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Firefighters make quick work of fire in wall of restaurant On May 19th, Twin District, South Line and Lancaster firefighters were alerted to a structure fire at 4781 Transit Road. Firefighters found a fire in an exterior wall, near the front entrance and quickly opened up the wall and extinguished the fire before it could cause more extensive damage.

Mother and child injured in Cheektowaga blaze A mother and child were injured in an early afternoon fire at 2016 Harlem Road in Cheektowaga, N.Y. on May 21st. Both victims were taken to the hospital with unknown injuries. Firefighters from Sloan, Forks, Doyle 1 and 2, South Line and Rescue Fire Departments responded to the blaze. Engine companies began an aggressive interior attack on a fire in the basement as ladder company members preformed a search of the apartment. The building was a two-story, multiunit apartment complex. Several firefighters were treated for smoke inhalation.


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Tennessee: Rodney Eddins, 57 Rank: Lieutenant Incident Date: April 16, 2016 Death Date: April 17, 2016 Fire Department: Memphis Fire Department Initial Summary: While operating at the scene of a residential structure fire, Lieutenant Eddins collapsed from a nature of fatal injury still to be determined. Fellow firefighters removed Lieutenant Eddins from the structure and rushed him to Methodist South Hospital in critical condition where he succumbed to his injury. Fire crews determined the blaze started from a malfunctioning portable fan in the bedroom. There was not a working smoke alarm in the house, but two adults and four children at the home were uninjured. North Carolina: Richard Sheltra, 20 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: April 30, 2016 Death Date: April 30, 2016 Fire Department: Pineville-Morrow Fire & Rescue Initial Summary: Firefighter Richard Sheltra died from injuries sustained while operating on the interior of a commercial structure fire at a strip mall in Pineville, North Carolina. A second firefighter was injured in the incident which remains under investigation by local, state, and federal authorities. New York: Theodore Stafford, 73 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: May 2, 2016 Death Date: May 2, 2016 Fire Department: Sag Harbor Fire Department Initial Summary: Firefighter Stafford died at home from a nature and cause of fatal injury still to be determined shortly after responding to the fire station for an emergency call. Vermont: Steven Lapierre, 58 Rank: Firefighter/Fire Warden Incident Date: April 27, 2016 Death Date: May 5, 2016 Fire Department: Georgia Fire Department

Initial Summary: Firefighter Lapierre succumbed to his injury after suffering a heart attack while operating at the scene of a brush fire.

North Carolina: John Morris Davis Jr., 45 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: May 7, 2016 Death Date: May 7, 2016 Fire Department: Kenly Fire Department Initial Summary: Firefighter Davis responded to a motor vehicle accident and assisted other responders with extrication of one occupant. After completion, Davis experienced chest pains. Johnston County EMS started treatment. While in route to the hospital, Davis went into cardiac arrest. Resuscitation efforts were unsuccessful and Firefighter Davis succumbed to his injury. North Carolina: Bradley S. Long, 28 Rank: Captain Incident Date: June 6, 2016 Death Date: June 6, 2016 Fire Department: Sherrills Ford-Terrell Fire & Rescue Initial Summary: Captain Bradley Long and one other diver were searching for a missing 29-yearold man in Lake Norman when they encountered an emergency. A third diver entered the water after a Mayday was called. While the two other divers eventually surfaced, Captain Long never resurfaced and was later recovered and pronounced dead at the scene. Rescue crews had been searching Lake Norman for the missing man a day prior to the emergency involving Captain Long. Officials said that the missing man jumped off a boat with two other people. The boat was not anchored and started to float away. The three tried to swim and catch up with the boat, but the missing man was not able to make it back to the boat. While the search for the man was suspended when Captain Long went missing, officials confirmed that the body of the missing man was eventually recovered as well. The two other divers were responsive when taken to the hospital for treatment, one of which has been released.


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Second-alarm fire discovered by police units on patrol While on patrol in the city of Troy on June 1st, police officers for zone 2 discovered a well involved structure fire at 1479 Fifth Avenue. The arriving police units immediately went to work, making sure everyone was out of JUMP TO FILE# the house while also 060116140 moving everyone back and away from the scene, as powerlines came down from the building, charging the fences around it. As the chief was heading to the scene, he called out that he could see the heavy column of smoke from Sixth Ave. and Federal Street, calling for a second-alarm and bringing an additional engine company and truck company to the scene. Engine6 was the first on scene and immediately pulled a hand line up and into the second floor of the building. Command had a two-story, multi-dwelling, carriage house style building. Firefighters mounted a very aggressive attack, knocking down the heavy fire within minutes and keeping it from spreading to the rest of the building. Firefighters conducted a search of the building and discovered that all residents and animals were out.Command requested national grid to the scene immediately due to the danger of the electrical fence from the down powerline on the scene. Due to the extreme heat, firefighters alternated during overhaul to keep from getting heat exhaustion. Firefighters were able to save the building and keep the damage to a minimum in the other apartments. The fire is under investigation at this time and no civilian or firefighter injuries were reported. - JEFFREY BELSCHWINDER

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Working structure fire kills family’s pets in Monroe On Thursday, May 26th, just before 3:30 P.M., the Salisbury Mills and Washingtonville Fire Departments where alerted to a structure fire at 81 Higgins Trail. Within one minute, Salisbury Car-2 called on as responding and re- JUMP TO FILE# quested a resound for 052616110 a working fire. First Due Engine for Salisbury Station-2 arrived 3 minutes after and stretched 2 attack lines, beginning to attack the fire. Washingtonville automatic response engine was 2nd due and stretched a 3rd attack line. Within minutes of the first arriving unit, the fire had taken hold of the structure and was through the roof. A 2nd-alarm was requested, bringing in 2 additional engines and 2 tankers. A 3rd-alarm was transmitted for stand-by purposes. The fire had it’s challenges due to the narrow roads as well as the weather. Crews had to rotate out due to temperatures hovering around 87 degrees. The fire was placed under control within one hour and extensive overhaul was needed. No injuries where reported, but sadly, one dog and three cats where lost to the flames.Units on scene or stand-by included Salisbury Mills, Washingtonville, Chester, Monroe, South Blooming Grove, Vails Gate, Cornwall, 36-15, 36-104, 36-109, Blooming Grove PD, Blooming Grove Ambulance and the Red Cross. - THOMAS GODOY

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Rollover crash in Hurley On May 24th at 9:04 A.M., there was a two car crash with rollover on Rt. 209 in Hurley when a northbound SUV veered into the southbound lane and struck the rear of a dodge pickup, causing the truck to rollover onto it's roof. The SUV continued further north on Rt. 209 and went into a field. Hurley Fire along with Ulster Hose Co. 5 responded. Both drivers suffered minor injuries. State police, Hurley Rescue and Mobile Life Support assisted at the scene.

Hurley Firefighters working at the scene.

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Car into tree results in fire On May 27th at 1:00 P.M., Marbletown Fire and Rescue along with the Hurley Fire Dept. responded to a car versus tree crash, with fire on Rt. 209 in the Hamlet of Marbletown. Fire crews arrived on the scene to find a working car fire. The driver was self-extracted prior to the arrival of firefighters and suffered only minor injuries.

Firefighters regrouping on 3rd Ave., after the “all out� was called.

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Two buildings damaged in second-alarm fire The Watervliet Fire Department responded to 350 3rd Ave., for a reported structure fire on May 28th. Upon arrival, crews had a heavily involved 2 1/2-story balloon frame construction home with JUMP TO FILE# heavy fire pushing 052816103 from the rear of the building. Command called for a signal 30 and a second-alarm, bringing additional resources into the city including Watervliet Arsenal, Cohoes, Green Island, Troy and the city of Albany. Firefighters pulled multiple hand lines into the front of the structure while making their way to the second-floor, where they made an aggressive push to knock down the fire.The city of Troy's Engine-4 took the rear of the building, deploying multiple lines to assist with suppression of the heavy fire. While inside, crews were pulled from the building, as conditions began to change rapidly. Violent, turbulent smoke poured from the structure windows and from the roof line. Firefighters took up a defensive position for a short time and then made entry back into the structure, knocking down the heavy fire.Crews were on scene until the early hours of the morning, conducting heavy overhaul of the severely damaged buildings. The exposure building suffered minor damage from the fire. There was no status on the residents of the fire building and the fire is currently under investigation by the Watervliet Police Department. - Jeffrey Belschwinder

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Heavy smoke pushing from the home on 3rd Ave.


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Two bikers down in Cheektowaga Two motorcyclists were in an accident on the Rt. 33 Expressway just before the Genesee St. exit on Sunday, May 29th. One bike went down after hitting the back of a car that stopped in front of it, resulting in the other bike also going down hard. The driver of the car fled the scene.Both motorcyclists were injured. The U-Crest Fire Company responded to the accident along with the Cheektowaga Police. Several people stopped and assisted the cyclists until help arrived and thankfully, one was a doctor.

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Second-alarm in Yonkers

On the morning of May 20th at approximately 12:30 A.M., Yonkers Fire Companies were toned out to 165 Linden Street for a report of smoke coming from the basement. Engine 306 arrived on scene first and advised that there were people evacuating the building and that they had smoke in the area. Battalion 1 arrived on scene and transmitted a 10-29 (Working Fire)/10-30(All Hands) which then sent Squad 11, Battalion 2 as the safety officer and Ladder 75 as the FASTeam to the scene. Battalion 1 then advised that they had heavy fire on the first floor rear of a 3-story wood frame. A 2nd-alarm was transmitted for an exposure protection. The fire was contained in the original fire building and quickly knocked down. The incident was placed under control with an approximate 1 hour duration.


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Lindsey Palmer returns to 1st Responder News Publisher Joseph P. Belsito announced that Lindsey Palmer has been appointed as Managing Editor for 1st Responder Newspaper effective immediately. Palmer previously served with the company as Office Manager of 1st Responder Wireless News.

“We are thrilled to have Lindsey take point in our editorial department,” said Belsito. “She will not only work hard to forge great relationships with the outstanding correspondents we currently have, but will look to expand our coverage geographically into new areas, which is one of our top goals.” Palmer will be reaching out to correspondents over the coming weeks to introduce herself and will also be working to further build out her network of contacts throughout the local emergency services community.

General Manager Kathy Ronsini stated, “I am pleased and excited to welcome Lindsey Palmer back to our team. I am confident that she will be an excellent match for the position of managing editor. Lindsey exhibits a high level of care and compassion for the emergency

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Lindsey Palmer said “Thank you to everyone on the 1st Responder News team for the very warm welcome; and I consider it a privilege to be back. I am eager to make a positive contribution to the company and

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Six escape Lima house fire

On Friday, June 3rd, shortly after 4:00 A.M., Lima Fire and EMS were dispatched to a structure fire at 2041 Rainbow Lane. Units arrived on scene with heavy fire conditions through the roof of a two-story house. All six occupants were able to escape unharmed. Mutual aid was requested to the scene from East Avon, Livonia and Honeoye Falls Fire Departments. One firefighter was transported to a local hospital and treated for injuries sustained from a fall. Livingston County fire investigators believe the cause of the blaze to be of electrical origin.

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Fire damages Loudonville home A fire that broke out on Thursday, June 2nd, ripped through a home in the Loudonville section of Colonie. When the first crews from Shaker Road-Loudonville arrived at 6 Wood Plot Road, they encountered a heavy fire condition in the back of the house. A secondalarm was transmitted, prompting mutual aid from several departments throughout the town. No one was home at the time, prompting firefighters to take a defensive attack. “Once we realized there was no life hazard inside the building,” said Colonie Deputy Town Fire Coordinator Mike Romano, “we weren't going to put firefighters in jeopardy because the fire had a big head start on us. With the

JUMP TO FILE #060616103 large amount of fire, we weren't going to put them inside.” The layout of the property also created problems. “It's a long, narrow driveway,” said Romano. Once you get one apparatus up there, you can't get anything else.” As a result, crews were forced to battle the fire using handlines. It took crews several hours to extinguish the blaze. The home was destroyed, but no injuries were reported. A cause remains under investigation. - MIKE CAREY

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Mercedes crashes into restaurant’s patio On May 29th at 1:10 P.M., the Southampton Fire Department was dispatched to an MVA at LaParmigiana Restaurant on Hampton Road in Southampton. Upon arrival, units found a Mercedes had left the roadway and crashed into the rear patio of the restaurant. There were no injuries reported. Southampton Village Ambulance was on scene. The patio received minor structural damage. Chief Michael Kampf was in charge for Southampton FD. Dan Leghorn Engine Company Tanker- 328 in action at a drill hosted by Good-Will on May 1st.

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Chaplain’s Corner: 911

Chaplain’s Corner

Pastor Fernando Villicana

The three-digit telephone number "9-1-1" has been designated as the "Universal Emergency Number" for citizens throughout the United States. This “magic number” provides them with fast and easy access to emergency assistance. What a relief it is when our citizens hear the distant yelp of sirens as Emergency Services respond to their call for help. A sigh of relief and hope stirs in the heart of the patient as you arrive on scene. A full arrest, TC, physical rescue, pediatric problem, drowning, emergency child birth or other trauma finds the patient and loved ones in perhaps the worst situation of their lives. Upon arrival of an incident, Firefighters can see the desperation of a patient but simultaneously a look of confidence as they trust in the skill and professionalism of their rescuers. I’m thankful God is with you on every call. And I’m also thankful that, when people require emergency assistance, God sends you. You are the answer to someone’s prayers! But have you ever cried out to the Lord during a difficult time in your life or that of a family member? A struggle in life. A trying time with your children, sickness or disease, a bitter divorce, financial collapse or perhaps a pain in your heart accumulated over the years due to a series of disappointments and discouragements. Have you ever looked up and cried out for help (911)? Due to God’s love demonstrated in Jesus Christ, we have the confidence that God hears, cares, and responds to His children in a time of need. In a crisis situation we can look to Jesus Christ with confidence that His expertise is sufficient to meet the need and calm the storm in our lives.Bible verse: “This poor man cried and the Lord heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles” (Psalm 34:4).Don’t ever forget that we all have immediate access to emergency services. All we have to do is “call Him up.”

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New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control strengthens urban search and rescue capabilities with two new K-9 teams The New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services’ (DHSES) Office of Fire Prevention and Control today announced the addition of two new Disaster Search K-9 Teams to strengthen the state’s urban search and rescue capabilities. The JUMP TO FILE# two teams join the 060216121 New York Task Force 2 (NY-TF2) that includes members of state and local emergency response agencies. NY-TF2 provides advanced technical rescue capabilities to incidents involving structural collapse, water rescue, rope rescue, trench rescue and confined space incidents. In life-threatening situations, Disaster Search K-9 teams provide NY-TF2 with an important life-saving search capability to rapidly locate victims and improve the effectiveness of search and rescue operations in a structural collapse or other technical rescue scenario. “Canine teams play an increasing important role in protecting New Yorkers, whether through bomb detection, arson investigation, pursuit of criminals, or in search and rescue operations,” said DHSES Commissioner John P. Melville. “The addition of the two new Disaster Search K-9 teams certainly strengthens our state’s capabilities to locate and rescue individuals caught in life-threating situations.” The two new teams -- K-9 Keila, a two-year-old Black Lab, and K-9 Charlie, a two-year-old Golden Retriever, and their handlers -- bring NY-TF2’s K-9 component up to three active teams. Keila and her handler, Fire Protection Specialist Brian Girard, work in Albany, while Charlie and his handler, Fire Protection Specialist Chris Johnson, work in Poughkeepsie. The third team, K-9 Dax, and his handler Fire Protection Specialist Greg Gould, also work in Albany. All three teams can respond to situations that arise anywhere in the state. Since their establishment in the state in 2005, Disaster Search K-9 teams have supported search and rescue operations in a variety of situations including the structural collapse of a parking garage in Johnson City, a house explosion in Schenectady, and during Hurricane Irene and Sandy, and Tropical Storm Lee. “The Office of Fire Prevention and Control canine teams have proven their value in search and rescue operations time and time again in New York,” said State Fire Administrator Bryant Stevens. “Today’s announcement underscores the state’s ongoing commitment to maintain this vital capability. Our long-term plans in-

clude adding three additional Disaster Search K-9 teams over time.” Each new Disaster Search K-9 team trained together for two weeks at the Search Dog Foundation’s (SDF) National Training Center in Santa Paula, California. The teams completed their training on May 27. Prior to the two week training program with their new handlers, K9’s Keila and Charlie had already completed ten to twelve months of training at the Foundation to prepare them for their new life-saving role. Founded in 1995, the National Disaster Search Dog Foundation is a non-profit, non-governmental organization based in Ojai, California. SDF's mission is to strengthen disaster response in America by recruiting rescued dogs and partnering them with firefighters and other first responders to find people buried alive in the wreckage of disasters. SDF offers professionally trained canines and an ongoing training program at no cost to fire departments. SDF ensures lifetime care for every dog in its program: once rescued, these dogs never need to be rescued again. There are currently 72 SDF-trained Search Teams located in California, Florida, Nebraska, New York, Oklahoma, Texas, and Utah. Thanks to Mutual Aid Agreements between counties, cities and states, these precious, life-saving resources can be shared regionally and nationally to make sure that when disaster strikes, no one is left behind. About OFPC: OFPC delivers a wide breadth of services to firefighters, emergency responders, state and local government agencies, public and private colleges, and the citizens of New York. The Office advances public safety through firefighter training, education, fire prevention, investigative, special operations and technical rescue programs. The timely delivery of these essential services enables the Office to make significant contributions to the safety of all of New York State. About DHSES: The Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services and its four offices -- Counter Terrorism, Emergency Management, Fire Prevention and Control, and Interoperable and Emergency Communications -- provides leadership, coordination and support for efforts to prevent, protect against, prepare for, respond to, and recover from terrorism and other man-made and natural disasters, threats, fires and other emergencies. For more information, visit the Facebook page, follow @NYSDHSES on Twitter, or visit dhses.ny.gov. - NYS DHSES

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Twin brothers raise 75’ American Flags in honor of Memorial Day In Churchville, there are twin brothers - Bob and Jim Kurycki; one is a past Chief of the Churchville Fire Department and although the other was never in the fire service, they both enjoy collecting vintage fire apparatus. JUMP TO FILE# For a few years now, 060116101 on patriotic holidays, they raise these antique ladders and fly the beautiful tapestry we fondly call the American Flag. It started with just one and then they added a second. Memorial Day is our day for observing brothers, sons, fathers and uncles that gave all of themselves so that we and other countries could enjoy freedom and liberty. This year they added a third truck and a third flag. In farmland and small town USA, these magnificent symbols of freedom fly at over 75 feet in the air, on trucks used to protect our homeland from the destruction of fire. The Kurycki brothers say that many people stop to see the flags and trucks that adorn the corner of Dewey St. and Hubbell Rd. With everyone having cell phone cameras, there have been many images captured of one of the most unique and beautiful ways to fly our flags high and free. They are lit at night, which is also awe-inspiring. The trucks include a 1982, a 1947 and a 1946, former City of Rochester Peter Pirsch. You can see them again on the Fourth of July. - JOHN SPAULDING

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A farm setting in small town USA is a great place to show this outstanding display of patriotism.

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Three vintage trucks holds our colors high in a picturesque rural setting in Western NY.


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Four dogs rescued in second-alarm fire in Defreestville On Sunday, May 15th, Defreestville Fire, Wynantskill Fire and North Greenbush Ambulance were dispatched for JUMP TO FILE# a reported structure 051916107 fire on Van Leuvan Drive South. The first arriving chief on scene had heavy smoke showing with reports of a resident still in the house. A second-alarm was requested, bringing East Greenbush, Clinton Heights and Mountain View Fire Departments to the scene. Defreestville Fire Asst.Chief Russell and Wynantskill Fire

Asst.Chief Littlefield made entry into the house for a primary search. During the primary search, it was communicated that the resident wasn’t home. The crews from 9-2, 9-6, 9-7, 42-6 and R-42 arrived on scene and were able to make a quick knockdown of the fire and were also able to rescue 4 dogs . One of the dogs was found not breathing so Capt. Galligan started CPR and also administered oxygen. The dog was revived and brought to the emergency vet for further care and evaluation. No firefighter injuries were reported and the fire still remains under investigation. - DOUG NOBLE

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The Groveland Fire Department in Livingston County operates this Ford F-250 Chief's truck.

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Retired Buffalo, N.Y., Fire Department shops employee, Rich Sikora, left, and his son Ken, a lieutenant with the Buffalo FD, have many friends in New Jersey, and they are both active members of the Jersey City Gong Club.


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Structure fire leaves three adults and five children homeless

On the morning of May 23rd, firefighters of the 3rd Battalion/3rd Platoon were called out to battle a structure fire at 142 Humison Ave., in the city's Schiller Park section. Engine Co.31 reported heavy smoke showing from Bailey Avenue. Genesee St. firefighters used three 1 3/4" hand lines as well as 35' of ladders to bring the fire under control. One occupant jumped from the second floor to escape the flames prior to the arrival of the fire department. The two-story frame structure had no working smoke detectors. Three adults and five children were left homeless and the Red Cross was called to assist. Division Chief Patrick Brittzalaro was in command and damage was listed at $65,000.00.

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Third-alarm in Mount Vernon On the evening of Saturday, May 28th at approximately 11:20 P.M., the Mount Vernon Fire Department was toned out to 18 South Terrace Avenue for a reported structure fire. Multiple calls were received with confirmation from the MVPD that there was a confirmed structure fire, with extension to other houses. Engine-4 arrived on scene first due to find a 2 1/2 story private

JUMP TO FILE #053116104 dwelling fully involved in fire and extending to the exposure 2 and 4 sides. One engine, one truck and one battalion from Yonkers were called to the scene for mutual aid. Heavy fire extended to exposure 2 while exposure 4 was protected. Both exposures were similar structure types.

An engine from Pelham and a ladder from Eastchester were sent to the scene, making this incident equivalent to a 3rd-Alarm. Two ladder pipes, one tower ladder and multiple handlines were put into operation and the fire was eventually knocked down. The incident was placed under control with an approximate 3 hour duration. - JOHN HOPPER

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Rollover accident sends jeep down a ravine

The Eagle Mills and Center Brunswick Fire Departments responded for a traffic accident in the area of Bonesteel Lane on May 28th. The first arriving unit discovered that this was not going to be a normal call, as the reported vehicle was not on the roadway. Command requested Brush 10 to access the scene, as the vehicle was close to one mile off of the road, down a 50-foot ravine and upside down in a creek. Command spoke to the driver that self-extricated himself from the jeep and made sure he and his passengers were OK and did not need medical attention. Command requested a tow truck with 4-wheel drive to pull the jeep out of the creek, as it was not drivable. No firefighters were injured on scene and both the driver and scene were turned over to the state police.

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Boght holds annual Memorial Day service The Boght Community Fire District held it's annual Memorial Day service on Monday, May 30th. The service featured speeches by Colonie Town Supervisor Paula Mahan and State Assemblyman Phil Steck. It also featured a presentation of wreaths by the Fire Company, the Auxiliary, Cub Scout pack 277, Boy Scout troop 277 and Girl Scout troop 1130. Boght is one of 12 departments covering the town of Colonie and is celebrating it's 75th anniversary this year.

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Two pickup trucks try to occupy same space Two full size pickup trucks tried to occupy the same spot in the road at the same time. The result was two totaled trucks. It appears that one of the the trucks ran the stop sign for North South traffic on Town Line Road. Wendeville Fire and Rescue responded to the scene to handle the scene. Shawnee volunteers were

JUMP TO FILE #041316113 called in to assist with shutting down the road. Twin City responded with an ambulance to provide medical care. The pickup truck with the front end crushed, had a male driver with

a head injury. He was walked from the vehicle over to a waiting ambulance. The Niagara County Sheriff's Office was handled the investigation. It appears all injuries were minor and the road was open in an hour. - STEPHEN WALLACE

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Shaker Road-Loudonville battles garage fire It was a busy 24 hours for the Shaker RoadLoudonville fire department on June 3rd. A day after battling a structure fire that heavily damaged JUMP TO FILE# a home, crews were 060616104 dispatched again, this time for a garage fire. Upon arrival, Shaker RoadLoudonville Chief Steve DeGroff said the garage was fully involved. The first engine arrived on the scene within minutes, and crews were able to pull a hand-

line to knock the bulk of the fire down. “What was nice about this structure,” said DeGroff,” is that it has all concrete walls and a concrete foundation. The only wood was in the roof structure, so the only damage was to the contents and some of the roof.” The garage was away from the home, so the home suffered no damage and no injuries were reported. A vehicle happened to be parked next to the garage instead of inside of it, so it was also undamaged. A cause remains under investigation.

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At the Rotary Club of Hyde Park's "Touch-A-Truck," held on on May 14th, it was hard to tell who was having more fun...Staatsburg FD Assistant Chief Floyd Burger Jr., or the attendees who were allowed to extinguish an imaginary fire.


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Wind whipped third alarm in Buffalo Buffalo firefighters responded to a late morning fire at 91 Crestwood Avenue on Buffalo's north side. The officer of the first arriving engine company reported a two and a half story home with JUMP TO FILE heavy fire on the sec- #032816130 ond floor and similar exposure buildings on each side and immediately requested a second alarm. Engine crews deployed several two and a half inch hand lines while the ladder companies evacuated the exposure buildings.

High winds spread the fire to both 89 and 95 Crestwood, requiring 7th Battalion Chief Kraebel to call for the third alarm. Damage to 91 and 95 Crestwood was each listed at $225,000 with $90,000 damage to 89 Crestwood. The fire displaced several residents, who were being assisted by the Red Cross. Firefighters used seven-two and a half inch hand lines and four tower ladders. At least one firefighter was injured and treated at the hospital. The cause of the blaze is under investigation.

3-24-16 2:20 AM Rush FD & Rescue to MVA person trapped Rush-Lima Road near Keyes Rd. Veh was 100 ft. off the road into several trees. Person was extricated in 8 minutes from the time the Rescue arrived. A female in her 20's was taken to Strong with non-life threatening injuries by Henrietta ALS. Monroe County Sheriffs Investigating.

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Ambulance involved MVA in Buffalo A Rural Metro Ambulance was struck by a vehicle early Wednesday morning, February 10, 2016 at the corner of Delaware Ave. and North St. in Buffalo, causing the ambulance to rollover. Fire Alarm received reports of an EMT trapped inside the ambulance. Rescue Co. 1 was dispatched to extricate the medic. The driver of the vehicle that struck the ambulance fled the scene. The extent of the injuries to the medics was minor. Buffalo Police were investigating the crash.

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Buffalo firefighters battle vacant church blaze

Buffalo, NY - On Sunday, April 24th, at 11:57 a.m., Buffalo firefighters responded to a structure fire in the vacant Trinity Baptist Church at 41 Spruce Street. Battalion 43 arrived on the scene, reported a working fire and a partial collapse in the rear of the building. An emergency demolition was ordered, due to unsafe conditions because of the fire. There were no injuries reported and the cause of the blaze remains under investigation.


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Second-alarm fire destroys four buildings in Albany On one of the hottest nights of the Memorial Day weekend, the city of Albany was dispatched for an alarm of fire in the area of Henry Johnson Blvd. and Clinton Ave., with multiple reports of flames and smoke coming JUMP TO FILE# from the building in 052916100 the area. Upon arrival, the rescue squad called out that they had a signal 30, flames through the roof of a building. Firefighters pulled multiple two and a half inch lines and tried to make a fast knock down, but the fire was well involved. After doing a size up on scene, firefighters quickly learned that there were multiple buildings on fire.Command requested a second-alarm and also for mutual aid from the Cities of Watervliet, Cohoes and Troy to cover the city of Albany. Firefighters had multiple buildings heavily involved on Clinton Ave. Command requested additional truck companies to the scene to assist with trying to get control of the blaze. The fire could be seen all the way from the City of Troy.Firefighters did not make entry into any of the fire buildings for interior operation because luckily, they were all vacant. The heavy fire quickly spread to the adjacent buildings next to the fire buildings. Firefighters made entry into the building and knocked down any visible fire, keeping it from spreading to any more buildings.Firefighters had water problems on scene due to a hydrant failure. A large scale master stream operation was set up to quickly bring the fire under control. Firefighters used three truck companies and multiple master streams to bring the blaze under control. During the operations, one of the main fire buildings collapsed. Firefighters were on scene until the early hours of the morning. No one was injured in the blaze and two firefighters were transported to the hospital from heat exhaustion. The fire heavily damaged four buildings on Clinton Ave. and is currently under investigation by the City of Albany’s Fire Department.

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Tractor trailer rollover on thruway

Around 1:00 P.M. on June 7th, Winona Lake Engine Company alarm was sounded for a tractor trailer rollover on the New York State Thruway. The 911 center didn't know if it was south or northbound. Car-one advised that it was one mile north of the interchange. Winona Lake responded with an engine and emergency truck. Also on scene was Town of Newburgh EMS, Moble Life and New York State Police. Traffic was down to one lane while the FD operated at the scene. There were no reported injuries and units returned after the scene was secured.


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Stottville's 50-60 at work at a brush fire

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Olcott volunteers host community Open House and Recruiting

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Chief Steven Miller and the Olcott volunteers opened the doors of their fire hall as part of the state-wide recruiting day. It was their chance to show the community what it means to fill the boots of an active volunteer. The chief and his members work endlessly to add dedicated and devoted new members to the

JUMP TO FILE #042316108 Olcott family. They have a new critical care ambulance, a new heavy rescue, a number of first-in engines, all terrain vehicles to respond off road, and of course, their safety boat for Lake Ontario.

Today, Olcott cooked up lots of hot dogs and had a number of bounce houses for the children, but for those old enough, they had tables set up with equipment and information to inform and possibly get new members to be part of their team. - STEPHEN WALLACE

Busy day for New Paltz

The New Paltz Fire Department was busy on March 19th with a car into McDonald's restaurant. There were no injuries, but a pregnant woman in the car was evaluated by the New Paltz Rescue Squad. The department also responded to an unattended controlled burn on Route 32 south of the village.

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Overturned tractor trailer shuts down interstate

Maybook, NY. An overturned tractor trailer shut down westbound Interstate 84 at mile marker 27.2 on April 28, 2016. Only the one vehicle was involved and Maybrook Fire Department was requested to secure the vehicle. New York State Police and a towing company were also on scene.


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Structure fire quickly spreads to four other structures On May 18th, firefighters of the 3rd Battalion/1st Platoon were called out to battle a structure fire that started out at 102 Clark St. on Buffalo's East Side and quickly spread to four other structures. The initial fire that started was in a vacant 1 1/2 story frame dwelling that spread to 117 Lombard St., and then to 327, 329 and 333 Paderewski Dr. Firefighters used two tower ladders, four 1 3/4" and four 2 1/2" hand lines to bring the fire under control.Several of the structures were occupied but no injuries were reported and the cause of the fire is under investigation. Damage was listed at $152,000.00. Division Chief Peter Kertzie was in command.

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NYS Emergency Medical Service memorial

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Child playing with matches causes bedroom fire Firefighters of the 7th Battalion/4th Platoon were called out to a fast moving bedroom fire at 28 Prairie Ave., in the city's Riverside section on Monday evening, May 23rd.The fire started in a bedroom on the second floor of the 2 1/2 story frame dwelling, from a child playing with matches. Firefighters used two 1 3/4" hand lines and 40' of ladders to bring the fire under control.Damage was listed at $15,000.00 to the building and $5,000.00 to it's contents. Division Chief Mike Tuberdyke was in command. Otterkill Engine Co. 1 in Campbell Hall

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New York Apparatus of the Month Dear Readers,

For the past 20 years I have been writing an Apparatus of the Month column in the New Jersey edition of 1st Responder News. I am a retired battalion chief from New Jersey and also write apparatus delivery columns for multiple trade journals. I am also an apparatus buff Recently 1st Responder News has decided to expand apparatus columns to the New York State and New England editions and asked me to spearhead this mission. I certainly accepted this assignment. So please enjoy this new column. Those in a position to plan or purchase a new ambulance or apparatus may read about a product you may want to buy and you will be able to see many products by way of this column. Note that SUV conversions such as chief vehicles or incident command units will not be covered by this column. So here we go with dealer news: Mid-Atlantic Rescue Systems has delivered to the McDonough Fire Department . a ONEboat I Series 430RS 14 foot inflatable boat. It features five chambers plus the keel with multiple “D” ring connection points, bow storage bags, removable seats, rope handles on the inside and outside, rated lifting rings, multiple carry handles and reflective panels on a Hyper Tex material. It was made in America and powered by a Mercury 30 hp tiller control short shaft prop motor with prop guard. It sits on an aluminum trailer with aluminum rims, load guides, polypropylene runners and a spare tire, custom designed by Mid-Atlantic. P.L. Custom Emergency Vehicles has delivered two ambulances to Long Island fire departments. One went to Northport and is a Classic 170 Type ! on a Ford F-450 4 x 4 chassis. The other went to Plainview and is a medium duty Titan on an International 4300 chassis. They have received an order from the West Glens Falls Emergency Squad for a Medallion Type III ambulance on a Ford E-450 chassis. They have received an order from the Ossining VAC for a P.L. Custom Classic Type I ambulance on a Ford F-350 chassis. New England Fire Equipment & Apparatus reports a delivery of a Smeal 75 foot quint to the Monroe Joint Fire District. Specs include a Spartan Gladiator chassis with Cummins ISX, 500 hp diesel engine, Hale Qmax, single-stage 1750 gpm pump, Foam Pro system, 500 gallon water and 20 gallon Class “A” foam tanks, 1/8 inch aluminum, single-axle aerial body 100 inches wide, rope rescue attachment device, pedestal electric acPlease send any comments or news tidbits you might have about Apparatus of the Month to us at 1st Responder News, 1 Ardmore Street. New Windsor, NY 12553. Or you can e-mail them to Apparatus@1stResponderNews.com.

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tivated pinnable waterway, 750 pound tip load for aerial with 1500 gpm flowing, -6 to 72 degrees, horizontal extension of 71 ½ feet and the torque box, sub frame and stabilize parts are all hot dipped galvanized. Specialty Vehicles, East Farmingdale, NY continues to experience unprecedented growth with American Emergency Vehicles (AEV.) Our new AEV Type 1, AEV Type II and AEV Type III demo units are available. New deliveries include a Dodge AEV TraumaHawk Type 1 to the Dix Hills Fire District, a repeat AEV buyer.

Other AEV deliveries are a Type II to the Chatham Rescue Squad, a Type III to the Tarrytown VAC, to Empress Ambulance, AEV Transits and Remounts , To Mount Morris a Transit to NYRA a Type II. In production are two AEV TraumaHawks on Ford E450 chassis for the Bridgehampton FD, a Type 1 each for Uniondale Fire and Carle Place FD’s, a remount each for Jefferson Ambulance and Valatie Rescue, an AEV Type III each for Five Quad Ambulance and Lima, two Type 1’s for Lake Ronkonkoma and a Type II for NYRA, a repeat customer.

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Firefighters overcome hoarding conditions to quickly extinguish bedroom fire Around 1:00 A.M. on June 3rd, Endicott Fire Department platoon-4 was dispatched to a reported house fire at 112 Day Place in the Village. Arriving within minutes, crews under the JUMP TO FILE# command of Cap- 060316112 tain Don Collins found heavy smoke from a second-floor bedroom. Capt. Collins requested a second-alarm which brought in EFD off duty personnel, West Corners, Union Center, Vestal and Endwell Fire Departments, the Fire Coordinator Staff and Union Ambulance. Upon initial attack, crews encountered hoarding conditions but were still able to bring the fire under control quickly. Extensive overhaul was necessary to make sure that the fire did not spread throughout the house. The lone occupant of the home escaped, but suffered minor injuries and was transported by Union Ambulance for admission. Endicott Police Dept., NYSEG and Endicott Municipal Light also assisted at the scene. The cause remains under investigation. - DAVID ABELL

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The Human Factors, A Contributing Factor in Firefighter Injury and Death - Part I STAYING SAFE

Chief Henry Campbell

This article and the next 2 following articles first appeared when I first started writing this column, Staying Safe, 15 years ago. I repeated it 6 years ago with slight modification, and feel it still holds true today as a leading cause of firefighter injury and death. It can serve as a refresher for senior firefighters and as a safety lesson for newer firefighters. The prime suspect for a majority of all unsafe acts and the resulting injuries and deaths in fire/EMS personnel can be relegated to “Human Factors.” This Human Factor or Human Error category includes many sub categories that contribute to unsafe and dangerous acts at the emergency scene. Included, but not limited to, the following: laziness, lack of concentration, poor judgment and failure to evaluate risks involved,

not being prepared, insufficient training, taking foolish chances, complacency, macho or indestructible attitude, accidents don’t happen to me, refusing to seek help, emotions out of control, and the proverbial taking short cuts rather than following standard procedures. It is always easy to blame the equipment, apparatus, or changing fire conditions, but was it really the individual firefighter at fault? Laziness is probably the greatest cause for any type of unsafe act because indirectly it will almost appear as the root cause for the incident to have occurred. Most will deny laziness as the primary cause because of the guilt complex that goes along with being identified as being LAZY. Hey, I got news for you, we all suffer from the same problem and it has a bearing in our everyday life. Who gets up to change TV channels? How about the portable telephone? When I sit down to watch TV I make sure I have the TV remote, but more often then I like, I forget to bring the portable phone. In the height of laziness I hope my wife will come join

me, and then I ask her to bring the phone, anything to keep from getting up! I am not alone. Fortunately the aforementioned are not life threatening, but if laziness carries over into our day-to-day chores or when we respond as emergency responders, it can lead to injury. How about cleaning the leaves from the gutters? You put the ladder up and then hug it, getting as close as possible to the rungs while over reaching left and right as far as possible in order to keep from climbing down and repositioning the ladder. When we complete the gutter-cleaning chore what have we saved, having to move the ladder 2 or 3 more times, while giving no thought to our personal safety. You don’t have to fall from a great height to be injured, and the older you get the shorter the distance. Maybe, as one gets older, it would be safer to hire someone to clean the gutters for us. Think about it, if we do the same things at the emergency scene in order to save energy and footsteps, the risk of injury and death are far greater than being unable to change

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the TV channel. Are we wearing all our protective equipment, or have we forgotten or misplaced an item in the excitement? If we have, the chances are we are not going back to get it. How many times have we used the tool in hand as a poor substitute for the correct tool simply because it requires going back to the rig to obtain it? How often do we stand on a chair, table, or bed, or whatever else is available, to pull a ceiling with a halligan tool when a 6 foot hook is the preferred tool for the job? It is almost impossible to maintain ones balance walking on a bed, let alone perform some physical activity. How about ladder placement and height? Do we reposition the ladder, or get a ladder of greater length when it is the safe thing to do, or do we make do and hope nothing goes wrong. There are

times the IC gives a specific assignment and we immediately come up with a better idea, usually one that reduces physical exertion and therefore easier to perform. Officers and Incident Commanders should be aware of counter proposals and their effect on the safety of personnel. The task may be made easier, but will it be as effective and safe? Counter proposals are usually shortcuts that eliminate a safe method of performing a task, and may become the contributing factors to injuries and death, and they generally start with being lazy. We know better, but laziness is driving us so therefore we overlook the added risk. To be continued next month. Till then, Stay Safe and God Bless!


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Second alarm in Washingtonville Washingtonville, NY. On May 4th just after 4:30 p.m., the Washingtonville and Salisbury Mills Fire Departments were alerted to a reported shed fire at 12 Heard Rd. A column of smoke was observed by Washingtonville Car 1 enroute and he requested a FAST team to start out. Car 1 found a shed fire with extension to the house on the first and second floors, requesting a second alarm. Crews quickly knocked down

JUMP TO FILE #050416138 the bulk of the main fire outside and made entry to the home, knocking down the extension on the first floor. Fire on the second floor was very minor. The fire was declared under control in under 45 minutes and mutual aid was released. Extensive overhaul was re-

quired due to pine clapboard walls. Washingtonville remained on scene until just after 6:30 p.m. Units on scene or providing standby were Washingtonville, Salisbury Mills, Goshen, Woodbury, South Blooming Grove, Monroe, Campbell Hall, Chester, Vails Gate, 36-1, 36-15, 36-105, 36-109, Blooming Grove Police, and Blooming Grove Ambulance.

Personal injury auto accident

Good Will Fire Department responded to a two car MVA at the intersection of State Route 32 and Interstate 84 on April 29th at approximately 3:45 p.m. Town of Newburgh Police, EMS and Moble Life were at the scene. Four people were transported to St Lukes/Cornwall Hospital. Cronomer Valley Fire Department responded with an engine.

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On April 4th at 5:10 p.m., the Marbletown Fire Department and Rescue Squad, along with the Hurley Fire Department were dispatched for a two car head-on crash on Route 209 near Pine Tree in the Town of Marbletown. The Hurley Fire Department worked with Marbletown Fire to free the injured parties from their vehicles. All three of the injured were transported by ambulance to Health Alliance Hospital in Kingston, where one person died from their injuries. Assisting at the scene were New York State Police, Ulster County Sheriff's Department, Marbletown Rescue, and Mobile Life Support Services.


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Kendra Harrington and Paul Harrington Jr., recently visited the Orange County Firefighters Museum and Education Center in Montgomery. They got a tour of the center in which they saw first-hand the dangers of fires at home. Their father, Paul Sr., was recently recognized as the Orange County Fire Prevention Educator of the Year.


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Mock DWI drill held at FD Roosevelt High School, just in time for prom season Members of the Staatsburg and Roosevelt Fire Departments conducted a "Mock DWI" drill at FD Roosevelt high school in Staatsburg, on June 3rd. This JUMP TO FILE# program is designed 060716105 to encourage high school students not to drink and drive. Members of Staatsburg, Roosevelt and West Clinton joined HPPD to add reality to the program. - TODD BENDER

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Teaching the Dinosaur New Tricks EMS ISSUE

CHELLE CORDERO

The mission of any Emergency Medical Service agency is to provide quality pre-hospital health care to the community it serves… Operating an EMS agency costs money whether it is a private paid service or a volunteer organization. We should never lose sight of the fact that in order to keep providing these very vital services, we MUST run our agencies like businesses and utilize ways to increase our efficiency, sustain our organization, provide for our members AND fulfill our primary mission. For the EMT or Paramedic that has been around “forever”, there has been a lot of change to absorb, adopt, and utilize. Just like in the rest of the business world there are “dinosaurs” who want to keep “the way we’ve always done it” and resist learning new technologies; this can become a nightmare for EMS agency leaders who don’t want to lose valuable personnel but still must enforce what is deemed beneficial for the company. Among the newer techy innovations that EMS personnel have been asked to use are: online scheduling, web-based classrooms, electronic patient care reports, mechanical chest compression devices, wi-fi connectivity between the ambulance and the hospital, GPS which helps to cut down on response and transport times, and automatic external defibrillators (AEDs). Each new innovation also brings with it a need for more training hours. Like many private industries, older workers (years of experience in the field) are often resistant to changes in the way things are done; for older workers (age) technology is often frustrating and daunting. So if everything worked “fine” before, why should we throw new curveballs into the mix? And then there is always the retorted, “So if wi-fi goes down, or if the mechanical chest compression battery dies, do we just forget everything we knew before?” Truthfully the seasoned EMT who learned to do CPR the hard way, first hand and manually, is at an advantage. There is no doubt that LUCAS will deliver steady, long time compressions without personal fatigue, but if the battery does die, the patient may not have to when the EMT can take over “old school style”. And if the heart-rate and other vitals aren’t transmitted to the hospital prior to arrival the EMT or Paramedic who is used to delivering oral reports can pick up the slack hopefully shortening whatever delay might have been caused due to the lack of communication. The advances we have available to us in 2016 can help to pro-

vide a reliable standard of care, reduce response time, protect our health care providers from some injuries, and save man-hours sending required reports. Learning how to use the newer tools can and will help our EMS agencies to fulfill our missions even better than before, something we should all be striving for. Rather than “it’s the new stuff or nothing” adopt the attitude “It’s the improved methods and if those are not available, we have a backup plan”. Since classroom training still includes many of the “oldschool” methods, even newer health providers are still capable of more hands-on even if they don’t get as much field experience. One of the areas meeting a lot of resistance is, surprisingly, online training opportunities. Sitting in real-time classes is time consuming and one of the reasons we lose experienced health responders, especially in the volunteer sector; there have been many calls for longer time periods between recertification

needs to reduce necessary classroom time. More and more some in-service classes and updates have been made available online to be taken at individually convenient times, but there are some who have balked at having to access a computer to either watch a training video or read screen text and then possibly respond to an online quiz — many of these objectors do not feel confident in their computer skills and some do not have ready access to the world-wide-web. Agency leaders might be able to gain more cooperation from their employees, new and old, by demonstrating the advantages of each innovation for BOTH the provider and the agency. Providing an employee/member-use computer on premises can also help ease problems of internet access. Finally distributing or displaying crib-notes may help each employee to remember the things (and build confidence) they were taught about using each device.

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One car MVA

Winona Lake Engine Company was dispatched to a one car personal injury auto accident on Friday, June 10th. The accident was on the New York State Thruway, one mile north of the Newburgh interchange. One person was reportedly ejected from the vehicle. The New York State Police as well as an engine and a rescue were at the scene. Reportedly, a helicopter was being called in to medevac the subject that was ejected. Traffic was down to one lane while the FD and State Police investigated the cause.


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MEMORIAL DAY PARADES FROM AROUND THE REGION

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Memorial Day Parade in Williamsville, NY.

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Mount Beacon extrication and rope rescue On May 20th at 11:29 A.M., the City of Beacon FD was dispatched for a rollover accident on Mt. Lane. Upon arrival, the scene dispatch was changed to a rollover with entrapment half way up the Mountain. Two Beacon FD vehicles transported Mobile Life Paramedics to JUMP TO FILE# the scene. A 51-year- 060216103 old maintenance worker had lost control of his vehicle and dropped off of the road, down a 60-foot bank and into a stream. The vehicle was upside down, with the driver trapped inside. Two medics and a Beacon Firefighter descended to the patient. The patient was stabilized in the vehicle while waiting to be extricated. Three Beacon careers and two volunteer Beacon firefighters set up a technical rope recue to retrieve the patient. The door of the vehicle had to be cut off and the patient was loaded into a stokes basket after an extended time. The patient was removed from the mountain in BVAC’s ATV and transported to St. Luke's ER by Mobile Life. A life flight helicopter was put on standby, but not needed. The patient had back and neck injuries. - GARY VAN VOORHIS

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Third-alarm fire at 102 Clark St. in Buffalo.

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Lancaster, NY Fire Chief Volpe at the scene.

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Firefighters from Sloan, Forks, Doyle 1 and 2, South Line and Rescue Fire Departments responded to the blaze in Cheektowaga.

Firefighters wetting down all of the hot spots from a car versus tree, with fire.

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South Line firefighter replaces ladder after fire.


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Departments respond for Hudson River kayak rescue On May 29th, Cornwall on Hudson FD was notified of a group of 28 kayakers along with 4 tour guides in distress due to high winds on the river. The group was from the Storm King Adventure Tours, located in Cornwall on Hudson. The Orange County Hudson JUMP TO FILE# River Response 053116107 plan was activated which brought rescue boats from Vails Gate FD, West Point FD and Fort Montgomery FD. Assistance was also given by civilian boats from the Cornwall Yacht Club. EMS agencies from Cornwall EMS and Mobile Life Support were also on scene.All subjects were either rescued with the boats or made it to land safely under their own power, to either Plum Point in New Windsor or back to the Cornwall Landing. Approximately 11 kayakers made it to land under their own power and the remaining 21 kayakers were brought in by boat. No injuries were reported. - BOB MCCORMICK

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Buffalo firefighters rescue dog from burning home Shortly before 4 P.M. on June 7th, 7th Battalion Companies were dispatched to 128 Kail Street for a reported house fire. Engine-26 arrived with heavy smoke showing from a 1-1/2 story frame house. After making an initial knock-

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on scene. A male occupant also suffered burns and smoke inhalation and was transported for treatment. - KENNETH SIKORA

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Rapidly spreading brush fire

On March 12th, Staatsburg, Rhinebeck and West Clinton Fire Departments were mutual aid to Hillside Fire Department for a rapidly moving brush fire on Kipp Road in Rhinebeck (Hillside Fire District). According to the owner, as soon as he lit an old Christmas tree, the brush ignited and ran up the hill toward the neighbor's house. The total brush involved was approximately one to two acres. Fortunately, an existing stone wall helped slow the fire's spread.

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APPARATUS IN ACTION

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On April 2nd, the Pleasant Valley Fire District honored the veterans upon their return on the Freedom Flight at Stewart Airport.

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