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On May 22, 2013 at approximately 2:30 p.m., Cronomer Valley Fire Department along with Town of Newburgh Emergency Medical Services and Mobile Life Support Services arrived to find a two car accident with one car upright after possibly rolling two times.

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Training for young firefighter Jordan, NY - Andrew Rothenburg, a fairly new member of the Jordan Fire Department, recently learned how a clapperedSiamese appliance is used to connect an LDH supply line to a hydrant by the first arriving engine company.

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Two car accident with airlift Two cars collided in front of 293 North Plank Road, just feet from the Cronomer Valley fire house in the Town of Newburgh. On May 22, 2013 at approximately 2:30 p.m., Cronomer Valley Fire Department along with Town of Newburgh Emergency Medical Services and Mobile Life Support Services arrived to find a two car accident with one car upright after possibly rolling two

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times. Air bags were deployed and patients had serious injuries. Stat Flight from Westchester Medical Center was immediately summoned and en route. Winona Lake Engine Company was alerted to stand by at the landing zone at Cronomer Valley's fire

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One dead, one injured after tree falls on car in East Rochester One man is dead and another man is in the hospital after a tree fell onto a car in East Rochester Sunday afternoon, June 2, 2013 Police are blaming it on a freak accident. Officials say it happened around 2:30 p.m. on Main Street, near West Hickory Street in the village. They say the victims were in a car, driving through the area. The tree that fell is very large, reaching all the way over to the other side of the street. The tree knocked down several power lines. Police say a silver sedan was

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traveling down Main Street when the tree came crashing down on the front side of the car. Two people were inside at the time, both men in their 20's. Officials say it took firefighters about 20 minutes to pull the driver of that vehicle from the wreck. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene and the passenger was taken to Strong Memorial Hospital. - GUY ZAMPATORI JR.

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Five displaced in Plattekill blaze Boght holds Memorial Day service Plattekill, NY. On May 15, 2013 at a little after 2 p.m., Plattekill Fire Department was alerted to a structure fire at 50 Prospect Hill Road. On the scene already was neighbor, Newburgh Fire Chief Mike Vatter, who noticed the smoke coming from the property. He quickly alerted Ulster County 911 officials. Plattekill arrived to 25 foot flames on the A, B, C corners and through the roof of the ranch style home. They responded to this mid-

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day fire with 33 members, making for "a hard fast and hot push to knock down the fire in 19 minutes," according to Plattekill Chief Chris Mancuso. The second alarm fire brought firefighters from Plattekill, Cronomer Valley, Clintondale, Modena, Orange Lake and Coldenham for their FAST team. Standing by at Station 1 and handling a med-

ical call were Marlboro and Orange Lake. The fire was quickly brought under control by the crews at the scene. According to Chief Mancuso, "In less than 24 hours, Plattekill Fire Department responded to ten alarms, three of which were structure fires. The third fire on Prospect Hill was a testament to how we all work together on the drop of a hat and stop the progression of a fire to the remainder of the residence." - HEATHER PILLSWORTH

(Colonie, NY)-- The Boght Community Fire District held its annual Memorial Day service on Monday May 27th. The service featured speeches by Colonie Town Supervisor Paula Mahan and State Assemblyman Dan Stec. It also featured presentation of wreaths by the Fire Company, the Fire District, the Auxiliary, Cub Scout pack 277 and Boy Scout

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troop 277. It marked the final time the service would be held at the current firehouse, which was built in 1965. The department is moving into a new firehouse this fall. - MIKE CAREY


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Car off the road with injuries On May 30th at approximately 10:00 a.m., Cronomer Valley Fire Department and Town of Newburgh Emergency Medical Services were alerted to a motor vehicle accident. They arrived to find a vehicle off the road with one person trapped within the vehicle. The patient was removed from the vehicle and transported to a local hospital with what appeared to be non-life threatening injuries.

One car crash in Chili Chili, NY - The Clifton and Chili Fire Departments were dispatched to a report of a MVA on Chili Riga Center Road just after 10 p.m. Sunday night, May 19th. Multiple additional calls reported a person trapped and the car in Black Creek. Arriving units found a single vehicle crash and one occupant trapped and unresponsive roadside. The critical patient was rapidly extricated and treated and transported by Chili EMS and Gates paramedics to Strong Memorial Hospital. The Monroe County Sheriff's Office was conducting an investigation that closed the road for over two hours.


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Loch Sheldrak heavy rescue On March rd, the Loch Sheldrake Fire Department and two Mobilemedic ALS units were dispatched to a head on motor vehicle accident with serious entrapment on Dryer Rd. Sullivan 911 initially stated that there was a five month old trapped, but the five month old baby was not the trapped victim. Instead there was an 80 year old male seriously trapped in his truck. The first ALS unit assessed the trapped victim. The second ALS took over patient care of the mother and baby in the mini van. They eventually refused medical care. The paramedic treating the trapped victim requested a helicopter. Loch Sheldrake called for Hurleyville to set up a landing zone. Hackensack Medical Center Air 1 soonlanded. Due to the extreme damage from the violent collision, the driver side engine compartment

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went through the firewall and pinned the driver’s legs. The patient initially appeared fine, but during extrication the patient complained of shortness of breath. Extrication took over 60 minutes and the Hackensack flight crew was brought down to the scene to assist. It was determined that the patient’s sternum was broken and multiple ribs had become detached. The patient was loaded into the helicopter, and was airlifted to Westchester County Medical Center by Hackensack One. The patient survived his near fatal injuries and was later sent to a local rehabilitation center. - ROB CARNELL

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Tractor trailer overturns and snarls morning traffic Town of Newburgh, NY. Morning rush hour traffic was snarled for hours in the Town of Newburgh after a tractor trailer overturned on Route 17K on May 14, 2013. Juan Buruca of Elizabeth, NJ lost control and overturned the tractor trailer he was driving, which was hauling lumber. Alerted to the scene were Colden-

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ham Fire Department, Orange Lake Fire Department, Town of Newburgh Emergency Medical Services and Town of Newburgh Police. Mr. Buruca was quickly extricated and transported to a local

hospital with what appeared to be non-life threatening injuries. All hazards were stabilized and the tractor trailer was uprighted by a local towing company. Unfortunately, traffic on Route 17K, a main thoroughfare in the area, was snarled for hours. - BOB ROOT

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No injuries reported in Buffalo Buffalo firefighters of the 7th Battalion 4th Platoon were called out again to battle a blaze in a two and a half frame dwelling at 336 Crestwood Ave. in North Buffalo. Firefighters used several one and three quarter inch hand lines and 45' of ladders to bring the fire under control. No injuries were reported and damage was listed at $100,000. The fire started on a second floor porch and spread to the second floor and attic.

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One victim transported Buffalo firefighters responded to a MVA at 97 19th St. on Buffalo's West Side on May 20, 2013. A vehicle hit a car in a driveway and pushed that car into the porch causing minor damage. Engine Co. 37, Ladder Co. 4 and the 4th Battalion Chief responded. One victim was transported to the hospital.


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Vista members and guests support worthwhile cause Vista, NY. On May 27, 2013, Memorial Day, Vista Fire Department members and guests came together to donate $1,207.00 to the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP), which serves veterans

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and service members who incurred a physical or mental injury, illness, or wound, co-incident to their military service on or after September 11, 2001 and their families. Each year, the Vista Fire Department has a Memorial Day barbeque after they attend the Town of Lewisboro Memorial Day ceremonies for its members, families, veterans, active service members and guests to honor our men and women who have served our country and to express our appreciation for our members of the fire department. “The past three years those who attended the barbecue also came together to support military veterans through the Wounded Warrior Project through their personal donations. The compassion and practical support of veterans channeled through the WWP is something we are proud to be part of.” Dan Cruz – US Army Reserve Sergeant, Captain of the Vista Fire Department and event organizer. - ADAM OCHS

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Washingtonville tackles structure fire "Washingtonville, NY". At a little after 10 a.m. on Friday, May 24th, Washingtonville firefighters were alerted to a fire in a residential structure at 120 Helms Hill Road. Assistant Chief Gary Hearn arrived to find fire and smoke pushing from the second floor and attic of a two story dwelling. A tanker relay was set up due to the lack of hydrants in the area. Ladder operations were extensive, but due to overhead wires and the proximity of the structure to the road, aerials were not in operation. Crews spent some time venting the roof and extinguishing the attic fires.

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A fill site was set up off Route 208 by Chester Fire Department and tanker shuttles were brought to Mountain Lodge Road at the bottom of Helms Hill Road for crews. Crews were able to break down the flames quickly and continued for quite some time to extinguish all remaining fire. The scene was under control and firefighters started breaking down a little over an hour after operations began. Overhaul continued for quite some time after that. Assisting Washingtonville fire-

fighters at the scene were Salisbury Mills, Campbell Hall, South Blooming Grove, Maybrook and Monroe. Also on the scene were Blooming Grove paramedics. A Mountain Lodge firefighter sustained a minor hand injury. He was treated at the scene. On standby for coverage at Washingtonville's station were Cornwall and Coldenham Fire Departments. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation. - HEATHER PILLSWORTH

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Hundreds take the “Hero Rush” (Ballston Spa, NY)-- Hundreds of firefighters and non-firefighters turned out Saturday May 18th for the New York East edition of the Hero Rush. The event was held at Ellms Family Farm in Ballston Spa, and is designed to give participants a taste of what it's like to be a firefighter. "It's a new take on popular adventure races and mud runs," said Dave J. Iannone, co-Founder of Hero Rush. The 4.38 mile course

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Cobleskill honored with public education award The New York State Association of Fire Chiefs (NYSAFC) is pleased to announce that the Cobleskill Fire Department has been named the 2013 recipient of the “James W. Wright Public Fire Safety Education Award.” The award was presented during the opening ceremony of the 40th Annual Public Fire Safety Educators’ Conference on May 4, 2013,

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at the New York State Academy of Fire Science in Montour Falls. Cobleskill Fire Chief Richard Cooper nominated the department for the award, which NYSAFC has presented since 1995 in recognition of an individual or department for outstanding effort in delivering fire and life safety public education programs. Cobleskill President/Fire Prevention Coordinator Bill Johnson, Firefighter Daniel Johnson, and Chaplain John Copland accepted the award on behalf of the department. They were present throughout the Public Fire Safety Educators’ Conference to speak with fellow attendees about the unique aspects of Cobleskill’s program. This conference provides an opportunity for emergency services public safety educators from around the Northeast and Canada to share ideas about fire department “pub ed” program delivery and funding endeavors. Under the leadership of William Johnson, Cobleskill revamped its “Fire Prevention Awareness Program” in 2009 and has seen great success in reaching the community. The program parallels the NFPA annual theme and is targeted toward the entire community, including children and toddlers, college students, adults, seniors, and disabled citizens. The Cobleskill business community actively supports the program through monetary or material donations to offset funding, as well as feedback. The department hosts a popular “Fire Prevention and Awareness Open House” during annual Fire Prevention Week in October that includes hands-on activities for citizens, as well as yearlong public outreach efforts throughout the community. NYSAFC salutes the members of the Cobleskill Fire Department for

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Accident on wet roads Town of Newburgh, NY - On the afternoon of May 25, a two car accident occurred on Route 9W. Middlehope Fire Department and Town of Newburgh Emergency Services responded to the scene. Road were a little wet at the time of the accident, but the actual cause is under investigation by the Town of Newburgh Police.

Latham, NY. A Fire Thursday May 16th destroyed two businesses in Latham. The fire broke out at the Handy Andy Convenience store on Watervliet-Shaker Road and spread to the Vintage Pizzeria, which shared the same building. When the first crews arrived they were met with heavy JUMP TO FILE # 051713102 smoke and fire. A portion of the roof in the rear of the structure had already collapsed, making access to the fire difficult. Crews also had to wait for National Grid to shut off electricity before they could attack the fire. According to witnesses, roofers were installing a rubberized roof and suddenly ran to alert those inside the building. The witnesses reported that the roofers tried unsuccessfully to control the fire with extinguishers before calling 911. Latham was joined at the scene by Boght, Maplewood, Verdoy, Fuller Road, Shaker RoadLoudonville and West Albany. Crews had such a difficult time gaining access to the fire, they were forced to cut down two small trees on the side of the building, then brought in a bucket loader to break part of the roof and the side wall. Everyone inside the two busi-

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Fire hits abandoned warehouse in Colonie Colonie, NY. Authorities spent part of Mother's Day Sunday, May 12th battling a fire at an abandoned warehouse in Colonie. The fire broke out on the second floor of a building at the former AlTech Steel complex on Spring Street. When the first crews arrived, they were met with heavy smoke and fire. A second alarm brought companies from Schuyler Heights, Maple-

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wood, Boght, Latham and Menands to the scene. Several other companies were on stand-by. Firefighters had difficulty accessing the building due to overgrown brush blocking the entrances. Water issues also hampered efforts, but crews were able to contain the

fire to five large rooms on the building's second floor. No injuries were reported and a cause remains under investigation. The complex is classified as a Class 2 inactive hazardous waste site and has been closed since 2002. The Environmental Protection Agency has planned to demolish buildings at the site in 2015.

Borderline MVA for NJ and NY Pearl River (NY) and Montvale (NJ) Emergency Services were simultaneously dispatched to an MVA rollover with entrapment on Route 304 (Kinderkamak Road) in the vicinity of the NY/NJ border. One party was transported to a local area hospital with minor injuries. Route 304 was closed for about 45 minutes during the incident. On scene units included Pearl River and Montvale Fire Departments, Pearl River Ambulance, Triboro Ambulance, Medic 21, HMC paramedics as well as Montvale and Orangetown Police. The incident occurred just south of the borderline on Kinderkamack Road.

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Three Buffalo firefighters injured at fire Buffalo firefighters of the 7th Battalion 4th Platoon were called out to battle a structure fire in a two and a half story frame dwelling at 72 Victoria Ave. in the City's Central Park section. Firefighters used two-two and a half and three-one and three quarter inch hand lines to bring the blaze under control. The fire that was started by a roofers torch sent three Buffalo firefighters to the hospital with injuries. Damage was listed at $60,000 to the building and $30,000 to the contents.


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Saxony hotel goes up in flames On April 22nd at 2:45 a.m., Rouses Point Fire Department was dispatched for a fire at the Saxony Hotel in the village. Assistant Chief Walt Laramie took command. On arrival, heavy fire was showing from the top of the equipment lift/stairwell shaft, a four story approximately 23 x 13 addition to the SW corner of the building. Three occupants were observed passing by the fourth floor window of the shaft. Before the first apparatus was in position, the three occupants were located at a car parked near the ground floor entrance to the shaft. They were identified as the owner/occupant Marc Chapman, his wife and his step-daughter. They assured 300-1 that they were the sole occupants of the building. Mr. Chapman later related that the family was woken by the stepdaughter, who was awakened by the sirens of the first approaching fire truck. At the height of the fire, there were 15 departments on the scene. The fact that most doors from the shaft to the main building were closed significantly reduced fire spread from the shaft to the second floor (none observed) and third floor (slight extension). Once fire spread to the main attic, master streams were directed through burned holes in the attic side wall as well as through fourth floor windows. This continued until a significant amount of roof was burned off. Interior operations were confined to over-

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Fully involved fire in Chili

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Porch fire Buffalo firefighters of the 3rd Battalion 2nd Platoon were called out about an hour after the structure fire at 18 Moselle St. The fire was on the front porch. The house next door was also part of an attempted arson.

Chili, NY. The Chili Fire Department received multiple calls for a house fire at 3 a.m. on Hubbard Drive with additional reports of a a woman jumping from a window followed. The Monroe County Sheriff's Of- JUMP TO FILE # fice reported the 052613101 house fully involved. Churchville Fire Department was dispatched as well as several EMS units from Chili, Gates and Monroe. The battalion and deputy chief sconfirmed a fully involved one and a half story with flames with a live wire sparking on the lawn. Command ordered an exterior attack after all occupants were accounted for. Live ammunition and fireworks were ignited with explosions. The gas line at the meter failed causing an another hazard. One firefighter suffered a minor leg injury and two civilians sustained minor injuries requiring transport by EMS. Companies from Spencerport, Clifton and Gates provided fill-ins. The Monroe County Fire Bureau is investigating the cause of the fire that resulted in a total loss of the structure and it's contents. Firefighters did prevent the spread of the fire to neighboring homes.

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Automatic alarm with smoke Buffalo firefighters of the 4th Battalion 1st Platoon were called out to 79 Richmond Ave. on Buffalo's West Side on May 24, 2013. An automatic fire alarm came in for the large wood frame church. First arriving units reported light smoke in the church and requested the balance of a full box. Twoone and three quarter inch hand lines were laid in and a tower ladder was set up. Ladder Co. 6 "Super 6" made cuts at the peak and smoke came from the roof. A short time later, the smoke cleared and the source was attributed to a belt on a furnace. Companies were at the scene for about an hour.

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Truck fire with exposure in Richmond Richmond, NY - On May 14th, at approximately 4:30 p.m., Richmond Fire/EMS responded to a report of a vehicle fire with an exposure problem at 4763 Barnard Road. Fire units found a truck within a few feet of a mobile home fully involved. Additional mutual aid was requested from Bristol, Hemlock and Livonia Fire Departments. The truck fire was quickly extinguished with the exterior of the mobile sustaining damage. There were no injuries reported. The cause of the blaze was under investigation by the Ontario County Office of Emergency Management and the Ontario County Sheriff's Office.


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The roof was gone and it was a battle to try to stop the spread of the blaze

City of Lockport battles Mother’s Day house fire The City of Lockport responded to an early morning report of a house fire at 38 Erie Street in the City of Lockport. Firefighters quickly entered the house and started battling the blaze on the first floor working to the second floor. A fire official said they were making progress when the fire rolled over their heads. The fire had made it all the way to the attic and flashed across the roof line. Firefighters laddered the house and made attacks from the sides, rear, and front trying to control the quick moving blaze. Chief Strickwaldt gave the order with the signal to evacuate.

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The blaze was quickly eating the house and threatening other homes, so a second alarm was given bringing in off duty Lockport firefighters. Captain Lou Farina and Firefighter Matt Devine attacked the fire on the ground and then went up the ladder to hit the fire on the second floor. Fire ripped above the heads of the fire crews on the roof line at the front and rear of the house. Off duty firefighters arrived on

scene giving a much needed rest to the duty attack teams. Most of the house was a total loss as a major portion of the roof collapsed. Lockport Police had the area under control keeping the public back and shutting down road traffic. Deck guns from the trucks kept a steady stream on the house and a large number of fire personnel were on scene and armed with hand lines. The firefighters were able to get the upper hand on the fire and knock it back.

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Second alarm for Buffalo Buffalo firefighters of the 3rd Battalion 1st Platoon were called out to battle a two alarm fire at 220 Niagara St. in downtown Buffalo on May 11th. A passing ambulance crew noticed smoke coming from a window in the three story apartment building. Division Chief Patrick Brittzalaro requested a second alarm to bring extra equipment and manpower to the scene. Many residents were forced to flee the smoke and had to contend with the cold morning air. Firefighters used two-one and three quarter inch and one-two and a half inch hand lines to bring the fire under control. Damage was listed at $25,000 to the building and $10,000 to the contents. No injuries were reported and the cause of the fire is under investigation. The occupants of the burning apartment were out of town at the time of the fire.

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A mission statement defines the organization's purpose and primary objectives. Its prime function is internal, to define the key measure or measures of the organization's success, this is the objective that all of the organization’s leadership must always be reaching for. Your mission statement expresses your ideas, measures and desired result. Sample mission statements might be: “It will be our mission to save lives and protect property through our dedication and commitment to our community” or “The corps is a not-for-profit organization incorporated under the laws of the State of [state] for the primary purpose of providing emergency medical transport with basic life support in the [area of service]” or “The purposes for which this corporation has been organized are as follows: to develop, establish, own, equip, operate and maintain volunteer ambulance and rescue services for the people of the [area of service], together with surrounding areas” Vision statements also define the organizations purpose, but this time they do so in terms of the organization's values rather than bottom line measures (values are guiding beliefs about how things should be done.) The vision statement communicates both the purpose and values of the organization. For members, it gives direction about how they are expected to behave and inspires them to give their best. The vision statement should complement the mission statement and not be in conflict with it. “The Board of Directors shall be the governing and chief policymaking body for the agency and shall enforce the By-laws, Policy

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Firefighters refresh on hazards of anhydrous ammonia Jordan, N.Y. Firefighters from the Jordan, Elbridge and Memphis Fire Departments, and EMS personnel attached to the Jordan Ambulance, gathered at a local anhydrous ammonia distribution site, for a refresher on the characteristics and hazards associated with this material. Grady Wheeler, proprietor of Wheeler’s Farm and Home Store, made the presentation. His firm supplies anhydrous ammonia to many local farms. Wheeler is a former firefighter with the Jordan. Wheeler explained that anhydrous ammonia (NH3) is a colorless gas, at normal ambient temperatures, when not under pressure. It has a very pungent odor with a concentration as low as five parts per million. Contact can cause severe burns. The gas combines readily with moisture and can cause suffocation through swelling of the throat. The chemical is stored and transported as a liquid, under pressure. Normally this pressure will be between 100 and 200 psi when the temperature outside the container is 60 to 100 degrees. Anhydrous ammonia is delivered to Wheeler’s site by over-theroad trucks originating in Pennsylvania and Canada. It is then transferred to two-ton trailers, on an as-needed basis. These trailers are dispersed at the site to prevent a large-scale release of gas, should there be a collision in the yard. Farmers tow these two-ton units, over local roads, to area farms. It is then injected into plowed fields for fertilizer. Problems can occur during transfer of the liquid, during transport, if a vessel is involved in an accident, and in the field if the tanker is accidentally separated from the injecting unit, prior to properly disconnecting the supply hose. As the gas is colorless, Wheeler expressed the importance of responding to any reported incident

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Fire in Buffalo severely damages structure

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Buffalo, N.Y. Firefighters of the 3rd Battalion 1st Platoon were called out to battle a structure fire in a two and a half frame dwelling at 180 Stanton St. on Buffalo's East Side on May 26th. Firefighters used multiple two and a half inch hand lines, a tower ladder and a ladder pipe to bring the

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Orange County Fire Police Association holds elections The Orange County Volunteer Association held its annual meeting on May 8, 2013 at the Walden Fire House. Ronald Zodda (Chester F.D.) was JUMP TO FILE # reelected President. 052313103 All the other officers were also reelected, Wayne Miele (Mechanicstown F.D.), 1st Vice President, and Charlie Haynes (Campbell Hall F.D.), 2nd Vice President. Also reelected was George Treutle, (Montgomery F.D.) Secretary, Bob Bennett (Middletown F.D.), Treasurer, Vince Rutkowski (Florida F.D.), Financial Secretary, Kevin Babcock (Middletown F.D.), was reappointed Sergeant at Arms, and Rich Mills (Mechenicstown F.D.) was reappointed Chaplin. All committee appointments remained the same. After the annual meeting, we held a Candle Light Memorial Service for Fire Police who passed away during the 20122013 year. Family members took part in the Ceremony of Candles and Tolling of the Bell. Assemblyman James Skoufis presented the families of the deceased with a citation of appreciation from the State of New York for those who served our community for many years. The following members will be greatly missed: William â&#x20AC;&#x153;Billâ&#x20AC;? Brown, 2012, Robert B. Hicks, 2011, Joseph Nugent, 2012, Mike Pangia, 2012 and Bruce Sutherland, 2012. This June, the Orange County Volunteer Fire Police Association will hold a picnic for all its members at Mechanicstown Station 2.,on Stony Ford Rd. in the town of Wallkill. The picnic will take place on Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at 7 p.m. All fire police are welcome to attend. - RONALD ZODDA

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Laugh your way to the bank with a stand-up comedy fund-raiser

BOB ROOT

Who needs to laugh more than the Fire Companies ---the first responders who deal with dangerous circumstances each and every day? There’s an innovative concept for fund-raising developed by Joey Novick, who is a stand-up comedian and the Fire Commissioner in his hometown: Stand-up comedy shows. Fire companies can get much-needed laughs and profit financially as well. Novick's company, ComedyWorks, provides all-star headline comedians from HBO, Comedy Central, Showtime, Last Comic Standing, and the Tonight Show. Novick’s been producing comedy shows since 1977, and has experience producing shows with such comedians as Jerry Seinfeld, Rosie O’Donnell, Larry The Cable Guy, and Tim Allen. "The comedians were very funny, and very professional," wrote Mark Bruhmuller, Fire Chief of the Churchtown Fire Company of New York. “Joey Novick did an excellent job. Everybody loves to laugh, and it's a great deal of fun." ComedyWorks produces more than 300 shows a year, almost 150 of those for emergency service organizations. The money these shows can

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raise varies, depending on things like the number of tickets sold, how they're priced, the amount spent on promotion and whether food and drink are available. "Mostly companies produce shows in their own facilities, which may hold 300–400 people," says Novick. "We'll put together a show for them that will bring in comedians from major comedy clubs, with a headliner from HBO, Comedy Central, or the Tonight Show. The feature performer will be someone who's headlined the comedy circuit: Catch a Rising Star, the Improv, the Comedy Store. The host of the show will be a comedian who's very high-energy, like a gameshow host, to get the audience warmed up. A triple headliner show!” The Somerset Fire Company of New Jersey produces two fundraisers a year through ComedyWorks. "We've done about ten shows so far, and it's been great," says Mike Rein-

beck, who coordinates the shows for the 65-member volunteer department. "A friend of mine who had used Joey told me, 'This guy books really good acts.' So, we did the first show, everything was great, and we've been doing shows with Joey ever since." "I find their people to be very funny," agrees Adam Hubney, chief of the Atlantic Highlands Volunteer Fire Department in New Jersey, which books comedians through ComedyWorks for its annual dinner. "We have a professional comedy club in our county, and the quality is just as good." Comedy Works provides a 30-page ‘How-To’ guide that assists organizations through the comedy show production and warns of mistakes to avoid. "We make sure they follow everything in the guide," says Novick. "If a company has never done this before, it gives you everything from you need to know. We make sure that things get done right. Clients who follow the guide always do very well and tend to make money.” For information on Comedy Works, call 1 (888) 782-4589, go to www.comedyworks.org or e-mail joeynovick@earthlink.net.

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Buffalo Firefighters of the 7th Battalion 4th Platoon were called out to battle a blaze at 90 E.Amherst St. in Buffalo's Central Park District on May 14th.

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MEMORIAL DAY PHOTOS FROM NY STATE

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Ionia Fire Department contingency from Ontario County

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Air Guard from Stewart Airport

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Mendon firefighters start the parade.

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Members of the Boght Fire Department and ladies auxiliary at the department's annual Memorial Day service

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South Blooming Grove Ladder 589

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Gala celebrates new Fire Prevention Educator of the Year

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Warwick Fire Department members in attendance at the gala to support Quackenbush

Montgomery, NY. On the evening of June 1st, a gala at the Orange County Firefighters Museum celebrated Firefighter Chad Quackenbush of the Excelsior Hose Co. No. 1 from the Warwick Fire Department as the 3rd Annual Orange County Fire Prevention Educator of the Year. The evening began with beverages and light appetizers followed by a prayer and numerous presentations. In Montour Falls, Quackenbush became a certified National Fire and Public Safety Instructor. Using his numerous years of experience and his educational knowledge and with the department's help, he services three elementary schools and 2 Catholic schools for a total of 1637 children with his fire prevention presentations. Additional fire prevention presentations are given to scouts in the area, sen-

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iors and community centers. Presentations were made to Firefighter Quackenbush by Warwick's Chief Joe Smith, Excelsior Hose Company's Frank Fotino and Warwick Valley Central School District Board of Education President David Eaton. Additional certificates and proclamations were presented from Assembywoman Claudia Tenney, Assemblywoman Eileen Gunther, Senator Bill Larkin, Senator John Bonacic and County Executive Ed Diana to name a few. Also in attendance as presenters were 2011 Educator of the Year Lt. Amy Connor of the Good-Will Fire Department and 2012 Educator of the Year Captain Barbara Gasperetti of the Coldenham Fire

Department. A nice laugh from the audience came when it was announced by Lt. Arthur Abbot of the Woodbury Police Department (where Quackenbush is employed) that he recently received his Paranormal Activity Certificate in Gettysburg, PA. Firefighter Quackenbush spoke from his heart when a mom, who was attending one of the local fire prevention activities thanked him personally for making a difference with her family. Her family escaped their home during a porch fire. Very calmly, their young daughter said that they had to "gather at their meeting place and await the fire department." The mom praised Quackenbush for teaching her daughter how to be calm and to do the right thing. - HEATHER PILLSWORTH

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VENDOR SPOTLIGHT The Firefighter Cancer Foundation (FFCF) and Tempest Technology Corporation Join Forces The Firefighter Cancer Foundation (FFCF) and Tempest Technology Corporation originally discovered they had a very similar mission during a recent FDIC Conference: Eliminating cancer rates among fire fighters. Since 1987, Tempest Technology Corporation has been a leader in the development of innovative ventilation tools for fire fighting and industrial work environments. Tempest started out producing inflator fans for hot air balloonists and now manufactures a wide variety of ventilation tools used by fire fighters around the world, making hazardous environments safer. The technique of Positive Pressure Ventilation (PPV) utilizes high output fans to clear burning buildings of heat, smoke and CANCER causing, air-borne toxins and introduce clean fresh air. PPV is commonly used during post-

knockdown, when fire fighters tend to remove their SCBA’s to conduct the final overhaul, exposing themselves to a deadly array of airborne chemicals and toxins still present after the fire is out. Tempest is now the leading manufacturer of the fans/blowers that fire fighters use to implement PPV. Tempest hopes their partnership with FFCF will raise awareness in the fire service community that their PPV fans drastically reduce exposure to cancer. Tempest President, Johan Gidstedt, said, “Our partnership is about teaming up and Blowing Cancer Away, pun intended.” In addition, Tempest is donating $30,000 to FFCF, so they can continue to provide international outreach, support, and resource assistance programs for fire fighters and family members that are stricken by cancer.

First Priority Awarded $427,000 Federal Contract First Priority Emergency Vehicles, one of America's fastest growing emergency vehicle manufacturers and distributors, has been awarded a $427,000 contract for 28 specially equipped Chevrolet Tahoe specialty response vehicles for use by the Postal Inspector's Service. The units serve a critical homeland support function, and are used regionally to respond to Hazardous/dangerous mail events. Ken Rudnicky, First Priority's Production Manager noted, "This is our largest conversion unit order to date, and we are pleased it comes at a time of expansion in our Flanders facility, where the project will be completed. This was a very competitive bidding process, and we are honored the Postal Service recognized the quality and value that is long known as the hallmark's of First Priority's conversion brand.

“These units will incorporate our cutting edge electrical systems, as well as functional and durable cabinet systems designed to safely carry a wide variety of sophisticated monitoring and detection equipment used by this specialized Postal Service unit. We are proud to support this mission, so critical in today's riskenriched environment". These highly specialized units will be deployed nationally. First Priority anticipates deliveries to begin in late second quarter of 2013, with the project completed in July. For additional information on these units or any of our extensive line of specialized response units, visit us on the web at www.emergencyvehiclecenter.com.

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This video is 60 minutes long and spans a time frame between January and August or 2009. There are seven incidents. One is a seventh alarm, one a fifth, three are second alarms and two are all hands. There is no narration other than what you may pickup from radio traffic. There incidents listed on the back of the DVD jacket and at the beginning of each when it starts. The size up is given on the jacket, not on the screen. The first is a seventh alarm in a large, four-story apartment house with a lot of smoke hanging and issuing from different sides of the structure. It is of ordinary construction and although for several minutes does not show much on the outside, I overheard a status report that there was heavy fire in the middle of the building. Evidence of this was brought out later when heavy fire shows at the top floor. A ladderpipe is put into operation in the beginning and heavy streams are taken to the roofs of exposures to play water on the fire building. Other heavy streams are operated from street level. The next fire is an all hands

involving a two story plumbing and heating store which appears to have dwellings above. This scene is mostly a smoke condition. Next is a fifth alarm involving the top floor of a factory that manufactured lawn and outdoor furniture. Heavy streams operate at the fire which is “goin good!” All hands were required to fight the next fire which is in the rear garage of a private dwelling, caused by a leaky gasoline tank on a motorcycle, the vapors of which came in contact with a water heater pilot light. The fire is through the roof of the garage. Roofmen use pike poles. Fire streams at the rear can be seen shooting above the structure. A second alarm was transmitted for the next fire which was in a dollar store with a Rite Aid pharmacy attached. It started in the basement. A Snorkel stream operates with the bucket at street level. It is noted that in 1976, four firefighters lost their lives at the same location when it was a restaurant. The next two fires are second alarms, one being an old mansion that was struck by lightning requiring heavy stream operations and the other was a basement fire in a mini supermarket started by a perpetrator after he barricaded himself to allude police. His body was recovered the next day. This DVD is the usual great coverage afforded by Fireline Videos!

Nesquehoning, PA. Kovatch Mobile Equipment Corp. (KME) announced that it has entered into a Joint Venture in Dalian, China. The Joint Venture Company (JV) completed the formal introduction of the KME brand to the Chinese market last week at the opening of China Fire Expo 2013. KME will supply the JV with both complete vehicles and partially-assembled kits, all of which will be built in our Nesquehoning facility. The JV is finalizing construction of the assembly facility in the new Dalian Economic Development Production Base located in the northeastern province of Liaoning, where the JV will finalize the assembly of KME fire apparatus and specialty vehicles designed specifically for the Chinese market. KME received an initial order of 80 completed pumpers and tankers to be built at its PA headquarters for the Chinese fire market. The Joint Venture includes KME, First Priority Emergency Vehicles (Manchester, NJ) and Brilliance (Huachen) Auto Group, one of China’s most-respected automotive brands. Brilliance manufactures in excess of 600,000 vehicles per year, distributed across China through 3,500 sales and service locations, and is widely known for its highly successful BMW Joint Venture. First Priority is one of America’s leading exporters of emergency vehicles, having most recently been recognized by the US Department of Commerce with the prestigious President’s E Award for excellence in promoting US exports.

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“Last week’s product launching is confirmation of our investment in the future, and a significant opportunity for our company and its employees. This facility will be the first ever China-based manufacturing facility for the Kovatch Organization,” said John J. Kovatch, III, President and Chief Executive Officer.The JV will initially market apparatus manufactured at KME’s headquarters in the US; and ultimately, those assembled at its Dalian facility. “This combination of local assembly and US-manufactured product will give KME a distinct strategic advantage in the competitive Chinese landscape. KME product assembled at the Dalian facility will be strictly targeted for the China and Asian markets and complement KME’s North American manufacturing facilities, which build products for the rest of the world.” Kovatch said. The announcement is a critical step in KME’s strategic business objective to expand to meet the demands of a global economy and a strong commitment to the China marketplace. Kovatch commented, “For a market of this magnitude, and with Brilliance’s commitment to the Joint Venture, we believe the combination of a premier product imported from the US, coupled with the joint-venture manufacturing capability, is the best way to bring KME’s premier products to market in this time of great emphasis on public safety

initiatives in China”. “KME is committed to remaining an independent, closelyheld business; however, strategic joint ventures allow KME to successfully expand into global markets.” said Richard Reaman, Vice President and CFO. “The joint venture structure allows KME to align with key strategic partners who understand the local market needs, and leverage KME’s design and technology into those new markets.” The JV operations will be based in a new state-of-the art 325,000 square foot manufacturing facility in Dalian dedicated to the fire apparatus JV. When complete, Brilliance Specialty Vehicle’s Dalian manufacturing hub will include more than 20 joint venture projects, annually manufacturing in excess of 100,000 specialty vehicles of a wide variety of styles and applications. In closing, Reaman commented “This model Sino-American joint venture serves a unique role: placing cutting-edge fire apparatus in the hands of China’s proud firefighters, while supporting our economy in America with new jobs created in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. We are honored Brilliance has chosen to partner with us and First Priority in this landmark endeavor.” KME has supplied products and service support all over the world since 1977. Moving forward, KME looks to expand with additional capabilities focused on the sale, service and support of KME’s products in these new overseas markets.

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Vehicle strikes guard rail Buffalo Firefighters of the 7th Battalion 1st Platoon were called out for a MVA at the Rt. 198 at the Delaware Ave. Exit. A vehicle struck the guard rail at the tennis court. The driver was transported to the hospital. Rescue Co.1 had to remove the support posts of the guard rail which impaled the vehicle from the undercarriage. Ladder Co.13, Engine Co.36 and the 7th Battalion Chief also were dispatched.

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patient. The accident occurred when the female occupant was reportedly turning onto Rock Hill Drive and did not see the pickup truck coming. The truck t-boned the patients vehicle on the drivers side. The driver of the pick up denied any injuries and signed a refusal at the scene. The female patient, who was trapped in the car, is also five months

pregnant. She was treated by EMT's from Rock Hill EMS and paramedics from Mobilemedic. The patient was transported by ground to Orange Regional Medical Center, in Middletown. She suffered head, neck and back injuries. No other injuries were reported and patient condition was unknown. The accident is under investigation by the Sullivan County Sheriff Department. - ROB CARNELL

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Monticello entrapment On March 20. 2013 at approximately 11:00 p.m., the Sullivan 911 Center received multiple calls for a rollover MVA on Heiden Rd. Initially, there were reports of multiple patients trapped, causing Sullivan County Battalion and EMS coordinators to be notified. Upon arrival of Monticello's heavy rescue, it was determined that there was only patient who was significantly trapped in the car. Monticello Fire Chief Marc Friedland established incident command. It appears that the driver was driving on Heiden Road going toward Rock Hill, when he went around a turn and struck black ice, causing the vehicle to strike an earthen embankment head on. The vehicle then flipped onto the driver side and struck a utility pole, causing the roof of the SUV to cave in on the patient. The vehicle then landed on all four wheels. Monticello command ordered his company to work quickly and carefully attempt to lift the roof off the patient. Firefighters used spreaders and the Hurst tool to cut

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the A and B post of the vehicle. Extrication took approximately 45 minutes due to the patient location. During extrication paramedics requested a launch of STAT Flight Air 2. Fallsburg was requested for the landing zone at Kiamesha Lanes Bowling Alley on Route 42. Meanwhile, a second Mobilemedic Unit was sent to the scene. The patient was moved to a Mobilemedic ambulance and cautiously transported to the landing zone due to the slightly icy road conditions. Per EMS, it appears that the patient suffered a slight head injury, broken pelvis and bilateral broken legs. The patient remained conscious and alert. The patient was airlifted to Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla NY. - ROB CARNELL

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