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Firefighters save barn Franklin Fire Department, Franklin Rescue, Enosburgh Ambulance, Enosburgh Fire, Highgate Fire and Sheldon Fire Department responded to Beaver Meadow Road for a barn fire. Enosburgh and Sheldon Fire Departments were cancelled enroute. Firefighters knocked the fire down quickly. The cause of the fire may have been an electrical cord that caught hay and sawdust on fire. The fire spread up a wall and to an upper level floor.


Car versus tree in Swanton At approximately 3:50 p.m. on February 28th, Missisquoi Valley Rescue, Swanton Fire Department and Vermont State Police (VSP) responded to a car versus a tree on Route 207 in Swanton. The operator was traveling north on Route 207, lost control, went off the east side of the road, struck a mailbox and then hit a tree. The operator was not injured. The accident remains under investigation by Vermont State Police.

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Rank: Captain Incident Date:01/22/2013 Death Date: 01/22/2013 Fire Department: Owego Fire Department Fire Dept. Info: Chief: Edward Franz Initial Summary: The Owego Fire Department Company #3 responded to a mutual aid call. While performing interior attack on the structure, Captain Porcari and another firefighter fell through the floor of the structure. Both firefighters were transported to separate facilities. Captain Porcari succumbed to his injuries shortly after arrival to the hospital. The other firefighter received burns and remains in serious condition.

Pennsylvania: Berwick, Michael Martin, 51

Rank: Firefighter Incident Date:11/27/2012 Death Date: 11/27/2012 Initial Summary: Firefighter Martin passed away while participating in a first responder training program at the Luzerne County Community College Public Safety Training Institute. Martin, an employee of PPL Susquehanna, was employed at the PPL nuclear power plant in Salem Township and was part of the company's on-site fire brigade. During a SCBA portion of the training, Martin required medical assistance. The on-site trainer began to administer CPR and a college official called 911. An ambulance transported Firefighter Martin to Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center where he succumbed to his injury. Investigation into the incident continues by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Texas: Bryan, Gregory Pickard, 54

Rank: Lieutenant Incident Date: Feb 15, 2013 Death Date: Feb 16, 2013 Fire Department: Bryan Fire Department Fire Dept. Info: Chief: Randy McGregor Initial Summary: While battling a blaze at a Knights of Columbus Hall, Lieutenant Wallace became trapped inside the structure. He notified others on the scene by radio, stating he was low on air. Lieutenant Pickard, accompanied by two other firefighters, entered the building to rescue Lieutenant Wallace. During the rescue, the roof collapsed. Lieutenant Wallace died at the scene and Lieutenant Pickard was rushed to the hospital where he later passed away from his injuries. Both firefighters died from burns sustained in the collapse. The two other firefighters involved are in stable but serious condition. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Texas: Bryan, Eric Wallace, 36 Rank: Lieutenant Incident Date: Feb 15, 2013 Death Date: Feb 16, 2013 Fire Department: Bryan Fire Department Fire Dept. Info: Chief: Randy McGregor Initial Summary: While battling a blaze at a Knights of Columbus Hall, Lieutenant Wallace became trapped inside the structure. He notified others on the scene by radio, stating he was low on air. Lieutenant Pickard, accompanied by two other firefighters, entered the building to rescue Lieutenant Wallace. During the rescue, the roof collapsed. Lieutenant Wallace died at the scene and Lieutenant Pickard was rushed to the hospital where he later passed away from his injuries. Both firefighters died from burns sustained in the collapse. The two other firefighters involved are in stable but serious condition. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Pennsylvania: Summit Hill, Claudia Sokol, 55 Rank: Fire Police Officer Incident Date: Feb 21, 2013 Death Date: Feb 22, 2013 Fire Department: Diligence Fire Company No.1 Fire Dept. Info: Chief: Shawn Hoben Initial Summary: Fire Police Officer Sokol suffered a medical emergency while on traffic control duties at the scene of a motor vehicle accident on Thursday and passed away Friday evening, February 22. Tennessee: Church Hill, David Schnepp, 43 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: Feb 24, 2013 Death Date: Feb 24, 2013 Fire Department: Carter's Valley Fire Departmentt Fire Dept. Info: Chief: Michael Yates Initial Summary: A short time after fighting a brush fire Sunday evening, February 24, Firefighter Schnepp passed away from a cause still to be determined. Incident Location: Pending Michigan: Mattawan, Nate Fruin, 22 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: Feb 26, 2013 Death Date: Feb 26, 2013 Fire Department: Mattawan Fire District Fire Dept. Info: Chief: Terron McLean Initial Summary: Firefighter Fruin was responding to a structure fire when he fell ill from a cause still to be determined. Shortly after leaving the station, Fruin's partner, who was driving, called to report the medical emergency. He then pulled over to the side of the road, and according to reports, Fruin went into cardiac arrest. Other responders stopped and rendered aid, but Firefighter Fruin succumbed to his injury.

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Derry works extrication Derry Fire Department responded to a reported occupant trapped in a vehicle on March 2nd at 1:30 a.m. on Miltimore Road. On arrival, Car 1, Engine 1, and Medic 1 found one female occupant heavily entrapped in a Toyota Camry, which had hit a tree head on at a high rate of speed. Car 1 requested an additional engine for manpower. Engine 4 responded. Crews worked with multiple tools including the jaws, spreaders, rams and sawzalls to free the occupant. The front wheel had broken through the fire wall, pinning her inside the vehicle. Members were able to make this complicated extrication look easy, removing the victim in a reasonably short amount of time. She was transported to the local emergency room of Parkland Medical Center in Derry for treatment.

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Working garage fire with extension At 4:00 p.m. on February 23rd, Charlestown Fire District was dispatched to a reported chimney fire. Mutual aid was automatically started from Dunn's Corners Fire Department and the Carolina Fire Department. Upon arrival of Charlestown Engine 812, the assignment was upgraded to a working structural response due to the garage being involved, bringing in multiple sur-

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If you are reading this column, you are probably getting a routine physical as part of your membership in your ďŹ re department. In the ďŹ re department where I am a member, Health and Safety Specialists/Raymond Basri, MD, come right to the ďŹ re station and the ďŹ reďŹ ghters go from one station to the next in an assembly line fashion for a quick, relatively painless and thorough physical. Our physicals are probably more thorough than most with emphasis on detecting and preventing coronary events – by far the biggest killer of ďŹ reďŹ ghters, both on and off duty. Dr. Raymond Basri and his staff take blood and test for cholesterol levels and advise our ďŹ reďŹ ghters whose results put them in the high-risk category. We are also given an EKG and then put on a treadmill wearing an SCBA and turnout coat or a 40 lb. weighted vest. We are then given an abbreviated stress test for several minutes and then put immediately back on the EKG. Dr. Basri’s staff is able to detect ďŹ reďŹ ghters who are experiencing possibly serious coronary disease and direct them to get further medical attention. They have undoubtedly saved many ďŹ reďŹ ghters’ lives with these and other tests. A good friend of mine, V. Frank Bariletti, MD., is an internist with a private practice. Frank is a superb diagnostic physician. He seems to derive great satisfaction from using his training and experience, like a veteran detective, to diagnose hard to detect disease and health problems. Dr. Bariletti indicated to me that a high majority of Americans experience heart attacks despite having normal cholesterol numbers, with some having passed a stress test. He informed me that there was a relatively new test that could reveal whether or not a person’s coronary arteries had a serious buildup of plaque. If this test reveals that your arteries are in fact impacted, you can work with a physician while there is still time to prevent a possible fatal heart attack. The following is a summary of this procedure: “Calcium Scoring Overview:* Coronary calcium is a marker for plaque (fatty deposits) in a blood vessel or atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries). The presence and amount of calcium detected in a coronary artery by the CT scan, indicates the presence and amount of atherosclerotic plaque. These calcium deposits appear years before the development of heart disease symptoms such as chest pain and shortness of breath. A calcium score is computed for each of the coronary arteries based upon the volume and density of the calcium deposits. This can be referred to as your calciďŹ ed plaque burden. It does not corre-

spond directly to the percentage of narrowing in the artery but does correlate with the severity of the underlying coronary atherosclerosis. This score is then used to determine the calcium percentile, which compares your calciďŹ ed plaque burden to that of other asymptomatic men and women of the same age. The calcium score, in combination with the percentile, enables your physician to determine your risk of developing symptomatic coronary artery disease, and to measure the progression of disease and the effectiveness of treatment. A score of zero indicates that there is no calciďŹ ed plaque burden. This implies that there is no signiďŹ cant coronary artery narrowing and a very low likelihood of a cardiac event over at least the next three years. A score greater than zero indicates at least some coronary artery disease. As the score increases, so does the likelihood of a signiďŹ cant coronary narrowing and the likelihood of a coronary event over the next three years, compared to peo-

ple with lower scores. Similarly, the likelihood of a coronary event increases with increasing calcium percentiles.â€? Dr. Bariletti feels that every interior ďŹ reďŹ ghter over 40 years old and those at high risk should get this test. This past January, with Dr. Bariletti’s prescription in hand, I went to Rockland Diagnostic Imaging (260 Rte. 303 N., West Nyack, NY 10994) and had the test done. The test itself took less than ďŹ ve minutes and a few days later, I received a folder in the mail with the test results; which thankfully, indicated that I was in the very low category. I am grateful to my good friend and my wife Robin for encouraging me (I was reluctant to make the appointment) to get the test. America’s ďŹ reďŹ ghters are typical Americans – physically. Many of us do not eat well, exercise, etc. However, we are not typical in what we subject our bodies to, whether it is the sudden disruption of sleep due to alarm responses or the physical demands from actual ďŹ reďŹ ghting and other emergencies.

It really seems to make sense to determine ahead of time how your arteries are doing and if there are problems, take steps to keep progression from taking place or to reverse the buildup.

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For a $100.00 test, you owe it to yourself, your family and your brother/sister ďŹ reďŹ ghters. Dr. Bariletti can be contacted at 845-3578660.

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Risk of Coronary Artery Disease Very low, generally less than 5 percent

Minimal identifiable plaque

Very unlikely, less than 10 percent

Definite, at least mild atherosclerotic plaque

Mild or minimal coronary narrowings likely

Definite, at least moderate atherosclerotic plaque

Mild coronary artery disease highly likely, significant narrowings possible High likelihood of at least one significant coronary narrowing

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This information is derived from the report generated by Rockland Diagnostic Imaging.


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Charlton, MA. At about 1:30 p.m. on February 12th, the dispatcher at Charlton Fire Alarm started to receive a number of calls reporting that black smoke and 20 foot high flames could be seen through the woods near McKinstry Road in Charlton. As Charlton firefighters responded, police attempted to locate the actual address. As they searched, officers turned onto nearby Gale Road. Many homes on JUMP TO FILE # Gale Road are set 021713100 back off the road hundreds of feet through wooded conditions and it was difficult to find the origin of the call. As firefighters neared the area, they received a confirmed address of 14 Gale Road. The dispatcher reported there was a large garage on fire that was threatening a nearby dwelling. While Charlton firefighters were arriving on scene, Oxford jakes were not far behind the Charlton firefighters. It can’t be understated how difficult this particular fire was to find despite the large plume of black smoke that was showing from miles away. A paved, 2000 foot driveway weaved through the woods and led to the burning garage. The heavily involved garage was threatening a large two story dwelling, cracking windows and melting siding before Charlton and Oxford firefighters could even get water on the fire. Charlton initiated a four inch hose lay at the end of the driveway that emptied the 800’ hose bed of their Engine 2. Oxford Engine 4 picked up the hose lay, completing the 1600 foot lay and supplyied the Charlton engine, which was now protecting the exposures and attacking the garage. Firefighters were able to keep the fire out of the dwelling, but the garage collapsed into a large pile of rubble. The prevailing winds took some of the radiant heat away from the dwelling, helping firefighters keep the home from going up in flames as well. Due to water supply issues, mutual aid had to be summonsed from Dudley, Leicester and Auburn. Members of those departments set up a tanker shuttle. Once the fire was placed under control by Charlton Fire Chief Charles Cloutier, Oxford’s Engine 4 was repositioned to the middle of the four inch supply line to relay pump. This was due to the large amount of water that would be needed for the extensive overhauling operation. Crews from all five departments spent the next two hours rotating into the fire scene to help overhaul the pancaked garage. The cause of the midday fire is under investigation. There were no reported injuries, and no damage estimate was available. - ALAN BRACKETT

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Lt Scott Trembley and Lt. Brian McHugh

Fairfield fire commission promotes two new lieutenants Fairfield, CT. The Fairfield Fire Commission announced the promotions of Lieutenants Scott Trembley of Ansonia and Brian McHugh of Fairfield effective Friday, March 1st at a special meeting last Monday night in the John Sullivan Independence Hall. The promotions were made from a list promulgated by the fire commission earlier in the month as the result of written and oral examinations, which took place in January at which two assistant chiefs and five lieutenants were promoted. Many family members were in attendance for Monday’s meeting at which both new officers were asked to stand for applause when their name was announced; a more formal ceremony will be held in early March at a fire headquarters on Reef Road for family, friends and department members to celebrate their promotion. “There’s a big turnover in our department, and I’m looking forward to working with these new officers to give our citizens of Fairfield the excellent public service they deserve,” said Chief Richard Felner. “As I’ve said many times in the past, this is another example of our family taking care of your family.” Scott Trembley is a sixteen year veteran with the Fairfield Fire Department and the recipient of two Joseph J. Stopa Life Saving Medals for his participation in the

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rescue of a hunter in cardiac arrest on Farmstead Hill Road several years back and earlier in his career for performing rapid CPR and defibrillization on a patient in cardiac arrest whose life was saved by his actions. Brian McHugh is a thirteen year veteran of the fire department and the recipient of two Joseph J. Stopa Life Saving Medals for his actions in the Farmstead Hill Road rescue and his efforts at a cardiac arrest patient whose life was saved on Melville Drive, the Joseph S. Elias Meritorious Service Award for his actions at a tanker truck fire on I-95, two unit citations for motor vehicle accident extrications on the Merritt Parkway and on North Benson Road by Fairfield University, and is a member of the department honor guard and hazardous materials technician response team. “Family is very important to me, and to stand before the fire commission to receive this promotion with my wife, father, mother, sister, mother-in-law and son was a great honor,” said McHugh. “The opportunity to serve the community where I was raised and am raising my children is something I value more than I can say.” - CHRISTOPHER TRACY

For years a young boy has been following a dream, A desire, not unheard of, by a child it seems. He would find himself chasing the sirens and lights, Pedaling that bicycle with all of his might. He’d sometimes catch up and watch them in awe, And witness the men, in their gear, broke down a door. They had axes and hoses to get the job done, He knew it was dangerous, but it sure looked like fun. The fire is out and the smoke cleared away, He thinks “that’s going to be me one of these days”. He’s seen all the movies and watched all the shows, His idols portrayed as true to life heroes. After waiting forever, the time is now here, His patience is gone, wants to get it in gear. He goes to a firehouse and knocks on the door, Unaware of what’s inside and not sure what’s in store. He’s not sure what to say, arranging words in his mind, The door opens, a familiar face smiles; he’s going to be fine. For the next few hours he gets informed of the basics, And gets told it takes special type of people to actually make it. There are meetings and training’s and calls at all hours, And the frequency of calls is not within our powers. You’ll put your trust in your brothers, your newly found kin, Because when others are running out, we all run in. You’ll be part of a team, you won’t be alone, We protect life and property, and then we all go home. We fight manmade disasters and weather in it’s extreme, They’ll be things you’ll encounter that you’ve never seen. There will be days of gratification, and few with a frown, For unexpected occurrences when a brother goes down. He’s accepted the challenge and is up to the deed, To be there for the call, when his neighbors are in need. He has taken an oath that he swears to uphold, To be proud, and prepared, for when things unfold. He’s on his first call and helps take down a door, At the curb stands a boy with his bike, watching in awe! MICHAEL TURANO

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Back to back second alarms for New Haven firefighters


New Haven, CT. On February 22, 2013, a busy night for New Haven firefighters had them battling back to back second alarm fires. The first was located on Grand Avenue and was a verbal to fire headquarters at approximately four in the morning. Companies had a three story brick, vacant building with heavy fire. Shortly after five a.m. firefighters were dispatched to 255

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Ellsworth Avenue for a reported bedroom fire. First due companies were faced with heavy fire on the first floor of a large occupied multiple dwelling. The fire quickly extended to the third floor and attic space prompting a second alarm to be transmitted.

Firefighters mounted an aggressive interior attack to keep the fire from spreading throughout the apartment complex. The fire was brought under control in an hour. No one was injured, but about forty occupants were displaced. The cause of the fire is thought to be a space heater. Companies remained on scene throughout the morning at both fires. GLENN DUDA



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Sandy Hook chief represents Town of Newtown in Daytona On February 14th, Chief Bill Halstead was in Daytona Beach to represent the Town of Newtown at the unveiling of the special #26 race car for the Daytona 500. Swan Racing will JUMP TO FILE # change its No. 30 021913101 Toyota to No. 26 in honor of the 20 children and six adults killed in the shooting. The car will be driven by two-time Daytona 500 champion Michael Waltrip. The car will will have a number on it, which fans can text to support the Sandy Hook School support fund with a donation. Chief Halstead was honored to help with the unveiling and represent Newtown. Sandy Hook Fire & Rescue also gave the Michael Waltrip Racing team their company stickers, which will appear on the team cars! - KARIN HALSTEAD



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Fire destroys Waterville home Waterville, ME. On February 7, 2013, at approximately 11:00 a.m., Waterville Fire Department was dispatched to a fully involved structure fire on Squire Street. Upon arrival, crews found the two JUMP TO FILE # and a half story 022213124 wood frame structure fully involved. The occupants had escaped through a back window. Initially, heavy fire was attacked with a deck gun while crews ran hand lines to protect the exposures on the B and C sides of the building. Once the flames were knocked back, crews were able to make an interior attack. Firefighters from Winslow, Oakland and Fairfield were called for assistance. Crews were on scene for several hours doing overhaul. The fire marshal's office later determined improperly disposed of wood stove ashes were the cause of the fire. - RACHEL COREY

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Critical condition in Meriden Meriden, CT. A 29 year old woman was transported to Hartford Hospital via a Life Star helicopter after she lost control of her vehicle on Interstate 691 in Meriden on March 3rd. Police state she lost control of her vehicle and hit the guardrail on the right side of the roadway. The car rolled over after striking the guardrail and the victim was ejected from the vehicle. The patient was transported with severe head injuries. The cause of the accident remains under investigation.

Spring into “Team Fitness” FIREFIGHTER FITNESS Lori Ann Hodgkinson

We have discussed the benefits of group fitness many times in the past. Quite simply group fitness is a great motivator and compliance booster. Working as a team comes naturally to members of the fire service, so it’s a good fit. The arrival of Spring is a perfect time to take training as a group one step further. It’s a great time to get outside. The weather can be a factor at times, so you have to have a backup plan for this. A simple indoor circuit does the trick. How ‘bout getting organized? It can be as simple as designating time(s) to walk or jog as a group. Walking or jogging as a group is a fun and easy way to exercise together. It doesn’t require any equipment and you can change the route often. Through a park - the beach? Change it up! You can go totally recreational with games of ‘ultimate frisbee’ (touch football style) or even revert to your old school days with ‘field day” like activities. Think - relay races, obstacle courses, tug ‘o’ war, etc.) Setting up a volleyball court or organizing softball or basketball games work great. You can play games within your department or make arrangements with nearby departments to participate along with you. There are leagues out there. Either way, why not give it a shot? You can even create your own version of the combat challenge. Make an obstacle course consist-

ing of four to six “duty” related activities and train or compete for times and accuracy on a regular basis. This is one of my favorites because of its functionality. Getting fit and improving your work skills at the same time is a great combo. Go for it! Start, by getting a few members excited about your idea. Conduct a survey with a few proposed activities and also ask members for their suggestions. Check with”the powers that be” to make sure officers/administrators are “on board” and for guidelines. Post sign-up sheets on bulletin boards - make announcements at meetings/drills and get something going. Be sure all participants receive physician’s approval, and let the games begin! - LORI HODGKINSON


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Storm preparations for your firehouse Most people heeded the evacuation warnings that were given, but as usual there were those who remained behind thinking they could ride it out and be safe. They were wrong and placed emergency responders’ lives in jeopardy in order to rescue them. STAYING T h e SAFE pager has just opened and b r o a d c a s t s Chief Henry Campbell the following message, “The Weather Bureau has issued a tornado and severe thunderstorm warning for the area between the hours of p.m. and 9 p.m. There is a potential for heavy rains, nickel sized hail and winds in excess of 60 miles per hour with the potential for flooding in low lying areas. Should a storm hit in your area, you should immediately report to your fire station.” Will the damage from the storm be minor and last an hour or less? Or will there be major damage to your community requiring emergency duty lasting a day or possibly extending into weeks. As you respond to your fire station in compliance with the storm message, you should feel secure in knowing your family is prepared, but how about your fire station. Is it prepared to handle an extended operation? If not, it should be. Does the fire station have the capability to house (sleep) the number of members who have reported for duty? When any extended emergency requires you to go on long term (more than a day or two) emergency response and standby, it will require the feeding and housing of the firefighters and EMS personnel responding to the numerous and varied calls. Living and working out of the fire station for prolonged periods of time requires preparation and if you aren’t or haven’t prepared, you should. Any of the aforementioned storm scenarios can be encountered by most communities at any time, then add the potential terrorist threats, hazmat or WMD’s and the potential for flu and related medical epidemics, the realization of having your fire station prepared for extended operations is important. Having a standby source of electricity with a sufficient fuel supply to provide electric power to the fire station is very important should power fail. Portable radios and pagers will require charging; along with maintaining basic communication links within the fire station and dispatch. It is also important to note where you can obtain additional fuel for the standby generator system if needed, gasoline, diesel or propane. A full service kitchen with an adequate supply of food, coffee, drinks, water and needed staples along with disposable paper products and utensils is required. The quantity in supply will be dependent upon the number of firefighters you foresee having on hand in an

emergency for a minimum of three to five days, or possibly longer. Your best food supply would be the commercial sized (large) cans of prepared foods and with a backup electric supply, you can also safely store frozen foods. Most of these commercial meal type items can be purchased from the local supermarket or big box discount supply houses beforehand and will only require heating prior to serving when needed, even if no firehouse chef is available. Additional food supplies may be obtained initially at local supermarkets and merchants, but if it is an extended operation with power outages, their food stock will deplete rapidly and restocking may take days or longer. During an extended period of emergency operations, you may be very limited as to what you will be able to obtain locally during the emergency. Having some basic provisions on hand and replacing them annually is the way to go. You can use last year’s food stock products for an after meeting or drill meal, donate them to a local food pantry or whatever innovative way you choose while you replenish it with a fresh supply. Rest for the weary firefighters is another priority. Does your fire station have sleeping accommodations and how many can it accommodate? If you don’t have sleeping accommodations or need a larger area, can you establish them by setting up a specific area or room that can be used solely for the purpose of firefighters catching some “shut eye.” You may have to split a large meeting room by installing movable room dividers and separating the room during an emergency. Once you have a designated sleep area, you will need cots, blankets and pillows to provide the basics for a good sleep. Individual members should bring a personal grooming kit and a sleeping bag if they have one. Individual sleeping bags can be used with the cots and eliminate the need for blankets and sheets. In extended operations rest is important as the novelty, adrenaline rush, and excitement will quickly wear off, and a place to rest will become a must. Throughout periods of high activity it would be wise to assign four to six firefighters per apparatus and to have those remaining firefighters/EMT’s be designated the off duty (rest) group. After a certain period of time, four to eight hours, the groups can exchange allowing for all personnel to have a rest period. It is important that everyone get their proper rest and an officer should be responsible for seeing that all firefighters comply with their assigned rest period. Lack of rest often leads to unsafe acts, which in turn leads to injuries. Don’t forget personal hygiene and shower facilities will make the stay more livable and healthy for all! Being prepared for long term emergency operations is taking proper proactive action and will help keep all safe while providing service to your community. Till next time, Buckle Up, Stay Safe and God Bless!

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Well involved structure fire In Middlebury


Middlebury volunteers responded to a report of a structure fire on Lakeshore Drive on March 6th. They arrived to find a well involved residential structure which was being fanned by high winds. With no hydrants in the immediate proximity a request for two tankers was made from the town of Southbury and the difficult task of laying a feeder over approximately a half mile to supply the scene com-

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menced. The initial water supply logistics coupled with the winds and the fact the structure was already well involved on arrival would lead to the total loss of the home. In addition to the Southbury mutual aid, an engine and crew from Watertown provided station


coverage during the incident. Residents state this is the second fire in this structure and that in 1989 a fire struck and totally destroyed the house. All residents were able to exit the structure without injury. The cause of the fire remains under investigation - KEVIN CZARZASTY


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At 1:20 p.m. on March 2, the tones were activated for a structure fire at 16 Peace Street in Danbury. First to arrive was the deputy chief (Car 30), who found fire issuing from two windows on the second floor of a three story, woodframe, three unit apartment house and a second alarm was transmitted. Engine 22 under the direction of Lieutenant Jaime Schiller, a line was stretched into the fire building and the bulk of the fire was knocked down quickly. Meanwhile, Squad 1 stretched a back up line, as Truck 1 performed searches

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and ventilation. Engine 26 stretched a five inch feeder line from a nearby hydrant to Engine 22. Engine 23 also went into the fire building to assist. Additional units from the volunteer division that responded included Tanker 12 (Mill Plain), Engine 8 (Phoenix Hose), and Squad 7 (Water Witch). These units provided manpower that assisted in throwing ground ladders, accountability, air supply, salvage and

overhaul. As the bulk of the fire was contained, considerable smoke was issuing from the third floor and attic area, so crews made their way into those areas to check for any extension. Finding only heat and smoke, the fire was declared under control in short order. Danbury EMS stood by at the scene and transported one member with a minor injury who was treated and released. The fire is under investigation by the Danbury Fire Marshals. - BERNIE MEEHAN

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Harwich, MA - Around 11 a.m. on March 5th, a female driver lost control of her Mazda Miata convertible and wrapped it around a tree at 173 Route 28. The woman was trapped in the vehicle for a short time until Harwich Fire and Recue was able to remove her. She was taken from the scene to Barnstable Airport where a Med-Flight helicopter flew her to a Boston hospital. Harwich Police shut down Route 28 for approximately 45 minutes until the scene was cleared. At the time of the accident, the roads were wet from a snow rain mixture.

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Firefighter Archie Paloian, Engineer George Lockwood Jr, 2nd Engineer Tim Whelan, Michael Waltrip, Lt. Ryan Clark, EMS Captain Karin Halstead and 1st Assistant Chief Kevin Stoyak


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Danbury Firefighter Louis Demici operating at the scene of a house fire in Danbury on March 3, 2013.

Boston, MA. District 7 Chief Eric Pettaway at a small fire in the Dorchester section of the city.


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17th Annual Ski-Muster for Muscular Dystrophy Association at Wachusett Mountain


Firefighters wait their turn at the top of Wachusett Mountain.


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Firefighters throw on their gear as they participate in the "midnight alarm".

Princeton, MA. On Wednesday, February 13th, for the seventeenth consecutive year, the Muscular Dystrophy Association held their Firefighters Ski-Muster at Wachusett Mountain in Princeton. Firefighters and onlookers from far and wide made the trek to the mountain to raise money for MDA and to watch the festivities. This year’s event hosted twenty teams from fire departments from Massachusetts and Rhode Island. The five member teams donated a minimum of $500 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, so they could participate in the event. Many participants raised additional funds on their own toward the cure for over 40 neuromuscular diseases. Teams raced in two events, the "midnight alarm" and the "hose relay". In the "midnight alarm," participants removed their fire coat,

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fire helmet, gloves and skis or snowboard. When the participants heard "Go!", they put on their gear as fast as they could and raced down the slalom course. Some teams struggled to get their coat properly buckled, while others had problems with their gloves and ski's or snowboards. In the "hose relay", the five member teams had a handle on a length of hose as they traveled down the slalom course at Wachusett Mountain. This proved to be easier said then done, as many teams lost members along the way. This year, the team from the Pittsfield (MA) Fire Department took first place with the shortest combined time. They were fol-

lowed by Seekonk (MA) Fire Department and Waltham (MA) Fire Department Team A. Pittsfield Fire has won this event several years running. Following the team races, the slalom course was open to individual racers whose combined time of one run on each side of the race course determines who wins. Ron Downing of the Natick, MA Fire Department took first place with two very quick runs. Second place in the individual races went to Andrew Stephenson, while Kurt Johnson took third place. This event is a great fundraiser for MDA and could not be done without its sponsors; Wachusett Mountain, Budweiser and the fire departments and firefighters who participate year after year. - PAT TRAVERS


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Ground ladders had to be placed around the building to gain access to the second floor because the stairs had been burned away.

Auburn jakes battle stubborn house fire Auburn, MA. On February 14th, Auburn firefighters received a call for smoke coming from a residence located at 16 Hampton Street. Just about 2 p.m., Auburn Fire Alarm fielded a call for smoke coming from the dwelling located on Hampton Street. Chief Stephen Coleman relayed that he indeed, did have smoke emanating from the two story English Tudor style house. A second and third alarm followed in quick succession as firefighters gained entry to the two story home and actually found out what they had for a fire problem. Chief Coleman stated that the smoke was very lazy, and did not seem to be under pressure upon his arrival, but as his first due firefighters attempted an aggressive interior attack, they quickly found that portions of the first floor and both the cellar and the first floor stairways had been burned away. Firefighters

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quickly found an unconscious dog in the home and removed it outside to render aid. The dog was given CPR, but the pet did not respond and succumbed to the smoke. As the structure was ventilated, pockets of fire were found throughout the large dwelling. Access to the second floor became an obstacle, as firefighters had to throw ground ladders around the house to access the many different rooms. And throwing those ladders became a problem as firefighters had to maneuver through knee-deep snow piles. Fire crews had a difficult time opening up walls and ceilings inside the building due to the construction of the house. The interior room’s walls and ceilings were of plaster and lathe, as well as a wire rein-

forcement layer throughout all of the rooms; a very unique construction technique. The building was also extremely well insulated, which hampered firefighters in chasing down the flames. A fourth alarm was sounded by Coleman, who tried to give his first due crews relief from the Herculean task of ripping into the walls and ceilings during the extensive overhaul operations and final extinguishment. The cause of the fire was undetermined and a damage estimate has not been released. The fire is currently being investigated by members of the Auburn Police and Fire Departments. There were no injuries. Firefighters from the Oxford, Leicester and Worcester Fire Departments assisted Auburn jakes at the scene.


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A particularly stubborn area where the fire hid was under one of the fascia boards, traveling under the roof in the rear of the dwelling. Auburn and Leicester firefighters work together to open the area.

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Hero firefighter inspired by Hurricane Katrina helped by mortgage program Like so many other Americans, Stephanie Fowle watched on television in disbelief and horror, as Hurricane Katrina ripped through New Orleans in 2005. Fowle wanted to do something to help down in New Orleans, but she couldn’t. However, she could make a difference back home. Inspired by the devastation Hurricane Katrina left in her wake, Fowle joined the Green Creek Volunteer (NJ) Fire Department. She is still a proud Green Creek firefighter, a true hero, one the Sun National Bank Heroes Mortgage Program is proud to have worked with. 1st Responder and Sun Home Loans teamed up to create the Heroes Mortgage Program. This exclusive mortgage opportunity provides discounted fees and low interest rates for firefighters and other members of the emergency services community. The program offers unmatched rates, minimal lender fees and promises to get clients in their new home by the contract date. Fowle and her husband, Merrill, a firefighter for 32 years, used the Heroes Mortgage Program to refinance – saving a few hundred dollars every month on their mortgage. “Everyone with the program was so helpful and you can’t beat

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with first responders such as Stephanie Fowle and her husband,” said Steven Testa, an executive vice president with Sun National Bank. “They are such a big part of our community, the fabric if you will. They risk their lives for us every day. This type of program is the very least that we could do for

them. Of course, we all look forward in continuing to build our relationship with the emergency services community.” To receive more information about the program and its benefits, contact Steven Testa at or call 973-6159745.

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Two alarm fire engulfs waterfront Nahant home Nahant Fire Chief Ed Hyde said a 911 call came in at 2:30 p.m. for reports of a house fire at 37 Castle Road on February 5th. Hyde said as crews arrived, the fire immediately went to a second alarm and firefighters called in mutual aid from Swampscott, Marblehead and Lynn to battle the

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Fire investigators and utility workers remain on the scene of a three alarm fire.

Two firefighters hospitalized after three alarm fire PAT TRAVERS

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Basement fire in Whitman sends one to hospital Whitman, MA. Just before noon time, Whitman Fire/Rescue and Emergency Services received a 911 call reporting a basement fire at 33 Dewey Avenue, off Washington Street. Whitman's Box 55 JUMP TO FILE # was struck and En- 022513134 gine 2, Ladder 1, Car 3 and Car 4 responded to the scene on the initial alarm. Car 3 signed off with nothing showing from a two story wood framed occupied dwelling, but found a smoke condition in the house. Lieutenant Robert Hover requested a dry chemical extinguisher to the basement upon Engine 2's arrival. The fire was quickly knocked down with the dry chemical extinguisher. Whitman Engine 1 also responded to the scene with off-duty personnel. The occupant of the house, who was in the basement at the time of the fire, needed medical attention following the fire. A mutual aid ambulance from the Town of Abington was requested to respond. Abington Ambulance 3 transported the injured person to the Signature Healthcare Brockton Hospital and the patient was then transferred to a Boston hospital for further treatment and care. Crews utilized a thermal imaging camera to check for extension. Slight extension was discovered above the fire on the

first floor. Companies used electric fans to ventilate the house which was heavily charged with smoke. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Plymouth County Sheriff's Department BCI Unit was requested for photographs and National Grid's gas division was requested to shut the gas service off at the home. - PAT TRAVERS

Fall River, MA. Two firefighters were hospitalized after being forced to jump from the second floor during a three alarm fire early on the morning of March 7th. Shortly after midnight, fire dispatch received a call reporting a shed on fire that was spreading to a nearby house. Three minutes later, dispatch received a call from the occupant of 724 Plymouth Ave reporting that her house was on fire. Car 3 arrived within minutes of the call and command was established by District Chief Michael Clark. Command requested Engine 5 as a RIT team and two minutes later called for a second alarm. At 37 minutes past midnight, Command struck a third alarm. Two minutes later, the crew of

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Rescue 1 declared a mayday. After completing a primary search of the second floor, the crew moved on to the third floor. The third floor search proved negative and while attempting to exit the building, they were cut off from their escape route and were forced to jump from the second floor. Both firefighters suffered first and second degree burns and broken bones. After being treated on the scene by EMS personnel, they were transported to Rhode Island Hospital in Providence, RI and are listed in good condition. After the mayday, command ordered the evacuation of the remainder of the building and

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Three fires tax understaffed Springfield


The scene on Grove Street just after working fire assignment companies arrived on scene.

Just after 10:30 p.m. on February 20th, Springfield Fire Dispatch started receiving multiple 911 calls for a structure fire at 21 Grove street. Initial calls stated that people were trapped on the second floor, but subsequent callers advised that all had evacuated. Engine Co. 10 confirmed the working fire in a two and a half story wood frame dwelling with heavy fire venting from the B and D sides on the first floor. To make matters worse, the radiant heat from the fire building was melting the siding on the B side exposure building and a strong breeze was blowing the smoke and fire in that direction as well. Due to the advanced state of the fire, Grove Street command opted for a defensive attack only on the fire with a focus on containing the fire to the building of origin. Companies stretched mul-

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tiple hand lines to the B and D sides and worked in concert with Engine 10's deck gun and Ladder 1's aerial master streams to successfully contain the fire. Companies operated on scene for several hours; working in sub freezing conditions to extinguish hot spots. Damage to the building is extensive and the home is considered a total loss, displacing ten residents. During the height of this fire, a kitchen fire on the opposite side of the city drained the city of remaining companies and a third apartment fire three blocks from Grove Street was initially fought by West Springfield jakes, who were in on station coverage. - NATE ARNOLD


Fire erupts from two and a half story dwelling.

Fire Investigators rule “fire was arson” Fall River, Ma. Shortly before 7:00 p.m. on February 28th, firefighters were called to 96 Melville St. for a reported structure fire. Fall River police officers were responding to a unrelated call when they came upon the burning two family home and summoned the fire department. Firefighters arrived two minutes later and reported a "working fire". Command was established by District Chief Ambrose Smith who ordered Engine 4 to pull an inch and three quarter line to the first floor and for Engine 5 to pull an additional line to the second floor. Ladder 2 was ordered to take the roof and open up for ventilation. Engine 3 dropped a supply

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line to the attack engine and then their crew stretched a back up line to the second floor. Engine 9 was called as a RIT team and a second ladder truck was called for manpower raising the battle to a second alarm. Firefighters rescued a six year old German Shepard dog, but were unable to locate three cats, who perished in the fire. Fire investigators were called to the scene and determined the fire was set and a reward was offered for the arrest of the arsonist. - KENNETH LEGER


GTFD personnel working to extricate driver of bus.

Georgetown responds to MCI On Tuesday evening February 26th at 8:23 p.m., Georgetown firefighters were alerted to a motor vehicle crash involving a commercial bus on Route 95 in their town. The duty crew on Ambulance 12 were first to respond with Deputy Chief Russ Moyer not far behind. On scene, they found a large commercial bus had crossed the highway from the south to the northbound side and was about 30 feet in the woods down a snowy embankment. Car 5, Capt Brian Gosse, dis-

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covered multiple patients and an entrapped driver in the forward section. Captain Gosse declared an MCI requesting additional resources. Car 3, Deputy Moyer, was transferred command. In all, 17 ambulances, two engine companies and a heavy rescue responded from as far away as Danvers and Amesbury. At the same time, a second crash about 100 yards north oc-

curred between a MA State Police cruiser and a civilian vehicle. One engine and ambulance handled this scene. Twenty two patients were transported to area hospitals and the driver was airlifted via Medflight to a Boston hospital. Georgetown firefighters along with their police department counterparts worked with MassHighway and Coady's Towing in securing the scene. GTFD personnel were back in quarters by 11:30 p.m. - AL BEARDSLEY

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631-924-3181 â&#x20AC;˘ 10 Ramsay Rd, East Yaphank, NY

Kimball W. Johnson, President Tel: (888) 546-8358 E-mail:






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North Branford FD Bill Seward â&#x20AC;˘ 203-627-0630

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