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Head on crash in Eagle Mills Eagle Mills Fire Department with Center Brunswick Fire Department were dispatched to a Delta determined traffic accident head on with entrapment. Center Brunswick and the Eagle Mills worked in sequence to remove the trapped person from the van. Firefighters hopped right to work quickly removing the trapped person from the heavily damaged vehicles. Crews removed the driver’s door and the driver of the one vehicle. Three people were transported to Albany Medical by Mohawk Ambulance. The accident is under investigation at this time.


Rapids rolls up to working structure fire The report came out of a possible fire under a trailer in the Woodlands on Del Court East. Rapids Chief Joe Fries found a trailer totally engulfed with the center walls already down. The report from the homeowner is that there was oxygen and propane inside the structure. Chief Joe Fries immediately made this a defensive fighting fire only. He called for South Lockport for their engines and a FAST from

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Clarence Center. As hoses were laid in from the first in Rapids engines, the oxygen tanks located in the front of the trailer exploded and the heat of the intense fuel assisted the fire, which over the whole trailer. Crews from South Lockport, Wendeville, Clarance Center, and

Rapids worked hand in hand to try and stop this fire from spreading to additional trailers. Rural Metro paramedics set up rehab for the firefighters. All residents got out of the house without injuries and no firefighters were hurt fighting the fire, which took over an hour to bring under control. - STEPHEN WALLACE

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Another structure in Tupper Lake At 1:06 p.m. on February 9th, Franklin County activated Tupper Lake to a working structure fire on Mitchell Lane in the Town of Tupper Lake. Arriving on scene, smoke was coming from the roof. Command requested a second alarm and mutual aid from Piercefield (all equipment), Paul Smith Gabriels (SCBA and a tanker) and Long Lake (standby Tupper Lake station with manpower and an ETA). Crews set up a water supply and entered the structure for a quick knockdown of the fire. Franklin County Cause and Origin was requested to the scene. No cause has been determined.

Walden, NY. Dozens of firefighters battled a blaze on Wednesday afternoon in the Orange County Village of Walden. Walden firefighters were alerted to a fire at 79 Valley Avenue in a two and a half JUMP TO FILE # story balloon frame 021314119 private dwelling at approximately 11:30 a.m. on February 12th. Crews arrived to find smoke and fire showing from the residence and immediately called for mutual aid assistance. According to officials, the fire started in the attic and quickly spread through the home. Firefighters worked valiantly to suppress the flames and smoke in the older home. Numerous lines were in operation as firefighters conducted a primary search of the residence. Both the primary and secondary searches were negative. Seventy minutes into the firefight, command requested additional manpower to the scene. The blaze put up a fight, but at the eighty minute mark, overhaul was finally able to begin. Fire departments on the scene included Walden, Coldenham (FAST), Montgomery, Maybrook, Pine Bush, Bullville, Orange Lake, Air National Guard, Modena, Wallkill, Cronomer Valley, and Winona Lake. Pine Bush was on standby at Station 1, Orange Lake was in Coldenham on


standby and Bullville was in Montgomery on standby. According to published reports, a dog succumbed to injuries sustained in the blaze. According to Chief Doherty, "the fire started in the basement from a portable

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At approximately 1:38 a.m. on March 3, 2014, the Bath Fire Department was dispatched to a reported structure fire at 12 W. Steuben St, a commercial building in downtown Bath. An occupant of the rear apartment awoke to find smoke and flames in the upstairs of the building. He escaped by jumping from a second story window and ran to the Bath police station for assistance. First arriving units found heavy smoke issuing from the building as well as a reported occupant trapped. A second alarm followed quickly by a third alarm was requested bringing the Bath VA, Hammondsport, Kanona, Savona, Prattsburgh, Campbell, Cohocton, Avoca, Pulteney, Wayne, the Steuben County Office of Emergency Management and Bath Ambulance to the scene. Painted Post stood by in the Bath station, East Campbell stood by in the Savona station, and Tyrone stood by in the Hammondsport station. Members of the Bath Police Department and deputies from the Steuben County Sheriff’s Department went door to door along the row of second story apartments to evacuate. The fire was officially placed under control at 4:24 a.m. with units remaining on scene through

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the night and finally went back in service at 10:15 a.m. The building is owned by Marlea Sherwood and formally housed Sherwood’s Wine and Liquor. There are two apartments on the second floor. The occupant of the first apartment was not home at the time of the fire. The occupant of the second apartment that jumped from the window suffered injuries and was transported to Ira Davenport Hospital where he was treated. His status is unknown. The second occupant perished in the fire. The body was taken to the Monroe County Medical Examiner’s office by the Steuben County Coroner’s office for autopsy and identification. The fire was contained to the building of origin. 12 W. Steuben St suffered significant fire damage to the upper floor and smoke and water damage to the first floor. The two immediately adjoining businesses suffered only a light smoke condition and are expected to reopen. In addition to the one civilian injury and fatality, three firefighters suffered minor injuries. One was treated and released at Ira Davenport Hospital for debris in


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the eyes. One suffered a minor burn and one an injury from a slip and fall on scene. The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Steuben County Fire Investigation team, members of the Bath Fire Department and the New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control. “The valiant effort by all firefighters, police officers, EMS personnel, utility and street department workers, fire coordinators, and fire investigators is a

testament to their dedication and to the ability of our community and surrounding communities to come together in time of crisis to get the job done. They overcame a large volume of fire, old construction and sub zero temperatures to keep two local business viable. While the loss of life is tragic, this incident could have had a much worse outcome,” stated Bath Fire Chief David Dowdle. - JOHN CONRAD

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Water damage in Newburgh City of Newburgh, NY. With the recent extreme cold temperatures and snow, the City of Newburgh Fire Department was called upon for water damage to several properties. In February, firefighters were alerted to water damage at a Foundry building in the city.

On February 12th, per New York State Police based at SP Niagara investigated a serious tow car accident in the Town of Lewiston. The incident took place on State Route 31 at the intersection of Garlow Road, a vehicle operated by Robert Doll, 69, of Lewiston was traveling east on State Route 31. Doll, turning north onto Garlow Road, failed to yield the right of way crossing into the path of a westbound vehicle. The second vehicle, operated by Donald Triechler, 82, of Sanborn, struck Doll’s vehicle head-on. The responding trooper found Mr. Triechler’s passenger Nancy Triechler, 78, also of Sanborn unresponsive and not breathing. As the trooper removed her

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Maryland: James "Doc" Delbert Brooks, 62 Rank: Firefighter/EMT Incident Date: January 7, 2014 Death Date: January 15, 2014 Fire Department: James "Doc" Delbert Brooks Initial Summary: While winterizing boats and a station at the Fort Washington Marina in preparation for record low temperatures forecasted for the following day, Firefighter Brooks began to experience difficulty breathing and called 911. Firefighters and paramedics arrived to find Brooks in cardiac arrest and immediately began pre-hospital care. He was transported to a nearby medical facility and subsequently relocated to Medstar at Washington Hospital Center in "critical" condition where he succumbed to his injury on January 15th, 2014.

Arkansas: Rick Winkles, 53 Rank: Fire Chief Incident Date: January 28, 2014 Death Date: January 28, 2014 Fire Department: Trumann Fire Department Initial Summary: Fire Chief Winkles suffered an apparent heart attack while working at the scene of an accidental grass fire that spread to and destroyed a nearby residence. Winkles was treated by fellow responders at the scene then transported to the hospital where he passed away.

California: Greg Hennessey, 49 Rank: Fire Engineer Incident Date: January 20, 2014 Death Date: January 20, 2014 Fire Department: Orange County Fire Authority, Fire Station No. 45 Initial Summary: During his shift, Fire Engineer Hennessey was found by his colleagues in cardiac arrest at the Orange County Fire Authority, Fire Station No. 45. The colleagues immediately began lifesaving operations and transported Hennessey to Mission Hospital, where he was pronounced dead approximately 40 minutes later. Ohio: Stephen A. Machcinski, 42 Rank: Firefighter Ohio: James A. Dickman, 31 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: January 26, 2014 Death Date: January 26, 2014 Fire Department: Toledo Fire and Rescue Department

North Carolina: Thomas Gerald Lee, 67 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: January 31, 2014 Death Date: February 1, 2014 Fire Department: Four Oaks Fire Department Initial Summary: Firefighter Lee passed away at home from an apparent heart attack within 24 hours of responding to the station for a motor vehicle accident call. West Virginia: Michael Dale Garrett, 28 Rank: Firefighter/EMT-1 Incident Date: February 1, 2014 Death Date: February 1, 2014 Fire Department: Nutter Fort Fire Department Initial Summary: On February 1, 2014, the Nutter Fort Fire Department responded to a rescue incident involving multiple patients due to a reported cell phone tower collapse on Murphy’s Run in Summit Park, WV. While rescuing a victim, Firefighter/EMT-I Garrett was severely injured during a secondary collapse. Firefighter Garrett was then transported to United Hospital Center where he succumbed to his injuries. Two members of the repair crew were killed in the initial tower collapse and two were injured. Investigation into the fatal incident continues by authorities.

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Campbell Hall, NY. Firefighters were alerted to a possible chimney fire in a two story home at 476 Scotchtown Avenue during the midafternoon hours of Sunday, February 23rd. Crews arrived at the two story home and found active fire. A second alarm was needed and mutual aid units were alerted to operate at the scene as well as standby. Multiple lines were operating and several ground ladders were used to access the home. Firefighters opened ceilings and

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walls to locate the fast-moving fire. As the firefight continued, a third alarm was needed for additional mutual aid tankers due to the location of the home in a non-hydrant area. It took the better portion of two hours to bring the fire under control. At that point, overhaul began. Unfortunately, the house is now uninhabitable. On a positive note, a

cat was found in the residence and brought out to it's waiting homeowner unharmed. Crews on the scene included Campbell Hall, Montgomery, Washingtonville, Vails Gate, Goshen, Maybrook, Mechanicstown, Salisbury Mills, Coldenham. Standby units included Bullville, Silver Lake, and New Hampton. The cause and origin of the fire are under investigation by local fire investigators. - HEATHER PILLSWORTH

Structure fire in Ticonderoga Ticonderoga, NY. On February 3, 2014, Ticonderoga firefighters responded to a report of black smoke coming from a residence at 45 Burgoyne Road. Assistant Chief Watts, Car 3301, arrived minutes after the 9:20 p.m. call, requesting the second alarm and reporting a working structure fire with flames showing from the B/C corner. Asst. Chief Watts and local police Sgt. LaVallie forced the front door in an attempt to search for victims, but were pushed back by heavy fire as the entire residence flashed over. First due Engine 333 took a hydrant and laid a five inch line. The engine crew initiated a defensive attack deploying two-two and a half and two-one and three quarter inch hand lines. The second due Truck 336 setup for ventilation and master

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stream operations. Engine 331 laid a five inch line to supply T336 while Engine 332 supplied additional personnel. Firefighters eventually attempted an interior operation, but were pulled out due to deteriorating structural conditions. The structure collapsed approximately three hours into the incident. Firefighters remained on scene for extensive overhaul. Crown Point and Putnam provided an engines for mutual aid. All units were back in service by 3:00 a.m. One firefighter was taken to Moses Ludington Hospital for minor injuries and was treated and released later that night. - KYLE STONITSCH

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Third generation firefighter sworn in Ballston Spa Village Board swore in another third generation firefighter. Joseph King, son of Thomas King Jr, was sworn in by Ballston Spa Village Mayor John Romano at Monday (February 24th) evening’s board meeting. King was accepted into the fire department’s junior firefighter program earlier this month. King follows in the footsteps of his grandfather Thomas Sr, his father Thomas Jr and his older brother Thomas III. The junior program continues to hold strong with area teens joining to learn what the fire service is all about and how they in return can help out in the community. In December, Stephen Morrissey was sworn in to the Junior program, making him a fifth generation firefighter. His father Patrick and Uncle Michael are current members of Eagle-Matt Lee Fire Company and both held the rank of department chief.

Extension to exposure in Newburgh City of Newburgh, NY. Firefighters had extension to an exposure and heavy fire in a three story dwelling on February 3rd. In the early morning hours, City of Newburgh firefighters were alerted to a fire at 154 Johnson Street with fire showing. Crews were quickly on the scene stretching hose lines and setting up their ladder. Stewart Air Guard and West Point were alerted as mutual aid, as heavy fire was found within the building with extension to one of the exposures. Crews quickly got the fire under control and an extensive overhaul was needed. No injuries were reported to firefighters or residents. The cause and origin of the fire are under investigation.

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Middlehope responds to Interstate 84 Town of Newburgh, NY. A large truck sustained extensive damage when it was impaled by a jersey barrier on February 4th in the Town of Newburgh. Middlehope Fire Department with Mobile Life Support Services were dispatched to Interstate 84 at the Newburgh Beacon Bridge for a one vehicle accident. Upon arrival, they saw a large truck teetering on the barrier. Crews secured the vehicle and all hazards at the scene. Injuries to the driver are unknown, but do not appear to be serious. The cause of the accident is under investigation.

Car fire on Stow Ave in Troy The City of Troy responded to 207 Stow Avenue for an alarm of fire for a car fire endangering a structure. The city’s South End engine, Engine 6 was first on scene and gave the report they had a working car fire not endangering the homes around the car. Engine 6's crew pulled a hand line and knocked the fire down, placing the fire under control. Fire crews were on scene for a short time and were back in service. No one was injured as a resolute of the fire.

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Building collapse in Brunswick Brunswick Co. 1 responded to a building collapse on West Road. Fire crews had a one and a half story garage that had a full roof collapse with one wall fully pushed out. The roof had about two and a half feet of heavy snow on it. National Grid and code enforcement were brought to the scene due to the building had gas and electric going to it.


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Rapids handles head on with medevac Niagara County Fire Control toned out South Lockport Volunteer Fire and Rescue for an accident on South Transit Road. While en route, one of the assistant chiefs from South Lockport asked for Rapids to be put on stand by. Chief Fries had a full sized pick up that was hit by a small passenger car. The people in the truck seemed to be uninjured. The driver in the car was not as lucky. It appeared that a serious frac-

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ture was going to force Chief Fries to call in Mercy Flight helicopter, which landed down the road. Fries requested the medevac, secured the landing sight and got his ambulances to the scene. As all the companies were handling both their accidents, Fire Control notified Rapids that they had

another EMS call. This required mutual aid out of Erie County to assist. The victims were all treated by Rapids Advance EMS and loaded into the nearby ambulances and transported to the Mercy Flight Helicopter. Niagara County Sheriff’s office handled the report and it appears the car pulled out in the path of the East bound truck. - STEPHEN WALLACE


Two car accident in Buffalo Buffalo, NY. Firefighters of the 3rd Battalion 3rd Platoon were called out to cover in the 4th Battalion for an MVA car versus car at 731 W. Ferry St. near Elmwood Village on Saturday, February 15, 2014. Engine Co. 21 and Ladder Co. 6 responded and Ladder Co.6 requested Rescue Co.1 for an entrapment. A car backing out of a driveway put this vehicle into a spin and then hit a parked vehicle. The roof had to be removed and the dash lifted to free the victim, who was transported with unknown injuries. Acting 4th Battalion Chief Captain Ron Morganti was in command.


Basement fire in Albany Albany Fire Department responded to 17 Tampa Avenue for an alarm of fire with multiple calls of smoke coming from the windows. Arriving crews called a Signal 30, heavy smoke coming from the windows and the basement. Crews forced entry into the home and had trouble finding their way to the basement of the house due to the thick smoke. To add to that, the cold weather and water issues didn’t help them at all. Fire crews battled the flames and knocked the fire down and brought it under control in about an hour. Traffic had to be redirected in the area as fire crews had to hit the nearest hydrant, which was about 800 feet away on the other side of Western Ave.

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Campville battles Wagner Lumber Mill fire On February 16th at 3:20 a.m., Campville Fire Department was dispatched for a fire at the Wagner Lumber Mill on Gaskill Road. Arriving units were faced with a large (53,000 sq ft) sawmill building with fire venting through the roof in the center of the complex. A total of 17 departments from three counties and two states with over 100 firefighters worked together in subzero weather to bring the fire under control by 9:15 a.m. A great difficulty to be overcome were engines and hose lines freezing. OFPC assisted with use of their new aerial drones to view parts of the structure too difficult and unsafe to enter. The saw mill house was destroyed at a reported loss of between 10 and 15 million dollars. The cause of the fire was listed as accidental with an unknown cause.

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14th Annual Lt. Andy Fredericks Memorial Seminar & Exhibits On Saturday, February 1, 2014, the Elmsford Fire Department hosted the 14th Annual Lt. Andy Fredericks, FDNY, Memorial Seminar and Exhibits at the Westchester Marriott Hotel. Over 400 firefighters from Westchester, Rockland, Connecticut, Maryland and Virginia visited over 25 vendors, who were displaying various firefighting equipment, accessories and associated items. The firefighters were then captivated by Captain Bill Gustin's (Miami-Dade Fire Department) endless stream of facts, jokes and dramatic videos on "Intelligent Firefighting." Thanks to all who participated in this most worthwhile event.


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Helping one of our own in Rensselaer The Hopkins family welcomed into their family a beautiful baby boy Zachary Cliff Hopkins, but Zachary was diagnosed with a lymphangioma or cystic hygroma in his right armpit, which caused Erik Hopkin’s wife Kasandra to be hospitalized at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. The dangerous mass on the newborn child’s armpit raised his risk of infections greatly after birth. Shortly after Zachary was born on February 4th, the child was rushed to surgery to remove the mass. The child had to stay in the NICU. With the non-stop traveling to Philadelphia, this caused massive

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amounts of unexpected expenses to pile up on the Hopkins family. Erik Hopkins is a Rensselaer City firefighter and his extended family from the Rensselaer City Fire Department and surrounding fire departments jumped into action. The planned and thought quickly on how they can help. They started the Baby Boy Hopkins Fundraiser, which was held at the East Greenbush Fire Department. They held a spaghetti &

meatball dinner with door prizes and raffles. The event was a huge success. They set out a small goal of $2000, but within the first hour, they passed that and just kept going from there. Everywhere you looked in the room, there were smiles, people laughing, and just people having a good time. The energy in the room was high. Firefighters from Rensselaer City, Nassau, Stephentown, Castleton, and Clinton Heights Fire Departments all came out to help make the fundraiser a success. - JEFFREY BELSCHWINDER


Fire strikes Binghamton bar Binghamton, NY. Binghamton firefighters responded to a fire Saturday night, March 1 at the Belmar Pub, 95 Main Street. Firefighters responded to the scene at about 9:45 p.m. and found flames showing from the B side of the building. The blaze was in a kitchen ventilation hood system and was brought quickly under control. No injuries were reported.


Fire with collapse in Buffalo Buffalo, NY. Firefighters of the 3rd Battalion 3rd Platoon were called out to battle a fully involved two and a half frame dwelling at 56 Peck St. on the city's East side. Firefighters used a ladder pipe and a ladder tower to bring the fire under control along with multiple hand lines. Poor water pressure in the area brought extra engines for a water relay to Broadway. The chief went defensive due to the heavy fire in the structure. It started to collapse about 25 minutes into the fire. No injuries were reported and the cause of the fire is under investigation. Relief companies were sent to help with the hose pick. Temperatures were in the single digits. Division Chief Patrick Britzzalaro was in command.

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Second alarm in a three story in Troy The City of Troy responded to an alarm of fire at 751 River St for a kitchen fire. Engine 4 arrived on scene calling for a Signal 30 working fire with fire showing from the third floor windows. The city of Troy’s fire chief called for the second alarm right after hearing the arriving engines report. Engine 4’s crew brought an attack line to the third floor and knocked the fire down in minutes. Fire crews had their hands full on the scene with snow piles that lined the city streets and sidewalks, which were as high as the engine windows in some spots. Fire crews overhauled the fire floor for a half hour and the Red Cross was called in to assist the victims.

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Fire versus police hockey game On Saturday February 22, 2014, the Buffalo Fire Department played against the Buffalo Police Department at the 7th Annual Labatt's Pond Hockey Tournament that was held on Ganson Street at the new Riverworks site. Both teams played hard, as rivalries prevailed. In the end, the Buffalo Police Department came away as the victors with a score of 12 to 9. A great effort was put forth by both teams.


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Chief Warren Abriel and command staff join the newest recruits in the Albany Fire Department

Albany swears in new recruits Albany, NY. The Albany Fire Department welcomed 14 new members February 28th during a ceremony at Albany City Hall. The recruits are replacing 14 recently retired members, and keeps the staffing level at 243. "It's such a joy to welcome new members to our fire service family," said chief Warren Abriel. It marked the first recruiting class under Abriel, who became

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the department's chief February 3rd. "Dedication to the residents of Albany and professionalism comprise the cornerstone of our membership," said Abriel. "We're continuing that tradition with this new group of recruit firefighters

and welcome them to our ranks." The new recruits are Lewis Wood, Brandon Marshall, Austin Davis, Thomas Rinaldi, Paul Hognestad Jr,, Sean Hognestad, Joshua Gregg, Jeffrey Allen, Justin Brady, Jeremy Kondrat, Daniel McAllister, Mark Singiser, Joshua Bleichert, and James Susser. - MIKE CAREY


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Gates tackles fire gates, NY. The gates Fire district was dispatched to 999 Buffalo road just after midnight for smoke from a building. The first arriving engine confirmed and declared a working fire. Additional companies from the rochester Fire department and ridge road Fire district were requested to the scene. The building was of mixed construction with a two story office area in the front and what appeared to be an auto repair shop in the rear. The bulk of the heavy fire and smoke was in this area. during the attack, the C/d corner became structurally unsound and a collapse zone was declared. Cold weather of 3F did not initially hamper efforts of operation, although it did make for extra work for mop up. The rear of the building is a total loss and the offices sustained heavy smoke damage. No injuries were reported and the fire was under control in just over an hour.

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Latest in string of structure fires in southern tier counties A recent house fire in the village of south dayton was only the latest in a series of fires that have struck in the southern tier counties of Western, nY during this cold and snowy winter. it took multiple mutual aid departments and several calls for interior firefighters, equipment and manpower to extinguish the well seated fire in the two story frame house. several of the responding departments had worked on as many as eight other fires in the general area over the past three weeks. Barns, trailer homes, and wood frame homes all suffered losses. departments affected by recent fires as well as this one include Leon, dayton, south dayton, Perrysburg, Gowanda,

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Nine residents displaced at Vails Gate townhouse fire Firefighters worked diligently to suppress a fire in a 30x100 three story townhouse building on the afternoon of March 1, 2014. Orange County 911 alerted the Vails Gate Fire Department at 4:22 p.m. of a working fire at a middle of the row townhouse located at 41 Vails Gate Heights Drive. Assistant Chief Lucchesi arrived within two minutes of dispatch to find heavy fire and smoke, which had already extended into the building. He immediately requested mutual aid to the scene and for coverage. Multiple lines, ground ladders, and aerials were placed in service as mutual aid companies from the City of Newburgh (initial FAST team), Washingtonville (second FAST team), New Windsor and eventually Winona Lake arrived on scene. Chief Sweeney coordinated interior operations, while Chief Tom Lucchesi had command. Orange County Fire Coordinator (36-13) Charlie Piper conducted mutual aid operations. Although the fire initially began in the area of a screened in porch/sunroom, the blaze quickly auto-exposed to all three floors of the middle residence and was attempting to extend to the exposures on each side. Fire and smoke

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through the roof could be seen from a distance. Firefighters opened and accessed the exposures. Luckily, fire walls assisted in keeping the fire in check. Four lines were still in operation at 5:20 p.m. and the fire was declared under control at 5:36 p.m. The original residence at 41 Vails Gate Heights Drive sustained extensive damage, with lesser damage to the two adjacent homes. The staging of mutual aid companies occurred at Vails Gate Elementary School as well as Vails Gate Station #1. Standby units at multiple stations included Dan Leghorn, Good-Will, Salisbury Mills and Cronomer Valley. The American Red Cross was alerted to assist nine residents, who were displaced by the blaze. Although no injuries were reported to civilians or first responders, an unknown number of felines perished. At least one cat did survive the blaze. The cause and origin of the fire are under investigation by local officials. - hEAThER PiLLSWORTh

Browns Brewing Co. in Troy, NY held it’s biggest event of the year, the 4th Annual Fire House Chili Cook Off. Fire departments from all over the capital region came out for a great cause with all proceeds from the event going to the burn center and to the Hudson fireman’s home. Gregg Stacy, the vice president of marketing and sales for Browns Brewing Co., calls this event a friendly competition among the Capital Region’s best fire house chili chefs with 13 competitors from Troy, Watervliet, Verdoy, Defreestville, West Sand Lake, East Greenbush, Rensselaer, Green Island, Elsmere, Clifton Park, Wynantskill, Schenectady, and Menands competing for the golden hydrant.

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At 2 p.m., the doors opened and the crowd piled in to taste the best. The crowded tables, people laughing, and having a wonderful time tasting chilis of all types from the traditional to the way south of the border. Competitors were judged for three things: best tasting, popular vote and best display. The battle was on with firefighters pulling the crowd to their table with displays and different chilis for the blue tickets. The atmosphere in the room was high. All you could hear was “did you try this one?” or “Oh my god, you need to try this one over here. It’s amazing” The judges had their hands full

picking a winner for the best chili. “It was a very hard choice,” stated one of the judges it was very close. As soon the judges stated it time to get the winner for the best tasting fire house chili in the capital region, the room went silent. Third place went to Watervliet Fire Department, second place to Defreestville Fire Department, and first place went to the West Sand Lake Fire Department. The popular vote and “Sluppy Puppy “ trophy went to the City of Schenectady Fire Department. After this, they made one of the biggest announcements of the night. They had raised $3690 for the burn center and the fireman’s home. - JEFFREy BELSChWinDER

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“Recruitny” Volunteer fire departments across New York State will open their doors and fire truck bays to local residents during the weekend of April 26 and April 27 as part of the fourth annual RecruitNY statewide volunteer firefighter recruitment effort. RecruitNY is designed to help increase volunteer membership, which has suffered over the last few years. During RecruitNY weekend, fire departments will conduct tours JUMP TO FILE # of their firehouses 030714117 and fire apparatus, allow visitors to try on turnout gear, and provide visitor activities and stations throughout the firehouse. Members will discuss the volunteer requirements and rewards that come with being a volunteer firefighter, as well as conduct demonstrations, answer questions, and let visitors know how to go about joining their fire department. “Last year, nearly 600 departments in 59 counties across the state participated in RecruitNY and we expect even more counties to get involved this year,” said James A. Burns, president of the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York. “We encourage departments to sign up to let their communities know of their participation. RecruitNY has proven a success in past years and is a key initiative to help bolster membership numbers so fire departments can continue to provide the optimum level of protection to their local residents.” Established in 2011, RecruitNY is a joint undertaking by FASNY, the NYSAFC, Association of Fire Districts of New York State, Volunteer Fire Police Association of the State of New York, and County Fire Coordinators Association of the State of New York. For fire departments that would like to sign up for RecruitNY, simply log on to and fill out the participation form. The program provides fire departments with access to recruitment resources, communication tools, posters, banners, etc.. In addition to the annual RecruitNY campaign, FASNY is in the midst of a multi-year, yearround volunteer firefighter recruitment and retention program across New York State made possible by a $4.2 million United States Department of Homeland Security Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant that began in 2011. To learn more about the “Fire In You” campaign, visit - FASNY

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Hensonville handles chimney fire On February 23, 2014 at 3:08 a.m., Hensonville Hose Company, under the command of Chief Dave Sherman, responded to a chimney fire at 93 Boulder Ridge Road. Damage was contained to the area of the chimney and there were no injuries.


Cleaning out Firefighters from the City of Newburgh were recently seen clearing out hydrants after a storm that brought over 20 inches of snow in a short period of time.


Plattekill Fire Hosts Annual Awards & Installation Dinner Poughkeepsie, N.Y. : Too many potholes could not stop Plattekill Fire Department's Chief Christopher Mancuso from getting to the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel, where they once again held their Annual Awards Banquet. With a ruined rim and a flat tire, he was able to get to the awards and presentations all set to go in time for the arrival of over 200 guests on February 22nd. The evening began with the customary cocktail hour and video presentation. As guests entered and found their way to their tables, Chief Mancuso took his spot at the podium as he began to MC the event. Several introductions of guests and dignitaries were made which included representatives from the Modena, Cronomer Valley, New Paltz, Winona Lake, Coldenham,

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Orange Lake and Fairview Fire Departments, among others. Many presentations were made for the "Dirty Dozen" responders as well as other notable achievements. Chief Mancuso also praised all those involved with their professionalism at a recent incident in which Plattekill was responding to a motor vehicle accident on the NY State Thruway and they themselves soon also found their fire engine rolled over with injuries. Since so many were involved, a Lifesaving Award was presented to Company President James Hoppenstedt Sr. on behalf of all the department. Many other awards were given

out to include EMS Driver of the Year Antonio Cepeda, Fire Driver of the Year James Hoppenstedt Sr., EMT of the Year Dawn O'Brien, and Firefighter of the Year Adam Durocher. The President's Award was presented to Chief Chris Mancuso for his notable efforts throughout the year. Firefighter John Sisti received an Honorary Plaque for his 40+ years of service as a company officer in the department. The Department responded to over 800 calls, and Antonia Cepeda made over 500 of those in 2013. He was also given an award of distinguishment. Soon thereafter, all of the officers were called out to the floor to be sworn into their respective positions of office. - PAUL HARRINGTON

Bitter cold did not stop firefighters Saratoga County Sheriff's 911 Center received a call reporting a house fire at 1932 Perth Road in the Town of Galway at about 12:18 p.m. The house was found to be fully engulfed. Mutual aid was immediately requested to the scene as well as back filling mutual aid stations. Galway command re- JUMP TO FILE# quested a large 030114100 tanker from Rock City Falls (Milton Eagles), FAST team from Hagaman, Charlton Fire Department for firefighter rehab and safety, as well as manpower and engine tankers from Providence, West Charlton, Harmony Corners, Middle Grove and Greenfield Center. East Glenville was placed on standby in their station for Charlton. Ballston Spa was requested to cover Galway and Harmony Corners stations while Malta Ridge was requested to cover Rock City Falls and Ballston Spa Stations. Galway EMS responded to the scene for standby. The Galway Fire Department's ladies auxillary pro-


vided hot and cold beverages during the bitter cold afternoon. The American Red Cross was requested to render assistance to the displaced residents. A private excavator razed the structure after it had been extinguished. The Saratoga County cause

and origin team conducted an investigation into the cause. There were no reported injuries during this incident and all agencies involved returned to service at about 4:34 p.m. - STAN DE LONG

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Last night at approximately 10:30 p.m., I was notified that a non-fire department community volunteer organization was responding to a report of an oven fire in one of our communities. The fire department was never dispatched. This incident was the latest of several reports of this organization responding to fires and motor vehicle accidents. The group itself was formed many years ago to assist individuals who had a flat tire, needed a jump start, locked their keys in their car or needed other non emergency assistance, a great and certainly worthwhile volunteer service. It appears that some local residents now call their non-emergency number rather than dialing 911 for fires and other emergencies. Unfortunately, it appears that the organization’s leadership has decided to respond to actual emergencies that traditionally were handled by the local police and fire departments. Two years ago, we became aware of a municipality that purchased a mini pumper and equipment truck with taxpayer dollars and gave it to another volunteer non-fire department. This organization started responding to dumpster, brush, trash and oven fires. This well-meaning group of volunteers was not organized as a fire department and responded to fires without turnout gear or selfcontained breathing apparatus. Photographs were forwarded to me showing these non-firefighters utilizing booster lines on room and content fires, and one incident

in particular showed a volunteer standing on top of garbage in a 40yard, roll-off dumpster in his wingtip shoes, white shirt and absolutely no personal protective gear as he directed a hose stream into the burning materials. I thought of how many times we have encountered empty propane tanks, flammable liquids and other hazardous materials in burning dumpsters. At one point, we met with the leaders of the municipally-funded group and gave them a presentation on the danger of inhaling smoke and all of the dangerous substances that it contains; to no avail. We also suggested that they join the local volunteer fire department if they were interested in firefighting. We then filed a complaint with Public Employee Safety & Health (PESH), who sent inspectors to investigate and concluded that they had no jurisdiction because this was not a fire department/government organization; even though taxpayer dollars were utilized to purchase the fire apparatus and the equipment on it, heh??!!!!!!!! So, we then filed a complaint with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) since it was clear that OSHA’s regulations were being violated. After a few months, OSHA too concluded that they had no jurisdiction because the organization was not a private business – heh??!!!!!!! So, since they are the only two organizations to enforce OSHA’s regulations, we are out of options and the organization continues to fight fires without the mandatory equipment and training. Firefighting is inherently dangerous; eventually one of these well meaning individuals will get hurt or killed, despite the local volunteer fire department’s best efforts to keep them from placing themselves in very dangerous situations.

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Laugh your way to the bank with a stand-up comedy fund-raiser Who needs to laugh more than the Fire Companies ---the first responders who deal with dangerous circumstances each and every day? There’s an innovative concept for fund-raising developed by Joey Novick, who is a stand-up comedian and the Fire Commissioner in his hometown: Stand-up comedy shows. Fire companies can get much-needed laughs and profit financially as well. Novick's company, ComedyWorks, provides all-star headline comedians from HBO, Comedy Central, Showtime, Last Comic Standing, and the Tonight Show. Novick’s been producing comedy shows since 1977, and has experience producing shows with such comedians as Jerry Seinfeld, Rosie O’Donnell, Larry The Cable Guy, and Tim Allen. "The comedians were very funny, and very professional," wrote Mark Bruhmuller, Fire Chief of the Churchtown Fire Company of New York. “Joey Novick did an excellent job. Everybody loves to laugh, and it's a great deal of fun." ComedyWorks produces more than 300 shows a year, almost 150 of those for emergency service organizations. The money these shows can

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raise varies, depending on things like the number of tickets sold, how they're priced, the amount spent on promotion and whether food and drink are available. "Mostly companies produce shows in their own facilities, which may hold 300–400 people," says Novick. "We'll put together a show for them that will bring in comedians from major comedy clubs, with a headliner from HBO, Comedy Central, or the Tonight Show. The feature performer will be someone who's headlined the comedy circuit: Catch a Rising Star, the Improv, the Comedy Store. The host of the show will be a comedian who's very high-energy, like a gameshow host, to get the audience warmed up. A triple headliner show!” The Somerset Fire Company of New Jersey produces two fundraisers a year through ComedyWorks. "We've done about ten shows so far, and it's been great," says Mike Rein-

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Four alarm blaze rips through Walden apartment building Walden, Orange County, NY. Numerous families were displaced after a four-alarm fire ripped through an apartment building in the Walden Fire District on the very cold night of March 6, 2014. At approximately 11 p.m., Walden firefighters were dispatched to 1 Walker Street for a structure fire. Walden Chief Doherty arrived to find heavy fire and smoke in a three story 40 x 100 ordinary brick construction residential apartment dwelling and quickly requested a third alarm. Fire was found on the second floor on the A and D sides. The fire quickly auto-exposed to the third floor as crews from the first engine arrived on scene. Initial reports stated that a person was possibly trapped within the building. Multiple lines were placed into operation, primary searches were underway, and ladders were set in place. Fire investigators were requested to the scene. Walden firefighters worked diligently with all of their equipment at the scene to get the fire under control, eventually requesting the fourth GARY HEARN

Firefighters encounter Colliers Mansion conditions in Campbell Hall A blaze that eventually went to three alarms in Campbell Hall created multiple hazards for firefighters. Crews from Campbell Hall were dispatched to 14 Ivy Cliff Road for a structure fire in a split level residential dwelling a little before noon on Saturday, March 1. Command arrived to the working fire with smoke showing and immediately alerted for mutual aid departments to the scene. The origin in the fire was determined to be the basement, where Colliers Mansion conditions existed. Multiple lines were placed in service and crews completed a primary search. Tanker operations were also established. Fire was found in a crawl space under the first floor with some extension to the first floor flooring. The fire was quickly knocked down and overhaul commenced.

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alarm. Crews from Coldenham (cascade and FAST team), Maybrook (from standby with an engine), Pine Bush (from standby with a truck), Montgomery (with a truck), Wallkill (with an engine), Air National Guard (FAST team) responded to the scene. Also on scene were the Town of Montgomery Volunteer Ambulance Corps and Mobile Life Support Services. Additional departments on standby included Bullville with an engine in Station 2, Walker Valley with an engine at Station 2, and Cronomer Valley with a truck at Station 1. The New York State Department of Transportation was requested to the scene for a salter, due to hazardous conditions as well as NYSEG for a power cut. Chief Jody Doherty had command. 3rd Assistant Chief Charles McNealy had operations, 1st Assistant Chief Fred Williams had safety, and 2nd Assis-

tant Chief Larry Sagar had interior ops. Also at the scene were Orange County 12 and 1 as well as Walden Police, who were assisted by Town of Montgomery Police at the scene. Thirty minutes into operations, the operation of multiple lines continued as fire on the first and second floors were knocked down first. Firefighters with two ladders and multiple lines continued to battle this tough fire. The active fire on the third floor continued into the very early morning hours of March 7th before firefighters were able to bring the entire fire under control. According to published reports, twelve residents in four families were left homeless by the blaze. All occupants were reportedly out of the buildingsafely. “A very young child knocked over a candle, causing the fire,” stated Chief Doherty. “The people in the apartment tried to put out the fire before calling us.” Luckily, no injuries were reported to residents or firefighters. - HEATHER PILLSWORTH

Spring Melt Fire Antique & Memorabilia Show and Auction announced Once again, it’s that time of year for the annual “Spring Melt” Fire Antique & Memorabilia Show and Auction. The 2014 show will be held on Saturday, April 12th and Sunday, April 13th at the Agri-Plex at Allentown Fairgrounds, Allentown, PA. Starting the weekend off is the auction on April 12th with auctioneer Donn Zalewski at the podium. The auction will start at promptly 9:00 a.m., with the preview of items from 7 to 9 a.m. This year, many interesting antique fire collectibles will be on the auction block, including whole collections. This is definitely an auction not to miss!

The following day, Sunday, April 13th, will be the annual antique and memorabilia marketplace. Last year the marketplace boasted 300 vendor spaces, with a variety of antique, new and used fire department items. Refreshments are available for purchase throughout the weekend. This is the largest show of its kind in the United States. Vendors and attendees travel from not only the east coast and Pennsylvania, but from the west coast, as well as Canada, France and the UK. The doors open to the public for the fire memorabilia marketplace at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday, April 13th.

Admission for the auction is a $4.00 contribution to the Union Historical Fire Society. Admission for the marketplace on Sunday is $8.00. Children under 12 admitted free. For more information, visit our website at For vendor and attendee information, please call Tom D’Arcangelo at 631-387-5222 or Joe L. at 610- 996-2631. After the ice and snow and freezing temperatures of this winter, we’re all ready for a “Spring Melt” – hope to see you there!

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Proud volunteer Fire/EMS members of the Grand Gorge Hose Company #1 got together for their first professional photo session in many years.


Firefighter Michael Cairney and Firefighter Christopher Gagliardo pose after extricating a patient from a rollover PIAA.


Three fire police from Shaker Road at the Signal 30 in Latham



Chelsi Rosas, Donna Rosas, Anne Clouthier, Jessica Trask, Ella Clouthier, Adam Kilmartin, Frank Borst, Hunter Borst, Nate Phillips, Bryan Rosas at the wedding of Mr. and Mrs. Adam Kilmartin

Mechanicville President's award winner Kim Wheeler with her father, past chief Charlie Wheeler Sr.

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Bailout training in East Syracuse The Mattydale Fire Department took advantage of the snowy cold winter night to do some very important training. The department, from the East Syracuse area, practiced in the East Syracuse Fire Department’s mask confidents course and also used their bailout system set up. Firefighters suited up and reversed their hoods and headed in to amaze, following the charged hose line up the stairs under beams crawling through tubs. Then, it was to the window where firefighters hooked their emergency line up, grabbed the edge, and swung themselves out lowering themselves to the floor and it was off to do it again.

Henrietta responds to early morning concrete plant fire on Valentine’s Day A 911 call from a snow plow driver reported flames and heavy black smoke showing through the roof of a local concrete plant around 2:21 a.m. The Henrietta Fire Department called for a full assignment with crews from Stations 4, 2, 1 and 5. When crews arrived and did a search of the plant, heavy fire was found. Crews were told to exit the plant and worked on extinguishing

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by the fire from the outside with an aerial attack due to the "volume of fire" and the chemicals in the plant. A level 0 hazmat was declared requiring a hazmat representative to the scene. Crews had to contend with frozen hydrants. Around 4:10

a.m., the fire was under control and the level 0 hazmat was terminated at around 4:49 a.m. Many thanks for the fire departments that covered the Henrietta Fire District during this fire: Chili, Rush, Scottsville and Gates Fire Department. All crews went home safe to their homes in the end. - CAROL GREENE


Fire hits Clifton Park apartment complex Clifton Park, NY. Firefighters were called Sunday, March 2nd to an apartment complex in Clifton Park. The call came in for a reported structure fire in Building 46 of the Hollendale Apartments. Upon arrival, the first crews were met with flames shooting from the first floor windows and heading up the side of the building to the second floor. Mutual aid was called from Jonesville, Halfmoon, Hillcrest, West Crescent, and Boght. All of the residents were able to escape safely and no injuries were reported. Two cats were believed to have died, but authorities say the pets were later found safe outside of the building. Two units were destroyed and four others suffered smoke and water damage. The Red Cross is assisting five of the residents, who were displaced. A cause remains under investigation.

New graduates with the Newburgh Firefighters Pipes and Drums Band


Fourteen graduate from Newburgh Fire Academy On Tuesday, February 14th, fourteen firefighters graduated from the Newburgh Fire Academy with a celebration at the SUNY Orange campus. Firefighter graduates from the City of Newburgh Fire Department included Christopher Bailey, Michael Boadi, Jordan Cichy, Cristopher Diaz, Octavius Fraser, Kevin Jowell, James McGoldrick, Justin Myers, Giovanni Nunez, Jose

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Palomino, William Quintero, and Marquis Taylor. Firefighter graduates from the City of Middletown Fire Department included Luke Lyons and Joel Sierra. Congratulatory messages were expressed from Representative Sean Patrick Maloney, Mayor Judy

Kennedy (Newburgh), Mayor Joseph DeStefano (Middletown), Chief Michael Vatter of the City of Newburgh Fire Department, and Chief Thomas Amodio of the City of Middletown Fire Department. FDNY Deputy Chief Jay Jonas presented the keynote address. A reception followed at the Newburgh Elks Lodge. - BOB ROOT

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clubs in the area in his name. Mike was also the Membership Secretary for the Union Historical Fire Society for over ten years. His tireless efforts kept the membership for this organization relatively constant. Michael Kush was a career firefighter. He served with distinction as a firefighter with the Allentown Fire Department for 23 years and retired as a lieutenant. Prior to his work as a firefighter, Mike served his country in the United States Army. Mike is survived by his wife, Martha, who is also an active member of the Union Historical Fire Society, and his daughter, Jill and her husband David Johns. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Amanda, Teriane, David, Michael, and Tessa, and great-granddaughter, Gwen. Funeral services were held on December 26, 2013 at the Long Funeral Home, Bethlehem, PA. A memory tribute may be placed at . In lieu of flowers, please send contributions to the Union Historical Fire Society, 2729 Redington Road, Hellertown, PA 18055. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this time of grief. - UNION HISTORICAL  FIRE SOCIETY

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Ballston Spa Fire Department was dispatched to Doubleday Woods Senior residential complex for a structure fire.

Eagle-Matt Lee Fire Company No. 1 of Ballston Spa on standby at Harmony Corners. Harmony Corners was on a mutual aid structure fire in the Town of Galway.



City of Newburgh firefighters wishing one of their own, Assistant Chief Steve Giacco (center), a wonderful retirement after 20 years of service to the department.

Plattekill Fire Department Chief Chris Mancuso addressed the department at their recent awards banquet on February 22nd.


Wynantskill Fire Department competed at the 4th Annual Fire House Chili Cook Off


Captain Mark Bethea (rear, third from right) recently retired from the City of Newburgh Fire Department.

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Local Heroes Taking Advantage of Program Benefits

Local hero glad he learned about the Heroes Mortgage Program With three children and another on the way in June, Ron Salzano and his wife contemplated buying a new home. However, after consulting with the Heroes Mortgage Program, he came to the conclusion that refinancing might work better financially. Saving him money on his monthly mortgage payment. Or, in this case, a lot of money. By refinancing with the Heroes Mortgage Program, Salzano said he saved about $700 per month on his mortgage. That’s a lot of extra income for a hard-working gentleman with a growing family. “To save that kind of money is a big deal,” Salzano said. “and the process was very straight forward. There were no catches. It was well thought out and very streamlined. It was to the point and I’m glad I found out about it.” The Heroes Mortgage Program is dedicated to serving the mortgage needs of the firefighter, police rescue and EMS community, providing discounted fees, first-rate customer service and low interest rates not available to the general public. At only age 31, Salzano is already a decorated veteran of the Bergen County Police


Department, with 11 years experience in the field. He serves as the deputy coordinator of the office of emergency management. Salzano also is a member of the Bergen County Police scuba team, working in water search and recovery. In addition, Salzano is a key member of Bergen County’s traffic incident management team, which works with traffic flow during accidents and emergencies. He served as a volunteer with the Wallington Fire Department from 2000-08. Talk about a

hero: Salzano certainly fits the bill. However, he remains humble about his various accomplishments, and burgeoning career. “I’ve been very fortunate in my career because of my background as a volunteer firefighter and experience in EMS an rescue,” Salzano said. “In my time with Bergen County, my horizons have been broadened. There are a lot of opportunities to advance yourself. Every day is a new adventure.” 1st Responder and Sun Home Loans teamed up to create the Sun National Bank Heroes Mortgage Program. To participate in the program, firefighters, police officers, rescue and EMS personnel must verify their active or retired status within the emergency services community. The program is open to both paid and volunteer members and provides the kind of first-rate customer service these brave men and women deserve. ------Sun National Bank Home Loans and 1st Responder Newspaper are not affiliated. All loans subject to approval. Certain conditions and fees may apply. Mortgage financing provided by Sun National Bank Loans, Equal Housing Lender.

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Heroes Realty client more than happy to refer family member David Ciliento, a respected and experienced real estate salesperson with Heroes Realty, helped Carlos Villar purchase a home in Lodi, N.J. last October. The process was a seamless one, from initial inquiry through closing. Of course, Villar was pleased with Ciliento’s professionalism and customer service, and everything else Heroes Realty has to offer. Four months after working with Ciliento, Villar paid him a meaningful compliment: He referred his sister, Melissa Villar, to Ciliento and Heroes Realty. Ciliento helped her buy her first home. “I appreciated that gesture so much,” said Ciliento, who has worked as a realtor for 11 years. “The fact that Mr. Villar would do something like that was very rewarding for me and for Heroes Realty. He had told us we did a great job, but to give a referral to a family member, well, that means a lot.” Like her brother, Villar praised Heroes Realty, created to provide heroes who serve our communities every day with a variety of enterprising real estate services. Heroes Re-


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Clifton Fire Department receives grant for thermal imaging camera


The presentation check is presented to Clifton Chief Charles Tytler, Lt Jim Noble, Bruce Volkman, Past Chief Brian Koster and Montsano Seeds representative Nathan Holt

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Riga, NY. The Clifton Fire Department recently received a grant of $2500 from Montsano Seeds through a program called America's Farmers Grow Communities. The Volkman farm in Riga applied for the grant, which they designated a community recipient of the grant. Bruce Volkman is a long time resident and supporter of the fire department and it felt natural to contribute to them. Chief Charles Tytler said the department has earmarked the monies to be used for a thermal imaging camera to be used in conjunction with another piece of equipment they received in a grant from former politician Susan John. A few years ago, they were able to purchase a side by side utility vehicle with tracks to conduct search and rescue in Black Creek Park. The fire department receives

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several calls per year for lost or missing persons in the 5000 acre park. The thermal imaging camera will speed up the process of a positive outcome in the scenarios. The America’s Farmers Grow Communities was initiated by Montsano Seeds in 2011. Thus far, they have awarded grants in 1289 counties in 39 states. Chief Tytler and Past Chief Koster concurred that the donations and support of the community keeps them in business, although they can always use more volunteers. "We are fortunate to people like the Volkman's in our community" added Koster. - JOHN SPAULDING



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The Volunteer Fire Company of Center Brunswick Inc. took delivery of a 1,500 gallon Marion engine/tanker, built on a Spartan Metro Star chassis with a 10 inch raised roof seating six, powered by a Cummins ISL9 450-hp engine, equipped with a Waterous CSU 1,500 gpm pump. It features a Whelen LED warning light package and Whelen Pioneer scene lights, utilizing three pre-connected speed-lays two 1" 3/4 hand lines and one 2 1/2" with TFT flip-tip nozzles and 1500 feet of 5" LDH, TFT Blitzfire Monitor flow range up to 500 gpm, through the tank ladder and long handle tool storage, two 100' Hannay electric cord reels, a Cutters edge roof vent saw and a Husqvarna Fire Rescue K-12 saw.

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