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Falconer, NY - At 11:56 A.M. On January 14th, the Falconer FD was dispatched to West Main Street for a structure with entrapment. Car 401 went on scene and reported smoke showing. All residents were rescued and accounted for. Smoke could be seen for miles around billowing out of the Falconer Vac Shop.

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Structure Fire in Jamestown Jamestown, NY - On January 19th, the Jamestown Fire Department was dispatched to Phillips Street for a reported structure fire. Engine 4 went on scene and reported a working structure. Jamestown Fire Lieutenant Glenn requested an off-shift 15 + 1. Some off-shift firefighters were requested to the scene. Jamestown Fire Lieutenant Glenn said that the fire started on the first-floor and extended to the second-floor into the attic. There were two apartments in the structure. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

I have always said, if I wasn’t Italian I would be Irish. Not sure exactly why though. Maybe it’s the fact that when I hear pipes and drums playing I get excited, pumped up or in some cases emotional. I even tried to join the local Emerald Society when they recruited at my fire academy, but they didn’t buy my name as being A.J. “Mc”Fusco. Still, the Irish tra-

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Head-On MVA with Entrapment in Livonia Livonia, NY - Shortly before 8:00 A.M. on Saturday, January 20th, Livonia Fire and EMS responded to a head-on MVA with entrapment on South Livonia Road. The drivers of both vehicles were extricated by firefighters and transported to Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester. The Livingston County Sheriff's Office also responded to the scene. It is believed that blowing snow played a factor in the crash.

Emerald Isle has to offer. But I digress, just because it may not be authentic certainly does not mean it can’t be good. So when I decided to make something “Irish” for dinner at the firehouse, I knew I wanted to do something familiar but put my own healthy twist on it. Shepherd’s Pie is delicious, I mean how could you not want beef smothered in a brown gravy-like sauce and topped with buttery mashed potatoes. But one of my favorite things to do is take a dish that is popular in the firehouse and make it a little more nutritious, so just a few ingredient substitutions and boom! A healthy variation on a classic!

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ditions run deep in the fire service and that may very well be the reason. The fire service and tradition are near and dear to my heart. But this is a food column right?! Irish cuisine here in America is not much to write home about. Please, to all the Irish out there, don’t beat me up over this. It happens to all cultures; Chinese food in the states is for the most part not at all how they eat in China. And very much the same can be said for Italian food here, and this I know first-hand having been to Italy twice. I hate to break it to ya, but chicken parm isn’t really a thing. In Ireland, there is a great food movement going on, showcasing the best produce, meat and fish the

add the mushrooms and sauté until nicely browned and no moisture is left in the pan. Add the garlic and rosemary, stirring often.

-Now add the turkey back to the pan with the peas and corn. Sprinkle the flour in, stir and cook for a minute or so. Add in the broth, bring to a boil and lower to a simmer for a few minutes until thickened. Place mixture in an oven-proof baking dish or tray.

soning. Spread on top of the turkey mixture. For a nicer presentation place the potato in a ziploc bag, cut one corner tip of the bag and squeeze the mixture on top of turkey like a pastry bag. -Place in the oven for 10-15 minutes until the top has browned. You can also use the broiler if you have one. Let cool for 10 minutes before serving.

-Now that the potatoes have cooled, peel the skin (you could chop the skin and add to turkey mixture for extra nutrients). In a large bowl add the potato flesh, a drizzle of olive oil, pinch of salt and the spices. Mash with a fork, taste and adjust sea-

-In a large pot, place sweet potatoes with enough cold water to cover. Salt the water like you would pasta water. Bring to a boil, lower to a simmer and cook until soft, approximately 30 minutes. Remove and set aside to cool.

-While the potatoes are cooking, place a large skillet over medium heat. Add a couple glugs of olive oil. When the oil is simmering add the ground turkey, seasoning with a little salt and pepper. When the turkey starts to brown, stir it until cooked through and set aside. In the same pan add a little more olive oil and the onions and carrots. When the onions are translucent


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Vehicle Goes Off Roadway on Route 9W Cornwall, NY - Highland Engine Company was dispatched to a vehicle off the roadway on January 19th on Route 9W northbound, one-quarter mile south of the Angola Road exit ramp. Village Police had the road shut down. Cornwall EMS and New Windsor EMTs were at the scene. One subject was removed from the vehicle and transported to Saint Luke's Hospital. The Village PD is investigating the cause.


Icy Driveway Sends Vehicle Down Embankment New Paltz, NY - The New Paltz Fire Dept. was dispatched on January 2nd to an MVA involving a vehicle off the roadway. The driver of the vehicle had lost control on an iced-over driveway and slid down an embankment. A side airbag deployed. The driver was evaluated by the New Paltz Resque Squad.


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Washingtonville FD Responds to MVA with Ejection Washingtonville, NY - On February 5th at 11:58 P.M., the Washingtonville FD was alerted for a one-vehicle collision, with a pickup truck into a tree, located at Route 94 and Ezras Plateau. Washingtonville FD stabilized the vehicle and treated the driver of the vehicle who stated that he was ejected, and complained of neck, shoulder and arm pain until the arrival of Blooming Grove EMS. He was further treated by BGVAC and transported to the hospital. Washingtonville FD Fire Police also assisted with traffic control. Blooming Grove PD was on the scene and investigated the accident.


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Structure Fire Devastates Village of Falconer Residents Falconer, NY - At 11:56 A.M. On January 14th, the Falconer FD was dispatched to West Main Street for a structure with entrapment. Car 401 went on scene and reported smoke showing. All residents were rescued and accounted for. Smoke could be JUMP TO FILE# seen for miles 011418105 around billowing out of the Falconer Vac Shop. Falconer Mayor James Rensel stated that the fire was a tragedy, as approximately 11 people were displaced. Mayor Rensel stated that Falconer Central School District Superintendent, S. Penhollow, and the president of the school board, Beckerink, have helped by providing the school for the displaced families to take shelter in. The Red Cross and the Salvation Army went to the school to help the displaced families. "While the fire is disheartening," Rensel said, "the village will make it through". Chautauqua County Executive Borrello was on the scene Sunday, commenting that he had hurried away from an event in Silver Creek as soon as he heard about the fire. Borrello stated that the fire was surely heartbreaking, especially given the circumstances. "Just being less than a year since the major fire that was here last year, this is certainly devastating for the village,” Borrello said. “Certainly, we’ll do anything we can at the county level to help out.” Borrello also stated that he had been told that one firefighter had a minor injury and was taken to the hospital. Fire departments that responded as mutual-aid to Falconer were Jamestown, Gerry, Lakewood, Kennedy, Kiantone, Busti, Frewsburg, Fluvanna, Celoron, Ellery Center, Chautauqua County for their FAST team and Randolph from Cattaraugus County. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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Texas: Charles Edward Patterson, 60 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: December 1, 2017 Death Date: December 7, 2017 Fire Department: Bowie Rural Volunteer Fire Department Initial Summary: Firefighter Charles Edward Patterson collapsed in the front yard of a residential structure fire while working a hose line with other members of his fire department. Emergency medical personnel were on scene and provided immediate assistance. Firefighter Patterson was transported to the hospital where he died several days later from a nature and cause of fatal injury still to be reported. California: Cory Iverson, 32 Rank: Engineer Incident Date: December 14, 2017 Death Date: December 14, 2017 Fire Department: CAL FIRE Initial Summary: Engineer Cory Iverson died while fighting the Thomas Fire near Fillmore, California. The nature and cause of Iverson's death has not been released pending a Cal Fire serious accident review. Engineer Iverson was part of a multiengine strike team dispatched from the San Diego area more than a week ago to fight some of the largest fires in California’s history. Florida: Jeffery Atkinson, 43 Rank: Engineer Incident Date: December 15, 2017 Death Date: December 15, 2017 Fire Department: Tallahassee Fire Department Initial Summary: Engineer Jeffery Atkinson died while on-duty at the fire station from a nature and cause of fatal injury still to be determined. Texas: Dene Barber, 56 Rank: Captain Incident Date: December 13, 2017 Death Date: December 13, 2017 Fire Department: Brazoria Fire Department

Initial Summary: Captain Dene Barber responded with the Brazoria Fire Department to an apartment building fire on the evening of December 13, 2017. Firefighters made entry into the building and extinguished the fire. Upon exiting the structure, Barber complained to others of not feeling well. Captain Barber was treated on scene by West Brazos EMS, then transported to the hospital where in spite of all efforts he passed away from a reported heart attack.

New York: David Jahnes, 58 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: December 18, 2017 Death Date: December 18, 2017 Fire Department: Nyack Fire Department – Fire Patrol Initial Summary: Firefighter David Jahnes fell ill while at the scene of an investigation into an odor at a bank which turned out to be an overheating battery in the alarm system. Firefighter Jahnes was treated by fellow responders and transported by the Nyack Ambulance Corps to the hospital where later during treatment he suffered coronary failure and passed away. Indiana: Jeffery Alan Blackmer, 42 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: December 20, 2017 Death Date: December 20, 2017 Fire Department: Hamilton Township Volunteer Fire Company Initial Summary: Shortly after working a barn fire with his fire department, Firefighter Jeffery Alan Blackmer was discovered deceased at the fire station where he had been cleaning and stowing away gear used to fight the early morning blaze. The nature and cause of fatal injury are still to be determined by authorities.

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Working House Fire in South Troy Troy, NY - The City of Troy’s Fire Department was toned for an alarm of fire at 529 1st Street on January 3rd. The caller reported that the house was on fire and also stated that they were trying to evacuate the residence. With Engine-6 only a few blocks away on another call, the crew left the call and made their way to the structure fire. Engine6 arrived on scene and had heavy smoke showing from the secondfloor and roof area of the building and declared the Signal 30. Firefighters pulled a single handline to the second-floor of the building and started to knock down the heavy fire. While the firefighters inside were working to bring the fire under control, the pump operator and a captain stretched the LDH to the fire hydrant on the corner. Unfortunately, a careless driver ran over the LDH and dragged the line away from firefighters while they were trying to connect it to the fire hydrant to give water to the interior crews. Firefighters had to almost jump out in front of

JUMP TO FILE #011118112 the vehicle to stop the driver from dragging the line down the road. Crews pulled the line out from underneath the vehicle and told the driver to get keep going. After firefighters established a water supply, they were able to supply enough water to knock down all of the heavy fire inside the building. Truck-2 set up in the parking lot next to the fire building and sent it’s crew to the roof to vent the building. The truck company was able to vent the building for the interior crews working below. Firefighters were able to bring the fire under control quickly with no injuries. There was minimal damage to the home due to their fast response. The fire is currently under investigation. No firefighters or civilians were injured at the scene of this fire. - JEFFREY BELSCHWINDER


Two-Alarm Electrical Fire Erupts in Rochester Building

Rochester, NY - On Friday, January 26th at 2:27 P.M., Rochester firefighters responded to a twoalarm fire in a high-rise building at 50 Chestnut Street. A worker in the basement reported hearing two explosions which were followed by flames and smoke. He was able to safely shelter in place until firefighters arrived. He was then transported to a local hospital and treated for smoke inhalation. Rochester Gas and Electric was requested to the scene to cut power to the building before the fire could be completely extinguished. Firefighters responded to a smoke investigation on the previous night, however the smoke had dissipated prior to their arrival. The cause of the fire is under investigation. The Red Cross was also assisting on the scene.


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Heavy Fire Lights Up Nighttime Sky in the City of Troy Troy, NY - On January 27th around 12:24 A.M., the city of Troy’s Fire Department was dispatched for an alarm of fire with smoke in an apartment at 169 9th Street. The battalion chief was the first arriving unit on scene and had a heavy smoke condi- JUMP TO FILE# tion pushing from 020218106 the basement windows. Truck-2 and the rescue squad arrived on scene within minutes. Firefighters pulled two hand lines off of Truck-2 and made entry into the building. The battalion chief on scene called for the Signal 30 to be transmitted for a working structure fire. Firefighters encountered a heavy amount of clutter in the home which made it difficult for them to fight the fire. Command requested the second-alarm to be transmitted, bringing one additional engine to the scene. While firefighters were working inside, heavy black smoke was pushing from the second-story windows and the first-floor windows. Firefighters used an additional hand line to try to knock down the basement fire. Due to conditions inside the structure changing, indicating that that fire was growing rapidly, command requested everyone to evacuate the building. Firefighters conducted a par check and switched to an exterior attack on the fire. Firefighters in the front of the building and the rear of the building used multiple two-and-ahalf inch and one-and-three-quarter inch hand lines and flowed water into the basement where they had heavy fire conditions throughout. Due to the balloon-frame style building, the fire quickly spread throughout the first-floor and second-floor of the building before spreading into the cockloft. Command had Truck-2 open its two master streams to start to knock down the heavy fire in the roof and second-floor. Firefighters switched out their air bottles and used multiple hand lines and flowed large amounts water into the building. Firefighters were allowed into the building to continue interior operations after the heavy fire was knocked down. Crews conducted heavy overhaul throughout the building, hitting hot spots until the early hours of the morning. Colonie EMS, the city of Watervliet and the village of Green Island Fire Departments relocated to the city of Troy to cover all of the emergency calls that came in while firefighters were operating on scene. The Red Cross was contacted for the residents of the building who lost everything. No firefighters were injured on scene. The house was a total loss and the fire is currently under investigation. - JEFFREY BELSCHWINDER




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Westons Mills Handles MVA with Rollover Portville, NY - Westons Mills Fire/EMS was toned at 8:36 A.M. on Sunday morning, January 28th, for an MVA rollover with entrapment on Windfall Road in the Town of Portville. Continued rainfall on Saturday and through the evening with temperatures quickly dropping into the 20's brought significant icing conditions in the early Sunday morning hours. The accident occurred as two local residents were heading to morning worship service when the operator lost control on the extremely icy condition and crashed. Westons Mills Fire/EMS responded with two rescue engines and two ambulances to the scene, four-and-a-half miles from the station. Upon arrival, 1st Assistant Chief Tony Everetts updated Chief Will Smith that the vehicle

JUMP TO FILE #020718120 was on it's roof with two occupants trapped and needing rescue tools for extrication. Chief Smith requested Allegany FD HeavyRescue 7 to the scene for possible assistance (determined not needed while in-route and redirected to a staging point). Units were on-scene at the 14 minute point and patient handling, care and removal from vehicle was completed in an additional 10 to 15 minutes. Both patients received minor injuries only, and all equipment returned and was back in quarters at 10:15 A.M. - TERRY EVERETTS




Lakeville Apartment Fire Quickly Knocked Lakeville, NY - On Tuesday morning, January 23rd, firefighters from Lakeville, Livonia, Hemlock, East Avon and Geneseo, along with Livonia EMS responded to a structure fire at the Pebble Beach Apartments, located at 5724 Big Tree Road in Lakeville. Fire units arrived on location and found smoke showing from the end unit of one of the buildings in the complex. Quick action by responding units held the fire to the apartment of origin. Officials from Livingston County Emergency Management believe that the blaze was sparked by an oven that was left on. The Red Cross was assisting the displaced occupants. There were no injuries reported.


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EMS Mom Recounts Personal Experience Responding to Son’s Burning Home Stillwater, NJ - Responding to a call for help is a normal day in the Martin family. My husband Bill, who was a 23-year veteran of EMS, died while driving an ambulance to a landing zone. He was transporting a burn victim from a structure fire. My son Andy is an offi- JUMP TO FILE# cer with the Sussex 011118116 County Sheriff's Dept. Andy is also an EMR with the Stillwater Emergency Rescue Squad. I have 28 years of service to EMS. I was a 911 operator for over 10 years. Volunteerism and community service is our way of life. It's a commitment we passed to our children. Andy and Beth were recently married and spent the first few weeks of marriage painting an old Victorian house. They cleaned and polished till everything gleamed. They displayed wedding photos and wedding presents. They were settling down to enjoy being a new family. On January 4, 2018, I responded to a call for a smell of smoke; it was the home of my son and his wife Beth. I got a panicked call from Beth telling me she smelled smoke in her home. She had called the fire department, but she was okay. I raced out the door and was on the way there in minutes. Because the location was just up the street, I was first on scene. I notified dispatch via radio that I was just seconds out. As I got to the end of the street, I noticed the bright orange color in the lower windows. The glow was terrifying, as I didn't see my daughter-in-law outside. I shouted in the radio, "I got flames showing". Later, one fireman approached me and said that he has known me for years and that was the first time he heard panic in my voice. He said he rolled out of bed faster. A longtime fire dept. member from a neighboring town called me and said my radio dispatch made the hair on his neck stand on end. He said he knew I was in trouble. Another EMS member told me he stepped up his response when he heard my voice. I will admit that is the first time in my life I witnessed the was in the form of was sheer terror. So many horrible thoughts ran through my head in those few short seconds. Flashbacks to almost five years ago when Bill went to a structure fire and didn't come back. I searched the darkness and finally saw Beth running toward me in her nightgown and robe. I have never felt such relief. She was safe, but crying and covered in black soot. I held her tight trying to calm my fear. I notified dispatch that the structure had been evacuated. Stillwater EMS arrived on scene. They offered blankets and a warm place

to sit inside the truck. It was hard to walk away, so we stayed...watching. EMS stayed with us. Beth and I watched the flames lick through the walls and melt the siding. The windows buckled and fell out. The shattering noise of glass breaking was heart wrenching. Black smoke with bright embers floated up in the night sky. The bone-numbing cold cut through us while we watched the fire grow brighter. We were helpless till the fire department arrived on scene. Minutes later, the trucks arrived, one after another. Men and women jumped off the trucks ready to tackle what was destroying a new family's dream. My son, Andy, arrived from work. He jumped in carrying hoses, still in uniform. Neighboring fire departments were simultaneously dispatched for this structure fire, an action that saved the home. Thank you "Tripod dispatch". When the fire was extinguished and the scene cleared for safety, we were escorted into the house to get much needed possessions. Walking into the house, we saw walls with dripping water, heavy black soot and charred memories. New furniture that was polished with pride, now covered with fallen plaster and broken ceiling fans. Destruction was everywhere, nothing was recognizable in the main fire area. Christmas presents totally gone. What was left there was only huge masses of sodden ash and soot. The walls and doors six-feet down from the ceiling were covered with black soot. The light switches and furnace thermostat were melted mass dripping down the walls. The heat was intense; the fire did its damage. As we walked through the house my son noted his prized John Wayne posters were leaning against the wall. They were covered in black. He dropped his head and just walked away. I got three firefighters to secure these framed posters and turn them over to EMS to safe guard for us. Throughout the house, Andy and Beth picked up what they could save. They kept saying to each other, "no one was hurt," "it's just stuff," and "it's okay". The one wedding present they bought themselves was a huge big screen tv. It was Andy's pride and joy. He had it hooked up before he had cable. It melted off the wall. On the floor below where it hung lay the mass that once brought joy. Andy just hung his head. No words. Just silence. Returning to his childhood home, Andy brought his new wife and black garbage bags of what was salvaged in his burnt home. No toothbrush, no clean clothes, just what they were wearing. So many friends and family have reached out to make sure they were okay. These contacts have kept them going. A GoFundMe page was started and the response has been overwhelming. Responses from as far

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away as Germany have been coming in. Days after the fire, a request for clean up and salvage assistance was put out via Facebook. Not knowing how many, or if anyone would show up, we went back to the house. Our family was met at the scene by neighbors, friends, family, EMS and fire department members. All ready to help. The Stillwater mayor, Lisa Chammings, came and was working in the muck with us. Stillwater Emergency Rescue squad came with a rig, crew and Captain. Yes, an ambulance. After all, we are an EMS family. There is always an ambulance. Stillwater Fire Department

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members were there helping with salvaging of what we could find. The local church opened its doors for food and a warm place to rest. Neighbors who could not help dropped off packing supplies and food. The Stillwater community gathered around to assist one of their own. The cold just seeped through your clothing no matter how warm you dressed. The smell, oh the smell. You don't forget that quickly. Not one person complained. On that day there would be no tears, just smiles. Everyone was there for Andy and Beth. A few hours after the clean up at the house, I received a call from the EMS crew. They were stopping

at the house. They had a surprise. Rob Losey and Trevor Havens of Stillwater Emergency Rescue Squad brought back the three posters that were taken from the house the night of the fire. They had spent hours cleaning the John Wayne posters until they were pristine. These young men took time to ease the pain of a fellow volunteer. That is family. That is a volunteer for EMS and Fire. I am proud to say I am a resident of Stillwater, N.J., where the term "family" includes your neighbors, friends and fellow volunteers. - TERI MARTIN


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Mehanicstown Fire Department operates this 2014 Seagrave 1500/750/30F.

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The intersection of W. 31st Street and 6th Avenue in NYC.


Street Named After Storied FDNY Chaplain Manhattan, NY - Father Mychal F Judge, the storied Chaplain of the FDNY who perished in the terrorist attacks of 9/11 still has a presence on the island of Manhattan. Judge lived in the St. Francis of Assisi Fryary on West 31st Street across from the house of Engine 1 and Ladder 24. When the Chaplain was killed in the horrific attacks, he was the first body recovered which gave him the designation "Victim 0001". Visitors to the intersection of

JUMP TO FILE #020418105 West 31st Street and 6th Avenue in Manhattan can see one of the many tributes to Father Judge; a street sign erected in 2002 designates West 31st Street between 6th and 7th Avenues as Father Mychal F. Judge Street. - TODD BENDER


Winona Lake Handles Two-Car MVA Newburgh, NY - On January 20th, Winona Lake FD was called out to a two-car MVA at Route 52 and the I-84 bridge. There were no injuries reported.

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Multiple Tractor-Trailers Catch Fire in Kirkwood "My name is ex-Captain Steve Delamar, from fire emergency services Heavy Rescue Co. No. 1. in Central Islip, New York. I have been with the company 24 years. The shark has been on our trucks for the past 35 years. As you would say, here is the jaws of life."

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Kirkwood, NY - At approximately 1:50 P.M. on Saturday, January 27th, Five Mile Point firefighters were requested to 163 Corporate Drive for a reported tractor-trailer fire. Upon arrival, Chief 59B (Maciak) found multiple semitractors on fire. All the trucks were parked side by side in a line; no trailers were attached. Squad 59 and Engine 591 responded. Engine 591 arrived and pulled a one-and-three-quarter inch

JUMP TO FILE #013018112 line to stop the progression of the wind driven fire. Squad 59 laid in a five-inch supply line from the hydrant and also supplied additional green tags. Once a water supply was established, Squad 59's deck gun was used to extinguish most of the fire. (Two) one-and-three-quarter inch lines were used to extin-

guish the remainder of the fire. Tower 59 responded to supply additional manpower. The fire was extinguished within 20 minutes and no injuries were reported. The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Broome County Office of Fire Investigation. NYSP and NYS DEC also provided assistance at the scene. - DAVID ABELL


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Fire Heavily Damages Building of Tattoo Parlor in Avon Avon, NY - On Friday, February 2nd, around 10:00 A.M., Avon Fire and EMS responded to a structure fire at "Crazy Joe Tattooing," located at 257 East Main Street. Fire units arrived on location and found fire burn- JUMP TO FILE# ing on the "B" side 020318102 of the two-story commercial building. Mutual aid was requested to the scene from East Avon and Caledonia Fire Departments. The blaze was brought quickly under control and there were no injuries reported. The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Livingston County Office of Emergency Management. Avon Police, Livingston County Sheriff's Office and New York State Police were also on the scene. - JEFFREY ARNOLD


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Home Damaged by Fire in the Town of Bethlehem Bethlehem, NY - On January 9th around 9:15 P.M., the Elsmere, Delmar and Selkirk Fire Departments responded to 20 West Bayberry Road for a reported structure fire. The caller reported having a heavy smoke condition on the secondfloor of the home. The first arriving JUMP TO FILE# chief on scene de- 011918103 clared a working fire on scene. Firefighters arrived on scene and pulled two hand lines in the front door and began to search for the seat of the fire. Firefighters searched the basement, and first and second floors, which came out clear. Firefighters made their way to the attic area where they discovered the seat of the fire and quickly knocked it down. Crews on scene were able to bring the fire under control in less than 20 minutes. Firefighters conducted overhaul on scene to make sure that the fire was out and Fire investigators arrived on scene a short time later. The fire is believed to be accidental, caused by a light in the attic. The home suffered smoke, fire and water damage. - JEFFREY BELSCHWINDER



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MVA with Entrapment and Ejection in East Avon

Avon, NY - Firefighters from the East Avon, Lima and Lakeville Fire Departments responded to a two-vehicle accident on Route 15, near Interstate 390 Exit 9 in Avon, on Tuesday, February 6th. Crews arrived on scene shortly after 3:30 P.M. to find that one person had been ejected from their vehicle while another was trapped in their vehicle. Three people were transported by Avon EMS to Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester. The Livingston County Sheriff’s Office was investigating the cause of the crash.

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Three-Alarm Blaze Ravages Middletown Auto Repair Shop Middletown, NY - Middletown Fire Department along with multiple mutual aid companies battled a three-alarm fire on January 27th at Neiger’s Service Center, located at 80 Wisner Avenue in Middletown. The blaze destroyed all eight of the auto repair shop’s bays. No one was in the building when the fire started, and no injuries were reported. Firefighters had the main body of fire knocked down by 8:00 A.M.

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Car Versus Pole on Route 208 in Washingtonville washingtonville, NY - on december 14, 2017 at 7:47 P.M., washingtonville firefighters responded to a one-car MVA on route 208, just north of woodcock Mountain road. upon arrival, the crew of rescue 581 stabilized the vehicle, which struck and broke an orange & rockland utility pole, and extricated the male driver. The crew of engine 580 stretched a precautionary hand-line. The driver was treated and transported to the hospital by Blooming grove Volunteer Ambulance. The Blooming grove Police department investigated the accident. Fire Police diverted traffic off route 208, away from the accident scene.

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Remembering All Those Lost AFTER 9-11 I am one of many retired NYC firemen who went to the towers to offer my help in the recovery. It always amazed me that there were so many rescue and firefighters that came from all parts of the country to help. After 9-11, the NYFD notified its members about the passing of its members. In 2002, one firefighter passed away from a World Trade Center illness (WTC). The following year it was four firefighters. Going ahead to 2017 the numbers go up to 20. Since 9-11, a total of 165 members of the NYFD have now died from WTC illness. I also found out that more than 1,000 recovery workers have died since 911. It is reported that by 2020 there will be more people dead from 9-11 than all those who were killed on 9-11-01. The federal government took

JUMP TO FILE #012318121 11 years to recognize 58 types of cancer connected to the events of 9-11. I was one of the lucky ones to survive two types of cancer. We must never forget 9-11 and those we lost that day, but we must also remember all those that have died after 9-11 and continue to die. To view the list of names of WTC Related Illness Deaths, please visit: - THOMAS COONEY

Thomas Cooney is a retired member of NYFD Ladder 30 and author of "The Man Behind Badge 711".

FDNY Fires of the Past, Volume 1 VIDEO REVIEW

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F.D.N.Y. FIRES OF THE PAST Volume 1 By Fireline Video Productions Available from: FSP Books & Videos 188 Central Street, Suite #4 Hudson, MA 01749-1330 1-800-522-8528 Price: $29.95 (DVD)

This DVD is 60 minutes in length. It was originally produced by Advance Print & Video and is now re-released by Fireline Video Productions. It is an assortment of large and difficult fires which took place from 1989 through 1992. There are nine incidents. Narration is brief and generally states

the borough, the year and sometimes the date, the number of alarms, the type of structure or incident, and one or two of the highlights. Sometimes the location, as to the intersection or address, is given. There are two six-alarms, one fourth-alarm, three thirdalarms, one second-alarm and two others not classified, however one is a vacant warehouse in Brooklyn and the other a gas explosion on 7th Avenue underground in Manhattan. So they were both major incidents. Some are apartment houses or warehouses, a cockloft fire, a dramatic rope rescue, wall collapses, rescues made down an aerial ladder, tower ladder streams, ground handlines and master streams. Heavy streams are popular! Many if not most of the incidents are at night. Also, because these fires were years ago, the viewer will see a lot of the older apparatus working. It is a good example of firefighters and the EMS working together. It is not a DVD you would want to miss!

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Pawling, NY - On February 3rd, NYS Assemblyman Kieran Lalor, R -Hopewell Junction, joined the Pawling Fire Department for their annual Sportsman's Dinner. He was joined by his son, Kieran Jr., who received a helmet as a reward for joining the over 700 Pawling FD supporters.



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Finding Time for What’s Important Chaplain’s Corner

Pastor Fernando Villicana

In the fire service time is of the essence and we are loaded with priorities and important choices. Once emergency services arrive on scene of a crisis, the decision wheels begin to turn. In business “time is money". In the fire service, time can be a matter of life or death. Even though there are procedures in place, the incident commander must begin using each moment wisely as well as deciding what resources to deploy. Making the best use of time and resources is the name of the game. There seems to be an increased emphasis on Time Management nowadays. Companies are investing more resources to provide seminars and instructional material on how to plan your life out. Corporate America realizes that if employees are taught this concept, the company can be more fruitful and productive. Prioritizing is the name of the game and more and more books are being published on the subject. But what are the things that are most important in life? Well, there could be a long list of things depending on the person and their status (single, married, retired etc.). Exercise is important for a healthy body. Spending quality time with your spouse and your children is important. Reading your Bible and praying everyday is important. Maintaining balance between work and play is important for a healthy life. For the most part, we already know the right things to do! The problem is we have a hard

time finding time for these things that are important. Today in our society there are more time-saving devices than any other time in the history of mankind. Yet we still don't seem to have enough time. We're always in a hurry. We just can't seem to get it all done. The fact is: You can't be all, do all, and have it all. You have to make selections and choices in life. It’s called time management! The Bible has this to say about time management. Ephesians 5:1516 (Phillips trans.) "Live life with a due sense of responsibility not as those who do not know the meaning of life but as those who do. Make the best use of your time.” We all have the exact same amount of time - 168 hours a week. The bad news is that next week you're not going to have any more time than you did this week. So, the only thing that can change is how you manage it, how you use it. You can't save time, you can't stretch time, you can't add time - you just have to manage it well. The big question is: what do I want to give my time and my life for? And you decide what really matters most. Nothing really happens until you schedule it. You may say spending time with God is important. You may say spending time with your kids is important. You may say quality time with your spouse is important. You may say exercise or anything else is important, but if you don't schedule it, it's not really important to you. Scheduling is where the rubber meets the road. Start setting a date with yourself and with the Lord and with your spouse ... things like that. Thank you for taking the time to read through this message. -Pastor Fernando Villicana, Fire Service Chaplain


Residents Displaced by Structure Fire in Albany Albany, NY - On December 30, 2017 at 7:00 P.M., with temperatures around -4 degrees, the city of Albany’s Fire Department responded to 79 Sherman Street after a caller reported to 9-1-1 that the back of a house was on fire. Engine-1 arrived on scene and had heavy fire and smoke showing from the rear of a two-story, woodframe building. With the roads being covered with snow and ice, crews had to use extra caution. Engine-1’s driver grabbed the hydrant in front of the fire building and connected to the engine, establishing a water supply. Truck-4 arrived on scene, followed by Truck-2, Rescue-9, Heavy Rescue, and Engines 9, 2

JUMP TO FILE #011118110 and 7. Command was advised that someone was possibly still in the house. Engine-1’s crew quickly searched the building, which proved to be negative. Engine-1’s crew stretched the hand line to the seat of the fire and started to knock it down while firefighters from Engine-2 stretched a line to the rear of building and started to knock it down from the outside. Firefighters on the secondfloor had fire in the walls and ceiling area on the "Bravo" side of the building. Crews conducted an ag-

gressive interior attack, quickly knocking down the heavy fire. The freezing temperatures made it difficult for firefighters to work on scene as everything the water touched turned to ice, including the firefighters' turnout gear. Command had a warming bus brought to the scene for firefighters to warm up in after working inside the structure. The city of Albany’s fire investigators were brought to the scene to determine the cause of the fire. The building was severely damaged and the residents were not allowed to return to the home. No firefighters were hurt on scene. - JEFFREY BELSCHWINDER


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On Friday, January 26th, the New York State Honorary Fire Chiefs Association presented the annual scholarship awards at FDNY headquarters in Brooklyn. Fifteen FDNY members received a scholarship of $3,000 each towards continuing their education.


On the morning of January 20th, members of Vails Gate FD had the opportunity to practice water/ice rescue techniques. Members reviewed many hands-on, on shore and in the water rescue scenarios. They also trained and placed a new piece of water rescue equipment in service. Using the pool gave them the chance to practice in a controlled environment for maximum learning. Lots of learning and fun was had by all who attended.


In December, members from the Malden - West Camp Fire Company and Saugerties Fire Department teamed up for an accident victim extrication training at the Malden Station.


FDNY Probationary EMT Amanda McCarthy, who graduated on January 25th from the FDNY EMS Academy in Brooklyn.


Selkirk Fire Department 2nd Assistant Chief Steven Hummel working a recent house fire.

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Busy Weekend of Shots Fired, Car Accidents and a Working Structure Fire in Troy Troy, NY - The city of Troy’s police and fire departments had another busy weekend that began on Friday night, February 2nd, when a call came in to the Rensselaer County 9-1-1 center reporting shots fired at 198 Hill Street. The police department responded to the scene and im- JUMP TO FILE# mediately shut 020818100 down the area. No one was injured by the gunfire. While the police department was tied up at the scene of the shooting, another incident occurred just down the road. Police officers were called to the scene of a hit-and-run accident at 3rd Street and Congress Street in the downtown area. When officers arrived on scene they discovered that the other driver had fled the scene of the accident. The Troy Fire Department was called down to the scene to evaluate one individual from the accident. The driver was not transported to the hospital. While officers were waiting for the tow truck to clear the scene, another accident occurred one block away at the intersection of Fourth Street and Congress Street. This was a multi-vehicle accident with a fire hydrant that was sheared off the ground. The Troy Fire Department responded back to the scene after they had returned to service just a few minutes before this accident occured. Multiple cars suffered significant damage. All of the occupants of the vehicles were evaluated by the Troy Fire Department. In total, four cars were towed from the scene. DPU came to the scene to pick up the hydrant. Then, during the early morning hours of Saturday, February 3rd, city of Troy’s Fire Department was dispatched for an alarm of fire at 7 St. Mary’s Avenue, with the caller reporting a fire on the second-floor. Engine-6 was the first arriving engine on scene. Car-4 took command and declared a Signal 30 for a working structure fire on the second-floor of a two-story Cape Cod style home. Firefighters pulled a single hand-line to the second-floor and made quick work of the fire. The Troy Fire Department had the fire under control in less than three minutes. The Red Cross was called for a displaced family that could not return to the home due to fire, smoke and water damage. Everyone was able to escape the home without injuries. The fire is currently under investigation.




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What’s Essential about Emergency Ambulance Response? EMS ISSUE


All EMS providers and services are encouraged to read through NYS Senate Bill S2770, currently before the legislature, which would classify EMS as essential services for the purposes of state aid. Why, you might ask, is this even a question? Don’t we assume the public expects a response when they pick up the phone to dial 9-11? In a 2014 study by the National Academy of Public Administration there was a discussion about the pros and cons of designating EMS as an essential service regarding public good and economic considerations. Those of us who respond to 91-1 calls for medical help are probably puzzled why there even needs to be this discussion. We’ve seen the faces of our patients and their families while we offer life-saving care and comfort; we understand the difference it makes when we provide care in route to the hospital rather than waiting to arrive to provide care. EMS is vital to the health and well-being of a community and after any MCI or disaster scenario, EMS plays an integral portion in recovery. While it may sound like an insult to EMS to be called a non-essential service, the words are just that — words. What is the accepted definition of an essential service? According to Wikipedia and other sources, an essential service refers to occupations where strikes are theoretically illegal because an interruption in service could be detrimental to the public at large. The acknowledgement of EMS by the state and municipalities as an essential service is more important in regards to funding and support to keep the service ready to respond. The White Paper produced by the NAPA explains that “EMS systems do not fit the definition of a public good in economic theory (a good such as national defense where it is difficult or impossible to exclude individuals from the benefit and it costs nothing to provide the benefit to additional individuals). EMS systems may be better understood as a “common good” which provides a non-excludability to all who may need it. The findings suggest that it is in the best interest of public safety for the state and local towns to fund EMS through taxes and user fees; the disadvantage is obviously the financial burden this may place on town resources. NYS Senate bill S2770 states “Throughout our state, volunteer emergency medical services play a vital role in keeping our communities safe. In addition to working hard to safeguard the public, volunteers also work hard to generate the funds necessary to purchase up-

to-date equipment, maintain buildings and vehicles, as well as to address any other issues related to the efficient operation of their organizations. By classifying emergency medical services as "essential services," for economic reasons organizations will be able to tap into an increased number of funding sources and in turn, will be able to keep our communities safer.” Terminology aside, this bill is directed at the common good and does recognize the vital contributions of EMS. The very fact that this is on the legislative floor should be an indication to providers that we are being taken seriously whether or not we are “essential” (by definition). Look up the bill at and send your comments to your local legislators.

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Dewittville, NY – The Dewittville FD placed this 2017 FL-M112/Firovac 3000-gallon Hawk Self-Loading Tanker into service as Tanker 221. The new unit features a polished aluminum tank, three air-operated pump-fill valves, and a power fold-down twin 3500-gallon port-a-tank bracket. The new tanker was designed for rapid fill and dump operations will minimal manpower and is an ISO certified zero loss unit, which is credited for 100% load delivery. FIROVAC


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Orange County FireFighter 1's 2017 class graduates.



Heavy Smoke Showing on Arrival in Colonie Colonie, NY - On December 9, 2017 the Colonie Village Fire Company, along with Fuller Road, Shaker Road, Midway, Verdoy and West Albany Fire Departments responded to 11 Tull Drive for a reported structure fire. The caller stated that smoke was coming from the second-floor of the building and that the smoke alarms were going off. The first arriving chief on scene had heavy smoke pushing from the second-floor of the building. As soon as the chief completed his 360 of the building, he discovered that there was a pool in the yard that had major potential hazards for firefighters operating on scene. The Signal 30 for a working fire was called by command. The first arriving engine on scene quickly connected to a hydrant in front of the building. Firefighters pulled a hand-line right to the second-floor of the building where they encountered heavy smoke and fire. Truck-3 took the front of the building and quickly placed the buck of the truck to the second-floor, where firefighters started to pull the siding off the house to expose any hidden fire. Firefighters from Truck-3 also brought in a backup line to the interior crews that were operating on the second-floor. Firefighters conducted a primary and secondary search of the home, which came up negative. All of the occupants of the home were out safely. As crews worked inside, firefighters vented the roof of the building. As soon as the vent was completed, interior crews saw a rapid change in visible conditions inside the home. Firefighters had extensive overhaul on the scene.

JUMP TO FILE #011118104 Stanford Heights Fire Department was dispatched to the scene as a special request for their mobile air unit. Firefighters from the town of Colonie remained on scene for over three hours and Colonie fire services conducted the investigation into the cause of the fire. The home sustained significant damage. No injuries were reported to any firefighter or civilian on scene. - JEFFREY BELSCHWINDER


(L to R): Winona Lake F.D. Chief Tony Weed, Paige Cosgrove, and past Chief and Commissioner of the Winona Lake F.D., Roe Knapp.

O.C. FireFighter 1 Class Graduation

Newburgh, NY - On January 10th, the 2017 FireFighter 1 class graduation ceremony was held at the 911 center. Paige Cosgrove from Winona Lake F.D. was one of the graduates. Congrats to all the grads!

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Working House Fire Found by Rensselaer County Fire Car-3 Johnsonville, NY - On January 2nd, Rensselaer Fire Car-3 was on his way to meet with family when he came upon a heavily involved structure fire at 902 Master Street in the Johnsonville Fire District. Rensselaer County Fire Car-3 immediately called the Signal 30 and the second- JUMP TO FILE# alarm for the ad- 011118111 dress. Rensselaer County Fire Car-3 checked and made sure that no one was home at the residence. The second-alarm assignment consisted of Johnsonville, Melrose, Pittstown, Valley Falls, Hoosic Valley, Buskirk, Greenwich, West Hoosick, Hamstreet Park, Hoosic Valley Ambulance, Schaghticoke, Easton and Greenwich Fire Departments. The first arriving engine on scene had heavy fire throughout on the second-floor of the "Bravo" side of the structure. Firefighters immediately pulled multiple hand-lines off of the first-due engine and made an aggressive interior attack. Firefighters were able to darken down the heavy fire but had to pull out of the building due to the lack of water on scene. Multiple tankers immediately arrived on scene and were able to establish a steady water supply. Crews used multiple hand-lines on scene to bring the fire under control on the second-floor. Due to the heavy fire conditions, the second-floor collapsed as firefighters were working on it. Command requested everyone out of the building and for the safety officer to check and make sure that it was okay for firefighters to continue to operate. Command had firefighters use caution on the second-floor of the building. Exterior crews had to deal with temperatures in the single digits and their turnout gear freezing up while firefighters worked inside. The bitter cold temperatures greatly affected the fire suppression efforts on scene, but firefighters were able to bring the fire under control in about 30 minutes. The home sustained heavy damage to the second-floor and the "Bravo" side of the structure. The fire is currently under investigation. No firefighters were harmed on scene. - JEFFREY BELSCHWINDER

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All-Hands Major Gas Leak in Staten Island

Staten Island, NY - Crews responded to 291 Colony Ave. on January 7th for reports of a gas leak in a two-story frame 20'x45' vacant private dwelling. The gas company (National Grid) was notified by FDNY to respond for a major gas leak at the meter in the vacant house. The incident was placed under control at 5:20 P.M.


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FDNY Engine 201, Ladder 114, Battalion 40, located at 5113 4th Ave., Sunset Park, Brooklyn.

FDNY First Deputy Commissioner, Laura Kavanagh.


FDNY Commissioner Holds SwearingIn Ceremony New York, NY - FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro presided over a January 31st swearing-in ceremony in which Laura Kavanagh became First Deputy Commissioner and Elizabeth Cascio took the oath to become the FDNY JUMP TO FILE# Chief of Staff. 020118107 In a statement prior to the ceremony at FDNY Headquarters in Brooklyn, Commissioner Nigro said "through their years of experience working closely in my administration, Laura and Liz have demonstrated an outstanding range of skills and leadership and have shown they are exactly the people I need to continue to improve the FDNY." Nigro continued by stating that "they are both deeply committed to New Yorkers and to the life-saving mission of our department and I look forward to continuing to work with them in their new roles." Prior to joining the FDNY, First Deputy Commissioner Kavanagh served as special assistant to Mayor Bill de Blasio. In her new role, Kavanagh will report directly to Nigro. In 2016 Kavanagh handled Government Affairs and Special Projects for the department. In that role, Kavanagh secured funding for the department and organized citywide programming such as the highly successful "Get Alarmed NYC" campaign which distributed smoke alarms. Kavanagh was also responsible for overseeing the most recent firefighter recruitment campaign which drew the largest and most diverse applicant pool in department history. The graduate of Whittier College was also responsible for the Family Assistance Unit (FAU) in her previous position. The FAU aids

FDNY Chief of Staff, Liz Cascio.

families of FDNY members who have died in the line of duty or from World Trade Center related illnesses. Newly minted Chief of Staff Elizabeth Cascio, a certified FEMA Emergency Management Master Exercise Practitioner, served as the first female executive officer to the Fire Commissioner in the department's history, a position she held since 2014. Cascio is a veteran member of the first responder community with experience dating back to 1979. At that time, Cascio was a volunteer EMT with BRAVO volunteer serv-


ices before becoming an EMT for NYC Health and Hospitals Corporation in 1984. During the merger of FDNY and NYC EMS, which took from 1994 to 2002, Cascio helped develop and implement a first-responder training curriculum to educate firefighters on response to medical emergencies. Cascio served as Lieutenant in the Bureau of EMS from 2005 to 2014. In that position, the now Chief of Staff supervised EMTs and Paramedics responding to medical emergencies. - TODD BENDER

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FDNY Fourth-Alarm Called for Bronx Apartment Building Fire Bronx, NY - A four-alarm response was required as a fire in a large OMD spread to the cockloft and jumped two trench cuts before being controlled on January 30th. The fire was reported at 11:15 P.M. at 240 East 194th St., in the Fordham Manor section of the JUMP TO FILE# Bronx. A working 013118116 fire was located in apartment 4D on the fourth-floor of the 100X100 six-story apartment building. Lines were quickly stretched and trucks went to the roof. Heavy smoke, but no fire in the cockloft was reported. A second-alarm was transmitted at 11:21 P.M., followed by a third-alarm at 11:28 P.M. after heavy fire vented from the roof vents. Several trench cuts were made, but the fire jumped two of them. A fourth-alarm was sounded at 11:46 P.M. as four lines were stretched and operating, including a cockloft nozzle. Slow progress was being made as the visible fire from the roof darkened down, but smoke continued to vent from the roof and top floor. A total of four additional trucks were called as crews were rotated and companies continued to open up. The fire was placed PWH at 1:17 A.M. and under control at 2:15 A.M. One non-minor injury was reported and a 10-41 was transmitted for a suspicious fire. - BILL TOMPKINS



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On January 23rd, the FDNY remembered four brave members who made the Supreme Sacrifice as a result of two separate fires on that day in 2005, a day that has come to be known within the Department as “Black Sunday.”

On January 23, 2005, six firefighters were battling a 3-alarm fire in a four-story apartment building in the Bronx. While searching the fourth floor of the building for occupants who were believed to be trapped, the fire and extreme heat rapidly intensified, trapping the firefight-

ers and subsequently forcing them to jump from the fourth floor window to the ground below. As a result, they all suffered critical, life-threatening injuries.

Lt. Curtis Meyran of Battalion 26 and Lt. John Bellew of Ladder 27 died that day from their injuries; and Lt. Joseph DiBernardo of Rescue 3 endured multiple surgical procedures before his death on November 22, 2011. In a separate incident that day, Firefighter Richard T. Sclafani

of Ladder 103 died while fighting a fire in Brooklyn. Firefighter Sclafani and members of Ladder 103 were among the first firefighters to arrive on the scene of a basement fire in a two-story private dwelling, and they immediately began searching both for the location of the fire and any trapped occupants. During these search operations, Firefighter Sclafani became separated from his company. He was found, minutes later, unconscious and in respiratory arrest on the cellar staircase. He succumbed to his injuries that day.


Popular Staten Island Bar Damaged by All-Hands Fire Staten Island, NY - The West Cork Union Hall bar, located on Henderson Avenue in Staten Island, was heavily damaged by an All-Hands fire that was reported at 6:00 A.M. on February 2nd.


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Staten Island, NY - On December 29, 2017, FDNY units were on scene of an overturned dump truck. Heavy duty tow righted the vehicle and there were no injuries reported.


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