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Kingston, NY - A reported attic fire on October 30th brought Kingston and Ulster Hose Co. #5 firefighters to the scene of 41 Brewster Street at 3:30 A.M. A resident suffered minor burns while trying to direct firefighters to the location of the fire. - See full story on page 20

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Crews Face Major Hoarding Conditions in Fatal Latham House Fire Latham, NY - On Friday, November 29th at 8:08 P.M., the Latham Fire Department along with the Town of Colonie Duty Crew Engine, Shaker Road, Fuller Road, Boght and Verdoy Fire Departments responded to 43 Grandview Drive for a reported structure fire. The caller reported heavy fire pushing from the rear of the house, with possible entrapment. Engine 419 arrived on scene and confirmed heavy fire pushing from the back of the house, along with multiple reports of hoarding conditions throughout the structure. Engine 419’s officer called for the Signal 30 and immediately called for Town of Colonie's fire services and National Grid to respond to the scene. Firefighters made their way to the front door and forced entry into the home, where they were met with a hallway that was packed with a large amount of newspapers, books, boxes, ect. Firefighters notified the chief on scene of hoarding conditions inside, and command made the decision to make it an exterior operation in order to keep firefighters safe until they could better see the rest of the interior of the home. As crews in the rear of the building began to knock down a large amount of the fire, firefighters spotted a victim inside the house. Command made a split-second decision to allow firefighters to make entry and attempt to grab the victim. Firefighters entered and just as they reached the victim and started to pull him towards the exit, thick black smoke quickly turned into a heavy fire condition and Command had all firefighters evacuate the house. Firefighters quickly piled out of the front windows of the home as heavy fire pushed into the living room. A quick-thinking firefighter grabbed a hand line from a firefighter outside the window, turned

JUMP TO FILE #120619104 around, opened the hand line up and started to drive the fire back, giving the other crew members time to get out of the front windows. All firefighters made it out of the window safely. Command ordered this operation be exterior only until they were able to get the fire under control enough where it would be safe for firefighters to make entry again. Crews began using multiple hand lines again from the windows of the home and took out additional windows for ventilation and to access the fire. Large amounts of paper and other debris piled up against the windows hampered firefighting efforts, but after about 35 minutes into the incident, firefighters had a large portion of the fire knocked down. While crews went to the roof to start vertical ventilation, Command allowed a small amount of firefighters to make entry back into the home. Firefighters that made entry into the home knocked down a large portion of the fire that was remaining in the structure. Fire Investigators and police officers staged in the front area of the home until they were told by Command that it was safe for them to make entry into the house. Firefighters conducted overhaul for over two hours before turning the scene over to investigators and the police department. The homeowner unfortunately passed away inside the home. No firefighters were injured on scene. Fire Investigators and the police department are working to determine the cause of the fire. Crews remained on scene until the late hours of the evening before returning to service.

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Truck Explosion in New Paltz New Paltz, NY - The New Paltz Fire Dept. responded to reports of a truck explosion on November 11th. The truck was parked, but had a trailer with two other vehicles on it. The fire was extinguished quickly with assistance from the Tillson Fire Dept. and New Paltz Police. The cause was determined to be from a faulty block heater. There were no injuries reported.

Livonia, NY - Livonia EMS Director of Operations Ed Sparks, Jr. passed peacefully at his home in Livonia on December 1, 2019, surrounded by loving family and friends. Ed served as the Director of Operations of the Livonia Ambulance for over 10 years. He was a great man who dedicated his life to the squad and to the community that it serves. Ed started in EMS in 1994 where he joined to drive the ambulance, but soon after decided that there was more that he could do to help those in need. He became an EMT and over several years worked his way up through the EMS levels of care, achieving his Paramedic in August of 2012.

Throughout his career in EMS, Ed has helped countless individuals and personally saved many lives. In the “quiet” time of serving the community, Ed enjoyed spending time with his Great Dane, sidekick Athena, having late night dinners at the bay with his family and friends, or relaxing at home watching Law and Order SVU. “2961-your finally 10-7 and 1042 may you be at peace for all of eternity – end of watch – God speed – we will take it from here."

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Newburgh Firefighters Assist Man Stuck in Tree Newburgh, NY - On the afternoon of Friday, November 29th, Orange Lake Engine Company responded to 516 Oakwood Road for reports of a male stuck in a tree, about 15-feet up. On arrival, mutual aid was requested from Winona Lake Engine Company for their Ladder Truck 325. The male, who suffered a broken ankle, was removed from the tree a short time later.

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

New York: Robert H. Bush, 49 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: October 19, 2019 Death Date: October 19, 2019 Fire Department: Homer Fire Department Initial Summary: Firefighter Robert Bush fell ill during fire department training. Other firefighter department members immediately provided medical assistance to Firefighter Bush and then transported him to a local hospital. Despite revival efforts, Firefighter Bush passed away at the hospital. The nature and cause of fatal injury are still to be determined. Alabama: Michael Johnston, 45 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: October 18, 2019 Death Date: October 18, 2019 Fire Department: Equality Volunteer Fire Department Initial Summary: Firefighter Michael Johnston was driving the Equality Volunteer Fire Department’s 2004 GMC water tender when it overturned while responding to a brush fire. Firefighter Johnston was ejected from the truck in the single-vehicle accident and pronounced deceased at the scene from the injuries he sustained.

Washington, DC: Alex Graham, 48 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: October 24, 2019 Death Date: October 27, 2019 Fire Department: DC Fire and EMS Department Initial Summary: On Thursday, October 24, 2019, Firefighter Alex Graham was conducting pump testing at the D.C. Fire and EMS Training Academy, when he suffered a medical emergency. He was immediately taken to the hospital, where he passed away on Sunday, October 27, 2019, from an aortic dissection.

Wisconsin: Brian Serdynski, 38 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: October 19, 2019 Death Date: November 2, 2019 Fire Department: Union Grove-Yorkville Fire Department Initial Summary: On 10/19/2019, Firefighter Brian Serdynski suffered a heart attack while at the scene of a motor vehicle accident. He was transported to a hospital where he was treated and then released on 10/21/2019. In the very early morning hours on 11/02/2019, Serdynski was having difficulty breathing. First responders from Union Grove-Yorkville and Kansasville fire departments responded to Serdynski’s home and immediately administered medical care. Despite their efforts, Serdynski was pronounced deceased at his home.

Florida: Dwain S. Bradshaw, 41 Rank: Assistant District Chief Incident Date: November 6, 2019 Death Date: November 6, 2019 Fire Department: Escambia County Fire Rescue Initial Summary: On Wednesday, November 6, 2019, at approximately 0350hrs, Assistant District Chief Dwain S. Bradshaw of the Beulah Fire Station of Escambia County Fire Rescue responded to a fatal motorcycle accident. While at the scene, he was struck by an 18-wheeler log truck. Chief Bradshaw was immediately airlifted to the Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola, Florida, where he passed away. Chief Bradshaw also served as the District Chief of the Escambia County Fire Rescue Station #1 in the community of Bellview.


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Vehicle Strikes Building After Police Pursuit in Syracuse

Syracuse, NY - On Friday, November 29th, Syracuse firefighters were dispatched to the intersection of Grand Avenue and Hoefler Street for a vehicle that crashed into a building following a police pursuit. A techical rescue assignment was dispatched to the scene to shore up an overhang at the entrance of the building. The occupants of the fleeing vehicle were treated by AMR medics for minor injuries.

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Two-Alarm Garage Fire Quickly Extinguished by Clifton Park Firefighters Clifton Park, NY - On November 29th at 4:20 A.M., the Clifton Park Fire Department along with mutual aid from Halfmoon-Waterford, Hillcrest, West Crescent, Vischer Ferry and Clifton Park EMS responded to 38 Bay- JUMP TO FILE# berry Drive for a 120619105 reported structure fire. The caller stated that there was smoke coming from the garage. The Saratoga County Sheriff's Department quickly arrived on scene and notified the dispatcher that they had fire showing from the garage. Car 19 re-dispatched for the second-alarm, bringing mutual aid to the scene, including the Boght Fire Company for their fast team. The homeowner and their pets were able to get out safely. Engine 19-1 arrived on scene and firefighters pulled a one-andthree-quarter inch line to the front door of the house, as well as a two-and-a-half inch line to the garage door. As firefighters made entry into the house they found a closed door that led to the garage from the house that was holding the fire back. Exterior firefighters were able to get a good knock down on the fire from the side door. After opening the garage door, crews found a moderate fire condition inside and quickly knocked it down, stopping the fire from spreading to the rest of the house. Firefighters remained on scene conducting heavy overhaul of the garage. By not opening the door to the garage, the homeowner saved the interior portion of their house. Saratoga County Fire Investiga-

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tors were brought to the scene to investigate the cause of the fire. No firefighters were injured while

battling the fire.

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You say potato, and I say potahto… FORK & HOSE CO. a Food Blog by A.J. Fusco

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Storm King Firefighters Respond to One-Vehicle Rollover Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY - Storm King Engine Co. was dispatched to a vehicle rollover on Route 9W in the area of Mountain Road on November 23rd. Town and Village police, along with Cornwall EMS and New York State Police were at the scene. On arrival, firefighters cut a tree that was on top of the overturned pickup truck. Cornwall EMS transported one subject to Montefiore/St. Luke's Cornwall Hospital. State DOT was notified and requested to respond to the scene. Police blocked Route 9W northbound during the incident.

In the firehouse, there is what I like to call the “Firehouse Standard”. This meal consists of a steak, potatoes and a vegetable, and rarely does anyone ever oppose it being on the menu. You have your protein, carbs and fat to help keep the crew satiated. There are many variations on this. Some may prefer rib eyes, some stick to the budget friendly London broil and others celebrate special occasions like promotions with a nice rib roast. When it comes to the potatoes, it usually ends up being mashed, roasted or baked. While

everyone has their preference, nothing compares to simple and delicious roasted potatoes. When done right, they are crispy on the outside while still creamy on the inside. And like most things culinary, the simple isn’t always the easiest. A dish is only as good as its ingredients. When it comes to something as simple as roasted potatoes, making sure you use the right ones is key. Not all potatoes are created equal; there are actually different uses for the many different kinds. Potatoes fall into two categories, waxy and starchy. Waxy potatoes are exactly as they sound, waxy and usually “shiny” on the exterior. They contain more moisture than starch varieties and are ideal for wet cooking techniques, which include boiling and steaming. New potatoes, fingerlings and Red Bliss are all waxy

potatoes. Starchy potatoes contain, well…more starch of course. They are ideal for dry cooking techniques such as baking, frying and roasting, which because they don’t involve water, can be considered dry cooking. But here is the catch, this recipe involves both wet AND dry techniques! So therefore we need to use a potatoes idea for both, enter the Yukon Gold (or white potato). The Yukon Gold is considered all-purpose because it can be cooked so many ways. In this recipe, we par cook them in salted, boiling water first. This creates a cooked-through, creamy center while also seasoning it from the inside out. After, they are drained and then roasted in olive oil, allowing the exterior to get crispy and delicious. The best of both worlds! Stay safe, eat well!

ROASTED POTATOES Serves 4

Ingredients:

2 lbs. Yellow Potatoes, scrubbed 1 Tablespoon Kosher Salt 2 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil Optional: 2 Sprigs of Rosemary or Thyme 3 Garlic Cloves, whole and skin-on Procedure:

- Preheat oven to 450°F

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Vacant House Fire in Conesus Conesus, NY - On Wednesday, November 27th, Conesus firefighters and Livonia EMS were dispatched to a house fire at 5656 Sliker Hill Road. Conesus Fire Chief Rachel Halpenny arrived on location and reported a working fire in a vacant one-story dwelling. Mutual aid was requested to the scene from Sparta and Groveland Fire Departments. The blaze was brought under control after approximately 40 minutes. There were no injuries reported. The cause of the fire was under investigation by the Livingston County Office of Emergency Management.

-Cut the potatoes into even size shapes. Place in a pot, cover with cold water by 1”. Add the salt and turn the burner on high. Bring to a boil and lower to a simmer.

-Cook the potatoes until the outside starts to look “fluffy”, or is just barely knife tender, approximately 7-8 minutes. Drain the pota-

toes gently into a colander and give a gentle shake or two to roughen up the exterior. Let steam dry in the colander for 10 minutes. -Add the olive oil to a baking pan along with herbs and garlic if using. Gently add the potatoes, stir to coat. Place the pan in the oven and cook for about 45 minutes, stirring and flipping

every 15 minutes. The potatoes are done when they are golden brown and crispy. AJ FUSCO

*Par-boiling the potatoes creates a creamy center while allowing the exterior to get crispy. When you stir and flip the potatoes, rotate the pan when you place back in oven to cook evenly.

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Mobile Life Support Services Participates in the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women Annual Fundraiser New Windsor, NY - Mobile Life Support Services, the largest emergency medical provider in the Hudson Valley, proudly supported the annual American Heart Association Go Red for Women luncheon on November 8th at The Grandview in Poughkeepsie. As part of their JUMP TO FILE# sponsorship, Mo- 112519114 bile Life purchased a table of 10 for the luncheon and a booth where they offered free blood pressure readings for event guests. Anyone who stopped in for a blood pressure check was offered the American Heart Association’s Check. Change. Control.® Tracker card. Check. Change. Control. uses self-monitoring and tracking of blood pressure readings at home to help achieve and maintain a healthy heart. Mobile Life plans to team up with the AHA and host several community blood pressure check events throughout the Hudson Valley in the coming year. Mobile Life Public Relations Coordinator Tricia Mood was an Executive Team Leader for the Go Red for Women fundraiser, promoting the event, raising awareness and encouraging donations. At the luncheon, more than $13,000 was raised for the organization from the “Purse-onality” auction alone, as well as additional funds from donations, ticket/table sales and sponsorships. Each year, tens of thousands of supporters come together at more than 180 Go Red for Women luncheons in communities across the country, united by a common purpose to end heart disease and stroke in women. In the months leading up to the event, Better U Challenge participants provided emotional support for each other as they worked out and learned how to shop for, prepare and enjoy healthier food choices. Cholesterol and blood sugar levels were lowered, weight was lost, friendships were formed and lives were changed forever. At the event, dressed all in red, the ladies of the Better U Challenge, proudly strutted their healthier, new and improved minds, bodies and spirits down the runway as they were recognized for their efforts and achievements. The keynote speaker was four-time Emmy Award winner and author, Mara Schiavocampo. The correspondent for ABC News’ Good Morning America and special correspondent for the Dr. Oz Show spoke candidly about her personal struggle with

being overweight and unhealthy and the lifestyle changes she made to be a better, healthier woman with a significantly lower risk for heart disease and stroke. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in the United States, taking more female lives than all cancers, respiratory diseases and Alzheimer disease combined. Almost two-thirds (64%) of women who die suddenly of coronary heart disease have no previous symptoms. Signs and symptoms may be common chest and left arm pain, but for women, it can often be back pain (particularly if it radiates), severe headaches, jaw or abdominal pain, shortness of breath,

nausea/vomiting or dizziness. Self-awareness, knowledge of family medical history, healthy diet, fitness and regular exams and testing are the most effective tools in battling cardiovascular disease, including heart disease, heart attack and stroke. Only 3% of women between 20 to 59 years of age engage in the recommended 30 minutes of moderate exercise per day. Smoking drastically increases your risk of cardiovascular disease. Among adults aged 65 and older, men (53.0%) were more likely than women (30.6%) to have quit smoking. - FOCUS MEDIA, INC.

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Warwick, NY - On Thursday, 11/14/19 the Warwick FD held their monthly extrication drill at Specht's on a 2019 Volvo S60 that was donated to us by Volvo Car USA, LLC. in Rockleigh, NJ (pre-production vehicle). A member's family member works at the factory and they donated the car for training. A "real life" scenerio was staged, with the driver trapped in the vehicle. The members broke into two teams and worked to remove the victim from the car. They worked on entry on the hood, trunk, doors, flipped the roof and raised the dash. The Volvo is one of the strongest cars made with boron steel cages on all pillars. It was a great experience for all attending. Thank you to FF Robb Loforese and the members who attended this very informative drill, and thank you to Specht's for providing your property for us to drill.

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Two Alarms Called at Woodbury Garage Fire Woodbury, NY - At 4:44 P.M. on December 4th, the Washingtonville Fire Department was dispatched as mutual aid to a second-alarm fire in a bus repair shop located on Binai Yoel Drive. Rescue 581 responded as the FAST and stoodby at the scene. The alarm was originally transmitted as being in the Woodbury Fire District, but ended up being in the Monroe Fire District.


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Albany Fire Department Battles Two-Alarm Warehouse Fire Albany, NY - On November 24th at 7:37 A.M., the City of Albany's Fire Department responded to Thatcher Street and Broadway for a reported structure fire. The caller stated that there was smoke pouring out of the windows of the structure. Fire units responding out of the Arbor Hill station had heavy JUMP TO FILE# black smoke show- 120619106 ing from over a quarter of a mile away and called the Signal 30 for a working fire. The Rescue Squad arrived on scene first and had heavy fire and smoke pushing from the roof and windows of the "All-Lifts" building on Thatcher Street. The battalion chief arrived on scene and called for the second-alarm while Command requested the arriving truck companies to start setting up for master stream operations. Firefighters forced entry on the side of the building and set up a blitz fire in the doorway, but had gas cylinders in the building that started to explode. The Albany Police Department shut down Broadway, diverting traffic away from the scene. As firefighters made their way further into the warehouse, they learned that the building was broken up into multiple sections. They had heavy fire in one part of the warehouse that was starting to push and burn through the wall into the another part of the warehouse. Firefighters inside the structure backed out and Command had them switch over to full master stream operations. While crews in the ladder trucks pounded the building with thousands of gallons of water, firefighters used rotary saws and cut open the large garage doors to start to vent the building. Firefighters checked on the other side of the warehouse, but found no fire in that portion. Crews removed numerous pressurized gas cylinders from the building to reduce the risk of fire spread and any more explosions. Firefighters were able to knock down the heavy fire within approximately one hour., which was followed by extensive overhaul inside the building and in the roof area. No firefighters were injured on scene, and the cause of the fire is under investigation at this time.

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The Unwilling Patient EMS ISSUE

CHELLE CORDERO

You’re called to a scene and walk in to a family argument — dad is yelling at his daughter and wife for calling 9-1-1. He’s screaming he is fine, his wife is crying, and his daughter is yelling right back at him. You walk in and the old man throws you a stream of profanity and tells you to get out, the wife begs you to stay, and the daughter shouts that her father is having a heart attack. How do you handle this? First of all, if there is any indication of potential or actual violence, call for police back-up; always remember your own safety. Speak calmly to the patient and the family. Introduce yourself to the patient; you might want to explain why you are there (you received a phone call about a man complaining of chest pains). Ask if you could assess him, never put a hand on him if he says no (that would be considered assault). Explain to him, without threats or invoking unnecessary fear (in other words be truthful and factual), what the consequences of his symptoms might be. Suggest allowing you to take vitals and history so that he can make an informed decision about going to the hospital or not. If he still refuses, you MIGHT want to point out how distraught his family is and how, by letting you take care of him, could help them. Never talk down to him or be disrespectful. Chances are he is scared that he might be ill and is irrationally trying to deny it. Let him know that you hear him and you understand his reluctance. He might cite a lack of insurance as his reasons for not wanting to go. Remind him that the cost is something that can be figured out later, but if he truly needs medical help there might not be “a later”. If he still hasn’t let you take his vitals, suggest that knowing a

little more about his situation might help him make a good decision about his health care. So long as he is conscious, thinking relatively clearly (for example, no confusion as to who he is or why you are there), as an adult you cannot force him to let you examine him or transport him to the hospital. If he does not appear to be of sound mind or is a juvenile without a parent or guardian present, then you can call your Medical Control for directions. If a police officer is present and places the patient under arrest or otherwise mandates transport to the hospital (the police officer should do a ride-along in your ambulance), then you can take the patient even if the patient still refuses. If the patient has lost consciousness then you have “Implied Consent” and can treat and transport as necessary. If the patient is insistent on refusing treatment and/or transport, inform them that they must sign an RMA (refusal of medical assistance); if he refuses to sign that, you can obtain a police officer’s or other witness (family member) signature. Be sure to document the circumstances and the refusal to sign on your PCR. If your patient has been willing to let you treat and transport but then demands to go to a hospital that is not the closest that you would normally transport to, explain the medical need (if it exists) for the patient to be seen at the closest ER; he can always be stabilized and then transported to his preferred hospital for treatment. If your patient is still insistent and the hospital is within your protocols, take him; however if his condition worsens while en route or he loses consciousness, then head to the closest medical facility. Always keep in mind that the patient should go to the nearest facility that meets his medical needs (ie: take a suspected stroke victim to a stroke center), so long as earlier intervention is not required. Document the patient’s insistence for the further hospital or any changes en route that cause you to switch directions. Remember that it is always your duty to act in the patient’s best interests.

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Henrietta, NY - At approximately 8:00 P.M. on December 3rd, Henrietta firefighters were dispatched for smoke in the area of John Street. Additional calls reported a building fire at the New Penn Motor Express terminal at 35 Transport Drive. First arriving units found smoke showing from a large commercial building. A second-alarm was struck and staged, bringing in Scottsville, Chili and Rush firefighters. The source of the smoke was found to be from a fire on the exterior of the building with minor extension. There were no injuries reported. The cause of the fire was under investigation by the Monroe County Fire Bureau.


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NEW YEAR - RENEWED PURPOSE Chaplain’s Corner Pastor Fernando Villicana

It is a new year again! 2019 is behind us, 2020 is here and we all get a fresh start. Lots of people aren’t really crazy about the idea of newness. But newness has the capacity of opening new opportunities, like the fulfilling of our purpose. This is probably one of the most rewarding feelings we as mortals can feel. This is especially true to those in all aspects of the Emergency Services. We are often placed in the unique situation of actually being able to understand the true sense of satisfaction this brings one. But are we not designed to fulfill a much bigger purpose? Was not God's plan for us to fulfill the purpose of a Christian and thus fulfill His purpose? Each tool used in the Fire Service has a specific purpose. Just this past week I responded to a well involved single-family residence fire. The homeowner told us that their family dog was still in the house. The Incident Commander immediately assigned an Engine Company to search the home for the dog. After the dog was rescued and resusci-

tated, the PIO told the news media that it would have taken much longer to locate the dog if it had not been for a new type of thermal imager that they had just put into service. Again, the tools and equipment serve a specific purpose. God means for us to find joy in fulfilling our purpose in life. Just as there is a satisfying rightness when a good tool is used for exactly the right purpose, there is a wholesome goodness when progress is made toward being who we were created to be. Good deeds are good not only because they are right, but because they contribute to the fulfillment of our purpose. But what is the purpose for which we were created? One answer is that we are called upon to show forth His goodness through us. Jesus taught, "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven" (Matthew 5:16). As we enter a new year, may we also enter into a renewed purpose. We never really know exactly what the New Year will holds for us. But Christians are familiar with the language of newness: At the end of our story, the One seated on the throne says, “I make all things new.” Happy New Year.

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Fire Destroys Camper Next to House in Marbletown Marbletown, NY - At 9:49 A.M. on November 27th, a camper parked alongside an unoccupied house at 2733 US Route 209 was destroyed by fire. Marbletown Fire Department Captain Lucy Van Sickle stated that the fire was extinguished by 1:00 P.M., and that the house was saved. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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Dog Wakes Homeowners to Chimney Fire Inside Selkirk Home

"I'm Devvin Brown, New Hampton Fire Explorer (soon to be EMT), and this is a fallen firefighter tattoo in memory of Firefighter/EMT Douglass Clement. FF/EMT Clement suffered a heart attack, sadly resulting in his line-of-duty death."

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Selkirk, NY - A dog woke up two residents to a chimney fire in their Selkirk home that was difficult for firefighters to extinguish on the evening of Monday, November 18th. Fire crews were called to 19 Parker Road in Selkirk for JUMP TO FILE# a confirmed chim- 121719119 ney fire around 10:45 P.M. Chief Joe Michaniw stated that the fire extended into the walls between the garage and house, and the homeowner was inside the garage trying to put the fire out. The majority of the damage was limited to the garage and the wall in between the garage and the house. Michaniw said the fire was difficult to fight. "We had a rock wall surrounding two sides of the fireplace," said Michaniw. "That kept us from getting inside that wall, and the outside of the house is brick." He said there was also a lot of clutter inside the garage, as well as open windows and doors in the house. There were two individuals home at the time who were woken up by their dog alerting them to the fire. "They didn't know what to do and opened windows, not realizing they fed the fire," said Michaniw. Selkirk and Elsmere Fire Departments responded to the scene, as well as the FAST Team. Coeymans Fire was placed on standby. Both residents and their dog were able to make it out safely, and there were no injuries reported on the scene. - THOMAS MARRA

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This DVD is one hour and 38 minutes in length. It's a classroom presentation by Ron Kantermann, who at the time was chief of the Wilton, Connecticut Fire Department. Ron has a colorful history with the fire service for over 40 years. It included serving with the New York City Fire Department, working as a chief with a Fortune 500 pharmaceutical company, and let’s just say that his resume is so long that you will just have to read about him on the back of the DVD jacket and be impressed. In any event, here is a colorful speaker with a wealth of knowledge and

experience. I met him in person when in 1996 he wanted to get a new pumper in Fire Engineering’s Apparatus Deliveries Column (which I am the author of), and I was thoroughly impressed with him. So I recommend this classroom session to you so you can expand your knowledge and stay safe. The class addresses combatting fires in commercial buildings by using construction design and building fire and detections systems. The talk addresses survivability profiling, firefighting accountability, safety culture, risk profiling, SOP’s, SOG’s, work, active fire protection and challenges to firefighters. Though it appears to be a lengthy presentation, the time goes quickly and my attention was kept on the subjects taught and discussed. It brought back memories of my time in the fire service and the knowledge about standpipe and sprinkler systems, other suppression systems and fire detection systems. I noted new technology now in place, which was not during my career. It confirmed my decision not to review most textbooks as I become a dinosaur and progress marches on! There are a number of visual aids that accompany this presentation, as well as explanations of the theory and performance of the systems. It's a DVD well worth the modest cost.

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Family Dog Dies in Clifton Park House Fire Clifton Park, NY - On November 22nd at 9:29 A.M., the Clifton Park Fire Department along with mutual aid from Hillcrest, West Crescent, Jonesville and HalfmoonWaterford Fire Departments were dispatched for a reported structure fire at 7 Barry Spur. The caller reported that the house was on fire. The first arriving sheriff's unit relayed to the dispatcher that they had a working structure fire. Car 19 arrived on scene and had heavy fire pushing from the first floor of the house, and smoke pushing from the attached garage. Command requested the second-alarm to be transmitted and requested the Boght Fire Department to respond for their FAST team. Engine 19-6 arrived on scene, hit the hydrant and laid in a supply line. Firefighters deployed a hand line to the front door, where they encountered heavy smoke and fire pushing from the first floor. Firefighters made an aggressive push

JUMP TO FILE #120619107 into the first floor, driving back the fire. With heavy smoke pushing from the eaves of the home, Command had the next crew go to the second floor and start to pull a ceiling to see if the fire had made its way into the roof. Firefighters knocked down the heavy fire on the first floor and noticed that they still had heavy smoke pushing from the house. As crews searched the home, they noticed the bathtub on the second floor had landed on the first floor in the kitchen area after the floor burned out below it. As additional firefighters arrived on scene, Command requested that the next crew grab a second hand line and bring it into the building. Command sent a crew to the basement, where they had smoke but no fire. Firefighters went

to the second floor and conducted a search where they found the family's dog, which was unfortunately deceased. As firefighters knocked down the rest of the fire, the truck company vented the roof to release hot gases and carbon monoxide, making it safer for firefighters to operate on the floors below. Crews conducted heavy overhaul of the home for over three hours. Saratoga County Fire Investigators arrived on scene with their state-of-the-art investigation unit to determine the cause of the fire. No firefighters were injured during the incident, and all of the occupants of the home were safe. The home sustained heavy damage to the first floor and basement, and heavy smoke damage to the second floor. The Red Cross was brought in to assist the displaced family. - JEFFREY BELSCHWINDER

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Attic Fire Leaves Residence Uninhabitable in Kingston Kingston, NY - A reported attic fire on October 30th brought Kingston and Ulster Hose Co. #5 firefighters to the scene of 41 Brewster Street at 3:30 A.M. A resident suf- JUMP TO FILE# fered minor burns 113019107 while trying to direct firefighters to the location of the fire. The fire, which eventually went to three alarms, left the multi-family residence uninhabitable. Kingston Fire Chief Mark Brown stated that several pets inside the structure were led to safety by their owners. The cause of the fire is under investigation. - JOHN BECHTOLD

Kingston Fire Chief Mark Brown observing operations at the scene.

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The helmet of Ravena Fire Department Assistant Chief Travis Witbeck.

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Cronomer Valley Responds to Car Versus Tree in Newburgh Newburgh, NY - Cronomer Valley firefighters were called to a two-car MVA with one car into a tree on December 19th. One person was transported to the hospital with unknown injuries.

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Selkirk Fire Dept. Chief Joe Michaniw and Assistant Chief Steve Hummel on scene of a chimney fire in Selkirk, November 18th.


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Two Working Basement Fires for Troy During Snow Storm Troy, NY - On December 1st at 8:34 P.M., the City of Troy's Fire Department was dispatched for a reported structure fire at 392 4th Street. The caller stated that there JUMP TO FILE# was smoke coming 120619102 from the eaves on the roof of the building. With heavy snow coming down at one inch per hour and roadways heavily covered, Engine 6 arrived on scene and had smoke showing from the eaves of the building and transmitted the Signal 30. Firefighters from Engine 6 forced entry into the structure and made their way to the first floor, but only had a heavy smoke condition. Firefighters found a doorway that led to the basement and pulled a hand line down where they found an active fire condition. Engine 6's crew were able to knock down the fire in the basement within seconds. The rescue squad and Truck 2's crew arrived on scene and went to work. Firefighters deployed 300-feet of large diameter hose by hand to the nearest fire hydrant at the end of the street. Engine 6's crew requested another hand line to the first floor to check for extension. As firefighters checked the first and second floors, they discovered that the fire had traveled up the wall into the first floor. Firefighters quickly knocked down the fire and checked the second floor, but only had a smoke condition. The building was unoccupied and appeared to be under construction. While firefighters were conducting overhaul another structure fire was dispatched for another basement fire around the corner at 415 3rd Street. Car 3 arrived on scene and had an odor of plastic burning in the basement along with a light haze. The chief requested Engine 4 and Truck 1 to investigate the incident. They found an electrical problem in the basement and a Signal 20 was called for this incident. At the 392 4th Street call, the fire chief requested the Troy Police Department and an evidence technician to the scene. No firefighters were injured on scene, and the fire is under investigation at this time.

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SEVERAL MEN ESCAPE BLAZE AND ONE RESIDENT ARRESTED IN CENTEREACH

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Centereach, NY - On December 4th at 7:23 A.M., Centereach firefighters were activated for a residental structure fire at 57 N Washington Avenue. SCPD arrived to find a house fully involved with fire, and residents fleeing from it.

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Reckless High Speed Driving Causes Fatality in Selden

Selden, NY - Just after 8:15 A.M. on November 21st, a car traveling at a high rate of speed in the center median on Route 25 crashed, killing the driver and seriously injuring at least one other person. Moments before the crash, a SCPD officer traveling in the opposite direction observed the car doing approximately 90-100 miles per hour, and seconds later, heard a loud crash after the car collided with at least two other vehicles. The accident left the driver of the speeding car dead in the roadway, and seriously injured at least one other person. SCPD closed the roadway between South Evergreen and Bluepoint Road for several hours while an investigation was conducted.

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Yaphank FD Engine 5-30-7 is a 2018 Pierce Enforcer.

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Apparatus from Centereach FD Engine & Ladder Co.3, also known as "The Eastenders"! (L to R): Engine 9 (5-5-9), Ladder 5 (5-5-5, Spirit In The Sky), and Ambulance 17 (5-5-17).

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LONG ISLAND Several Men Escape Blaze and One Resident Arrested in Centereach Centereach, NY - On December 4th at 7:23 A.M., Centereach firefighters were activated for a residental structure fire at 57 N Washington Avenue. SCPD arrived to find a house fully involved with fire, and residents fleeing from it. One JUMP TO FILE# resident was taken 120419100 into custody after he was found to be armed with a hand gun. The other four male residents and a dog were able to escape with no injuries. Firefighters from Selden, Farmingville, Nesconset, Ronkonkoma, Setauket and Stonybrook responded to assist Centereach with battling the blaze. The home was completely gutted by the fire. - CHRIS SABELLA

SABELLA/ON SCENE PHOTOGRAPHY 2019

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The Levittown FD recently took delivery of a new Ladder 6. The new truck is a 2019 Pierce Ascendant 102' TDA.

New Levittown Ladder 6, 102' TDA.

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Old Ladder 6, 1998 Pierce Lance 100'.

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Members of Brookhaven FD and Suffolk County Fire Safety Educators at a recent joint demonstration.


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Selden, NY - Firefighters and ambulance personnel from multiple departments recently attended trench rescue training in an 8-foot trench, and naturally it was raining that day, making things a little more challenging. The guys looked at the rain as another chance to expand their skills. During the training they were able to secure the walls around and down to 8-feet, allowing the would-be-rescuer to find and treat the victim. Great job by all members of the joint tech rescue team.

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Firefighters work to remove a small tree so that EMS can remove a patient from the car.

Vehicle Slams Into Car and Lands Against Tree in Mastic Mastic, NY - On Saturday, November 9th at approximately 4:21 P.M., the Mastic Fire Department was alerted for a report of a motor vehicle crash with possible entrapment on Lexington Road, near Floyd Road north. Chief Rudy Sunderman and Lt. Rudy Sunderman were first to arrive on scene and reported that there was no entrapment. Unit 512-10 arrived on scene and the

JUMP TO FILE #111619104 crew quickly went to work putting down speedy dry to clean up leaked fluids, as well as securing the vehicle that was in the roadway. The second vehicle involved in the crash was resting on a lawn near a pole and a small tree.

Members of Rescue 10 and Engine 1 secured the vehicle and trimmed some of the tree so that EMS could get the patient from that car onto a stretcher for transport. At least two patients were transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. All units took up in under 45 minutes. - JOHN WALTHERS

Vehicle News

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Riverhead 1997 Freightliner Tanker, capable of carrying 4000-gallons of water, is still in service assisting when hydrants are limited.

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The Shirley Ambulance Company took delivery of a Life Line Emergency Vehicle Type 1 Ambulance in September. Ambulance 18 (5-38-18) protects the citizens of Shirley as well as its neighboring communities.


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LONG ISLAND Suffolk Fire Safety Educators & Brookhaven FD Team Up for Dryer Fire Education Shirley, NY - In November, the Brookhaven Fire Department and Suffolk County Fire Safety educators teamed up to hold a demonstration via live stream on dryer fires. The event was held at the Brookhaven Fire JUMP TO FILE# Department Station 113019104 1 on Camp Upton Road in Shirley. The live stream began with a briefing of facts from the educators on dryer fires. According to the fire safety educators, there were 2,900 dryer fires in the U.S. in 2018, and of those fires, an alarming 1/3 of them were caused from failure to properly clean them. The peak of these fires occur between the fall and winter months. It's recommended that the lint trap be cleaned before and after every load of laundry, and the lint pipe behind the dryer should be cleaned at least every four months to prevent fires. The demonstration showed what would happen if you fail to

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Brookhaven FF Chris Perry opens the dryer after a fire has ignited.

clean the dryer. A dryer with heavy lint build up was placed on the department training pad in an enclosure and was allowed to run. Within minutes, the dryer began smoke and set off a smoke detector above it. Firefighters stood by with an engine and hose line stretched

and the crew monitored the situation. A few minutes later, the clothes inside the dryer caught on fire from the overflowing dried lint that had been left in the lint trap. At that point firefighters moved in and worked to extinguish the fire.

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Though this was only a demonstration, it truly showed what could happen if a dryer is not maintained, and why it's recommended to only use the dryer when you are home. The demonstration was live streamed on the educator's Facebook page, as well as

filmed. Thank you to the Brookhaven Fire Department and Suffolk Fire Safety educators for allowing us to come out, see the demonstration live and take photos. - JOHN WALTHERS


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Brookhaven FD Captain Giuseppe Loiacono's son and daughter spray a firehose at an open house during National Fire Prevention Week. JOHN WALTHERS - SUFFOLK FIRE PHOTOS

Members of Centereach Fire Department Junior Company at the department's recent open house. The future of the fire service is bright!

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FDNY Lt. Mike Ciampo teaches a ladder training class during the 2019 Joey D. seminar.

Firefighters from Across the U.S. Flock to LI for Joey D. Seminar Yaphank, NY - The Lt. Joseph DiBernardo Memorial Foundation was founded in the wake of the tragic death of Joseph DiBernardo, a member of the FDNY Rescue 3 & Setauket FD on Long Island. The foundation's goal is to help train and prepare firefighters for what could happen on the job. Support and the needed tools are provided to departments for training that is valuable to the fire service. On November 2nd & 3rd, the foundation held its 7th annual training seminar on Long Island.

JUMP TO FILE #111719145 This year’s seminar provided two days of hands-on training exercises, as well as classroom lectures which were very informative. Participants were able to register for up to two hands-on sessions, which were held in Yaphank at the Suffolk County Fire Academy. Courses in the hands-on portion ranged from laddering buildings, bail out, and vehicle extrications of

multiple levels, to live fire of commercial and residential buildings. A special full day training of elevator rescue was also held at Stony Brook University. Firefighters who participated got to work with other department members from around the country and learn from world class instructors not just from Suffolk County’s state-of-the-art academy, but also from the FDNY. - JOHN WALTHERS

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Hagerman Fire Department Stump Jumper 12 (5-10-12) is a 1970 AM General Brush Truck that fights brush fires deep in the woods.

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A Captain from Neptune City and a Firefighter from FDNY exit the taxpayer with a fist bump.


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FDNY Engine 10

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Driver Seriously Injured After Crashing into Staten Island Home

FDNY Engine 152

Staten Island, NY - At 7:22 A.M. on November 20th, FDNY Battalion 23 advised that he had an overturned food truck into a private house at 33 Hillcrest Street in Staten Island. One precautionary line was stretched on arrival, with Engine 165's Hazmat Technical Unit mitigating a small gasoline leak. Squad 8 and Rescue 5 shored up the front of the structure, and the incident was placed under control at 8:42 A.M. One motorist was transported to the hospital in serious condition. STEVE WHITE

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FDNY Ladder 10

FDNY RAC unit

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Members of FDNY Engine 165 at a recent second-alarm.

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FDNY Blaze Rips Through Staten Island Coast Guard Base, Displacing Eight Military Families Staten Island, NY - A fastmoving fire that tore through the Fort Wadsworth U.S. Coast Guard base in Staten Island displaced eight military families on Monday, November JUMP TO FILE# 4th. Firefighters ar- 110519103 rived at 442 USS Iowa Circle just after 1:00 P.M., and found fire through the roof of a threestory, multi-dwelling structure. Division 8 transmitted a second-alarm at 1:13 P.M. for heavy fire on the second and third floors. At 1:33 P.M., Division 8 reported that there was extension to Exposure 4, and that five lines were stretched and in operation. The fire was declared under control at 2:11 P.M. The Red Cross responded to assist the displaced families. - STEVE WHITE

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PATCH OF THE MONTH

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FDNY Ladder 20’s “SoHo Trucking” company patch.

The Port Authority of NY & NJ's Emergency Unit.

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