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On the morning of January 23rd as the storm was beginning to intensify, the New City Fire Department was dispatched to a reported structure fire just off South Little Tor Road. The first units on scene confirmed a working fire, with fire showing out two windows on the ground floor. - See full story on page 15

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Major warehouse fire in the Town of Oswego The volunteers of the Oswego Town Fire Department in upstate NY faced one of the biggest fires in their history on Saturday evening, January 2nd. The fire was located at Dunsmoor Farms, an onion processing/packaging facility on State Route 104. The first call came in around 8 p.m. for a reported fire with an explosion. Units immediately responded and aggressively attacked a fire in a tractor trailer at the loading of the facility. Due to a large ventilation system, the fire quickly spread into and throughout the entire 46,000 square foot facility. Two neighboring houses were able to be saved. The incident ran from 8 p.m. on Saturday until final units left the scene and were back in service at 4 p.m. on Sunday afternoon, twenty hours of firefighting. At the height of the fire, the municipal water system was taxed to it’s capabilities so a 14 unit tanker operation was added for additional water flow. On scene operations were under the command of Chief of Department Greg Herrmann, assisted by Assistant Chiefs Mark Kapuscinski and Phil Batchelor. Oswego Town Fire Department was assisted at the scene by 20 different fire departments man-

JUMP TO FILE #013016104 ning 39 pieces of fire apparatus from three different counties. Additional units from around the area were moved around for coverage purposes. We would like to thank the chiefs and members of the following departments for their assistance in this incident. A thank you to departments in Oswego County including Minetto, Granby Center, Scriba, Oswego City, Hannibal, Pulaski, Cody, Volney, Phoenix, Caughdenoy, New Haven, Palermo, Hastings, and Mexico. From Cayuga County we thank Fair Haven, Ira, Cato, Victory We were also assited by Red Creek in Wayne Count. Other resources included the Oswego County Fire Coordinator's office, Oswego County Cause and Origin Team, Oswego County Sheriff's Department, NYS Troopers, Menter Ambulance with two ambulances, Oswego Town FD Coffee Squad, National Grid, OCWA, Oswego County Highway department. In addition, Drone operator Shawn Cathcart, Photographer Rick Grosvent, Anthony Masters and Cam's NY Pizzeria and probably many more that we are missing

Numerous trucks were involved in the fire.

but offered or provided assistance were utilized for their resources. Without the team effort of all of the people listed above and probably a few more, this incident would have been much more diffi-


Fully involved auto repair garage Buffalo, NY. Firefighters of the 3rd Battalion 4th Platoon were called out to battle a structure fire at 137 Northampton St. on Buffalo's East Side early Wednesday morning, February 3, 2015. Engine Co. 21 arrived to a structure in the rear of 137 Northampton St. fully involved. At first, it was thought to be a rear cottage, but turned out to be

JUMP TO FILE #020316100 an old two story frame auto repair garage. Firefighters used two 1 3/4" and one 2 1 /2" hand line to bring the fire under control. No injuries were reported and the cause of the fire is under investigation. Damage to 137

Northampton St. was listed at $40,000. This structure suffered a total collapse. 135 Northampton St. had $5,000 in exposure damage and 1243 Michigan Ave. had $1000 in damage to a fence. Division Chief Michael Tuberdyke was in command. - DAVID KAZMIERCZAK

cult. There were no injuries reported to any personnel throughout the entire incident. With over 200 firefighters working, that is a great.


This fire proves our motto to its finest - "Neighbors helping Neighbors" - GREG HERRMANN


New Paltz keeps busy during ice storm The New Paltz Fire Department was busy during the ice storm of December 29, 2015 with a tractor trailer rollover on the NYS Thruway, and later with a SUV on its side, in a ditch on Rte 32 North. There were no major injuries.

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Vails Gate Fire and New Windsor EMS handle MVA with entrapment and medevac Town of New Windsor, Orange County, NY. At apptoximately 11 a.m. on Saturday, February 6, Vails Gate Fire Department, New Windsor EMS and New Windsor Police Department were dispatched for a reported single vehicle accident, car down an em- JUMP TO FILE # 020616100 bankment with entrapment. The accident was on Caesars Lane, west of Route 9W. This area has seen its fair share of bad accidents over the years. Vails Gate Car 3 (Powles) arrived and advised of an SUV down a steep embankment with one person pinned. The SUV, an older model Ford Explorer, had come to rest with its driver side against two large trees. The crew of Rescue 480 quickly put multiple hydraulic and hand tools in service with one firefighter using a chainsaw to cut through the brush for access. Engine 478 arrived and it’s crew assisted with placement of

tools, removing brush and preparing the stokes basket for patient removal. Engine 479 was re-directed to Anthony's Pier 9 catering hall for a possible landing zone, as a medevac had been placed on standby per EMS. Crews cut the A and B posts and folded back the roof and then removed both passenger side

doors. Members then removed the front passenger side seat, as well as the center console to remove the patient. Taking extrication time and the patients injuries into account, New Windsor EMS requested a launch of the medevac. Extrication was complete in approximately 20 minutes with members utilizing a 1:1 system to

haul the patient up the embankment. The patient was then turned over to New Windsor EMS, who transported to the landing zone. The medevac was off the ground shortly thereafter and enroute to Westchester Medical Center. MICHAEL SWANKIE



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Boght holds ice rescue drill despite mother nature

Colonie, NY. The Boght Fire Department held an ice rescue drill on Thursday, February 4th as the temperature hovered in the mid 40s. Earlier in the day, it reached a near record 57 degrees, the third time in four days it topped 50. The unusually mild winter in the Albany area created little ice on the Mohawk River. It created just enough, though, for firefighters to move forward. Open water near shore gave way to a thin coat of ice, but it was just thick enough to support crews looking to rescue the "victim." After three rotations, the department packed up and returned to the station, knowing that even Mother Nature couldn't deter their training.

The Shaker Road Fire Department along with Latham, West Albany, and Fuller Road fire department responded to 2 Buchman Drive for a reported structure fire. The initial report was the back of the house was on fire and the caller stated fire through the roof and the homeowner was out. Shaker Road Car 1 arrived on scene declaring a Signal 30, stating he had heavy fire and heavy smoke coming from the back of the structure with flames through the roof and requested a second ladde to the scene with a additional engine. The first arriving engine pulled multiple hand lines to the rear of the structure including a two and a half inch line. Firefighters quickly made an aggressive attack on the

JUMP TO FILE #020716113 exterior of the structure, knocking down the heavy fire and cutting open the roof in the rear of the structure. Within six minutes, the crews on scene were able to contain the fire from spreading to the rest of the home with minimal damage to the home. The home suffered minor smoke damage and heavy structural damage in the rear of the building and in the roofline. The fire is currently under investigation by the Town of Colonie fire investigators - JEFFREY BELSCHWINDER

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Texas: Stacy A. Crawford, 47 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: December 19, 2015 Death Date: December 19, 2015 Fire Department: Navarro County Emergency Initial Summary: While involved in training exercises at the fire station, Firefighter Crawford suddenly became unconscious and collapsed. Resuscitation efforts were begun by fellow responders and Firefighter Crawford was transported to the hospital where he succumbed to a nature and cause of fatal injury still to be determined.

North Carolina: Sidney "Sid" Winer, 92 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: October 20, 2015 Death Date: December 15, 2015 Fire Department: No. 7 Township Fire Rescue Initial Summary: Firefighter Winer was involved in a motor vehicle collision on October 20th, 2015, while riding in department's Ford F150 returning from picking up equipment. Another vehicle pulled out directly in front of the department's truck. Winer sustained serious fractures to both feet as a result of the collision which totaled the department's truck. As a result of the injuries he sustained, Firefighter Winer's right leg was amputated just below the knee on December 3rd, 2015. Firefighter Winer was in the rehabilitation center at CarolinaEast Medical Center when he succumbed to his injuries on December, 15th. Mississippi: Willie B. Ratliff, 66 Rank: Captain Incident Date: December 21, 2015 Death Date: December 21, 2015 Fire Department: City of Clarksdale Fire Department Initial Summary: Fire Captain Ratliff was found deceased in the firehouse by fellow firefighters from an apparent heart attack shortly after participating in fire department physical training at the fire station.

Pennsylvania: Louis “Pop Pop” Patti, 67 Rank: Fire Police Officer Incident Date: December 6, 2015 Death Date: December 22, 2015 Fire Department: Warwick Township Fire Company 1 Initial Summary: Fire Police Officer Patti passed away on December 22, 2015, from a CVA injury suffered minutes after returning home from a vehicle extrication response call on December 6, 2015.

Ohio: Patrick R. Wolterman, 28 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: December 28, 2015 Death Date: December 28, 2015 Fire Department: Hamilton Fire Department Initial Summary: Firefighter Wolterman died from injuries sustained when he became trapped in a residential structure fire. According to initial reports from the media and fire department, firefighters responded to the fire at 0112hrs and upon arrival observed heavy smoke coming from the home. Firefighters had been advised that the house may be occupied with two elderly residents and at 0117hrs entered the home to search for any residents and began an interior attack on the fire. At approximately 0120hrs firefighter Wolterman fell from the first floor into the basement and firefighters transmitted a "Mayday" alert calling for help. Firefighters quickly located and rescued Firefighter Wolterman and performed life saving measures while en route to Fort Hamilton Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. The fatal fire incident remains under investigation by local and state authorities. Michigan: Charles C. Adams, Jr., 47 Rank: Firefighter Trainee Incident Date: January 2, 2016 Death Date: January 2, 2016 Fire Department: Spring Arbor Township Fire Department Initial Summary: Firefighter Trainee Adams was participating in search and rescue training at the local fire academy. He became ill and momentarily lost consciousness. Displaying heart attack-like symptoms, he was transported by ambulance to the hospital. Firefighter Trainee Adams passed away at the hospital later that evening from a cause yet to be determined. Illinois: Kenneth K. Harris, 56 Rank: Firefighter/Paramedic Incident Date: January 11, 2016 Death Date: January 11, 2016 Fire Department: Village of Oak Park Fire Department Initial Summary: Firefighter/Paramedic Harris finished his shift on 01/11/16 at 0730hrs. During this shift, Harris responded to multiple incidents with the last incident being at 0615hrs. At approximately 2030hrs that same day, Harris suffered a cardiac arrest while at home and passed away from injuries sustained.

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Four decades of service to the City of Troy After 37 years of service to the City of Troy’s Fire Department, Assistant Chief James Hughs is ready to retire. Assistant Chief James Hughs started with the Troy Fire Department in 1979 and after many years of service moving up the ranks in the department, Assistant Chief James Hughs took his command position six years ago, starting as Deputy Chief in 2010 and moving up to Assistant Chief in 2011. Assistant Chief James Hughs is also a member of the USAR team

JUMP TO FILE #020116101 and has helped out Rensselaer County over his years of service. As the retirement event began and Assistant Chief Hughs came in to the room for his retirement party, the chief was greeted with everyone standing and clapping. The chief was smiles ear to ear. Chief Hughs was surround by his family, friends and fellow fighters from his over 37 years of service.

The chief gave his speech to the crowd thanking everyone and stated he was wondering where all the years have gone. As a gift, the other chiefs from the City of Troy gave Chief Hughs a retirement plaque and axe honoring his service to the city of Troy. Fellow firefighters stated he will be greatly missed and has been a huge assist to the department and has the upmost respect from all the firefighters in the City of Troy. - JEFFREY BELSCHWINDER

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The fire line started with JJ on the left, then Tracy, Kyle, and finished with Chief Tim on the right


Wrights Corners VFC officers installed Wrights Corners Fire Company and ladies auxiliary marked their 76th and 75th years respectively. Wrights Corners celebriated their installation of officers with friends and fellow emergency responders from the surrounding area. All enjoyed cocktails, music and a catered meal. Jack Bridwell the Wright’s Corners chaplain started the evening off with the invocation. Incoming Fire Chief Timothy Williams, who held this position in the past, addressed all present. In today’s world, all responders should present themselves to the public all the time and not just on calls. Williams was also proud to hold the helmet of training up and explain to all that this represents the highest number of training hours for any company in all of Niagara County. Again this year, Wright’s Corners won. In the history of the helmet, only one other company had more hours than Wright’s Corners when it comes to training.

JUMP TO FILE #012115114 This years firematic officers are Chief Timothy Williams, First Assistant Kyle LaRuffa, Second Assistant Tracy Jufer, and 3rd Assistant Chief Jonathan "JJ" McKnight . The ladies auxillary is celebrating 75 years and swore in it’s officers, President Christine Sattelberg, Vice President Sherrie Campbell, Treasurer Cindy Horner, Recording Xecretary Kathy Nizialek, Corresponding Secretary Sally Zastrow, Third Year Director Sharon Drew, Second Year Director Susan Nizialek, and First Year Director Melissa Poole. The Wrights Corners Company administrative officers are President Kevin Austin, Vice President Joseph Mangiafesto, Treasuerer Mike L Norwood, Corresponding Secretary Kelly Coyle, Sergeant at Arms Jesse Williams, Head Trustee Eric Belser, Second Year Trustee Christopher Bruckner, Fire Police


Captain Albert Thomas, and Parade Marshal Michael J. Norwood. Forty-five-year active member Robert Smith Jr. was presented with a special award from State Senator Robert Ortt, Niagara County Sheriff James Voutour, and the Wrights Corners Fire Company celebrating his years of service. Auxiliary Member Beverly Ellis was honored for her 35 years of service to the orginization. Joining Wirghts Corners were honored guests from Hartland, Rapids, Miller Hose, Tri Town and Terrys Corners EMS and Firefighting Services. Other guests were Senator Ortt, Niagara County Chief Deputy Michael Dunn, Lockport Town Supervisor Mark Crocker, and Deputy Supervisor Paul Siejak. The installation committee was composed of Kevin Austin, Edward Eifert, Terri Hockenberry, Cindy McLaughlin, Michael Norwood, Christine Sattleberg and Zachery Wodo - STEPHEN WALLACE

The New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (DHSES) announced that the Office of Fire Protection and Control (OFPC) recently received re-accreditation from The National Board on Fire Service Professional Qualifications (Pro Board) for meeting National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) quality training standards. Through its 74 accredited agencies, the Pro Board provides a national and international level of recognition for members of the fire and emergency service who have demonstrated proficiency in meeting NFPA standards. This re-accreditation required OFPC to undergo a critical assessment of its ability to meet the 19 point accreditation criteria that has become the hallmark of integrity for the Pro Board system. This accreditation allows OFPC to conduct national certification tests in New York State in approved subject areas and issue national certifications. In addition to an evaluation of the quality, knowledge and skill level of its training program, OFPC is required to go through an extensive evaluation of its administrative processes associated with course development, course deliveries and national certification testing processes to receive accreditation. This is to assure that programs accredited by the Pro Board maintain the highest level of integrity and quality in the aforementioned areas. “With re-accreditation, the New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control demonstrates its commitment to improving life safety for their citizens and emergency personnel,” commented M.H. Jim Estepp, Chairman of the Pro Board. “Through re-accreditation, this agency can provide official Pro Board certificates to fire service members who have demonstrated a competency with professional qualification standards.” OFPC's main goal is the effective and efficient delivery of essential fire and life safety protection to all New Yorkers. With more than seven hundred full- and part-time members, OFPC operates five branches: Fire Operations and Training; Fire Inspection and Investigation, East and West; Special Operations; and, Education and Operational Support. DHSES Commissioner John P. Melville said, “National certification is the one consistent benchmark that provides fire departments and localities the confidence that a firefighter has met the national training standards for the specific subject area evaluated and allows an objective process to evaluate differing training programs. OPFC’s re-accreditation shows that the team operates with the highest professional

JUMP TO FILE #020816127 qualifications standards in all of the activities it delivers for the state’s firefighters and our citizens.” “Accreditation through the National Board on Fire Service Professional Qualifications not only validates the quality and effectiveness of the New York State Fire Training System, but it also provides for a nationally consistent method to evaluate our training programs as well as the knowledge and skills of individual firefighters,” said State Fire Administrator Bryant Stevens. “I applaud those members of the Office of Fire Prevention and Control who worked diligently to achieve re-accreditation and assured that all program requirements were identified and addressed.” OFPC annually trains more than 60,000 emergency services personnel in regionally delivered programs and residentially at the Academy of Fire Science in Montour Falls, N.Y. OFPC also implements statewide minimum training standards and best practices for firefighters, inspects over 25,000 buildings for fire and life safety hazards and investigates fires at the request of local fire departments. Additionally, OFPC supports and assists fire departments and other agencies at disasters, major emergencies and in the stabilization and mitigation of hazardous materials incidents. OFPC also manages New York State's Urban Search and Rescue Team (New York Task Force-2), operationally coordinates fire service resources during activation of the Statewide Fire Mobilization and Mutual Aid Plan, and collects, compiles and disseminates information relating to fire and arson prevention and control. The office also operates the state Fire Incident Reporting System, which processes approximately 1.5 million incidents reports annually; and, administers the Emergency Services Revolving Loan Program. About OFPC: OFPC delivers a wide breadth of services to firefighters, emergency responders, state and local government agencies, public and private colleges, and the citizens of New York. The Office advances public safety through firefighter training, education, fire prevention, investigative, special operations and technical rescue programs. The timely delivery of these essential services enables the Office to make significant contributions to the safety of all of New York State. For more information, visit the DHSES Facebook page, follow @NYSDHSES on Twitter, or visit -DHSES

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2016 Otterkill Engine Co. #1 officers in Campbell Hall The Otterkill Engine Co. #1 of Campbell Hall, NY held their Installation of Officers on Jan 16, 2016 at their firehouse. The line officers are 2nd Lieutenant Kyle Dunn, 1st Lieutenant Marc Ballard, Captain John Younie, Asst. Chief James Soutar, and Chief Ken Lewis.


Blaze destroys in Buffalo on Groundhog Day Buffalo, NY. Firefighters of the 3rd Battalion 4th Platoon were called out to battle a structure fire at 740 S. Division St. in Buffalo's Larkinville District early Tuesday morning, February 2, 2016. Engine Co. 32 arrived to heavy fire. The 3rd Battalion Chief requested an additional two engines and a ladder followed shortly after by the balance of the second alarm assignment. Firefighters used several one and three quarter inch hand lines along with several two and a half

JUMP TO FILE #020216102 inch hand lines along with Ladder Co. 6's tower ladder. Ladder Co.5 also had their ladder pipe in operation. No injuries were reported and the cause of the fire is under investigation. A majority of the attic and second floor collapsed shortly into the fire. A city high lift was called to the scene to demo the structure.

Damage for 740 was listed at $80,000 to the building and $0 to the contents. 738, an occupied two and a half story frame dwelling, was listed at $60,000 to the building and $40,000 to the contents. 744 S. Division St. an exposure had $5,000 to the building and $2,000 to the contents and 745 N. Division St. received $1,000 to the structure. Division Chief Michael Tuberdyke was in command. - DAVID KAZMIERCZAK

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Klein graduates Firefighter I

Congratulations to Firefighter Harrison Klein who successfully completed and graduated from Firefighter I. Harrison and many other new firefighters from around the county participated in a graduation ceremony at the Rockland County Fire Training Center. This accomplishment is not an easy one as it required over 120 hours of training at the county training center while simultaneously still attending school and fulfilling his requirements in our department as a member.


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Cottekill crash kills twin brothers

On January 20, 2016, the Cottekill Fire Department and Marbletown Ambulance were dispatched to Lucas Avenue extension and Tanhouse Brook Road in the Town of Rosendale for a car versus tree accident. First arriving emergency personnel requested the High Falls and Stone Ridge Fire Departments with their jaws of life due to heavy entrapment. Twin brothers, age 58 from Cottekill, were killed. The driver, who required extensive extrication, was deceased at the scene. The passenger died later at a hospital. Assisting at the scene were Mobile Life Support Services, NY State Police, Town of Rosendale police, and the Ulster County Sheriff's Department.


Heavy smoke from multi-family

On Monday, January 4th, West Point crews responded to a fire in the Stony Lonesome section of base housing. Units arrived to find heavy smoke coming from a multiple family unit. A single line was stretched and the fire was contained to the room of origin. Ventilation and overhaul followed, with an investigation performed by West Point Fire Prevention Services.


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A partial roof collapse occurred in the center of the structure.


NY and PA departments respond to house fire At approximately 12:30 p.m. on Friday, January 29, 2016, Great Bend Fire Department (Susquehanna County, PA) was dispatched to 62 Bell Road in the Town of Windsor for a reported house fire. A postal service worker in the area had noticed the smoke and called in the fire. Command quickly confirmed a working fire and requested mutual aid. Due to the extent of fire in the structure and information that no one was home at the time, fire attack was exterior only. Crews

JUMP TO FILE #013016102 quickly knocked down the main body of fire, but stubborn pockets of fire continued to burn for a length of time before crews could dig them out. Extensive overhaul had to be done throughout the structure to completely extinguish the fire. The structure was almost a total loss and there was a partial collapse of the roof. Broome County Fire Investi-

gation Team was on scene conducting the investigation into the cause of the fire. Fire departments on scene from Pennsylvania included Great Bend, Hallstead, Susquehanna, and Hartford. Fire departments from New York included West Windsor, Windsor, Ouaquaga, Kirkwood, and Five Mile Point. Superior Ambulance provided a fire standby crew for the duration of the incident. - NICHOLAS GRISWOLD

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Does your fire company have an outstanding fire prevention educator? Does your fire company have an outstanding fire prevention educator? If so, please nominate them for the Orange County Firefighters Museum & Fire Safety Education Center’s 6th Annual Fire Prevention Educator of the Year award. A gala honoring the recipient will be held at the museum on Saturday, June 4th. Past recipients of the award include Amy ConnerKosturik from the Good Will Fire Department in 2011, Barbara Gasperetti of the Coldenham Fire Department in 2012; Chad Quackenbush of the Warwick Fire Department in 2013, Frederick “Michael” Hoffman of the Goshen Fire Department in 2014 and James Ferguson of the Montgomery Fire Department in 2015. “Hosting a gala is an easy way

JUMP TO FILE #020816120 for the museum to honor those who go above and beyond what is required to teach fire prevention and safety to Orange County residents,” said William J. Bassett, Chairman of the museums Education Advisory Committee. “The hard part is doing what these volunteers do, which is to constantly make sacrifices to keep all of us safe.” Applications, which have been mailed out to all Orange County Fire Departments, can be obtained by calling Marybeth at (845) 457-9666 or - MARYBETH MAJESTIC

Cardio workout blues? “Break it up to wake it up!” FIREFIGHTER FITNESS Lori Ann Hodgkinson

It's not Spring yet, but we're getting there. January and February are in the rearview mirror. We are in the homestretch when it comes to avoiding/beating the Winter blues. One way to get a step closer is to break-up/change up your current cardio workouts. Even the smallest of changes can do the trick. Presently I have my clients breaking their cardio workouts into four quarters and inserting several basic exercises in between. It breaks the monotony and makes the cardio more manageable and enjoyable. They report time seems to pass more quickly and there is a notable positive change in their bodies. We use the first two minutes

of the first quarter to gradually warm-up before reaching the usual speed/pace. After completing the first quarter we insert twenty push-ups, twenty squats and twenty crunches. The exercises are performed as quickly as possible, with no rest and without sacrificing proper form or alignment. Next it's a return to cardio for another 25% at the usual pace, followed by the push-ups, squats and crunches. Then we get right back to that cardio and a third bout of the exercises. We complete the final quarter then move into a cool-down and full-body stretch. The sample uses one exercise each for the upper-body, lowerbody and abdominals, but you may prefer to substitute them to suit your needs. All guidelines regarding intensity and duration apply. Remember to have your physician's approval before beginning any exercise program.

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Structure fire as storm intensifies

On the morning of January 23rd as the storm was beginning to intensify, the New City Fire Department was dispatched to a reported structure fire just off South Little Tor Road. The first units on scene confirmed a working fire, with fire showing out two windows on the ground floor. The first crew off 9-Tanker rapidly advanced two hose lines and knocked down the fire, keeping the majority of damage to the room of origin, with some minor extension to the second floor and attic via the exterior wall. Mutual aid was received from the Congers, Hillcrest, and West Nyack Fire Departments.

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Yonkers Lieutenant Anthony Mangone laid to rest

Yonkers Fire Department Lieutenant Anthony Mangone was laid to rest on January 29, 2016 after passing away on the 26th. Mangone was given full honors during his fire department funeral. Rest in peace brother.

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Blaze destroys Woodbury home on Superbowl Sunday Woodbury, NY. Multiple departments battled a fully involved home prior to the start of the Superbowl on February 7th. As families were preparing to celebrate at a little after 5 p.m., Woodbury Fire Department was dispatched to 29 Hazard Lane, off Route 32 for fire in a structure. Woodbury Car 3 arrived to find a fully involved occupied two and a half story structure with JUMP TO FILE heavy fire showing. #020816103 Mutual aid was immediately requested with Washingtonville as the FAST team. At the 20 minute status check, command advised that the bulk of the fire was knocked down with two lines and a ladder pipe in operation. Crews still had active fire. At the 30 minute status check, overhaul was in progress and status checks were discontinued. Mutual aid at the scene and on standby assisting Woodbury included Monroe, Cornwall, Washingtonville, and Highland Mills with FI 36-103 and 35-105. Orange and Rockland was also requested to the scene. The cause of the fire is under investigation by local officials and no injuries were reported by occupants or first responders. - HEATHER PILLSWORTH


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An elderly passenger was removed from the car by EMS


WCFC responds to two vehicle and horse trailer accident Wrights Corners responded around 3:01 p.m. on January 29th to the intersection of Stone Road and Sunset for a two vehicle accident. First reports had a car pulling out and hitting a large truck with an extra large horse trailer in tow. The car, driven by an elderly female hit the truck JUMP TO FILE # 012916115 and slammed into a stone wall. The truck and trailer went off the north side of the road and into a pine tree. The tree ripped open the driver side of the truck and tore the wheel off. The horse trailer loaded with two horses came forward and jumped the hitch. The trailer then went up on the roof of the truck. Wood from the tree penetrated the engine and the metal in the truck. Wrights Corners brought the rapid response engine to the scene for possible extrication. The ambulance also responded. Incident command, 1st Assistant Chief Kyle LaRuffa, called in ambulances from Miller Hose, Cambaria, and Rural Metro to assist with six victims. 2nd Assistant Chief Tracy Jufer handled traffic and scene control, while 3rd Assistant Chief JJ Mcknight assisted with the care of patients. The elderly female driver appeared to have pulled away from a stop sign on Sunset and into the path of the truck, which had the right away. It was also noted that the female driver had a blue handicap tag hanging from the rear view mirror why she was driving. The bottom of those tags state to remove from mirror when car is in motion. These tags cause

Property damage on Route 9W Town of Newburgh, NY. On the afternoon of January 17th, the Middle Hope Fire Department was dispatched to an MVA on Route 9W.


Front of the truck pulling the trailer

a huge blind spot. EMS crews took care of the elderly passenger in the car for transport. The elderly driver wanted to walk to the ambulance. Wrights Corners Firefighter Larry Stanton Jr. tried to calm the horses and wanted to make sure they were still doing ok. Passing the scene was Doctor Sarah Lowry, a large animail DVM. She pulled over and checked the animails out. The scene was investigated by the Niagara County Sheriff's Office. Cambria transported one to M


Star Hospital, Miller Hose took two to Lockport Hospital, and Rural Metro took two to Suburban in Erie County. At this time none of the injuries seems to be life threatining. The horses also seemed to be ok except for small cuts and being shaken up. Wrights Corners fire police controlled traffic for over two hours, keeping traffic moving and all responders safe. - STEPHEN WALLACE

Blaze strikes liquor store

Tonawanda, NY. Early Sunday morning January 31st, the Brighton Fire Co. was toned out for a reported fire at Brighton Liquor's at 930 Brighton Rd. A call reported smoke and town police patrol confirmed the fire. The chief reported smoke and flames coming from the front of the store. The P&R Bakery is attached to the liquor store. The Elwood Fire Company was requested as the FAST team and the Kenmore Fire Department sent an engine to fill in at Brighton's Hall. The Kenilworth Fire Company was called to supply air bottles. Damage was extensive. An aggressive interior attack was made and the fire was brought under control. It did burn through the roof. The cause of the fire is under investigation. No injuries were reported.

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Three alarms for City of Newburgh vacant City of Newburgh, NY. At a little before 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, February 9th, City of Newburgh firefighters were dispatched for an alarm of fire on North Miller Street in the area of Dubois and Gidney Avenues. According to reports, fire was showing from the second floor of the vacant property. Newburgh Car 4 reported fire showing from the rear of a two story ordinary and requested the second alarm with Vails Gate as the FAST. Soon thereafter, a third alarm brought additional man-

JUMP TO FILE #020916105 power and resources. At the scene was an engine from West Point and a truck from the City of Beacon. On standby in Newburgh were New Windsor with an engine as well as a truck from Cronomer Valley. Newburgh firefighters quickly had the ladder extended and went to work with multiple hose lines. By 10:30 a.m., all visible fire was knocked down and extensive over-

haul operations were in progress. Mutual aid was released and soon back in service. Also on scene were 36-12, 3613 and 36-14. An arson investigator was on the scene to determine the cause and origin of the blaze. According to published reports, a squatter may have had an extension cord extended to the property next door to supply electricity to the building. The electricity was turned off in the vacant 199 North Miller St. - HEATHER PILLSWORTH

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Waiting for the call CHAPLAIN’S CORNER Pastor Fernando Villicana

”…in the last days mockers will come with their mocking…saying, ‘Where is the promise of His coming?’” (2 Peter 3:3-4). Some shifts feature long periods of waiting. The trucks have been washed; grass cut; supplies on the med units inventoried; the station is clean. And we still wait. Waiting for the next call. It’s easy to get sleepy. One thing for sure: the next call will come, it is inevitable. We don’t know when, what address, or how serious. It may even be a false alarm. Having to wait in no way lessens this reality: the alarm will sound, and we will respond! Peter writes that we’re in a season of waiting on the Lord’s return. Jesus promised that, one day, He will return to establish a kingdom of righteousness here on earth. Our New Testament reveals over 300 references to the glorious return of the Lord Jesus Christ. Some laugh and blow it off. “Ha! Where is He?” Don’t be lulled into spiritual sleep. Waiting in no way lessens this truth: Jesus will come. Be alert. Be ready!

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Overturned vehicle Town of Newburgh, NY. Firefighters were dispatched to an overturned vehicle. Middle Hope crews responded to Carter Avenue in the Town of Newburgh for an overturned vehicle against hedges and a utility pole. Town of Newburgh EMS assisted at the scene with the patient.


Washingtonville celebrates with annual installation dinner Village of Washingtonville, NY. On the evening of January 16th, the Monell Engine Company of the Washingtonville Fire District celebrated with their annual installation dinner held at their station. Past Commissioners Stephen Smith and John Schadt, who recently retired, were honored for their years of service to the community and department. The 2015 Member of the Year Award was presented to Past President Dennis Geyer for his tireless dedication and service to the department. The department's top responders were Vincent Federici, Joe Courter, Joe Federici, Andrew

JUMP TO FILE #012816103 Morris, Ryan Hearn, Mark Borys, Al Perri , Stephen Smith, Bill Podszus, and Sean McDaid. Length of service awards were presented to George Bates, Andrew Morris, Sean McDaid, Corkey Ray, Mike Hodge, Gary Hearn, Mel Gioia, Mike Salamin, Sr., Paul Niemann, Mike Butkus, Mike Salamin, Jr., and Chris Van Riper. As the evening progressed, the Monell Engine Company line officers and civil officers were installed into office. The line officers are Chief Jim Skelly, 1st

Assistant Chief Gary Hearn, 2nd Assistant Chief Brian Bates, Captain Mike Butkus, 1st Lieutenant William Morrissey, 2nd Lieutenant Danny Hearn, 3rd Lieutenant Dan Branath, Chief Engineer Chris Van Riper and Fire Police Captain Kevin Flanagan. The Civil officers are President Stephen W. Smith, Vice President Leon Schadt, Treasurer Mel Gioia, Recording Secretary Kevin Schaffer, and Financial Secretary Joe Federici. The department trustees are Karl Burke, Chris Leavey, Corky Ray, and Paul Schmitt. - HEATHER PILLSWORTH MANAGING EDITOR


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Accident on Interstate 84 Winona Lake Fire Department responded to a two car on Interstate 84 Eastbound between Exit 7 and 8. Also at the scene were New York State Police and Town of Newburgh EMS. One vehicle needed the battery cables cut. It sustained front end damage. The other vehicle was up against the guard rail. Winona Lake Fire Department secured the vehicle and awaited tow. The State Police were notified. KEN SNYDER

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MVA on busy Route 9W Town of Newburgh, NY. On the afternoon of February 1st, the Middle Hope Fire Department was dispatched to a motor vehicle accident on Route 9W. Hazards were quickly tended to and firefighters were placed back in service.

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Four transported from New Paltz accident

New Paltz Fire, New Paltz Rescue Squad with the Tillson and Highland Fire Departments responded to a head on personal injury automobile accident on Route 32 north of New Paltz on December 30, 2015. A car with three SUNY students collided with a large box truck on the icy road. Mutual aid was called for manpower to assist in the extrication of two students. All persons involved were taken to local hospitals. Accident reconstruction took until early afternoon, after which, the road was reopened.


Fire on second floor of occupied Buffalo, NY. Firefighters of the 6th Battalion 4th Platoon were called out to battle a structure fire at 28 Gorski St. in Buffalo's Kaisertown section early Monday morning, January 25, 2016. The fire was in the second floor of the two story occupied frame dwelling. Firefighters used a couple of one and three quarter inch hand lines and 40 feet of ladders to bring the fire under control. No injuries were reported and the cause of the fire is under investigation. Gorski St. is very narrow and apparatus were inches from mirrors on parked cars. The Red Cross was called to assist two adults. Damage was listed at $20,000 to the building and $20,000 to the contents. Division Chief Michael Tuberdyke was in command.


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Tractor trailer rollover

New York State Police and the Maybrook Fire Department responded to a tractor trailer rollover on Feb 1. The tractor trailer made a right unto Neelytown Road and rolled over. New York State Police closed the road off. Members of the State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Unit (CVEU) were called to the scene to inspect the tractor trailer. There were no injuries. A local towing company was also on scene.


Gardiner structure lost to fire The New Paltz Fire Department was called for their ladder truck to respond to the Gardiner Fire District on January 23, 2016 for a structure fire. The structure was a total loss.

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Sixth Annual Firehouse Chili Cook Off held in Troy The Brown's Brewing Company of Troy held its sixth annual firehouse chili cook off. Fire departments from all over the capital region made their best chili to compete against each other in one of the largest firehouse chili cook off's in the area. The event started at 2 p.m., but the line to get into the event started well before that. People lined up outside to help support the two local causes that all the funds collected for this event go to. The two local causes that Browns Brewing Company has been donating to are the Firemans Home in Hudson and the Burn Center. In the event’s five years, they have donated more than $25,000 to the two causes. This year's competing fire departments were Troy, Watervliet, Green Island, West Sand Lake, Defreestville, Wynantskill, Menands, and the Fuller Road Fire Departments. With the room filled to capacity the crowd tried chili of all types from Fuller Road Fire Department's chili that heat snuck up on you at the end to the Green Is-

JUMP TO FILE #020716110 land Fire Department’s unique chicken chili as well as last year’s winner, the Defreestville fire Department's South of the Border chili. The event drew more than 400 people to taste the best firehouse chili in the Capital Region. With the room bustling full of friends, neighbors, family members, firefighters, and police officers from all over the area, you could feel the atmosphere in the room with people laughing, talking, and everyone having a good time. As the final minutes neared, fire departments tried to get as many votes as they could before the judges pulled the ticket jars from each competitor. At 4:45, the winners were announced. Best display went to the West Sand Lake Fire Department with their unique fire engine display. Third-place went to the Menands Fire Department. Second-place went to the Green Island Fire Department and for first place and the People's Choice Wa-


The Watervliet Fire Department took first place and the Peoples Choice Award in the Browns Brewing Fire House Chili Cookoff

tervliet Fire Department was the victor. This year was a record setting year for attendance, raising more than $4000 for the two causes. Next year, they are hoping to raise more money and have more competitors come in and try to take the Golden Eddie home to their towns. - JEFFREY BELSCHWINDER


A generation or two ago, it seems like every region had a few firefighters who earned the nickname "Smokey." In our county, I can recall three veteran firefighters whose nicknames became Smokey (or Smoky); and in many cases, people had no idea what their first names were since they were only referred to by their nickname. Most of these "Smokeys earned their Smokey titles in the 1930's, 1940's, 1950's, and into the 1960's. Their individual legends were achieved by their unusual ability to function in heavy smoke filled conditions without any type of respiratory protection for prolonged periods of time. Frequently, they would exit the building showing no effects from what they called back then a "feed" of heavy smoke. Interestingly, the three I am thinking of all lived well into their 80's. Many of the Smokeys were looked up to. There is another nickname that gets attached to some firefighters that is not as prestigious - "wrong way." These individuals,

it appears, have a habit of driving their Chief's car or fire apparatus to the wrong address for emergencies on a fairly regular basis -enough so to earn the nickname. This can happen to any of us. Years ago, I remember being awakened by our fire tones at 3 a.m. for a reported structure fire on Dwight Avenue. I jumped into my vehicle and proceeded to Eisenhower Avenue (as in President Dwight Eisenhower.) I arrived at the scene on Eisenhower Avenue, had the microphone in my hand and was just about to call dispatch, asking them how they received the call, when the dispatcher called to inform me that the police department was on the scene reporting a working structure fire at the corner of Dwight and Mallory. A 10,000 watt light bulb went off in my little brain as I proceeded the two miles to the right location. I did not go the wrong way enough to earn the nickname, and it happens much less now in the computer age. The fire service does seem to

love putting nicknames on each other. One of our larger firefighters at 6'3" and 250 lbs. is nicknamed "Mongo" after the character in the movie "Blazing Saddles." If you want a wall taken down quickly or a door taken without forcible entry tools, Mongo is your man! Some of the more unique firefighter nicknames I am aware of are: the "Nozzle Twins" - identical twins who fought many fires on a hand line, "27-Tanker" - a very large firefighter, "Preacher" who gave sermons to the young firefighters on anything and everything, "Beans" - for obvious reasons, "Chubby" - for obvious reasons, "Dinky" - don't want to know, "Killer Kain" - liked to take on the world after having a few, and many I never understood: "Fuzzy," "Gutch," "Monk," "Scootch," "Bird," and many more. Many of these firefighters seem happy with these nicknames and have the name stitched into their fire department jackets, shirts, etc. It seems that most are given with friendship and respect.


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Busy night for Haverstraw Units responded to a report of electrical wires burning outside on Route 9W. Once on scene, units determined a car crashed into a utility pole and building with the wires burning on the ground. O&R was on scene to shut down the electric in the area. The scene was turned over to the electric company and the Haverstraw

JUMP TO FILE #012216109 Town Police. Due to the power outage in the area, Haverstraw FD also responded to an automatic alarm at the Harbors Complex. Department 4 then responded

to a report of rubbish burning inside the structure. Crews found a mattress fire on the top floor in The Village on the Green Complex. The fire was extinguished and units cleared the scene within an hour. - LADY WARREN HOSE CO #5


Ice rescue on Orange Lake

Town of Newburgh, NY. On the late afternoon of February 1, 2016, the Dan Leghorn Engine Company received a dispatch for an ice rescue on Orange Lake at Route 52 and Lakeside Drive. Crews were quickly on scene with their hovercraft and rescued one victim from the water.

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Laugh your way to the bank with a stand-up comedy fund-raiser

Who needs to laugh more than the Fire Companies ---the first responders who deal with dangerous circumstances each and every day? There’s an innovative concept for fund-raising developed by Joey Novick, who is a stand-up comedian and the Fire Commissioner in his hometown: Stand-up comedy shows. Fire companies can get much-needed laughs and profit financially as well. Novick's company, ComedyWorks, provides all-star headline comedians from HBO, Comedy Central, Showtime, Last Comic Standing, and the Tonight Show. Novick’s been producing comedy shows since 1977, and has experience producing shows with such comedians as Jerry Seinfeld, Rosie O’Donnell, Larry The Cable Guy, and Tim Allen. "The comedians were very funny, and very professional," wrote Mark Bruhmuller, Fire Chief of the Churchtown Fire Company of New York. “Joey Novick did an excellent job. Everybody loves to laugh, and it's a great deal of fun." ComedyWorks produces more than 300 shows a year, almost 150 of those for emergency service organizations. The money these shows can

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raise varies, depending on things like the number of tickets sold, how they're priced, the amount spent on promotion and whether food and drink are available. "Mostly companies produce shows in their own facilities, which may hold 300–400 people," says Novick. "We'll put together a show for them that will bring in comedians from major comedy clubs, with a headliner from HBO, Comedy Central, or the Tonight Show. The feature performer will be someone who's headlined the comedy circuit: Catch a Rising Star, the Improv, the Comedy Store. The host of the show will be a comedian who's very high-energy, like a gameshow host, to get the audience warmed up. A triple headliner show!” The Somerset Fire Company of New Jersey produces two fundraisers a year through ComedyWorks. "We've done about ten shows so far, and it's been great," says Mike Rein-

beck, who coordinates the shows for the 65-member volunteer department. "A friend of mine who had used Joey told me, 'This guy books really good acts.' So, we did the first show, everything was great, and we've been doing shows with Joey ever since." "I find their people to be very funny," agrees Adam Hubney, chief of the Atlantic Highlands Volunteer Fire Department in New Jersey, which books comedians through ComedyWorks for its annual dinner. "We have a professional comedy club in our county, and the quality is just as good." Comedy Works provides a 30-page ‘How-To’ guide that assists organizations through the comedy show production and warns of mistakes to avoid. "We make sure they follow everything in the guide," says Novick. "If a company has never done this before, it gives you everything from you need to know. We make sure that things get done right. Clients who follow the guide always do very well and tend to make money.” For information on Comedy Works, call 1 (888) 782-4589, go to or e-mail

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Firemen’s Association of the State of New York Creates New Health and Wellness Committee Albany, NY. Rarely does the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York (FASNY) , the New York State-wide organization representing 92,000 volunteer first responders including firefighters and emergency medical workers. institute a new committee. FASNY’s creation of the new Health & Wellness Committee underscores one of the association’s top priorities: a mission described by FASNY President Robert McConville as, “A Healthy Firefighter Is Everyone’s Fight”. Long Island-based Jacqueline Moline, MD, MSc will serve as chairperson for the committee. Among her vast accomplishments, Dr. Moline served as the director of Mount Sinai’s Clinical Center of Excellence within the World Trade Center (WTC) Medical Monitoring and Treatment Program, which has diagnosed and treated thousands of WTC responders in the New York metropolitan area and across the United States, and currently directs Northwell’s WTC Clinical Center of Excellence in Queens, NY. Of note, she is the only person to have directed two different WTC clinical centers. Dr. Moline has been involved in the medical surveillance and care of diverse groups of workers for her entire 25-plus-years career in the field of occupational medicine. Dr. Moline was one of the founders of the World Trade Center Medical Program, and has treated hundreds of first responders since September 11, 2001. She is internationally recognized for her work with the World Trade Center program, and has advocated for medical care for all first responders for decades. In addition to her work at the World Trade Center program, Dr. Moline chairs the Department of Occupational Medicine, Epidemiology and Prevention at the Northwell Health System and directs the Occupational and Environmental Medicine Center of Long Island. She has focused on improving the health and wellness of first responders and other workers at high risk for pulmonary disease, cardiovascular disease and cancer for the last 20 years. Dr. Moline is a board-certified occupational medicine specialist who graduated from the University of Chicago with honors, then attended the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. She completed an internal medicine residency at Yale Uni-

JUMP TO FILE #011216141 versity School of Medicine and then completed an occupational medicine residency at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, where she obtained a Master’s of Science in community medicine. “FASNY’s Health & Wellness Committee, made up of experts in the medical field, will advise FASNY leadership on matters of health unique to firefighting, focusing on cancer, heart issues and mental health in the fire service,” said President McConville. “We are honored to have Dr. Jacqueline Moline at the helm of this extremely important committee and are thrilled that she will be providing her expertise and sharing her experience and wisdom in our quest for healthy firefighters”, said McConville. As part of efforts to bring attention to the critical issue of wellness for first responders, FASNY’s website provides numerous new informational and other resources for firefighters in a central location, found at In addition to Dr. Jacqueline Moline, Chair, the committee includes Dr. Jamie Rockwin, vice chair; Kerri Winans-Kaley, Secretary; Kelli LaPage, member; and Alexander Peter Ruckh, member. Diana Pfersick, MHA; RN; EMTCC is the FASNY liaison to the new committee. About FASNY. Founded in 1872, the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York (FASNY) represents the interests of the more than 92,000 volunteer firefighters and emergency medical personnel in New York State. For more information, visit FASNY believes “A Healthy Firefighter Is Everyone’s Fight.” In an effort to bring attention to the critical issue of wellness for first responders, this w e b p a g e puts numerous resources addressing heart conditions, mental health and cancer issues in a central location. FASNY seeks to make the volunteer fire and emergency medical services as strong as they can be by providing resources and encouraging each organization to take positive action at a local level. - CAROLYN STONE

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Two Bath firefighters battling the heat to save an equipment shed to their left. There efforts were successful.

15 fire departments battle a large barn fire in the town of Wheeler in Steuben County KEN SNYDER

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On Tuesday, January 26th at 6:25 p.m., the Bath Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a barn fire at the Owens Farm at 8451 Larue Road in the town of Wheeler. Bath Chief Joe Washburn arrived on scene and requested a second alarm for a heavily involved barn fire. All together, 15 JUMP TO FILE # fire companies were 012716111 on scene including departments from Bath, Bath VA, Avoca, Kanona, Prattsburg, Hammondsport, Pultney, Howard, Wallace, Wayne, Coopers Plains, Campbell, Cohocton, Savona and Bradford. Painted Post responded to the Bath station to standby for any calls in the Bath district. Also assisting on scene were the Bath Volunteer Ambulance Corps, Steuben County Emergency Management Office and the Steuben County Fire Investigation Team. Tanker trucks were used to haul water to the scene due to the rural location of this fire. The very large T shaped barn was heavily involved in flames endangering the Owens house, pig barn and equipment shed, which all escaped serious damage.


A large fireball erupts from an unknown flammable while fighting a barn fire. A firefighter and photographer Patric A. McGlynn of the Kanona Volunteer Fire Department was able to catch this when it happened.

The fire was seen by a neighbor, who lived on the hill across the field and alerted the Owens family to the fire. No injuries were reported to civilians, firefighters or the pigs. The main barn housed farm and excavation equipment. A few pieces of the equipment were saved

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MVA with entrapment and ejection in West Windsor Shortly before midnight on the evening of January 28, 2016, Broome County Communications dispatched West Windsor and Windsor Fire Departments to Interstate 86 Eastbound near Exit 77 for a one car MVA rollover with reported ejection. The caller was reporting people still in the vehicle, stating another occupant had JUMP TO FILE # gone out the window 013016101 during the rollover, but was now unable to be located. It was quickly realized that the missing occupant was underneath the vehicle. A medevac was requested due to the severity of the injuries and the possibility of a lengthy extrication of the patient. Another MVA nearby with reported entrapment on Interstate 81 Southbound had placed Five Mile Point Fire Department on standby. West Windsor command requested their squad to respond to the scene to assist as it was found that the two occupants still in the vehicle also needed extrication. New York State troopers and firefighters first on scene were able to lift the vehicle enough to push cribbing into place and slide the patient out from underneath the vehicle. The patient’s condition was


City of Troy's Battalion Chief McMahon Check out the heavily flooded areas of the effected area. The vehicle sits off the highway after all patients were removed


extremely serious and the decision was made by EMS to load and go since the medivac was still more than ten minutes out from the scene. Firefighters then worked to extricate the remaining two occupants. Broome County was very busy on this evening and ALS staffed ambulances were tied up on multiple calls. Broome Ambulance transported the critical patient. One ambulance was sent from Union which transported another patient. A BLS ambulance was sent from Binghamton

University’s Harpurs Ferry Student Ambulance. Chenango Ambulance initially sent as an ALS assist to Harpurs Ferry responded full ALS and transported the third patient. Fire crews remained on scene for nearly two hours as New York State police conducted their investigation into the cause of the accident and the scene was cleaned up. The medivac ended up being cancelled. - NICHOLAS GRISWOLD

Massive flooding hits Troy Millions of gallons of water flooded the Northern Lansingburg area on January 17th. It all started late on January 16th with multiple calls to the water department for multiple residents complaining of discolored water. The water department sent out a reprsentative to check it out around 8 p.m., but did not find the leak. In the early hours of the morning, city streets turned into raging rivers as water came out of the ground at 5th and 125th Streets. Water quickly made it’s way to 125th and 2nd Ave and turned the large intersection into a large lake. The water started to make it’s way down city streets in all directions, causing local shops and supermarkets to close their doors for the afternoon. Water in some areas reached about four feet. The city of Troy Police and Fire Departments reacted quickly to the multiple calls for the flooding. The first arriving unit, Engine 1, was on scene quickly and called out for additional resources to come to the scene to keep city residents safe. The water department ran into a problem getting the valve to shut off and stated they would have the

JUMP TO FILE #011716121 water shut off in eight hours. The police department shut down roads and checked on residents. Firefighters also helped evacuate residents. The fire department issued a recall for additional firefighters for the emergency situation. The water department accessed the valve to shut down the water. The City of Troy's water plant started to run low on water and the water department shutdown the water plant to whole city. Quickly after the water plant was shutdown the city was able to gain control of the situation. The water to the area was down for a short time and was quickly restored in a few hours later. The Department of Homeland Security had a water tanker with 5,500 gallons of drinking water for residents and the Troy Fire Department donated 60 cases of water and several hundred cans of soup to the emergency shelter that was set up. - JEFFREY BELSCHWINDER

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John Welch honored by Good Will John J. Welch Jr., entered into rest on January 14, 2016. John was a life member of the Good Will Fire Dept where he served as past President of the Company, past Captain and Past President of the Benevolent Association, member of the Orange County Volunteer

JUMP TO FILE #012216121 Firemans Association and member of the Red Vest Association. The procession stopped at the Good Will fire house where ‘Last

Call' was announced. The procession continued to Cedar Hill Cemetery, where he was buried with full military honors. - BOB MCCORMICK


Engine 237 of the Walden Fire District is a 2000 KME Excel LFD 2000/1000

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A group of brothers from Five Mile Point Fire Department escort Dick to his final resting place.

Firefighter Richard D. Clendening laid to rest On Friday, January 15, 2016, friends and family gathered in Broome County to pay final respects and celebrate the life of Richard D. Clendening, age 78. Richard passed passed away unexpectedly during the JUMP TO FILE# on January 12th 011816114 after being taken to the hospital earlier the night before. Richard, or Dick as most people knew him, was born April 5th, 1937. He spent 54 years married to his loving wife. Dick spent years working for Binghamton Tractor and Supply and the International Paper Company. His hobbies included working on his tractor, bowling with friends, and watching old western movies. Notably, he spent 40 years as an active and proud member, right up until the day he passed away, of the Five Mile Point Fire Department. Dick was also an active member of the Broome County Firefighters Association, New York State Fire Chiefs Association, FASNY, and the Volunteer Fire Police Association of the State of New York. Through the years, he spent time in various positions for each of these organizations, often rallying for various causes. Weather held out as a small procession including two fire trucks made it’s way from the church to the cemetery. Temperatures remained above freezing and the sun even poked through the clouds several times as Dick made his last trip with the Five Mile Point Fire Department. Although often stubborn in his ways, he will never be forgotten for his readiness to respond and willingness to help anyone in need. Dick, thank you for your many years of service. - NICHOLAS GRISWOLD


Engine 222 of the Montgomery Fire Department is a 2006 E-One 1500/750/30


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Fire in Buffalo claims two dogs Buffalo, NY. Firefighters of the 6th Battalion 1st Platoon were called out to battle a structure fire at 44 Duerstien St. on Buffalo's South Side on Saturday afternoon, January 16, 2016. Firefighters used two-one and three quarter inch hand lines and 40 feet of ladders to JUMP TO FILE # bring the fire under 011916101 control. The fire started in a mattress and claimed the life of two pet dogs. One firefighter was transported to the hospital with injuries. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Damage to the two and a half story frame dwelling was listed at $20,000 to the building and $10,000 to the contents. The Red Cross was called to assist two adults and two children. Division Chief Peter Kertzie was in command. - DAVID KAZMIERCZAK


Alexandria Bay Fire Department still runs a 1988 Ford/E-One 1250/1000/50'Tele-Squirt.

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Port Jervis fire destroys building, others are preserved Updated from the NY February 1st Responder. Port Jervis, NY. Despite firefighters quickly arriving on scene and containing a recent two-story commercial fire in Port JUMP TO FILE # Jervis, the 80 Jersey 020916103 Avenue structure was damaged beyond repair and a tenant in a ground floor apartment severely burned. Two local businesses and one apartment were destroyed in the January 13th fire. An additional small residential bungalow located on the site was preserved. Fire suppression devices were quickly deployed as firefighters arrived on scene, but were unable to extinguish the fire. PJFD Chief Frank Fuller said besides windy weather conditions, several false ceilings made the fire more difficult to extinguish. Yet firefighters were able to keep the blaze from extending to several additional nearby structures. Port Jervis Police and Fire Department responders arrived on scene within minutes of the early morning call. The injured tenant, who stated he was sleeping at the time the fire began, was assisted out of his apartment by citizens and emergency units on scene. The tenant, whose clothes were partially in

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flames as he exited the burning building, was transported by local police to Bon Secours Community Hospital. He was shortly thereafter airlifted to Westchester Community Hospital’s burn center. Nearly a month later, the victim remains in Westchester where his condition has been upgraded from critical and he continues to improve and heal. The fire started in frigid early morning temperatures and windy weather conditions. The wind, combined with multiple levels of ceilings in the structure, kept firefighters battling the blaze in various areas of

the building for nearly an hour. Nearby buildings were protected by firefighters who used hand lines to keep the blaze from spreading. My Sisters Treasures (a thrift store), Color Me Crazy (a hair salon), and the ground floor apartment in the structure were destroyed by the blaze. The incident remains under investigation, but is believed to be accidental in nature with its origin in the apartment. Fire units remained on scene for overhaul throughout the day.

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Quick action by Warwick and Chester Warwick, Orange County, NY. Warwick and Chester Fire Departments responded to an early morning blaze at a private home on Warwick Turnpike on Jan 31st. The box was initially struck at 8:59 a.m. and the initial assigned included companies from Warwick and Chester, who were dispatched at the same time.

JUMP TO FILE #013116104 A second alarm was struck for the worker at 911 bringing in a FAST truck from Monroe and tankers from Vernon and Pochuck Valley. Due to an aggressive attack, the

spread of fire was limited. Members of the Warwick First Aid Squad also responded to the scene although initial reports indicated no injuries. The Warwick Police and as well as fire police were on hand assisting with traffic and crowd control. - DAVID BURNS


Troy Fire Chief Paul working with the interior crews at a fire on 5th Avenue on Feb 4.

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Chief Tim and his wife Tammy all smiles after a the installation for Wrights Corners

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Boght chief Brian LaPlante presents an award to Rich Turcotte, who stepped down as after several years with the fire police

Length of service awards were presented to George Bates, Andrew Morris, Sean McDaid, Corky Ray, Mike Hodge, Gary Hearn, Mel Gioia, Mike Salamin, Sr., Paul Niemann, Mike Butkus, Mike Salamin, Jr., and Chris Van Riper



Otterkill Engine Co. #1 of Campbell Hall social officers: Mike Snyder President, James Cawein Jr Vice President, Dale Green Director and Social Chairman, Scott Lindemann Treasurer ,Gary Cooper Director, Gary Fox Financial Secretary and Chaplain


The Defreestville Fire Department at the Sixth Annual Firehouse Chili Cookoff

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Basement fire in Newburgh OMD JEFFREY BELSCHWINDER

Shaker Road Fire Chief Will Moreland at a Colonie structure fire on Buchman Drive on Feb. 2.

City of Newburgh, NY. In the early morning hours of Thursday, February 11th, the City of Newburgh Fire Department was alerted to a working fire at 451 Third Street. Just before 2 a.m., firefighters arrived to find a basement fire in an occupied mixed dwelling. A second alarm was called quickly, bringing in mutual aid

JUMP TO FILE #021116105 and a FAST from Castle Point. One line was stretched to the basement. The fire quickly extended up with command then reporting heavy fire extending to the upper floors. Multiple lines were placed in service.

Mutual aid to the scene or standing by included Castle Point with the FAST, West Point with an engine, Coldenham with a truck and Good Will with an engine. Also at the scene were Orange Car 1 and 15. The cause and origin of the fire are under investigation. - HEATHER PILLSWORTH

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City of Troy Firefighter Brad Dunham from Truck 2 at 174 5th Avenue on Feb 4.

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Raising awareness in the community EMS ISSUES


What do most people think of when they describe their local ambulance agency? A speeding ambulance with flashing lights? Maybe they will think of those so-called “ambulance drivers”? If they’ve been the recipient of an emergency medical response, maybe they will think of the strangers who came in to take blood pressure readings and took them to the hospital? Few people understand everything that goes into the existence and maintenance of an EMS agency. Most people have no idea if the middle-of-the-night responders are paid or volunteer, if they are firefighters, EMTs or paramedics, if they are first aid trained or other, or if the training took a day or nine months. Most people only know that if they dial 911, someone will show up to help. Whether you are part of a nonprofit volunteer agency or a for-profit EMS business, community support is a necessity. Fundraising to keep your agency fully equipped and functioning, attracting qualified staff as efficient paid professionals, replacing vehicles, building a headquarters, charging patients for services, or even replacing uniforms for members will all go

smoother if the residents and government leaders of your service area are behind you. Public information officers can fill many valuable positions from the dissemination of vital info during an emergency to the more valuable (for the agency) connecting with the community. Publicizing things that the agency can do for the community in addition to 911 response (such as CPR classes, loan closets, holiday events, event stand-bys, etc) will definitely open your neighbors’ eyes. All agencies should maintain websites. They can be simple and inexpensive sites, some sites start as low as $20 per year depending on storage space and how much the agency can do for itself. Vital components to websites include listing the administrative and operating officers, non-emergency contact info (including an email, phone number and street address) for the agency, info about HIPPA policies and obtaining medical records. Other helpful information to include would be member or employment applications, a running list of courses offered to the community, health and safety tips, the organization’s history, an “in the news” section, and highlighted announcements about awards, achievements, new equipment, etc. Occasional photos of corps events are nice to add although not a necessity depending on member and leadership preferences, but they do help to literally put a face to the organization.

Posting “kudos” to members for a job well done and personal notes of congratulation on weddings, births, promotions and stuff like that helps to humanize the agency and lets the community connect. Membership and fundraising drives can be added to the website to help increase exposure. Ideally the agency PIO should be a team effort (with one person in charge to ensure cohesiveness). Different positions can include a liaison with other first responder agencies, a publicity coordinator to establish a relationship with local media; a web-master to ensure the website is up to date and accurate, and a “speakers’ bureau” to attend community meetings and offer presentations. Have the staff work on yearly EMS Week ideas publicized by NAEMT ( and ACEP ( for tried and true community awareness. *Learn how to be a public information officer, publicity chair, or webmaster with (often free) training offered online through FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute (, at regional EMS conferences, local newspaper meets, and links to webinars at E M S W o r l d (, and JEMS (


Dogs perish in Warwick blaze Warwick, NY. In the early afternoon hours of January 21st, the Warwick Fire Department was dispatched to 46 Buttermilk Falls Road with a cross street of Cascade Road for an alarm of fire. Command arrived to find heavy fire through the roof of a two and a half story private dwelling log home and requested mutual aid tankers. One master stream and two hand lines were in operation for the fully involved structure fire. The units on scene were able to soon get the fire contained and under control, exterior operations and overhaul were needed for quite some time. The cause and origin of the blaze are under investigation by local officials. Units on scene or included Warwick, Greenwood Lake, Chester,

JUMP TO FILE #012216103 Florida, Upper Greenwood Lake (NJ), Tuxedo, Warwick EMS with Greenwood Lake EMS standing by. Stand by units included Florida, Pine Island, Monroe, Vernon (NJ), West Milford (NJ), and Sloatsburg. Also responding from the county were Fire Coordinators 36-15 and 36-19 as well as Fire Investigators 36-107 and 36-109. The local DPW supervisor was also requested at the scene. According to reports, several dogs perished in the blaze. No civilian or first responder injuries were reported. - HEATHER PILLSWORTH



Boght holds annual installation banquet

Colonie, NY. The Boght Community Fire District held it’s annual installation banquet on Saturday, January 23rd. Brian LaPlante was sworn in as chief with Ken Urquhart 1st Assistant chief and Jake OreshanIII 2nd Assistant chief. Jason Fecura was sworn in as company president. Paul Reepmeyer was named Firefighter of the Year and Nicholas Smith was named Probationary Member of the Year. The banquet served as the kickoff as the department celebrates its 75th anniversary in 2016.

Tractor trailer strikes car

Brighton, NY. A car swerved in front of a tractor trailer causing an accident and long traffic delay on State Route 590 Southbound Friday afternoon, Feb. 5. The operator of the car suffered a fractured pelvis, and the tractor trailer driver was transported with chest pains. The Monroe County Sheriff's Office Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Unit was on scene. The roadway was partially closed so Jim's Service could remove the tractor trailer, which was not driveable. Tickets are pending.

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Second alarm box City of Troy On Feb. 4 just before 11 p.m., the tones dropped for an alarm of fire in the City of Troy at 174 5th Ave. The first arriving engine on scene called the Signal 30 and stated they had fire showing. Car 4 arrived on scene and called for the second alarm. The fire from the first floor windows caught the house next door on fire and it quickly spread to the attic of the home. Firefighters pulled multiple hands off Engine 1 and stretched in to the structure, conducting an aggressive interior attack and suppressing the fire quickly. Firefighters laddered the adjacent building and went right into the attic to knock down the fire that had spread from the main fire building. On scene there were multiple re-

JUMP TO FILE #020716112 ports of a subject, who ignited the building and fled the scene. Police searched the area to no avail. Firefighters were able to quickly gain control of the fire and stop the spread of the fire to the neighboring house with minimum damage. Firefighters conducted heavy overhaul on scene for about an hour. The office of fire prevention and control was called to the scene to investigate. The fire building sustained heavy damage to the first floor and attic. No one was injured and all residents made it out safely. - JEFFREY BELSCHWINDER

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Woodbury battles second blaze in 24 hours Woodbury, NY. In the early morning hours of Monday, February 8th, Woodbury firefighters were dispatched for their second structure fire in less than 24 hours. Crews were dispatched to 36 Pearce Drive for fire in a two story private dwelling with fire throughout the home. Multiple mutual aid units were requested to the scene, in-

Hortonville Fire Department TA 1--31 is a 2010 Peterbilt/KME and carries 3000 gallons of water.

cluding Washingtonville Fire Department as the FAST team. Command reported a roof collapse and exterior operations only. Master streams were in operations at the scene. Washingtonville was

moved up to work and a second FAST was used. Mutual aid at the scene and on standby assisting Woodbury included Monroe, Cornwall, Washingtonville, and Highland Mills. The cause and origin of the fire are under investigation by local officials. - HEATHER PILLSWORTH

CALENDAR OF UPCOMING EVENTS February 18-21, 2016 ME - International Ice Rescue Train-the Trainer Academy in Portland sponsored by Lifesaving Resources,, 207-967-8614. February 20-21, 2016 NY - Long Island's Fire, Rescue & EMS Mega Show 2016 will take place at the Brentwood Sports Field House

February 21, 2016 NY-Putnam Lake Fire Department Breakfast from 9 to 12. Contact Krystal at 845-208-1847 for details.


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February 27, 2016 NJ - South Amboy Fire Department, Mechanicsville Hose Company #1, presents an Evening with Uncle Floyd at Sacred Heart Memorial Hall, South Amboy. For tickets, call Larry at 732-642-4608. March 5, 2016 NJ - Chief Ron Kanterman’s Fight the Fire, not the Building presented by the Perth Amboy FD Honor Guard will be held at the Raritan Bay Area YMCA. Contact for details.

April 2, 2016 NY - West Islip Fire Department Fire Police Squad presents an evening with Robert E. Hansen, Psychic Medium. For tickets, contact Captain O’Regan at 631-4555172.

April 9, 2016 MA - 2016 Death & Injury Fireground Survival Program presented By Deputy Chief Billy Goldfeder, to be held in Brewster, MA. For details, contact Chief Moran at 508-896-7018. April 16, 2016 PA - Coudersport Volunteer Fire Department presents Chief Marc Basher "Setting an Effective Battle Rhythm-What is your Tempo? at Coudersport Jr/Sr High School, $50/per person. Contact Chief Phelps at 814-558-3102.

May 12 -15, 2016 ME - International Water Rescue Train-the Trainer Academy in Portland sponsored by Lifesaving Resources,, 207-967-8614.

May 20-22, 2016 PA - Lancaster County Firemen's Association Annual FIRE EXPO Show will be held at the Pennsylvania Farm Show & Expo

Center in Harrisburg, PA. For information, call 717-464-3291.

June 15-18, 2016 NY - Register Now for the NYSAFC 109th Annual Conference, EDIAFC 89th Annual Conference, and FIRE 2016 Expo at the Turning Stone Resort in Verona, NY. Visit for more details.

June 26, 2016 NJ - Tri-Counties Fire Association is holding it's annual muster at Thompson Park, Jamesburg. Parade starts at 10:30. Contact David for information at 732-938-2685.

June 30, 2016 NJ - 2016 Green Township Volunteer Fire Department Golf Outing at the Farmstead Golf & Country Club in Lafayette. For information, contact Michael at 201230-7707.

August 13, 2016 NY - The 2016 SPAAMFAA National Convention will be held in Middletown, New York. August 1013, 2016, sponsored by the Fairchester Hose Haulers of the Hudson Valley Chapter of SPAAMFAA. Visit for more information.

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Lt. Andy Fredericks, FDNY, Memorial Seminar and Exhibits

On Saturday, February 7th, approximately 410 firefighters, mostly from the New York metropolitan area, as well as a number of out of state, attended the 16th Annual Lt. Andy Fredericks, FDNY, Memorial Seminar and Exhibits. Firefighters were treated to an excellent presentation on "'Go/No-Go' JUMP TO FILE # Decision Making on 020816111 the fireground: interior versus exterior operations' by Captain Mike Gagliano of the Seattle Fire Department. Captain Gagliano focused his presentation on a number of different scenarios, which included numerous action videos and involved a lot of audience participation. Attendees also visited a large number of vendors including firefighting and EMS equipment, medical screening, fire department communications equipment, jewelry, t-shirts, Firefighters for Christ, ConEd, the New York Firemen's Home, Burn Care Everywhere, etc. Members of Andy's company, FDNY Squad Company 18, were in attendance as always selling company t-shirts and interacting with the seminar attendees. In addition the training and vendors, substantial funding was raised for the four charities that we support: Lt. Andy Fredericks Scholarship Fund, Lt. Tyler Rush Scholarship Fund, the New York State Firemen's Home, and Burn Care Everywhere. We look forward to the 2017 seminar and Chief Silvernail, Metro West Fire Protection District, who will be speaking on "Suburban Firefighting."










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