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WEST HURLEY, NY - At 1:10 A.M. on April 10th, the West Hurley FD, along with several other companies, responded to a fully involved house fire at 1469 Route 28A. Firefighters removed a man from the residence that succumbed to injuries from the fire. - See full story on page 4

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Explosion in Garage Causes Structure Fire in Newburgh NEWBURGH, NY - Cronomer Valley FD responded to a reported explosion that caused a structure fire at 14 Laurie Lane on May 19th. Cronomer Valley Command requested the Plattekill and Good-Will Fire Departments to the scene. The fire was in the driveway and extended to the garage. A line was stretched and the fire was knocked down. Firefighters checked and removed siding on the house before clearing the scene. Deputy Fire Coordinator 36-13 was at the scene, as well as Town of Newburgh Police. The Town of Newburgh Fire Inspector was called to respond. The fire is now under investigation.


Henrietta Firefighters Respond to Compactor Fire HENRIETTA, NY - On Monday, May 24th, the Henrietta Fire District responded to a trash compactor on fire at City Mattress, 400 Jefferson Road. Upon arrival, units found smoke coming from the compactor attached to the rear of the store. Firefighters checked the building for extension and quickly brought the fire under control. There were no injuries reported.


Wildland Fire at Fern Lake in Black Brook BLACK BROOK, NY - On May 15th at 5:06 P.M., the Au Sable Forks Fire Department was toned out for a wildland fire at Stevens Landing Way located on the Fern Lake Road. The first truck was out at 5:10 P.M. and on scene at 5:17 P.M. Upon arrival at the location a large smoke plume was observed on the mountain in back of the Steven’s Landing. As this fire was located off of the paved road, the Chief with the aid of a local 4wheeler, drove up the mountain to ascertain the location, size and the best way to access this fire. It took some time to locate the fire, but once located Chief McKie 110 directed his resources into the fire

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location. There was a brisk wind that day causing the fire to spread rapidly and Chief McKie, called for Mutual Aid to the scene from Jay, Upper Jay, Wilmington, Saranac, with Peru on standby at the station. The mutual aid companies responded with Tankers and UTVs. The terrain was very muddy and rocky and our UTV got stuck, as well as one of our Mutual Aid company's brush truck. Au Sable Forks responded with Engine 111, Tanker 114,

Tanker 115, Brush Truck 117, Squad 119, 19 Members and the Auxiliary for refreshments. NYS DEC responded with a Forrest Ranger to assist in fire suppression. There was a logging company working in the area and the Chief requisitioned a dozer to complete a fire line around the fire. Chief McKie, turned control of the fire over to DEC after the dozer line was completed. The department left the scene at 9:25 P.M. and returned to the station where all equipment was cleaned, serviced and placed back in service. - LOUIS GARSO


Four Transported from Two-Car Crash in Newburgh NEWBURGH, NY - Cronomer Valley FD was dispatched to a two-vehicle MVA on Route 32 and Sarvis Lane on May 25th. Town of Newburgh Police and EMS also responded. EMS transported two adults and two children to Montefiore St. Luke's Hospital. Firefighters spread speedy dry on fluids on the roadway and made both vehicles safe before clearing the scene. Town of Newburgh Police are investigating the cause.

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West Hurley Fatal House Fire WEST HURLEY, NY - At 1:10 A.M. on April 10th, the West Hurley FD, along with several other companies, responded to a fully involved house fire at 1469 Route 28A. Firefighters removed a man from the residence that succumbed to injuries from the fire. The cause of the blaze remains under investigation. In addition to West Hurley, Olive, Woodstock, Centerville and Ulster Hose companies, along with Mobile Life ALS were present and assisted.


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House Fire on Fletcher Drive in Newburgh NEWBURGH, NY - Orange Lake FD responded to a reported structure fire at 131 Fletcher Drive North on May 15th. Car One arrived and advised that smoke was showing and requested a second-alarm sounded. Winona Lake FD responded with an engine, as well as City of Newburgh FD. Two lines were stretched and the fire was knocked down. Companies then checked for extensions. Deputy Fire Coordinator 36-15, Town of Newburgh Police and Town of Newburgh EMS were at the scene. Central Hudson was called for a power cut. Also requested to the scene was the Town of Newburgh Fire Inspector. Fletcher Drive was blocked off by Orange Lake Fire Police, and Cronomer Valley FD and Good Will FD stood by during the incident.

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Oklahoma: Lonnie Bolar, 45 Rank: Chief Incident Date: January 29, 2021 Death Date: January 29, 2021 Fire Department: Waynoka Volunteer Fire Department Initial Summary: On Friday, January 29, 2021, at approximately 3:07 a.m., Chief Lonnie Bolar and Firefighter Tayler Bradford responded to a residential fire. The fire was initially reported by a person trapped in a bedroom of the home. Chief Bolar and Firefighter Bradford entered the home and found a man and woman. While attempting to perform rescues, there was a roof collapse killing both Chief Bolar and Firefighter Bradford as well as the occupants. Oklahoma: Tayler Bradford, 28 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: January 29, 2021 Death Date: January 29, 2021 Fire Department: Waynoka Volunteer Fire Department Initial Summary: On Friday, January 29, 2021, at approximately 3:07 a.m., Chief Lonnie Bolar and Firefighter Tayler Bradford responded to a residential fire. The fire was initially reported by a person trapped in a bedroom of the home. Chief Bolar and Firefighter Bradford entered the home and found a man and woman. While attempting to perform rescues, there was a roof collapse killing both Chief Bolar and Firefighter Bradford as well as the occupants.

New Mexico: Edward Vasquez, 35 Rank: Lieutenant Incident Date: December 7, 2020 Death Date: January 30, 2021 Fire Department: NASA Fire Department, White Sands Test Facility Initial Summary: While on duty, Lieutenant Edward Vasquez contracted COVID-19 at the fire department. He passed away from the virus on Saturday, January 30, 2021. West Virginia: Brian Ritchie, 50 Rank: Lieutenant Incident Date: December 18, 2020 Death Date: February 2, 2021 Fire Department: Weirton Fire Department Initial Summary: While on-duty, Lieutenant Brian Ritchie contracted COVID-19 at the fire department. He passed away from the virus on Tuesday, February 2, 2021. Lieutenant Ritchie was also the Assistant Chief of the Hooverson Heights Volunteer Fire Department. Mississippi: Guandes “Mook” Smith, 27 Rank: Captain Incident Date: December 9, 2020 Death Date: February 8, 2021 Fire Department: Sardis Volunteer Fire Department Initial Summary: While on duty, Captain Guandes “Mook” Smith contracted COVID-19 at the fire department. He passed away from the virus during the early morning hours of Monday, February 8, 2021.

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Pennsylvania: Edward P. Bookmyer, 60 Rank: Chief Engineer Incident Date: January 24, 2021 Death Date: January 30, 2021 Fire Department: Craley Fire Department Initial Summary: On January 24, 2021, Chief Engineer Edward P. Bookmyer was working on a piece of apparatus after returning from a fire call when he suffered a medical emergency. He was immediately taken to the hospital where he passed away on Saturday, January 30, 2021.

Tennessee: Terry Watts, 51 Rank: Training Lieutenant Incident Date: January 20, 2021 Death Date: February 10, 2021 Fire Department: Shelby County Fire Department Initial Summary: While on-duty, Training Lieutenant Terry Watts contracted COVID-19 at the fire department. He passed away from the virus on Wednesday, February 10, 2021.

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Crash with Entrapment in Avon AVON, NY - On Thursday, May 27th firefighters from East Avon and Lima Fire Departments, along with Livingston County EMS, responded to a crash with entrapment on Lakeville Road in the town of Avon. The Livingston County Sheriff's Office and the New York State Police also assisted the scene. The cause of the accident remains under investigation.


Fire Destroys Mobile Home in Spring Lake SPRING LAKE, NY - On April 25th, a fire destroyed a mobile home at the Spring Lake mobile home park, displacing two adults and a baby. The Spring Lake FD was aided by several surrounding fire departments. The Hudson Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross aided the displaced family. No injuries were reported.

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Car Crashes Into Glenmont House After Driver Falls Asleep GLENMONT, NY - Several people were displaced after a car crashed into their Glenmont home Saturday evening, May 15th, causing the front balcony to fall from the second floor. Emergency crews were dispatched to 105 Corning Hill Road in Glenmont just before 7:45 P.M. for a car that had crashed into a home. The car was traveling westbound on Corning Hill Road, according to Cmdr. James Rexford of Bethlehem Police. The car left the roadway and crashed into the front support beams on the home, causing the balcony to fall from the second floor and onto the car. Selkirk Fire, Delmar-Bethlehem EMS, Albany County Paramedics and Bethlehem Police responded to the scene. Firefighters removed a propane tank from the gas grill that was on the balcony as a precaution for when the balcony moved as the car was being towed. National Grid responded to the scene to cut the power and re-

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pair a line that was damaged from the crash. Rexford says the driver stated he fell asleep behind the wheel leading up to the crash. He added that the driver was issued a traffic ticket for moving from a lane unsafely. Rexford said the house is a two-family house and both families were displaced as a result from the crash. He said the Red Cross provided assistance to those residents who were displaced. The residents of the home were not injured from the incident. Crews stood by while the car was being towed out from under the balcony. Corning Hill Road was closed while crews operated at the incident and was reopened a few hours later.

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Crews Face Obstacles at Logging Yard Fire in Scotia SCOTIA, NY - On May 16th at 5:24 P.M., the Scotia Fire Department along with mutual aid from the Thomas Corners Fire Department were dispatched to the area of 127 Sunny Side Road for a reported controlled burn that got out of hand. As units were responding, they had a large column of smoke off in the distance. As units arrived in the area and made their way into the logging yard they discovered a significant logging yard fire. Command immediately requested mutual aid to the scene to establish a water supply nearby, as there were no fire hydrants near the property. Command began to conduct his scene size up and realized he had very large piles of logs spending a seven-acre site on fire. Command requested additional mutual aid units from the following companies to the scene or cover assignments to assist in extinguishing the fire: Thomas Corners, Alplaus, Beukendaal, East Glenville, Mariaville, Plotterkill, Stanford Heights, Carman, South Schenectady, Rotterdam District No.2, Stratton Air National Guard FD, Galway, West Charlton, Kapl, Harmony corners, Visher Ferry Fire District, West Glenville, Burtonsville, and the Saratoga and Schenectady County emergency coordinators. Firefighters began to arrive on scene, established a water supply at the end of the road and shut down Sunnyside Road as they had an extensive tanker operation underway. With the large piles of wood in free burn firefighters began to use water to attempt to extinguish the fire, but the large logs, some spending over fourfeet in diameter and 30-feet long, were presenting challenges to the firefighters on scene. As fast as the tankers brought in the water was as fast as firefighters began to run out of water on scene. Crews attempted to keep up with the large demand of water needed to bring the fire under control. Schenectady County coordinators arrived on scene and set up their drone operation to oversee the large operation going on in the logging yard. Command set up a large staging area for manpower and equipment near the roadway. Firefighters utilized multiple large brush trucks, ATVs, front-end loaders, and engines inside of the logging yard to extinguish the fire. Additional resources from the NYS Forest Rangers and Department of Environmental Conservation was brought into the scene to assist firefighters. Firefighters on scene climbed the large piles of logs and used forestry lines with class A foam to spray into the middle of the logging piles in order to get into the center of the area where they were burning. Multiple front-end loaders moved

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the large piles of logs into an area where firefighters began to spray them down with water as they were being placed into smaller piles. As nightfall set in, firefighters began to bring the logging yard fire under control after an extensive five hour fight. No firefighters were injured on scene. - JEFFREY BELSCHWINDER


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CAIRO, NY - A "Prom Promise" Mock DWI Crash was held at the Cairo-Durham High School on Monday, May 17th. Students and parents of the students who were attending the prom were told to attend the mock crash prior to prom. The mock crash simulated a crash in which one car consisted of students who had been drinking after their prom and a second car that was struck by the student's car. In the car with the students there were two fatalities, several injuries and the driver was given a field sobriety test and arrested by police. In the other car, a driver was severely injured and his wife and baby were dead on arrival. Students witnessed emergency services getting dispatched and arriving on the scene, and cutting the doors and roof off of the two cars. Injured patients were treated, the driver was arrested and the deceased passengers were removed and placed under sheets up front for the students to see. County coroners arrived to place the

deceased in body bags to be transported in front of the students. Upset parent actors rushed to the mock scene to simulate real parents in the event of a situation like this.Parents were also kept in mind in this year's mock crash as a "cool mom" was added to the actors to simulate the parent that gave the students the alcohol. Other parent actors were fighting with the "cool mom", who was later arrested. The event was put on by the Cairo, East Durham, OakhillDurham and Round Top Fire Departments, with the help of Durham Ambulance, Greene County Paramedics, Cairo Police and New York State Police. Every year events like this are planned at local school districts to show the students and parents how their decisions can not only impact themselves, but can also have an impact on complete strangers and those who respond to the scene of an incident caused by poor choices.




'A'/'B' corner where the porch and fire escape that neighbors rescued occupants from are located.

Firefighters and Neighbors Make Multiple Rescues in Endicott ENDICOTT, NY - Just after 8:00 A.M. on the morning of May 11th, Broome Communications dispatched the Endicott Fire Department to 103 Parsons Avenue for a reported house fire with possible entrapment. From the JUMP TO FILE# time units left the 051321112 station a large column of black smoke could be seen and a second-alarm was requested. Quint 25 and Squad 25 arrived to find a twoand-a-half story, wood-frame, multiple-family house with heavy fire on the 'Bravo' side. Crews immediately went to work stretching lines and beginning searches of the structure. Neighbors reported that they had rescued multiple residents off the porch roof, with another resident having jumped from the fire escape. An additional resident was still unaccounted for. Firefighters were able to locate this resident still in their bedroom on the second floor and removed them to safety. Multiple patients were transported from the scene, but no life-threatening injuries were reported. With initial FAST team crews arriving early and being put to work to assist in suppression and search an additional FAST team was called to the scene. Although the main body of fire was knocked down fairly early, crews continued to work for several hours chasing fire through the balloon-frame construction. Eventually dormers on the third floor collapsed, revealing pockets of fire that had been concealed under multiple layers of roofing material. Access to the second floor of the original fire apartment was difficult


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due to the stairwell in that apartment having burned completely through. A hole had to be made from the other apartment to gain access to that area. All units were clear of the scene at 12:24 P.M., but returned several times to confirm that there were no remaining hot spots. Departments that responded or that were placed on standby included Endicott Fire (25) on and off duty personel, West Corners Fire

(29), Endwell Fire (31), Vestal Fire (32), Union Center Fire (53), West Endicott Fire (34), Five Mile Point Fire (59), Union Ambulance (79), Endicott Police, New York State Police, Broome County Fire Coordinators, and Broome County Fire Investigators. The cause of the fire is under investigation at this time. - NICHOLAS GRISWOLD

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Two-Alarm Fire Displaces Six in Kingston KINGSTON, NY - On May 8th, the Kingston FD responded to a second-alarm structure fire at 65 Liberty Street. Fire and smoke was showing upon the arrival of firefighters. Kingston FD Lt. Kristina Meschi said the fire started in a second floor apartment and caused extensive damage to the second floor apartment and attic of the home, with water damage to the first floor apartment. The Ulster Hose Co. #5 FAST team was called to the scene. Firefighters cleared the scene at 11:45 A.M. One firefighter suffered a minor injury, Meschi said.

To lump all barbecue into one category would be doing it an extreme disservice. It is by far one of the most complex cuisines in the world. Its origins can be debated and dissected ten times over without ever fully understanding it. But rather than focusing on all aspects of it, let’s talk sauce. What makes BBQ taste so good is not one thing. It is a combination of quality meat, spices a.k.a rubs, smoke and sauce. And it is sauce that can arguably make the most noticeable difference between recipes. The most popular of all barbe-

cue sauces is the tomato-based kind, particularly Kansas City style. It is sweet, tangy and loaded with spices such as garlic and onion powder. Thick, almost syrup-like, from molasses and brown sugar, this type is the one found in most restaurants that serve anything “BBQ”. Most tomato-based sauces start with ketchup and then branch off in many directions with the addition of unique ingredients, particular to a region or style. Some other examples are Texas and St. Louis style, which tend to leave out molasses. These are thinner and less sweet than the Kansas City sauce. The ketchup-based sauces compliment most types of BBQ, whether it is beef, pork or chicken. When you get into North Carolina, which is predominantly hog, that is when vinegar-based sauces start to become popular. This is actually my

favorite style because I tend to like the way these sharp, spicy sauces cut through the fattiness of pork. By now you are probably thinking there couldn’t possibly be anymore styles of BBQ sauce. What if I were to tell you that South Carolina is known for a mustard base sauce? Yup, mustard. Traced back to the 18th century and the German settlers in the area, this type of sauce is perfect for pork. Typically it contains just a hint of ketchup, but the yellow mustard is the star if the show. In this recipe I wanted to make it a touch healthier by replacing the molasses and brown sugar often used with maple syrup. The result is just enough sweetness to balance out the acidity and spice from the mustard. Give this one a shot the next time you fire up the smoker!


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NEWBURGH, NY - On May 16th, Good-Will and Middlehope FDs held a joint drill on Pepsi Way to go over setting up landing zones for incoming Medevac helicopters. After the LZ was set up a Life Net helicopter circled the area from the east and then landed in a field. The crew got out of the helicopter, introduced themselves to the firefighters and started explaining what they look for when approaching a LZ. They spot trees and wires, and also see if the field is level or inclined. At night they look for wires and use night goggles to spot things they can't see. Firefighters then asked questions and the crew gave them a tour of the inside of the helicopter. After 90 minutes the crew got back into the helicopter and lifted off. It was a well informed drill and many firefighters came back with new information that they can use for next time.


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Albany Crews Battle Second-Alarm Fire on Sheridan Ave. ALBANY, NY - On May 23rd at 3:40 P.M., the City of Albany's Fire Department was dispatched for multiple calls reporting a structure fire at 346 Sheridan Avenue. As units were responding, Engine 1 notified the dispatcher that they were arriving on scene with a heavy smoke and fire condition on all floors and would be grabbing the fire hydrant in the front of the building. The Signal 30 was declared for a working structure fire. Engine 1’s officer notified each arriving unit the direction they would need to come in to the scene as they would need to hook into multiple fire hydrants at different locations to supply the scene with an adequate water supply. Engine 1's crew made their way inside of the structure with a hand line where they encountered heavy fire conditions on the first floor. Firefighters arriving from Truck 2 immediately assisted Engine 1 and deployed another hand line into the building. Firefighters from Engine 1 firmly requested for the pump operator to charge the red line. As heavy fire pushed over the heads of the firefighters inside of the building additional crews arrived on scene and the battalion chief took command. As fire conditions rapidly changed and fire started to spread to the building on the 'Bravo' exposure, command made the decision to transmit the second-alarm. Firefighters on the second floor notified command that they had heavy fire in the cockloft area. Firefighters made their way to the rear of the building and discovered that the rear stairs had already burned through and there was no access to the second floor. Crews made their way into the 'Bravo' exposure building and notified command that they had significant heat pushing from the roof area of the second floor. Crews began to pull the ceilings to check for extension in the 'Bravo' building. As firefighters were attempting to make progress in the primary fire building, conditions continued to change and the fire rapidly began to spread further. Firefighters notified command in the 'Bravo' exposure building that they had fire in the attic area and requested a line to the second floor. Firefighters in the primary building notified command that they still had heavy fire conditions and were working to attempt to knock them down. Firefighters on the roof of the structure notified

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command that heavy fire just blew through the vent hole in the roof and command ordered the evacuation tones of firefighters working in the building. As crews made their way out of the building and collected in front of the building, officers conducted a par check to make sure all firefighters on scene were accounted for. Command notified the dispatcher and all units on scene that they were going defensive on the two buildings. Firefighters from the truck companies on scene set up their nozzles for master stream operations and firefighters on scene used multiple blitz fires from the street. Thick heavy smoke pushed from the roof of the building, along with heavy fire traveling the attic areas of both fire buildings. Firefighters opened up all of their master streams and blitz fires at the same time along with operating numerous hand lines, pounding both fire buildings. Heavy amounts of water started to flow out the front door of both houses. The roof of both fire buildings gave way into the second floor. Crews remained on scene conducting master stream operations for over 30 minutes before command allowed firefighters to reenter the structure and knock down any remaining hotspots. Firefighters remained on scene for over two hours conducting heavy overhaul of the building. While firefighters were conducting overhaul an individual came onto the fire scene, picked up a hydrant wrench and began to swing it around firefighters. The Albany Police Department stepped in and attempted to get the individual to drop the wrench, but they would not comply. One of the pump operators was able to sneak up behind the individual and grab the hydrant wrench out of her hand. Police quickly placed the individual under protective custody and transported them to Albany Medical Center for an evaluation. No injuries were reported on scene of the structure fire, and all of the residents made it out safely. The Red Cross was contacted for the individuals that lost everything in the fire. Fire investigators are working to determine the cause of the fire. - JEFFREY BELSCHWINDER



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Southern California Wildfire Siege 2019 VIDEO REVIEW Video reviews by John Malecky

Southern California Wildfire Siege, 2019 By Firestorm HD Productions Available from: FSP Books & Videos 188 Central Street, Suite 4 Hudson, MA 01749-1330 1-800-522-8528 E-mail: Price: $12.95 This DVD is approximately 53 minutes in length and involves coverage of four fires driven by high winds that lasted a span of five days. They are the Tick, Getty, Easy and Maria fires. They involved the Los Angeles City, Los Angeles County and Ventura County Fire Departments with mutual aid from several departments from California and other western US states. At one fire I spotted a Type II engine from Albuquerque, NM. I found out later that many western states have agreements with California to furnish mutual aid when requested. It is an involved process, but worth learning about if you are

interested. It also applies to firefighting aircraft, both fixed wing and rotary. One of the fires involved the area of the historic Bel Air fire in 1961, which was one of the worst, if not the worst wildland fire in the state’s history. Another fire in Ventura County occurred very near the President Ronald Reagan Library in Simi Valley. In the first fire, an engine company from Los Angeles County valiantly tries to prevent wind-driven flames from involving a couple of nice homes. They are eventually backed up by a second engine company making their best effort as well; but the wind overcomes their tactics and eventually flames start to take the homes. Much of the footage involves wildfire suppression supported by fixed wing air tankers and rotary craft. Some of the fixed wing aircraft are huge, like commercial jet size. There was one fixed wing craft by CanadAir which I recognized as being one which is able to swoop down onto a lake for instance and take on water in its tank and they take off again to continue firefighting. There was no slouching here! Firefighters relentlessly fought using handlines from their pumpers and facing extreme heat. Even the videographer put in such a day that he admitted he had to rest from exhaustion, but promised to resume the next day!


(L to R): The life-saving crew from Wrights Corners, Richard Jufer, Chief and EMT Jonathan McKnight, Tina with husband Jim, who is a CODE survivor, EMT Mark Hare, and Christopher Brueckner.

Wrights Corners Volunteers Save CODE Victim WRIGHTS CORNERS, NY The week of May 17–21st is National EMS week; Jim Tomasine experienced first hand the importance of first responders and EMS all year long after his life was saved. On March 10th, Tina and Jim Tomasine stopped at Topps in Wrights Corners. Tina was going to pick up a few things and Jim was going to walk around the parking lot. Tina just turned when she heard a thump against the car. Jim had fallen against the car and was disorientated. Thinking it was his diabetes, Tina was going to get him to get some food. She just started out of the lot when Jim went into convulsions. Tina dialed 9-1-1 and headed right over to the Wrights Corners main fire hall just a few seconds away. Niagara County Dispatch put the call out over the monitor to the Wrights Corners Fire Company. Firefighter/EMT Mark Hare was thankfully inside the hall working on stocking the ambulance.

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Mark ran outside into the parking lot and found Jim in full cardiac arrest. The call was updated to the severe nature. Chief Jonathan McKnight was pulling into the hall along with Firefighter Christopher Brueckner and Richard Jufer. CPR was started, the ambulance was pulled around and Mark got the Monitor Defibrillator out and hooked Jim up. New York State Trooper Anthony Andricaccio and Trooper Anthony Carbone arrived on the scene. CPR was stopped for Mark to check the rhythm on the monitor. Mark realized it was a shockable rhythm and delivered a shock to Jim with no positive result. Trooper Andriaccio assisted in CPR while Wrights Corners got the stretcher ready for transport. Another check done with the monitor revealed another shockable rhythm. The second shock was de-

livered. Success, a sinus rhythm with a pulse. Advance Life Support units were too far away to wait. This highly trained Basic Life Support crew from Wrights Corners Fire Company transported Jim to Eastern Niagara Hospital. On May 13th, Jim Tomasine and his wife Tina, came by the Wrights Corners Hall to thank the crew that saved Jim’s Life. Jim ended up having successful bypass surgery and is on the road to a recovery. As Jim put it, very simply, “They all saved my life!" It reminded me of what my Paramedic Instructor told all of us right before we graduated 38 years ago; “without quality Basic Life Support, there will be no need for Advance Life Support.” Jim Tomasine is living proof of the importance of any quality care provided by first responders all year long, and recognized during national EMS week. - STEPHEN WALLACE

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Burning Brush in Rush RUSH, NY - On Sunday, May 16th, Rush firefighters responded to a brush fire at the National Grid power station on Honeoye Falls Number 6 Road. The fire was quickly brought under control and there were no injuries reported.

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Coming to New York State as of July 1, 2021, will be new and faster reporting on all patient care in New York State. Electronic reporting, which some agencies already participate in, will be continued AND HIGHLY ENCOURAGED. Article 30 all first response services to submit all call reporting documentation to the Department, in a format approved by the NYSDOH for use in quality improvement programs. All agencies using paper PCRs “will be required to upload a copy of the paper-based record to the Department’s Paper PCR Portal”. All agencies will have to ensure that reports are received WITHIN four (4) hours of the completion of the call. The Agency may delegate management of its e-PCR system to a third-party; however, the Agency remains legally responsible for assuring the proper collection, use, protection, and confidentiality of data within the e-PCR system, as well as for the timely submission of data to the Region. Patient Care Reports traditionally include, at the minimum, documentation of the event or incident, the patient’s medical condition, treatment provided and the patient's medical history. The primary purpose of the Patient Care Report (PCR) is to document all care and pertinent patient information as well as serving as a data collection tool. When transferring patient care to the hospital, the EMS crew must provide the receiving hospital staff with both verbal and written reports at the time of patient transfer to ensure adequate continuity of care as per Article 30 of the Public Health Law. Submission to the area region

can occur electronically for ePCR platforms and through the Paper Portal for Paper PCRs. The NYS ePCR Direct Entry Platform is available to all qualified New York State EMS agencies for free. An agency can utilize the NYS ePCR Direct Entry Platform through an authorized ePCR vendor at their own expense. All EMS Agencies that are not already submitting electronically must complete a DOH 5136 and submit it to their Regional Program Agency no later than June 30th, 2021, no matter which method is chosen for submission, however if the agency is already charting electronically and already has notified the region, no additional paperwork is required. Agencies participating in the state’s Continuing Education Recertification (CME) Program MUST submit their PCRs through the NYS ePCR Direct Entry Platform to meet the requirements. The submission of paper PCRs to the web portal does NOT meet the requirements for agency participation in the Continuing Education Recertification (CME) Program; the Direct Entry Electronic PCR Platform DOES meet the requirements for agency participation in the CME Program. The 2019 release of the CME Program Manual states that “Agency participants must comply with Bureau of EMS Policy Statement 12-02 and complete a Patient Care Report (PCR) for every EMS response. Agencies participating in the CME recertification program will be required to submit PCRs to the department electronically on or before January 1, 2022.” All the details regarding the submission of ePCR/PCRs are spelled out in NYS EMS policy statement 21-04, “SUBMISSION OF PATIENT CARE REPORTS AS OF JULY 1st, 2021”. Agencies should contact their Regional Program Agency if they need assistance; to reach the Bureau of EMS Data and Informatics Unit, e-mail

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Firefighters chase a difficult fire at a home with a metal roof.

Families Displaced After Fire in Coeymans Hollow COEYMANS HOLLOW, NY - Several people have been displaced following a structure fire in Coeymans Hollow on Wednesday, May 12th. Fire crews were dispatched to 5 Biech- JUMP TO FILE# man Road at 5:40 051321112 P.M. for a reported bedroom on fire. “I found heavy fire in one of the apartments,” said Chief Bill Kapusta of Coeymans Hollow Fire, who was first to arrive on the scene. The structure consisted of two separate apartments, one of which firefighters were able to save from the fire. Chief Kapusta said there was heavy fire consuming Apt. B when he first arrived, as well as a large propane tank in the rear of the structure that was also fueling the fire. The first arriving truck initially deployed three hose lines before a fourth was deployed as well. The structure was an older house, and Kapusta said the fire spread in the basement, the first floor and the second floor of the building. “We were able to stop it from making its way into the second apartment,” Kapusta said. “But there is smoke damage in there and our crews are taking things out of there trying to recover some of the property.” Crews had difficulty getting the fire extinguished due to the home receiving recent renovations, as well as a metal roof adding to the challenges. The bulk of the fire was knocked down in approximately 30 minutes, according to Kapusta, and an hour of hitting hotspots to ensure the fire was extinguished. Kapusta said both apartments


were occupied at the time of the fire, but everyone was able to safely make it out after residents in the main fire apartment alerted the other apartment of the fire. Kapusta said the apartment that had minimal damage had two adult occupants and the other apartment had two adults and three children. He said he believes all pets also made it out, except for a few chickens that did not make it. The Red Cross was contacted to assist the families displaced by the fire. Coeymans Hollow, Coeymans, Ravena, New Baltimore, and Med-

way-Grapeville Fire Departments responded to the scene with Ravena Rescue, Albany County Paramedics and Coeymans Police. Standby units included Westerlo Fire at the Coeymans Hollow Firehouse, Selkirk Fire at the Coeymans Firehouse and Coxsackie Fire at New Baltimore Station #1. The Town of Coeymans Fire Investigation Team was on the scene investigating the cause of the fire, which appears to be electrical at this time. There were no injuries reported on the scene. - THOMAS MARRA

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Second-Alarm Structure Fire in New Windsor NEW WINDSOR, NY - On May 24th, New Windsor FD responded to a structure fire at 24 Ruscitti Road on the property of A&R Concrete. Smoke was showing from the roadway on arrival JUMP TO FILE# and Command re- 052421111 quested a secondalarm to be transmitted, sending City of Newburgh FD to the scene with an engine, Vails Gate FD with a ladder and Good-Will FD with an engine. New Windsor had three lines stretched, and Vails Gate set up their ladder and was in operation. New Windsor PD blocked off the road during the incident. Deputy Orange County Fire Coordinator 36-15 was at the scene and New Windsor EMS was on stand by. Central Hudson was called for a power cut. New Windsor PD ID Unit and Detectives were also at the scene taking pictures and interviewing people. The fire is under investigation. - BOB MCCORMICK BOB MCCORMICK


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Laundromat Fire in Rochester ROCHESTER, NY - On Wednesday, May 5th at 7:14 P.M., the Rochester Fire Department responded to Mt. Hope Cleaners and Coin Laundry at 1665 Mt. Hope Avenue for the report of a dryer fire. Upon arrival, fire crews from Engine 8 found a dryer fire with extension to the ceiling. The blaze was brought under control in about 20 minutes. Smoke from the fire spread into the Hikari Foods and Grocery next door. Health department officials responded to the scene to check the condition of the produce in the store. The cause of the fire was under investigation. There were no injuries reported.


BETHLEHEM, NY - A low-angle rope rescue drill was held in Bethlehem on Saturday, May 15th. Firefighters from Slingerlands and Guilderland Center hosted the drill. Slingerlands and Guilderland Center Fire Departments are the two main technical rescue departments in the area. Crews practiced rope rescues on the bike trails off of North Street and Wright Lane in Delmar.


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212 degrees Chaplain’s Corner Pastor Fernando Villicana

One of the many things I learned in the Fire Department Drill Tower was that at 211 degrees, water is hot. At 212 degrees, it boils. And with boiling water, comes steam. And with steam, you can power a train. One degree! When water turns to steam the expansion ratio is 450/1. 450 more effective than water at 211 degrees. Applying one extra degree of temperature to water means the difference between something that is simply very hot and something that generates enough force to power a machine. A beautifully uncomplicated idea that should feed our every effort. Consistently pushing us to make the extra effort in every task, action and every responsibility we undertake. 212 serves as a scientific/natural law and a spiritual law. It reminds us that seemingly small things can make tremendous differences. In the lives of believers, this entire thought has a much greater outcome – salvation, eternal life, making a spiritual impact on the world that we live in. Let me ask and answer the question that most of you are/should be thinking about now: WHAT IS NEEDED TO REACH AND MAINTAIN THE BOILING POINT IN MY LIFE? What is needed to transform me into steam? 1. Position yourself over the heat source: Leviticus 6:12 (ESV) The fire on the altar shall be kept burning;

it shall not go out. The priest shall burn wood on it every morning… Being Spirit filled and Spirit led is deliberate act of your will. If you want to go from a subdued, unenthusiastic, lukewarm existence to the boiling point (212) which produces steam - you will have to position yourself for it. Position yourself over the fire of God! 2. Be constant: 1 Chronicles 16:11 (ESV) Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually! Stay long enough for the fire to do its work. Be steady, stable and unmovable when it comes to your dream or vision. Never allow yourself to be thrown off or removed by things you see around you (failure of people, administration, bureaucracy). 3. Maintain concentration and focus: Psalm 1:2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night. Joshua 1:8 This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success. Your efforts must be such as to harness the steam and focus it where it is needed. A laser beam can cut through several inches of steel. That laser is no more than concentrated light. The bottom line - do whatever necessary to raise your temperature. Let us ask God for help in moving from a simmer, to a boil, to steam which has the ability to produce power.


Sunday Night Fire Destroys Red Hook Barn; No Animals Hurt RED HOOK, NY - On May 16th at 8:54 P.M., the Red Hook Fire Company and Tivoli Fire Department were dispatched to a structure fire at 412 Route 199 in Red Hook. Upon arrival within four minutes, Assistant Chief Mike Lane found a barn fully involved with another structure nearby, as well as several propane storage tanks. He immediately called for a second-alarm. This brought equipment and manpower from Rhinebeck, Milan and Livingston and placed Pine Plains on stand-by in their quarters for Milan. Hill-

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side and Germantown relocated to Red Hook and Tivoli to cover those stations. Per Command due to heavy fire in the structure an exterior attack was initiated and the fire was knocked down in about 45 minutes. Overhaul and clean up of the fire, including use of a backhoe, was completed at about 12:30 A.M. One firefighter was transported to Northern Dutchess Hos-

pital and later released. Approximately 40 fire department members were at the scene, as well as the Red Hook Police, NY State Police, Dutchess County Sheriff's Office and Northern Dutchess Paramedics. Dutchess County 911 dispatchers provided communication and coordination throughout the fire, especially in the early stages. The Dutchess County Fire Investigation Division is investigating the cause of the fire, which has not yet been determined. - JOHN LAUFFER

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SELDEN, NY - Just before 11:00 P.M. on May 25th, a family who resides above the Giove Funeral Home on Route 25 in Selden were alerted and awakened by their two dogs barking franticly to smoke and fire in the upstairs apartment, and were able to escape without injury. - See full story on Page 30

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MANORVILLE, NY - At approximately 1:30 A.M. on May 16th, police and fire officials responded to reports of a house fire on Frontier Trail, off Bauer Ave. The first responding chief arrived on scene to find the garage of the home well involved. The chief radioed back to Fire Rescue Dispatch and requested to reactivate his department for additional manpower and start the mutual aid plan to the scene. Two lines were stretched and placed into operation. The occupants were able to make it out of the home, which was confirmed by firefighters. Mutual aid was sent to assist on scene and with standby crews from East Moriches, Center Moriches, Ridge, Yaphank, Brookhaven, Eastport and Wading River. Mastic was also requested, but later cancelled. Firefighters worked the scene for over an hour-and-a-half due to extensive overhaul. The scene was turned over to the Brookhaven Fire Marshal's office and SCPD Arson Squad to investigate.

RONKONKOMA, NY - Just after 11:30 P.M. on May 4th, a minor accident on the Long Island Expressway, in which both drivers were not injured, suddenly turned deadly. The original accident caused the driver of a white car to spin onto an exit ramp while the other driver's car remained in the express lanes. After speaking with the other driver involved in the accident, the 29-year-old returned to his car and had just entered the driver's seat when his car was struck from behind by a tandem FedEx tractor-trailer, ejecting and throwing him into the roadway where he was pronounced dead. SCPD and detectives closed the expressway for about six or seven hours to investigate the accident. The driver of the second car was transported by Ronkonkoma ambulance with minor injuries. The driver of the FedEx truck was not injured and remained at the scene.



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OAKDALE, NY - For the second time within a week, the West Sayville Fire Department responded to an MVA involving a motorcycle on May 25th. Thankfully, this patient only suffered minor injuries and was transported to a local hospital by the Sayville Community Ambulance Company.

Meet 1st Responder News correspondent Frankie Verderame from Centereach, NY! Frankie, aka "Frankie The Buff", is 19-years-old and is a Probationary Firefighter in the Centereach Fire Department on Long Island. When he's not working and responding to alarms, he can be seen taking photos for 1st Responder Newspaper. Frankie is pictured here at a recent taxpayer drill at the Suffolk County Fire Academy that the Centereach FD attended.

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Family Home Gutted by Fire in Middle Island 3-Year-Old Fatally Struck by Car in Shirley


Officers put up crime scene tape after a child was fatally struck by a car in Shirley.

MIDDLE ISLAND, NY - At 9:58 P.M. on May 12th, firefighters were alerted to a reported structure fire at 10 Saddlebrook Ct. Firefighters arrived to find heavy fire on the first floor and fire through the roof on the second floor. Firefighters advanced a line through the front door while hitting the second floor with a deck gun. Multiple mutual aid companies responded to assist Middle Island with the battle and overhaul. No injuries were reported, and all remaining units took up about 90 minutes later.

SHIRLEY, NY - On Saturday, May 8th at about 10:30 A.M., the Suffolk County 9-1-1 center received a call for a pedestrian struck on Floyd Road North, between Hampton Ave. and Floyd Road in Shirley. Officers from the Suffolk County Police 7th precinct, as well as resources from Mastic Ambulance and Mastic FD were dispatched to the scene. A Suffolk Police MEDCAT unit also responded to the scene to assist. On arrival, first responders found a 3-year-old child that was hit by a vehicle as it was leaving a

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driveway. The child was in traumatic arrest at the time emergency personnel arrived. Captain Steve Januskewicz {5-12-50} arrived on scene and immediately requested county to upgrade the alarm from a chief’s investigation to a general alarm. Rescue truck 5-12-10 was dispatched to the scene. Mastic Assistant Chief Mike M {5-37-31} responded to the scene, as did Responder 5-37-81 and Ambulance 5-37-19.

According to Suffolk Police, the child was taken to Long Island Community Hospital in East Patchogue. He was then transferred to Stony Brook University Hospital where he died from injuries sustained. The vehicle was impounded, and further details were not available. Police are asking anyone with information to call the Suffolk Police 7th Squad detectives at 631852-8752. - JOHN WALTHERS

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30-Plus Departments Battle with 6-Alarm Red Devil in Westbury WESTBURY, NY - At 8:49 P.M. on May 6th, firefighters were alerted to a reported structure fire at Jamaica Ash & Rubbish Removal on Covert Lane. First arriving units were met with a completely engulfed building. Mutual aid went out to over 30 departments, who battled the blaze for over 12 hours before it was placed under control. LIRR service in the area was shut down as fire raged throughout the building, which mostly contained rubbish from offices and recycled paper products and metals. Multiple departments were still on scene as of 8:00 A.M. the following morning. No injuries were reported, and the cause of the fire is still under investigation.


Wading River Ex-Chief Mark Donnelly and his son, Probationary Firefighter Brendan Donnelly, fight fire together. This photo was taken at a mutual aid to Rocky Point for a working fire.


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ROCKY POINT, NY - Meet Caitlin Thrash, cheerleader by day, firefighter by night!

moved up to the regular department around the same time she did.

Caitlin is not just your average young lady; she's an inspiration to many. Caitlin is a senior at Shoreham-Wading River High School, and in addition to her studies and being on the cheer squad at school, she also has other very important responsibilities.

When asked about whether the guys treat her differently because she's a female, she said they don't. She did however admit that some of the training can be a little tough so she has to work harder, but her friends and fellow department members are super supportive.

Caitlin is currently a probationary member in the Rocky Point Fire Department Company #3. She originally joined the fire service around the age of 14 when one of her neighbors, who is a chief in the department, struck up a conversation with her about the department's Junior Firefighter program. Little did she know that this would lead to bigger things.

Caitlin had her first working fire in April of this year and when asked if she was nervous about it, she said that though the heat was something to get used to, the training she had done prior in the Juniors Program and regular department definitely helped ease her nerves. The very next evening the department had another house fire and she saw some more action.

Now a few years later, Caitlin is one of just a handful of female members in the department, most of whom are EMTs. She joined the department as a probationary member in October of 2020. I was able to sit down with Caitlin recently to discuss her involvement in the fire service, as well as how she balances it all.

Though right now she is balancing her school, work and volunteer schedules, Caitlin plans on sticking with the fire service as a volunteer and eventually aspires to work her way up the ranks into being an officer.

Caitlin said she was originally a little nervous when she first joined the Junior Program a few years ago, but that changed after she built great relationships with the guys in the program, some of whom had

Caitlin's advice for any fellow women who may want to join the fire service but are nervous is to just try it, and if need be join with a friend. “The more women the better!”, says Caitlin. For her, she said it was one of the best decisions she ever made, and she has made many great relationships because of it.

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Dogs Alert Residents to Fire at Funeral Home in Selden SELDEN, NY - Just before 11:00 P.M. on May 25th, a family who resides above the Giove Funeral Home on Route 25 in Selden were alerted and awakened by their two dogs barking franticly to smoke and fire in the upstairs apartment, and were able to escape without injury. Employees of the funeral home had just left and came back to remove one funeral casket to a safe

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location in the rear of the building. A passing Selden ambulance advised the department of flames visible from the roof. Firefighters from Selden and as many as six departments responded and went to work to extinguish the blaze. At one point all members were pulled from the

building due to a partial collapse inside. No injuries were reported and the fire was brought under control about one hour later. The Giove Funeral Home has been in Selden for over 55 years. It's owner, a former commissioner, was in Florida at the time of the blaze. - CHRIS SABELLA

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Rocky Point FD Co. 3 Probationary FF Caitlin Thrash is a senior at Shoreham-Wading River High School where she's also a cheerleader, but on nights and weekends she can be seen battling fire! Caitlin's pictured here at a working fire on April 10th.


Rocky Point FD Ladder 14, aka "The Midtown Express".

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Firefighters from multiple departments operated at this fully involved house fire in Holbrook on May 9th.

Fire Guts Home in Holbrook HOLBROOK, NY - On Sunday, May 9th at about 11:00 A.M., the Holbrook FD was activated for a reported structure fire on Blue Point Road, located off Rudder Drive. Multiple calls were taken for a reported fully involved house. A member arrived on scene and confirmed the house was well involved. Engine 3-15-6 pulled up first due and went to work, quickly stretching a line. Mutual aid was requested into the scene from Holtsville, Sayville, Farmingville, Bayport and North Patchogue. Multiple lines were stretched and two tower ladders were put into operation.

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Firefighters worked for a little over an hour before 3-15-31 placed the scene under control. There was extensive overhaul to complete. At least one civilian was taken to a local hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. Islip Town Fire Marshal was on scene investigating and the Islip Town Hazmat was also called to the scene. Ronkonkoma FD stood by for additional alarms at Holbrook FD. - JOHN WALTHERS



Working commercial fire in Bohemia.

Multiple Cars Burn Inside Bohemia Commercial Building BOHEMIA, NY - On Tuesday evening, May 18th around 8:00 P.M., the Bohemia FD was activated for a commercial building fire at 360 Knickerbocker Avenue. A Community ambulance in the area advised of heavy smoke coming from Unit 12, with at least four cars fully engulfed inside. The building consisted of several units, all with steel roll-up doors. Mutual aid response went out to least four

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area departments. First-in units reported a working fire and began to go to work, stretching one-and-three-quarter and two-and-a-half inch lines. Firefighters opened up the unit to find heavy flames from four or five cars, with extension to a second unit.

Firefighters had the scene under control after about one-and-a-half hours, with minimal extension to a third unit, which appeared to have only smoke and water damage. Members of Community Ambulance set up and maintained a rehab area along with five ambulance crews standing by at the scene. Thankfully, no injuries were reported. - CHRIS SABELLA

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Middle Island FD 5-15-1 tower ops at a working fire on May 11th.


Shirley Ambulance EMTs Frank Sarno and Michael Neuhaus pictured after handling some firefighter rehab at a recent house fire.


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Mastic Beach Volunteer Ambulance Co. Second Assistant Chief TJ Falah.


Mastic Beach FD Fire Police Officer Edward Nasiello, Sr. on scene of a working fire in Mastic on 4/23/21.

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Firefighters work to put out this vehicle fire after a car hit a pole on May 16th.

Vehicle Bursts into Flames After Hitting Pole in Shirley SHIRLEY, NY - On Sunday, May 16th just after 12:30 A.M., the Suffolk County 9-1-1 center dispatched a call to the Mastic FD, Mastic Ambulance and officers from the Suffolk Police 7th Precinct for a report of a vehicle crash with fire on the William Floyd Parkway in the northbound lanes, near Linden Lane. Mastic FD Captain Steve Januszkiewicz (5-12-50), along with Chiefs Rudy Sunderman (512-30) and Gene Martucci (5-1231), advised Fire-Com on Fres Ops 3 that they were responding to the scene. Captain Januszkiewicz arrived on scene within a short time after activation and confirmed a ve-

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hicle hit a pole, and the auto was fully involved. All occupants were out of the vehicle. First due Engine was 5-12-1 was directed to stretch a line and go to work on the car fire. The booster line was also put into operation to assist with the firefighting operation. Additional units responded into the scene, including Mini Pumper (5-12-5) and Rescue (5-12-10A). Crews joined up and assisted with the operation and made sure the scene was secure. Fire Police members assisted SCPD 7th Precinct

with closing the northbound lanes. Multiple ambulances responded into the scene from Mastic, Mastic Beach, Shirley Ambulance Companies and Center Moriches FD. Multiple people were taken to Long Island Community Hospital, and one was taken to Stony Brook Hospital. The condition of the people was not given. All fire units were back in service within roughly one hour of the call being dispatched, and the scene was turned over to SCPD who waited for PSEG to arrive and tend to the severely severed pole. - JOHN WALTHERS

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Mr. Mailbox, the newest Safety Officer? Or is it just some gear on a mailbox after the fire is out...Guess one will have to use their imagination!


East Islip Rescue 7 (3-5-7) on scene of a reported residential fire.

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FDNY Ladder Co. 8's quarters, in Tribeca, was used in the Ghost Busters movies. The company sports tee shirts boasting same. The outside of the firehouse was also used in the Seinfeld episode, "The Code." Kramer visited the captain of the house to offer better routes to fires, after he acquired a scanner radio.


Three-Alarm Fire with Collapse at Private Dwelling in Staten Island RON JEFFERS

STATEN ISLAND, NY - On May 30th at 6:20 A.M., firefighters responded on 3-3 Box 0218 to 255 Howard Avenue, in the Grymes Hill section of Staten Island for a reported structure fire. Crews arrived to find a 50'x80' vacant, two-story frame, peaked private dwelling with fire through the roof. There was a total collapse of the structure and two firefighters sustained minor injuries. The fire was placed "probably will hold" at 7:39 A.M.



FDNY Ladder Co. 8 backs into quarters from a run. The company currently uses a Ferrara 100-foot rear-mount aerial ladder. Fleet #FL11016.


FDNY Satellite 5 in Staten Island operates with this Peterbilt/Ferrara hose wagon. Fleet #PS19005.

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Brooklyn Engine 216, Ladder 108, Battalion 35

Police Car Accident with Injuries in Staten Island STATEN ISLAND, NY - On May 2nd, eight people were injured when an NYPD police car crashed into two cars and hit a pedestrian on a bus stop on Forest Avenue and Broadway. The radio car was responding to an emergency. Two police officers sustained minor injuries, as well as the motorists and pedestrian.

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Brooklyn Engine 238, Ladder 106


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