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Coxsackie, NY - The Coxsackie Fire Department mourns the loss of one of their own following an apartment fire in the village on the evening of Saturday, December 8th. Coxsackie Fire and New Baltimore Fire were called to 51 Washington Avenue in Coxsackie around 7:00 P.M. for a reported structure fire with entrapment. Coxsackie Fire was on the scene within minutes, as they were gathered at the firehouse at the time for their annual Christmas celebration. - See full story on page 2

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Coxsackie F.D. Loses Life Member to Apartment Fire Coxsackie, NY - The Coxsackie Fire Department mourns the loss of one of their own following an apartment fire in the village on the evening of Saturday, December 8th. Coxsackie Fire JUMP TO FILE# and New Baltimore 121218114 Fire were called to 51 Washington Avenue in Coxsackie around 7:00 P.M. for a reported structure fire with entrapment. Coxsackie Fire was on the scene within minutes, as they were gathered at the firehouse at the time for their annual Christmas celebration. There were two residents, a husband and wife, living in the building at the time. The wife was rescued after two passersby noticed the fire and went inside to bring the woman to safety. Her husband, a life member of D.M. Hamilton Steamer Company and the Coxsackie Fire Department, was not able to make it out, despite the heroic efforts made by firefighters to rescue him. Crews did everything they could in an attempt to perform the rescue, but worsening conditions inside the structure made it difficult. There was also an issue with water supply at the scene due to the amount of water needed for the heavy fire. Crews began running out of water from the hydrants and started calling in tankers from various departments to run a tanker shuttle. Below-freezing temperatures also posed a problem due to the water freezing almost instantly, causing slippery conditions around the structure. Departments responding to the scene included Coxsackie, New Baltimore, Athens, West Athens, Catskill, Hudson, Earlton, Medway-Grapeville, Greenville and Coeymans Hollow. Companies on standby included Leeds, Westerlo and Coeymans. Greene County Paramedics and Coxsackie Ambulance were also on scene. According to a Facebook post from the Mayor of Coxsackie and firefighter with the Coxsackie Fire Department, Mark Evans, the wife of the departed member "is uninjured and extends her thanks to everyone who worked so hard and long at the scene". There was a debriefing held at 5:00 P.M. on Sunday, December 9th for firefighters following the loss. The Greene County Fire Investigation Team, New York State Police, and the New York State Fire Investigation Team were on scene conducting an investigation. According to Chief Shawn Burdick of Coxsackie Fire, "The fire started on the third floor in a finished attic space". There is still no word on a direct cause at this time. - THOMAS MARRA

Crews worked to rescue the trapped individual, but were forced out of the structure due to worsening conditions.

Crews setting up ladders at the scene of a fatal fire in Coxsackie.




Multiple fire departments worked the scene of a fatal structure fire in Coxsackie.

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Child Struck by Car in City of Newburgh Newburgh, NY - Newburgh FD was dispatched for a child struck by a vehicle on Gidney Avenue, in front of Gidney Avenue School, on December 10th. City of Newburgh Police blocked the roadway while firefighters tended to the injured child until Mobile Life ALS arrived. The child was then transported to Saint Luke’s Hospital for further treatment. City of Newburgh Police are investigating the cause.

Chimney Fire in East Avon

Avon, NY - Firefighters responded on December 3rd at approximately 6:30 P.M. to a chimney fire at 1588 Huckleberry Hill in the town of Avon. Fire units from East Avon, Honeoye Falls, Lima, Avon and Livonia arrived on location and confirmed the chimney fire. The fire was quickly extinguished without further damage to the structure. No injuries were reported. Personnel from Livingston County Emergency Management and Avon EMS were also assisting at the scene.

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North Queensbury Vol. Fire Co. in Warren County now operates this 2018 Freightliner/Rosenbauer 1500/2000 pumper tanker.


Members of the elite WC Trauma and Rescue team worked to get the female driver out.

Wrights Corners Volunteers Handle Second Major Accident in One Day


On December 7th, the East Rochester Fire Department in Monroe County placed this Pierce Ascendant 107-foot rig into service. Quint 320 has a 2000-GPM pump with a 500-gallon tank to go with the 107-foot ladder. It replaces a 1987 E-One.

Lockport, NY - Wrights Corners responded to Stone Road on December 2nd around 4:45 P.M. for the report of a rollover accident with people trapped. Wrights Corners had all of its teams and equipment on the road within just a few minutes of dispatch. Responding from outside the district was 1st Assistant J.J. “Commander� McKnight, whose years of experience allowed him to orchestrate a game plan with his other officers over the radio before arrival. First on scene, they had walking wounded and one female still inside the SUV involved in the accident. The SUV had gone off the north side of the road, crushing a sewer entrance and ripping the ce-

JUMP TO FILE #120218100 ment ring off, sending the solid metal cover flying over 100-feet down the road. The vehicle then rolled a few times, crushing in the roof and deploying the air bags. The other people in the vehicle were able to get themselves out with assistance from Wrights Corners members. Fire Police took their positions on this dark road and started diverting and slowing traffic down in an effort to protect the members involved in the rescue operation. EMS specialists were able to remove the female driver from the

SUV and get her into the back of the ambulance for further evaluation before transport to the hospital. Wrights Corners firefighters rolled the heavy metal sewer lid out of the road and back down to the sewer entrance. Town of Lockport Sewer and Water were called to the scene to try and repair the damaged sewer entrance. Niagara County Sheriff Deputies responded and evaluated the scene. Earlier that same day, the Specialized Trauma and Rescue Team out of Wrights Corners responded to a three-car accident with an unconscious female. - STEPHEN WALLACE

WISHING EVERYONE A SAFE, HAPPY, & HEALTHY NEW YEAR! Members on the rig hurried to get the stretcher ready.



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Maryland: Daniel "Danny" Lister, 34 Rank: Assistant Fire Chief Incident Date: September 1, 2018 Death Date: September 1, 2018 Fire Department: Queen Anne-Hillsboro Volunteer Fire Company Initial Summary: Assistant Fire Chief Daniel "Danny" Lister was operating at the scene of a motor vehicle accident with multiple medical patients on Maryland Route 404 at Old Queen Anne Road and suffered a medical emergency. Resuscitation efforts on scene were unsuccessful and Lister passed away at the University of Maryland Shore Regional Health at Easton.

Oregon: Eric Christopher Aarseth, 20 Rank: Firefighter II Incident Date: August 27, 2018 Death Date: September 4, 2018 Fire Department: Miller Timber Services Initial Summary: Firefighter II Eric Aarseth worked the Horns Mountain Fire in Washington on Aug. 27 and was released at 6:00 p.m. On Aug. 28, Aarseth was found unresponsive at his home in Oregon. Reports indicate that Aarseth developed pneumonia which became septic. Aarseth was treated at Sacred Heart Medical Center in Springfield, Oregon, but was taken off life support on Sept. 3 after suffering irreversible damage to his organs. Aarseth passed away early the following morning on Sept. 4.

South Dakota: David Fischer, 43 Rank: Assistant Fire Chief Incident Date: September 7, 2018 Death Date: September 7, 2018 Fire Department: Sturgis Volunteer Fire Department Initial Summary: At approximately 4 p.m. on Sept. 7, Assistant Fire Chief David Fischer responded with the Sturgis Vol. FD and other local first-responders to a residential structure fire in Tilford, South Dakota. Upon arrival, firefighters found a single-family home that was fully involved in fire. The intense fire ignited several outbuildings on the

property and threatened nearby propane tanks. Firefighters made their initial attack, sent out a mutual aid call, and evacuated nearby residents. Soon after, responders were informed of a resident that was unaccounted for and last seen in the involved residence. As firefighters continued to fight the fire and attempted to locate the missing resident, a nearby propane tank experienced a catastrophic failure causing a Boiling Liquid Expanding Vapor Explosion, or BLEVE. The explosion instantly killed Fischer. In addition, the remains of the missing resident, an 82 year-old male, were found the following morning. Michigan: Robert James Phillips II, 62 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: September 22, 2018 Death Date: September 23, 2018 Fire Department: Memphis Fire Department Initial Summary: On Sept. 22, Firefighter Robert James Phillips II responded to two emergency incidents, the last one being a motor vehicle accident at approximately 11:30 a.m. On Sept. 23, at approximately 6:30 a.m., Phillips was found unresponsive by his wife at his residence. She called 911 and the Memphis Fire Department responded, but Phillips was pronounced dead at the scene. The nature and cause of fatal injury are still to be reported.

Missouri: Russell Hayes, 62 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: October 3, 2018 Death Date: October 4, 2018 Fire Department: El Dorado Springs Vol. Fire Department Initial Summary: On Oct. 3, Firefighter Russell Hayes, while driving a department truck, was on his way to have a pump inspected for annual certification. Hayes lost control of the vehicle, veered to the right side of the road, then overcorrected as he tried to get back, causing it to travel off the left side of the road and overturn. Hayes was air lifted to the Mercy Hospital in Springfield, MO, where he later died from injuries sustained in the accident.


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Middlesex, NY - The Middlesex Hose Company is mourning the loss of their third assistant chief, Tom Hetherington, who passed away from injuries sustained in a snowmobiling accident near Racquet Lake in the Town of Inlet on December 7th. The party he was riding with attempted to resuscitate him, but he was later pronounced dead. Tom was 46-years-old. Chief Hetherington began his fire service career in Churchville (NY) as an explorer and later became chief of the department before moving to Middlesex. Currently, he was serving as their third assistant chief. Hetherington worked for the NYS Office of Fire Prevention and Control as a fire investigator and recently completed K9 training with his dog, Taz.

Tom was by all accounts one of the funniest people you could meet. There was always a oneliner, a friendly jab, an ear-to-ear grin. He was passionate about the fire service and well re-

spected by all of his peers. He worked hard, trained hard and was an enthusiastic instructor.

On his off time, he enjoyed hunting, boating and of course snowmobiling. He spent over 22 years arm in arm with his bride Karen, the love of his life. They did not have any children. Funeral services were conducted on Saturday, December, 15th. Interment was at the Overrackers Cemetery in Middlesex.

As an author's note, I grew up in the fire service with this man. He was one of the great ones, and always had your back. He was fun to be around, but would also listen to your concerns with empathy. We worked together at Monroe Ambulance at the beginning of our careers, and his care and compassion was always at the forefront of his mind. He knew people from across the state and I am sure they will miss him, as we will never forget the legacy he leaves behind. - JOHN SPAULDING


Woman Arrested Following Fatal Hit and Run in City of Newburgh Newburgh, NY - The Newburgh FD and City of Newburgh Police were dispatched for a pedestrian struck by a motor vehicle on Robinson Avenue in front of Newburgh Free Academy's North Campus on the morning of November 28th at approximately 5:45 A.M. Upon their arrival, first responders found a male subject who had been struck by a vehicle. He was pronounced dead at the scene. City of Newburgh Police blocked off roads both north and

JUMP TO FILE #112818106 south of where the accident occurred while they took photos and measurements before the arrival of the medical examiner's office. City detectives' investigation later led to the arrest of a Wallkill woman, Deborah Berrios, who was driving a passenger bus when she struck the male. Berrios was charged with leaving the scene of a

personal injury accident, a Felony, and was awaiting arraignment in the City of Newburgh. City of Newburgh Police were assisted by the New York State Police Reconstruction Unit, Orange County District Attorneys and the Orange County Medical Examiner's office. The name of the victim has not yet been released, pending notification of next of kin. - BOB MCCORMICK

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Chief and OFPC Investigator, Thomas Hetherington.


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Four Dead Following Structure Fire in in Poughkeepsie Poughkeepsie, NY - Four people died in an overnight fire in Poughkeepsie, fire officials confirmed Monday, December 3rd. The fire broke out around 1:30 A.M. on Academy Street. Arriving firefighters found JUMP TO FILE# heavy fire on the 120318104 first and second floors. Fire Chief Mark Johnson said four bodies were recovered after the flames were extinguished. Two victims were male, one victim was female, and officials were unsure of the gender of the fourth victim. The building was said to be vacant for a number of years, and it is believed that the victims were homeless. Authorities said it wasn't safe for the firefighters to enter the burning structure initially, as it was unstable and sections had collapsed, but once the fire was under control, they were able to enter parts of the structure. The first victim was located at approximately 4:00 A.M., and the second was found soon after. The third and fourth victims were located in the rear of the structure, where there had been a partial collapse. Besides the instability of the structure, officials said there was a massive hoarding situation from the previous owner, who passed away, that prevented firefighters from accessing certain areas of the building. The hoarding condition enabled kindling of the fire, and it also may have trapped some or all of the victims. Firefighters continued to go through the building as safely as they could to make sure there were no other victims inside, an extended operation, as further collapse dangers were still present. The cause of fire was under investigation. The bodies were turned over to the Medical Examiner for identification and determination of the causes of death.

PFD on scene of the fatal fire.



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NYSP assisted with a cadaver dog to search the building where four bodies were discovered.


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Isn’t There Anyone Who Knows What Christmas Is All About? Chaplain’s Corner

Pastor Fernando Villicana

I have such fond memories of my early years celebrating the holidays with my family. As a youngster I was happily ignorant of all the planning, pressure and stress that seemed to attach itself to the older generation leading up to Christmas. I remember thinking to myself, “Christmas will always be the greatest time of the year, and that will never change for me.” Fast forward 50 years. Last Christmas I made the mistake of getting a late start on my shopping. I stopped by the local mall in a desperate attempt to find that perfect gift. It was supposed to be a quick, “in-and-out” purchase! Ha! It took me forever to find a parking spot (which ended up not even being at the mall). After a long walk to the mall from my illegal restaurant parking spot, I couldn’t believe how many people were shopping in one place! People were rushed, rude and the lines were unbelievable. It was right then and there that I fell victim to the stress and anxiety of the holiday. What happened? I mean, how did the magic of Christmas turn into something I promised myself it never would? Christmas creates quite a commotion these days! Shopping. Parties. Gift-wrapping, food preparation… Last week a medical unit had to call in a delayed response due to “extreme traffic” as scores of cars cruised through a neighborhood to view all the light displays on front yards and homes. Tons of traffic everywhere! Then it occurred to me - we need a Charlie Brown Christmas reminder. When Linus told Charlie Brown what Christmas was really all about, it brought the real meaning of this holiday to the forefront again. Charlie Brown: Isn’t there anyone who knows what Christmas is all about?! Linus: Sure Charlie Brown, I can tell you what Christmas is all about. Lights please? And there were in the same country shepherds, abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them! And they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, “Fear not! For, behold, I bring you tidings o great joy, which shall be to all my people. For unto you is born this day in

the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ, the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you: Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.” And suddenly, there was with the angel a multitude of the Heavenly Host praising God, and saying, “Glory to God in the Highest, and on Earth peace, and good will toward men." That’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown. Pray with me that people see through all the “glitz and glitter”

of the season to honor Jesus, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. The reason He came was to save humanity from sin…my sin, your sin, the evil and wicked ways in our hearts. Jesus came to bring us eternal life in the Father’s house (heaven). He came to adopt us as His children. He is the gift that never gets old and never wears out! God the Father sent Him for you! What about you? Have you set aside all the commotion to accept Jesus as your Savior by faith?

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A tanker shuttle was needed after crews began running out of water from the hydrants during a fatal fire in Coxsackie on 12/8/18.



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Two-Alarm Fire Heavily Damages Village of Nassau Home This patch belongs to the Eagle Bay Fire Department, located in Herkimer County, NY. EUGENE WEBER JR.


Driver Injured After School Bus Rolls Over in Newburgh

Newburgh, NY - Plattekill and Cronomer Valley Fire Departments were dispatched to a school bus rollover on Quaker Street by the Orange/Ulster County line on November 26th. Firefighters arrived and extricated the bus driver from the vehicle and shored up the bus for safety. The driver was transported to a landing zone at Plattekill School where a medevac airlifted them to the hospital. New York State and Town of Newburgh Police responded to the scene, as well as the State Police Commercial Enforcement Unit to inspect the school bus. The road was shut down by Cronomer Valley Fire Police during the incident.

Village of Nassau, NY - The Nassau Fire Department was toned to 26 Lake Avenue on December 8th for a reported structure fire. Nassau Car-1 arrived on scene and immediately called for the sec- JUMP TO FILE# ond-alarm and Sig- 121318112 nal 30, bringing Schodack Valley, South Schodack, East Schodack, Niverville, Chatham, Hoags Corners and Tsatsawassa Fire Departments to the scene. Nassau’s fire chief had heavy smoke pushing from the twostory structure from the second floor. Command had Engine 22-7 hit the hydrant and lay in. Firefighters deployed two hand lines right to the front of the building. Command advised that they had a building thats interior was not in good shape, with a large amount of clutter inside. County coordinators and fire investigators were also toned out, and firefighters began venting the building. Command requested Lake Avenue to be shut down, as they needed it to use as a staging area for incoming fire apparatus. Firefighters made entry into the first floor and knocked down any remaining fire. Command had a moderate smoke condition still coming from the second floor and learned that they had a lath and plaster ceiling that was concealing some hidden fire. Due to the second floor being unsafe for firefighters to operate on, Command had a crew go to the roof, cut a vent hole and knock down


any additional fire. Firefighters were able to bring the fire under control after about 45 minutes. Over 50 firefighters operated on scene. No firefighters

were injured while battling the fire, and county fire investigators are investigating the cause. - JEFFREY BELSCHWINDER

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Construction Vehicle Catches Fire at Port of Coeymans

Coeymans, NY - Coeymans Fire and Ravena Rescue responded to a reported vehicle fire at the Port of Coeymans around 10:00 P.M. on Wednesday, November 28th. The vehicle, a 50-ton haul truck that was fairly new to the Port of Coeymans, was located just inside the north entrance to the port. Arriving units stated that the vehicle was fully involved upon arrival. The fire was quickly extinguished and units cleared the scene shortly after.

Ulster Hose Co.#5 working at the scene of a two-alarm house fire that left six people displaced on 12/7/18.


Two-Alarm House Fire in Ulster Leaves Six Residents Displaced Ulster, NY - At approximately 11:43 P.M. on Friday, December 7th, Ulster Hose Co.#5 was dispatched for a reported house fire on Riseley Street. Upon arrival a second-alarm was transmitted, bringing additional manpower and mutual aid to the scene. Crews on scene stretched hand lines to the first and second floors, performed searches, and completed ventilation and overhaul. Six people, including four children, were left homeless following the fire.

JUMP TO FILE #121018120 The fire started in the kitchen of the two-story cape cod style home, caused by a burner on the stove that had been improperly turned on. Approximately 65 firefighters responded to the scene. The bulk of the fire was out in about 25 minutes and the fire was under control after about 45 minutes. The house was deemed uninhabitable due to

heavy fire, smoke and water damage. The officers and members of Ulster Hose Co.#5 were assisted at the scene by the Glasco and Kingston Fire Departments, Mobile Life Ambulance, Ulster Police, Ulster County Emergency Management & ATF and CHGE. Mutual aid station coverage was provided by the Port Ewen, Centerville Cedar Grove and Ruby Fire Departments.



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Car Versus Bus with Injuries in City of Newburgh Newburgh, NY - The Newburgh FD was dispatched to an MVA involving an SUV versus bus at the corner of Broadway and West Street on November 29th. City of Newburgh Police requested Mobile Life ALS for injured parties. Firefighters assisted Mobile Life with the injured subjects and also secured the vehicle. Mobile Life transported three subjects from the SUV to Saint Luke's Hospital. No one on the bus was injured. The City of Newburgh PD is investigating the cause.


The city of Troy’s FD recently conducted swift water rescue drills on the Hudson River. The department has over 10 miles of the Hudson River they cover throughout the year. With temperatures hovering around 37°F, firefighters practiced grab and goes out of the water with buoys, and used a small zodiac boat to practice maneuvering in rough water. With sea wall construction going on throughout the winter months, the fire department has to be ready at all times for any type of emergency.

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The Chief of Piermont Fire Department in Rockland County operates this Dodge Ram 3500 pickup truck.



Mansfield Twp., NJ Firefighter Brian Pidgeon of the Tri-County Fire Co. (Warren County Station 29) has some special artwork on his arm, which is in competition to whose depicted on the back of the fire company's sweatshirts. We think the arm wins, hands down!

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Vulnerability EMS ISSUE


Whether it’s measles, the flu, or some other communicable illness, EMS providers are particularly susceptible to exposure to infectious diseases. Dispatch sends a crew to a scene and often there is no advanced warning that they are responding to a literal cesspool of germs. And even though all EMS providers are trained to don PPF gear and take precautions, sometimes that process seems lax. If the caller informs the 911 dispatcher of a potential infectious condition, then it is ideal if the dispatcher can pass this information on to a responding crew. Unfortunately, we all know that sometimes the information given to a 911 operator is far from complete. It’s imperative to always use basic personal protective gear protection just in case, and if there has been more complete info passed along, the crew should then definitely consider additional protections. If there is a known epidemic in an area, there should also be a list of questions which could help identify infections, (such as recent travel, exposure to diseases, and symptoms). If there is a possibility of infection, in addition to personal protective gear, only those vital to immediate patient care should be in close proximity to the patient; non-vital personnel should be at least six feet away. Potentially infectious bodily fluids and airborne particles can and will contaminate any gear (AND protective outfits), and can cross-contaminate others, the rig, and even the receiving ER. The arriving crew should carry only necessary equipment into the scene so that the exposure to infection is limited. If possible, when a potentially infectious patient is coughing, a

surgical mask should be placed over their mouth and nose to limit the possibility of contamination. If the patient has diarrhea or other body fluids evident and access to the full body is not vital during transport, the crew should cocoon the patient in a non-permeable cloth. Responders should use protective outer covering such as barrier gowns, goggles, face masks, and gloves with all possible infections, even if the patient or family members are disturbed by the sight. It’s a good idea to try to calm the patient/family reaction and do the best to reassure them. It is important to reduce the risk of contamination to anyone else. Be careful about personal contact with other family members on scene, as they may be in the incubator stage of the infection and still able to pass the germs around. Agencies should be practicing both the donning of personal protective gear and the transport of infectious patients continually. It would be a good idea to coordinate this training with a receiving hospital so that every part of response through patient delivery is done with as little contamination as possible. It is also vital to know how to completely decon the ambulance and equipment used so that no infection is passed along to other crews and patients. Some agencies or counties may have specialized transport units for such situations. All agencies need to be able to protect the patient compartments during transport to limit the exposure. Thorough handwashing and knowing how to change protective gear is another skill that needs to be reinforced by repetitive training. A good planning resource for EMS agencies, their providers and medical directors is the EMS Infectious Disease Playbook provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)/Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR), and can be downloaded at https://bit.ly/2E7mOuc

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Coxsackie Fire Chief Shawn Burdick on scene of a fire that took the life of one of their former department members on 12/8/18. THOMAS MARRA


Mobile Life Support Services President and CEO, Scott Woebse, accepts the Joseph A. Bonura Award for Leadership Excellence at Mount Saint Mary College’s Ninth Annual Gala Reception on 11/30/18.

Mobile Life Support Services Receives Joseph A. Bonura Award for Leadership Excellence at Mount Saint Mary College’s Ninth Annual Gala Reception New Windsor, NY - Mobile Life Support Services recently received Mount Saint Mary College’s Joseph A. Bonura Award for Leadership Excellence. Mobile Life Support was recognized at the college’s Ninth Annual Gala reception in the Kaplan Family Mathematics, Science & Technology Center on Friday, November 30th. The award recognizes individuals and organizations whose professional accomplishments and approach to management reflect the same commitment to quality, concern for neighbors and shared prosperity that have exemplified the career and character of Joseph A. Bonura. Bonura’s career began as a local restauranteur, but his company, Bonura Hospitality Group, has helped revitalize the Hudson Valley through commercial and residential projects. Mobile Life Support Services is a deeply-rooted, longstanding pillar of the Newburgh community. Founded in 1981, the company’s humble beginnings were fortified by the belief that cuttingedge medicine could be brought directly to patients. The team worked hard to educate future generations of emergency medical practitioners and made their dream of mobile quality healthcare a reality. For the last three decades, Mobile Life has worked with Mount Saint Mary College to conduct “ride-alongs” for its nursing students. This experience exposes college seniors to a unique pre-

JUMP TO FILE #120418146 hospital perspective and emergency medical and diagnostic skills. In addition to donating time and expertise in the interest of education and the best possible patient care experiences, Mobile Life also supports several local charities and community organizations throughout the Hudson Valley. “We are honored to receive this recognition from Mount Saint Mary College,” said Mobile Life President and CEO Scott Woebse. “Since its founding nearly 40 years ago, Mobile Life has sought to give back to the communities in which it serves. Through educational and training courses, and partnerships with local businesses and organizations, such as Mount Saint Mary College, we hope to foster relationships that strengthen the Hudson Valley community.” Among the more than 200 gala attendees was New York State Senator William Larkin, Jr., who was quick to give a thumbs up as Mobile Life was announced and Woebse approached the podium to accept the award on behalf of the company. By holding their staff of more than 500 EMS professionals to a high moral and professional standard, Mobile Life continues to be an industry leader in quality healthcare, compassion and professionalism. The company has maintained and fiercely protected

a patient-first mentality by making exceptional care and advocacy the foundation of every patient encounter. “Rick and Gayle Metzger, Mobile Life’s founders in 1981, were, and continue to be, our company’s moral compass. Because of them, Mobile Life’s values have remained rock steady since its very first days,” Woebse added. “Even though Rick passed in 1999, I’d like to think if he could walk through the doors of any one of our stations today, or ride in one of our ambulances with our newest emergency medical service providers, he would know the emphasis we all place on the lessons he taught us so well. And, I think he would smile on how Gayle has carried their vision for the company forward all these years later.” Mobile Life currently operates 26 stations across the region and a fleet of more than 60 vehicles, which are strategically dispersed throughout the Hudson Valley, including Dutchess, Orange, Rockland, Ulster and Westchester counties. The company serves as the designated 911-EMS Agency for more than a dozen municipalities, including Newburgh, Middletown, Kingston and Poughkeepsie, and provides emergent and nonemergent ambulance transportation services to most of the 14 hospitals in its service region. To learn more about Mobile Life Support Services, visit www.mobilelife.com - FOCUS MEDIA, INC.

Valatie F.D. 2nd Assistant Chief Sam Becker at the scene of a twoalarm fire in the village of Nassau on 12/8/18.


Poughkeepsie FF Paul Bucher was one of the first on scene of a deadly fire on Academy Street that claimed four lives on 12/3/18. JEFFREY CRIANZA

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VEHICLE NEWS The town of Grafton in Rensselaer County is taking delivery of a brand new 2018 PL Custom Medallion 170 with a 2018 Ford E450 XL Chassis. Grafton’s new ambulance is equipped with some of the best state-of-theart features that will serve their EMTs and paramedics while assisting with the care of residents that are in need.


On November 30th, a vehicle traveling on Route 9W in Glenmont hit a telephone pole and rolled over, landing in a ditch.

Some of the features include a “Medic in Mind” squad bench, providing a large spacious interior for crew members to be able to easily move around and take care of patients. Other features include poly-coated door sills and TecNiq LED compart-

ment lighting.

The new ambulance has very bright lights and a loud siren system, ensuring to capture the attention of drivers on the roadway from a great distance away. It also features roof-mounted M-Series LED emergency lighting, Grover air horns, and a EQ2B siren with rumbler.

The new ambulance will be replacing a 2001 Type III Lifeline Ambulance that is currently serving the town. The town of Grafton ambulance service will now have one of the most stateof-the-art ambulances in Rensselaer County.

Rollover Accident Takes Down Telephone Pole on Route 9W in Glenmont Glenmont, NY - Selkirk Fire and Delmar-Bethlehem EMS responded to a reported vehicle rollover on Route 9W around 11:15 P.M. on Friday, November 30th. The crash occurred on Route 9W near Stoffles Drive, just north of Wemple Road in Glenmont. The vehicle hit the pole, spun around and rolled over into a ditch. The pole hit was a telephone pole, so there were no live electri-

JUMP TO FILE #121218118 cal wires on the ground. The driver was able to open the driver's side door and climb up and out of the vehicle on their own. Upon first responders' arrival, the driver was transported to the hospital with a possible head injury from the impact. Route 9W was shut down in

both directions for about one hour while the car was towed out of the ditch and National Grid cleaned up the pole. There was heavy fog in the area at the time of the accident, as well as patches of black ice. It's unclear at this time whether or not the fog and black ice were factors in this crash.




Grafton’s new ambulance, designated as 5104.

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Jamestown, NY - On November 29th, Deputy Chief Chester Harvey retired from the Jamestown Fire Department after three decades of service.

Deputy Harvey started his career with the Jamestown Fire Department on September 4, 1984. He was promoted to Lieutenant on September 12, 1992; Captain on May 16, 1998; Battalion Chief on May 23, 2004; and Deputy Chief on May 15, 2010.

On November 2, 2018 Mayor Sam Teresi appointed Battalion Chief Sam Salemme to the role of Deputy Chief.

Mayor Teresi selected Salemme from a pool of highly-qualified candidates after receiving input from Deputy Chief Harvey, as well as Director of Public Safety/Police Chief Harry Snellings, and other members of the administration's management team.

Deputy Harvey would serve as Chief until November 29th, with Battalion Chief Salemme officially beginning his new duties on November 30th. Battalion Chief Salemme started his emergency serices career at Chautauqua County Ambulance Service in 1986. Salemme graduated as a paramedic in 1987 from Western New York EMS School of Paramedicine at Buffalo General Medical Hospital.

In 1998, Salemme was employed locally by ALSTAR EMS as a paramedic and starflight medic. He started his career with the Jamestown Fire Department on February 12, 1990 and was promoted to Lieutenant on May 28, 2000, and then to Battalion Chief on Au-

gust 20, 2005. He has served in that position since.

Salemme also responded to New York City on September 24, 2001 with members of Chautauqua County Fire Service to provide rescue services to members of the FDNY after the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. Salemme has been a member of the Chautauqua County EMS council since 2000, and is currently the chair of the organization. He s the first vice chair of the Chautauqua County fire advisory board, serving since 2010, and has been a member of the Chautauqua County radio advisory board since 2004. Battalion Chief Salemme is looking forward to serving the residents of the City of Jamestown to the best of his ability while continuing to provide support to neighbors and public safety partners around the county.

We’re Having Salad For Lunch… FORK & HOSE CO. a Food Blog by A.J. Fusco

It's the beginning of 2019...this means one thing...New Year’s Resolutions! I'm a firm believer that saying you are going on a diet is setting you up for failure. Instead, we should just be cognizant of what we are eating. Focus on eating whole foods and less processed foods. We also need to eat more fresh vegetables and fruit. And one way to do this is by eating salads that are both delicious and interesting. Unfortunately, the mere mention of the word salad is known to send entire crews into a chaotic frenzy. Now serve one as a main course and you are really asking for it! But there is a way to avoid the verbal “beatdown” which would usually result because of this bold move...put steak on it! I've found that if you tell the

Deputy Chief Harvey said that it's been an honor to serve the City of Jamestown throughout his career, and it's been especially gratifying to serve as Deputy Fire Chief for the past eight-and-a-half years.

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Mayor Teresi congratulated Deputy Chief Harvey on his retirement and wished him well in all of his future endeavors.


Chief Harvey said that he has full faith in Chief Salemme that he will continue to carry on the proud traditions of the Jamestown Fire Department.

Deputy Chief Harvey has been a true asset to the Jamestown Fire Department and will be greatly missed.


1 lb. Hangar Steak 1 Pear, sliced into ¼” thin wedges Small Container Crumbled Gorgonzola Honey Sea Salt Large Package of Arugula ½ Cup Plain Greek Yogurt, at least 5% fat ¼ Cup Balsamic Vinegar 2 Tbs. Honey ¼ Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil Salt, to taste Procedure:

-Preheat grill on high

Jamestown FD newly retired Deputy Chief, Chester Harvey.

longer. It also has tons of vitamins A, K, C, folate, iron and potassium. Some of the minerals it contains also relax blood vessels, helping to control blood pressure, which is a huge benefit in fighting cardiac related incidents among firefighters. Any good salad also needs a great dressing to go with it. I urge you to avoid pre-made dressings that are made with tons of preservatives. Instead, make your own so that you can control what ingredients are used, and at the same time tailor it to your own taste. Even a simple dressing of lemon juice, olive oil and salt can make a salad delicious. This Balsamic Yogurt Dressing is great because it adds flavor and a little extra protein too. Yogurt is a great substitute for cream if you are looking for creamy dressings, but try to use the plain, full-fat Greek variety if possible. So the next time you are looking to get a salad on the table without being stripped of your chef badge, put some steak on it!


-For the Dressing: In a bowl whisk together the vinegar, honey, yogurt and salt. Slowly drizzle in the olive oil while whisking. Taste and adjust seasoning, set aside in refridgerator.


crew you are making a “steak salad”, they are usually a little more enthused about this idea. It’s almost like hiding vegetables in mac and cheese to get your kids to eat them! What kind of steak you use is totally up to you, but I prefer quick cooking lean cuts that pack tons of flavor like flank, skirt and in this case, hangar. Feel free to marinate any of these, as they all take on flavor really well, but I personally think they taste great with just a little salt, as this lets the beefy flavor shine through. And anytime you cut steak, make sure to slice it AGAINST (perpendicular to) the grain to achieve maximum tenderness. If you cut with the grain, you might as well serve shoe leather no matter how perfectly you cooked it. And when it comes to salad greens, my go-to is arugula. Its mild peppery flavor stands up to strong ingredients like gorgonzola and steak, while providing a nice contrast in textures to the grilled pears. And best of all, it packs a punch when it comes to nutrition. Arugula is loaded with fiber, which helps keep you fuller

-Place steak on a wire rack, pat dry with paper towel and season with plenty of salt. Rest for at least 20 minutes at room tempera-


-Toss sliced pear in a bowl with drizzle of honey and EVOO and a pinch of salt -Grill the pears on one side just until lightly charred. Set aside to cool (a rack on the grill will prevent pears from slipping through grates)

-Grill steak to desired doneness, flipping frequently. Let rest for 10 minutes before slicing against the grain. AJ FUSCO

-Assemble salad and drizzle with Balsamic-Yogurt Dressing

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Ravena Crews Work Chimney Fire on Frigid Thanksgiving Morning Ravena, NY - Ravena Fire and Ravena Rescue were working in the arctic cold on Thanksgiving morning, November 22nd, after being called to 17 Willis Avenue around 5:55 A.M. JUMP TO FILE# for a reported chim- 121218115 ney fire. 26-04 arrived on scene and confirmed a chimney fire with sparks coming from the chimney at the residence. Ladder 26-70 sent a crew to the roof and a hand line was stretched from Engine 26-20 into the residence. This is a busy time of year for first responders as more people are starting to turn on their heat and wood stoves, which cause fires if they haven't been cleaned in a while. -THOMAS MARRA



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FDNY The Battle Continues, Vol. 24 VIDEO REVIEW

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FDNY The Battle Continues, Vol. 24 By Fire Line Video Productions Available from: FSP Boos & Videos 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 is 63 minutes in length and features fires from 2007 and 2008. There are nine incidents including three thirdalarms, three second-alarms and three “all hands.” Five are in Queens, three are in the Bronx and one is in Brooklyn. There is radio traffic that can be overheard during these incidents, but it is not always understandable. The

back of the DVD case lists the incidents with some descriptions adding to the announcement on the screen preceding each scene. Of the all hands, the first is in Queens involving a 2 ½ story frame private dwelling. Fire apparently started on the first floor and communicated through the walls, eventually reaching the attic. An aerial ladder, ground ladders and hand tools are used in venting windows. Next is an all hands in the Bronx for a vacant, two-story private dwelling which had a fire a few days before. Fire is in the second floor rear. Next is a second-alarm in Queens involving a historic wooden church. A tower ladder opens up near the ridgepole. The fire gains intensity. A secondalarm in Queens is in the basement of a two-story private dwelling. An injured civilian is removed to an ambulance. Next is a third-alarm in a six-story brick occupied multiple dwelling in the Bronx, involving the cockloft after traveling through the upper floor. An all hands in Queens is next,

involving a well involved first floor of a two-story frame dwelling. It was an outside fight initially due to the deteriorating conditions. A Bronx third-alarm is next for a deep-seated cellar fire discovered by a company on another call. A tower ladder is directed into an opening in the cellar at the storefront. Next is a second-alarm in Queens on the Van Wyck Expressway for an overturned tanker which ignited. Kennedy Airport fire units were having a drill when they spotted the smoke. They reported the fire and got permission to investigate and respond off their property, and did so with three crash units. The FDNY received the call for the tanker fire and beside their response, dispatched all of the foam units to the scene. Finally, the last is a third-alarm in Brooklyn in a vacant, four-story brick dwelling which started in the stairway and extended up through the building due to high winds. This volume, like all of the rest, is packed with action!


One Transported from Two-Car MVA on Route 17K in Newburgh

Newburgh, NY - Dan Leghorn FD was dispatched to a two-vehicle MVA on Route 17K, east of Homewood Avenue, on December 4th. Town of Newburgh EMS responded and transported one subject to Saint Luke's Hospital with unknown injuries. Firefighters spread speedy dry on fluids on the roadway while State Police assisted with traffic control. The Town Newburgh PD is investigating the accident.


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The East Greenbush Fire Department, located in southern Rensselaer County near the Capital, has brought in a great group of young and highly ambitious firefighter explorers. The department's senior members work tirelessly to keep these young members motivated, involved, and coming back for more. The explorers range from 14-17 years of age.

The department conducts continual activities and drills to help train these future firefighters. During a drill held in November, three burn pods were set up behind the firehouse, and firefighters and explorers worked together practicing skills with hand lines, water cans and thermal imaging. This drill gave the explorers a taste of how intense heat and smoke can be, and also showed

them how quickly conditions can change with different types of fuel loads. Firefighters experienced modern day furniture burning compared to older style furniture, allowing them to see the difference in the types of fire behavior. They learned the proper hose techniques of floor to ceiling and moving forward with a charged hand line, as well as how to efficiently use a water can in order to quickly knock down or contain a room of content fire. The East Greenbush FD is one of many departments throughout the Capital region that allows firefighters to join at a young age and become active members. These younger members go to school and share stories with friends about their fire fighting experiences and what they're learning, which in turn brings additional young mem-

bers in who are interested in also joining the department. Another great reason young members are joining today is because of the opportunity to get college tuition help, as the fire service offers a large amount of scholarships for colleges all over the country.

Recruiting new members to join the volunteer fire service in today’s day and age is difficult to say the least. Departments across the country are hurting due to the lack in membership. But when you have a department that's able to pull in a very young and ambitious group of explorers, you have to harvest it, keeping the education and interest flowing through their veins and hearts. We need to motivate them to want to move forward with the fire service, as they are the future of public safety in our communities.





Winona Lake Hosts Annual Senior Citizens Holiday Party Newburgh, NY - On December 9th, Winona Lake Engine Co. held their Annual Senior Citizens Holiday Party at the firehouse. Newburgh ROTC members greeted the 200+ attendees off the bus and helped serve them everything from turkey to pie. Guests also enjoyed entertainment, including a special visit from Santa and Mrs. Clause. The Newburgh Fire Pipes & Drums band also attended and performed.



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Dozens of Firefighters Respond to Second-Alarm in City of Newburgh Newburgh, NY - Newburgh FD was dispatched to a structure fire at 746 Broadway in the City of Newburgh on December 19th around 4:12 A.M. Newburgh Command arrived JUMP TO FILE# and requested a sec- 121918101 ond-alarm, bringing in 36-13, West Point with one truck, Air Guard with one engine as the FAST, Castle Point with one engine on standby, Beacon with one truck, Good-Will with one engine, Cronomer Valley with one truck on standby, Orange Lake with one engine, and Cornwall with one truck. After one hour of operations, Command called the bulk of the fire knocked down. City of Newburgh Police assisted with traffic control, as Broadway was shut down from Fowler Ave. to Wisner Ave. during the incident. -BOB MCCORMICK


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Mobile Life Support Services Employees Recognized for Support of EMS Community & Education New Windsor, NY - Mobile Life Support Services, the largest emergency medical provider in the Hudson Valley, was recently recognized for its contributions to the EMS community at the annual EMS Connections Conference hosted by Dutchess County Community College. Five of the company’s paramedics were also recognized for their continued efforts in educating and training EMS professionals in both the classroom setting and in the field. The full-day event provides education for members of the EMS community, including a series of courses through which students can receive Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits. This year’s theme was “Stronger Together". At the conference, faculty from Dutchess County Community College and event sponsor MidHudson Regional Hospital recognized individuals and companies that have demonstrated such commitment to strengthening the local community. Mobile Life continues its quest to unify their brothers and sisters in emergency services by keeping them educated and up to date on the newest NYS, regional and local protocols, and treatment modalities. Whether demonstrated through the company’s inhouse educational department, which offers regular courses and classes to employees, local healthcare providers, and to the public, or through support of programs like the Connections Conference, Mobile Life believes that

JUMP TO FILE #113018107 as a community and an industry, they truly are “Stronger Together". Mobile Life was recognized for its longstanding support of the college’s annual conference. Each year, the company sponsors the event and staffs its booth with Mobile Life employees to provide information and answer education and career-related questions for students and professionals interested in emergency medical services. “I am so proud of our extraordinary field staff for their unwavering passion and dedication to their patients and fellow providers,” said Mobile Life President and CEO Scott Woebse. “It’s an honor to be recognized and a

privilege to support our industry through education.” This year, Quill Exum, a Mobile Life Paramedic, conducted a three-hour lecture on EMT-B and Advanced Care, as well as a workshop on EKG interpretations. He was honored for his commitment to education with EMS students at both the EMS Connections Conference and in the field. Additional Mobile Life staff, including Janice Romanelli, Stephen Peluse, Gary Mills and Marcello Cutonilli, were honored for the countless hours they have invested in training EMS students and bridging the gap between education and field experience. To learn more about Mobile Life Support Services, visit www.mobilelife.com. - FOCUS MEDIA, INC.

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eLEND joins Heroes Mortgage Program to offer down payment assistance for heroes

For many Americans, funding the down payment necessary to realize a dream of home ownership simply is not possible; and squirreling away the dollars to do so on a limited budget could mean several years of renting and waiting to buy a house. In some cases, first responders and other community service employees have trouble affording homes in the areas where they work. With a purchase as big as buying a home, a little help can go a long way. The Advantage Program, introduced to the Heroes Mortgage platform by eLEND, helps hometown heroes like police officers, volunteer and paid firefighters, EMS workers, medical professionals and educators purchase a home within the community where they work, even in high-cost areas. The unique down payment assistance program was specifically designed for those who make a difference in other people’s lives, as well as first time home buyers. “The Heroes Mortgage platform helps connect members of the emergency services community with lenders that are specifically interested in working with them,” said Joseph P. Belsito, publisher of 1st Responder Newspaper. “The Advantage Program created by eLEND is exactly what makes the Heroes Mortgage Pro-

“We’re excited to introduce our Advantage Program to the Heroes Mortgage platform. It’s our way of trying to help hometown heroes advance their dreams of home ownership.”

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gram a valuable resource for heroes in our community looking for home financing.” Grant provides help to homebuyers Many buyers wait patiently on the sidelines, saving money and watching interest rates rise. Unlike many other home buying assistance programs, eLEND’s Advantage Program provides a grant for the down pay-

ment. These resources can immediately build a borrower’s buying power, helping them act on a purchase more quickly for either that first home, or a move-up home as the family has grown and needs more space. Qualified buyers can receive grants up to 2% of the purchase price, minimizing the

down payment dollars needed at closing. The grant is “forgivable” so it doesn’t have to be paid back, and there are no resale or borrower repayment restrictions. In the state of Wisconsin, appraisal cost (up to $700) is credited back at closing. This program is not yet available in Hawaii or Washington. To qualify, a borrower need only meet one of the following very flexible requirements: a current, retired, volunteer or professional first responder (police officer, firefighter, paramedic, emergency medical technician, etc.), educator, medical personnel, civil servant or military personnel, or a first-time homebuyer or meet certain income requirements. “We’re excited to introduce our Advantage Program to the Heroes Mortgage platform,” said Bill Packer, executive vice president of eLEND, a division of American Financial Resources, Inc. “It’s our way of trying to help hometown heroes advance their dreams of home ownership.” For more information or to check your eligibility for The Advantage Program, visit www.heroesmortgage.com/AdvantageProgram or call 877-541-HERO.

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Tree Takes Down Power Lines in Selkirk

Man Killed After Crashing into Disabled Tractor-Trailer on Newburgh-Beacon Bridge

Selkirk, NY - Selkirk Fire responded to a call for a tree that had fallen down through power lines in the area of 93 Lasher Road around 2:00 P.M. on Sunday, November 25th. Rescue 46 arrived after clearing a previous call for an accident on the NYS Thruway. Engine 41 was sent to block off Lasher Road at Route 9W. There was no smoke or fire, but the entire street was left without power. Crews remained on scene awaiting the arrival of National Grid.

Newburgh, NY - The Middlehope FD was dispatched to the Newburgh-Beacon Bridge on December 6th around 7:00 P.M. for a reported MVA. A tractor-trailer was traveling east on the bridge when it became disabled and came to a complete stop in the middle lane, where it was rearended by a Jeep Wrangler. Middlehope Command radioed that the subject was trapped inside the vehicle. NYS Police closed eastbound traffic during their investigation. The driver of the Jeep, later identified as 51-year-old Fernando R. Carozza of Hopewell Junction, was pronounced dead at the scene. State Police BCI investigators and their reconstruction team responded to the scene. Traffic was back to normal around 10:30 P.M. State Police were handling the investigation into the cause of the accident. Good-Will FD was placed on stand by during the incident.



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Multiple Crews Respond to Structure Fire on Broadway in City of Newburgh

Newburgh, NY - Newburgh FD was dispatched to a structure fire on upper Broadway, just east of West Street, on November 23rd. Command requested mutual aid units to the scene, bringing in the Air Guard, Beacon, West Point, Good-Will and Winona Lake Fire Departments. Newburgh set up their ladder on the west side of building, while Winona Lake's was set up in the rear and Beacon's was in the front. Firefighters used hand lines to extinguish the fire and then checked for extensions. Orange County Fire Coordinator 36-13 was at the scene, with Mobile Life ALS standing by. Broadway was full of fire apparatus during the incident, from Grace church all the way to the West End old firehouse. The City of Newburgh FD cause and origin team also responded.

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Shirley, NY - On Sunday, December 16th at 2:46 A.M., the Brookhaven Fire Department was activated for a report of a structure fire in the vicinity of Flintlock Drive and Corbin Road. On arrival, Chief of Department Giuseppe Loiacono found a fully involved vacant house on the corner of Flintlock and Cypress.

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Mastic FD Responds to Crash During Torrential Rains

Mastic, NY - On the morning of November 13th, Suffolk County Fire Rescue received a call for a motor vehicle crash on the Northbound William Floyd Parkway with a reported person pinned. Chief Rudy Sunderman arrived on scene a short time later and advised that the driver was not pinned, but was sitting in the vehicle awaiting the arrival of EMS. Rescue 10 arrived on scene and despite the pouring rain, crews went to work cleaning up debris and securing the vehicle. Mastic EMS arrived and went to work evaluating the driver. She was taken to Long Island Community Hospital in East Patchogue for further treatment.

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Car Carrier Overturns on Ramp to LIE

Holtsville, NY - Firefighters, EMS and PD units responded to a report of an overturned truck at the on-ramp from Nicholls Road to the Expressway on November 14th. Upon arrival, crews found a car carrier truck on its side with three additional cars it was carrying also on their sides. The driver was able to free himself prior to first responders' arrival. Crews contained any fluids and cleared the cars for leaks. Firefighters remained on scene until the car carrier was put back onto its wheels. The driver refused rescue and remained with his truck at the scene.


MVA in Mastic Injures One

Mastic, NY - On November 25th at about 5:15 P.M., the Mastic Ambulance Co. and Mastic FD were both activated for a motor vehicle crash with reported entrapment on Mastic Road, at Market Street. 2nd Lieutenant Chris Gross was the first to arrive on scene and was advised by police that one person was inside one of the vehicles, however the subject was not trapped. On arrival, Chief Rudy Sunderman assumed command and advised the crews from Engine 1 and Rescue 10A that they needed to clean up some fluids and debris from the road. Ambulance 5-37-16 transported one person to a local hospital. All units were back in service by 5:45 P.M.

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Firefighters work to secure a vehicle with heavy damage after a crash in Shirley on November 24th.


Two-Car Crash in Shirley Closes William Floyd Pkwy Shirley, NY - On November 24th at 7:59 P.M., the Mastic Fire Department was activated for an MVA at William Floyd Parkway northbound and Mastic Blvd. east. Chief Rudy Sunderman was first to arrive on scene and found a two-vehicle crash blocking the northbound lanes at the intersection. No one was trapped. Crews from units 5-12-1 and 5-12-3 went to work securing the Toyota, which required them to use the tools to gain access to the hood and secure the battery. They also went to work placing speedy dry down and cleaning up extensive debris that was scattered across the roadway.

JUMP TO FILE #112518105 While firefighters were operating, 5-12-2 assisted the Suffolk PD with closing down the road to traffic for safety reasons. Mastic EMS was also on scene and evaluated two people who reportedly had minor injuries, according to police. The roadway was closed until around 8:40 P.M. Though it was lightly raining at the time of the crash, the exact cause of the crash was unknown. - JOHN WALTHERS


Huge Drug Raid Leads to HazMat in Mastic Mastic, NY - On the morning of December 14th, HazMat crews from Suffolk County and the Town of Brookhaven, as well as Homeland Security and SCPD emergency services units, responded to a home on Roda Drive in Mastic after being tipped off that a "large scale drug operation" was occurring inside the home. Agents from HSI and DEA raided the home, which was located

JUMP TO FILE #121618117 in the middle of a residential neighborhood, and found a lab containing chemicals used to make ecstasy and meth, as well as a large amount of marijuana. According to sources, at least one person was taken into custody. Suffolk County and Town of

Brookhaven HazMat crews were on scene assisting with the decontamination of technicians who were removing evidence from the home. Mastic and Manorville Fire Departments, along with multiple ambulance companies, were standing by as chemicals were removed from the home over the next several days. - CHRIS SABELLA

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Three Drivers Injured After Three-Car Crash in Mastic

Mastic, NY - On Monday night, December 17th around 9:30 P.M., a car traveling northbound on the William Floyd Parkway collided with another car, causing a chain reaction that involved three vehicles in total. All three drivers were transported by Mastic and Shirley ambulances to a local hospital for treatment. Mastic Fire Department responded for fluids and debris in the roadway, and also secured the batteries in all three cars.

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Firefighters attack a raging house fire in Shirley on December 16th.


Early Morning Fire Devours Shirley Home Shirley, NY - On Sunday, December 16th at 2:46 A.M., the Brookhaven Fire Department was activated for a report of a structure fire in the vicinity of Flintlock Drive and Corbin Road. On arrival, Chief of Department Giuseppe Loiacono found a fully involved vacant house on the corner of Flintlock and Cypress. Loiacono immediately transmitted the working fire and advised Engine 5 and Ladder 1 to get on the

JUMP TO FILE #121618105 road ASAP and hit the closest hydrant to protect the surrounding exposures. Due to safety concerns it was advised to remain exterior and provide a defensive attack on the fire. Engine 9 also responded into the scene and assisted the other crews with the operation. Mastic and

Center Moriches Fire Departments Unit 4 were both sent to the scene as mutual aid to assist their neighbors. Firefighters were on scene for about two hours operating. The house was completely devoured by the flames, making it a total loss. The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Brookhaven Town Fire Marshal’s Office. - JOHN WALTHERS


Mastic Beach Ambulance EMTs, Alex Duffy and his father Kevin Duffy, at a recent parade in Shirley.


Firefighters conduct an exterior attack at a house fire on Cypress Drive in Shirley.

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One Person Killed in Head-On Crash in North Patchogue North Patchogue, NY - One person was killed and another injured on November 14th when two cars collided head-on at the overpass to Sunrise Highway on County Road 83. JUMP TO FILE# N o r t h 111818101 Patchogue firefighters removed the subject, who was in traumatic arrest, and transported him to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. SCPD 5th squad responded to investigate the accident. A third car was involved, but no one was injured in that car. All cars were impounded for safety checks. - CHRIS SABELLA


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Passerby Pulls Trapped Driver from Burning Car in Ronkonkoma


Franklin Square, NY - The Franklin Square & Munson Fire Department celebrates the marriage of Captain Michael Multari to his wife, Patricia. They were married at St. Catherine's of Sienna Church in Franklin Square on October 7th, 2018.

Ronkonkoma, NY - Just before 6:00 P.M. on November 28th, an SUV crashed through a fence and slammed into tree headon, knocking the driver unconscious and trapping him in the car as it erupted in flames. A passerby driving from his home came upon the crash, grabbed a tire iron, smashed the window and pulled the driver from the burning car to safety on the other side of the roadway. The driver was treated by Lakeland Ambulance Co. while Lakeland firefighters extinguished the fully involved SUV. The driver was reportedly conscious and alert when he was transported to the hospital.


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Electrical panel burning on the side of the house.


Electrical Fire Quickly Knocked by Mastic FD

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Shirley, NY - Around 11:40 A.M. on December 16th, Mastic FD and Mastic EMS were toned out for a structure fire at 66 Floyd Road. Mastic FD Chief Rudy was en route to the call when FireCom radioed him that the electrical panel on the side of the house was on fire. Chief Rudy arrived on scene, found that the electrical service box

JUMP TO FILE #121618104 was on fire, and requested the power company on a rush. After sizing up the amount of fire, the Chief upgraded the call to a working fire and requested Brookhaven FD to respond as the RIT, Ridge FD

for an engine, and Manorville to standby Mastic FD's main house. Firefighters worked to stop the fire from spreading any further and after 20 minutes, the incident was placed under control. There were no reported injuries at the time of the fire. - HAROLD JACOBS


Car Versus Pole in Franklin Square

Franklin Square, NY - The Franklin Square & Munson Fire Department responded to a reported auto extrication at Franklin Ave. and 1st Ave. on December 6th. Upon arrival, Chief of Department John Salzman notified dispatch and incoming units that there was negative entrapment, and that a car was rearended which forced it into a utility pole and snapped it in half. The electrical company was requested to the scene to access and repair the damage. Luckily, there were no injuries.

Farmingville and Holtsville Respond to Four-Car MVA

Farmingville, NY - On Friday night, November 16th at 5:00 P.M., two cars collided head-on at Portion and College Roads in Farmingville. The force of the collision sent one car up a hill and into the parking lot of a fitness center, hitting other cars that were parked. A chief from Holtsville came upon the accident, which was right on the boarder of Holtsville and Farmingville departments, and activated both departments to respond. Working together, crews were able to free the injured and transport them to the hospital. Three people were transported in total, including a child. All fluids were contained and the scene was cleared shortly after.

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Firefighters operate at the scene of a crash in Mastic Beach, where a suspected drunk driver hit a pedestrian and utility pole.


Suspected Drunk Driver Hits Pedestrian and Severs Utility Pole in Mastic Beach SABELLA/ON SCENE PHOTOGRAPHY

North Patchogue FD Continues Tribute to Lt. Michael Murphy

North Patchogue, NY - Earlier in the year, the chiefs, officers and members of the North Patchogue Fire Department unveiled their new ladder truck that pays tribute to Lt. Michael Murphy with a photo of him painted on the side. On November 14th, the department continued their tribute to Michael by donating a check of over $6,000 to be used toward the construction of a museum in his name, as well as a scholarship program in his memory.

Mastic Beach, NY - On Friday, December 14th at 11:46 P.M., the Mastic Beach Fire Department and Mastic Beach Ambulance Company were activated for a report of a vehicle crash with overturn at Mastic Road and Wilson Avenue. On arrival, Assistant Chiefs Thomas Montreuil and Fred Loiacono found a single-vehicle crash. The vehicle was not overturned, however it had struck a pedestrian as well as a utility pole. Firefighters

JUMP TO FILE #121618106 secured the vehicle and cleaned up fluids. PSEG was requested to respond to replace the pole, which had been completely severed. The pedestrian was taken by Mastic Beach Ambulance Company to Long Island Community Medical Center for treatment of non-life-threatening

injuries. The scene was then turned over to Suffolk Police who took the driver into custody on charges of DWI and Operating Without a License, according to a police spokesperson. The road was closed until Saturday afternoon while repairs were made to the pole. - JOHN WALTHERS

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Bethpage F.D.'s 1956 American LaFrance 700 Series Floodlight truck at a parade in the 1950's.


Mastic Vol. Ambulance Company members take a photo together during a recent parade.


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Mastic F.D. 5-12-14 set up on the '2' side of the fire building. Mastic Beach Ambulance 20 on scene of a vehicle crash on December 3rd.


West Babylon F.D.'s 2011 International/Marquis ALS ambulance on standby at the Wounded Warrior Run, held in West Babylon on November 10th.



Commercial Structure Fire for Mastic F.D. Shirley, NY - At 11:29 A.M. on November 25th, the Mastic Fire Department and Ambulance Co. were toned out to 71 Surrey Circle for a commercial structure fire. Mastic F.D. Engines 5-12-1, 5-122 and 5-12-3 responded, along with Ladder 5-12-14, Captain 5-12-50, and Chiefs 5-12-30 and 5-12-34. Mastic Ambulance 5-37-19 and 537-81 (V.A.C) unit also responded to the alarm. Chief 5-12-30 had Ladder 512-14 set up on the 2 side for a roof

JUMP TO FILE #112518104 operation, Engine 5-12-1 to handle gas meters, and Engine 5-12-2 staged on Surrey Circle. The Engine 5-12-3 crew assisted Engine 5-12-1, and the driver of Engine 512-3 was on the pump. Mastic Ambulance was checking on patients to make sure that everyone was okay. Mastic F.D. did a gas reading

in the Chinese food restaurant where the source of the fire was located, as well as in the store on the right side of the restaurant. Mastic F.D. Captain Gene Martucci (5-1250) located the oil burner and notified county that it was off. Mastic F.D. was on scene for approximately one hour and 30 minutes. No one was taken to the hospital for any injuries. - CONNOR JACOBS



Car in Selden Slams Head-On into Tree

Selden, NY - On Saturday night, November 17th just before midnight, a car left the roadway on northbound County Road 83 and slammed head-on into a tree just after the monument. The driver was rushed by ambulance to a nearby trauma center for treatment.


The Yaphank Fire Department recently took delivery of this new F-150 truck for their 2nd assistant chief, designated as 5-30-32.

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LONG ISLAND 2018 Joseph P. DiBernardo Memorial Training Seminar a Success Yaphank, NY - On the weekend of November 3rd and 4th, the Lt. Joseph P. Dibernardo foundation held the annual Joey D seminar on Long Island. The seminar is designed to offer world class JUMP TO FILE# training to help 111318114 those firefighters that participate really hone their skills to protect the communities they serve better. Training and safety are part of the foundation's core missions. The seminar is split into two days, a hands-on training day and a classroom seminar day. This year's hands-on training was held on Saturday, November 3rd at the Suffolk County Fire Academy. The hands-on training brought out departments from all across the country to learn from some of the top instructors in NY. Some of the training events this year included a basic vehicle extrication, a bus accident involving a bus on top of a car (Advanced Vehicle Extrication), live fire trainings, a flashover simulator, and much more. Firefighters from as far away as Honolulu Hawaii came out to participate in this training. Equipment for traveling deparments was made available through partnerships that the foundation secured for the seminar. The second day of the seminar was classroom training, held at a local school in Stony Brook. Retired FDNY Battallion chief John Salka spoke about RIT teams and what can go wrong in an RIT team operation if not properly prepared. There was also a leadership training session presented by two visiting chiefs. The third class held on Sunday was 'Engine Operations in the Modern Environment', which was meant to teach appropriate engine company operations to help keep everyone safe. - JOHN WALTHERS

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Firefighters conduct live fire training

Members from Honolulu Hawaii were the furthest traveling F.D. to attend the seminar. JOHN WALTHERS - SUFFOLK FIRE PHOTOS


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Yaphank Firefighters march down Main St. during their annual Veterans Day parade.

Yaphank F.D. Veterans Day Parade & Services Honor 100th Anniversary of WWI's End JOHN WALTHERS - SUFFOLK FIRE PHOTOS

Brookhaven Firefighter Brendan walked around HQ sporting candy canes on his ears after their department tree lighting event.

Yaphank, NY - In November, the Yaphank Fire Department held their annual Veterans Day parade, honoring the men and women who have served in the military, both past and present. This year’s parade was extra special, as it was the 100th anniversary of the end of World War 1 (Armistice Day). In honor of this, the parade route was modified to begin at the Yaphank Firehouse on Main Street, where members of the Yaphank and Brookhaven Fire Departments marched with local community

JUMP TO FILE #111818104 and veterans’ groups over to the Yaphank Cemetery. Once at the cemetery, the department members and marchers were joined by community members for a ceremony at the memorial stone for Private First Class Henry James Jones, a Yaphank native that was killed during the final push of WWI. The service included the hanging of three wreaths at the location, as well has

placing numerous flags at the monument of Private First Class Jones. The ceremony, which ended with the playing of taps and lowering the flag, was heavily attended by fire department members and politicians, including Congressman Lee Zeldin of the 1st Congressional District for NY, who he himself served in the US Army. - JOHN WALTHERS


Quick Door Pop Frees Injured Driver in Mastic Beach Mastic Beach, NY - Early on the afternoon of November 28th, a two-car crash injured two people, trapping one of the drivers in their SUV. Mastic Beach firefighters made very quick work of the driver's door, freeing them for transport. The driver of the other vehicle involved was stabilized at the scene and then transported by ambulance to a local trauma center for their injuries.


Numerous flags were placed at the monument of Private First Class Jones.

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FDNY Staten Island Squad 8 Starts First Official Day Tour Staten Island, NY - Squad Company 8, Staten Island's newest Squad Company in New York City, started their first tour of duty at 9:00 A.M. on December 10th. Staten Island Borough Commander Richard Howe was on hand, as well as Captain Thomas Gardner and other FDNY Chiefs,

JUMP TO FILE #121018119 offering encouragement and pep talks to the squad members before beginning their first official day. - STEVE WHITE

Captain Thomas Gardner, left, with members of his Squad company.

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FDNY chiefs addressing the Squad members.



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Richmond Engine Company 1, based in Staten Island, gave Santa a ride to a New Springville neighborhood on December 1st, where neighbors got to pose with him and the engine company.

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