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Buffalo, NY - Firefighters of the 3rd Battalion 4th Platoon were called out to battle a structure fire at 55-53 Nevada Ave. on Buffalo's East Side early Sunday afternoon, December 13, 2015.

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Claverack crews with Chief Mike Cozzolino visible work the fire as smoke still pours out of the single story residence.

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Claverack makes quick work of kitchen fire Claverack firefighters were dispatched to a reported kitchen fire on State Route 217 in the Columbia County town at 1:49 p.m, on Dec. 20. Greenport Fire Department's FAST Team was also dispatched under automatic mutual aid. Claverack Chief Mike Cozzolino was the first unit on the scene and reported heavy smoke from the structure. He additionally requested Mellenville with a tanker and engine

JUMP TO FILE #122115101 to the scene. A crew from Claverack's engine 121 advanced a line through the kitchen door and made a quick knock down. Claverack assistant chief George Keeler reported that the fire had blown out the windows in the

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kitchen before units arrived on the scene. The fire was contained to the kitchen, though, with smoke damage throughout the single story residences. State Route 217 was closed during the fire operations. All units were back in service by 3:22 p.m. - MIKE MCCAGG

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Woman rescued from car in Webster pond Webster, NY. On Dec. 20, a call was placed to 911 to report a car into a pond at 900 Holt Road at Wegmans. First responders were on scene within five minutes of the initial call. The fire department was just returning from a call and was less than 3/4 of a mile away. Normally, the firefighters would don dry suits to enter water that was about 45 degrees according to Captain Rob Boutillier of the Webster Fire Department. As police officers were talking to her, and the firefighters were attaching a safety line, the SUV began to slip into the deeper

JUMP TO FILE #122115122 water. The firefighters made a split second decision, and without protective gear, risked their lives and went into the water and pulled the woman to safety. The police officers assisted in getting her to the ambulance. She was transported to Rochester General Hospital in stable condition. The two police officers went back to their station, changed uniforms, and were back on patrol. The firefighters were evaluated at the

scene by paramedics and returned to their fire station. Captain Boutillier said that without the quick action of the first firefighters and police officers on scene, the outcome could have been deadly. Boutillier added their company had just finished cold water rescue this past Monday. The car was recovered from the retention pond with a tow truck and the assistance of the fire department. The cause of the accident is under investigation by the Webster Police Department. - JOHN SPAULDING

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Mount Marion suffers devastating LODD Reports starting coming into neighboring departments on Saturday evening regarding a Mount Marion firefighter losing his life in the line of duty. This hits firefighters and families hard, even if they didn't know him. Firefighters are a family, albeit a very large one and everyone wanted to see what they could do to assist the family and department. Mount Marion Fire District released the following press release on Sunday: On Saturday, December 19, 2015 at 6:59 p.m., the Centerville Fire Department responded to a reported chimney fire at 11 Fel Qui Road in the Centerville Fire District. Mutual aid from the Mount Marion Fire Department was also dispatched and responded. When firefighters arrived on scene, they observed fire coming from the ground floor. An entry team of firefighters from the Mt. Marion Fire Department had entered the basement to extinguish the fire. During the firefighting operation, interior firefighter, 19 year old Jack H. Rose of Saugerties, a member of the Mount Marion Fire Department, became separated from his team. Rose was quickly located by fellow firefighters and removed from the basement. Once outside, Rose became unresponsive and firefighters initiated lifesaving measures. Rose was treated by paramedics at the scene and transported by DIAZ Ambulance to the Health Alliance Hospital, Kingston Broadway Campus, where efforts to revive Rose contin-

JUMP TO FILE #122215101 ued. Rose eventually succumbed to his injuries. Jack H. Rose, a three year member of the Mt. Marion Fire Department, recently was elected to the position of Captain within the ranks of the Mt. Marion Fire Department. Mt. Marion Fire Chief Dave Ayers stated his department "is devastated over the loss of such a young life and a devoted member of the community, adding that Rose was loved by all in the fire service who knew him." The cause of the fire and the death of Rose are under investigation by authorities from the Saugerties Police Department, the New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control (OFPC) in addition to the Ulster county Bureau of Cause and Origin. A gofundme account has been established at https://www.gofundme.com/capt-ainjackrose. Thoughts and prayers rolled in from neighboring departments, firefighters from across the country and anyone associated with the fire service. Visitation was held on Sunday at Seamon-Wilsey Funeral Home with the funeral and procession on Monday. Funeral services were held at St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church with interment at St. Mary's Cemetery in Barclay Heights. - HEATHER PILLSWORTH


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No injuries on Buffalo’s Tracy St.

Bathroom fire requires firefighters

Buffalo, NY. Firefighters of the 4th Battalion 4th Platoon dispatched a P.S. assignment , two engines a ladder and a chief to investigate smoke at S.Elmwood Ave. and Tracy St. late Wednesday morning, December 30, 2015. Engine Co. 2 reported smoke from a two and a half story brick dwelling and requested the balance of a full box assignment for 24 Tracy St. Firefighters used a couple of one and three quarter inch hand lines to bring the fire under control. No injuries were reported and the cause of the fire is under investigation. Division Chief Michael Tuberdyke was in command.

Buffalo, NY. Firefighters of the 4th Battalion 4th Platoon were called out to battle a structure fire at 54 Irving Place in Buffalo's Historic Allentown section late Tuesday afternoon on December 29, 2015. The fire started in the bathroom of the large two and a half story brick dwelling. Firefighters used a one and three quarter inch hand line to bring the fire under control. No injuries were reported and the cause of the fire is under investigation. Division Chief Michael Tuberdyke was in command.


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Kentucky: Terry “TC” Culver, 65 Rank: Assistant Fire Chief Incident Date: November 12, 2015 Death Date: November 24, 2015 Fire Department: Calvert City Fire Department Initial Summary: While responding to a fire call, Assistant Fire Chief Culver became ill with heart attack like symptoms causing him to fall from a piece of fire apparatus onto a concrete floor. Culver was treated and transported to the hospital but succumbed to his injuries almost two weeks later. The nature and cause of fatal injury is still to be reported.

Kentucky: Zachary Chase Clevenger, 30 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: December 4, 2015 Death Date: December 5, 2015 Fire Department: Estill County Fire Department Initial Summary: Firefighter Clevenger worked a structure fire in the evening of December 4th returning home near midnight. Clevenger was found unconscious by his wife in the morning and emergency assistance was summoned. All efforts to revive Firefighter Clevenger were unsuccessful and he passed away from a nature and cause of fatal injury still to be reported.

Illinois: Mark Zielinski, 49 Rank: Firefighter/Paramedic Incident Date: December 4, 2015 Death Date: December 4, 2015 Fire Department: Matteson Fire Department Initial Summary: Firefighter/Paramedic Zielinski responded to a medical incident for a male who was in cardiac arrest at a local retail store. While performing CPR on the patient, Firefighter/Paramedic Zielinski suffered a medical emergency. A second ambulance was summoned and Firefighter/Paramedic Zielinski was taken to Franciscan St. James Hospital in Olympia Fields where, despite all efforts, Zielinski passed away from a reported cardiac related injury. California: Scott Carroll, 48 Rank: Captain Incident Date: November 28, 2015 Death Date: November 30, 2015 Fire Department: City of Oxnard Fire Department Initial Summary: Captain Carroll fell ill while working a duty shift that had included one cooking fire and two EMS calls. Carroll left the station for his personal physician’s office and then home to rest where, two days, later he was found by his wife having suffered a fatal brain aneurysm.

Wisconsin: Lawrence “Larry” W. Millard, 56 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: December 11, 2015 Death Date: December 11, 2015 Fire Department: Endeavor Moundville Fire Department Initial Summary: Firefighter Millard was struck by a passing vehicle as he was directing traffic while the department was on the scene of a motor vehicle crash on U.S. I-39 at mile post 99.5 in Marquette County. Firefighter Millard was rushed by ambulance to a hospital in Portage then flown to the University of Wisconsin Trauma Center in Madison, where he succumbed to his injuries.

Illinois: Daniel V. Capuano, 42 Rank: Firefighter/Paramedic Incident Date: December 14, 2015 Death Date: December 14, 2015 Fire Department: Chicago Fire Department Initial Summary: Firefighter/Paramedic Capuano died from injuries sustained in a fall down an elevator shaft while operating with fire crews in heavy smoke conditions inside of a burning warehouse building. Capuano was quickly removed from the building and into a waiting ambulance then taken to Christ Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. The cause of the fatal fire incident remains under investigation by local and state authorities. New York: Jack H. Rose, 19 Rank: Captain Incident Date: December 19, 2015 Death Date: December 19, 2015 Fire Department: Mount Marion Fire Department Initial Summary: Captain Rose responded with members of his fire department to a mutual aid response call for a reported chimney fire. According to the fire department, when firefighters arrived on scene they observed fire coming from the ground floor. An entry team of firefighters from the Mt. Marion Fire Department entered the basement to extinguish the fire. During the interior firefighting operation, Captain Rose became separated from his team. Rose was quickly located by fellow firefighters and removed from the basement. Once outside, Captain Rose became unresponsive and firefighters initiated lifesaving measures. Captain Rose was treated by paramedics at the scene and transported by DIAZ Ambulance to the Health Alliance Hospital-Kingston Broadway Campus where efforts to revive Rose continued. In spite of all life saving measures, Captain Rose eventually succumbed to his injuries.


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Fully involved structure fire hits Broad Street, Waterford On Dec. 30th around 3:20 a.m., multiple calls came in for a fully involved structure fire at 43 Broad Street. With heavy fire showing from blocks away, the Waterford Fire Department had their hands full on this JUMP TO FILE# call. 123015121 The first arriving chief had a two story attached row house style building with multiple commercial structures attached to it with heavy fire in the rear and coming from the second floor. Firefighters attempted to make an interior attack, but due to the heavy fire conditions firefighters pulled out and made a defensive stance to save the surrounding houses and businesses. Both Halfmoon-Waterford and Waterford truck companies took up master stream operations with multiple firefighters using hand lines to try to get the blaze under control. Firefighters made entry to the adjacent building in order to make sure that the fire did not jump to another building. Firefighters pulled the ceiling inside the residence to check for extension, causing minor damage to the structure. The fire was under control in about one hour. The West Albany fire department from the Town of Colonie was called for Rescue 12 for their air bank system. Firefighters from Northside, Boght, Halfmoon-Waterford, and West Albany Fire Departments assisted on scene along with multiple departments to standby.

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Mount Marion’s Captain Jack Rose laid to rest On Dec.28, 2015, 19 year old Captain Jack Rose of the Mt. Marion Fire Department was laid to rest. Thousands of firefighters from all over the country showed up to pay respects to a fallen local hero. All throughout the Town of Saugerties, local businesses had signs with Captain Jack Rose's name and the number 41 to show their support for the fire department and the Rose family. The loss of a JUMP TO FILE # local firefighter hit 122915105 the community hard and brought them together even more. Firefighters, who knew Captain Rose, stated firefighting was in his blood and was his love and passion. Captain Rose had the desire to serve his community and help anyone who needed help. Firefighters gathered outside the funeral home on John Street by the thousands to give the fallen captain the respect he desired. At 10:30 a.m., firefighters lined up along Lafayette Street, five rows deep in some areas, with firefighters as far as the eye could see for blocks. As the orders were given, the crowd of firefighters went completely silent and the bagpipes and drums started to play as thousands of firefighters saluted as they carried Captain Jack Rose to the Mt. Marion engine. After loading Captain Jack Rose i to the bed of the engine, the bagpipes and drums stopped. You could hear a pin drop with the silence of the crowd. As soon as the three firefighters climbed on the back of the engine with their fallen brother, the line of chiefs cars and engines began the procession. The procession proceeded around the block and down Lafayette Street in front of thousands of firefighters saluting the fallen hero. As the procession proceeded onto Main Street, it was joined by other engines and chiefs vehicles along with dozens of police vehicles to proceed to the church in a procession which spanned over three miles long. Local business shop owners and customers stopped what they were doing and came out to see the large procession go by. When the procession arrived down at the church, fire apparatus and police vehicles completely shut down the roads in both directions around the church due to the large crowd of firefighters and police officers gathering to pay their respects. Firefighters and police walked for miles to get to the church to listen to friends, family, and fellow firefighters speak about Captain Jack Rose's accomplishments and life. Captain Jack Rose will always be remembered and never forgotten.

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MVA with entrapment on Interstate 86 in Broome County Just before 2 p.m. on Tuesday, January 12th, Broome County Communications dispatched West Windsor (54), Windsor (28), and Five Mile Point (59) Fire Departments along with Windsor Ambulance (84) to Interstate 86 Westbound near Exit 76 for a one car MVA with entrapment. State police were already on scene and reporting one vehicle off the road with one patient entrapped in the vehicle. Chief 54, Squad 54, Squad 59, and 8421 all went responding with Utility 54 and Utility 28 used for traffic assistance. Squad 54 arrived on scene and advised the MVA was actually eastbound just east of Exit 76. Under the command of Chief 54, both squad crews deployed their hydraulic tools and worked together to power down the vehicle and extricate the driver. The extrication was tricky due

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Buffalo, NY. Firefighters of the 4th Battalion 2nd Platoon were called out to battle a structure fire at 15-17 Herkimer St. on Buffalo's West Side on Thursday morning Dec. 10, 2015. The main fire building was 17 Herkimer St., a one story frame dwelling. The fire started in the rear and spread to the attic. Three one and three quarter inch and a two and half inch hand line along with 75 feet of ground ladders were used to bring this fire under control. 15 Herkimer St., the exposure,

JUMP TO FILE #121115100 was a two and a half story frame dwelling. Crews used a couple of one and three quarter inch hand lines and 75 feet of ground ladders to control the fire’s spread. A second alarm was struck to help control the fire. A dog was brought out and firefighters and Rural Metro Ambulance personnel gave the dog oxygen. Damage to 17 Herkimer was

listed at $50,000 to the building and $25,000 to the contents. 15 Herkimer St. was $80,000 to the building and $40,000 to the contents. The cause of the fire is under investigation. The Red Cross was called to assist the residents. The Salvation Army Canteen also responded to the scene. Division Chief Mike Biasillo was in command. - DAVID KAZMIERCZAK

to severe intrusion on the driver’s door from impact with a tree. An uninjured passenger in the vehicle advised they had lost control and began to spin before taking out a large highway sign and finally impacting the tree and coming to rest in a ditch. After some careful work with the tools, the driver was extricated complaining only of an injured left shoulder besides some bumps and bruises. Road conditions were very slippery at the time of the crash due to some snow pushing through the area. NYS Police and NYS DOT assisted at the scene. All units returned to service within an hour. - NICHOLAS GRISWOLD

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Accident shuts down Route 9W

On January 10, 2016, a motor vehicle accident shut down Route 9W in the Town of Newburgh in the early afternoon hours. Cronomer Valley and Middle Hope Fire Departments along with Town of Newburgh Emergency Medical Services responded to the scene to find airbag deployment and severe property damage. All hazards were mitigated and patients packaged and transported.


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One transported from MVA

Washingtonville, NY. One patient was transported from the scene of a motor vehicle accident on Route 208 in Washingtonville on January 4th. Washingtonville Fire Department and Blooming Grove Volunteer Ambulance Corps with Washingtonville Police responded to Route 208 in the area of the old nursery for a vehicle versus tree. The patient was packaged and transported to a local hospital for treatment.

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Storm King conducts Santa Run

Storm King Engine Co. along with Chief Jeff Armitage drove Santa throughout the Village of Cornwall on Saturday, Dec, 19th. They took off from the firehouse a little after 8 a.m. Along with the engine was a utility truck that played Christmas music behind Santa. At every stop, there were two firefighters dressed up like elves, who would get out of the engine and give the children a candy cane. All throughout the village, Santa waved and said Merry Christmas to all who were on the street ready to see him.


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Contribution to endowment fund

ORANGE AND ROCKLAND COUNTY FIRE

Proceeds of $14,000 from the Orange County Firefighters Museum & Fire Safety Education Center’s 4th annual golf tournament were presented to the Community Foundation of Orange & Sullivan Counties on Monday, December 7th. This contribution to the endowment fund brings the museum closer to their goal of becoming self-sustaining. However, there is still a long way to go. The proceeds have increased each year. In 2012, we raised $7,500 and this year we came close to doubling that amount. Thank you to all who have supported this fundraiser. We could not have done it without your sponsorship. Donations to the museum’s Community Foundation Endowment Fund can be made by anyone at any time by contacting the Community Foundation at 845-7699339 or www.cfosny.org.

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Man escapes flames by bailing out window in Port Jervis BOB KRAJICEK

New Paltz responds to PIAA

On December 12, 2015, New Paltz Fire Department and New Paltz Rescue Squad were dispatched to Route 299 East for a personal injury automobile accident. Crews arrived to find a motor vehicle accident involving three vehicles, but with no significant injuries. The middle vehicle had containers of diesel fuel, which had ruptured. Firefighters handled all hazards at the scene. The cause was likely due to traffic volume and inattentive drivers.

Port Jervis, Orange County, NY. A resident at 80 Jersey Avenue in Port Jervis was seen bailing out a window with a ball of flames behind him just before noon on January 13th. According to reports, a male suffered severe burns and was airlifted to Westchester Medical Center for treatment of burns on his extremities. The Port Jervis Fire Department was dispatched for a structure fire at 80 Jersey Avenue. Command arrived to find a working fire and requested the assistance of mutual aid units, including Milford, which was soon put to work. On scene units immediately went to work with hand lines and ladders. A power cut was requested and

JUMP TO FILE #011415107 Mount Hope was assigned as the second FAST team. The bulk of the fire was knocked down quickly, but two businesses suffered damage as well as an apartment. Sparrow Bush was requested to the scene with their cascade system to fill air bottles. The department also assisted with overhaul operations. While operating on the scene, it was reported that units noticed that the floor of the first floor was starting to sag. Crews from Sparrow Bush and Greenville were evacuated for safety precautions.

Units on scene or standing by included Port Jervis, Milford, Mount Hope, Sparrow Bush, Huguenot, Greenville, Matamoras, OC EMS 1, Port Jervis EMS, and Mobile Life Support Services as well as Orange County 36-2, 36-17, 36-101, and 36-108. 36-111 was canceled. A fire investigation team was requested including Daisy the Arson Dog from Westchester. The cause and origin of the blaze are under investigation by local officials. No injuries were reported by first responders, but the male occupant is undergoing treatment for his burns. - HEATHER PILLSWORTH


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Midweek “Routine Booster” FIREFIGHTER FITNESS Lori Ann Hodgkinson

Winter is here and many of those New Year’s resolutions have fitness routines in full swing. Having that routine is surely a good thing. It’s keeping you focused. It’s keeping you on track and chances are it’s working. Well, as often as we say “change is good”, we conversely say “if it aint broke, don’t fix it”. So while your routine is working, maybe you can hang on to it, but tweak it enough to keep it from becoming stale. I am a big fan of having it all! Your workout may be a good one. It may contain all the right things in all the right amounts. To top it off - if you are still doing it, chances are it’s comfortable, convenient and working. Giving it up in the interest of change may not be the answer right now. But in the interest of prevention - here’s a midweek ‘routine booster’ designed to give you the best of both worlds. I have my clients swapping this in for one of their ‘full body’ workouts’ in the middle of the week. They get to keep all the stuff they love, all the stuff that works, but their routine gets a facelift before it gets stale. Their minds and bodies are responding to the change with new energy and physical results. It appears to be a terrific combination of staying on track and enjoying a fresh start. Give it a try. Chances are it will do the same for you. Here’s a sample format… We begin as always with a 3-5 minute gentle warm-up of walking cycling or any low level cardiovascular activity. We move on to 30 seconds of push-ups (or chest exercise) and alternate with 30 seconds of squats (or other leg/quadriceps exercise). This 1st sequence

is repeated a total of 3 times. Movement is at a somewhat brisk pace without sacrificing proper form and alignment. Once this sequence has been alternated a 3rd time we move on to sequence #2 which is one arm rows (or any upper back exercise) and lunges (or leg curls or any leg exercise with hamstring involvement). Again each is performed for 30 seconds alternating between the two exercises. After repeating the sequence 3 times we move on to the 3rd sequence. The 3rd sequence combines upper body and cardiovascular exercise. Each upper body exercise is performed for 30 seconds and alternated with cardio for 1 min. Exercises include shoulder press for 30 seconds, bike 1 minute – bicep curls 30 seconds, bike 1 minute – triceps extensions 30 seconds, bike 1 minute. As in the previous sequences we repeat the entire sequence 3 times. For those without a bike, any cardio will do from a treadmill, walking in place, jump rope, jumping jacks, knee lifts etc. (The bike worked great because we kept the dumbbells nearby and lifted them while still seated on the bike – then went right back to pedaling after each exercise.) We round out the routine with 3 abdominal exercises (we vary them from workout to workout) and one set of lower back extensions. There were times that clients did cardio workouts separate from this routine and in that case we alternated shoulders, biceps and triceps with abdominal exercises instead of the cardio. Cool-down is 3 minutes of gentle walking followed by full body stretches. The entire session including warm-up, cool-down and stretches is usually 30 minutes maximum. Remember, all exercises may not be suitable for all participants. Observe all rules regarding safe and suitable intensity. Be sure to have your physician’s approval before beginning any exercise routine.

DAVID F.KAZMIERCZAK

Buffalo, N.Y. Fire 556 Wilson St. Buffalo, N.Y. Firefighters of the 3rd Battalion 3rd Platoon were called out to battle a structure fire at 556 Wilson St. on Buffalo's East Side early Thursday morning January 7, 2016. Engine Co. 3 returning from a call spotted the fire and reported flames going through the roof of the structure. Firefighters used one tower ladder and three 2 1/2" hand lines to

JUMP TO FILE #010716100 bring the fire under control. An extra two engines and a ladder were called to the scene. Low water pressure on Wilson St. necessitated a relay. Engine Co.33 went through a vacant lot to Fillmore Ave. to get a 16" main. No

injuries were reported and the fire was ruled an arson. The rear portion of the vacant two story frame dwelling collapsed shortly into the fire. Damage was listed at $30,000.00 to the building and $0 to the contents. Division Chief Patrick Brittzalaro was in command. - DAVID KAZMIERCZAK

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Goshen ladder at a scene on the afternoon of November 10th.

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C.A. Lynch Hose Co. Engine 2 from Saugerties honored Captain Jack Rose at his funeral

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Fire destroys onion warehouse

JOHN SMITH

Brocton Structure fire

At 11:57 a.m. on Dec 13, the Brocton Fire Department was dispatched to Route 5 for a structure fire. Car 201 went on scene and reported a working structure fire. Fire departments from Portland, East Dunkirk, West Dunkirk and Westfield assisted Brocton at the scene. The cause of the fire Is under investigation by local officials.

Oswego, NY. A massive fire destroyed an onion farm’s warehouse building on the night of Saturday, Jan. 2. Multiple crews responded to the fire at 7965 Route 104 in the town of Oswego after a call was made that explosions could be heard from the farm. The initial calls JUMP TO FILE# to Oswego County 010715103 911 Center, reported sounds of explosions coming from near the warehouse area. A nearby house sustained minor damage with only smoke damage to one side of the house along with a few broken windows. There was 21 departments from Oswego, Cayuga and Onondaga Counties with 39 total pieces of apparatus to extinguish the fire. Several first in units laid over 3000 feet of supply lines from near by hydrates. Due to the massive need for water to supply multi lines and aerial units, a tanker relay and port-a-ponds were established at both ends of the fire. It took over four hours to knock it down. The fire burned for days deep inside. Fire investigators have yet to determine the cause of the fire. There were no injuries. - RICK GROSVENT

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Twelve organizations to receive funds for volunteer firefighter recruitment New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services Announces Twelve Organizations to Receive Funds for Volunteer Firefighter Recruitment State Has Awarded More Than $650,000 to Organizations to Improve Recruitment and Retention to Date The New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (DHSES) today announced that 12 organizations will receive funding to enhance volunteer firefighter and emergency services personnel recruitment and retention efforts through the state’s Recruitment and Retention Grant Program. Today’s announcement marks the second round of funding available to organizations that met eligibility requirements in this competitive grant program. Each of the 12 organizations received various award amounts capped at $25,000 to fund recruitment and retention programs and materials, and to support organizational leadership training. The total appropriation was $275,335. “This annual program helps volunteer fire companies, departments and related organizations across the state recruit and retain qualified first responders so that

JUMP TO FILE #121715113 they have the personnel resources to help protect their citizens,” said DHSES Commissioner John P. Melville. “This program, funded by personal income tax filers, helps communities across the state find and keep dedicated first responders that are vital to keeping New Yorkers safe from harm.” The Volunteer Firefighter and Volunteer Emergency Services Workers Recruitment and Retention Fund, the source of funding for the Recruitment and Retention Grant Program, was established in New York State Tax Law (section 99-q) during the 2009 legislative cycle. This section allows personal income tax return filers the option of making a gift to the fund. The grant program is administered by the Office of Fire Prevention and Control, a unit of DHSES, and audited by the State Comptroller’s Office. To date, the state has awarded more than $650,000 to organizations to help improve recruitment and retention of volunteer firefighters and emergency services personnel. Organizations such as volunteer fire companies and fire de-

partments, municipalities (on behalf of volunteer organizations with 50 percent or more volunteers), volunteer emergency medical services (EMS) organizations, and non-profit local, regional or statewide organizations that represent the interests of volunteer firefighters or EMS personnel are eligible to apply for a grant. Grantees may use the funds for training to promote leadership development; courses at the National Fire Academy or New York State Academy of Fire Science for training not available locally; health and wellness initiatives; marketing plans, publicity campaigns and community awareness initiatives; and sponsorship of local community events designed to recruit volunteers. “Of the 1,775 fire departments statewide, 1,669 are volunteer fire service departments and the grant funds help these organizations recruit additional firefighters to maintain adequate staffing levels to respond to an increasing number of emergencies every year,” added Commissioner Melville. “There are approximately 110,000 volunteer firefighters in our state that help keep us safe every day. It is vital to community safety that we help volunteer fire service organiza-

tions recruit and retain these important public safety professionals.” State Fire Administrator, Bryant D. Stevens, said, “The Volunteer Firefighter and Volunteer Emergency Services Workers Recruitment and Retention Grant Program is an excellent example of New Yorkers helping New Yorkers. Taxpayers have the ability to support recruitment and retention efforts of their local volunteer emergency service entities when they file their taxes and, in turn, the Office of Fire Prevention and Control utilizes 100% of these funds to directly benefit those local efforts. We encourage all taxpayers to consider supporting this effort in future years and we encourage all of New York’s volunteer fire and emergency services entities to apply for funding.” Awards Distribution (In alphabetical order) Berne Fire District $24,700 Cambridge Valley Rescue Squad $24,660 Campville Fire Department $17,500 Canton Fire Department $25,000 Madison County Emergency Management $24,000 North Java Volunteer Fire Com-

pany $19,500 Ontario Fire District $25,000 Schenectady County $17,650 Southern Tier Health Systems, Inc. $25,000 Speculator Fire Department $24,931 Terry Farrell Firefighters Fund $23,000 Vischer Ferry Fire District $24,394 Total $275,335 About DHSES The Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (DHSES) and its four offices -Counter Terrorism, Emergency Management, Fire Prevention and Control, and Interoperable and Emergency Communications -provide leadership, coordination and support for efforts to prevent, protect against, prepare for, respond to, and recover from terrorism and other man-made and natural disasters, threats, fires and other emergencies. For more information, visit the DHSES Facebook page, follow @NYSDHSES on Twitter, or visit dhses.ny.gov. - DHSES


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Accountability Tags

Chaplain's Corner Didymus McHugh

Back in the 1990’s, my fire department started using accountability tags. Each person was assigned a number that was engraved on two tags. We were to wear these tags on our gear. We were to put one tag on the apparatus and the other at the assignment of your work. The idea was that when things got bad, and everyone got evacuated from a building, they could tell which person was missing, if any. When the evacuation signal was sounded or transmitted, firefighters are to evacuate and P.A.R. is to be taken, to see who if anyone, is missing. This system was devised because the incident commander is held accountable for every individual on the scene. What happened to us when we are not on the scene? Where do we tag in? Who are we accountable to and who is accountable for us? What are you accountable for? We are held accountable for our actions, words and deeds, even though we did not tag in to an apparatus. We as individuals are held accountable for ourselves in society. We are accountable. The first reported accountability that I have seen was that Adam and Eve were held accountable, to God, for eating the forbidden fruit. Also Cain was held accountable, to God, for murdering his brother. (Cain had even asked God, “Am I my brother’s keeper?”) We may not like to think of it but we are responsible for our deeds, actions and words. You may think that you do not need to be accountable because you have not physically murdered anyone. There are times when just saying, “my bad” does not cover things. When were you not truthful? When did your words or actions hurt someone, if they put their trust in you or not? It states that each of us is to give an account of himself to God. Do you know that the disciples were sent out in two’s? Talk about the first two in two out before the fire service. Well, it was done for a few reasons. First, when there are two people one can encourage the other. Second, if anything happens to one, the second can take care of the first. Third, accountability. If the two were given an assignment, they were accountable to make sure that the task was performed as it should have been. This made sure that no one was freelancing. We know how important it is not to freelance. If we are married or in a relationship, we hold each other accountable, especially with the most intimate details. If we hold our children accountable for what they say or do, should we also set the example since we ourselves are accountable? Search your own hearts and see what actions you did that may seem questionable. Accountability is so strongly tied in with ethics and caring for people. You may get away with certain actions in the “now” but you will be held accountable for it, in the “future”.

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Stay Safe Out There EMS ISSUES

CHELLE CORDERO

BOB MCCORMICK

Two alarm blaze displaces dozens in City of Newburgh City of Newburgh, Orange County, NY. On the morning of January 2nd, City of Newburgh firefighters were dispatched to 129 Third Street for a working fire in a three story occupied multi-family dwelling. At a little before 11 a.m., Newburgh Car 4 arrived to find heavy fire showing from the third floor and firefighters imme- JUMP TO FILE # diately went to 010416120 work. The second alarm was needed at the scene. Firefighters worked to knock the blaze down and had it knocked at approximately 12 p.m. Overhaul commenced and mutual aid was soon released. The fire building sustained heavy fire damage on the third floor and roof. Smoke and water damaged the entire building. According to reports, an attached four story also sustained smoke and water damage. Units on the scene included the City of Newburgh, West Point, Vails Gate as the FAST, Cronomer Valley, City of Newburgh Police, and Mobile Life Support Services. Also on scene was Orange County 36-13. On standby at the Public Safety building were New Windsor and Middle Hope. The Red Cross was asked to assist as many as 30 residents. - HEATHER PILLSWORTH

GARY HEARN

Every CFR, EMT and paramedic is taught about scene safety in their basic classes — if it doesn’t look safe, don’t enter and wait for police to secure the scene. Unfortunately this basic rule, while still very wise, isn’t enough anymore. An alarming number of EMS personnel have been attacked on duty, sometimes at a scene and sometimes in the ambulance itself. This scourge of violence is happening in cities and suburbs, it happens throughout the state, the nation and even the world. Just recently on December 11, a Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS, Australia) paramedic was pummeled during a call resulting in serious facial injury requiring stitches and bruising to the upper part of his body. According to a Queensland Ambulance Service spokesperson, “In the past few years, we have noticed an unfortunate increase in the number of assaults on our staff by both patients and bystanders. … It’s a serious issue that affects all first responders, health workers and emergency services personnel.” In response to the increasing numbers of violent attacks, all QAS paramedics undergo Situational Awareness For Everyday Encounters (SAFE) training. The purpose of ‘SAFE’ training is to: • Promote professionalism and the use of good practice; • Identify the need for continuous threat assessment, risk minimization and situational awareness; • Enhance safety and a safe working environment; • Promote the use of tactical communication skills in the safe and effective resolution of workplace issues and conflict incidents; and • Identify and promote the need for QAS officers to report incidents of workplace violence and/or assaultive behavior. Right here in America, we’ve witnessed horrifying attacks on our EMS personnel: Jan. 2009, Cape Vincent, NY, Volunteer EMT Mark B. Davis was shot and killed by a man he was treating in a residence; May 2005, Tulsa, OK, Oologah paramedic Emily O’Banion was beaten and stabbed by a drug-seeking attacker; July, 2006, Madison County, NC, a paramedic was shot in the chest by a patient. Ambulance personnel routinely encounter patients under the influence of drugs or alcohol, EDPs, emotional family members

and bystanders. EMTs and paramedics are hit, bitten, kicked, some have weapons pulled on them, some have been fired upon or had bricks and other projectiles thrown at them… and it is well known that many incidents are not even reported. Because of the number of mentally incapacitated patients, many times due to intoxication, drug interactions, and other illnesses, many EMTs and paramedics consider the risk of assault to be just “part of the job”; casual complaints made by newbie EMS personnel about a patient who got out of hand are frequently dismissed and responders who are groped by patients (both sexes) often get teased. A high level of acceptance has caused the growing problem to go relatively unnoticed with only the tragedies getting mass media coverage. No first responder should be put at undue risk or made to accept physical harm as a routine part of the job. In December 2015, NYS Governor Cuomo signed into a law a bill that will help protect emergency medical service paramedics or technicians; Senate Bill S. 4839 amends a previous law “to provide stronger protection for emergency medical service paramedics and technicians, who, while performing their assigned duties, are attacked by individuals who intend to cause bodily injury to these public servants.” The new law makes it a felony to physically attack EMTs or paramedics no matter what the intent. Leaders of EMS organizations need to encourage (and support) personnel to report all incidents of violent behavior. Agency administrators also need to provide more training for members (both volunteer and paid) to safely handle situations and defend themselves when necessary. There are a few organized courses available that could be considered; one such program is Defensive Tactics for EMS (DT4EMS) which was recently renamed Escaping Violent Encounters for EMS and Fire (EVE4EMS/Fire) teaches practical skills for defusing, avoiding and escaping purposeful violence while appropriately managing medical patients demonstrating physical manifestations. Staying safe is more than just donning gloves and eye protection. Proper training would mandate a financial outlay, but one that could save the lives of the EMS personnel who are helping to protect our communities; municipalities could help subsidize these programs for non-profit EMS. It’s worth the investment.


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Washingtonville hosts Breakfast with Santa Washingtonville, NY. On the morning of Sunday, December 13th, the residents of Washingtonville and the surrounding community had the opportunity to enjoy a nice buffet breakfast, enjoy the company of their local fire department, and visit with JUMP TO FILE# Kris Kringle. 121415121 Each year, these firefighters spend a lot of time decorating their hall and preparing meals for their guests. From freshly made-toorder omelets to pancakes and bacon, bellies were soon full from the breakfast. Santa Claus is on hand for the children to share their lists with and take photos. The department hosts a breakfast each year for Christmas as well as on Palm Sunday. Washingtonville Fire Department is also a huge supporter of the Blooming Grove Holiday Wishes for Kids program. They spend hours upon hours collecting, wrapping and distributing gifts to bring the warmth of the holiday season to those who need it the most.

JEFFREY ARNOLD

Dryer sparks Lakeville house fire

- HEATHER PILLSWORTH

HEATHER PILLSWORTH

Lakeville, NY. On Saturday, January 9, at approximately 8:30 a.m., Lakeville, Livonia and Hemlock fire departments were dispatched to a reported structure fire 6107 Wilkins Tract Road. Firefighters arrived on location and found smoke showing from a single-story home. The fire was brought quickly

JUMP TO FILE #010915104 under control and the residents of the home were able to escape unharmed. The blaze was found to have originated from a clothes dryer. - JEFFREY ARNOLD


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Second alarm fire hits West Albany neighborhood On Dec. 20th, the West Albany Fire Department along with Latham, Shaker Road, Fuller Road, Menands, Colonie Village Fire Company and Midway Fire Department responded to a working structure fire at 28 Corning Street. The call originally went to the city of Albany's dispatch center and the Albany Fire Department responded, but did not find anything. They realized that it was a Colonie address and the call was dispatched to the proper departments. The first arriving chief had heavy smoke showing from the structure and transmitted the Signal 30. Firefighters arrived on scene immediately going to work pulling multiple hand lines in to the second floor. Firefighters had a working fire in the roof and attic area, but ran into problems accessing the ceiling inside. The weather outside played a role in the fire spread with the heavy winds blowing directly into the front of the building causing the fire to spread throughout the roof. Firefighters searched the home and found the family’s cat. The heavy fire spread started to compromise the structure’s in-

JUMP TO FILE #122515100 tegrity and the all out was issued. An emergency transmission occurred during the evacuation for a firefighter who was down on the second floor. The firefighter was quickly removed from the structure and evaluated by EMS. Firefighters quickly did an accountability check and went to full defensive operations. During the master stream operation, the wall on the bravo side of the structure started to bow out words toward the yard. A collapse zone was immediately set up. Firefighters worked for over five hours on scene until the early hours of the next morning to extinguish the blaze. The home was a total loss and the family cat did not survive the fire. The firefighter, who was injured, sustained very minor injuries and went right back to work with his fellow firefighters shortly after being released from EMS. Fire investigators are working to determine the cause of the fire. - JEFFREY BELSCHWINDER

Colonie firefighters getting off the roof as the all out is issued

JEFFREY BELSCHWINDER

Monroe County's 4th Fast moving second alarm in Buffalo Battalion officers set to start the New Year in 2016 Southwest Monroe County, NY. The line officers of the fire departments in southwest Monroe County as elected by the general body of each organization are as follows. In the fire service, they are referred to as group called the 4th Battalion. Caledonia was added because they are often included with Mumford on responses and training. These leaders are all volunteers as are the men and women that follow their orders. We should feel lucky to have these individuals in our communities. They train and run organizations to respond to emergencies in our communities. Clifton Fire Department Chief Charles Tytler, 1st Assistant Chief Tom Harper, 2nd Assistant Chief Dave Richards, Captain Jeff McNulty, Lt. Ken McDermott, and Lt. Jim Noble Chili Fire Department Chief Kevin Steeves, Deputy Chief Jared Guhl, Deputy Chief Pat Donovan, Battalion 1 Andrew Wilkinson, Captain Jim Mance, 1st Lt. Dave Saur, 2nd Lt. Jon VanOrden, Battalion 2 Mike Sauer, Captain Matt Wheeler, 1st Lt. Dave Johnson, 2nd Lt. Josh Welch, Battalion 3 Jim May, Captain Reg Allen, 1st Lt. Tim Harris, 2nd Lt. Mike May, Bat-

JUMP TO FILE #010316113 talion 4 John Dailey, Captain Matt Teagarden, Lt. Pete Henry, and Lt. Chris Soufleris Churchville Fire Department Chief Gary Johnson, Deputy Chief Andy Vargo, Deputy Chief Chris Buss, Captain Tom Hare Lt. Leslie Skelton, Lt. Colin Willis, and Safety Officer Scott Flagler. Scottsville Fire Department (election held in Summer) Chief Jeff Brown, Executive Deputy Chief Jay Coates, Assistant Chief Brian Ely, Assistant Chief Robert Valerio, Captain Mike Connelie, Lt. Josh Coates, Lt. Casey Fitzpatrick, and Lt. Mike Melito. Mumford Fire Department Chief Dan Chapman, Deputy Chief Chris Trewer, Captain Todd Smith, Lt. Mike Burnside, and Lt. Jason Klein. Caledonia Fire Department Chief Mike Churchill, Assistant Chief John Pike, Assistant Chief RJ Kantowski, Captain Chris Beach, Captain -Jeff Mills, Lt. Kevin Hammond, and Lt. Jeff Ayers. - JOHN SPAULDING

Buffalo, NY. Firefighters of the 3rd Battalion 4th Platoon were called out to battle a structure fire at 55-53 Nevada Ave. on Buffalo's East Side early Sunday afternoon, December 13, 2015. Firefighters arrived to a fast movJUMP TO FILE # ing fire in a story and 121415102 a half frame dwelling. The 3rd Battalion Chief requested an additional engine and ladder. Ladder Co.14 asked for two extra engines and a ladder, so then the chief asked for an extra engine above the one and one. Fallen power lines and an inoperable hydrant led to the balance of the second alarm to be struck. Two tower ladders and multiple two and a half inchhand lines were put into operation. The fire also got into the exposure at 53 Nevada Ave. No injuries were reported and the cause of the fire is under investigation. Damage was listed at 55 Nevada Ave. $70,000 to the building and $30,000 to the contents and 53 Nevada Ave. $60,000 to the building and $20,000 to the contents. The Red Cross was called to assist the families. Division Chief Michael Tuberdyke was in command. - DAVID KAZMIERCZAK

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A firefighter checks out the inoperable hydrant at the Nevada Ave. second alarm.


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Third alarm for Mount Vernon On Sunday, January 10th at approximately 8:30 a.m., Mount Vernon fire companies were alerted to 25 West Sanford Boulevard for a report of smoke from a Chinese restaurant. JUMP TO FILE # While respond- 011216106 ing, units were notified that dispatchers received multiple calls. Engine 5 quickly arrived on scene to find heavy smoke showing from a one story taxpayer and transmitted a 10-26 (working fire). Engine 5 from the Pelham Fire Department and Tower Ladder 17 from the Eastchester Fire Department were relocated to Mount Vernon Fire Station 3 for cover, but were redirected to the scene on the second alarm. Multiple lines were stretched into the building, but were pulled out and went to defensive operations. The fire spread to the exposure 2 side, which was a similar attached store and went through the roof. Ladder 2 (using Ladder 3 as a spare) set up a ladder pipe and knocked down most of the visible fire, but the fire spread to exposure 2-A which was a three story frame private dwelling. Yonkers Fire Department Engine 313, Tower Ladder 75 and Battalion 2 were relocated to Station 3, but were redirected to the scene on the third alarm. Heavy fire was found in the private dwelling and was quickly knocked down by Engine 5 from Pelham and Tower Ladder 75 from Yonkers. The fire in the taxpayer was eventually knocked down and the incident was placed under control with an approximate four hour duration - JOHN HOPPER

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Firemen’s Association of the State of New York creates New Health and Wellness Committee Albany, NY. Rarely does the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York (FASNY), the New York State-wide organization representing 92,000 volunteer first responders including firefighters and emergency medical workers, institute a new Committee. FASNY’s creation of the new Health & Wellness Committee underscores one of the association’s top priorities: a mission described by FASNY President Robert McConville as, “A Healthy Firefighter Is Everyone’s Fight”. Long Island-based Jacqueline Moline, MD, MSc will serve as Chairperson for the committee. Among her vast accomplishments, Dr. Moline served as the director of Mount Sinai’s Clinical Center of Excellence within the World Trade Center (WTC) Medical Monitoring and Treatment Program, which has diagnosed and treated thousands of WTC responders in the New York metropolitan area and across the United States, and currently directs Northwell’s WTC Clinical Center of Excellence in Queens, NY. Of note, she is the only person to have directed two different WTC Clinical Centers. Dr. Moline has been involved in the medical surveillance and care of diverse groups of workers for her entire 25-plus-years career in the field of occupational medicine. Dr. Moline was one of the founders of the World Trade Center Medical Program, and has treated hundreds of first responders since September 11, 2001. She is internationally recognized for her work with the World Trade Center program, and has advocated for medical care for all first responders for decades. In addition to her work at the World Trade Center program, Dr. Moline chairs the Department of Occupational Medicine, Epidemiology and Prevention at the Northwell Health System and directs the Occupational and Environmental Medicine Center of Long Island. She has focused on improving the health and wellness of first responders and other workers at high risk for pulmonary disease, cardiovascular disease and cancer for the last 20 years. Dr. Moline is a board-certified occupational medicine specialist who graduated from the University of Chicago with honors, then attended the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. She completed an internal

JUMP TO FILE #011216141 medicine residency at Yale University School of Medicine and then completed an occupational medicine residency at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, where she obtained a Master’s of Science in community medicine. “FASNY’s Health & Wellness Committee, made up of experts in the medical field, will advise FASNY leadership on matters of health unique to firefighting, focusing on cancer, heart issues and mental health in the fire service,” said President McConville. “We are honored to have Dr. Jacqueline Moline helm this extremely important committee and are thrilled that she will be providing her expertise and sharing her experience and wisdom in our quest for healthy firefighters”, said McConville. As part of efforts to bring attention to the critical issue of wellness for first responders, FASNY’s website provides numerous new informational and other resources for firefighters in a central location, found at h t t p : / / w w w. f a s n y. c o m / c a t e gory/wellness/. In addition to Dr. Jacqueline Moline, Chair, the Committee includes Dr. Jamie Rockwin, Vice Chair; Kerri Winans-Kaley, Secretary; Kelli LaPage, Member; and Alexander Peter Ruckh, Member. Diana Pfersick, MHA; RN; EMT-CC is the FASNY Liaison to the new committee. About FASNY Founded in 1872, the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York (FASNY) represents the interests of the more than 92,000 volunteer firefighters and emergency medical personnel in New York State. For more information, visit www.fasny.com. FASNY believes “A Healthy Firefighter Is Everyone’s Fight.” In an effort to bring attention to the critical issue of wellness for first responders, this webpage h t t p : / / w w w. f a s n y. c o m / c a t e gory/wellness/ puts numerous resources addressing heart conditions, mental health and cancer issues in a central location. FASNY seeks to make the volunteer fire and emergency medical services as strong as they can be by providing resources and encouraging each organization to take positive action at a local level. - FASNY

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Several people rescued from arson building fire in Niagara Falls Niagara Falls, NY. Niagara Falls firefighters were called to 1967 Niagara St. at about 7:15 p.m. on Friday, New Year’s Day with early reports indicating that a number of occupants of the apartment were trapped on the third floor of the burning structure. Upon arrival of the fire department, a number of people were hanging out and sticking their heads out of windows. Niagara Falls firefighters used ladder trucks to rescue several people from a burning rooming house. One man suffered a broken leg when he leaped from an upper window to escape, said Niagara Falls Fire Chief Tom Colangelo.

JUMP TO FILE #010316110 Chief Colangelo said firefighters did an excellent job of using ladder trucks to rescue them and “multiple people” were saved with a minimum of injuries. The fire caused heavy damage to a rooming house and authorities said it left more than 20 people homeless. The Red Cross is assisting victims. The rooming house is located over the former Zodiac Lounge bar, and the building was the scene of another fire in December 2012. This rooming house was the

subject of controversy in the past because it is located near a city school, and some of the people living there were parolees from state prisons, including some sex offenders. In June 2009, a “cluster” of former sex offenders were living in the building in violation of city ordinances. The fire is still under investigation. Even with the arrest of Jerome Wingfield, 32, of the 1400 block of Main Street. He has been charged with second-degree arson, seconddegree burglary and first-degree reckless endangerment. - LARRY KENSINGER

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Apartment fire in Buffalo

Buffalo, NY. Firefighters of the 3rd Battalion 3rd Platoon were called out to battle a fire in an apartment complex at 132 Spring St. on Buffalo's East Side on September 23, 2015. Firefighters arrived to smoke and flames venting from a second story window. Two occupants were rescued by fire department personnel. Damage was listed at $150,000 to the building and $50,000 to the contents. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Division Chief Patrick Brittzalaro was in command.


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A renewed spirit of Christmas On Sunday, December 20th, the Orange County Battalion 5 fire departments of Washingtonville, Salsbury Mills, and South Blooming Grove gathered to deliver Christmas presents and food to families in need in our area. Over the past few weeks, hundreds of presents were dropped off at the Washingtonville Fire Department, sorted by age and gender, and

JUMP TO FILE #122215133 many hours of wrapping was conducted to ensure our youngest residents had gifts to open on Christmas morning. Washingtonville E-584, Salisbury Mills M-550, and South Blooming Grove R-586, along with

Santa spent the morning hours delivering the gifts throughout the area. The families and especially the children were overjoyed to see Christmas being delivered by firefighters once again! At the end of the deliveries, all the members had a renewed feeling for Christmas. - TIM PILLSWORTH

Fire in Broadway Market Bar

Buffalo firefighters of the 3rd Battalion 1st Platoon were called out to battle a structure fire at 232 Gibson St. across the street from Buffalo's historic Broadway Market early Sunday morning, January 3, 2016. The fire was in the market bar. Firefighters used a couple of one and three quarter inch hand lines and 40 feet of ladders to bring the fire under control. No injuries were reported and the cause of the fire is under investigation. Damage was listed at $65,000 to the building and $25,000 to the contents. 230 Gibson St. received $2,000 in damage to the siding. Division Chief Peter Kertzie was in command.


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New York announces new law strengthening penalties for EMS assaults Fire Commissioner Daniel A. Nigro, State Senator Martin J. Golden, Assemblyman Joseph R. Lentol and union representatives today announced a new law making any assault against on-duty EMS personnel a felony punishable by up to seven years in prison. This year, there have been 73 instances of EMTs, paramedics and EMS officers having been at-

JUMP TO FILE #122215116 tacked while on-duty. In 2014, 78 assaults were reported. “EMT’s and paramedics should never be assaulted while performing their difficult life-saving work,” said Fire Commissioner Nigro. “These men and women deserve our protection and

respect. I want to thank Senator Golden, Assemblyman Lentol, District Attorney Thompson, and the many other elected officials and union leaders – in particular Vincent Variale and Israel Miranda – who worked so hard to create this law aimed at better protecting our 3,000 EMS members.” - NYS Div of Homeland Security & Emergency Svcs

Lt. Tom Hoffstetter retires after 34 years

On December 11, 2015, Lt. Tom Hoffstetter worked his last day after 34 years of dedicated service to the Buffalo Fire Department. He was appointed to the department on January 18, 1982 and assigned to Engine Co.16 on Main St. He bid Engine Co.37 where he worked for ten years until he was promoted to lieutenant on March 15, 1993 and was assigned to Rescue 2. He bid Engine Co.31 on the 4th Platoon and worked there for 19 years, before taking the assignment in 2010 to the Training Bureau, where he passed on his experience to the department as an instructor. He has been an integral part of the last four recruit classes and will sorely be missed.


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Air Vacuum Corporation provides latest technology to Gold Award winner

The Norwalk (CT) Fire Department has been the recipient of the GOLD AWARD by Firehouse Magazine for outstanding architecture and fire station design for their new Headquarters Station. Utilizing the latest fire station design technology and current regulatory requirements the department has set the standard for new station design. The Air Vacuum Corporation was selected to provide the latest technology for exhaust removal systems in providing a clean and healthy environment for person-

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Orange County Firefighters Museum & Fire Safety Education Center chosen by Staples associate to receive $3,500 grant Montgomery, NY. Orange County Firefighters Museum & Fire Safety Education Center has been awarded $3,500 by Staples Foundation, the private charitable arm of Staples, Inc., under a program that lets Staples associates direct donations. “Funding for non-profit organizations like the Staples Foundations will allow the museum and education center to continue our mission statement of honoring volunteers, preserving history and teaching fire prevention and safety. We are grateful to them for their support,” said museum president Kane P. Armistead. This grant is part of a philanthropic initiative created by Staples Foundation, which allows Staples associates around the world to direct funding to nonprofit organizations that are focused on education or job skills. The program, called 2 Million and Change, encourages local community engagement by awarding larger grants to organizations where associates are highly engaged in volunteering or fundraising – up to $25,000 per organization. In 2014, Staples awarded more than $2.4 million in grants to 1,056 local organizations in support of education and job skills programs, including tutoring for pediatric cancer patients, job skills development for individuals with disabilities, school supplies, mentoring and more. “Staples Foundation is committed to encouraging associates around the globe to make a difference in their local communities

JUMP TO FILE #122915103 and through 2 Million and Change we enable them to directly support the programs where they personally see the greatest need,” said Emily McCann, senior manager of community and giving for Staples, Inc. The Orange County Firefighters Museum opened its doors in 2006 after extensive research and renovation. The Fire Safety Education Center, which is housed in the renovated horse barn behind the museum opened in 2011 and it has proved to be a great addition to the museum teaching children and adults the importance of fire prevention and safety through hands on activities which enhance their visit. During the winter months visits can be arranged by calling (845) 457-9666 the remainder of the year the museum is open on Saturdays from 1 to 4 p.m. Staples contributes to educational and job-related community efforts with a primary focus on disadvantaged youth, from literacy and mentoring to career skills development, through in-kind and monetary donations and grants from Staples Foundation, the private charitable arm of Staples, Inc. Through its community and giving efforts, Staples and Staples Foundation have helped more than 7,000 organizations in 26 countries. For more information, visit www.staples.com/community. - MARYBETH MAJESTIC

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Glasco Fire Department’s E 29-1 participated in the procession honoring Captain Jack Rose

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

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

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

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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Buffalo firefighters of Ladder Co. 6 4th Platoon at the fire at 109 Keystone St. on Tuesday, December 22, 2015.

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One of Troy's captains coming out to get a new air bottle

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Claverack Assistant Chief, also Columbia County Deputy Fire Coordinator, George Keeler supervises operations

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On December 13th, the residents of Washingtonville and the surrounding community had the opportunity to enjoy a nice buffet breakfast, enjoy the company of their local fire department, and visit with Kris Kringle.

Captain Dan Mclntyre of Troy's Engine 6

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MUTUAL AID GORDON WREN

I recently attended a meeting where a fire coordinator from another county stood up and stated that he was concerned about the poor quality of many of the Chiefs who were currently being elected into office in his county. Many in the room shook their heads in agreement with this statement and seemed to agree that the criteria for being elected Chief should be more than a popularity contest. I thought about the gentleman's statement on the way home from the meeting and concluded that, in general, we in the volunteer fire service are very lucky. The majority of our Chiefs do a good or, at least, an acceptable job for us. And, the position of Chief is more complex and demanding now than ever before. We do, however, have our share (just like any other field) of individuals who have no business donning a white helmet and assuming the awesome responsibilities of Chief. I have been to some annual dinners where everyone in the department seemed to breathe a sigh of relief as the outgoing Chief stepped down, and also at others

where the members were genuinely sad to see an obviously great leader and administrator end his term. Great leadership is a complicated mix of talents and qualities. Some individuals appear to be innately gifted, but for most it is a combination of talents, common sense, the ability to stay calm and think under pressure, and a tremendous amount of learned skills -EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE! Every community has a few leaders who are so well respected that they are almost legendary. How are these leaders able to motivate other volunteers? Not everyone is born with the temperament or the abilities to be a good leader. However, when an individual possesses these abilities and has the energy and desire needed to educate himself in the field of firemanics, the results and accomplishments can be incredible. Many fire departments now have educational prerequisites included in their by-laws. These departments require that an individual must take certain courses before he can advance in rank.

Some of these organizations require a tremendous amount of education and years of experience. This is how it should be. It won't guarantee a good Chief, but it will help increase the chances. Many very talented people just don't have the necessary time needed to meet all these requirements or to do the job as Chief. When you do get that quality Chief who possesses all of the abilities, the right personality, the training and experience that are needed, it seems like before you know it, his term is up. Many fire departments traditionally rotate their Chiefs every two years or so. Some departments are giving consideration to breaking the traditional two-year term and going to longer consecutive one year terms if the current Chief is doing an exceptional job and if he (and his family) are willing to make the sacrifice. Some departments are "recycling" former Chiefs who were good leaders. If your department is lucky enough to have quality leadership at management levels, you are lucky and should start looking to the future. If you are not lucky in the leadership area, start looking at the resources in your department. Each member of your department is a unique combination of qualities and abilities. A well-run

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organization needs responsible people as house officers, instructors, computer experts, safety officers, financially responsible people to handle the money, maintenance workers and well-motivated firefighters, who are the heart and soul of any successful operation. Get to know your members; determine their strengths and weaknesses. Think of your members as a pool of talent and look for opportunities to utilize their talents. By choosing the right people, including them in activities and praising them for their accomplishments, you encourage these individuals and give them a feeling of satisfaction. Panic by leaders on the fire ground is contagious and disastrous. Enthusiasm is also contagious, and it makes anything achievable. Keep your eyes open for future leaders. I have just ordered three firefighting tactics books that are well-written and ideal for young line officers. I have identified three individuals in our county who seem to have many of the qualities needed for good leadership. I intend to give them copies of these books and explain to them that I feel that they have what it takes to be great leaders in the fire service. It will be interesting to see how these future leaders turn out in the years ahead which, I am sure, will

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be even more demanding than today. I wrote this "Mutual Aid" column for the June, 1993 issue of Hudson Valley Firefighter. Most of the information in that article is still relevant. In the next to last paragraph of the article, I wrote about buying some books and giving them to young line officers who had great potential. One of those officers was Gregory Sikorsky. I gave him the book with a handwritten note from me on the first page of the book, saying that he had the potential for becoming a great firefighter and leader -and he did. Well, Greg did go on to do great things.! He took his love of firefighting with the Hillcrest Volunteer Fire Company and joined the Fire Department of New York (FDNY). After several years, he was assigned to Squad Company 41. On 9/11/01 Greg was killed (murdered) while working with his company, leaving behind his wife and a son, who would have been three years old a few days after 9/11/01. Greg has been on my mind recently because I found out that his son, Steven Sikorsky, now age 17, has joined the Blauvelt Fire Department and just enrolled in our New York State Fire Fighter I Program. Steven is honoring his father by stepping forward, and I know how proud his dad would be!


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Head on MVA with Mercy Flight Cambria, NY. On December 10, 2015, at 5:05 p.m., the Niagara County Sheriff's Office responded to a three vehicle injury accident on Saunders Settlement Road in the Town of Cambria. Upon arrival of deputies, it was observed that two vehicles were in the roadway, and a farm tractor was off the road on the north side ditch. The initial investigation revealed that a westbound vehicle struck the westbound farm tractor, which was traveling on the shoulder of Saunders Settlement Road. After striking

JUMP TO FILE #121015113 the tractor, the westbound vehicle crossed into the eastbound lane and struck an eastbound vehicle head on. The driver of the westbound vehicle was transported by Mercy Flight to ECMC for treatment. The driver of the eastbound vehicle was also transported by Mercy Flight to ECMC for treatment. One of the eastbound vehicle passengers was

transported to ECMC by ambulance for treatment. The second vehicle passenger was a juvenile and was transported by ambulance to Women and Children Hospital. The operator of the farm tractor was not injured. The investigation is still ongoing by the Niagara County Sheriff Department and the names are being withheld until notification of the family. - LARRY KENSINGER

Claverack crews with Chief Mike Cozzolino visible work the fire as smoke still pours out of the single story residence. MIKE MCCAGG

Blaze destroys home in Galway The Galway Fire Department was dispatched for a structure fire on Crook St with a report of a burn victim. The first arriving fire chief on scene was Car 23. UMP TO FILE # The chief had J010416113 heavy black smoke showing from the structure and requested West Charlton, Providence, Broadalbin, and Hagaman Fire Departmenst to respond to the scene with manpower and tankers. The home was heavily involved by the time additional resources arrived on scene. Firefighters had to establish a water supply, but due to the heavily advanced fire conditions, it was hard for firefighters to keep up. Within a short time, the roof collapsed into the structure. Firefighters had the blaze under control about one hour into the incident. The home was a total loss. No firefighters were injured on scene and fire investigators are currently investigating the cause of the fire. - JEFFREY BELSCHWINDER

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Troy Firefighter Jarred Collins

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Goshen ladder at a scene on the afternoon of November 10th.

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MVA on busy Route 208

Washingtonville, NY. On the evening of December 30th, Washingtonville Fire Department was dispatched to a motor vehicle accident on busy Route 208. The driver was removed from the vehicle by WFD, treated and transported to a local hospital by Blooming Grove Volunteer Ambulance Corps. Washingtonville firefighters also removed a tree, which was obstructing the southbound lane of Route 208. The cause of the accident is under investigation.

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A tanker from Mellenville sits at the bottom of a driveway feeding Claverack's engine

Centerville 19-22 participated in the procession to honor Captain Jack Rose

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C.A. Lynch Hose Co. Engine 2 from Saugerties honored Captain Jack Rose at his funeral

Christmas Day fire destroys Troy home On Christmas Day, the City of Troy responded to 103 Ida Street for an alarm of fire with multiple calls on it. On arrival, Engine 6 called for the Signal 30 with heavy fire showing from the house and JUMP TO FILE# the arriving chief 122515101 called the second alarm. Firefighters made entry into the structure with the heavy fire rolling out into the street, which caused a high-voltage power line to land in front of the building. The chief called the all out. Firefighters made it out safely and immediately started hitting it from the outside to try to control the fire. Firefighters were able to go around to the back side of the structure to ladder the building to go to the roof to make a vent hole. Soon after, firefighters were able to make entry back into the structure, making an aggressive interior attack. Firefighters were able to knock the heavy fire quickly. Command was able to confirm all the residents escaped with no injuries. The home was a total loss. No injuries were reported. The fire is under investigation at this time. - JEFFREY BELSCHWINDER

Troy Fire Department overhauling the heavily damaged building

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Several lines needed at structure Buffalo, NY. Firefighters of the 4th Battalion 3rd Platoon were called out to battle a structure fire in a large two and a half story frame mixed use residential commercial at 571 Elmwood Ave. in Buffalo's historic Elmwood Village on Monday December 28, 2015. Firefighters used several one and three quarter inch hand lines and 35' of ladders to bring the fire 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 $75,000 to the contents. The Red Cross was called to assist eight adults. Division Chief Patrick Brittzalaro was in command.

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Vacant commercial fire Rochester, NY. The Rochester Fire Department along with mutual aid from the Ridge Road Fire District and the Barnard Fire Department were dispatched to heavy smoke in the area of a commercial district on the north west side of Rochester. The first arriving engine found heavy smoke emitting from a single story occupancy. A working fire was declared. The fire appeared to have started in the A/D corner, which took firefighters some time to get too. The rest of the unoccupied building sustained smoke damage. Sources say that the building recently closed. It had previously been an adult entertainment establishment and adult book store. One firefighter was transported for a minor ankle injury.

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Extensive damage in Buffalo BOB ROOT

Cronomer Valley Chief Jorge Resto on the scene of a motor vehicle accident in the Town of Newburgh on January 10th.

Buffalo, NY. Firefighters of the 3rd Battalion 4th Platoon were called out to battle a structure fire at 109 Keystone St. on the City's East Side on Tuesday, December 22, 2015. There were reports that people might be trapped in the story and a half frame dwelling. But after the primary and secondary searches came up negative on occupants. Firefighters used several one and three quarter inch hand lines and 45 feet of ladders to bring the fire under control. No injuries were reported and the cause of the fire ids under investigation. Damage was extensive. Division Chief Peter Kertzie was in command.


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Firefighter loses life while trying to break up fight

JEFF STEDNER

Shortly after the New Year started, a fight broke out at a New Years Eve party at a home on Paddock Drive in the Town of Crawford in Orange County. Justin Speights, a 20 year old member of the Silver Lake Fire Department was in attendance and jumped in to try to defuse the situation. During this attempt, Speights was stabbed in the torso multiple times and was rushed to Orange Regional Medical Center in Middletown, where he succumbed to his injuries. Hundreds of people turned out for the visitation and funeral services leaving standing room only at the Transformations Church in Middletown. Justin answered his final alarm JEFF STEDNER

After just one day, two pictures were posted by NY Giants Vice President of Media Relations, Pat Hanlon, on Twitter. The first picture was Odell Beckham Jr's locker with Justin's senior picture taped to it that said "Rest in Peace Justin Speights" and the second was Odell standing on the field pregame holding the same image. The New York State Police, Bureau of Criminal Investigation Troop F Middletown has taken over the investigation. At the time of this article, no arrests have been made and anyone with information about the events leading to Justin's death are asked to contact the NYSP(845) 344-5300.

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JUMP TO FILE #011216125 on January 8, 2016 surrounded by his family, friends and hundreds of firefighters from around the region. He will be sorely missed by many. During his funeral service, Department Chief Joe Morstatt promoted Justin to the rank of First Lieutenant for the 2016 calendar year and presented this award to Justin's younger brother, Aaron. Justin was a huge NY Giants fan and his friends took to social media to try to get his favorite team to acknowledge him and it worked. The hashtag #giantsforjustin exploded across Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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