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FIREFIGHTERS RESCUE DOG FROM BURNING HOUSE

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Gilmanton, NH - On August 9th, Laconia and Belmont Firefighters responded to Gilmanton for a well-involved house fire. During the fire, a young black Lab was rescued from the basement of the burning home. - See full story on page 14

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Large Mulch Fire in North Kingstown

North Kingstown, RI - At 3:42 A.M. on July 13th, Exeter #1 was dispatched to Ten Rod Road for a large mulch fire. At the time of arrival, Command requested mutual aid tankers to respond the scene. An estimated 300,000-gallons of water was used to knock the fire down. Multiple mutual aid companies also responded to the scene.

APPARATUS IN ACTION

PORTSMOUTH FD

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Portsmouth Firefighters Train to Improve Search Techniques Portsmouth, RI - Portsmouth Firefighters spent the morning on July 21st improving their fire ground search techniques. Responders charged the Phelps House with training smoke to limit visibility and practiced locating victims. The smoke used is identical to that used during a stage production effect, as it does not cause damage and leaves no residual odor. Firefighters exercised care not to damage the home in any way. In addition to searching for victims, firefighters practiced extricating each other from the home. Searches were also conducted over ladders. Participants were Capt. Dominic Lautieri, Lt. Mike Pinksaw, Lt. Allen Levesque, FF Tim Gumkowski, FF Conor O'Neill, FF Brendan Phelan, FF DJ Canario and FF Greg Carcieri.

On May 29th, Exeter #1 was on-scene of a brush fire that was caused by an illegal burn. Companies extinguished the fire quickly, using approximately 10,000-gallons of water. EXETER VOL. FIRE CO.


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Chester FD Fall Bash EJ Boughton Co. Fabco Power

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An Alburgh Firefighter dowsing the remains of the camper trailer.

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Camper Trailer Destroyed by Fire

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Fail Safe Hose Testing Finley Fire Equipment

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Firematic

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FireDex

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Five Star Fire

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Greenwood Emergency

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Kimtek

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Minuteman Fire & Rescue

47

PL Custom

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Medex Billing

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New England Marine

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Shipmans Fire Equipment

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Shaker Auto Group

Second-Alarm Fire at Burlington Country Club Burlington, VT - On June 16th, the Burlington Fire Department was dispatched to a reported fire located in the maintenance building of the Burlington Country Club. DC Brown arrived on-scene with smoke showing from the eves of a onestory metal building. Engine Co.1 made an interior attack and were met with both high heat and very low visibility. A second-alarm was transmitted, bringing in all off-duty personnel. The fire was under control after about one-hour.

31

Spotted Dog Technologies

39

Sprint

15

Task Force Tips

7

Utility Communications White Eagle Motors

Alburgh, VT - On July 21st at 11:15 A.M., the Alburgh and Isle La Motte Fire Departments responded to West Shore Road for a fully involved camper trailer. Upon arrival, units found the recreational vehicle attached to the trailer also starting to catch fire. Firefighters were able to save the RV, knocking down the fire quickly, but the camper trailer was a total loss. The owners were not home at the time the fire broke out and there were no injuries reported. The fire is under investigation.

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Car Hits Road Signs Before Crashing into Tree

Swanton, VT - On July 23rd at approximately 2:20 P.M., Swanton Fire Department, Missisquoi Valley Rescue and the Swanton Police Department responded to First Street and the Exit-21 off ramp for a car that hit a tree after it had already crashed into multiple road signs. There were two minor injuries, but neither patient needed transport to a hospital. The accident is under investigation by police.

Car Versus Dump Truck with Minor Injuries Swanton, VT - On August 9th at 11:15 A.M., Missisquoi Valley Rescue, Swanton Fire Department and the Vermont State Police responded to Route-78 and Campbells Bay Road for a car versus dump truck. One elderly female passenger in the car recieved minor injuries and was transported by MVR to a local hospital. Route-78 was shut down to a single lane for about one hour. Vermont State Police is investigating the accident.


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Pennsylvania: Michael Morgan, 48 Rank: Deputy Fire Chief Incident Date: May 3, 2016 Death Date: June 26, 2016 Fire Department: Garrettford - Drexel Hill Volunteer Fire Company Initial Summary: Deputy Fire Chief Michael Morgan began feeling ill during or shortly after responding to two fire calls on May 3, 2016. After a brief rest period at the firehouse, Chief Morgan reported for his midnight shift at the Delaware County Emergency Communications Center where his condition worsened and was then transported by ambulance to Riddle Memorial Hospital in Middletown. Chief Morgan succumbed to his CVA related injuries on June 26, 2016.

Nebraska: Eric C. Speck, 38 Rank: Captain Incident Date: June 23, 2016 Death Date: June 27, 2016 Fire Department: Dakota City Fire Department Initial Summary: On June 23, 2016, Captain Speck complained of chest pains while on-scene of an emergency medical call. Afterward, he traveled to the hospital where it was found he had suffered a heart attack. Captain Speck succumbed to his injury on the morning of June 27, 2016, while in the hospital. Michigan: Andrew Russell, 48 Rank: Lieutenant Incident Date: January 24, 2016 Death Date: July 2, 2016 Fire Department: Harrison Township Fire Department Initial Summary: Several days following surgery to replace a shoulder that was badly injured from a

fall on ice while working an emergency medical call, Lieutenant Russell began to feel sick and asked his wife to call 911. Responders provided assistance to Lt. Russell and transported him to the hospital where he passed away from complications related to the surgery. Nevada: Jacob O’Malley, 27 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: July 10, 2016 Death Date: July 10, 2016 Fire Department: BLM Nevada State Office Initial Summary: While investigating lightning strikes in the area, two firefighters were killed and one firefighter was injured when, according to the Nevada Highway Patrol, the fire department vehicle they were traveling in on Nevada State Route 140 (near Denio, Nevada) had a tire failure and overturned. Firefighters Jacob O’Malley, the vehicle operator, and Will Hawkins died from injuries sustained in the crash. Nevada: Will Hawkins, 22 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: July 10, 2016 Death Date: July 10, 2016 Fire Department: BLM Nevada State Office Initial Summary: While investigating lightning strikes in the area, two firefighters were killed and one firefighter was injured when, according to the Nevada Highway Patrol, the fire department vehicle they were traveling in on Nevada State Route 140 (near Denio, Nevada) had a tire failure and overturned. Firefighters Jacob O’Malley, the vehicle operator, and Will Hawkins died from injuries sustained in the crash.


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Vacant House Fire Considered Suspicious St. Albans, VT - On July 18th, St. Albans Town Fire Department, with mutual aid from St. Albans City Fire Department and Georgia Fire Department responded to an abandoned house on fire, located on Swanton Road. Fire officials reported that the house had been recently purchased and was set to be torn down. Firefighters checked to see if anyone was inside of the house, but nobody was found. There was no power to the house and it had been vacant. The fire was considered suspicious in nature.

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Second-Alarm Structure Fire for Burlington FD Burlington, VT - On July 5th at 1:00 A.M., the Burlington Fire Department Dispatch Center received multiple 9-1-1 calls reporting a building fire at 11-13 Henry Street. Engine Co.3 arrived at 1:03 A.M. and reported heavy fire venting from a window at the top of an exterior enclosed stairway, located on the side of a two-story, wood-framed structure. The first-floor contains the Henry Street Deli, while the second-floor is comprised of two apartments. Captain Ed Webster struck a second-alarm due to the proximity of the adjacent buildings. The fire was declared under control within 20-minutes and there were no injuries to civilians or firefighters.


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MAINE

LEBANON FIRE & EMS

Peter, the 66-year-old skydiver with one of his rescuers.

Missing Skydiver Rescued From Swamp Lebanon, ME- At 8:51 P.M. on July 17th, Lebanon Fire & EMS was dispatched to Skydive New England to set up a search and rescue effort for reports of a missing skydiver. Peter, a 66-year-old skydiver who was visiting Lebanon from California, had been missing for at least two hours after his last jump. Once darkness fell, Skydive New England reported the jumper as missing. A very large radius of search from the landing zone, located on Upper Guinea Rd., needed to be covered. There was no available information on the missing man's condition. Helicopters, ranging from DART to Lifeflight, as well as the Coast Guard, were contacted for possible aerial thermal imaging technology. The Maine State Warden Service was also contacted along with Rochester Fire, for additional aid in the search. The missing man was able to hear rescue sirens and called into 911. His general position was determined by GPS coordinates, but because his cell phone battery was dying, he was not able to stay on the phone for long. The phone coordinates placed the jumper at approxi-

JUMP TO FILE #071916107 mately 540 Carl Broggi Highway, in a very swampy area off of the road. A communications command post was set up in a vacant lot next to Southern Maine Storage. A series of horn blasts and sirens helped orient the missing skydiver to his own position in conjunction with the highway. Maine Game Warden Richardson, went into the swamp on foot to conduct a search. Voice contact was made at 10:02 P.M. and the missing man with Warden Richardson left the swamp at 11:03 P.M. The skydiver was wet and tired from his ordeal but remarkably, not injured. He reported that from the air, he thought he was landing on a small hill with alders and shrubs. He had no idea that he was entering a mosquito filled swamp. The Warden took the jumper, along with his parachute, back to Skydive New England. All Fire and EMS units were able to clear the scene with the best results hoped for.

FIREFIGHTER/EMT WINDY RUDNICKI

Camper Fire Extends to Tractor Trailer and Two Cars Lebanon, ME - At 1:14 A.M. on August 15th, Lebanon Fire & EMS was toned to a reported structure fire, located across from Trains Tavern. The fire was located on Creamery Hill Rd., at Lucky Day Auto. Lebanon Engine-2 was on the air and responding to the fire just two minutes later, at 1:16 A.M. Automatic structure fire mutual aid brought in Sanford, North Berwick and Alfred. Milton was called in for station coverage. A first-alarm was also struck, but then cancelled. Heavy fire met crews as they arrived to the scene. The fire appeared to have started in a camper

JUMP TO FILE #081516140 trailer, before very quickly spread to a large storage tractor trailer adjacent to it. The tractor trailer body was filled with vehicle parts, making access for crews inside difficult. The fire also spread and consumed a car as well as an SUV that were sitting in front of the camper. Crews did an initial search of the camper for any possible victims who may have been inside, but it was determined by the owner of the property that no one had been liv-

ing inside of the camper. Lebanon EMS crews answered a medical call, which was toned at 11:54 P.M. They had driven by this address on their return from the hospital, shortly before the fire was toned out by dispatch. EMS crews reported not seeing any fire on their return. The fire was reported knocked down at 2:19 A.M. The Fire Marshal arrived on-scene at 2:45 A.M. to begin an investigation. The fire is considered suspicious and is under continued investigation. - DAN MEEHAN

- DAN MEEHAN

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Madawaska Fire Department located in Madawaska, Maine.

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APPARATUS IN ACTION

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Salem, NH - Salem FD's Tower Ladder-1 putting a large amount of water on a large wood chip pile fire on August 9th. B. SPRAGUE

Somersworth, NH - A Rollinsford, NH female firefighter getting some relief from the high heat and humidity along with other members of her crew, during a second-alarm structure fire in Somersworth on July 22nd.


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ON THE LITER SIDE

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DURHAM PROFESSIONAL FIREFIGHTERS

Durham, NH - Firefighter Dave "Blatch" Blatchford started his career in Durham in 2004 and later transferred to Hampton Fire in 2006. He returned to DFD in 2010 and has been serving as a firefighter for the last six years. In addition to firefighting duties, Dave serves as the Local's Vice President and also serves on the Union's Public Relations committee. Dave has been influential in placing AED's in Greek houses on campus, heading up the FASTER program, working with "Operation Warm," giving winter coats to kids in need, and is the man who brings the 50-cent soda to campus. Outside of work you can find Blatch spending time riding his Harley, working on his house, and training with his German Shepard. This past Winter, he got engaged to his fiancé, Lauren. Dave also enjoys spending as much time as he can with both his kids and grandkids.

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Rochester, NH - The Homemakers Health Services of Rochester stopped by the Rochester FD in July to drop off a care package containing coffee, gatorade, granola bars and other items to aide in the nourishment of their members, who are constantly on the go. Hats off to the Homemakers for all they do for the community!

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Laconia, NH - Laconia Firefighters showing their support.

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DURHAM PROFESSIONAL FIREFIGHTERS

Durham, NH - The Durham Professional Firefighters show their support.

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LACONIA FD

Firefighters Rescue Dog from Burning House Gilmanton, NH - On August 9th, Laconia and Belmont Firefighters responded to Gilmanton for a well-involved house fire. During the fire, a young black Lab was rescued from the basement of the burning home. The two crews worked to revive the pup before Captain Newhall transported him to CAVES in Concord for further care.

When Disaster Strikes Chaplain’s Corner Pastor Fernando Villicana

It is one thing to witness disaster on TV or hear about it from somewhere in another part of the world, but this is where first responders live. As well trained as we are, as often as we respond to such a wide variety of emergencies, even for us in the fire service, there is a whole different dimension to disaster when it strikes so close to home or hits your life. So often in the midst of a crisis we want answers, yet even answers can’t change what has happened … so we need something MORE than just answers. Has anyone left us a blueprint in how to face a tragedy? How do we deal with tragedy as godly people who believe in a good God? There is a man named Job that faced a terrible personal tragedy, a man who lost his children in a terrible accident, a man who also had few answers, so what sustained him?

The example of Job shows us a path through tragedy, while it doesn’t give us all the answers, it does point us to the one who can sustain us. Job 1:22 (NLT) In all of this, Job did not sin by blaming God. When we can’t find solutions to our questions, we can find a Savior for our catastrophe. What could possibly give a sense of security in the face of death and disaster? For someone with no belief in God there is nothing but sorrow and loss! For someone like Job however that had a trust and belief in God there were other possibilities -faith, eternal security and an ongoing relationship with God. How do you handle a terrible disaster? Getting through a disaster begins long before one ever hits. The best way to handle unforeseen crisis is be strong before one ever comes. A sponge when squeezed can only give off whatever it had absorbed just before it was squeezed. If Christ lives in you now it will be His presence that is released in you when life and circumstances squeezes you. Blessings, Pastor Fernando Villicana Fire Service Chaplain

The Berwick, ME FD’s Tower Ladder in operation at the scene of the second-alarm fire.

PAUL DOLNIER

One Firefighter Hurt in SecondAlarm Structure Fire Somersworth, NH - At about 10:04 A.M. on July 22nd, 9-1-1 dispatchers received a call reporting smoke coming from the second-floor of an apartment duplex, located at 132 and 134 Green Street in downtown Somer- JUMP TO FILE# sworth. 072216128 First-due Somersworth Engine-4 requested a box-alarm be struck for additional manpower after seeing the heavy smoke coming from the two-anda-half story apartment duplex. Upon arrival of Car-1 from Somersworth, Chief Hoyle requested a second-alarm to be transmitted. Due to the high heat and humidity, additional manpower was needed to the scene. One firefighter was sent to the hospital for injuries resulting from a fall while at the scene of the fire. The fire is under investigation by the Somersworth Fire Department and the Somersworth Police Department. Damages are estimated to be at over $100,000. The electric and gas were shut off to the building and the Red Cross was on scene to assist the tenants. The building is habitable at this time. Also on-scene were Rochester, Somersworth, Milton, Dover, Rollinsford, Durham, Pease, Newington, Barrington, Middleton (station coverage), Barrington (station coverage) Berwick, ME, South Berwick, ME and American Ambulance. - PAUL DOLNIER

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Active scene of the second-alarm fire in Somersworth on July 22nd.


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Fully Involved House with Exposure and Burn Injury Wakefield, NH - At about 11:15 A.M. on August 4th, dispatchers from 9-1-1 received a call reporting a house on fire, located at 322 Pine Island Road, in Wakefield. Upon arrival, first-due units reported a fully involved building, with exposure issues of vehicles nearby the structure. A first-alarm structure fire response was toned out by Carroll County Fire Dispatch, which brought some of the following departments and units to the scene: Wakefield, NH: All equipment for both stations Wolfeboro, NH: Tanker to the scene New field, NH: Engines to the scene New

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EMERGENCY WATERCRAFT

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JUMP TO FILE #080416112 Durham, NH: Engine to the scene Milton, NH: Station coverage There were reports of one young female at the scene with burns, so a request for EMS to the scene was made, as well as a request for the State Fire Marshal to start investigation. Reports from a second caller said that the fire was traveling from the back of the structure, into nearby woods, and spreading to another nearby structure. - PAUL DOLNIER

Danbury, CT - On August 5th, units were dispatched to a boat rescue at West Lake Reservoir, where four people were stranded on the island. Responding units included C30, E25, T1, TAC1 with the rescue boat, and the Danbury PD.

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AMKUS Rescue Systems CERT Members Train for Shelter Readiness acquires 911 Tools Valparaiso, IN - AMKUS Rescue Systems, an industry leader in providing cutting edge hydraulic extrication equipment and rescue systems to emergency responders worldwide, announced its intent to acquire "911 Tools," a U.S. manufacturer of vehicle stabilization equipment and lifting systems. “This is a patented, state-ofthe-art system that integrates the strength, speed, control and dependability of hand-powered hydraulics with the structural components of the strut,” said Kyle Smith, President of AMKUS Rescue Systems. “It’s an affordable system that’s easy to set up and operate and is rated for structural loads, so rescue professionals can confidently raise and lower materials as quickly as the circumstances of their particular emergency requires.” The 911 Tools rescue strut product line, which is marketed under the RescueStrut brand name, includes accessories that will allow emergency responders to transform vehicle stabilization struts into other life-saving rescue tools, such as manual hydraulic rams and shoring struts, as well as tripod, bi-pod and mono-pole adapters for use in rope rescue scenarios. In addition, the RescueStrut system can be easily configured for trench, structural collapse or confined space rescues. “Not only does this complement our existing AMKUS line of extrication equipment and rope

rescue systems, but it also puts us in the position to offer a wider range of high quality rescue products to our customers at an affordable price.” Smith added. “This acquisition further supports our efforts to provide the best in class rescue systems to our global market.” With the expected August 1st completion of the acquisition, the RescueStrut line of equipment will be marketed under the AMKUS brand, and distributed by AMKUS and 911 Tool distributors within their existing territories. 911 Tools will move from its current Lansing, IA home to the newly completed AMKUS World Headquarters, in Valparaiso, IN. AMKUS/911 RescueStrut System Release: AMKUS began business as a fledgling family start-up in 1971 – mirroring the year and means that its parent company, Task Force Tips, opened its doors for business. For TFT, its 2016 AMKUS acquisition made perfect sense professionally, since the two companies were founded and built on an earnest commitment to provide innovative new products and world-class service and support to emergency service professionals the world over. For more information on AMKUS or to find a dealer in your area, please visit www.amkus.com or call (800) 59AMKUS. - AMKUS RESCUE SYSTEMS

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Fairfield, CT - This August marks the five-year-anniversary of Tropical Storm Irene. Although designated as a "tropical storm," it caused significant damage in Fairfield, as well as the need to open an evacuation shelter for residents at Fairfield Ludlowe High School. On August 3rd, the town's Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) members trained at Ludlowe to maintain their readiness, in case of having to open an evacuation shelter again, as they did in August of 2011, as well as in October of 2012 during "Super Storm Sandy." In addition to touring the renovated facility, team members had

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an opportunity to unload equipment from the Mass Care Trailer, provided by the Connecticut Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security, assemble cots, and discuss registration procedures as well as potential dormitory needs. CERT consists entirely of volunteers who have completed a required 20-hour FEMA course, which provides education and training in disaster management, including fire safety, light search and rescue, disaster psychology, triage and first aid, as

well as the Command System related to emergency responders. They are also trained by the American Red Cross in shelter operations. "Tonight's training was a practical, on-site refresher for our members, so they stay ready to assist in shelter operations, although we hope we are not needed for a shelter in Fairfield this hurricane season," commented Fairfield CERT Liaison Norma Peterson. The hurricane season runs from June through November, although the need for shelter readiness continues due to potential damage from winter storms. - KYRAN DUNN

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Pickup Truck Versus Minivan Norwich, CT - On June 29th at 5:45 P.M., the East Great Plain Fire Department was dispatched to a motor vehicle accident in front of the Goodwill Store at 201 Salem Turnpike. Rescue-5 arrived to find a pickup truck that was struck by a minivan after pulling out of the parking lot. American Ambulance transported a patient from the van while the fire department applied speedy dry at the scene.


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Working Porch Fire in New Britain

New Britain, CT - On July 20th around 3:15 P.M., the fire department was dispatched to 112 Wilcox Street for a report of heavy smoke in the building, with people possibly still inside. First units on-scene reported heavy smoke from the rear of a three-and-a-half story brick building and a second-alarm was called in. There was heavy fire on the rear porches, extending into the building. Firefighters worked quick in knocking down the fire in just over 30-minutes, on a very warm day. The rear porches were destroyed and there was some extension into the building, but everyone made it out safely.

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Windsor, CT - Windsor FD’s Rescue-2 looking for the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow during carnival setup, on August 12th.


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Norwich, CT - On July 12th, two instructors from the Connecticut Fire Academy taught a confined space rescue class for the Norwich Fire Department. The morning consisted of a classroom environment with a refresher class on all of the equipment. The afternoon involved a practical scenario, involving an unconscious victim below grade. Crews first metered the atmosphere and checked on the patient's condition. Other members set up the vortex tri-pod, positive ventilation, a belay line and a threeto-one hauling system with the SKED for victim removal. It was a very good drill that all four platoons will be performing.


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featured. These are built as air tankers and have the capability of refilling with water in flying mode such as a lake. The 10 Tanker Air carrier which is a MacDonald Douglas DC-10 can hold 12,000 gallon of retardant. During the rundown of these aforementioned aircraft, you can see them operating at or near fires either directly dropping retardant on the fires or in proximity to them to slow its advance and giving the ground troops an edge when they go in for the extinguishment. Verbal Air traffic between the planes and the ground can be heard, however later on in the video there is a section narrated by a retired member of the USFS who details the strategies and tactics of air tanker operations as you see them working and this provides and educational segment of the video. This narration takes up a good portion of the video. There is also a bonus section which features vintage aircraft now retired that is working at a 1999 fire and how they get prepared to go to duty from the Paso Robles, CA Air Attack Base. This DVD was chosen to provide a little different type of firefighting separate from that in urban areas. I also want to credit with videographer with a job well done!

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Norwich FD Responds to Car Versus Pole

Norwich, CT - On August 12th at 1:21 A.M., the Norwich Fire Department was dispatched to the area of 320 Laurel Hill Avenue for a car into a utility pole. Engine-3 arrived to find a car with heavy front-end damage that had broken a pole. The male operator was already out of the vehicle when units arrived and sustained minor injuries. After taking care of the patient, the crew contained the fluids and cleaned up the roadway. The Norwich Police Department, Norwich Public Utilities and American Ambulance also responded to the scene.

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House Destroyed by Blaze in Lebanon PROVIDED

San Bernardino, CA - On August 9th, the SBCoFD wished "Smokey the Bear" a Happy 72nd Birthday! Smokey is most recognized for his slogan “Only you can prevent forest fires," and continues to help educate the community about fire safety. Happy Birthday Smokey!

Lebanon, CT - Around 1:45 P.M. on July 23rd, the Lebanon Fire Department, along with mutual aid from Bozrah, Colchester, Gardner Lake and the Yantic FAST were dispatched to 3 Reservoir Road for a house fire. Colchester's Deputy Chief arrived first, reporting a raised ranch, about 90-percent involved in fire. Lebanon's engine was first-due and laid a supply line down the long driveway. They then stretched two handlines and began defensive operations. Bozrah's Ladder-126 backed down the driveway and set up for ladder pipe operations. Multiple tankers performed a water shuttle. The house was a total loss and the fire marshal is investigating.


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Seven-Alarm Fire Brings in Seventeen Engines and Five Ladder Trucks Brockton, MA - At approximately 8:29 P.M. on the evening of Thursday, July 14th, the Brockton Fire Department began receiving calls for a building fire at 243 North Montello Street, at the corner of Elliot Street. Box-4111 was struck and Squad-A, Engine-7, Engine-3, Ladder-1 and Car-56 JUMP TO FILE# 071516101 responded to the initial alarm of fire. Companies arrived to find smoke showing from the old "Antiques and Restoration" warehouse building and a working fire was requested, bringing in Ladder-4, Engine-2 as the RIT company, and Brewster EMS Medic-3 and CA-8. A secondalarm was struck shortly after with a request for an additional ladder truck, which was provided by Abington Tower-1. From there, heavy fire began taking over the three-story, wood framed commercial building, that was nearly the size of an entire block. Companies backed out of the building and began defensive operations. Additional alarms were requested, finally resulting in a seven-alarm building fire. As firefighters used large handlines and ladder pipes, sections of the old building began collapsing into itself. Heavy fire shot through different sections of the roof during the blaze. The building was occupied by a company called "Bay State Restorations," which restored furniture. The massive fire melted siding on several adjacent houses. Electricity was cut to the area for safety reasons, leaving area residents in the dark for hours. Some residents were evacuated as a precaution. The

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A firefighter works a large hand-line into a window on the North Montello Street side of the building.

MBTA commuter rail Middleboro line was also shut down because the building ran adjacent to the tracks. In total, seventeen engines and five ladder trucks responded to and operated at the seven-alarm fire at 243 North Montello Street. Mutual aid that responded to the fire included engines from Avon, Bridgewater, Easton, Holbrook, Randolph, Raynham, Rockland, Stoughton, West Bridgewater and Whitman, as well as ladder companies from Abington, East Bridgewater and Stoughton. Mutual aid companies from Braintree, Hanover, Middleboro, Wey-

mouth and Bridgewater covered Brockton's firehouses during the fire. While the cause of the fire remains under investigation, early reports stated that occupants of the building were working on a vehicle in the garage area. The car reportedly backfired, igniting gasoline that was nearby. The occupants escaped the building without injury and then called the fire department. One firefighter from Whitman was transported from the scene with an unknown injury.

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Heavy fire could be seen throughout the building at 243 North Montello Street.

Whitman, MA - On Thursday, August 4th members of the Whitman Fire Department took part in extrication training at Everett's Junk Yard in Brockton, MA. The training, hosted by IPS, familiarized the firefighters with their new set of battery operated Holmatro extrication equipment that was recently delivered and placed on their new Engine-243. The set included cutters, spreaders and a ram set. This is in addition to a Holmatro battery operated combination tool that was purchased last year.


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The Human Factors, a Contributing Factor in Firefighter Injury and Death, Part III STAYING SAFE

Chief Henry Campbell

This article, along with the two previous articles, first appeared when I initially started writing this column, "Staying Safe," 15-yearsago. I repeated it six-years-ago with slight modification, and feel it still holds true today as a leading cause of firefighter injury and death. It can serve as a refresher for senior firefighters and as a safety lesson for newer firefighters. There are those firefighters who believe they are impervious to injury and that accidents don’t happen to them; therefore they can do and act as they wish. The taking of foolish chances and avoidable risks under the guise of being a “macho” firefighter can lead to injury and death. This is Human Error at its worse and any personnel displaying this type of action requires strong supervision, discipline and additional training to correct the behavior. In most circumstances, the problem will be remedied. Personnel who believe they operate in a protected environment, safe and free from harm, just because of the nature of the service they provide, are setting themselves up for disaster. Horseplay and practical jokes have been in the fire service from its origin and when done occasionally and in good taste, they can contribute to the morale of the organization while building camaraderie and providing a form of stress relief. It is important that horseplay not get out of control and that it is not demeaning, offensive, or derogatory, and also that it does not compromise safety. The biggest negative factor regarding horseplay is that it has the tendency to get out of control and it is then when stupidity is interjected that the problems and unsafe acts begin. Any form of horseplay at the scene of an emergency should not be permitted because it becomes a diversion of one’s concentration from the tasks at hand and increases the risk for unsafe acts. Supervision and department policy will control to what extent horseplay may be tolerated, if at all. There is a feeling among many firefighters, especially the newer firefighters, that to seek help in order to accomplish a task or chore is reflective of their inability to get the job done, while in actuality, they may be increasing their risk of being injured. As previously mentioned, “you do not have to know how to do everything," and with that I include, “you don’t have to do everything alone.” There are many functions on the emergency scene

that require team effort and if the task you have been assigned to needs more than one set of hands or eyes, request them. You may need someone to assist you with lifting, raising a ladder, or to protect your back when opening a roof. Strains, sprains and falls add to the number of injuries each year that can be prevented, simply by seeking a helping hand. If there are not enough personnel on-scene, call for additional help. If upon arrival it looks like you will need more personnel, call immediately, as you will need lead time before they are on-scene and available to assist. The old proverb still exists, “call for help early, if you don’t need them, they can go back home, but if you do, they are on the way!” Adequate on-scene personnel greatly reduces the potential for unsafe acts and injuries. Common sense, something that was always the hallmark of the American persona, has been on the decline in our country and has appeared within the ranks of emergency service. Common sense is the basic brain function that helps keep us safe and generally acts as our gut reaction and alarm system, which (should) alert us to danger. If something doesn't look right, it probably isn't. That is how simple it is! You don’t need a ruler to measure how far the distance is between the base of the ladder and the wall in order to check for a safe climbing angle. If it doesn't look safe, it isn't. When you are crawling down that long, smoke filled hallway and the flames start to roll back in your direction, it is common sense that tells you to slow down, open the nozzle, or get the heck out! Common sense, when used in addition to our other senses, is an integral part of our built-in personal alert system. Pay attention to it, as it may very well save your life. These are just some of the Human Factors that contribute to human error, which in turn contribute to unsafe acts, followed by an increase in accidents and the possibility of death and injury. Until we can control the excitement, speed and adrenaline rush that kick in during emergency response while also overpowering the thought process, we remain at risk. Human error is a behavioral problem that is controllable through training, supervision and thought. Think about what you are going to do, before you do it. Think about what can go wrong in the task you are about to do. Think about the risks involved and weigh them against what you intend to accomplish. Always take the time to think. Just because you put your helmet on your head doesn't mean you have to remove your thinking cap! Till next time, Stay Safe and God Bless!

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Jaws-Of-Life Needed for Two-Car Crash in Falmouth Falmouth, MA - On August 10th, Falmouth Engine-23, Rescue-31, and Ambulances 35 and 39 responded to a two-car crash, located at Route-28 and the off ramp to Route-151. Upon arrival, they found one person trapped. The Jaws-of-Life were required to remove the individual, who was then transported to a Rhode Island trauma center. One other person was transported to Falmouth Hospital.

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5-5-5 Firefighter Fitness: What's your "why"?

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Firefighters use a thermal imaging camera to check the interior of the building.

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What's your "why"? It seems like an odd question for a fire service newspaper to be asking, however; when it comes to fitness in the fire service, I feel it's the key question that we should all be asking ourselves and each JUMP TO FILE# other. 072016129 Fitness in the fire service has been, and continues to be, a shelved issue. It's continually put on the back-burner by firefighters, chiefs and department administrators. At times when it does come to the foreground, the true "why" of it is lost in products, plans and paperwork. So, what's your "why"? It seems almost offensive or wrong to ask this to emergency service providers, because our "why" begins the day that we place our hand on the bible, swearing an oath to protect the lives and property of the citizens we serve. That, my friends, is a monumental task in itself, and one that puts both our bodies and minds at risk to host medical issues every single day. This article could end here, with me giving you three simple steps to follow: become a firefighter, swear an oath, and make fitness a priority. But year-afteryear, the lead killer of firefighters is from cardiac-related disease and year-after-year, nothing changes to fix it. We keep moving on, forgetting the "why," and pretending like everything is okay. Are we lying to ourselves? Or are we just too afraid to put in the required work, which in the end, will only make us better at doing what it is we claim to love. When we hear the word "fitness," we are constantly bombarded with the "how-to's," which go hand-in-hand with the "ultimate weight loss products," that are usually featured on infomercials, in gyms, and now even in our own service. Let me give you some insight that I'm sure many of you are already aware of. There is no "one" specific product, or fitness discipline, that will make you become a healthier firefighter. Countless departments have spent tens-of-thousands-ofdollars on high-end gym equipment, expensive trainers, and on gimmick products and programs, but they rarely see positive results because they never gave their people the "why." Our fitness levels need to be near a professional athlete's level. No one reading this can deny the fact that the job we perform at a fire is not physically demanding, and in addition to the physical demands, we are asked to perform it under conditions deemed as extremely dangerous. Is your "why" starting to creep into your mind yet? Because it should be! Over the years, we have wasted our time making fire service fitness complicated, when it really doesn't have to be! Here I am, asking you to

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think of your "why," when I haven't even given mine yet. Sort of hypocritical, right?! My first "why" is my family. My wife and my sons are my life, and I could never imagine leaving them early simply because I refused to commit 30-45 minutes each day to making myself healthier. My other "why" is for my co-workers, my crew, and all the men and women I pledged an oath to protect every single day. My last "why" is my 55-5 Firefighter Fitness family, who day-in and day-out, have found their "why" and are living the "Train Hard Do Work" lifestyle that 5-5-5 Fitness encompasses. By this point, you should all have a glimpse of what your "why" is, along with a promise to yourselves to start making some positive changes. But I know it's not that simple, and it would be wrong of me to just leave you here to do it all alone. What's simply amazing, thanks to technology, is that there are over 70,000 other firefighters just like you, who follow 5-5-5 Fitness and are ready and waiting to support you along your fitness journey. You're never alone when it comes to fitness, just like

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you're never alone when fighting fires! Check back in future issues for more fitness tips from Pip. About Robert "Pip" Piparo: Robert, better known as "Pip," is currently a Lieutenant with the City of New Brunswick Fire Department, located in New Brunswick, N.J., and has been there for 12-years. Pip has been a part of 5-5-5 Fitness for threeyears. About 5-5-5 Fitness: 5-5-5 Fitness is a non-profit organization, founded by motivated firefighters with one specific mission: to reduce cardiac related firefighter line-of-duty deaths. Each and every day, they stay true to their mission by providing workouts free of charge and also by providing free fitness equipment to fire departments, nationwide. What started as an idea has grown into a call for change within the emergency services field. They have chosen to not accept the "it's because we have always done it that way" mentality, but instead have chosen to stand up and lead the charge for change. - ROBERT "PIP" PIPARO


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Six-Alarm Tears Through Several Charlestown Homes Boston, MA - At around 1:45 P.M. on July 21st, Boston Ladder3 called into Fire Alarm, asking if they had any calls for a building fire on Bunker Hill Street. They reported heavy fire coming from what appeared to be the rear porches of the building. Fire JUMP TO FILE# Alarm acknowl- 072616109 edged that they had received calls and they were striking Box-4165 at Bunker Hill Street at Sackville Street, for 284 Bunker Hill Street. Ladder-9 arrived on-scene and immediately requested a second-alarm, reporting heavy fire on three floors. Heavy fire and smoke could be seen from a distance from the fire in the Charlestown section of the City of Boston. Shortly after the second-alarm was transmitted, a third-alarm was requested. The fire, which apparently started in the rear of a four-story brick and wood duplex occupied dwelling, extended to a three-unit apartment building that was adjacent to the fire building, as well as into another dwelling. Large embers floated through the dense neighborhood, prompting some residents to take garden hoses to their homes in an attempt to stop the blaze from spreading. A dwelling at 9 Cook Street, approximately 200-yards from the fire building, caught fire, reportedly from embers from the blaze. Firefighters not only had to deal with the heavy fire conditions found upon their arrival, they also had to battle the extreme heat, with temperatures in the 90's. Five firefighters were transported from the scene to area hospitals, but were all released the same day. No civilian injuries were reported. Several hand-lines were laid up and over ladders to battle the fire from the roofs of the adjacent buildings. Multiple large handlines and ladder pipes worked the rear of the building, knocking down heavy, overlapping fire. The fire ultimately went to six-alarms, bringing several mutual aid companies to the scene, in addition to the large Boston Fire Department response to the fire. Rehab for firefighters was provided by the Boston Sparks Association A-10, and the American Red Cross. Numerous Charlestown residents came out and provided firefighters and other first responders with water and other food and snacks. Firefighters remained on-scene throughout the night, hitting hot spots and investigating the fire. The cause of the blaze is still under investigation. - PAT TRAVERS

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Boston struck their Box-4165 for 284 Bunker Hill Street.

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Fall River Battles Garage Fire Fall River, MA - At around 9:00 P.M. on August 13th, firefighters responded to 367 Robeson Street for a reported garage fire. Car-2, under the Command of District Chief James Mellen, arrived onscene and initially reported nothing showing, however; JUMP TO FILE# the fully involved 081316100 garage was actually part of several garages in the rear that could not be seen from the street. Command ordered Engine-2 to tag a hydrant and lay lines to Engine-12, who was ordered to drive into the rear yard in order to access the garage. Engine-9 was able to access the rear of the garages from a yard on Walnut Street. Platform1 and Ladder-4 assisted with fire attack and one firefighter was transported to a local hospital for treatment. During the initial fire attack, several stored propane cylinders vented off, creating a large fire ball and drawing a lot of spectators. As a precaution, several nearby houses were evacuated by firefighters and police officers. - KENNETH LEGER

Duxbury Paramedics treat victims on the shore line after the water rescue.

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Duxbury, MA - Emergency Crews responded on July 22nd to the bay area of Standish Shores, off of Massasoit Rd., for three men in distress in the water. The Duxbury Harbormaster responded and found three men who were in a dinghy before it flipped over, causing them to fall in the water. The Harbormaster pulled the three men from the water and brought them to the shore, where paramedics took over care. Duxbury Fire and police personnel extricated the subjects from the beach and transported one victim to BI Plymouth for evaluation.

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Burlington, VT - Burlington Fire Department members battle the heat during a fire located in the maintenance building of the Burlington Country Club on June 16th.

Boston, MA - A District Chief in Boston checks out the scene during a recent six-alarm fire in Charlestown. PAT TRAVERS/NEFIREPHOTO.COM

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Somersworth, NH - Two Berwick, ME firefighters are shown on the porch roof checking for extension in the front of the building, at a second-alarm fire where they assisted Somersworth on July 22nd.

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Bourne, MA - District-1's Hazmat Team prepare to work at a second-alarm/Hazmat fire on August 10th.

Somersworth, NH - Rochester FD personnel from Engine-3 coming out from the front of a two-and-a-half story apartment house during a second-alarm structure fire on July 22nd.


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Crews Battle Stubborn Brush Fire in Abington Abington, MA - Around 2:30 P.M. on the afternoon of Tuesday, July 26th, the Abington Fire Department was alerted to a brush fire in Ames Nowell State Park. The Kingston Fire JUMP TO FILE # Tower also reported 072616114 seeing smoke in the area of Ames Nowell. Companies had difficult access, but were able to reach the fire from dirt roads off of North Quincy Street and East Ashland Street in Brockton. Crews reported that approximately 200-yards of brush was burning but it was unclear how deep into the woods the fire went. The fire was well off the main roads, and was only accessible via dirt roads and paths through the woods, and along the power lines. Command requested three additional brush trucks to the scene, as well as Plymouth County Fire Patrol Plane 1-0. District-2 Forest Fire units, Avon, Rockland and Whitman responded with apparatus. Abington Engine-4 set up a water supply on East Ashland Street. District-2 State Forest Fire Control assessed the area and reported that the fire may not be fully knocked down that day, but crews would return the following day, as the fire was deeply embedded in the ground. Units worked extensively to knock down all of the fire. One firefighter was evaluated for an unknown medical condition while on the scene. - PAT TRAVERS

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Engine 2 Dispatched to Three-Alarm Brush Fire in Leominster Leominster, MA - At 3:11 P.M. on July 20th, Engine-2 was dispatched for smoke showing in the Jungle Road area. After about 10 minutes of units trying to place where exactly the smoke was coming JUMP TO FILE# from, a recall was 072216120 ordered, as it appeared to be coming from a large, isolated brush fire. The call turned into a three-alarm incident, with many mutual aid companies from the area also responding. The fire was knocked down after about four hours of hard work, but with such dry conditions, firefighters spent additional hours on-scene. Companies returned early Thursday morning, July 21st, and spent a good part of the day wetting the area down and hitting hot spots. - ROBERT ALLEN

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Beachwood, N.J. Fire Department starts Pro-Police trend in support of Dallas Beachwood, NJ - The guys from Beachwood FD put a sign up at their station in support of police after the recent police shootings in Dallas, TX. Shortly after, many other fire departments and EMS squads across Ocean County in N.J. followed suit, posting their own supportive signs. The "I Got Your Back" slogan was started by Sugarland, Texas Firefighter Greg Hopper approxi-

JUMP TO FILE #071116104 mately one-year-ago. In October of 2015, Beachwood FD received a few stickers displaying the slogan from FF Hopper, which they proudly still have on their Chief car. - BEACHWOOD VOL FD

Beachwood, NJ - Beachwood FD put a sign up at their station in support of police after the recent shootings in Dallas and shortly after, many other fire departments and EMS squads across Ocean County, N.J. started doing the same.

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House Burns for Second Time in Four Months Fall River, MA - On Sunday, July, 24th, firefighters responded to 169 County Street for the second time in four months. Fire Alarm dispatched Engines 2, 4 and 9, along with Ladders 2 and 4, Rescue-1 and Car-2 to a three-and-ahalf story, vacant, six-family home. Engine-9 reported heavy smoke showing as they were leaving quarters. Car-2 arrived under the Command of acting Chief Matt Johnson and reported heavy fire showing from the third-floor and attic. Heavy Rescue-1 was tasked with forcing entry, as the home was boarded up and secured from a previous fire. Command ordered an aggressive interior attack, which had to be abandoned after the fire

JUMP TO FILE #072716114 took complete control of the thirdfloor, attic and roof. Heavy fire was running up the "C" side of the building, from bottom-to-top. Command set up for defensive operations and established a collapse zone. Command called for a second-alarm and relief crews for the exhausted firefighters. Special Services were called to provide rehab and the fire investigating unit was also called to the scene to begin origin and cause determination.

Ayer, MA - On July 19th, Ayer Fire Department received a master box for the Vitasoy Company, with a follow up phone call reporting a fire in a dryer. Companies reported on-scene, confirming a fire in the silo area and requested help from Devens and Shirley, MA Fire Departments. Firefighters were able to contain the fire to the silo area.

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Rochester, NY - Ewa Hlebowicz is a Career Firefighter/Paramedic at the Barnard Fire District, located in Rochester, NY. She has been in the public safety profession for over 10years. Ewa graduated from the New York State Fire Academy in 2008 and soon after, received her Bachelor's degree in Public Safety Administration and Associate's degree in Fire Protection Technology and Paramedicine. Ewa’s other passion and full-time profession is fitness and personal training. Ewa spent several years instructing Crossfit classes and also attended the Cooper Institute in Dallas, TX to specialize in physical fitness of Law Enforcement and Fire Service Personnel. In 2014, Ewa began working with 55-5 Firefighter Fitness alongside Robert Piparo, which has since gained a lot of attention for the work they are doing to reduce cardiac-related line-of-duty-death numbers in

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Whitman, MA - Whitman MA Firefighters Matt Busch and Brian Trefry share a moment at a recent incident.

Framingham, MA - Four members of Stow Fire pose for a photo at a seven-acre brush fire in in July. (L to R): FF Fortin, FF Trioli, FF Dudley and Lt. Guerin.

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Abington, MA - Plymouth County Fire Patrol Plane 1-0 providing aerial assistance to ground crews at a brush fire on July 26th.

Stony Hill, CT - Stony Hill Firefighters practiced their forcible-entry techniques, using a door prop, on July 11th.

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A look at what’s new with apparatus around the state with John Malecky

Dear Readers, The last column was a success, so it was decided to run one every two months. We start with dealer news from New England Fire Equipment and Apparatus Corporation, who has delivered a Smeal top mount pumper to Scarborough, ME. It has a Spartan Gladiator LFD chassis 304 stainless steel body, top mount Waterous Eclipse CAFS and 1000-gallon water tank. North Kingstown, RI received a P.L. Custom Classic, Type-1 ambulance on a Ford F450 4 x 4 chassis. Orders include in Massachusetts, a Smeal/LTC 110-foot rear mount with a 10-kw Harrison generator all on a Spartan Gladiator MFD chassis, and five P.L. Custom Type-1 Classic, 4 x 4 ambulances. One each is for Millis and Townsend on Dodge 4500 chassis, two are for Kingston and one for Natick, all on Ford F-450 chassis. In Connecticut, East Lyme (Flanders) ordered a Smeal Sirius pumper with 1500gpm Hale pump and 1250-gallon water tank, East Putnam ordered a Smeal Sirius rescue pumper with Waterous 1500gpm pump, 1000-gallon water tank, Command Light and Harrison 10-kw generator. New Haven ordered a remounted P.L. Custom Medallion Type III ambulance on a Ford E-450 chassis. In Rhode Island, the Union Fire District ordered a Smeal 105-foot rear mount ladder with Harrison 10-kw generator on a Spartan Gladiator chassis. Sugarloaf Ambulance/Rescue Vehicles has received the following P.L. Custom ambulance orders: In New Hampshire, for the State Department of Safety, a Medallion Type III on a Ford E-450 chassis, as well as one for Linwood Ambulance in Lincoln. In Maine, a Medallion on a Chevrolet G4500 chassis for Delta Ambulance in Waterford, as well as one on a Ford E-350 chassis for Boothbay Regional Ambulance. Maine deliveries include a Medallion, each on E-450 chassis, to Standish Fire EMS and the Saco and Old Town FD’s. New Hampshire deliveries include two Classic Type-1 ambulances on Ford F-550 4 x 4 chassis. One went to the Keene FD and the other to the New Boston FD. Professional Vehicle Corporation has sold two AEV ambulances in Maine. One is for the Town of Swan’s Island and will be on a Ford E-450 chassis and the other will be on a Ford Transit T-250 chassis with medium roof and is for the North East Mobile Health Services in Scarborough. Minuteman Fire & Rescue Apparatus, Inc. reports the following Pierce deliveries: to Newton, NH, a 3,000-gallon elliptical tanker on a Kenworth T-800 chassis. Specs include a Cummins ISX 1 diesel engine, Allison 4000-EVS transmission, aluminum body, poly water tank, Hale 1000-gpm pump, and a Newton manual rear dump with swivel chute. To Newbrook, VT a 3000-gallon tanker Please send any comments or news tidbits you might have about Apparatus of the Month to us at 1st Responder News, 1 Ardmore Street. New Windsor, NY 12553. Or you can e-mail them to Apparatus@1stResponderNews.com.

on a Freightliner M2 chassis. Specs include a Cummins ISL diesel engine, Allison 3000-EVS transmission, Hale 1000-gpm pump, Husky-3 foam system (allows it to operate as an engine if needed), poly water tank, aluminum Tanker FXP body, stainless steel Newton swivel dump with chute (allows it to dump from either side or rear) and Whelen Pioneer scene lighting. In Massachusetts, Cambridge received a heavy duty rescue with non-walk-in stainless steel body on a Dash CF chassis. Specs include a Detroit DD13 diesel engine, Allison 4000-EVS transmission, TAK-4 front suspension, T-3 rear steer independent suspension, Atlas air compressor, 25-kw generator with XRT two tool hydraulic system and galvanized frame rails. Cotuit received a Saber pumper with an aluminum body. Specs include a Cummins ISL diesel engine, Allison 3000-EVS transmission, Waterous 1500gpm pump, Husky-3 foam system, 750gallon poly water tank, Harrison 3.6-kw generator and a Will Burt Night Scan. Pawtucket, RI received a Road Rescue Ultramedic Type-1 ambulance on a Ford F-450, 4 x 4 chassis. It has a 168-inch aluminum body, Forde 6.8L engine, Stryker Performance Load System and Whelen LED lighting. Greenwood Emergency Vehicles has delivered the following Horton Ambulances: One on a Ford F-550 chassis with 6.7L, 300-hp diesel engine to Ludlow, VT, and a medium duty on an International TerraStar chassis with a MaxxForce 300-hp diesel engine to Tiverton, RI. They have delivered five EONE Typhoon pumpers with Allison 3000-EVS transmission. Four went to Massachusetts. Wellfleet’s has a Cummins ISL 450-hp diesel engine, E-ONE 1500-gpm pump, 1000-gallon UPF water tank, 30-gallon Class “A” foam cell, Foam Pro 2001 system, Darley CAFS and a Smart Power 6-kw generator. Holbrook’s has a Cummins ISL, 380hp diesel engine, Hale Qflo 1250-gpm pump, 500-gallon UIPF water tank, 30gallon Class “A” foam cell and Akron 125-gpm Foam System. Lowell’s has a Cummins ISL, 450-hp diesel engine, Hale Qmax 1500-gpm pump and 750gallon water tank and Salisbury’s has a Cummins ISL 450-hp diesel engine, Hale Qmax 1500-gpm pump and 780gallon UPF water tank. The fifth Typhoon went to Johnson, RI and has a Cummins ISL, 330-hp diesel engine, Hale Qflo 1250-gpm pump, 750-gallon UPF water tank, 30-gallon Class “B” foam cell, Akron 125-gpm foam system and a Smart Power 6-kw generator. Chebeague, ME received a Freightliner M2 commercial pumper with a Cummins ISB, 360-hp diesel engine, Allison 3000-EVS transmission Hale Qmax 1500-gpm pump and 780-gallon UPF water tank. Autotronics has made the following three Braun ambulance deliveries in Maine: The Portland FD received a Chief XL Type III on a GMC chassis, Grey received a Chief XL Type-1 on a Ford F-450 chassis and Hermon Ambulance received a Braun remount on a GMC Type III chassis.

DICK SCIALABBA

Hinsdale Responds to MVA with Rollover Hinsdale, MA- The Hinsdale Volunteer FD was dispatched to a one-car MVA at 6:42 P.M. on July 14th. Initial information from the Dalton Communications Center reported a rollover with possible injuries on Old Dalton Road, near a sharp curve in the road. A light rainstorm preceded the accident by about 15-minutes, making the road somewhat slick after a 90-degree day. Excessive speed on such road conditions also contributed to the

JUMP TO FILE #071916108 accident, according to Hinsdale Police, who were on the scene. Chief Larry Turner, along with 16 firefighters, responded with Rescue-4, Quick Attack-8, Squad1 and the department’s ambulance. Upon arrival, the driver and the lone occupant, a 17-year-old male, was found to have self-extricated from a Subaru WRX that had

rolled over several times, ending up 40-feet off the travelled surface and in an area containing small trees and brush. EMT's checked out the patient and after a phone conversation with a parent, he was taken to Berkshire Medical Center, using full c-spine precautions. Firefighters remained on the scene until 7:19 P.M., after Larochelle Auto Body removed the vehicle. - DICK SCIALABBA

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Falmouth, MA - On August 1st, a landing zone was established at the Falmouth Airpark, where the driver from an MVA was taken by MedFlight to the Hasbro Children’s Hospital in Rhode Island. PETER LOBO


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FACES OF NEW ENGLAND’S EMERGENCY SERVICES

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Harrisville, RI - Oakland Mapleville FD members during a Relay for Life event at Burrillville Middle School, on June 24th.

Cranston, RI - Congratulations to Joe Shields who was recently named RI Emergency Manager of the Year! RHODE ISLAND EMA

Whitman, MA -Whitman MA Firefighter Matt Busch smiles for the camera. PAT TRAVERS/NEFIREPHOTO.COM

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Bethel, CT - Congrats to Stony Hill FD EMT Ricky Studwell, shown posing at his recent Graduation with his EMT Patch.

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