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South Bristol, NY - On Tuesday, January 22nd, Honeoye firefighters were dispatched to multiple calls reporting a fully involved mobile home at 7698 Mosher Road in South Bristol. Fire units arrived on location and confirmed that everyone was out of the structure.

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Airport Inn Tavern Destroyed by Fire in Town of Maine Maine, NY - Just after 4:00 A.M. on the morning of January 29th, Broome County Communications dispatched the East Maine (56) and Choconut Center (57) Fire Departments to 2166 Airport Road, The Airport Inn UMP TO FILE# Tavern, for a re- J013019118 ported building fire. Upon arriving on scene, Chief 56 found smoke showing from the rear of the building and quickly requested a second alarm. Pumper-Tanker 56-11 and Squad 57 were next to arrive on scene. Crews began laying supply line and attempting to gain a water supply while residents of the two apartments above the fire were accounted for. Responding on the second alarm were Maine Fire (33), Prospect Terrace (63), Chenango Fire (66), Endwell Fire (31), and Maine Ambulance (85). Very cold temperatures, slick road conditions and high winds all hampered operations throughout the incident. Roughly 45 minutes into the incident, as fire conditions in the structure continued to get worse, Command 56 requested an evacuation of the building. At that point all operations were moved exterior and Quint 63 was used as an elevated waterway. Crews remained on scene into the afternoon working against the weather conditions to get the fire put out. The bar, which was well known locally for their chicken wings, is a total loss. Excavators had to be used to knock the building down in order to fully extinguish the fire. Placed on standby initially at the second alarm were Chenango Bridge Fire (39), Glen Aubrey Fire (47), and Union Center Fire (53). Additional engines from 47 and 53 were eventually requested, and West Corners Fire (29) was placed on standby. Also assisting on scene were Broome County Fire Coordinators, Broome County Fire Investigators, Superior Ambulance (78), Broome County Sheriff's Department, New York State Police, Town of Maine Highway, Broome County Highway, and the American Red Cross. No injuries were reported on scene and the cause of the fire is under investigation.

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Benefit Dinner Held for Injured Captain at Selkirk FD Glenmont, NY - The Selkirk Fire Department held a benefit dinner for Company 2 Captain Shaun Wagner on Saturday, January 26th, at Selkirk Fire Station #2 in Glenmont. Captain Shaun Wagner suffered serious injuries following an accident at the station. He is currently in the recovery process and all donations and funds raised from a 50/50 raffle will go directly to Shaun and his family to support them during the recovery process.

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Basom, NY - The New York State Police are investigating and assisting drivers involved in a multiple-car crash that occurred on I-90 near Batavia, January 30th. The crash occurred around 2:00 P.M. at mile marker 382 eastbound. All lanes eastbound were closed in the area of the crash. Traffic was diverted eastbound at Exit 48A Pembroke, Exit 48 Batavia and westbound at Exit 47 Leroy. The preliminary investigation showed 21 vehicles involved in the crash, including tractor-trailers. A State Police member was injured in the crash and suffered non-life-threatening injuries. The extent of the injuries to drivers is unknown at this time.



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Mississippi: Dustin Grubbs, 34 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: November 3, 2018 Death Date: November 3, 2018 Fire Department: Magee Volunteer Fire Department Initial Summary: While driving his personal vehicle to the fire station to respond to a structure fire, Firefighter Dustin Grubbs was involved in a motor vehicle accident. During the accident, the vehicle left the road during a turn, hit a light pole and flipped over. Grubbs passed away on scene from the injuries sustained. South Carolina: Dennis Straight, 59 Rank: Assistant Chief Incident Date: November 7, 2018 Death Date: November 7, 2018 Fire Department: Charlotte Road-Van Wyck Volunteer Fire Department Initial Summary: Assistant Chief Dennis Straight was directing traffic at an accident scene on the onramp to Highway 5 from the northbound lane of Highway 521 when he was struck by a vehicle. Life-saving efforts were administered on scene and Straight was then transported to Springs Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced deceased.

Michigan: Michael Lubig, 46 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: November 8, 2018 Death Date: November 12, 2018 Fire Department: Detroit Fire Department Initial Summary: During his 24-hour shift on Nov. 8, 2018, Firefighter Michael Lubig led a crew as acting Sergeant for Squad 4 during which he responded to three fires and one medical incident. Toward the end of his shift, Lubig suffered a medical emergency and was transported to Henry Ford Hospital. On Nov. 12, 2018, Lubig passed away from the injuries sustained. The nature and cause of fatal injury are still to be reported.

Ohio: Daniel J. Lucius, 33 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: November 15, 2018 Death Date: November 15, 2018 Fire Department: Carroll Township Fire and EMS Initial Summary: While responding to an emergency medical call, Firefighter Daniel Lucius was involved in an accident when he lost control of his vehicle and crashed into a pond. Emergency responders quickly responded to the accident scene and were able to pull Lucius from the submerged vehicle. Lucius was transported to Magruder Hospital in Port Clinton, Ohio, where he was pronounced deceased from the injuries sustained. New Jersey: Michael Galay, 71 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: November 21, 2018 Death Date: November 22, 2018 Fire Department: Green Knoll Fire Rescue Initial Summary: On 11/21/18, Firefighter Michael Galay responded to smoke and a fire alarm activation at an office building. He returned from the incident and proceeded to assist several firefighters at Station 1 with the arrival of a new engine company. Galay then went home, where, on the morning of 11/22/18 at approximately 0645hrs, his wife attempted to wake him and found him unresponsive. CPR was administered and Galay was transported to the hospital where he died a short time later. The nature and cause of fatal injury are still to be reported.

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Au Sable Forks FD Responds as Mutual Aid to Grove St. Structure Fire Au Sable Forks, NY - On December 30th, 2018 the Au Sable Forks Fire Department was toned out at 6:03 P.M. for automatic mutual aid to a structure fire on Grove Street by Clinton County Dispatch Center. Chief Drake responded with Engine 111 and five members to the Keeseville’s structure fire. Upon arrival, Keeseville Fire Department's first-due engine found a trailer with attached structures, fully involved. At that time, the Incident Commander requested that Tanker Task Force 1 be dispatched to the scene. Tanker 114,

JUMP TO FILE #012819116 with Engineer/Firefighter Tim Lincoln, responded with two members. This was a difficult fire to control due to the many attachments to the original structure. The addition of the tin roofs made getting to the seat of the fire more difficult. Au Sable Forks was released from the scene and returned to quarters at 9:43 P.M.



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Crews Hampered by Frigid Cold Temps at Two-Alarm House Fire in Nassau Nassau, NY (Rensselaer County) - On January 21st at 1:40 P.M., the Nassau Fire Department, along with Tsatsawassa, Hoags Corners, South Schodack, Schodack Valley, East Schodack, Chatham, Niverville and Nassau Ambulance responded to JUMP TO FILE# 20 Sherwood Acres 012519103 Road for a reported structure fire. The caller stated that the house was on fire and they were attempting to get their animals out of the house. Nassau Car-4 arrived on scene and declared the Signal 30 for a fully involved mobile home with impingement upon another home next to it. The first arriving engine on scene stretched a hand line to the structure and began to conduct fire suppression and protect the exposure building. At the request of Nassau Car1 a second-alarm for Box 22-20 was toned and additional information was transmitted to all responding units that there was over 1,000 rounds of ammunition in one of the bedrooms, urging them to use caution around the mobile home. Additional information dispatched was for all responding units to use caution as the roads leading to the scene were extremely icy. Firefighters stretched multiple hand lines from different engines to suppress the fire, which had a good head start before crews could arrive on scene. Firefighters set up a tanker relay to the scene to supply adequate water to suppress the fire. With temperatures hovering around -9°F and with the wind chill reading -30°F, the frigid cold weather made suppression efforts extremely difficult. As soon as firefighters began to spray water on scene it instantly froze to anything it touched, including the firefighters, which made it difficult for them to move around on scene. Crews were able to bring the fire under control in less than one hour. No one was injured in the fire, but the home was a total loss. Fire investigators are investigating the cause of the fire.



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Mobile Life Among Several Agencies Recognized by Patient’s Family for Life-Saving Efforts New Windsor, NY (January 15, 2019) - Mobile Life Support Services, the largest emergency medical service provider in the Hudson Valley, was publicly recognized, along with UMP TO FILE# several other emer- J011619107 gency agencies, for its staff’s administration of life-saving, emergency medical care. Dan Dulin is the owner and operator of Par 5 Landscaping in New Windsor, N.Y. Dulin was trimming trees in the Town of Montgomery when he was electrocuted on October 9, 2018. Mobile Life Support Services paramedic, Beth Grass, was one of the EMS responders that arrived on the scene, providing immediate and critical medical interventions and transporting Dulin to Orange Regional Medical Center in Middletown, N.Y. Having sustained serious injuries, Dulin was later air-lifted to the Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown, PA, where he spent more than two months recovering in the burn unit. Recently, he returned home after an additional three weeks of rehabilitation therapy at Helen Hayes Hospital in West Haverstraw, N.Y. In a public letter, Mike and Cheryl Dulin, Dan’s parents, penned thanks to Mobile Life Support Services, as well as Town of Montgomery Police Department, Walden Ambulance Corps, Air Methods Corps, Orange Regional Medical Center and Lynn and Mariann Decerbo. “We would like to extend our

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heartfelt gratitude to the many individuals, first responders and medical teams whose quick response, emergency medical treatment and good decisions saved his life,” they wrote. Mobile Life Support serves communities across the Hudson Valley, including Orange, Dutchess, Rockland, Ulster and Westchester counties. The company provides emergent and nonemergent ambulance transportation services to most of the 14 hospitals in its service region, including Orange Regional Medical Center, where Dulin was treated by doctors, nurses and staff

at the hospital’s trauma center. “I am thrilled to hear that Dan is finally home and recovering well, thanks to the joint efforts of several skilled and dedicated agencies, and I am humbled, on behalf of the company, by his family’s gratitude,” said Mobile Life CEO & President Scott Woebse. “I am especially proud of Mobile Life’s own, Paramedic Beth Grass, who received a commendation for her exceptional work on this very difficult call.” Mobile Life has a very robust training and education program which allows the staff and local EMS agencies to stay abreast on

the most up-to-date treatment modalities and protocols. The foundation of rigorous training the staff receives is what prepares them for calls, such as Dan’s, where their expertise is quickly put into action. To learn more about Mobile Life Support Services, visit About Mobile Life Support Services, Inc. Mobile Life Support Services, Inc. is a New York State Certified Advanced Life Support paramedic ambulance company that provides emergency services to communities and healthcare facilities

throughout the Hudson Valley Region of New York State, including the counties of Dutchess, Orange, Rockland, Ulster, and Westchester. Founded in 1981 by Rick and Gayle Metzger, Mobile Life is composed of more than 500 EMS professionals across the region and operates a fleet of more than 60 ambulances and 26 stations. With a collective population of more than 1,000,000 residents, Mobile Life handles approximately 100,000 calls per year. For more information, visit - FOCUS MEDIA, INC.


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…the Work is Different EMS ISSUE


A recent debate has come to light in NYC with the Mayor’s comment (in justifying pay disparity between emergency services): “We are trying to make sure people are treated fairly and paid fairly, but I do think the work is different.” Yes Mr. DiBlasio, EMS work is different from firefighting and police officers — each service has very different responsibilities when responding to emergency calls, but that does not make any service less vital. So why, then, are EMS salaries so far below the other services? Unfortunately this disparity seems to be consistent throughout New York State and our country. There is no doubt, we NEED our firefighters, we NEED our law enforcement, and we NEED our EMTs and Paramedics. In the U.S. the average yearly salary for an EMT/Paramedic ranges from $26,748 to $39,540; the average salary for a firefighter is $43,940; and the average salary for a police officer is $52,070 (based on Jan. 2019 reports from No one is claiming that the higher salaries are not merited, only that it is time that EMS receive comparable recognition for the services its responders deserve. The salaries affect all of the men and women who perform high-risk jobs 24x7 that help to keep our communities and our families safe; the risk that all of these men and women take can, and unfortunately has at times, leave them with permanent injuries or take them away from their own families forever. Stress, injuries and low-pay helps promote a high rate of turnover in the EMS field which, in turn, decreases the experience of the on-street medic. After a 14year study of emergency ambulance runs in Mississippi, researchers at the University of Pennsylvania noted that there is a direct correlation between paramedic tenure and cumulative experience with patient wellbeing and call outcomes. High turnover in EMS robs our communities of

the skill and knowledge that comes from having seasoned and practiced EMTs/Paramedics. It’s time that people stop comparing risk factors to justify pay disparity. A 2016 Drexel University study documented that Paramedics had a 14-time-greater chance of being violently assaulted than their firefighter colleagues. EMTs/Paramedics respond to emergency calls for help and may not have a clear understanding of what they are walking into since the caller may not accurately describe the emergency. Most EMS providers are unarmed, although some municipalities are outfitting their responders with bullet-proof vests and some others have even passed bills which allow them to train and arm responders with firearms (a whole other discussion). Onstreet scenes and even in private residences EMS responders are vulnerable to attack by vicious bystanders, otherwise well-meaning family members, or EDP patients. As testimony to some of the dangers and tragic consequences that EMS responders deal with, the NYS EMS Memorial in Albany added eight names of NYS responders who died in LODD incidents last May (2018), bringing the total to 72; the National EMS Memorial Service added 36 names of EMS and Air-Medical professionals to their Tree-ofLife. Among the more common causes of line-of-duty-deaths are vehicle collisions, assault, fatigue, exertion, contagion, and infectious diseases. This is NOT a competition. This is about working men and women trying to make a living in high risk and emotionally draining jobs. Although his argument cites NYC, Rosario Terranova, FDNYEMS Division Chief (ret.), his statement can pertain to our nation, “What has long been overlooked and continues to be misunderstood is that EMS, as both profession and in this case an organization, does not want to be equated with police or firefighters. What the men and women of EMS serving the great City of New York want is to be recognized as the outstanding professionals that they are and be fairly compensated for the services they provide.”

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Driver Crashes After Fleeing from Police in Watervliet Watervliet, NY - On January 25th, the Village of Menands PD engaged in a simple vehicle traffic stop that quickly turned into a chase. The officer pursued the vehicle but then lost contact with it as it went down Broadway UMP TO FILE# into the city of Wa- J013119105 tervliet. Moments later the dispatcher notified police units that there was a crash into the front gate of the Watervliet Arsenal involving the vehicle that fled from the police officer. The Watervliet Arsenal and City of Watervliet Fire Departments responded to the scene. On arrival crews had a single-car accident. The driver crashed into the gate of the Watervliet Arsenal, splitting the car in half. The impact forced the vehicle to rollover onto its side, coming to a rest inside the arsenal. Firefighters pulled a hand line and put it into place in case of a fire. Patrons of the Arsenal City Tavern came out to see the pure carnage of the accident, as the vehicle was ripped in half following the crash. Military police, along with officers from the Watervliet and Menands Police Departments, approached the vehicle to check on the driver, who had crawled out through the windshield and laid on the cold ground with minor injuries. Firefighters quickly went to work packaging the injured driver. Within minutes the injured driver was packaged and placed into an awaiting ambulance, which then transported him to Albany Medical Center.


The roadway was shut down for a short time while fire apparatus blocked the roadway. The driver is currently in stable condition at Albany Medical Center

with minor injuries. Police are currently investigating the incident.


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Wrights Corners Fire Co. Handles SUV Versus Tree & House Lockport, NY - Wrights Corners Vol. Fire responded to the report of a car that hit a house at 6380 Ridge Road on January 28th. Niagara County Dispatch originally put the call out as a basic response and then upgraded it to JUMP TO FILE# Advance Priority. 012819127 Commander Chief JJ McKnight went en route with Engine 2 and a full crew. Once on scene, Chief McKnight had one of the department's most experienced pump operators take over control of Engine 2 so that he could evaluate the scene. Quick response unit 30M10 also responded with a full crew. An SUV, which witnesses stated was traveling at a high rate of speed, drove off the north side of Ridge Road, hitting a small tree and the corner of a house before coming to a grinding stop in a side yard.

The male driver, who was unable to stand, remained in the driver's seat while trying to explain to deputies how the crash happened. The female passenger in the SUV complained of pain throughout her legs. Chief McKnight checked the house to make sure there were no hidden dangers to his crew or others. Wrights Corners crews evaluated both parties in the vehicle and rendered the vehicle safe for EMS to perform treatment. Mercy Ambulance arrived on scene, looked the female over and walked her to the back of their ambulance. Miller Hose Advance Life Support arrived on scene under the mutual aid call out, treated the driver and then transported him to Lockport Memorial Hospital. Law enforcement took statements and examined the scenes. Tickets may be issued. - STEPHEN WALLACE


Selkirk, Elsmere and Delmar FDs responded to an apartment fire in Glenmont on January 26th.

Closed Door Contains Apartment Fire in Glenmont Glenmont, NY - At around 1:40 P.M. on Saturday, January 26th, the Selkirk, Elsmere and Delmar Fire Departments, along with a FAST Team, Delmar-Bethlehem EMS, Albany County Paramedics and the Bethlehem Police Department, were called to 620 Route 9W at the Normandy Apartments for a confirmed structure fire. 401 of Selkirk Fire arrived on scene and stated that there was visible smoke coming from an apartment with the blinds melting in the windows, but no visible flames. As apparatus was responding to the scene, chiefs and other arriving units helped to force entry into the other apartments to make sure that everyone was out of the building.

JUMP TO FILE #012619103 As fire crews made their way into the apartment that had the reported fire, there was a thick smoke condition and crews noticed an orange glow coming from the area of the stove. The residents of that apartment were just moving in and set boxes on top of and around the stove. The stove may have been accidentally turned on, sparking the fire. The flames were contained to the area of the stove, however, much of the apartment sustained heat and smoke damage. The fire was discovered by a

maintenance worker who smelled smoke, opened the apartment to discover the fire and immediately shut the door and made sure power was turned off in the apartment. Without this quick thinking, the fire would have done a lot more damage and could have easily spread to other apartments in the building. A Signal 20 was called as crews worked to ventilate the apartment and surrounding apartments that the smoke made its way into. Crews started packing up and returned to service within a few hours.


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Mobile Home Destroyed by Fire in South Bristol South Bristol, NY - On Tuesday, January 22nd, Honeoye firefighters were dispatched to multiple calls reporting a fully involved mobile home at 7698 Mosher Road in South Bristol. Fire units arrived on location and confirmed that everyone was out of the structure. JUMP TO FILE# Mutual aid was 012319101 requested to the scene from Bristol, Naples, East Bloomfield and Cheshire Fire Departments. The blaze was brought under control in about 45 minutes, and there were no injuries reported. Officials from Ontario County Emergency Management and the Ontario County Sheriff's office were investigating the cause of the fire. - JEFFREY ARNOLD



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Growing up, I craved nothing more than a hot bowl of soup to warm me up. Sure, some may have come out of a red and white can, but that didn’t matter to me as a kid. Now that I'm older, I truly appreciate a well made soup using quality ingredients and technique. All too often I see recipes which result in everything being put in together at the same time. The problem with this is that it doesn’t allow the building of layers of flavor. Dry spices “bloom” when

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Apartment Complex Fire Quickly Knocked Down in Guilderland Guilderland, NY - On January 24th the Westmere, Fort Hunter, North Bethlehem and Mckownville Fire Departments responded to 53 Wood Lake Road for a reported structure fire. On arrival the chief had smoke UMP TO FILE# showing from the J013119109 second floor of the building and advised the residents next to the building to evacuate. Engine 55 was on scene within minutes and pulled a single hand line into the structure, but interior crews where met with heavy black smoke that banked down to the floor with high heat. Firefighters tried to open and connect to the hydrant at the end

of the road, but it was frozen. Engine 98 was right behind them and had their crews conduct vertical ventilation and take out the back window of the structure. Additional members joined Engine 55's crew inside to help assist them. Engine 98's crew brought in an additional hand line. Guilderland’s Truck 29 went to the roof of the structure to make sure no fire had traveled up. Firefighters were able to make a rapid knock down of the fire. Crews conducted heavy overhaul on scene for about an hour before turning it over to the homeowner. The apartment suffered moderate damage from the smoke and fire. No injuries were reported on scene and the fire is currently under investigation. - JEFFREY BELSCHWINDER



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Ravena Fire responded to this early-morning vehicle rollover on Route 9W on 1/26/19.



Driver Falls Asleep, Rolls Car on Route 9W in Ravena Ravena, NY - Alcohol and a sleepy driver are suspected to be the causes of a vehicle rollover on Route 9W in Ravena early on the morning of Saturday, January 26th. The Ravena Fire Department, along with Ravena Rescue and Albany County Paramedics, were called to the area of Route 9W and Madison Avenue at 3:40 A.M. for a one-car rollover with unknown injuries. The vehicle was heading

JUMP TO FILE #012619105 southbound when the driver stated that he fell asleep. The car appeared to have went into the snow, hitting a street sign, which sent the vehicle on two wheels before it flipped onto its roof. Both the driver and the passenger were able to crawl out of one of the doors on their own. The pas-

senger was transported to the hospital by Ravena Rescue for some injuries. The driver was uninjured. At this time it is believed that both occupants of the vehicle may have been intoxicated at the time of the crash, but it is not confirmed. All units cleared the scene before 5:00 A.M.


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Newburgh, NY - Instructors Lt. Daniel Crisci and Lt. Rob Cataldi of the Orange Lake Fire Dept. taught an ice rescue class on February 2nd to the members of the department and other organizations on Orange Lake. The tactics learned by the firemen and other responders are one of many skills and trades that make for a great organization to protect and serve the community to the fullest when responding to all emergency calls that occur throughout the district.

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Pictured with the children are Howard Wheat Engine Co. #4 members, (L to R): Vice President Travis Wildrick, Secretary Stan Siegel, Captain Bill Conklin, and Trustee Brian Vanderveer.

Port Jervis Firefighters Educate Community on Fire Safety Techniques Port Jervis, NY - As the City of Port Jervis finds its niche in today’s modern times, the city’s historic all-volunteer fire department remains extremely active not only during emergency calls, but in projects and events in the region it serves. Port Jervis Fire Department, with its first fire company having formed in 1847, has been serving Port Jervis and beyond for 172 years – even before the village became a city. This past fall, as it has in other years, the department’s various companies stepped up to present fire safety programs for children

JUMP TO FILE #011419102 and families in the community. Howard Wheat Engine Co. No. 4’s presentation included a fire safety demonstration at Foundry 42 café and gift store, in the city’s historic downtown. Following an author/puppet show/craft demonstration inside Foundry 42, firefighters demonstrated techniques, gear and apparatus to families who gathered outside the café. Captain Bill Conklin and other members of the company gave

children a chance to climb on the apparatus, put on and try out firefighter gear, and learn what to do should they or their family ever encounter a fire and need to take personal action. The schools and community so appreciate the time given for education, life-saving tips and prevention, especially when training requirements and emergency calls take so much personal time for the all-volunteer department in today’s times. - SHARON SIEGEL

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Wrights Corners Fire Co. Holds Special Installation Dinner for 2019 Lockport, NY - Wrights Corners Fire Co., Est. in 1939, held their annual installation dinner Saturday night, January 12th. This year, a special country western theme turned firefighters and guests into beer drinking, poop kicking, yehawing cowboys JUMP TO FILE# and cowgirls. 011419138 The committee this year consisted of Roxanne Davis, Edward Eifert, Kyle LaRuffa, Ashley Nonan, Joseph Mangiafesto, Lauren Hunter, Christine Sattelberg and Sherrie Campbell. Food was provided by Donna Eick, and music by World Wide Music Production Mr. Miles Patterson. Guests rushed to the salad and shrimp bar, knowing that Donna’s famous broccoli salad and huge shrimp would be waiting for them. The mixed drink table had three punch bowls full of drinks called Pink Firetrucks, Manhattans, and some other multi-color mixture that seemed to cause the holder to consume it very quickly and want more...much more. The evening started with a special blessing and lighting of candles to remember those that answered their last call. This was an especially memorable night, even for this senior correspondent; I have been honored to attend many installation dinners at Wrights Corners, and have had a regular seat at a table with some of the most amazing members of the fire company and ladies auxiliary. This time around, I got to watch as my good friend, Jonathan “JJ Commander” McKnight, a young man that I have watched grow through the fire service, got sworn in as Chief of Wrights Corners. Many decades ago I was a volunteer with his father at another volunteer fire company. I know Jim “Brillo” McKnight, who passed away too soon, was very proud looking down on his son. Chief Jonathan JJ McKnight

gave a very moving speech as part of his Chief's report. He thanked all that allowed him the opportunity to carry on his family's tradition and lead the fire company. He went on to say that he felt honored to have the chance to be a leader and assist others with learning and moving forward in a service that answers the call for help any time, any day. A very special award was given to the family of James Little Jr., who died of a sudden heart attack this past year. He would have received his 25 years of service award this year. Wayne Jagow presented the family the proclamation from the State Fire Police, recognizing Tim as a leader in the Fire Police Organization. New York State Assemblyman Michael Norris spoke to the crowd, explaining how volunteer firefighters and EMS save New York State taxpayers over $2 billion each year, and acknowledged his ongoing battle and support for the volunteers. Mike, a good friend to all volunteers, fights every day to bring grant money back to his district. Special guests included the Town of Lockport supervisor and members of the board, along with Town of Newfane politicians who support the volunteers, and sister fire companies Olcott, Miller Hose, Rapids, Wilson, South Lockport, Cambria and many more. After a nice meal and the final prayer, it was time to party country style. It was truly another year worth waiting for; the joy of watching those who respond to the call for help being able to just let loose and have fun. To my friend “JJ”, you overcame the naysayers, the friends who hosed you over, and the lows. You stayed strong, you attended schools, and you proved how valuable your skills and talents are. This is your time. Congratulations! - STEPHEN WALLACE

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FDNY Rescue 3, 1991 VIDEO REVIEW

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FDNY Rescue 3, 1991 By Alan Simmons Productions Available from: FSP Books & Videos 188 Central Street, Suite #4 Hudson, MA 01749-1330 1-800-522-8528 e-mail: Price: $29.95 (DVD) This DVD is 60 minutes in length and is about the weekend of July 4th, 1991. It’s original release was in 1991, but it was revised in 2010. It centers around Rescue 3 when it was stationed in upper Manhattan with Engine 93 and Tower Ladder 45. At the time, they were assigned a 1988 Mack MR/Saulsbury rescue truck. The video is action packed in many ways, featuring fires in more than one borough. Rescue 3

covers all of The Bronx and some of Manhattan. It is now quartered back in The Bronx. The footage explains the number of fires they responded to this particular week, all of which are all-hands to multiple-alarms. The viewer will not only travel to the assignments, but they will see some firehouse routines. They will travel to West New York, NJ for a general alarm which involved two large buildings of ordinary construction. The fire went through the roof of both buildings and was fought by several fire departments. This was before the consolidation of Union City, Weehawken, Guttenburg, West New York and North Bergen into the North Hudson Regional Fire Rescue Department. You will also see a Jersey City truck company and their rescue unit at the scene, as well as an aerial from Cliffside Park operating. This town is in Bergen County, just north of Hudson County. Back to New York City and running rampant to fires during this week will give you your money’s worth and help you to appreciate the workload of the New York City firefighters.


Fire Damages Apartment Building in City of Newburgh

Newburgh, NY - The City of Newburgh FD responded to a structure fire on Johnson Street, at the Fogarty Apartments, on January 15th. Firefighters knocked down fire found on the fourth floor and then checked for extensions. Cronomer Valley and West Point Fire Departments stood by at the Public Safety building while crews operated at the scene. City of Newburgh Police assisted with traffic control on South and Third Streets during the incident.


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A Word On Integrity Chaplain’s Corner

Pastor Fernando Villicana

After having served many years in the Fire Service, I can think back at some of the most outstanding peers and supervisors I have worked with. Some I admired for their reputation on the job (their job skills), others for their ability to lead well, and some for the way they treated the people they worked with. But I would have to say that one of (if not the) most important attribute is integrity. What comes to mind when you hear the word integrity? Having integrity and speaking with integrity is a huge plus to all who seek a quality relationship with another person or group of people. For the past 30 years they’ve done an annual “Most Admired Men” list in America. While presidents and politicians and stars and athletes have come and gone, one man has been on that list every year for the last 30 years – either number one, number two or number three. His name…Billy Graham. Why is Billy Graham’s name on the list of the most admired men in America for over 30 years? Because there are very few people in America who live with rock-solid integrity. What is integrity? Integrity is composed of three different activities – telling the truth, keeping your word, and practicing what you say you believe. The Bible has a lot to say about these three qualities. Proverbs 17:7 (GN) “Respected people do not tell lies.” True leadership is built on one thing - trust. It’s difficult to follow somebody you don’t trust. And all trust is built on truth. So, if you don’t tell the truth nobody trusts you, and if nobody trusts you, nobody’s going to want to follow you (home, marriage, work, church…). Why is it that when we look around in our society many of our leaders are held in low esteem? Because they don’t tell the truth, because they don’t keep their word, because they don’t practice what they say they believe. In other words, they lack integrity. Proverbs 25:14 (GN) “People who promise things that they never give are like clouds in a wind with no rain.” If you want to be a person of lasting legacy, you’ve got to keep your word (even little things). Studies have shown that the number one cause of resentment in children is parents who don’t keep their promises. Is it easy to live with integrity? No. That’s why you need God’s help.

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You need to make as your prayer this next verse. Psalm 101:2 (LB) “I will try to walk a blameless path but how I need Your help especially in my own home where I long to act as I should.” A good definition of success (relationally speaking) is having those who know me best, respect me most. To me that’s success. It’s easy to impress people from a distance. But real integrity is when those who know you best respect you the most. Father/son firefighter volunteers with Excelsior Engine Co. No. 5, Jason and Tom Vicchiarriello, are pictured working their company's booth at Port Jervis' 26th Annual Fall Foliage Festival this past fall, 2018. SHARON E. SIEGEL

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Watervliet, NY - The city of Watervliet was toned for a reported structure fire at 313 19th Street on January 13th. The first arriving engine on scene had heavy smoke and fire showing in the rear of the building. All of the occupants inside the structure were JUMP TO FILE# able to make it out- 012519100 side safely. Firefighters immediately deployed two hand lines, one to the rear of the building and one up the front stairs. Command declared the Signal 30 and requested a second alarm, bringing in additional truck companies including the city of Watervliet, Green Island, Cohoes, and the city of Troy. Crews were able to bring the fire under control in less than 15 minutes, preventing it from spreading to the rest of the house and keeping it isolated to the rear of the building. Firefighters on scene vented the roof of the building and checked for any extension, as a large portion of the fire was located in the rear roof area of the building. Crews inside the structure conducted heavy overhaul. New tenants that had just moved into the apartment on the first floor sustained heavy water and smoke damage to their apartment. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation. There were no injuries to firefighters or residents. Additional resources from the New York State Department of Homeland Security Office of Fire Prevention and Control was brought to the scene to assist with the fire investigation. - JEFFREY BELSCHWINDER


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The Parishville community came together to help give a local family the best Christmas they could after their home was gutted in a fire on 12/13/18.


Albany Firefighters Make Fast Work of House Fire During Sub-Zero Temps Albany, NY - On January 20th, the city of Albany Fire Department responded to 99 Southern Blvd. for an alarm of fire. The caller stated that there were flames coming from the house. Truck-4 and Engine-9 arrived on scene and stated that they had a Signal 30 with heavy smoke showing from the second floor. Firefighters pulled a hand line into the house and quickly began knocking down the heavy fire while crews conducted a primary search to make sure all of the residents were out. The engine operator attempted to connect to a fire hydrant, but the

JUMP TO FILE #012519102 hydrant was buried in snow up to the steamer cap. This forced the operator to dig the hydrant out with a shovel, slowing the process of getting water to firefighters inside the building. With temperatures hovering around 3°F, and a strong wind which made it feel like -19°F, any water sprayed on scene instantly froze to the ground or anything it touched. Crews quickly knocked down the fire within a few minutes and

then began to overhaul. The house suffered moderate damage from the fire, which is currently under investigation. There were no injuries during the incident. Firefighters would like to remind all residents that if you have a fire hydrant in front of your house, please make sure it's clear of all snow to make it easier for them to gain access during an emergency. A fire hydrant covered in snow or buried delays firefighters' ability to quickly extinguish a fire. - JEFFREY BELSCHWINDER


(L to R): Chief Bob Drake (DJFD), Naomi Drake (DJFD), Paul Trimm (HFD), Chief Robert Wentzel (HFD), Santa Claus, Asst. Chief John Liebfred (Parishville), Dahlia Liebfred, Asst. Chief Allen Trimm (HFD), and Krista Carrow (HFD).

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Parishville Community Comes Together to Help Family that Lost Home in Fire Parishville, NY - On December 13, 2018 the Parishville FD responded to a working structure fire. Because of the distance and advanced fire, the home was gutted. Within less than two weeks after the fire, the Parishville community, spearheaded by Dailyn Harper and Sami Sochia, rallied to replace as much of the family's belongings as possible. The community also gathered Christmas gifts for the four children. On Christmas Eve, DeKalb Junction Fire and Hermon FDs, along with Santa, made the delivery to the displaced family. A heart felt thank you to Potsdam Fire (Chief Danielle Rose) and Morley Fire (Chief Mike Perkins) for standing by with an engine ready for us to use if the family was to be in either of those districts Christmas Eve.


Port Jervis Fire Police members in downtown Port Jervis during the hour-plus visit of the 50-foot long, lighted, musical, dancing and singing express to the city. (L to R): PJFP 2nd Lieutenant Kevin J. Bartha, Captain Stanley B. Siegel, and 1st Lieutenant Brian S. Vanderveer.

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Car Crashes Into Troy Home, Shearing Gas Meter and Causing Evacuations Troy, NY - The city of Troy Fire and Police Department responded to 74 Lincoln Ave. on January 20th for a car versus house, with reports of a gas meter sheared off and gas leaking into the house. The alarm of fire was UMP TO FILE# toned at 10:01 A.M. J012519101 Engines 6, 3 and 4, along with Medic 4, Truck 2, the rescue squad and Car 4, responded to the scene. Police units arrived on scene and confirmed that they had a ruptured gas line with one car into a house. Engine 6 arrived and confirmed that multiple cars were damaged and one car was crashed into the side of a building at 74 Lincoln Ave., with the gas meter sheared off at the sidewalk. As a precautionary measure, Engine 6 and police units immediately started to evacuate all of the houses surrounding 74 Lincoln Avenue. Engine 6's crew pulled a single hand line and connected to the fire hydrant across the street from the incident. The battalion chief arrived on scene, took command and declared a Signal 30 for the incident. Police officers and firefighters were able to successfully evacuate all residents from around the scene.

Police units learned that there was a wood stove in the basement of the house that was struck and relayed the message to the fire department. Firefighters then made entry to the structure and made sure that the wood stove had no active fire conditions in it. Firefighters went house to house with gas meters monitoring the situation while National Grid was en route to the scene with an emergency crew. Heavy winds helped carry the gas away from the house, blowing it uphill away from the scene. Firefighters received zero readings of gas inside all the surrounding residences that were evacuated. National Grid arrived on scene and began to evaluate the situation. Their emergency dig crew arrived, began to dig up the sidewalk panels and turned off the gas. All of the residents were allowed to return to their homes shortly after the gas was turned off. The cause of the accident is unknown at this time. The driver of the vehicle involved in the accident was not injured, nor were any residents or firefighters on scene. One additional vehicle received severe body damage to the rear of the vehicle. The fire department remained on scene for about one hour during the incident. - JEFFREY BELSCHWINDER



Pet Cat Rescued from Attic Fire in Ellisburg

Ellisburg, NY - At 1:49 P.M. on January 18th, the Ellisburg Fire Department responded to the report of flames coming from a residence at 4910 State Route 289. It was unknown whether or not anyone was home. Ellisburg Fire Chief Lynn Bertram arrived on the scene and reported smoke showing. Belleville and Mannsville Manor Fire Departments arrived next, but due to minimum manpower, Chief Lynn requested Adams Fire Department to also respond for interior manpower and their ladder truck. Crews did an excellent job in quickly extinguishing the fire. One cat was rescued from the structure in good condition.


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

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

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

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Fully Involved Auto in Middle Island

Middle Island, NY - Early on Sunday afternoon, January 6th, the Middle Island FD was activated for a reported car fire on Middle County Road. Mutual Aid was requested, sending Coram to respond, as Middle Island was committed to another assignment. Coram's ladder truck was first-due and pulled a line to begin attacking the fully involved car. Middle Island FD arrived shortly after with a pumper and pulled a second line to help extinguish the fire.

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Occupants Escape House Fire in Mastic Beach Mastic Beach, NY - On Sunday, January 27th at about 8:05 P.M., the Mastic Beach Fire Department and Ambulance companies were both activated for the report of a residential structure fire on Lafayette Drive, off Elm Road West. Chiefs Jeff McGowan and Fred Loiacono both immediately contacted FIRE-COM to advise that they were enroute. On this contact FIRE-COM advised that the call came in as a report for a bedroom fire. FIRE-COM then came back and advised that the ambulance was on scene reporting a working fire. The chiefs advised to reactivate their department for a working fire. Chief Thomas Montreuil took command on his arrival at the scene. Unit 2 was first-due and ordered to stretch lines. Firefighters began to quickly make the attack on the fire, which was pushing through the front and side of the home.

JUMP TO FILE #012819137 Mutual aid was requested from the Brookhaven Fire Department to assist at the scene and Mastic Fire Department to stand by for other alarms. The occupants of the home were able to make it out safely without incident. One member of service was treated at the scene for an injury. No other injuries were reported. Shirley Ambulance was on scene to assist Mastic Beach Ambulance in treating any injuries, and also for firefighter rehab. The Brookhaven Town Fire Marshal and the Suffolk PD Arson investigators were both on scene as well to complete an investigation into the cause of the fire. A cause was not yet determined at the time of this article. - JOHN WALTHERS


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Firefighters arrived to this raging house fire in Mastic Beach on 1/27/19.


Late Night Car Crash in Setuaket Injures Five Setuaket, NY - A late night car crash on Route 347 and Mark Tree Road on Saturday night, January 26th, injured five people. One driver was rushed to a nearby trauma center with a head injury while two small children in another car were transported with minor injuries. The driver of a third car was also transported as well as the passenger of the fourth car involved. Multiple ambulances responded on mutual aid to assist.

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Holtsville Fire Department still owns their 1972/Mack (1000/1000) CF/KME Refurb. FRANK ROBINSON

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LONG ISLAND West Babylon Resident Elected as VP of the Board of Trustees for FASNY Firemen’s Home West Babylon, NY (January 7, 2019) - Jerry Owenburg, a 48year veteran of the fire service, has been elected as the Vice President of the Board of Trustees of the Firemen's Association of the State of New York (FASNY) Fire- JUMP TO FILE# men’s Home. The 012819123 Firemen’s Home, located in Hudson, New York, traces its roots back to 1892 and operates as a high quality, skilled-nursing home that is available to all of New York’s volunteer firefighters. “It’s a great honor to be elected as Vice President of the Board of Trustees for the FASNY Firemen’s Home,” said Owenburg. “As Vice President, I want to make sure that we maintain the premier care that the Firemen’s Home provides for our brothers and sisters of the volunteer fire service. I’m looking forward to supporting the great staff at the Firemen’s Home and making sure every resident feels like family.” Owenburg was re-elected to the board at the annual FASNY Convention which was hosted in Liverpool, NY. He was recently elected as Vice President of the board, starting this new position on January 1st. The Board of Trustees is a group of FASNY members who look over the operation of the Firemen’s Home, ensuring the great care for aging volunteer firefighters from across the State of New York. There are currently 70 retired firefighters and Ladies’ Auxiliary members living full-time in the Firemen’s home, and seeking care. “It’s important to know that retired firefighters and members of the Ladies Auxiliary always have a home away from home if they need it,” said Owenburg. “I’m excited about this new leadership position and making sure that our brothers and sisters are in good hands.” Owenburg joined the West Babylon Fire Department in 1970 at 20-years-old. He joined his father-in-law’s fire company, Rainbow Hose Co. 1, and served as Lieutenant in 1973. In 1974 he moved to Mastic, where he joined the Mastic Fire Department. He served with the Mastic FD for six years, serving as second Lieutenant in 1978, before moving back to West Babylon where he rejoined the West Babylon FD. He then rose up the ranks in West Babylon from Chief Driver, Lieutenant, Captain and now Treasurer of Rainbow Hose Co. 1. In 1992 he became the Third Assistant Chief and then Chief of

Department in 1998. In addition, Owenburg is a member of the West Babylon Rescue Squad as an EMT for 10 years. A member of FASNY, he began with the Communications Committee and then moved to the EMS Committee. He has organized the Long Island Day at the FASNY Firemen's Home for the past 12 years, where Suffolk County and Nassau County come together to visit and honor their fellow firefighters. Owenburg is a member of the Suffolk County Volunteer Firemen's Association where he served as President. He also served as the Past President and Treasurer of the Suffolk County Firefighter's Burn Center at Stony Brook University Hospital. In addition,

he is a Director from Suffolk County to the Southern New York Firemen's Association, a member of the Suffolk County Fire Safety Educators, where he is now the voice of Sparky the Fire Dog, and is the Caregivers Coordinator for the Firefighters Cancer Support Network He worked for the Town of Babylon Highway Department for 32 years, from a laborer to a General Supervisor. Owenburg is married to his wife Ellen of 48 years and they have three children; Jerry Jr., Shawn and Jennifer. They also have seven grandchildren; Andrew, Emily, Connor, Meghan, Jack, Abigail and Emma. - MELISSA WEIR

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Windswept Fire Destroys Home in Coram Coram, NY - A fire in a residence at 3 Alaska Drive completely destroyed a home and two cars during a windswept fire on the afternoon of January JUMP TO FILE# 9th. Firefighters bat- 011219111 tled the cold and strong winds while also battling the fire, which had a good head start on them. Crews operated with handlines before ladder trucks arrived and were able to drown the fire out. - CHRIS SABELLA



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Franklin Square Responds to Reported Overturn

Franklin Square, NY - On January 17th, the Franklin Square & Munson FD responded to a reported vehicle overturn with entrapment on Franklin and Polk Avenues. Chief of Department John Salzman arrived on scene and reported a confirmed pin. Rescue 719 responded first-due. Members operated and successfully extricated the patient, who was then transported to an area hospital by Nassau County EAB.


The 1972 American LaFrance 100' Aerial that once served Malverne in Nassau County continues to serve the town of Hancock, Massachusetts.

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Suffolk County Police ESU Officers work to secure a Jeep after it crashed in Brookhaven on 1/19/19.

Jeep Overturns in Brookhaven After Crashing into Mercedes Brookhaven, NY - On Saturday, January 19th at approximately 6:25 P.M., the Brookhaven Fire Department and South Country Ambulance were activated for a Motor Vehicle Crash on Horseblock Road, at Yaphank Avenue. On arrival, Brookhaven FD Chief Peter DiPinto Jr. advised that he had a two-vehicle MVA involving a Mercedes and an overturned Jeep with no entrapment. Crews responded in with Rescue 3, Engines 5 and 9, and Scuba Rescue Truck 11 for manpower. On arrival, firefighters began placing speedy dry down over the large fluid spills and cleaning up debris. Suffolk County Police ESU

JUMP TO FILE #012019101 responded to the scene, assisted with moving the Mercedes off the roadway and spent time up righting the Jeep. The driver of the Mercedes was taken by South Country Ambulance to a local hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. The road was closed down by Fire Police and SCPD 5th Precinct officers for about 45 minutes while crews worked.


Fire Rips Through Home in Shirley Shirley, NY - On Friday, January 25th, the Brookhaven Fire Department and Shirley Community Ambulance were toned out for a house fire at 43 Lama Drive. The caller stated that they drove by and saw flames coming from the house. On arrival, the Suffolk County Police Department radioed back to their dispatcher that they had a fully involved house fire. FireCom then notified Brookhaven Chief 5-3-30 that police units were

JUMP TO FILE #012619101 on scene of a fully involved house fire. On arrival, Chief Dipinto Jr. radioed back to Fire-Com asking for his 24 plan to be put in effect. The Mastic, Center Moriches, Yaphank and Mastic Beach Fire Departments were called to the scene for additional manpower. The first arriving engine from Brookhaven FD was ordered to get

lines into the house. Chief Dipinto Jr. was notified that there were dogs in the house, sending firefighters in to look for them. Both dogs were found and given CPR, but sadly only one dog survived. The fire was brought under control in less than two hours. All units that responded were on scene for about three hours. The cause of the fire is under investigation at this time. - CONNOR JACOBS




This Mercedes was severely damaged after crashing on Horseblock Rd., near Yaphank Ave.

Crash in Medford Leads to DWI Arrest Medford, NY - Medford Fire and Ambulance services, along with SCPD units, responded to a car accident on Route 112 and Horseblock Road at about 9:30 P.M. on January 11th. Medford Ambulance took up while Medford FD secured the cars involved in the crash. Firefighters cleared the scene after SCPD officers finished giving field sobriety tests to one driver, who was then taken into custody for possible DWI.


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Home in Farmingville Gutted by Late Afternoon Fire Farmingville, NY - An afternoon house fire brought multiple departments to 8 Melissa Drive on January 12th. Upon arrival, firefighters were met with heavy flames that JUMP TO FILE# had already self- 011219110 vented. According to reports, the homeowners discovered the fire and were able to escape without injury. Firefighters made an aggressive interior attack while ladder trucks set up for roof ops. The fire, which completely gutted the home, was brought under control in about 30 minutes. No firefighters were injured while working on scene. All mutual aid crews were released about one hour later. - CHRIS SABELLA



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Brookhaven firefighters work to secure an overturned vehicle after it went off the road.

Icy Roadway Leads to Overturn in Brookhaven Brookhaven, NY - On Sunday, January 27th at approximately 8:19 A.M., the Brookhaven FD was activated for a Motor Vehicle Crash on Montauk Highway, near Private Road. Firefighters quickly responded to the scene. On arrival, Chiefs Anthony Verni and Dan DiPinto found a single vehicle rolled on its side into the grassy area off the highway. Crews from Rescue 3, Engine 2 and Engine 9 responded in and were advised to use caution

JUMP TO FILE #012719102 due to icy road conditions. Firefighters quickly determined that no one was trapped in the vehicle. They then went to work to secure the vehicle and clean up any debris from the roadway. South Country Ambulance unit 5-42-18 also responded to the scene, and under the orders of Chief Greg Miglino, went to work


Mastic Beach 2nd Assistant Chief Jeff McGown on the scene of a house fire on 1/27/19.

checking out the occupants that were in the SUV at the time of the incident. The road was closed heading east due to the incident with help of Fire Police and SCPD 5th Precinct units. It's believed that black ice may have been the cause of the accident, as the roads were slick in that area. This was the second overturn that the department had responded to within a 30 minute time frame. - JOHN WALTHERS



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East Islip Fire Department operates this 2009 Seagrave 95' Tower Ladder.


For the fifth year in a row, the Elmont FD Ladies Auxiliary along with members of the FD distributed gifts to local Elmont veterans and families for the holiday season. Coordinating with the American Legion Post 1033 and the local school, Santa and his elves thanked the veterans and their families for their service.


Brookhaven Firefighter Matt Palmer on scene of a vehicle crash on 1/19/19.


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Driver Falls Asleep and Hits Pole at High Rate of Speed in Farmingville

Farmingville, NY - A driver, who had just landed at JFK Airport after traveling from China, was only blocks away from home when she fell asleep behind the wheel and crashed into a telephone pole. Falling asleep caused her to push her foot down on the gas, forcing the car to strike the pole at a high rate of speed. The front end of the car was crushed and a tire was ripped off. The woman awoke upon impact uninjured. PSEG responded to the scene to change the pole just after midnight.


No Injuries Following Two-Car Crash in Mastic Beach Mastic Beach, NY - On Saturday, January 12th around 7:40 P.M., the Mastic Beach FD was activated for a vehicle crash at Neighborhood Road and Commack Road. Second Assistant Chief Jeff McGown [5-13-32] was first to arrive on scene and advised that he had a two-car MVA with no entrapment.

JUMP TO FILE #012019100 McGown requested that Rescue 4 continue into the scene and for the crew to clean up debris and place speedy dry down. Mastic Beach EMS responded to the scene to evaluate if anyone needed

to be taken to the hospital. At the direction of Chief Tom Montreuil [5-13-30], Fire Police units were called in to close Commack Road, between Elder Dr. and Neighborhood Rd., until the vehicles could be removed. - JOHN WALTHERS

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Driver Flees After Crashing Through Golf Course in Yaphank Yaphank, NY - Just before midnight on January 6th, a driver lost control of their vehicle while traveling at a high rate of speed on Mill Road in Yaphank. The car left the roadway, hitting a curb and flipping the car over through a fence onto the driving range at the Mill Pond Golf Course before fleeing on foot. Yaphank firefighters secured the car, and with the infrared camera checked the area in case the driver was ejected. SCPD K9 units and aviation searched the remaining golf course for the driver, who was not located. It's unknown whether or not the driver sustained injuries.

The Center Moriches Fire Department operates from headquarters located on Main Street. The department runs three engines, one heavy rescue, one tower ladder, two fire boats, one tanker, and EMS units.


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FDNY Members Take the Plunge in Support of Honorary Firefighter

New York, NY - On Sunday, February 3rd, FDNY members from Engine 8 and Ladder 2 took the plunge at the Rockland County Polar Bear Plunge in support of Shelton Waldrop. In 2017, Shelton traveled from Alabama to New York City, where he was sworn in as an Honorary FDNY Firefighter in partnership with Make-A-Wish Alabama. Shelton spent the day with the Firefighters, and even operated a hoseline. Shelton is bravely battling Synovial sarcoma, and the FDNY sends its love and support. EUGENE WEBER JR.

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