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Ogden, NY - The Spencerport Fire Department responded to a motor vehicle accident on Tuesday afternoon, June 11, on NYS Route 531 at the overpass of Union Street in the Town of Ogden.

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Blaze guts house, bringing in multiple departments An afternoon blaze that seemed to start in the rear of a private home left the house uninhabitable. Firefighters from Dan Leghorn Fire Department were alerted to a fire at approximately 3:30 p.m. on Monday, June 17th. They arrived at 7 Princess Lane in the Meadow Hill section of the Town of Newburgh to find flames and smoke coming from the rear of the bi-level style private dwelling. A second alarm was quickly called, bringing in mutual aid from

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area departments as well as Mobile Life Support Services and Town of Newburgh Emergency Medical Services. Firefighters stretched several lines to the interior and exterior area of the home working quickly to bring the fire under control. A rehab area was set up as temperatures in the area were close to

90 degrees. Fortunately, not injuries were reported. An hour into the fire, command still reported an active fire situation, but firefighters worked diligently to soon bring it under control. Overhaul commenced and all hot spots were doused. The dwelling was deemed uninhabitable and the cause of the fire is under investigation by local officials. - HEATHER PILLSWORTH

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Ogden, NY. The Spencerport Fire Department responded to a motor vehicle accident on Tuesday afternoon, June 11th, on NYS Route 531 at the overpass of Union Street in the Town of Ogden. Arriving apparatus and chiefs found a single car accident with entrapment and the car hanging over the abutment of about 20 feet. Many aspects of technical rescue were deployed including securing the vehicle to the ground, using ropes to secure personnel, and vehicle extrication. Limited access also presented a problem due to the divided highway overpass. Spencerport paramedics special requested a RSI paramedic from the Barnard Fire District and later, the Monroe County Medical Direc-

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Washington: Albert A. Nejmeh, 59 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: May 14, 2013 Death Date: May 14, 2013 Fire Department: Tacoma Fire Department Fire Dept. Info: Chief Jim Duggan Initial Summary: While working at the scene of an EMS incident, Firefighter Nejmeh collapsed from an apparent heart attack. Fellow responders rendered basic and advanced life support to Nejmeh and transported him to St. Joseph Medical Center where, despite the best efforts of the medical staff, he succumbed to his injury.

Houston, TX Name: Robert Bebee, 41 Rank: Engineer Operator Name: Matthew Renaud, 35 Rank: Captain Name: Robert H. Garner, 29 Rank: Firefighter Name: Anne M. Sullivan, 24 Rank: Probationary Firefighter Incident Date:Apr 17, 2013 Death Date: Apr 17, 2013 Fire Department: Houston Fire Department Fire Dept. Info: Chief: Terry Garrison Initial Summary: The Houston Fire Department responded to a structure fire. While battling the blaze, the roof of the motel collapsed, trapping the firefighters in burning debris. All four firefighters perished. Incident Location: 6855 Southwest Freeway, Houston, TX

Arizona: Brad Harper, 23 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: May 18, 2013 Death Date: May 19, 2013 Fire Department: Phoenix Fire Department Fire Dept. Info: Chief Bob Khan Initial Summary: Firefighter Harper was pinned between two fire department vehicles at the scene of an outside fire. He was treated at the scene and transported to the hospital by other firefighters but did not survive.


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Fire in Rouses Point causes extensive damage On June 3, 3013 an alarm at 7:08 a.m. alerted firefighters to a fire in Rouses Point. The fire with an unknown exact cause, started in the vicinity of a plastic outlet box in garage. The fire’s spread was assisted by broken propane gas line and actuation of garage door opener. The garage was heavily involved with fire spreading to the attic and interior portions of the house, upon arrival of first units. There was heavy heat, smoke and fire damage to first floor

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Rombout Past-Chief Scofield honored Fishkill, NY. Rombout pastChief Ken Scofield, was prepared to see his son Kevin honored at the 18th Annual Southern Dutchess Exchange Club Awards Dinner. He was surprised to learn that he was being honored, not his son and would be receiving the Exchange Club Lifetime Achieve- JUMP TO FILE # ment Award for his 061313114 60 years in the volunteer fire service. Ken summed it up later when interviewed by Poughkeepsie Journal reporter Nina Schutzman “I’m proud to be nominated. That’s everything.” Ken joined the Village of Fishkill Fire Department in 1953. In 1970, Ken served on an investigating committee to form a separate fire district in Fishkill, which later became the Rombout Fire Company. Rombout was chartered in 1971 and Ken was elected as the first fire company’s 1st Assistant Chief and become its second Chief in 1974. He served as president of the Mid-Hudson-Harlem Valley Chief Association, the Dutchess County Fire Association, past-director of the Hudson Valley Fire Association and past-president of the Westchester County Parade Judges Association. He has been a member of the Dutchess County Chief’s Counsel, the Fire Advisory Board, the Exempt Fire Association, and the Orange-SullivanUlster and Dutchess Burn Board. Ken served five years on the publicity committee for the New York State Fire Association, past commissioner of the Glenham Fire District and was named Honorary Fire Chief of the Mahopac Fire Department in 2008. All this could not have happened without the love and support from his wife of 59 years, Patricia. He is still active in Rombout serving on the benevolent and the historical committees. - KEVIN BARRY

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Apalachin, NY - On Saturday, June 8th, the Apalachin Fire Department in Tioga County celebrated 100 years of community service with a parade and hose races as part of the annual field days. The day's festivities began with firefighters from Apalachin and Owego squaring off in a friendly hose race competition. Firefighters from across the Southern Tier and northern Pennsylvania turned out later that evening for a grand parade.

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Grand Gorge EMS receives cutting edge training Bill had a pulse, he certainly was breathing at one point, and with a stethoscope you could listen to his lung sounds. After getting a blood pressure, noting that his oxygen levels had dropped and listening to him speak, Bill suddenly went into cardiac arrest. The work of the Grand Gorge Rescue Squad EMTs began to go into overdrive. Not a real emergency, but on Wednesday, May 8, 2013, a state-ofthe-art manikin named Bill visited the Grand Gorge Fire Department. The squad hosted the drill and invited all area squads to attend. Bill,

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an interactive training manikin, simulated a heart attack and provider’s skills were put to the test as their performance was recorded on a video camera for later analysis and critique. This training provided an opportunity for its squad members to work on what actually appears to be real emergency medical situations, but are actually simulations. Two cardiac scenarios were presented for the squad members to respond.

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A car crashed into a house Friday night. KAITLYN MORGAN

Controlled burn drill On June 1, 2013, Williamson, East Williamson, Pultnyville, Ontario, Wallington and Sodus Fire Departments participated in a controlled burn drill of a house on Ridge Road in the Town of Williamson. The fire was lit around 7 p.m. and burned for about two hours. A new building will be erected and will likely be a a bar.

Vehicle damages house in Riga Riga, NY. A car struck a house at 6954 Chili Riga Center Road on June 7th, sending two people to the hospital. The crash occurred just before midnight.. The driver and passenger were transported with non life-threatening injuries. According to Deputy Chief

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is providing shelter for three adults and two children. According to Monroe County Sheriff's Deputies, alcohol may have played a factor in the crash. - JOHN SPAULDING


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Injuries at two car accident Town of Newburgh, NY. A t-bone style accident resulted in injuries on Route 9W in the Town of Newburgh. Middlehope Fire Department arrived to find the two vehicles off the to the side of the road with heavy damage and injuries to the drivers. Mobile Life Support Services assisted with patient care and transport from the scene, but injuries appear to be nonlife threatening. The Town of Newburgh Police Department is investigating the cause.

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Blaze at vacant dwelling Buffalo firefighters of the 3rd Battalion 1st Platoon were called out to battle a blaze at 95 Koons Ave. on Buffalo's East side on June 3rd. Firefighters used two-one and three quarter inch hand lines to bring the fire under control along with 45' of ladders. Damage to the two and a half story vacant dwelling was listed at $10,000. No injuries were reported and the cause of the fire is under investigation.


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Youngstown volunteers report line of duty death It is with heavy hearts that the Youngstown Volunteer Fire Company reports the death of one of our own, a member of The Youngstown Volunteer Fire Company and The Youngstown Volunteer Fire Company's Explorer Post 911. Corporal Thomas Burley, age 20, has been in our youth explorer post for over four years and had recently become a probationary firefighter with The Youngstown Volunteer Fire Company. Tom was always around to give a helping hand in the community and put his service above himself. Tom was also part of the Air Force Military Police and an active member of the Lewiston Police Department’s Explorer Post. He was planning on putting

himself through the academy in hopes of becoming an officer with Lewiston Police Department or the Youngstown Police Department. Tom no doubt, would have made an excellent firefighter and police officer someday. There will always be a seat in our apparatus for Tom. On his way home from Firefighter 1 training on Church Road in the Town of Cambria, Tom’s motorcycle collided with a van headon. He was in critical condition roadside and succumbed to his injuries at Mt. St. Mary’s Hospital. The NCSO is investigating the accident. The Youngstown Volunteer Fire Company extends our deepest condolences to the family and friends of this wonderful young man. - YOUNGSTOWN  FIRE COMPANY

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Officials inspect the train cars carrying road salt in Mumford, Monday night.

Train derailment in Mumford Wheatland, NY. The Mumford Fire Department responded to a report of a train derailment near the Wheatland Center Road crossing of the Rochester and Southern railroad early Monday night, June 3rd. The 60 car train was transporting road salt from the American Rock Salt plant in Mt. Morris to Rochester when the train derailed causing the engine to split from the remainder of the train and 20 cars

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to derail and overturn. Each car has the capacity of about 100 tons. No hazardous material emergency was detected. The NYS Department of Environmental Conservation was contacted. Mutual aid from the

Caledonia Fire Department also responded along with representatives from the Monroe County Fire Bureau. The incident was turned over to the Monroe County Sheriff's Office and the railroad. None of the three personnel aboard the train were injured and the cause is under investigation. - JOHN SPAULDING

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Town of Newburgh, NY. Sue Carroll from the Dan Leghorn Engine Company was operating at a fire on Princess Lane on June 17, 2013.


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CALENDAR OF UPCOMING EVENTS July 14, 2013 NJ-The Knights of Fire is hosting their Annual Poker Run with sign in at Redd’s Restaurant & Bar in Carlstadt from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Visit www.theknightsoffire.org for additional information. July 15, 2013 NJ-Please join us for the 5th Annual Golf Tournament in Memory of Chief George S. Figueroa Sr. Tournament held at Pennsauken Country Club. Shotgun start at 12:30 pm. Contact Harry at 856-488-1130 or Tony at 609-504-1916 for info or to register. July 20, 2013 CT-The Connecticut Fire Photographers Association and the Southern Connecticut Antique Fire Apparatus Collectors proudly present the 4th Annual Silver City Fire Fest at The Executive Inn, 900 East Main Street, Meriden, CT. Contact Mike Quinn at 203-213-3056 for more information. July 20-24, 2013 OH-2013 Ohio Fire Chiefs’ Association Annual Conference and Trade Show will be held at the Sharonville, OH Convention Center, Sharonville, OH. Visit their website at www.ohiofirechiefs.org. July 23-27, 2013 MD-Firehouse Expo will be held at the Baltimore Convention Center. For more information, visit their website at www.firehouseexpo.com. July 27, 2013 NY-The Wallkill Hook, Ladder & Hose Co will host the 2013 Ulster County Volunteer Firemen’s Association Convention and Parade. Contact Steve Lenz at 845-895-9708 for additional information. August 2-4, 2013 PA-The Shenandoah Rescue Hook & Ladder Co. #1 Block Party will take place with an apparatus pa-

rade on Friday, horseshoe tournament on Saturday and motorcycle poker run on Saturday. Contact them at hookies745@verizon.net. August 19, 2013 FL-The CF Levy Paramedic class will be offered in conjunction with Levy County Department of Public Safety. Class registration deadline is July 18. Call 352-4939533.

Scott Fine at 860-463-0500. October 3-4, 2013 VA-The 11th Annual Fairfax Fire Officers Seminar is proud to announce for the 2013 seminar the following presenters: Firefighter Jason Brezler from the Fire Department of New York, Chief (ret.) Rick Lasky. Contact us ror more information and registration at info@fairfaxfireofficers.org.

August 20-23, 2013 NY-FASNY will be hosting their Expo and Conference at the Desmond Hotel and Conference Center on Albany Shaker Road in Albany. Visit their website at www.FASNY.com for more details.

October 5, 2013 NJ-Silverton Volunteer Fire Company is sponsoring their 2013 Harley FLHX Street Glide Raffle. Drawing: October 5th at 5pm during the Silverton Volunteer Fire Company 6th Annual Fall Festival & Poker Run. For tickets: 732-255-3244.

September 2, 2013 VT-The Barre Town Fire Department is holding a 52 gun raffle in an effort to raise money for a side by side ATV for trail/wilderness rescue, and wildland fires. Contact Deputy Chief Sanborn at 802-371-9193 for details.

October 5, 2013 NJ-Seaside Heights Volunteer Fire Company 100th Anniversary Celebration will be held from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Station 44 on Sheridan Avenue, Seaside Heights, NJ. Visit www.shfd44.com for more information.

September 3, 2013 NJ-The Friends of the Avalon Fire Department present the 4th annual 50/50 Cash Elimination Drawing to benefit the Avalon Volunteer Fire Department on Tuesday, September 3, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. at the Princeton Bar and Grill, 2008 Dune Drive. Contact the Avalon Fire Department for more information.

October 12-13, 2013 OH-The Ohio Emergency Response Expo will be held at the Eastwood Expo Center in Youngstown, OH. For additional information, visit www.simoneventmanagement.com.

September 13-14, 2013 NJ-The New Jersey Firemen’s Convention will be held in the City of Wildwood. For more information on the convention, visit www.njfireexpo.com. September 20-22, 2013 CT-The South Windsor Fire Department is hosting the 2013 Connecticut Firefightes Association Annual Convention to include a parade, firefighters muster, food and entertainment. For details, contact

JEFFREY BELSCHWINDER

October 13, 2013 PA-A Model Train Show & Sale is being held at the Hawley Fire House from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is $3, children under 12 free with paid admission. For information, contact Bill Delling at 570-2263206. November 23, 2013 NY-Wolcottsville is hosting a Meat/Turkey Raffle with free refreshments and 50/50’s. Contact Bob Groff at rgroff29m7@rochester.rr.com for more information.

JEFFREY BELSCHWINDER

City of Troy makes quick work on hot day The City of Troy was toned to an alarm of fire at 11 Lincoln Ave at 1:49 p.m. on June 24, 2013. The caller stated “his house was on fire. On arrival, the first engine quickly called a Signal 30 for a working fire in a two story wood frame house with a fire on the porch which extended to the porch roof. Firefighters made a quick stop and fast work on the hot day with temperatures in the 90’s.


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Flooding in Rush puts department to work On June 13th, the rain began at 8 a.m. coming down in buckets. The small streams that feed the Honeoye Creek and Genesee River through the center of town were flowing like no one had ever seen before. At 12:30 p.m., the calls started coming in. Rush had 15 water in basement calls (several were eight feet of water), two ambulance calls and one gas leak in a six hour pe-

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riod. Rush firefighters took care of all these with the help of pumps from East Avon and Henrietta Fire Departments. National Grid had to cut the power to several homes. Our neighbors offered manpower, but it was not needed. Rush firefightrer

Tim Lincort provided an extra pump and Ron Faugh used his 1960 Ford grass rig (George Fraley's M45) to pump water from between houses on Rt 15A. At 2 p.m., we had three feet of water on Rt 15A at Rt 251. This has never happen before even during hurricane Agnes in 1972. By 9 p.m., things were back to normal. - ROBERT FAUGH

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Trauma Junkie, Memoirs of an Emergency Flight Nurse ON THE BOOK SHELF On The Book Shelf by John Malecky

Trauma Junkie Memoirs of an Emergency Flight NurseUpdated and Expanded By Janice Hudson Published by Firefly Books, Ltd, Richmond Hill, Ontario Available from your local book seller or online book sellers Price $19.95 (paperback) This book measures 6” x 9”, has 272 pages with 24 pages of photos, maps and glossary. You can probably imagine that if you are a flight nurse assigned to an emergency medical helicopter ambulance, it is likely that the calls you respond to are for individuals who are seriously injured or sick. Many wind up dead from their injuries or complications. So it is with this in mind that I advise the reader that if you have a sensitive comprehension to reading about graphic material, this book may not be for you! I have found by talking with many people who are readers, that some cannot stomach the content of some books even though in most cases there are no accompanying photos. The author became a flight nurse in 1987 after leaving a full time job as an emergency room nurse. After many years as a flight nurse she later became a full time, certified registered nurse anesthetist. She accidently found out one day after stopping to visit her old quarters, that her book was required reading for all new flight nurses at CALSTAR (California Shock/Trauma Air Rescue), which is an air ambulance in the San Francisco Bay area. You will notice that the current book is updated and expanded so there was a previous printing but it was sold out. There are 16 action packed chapters which hold multiple incidents including the earthquake in 1989 (during the baseball world series coverage) and a major, fatal Oakland brush fire. She writes with a technique that causes the reader to empathize with what is going on and imagery which tends to place you on the scene. Having had a background in fire and EMS, I envisioned myself at the emergency departments of a hospital and scene locations, not because I had actually been to any of these places, but because of her expert writing technique. The book is also written in an honest way, explaining that things do not always go as planned or ex-

pected. Many times they had to work amidst terrible negative odds caused by the results of the conditions and circumstances leading up to the acci-

dents. The book also has some station life segments and brief home life pieces. The afterwards chapter lays out her life after CALSTAT and

touches on what many of her former coworkers are currently doing since they left the job. Again, I believe this is an action packed book that you may have diffi-

culty putting down, especially if you still have some time to put aside for reading.


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NYSAFC officers installed during 107th Annual Conference

SUE JOHNSON

American Legion presents sled American Legion Representative, Mario Cristaldi, presented Broadalbin Kennyetto Fire Company Chief Scot Hall, President Robert Rozensweig, and Cold Water Rescue Committee Chairman Lt. Darryl White with a new Ice Rescue Shuttle System. The system is designed for rapid deployment and rescue of persons trapped on the surface in cold water conditions. The sled is operated by a single rescuer with a single tender on shore or on a stable surface. This system is a state of the art tool for cold water surface rescue operations and was graciously donated to the fire company by American Legion Post 337 in Broadalbin, NY.

Chief John M. Tighe of the City of Corning Fire Department was installed as president of the New York State Association of Fire Chiefs during the 107th Annual Conference Installation Ceremony on June 15, 2013, at the Turning Stone Resort in Verona, N.Y. He will serve a one-year term leading the organization. Tighe started his career as a volunteer firefighter in Horseheads, N.Y. In 1974, he was appointed as a career firefighter with the City of Corning Fire Department, where he rose through the ranks to the position of lieutenant. In 2000, Tighe was appointed chief of the City of Norwich Fire Department, where he served until his retirement in July 2006. In May of 2010, he returned to active duty as chief of the City of Corning Fire Department. Tighe has been a member of NYSAFC since 1975 and served on the Paid Chiefs, Conference, and Government Affairs Committees prior to joining the board of directors in 2005. Also during the Installation

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Ceremony, Chief Donald J. Corkery of the Sayville Fire Department was sworn in as 1st vice president and Chief Daniel J. Schwertfeger of the Floyd Fire Department was sworn in as 2nd vice president. Both will serve one-year terms. Chief James W. Harrington of the Gates Fire Department and Chief Lee Shurtleff of the Groton Fire Department joined the board of directors this year. Harrington will serve a three-year term as a paid director, while Shurtleff will serve a three-year term as a volunteer director. Chief Harold A. Smith Jr. of the Nedrow Fire Department and Chief John P. Sroka of the Defreestville Fire Department were also sworn in to serve additional three-year terms as volunteer directors. Congratulations to the 20132014 officers of the New York -NYSAFC

JOHN SPAULDING

Ye olde Mendon parade Mendon, NY. The town of Mendon celebrates their bicentennial this year. After over 75 years of service to the community, the Mendon Fire Department kicked off the Monroe County parade season with it's annual fireman's carnival and parade.


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Cherry Valley celebrates bicentennial In June, the Cherry Valley Volunteer Fire Department celebrated their bicentennial. Their celebratory events included the Otsego County Firemen's Convention Dinner, a pancake breakfast as well as a parade.

Homeland security drill held at Port of Rochester Rochester, NY. Emergency responders from the U.S. and Canada held a homeland security drill at the Port of Rochester on June 12. The scenario involved a waterborne threat entering the country from Canada. The Monroe County Office of Emergency Management coordinated the training exercise, in which numerous law enforcement agencies as well the Rochester Fire Department took part.


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Winona Lake Firefighters Bob Diamond, Roe Knapp and George Hillman discussed the situation at the Gidney Avenue Magnet School fire on June 17th.

Rombout Past-Chief Ken Scofield with Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro at the Southern Dutchess Exchange Club Awards Dinner.

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BY-LINES

Billy Heckett of Volunteer Hose at West Haverstraw's extrication drill at the fire training center in Pomona.

Katherine Zoda is recognized as Youth Member of he Year. She was among many Rockland EMS providers who received regional honors for service to the community

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Glenn Scofield Jr., Ken Scofield with wife Pat and son Kevin Scofield at Southern Dutchess Exchange Club Awards Dinner.

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Putnam Lake Fire Department’s Firefighter of the Year Nicholas Centrillo


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The Forgotten Epidemic EMS ISSUE CHELLE CORDERO

It sounds like a story straight from a TV movie… the old lady is ignored, her meds aren’t refilled, the small pension she receives is grabbed up by the one distant relative who supposedly cares for her, her meals are inadequate, her hair is unkempt and there’s a sinister son just waiting for her to pass on so he can sell the house and fund his next vacation. Unfortunately, the TV movies you’ve seen with this sad plot are too often inspired by real life stories. We get called to a house and we know in our gut that the sweet elderly man who called 911 needs help. He craves companionship because he’s been ignored by his family, whose prescription medication ran out days before, whose bedsores haven’t been treated. His caregiver rushes in and chastises the man for wasting the time of the emergency responders and tells you that the man is “just getting senile”. When you note welts and bruising on the patient you’re told the man falls all the time. When you try to ask a question about the patient’s medical history, the caregiver gets defensive and stories change. It’s hard to walk away and not care. It’s also hard to know what’s right when others are telling you that with age comes dementia, lack of balance, forgetfulness, lethargy and more. Common signs of possible elder abuse or neglect may include: burns; skin bruising of different colors; repeated visits by EMS for injuries; delay in seeking medical care for injuries; dehydration; request for transport to other than usual ER; the extremes of caregiver attention-overbearing to neglectful; evidence of alcohol in the household; and/or the household in disarray. Psychological or

financial abuse may not manifest itself with physical signs. It is also not uncommon for the suspected victim to deny abuse, perhaps they don’t want to cause trouble for their child or spouse, or they may worry that their situation could get worse. As a first responder, your view of the patient includes the home setting and could be a crucial key. Do a thorough assessment of the patient and don’t focus solely on the injury you’ve been called about. Note the patient’s overall condition, note past bruising or scarring, be sure to register the general condition of the house and the actions of caregivers or family that may be present. Address the patient when asking questions even if a relative offers the responses. If the family member monopolizes all the responses, it might be a good idea to ask them to retrieve an article of clothing for the patient, prescription bottles, or something that would get them to leave the room and give the victim time to talk freely. It says in the current NYS DOH BLS Treatment Protocols: Suspected Child/Spouse/Elder/ Abuse: Visually assess the immediate scene for evidence of possible abuse, recording all appropriate information on the Prehospital Care Report. Make a verbal report summarizing the above to the responsible medical personnel upon arrival to the emergency department. Report suspected child abuse or neglect according to NYS Bureau of EMS Policy Statement #02-01. As with the child abuse cases, the law grants both civil and criminal immunity to reporters in proceedings that might arise from the report, except for liability for perjury, unless the reporter acted in bad faith or with malice. (CGS § 17b-451). Be aware of procedures put in place by your agency regarding the reporting procedure. Or without set guidelines, to report adult abuse, call (within New York State only): 1-800-342-3009 (Press Option 6) or contact the local county Department of Social Services Adult Protective Services.

DAVID KAZMIERCZAK

Dwelling damaged in Buffalo Buffalo firefighters of the 3rd Battalion 1st Platoon were called out to battle a blaze in a two story occupied dwelling at 26 Latour St. on Buffalo's East side. The fire was dispatched at 3:43 a.m. on Wednesday, June 19th. Firefighters used several one and three quarter inch hand lines and 45' of ladders. No injuries were reported and the cause of the fire is under investigation. Damage was listed at $45,000 to the building and $2,000 to the contents.

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77th Annual Memorial Breakfast JEFFREY ARNOLD

A Department of Homeland Security helicopter flew overhead at a drill at the Port of Rochester

The Buffalo, N.Y. Fire Department held it's 77th Annual Memorial Breakfast on Sunday Fathers Day June 16, 2013 at St. Joseph's New Cathedral with a breakfast following the service. The Greater Buffalo Firefighters Pipes and Drums played at the church,lead the march to The Buffalo Convention Center where the breakfast was held. The also played there. The Memorial Breakfast honors members who have died throughout the past year. A Chinese Auction was also part of the event.


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BY-LINES

Stony Point Ambulance Corps Team #1 won the Best Overall at the May 2013 EMS Youth Competition. (l-r: Emily, Kristen, Cassidy, Moe, Jenna, and County Executive Vanderhoef)

Rockland EMS Providers Receive Regional Honors for Service to Community New City, NY. On Wednesday, June 19, 2013, Rockland County Executive C. Scott Vanderhoef presented plaques from the Hudson Valley Regional EMS Council to members of the Rockland Emergency Medical Services community, along with a trophy to a Youth Corps that won Best Overall at a drill competition earlier this year. Rockland County EMS Coordinator Kim Lippes was on hand to help present the plaques. The following honors were handed out at today’s ceremony: Katherine Zoda of the Nanuet Community Volunteer Ambulance Corps as Youth Member of the Year; Piermont Fire Department 13-EM as EMS Agency of the Year; South Orangetown Volunteer Ambulance Corps for Excellence in EMS Quality and Safety; and Stony Point Ambulance Corps Youth Team #1 as Winner of the Overall EMS Youth

Competition. Ms. Zoda and South Orangetown Ambulance Corps will also be presented with NYS EMS Council awards this October. “We are very proud of the honorees and their continued dedication in making this a safer county for all who live here,” said Vanderhoef. “On behalf of all Rocklanders, we thank them for their tremendous efforts.” The county executive especially noted the dedication and promise of the county’s youth in EMS and called them “The Future”. Rockland County's highest award for bravery, the DeFlumere Award, was presented to the Pearl River Ambulance Corps, the South Orangetown Ambulance Corps, Rockland Paramedics and the Rockland County Technical Rescue Team. This annual award, named for Albert “Alfoxie” DeFlumere who perished in a house fire while trying to rescue his son, was

awarded this year for heroic efforts in rescuing a family during Hurricane Sandy. County Executive Vanderhoef spoke about the devastation suffered throughout the county during Hurricane Sandy and mentioned that in addition to the high water/waves and winds, approximately 95% of the county lost power during the storm. He remarked that each of the county’s emergency services agencies, many of them volunteer, worked endless hours to ensure the safety and well-being of the residents. Piermont Fire Department Chief William Cavanaugh said, “When you’re caught in the battle, you aren’t thinking about yourself, just about the people who need your help, and it’s a whole team effort.”

DAVID KAZMIERCZAK

Fire prevention for Bowmansville Members of the Bowmansville Vol. Fire Co. did a little public relations for the students at the Hillview Elementary School in Lancaster on June 14th. Firefighters brought out apparatus and their house of flames, which was a big hit with not only the students but some teachers as well. Plastic fire helmets and fire safety information was passed out to the children.

- CHELLE CORDERO

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Rochester firefighters respond to fumes at county office building

MARK PICERNO

This 1983 Pierce Dash 1000/1250 is still in service with the Tupper Lake, NY Volunteer Fire Department

Rochester, NY. On the afternoon of June 12, Rochester firefighters responded to the Monroe County offices on Westfall Road for a report of fumes in the building. A Level 0 hazardous materials incident was declared. The source of the problem was found to be a that a contractor was performing roof maintenance at the facility, and odors resulting from the work were carried through the building's ventilation system. As a precautionary measure, everyone was evacuated from the building.


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Car versus tractor trailer aftermath

Rediscover Amherst Car struck by tractor trailer in Charlton The Amherst Business Association had their Rediscover Amherst St. on Saturday June 15, 2013. Old Ladder Co. 12's house, which was closed for budget cuts, is now a private residence. It was the backdrop for many displays. Three old firehouses, two of which are on Amherst St., are all private residences now. Also a turnout gear competition was held for the children.

On June 13th at about 11:58 a.m., Saratoga County 911 Center received reports that a passenger car was truck by a tractor trailer on State Route 67 at the intersection of Jockey Street in the Town of Charlton. Motorists that day experienced heavy rains throughout the area causing limited visibility while driving. Saratoga County Sheriff's deputies concluded their investigation reporting that a Galway resident was traveling northbound on Jockey Street at the intersection with State Route 67, entered into the intersection and into the path of a westbound tractor trailer was pushed off the roadway and came to rest in a culvert area on the north

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side of S.R. 67. The car suffered extensive damage. The tractor trailer also left the highway, striking and severing a utility pole prior to coming to the tractor coming to rest on its drivers side. The trailer, carrying magazines, remained upright. The driver of the tractor trailer was able to self extricate himself and walk to the highway where he was assisted by passing motorists, provided shelter, until Galway EMS arrived to render care. He was later transported to a Schenectady Hospital.

The Galway resident operating the passenger car succumbed to her injuries at the scene and was later extricated by Harmony Corners Fire Department. Harmony Corners Fire crews were required to place booms and absorbent pads down as diesel fuel leaked into the rain saturated ground. DEC's spill response was called to assist. Also assisting HCFD with detouring traffic were West Charlton and Charlton Fire Departments and Eagle-Matt Lee Fire Co (Ballston Spa) relocated a Rescue Truck to Harmony's Station. Route 67 was re-opened approximately six hours later. - STAN DE LONG

IN SERVICE If you have photos you would like to see in our In Service feature please upload them on our website www.1stResponderNews.com or email them to Heather@1stResponderNews.com.

DAVID KAZMIERCZAK

Garage fire for Buffalo Buffalo firefighters of the 3rd Battalion 3rd Platoon were called out to battle a garage fire at 98 Freund St. in Buffalo's Delavan Eggert section. Two vehicles were completely destroyed and several other structures sustained damage. The garage of origin was a total loss. The fire was early Sunday morning, June 16, 2013 on Fathers Day. No injuries were reported and the cause of the fire is under investigation.

JEFFREY ARNOLD

Rochester Fire Department Engine 10 in service at the Homeland Security Drill.


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KEVIN BARRY

Instructor “JJ” Johnson of Fully Involved Training points to safety features of Electric/Hybrid Vehicle.

Rombout hosts new vehicle technology training Fishkill, NY. Rombout Fire Company recently held training with local area departments in new vehicle technology. For the past decade, the automotive industry has developed electric hybrid/hybrid electric vehicles to increase fuel mileage, but this advanced technology presents different challenges to fire personal when compared to conventional vehicles. Some of the information covered was the various automotive manufactures technologies and myths and the hidden dangers involving hybrid electric/electric hybrid vehicles.

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After the classroom session, firefighters viewed cars to see where the cutpoints are located, emergency shut offs, and other safety features for fire personnel. Members from Glenham, New Hamburg, New Hackensack and Rombout attended the two classes, which were offered for the first time in Dutchess County. With more hybrid cars being sold and it is estimated that approximately 75,000 vehicles daily use the I-84

and Route 9 corridors and fire personal in the Southern Dutchess area we will see an increase of this technology at accident scenes. Rombout members received immediate benefit from this course. When preparing for the second day class, Rombout Fire Company was dispatched to a two car motor vehicle accident involving an electric/hybrid car. With instructor Johnson at the accident scene, he was able to review and offer advice to his previous day’s students who passed with flying colors. - KEVIN BARRY

Grand Gorge Rescue Squad honors fallen EMS professionals Eric Monty of Champlain EMS, Mooers NY, and David Restuccio of Staten Island University Island Hospital were honored on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at the “Tree of Life” Memorial during a service held in their honor at the Empire Plaza in Albany. Driver and paramedic respectively, these men loss their lives while responding to emergencies in their communities in 2012. Karen Hinkley and Dottie Carroll, Co-Captains of the Grand Gorge Rescue Squad made the trip to Albany to participate in the ceremony along with members Roberta VanValkenburgh, Patty Williamson and Krista Cross. Family and friends of the fallen EMS members were honored by members of the legislature, which in-

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cluded Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk, Assemblymen Joseph Morelle and Peter Lopez. Others participating in the event were Nirav Shah, DOH Commissioner of Health, Mark Zeek, NYS EMS Council Chair, Deacon Dennis Monty, Melli Rose, and Ross Zastrow with the NYC Fire Department Emergency Medical Services Pipes & Drum Band. NYS Bureau of EMS Director Lee Burns was master of ceremonies. The event also paid tribute to more than 60,000 EMS personal throughout NYS. - KAREN HINKLEY

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JEFFREY ARNOLD

East Avon responds to truck fire East Avon, NY. On Monday afternoon, June 24, East Avon firefighters and Avon EMS were dispatched to a report of a vehicle fire inside of a garage at 5639 East Avon-Lima Road in the town of Avon. Firefighters found that the truck that was burning was removed from the building prior to their arrival. The vehicle fire was quickly extinguished with minimal damage to the structure. Mutual aid was requested to the scene from Avon and Livonia Fire Departments and Caledonia was placed on standby during the incident.

Five displaced in Buffalo Buffalo firefighters of the 7th Battalion 4th Platoon were called out to battle a structure fire in a multiple dwelling at 377 Dearborn St. in Buffalo's Black Rock section. The fire started on the first floor of the two and a half story house and was confined to the same. One-one and three quarter inch hand line was used to bring the fire under control. Damage was listed at $5,000 to the building and $5,000 to the contents. No injuries were reported and the cause of the fire is under investigation. Two adults and three children were displaced by the Saturday morning blaze on June 22, 2013.


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Buffalo blaze in vacant BOB ROOT

School fire evacuates hundreds Students at one area elementary school got quite the surprise during the last week of school, when they were forced to evacuate due to smoke in the building. On June 17, 2013 at approximately 11:45 a.m., the students at Gidney Avenue Magnet School located on Gidney Avenue in the City of Newburgh exited JUMP TO FILE # the school safely 061713128 after a fire was reported on the second floor. City of Newburgh firefighters were quickly on the scene stretching one line to the second floor rear to extinguish the fire. At the same time, numerous mutual aid companies were alerted to either respond to the scene, cover at the public safety building in the city or stand by at mutual aid stations. Firefighters found a heavy smoke condition upon entering the building and the fire was located in a second floor classroom. The fire was quickly brought under control and overhaul was completed. Horizontal ventilation was then initiated. On the scene were the City of Newburgh, Castle Point, Winona Lake, Coldenham, West Point and Good-Will Fire Departments as well as Mobile Life Support Services. Numerous other fire departments were standing by. Students were evacuated across from and next to the school and the district quickly began issuing an early dismissal policy. No injuries were reported, but according to sources, a substitute teacher fainted at the scene. - HEATHER PILLSWORTH

Buffalo firefighters responded just before 9:00 p.m. on June 11th to a reported structure fire near the intersection of Broadway and Krupp on the city's east side. Crews arrived to heavy smoke in the area and located the fire at 64 Krupp Street. The building was a vacant two and a half story wood frame with heavy fire in the attic. Firefighters used a defensive attack initially and then used three hoselines to finish extinguishing the fire. The fire was brought under control in about 30 minutes.

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West Glens Falls hosts HVVFA dress parade West Glens Falls, NY. West Glens Falls was the site of this year's Hudson Valley Volunteer Firemen's Association's 124th annual convention. The highlight of the convention is the annual dress parade, JUMP TO FILE # which took place on 062713110 June 22nd. The fun of the Friday night Mardi Gras parade gave way to the seriousness and formality of the dress parade, which featured almost 100 departments marching along Luzerne Road. The Ossining Fire Department received the award for best overall unit and was also named the people's choice favorite fire company. Carmel was named best color guard with West Albany named best overall auxiliary unit. Next year's convention will also be hosted by West Glens Falls. - MIKE CAREY

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Ossining was named best overall unit in the HVVFA dress parade

New Windsor was named best appearing fire unit, blouse uniform, 27-38 in line

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Putnam Valley was named best appearing fire unit, dress uniform, over 25 in line

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Putnam Lake installs officers Every year the members of the Putnam Lake Fire Department elect new officers to run the department. This year was no different. The department followed their normal procedures of nominating and voting on the 20132014 officers. These officers are voted in with the expectation to lead the de- JUMP TO FILE # partment into 060813110 the future. One unique election this year was for the chief of department. After five years as the chief, Chief James Gagliardo passed the torch to son and now Chief Jamie Gagliardo. The Putnam Lake Fire Department was the first in Putnam County to have a father/son team of chiefs. Also at this annual dinner, the current department chief's and deputy chief's award chosen members the awards of fire-

matic responder, EMS responder, firefighter and officer of the year. Firefighter of the year award was earned by Firefighter Nicholas Centrillo. Firefighter Centrillo has shown above and beyond dedication to the Putnam Lake Community and the Putnam Lake Fire Department. Firematic responder of the year was awarded to Lt. Marco Farciert for the most fire call responses. EMS responder of the year was awarded to EMS Captain Angelo Zegarelli for the most EMS call responses. Officer of the year was awarded to Lt. Gregory Gagliardo for his dedication and leadership creating an excellent roll model for all members of the department. The department congratulates all award recipients and wishes the 2013-2014 elected officers the courage and ability they need to fulfill their duties! - JAMES GAGLIARDO

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