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Schodack, NY - On January 9th at 10:57 P.M., the Nassau Fire Department along with mutual aid from Clinton Heights, East Schodack, South Schodack, North Chatham and Nassau Ambulance were dispatched for a reported structure fire at the garage next to the NAPA Auto Parts on Route 20. - See full story on page 14

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Two-Alarm Structure Fire in City of Newburgh Newburgh, NY - The City of Newburgh FD was dispatched to a structure fire at 117 West Parmenter Street on January 1st. Units arrived to a fully involved fire in a vacant dwelling. Mutual Aid was requested to respond from Stewart Air National Guard, West Point, Cornwall-on-Hudson and New Windsor. The fire was knocked down using hand lines. Newburgh FD's Ladder Truck was used to enter the second floor. Orange County Deputy Fire Coordinator 36-16 and Mobile Life ALS were also at the scene. City of Newburgh Police blocked West Parmenter Street while crews worked on scene.

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Fire crews respond to a fire at a home on Central Ave. in Ravena, just a few houses down from a previous fire two weeks prior.

Second Structure Fire in Ravena Within Two Weeks Ravena, NY - The Ravena and Coeymans Fire Departments quickly extinguished another house fire on Central Avenue in Ravena after a previous fire recently at another nearby home. Fire crews were called to 34 Central Ave. just before 6:00 P.M. on Tuesday, January 7th, after a neighbor at 28 Central Ave. noticed smoke and flames coming from the rear of the structure. The residents were home at the time, but were alerted of the fire by a neighbor knocking on their door, according to Chief Jeff Dambrosio of the Ravena Fire Department. He

JUMP TO FILE #010920119 said that the fire was contained to the rear porch and reported only water damage to the interior of the structure. This fire came just a little over a week since fire sparked twice in a few days at another home just a few houses down from this incident. The arson investigation team was on the scene to investigate the fire, but Chief Dambrosio said he believed the property owner was

using a torch while doing work on the roof and believes something heated up after he left, sparking the fire. Officers from the Coeymans Police Department utilized a fire extinguisher just prior to the fast arrival of the fire department. The fire department was on scene within minutes, as they were gathered at the firehouse for a meeting when the call was dispatched. There were no injuries reported. - THOMAS MARRA

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Warwick Fire Department members, (L to R): Chief Dan Schweikart, 1st Assistant Chief Mike Contaxis & 2nd Assistant Chief Andrew Lemin.


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Three Alarms Struck at Commercial Garage Fire in Clifton Park Clifton Park, NY - On Saturday, December 21st, the Clifton Park FD along with mutual aid from West Crescent, HalfmoonWaterford, Jonesville, Hillcrest, Boght, Mechanicville and Vischer Ferry, responded to a reported structure fire at 1627 Route 9, Fast Lane Automotive. The caller stated that there was a vehicle on fire inside of the garage. Car 19 called while en route to the scene and the dispatcher notified him that they were taking numerous calls on the fire. As a precaution, Car 19 requested a second-alarm to be transmitted. Heavy fire lit up the night sky and a thick black and gray column of smoke could be seen from a quarter mile away. The first arriving engine on scene had heavy fire throughout a three-bay commercial garage with numerous exposure issues of vehicles parked on the outside of the structure. The officer on scene transmitted the third-alarm. The next arriving engine was instructed to grab the hydrant across Route 9, shut the road down and lay into the scene. With extremely icy conditions in the parking lot, firefighters pulled a two-and-a-half inch hand line and began knocking down the fire. Firefighters were unable to stand and hold the hand line, forcing them to use it at ground level. As additional firefighters arrived on scene numerous explosions from inside of the garage occurred. A worker from inside the garage stated that there was a half dozen vehicles inside that

JUMP TO FILE #010920113 were on fire. Clifton Parks truck company arrived on scene and immediately went into aerial operations. As additional firefighters arrived from mutual aid companies, crews began to use multiple hand lines and knocked down the heavy fire conditions inside of the garage and extinguished vehicles that were on fire outside of the garage. Firefighters in the rear of the building used a hand line to cool down acetylene tanks and an oxygen tank that were still inside of the building that had not exploded. A firefighter on scene slipped and fell during operations, and was treated on scene for his injuries. Crews had the grueling task of pulling apart the interior of the building with hand tools to make sure all hotspots were knocked down. It took over two hours to conduct heavy overhaul of the completely destroyed garage. Saratoga County fire investigators then began their lengthy investigation into the incident. Six vehicles were completely destroyed, as well as the building. Workers that were inside of the structure at the time of the fire stated that they were using a torch on a vehicle when it caught fire. All of the workers were able to make it out of the building without injury. - JEFFREY BELSCHWINDER

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

Nebraska: John Sing, 67 Rank: Chief Incident Date: November 11, 2019 Death Date: November 11, 2019 Fire Department: Boys Town Fire & Rescue Initial Summary: On Monday, November 11, 2019, at approximately 0200hrs, Chief John Sing responded to an EMS call. When he returned to the station, he collapsed and was immediately taken to the hospital where he passed away from an apparent heart attack. Massachusetts: Jason Menard, 39 Rank: Lieutenant Incident Date: November 13, 2019 Death Date: November 13, 2019 Fire Department: Worcester Fire Department Initial Summary: In the early morning hours of Wednesday, November 13, 2019, Lieutenant Jason Menard and his crew responded to a multi-residential structure fire, with heavy smoke coming from the building. The fire grew to four alarms and, at one point, firefighters issued a mayday call from the third floor. Lieutenant Menard and other firefighters became trapped by heavy fire conditions. He helped two firefighters escape the blaze, but the fire quickly worsened and Lieutenant Menard was unable to flee and succumbed to his injuries. Three other firefighters were taken to the hospital. Two of the firefighters have been released and the third is in serious condition.

New York: Darryl Rollins, 42 Rank: Chief Incident Date: November 19, 2019 Death Date: November 20, 2019 Fire Department: North Amityville Volunteer Fire Company Initial Summary: On Tuesday, November 19, 2019, at approximately 1900hrs., Chief Darryl Rollins responded to a possible residential fire. He returned home and was found unresponsive early the next morning. He was im-

mediately taken to the hospital where he passed away from a cardiac arrest.

New York: Robert White, Jr., 65 Rank: Chief Incident Date: December 5, 2019 Death Date: December 5, 2019 Fire Department: West Stockholm Fire Department Initial Summary: On Thursday, December 5, 2019, at approximately 1930hrs., Chief Robert White responded to a residential structure fire in Potsdam, New York. After arriving at the scene, he collapsed and was immediately taken to the hospital where he passed away. The cause and the nature of death have not yet been determined.

Georgia: George "Johnny" Childs, 64 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: December 4, 2019 Death Date: December 5, 2019 Fire Department: Arcade Fire Department Initial Summary: On Wednesday, December 4, 2019, at approximately 1545hrs., Firefighter George “Johnny” Childs responded to a residential structure fire. The next morning, Thursday, December 5, 2019, he was found unresponsive by his personal vehicle outside a local business. He was immediately taken to the hospital where he passed away from cardiac arrest.


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GUY ZAMPATORI JR

Porch Fire Damages Home in Rochester Fire Strikes Same Ravena Home

THOMAS MARRA

Fire departments responded to the same home in Ravena for a structure fire twice in two nights.

Rochester, NY - Firefighters responded on December 27th to a reported porch fire on Costar Street. Engine 5 arrived and found fire showing from the front porch with extension to the first and second floors. Two people were rescued off the rear porch. The fire was placed under control in about 30 minutes.

Twice in Two Nights Ravena, NY - Ravena and Coeymans Fire Departments were called to 41 Central Ave. in Ravena just after 10:15 P.M. on Saturday, December 28th, for a reported electrical fire. The caller reported a fire in a light in the bathroom that was believed to have been out. Upon arrival of local police, they reported that there was no fire but there was light smoke in the bathroom on the second floor. As fire crews began checking for extension, they discovered there was active fire in the attic of the structure above the bathroom. Crews awaited the arrival of Central Hudson to secure power to the residence so that they could completely extinguish the fire. The fire was contained to the bathroom and the attic area.

JUMP TO FILE #010920118 Ravena Fire responded with one engine and their ladder truck, while Coeymans Fire responded with two engines, New Baltimore Fire with an engine and Coeymans Hollow Fire was placed on standby. Ravena Rescue was also on the scene. Fire crews then returned to the Ravena home two nights later for an electrical fire that spread to the attic on Saturday night, which ignited the attic again on Monday morning. Ravena and Coeymans Fire Departments were dispatched back to 41 Central Ave. just before 4:15 A.M. on Monday, December 30th, for flames coming from the attic of the home.

The fire was called in by a resident at 48 Central Ave. after they noticed heavy smoke and fire coming from the attic of 41 Central Ave. Arriving fire chiefs immediately called a Signal 30 and requested mutual aid from Coeymans Hollow and New Baltimore Fire Departments. Fire crews thought the fire may be suspicious since the power to the home was shut off after the first fire and nobody was inside the home, so an arson investigation team was requested to the scene. Officials are now looking into the possibility that the fire may have rekindled in the attic. There were no injuries reported for both instances. - THOMAS MARRA

DRILLS/TRAINING JOHN SMITH

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Working Structure Fire for Jamestown Jamestown, NY - On January 20th, the Jamestown Fire Department was dispatched to 614 Spring Street for a reported structure fire. Car 1 went on scene and confirmed a working structure fire. Flames began shooting from the rear of the property about 30 minutes after firefighters arrived on scene. Off-duty crews were summoned to the scene. Officers from the Jamestown Police Department also responded. The cause of the fire was determined to be from an unattended torch.

MARIA SAAVEDRA

Schuyler, NY - There's more than jumping behind the wheel of an apparatus. Schuyler Hose Company recently held their EVOC refresher class during in-house training. This is an annual requirement for all apparatus operators.


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Crews Battle Castleton-on-the-Hudson House Fire in Freezing Temps Castleton-on-the-Hudson, NY - On December 19th at 10:17 P.M., the Castleton Fire Department along with Schodack Land, Schodack Valley, South Schodack and Castleton Ambulance, were dispatched for a reported structure fire at 864 Maple Hill Road. Battalion 4-0 arrived on scene and had a working JUMP TO FILE# house fire with 011720106 heavy fire shooting from the roof. Castleton Car 2 arrived on scene, took command and declared a Signal 30. The first arriving engine quickly connected to the hydrant, which was only 40-feet from the working structure fire. Firefighters pulled a hand line to the rear of the structure and made their way to the porch. While attempting to knock down the heavy fire, a large portion of the roof gave way and landed 30-feet to the ground below where firefighters were working. Crews quickly backed out of the area and took up a defensive position 25-feet from the house. An additional crew made entry to the front door of the house and attempted to knock down the heavy fire, but were unsuccessful. Command transmitted the second-alarm to bring in East Greenbush, Clinton Heights, City of Rensselaer and Nassau Ambulance. Command also requested National Grid and the Schodack Fire Investigators to the scene. Firefighters faced tough working conditions, as they had to pull hand lines through the snow and heavy overgrowth of trees and brush to reach the back of the house. Also, with temperatures in the single digits, the water being used to fight the fire was quickly turning into ice. Firefighters from the East Greenbush FD arrived on scene with their ladder company, but due to the heavy overgrowth of trees, they were not able to put it up. Firefighters used chainsaws to cut down the trees so that the truck company could successfully get to the roof to start master stream operations. Crews operating on the exterior were able to successfully knock down a large portion of the heavy fire while the truck company got to the roof. Crews conducted overhaul for over two hours before clearing the scene. The fire is under investigation at this time, as the house was vacant. No firefighters were injured on scene. - JEFFREY BELSCHWINDER

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

Cucina Povera FORK & HOSE CO. a Food Blog by A.J. Fusco

JOHN COCKERILL

Scarsdale Fire Department Engine 54 is a 2017 Seagrave Marauder 2 with 500-gallon water tank, 1500-GPM Waterous CSU pump, 174” wheelbase and 58” tall hose bed.

Cucina Povera translates from Italian to English as “poor cooking”. It is a term used to describe the food and recipes of rural Italian cooking centuries ago. This “style” of cooking was not one of intentions, but more of necessities. These times were very trying and with meat being so scarce, many of the recipes that come from this period are very heavy on vegetables. There was also no waste, as evident in the recipe for biscotti, where the Tuscans “twice-cooked” the biscuits to make them last longer. Or in Ribolitta, a thick bread soup which is “re-boiled” to further extend its use. Cucina Povera can be looked at from a philosophical point

rather than specific recipes. Using what you have, rather than seeking out ingredients, is one philosophy of this era. The Italian peasants either used whatever vegetables they had on hand, or found ways to repurpose what they had already cooked. It is absolutely one of my favorite ways to approach cooking, especially for the firehouse. We all know cooking at the firehouse is one ripe with budget constraints and opinions. Using the Cucina Povera approach allows us to keep costs low by using ingredients we may have on hand already, rather than having to go out and shop for an entire meal. I almost always take a look in the fridge before heading out to the supermarket, a reconnaissance mission of sorts. There is almost always a half onion not used, or maybe a bag of carrots on their way out. Leftover fresh herbs, which I highly recommend for their flavor over dried, are going to be inevitably left in the crisper

waiting to die a slow, wilting death. So rather than plan a meal based off what I want to cook, I like to base it off of what is available to use. And no dish is designed better for this application than soup! Minestrone soup is a dish from the Cucina Povera era, and is still popular many years later after it originated. For good reason too! It is packed with vitamins, nutrients, protein and flavor! There are many recipes out there for it, but use what you’ve got on hand. Any vegetables will work, just keep in mind cooking times vary for the types you use. In this recipe I also blend some of the beans with the stock, which when added back to the soup, adds body. If you prefer a more liquid soup, skip this step. There is also no meat in this recipe, but if you must, the addition of crumbled sausage would be delicious! Stay safe, eat well!

MINESTRONE SOUP Serves 6 JOHN COCKERILL

Scarsdale Fire Department Ladder 28 is a 2018 Seagrave 100-foot Force aerial with 500-lb. tip load, 500-gallon water tank, and 1500GPM Waterous CSU pump.

GUY ZAMPATORI JR

Two-Alarm Structure Fire in Rochester Rochester, NY - Rochester Firefighters responded Monday morning, January 6th, to 64 Buell Drive for a reported house on fire. Engine 17 arrived and found a two-story vacant structure fully involved. A second-alarm was struck, and this was an exterior attack only. The fire was under control in about 45 minutes.

Ingredients:

1 Yellow Onion, chopped 3 Cloves of Garlic, chopped 3 Carrots, peeled and rough chopped 3 Celery Stalks, rough chopped 3 Yukon Gold Potatoes, cubed 5 Stalks Kale, leaves torn and stems chopped Handful Fresh Green Beans, ends removed and cut into 1” pieces 2 Zucchini, chopped 1 Sprig of Fresh Rosemary 1 Bay Leaf 1 T Tomato Paste 28 oz. Can of Diced Tomatoes (No Salt Added if possible) 48 oz. Low Sodium Chicken Broth 19 oz. Can of Cannellini Beans Extra Virgin Olive Oil Chili Flakes Salt to taste Procedure:

-Heat a large Dutch oven or pot over medium heat. Add enough oil to just coat the bottom of the pot. When the

oil starts to shimmer, add the onions, bay leaf and rosemary. Season with a pinch of salt and chili flake. When the onions are translucent add the garlic, carrots, celery and kale. Stirring often, cook until the vegetables are light golden brown. Add the tomato paste and stir for about a minute. -Stir in the diced tomatoes and cook until most of the liquid has evaporated. Add the chicken broth and bring to a boil, then lower to a simmer. Add the potatoes, half of the beans, zucchini and green beans. Continue cook-

ing until the potatoes are soft, about 20 minutes.

AJ FUSCO

-While the soup is cooking, take a ladle of soup broth and put in a blender with the remaining half of the beans. Let cool for a couple minutes. Carefully, blend the beans and add the bean purée to the soup. -Taste and season before serving. Garnish with celery leaves, parmesan cheese and a drizzle of olive oil.


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Wrights Corners Fire Company Celebrates 80 Years of Service Lockport, NY - Wrights Corners Fire Company celebrated it’s 80th Anniversary at the annual Installation of Officers on Saturday, January 11th. It was a very special celebration, that would include a 55-year service award to John Lobczowski, Sr., who was greeted with a standing ovation. NYS Assemblyman Michael Norris, a strong voice for the volunteers of New York, was there to present John with a special award, along with other noble politicians from Senator Ortts' office, the Town of Newfane Supervisor Timothy Horanburg presented a special thank you to John. Town of Lockport Supervisor Mark Crocker invited John to the next meeting to be recognized by all on local TV. Niagara County Legislature for Syracuse was there representing the county and presented a proclamation to John for his service. Town Clerk for the Town of Lockport, Judith Newbold, swore in all the officers and Fire Police. This year’s officers are as follows: Fire Chief-Jonathon McKnight; 1st Assistant-Ryan Dickinson; 2nd-Kevin Austin; 3rd-Tracy Jufer; EMS CaptainZachary Wodo; EMS Lt.-Kelly Coyle; Master Mechanic-Jeffery Lee; Fire Police Captain-Joseph Mangiafesto; Parade MarshalMichael J. Norwood; PresidentDaniel Handrich; Vice President-Michael J. Norwood; Treasurer-Michael L. Norwood; Recording Secretary-Joseph Mangiafesto; Corresponding Secretary-Lauren Hunter; Head Trustee-Larry Stanton Sr.; Trustee 2-year-Matthew Hnat; Trustee 3year-Christopher Brueckner; Chaplain-Jack Bridwell; Sergeant at Arms-Robert Brueckner. For the Ladies Auxiliary: President-Sherrie Campbell; VPTanya Steinhardt; TreasurerCindy Horner; Recording Secretary-Sara Borland; Corresponding Secretary-Kathy

JUMP TO FILE #011220103 Nizialek; 3rd year Director-Susan Nizialek; 2nd year DirectorSharon Drew; and 1st Year Director-Susan Stegner. The Installation committee of Michael J. Norwood, Kyle LaRuffa, Lauren Hunter, Edward Eifert, Joseph Mangiafesto, Sherrie Campbell, Christine Sattleberg, Roxanne Davis and Zachary Wodo made sure there was nothing but the finest of foods, plenty of cold drinks, and quality sounds provided by Beamin’ Sounds for this festival. The years of service awards were given out starting with the honoring of two new members, Ryan Hnat and Mark Hare. Five years of service was given to Ryan Little; 10 years to Lauren Hunter and Susan Stegner; 15 years of service and leading the charge for fundraisers to Kelly Coyle; 25 years to Kyle LaRuffa and Michael L. Norwood; and of course the highlight of the evening, 55 years of service to John Lobczowski. Chief Jonathan “JJ” McKnight gave the Chief's report, and also talked about the importance of bringing in new members. This was extremely special, as life member and exempt Chaplin Wayne Jagow gave a “From the Heart” talk to the old timers, the exempt, the guys who may show up for early morning coffee, encouraging everyone to listen to their stories, hear how it was done and what they had to go through, and always remember their second hand Buffalo Street department water truck becoming the first water tanker in Niagara County Volunteer Fire service, and that it's what paved the way to the quarter-million-dollar heavy rescues and pumpers of today's fire hall.

STEPHEN M. WALLACE

Legislature of Syracuse presents a proclamation for 55 years of service to John Lobczowski, Sr.

- STEPHEN WALLACE

STEPHEN M. WALLACE

The cake was almost too beautiful to cut up!

STEPHEN M. WALLACE

Chief J. McKnight 1st asst R. Dickinson, 2nd K. Austin, 3rd T. Jufer, Chaplin J. Birdwell, Master Mechanic J. Lee, Parade Marshal M.J. Norwood, EMS Lt. Kelly Coyle, Fire Police Captain J. Magiafesto, and EMS Captain Z. Wodo.


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Massive Multiple-Alarm Fire Lights Up Sky in Schodack Schodack, NY - On January 9th at 10:57 P.M., the Nassau Fire Department along with mutual aid from Clinton Heights, East Schodack, South Schodack, North Chatham and Nassau Ambulance were dispatched for a reported structure fire at the garage JUMP TO FILE# next to the NAPA 011720105 Auto Parts on Route 20. Nassau Cars 1 and 3 arrived in the area but had nothing showing. The dispatcher stated that they were taking multiple calls for the fire and after getting a hold of one of the callers, they reported that it was actually Jamie Scott’s Auto. Both Chiefs headed that way immediately. A Schodack Police unit called out with the address of Goulet Trucking at 4111 US-20 and a fully involved 200' x 100' commercial garage with a report of multiple cars on fire on the side of the building and multiple explosions. Nassau Car 3 arrived on scene, called the Signal 30 and declared a full first-alarm and a full second-alarm tanker box to be transmitted. Command had a fully involved four-bay commercial garage with a residential/multi-use portion on the second floor in the rear of the building. The fully involved garage fire had multiple exposure issues, including numerous cars surrounding the building, a 120-gallon propane tank and a 15,000-gallon above ground diesel fuel tank with flame impingement on it from the building. Command stated that this fire was in the Schodack Valley Fire District. Castleton, Schodack Valley, East Greenbush, Niverville, Schodack Landing, North Chatham, Tri-Village, Hoags Corner and Valatie were dispatched to the scene, and the Stuyvesant Fire District was put on standby in the town of Schodack. Multiple fire units that were heading towards the town of Nassau quickly arrived on scene and immediately started master stream operations. The first arriving engine on scene connected to the fire hydrant directly across the street from the building. Firefighters pulled multiple two-and-a-half inch and oneand-three-quarter inch hand lines

to the building. As firefighters were attempting to knock down the fire multiple explosions from inside of the garage occurred, sending large amounts of embers and heavy black smoke into the night sky. As crews in the front of the building were working tirelessly to knock down the heavy fire, multiple firefighters stretched numerous hand lines to the 'Delta' side of the building and began to put water on the propane tank and the 15,000gallon diesel fuel tanks to keep them cool. As firefighters were working on the 'Delta' side of the building the heavy gust of wind carried thick black smoke and embers down onto firefighters, causing short periods of blackout conditions. The powerlines on the front of the building started to heavily arc and catch fire from the heat of the building, and the two tractor-trailers in the front of the building began to smoke from the heat of the

fire. Firefighters quickly began to cool down the tractor-trailers before they caught fire. Command requested East Greenbush FD's Ladder Truck to the scene, as well as National Grid, State Fire Investigators, and Town of Schodack Fire Investigators. Firefighters worked into the night shuttling tens-of-thousands of gallons of water to the scene and conducting suppression efforts until the early hours of the morning the next day in. Over 100 firefighters from two counties helped battle and bring the fire under control. No injuries were reported on scene, and the building was a total loss. A few vehicles were destroyed and several other vehicles were damaged. Fire investigators are still working to determine the cause of the fire. - JEFFREY BELSCHWINDER

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Fatal House Fire Claims One Man’s Life in Niagara Falls Niagara Falls, NY - Niagara Falls Fire officials say one man was found dead Friday evening, January 17th, in a blaze at a home in the 2200 block of We- JUMP TO FILE# 011820100 ston Avenue. Firefighters responded to the report of a possible house fire at 8:36 P.M. On arrival, they found the house at 2227 Weston Ave. fully engulfed in flames. Firefighters made several attempts to make entry to the front and rear of the building, but the flames and heat were too intense. When they were able to finally make entry to the front door, that's where they found the body of a male victim. Niagara Falls Fire Chief Joe Pedulla said fire investigators were called to the scene and the matter remains under investigation. The identity of the victim has not yet been released. - LARRY KENSINGER

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APPARATUS IN ACTION

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Fatal Pedestrian Versus Garbage Truck Accident in Cambria Cambria, NY - On Tuesday, January 7th at 12:29 P.M., the Niagara County Sheriff's Office received a 911 call reporting a pedestrian struck by a garbage truck in front of 4554 CambriaWilson Road in the Town of Cambria. An initial investigation by deputies at the scene revealed that a garbage truck, operated by 35-year-old Joseph F. Mangione of Niagara Falls, was traveling south on Cambria-Wilson Road when it struck 49-year-old Robert S. Knibbs of Cambria, who was in the roadway in front of his own residence. Knibbs

JUMP TO FILE #010720127 suffered head trauma as a result of the collision and was subsequently pronounced dead at the scene. Mangione, who was uninjured in the collision, was treated at the scene and released. The investigation into the incident by the Niagara County Sheriff's Office Accident Investigation Unit is continuing.

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Traveling over state lines on mutual aid to Mahwah, NJ, Sloatsburg Engine 15-1750, a 2004 KME, puts its 1750-GPM pump to use helping to supply the large water needs to battle a 5-alarm blaze.

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Hillburn 5-CFR, a 2008 Pierce with a 1500-GPM pump, 750-gallon water tank and 50-gallon foam tank, pumps into the fire scene at a multiple-alarm fire in Mahwah, NJ on 12-25-19.

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Driver Flees the Scene After Car Rolls Over in Ulster

Town of Ulster, NY - On December 28th at 5:27 A.M., a onecar rollover sent Ulster Hose Co. #5 to the roundabout at Route 28 in the Town of Ulster. Upon arrival, firefighters found a sport utility vehicle on its side and on fire. Fire Chief Shawn Heppner said the driver had fled the scene. The fire was quickly extinguished and no one was injured. State Police are investigating the incident.

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Tallman 20 Truck, a 1998 Pierce 100’ tower, was one-of-seven elevated master streams put into operation to contain a multiple-alarm fire in Mahwah, NJ on December 25th.


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Guide to New York City Fire Apparatus 2019 Edition Edited by John A. Calderone Available from: FSP Books & Videos 188 Central Street, Suite #4 Hudson, MA 01749-1330 1-800-522-8528 E-mail: support@fire-policeems.com www.fire-police-ems.com Price $29.95

This is a soft cover book measuring 5 ½ inches by 8 ½ inches. It has 88 pages, which are color coded to specify different types of apparatus. The photos are all in

color, plus there's an introduction page, abbreviations, and the last two pages have apparatus assignments by unit. The book has quality page material and as is usual for Fire Apparatus Journal, it is put together magnificently. It portrays the apparatus that was part of the department at the time the book was made up. It includes a photo of each apparatus with appropriate data and the number purchased in the order. In most cases, registration numbers and assignments are given. There is also an explanation on how to interpret the registration numbers. The apparatus photos in the case of special units does not always have an indication as to the responsibility of that unit. Hard core buffs of the New York City Fire Department would naturally know the duties. The photos again as usual are of top quality by experienced apparatus photographers. Enjoy the book…it’s another winner!!

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

New Firefighter Zoie Libertucci of the Ravena Fire Department with new Firefighter Hunter Poole of the Coeymans Fire Department at their very first structure fire.

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Large Vacant Building Catches Fire in the South End of Albany Albany, NY - During the afternoon of December 28th, the City of Albany Fire Department was dispatched to 17 Alexander Street for multiple calls reporting a vacant building on fire. Battalion 1 called out on air that he had smoke showing from South Pearl Street. JUMP TO FILE# Truck 1 arrived on 010920112 scene and had a three-story vacant building with a red X on the front of it, with heavy brown and gray smoke pushing from all three floors. Truck 1 called for the Signal 30 to be transmitted. Battalion 1 arrived on scene and established command. Engine 9 arrived on scene and established a water supply for the fire scene. Command advised all arriving units that it was a do-not-enter building until they could evaluate the condition of the interior of the structure. Multiple truck companies quickly set up on scene and went into master stream operations to knock down the heavy fire in the building. With another vacant structure attached to the building, command allowed for firefighters to make entry into that structure to make sure the fire had not spread from the other building to the building attached. Firefighters forced entry into the other structure and discovered that they only had minor smoke in the structure. Crews conducted master stream operations on scene until a large portion of the fire was knocked down. Firefighters made entry into the first floor, but it is not clear if they made it to any

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other floors of the building. Crews remained on scene for a few hours making sure that there was no remaining fire. The vacant building was severely damage prior to the fire. Fire investigators

are currently investigating the cause of the fire, and no firefighters were injured on scene. - JEFFREY BELSCHWINDER


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One person was ejected and another required extrication after their car crashed head-on with a fuel truck in Glenmont.

One Ejected, One Extricated in Head-On Crash in Glenmont

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Truck Versus SUV on I-84 in Newburgh

Newburgh, NY - The Good Will FD was dispatched to a truck versus SUV accident on I-84 eastbound, January 13th. Firefighters spread speedy dry and contained a fuel spill from the truck. New York State Police were at the scene investigating the cause of the accident. The south lane of I-84 was shut down while firefighters worked. Traffic was delayed to Exit 7 eastbound during the incident.

Glenmont, NY - One person was ejected and another required extrication after a car crashed headon with a fuel truck in Glenmont Tuesday afternoon, December 17th. The Selkirk Fire Department, along with Delmar-Bethlehem EMS, Albany County Paramedics and Bethlehem Police were called to the area of 495 River Road shortly before 1:00 P.M. for a headon crash with ejection. A fuel truck traveling northbound collided head-on with a sedan headed southbound on River Road. One female in the car was ejected from the vehicle and was laying in the roadway upon arrival of first responders. According to Chief Joe Michaniw of the Selkirk Fire Department, the ejected female was transported to the hospital by

JUMP TO FILE #122519102 Delmar-Bethlehem EMS and was still alive. A male patient in the car required extrication by the fire department and was also transported to the hospital by Delmar-Bethlehem EMS with a possible broken leg among other possible injuries that Chief Michaniw could not confirm. The driver of the truck was shaken up from the crash, but not injured. Chief Michaniw stated that the fuel truck had just been filled and was carrying approximately 3000-gallons of fuel at the time of the crash. Elsmere and Slingerlands Fire Departments were also dispatched

to the scene, as well as an additional ambulance on standby. According to a press release from Bethlehem PD, the two victims transported to the hospital had serious injuries, however, those injuries do not appear to be lifethreatening. Robert's Towing was on the scene to recover the vehicles. River Road was shut down from Wemple Road to Glenmont Road while the investigation took place. The press release also stated that speed and alcohol did not appear to be factors in the crash, and slippery road conditions from a snow storm may have played a significant role in the crash.

- THOMAS MARRA

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Members from multiple agencies worked to free a driver trapped in a car after colliding head-on with a fuel truck, ejecting his passenger.


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One Transported from Three-Car MVA on Route 747 in Newburgh

Newburgh, NY - Coldenham FD was dispatched to a three-vehicle auto accident on 747 Blvd. and the Exit 5A off-ramp on January 23rd. Firefighters assisted EMS with removing one subject from a vehicle and Town of Newburgh EMS transported the subject to Montefiore St. Luke's Hospital. Firefighters secured the vehicles while Town of Newburgh Police assisted with traffic control. New York State Police are investigating the cause.

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Quick Thinking Employees Limit Fire Damage in Ulster Business Town of Ulster, NY - On December 27th at 12:58 P.M., Ulster Hose Co. #5 along with mutual aid from several other fire departments responded to a struc- JUMP TO FILE# ture fire at 625 010420101 State Route 28 in the Town of Ulster. The structure had limited fire damage due to the quick thinking of employees, who sealed windows and doors to the business before exiting the building. Ulster Hose Chief Shawn Heppner said there was smoke damage, but the damage is repairable. The cause of the fire is under investigation. - JOHN BECHTOLD

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Wrights Corners and Miller Hose Fire & Rescue Make it Happen! Lockport, NY - Wrights Corners Fire Company recently purchased a new Pierce Enforcer Heavy Duty Rescue to replace their 22-year-old Marion Rescue/Pumper. Just to the north and part of the mutual aid pack is the working “Red Engines” of Miller Hose. Wrights Corners and Miller Hose worked out a deal to sell the old Engine 2 to Miller JUMP TO FILE# Hose for them to 122219100 have as a rescue pumper, keeping this quality truck in service for a few more years and providing Miller Hose with another piece of equipment in their emergency response arsenal. The new Rescue for Wrights Corners is equipped to respond to any call for help, however, it is super powered and equipped for those severe rescues that unfortunately this company covers because of the major routes and amount of traffic and speed traveled on them. The new rescue will have portable Jaws and spreaders, along with Rams, airbag and strut system to assist with stabilization of a vehicle of almost any size. It will have six 6,000 lbs. cascades refilling station to refill SCBAs at the scene of any fire scene. It will also have rope rescue system to do low angle rescues. It does hold 300-gallons of water with a 200GPM pump for quick protection until a hook up or engine arrives. The massive response vehicle also has hazmat gear in case of a hazardous material response call. The committee that designed this truck also has it equipped for on scene rehab, as well as a command center for major incidents. Wrights Corners is community minded and thanks everyone in their district and beyond that made all of this possible. They also send a special thank you to Miller Hose for purchasing the old Rescue/Pumper, and the membership for supporting the committees from both departments. It was rumored, according to Miller Hose Chief Jason Colman, that each Miller Hose member would be receiving a special gift in their stocking this year from Santa; 'Miller Hose red spray paint', it’s time that 'Wrights Corners White' becomes 'Miller Hose WORKING RED'.

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Miller Hose Asst. Chief Mark Phelps and W.C. Asst. Chief Ryan Dickinson stand to the left of W.C. Chief JJ McKnight shaking hands with Miller Hose Chief Jason Coleman with Miller Hose Asst. Chief Clark Dunkelberger standing to the right.

- STEPHEN WALLACE

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The old Rescue Pumper 2 will get a new life at Miller Hose, as the new "Super Powered" Rescue 2 stands ready to respond.


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

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Selkirk FD Firefighter Bill Collins helping to decorate the 2019 Holiday Truck.

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Lieutenant Adam Derway of the Ravena Fire Department at a structure in Ravena, January 7th.


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Casseroles Chaplain's Corner Didymus McHugh

THOMAS MARRA

Multiple Patients in New Baltimore Crash New Baltimore, NY - Emergency crews responded to a crash in New Baltimore that involved a total of six patients on December 8th. The New Baltimore Fire Department, along with Ravena Rescue, Coxsackie Ambulance and Greene County Paramedics responded to Route 9W at the NYS Thruway Interchange around 4:30 P.M. for a motor vehicle accident. Three patients were transported to the hospital with unknown injuries, and the other three patients signed off to refuse medical treatment. The Greene County Sheriff's Department and New York State Police were investigating the crash.

I was listening to a speaker a while back and they were discussing that certain diseases or health conditions earn certain food. If you think about it, you will notice the truth behind it. People with certain diseases, visitors come over and bring casseroles. If other people spend time in the hospital, an edible arrangement, of fruit, is sent to the house. Recently, I went over to a friend’s house, who has a physical challenge, and there was a team of supporters, with 14 people in the room. It was good to see that there were so many people there to show support and love. This morning it made me think, what is it like for someone with a mental health issue or substance abuse challenge? Where is the team that comes together for them? I know people who deal with depression or PTSD or substance addiction. You want to guess how many people show support? What food do

you bring over? I have talked with many people who have substance addictions. Many of them told me that they had a crisis or trauma in life. They never sought help for one reason or another. I have even heard of people being told that they are to never cry or talk about what happened. Talk about a reason why some of these people have challenges. Do we take the time to really talk to people? For many of us, when someone is in the hospital for a surgery or treatment, we may go over to visit. How do we handle someone with a mental health issue? Do we just avoid the person? How would you feel if you were that person? Many people put a stigma with people who have mental health issues. Did you know that 20% of Americans have mental health issues? That means that 1 in 5 of us has challenges. Think about people in your family. Who do you know that may be depressed? Do you realize that depression untreated may lead to someone taking their own life? One thing that sticks me strange is that so many times people say that they never expected the person to take their own life. My question is simple, did you bother to engage the person when they were going

through depression, or did you just walk away? Have you taken a Mental Health First Aid Course, or a Suicide Awareness Course, or a Psychological First Aid Course? There are many places that we can learn to help someone, but are you willing to take the first step? Did you check out the SAMHSA website? Or any other mental health website? Be brave enough to help others. By helping others on this issue, you may even find out that you may need some assistance, or you may finally take care of the issue that you have been denying for years. The first part of healing is to admit that you have a challenge and work to get the assistance that you need. The best thing that you can do, to be a good friend, relative, church member or what have you, is to care about all people. The Good Book that I read tells me that we are to love our neighbor. That’s it PERIOD. There are no qualifications as to who that person is, or what condition that they have. Remove the Stigma, Show the love. Didymus McHugh didymus-mchugh.com


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Farmingville, NY - An early morning fire that occurred just after 4:30 A.M. on Friday, December 20th, destroyed a home at 1274 Waverly Avenue in Farmingville. The occupants of the home fled the early morning fire and went outside into the frigid temperature of 20-degrees.

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Frequent Flier Day in Farmingville

Farmingville, NY - Firefighters responded to a routine ambulance call with a routine transport involving a woman on the afternoon of January 14th, only to meet the woman patient again that same evening, as she was now involved in a twocar crash on Portion Rd. and Waverly Ave., and trapped in the car. Farmingville firefighters found that both cars had left the roadway and landed in the parking lot, narrowly missing the building. Firefighters quickly disposed of the passenger door, removed the female and gave her another ride to University Hospital for treatment.

Nassau County, NY - On December 14th, the Franklin Square and Munson Explorers joined with other volunteers at Long Island National Cemetery at Pinelawn and placed wreaths on the veterans graves. They do this as a community service and to show respect for those who have come before us.

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Mastic FD Handles Second Brush Fire Within Two Hours Mastic, NY - On the afternoon of Christmas Eve. the Mastic FD was toned out for a brush fire on Patchogue Ave. Mastic FD Chief Rudy arrived on scene to find smoke and flames in the woods, and found that there were leaves on fire. Mastic FD Engine 5-12-2 was first due into the scene. After 5-12-2 arrived, firefighters pulled a booster line off and went right to work on wetting the area down and making sure that all fire was out. Mastic FD Engine 5-12-1 arrived and the crew helped out with rakes and hooks to move the pile of leaves around, making sure that all the fire was out. Two hours earlier, Mastic FD had another brush fire in the area.

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LONG ISLAND Seven Departments Respond to Early Morning Fire in Farmingville Farmingville, NY - An early morning fire that occurred just after 4:30 A.M. on Friday, December 20th, destroyed a home at 1274 Waverly Avenue in JUMP TO FILE# 122019103 Farmingville. The occupants of the home fled the early morning fire and went outside into the frigid temperature of 20-degrees. Firefighters from Farmingville and six other departments responded to the scene and extinguished the blaze, which destroyed the home. No injuries were reported. -CHRIS SABELLA

Firefighters battle 20-degree temps and ice as a house is gutted by fire, 12/20/19.

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This patch belongs to Holbrook Fire Department Engine 1, located in Suffolk County, NY.

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This 1962 Ford F-250/Young 500/300 once protected Fire Island Pines on Long Island and is now owned by a New Jersey collector.


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LONG ISLAND First Responders Turn Out to Welcome Home Sayville Service Member Sayville, NY - On Sunday, December 20th, members of the fire and EMS community in Suffolk County joined together for a special homecoming occasion. The occasion, led in part by Saville Community Ambulance and JUMP TO FILE# the West Sayville 122019100 Fire Department, was to welcome home Sgt. Trevor Golub, who is the son of Sayville Community Ambulance Chief Elect Stephanie Golub. Sgt. Golub served nine months overseas in Iraq protecting his country. To thank him and welcome him home, members of Sayville Ambulance were joined by West Sayville, Bohemia and Bayport Fire Departments as well as some members from Shirley Ambulance. Prior to Sgt. Golub arriving home units were staged in front of his childhood home where his mother lives in Sayville. The fire engines, ambulances, chiefs

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Local Fire and EMS members unite to welcome home Sgt. Golub of Sayville.

trucks and other support vehicles all had their lights on. Firefighters hoisted flags up and were joined by community members who came to greet Sgt. Golub, some who car-

ried homemade signs to welcome him home. Shortly after 1:00 P.M., a car pulled up and the Army Sgt. got out with a look of shock at first

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Sgt. Golub and his mom, Stephanie, in front of his childhood home.

glance. He immediately hugged family members and thanked all the responders and community for coming out, shaking hands with many of the Fire and EMS mem-

bers in attendance. Welcome home Sgt. Golub and thank you for your service!

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One Dead, One Injured in One-Car Accident MVA with Heavy Rescue Leaves

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Rocky Point, NY - On the evening of December 23rd, a driver traveling on Route 25A and Water Road left the roadway for unknown reasons and rolled the car into a wooded area, trapping one person in the car. Both occupants were transported to the hospital, with one in traumatic arrest and the other with serious injuries. The 18-year-old male was pronounced dead at a local trauma center some time later.

Two Hospitalized in Mastic Mastic, NY - On Saturday, December 21st at 2:06 P.M., Mastic Ambulance Co. and the Mastic FD were toned out for two-car motor vehicle accident with heavy rescue and a possible vehicle fire at the corner of Wavecest Dr. and Mastic Rd. Mastic Fire Chief Rudy Sunderman (5-12-30) and Mastic Ambulance Co. arrived on the scene to find that a pickup truck and car collided, and that one person in the car was trapped. Mastic Ambulance Co. personnel were able to get the occupant out of the vehicle safely and put them into the ambulance.

JUMP TO FILE #122119100 Mastic FD Engine 1 (5-12-1) arrived on scene as the first due truck and went right to work by placing speedy dry down on fluids that were in the roadway, cleaning up debris that was also in the roadway, and popped a battery on the vehicle. Mastic Ambulance Co. transported two people to the hospital for their injuries. Mastic FD Rescue 10 (5-12-10) arrived on scene as a second due truck and Mastic FD

personnel went to work by making sure that the pickup into the tree was secured. Mastic FD Engine 2 (5-12-2) arrived on scene as the third due truck with more personnel to help clean up debris. Mastic FD used tire dollies to try and move one vehicle out of the road. Suffolk County Police Department Highway Patrol Unit 914 A pushed the vehicle out of the road using a push bar on his vehicle. All units went back into service about 30 minutes after the initial call came in. - BRADLEY FOWLER

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Nesconset Makes Quick Work of Engine Compartment Fire Nesconset, NY - On Saturday, January 11th at approximately 8:39 P.M., the Nesconset Fire Department was activated for a reported vehicle fire in the driveway of 185 Alexander Avenue. Engine 4-4-1 was the first unit to arrive on scene and 4-4-52 established command. No injuries were reported. Suffolk Police remained on scene to secure the area. Saltaire Fire Co.'s 1960 Jeep [3-18-1].

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The Brothers from Centereach FD Engine & Ladder Company 3 crewing up for a car accident. (L to R): FF/EMT Louis Cheeseman, FF Steve Laskowaki, and FF Martin Dziki. CPR.IMAGES/CONOR RYAN

Midday Heavy Rescue in Nesconset

Nesconset, NY - On Thursday, January 9th at approximately 12:53 P.M., the Nesconset Fire Department was activated for a motor vehicle accident at the intersection of Route 347 and Browns Road. First Assistant Chief AJ Anderson was first to arrive on scene and requested the call be upgraded to a Heavy Rescue. Rescue 9, Engine 1, both Nesconset FD ambulances, and a Stony Brook Hospital Ambulance operated on scene. Suffolk Police assisted with shutting down the roadway and securing the scene. All operations proceeded under Chief of Department John Martins. A total of three patients were transported to local area hospitals for further evaluation.

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Smoke Investigation Turns into Structure Fire in Mastic

Mastic, NY - Mastic FD was dispatched out for a smoke investigation in the area of 6 Franklin Court on December 15th. Mastic Chief Rudy was en route to the call when Firecom radioed to him that PD was on the scene confirming a storage unit fully involved. The Chief arrived on scene and found that there was a storage shed well involved in the woods. Mastic FD Engine 5-12-3 was first due into the scene, dropped a one-and-threequarter inch line and started to make a push on the fire. Firefighters used the K12 to cut the fence to get better access to the storage trailer. Mastic FD Engines 5-12-2, 5-12-3 and 5-1210, along with Fire Police also arrived on scene. Mastic FD Engine 5-12-2 picked up the hydrant and dropped a supply line in case they needed water. Firefighters knocked all fire down within 20 minutes and were back in services about 45 minutes after the call went out. The fire is under investigation.

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Mastic Fire Department Heavy Rescue 10 operating on the scene of a motor vehicle accident, December 21, 2019.


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FDNY Five-Alarm Blaze with Firefighter Injuries in Staten Island Staten Island, NY - Firefighters were dispatched at 3:04 P.M. on January 20th to Rensselaer Avenue for reports of a working fire. On arrival, crews found JUMP TO FILE# heavy fire through- 012120100 out six attached private dwellings, from numbers 819 to 829 on Rensselaer Avenue. Eight lines were stretched and put into operation. Car 13 reported the fire under control at 5:10 P.M. There were 10 minor injuries to firefighters, with one minor injury to a civilian. The blaze went to five alarms in total before being knocked down. -STEVE WHITE

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Second-Alarm in Staten Island

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FDNY Ladder 2 responding to a call on Park Ave. and East 51st St.

Staten Island, NY - At 11:18 P.M. on January 19th, a second-alarm was transmitted for fire through the roof at 172 Colon Avenue, a two-story, 25'x40' private dwelling. The fire was found in the attic and Division 8 reported the fire as "probably will hold" at 11:57 P.M., with three 10-45 code-4's.

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FDNY EMS Logistical Support Unit 5 at the scene of a 5-alarm blaze in Staten Island, 1/20/20.

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Firefighters from Richmond Engine Company 1, based in Staten Island, spread holiday cheer to the residents and children of Richmondtown.


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