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MASSIVE EARLY-MORNING APARTMENT FIRE CLAIMS ONE LIFE IN SLINGERLANDS

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Slingerlands, NY - The body of an adult male was removed following a structure fire that tore through an apartment building in Slingerlands during the early morning hours of Thursday, June 13th. Just after 2:00 A.M., fire crews received multiple calls reporting visible smoke and flames coming from the apartment building at 26 Meadowbrook Drive. - See full story on page 7

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Five-Car MVA with Rollover in Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls, NY - At least two people were transported to local hospitals on June 3rd following a five-car motor vehicle accident with rollover on 9th Street and Walnut Avenue in the City of Niagara Falls.

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Tractor-Trailer and Car Collide on I-84 Near Montgomery Montgomery, NY - On July 3rd, the Maybrook FD was dispatched for a serious MVA involving a tractor-trailer and car on Interstate 84 eastbound at mile marker 28. The Mechanicstown and Montgomery Fire Departments responded as mutual aid while Coldenham FD reported to the scene of a helicopter landing zone set up on I-84 at mile marker 27. One subject was trapped inside the vehicle and required extrication. Once freed, the subject was transported by ambulance to Orange Regional Hospital. New York State police shut down all eastbound traffic during the incident and are handling the investigation.

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Heavy Fire Destroys Garage & Severely Damages Home in Colonie Colonie, NY - On July 4th at 10:37 P.M., the Maplewood FD along with the Latham, Boght and Schuyler Hights Fire Departments responded to 8 Marne Street for multiple calls reporting a garage fire. The first arriving chief on scene JUMP TO FILE# had a heavily in- 070819127 volved garage fire that had spread to the house as well as a car in the driveway. Command called for the Signal 30, prompting the dispatcher to start the town of Colonie's fire services and air bank to the scene. Command advised that all occupants of the home were accounted for out front and then requested the first engine to hit the hydrant and lay in. The first arriving engine crew pulled multiple hand lines and started to knock down the heavy fire, but flames had already spread to the second floor and into the attic area. With heavy fire pushing from the roof, command had the second engine's pump operator hop on the deck gun of Engine 419 and start to put water on the fire. After knocking down all of the heavy fire, crews made their way to the second floor and began hitting hot spots and overhauling the scene. Firefighters worked tirelessly and were able to bring the blaze under control within 30 minutes. The house suffered extensive damage while the garage was

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deemed a total loss. The homeowners' vehicles were also damaged by the fire. No firefighters or residents sustained any injuries,

and the fire is currently under investigation. - JEFFREY BELSCHWINDER


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Head-On Car Crash in Newburgh Injures Two

Newburgh, NY - Around 6:30 P.M. on June 25th, Winona Lake Engine Co. firefighters responded with Heavy Rescue 323 to 114 Route 17K for reports of an MVA. Upon arrival crews found two cars that crashed head-on. Two people were transported by ambulance to the hospital while firefighters onscene used speedy dry for leaked gas and oil in the roadway. The accident was turned over to Town of Newburgh police for investigation.

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Mom’s Lecturing Pays Off After Son Rescues Friend from Drowning Duluth, MN - All the years of telling my son "everything that can go wrong will, so be prepared," recently paid off. I stopped by his house as he was leaving with friends on June 27th to go cliff diving. I gave him a hug, and normally I would give a short lecture but I didn’t this time. I knew that I have instilled in him to have fun and live life, but to always be cautious and prepared. My normal lecture goes something like "don’t drown please, it would be bad for business!". All joking aside, what happened that day is something he will never forget. My son called me and said, "Mom, I just saved my friend's life in 200 feet of water! Everyone was cliff jumping so I stayed in the water so that if something happened to anyone I would be close by." When his friend jumped and attempted a double, he opened up

JUMP TO FILE #070119112 late and knocked himself out. Brody Fleming was just a few feet away. Realizing immediately that there was a problem, he dove under, grabbed his friend and got his head above water. He then found out that his instincts were right and his friend had completely passed out. The friend eventually came to and would make a full recovery. Had Brody been even just a few feet further away, his unconscious friend would have sank straight to the bottom. I am so proud of Brody for not just being in the right place at the right time, but for purposely putting himself there! - CONNIE SYLVESTER

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Multi-Car MVA in Newburgh Leaves One Dead & Several Others Seriously Injured Newburgh, NY - Middle Hope firefighters along with several other fire companies were dispatched to 5417 Route 9W shortly before 2:00 P.M. on Wednesday, June 19th for reports of a multi-vehicle crash. On arrival crews found three JUMP TO FILE# cars involved with 062019106 multiple occupants seriously injured. The occupant of one vehicle, later identified by Town of Newburgh Police as 78-yearold Barbara Moloney of Marlboro, was pronounced dead at the scene. Route 9W was closed down for several hours as investigators reconstructed the deadly accident. - BOB ROOT

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Washingtonville Crews Dispatched for Person Trapped Under Vehicle Washingtonville, NY - At 2:30 P.M. on June 22nd, the Washingtonville Fire Department was called for the report of a person trapped underneath a vehicle in the High Grove development off of Ahern Boulevard. Upon arrival firefighters found an unconscious, unresponsive male trapped under the front of the vehicle. The male was extricated by fire department personnel and treated on-scene by the Blooming Grove VAC. He was then transported to Saint Luke’s Hospital in critical condition. The Washingtonville Police Department conducted an investigation of the incident.

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In June, one-year-old Eli visited his EMT daddy Randy at Akwesasne Mohawk Ambulance for the very first time.


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Arkansas: Michael Watkins, 75 Rank: Driver/Engineer Incident Date: April 21, 2019 Death Date: April 24, 2019 Fire Department: Northeast Lakeside Fire Department Initial Summary: On April 21, 2019, Driver/Engineer Michael Watkins was responding to a brush fire when he suffered a heart attack. He was immediately taken to the hospital where he passed away on April 24, 2019. Florida: Brad Gregrich, 30 Rank: Firefighter/EMT Incident Date: April 14, 2019 Death Date: April 27, 2019 Fire Department: Desoto County Fire Rescue Initial Summary: On April 14, 2019, while on-duty at the fire station, Firefighter/EMT Brad Gregrich complained to his co-worker that he wasn’t feeling well, with a headache and feeling tired. The next morning, returning home after his shift, Firefighter/EMT Gregrich was still ill. His wife transported him to the hospital. The hospital then released him after an evaluation. He returned home but became unresponsive and 9-1-1 was called. He was rushed back to the hospital where he suffered a major stroke and never regained consciousness. He passed away at the hospital on Saturday, April 27, 2019. Illinois: Kody Vanfossan, 24 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: May 5, 2019 Death Date: May 5, 2019 Fire Department: Christopher Fire Department Initial Summary: Firefighter Kody Vanfossan responded to a multi-alarm two-story vacant structure fire in Christopher, Illinois. Upon arrival, heavy smoke could be seen coming out of the top floor of the structure. Vanfossan, along with a second firefighter, began an interior attack on the fire. An additional firefighter later called for the two firefighters to exit the building. As the two firefighters started down steps in the rear of

the building, the steps collapsed. While the second firefighter was able to make it out of the building, a Mayday was issued for Vanfossan. Vanfossan was recovered from the building and placed into an ambulance where he was pronounced deceased. Investigation into the incident continues. Wisconsin: Mitchell F. Lundgaard, 36 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: May 15, 2019 Death Date: May 15, 2019 Fire Department: Appleton Fire Department Initial Summary: On May 15, 2019, firefighters from the Appleton Fire Department, the Appleton Police Department, and the Gold Cross Ambulance Crew, responded to a medical emergency at the Valley Transit Center in downtown Appleton, WI. While treating the patient, the situation escalated into shots being fired, striking Firefighter Lundgaard, a police officer, and a bystander. Aid was immediately rendered to Firefighter Lundgaard and he was rushed to the ThedaCare Regional Medical Center in Appleton, WI. Despite all lifesaving efforts, Lundgaard passed away from the injuries he sustained from the shooting. Investigation into the incident continues.

Pennsylvania:William Norman Franck, 81 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: May 12, 2019 Death Date: May 12, 2019 Fire Department: Willow Street Fire Company Initial Summary: On May 12, 2019, Firefighter William N. Franck was performing scene safety at a motor vehicle accident. While at the accident, he suffered a CVA. He was immediately taken to Penn Medicine Lancaster General Hospital in Lancaster, PA, where he passed away a short time later.


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Massive Early-Morning Apartment Fire Claims One Life in Slingerlands Slingerlands, NY - The body of an adult male was removed following a structure fire that tore through an apartment building in Slingerlands during the early morning hours of Thursday, June 13th. Just after 2:00 A.M., fire crews received multiple calls JUMP TO FILE# reporting visible 061519103 smoke and flames coming from the apartment building at 26 Meadowbrook Drive. According to Assistant Chief Paul Fuino of the North Bethlehem FD, the entire structure was engulfed in flames with the exception of the office and maintenance room. According to Fuino, the building contained seven apartments and an additional room being the rental office. The Bethlehem PD initially spent most of the morning focusing on accountability of all residents of the buildings. According to Commander Adam Hornick, the body of a deceased individual was removed around 10:35 A.M., and after conducting an autopsy, officials stated that the cause of death appeared to be from smoke inhalation. Because the location of the building was difficult for crews to get to, along with the size of the fire upon their arrival, crews focused their attention on protecting nearby buildings from catching fire. Despite heat damage and some broken windows during rescue efforts, firefighters were able to save the surrounding buildings and residents were allowed to return to them. According to Assistant Chief Fuino, the fire took a little less than two hours to bring under control, partially due to the gas line being active and on fire, and partially because the second floor collapsed onto the first floor and hid some pockets of fire. There was also some difficulty for crews to initially get water on the fire. "We had two hydrants that we weren't able to open or get any water out of," Fuino said. The day that the fire occurred happened to be during the week of the 113th annual conference and expo held in Syracuse, hosted by the New York State Association of Fire Chiefs, which draws in members from all over. With many local volunteers attending the expo, the amount of members responding to the call was limited which led to several additional mutual aid companies being dispatched. Companies that responded to the call included the North Bethlehem, Slingerlands, Delmar, Elsmere, Selkirk, McKownville, Fort Hunter, Westmere, Guilderland, Onesquethaw and New Salem Fire Departments. DelmarBethlehem and Colonie EMS were also on the scene, as well as the Bethlehem PD. Fuino said one firefighter suf-

One resident was found dead in the fire due to smoke inhalation.

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A gas line was on fire throughout the morning while crews awaited the arrival of National Grid.

fered slight smoke inhalation, but did not require transport to the hospital. The Red Cross was on the

scene to assist with those who were displaced. The cause the fire is under in-

vestigation, however, the latest update from the Bethlehem PD stated that "there is no indication of crim-

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inal activity in the cause of the fire."

- THOMAS MARRA


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DID YOU K NOW

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The first-ever 911 call in the United States happened on February 16, 1968, in Haleyville, Alabama. It wasn’t until 1999 that Congress directed the FCC to make 911 the universal emergency number for the United States for all telephone services.

A fire struck a house on Parsells Ave. in Rochester on July 4th.

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Rochester Firefighters Battle Fourth of July Blaze Rochester, NY - The Rochester Fire Department responded to the report of a house fire shortly before midnight on Thursday, July 4th, at 653 Parsells Avenue. First arriving companies found heavy fire conditions on the front JUMP TO FILE# porch of a large, 070619102 two-family house with extension to the attic. An aggressive attack was quickly made to bring the blaze under control. There was one minor firefighter injury, and one of the home's occupants was transported to a local hospital for treatment of smoke inhalation. Rochester Police responded and dispersed people shooting off fireworks in the area. The Red Cross also responded to assist the displaced residents. The cause of the fire remains under investigation. - JEFFREY ARNOLD

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Mobile Life Support Services EMTs Recognized for Off-Duty Life-Saving Efforts New Windsor, NY - On the evening of Monday, June 17th, two EMTs from Mobile Life Support Services, the largest emergency medical service provider in the Hudson Valley, responded to an emergent situation JUMP TO FILE# while off duty in 062619105 New York City, where they provided life-saving care to an apparent stabbing victim. Both EMTs received commendations for their quick action and heroism. Mobile Life EMTs Shelagh Sweeney, 23, and Zach Bundschuh, 25, saw a man who they believed to be in his sixties, with an active bleed in his neck. Not equipped with their gear or a rig, the pair was forced to improvise. Sweeney used her own shirt to pack and apply pressure to the wound, while Bundschuh further assessed the patient. They alternated holding pressure to the critical neck wound until members of the FDNY arrived at the scene. Upon the arrival of the FDNY, Sweeney and Bundschuh lowered the man to the ground and with minimal stimulation, the man regained consciousness, opened his eyes and was able to talk with investigators. He was moved to a stretcher and transported to a nearby hospital for further emergency treatment. “This is what it means to be an Emergency Medical Service (EMS) provider,” said Mobile President and CEO, Scott Woebse. “You are not just trained to do a job; you are trained to help others in their time of need, anytime, anywhere, whether you’re ‘on the clock’ or not, and that’s exactly what Shelagh and Zach did that night. We are so proud to have them as part of our team.” Sweeney has been a Mobile Life employee for four years. She is a Captain and Firefighter at the Hurley Vol. Fire Department in

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Hurley, N.Y. Last year, at only 21 years of age, she was the first female in the history of the department to be recognized as the Hurley Firefighter of the Year and was presented with her award by Ulster County Legislator Heidi Haynes. Sweeney is also a recent graduate of Marist College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., and plans to continue her education even further. Bundschuh has been a Mobile Life employee for three years. He also volunteers at his local volunteer fire department in West Hurley, N.Y., and is a graduate of SUNY Ulster in Stone Ridge, N.Y. The two are bright, hardworking and well-liked by their fellow employees as well as their supervisors, added Woebse. - FOCUS MEDIA, INC.

Mobile Life Support Services EMTs Shelagh Sweeney and Zach Bundschuh.

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Summertime and the living’s easy...so is the cooking! FORK & HOSE CO. a Food Blog by A.J. Fusco

The heat of the summer begs for easy, quick, no-cook recipes. With this time of year we also get to enjoy the bounty of fruits, vegetables and herbs that thrive in the July and August months. My absolute favorite is the tomato, when they smell and taste like a tomato is supposed to. Nothing irks me

more than seeing those dull pink “tomatoes” that seem to be in season all year round on the shelves in the supermarket and taste no better than a piece of plastic. If you can’t get your hands on garden-fresh produce, look for brightly colored tomatoes that smell ripe. I like cherry tomatoes for this recipe in particular because their size makes them perfect for either garnish or as a salad on their own. Cherry tomatoes are also usually very sweet, which is balanced out by the acidity of the lime and heat of the jalapeno. After buying the tomatoes, I do not like to put them in the fridge

because I feel like it alters their texture and doesn’t allow them to ripen further. Instead, I prefer to leave them on the counter top, in a brown bag if possible. And when cutting any tomatoes, it's best to use a serrated knife. These cut through them much better without crushing them, which typically happens with a regular knife, especially a dull one. This quick recipe is perfect to put over grilled steak, use as a taco topping, add to a salad or toss with some pasta for an easy no-cook pasta “sauce”. Just make sure to buy the best produce you can, or better yet, grow your own!

CHERRY TOMATO - CILANTRO SALAD

4 Servings (if used as topping) Ingredients:

16 oz. Package of Cherry Tomatoes ½ White Onion, finely diced 1 Jalapeno, seeded and finely diced (if you prefer extra spice, leave the seeds in) 1 Lime, zest and juice Small Bunch of Fresh Cilantro, chopped Salt, to taste Procedure:

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-Put the diced onion in a small bowl, cover with cold water. Place in fridge while preparing the rest of the ingredients. This helps mellow out the astringent onion flavor. -Halve the tomatoes (serrated knife works best), combine in a bowl with jalapeno, lime zest and juice and a pinch of salt.

Toss to combine.

Season with a pinch of salt, toss to combine and taste. Adjust seasoning accordingly. AJ FUSCO

-Remove the onion from fridge and drain well. Add onion and cilantro to the bowl with tomato mixture.

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Fire Breaks Out in Garage at Water Tunnel Site in Middle Hope

Middle Hope, NY - The Middle Hope Fire Department was dispatched to 5503 Route 9W at approximately 7:15 P.M. on Saturday, June 1st for reports of a working fire. Upon arrival, Command confirmed a working garage fire at the NYC DEP water tunnel construction site and a second-alarm was called, bringing the Marlboro, City of Newburgh and GoodWill Fire Departments to the scene. Command reported the fire as knocked down just after 7:50 P.M. Crews conducted overhaul for an additional hour before leaving the scene. Town of Newburgh Police and EMS also responded.

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Town of Colonie Crews Quickly Bring House Fire Under Control Colonie, NY - On June 28th at 7:21 P.M., the Latham Fire Department along with the Shaker Road and Verdoy Fire Departments were dispatched to 19 Spring Avenue for a reported structure fire. The caller reported that the back of the house was on fire. The first arriving police unit had heavy black smoke showing along with flames in the back of the structure, which were spreading to the side of the house. The quick acting officer forced entry through the front door of the home and made sure that nobody was inside, pulling the door shut as he

JUMP TO FILE #070119113 exited to prevent any fire spread. Latham Fire Department Engine 419 arrived on scene next along with Assistant Chief Goes. Command had a two-story, wood-frame structure with heavy fire in the rear and flames spreading down the 'Bravo' side of the structure. Firefighters were ordered to pull two hand lines off the engine. One crew entered the home through the front door while a second crew was sent to the rear of the building to begin knocking

down the heavy fire on the outside. Firefighters quickly checked for extension inside the structure which came up negative, however there was minor extension into the roof area but crews were able to quickly bring it under control. The fire was declared under control after less than 20 minutes of firefighters' arrival on scene. Heavy overhaul followed for an additional hour. There were no reported injuries to civilians or firefighters, and the fire is currently under investigation. - JEFFREY BELSCHWINDER

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This patch belongs to the Ghent Vol. Fire Department, located in Columbia County, NY.

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EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES If you have photos you would like to see in our “Emergency Medical Services” feature, please upload them on our website www.1stResponderNews.com or email them to Lindsey@1stResponderNews.com.

BOB MCCORMICK

Car Slams into Stone Pillar in Plattekill

Plattekill, NY - The Plattekill FD was dispatched on June 16th for a vehicle into a stone pillar on Forest Road. Town of Newburgh Police and EMS also responded. Upon their arrival, EMS and firefighters removed one subject from the vehicle. Firefighters spread speedy dry on leaked fluids on the roadway while Town of Newburgh EMS transported the subject to St. Luke's/Montefiore Hospital. Town of Newburgh Police were investigating the cause of the accident.

Delmar-Bethlehem EMS on the scene of a motor vehicle accident in Selkirk.

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FUTURE 1st RESPONDERS If you have photos you would like to see in our “Future First Responders� feature, please upload them on our website, www.1stResponderNews.com or email them to Lindsey@1stResponderNews.com.

RUSH FD

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Akwesasne Mohawk Ambulance recently participated in a "Little Heroes Safety Day" event held at the St. Regis Rec. The participants of Safety Day dressed up as superheroes and completed a safety checklist. Akwesasne Mohawk Ambulance staged a "fall down and go boom" CPR demonstration where the superheroes had to do two compressions and ventilate twice to save the day, followed by a superhero pose for a picture in the back of the ambulance.

Rush FD Responds to Three-Car Crash with Entrapment and Injuries Honeoye Falls, NY - On June 12th at 3:12 P.M., the Rush Fire Dept. was dispatched to grass burning on I-390, north of Exit 11, which turned out to be in Henrietta. At the same time Rush Fire/Rescue & Ambulance were dispatched to Works Rd. and Honeoye Falls No. 6 Rd. for a dump truck on top of a car with people trapped. Rush Asst. Chief Sean Brown (Incident Command) arrived on location and reported two vehicles and a dump truck involved with a person trapped. Rescue 588, Pumper 582 and Ambulance 589 responded. Honeoye Falls FD's pumper was requested to the scene to assist. Honeoye Falls Mendon Ambulance and two CHS Ambulances were also requested to the scene. 5th Battalion EMS Coordinator 905 (Reg Allen) was also on scene. The trapped per-

JUMP TO FILE #071219114 son in a white vehicle was extricated in eight minutes by Asst. Chief Jon Faugh (I/C Operations) and Rescue Lt. James Princehorn along with an HFFD firefighter using the "Jaws of Life". Fire Police Capt. Bob Faugh was the Safety Officer. Past Chief Bruce Hall brought Pumper 582 to the scene. Rush FD had two fire police on the scene for traffic control (Royer Pfersick & Dick Crawford). Honeoye Falls-Mendon Ambulance took care of the male patient. The two people in the car under the dump truck managed somehow to get out of the crushed vehicle on their own. They were 19-year-old Chandler Simpson of Livonia, who

suffered an arm injury, and the passenger, 18-year-old Allison Brickwood of Nunda, who suffered a leg injury and a minor head injury. Rush Ambulance crew Kevin Smith and Zac Dubois transported one patient and CHS transported the other two. The truck driver had minor injuries also. A total of four people were transported to the hospital. NYS DEC spill response was also at the scene. MC Fire Coordinator and 5th Batt. Fire Coordinator also responded. Many Monroe Co. Sheriff Deputies and Command officers were also at the scene. They reported that the gray SAAB failed to yield the right of way to the six-wheel Town of Henrietta dump truck, which was loaded with asphalt. - BOB FAUGH

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Matthew Marlow of the Medway-Grapeville FD and his son listen to veterans' stories at a Memorial Day ceremony held in New Baltimore.

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In June, members from Platoon 2 of the Niagara Falls FD conducted emergency bailout drills at a vacant structure on 19th Street in the City of Niagara Falls. Members trained using their personal SCBA harness bailout device so that in case of an emergency they can safely lower themselves out and down from an upper floor using the rope and decent control device in the kit.

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Head-On Collision in Greenville Sends Multiple Patients to Hospital Greenville, NY - Multiple patients were transported to the hospital on the afternoon of Sunday, May 26th, following a head-on collision involving a GMC and pickup truck on Route 81 at Route 75 in Greenville. Firefighters found the front of the GMC on fire upon their arrival and quickly extin- JUMP TO FILE# guished it. There 061519104 were reportedly five occupants in the GMC and two occupants in the pickup when the crash occurred, all of which were transported to local hospitals for various injuries. The Greenville and Freehold Fire Departments responded to the scene while the OakhillDurham FD helped close the roads. Greenville, Durham, Coxsackie, Westerlo and Windham ambulances, along with multiple Greene County Paramedics were also dispatched to the scene. Route 81 was closed off at that intersection during the incident, as well as Old Plank, Carter Bridge and New Ridge Roads. The Greene County Sheriff's Department and NYS Police were investigating the crash. - THOMAS MARRA

At least seven individuals were transported to the hospital following a head-on collision in Greenville.

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ATV Crash Leaves Six Injured in Niagara Niagara, NY - Six people were injured following an ATV crash on a dirt path near Lockport Road in the Town of Niagara on June 9th. It was reported that three ATVs were involved. A female patient was airlifted by Mercy Flight to the Erie County Medical Center. Five other patients were transported to other local hospitals for their injuries. The crash is under investigation.

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Second Alarm Struck at City of Newburgh House Fire Newburgh, NY - The City of Newburgh Fire Department was dispatched around 9:30 A.M. on the morning of June 4th to 7 Belknap Street for a reported struc- JUMP TO FILE# ture fire. 060419106 Command arrived on scene, reported smoke showing from a bilevel home and requested a second-alarm. The West Point and Air National Guard Fire Departments responded in as mutual aid. Crews used hand lines and City of Newburgh Fire Department's ladder truck to bring the fire under control a short time later. - BOB ROOT

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Connecting in a Crisis Chaplain’s Corner

Pastor Fernando Villicana

We are all appalled whenever we respond to, or hear about another active shooter incident. Many of these incidents seem to take place at our schools. But what happens once a first responder leaves the scene? The crisis continues on in our hearts and minds. Those who have had loved ones lost or injured during a disaster have to deal with the lingering effect, sometimes for years to come. Critical Incident Stress Management becomes a necessary journey for those who respond to emergencies day in and day out. It has been determined that first responders experience a cumulative affect over time. When everything is up in the air, when it’s all in crisis and chaos, what can good people do? “When the foundations are being destroyed what can the righteous do?” (Psalm 11:3) If you were to ask God that question He would say two words: “Worship Me” (Focus on Me). The Bible says in 1 Chronicles 16:11 (TEV) “Go to the Lord for help and worship Him.” It is in the crisis, in the chaos, in the confusion, when we feel crushed that we need most to focus on God. But how do you do that? How do you worship God in a tragedy? How do you keep your eyes on Jesus when they’re full of tears? How do you connect with God in a crisis? 1. TELL GOD HOW YOU FEEL. In the Bible we read that Job (who suffered so much loss) is brutally honest with God. He tells God exactly how he feels. “I can’t be quiet. I’m angry. I’m bitter and I have to speak.” (Job 7:11) God can handle your questions and your anger. “Cry out in the night. Pour out your heart like water in prayer to the Lord.” (Lamentation 2:19) After you tell God how you feel... 2. ASK GOD FOR STRENGTH AND HELP. When your heart is breaking and when you’re confused and when you’re angry because of a tragedy, don’t turn away from God, turn toward God. “Look to the Lord for strength.” (Psalm 105:4 NIV) David said: “I can lie down and go to sleep and I can wake up again because the Lord gives me strength.” (Psalm 3:5 NCV) The first sign of stress in a tragedy is you can’t get to sleep.

When you’re under stress your mind won’t stop. You can’t turn it off. You toss and turn. You can’t stop thinking about it. You grieve. You’re angry. You’re upset and you can’t get any sleep. God says, “You know why? Because you’re not trusting in My strength.” He says, “I'll give you the strength to get a good night’s rest if you’ll just trust Me.” God is waiting to strengthen you. He’s waiting to strengthen our nation as we go through these times of trouble. The third step is... 3. KEEP FOCUSED ON GOD AND HIS PROMISES. There are 6000 promises of God in this book that God says, “Here’s what I promise to you if you’ll just trust Me.” “By trusting Me, you will be unshakable and assured, deeply at peace. (Wouldn’t you like to be deeply at peace in a crisis?) In this godless world you will continue to experience difficulties. Count on it! But take heart! I have conquered the world.” (John 16: 33 Msg) There’s only one thing that will give you the stability you need to go through life and that is to be connected to the creator who made you. “Those who worship God will be encouraged.” (Psalm 69:32 TEV) 4. TURN BACK TO GOD. If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. (2 Chronicles 7:14)

The powerful impact caused the tractor's massive wheel to fold.

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Crews Roll in on John Deere Tractor Versus Car in Newfane Newfane, NY - On June 19th, the Miller Hose and Olcott Fire Companies responded to the report of a tractor versus car accident at Ide and Coomer Road. A giant John Deer sprayer tractor was traveling north on Coomer Road and appeared to be turning east onto Ide Road when a vehicle traveling west slammed into the massive front tire of the tractor. The impact from the crash crushed the front of the car and caused the tractor's tire to fold.

JUMP TO FILE #061919112 Fluids started pouring from the tractor and it appeared to be smoking, so the driver of another nearby vehicle assisted two female occupants out of the crushed car. Niagara County Sheriff Deputies and Chiefs from Miller Hose and Olcott arrived at the scene and made sure both vehicles were secured from the possi-

bility of a fire erupting. The two females were loaded into Miller Hose and Olcott ambulances and transported to Women & Children’s Hospital in Buffalo. Fire Police kept the road closed for several hours while an investigation was conducted and while awaiting the arrival of a massive rig to tow the giant tractor from the scene. - STEPHEN WALLACE


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Heroes on Call VIDEO REVIEW

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This DVD is about 50 minutes in length and was taken after 9/11. It visits different aspects of how 9/11 affected people in its aftermath. It covers a story of a New York City firefighter who made a heroic rescue and later had to leave the job due to an injury. He was off the job during 9/11 and suffered emotionally from not being able to respond to it. He would put on his turnouts and go down to the scene to help out with

the recoveries until the operation was terminated. Another story briefly touches on a widow of one of the firefighters, how she recalled their wedding day and remembered their good times. The Newark, NJ Fire Department is focused on and how they remember their brother’s sacrifices. It shows the NFD in action and also shows them going to schools and teaching small students about fire safety and what to do if they should be exposed to fire in their home for instance. Another story is about a volunteer ambulance corps in the borough of Queens who lost their ambulance at 9/11, but even worse, lost an 18-year-old member who was so dedicated that he joined as a junior cadet at the age of 14. This was a truly tragic story, especially as his mother tells of how much he wanted to help people. This coverage is touching. The disc that I have has a voice that is not quite lined up with the facial expressions of those being interviewed and in the beginning the reporter’s voice is muffled somewhat by the voices of those working the operation.

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Working Garage Fire in City of Newburgh

Newburgh, NY - The City of Newburgh FD was dispatched to a reported garage fire at 100 Beacon Street on July 8th. Units arrived on scene and after clearing debris from the garage found a working fire. Hand lines and ground ladders were used to place it under control. Newburgh Car-4 requested the West Point, Air National Guard and Cornwall-on-Hudson Fire Departments to the scene. The New Windsor FD stood by at the public safety building during the incident. City of Newburgh Police were also at the scene assisting with bystanders and traffic control.


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Pearl River has placed into service a 2018 Rosenbauer Commander model 1500-GPM/500-GWT/78-foot quint. It is the primary rig for residential and small commercial structure alarms, and is the out-of-town FAST unit.

Chappaqua Rescue 23 is a 2018 Seagrave 1500GPM/750-GWT/20-GFT rescue-pumper. It has a frontmounted 12,000-lb. winch and portable 9000-lb. rear winch, numerous tools and equipment, and an 8-bottle air fill station.

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Blaze in Westerlo Ends with Homeowner in Police Custody Westlero, NY - Shortly after 9:00 P.M. on Tuesday, June 25th, Westerlo Fire was toned out for a possible structure fire at 250 Kropp Road in Westerlo. First-due units found the structure fully engulfed in flames on arrival. Westerlo Fire command called a Signal 30 and requested additional units to respond as mutual aid, bringing in Medusa Vol. FD, Rensselerville FD and Berne FD, as well as Westerlo EMS. The fire was declared under control by 9:30 P.M., with crews remaining on scene extinguishing hot spots for many hours into the early morning of Wednesday, June 26th. At one point during the blaze the owner of the property tried to reenter the engulfed structure. The homeowner refused medical treatment and was restrained for his own safety as well as the safety of others. After becoming volatile and hitting

JUMP TO FILE #063019103 an EMT, he was taken into custody by the Albany County Sheriff's Department and placed into the back of a patrol car where he then proceeded to kick out the back window. The homeowner was charged with two counts of assault in the 2nd degree (class D felony), one count of criminal mischief in the 3rd degree (class E felony), obstruction of government administration (class A misdemeanor), and resisting arrest (class A misdemeanor). The structure was deemed a total loss per Westerlo's chief. An investigation into the cause of the fire is ongoing, but it is initially thought to be suspicious in nature. - CONNOR WEIDMAN

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Early Morning Fire Ravages Home on Racquet Rd. in Newburgh Newburgh, NY - At 12:27 A.M. on the morning of June 7th, the Washingtonville Fire Department was requested to respond in as mutual aid to a house fire on Racquet Road in the Coldenham Fire District. The crew of the FAST (a total of seven) was split at JUMP TO FILE# the scene. The Acting 060719113 Assistant Chief, Lieutenant and two firefighters stoodby as the FAST, while a Lieutenant and two firefighters performed truck work inside the building. Once the fire was knocked down the entire crew performed overhaul operations. - GARY HEARN

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Patient Assessment - A Review EMS ISSUE

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Many years ago Patient Assessment was a much simpler process, at least in terms of our final practical skills - it was only ONE station and not A or B. Understanding the difference between a Trauma Assessment and a Medical Assessment could be crucial to your treatment and the patient outcome. The specific steps in our practical exams may not always be the specific steps in the field, BUT THEY STILL PROVIDE THE MOST RELIABLE GUIDELINE and should definitely be remembered and practiced often. The first step to ANY patient contact is scene safety and appropriate precautions (BSI). If you or one of your crew members becomes injured or ill because of a danger, apparent or not, then it will only complicate the scene, increasing the number of victims in direct proportion to decreasing the number of active responders. As you approach your patient, determine if this is a medical or trauma emergency as well as the mechanism of injury or nature of illness; defining injury or illness will help you decide how to treat (ie: spinal immobilization) and where to transport and can make a major difference in your patient’s outcome. Your dispatcher transmitted information to you that he may have received from a frantic caller and may not be entirely accurate. Your crew chief should be comfortable communicating with the crew and able to delegate tasks to improve assessment and treatment time. Your initial assessment will be checking for life-threatening injuries or conditions; remember ABCDE—airway, breathing, circulation, disability and expose. For all patients verbalize your general impressions, check the patient’s level of consciousness (AVPU, alert, voice, pain, unresponsive), determine the chief complaint (WHY were you called), check airway and breathing, check circulation, look for and control life-threatening bleeding, check for pulses, and assess the skin color, temperature and quality. When you check for pulses you should note whether it’s radial, brachial, or carotid; the closer to the heart you have to go the more likely the blood pressure is low. Priority patients should be transported as soon as possible. In a medical emergency you need to obtain the history of the illness, or the OPQRSTI questions (onset, provocation, quality,

radiates, severity, time and interventions) and then SAMPLE (signs/symptoms, allergies, medications, past pertinent history, last oral intake, and events leading to present illness). Perform a focused exam of inspection, palpation and listening - this is hands-on and may include exposing, so keep the patient’s privacy in mind (in the back of the rig). Get baseline vitals noting rate and quality. Take appropriate interventions as necessary. On a trauma patient go directly from the initial assessment to obtaining baseline vitals and SAMPLE. Start a physical head-to-toe exam palpating, inspecting and assessing the head, eyes, face, neck, chest, abdomen, pelvis, extremities and posterior. The hands-on as-

sessment focuses on anatomical regions. When palpating start with a gentle touch to minimize patient discomfort. Make sure you’ve checked motor, sensory, and distal circulation in all four extremities. Manage any secondary wounds and injuries. You can palpate or assess with diagnostic equipment based on your initial findings, such as using a stethoscope for breathing difficulties or palpating a flail chest. Repeat initial and focused assessments and monitor vital signs on all patients during transport. Helpful conditions to note include jugular distention, edema, wheezing, and deformities. Be sure to report all significant findings and any changes to the hospital receiving staff.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Three-Car Crash in Bay Shore Bay Shore, NY - Three cars collided early Saturday evening, June 15th at the intersection of Union Boulevard and Third Avenue in Bay Shore. All occupants refused medical attention. The vehicles were secured by firefighters before clearing the scene.

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LONG ISLAND Village of Farmingdale Engine Co. 1 Holds Double Splashdown for Dedication of Engines Farmingdale, NY - On June 1st, the Village of Farmingdale held a dedi- JUMP TO FILE# cation ceremony 060919112 and wet-down for Water Witch Engine Company 1, which recently acquired twin Rosenbauer Engines. The new engines, now numbered 921 and 923, were officially placed into service a few weeks prior to the dedication. Before the start of the event, Water Witch Engine Co. 1 members posed for photos with both new rigs as well as the company's original hand-drawn antique cart. After photos, the Chief of Farmingdale FD along with the Captain of Engine Co. 1 said some words to a packed firehouse of onlookers. The department kept with the traditional christening by having champagne bottles broken over the bumper of the new engine. After the dedication and champagne christening, the rigs were brought outside where Engine 924 and Ladder 926 were joined by neighboring departments. The trucks paraded around the parking lot where they were sprayed with tons of water by the other trucks to officially commemorate placing them into service. Each engine features a plaque honoring June 1, 2019 as their dedication date, as well as photos inside the rear cabs commemorating the history of Water Witch Engine Company 1. We would like to wish the Village of Farmingdale the best of luck with their new engines! May the members riding them do so for many years to come while staying safe. - JOHN WALTHERS

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Driver Uninjured After Train Clobbers SUV Crashes Head-On Jeep in Mastic

with Box Truck on William Floyd Pkwy Shirley, NY - Around 6:50 P.M. on June 5th, 911 dispatchers took a call for an MVA at McGraw Street and the William Floyd Parkway. SCPD and Mastic EMS along with the Mastic FD all responded to the scene. Mastic FD's Chief and Mastic EMS personnel arrived on scene and found an SUV that had crossed over two lanes and crashed into an oncoming box truck that was traveling southbound on the William Floyd Parkway. The SUV was pinned under the front of the box truck. Mastic EMS transported one person from the SUV with unknown injuries to a local hospital. Mastic FD Engines 5-12-1

JUMP TO FILE #060519110 and 5-12-3 as well as Mastic Fire Police arrived on scene and were met with a very large amount of leaked fluids on the roadway. Firefighters went right to work putting down speedy dry. Crews spent almost 45 minutes on scene making sure that all fluids and debris were cleaned up so that the roadway could be reopened. SCPD's motor carrier was also on the scene for the box truck.

Mastic, NY - On Friday, June 14th around 7:45 P.M., the Mastic FD was activated for a crash involving a train versus vehicle on Mastic Road near their firehouse. Also dispatched were Mastic Ambulance, MTA PD and Suffolk County Police 7th Precinct. On arrival, Chief Sunderman advised that there were no occupants pinned in the Jeep. The rescue truck was pulled out along

JUMP TO FILE #061619106 with an engine to assist with operational duties as well as traffic control. According to authorities the driver of the Jeep jumped out of the vehicle before the train struck it and was uninjured. Authorities also stated that the driver said the

Jeep had stalled on the tracks and the train gates started going down before they could get it restarted. Mastic FD, EMS and Police were on scene for an extended period of time, and Mastic Road was closed in the area of the incident for at least two hours. - JOHN WALTHERS

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Multiple Departments Respond to Late Night Commercial Fire in Medford Medford, NY - Just before midnight on June 8th, firefighters from Medford and several other departments responded for a commercial fire at the USA gas station and Bolla Market on 2664 Route 112. Upon arrival the Chief was met with heavy smoke coming from the building and after completing a quick 360, it was determined that the fire was in one or two rooms in the rear of the Bolla Market. A quick advance of hand lines and roof ops conducted by Farmingville crews contained the flames to their original location. The fire was declared under control after 30 minutes and mop up began shortly after.


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One Burned, One Killed in North Patchogue Basement Fire North Patchogue, NY - On the morning of Friday, June 14th just before 10:00 A.M., firefighters from North Patchogue were activated for a JUMP TO FILE# working structure 061519109 fire at 72 Ohls Street. The first arriving chief entered the home and found a 34-year-old female with severe burn injuries on the first floor of the one-story ranch. After bringing her outside she was rushed to the burn center at Stony Brook University Hospital with 18-percent of burns to her back, shoulder and side. A second female, identified as the burn victim's 65-year-old mother, was found deceased in the basement of the home along with two dogs. SCPD 5th Precinct squad members and arson detectives responded to investigate the deadly blaze, which is initially believed to be accidental in nature. - CHRIS SABELLA

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Bicyclist Struck in Coram with Serious Injuries Coram, NY - On Tuesday night, June 4th around 9:30 P.M., a male was riding his bicycle when he was struck by a car traveling southbound on County Road 83 at the intersection of Route 112 in Coram. The bicyclist was rushed by Coram ambulance to a nearby hospital with serious, possibly life-threatening injuries. The roadway remained closed southbound at Route 112 and northbound at Hawkins Avenue while SCPD crime scene investigators and 6th Squad detectives conducted an investigation.

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Mastic Fire Department Unit 5-12-1A is a 1936 Ward LaFrance Pumper. The unit was restored in the 1980's by the Antique Committee.


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LONG ISLAND WORKING FACES

If you have photos you would like to see in our “Working Faces” feature, please upload them on our website, www.1stResponderNews.com or email them to Lindsey@1stResponderNews.com

Mastic FD Probationary FF Christian Calfa stands by with the pike pole at a recent shed fire.

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Fatal Fire with a Twist in Hauppauge

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Old school Selden FF Joe Isabella and new school FF Kevin Ryan talk at the scene of an MVA.

Hauppauge, NY - On Wednesday night, June 26th at 10:49 P.M., a passing motorist saw flames coming from the house at 108 Grissom Way and immediately called 911. According to police officials, the male resident had set his home on fire and was found dead a short time later with what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Firefighters from Hauppauge, Smithtown and Central Islip Fire Departments responded to the scene, along with ambulances from Central Islip and Hauppague as well as detectives.

OLD AND NEW If you have photos you would like to see in our Old and New feature, please upload them on our website, www.1stResponderNews.com or email them to Lindsey@1stResponderNews.com

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Mastic FD Probationary FF Cody Rosato carries some speedy dry at a recent car crash.

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Shirley Ambulance EMT Anthony (Zay-Cop) Zayas directs traffic at the scene of a recent crash on William Floyd Pkwy.

The Glen Cove Fire Department in Nassau County recently placed a 2019 Seagrave Marauder 100' TDA into service, designated Ladder 5211. The new unit replaces a 1987 Seagrave 100' TDA.


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Flames Engulf Unoccupied Home in Central Islip Central Islip, NY - The Central Islip Fire Department was dispatched to a reported house fire during the early morning hours of Sunday, June 23rd. Upon arrival, crews discovered heavy fire in an unoccupied home and a working fire was transmitted, bringing in mutual aid from surrounding departments. The fire was quickly extinguished without incident.

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Members and rigs line up outside of Setauket FD's new state-of-the-art HQ.

Setauket Fire Dept. Gets New State-of-the-Art Headquarters Setauket, NY - Sunday, June 23rd was a day that many in the Setauket Fire Department will never forget. After years of planning and construction, the grand opening of their new FD headquarters building took place. Located in the heart of town at 190 Main Street, the new state-ofthe-art building is home to Engine Company #1. Chief Paul Rodier explained how the new headquar-

JUMP TO FILE #070119115 ters was much needed because while at night time the department only serves about 26,000 people, that number can easily balloon up to 95,000 during the day time due to them being responsible for the protection of the SUNY Stony Brook Campus.

The grand opening event for the new facility was well attended by scores of community members, school students and dignitaries. Even neighboring departments came out to wish the members of the Setauket Fire Department well with their new building. - JOHN WALTHERS

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Late Night Taco Run in Smithtown Ends with Three Injured in Crash Smithtown, NY - Early on the morning of Saturday, June 8th around 2:30 A.M., a car attempted to turn right into oncoming traffic on Route 347 and crashed into a Jeep traveling eastbound at highway speed. The impact of the crash caused the Jeep to flip onto its side, injuring both the driver and passenger inside. The passenger of the other car was trapped and had to be removed with hydraulic tools used by Nesconset firefighters. Once both doors were removed the subject was taken to an awaiting ambulance and transported in serious condition. SCPD crime scene investigators and squad detectives also responded.

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The ribbon is cut with assistance from 50-year member and ex-Chief Bill Engles, along with 48-year member Thomas Hart and Bill Siege, a member of the Setauket FD and ex-Chief in the FDNY.


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Driver Dies After Car Crashes Into Pole and Bursts Into Flames Bohemia, NY - A driver traveling westbound on Vets Highway was killed on June 5th after their vehicle left the roadway and struck a metal utility pole at the entrance of Long Island MacArthur Airport. The impact of the crash caused the JUMP TO FILE# vehicle to burst into 061019119 flames. The Bohemia Fire Department along with MacArthur Airport Fire Rescue quickly responded to the fully engulfed car and extinguished the blaze, however the driver was pronounced dead at the scene by the Suffolk County medical examiner. - CHRIS SABELLA

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EMERGENCY WATERCRAFT If you have photos you would like to see in our Emergency Watercraft feature, please upload them on our website www.1stResponderNews.com or email them to Lindsey@1stResponderNews.com.

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Farmingville’s New Engine 5 Gets a Massive Bath

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Mastic Beach Marine 1 returns to dock on June 9th with a jet skier who got stuck on a sandbar.

Farmingville, NY - On June 8th the Farmingville FD, located in Suffolk County, held a ceremony to honor the delivery and placement into service of their new engine. Engine 5-18-5, which is operated out of Station 2, is a 2018 Pierce Impel Pumper with a 1500-GPM and 750-gallon tank size. To christen the unit the department did a traditional champagne bottle breaking, followed by a massive bath in a wet-down. The department was assisted by their neighbors from Centereach, Ronkonkoma, Selden and Medford, along with some friends from further west, the East Brentwood FD out of the 3rd division of Suffolk. A BBQ was held following the wetdown. Pictured is Ronkonkoma's ladder truck beginnning the massive wet-down of Engine 5-18-5.


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FDNY WHERE ARE THEY NOW? If you have photos you would like to see in our Where are they Now? feature please upload them on our website www.1stResponderNews.com or email them to Lindsey@1stResponderNews.com.

FDNY members from Ladder 85.

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Liberty Fire Company in Pennsylvania operates this 1980 Mack CF 1000/500 that formerly served with the FDNY as Engine 50. FDNY members leading the race in their gator vehicle.

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EMERGENCY WATERCRAFT If you have photos you would like to see in our Emergency Watercraft feature please upload them on our website www.1stResponderNews.com or email them to Lindsey@1stResponderNews.com.

Members of Rescue 5.

STEVE WHITE

FDNY Supports Sgt. Michael Ollis Run

Staten Island, NY - The FDNY had a big presence in the Sgt. Michael Ollis Run recently held in Staten Island. The race is in memory of Staten Islander, Army Sgt. Ollis, who gave his life for another soldier in Afghanistan.

FDNY Fireboat Marine 9 (343-2) in Staten Island at their berth.

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FDNY DEPARTMENT PROFILE If your department has photos you would like to see in our “Departmnt Profile” feature, please upload them on our website, www.1stResponderNews.com or email them to Lindsey@1stResponderNews.com

FDNY Engine 228's firehouse is located in Sunset Park, Brooklyn.

FDNY Engine 228's firehouse.

Richmond Engine 1 members with Squad 8's officer.

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Richmond Engine 1 at the parade in Travis, Staten Island.

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Squad 8 members.

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FDNY in Staten Island's 4th of July Parade

Purple-k unit located at Engine 228's firehouse.

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Staten Island, NY - The FDNY participated in a parade held in Staten Island on the 4th of July to celebrate Independence Day.


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