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On March 20, 2013, the New Windsor facility operated by Campbell Supply Company erupted in flames. Scott Campbell is grateful that none of our first responders were injured fighting the blaze and expressed his concern for employees, who were immediately relocated to other facilities operated by Campbell Supply Company.

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Three fires for Buffalo HEATHER PILLSWORTH

South Blooming Grove home sustains significant damage South Blooming Grove, NY. Neighbors noticed smoke erupting from the eaves of a home and immediately called 911. South Blooming Grove firefighters were alerted for a possible structure fire at 45 Merriewold Lane at a little before 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 14th. Command arrived to find fire and smoke coming from the residence. He alerted Orange County for a working fire at the residence and the need for mutual aid companies. Arriving at the scene were Wash-

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ingtonville, Kiryas Joel, Salisbury Mills, Salisbury Mills, Highland Mills, Mombasha and Woodbury Fire Departments. The fire was reported on the first floor with extension to the second floor of the two story dwelling. Primary searches were conducted, but all came back negative. The flames were quickly

doused and the fire was brought under control. Two cats were in the residence. One escaped from the home and the second collapsed at the scene. His or her condition is unknown. The house sustained significant smoke and some fire damage. Fire investigators were requested to the scene for a cause and origin. Companies were released after overhaul was completed.

The Buffalo Fire Department was kept busy on March 9, 2013. Members of the 3rd Platoon battled three fires that day. The first came in at 72 Dempster St. in the city's Lovejoy section at 8:47 a.m. The two story frame dwelling sustained $75,000 in damage. The next was at 384 Herman St. at 9:09 a.m. on the city's east side. Companies arrived to heavy fire on the first and second floors of the two and a half story frame dwelling. Damage was listed at $40,000 to the building. The third was at 21 West Lane in the city's 7th Battalion. Damage to the two story project was listed at $45,000 to the building and $15,000 to the contents. This came in at 12:32 p.m. The cause of all three blazes are under investigation and no injuries were reported.




Man injured when vehicle falls on him Canadice, NY - On Monday evening, March 11, Richmond Fire Department EMS responded to Coykendall Hill Road in Canadice after a vehicle a man was working on in the garage fell on him. The man was taken by ambulance to Hemlock Lake Park, where he was transferred to a Mercy Flight Central helicopter and transported to Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester.

Sewing machine burns New Windsor, NY. On the afternoon of March 7th, New Windsor Fire Department was toned out for a fire at Alfi's Uniforms at 152 Windsor Highway. They arrived to find a malfunction/burning of a sewing machine. Crews quickly isolated the minor fire and vented the building. No injuries were reported.

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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.

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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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Blaze hits Campbell Supply Company in New Windsor




Minutes before midnight on March 20, 2013, New Windsor Fire Department was toned out for a structure fire at 24 Windsor Highway. Upon arrival, command reported a fully involved structure fire with heavy fire and smoke consuming the 80 x 200 building. The building is owned by Campbell Supply Company. A second alarm was quickly toned out, bringing multiple mutual aid units from around the community. In addition, a rehab area was set up by New Windsor EMS due to the very cold temperatures. Central Hudson was also tasked to shut down power and natural gas to the area. Multiple hand lines and trucks were quickly in operation at the scene and the need for a third alarm was determined. A cascade trailer was also requested to refill air tanks. Several hours into the operation, an additional ladder, engine and manpower were requested to assist

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at the scene. Soon thereafter, the water operations were shut down and crews continued into the building to check for hot spots. With the fire darkened down, overhaul operations commenced. Mutual aid companies began being released at a little after 4 a.m. Departments on the scene included New Windsor, Vails Gate, the City of Newburgh, Stewart Air Guard, Cornwall, Cornwall on Hudson, Dan Leghorn, Good-Will, Washingtonville and West Point. Also assisting were New Windsor EMS as well as the New Windsor Police Department. Investigators were requested to the scene to determine the cause and origin. No injuries were reported to civilians or first responders at the scene. The building and several trucks sustained extensive damage. The New Windsor Fire Depart-

ment was once again toned out late in the morning hours of March 21 for a rekindle. Mutual aid was requested as well. Scott Campbell, President and CEO of Campbell Supply Company, LLC would like to thank the first reponders and emergency personnel, who responded to the scene. He is thankful that no one was injured. Campbell stated, “I’m grateful for the continued support from Freightliner and Spartan ERV for their assistance in servicing our customers with little interruption. Our employees have been incredible and they made it possible for us to continue our mobile services as we work on our relocation plan. All 34 employees have already been relocated amongst the other facilities operated by Campbell Supply Company.” Campbell further stated that he is, “looking forward to rebuilding as quickly as possible.” - HEATHER PILLSWORTH

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Plattekill holds annual installation dinner Plattekill, NY. The Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel once gain hosted the Plattekill Fire Department's Annual Installation Dinner on February 23rd. Plattekill Fire Department is located in Southern Ulster County and Northern Orange JUMP TO FILE # 022813110 County, known as Company 47. Plattekill operates out of two stations, providing fire and EMS emergency services to both counties. Station #1 is located at 50 Old Fire House Road in the Hamlet of Plattekill and Station #2 is located at 262 Forest Road in the Town of Newburgh. The evening began with a fun filled cocktail hour and a lengthy video showing the greatest moments for this department in 2012 which was edited, produced and created by Plattekill Firefighter Dale Long. Several fire, EMS, and police representatives were in attendance. A formal dinner soon followed. Led by MC Chris Mancuso, several guest recognitions and presentations were made. Individual life saving achievements were given out to several members as well as a Plattekill resident, who removed an entrapped injured victim from a burning vehicle one late night last year. Members were also recognized for their responses as well as a firefighter and officer of the year award. All were thanked for their hard work and dedication throughout the prior year as they looked forward to another repeat of such. There is even talk of their next Hudson Valley Convention trip to Lake George in June, where last year, members pulled off the impossible...taking Best Overall Mardi Gras Parade, Best Overall Appearing Ladies and Best Overall Men. Now that's the spirit !

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One firefighter injured at fire Buffalo firefighters of the 3rd Battalion 4th Platoon were called out to battle a blaze at 59 Rose St. on Buffalo's East side on February 22nd. The fire started in a one and a half frame dwelling. Firefighters had difficulty with security bars and lots of household items. Firefighters used three-one and three quarter inch hand lines and 60 feet of ladders. One firefighter from Ladder Company 5 was treated for injuries. Damage was listed at $40,000 and the cause of the fire is under investigation.

Report of smoke in Buffalo Buffalo firefighters were called out to a report of smoke in a two story dwelling at 284 Rhode Island Ave. on Buffalo's West side on February 25th. A quick response by Engine Company 37 and Ladder Company 4 kept damage to a minimum. The fire was in a wall and near the eve line. One-one and three quarter inch hand line was used along with 16 feet of ladders. No injuries were reported and the fire is under investigation.

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Truck fire in Canadice Canadice, NY. On Monday afternoon, February 25th, firefighters from Richmond, Livonia and Hemlock responded to a truck fire at 5492 Middle Road in the town of Canadice. Firefighters found a pickup truck fully involved upon arrival. The fire was quickly extinguished. There were no injuries.

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Car off embankment DAVID KAZMIERCZAK

Seven occupants forced to escape blaze Buffalo Firefighters of the 4th Battalion 2nd Platoon were called out to a report of smoke at 443 Forest Ave. on Buffalo's West Side shortly after 3:00 A.M on February 22, 2013. This came in as companies were still working the second alarm on Timon St. Two engines a truck and a chief were dispatched. Engine Co. 19 reported smoke and requested the balance of a full assignment.

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The large three story structure was frame and it was 40'x200'. The blaze quickly went to a second alarm. Multiple 2 1/2" and 1 3/4" hand lines were used along with a tower ladder. Twenty-seven residents were forced out into the cold a Metro Bus was re-

quested from the NFTA to keep them warm, while the Red Cross could find them emergency shelter. Damage to the structure was listed at $125,000.00. The cause of the fire is under investigation. No injuries were reported. The Salvation Army Canteen provided hot drinks for the firefighters and displaced residents.

At 3:01 p.m. on March 5th, Orange 911 dispatched Maybrook Fire Department along with Mechanicstown under mutual aid to milemarker 2650 on Interstate 84 West for a one car motor vehicle accident with unknown injuries. Maybrook Car 1 and Heavy Rescue 214 arrived on scene to a red Chrysler PT Cruiser down the embankment with one patient out of the vehicle. The battery was unhooked from the vehicle, driver was handed over to EMS and scene was turned over to New York State Police.



Car flips, wipes out hydrant Rochester, NY. Rescue 11 and Engine 5 handled a motor vehicle accident with a vehicle flipped on Jay St at Glasser St. on March 12th. Upon arrival, the driver had fled the scene, but not before ripping a fire hydrant from the ground, which left water flowing freely down Jay St. The Rochester Police Department was investigating the accident.

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Chatham Rescue Ambulance 203 on its side after hitting black ice on State Route 22 in New Lebanon.

Ambulance Accident in New Lebanon On March 3rd, Columbia County 911 dispatched Lebanon Valley firefighters and Chatham Rescue at 5:28 p.m. for a reported rollover accident on Route 22 near Cherry Lane in the Town of New Lebanon. A medical helicopter was placed on standby, but was not needed. It was reported that as Chatham Rescue Ambulance 203 approached the scene, it hit black ice and slid off

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the roadway, landing on its driver’s side. Two rescue squad members who were in the ambulance were reported as uninjured, but were transported to Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson by a second Chatham ambulance to be evaluated. The lone female in the first acci-

dent refused medical attention. Her vehicle struck a fence. The Columbia County Highway Department was requested to the scene to sand. The New York State Police investigated both accidents. Lebanon Valley Firefighters were back in service at 7:11 p.m. HEATHER PILLSWORTH


Mombasha Fire Company of the Monroe Fire Department at work at the structure fire in South Blooming Grove on March 14th.

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Wendelville battles working house fire Niagara County Fire Control advised of a working house fire at 5362 Mapleton Road. Niagara County Sheriff Sergeant Gary May reported a working structure fire being fed by natural gas and ammo going off in the basement from the heat. Wendelville had units on scene within a few minutes. The hydrant was directly across the street and the first in engine hit it. The fire

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chief had his men take positions for the fire attack. Mutual aid was called in with Shawnee bringing an aerial, South Lockport an engine, East Amherst an engine and Rapids with fire police. The fire had a jump on the fire-

fighters and it spread fas, chewing the east side of the home, front and back and black smoke poured from the roof line. The firefighters held the fire and saved part of the home. Area 4 cause and origin was called to the scene and units were still on scene for quite some time. Rural Metro provided EMS standby at the scene. - STEPHEN WALLACE

Hazmat response in Chili The Chili Fire Department responded to a report of an odor of gasoline in the basement of 56 Andony Lane late Wednesday afternoon, February 27th. Homeowner Mary Vail noticed the odor while babysitting her grandchild. Chief Don Johnson said about two dozen homes were checked, but only seven or eight homes were affected and no homes were evacuated. Vail noticed a car parked in the street near the storm drain and believes the car leaked gas. She then called 911. The Monroe County Hazardous Materials Team was called to the scene. They flushed the sewers with thousands of gallons of water and self-ventilated the affected homes. It was determined that there were no long-term health hazards. Andony Lane was closed for an hour during the investigation.


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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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Winona Lake holds annual installation dinner Town of Newburgh, NY. On Saturday, February 9, 2013, the officers and members of the Winona Lake Engine Company No. 2 gathered at Colden Manor at Spruce Lodge to celebrate another year of service to the community. As is always the case, members and guests filled their bellies with wonderful food and enjoyed the camaraderie of their fellow firefighters. President John Lassiter and Chief Don Fredericks introduced the fire and social officers and included several awards during their presentations. The coveted Man of the Year Award was presented to Will Roy

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for his dedicated to the department and hard work throughout the year. After Hurricane Sandy devastated the East Coast in November, Winona Lake was called up to assist. They were deployed to Long Island and caught several fires while down there. This is an experience that none will forget. For their selfless dedication and need to go above and beyond, these firefighters were commended and received certificates. The 2013 fire officers are Chief Donald Fredericks, Assistant Chief

Anthony Weed, Captain Heath Silverman, 1st Lieutenant Chris Leonido, 1st Lieutenant David Kramer, 2nd Lieutenant Andrew Decker and 2nd Lieutenant Zack Gaydos. On the social side, the 2013 officers are President John Lassiter, Vice President Matthew Gayton, Treasurer Kevin McDonald, Recording Secretary John Bootz and Corresponding Secretary Vinnie Dominick. The trustees are Howard Kramer, Richard Nosek, Ricky Bartley, Michael Clegg, Roe Knapp, Wilfred Roy and George Hillman. - HEATHER PILLSWORTH

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Fire caused by welding equipment Buffalo firefighters of the 4th Battalion 4th Platoon were called out to battle a second alarm blaze at 64 Virginia Pl. in Buffalo's Historic Allentown District on February 22nd. The building also had an address of 465 Franklin St. on the front part. Virginia Place is a very narrow street. The fire was caused by welding equipment and caused $90,000 in damage. It was the third second alarm sounded for Friday, February 22, 2013. No injuries were reported.

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Single car into light pole in front of fire station On the morning of Saturday, February 16, 2013, a single car headed southbound on Route 40 in Speigletown, left the roadway and struck the traffic control light pole used to enable the fire apparatus to enter Route 40 during emergency responses. The downed pole completely blocked traffic. The sole occupant of the vehicle was extricated and transported to a local hospital. The light pole had to be cut apart and removed from the road to allow for the flow of traffic to resume. The department is currently awaiting the arrival of a new light pole.

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Nine dogs perish in Blooming Grove fire Blooming Grove, NY. On February 13th at approximately 11:05 a.m., Salisbury Mills Fire Department was toned out for a reported structure fire at 7 Wildwood Trail. Washingtonville Fire Department was immediately alerted for one engine. Within minutes, Washingtonville Car 3 arrived to find extensive smoke and fire coming from the one story dwelling. He quickly transmitted the second alarm for Salisbury Mills Fire Department.

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Additional mutual aid was alerted to the scene from South Blooming Grove, Chester and Vails Gate as well as a FAST team from Monroe. Mutual aid tankers were utilized and a fill site was established. The main body of the fire was knocked down by 12:09 p.m. An extensive overhaul process commenced.

Two firefighters sustained and were treated for minor injuries. Nine dogs perished in the fire, but six were luckily saved and transported to a local animal hospital. On scene and standby departments included Salisbury Mills, Washingtonville, South Blooming Grove, Monroe, Chester, Vails Gate, Cornwall, New Windsor, Kiryas Joel, Blooming Grove EMS and Blooming Grove Police.

Three sets of jaws put to work Town of Newburgh, NY - On the very wet afternoon of March 12th, Middlehope firefighters were toned out to a two car motor vehicle accident on Route 9W at Conway Road. Crews arrived to find the driver of the sedan entrapped. Three sets of jaws were used to extricate the driver, who was then transported to a local hospital for treatment. At the scene were Middlehope Fire Department, Town of Newburgh Emergency Medical Services, Mobile Life Support Services, Town of Newburgh Police and New York State Police.


Fire destroys machine shop Fulton, NY. Fire tore through a machine shop on March 9th, destroying the business. The fire at Pathfinder Industries, at 117 N. Third St., Fulton, was re- JUMP TO FILE # ported to 911 just 031013110 before 10:00 p.m. Units from both Fulton and Oswego fought the fire, along with units from Volney and Cody. Several other volunteer departments, Granby Center and Minetto, supplied protection to the City of Fulton while their units were tied up. Oswego Mobile Cascade Unit (38MC1) was brought into the scene to fill air bottles. Firefighters spent most of the night at the site and remained there through Sunday morning. The cause of the fire is not immediately known. The on going investigation is being conducted by the Fulton Fire Department as well as the cause and origin team along with members of the Oswego County Cause and Origin Team. No injuries were reported. - RICK GROSVENT


Rochester at industrial fire Rochester, NY - The Rochester Fire Department responded to a report of a fire in a grinding area of an industrial building on March 11th on McKee Rd. Additional calls said the fire alarm was activated and the employees were evacuating. Truck 5 was on location with a working fire on the C side of the building and command filled out the assignment. The company manufacturers aerospace components and it is a secure facility. RFD investigation was on scene. No injuries were reported and the fire took less than an hour to control. RICK GROSVENT

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Fire Safety Educator of the Year Award applications being accepted The Orange County Firefighters Museum will present their 3rd annual award to a firefighter in recognition of his or her exceptional efforts in presenting fire prevention and fire safety education to the residents JUMP TO FILE # of Orange County. 030513138 The award is presented to an Orange County volunteer firefighter for his or her commitment to the field of fire prevention and fire safety education. Criteria for this award include innovative ways of presenting fire prevention and fire safety education to the public. Nominees must be a resident of Orange County or a member of an Orange County fire company or department, fire association or chief's association. Nominees must be available on Saturday, June 1st to receive this award. Nominations for the Orange County Fire Prevention Educator of the Year Award must be submitted annually by an Orange County volunteer fire company or department, fire association or chief's association. Nominees will be retained for three years and will be eligible for consideration during that three year period. The nominating letter must be submitted on official stationery and signed by the chief, president or secretary of the nominating organization. Letters should describe the methods used to present the fire prevention and fire safety eduction to the public, including: program, content, sustainability, targeted groups, success stories, impact on the public, as well as the involvement of all safety, government or civic organization who are involved in the program. Nominations can include any additional letters of recommendation or any other information that makes the educator stand out over others in the field of fire prevention and safety education. Nominations must also include the official submission form. Nominating letters must be postmarked by April 20th. Letter of support and any other submitted materials accompanying the nomination will become the property of the Orange County Firefighter's Museum. For additional information or forms, please call 845-457-9666. - ED DEVITT

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Garage fire for Washingtonville Shortly before 2:30 p.m. on Friday, February 22, 2013, Washingtonville Fire Department was toned out for a shed fire on Kingfisher Court in their district. Car 3, Gary Hearn, arrived with first due Engine 583 and found smoke showing from a 20 x 20 detached structure. Engine 583 and Engine 582 each stretched a line and crews began attacking the fire within the garage. Windows and the garage door were breached to access all portions of the building. Salisbury Mills arrived on the scene to assist and the fire was deemed under control within ten minutes of arrival. Campbell Hall's Engine 903 stood by in Washingtonville's quarters. The fire is currently under investigation.


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Wrong location for working house fire The first call came out for a house fire 5463 Upper Mountain Road. That location put the tones out for South Lockport Volunteer Fire Company. A Niagara County Sheriff Road supervisor was leaving the department and heading to the fire when he thought he noticed a storm down the road from the department. It was a working house fire at 5463 Niagara Street Ext. The original dispatch was wrong. This location put Wrights Corners Fire Company on alert. South Lockport was already responding and the two locations were only minutes apart. On scene as one of the first fire officers was South Lockport Fire Chief Derek Caldwell and Assistant Chief Tim Glazer. They reported a working fire in the rear of the house that had already moved up and through the roof.

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South Lockports A-8 moved to the rear of the building and Wrights Corners pumpers along with South Lockport Pumpers hit hydrants and laid five inch supply lines. Town of Lockport Street Supervisor David Miller owned the home and was on scene providing critical information to the fire chief on what he found and various locations inside the house. The closet hydrants provided a bit of a problem flowing water on this very cold day. Wrights Corners incident command was prepared for this type of scenario and wasted no time hitting a hydrant a bit further down the road to get water to the waiting trucks.

The fire had engulfed the rear second floor and roof line before any trucks even arrived. Firefighters set up a plan of attack keeping the fire from spreading to the front of the house. Cambria volunteers responded with a second aerial to hit the fire from the front, in case it jumped the fire line. The initial dispatch to the wrong location did not hamper the response. It actually got trucks rolling to the general area right away, including South Lockports aerial that was used to blast the flames back down once it got enough water. Niagara County Hazmat was called to the scene along with Area 4 Origin and Cause to investigate the fire. - STEPHEN WALLACE

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Cronomer Valley Fire Department awards dinner Town of Newburgh, NY. The Cronomer Valley Fire Department celebrates it's 79th year and held it's annual installation dinner at Anthony's Pier 9 in New Windsor. The evening's festivities moved onto dinner and presentations. Led by Past Chief and Current President Frank Patterson Sr, many introductions of honored guests from multiple agencies representing the town, county and state were presented. Many awards were given to some of Cronomer Valley's bravest.

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The Driver of the Year was presented to Firefighter and Training Officer Robert Quackenbush. The 2012 President's Award was received by Deputy Chief Jorge Resto. Also awarded were Probationary Member of the Year to Firefighter Grisselle Hernandez. Officer of the Year was once again given to Captain Juan Moreno. This year's Fire Police Award was

given to Donald Stillwaggon. Finally, and much to his surprise, President Frank Patterson Sr received the 2012 Firefighter of the Year. It is always a good time for each member to get out and kick their heels up on nights like this and they look forward to next year when Cronomer Valley hosts the 2014 Orange County Volunteer Firefighter's Association Convention in the Town of Newburgh.

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60 years of active service On March 2nd, the Rush FD Past Officers Banquet was held at the RIT conference center. Past Fire Chief, Past 5th Battalion Coordinator, present Fire Commissioner and active firefighter Alvin Sweet was recognized for his 60 years of active service to the Rush Fire Department. Al is the first person in our department to ever complete 60 years of active service. Al has held too many positions and chaired too many committee to list. Al stated that he could not have done what he has done all these years without the continual support from his wife Nancy. LAWRENCE VENTURA

Firefighter passes unexpectedly Old Forge, NY. It is with deep regret and sorrow that the officers and members of the Old Forge Fire Department announce the unexpected last call of active Firefighter James "Senior" Cole on February 21, 2013. He was 70 years old. Senior was a dedicated American, first serving in the US Army on active duty 1964-1966 and Army Reserve until 1970. He was a retired sheet metal "tin knocker" with Local 38 in Brewster, NY. His dad, James H. Cole, was a West Chester County police officer and following in those footsteps of community service, Senior joined the Montrose Fire Department at the age of 18, eventually serving as chief

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and commissioner. He was recently awarded his 50 year service pin. Jim eventually moved to Old Forge, NY and his passion for the fire service continued by joining the Old Forge Fire Department serving as truck captain, training officer and "great food" provider at meetings. He enjoyed seeing new recruits advance and use the skills he taught, safety his primary booming instructional voice. Services were held in the Old Forge firehouse on February 28th, a fitting location and tribute given to

his legacy by the Old Forge and Montrose Fire Departments, CoveyPashley Post 893 of the American Legion, taps and the traditional ringing of last call 5-5-5-5 by Old Forge and Montrose. His wife, Nina, passed in 2007 and he is survived by his son, James "Junior" Cole, also a member of Old Forge and former member of Montrose, sister Linda Janson and her husband and his brother firefighters in Old Forge and Montrose. A memorial donation may be made to the Old Forge Fire Department, PO Box 1170, Old Forge, NY 13420. - LAWRENCE VENTURA

Fire Police Association reorganization The Orange County Volunteer Association held its reorganization meeting at the Florida House on February 13th. Ronald Zodda (Chester) was elected president to fill the unexpired term created by Wesley Gilbert’s resignation. Wayne Miele (Mechanicstown) moved up to 1st vice president and Charlie Haynes (Campbell Hall) was elected 2nd vice president. Also elected was George Treutle (Montgomery) as secretary. Remaining in their current positions are Bob Bennett (Middletown) as treasurer, Vince Rutkowski (Florida) as financial secretary and Kevin Babcock (Middletown) as sergeant at arms. All

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committee appointments remained. The remaining meetings for the year are March at Highland Falls FD, April at Port Jervis Station 5 and May is the annual meeting at Walden FD. The June meeting will be the picnic meeting at Mechanicstown Station 2. We announced that applications for Fire Police of the Year will be available at our March meeting. - MAYBROOK FIRE DEPARTMENT

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Families escape third alarm Plattekill fire Plattekill, NY. On March 10, 2013 at approximately 9:15 a.m., tones starting sounding for a fire at 254 Quaker Street in Plattekill. Plattekill Chief Chris Mancuso quickly arrived and assessed the scene. A 50 x 200 apartment building had heavy fire on the first and second floors, which required the need for immediate mutual aid. Luckily, one of the tenants escaped without injury and was able to notify the other residents in the building. No injuries were reported to the residents. A second alarm was requested at 9:22 a.m. bringing additional mutual aid and a fire inspector. Multiple

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lines were working at the dwelling. A little over ten minutes later at 9:36 a.m., a third alarm was called for additional manpower and a draft site. Cover assignments were also set up. Over one hundred firefighters diligently fought this fire, but were unsuccessful in saving the building. It was placed under control in less than one hour, but overhaul continued through the day. On the scene was a large contingent of 56 firefighters from Plat-

tekill. In addition, mutual aid included Cronomer Valley, Orange Lake, Coldenham, Wallkill and Modena Fire Departments. Winona Lake and Good-Will stood by at Plattekill's station. Both apartments sustained significant damage, rendering the building uninhabitable and condemned by the fire inspector. The displaced families are being assisted by the Red Cross. A stove being used by a tenant for heat was the accidental cause of the fire, according to Chief Mancuso. - HEATHER PILLSWORTH

Maybrook Cub Scout Pack 236 visits firehouse In the afternoon hours of Sunday, March 3rd, Cub Scout Pack 236 in Maybrook and their families visited the Maybrook Fire Department to take a tour of the firehouse, it's equipment and to discuss fire safety. They were tested on their knowledge of fire prevention and talked about why the volunteer fire department is so important to their community by Fire Prevention Officer/2nd Lieutenant Eddie Protsko and fire company members. The scouts learned about the equipment firefighters use to protect themselves from the heat and the toxic gases. In addition, the pack was trained on home safety in the department’s meeting room, which was smoked out by the smoke machine to teach kids how its safer at the floor level and how a heated door means there could be fire on the other side along with educating the cubs and parents on an exit strategy. After the smoked out room ex-

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ercise, the group was given an opportunity to spray water from a fire hose. Toward the end of the work session, fire department members demonstrated how quickly materials in a house can go up in flames by burning a couch and recliner. Cub scouts and their families were fascinated by the equipment firefighters use in emergencies. “It is a step on our trail for some and a friendly visit for others,” said Linda Gibbons, a mother of one of the cub scouts. “Knowing your community is part of the wolf trail,” said Gibbons. Members of the fire department had a great time teaching the local kids and giving them a tour of the firehouse. - MAYBROOK FIRE DEPARTMENT

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Available from: and some local book stores Price $22.46 This is a soft cover book measuring six inches by nine inches and has 362 pages. It has 26 chapters and an epilogue. The epilogue starts on page 277 and goes to the end of the book. The epilogue is filled with memorable incidents that are individually described short titles. The author is a lieutenant in one of Providence, Rhode Island’s six fire department rescue units. These rescue units are what many fire departments’s would call ambulances and they are staffed with two firefighter/EMT’s, who possess an upgraded classification that permits them to do certain advanced life support. The author wrote, “Rescuing Providence”, which I reviewed in 2008 in this column. Back then, Providence had five rescue units. The book is an interesting one to read, especially if one has thoughts of wanting to work on an ambulance or even to become a firefighter, since most fire departments I would say do medical calls today. He works a lot of overtime, some of which takes him to other stations. Each chapter is another journey into the quest to help others stemming from the better neighborhoods to the bowels of the city and at times to public areas such as malls and city streets, which have their share of traffic accidents. Many patients are repeat customers if you know what I mean! Home life is touched upon as he communicates with his wife and writes briefly about his two daughters. He thinks of them at times when he handles patients around their ages. Most of the incidents are medical in nature, but there are others involving fires and other fire department operations. He writes about being an engineer (pump operator), who drives an engine so there is some coverage of his earlier years at the Providence Fire Department. You can empathize with the calls as he is an excellent write and an honest one as well! Be human, he is fallible and admits to making mistakes at times, not that we are talking about incompetence resulting in loss of life, but in the way of tactics. Of course, firehouse life is touched upon as the rescues share quarters with an engine and sometimes in addition a truck company. The horseplay and humor always bring back fond memories of my career! - continued at

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Rochester firefighters work at an abandoned warehouse that sustained damage after rubbish was found burning and extended to the roof.

Middletown Truck 1 has been assigned a new Seagrave 100-foot rearmount aerial ladder sold by Hudson Valley Fire.

Fire in abandoned Rochester warehouse Rochester, NY. The Rochester Fire Department responded to a report of a fire in a abandoned warehouse on Sherer Street on the night of March 10th. The caller described a fire of unknown size in a warehouse with a long history with the Rochester Fire Department. The rubbish fire that extended to the roof of the vacant building was initially ordered to be an exterior attack by acting Battalion 2 Chief, Captain Jim Ryan. Further

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investigation required the breach of a wall to gain access to mitigate the fire. Captain Ryan says there have been several fire in the structure over the years with two in 2012. The building originally constructed for the American Laundry Machine Company was later owned

by Eastman Kodak. It was used in WWII for production of machinery, but now it is unclear who owns it now. The City of Rochester had fencing installed around the building to prevent vagrants and vandals from inhabiting the structure. The Rochester Fire Department investigation division was on scene, but no cause was yet determined. - JOHN SPAULDING


Buffalo Fire Dept. history was made Wednesday February 27, 2013 with the delivery of the department’s first field comm. unit.


The Silver Lake Fire District of Middletown has placed into service a 2012 Ferrara 2000-gpm/500-gpm pumper.


Blaze destroys home in Plattekill Plattekill, NY. On the afternoon of February 26th, Plattekill Fire Department was toned out for a structure fire at 97 Quaker Lane. Crews arrived at approximately 2:45 p.m. to find heavy smoke and flames coming from the one story wood frame home. Several lines were pulled and the firefighters quickly got to work

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dousing the flames. A structural collapse eventually occurred. Unfortunately, they were unable to save the home, even with their valiant efforts. Assisting Plattekill were Mod-

ena, Coldenham, Cronomer Valley, Wallkill and Orange Lake Fire Departments as well as local fire coordinators. On standby were Marlboro and Clintondale. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation. - HEATHER PILLSWORTH


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Trailer fire in Town of Volney Volney Fire Department was called out to a trailer fire on February 9, 2013. 1602 (New Haven Car 2) arrived on scene first and reported to dispatch that it was a working fire and took command until 2802 (Volney Car 2) arrived. Crews did a exterior attack on the fire due to a partial collapse of the roof. Crews were on scene for approsimately four hours.


Conklin Tower 46 inspects the roof of the garage.

Conklin second alarm fire damages garage Just after 1 p.m. on Tuesday, February 12th, Broome County dispatched the Conklin Fire Department to 772 Conklin Road for a possible building fire. Chiefs arrived to find smoke showing from a storage garage behind Conklin Cycle Center. Command was established and a second alarm was quickly called for. First arriving units from Conklin and the City of Binghamton made an aggressive attack and knocked the fire down within minutes of arrival. Crews entering the building faced several vehicles in-

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side the garage that were on fire with extension into the roof area of the structure. Crews then began a lengthy overhaul process to make sure all hot spots were extinguished. Responding on the initial alarm were Conklin, Town of Binghamton and Five Mile Point Fire Departments. On the second alarm were additional units from first alarm mutual aid departments

along with Kirkwood Fire Department and a FAST team from West Windsor Fire Department. A special call was made for Engine 1 from the City of Binghamton. Port Dickinson, West Colesville and Vestal Fire Departments were placed on standby. Also on scene were Broome County Fire Coordinators, Broome County Fire Investigation Team, Broome Ambulance and Broome County Sheriff. - NICHOLAS GRISWOLD


Hot dogs ablaze in Buffalo DAVID KAZMIERCZAK

Buffalo firefighters of the 4th Battalion 4th Platoon were called out to battle a blaze at Louie’s Hot Dogs at Elmwood Ave. and Hodge in Buffalo's Elmwood Village. A Buffalo police patrol car reported the fire and started to evacuate the building, which had multiple apartments and businesses. Division Chief John Mogavero requested an additional two engines and a ladder company. Flames could be seen shooting from the top of the restaurants ventilation duct. Damage was listed at $200,000 and the cause of the fire is under investigation. No injuries were reported. Firefighters used multiple one and three quarter inch hand lines and ground ladders.

Three saved from blaze in Buffalo Buffalo firefighters of the 4th Battalion 4th Platoon were called out to battle a blaze at 908 Lafayette Ave. just down from the Old Millard Fillmore Hospital on February 14th. Engine Co. 21 under the command of Lt. Tom Krasinski, Firefighter Patrick Curtin, Firefighter Robin Nichols and Firefighter Milford Cumberlander put up a ladder and removed two adults and a baby. They were trapped on the upper porch roof. Chief James Hayes of the 4th Battalion called for extra equipment. One civilian was transported to E.C.M.C. Hospital. The baby was looked after by Rural Metro Ambulance. Damage was listed at $25,000. Firefighters used three-one and three quarter inch hand lines and 45 feet of ladders. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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Firefighters on the scene of a structure fire in Halfmoon

Clothing fire spreads Fire hits Halfmoon apartment building to structure Buffalo firefighters of the 4th Battalion 2nd Platoon were called out to battle a blaze at 1266 West Ave. on the city's West Side on February 27th. The fire Wednesday afternoon was started in a pile of clothes. Damage was minimal and the cause of the fire is under investigation. No injuries were reported.

Halfmoon, NY. Fire on Saturday, March 2nd hit an apartment building in Halfmoon. The blaze broke out at 204 Grenadier Lane. Upon arrival, crews were met with smoke coming from the attic vents and eaves. Upon entering the building, they found fire in the initial apartment. They initiated an attack to knock down the fire, then opened up the walls. They also wound up opening the roof.

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Two residents were home at the time, but escaped safely and no injuries were reported. The building contains multiple apartments, but Halfmoon Deputy Chief Mark Smith says firewalls helped keep the fire contained to the one apartment.

"Everything went well," said Smith. "The crews did a great job, did what they're trained to do and got the fire out quickly." The one apartment suffered fire damage and a second suffered smoke and water damage. Smith says it appears the fire started off the kitchen area in the initial apartment, but a cause remains under investigation. - MIKE CAREY


Two car crash on SR490 injures four in Riga Riga, NY. The Churchville and Chili Fire Departments responded to a two car accident on Route 490 late this afternoon, March 2nd. One car sustained heavy rear end damage as it attempted to pull over on the side of the road. Four people were injured requiring ambulances and paramedics from Chili, Gates and Monroe. The Monroe County Sheriffs Office is investigating the cause of the crash.


Spring Valley fire leaves fourteen homeless A fast moving fire tore through several apartments on February 10th, causing no serious injuries, but leaving more than a dozen homeless. 44 Control dispatched units to 99 Union Rd, the Royal Gardens Apartments, at 6:40 a.m. First in Spring Valley units reported smoke showing from a two and a half story garden apartment complex. Mutual aid was called as companies stretched in. A fire that apparently started in a boiler room had extended up to the apartments above. All residents had evacuated safely. The fire was knocked down before it could extend further. The fire was able to be placed under control in about one hour.

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Battalion 3 officers joined together for a photo at a recent installation banquet. In the front row are Town of Newburgh Emergency Medical Services Captain Jon Edouard, Dan Leghorn Engine Company Assistant Chief Mike Michetti and Orange County Deputy Fire Coordinator Charlie Piper. In the back row are Good-Will Chief Ray VanInwegen, Cronomer Valley Chief Andy DeGraw, Middlehope Chief Mickey Corizzo and Winona Lake Chief Don Fredericks.

President John Lassiter celebrates with the trophy again this year. Winona Lake and Good-Will have a friendly football game on Thanksgiving morning each year. The losing department donates turkeys to the needy. The winning department celebrates with the trophy and another year on the placard.



City of Beacon firefighters at a basement fire in the City of Newburgh on January 26th.

Cronomer Valley Assistant Chief Rich Tuttle and Dep. Chief Jorge Resto present the 2012 Officer of the Year Award to Captain Juan Moreno.



Rochester firefighters on the scene of a dryer fire on South Clinton Ave.

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