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SECOND-ALARM HOUSE FIRE CLAIMS LIFE OF CHILD IN TROY

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TROY, NY - On April 25th at 5:07 A.M., the city of Troy Fire Department was dispatched to 388 4th Street for a structure fire, with reports of a baby trapped in the building. The dispatcher notified all responding units that they were taking multiple calls on the fire. Engines 6, 3, 4 and 2, along with Trucks 1 and 2, the rescue squad, Medic 4, and the Battalion Chief called en route to the scene. - See full story on page 2

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Second-Alarm House Fire Claims Life of Child in Troy TROY, NY - On April 25th at 5:07 A.M., the city of Troy Fire Department was dispatched to 388 4th Street for a structure fire, with reports of a baby trapped in the building. The dispatcher notified all responding units that they were taking multiple calls on the fire. Engines 6, 3, 4 and 2, along with Trucks 1 and 2, the rescue squad, Medic 4, and the Battalion Chief called en route to the scene. With Engine 6 being only one block away, firefighters quickly arrived on scene and had heavy fire pushing from the center of two buildings. The officer on Engine 6 declared the Signal 30 for a working structure fire and the Battalion Chief called the secondalarm, bringing the city of Watervliet FD and the Watervliet Arsenal to the scene. Firefighters immediately deployed one-andthree quarter inch and two-and-ahalf inch hand lines. Crews from multiple engine companies arrived on scene and began to force their way into the adjacent apartment building as heavy black smoke pushed from the second floor windows and roof area. As heavy fire pushed over 40-feet into the morning sky, firefighters made entry into the primary fire building where they encountered heavy fire conditions and thick black smoke on the first floor. Police began to assist firefighters with evacuating residents from the buildings, and while in the rear of the building, police were told there were children still trapped in the building. The patrol sergeant immediately notified the dispatcher to relay the message to the fire department on scene. Residents quickly evacuated the building and firefighters began to conduct their primary search of the adjacent buildings that had heavy smoke pushing from the roof. As firefighters were searching the building they discovered a young child on the floor and immediately notified command that they were coming outside. Firefighters made their way to the door where they were met with additional firefighters who rushed the child away from the burning building. As conditions were rapidly changing on the fire ground, a large dog jumped from the rear of the building to escape the fire. Neighbors assisted in getting the dog back to its owners safely. A recall for additional firefighters to come into the city of Troy was placed by command. Firefighters from Truck 1 made their way to the roof of the multi-dwelling apartment building

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and began to conduct ventilation. As firefighters cut the roof open the second floor of the building flashed over, sending fire out of every window in the rear, sides and front of the building. The ladder that firefighters used to get to the roof became wrapped in fire. One firefighter quickly made his way down the ladder through the fire to the ground where he was met by one of the chiefs on scene and one of the pump operators. Firefighters on the ground quickly move the ladder to the other side of the building and several firefighters scrambled down the ladder from the roof. After regaining their composure, firefighters from Truck 1 went to work in putting the truck company in the air and began to conduct master stream operations. Command advised all units on the fire ground to evacuate all of the buildings as they were going defensive. Firefighters utilized numerous blitz fires, hand lines, deck guns, and ladder pipes and began to drive the fire back. As crews switched into defensive operations, 384, 386, 388 and 390 Fourth Street were now involved. Firefighters pumped tens of thousands of gallons of water into the buildings, knocking down the heavy fire conditions. Large amounts of water began to pour out the front doors of all of the fire buildings. There was substantial structural collapse on the primary fire building in the roof area. As firefighters brought the fire under control command ordered half a dozen hand lines, ladder pipes, and blitz fires to shut down so crews could begin to assess the risk factor of making entry into the fire buildings. Command authorized crews to make entry to the fire buildings and to begin to conduct extensive overhaul on scene. Command was notified that the child that was discovered inside of the building had passed away. The New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control was requested to the scene with their investigation team. Firefighters remained on scene for over two days. Fire investigators are working to determine the cause of the fire, which displaced over 20 people. One other person suffered injuries on scene and was transported to the hospital. The fire is still under investigation at this time.

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Fire Destroys Tavern and Three Homes in Niagra Falls NIAGRA FALLS, NY - When fire crews arrived at 1928 Niagra Street on April 18th, they found a fully involved commercial structure on fire with heavy black smoke showing from the “Frosted Mug Tavern”, which has been vacant for many years and was the scene of previous fires in the past. The fire was so big it spread to two houses in the back side of the structure, and one on the left side as well. All the structures were deemed as a total loss and will be demolished. No injuries were reported. The Red Cross was requested for five adults who reside at one of the houses. The other two homes were vacant.

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Man Killed in Motorcycle Crash Near Orange Lake in Newburgh NEWBURGH, NY - The Orange Lake FD, along with Town of Newburgh Police and EMS, responded to a two-vehicle accident involving a motorcycle and SUV on Route 52 and Rock Cut Road, April 20th. The driver of the motorcycle, later identified as 46-year-old Shakir Rashada, was pronounced dead at the scene. The crash occurred when the SUV, driven by a 21-year-old Newburgh man, attempted to make a left hand turn from Route 52 onto Rock Cut Road and struck the motorcycle, which was traveling eastbound on Route 52. Orange Lake Fire Police shut down Route 52 in both directions during the investigation into the fatal crash.


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Ohio: Donald Beauchene, 54 Rank: Lieutenant Incident Date: November 9, 2020 Death Date: November 17, 2020 Fire Department: Warren City Fire Department Initial Summary: Lieutenant Donald Beauchene contracted COVID-19 while on-duty. He passed away on Tuesday, November 17, 2020. Tennessee: Ronald Steven Perry, 57 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: November 15, 2020 Death Date: December 17, 2020 Fire Department: East Sullivan County Volunteer Fire Department Initial Summary: Firefighter Ronald Steven Perry responded to a mutual aid call of a building fire on Sunday, November 15, 2020. He and two other firefighters subsequently contracted COVID-19. Firefighter Perry passed away on Thursday, December 17, 2020, from the virus. Pennsylvania: Mark “Dewey” E. Kulp, 52 Rank: Firefighter/EMT Incident Date: December 8, 2020 Death Date: January 5, 2021 Fire Department: Reading Department of Fire and Rescue Services Initial Summary: Firefighter/EMT Mark “Dewey” E. Kulp transported at least two patients to hospitals, who had tested positive for COVID-19. He also evaluated a patient on-scene that possibly had the virus. He subsequently contracted the disease and passed away on January 5, 2021.

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Florida: Lloyd Losinger, 60 Rank: Captain Incident Date: December 4, 2020 Death Date: January 6, 2021 Fire Department: Ocean City-Wright Fire Control District Initial Summary: Captain Lloyd Losinger, while performing fire inspections, contracted COVID-19. He passed away from the virus on Wednesday, January 6, 2021.

Texas: Danny Watkins, 67 Rank: Chief Incident Date: December 14, 2020 Death Date: January 12, 2021 Fire Department: San Benito Fire Department Initial Summary: Chief Danny Watkins contracted COVID-19 while on-duty. He passed away from the virus on Tuesday, January 12, 2021. Tennessee: Ronald “Ronnie” Gene Spitzer, 65 Rank: Chief Incident Date: December 11, 2020 Death Date: January 13, 2021 Fire Department: Rocky Top Fire Department Initial Summary: Chief Ronald “Ronnie” Gene Spitzer, while on-duty, responded to a medical call on December 11, 2020 with another firefighter. It was determined later that the patient had COVID-19. He and the firefighter both contracted the virus. Chief Ronald “Ronnie” Gene Spitzer passed away on Wednesday, January 13, 2021 from the disease. California: William Christopher Mertz, 54 Rank: Captain Incident Date: December 27, 2020 Death Date: January 20, 2021 Fire Department: Rancho Santa Fe Fire Protection District Initial Summary: Captain William Christopher Mertz, while on-duty at the fire department, contracted COVID-19. He passed away on Wednesday, January 20, 2021 from the virus. Texas: Erik Segura, 45 Rank: Captain Incident Date: November 23, 2020 Death Date: January 26, 2021 Fire Department: Laredo Fire Department Initial Summary: Captain Erik Segura was part of the COVID-19 response team for the Laredo Fire Department. He contracted the virus while responding to an EMS call from a patient with a known case of the disease. He passed away on Tuesday, January 26, 2021.


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Fully Involved House Fire Turns Fatal in Elsmere ELSMERE, NY - A fully involved structure fire in Elsmere claimed the life of a resident early Saturday morning, April 17th. The Elsmere and Selkirk Fire Departments were orig- JUMP TO FILE# inally dispatched for 041221112 a reported outdoor fire after a caller on Columbine Drive stated they could see fire through the woods at 3:10 A.M. Bethlehem police officers arrived in the area and stated they could see a large fire through the woods from Columbine Drive. “We’ve had a lot of rain and even some snow the past couple days,” said Chief Marc Futia of Elsmere Fire. “So when the call went out as an outdoor fire, it just didn’t add up--it just wasn’t right.” Officers got closer to where the flames appeared to be coming from and quickly discovered a fully involved house fire at 228 Bender Lane. Chief Futia lives in the area and was on scene in minutes and reported that the house had flames through all the windows and there was already a roof collapse of the structure. “Because of the heavy involvement of the fire it was an exterior attack only,” said Futia. “It took us a while to get it out.” He says in addition to the roof collapse, there was also a floor collapse with some of the exterior walls beginning to bow out. “You want to do what you can, but you have to keep your guys safe as well,” Futia said. There were numerous other hazards that hindered firefighting efforts during this incident. Live power lines were down in the driveway, so fire apparatus had to park in the roadway and firefighters had to run hose from the trucks and across the yard to get to the house. National Grid responded to the scene to physically cut the line and remove it from the driveway before the fire department could bring a ladder truck close enough to extend over the house. “When we got here the fire was impinging on two 500-gallon propane tanks that were used to heat the house,” Futia said. “Two of the firefighters were able to move those tanks approximately 50 or 60 feet away from the house.” He says there was ammunition in the house as well that added to the dangers. Chief Futia said fire crews have been called to this same home before for minor fire calls in the past. Additional resources on the scene and on standby included the town FAST Team, Selkirk, Delmar, Slingerlands, North Bethlehem and Coeymans Fire Departments, as well as Delmar-Bethlehem EMS, Albany County Paramedics, Bethlehem Police and New York State

One person is dead following an early-morning house fire in Elsmere.

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THOMAS MARRA

Downed power lines initially blocked apparatus from parking in the driveway.

Fire Investigators and State Fire K9. The FAST Team is made up of firefighters trained specifically for assisting and searching for firefighters in distress inside a structure. “They are used to protect the firefighters,” said Futia. “They

watch the firefighters go in and they keep accountability of the firefighters that go in and they know who’s in and who’s coming out.” Fire investigators discovered a body that was believed to be the homeowner, who was unaccounted for at the time of the fire. The au-

topsy identified the body found in the home as the 65-year-old male homeowner, according to a report from Bethlehem Police. There was only one person living in the home at the time and there were no pets reported inside the house. There were no reports of in-

juries to any firefighters on the sene. Bethlehem Police are actively investigating the fire, but have ruled the fire as not suspicious. - THOMAS MARRA


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Two-Alarm Fire in Red Hook Claims One Life

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Two-Alarm Commercial Building Fire in Cheektowaga CHEEKTOWAGA, NY - On Saturday, May 1st at 12:23 P.M., Cheektowaga Fire Control dispatched Forks Fire Department to a structure fire at Gateway Materials, 3870 Broadway Street. Forks Fire Chief Anthony Kronbeck went on location with heavy smoke showing and declared a working fire in a large commercial building. A second-alarm was struck, bringing mutual aid to the scene from U-Crest, HyView, Bellevue, Sloan, Twin District and Rescue Fire Departments. The blaze was brought under control in about 90 minutes. There were no injuries reported. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

RED HOOK, NY - One person died in a fire in a residence in Red Hook on Wednesday morning, April 21st. The Red Hook Fire Company and Tivoli Fire Department were dispatched at 6:47 A.M. to a fire on Rokeby Road in the town, with possible entrapment. Tivoli Chief Marc Hildenbrand was first on scene, where he found fire coming from the living room along with heavy smoke conditions throughout the rest of the home. Chief Hildenbrand immediately called for a secondalarm, which brought mutual aid from Rhinebeck, Milan and Ulster Hose, along with an advanced life support (ALS) unit from NDP.

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Hildenbrand says neighbors pointed out where the bedroom was located and the first crew on scene generated an interior attack. “However, conditions at the residence made it difficult for entry,” Chief Hildenbrand said. Red Hook Assistant Chief Michael Lane said it took about 25 minutes to get the fire under control. In total, there were close to 50 firefighters on the scene, Lane said. Overhaul and cleanup operations continued until about 12:45 P.M. “Everything was handled very

professionally by everyone on the scene,” said Lane, adding that no emergency responders were injured during the incident. The name of the deceased has not been released, pending notification of family by the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office. The Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by the Red Hook Police Department and New York State Police. As of mid-afternoon Wednesday, the Dutchess County Fire Investigation Division had not yet released the cause of the fire. - JEFF LEVINE

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In 1928, the Middletown Central Firehouse was built on the site of the McQoid-Monhagen companies. This three-story building was designed by local architect Robert R. Graham to house four separate volunteer fire companies. He used "Georgia style" architecture and built the structure with Harvard trimmed faced brick with limestone. The second floor was designed with separate quarters

for each company that could be easily converted if the city decided to become one paid department. The entire top floor was designed to serve as a large banquet room that doubled as a drill hall. It originally included a kitchen, coat-check room and a ladies rest room. The cost of building this, then modern, firehouse was just $125,000.

Ninety-three years later, this building continues to be the home of Monhagen Hose Co. #1, Eagle Engine Co. #2, Excelsior Hook & Ladder Co. #1, and McQuoid Engine & Ladder Co. #3. Each of these companies remains independent, each having a paid driver. There is one paid Lieutenant to oversee the shift, assigned to Central, and one of these paid drivers.

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Driver Hits 3 Vehicles While Evading Police in City of Newburgh NEWBURGH, NY - On May 1st, a City of Newburgh Police Officer attempted to pull a vehicle over on South William Street. The subject was traveling east on South William Street and struck three vehicles while failing to comply. The subject then fled on Mill Street to Renwick Street before being apprehended. The City of Newburgh FD and Mobile Life ALS were dispatched to the scene. Mobile Life ALS transported two subjects to Montefiore/St. Luke's Hospital. Firefighters checked the vehicles for hazards and assisted with injured parties. City of Newburgh Police investigated the scene. The subject was placed under arrest and transported to City of Newburgh headquarters for processing.

CHUCK LOWE

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THE EMS PROVIDER AND FAMILY EMS ISSUE CHELLE CORDERO

There are six major stresses cited for an EMS provider, one of them is “Any incident involving a friend, relative, or coworker.” Normally when we arrive at an emergency call, people generally see us “swooping in to save the day” and, especially for folks relatively new to the field, we begin to feel a bit like super-heroes. Then… there’s that battle you can’t win, the patient you lose, and you hear the sobbing of family and friends behind you. What if the patient you lost was one of your own? Long before I joined EMS, my job place offered to teach us CPR —they didn’t even bring in mannequins to practice on, but I did learn the basics. So, when we visited an older relative and heard her sudden gasp, I knew she needed help. I did my best and the Paramedics who finally arrived did say that I kept her viable enough for them to still be able to try… she was pronounced a little while later. That scene haunted me, I supposedly was taught a life saving skill and yet I could not even save my own family member. The first code that I ran in EMS on an ambulance, after certifying as a NYS EMT, was a save. I should have been elated, and I was thrilled we were able to help our patient, but that night I cried. The loss of my relative, my very first patient loss, still haunted me. Having to treat one of your own is hard, even when, hopefully, it is not a loss. You try to separate yourself feeling both a responsibility as a trained provider and the fear that you might lose someone you love. In the physician’s code of ethics, the doctor is NOT supposed to treat their own family member unless of course there is no one else to do it. Whether you are at home with your loved one when they take sick or show up at the scene of an MVA and find your own inside the car, there often is no one else to treat the patient. Even if you’ve called for an ambulance, you’re not going to sit idle while you wait for their arrival. Whether you have to treat your own family member, a close friend or coworker, a fellow provider, or that terminal patient you’ve transported for treatment multiple times, having a personal connection can take a toll on your emotional health. In our EMT classes

we were all taught to treat every patient as if they were our own family and to work at the highest standard of care possible. Treating your own though can be fraught with doubts, your emotions may cloud your professional judgement, you worry even more that you’ll make a mistake. Treating someone that you are so familiar with might be uncomfortable, it’s easy to assume that you know how your patient is normally, you might unknowingly miss something important. Being too familiar with a patient, whether or not they are related by blood, can change your judgement, especially when things seem more serious than you originally thought. Suddenly treating someone close to you has the added weight of your own emotions.

Learn to recognize the signs of stress in yourself. These can include (any or all) anxiety, irritability, nausea, guilt, isolation, and loss of concentration, appetite, and interest in life. Don’t chastise yourself for feeling this strain. ask for help, participate in programs your agency may offer either in groups or individual counseling. Sometimes working out in a gym will help or talking with a trusted friend — don’t turn to crutches like drugs or other substances. Don’t be hesitant to ask for help, participate in programs your agency may offer either in groups or individual counseling. Being an EMS provider is always stressful but being both a provider and a worried family member adds more emotions to the mix. Take care of yourself.

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When in doubt, keep it simple and put it in a taco! FORK & HOSE CO. a Food Blog by A.J. Fusco

CHUCK LOWE

One of the most popular foods both in the firehouse and my own house is tacos. I mean, if you get a day of the week named after you, you know you’ve made it big. Taco Tuesdays are featured on Fork and Hose Co. almost every week. And rightfully so! They are easily cus-

tomizable depending on what’s in the fridge, what is on sale or just what you feel like eating. A taco can be as complex or as simple as you want it to be. But the reason I love them so much is because a simple taco is almost always better than one with too many ingredients. Keeping it to a few ingredients will let each flavor shine through. Usually I like to stick to a protein, such as chicken, shrimp, pork or steak. Then maybe 2-3 toppings and that’s it; anymore than that and you will have a mess on your hands, literally. Another reason I love tacos, is that they can be

a relatively quick dish to make. And in this case, shrimp cooks up faster than any other proteins, so the food hits the table in no time. You could also braise tougher cuts like pork shoulder or beef chuck ahead of time if need be. But with these shrimp tacos we keep it simple with the classic taco ingredients of lime, garlic and cilantro. And no taco would be complete without hot sauce! So the next time you are not sure what to make and have to feed the crew quickly, think of these tasty shrimp tacos. You won’t be disappointed!

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CILANTRO LIME SHRIMP TACOS Yields 8 Tacos Ingredients:

FRANK ROBINSON

Coldenham Fire Department operates a 2010 KME 1500/750/30F as Rescue 208.

1 lb. Shrimp, peeled/deveined/tails removed 1 Lime, zest and juice Handful of fresh cilantro, picked and chopped 1 Garlic clove, chopped Salt, to taste EVOO 8 Corn Tortillas Garnish: Chopped Cilantro, lime wedges and hot sauce Procedure: -In a bowl, combine the shrimp, lime zest and juice, drizzle of EVOO, pinch of salt, chopped garlic and cilantro. Marinate for 15 minutes.

CHUCK LOWE

Minisink Fire Company in Goshen operates a 2013 Pierce Velocity 2000/300/95' Tower.

-While shrimp marinates, toast tortillas over open flame or in a dry pan until brown in spots. Remove and cover with a paper towel. -In a medium pan over medium-high heat, add a drizzle of EVOO followed by the shrimp. Cook until starting to turn pink, flip and cook until fully pink. -Remove and assemble tacos with garnishes.

AJ FUSCO


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Three People Displaced After House Fire in Rochester ROCHESTER, NY - On Saturday, April 10th at 6:04 P.M., the Rochester Fire Department was dispatched for the report of a house on fire at 10 Orange Street. Responding units reported heavy black smoke in the sky and declared a working fire upon arrival. The bulk of the exterior fire was knocked down with a deck gun from the first-in engine. The blaze was brought under control in about 20 minutes, with no injuries reported. The cause of the fire remains under investigation. Three people were displaced by the fire and were being assisted by the Red Cross.

BOB MCCORMICK

Two-Car MVA with Rollover in Newburgh NEWBURGH, NY - Good Will FD responded to a two-vehicle MVA with rollover and injuries on Route 33 and the entrance to Home Depot on April 5th. Town of Newburgh Police and EMS were at the scene. EMS assisted two subjects out of the vehicles and transported them to Montefiore/St. Luke's Hospital. Firefighters disconnected batteries from the vehicles and spread speedy dry on fluids on the roadway before clearing. Town of Newburgh Police are investigating the cause.

THOMAS MARRA

Numerous fire departments battled a difficult fire in a void space at a home in Elsmere.

Firefighters in Elsmere Battle Stubborn Fire in Void Space ELSMERE, NY - Firefighters fought a difficult fire in the roof of a home on the afternoon of Tuesday, April 20th, in Elsmere. Fire crews were dispatched to 248 Kenwood Ave. around 4:45 P.M. after a caller stated they could see smoke coming from the second floor window of a home. When Elsmere Fire Chief Futia arrived on scene within minutes of dispatch, he said there was only a little light smoke drifting from the roof. “I went inside and made an initial size-up and there was no smoke and no fire,” Futia said. “I got to the second floor and there was still no smoke or fire.” He said he checked for access to get to the void space where the fire appeared to be and he could not find any access doors or panels. When crews arrived and began opening up the ridge vent on the roof, Futia says the smoke began getting heavier. Three crews were sent to the roof to make one ventilation hole in the roof. “They made one vent hole and the smoke started coming out pretty good now,” Futia said. “It

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was already burning, we gave it a little bit of air, and now we had smoke and fire coming out of the roof.” An interior crew made their way to the second floor of the home to begin pulling ceilings, but ran into some difficulty. Chief Futia said the ceiling was entirely shiplap, giving the crew a difficult time ripping the it down. Once they were able to make progress pulling the ceiling, fire came down on top of the firefighters. “They had hoselines and hit themselves and the fire,” Futia said. “They knocked it down some but by that time the whole upstairs void space was burning.” It took approximately 40 minutes to get the fire extinguished. Chief Futia said one firefighter was treated and released at the scene by EMS for heat exhaustion, as well as many other firefighters who became overheated. At one point it was reported that an interior crew lost their

point of egress and were pushed into a room by fire and bailed out a second floor window using a ladder. Those firefighters were not injured in the bailout. Elsmere, Delmar and Slingerlands Fire, Delmar-Bethlehem EMS, Albany County Paramedics and Bethlehem Police were on the initial dispatch. Selkirk Fire was requested for the air truck to fill air bottles used by firefighters, while North Bethlehem Fire was requested for rehab to rehydrate and check-up on firefighters battling the fire, as well as an additional ambulance from Delmar-Bethlehem EMS. Fire damage was contained mainly to the roof, with water damage throughout the home. The homeowner and his dog were home at the time, but were able to make it out safely. The Bethlehem Police Fire Investigation Team was investigating the cause and believe it to be accidental and possibly electrical in nature. - THOMAS MARRA


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Two-Alarm Fire Destroys Three Buildings on 9th Street in Troy TROY, NY - On April 27th just before 8:38 P.M., the City of Troy Fire Department was dispatched for a reported structure fire at 377 9th Street, between Middleburg and Rensselaer Street. The dispatcher notified all responding units that they were receiving numerous calls on the fire. As Engine 4 pulled out of the station and looked to the left, they saw two houses heavily involved in the rear of the structure and immediately transmitted the Signal 30 and a second-alarm. Engines 6, 1, 2, and 3, along with the Rescue Squad, Trucks 1 and 2, Medic 4, the Battalion Chief, the City of Watervliet FD, and Watervliet Arsenal's FD were dispatched to the scene. Engine 4 arrived on scene and had multiple buildings heavily involved in the rear of the structure. Engine 4's crew pulled a hand line to the rear of the building and began to attempt to knock down the heavy fire. Trucks 2 and 1 came down 9th Street and the drivers quickly went to work setting up their aerial devices. Firefighters laid in from Middleburg Street to Engine 4 with large diameter hose. As firefighters charged the line to the scene to supply the engine company and the ladder companies, the pump operator notified command that they were receiving less than 25 pounds of pressure on the hydrant and were having significant water issues. Command notified the dispatcher to start an immediate recall and bring the city of Cohoes, Village of Green Island, and the city of Albany into the scene for mutual aid. Command also brought in Empire Ambulance and the town of Colonie EMS to handle all medical calls, as the city of Troy had all 24 on duty firefighters on scene for the multiplealarm fire. Command notified the dispatcher that they had three buildings heavily involved, two of which were vacant. The third one was occupied, but everyone was accounted for. Firefighters laid into the scene another supply line from a nearby fire hydrant and encountered the same problem of significant water pressure issues. As the heavy fire continued to spread throughout the buildings, firefighters on scene were unable to flow any water on the fire for a short period of time. As firefighters from Engine 2 arrived on scene they were able to connect into a large water main on 8th Street, over 1,000-feet away from the scene, and began to hand-lay LDH in to the scene. As firefighters worked on scene to take care of the water issue, heavy fire continued to push through the back of the main fire building and out all the windows

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on the 'Bravo' side of the structure. The exposure building on the 'Delta' side of the structure had heavy fire blow through the roof of the building. Fire was shooting over 60-feet high into the night sky, and was visible to residents from as far away as Latham and the Village of Menands. Firefighters began to coordinate a significant defensive operation on all three of the fire buildings. Engine 4 notified command that they now had significant water pressure thanks to Engine 2 and firefighters opened up numerous hand lines, blitz fires, and master streams from the truck companies on to all three of the buildings. As crews were working to knock down the heavy fire, the primary fire building, without any warning, pancake collapsed and sent debris out towards a firefighter that was putting water into the front windows of the house. As firefighters were working the 'Delta' exposure, the building's roof collapsed inward due to the heavy fire load below. Command immediately requested a par check. Firefighters in the rear of the building continued to put water on the fire. State Police aviation provided scene lighting from above with their spot light as firefighters worked on scene. Command also requested the water department to be dispatched to the scene, as they were having significant water problems still. As firefighters began to bring the fire under control after fighting it for over three hours, thick smoke filled the streets and all of the surrounding neighborhoods. As firefighters continued to flow water into the fire buildings, the roof on the last structure gave way and collapsed inward into the structure. Firefighters continue to flow water from the two truck companies on scene until the early hours of the morning. Firefighters on scene were able to successfully determine everyone was accounted for from the structures. Crews made entry to the two structures on the side of the primary fire building and began to conduct overhaul. No injuries were reported. All three buildings on 9th Street were deemed a total loss. This is the second major fire for the city of Troy in less than three days. City of Troy fire investigators are working to determine the cause of the fire. Firefighters remained on scene until the early hours of the morning conducting overhaul.

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ALBANY, NY - It's a very warm Saturday in early April. A group of wildland firefighters are gathered in the Pine Bush nature preserve in Albany, but they're not there to quell a fire. They're there to start one. Each year, the 3,350-acre preserve undergoes a series of controlled burns designed to protect and maintain the ecosystem. “It's about forest health and fuel reduction,” says Tyler Briggs, the fire manager for the Pine Bush. “A lot of rare species (that live in the Pine Bush) thrive on the disturbance of fire.” The burns are set to mimic the effects of natural wildfires that can't occur due to development in the area. They target vegetation and brush that has grown over time, and prevents sunlight from reaching the forest floor. They also serve a secondary benefit by burning off natural fuel such as needlecast, dead trees, branches, and leaf litter that would be troublesome in the event of an actual fire. Conducting a prescribed burn

is a precise process. “The preserve is broken into several management units,” explains Briggs, “and each unit has a specific burn plan written for it. Burn plans are primarily written with smoke management.” For today's burn, the burn can't take place with a north wind that would push smoke toward the NYS Thruway or with a west wind that would push smoke toward State route 155. A prescribed burn in 1999 got out of hand when the wrong wind direction blew heavy smoke toward the Thruway, forcing closure of the highway until the smoke dissipated. Briggs wasn't with the Pine Bush at the time but says that since then, training has become different and more sophisticated. Each section of the Pine Bush is subjected to a prescribed burn once every couple of years and then only one-third of that unit will be burned. “We don't burn more than one third,” says Briggs,” so twothirds can recolonize. Picking a day for the prescribed burns is also an exact science. The

burns can only happen when conditions are just right, leaving only a few dozen days each year on which burns are acceptable. The burns mostly take place in the Spring and Fall. Serving as fire manager can be a lonely job in many ways for Briggs. He's the only full-time employee devoted to fire management. He has four other Pine Bush staff members who are certified, but fire management isn't their primary job. To implement the prescribed burns, Briggs relies on others, including the State Department of Environmental Conservation, The Nature Conservancy, New York State Parks, and the US Fish and Wildlife Service. If a non-prescribed fire should break out, Briggs receives aid from fire departments in Albany, Colonie, and Guilderland. Fortunately, non-prescribed burns are few and far between. “The burns definitely reduce the fuel loading,” says Briggs, “so even when fires do occur, they're easier to contain.”

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House Fire Displaces Residents in Rochester ROCHESTER, NY - On Thursday, April 22nd at 4:11 P.M., Rochester firefighters responded to 180-182 Cady Street for the report of a house fire. First arriving units found the front of a large two-and-a-half story, two-family home well involved. The occupants of both apartments were able to safely evacuate. Command requested an extra engine to the scene for additional personnel. The blaze was brought under control in about 20 minutes, The Red Cross was assisting eight displaced residents. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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MVA with Rollover on I-84 Near Coldenham COLDENHAM, NY - On April 11th, Coldenham FD was dispatched to a reported car crash with rollover on Interstate 84 westbound at mile marker 33. State Police were also dispatched and advised 9-1-1 that there were no injuries after confirming that everyone was out of the vehicle. Coldenham Car 1 arrived and returned to service shortly after. New York State Police are investigating the cause.


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How Valuable Do You Think YOU Are? Chaplain's Corner Didymus McHugh

So why are you downhearted? Do you not feel valued? Do you feel worthless? Do you feel that you are not making the grade? Are you going through stuff that may have you depressed? I just want to take a minute and tell you how much you mean and are worth. Mr. Rogers stated that we are so much more than what we do.

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You may be a child to your parents, a parent to your children, a spouse, member of your house of worship, a talented artist or what have you. YOU WERE CREATED BY GOD, IN HIS IMAGE and HE LOVES YOU. You are not what other people may say or think. But only God knows your potential and why He put you here. Do not pay attention to all those people on social media. Do not measure your life according to their posts. They are only putting up what they want others to think is normal for them but it may be the best day that they had in years or it may all be staged with fake smiles. Live your life. You have a life that nobody else can live. It is ____________(fill in your name) life and nobody can ever be ____________(fill in your name) but ____________(fill in your name) Do not pay attention to whoever is putting you down. Many times they are just on a power trip and know that they can push your buttons. Did you ever think that they are the way they are because someone is doing the same to them? Insecure people may become bullies, no matter their education, or position in life. I feel sorry for them. We need to lift each other up and not put each other down. Hebrews 10:25 states that we should encourage one another. Who is encouraging you? Who are you encouraging? Many times people put us down because they do not want to see us succeed or they may say they do not want to see us fall. It is through our failures that we learn. There has been plenty times that Thomas Edison failed, when he was working on the light bulb. His comment was basically that he found so many ways that will not create light. Did you know that it took 40 attempts to created WD40, the lubricant. Can you imagine if they got it right on a different try? We might be using WD-37 or on the first try, WD-1. It's ok to fail, that just becomes a learning moment. We were all created with unique fingerprints, so why do we try being like someone else. We always measure ourselves short when we try to measure up to someone else, trying to be like them. But did you ever think that others may be trying to measure up to be like you? Years ago I had someone, who did not know me, tell me that I was not credible. The person had no clue what I do or what my potential was. I say to myself that I am doing well because I know that

God has a different plan for me. God has a special mission for each one of us. You cannot fill my mission and I cannot fill your mission. You can have that moment to. I have worked with people who have be addicted to drugs and been brought back from the dead a bunch of times but their story is not complete yet. Just look at the people that Christ hung out with and the people that He used for His purposes. Moses, did not hang out with Christ, had problems speaking and had low confidence, because he wanted to get out of it. Look at Him using tax collectors and talking to societies outcasts. BUT He loved them all. It may not be the number of times that you fall down. It is the number of times that you get up. You have a mission. Never count yourself out. Rest, regroup and try again. Remember that whatever you are going through, God is always with you. He sees what is happening and walks alongside you. God created you special and unique for a unique purpose and He loves you. Associate with those who lift you up and not tear you down. One thing that we teach people is that the people that you associate with is so important. We have those with addictions, get a new phone number and become very picky about the phone numbers that go into it. You get the new phone number because you do not want the wrong influencers calling and possibly harassing you. Years ago a wise friend told me that you are the books that you read and the people that you associate with, so be very selective. If you are having a challenge, do not give up. Ask for help, from those who know how to get you unstuck. Proverbs talks a lot about seeking counsel. Make sure that you seek counsel from wise people and not knuckleheads. You do not want advice from the three stooges. Speak to the experts in the field. People who actually have credentials from doing what you are having challenges with. If you need a heart operation, do not ask your electrician for his medical advice. You may be of a different religion than I am but you were made unique and for a specific reason, that may never be revealed to you. YOU are loved by the ONE who created you! Stay safe, Didymus McHugh didymus-mchugh.com

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A brush fire was quickly extinguished behind an unoccupied home in Delmar.

Crews Make Quick Work of Brush Fire Behind Unoccupied Home in Delmar DELMAR, NY - Firefighters made quick work of a brush fire behind a residence in Delmar on Sunday, April 11th. While clearing the scene of a previous fire call, Delmar and Slingerlands Fire Departments were dispatched to 201 Elm Ave. for a smoke condition. Dispatch stated that a passerby called and said there was smoke between the Bethlehem Community Church and the neighboring house. Arriving fire chiefs stated they had an active brush fire in the rear of the resi-

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dence next to the church. Firefighters made quick work extinguishing the fire before it could spread to the house, which was unoccupied at the time of the fire. The fire was contained to a small area in the backyard and also damaged a fence. - THOMAS MARRA

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Rochester Firefighters Battle Scrap Yard Fire ROCHESTER, NY - On Thursday, April 8th, firefighters responded to Ben Weitsman of Rochester at 80 Steel Street for a large pile of scrap metal on fire. Engine 5 arrived on location and requested the balance of a first-alarm assignment. The blaze was brought under control in about an hour. There were no injuries reported.


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Engines & Other Apparatus of the Milwaukee Fire Department

ON THE BOOK SHELF by John Malecky

Engines and Other Apparatus of the Milwaukee Fire Department An Illustrated History By Wayne Mutza Available from: FSP Books & Videos 433 Main Street Hudson, MA, 01749 1-800-522-8528 E-Mail: support@fire-policeems.com www.fire-police-ems.com Price: $49.95 This book is soft cover, with 310 pages within 11 chapters. The author is a retired member of the Milwaukee Fire Department. I actually met him in 1977 when he gave a talk at fire headquarters to a group of fire buffs who were attending their convention in the city. He reminded me of myself that is a young firefighter devoted to the job!

This book was compiled by a full page of acknowledgements of equally dedicated people who contributed to not only a full range of Milwaukee apparatus, but a history of it. If there is anything missing in this book it is because it simply was not available when the publication was put together! Of the 11 chapters, the first dealt of course with apparatus manually pulled by the brute strength of individuals. The second chapter, “Horsepower”, addresses just that. The utilization of horses to pull apparatus was partly due to the dwindling ranks of manpower to respond. On page 21, however is a second sized, self propelled engine being driven down a street with heavy smoke coming from its stack. For a number of reasons it did not last more than about two years and I invite you to read why. They are interesting! This chapter covers water towers and fireboats but before it ends on page 48, on page 47 there is a photo of a sleigh which apparently were abundant in the fire department and were utilized when steam fire engines could not get through. The hose they carried were connected directly to hydrants. Before this chapter is fin-

ished I should mention the Buestrin escape ladder, which was 95-feet in length. It was designed by the man of that name and there is an impressive photo of it in the chapter. According to what is written, it was never utilized to its full potential. However in chapter 3 is a story of its own about “Maggie”, a rear-mounted wooden aerial built by the German company, Magirus. When the chief at the time learned about it he travelled to the town that owned one (Gary Indiana) and ended up ordering one. In 1977 when I first went to Milwaukee I was at the private museum of Keith Franz, an active Milwaukee buff, and he had the aerial in storage minus the truck. There is insufficient room to write about the value of this book to apparatus buffs and historians to name a few. I can only say it is packed with black and white photos of all kinds of apparatus, including those that were operated by specialized departments, and also the last chapter which has MFD apparatus which ended up after being retired. In short, to anyone interested in apparatus, this is one for your library!

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Occupants Escape House Fire in Rochester ROCHESTER, NY - On Monday, April 26th at 7:42 P.M., the Rochester Fire Department responded to 9 Child Street for the report of a house fire. Upon arrival, firefighters found a working fire in a large two-family dwelling. The occupants were able to escape after being alerted by smoke detectors. The fire was brought under control in about 30 minutes. One resident was transported to the hospital for treatment of smoke inhalation. The Red Cross was assisting three adults and one child who were displaced by the fire.

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THOMAS MARRA

A large brush fire consumed approximately half an acre in Delmar.

Large Brush Fire Spreads Rapidly in Delmar

BOB MCCORMICK

Second-Alarm Called at Newburgh Structure Fire NEWBURGH, NY - On May 2nd, Good Will FD responded to smoke coming from a house at 41 Route 17K. Good Will Command requested a second-alarm sounded for a working structure fire. Responding to the scene were Winona Lake, Air National Guard and City of Newburgh Fire Departments. Good Will had two lines stretched and Winona Lake supplied water to Good Will. After fire was seen coming from the east side of the residence, Winona Lake and Good Will used their deck guns to put the fire out. Members eventually entered

DELMAR, NY - A large brush fire, caused by someone burning a pile of wood, spread through a wooded area in Delmar on April 9th. The Delmar and Slingerlands Fire Departments were dispatched to the area of Delaware Avenue and Meads Lane at 4:00 P.M. on Friday, April 9th, for a reported brush fire. Dispatch stated they had a report of a controlled fire that became out of control due to the wind and began spreading up the hill. The address was discovered to be 960 Delaware Ave., where fire chiefs arrived on the scene to confirm an active brush fire that was rapidly spreading due to dry and windy conditions. Chief Arlie Hedges of Delmar Fire says an approximate dump trailer load worth of construction de-

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bris was being burned when the wind began to spread the fire along the dry leaves and up the hill. The individuals burning the wood attempted to extinguish the fire with fire extinguishers, but the fire was spreading too quickly. An engine from both Delmar and Slingerlands Fire arrived on the scene and began extinguishing the fire. Onesquethaw Fire Department responded to shuttle water to supply the Delmar and Slingerlands engines at the scene, as well as assisting with traffic control on Delaware Avenue. UTVs from both Delmar and

Slingerlands Fire Departments were also utilized in the operation. Chief Hedges says the fire consumed approximately half an acre. Crews had the fire knocked down in about one-and-a-half hours. The fire was spreading around firefighters as they were battling the blaze at the top of the hill, which caused some trouble. “We did have one 50’ section of 1 ¾’’ hose damaged during the effort to suppress the fire,” Hedges said. The scene was turned over to NYS DEC Rangers for further investigation and enforcement, according to Hedges. There were no injuries reported at the scene. - THOMAS MARRA

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the building and smashed windows to extinguish hot spots before conducting overhaul. Orange County Deputy Fire Coordinator 36-15 and Town of Newburgh EMS were at the scene. Town of Newburgh Police directed traffic on Route 17K during the incident. Central Hudson was called in for a power cut. The fire is now under investigation. - BOB MCCORMICK BOB MCCORMICK

Car Fire Spreads to Trailer in Plattekill PLATTEKILL, NY - The Plattekill FD responded to a vehicle fire outside of a trailer at 211 Margaret St., off Freetown Highway, on April 8th. After arriving on scene and seeing that fire had spread to the trailer, firefighters requested a second-alarm sounded, bringing in Modena, Cronomer Valley, Wallkill, Coldenham, and Marlboro Fire Departments to the scene. Engines laid lines in from Margaret St., with additional engines on the other side of the trailer. Firefighters used hand lines to extinguish the fire. Plattekill PD and State Police responded to the scene, as well as Orange and Ulster County Deputy Fire Coordinators. Central Hudson was called for a power cut, and the Red Cross responded to help residents from the trailer. Ulster County Fire Investigation unit was called to the scene as well.


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House for Sale in Centereach Gutted by Fire JEFFREY HOUGHTALEN

West Sayville FD Ex-Chief Harry D'Onofrio Answers Last Alarm WEST SAYVILLE, NY - On April 14th, Ex-Chief and 43-year member, Harry D'Onofrio of the West Sayville Fire Department, answered his last alarm after battling an illness related to his rescue and recovery efforts on September 11th, 2001. Ex-Chief D'Onofrio was also a member of the NYPD's Emergency Service Unit where he worked tirelessly alongside other members of the NYPD during his response to the World Trade Center. Members of the West Sayville Fire Department, the NYPD, and family and friends paid their respects to honor him for his life long dedication of service.

CENTEREACH, NY - Just before 5:00 P.M. on April 26th, the Centereach FD was activated for a structure fire at 16 Main Street, off Pond Path. A huge smoke column could be seen for several miles. The responding chief activated a working fire as heavy flames were showing from the first and second floors, and he immediately started mutual aid from Setauket, Stony Brook, Selden for class A Engines, Tower ladders and ambulances to the scene. The home, which was for sale, was completely gutted on the inside on both floors, leaving only the frame of the house standing. Town of Brookhaven fire marshals responded to investigate the blaze.

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Heavy Entrapment in Brentwood BRENTWOOD, NY - Just after 9:00 P.M. on April 15th, a threecar crash on Islip Ave. and Locust St. sent two people to the hospital. One person was heavily pinned and had to be cut free by firefighters and SCPD ES unit. Both patients were rushed by ambulance, one in critical condition.

Six-Car Crash Injures Five in Bethpage BETHPAGE, NY - A six-car accident occurred on April 29th at approximately 3:30 P.M. on Central Avenue, off of Stewart Avenue in Bethpage. There were a total of five injuries, none of which were considered to be life-threatening. Members from Bethpage FD and ambulance, as well as Levittown ambulance and Nassau County Police and ambulance responded to the scene. Michael Eagle and his son Justin Eagle, who both volunteer in Brooklyn, NY, were first on the scene.


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Pedestrian Airlifted SCPD Officer Fights for His Life Following Shirley Crash SHIRLEY, NY - On Wednesday, April 14th at about 5:30 P.M., the Mastic Fire Department and Shirley Ambulance Company were dispatched to a report of a pedestrian hit by a car at the Khols shopping center. Due to the nature of the woman's injuries, a helicopter was requested. Mastic FD was directed to Applebees to secure a landing zone. Chiefs Rudy Sunderman and Gene Martucci responded, along with crews from Engines 5-12-1, 5-122 and Fire Police Unit 80. The FD assisted Suffolk Police

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7th precinct in securing the landing zone on the western corner of the property. Shirley ambulance transported the woman to the landing zone, where she was assessed and prepared for transport via Suffolk PD Helicopter 1 to Stony Brook Hospital with life-threatening injuries. All FD and EMS units were back in service in under one hour. - JOHN WALTHERS

After Being Stabbed at MVA PATCHOGUE, NY - On Saturday, April 10th at approximately 10:40 P.M., a Centereach man was arrested for stabbing a uniformed police officer following a motor vehicle crash. The officer activated his overhead lights in an attempt to pull over a vehicle. The Mercedes Benz, being driven by Centereach resident Jonathan Nunez, age 25, crashed into a 2004 Nissan at the intersection of South Ocean Ave. and Brook St., where Nunez exited his vehicle following the crash. After failing to comply with the officer’s

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commands, a physical altercation began between the officer and Nunez in the yard of a home located at 473 South Ocean Ave. During the altercation, Nunez stabbed the officer in the leg. Two good Samaritans and responding Fifth Precinct officers took Nunez into custody. A quick acting SCPD SGT., seeing the officer bleeding out from a possible arterial bleed from the leg, rushed the

officer in his patrol car to Long Island Community Hospital in East Patchogue. The injured officer was stabilized enough to be transported with a police escort to Stony Brook University Hospital for immediate surgery to save his life. Nunez was charged with Aggravated Assault Upon a Police Officer, Driving While Intoxicated and Resisting Arrest. He was admitted to Long Island Community Hospital in East Patchogue and will be arraigned at a later date.. - CHRIS SABELLA

APPARATUS IN ACTION If you have photos you would like to see in our Apparatus in Action feature, please upload them on our website www.1stResponderNews.com or email them to Lindsey@1stResponderNews.com.

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Three Injured in FourCar Crash in Coram CORAM, NY - At 12:00 P.M. on Wednesday, April 21st, a fourcar accident required a quick door pop at the intersection of Route 112 and Country Road 83. Selden FD and Middle Island ambulances responded to assist Coram. All patients were transported with non-life-threatening injuries to area hospital for treatment.

FRANKIE VERDERAME

Nesconset FD Engine 441 (4-4-441) on scene of a working structure fire in March.


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Roof Collapses at Working House Fire in Oakdale OAKDALE, NY - During the early morning hours of April 29th, the West Sayville Fire Department was activated for a residential structure fire on Edgewood Avenue in Oakdale. Upon arrival of 2nd Assistant Chief Patrick D’Onofrio, he transmitted a working fire and requested mutual aid. Chief of Department Jeff Houghtalen established command and ordered a defensive attack due to the heavy fire load and roof collapse. Two deck guns, two handlines and a master stream from a tower ladder aided in extinguishing the blaze. All occupants made it out safely and all MOS were safe and accounted for. Mutual aid was received by the Bohemia, Sayville, and Bayport Fire Departments, as well as Community Ambulance Company.

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The house was unfortunately at total loss at this fire on Mayfield Dr in Mastic.

Wind-Fed Blaze Rips Through Mastic Home MASTIC, NY - On Friday, April 23rd at approximately 1:30 P.M., the Mastic Fire Department was called for a reported structure fire in the 150 block of Mayfield Drive. Chief of Department Rudy Sunderman {5-12-30} was the first to respond. On arrival Sunderman found a fully involved two-story house, and he was also faced with some explosions that were occurring. Sunderman requested fire-com to reactivate for a working fire and start the mutual aid plan. He advised first due units 5-12-2 and 5-12-5 that when crews arrived, they needed to immediately stretch lines and secure a water supply. Mutual aid was activated from

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Brookhven, Mastic Beach, Center Moriches, East Moriches, Eastport, Yaphank and Ridge FDs. As mutual aid companies began arriving, they began assisting the crews from Mastic Engine 2 and Unit 5 with stretching additional lines and working to make an aggressive attack. The fire seemed to be fed by the heavy winds and firefighters also faced collapses of the roof, as well as the second floor, which caused them to have to fight the fire from the exterior. Firefighters worked for an extended period of time battling the house fire as well as two car fires in the

driveway before the job was placed under control. EMS was also on scene from Mastic Ambulance under the command of Chief Maria Landman {5-37-30} and Assistant Chief Mike Montauban {5-37-31}. Rehab was requested from Shirley Community Ambulance to assist at the scene. No injuries were reported. The occupant and his dog were able to escape safely. Some firefighters remained on scene for several hours due to extensive overhaul as an excavator needed to be called in. The house was deemed a total loss and the scene was turned over to the fire marshal’s office. - JOHN WALTHERS

ALL IN THE FAMILY If you have photos you would like to see in our All in the Family feature, please upload them on our website www.1stResponderNews.com or email them to Lindsey@1stResponderNews.com.

SABELLA/ON SCENE PHOTOGRAPHY 2021

Unconscious Male with Serious Injuries Rushed from MVA in St. James SAINT JAMES, NY - At 9:45 P.M. on April 13th, the St. James FD was activated for a reported heavy rescue with one subject trapped at Lake Ave. and Woodlawn Ave. SCPD officers arrived and requested a rush on the rescue for an unconscious subject in the car. The subject was not trapped and was taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital. One subject in the second car was also injured and transported by St. James FD ambulance. SCPD 4th squad and crime scene investigators responded to the scene and closed the roadway.

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Mastic FD's Captain Steve Januszkiewicz and his son, Firefighter Anthony Zayas, after a recent call.


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Residents Narrowly Escape Burning Yaphank Home SABELLA/ON SCENE PHOTOGRAPHY 2021

McLaren Sports Car Disintegrates on Impact, Leaving One Dead in Mt. Sinai MOUNT SINAI, NY - At approximately 6:30 P.M. on April 20th, a 2017 McLaren sports car traveling at a high rate of speed on Route 25A and West Gate Drive collided head-on with a Jeep. The $200,000 car disintegrated upon impact, killing its driver and trapping a passenger. The Mount Sinai FD along with Terryville heavy rescue units worked to free the passenger, who

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was transported by helicopter to a local trauma center with serious life-threatening injuries. Three people in the Jeep were also transported with non-life-threatening injuries. SCPD 6th squad and crime scene investigators responded and

closed the roadway for several hours. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene by the SC medical examiner. A witness stated that the white McLaren entered oncoming traffic in excess of 80plus-mph. All patients were treated by medics and members of the Port Jefferson Ambulance Company. - CHRIS SABELLA

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YAPHANK, NY - On Sunday, April 11th at about 12:45 A.M., the Brookhaven Fire Department was activated for a reported house fire on Gerard Road, off Sterling Path. On arrival Chief of Department DiPinto found heavy fire coming from a two-story home and immediately requested the working fire transmitted and the mutual aid plan to be started. First due Engine was 5-3-8 responded in with a full crew and immediately went to work pulling lines and working with the additional arriving engines to secure a water supply as well as checking the house for occupants. All of the occupants were able to make it out of the home. Firefighters were able to knock down the fire relatively quickly, however there was a large amount of overhaul to be done. Departments that assisted in-

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cluded Bellport, Hagerman and Yaphank, all responding to the scene to help with firefighting operations and overhaul. South Country Ambulance Company sent personnel to the scene to standby as well as to assist with firefighter rehab, and the Mastic FD stood by for Brookhaven for additional calls. Gerard road was closed by Brookhaven Fire Police and Suffolk Pd in both directions in the area during the operations for the safety of the personnel operating. The scene was turned over to the Brookhaven Town Fire Marshal and Suffolk Police Arson Squad for investigation. - JOHN WALTHERS

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Mastic FD Engine 2 (5-12-2) operating on the scene of a working fire in Mastic on 4/23/21.

Greenport Fire Department Standard Hose Co. 4 on Long Island still runs calls out of this old house.


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Rocky Point, Wading River and Brookhaven National Lab firefighters battled this fire on April 10th on Triton Rd.

Rocky Point Blaze Damages Large House Under Construction ROCKY POINT, NY - On Saturday, April 10th at about 12:30 P.M., the Rocky Point Fire Department was activated for a reported structure fire on Triton Rd., off Friendship Drive. On arrival the first due chief found a large two-story home that was under construction well involved. Rocky Point Truck 14 and Engines 17 and 15 quickly arrived on scene and lines were stretched from the engines and the tower ladder was also set up. Wading River was also requested for an Engine and sent 6-3-11 to the scene along with chiefs 30 and 31. Brookhaven National Laboratory was the RIT team on scene for the duration of the assignment. Firefighters were able to make

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an aggressive attack and get the fire under control with the units on scene. On arrival Wading River was put to work to assist with secondary searches and the extensive overhaul operation that needed to be done. Ridge FD stood by for Rocky Point and handled their additional alarms. Fire Police from Rocky Point and Wading River closed the roads in the area of the fire while firefighters operated for scene safety. The fire scene was turned over to the Brookhaven Town Fire Marshal's office, who were investigating the cause. - JOHN WALTHERS

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Firefighters putting water on the fire.

Firefighters Respond to Brush Fire in Shirley SHIRLEY, NY - At approximately 3:31 P.M. on Thursday, April 8th, the Brookhaven FD was toned out for a reported brush fire on Mastic Bvld. West and Plymouth Place. 2nd Assistant Chief Giuseppe Loiacono quickly arrived on scene and found a large area of brush on fire. The first engine on the road was Engine 9 (5-3-9), which was given orders to arrive on scene and hit the hydrant for water supply and to stretch two-and-three-quarter inch lines. Firefighters quickly went to

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work by putting water on the fire and getting access to the fire behind the fence, where they found that a boat, jet ski, and a shed were also on fire. Second-due Engine 8 (5-38) was requested to arrive on scene and help the crew from Engine 9 with getting the fire out. While operating, crews found that the boat had at least 20-gallons of fuel in its tanks and Assistant Chief Giuseppe Loiacono requested

that Engine 9's chauffeur flow foam and stretch a booster line to hit the hot spots. Mastic FD Engine 2 (512-2) was also requested to the scene and on arrival was ordered by Brookhaven command to bring hooks and shovels up to the scene and help with hot spots. The Brookhaven Town Fire Marshal was requested to the scene to determine the cause of the fire. All units were back in quarters within two-and-a-half hours of being toned out. - CONNOR JACOBS

IN SERVICE If you have photos you would like to see in our In Service feature, please upload them on our website www.1stResponderNews.com or email them to Lindsey@1stResponderNews.com.

JOHN WALTHERS- SUFFOLK FIRE PHOTOS

Mastic Beach Ambulance Director Bernard Felder, member Mayra Cabrera and 2nd Assistant Chief TJ Falah recently took some time out for a photo after showing off the department's newest additions to the fleet.

FRANK ROBINSON

The Miller Place Fire Department operates a 2010 Seagrave Marauder 1500/750.


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Mastic Beach FD Fire Police Officers Mike Lenardi and Ed Nasiello, Sr. waiting for more crew to come and board the first due fire police truck.

JOHN WALTHERS- SUFFOLK FIRE PHOTOS

Mastic FD Firefighter Cody Rosato at a recent fire in Mastic.

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Kids Escape Shirley House Fire Unharmed SHIRLEY, NY - On Monday, April 19th at about 8:26 P.M., the Mastic Beach Fire Department and Ambulance Company were both activated for a reported structure fire on Kent Dr., off Pinetree Dr. Mastic Beach FD Chiefs McGown {5-13-31}, Grego {5-13-32}, and Loiacono {5-13-30} all responded into the alarm. As they were responding Fire-Com advised that they had taken one call from an occupant of the home stating that the house was on fire, and then another call was reported by a neighbor for the back of the house being on fire. On arrival the first arriving chief transmitted the working fire and requested mutual aid as flames were coming from the rear of the structure and through the roof. The first

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due rigs were advised that the hydrant would need to be hit and multiple lines stretched. While FD was establishing their resources needed the Mastic Beach EMS 2nd Assistant Chief TJ Falah {5-39-32} assisted in making sure everyone was out of the house while Chief Al Grabow {5-39-30} established EMS command and directed member to set up a rehab location on the fire block. Firefighters from Mastic Beach, Mastic and Brookhaven all came into the scene. Multiple handlines were put into operation in the rear of the structure where the bulk of the fire was. Firefighters also

brought a line into the house to make the push and were able to get a knock on the fire. All searches were completed and negative. The scene was placed under control by Chief of Department Loiacono at 9:44 P.M. Firefighters operated on scene for about oneand-a-half hours in total due to the amount of overhaul needed. At the time of the fire the homeowner's 21-year-old son was home watching his younger siblings. All three of them were able to make it out of the house safely and no injuries were reported to civilians or fire/EMS personnel. The scene was eventually turned over to the Brookhaven Fire Marshal’s office for investigation. - JOHN WALTHERS

VEHICLE NEWS

JOHN WALTHERS- SUFFOLK FIRE PHOTOS FRANKIE VERDERAME

Firefighter Nick Passarella got down and SALTY at Nesconset’s working fire on March 27th.

The Mastic Beach Ambulance Company recently took delivery of these two brand new 2021 Chevy Suburban 1st responder vehicles, featuring a custom transport up-fit in the rear of the vehicle and equipped with the Whelen light package. Vehicles 5-39-80 & 5-39-81 were lettered by East End Sign Design.


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Overturned Car in Staten Island STATEN ISLAND, NY - On April 23rd, FDNY responded to an overturned car on Richmond Avenue, near Yukon Avenue. FDNY EMS was dispatched to the scene of the accident.

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The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting patch.

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