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A third alarm fire rocked Castleton in Rensselaer County. The call went out at a little after 1 p.m. on October 18, 2013 for a barn fire at 1803 Brookview Road, Peter’s Dairy.

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Fire on Broadway Buffalo firefighters of the 3rd Battalion 2nd Platoon were called out to battle a blaze at 754 Broadway on Buffalo's east side. The 3rd Battalion Chief could see heavy smoke a couple of blocks away. Extra companies were called to help contain the blaze. Firefighters used a ladder tower and a tower ladder along with multiple two and a half inch and one and three quarter inch hand lines and a turret to bring the fire under control. The fire was next door to the original Stranskys Hardware Store. Emergency demolition was requested for the structure. Ladder Co. 2 and Ladder Co. 6 had to be pulled out by the shop's wrecker after being stuck in the mud. No injuries were reported and the cause of the fire is under investigation. Damage was extensive.

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Dozens of firefighters, EMT’s and law enforcement officers from multiple agencies in Orange and Ulster Counties assisted at the scene.

Seat belts credited with saving firefighter lives in Plattekill Plattekill, NY. Five firefighters were responding to an accident on the New York State Thruway when the engine (47-40) they were responding in overturned on Prospect Hill Road. At 9:11 p.m. on Saturday, November 2nd, Ulster County 911 was alerted for a fire department involved motor vehicle accident with entrapment and injuries. Mutual aid was immediately alerted and a medevac was quickly enroute. Soon thereafter, Cronomer Valley took command of the scene, per protocol. All firefighters, four males and one female, were removed from the vehicle and transported to local hospitals. The medevac was soon cancelled. Three firefighter patients were packaged and transported to St. Francis in Poughkeepsie ALS and

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two were packaged and transported to St. Luke’s in Newburgh BLS. No injuries were considered life-threatening. The seat belts within the engine are credited with saving lives. All five were treated and released from the two hospitals and are at home recovering. Companies on the scene included Plattekill, Cronomer Valley and Winona Lake Fire Departments. In addition, multiple EMS units from the area arrived to assist including the Town of Newburgh EMS and Mobile Life Support Services. Standby units included Good-Will Fire Department, Wallkill and Modena.

An accident reconstruction was conducted and the investigation is being conducted by local officials. According to Fire Chief Chris Mancuso, “Engine 4 is a total loss and the definition of brotherhood was re-taught to me through the actions of area fire departments and fire departments throughout the state.” He added, “I had 132 missed calls on my phone. Thank you! Never have I had such an outpouring of support.” He continued, “For years we instill into our membership’s heads..seat belts, seat belts, SEAT BELTS! And, on November 2nd, 2013 at 9:11 p.m, those seat belts saved their lives!” At 1:21 a.m. Plattekill Fire Department was back in service to continue serving their community. - HEATHER PILLSWORTH

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Accident in Middlehope On October 30, 2013 at approximately 6 p.m., Orange County 911 dispatched Middlehope Fire Department to a two car accident on Route 9W. They arrived to find a Corvette versus a Subaru sedan with injuries. The driver of the sedan was transported to St. Francis Hospital by Mobile Life Support Services. The driver and passenger of the Corvette each sustained minor injuries and were transported by the Town of Newburgh Emergency Medical Services to St. Luke's Hospital in Newburgh. The cause of the accident is being investigated by the Town of Newburgh Police Department.

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A third alarm fire rocked Castleton in Rensselaer County. The call went out at a little after 1 p.m. on October 18, 2013 for a barn fire at 1803 Brookview Road, Peter's Dairy. On arrival Battalion 4-1 quickly re- JUMP TO FILE # quested a third 102213101 alarm. This brought in over 12 departments from two counties to help fight the massive blaze. Crews fought a long hard fight to try to save the farm. The fire jumped from building to building, spreading rapidly. The fire units were on scene for over eight hours trying to contain the massive fire. The smoke could be scene for up to 15 miles away. No injuries were reported, but the farmer lost 20 cows in the blaze, which is still under investigation. - JEFFREY BELSCHWINDER MARTY MILLER

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Buffalo police rescue five from house fire Buffalo Police Officers Mark Slawek and Franklyn King from the A District rescued five people from a burning house at 166 Amber Street on the city's Southside on October 16th. The officers arrived before the fire department and found heavy smoke and fire in the enclosed front porch of the house, blocking the front door. They immediately entered the home through the side and back doors and led the occupants to

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Simulated plane crash over Stewart Airport On Sunday, October 27, 2013, area departments participated in a drill involving two planes that crashed over Stewart Airport. One plane came down in a swampy area off Route 747. The second airplane went into the third floor of the Time Warner building on Route 300 in the Town of Newburgh. Seven companies including Orange Lake, Good-Will, Cronomer Valley, Middlehope, Plattekill, Air Guard, and Winona Lake from Battalion 3 responded to this incident. Town of Newburgh EMS and Mobile Life also responded as well. Over 30 victims were rescued from the second floor of the building by firefighters and were treated by EMS at the triage area. Over 100 first responders participated in this drill.

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Four alarm blaze strikes Plattekill home At 7:23 a.m. on October 22nd, the Plattekill Fire Department was alerted to a residence on fire at 1031 Route 32. Department Chief Chris Mancuso arrived on scene at 7:25 reporting a 50' x 120' two story residence JUMP TO FILE # with heavy smoke 080713101 and heavy flame on the C side showing on the first and second stories and quickly requested a second alarm. Plattekill Engine 1 arrived on scene at 7:27 and immediately went to work. The rear of the home collapsed, keeping firefighters in exterior mode only. Cronomer Valley's Ladder 301 extended to assist in operations and several hand lines were operating. A tanker task force was initiated due to no hydrants in the area with a fill site located a short distance away. At approximately 10:30 a.m., the bulk of the fire was reported as knocked down. Overhaul quickly commenced and fire investigators are on the scene to determine the cause and origin. As of 4:12 pm, investigators where still on scene. No injuries were reported to civilians or firefighters. Multiple departments were on scene including Plattekill with all equipment. Cronomer Valley with 1 truck and fire police, Modena with 1 Tanker and 1 Engine, Orange Lake with 1 Tanker and 1 Rescue, Coldenham with a FAST Team and 1 Tanker, Montgomery with 1 Tanker, Highland with a FAST Team, Air Guard with 1 Tanker, Wallkill with 1 tanker, Gardiner with 1 Tanker, New Paltz with 1 Tanker and Clintondale with 1 Tanker and 1 Engine. Marlboro and Milton with 1 Engine each which where on stand by at station #1 to cover alarms. Milton did handle an automatic alarm while on stand by. - HEATHER PILLSWORTH

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Fire lights up night sky in Brunswick It was a busy night for the Eagle Mills Fire Department as well as multiple other departments from the town of Brunswick. Shortly after 10:30 p.m. on October 20 2013, a call came in for a house fire at 150 Brick Church Rd. State police arriving first on scene reported fire through the roof. Eagle Mills command quickly called a second alarm, bringing in multiple departments from the town of Brunswick and the outlining areas. The family escaped with no injuries. Crews tried to make an interior attack, but the house was too well involved. Command ordered the all out due to rapid changes in fire conditions and switched to defensive operations. Rensselaer County fire investigators were brought in and the fire is under investigation.

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Lifetime of fire safety pays off The Cobleskill Fire Department received a high honored award for fire prevention and public education from the New York State Fire Chiefs Association as well as a national award. The Cobleskill Fire Department came in 1st place out of over 450 departments from all over the United States. They received the award for their fire prevention and public education program created by Fire Prevention Coordinator Bill Johnson. Johnson is a 40 plus year veteran of the Cobleskill Fire Department. Bill Johnson states all his hard work is not just from him, it’s from a department that is dedicated to community care and teaching fire safety at a young age and continuing it throughout life. The members and

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Bill also say that Kathy Johnson (Bills wife), a non-member of the department, helps out behind the scenes to help the department continue in the fight for fire safety and their department and community. Cobleskill Fire Department had 300-400 people attend their open house. They had multiple live burns with one of the live burns demonstrations showing how smoke detectors and sprinkler systems work and save lives. The Cobleskill Fire Department demonstrated the New York State fire safety theme of the year, stove top fires.

Firefighter Brian Head, a senior member, instructed the public on how to handle a stove top fire. This open house was only one part of their fire safety week. Cobleskill members visited over a 1000 students from pre-k through college level explaining, reinforcing, and building better fire safety skills. They did not just reach out to the students of the community. They brought the program into the senior community. The Cobleskill Fire Department receives huge support from their community and local businesses to help continue the fight for fire safety and education. - JEFFREY BELSCHWINDER

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Second alarm needed in Buffalo Buffalo firefighters were called out to battle a blaze in a large three story Queen Anne structure at 325 Jersey Street on Buffalo's West Side on October 10th. Firefighters arrived to find fire blowing out the second floor windows and extending to another three story at 331 Jersey Street. An additional two engines and a truck were requested. Division Chief Donald McFelly requested the balance of the second alarm assignment. A fire department bus was requested to help transport the occupants for the Red Cross. Damage to 325 Jersey St. was listed at $250,000 to the building and $50,000 to the contents. 331 Jersey St. was listed at $125,000 to the building and $25,000 to the contents. One firefighter was transported to the hospital with injuries and the cause of the fire is under investigation.

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Fire prevention at Fostertown Elementary Town of Newburgh, NY. Cronomer Valley firefighters arrived at Fostertown Elementary School to demonstrate the importance of fire prevention tactics to the school aged children. Tower Ladder 301 was extended and crews demonstrated how it was used to fight structure fires. Lt Amy Conner of the Good-Will Fire Department brought in their fire safety trailer. Additionally, Amy is a teacher at Fostertown and past recipient of the Fire Prevention Educator of the Year Award from the Firefighters Museum and Fire Safety Education Center.


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The scene of the bucket truck on its side on Route 5 in Canaan.

Worker pinned as bucket truck tips over in Canaan Columbia County 911 dispatched Canaan firefighters and Chatham Rescue at 2:20 p.m. on October 14th for a bucket truck that tipped over and trapped a worker under the bucket. The incident occurred on Route 5 about 1/4 mile south of the New York State Thruway in the Town of Canaan. Canaan command requested East Chatham firefighters to respond with their airbags and Chatham fire-

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fighters with their rescue truck. A helicopter, LifeNet Air 2 was placed on standby and then requested to respond. The patient was extricated and transported by Chatham Rescue to the landing zone located at the Canaan Town Park. Air 2 transported the patient to Albany Medical

Center. The bucket truck was owned by Lewis Tree Service, Inc. and was contracted by New York State Electric and Gas to clear limbs around power lines. The Columbia County Fire Coordinators Office was on the scene. The New York State Police are investigating. Firefighters were back in service at 4:23pm. - RICHARD LINDMARK

Sundaes Restaurant and Tasty Freeze burns Fire destroyed another Grand Gorge business on Monday, October 14, 2013 in the early morning hours. Sundaes, a wellknown area ice cream parlor and restaurant, was completely engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived on scene. The building and all of its contents were lost to the fire, which was reported by a passerby to the 911 center. Sundaes was recently renovated by new owner Walt Carman of Conesville, who purchased the business in 2012. An estimated 50-75 firefighters from Grand Gorge, Stamford, Roxbury, Prattsville and Hobart fought the fire. Jefferson Fire Department was on standby. Delaware County fire investigators remained on scene to determine the cause of the blaze.


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MIKE CAREY

Lieutenant Governor Robert Duffy offers condolences to the mother of West Webster firefighter Tomasz Kaczowka

Nine names added to fallen firefighters memorial Albany, NY. Nine names were added on October 8th to the New York State Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Albany. The names include Michael Chipperini, West Webster Fire Department; Tomasz Kaczowka, West Webster Fire Department; Ronald Keddie, Sheridan Fire Department; Richard Nappi, FDNY; Gerard Marcheterre, Borodino Fire Department; Harry Davidson, Winona Lake Engine Company; George Dove, Skaneateles Fire Department; Isaac Ransom, East Clinton Fire Department; and James Wickham, Cutchogue Fire Department.

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"Each firefighter knows the inherent danger they risk every time they answer a call," said Jerome Hauser, Commissioner, New York State Division of Homeland Security. "Yet they always respond to emergencies with speed, determination and great courage." The memorial at the Empire State Plaza in Albany was dedicated in 1998. The newest names bring the total to 2,381 dating back to 1811. This year's honorees include

two West Webster firefighters, who died last December 24th when they were shot as they arrived on the scene of a structure fire. "I saw firsthand through the tragedy in Webster the devastating effect of losing public safety officers has on a community," said Lieutenant Governor Robert Duffy. “I deeply thank the incredibly brave men and women that battle fires across the state to keep New Yorkers safe and I recognize the loyalty firefighters demonstrate every time they're called to duty." - MIKE CAREY

MIKE CAREY

The wife and daughters of West Webster firefighter Michael Chiapparini receives a memorial flag from state officials at the fallen firefighters memorial service

JEFFREY ARNOLD

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Firefighter honored at New York State Memorial On October 8, 2013, eight firefighters from Winona Lake Engine Company arrived at the Empire State Plaza in Albany to honor one of their own. Harry L. Davidson was a man who served his country in the Korean Conflict, came home, established a family and a career. Still wanting to serve, he joined Winona Lake in 1982. On

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December 7th of that same year while directing traffic in front of the fire house as part of the department's fire police, he was critically injured by a motorist. Firefighter Davidson's injuries were so severe that he never recovered and suc-

cumbed on April 30, 1995. Firefighter Davidson will be forever memorializedat the New York State Fallen Firefighters Memorial, which was dedicated in 1998. The earliest name on the wall is from 1811 and unfortunately, names are added each year during Fire Prevention Week. - HEATHER PILLSWORTH

MVA with entrapment at Route 15 and I-390 Exit 9 in Avon Avon, NY - At approximately 4:10 p.m. on Wednesday, October 9, East Avon Fire and Avon EMS were dispatched to a two vehicle accident with entrapment on Route 15 at I-390 Exit 9. The drivers of both vehicles were transported to Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester by Avon and Livonia EMS. The cause of the crash was under investigation by the Livingston County Sheriff's office.


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Firefighters rescue cow from cistern in Avon BOB ROOT

Avon, NY - On Tuesday afternoon, October 8th, East Avon firefighters were dispatched to a report of a cow stuck in the water at the Erhardt Farm, 4397 Hogmire Road. East Avon Fire Chief Jerry Sheppard reported a cow stuck in a cistern in about ten feet of water. Firefighters using a portable pump began pumping water out of the cistern. An additional pump and manpower were requested to the scene from Avon. Once water was pumped out of the hole, a sling was placed around "Greta" and a backhoe was used to lift her out. Greta's owners report she is doing well.

Fatal overturn in New Windsor New Windsor, NY. One man died in the early morning hours of October 20, 2013 when the vehicle he was a passenger in crashed near the Hudson River. Just before 5:30 a.m., crews were alerted to the single vehicle crash on River Road in the Town of New Windsor. They arrived to find a Honda CRV through a fence and against the railroad tracks that parallel the Hudson River in the area. Firefighters from New Windsor, Vails Gate and the City of

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Newburgh worked valiantly to pull the four victims from the vehicle. One victim, a passenger in the rear of the vehicle, went into cardiac arrest at the scene and was flown to Westchester Medical Center. He later succumbed to his injuries. The driver was also flown to Westchester with severe head injuries. Two other passengers

were transported to St. Francis Hospital, one with minor and one with serious injuries. Three helicopters were brought in, landing at Destina Theaters. Assisting at the landing zone was Cornwall Fire Department. The investigation into the cause of the accident continues by the New Windsor Police Department. - HEATHER PILLSWORTH

BOB ROOT

Honoring those lost The City of Newburgh held a remembrance for those lost at the World Trade Center on September 11th.

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Two firefighters retire from City of Newburgh On October 11, 2013, two City of Newburgh firefighters were recognized at a ceremony and dinner. Sam Contes and David Acker retired from their service with the city and were celebrated at a dinner at Pamela's on the Hudson. In attendance were numerous current and retired firefighters, family and community members.


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Buffalo, N.Y. Fire 149 Selkirk St. Buffalo firefighters of the 3rd Battalion 1st Platoon were called out to battle a structure fire in a four unit two and a half frame dwelling at 149 Selkirk St. in Buffalo's Larkinville section Wednesday morning, October 9, 2013. A resident jumped from a window to escape the flames and broke a leg. A firefighter was also treated for injuries. Extra companies were also dispatched. Multiple one and three quarter inch hand lines and ground ladders were used to bring the fire under control. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Damage was listed at $35,000 to the building and $10,000 to the contents.

Fast mover in Tupper Lake At approximately 2:25 a.m. on October 6th, Franklin County paged out Tupper Lake volunteers for a confirmed working structure fire on Hosely Avenue in the Town of Tupper Lake. Responding crews were notified by law enforcement that the structure was heavily involved. Command requested a second alarm and mutual aid from Piercefield to the scene and for Long Lake to stand at Tupper Lake. Cranberry Lake was requested to standby their station. After establishing a water supply, hand lines were deployed to surround the structure. 34 firefighters responded to the scene. Also assisting were Tupper Lake Village Police, NY State Police, and Tupper Lake EMS.

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Garage fire for Greenfield The Greenfield Fire District (Greenfield Porter Corners, Middle Grove and Maple Avenue) responded to a structure fire on Friday, October 4, 2013. Mutual aid companies were called in from three neighboring districts. The garage was a total loss, but they were able to save the fire from going into the residence. Mutual aid at the scene included Corinth, Wilton and the City of Saratoga Springs for their FAST team.


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One complete circuit takes five to seven minutes, depending on how many stairs you have in a flight, and of course, your pace. Stay hydrated and you may want to have a mat/towel handy. It is also designed to be performed on alternate days. Do a few minutes of light cardio to warm-up and again at the finish to cool-down before your final stretch. I like to do three full circuits then do a few abdominal exercises at the very end. For me, that’s a great way to ease into the cool-down. During the 30 second bouts, you should do as many reps as you can without sacrificing proper alignment and execution. So, here goes: Warm up with a few minutes of walking (okay, if you don’t want to walk around the fire house, I guess you can head into the gym and use the treadmill or bike). After your warm up, place the hose pack over your outside shoulder, grab the stair rail with your inside hand and walk lively

(but avoid running) up the stairs. When you get to the top, place the hose pack on the floor and do push-ups for 30 seconds. Grab that hose pack, hoist it over your shoulder and head back downstairs. When you reach the bottom of the stairs, move the hose pack behind your head and lay it across both shoulders. Perform squats for 30 seconds (for a greater challenge, hold the hose pack overhead). Move the hose pack back to your outside shoulder and head back up the stairs. When you reach the top, hold the hose pack in front of you at shoulder height with both hands (as if it were a barbell). Elbows are bent and tucked. Using the hose pack as your resistance, do shoulders presses (raise and lower the hose pack overhead) for 30 seconds. Once again, hoist that pack over your outside shoulder and head back downstairs. When you reach the bottom, place one foot forward and assume a front lunge position. Front foot is flat, the heel of the rear leg is raised. Lie the hose pack either across the front thigh (or you can once again place it behind your head over both shoulders as you

did for squats). Perform lunges for 30 seconds, switching legs after 15 seconds. That hose pack returns to the outside shoulder and back up you go. This time when you reach the top, grasp the hose pack in an under-grip in front of you with your arms extended and resting against the outside of your thighs (as you would for bicep barbell curls). Curl the hose pack (bicep curls) to shoulder height, and then press directly overhead. Once the hose pack is overhead, bend the elbows and lower the hose pack behind your head (as in triceps overhead extension exercise). Be sure to keep your shoulders fixed and your elbows in tight to your ears. Extend once again to the overhead position, lower to shoulder height and then extend your arms back down to the starting position. Do this bicep curl/overhead triceps extension sequence for 30 seconds. Get that hose pack back over that outside shoulder and head down the stairs. Lay the hose pack on the floor. Lie down on your back, knees bent, and your feet resting on top of the hose pack. Extend your arms out to the side (shoulder height) and rest your palms on the

floor. Keep your feet on the hose pack, lift your hips (to bridge) and then return to starting position. Continue the bridges for 30 seconds. This is one full circuit. You can repeat the full circuit two to three times. After your last circuit. Lie on your back. Hold the hose pack across your chest (like bench press) crunch as you “chest/bench press” the hose pack up. Do three sets of 30 seconds each. Perform the first set with feet flat on floor with knees bent, the second set with knees bent but feet raised off the floor, and the third set with legs extended straight up (90 degrees). Challenge yourself. Use your imagination. Substitute or add the exercises/equipment of your choice – i.e. bent over row, calf raises etc. Remember to cool-down and stretch when you are finished. Please note, not all exercises are suitable for all individuals. Consult your fitness professional for further instruction/guidance. Before beginning this or any exercise program, receive clearance from your physician.


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DAVID F. KAZMIERCZAK

Buffalo, N.Y. Fire 2nd Alarm 133 Tonawanda St. Buffalo firefighters of the 4th Battalion 3rd Platoon were called out to battle a blaze at 133 Tonawanda St. on the old Watts properties in the city's Black Rock section. Firefighters had heavy smoke coming from a three story brick warehouse. A second alarm was transmitted to check the spread inside the structure. As lines were deployed, it was found out that the fire was confined to two vehicles inside the building. The cause of the fire is under investigation and no injuries were reported. Damage was listed at $5,000 to the building and $5,000 to the contents. Earlier companies fought a structure fire a few blocks from this location.

BOB ROOT

One killed and two injured in City of Newburgh blaze City of Newburgh, NY. A woman and her brother escaped the heavy flames coming from their home at 153 DuPont Avenue. Their 82 year old father was unable to escape and succumb to his injuries. City of Newburgh firefighters arrived to find heavy fire and smoke in the resident and immediately summoned mutual aid from GoodWill, Stewart Air Guard and West Point.

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The woman was packaged and transported in critical condition to Westchester Medical Center. Her brother was treated for smoke inhalation at St. Francis Hospital. A german shepherd was found cowering on a covered porch roof at the front of the residence. A fire-

fighter was injured trying to rescue the dog. He dog was eventually lowered by firefighters in a stokes basket and treated for his injuries. Published reports also state that a second firefighter was treated for an ankle injury. The cause of the fire is under investigation, but appears to be accidental. - HEATHER PILLSWORTH

JEFFREY ARNOLD

West Seneca firefighters battle blaze in former gas station West Seneca, NY - Seneca Hose firefighters responded on October 5th, at 7:36 p.m., for a reported structure fire at the former Sunoco gas station Center Road and Seneca Street. Seneca Hose Engine 1 went on location and reported a working fire. Mutual aid was requested to the scene from Vigilant, Winchester, and Newton Abbott (FAST). Reserve was placed on stand by at Seneca Hose. The blaze was brought under control in about 45 minutes.

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Past commissioner given award

JOHN SPAULDING

On October 10th at the Diplomat Party house, Past Chief, Present, Fire Commissioner, and 60 year active Rush Fire Department member Alvin Sweet received the Monroe County Fire Service Joint JUMP TO FILE "Mike Sadden" #101413112 award for 2012. This award is given to one Monroe County fire service member who over many years has provided dedicated service to their own department, the Monroe County Fire Service and NYS fire organizations. Al Sweet has held almost every elected office in Rush, was Chief and Assistant Chief for many years, served on the Board of Directors and ran the Parade for decades. He has held elected offices in the County Fire Asso ciation including President. He was an Assistant and Fifth Batt. Fire Coordinator, and is on a NYS FASNY committee. (Youth in the Fire Service). Al is the third Rush member to get this award from Monroe County. Past Chief Ronald Faugh and Past Chief Robert Faugh also received this award. - ROBERT FAUGH

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High angle rescue in Gates Gates, NY. The Gates Fire District responded with Gates EMS paramedics to the LiftLine Bus Company on Trabold Road on the afternoon of October 30th for a report of a man unconscious on the roof. Arriving units found a roofing contractor worker with a medical problem that required removal from the two story structure.The rescue came on a day with both of the district's quints out of service requiring a high angle rope operation be deployed.

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Buffalo, N.Y. Fire 30 Guernsey St. Buffalo firefighters of the 7th Battalion 3rd Platoon were called out to battle a blaze a blaze in a one and a half story frame dwelling at 30 Guernsey St. in the city's Black Rock section. Firefighters used several one and three quarter inch hand lines and two master streams and two, two and a half inch lines to bring the fire under control. They encountered many holes in the floor and the chief ordered everyone out of the building to go defensive. The cause of the fire is under investigation and no injuries were reported. Damage was listed at $50,000 to the building and $10,000 to the contents. Extra companies were also sent to the scene. Act. Division Chief Mark Hillery was in command.


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Laugh your way to the bank with a stand-up comedy fund-raiser

DAVID F.KAZMIERCZAK

Fire Bell Club installation The Fire Bell Club of Buffalo held its 46th Annual Installation Dinner and awarding of the Rookie of the Year to Firefighter Gregory Horn of Ladder Company 14 of the 1st Platoon. The dinner was held at Pettibones Grille at Coca-Cola Field. The Greater Buffalo Firefighters Pipes and Drums entertained the masses with another outstanding performance.

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

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

beck, who coordinates the shows for the 65-member volunteer department. "A friend of mine who had used Joey told me, 'This guy books really good acts.' So, we did the first show, everything was great, and we've been doing shows with Joey ever since." "I find their people to be very funny," agrees Adam Hubney, chief of the Atlantic Highlands Volunteer Fire Department in New Jersey, which books comedians through ComedyWorks for its annual dinner. "We have a professional comedy club in our county, and the quality is just as good." Comedy Works provides a 30-page ‘How-To’ guide that assists organizations through the comedy show production and warns of mistakes to avoid. "We make sure they follow everything in the guide," says Novick. "If a company has never done this before, it gives you everything from you need to know. We make sure that things get done right. Clients who follow the guide always do very well and tend to make money.” For information on Comedy Works, call 1 (888) 782-4589, go to www.comedyworks.org or e-mail joeynovick@earthlink.net.

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Red Cross needed for two adults Buffalo firefighters of the 3rd Battalion 4th Platoon were called out again to battle a structure fire on the East Side at 37 Miller Ave. just a few blocks from the fire on Liddell St. Firefighters used three, one and three quarter inch hand lines and 45 feet of ladders to bring the fire under control. The Red Cross was called for two adults. No injuries were reported and the cause of the fire is under investigation. Damage was listed at $40,000 to the building and $20,000 to the contents.

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TUCKER STAPLETON MARTY MILLER

Elbridge Past Chief Paul Czarnecki gives a presentation to Jordan-Elbridge Elementary School students on why firefighters are their friends despite their intimidating look.

Fire-Prevention Day held in Elbridge Elbridge, NY. On the morning of October 11th, the Elbridge Fire Department hosted a fire prevention day at Jordan-Elbridge Elementary to educate the students on the dangers of fire, and what to do in the event of an emergency. The students and faculty held a routine fire drill except that this time emergency apparatus from Elbridge, Jordan, Memphis, and Mottville Fire Departments responded from a staging area. As the students cheered them on, firefighters acted as if this was a real emergency. They entered the

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building to conduct a search, stretched handlines, and raised aerial ladders. The principal and a teacher were removed from a third story window by the Jordan Fire Department’s aerial platform. After the quick show was finished, students rotated from touring through the ambulance and fire trucks, listening to a presentation given by Elbridge Past Fire Chief Paul Czarnecki, and attending their

regular classes. During Past Chief Czarnecki’s presentation, students were instructed on the dangers of fire, proper stop-drop-and-roll technique, and what emergency responders do. Knowing that children are often afraid of firefighters, at the end of the presentation, firefighters in full turnout gear entered the room and interacted with the students, so they could learn that firefighters are their friends. - TUCKER STAPLETON

MARTY MILLER

Stubborn urban fire in Albany Albany Fire Department battled a stubborn fire that destroyed a two story home at 232 1st St in Albany's Arbor Hill neighborhood. On arrival, fire crews called a Signal 30 working structure fire. The fire was well involved on arrival. Heavy smoke and fire was ripping out of the structure. Crews could not gain entry to the building and were forced to make it an exterior attack. Albany’s truck company went right to work attacking the fire from an empty lot next to the structure. The Albany Fire Department battled the stubborn fire for four hours before they called in heavy equipment to pull down the building. Crews had to stop due to hot spots flaring up. Crews stayed on scene until the early hours of the night.

JEFFREY BELSCHWINDER

Firing up the community with safety The Slingerlands Fire Department had their open house and the grand opening of their brand new fire station. The Slingerlands Fire Department broke tradition feom the normal ribbon cutting and whipped out the Hurst tool and cut a large metal pipe as their ribbon. The Slingerlands Fire Department had over 200 people attend this event. They offered free demonstrations of a vehicle extrication, live burn demonstrations and tours of one of the Life Net helicopters. The open house had activities for everyone in the family. The Slingerlands Fire Department left on lookers speechless and kids cheering as they fought the live structure fire demonstration. The Slingerlands Fire Department offered up all types of fire safety tips and the NYS OFPC Fire Safety Trailer was onsite for the kids with fire extinguisher simulators.


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Soldier honored Upon the arrival of Staff Sergeant Todd Lobraico Jr.'s body at the Air National Guard Base in Newburgh, NY on September 11th; local airmen, soldiers, firefighters and police officers were ready to honor his service to our country.

ADAM MYERS

MacBoston FD Hockey Club played first scrimmage game Clifton Park, NY. Firefighter Hockey Team warmed up for Breast Cancer Benefit Game The MacBoston Fire Department Hockey Club recently played a scrimmage game to help warm up for their Breast Cancer Benefit Game in October month. They played a team formed from members of Breakout Hockey, a local Men’s Hockey League. They played to a loss, but

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got their first chance to play a game scenario together for the first time. This was a warm up opportunity for their benefit game on October 26th at Vernon Ice Arena in Saratoga Springs. The MacBoston Fire Depart-

ment Hockey Club took on Breakout Hockey to raise money for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Charity. MacBoston Fire Department Hockey Club is a hockey team comprised completely of local firefighters and fire service members mostly in Saratoga and Schenectady Counties in NY. - ADAM MYERS

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Two car crash in Rochester Rochester, NY - On Sunday morning, October 27th, Rochester firefighters responded to a two car accident at the intersection of Genesee Street and Arnett Boulevard. The occupant of one of the vehicles was transported to Strong Memorial Hospital by Rural Metro Ambulance. The cause of the crash was under investigation by the Rochester Police Department.

Daisy Liebfred is the daughter of 3rd Assistant Chief John Liebfred. She spends just as much time at the station as her old man. In the not so near future, she'll be donning that gear for real. JOHN LIEBFRED


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KAREN HINKLEY

Grand Gorge blaze destroys historic building and business

JOHN SPAULDING

Numerous elevated and master streams were put into operation.

Albion pallet warehouse conflagration Albion, NY. The Albion Fire Department received a call for a warehouse on fire shortly after 4 p.m. on October 17th. The first arriving chief found a three story stone and heavy timber building fully involved in fire. Multiple additional companies were requested immediately. The roof, second, and third stories collapsed in a short time. Concerns of a wall collapse onto the neighboring Empire Coating manufacturing facility triggered the request of Genesee County's Hazardous Materials team and a half mile shelter-in-place request by command to the public. The plant used and stored methyl chlorine, which was later moved from the building. The building, built circa 1900 has seen many different businesses in it's more than a century existence, but currently serves a busy wood pallet and manufacturing company called Orleans Pallet. The header of the fire was seen up to 50 miles away. Every agency in Orleans County was involved in the fire, with additional resources from Monroe and Genesee Counties.

Becker’s Tire Service in Grand Gorge, a well-known business with over 40 years in the community, was destroyed in an early morning fire on Friday, September 27, 2013. The alarm was sounded after a 911 call was received by a passerby in the early morning hours and reported flames coming from the front windows of the establishment located on NYS Route 30, just south of the village. When firefighters arrived, the flames were consuming the historic structure. The Grand Gorge Fire Department battled the fire, which engulfed the concrete building and its contents along with mutual aid from Roxbury, Stamford, Mar-

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garetville, Halcottsville, Prattsville, Ashland, Hobart and Arkville while Jefferson, Conesville and Lexington were called for standby. It is estimated approximately 100 firefighters battled the blaze. Additionally, nearly 500 gallons of foam was used and thousands of gallons of water to get the blaze controlled. New owners since 2008, Rick and Shelly Haight, said that they recently received between 1,5002,000 new tires as they readied for the upcoming winter season. All

those, along with about 1,000 tires already in stock, were destroyed along with all the office equipment and tools as well as service trucks. Fire investigators stated that the fire likely started in the vicinity of the office and was possibly electrical in nature. The business, which employed approximately eight people is hoping to rebuild. Becker’s Tire Service is a key supplier for passenger vehicles and truck tires in the small upstate Catskill Mountains area as well as servicing the farming industry, which covered locations in New York as well as Massachusetts and Pennsylvania. - KAREN HINKLEY

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Thousands of feet of large diameter hose were stretched to every side of the building and even though the Orleans County Soil and Water increased production and output of water, a drafting operation was established from the nearby Erie Canal for additional water source. After about five hours into the conflagration, the Town of Albion code enforcement officer deemed the building unsafe and required demolition. So much hose was laid that prisoners trained and supervised from the NY State Department of Corrections were brought in to assist in the clean up. Fire apparatus and manpower remained on scene for much of the following day. The fire was caused by workers removing plumbing with a grinder, and sparks ignited inside. Only two people were at work when the fire occurred. No injuries were reported throughout the entire incident. - JOHN SPAULDING

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Buffalo, N.Y. Fire 59 Cortland Ave. Buffalo firefighters of the 7th Battalion 4th Platoon were called out for a third time Saturday morning, October 12th. This time to battle a blaze at 59 Cortland Ave. in the city's Delavan Eggert section. Firefighters used three, one and three quarter inch hand lines and 40 feet of ladders to bring the fire in the one and a half story frame dwelling under control. No injuries were reported and the cause of the fire is under investigation. Damage was listed at $50,000 to the building and $20,000 to the contents and 57 Cortland Ave. sustained $5,000 in exposure damage.


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ORANGE COUNTY FIREFIGHTERS MUSEUM & EDUCATION CENTER

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Fort Montgomery does it again! With a score of 14 under par, the foursome from Fort Montgomery won the tournament for the second year in a row. They took the trophy back home and they retained their title of “Best Firefighting Foursome in Orange County.” The team consisting of Chief Don Smith, 2nd Lieutenant TWW Armstrong II, 1st Lieutenant Matt Biehle and Past Chief Seth Armstrong enjoyed the beautiful day

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and camaraderie shared amongst 56 golfers from seven different fire companies. “It was a wonderful day of friendly competition and through the generosity of golfers and sponsors, we raised over $9,500 for the Orange County Firefighters Museum’s endowment fund, for which

we are grateful. The intent for this fund is that it will help the museum to become self sufficient in the future,” said Ed Devitt, the President of the museum. The Orange County Firefighters Museum & Education Center is located at 141 Clinton Street in the Village of Montgomery and is open on Saturdays from 1 to 4 p.m. or by appointment.

Chili, NY. The Chili Fire Department was dispatched to a reported train fire this afternoon at the King Road CSX crossing. Initial dispatch information included the locomotive fully involved. Arriving companies and chief's reported the traction motor involved in fire with light smoke showing. A second engine was dispatched on the initial alarm and was used for it's foam capability. CSX shut down both sets of tracks for about two hours. The train was transporting ammonium hydroxide about eight cars behind the locomotive, and this information was transmitted to responders, although it was not a factor in the incident. No injuries were reported.

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The Wassaic took delivery of a new pumper. Unit 69-12 The Fort Montgomery Fire District accepted delivery of The Rapids Volunteer Fire Company, Inc. recently put is a 2013 International 7400/Firematic B.R.A.T. a 2013 KME Predator-Severe Duty 1500-gpm/2400-gwt this Wheeled Coach Chevy into service that was purpumper-tanker. chased from North Eastern Rescue Vehicles, Inc.

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A group of firefighters resting after a long, hard firefight at Becker's Tire Service in Grand Gorge, NY. Pictured are Captain Dave Lebel, Collin Oliver, 2nd Asst Chief Josh Ernst, Chief DJ Speenburgh and Mike Cross.

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Orange Car 13, Charlie Piper, coordinates activities at a simulated plane crash over Stewart Airport on October 27th.

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Slingerlands Fire Department members after an extrication demonstration at their recent open house and grand opening of their new fire station.

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The Westchester Firefighters Emerald Society pipes & drums plays at the fallen firefighters Memorial service

Plattekill Firefighter Harry Decker works the pump on at a fire on October 22nd.


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Members of the Plattekill Fire Department participated in a drill involving two planes that crashed over Stewart Airport.

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Firefighter Kevin Lukins of the Elbridge Fire Department at a drill being conducted at Elbridge Elementary.

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Firefighters Tom Darling and Walter Majtyka of Ladder Co. 6 2nd Platoon in Buffalo covering Ladder Co. 4 3rd Platoon at a second Alarm at 133 Tonawanda St. on October 6, 2013.

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Fire Prevention Coordinator Bill Johnson holding the recent awards received by the Cobleskill Fire Department

A West Webster firefighter pays tribute to two firefighters from his department killed in the line of duty in December 2012


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Lt. Amy Conner of the Good-Will Fire Department presented a fire safety program to her students at the Fostertown Elementary School in the Town of Newburgh

Shaker Road Firefighter Tim Haverly and Firefighter Chris Laird packing up after a dumpster fire.

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John Ryan, Gary Ferguson, and Mike Vatter were in attendance at the retirement ceremony for fellow City of Newburgh Firefighters Sam Contes and David Acker.

Students at Fostertown Elementary School were greeted by Cronomer Valley firefighters at their Fire Prevention Day

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Members of the Salisbury Mills Fire Department gathered on Saturday, October 5th for their Fire Prevention Open House.

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