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Waterford, NY - The Waterford Fire Department was dispatched on January 1st for a reported structure fire at 32 1st Street. The first arriving chief on-scene immediately called for mutual aid from HalfmoonWaterford, Northside, Mechanicville and Boght for the FAST team, for a fully involved structure fire in a multi-dwelling apartment building. - See full story on page 30

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Three Car MVA Sends Three to Hospital Newburgh, NY - Goodwill FD was dispatched to a three vehicle MVA on Little Britain and Old Little Britain Road on January 5th. The New Windsor and Town of Newburgh Police were also at the scene, along with Mobile Life, Town of Newburgh EMS and New Windsor EMS. Three people were transported to Saint Lukes/Cornwall Hospital for unknown injuries. Firefighters assisted at the scene and checked for hazards. The Town of Newburgh PD is investigating the cause of the crash.


Back Row L to R: Asst. Chief Jay Spock Jr., John Hicks, Santa Claus (Josh Dubray) and Tony Mirande. Front Row L to R: Derek Dingee, Robert Fisher, John Murray and Chris Dingee.

JH Ketcham Hose Goes Above and Beyond to Spread Joy Dover, NY - The Town of Dover is home to the JH Ketcham Hose Company and also to Karen McMurray. ALS patient John Hicks is grateful for both the dedicated volunteers, and his neighbor Karen. Hicks is a 48-year-old classically trained singer who is suffering from Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). Diagnosed in 2014, Hicks lives a rather simple life, listening to music and enjoying the Christmas lights that adorn his humble abode all throughout the year. John's house is up a long and narrow, winding driveway. His disease makes it difficult to get to the end of his driveway without assistance. On December 18th, his neighbor Karen McMurray, realized that John

JUMP TO FILE #122016109 was not going to be able to see the Ketcham Hose volunteers as they escorted Santa throughout town on an engine, so she reached out to Assistant Chief Jay Spock Jr. from the department. McMurray simply asked if she could be notified when the engines were going to be in the neighborhood so that she could transport Hicks down to the road to see the decorated rigs and the jolly Chief Elf. The volunteer firefighters didn't call. Instead, three pieces of equipment appeared at John's doorstep, spreading a little holiday cheer. The actions of the JH Ketcham

Hose Company brought McMurray and her 9-year-old daughter to tears while simultaneously putting an enormous smile on the face of a man that has almost no control of the muscles in his mouth. McMurray was quoted as saying "my daughter and I wanted this for John and J.H.K. made it happen without a second thought, and for that, they deserve the recognition that they don't always see." For more information about John and the ALS disease, visit and to read more about the J.H. Ketcham Hose Company, go to - TODD BENDER


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Crash Kills SUNY Geneseo Student Geneseo, NY - On Tuesday, December 20th at 2:36 P.M., Geneseo Fire and EMS were dispatched to an MVA involving a car and a tractor trailer at the intersection of Route-63 and Court Street. A car being driven by 18-year-old Savannah Williams of Norwich, who was a student at SUNY Geneseo, pulled off of Court Street and into the path of a tractor trailer that was traveling north on Route-63 when the crash occurred. Ms. Williams was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the truck was not injured. The cause of the crash remains under investigation by the Livingston County Sheriff's Office. Livingston County EMS, Geneseo Police and SUNY Geneseo Police also provided assistance.


Poughkeepsie, NY - The Poughkeepsie FD responded to a structure fire on December 29th, assisted by the Fairview FD. The Arlington FD sent their FAST team on their heavy rescue, 32-52.

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Two-Alarm Structure Fire for Stockton FD Stockton, NY - On December 18th at 3:25 P.M., the Stockton Fire Dept. was dispatched to Bruyer Road for a structure fire. Car-181 went on-scene, reported a working fire and then requested a second-alarm. Fire departments from Cassadaga, Sinclairville, Brocton and Fredonia also responded. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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Rochester, NY - On the afternoon of Friday, December 9th, Rochester firefighters responded to the intersection of North Street and Cumberland Street for a two vehicle MVA. Engine17 arrived on location and requested Rescue-11 to pop a door. The patient was quickly extricated and turned over to the care of AMR Ambulance for transport to the hospital.

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Caroga Lake Responds to Structure Fire

Caroga Lake, NY - On November 30th, the Caroga Lake Fire Co. responded to a structure fire on 3rd Avenue. Upon arrival, units found the structure heavily involved. Heavy snow, 28degree temps and 40-MPH winds hampered suppression efforts. Meco Fire Co. was called to the scene for support and RGL provided standby coverage. A total of 25 Caroga Lake personnel and five pieces of apparatus assisted on-scene, along with three engines and 10 personnel from Meco Fire Company. No injuries were sustained, except for a pet dog that unfortunately perished in the fire.

Rainy Day Fire for Poughkeepsie FD

Poughkeepsie, NY - Poughkeepsie FD Group-3 got toned out for a structure fire on Thompson Street at 2:34 P.M. on December 29th. As is customary for the hard-working department, they were on-scene within three minutes. Upon arrival, smoke was showing from the building and mutual aid from the Fairview FD was brought in, along with the FAST team from the Arlington Fire Department. Poughkeepsie firefighters made quick work of the fire in the boarded up, abandoned residential structure, and were back in service at 3:33 P.M.

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Montana: Darryl Elden “Poor Boy” Vielle, 51 Rank: Crew Boss/Engine Boss Incident Date: November 30, 2016 Death Date: November 30, 2016 Fire Department: Blackfeet Forestry and Fire Management Initial Summary: While serving on the Maple Spring wildfire in North Carolina, Blackfeet Nation Fire Management Crew Boss/Engine Boss Darryl Elden “Poor Boy” Vielle was found deceased in his motel room on the morning of November 30, 2016. The Blackfeet Forestry and Fire Management crew has been supporting firefighters in North Carolina since November 10th.

Michigan: Thomas Gary Walker, 70 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: November 27, 2016 Death Date: November 27, 2016 Fire Department: Otsego County Fire Department Initial Summary: Later in the day after responding with his fire department to an early morning carbon monoxide alarm, Firefighter Walker collapsed at home and was transported to the hospital where he was pronounced deceased from a nature and cause of fatal injury still to be reported.

Washington: Charles “Doug” Archer, 49 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: November 28, 2016 Death Date: Pending Fire Department: Spokane County Fire District 8 Initial Summary: After responding with his fire department to a residential fire and an aid call, Firefighter Archer returned to his residence to rest where he succumbed in his sleep. South Carolina: Jeffery A. Worsham, 45 Rank: Assistant Fire Chief Incident Date: December 2, 2016 Death Date: December 10, 2016 Fire Department: Whitesville Rural Volunteer

Fire Department Initial Summary: After responding to a motor vehicle accident call with the Whitesville Fire Department and then returning home, Assistant Fire Chief Jeffery A. Worsham was found in the morning by his spouse in cardiac arrest. The Whitesville Fire Department responded to Chief Worsham’s residence where he was treated and transported to the hospital but succumbed to his injury several days later. Ohio: Ruben E. Mast, 43 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: December 19, 2016 Death Date: December 19, 2016 Fire Department: Wayne Township Volunteer Fire Department Initial Summary: Firefighter Ruben E. Mast was responding to an alarm in his privately owned Ford F-250 pickup truck when he lost control of the vehicle and struck a guardrail before overturning. Mast was reported to have been ejected from the vehicle. He was transported by Wayne Township Volunteer Fire Department and Smith Ambulance to Union Hospital in Dover, where he later succumbed to his injuries.

Oregon: Ray Rubio, 52 Rank: Firefighter/Smokejumper Incident Date: November 23, 2016 Death Date: December 19, 2016 Fire Department: Redmond Smokejumpers Redmond Air Center Deschutes National Forest Initial Summary: Firefighter/Smokejumper Ray Rubio passed away in the Grandview Hospital, Birmingham, Alabama, from injuries he suffered in a fall on November 23, 2016. Rubio, a Smokejumper (RAC 95) with the Redmond Air Center (RAC) - Deschutes National Forest, had been assigned to the Southeast during an outbreak of multiple large fires in the region. Firefighter Rubio was reported to have been in travel status on his way home to Oregon and staying overnight in Birmingham at the time of his injury.


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Washingtonville, NY - The Washingtonville FD received a call around 9:30 A.M. on December 8th to assist Blooming Grove EMS with the removal of a patient with a broken leg from the roof of 22 Brotherhood Plaza. At 10:00 A.M., Washingtonville FD requested Salisbury Mills FD to the scene with their Tower Ladder to help assist. Both departments operated for approximately 45 minutes before successfully removing the patient, who was then transported to a local hospital for further treatment.


Attic Fire in Lima Displaces Residents Lima, NY - On Tuesday, December 27, 2016 Lima, East Avon and Livonia firefighters responded to an attic fire at 1835 Livingston Street. Fire units arrived on the scene and reported smoke showing from a two-story house. The blaze was quickly brought under control and there were no injuries reported. The displaced occupants were being assisted by the Red Cross. Officials from the Livingston County Office of Emergency Management and the Livingston County Sheriff's Office were investigating the cause.


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Troy FD in Right Place at Right Time Troy, NY - On December 19th, the Troy FD received an Alarm of Fire for 440 5th Ave., transmitted from Medic-1, while returning from a medical call. Medic-1 called on-air and requested the box to be transmitted for smoke showing from a two-story, wood frame structure from the second-floor. Three firefighter/paramedics from Medic-1 forced the door and made entry, encountering a working fire on the second-floor. One victim was found and removed from the building. The three firefighter/paramedics went back into the building

JUMP TO FILE #121916116 to access a mother and her son on the first-floor before the first arriving engine was on-scene. Engine-1 arrived within about one minute, followed by Engine-4 and Truck-2 from central station. Truck-1 could not respond due to lack of manpower. Normally, the Medic-1 crew will take the truck company to the scene and leave the medic rig behind. The Engine-1 crew stretched a line to the second-floor and

knocked down the heavy fire while Truck-2 went to the roof to ventilate. Car-4, a Rescue Squad, Engine-4 and Engine-2 arrived onscene and went to work assisting with a primary search and a secondary search of the building, which turned up negative. Firefighters conducted overhaul of the fire floor. No firefighters were injured and one person was evaluated by the Troy FD. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation. - JEFFREY BELSCHWINDER

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When was the last time that we thought about grieving? People grieve many changes in their lives. We grieve losing a job, a divorce, death, moving and many other changes. But do we really understand what it is to grieve? They say that there are five-tonine stages of grief. The five that are most common are: Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression and Acceptance. Some people think that you go from step one through step five in that order, but grief is not that neat and clean, or that predictable. A person can spend a long or short time in any of these phases. They can revisit any phase many times. You can go from denial, to anger, to bargaining, back to anger again, to depression, to anger again, to acceptance and to depression again. It all depends on the individual. Let’s look at the death of someone who died from being sick or old. The family may have been taking care of the individual for years. Even though they understand that the person may be at peace now, it still does not remove the pain. Months may go by until they decide to deal with the person's belongings. People may want this or that to remember their loved one. People may not even touch any of the possessions because it may cause them too much pain. Events that go by may trigger the grieving process again, such as the person’s birthday, the holidays, special landmarks in time or place, a smell that reminds them of the person, or a song. Just like Critical Incident Stress has many triggers, so does grieving; after all, it is a

critical incident. Some may just want to sit there and experience the grief because they are afraid that when they stop grieving, they may forget the person. God says that we should love one another. Being there to be with someone as they grieve is a sign that you care, even just by helping someone figure out the paperwork, or what to do with the possessions. My friend told me that it was a great help as we cleaned out a relative’s house. We sat there for hours and talked as we went through everything. We figured out where it was to go, who it would go to, and/or if we would throw it out. Once in a while we would start to laugh, seeing things from our childhood that they saved from years ago, and seeing what we had from years ago. It is perfectly fine for someone to mourn. We all need time to process our losses. As I write this, I'm thinking of one of my clients that died, who I knew for about 30 years, and also one of my friend's relatives who died. I'm also thinking of someone who means a lot to me that was recently diagnosed with Leukemia. I, myself, am mourning losses with my friends, as well as preparing myself for things that are inevitable. I know that I may be devastated when the person passes, but I also plan to remember the person close to me and I plan on honoring the person with my service, thoughts and actions. Children sometimes have a harder time dealing with grief, which people can assist with. There are counselors and also some camps that help, such as Comfort Zone Camps. Comfort Zone is a nation-wide camp that assists children when they have challenges dealing with their own grief. I ask that you be there to grieve with those who mourn, and be patient. It is okay to just be there and be silent when you do not know what to say. It is part of caring for people and being part of a family. We will all grieve at one time or another. Stay safe, Didymus McHugh

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Perrysburg, NY - John Lauricella received his 50 year membership/fire service award on April 8, 2016. He has been a member of Perrysburg Fire Company since October of 1966. John was an over the road truck driver, but in his off time, he enjoyed being a volunteer fireman. John and several of the other members did a lot of the mechanical work at the fire hall, including when they rebuilt a new tanker truck from the chasse up, to help save money for the town. John was a pump operator and enjoyed the position of 2nd Assistant Chief for three years, followed with a three year term as Vice President and then four years as Trustee. John's children grew up being a part of the Perrysburg Fire Company. His oldest daughter, Jonette Taber, joined as a Junior Fireman in July of 1983, moving

to Active Fireman at the age of 18. Jonette received her 25-year membership award in 2008. She has served as EMS Captain since 1997 and is still active. Janette also served in many executive board positions over the past 31 years. She is a Paramedic and still enjoys helping people in need. This year, John's son Patrick Lauricella, also received his 25year membership award and remains active with the company. He mostly operates the tanker and enjoys being an exterior fireman. John's middle daughter, Maryann Vanderkarr, is a former firefighter and EMT of six years. She is now a social member along with her son Cody Vanderkarr, who also started as a Junior Fireman, moving to active for six years. - JONETTE TABER

(L to R): Maryann Vanderkarr, Patrick Lauricella, John Lauricella, Cody Vanderkarr and Jonette Taber. PROVIDED

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Where to Begin: Unmanned Aircraft Systems and Your Fire Department The new year has rolled in and your fire department has started the dialogue to consider incorporating unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), often referred to as “drones”, into departmental operations. Your officers and firefighters have witnessed some of the benefits of using UAS during departmental operations because a local hobbyist has volunteered to fly his aerial vehicle over your fire scenes and has shared the videos in real-time with the chief. So, where do you go from this point? The first step is to immediately stop what you are doing. While the intentions of the hobbyist may be sincere and much appreciated by the fire department, they go against federal regulations and can land both the fire department and the hobbyist in serious trouble, including fines adding up to tens of thousands of dollars, if not more. The same holds true for any firefighter who may be using his or her personal UAS on scene for the benefit of the fire department. The bottom line is, this is not allowed within the scope of federal UAS regulations. Fire chiefs have recognized the value of using UAS during departmental operations. Whether it’s for scene size up, hazmat conditions, search and rescue, or large scale incidents, the benefits of this technology are certainly notable. The decision to acquire a UAS is not one that should be entered into lightly. For any fire department, this process should be initiated with a strategic-level needs assessment that evaluates a variety of factors, including types of calls, number of alarms, manpower and

JUMP TO FILE #121216109 budget. The appropriate UAS platform and accessories must also be matched with the department’s operational needs. Fire departments need to conscientiously and sensibly establish comprehensive and risk adverse UAS programs along with substantial educational and training protocols for the utilization of this technology as a practical and sustainable tool. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has established separate guidelines for the use of UAS by public organizations as compared to hobbyists and commercial entities. As public organizations, fire departments need to follow the procedures set forth in this category by the FAA in order to deploy UAS legally and safely during departmental operations. Through the FAA, public agencies can apply for a Certificate of Waiver or Authorization (COA) in order to seek approval to conduct UAS operations in the nation’s airspace. This approval follows a lengthy all-inclusive operational and technical preparation by the fire department and an equivalent review by the FAA. Fire departments may also utilize elements of the newly designated FAA small UAS rule (Part 107) to become properly certified to fly for their department’s aerial vehicle. Attaining this certification, which must be renewed every 24 months, requires becoming proficient in general aeronautical knowledge. This includes being able to read visual flight rules (VFR) sectional

charts in order to recognize various airspaces and their limits; the understanding of weather phenomena and their effects on your UAS in flight; and specifics about the Part 107 regulations that you will be flying under. Depending upon the individual, preparation for this test could take more than 20 hours of study time. All of these details illuminate the fact that fire departments are not permitted to simply go to a store, purchase a drone, and deploy it during their calls. It is an exciting time in the world of unmanned aerial technology. Use cases are presenting themselves at dizzying rates as the aerial and imagery technology continues to rapidly advance. In this blur of progress it is essential for fire departments and other public agencies to remember that they are being closely scrutinized by the public. Your department needs to ensure that it has developed and implemented a comprehensive UAS program that encompasses regulatory compliance, ground safety, executive management and operational training. Much consideration needs to be made by your department and municipality in regard to budgeting and vendor management, as well as designing appropriate policies, standard operating procedures and emergency safety protocols. In the end, the essential objective is to be able to deploy your UAS in a safe and responsible manner in order to aid your department in effectively saving lives and property. - MIKE RUSSELL

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(L to R): FF Paul Bucher of Engine-2, Santa, PO Karen Zirbel and Poughkeepsie Mayor Rob Rolison.

Poughkeepsie FD and PD Bring Christmas to the Kids Poughkeepsie, NY - In 2015, Poughkeepsie Police Officer Karen Zirbel, a 12-year veteran of the force, teamed up with the Poughkeepsie firefighters of IAFF Local-596 to provide Christmas gifts to five families in need. The program grew to over 25 families in 2016, with more than 60 children. Both the police department and fire department collected toys at several locations throughout the city and then wrapped them all a few days before Christmas. On Christmas Eve and Christmas morning, Santa, riding on the city's rescue rig that was escorted by city police officers, made several deliveries to families that had been adopted by the program. Rain on Christmas morning did not dampen the spirits of all the dedicated public servants and volunteers that made this program possible.


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Tractor Trailer Fire Extinguished in Kirkwood


Crews Battle Car Fire in Latham Fire District

Albany, NY - On December 18th, the Latham Fire Department, along with the Shaker Road Fire Department for mutual aid, responded to the area of Exit-5 off of I-87, for a reported car fire. On arrival, Shaker Road Cars 51 and 53 had a fully involved car fire. They proceeded to shut down the exit to all traffic for the safety of the public while firefighters operated on-scene. Engines 449 and 445 arrived on-scene, pulled one hand-line off E-449 and went to work, quickly knocking down the well involved car fire. No one was injured, but the car was a total loss. The road opened back up a short time later.

Kirkwood, NY - Just after 1:00 P.M. on Saturday, December 4th, Broome County Communications dispatched Fire Mile Point Fire (59) to Interstate-81 Northbound, in the area of Mile Marker-10, for a tractor trailer fire with fire under the trailer. Chief-59B responded and was advised that the fire was believed JUMP TO FILE# to be contained to 120516125 one of the axles and tires on the trailer. Once on-scene, it was determined that the fire was still localized to the lift axle and passenger side tires on the trailer. New York State Police had arrived prior to Chief-59B and used a dry chemical extinguisher to help contain the fire. Squad-59 responded with a crew of four and was advised to pull past the tractor trailer and to stretch their hose reel to the passenger side of the truck. It was determined the load was solid waste being transported from downstate and was not a hazard to the operation. Crews used the hose to finish extinguishing the fire and cool the axle and wheel area under the trailer. With the lift axle off the ground, the driver was able to move the truck to the next exit and off the highway, where he could wait for a mechanic to come fix the axle. Five Mile Point Fire and New York State Police were then able to clear the scene. - NICHOLAS GRISWOLD


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Vacant Building Fire on Christmas Night

North Evans, NY - At around 9:00 P.M. on Christmas night, firefighters from North Evans, Highland Hose, Eden, Lake Erie Beach and Brant responded to a structure fire at the former "Mickey's Rise and Dine" restaurant, located at 7600 Southwestern Blvd. Fire officials believe that the blaze may have been sparked by a space heater that was being used to keep pipes from freezing in the building. There were no injuries reported. AMR Ambulance and Evans Police also assisted at the scene. Evans Center and Lakeview F.D.'s were placed on stand-by during the incident.


Parishville, NY - On December 3rd, with just two days notice, a crew comprised of seven firefighters representing three houses, with a donation from a fourth, ran a 5K at a Jamboree to aid one of their locals who had suffered a medical emergency. They gathered just under $200. The crew shown here ran the 5K while in full gear to show their support for her fight. (Top L to R): FF Vavra Brasher of Winthrop Fire, Asst. Chief Liebfred of Parishville, FF Boyer of Parishville, FF Rowbottom of Parishville and FF Brownell Hopkinton of Ft. Jackson. (Bottom L to R): FF Kelly of Parishville and FF Bailey of Parishville. Not pictured is (donation) FF Murray of North Lawrence.

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East Syracuse FD Holds 10th Annual CNY Burn Foundation Run Parishville, NY - On November 13, 2016 the East Syracuse Fire Dept.'s Station-2 ("Black Sheep"), held their 10th Annual CNY Burn Foundation 5K, 10K and 15K run. A crew from the Northern Adirondacks made their second showing. Firefighter Will JUMP TO FILE# 121516108 Votra headed a crew two-years-ago and ran in full gear. This year's crew included (Top L to R): FF William Votra from Hopkinton-Ft. Jackson, Chief Steven Parker from Hopkinton-Ft. Jackson, FF Tanner Brownell from Hopkinton-Ft. Jackson and FF Morgan Walker Dickinson from Franklin County, as well as (Bottom L to R): burn survivor Bruce Weisburg and Asst. Chief Liebfred from Parishville. The Parishville crew was shown great brotherhood and hospitality from Asst. Chief Shields and the "Black Sheep" crew. They greatly cherish the memories and look forward to next year! - JOHN LIEBFRED



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1947 American Lafrance Tiller Returning to N.Y. The first-ever American LaFrance 700-series, tractor-drawn aerial ladder truck, was built in 1947 for the Middletown Fire Company in Middletown, NY. It has since traveled across the country and will soon be returning home. The truck, with a 100-foot long lad- JUMP TO FILE# der, resided in Mid- 010517104 dletown, NY until it was sold in 1967 to the Tulatin Fire District in Oregon. The Continental powered, six-cylinder tiller served Tulatin and eventually made its way into service for the Jackson County-3 Fire District in southern Oregon, where the compartments were modified and the truck was converted into a fire prevention/public education unit. It was with Jackson County that the rig last saw fire-related service. The truck is being restored by Chief Juan Diaz of California's Mountain View Fire Department, with the intention of returning the apparatus to its original owner. The Cuban immigrant, who arrived in this country at the age of 15, unable to speak English, developed his love of antique iron during his formative years in Cuba and his passion still burns brightly. Diaz, part of a family of five, arrived in Miami during the Cuban Mariel Boat Lift on a vessel tagged the "Sun Hippie." The family stayed with relatives until relocating to Santa Clara, CA. The young Diaz attended Santa Clara High School during the day and worked as a janitor at night to help his family pay rent in addition to saving money to buy the first of his many classic cars; a 1965 Mustang convertible. A strong work ethic and desire to help others led the young man to volunteer with the Santa Clara Fire Department until he was hired as a career firefighter with the San Jose Fire Department at the age of 23, where he served in a variety of positions during his 25year career with the department, rising through the ranks to the Deputy Chief spot. After leaving San Jose, Juan Diaz was named Chief of the Mountain View Fire Department in May of 2014, where he still serves. It was the firefighting profession that gave Diaz the opportunity to save for, and purchase many classic vehicles, including a 1956 ElDorado, a 1928 American LaFrance Engine, a 1940 Ford Engine and now, the first-ever 700 series tiller made by American LaFrance. Diaz discovered the tiller, which had been repainted a bright yellow, had its ladders removed and compartments modified, sitting in a San Jose salvage yard that he passed regularly on his commute to the SJFD. Chief Diaz eventually stopped in to inquire about the apparatus that had been stripped of mirrors, bumpers and anything else of value. The owner indicated that he had bought it in

The 1947 tiller in service in the 1970's. This picture is in the San Jose Fire Museum.

Oregon, spent $1500 to have it towed down, and originally planned to turn it into a rolling art piece for California's famed "Burning-Man Festival." The artwork never started and the 1947 classic just sat in the yard. Diaz couldn't resist. He offered a few hundred dollars to the owner and became the proud owner of a true labor of love. Chief Diaz has invested over 100 hours restoring the trailer to date and claims to be about halfway through the restoration of that part. Both the tractor and trailer have been repainted by Diaz to the original color. The purist has not counted all of his receipts yet, out of fear. The biggest expense, other than getting it hauled back to Middletown,


will be the application of handpainted gold leaf. According to Diaz, American LaFrance had gold leaf everywhere and he expects to pay thousands-of-dollars to have it done properly, to the 1947 factory condition. Chief Diaz, who is working alone for the most part on this project, is planning on getting the apparatus back to Middletown, NY in the Summer of 2018. When asked about his firefighting career and his restoration projects, Diaz said "this is the best country in the world and if you apply yourself, and with God's willing, you can be anything you want." - TODD BENDER


Mountain View Fire Chief Juan Diaz in the paint booth.

Before and after the return of the AFL red paint.


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Poughkeepsie Quickly Drowns Illegal Debris Burn Poughkeepsie, NY - Members of Poughkeepsie Fire Department's Group-2 responded with E-2 and TL-2 for a report of an individual burning debris in the driveway of a N. White Street residence on December 28, 2016. The firefighters quickly extinguished the fire and were back in service 25 minutes after being toned out.


Firefighters Battle Farm Truck Fire in East Avon Avon, NY - On Wednesday afternoon, December 7th, firefighters from East Avon, Lima and Lakeville, along with Avon EMS, responded to a truck fire at Fastenal, located at 2697 Lakeville Road. Units arrived on location

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The cause of the fire was under investigation by the Livingston County Office of Emergency Management and the Livingston County Sheriff's Office. - JEFFREY ARNOLD


Black Ice Causes MVA in Newburgh

Newburgh, NY - On December 30th, the Winona Lake Engine Company was called out to an MVA located on Meadow Hill Road. Upon arrival, crews found two cars involved that had slid on black ice, causing them to collide. One person was taken to the hospital with unknown injuries.



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Five Mile Point Handles Compactor Fire


Two-Alarm Fire Destroys Garage

Monroe, NY - On December 3, 2016 at 12:58 A.M., the Monroe Fire Department was alerted to a reported garage fire at 4 Byrnes Road. The Village of Monroe PD responded and advised Chief Bennet of an active fire in the garage. Upon arrival of Chief Bennet, a second-alarm was transmitted. Additional assistance on the second-alarm included a FAST team from Washingtonville, engines from Woodbury and Chester, and coverage from the S. Blooming Grove and Tuxedo FD’s. Through aggressive efforts, the fire was contained to the garage and living room area on the first-floor and there was limited extension of fire to the second-floor. The family who was home at the time was able to recover many personal effects and Christmas gifts with the assistance of members on-scene. Assisting on-scene was the Fire Coordinator's Office, Fire Investigators, Red Cross, Mobile Life Support, Monroe EMS, Village of Monroe Police and the building inspector.

Kirkwood, NY - Just before 11:30 P.M. on the evening of December 27, 2016 Broome County Communications dispatched Five Mile Point Fire (59) to 1008 Route11, Willow Run Foods Warehouse, for smoke coming from a trash compactor. Chief-59B went en-route and was advised by JUMP TO FILE# county that the caller 010517100 stated the compactor had been moved away from the building. Upon arrival, Chief-59B reported a working dumpster fire, which was away from the trash chute, but still only moved about five-feet from the building. Engine 59-1 responded and upon arrival, stretched one line to the dumpster and used the top fire hose access port to begin dousing the fire. Engine 59-2 responded and was advised to stretch a second handline to the other top access port. A supply line was also stretched to a nearby hydrant to supplement tank water. Staff was contacted about the contents of the compactor, which was mostly cardboard food containers, food and cooking products. It was determined that rather than emptying the contents of the compactor, which was close to three-quarters full, the best course of action would be to continue to fill the dumpster to drown the stubborn and still burning fire. Crews worked for some time until water levels reached the top of the contents in-


Crews make headway and smoke slows as the water level in the dumpster rises.

side. The dumpster was then dragged further away from the building and checked with a thermal imager for remaining hot spots. Staff advised that they would monitor the dumpster for further smoke throughout the night. Five

Mile Point Fire was assisted by the Broome County Sheriff's Department on-scene. All crews were back in service by 2:30 A.M. the next morning. - NICHOLAS GRISWOLD

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Structure Fire in New Paltz Injures Resident New Paltz, NY - The New Paltz Fire Dept. was dispatched on December 18, 2016 to a reported structure fire on Valdine Drive. Chief David Weeks called for Mutual Aid from Clintondale, Modena and Highland to the scene with tankers, while Gardiner and Tillson were requested to move up. Recent renovations to the structure hampered firefighting efforts. The cause of the fire was determined to be electrical in nature and came from a Christmas tree. One resident suffered minor injuries.


New Hamburg, NY - The New Hamburg Fire District held an "Ugly Sweater" Christmas party on December 2nd and 1st Responder News Correspondent, Todd Bender, won 2nd place with his homemade sweater! The entire sweater was adorned with pictures of Dutchess County Car-3, Bill Beale, and framed in garland. Because everyone knows Bill, the sweater was quite popular among the crowd. (L to R): 1st Responder News Correspondent Todd Bender, with Roosevelt Firefighter Sal DiPressi.



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Pawling Fire District Chief Saves Christmas Pawling, NY - During a gathering of family and friends on Christmas Eve, Pawling FD Chief Everett White saved the holiday for a 77-year-old female. Chief White was enjoying the holiday gathering when he was summoned to the kitchen for a woman JUMP TO FILE# who was choking. 122516108 Several unsuccessful attempts were made to remove the item of food from the woman's airway before White made it to the room. Without hesitation, Chief White removed the woman from the house and began life-saving measures while another attendee called 911. Shortly after taking charge of the emergency, Chief White could feel the woman going limp. He immediately began the Heimlich technique and was able to dislodge the food particles. EMTs arrived shortly after to confirm that the patient's vitals were normal and that no further treatment was necessary. During his interview with 1st Responder News, a humble Chief White said "this is why I train as often as I do." - TODD BENDER

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20th Century Firefighting As seen through the eyes of Illustrator, William Hicks, Milton Fireman 1899-1942 By Nathan R. Murphy and Lieutenant Brian Doherty Available from: FSP Books & Videos 188 Central Street, Suite 4 Hudson, MA 01749-1330 1-800-522-8528 e-mail: Price: $22.00 This is a soft covered book, measuring 9-inches by 11 ½inches and has 56 pages. From page 6 through 55 there are sketches and illustrations, except for one page which has a photo of a monument dedicated to six Milton, Massachusetts firefighters and two police officers who gave their lives in the line-of-duty to the city. This book is the product of an idea put forth by Lieutenant Brian Doherty to Nathan R. Murphy, encouraging him to write this book while he secured the rights to use the artwork in the book that was done by Firefighter William Hick, Nathan’s great, great Grandfather. William Hicks was a very talented firefighter and person. He served the city of Milton’s fire department for the first four decades of the 20th century. He was part of the transition of volunteers to career firefighters and from horse drawn to steam engines. He sketched illustrations of all aspects of being a firefighter, from fighting fires, responding to rescues and other emergencies, to firehouse life, social events, duties and what have you. Many, if not most of the sketches are of actual calls with the likes of actual firefighters who responded. Many locations are named and the nature of the call described. The days of old are well represented and it is an education to anyone interested in history. Modern day firehouse life and firefighting are a light-year difference from much of what you will view on these pages. It is an enjoyable look of yesteryear, but sometimes sad when tragedy results. Nathan used this book as an Eagle Scout project. Lieutenant Doherty is the current president of the Milton Historical Society and helped to establish the Milton Firefighter Memorial Archives.

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Woodstock, NY - Jessica Jones, a member of Woodstock Fire Company #1, was named "Firefighter of the Year" at the company awards dinner, held on December 12, 2016. According to Captain Joe Stock, who nominated Jones, "she is a great firefighter and deserved the nomination." Having exceeded the award's criteria by going well above and beyond both firematic and company duties, the 24-year-old firefighter humbly accepted the award. Jones has been with the company for two years and joined after having been exposed to the volunteer firefighter lifestyle by her grandparents, who are longtime members of the Shandaken Fire Department. The opportunity to help people is something that Firefighter Jones enjoys.

When asked about her most memorable call of 2016, Jones cited a reported structure fire with occupants trapped inside. The call came in around 4:00 A.M., and Jones arrived on the second apparatus to find a nearly fully involved structure fire. The occupants had been rescued from a second-story balcony by responding police officers just seconds before it was engulfed in flames. Jones and two of her colleagues stretched a two-anda-half inch line and began applying water to the exterior. Not long thereafter, a propane tank on the "C" side of the house exploded. According to Jones, it took several more hours to get the fire under control. - TODD BENDER


(L-R): President Steve Dallow, FF Jessica Jones and Captain Joey Stock.

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Chief Henry Campbell

Well, it's the beginning of another year and hopefully your resolution is to make it a safe one for you, the members of your department and the fire service in general. There was no final figure for Lineof-Duty deaths in 2016 as I prepared this article, using the USFA as my source, but the figure on December 14th was 82. We can and must do better in the reduction of this annual toll of lives taken in the line-of-duty and it will require a total commitment from all in the fire service. Staying out of harm’s way is not easy as we go about the performance of our duties with all of its inherent dangers. There exists tremendous potential from all forms of hazards that we encounter and are exposed to on a daily basis that can result in serious injury or death, even when we are observing caution. Imagine what can occur when you are not concentrating, relaxed, and lowered your guard, or do

something just plain dumb. One must maintain the proper attitude relative to safety in order to remain safe and stay alive, and if you don’t, you can easily become a statistic. So, what can we do to help reduce this annual loss of life? You can start out by maintaining, or getting in good physical condition, since the leading cause of firefighter deaths is still heart attacks. Remember, round is not a shape unless you are a ball, so get in shape! It will enable you to perform at high physical stress levels, with less risk of a heart attack. Cigarette smoking is another major contributing factor for heart attack, so if you smoke, do your best to kick the habit. Believe me, I have heard all the stories and glories about "eating smoke at a fire, so why should I quit smoking??" Well for starters, the days of the smoke eater are long past and you should be using SCBA. Secondly, if there is one habit that contributes to almost every medical ailment known to science, it's smoking. Some fire departments have a no smoking policy that they have had in place for many years and in these departments’ retirement and pension, benefits hinge directly to this no

smoking policy, especially should heart and lung medical illnesses arise. It might be the perfect time for the entire fire service to incorporate this, or a similar policy. In conjunction with a no smoking policy, it may also be time the fire service begins enforcing a physical agility standard on an annual basis that requires all firefighting personnel to meet the standard or confront dismissal from the department. It may appear as an unreasonable option, but it may just be what is needed for some individuals to finally decide to take the necessary steps to keep his/her position, while improving and maintaining their health. Many career departments have volunteer participation physical agility programs, and if they have full compliance programs, they generally do very little policing of those who fail to meet the standard. In the volunteer service, where recruiting new members is becoming more difficult and getting a crew out during the week is difficult, the last thing you want to do is stop anyone from responding, so we sometimes look the other way. Another key factor relative to heart attacks in the volunteer service is that many members are much older than in the career departments. Many career firefighters have retired by the age of 55, whereas in the volunteer fire service, a member may continue active into his/her 70’s. With the increase in age also comes the increase in the potential of having a heart attack while performing stressful activity. It's tough to hold back some of the old dedicated members, and surely they would be missed, so it is incumbent for the department to make sure these members have a minimum medical examination and get plenty of monitoring and rehab when assisting at the emergency scene. Even then, there still remains the increased risk. If we can reduce the annual stress related line-of-duty deaths, we will have taken a major step in decreasing the annual death toll. We will not have eliminated LODD’s, but we will be moving toward a goal of reducing the annual death toll. Motor vehicle and apparatus related deaths need to be reduced. Risk management has to be reviewed and some logical determinations made by command officers, as to how much risk will be taken on the fire ground in order to save what? I realize the saving of life is our most important mission, and that includes our own personnel, but after that, almost every material item can be replaced. The life of a firefighter caught in a collapse, trying to save property from further destruction by fire, is too high a price to pay. So, as we enter this New Year, let us all resolve to do all we possibly can to reduce the annual death and injury toll. It can be done! Till next time, stay safe and God Bless!


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Ulster, NY - Three-month-old Meilani Coon, daughter of Ulster Hose Company-1 Firefighter Andrew Coon, already has her own gear! The front of Ulster's TL-1 is the perfect place for Meilani Coon to rest on her dad's gear.


Parishville, NY - On December 14th, the tones dropped for Parishville Rescue Squad for an elderly gentleman who had fallen while shoveling snow. Firefighter Scott Mere's 10-year-old son, Gavin, grabbed a snow shovel and promptly finished the job for the gentleman. Parishville Rescue Squad awaits the day they see an application come through from this young man!

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Rachelle Lutz has been an EMT for 17 years and is currently in Paramedic Class. She has been a firefighter for 19 years, and is a state Certified Firefighter-1. Rachelle currently runs EMS with Jeannette EMS and Irwin VFD EMS. She is also a firefighter with North Irwin VFC. When asked what inspired her to get the tattoos, she responded "I got the star of life one in 2013 after 13 years of certification. The Maltese Cross one was just done in June of 2016, the same day I received my certificate for passing the state Firefighter-1 exam! If you look, behind both are tendons and muscle (tattoos). This symbolizes that these two things, Firefighting and EMS are a part of me...of who I am. I have tried to get away from the field, but have always been drawn back to it. My entire family is involved. I have two uncles who are paramedics and have served as officers in the fire department as well. My aunt is a Paramedic and a junior coordinator at a fire department. My mother took the EMT with me, but is no longer active. She is a nurse. My great grandfather was a founder of a fire station. I also have cousins involved in the fire department and/or EMS. The heart shape is simply a symbol of my love for the field. The EKG lines are important. The one is my husband's rhythm, and the other is mine. He is a Paramedic and a Firefighter-1 as well. In fact, we tested for the state exam together."

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Hometown Heroes Racing Teams Up with Panoz DeltaWing Racing EMS ISSUE


Hometown Heroes Racing, founded by Michael E. Murphy in 2014, has the sole focus of building honor and camaraderie among first responders and the military. The team races to honor "the courage, commitment, and unswerving dedication of this nation’s First Responders,” (as quoted from their mission statement). Murphy felt that the teamwork of racing between racers and fans paralleled the teamwork required of first responders and that the two ideologies were harmonious with each other. There are approximately 830,000 certified EMS personnel in the United States which operate in over 15,000 ambulance services and nearly 78,000 EMS response and transport vehicles. There are approximately 1-million Federal, State, Local and Tribal law enforcement personnel in the United States, making this the fifth largest

standing army in the world. There are approximately 1,134,000 firefighters in the United States (82,500 and 7% are women!), including 788,000 volunteers (69%), and a Fire Service response averaging every 24 seconds. Mike saw the DeltaWing race team and car and was impressed with both their skill and the patriotic display; the team’s dedication to innovation, technology and a better future was also made evident to him. It was at the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona race that he got the idea to form a relationship between the two teams — it was an idea fully supported by DeltaWing team owner Don Panoz, and team manager Tim Keene. Starting with the "Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen" weekend, being held June 29th through July 2nd, 2017 at Watkins Glen International, the DeltaWing team members will wear the badges of the U.S. Fire, Police and EMS services at this event. The Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen weekend is set to feature the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge, Mazda Prototype Lites, Porsche GT3 Cup USA and Lamborghini

Super Trofeo. Tickets for this event are available by calling toll free at 866-461-RACE (7223) or visiting w w w. t h e g l e n . c o m / Tr a c k Info/Contact-Us.aspx, there’s Early Bird Pricing through March 30th, 2017. Watkins Glen International is located at 2790 County Route 16, Watkins Glen, NY 14891. Michael E. Murphy, RN, CEN, EMT-P, is the Chief of Operations of Rockland Paramedic Service Inc. and Rockland Mobile Care located in Chestnut Ridge, NY. He has more than 25-years of experience as a field paramedic, including 15-years in the NYC-91-1 system. Murphy is a NYSEMS certified instructor coordinator and member of the NYS-EMS Regional Faculty for the Hudson Valley and is a licensed critical care and ED registered nurse. Panoz DeltaWing Racing’s team owner, Don Panoz, has been involved in racing for over 20years, and had a career in the pharmaceutical, resort and tech industries, working closely with many first responders and the military.


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Christmas Day Fire Destroys Waterford Apartment Building Waterford, NY - The Waterford Fire Department was dispatched on January 1st for a reported structure fire at 32 1st Street. The first arriving chief onscene immediately called for mutual aid from Halfmoon- JUMP TO FILE# Waterford, North- 010117101 side, Mechanicville and Boght for the FAST team, for a fully involved structure fire in a multidwelling apartment building. Waterford's Tower-1 was first on-scene, pulled two hand lines and went to work to knock down the heavy fire. The next arriving engine came down the road, nosed up to Tower-1 and both crews went to work. Mutual aid arrived on-scene and assisted the firefighters inside. The truck company was able to vent heavy smoke from the roof of the building while crews inside knocked down the fire. It took firefighters approximately 30 minutes to bring the fire under control. All residents of the building, including pets, made it out safely without any injuries. No firefighters were injured onscene. One side of the building was a total loss. The fire is currently under investigation by Saratoga County's investigation team. - JEFFREY BELSCHWINDER

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Red Hook Fire Co. Makes Quick Work of Restaurant Fire Red Hook, NY - Shortly before 11:00 P.M. on Tuesday evening, December 20th, the Red Hook Fire Company received a call for a fire at "Max’s Memphis BBQ," located on Route-9 just south of JUMP TO FILE# the Village. The first 122116105 volunteer firefighters arrived moments later to find smoke coming out of the rear of the building. They immediately determined the source to be a fire in the wall in the area of the restaurant’s boiler room, near the water heater. According to Red Hook Fire Chief Rich Hilbrandt, firefighters were able to keep the flames from reaching the ceiling, where it could have spread throughout the restaurant. Fire crews were able to extinguish the fire in just under 15 minutes. The restaurant sustained minor smoke damage, but there was no structural damage to the kitchen or dining room. Red Hook was assisted by the Rhinebeck Fire Department, with Red Hook Police and the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office also at the scene. The Dutchess County Fire Investigation Division was working early the next morning to determine the cause, but the fire is not considered suspicious. - RED HOOK FIRE CO.


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New Paltz, NY - On December 3rd, the New Paltz FD teamed up with the American Red Cross Disaster Preparedness Division and installed 90 Kidde smoke detectors, with 10 year batteries, throughout New Paltz. Here, Chief Weeks talks with representatives from the Red Cross. BOB KRAJICEK

Poughkeepsie, NY - Poughkeepsie FD Chief Mark Johnson and FF Matt Doherty at an award ceremony held on December 15, 2016.



Holtsville, NY - Holtsville Firefighter Bryan Lopez at the scene of a recent MVA.

Brooklyn, NY - FDNY Engine-316, Ladder-124, Engine-271 and BC-28 take a group shot together during their firehouse's holiday party in December.


Troy, NY - Troy Firefighter Brad Dunham from Truck-2 at the scene of a structure fire on January 1st. SIDEWINDER PHOTOGRAPHY

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Troy Firefighters Make Rapid Knock Down of Apartment Fire Troy, NY - On January 1st, the City of Troy Fire Department responded to an alarm of fire at 274 3rd Street in the south end of the city. Initially, Engine-6 had nothing showing upon arrival, but then encountered a heavy smoke condition on the second- JUMP TO FILE# floor and called for 010117100 the Signal-30, along with a hand line. Firefighters forced entry into the apartment and found a room of content fire. The next arriving truck company searched the apartments above and below, making sure that everyone was out. The interior crew from Engine-6 called for the line to be charged and quickly knocked down the fire before it could spread. Firefighters were able to bring the fire under control within about eight-minutes of arrival. Crews were able to minimize damage to the apartments above and below in addition to the fire apartment itself. No injuries were reported and the cause of the fire is currently under investigation. - JEFFREY BELSCHWINDER


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Two-Alarm Brooklyn Structure Fire Brooklyn, NY - On January 4th, fire crews were dispatched to Moffant St. and Central Ave. for reports of a structure fire. Upon arrival, crews found a row of frame dwellings with fire on the top-floor of the Exposure-4 side. A second-alarm was requested and four lines were used to knock the flames down.


Fourteen Businesses Consumed by Queens Blaze Queens, NY - On December 30, 2016 a five-alarm fire tore through a taxpayer in Queens, destroying all of the small, mostly “Mom and Pop” stores contained within, but causing no civilian injuries. At about 6:00 P.M., companies were dispatched to 77-49 Vleigh Pl. in the Kew Gardens section of Queens. Ladder-125 transmitted the “10-75” for a fire in a one-story, 50X100 taxpayer containing multiple stores. The fire appeared to be in the rear and through the roof of several stores near the center of the building. Companies attempted to

JUMP TO FILE #010317102 cut off the spread of the fire, but the building had a common cockloft and the fire had a good head start. A second-alarm was transmitted, followed by a third at about 6:45 P.M., as fire was now involving six of the stores. At approximately 7:00 P.M., as the fire continued to spread, all members were withdrawn from the building and exterior lines and tower ladders were set up. The flames eventually involved the roof area of

all of the stores, dropping down to the business area in most of them. Much of the roof collapsed in. Five tower ladders, plus numerous multiversals and handlines were operating as the fire escalated to a fifth-alarm, bringing almost 200 firefighters to the scene. The fire was able to be placed as “probably will hold,” at about 11:15 P.M. Three firefighters were reported to have received minor injuries. Companies remained at the scene into the next morning. - BILL TOMPKINS


Bronx Companies Battle Two-Alarm Dwelling Fire Bronx, NY - On Wednesday, December 28, 2016 at approximately 4:50 P.M., Bronx companies responded to 961 East 173rd Street at Bryant Avenue for a report of a fire on the fifthfloor. Battalion-18 arrived on-scene with first-due units, Engine-45 and Tower Ladder-58, and put All Hands to work for a fire on the top floor of a five-story, 150x50, occupied multiple-dwelling. An extra engine and truck were requested for heavy fire blowing out of the windows and shortly after, a second-alarm was transmitted. The main body of fire was quickly knocked down and the majority of the second-alarm units were returned. All searches were found complete and negative. The fire was placed under control with an approximate 35 minute duration. BILL TOMPKINS – WWW.BTFIREPHOTOS.COM

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FDNY Vacant Structure Collapses at All-Hands Fire in Queens Queens, NY - Just around noon time on Sunday, November 20, 2016 numerous calls came in reporting a fire on Cohancy Street, off of North Conduit Av- JUMP TO FILE# enue. Box-2039 121916102 was transmitted and loaded up, with additional units sufficient to 10-75 by dispatch. Engine331 arrived within minutes and gave the 10-75. The fire was in a vacant, two-story, 20x40, brick private dwelling, with smoke visible through the roof. Engine-331 stretched the first line to the most accessible Exposure-4 side, where they were able to put water on the fire in the basement through a breached window. Members of Ladder-173 forced entry with a sledge hammer into the cinder-blocked entrance on the same side, while the chauffeur put their ladder to the roof. Battalion-51 reported using All Hands by 12:06 P.M. Tower Ladder-142 put their bucket up in front of the building while Engine-302 took a hydrant and prepared to feed them. Fire was throughout the structure, from the basement and through the roof, with an interior collapse. E-331 operated a hand line from the now breached threshold while a second line was stretched behind them. With no indications of a life hazard, a quick primary search was conducted, but exterior-only operations was quickly implemented. Ladder-173 was able to vent a window on the top floor while TL-142 began dumping water into the structure. The deputy chief in the 13 division arrived and requested an additional engine and tower ladder, bringing E-293 and TL-155 into service. By 12:25 P.M., DC-13 reported a potential collapse of the Exposure-4 side. There was smoke seeping through the facade and visible cracks with deteriorating conditions. By 12:31 P.M., the Exposure4 wall gave out partially, along with a section of Exposure-3. TL155 arrived, took down a plywood barrier and began to set up adjacent to the Exposure-2 side, which then also began to partially collapse. By 12:43 P.M., Exposure-3 gave out completely, along with a large section of Exposure-4. Searches had not been conducted or possible at the time, although all visible fire had been knocked down. At 12:50 P.M., DC-13 reported slight extension from embers into Exposure-3, a vacant, one-story, 30x80, commercial building. Members forced entry and extinguished the small fire with one line and searches were found negative. At 1:00 P.M., DC-13 placed the fire as "probably will hold" at


the one-hour-and-one-minute duration mark. By 1:24 P.M., DC-13 reported all primary searches were

complete and negative, except for an area in the rear of the basement. Secondaries could not be per-

formed due to the stability of the building and they began a watch line.




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Four Firefighters Injured in Manhattan Structure Fire BILL TOMPKINS – WWW.BTFIREPHOTOS.COM

Queens, NY - FDNY Chief of Department James Leonard, oversees operations at a multiple-alarm fire in Queens on December 30, 2016.

Manhattan, NY - On the late afternoon of Thursday, December 22, 2016 Manhattan fire companies responded to 515 West 59th Street, between Amsterdam and West End Avenues, for a report of a fire on the third-floor. Battalion-9 arrived onscene with first-due units Engine-23 and Ladder-35 and transmitted a 1077 (Hi-Rise Residential Fire), for a fire on the third-floor of a 33-story, multiple dwelling. The fire got out of hand due to the fact that it was wind-driven,

JUMP TO FILE #122316102 causing it to quickly extend to multiple apartments on both the third and fourth floors and requiring the transmission of a second-alarm by the 9th-Battalion. Numerous reports of people trapped and suffering from smoke inhalation all throughout the building were received and eventually handled. The main body of fire was

knocked down on the original fire floor, while smoke from the fire elevated to the floors above the fire. Division-3 transmitted third and fourth alarms, bringing in units to the scene from all over the borough and surrounding boroughs. Approximately 20 people were injured and transported to nearby hospitals, including four firefighters. The incident was placed under control with an approximate three-hour duration. - JOHN HOPPER


Bronx Crews Battle 11th-Floor Structure Fire

Bronx, NY - On the early morning of Friday, December 9, 2016 North Bronx companies responded to 1160 229 Drive South, in the Edenwald Housing Projects, for a report of fire on the 11th-floor. Engine-38 arrived first-due with Tower Ladder-51 and transmitted a 10-75 for a fire on the 11th-floor of a 14story, 170x55, multiple-dwelling. Battalion-15 then transmitted a 10-77 (Hi-Rise Residential Fire), and advised dispatchers of a possible wind-driven fire. One line was stretched and the fire was knocked down while numerous tenants were escorted out of the fire building. The fire was placed under control with an approximate 45-minute duration.


All-Hands Structure Fire in Queens Queens, NY - Firefighters were dispatched to 59th Place and 60th Ave. on December 11, 2016 for reports of a structure fire. Upon arrival, heavy smoke and fire were found in the basement of a three-story brick building. One line was used to quickly knock the fire down.

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Fire in NYU Hospital Goes to Two-Alarms

Manhattan, NY - Firefighters were dispatched to East 34th St. and 1st Ave. on December 14, 2016 for reports of a structure fire. Upon arrival, crews found fire on the setback of the seventh-floor part of NYU Hospital, which was under construction. A second-alarm was struck in addition to a high-rise response. Two lines were used to knock the fire down.

Bronx Structure Fire Goes to Three-Alarms Bronx, NY - During the early morning hours of Friday, January 6th, Bronx fire companies responded to 866 Morris Park Avenue, near Bronxdale Avenue, for a report of smoke in the building. Battalion-20 arrived on-scene with first-due units Engine-90 and Ladder-41 and found a heavy smoke condition in a three-story, mixed occupancy. All-Hands were to put to work while one hose line was

JUMP TO FILE #010617100 stretched to the basement, where the main body of fire was located. Some fire was knocked down, but flames quickly extended through the walls from the basement and up to the cockloft. A second-alarm was transmitted, which was shortly followed by a third-

alarm. Four lines were stretched and put into operation. Fire on all floors and the cockloft were eventually knocked down and searches on all floors of the building were found complete and negative. The fire was placed under control with an approximate two-hour duration. - JOHN HOPPER


Two-Alarm Dwelling Fire in Manhattan

Manhattan, NY - Firefighters responded to Charles St. and Greenwich Ave. on December 14, 2016 for reports of a structure fire. Upon arrival, crews found fire in the shaft of a sixbedroom, multiple-dwelling, with extension to the first and top floors, and up to the cockloft. Four lines were used to knock the flames down. The fire started up again later in the night, at which time a second-alarm was requested.


Queens Deli Fire Quickly Knocked Queens, NY - On December 11, 2016 crews responded to 79th St. and Rockaway Blvd. for reports of a structure fire. Upon arrival, fire was found in the basement of a two-story brick building, with minor extension to the first-floor. Two lines were used to quickly knock the fire down. An additional engine and truck were called to assist at the scene above the All-Hands.


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Garbage Truck Crashes and Overturns in Queens

Queens, NY - Units were dispatched to 34th Ave. and 47th St. on December 22, 2016 for reports of an MVA. Upon their arrival, units found a garbage truck that had hit a parked SUV and overturned. There were no reported injuries. Both the FDNY and NYPD responded to the scene.


All-Hands Fire in Bronx Motel Bronx, NY - On the afternoon of Saturday, December 17, 2016 North Bronx companies responded to 3701 White Plains Road at East 216th Street, for a Class-3 alarm activation in a motel. Engine-62 arrived on-scene as first-due with Ladder-32 and found fire on the second-floor of a two-story, flat roof, 20x100 motel.

JUMP TO FILE #121916107 While en-route, Battalion-15 transmitted the All-Hands and requested an additional engine and truck (Engine-38 and Ladder-37) to the scene. Due to the cold weather and snow conditions, a 10-70

(Water Supply Required), was also transmitted. Two lines were stretched while one was put into operation, knocking down the main body of fire. Searches were conducted and found negative. The fire was placed under control with an approximate 40-minute duration. - JOHN HOPPER


Crews Battle Fire in Queens Private House Queens, NY - On December 21, 2016 firefighters were dispatched to 95th Ave. and 116th St. for reports of a structure fire. Upon arrival, crews found fire in the basement of a large, private house. The fire had extended up to both the first and second floors. There was no extension to the exposures. Three lines were used to knock the flames down.


Bronx Units Knock Down Structure Fire

Bronx, NY - On the evening of Monday, December 19, 2016 North Bronx companies responded to 4419 Murdock Avenue, off of Nereid Avenue, for a report of a fire in a private dwelling. Engine-63 arrived on-scene as first-due with Ladder-39 and transmitted a 10-75 for a fire on the second-floor and attic of a two-and-a-half story private dwelling. Two lines were stretched and one was put into operation while the main body of fire was quickly knocked down. Searches of all floors were conducted and found negative. The fire was placed under control with an approximate 30-minute duration.

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Small Fire in Back of Queens Home Quickly Knocked

Queens, NY - Firefighters were dispatched on December 16, 2016 to 71st St. and Central Ave. for reports of a structure fire. Upon arrival, crews found a small fire on the outside/rear of a house. One line was used and the fire was quickly knocked down.


Two-Alarm Fire Hits Brooklyn Church Brooklyn, NY - On December 29, 2016 firefighters were dispatched to Ralph Ave. and Fulton St. for reports of a fire in a church. Upon arrival, crews located the main body of fire in the rear of the structure. A second-alarm was requested and firefighters used four lines to quickly knock the fire down.


Wooden Pallets Found Ablaze in Queens

Queens, NY - Units were dispatched to 43rd St. and 56th Rd. on December 15, 2016 for reports of a pallet fire in a yard. Upon arrival, firefighters found a yard full of wood pallets on fire. One alarm was called and it took four lines with two tower ladders to get a knock on the fire.


Brooklyn Crews Respond to Dwelling Fire Brooklyn, NY - On the evening of Tuesday, December 27, 2016 Brooklyn fire companies responded to 720 Miller Avenue for a report of a fire on the second-floor of a multiple-dwelling structure. Battalion-44 arrived on-scene with first-due units Engine-290 and Ladder-103, and transmitted a 10-75 for a fire on the second-floor of a three-story, 40x80, multiple-dwelling. The fire was located in a rear bedroom and quickly extinguished. The incident was placed under control with an approximate 30-minute duration.


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