communications between interior crews and command were difficult at best. With Chicopee Fire Dispatch relaying to command, it was learned that the fire had originated in the basement and extended up to the first floor, but due to the balloon

frame construction of the home, companies needed to open up areas of the second floor walls to contain the fire and prevent any extension to the attic. Roughly half an hour into the fire fight, a fourth engine company was called to the scene due extended overhaul operations. The main body of fire was knocked down within an hour and a half but a fire watch detail remained on scene overnight. The cause of the fire remains under investigation. - NATE ARNolD


Truck into water in Harwichport Harwichport, MA. Around 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 6th, a man and woman attempting to remove their boat from Saquatucket Harbor lost control of the vehicle and it rolled back down the town ramp into the ocean water. The truck, a 2009 Chevrolet 2500 HD, and trailer ended up completely submerged. Harwich Fire and Rescue called for the dive team with units from Dennis, Yarmouth, and Eastham responding. Harwich firefighter Scott Tyldesley prepared to attach a tow cable so the vehicle and trailer could be removed from the water. No injuries were reported. Harwich police are handling the investigation. NATE ARNOLD

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April Fools swim in Chatham


Fatal accident in Harwich Harwich, MA. Around 12:45am Sunday a young man was killed on Route 6 eastbound between exits 9 and 10. He is believed to have lost control of his BMW that left the road and struck a tree. Massachusetts State Police are handling the investigation.

Chatham, MA. The 7th Annual Chatham Fire Department April Fools Swim was held at Harding's Beach on Tuesday, April 1st. This is the day when the community comes together and takes to the icy water for a good cause. The mission of this event is to provide financial assistance and emotional support to a local family or individual as they battle JUMP TO FILE# an illness or injury. 040214113 This year, the swim is a benefit for Caroline McCutcheon. Caroline is a well known and well loved local youth services provider in Chatham and the surrounding communities. She is a loving wife and mother of two beautiful children. Caroline has recently been diagnosed with an aggressive and fast moving form of breast cancer. Needless to say, the months ahead will provide significant challenges for Caroline and her family. If you were not able to attend, cash and checks can be made payable to "April Fools" and sent to the Chatham Fire Department, 135 Depot Road, Chatham, MA 02633. Following the swim a BBQ and entertainment was held at the Chatham VFW. - JAKE O'CALLAGHAN/CWN


Fall River fire victim succumbs to injuries Fall River, MA. Firefighters responded at 1:49 a.m. on March 24th to a reported structure fire on Fulton St., in the north end of the city. Dispatched were Engines 2, 3, and 12, Platform 1, Heavy Rescue 1, and Car 2. While en route, Car 2 was notified by dispatch that they had a reported working fire with an occupant trapped. Car 2, under the command of District Chief Scott Flannery arrived and established Fulton St. command. He reported to dispatch that he had heavy smoke showing with fire showing from the the first floor. The chief had one victim suffering from burns and smoke inhalation on the sidewalk in front of the fire building, and according to police officers on scene another victim was still inside the first floor apartment of the two story home. Command requested another engine company as a RIT team. Engine 2 established a water sup-


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ply while Engine 3 laid two attack lines with the help of the crew of Engine 12. Engine 12 attacked the fire on the first floor while Engine 3 took their line above the fire. Rescue 1 backed up Engine 12 on the fire floor and encountered heavy fire. The engine crew was able to hold the fire in check and begin a primary search. Engine 12 located the victim and with the assistance of the crew of Engine 2 were able to remove the victim from the building. The victim was unresponsive, and was immediately brought to the medical rescue crew on the scene. The paramedics immediately began life saving measures.The victim was then transported to Charlton Memorial Hospital, but was then transferred to Rhode Island Hospital in Providence R.I.

The victim who had self-rescued was transported to St. Anne's Hospital. A third victim was removed by neighbors unharmed before the arrival of the fire department. A 41 year old female has succumbed to injuries from this house fire. The fire victim had been hospitalized at Rhode Island Hospital in Providence. She died on Friday, March 28th after being in critical condition in the intensive care unit since the fire. Fire investigators believe the fire started in the living room from a candle too close to combustible furniture. The male fire victim was awakened by the smell of smoke, opened the bedroom door, and found the living room fully involved. He was able to make his way through the flames, but the female turned back to the bedroom where she was overcome before she could escape. - JEFFREY GOLDBERG

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Rollover motor vehicle crash with entrapment and LifeFlight Sturbridge, MA. On Monday, March 31, 2014 at 8:21 p.m., Sturbridge Public Safety Dispatcher Scott Belanger received 911 reports of a single-vehicle rollover crash into a utility pole in the area of 238 Cedar Street, a remote area of town near the Brookfield town line. The vehicle was reported to be on fire and overturned. It was unknown if the occupant(s) remained inside. Sturbridge Fire EMS and Sturbridge Police Department units arrived minutes later and found that the vehicle was not on fire, but that there was a single-occupant/driver trapped inside the vehicle requiring a heavy rescue response with mechanical extrication equipment. Heavy rescue, a fire engine, and incident command staff also responded to the scene. The vehicle was made stable and secure, and then Sturbridge Firefighter/EMT Thomas Giordano entered the vehicle to assess and stabilize the adult male patient. He protected the patient from the cutting tools and personnel who would be operating on the vehicle to remove its roof so that the patient could be removed safely and without further injury. While rescue crews worked to

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cut the vehicle, UMass-Memorial LifeFlight was summoned to land at the Hamilton Rod and Gun Club on Hamilton Road, Sturbridge for transport of the patient. Once the patient was extricated, he was treated by Sturbridge Fire EMS under the supervision of Sturbridge Firefighter/Paramedic Brian Towns, and then subsequently transferred to the awaiting LifeFlight helicopter for further treatment and rapid transport to the Trauma Center at UMass-Memorial Medical Center University Campus in Worcester. An engine from the Southbridge Fire Department provided mutual aid to Sturbridge in order to secure the landing zone for LifeFlight. No injuries to personnel were reported. The accident remains under investigation by the Sturbridge Police Department. All fire department/EMS crews were clear from the scene at 9:45 p.m. with the roadway reopened to traffic. - NicHolas J. DaDalt


Hydraulic cutters are used to remove the roof of the vehicle.

Father’s Day, The Forgotten Fire VIDEO REVIEW Video reviews by John Malecky


Crash in Harwich Harwich, Ma. a female driver of a Honda cRV was taken to cape cod Hospital after a two vehicle crash at the intersection of Route 39 (orleans Harwich Road) and Pleasant Bay Road on March 20th. the accident happen around 10am thursday when the woman failed to yield at a stop sign and was t-boned by a Ford F-250 super cab. Her injuries appeared to be non life threatening. Harwich Police are handling the investigation.

Father’s Day The Forgotten Fire By Fire Line Video Productions Available from: FSP Books & Videos 188 Central Street, Suite #4 Hudson, MA 01749-1330 1800-522-8528 E-Mail: Price: $29.95 (DVD) This DVD is 40 minutes in length. Though many of us still remember this fire, it is worth reviewing for those who may not. It was Father’s Day of 2001, June 17th. At 2:19 p.m., a phone alarm was called in for a fire in a store, followed by a verbal alarm to Squad 288, which was taking up from a minor hazmat incident not far away. It was a two story

commercial structure with dwellings above. The fire worsened as time went on with “popping” noises reported coming from the basement. The DVD picks up the scene after a collapse had occurred and a fourth alarm was sounded bypassing a third alarm. The scene is a mass of rubble and structure with handlines, ladderpipe and tower ladder operating. As the time progresses more handlines are stretched. Radio traffic saturates the background! An army of firefighters can be seen desperately trying to control the fire and support those who are in search of missing members. This force is mixed in with members of EMS and the police. The fire building was on Astoria Boulevard in Astoria, Queens. The tractor-drawn collapse rescue unit arrives and members go to work to assist in the search. One of the trapped members is located and removed during this footage. The scene is complete

devastation but everyone in attendance is busy! I have to commend the videographers who did an exceptional job in bringing the viewer every possible angle that could be achieved in covering the operation. At times smoke shroud the scene, but they wait it out until the smoke lifts. A number of high ranking officers can be seen here including First Deputy Commissioner Feehan and Battalion Chief Ray Downey both of whom lost their lives three months later on 9/11. In fact many of the members in attendance here lost their lives that day as well! Probably due to the heavy loss on 9/11, this Father’s Day tragedy was called “The Forgotten Fire.” But like 9/11, may we never forget the three firefighters who lost their lives this day, Harry Ford and Brian Fahey of Rescue 4 and John Downing of Ladder 163! May you continue to rest in peace!


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Fire displaces seventeen residents in Springfield A fast moving, late evening fire destroyed an occupied two and a half story wood frame dwelling in the Liberty Heights section of Springfield, displacing 17 residents and damaging a neighboring home. Springfield firefighters got the call to respond shortly before midnight on Tuesday March 18, to the home located a 29 Vinton Street for the reported structure fire. While still en route to the scene, Ladder 1 reported heavy smoke visible from a distance. Dispatch also advised all companies that there may be civilian entrapment as well. Arriving on scene, companies were presented with an occupied two and a half story wood frame dwelling, fully involved, with fire venting from all sides and exposure problems on sides Bravo and Delta. Residents on scene, confirmed for firefighters that all occupants were, in fact, out of the house. A defensive attack was set up

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using multiple large and small caliber hand lines as well as Ladder 1's aerial master stream. The main body of fire in both the original fire building and the Delta side exposure building were knocked down within 30 minutes. All totaled, the original fire building at 29 Vinton Street was completely destroyed and 17 residents, including twelve adults and five children were displaced from this one building. The Delta side exposure building sustained upwards of $30,000 damage and the Bravo side exposure building sustained some $5,000 damage, mostly melted siding due to radiant heat. The cause of the fire remains under investigation, but is not considered suspicious. - NATE ARNOLD


Jakes utilize 2 and a half inch attack lines on the A side of 29 Vinton St.

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Emergency medical professionals go through hours of training in the classroom and field. It’s easy to snicker as we hear the “caclunk” from a CPR mannequin when we push hard and fast, laugh at gory moulage mimicking a distracting injury during training, and chuckle at bad inside EMS jokes. We mentally remove ourselves when we pretend, but when faced with real patients and real trauma, things get serious. As first responders we see things most people never do. Everything we do, see, hear, smell or feel makes a permanent imprint in our brains. The memory is always there no matter how flippant we are when we deny it. These memories have the potential to roar at the most unexpected times. We can wake from a bad dream that reminds us of the devastation we witnessed. Sometimes we think we’re above it all and suddenly there is a trigger and we can’t help but believe we’re right back at that horrible call and we’re seized by a “flashback”. Even with all of our training, we have never been taught how to do the impossible and shield ourselves from the emotion, loss and fear we may encounter during our response. There is no such thing as “you get used to it”. There is often no way to prevent the occasional personalization when you wonder “what would I do if that were my son, daughter, mother, father or… me?” It doesn’t have to be a building exploding, a car plowing through a street fair, a plane crash or any high volume mass casualty incident, even the single-patient call can haunt you. According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) emergency response professionals “are at a greater risk of developing physical and mental stress-related disorders” and “high-risk alcohol and drug use rates among … emer-

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Two alarm fatal fire strikes in Waltham At 3:09 a.m. on Friday, April 4th, Waltham 911 received a call from a passerby reporting a building fire at the corner of Crescent Street and Brown Street. Engine 1, Squad 5, Rescue 6, Ladder 2 and En- JUMP TO FILE # gine 4 (RIT) re- 040814100 sponded along with a Cataldo medic. Squad 5 on arrival reported smoke showing from the third floor and began stretching a line into the building while other companies secured a water supply. Residents reported there were still people in the building. Rescue 6 went in to do a primary search and found one person on the second floor and another on the third floor. Both were brought outside and treated by EMS. Deputy Macinnis put the RIT team to work and requested an additional Engine (Engine 2) as RIT. Ladder 2 vented the third floor window while Squad 5 advanced a line into the fire apartment. The fire had extended into the ceiling of the third floor and into


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On April 2, 2014, thousands lined the streets in honor of Lt. Ed Walsh. The dedication and love of this firefighter was clearly seen in the eyes of all who attended and watched from afar. A wake was held at St. Patrick's Church in Watertown. The procession included Lt. Walsh's casket atop Engine 33, a symbol of his dedication to the department and fire service. Lt. Walsh was posthumously awarded the Medal of Valor. The investigation into the cause and origin of the devastating fire is still being investigated. According to a statement released by Mayor Martin J. Walsh, "The men and women of the Boston Fire Department are the brave heroes who run towards the danger when others run away. A day like today makes us all to aware of what they are risking in

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the course of doing their jobs. They are heroes simply by virtue of accepting this duty. They put themselves in harm's way so that others might be safe." He continued with, "Our thoughts and prayers are with their families tonight as they face this terrible loss. We also hold close their fellow firefighters, who have lost friends as dear as brothers." The Lieutenant Walsh-Firefighter Kennedy Memorial Fund has been established and donations can be sent to the Lieutenant Walsh-Firefighter Kennedy Memorial Fund, Boston Firefighters Credit Union, 60 Hallet Street, Dorchester, MA 02124. - HEATHER PILLSWORTH


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Boston Firefighter Michael Kennedy mourned by thousands in West Roxbury





For the second day in a row, thousands lined the streets and attended services for a true hero. On Thursday, April 3rd, firefighters, first responders, and civilians along with Firefighter Michael Kennedy's loved ones paid their respects to their hero. As they did the previous day, firefighters were in attendance from New York City, Chicago, and cities much further away. Many hotels set aside complimentary rooms for the firefighting mourners to honor the two men,

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who sacrificed everything. Firefighter Kennedy succumbed to injuries he sustained battling a wind-driven blaze at 298 Beacon Street the week prior. Firefighter Kennedy was a US Marine Corps veteran, who served in the Iraq War. In addition, he was fondly remembered as a Big Brother with the Big Brothers, Big Sisters organization. At the mass to honor his life ended, Firefighter Kennedy was awarded the International Association of Firefighters Medal of Honor. His father, Paul Kennedy,

accepted the award. According to a statement released by Mayor Martin J. Walsh, "Words cannot do justice to the grief that we feel tonight. Our hearts are heavy with the knowledge that these brave men gave their lives to protect the safety of our city and its people." The Lieutenant Walsh-Firefighter Kennedy Memorial Fund has been established and donations can be sent to the Lieutenant Walsh-Firefighter Kennedy Memorial Fund, Boston Firefighters Credit Union, 60 Hallet Street, Dorchester, MA 02124. - HEATHER PILLSWORTH


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Springfield makes quick work of second alarm job An early morning fire displaced several tenants and heavily damaged a three story wood frame dwelling on Wareham St. in the Forest Park section of Springfield on Thursday, March 27, 2014. The call for the fire came in shortly before 4:00 a.m. as a report of smoke coming from the dwelling. Upon arrival, District 2 Chief David Colon along with members of Engine 3 and Ladder 3 had some initial difficulty determining which home on Wareham St. was actually on fire as the smoke from

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the fire was banking low across the street and reducing visibility. Once inside number 14 however, companies found the fire was rapidly extending up the walls and into the attic. As a precaution, Chief Colon ordered a second alarm be struck for the fire bringing most of the remaining available companies in the city to the scene and requiring mutual aid station coverage from

Chicopee and West Springfield fire companies. The bulk of the fire was knocked down by the time the balance of the second alarm arrived on scene, but several companies remained on scene for three more hours conducting extensive salvage and overhaul operations. The fire did some $60,000 damage to the home and remains under investigation by the SFD Arson Squad. - NATE ARNOLD

Early one morning, a middle aged couple returned home from working all night, climbed into bed exhausted and immediately fell asleep, only to be awakened 20 minutes later by what they thought was their car alarm. When the wife got up to investigate, she determined that it was a smoke detector activating. She roused her husband, and they found flames consuming the dishwasher and the kitchen cabinets. They exited the building and dialed 911. The volunteer fire department responded very quickly, containing the fire to the kitchen, which was gutted, along with heat and smoke damage to the entire home. The homeowners were very pleased with the response and performance of the firefighters. They were expressing their appreciation to the Chief while the last apparatus was leaving the scene when they were approached by the adjacent neighbor. The neighbor said that they had received a call from the Chief 911 County Dispatcher, and he needed to talk to the family who suffered the fire. Knowing that in all likelihood this was not 911 calling but someone affiliated with the independent public adjustors' industry, I asked the couple if I could impersonate the husband and take the phone call on their behalf. They said "yes." I picked up the phone, and the individual on the other end identified himself as the Supervisor of the 911 Center. First, he asked if there was a lot of damage and expressed his concern for our loss. He then indicated he needed information for his records. He asked details about the family's homeowner's insurance and I gave him my own insurance agent and insurance company. He then asked if the family had an attorney - I gave him the name of one of the fire district attorneys.

He wished me and my pseudo-wife good luck and ended the call. I immediately contacted my insurance agent and the attorney, informing them that I had used them as contacts in what I believed to be a scam that has been plaguing this region for many years. Within an hour, both professionals had been contacted and played along with our own reverse scam. In a short period of time, the real homeowners were contacted by a public adjustor who implied that he was working with their insurance company and attorney in order to make sure that they were properly taken care of with their insurance and fire damage repairs. I took this information to the local District Attorney's Office, and they determined that the phone call originated from a company in the Bronx that monitors fire dispatch frequencies, makes these phone calls, and then passes the information along to independent insurance adjustors. I also filed a complaint with the New York State Insurance Department. Unfortunately, neither agency was successful in stopping these unscrupulous companies from taking advantage of homeowners who are emotionally vulnerable after having their lives turned upside down by fires. Since we have been unable to stop them, we have been advising homeowners and businesses that they are likely to be contacted and that they should be extremely careful about signing any contracts that they may come to regret. We obtained a supply of booklets called "After the Fire," which was printed by the New York State Association of Fire Chiefs. We distributed these booklets to the local Fire Chiefs and encourage the fire departments to hand them out to building owners after structure fires, along with advice on the public adjustors. I also became aware of a new publication which is available for sale, entitled, "The Red Guide to Recovery," which addresses this issue. The fire service may not be able to shut these characters down, but we can make it more difficult for them to do business.

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Barn fire in Norwalk The Norwalk Fire Department responded to barn fire at 44 Fox Run Road on March 29th at 3:27 p.m. The two story barn, 50’ x 80’ housed a work shop and two jeeps along with various tools, JUMP TO FILE# 033114103 and storage. There were also six boats stored for the winter and a couple vehicles near the barn that sustained varying amounts of damage from the intense radiant heat. Thirty Norwalk firefighters

responded to the blaze as Westport, New Canaan and Rowayton engines covered the vacant Norwalk fire houses. The fire was knocked down within 20 minutes and crews worked for over an hour to fully extinguish hot spots. Norwalk Police blocked Fox Run Road between Ponus Avenue and Devonshire Road for a couple ofhours as fire crews worked the scene. Fire inspector Kirk McDonald from the Fire Marshal’s office is investigating the cause and origin of the blaze. - EDWARD PRESCOTT EDWARD PRESCOTT

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Fairfield’s bravest extinguish commercial fire Fairfield, CT, On March27, 2014 at 11:38 a.m., the Fairfield Emergency Communications Center received notification of a fire at 1555 Post Road in Engravers World. Fairfield Fire Engines 1, 2, 4, 5, Ladder 1, 2, and Car 3 were dispatched, JUMP TO FILE# with Engine 1 re- 032814105 porting heavy smoke showing from a two-story commercial occupancy at that location. Engines 5 and 6, Rescue 1, Cars 1, 2 and 3, FM 1, 2, and 3, Maintenance 1 and 2 along with Stratfield Rescue 15, Southport Squad 14, Bridgeport Engines 4, 15 and Ladder 11, and Westport Engine 2 and Ladder 1 were called to the scene in the ensuing hour, while companies from Easton and Bridgeport covered Fairfield firehouses for other emergencies. Chief Richard Felner reported that all Fairfield companies were working to fight the fire under the command of Assistant Chief George Gomola. Hose lines were stretched into Engravers World, Fairfield Clothiers, and the second floor offices above both businesses to attack the fire, according to Felner. “The fire was pretty much knocked down and we put in a recall of alarm at about 12:45 p.m.,” said Gomola. At the time of release, Engine 2 and the Fairfield Fire Marshal’s office remained on the scene investigating the cause of the fire, which appeared to “originate in the first floor storage workroom in the rear of Engravers World”, according to Fire Marshal Bill Kessler.


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Propane tank ignited by roofer Meriden, CT. On March 19, 2014, firefighters responded to a call from a neighbor, who witnessed the accidental ignition of a propane tank by a roofer. Crews arrived at 194 Camp Street, a vacant restaurant, to find a small and a larger propane tank that ignited. The flames were knocked down quickly. Crews were then able to open walls at the former restaurant and check for further extension. No injuries were reported to the workers or firefighters at the scene.


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Vacant home burns for second time in Springfield A vacant single story ranch style dwelling caught fire for the second time in less than twelve months in Springfield on March 30, 2014. This time, the fire spread to the neighboring two story duplex. Springfield jakes were toned out to respond to the area of Oakwood Terrace and Bay Street in the Bay neighborhood of the city shortly before 3:30 p.m. for a structure fire with dispatch advising companies they had already received multiple 911 calls. Arriving on scene minutes later, companies advised they had a vacant single story wood frame ranch that was fully involved with fire

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threatening the D side exposure building, an occupied two story wood frame duplex. Members worked as fast as any understaffed, three man fire companies could, stretching hand lines to all sides of the involved dwelling and to protect the exposure building. Due to the fires advanced state and the close proximity of the D side exposure; however, the exposure building did suffer some $10,000 to $15,000 damage as well as having the electrical service to

the home damaged by the fire, requiring Western Mass. Electric Company to pull the meter for that building, rendering it uninhabitable for the time being. The original fire building at number 3 Oakwood Terrace was completely gutted by the fire and two families totaling six people were displaced from numbers 7 and 9 Oakwood Terrace, which were the exposure building. The first fire, last year, was considered suspicious in origin, but this fire remains under investigation.

Southbury has quick knock down at structure fire At approximately 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 27th, Southbury firefighters responded to 91 Hillside Road for a structure fire. On arrival, they had a fire in the back bedroom of a two story residential home that was quickly knocked down. The fire was contained to the room of origin. The fire marshal responded to the scene to investigate what the cause and origin the fire.

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New Britain Ladder 1 on the scene of a structure fire at 183 Greenwood Street.


A jake pulls siding from the A side of number three Oakwood Terrace during the fire.

New Britain Engine 5 on the scene of a structure fire at 183 Greenwood Street.

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Lt. Roger Caisse and Firefighter Scott Iannucci being decontaminated after entry

Fairfield on the scene at Sacred Heart University Fairfield, CT. On March 26, 2014 at 2:48 p.m., the Fairfield Fire Department was called to Sacred Heart University to assist in what was reported to be a minor reaction of sulfuric and nitric acids in the Main Administration Building. Fairfield Fire dispatched Engine 3, Ladder 2 and Car 3. Upon arrival, Engine 3 assumed command and reported two students in SC 111 Chemistry Lab on the first floor with no complaints of injury, who had been working in the lab with a small amount of nitric acid when a foaming reaction occurred. Car 3 called for Engine 4 with the hazmat trailer and Car 5, along with the Fairfield Fire Department hazmat team, along with AMR and representatives from DEEP. At 4:47 p.m. Fairfield hazmat technicians made entry and found a small amount of 65% nitric acid on the floor, counter and sink and two open containers. The entry team replaced the tops on the containers and wiped up the product using chemsorb pads, placing all within the hood system, according to Hazmat Operations Officer A/C Schuyler Sherwood.

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The entry team left the building at 5:19 p.m. and Connecticut Tank Removal was called by SHU officials to remove remaining product and absorbent materials from the lab. “Unfortunately we needed to secure the first and second floors of the SC Wing while entry was being made to ensure that the atmosphere was not contaminated,” explained Sherwood. Fire units were expected to clear shortly after 6:00 p.m. pending arrival of the private cleanup contractor, according to Incident Commander A/C George Gomola. “While classes can resume at this time, evening classes that start by 5:00 p.m. needed to be cancelled,” added Paul Healy, Emergency Management Executive Director at Sacred Heart University. “Classes will resume their normal schedule tomorrow.” - CHRISTOPHER TRACY

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Naugatuck firefighters battle house fire Just before 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 23rd, Naugatuck firefighters responded to 49 Beecher Street for a confirmed structure fire. On arrival, heavy fire was showing from the two and a half story home. Engines 4, 5, 6, Truck 1, Rescue 1 along with C-1 (chief) responded to the scene. Firefighters used a blitzfire and also two-one and three quarter inch lines to fight the fire. Waterbury Engine 4 was called in for mutual aid to the scene to assist crews. Beacon falls responded to headquarters for town coverage. The homeowners were not home at the time of the fire and no injuries were reported. The cause of the fire is under investigation by the fire marshal.


Car fire on highway in Cheshire Cheshire firefighters responded to Interstate 84 East prior to Exit 27 for a reported car fire just after 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, March 25th. On arrival, Engine 2 encountered a car in the breakdown lane fully involved. It took firefighters a few minutes to put the fire out and traffic was backed up for several miles.

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New Britain firefighters battle house fire Just after 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 26th, New Britain firefighters responded to 183 Greenwood Street for a structure fire. Upon arrival, they had fire showing from the rear of a two story dwelling on the second floor and the attic. Engines 1, 2, 4, 5, and Ladder 2 responded and an additional ladder was requested which brought Ladder 1 to the scene. The fire was knocked down quickly, but did severe damage to the rear porch and the second floor. The occupants escaped the fire with no injuries and the fire is under investigation by the city fire marshal.

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Chief Paul Ciccone addressing the media at a two alarm fatal in Waltham, MA.


A firefighter from Boston MA Engine 7 at a recent seven alarm blaze


Mary Ambruso pinning the new badge on her husband, Westport Lt. Dan Ambruso



Members of Boston MA's Fire Investigation Arson Unit at a seven alarm fire on Massachusetts Avenue.

Boston MA Fire Department Public Information Officer Steve MacDonald

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Local Heroes Taking Advantage of Program Benefits

Local hero glad he learned about the Heroes Mortgage Program With three children and another on the way in June, Ron Salzano and his wife contemplated buying a new home. However, after consulting with the Heroes Mortgage Program, he came to the conclusion that refinancing might work better financially. Saving him money on his monthly mortgage payment. Or, in this case, a lot of money. By refinancing with the Heroes Mortgage Program, Salzano said he saved about $700 per month on his mortgage. That’s a lot of extra income for a hard-working gentleman with a growing family. “To save that kind of money is a big deal,” Salzano said. “and the process was very straight forward. There were no catches. It was well thought out and very streamlined. It was to the point and I’m glad I found out about it.” The Heroes Mortgage Program is dedicated to serving the mortgage needs of the firefighter, police rescue and EMS community, providing discounted fees, first-rate customer service and low interest rates not available to the general public. At only age 31, Salzano is already a decorated veteran of the Bergen County Police


Department, with 11 years experience in the field. He serves as the deputy coordinator of the office of emergency management. Salzano also is a member of the Bergen County Police scuba team, working in water search and recovery. In addition, Salzano is a key member of Bergen County’s traffic incident management team, which works with traffic flow during accidents and emergencies. He served as a volunteer with the Wallington Fire Department from 2000-08. Talk about a

hero: Salzano certainly fits the bill. However, he remains humble about his various accomplishments, and burgeoning career. “I’ve been very fortunate in my career because of my background as a volunteer firefighter and experience in EMS an rescue,” Salzano said. “In my time with Bergen County, my horizons have been broadened. There are a lot of opportunities to advance yourself. Every day is a new adventure.” 1st Responder and Sun Home Loans teamed up to create the Sun National Bank Heroes Mortgage Program. To participate in the program, firefighters, police officers, rescue and EMS personnel must verify their active or retired status within the emergency services community. The program is open to both paid and volunteer members and provides the kind of first-rate customer service these brave men and women deserve. ------Sun National Bank Home Loans and 1st Responder Newspaper are not affiliated. All loans subject to approval. Certain conditions and fees may apply. Mortgage financing provided by Sun National Bank Loans, Equal Housing Lender.

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countability, integrity, ethics and service. Villar, a clerical associate at Hackensack University Medical Center, utilized Heroes Realty to purchase a beautiful condominium in Passaic, N.J. She proudly closed on Feb. 10. “It’s a big step. I’m very excited,” Villar said. “Everything my brother told me about the Heroes Realty was right. It was excellent. I’m definitely excited that I was referred to the Heroes Realty program and I will refer Mr. Ciliento to my friends and family as well.” Whether you are looking to purchase a new home, sell the one you are in for the best price possible, or are even looking to rent or lease a quality home or apartment, Heroes Realty has opened its doors to provide personal real estate services to all of the Heroes in our community. Heroes Realty is dedicated to the longterm success and financial well-being of all of our clients. We understand how hard you work and the sacrifices you and your family make every day. That’s why Heroes Realty’s

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Torrington firefighters and surrounding towns battle massive fire in a tire warehouse


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On April 3rd just after 8 a.m., Torrington firefighters responded to the Toce Brothers tire warehouse on 96 Albert Street for a fire in the building reported by an employee, who opened a door to find smoke inside the structure. On arrival, heavy smoke and fire was showing and the incident quickly went to five alarms, requesting mutual aid departments from throughout Litchfield County for ladder trucks and engines. Mutual aid was called from as far away as Waterbury, which sent Engine 2 and Truck 1 for station coverage. The fire was fought on a defensive attack and several tower and ladder trucks were used to fight the fire from above with several hand lines on the ground. The fire grew quickly due to all of the large tires that were stored inside the building. A foam trailer from Waterbury and one from Winsted were requested to the scene. A third one from Danbury responded due to a mechanical issue with the Waterbury foam trailer.

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By later in the morning, the fire was still raging with over 1000 tires burning inside the 20,000 square foot building along with construction equipment owned by O and G Industries, who shared the building with Toce Brothers. With exposure problems, several more foam trailers were requested along with fire departments and three task forces from throughout the state. At one point, over 20 departments responded to assist at the scene and provide town-wide coverage. Due to the smoke condition and carbon monoxide levels, several neighborhoods in the area were evacuated displacing 50-100 people. At one point, the the roof collapsed as well as the walls on the A and B side of the building. An excavator was requested to the scene to assist firefighters.

It took several hours to bring the fire under control, and it was completely extinguished by 9:30 p.m. The residents, who were evacuated, were allowed back in their homes in the early evening. Most companies were released 21 hours after the start of the fire with only a few remaining for hot spots. It was estimated that over two and a half million gallons of water and 2000 gallons of foam were used to fight the fire. DEEP was called in due to the water runoff going into the nearby Naugatuck River. Booms were deployed. At the height of the fire, smoke was seen throughout a good part of the state. There were no injuries reported and the building is a total loss. The fire is under investigation by the state and Torrington fire marshals. The fire damage is estimated at three million dollars. - RICK KULMANN


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Scituate MA Fire Chief Richard Judge.


Farmington CT firefighter C.Scott operates at a fire in Plainville.


Two firefighters walk towards a seven alarm blaze in the Back Bay section of Boston MA.


Rockland MA Fire Lieutenant John Sammon.

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One person injured in Waterbury MVA On Wednesday, April 2nd, Waterbury police officers and Waterbury firefighters with Engine 5 responded to Frost Road and Bonnie Lane for a two car accident with injuries. On arrival, officers had a mid-size car with heavy damage that hit an SUV. One person was injured and Campion Ambulance responded. Engine 5 cleaned up fluids in the roadway.


Waterbury extricates one victim from car down embankment On Wednesday, March 26th at approximately 12:30 p.m., Waterbury firefighters with Engines 1, 7, Truck 2, and Rescue 9 were dispatched to 1068 Wolcott Street at the Rite Aid Pharmacy for a car accident with rollover. When crews arrived, they had a vehicle that went through a wood guardrail and a chain link fence in the rear parking lot of the Rite Aid store. The vehicle went down a 60

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foot embankment into a ravine. The elderly driver was trapped inside the vehicle, so Car 5 requested an additional engine, which brought out Engine 5. Firefighters had to gain access to the vehicle from the parking lot of the haunted house building to get into the woods behind the

Monroe Muffler shop. It took about a half hour to extricate the victim, who was alert and conscious. The patient was transported to St. Mary's Hospital. The investigation concluded that the female driver hit the accelerator at the drive thru, causing the accident. - RICK KULMANN

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Waterbury responds to possible structure fire On the early afternoon of March 28th, Waterbury firefighters were called to 937 South Main Street for a reported structure fire. First due Engine 4 arrived and had a smoke condition in the three story apartment building. Upon further investigation, crews found there was an appliance that caught fire and was extinguished by the tenant of the apartment. Engine's 2, 11, Truck 1 and 3 responded along with Engine 4. Firefighters ventilated the building and there was no damage to the apartment. RICK KULMANN

New Britain Ladder 2 at the scene of a two story house fire on the morning of March 26th at 183 Greenwood Street.

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Vacant house burns in Southington


At 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 20th, Southington firefighters were dispatched to the area of 1403 Meriden-Waterbury Turnpike for a structure fire. Upon arrival Car 3 and engine 31 came upon a fully involved two story vacant dwelling, which was next door to the Fishin' Factory business. Engines 11, 12, 21, 22, 31, 32, Ladder 1, Rescue 1 and Cars 2, 3, and 6 responded to the scene. Ladder 1 set up a master stream and firefighters went de-

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Boynton Beach hosts record event to help NFL alumni charities BOYNTON BEACH, FL - It wasn’t supposed to happen at all. The crippled economy, the housing slump, the unemployment explosion, even the oceanic conditions threatened to beat down the 4th Annual Fishin’ & Firehouse Chili Grand Slam put on by the Boynton Beach Firefighter Benevolent Association on April 18th. It just wasn’t supposed to happen this year—the members looked at the state of the world and asked themselves, “How do we ask for sponsorship money, boat entry fees, donations and support at a time like this?” Somehow though, in a mighty confluence of tenacity and generosity, South Florida’s firefighters, fishing fanatics, chili connoisseurs and their taste testers pulled together for a full day of fun and excitement to set a few records and raise over $20,000.00 for some kids who really need it—especially during this economic crisis. The popular Boynton Beach fishing tournament and chili cook-off has grown like a wildfire since it’s first go-round in 2006 when it attracted a respectable 43 boat entries—not bad for a first year tournament in South Florida, the fishing tournament capital of the world. With hopeful expectations for the same in 2007, Boynton firefighters were shocked when 74 captains entered their boats. In 2008, that number fell to 63 entries, but understandably so as there were three other tournaments that same day, most with much higher payouts to draw some captains away. However, with the global economic abyss swallowing boats and every other luxury item folks have to unload just to stay afloat, a decision was made to forego the 2009 event. Then, suddenly, a title sponsor— Sutphen--offered up the $5000.00 sponsorship donation, and then, other large sponsors sent $1,500.00 checks, $500.00 checks, boat entries, chili teams, prizes, food! In the end, this “little engine that could” wound up beating its own records with 76 boats registered, the tournament’s recordbreaking fish weighing in at 63plus pounds, over 870 pounds of fish donated to the cause by their captors, and a new department single event donation record of over $20,000.00 for charity! It’s a story that speaks to the overwhelming generosity of Americans—people helping people who need it when they need it most, giving of themselves when


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