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Kingston, NY - A house fire on April 8th destroyed a home at 95 Florence Street in Kingston. The four-alarm blaze started around 5:01 P.M. and brought the Kingston, Ulster Hose Co. #5, and Port Ewen Fire Departments to the scene.

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MVA in Glenmont Sends Four People to Hospital, Ends in DUI Arrest Glenmont, NY - On April 17th shortly after 3:15 P.M., Selkirk Fire and multiple Delmar-Bethlehem EMS units responded to an MVA at the intersection of River Road and Glenmont Road. As far as crews were aware, one patient had lost consciousness. Chief Joe Michaniw of Selkirk Fire was the first to arrive on scene and found all four patients conscious at the time of his arrival. The driver of a blue Ford Focus required extrication. Crews cut out the driver's side door and removed the roof. Chief Michaniw said the driver of that car "was

JUMP TO FILE #041818111 very vocal with pain, but he was alert and conscious and he was able to talk to us and calm down and stay with us the whole time". Chief Michaniw also mentioned that the floorboard of the vehicle was only about 12-inches wide after the accident occurred. The driver was transported to the hospital with serious injuries. The driver of the other vehicle involved was taken to the hospital with her two children with minor

injuries. According to an updated press release on the Town of Bethlehem's Facebook page, we have now learned that the driver of the blue Ford Focus has been arrested and charged for driving under the influence of drugs. Selkirk Fire Department, Delmar-Bethlehem EMS, Albany County Paramedics and Bethlehem Police all responded to the call. - THOMAS MARRA


Firefighters Rescue Dog from Storm Drain in Plattekill

Plattekill, NY - On Sunday, April 29th around 3:00 P.M., Cronomer Valley firefighters were dispatched to the Plattekill Travel Plaza, located off the NYS Thruway, for an animal rescue. Upon arrival, crews found that a small dog had fallen into the storm drain and was stuck in 50-degree water. Firefighters used a scuba pack to blow air from one end of the drain to the other in order to force the dog to the other end, where it was then pulled out and brought to safety.


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"This is a photo of a shadow box I created with my great uncle and grandfather's fire department badges. My uncle, Joseph Cattelona, and grandfather, Michael J. Haas, Jr., were both former chiefs of the Hamburg Volunteer Fire Department in Hamburg, New Jersey. The shadow box highlights Joe's Ex-Chief badge and Mike's Fire Police badge, along with an old newspaper clipping of Joe (far right) and two other members of HVFD showing off their parade trophies. A current patch from Hamburg Fire is also displayed that I was thrilled to receive in a patch trade with my own department, (Lake County Fire Rescue in Lake County, Florida)."

Coldenham, NY - On April 8th, firefighters responded to a fire in a two-story apartment that was attached to the main house on Route 52 in the Coldenham Fire District. Upon arrival, crews found that the fire had extended to the main house and a second-alarm was requested. Washingtonville FD Engine 580 was relocated to stand-by in Coldenham's quarters and then moved up to the scene as the second FAST, once the first FAST was re-assigned fire duty. The crew of Engine 580 was then put to work to assist with overhaul.

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Tennessee: Jason Dickey, 38 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: February 12, 2018 Death Date: February 12, 2018 Fire Department: Lawrenceburg Fire Department Initial Summary: Firefighter Jason Dickey died from injuries sustained in a structural collapse while operating at the scene of a residential structure fire. Two other firefighters were injured in the collapse and taken to the hospital. The fire started in a twostory residence along Lakeview Drive at around 1630hrs. According to media reports, crews transmitted a “Mayday Emergency” near 2000hrs when the three firefighters became trapped as the result of a collapse. The cause of the fire remains under investigation by authorities. Rhode Island: Richard Jenks, 72 Rank: Lieutenant Incident Date: February 14, 2018 Death Date: February 14, 2018 Fire Department: Pascoag Fire Department Initial Summary: Lieutenant Richard Jenks collapsed while fighting a residential chimney fire. Other responders performed CPR on Lieutenant Jenks and transported him to Landmark Medical Center in Woonsocket, RI, where he was pronounced deceased. The nature and cause of fatal injury are still to be determined. Georgia: Earnest McDuffie, 51 Rank: Captain Incident Date: February 20, 2018 Death Date: February 20, 2018 Fire Department: Hinesville Fire Department Initial Summary: While performing fire department mandated physical fitness training, Captain Earnest McDuffie was running at a local park and fell unconscious. CPR was rendered immediately and Captain McDuffie was transported to Liberty

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Maryland: Christopher Pryor, 46 Rank: Assistant Fire Chief Incident Date: February 25, 2018 Death Date: February 25, 2018 Fire Department: LaVale Volunteer Fire Department Initial Summary: After returning home from an early morning response for a motor vehicle crash, Assistant Fire Chief Christopher Pryor complained to his wife that he was not feeling well. According to reports from, Chief Pryor's wife then took him to the emergency room where, upon arrival, he collapsed. Despite all efforts to revive him, Assistant Fire Chief Pryor passed away from a nature and cause of fatal injury still to be reported. Vermont: Casey Stephen Kuhns, 30 Rank: Lieutenant Incident Date: February 27, 2018 Death Date: February 28, 2018 Fire Department: Morrisville Fire Department Initial Summary: On February 27, at 1526hrs, Lieutenant Casey Stephen Kuhns responded to a motor vehicle crash. Later that day, Lieutenant Kuhns participated in fire department training that ended at approximately 2130hrs. At 0600hrs on February 28, Lieutenant Kuhns was found deceased at home from a nature and cause of fatal injury still to be reported.

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Two-Alarm Fire Destroys Frear Park View Home in Brunswick EUGENE WEBER JR.

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Two-Alarm House Fire in Geneva Quickly Contained Geneva, NY - On Saturday, April 7th around 10:30 P.M., the Geneva Fire Department responded to a reported house fire on Hogarth Avenue. Before firefighters' arrival, the Geneva Police Department arrived on scene and reported heavy smoke showing. GFD requested a second-alarm which brought in the Border City FD with an engine and rescue, as well as the White Springs FD with their ladder truck for standby in the city. The fire was brought under control quickly.

Brunswick, NY - Brunswick Fire Company No. 1 and Mohawk Ambulance were dispatched on April 2nd for a reported structure fire at 2 Frear Park View with multiple calls on the fire. Heavy black smoke JUMP TO FILE# could be seen from 042018122 as far away as Latham. The first arriving chief on scene had heavy fire in a two-story, single-family dwelling, with fire through the roof of the building. Command requested the second-alarm and declared the Signal 30. The second-alarm brought Mountain View, Center, Brunswick, Eagle Mills, Pittstown and Speigletown Fire Departments to the scene. Engine 4-1 was first to arrive on scene and had its crew stretch a hand line to the second-floor. Firefighters conducted an aggressive interior attack while additional crew members searched for anyone still inside the home. Firefighters quickly conducted a primary search of the home and found no one inside. While crews were fighting the fire on the second-floor, a portion of the roof in the front of the building became heavily involved. Command requested the interior crews to be pulled out of the building for a few minutes while Speigletown‘s ladder truck quickly hit the heavy fire in the roof of the structure with its master stream. The fire was knocked down within 30 minutes of firefighters' arrival and declared under con-


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or civilians were injured on scene, and the fire is currently under investigation. - JEFFREY BELSCHWINDER


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Geneva's Nester Hose Company Captain, Rick Rhinehart, stands for a quick photo with his son, Noah Rhinehart, after working a recent house fire. Noah is a firefighter with the Town of Geneva's West Lake Road Fire Association.

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Fire Destroys Multiple Vehicles & Farm Equipment in Valley Falls Valley Falls, NY - On April 1st, the Valley Falls Fire Department, along with Easton, Raymertown, Melrose, Hoosic Valley, Johnsonville, Pittstown, Pleasantdale, Hemstreet Park, Schaghticoke JUMP TO FILE# and Speigletown 042018121 Fire Departments, responded to 116 Tomhannock Road for a reported garage fire. The column of heavy black smoke could be seen from up to 10 miles away. Valley Falls Car-3 arrived on scene and had a fully involved working structure fire in the rear of the building, and declared a Signal 30. The chief made his way to the back of the structure and declared a second-alarm as strong winds caused the fire to rapidly spread to another commercial garage. The first arriving engine pulled multiple hand lines to the rear of the building and attempted to bring the fire under control. Due to the heavy load of hay in the second building, the fire spread rapidly. As additional units arrived on scene, a water supply was established at the end of the road. Fire units used multiple master streams to attempt to bring the fire under control as several explosions occurred from inside the garage. Firefighters cut multiple holes throughout the metal garage to gain access to the fire inside. Command learned that there was over 500 bales of hay and multiple vehicles inside of the structure. Due to minor water supply issues, there was a slight delay in getting good water pressure to the engines nearby. After nearly one hour into the battle, command requested an excavator to the scene to assist in gaining access to the heavy fire areas of the building. One of Raymertown's firefighters went home to get his excavator to assist on scene by pulling the hay bales apart. While firefighters awaited the arrival of the excavator, multiple master streams were used to try to reach the heavily involved content of the building. Additional brush trucks were brought to the scene as the neighboring field to the structure caught fire. Firefighters were able to quickly bring the brush fire under control. Firefighters moved all hand lines and tools away from the building to allow for the excavator to pull apart the building. As the excavator started to peel back the outer shell of the building, large amounts of burning hay bales were revealed. The excavator operator pulled the flaming hay bales out one by one and firefighters quickly extinguished each one. Multiple departments remained on scene until the late hours of the evening. The fire is believed to have started in the rear of 116 Tomhannock Road, and is currently under investigation. No firefighters or civilians were injured on scene. - JEFFREY BELSCHWINDER



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Dream Comes True for Father & Son Firefighters in N.J. My name is Mike Nittoli, and all my life I wanted to be a firefighter. My father, Angelo Nittoli, who I consider "my hero", was a firefighter and exchief with the Green Knoll Volunteer Fire Company in Bridgewater, New JUMP TO FILE # Jersey. As a kid, I 042018108 can vividly remember going to the firehouse and being around the trucks, and it was something I looked forward to every day. Being able to play on the trucks back in the late 1980's was every kid's dream. Back in those days, Mack, Hahn and American LaFrance rigs were the the only ones around; everyone had one of the three in the area. Taking pride in your apparatus in those days was something everyone looked forward to doing and wanted to be a part of. Green Knoll Fire Company had three Macks back then. One of them I considered a favorite was a 1977 Mack CF600 50' Tele-Squirt. I was hooked at first sight. I always wanted to be around the Macks. So when I turned 16-yearsold in 1998, I joined the Raritan Borough Fire Department as the department's first junior firefighter. Raritan, along with many other departments in the area, had two Mack trucks: a 1979 Mack CF600 Tower Ladder and a 1983 Mack MC Engine. Again, being able to be around Macks made the firefighting experience for me extra special. Raritan opened many doors for me as I came through the ranks in the fire service. In 2002, I became a full member once I turned 18years-old, and years later I achieved the rank of Lieutenant. I currently belong to Manville Fire Company #1, and my father be-

longs to the Herbertsville Fire Department in Brick Twp., NJ. Throughout my younger years, and even more so recently, me and my father have talked many times about owning a Mack fire truck. Every time we would attend a show or parade and see a private collector, we would later talk about how cool it would be to own one for ourselves. So about four years ago, I thought I would search for previously owned Macks by Green Knoll Fire Company. I belonged to the Mack Fire Apparatus Facebook group and posted there that I was looking for some help. I posted some older pictures and asked if anyone knew of their current whereabouts. Lo and behold, someone reached out and I was able to find two of them! One was the 1972 Mack Engine, which was in Harrisburg, PA, and owned by a private collector. The other was my childhood favorite, the 1977 Mack Tele-Squirt. It was owned and operated by the Franklin Borough Vol. Fire Department, which is located in Cambria County, just outside of Pittsburgh, PA. I contacted the Franklin Fire Department and spoke to their chief, Mr. Jeff Weir. Jeff informed me that the truck definitely came from Green Knoll Fire Company because it still had their name custom built into the steering wheel of the truck. I asked if they would be willing to sell the truck and he informed me that they couldn't sell it since it was still in service. About two years went by and then I received a phone call from Jeff. Jeff advised me that they had received a new ladder truck, and they were putting our Mack up for sale. I thought "this is it, now is our chance". I spoke to my father and we agreed on a number that we were going to offer. I contacted Jeff, told him what our intentions were, and he advised that he would

bring the info back to the membership for a vote. Well, about a week's time had passed, and then I received some unfortunate news. My father had gotten laid off from his job, so we were unable to commit to our original offer for the Mack. I informed Jeff, who gave us his sympathy and told us that he would let us know who would be buying the truck so that we could stay in touch with it. Approximately two months passed before Jeff called to inform me that they had only gotten one offer for the Mack, and that they wanted to give us a second chance at making an offer. I took it upon myself without speaking to my father to make them an offer, using my own funds. I thought to myself, if this truck was meant to come home, whatever would be will be. On October 1, 2017, I made the Franklin Borough Fire Department a formal offer. On October 3, 2017, I received a call from Jeff. He informed me that the department had accepted my bid offer and that the truck was mine. He told me that the membership was happy that the truck would be returning to it's original home. Talk about a dream come true! I called my father and we had an emotional moment over the phone. We drove out to pick the truck up on December 2, 2017. I can't thank the Franklin Borough Fire Department enough. We decided that we would leave Franklin's lettering on the truck as a constant reminder of their sincere generosity. I wanted to share this story with the Fire Service because miracles do happen. If you have an interest in apparatus collecting, don't wait, you too can do this just like we did.

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This photo was taken in June of 1977 when the truck first arrived. Fire Chief Angelo Nittoli is front row, 6th from right.

After picking up the 1977 Mack Tele-Squirt, (L to R): Frankiln Fire Chief Jeff Weir, Mike Nittoli, and Angelo Nittoli.

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Four-Alarm House Fire in Kingston Displaces Occupants Kingston, NY - A house fire on April 8th destroyed a home at 95 Florence Street in Kingston. The four-alarm blaze started around 5:01 P.M. and brought the Kingston, Ulster Hose Co. #5, and Port Ewen Fire Departments to the scene. JUMP TO FILE# Upon arrival, 041418100 firefighters found a wind-driven fire consuming a rear deck and the upper floors of the residence. Kingston's Deputy Fire Chief Wayne Platte said significant fire, smoke and water damage made the home uninhabitable. Careless disposal of smoking material is believed to have started the fire under the rear deck. The occupant and a dog escaped after a neighbor knocked on the door and alerted the occupant to the fire. All fire units cleared the scene at 8:34 P.M. - JOHN BECHTOLD

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Vehicle Rollover in City of Newburgh Newburgh, NY - The City of Newburgh FD was dispatched to a vehicle rollover on Carpenter Avenue, in the area of North Street, on April 18th. The City of Newburgh PD also responded and secured the scene while directing traffic. One subject was transported to Saint Luke's Hospital by Mobile Life ALS. City of Newburgh Police are investigating the cause of the accident.

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Chimney Fire Quickly Contained in Livonia Livonia, NY - On Friday, April 20th around 10:00 P.M., the Livonia, Hemlock and Lakeville Fire Departments, along with East Avon FAST, responded for a chimney fire at 6340 Decker Road in Livonia (Livingston County). The fire was contained to the chimney and there were no injuries reported. Livingston County Emergency Management, the Livingston County Sheriff's Office and Town of Livonia Code Enforcement also assisted at the scene.

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Small Structure Destroyed by Fire in Westerlo Westerlo, NY - On April 20th, the Westerlo Fire Department was dispatched to a reported structure fire at an address on Old Co. Road 401 in Westerlo. Arriving PD confirmed an approximate 10'x20' structure that was fully involved. PD advised responding units that winds were picking up in the area and a second structure was at risk. Greenville Fire was toned out to respond to the scene as well. The structure was completely destroyed while the second structure received very minimal damage to the siding from the heat of the flames.

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FSWNYS Phoenix Firecamp 2018 Will Graduate it’s 200th Camper Utica, NY - Fire Service Women of New York State, Inc. (FSWNYS) will be celebrating our 200th graduate from FSWNYS Phoenix Firecamp on July 20th in Utica, New York. We are still accepting applications for Phoenix 2018 from teenage girls between the ages of 14-20. No firefighting experience is necessary, but we do accept Fire Explorers, Junior Firefighters, and volunteers. FSWNYS has held a one week live-in firematics training camp since 2007. In conjunction with the Utica Fire Department and

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and EMTs from both career and volunteer departments from across New York State. We also have staff who travel from Maryland, Alabama and Canada to offer a diverse experience for the campers. The majority of our staff are women firefighters serving career and volunteer departments as EMS providers, firefighters and fire officers up to the rank of chief. For more information please visit FSWNYS is a non-profit, 501(c)(3). - ROCHELLE JONES


Winona Lake Firefighters Handle Car Fire on NYS Thruway Newburgh, NY - On April 23rd, Winona Lake firefighters were called out to a working car fire on the NYS Thruway at Mile Marker 60.8. Traffic was backed up for miles during the incident. There were no injuries reported. Orange Lake FD also responded and assisted on scene.

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Two-Alarm House Fire in Milan Displaces Family Milan, NY - Dutchess County firefighters were summoned to a report of a house fire on Sunday afternoon, April 15th, in the town of Milan. Milan Fire Chief Kurt Mizgier was first on the scene and observed flames extending through both the wall and the roof, and requested a second-alarm to be struck. The occupants and the family's pet cat had already evacuated the house prior to firefighters' arrival. Milan firefighters were joined at the scene by departments from Rhinebeck, Red Hook and Livingston. Chief Mizgier called the joint efforts a "great job" as it pertained to fighting the fast-mov-

JUMP TO FILE #041618124 ing fire. The fire was contained to the second-story bedrooms, attic and roof. The rest of the house suffered substantial water damage and is no longer habitable. A representative from the Red Cross was on hand to assist the occupants in finding temporary shelter. The Dutchess County Fire Investigation Unit is working to determine the cause and origin of the blaze.

Newburgh, NY - The Cronomer Valley Fire Department was dispatched to a structure fire at 34 Weaver Road on April 10th around 4:00 A.M. Upon arrival, firefighters found heavy flames consuming the vacant single-family dwelling. Cronomer Valley Command requested for a secondalarm to be sounded. The Plattekill Fire Department responded to the scene with two tankers for a water source.

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Churchville, NY - At just 20-years-old, Courtney Flagler is keeping her family's tradition of civic duty alive and well. She was elected 2nd Lieutenant this year by the Churchville Fire Department in Monroe County. Her grandfather was a Battalion Chief in the neighboring district, and both of her parents have been in the fire department as well. Her dad is a former chief and now county coordinator. Courtney works for her grandfather at his towing and truck repair business. Her boyfriend is also a lieutenant. Courtney takes every opportunity to continue learning about public safety and her role in the fire service. She has completed her NYS EMT and several NYS fire classes. Lt. Flagler has the passion, desire and knowledge to keep working towards higher goals. Her work ethic is second to none. Courtney is definitely one to watch in the future!

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR In a recent column, a writer made reference to the New York State Association of Fire Chiefs’ efforts to amend Section 209-b of the Executive Law to allow fire district and fire department ambulance services to recover costs from Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurers. It seems that the author has bought into the objections of the for-profit and not-for-profit ambulance providers that are trying to prevent fire service ambulance services from being treated the same way they are.

I have several issues with this column. First and foremost, this legislation is supported by the NYS Fire Service Alliance, which includes FASNY, AFDSNY, the NYS Fire Coordinators, NYS Volunteer Fire Police, and NYS Fire Marshals & Inspectors Associations, in addition to the NYSAFC. Second, the author claims that if the legislation (S.363-B/A.7717-B) were to pass, it would place thousands of people in rural areas in jeopardy, as they would lose Medicare coverage for paramedic intercepts performed by for-profit ambulance services. This is a fallacy. No changes would occur in Medicare benefits. The legislation would simply allow fire service ambulances to recover costs in the same way as not-forprofits. It would also proactively help proprietary ambulances by addressing the issue of Advanced Life Support care in rural areas of the state by requiring the fire department ambulance services to contract for paramedic service if they do not provide it themselves. The only difference from the current situation is that Medicare (or the patient’s insurer) would pay the transporting ambulance for the paramedic intercept service along with payment for the transport. The transporting agency would pay the ALS provider the ALS share of the reimbursement, the same way notfor-profit BLS services do. Under current law, the ALS provider collects the whole fee even if they don’t transport and gives nothing to the fire department ambulance.

The argument put forward by UNYAN/NYSVARA is that New Yorkers will lose Medicare benefits. This is not true. A very small percentage of rural elderly New Yorkers receive paramedic intercept service – so small that the total value of services provided pales in comparison to the millions of dollars that New Yorkers are being forced to pay for EMS via tax dollars. What kind of argument is that? That tiny little faction that will still be able to access paramedic intercept services under the proposed law is being used as a fulcrum to deprive millions of others from using their health insurance benefits, forcing them instead to pay for ambulance service through their tax dollars.

New York is the only state where fire department ambulances cannot be reimbursed by insurers. The result is that the entire cost of fire department ambulance service must be borne by the taxpayers. When it comes to EMS, residents served by fire department ambulances cannot use the health insurance benefits they pay for. Why is it that what works in the rest of the country will not work in New York state? Is EMS different in New York? There are 1,025 ambulance services in New York state. Of these, 468 are operated by fire departments and 60 are for-profit services; 497 are either not-for-profit ambulance agencies, are operated by city fire departments that are allowed to recover costs, or are operated by other entities, such as Native American nations. The for-profit and not-for-profit ambulance providers can recover costs by billing insurers, yet these providers want to deny that same ability to fire service ambulances. The author cites NYSVARA’s argument that all the fire department ambulances need to do is simply spend money to separate from the fire departments and they can bill. Why should they do that? Why incur additional costs to establish another entity and potentially lose members who chose to stay with the fire department? Perhaps more importantly, in an era when we want to consolidate services, why create potentially 468 new entities with duplicated costs? Simply put, separating ambulances from fire departments will reduce the number of people providing both fire and EMS services and hurt the quality of emergency medical services available while raising the taxpayers’ bills.

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Crews Face Challenges at ThreeAlarm House Fire in Mannsville Mannsville, NY - During the early morning hours of Saturday, April 7th, Adams Fire Department assisted Mannsville Manor Fire Department with a working structure fire in Mannsville. Crews were alerted to the fire at 2:38 A.M. Firefighters were faced with many challenges while trying to get the blaze under control due to the construction of the residence,

JUMP TO FILE #041518107 the heavy smoke and fire load within the residence (a lot of clutter), as well as the weather conditions outside. Mannsville Manors Fire Chief Ron Grave and all the crews involved worked for several hours to contain the blaze, remaining on

scene until the early afternoon hours. Firefighters did an excellent job in fighting this fire, as it was one of the toughest they had fought in a long time. The structure was a complete loss, but everyone made it out safely with no injuries. - BRIAN BERKEY

Throughout the state, the average cost recovery for ambulance service is $350. There were 297,000 ambulance calls handled by fire department ambulances in 2015. The prohibition for fire department ambulance services to bill insurers cost municipalities $100 million that had to be made up by taxpayers.

In 2015, there were approximately 2,135 paramedic intercepts in rural areas of the state. From these calls, proprietary ambulances generate only $747,000 annually while preventing fire districts, cities, and villages from collecting $100,000,000 that had to be made up by the taxpayers. This legislation will improve the fiscal health of New York state while paving the way for higher quality emergency medical services for all New Yorkers.

- Jerry DeLuca Executive Director & CEO NYS Association of Fire Chiefs

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New York First Responders Conduct Major Exercise to Practice Response to Catastrophic Disaster Oneida County, NY - The New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services announced on April 19th that several state agencies, the New York City Fire Department, the New York City Police Department and first responders from the Mohawk Valley, conducted the first-ever joint JUMP TO FILE # exercise to practice 042018105 a coordinated response to a regional catastrophic event. Involving approximately 400 first responders, the exercise challenged state and local participants from many different agencies to work together during a large-scale incident and related events. The exercise also represented the first time the State Incident Management Team has worked with the New York City Fire Department Incident Management Team to practice cooperation during a coordinated response to a major disaster or emergency. The five-day exercise utilized the numerous training venues at the world-class New York State Preparedness Training Center in Oriskany. Now in its 12th year of operation, the State Preparedness Training Center annually trains thousands of first responders from law enforcement, search and rescue, technical rescue and emergency medical services from across the state. The exercise began on Monday, April 16th and concluded on Friday, April 20th. For the exercise, a team developed a scenario involving a series of tornadoes that touched down in the Oneida County area. As a result, the first responders responded to the tornadoes, as well as to multiple related incidents that occurred afterward. The combined incidents required a collaborative response from first responders, local, state and regional resources. The two incident management teams were responsible for effectively managing the incidents. “The State Incident Management Team ensures that first responders and other public safety professionals respond to major disasters in a rapid and coordinated fashion,” said Roger L. Parrino Sr., Commissioner of the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services. “This type of exercise helps ensure that leaders of the incident management teams can respond to a large, complex incident over a vast geographical area.” Due to the complexity of the exercise, two incident management teams helped lead the response efforts. Within the exercise, the State Incident Management Team had authority and

responsibility for managing the incident and resources responding within the Rome, New York area, and the New York City Fire Department Incident Management Team assumed authority and responsibility through the state to manage the incident and resources within the Utica area. In addition to responding to the initial tornadoes at the start of the exercise, the first responders also trained to provide a coordinated response to incidents involving: Water Rescues, Air Operations/Drone usage, Canine Search Units, Oneida County Emergency Operations Center Activation, Active Shooter Response, Wide Area Search, Tactical Rescues, and Hazardous Materials Incidents. For example, during the active shooter response scenario, teams from the New York City Police Department and New York City Fire Department formed a ‘Rescue Task Force’ to practice quickly treating injured civilian role players. This is the first-time teams from the new NYPD and FDNY joint Rescue Task Force have trained together at the State Preparedness Training Center. Troopers from the New York State Police also participated in the active shooter scenario as well. Sixty New York National Guard members participated in the week-long emergency response exercise. Both of New York’s 22member Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil Support Teams

participated in the exercise. Known as Civil Support Teams, or CST for short, the teams are made up of Army and Air National Guard members who are trained to detect, analyze and identify unknown chemical, biological or radiological substances. The teams are equipped with specialized protective suits, and specialized test equipment and vehicles. The 2nd Civil Support Team is based at Stratton Air National Guard Base in Scotia, while the 24th Civil Support Team is headquartered at Fort Hamilton in Brooklyn. The 24th CST focuses mainly on operations in New York City, while the 2nd CST is focused on operations in upstate New York and throughout the northeast. The 174th Attack Wing, based at Hancock Field Air National Guard Base in Syracuse, provided 10 members of the wing’s security forces squadron and a three-person emergency management cell. The emergency management team operates a mobile command post which is maintained by the wing. The 224th Air Defense Group, a part of the Eastern Air Defense Sector in Rome, N.Y., also contributed security forces personnel to the exercise. Participating in the drill allowed National Guard leadership to gain experience in working with the New York City Fire Department, the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services, and other state agencies. “Training with state and local

emergency responders gives our soldiers and airmen the opportunity to learn how other agencies work, while sharpening their own skills,“ said Major General Anthony German, the Adjutant General of New York. “Participating in an exercise like this is always valuable.” “State Parks’ utmost priority is the safety of our visitors,” said New York State Park Police Chief David Page. “By participating in these simulated training exercises alongside other law enforcement agencies, our dedicated team continue to hone their skills for coordinating and responding to a variety of scenarios.” "Preparedness, organization, and coordination are key in any emergency response, and exercises like this ensure that New York is ready and able to deal with anything that threatens our communities, environment, and security,” said DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos. “Bringing together local and state agencies to conduct emergency exercises will better equip our first responders in the event of a natural or manmade disaster.” Oneida County Emergency Services Director Kevin Revere said, “Oneida County continues to work with local and state partners to share ideas and sharpen skills in the event of a catastrophic event. Bringing first responders to the state-of-the-art training center here in Oneida County has proven once again that a standardized re-


sponse from well-trained police, fire and medical personnel is essential to the well-being of every New Yorker. We look forward to New York State offering more training opportunities to first responders at the State Preparedness Center.” Participating agencies include: Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services-State Preparedness Training Center, Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services-Office of Emergency Management, NYS Incident Management Team, NYS Office of Fire Prevention and Control, NYS Task Force 2-Urban and Technical Search and Rescue Team, NYS Police, NYS Police Aviation, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation-Division of Forest Protection, NYS Park Police, New York Army and Air National Guard, New York National Guard Civil Support Team, NYC Fire Department Incident Management Team, NYC Fire Department-Counter Terrorism Task Force, NYC Fire Department-Special Operations Command Support Ladder Companies, NYC Police DepartmentEmergency Service Unit, NYC Police Department-Special Response Group, Oneida County Department of Emergency Services, Oneonta FD, Rome FD, Utica FD and Whitesboro FD. - DHSES

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Vehicle Rollover in New Paltz New Paltz, NY - The New Paltz Fire Department was dispatched to a vehicle rollover with airbag deployment on April 21st. Two occupants were evaluated by personnel from the New Paltz Rescue Squad at the scene, with no serious injuries.

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Trailer Fire in Lakeville Leaves Several Pets Dead Lakeville, NY - Lakeville, Livonia and Hemlock Fire Departments, along with a FAST team from East Avon, responded around 5:40 A.M. on April 29th to a trailer fire JUMP TO FILE# 043018101 at 27 Creekview Circle in Lakeville. Fire units went on location with a working fire. The occupants of the home escaped unharmed; however, four cats and a dog were lost in the blaze. The Livingston County Office of Emergency Management and the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office were investigating the cause. The American Red Cross is assisting the displaced occupants. - JEFFREY ARNOLD


Several pets perished in a mobile home fire on Creekview Circle in Lakeville (Livingston County) on April 29th.

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Improper Disposal of Cigarette Causes Couch Fire in Hemlock


Newburgh, NY - On March 28th, Lt. Nenni of the Town of Newburgh Police Department conducted a tabletop exercise for a shooting incident. Participating were Battalion 3 Fire Departments, Town of Newburgh Police, Town of Newburgh EMS and Mobile Life.

Hemlock, NY - On Saturday, April 21st, Hemlock, Livonia and Lakeville firefighters responded for a couch on fire inside of a residence at 3324 Plank Road. The fire was quickly extiguished. Two occupants of the home were treated for smoke inhalation at the scene by Livonia EMS. One was transported to Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester for further observation. Investigators from Livingston County Emergency Management and the Livingston County Sheriff's Office determined the cause to be from an improperly discarded cigarette.

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Wrights Corners and Olcott Hold Multi-Vehicle Extrication Drill Lockport, NY - Wrights Corners and Olcott Fire Companies worked for months planning a mutual aid multi-vehicle extrication drill that took place on April JUMP TO FILE# 28th. The weather 042818109 didn't corporate the day of the drill, which made the scenarios even more realistic. The drill was held at Wrights Corners' main hall with multiple vehicles, allowing for several different scenarios, and all participants to get hands-on training. According to 1st Assistant Chief JJ McKnight, these drills are priceless. We get to see what each company has in its extrication arsenal that we can use to help each other. Olcott and Wrights Corners cover the main road from Lake Ontario to the top of Toll Gate Hill and the City of Lockport line, so they have more than their share of high speed multiple trauma accidents. The drill allowed firefighters to use equipment that some had never used before. It wasn’t just the big spreaders and cutters, but even hand tools were used, to pop trunks, cut air bag cylinder wires and remove glass molding. The purpose of these drills is to provide everyone the ability to share ideas and learn from each other's experiences. For example, simple planning like making sure that rescue hydraulic power cords are laid to prevent them from getting tangled, but ready for immediate use, is crucial. Setting up and checking all levels in power supply devices so that they are ready to fire right up is also crucial. Experienced rescue workers gave different ideas and ways to hold the cutters for a safer, quicker and better cut. They demonstrated how simple hand tools can get a job done just as fast as setting up the large equipment, including using bars to pop trunks and engine hoods, as well as using small hand cutters to cut wires. Participants also learned how to remove molding, assisting in the removal of front windows in a solid piece in order to prevent flying glass. The drill was a huge success, helping to increase the knowledge and experience of all that attended. - STEPHEN WALLACE


Multiple scenarios and vehicles allowed for everyone to get a chance to have hands-on training.


Duel sided extrication in case of multiple victims.

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38 Years A Detroit Firefighter’s Story By Bob Dombrowski Available from: FSP Books & Videos 188 Central Street, Suite #$4 Hudson, MA 01749-1330 1-800-522-8528 E-mail: Price: $15.95 This is a soft cover book, measuring 6-inches by 9-inches, with 232 pages. It is the memoirs of a Detroit firefighter who retired as a battalion chief in June of 2010 after 38 years of service. These are his stories to the best of his recollection. In a nutshell, I must recommend to the reader that this is a must read book! It has 44 chapters and an epilogue. All but one of the chapters are untitled, but by reading them you get a pretty good idea about the city of Detroit and its fire department. In short, you will easily become overwhelmed by the heroic and the horrific! These are stories one cannot make up!

The author was born and raised in the city and has always had a love for it. The disaster that it has become and has been for many years is one that people who love the city hold out that someday it will return to the beautiful, prosperous town it once was. Remember, it was the automobile capital at one time, and one of the richest, if not the richest city in the country. The author will enlighten you about the nightmares of arson, legitimate fires, accidents and crime that plague it. Even though the chapters are not titled, the reader is in for an interesting voyage through them. He also mixes in non-emergency activities that the DFD involved themselves in with sports, education and entertainment. Almost all of the fires in Detroit are arson. It took most of the book to get through before I discovered that he eventually achieved the rank of battalion chief. To say the least, he is a humble man! He is also critical of the administration and freely admits to breaking the rules at times, but nevertheless, he tells his stories in an honest way. The chapters are not long and there is a 15 page section of black and white photos. As I stated in the beginning of my review, this is a book I recommend buying to learn about Detroit, its fire department and the horror and heroics of fighting fires and saving lives in it.

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Troy Firefighters Rescue Cat from 4th Street House Fire Troy, NY - The City of Troy Fire Department responded to 346 4th Street at 8:15 A.M. on April 29th for an alarm of fire. The caller stated there was smoke coming from the roof of the building. Engine-6 JUMP TO FILE# arrived on scene 050318110 and declared the Signal 30 as they had a two-story, multi-family dwelling with heavy smoke showing. The Engine-6 crew pulled a hand-line to the second-floor, where they encountered heavy smoke and fire conditions, and proceeded to conduct an aggressive interior attack. Truck-2's crew went to the roof to start to vent the building, as they had heavy brown smoke pushing from the eaves. Firefighters vented the roof of the building as crews worked below to knock down the heavy fire. While crews were knocking down the flames, firefighters discovered the family's pet cat and brought it outside by Captain Vogt. Oxygen was administered to the cat to help with smoke inhalation. Within 20 minutes, the fire was under control and crews began the process of overhauling the heavily damaged secondfloor. The home was severely damaged by the fire, which is under investigation at this time. No residents or firefighters were injured, but one cat perished in the fire. The other cat that was res-


cued is doing well. Crews cleared the scene at 10:15 A.M.


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Metro-North Train Incident Causes Traffic Delays in Poughkeepsie Poughkeepsie, NY - On April 18th at approximately 5:00 P.M., a northbound Metro-North passenger train had a turbo failure while enroute to Poughkeepsie. The Poughkeepsie FD was dispatched to the Poughkeepsie train station with En- JUMP TO FILE# gines 1, 2 and 3, 041918105 along with Truck 1 and TL 2, to inspect the locomotive as it pulled into the station. As the train was pulling into Poughkeepsie, dense white smoke coming from the diesel engulfed Route 9, bringing visibility to zero. Rush hour traffic at the intersections of Route 9 and Routes 44/55, as well as a portion of the Mid-Hudson Bridge, were brought to a standstill until the train was powered down. Engineers confirmed the smoke source as a blown turbo. Traffic resumed travel as the smoke dissipated. - TODD BENDER

Poughkeepsie firefighters and Metro-North employees after the engine was shut down.


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Heavy smoke and flames come from the structure as the Chief looks over operations.


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Rep. Devin Nunes Named EMS Legislator of the Year

Firefighters on a line attacking the fire.


Crews Deal with Several Explosions While Battling House Fire in Waterloo

Waterloo, NY - On April 23rd, the Border City Fire Department, along with Waterloo and Geneva Fire Departments, responded for a reported house fire on Moore Street. Chief 261 went on scene and declared a working fire. Firefighters from both Border City and Geneva went to work with an exterior attack. The heavy fire caused several explosions from propane tanks and old oxygen tanks.

Clinton, Miss. — The National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT) will present Rep. Devin Nunes (RCA) with the 2018 NAEMT EMS Legislator of the Year Award on April 11th during EMS On The Hill Day, the largest national advocacy event for emergency medical services (EMS) professionals. This prestigious award recognizes a member of Congress who demonstrates an outstanding commitment to, and support of, high quality prehospital and emergency medical care, as well as the EMS professionals who dutifully serve our nation’s patients. Rep. Nunes said, “I’m grateful to NAEMT for this award. Emergency medical services may not get a lot of headlines, but they’re absolutely vital services for my district and all American communities. The passage of the five year extension of Medicare ambulance add-ons was a good first step in providing long-term relief to ambulance service providers and suppliers, and I look forward to working with my colleagues in Congress to further improve conditions for the provision of emergency medicine.” Rep. Nunes introduced legislation in 2017 to preserve the Medicare ambulance extenders for another five years and set the EMS industry on a path toward cost reporting that will give EMS the data needed to demonstrate the true costs associated with out-ofhospital patient care and preparedness. The provisions of this legislation were passed early in February as part of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018. “Everyone in EMS – from all delivery models – understands the

JUMP TO FILE #041018106 importance of maintaining our Medicare ambulance extenders. The fact is... EMS could not survive without them,” noted NAEMT President Dennis Rowe. “We deeply appreciate Rep. Nunes’ leadership in securing our Medicare extenders for another five years. Throughout the entire process, Rep. Nunes demonstrated his steadfast commitment to do right for our industry, our patients, and our communities. It has truly been an honor to work with Rep. Nunes and his great staff on this legislative initiative, and we thank him for his outstanding leadership to our nation.” About NAEMT: Formed in 1975 and more than 65,000 members strong, the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians is the only national association representing the professional interests of all emergency and mobile healthcare practitioners, including emergency medical technicians, advanced emergency medical technicians, emergency medical responders, paramedics, advanced practice paramedics, critical care paramedics, flight paramedics, community paramedics, and mobile integrated healthcare practitioners. NAEMT members work in all sectors of EMS, including government agencies, fire departments, hospital-based ambulance services, private companies, industrial and special operations settings, and in the military. - NAEMT

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Orange County, NY - Battalion 3 companies that participated in the annual "RecruitNY" event on April 29th.


East Glenville Fire Department, located in Schenectady County, recently received their new Engine/Rescue 231.

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Keep Your Head Low… EMS ISSUE


There have always been risks with any emergency response — accidents, infections, even patient outbursts, but the scenes with active shooters, explosives, vehicles running through pedestrian traffic, knife attacks and more violence seem to be making the news more frequently in recent times. First responders, Police, EMS and Fire, show up to “save the day”, but can quickly become entangled in the carnage left behind. It’s a simple fact, we have no way of knowing when or if a violent mass casualty incident could happen in our response area. We need to prepare, and that preparation should be more than a simple classroom lecture or watching a grainy film. There are several agencies who have conducted realistic inter-agency drills for situations like active shooters (look at YouTube for some examples), but most agencies haven’t. It’s time we make sure we are all prepared. All agencies should assess their local demographics and structures to see what kinds of “attacks” could happen. Schools, malls, busy office buildings and open areas where crowds gather could be targets. Even an ambulance headquarters can be potential targets. Responders need to be aware of areas where an armed perpetrator could hide. What are the layouts and vantage points, and what are the possible weaknesses of a response? Working together, Law Enforcement, EMS and Fire need to formulate a plan of action… and DRILL. Realistic scenarios with moulage, screams, the noise of “gunfire”, lifeless and wounded “bodies” and inter-agency response will do more to prepare our crews than classroom lectures. (The first time I ever attended a realistic drill with all of the accoutrements, there were responders who were actually moved to tears as patients were black tagged and others screamed in “pain” — it was realistic enough to make each of us act as if it were real.) Unfortunately, the likelihood of being involved in an active shooter incident, hostage taking, or entering someplace that is booby-trapped is more possible now than years ago. While EMS and Fire used to stand by in an assumed safe zone until the danger is contained, there are no guarantees that, without previous study, an area is truly safe. In the mean-

while, as Law Enforcement secures an area, people bleed to death. Nowadays when the proper training is in place, EMS may enter an active (warm) zone with Law Enforcement in order to begin treatment of critically injured victims. Preparation is vital to preserve life and reduce the time a perpetrator has to barricade himself and continue his killing spree. You can download a Rapid Response Model PowerPoint presentation at There is another helpful .pdf presentation at These presentations will help improve training. All potential threats should be evaluated at least once a year and incorporated into realistic drills. All agencies should have a plan in place for emergency response for mass-fatality incidents if the need ever arises.


Working House Fire in Shortsville

Shortsville, NY - The Hopewell Fire Department was toned out for a reported house fire on Route 488 in the Town of Hopewell on April 5th. The Shortsville, Seneca Castle and Clifton Springs Fire Departments also assisted at the scene.

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Line Officer installation.


Fuel Spill on I-84 in Newburgh Closes Exit Ramp

Company Officer installation.


Newburgh, NY - Winona Lake and Dan Leghorn Fire Departments were dispatched to a fuel spill located on I-84 eastbound, by Exit 8, on April 24th. Dan Leghorn firefighters arrived at the scene and advised that both tanks of the truck were filled to capacity. New York State Police closed the exit ramp to traffic. Dan Leghorn Command advised control to contact DEC for a spill incident. The Maybrook Fire Dept. was requested to respond to the scene with their spill trailer. The spill ran across the ramp into a grassy area. State police remained on the scene until the spill was cleaned up, and then reopened the exit ramp.

New Paltz Installs New Officers New Paltz, NY - The New Paltz Fire Department installed new Line and Company officers for 2018-2019 during a ceremony at Novella's Banquet Hall on April 21st. Cory Wirthmann was appointed as new Chief of the department.


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Winona Lake Handles Car Fire on NYS Thruway Newburgh, NY - Winona Lake firefighters were called out to extinguish a car fire on the NYS Thruway on May 1st. No injuries were reported. JOHN GRECO - CODE 35 FIRE PHOTOGRAPHY

Seneca County, NY - Border City Engine 201 firefighters at the pump panel during a recent house fire in Waterloo.

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Computer Malfunction Sparks House Fire in Lakeville Lakeville, NY - On Saturday, April 7th around 3:15 P.M., firefighters responded to the report of a computer on fire at 5886 Big Tree Road in Lakeville. Fire units arrived on location and reported a working fire on the second-floor of the JUMP TO FILE# home. The blaze 040818103 was quickly extinguished and there were no injuries reported. It was later determined that the fire started from a computer. Lakeville firefighters were assisted at the scene by Livonia, Hemlock and East Avon Fire Departments, along with Livonia EMS, Livingston County Emergency Management and the Livingston County Sheriff's Office. - JEFFREY ARNOLD


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Ice Rescue Technicians Use Skills in Golden Hour for Survival Port Jervis, NY – Several broken sections of ice were visible in a dark snowy remote area on the outskirts of Port Jervis of the Town, as rescuers recently arrived to the sound of fading frantic JUMP TO FILE# calls for help in the 032618112 distance. Led by Water Operations Team Leader Tim Simmons of Port Jervis Fire Department, students in a recent Ice Rescue Technician class aimed bright search lights toward the partially thawed lake ice. They quickly spotted a subject clinging to surface ice, pleading for help to find and save a missing friend. This submerged individual knew, as did emergency responders from multiple fire departments, that time was severely limited in finding and saving this friend who was most likely underwater. Simmons said victims have around an hour – known as the ‘golden hour’ in ice rescue responses, to be found and rescued to have any chance of survival. “Depending on how wide the search area is and how quickly a person below ice can be found, we have a little less or a little more than an hour in all for chance of survival,” Simmons told his students. “That’s why the more trained rescuers we have to help, the faster we can interview people who may have seen the victim go under and narrow our dive and search area.” Spotters in the drill used trees, a collapsed bungalow, and tracks in the snow around the lake’s perimeter as reference points to help teams of students find and approach a precise onice rescue point. “The narrower we are able to make our search area, the quicker and better chance for a successful rescue,” Simmons said. The nighttime ice rescue drill, carried out as snow fell around them, followed a morning class and afternoon practice on the ice. Despite weeks of extremely cold temperatures, the surface cracked and broke as rescuers crossed the ice to complete selfextrication, as well as the rescue of victims from the water, demonstrating proper knowledge and use of tools and techniques. Simmons said with the TriState region’s large number of lakes, ponds and popular recreational usage present, unfortunately, it's a matter of ‘if’ not ‘when’ certified ice rescue technicians will be called upon. “People are out fishing, ice skating, using ATVs or quads and so far, we’ve been lucky. Sooner or later we will have the classic ice rescue call, and with more trained rescue technicians have a better chance in saving lives,” Simmons said.

Ice Rescue Technicians who completed the Port Jervis class, by department, are: Mill Rift FD's Bobby Mills, Randy Richards, Brock Richards, Chuck Pranski, Robert Mills and Corrina Catalano; Port Jervis FD's Bryce Sotello, Bill Brewster, George Padgett, James B. Fuller, Sr., Tyler Kowinsky, Justin Brewster, James Fuller, Jr. and Shane Fuller; Lumberland FD's Phillip Talley, David Venturini, Jacob Knibbs and Nazariy Kekis; Huguenot FD's Meghan McGregor, Justin Gibbs, Zachary Conklin and Scott Shauger; and Sparrowbush FD's Andrew Witkowski and Nick Pagano. - SHARON SIEGEL

Recently certified Ice Rescue Technicians completed in-class instruction, on-ice daytime practice, and a nighttime ice rescue drill in which they demonstrated proper use and knowledge of the many techniques and tools used to carry out a rescue as quickly and safely as possible. SHARON E. SIEGEL

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Engine 164 on scene in the aftermath of an all-hands fire on April 11th.

Fire Causes Heavy Damage to Staten Island Home

Staten Island, NY - Firefighters responded on April 11th at 12:51 P.M. to 7-5 Box 0092 at 153 Brighton Avenue for reports of a structure fire. Upon arrival, crews found a two-and-a-half story flat roof private dwelling with fire on the second and third floors. The fire was placed as "probably will hold" at 1:18 P.M.

Radio Test Chaplain’s Corner Didymus McHugh

There are many fire departments that have radio tests at the beginning of a shift or once a day. The purpose of this test is to see how well we hear dispatch, and how well they hear us. There are many times we pray. We transmit communications of our concerns to Dispatch, but do we always hear Dispatch answer our transmission? Do we wait to hear the answer, or do we keep on going? We are used to someone acknowledging our calls, especially when we call a Mayday. When we call a Mayday, it is confirmed and then everything on the fire scene stops and handles that Mayday. When we pray, we do not usu-

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ally hear a verbal response from God. God has other ways that He communicates with us. It may be a direct response by the situation that is answered right away, or there may be a soft answer. We may be so busy that we never pay attention to the response. Psalm 46:10 tells us to be still and know that He is God. I have to admit that there are times that I want an immediate response, or want to hear from God to make sure that He is working on the problem. I have learned that I need to trust him. I have to think of it like doing a search in a building. I do not need to be nervous or scared, even though I do not see my partner or hear from Him all the time. I can trust Him. Joshua 1:9 tells us to be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.

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FDNY firefighters responded to an All Hands fire on Box 7-5 3846 at 2:20 P.M. on April 4th. The fire was in a private dwelling and quickly knocked down without any injuries to the occupants.


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Crews Contain All Hands Brush Fire in Staten Island Staten Island, NY - On April 11th at 4:50 P.M., firefighters responded on 7-5 Box 3233 for a reported brush fire at Getz Avenue and Arthur Kill Road in Brookfield Park. The area of brush burned was approximately 200'x200'. The fire was declared under control at 5:15 P.M. Pictured is Oceanic Volunteer FD's new brush fire unit at the scene of the brush fire.

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