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Pickup truck hits pole, rolls over On September 16, 2014, Missisquoi Valley Rescue (MVR) Swanton Fire Department, and Vermont State Police (VSP) responded to Route 207 in Swanton for a pickup truck versus pole with a rollover in the afternoon. The truck was traveling southbound when the operator lost control, hit and broke a power pole, and then rolled over. The operator was the only one in the truck and escaped injury. Route 207 was shut down for several hours while Swanton Electric replaced the pole and restored power to numerous residents.


Firefighters respond to a torn down house on fire Swanton, VT. On September 18, 2014, firefighters from the Swanton Fire Department and Missisquoi Valley Rescue (MVR) responded to the Maquam Shore Road in Swanton for a torn down house on fire. Upon arrival, firefighters also had to deal with a fuel tank on fire. Firefighters knocked the fire down quickly then dealt with hot spots. The cause of the fire is unknown and there were no reported injuries. MVR stoodby at the scene.

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Sean Cadden, the 10 year old son of Town of Newburgh Police Sergeant Pat Cadden, recently suffered a relapse of Leukemia. Originally diagnosed in November of 2010, and after completing three and a half years of treatment, Sean was in complete remission. In August of 2014 he was diagnosed once again with Leukemia. Sean has started treatment, which will now include a bone marrow transplant. Sean is scheduled to be admitted to the hospital on November 1. Sean will be there for about ten weeks-an awful long time for a little boy and for his family. Sean would like to decorate his room with patches from police departments, SWAT teams, fire departments and other emergency

CORPORATE INFORMATION We were shocked to learn of the sudden death of Harvey Eisner, Editor Emeritus of "Firehouse" magazine. Harvey was named editor of "Firehouse" in 1982. He wrote many articles and authored books on the Fire Service, as well as being a fire scene photographer. He also worked for the Bronx District Attorney's office as a crime scene photographer and videographer, retiring several years ago. Harvey Eisner was a volunteer

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In memory of those who gave all 1st Responder Newspaper honors and remembers emergency responders lost in the line of duty Nebraska: Darrell Parker, 56 Rank: Chaplain/Firefighter Incident Date: August 10, 2014 Death Date: August 13, 2014 Fire Department: Fairbury Rural Fire Department Initial Summary: Chaplain/Firefighter Parker died in the hospital several days after the privately owned vehicle he was operating in response to a fire incident left the roadway and struck a tree. The cause of the accident is still under investigation. Officials suspect that Parker may have experienced a medical emergency when he lost control of his vehicle. Montana: Dave "Chief 5" Anderson, 66 Rank: Fire Chief Incident Date: July 22, 2014 Death Date: August 25, 2014 Fire Department: Fort Shaw Fire Department Initial Summary: Several weeks after being injured in a collision between two Fort Shaw fire trucks responding to a grass fire near Vaughn, Montana, Fire Chief Anderson passed away in Peace Hospice of Great Falls. According to media reports, Montana Highway Patrol said the driver of the other truck, a brush truck, missed a turnoff en route to the fire and was making a U-turn when Anderson crashed into him. The water tender (tanker) truck driven by Anderson tipped on its side and Anderson had to be extricated from the wreck. He was then transported to the hospital by ambulance. Anderson was later transferred to a Billings rehabilitation facility that specializes in traumatic brain injury, and then transferred to Peace Hospice. The driver of the second vehicle involved in the accident was not injured. New Jersey: Richard Choate, 68 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: September 8, 2014 Death Date: September 8, 2014 Fire Department: Byram Township Fire Deptartment Initial Summary: The Byram Township Fire Department responded to an activated fire alarm incident. Firefighter Choate responded and drove the tanker/tender apparatus to the scene, where he stood-by while personnel investigated. The fire department cleared the scene shortly thereafter, and he fueled the apparatus upon returning to quarters. Members later reported that Choate appeared tired, but did not express

any complaints. Approximately five hours later, he was found unresponsive inside his personal vehicle, which had run off the road into a wooded area. Police and EMS responded, finding him in cardiac arrest. He was transported to a local hospital with CPR and AED use in progress. He was subsequently pronounced deceased at 1:03 p.m. Michigan: William Russell “Uncle Will” Wiita, 47 Rank: Assistant Fire Chief Incident Date: September 8, 2014 Death Date: September 8, 2014 Fire Department: Coldsprings-Excelsior Fire and Rescue Station #6 Initial Summary: Approximately three hours after Assistant Fire Chief Wiita responded to a rescue/medical call, Wiita was found deceased at his residence from an apparent heart attack. Ohio: Kevin J. Ollier, 60 Rank: Firefighter/Paramedic Incident Date: September 4, 2014 Death Date: September 5, 2014 Fire Department: Anderson Township Fire & Rescue Department Initial Summary: Firefighter/Paramedic Ollier passed away from a sudden illness several hours after responding to a smell of smoke call at a nursing home. North Carolina: John Derek Gupton, 24 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: September 16, 2014 Death Date: September 17, 2014 Fire Department: Justice Rural Volunteer Fire Department Initial Summary: While en route to a fire alarm, Firefighter Gupton lost control of the 2,500 gallon fire tanker he was operating when the apparatus left the roadway to the right, hit a ditch culvert and overturned. Gupton passed away from injuries sustained in the accident. An additional firefighter, who was a passenger in the apparatus, was treated for injuries and released from a local hospital.

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Local young lady credited with help saves family pets and sleeping grandmother Rochester, NH. The Rochester Fire Department was alerted to a fire located at 5 Susan's Lane on September 17, 2014 by a 911 telephone call. Upon arrival, the fire department units found smoke and flames from the second story window of a single family residence in a quiet neighborhood of Rochester. A young lady, age ten, has been credited with her quick thinking actions to have discovered the fire, alerted, and saved her sleep-

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ing grandmother by assisting her out of the house. The young girl alerted a neighbor, who called 911, and saving several of her family pets. Sadly, the family home suffered severe water, smoke and fire damage, but could have been much worse without the quick thinking and calm actions of the young lady

who was just recently taught home fire safety rules at her local school. Rochester Fire Department units on the scene included Engine 5, Engine 3, and Truck 1. Mutual aid departments also assisting were Somersworth Fire Department, Milton Fire Department, Durham Fire Department for RIT, Barrington Fire Department, Farmington Fire Department, and Frisbee Hospital EMS. - PAUL DOLNIER

Two alarm apartment building fire in Derry, New Hampshire At 12:49 p.m. on September 17th, Derry Engines 1, 3, 2; Truck 4; Medic 1; and Car 1 were dispatched to 13 Union Street for a reported building fire. Upon arrival, initial crews observed heavy fire blowing out two second floor windows, multiple rooms on fire, and heavy brown smoke from the eaves that was indicative of fire extending into the attic. Off duty Derry Firefighter Randy Chase, who was driving by the building, observed the windows of the building “blow out” in flame at the same time an elderly female and a dog were fleeing the building. He immediately called 911, assisted the injured female across the street, and entered the building to confirm that the other three apart-

ments were empty. The Derry Fire Department initiated a rapid, aggressive, transitional fire attack, cooling the fire apartment from the outside with a handline and sending a second handline up the stairs to attack the fire. Interior crews were confronted by heavy, rolling fire in multiple rooms. Truck 4 accessed and ventilated the roof, while interior crews, using two lines extinguished the apartment fire, opened up the ceiling and attacked the attic fire from below. Crews performed a primary search of the entire structure and confirmed that the building was unoccupied. This fire was complicated by oxygen tanks, oxygen concentrator, and hoarding conditions in the fire apartment. This created a significant fire load and

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made it extremely difficult for crews to move around in and overhaul the apartment. During this time Firefighter Randy Chase provided emergency medical care to the elderly female. She had been the occupant of the fire apartment and had facial burns. She was transported by Londonderry Medic 1 to Parkland Medical Center for treatment and was subsequently transferred to Massachusetts General Hospital with serious injuries. While performing a secondary search of an adjacent apartment, Londonderry Fire Department Engine 1 found a small dog hiding behind a stove. This dog was

removed from the apartment, was flaccid and in severe distress. Derry crews resuscitated the dog and took the animal to Handle with Care Veterinary Clinic in Derry. The small dog made a full recovery and was later reunited with his owners. Mutual aid on scene was provided by the Auburn, Chester, Londonderry, Windham, Hampstead, and Salem Fire Department. Station coverage was provided by the Manchester, Hudson, Hooksett, and Plaistow Fire Departments. During this incident, the Hudson Fire Department with a Derry medic that was staffed by recalled personnel were dispatched to a possible heart attack. There were no firefighter injuries. The elderly female was the only civilian injury.

Because of the nature of the civilian injury, an investigator from the New Hampshire Fire Marshal’s responded to the scene and assisted Derry Fire Prevention with the fire investigation. The fire was accidental, with the fire origin being the area of a living room couch. The cause of the fire was an oxygen enriched flash fire caused by an elderly women smoking while on oxygen. Incident #2014-3120 was dispatched at 2:49 p.m. First units arrived on scene at 2:54 p.m. The fire was under control at 3:28 p.m. and all Derry Fire units were secure and available at 7:14 p.m. - JACK WEBB

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Your Fire Department VIDEO REVIEW Video reviews by John Malecky



Your Fire Department (1949) By Quality Information Publishers Available from: FSP Books & videos 188 Central Street, #4 Hudson, MA 01749-1330 1-800522-8528 E-mail: support@firep o l i c e - e m s . c o m Price $12.99 (DVD) This is a 31 minute educational film put forth by the Los Angeles City Fire Department for the benefit of its residents. Although specifically geared to the apparatus and standard operating procedure of the LAFD, it can be used to inform the general public about how a fire department generally operates. It is fully narrated and begins with the start of a fire and how people summon the fire department. From that point on, it covers how fire stations are distributed within a community and how many are designed to blend in with the neighborhood by means of architecture. Moving on, the video explains the different types of major fire apparatus, what their responsibilities are and how they operate. In Los Angeles, there are both two piece and one piece engine companies and the difference on how each operates is shown. Manifold units, which carry larger diameter hose and can distribute many hose lines at fires such as at industrial plants, is also illustrated. Ladder companies and their duties are outlined as well as that of salvage companies.

The diversification of the city breaks down other types of fire protection such as with mountain patrol stations, where brush patrol and tankers are stationed and where positive water supply is more scarce. Bulldozers also play a part in this type of firefighting. Add to that, fireboats protect some 45 miles of harbor area. Water towers and heavy stream appliances are explained and illustrated when fires get large. Utility companies bring floodlights and generators for night operations and they also serve coffee for rehab. Foamite companies are used at petroleum fires at facilities and on the road. At airports, crash trucks are there for aviation emergencies. Finally ambulances are featured with their life saving capabilities. From the apparatus, the video goes to the administration, explaining the duties of the chief of department, deputy chief, assistant chiefs, battalions chiefs and captains. A further breakdown explains the duties of the engineer, tillerman, hosemen, truckmen and salvage men. The fire department entrance exam is touched on along with the medical exam and training. The communications office is next, explaining its operation and how alarms are received and transmitted. Arson investigations and fire prevention activities are also explained and a reminder is put forth that fire prevention is everybody’s responsibility. Though this is an old movie, the principles are still the same and it is a good way to explain the functions of the different parts of the fire department. The old scenes also add a little flair with what would now be antique fire apparatus and of course the way we used to dress in the years gone by.

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A five alarm factory fire on Seaview Ave. engulfed a building that contains a roofing company and a perfume recycling factory, Bridgeport fire department was dispatched for a possible fire just before 7 p.m. Thursday night. First arriving units found smoke coming from the old factory building, “It went from smoke to fire balls 80 feet high in a matter of minutes” said one resident of Seaview ave. The old factory contained 100s of barrels of highly flammable perfume and roofing supplies, It took firefighters about six hours to bring the fire under control.

Extrication in Sandy Hook Sandy Hook Fire & Rescue and Newtown Volunteer Ambulance Corps were dispatched to the area of 119 Berkshire Road at 9:48 a.m. on Saturday, September 13th for a one vehicle accident with extrication. Chief Halstead arrived at 9:55 and confirmed extrication was needed. The sole occupant of the vehicle, was complaining of chest and back pain. Engine 441, 442 and Rescue 444 responded to the scene. The Saab only required a simple door pop and then the female patient was removed from the car and care turned over to EMTs on scene. Firefighters remained on the scene until 10:48 a.m.

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Reciprocity EMS ISSUES Chelle Cordero

We are a transient society. If you are in EMS, whether paid or volunteer, and moving, looking for a better job, or simply looking for extra involvement in your community, many of us want to keep those hard earned certifications up to date. If you are moving across state lines, your current certs may not help you to stay involved – there is this thing called reciprocity and some states will make it easy for you to work or volunteer in your new digs. Contact your state Bureau of Emergency Medical Services for details on what you have to do to remain working as an EMT or paramedic. “The New York State Department of Health, Bureau of Emergency Medical Services (BEMS) considers granting reciprocal certification to individuals who hold certification within the fifty (50) states and from the District of Columbia. NYS does not grant reciprocity to individuals who have obtained certification from other countries or the US territories, unless they have a current National Registry of EMT’s (NREMT) certification.” (Information Packet for New York State EMT Reciprocity) There are items that NYS BEMS will review before granting state certification such as age, if there is a criminal background, and if the applicant has passed an NREMT examination within the previous 18 months. Upon review and specified guidelines, the Bureau of EMS may be able to grant reciprocity to a member or veteran of the United States military who received training from the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, or to members of the National Park Services. Applicants seeking EMT certification in surrounding states (to NYS) like New Jersey will need to provide proof of current certification from another state plus records of any state’s certification they ever held and proof of current CPR. Upon approval, these applicants will be permitted to take a NJ refresher course in order to obtain NJ certification. Reciprocity applicants validly certified/licensed as an “EMT” (2009 National Educational Standards) from any state/US territory and/or the NREMT will be permitted to obtain a New Jersey EMT certification without having to complete the refresher course or the state written examination although they are still required to complete the verification process. If you are interested in getting Pennsylvania EMT or paramedic certification and are currently certified in another state, you can apply to the Eastern EMS Council for reciprocity.


You’ll need to supply proof of your current certification, a criminal background check and a letter from a local PA sponsoring agency (one you will be affiliated with). Connecticut considers applicants who have current certification as an EMT by the National Registry of EMTs or by a state or territory maintaining certification requirements equal to or higher than those of this state, or applicants who have current valid license/certification in good standing as an EMT in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island or Vermont. Massachusetts requires out-ofstate EMT (Basic level) to successfully complete the NREMT EMT examination process; the applicant can then apply to the state for local certification. Out-of-state paramedics applying in MA need to submit current certification/licensure along with previous certifications (from all relevant states ), a processing fee, proof of NREMT completion at their level, and ACLS/BCLS course completions in order to apply for reciprocity. To be eligible for Vermont EMS licensure, you must hold a current National Registry of EMTs certification for the level at which you are applying. You must also be affiliated with an EMS agency licensed at this level or with a medical facility that requires you to hold this license. Although National Certification (by itself) is NOT a license to practice, more and more states are making it a requirement if you are looking for reciprocity in a new state. NREMT certification helps to ensure a uniform standard of care across the nation. You can go online to to learn how to receive your NREMT certification in either the EMT basic or Paramedic level.


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Thomaston responds to fire in a commercial building In the mid morning hours of Tuesday, September 7th, firefighters with Thomaston Fire Department were called to 70 Main Street for a fire in the basement of a three story brick commercial building which is home to the Black Rock Tavern. On arrival, smoke was showing and Terryville Fire Department was requested to the scene with an en-

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gine. Firefighters quickly attached the fire and had a quick knock down of the fire. The blaze was caused by a furnace malfunction that caused the

fire. Crews had minor extension into the wall, which was contained by a sprinkler system. One line was stretched and operated on scene. A firefighter was injured when he fell while working in the basement. - RICK KULMANN

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Three car MVA in Waterbury sends one to hospital In the early afternoon of October 14, Waterbury police officers and firefighters with Engine 5 responded to the intersection of Meriden Road and National Avenue for an MVA involving several cars. On arrival Engine 5's crew had three vehicles involved with one person injured. Campion Ambulance transported the victim with minor injuries.


Waterbury firefighters battle morning house fire On the morning of Monday, September 22nd, the Waterbury Fire Department was dispatched to a fire in the rear of the house at 230 Bucks Hill Road. On arrival, they had heavy fire coming from the one and a half story residential dwelling and stretched two lines to fight the blaze. The fire was knocked down quickly and no injuries were reported. Engines 2, 6, 7, 11, Trucks 2, 3 and Rescue 9 responded to the fire. The fire marshal investigated the cause of the fire.

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Car slams into pole in Waterbury On September 26th, Waterbury Police and firefighters with Engine 7 responded to 310 Berkley Avenue for a reported car into a telephone pole. On arrival, firefighters had a minivan that had hit a pole and caused damage to the pole. An ambulance responded to the scene to evaluate the occupants, but they refused medical treatment.

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Two alarm fire in Waterbury destroys apartment building At around 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 23rd, Waterbury firefighters were dispatched to 19 Midfield Drive at the Deerfield apartments in the Carabetta complex for a reported building fire from several 911 callers. On arrival, Engine 5 had heavy fire coming from in the cockloft of the six unit two story building. Battalion 2 arrived on scene and transmitted a second alarm along with a special call for two additional engines, which brought out Engines 2, 4, 6, 7, 11, Rescue 9, Trucks 2, 3 and Car 5 along with

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mutual aid from Wolcott, Naugatuck, and Watertown for station coverage. Firefighters stretched a line into each of the six apartments, but the fire spread rapidly so they were pulled out of the units. Crews went defensive using the master streams from Trucks 2 and 3 along with several hand lines. It took an hour to bring the fire under control. The entire building is a total

loss and there were no injuries reported. The apartment tenants were able to stay in empty units in the complex until they were able to secure a new unit to move into. The cause of the fire was investigated and began by workers using a plumbers torch. A day later a tenant was able to go into her unit to retrieve some of her belongings and found her cat alive under a couch, which brought a happy ending to a tragic situation - RICK KULMANN

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Structure fire for the the Norwalk Fire Department This evening, October 1st at 5:33 p.m., Norwalk combined dispatch received calls for a structure fire at 16 Bayview Ave. in Norwalk. Three engines, two ladder trucks, one rescue truck and a command car responded. Upon arrival smoke was showing from the rear second floor of a three story multi-family dwelling. The fire was located in the kitchen of the second floor apartment. The stove, hood, cabinets and walls were involved in the fire. The fire was quickly extinguished by fire personnel. All occupants were safely out-

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On a hot, muggy summer evening, a resident, residing in a former one family home that had been illegally converted to single room occupancy, experienced continuous failure of her window unit air conditioner. She repeatedly went to the basement and reset the breaker in the panel box. The last time she did this, she went back to her room and found a working fire. She alerted all the other residents, all residing in single rooms throughout the building and dialed 911. The local volunteer fire department responded quickly and found heavy fire on the first floor, extending up the stairway to the second floor. A fast knock-down took place. However when the firefighters, as part of their overhaul, entered the attic, up a set of very narrow stairs, they found mattresses all over the floor where several adult men were residing. This fire took place around 9:30 on a Saturday night. If the fire had taken place at 3:00 a.m., and the illegal attic was occupied, there is a very strong possibility that fatalities would have taken place since there was no second means of egress. A year or so later, the owner had repaired all the fire damage and rented out the premises, once again. Coming home from a fire late one night, I noticed a light coming from the tiny attic window and filed another complaint. Recently, I was driving with one of the inspectors and mentioned that I could not believe that the attic was again occupied. The inspector stated, "I can guarantee that the attic is vacant." I asked how he could make such a statement with such certainty and he informed me that he had inspected it four days ago, and the landlord showed him the vacant space and even installed a sheet of plywood, screwed into the door frame leading to the attic. The inspector then invited me to go inside and take a look. The tenants let us in and we climbed to the second floor. I noted the plywood with two chairs up against it, but the screws had been removed. We pulled the plywood away and entered the attic area. The attic space that had been totally vacant four days before, was now occupied with single beds, twin beds and bunk beds for children. The inspector, who is a dedicated professional, was shocked

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and angry at the landlord. It appears that these types of scenarios take place on a regular basismostly in areas where there is little or no vigorous enforcement program in place. In other words, if there is no strong deterrent, financial or other; individuals will continue to place tenants and firefighters in danger in order to collect rent money from illegally converted and dangerous buildings. In this case, summonses were issued but there were no substantial penalties levied. The going rate for a small bedroom with shared bathroom/kitchen facilities is $125 per week- cash. Some of these converted one family homes have single rooms constructed in cellars, subdivided first, second floors, attics, garages and even sheds. The average number of rooms seems to be 10-12, with some far exceeding that number. Many landlords own multiple buildings. When you receive $500. per month times the number of rooms, it becomes evident just how lucrative this underground business is! Just last night, in my department, our firefighters found a set of stairs leading to a basement that was only 12" wide. We are sending our firefighters into maze-like conditions. If the municipal leaders do not support the code enforcement efforts, more illegal work will take place- we see entire sections of communities taken over by these landlords and a mass exodus of the honest property owners. While working on this column, I received an e-mail from a young, intelligent line officer, that says a great deal- "A big issue is that every single fine asked by the village is either dismissed or brought down to a very insignificant number by the judge. It doesn't encourage people to comply in the future. One man avoided going to the Planning Board for over a year for work he was doing, after repeatedly being contacted by village personnel. His punishment? Just pay the original permit fee?!" A very timely and accurate statement. Unless strict inspections and enforcement takes place, the bad guys will continue to ignore the codes/zoning, ruin neighborhoods and endanger lives. We need to send a strong message like a local judge did this week when he said, "In the past the policy was "Do the deed and beg for forgiveness" now, he states; "Do the deed, then pay for forgiveness!" As a fire service, we need to put pressure on our elected officials and their prosecuting attorneys, to show compassion when appropriate, but go for serious penalties when justified.

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Two victims extricated in Wolcott At around 6:45 a.m. on October 1, Wolcott crews responded to Meriden Road and East Street for a two car MVA with two people trapped. Police confirmed extrication was needed for two victims in separate vehicles at JUMP TO FILE # the top of Southing- 080713101 ton Mountain. Engine 4 and Rescue 1 responded and extricated the victims in a few minutes. They were both transported to the hospital with non life threating injuries. The accident closed the road for several hours while police officers did the investigation.

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Change of command in Danbury The Danbury Fire Department proudly announces the promotional appointments of Assistant Chief T.J. Wiedl to the position of Fire Chief, and of Training Officer Mark Omasta to the position of Assistant JUMP TO FILE# Fire Chief. The simultane- 100814116 ous swearing in of both Chief Wiedl and Assistant Chief Omasta took place in the Common Council Chambers at Danbury City Hall at 3:30 p.m., on October 8, 2014. Chief Wiedl has served the Danbury Fire Department for 34 years. He has held the rank of Firefighter, Lieutenant, and Deputy Fire Marshal, most recently serving as the Assistant Fire Chief for the last seven years. Chief Wiedl is a lifelong resident of the City of Danbury. He looks forward to leading the department forward and continuing Danbury's long standing commitment to serving the public’s needs. Assistant Chief Omasta has served the Danbury Fire Department for 29 years. He has held the rank of Firefighter, Lieutenant, and for the last seven years he has been the Department’s Training Officer. He has a long standing commitment to firefighter safety and adopting new and innovative ideas and tactics for the fire service. He was recently selected as the “Safety Officer of the Year” by the fire service instructors. Assistant Chief Omasta is a lifelong resident of the City of Danbury.




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We are all a family, brothers and sisters in emergencyservices. Someone told me that we are a disfunctional familybut we are a family nonetheless, and we are a tight group. But let me ask you this, do we really pay attention to ourbrothers and sisters? Can you tell when something isbothering someone on your truck or in your station. We need to look out for our brothers and sisters so we allcome home from a call, but this also means when we are noton a scene as well. We need to know each other enough tostart seeing differences in behavior. Is someone showing thesigns that critical incident stress is affecting them, or is it (should I even think the words) depression or thoughts of dying by means of suicide? So many of us do not want to eversay or hear the words depression or suicide. I know that theusual response to someone who is experiencing depression is"well get over it" or "just snap out of it". These are nothelpful words. There are many things that can get someone to the point ofdepression. We can have family, financial, or health issues. We may be experiencing effects of critical incident stress or other things. Some medications, that we have to take, or surgery that we have had made cause us to feel depressed. But if we keep it to ourselves, we wallow in our own self pity and our challenges then have our permission to run our lives. If we keep it and do not vent or ask for help, we put ourselves into our own prison. To be a true brother, we need to care about each other. When people are not acting their "normal", you may want to ask the person "how are things going?" Let's face it, we are not the "normal" that society thinks of when they think of normal. We appear to be a little off center but that's okay because that's how emergency services is. Sometimes we need to talk to others that can relate to us in our "normal" state. One challenge, that we have, is that we are the rescuers. We go into the burning buildings that nobody else would enter. We go into places of chemical spills, we are used to rescuing everyone else. Sometimes we

have to remember that it is okay for us to ask to be rescued. If you are having a code, can you perform CPR on yourself? So why think that you can handle your depression or suicidal thoughts by yourself. Remember, we ARE family. There are people that are willing to listen and help you get the help that you need. Have you tried your department chaplain or the CISM team? The CISM team knows therapists that actually know our culture. Hopefully, the people with depression will connect with a therapist that can help them. Yes, I know that many times we want to handle everything ourselves but there are times where it is okay to hang up the hero cape and admit that we need help. According to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, it is estimated that suicide is four times more likely to happen than a line of duty death. Think on that. What do we see? We all have been exposed to people who have attempted to die via suicide or have died by means of suicide. There are resources out there. Serve and Protect is a 24/7/365 crisis line for emergency services, where you can also speak to therapists or chaplains ( or 615-373-8000). But you also have the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline ( or 800-273-TALK (8255)). Go onto the website for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and look at the signs so that you can notice some of the warning signs or review the information for yourself, if you are having challenges. Many of us are afraid of speaking the words "depression" or "suicide", but by not speaking these topics does not mean that they do not exist. We use thermal imaging cameras to see hotspots in buildings to prevent a fire in buildings. We do not have the TIC's to see what is going on in people's minds. We need to ask them and if we are the one going through the depression or having the thoughts of hurting ourselves, we need to not be proud and keep it all to ourselves. We were brave enough to join the fire department in the first place, we need to be brave enough to ask for help or help somone else get the proper help. Instead of getting a CPR save or pulling someone out of a building and getting a save, how would you feel about saving a brother or sister? We are family. Don't be afraid to discuss this issue, the life you save may be your own. Stay safe.

Rollover on Route 34 in Sandy Hook Sandy Hook firefighters responded to their fourth MVA since Friday on Sunday, September 14th. Firefighters were dispatched to an extrication, but upon arrival all occupants had self-extricated. The patient of the Jeep Grand Cherokee was transported to Danbury Hospital. The driver of the pick up truck refused treatment. Route 34 was shut down for a little over an hour until the scene was cleared.

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Celebrating 100 years of Maxim Fire Apparatus Over the last 100 years in all of the six New England states, speaking the name of Maxim in a crowd of firefighters or fire buffs would instantaneously evoke fond memories of ladders, pumpers, and rescue trucks either currently serving a community or retired that were as durable and dependable as anyone could hope for. Many black and white photos hang on fire house walls showing the venerable old rigs battling everything from room-andcontents fires to general alarm factory fires that burned for hours, if not days. It is because of these fond and plentiful memories that a decision was made in 2013 to hold a celebration the following September to honor those rigs that served their communities so nobly. September 20, 2014 was the culmination of that planning and over 40 Maxim Motors fire apparatus gathered together under a bright September sun to celebrate the company that was born from an idea of Fire Chief Carlton W. Maxim. The event took place at the Greenwood Emergency Vehicles facility, which was filled with Maxim rigs from one end of the yard to the other well before noon time. The good folks at Greenwood, having just had their own open house the day before, came in on their day off to help with the logistics of running the show. Tim O'Neil and his personnel from Greenwood were nothing short of gracious hosts and are to be commended for the way the show was run from the logistical side of things. The main group of organizers,


9/11 ceremony in Harwich Harwich, MA. "Good days, bad days, but never a boring day on this job. You do what God called you to do. You show up, you put one foot in front of the other, and you do your job, which is a mystery and a surprise. You have no idea, when you get on the rig, what God is calling you to do. But he needs keep going. Keep supporting each other. Love each other. Work together. You love the job. We all do. What a blessing that is." These words were spoken by Father Mychal Judge, Chaplain FDNY, September 10, 2001, who was killed on 9/11 administering last rites at the World Trade Center.


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including Mike Nugai, Brian Anderson Jr., Howie Smith, and Joe Lennerton worked diligently for the last year, registering owners and trucks, and working behind the scenes to make sure this 100th anniversary celebration went off with as few problems as humanly possible and by the looks of things on this September Saturday, they succeeded in that goal 100 percent. One other name that must be mentioned when talking of the success of the show is that of Mr. Raphael Mendez, the administrator of the Maxim Fire Apparatus Facebook fan page. Were it not for Raphael's unbridled enthusiasm for Maxim Fire Apparatus and consis-

tent and timely reminders on the Facebook page, there is a good possibility the truck attendance at the show would have been much lighter than anticipated. It should also be mentioned that several former Maxim employees took time out of their weekends to come to the show and share with attendees their fond memories of working in Middleborough, Mass. on these wonderful trucks. Among them, Earl Everhardt, David Maxim, Herb Foisy, Mike Doyle and Paul Rocha. Where it not for their dedication to their craft and their commitment to quality in their building of these trucks, this celebration would never have come to be. - NATE ARNOLD

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Today, marks the 13th anniversary of that terrible day that we will never forget. Firefighter Brad Willis rang the last alarm bell outside Harwich Fire headquarters on Sisson Road. 343 flags represent the firefighters and first responders killed that day. 23 New York Police officers and 37 Port Authority Police were killed that day. - JAKE O'CALLAGHAN/CWN

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Moving water dive drill for PCTR Duxbury, Plymouth County, MA. On the morning of Friday, September 26, 2014, the Plymouth County Technical Rescue Team conducted a moving water dive drill in Bluefish River off of Washington Street in Duxbury. The team utilized skills and techniques that were taught to divers and tenders alike during training last year.

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Three alarms struck for Plympton house fire Plympton, Plymouth County, MA. Just before 12 p.m. on October 7, 2014, the Plympton Fire Department toned out for a reported house fire in the area of 170 Main Street. Companies arrived to find smoke showing from the eaves of a two story wood framed dwelling. A working fire was requested, followed shortly there after by a second alarm. Mutual aid from Halifax, Carver and Kingston responded to the scene. Companies made an aggressive interior attack on the fire in the old farm house. Crews made quick work of the fire, knocking

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the heavy fire down within fifteen minutes. Eventually, a third alarm was struck, bringing additional firefighters to the scene, and a Hanson engine company for station coverage. The Massachusetts Department of Fire Services Rehab Unit responded to provide rehab services to the firefighters working onscene. A mutual aid ambulance responded for an evaluation of at least one firefighter on the scene. It is unsure if anyone was injured

or transported from the fire ground. A representative from the State Fire Marshal's office responded to the scene. The dwelling was occupied, but it was unclear if the homeowner was in the house at the time of the fire. The Halifax Animal Control Officer was seen removing one cat, which was alive in a carrier cage. It was reported that other animals in the house may have not survived the blaze. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation. - PAT TRAVERS


Shed fire in Waltham Watham, MA. On September 24, 2014, Waltham received a report of a garage fire with automobiles burning inside. A response of three engines, one truck and a heavy rescue responded. Upon arrival, the fire department found a shed fully involved as well as a car fire. The fire was quickly extinguished.


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Members opening up the exterior walls on the Charlie side at 34 Vermont Street

Nine residents displaced by blaze in Springfield A fire that started in a pile of trash and debris on the Charlie side of an occupied two and a half story wood frame dwelling displaced nine residents in the Forest Park section of Springfield early Saturday morning, September 20, 2014. Shortly after midnight, Springfield Fire dispatch received 911 calls reporting a structure fire at 34 Vermont Street. The home was located less than one block from SFD Station 3.

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Companies arrived on scene within three minutes of dispatch. Upon arrival of Chief 2, Engine 3 and Ladder 3, heavy fire was visible on the porches on the first and second floors of the Charlie side. Companies went to work stretching three hand lines into the building. The fire had worked its

Overturned pickup in Falmouth East Falmouth, MA. On October 3, 2014, the operator of apick up was taken to Falmouth Hospital with unknown injuries after he went off the road, hit a tree and flipped onto the side. Ambulance 38 arrived and notified Engine 21 that the vehicle was smoking. It was determined to be a leaking radiator.

way into the void spaces and gained a foothold in the attic, which forced the jakes to perform extensive overhaul of the structure once the main body of fire was knocked down. Damage was estimated to be $30,000 to $40,000 and the displaced residents were being helped by the Pioneer Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross. - NATE ARNOLD


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Members opening up the exterior walls on the Charlie side at 34 Vermont Street

Somerville, MA. Cataldo Ambulance Service was honored to donate a wheelchair van to the Hanson family in Salem. Mark Hanson is a valuable member of the Cataldo Ambulance family as a chair car field training officer in the Atlantic Division. His son Sebastian has multiple sclerosis and now requires the assistance of a wheelchair. This new vehicle will provide the opportunity for the Hanson family to continue everyday activities with better ease. The Cataldo/Atlantic Fleet Service staff also installed a trailer hitch to the van to provide the ability to pull a trailer for family vacations. Several local businesses and individuals played crucial roles in making this donation possible. The wheelchair van was donated by Cataldo Ambulance Service. Cataldo/Atlantic Fleet Service staff replaced the engine on their

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own time. The staff consists of Ken Macmillan, Craig Macmillan, James Silva and Doug McCall. The engine was donated by DBM Realty Trust. Body work repairs were donated by First Class Auto Body in East Boston and Wakefield. Transmission repairs were donated by FNA Transmission in Wakefield. Doors were donated by Penny Auto Body in Lowell. Several other auto parts were donated by Gem Auto Parts in Chelsea. A Fast Lane pass was donated for two years from Wrights Express. A GoFundMe campaign was set up and managed by Alicia Macmillan, Craig Macmillan’s wife, that raised $1,300 for the family to use for insurance and plates for the year - LINDSEY SONN

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Suspicious fire damages vacant dwelling in Springfield Shortly after 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday October 1, 2014, the normally quite side street of Sheridan Lane became anything but, in so far as the on-duty members of the Springfield Fire Department were concerned. Engine Company 10 arrived on the street following a report of smoke in the area of Main and Church Streets to find a vacant two story wood frame dwelling, literally the only house on the street, with heavy smoke venting from the A side of the building. Access to the scene proved to be a challenge for SFD jakes, as the street is extremely narrow, and completely obscured from view by single story taxpayers and two story wood frame dwellings on all sides. The second due ladder com-


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pany, Ladder 8, managed to set up their aerial in the parking lot of a neighboring business on Church Street and get their main ladder to the roof for vertical ventilation while the first due ladder, Ladder 1, worked on horizontal ventilation from ground ladders. The bulk of the fire was knocked down within 15 minutes of the arrival of the balance of the first alarm assignment. During their investigation, the arson squad determined the fire was intentionally set, but no arrests had been made at the time this article was written. - NATE ARNOLD

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Appointing and Laugh your way to the bank with training fire officers a stand-up comedy fund-raiser STAYING SAFE Chief Henry Campbell

On January 22, 2013, a 34year-old volunteer fire captain died while fighting a fire when the floor collapsed and trapped him in the basement of a residential structure with another firefighter who was injured but survived. The incident occurred in western New York State. The U.S. Fire Administration notified the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) of this incident and they began an investigation in late January, 2013. Also conducting an investigation was the New York State Labor Departments Public Employees Safety and Health (PESH) Division. The NIOSH report on this incident can be found on their web s i t e : The NY State report was not publically released. The NIOSH and PESH investigators met with the victim’s fire department, the volunteer department who commanded the incident, volunteer departments who responded to the incident, the county coroner’s office, and the state fire marshal’s office. Interviews were conducted with firefighters from the various departments who were on scene during this incident. Investigators also reviewed the victim’s training records, the incident commander’s training records and both the victim’s department and the incident commander’s department standard operating procedures. NIOSH issued a report on the fire investigation in March 2014 and identified the following items as key contributing factors in this incident that ultimately led to the fatalities: Inadequate water supply, Ineffective fire ground communications, Ineffective incident command, Inadequate Size-up, Lack of situational awareness, Uncoordinated fire attack and Deteriorated structural members. The NYS PESH also cited the department with violations, one of which was directed at insufficient training for officers, with those in leadership roles getting the same basic training as the firefighters. What are the standards and requirements necessary to be a fire officer? Who sets those standards? This can be a very confusing issue. For most firefighters, it is a time of pride and personal satisfaction when they are promoted and begin their rise through the ranks of their department. A few may eventually achieve the rank of chief and, along with the prestige, the greater responsibility that goes with being chief. Now you find yourself responsible for all the daily operations of

the fire department, not just emergency responses. Many chiefs enjoy the action of the emergency scene, while deploring the daily operational and personnel duties that occur more frequently than fires. Paperwork, record keeping, scheduling annual training and maintenance of equipment and apparatus has become an important and time consuming function for the fire chief, and sometimes neglected. In the career service, advancement in rank usually entails additional educational and experience requirements and an examination process to determine a qualified list of candidates for the position. Many volunteer fire departments conduct annual elections to determine who their officers will be for the ensuing year(s). Most of the time this is a good guy election and not necessarily based on leadership quality, ability, and knowledge for the position sought; and overall knowledge of the fire service. There is more to being an officer than just being a “good guy”, you are electing someone who will be directing your operations at an emergency scene and his/her decisions will have a bearing on your personal safety. Before casting your vote, maybe you should ask yourself a few questions, beginning with “Will I follow this individual wherever he/she my lead? Do I believe he/she is knowledgeable for the leadership position they seek? Are they aggressive and cautious, or aggressive and careless? It is your safety and your life that will be under their guidance and leadership! Does your department have minimum training and educational requirements that must be met prior to seeking an officer position, or immediately after filling the position? Does the department strictly enforce those requirements, or are they overlooked due to a variety of reasons? Do these requirements escalate for each ensuing rank? If not they should. With today’s decline in volunteerism and staffing, some departments may tend to lessen requirements in order to have the position filled. Is that good enough justification? Smaller career departments may operate with no officer due to staff reductions. Who then is looking after whom? It becomes very difficult to try and operate as an officer and a firefighter at the same time. Something will be overlooked or missed that could prove to be catastrophic. Being a responsible and knowledgeable fire officer requires more than having a lucky day taking a promotional exam or being the most popular person in the fire company. Leadership has many obligations and safety of personnel under your command tops the list. Till next time stay safe and God Bless!

Who needs to laugh more than the Fire Companies ---the first responders who deal with dangerous circumstances each and every day? There’s an innovative concept for fund-raising developed by Joey Novick, who is a stand-up comedian and the Fire Commissioner in his hometown: Stand-up comedy shows. Fire companies can get much-needed laughs and profit financially as well. Novick's company, ComedyWorks, provides all-star headline comedians from HBO, Comedy Central, Showtime, Last Comic Standing, and the Tonight Show. Novick’s been producing comedy shows since 1977, and has experience producing shows with such comedians as Jerry Seinfeld, Rosie O’Donnell, Larry The Cable Guy, and Tim Allen. "The comedians were very funny, and very professional," wrote Mark Bruhmuller, Fire Chief of the Churchtown Fire Company of New York. “Joey Novick did an excellent job. Everybody loves to laugh, and it's a great deal of fun." ComedyWorks produces more than 300 shows a year, almost 150 of those for emergency service organizations. The money these shows can

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raise varies, depending on things like the number of tickets sold, how they're priced, the amount spent on promotion and whether food and drink are available. "Mostly companies produce shows in their own facilities, which may hold 300–400 people," says Novick. "We'll put together a show for them that will bring in comedians from major comedy clubs, with a headliner from HBO, Comedy Central, or the Tonight Show. The feature performer will be someone who's headlined the comedy circuit: Catch a Rising Star, the Improv, the Comedy Store. The host of the show will be a comedian who's very high-energy, like a gameshow host, to get the audience warmed up. A triple headliner show!” The Somerset Fire Company of New Jersey produces two fundraisers a year through ComedyWorks. "We've done about ten shows so far, and it's been great," says Mike Rein-

beck, who coordinates the shows for the 65-member volunteer department. "A friend of mine who had used Joey told me, 'This guy books really good acts.' So, we did the first show, everything was great, and we've been doing shows with Joey ever since." "I find their people to be very funny," agrees Adam Hubney, chief of the Atlantic Highlands Volunteer Fire Department in New Jersey, which books comedians through ComedyWorks for its annual dinner. "We have a professional comedy club in our county, and the quality is just as good." Comedy Works provides a 30-page ‘How-To’ guide that assists organizations through the comedy show production and warns of mistakes to avoid. "We make sure they follow everything in the guide," says Novick. "If a company has never done this before, it gives you everything from you need to know. We make sure that things get done right. Clients who follow the guide always do very well and tend to make money.” For information on Comedy Works, call 1 (888) 782-4589, go to or e-mail

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The National Grid workers talk to the audience.

National Grid holds awareness demo for Whitman Public Safety Whitman, Plymouth County, MA. On the morning of Friday, September 19, 2014, the National Grid electric company came to the Whitman Fire Department to hold a demonstration to raise awareness for electrical hazards for Whitman's public safety departments. The live electricity demo trailer has a generator that powers actual electrical equipment that you would find on any street in the country. The National Grid crew explained

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the different levels of electricity in the lines, and dramatically explained and showed the dangers that electricity inherently has. The demo included an aluminum ladder against a primary line, a gloved hand against an energized fence, and the dangers of walking over an electrified area of

the ground. Crews also showed the dangers of improperly wired portable generators that are used during storms when the power is out. Many of the "illegal" hook ups for the generators put first responders and electrical workers at risk because they can back feed electricity into the grid. - PAT TRAVERS

Okay, I knew that would get you. What’s the catch? Well, none really. Here’s a quickie fill-in workout for you on those days you are away from the gym, have very little time or just want a neat little change. You don’t have to move, but you will still have to work. Ooops! I guess that’s the catch. Ahhh, buck up and try it anyway. Those who have are reporting all ‘thumbs up'! Assume each of the following positions. The goal is to hold them for 30-40 seconds, but if that is out of reach, begin by holding as long as you possibly can. Perform each position once and then repeat the sequence for a total of 2-3 times. Follow with stretching. It’s a change from the usual, as once you assume the position there is no movement. Sounds simple? It is. Easy? Well you tell me. Really…Tell me. I’d love to hear from you! Begin with a traditional “pushup” position and hold for 30-40 seconds. For a greater challenge try raising one foot off the floor (maintain straight leg) for ½ the time and the other for the remaining ½. Next assume a squat position with your back against a wall. Be sure to sit with your hips flexed 90 degrees. Your feet are slightly wider than shoulder width apart and are placed at a distance from the wall so that when you are seated your knees are positioned directly over your ankles. If your knees are over your toes your feet are too close to the wall and if your knees are over your heels you are too far away. Hold for 30-40 seconds. For a greater challenge you can rise up on the toes lifting the heels off the floor. Sit on the floor or on the edge of a chair. Feet are flat and shoulder

width apart. Knees are bent. Hands are placed just behind the hips, in tight against the body with fingers pointing toward the feet. (You may recognize this as the “start” position for a bench dip). Lift the hips off the floor (chair) and hold for 30-40 seconds. For a greater challenge raise one foot off the floor for ½ the time and the other for the remaining ½. Lie on your back, knees bent. Feet are flat on the floor shoulder width apart. Arms are on the floor extended out to the side. Raise the hips and hold for 30-40 seconds. For a greater challenge extend one leg straight up for ½ the time and the other for the remaining ½. Assume a traditional plank position. Lie on your stomach. Rest on your forearms with elbows flexed 90 degrees. Tuck your toes and raise your body. (This is similar to the push-up position, but you are resting on your forearms instead of the palms. Hold for 30-40 seconds. For a greater challenge, raise either one leg or arm off the floor for ½ the time and the other for the remaining ½. For an amazing challenge, raise the opposing arm and leg at the same time for ½ the time and the others for the remaining ½. Repeat the entire sequence a total of 2-3 times and follow with stretching. This static workout is a great addition to a traditional strength training routine. Many of my clients have found it a useful alternative once or twice each month on those days where they were short on time/equipment or just looking for a change. As always, remember to receive clearance from your physician before beginning any exercise routine.

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Sandwich marine unit rescues dog from Cape Cod Canal Sandwich, MA. Sandwich Fire Alarm received a 911 call reporting a dog that fell into the Cape Cod Canal and was being swept out with the current and possibly drowning. Sandwich Fire Alarm dispatched the marine unit, which is docked at the Sandwich Marina. Sandwich Firefighters Boat Operator Firefighter/EMT Michael Harrington, Firefighter/Paramedic Mathew Thompson, Firefighter/EMT Jeremy Cadrin under the command of Captain Firefighter/Paramedic Robert Black located and rescued the fatigued dog and returned the pet to its owners at Sandwich Marina.


Chief Sheri Bemis of Oxford Fire-EMS operating as incident command

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Sandwich Fire Department Marine Unit Rescues Person in Cape Cod Bay Sandwich, MA. Sandwich Fire Alarm received a 911 call reporting two children being swept out into Cape Cod Bay. The Sandwich marine unit was dispatched. A bystander on the beach swam out attempting to help the children and was caught in the current and needed to be rescued by the marine unit as well. The children self-evacuated and were evaluated by firefighter/paramedics and the parents refused medical treatment.

Rollover in Harwich Harwich, MA. A female driver struck a Nstar pole on Chatham Road at Farmedge and rolled her vehicle landing on the roof. The lady was trapped for 15 minutes until Harwich Fire and Rescue were able to pull her to safety. She was taken to Cape Cod Hospital with unknown injuries. The accident happened around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, October 7th.

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Brockton firefighters hold softball tournament for MDA Brockton, Plymouth County, MA. On September 13, 2014, the Brockton Firefighters IAFF Local #144 held a charity softball tournament to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Teams paid an entry fee, and tickets were sold at the door to spectators. The event was based out of the Campanelli Stadium. The double elimination softball tournament featured many area fire departments, such as Bridgewater, Newton, Hanson and Whitman, as well as two teams from Brockton Fire, a team from Brockton Police and a team from the Brockton DPW. This year, teams were guaranteed at least one game in Campanelli Stadium, which is the home of

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minor league baseball team the Brockton Rox. The softball tournament was only part of the family fun day that was planned at the stadium. Children were able to get their faces painted, try their hand at pitching and hitting, and exercising in a bounce house. The event was cut short by heavy rain. At the time, there was only one team that had not lost a single game. The winners of the tournament was determined to be the Brockton DPW team. - PAT TRAVERS


Commuter rail and vehicle collide in Acton Acton, MA. Amazingly, over 30 passengers on a commuter rail were not injured when the rail and a vehicle collided around 7:45 p.m., on September 29. The vehicle landed on its roof. Transit police officers working in Area 2 received a radio call to respond to Acton for a vehicle possibly struck by a commuter rail train. Multiple transit police units responded along with Acton Police and Fire. Transit Police reported a 2011 Mitsubishi Outlander being operated by a 63 year old female from Stowe was traveling westbound when her vehicle was struck by an MBTA commuter rail inbound (Fitchburg

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Line) train. The operator suffered non-life threatening injuries and was transported to a local area hospital. The vehicle sustained substantial damage. The preliminary investigation suggests that the grade crossing gates were functioning properly and engaged prior to the vehicle entering. Transit Police detectives are currently investigating the facts and circumstances leading to the incident. - BECKY ROBINETTE WRIGHT


2014 Hinsdale/Peru Volunteer Fire Department hosts Kids Fire Camp The second annual Kids Fire safety Camp sponsored by the Hinsdale and Peru Volunteer Fire Departments was held August 15th and 16th. The two day program attended by 19 boys and girls in grades 3 through 5 at Kittredge School was aimed at exposing the participants to the basics of firefighting, fire safety and fire prevention. Friday’s session began with registration, orientation and fire safety knowledge pre-test. Each was presented with a red T-shirt to wear during the program. First year participants were labeled “Cadets” while second time entrant shirts were labeled “Captains”. This was followed by several presentations and demonstrations. DCR District Fire Warden Margaret O’Brien-Carnevale brought Smokey the Bear with her to discuss wildland and forest fires. She also introduced the participants to “Indian Tank fun” letting each cadet pump water from an Indian tank. Berkshire Medical Center Dr. Jed Deering provided several home EMS short subject lectures over the course of both days. County Ambulance owner Brian Andrews brought along a paramedic and an EMT, who provided a tour of an ambulance to all in attendance explaining the types and use of the equipment carried on the rig. Students were instructed in proper treatment/boarding of seriously injured victims with second year students acting as the “victims”. State Trooper Gary Spald came

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from Worcester with his “partner”, Miranda, a black labrador retriever search dog and highlighted his presentation by demonstrating how Miranda could find marijuana and very small quantities of drugs. Lt. Dan Amuso and his brother, Retired Firefighter Pete Amuso both certified fire investigators came from the Pittsfield Fire Department to provide a fire safety session with insights into how investigators find fire causes. Also on Friday, the Dalton Fire Department brought in their 105 foot aerial ladder for a demonstration. The kids enjoyed climbing all over the vehicle as well as other pieces of apparatus on display. Before leaving on Friday, students were given a homework assignment to develop a home escape plan for review the next day. Saturday was more of a participative learning experience using firefighters as safety guides. The morning session was broken down into small groups that went through a circuit that that included separate activities for use of a small handline in full turnout gear squirting water at a target, time in the Berkshire County Fire Chiefs Safety House, hands on experience with the MCVFA Bullex fire extinguisher trainer and a darkened 50 foot maze crawl. This last item was done with a firefighter to simulate staying low to get out of the smoke. Each participant had to locate a baby manikin and bring it to safety with them.

High angle rescue was covered by Massachusetts State Fire Academy Instructor Steve Deloye, who gave each participant a ride using a zip line setup. Next Peru and Hinsdale firefighters performed a complete demonstration of auto extrication with the young cadets in full turnout gear “helping” by breaking side windows with a punch tool. Just before lunch, the Hinsdale Police Department Chief Mark Smith and Officer Kerri Streibel conducted a short bike safety session. After lunch, the main event took place with Cadets in full turnout gear manning apparatus with firefighters and responding to put out a live working house fire (constructed of 60 wood pallets). Cadets manned hoses with firefighters and used one and a half inch handlines to extinguish the blaze. The session concluded with a follow-up test, a participant opinion sheet and graduation with certificate and picture. Parents, Cadets and HVFD and PVFD staff then enjoyed a picnic. With second year students in attendance some sessions were provided that gave more advanced instruction to reduce the amount of repetition from year one. Given that there were three more entrants this year and six of the year one “cadets” returned camp organizers have indicated it will return next year with additional information and a revised curriculum for third year participants. - DICK SCIALABBA

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Sandwich firefighters respond to MVA East Sandwich, MA. The Sandwich Fire Department received several 911 calls reporting a motor vehicle accident at Route 6A and Quaker Meetinghouse Road. Firefighters arrived to find multiple vehicles involved in a head-on collision. Firefighter/paramedics transported one injured driver to Cape Cod Hospital. Several other occupants refused medical treatment.

Bristol County public safety officials remember 9/11 Fall River, MA. Public safety officials, military units, veterans, and politicians gathered at Battleship Cove, the site of the Official State Memorial to the terrorist attacks on 9/11. The ceremony was called to order at 8:35 a.m. followed by the posting of the Colors by the assembled department honor guards. The Durfee High School Band played our National Anthem fol-

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lowed by the invocation given by Fire Department Chaplin, Monsignor Thomas Harrington. A large bell on the bow of the destroyer Joseph P. Kennedy was struck to honor the memory of the lives lost. Then, the guns of the Battleship Massachusetts roared to

life, firing off a 21-gun salute. This was followed by a wreath laying ceremony and a dove release. A lone bagpiper played a mournful rendition of Amazing Grace, then the day concluded with the High School Band playing America the Beautiful. - KENNETH LEGER

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Waltham MA firefighters Mike Fitzsimmons, Ryan Devane and Captain Rich Grant at a controlled burn training session in Weston on September 5, 2014


Brockton firefighters working at a recent fire on Walnut Street.


The joint Whitman and Hanson Fire team before the softball tournament benefiting MDA



Members of the Leather Helmet Society of Manchester, N.H. at the IFBA National Conference Banquet on September 6, 2014 in Dallas, Texas.

Brockton MA Firefighters working at a recent fire on Walnut Street.


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9/11 services at Kingston Fire Department Kingston, MA. Members of the Kingston Fire Department attended a service in memory of the firefighters, police officers, and EMS members who lost their lives during the September 11, 2001 attacks. Also remembered were the many civilians who lost their lives that day.


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Fast stop by Brockton firefighters Brockton, Plymouth County, MA. Around 11:30 a.m. on the morning of Monday, September 29, 2014, the Brockton Fire Department struck their Box-1324 for 12-14 Walnut Street. Several callers inside the building reported smelling smoke. Squad A arrived to find smoke showing from the two and a half story occupied multiple dwelling. Companies found a basement fire that spread up the walls and into the cockloft area of the building.

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The fire was quickly knocked down, after companies opened up the walls and found the cause of the smoke. At least three hand lines were stretched and operating at the fire. Ladder 1's stick was thrown to the roof on the Alpha-Bravo side of the building. Squad A, Engine 3, Engine 4

and Ladder 1 worked on the scene, while Car 56 had command. Due to Tower 1 being browned out due to budget issues, East Bridgewater Tower 1 was brought to Brockton Station 1 for station coverage. This was the first fire for the new Car 56 vehicle, which is a 2014 Chevrolet Suburban command vehicle. No injuries were reported. - PAT TRAVERS


Fall from horse in Hanson Hanson, MA. Firefighters responded for a woman who fell from a horse. The patient had multi trauma and Medflight was called. The Hanson Airport was used for the landing zone. The patient was transported to a Boston Trauma Center.


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Providence training On Saturday morning, September 27, 2014, the firefighters of Engine 3 and Tower Ladder 1 did some training flowing water with Tower Ladder 1 and working with new nozzles assigned to the ladder.


Please take notice that the Board of Fire Commissioners of the Uniondale Fire District will accept sealed Bids until 2:00 PM, November 7, 2014, for the sale of one (1) 1997 Ford F350 Pickup Truck. 47,000 miles. At 3:00 PM bid(s) will be opened and publicly read aloud. Vehicle is to be sold in “as is condition”. The minimum accepted bid for the vehicle is $500.00. Sealed bids may be delivered in person to the District Monday through Friday 9-4pm at 501 Uniondale Avenue, Uniondale, NY 11553. Sealed bids must be marked “Bid for 1997 Ford F350 Pickup Truck.” For more info contact the District Secretary at (516) 481-8411 between the hours of 8:30am and 4:00pm Monday through Friday ONLY.

1996 Seagrave 100 foot Rear Mount Fire Apparatus. Sale is subject to a mandatory referendum. Accepting sealed bids until 4:00 p.m. on October 20, 2014. The minimum accepted bid for the vehicle is Eighty-Five Thousand Dollars ($85,000.00). For more specific information, contact the District Secretary, Joyce L. Nolan at (516) 481-8411 between the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday ONLY.

For Sale First Priority Renaissance Wheeled Coach Type 1 Ambulance on a 2014 Chevrolet K3500 4x4 Diesel Chassis. This unit was completely refurbished. Some upgrades include new FPEV  RCT Electrical System, hoseline 12v Heater/AC Unit, new LonPlate Mica Grey Floor, Interior LED Lighting. $115,000 For additional information or photos, email or call 800-247-7725.

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Car versus house Providence firefighters responded to 667 Smith Street on Saturday, September 27, 2014, for a report of a car into a house. Engine 12 and Division 1 arrived on scene and determined everyone was out of the car. There appeared to be minor damage to the house and car. There were no reports of injuries.

Please take notice that the Board of Fire Commissioners of the Uniondale Fire District will accept sealed Bids until 2:00 PM, November 7, 2014, for the sale of one (1) 1994 Chevy P30 Grumman Van. 11,600 miles. At 3:00 PM bid(s) will be opened and publicly read aloud. Vehicle is to be sold in “as is condition”. The minimum accepted bid for the vehicle is $1,500. Sealed bids may be delivered in person to the District Monday through Friday 9-4pm at 501 Uniondale Avenue, Uniondale, NY 11553. Sealed bids must be marked “Bid for 1994 P30 Grumman Van.” For more info contact the District Secretary at (516) 481-8411 between the hours of 8:30am and 4:00pm Monday through Friday ONLY.


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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


the last thing that makes logical sense in such trying times is to give at all. The Boynton Beach Firefighter Benevolent Association and IAFF Local #1891 can not possibly express the heartfelt gratitude that each shares for everyone who stood up and threw down for this very worthy cause. Heroes all. - STEPHEN M. LEWIS


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