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Burlington, VT - At approximately 8:12 A.M. on August 3rd, Burlington Fire Department received a Master Box activation for 27 Colchester Avenue, Torrey Hall. Engine Co. 3, which is in close proximity to the campus, could see heavy smoke and flames leaving the firehouse. - See full story on page 9

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Tiverton, RI - Tiverton Firefighter Gerry Leduc lost his life nine years ago while attempting to rescue a drowning victim in Stafford Pond. On the evening of August 4th, Tiverton firefighters gathered at the pond to lay a wreath in his memory.

Providence, RI - Congratulations to the members of the Providence Fire Department who were promoted on the afternoon of August 8th! Promoted to the rank of Captain are Lieutenant David N. Bock, Lieutenant Stephen J. Nunes, Lieutenant David L. Skaggs, Lieutenant Joseph Paiva, Lieutenant Robert M. Cornell, Lieutenant Daniel R. Corneau, Lieutenant John J. Hannon, Lieutenant Robert M. Butler, Lieutenant Timothy E. Gingell, Lieutenant Anthony P. Lancellotti, Lieutenant Kevin J. Bager and Lieutenant Robert A. Lyman. Promoted to the rank of Lieutenant is Firefighter Hector M. Silvestre.


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Unified Command at Salem Haz-Mat Incident

Salem, NH - Fire, Police, EMS and Haz-Mat all worked as a team at the command center during a recent spill on August 4th. Salem Fire Alarm received a call reporting a person not feeling well from some type of fumes in the building at a large store located in a strip mall. The first unit on scene was a medic car and he reported a person not feeling well from fumes. A second person also reported not feeling well. At that time, the medic requested a second ambulance and the duty officer C-5 to the scene. The duty officer took command and had the building cleared of all people by using the fire alarm system. A request was also made for a Haz-Mat team leader to the scene for assistance. One person was transported to an area hospital to be checked out. The cause of the fumes was determined to be from a cleaning mixture.


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Laconia, NH - Laconia Firefighters responded to a water rescue in the Winnipesaukee River on Friday afternoon, July 21st, around 1:13 P.M. Reports indicated at least one person in distress in the middle of the river. Lt. Ellingson arrived from Central Station and witnessed a man in the water about 100-feet from shore. The man, identified as Shafek Fosut of 125 Messer Street, had swam out to one of the boys and held him afloat. He stated that the boy had gone underwater several times. The other boy was able to self-rescue. As firefighters prepared their inflatable rescue boat, Firefighter Nate Mills jumped in the river and swam to the two people. He put the boy in a life jacket and brought him to shore. The two boys were then transported to LRGH for assessment. The boy in the river was being treated for near-drowning. Mr. Kosut said, “I couldn’t let him die. So, I jumped in. Thankfully we were home having a late afternoon

JUMP TO FILE #081117117 cookout." For Laconia Firefighters, this was the fourth emergency call in the hour. While at the river rescue, the Weirs crew and a Gilford ambulance responded to 1330 Union Avenue for an unconscious person. The Weirs had just cleared from a motor vehicle crash on Summit Ave. As soon as the units cleared Messer Street, there was another serious medical emergency on Court Street. That person had to be transported to Concord Hospital. Minutes later, there was an alarm activation at the Taylor Home. While at that location, there was another serious medical emergency on Summer Street. Earlier that morning, at 8:15 A.M., there were two simultaneous medical emergencies – both patients were high risk. - LACONIA FD

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California: Frank Anaya, 22 Rank: Inmate Firefighter Incident Date: July 5, 2017 Death Date: July 11, 2017 Fire Department: CAL FIRE Initial Summary: Inmate Firefighter Frank Anaya was treated on scene and taken to the hospital in critical condition on July 5, 2017, after suffering a chainsaw injury to the leg while working a fire near Lakeside, California. Fire crews were clearing brush and working with air crews to successfully defend a threatened mobile home park when the injury occurred. Despite all efforts by medical personnel, Inmate Firefighter Anaya passed away on July 11, 2017. Missouri: John Kemper, 59 Rank: Fire Captain Incident Date: July 5, 2017 Death Date: July 12, 2017 Fire Department: St. Louis Fire Department Initial Summary: Fire Captain John Kemper was injured while battling a structure fire at 3622 Pennsylvania AVE on the morning of July 5, 2017. Kemper was transported to the hospital to be treated for a shoulder injury but it was discovered that he had instead suffered a more serious injury and, soon thereafter, underwent surgery. Fire Captain Kemper was released from the hospital and while recovering at home, passed away from reported complications of his injury. Washington: Robert Spinner, 50 Rank: Interim Fire Chief Incident Date: July 14, 2017 Death Date: July 14, 2017 Fire Department: Lynden Fire Department Initial Summary: Incident Description: Interim Fire Chief Robert Spinner died from an apparent heart attack while on-duty and participating in a fire department fitness activity (jogging).

Oregon: Trenton Martin Johnson, 19 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: July 19, 2017 Death Date: July 19, 2017 Fire Department: Grayback Forestry, Inc. Initial Summary: While part of a 20-person crew staging an initial attack on a forest fire in the Sealy Ranger District of the Lolo National Forest in Montana, Firefighter Trenton Johnson was struck by a falling tree. He was flown to a Missoula hospital for treatment, but passed away from the injuries he sustained when struck. Michigan: Allen Charles Howard, 49 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: July 17, 2017 Death Date: July 18, 2017 Fire Department: Adrian Charter Township Fire Department Initial Summary: Firefighter Howard responded with his fire department to a mutual aid fire call in a field involving bailing equipment and multiple large bales of (burning) hay. The fire department reported very high heat and humidity conditions over the several hour incident period as firefighters worked to extinguish the fire. The following morning, Firefighter Howard fell ill and succumbed to a nature and cause of fatal injury still to be reported. Michigan: Kevin Ramsey, 50 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: July 29, 2017 Death Date: July 29, 2017 Fire Department: Detroit Fire Department Initial Summary: Firefighter Kevin Ramsey died of an apparent heart attack shortly after returning to the firehouse from fighting a second commercial structure fire of the day. Firefighter Ramsey complained of nausea and chest pain to fellow firefighters, so they immediately began treatment and summoned advanced medical responders to the station. Firefighter Ramsey was taken to Detroit Receiving Hospital where, despite all efforts, he succumbed to his injury.

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Fire in Burlington’s Old North End

This 18-unit condo complex was destroyed by fire.


Nine-Alarm Fire Sends Out Firefighters From Two Counties Westfield, VT - On August 3rd, Montgomery Fire Department was called to Alpine Haven for an 18-unit condo complex on fire at Alpine Meadows Condominiums. The Franklin County Fire Departments that responded were Montgomery, Enosburgh, Richford, Berkshire, Bakersfield, Sheldon and Franklin. Fire Departments that responded from

JUMP TO FILE #080417110 Orleans County were Jay, North Troy and Troy. Missisquoi Rescue from Troy stood-by at the scene. The complex was destroyed by the fire. Six units were occupied and all families escaped injury. One Enosburgh firefighter

Burlington, VT - On July 25th around 1:37 P.M., Burlington Fire Department was dispatched to a reported stove fire in the city's Old North End. The Acting Shift Commander transmitted a working fire while en-route due to the numerous calls received at dispatch. Engine Co. 2 arrived and stretched a handline, knocking down the main body of fire while other crews searched and vented the building.

was transported by Enosburgh Ambulance for a knee injury. Fire Departments were on the scene for several hours. The fire is under investigation. A very special thank you to Robert Gleason Jr. for giving permission to use the photos. - GREG RAMSDELL


Firefighters Respond to Apartment Building Fire

A pond for water supply almost drained.


St. Albans City, VT - On July 16th at approximately 10:11 A.M., St. Albans City Fire Department responded to North Main Street for an apartment building on fire. Mutual aid from St. Albans Town Fire Department also responded to the scene. AmCare Ambulance Service paramedic units stood-by at the scene. When City fire arrived on scene, heavy smoke and flames were showing. St. Albans Police Department was on the scene for traffic control. No one was home in the unit that the fire broke out in. Everyone escaped from the other units without injuries. Firefighters were on the scene for several hours. There were no reported injuries. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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Four-Alarm Fire Ravages UVM’s Torrey Hall RYAN WIKLUND

Working Fire at UVM’s Centennial Field

Burlington, VT - On July 20th around 7:30 P.M., Burlington Fire Department was dispatched to a possible structure fire at Centennial Field, home of the Vermont Lake Monsters, that was called in by the on-duty UVM rescue crew. Engine Co. 1 arrived on scene and Lt. Chris Laramie reported that there was smoke and fire showing from the eaves of the team building, and transmitted a working fire. Engine-1 stretched a line and extinguished the main body of fire while other companies opened up the roof.

Burlington, VT - At approximately 8:12 A.M. on August 3rd, Burlington Fire Department received a Master Box activation for 27 Colchester Avenue, Torrey Hall. Engine Co. 3, which is in close proximity to the campus, could see heavy smoke and flames leaving the firehouse. Lieutenant TJ Barrett then quickly transmitted a working fire incident, increasing the response to include all on-duty BFD crews. Engine-3 arrived on scene less than

JUMP TO FILE #081017112 two minutes later to find construction workers exiting the building, indicating that they had been working on the roof deck when the fire started. Deputy Chief Robert Plante arrived on scene moments later to find the entire roof structure obscured by dense black smoke and transmitted a second-alarm, fol-

lowed immediately by a thirdalarm, bringing all off-duty BFD personnel back into the City, while also bringing South Burlington Fire Department Ladder-1 and Winooski Fire Department Tower-4 to the scene. Aggressive interior attacks were coordinated with multiple exterior attacks to bring this fire under control with minimal damage to the historical artifacts housed within Torrey Hall. - BURLINGTON FD



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Firefighters arrived to find smoke coming out of the library book return.


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“10-75” The Box VIDEO REVIEW

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“10-75” The Box By Fire Line Video Productions Available from: FSP Books & Videos 188 Central Street, #4 Hudson, MA 01749-1330 1-800-522-8528 e-mail: Price: $29.95 (DVD) This presentation is in excess of 60 minutes and involves three major fires during 2001. In New York City, the fire signal “10-75” represents the need for three engines and two trucks to respond to the scene of an incident. It is usually transmitted by the first arriving company or chief and when those units are put to work, an “All Hands” signal is transmitted which brings a rescue company and very often other equipment. It is followed by additional alarms if needed. This is a weak explanation to give the reader an idea about the title of the DVD. Of the three fires on this DVD, all are well beyond a 10-75! What I can say about them is “Wow!”. It stands to reason that they all started out with a 10-75 signal. The first fire was in the Bronx at E. 174th Street and Weeks Avenue. It involved (six) one-story attached

stores commonly known as “taxpayers,” meaning that they were cheaply built structures placed basically to pay the taxes on what otherwise would be vacant land. This is a second-alarm, but has the appearance of a much worse fire. Heavy streams operate from four tower ladders and two Stang guns. There are some handlines but the fire seems to defy everything, resulting in an outside fight. Very intense flames can be seen inside the building. The second fire is a third-alarm in Brooklyn in the month of January. It involves two frame dwellings heavily involved in which there were two DOA’s. It became another exterior operation. The third was in the Bronx at East 169th St. and College Ave. in the Highbridge section and eventually goes to seven-alarms, involving (14) two-story attached dwellings. The fire just runs the cockloft. At least two trench cuts are made by truck companies on the roof. The videographer at one point takes a position on a roof across the street and at times, the smoke is so intense that the buildings are obscured, almost as if you are in an airplane above the clouds. It again becomes an outside fight in the most intense parts of the fire. In all of the fires, toward the end of the coverage, a voice in the background gives a size-up and explains what is burning and what armament is being used to combat it. This is one of the most fire intense videos I have seen.


Boy Starts Fire in Library Return Box Berwick, ME - After Fourth of July celebrations quieted down without incident, Berwick Fire Department received a call for smoke coming out of the book return box at the Berwick Public Library. A nearby resi- JUMP TO FILE# dent reported that 071417104 young boys were running from the scene and that they had put firecrackers or something similar into the return box. The resident immediately put a call into fire and police, preventing further damage, and police were able to catch up to the culprits. Firefighters responded to find the fire contained in the book return and several books and DVDs damaged. Fire did not spread to the building and no one was hurt. The library responded with photos of the damaged books in a Facebook post saying, “We are deeply disappointed that somebody thought this would be a funny prank, and your library has lost many books, DVDs and audio books.” A 12-year-old boy was soon charged with arson for the incident, and the library is taking donations to make up for the loss. - ERIN THOMAS

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3rd Alarm Strikes Historic 177-Year-Old Building in Downtown Bethel Bethel, CT - At 1:01 A.M. on the morning of July 13th, the Bethel and Stony Hill Fire Departments were dispatched to a reported structure fire at 182 Greenwood Avenue. The 200'x30', three- JUMP TO FILE# story, wood-frame 071417102 structure was built in 1840, and contained commercial businesses on the first-floor, and apartments above. With the buildings alarms sounding, one of those awakened was a long-time Bethel volunteer firefighter. Exiting his apartment, he realized his immobile neighbor was still inside. Under heavy fire and smoke conditions, and without the protection of his turnout gear or SCBA, the firefighter disregarded his own safety and made entry, where he found the victim on the floor. He proceeded to drag him out to safety where he was assisted by arriving Bethel Police Officers, who would also go on to evacuate other tenants from the building. Arriving firefighters were met with heavy fire blowing out of the front windows from the secondfloor apartment, rapidly extending up the exterior into the third-floor and attic space. With the possibility of others trapped and heavy volume of fire on arrival, Bethel FD Chief Scott Murphy immediately requested a full first-alarm assignment from the neighboring City of Danbury, who responded with two Engines, one Tower Ladder and one Squad, with Deputy Chief Steve Williams. After approximately three hours and extensive overhaul, the fire was deemed under control and the scene was turned over to the State Fire Marshal's Office to investigate the cause and origin. Additional mutual aid was provided by Redding, West Redding, Hawleyville, Dodgingtown, Brookfield, Wooster Hose Company, and a crew from New Milford providing station coverage at the Stony Hill firehouse. Additionally, with the assistance of the Fairfield County Fire Coordinator, relief crews from Shelton (White Hills Ladder-51), Monroe (Stevenson Engine-302), and Trumbull (Long Hill Squad9) also responded. The rescued tenant would be transported to the Bridgeport Hospital Burn Center with severe burns. One firefighter would be treated for a hand laceration, while another would be held for observation.

Bethel Tower-1 hitting it hard.


Set into a hill, the structure was three stories in the front, and two stories in the rear.



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Vehicle Rolls Over in Occum

Norwich, CT - At 7:07 P.M. on Tuesday, August 8th, the Lisbon, Occum and Yantic Fire Departments were dispatched to Interstate 395 Northbound, north of Exit 18, for a vehicle rollover. Lisbon Captain Cingranelli arrived first and found the vehicle flipped onto its driver's side, with two males that had self-extricated. The assignment was quickly scaled back to just the Occum Fire Department who responded with Engines 41 and 42, as well as Squad 4. Crews started patient care until American Ambulance arrived and transported one male to Backus Hospital.


Truck Versus Motorcycle for Bozrah Bozrah, CT - On Tuesday, July 18th at noon, the Bozrah Fire Department, with mutual aid from Gardner Lake, responded to the intersection of Bozrah Street and Bishop Road for a truck that collided with a motorcycle. Engine-126 arrived first and found that a truck had attempted to make a left turn onto Route 163, directly in front of the motorcyclist, causing the accident. Ambulance-526 performed patient care and transported the male operator to Backus Hospital. Firefighters tended to the fluid spill and cleared shortly after.

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Heavy Fire Showing From House in Windham Windham, CT - At 8:23 A.M. on Friday, July 21st, the North Windham Fire Department, with mutual aid from Windham Center, South Windham, Willimantic and Uconn FAST, were dispatched to 503 North Windham Road for a kitchen fire. Willimantic En- JUMP TO FILE# gine-301 was first- 072217101 due and reported heavy fire showing from the first-floor "Bravo" side. Their crew stretched a one-and-three-quarter hose line and made entry from the rear. North Windham Engine-102 arrived shortly after and gave Engine-301 their tank water. The next due engine laid a supply line to a pond down the road and set up a draft. Crews made a good knock on the first-floor, but the fire quickly got into the walls and traveled up to the second-floor and attic. Firefighters cut two vent holes in the roof and fought the fire for about an hour-and-a-half before placing it under control. Crews from Chaplin, Columbia, Franklin, Mansfield, Lebanon and Scotland assisted on scene. - RYAN FLAHERTY

Fire ran the walls and began to vent from the attic.

The second vent hole is cut in the roof.




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Afternoon House Fire Breaks Out in Roxbury Roxbury, CT - At 2:44 P.M. on July 17th, the tones sounded to alert Roxbury Fire and EMS of a house on fire at 94 Davenport Road. A nearby fire police member arrived quickly and reported a house that was fully involved. The Roxbury Mutual Aid Plan was put into play, summoning assistance from the Washington, Bridgewater, Woodbury, Southbury and Northville Fire Departments. Initially, a tanker shuttle was deployed, but within minutes, Roxbury's Tanker pulled a draft from a pond on the property of the fire building. Washington Ladder-1 was put to work to extinguish the fire from above. The house was a Cape Cod

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JUMP TO FILE #071717175 type construction, with a fully array of solar panels on the roof. Upon the arrival of firefighters, fire was showing from all the windows. Attack crews utilized multiple handlines along with the aerial ladder. After a few hours of difficult firefighting, most crews were released, and there were no injuries. The Roxbury Fire Marshals, along with the State Police Fire Marshals are investigating cause and origin. - BERNIE MEEHAN

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Over the course of two days, August 1st & 2nd, the Danbury FD participated in a joint agency training evolution at the Western Connecticut State University. Along with WCSU Police, staffers and Danbury EMS, the firefighters operated with two Civil Support Teams of the National Guard. The 14th CST of the Connecticut National Guard based at Bradley Airport, who were joined by the 15th CST of the Vermont National Guard based in South Burlington. A CST, or Civil Support Team is a specialized, National Guard Unit that is trained and equipped to respond to Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear incidents. These units are staffed full time in their respective states and are ready to respond on very short notice. In this instance, 1st Responders, including the Resident Director of the dorm, the University Police, and then the Danbury Fire Department, responded to reports of suspi-

cious incidents in dorm rooms. Upon inspection, the scenarios included a clandestine drug lab, a biological weapons lab, a chemical assisted suicide, as well as possible radioactive devices. On the first day, members of the DFD HazMat team donned protective gear to do initial recon of the rooms. On the second day, the operations began with a briefing of the firefighters findings, and then the CST members took over with their research, intel and response capabilities. The CST members worked alongside the firefighters, utilizing their expertise assisting with such assets as command, communications, intelligence gathering, hazmat response and decontamination. The training exercise went very well despite the high heat and humidity, and the fire department members came away with a valuable experience of working with the federal assets. - BERNIE MEEHAN


Car Accident With One Trapped in Norwich

Norwich, CT - At 9:16 P.M. on July 31st, Norwich's Engine-2 and Squad-A were dispatched to Gilmour Street near Fourth Street for a one-car accident with injuries. Engine-2 arrived to find a car that had driven up an embankment and then returned to the roadway. Engine-2 initiated patient care and removed the front passenger's door to free a trapped occupant. Squad-A helped secure the vehicle and stretched a hose line for precaution. American Ambulance then transported two patients to Backus Hospital.


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Harwich FD Holds Swearing-In and Promotional Ceremony Harwich, MA - A ceremony was held on August 2nd at Harwich Fire Headquarters to promote Firefighter Ryan Edwards, and to swear in William Schneeweiss as a new firefighter. After the retirement of a 33-year member of the De- JUMP TO FILE# partment, Chief 080317105 Norman Clarke promoted a new Lieutenant and hired a new firefighter to fill the position. The ceremony, attended by department members, town officials, Harwich Police, surrounding fire departments and family, took place in front of the Robert A Peterson Firehouse on Sisson. Firefighter Ryan Edwards, a 10-year member of the department and son of retired Orleans Fire Chief Steven Edwards, was administered his oath by Harwich Town Clerk Anita Doucette. Edwards, “a quiet leader that presents himself as a true professional," according to Chief Clarke, was one of several very qualified candidates for the position. Immediately following the oath, Ryan’s father pinned his Lieutenant’s badge on his uniform. William Schneeweiss came to the Harwich Fire Department as a Provisional Firefighter after working as a Call Firefighter in Brewster. The provisional role is a difficult one because of its temporary nature and the fact that it is essentially a non-stop job interview. Chief Clarke credited Bill with “fitting in, knowing his place, knowing when to speak and knowing when to listen.” After taking his oath from the Town Clerk, Bill’s mother Joan pinned his badge on his uniform. Both Ryan and Bill were presented their certificates of appointment by Chief Clarke and their new helmet shields by Deputy Chief Dave LeBlanc. Firefighter Jeff Erving was also recognized for completing his one year probationary period. Jeff was given a helmet front that signifies Engine Company 65, which is his current assignment. The Department Chaplain, Father Marc Tremblay assisted with the ceremony, offering words of guidance from Father Mychal Judge, a chaplain for the New York City Fire Department that was killed on September 11th. “Lord, take me where you want me to go; Let me meet who you want me to meet; Tell me what You want me to say, and Keep me out of Your way.” Immediately following the ceremony there were light refreshments provided by the Harwich Fire Association. - HARWICH FD

Badge pinning of Firefighter Ryan Edwards.


Badge pinning of Firefighter William Schneeweiss.



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Hopkinton Firefighters Make Quick Knock Down Hopkinton, MA - Hopkinton Fire responded to 100 Davis Road for a fire alarm at 5:28 P.M. on July 23rd. E4 and L1 arrived to find smoke showing from the dwelling. Crews stretched two hand lines to make a quick knock down. Crews began overhaul and found extension into the attic. Ashland, Milford and Southborough also assisted at the scene. A cause of the fire is under investigation.


An Interesting Fact About Ludlow FD... The Ludlow, Massachusetts Fire Dept. has had seven Fire Chiefs since it's inception in the early 1900's, five of whom are still active in the community! The current new Chief, Ryan Pease, just took over the reigns after Fire Chief Babineau retired in May 2017. The chiefs lined up for a picture during the retirement party of Fire Chief Mark Babineau. (L to R): Fire Chiefs Ryan Pease (2017), Mark Babineau (2008), Charlie Chaconas (2000), Anthony Jarvis (1988) and Homer Dubois (1962), son of Fire Chief Rene Dubois (1947).

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Working House Fire in Kingston Kingston, MA - Firefighters responded to reports of a fire in a building at 117 Wapping Rd. on July 27th. First arriving units found smoke showing from an abandoned house. Firefighters made an interior attack and knocked the fire down before companies were ordered out of the building due to multiple holes in the floor. Firefighters were able to vent the building and confirm that there was no extension. There were no injuries at the scene.


Truck Versus Tree in Falmouth Falmouth, MA - The driver of a truck split a pine tree in half and continued on, crashing into a tree on Fresh Pond Road in East Falmouth on July 27th. He was taken to Falmouth Hospital in serious condition.


The truck carrying a dumpster collided with the side of the CVS Pharmacy.

Truck Carrying Dumpster Crashes into Whitman CVS Whitman, MA - Shortly before 7:00 A.M. on the morning of Friday, July 21st, the Whitman Fire Department responded to a report of a truck into a building at 351 Bedford Street (Route-18) the CVS Pharmacy. Whitman Engine-243, Ambulance-249 and Car-3 responded. Companies arrived to find a truck carrying a dumpster that collided into the side of the CVS Phar-

JUMP TO FILE #072517111 macy. The driver denied injuries and reported that there was a mechanical failure with the truck that made him collide with the store. The pharmacy was not open at the time of the accident, and no injuries were reported. The building inspector responded to the scene

and closed the building for the day to customers while the damage was assessed, and made safe. The cause of the accident is under investigation by the Whitman Police Department, with the assistance of the Plymouth County Sheriffs Department BCI unit and a truck team member from East Bridgewater. - PAT TRAVERS

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Structure Fire Quickly Knocked in Carver

Carver, MA - Firefighters responded to 55 Wenham Rd. on July 27th for a report of a structure fire. First arriving companies found heavy fire in the front of the building in the area of the garage. Firefighters made an aggressive exterior attack and quickly knocked the fire down. Firefighters did extensive overhaul and checked for extension. There were no injuries at the scene. Fire Departments from Plympton and Plymouth responded to the scene to assist.



Early hand-drawn fire engines, ladder wagons, hose carts, etc. had to be pushed back into fire stations by hand. All of this backing in by hand became unnecessary when motorized engines came to be,

Hanson, MA - Just before 8:00 P.M. on the evening of Wednesday, July 26th, the Hanson Fire Department responded to 572 Brook Street for a reported house fire. Companies arrived to find heavy JUmP TO FIlE# fire from the base- 072717106 ment windows on the "A-D" corner of the occupied dwelling. A working fire was requested, bringing mutual aid engine companies from Pembroke and Whitman to the scene, and a Hanover engine for station coverage. First arriving companies made a transitional fire attack, hitting the heavy fire from the exterior of the building. When the fire darkened down, the Pembroke engine crew advanced a hand line into the building. An additional line was brought in and crews worked the basement level and the first-floor of the raised ranch. Crews were able to knock down the heavy fire quickly and contained it to the "A-D" corner of the building. Crews spent an extended amount of time opening up and checking for extension. All of the occupants of the house were out of the building when firefighters arrived. No injuries were reported and the cause of the fire is currently under investigation. - PAT TRAVERS

however some companies continue to make every effort to honor and pay homage to past members that had to push their engines into the station by doing the same to the new units. This is how “Pushing-In” ceremonies originated.

Crews open up the "D" side to wet down and check for extension. PAT TrAvErS/NEFIrEPhOTO.COm

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Early Morning Fire Erupts in Fall River


Fall River, MA - Shortly after 4:00 A.M. on August 5th, firefighters responded to the intersection of Maple and Linden Streets for a reported house fire. Firefighters arrived to a three-story, wood-frame with smoke showing from the thirdfloor. Command advised members on scene of a report of someone still on the third-floor and declared a working fire. Engine-2 stretched attack lines to the fire floor while Platform-

JUMP TO FILE #080517100 1 was forced to use ground ladders because their aerial device was out of service. Ladder-4 was able to use their aerial ladder to reach the roof, while Engine-12 secured a hydrant for Engine-2. All occupants were accounted for and firefighters were seen removing pets and returning them to

their grateful owners. Special Services called in the Red Cross to assist the tenants who could not return to their apartment. Firefighters made a great stop after an aggressive interior attack and limited the damage to the third-floor and attic. Investigators were called in to determine origin and cause. Firefighters were on scene for several hours mopping up. - KENNETH LEGER


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Heavy Fire on Arrival in Duxbury

Duxbury, MA - Firefighters responded to a report of a building fire on Brick Hill Lane on August 8th. First arriving companies found heavy fire showing on arrival. Firefighters entered the building and quickly found the family dog and rescued it from the structure. Mutual Aid was called to the scene, with coverage coming from Kingston, Pembroke, Marshfield and Plymouth. No injuries were reported at the scene.

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Hinsdale, MA - Picture shows Kevin Hannigan of Firematic Supply (left) conducting a full length training class using ResQJack stabilization equipment and Vetter air bags. The stabilization equipment, plus two Hurst edraulics cutters and a spreader, were purchased using a 2017 AFG grant and matching funds from the Town of Hinsdale. Twenty firefighters attended the recent training session.

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The Board of Fire Commissioners of the Uniondale Fire District will accept sealed Bids until 2:00 pm, August 31, 2017, for the sale of one (1) Red 2005 International Ambulance. Add’l detailed info can be obtained. At 3pm, August 31, 2017, bid(s) will be opened and publicly read aloud. Vehicle is to be sold “as is”. Hurst Tool and other equipment included in sale. The minimum accepted bid for the vehicle is $35,000 w/ firematic pkg. Sealed bid(s) may be delivered in person to District Office M-F 9:00a5:00p at 501 Uniondale Ave., 2nd Floor, Uniondale, NY 11553. Sealed bid(s) must be marked “Bid for 2005 International Ambulance”. Sealed bid(s) must be accompanied with a check in the amount of ten percent (10%) of the bid price submitted or the bid will not be accepted. Contact District Secretary at (516) 481-8411 8:30a-5:00p M-F. The final sale payment is to be by certified or bank check. The Uniondale Fire District reserves the right to reject any and all bids.

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Boat Overturns in Wareham, Child Flown from Scene Wareham, MA - Around 4:30 P.M. on the afternoon of Wednesday, July 26th, a call was placed in to the United States Coast Guard reporting a vessel in distress in Wareham, near the entrance to the Cape Cod Canal, within the Hog Island ChanJUMP TO FILE# nel. The USCG 072717105 launched a MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter and a 45-foot boat to assist. The Wareham Department of Natural Resources, Massachusetts Environmental Police and the Marion Harbormaster were some of the first responders en route to the scene, along with good samaritans from the sailing vessel "Disco Volante," which was one of the first on-scene assisting. Crews arrived to find an 18foot boat overturned, which had three adults and nine children onboard. Initially, reports had the number of people on-board between five and eleven, which made accountability difficult. The victims from the overturned vessel advised responders that there was one child unaccounted for. Officers entered the water, but due to the positioning of the vessel, the choppy waters and strong current conditions, they were not able to search under the boat. A local commercial diver working in the area, Mike Margulis, of Extreme Diving in Marion, responded to the scene following calls for help and immediately dove into the water and searched under the vessel, where he located the unaccounted for victim, a young child. The child was brought aboard Wareham Marine Unit-1 where CPR was immediately initiated. The child was brought to shore, and immediately transported to Tobey Hospital, and ultimately transported to a Boston hospital via Boston MedFlight. With the possibility of missing people from the overturned boat, the Wareham Fire Department requested the Plymouth County Technical Rescue Dive Team to respond and stage at the Tempest Boat Ramp on Oak Street. Several team members responded, but were not needed following full accountability of all those on the vessel. Numerous other agencies and private vessels responded to the scene to help and assist with the rescue.

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Wareham Fire secures their boat at the Tempest Boat Ramp.



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Hinsdale VFD Handles Overturned Tanker Incident Hinsdale, MA - At 8:56 A.M. on June 27th, Dalton Communications Center reported a tank truck rollover on Washington Road (Rt. 8) near the Washington/Hinsdale town line involving personal injury. Hinsdale VFD responded with Ambulance-5, Rescue-4 and Engine-2 and seven firefighters. Once on the scene, Chief JUMP TO FILE# Larry Turner ra- 072517107 dioed to incoming units that there was diesel fuel leakage coming from at least one compartment of the vehicle’s tank. Ambulance-5, the first HFD unit on the scene, immediately tended to the driver’s non-lifethreatening head, shoulder and upper left arm scrapes and lacerations. He was taken to Berkshire Medical Center via County Ambulance. HFD Ambulance-5 remained on the scene due to the expected long term incident duration. During his initial assessment, Chief Turner observed that the leaking diesel fuel had already made its way to Caty Brook, about 100-feet away. On arrival, Rescue4 deployed hazmat booms to block

any further drainage into the brook. Meanwhile, with the overturned tanker blocking the entire roadway, Chief Turner requested truckloads of sand from the highway departments of both towns. Coincidently, there was a gravel processing operation about one-quarter mile away and one of their trucks notified the quarry about the situation. They immediately dispatched a third truckload of sand. As the sand arrived, a dike/basin was formed around the entire spill area which fully contained any further leakage. This involved strategic dumping, hand shoveling and use of a front end loader from the Town of Hinsdale. At this time, the Berkshire County Hazardous Materials Coordinator, Pittsfield Fire Chief Robert Czerwinski, arrived on scene, joining a PFD member of the District-5 Hazmat Team who lived nearby and had already responded. With the spill contained and after about an hour long wait for an offload tanker to arrive, work turned to coordination with Mass DEP, Mass Highway, Mass State Police Accident Reconstruction Team and three environmental cleanup services to work with the tanker company staff, who had arrived from their base in West

Springfield. Additionally, Village Auto provided two heavy vehicle wreckers to work on the eventual righting of the tanker. Research of the driver’s dispensing tickets indicated that there was 1,600-gallons of diesel fuel remaining in the section of the tank that was leaking subsequent to his last stop. The second section, which was not leaking, contained off road

diesel. Ultimately, the estimate was that 400-gallons leaked out, most of which was contained by the sand dike. Further inspection by HFD and Mass DEP staff determined that the fuel had not made its way into a small pond about a half mile through the wooded area adjacent to the spill. Additional containment strategies were deployed to cut off any further


spread into the area around the pond. The tank truck was very gently returned to all four wheels approximately three hours after the incident started and all units remained on the scene until 2:32 P.M. assisting with full roadway cleanup and restoration of two-way traffic. - RICHARD SCIALABBA

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Rollover MVA in Plymouth Injures Two Plymouth, MA - Firefighters responded to Samoset St. in the area of Myles Standish Plaza on August 6th for an MVA. Arriving units found a two-car MVA. One of the vehicles had rolled over and landed upright. Two ambulances were called to the scene and two patients were transported by ground to BI Hospital in Plymouth.

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Westport FD Hosts 2nd Annual Fire Explorer Camp Westport, MA - The Westport Fire Department hosted its 2nd annual Fire Explorer Camp at Station1, July 24th-27th. Fire Exploring is a scouting organization with the Boy Scouts of America. It offers young adults the opportunity to explore a career in the fire service with hands-on training and classroom instruction. Westport Fire established its Fire Explorer Post, Post-774 in 2016. Stoneham and Boxford Fire also have Fire Explorer Posts and a few of their members attended this year’s camp. Last year, Pascoag, RI sent explorers, but were unable to attend this year. The camp consisted of classroom instruction, physical fitness training and hands-on firefighting tactics training. Westport Fire also hosted a fire truck expo with area departments. DCR Forest Service sent brush apparatus, while Swansea Fire, Somerset Fire, Little Compton Fire, Berkley Fire and Fall River EMS all sent apparatus for the camp participants to check out. In the afternoon, the explorers heard from the District-3 Fire Warden, Aaron Whiddon, about careers in Wildland Firefighting and they heard from Chief Kevin Gallagher of Acushnet Fire on Incident Command structure. The Explorers went to Fall River Fire Academy on Wednesday for a demonstration put on by the Bristol County Technical Rescue Team and were assisted in

JUMP TO FILE #080417108 rappelling from the third-story of the training tower. In the afternoon, the explorers drilled at the academy on the basics of search and rescue techniques, long lug out and hose handling. Thursday completed the camp with a guest lecturer, Lt. William Baraby of Westport Fire. Fire investigator Lt. Baraby put a lecture on about arson investigation and demonstrated signs to look for. Special thanks to all of our sponsors for their generosity during our camp event: First and foremost, thank you to Westport Fire Department, MA members, and Chief Brian Legendre and Deputy Allen Manley for their support of this program. Special thanks to Fall River Fire Department Academy, and especially to Chief Lynch and Deputy Chief St. Martin and the Bristol County Technical Rescue team for their program on Wednesday. Thank you to Dartmouth Fire District 2 Chief Andrade for using their training props and to all the fire apparatus who came to our truck expo, Swansea Fire Dept, Somerset Fire Dept, Town of Berkley Fire Dept, DCR Forest Fire Control, Little Compton Firefighter's Association Local 3957, FRFD EMS, and Ashley Cullinane NBC 10 for covering the event.

Thank you to the Arson watch reward program, Bristol County Fire Chiefs Association, Westport Firefighters IAFF L-1802, Baraby Corp Electrical & Generator Contractrors, S.E. Mass Hoisting Continuing Education, Amber Rose Flora & Gifts, Bruce's Saw Shop, Lickety Splits, Country Woolens, Handy Hill Creamery, Nick's Homemade Pizza, State Road Automobile Sales, Westport Rivers Vineyard & Winery, and Pine Hill Gas & Convenience , Lees Market and Village Pizza of Westport for your generosity and time. Thank you to Stoneham Fire Explorer Program and Boxford Fire Explorer Post 911 for joining us for the week and a special thanks to all the instructors and guest instructors, as well as support staff who made this program possible: Lt. Brian Beaulieu, Lt. William Baraby, FF Keith Nickelson, FF Robert Porawski, FF Ken Reilly, FF Weston Thurston, Westport Fire FF Michael Leger, Acushnet Fire FF Mark Pavao, Somerset Fire's Fire Chief Kevin Gallagher Acushnet Fire, District 3 Warden Aaron Whiddon, Fall River EMS Supervisor Robert Camara and Fall River EMS Director Tim Oliveria. Thank you all for your participation and help during the camp. Like us on Facebook! - ANN MARIE PECKHAM



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Eating Healthy in the Firehouse FORK & HOSE CO. a Food Blog by A.J. Fusco

Let’s face it, the fire service is filled with bad habits. I am not here to sugar coat it. Whether it is not masking up in a structure fire or the unhealthy food we are putting on our kitchen tables, it is killing us...plain and simple. The statistics are staggering and unacceptable. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, in 2015, 66.7% of Line of Duty Deaths were caused by Stress/Overexertion. This cause is the number one killer of firefighters, not collapse, not burns….cardiac-related incidents. But guess what, we can change this statistic! Because we have the ability to change our lifestyles in and out of the firehouse for the better. That is why Fork and Hose Co. tries to focus on healthier meals as much as possible. And with other like-minded friends such as 555 Fitness, I know for sure we can help push the fire service in a new direction. When I started my own “journey” on to a healthier lifestyle

through fitness and nutrition, I knew I had to carry it over into my firehouse to a certain degree in order to stay on track. So I started cooking more nutritious meals for the crew and myself. It was sort of trial and error at first, but I realized the most effective tactic to get the guys to eat better and still enjoy the meal was to start with small changes. What I mean by this is to take a meal popular in the firehouse, and adjust one component towards a healthier alternative. Here is an example of what I mean: Traditional: Steak with Buttered Green Beans and French Fries Healthier alternative: Steak with Olive Oil Roasted Green Beans, Baked Potato It is all about keeping those familiar flavors and ingredients but changing the preparation, seasoning or even where the ingredients came from. When I say where they came from, I am referring to where in the store you found the ingredient. An example of this is instead of using canned vegetables, to use fresh or frozen, as canned vegetables contain preservatives. A great way to think when shopping is to stay on the outside perimeter of the store. This is usually where stores put the fresh produce, meat and

seafood aisles. The middle aisles are usually dedicated to pre-packaged, preservative-laden foods. The fresh produce aisle is filled with ingredients that can elevate a seemingly mundane dish like grilled chicken, just like the PeachGrilled Corn Salsa recipe for this month! I also think changing one meal a tour is a great way to start as well. So if your crew usually makes lunch and dinner, maybe keep lunch a little more traditional and go a little healthier on dinner, or vise versa. This will keep everyone from getting burned out on healthy food and lessen the chance of falling back into the old habits that are killing us. Just remember who we have all sworn to protect and come home to. It is our duty to perform to our best abilities and make sure we make it home after shift. Let’s change the statistics together and let’s start in the most important room in the firehouse… the kitchen! Fork and Hose Co. is looking for more recipes to feature every month in 1st Responder Newspaper. Do you have a firehousefriendly recipe you would like to see featured? Tag us @forkandhoseco or send us an email to!

“Peach-Grilled Corn Salsa” Ingredients: -4 RIPE PEACHES, pitted and chopped -1 SMALL RED ONION, pickled (see recipe below) -1/2-1 JALAPENO, seeded and diced (adjust to liking) -3 EARS OF CORN, grill and cut off kernels -2 LIMES, zest and juice -1/2 BUNCH OF CILANTRO, rough chopped -1 TBS. EVOO -SALT, to taste



Firefighters Remove Weather Service Balloon Stuck in Tree Avon, MA - Firefighters responded to Leos Lane on August 4th for a weather balloon that was stuck in a tree. Units on scene found a National Weather Service balloon that had landed in a tree. Avon Tower-1 was deployed and a firefighter successfully removed the balloon from the tree.


Procedure: - Combine all ingredients in a bowl, taste and adjust seasoning. ‘Pickled Red Onions’ Ingredients: -½ Cup of Cider Vinegar -1 Tbs. Sugar -1 Tbs. Salt -1 Cup of Water -1 Red Onion, sliced thin

Procedure: -Dissolve sugar and salt in water and vinegar. Place onions in a jar or bowl, cover with pickling liquid and place in fridge until cool.


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Help Is On the Way Chaplain’s Corner

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Bethel, CT - (L to R): Bethel Past Chief Fred Ingram, West Redding's Lt. TJ Landwehr, and Bethel Lt. Jay Oldham taking a break at Bethel's 3rd-Alarm job on July 13th.

Plympton, MA - Plympton Firefighter Ian Andrews works the pump on Engine-2.

Kingston, MA - Kingston Firefighter Veracka at a recent working fire.



“This poor man cried and the Lord heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles” (Psalm 34:6). Imagine the feeling of those, who during an emergency, call 9-11 and subsequently hear the distant scream of a siren as they approach to offer help. In many cases, this is the very worst day of their lives and they have all their hope and confidence in the professionalism of the Firefighters, Paramedics and/or EMTs who are rushing to their aid. There could be no better feeling than to know that help is on the way! Due to God’s love demonstrated in Jesus Christ, we have the confidence that God hears, cares and responds to His children in a

time of need. As a matter of fact, God knows the need even before we call upon him. “Before they call I will answer; while they are still speaking I will hear” (Isaiah 65:24). So, let us open your hearts to God as he responds to our many needs in life. “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit” (Psalm 34:18). Lean on Jesus. The Bible tells us to “Cast your care upon Him, for He cares for you” (I Peter 5:7). Whenever we hear that a person is in “stable condition” and not “critical condition,” there is a sigh of relief. Let Christ bring stability into the crisis. God constantly cares for his children, helping us face bad news. We thank God for our first responders as they arrive on scene of an emergency. I’m thankful God is with you on every call; and I’m also thankful that when people require emergency assistance, God sends YOU. You are the answer to someone’s prayers!

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