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Columbia County 911 dispatched the Chatham Task Force and Chatham Rescue at 10:00 a.m. on March 4, 2015 for a reported structure fire at 273 Highland Road in the Town of Chatham. Upon arriving, Chatham command reported a working structure fire and requested additional mutual aid. - See full story on page 18

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Roaring house fire in Cohoes The City of Cohoes was toned for a reported structure fire at 40 Trull Street. The caller stated the house across the street had heavy smoke coming from the roof. On arrival, Ladder 1 had heavy fire through the roof toning for the general alarm, which brought Watervliet, Watervliet Arsenal, and Green Island to the scene. Firefighters had heavy fire throughout the structure for a long period of time and due to it being a vacant home, they did not make entry. Ladder 1 immediately set up a master stream operation, pounding the roof where the bulk of the fire was. Firefighters were on scene until the early hours of the morning fighting the fire. No firefighters were injured and the home was a total loss. The fire is under investigation at this time.


Fire filled the sky over the Town Of Bethlehem The Selkirk Fire Department responded to the Bethlehem Industrial Park for a fully involved commercial building on March 8th. On arrival, Car 401 had a heavy smoke condition pouring from one of the warehouses. Firefighters quickly went to work pulling multiple handlines to battle the blaze. As firefighters made entry into the structure, the smoke was banked down to the floor and as soon as they vented one of the overhead doors, the smoke erupted into fire. The fire could be seen for at least a quarter of a mile. Cars on Route 9W were stopping and pulling over to take a look.

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Over two dozen companies were called to help battle the blaze. Firefighters as far as Guilderland were called to standby in quarters for departments in the Town of Bethlehem. Firefighters laid in hose from 9W, but that was not sufficient enough to supply the multiple ladder trucks on scene in operation. Elsmere, Delmar, Coeymans, and Selkirk had ladder trucks in operation on scene. A tanker evolution was set up to supply the multiple engines and ladder companies. The freezing cold weather and the high winds

played a huge role in fire spread. Multiple small explosions occurred on scene and roof and wall failures occurred about one hour into the fire. Firefighters remained on a full defense operation for about two hours. Firefighters began to gain control of the blaze about two and a half hours in. No firefighters were injured, but half of the industrial building was a total loss. Firefighters were able to stop it from spreading to the main buildings. Firefighters were on scene until the early hours of the morning knocking down hotspots. The fire is under investigation at this time. - JEFFREY BELSCHWINDER

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Second alarm fire in Rotterdam District 2 The Rotterdam Fire Department responded to a reported kitchen fire at 1138 Vinewood. On arrival, the chief called for the second alarm and a working structure fire bringing Fort Hunter, South Schenectady, Potterkill, Pine Grove and Carman Fire Departments to the scene. Firefighters quickly deployed two handlines into the structure and made an aggressive interior attack. Firefighters checked the second floor for extension, but only had heat. Firefighters were able to make a quick knockdown of the fire preventing it from spreading to any other part of the house. Potterkill Fire Department established rehab on scene for the firefighters, who were working inside. Schenectady County fire investigators were brought in to determine the cause of the fire.

Second alarm in Yonkers On Friday March 27, 2015 at approximately 5:40 p.m., Yonkers Fire Department units were toned out to a report of a dryer fire at 72 Shawnee Avenue. Squad 11 quickly arrived on scene first due and stretched a line to a large one story private dwelling, Battalion 2 arrived and put all companies to work and transmitted a 10-30 (all hands). The fire from the dryer quickly spread, which caused the transmission of a second alarm. The fire slightly extended up the walls and to the cockloft. The fire was quickly knocked down and units began to pick up. Units that responded were Squad 11, Engines 314, 310, 313, 312, 307, Ladders 70, 75, 73 as the FAST Team, 72, Rescue 1, MSU, Battalions 1 and 2 and Car 6.

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In memory of those who gave all 1st Responder Newspaper honors and remembers emergency responders lost in the line of duty West Virginia: Garry Rose, 66 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: February 6, 2015 Death Date: February 6, 2015 Fire Department: McMechen Volunteer Fire Department Initial Summary: Firefighter Rose was wheeling a patient through the doors of the Emergency Room at the Ohio Valley Medical Center when he collapsed and, shortly thereafter, passed way from an apparent heart attack. Georgia: Randy Parker, 46 Rank:Lieutenant Incident Date: February 12, 2015 Death Date: February 12, 2015 Fire Department: Macon-Bibb County Fire Department Initial Summary: Lieutenant Parker was pronounced dead at Medical Center-Navicent Health and at least five other firefighters were injured after a structural collapse occurred while fire crews were operating inside of a burning residential structure. According to media reports, the Bibb County coroner said Lieutenant Parker died from burns and smoke inhalation. Three of the injured firefighters are being treated at the Augusta Burn Center; one of the three was in critical condition and airlifted to the Center. The fatal fire incident remains under investigation by authorities. South Carolina: Kenneth M. Stanton, 52 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: February 15, 2015 Death Date: February 15, 2015 Fire Department: Sandy Springs Fire Department Initial Summary: Sergeant Stanton was directing traffic at the scene of a previous vehicle accident when an approaching vehicle drove around emergency equipment and struck him. Stanton was immediately treated at the scene and then transported to the hospital where he passed away from injuries sustained. The driver of the vehicle who struck Sergeant Stanton is being charged with felony driving under the

influence resulting in death and leaving the scene of an accident. Minnesota: Randy Hiti, 57 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: February 18, 2015 Death Date: February 18, 2015 Fire Department: Rice Lake Fire Department Initial Summary: Firefighter Randy Hiti was responding to a medical emergency call when he suffered a medical episode and passed away from injuries sustained. The cause of death remains under investigation. Texas: Dwight W. Bazile, 57 Rank: Captain Incident Date: February 19, 2015 Death Date: February 19, 2015 Fire Department: Houston Fire Department Initial Summary: Fire Captain Bazile fell ill shortly after responding to a residential structure fire with reports of people trapped inside. Captain Bazile was operating inside of the structure with other firefighters when he began experiencing a medical emergency. He was able to walk out of the burning building under his own power, but collapsed outside shortly thereafter and went into cardiac arrest. Captain Bazile was immediately treated by fellow responders and transported to Memorial Herman Hospital where he succumbed to his injury two days later. Pennsylvania: Edward Roddy, 48 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: November 5, 2014 Death Date: FebruSomerset Volunteer Fire Department Initial Summary: Firefighter Roddy suffered from a heart attack on November 5, 2014 while at the scene of a fire and did not recover. He passed away on February 22, 2015.

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Two fires in short time in Village of Broadalbin Broadablin, NY. The Broadalbin-Kennyetto Fire Company recently made two quick stops within their district. The first was at a laundromat located on Main Street in the Village of Broadalbin, which began when a commercial dryer and its contents caught fire. A passerby reported smoke coming from the building a little after 2 p.m. on January 30, and BKFC crews arrived moments later. The fire was knocked down soon after arrival; however, Broadalbin, under the command of Chief Scot Hall, along with mutual aid from four neighboring departments,

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spent about three and a half hours on scene chasing hot spots during overhaul, due to the metal ceiling and the age of the building. No injuries were reported, and the building sustained damage primarily to the bank of dryers, a wall, and the ceiling near the point of origin. The second blaze occurred in the early afternoon of February 18, inside a garage in the Town of Mayfield (just outside the village), and originated in a wood stove at the

rear of the structure. The garage was reported as being in close proximity to the residence. First on scene reports indicated heavy smoke from the building, and Chief Scot Hall confirmed significant flames inside on arrival. Additional manpower was requested from two neighboring departments due to the closeness of the garage to the home. Firefighters were able to stop the fire in short order, and the structure and its contents sustained relatively minor fire and heat damage. - SUE JOHNSON



City of Troy’s fire chief retires after 38 years Chief Ed Cummings of the City of Troy's fire department is retiring after 38 years on the job. Chief Cummings started his career with the City of Troy as a firefighter on January 3, 1977 on the 3rd platoon and moved his way up the ranks into the position of chief. Chief Cummings is a well-known and respected fire chief throughout the fire service. Chief Cummings’ son Christopher is following in his father’s footprints and is a firefighter with the City of Albany. Chief Cummings will be greatly missed on the job by all of the firefighters in the City of Troy. We wish Chief Cummings a happy and healthy retirement.

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Massive seven alarm inferno rages at Warwick lumberyard A massive inferno raged through a lumberyard in Warwick a little after 5 p.m. on April 2nd bringing mutual aid assistance from multiple New York counties as well as New Jersey. Firefighters battled the blaze well into the night as well as the next day. The Warwick Fire Department was first dispatched JUMP TO FILE # for an automatic 040615119 alarm at 5:20 p.m. on April 2 for a fire at Mid State Lumber located at 270 Kings Highway. Incident Command, Chief Jason Brasier of the Warwick Fire Department reported a fully involved structure fire and immediately called for mutual aid and a tanker task force, as this was in a non-hydrant area of the district. Multiple lines were placed in service as well as aerials. Heavy fire was soon throughout multiple buildings due to the pressure treated lumber housed within the buildings as well as heavy winds. At one point, a brush fire at the scene encroached on heavy equipment on the property. Orange and Rockland arrived quickly at the scene for a power cut. The fire raged for many hours and required extensive mutual aid units to relieve firefighters and EMS personnel. Dozens of tankers, engines and tower ladders were tasked for water sources. Smoke from the fire could be seen as far away as Route 17 in Ramsey (NJ) and Greenville Mountain (NY). This was one of the largest fires within Orange County since the fire that occurred in Cornwall several years ago. At approximately 2 p.m. on April 3, the fire was deemed under control with the approximate duration of the call at 21 hours. Firefighters continued with overhaul and cleaning up the scene for quite some time after that. Two firefighters reported minor injuries at the scene. One was transported with a minor hand injury. A second firefighter was treated at the scene. The fire was deemed accidental. According to Orange County Fire Coordinator Vini Tankasali on April 3rd, an electrical short in the engine compartment within a tractor trailer cab located within a building was determined as the cause. Investigators from the Orange County Fire Investigation Unit, the State office of Fire Prevention and Control and the Westchester County Police K-9 Unit with the Warwick Police Department conducted the investigation. The chiefs of the Warwick Fire Department stated, “Thank you we are both humbled and grateful to the generosity and the support of the residents, who went out of their way to make sure that the volunteers operating at the incident were provided with refreshments and the local businesses who donated food, refreshments and warm support wishes to

each and every agency that assisted in the Mid-State Lumber fire.” The chiefs added, “(thanks) to the Warwick Fire Department Aux and the Pine Island FD Aux for your overwhelming support in making sure that we were all taken care of”. Continuing, they stated “the mutual aid system worked and our NJ neighbors were also a huge help. We know how valuable your time is and appreciate your help. (We) never know when this type of incident will occur. And it did, right here, in Warwick.”







Units at the blaze or standing by included a full response by the Warwick Fire Department with 36, 361, 36-2, 36-16, FI36-100, FI36-109, FI36-107 and 111 from Orange County as well as Warwick Police, Warwick EMS, Greenwood Lake EMS, Warwick Auxiliary, Pine Island Auxiliary, Montgomery Fire Police, and Orange & Rockland Utilities. Additional mutual aid on April 2 included Monroe, Tuxedo, Woodbury, Campbell Hall, New Hampton, Washingtonville, Florida, Pine

Island, Chester, Goshen, Greenwood Lake, Slate Hill, Mechanicstown, Silver Lake, Unionville, Greenville, West Point and Woodbury Fire Departments from Orange County. To Tuxedo on automatic response was Sloatsburg Fire Department from Rockland County. Daisy the arson detection dog from the Westchester County Police K-9 unit assisted at the scene. From New Jersey; Upper Greenwood Lake, West Milford, Vernon and Pochuck Valley assisted

at the scene or stood by. On April 3, Vails Gate, Coldenham, Salisbury Mills, Cornwall, Howells, Fort Montgomery, Unionville, the City of Middletown, Pocatello, Circleville, Mount Hope, Maybrook, Coldenham, Montgomery, Johnson and Orange Lake Fire Departments assisted with mutual aid as well as West Milford from New Jersey. Sloatsburg (Rockland County) stood by at Warwick’s station. - HEATHER PILLSWORTH

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Eight departments battle fire at assistant chief’s home New London, Oneida County, NY. At 3:15 a.m. on March 29, 2015, the pager broke with New London Car 2 reporting fully involved structure fire at his residence at 7075 County Highway 50. The house is directly across the street from the fire station. As the family members were exiting the structure out of a back bedroom window, the homeowner was calling fire control on his portable radio for help. New London Fire Chief Car 630 responded from his residence just two streets over. Upon his arrival, he had heavy fire venting out the second floor windows and requested Vienna Fire Department for a tanker to the scene and an engine to the fill site, Verona for a tanker and an engine, Durhamville for a tanker, Sylvan Beach for an engine and manpower, and Taberg for RIT. Due to temperatures dropping to 0 degrees during the night, additional manpower was called from North Bay and Stanwix Heights Fire Departments and moved Canastota (Madison

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County) from standby in Sylvan Beach to the scene for manpower. Due to the cold temperatures, hose lines started to freeze and roads started to get icy due to water overflow. A sander was called from the Town of Verona DPW. National Grid was called upon arrival of Car 630 due to the power line from the house dropped on the ground in front of structure. The fire was battled for approximately three hours before being brought under control. Unfortunately, the homeowners lost their three dogs and cat. The house was a landmark in the Village of New London, being built around the 1800's. It used to be a store during the Erie Canal days. At one time, it housed the first fire engine New London had in a barn behind this house. Oneida County Air Van 278, and County Fire Coordinators Car 274, 272 assisted at the scene. - GENE CAREY



Two alarm fire in Monroe trailer On April 2nd, firefighters in Orange County were tasked with multiple fires including a seven alarm fire at a lumber yard in Warwick. That evening, Monroe Fire Department was dispatched for a structure fire at 37 Chestnut Circle. Multiple callers reported a fire in a trailer. Monroe Car 1 arrived to find fire showing. He also had con-

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flicting reports of occupants unaccounted for. Washingtonville was immediately alerted at the FAST team as well as an engine from Woodbury. Washingtonville Car 2 was tasked as the safety officer. Woodbury stoodby at Station

2, South Blooming Grove engine stoodby at Station 1 and Tuxedo had an engine standby at Station 3. According to reports, all of the residents were able to evacuate and were safe. The cause and origin of the fire are under investigation by local officials. - HEATHER PILLSWORTH


Buffalo makes quick knock Buffalo firefighters made quick work of a fire at an occupied two and a half story wood frame at 561 Monroe Street on March 12. First arriving companies reported fire showing from a window on the first floor. The fire extended from the first floor, second floor and attic. Crews used three-one and three quarter inch lines and 75 feet of ladders. One occupant was taken to the hospital with unknown injuries. Damage was listed at $75,000 to the building and $15,000 to the contents. The cause is under investigation.

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Boght and Verdoy conduct ice rescue drill Colonie, NY. The Boght and Verdoy Fire Departments held a joint session Saturday, March 21st to train for ice rescues. Despite being Spring according to the calender, the air temperature was 28 degrees and the ice on Ann Lee Pond was over two feet thick. Ice and water rescue is a big part of both departments as the Mohawk River runs through both districts.


Buffalo, N.Y. Fire 111 Coit St. Buffalo, NY. Firefighters of the 3rd Battalion 3rd Platoon were called out to battle a structure fire at 111 Coit St. on Buffalo's East Side on Saturday, March 14, 2015. The fire was on the second floor of the one and a half story frame dwelling. Three firefighters were sent to the hospital with injuries. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Damage was heavy. Division Chief Patrick Britzzalaro was in command.


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Working kitchen fire in Troy An alarm of fire was toned for 606 4th St. in the city of Troy for a kitchen fire. On arrival, crews had a working kitchen fire and deployed one hand line into the structure and called for the Signal 30. Crews from Engine 6 made fast work of the fire and did a quick search of the apartment but the search came up negative. The fire was contained to the kitchen and no other units in the apartment building were affected. The fire is under investigation at this time.

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The future of the fire service Chaplain’s Corner Didymus McHugh

Where do we get our firefighters from? There is no factory that just cranks them out. It takes many years to mold and educate a firefighter. We know that the job is not for everyone. Who in their right mind would willingly go into a burning building, when even the rats are running out? It takes unique people to do the job. But where do these people come from? So many children see the firefighters as heroes, riding on the big bright shining red fire trucks rolling down the street with the sirens wailing. People are used to their pictures of firefighters fighting that big blaze or rescuing a cat from a tree. I don’t know about you, but I have only received one cat call in over thirty years and lately it is more smells and bells than the working house fires. Fire prevention is definitely working. Anyway, I remember that kids wanted to grow up and be a police officer or firefighter. This being said, I have a question for you. Would you want little children to grow up like firefighters that you know? People watch you and listen to you, little people especially. You may think that certain behavior is alright because it is part of being a firefighter. You may use dark humor, colorful stories and language that helps you express yourself. Are you sure that you want to do that in public? Have you seen the children that are around fire scenes or around the corner or upstairs, when you are doing an investiga-

tion? Have you noticed how many people are taking videos on the phone and posting them on facebook or youtube? Well people are watching and listening. We are to set the examples for the children. If they are looking up to you as their heroes, don’t make them have to hang their heads by what they overhear you say. We are supposed to train up the children. They are clay and the heroes that they have help mold them into what they think that they want to be. I know that firemen are a certain way but how would you feel if you are going at it and then you see that a child walks up behind you. We have a responsibility to mentor and also be the heroes and teach our children how to be examples in the community. Should your department set a better example? How much interaction does your department and individual firefighters have with children? Are we forgetting the days when fire departments would go into school to teach public safety? Do our children become our jewels with best behavior and manners? Do your rookies show proper respect for rank or the job? Does your rookie argue with you because they do not want to do the task assigned to them? Who taught them that? Who was they mentor? Where did they learn their traits? Did they watch your department scream and shout and stomp your feet? Did they watch you act that way? Are your children at home doing the same thing? Have your children seek wisdom now. Teach them respect when they are young so that they will not stray from it. Teach all to be presentable in private so that they will be presentable in public. It may not be big brother, it may be little child, but someone is always watching you. Set the example that you want to see in the public.




Albany-area firefighters celebrate St. Patrick’s Day Albany, NY. Several fire departments took part on Saturday, March 14th in the 65th Annual Albany St. Patrick's Day parade. A large contingent from the Albany Fire Department was joined by volunteer departments from Westmere, Guilderland, Waterford, Menands, Nassau, Fuller Road, McKownville, and West Sand Lake Fire Departmentws. Windy and rainy conditions didn't dampen the excitement as everyone in Albany was Irish, at least for one day!

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Rollover accident kills dog in Troy The city of Troy responded to a rollover traffic accident with entrapment on Tibbits Avenue and Sunset Avenue on April 11th. On arrival, fire crews had a one vehicle accident rollover into a guard rail with the driver was stuck inside the vehicle. The dog that was inside the vehicle was ejected from the vehicle. Firefighters and EMTs assisted the patient from the vehicle and was taken to Albany Medical Center. The firefighters and EMTs turn their attention to the animal on

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scene and stayed by its side trying to assist it, but due to the dogs injuries, the dog passed away on scene. Later on that evening, the City of Troy's Police Department confirmed the driver had been intoxicated and was taken to Rensselaer County Jail. - JEFFREY BELSCHWINDER


Firefighters participate in Relay for Life On April 10, 2015, firefighters from Hopkinton-Ft. Jackson, Parishville, Nicholville, North Lawrence, Potsdam and Westville Fire Departments participated in the American Cancer Society's "Relay for life" event at SUNY Potsdam, which was an idea fielded by Lt. Will Votra (Parishville) and led by Chief Steve Parker (Hopkinton-Ft.Jackson). For 10 hours, the "North Country firefighters for a cure" held presence of at least three firefighters in full turnout gear and air packs. On the track, they honored the more than $2ooo worth of pledges the crew raised. The crew spent the night strengthening the bonds of brotherhood and cheering on the other participants. Firefighters were sore, but if it aided in raising funds for cancer research.


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Battalion response to structure fire in Chatham DAVID F.KAZMIERCZAK

Buffalo’s Fr. Joe Bayne receives Irishman of the Year Award Buffalo, NY - Fr. Joe Bayne, Buffalo Fire Department Chaplain F-72 and Erie Co. Chaplain ES-11, was bestowed with the honor of Irishman of the Year by the Knights of Columbus Msgr. Nash Counsel #3875. He was presented with this honor on Saturday March 14, 2015.

Columbia County 911 dispatched the Chatham Task Force and Chatham Rescue at 10:00 a.m. on March 4, 2015 for a reported structure fire at 273 Highland Road in the Town of Chatham. Firefighters from Chatham, Ghent, Valatie, Niverville and Red Rock initially responded. Upon arriving, Chatham command reported a working structure fire and requested additional mutual aid from Tri-Village and Mellenville. Command then requested mutual aid from East Chatham and Kinderhook.

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A battalion tanker response was later requested bringing additional firefighters from Stockport, Stottville, Stuyvesant, Stuyvesant Falls and West Ghent. Nassau stood by in Niverville's quarters and Spencertown stood by in Ghent's quarters. Chatham Rescue transported one firefighter with a minor leg injury from the scene to Columbia Memorial Hospital.

New York State Electric and Gas responded to disconnect power to the structure. The Town of Chatham Highway Department was requested to sand the roadway. The Columbia County Fire Coordinators Office and New York State Police were on the scene. The Columbia County Cause and Origin team is investigating. The fire was reported out at 1:33 p.m. and firefighters were back in service at 3:18 p.m. - RICHARD LINDMARK

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Chatham and Ghent firefighters fight the flames.

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Smoking while on oxygen causes fatal fire Buffalo, NY. Firefighters of the 6th Battalion 4th Platoon were called out to battle a structure fire at 146 Weyand Ave. on the City's South side. Flames were reported on the first floor of the frame dwelling. A 73 year old male perished in the fire. Firefighters used two-one and three quarter inch hand lines to bring the fire under control. The cause of the fire was the victim smoking while on oxygen. Damage was listed at $80,000 to the building and $20,000 to the contents.

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East Bloomfield brush fire East Bloomfield, NY. On Thursday morning, April 2, East Bloomfield firefighters were dispatched to a brush fire near a structure at 2575 County Road 39. Upon arrival, mutual aid was requested from Ionia and West Bloomfield Fire Departments. Responding units were quickly able to contain and extinguish the fire before it reached a nearby barn. There were no injuries reported.


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Claverack responds to working fire in apartment building The Claverack Fire Department in Columbia County was dispatched to a reported structure fire on April 2 at 5:30 a.m. Greenport Fire Department responded under automatic mutual aid with M25 and a FAST team. The first arriving unit on the scene, Claverack Chief Mike Cozzolino, confirmed smoke showing with a working fire in multi-unit apartment house. Crews from Claverack Engine 121 and M25 made an aggressive interior attack that appears to have confined the fire to a single apartment unit on the second floor of the structure. Claverack command also re-

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quested an additional engine from Greenport as well as Mellenville. Philmont firefighters stood by at the Claverack Station. Greenport Rescue responded to the scene and treated a couple of occupants from the structure. Details of who they were treated for what is not known at this time. The Columbia County Cause and Origin team is investigating. - MIKE MCCAGG


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Bristol house fire originates near pellet stove Bristol, NY. At 5:12 p.m., on Wednesday, March 18, Bristol and Cheshire Fire Departments responded to a house fire at 6689 County Road 2. Upon arrival, firefighters found heavy smoke and fire conditions in a two-story, balloonframe structure. Tankers were requested to the scene from East Bloomfield, West

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Bloomfield, Naples and Ionia along with a FAST team from Victor. The blaze was brought under control in about an hour. No one was home at the time of the fire and no injuries were re-

ported. The fire is believed to have originated in the area of a pellet stove. Also responding to the scene was the Ontario County Office of Emergency Management, Finger Lakes Ambulance and the Ontario County Sheriff's Office. - JEFFREY ARNOLD

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making arrests. As you can imagine, the flames are the best you can see because of the darkness. Only one fire was actually in the daytime on this DVD during the power failure. A crayon factory fire provided plenty of action again in Brooklyn as well as a school fire in Staten Island and a vacant piano factory in Manhattan. The back of the jacket of the DVD states that the school fire is in the Bronx, but Levy says it is Staten Island and there are Staten Island companies present as you view it. In the piano factory fire, several mail trucks were parked alongside the building and get wiped out by a collapse. There is also a house boat fire, which gets completely destroyed. The Fireboat Harvey is delayed by an unattended bridge that had to be opened. Later when the boat gets through, there is brief footage of the boat operating with its monitors. The last fire was in 1975 at a bathhouse in Manhattan, which resulted in a number of fatalities and injuries. If you’ve been around awhile, you probably remember at least some of these, but for those who didn’t, this DVD fills you in quite well!

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Occupant rescued from fire RICH REDMAN

Crude oil fires, black smoke and orange flames Pueblo,CO. Over 80 firefighters from both the United States and Canada trained for crude oil fires involving railroads at the Security and Emergency Response Training Center (SERTC) in Pueblo Colorado recently. Canadian Pacific Railroad sponsors and pays for the ongoing training, to allow firefighters to get hands on, real life training under simulated and safe, crude oil fire conditions. The three day training starts with the history of some previous railroad accidents involving fires, such as the ones in Lac-Megantic, Quebec Canada; Aliceville, Alabama; and Casselton, North Dakota. These accidents were reviewed and analyzed as educational tools to show what can happen. The first day and a half of class room instruction involved the initial safety training. PPE including steel toe boots and leather gloves are required to be worn when in the field. During a fire training exercise, bunker gear and SCBA are required. From fuel oil chemistry to fire suppression, safety involving each of the topics was highly stressed. Knowledge of fuel vapors and inhalation hazards with crude oil, such as hydrogen sulfide are critical skills. Specific density and vapor pressure of fuels are taught because the oil can either float or sink in water, and vapors can rise or settle in the atmosphere. Rail car design and construction was covered, involving the older general service heritage DOT-111 cars, and the newer updated CPC1232 models. Improvements in car construction include larger pressure relief devices (PRD), thicker steel in head shields and protective structures around the PRD’S, vacuum relief valves and other fittings. Double shelf couplers, brake systems and other safety devices were also covered. The use of Alcohol ResistantAqueous Film Forming Foam

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(AR-AFFF) for extinguishment and vapor control are covered before any on site HOT ZONE training begins. Constant monitoring of the site is required for vapors and lower explosive limits (LEL). Firefighter safety is always stressed and is the number one priority at the training facility. Once the classroom training ends, hands on, in the wreckage field, live fire training begins. The training site has dozens of railcars of all types strewn around in a simulated rail accident. Rail cars are piled on top of each other, twisted and breeched. Railroad cars, with all the hardware such as the wheels and springs and truck components called “jewelry” to the railroad, are cast about the site. Using a combination of propane and crude oil for accelerants, fires are initially set under exacting conditions, using out of service rail cars. Both pools of oil and propane streams are used as ignition sources. SERTC trained staff, man valves to shut off the flow of fuels, in the event of an emergency while training. The initial fires start with a small pool under a railroad car. When fuel is burning, depending on if a valve is leaking or if an up-right car is ruptured during a railroad accident, adding water to the mix causes what is termed slop-over. The oil and boiling water cause a pool to overflow, like a cooking pot on a stove. The hot flaming slop over, runs over the ground spreading like a burning blanket, covering anything in its way. The fire can spread out of control under this condition. Black smoke and orange flames every where! The burning fuel then heats the steel of the railroad car during this process and this causes the oil inside the car and vapors to expand, which then causes the pressure relief device to actuate.

Once activated, a vapor is released which then catches fire causing a 40 foot or more pressurized flame. Firefighters are taught the “if and when’s and how’s”, to approach the burning conflagration and the proper use of water and foam. Water is used to cool the cars first. Cooling of the cars is taught, before any foam is applied. Alcohol Resistant- Aqueous Film Forming Foam (AR-AFFF) is used to suppress vapors. Once the cars are cooled, foam can then be applied to form a blanket, which is then pushed into the fire with hose lines. While training, for one burning car, 20 gallons of foam was applied and five hose lines were used to extinguish the one very small rail car fire. Manpower including cooling teams, foam application teams, foam dispensing teams, runners and command involved a 20 firefighter team for the training. In the event of an actual large fire, hundreds of responders including fire fighters, medical staff, police and DEC staff would be on hand. Dozens of large containers of foam, along with thousands upon thousands of gallons of water could be needed, depending on the size of the incident. If you are not trained properly, you become a liability. This Canadian Pacific Railroad crude oil fire training involved fire fighters from British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, the Iroquois Nation, Missouri, Wisconsin, Minnesota and New York. Local firefighters attending the course included Frank Gilbo, Rob DeFelice and Phil Smith from the Port Henry Fire Department and Jackie Grant, Brian Collupy and the author, representing the Essex County HAZMAT team. Fellow firefighters from Ballston Lake and Troy, NY were also there to learn. We all worked as a team with the same goal; safety first, learn crude oil fire tactics and have some fun. - RICH REDMAN

Buffalo, NY. Firefighters of the 7th Battalion 1st Platoon were called out to battle a structure fire at 147 Durham Ave. a block from E.C.M.C. Hospital. It was reported an occupant may be trapped inside the dwelling. The victim was found by members of Ladder Co. 7. Rescue Co.1 assisted in bringing the occupant from the structure to a waiting ambulance. One firefighter was also transported to the hospital with injuries. Firefighters used several one and three quarter inch hand lines to bring the fire under control. Damage was listed at $80,000. to the building and $30,000 to the contents. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Division Chief James LaMacchia was in command.


Access to roof difficult for firefighters Buffalo, NY. Firefighters of the 7th Battalion 1st Platoon were called out to battle a structure fire in a two and a half story frame dwelling at 19 Arthur Ave. in the city's Riverside section on Tuesday morning, March 10, 2015. Firefighters used multiple one and three quarter inch hand line and 45 feet of ground ladders to bring the fire under control. The structure was occupied. The building also had a metal roof over the asphalt shingles, which added some difficulty to the operation. No injuries were reported and the cause of the fire is under investigation. Damage was listed at $155,000. Division Chief James LaMacchia was in command.

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Occupant escapes burning home Buffalo, NY. Firefighters of the 3rd Battalion 3rd Platoon were called out to battle a structure fire at 233 Newburgh Ave. on the City's East Side on Sunday, March 15, 2015. Engine Co. 31 reported smoke from a one and a half story frame dwelling. An additional engine and a ladder were called to the scene. An occupant was leaving the structure as the first line was being stretched. Damage was extensive and the cause of the fire is under investigation. Division Chief Patrick Britzzalaro was in command.


Tractor trailer rollover shuts down Route 40 An early morning tractor trailer rollover shut down Route 40 in the Melrose Fire District in Rensselaer County. The tractor trailer went off the road and rolled over into a residential front yard, where it came to a stop on a tree after striking a jeep. The tractor had heavy front end damage and the jeep was totaled. Both drivers had no injuries. Firefighters deployed a hand line for caution. Schaghticoke and Speigletown Fire Departments were called for mutual aid to close down Route 40 for a few hours and after both vehicles were removed, the road was opened later in the day.


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The rescued dog being warmed up by one of the chiefs on scene

Dog rescued floating chunk of ice The Pittstown Fire Department along with Raymertown Fire Department with Mohawk Ambulance and Pittstown Ambulance responded to Reservoir Road in Pittstown (Rensselaer County) for a report of a dog trapped out on a floating piece of ice 15 feet from shore. Arriving units confirmed that they had a trapped animal on a floating piece of ice. Firefighters from Raymertown

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and Pittstown quickly donned their ice water rescue gear and climbed into the frigid waters to rescue the dog. Firefighters quickly moved the floating ice chunk to the shoreline, where the dog jumped into the arms of the rescuers on the shore. Unfortunately, the other dog

that was on the shoreline was startled by arriving engines and fled into the woods. Firefighters were not able to come up with that dog or the owner of the two dogs. The rescued dog was placed in a waiting ambulance to be warmed up. The dog is expected to be fine and has been placed at a shelter until the owner could be found. - JEFFREY BELSCHWINDER


Rochester firefighters rescue cat from a tree Rochester, NY. On Saturday morning, April 11th, Rochester ďŹ reďŹ ghters from Engine 2 and Truck 2 responded to assist Animal Control with rescuing a cat from a tree on Emanon Street. "Kitty" the cat was safely re-

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NYSAFC hosts Technical Rescue Leadership Forum On February 28, 2015, 50 leaders from New York State technical rescue teams gathered in the Capital District for the first annual Technical Rescue Leadership Forum hosted JUMP TO FILE# by the Special Oper- 040615149 ations Committee of the New York State Association of Fire Chiefs. The purpose of the forum was to bring together local, regional, and state stakeholders responsible for providing technical rescue responses to natural disasters and terrorist events. The program was designed to be both didactic as well as interactive with the emphasis on learning while networking and networking to learn. NYSAFC Director Chief Thomas Cain (Scarsdale) welcomed attendees and Committee Chairman Chief Ray Maguire (Freeport) moderated the forum. Committee member Chief Jonathan Kohan (Atlantic Beach) introduced the presenters. The first presenter and keynote speaker was Deputy Assistant Chief (Ret.) Robert Maynes (FDNY) who discussed the genesis of the FDNY Incident Management Team (IMT) and the importance of integrating incident management into expanding incidents as well as within an urban search and rescue theater. His comments focused on how the overlay of a plans, logistics, and operations group permits a responding operational task force, or in some cases several rescue squads, to commit operational resources knowing that their back of the house needs (food, shelter, etc.) have been addressed. Using several actual case studies of incidents that occurred in New York State since September 11, Maynes adroitly demonstrated how the FDNY IMT’s stature has grown both intrastate and nationally from inception to operational prominence. With each example, Maynes illustrated the value add of integrating an IMT into an incident during the incipient stage to maximize results in theater for all first responders. Although his comments were generally confined to technical rescue and supporting the FDNY Hurricane Task Force and Special Operations throughout New York state (e.g. Broome County during Hurricanes Irene and Sandy), he noted that the IMT construct is used for many other types of expanding events of long duration that require overlay management (snowstorms, biopods). The second portion of the forum was a panel discussion moderated by Deputy Chief (Ret.) Brian Rousseau (NYS OFPC Special Services Bureau, NY TF-2). The panel included representatives from local and regional urban search and rescue response organizations including Chief/Team

Leader Jeffrey Burkart (Oriskany OTTERS), Team Manager Brett Martinez (Suffolk County USAR TF-1), Assistant County Fire Coordinator Steve Schalabba (Monroe County Technical Rescue Team), and Team Leader Chris Columbo (Westchester County Technical Rescue Task Force). The panel provided participants an opportunity to listen to divergent opinions on credentialing, resource typing, training, intrastate response under the New York State Fire Mobilization and Mutual Aid Plan, and funding. Participants related their various experiences with respect to these matters and an interactive session followed. Team formation, development, maintenance, and enhancement were among the topics of interest discussed. There was universal accord that credentialing and training opportunities in New York state are deficient due to the shortage of standardized classes currently available through the regional outreach program (the NYSAFC Special Ops Committee has been working with NYS OFPC to correct this situation with good progress) and the need for greater participation in the state grant funding program for technical rescue teams (future successful applications should think regionally in approach). The final segment of the forum was presented by Captain (Ret.) Peter Rizzo (Rochester Fire Department). The NYSAFC Special Ops Committee had requested a complete case study that demonstrated incident management within the context of an expanding incident. Using an actual hazardous materials incident and fire resulting from a train derailment in Rochester, Rizzo walked the attendees through the positive and negative attributes of the event. Delving into both operational and management intricacies, Rizzo guided the group in detail as to the need for a viable management overlay at a complex response. At the conclusion of the presentations, Chief (Ret.) William Xikis (Selden) of the NYSAFC Special Ops Committee conducted a hot wash and debriefing. Common themes discussed included the need for more robust training offered by New York state; funding considerations for future grants to technical rescue teams; how individual teams can integrate toward a regional response and participation in the state matrix; and where the future of technical rescue in both New York and nationally is heading. It became evident that good progress is being made to advance technical rescue response with New York state, but an ongoing dialogue amongst the stakeholders, including NYS OFPC, will be required to deliver the results expected by the citizens we protect and serve. - NYSAFC


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Brush fire near New York Thruway At 2:59 p.m. on Saturday, April 4th, the Sloatsburg Fire Department was requested by New York State Park Police Forest Rangers to assist them with the extinguishing of a brush fire located to the east of the tandem lot on the New York State Thruway northbound. Incident Commander 2nd Assistant Chief Matthew Stritmater quickly requested the Hillburn and Tuxedo Fire Departments to assist in the efforts, which were greatly hampered by lack of water and

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high wind conditions. A water supply was established using Tuxedo Tanker 570 and firefighters, under the direction of Captain Matthew Swanson, made quick work of remaining areas of fire. The fire was placed under control in about three hours and all fire department personnel were out of

the woods by 6:30 p.m. We express our deepest gratitude to our mutual aid partners, Hillburn and Tuxedo Fire Departments, who were instrumental in the efficient and rapid extinguishing of the fire. Responding Units included 15-1750, 15MP, 15-ATV, 5-MP, 5-CFR, Tuxedo Tanker 570 Tuxedo Engine 566, and Tuxedo Brush 567. - SLOATSBURG FIRE DEPARTMENT

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Local volunteers march in local St. Patrick’s Day Parade


On March 7th, the Village of Wappinger Falls celebrated with their Annual St. Patrick’s Day parade. Many local departments and community organizations participated, enjoying the day.



Roof collapse for Falconer On March 11, 2015, the Falconer Fire Department was dispatch to West Main and South Dow Dow Streets for a roof collapse. Kennedy, Fluvanna, Kaintone for rehab, the Tac rescue team, and hazmat responded with Falconer Fire Department.


Commercial filmed at Storm King Engine Co On April 3, 2015, crews descended upon Cornwall, NY to film a new commercial for the Mercedes Metris Van, their new fire chie/urban command vehicle. By doing a Fire Chief vehicle it is required that we improve the performance of the vehicle in every way. The Fire Chief truck has a lot of weight added to it so we would need to improve the performance just to match the stock numbers. At RADO they were not satisfied by that. They wanted to use this platform to really demonstrate their skills so the performance was maximized to perform much better than the stock requirements.

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Chaplains Association clarifies mourning bands for Chaplains Hicksville, NY. On March 1, 2015, the New York State Association of Fire Chaplains, Inc. at its February Board of Directors meeting has issued a statement to clarify the proper usage of a mourning band for chaplains. The official pro- JUMP TO FILE # tocol states “out of 030515101 respect for the role of the Fire/EMS chaplain, at no time and under no circumstances is the badge of the Fire/EMS Chaplain to be covered.” The Board of Directors was asked for clarification after a number of chaplains and departments were confused over whether a chaplain should wear a mourning band when officiating or attending a service where mourning bands are worn. Chief Chaplain Ken Hessel states, “the Chaplains badge includes a religious symbol indicating the faith of the chaplain and whether the symbol is the Cross, Star of David, Crescent, or any other identifying symbol it is disrespectful to that faith to cover up the symbol of that faith.” The mission statement of the


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cedures of standardization in serving our fellow firefighters, Emergency Medical Services (EMS), and God, our supreme Chief.”

East Greenbush Fire Department responded to a reported structure fire at the mobile gas station off of Exit 11 on Miller's Road. The caller stated the side of the building was on fire in the building was being evacuated. On arrival, firefighters had a minor working mulch fire that got into the wall in the side of the building. Firefighters pulled a hand line

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Pittstown responds to dog rescue At a little after 3 p.m. on April 5th, Easter Sunday, Pittstown Fire Rescue was dispatched for a cold water response for two dogs in distress on the Tomhannock Reservoir in the JUMP TO FILE# area of Ashcroft 040615164 road. The departments special box alarm for water rescue brings additional resources from Raymertown Fire Department and Pittstown Ambulance. Pittstown Car 1 was first on scene and established command and confirmed one dog in distress. Pittstown Car 3 Assistant Chief Kautz took operations. Rescue 25 responded with a crew of nine with five members in cold water suits, close behind was Engine 25-1 with six members. After a size up by Chief Kautz, crews were directed into the water to push the broken ice the dog was adrift on to shore. Fire crews made quick work of it and wrapped the dog up and brought him to the ambulance to warm up. The second dog had self-extricated prior to fire department arrival and was unable to be contained and was last seen fleeing through the woods despite the ef-

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All fire units were in service in 30 minutes. Excellent work once again by all companies involved. - JASON HARRIS


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Leader of the Pack Laugh your way to the bank with EMS ISSUE CHELLE CORDERO

The most effective leader is one, who can lead by example. In emergency services, like an ambulance corps, that means training, experience and skill. Never expect your subordinates to do something you are not willing to, or can’t, do. Depending on your corps chain of command, you might have administrative and well as operation officers; while the level of certification may not be the same across the lines, every person who participates in leadership needs to be informed and familiar with the responsibilities assigned to members. For a salaried employee, a paycheck is definitely an inducement to do the job although even a decent salary doesn’t negate poor leadership. In a volunteer agency other inducements need to be offered. Volunteer or paid, no one wants to feel unappreciated, and no one wants to feel deceived or used. When leadership stops putting the needs of the ambulance corps and its members first in lieu of self-serving interests, the membership will respond with less effort, less commitment and far less loyalty. In EMS response, the crew member(s) who is less dedicated will reflect poorly on the ambulance corps and this will be evident to the people they treat. The leader should be perceptive and able to recognize potential problems before they can damage the work environment. A leader needs to be fair, just and consistent. Reward and recognize based on actual performance and not because someone is, or is NOT, a friend or family member. While other members may air their displeasure if you reward someone close, the solid member (who might be your relative or friend) will get discouraged and

may lose some of his loyalty and dedication. By kowtowing to members, who are disconnected from the agency mission and who do not make a concerted effort to do the job to the best of their ability and ignoring the accomplishments of high achievers (for whatever reason), leaders will find they will start losing members, beginning with the ones that the agency needs most. A good leader must be able to make a decision after thought and valuation, and callous as it may sound, retaining employees/volunteers who can support the agency mission is more important than keeping the ineffectual hangers-on happy. Ideally the leader is intuitive Everyone needs to adhere to the same rules — even you. Teamwork, especially in emergency services response, is imperative. Encourage everyone to work together as equals. Honesty is also important don’t lie to your members, not about the agency and not even about your own life; trust is a hard-won commodity and once shaken is very fragile. This is important if you expect your members to take the risks involved in our risky profession. A leader’s personal attitudes need to be “left at the door”; volunteer agencies, where most members serve in the communities they have lived in, are especially susceptible to personality differences. It is not unheard of for a leader/community-parent to react to another parent whose child might have had differences with the leader’s child. Reactions and attitudes are normal; it is up to the leader to manage control and keep the work environment free of animosity. Some of the attributes that should be sought when selecting someone to fill leadership shoes are: dedication; skill; people skills, integrity, confidence, trustworthiness, the ability to control emotions and reactions, and reliability.

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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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Dutchess Junction’s new E37-11 2015 IH/Rosenbauer 1250/1000/0 with M Bazzo,captain, S Barry, Asst Chief, Tom Williams, Chief of Department, and D Scully, Past Chief.

Albany Battalion Chief Daniel Coleman waves to the crowd during the Albany St. Patrick's Day parade



Ontario County Fire Coordinator Jeff Harloff addresses the media at a house fire in Bristol.

GThe Waterford Fire Department marches in the Albany St. Patrick's Day parade



Members of the Averill Park Fire Department march in the Albany St. Patrick's Day parade

The Albany Fire Department drum line leads the rest of the department in the Albany St. Patrick's Day parade


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Heavy fire consumes Albany home The City of Albany was toned for an alarm fire at 234 Delaware Ave. Arriving units had heavy fire in the rear of the structure and a report of people trapped. Firefighters discovered a person in JUMP TO FILE# the rear of the build- 032015125 ing hanging out the window. Albany firefighters pulled the victim from the window. Firefighters attempted to make an interior attack on the fire, but were pulled from the building for safety reasons. Firefighters had heavy black smoke that poured from the front of the structure and heavy fire in the rear the building. The battalion chief on scene called for the second alarm to bring in additional manpower to the scene. Firefighters took up defensive operations on a rooftop next to the structure using handlines to attack the fire. F irefighters were on scene for most of the night until the early hours of the morning the home was a total loss. One firefighter was injured, but his injuries were minor. The fire is under investigation at this time.


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While firefighters were bringing the fire at 147 Durham Ave. under control, companies were dispatched to 46 Whitney Pl. for a report of flames coming from a ceiling fan on the second floor. Engine Co. 2, responding to the P.S. assignment, hit a parked car on Whitney Pl. and could not respond to the call. Ladder Co. 2 under the command of Capt. Robert Hartman reported they were using a water can on a ceiling fire in the three story Victorian mansion. 3rd Battalion Chief Michael Tuberdye requested the balance of a full box assignment along with an additional battalion chief. The fire

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extended to the third floor and took control of a dormer. No injuries were reported and the cause of the fire is under investigation. Damage was listed at $125,000 to the building and $40,000 to the contents. Division Chief James LaMacchia was in command. The Red Cross was called to assist the occupants. This was the third fire for the 1st Platoon for the night tour. - DAVID KAZMIERCZAK


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GFD Engine 2 and 3 on location

Quick response avoids major damage in Gowanda The Gowanda Fire Department was called out for a dumpster fire on Jamestown Street in the village at about 4:45 p.m. Engine 2 and Rescue 7 responded within two minutes along with Chief 1 and 2. Units found a smoking dumpster with a small volume of fire, a one and three quarter inch line was used to soak the refuge in the container. Just as the fire was put out, the tones alerted Gowanda to a report of a structure fire on Park Street about 4 blocks away. The chiefs responded along with Engine 2, Rescue 7 and Engine 3.

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Moderate grey smoke was showing and dispatch reported the fire had started in a dryer. Engine 1 laid out a one and three quarter inch attack line and a second backup line was laid to the rear of the two story frame house. Engine 3 arrived and laid about 300 feet of four inch LDH supply line from a hydrant. Smoke was turning black and increasing in volume as the interior crew attacked the fire on the first floor.

The fire was contained to a single room. The dryer was found fully involved and heavy smoke was throughout the house. Two smoke ejectors were set up in the front to perform positive pressure ventilation. The house was cleared of smoke as a thermal camera was used to check for possible extension. The house suffered some smoke damage. Mutual aid was provided by Collins and Perrysburg Fire Departments. All units were back in servicearound 6:45. No injuries were reported. - TIM TWICHELL


Wrights Corners Fire Co. at the Buffalo, N.Y. St. Patrick's Day Parade March 15, 2015.

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Rombout 62-62 before overhaul JOE CORDATO

The Dutchess Junction Fire Department, located at the Southern most part of Dutchess County New York, recently took delivery of a new 2014/15 International/Rosenbauer Engine. DJFD was established in the early 1970's and is located in the Town of Fishkill, just south of the City of Beacon. Previous apparatus had usually been "used but not abused!" The Hale pump is 1250 gpm, has a 1000 gal poly tank and carries sn=H05740.


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Rombout overhauls 62-62 utility truck In 2011, Rombout Fire Company was faced with a question when its utility truck, 62-62, steel utility body was rusting and needed to have extensive repairs or be replaced. The truck, a Ford diesel F450XL with dual wheels, had low mileage and the truck cab and frame was excellent condition except for the utility body. Also, 62-62 met some of the district needs as a utility truck, but fell short in its capacity as a brush truck. It needed to respond to calls over rough mountainous trails in the Sharpe Reservation, home to the Fresh Air Fund and Camp Mariah and to have access to resident’s homes with long, unimproved driveways. The utility truck committee, headed by then Rombout Chief Charles Kuehner, developed a plan to convert 62-62 into a fully capable brush truck. Changes would entail raising the truck six inches with a new

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suspension system, installing 36 inch tires with custom rims and converting the dual wheels to a super single axle. It would make 62-62 the exact model type of a brush truck that would cost in excess of $100,000. But doing the overhaul was estimated to save the taxpayers substantial amount of money instead of purchasing new and would increase the fire district fire protection capability. Rombout firefighters removed the steel body from the frame and donated it to Midway Fire Departmenet to be repaired and used by them. Sutphen East in Monticello NY fabricated and installed a new poly/aluminum utility body to Rombouts specifications. Installation of the off road suspension was done on Long Island and Firematic of Carmel, NY supplied the custom wheels and tires.

The 300 gallon steel water tank was replaced with the same size polycarbonate tank. The gasoline powered water pump was replaced with a diesel pump drawing directly from the truck’s diesel tank, eliminating the need to carry gasoline cans. The one 1” hose reel was upgraded with two 1¾”hose lays and 1000’ of forestry hose. The truck was out of service for three months but when it came back it was a very different vehicle. “It exceeded everyone’s expectations.” Deputy Chief Kuehner commented four years after the conversion “It does everything you need to do, in the woods or in the snow.” The ability to handle every terrain in the district was greatly enhanced, better visibility for traffic control and it’s much easier to use the equipment for pump outs. - KEVIN BARRY

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Chili past chief leaves legacy behind In life, there is but one certainty, and that is death. It is something we must all attempt to comprehend in some way. We all grieve at some point in our lives for a loved one that we lose. I have had many, and as I get older, the frequency gets increases. No, I have never understood death, even though I am a Catholic, and believe in my God. Practicing medicine for a 1/4 of a century, I have seen many faces of death and the grieving of telling a loved one, being the shoulder for someone to cry on, and crying myself. When I was young, I often watched my parents get ready for something after dad got home from work. The babysitter from next door would come over, and I eventually asked. They were going to pay their respects to a friend, who had passed away. Death and dying was a class required in college. I understand the biological process, and the five stages, but most times, it just doesn't make sense to my soul. I think about mortality a lot I suppose. Especially when someone you look to for guidance and advice is the one that passes on. The first fire chief I served under was this guy. A tall, large man. He had a deep voice, and loved to crack jokes. He was a good fire chief. I learned many lessons from him, and they were mostly about myself, and not operations on the fire ground. You see, I was a punk kid, joined the explorer post at 15, and then when I was 18, became a firefighter the same year Chief Youngblood was elected. I was hell bent on setting the world on fire. I got into so much trouble, I had my own chair in Chief Youngblood's office. Everyone joked that I had a thicker file than guys with 30 years in. That may have

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been true. I did eventually see the light through the perseverance of the Chief's will. He must have seen the good in me, and knew he could get it out of me. There are thousands, if not countless stories that anyone knowing him could tell you. I have heard many of them, and have been part of the stories myself. After Chief Youngblood retired from his 42 year career at Kodak as a utilities supervisor, he took on the job of tightening up the Chili Fire Department's Exempt Club. He did a bang up job of that too, and served as President until he passed away last week after a brief illness. He was literally larger than life. But also a kind and gentle man who had great ideas. I am sure that he would bleed Chili Fire Department if he cut himself. One dedicated man, and a great friend to all that knew him. Former Battalion 3 Chief Tom Free writes; "Gene had the ability to bring all the guys together as a group, he appreciated you for what you could do with your time. The Chili Company 3 of the 70's and 80's was the best bunch of guys ever to come together, he was a big man with a big heart. Great leader and above all the best friend. That's how I feel about my friend". I can attest to the myriad of similar statements that echo Mr. Free's thoughts. A couple years ago, another "father figure" in my fire department left us too early as well. He taught me how to be a good medic, and a good sport. The night he passed away, there were many people at the station, including Gene. I stood next to him while he sat in his chair. He

was the one guy who could understand the sense of loss that I was suffering from. We talked for maybe an hour that quiet, cool night. I leaned on his shoulder several times weeping out loud, missing my friend Keith, trying to understand why. He just let me cry, giving me a hug, and helping me through the pain we were both suffering. They say everyone is replaceable at a job. That may be true, but Chief Youngblood will not be replaceable at the firehouse. He leaves a legacy of good will and leadership. A true patriot as well, he loved America too. He was also the President of the Chili Fire Department, a member of the Rescue Squad, and the 4th Battalion Coordinator for the Monroe County Fire Bureau. He served on dozens of committees and projects and was a driving force behind many of them. Even though he towered over you, he was always ready to listen to you. Firefighters and chiefs from across the county knew him well. He supported and defended those that were being wronged, and cared about what was right. No, I still don't understand death, and for some it is a blessing to leave the mortal world. I know I will miss his laughter and jokes, his leadership, and most of all, his friendship. Chief Gene Youngblood has answered his final call, and is watching over his brother and sisters in the fire service. Until we meet again chief, your watch is over. - JOHN SPAULDING


Fully involved vehicle On February 25, 2015, Winona Lake Engine Company responded to Route 17K, just West of the Route 300 intersection for a vehicle fire. They arrived to find a fully involved Jeep Cherokee. Crews were quickly able to extinguish the fire. The cause of the fire is under investigation.


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Four companies battle brush fire in West Ghent Firefighters from four fire companies battled a brush fire in the West Ghent fire district on Sunday, April 12, 2015. West Ghent firefighters were dispatched at 1:44 p.m. for a re- JUMP TO FILE # ported 1/2 acre 041315121 brush fire on Stottville Road in the Town of Claverack. First arriving units reported a working brush fire along the Claverack Creek and requested mutual aid brush fighting equipment

and manpower to the scene from Stockport, Stottville and Mellenville. Additionally, Chatham and Niverville firefighters were requested to respond to the scene with their gators, but then were asked to standby at the West Ghent fire station. Representatives of the Columbia County Fire Coordinators Office and Columbia County EMS Coordinator PJ Keeler were also on the scene. About three acres burned. Units were back in service by 4 p.m. - MIKE MCCAGG


1996 Ford Service Vehicle. Pls. take notice, Uniondale Fire District will accept sealed bids until 2pm., May 18, 2015 for the sale of one (1) 1996 Ford E350 Van, good condition. Bids open 3pm. Vehicle sold “as is conditon.” Min. accepted bid $3,500. Sealed bids must be marked “Bid for 1996 Ford E350 Van” and accompanied with check for 10% of bid or bid will not be accepted. Final pymt-certified/bank check. For info call District Secretary at (516) 481-8411 Mon-Fri ONLY.

1994 Grumman Van. Pls. take notice, Uniondale Fire District will accept sealed bids until 2pm., May 18, 2015 for the sale of one (1) 1994 Chevy P30 Grumman Van. Bids open 3pm. Vehicle sold “as is condition.” Min. accepted bid $3,000. Sealed bids may be delivered in person to 501 Uniondale Ave, Uniondale, NY 11553. Sealed bids must be marked “Bid for 1994 Chevy P30 Grumman Van” and accompanied with check for 10% of bid or bid will not be accepted. Final pymt-certified/bank check. For info call District Secretary at (516) 481-8411 Mon-Fri ONLY.

2011 Chevy Tahoe. Pls. take notice, Uniondale Fire District will accept sealed bids until 2pm., May 18, 2015 for the sale of one (1) 2011 Chevy Tahoe, good condition. Bids open 3pm. Vehicle sold “as is condition.” Min. accepted bid $12,000 private sale or with Emergency Equip Pkg $15,000. Sealed bids may be delivered in person to 501 Uniondale Ave, Uniondale, NY 11553. Sealed bids must be marked “Bid for 2011 Chevy Tahoe” and accompanied with check for 10% of bid or bid will not be accepted. Final pymt-certified/bank check. For info call District Secretary at (516) 481-8411 Mon-Fri ONLY.

2005 Ford Expedition. Pls. take notice, Uniondale Fire District will accept sealed bids until 2pm., May 18, 2015 for the sale of one (1) 2005 Ford Expedition, good condition. Bids open 3pm. Vehicle sold “as is condition.” Min. accepted bid $4,000 private sale or with Emergency Equip Pkg $6,000. Sealed bids may be delivered in person to 501 Uniondale Ave, Uniondale, NY 11553. Sealed bids must be marked “Bid for 2005 Ford Expedition” and accompanied with check for 10% of bid or bid will not be accepted. Final pymt-certified/bank check. For info call District Secretary at (516) 481-8411 Mon-Fri ONLY.

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Fire spreads to basement from first floor Buffalo, NY. Firefighters of the 7th Battalion 4th Platoon were called out to battle a structure fire at 45 Pembroke Ave. in the City's Kensington Heights section Friday morning April 10, 2015. Firefighters used two-one and three quarter inch hand lines to bring the fire under control in the one and a half story frame dwelling. The fire started on the first floor and dropped down into the basement. The cause of the fire is under investigation. No injuries were reported. Damage was listed at $10,000 to the building and $5,000 to the contents. The Red Cross was called for one adult. Division Chief James LaMacchia was in command.

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Captain Keith Burke Ladder Co.14 1st Platoon at the fire at 561 Monroe St. on March 12, 2015. Ladder Co. 14 was the FAST team.


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Buffalo, N.Y. Fight for Air Stair Challenge. Back row, R to L: F.F. Kathy Gull, Lt. Tom Darling, F.F. Fran Snyder, Lt. Mark Flannigan, F.F. Ramon Suarez Jr. F.F. Pete Densing.


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