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One seriously hurt after car hits guardrail and tree On September 3, 2014 at approximately 11:00 p.m., Missisquoi Valley Rescue (MVR), Swanton Fire Department with their heavy rescue, MVR heavy rescue, and AmCare paramedics responded to iIterstate 89 northbound near milemarker 119.8 in Swanton for a single car motor vehicle crash with entrapment. The car was travelling northbound when the operator lost control, striking guardrails, hitting a tree, and coming to rest on a steep embankment. There were two people in the vehicle and one was trapped for approximately one hour in serious condition. Firefighters had to cut the roof off of the car to get the patient out. The two patients were transported to a nearby hospital.

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Alcohol plays role in car versus parked car Swanton, VT. On August 10, 2014 at approximately 2:10 a.m., Missisquoi Valley Rescue (MVR), Swanton Police Department, and the US Border Patrol responded to Church Street in Swanton Village for an accident. The red car was traveling south on Church Street when it collided with a parked car on Church Street. The red car pushed the parked car approximately 65 feet. The operator of the red car was transported by MVR to a local hospital for a possible broken arm and bumps and bruises. The driver was unrestrained. The passenger of the red car refused transport and recieved only bumps and bruises. Alcohol was a factor in the crash. There was no one in the parked car at the time of the accident.

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Firefighters respond to hay mower fire Swanton, VT. On August 24, 2014, the Swanton Fire Department with mutual aid from St. Albans Town Fire Department responded to Bushey Road for a 30 foot self-propelled hay mower on fire in a field. The mower was fully involved with fire when Swanton’s first due engine (13E3) arrived. Firefighters used foam to put the fire out. 13E3, 13T1, 13U6, 13E1, and St. Albans Town with tankers responded to the 911 call. There were no reported injuries.

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to starting position. Complete 10-15 reps. Combo – Now put both movements together. Begin with feet flat on the floor, knees bent. Ball is held overhead (floor level). The head and lower back remain in contact with the floor. Raise the ball to chest level as you simultaneously draw the knees toward mid section (90 degrees of hip flexion). Pause two seconds then return the arms/ball and the feet to the original starting position. Complete 10-15 reps Full crunch – Add a head/shoulder lift to the combo. Everything comes up together (the arms/ball, the head/shoulders and the hips/feet. Pause at the top for two seconds then return to the starting position. Complete 10-15 reps. Ball transfer – To further challenge yourself try this. Begin as you do in the full crunch (ball overhead at floor level, knees bent feet flat. Lift head/shoulders, arms/ball, feet/hips) and pause at the top. During the pause place the ball between the legs (just below the knees) squeeze it tight to keep it there as you return to the starting position (the ball is now between the knees/legs and the hands are empty – but the movement remains the same). Now repeat the movement. When you get to the pause at the top reach and retrieve the ball and return to start with the ball back in your hands. This is one rep. Continue your set, each time alternating placing the ball between the knees on one lift and then retrieving it on the next. Complete 8- 10 reps. (Remember, - one rep is really like two - count one each time you retrieve the ball with your hands.) Remember to receive clearance from your physician before beginning any exercise program. Not all movements are suitable for all individuals.

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Minivan versus pole Highgate, VT. On August 11, 2014 at approximately 8:20 p.m., the Highgate Fire Department, Franklin County Sheriffs Department (FCSD), and Missisquoi Valley Rescue (MVR) responded to Campagne Road in Highgate for a minivan that hit a pole. MVR was cancelled enroute. The operator fled the scene, but was found a short time later with minor injuries. The powerpole was cracked and Swanton Electric responded to fix the pole. There were no other reported injuries. FCSD is investigating the crash.

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injuries sustained when the roof of a burning commercial storage building collapsed on him and another firefighter. According to reports, the other firefighter sustained a broken ankle and minor burns. Investigation into the cause of the fire remains under investigation by the State of Indiana Fire Marshal’s office. Kentucky: Jonathan French, 25 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: August 6, 2014 Death Date: August 6, 2014 Fire Department: Glendale Fire Department Initial Summary: Firefighter Jonathan French was killed and another Firefighter, Lisa French, was injured when a semi tractor-trailer struck them and their fire apparatus while they were operating at the scene of a motor vehicle fire on Interstate 65. According to reports, Firefighter Lisa French, Jonathan’s mother, was flown to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Investigation into the fatal incident continues by authorities. Montana: Douglas James Casson, 46 Rank: Safety Officer Incident Date: August 6, 2014 Death Date: August 6, 2014 Fire Department: Vaughn Volunteer Fire Department Initial Summary: Safety Officer Douglas Casson completed fire department training that included non-routine physical activity at 2200hrs on Tuesday, August, 5, 2014. Casson passed away at 0200hrs on Wednesday, August 6, 2014, at his residence.


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Three displaced after fire destroys their home St. Albans Town, VT. On September 3, 2014 at approximately 3:15 p.m., St. Albans Town Fire Department was dispatched to a fully involved structure fire on Maquam Shore Road. Mutual aid from St. Albans City and Swanton Fire Departments assisted the town. The fire appeared to have started in the garage then spread to the house. Two people were home at the

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time the fire broke out. A third person was not home. The house was a total loss. Firefighters battled the blaze in with low 80 degree temperatures and lake fueled winds. There was a live wire down at the scene. The power company was called to shut the power off.

Two vehicle accident sends two to hospital Swanton, VT. On August 9, 2014 at approximately 12:30 p.m., Missisquoi Valley Rescue (MVR) and Swanton Fire Department with mutual aid from AmCare paramedics responded to the intersection of Bushey Road and Woodshill Road for a two vehicle crash. Two patients were transported to a local hospital. The accident is under investigation by Vermont State Police. There was no entrapment.

AmCare Paramedics stood-by at the scene. St. Albans Police Department shut traffic down on Maquam Shore Road. The American Red Cross was called in to assist the displaced and for refreshments for firefighters. The cause of the fire is under investigation. - GREG RAMSDELL

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Swanton, VT. On August 13, 2014 at approximately 6:30 p.m., the Swanton Fire Department and Swanton Police Department (SPD) responded to Route 78 in West Swanton near Campbell Bay Road for a vehicle that rolled over into a swamp. There were no reported injuries. The accident is under investigation by SPD. It was raining heavy at the time of the accident.


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Fire damages home in Sandy Hook Sandy Hook firefighters along with Newtown Hook & Ladder and Hawleyville Fire & Rescue were dispatched at 6:15 p.m. on September 2 to a house fire at 40 Alpine Circle. A firefighter who lives near by was on scene quickly and confirmed heavy smoke showing. Sandy Hook Fire & Rescue Chief Bill Halstead was next on scene and assumed command. The call came in as Sandy Hook firefighters were already at the station preforming weekly truck

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checks, so all apparatus was out quick with a total of 36 firefighters responding. Quint 440 was first on scene and operated by 2nd Engineer Tim Whelan. Lines were stretched to the first floor and the basement. The fire was knocked down quickly. The fire began in the basement and then spread up to first story of the two-story home. The

fire was discovered when one of the residents returned home. Firefighters from Botsford Fire and Dodgingtown Fire also responded. Southbury Fire responded and put a crew on standby at Sandy Hook. Newtown Ambulance was on scene monitoring firefighters as they exited the residence due to the intense heat and humidity of the day. The scene was cleared at around 9 p.m. - KARIN HALSTEAD

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Introduction to Fire Chaplaincy

Busy afternoon for Norwalk The Norwalk Fire Department was busy Thursday afternoon, August 28th, with a fully involved car fire on Interstate 95 northbound between Exits 13 and 14 and a structure fire at 47 Riverside Avenue. A Norwalk police officer on patrol was flagged JUMP TO FILE # down by the occu- 082914116 pant of the home on Riverside Avenue and called in the fire at 12:58 p.m. Firefighters had heavy fire showing on the side of the home extending into the second floor bedrooms and the roof eves from the first floor living room. Firefighters were initially hampered by a compromised power line burning off the home. The crews had to stretch lines around the home, which was elevated 60 feet off the road level. Once the fire was knocked down, fire crews remained on scene till 4 p.m. ensuring that all the hot spots had been extinguished. Five of the homes six occupants were home at the time of the fire and were able to escape without injury. The home has been posted unfit for occupancy by the fire marshal and the cause is under investigation. - EDWARD PRESCOTT

CHAPLAIN’S CORNER DIDYMUS MCHUGH

Does your fire department have a chaplain? Do you know what a chaplain is? Chaplain, not Captain! Do you know what a chaplain does? Hopefully, this will begin to explain it. The fire chaplain has traditionally been the spiritual leader of the fire department. The chaplain was usually a local pastor who attended a wake or a ceremony; and the firefighters did not see him until the next service that he was called to. There are also chaplains who have already served in the position of chief, and they read scripted services. However, the chaplaincy has evolved. The fire chaplain is now interested in the spiritual, emotional, and physical well being of every member of the fire department, both past and present. Chaplains are now ordained (such as the pastor of a church) or they are lay chaplains (not ordained). However, whether or not they are ordained has little relevance on the work that they do; and it certainly doesn't change how they care for people. Many chaplains are now firefighters and/or EMTs. They are trained in critical incident stress management, grief counseling, and

simply in caring for those in their area. When a chaplain performs a service at a wake, he is not likely to use a script that does not extend comfort.The ministry of a chaplain is a ministry of presence. The chaplain is there whether needed or not. At times, he can be investigating alarms, operating a hoseline, performing an extrication; or just being there when someone needs to talk. The chaplain sits in a firehouse and talks to an individual, or a group, about a challenge or a loss. He may even speak with a firefighter, who is or was contemplating suicide. The chaplain is there to lend an ear. They will also attend a funeral to help a firefighter through his grief; and will offer consolation to a family following the loss of a loved one. Chaplains are always there for the victims of a fire; but their main purpose is to be there for the fire service. At times they also need to speak with firefighters in need of their own emergency care. It may also be caring enough to send a birthday card, congratulations on major events, or a visit to the sick or injured in a hospital. A chaplain has his own agenda and many times never stops to consider all of their time that is devoted to helping others. The chief may follow the procedures by the book; but the chaplain serves from the heart, beginning with the probie, all the way up to the chief. The chaplain has followed a calling.

EDWARD PRESCOTT

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Government leaders of villages, towns and cities frequently do not realize the value of strict, but fair code enforcement. A lack of effective enforcement can cause entire neighborhoods to deteriorate into slums and vacant buildings. I've seen this trend repeatedly over the years. A few years ago, a medium size city in Orange County, New York hired an inspector known for being aggressive in prosecuting illegal landlords. This hiring was precipitated by several serious structure fires in illegal buildings that resulted in "close calls". Recently, the City of New York experienced several fatalities involving illegal apartments or rooming houses. The city has increased their enforcement efforts dramatically. I was impressed by one of their innovative methods of getting into illegal buildings-which can be very difficult at times. The way I understand it, the inspectors will peruse on-line advertisements for rentals and then inspectors posing as couples will respond to the ads and then be invited in to tour the accommodations- much easier than obtaining a search warrant, and very creative. The city of Mount Vernon in Westchester County (NY) had a series of fatal fires last winter and are reported to have increased their program of routine fire and building safety inspections. I recently read a newspaper article that reported that the Village of Port Chester, with a population of 30,000, also in Westchester County decided to attack the issue of illegally con-

verted buildings. Their aggressive enforcement program at that time, generated over $400,000 in fines. Kudos to the administrators, inspectors and the judges in that community. The frequent excuse for not having an effective inspection program, is a lack of funding for the inspections department. I imagine that $400,000 plus, will pay for a great inspection program. Unless there is an effective deterrent, unscrupulous people will continue to illegally convert buildings without the proper permits, without following the codes and creating extremely dangerous conditions for local firefighters and the occupants of those buildings. I encourage any fire service leader, who observes these conditions in their coverage area to use the Village of Port Chester as an example. Code enforcement needs to be a municipal priority- we owe it to ourselves and to our residents!

EDWARD PRESCOTT

Norwalk tackles car fire on busy afternoon The Norwalk Fire Department was busy Thursday afternoon, August 28th, with a fully involved car fire on Interstate 95 northbound between Exits 13 and 14 and a structure fire at 47 Riverside Avenue. The reported car fire came in through state police at 11:49. The fire appeared to be the result of a rear end collision between an SUV and a cargo van. The occupant of the SUV was pulled from the vehicle by other

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Robert Atwater after being sworn in as the newest Derry Fire Department Lieutenant with (L-R) Chaplain Chris Williams of the Greater Derry Salvation Army, his wife Krista with Maggie, his father William with son Liam, Lt. Rob Atwater, his mother Mary, and Derry Fire Chief George Klauber

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ambulances have had a major redesign focus on provider safety. This includes better patient and provider restraints, better securing of equipment including cardiac monitors, and better rollover protection built into the ambulance bodies. He recently updated the department’s SOPs for management of

controlled substances. This, the CQI and ambulance committees were integral to the Derry Fire Departments recent reaccreditation. Since October of 2013 Lt. Atwater has been an acting-lieutenant and in that time he demonstrated his strong skills and capabilities handling several difficult leadership situations including being the first-due company officer at two working structure fires. - JACK WEBB

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Personal Safety Is Your Responsibility Who is responsible for the safety of firefighters at the scene of a fire or other emergency? Is it the incident commander, the company officer, the safety officer, the individual firefighter? The fact is they all share a responsibility for overall safety. Often times, with all the activity, adrenaline rush, and excitement at the scene of an emergency we focus on accomplishing the task assigned as expeditiously as possible and somehow we begin to disregard our personal safety, focusing in on our objective while losing sight of the big picture. That is when there will be a fellow firefighter, company officer, safety officer, or incident commander covering your back, bringing you back to reality, and insuring your safety. With today’s reduced staffing levels, on occasion you may find yourself operating alone, and it need not be in an IDLH atmosphere, but performing an exterior type operation or task. Then, you may be the only one looking out for your immediate personal safety! How responsible and dependable are you when operating on your own? Are you concerned about your personal safety on a regular basis? Do you run when you can walk? Do you have all your gear on and use it properly? Do you view the big picture? Do you think about what you are preparing to do before doing it and ask yourself is the task at hand really required? Do you review the worst possible scenarios in your mind and what the outcome might be if you do not succeed or if something goes wrong? Will you be following your departments SOG’s and training procedures and not be taking a shortcut? Can the task wait until additional assistance is available? Being responsible for you own personal safety requires you to do all the aforementioned as a minimum. Responsibility as defined in the dictionary “the quality or state of being responsible: as moral, legal, or mental accountability”; and Responsible is defined as “1 a : liable to be called on to answer b (1) : liable to be called to account as the primary cause, motive, or agent (2) : being the cause or explanation for the accident c : liable to legal review or in case of fault to penalties 2 a : able to answer for one's conduct and obligations”. A responsible firefighter is one who is able to act, at times, without guidance or supervision, because he or she is accountable and answerable for his or her behavior. It requires one to accept responsibility for their actions and for the result of their actions. It is important that we have safety officers, company officers, and fellow firefighters looking after

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us, keeping us out of harm’s way, a shared responsibility. We must also be looking out for ourselves and accepting that as a major responsibility we owe our family and department. When one fails to act with individual responsibility relative to their personal safety some form of reprimand should be dispensed. Reprimanding individual firefighters for their unsafe actions or inactions delivers two messages; the first is to the individual who failed to comply with department safety policy, and the second message is delivered to all members of the department. The second message indicates that the department takes safety seriously and will reprimand those members who fail to comply with established training and safety regulations. Most times a formal reprimand is not necessary, just a brief “word to the wise” usually results in compliance. If this fails, the department should not fear disciplining and reprimanding individuals who fail to comply with department safety policy. These individuals are exhibiting poor habits and initiative relative to their own personal safety while setting poor examples for others and disregard for department policy. Strict discipline must be enforced relative to firefighter safety issues as we strive to reduce the annual death and injury rates. As difficult as it may be to swallow, human error is the root cause for most of our accidental injuries and deaths, and in order to correct the problem we must first own up to that fact. Individual firefighter responsibility begins when you leave home and family for the fire station or the emergency scene, and it doesn’t end until you have once again safely returned to home and family. They always expect you back, don’t let them down! Till next time, Stay Safe and God Bless!

JACK WEBB

The point of impact was about fifty feet away. Much of the damage to the hood and windshield of the car was caused by the bodies of the two riders on the motorcycle. The male driver of the motorcycle was found about ten feet in front of the car, while the female passenger was found twenty feet behind the car.

Serious motorcycle accident injures four in Derry Derry Fire Department Medics 1, 3, and 2; Engines 1 and 4; Car 1, and Chester Fire Rescue 1 were dispatched to the intersection of Route 102 and Old Auburn Road in Derry for a serious motorcycle accident on September 1, 2014. The motorcycle was heading North on Old Auburn Road, crossed into oncoming traffic and was struck by a car traveling West on Route 102. Route 102 has a 40 mph speed limit in this area. A 70 year old, unhelmeted male operator of the motorcycle received serious and significant orthopedic injuries, and a head injury. Derry Medic 1 activated the Level 2 trauma team at Elliot Hospital and transported him to Manchester, NH. His passenger, a 64 year female was wearing a helmet, received serious and significant orthopedic, in-

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ternal and head injuries. The force of the impact with the hood of the car and windshield knocked the helmet off her head. The helmet also had visible damage from the impact and directly contributed to saving her life. This patient was transported by Derry Medic 3 to the landing zone at Parkland Medical Center and was flown by Dhart medical helicopter to Boston Medical Center. The driver and passenger of the car, both teenage females, were evaluated and transported by Medic 2 and Chester Rescue 1 to Parkland Medical Center in Derry for minor injuries. The resources of the entire sixteen person shift at Derry Fire De-

partment was needed to respond and provide multiple advanced life support procedures to the riders of the motorcycle including three paramedics and two firefighters to care for female passenger; and a paramedic, two firefighters, and an EMS student to care for the male operator. This call also required a recall of off-duty personnel to staff reserve apparatus and mutual aid from Chester Fire Department. The accident is under investigation by the Derry Police Department. Incident #2014-2919 was dispatched 12:30 p.m., first units were on scene at 12:33 p.m. The call was under control with all patients being transported at 1:01 p.m., and all Derry Fire Units were secure and available at 2:17 p.m.

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Manchester firefighters train with the jaws of life On Wednesday, August 20, 2014, Manchester firefighters from Engine 9 and Rescue 1, along with two new recruit firefighters, conducted a vehicle extrication drill using two cars.

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September 14, 2014 PA-The 4th Annual Lancaster 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb will take place at Clipper Stadium in Lancaster, PA. Visit www.lancasterstairclimb.org for additional information.

its first Annual Fire Safety Festival from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Carteret Park. Anyone interested in participating in the antique fire apparatus muster or the fire department chili cook off, please contact Jason Lombardi at 732-489-4665 or lombardija@carteret.net.

September 18-21, 2014 NY-Fire Service Women of New York State (FSWNYS) is holding their Annual Women's Training Weekend from September 18-21, 2014, at the Fire Academy of Science of New York State in Montour Falls, NY. For additional information please visit our webpage at www.fswnys.org

October 6, 2014 NY-On behalf of Chief William Madden, Jr., the Oceanside Fire Department will be hosting their Annual Chief's Golf Outing on Monday, October 6th. Our golf outing is to honor Firefighter Kenny Marino, a brother firefighter in Oceanside and a man who gave the ultimate sacrifice on 9/11 as a member of FDNY Rescue 1. It will be held at the Middle Country Club. To be a sponsor or enjoy a day of golf, contact Gary Fish at 516-351-2319.

September 20, 2014 NY-The Mastic Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary invites you to “An Evening with Psychic Medium Josephine Ghiringhelli from 6pm to 9pm at Mastic FD headquarters, 1080 Mastic Road. Contact Lynn for tickets at 631-566-7274. September 20, 2014 TN-Knoxville Remembers-The First Annual Knoville 9-11 Memorial Stair Climb will be at the Sunsphere in Downtown Knoxville. Visit www.firehero.org/event/stairclimb14-knoxville.com for additional information. September 20, 2014 NH-The Leather Helmet Society proudly presents the 13th Annual “Bob Fitz Sr.” Fireground Slide Show featuring new DVD and slide shows at the American Legion Hall at 43 Baboosic Lake Road in Merrimack. Tickets are $10. Cash bar starts at 6pm. Slide show starts at 7pm. Contact Charles at 603-644-8999. September 20, 2014 GA-The Combat Ready Firefighter and Fire Officer is a training program designed to prepare firefighters and fire officers to be ready for the COMBAT called firefighting. Contact Pabel at bombero617@yahoo.com. September 21, 2014 NJ-The FDNY Benefit Bus Trip 2014 leaves at 9am and returns at 5pm. Includes coffee before leaving and lunch. $45/per person. Applications are downloadable at www.photozonline.com. September 30, 2014 NY-The Flanders Fire Department will host their 1st Annual Golf Outing at Hampton Hills Country Club on County Route 31 in Westhampton Beach. Sign in at 8am. Email flandersdist@optonline.net for additional information. October 4, 2014 NJ-The Mercer County Fire Prevention Parade and White Horse Fire Company will celebrate their 100th Anniversary. Contact Wood Emmons at firefighter523@gmail.com for more information. October 4, 2014 NJ-The Carteret Fire Department will host its First Annual Fire Safety Festival on Saturday October 4, 2014 from 12:00p.m. to 5:00p.m. at Carteret Park on Carteret Ave. Please contact Jason Lombardi at 732-489-4665 or e-mail lombardija@carteret.net. October 4, 2014 NJ-The Laurel Lake Regional Fire Alliance in Clementon will be holding their 2nd Annual Fire Prevention Open House at Clementon Elementary School from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information or directions contact 856-346-0935. October 4, 2014 NJ-The Carteret Fire Department will be hosting

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October 18-19, 2014 NJ-The Train, Educate, Empower Firefighter Training Weekend will take place at Montclair University and the Passaic County Fire Academy. For more information, visit www.njhottraining.com. October 25, 2014 NJ-The Dover Local FBMA 60 presents Chief Rick Lasky Talking Leadership and Pride and Ownership in the Fire Service from 8am to 5pm at the Dover High School Auditorium. $40/day includes light breakfast and box lunch service available. For tickets contact Jon Sperry at 973-713-4794 orJSperry@Dover.NJ.US. October 25-26, 2014 NJ-A Firefighter Police Challenge will take place at Mercer County Park. All NJ firefighters and police officers are invited to participate. Pre-registration is recommended. For additional information, call Debbie at Cornerstone Health and Wellness at 609-5708833. November 1, 2014 NJ-Revolutionary Fools of Northern NJ is proud to present Man vs Machine. Incidents occur ranging from a ring stuck on a finger to a person trapped in a press machine...as first responders...are you prepared? Space is limited. Event is from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Must register by October 10. Call 973-214-4305 or revoluntionaryfools@gmail.com. February 7, 2015 NY-The Lt. Andy Fredericks, FDNY Memorial Seminar & Exhibits will be hosted by the Elmsford Fire Department with registration and exhibits open at 7:30 a.m. at the Westchester Marriott Hotel. Program from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. “Vehicle Extrication 1-2-3 presented by Ron Moore. Pre-register for $35. $40 at the door. For additional information, please contact Syd Henry at shenry@elmsfordfd.com or (914) 490-1981. May 2, 2015 PA-The Shoemakersville Fire Company is hosting a Lights and Sirens Parade and Open House. To register, please email the parade chairman at Constable473@aol.com or call 484-599-2860. May 3, 2015 NJ-Rifle Campo Fire Company 3’s 24th Annual Public Safety Expo will take place at McBride Ave and Memorial Drive from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For information contact, Alex or Ash at 973-k742-6122. June 7, 2015 NJ-The Newark Fire Department Historical Association's 48th annual Antique Fire Apparatus Muster & Parade will take place in Washington Park. Registration begins at 9 a.m. Contact Firefighter Rich Mackey at shindigrich@aol.com or 973-600-4961.

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Fuel spill at gas station in Warwick On the afternoon of August 10, 2014, Warwick firefighters responded to the Cumberland Farms at 1291 Warwick Avenue for a report of gasoline leaking from a pump. Engine 6 and Special Hazards responded. Engine 6 found a small amount of gas spilled from the pump. Store employees shut the pumps down before firefighters arrived. Firefighters applied speedidry to contain the spilled product. Store employees were in-

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Warwick makes quick work of afternoon fire On the afternoon of August 17, 2014, Warwick firefighters responded to 26 Post Road for a fire in the building. Firefighters had nothing showing on arrival, but first due Engine 2 found a small fire in a second floor apartment. Engine 2 stretched a one and three quarter inch line and had the fire quickly knocked down. Ladder 2 was tasked to open the walls to check for extension and Special Hazards was requested for the thermal imager. Companies were on scene for about an hour.

Training drill at RI Fire Academy In August, Exeter Volunteer Fire Company #1 conducted a simulated car fire drill at the Rhode Island Fire Academy. Sixteen members were in attendance. Representing the fire academy was Albert Hero. Incident command was Captain Scott Gavitt and the safety officer was Deputy Chief Rodman Jordan.

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PETER POZERSKI

Sandwich firefighters battle five alarm warehouse fire Sandwich, MA. Sandwich Fire Department received a 911 call reported a building fire from an employee, who arrived at work at the New Bedford Waste facility. New Bedford Waste is a building recycling facility. A box alarm was transmitted enroute. Fire Alarm received a telephone alarm from the facility. The first due shift commander arrived to find a three story 100' x 300' metal clad heavily involved

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in fire. Multiple supply lines were laid from several hydrants. F irefighters attempted to connect to the FDC, but were unsuccessful due to a roof collapse and radiant heat. There were several explosions due to propane cylinders that were located in the fire. Fire Chief Carrico struck five

alarms at the height of the fire. Heavy equipment was brought in to demolish the building to complete extinguishment. Sandwich Tower 1 remained at the fire throughout the night wetting down the smoldering fire. The fire was declared out approximately 30 hours after the initial alarm. - PETER POZERSKI

JAKE O'CALLAGHAN/CWN

Sailboat adrift Harwichport, MA. Around 5 p.m. Saturday, July 5th, a large sailboat called the "Lady Mina" out of Martha's Vineyard ended up on the beach at the end of Zylpha Road. There was no one on board and the Harbormaster believed it broke it's mooring and drifted to shore. No injuries were reported.

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Fall River police officer makes rescue Fall River, MA. At 2:19 a.m. on July 25th, 911 Communications received a call reporting a house on fire next door to 212 Robeson St. The caller reported she was awakened by the sound of smoke alarms coming from 222 Roberson St. She looked out her windows and saw a wall of fire covering the house next door. The first to arrive was a Fall River police officer, who discovered residents fleeing over the fire escapes with one young boy still on the platform on top. The officer climbed to the top of the fire escape and carried the boy to safety. Fire Alarm dispatched Engines 2, 9, and 12. Ladder 4, Platform 1, Heavy Rescue 1, and Car 2.

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District Chief Scott Flannery arrived and established Roberson Street command. Engine 2 pulled past the fire building to the hydrant while Engine 9 set up as the attack engine. Ladder 4 pulled up to the front of the house for ladder operations. Chief Flannery called for two additional pumps to the scene bringing the fire to a second alarm. The fire was contained to a two story, four family home which was destroyed. One exposure received damage to the vinyl siding

on the exterior. Residents reported they could not use their primary escape route because the front hall and stairs were fully involved. First floor residents jumped out the windows while second floor tenants escaped over fire escape ladders. The State Fire Marshal's Office was called in to assist Fall River fire investigators to determine origin and cause. Mutual aid was provided by surrounding towns. The remains of the building were torn down because of safety concerns, - KENNETH LEGER

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Gas investigation at East Bridgewater pharmacy East Bridgewater, Plymouth County, MA. Around 9:00 a.m. on the morning of August 15, 2014, the East Bridgewater Fire Department responded to the CVS Pharmacy at 225 Bedford Street, directly across from their headquarters, for an inside odor of gas. Companies arrived to ďŹ nd a strange odor in the building. The rooftop units were inspected, but nothing was found. There were no

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readings of natural gas inside the building. The odor was later traced to a printer unit that was malfunctioning. No injuries were noted and the store re-opened for business. - PAT TRAVERS


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Car strikes pole in Whitman Whitman, Plymouth County, MA. Around 6:00 p.m. on the evening of Sunday, July 27, 2014, the Whitman Fire Department responded to a reported motor vehicle accident in the area of 700 Franklin Street. Companies arrived to find a single vehicle accident, where a car struck a telephone pole. One victim was transported from the scene via Whitman Ambulance 247 to Good Samaritan Medical Center in Brockton. National Grid was requested to respond to check the pole that had been struck.

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Brush fire for Kingston Kingston, MA. Firefighters responded to Raboth Road for a report of heavy smoke in the area. Firefighters located an approximate two acre brush fire deep in the woods. Firefighters had difficulty accessing the fire. Mutual aid brush trucks and an engine were brought in from Plymouth. A water supply was secured at the Independence Mall.

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Firefighters from Carver and Plympton work secure a water supply during a tanker shuttle.

Two alarms for Plympton blaze Plympton, Plymouth County, MA. Just before 10:00 p.m. on the evening of August 25, 2014, the Plympton Fire Department responded to a reported building fire at 59 Parsonage Road. Companies arrived to find a well involved vacant barn. A second alarm was requested bringing mutual aid from Carver, Halifax to the scene and an engine from Kingston to cover the fire station. Crews stretched multiple hand

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lines and established a water supply utilizing a tanker shuttle system. The vacant building was fully involved and collapsed to the ground within a half hour. An initial report of two people fleeing the scene of the fire produced two suspects who were detained by the Plympton Police Department,

not far from the incident scene. Crews were on-scene into the early morning hours of the following morning overhauling and extinguishing hot spots. The cause of the fire is under investigation, but may be considered suspicious, with another suspicious fire being reported in the nearby town of Middleborough earlier in the evening. - PAT TRAVERS

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District 7 dive team training Members of the District 7 Regional Dive Team prepared for training in the Town of Dudley. Tess Didonato and Adam LaFlash, both of Auburn Fire/Rescue, are shown preparing for the training scenario.

Kingston, MA. Firefighters responded to the end of Sunset Road for two kayakers, who were stuck in a boat at low tide. The two subjects were in kayaks that went over and JUMP TO FILE# they made their way 072514132 onto a boat. Kingston Police Officer Loring on a routine patrol of the area heard the subjects calling for help and called for the fire department. Members arrived and donned rescue gear. They attempted to access the two subjects from land. Due to the low tide, the rescuers began to sink in the mud and returned to land. A hovercraft from Plymouth Fire Department was called and responded. Both subjects were rescued from the boat by the Plymouth Fire Department hovercraft and brought to land without incident. - JOHN SJOSTEDT III

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Whitman Fire and Whitman Police pose for a picture following the game.

Whitman Fire battles Whitman Police in annual softball game Hanson, Plymouth County, MA. For the second year in a row, the Whitman Police and Fire Departments have faced off for a fun filled softball game at the Hanson AA field. Following a six inning scrimmage to dust off the cobwebs, the police officers and firefighters from Whitman battled it out during a nine inning game. The slow pitch softball game had batters facing a 1 and 1 count

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as they started, to progress the game along. The event was highly attended by both friends and family of the firefighters and police officers, who were playing in the event. The children of the players spent time playing on the field, hanging on the bench, or jumping

around in the bouncy house (the fire themed bouncy house of course!). As in the previous year, the Whitman firefighters took an early commanding lead, and never looked back. For the second year in a row, the Whitman Fire team took home the coveted trophy. - PAT TRAVERS

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Shark attack in Massachusetts Duxbury, MA. This story begins with an almost unbelievable shark sighting on August 25 in Duxbury and gets more dramatic when a shark attacks in Plymouth on September 4. Massachusetts public safety officials and personnel quickly sprang into action and still are monitoring the situation in the aftermath. It all began on August 25 when an average day at South Beach in Chatham became a real-life terrifying and dangerous adventure that residents and tourists haven’t seen since the likes of the movie classic “Jaws”. Boaters saw what they thought was a fish swim under their boat and upon a closer look screamed in fright when they realized it was a shark. Massachusetts State Police helicopters, Air 2 and Air 4, took to the skies and spotted a great white shark. The Duxbury Fire Department, Inland Fisheries, and Atlantic White Shark Conservancy all sprang into action. The warning was sounded and hundreds were ordered out of the water by officials and the beach was closed. The great white was cruising about 75 yards from the beach and the swimmers. The shark soon disappeared, but beach goers were kept out of the water until late afternoon for safety reasons. It almost seemed like a cruel joke when on August 27, panic shot

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through the nerve racked community once again as long, pointed fins were spotted cruising near the coastline. Fears were quickly calmed when officials investigated and discovered the intruder was a sunfish. The great white shark situation became very serious when the water beast attacked two kayakers off of Manomet, on September 4th. A helicopter from Massachusetts State Police Air Wing once again took to the skies, observing the rescue and monitoring the waters in case the shark returned. The female kayakers were unharmed, officials said. John Chisholm of State Marine Fisheries, photographed the evidence of the attack. The size and pattern of the bite suggest an exploratory bite from a great white shark, Chisholm explained. The striations around the tooth hole in their first two photos were caused by the serrated edges found on a great white’s teeth, according to Mr. Chisholm. The Atlantic White Shark Conservancy filmed the great white for documentation and further study. Officials said that the seal population has increased in the area and that is a food source of sharks and is attracting them to the area. Massachussetts officials continue to monitor the situation. - BECKY ROBINETTE WRIGHT


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JAKE O'CALLAGHAN/CWN

Rollover in Harwich Harwichport, MA. Around 8:30pm Saturday a female driver of a Volkswagen Jetta struck a parked Toyota Highlander on Gorham Road and rolled her vehicle. The lady was not hurt in the accident. No other injuries were reported. Harwich Police are investigating.

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Whitman firefighters work off of Forest Fire 1 with the hose line.

Brush fire on Whitman/Hanson town line Whitman, Plymouth County, MA. Around 5:00 p.m. on the afternoon of September 4, 2014, the Whitman Fire Department responded to the area of the Hanson town line on Plymouth Street (Route 58) for a reported outside fire. Whitman Car 3 and Engine 2 responded. Companies arrived to find an area of brush burning into the wooded area near Rye Hill Street in Whitman, and Litchfield Terrace in

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Hanson. Whitman Forest Fire 1 was requested, along with brush units from Hanson and the DCR State Forestry Patrol. An estimated area of over an acre of brush was burning off of Rye Hill Street. Crews utilized access through a house on Plymouth Street

that had a path leading to the fire location. Massachusetts State Police helicopter Air 4 was overhead assisting with size estimates of the fire and direction of travel. Crews worked for over an hour to knock down the fire, in an area that is not known for brush fire activity. No injuries were reported. - PAT TRAVERS

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Pool house burns in West Springfield A fire in the pool complex of a local Comfort Inn drew the attention of dozens of onlookers on Wednesday, September 3, 2014 and was visible from the Interstate 91 overpass. Multiple 911 calls reporting a fire at the Comfort Inn Hotel on Capital Drive came in to West Springfield Fire Alarm at 11:00 p.m. Within three minutes of dispatch, Engine Co. 3 arrived to find a significant fire in the hotel’s detached pool complex with heavy

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fire venting from the roof and two sides of the structure. While Engine 3 went to work stretching their hand line into the building, second due Engine 2 tagged a hydrant on the opposite side of the hotel complex and laid 300 foot five inch supply into the scene to feed Engine 3. The main body of fire was con-

tained to the pool building and was knocked down within 15 minutes, but damage to the building was extensive, with about one third of the buildings fiberglass roof burned and melted away. The second alarm assignment was back in service by 12:15 a.m. while a fire watch detail from Engine 4 stood by during waiting for fire investigators to wrap up their work. - NATE ARNOLD

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Controlled house fire training in Weston Weston and Waltham Departments both trained at an abandoned day care center in Weston on September 4th and 5th. Each day fires were set in a particular room and firefighters would lay lines, access the situation, make the appropriate entry techniques and extinguish the fire while searching for victims. This exercise was especially helpful for some of the newer firefighters.


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Inter-facility ambulance crews know that sometimes a routine run doesn’t go as expected. Often looked down upon by their peers, transport EMTs and paramedics are trained to the same level as 911 crews and are capable of handing the unexpected during a sometimes long journey. In reality, the principles of transport are the same for pre-hospital and inter-facility runs including the original assessment of the patient condition, the advantage of the transport, the support staff to care for the patient and the equipment and resources which will be needed. “When you’re picking a patient up at one facility for transport to another, you know that you are picking up a patient who has conditions which require constant medical supervision,” says one EMT (who didn’t want to be identified), “and if something happens along the way, we have to rely on the same BLS skills that every EMT is trained in.” Every transport run can easily turn into a crisis that requires the same lifesaving skills that 91-1 crews pride themselves on. Transporting critically ill patients is necessary for many diagnostic or therapeutic procedures, or advanced interventions not available at their current place of care. With the increasing specialization of institutions, the incidence of transporting critically ill patients is increasing. However, transporting a patient may be associated with risk. The originating facility will send the patient and necessary

medical records on to the receiving destination. Depending on the patient’s medical condition, the crew may have to deal with equipment that is not normally included in their part-800 ambulance inventory. The transport crew will also receive medical orders for the interim treatment of the patient; all patients need to be continuously monitored throughout the trip. Inter-facility Transport teams are still required to follow all privacy rules and HIPAA regulations. The crew is staffed with providers whose scope of practice meets or exceeds the needs of the patient; sometimes a facility will send additional medical staff along if there is need for specialized treatment. Each crew member is responsible for treating the patient to the standard of care of his/her level of certification; it’s crucial to provide continuity of care, EMTs monitor patients needing BLS care, critical care and paramedics accompany patients requiring ALS skills. For a transport without incident, patient care during transport is the responsibility of the transferring physician/hospital, until the patient arrives at the receiving facility. The transferring physician is also responsible for the order to transfer and for the treatment orders to be followed during the transport. Unfortunately, the patient doesn’t always follow directions. There’s always the potential for the unexpected happening during transport–adverse effects during and after transport of critically ill patients are frequent. Sometimes, the emergency may have nothing to do with the original complaint or illness. - continued at www.1rbn.com

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VENDOR SPOTLIGHT

Mid-Atlantic Rescue Systems, Inc. becomes an exclusive dealer for “The Rescue Step” On a rainy lot in upstate NY at the NY Chiefs Show we were introduced to “The Rescue Step”, a new lifesaving tool for boaters and rescuers alike developed by Ed Bonser of Bartonsville, PA. Ed designed the Rescue Step after a near death experience when he was thrown out of his own fishing boat. After a great day of fishing, his trip back to the dock took a sudden turn when he lost his grip on the motor tiller, and the sudden shift of the boat threw him into the 40 degree lake water. The boat motor dropped to idle and he was able to catch hold of the boat again as it made a slow circle in the middle of the lake. Unfortunately, he quickly found that he could not get back into the boat, despite the common belief that it is easy to do so. Within 10 minutes, Ed was starting

to lose consciousness and realized that he would soon be dead, but incredibly, he was saved at the last possible minute by a passing boat that included an EMT as a passenger. Ed vowed that because his life was spared, he would create a product to solve this common – but treacherously hidden – problem and in the process, make boating safer and save lives that might otherwise be needlessly lost. The Rescue Step™ can help save your life if you fall overboard. The Rescue Step™ is a new emergency re-boarding step for fishing boats and similar small boats. Many people believe they can easily re-board their fishing boat, but the reality of cold water, surprise, and heavy wet clothes results in hundreds of drowning deaths each year.

The Rescue Step™ is specifically designed to mount on small, flat transom boats provides a simple, sturdy, and effective way to re-board in an emergency. The Rescue Step™ is constructed of solid aluminum to provide unmatched strength and it’s jamproof design ensures smooth, rapid deployment. The Rescue Step™ is endorsed by Search and Rescue organizations.

The Ramapo K9 Search and Rescue Team was equally impressed with the device and ordered two of them for their new Rescue One Connector Boats. At Mid-Atlantic Rescue Systems, Inc. we saw this as not only an additional piece of safety for rescuers, but for boaters in general. We know a lot of our

All Hands Fire Equipment & Training opens new store In May of 2014, All Hands Fire Equipment & Training moved to their new and much larger facility in central New Jersey.

Allison brings with him over 25 years of experience in the fire industry, recently serving as Senior VP for a another PPE manufacturer. Over the last few years Steve served as President & CEO of a leading education and office supply company, but is happy to be rejoining the fire service.

“We are very excited about the upgrades that we have made”, said Donald Colarusso, founder and president of All Hands Fire Equipment LLC, and a 27 year fire service veteran.

All Hands Fire Equipment & Training has been serving the fire service since 2001. Initially started as a hobby, All Hands Fire quickly developed into fulltime business with a popular and highly visited website – www.AllHandsFire.com. They represent and are authorized distributors for many of the top fire and rescue equipment manufacturers. In addition, they offer extremely competitive pricing. All Hands Fire Equipment & Training is also a New Jersey State Contract

Vendor for - HAIX Boots, Thorogood Boots, Cutters Edge, LION/Janesville Turnout Gear, MSA/Cairns Helmets and Shields, Majestic Protective Hoods, Stanfield/Lifeliner Protective Hoods, Tempest and more. With over 13 years of experience in offering emergency service products, All Hands Fire Equipment & Training has grown and adapted to the constant changes seen in emergency services. As an example, All Hands Fire answered the needs of their customers in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene and Superstorm Sandy. They enhanced

their product lines by adding the premier water rescue boat for emergency responders - the AB Inflatable Profile Rigid Hull Inflatable Boats and related Water Rescue equipment, such as wet and dry suits, personal flotation devices (PFDs), polypropylene rope and more. All Hands Fire Equipment & Training is a true “one stop shop” for Fire Departments, Emergency Medical Squads, Police Tactical, Water Rescue, Rope Rescue, and more. You are invited to visit their new location and training center located in central New Jersey.

inflatable boats! The Rescue Step™ is built in the USA manufactured locally in Scranton, PA

Fire-Dex Announces Steve Allison as New Director of Sales Medina, Ohio. Fire-Dex, a leading manufacturer of firefighter personal protective equipment (PPE), today announced the appointment of Steve Allison as the Director of Sales, effective August 25, 2014.

The new location, at 7 Third Avenue in Neptune City, features a large showroom, dressing rooms, business offices, a shipping/receiving section, a training classroom and hands-on training center.

“It has always been our vision to welcome customers to a store with a showroom and selection of emergency service supplies, and also to have a facility where they could receive instruction and training. That vision has now become reality”.

customers enjoy the outdoors when off duty and can now use this device on their personal boats. The Rescue Step™ installs in just 30 minutes, comes in two sizes to fit hard bottom or

"Fire-Dex is on the cusp of achieving great things," said Allison, "their growth and success in positioning themselves as a global leader in PPE is impressive; with industry-leading manufacturing processing, a talented field sales organization and a strong leadership team - it was an easy decision to join Fire-Dex" As a member of the executive staff, Allison will manage all sales functions including management of the regional sales team. "We are extremely excited to have

Steve join Fire-Dex," said Allen Rom, Senior Regional Sales Manager at Fire-Dex, "his experience and knowledge of the industry is incredible and his approach and enthusiasm is exactly what Fire-Dex needs to help us continue our momentum." In this role, Allison will report to Bill Burke, President of Fire-Dex. "Steve is exactly what Fire-Dex needs to continue our success and achieve our aggressive growth goals," said Burke, "we are extremely fortunate to have him on the team and look forward to great things." About Fire-Dex A privately held company, Fire-Dex is a quality manufacturer of protective firefighting clothing, emergency response apparel, premium quality NFPA hoods, gloves, helmets and boots. Fire-Dex is proud to be the service leader in the fire service including owning the industry's best custom turnout lead times and offering such industry leading tools as GearTracker and FireWriter2. Visit www.firedex.com for more information.

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FACES OF NEW ENGLAND’S EMERGENCY SERVICES To see your action shots in the newspaper upload them on our website www.1stResponderNews.com or email them to Heather@1stResponderNews.com.

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The two new Manchester (NH) firefighters after jaws of life training today.

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Lt Peter Richardson takes accountability of each firefighter at a recent live burn

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Oxford Fire-EMS Forestry 2 is pictured with Firefighter Nicholas Donohue, MPO Tom Walsh and Firefighter Jeff Morris

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CERT Leader Ralph Miller and Firefighter Jonathan Yursha at a recent brush fire in Oxford

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Whitman MA Fire Lieutenant Al Cunningham stands by the drivethru line to collect donations for MDA.


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New England

VENDOR SPOTLIGHT

EASY 3000 and EASY 4000: Large Flow Fans by LEADER Even today, fourteen years after the Mont-Blanc Tunnel fire, people around the world remember the 39 lives from 9 nationalities lost in this disaster. This happened after a truck caught fire in the middle of the tunnel, filling it with dense toxic smoke. To prevent the flames and smoke spreading in large structures, LEADER has produced the Large Flow Ventilation units: Easy 3000 and Easy 4000. LEADER Large Flow Ventilation: 3000 m² blown in 30 seconds!

Designed and manufactured in France, the LEADER large flow fans offer two engine types. The Easy 3000 uses the reliable and robust ROTAX aircraft engine and the Easy 4000 has the renowned BMW Flat Twin engine. The Easy 4000 fan, LEADER’s most recent innovation, gives a powerful airflow of 400,000 m³/h in the open air and the 4-stroke BMW engine has electronic startup. Our proven Easy 3000 offers an airflow of 350,000 m³/h in the open air from its 2-stroke ROTAX engine.

The LEADER large flow fans are used to provide effective smoke extraction in large structures, such as parking garages, airports, aircraft on the ground, subways and rail and road tunnels.

After exhaustive testing, we have proved their effectiveness. For example, smoke filling a 3000 m3 warehouse has been cleared in just 30 seconds! Likewise, during the smoke extrac-

tion in a 1 km double-track tunnel, the smoke has been cleared in 12 minutes bringing sufficient visibility to enable firefighters to enter. The tunnel was completely cleared within 20 minutes. Furthermore, the Easy 4000 or 3000 can help to rapidly reduce the concentration of CO and, in the right conditions, can allow operations to continue without the need for SCBA. Their extremely low weight gives them an unrivalled performance / maneuverability ratio in operation, meaning just one or two firefighters can handle them easily! Equipped with a nozzle spraying system in their standard version, LEADER large flow fans offer effective gas dilution, dissipation or displacement and smoke cooling

These fans are in high demand. A great number of Easy 3000 fans are already in use around the world, with LEADER receiving many orders for the new Easy 4000 even before its official launch! This confirms the quality and commitment to innovation that LEADER provides as standard

In addition to the light-weight trailer version offered, the two fans are available in a « Skid » version to be attached to any type of operational vehicle, truck or trailer. Other options are also available such as 360° manual rotation system, 600 or 1200 mm elevating platforms, flexible exhaust gas extensions, blowing ducts, etc.

FUTURE FIRST RESPONDERS If you have photos you would like to see in our Future First Responders feature please upload them on our website www.1stResponderNews.com or email them to Heather@1stResponderNews.com.

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Cataldo Ambulance Service first responders recognized at Fenway Park Somerville, MA. On September 11, 2014, four employees from Cataldo Ambulance Service were recognized at Fenway Park before the Boston Red Sox began play against the Baltimore Orioles. Cataldo employees were part of a team of first responders to take action during a cardiac arrest at Fenway Park on September 15, 2013. The responding Cataldo employees, BIDMC first aid responders and Fenway Medical staff were out on the field to take part in the opening pitch with the man they helped to save.

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The Cataldo EMTs were also provided the opportunity to announce “play ball” for the game to begin. The responding Cataldo Ambulance employees were Darryl Scencabaugh, Julie Rountree, David Stewart, and Christopher Barnes(not pictured). Prior to their field appearance, the crew was interviewed by WCVB Boston and WBZ CBS

Boston for their part in the remarkable save. Cataldo Ambulance Service, and its division Atlantic Ambulance Service, are committed to developing strong, long term relationships with the facilities, communities and patients served. The success is based on personal commitment, honesty, integrity and quality service. -LINDSEY SONN

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Chester Volunteer Fire Department's newest member is the daughter of Nicholas Paige. Paige joined the department after members saved his house from a fire.


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Car rolls down hill in Harwich Harwich, MA. On Thursday, August 14th around 4 p.m., a man left his car in neutral and forgot to set the emergency brake on his Honda Civic causing the vehicle to roll uncontrolled down a small hill at the Country Estates off Forest Street. The 88 year old male owner attempted to stop the vehicle and was hit by the car door and fell to the ground. The car knocked over a lamppost on it's descent. Harwich Fire and Rescue transported him to Cape Cod Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Harwich Police are handling the investigation.

NATE ARNOLD

Smoke pushes from the roof of the Burger King on Northampton St. as Holyoke jakes worked to extinguish the ďŹ re

Flame broiled Burger King in Holyoke A grease fire that extended up into the duct work of the restaurant and then to the roof did significant damage to a local Burger King shortly before midnight on Labor Day September 1, 2014. Holyoke jakes were called to the Burger King on Northampton St. for a report of heavy smoke and fire coming from the roof of the building and were subsequently updated by Fire Alarm that the Holyoke Police Department was on scene confirming a working fire. First due Engine 5 arrived on

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scene to find a single story, occupied, commercial structure with heavy fire on the roof and went to work stretching a hand line to the roof via ground ladder prior to the arrival of Truck company 2. With the one hand line in operation, companies made quick work of the fire on the roof before heading inside the restaurant to check for extension. The bulk of the fire was knocked down within 20 min-

utes of the arrival of the balance of the working fire assignment, but companies remained on scene for the better part of an hour over hauling the building. Employees told HFD officials they were in the process of shutting down the building for the night when they first noticed the fire. Upon further investigation, it was determined the fire most likely started in the grease collection traps in the kitchen area and spread vertically from there to the roof. - NATE ARNOLD

JOHN SJOSTEDT

Diving incident with Medflight in Marshfield Marshfield, MA. Firefighters responded to Green Harbor for reports of a diver, who surfaced and was unresponsive. The patient was reported to be diving at approximately 100 feet when he became unresponsive and surfaced. Medflight was called and landed at the Governor Winslow School. The patient was transported by Medflight to the hyperbaric chamber at Mass General Hospital.

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Car versus building in Harwich Harwich, MA. A female driver and her passenger were not hurt after her Toyota Venza slammed into the side of the Fontaine Medical Center on Long Pond Road. The driver said her vehicle accelerated when she stepped on the brake. The accident happened at 9 a.m. Friday, August 22nd. Harwich Police are investigating.


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Bellingham, MA. Rescue 2, 2014 International/Horton Model 623 Navistar ambulance, powered by a Maxx Force 230 HP diesel engine and an Allison 2100 EVS automatic electronic transmission.

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Whitman, Plymouth County, MA. On the morning of Tuesday, August 26, 2014, the Plymouth County Technical Rescue Team held a training drill at the Whitman Fire Department Training Tower on Essex Street. Technical rescue technicians utilized their skills as rope technicians, and their skills being structural collapse technicians to work with machinery while being suspended from the ropes. Members of the team were lowered out of the third floor window of the drill tower and obtained a piece of machinery from a crew working on the second floor. The member would then breach and break a piece of concrete slab lower down the tower.


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Swearing-in of Abington Captain Brian Fogg

Dystrophy Association and the International Association of Fire Fighters. The campaign originated in Boston in 1954, by a Boston firefighter who wanted to help collect donations for a local child with muscular dystrophy. MDA utilizes the funds raised in research efforts to eradicate 40 neuromuscular diseases. IAFF members have donated nearly $275 million to MDA since 1954.

Abington, Plymouth County, MA. On the evening of Monday, September 8, 2014, the Town of Abington officially swore in its newest fire captain, Brian Fogg at a Board of Selectmen's meeting at the Town Hall. Abington Fire JUMP TO FILE# Chief John Nuttall 091014123 gave a brief speech prior to the swearing-in, lauding Fogg on his achievements as a firefighter/paramedic, and his leadership thus far as a captain. Captain Brian Fogg had his badge pinned on by his wife Andrea, while their two daughters, Aspen and Abigail observed. The event was well attended by nearly the entire Abington Fire Department, retired department members, several firefighters from area departments, as well as family and friends. Captain Fogg started his career in Abington when he was appointed as a firefighter/paramedic in October of 2004. Captain Fogg has been working as the Captain of Group-1 since the retirement of Captain Dave Farrell in June of this year.

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Fill-The-Boot for MDA Whitman, Plymouth County, MA. On September 6th, Whitman Firefighters Local #1769 held their annual "Fill-The-Boot" drive for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Firefighters braved the unseasonably high temperatures outside Dunkin' Donuts on South Avenue to collect funds for MDA. Fire Lieutenant Al Cunningham, along with firefighters Scott Figgins, Steve Foster and Pat Travers, stood outside with their fire boots receiving gracious donations from patrons, as well as passerby's who flagged the firefighters down. This marks the 60th year of the partnership between the Muscular

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The Upper Valley Ambulance Service recently put this Portland Fire Department (ME) recently took delivery of Woburn, MA. Rescue 1 Ambulance. 2014 Ford FDemers Sprinter into service that was purchased from 2013 Chevy ambulances. 450/Horton ambulance. This ambulance is powered by a Robert Gleason of North Eastern Rescue Vehicles, Inc. 300 hp 6.7L V-8 diesel engine.

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Amherst, MA. Engine 1. 2014 E-One Custom Typhoon Pumper. This pumper is powered by a Cummins ISL 380 hp diesel engine with an Allison EVS 3000 automatic 5speed electronic transmission.

Concord, MA. A-3, Ambulance. 2014 Ford F-550/Horton ambulance. This ambulance is powered by a 300 hp 6.7L V-8 diesel engine. It also has the Horton Intelliplex System and the Horton Occupant Protection System

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A 1980's family photo depicts a proud father, the late Captain Chamberland, and his four sons (Rear L-R) Bill, Russ, Tom, and (Front next to their father) Ed.

The Chamberland family retires from the fire service Sturbridge, MA. September 2, 2014. Labor Day weekend quietly signified the end of an era of firefighting and emergency medical service for one Sturbridge family, leaving an indelible mark on JUMP TO FILE# the Town of 090414107 Sturbridge and its Fire Department. T h e “Chamberland Brothers,” Bill, Ed, Russ, and Tom retired from their positions of Call Firefighter/EMT in the Sturbridge Fire Department. The family’s service to the town began in the mid 1950’s when their father, the late Rosario Chamberland, joined the young department, not even twenty years into its existence as an agency. Tom’s service to the department began in 1969 with a brief “break” to serve his country’s military efforts underway in Vietnam. His brothers followed suit with Bill joining the department in 1972, Russ in 1977,

and Ed in 1978 – the same year that their father retired from his more than two decades of service. While retirement from the Sturbridge Fire Department means an end to their service as firefighters, the four brothers remain active family men and all remain employed fulltime in their respective careers. When asked about the importance of this family’s service to the Town of Sturbridge, Chief David Zinther said “firefighters of this level of seniority and experience take with them decades of knowledge that can only be gained through true dedication and a love for their duty to their community. “The Chamberland’s have not only served the community well beyond anyone’s expectations, but have also imparted their wisdom as experienced firefighter/EMT’s to the younger generations in the department. We wish them a happy and healthy retirement.” - NICHOLAS DADALT

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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 vsales@emergencyvehiclecenter.com or call 800-247-7725.

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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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