Page 1

PUBLISHING SINCE 1993

The New York Edition

HOME SUBSCRIPTION - $36/YEAR

WWW.1RBN.COM

AUGUST, 2018

HEAVY FIRE LIGHTS UP NIGHT SKY OVER WATERFORD

JEFFREY BELSCHWINDER/SIDEWINDER PHOTOGRAPHY

Waterford, NY - On July 6th at 12:02 A.M., the Northside Fire District in the village of Waterford was dispatched for a reported structure fire at 12 Fairview Avenue. The dispatcher was taking multiple calls on the structure fire.

- See full story on page 2

eLEND joins Heroes Mortgage Program to offer down payment assistance for heroes SEE PAGES 36 & 37 FOR DETAILS.

Sales • Parts • Service

Visit us at www.campbellsupply.com - See our Ad on Back Cover

Join our Team of Dispatchers Paging with a Rewards Program! Visit our website to fill out an application.

www.1rwn.com


PAGE 2

August, 2018

1ST Responder Newspaper - NY

DAISY LIEBFRED

Asst Chief J. Liebfred of Parishville Fire & Rescue (left) with Cassidy, flying Parishville colors.

JEFFREY BELSCHWINDER/SIDEWINDER PHOTOGRAPHY

Heavy Fire Lights Up Night Sky Over Waterford

Fists held high in support of Cassidy.

DAISY LIEBFRED

Fire Departments in Upstate New York Team Up and Hold Parade in Support of 10-Year-Old Girl Battling Cancer Malone, NY - On Monday, July 16th, some 55 pieces of fire apparatus with over 100 Brother and Sister Firefighters from throughout three counties (Franklin, St. Lawrence and Clinton), assembled at Malone Callfiremen's station. Their mission was to hold a parade and bring joy to Cassidy Spinner, a 10-year-old little girl who is currently battling cancer. She has always had a fascination with firefighters. The Detail brought her gifts from their respective stations. Pink Heals/Guardians of the Ribbon Northern New York Chapter out of West Chazy was on scene as well. Cassidy and her family are due to leave on Friday, July 20th for Scottsdale, Arizona, where Cassidy will begin her treatment. A GoFundMe page has been set up to help raise funds ($40k) for Cassidy. This is a prime example of how firefighters fight more than fires!

Waterford, NY - On July 6th at 12:02 A.M., the Northside Fire District in the village of Waterford was dispatched for a reported structure fire at 12 Fairview Avenue. The dispatcher was JUMP TO FILE# taking multiple 071718110 calls on the structure fire. The first arriving chief on scene requested a re-dispatch for his department along with Waterford's FD and mutual aid from Halfmoon, Boght and Maplewood Fire Departments. Command had a three-story wood-frame structure with heavy fire throughout the second and third floors of the home and advised that all of the residents were out at the time of arrival. Command requested National Grid to the scene and to expedite, as he had live wires down in front of the house. The first arriving engine on scene pulled multiple hand lines into the building and started to conduct an aggressive interior attack. The pump operator hand-laid LDH to the fire hydrant over 200-feet away and quickly connected it to establish a water supply. Firefighters had difficulty operating on the "Delta" side of the structure as the downed power lines were arcing and jumping all over the ground. Command advised all units to use caution around the downed power lines. To give added support and protection to the exposure building on the "Bravo" side, the pump operators from the first two engines began to use a master stream on the heavily involved roof to knock down the heavy fire conditions. As firefighters were working inside the building the shale roof started to fall on the outside of the

JEFFREY BELSCHWINDER/SIDEWINDER PHOTOGRAPHY

building, causing hazards for firefighters working below. Firefighters began to make their push through the second and the third floors of the building and were able to knock down the large amount of fire that had traveled throughout the building. National Grid arrived on scene and quickly got the power lines out of the way of the firefighters. As crews inside became exhausted, firefighters began to switch out with crews in the staging area.

Firefighters conducted overhaul for over two hours on scene making sure they had knocked down all of the fire conditions and had no remaining hot spots. Crews remained on scene until the early hours of the morning. The Saratoga County fire investigators are currently investigating the cause of the fire. No firefighters or civilians were injured during the fire. - JEFFREY BELSCHWINDER


1ST Responder Newspaper - NY

August, 2018

PAGE 3


PAGE 4

August, 2018

1ST Responder Newspaper - NY

ALL IN THE FAMILY

ADVERTISER INDEX Company

All Hands Fire Equipment Armor Tuff Floors

24

CA Reed Epoxy Floors

24

Backstop USA

Campbell Supply Co.

Churchville Fire Equip

If you have photos you would like to see in our “All in the Family” feature please upload them on our website, www.1stResponderNews.com or email them to Lindsey@1stResponderNews.com.

Page

23

1,43

FDIC

19

35

Finley Fire Equipment

31

Garrison Fire Rescue

19

Fire Districts of NY

40

Jerome Fire Equipment

19

LaFrance Equipment

19

Marion Body

27

Kimtek

Long Island Mega Show Mid Atlantic Rescue

North Eastern Rescue Penflex PGI

State Line Fire & Safety VCI Emergency

15 3

Orange County, NY - At approximately 12:15 P.M. on June 19th, the Vails Gate FD was dispatched to 19 Split Tree Drive for a structure fire. Operating at this fire were FF/Chauffeur Chris Dineen (right) and his son, Junior FF Tyler Dineen. This was Tyler's first fire as a member of Vails Gate FD. Tyler has waited many years to follow in his dad's footsteps. Prior to joining, Tyler would often ride his bike to the firehouse or to calls to watch the firemen in action. We would often joke that Tyler was more active than some of our actual members! Tyler has already proven to be an asset to the VGFD and we're happy to have him. W. GAYTON

33

13 9

25

Yankee Equipment

37

14

17

CORPORATE INFORMATION

1st Responder News (ISSN 1525-1683) - New York edition - Vol. 19 No. 8 - is published monthly, 12 times a year for $36 per year by Belsito Communications, Inc., 1 Ardmore Street, New Windsor, NY 12553. Periodicals Postage Paid at Newburgh, NY and additional mailing offices. Postmaster: Send address changes to 1st Responder News, 1 Ardmore Street, New Windsor, NY 12553. No financial responsibility is assumed by this newspaper to publish a display, classified, or legal ad or for typographical errors except of reprinting that part of the ad which was omitted or in error. Omissions or errors must be brought to the attention of the newspaper during the same month of publication. Printed in Canada.

PUBLICATION CONTENT

Elsmere, NY - The Elsmere FD was on hand to help out and interact with the community at the Elsmere Elementary School's Community Day on Saturday, June 16th. The department showed kids around Truck 30, handed out helmets, and they then dropped ping pong balls from the bucket of Truck 30. Whoever's ping pong ball landed next to any of the four targets had the chance at winning a 50/50 raffle and the opportunity for the winning kid to ride to school in a firetruck.

11

29

Zodiac

Elsmere Fire Visits Elementary School for Community Day

42

Waterous

WEH Technologies

THOMAS MARRA

Notice: The advertisements, articles, and letters contained in this publication do not necessarily reflect the views of 1st Responder Inc. and Belsito Communications, Inc. Advertisements are sold pursuant to the “space available” and corresponding fee schedule. The mere fact that advertisements are contained in this publication does not express nor imply that 1st Responder Inc. and Belsito Communications, Inc. vouches for the credibility of the claims made in the advertisements or the representations expressed or implied in them.

BOB MCCORMICK

Garage Fire Goes to Two Alarms in Town of Newburgh

Newburgh, NY - Winona Lake and Orange Lake Fire Departments were dispatched to a garage fire on Waring Road on the afternoon of July 17th. Orange Lake Command requested Good-Will FD to respond as well as the City of Newburgh FD as the FAST for a working garage fire. Town of Newburgh and New York State Police assisted at the scene. Firefighters used hand lines to put the fire out. Central Hudson was also called for a power cut. Town of Newburgh EMS stood by at the scene.

Seneca County, NY - Chief 761 Mike Dewaele (right) and his son, Assistant Chief 763 Kevin Dewaele, stand for a photo at a recent Touch-a-Truck event. Both are members with the Junius Vol. Fire Department. JOHN GRECO - CODE 35 FIRE PHOTOGRAPHY


1ST Responder Newspaper - NY

August, 2018

PAGE 5


PAGE 6

August, 2018

1 Ardmore Street • New Windsor, NY 12553

845-534-7500 • (Fax) 845-534-0055 • News@1stResponderNews.com

EXECUTIVE STAFF PUBLISHER

Joseph P. Belsito (Joe@1stResponderNews.com) ••• GENERAL MANAGER

Kathy Ronsini (Kathy@1stResponderNews.com) ••• PRODUCTION DIRECTOR

Ashley Ramos (Ashley@1stResponderNews.com) ••• MANAGING EDITOR

Lindsey Palmer (Lindsey@1stResponderNews.com) ••• CIRCULATION MANAGER

Michelle Belsito (Michelle@1stResponder.com)

••• DISPATCHER RECRUITMENT & RETENTION ••• OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR (Rich@1stResponder.com)

Nicole Gold (Nicole@1stResponderNews.com) EDITORIAL STAFF COLUMNISTS •••

Rick Billings (Cartoon) Chelle Cordero (EMS) AJ Fusco (Food Blog) Bob Long (Cartoon) John Malecky (Apparatus, Video, Bookshelf) Didymus McHugh (Chaplain’s Corner) Joel Miller (Social Media) Robert “Pip” Piparo (Health & Fitness) Fernando Villicana (Chaplain’s Corner)

CORRESPONDENTS •••

David Abell • Jeffrey Arnold • John Bechtold • Jeffrey Belschwinder • Todd Bender • Chris Brenner • Jeff Bressler • Mike Carey • Madison Casillo • Jeff Crianza • Russell Curley • Vinnie Dominick • Fred Engelmann • Bob Faugh • Rick Grosvent • Paul Harrington • Gary Hearn • John Hopper • Brian Houle • Harold Jacobs • Connor Jacobs • Ron Jeffers • David Kazmierczak • Bob Krajicek • John Liebfred • MaryBeth Majestic • Zachary Maricle • Thomas Marra • Mike McCagg • Bob McCormick • William Murray • Charlie Piper • David Ragusa • Frank Robinson • Evan Rolla • Bob Root • Chris Sabella • John Smith • Ken Snyder • John Spaulding • Bill Tompkins • Chris Tompkins • Bob Vaccaro • Stephen Wallace • John Walthers • Eugene Weber Jr. • Steve White • Rich York

EDITORIAL INFORMATION

Join our team of correspondents or columnists! 1st Responder Newspaper welcomes submissions by our readers. Send stories and photos to us at 1 Ardmore Street, New Windsor, NY 12553. Or, give us a call or send us an e-mail. If using the mail, please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope for all submissions you wish to have returned. Publisher reserves the right to refuse any editorial or advertising material submitted.

845-534-7500 ext. 212 • (fax) 845-534-0055 News@1stResponderNews.com

ADVERTISING INFORMATION

If you would like information about how advertising in 1st Responder News can benefit your company call our advertising hotline at:

845-534-7500 ext. 211 • (fax) 845-534-0055 Advertising@1stResponderNews.com

CIRCULATION INFORMATION

1st Responder Newspaper is delivered to all fire, rescue, ambulance stations and hospitals. If you do not receive your papers, please contact our circulation department. Home subscriptions are $36 per year.

845-534-7500 ext. 220 • (fax) 845-534-0055 Circulation@1stResponderNews.com

GRAPHIC DESIGN/MARKETING 1st Responder News’ graphics team A division of: will work with you on your advertisement free of charge. Additionally, we offer a complete marketing department for all of your printed needs. Whether they are posters, or single sheet handouts, full color or black and white, no one else delivers the high quality work at our competitive prices. As a newspaper in the Belsito Communications Inc. family, 1st Responder News has a state-of-the-art production facility which utilizes the latest scanning technology available. Materials are processed using Power Macintosh G4s. Output is handled on our HP Color LaserJet 8500 to produce this highest quality black and white or color prints on the market.

845-534-7500 ext. 214 • (fax) 845-534-0055 Info@Belsito.com

In memory of those who gave all

1ST Responder Newspaper - NY

1st Responder Newspaper honors and remembers emergency responders lost in the line of duty

West Virginia: Michael Edwards, 46 Rank: Assistant Fire Chief Incident Date: March 24, 2018 Death Date: March 24, 2018 Fire Department: Pratt Volunteer Fire Department Initial Summary: Assistant Fire Chief Michael Edwards and Lieutenant Tom Craigo were killed and three other firefighters were injured when, for a cause still under investigation, the apparatus they were in left the narrow roadway and crashed into a rock wall. At the time, the firefighters were responding to a multiple fatality motor vehicle crash on the West Virginia Turnpike. Of the three firefighters injured, Fire Chief Timothy Walker remains in the hospital in critical condition; Firefighter Billy Hypes is in stable condition; and Firefighter Kyle Jenkins was released with minor injuries.

at a private residence in Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin. Firefighter-Paramedic Garner was treated at the scene by the local EMS and transported to the hospital where he passed away from a nature and cause of fatal injury still to be determined.

Wisconsin: Richard L. Garner Jr., 29 Rank: Firefighter-Paramedic Incident Date: April 1, 2018 Death Date: April 1, 2018 Fire Department: Madison Fire Department Initial Summary: Firefighter-Paramedic Richard L. Garner Jr. completed a 48 hour shift at 0700hrs on April 1, 2018, during which he responded to nineteen emergency calls. Later that day, between the times of 1200hrs and 1300hrs, Garner collapsed

Texas: Bernard Olive, 68 Rank: Assistant Fire Chief Incident Date: April 5, 2018 Death Date: April 5, 2018 Fire Department: Baytown Fire Department Initial Summary: Assistant Fire Chief Bernard Olive passed away while on duty from a nature and cause of fatal injury still to be determined.

Texas: Larry Marusik, 68 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: March 10, 2018 Death Date: March 23, 2018 Fire Department: Ellinger Volunteer Fire Department Initial Summary: The Caldwell County Office of Emergency Management has reported the death of Firefighter Larry Marusik. Firefighter Marusik passed away at the Brooke Army Medical Center on March 23, 2018, from injuries sustained while battling a large grass fire on March 10, 2018.

Minnesota: Timothy Wayne Royce, 58 Rank: Second Assistant Fire Chief Incident Date: March 29, 2018 Death Date: March 30, 2018 Fire Department: Mapleton Fire Department Initial Summary: Second Assistant Fire Chief Timothy Wayne Royce died from an apparent heart attack on March 30, 2018, several hours after responding with his fire department to a motor vehicle crash and a medical call, as well as participating in fire department training at the station.

Texas: Caleb Scott, 29 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: April 3, 2018 Death Date: April 3, 2018 Fire Department: North Richland Hills Fire Rescue Initial Summary: Firefighter Caleb Scott suffered a reported heart attack while at his fire station on the morning of April 3, 2018. Fellow responders immediately came to his aid at the firehouse before transporting him to Medical City North Hills Hospital, where Firefighter Scott later succumbed to his injury.


1ST Responder Newspaper - NY

August, 2018

PAGE 7

FUTURE FIRST RESPONDERS If you have photos you would like to see in our “Future First Responders” feature please upload them on our website, www.1stResponderNews.com or email them to Lindsey@1stResponderNews.com.

JEFFREY BELSCHWINDER/SIDEWINDER PHOTOGRAPHY

Two-Alarm Fire Strikes Scrap Recycling Facility in Cohoes

Meet future first responder, one-year-old Parker Field! Parker's grandpa, Leon “Jack” Ordway, was a firefighter for 35 years in Allegany County, NY. Parker lost his grandfather last year, a month and one week after he was born; he got to hold him once before he passed. Today, his legacy is carried on through Parker. TRACY MARIE FIELD

Cohoes, NY - On July 3rd just before 6:00 P.M., the Cohoes FD, along with mutual aid from the Watervliet Arsenal, City of Albany, Watervliet, Maplewood, Green Island, North Bethlehem and the Albany International Airport responded to the NHKelman, Inc. Scrap Recycling facility in the city of Cohoes for multiple calls of a reported structure fire. The first arriving unit on scene called for the Signal 30 as they had a large amount of magnesium cardboard and other products heavily involved. The first engine on scene immediately used its deck gun to try to knock down the heavy amount of fire, but was unsuccessful. As additional units arrived on scene firefighters attempted to find a fire hydrant with water pressure adequate enough to feed the pumpers on scene. Crews deployed multiple portable master streams and hand lines and attempted to knock down the heavy flames while keeping the large amount of propane tanks cool, which began to explode shortly after. Firefighters kept their

JUMP TO FILE #071718108 distance as they attempted to bring the fire under control. With the large amounts of magnesium and dangerous chemicals burning, Command called for the secondalarm and requested the airport to bring in one of its crash trucks with purple K extinguishing agent. Firefighters used master streams to cool the large amount of propane tanks that were off-gassing as the temperatures were rising. Firefighters were able to finally establish a good water supply to the scene as the crash truck arrived, which positioned itself to be able to put a large amount of purple K extinguishing agent onto the burning magnesium. As the crash truck started to extinguish the heavy flames in the rear of the building a large flash and moderate explosion occurred, followed by a major explosion that sent large amounts of magnesium and hot metal flying through the air, sending firefighters and police officers

running for cover. Several small fires started in vehicles around the area, including in one of the fire engines, as large amounts of melted metal landed all around the scene. Multiple firefighters were examined for injuries caused by the explosion, all of which were considered to be nonlife-threatening. As firefighters began to get the fire under control, another section of the building caught fire which crews quickly extinguished. Additional resources from the New York State Office of Homeland Security’s Fire Prevention and Control, DEC Emergency Management, Albany County Emergency Management and Empire Ambulance were brought to the scene. After battling the flames for three hours, the fire was officially brought under control at approximately 9:15 P.M. Staff brought out a large grappler and started to pull apart the pile of metal. The fire is currently under investigation. - JEFFREY BELSCHWINDER

WILLIAM MURRAY

Lawn Mower Fire Spreads to Shed in New Paltz New Paltz, NY - The New Paltz Fire Dept. was dispatched on July 5th to a lawn mower fire. The lawn mower fire had spread to a nearby shed during the department's response. There were no injuries. JEFFREY BELSCHWINDER/SIDEWINDER PHOTOGRAPHY


PAGE 8

August, 2018

1ST Responder Newspaper - NY

New York

VENDOR SPOTLIGHT

PGI Announces the Introduction of FireLine Multi Mission Dual Certified Garments

LIEUTENANT/PAST CHIEF VANRIPER

Dwelling Fire in Montgomery Goes to Six Alarms Montgomery, NY - At 3:16 P.M. on June 30th, Washingtonville F.D. Rescue 581 responded as the initial FAST to a secondalarm fire on Union Street in Montgomery. Fire was in (two) two-story, wood-frame attached private dwellings. Upon arrival, two members of the FAST put up portable ladders on the #3 side of the building in the event firefighters operating on the second-floor needed a rapid means of egress. The entire FAST was then put to work conducting searches and operating a hand-line. A second FAST was also requested to the scene. This fire went to a sixth-alarm due to the high temperature outside, 95 degrees, requiring quicker relief for operating personnel.

ANTIQUE APPARATUS

If you have photos for Antique Apparatus please upload them on our website, www.1stResponderNews.com or email them to Lindsey@1stResponderNews.com

TERRY RITZ

This 1958 Mack Tanker formerly belonged to the Millwood Fire Co. in Westchester County, NY.

Firefighters and departments are trained and prepared to respond to a wide variety of situations involving fires, explosions, rescues, medical emergencies, hazardous conditions and natural disasters. They also respond to nonemergency service calls, good intent calls and false alarms. Less than 10% of fire department runs actually involve fire. EMS and rescue, good intent, false alarm and incident calls account for about 90% of all reported runs. These brave men and women need to be equipped with the proper PPE for their range of operations. PGI, Inc. is proud to introduce FireLine™ Multi Mission dual certified garments — innovative designs for more of what you do.

The number one fatality in line of duty deaths among firefighters and first responders is sudden cardiac arrest, most of which can be attributed to heat stress, overexertion and pre-existing medical conditions. Studies have shown that modified PPE can substantially reduce heat stress and firefighter fatigue. FireLine Multi Mission PPE is lighter weight, more flexible and better ergonomically designed than traditional turnout gear — reducing heat stress and overall firefighter fatigue.

FireLine Multi Mission garments are engineered to maximize protection, comfort and mobility at a price that’s about one-third the cost of traditional turnout gear. FireLine Multi Mission apparel is engineered for the work you do with proven FR fabrics offering the best combination of flash fire, thermal protection and abrasion resistance in a singlelayer garment. FireLine Multi Mission tech rescue gear features articulated elbows and knees, generous gusseting, radial sleeves and anatomical patterning providing unrivaled freedom of movement. High quality construction and an array of options allows for truly custom gear, so firefighters will have the right gear for the right job. The FireLine Multi Mission line offers first responders peace-of-mind protection with enhanced comfort and

best-in-class performance.

need.”

Jim Sonntag, President, PGI, stated, “At PGI, our drive and relentless commitment to meticulous craftsmanship and service is paramount and we are committed to leading the way in the design and manufacture of high performance PPE. We pride ourselves in employing the most advanced materials and premium accessories, allowing us to create technical products that can be trusted to perform in the most extreme conditions.” Sonntag went on to say, “Our philosophy is to design and manufacture products that are as good as they can possibly be, performing over time and beyond expectation at the point of extreme

About PGI: As a market leader in technology driven personal protective apparel, PGI designs and manufactures innovative garments for firefighters, EMS, police, military and industrial professionals the world over. The PGI line of high performance products includes Cobra™, Cobra™ NextGen™ and Cobra BarriAire™ Gold Hoods, FireLine™ and FireLine Multi Mission gear, and DriGuard™ FR Base Layer garments. Rooted in America’s heartland, Green Lake, Wisconsin, PGI products meet or exceed all applicable industry standards.

UL Classified, FireLine Multi Mission PPE meets or exceeds both the NFPA 1951 Standard on Utility Technical Rescue for Protective Apparel as well as the NFPA 1977 Standard on Protective Clothing and equipment for wildland fire fighting.

Exclusively from PGI, FireLine Multi Mission gear is now available through leading fire service distributors in the US, Canada and throughout the world. For more information visit www.firelinemultimission.com or call PGI at 800-558-8290.

PGI, INC.


1ST Responder Newspaper - NY

August, 2018

PAGE 9

Mobile Life Support Paramedic and EMTs Recognized by Cardiac Arrest Survivor for Life-Saving Efforts New Windsor, NY - Gus Gonzalez, EMT-P; Michael Scott, EMT; and Justin Rearick, EMT, Mobile Life Support Services, Inc. EMS professionals, re- JUMP TO FILE# cently provided 070918145 lifesaving continuation of care for a cardiac arrest patient and are being recognized for their efforts. Jeremiah Horrigan, a 68-yearold retired journalist, was undergoing a scheduled stress test when he went into cardiac arrest. An orchestra of skilled healthcare professionals, including Gonzalez, Scott and Rearick, put their knowledge and experience into action and subsequently saved his life. “When I opened my eyes that I didn’t realize had been shut, I saw a big, friendly-looking face hovering over mine,” wrote Horrigan in a Hudson Valley One article where he described his experience with death. “His name, I soon learned, was Gus. He assured me that everything was OK. Gus sketched the outlines of my situation as he and his crew trundled me into the ambulance. “I imagined the thrill I would give (my three-year-old grandson) Conor, when I told him I had ridden in one of the ambulances ... It didn’t occur to me that I might not ever get a chance to tell him.” Mobile Life Support is the largest emergency medical service provider in the Hudson Valley, serving Orange, Dutchess, Rockland, Ulster and Westchester counties. The company provides emergent and nonemergent ambulance transportation services to most of the 14 hospitals in its service region, including Vassar Brothers Medical Center in Poughkeepsie, where Horrigan underwent triple bypass surgery. “I can't say enough about the professionalism and care these guys demonstrated when I failed my cardiac stress test so catastrophically. It's reassuring to realize that guys like Gus, Mike and

Justin do this every day, in every situation, under every condition. I've been very lucky to learn the hard way how true that is,” added Horrigan when he recently visited the Mobile Life Support station in Kingston to thank the EMS professionals who treated and comforted him. “It’s stories like Jerimiah’s that make the worst days a little more bearable,” said Gonzalez. “We are thankful he is here to tell his tale and are so grateful for his willingness to share it with the world. We wish him a speedy and smooth recovery.” - FOCUS MEDIA, INC.

(L to R): Michael Scott, EMT; Jeremiah Horrigan; Justin Rearick, EMT; and Gus Gonzalez, EMT-P.

PROVIDED

Authorized Hurst Jaws of Life Dealer Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster and Westchester Counties

HURST JAWS OF LIFE DID IT AGAIN! THE GAME CHANGING eDRAULIC 2.0

SC-357E2 COMBI TOOL

Packed with speed and power Stronger, smaller & lighter

S-700E2 CUTTER

NEW! R 421E2 TELESCOPING RAM

SP-310E2 SPREADER

Visit 1st Responder

We carry a complete line of Fire Department Equipment, Accessories, and Supplies

News

50 Park Avenue, P.O. Box 278 • Park Ridge, NJ 07656

on the web!

Tel: 201.391.3290 • Fax: 201.391.6487

www.1RBN.com

www.statelinefireandsafety.com • statelinefire@optonline.net


PAGE 10

August, 2018

1ST Responder Newspaper - NY

ON THE LITER SIDE If you have photos you would like to see in our “On The Liter Side” feature, please upload them on our website, www.1stResponderNews.com or email them to Lindsey@1stResponderNews.com.

Aerial devices trying to quell the flames.

M. VANUGA

Second-Alarm Strikes Auto Repair Facility in Endicott

JEFFREY BELSCHWINDER/SIDEWINDER PHOTOGRAPHY

Troy Fire Department to the rescue! The start of summer brought unbearable temperatures in the high 90's, so Troy’s FD deployed five large cooling stations citywide to help kids and adults cool down. Firefighters rolled out 50-foot sections of two-and-a-half inch attack line (normally used for fighting house fires), and added a water curtain to the end of the line to make one big sprinkler.

VINNIE DOMINICK

Three-Car Crash in Newburgh Sends One to Hospital Newburgh, NY - On July 10th, Winona Lake firefighters were called out for a three-car MVA located at 1380 Route 300 in Newburgh. One person was transported to the hospital by Town of Newburgh ambulance.

Endicott, NY - At approximately 9:00 P.M. on Monday, June 25th, the Endicott Fire Department responded to 534 North St. for a reported building fire. EFD Platoon 1, under the direction of Captain Bob JUMP TO FILE# Flynn, responded 062718103 with Quint 25 and Engine 25-1. Upon arrival within three minutes, crews found heavy dark smoke pouring out of the vehicle repair shop building. Incident Commander Flynn immediately called for a secondalarm, summoning neighboring mutual aid and off duty Endicott firefighters. After deeming the building unsafe for entry, Command evacuated firefighters from the structure and started defensive operations with aerial devices and master streams. Two houses in very close proximity to the burning building were protected by additional master streams. EFD was assisted at the scene by West Corners Fire, Endwell Fire, Vestal Fire Department, Union Center Fire Company Inc., West Endicott Fire Dept., Union Volunteer Emergency Squad, Inc., Endicott Police Department, Endicott Municipal Light, Endicott Auxiliary Police, Broome County Office of Emergency Services, NYSP and the Broome County Sheriff's Office. Broome County Fire Investigators have ruled the cause undetermined at this time with the

investigation ongoing. The Endicott Street Department responded with a backhoe to assist in gaining access to hard-to-reach spots of fire. The building is a total loss. After Hours Tires and Towing assisted in removing nine vehicles

M. VANUGA

from next to the building to allow better access to extinguish the fire. One firefighter suffered a hand injury and was treated at a local hospital and released. - DAVID ABELL


1ST Responder Newspaper - NY

August, 2018

PAGE 11

SALES • SERVICE PARTS • GRAPHICS ROAD RESCUE CLEARANCE SALE ON IN STOCK UNITS!

DEMONSTRATORS AVAILABLE FOR IMMEDIATE DELIVERY!

‘17 FORD ROAD RESCUE UNIT #3R7233

‘17 FORD ROAD RESCUE DURAMEDIC UNIT #112669

‘16 FORD ROAD RESCUE ULTRAMEDIC UNIT #3R6089

17 BRAUN FORD 150” UNIT #7702

‘17 MCCOY MILLER REMOUNT

‘16 WHEELED COACH FORD T-1 4X2 ‘14 WHEELED COACH DODGE T-1 4X2 LIKE NEW CONDITION! LOW MILES!

‘17 WHEELED COACH TRANSIT NUMEROUS IN STOCK!

‘17 WHEELED COACH T-1 CHEVY UNIT #371357

(2) WHEELED COACH FORD T-1 4X4’S UNIT #’S 215606 & 215611

‘17 DEMERS CHEVY T-1 150” UNIT #G17P-716

‘16 DEMERS CHEVY 164” UNIT #G16C-1544

‘18 DEMERS FORD MX170 UNIT #F18C-313

FOR OUR FULL INVENTORY CHECK OUT: WWW.NERVINC.COM OR CALL: 800-553-6094


PAGE 12

August, 2018

1ST Responder Newspaper - NY

MIKE CAFALDO

Car Versus Tree in New Paltz New Paltz, NY - On June 15th, the New Paltz Fire Dept. and New Paltz Rescue Squad were dispatched to an MVA involving a car versus tree on Springtown Road. It is believed that the crash occurred when the driver fell asleep and missed a turn.

BOB MCCORMICK

Storm King Engine Co. Recognized for 150 Years of Service Cornwall, NY - Members and village officials were present when Storm King Engine Co. of Cornwall-on-Hudson held a dedication ceremony on June 3rd outside of their firehouse. A plaque was dedicated for 150 years of service the fire department has served. Thomas M. Ringlehan, a member who died in the line-of-duty on June 12, 1973, was also dedicated a plaque. Chief Mike Trainor spoke of Firefighter Ringlehan and all he gave to the community. Firefighter Ringlehan lost his life when Storm King Engine Co. was responding to a structure fire in Highland Falls and the fire engine collided with a vehicle on Route 218. Ringlehan was thrown off the engine and later died from his injuries. Chief Trainor presented the Medal of Honor Firefighter Valor to members of his family.

Engine 59-1 arrives on scene.

N.GRISWOLD

Compactor and Trailer Catch Fire in Five Mile Point Kirkwood, NY - At 7:08 P.M. on the evening of June 9th, Broome County Communications dispatched the Five Mile Point FD (59) to 10 Spud Lane, Frito Lay, for a possible compactor fire JUMP TO FILE# at the rear of the 061018101 building. Initial reports were that there was smoke visible from the compactor but no fire seen. Chief 59B went enroute and arrived to find a full size open-top tractor-trailer backed up to a compactor attached to the rear of the building with smoke and fire showing. Chief 59 then requested for county to re-dispatch the incident as a working compactor fire. Contents of the compactor and trailer were rejected batches of potato and corn chips and due to previous fires of this nature at this location, it was known that this fire could quickly move into the building. At this point, Command requested a response from Kirkwood FD (38) who responded with Pumper Tanker 38. Engine 59-1 responded first and crews stretched a single oneand-three-quarter inch line to the trailer to knock down the fire and begin cooling the trailer. At the same time, Frito Lay employees were requested to move the trailer away from the building to prevent any further extension of the fire. With the trailer pulled away from the compactor crews stretched a second one-and-threequarter inch line from Engine 592 inside of the building for access to the inside of the compactor and worked to contain the fire within the compactor. Tower 59 and Squad 59 also responded and crews were initially utilized to

Crews continue to empty the trailer and extinguish hot spots.

N.GRISWOLD

obtain a water supply and isolate the rear portion of the building and set up positive pressure ventilation. With fire contained in the compactor crews began unloading the trailer which was about half full of chips and bags. Crews continued to douse fires within the pile of chips as they unloaded the trailer. After unloading a portion of the trailer crews decided to utilize Tower 59 to flood the trailer and aid in unloading the rest of the

chips to make sure the fire was completely out. Crews began picking up and returned from the scene by 9:30 P.M. and all units were returned to service by 11:00 P.M. Five Mile Point FD was assisted on scene by the Kirkwood FD, Broome County Sheriff's Department, and Frito Lay staff. No injuries were reported. - NICHOLAS GRISWOLD


1ST Responder Newspaper - NY

August, 2018

PAGE 13


PAGE 14

August, 2018

1ST Responder Newspaper - NY

Crushed Fuel Pump Causes Two-Alarm Fire at Rochester Scrap Yard Rochester, NY - The Rochester Fire Department responded on July 20th to calls reporting smoke showing from a scrap yard located off Lyell Avenue in Rochester. Ambient temperatures were JUMP TO FILE# in the 90's with high 072218102 humidity. Access and water supply was gained, but the fire was several rows deep. A second-alarm was summoned quickly and Lyell Avenue was closed down. Heavy equipment was brought in to get to the seat of the fire, which was a fuel pump that was crushed and ignited by vapors. The Rochester Airport Fire Department was also called to the scene and several departments filled in. No injuries were reported. - JOHN SPAULDING

The fire resulted in a second alarm plus assistance from the Rochester Airport.

@JOHNSPAULDING


1ST Responder Newspaper - NY

MIKE CAREY

Albany Chief Warren Abriel, Jr. has announced his retirement after serving 46 years with the department, including four years as chief.

Albany Fire Chief Announces Retirement Albany, NY - The City of Albany Department of Fire & Emergency Services is getting a new chief. Fire Chief Warren Abriel, Jr. has announced that he's retiring effective July 28th. Abriel joined the department in 1972 and became chief in 2014. He faces the mandatory retirement age in January of 2019, but says he decided to retire early so that he could enjoy the summer. “I can honestly say there was never a day I did not truly enjoy my positions as a firefighter and officer serving the residents of Albany," said Abriel. “There's nothing I wouldn't do for any one of the members of this department and I found it a great honor and pleasure to work alongside them.” Mayor Kathy Sheehan has an-

JUMP TO FILE #071618101 nounced that Joseph Gregory will replace Abriel as chief. Gregory also has a long history with the department, starting as a firefighter almost three decades ago before rising to his current rank of deputy chief. “Joe Gregory has demonstrated a lifelong commitment to the residents of Albany,” said Sheehan. “He has the tactical and administrative experience we need to continue Chief Abriel's proud work.” Gregory is expected to assume the chief's position effective July 29th. -MIKE CAREY

WHERE ARE THEY NOW? If you have photos you would like to see in our Where are they Now? feature please upload them on our website www.1stResponderNews.com or email them to Lindsey@1stResponderNews.com.

Clayton Fire Dept. in Jefferson County now operates a 2015 Sutphen 1500/300/100' Tower Ladder. The unit came from the Hempfield, PA Fire Department. FRANK ROBINSON

August, 2018

PAGE 15


PAGE 16

August, 2018

1ST Responder Newspaper - NY

HE HE ER ERO ROES RO OES ES INK INK

1st Responder Newspape er features EMERGENCY SERVICES RELA ATED TATTOOS

THOMAS MARRA

Multiple departments were called to the scene of a working structure fire in Coxsackie on June 9th.

Multiple Departments Respond to Working Structure Fire in Coxsackie

Fall River, MA - "In 1998, the Fire Department issued a challenge to the Fire Companies to come up with a logo for their respective company. My Company was first commissioned in 1873 as Massasoit Engine Company Five, so we came up with a logo that featured an Indian wearing a fire helmet inside a Maltese cross emblem. My tattoo is a replica of the Indian on the logo." -Kenneth Leger

Coxsackie, NY - Coxsackie Fire was called to a structure fire at 86 Riverside Ave. in Coxsackie around 3:30 P.M. on Saturday, June 9th. Crews had heavy fire pushing through the front and right side of the house upon arrival. Mutual aid companies were immediately dispatched, including New Baltimore, Athens, West Athens, Earlton and MedwayGrapeville Fire.

JUMP TO FILE #061418116 Most of the damage was on the second-floor and basement of the structure. There was a collapse of the second-floor and into the basement due to the flames. Crews initially had trouble due to low pressure from the hydrants, so tankers from Earlton and West

Athens were called to the scene. Four people were home at the time, but were all able to make it out safely. Crews were also able to remove a fish tank from the fire. One firefighter was transported to the hospital for heat exhaustion. The cause of the fire is still under investigation. - THOMAS MARRA

Would you like your emergency services related tattoo featured here? Contact Lindsey at

Lindsey@1strespondernews.com

RUSH FD

Generous Residents Make Donation to Rush Firefighters

Rush, NY - A Rush resident and his wife have donated a battery powered “Hurst Jaws of Life� combo spreader & cutter rescue tool to the fire department. They requested their names not be published. They stated that they wanted to donate something to the department to make a difference in our rescue operation and acknowledge the efforts of the volunteers that protect the Town of Rush. They stated that they were impressed on how we keep the residents informed through the town newsletter on how we operate the department and attempt to save money every place we can. The cost of the gift was over $13,000. The Hurst Tool instructor Todd Bane trained our members on its use on July 9th. The new tool will be carried on Pumper 583 stationed in West Rush. This donation was greatly appreciated by the officers and members of the Rush Fire Department.


1ST Responder Newspaper - NY

August, 2018

PAGE 17


PAGE 18

August, 2018

1ST Responder Newspaper - NY

JEFFREY BELSCHWINDER/SIDEWINDER PHOTOGRAPHY

Fiery Fatal Crash in the City of Watervliet

TODD BENDER

Father’s Day Fire Displaces 18 in Poughkeepsie

Poughkeepsie, NY - As temperatures soared on June 17th, the City of Poughkeepsie FD was dispatched to a report of a fire on Eastman Terrace at 11:32 in the morning. The fire was reported in the rear of the large historic building with multiple apartments. The fire was deemed to have started on the back porch of #5 and quickly spread to a neighboring apartment. Poughkeepsie was assisted at the scene of the stubborn fire by Arlington and Fairview firefighters, while firefighters from Roosevelt and Highland provided coverage for the departments that were at the scene. Eighteen people were displaced as a result of the fire.

Watervliet, NY - On July 3rd at 10:54 P.M., the City of Watervliet FD, along with mutual aid from Green Island, responded to 19th St. in front of Conroy's Bait Shop for a motor vehicle accident with the car reported to be fully involved. Multiple apparatus rushed from the scene of a multiple-alarm structure fire they were working in the City of Cohoes and responded to the MVA. Watervliet ambulance arrived on scene and immediately requested all units to expedite as they had a fully involved vehicle with entrapment. The first arriving police unit on scene as well as numerous residents tried to gain access to the vehicle, but were pushed back by the heavy flames. A fire extinguisher

on scene who witnessed the crash reported the vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed down 19th Street. A patrol car pulled out from behind the vehicle to attempt to make a stop, but the driver was going too fast and the patrol car backed off. The car appears to have hit a section of railroad tracks by Bob’s Diner, which sent the vehicle airborne. After the car landed, it went further down the street before hitting a pole and bursting into flames. A large section of a light pole was tossed over 60-feet into the windshield of a parked car. The accident is currently under investigation.

JUMP TO FILE #071718109 was discharged to try to put out the fire but was unsuccessful. Fire apparatus arrived on scene within a few minutes and quickly knocked down the car fire, but it was unfortunately too late. The individual in the vehicle had perished on scene. Firefighters deployed a tarp over the car to cover the body. New York State, Watervliet and Green Island police officers secured the scene. Additional units from the New York State Department of Homeland Security Office of Fire Prevention and Control arrived on scene to assist the local authorities. Multiple reports from people

- JEFFREY BELSCHWINDER

BUDDY SHOTS

If you have photos you would like to see in our “Buddy Shots” feature, please upload them on our website, www.1stResponderNews.com or email them to Lindsey@1stResponderNews.com.

Submitting photos and articles is EASY!

Register at www.1rbn.com to begin posting directly. Prefer emails? Email your stories and photos directly to

Lindsey@1strespondernews.com

JOHN GRECO/CODE 35 FIRE PHOTOGRAPHY

Cheshire firefighters attended the Memorial Stair Climb at the 2018 NYSAFC Fire Expo held in June. Captain Jim Bush and his fiancé have done several stair climbs in the past, and this year they brought two fellow firefighters with them. Good job guys, and congrats on your engagement!


1ST Responder Newspaper - NY

August, 2018

PAGE 19


PAGE 20

August, 2018

1ST Responder Newspaper - NY

SCENES FROM THE 2018 NYSAFC ANNUAL CONFERENCE & FIRE EXPO Photos by Jeffrey Belschwinder/Sidewinder Photography


1ST Responder Newspaper - NY

August, 2018

SCENES FROM THE 2018 NYSAFC ANNUAL CONFERENCE & FIRE EXPO Photos by Jeffrey Belschwinder/Sidewinder Photography

PAGE 21


PAGE 22

August, 2018

Death... Chaplain's Corner Didymus McHugh

Death is something that is always around emergency services. Emergency services sees it so much, and may meet death if things go wrong on a scene. When I teach class, I say "Thank you for joining emergency services, now is the time to say goodbye to the age of innocence. We see things that the public does not want to see, or even know what happens." After that statement is made, we start teaching them about critical incident stress management and other ways to handle stress, as well as resources that are out there. Death is all around emergency services and it is something that all emergency services has to deal with. We deal with those who die in a fire, car crash, someone who has a heart attack or other medical call, someone who has taken their own life, a child or an elderly person that dies, etc. But this also may be the public, or from the emergency responder’s family, or the family of emergency services. Sometimes it may seem like too much. Death does not discriminate. Sometimes emergency services may experience many deaths in a short amount of time from different parts of their lives. Death is a part of life, not always a good part. When someone has been suffering, it is said that they experience pain no longer. When it is quick, at least they did not feel any pain. Death cannot rule our lives. Responders need to work on how they will process the different deaths. Each death will hit a responder a different way. Emergency services may or may not get used to how much is seen. When I worked my first shift in EMS, within the first five minutes I met death. Some people get accustomed to dealing with death of a client, to the point that when they see a bloody scene, they may think of what they are going to have for dinner. Other people may not be able to finish the rest of the shift. But one thing that we all have in common is that we all must deal with death. People cope with death in many ways. Some people may use firehouse humor to help them lessen the blow. But some others may think about death a little more. Maybe the person reminded us of a family member, or was a family member. Maybe the person was someone that we have worked alongside of for many years. Maybe when we see one particular face of death, we may think about our own mortality.

1ST Responder Newspaper - NY

We know that if someone in emergency services die, we put the mourning band over our badge, lower the flags to half-staff and put bunting on the station. Some other companies may have their own traditions, but most of us mark the day and have the flags lowered for 30 days. There are other traditions that may arise at different stations to say goodbye to an emergency responder. When a child dies, it hits hard. An innocent child. When emergency responders have a call with a child, the pace gets quicker, they work harder and pull out all the stops. The death of a child or children effect emergency responders harder. Some of the people that have been portrayed as the rock may be effected more. But emergency services is not exactly a safe occupation. Death is all around us and on certain calls we can almost see the Grim Reaper standing in the shadows as the emergency responders are trying to do the best work that is able to be performed. Many emergency services wear the Class A uniforms more for funerals than anything else. The black mourning band may seem to be over the badge for so long. Sometimes it may feel like joy will never come because there is so much in common. One fire chief told me that, “One thing we all have in common is death". Each one of us needs to think about the way that we work with death. It is not an easy subject to talk about, but we can also make things easier for when it is our time to die. Think about a will, prearranging your funeral services, insurance, discussing if you are an organ donor, etc. Sometimes people say the best way that they want to die is quietly in their sleep. What resources do you have to deal with seeing so much death? Do you have a chaplain to talk with? A counselor? The crisis team? Do you have friends to talk with, or that will mourn with you? Job, when he lost everything, his friends came over and spent time with him. They sat there for seven days, just being present and not saying a word. But they were there for him. Are you there to help someone with death, even if it is by just sitting there? Let us also remember to celebrate life. Tell your loved ones that you love them, let them hear those three words. Yes, love is a four letter word, why is it so easy to say the “F” four letter word, yet so hard to say the word love? We never know how or when we will die. Let those who you love hear it before they will never hear it from you. Love you Dad!

SHARON E. SIEGEL

Rodent Bomb Sparks Blaze in Old Godeffroy Barn Huguenot, NY - A two-alarm blaze in a rural Godeffroy barn that occurred mid-afternoon on Saturday, June 16th, brought firefighters from multiple departments to assist Huguenot Fire Department on scene. The fire started unintentionally by a resident following instructions on a product used to rid the barn of pests. It was determined by Orange County fire investigators that a rodent bomb used by the resident, who believed he was properly following precise instructions by lighting and throwing the bomb under the floor of the old wooden barn, is what started the fire. The resident was attempting to eliminate gophers and other pests from the structure. Despite the barn's remote location on the top of a long, winding gravel road, the fire was quickly contained and brought under control

JUMP TO FILE #061618109 within about 20 minutes, and was completely out within about an hour-and-a-half. HFD Chief T.J. Kalin operated a command station at the top of the steep hill to direct traffic below as well as firefighters from Huguenot and mutual aid departments on scene. Residents of the property, both musicians, were at home and practicing in their circa 1750 stone house at the time the fire began, approximately 3:15 in the afternoon. They said the house lost electricity as the fire began, despite the house and barn having separate electrical service. One of the residents said he considered trying to get some of his

important equipment out of the old barn, which he used as a workshop rather than a traditional barn. Once flames quickly began to spread and increase in strength, he immediately knew he would be unable to enter the barn and stayed close to his house waiting as firefighters quickly arrived on scene. Once on scene, firefighters were able to get equipment up the hill and stretch five-inch supply hose from Guymard Turnpike below. The fire was quickly contained, as well as a brush fire that briefly encroached on nearby grassy areas. The fire was out by about 5:00 P.M. Units on scene included Huguenot, Cuddebackville, Port Jervis, Sparrowbush, and Westbrookville Fire Departments, as well as police and ambulance personnel. - SHARON SIEGEL

COMMAND VEHICLES

If your Department has photos you would like to see in our “Command Vehicles” feature, please upload them on our website, www.1stResponderNews.com or email them to Lindsey@1stResponderNews.com

The Chief of Lake Erie Beach Volunteer FD, located in Erie County, uses this command vehicle.

TODD BENDER


1ST Responder Newspaper - NY

August, 2018

PAGE 23

Residents Escape Three-Alarm House Fire in Kingston Kingston, NY - Two residents escaped a three-alarm house fire unharmed on July 10th. Firefighters were dispatched to 68 Pine Grove Avenue at 11:00 A.M for reports of a structure fire. JUMP TO FILE# Upon arrival 071118107 firefighters found heavy fire at the rear of the structure. Kingston Fire Chief Mark Brown said there was extensive fire damage to the rear of the home, as well as damage from heat and water to the rest of the structure. Lt. Andrew Nilsen said firefighters arrived three minutes after dispatch, and the fire was placed under control within 45 minutes. All firefighters and apparatus were clear of the scene at 1:35 P.M. - JOHN BECHTOLD

Kingston Fire Chief Mark Brown assessing the fire scene.

JOHN BECHTOLD


PAGE 24

August, 2018

1ST Responder Newspaper - NY

RYAN HEARN

Three-Alarm Blaze Destroys Home in Campbell Hall

Campbell Hall, NY - Multiple departments responded to 2 Briar Brook Lane in Campbell Hall for reports of a structure fire on the evening of June 16th. Firefighters arrived around 9:00 P.M. to find the home fully engulfed in flames. Washingtonville FD Rescue 581 was the FAST on the first-alarm assignment. Upon arrival, the crew was put to work to assist with the initial fire attack. Washingtonville FD Truck 579 and Tanker 577 responded on the second-alarm. The blaze went to three alarms before being brought under control. The home was destroyed, but there were no injuries reported.

ONE DAY INSTALLATION! LIFETIME WARRANTY Cannot Crack or Fail EVER!

8:00 AM

5:00 PM SAME DAY

DON’T BE FOOLED BY SUPRATILE IMITATIONS OLIVE FD OLIVEBRIDGE, NY

Priced Comparable to Epoxy Goes Right Over Your Old Floor

OCEAN COMPANY #1 POINT PLEASANT BEACH, NJ

ARMOR-TUFF FLOORS, DIVISION OF ARMORPOXY sales@armor-tuff.com • www.armor-tuff.com • 855-72FLOOR


1ST Responder Newspaper - NY

August, 2018

PAGE 25


PAGE 26

August, 2018

1ST Responder Newspaper - NY

JOHN GRECO/CODE 35 FIRE PHOTOGRAPHY

Waterloo House Fire Quickly Knocked

Waterloo, NY - The Waterloo Fire Department was toned out for a reported structure fire on West Elisha Street in the village on June 17th. Responding with Waterloo was an engine from Seneca Falls, Fayette with a FAST team, Border City with an engine and manpower, and Geneva with their quint. Waterloo's assistant chief went on location with nothing showing, but upon further investigation found a small fire in the house. The fire was put out quickly and everyone returned to their stations shortly after.

BOB MCCORMICK

Head-On Crash Injures Two in Newburgh

Newburgh, NY - Cronomer Valley FD was dispatched to a head-on MVA on Route 300, just west of Chapel Road, on June 9th. One subject was trapped inside a vehicle. Firefighters extricated the subject and transported them to St. Luke's Hospital. Firefighters checked the vehicles for hazards and spread speedy dry on fluids on the roadway. Cronomer Valley Fire Police shut the road down while firefighters operated on scene. The second subject was also transported to St. Luke's Hospital by Town of Newburgh EMS. The Town of Newburgh Police were investigating the cause.

JEFFREY BELSCHWINDER/SIDEWINDER PHOTOGRAPHY

Family Pets Rescued from House Fire in City of Troy Troy, NY - On July 2nd, with temperatures hovering around 100-degrees, the Rensselaer County dispatch center received multiple calls just after 6:00 P.M. for a reported structure JUMP TO FILE# fire at 453 Eighth 071718107 Avenue in North Lansingburgh. Callers reported heavy smoke coming from the firstfloor of the building. Engine-1 arrived on scene within one minute of dispatch and declared a Signal 30 for a working structure fire. Engine-1's driver pulled the large diameter hose down the street and connected it quickly to the fire hydrant. Firefighters pulled a hand line from Engine-1 into the building. Truck-1 arrived on scene and quickly set up in case they would be needed for roof operations. Engine-4, along with the rescue squad, Medic-4 and Engine-6 arrived on scene and quickly deployed their manpower. Firefighters conducted a primary search of the residence where they discovered one of the family's pets and brought it outside. The dog was handed off to a neighbor. Engine-1’s crew conducted an aggressive interior attack. Firefighters were quickly able to knock down the fire condition on the first-floor. Additional firefighters on scene searched the second-floor of the home and had no fire, but discovered a smoke condition. Crews conducted their secondary search where they discovered the family's cat and brought it outside to its owner, who was extremely excited to have her best friend back. After the fire was knocked down firefighters exited the building to cool off and hydrated

JEFFREY BELSCHWINDER/SIDEWINDER PHOTOGRAPHY

before reentering the building to conduct overhaul. The fire is currently under investigation and no injuries have been reported. The dog and cat are

currently in good shape.

- JEFFREY BELSCHWINDER


1ST Responder Newspaper - NY

August, 2018

PAGE 27


PAGE 28

August, 2018

1ST Responder Newspaper - NY

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words…Maybe EMS ISSUE

CHELLE CORDERO

Almost everyone has a cell phone and since most cell phones also contain cameras, almost everyone has the opportunity to take a picture at will. While the rules of photography at EMS calls are not as clear as many of us would like, there are certain basics to remember. The rules can be very different depending on WHO is taking the pictures and HOW they are eventually used. The general public, only if they can see (and photograph) the scene from a PUBLIC location, are usually not restricted in their taking or use of photographs; however MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS (any level) are constrained by HIPAA rules if they are in any way involved in response or treatment at the incident. (HIPAA rules apply to Doctors, Nurses, Clinics, Hospitals, Dentists, Chiropractors, EMS Agencies [including personnel], EMTs, Paramedics, and others INVOLVED in PATIENT CARE.) Especially in volunteer circles you might find an OFF-DUTY member who takes photos for a living; so long as they are in no way involved in the response and are not given inside information or access about the call or patient condition, they are usually outside of HIPAA policy. The first rule of taking pictures at an accident scene or during ongoing patient care is company policy — many medical professionals have lost their livelihoods because of pictures they took. If the photo was taken to demonstrate MOI (method of injury) and passed along to the ER, for example, it is often without consequence and should be deleted once the report is complete. When an agency does encourage historical photos it is a good idea to provide a businessowned camera which does not remain in any individual’s off-duty possession. While some agencies encourage historically photographing notable calls the pictures are often not meant to be used on personal

social media sites, nor are they intended to identify patients and specific care, especially without the patient’s permission. Ambulance corps who do utilize photos taken on scenes may use these on their own websites or social media pages as part of a public relations campaign and needless to say should respect all HIPAA guidelines. No matter whether the agency is encouraging photography or allows individual members the opportunity, patient care is priority and should never be delayed or ignored in order to take a picture. Photography at crime scenes can be a little stickier. Upon entering a potential crime scene, the crew should NOT disturb any evidence, walk through body fluids, remove any items/weapons, or move any furniture UNLESS it is necessary to gain patient access and provide treatment. If police are not already on scene a crew member might decide to photograph the scene as found to help preserve evidence; the camera (personal or agency) that contains this picture MAY be confiscated by police who are investigating the scene. While the camera can be confiscated without a warrant, unless the owner is cooperating, a warrant might be required in order for the police agency to search the camera contents. Obviously if the intent was to preserve evidence and aid in the investigation it makes sense to simply cooperate (which often has the bonus of an earlier return of the camera/phone). No matter what the reason for taking pictures during emergency medical response, it is best to know and understand your agency’s policy about photographing incidents. Remember that NO MATTER WHAT patient care comes first. Remember HIPAA rules and preserve the identity and medical care provided for each patient; even with patient approval disclosure of this info is frowned upon and could lead to penalties. Be sure to delete photos from your personal camera taken for MOI or for agency use as soon as the purpose is fulfilled. If permitted, any photos posted should be used in good taste and without unnecessary identifiers. Smile and say CHEESE!

Serving g those who se erve us. HeroesMortgagePrograam.com

87 77-541-HERO

A car crashed into a Dunkin Donuts store on National Donut Day, injuring two customers who were seated inside.

THOMAS MARRA

Car Crashes Through Dunkin Donuts Store and Injures Two on National Donut Day Elsmere, NY - Around 2:25 P.M. on Friday, June 1st, the Bethlehem Police Department, along with Delmar-Bethlehem EMS and the Elsmere Fire Department, received a call for a car that crashed into the Dunkin Donuts store on Delaware Avenue in Delmar. An elderly driver was pulling into the parking lot and drove their Honda CRV into the building, striking two customers, aged 16

JUMP TO FILE #061318119 and 18, who were seated inside the store. One of the two customers was pinned under the vehicle, but was able to get out on their own. Both of the injured teens were taken to the hospital, one with serious injuries. The driver of the vehicle was uninjured and refused

Bob Long

medical care. No employees were injured. With the time of day the accident occurred and it being National Donut Day, the incident could have been much worse with students heading over after school to grab a donut. The two teens have since been released from the hospital. - THOMAS MARRA


1ST Responder Newspaper - NY

August, 2018

PAGE 29


PAGE 30

August, 2018

1ST Responder Newspaper - NY

PATCH OF THE MONTH

If you have photos you would like to see in our “Patch of the Month” feature please upload them on our website, www.1stResponderNews.com or email them to Lindsey@1stResponderNews.com.

JEFFREY BELSCHWINDER/SIDEWINDER PHOTOGRAPHY

McKownville Fire Department Celebrates 100 Years of Service

This patch belongs to the Cohocton Fire Department, located in Steuben County, NY.

EUGENE WEBER JR.

Guilderland, NY - This year marked the 100th anniversary of the founding of the McKownville Fire Department. In recognition, the department hosted a centennial celebration weekend in June which included their annual Officer Installation Banquet Dinner held on Friday, June 8th, followed by a parade and picnic held on June 9th.


1ST Responder Newspaper - NY

August, 2018

PAGE 31


PAGE 32

August, 2018

1ST Responder Newspaper - NY

DRILLS/TRAINING

To see your Drills in the newspaper upload them on our website www.1stResponderNews.com or email them to Lindsey@1stResponderNews.com

TODD BENDER

KEVIN BRAUTLACHT/WOWMEPHOTOS.COM

Firefighters from the Lakeshore Fire Dept. conducted an auto extrication drill at Skyway Auto Parts on July 23rd. Multiple junk vehicles allowed firefighters to practice several different techniques using a variety of hand and power tools.

Two People Trapped After Building Collapses in Poughkeepsie Poughkeepsie, NY - At approximately 4:00 P.M. on June 18th, a fierce, fast-moving thunderstorm hit the City of Poughkeepsie and is suspected of causing a vacant seven-story building to partially collapse onto neighboring buildings. Poughkeepsie firefighters responded to the scene and confirmed the collapse which trapped at least two people. One victim was rescued almost immediately and firefighters worked diligently in the building to

JUMP TO FILE #061918107 rescue the second victim as air temperatures hovered near 90-degrees. Firefighters were able to make contact with the victim who was conscious and alert, but it took several hours to reach her. Poughkeepsie was assisted at the scene by Arlington FD, Mobile Life Support Services, and the NYS Office of Fire Prevention and Con-

trol. The FDNY Rescue Task Force from Battalion 2 made the trek to Poughkeepsie in the evening to assist with building stability. Three firefighters were treated at a local hospital for heat-related illnesses. Two were released while a third was held overnight. The two trapped victims were transported to the local trauma hospital with nonlife-threatening injuries. - TODD BENDER

THOMAS MARRA

The New Salem Fire Dept. held a tanker drill in Voorheesville with multiple local fire departments on Wednesday, June 20th. Departments involved in the drill included New Salem, Voorheesville, Knox, Altamont, Onesquethaw, Guilderland Center, North Bethlehem, Slingerlands and East Berne Fire.

BOB MCCORMICK

Two Occupants Ejected from Vehicle in Town of Newburgh Crash BOB KRAJICEK

The New Paltz Fire Dept. held a car fire training drill with the Tillson Fire Dept. on June 11th.

Newburgh, NY - The Orange Lake FD was dispatched to a serious MVA with rollover on Route 52 in the area of Neversink Drive on June 8th. Town of Newburgh Police and EMS were also dispatched. Both occupants were ejected from the vehicle following the crash. EMS requested a MEDIVAC to be dispatched. One patient was transported to a landing zone established at the nearby Orange Lake Motel where they were then flown to Westchester Medical Center. The second patient was transported directly to St. Luke's Hospital. Orange Lake firefighters assisted at the scene and secured the vehicle. The road was shut down while an accident reconstruction unit responded to take photos. Town of Newburgh Police are investigating the cause of the accident.


1ST Responder Newspaper - NY

August, 2018

PAGE 33


PAGE 34

August, 2018

1ST Responder Newspaper - NY

ON THE LITER SIDE If you have photos you would like to see in our “On The Liter Side” feature, please upload them on our website, www.1stResponderNews.com or email them to Lindsey@1stResponderNews.com.

PROVIDED

Mobile Life Support Services Owner and Chairman of the Board, Gayle Metzger, with administrative staff and EMS professionals at the company’s headquarters in New Windsor, N.Y.

Mobile Life Support Services Unveils New Branding and Logo on Ambulance Fleet We have a winner! Laura Foster of the Germantown Fire Dept. won a free July edition of 1st Responder Newspaper during the 2018 NYSAFC Fire Expo held in June at Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona. TODD BENDER

APPARATUS IN ACTION

If you have photos you would like to see in our Apparatus in Action feature, please upload them on our website www.1stResponderNews.com or email them to Lindsey@1stResponderNews.com.

MIKE CAREY

A crash truck from the Albany International Airport operates during a fire at a recycling scrap yard in Cohoes on July 3rd.

New Windsor, NY - Mobile Life Support Services, the largest emergency medical provider in the Hudson Valley, introduced a new brand identity and logo at a press conference at its headquarters on Thursday, June 21st. Mobile Life Owner and Chairman of the Board, Gayle Metzger, was present to announce the company’s new branding. Metzger was joined by Scott Woebse, Mobile Life President and CEO; Timothy Scannell, Mobile Life VP and Chief Financial Officer; William Jeffries, Mobile Life VP and Chief Operations Officer; and the rest of the administrative team. “Today marks 37 years since Rick and I started Mobile Life. It’s hard to believe how much we’ve grown since then and I am so grateful for our nearly 500 Mobile Life family members that have continued to uphold our mission,” said Metzger. “This new logo is a promise to our community that Mobile Life will continue to provide the

JUMP TO FILE #062218102 highest quality of patient care for at least another 37 years.” The company, founded by Rick and Gayle Metzger in 1981, began with a couple of used ambulances and two additional staff members. It has since grown to employ more than 480 EMS professionals and operate a fleet of more than 60 ambulances and 24 stations. The new logo, which was unveiled on one of 15 new ambulances to be released this year, represents the continued growth of the company. The most prominent part of the new brand identity is Mobile Life’s logo, which represents the motion of its fleet and the EMS professionals within it as they carry out lifesaving efforts every day. While the logo may be new, the colors used and the familiar striping on the ambulances remain the same to honor their long-standing history and traditions.

“Mobile Life has served the Hudson Valley region for almost four decades. It has often been referred to as MLSS, which has not always been easily identified as the acronym for Mobile Life Support Services. Our new logo emphasizes the name, ‘Mobile Life Support’ which has become synonymous with quality, professional, and compassionate emergency medical care,” said Woebse. The Mobile Life ambulance fleet is dispersed throughout the Hudson Valley, including Orange, Dutchess, Rockland, Ulster and Westchester counties. Mobile Life is the designated 911-EMS Agency for more than a dozen municipalities in the region, including Newburgh, Middletown, Kingston and Poughkeepsie. The company also provides both emergent and nonemergent interfacility transportation services to hospitals throughout the Hudson Valley. - FOCUS MEDIA

Podcasts

Audio roundtable

Action video

Columns

National radio report

Incident photos and reports

All available at

www.1RBN.com


1ST Responder Newspaper - NY

August, 2018

PAGE 35


PAGE 36

August, 2018

1ST Responder Newspaper - NY


1ST Responder Newspaper - NY

August, 2018

PAGE 37

eLEND joins Heroes Mortgage Program to offer down payment assistance for heroes

For many Americans, funding the down payment necessary to realize a dream of home ownership simply is not possible; and squirreling away the dollars to do so on a limited budget could mean several years of renting and waiting to buy a house. In some cases, first responders and other community service employees have trouble affording homes in the areas where they work. With a purchase as big as buying a home, a little help can go a long way. The Advantage Program, introduced to the Heroes Mortgage platform by eLEND, helps hometown heroes like police officers, volunteer and paid firefighters, EMS workers, medical professionals and educators purchase a home within the community where they work, even in high-cost areas. The unique down payment assistance program was specifically designed for those who make a difference in other people’s lives, as well as first time home buyers. “The Heroes Mortgage platform helps connect members of the emergency services community with lenders that are specifically interested in working with them,” said Joseph P. Belsito, publisher of 1st Responder Newspaper. “The Advantage Program created by eLEND is exactly what makes the Heroes Mortgage Pro-

“We’re excited to introduce our Advantage Program to the Heroes Mortgage platform. It’s our way of trying to help hometown heroes advance their dreams of home ownership.”

- BILL PACKER Executive Vice President eLEND

gram a valuable resource for heroes in our community looking for home financing.” Grant provides help to homebuyers Many buyers wait patiently on the sidelines, saving money and watching interest rates rise. Unlike many other home buying assistance programs, eLEND’s Advantage Program provides a grant for the down pay-

ment. These resources can immediately build a borrower’s buying power, helping them act on a purchase more quickly for either that first home, or a move-up home as the family has grown and needs more space. Qualified buyers can receive grants up to 2% of the purchase price, minimizing the

down payment dollars needed at closing. The grant is “forgivable” so it doesn’t have to be paid back, and there are no resale or borrower repayment restrictions. In the state of Wisconsin, appraisal cost (up to $700) is credited back at closing. This program is not yet available in Hawaii or Washington. To qualify, a borrower need only meet one of the following very flexible requirements: a current, retired, volunteer or professional first responder (police officer, firefighter, paramedic, emergency medical technician, etc.), educator, medical personnel, civil servant or military personnel, or a first-time homebuyer or meet certain income requirements. “We’re excited to introduce our Advantage Program to the Heroes Mortgage platform,” said Bill Packer, executive vice president of eLEND, a division of American Financial Resources, Inc. “It’s our way of trying to help hometown heroes advance their dreams of home ownership.” For more information or to check your eligibility for The Advantage Program, visit www.heroesmortgage.com/AdvantageProgram or call 877-541-HERO.

For more information or to check your eligibility for The Advantage Program, visit www.heroesmortgage.com/AdvantageProgram or call 877-541-HERO.


PAGE 38

August, 2018

1ST Responder Newspaper - NY

Simple Advice ON THE BOOK SHELF

by John Malecky

Simple Advice By James O. Page Available from: FSP Books & Videos 188 Central Street, Suite #4 Hudson, MA 01749-1330 1-800-522-8528 E-mail: support@fire-policeems.com www.fire-police-ems.com Price: $20.00 This is a soft cover book measuring 6" x 9" with 164 pages. It is a compilation of 45 essays by the author who is now deceased, but had a very colorful career beginning with the Los Angeles County Fire Department in 1957. He implemented the L. A. County’s paramedic program in 1971, and for a

time served as a technical consultant for the T.V. series, Emergency. I’ll let you, the reader, comprehend his impressive bio. These essays are grouped into 12 sections. Such topics are One Man’s Career, Extraordinary People, Fire Service Culture, California Firestorms, When Things Go Wrong, The Ride of My Life, Fire Chiefs, Getting Things Done through People, Ink Fights, Keep The Lawyers Out Of This, Bureaucratic Foibles, and Movies And Television. There are two to four stories in each of these groups, none of which are very long but all very interesting. There is also an epilogue. The only photo (other than two small black and white ones of the author), is of the author at the back bumper of a replica of old Rescue 11, a 1947 Ford panel truck which was formerly a plumber’s truck for sale in Minnesota that he bought and later restored to look like the first rescue truck he was assigned to.

WORKING FACES

If you have photos you would like to see in our Working Faces feature, please upload them on our website www.1stResponderNews.com or email them to Lindsey@1stResponderNews.com.

TODD BENDER

Poughkeepsie FF Jimmy Brugger working at the scene of the Father's Day fire in Poughkeepsie on June 17th.

Massive Blaze Injures Several People and Destroys Historic Ticonderoga Golf Club Ticonderoga, NY - Shortly after 10:00 P.M. on May 26th, Ticonderoga firefighters were dispatched to a reported kitchen fire at Emerald’s Restaurant located in the Ticonderoga Country Club golf facility on NYS Route 9N. Soon after, updates relayed by Essex County dispatchers JUMP TO FILE# indicated an explo- 061818103 sion had occurred, with four persons known to be injured and possible entrapments. The Ticonderoga Country Club was the main building serving an 18 hole golf course in the picturesque and historic Lord Howe Valley. The large two-story main building housed Emerald’s Restaurant as well as a private residence on the second-floor, and was all wood construction believed to be approximately 100 years old. The kitchen occupied a single-story addition to the South (B) side of the main structure, and a full basement included locker rooms and the golf pro shop. First on scene was Ticonderoga Fire Chief Matthew Watts, who encountered a crowd of about 50 persons outside the building and others still exiting. A wedding rehearsal dinner had been taking place at the time of the explosion, with an estimated 70 people inside the structure. As the flames were rapidly advancing from the kitchen area into both floors of the main building, all of the guests and staff were ushered to safety and accounted for. Arriving crews on Engine/Rescue 331 and Engine/Tanker 333 attacked the fire on both floors and achieved a good initial knockdown with one-and-three-quarter inch and two-and-a-half inch handlines. However, as the initially available 4,000-gallons of water was depleted, crews had to withdraw to wait for mutual aid tankers responding from nearby towns, enabling the fire to gain headway again. Once water supply was re-established, another attempt at interior attack was made, but crews were met with rapidly deteriorating conditions and operations were quickly shifted to exterior only. Heavy fire growth on the rear (C) side was aided by limited access for firefighters and equipment due to the steep grassy slope and additional excavation ongoing in the rear. Soon the entire structure was consumed, with flames over 80-feet high visible from a great distance. The containment efforts from this point forward utilized two master streams on Ticonderoga’s Tower 336, as well as a mutual aid tower truck from Pottersville, mounted deck guns on other apparatus, and several handlines deployed around the perimeter. Water supply was maintained using the largest tanker mobilization that has ever been attempted in this area, with 21 tanker trucks dumping

PETE BORHO

JOSHUA GIJANTO

into six portable ponds lined up in the golf course parking lot. An estimated two-million-gallons of water was transported from multiple fill sites over a mile away. Shortly before daybreak, with the fire mostly extinguished, an excavator was called in to tear down unstable portions still standing. Mopup of remaining pockets of fire continued into the morning, with the last apparatus placed back into service about 11 hours after the initial alarm. The building was a total loss. Four injured restaurant staff members were transported from the scene by Ticonderoga EMS and Lamoille EMS. Two were later admitted to the University of Vermont Medical Cen-

ter for treatment of burns. No injuries were reported among the restaurant guests or firefighters. In all, at least 17 fire departments from Essex, Warren and Washington counties were involved, either on scene or providing station coverage around the region. Incidentally, this was the second structure fire fought in Ticonderoga that day. Approximately 12 hours earlier, firefighters successfully extinguished a fully involved garage fire attached to a residence on McCaughin Road, enabling the twostory home to sustain only minor smoke and exterior damage. - DAN HALPERT


This section is exclusively dedicated to coverage of Long Island emergency services PUBLISHING SINCE 1993

LONGISLAND WWW.1RBN.COM

NEWS

AUGUST, 2018

HEAVY FLAMES RAVAGE HOME IN WEST ISLIP

EVAN ROLLA - ROLLA'S IMAGES

West Islip, NY - The West Islip Fire Department responded to a working house fire in the early evening hours of July 14th at 81 Leopold Avenue. Firefighters faced heavy fire conditions upon arrival.

- See full story in Long Island section page 4

JOIN OUR TEAM OF DISPATCHERS! Paging with a Rewards Program! Visit our website to fill out an application. “Where the news gets its news!”

www.1rwn.com SEE OUR AD ON LONG ISLAND PAGE 9


PAGE 2

August, 2018

1ST Responder Newspaper - LI

SABELLA/ON SCENE PHOTOGRAPHY

Fiery Wreck Claims Life in Ronkonkoma

ELMONT FIRE DEPARTMENT

Elemont FD member Marie Mildner was recently honored for her five decades of service in the community.

Elmont FD Honors 50-Year Active Member, Marie Mildner Elmont, NY - Marie Mildner, a 50-year member of the Elmont Fire Department, was honored at the 90th Annual Installation Dinner and Dance on April 28, 2018 by the Elmont Ladies Auxiliary. Over the years, Mildner has served as Treasurer, Vice President and President of the Truck 2 Ladies Auxiliary, as well as Treasurer of the Department Ladies Auxiliary. She was a presented with a gift and plaque commemorating her five decades of service in the community. Mildner has not only contributed to the department through the fire service, but she is also known for serving food at parades, picnics, and the famous firehouse luau. She has worked at all the department fundraisers, comedy nights, bingo games, and pancake breakfasts. Her dedication shows in all situations, and she is always there to lend a hand to raise money for fellow fire department members. In March, she was honored by the American Legion Post 1033 for her service with the Elmont Fire Department. “It’s such an honor to serve my community every day for the past 50 years,” Mildner commented. “My family has been in this community since the 1870s, and it brings me great joy to protect and support it through the fire service and through other channels. I hope to continue to serve for the next 50 years!” Outside the department, Mild-

JUMP TO FILE #061418113 ner is an active member of the community. She is a member of St. Boniface and participated on various School Board and Parish Council committees. She has helped with organizing fundraisers and volunteered as a teaching aide for many years. Her involvement in the Elmont Mercy League is also of note, where she has sewn linens for Mercy Hospital. Mildner’s family has been involved in the Elmont Fire Department since the 1930s. Her husband Jack Mildner, his father, uncle, and aunts were all members, and the Mildner’s children have followed in their footsteps as well. Their three daughters have all served or currently serve in volunteer departments or EMS, and her son-in-law and grandson serve in the United States Army. About Elmont FD: Established in 1928, the Elmont Volunteer Fire Department has over 200 volunteer members serving the community as firefighters and emergency response personnel. One of the most diverse departments on Long Island, the Department’s tradition is “Neighbors Helping Neighbors”. To learn about joining the Elmont Fire Department, please call 516-354-4560. - MELISSA BROWNE WEIR

Ronkonkoma, NY - Early on the morning of July 4th, the Lakeland Fire Department and SCPD 4th Precinct units responded to a motor vehicle accident with reported fire on Edgewood Avenue and the North Service Road off the L.I.E. in Ronkonkoma. A car traveling on the Service Road left the roadway and crashed through several yards, striking a fire hydrant before coming to a stop and bursting into flames on Edgewood Avenue. SCPD arrived to a fully engulfed car with a possible victim inside. SCPD 4th squad detectives and crime scene investigators responded. One person inside the car was pronounced dead at the scene, while one other person was transported with non-life-threatening injuries.

ALL IN THE FAMILY

If you have photos you would like to see in our “All In The Family” feature, please upload them on our website, www.1stResponderNews.com or email them to Lindsey@1stResponderNews.com.

JOHN WALTHERS-SUFFOLK FIRE PHOTOS

Mastic Beach Junior Firefighter Bradley Fowler (left), is pictured with his father, Firefighter Ron Fowler.


1ST Responder Newspaper - LI

August, 2018

PAGE 3

EVAN ROLLA - ROLLA'S IMAGES

Dumpster Fire Damages Building in Central Islip

JOHN WALTHERS - SUFFOLK FIRE PHOTOS

Firefighters battled a blaze at this Manorville home on the Fourth of July.

Fourth of July Blaze Destroys Garage and Part of Home in Manorville Manorville, NY - On Wednesday, July 4th at approximately 11:30 P.M., the Center Moriches Fire Department was activated for a report of a structure fire on Ashley Circle, off North Bernstein Boulevard. Fire Com had received multiple calls for an attached garage on fire. On arrival, the first-in Chief found heavy fire from the garage with extension to the attached twostory home. The mutual aid preplan was immediately activated for assistance from neighboring de-

JUMP TO FILE #070618111 partments. The first-due unit hit the hydrant and lines were stretched. Firefighters had to stretch three lines total, as well as a deck gun that was used periodically to make an aggressive attack on the fire. None of the occupants were injured in the fire, though EMS providers from Center Moriches FD and Manorville Ambulance were called in as a precaution as well as to sup-

port the firefighters during their operations. A total of five departments were called to the scene to battle the blaze and another department was requested to standby at Center Moriches FD in case they got an additional alarm. The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but it was noted that the Fire Marshal's office had not ruled out the possibility of fireworks contributing to the cause of the blaze.

Central Islip, NY - The Central Islip FD was dispatched to a reported dumpster fire to the rear of 1671 Islip Avenue around 3:30 P.M. on July 10th. Units arrived to find a dumpster fire that had extended into the attic of an adjacent store. The alarm was upgraded to a working fire which brought in mutual aid from the Brentwood and East Brentwood Fire Departments. The fire took 30 minutes to bring under control. There were no reported injuries and the cause of the fire is under investigation.

- JOHN WALTHERS

HAROLD L JACOBS

Two-Car MVA in Shirley Sends One to Hospital and One to Jail

JOHN WALTHERS - SUFFOLK FIRE PHOTOS

Shirley, NY - On the evening of June 12th, the 9-1-1 center received a few calls reporting an MVA. SCPD, Brookhaven FD and Shirley EMS all responded to the call. As units arrived they found two SUVs that crashed, with one person injured. Rescue 3 arrived on the scene along with an engine and fire police. Firefighters went right to work on the two SUVs, securing them and putting speedy dry down on fluids on the roadway. SCPD placed one person under arrest at the scene. Shirley EMS transported one person to a local hospital. The cause of the crash was determined to be from someone running a red light.


PAGE 4

August, 2018

1St Responder Newspaper - LI

ADVERTISER

INDEX

A guide to finding great companies

Company

Page

Firematic

9

Safety & Environmental

6

CORPORATE INFORMATION

1st Responder News (ISSN 1525-1683) - New York edition - Vol. 19 No. 8 - is published monthly, 12 times a year for $36 per year by Belsito Communications, Inc., 1 Ardmore Street, New Windsor, NY 12553. Periodicals Postage Paid at Newburgh, NY and additional mailing offices. Postmaster: Send address changes to 1st Responder News, 1 Ardmore Street, New Windsor, NY 12553. No financial responsibility is assumed by this newspaper to publish a display, classified, or legal ad or for t y p o graphical errors except of reprinting that part of the ad which was omitted or in error. Omissions or errors must be brought to the attention of the newspaper during the same month of publication. Printed in Canada.

JOHN WALTHERS - SUFFOLK FIRE PHOTOS

EVAN ROLLA - ROLLA'S IMAGES

Mastic, NY - On Friday, June 22nd at about 12:00 P.M., the Mastic Ambulance Co. was activated for a report of a burn victim on Poospatuck Lane. According to officials, a male subject was working on a paving project when he was burned by hot asphalt. Due to the nature of the injuries, a helicopter was requested to transport the subject to Stony Brook University Hospital which has a burn unit. The landing zone was set up at the Mastic FD training field on Mastic Road. An engine crew and fire police from the Mastic FD, along with the chief and SCPD units, responded to the scene to help establish the landing zone. The subject was transported by ambulance down to the landing zone where he was evaluated by the flight medic and loaded into the helicopter for transport. The patient's condition was not known at the time of this article's writing.

845-534-7500• (fax) 845-534-0055 Info@belsito.com

PUBLICATION CONTENT Notice: The advertisements, articles, and letters contained in this publication do not necessarily reflect the views of 1st Responder Inc. and Belsito Communications, Inc. Advertisements are sold pursuant to the “space available” and corresponding fee schedule. The mere fact that advertisements are contained in this publication does not express nor imply that 1st Responder Inc. and Belsito Communications, Inc. vouches for the credibility of the claims made in the advertisements or the representations expressed or implied in them.

Burn Victim in Mastic Requires Medevac Flight

EVAN ROLLA - ROLLA'S IMAGES

PATCH OF THE MONTH

If you have photos you would like to see in our “Patch of the Month” feature please upload them on our website, www.1stResponderNews.com or email them to Lindsey@1stResponderNews.com.

Additional news from Long Island can be found on our website at www.1rbn.com

EVAN ROLLA - ROLLA'S IMAGES

Heavy Flames Ravage Home in West Islip West Islip, NY - The West Islip Fire Department responded to a working house fire in the early evening hours of July 14th at 81 Leopold Avenue. Firefighters faced heavy fire conditions upon arrival. Multiple hand-lines, tower ladders and deck guns were placed into operation. The fire took approximately one hour to bring under control. Multiple firefighters were treated at the scene for heat exhaustion. The cause of the fire is unknown at this time.

TODD BENDER

This patch belongs to the North Merrick Fire Dept., located in Nassau County, NY.


1ST Responder Newspaper - LI

August, 2018

PAGE 5

Vehicle News

The Bay Shore Fire Department recently put into service three new 2018 Rosenbauer/Commander Engines and one Ladder. Each apparatus features a different color scheme.

JOHN WALTHERS - SUFFOLK FIRE PHOTOS

BOB VACCARO

Penataquit Hose Company took delivery of the first engine, painted green-over-red and featuring a 1500-GPM pump and 500-gallon tank.

This black-over-red pumper features a 1500-GPM pump and 500gallon water tank.

BOB VACCARO

Engine 3-1-6 is painted white-over-red.

BOB VACCARO

Firefighters work to extricate a passenger from this Acura after a multi-vehicle crash in Shirley.

Three-Vehicle MVA in Shirley Leaves One Person Trapped Shirley, NY - On Sunday, July 15th at approximately 5:55 P.M., the Mastic Beach Fire Department was activated for a report of an MVA on William Floyd Parkway at Coraci Boulevard. Chief Tom Montreuil was first to arrive on scene and found a multi-vehicle accident with one person still trapped in an Acura. Rescue 4 was requested to the scene. The crew immediately went to work taking out the hurst tools

JUMP TO FILE #071518104 and prepping the vehicle for extrication. Firefighters operated for a few minutes and were able to free the passenger from the Acura. Unit 5-13-8 was also on scene and their crew assisted with the extrication and clean up. EMTs and medics from Shirley Community Ambulance and Mastic

Starting to clear the route for the Type VI course.

Beach treated the person in the Acura as well as the driver of another vehicle before transporting both to a local hospital. Several lanes of the William Floyd Parkway were closed while emergency personnel operated. Mastic Beach FD Fire Police assisted Suffolk County Police with traffic control at the scene. - JOHN WALTHERS

CIRONE PHOTOS

New York Wildfire Academy Type VI Brush Truck Course Almost Ready

BOB VACCARO

This blue-over-red Viper 109-foot aerial ladder replaces their 1982 Mack CF/LTI.

Yaphank, NY - The New York Wildfire and Incident Management Academy along with Suffolk County Fire Academy have been holding Brush Truck Training for the past five years. Students spend the first two days in a classroom learning about local weather and fuels that play a part in igniting fires on the Island, while also reviewing past fires that have occurred. The following weekend, drivers return to drive the one-and-a-half mile course through the woods which includes mud, k-turns, tight turns, backing, and a sand pit crossing. This course was originally limited to military type engines, but in October of this year a new Type VI "Grass Unit" course will open. It will be just over a mile long and feature the same challenges. This is a great opportunity to practice driving in the woods. Drivers will receive an Operations Certificate upon completion and non-drivers are also encouraged to attend and receive an Awareness Certificate.


PAGE 6

August, 2018

1ST Responder Newspaper - LI

Port Jefferson FD Dedicates New Fire Boat in Honor of Late Ex-Chief Port Jefferson, NY - Fire Departments from all over hold "Wet Down" ceremonies when a new piece of firefighting apparatus is being put into service. On July 15th, Port Jefferson JUMP TO FILE# Fire Department 071618100 held a "Wet Down" for their new 31foot Vigilant Boston Whaler fire boat. Fire boats from the Setauket, Stony Brook, Mount Sinai and Miller Place Fire Departments assisted with the ceremony. The Port Jefferson Fire Department dedicated the new Boston Whaler "5A-1-6" in honor of late Ex-Chief, Thomas C. Coyle. Thomas C. Coyle joined the Port Jefferson Fire Department in 1984. After completion of his probationary firefighter training, Ex-Chief Coyle became a member of the boat crew under Marine Co. #5. Thomas Coyle was captain of Marine Company #5 from 1991 to 1994. Ex-Chief Coyle also served as Chief of the Port Jefferson Fire Department from 2004 to 2006. He proudly served as boat crew captain for many years. According to Thomas Totten, Jr., Port Jefferson Fire District Chairman of the Board of Fire Commissioners, Tom Coyle was instrumental in maintaining all of Port Jefferson's past fire boats for many years and served on the "Fire Boat Build" committee, ultimately working on the details and completion of the new fire boat. Unfortunately, Tom passed away before the new fire boat was delivered. Port Jefferson Fire District Chairman of the Board of Fire Commissioners Thomas Totten, Jr., said at the dedication ceremony that the new fire boat flawlessly preformed in containing and extinguishing a fully involved boat fire on July 1, 2018 in Port Jefferson Harbor, right near where the dedication ceremony took place. He later went on to say, "I am certain Tom would have been proud to be a member of this boat crew." The dedication ceremony concluded with Thomas Totten, Jr. reciting the following quote: "There are good ships and wood ships, ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships, may they always be!".

ANDREW TETREAULT - FULLY INVOLVED MEDIA GROUP

Port Jefferson FD's new Fire Boat, designated 5A-1-6, being christened in Port Jefferson Harbor on Sunday, July 15th.

ANDREW TETREAULT - FULLY INVOLVED MEDIA GROUP

Members of the Port Jefferson FD Boat Crew (left), joined by members of the Coyle Family (center) and Port Jefferson FD Chief of Department, Brennan Holme (right), next to the new fire boat dedicated in honor of the late Port Jefferson FD Ex-Chief, Thomas C. Coyle.

ARE YOU IN NEED OF RESPIRATORY FIT TESTING SERVICES??? Look no further, our company has been in business since 1996 and can provide your Department/District/Company: • Respiratory Fit Testing services in compliance with all Federal, State & Local Rules, Regulations, and Standards • Prompt & Professional service conducted at your fire department facilities and additionally at two monthly makeup locations in Nassau & Suffolk Counties

Fully Insured, ned Firefighter-Ow Company!

- ANDREW TETREAULT

For more info contact: 631-586-1745 • info@sesllc.org

www.sesllc.com


1ST Responder Newspaper - LI

August, 2018

PAGE 7

Fast-Moving Fire Destroys Home and Injures Firefighter in Central Islip Central Islip, NY - The Central Islip Fire Department received a call for a reported house fire at 19 Hawthorne Avenue just before 10:00 A.M. on Friday, June 22nd. Upon arrival, heavy fire was showing throughout a twostory wood-frame structure. A working JUMP TO FILE# fire was transmitted, 062518109 bringing in mutual aid units from surrounding departments. Firefighters placed multiple hand lines into operation and the fire was brought under control approximately one hour later. One firefighter suffered a minor injury and was transported to an area hospital for treatment. - EVAN ROLLA

EVAN ROLLA - ROLLA'S IMAGES

ANTIQUE APPARATUS If you have photos you would like to see in our Antique Apparatus feature please upload them on our website www.1stResponderNews.com or email them to Lindsey@1stResponderNews.com.

HAROLD L JACOBS

Multiple Teenagers Injured, One Seriously, in Shirley Car Crash

Shirley, NY - Around 7:00 P.M. on June 19th, the 9-1-1 dispatch center took a call reporting an SUV that crashed into the woods with possible entrapment. Ridge FD and Ridge EMS, along with SCPD 7th Precinct responded to the call. Upon arrival, units on scene found an SUV crashed into the woods and multiple teenage occupants with injuries. Ridge EMS and Shirley EMS supplied ambulances to transport the patients. One occupant sustained serious injuries and needed to be transported by helicopter to SBTH. SCDQ responded to the scene to investigate the crash, which was determined to be caused by the driver losing control of the SUV after traveling at a high rate of speed.

JOHN WALTHERS - SUFFOLK FIRE PHOTOS

Middle Island Unit 5-15-2 is a 1927 Ahrens Fox M-S-2 antique. This unit previously served in Hempstead, NY before going to Middle Island.


PAGE 8

August, 2018

1ST Responder Newspaper - LI

JOHN WALTHERS - SUFFOLK FIRE PHOTOS

West Sayville Jr. Flying Dutchmen take home 2nd Place Overall. JOHN WALTHERS - SUFFOLK FIRE PHOTOS

FF Rudy Sunderman, Jr., son of Chief Rudy Sunderman, douses the blaze.

Blaze Rips Through Home in Mastic Beach, Family Manages to Escape Unharmed

JOHN WALTHERS - SUFFOLK FIRE PHOTOS

1st Place Overall went to the Hagerman Junior Gamblers.

Mastic Beach, NY - On June 4th at about 12:05 A.M., the Mastic Fire Department was activated for a report of a structure fire on Stackyard Drive, between Pineway and Riverside Avenues. On arrival, Chief of Department Rudy Sunderman advised Firecom that he had a fully involved two-story dwelling and requested that the mutual aid pre-plan be activated. Unit 5-12-1 was the first-due unit and the crew immediately went to work hitting the hydrant and beginning to stretch multiple lines. Additional engines arrived a short time later and progress was

JUMP TO FILE #060518100 made in darkening down the fire. A total of three lines were placed into operation during the incident. Police on scene evacuated some surrounding homes as a precaution. The homeowners were home at the time of the fire, but were able to escape without injuries. EMS personnel provided them with some blankets to keep warm, as it was raining on and off. The fire was placed under control at

around 12:45 A.M., however firefighters remained on scene until about 2:30 A.M. due to extensive overhaul. Mutual aid was provided by the Manorville, East Moriches, Center Moriches, Brookhaven and Mastic Beach Fire Departments. EMS personnel from Mastic, Shirley, South Country and East Moriches ambulance were also called to the scene for firefighter rehab and additional support duties. The fire was under investigation by the fire marshal’s office. - JOHN WALTHERS

JOHN WALTHERS - SUFFOLK FIRE PHOTOS

Hagerman FD Jr. Gamblers participate in the Cart Ladder event.

Hagerman FD Hosts 28th Annual Junior Firefighters Drill Tournament

East Patchogue, NY - On Friday, June 29th, the Hagerman FD, which is located in East Patchogue, hosted their 28th annual Junior Firefighters Drill Team Racing Tournament. This year's tournament was dedicated to the memory of Honorary Chief Michael Vignato. During the tournament junior firefighters compete in several events, including multiple ladder events, cart hose and cart replace events, as well as efficiency with the wye. The young men and women worked very hard and at the end of the night were very good sports, regardless if they won or lost. The overall top five finalists were as follows: 5thLindenhurst, 4th-Islip & Bayshore (tied), 3rd-Central Islip, 2ndWest Sayville, and 1st-Hagerman.

HAROLD L JACOBS

MVA Shuts Down Portion of Sunrise Highway in Shirley

Shirley, NY - On the evening of June 26th, the 9-1-1 dispatch center took a few calls for an MVA on Sunrise Highway eastbound, between exits 57 and 58. Units from the SCPD, South County EMS and Brookhaven FD responded to the call. There were initial reports that someone was ejected from one of the vehicles, which proved to be false. Brookhaven FD rescue trucks and engines arrived on the scene and Brookhaven Fire Police shut down the highway while crews went to work. Firefighters cleaned up debris all over the highway that was thrown from the vehicle after the crash. SCPD ESU removed the pickup truck from the roadway so that the highway could be reopened. The cause of the crash was not immediately known.


1ST Responder Newspaper - LI

August, 2018

PAGE 9


PAGE 39

August, 2018

1ST Responder Newspaper - NY

FDNY Five-Alarm Blaze Rips Through Several Buildings in Staten Island Staten Island, NY - On June 16th, firefighters responded on 55 Box 2790 to 237 Steinway Avenue for reports of a structure fire. A second-alarm was transmitted at 7:11 P.M. on arrival of the three-story frame private dwelling. First-due units also transmitted a 10-70 JUMP TO FILE# for a malfunction- 061818104 ing hydrant. A third-alarm was transmitted at 7:18 P.M. for a fire extending to the exposures. Division 8 ordered a stang to be put into operation on the exposures, and also a report of live ammunition was relayed to the companies on the scene. A fourth-alarm was transmitted at 7:25 P.M. for a fire in four buildings-exposures 2, 2A and 4. At 7:59 P.M., Car 3 reported the main body of fire knocked down and transmitted the fifthalarm at 8:10 P.M. At 8:16 P.M., Car 3 reported all visible fire knocked down and marked the incident as "probably will hold". - STEVE WHITE

STEVE WHITE

STEVE WHITE

STEVE WHITE


CLAIMS SERVICE... 1ST Responder Newspaper - NY

August, 2018

PAGE 40

It’s where the rubber meets the road

Fancy packaging, discounted pricing and potential dividends mean very little if your VFBL provider denies your claim or handles it poorly. Discounts and dividends don’t really concern the injured volunteer who needs diagnostic testing or surgery that isn’t being approved. When your volunteer is injured in the line of duty, no one provides better claims service than Fire Districts Mutual... No One! If taking care of your injured volunteer is high on your priority list, you need to talk with us. Since 1978 we’ve been providing the best possible claims service to volunteers injured in the line of duty.

THEY DESERVE NO LESS. For a no obligation quote, contact your agent or call:

Fire Districts of New York Mutual Insurance Company, Inc. Inquire about our Health & Safety Officer training program!

777 Chestnut Ridge Road - Suite 2 Chestnut Ridge, NY 10977-5670 Phone: (888) 314-3004 • Fax: (845) 352-2022 www.fdmny.com


PAGE 41

August, 2018

1ST Responder Newspaper - NY

FDNY DEPARTMENT PROFILES

If your department has photos you would like to see in our “Departmnt Profiles” feature, please upload them on our website, www.1stResponderNews.com or email them to Lindsey@1stResponderNews.com

PROVIDED

FDNY Commissioner Announces New Ambulance Signage

FDNY Engine 239's firehouse is located in Brooklyn.

STEVE WHITE

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 Lindsey@1stResponderNews.com.

KEN SNYDER

Back in June of 2016, FDNY Engine 312 was involved in an accident with an MTA bus in Astoria, Queens. The unit is now repaired and this is how it looks before returning to service.

New York, NY - Fire Commissioner Daniel A. Nigro and union representatives announced on June 15th that all FDNY ambulances will now have signs prominently displayed in multiple locations promoting strong penalties for assaults against EMS personnel. The first ambulances to receive these new signs are assigned to Station 26 in the Bronx, where EMT Yadira Arroyo, a 14-year veteran of the Department, was struck and killed in the line of duty on March 16, 2017 while attempting to stop the theft of her ambulance during an emergency response. “These new images on our ambulances are visible reminders to all that FDNY EMTs and Paramedics perform dangerous, lifesaving work every single day; and anyone who interferes with that work by assaulting our members faces a severe punishment,” said Commissioner Nigro. “The men and women of EMS work incredibly hard to care for all New Yorkers; they deserve our protection and respect.” The text of the signs is as follows: “FDNY EMTs and Paramedics Are Protected by NEW YORK STATE LAW. Assault is a Felony Punishable by 7 years in prison.” “The EMTs and Paramedics are out there to help the public in their time of crisis. Assaulting them while they perform their duties is unacceptable and will not be tolerated. They deserve to be protected by all means,” said Oren Barzilay, President Local 2507, Uniformed EMTs, Paramedics, and Fire Inspectors. “We're thankful for the FDNY and Commissioner Nigro for taking a crucial step with pro-

JUMP TO FILE #061518109 tecting our members.” “It is important that the general public be made aware that an assault on any uniformed Officer/EMT/Medic of the FDNY EMS command while in performance of their life-saving duties will be punished to the fullest extent of the law,” said Vincent Variale, President Local 3621, Uniformed EMS Officers Union. “We are thankful for the department in being proactive and responding to our members' concerns in regards to their well-

being and safety.” This year alone, there have been 87 instances of EMTs, Paramedics and EMS officers having been attacked while on-duty. In 2017, 166 assaults were reported. The law strengthening penalties for assaults against EMS personnel was first introduced in 2015 by State Senator Martin J. Golden, the Chair of the New York Senate Civil Service and Pensions Committee, and was signed into law by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo on November 20, 2015. The law took effect on February 18, 2016. - TODD BENDER

PROVIDED


1ST Responder Newspaper - NY

August, 2018

PAGE 42


PAGE 43

August, 2018

1ST Responder Newspaper - NY

Proudly Serving Eastern Half of NY, Eastern PA, & NJ Features Include:

EXTREME DUTY STOCK PUMPER READY FOR IMMEDIATE DELIVERY!

• Spartan Metro Star MFD with 10” Raised Roof • Seating for six (6) • Spartan Advanced Protection System (APS) • Cummins L9 400 HP • Allison EVS 3000 • 177” WB • Extreme Duty Front Bumper • Front Suction • Trashline • Enhanced Air Conditioning • Extreme Duty Interior • Remote/Heated Mirrors • LED Headlamps • Whelen Warning & Scene Lighting • Rear mounted Camera System • Spartan Aluminum Body • Vibra-Torque Body Mounting System • Waterous 1500 GPM Pump • Stainless Steel Plumbing • Two (2) Rear Discharges • Deckgun • Low Hosebed • Rollup Compartment Doors • Spartan Smart Storage Wheel Well Compartments for SCBA/Extinguishers • 500 Gallon UPF Water Tank • Adjustable Shelves and Trays • LED Handrails and Steps • Suction Hose • Ground Ladders

Sales, Parts & Service We service ANY and ALL Makes and Models

2040 State Rte 208 Montgomery, NY 12549 Phone: (845) 565-7700 Fax: (845) 427-0825

www.facebook.com/CampbellSupply Instagram: campbellsupply

1st Responder New York August Edition  
1st Responder New York August Edition