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Rotterdam, NY - At approximately 3:30 P.M. on February 8th, the Plotterkill and Mariaville Fire Departments, along with Rotterdam District #2 for their FAST team, were toned out for a reported structure fire at 655 N. Kelley Road. The first arriving sheriff unit had a large farmhouse, fully-involved in fire.

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North Country Firefighters For a Cure March in Parade

Brasher Falls, NY - On Saturday, February 18th, a crew from the non-profit organization known as "North Country Firefighters For a Cure," marched in the Tri-Town Winter Carnival parade. The organization is made up of firefighters who raise monies to aid those in need during their battle with cancer. The group's major project is the "Relay for Life" event, held annually at SUNY Potsdam.

Morristown firefighters extinguishing the main fire.


Firefighters Battle Early Morning Blaze in Macomb Morristown, NY - On Thursday, February 2nd at approximately 7:00 A.M., the Morristown Fire Department was dispatched to a reported chimney fire located at 360 South Woods Road in the Town of Macomb. Morristown 2nd Assistant Chief Jay Moore arrived on scene less than one minute later and reported a fully-involved structure fire. Mutual Aid was requested for tankers from the Gouverneur FD with Engine-18 for draft, TA-6 and TA-14, as well as Heuvelton FD with "Supertanker" TA-8 and TA-80 ,and Brier Hill FD

JUMP TO FILE #020917102 with TA-1 and TA-4. Those tankers, along with Morristown's TA-2 and "Supertanker" TA-57, supplied Morristown Engine-34 during the fire. Morristown Engine-34 arrived on scene with a crew of four and immediately began attacking the fire on the north side of the building, where a mobile home was located less than five-feet from the burning building. Crews quickly knocked down the fire on the south-side of the mo-

bile home and then turned their attention to the main fire. The mobile home received minor damage from the fire, but the house was a total loss. The fire was believed to have started from an overheated woodstove/chimney. The occupant of the house awoke to find heavy smoke in the residence and called 911. There were no reported injuries. The National Grid and the Morristown Auxiliary also assisted at the scene. - KEVIN CROSBY

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Fire Hits Home in Mechanicville

Mechanicville, NY - A fire that broke out on Thursday, February 16th, caused heavy damage to a home at 49 South Main Street in Mechanicville. Dispatch received multiple calls indicating that flames were through the roof. Upon arrival, the first crews found heavy fire on the second-floor. Mutual Aid was called in from Waterford, Hillcrest, Hemstreet Park, Round Lake, and Clifton Park. Everyone was out of the two-story building when the first crews arrived. One firefighter suffered minor injuries and was treated at St. Mary's Hospital in Troy. No other injuries were reported. It took firefighters approximately 30 minutes to knock down the fire. The Red Cross was assisting four residents who were displaced. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Glasco, NY - Glasco Fire Rescue operates this 2009 Ferrara 2000/2500 Pumper Tanker.


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Departments Quickly Knock Down Kitchen Fire in East Greenbush East Greenbush, NY - On January 18th at approximately 5:30 P.M., the Clinton Heights Fire Department was dispatched for a reported structure fire at 44 Brook Street. The first arriving police unit stated that they had a working kitchen fire. The first arriv- JUMP TO FILE# 021817108 ing chief on scene declared a working fire and requested Defreestville Fire Department for their Fast team to the scene. Engine 8-5 arrived on scene, pulled a hand-line to the building and quickly knocked the fire down. Overhaul was started right after. Command downgraded the incoming FAST team. Defreestville FD arrived on scene and assisted the Clinton Heights Fire Department on scene with operations. The fire was knocked down within a few minutes, keeping the damage to a minimum for residents. No firefighters or residents were injured on scene and all units were back in service within the hour. - JEFFREY BELSCHWINDER

Firefighters from Clinton Heights and Defreestville picking up after a fast knock down of the kitchen fire.


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Waterford, NY - F.B. Peck Hose Company Firefighter Frank Curtis at the scene of a structure fire on January 25th.



City of Troy Fire Captain Retires After Three Decades of Service Troy, NY - After three decades of serving residents in the City of Troy, Captain Kevin Gordon of Troy Fire Department's Engine-6 is hanging up his helmet. Troy FD Captain Kevin Gordon was born and raised JUMP TO FILE# 021817113 in the City of Troy and came from a family of Troy police officers, but broke away from the family line to become a Troy firefighter. Captain Gordon started his career in 1988 and moved to each firehouse in the city before he finally found his home at Engine-6 in the south-end of the city. "Working for a great city and its residents is one of the hardest things to give up," stated Gordon. Captain Gordon also stated that he's truly going to miss everyone that he worked with at the Troy Fire Department, as well as serving the city residents in the southend. Gordon plans to take it easy and have a lot more family time, along with playing a little golf on the side. He also plans to continue with working for the City of Troy's police and fire credit union. Firefighters throughout the City of Troy stopped by to wish Captain Kevin Gordon a happy and healthy retirement. - JEFFREY BELSCHWINDER


Engine-6 Captain Kevin Gordon of the Troy Fire Department.


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Career Firefighter in Poughkeepsie Retires After 43 Years Poughkeepsie, NY - January 7th, 1974 was the start date for four career firefighters at the City of Poughkeepsie Fire Department. Deputy Chief Ed Decker, Captain Mike Brophy, Lt. Bill Ringwood and Firefighter Mike Marinucci all started on that day 43 years ago. Regulations require that you retire when you JUMP TO FILE# turn 65. As a result, 022417110 the Dean of the Department, Shield-1, Mike Marinucci ended his last shift on Poughkeepsie's Ladder-1 at 7:00 P.M. on February 23rd. At the time of his appointment, Mike had already served four years as a volunteer in Poughkeepsie when it was a career/volunteer department. Five months into his new career, the only one he ever wanted, he faced the most challenging fire of his career; the fire on the Poughkeepsie-Highland Railroad Bridge. The structure stretched high above the mighty Hudson River and required firefighters to walk out on the steel beams with the risk of falling between the gaps and plummeting to the river below. Several years later, that fire allowed for the creation of the very popular "Walkway Over the Hudson" State Park. Marinucci spent time at all of the department's houses. He recalled being told that his crew was being assigned to another station for one year while asbestos abatement was taking place at his current house. When asked how long it actually lasted, Marinucci chuckled and said "I ended up at the Hooker Avenue station for 13 years!" The last 15 years of Mike's storied career had him working

FF Marinucci telling the story of how a bus almost ran him over at a scene.

out of the Clover Street station, where he was assigned to Ladder1. Mike makes it very clear that Ladder-1 is his favorite apparatus and he used that ladder on several occasions to save lives and property. Just over a year ago, Mike operated the stick to help his colleagues rescue a woman that had fallen almost 30-feet into the Fallkill Creek, not far from their station. Firefighters had used 24foot ladders to climb down and secure the patient, and then rigged it so that Marinucci could get the stick low enough to attach the rigging and raise the seriously injured patient to an awaiting ambulance. Mike's actions over his career resulted in his being nominated for a "Life-Saving Award" on eight different occasions, of which he received three. To add to all of his accolades, Poughkeepsie Mayor

Rob Rolison presented a Commendation to Mike on his last shift. "I am lucky to have known Mike for a very long time, not only as a dedicated City of Poughkeepsie firefighter, but also as a friend. I am so glad that I was able to stop by and personally thank him for his 43 years of service to our City," said Rolison during the presentation. Poughkeepsie Chief Mark Johnson added to the day by saying "Mike was a great representative of the Poughkeepsie Fire Department; a dedicated, passionate member who made a difference in many lives over his 43 years with the department." In addition to the coworkers and Mayor Rolison visiting the station on Mike's last day, neighbors and staff from other departments along with former co-workers,


streamed in and out of the house to say their goodbyes and enjoy a little of the cake that was on hand for the celebration. Mike's last day was not a quiet one. In addition to all of the wellwishers, he and his partner, Firefighter Davison, who pilots Ladder-1 for Group-3, ran several calls during the shift and even managed to experience a transmission malfunction on the rig that Marinucci loves. Firefighter Marinucci has no immediate plans for retirement other than a trip to Florida. When asked what he would miss the most, Marinucci didn't hesitate and said it would be the "camaraderie of the brotherhood". - TODD BENDER




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The fire on the Poughkeepsie-Highland Railroad Bridge that allowed for the creation of the very popular "Walkway Over the Hudson".


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Troy Firefighters Rescue Woman from Heavily Involved Home Troy, NY - On February 6th, the alarm of fire was toned for 585 Fifth Avenue in the north Lansingburg area of the City of Troy for a heavily involved house fire. Engine-1 arrived on scene within seconds after the alarm of fire was toned and im- JUMP TO FILE# mediately called for 021817114 the Signal-30, stating that they had heavy fire showing from the front and sides of the home. Car-4, coming from central station in the city, called for the second-alarm. Medic-1, which normally staffs Truck-1 due to low manpower in the City of Troy, raced back to the firehouse to grab Truck-1 and bring it to the scene. Firefighters immediately started to stretch multiple hand lines and battled their way into the home, where they encountered heavy fire conditions throughout the structure. Truck-2, coming from the center of the city, made it to the scene within minutes and immediately sent their crews to the roof to start venting the building. Engines 4, 6 and 2, along with the Rescue Squad, arrived on scene quickly and started helping the interior crews knock down the heavy fire load. While crews were conducting a primary search, they discovered a person still inside the home. Firefighters immediately grabbed the person and had two Troy firefighter/paramedics meet them at the door of the home, who then loaded the patient onto a stretcher and raced down the street to an awaiting ambulance. The patient was then rushed off to Samaritan Hospital. Firefighters inside the structure were able to knock down the heavy fire load and bring the fire under control within 30 minutes. Crews on scene had to deal with heavy winds and freezing temperatures, which hampered their efforts in bringing the fire under control quickly. No firefighters were injured on scene and the person pulled from the burning home was listed in stable condition at Samaritan Hospital. The fire is currently under investigation by the NYS Department of Homeland Security Office of Fire Prevention and Control. The battalion chief on scene requested a full recall of an additional platoon to cover the city while all of the city firefighters were battling the fire.

Troy firefighters battling the heavy fire inside the home.



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Indiana: Richard Rehm, 55 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: December 24, 2016 Death Date: December 24, 2016 Fire Department: McCordsville Volunteer Fire Department Initial Summary: While responding to an early morning alarm call, Firefighter Rehm’s privately owned vehicle became stuck on an active railroad crossing. A short time later, Rehm was struck and killed by a passing train.

South Carolina: Amy Dimmery, 34 Rank: Probationary Firefighter Incident Date: January 2, 2017 Death Date: January 2, 2017 Fire Department: Marion Rural Fire Department Initial Summary: Probationary Firefighter Amy Dimmery responded to a motor vehicle accident (MVA) call on January 2, 2017 reported at 1515hrs. Units cleared the scene at 1600hrs. Before making it back to their home, she and her husband, also a firefighter, were involved in a MVA. Firefighter Amy Dimmery was entrapped and response personnel began resuscitation efforts upon their arrival. Firefighter Amy Dimmery was taken by Marion Medic 10 to Carolinas Hospital in Marion and died as a result of her injuries shortly after arriving. As of January 3, 2017, her husband, Firefighter Freddie Dimmery remains in McLeod Hospital in serious condition. Pennsylvania: Donald Leroy "Sarge" Brenner, Jr., 67 Rank: Chief Engineer/Firefighter Incident Date: December 24, 2016 Death Date: January 4, 2017 Fire Department: Speedwell Engine & Hose Company Initial Summary: While operating at the scene of an automobile accident on December 24, 2016,

Chief Engineer/Firefighter Brenner was found slumped over the steering wheel of a fire engine. Brenner was found to be in cardiac arrest and was hospitalized in critical condition where he succumbed on January 4, 2017.

Alabama: Tracy O. Sanders, 44 Rank: Fire Chief Incident Date: January 13, 2017 Death Date: January 13, 2017 Fire Department: Mount Olive Volunteer Fire Department Initial Summary: While conducting official fire department business, Chief Sanders was stopped in the department's rescue truck on Alabama Highway 77 preparing to make a left-hand turn when she was struck from the rear by a tractor-trailer. The rescue unit was forced into oncoming traffic where Chief Sanders was struck again and her vehicle was forced off the roadway and into trees lining the east side of the highway. Members from the Mount Olive Volunteer Fire Department and surrounding agencies arrived on scene and began to treat Chief Sanders. She was then transported to Anniston Regional Medical Center where she succumbed to her injuries at approximately 1434hrs. Wisconsin: Rodney “Tiny” Menne, 53 Rank: Assistant Fire Chief Incident Date: January 10, 2017 Death Date: January 10, 2017 Fire Department: Eldorado Volunteer Fire Department Initial Summary: At approximately 0200hrs, several hours after a fire department meeting, Assistant Fire Chief Rodney “Tiny” Menne was discovered deceased from a heart attack by another Eldorado firefighter at the Eldorado Volunteer Fire Department.

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Firefighters conducting heavy overhaul on scene, knocking down hot spots inside the home. JOHN HOPPER

Two-Alarm Structure Fire in Yonkers

Yonkers, NY - On the evening of Friday, February 17th, Yonkers Fire Companies responded to 80 Ash Street for a reported structure fire. Engine-306 advised dispatchers that they had smoke in the area and arrived as first-due to find fire in a two-story, wood-frame structure. The main body of fire was quickly knocked down on the second-floor, but the fire spread to the cockloft, requiring the transmission of a second-alarm. The fire in the cockloft was also quickly knocked down. The fire was placed under control with an approximate one hour duration.

Home of Nassau Ambulance President Damaged in Fire Nassau, NY - On January 21st, firefighters from the Nassau Fire Department, along with close to a dozen other fire departments from Rensselaer and Columbia Counties, responded to 15 Maple Ave. in the village of Nassau for a reported structure fire. The first arriving chief on scene had fire showing from the structure on the "Delta" side and requested the second-alarm. The first arriving engine on scene pulled multiple hand lines and quickly started knocking down the fire.

JUMP TO FILE #021817109 Firefighters encountered heavy smoke and heat throughout the inside of the structure and immediately went to the roof to start venting and checking for extension into the attic area. Crews were able to bring the fire under control quickly. Firefighters conducted a primary and secondary search to make sure that everyone, including the family pets, were safe. One person was eval-

uated on scene by the ambulance crew for smoke inhalation, but refused medical treatment. This fire scene was a hard one for firefighters, as the home belonged to Ross Phoenix, President of Nassau Ambulance and current member of the Nassau Fire Department. The home suffered heavy smoke and water damage. No firefighters were injured on scene. The fire is currently under investigation by the Rensselaer County Fire Investigators. - JEFFREY BELSCHWINDER

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Tractor-Trailer Rollover on Route 9W

Newburgh, NY - The Middlehope and Cronomer Valley Fire Departments were dispatched on February 21st to a tractortrailer rollover on State Route 9W, near the Exit-10 off ramp. Upon arrival, crews found a tractor-trailer on its side with fuel spilling onto Route 9W. The Maybrook Hazmat team was called to the scene to secure the spill. The Town of Newburgh Police and New York State Police were also at the scene. Traffic was blocked in both directions during the incident. The Town of Newburgh Police are investigating the accident.

Lockport, NY - Rapids Fire Company, under the command of Chief Barry Kobrin, is proud to announce the delivery of their new 2017 Sutphen Extreme Duty Engine.

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Multiple Companies Battle House Fire on Little Britain Road TODD BENDER

LaGrange, NY - 17-month-old Paige Zittel is already learning the fine art of tanker ops thanks to her IAFF Local 3813 firefighter dad, Bryan Zittel. Bryan fights fires for the LaGrange Fire District.

New Windsor, NY - On February 27th, the Maybrook FD was dispatched to a structure fire at 1897 Little Britain Road. Maybrook command arrived and requested a Washingtonville ladder truck and pumpers to the scene. Car-1 arrived on scene with a 60x30, bi-level, single-family house, with heavy smoke and visible fire through the roof and requested a fill site at a pond in front of the house. Washingtonville FD Truck579 (2nd due) and one tanker, the

JUMP TO FILE #022717120 Campbell Hall FD with one tanker and the Vails Gate FD with a FAST team responded on the initial first-alarm assignment. Responding to the scene on the second-alarm assignment was Orange Lake with one tanker, Vails Gate with one engine, Coldenham with two tankers, Salisbury Mills with one Engine and a tanker, Campbell Hall with one

Engine to the first fill site, Montgomery with one Engine to the first fill site and Mechanicstown with one tanker. Good-Will and Walden were on standby at the Maybrook FD with one engine and one tanker. New Windsor EMS, New Windsor Police and New York State Police were also at scene, as well as 36-4 Deputy Fire Coordinator. Central Hudson was called for a power cut to the residence. - BOB MCCORMICK


Car Slams into Guardrail on Interstate-84 Newburgh, NY - On February 5th, the Winona Lake Engine Company was called out for an MVA on Interstate-84, eastbound. Upon arrival, units found a car that crashed into a guardrail, significantly damaging the vehicle. One person was taken to the hospital with unknown injuries. BOB MCCORMICK

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Newburgh, NY - On February 16th just before 1:00 P.M., a vehicle was traveling on River Road when it suddenly left the roadway and rolled down a hill, landing upside down in a creek. The driver of the vehicle, Anita-Jean McMonigle of Marlboro, was left trapped inside as the vehicle started to quickly fill up with water. Town of Newburgh Police Officer Taso Karabelos arrived at the scene to find Anita-Jean inside the vehicle and hanging upside down by her seatbelt, which wouldn't release. Officer Karabelos quickly sprung into action, breaking the car windows and cutting the seatbelt, enabling him to pull her out of the vehicle to safety. Police later said that Anita-Jean was only minutes away from drowning, had Officer Karabelos not been there to save her.


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One Hundred Years of Valor, Rescue Company 1 New York City Fire Department ON THE BOOK SHELF

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Aerial view of the train derailment taken by a drone.


Freight Train Derails in Newburgh Newburgh, NY - On Tuesday, March 7th at approximately 3:30 P.M., the Newburgh and New Windsor Fire Departments were dispatched for a train derailment on River Road in the City of Newburgh. Upon arrival, crews found a CSX freight train with at least five or six cars derailed from the track. The incident occurred after a worker that was driving a forklift across the tracks got stuck between the crossing gates, forcing him to run to safety before the train came crashing into the forklift and derailed. Miraculously, there were no

JUMP TO FILE #030817104 serious injuries. Two employees who were operating the forklift were treated for minor injuries. The conductor and engineer of the train were also treated for minor injuries. The train was carrying hazardous materials when it derailed, but none were spilled or leaking after the crash, with the exception of a large fuel spill. Area fire departments were called in to assist

with the cleanup operation. The New Windsor, New York State and City of Newburgh Police were all on scene with traffic control. The United States Coast Guard was also notified, along with a spill team and DEC. Roads between Renwick Street, South Street and State Route 9W were all closed during the incident. Mobile Life and area EMS were also called to the scene, as well as Central Hudson for power cuts in the area. - BOB MCCORMICK

One Hundred Years of Valor, Rescue Company 1 New York City Fire Department By Paul Hashagan Available from: FSP Books & Videos 188 Central Street, Suite #4 Hudson, MA 01749-1330 1-800-522-8528 e-mail: Price: $42.50 This is a hard covered book measuring 8 ½ x 11-inches, with 224 pages. It is the first hundred years history of FDNY’s Rescue Company-1. The author is a retired New York City firefighter who spent 20 of his 25 years of service with Rescue1. He is also the author of "FDNY: The Bravest, an Illustrated History 1865-2002." When I first saw this present book, I had my doubts about reviewing it for two reasons. The first reason was that there would not be a need to persuade a reader to buy this book because the FDNY is a favorite among firefighters and buffs alike worldwide. The second reason was because my backlog was such that I felt it may be sold out by the time the review was printed, but I spoke with the author and he assured me that it did not matter when the review was published and that there would most likely be additional printings. So with that said, here we go! The book has been put together so adequately that it is a no-brainer to want to read it and find it meaningful. The company was organized

to address difficult situations besides fires where specialized skills of the crew would mitigate emergencies that become more common than one would expect. I had also once heard that that the company was organized to rescue firefighters such as a modern day RIC would be expected to do. The book is divided into 11 chapters, each essentially covering a decade. Beyond that are galleries of their apparatus through the years, photos of members and an appendix which lists company commanders, firehouses, company awards, unit citations and medals awarded to members of the company. The book has an abundance of photos from old to new. It has pictures of members placed near the stories of their heroism, as well as those who gave their lives in the lineof-duty. Some of the stories of heroism are unbelievable! The only breaks in the coverage of each decade are when one incident ends and another begins, so if the reader needs to put the book down for any reason, he or she would have to try and find a page that ends a sentence. A few minor typos appear due to printing, but none detract from the stories. There is one point I wanted to make which may cause the reader to think there is a typo and that appears on page-105, where a new style rescue truck is shown and mention is made that it did not have a walk-through body. This refers to the face that the cab was separate from the body. The former models had a body in which the cab was incorporated and permitted passage to the body from it, not that the newer truck bodies were non-walk-ins. The newer truck featured on page-105 was two doors, so the crew had to ride in the body. This is about all I will have to say! The book speaks for itself. Another job well done Mr. Hashagen, and those who helped him.

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Yonkers, NY - On the evening of Thursday, February 23rd, fire units in Yonkers were toned out to 328 South Broadway for the report of a house on fire behind this location. The first arriving units, Engine-304 and Ladder-74, located the fire on Park Hill Terrace. Battalion-1 transmitted the All-Hands for fire through the roof of an abandoned, two-and-a-half story dwelling. Crews attacked the fire from the exterior and quickly darkened it down. The incident was placed under control with an approximate 30 minute duration.

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Car Fire in Livonia

Livonia, NY - On Friday, March 3rd at 7:06 P.M., Livonia firefighters responded to a car fire in the driveway of a residence at 5903 Densmore Road. The department's brush truck was used to access and extinguish the fire, which was well off the road. There were no injuries reported.

Firefighters Respond to Rescue Call at Mid-Valley Mall Newburgh, NY - The Good Will FD was dispatched to a rescue call at the entrance of the MidValley Mall off of Route 32 on February 21st. Upon arrival, firefighters found two workers from Shock Electric who were stranded about 25-feet in the air, inside their bucket. Good Will command arrived and determined that they would need a ladder truck to get the subjects out of the bucket.

JUMP TO FILE #022217101 The Middlehope FD was placed on standby as Good Will was called out to service. Units on scene requested to have Middlehope respond with their ladder truck through Orange Control. Once the truck arrived, the ladder was extended and both subjects

were taken to safety from the bucket to the ground. The bucket truck lost all of it's fluid and was confined to an area where Good Will firefighters were putting speedy dry on it. The New York State Police had the entrance blocked to all traffic during the incident. - BOB MCCORMICK


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Structure Fire for Falconer Firefighters Falconer, NY - On March 2nd, the Falconer Fire Department was dispatched to Lyndon Blvd. for a reported structure fire. A Falconer unit went on scene and reported a working fire. Fire Departments from Gerry, Kennedy, Fluvanna, Jamestown and Kiantone assisted Falconer at the scene. The cause of the fire is under investigation.


Fatal Tractor-Trailer Crash on NYS Thruway

Ulster, NY - The Spring Lake FD responded on February 2nd to reports of an MVA on the NYS Thruway at mile-marker 88.2. The accident occurred after a northbound tractor-trailer rear ended a truck, causing the tractor-trailer to crash into the center guardrail and burst into flames. The driver of the tractor-trailer was pronounced dead at the scene. Two hose lines were used to extinguish the blaze.

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Lockport Firefighters Handle Heavy Extrication with Assistance Lockport, NY - Lockport Police and Fire units were dispatched on February 9th at approximately 10:42 A.M. for the report of a head-on accident on Ohio Street and the William Gregory Bypass. As units were responding to the JUMP TO FILE# scene, there were a 020917117 number of calls causing confusion about the exact location of the incident. The accident was located on the Bypass, however; it was a mile south of the original location, putting it outside city limits and into the town. One caller, a volunteer on scene, reported that the Jaws-ofLife would be needed for two vehicles involved that had crashed head-on into each other at a high rate of speed. City crews were then on scene and quickly gathered the needed extraction equipment to try to get the victims out of the vehicles. Cribbing was placed under the wheels of one of the vehicles to secure it. Paramedics from Twin City set up to provide ALS to the victims along with Lockport Fire and rescue crews, who crawled into the crushed vehicles to care for the trapped drivers. South Lockport volunteers were notified of the accident and also responded to the scene. In order to remove the drivers, crews had to use the Jaws-ofLife to literally cut both cars apart. The Lockport Police, Niagara County Sheriff’s Office and the New York State Police were on location and assisted fire and rescue personnel in attempting to remove the victims. Mercy Flight was called to the scene and landed with a trauma flight surgeon just a few hundred feet from the accident. Lockport Fire, including their Chiefs, worked feverishly to try and get both drivers out and over to the helicopter so that they could be transported to the trauma center. Lockport Fire Chief Pat Brady, standing on the rear of one car, directed everyone in the safe and organized lifting of the backboard and removed the driver. It took well over 40 minutes for the highly trained rescue crews to remove the victims due to the massive damage done to the vehicles. All emergency workers worked side by side to get the job done and both drivers were finally removed and rushed down the road to the awaiting helicopter. It was later reported that one of the drivers passed away at the trauma center. - STEPHEN WALLACE

The jaws had to be used on both vehicles to remove the roof and doors. STEPHEN M WALLACE

Advanced life support was provided to the drivers during the rescue.



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Backhoe Fire in New Paltz Quickly Knocked

New Paltz, NY - On February 4th, the New Paltz Fire Department was dispatched for a backhoe on fire. The Fire Investigator on scene determined the cause of the fire to be electrical. There were no reported injuries.

The flames were no match against the fully charged hand line.


Wilson Fire Responds to Working Tractor Fire Wilson, NY - On February 19th, the Wilson Fire Company responded to the report of a working tractor fire in the farm driveway of 2867 Daniels Road. The farmer reported that he was walking toward the barn when he heard a blast and turned to see flames whipping from the tractor's engine. The owner tried using a fire extinguisher on the blaze with no luck. Wilson’s 3rd Assistant Chief arrived on the scene and used his fire extinguisher, along with that of Niagara County Sheriff Deputy Shawn Grapes. Diesel was dripping a stream

JUMP TO FILE #021917105 of fire and the front tire of the tractor was now also engulfed, so the extinguishers did not work at all on the flames. The Assistant Chief made sure that all vehicles were moved away from the tractor and that all structures were not being compromised. Once on scene, Wilson’s Chief called in an engine from South Wilson and both companies worked together to pull the first hand line and make an attack on


the stubborn blaze. Firefighters had to also battle the high winds that kept whipping the flames back up. With a well-executed attack by Wilson and South Wilson firefighters, the blaze was put out using just the tank water. No one was injured and no other vehicles or structures were damaged during the incident. Niagara County Origin and Cause were called to the scene and Deputy Shawn Grapes from the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office handled the report. - STEPHEN WALLACE

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Miller Hose and Olcott Fire Crews Battle Working House Fire Newfane, NY - At 8:32 P.M. on February 8th, a call came in to the Miller Hose and Olcott Fire Companies, reporting a fire in the living room of a two-story, wooden structure at 2571 West Creek Road. Crews arrived on the scene at approximately 8:38 P.M and reported a fully-involved structure fire. JUMP TO FILE# Flames could 020817123 be scene from blocks away as the Miller Hose Chief gave out orders on the tach channels, were he needed the engines to set up. The fire had a heavy start on the responding fire companies, as black smoke was coming out of the roof line and heavy flames were visible on both floors. The roads between Ide and Wilson Burt were shut down as fire engines raced into position to catch the hydrants and supply water. Winds were blowing steady with heavy gusts that caused the flames to rip high into the night sky. Attack teams grabbed hands lines and made an outside attack, beating back the flames in an effort to get inside and find the source of the fire. Crews were battling not only the blaze, but also freezing temperatures outside. Through the blinding smoke and heavy flames, firefighters attacked from all angles to try and stop the massive inferno. The upstairs window coughed out gray smoke and then the wind would start gusting and the smoke would turn billowing black before bursting into a solid flame, eating away at the structure. Siding and tar from the roof dripped off the house. Firefighters on scene worked in an impressive way, allowing for jobs to be divided up and for safety precautions to be put in place, enabling them to switch out. The temperatures dipped well below freezing and areas around the tarped bottle exchange area became slippery as firefighters tried to exchange their bottles quickly. After the firefighters made entry, they would knock down the heavy fire and then move on to another area. A call was eventually made that the second-floor was compromised and the firefighters had to pull back and attack from outside ladders. The Niagara County Origin and Cause team was called to the scene and the Emergency Service Coordinator was also notified. There were no injuries reported and all occupants made it out safely. - STEPHEN WALLACE

Chiefs grabbed extra hand-lines to try and beat the flames back.


Hot spots kept popping up all over, including in the roof line, above an exiting team.


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Crews go up the pedestrian walking trail alongside the Gorge to look for the missing man.

Troy FD Searches for Missing Man Who Fell into Local Gorge Troy, NY - At approximately 3:30 P.M. on February 25th, a call came into the County Dispatch Center reporting that a male subject was climbing the Poestenkill Gorge wall, when he fell some 20-feet onto JUMP TO FILE# the rocks below and 022717100 hit the water, never resurfacing. The Troy Fire Department and police units arrived at the scene and crews from the fire department immediately started to search the banks of the Gorge for one-quarter of a mile, all the way to Spring Avenue. As night time set in, the New York State dive team arrived at the scene to assess the situation, but were unable to enter the heavy flowing waters due to safety concerns. Emergency crews were on scene all throughout the night and into the next day. More water was added to the already heavy water flow in the Gorge after heavy rain fell on Saturday evening. At that time, it was speculated that it might be days until dive crews could even attempt to enter the water and look for the male that had last been seen by a witness. Fire crews from different engine companies took turns throughout the day on Sunday, returning to the Poestenkill Gorge and areas nearby the Gorge to search for the male. A body has not yet been recovered. - BRIAN HOULE

Joshua Brennan and Chief Everett White.


13-Year-Old Gets Coveted Honorary Membership

Pawling, NY - The volunteer fire service is a very serious business. Men and women of all walks of life make a commitment to help their neighbors in times of need, JUMP TO FILE# with little recog- 030517105 nition and no compensation. In Pawling, 13year-old Joshua Brennan is one of those individuals who has answered the call to help his community and on March 4th, his dedication to the Pawling Fire Department was recognized by District Chief Everett White. Joshua started hanging around the Pawling Firehouse at the age of eight, joining his father Tom, a Pawling firefighter, at every event he could. He showed up to help wash the trucks, clean the firehouse and help in the kitchen. According to Chief White, Joshua does as


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much for the fire district as men three times his age. While too young to become a firefighter, Joshua does everything he can to help simply because he enjoys serving others. Joshua's devotion and selfless dedication to the Pawling Fire District was recognized at their installation dinner when Chief Everett White presented the aspiring member of the Pawling Fire Police with the title of "Honorary Firefighter," a moniker that is rarely bestowed on individuals of any age. Joshua was presented with his own helmet and a plaque recognizing his service, which led to a standing ovation of approximately 165 people in attendance. According to Joshua, the new title will not change him. He still plans to work in the kitchen at the firehouse where he enjoys cooking and serving others. - TODD BENDER

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Operating Power Tools Safely STAYING SAFE

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Search for Missing Snowmobilers in Conesus Lake Comes to an End

Conesus Lake, NY - A search for two missing snowmobilers in Conesus Lake that began on Sunday, February 12th has come to an end. The bodies of Christopher Copeland of Livonia, age 40, and Jason Fluet of Rochester, age 40, were recovered by divers on February 22nd. The search for the two missing men began on February 12th and continued until it was suspended on February 16th, as dive teams had to wait for the ice to recede before returning to the north end of the lake. Dive teams from the Livingston County Sheriff's Office, Wayne County Sheriff's Office and the New York State Police, along with the Lakeville, Livonia, Springwater and South Corning Fire Departments assisted in the search.



It’s estimated that over 95% of structural fires in Detroit are due to arson, which is fifty times the national average.

Power tools have just about replaced the use of manually (muscle power) operated tools not only in the home and industry, but also in the fire service. Life sure has gotten easier, including in the emergency services. Imagine, there are people who have never known anything other than a power driven screwdriver! The dictionary defines a tool as “a device, such as a saw, used to perform or facilitate manual or mechanical work.” What that means is that a tool is meant to make the job or task at hand easier and if it isn’t making it easier, you are probably using the wrong tool, or using it improperly. In the fire service, we now have an assortment of portable power tools which can be operated by a variety of power sources. These power sources include electric or battery operated, compressed air and/or hydraulically operated tools. Whatever the power source, there is no doubt that they make the task at hand easier and faster to accomplish; but they must also be maintained and operated in a safe manner or they can become dangerous devices, especially in the hands of the untrained. Tools can seriously injure or even kill the operator, or others, when not properly maintained or used. All emergency responders who use power

tools must learn to recognize the hazards associated with the different types of tools and the safety precautions necessary to prevent those hazards. Therefore, some precautions are required when using power tools. First and foremost, we must read the owner’s manual and instructions that came with the tool. It is also recommended to let the salesperson or manufacturer’s representative give a training session on the proper and safe use of the tool. Learn the proper application, limitation and potential hazards of the tool and operate the tool at all times according to the manufacturer's instructions. Follow the instructions; do not cut corners and do not remove any built in safety devices and controls. Then, follow up with your department training program where members can get some additional hands on training before placing the tool in service. Knowing how to start the tool and how to stop the tool is important. I know all of this is pretty basic, but all members who will use the tool should attend the training session. This will help prevent unsafe practices and future problems. Whenever using any power tool, personal protective clothing must be worn along with eye, respiratory and hearing protection if required. Select the correct tool or tools for the job at hand and never use a tool or attachment for something it was not designed to do. Don’t expect more from a tool than it can deliver and never operate a tool you have not been trained to operate. Concentrate on the work at hand

when operating power tools, using two hands to control the tool and never looking away from your work. Sometimes the use of power tools under certain situations may require the use of another firefighter as a guide. Should you become distracted, or if someone or something enters the work area, immediately shut down the power tool. Never overreach and maintain your footing and control of the tool at all times. If you feel you are losing your grip or stability, shut the tool down and reposition. If operating at night or under limited light, provide adequate scene lighting to maintain adequate visibility to safely operate the power tools. After each emergency, all tools used should be cleaned and inspected, ensuring that they are in safe operating condition and ready for the next emergency. Power tools make our everyday tasks much easier and enable us to accomplish many feats in a short period of time, but they also require respect. Most accidents and injuries that occur do so quickly and are usually from lack of concentration or firefighter inexperience with the tool. Accidents can happen to the experienced (overconfident) firefighter just as easily as to a newer firefighter. Being aware of your surroundings, not letting your guard down, expecting the unexpected and operating within the parameters of your training and the manufacturer’s instructions, should result in a safe operation. Like most accidents, accidents with power tools are preventable. Till Next Time, Stay Safe and God Bless!

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The Orange County Firefighters Museum Needs Your Help! Orange County, NY - Would you like to help the Orange County Firefighters Museum honor the 2017 Fire Prevention Educator of the Year? Applications were sent out to all Fire Departments in Orange County in February. Make sure that your department knows about this award and urge JUMP TO FILE# them to submit an 021717107 application for their Fire Prevention & Safety Officer. Applications must be postmarked by April 5th, 2017 and the recipient will be notified by April 15th. All applicants must be available to attend the fund-raising gala to be held on Saturday, June 3rd, 5:00 P.M., at the museum. The gala is the Orange County Firefighters Museum's opportunity to honor your fire prevention volunteer while recognizing all of Orange County’s volunteer firefighters. If you have any questions, need an application or additional information, please contact Marybeth at or by calling 845-457-9666.

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Binghamton, NY - Ithaca F.D.'s horse-drawn steamer in the Binghamton St. Patrick's Day Parade, held on March 4th.





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Acronyms Chaplain's Corner Didymus McHugh

In the fire service, there are plenty of acronyms. We put on our PPE and SCBA. We lay the LDH and grab our TIC. We have SOG's and SOP's. We use ICS so that we know who the IC is and the PIO on every scene. We may need the CISM team after a bad call and also would want to call in the LAST team to help if we have an LODD. If we call a mayday, we are to use LUNAR, then we take a PAR and sent in the RIT. We have so many abbreviations and I would like to introduce another one to you for your personal life. The acronym is F.R.O.G. Usually this congers up the thoughts of a little green amphibian that we may have tried to catch in our younger years, or watching Sesame Street, or the Muppets. There are plenty of times when we go through life and may feel overwhelmed by a situation. This may be losing a job, being diagnosed with something, going through a divorce, detox or depression, or the death of a friend or relative. Each person has their own part that they may think they cannot handle. Sometimes we may feel like we are in a house doing a search in all the smoke and darkness, and we have come to the end of our search rope, but still need to continue the search, furthest that the rope can go and we have no light to see where we are going. We need to remember that as we go through our personal challenges, there is always one that we can turn to...God. We may be Catholic, Christian, Jew or Muslim but we can rest assured that we can always turn to God. God is always there for you. People say that God does not give us more that we can handle. Well, I saw a sign that said "God helps us handle what we are given". There are many Scriptures that reassure us of God's presence in times of need and also how He will never leave, nor forsake us. But these are only words, unless we get to know and trust God. We should always remember that we can F.R.O.G., Full Rely On God. Something tells me that as I tell you this, you may think it is nonsense, but something also tells me that you'll think about this, when you see that little green guy. Stay encouraged. Stay safe. God cares about you. -Didymus McHugh

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Fire Destroys Large Farmhouse in Schenectady County Rotterdam, NY - At approximately 3:30 P.M. on February 8th, the Plotterkill and Mariaville Fire Departments, along with Rotterdam District #2 for their FAST team, was toned out for a reported structure fire at 655 N. Kelley Road. The first arriving JUMP TO FILE# sheriff unit had a 021817115 large, fully-involved farmhouse fire. Shortly after the sheriff unit arrived on scene, the Working Fire dispatch was given, requesting the Schenectady County fire coordinators, fire investigators, South Schenectady, Pine Grove and Duanesburg Fire Departments, and Mohawk Ambulance to the scene. Command had heavy fire throughout the old farmhouse, including in the roof, and went to exterior operations. Firefighters set up a tanker relay with a pond less than a quarter-mile from the fire scene and established a good water supply. Firefighters used multiple handlines and master streams to battle the fire for hours, as the cold weather and winds slowed hampered their ability to bring the fire under control quickly. Firefighters were on scene for about six hours hitting hot spots and conducting heavy overhaul. The farmhouse was a total loss. No firefighters were injured on scene and the fire is currently under investigation by the Schenectady County Fire Investigators. - JEFFREY BELSCHWINDER

Schenectady County firefighters using multiple hand-lines to try and stop the farmhouse fire.


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Fairview FD Gets Help From Turtles

Poughkeepsie, NY - On Friday, February 24th, Fairview firefighters were dispatched to a Town of Poughkeepsie home for the report of a fire in the basement. Fairview FD responded with an engine and ladder truck and the City of Poughkeepsie FD responded with an engine to assist. Upon arrival, firefighters encountered a fire that had possibly started under a turtle aquarium located in the home. The fire had started to spread up the wall, at which point the aquarium burst, dumping several gallons of water onto the flames. Firefighters extinguished the remaining flames with a hose from their engine. No firefighters or turtles were injured in the fire, which caused approximately $30,000 in damage to the home. The Town of Poughkeepsie PD assisted on the scene.

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Boght line officers are sworn in at the installation banquet.


Hudson-Mohawk President Dick Howard presents Norm Reepmeyer with a plaque from the Association, commemorating his 51-years of service. MIKE CAREY

Matthew Bagley receives the award for Boght Firefighter of the Year. MIKE CAREY

Boght Fire District Holds Installation Banquet

Colonie, NY - The Boght Community Fire District held its annual installation banquet on Saturday, January 21st. Brian LaPlante was sworn in to serve another year as Chief with Ken Urquhart as 1st Assistant Chief and Jake Oreshan III as 2nd Assistant Chief. The Firefighter of the Year award went to Matthew Bagley, while Marc Rice was presented with the Probationary Firefighter of the Year award. Special recognition was given to former Chief and Commissioner Norm Reepmeyer for his 51-years of service. Among the citations he received were those from FASNY, the Hudson-Mohawk Volunteer Firefighter Association and the NYS Division of Homeland Security.

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Residents Jump from Windows at Working House Fire in Albany Albany, NY - On January 22nd, the City of Albany responded for an alarm of fire at 181 3rd Street, with multiple calls coming through reporting people jumping from the building. JUMP TO FILE # The Signal-30 was 021817111 transmitted from the Arbor Hill Station, stating that it was in the air. Truck-1 was the first to arrive and called out for a fully-involved structure fire. Crews went right to work to knock down the fully-involved building. Truck-1 went to set up the aerial and have the additional arriving truck companies go to work, but due to the extremely tight area and very low hanging power lines, they were not able to

set it up. The additional truck company that pulled in behind them was also not able to make the swing with their aerial. The arriving battalion chief on scene took command and made sure that everyone was out of the structure. While crews were inside knocking down the fire, other firefighters were taking care of a patient on the outside of the structure for smoke inhalation. Firefighters were able to quickly bring the fire under control in less than 20 minutes and then started the grueling process of overhaul on scene. The home was a total loss. No firefighters were injured on scene and one resident was taken to Albany Medical Center for evaluation. The fire is currently under investigation. - JEFFREY BELSCHWINDER

City of Albany firefighters putting Truck-1 in service.


Fairview Honors a “Pillar� of the District Poughkeepsie, NY - The Fairview Fire District honored one of their "Pillars" at a recent dinner. The award was presented to Peter Wawrzonek for his tireless commitment to the community, the fire district and the JUMP TO FILE# brotherhood of fire- 030217101 fighters that he holds in high regard. Pete Wawrzonek, also known as "Pete the Alphabet" by his peers, wanted to be a firefighter ever since the age of five. He joined the Fairview Fire Department in 1973 and held many different positions until an on-the-job injury in 2005 required several surgeries and led to his retirement in 2010. Andrew Calamari, Chairman of the Board of Fire Commissioners for Fairview, honored Wawrzonek by calling him "a man who has spent his life serving the public during their worst times and who continues to serve in his retirement by responding to natural disasters nationwide to assist with recovery efforts". Fairview FD Chief Chris Maeder said of Wawrzonek "his willingness to continue serving those individuals who are in need after his retirement from the fire district is a reflection of the selfless man of character that he truly is". But the retired Lieutenant is not sitting on the couch! He has become a major part of Team Rubicon USA, which is a disaster response organization that was founded in 2010 by some veterans of both the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars. It is a volunteer organization made up of mil-


Lt. Wawrzonek working with Team Rubicon USA in New Orleans.

itary veterans, first responders and civilians. Through Team Rubicon USA, Pete has responded to countless natural disasters, including the Sandy recovery. "I can no longer be a first responder, but I can be a second responder and that is where

I am volunteering now," said Wawrzonek. For more information on Team Rubicon USA, visit - TODD BENDER

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Monroe, NY - At 8:44 P.M. on February 19th, the Monroe Fire Department was alerted to a reported structure fire at 70 Carol Drive. First arriving Monroe FD apparatus encountered heavy smoke and fire coming from the home. The first arriving Monroe engine forced entry and started to attack the fire. Firefighters arriving shortly after on Monroe FD’s ladder truck began to conduct a primary search for any trapped occupants.

JUMP TO FILE #022117119 Firefighters Troy Schettig and Chris Cocks located an unconscious female, who was removed from the building and turned over to EMS. The patient was later flown to a local area hospital for further treatment. The cause of the fire remains under investigation by the Orange

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Faulty Electrical System Causes House Fire in Town of Bethlehem Selkirk, NY - The Selkirk, Delmar and Elsmere Fire Departments were dispatched for a reported structure fire at 561 South Albany Road in the Town of Bethlehem on January 22nd. The first arriving engine on scene JUMP TO FILE# and 401 Chief As- 021817112 prion had a working fire in the wall of the second-floor and heavy smoke coming from the eves. Chief Asprion made sure that the family and their pets were out of the home safely. Firefighters stretched a handline to the second-floor and quickly brought the fire under control. Command requested all incoming units to downgrade their response to scene, as the fire was already under control. Command also requested the town's building department to the scene to evaluate the structure. The fire damage was kept to a minimum on the second-floor of the home, but the family was not able to return to it. No firefighters were injured on scene. It was later determined that the fire was caused by a faulty electrical system in the home. Chief Asprion stated that the incident could have been a lot worse had nobody been home to get alerted about the fire. Chief Asprion also stated that this should serve as a reminder to always check your smoke detectors on a monthly basis. - JEFFREY BELSCHWINDER



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Two-Alarm Structure Fire Displaces 14 Residents in City of Troy Troy, NY - On January 22nd, the Rensselaer County Dispatch Center received multiple calls for a reported structure fire at 631 4th Street in the City of Troy. Incoming police units could see the JUMP TO FILE# heavy black smoke 021817110 from the center of Troy. Engine-6 was on scene within one-minute of dispatch and declared a Signal-30 for a heavily involved building, with fire blowing out of the secondfloor. Car-4 called the secondalarm and quickly made sure that everyone was out of the home. The Engine-6 crew pulled a hand-line through the front door and went to work knocking down the heavy fire on the second-floor. Truck-2 pulled in behind Engine6, grabbed another hand-line off of Engine-6, and went right in to the second-floor to assist Engine-6 with knocking down the heavy fire. Firefighters went to the roof to vent. While crews were working below, they discovered fire in the ceiling on the second-floor and requested crews with hooks to start pulling the ceiling down. Firefighters were able to bring the fire under control within about 30 minutes. Crews conducted primary and secondary searches on both floors, which came up negative. A total of 14 people were displaced from the multiple occupancy home. The Red Cross was contacted and brought to the scene to assist the displaced families. The fire is currently under investigation and no injuries were reported on scene. - JEFFREY BELSCHWINDER


Troy firefighters ripping off burning siding from the home.

It takes a team to run a successful EMS agency and to answer the calls for help in your community. Everyone, from the top managers and leaders, to the newest recruits learning to ride the rig, has to play a part living out the agency’s mission statement. “A mission statement, a statement of purpose, is a statement which is used to communicate the purpose of an organization,” (Wikipedia); mission statements should be reviewed and updated as necessary. Your agency’s goals and rules need to be written and adhered to by everyone equally. Leaders and managers need to set examples of appropriate behavior, acknowledge the efforts and accomplishments of the people working under them, and deal with problems before they become obstacles. Good managers keep the interests of the “company” in the forefront while good leaders provide examples, and great chiefs provide encouragement to all members to work together to provide an effective emergency response in a community. Training is mandatory in EMS, from the medical knowhow, to the agency protocols. The management team and longtime employees and crew members should constantly look for better ways to accomplish their mission, to respond, to document and to learn. Just because “this is the way” it’s been done in the past doesn’t mean this is the only way. Whether your agency is all volunteer or paid, each member needs to know that he or she is an important part of the organization, part of a team, and is vital to improving the service and helping to meet the needs of your service area. No one person has all of the necessary answers, no one person is always right (or always wrong), and no one person is indispensable. A good manager will see to it that all team/crew members are allowed to discuss and evaluate methods, and TO BE HEARD.

Problems should be dealt with as they occur and not put off for a later or more comfortable time. Poor decisions that are allowed to repeat themselves become learned behavior, resentment builds from others who are following accepted rules, and managers find themselves having to break down walls in order to make corrections. When confronting an employee about a problem, whether the action is retraining or discipline, remember that the person that is being dealt with is a human being. Use discipline as a learning experience and not as humiliation or punishment. Praise in public and scold in private. Discipline, when necessary, should be done in steps that meet the poor behavior with the first reaction being retraining. Always give the member a chance to voice why or how the incident occurred, especially if the offense is first time and relatively minor; sometimes extenuating circumstances may temper the reaction. Always provide written rules for every member to be familiar with and adhere to, document any disciplinary actions thoroughly, and always make sure that all discussions and disciplinary actions are witnessed by at least one other person in the room. There are a few times when employees/members and your agency are not meant to be together and it is in the best interests of all concerned to part ways. When an employee leaves, he/she should be granted an exit interview and given the opportunity to present his views about what went wrong; the information offered should be considered and management should be assessed for effectiveness. This information and any changes made as a result of the opinions offered should be used to further the teamwork, the running of the organization, and meeting the mission statement. Periodic discussions during the employee’s tenure may help to save the relationship and keep the agency running smooth. Consistency, shared information, active listening, honesty and mutual determination can help to make your agency stronger and more successful!

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Firefighters Remove Residents from Fire Escapes at Structure Fire in Bronx

Bronx, NY - On the afternoon of Thursday, February 2nd, Bronx Fire Companies responded to 135 West 225th Street at Jacobus Place for the report of a fire in a multiple dwelling. While responding, dispatchers advised units that they were receiving multiple calls reporting the fire. Engine81 arrived on the scene as first-due and transmitted a 10-75 for a fire on the second-floor of a seven-story, 150x100, multiple dwelling. Firefighters removed multiple people from the fire escapes and from inside the building. The fire was quickly knocked down and all searches were found negative, with the exception of one occupant who was treated by EMS. The incident was placed under control with an approximate 30-minute duration.


Four-Alarm Fire Extends Through Walls of Structure in Manhattan Manhattan, NY - On the morning of Wednesday, February 8th, fire companies from the Upper East Side of Manhattan responded to 1594 2nd Avenue at East 82nd Street for the report of a fire in a multiple dwelling. Battalion-10 arrived on the scene with first-due units Engine-22 and Ladder-13, and transmitted a 10-75 for fire on the fourth-floor of a five-story, 25x55, occupied mul-

JUMP TO FILE #020817113 tiple dwelling. Initially, the fire was difficult to locate, as there was a heavy smoke condition on all floors of the building. The fire was eventually located in the basement of the dwelling and it had also spread all the way to the fourth-floor through the walls.

Second, third and then fourth alarms were all transmitted within minutes of each other. Six lines were stretched and put into operation. The fire on all floors was eventually knocked down and the incident was placed under control with an approximate three hour duration. - JOHN HOPPER


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Car Versus Tree in Staten Island

Staten Island, NY - On February 3rd, units were dispatched to a car versus tree on Amboy Road and Armstrong Avenue in Staten Island. The driver of the vehicle sustained non-lifethreatening injuries.

Manhattan, NY - FDNY Engine 65 responding to an alarm of fire in 1911.


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Queens, NY - On Saturday, February 4th, FDNY Commissioner Daniel A. Nigro welcomed Probationary EMTs and their families to a Family Day event held at Fort Totten and by the looks of it, this little one is going to make a proud FDNY member someday!




Bronx Units Respond to Fire on East 225th Street

Bronx, NY - On the afternoon of Wednesday, February 22nd, North Bronx Fire Companies responded to 756 East 225th Street, between Barnes Ave. and White Plains Rd., for the report of a fire. Engine-63 arrived on scene as first-due with Ladder39 and transmitted a 10-75 for a fire on the top floor of a threestory, multiple dwelling. Battalion-15 put All-Hands to work on arrival and requested an additional engine and truck. Two lines were stretched and one was put into operation. The main body of fire was quickly knocked down and the incident was placed under control with an approximate 25 minute duration.


Ceremony Held to Promote 79 FDNY Members

Brooklyn, NY - On Thursday, February 23rd, FDNY Commissioner Daniel A. Nigro promoted 79 FDNY members to the ranks of Lieutenant, Captain and Chief during the FDNY Fire Officers’ Promotion Ceremony, held at the Christian Cultural Center in Brooklyn.


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New York, NY - “The United States Marine Corps taught me a lot about discipline, responsibility and accountability, which the FDNY also engrains in us. There’s a lot of emphasis to work as a team, which made the Academy a lot easier because I understand the psychology behind what is taught here. For me, there is no better Department to be a part of. I enlisted and proudly served my country to make a difference, and now I’m here hoping to keep that trend going.” -FDNY Probationary EMT Jessica Byers, a U.S. Marine Corps Veteran and recipient of the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (highest non-combat medal), was one of seven Veterans who graduated on February 8th from the FDNY EMS Academy. FDNY

Pre-Dawn Fire in Times Square Goes to Three-Alarms Manhattan, NY - An FDNY firefighter and one civilian sustained minor injuries at a pre-dawn blaze in an 11-story building in Times Square on February 21st. FDNY sources said that the fire started in the duct work of a ground floor restaurant and spread to a neighboring building on 48th street. The cause of the blaze is under investigation.


All-Hands Fire in Staten Island

Staten Island, NY - At 12:37 A.M. on February 19th, units were dispatched to 163 Arlington Ave. for a reported structure fire. Upon arrival, firefighters found a two-story, private dwelling with fire on the first-floor and into the attic. The fire was placed under control at 1:32 A.M., and there were no reports of any injuries.

Basement Fire for Bronx Units

Bronx, NY - On the morning of Saturday, February 18th, North Bronx Fire Companies responded to 3908 Carpenter Avenue, near East 222nd Street, for the report of smoke coming from a basement. Battalion-15 arrived on scene with first-due units Engine-63 and Ladder-39 and transmitted a 10-75 for a fire in the basement of a two-story, 30x40, flat-roof, mixed occupancy. Units located a large amount of rubbish burning in the basement and quickly knocked it down. Two lines were stretched and one was put into operation. All searches were complete and found negative. The incident was placed under control with an approximate 30-minute duration.

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FDNY Bronx Two-Alarm Dwelling Fire Extends to Exposure Building Bronx, NY - On the morning of Friday, February 10th, Bronx Fire Companies responded to 537 East 187th Street at Lorillard Place for the report of a fire in a private dwelling. Ladder-56 arrived on scene and transmitted a 10-75 for a fire on the second-floor of a two- JUMP TO FILE# and-a-half story, 021417101 20x40, private dwelling. Moments later, Ladder-56 urgently transmitted a second-alarm for fire extending to Exposure-4, which was a three-story, 20x40, private dwelling. Two lines were stretched and put into operation, with one to the original fire building and the other to the exposure building. One 10-45 (Fire Victim) was removed from the original fire building and treated by EMS. A third line was stretched and put into operation. All primary and secondary searches were completed and found negative, with the exception of an additional fire victim who was also treated on scene before being transported. The fire was placed under control with an approximate one hour and 10-minute duration. - JOHN HOPPER


FDNY EMT Following in Father’s Footsteps New York, NY - “It has always been my childhood dream to be here today and to have the chance to follow in the footsteps of my father. I am carrying on the legacy he set, and he left big shoes to fill. I look forward to providing the best care I can to the people of this JUMP TO FILE# 022417108 great city and advancing my training and skill set with all that the FDNY has to offer. This is the best Department in the world. I’m proud to be here with all the members whom I consider my family.” -FDNY Probationary EMT Aric Tegtmeier, who graduated on February 8th from FDNY EMS Academy and is the son of FDNY Firefighter Paul Tegtmeier, one of the 343 FDNY members killed on September 11th, 2001.


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FDNY EMT Aric Tegtmeier.


New York, NY - FDNY crews fighting a fully-involved warehouse fire on 6th Ave. and 18th Street in 1916.



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Freight Train Derailment in Bronx

Bronx, NY - On the morning of Sunday, February 19th, units responded to Box 2257 at Leggett Avenue and the Bruckner Expressway in the Oak Point Railroad Yard for a reported train derailment. Battalion-3 arrived on scene with first-due units Engine-73 and Ladder-42 to find three freight train cars on their sides. A foam line was stretched for approximately 110-gallons of diesel fuel leaking from the train. Power was shut off to the tracks while HazMat Company-1 assessed the situation. Squad Company-288 was relocated to Rescue-3 during the incident.


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FDNY Holds Fire Safety Workshop at Nursing Center in Manhattan

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Manhattan, NY - On February 16th, the FDNY Fire Safety Education Unit held a fire safety education and awareness workshop at the Upper East Side Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Manhattan, where Jim Duffy, an 81-year-old man that was rescued from a six-alarm fire at East 93rd Street in Manhattan on October 27th, 2016, recovered from his injuries. Mr. Duffy and Firefighters who responded to the fire, including those who took part in the daring roof rope rescue, were recognized at the event. FDNY members taught attendees how to be fire safe, including lessons in kitchen safety, candle safety and the importance of having a working smoke/carbon monoxide alarm.

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FDNY Members Pull 7 People from Freezing Water in Central Park Manhattan, NY - "When FDNY members arrived on scene, there were approximately seven people coming out of the water. EMS units rendered first aid and our Rescue units put three divers in the water for about an hour to search the area. Conditions were very murky, so they didn't have a lot of visibility down there. They were working off of a 50-foot rope, so they did cover a lot of area," said FDNY Deputy Chief John Schof, describing the scene in Central Park on the evening of February 20th

JUMP TO FILE #022417106 when multiple people fell through the ice and into the water. Of the seven patients, six were treated for hypothermia. Divers from Rescue-1, Rescue-4 and Squad-18 remained in the water, searching for over an hour for any additional patients. Their searches came up negative.

Four-Alarm Structure Fire in Manhattan

Manhattan, NY - On the evening of Friday, February 24th, Manhattan Fire Companies responded to 511 Amsterdam Avenue at West 85th Street for the report of a structure fire. Engine-74 arrived on the scene as first-due and transmitted a 10-75. The fire was located on the top floor of a fivestory, 20x60, occupied multiple dwelling. The fire quickly extended to a shaft located in the building and spread to multiple floors. Battalion-11 then transmitted a second-alarm. Shortly after the second-alarm transmission, Division-3 called for a third and then fourth alarm. The fire was eventually knocked down using numerous hand-lines. The incident was placed under control with an approximate two hour duration.



MVA with Overturned Vehicle in Staten Island Staten Island, NY - On February 14th around 5:30 P.M., units were dispatched to the intersection of Wooley Ave. and Victory Blvd. for reports of an MVA. Upon arrival, units found two vehicles involved, with one on its roof. Multiple occupants were removed and transported to a local hospital with unknown injuries.


Bronx Units Battle All-Hands Dwelling Fire

Bronx, NY - During the early morning hours of Friday, February 24th, Bronx Fire Companies responded to 1770 Andrews Avenue for the report of a structure fire. Ladder-59 arrived as first-due and transmitted a 10-75 for fire on the third-floor of a six-story, 100x125, "H-Type" multiple dwelling. Battalion-19 arrived on scene and put All-Hands to work. An additional engine and truck were requested to the box. One 10-45 (Fire Victim) was removed from the fire building and transported to the hospital by EMS. The main body of fire was knocked down, which had slightly extended to the apartment above, but was also quickly extinguished. The incident was placed under control with an approximate 45-minute duration.


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