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MULTIPLE FIREFIGHTERS INJURED AT MASSIVE CHEMICAL PLANT BLAZE

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New Windsor, NY - On November 20th at 10:19 A.M., the Vails Gate Fire Department responded to a report of a structure fire at Verla International on Temple Hill Road. Upon arrival, a fire was found in an annex portion of the cosmetic manufacturing warehouse. A second-alarm was called which included an Engine and a Truck from the City of Newburgh. - See full story on page 2

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Multiple Firefighters Injured at Massive Chemical Plant Blaze New Windsor, NY - On November 20th at 10:19 A.M., the Vails Gate Fire Department responded to a report of a structure fire at Verla International on Temple Hill Road. Upon arrival, a fire was found in an annex portion of the cosmetic manufacturing warehouse. A second-alarm was called which included an Engine and a Truck from the City of Newburgh. With a report of an unaccounted employee, Engine companies began stretching two-and-a-half inch hose into the building while the Truck companies began a primary search. Shortly after arrival, a large explosion occurred that knocked two Engine companies to the ground, injuring several members and trapping four members of the Truck companies inside the building. A third-alarm was immediately transmitted as numerous Maydays were quickly received. All four trapped members were

JUMP TO FILE #120717110 able to eventually self-rescue themselves and were immediately treated for injuries. The NYS Foam Task Force was utilized which brought foam trailers to the scene from the City of Newburgh, City of Kingston and the Orangeburgh Fire Departments, as well as the New Windsor Fire Department. Due to low water pressure, 16 tankers were called from throughout Orange, Dutchess and Ulster Counties. The fire was eventually contained to just an annex portion of the main warehouse. Unfortunately, one employee was killed in the fire. Nine firefighters sustained injuries from the explosion and a total of 26 employees suffered from smoke inhalation. - TOM LUCCHESI

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Forklift Fire at Pepsi Bottling Company in Latham Latham, NY - On November 15th, Verdoy, Latham, Boght, Midway, Schuyler Heights, West Albany, Fuller Road and Colonie Fire Companies arrived at a forklift fire at the Pepsi Bottling company. The forklift had set fire to part of the warehouse. Crews had to lay in a massive amount of five-inch hose to the roadside in order to bring water to the scene. Many other companies, such as Maplewood and West Crescent, were backup support at various stations to assist with the fire call.

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This patch belongs to Kent Volunteer FD, located in Kent, NY (Putnam County). The image on the patch is of Sybil Ludington. Late on the rainy night of April 26, 1777, at the age of just 16, she rode through Putnam & Dutchess Counties to alert the Militia that the British troops were coming to attack Danbury, CT. Kent VFD consider themselves the 21st Century minutemen..ready at a moment's notice, night or day, to assist their community.


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House Fire in Conesus Quickly Knocked

Conesus, NY - On Monday, November 27th around 12:30 P.M., Conesus Fire and Livonia EMS were dispatched to a house fire at 5710 Dacola Shores Road. Fire units arrived on the scene and reported a working fire in the rear of a two-story home. Smoke alarms alerted two residents who were able to escape to safety. The blaze was quickly brought under control in about 20 minutes. Mutual aid was requested to the scene from Sparta, Groveland and Livonia Fire Departments. Investigators from the Livingston County Office of Emergency Management and Sheriff's Office believe the fire may have been caused by objects piled on top of an extension cord.

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Vehicle Rollover on Continental Road in Cornwall Cornwall, NY - Highland Engine Company FD was dispatched to a reported rollover on Continental Road at the intersection to the Boulevard on November 24th. Cornwall PD reported a vehicle on its roof with possible entrapment. Cornwall EMS and a medic from New Windsor EMS were at the scene. Firefighters helped remove the subject from the vehicle and COVAC then transported them to Saint Luke's Hospital. The Cornwall Police are investigating the cause.

Medal of Honor recipient Captain Steve Bauer, his wife Kristin, and their son Charles.

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City of Poughkeepsie Firefighters Honored at Annual Awards Ceremony Poughkeepsie, NY - City of Poughkeepsie Firefighters were honored in an annual awards ceremony on November 9th at the department's headquarters on Main Street. City Mayor Rob Rolison told the capacity crowd that the honorees are very humble and they don't bask in receiving accolades. According to the mayor, when the firefighters are summoned to an emergency, they respond with the mindset of "get in, get out, get home." Fire Chief Mark Johnson presented the awards with the assistance of Deputy Chief Joe Franco and Rolison. According to the chief, the awards not only recognize the actions of his firefighters but also gives the community a glimpse of the work that is done by the department. A fire that took place in April of this year on Stout Court resulted in Life-Saving awards being presented to Firefighters Mike Camuto, Tim Rose and Tim Ryan, along with a Unit Citation for the firefighters of Group 4 that were working that day. The first arriving units encountered heavy smoke conditions on the first-floor and confirmed an active fire in apartment "A". Lieutenant Phillips ordered Firefighters Camuto and Rose to perform a primary search on the second-floor above the fire whie Lieutenant (now Deputy Chief) Joe Franco worked with crews from Engine 1 and Ladder 1 to attack the fire on the first-floor. Crews from Engine 2 and Tower Ladder 2 were placing ladders around the building to provide a secondary egress route for those inside when Firefighter Cronk from Tower Ladder 2 transmitted that there were possible victims in the Eastside apartment and he was attempting to gain access through a window to get to them. Firefighters Camuto and Rose entered apartment "C" and located a male in the rear bedroom who was in extreme respiratory distress and

JUMP TO FILE #111017108 unable to move on his own. While they were removing the victim, they heard a second victim gasping for air and discovered a female victm in an adjacent bed who was also in respiratory distress. Firefighter Ryan entered the room to assist and radioed to all units that the victims were being brought down the stairs. Firefighters Meyerson, Sekul and Valentine helped get the two victims down the stairs, out the door, and to the medics from Mobile Life who then transported both patients to Vassar Hospital. According to Chief Johnson "if not for the actions of these firefighters and the team effort of all the members of Group 4, the lifesaving actions could not have been performed safely and efficiently." In addition to the Life-Saving award presented to the three firefighters, the Unit Citation was presented to recently retired Captain Mike Brophy, Firefighter Brad Valentine who was recently promoted to Lieutenant, and Firefighters Phil Rugar, John Cronk, Chris Sekul, Steve Volk, Shawn Hicks, Mark Meyerson and Nick Bucher. Another fire that resulted in the Life-Saving award being presented occured in June of 2017. A report of a fire at 99 Hooker Avenue, a twoand-a-half story building with several small apartments, brought an immediate response from Engine 3 which is stationed just up the street. Upon arrival, firefighters were advised that there were still occupants in the building. Lieutenant (now Captain) Steve Bauer entered the building with Firefighter Paul Bucher and proceeded to the second-floor to begin searching while Firefighters Brian Ineson and Eric Kelly were stretching a hose line toward the seat of the

fire while simultaneously protecting the stairwell. Bauer and Bucher located the room where the fire had originated. While waiting for the hose line, Bauer heard a faint vioce calling for help in the room that was engulfed in flames. Without waiting for the protection of the hose, Bauer entered the room, and guided by the faint calls, located the victim and removed her from the room and turned her over to Firefighter Andy Clegg. Bauer suffered burns as a result of his efforts but continued on. At the same time, Firefighters Flynn and Brugger were setting up ladders when Flynn noticed movement near a second-floor window. Flynn rushed up the fire escape and entered the apartment where he last saw movement and recovered a trapped resident. Flynn and Brucher were on the second-floor assisting in removing the victim from the building. Captain Steve Sutka recommended that the Medal of Honor be awarded to Captain Steve Bauer and Chief Johnson agreed. In presenting the prestigious award, Johnson praised Bauer for rescuing a woman from a burning building without the benefit of a hose line, in extreme heat and fire conditions, with complete disregard for his personal safety. Firefighters Paul Bucher and Tim Flynn, who was also injured that day, were presented with the Life-Saving award for their actions that day. Chief Johnson concluded the ceremony by recognizing all of the firefighters of Group 2 that were working that day. The Unit Citation was presented to Captain Steve Sutka and Firefighters Clegg, Stroka, Ineson, Anderson, Kelly, Brugger, Mauro and McNiff. - TODD BENDER


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California: Garrett Paiz, 38 Rank: Firefighter/Driver Incident Date: October 16, 2017 Death Date: October 16, 2017 Fire Department: CAL FIRE Initial Summary: Firefighter/Driver Garrett Paiz was killed in Napa, California, while operating an empty 1993 Kenworth water tender (tanker) when, according to the California Highway Patrol, the vehicle left the roadway on a curve and crashed through a guardrail down a ravine. Paiz, who died at the scene, was working on the Nuns fire burning in the hills above Oakville and was heading for a water resupply when the crash occurred near the bottom of a steep winding section of roadway called the Oakville Grade. According to initial reports, the roadway was closed for fire operations only at the time of the crash, and no other vehicles were involved. Firefighter/Driver Paiz, a native of the Coachella Valley in Southern California, and a volunteer firefighter with the Noel Fire Department in Missouri, was working as a contract firefighter with CAL FIRE at the time of his passing. The cause of the fatal incident remains under investigation by authorities.

New York: Ronald W. Hinkle, 71 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: October 17, 2017 Death Date: October 17, 2017 Fire Department: Loch Sheldrake Fire Department Initial Summary: On October 17, 2017, Firefighter Ronald W. Hinkle responded to a motor vehicle accident with the Loch Sheldrake Fire Company #1. Firefighter Hinkle was found later in the day at his home unresponsive. Fellow firefighters and other first responders attempted to revive Hinkle, but all rescue efforts failed. Firefighter Hinkle passed away from a nature and cause of fatal injury still to be determined.

New Jersey: Edward J. Frenenski , 31 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: October 23, 2017 Death Date: October 23, 2017 Fire Department: Stanhope Hose Company 1 Initial Summary: Firefighter Edward J. Frenenski was participating in vehicle extrication training during a fire department drill at the county fire training academy. While performing a practical evolution, he suffered an apparent seizure, and was immediately treated by FD and EMS personnel on scene. He subsequently went into cardiac arrest while being transported to a local hospital, and CPR was initiated. Hospital emergency room staff continued with life-saving measures to no avail. Firefighter Frenenski, a life-saving organ donor at the time of his passing, was pronounced deceased approximately 2.5 hours later.

New York: David E. Carr, 62 Rank: Firefighter-Operator Incident Date: November 3, 2017 Death Date: November 4, 2017 Fire Department: Brasher - Winthrop Volunteer Fire Department Initial Summary: Firefighter-Operator David E. Carr responded with his fire department on a mutual aid call to an industrial fire of 5,800 tons of burning wood pellets inside of a large metal warehouse. Firefighters, with the aid of the company president who brought in an excavator from another work site to tear down the walls and roof of the building, worked through the night to bring the fire under control. After being released from the scene, Firefighter-Operator Carr returned with his fire department to the firehouse to clean and put away equipment. Firefighter-Operator Carr then departed for home, where, later in the morning, he succumbed to a nature and cause of fatal injury still to be reported.


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Second-Alarm Vacant Building Fire in Schenectady Schenectady, NY - The city of Schenectady responded for a reported structure fire at 522 Schenectady Street on November 16th. The heavy brown column of smoke could be seen up to a mile away as units were responding. The first arriv- JUMP TO FILE# ing piece of appara- 120517107 tus on scene had heavy fire and smoke pushing from a two-and-a-half story, wood-frame vacant dwelling in the Hamilton Hill neighborhood. Car 22 requested the second-alarm and Mutual Aid into the city for a cover assignment while firefighters were operating on scene. Firefighters used multiple hand lines and master streams from the truck company to knock down the heavy fire. Command did not allow any firefighters to enter the structure, as they were not sure if it was stable. The vacant home sustained heavy damage from the fire, which is currently under investigation by the city of Schenectady Arson Investigation Team. No firefighters or civilians were injured on scene. - JEFFREY BELSCHWINDER

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Fire Rips Through Downtown Cohoes, Damages 31 Buildings Cohoes, NY - A man trying to mimic a reality television show started a fire Thursday, November 30th that damaged over 30 buildings in the city of Cohoes. The fire broke out in a three-story building at 228 Remsen Street and quickly spread. Winds exceeding 30-MPH fueled the fire that took crews from over a dozen departments over three hours to bring under control. “It's the worst disaster the city has ever seen,” said Cohoes mayor Shawn Morse, who spent 26 years with the Cohoes Fire Department before retiring upon becoming mayor. At one point, Watervliet had to abandon its ladder truck which was stationed directly in front of 228 Remsen. The crew was forced out of the bucket and hoses had to be turned on the truck itself when the truck caught on fire. Large embers were blown throughout a three block radius, causing smaller fires in several locations. In the end, 31 buildings had suffered some level of damage. Two three-story buildings, a two-story building, and a storage garage were destroyed. Among the buildings damaged were a vacant church, Smith's restaurant, which dates back to 1873 and is famous for its 50-foot

JUMP TO FILE #120617104 long mahogany bar, and Rizzo's Florist, which had rebuilt after being destroyed in a 2009 fire. Smoke from the fire was so severe that it was captured on dopplar radar. “This is just sad,” said Morse. A lot of people I've known my entire life have suffered some real bad damage. Fortunately, there were no serious injuries.” All residents were able to escape safely. Two firefighters suffered minor injuries but no other injuries were reported. The Red Cross assisted 26 residents who were displaced. As crews continued to battle the fire, police arrested 51-year-old John Gomes for starting the fire. They say Gomes had been in the rear of 228 Remsen and started a fire in a burn barrel in violation of a city law that prohibits open burns within city limits. Police say Gomes told them he was trying to bend metal, similar to what he had seen on the History channel television show “Forged in Fire.” He's been charged with arson and reckless endangerment.

Fire damages 31 buildings in downtown Cohoes.

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Albany was one of over a dozen departments at the scene of a massive fire in downtown Cohoes.

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Firefighters spent three hours trying to bring a massive downtown fire under control in Cohoes.


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Do You See What I See? by Chief Joel Miller

During this holiday season, social media should be a routine part of your department's holiday functions. This is a great time to showcase what your department is doing during this holiday season. Most departments are very active in the community during this time of year and your tax paying citizens would love to know that your department is spreading that ewell tide cheer. Below are just a few ideas of postings that can let your community see what you see.

-Crews having Christmas dinner. -Departments having their picture taken with Mr. and Mrs. Claus. -Videos of your department participating in a community food drive. -Live broadcast on social media promoting your department's toy drive. -Show off your department’s Christmas decorations. -Christmas parade pictures. -Building snowmen.

-Decorating the fire station. -Decorating the Christmas tree. -Showcase Santa Claus arriving to your town on the fire truck. -Post a demonstration video of how fast a dry christmas tree burns. -Videos where your crew members share holiday safety tips. -Videos of how to properly deep fry a turkey.

Using your crew members in safety tip videos allows your department to become a familiar face in the community. No matter how your department celebrates this holiday season, make sure you share all of the positive things your department does on social media for your community and others around the world to see.

GREG BUFF

TAKE PRIDE IN YOUR DEPARTMENT AND ALL OF THE AMAZING THINGS YOU DO.

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Three People Injured in Cornwall MVA CHEVRON FIRE DEPARTMENT, RICHMOND CA - STATION #60

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What does the EMS symbol stand for? The six points in the star represent the six tasks of an emergency rescuer.

Detection Reporting Response On Scene Care In Transit Care Transfer to Definitive Care

Cornwall, NY - On November 27th at approximately 2:30 P.M., crews were dispatched to Route 32, across from Quality Towing, for reports of an MVA. Upon arrival, units found two vehicles involved, including a mini school bus. There were three patients total transported from the scene, two by ground and one by Medevac. All patients were reported to have nonlife-threatening injuries.


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Fatal Fire in Schagticoke Claims Loved Member of Community Schagticoke, NY - On November 4th, the Schaghticoke, Hoosic Valley, Melrose and Johnsonville Fire Departments responded to a reported structure fire with a report of entrapment at 4 East Street. The Hoosic Valley Ambulance arrived on scene within one minute of the dispatch. The first arriving crew let the dispatcher know that they had a Signal 30 working fire. The ambulance crew attempted to make entry into the building, but due to the heavy fire they were pushed back. Engine 30-1 arrived on scene and the ambulance crew assisted by pulling multiple lines from the engine. With the next engine right behind, crews grabbed the hand line and made entry to the building. Crews attempted to make a search and find the reported trapped victim. While firefighters were making entry into the building, the power lines on the building fell off and landed on Engine 30-1. With heavy fire pushing throughout the building, command pulled all of the crews working inside for safety reasons. Command requested Easton, Arvin Hart, Valley Falls, Speigletown, Pleasantdale and Center Brunswick to the scene. Command also requested the Halfmoon Fire Department for a FAST team to be sent to the scene. Firefighters went into defensive operations with multiple hand lines and master streams from the engines. Command sent a group of firefighters to the rear of the building to

JUMP TO FILE #120517101 make entry and do a rapid search. Searchers attempted with everything they had to locate the trapped victim, while firefighters hit the heavy fire from the front of the building. Due to the structural collapse of the second-floor, searchers were pulled from the building. After about two hours, firefighters were able to bring the heavy fire under control. Crews on scene had very extensive overhaul of the building. Investigators from the Rensselaer County Fire Investigation Team and the New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control were brought in to conduct the recovery and investigation. Firefighters from multiple departments stayed on scene for over 18 hours while the Rensselaer County Fire Investigation Team and the New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control conducted the investigation and recovery of the victim. Unfortunately, the victim trapped in the building did not make it. Janet Henderson was described as a well-loved, caring person and an amazing wife to her husband Richard. Janet was a loved member of the Schaghticoke community and will be truly missed by everyone. A GoFundMe page has been set up to help the family: https://www.gofundme.com/richard-henderson

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- JEFFREY BELSCHWINDER

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On Saturday, October 14th, the RPI training team spent the day up in Rockland County, NY for initial and refresher bailout training for the firefighters of the New City Fire Engine Co. No. 1. In addition to the standard training, we also trained them on a two-person bailout.

We should never be searching alone, so there is a likelihood that two members could become trapped in the same room and need to exit the same window. The first member clears the window and starts to tie off to a remote location while the

second member is transmitting a MAYDAY! Once the first member exits the window, the second member anchors at the window sill and is able to safely escape. We try to encourage to anchor at different locations so that no member is slowing the other member down, or is potentially knocking the other member's anchor hook loose. Obviously in real life, time and conditions dictate everything! - BRYAN CRAWFORD

Instructors review the plan for the day of training.

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Multiple Companies Battle Fire in Stockport Stockport, NY - Crews from multiple companies battled a structure fire on December 2nd in the town of Stockport. The initial alarm sounded at approximately 3:45 A.M., when Stockport Fire with automatic mutual aid from Stottville and Stuyvesant Fire were dispatched for a reported working structure fire on Footbridge Extension Road. Stockport Car 1's Mike Cesternino arrived on scene and reported a fully involved structure fire with flames shooting 30-feet into the air and requested tankers from

JUMP TO FILE #120517100 Stuyvesant Falls, West Ghent and Ghent to the scene. Crews contained the blaze to the house and kept damage minimal, to a garage located about three-feet away. Because the house had already started to collapse on arrival, crews used a defensive attack, combining numerous hand lines, a blitz nozzle and a deck gun. The house was unoccupied at the time of the fire, and was used for extensive storage. An

excavator was eventually called to the scene. Columbia County Fire Coordinators Office, Columbia County Sheriff's Office and Greenport Rescue were also on scene. Greenport Fire Department stood by in Stockport's station to cover all calls for Stockport and Stottville, while Kinderhook stood by for Stuyvesant. All units were back in service by 10 A.M. - MIKE MCCAGG

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The Mary Christmas Chaplain's Corner

Pastor Fernando Villicana

Bible verse: Luke 1:46 And Mary said: “My soul magnifies the Lord, v47 And my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior. v48 For He has regarded the lowly state of His maidservant; For behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed. v49 For He who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is His name. The words “I’m pregnant” never fails to attract attention. As a husband, a father and grandfather I’ve heard them spoken several times – three times by my wife and seven times by my own children. Usually when we hear these words “I’m pregnant” there is happiness attached to it. But not always: Sometimes it’s said in fear and uncertainty – perhaps the wrong time in life or an insecure future. Sometimes in anger, because the relationship occasioning the pregnancy carries with it the likelihood of becoming abandoned and having to face it alone and it becomes embittering. From joy to guilt, or from “happy to be” to “what will happen to me,” the full spectrum of emotions surrounds pregnancy. As you read the account of Mary, you’ll find that even in a drab, uninviting town called Nazareth, God brings a miracle. As proven over and over again, there is no place you can be in life where God’s grace can’t find you. The story of Mary is a story of how God is able to bring life into the most barren settings and bring hope into the most unpromising situations in your life.

There’s no doubt the most popular Christian theme of Christmas is the birth of Jesus. But have we overlooked another miracle? Another truth of this whole picture is that God Himself can birth miracles in us as a way of life. The Christian life is one of miracles. The point: Just as God blessed Mary, he will bless us. You may say: “But there’s only one Jesus born.” Yes, that was Mary’s time – now it’s our time. There’s something inside of us just waiting to be birthed. A miracle, a blessing. The nativity is a story of people getting pregnant. Regardless of gender, age or circumstance – we are all pregnant! Pregnant with a miracle. This is what happens when the Mary Christmas is embraced by all of us. Heaven is still waiting to pour promise into earth’s most unlikely places. Are you in a place where it seems like nobody knows where you are? Or, are you doing relatively well but need a boost of spirit (renewing/refreshing). In any case, you are a prime candidate for a Mary Christmas. The God who chose a virgin girl as the avenue through whom He would miraculously give us the greatest gift of all - a Savior, is still at work today. In marriages, in child rearing, in hearts and minds, in business, relationships and even retirement. Where life or love, hope or strength, promise or patience have disappeared (or never been there in the first place), God comes to offer the Mary Christmas Miracle. Qualifying for a Mary Christmas doesn’t require a self-accomplished goodness. It only calls us to be open to a God-appointed grace. Have a Merry Mary Christmas, -Pastor Fernando Villicana, Fire Service Chaplain

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Two-Car MVA in City of Newburgh Newburgh, NY - Newburgh FD was dispatched to a two-vehicle MVA on November 18th. Firefighters tended to the injured subject and checked vehicles for hazardous conditions. Mobile Life was evaluating the subject in the vehicle. City of Newburgh Police are investigating the cause.

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Car and Mail Truck Collide in Newburgh

Newburgh, NY - Newburgh FD was dispatched to a two-vehicle auto accident on West Street, just south of Third Street, on November 9th. Mobile Life and City of Newburgh Police were also at the scene. Firefighters assisted with the injured parties and checked vehicles for hazardous conditions. Mobile Life transported two subjects in different ambulances to Saint Luke's Hospital. One vehicle involved was a mail truck, so postal personnel were also at the scene. The City of Newburgh PD is investigating the cause.

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Firefighters Handle MVA with Entrapment in Ellisburg Ellisburg, NY - On Tuesday morning, November 7th, Adams and Mannsville Volunteer firefighters worked to free the driver from a motor vehicle accident on Interstate 81 in the town of Ellisburg.

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Two-Alarm Gun Store Fire in South Schenectady Fire District Schenectady, NY - The South Schenectady Fire Department, Rotterdam District 2, Carmen, Schonowe and Pine Grove Fire Department responded to 3071 Broadway at Taylor & Vadney Sporting Good Store on No- JUMP TO FILE# vember 5th for a re- 120517102 ported structure fire with entrapment. The dispatcher advised the first unit that called on the air that they were receiving multiple calls on the fire. The first arriving state trooper on scene had heavy smoke pushing from both the second and third floor of the building. The trooper made entry into the rear of the building and made sure that everyone had made it out safely. The trooper suffered smoke inhalation and was taken to the local hospital by REMS. South Schenectady’s assistant chief arrived on scene, declared a working structure fire and requested a second-alarm. Engine Tanker 161 was the first arriving piece of apparatus on scene and immediately pulled multiple lines as crews made their way to the fire floor. Truck 163 arrived on scene right behind Engine Tanker 161 and immediately set up for truck operations. While interior crews were working inside, they encountered heavy smoke and fire on the second and third floor. Firefighters attempted to make an aggressive interior attack but were not able to knock down the fire. Command requested everyone to evacuate the building and take up a defensive operation. While firefighters were using multiple hand lines and Truck 163 was using their master streams, the transformer behind the building began to wildly arc off and then explode

with a bright flash of white light. Truck 163 used their master streams on the second and third floor as heavy fire pushed throughout the roof and front of the building. Command requested Carmen's truck company to set up in the parking lot next to the fire building and begin master stream operations along with Truck 163. After about 20 minutes of master stream operations, the heavy fire was knocked down. Firefighters made entry into the building from the rear and started to conduct over-

hauling the second and third floors of the building, hitting any remaining hotspots. All of the residents in the apartments above the gun store made it out without injury. The gun store below suffered smoke and water damage. None of the firefighters on scene suffered any injuries. The State Trooper that suffered smoke inhalation was released later that evening. The fire is currently under investigation. SIDEWINDER PHOTOGRAPHY

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Crews working on the eaves of the structure.

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Lorraine Fire Department.

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Propane Fueled Fire Hits Livonia Livonia, NY - On Tuesday, November 14th at approximately 9:00 P.M., Livonia firefighters were dispatched to 7114 Richmond Mills Road for the report of a fire on the ground near an underground propane tank. While enroute, responding units were advised that the tank may have exploded, so the assignment was upgraded to a structure

JUMP TO FILE #111517109 fire response. Upon arrival, a small fire was extinguished under the mobile home and in the area around the tank. Firefighters assisted with evacuating the residents, who were then checked on scene by Livonia EMS.

Lakeville and Hemlock Fire Departments were placed on standby during the incident. The cause of the fire remains under investigation by Livingston County Emergency Management and the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office. - JEFFREY ARNOLD

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Crews Go to Work Battling Fire in Adams Adams, NY - On the morning of November 4th, Adams and Mannsville Volunteer Fire Departments were called to a Working Structure Fire on Comstock Road. Upon arrival, crews went to work to save what they could. Lorraine Fire Department was called in to assist. National Grid was also called in to cut the power.


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Water supply established.

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Fully Involved Garage Fire in Avon Avon, NY - Shortly after 2:00 P.M. on November 27th, Avon Fire/EMS was dispatched to a garage fire at 152 Clinton Street in the village. Avon Police arrived on the scene and reported a fully involved garage with an exposure issue. Mutual aid was requested to the scene from East Avon Fire Department. Firefighters were able to quickly contain and extinguish the fire, with a nearby house suffering only minimal exterior damage. Students from the Avon Primary School, which is located across the street, were ordered to shelter in place until the fire was brought under control. The fire is believed to have been caused by sparks from a saw being used by the homeowner. Caledonia firefighters provided coverage for the town and village of Avon during the incident. There were no injuries reported.

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Two-Alarm House Fire in Kirkwood Kirkwood, NY On November 12th at 7:57 P.M., Five Mile Point Fire was dispatched to 100 Crescent Drive for a possible house fire. Upon arrival, Chief 59B reported a working fire with possible entrapment and requested a second-alarm. E591 arrived within minutes and crews went to work, quickly knocking down the fire and keeping it from spreading. It was determined that no one was in the house at the time of the fire. Crews remained on scene for several hours overhauling the area and assisting Broome County Office of Emergency Services Fire

JUMP TO FILE #112017138 Investigation team. The cause is still under investigation. Kirkwood Fire Company, Conklin Volunteer Fire Department, West Windsor Fire Co., Town of Binghamton Fire Co., Superior Ambulance Service, Inc., NYSP and NYSEG all assisted at the scene. Port Dickinson Fire Dept. stood by to cover working departments. - DAVID ABELL


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Fire Destroys Garage in Town of Brunswick

This tattoo was submitted by John Harriott, Sr. from Harris Gardens Fire Co. in Union Beach, NJ. When asked for details about the tattoo, he said: "Oldie but goody. One of the oldest tattoos from a member. Cause we have blue fire trucks. Thanks Ron W. for your service. I got it 1993 and Ronnie Wilson has been with the fire company for 25 years. When we got our first blue fire engine, it was called the "Blue Goose".

Brunswick, NY - During the cold morning hours of November 28th, the Brunswick No. 1 Fire Company was dispatched for a reported structure fire at 180 McChesney Ave. in the town of Brunswick. The first arriving state police unit on scene had a heavily involved garage fire that was spreading to the home. The state police officer assisted in getting the family out of the home as the fire lit up the skies. The first arriving fire chief on scene

JUMP TO FILE #120517110 declared a Signal 30, bringing Center Brunswick and Mountain View FDs to the scene. The first arriving engine on scene pulled multiple hand lines and quickly started to knock down the heavy fire. Firefighters made entry into the home with their thermal imaging cameras to check for any type of extension. Crews cooled down the siding

on the home and then switched their attention to the destroyed garage, soaking down its remains. Firefighters operated on scene for a little over an hour and a half. No one was injured on the scene. The home suffered significant damage to the siding, and the garage was a total loss. The Rensselaer County Fire Investigation Team arrived on scene shortly after 12:45 A.M. to determine the cause of the fire. - JEFFREY BELSCHWINDER

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Three-Vehicle MVA with Rollover in Newburgh

Newburgh, NY - GoodWill FD was dispatched to a three-vehicle MVA with rollover on November 26th. Town of Newburgh Police and Town of Newburgh EMS, along with Mobile Life responded to the scene. One subject was transported by Mobile Life to Saint Luke's Hospital. Firefighters assisted with traffic control and also checked vehicles for hazards. Town of Newburgh Police are investigating the cause.


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LT. TIMOTHY P. DEXTER, JR.

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Pet Dies in West Albany House Fire LT. TIMOTHY P. DEXTER, JR.

Pedestrian Struck in City of Newburgh MVA

City of Newburgh, NY - On December 5th at approximately 10:16 A.M., on duty members of Engine Co. 3 were in quarters, when a driver traveling eastbound on Broadway lost consciousness and crossed the double yellow line. The vehicle crashed into two parked cars in front of Engine 3’s quarters. One vehicle was empty while the other was occupied and being unloaded. The collision sent one victim flying approximately 30-feet to the bay door of Engine 3. Members immediately began treating the victim and called for additional resources. Two patients were transported by Mobile Life Support Services. Crews were on scene within seconds.

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Did you know the reason for dalmatians being used as the dog of choice for firefighters? It was due to dalmatians getting along well with horses (back in the day, firefighters used horse-drawn carriages), being adept at protecting the carriage and equipment while the firefighters were performing their duties, and being able to run alongside their carriages for lengthy periods of time. Nowadays, the dalmatian has shifted its role to more of a companion (obviously due to technological upgrades over the years).

Albany, NY - The West Albany Fire Department, along with Fuller Road FD, Shaker Road FD and Colonie Village Fire Company for their FAST Team, were dispatched to 20 Harwich Drive on November 5th for a JUMP TO FILE# reported structure 120517103 fire. Car 67 was the first arriving chief on scene and called for the Signal 30 as he had heavy fire throughout the second-floor of the building. The first arriving engine pulled multiple hand lines and made entry into the first-floor where they encountered heavy fire. An aggressive push to knock down the heavy fire was initiated. Command advised they had heavy fire pushing through the roof of the structure and had solar panels that spanned the majority of the roof. Firefighters were able to knock down the fire on the first-floor, but as they made their way to the second-floor, Command advised them not to push any further as the roof was compromised. Command had firefighters use a hand line to knock down the heavy fire from the exterior of the structure. Fuller Road's Truck 3 set up in front of the building and went into master stream operations after Command pulled everyone out of the building. After Truck 3 knocked down the majority of the heavy fire, Command had a safety officer evaluate the conditions of the second-floor, who quickly determined that the floor had been compromised. Firefighters were able to bring the fire under control in less than 20 minutes. Everyone in the home made it out safely. Crews on scene were able to save some of the fire victim's precious pos-

sessions and brought them outside to her. Firefighters were on scene for the majority of the evening conducting heavy overhaul. No one was injured on scene, but the

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homeowner's pet unfortunately did not make it. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation. - JEFFREY BELSCHWINDER


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Home in Albany Suffers Major Damage After Fire Albany, NY - The City of Albany was alerted to an alarm of fire at 96 Daytona Ave. on November 11th. Engine 10 had heavy smoke pushing from the roof and rear windows of a singlefamily brick home. Albany firefighters stretched a hand line to the fire floor where they had JUMP TO FILE# 120517106 heavy fire pushing throughout the second-floor, venting through the sky lights and second-floor windows. Command arrived on scene and confirmed that everyone was out of the building and accounted for. Truck-3 set up in the roadway and sent their crew to the roof to vent the building. An additional truck company arrived on scene and laddered the building for the crews inside the structure. Engine-10's crew conducted an aggressive interior attack and quickly knocked down the fire before it could spread to the rest of the house. Firefighters conducted a primary and secondary search, both of which came up negative. The fire was brought under control in less than 15 minutes. Command had the fire investigators come to the scene to determine the cause of the fire. No firefighters or civilians were injured on scene. The home suffered major damage to the second-floor. - JEFFREY BELSCHWINDER

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It’s a Calling EMS ISSUE

CHELLE CORDERO

If you are looking for a career in an almost guaranteed-to-grow field, EMS might be the answer. With an estimated (as per the Dept. of Labor) 237-thousand EMS workers currently working in the U.S., and nearly 15-thousand paid EMTs and Paramedics in New York State, the job growth in this field is expected to grow at least 23% by the year 2022. There are extremely good chances of completing a class and walking into a job pretty quickly. But if you are looking for a job that will pay you to live on Easy Street with a higher than average wage, Emergency Medical Services might not be the best option. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the New York median annual income for paid EMTs and paramedics was $37,640 higher than the national median annual income for EMTs and paramedics of $32,670; the Continental US poverty level for a family of four in 2017 is $24,600, NOT a whole lot of difference. So why do people go into EMS as a career, and some as volunteers? Saving lives, bringing much needed help to people in their time of need, seeing the results of your efforts is outrageously rewarding. It is an amazing feeling to “bring some-

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one back from the dead” (clinical death) after performing CPR or using a defibrillator. Bringing a newborn into this world is a joy that is never forgotten. Knowing just how much difference YOU make in this life, how much difference you make in other peoples’ lives, is extremely fulfilling. There is purpose, pride and honor to the EMS profession. With an aging population and increasing need of paid personnel to replace areas once serviced by volunteers (the volunteer market is drying up as the need for multiple jobs per household increases), and overcrowded hospitals, the demand for highly skilled and well-trained EMTs and Paramedics is high. Our EMS personnel are most often the first line of medical attention in accidents, sudden illnesses and a variety of disaster scenes. Whether the EMT is paid or volunteer, the training is the same, approximately 180 to 200 hours of classroom training which includes hospital ER time and/or actual ride-along responses. Generally, EMT-Basics provide basic life support skills and transport to advanced hospital ER facilities; Paramedics are trained in advanced life support skills which may include certain IV drugs. Together, this dream team of EMS responders can make the difference to a family having every member at the dinner table that night. No matter how altruistic an employee may be, there are still factors that make the 24x7 job bearable or not. A petition was

submitted earlier in 2017 to prohibit MANDATORY overtime except in cases of disaster or ongoing patient care; the request was made to continue allowing voluntary overtime, something many responders appreciate as it helps to boost their income. Another issue that has recently been discussed is the labor law regarding mandatory meal breaks, something that excludes most EMS responders due to the nature of their job and often individual role during a tour. EMS responders have hazardous jobs, ones which can cause physical injury and exposure to contagious diseases, and can cut productive work years short. EMS employers should consider pension plans, practical health care coverage, paid education, and other perks in order to help this needed profession meet the needs of the employees as well as serve the public. Volunteer agencies and municipalities also need to consider/improve LOSAP programs and municipal discounts as well. For EMTs and Paramedics from other states who are looking to work in NYS, contact the Reciprocity Unit of the NYSDOH at (518) 402-0996 to learn more and request an application. The New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) reviews training received in the home state to determine if it equates to New York State requirements and is eligible for reciprocity and be granted a New York State Paramedic or EMT certification.

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Driver Killed After Fleeing from Cop in Montgomery

Montgomery, NY - At approximately 8:30 A.M. on December 5th, a vehicle was traveling on 17K near Winding Hills Park, when it crashed head-on with an oncoming pickup truck. Witnesses stated that the car was going at a high rate of speed when it crossed the double yellow line to pass two vehicles around a blind turn. The driver of the car was killed instantly, while the driver of the pickup truck was flown out by helicopter for medical attention. Both eastbound and westbound lanes were shut down while the accident was being investigated.

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Mobile Home Fire in York York, NY - On Friday night, November 10th, York firefighters were dispatched to a report of a structure fire at 2313 Anderson Road. Responding units found a working fire in a mobile home. Mutual aid was requested to the scene from Caledonia, Cuylerville, East Avon, Avon and Pavilion Fire Departments.

Newburgh Firefighters Free Person Pinned Underneath Car Newburgh, NY - Newburgh FD was dispatched for a reported person's leg pinned under a motor vehicle off of Wisner Ave. on November 9th. City of Newburgh Police were at the scene investigating. Mobile Life EMS was also called to the scene. Firefighters used airbags and wheel chocks to stabilize the vehicle so that the subject could be removed. Once removed, the subject was transported to Saint Luke's Hospital by Mobile Life EMS.


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GARY HEARN

Second-Alarm Sounded for City of Newburgh House Fire Newburgh, NY - City of Newburgh FD was dispatched on November 10th to 205 Liberty Street for reports of a house fire. Upon arrival, fire was found on the top floor with extension into the cockloft and Exposure 2 (Exposure B). A second-alarm was called and mutual aid responded from West Point FD with one truck, Castle Point Veterans Administration FD

JUMP TO FILE #111317110 as FAST and Cronomer Valley with one engine. Middle Hope FD responded with one truck and stood by in the Newburgh firehouse. - GARY HEARN

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Two-Year-Old Boy Dies in Town of Newburgh House Fire Newburgh, NY - Winona Lake FD was dispatched to a reported structure fire on November 24th around 4:15 A.M., at 109 Coach Lane in the town of Newburgh. Orange Lake, Good-Will and City of Newburgh Fire Departments were called in for mutual aid. Town of Newburgh Police were first on the scene and helped get several subjects out of the residence where heavy fire and smoke was coming from. Firefighters arrived and used hand lines and ground ladders to access the fire.

JUMP TO FILE #112417100 Multiple area ambulances were called to the scene, as well as New Windsor and City of Newburgh Fire Departments and the New York State Police. Coldenham, Cronomer Valley and Middle Hope Fire Departments were on standby. Central Hudson was called in for a power cut. At least 16 people were transported to Saint Luke's Hospital, in-

cluding several police officers and firefighters who were injured while trying to rescue people from inside the burning home. A twoyear-old child died as a result of the fire, and a woman who was transported to the hospital in critical condition died the following day. The cause of the fire is under investigation, but it is believed that the home did not have working smoke detectors.

MVA on Racquet Road in Newburgh Newburgh, NY - Town of Newburgh Police and EMS responded to a motor vehicle accident on Racquet Road on December 4th. Upon arrival, one vehicle was found damaged and a second vehicle involved had left the scene. Town of Newburgh EMS was evaluated the subject, whose vehicle was struck from the rear. Town of Newburgh PD is investigating.

- BOB MCCORMICK

VINNIE DOMINICK

Two-Car MVA in Town of Newburgh Newburgh, NY - On November 28th, Winona Lake firefighters responded to a two-car MVA in front of WalMart on Route 300. There were no injuries.

Town of Newburgh Police Detective Vincent Spampanato looks on at scene.

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Boston, Striking the Box VIDEO REVIEW

Video reviews by John Malecky

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Apartment Complex Fire in Clifton Park Displaces Residents Clifton Park, NY - On November 21st, the Clifton Park Fire Department was dispatched for a reported structure fire at 63 Squire Lane. The dispatcher stated that they were taking multiple calls on JUMP TO FILE# 120517108 the structure fire. Car 19 quickly arrived on scene and had a working structure fire on the third-floor of an apartment complex with heavy smoke pushing from the "Alpha" and "Charlie" sides of the building. Car 19 requested a full daytime mutual aid response to the scene. Engine 191 and Truck 196 arrived on scene within minutes of the dispatched call. With heavy smoke pushing from the building, firefighters stretched a hand line to the thirdfloor of the building. Smoke and heat banking down onto firefighters on the third-floor made it difficult for firefighters to find the seat of the fire. While firefighters were attempting to find the seat of the fire, the fire vented itself out of the rear of the building. Crews were able to get a quick knockdown on the fire after it had vented itself. Firefighters had extensive overhaul of the third-floor and in the attic area of the building. Interior crews confirmed that everyone was out of the building and safe, and both primary and secondary searches were negative. The building suffered extensive damage on the third-floor along with damage to the complex on both sides of the fire apartment. Building maintenance was on scene quickly to assist the displaced residents. The fire is cur-

Boston, Striking the Box By Fireline Video 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 (DVD) This DVD was originally released by Advanced Print and Video in 2002. It is 90 minutes in length and covers eight Boston incidents between 2001 and 2002. Those incidents are listed in the ad found on the FSP website. Otherwise, they are shown at the beginning of the incident as you view the DVD. It involved two working fires with the rest being multiples between two and nine alarms. At the beginning of each incident is

found the date, the location and the number of alarms. With a few exceptions, that is all that can be found. It is up to the viewer to figure out what is burning. The viewer can hear a narrator in a few of the incidents but not all are narrated. Most of the incidents occur at night and it is hard to make out the scene. Also, heavy smoke obscures the ability to size up a building and in one incident, the apparatus obstructs the view of the fire building because the videographer is on the ground at the same level as the vehicles. One 9 alarmer is of a fire at the Old Navy Yard and another at a high, windowless commercial or industrial structure. A fifth alarmer involves several wood frame structures which started in a 2 ½story vacant one which became fully involved. A 4th alarmer at a three-story ordinary construction building of either commercial or industrial use, proved to be a stubborn one to fight. In all, the BFD put up a valiant fight. Those who like to view major fires would find this to be a good selection.

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rently under investigation by the Saratoga County fire investigators. No firefighters or occupants were injured on scene. The Red Cross was contacted for the residents of

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the apartment building as they were not allowed back into the building that night. - JEFFREY BELSCHWINDER

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Lumberyard Fire Erupts in Ballston Spa Ballston Spa, NY - The Ballston Spa Fire Department, along with Malta, Burnt Hills and Round Lake Fire Departments were dispatched for a working structure fire at Curtis Lumberyard on State Route 67 in Ballston Spa. The initial call came from an on-call security guard reporting a fire in building #4. The first arriving patrol car on scene notified the dispatcher that they had a working structure fire. The first arriving chief on scene confirmed they had a working structure fire in a building that housed large amounts of plywood stacked to the roof of the building. The chief had heavy fire in multiple pallets and requested mu-

JUMP TO FILE #120517109 tual aid to the scene to establish a tanker shuttle being that the nearest hydrant was over 1,500-feet away. Arriving units pulled multiple hand lines into the building and went to work knocking down the heavy fire, but firefighters had to back out of the building due to a lack of water on the scene.

Crews set up Eagle Matt-Lee's ladder truck on the "Charlie" side of the building. As soon as firefighters had a tanker shuttle in effect, they were able to set up and go into master stream operations,

knocking down the heavy fire. Firefighters on scene had to commandeer multiple forklifts on the scene to start to remove a large number of plywood pallets that were on fire. As firefighters removed the pallets from the building, additional firefighters on scene used foam to put out any remaining hot spots. The roof of the building sustained heavy damage and multiple pallets of plywood were destroyed due to the fire. No firefighters were injured on scene and the fire is currently under investigation.

Driver Flees After Vehicle Rolls Over on NYS Thruway Newburgh, NY - Winona Lake Engine Co. was dispatched for a vehicle off the roadway on the New York State Thruway, at Mile Marker 62 southbound, on December 2nd. Winona Lake Car-2 arrived at the scene and found no one inside the vehicle. New York State Police arrived and started searching the immediate area for the driver. Firefighters checked the vehicle for hazards and then turned the scene over to the State Police.

- JEFFREY BELSCHWINDER

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Fully Involved Car Fire in Newburgh Newburgh, NY - On November 13th, Winona Lake was called out to a car fire on Route 17K. The car was found fully involved upon arrival.

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New York State Fire Chiefs Conference & Expo Moving to Downtown Syracuse in 2019 Castleton-On-Hudson, NY The New York State Association of Fire Chiefs (NYSAFC) has announced that its Annual Conference & FIRE Expo, the largest emergency services convention and exhibition in the Northeast, will be held in Syracuse, N.Y. in 2019, 2020, and 2021. More than 13,000 people participate in this event, which features over 300 exhibitors, workshops, hands-on training, and networking activities for fire service leaders from across New York state. The NYSAFC Annual Conference & FIRE Expo will be held at The Oncenter, located in downtown Syracuse. Exhibits, including apparatus displays, will be situated inside the venue and outside along streets adjacent to the state-of-theart facility. Classroom education programs and other activities will also be held at The Oncenter. The Syracuse Fire Department will be hosting NYSAFC’s popular handson training program at its nearby, fully equipped training facility. NYSAFC has reserved room blocks in more than 10 hotels, most within walking distance to The Oncenter. The newly remodeled Marriott Syracuse Downtown (formerly The Hotel Syracuse) will serve as the host hotel, housing NYSAFC staff and volunteers. The

JUMP TO FILE #112217100 popular Armory Square neighborhood, with the highest concentration of restaurants and nightlife venues in the Syracuse area, is also just a short distance from The Oncenter. The Visit Syracuse team is working closely with NYSAFC to secure ample parking, coordinate shuttles to the venue, and designate nearby camping facilities. “This is an exciting move for our organization,” said NYSAFC President Chief John Sroka. “Syracuse and The Oncenter venue will allow us to not only continue with our traditional Wednesday to Saturday event format, but also provide an opportunity to expand our exhibits and broaden our training and education program offerings,” he added. NYSAFC Executive Director Jerry DeLuca noted, “The central location of Onondaga County enables the association to accommodate our members traveling from all regions of New York state. And the revitalized downtown Syracuse area, with so many quality lodging and dining options near The Oncenter, will be appealing to our participants. It will allow us to continue to grow what is already one of the pre-

mier emergency services events in the nation.” “We are thrilled to officially welcome the State Fire Chiefs’ Conference to Onondaga County,” said County Executive Joanie Mahoney. “Visitors will find a welcoming and ideal location to hold their annual expo and we look forward to hosting them the next three years.” NYSAFC’s first conference and organizational meeting was held in Syracuse in 1904, where Syracuse Fire Chief John Quigley was elected the first president of the association. More recently, the event was held at the Empire Expo Center – New York State Fairgrounds from 1998-2005. “Words can’t express how excited our Visit Syracuse team is to welcome the State Fire Chiefs’ conference,” said Visit Syracuse Convention Sales Manager Chad Welch. “Our office has enjoyed working with this prestigious organization and wanted to show the NYSAFC that Syracuse and Onondaga County would roll out the red carpet for them; thanks to the collaborative efforts of our office, combined with local hotels, The Oncenter, Downtown Committee, Onondaga Historical Association, and Onondaga County officials, we were able to do just that.”

WILLIAM MURRAY

Car Fire in New Paltz

New Paltz, NY - The New Paltz Fire Dept. was dispatched to a car fire on Route 32 North on November 13th. There were no injuries.

More details, including the exhibit layout, hotel reservation process, and dates, will be forthcoming. Don’t forget to join us for the NYSAFC 112th Annual Conference & FIRE 2018 Expo, which will be held June 13-16, 2018, at the Turning Stone Resort in Verona, N.Y. The New York State Association of Fire Chiefs is a not-for-profit

organization based in New York’s Capital District with more than 10,000 members. NYSAFC has served career and volunteer fire chiefs, officers, and emergency services personnel throughout New York state since 1904. - NEW YORK STATE ASSOCIATION OF FIRE CHIEFS


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Ellisburg, NY - Firefighter Willis Sweetland at the scene of an MVA.

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City of Beacon Firefighters Handle Structure Fire STEVE WHITE

Staten Island, NY - Richmond Engine 1 members in Historical Richmondtown (L to R): Probie Firefighter Robert Harris, Firefighter James Corey, Probie Firefighter Raffaele Zerilli and Chief Steve White.

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Latham, NY - Operations Car 5, Jason Geary and Chiefs from the town of Colonie departments at a recent fire scene.

Beacon, NY - The City of Beacon Fire Department was notified by the Dutchess County 911 Center of a fire at 5 N. Elm Street on November 27th at 7:12 P.M. The City of Beacon Fire Department’s first Engine Company was on the scene in two minutes. BFD Command Car 2 on the scene reported trees on fire near a house. The fire was extending into the house and a second-alarm was requested. The occupant of the house attempted to extinguish the fire with an extinguisher and a garden hose. Both occupants and a family dog escaped the home without injury. One hose line was applied on the trees and the second hose line was advanced into the first-floor. The City of Beacon fire crews made a quick aggressive attack to bring the fire under control. The fire damage was confined to the front exterior and interior of the porch with smoke damage throughout the structure.

JUMP TO FILE #120417115 Firefighters were hampered with some operations due to the thick vegetation surrounding the structure and a live electrical line down in the street. The Village of Fishkill fire crews did a search and ventilation of the secondfloor. The Glenham and Rombout Fire Districts relocated to Beacon Fire Station 2 to cover the City. Central Hudson Gas and Electric were at the scene to disconnect the services. County Car 13, 71, BVAC, and the Dutchess County Fire Investigation Team were on the scene to assist. The Red Cross provided lodging and support to the occupants. BFD cleared the scene at 11:09 P.M. - GARY VANVOORHIS


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

Tower Ladder 76

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Four-Alarm Fire Ravages Manhattan Commercial Building Manhattan, NY - Firefighters battled a four-alarm fire at Nagle Ave. and Dykeman Street in the Inwood Section of upper Manhattan on November 12th. The call came in at about 10:00 A.M. Upon arrival, firefighters found a one-story 100x75 taxpayer with fire throughout. The fire is believed to have started in a Chinese restaurant in the

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JUMP TO FILE #111317118 middle of a row of stores, at the address of 150 Nagle Avenue. Initial reports indicated that there may have been one person in the basement of one of the stores, but searches of the premises proved

negative. Firefighters were removed from the building early on due to questionable stability of the building, which resulted in a collapse of the roof. Four Tower Ladders were used during an extended operation. The fire was placed under control at approximately 12:44 P.M. - JIM FAY

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Staten Island, NY - FDNY members from Engine 167 at a car accident on November 15th with an injury, after NYPD pursued a driver who hit several cars on Arthur Killer Road near Dover Green in Staten Island.

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FDNY DEPARTMENT PROFILES

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The Ten House shows its holiday spirit down at the World Trade Center in lower Manhattan.

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Clutter in Home Hampers Firefighters at All-Hands Fire in Staten Island

Staten Island, NY - A 10-75 was transmitted at 3:07 P.M. on November 11th for fire showing out of the first-floor window of a one-and-a-half story frame dwelling. Engine 167 was first-due and reported heavy clutter conditions in the house. At the height of the fire, Division 8 had four handlines stretched and in operation. All visible fire was knocked down at 3:43 P.M. Division 8 also reported that this would require an extended overhaul operation due to heavy clutter.

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FDNY & DEP Team Up for Water Recycling Project New York, NY - FDNY and the NYC Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) have partnered on a one-of-a-kind water recycling project that will save approximately 22 million gallons of water per year at the FDNY Fire Academy – more than half the amount of water used annually at the academy for training and equipment testing. The FDNY Fire Academy Water Reclamation Project, which was completed this past August, was jointly funded by FDNY and NYC Water. The water reclamation tank system is a 40,000-gallon sub-grade closed-loop recovery tank inclusive

JUMP TO FILE #120717101 of connected fire hydrants, standpipes, a water pressuring pump system, numerous pipe connections in conjunction with FDNY nozzle/hose sizes, drafting connections, a water collection hood, a water filtration system, an environmentally controlled pump pit, a remote control and indication panel, pressure/flow/temperature/level detectors and, electrical/water/drainage distribution systems. The control panel was designed

to allow Fire Academy Trainers to simulate “loss of flow” or “reduced flow” incidences that could be experienced during real-life firefighting situations. Further, the control panel provides flow and pressure information that is vital for training and testing purposes. The DEP partially funded the project in support of PlaNYC Green Initiative 2030, the “Water of the Future” initiative and, the NYC Water Efficiency Program, each with a goal of reducing NYC water demand and water waste. - FDNY

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Second-Alarm Fire in Staten Island Staten Island, NY - A 10-75 was transmitted at 1:30 P.M. on November 27th by Engine 161 for a fire on the exterior wall of a two-story, 200'x100' movie theater under construction, located at 165 Bricktown Way. At 1:32 P.M., a second-alarm was transmitted for a heavy fire and smoke condition extending up the exterior walls. At the height of the fire, Battalion 23 reported that four handlines were operating with one tower ladder. Division 8 reported the fire under control at 2:10 P.M. FDNY


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