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Chili, NY - The Chili Fire Department responded to a reported house fire on Sunday evening, October 13th, at 155 Attridge Road. The first arriving chief found heavy fire showing from the attached garage and declared a working fire.

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R.J. Valente Worker Saves Trapped Dog from Commercial Structure Fire in Troy Troy, NY - City of Troy’s fire department responded on October 4th at 2:53 P.M. to 1 Madison Street for a reported structure fire. The caller reported heavy smoke pouring from one of the warehouses on the property. Engine-6 arrived on scene and JUMP TO FILE# transmitted Box 101119115 Alarm 634 for a commercial structure fire. The battalion chief then transmitted a second-alarm, bringing in Trucks 1 and 2, City of Watervliet for one engine, Watervliet Arsenal‘s truck company, the Rescue Squad, Engines 3, 2 and 1, Medic-4, and three battalion chiefs to the scene. Firefighters had heavy smoke pushing from a large commercial garage with two companies inside of it, including R.J. Valente, one of the Capital District’s largest Material Handlers. Before firefighters' arrival, a fast thinking R.J. Valente worker was able to break open the door and save a dog that was trapped inside the building. Firefighters pulled multiple hand lines into the building while Truck-2's crew went to the roof to start to vent. Firefighters discovered two vehicles heavily involved inside the structure and made an aggressive push to knock down the fire. Heavy smoke still lingered throughout the structure and was pushing from the roof area, which firefighters used a hand line to knock down before it could spread. Crews vented the outside windows of the structure to release the smoke and clear up the inside of the structure. Firefighters were able to bring the fire under control in less than 15 minutes. The fast work of the Troy Fire Department stopped the fire from spreading to the rest of the garage area. 'Karma', the dog that was rescued from the burning building, was reunited with her owner and his daughter outside of the structure; the daughter was very grateful that her best friend was safe. No firefighters were injured during the incident and the fire is currently under investigation.




'Karma', the dog that was rescued from the burning building, was reunited with her owner and his daughter outside of the structure.

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Fatal Two-Car Accident in East Fishkill East Fishkill, NY - On Tuesday evening, October 8th, the East Fishkill Fire Department along with New York State Police and EMSTAR EMS responded to the Taconic State Parkway and Carpenter Road for reports of a two-car MVA. Upon arrival they found at least three injured people, with one of them in cardiac arrest. Firefighters and EMS personnel removed all occupants from both autos, but one of the occupants was pronounced dead at the scene.

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House Fire Displaces Buffalo Residents Buffalo, NY - On Sunday, October 6th just before 5:00 P.M., Buffalo firefighters responded to West Avenue for reports of a house fire. Crews arrived and found a working fire in a two-and-a-half story home, which is believed to have started on an upper floor. Five residents were displaced and receiving assistance from the Red Cross. The cause of the fire is under investigation.


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Maine: Michael Bell, 68 Rank: Captain Incident Date: September 16, 2019 Death Date: September 16, 2019 Fire Department: Farmington Fire Rescue Initial Summary: Employees inside of a recently renovated two-story administrative office for Life Enrichment Advancing People (LEAP) Inc., a nonprofit that helps adults with developmental, cognitive, and intellectual disabilities, made an emergency call reporting that they smelled propane. No patients were inside and all employees inside of the building evacuated immediately. Captain Michael Bell responded with the Farmington Fire Rescue to the emergency call. Soon after firefighters arrived on scene and began to investigate, there was an explosion that leveled the building. Captain Bell was killed as a result of injuries sustained in the explosion. Six other firefighters, including the fire chief, and a maintenance worker were reportedly injured and transported to hospitals around the state. Pennsylvania: Edward Nulton, 60 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: September 21, 2018 Death Date: September 19, 2019 Fire Department: Kunkle Fire Company Initial Summary: On September 21, 2018, Firefighter Edward Nulton was directing traffic at the scene of a vehicle accident when he was struck by a dump truck. He suffered critical injuries, including traumatic brain injury, from which he was unable to recover. Nulton passed away as a result of his injuries on September 19, 2019.

North Carolina: Claud G. Messer, 74 Rank: Captain Incident Date: September 20, 2019 Death Date: September 20, 2019 Fire Department: Jonathan Creek Fire and Rescue Initial Summary: While operating a fire department vehicle, Captain Claud Messer was involved in a vehicle accident on Jonathan Creek Road (Highway 276 North) as he responded to another emergency traffic accident call. Messer passed away as a result of the injuries sus-

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Texas: Kenneth Stavinoha, 36 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: September 21, 2019 Death Date: September 21, 2019 Fire Department: Houston Fire Department Initial Summary: While on duty at Houston Fire Department’s Station 27, Firefighter Kenneth Stavinoha suffered a medical emergency and did not survive. The cause of death is pending an autopsy.

Florida: Scott R. Neumann, 52 Rank: Firefighter-Paramedic Incident Date: September 26, 2019 Death Date: September 26, 2019 Fire Department: Martin County Fire Rescue Initial Summary: After returning home from his shift at the Martin County Fire Rescue Department, Station 16, in which he participated in physical fitness training, Firefighter-Paramedic Scott R. Neumann passed away from a medical incident which has not yet been determined. South Carolina: Paul E. Quattlebaum, 46 Rank: Fire Engineer Incident Date: October 4, 2019 Death Date: October 4, 2019 Fire Department: Lexington County Fire Service Initial Summary: Fire Engineer Paul Quattlebaum was dispatched to a medical call. While responding to the call, he and his partner saw a vehicle accident in the 5200 block of Fairview Road and stopped to help. While checking on those involved, Quattlebaum was struck by a semi-truck. EMS treated Quattlebaum at the scene and then transported him to a nearby hospital where he passed away.

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Unattended Cooking Causes Fire that Destroys Home and Two New Vehicles in Chili Chili, NY - The Chili Fire Department responded to a reported house fire on Sunday evening, October 13th, at 155 Attridge Road. The first arriving chief found heavy fire showing from the attached garage and declared a working fire. JUMP TO FILE# Occupants of 101519107 the ranch-style home were unaware that there was a fire until neighbors came to the door and alerted them. The couple and their grandson along with the family dog all escaped without injury prior to firefighters' arrival. The first-due engine pulled a two-and-a-half inch line, and later two more one-and-a-half inch lines with a four-inch supply line for primary and second water, but even with second water they had difficulties maintaining pressures. The fire had self-vented from the garage and was beginning to run the attic. A vertical ventilation hole was made and the fire was stopped about halfway through the home. The Churchville FD was called for the RIC while other departments filled in at Chili's stations. The house was deemed uninhabitable and the residents lost two new vehicles in the fire. No injuries were reported, and the Red Cross is assisting the family. The cause of the fire was determined to be from the unattended deep frying of a turkey inside the garage.

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KIMTEK Introduces Three New Brush Truck Skid Units Basic models offer options and price point advantages October 9, 2019–Orleans, VT - Fire departments with brush trucks are benefitting from three new skid unit options just introduced by KIMTEK Corporation. These additions to KIMTEK's FIRELITE® 300 series meet the latest demand for basic, firefighting-only skid units ideal for applications that do not require area for storage and patient transport.

KIMTEK's new FDHP 304, 305, and 306 model skid units come equipped with a manual Hannay 4000 Series reel and a water tank in 125, 160, or 200 gallon capacity. Buyers have their choice of four pump options: the Davey 6.5, 9, and 13 hp pumps and the new Darley 1.5 AGE 13HX which produces pressures up to 225 psi and is also available on all KIMTEK brush truck 300 series skid units. Bearing a sleek, basic design, these newest FDHP skid units are priced

affordably and are produced with the same high quality materials and workmanship expected of every KIMTEK product. Like the FDHP 301, 302, and 303 models, the new FDHP 304, 305, and 306 model skid units have all-aluminum diamond plate construction with aluminum tubing, stainless steel plumbing with brass 1/4-turn valves, NFPA fully baffled water tank, and a reinforced base with space to accommodate a fork lift. The entire line of KIMTEK brush truck skid units and all available options may be viewed at About KIMTEK Corporation KIMTEK Corporation is the largest producer and marketer of ATV/UTV-specific skid units for public safety agencies in the U.S. KIMTEK's FIRELITE® fire and rescue skid units and MEDLITE® medical skid units are now in service in all fifty U.S. states, all of

Canada, all branches of the military, the National Park Service, numerous NASCAR tracks, sporting complexes, schools, universities, and in several countries worldwide. KIMTEK Transport skid units are made in the USA. Founded in 1984 as a research and development company dedicated to advances in life safety technology in the fire sciences, KIMTEK Corporation manufactures and markets a full line of FIRELITE and MEDLITE Transport skid units for emergency service UTVs and pick-up trucks. For more information, please contact KIMTEK at 888-546-8358 or visit

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Rush, NY - Monroe County Fire Coordinator Steve Schalabba recently attended Rush Fire Department's monthly meeting to present a retirement plaque to Past Chief Robert Faugh. Bob served as a Monroe County Fire Instructor for 37 years, beginning in 1982, making him the longest serving fire instructor in county history. He was a NYS Fire Instructor and NYS Police Academy Instructor for many years, and also served as Deputy County EMS Coordinator for 25 years. He was recognized by the Monroe County Manager for "significant contributions" to the County Fire and EMS Bureau throughout his many years of service. Bob is still an active firefighter (Fire Police Capt.), and serves as Vice Chairman on the Rush Fire District Board of Fire Commissioners. He has been the district's Treasurer since 1972.

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Two-Alarm Warehouse Fire in Troy Considered Suspicious Troy, NY - On October 10th just after 12:23 A.M., the Troy FD was dispatched for an alarm of fire at 500 River Street. The callers reported that the back of the building was on fire. Police unit 201 arrived on scene JUMP TO FILE# first and had heavy 101119117 fire in the rear loading dock area. The rescue squad, as well as Truck-2, Medic-4, Engines 4, 2 and 6, and the battalion chief quickly arrived on scene and a second-alarm was requested to be transmitted, bringing Engine-1 and Truck-1 to the scene, along with a recall of six firefighters back to the station to man the city. The crews from Engine-4 and Engine-6 deployed multiple hand lines and started to aggressively knock down the heavy fire. As firefighters made an aggressive push they noticed heavy smoke and steam coming from underneath one of the doors in the warehouse and forced entry inside. As Truck-2 set up in the middle of River Street, firefighters were starting to overhaul the back portion of the warehouse when they discovered minor extension into the roof area and proceeded to pull all of the ceilings. Command was able to place the fire under control in less than 15 minutes. Additional firefighters from the City of Watervliet, Watervliet Arsenal and Green Island were brought into Troy for mutual aid while Troy firefighters worked on scene. All City of Troy ambulances were placed out of service during the incident as firefighters backfilled into fire apparatus during suppression needs. (Truck-1's crew normally staffs Medic-1 for EMS calls, but was called to the scene, and Engine-2's firefighters are used to staff Medic-2 out of the RPI station, but was at the scene as well.) The warehouse was vacant at the time of the fire, and no firefighters were injured during the incident. Crews remained on scene for a few hours hitting hot spots and conducting overhaul. The building suffered smoke, fire and water damage, but thanks to the fast actions of Troy firefighters, the fire did not make it past the rear loading dock area. Troy police officers searched the area for anyone that may have been around at the time of the fire, as there had been several other suspicious fires in the area over the last few months. City of Troy Fire Investigators were called to the scene to investigate. - JEFFREY BELSCHWINDER




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Lakeville, NY - On Sunday, October 9th, a large-scale HazMat/mass casualty incident drill was held at Lakeville Office Park on Thomas Drive in Lakeville (Livingston County). Participating in the exercise were Lakeville, Livonia, Hemlock, East Avon, Lima, Conesus and Geneseo Fire Departments, along with EMS units from Livonia, Lima, Geneseo, Richmond and Livingston County. Officials from Livingston County Emergency Management and Haz-Mat Team were also on scene.

Ma, Meatloaf! FORK & HOSE CO. a Food Blog by A.J. Fusco

There are few things that connect us with our past more than food. It has the innate ability to bring us back to a certain time or event in our life, both good and bad. When I think about my own past, these memorable meals tend to be the comfort food I grew up with. Coming from a big ItalianAmerican family, I can still smell both of my grandmothers’ tomato sauce bubbling away. The meatballs, braciole and ribs turning it a dark brick red and lending just enough fat to slick the top. Or maybe it's my mother’s meatloaf, studded with carrots and glazed

perfectly with ketchup, not fussy but certainly satisfying. Meatloaf is one of those miraculous dishes that checks all the boxes. It feeds a crowd, reheats well and can also be eaten cold on a sandwich, all while being a relatively good bang for your buck. The traditional version is my favorite, due of course to that nostalgia I was speaking of earlier. But sometimes I like to take these “traditional” recipes and turn them on their head a little bit while still keeping true to their form, in this case a loaf of meat. By now you may have realized I like to take a healthier approach to my cooking in the firehouse. It's no secret that we tend to gravitate towards high fat, high calorie food as firefighters. But it's killing us, plain and simple. Cardiac-related incidents continue to be the number one killer of firefighters. So

why not take familiar flavors and make them a little healthier, even if it's just a little bit. With meatloaf, the answer was obvious, substitute beef for a leaner meat like turkey. It's important when using these leaner meats to amp up the flavor due to the lower fat content. One thing is for sure, chipotle packs a punch in the flavor department. Mexican ingredients work well when trying to introduce healthier meals into the firehouse because they amplify flavor, not calories. Cilantro, chili powder, jalapeno and lime all add depth to the dish without adding extra fat. And the beauty of meatloaf is that it's a blank canvas, so it takes these flavors on so well. Give this recipe a shot and remember, cooking should be fun. Adjust the recipe according to your liking. Stay safe, eat well!




1 lb. Ground Turkey ½ Yellow Onion, diced 1 Cup Plain Breadcrumbs 1 Egg ¼ Cup Milk 1 Tbs. Worcestershire Sauce ½ Avocado, mashed ½ Cup Black Beans, rinsed and drained 1 Red Bell Pepper, seeded and diced 1 Tbs. Chipotle Adobo Sauce Small Handful Fresh Cilantro, chopped 1 Tbs. Kosher Salt Glaze: 2 Tbs. Tomato Paste 1 Tbs. Honey 6 Tbs. Chipotle Adobo Sauce 1 Tbs. Water Procedure:

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Albany Hosts 2019 Stephen Siller Tower Climb

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Albany, NY - First responders from throughout the Capital Region took part in the 2019 Stephen Siller Tunnels to Towers Foundation Albany Tower Climb on Saturday, September 15th, at Corning JUMP TO FILE# Tower located at 5 092619100 Empire State Plaza. A total of 117 participants, many in full firefighting gear, tackled the 809 steps to the 42nd floor; 91 completed the task, led by David Tromp of Glenmont, who made it to the top in a time of 5:17. Among those in full gear, Phil Spezio of the Greenwich FD had the fastest time, clocking in at 10:35. Greenwich as a team won the award for fastest department in full gear. The event is among several held across the country that raises money for the Foundation, which benefits military and first responders. The East Chatham FD raised the most money with a total of $2,365. Individually, the most money raised was by 17-year-old Gabriella Fisher, who ran in memory of her brother, David. David joined the military in the aftermath of 9-11 and lost his life in Iraq in 2004. Joe Fee of the Delmar FD led individual firefighters, raising $1,475. Prior to the start of the climb, Peter Keating of the HalfmoonWaterford FD was awarded the 'Follow the Footsteps' award. The honor recognizes Keating for exemplary service in following the footsteps of Stephen Siller in his community. Siller was a firefighter assigned to FDNY Squad 1 in Brooklyn on 9-11. Upon hearing of the attacks on the

World Trade Center, he grabbed his gear and raced in his personal vehicle toward the towers. Finding the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel closed to traffic, he pulled over, strapped on his gear and ran

through the tunnel to the towers, where he lost his life with 342 of his colleagues. - MIKE CAREY


Peter Keating of the Halfmoon-Waterford FD was honored with the 'Follow the Footsteps' Award at the Tunnel to Towers Albany Tower Climb, held 9/15/19.

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Accentuate the Positive EMS ISSUE


Healthcare is an emotional field, filled with ups and downs, and never with enough preparation for all of the unexpected challenges. Just like all of the other healthcare positions, there’s death and tears and desperation… but there are also many highs including births, CPR saves, getting someone the help he/she needs, and even the occasional 'thank you' from a patient’s family. The book “Thriving in Healthcare: A Positive Approach to Reclaim Balance and Avoid Burnout in Your Busy Life” (by Gary R. Simonds, MD, MHCDS and WayneM Sotile, PhD), may not be specific to the EMS field, but many of the ideas and suggestions could make a difference to the daily burdens and responsibilities of a busy EMT or Paramedic. From responding to a call, which may very well be an unknown, to dropping the patient at a local ER, the life-and-death decisions that must be made are a heavy load for any human being and perceived failures can haunt a mind for years to come. Celebrate the wins, journal the good outcomes, reward yourself for the CPR saves, remember the times someone said you did a good job, and celebrate each completed complex day. Take the time to discuss all the good things that happened on a call with the rest of your crew and remember to praise your fellow crew members on good decisions, thank the driver for a safe and prompt ride, and pat yourself on the back for a job well done. Don’t be embarrassed to compliment your fellow workers; it can be contagious and could start a positive trend where you work. If supervisors could

begin each shift with atta-boys instead of rebukes it will also bolster each member’s stamina and positive outlook. Finding the good in every call can make work less of a drudgery and more of a life’s calling. When you leave work at the end of your shift, LEAVE WORK. Communicate with your spouse and other family members, or friends both in and out of EMS, and enjoy non-EMS pursuits together. Take time to clear your mind of 911 calls and so many of the things you’ve seen in your workday. Don’t rely on alcohol, drugs, or forbidden relationships to escape — these are not healthy alternatives. While the extra money might be great, consider what you will gain and lose by working overtime on an extra shift before making a commitment. Remember that in order to care for others, without just going through the motions, you need to take care of yourself physically and emotionally. Practice self-care and self-compassion. You probably got into your field because you enjoyed helping others, seriously the money earned in EMS is rarely the best inducement, but where do you want to be in 10 years, or even a year from now? Make a plan and see if the things you have now can lead to your ultimate goal, and if not, how can that be changed. Be flexible in your long-term plans; just like your latest ambulance call, things can change quickly. But while you are working towards long-term goals don’t forget to appreciate things you have now, both at work and in your personal life. Make time to spend with family now, before the children are grown or your spouse is gone; enjoy sports or other activities while you still have the stamina and desire; spend time making your home a place of welcome refuge; visit your parents before it’s too late; and take that romantic cruise or adventuresome trip while you are young enough to enjoy. Happiness, like compliments, can be contagious.


Kitchen Fire Does Significant Damage to New Windsor Home New Windsor, NY - The Vails Gate Fire Department was dispatched for a structure fire at 552 Riley Road on September 30th. Command arrived on scene and requested Salisbury Mills, Washingtonville and Newburgh Fire Departments to respond. Crews located a kitchen fire in the

JUMP TO FILE #100119110 rear of the residence and quickly knocked it down using hand lines, ground ladders and a saw to ventilate the roof. Orange County Deputy Fire

Coordinator 36-13 and New Windsor EMS were also at the scene. New Windsor police blocked off Riley Road during the incident. - BOB MCCORMICK

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Early Morning Apartment Fire Displaces 17 People in Troy Troy, NY - On October 3rd at 3:15 A.M., the Troy Fire Department was dispatched for an alarm of fire at 2264 Old Six Avenue. The caller reported that the third floor of the building was on fire. With Troy firefighters only one block away, the Rescue Squad along with Truck-2, Medic-4 and the Battalion Chief arrived on scene within seconds and immediately transmitted the Signal 30, as they had smoke and fire visible from the third-floor windows. The Rescue Squad's crew pulled a single hand line up to the third-floor as additional crew members checked the first and second floors to make sure that all residents made it out safely. Extremely tight road conditions on Old Sixth Ave. made it challenging for the rescue squad operator to connect the large diameter hose to fill the engine, as he had only about 24-inches between the cars

JUMP TO FILE #101119114 and the engine. Crews made an aggressive interior attack on the third-floor where the heavy fire was and quickly knocked it down. Truck1, Engine-4 and Engine-2 arrived on scene and sent their crews to help pull ceilings, at which time they found minor extension into the roof area. Firefighters were able to knock down all visible fire within three minutes of being on scene. A total of 17 people were displaced by the fire. Residents on the third-floor lost all of their belongings and were being helped by the Red Cross. The fire is under investigation at this time. No injuries were reported. - JEFFREY BELSCHWINDER

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Winona Lake Engine Co. Brings Home Trophies at 104th OCVFA Parade Newburgh, NY - Winona Lake Engine Company's Ladies Auxiliary took home 1st place at the 2019 Orange County Volunteer Firemen's Association Parade, hosted by the Warwick Fire Department and held on Saturday, September 28th. Winona Lake Engine Co. Rescue 323 also took 1st place for Best Brush/Rescue, while their Color Guard took home 2nd place.

Lafayette, NJ - Campbell Supply Company is pleased to publically announce the 18,000-square-foot building addition project at our Sussex County location. The project encompasses 6.87-acres. The new building will give us 12 service bay doors, 6,100-square-feet of office space and a parts warehouse. Roughly 115-tons of steel and approximately 900-cubic-yards of concrete will support the 21-feet of interior shop height and the 26feet interior parts warehouse height. The new drive-in ramp loading dock will offer us endless opportunities to load and unload the parts that you require of us. “This building addition will allow us to better service our customers in and around Sussex County,” offered Chief Executive Officer Scott Campbell. “The new

JUMP TO FILE #101019103 parts warehouse will give us the opportunity to have more parts in stock as well,” he added. The Lafeyette site will now have approximately 120,000square-feet of additional asphalt pavement installed. This will allow room for 34 truck and 54 car parking spaces. All of us at Campbell Supply Company graciously thank all of our customers for your business. We also thank all of our staff that have made this building addition project possible. Please look to our updated website and social media platforms to future updates on this project and other projects that we have in the works. If you would like more information

about this topic, please call Scott Campbell at 732-287-1500, or email ( Campbell Supply Co. is a family owned second-generation company celebrating over 50 years of service to the area fire apparatus industry and the heavy truck market. They service all brands of heavy trucks and fire apparatus from their South Brunswick NJ, Newark NJ, Lafayette NJ and Montgomery NY Service facilities. Campbell Supply Co. currently represents Freightliner Trucks, Select Trucks, Spartan ER, EVI and SVI vehicles and Lake Assault Boats. Visit Campbell Supply at - CAMPBELL SUPPLY CO.


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Another Fire Strikes the Gap Distribution Center in Fishkill Fishkill, NY - The Fishkill and Rombout Fire Departments were dispatched shortly before noon on Thursday, September 26th for reports of a fire at the Gap Distribution Center on Merritt Boulevard in Fishkill. Upon their ar- JUMP TO FILE# rival, firefighters 100119100 found heavy smoke throughout the 1.3million-square-foot building, making it difficult to locate the fire. Almost four hours after initial dispatch, crews found a fire on a conveyor belt and quickly extinguished it. East Fishkill, Wappingers Falls, Arlington and City of Newburgh Fire Departments, as well as Mobile Life and Fishkill Police also responded to the scene. No injuries were reported. The distribution center was also the site of a massive blaze on August 29, 2016 that destroyed a building and took over 100 firefighters to extinguish. - BOB MCCORMICK



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Dennis M. Carpenter, a lifelong Newburgh resident, entered into rest on Sunday, October 6, 2019, surrounded by his family. He was 79. Son of the late Fred J. and Cecelia (Dourney) Carpenter, he was born on February 25, 1940 in Newburgh.

"Carp", as he was known to friends and family, was a graduate of St. Patrick's School in Newburgh. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy, and was a retired Assistant Chief with the City of Newburgh

Dennis M. Carpenter 1940-2019

Fire Department where he worked for 46 years, from 1963 to 2009.

In addition to his loving wife, Bonnie, he is survived by a son, Dennis M. Carpenter and his wife, Cris; a daughter, Tracy MacDonald and her husband, Brian; a stepson, Thomas Yozzo and his wife, Jennifer; and nine grandchildren, Joseph, Colette, Kevin, Korey, Kyler, Katie, Nicholas, Gabriel and Shayla. - PROVIDED


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Kochek's Strainers, Elbows Test at the Top Results of latest independent flow tests posted on Kochek website

October 1, 2019--Putnam, CT Kochek Company, LLC has posted on its website white papers detailing the latest independent flow test results of multiple brands of fire hose, strainers and elbows. Conducted by GBW Associates, LLC and Water Supply Innovations, LLC, test conditions were closely monitored for consistency and elimination of variables. Kochek lightweight suction hose was used as a constant in each testing category. Kochek's low level, ice, floating, box, and barrel strainers and 90° suction elbows performed at or near the top of all test subjects. Description of each test's flow speed, motor speed, and vacuum readings as well as official summaries of independent test findings may be found at

Strainers for every call The latest flow testing data support fire professionals' observations of Kochek's rugged construction, reliable performance, and versatility in the field. Kochek strainers are compact and constructed of lightweight aluminum yet are durable to withstand harsh weather conditions while delivering maximum water flow. They come in sizes from 1.5” to 6” and are available in NH, Storz Camlock, connection styles. Kochek produces a full line of top performance water flow products manufactured from high quality materials engineered to exacting specifications. All Kochek products are covered by a five-year warranty against manufacturing defects. About Kochek

Headquartered in Putnam, CT, Kochek Company, LLC was founded in 1988. A technologically advanced manufacturing company, Kochek is a leading producer of water movement products for fire, water works, and irrigation markets throughout North America and abroad. To achieve its mission to manufacture and deliver the highest quality products at competitive prices, Kochek devotes time and resources to the development of innovative solutions that meet high standards of excellence in engineering, manufacturing, and customer support. More information about Kochek and the company's entire line of fire equipment may be found at



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FIRE PREVENTION WEEK FROM ACROSS NEW YORK STATE Photos by Bob McCormick, Vinnie Dominick, Jeffrey Belschwinder & FDNY

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The Donovan's, members of Chili FD Co. #3 in Monroe County, have all been volunteers in the fire department since they were first able to. Pictured from left to right are Kelly, Pat and their father, John. John's late wife Donna also volunteered and was a full time dispatcher as well.


Warwick FD Hosts 104th Annual OCVFA Flag Raising Warwick, NY - On Sunday, September 22nd, the Warwick Fire Department hosted the 104th Annual Orange County Volunteer Firemen’s Association Flag Raising ceremony at the Warwick Firemen’s Monument, located at Veterans Memorial Park. A memorial service followed at Warwick Fire Station #1 where they remembered those members who were lost over the past year.

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On September 19th, the New Paltz FD was called out to a kitchen fire on Joalyn Road. Assisting at the scene were Modena, Highland Hose and Tillson Fire Departments, with Rifton FD filling in at New Paltz. There were no injuries, but a family dog perished in the fire. WILLIAM MURRAY

New Paltz firefighters were dispatched on September 19th to a truck fire. Firefighters arrived and quickly extinguished a brush fire underneath the truck. There were no injuries.



Fast-Moving Fire Destroys Mobile Home in South Glens Falls South Glens Falls, NY - On October 5th just before 2:00 P.M., the South Glens Falls FD was dispatched for a reported structure fire at 82 5th Street in the White Birch Estates. Multiple callers reported a mobile home fully involved. The first arriving chief requested a second-alarm as heavy fire was impinging on the neighboring trailer. Mutual aid from the

JUMP TO FILE #101119116 Gansevoort and Hudson Falls Fire Departments were requested to the scene. With no fire hydrants in the vicinity, water had to be tanked in by the Gansevoort FD. As heavy flames pushed from the trailer, the first firefighters on scene deployed multiple hand lines and knocked

down the fire within five minutes of their arrival, which was followed by heavy overhaul. The trailer was a complete loss, but no injuries were reported. Saratoga County Fire Investigators are investigating the cause of the fire. - JEFFREY BELSCHWINDER


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Newburgh Resident Extinguishes Chicken Coop Fire

Newburgh, NY - The Orange Lake and Winona Lake Fire Departments were dispatched on October 8th for reports of a chicken coop on fire at 23 Kings Drive. A neighbor extended a hose after seeing the fire and quickly extinguished it. Orange Lake Command requested the Town of Newburgh Fire Inspector to the scene. Deputy Fire Coordinator 36-13 and Town of Newburgh Police also responded. Firefighters secured the scene before clearing.


Monsey Tower 7, a 1998 Sutphen 95’ tower with a 2000-GPM pump and 300-gallon tank, operates as mutual aid in neighboring Spring Valley.

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When a Crisis Gets Close to Home Chaplain’s Corner Pastor Fernando Villicana

While he was still speaking, yet another messenger came and said, “Your sons and daughters were feasting and drinking wine at the oldest brother’s house, when suddenly a mighty wind swept in from the desert and struck the four corners of the house. It collapsed on them and they are dead, and I am the only one who has escaped to tell you!” At this, Job got up and tore his robe and shaved his head. Then he fell to the ground in worship 21 and said: “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised.” In all this, Job did not sin by charging God with wrongdoing. Job 1:18-22 (NIV) It is one thing to respond to a critical incident or take part in mitigating a disaster of some kind or another, but there is a whole differ-

ent dimension to disaster when it strikes so close to home or hits your life. So often in the midst of a crisis we want answers, yet even answers can’t change what has we need something MORE than just answers. Has anyone left us a blueprint in how to face a tragedy? I mean, I know we have Critical Incident Stress Management, and that seems to help most First Responders deal with the trauma we see day in and day out. But how do we deal with tragedy as godly people who believe in a good God? There is a man named Job that faced a series of terrible personal tragedies, a man who lost his children in a terrible accident, a man who also had few answers, so what sustained him? The example of Job shows us a path through tragedy, while it doesn’t give us all the answers, it does point us to the one who can sustain us. When we can’t find solutions to our questions, we can find a savior for our catastrophe. “Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him…” (Revelation 3:20).

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Spring Valley 17-1000, a 1987 Ford F8000/Boardman mini-pumper with a 1000-GPM pump, 500-gallon water tank and 20-gallon foam tank, at the scene of a condo fire.

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Mulch is believed to have caused a fire that burned down a garage in New Baltimore, 9/14/19.

Mulch Fire Destroys Garage in New Baltimore New Baltimore, NY - Combustion of mulch is believed to be the cause of a structure fire in New Baltimore on Saturday night, September 14th. A neighbor called in at 11:15 P.M., reporting a garage fire at 975 Route 144. The structure was heavily involved with fire upon crews' arrival, but they were able to get the flames under control within 15 minutes of the initial dispatch. Another structure sits next to the garage that one homeowner said was finished just one week prior. Crews were able to stop the fire before it spread to the other structure, causing only very minimal damage. The cause of the fire is believed to be from mulch that combusted inside the structure.

JUMP TO FILE #092119106 According to Assistant Chief Scott VanWormer of the New Baltimore Fire Department, one neighbor stated that they smelled smoke around 4:00 P.M., but never called it in. "It was probably smoldering then until it took off," VanWormer said. The New Baltimore Fire Department responded to the call, as well as Ravena Rescue, Greene County Paramedics and the Coeymans Hollow Fire Department with their FAST team. - THOMAS MARRA

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Newburgh, NY - The Cronomer Valley FD took home three 1st Place trophies at the 2019 Orange County Volunteer Firemen's Association Parade, held on September 28th. The awards were for best Firematic Color Guard, Firefighter Marching Class B (3 to 20), and Ladies Auxiliary Class B (5 to 9). Cronomer Valley member Alan Hamilton also received an award for Fire Police of the Year.


Working Basement Fire Rapidly Spreads in Guilderland Guilderland, NY - On Saturday, September 21st at 5:05 A.M., the Guilderland FD, Guilderland PD and Guilderland EMS were toned out for a reported house fire on Vosburgh Road. The caller reported that the kitchen was on fire, and smoke and fire were coming from the basement. The first arriving unit on scene had a working structure fire and confirmed that everyone was out of the house. The Signal 30 was declared and mutual aid from Fort Hunter, Altamont, Guilderland Center, Rotterdam Fire District No.2 for the RIT, North Bethlehem for rehab and the McKownville FD were brought to the scene. Truck 29 arrived on scene and firefighters pulled a hand line to the front door. The commanding chief completed a 360 of the building and found a working basement fire with extension into the rear portion of the structure. Firefighters used a rotary saw to cut the BILCO door that led to the basement and were met with extremely high temperatures and a large amount of smoke.

JUMP TO FILE #101119111 As crews made a push down the basement stairs they experienced blackout conditions and extremely high temperatures, but were able to quickly reach the fire and made a hit on it. The heavy fire conditions in the basement had compromised the beams above, causing the floor to sag down onto firefighters working in the basement. At that point for safety reasons, Command pulled all firefighters from the building and completed an accountability check. During that time, the fire picked up strength and traveled up the walls to the second floor and into the roof area. The lightweight balloon-frame construction of the home allowed the fire to easily travel up to the attic area. As additional units arrived, crews established a water supply to feed multiple engines on scene as well as hand lines that were in operation. Rotterdam District No.2 arrived on scene and set up

RIT command in the front of the structure as heavy smoke pushed from the rear and started to darken down from the second floor front windows. Fort Hunter firefighters deployed a two-and-a-half inch hand line to the rear of the building and began venting as heavy black smoke pushed from the eaves. The fire flashed over on the second floor and firefighters used a hand line to knock it down. Because the floor was compromised inside the structure, crews were forced to do what they could from the exterior. Firefighters on Truck 29 went to the roof and vented the structure while knocking down the fire in the attic area. Crews remained on scene for a large portion of the morning conducting overhaul. The home suffered substantial smoke, fire and water damage. Fire Investigators were requested to the scene to determine the cause of the fire. No injuries were reported. - JEFFREY BELSCHWINDER



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

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

“We’re excited to introduce our Advantage Program to the Heroes Mortgage platform. It’s our way of trying to help hometown heroes advance their dreams of home ownership.”

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gram a valuable resource for heroes in our community looking for home financing.” Grant provides help to homebuyers Many buyers wait patiently on the sidelines, saving money and watching interest rates rise. Unlike many other home buying assistance programs, eLEND’s Advantage Program provides a grant for the down pay-

ment. These resources can immediately build a borrower’s buying power, helping them act on a purchase more quickly for either that first home, or a move-up home as the family has grown and needs more space. Qualified buyers can receive grants up to 2% of the purchase price, minimizing the

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

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FDNY, The Battle Continues Chinatown, Battling the Blazes VIDEO REVIEW

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FDNY The Battle Continues Chinatown, Battling the Dragon By Fire Line Video Productions Available from: FSP Books & Videos 188 Central Street, #4 Hudson, MA 01749-1330 1-800-522-8528 E-mail: Price: $29.95 (DVD) This DVD is 40 minutes in length. These two major fires take place in the Chinatown section of Manhattan. One is a 5th alarm from 2009 and the other is a 7th alarm from 2010. Even though

that was some time ago, fire is fire and both of these are well worth the viewing! Both fires have fire traffic so that the viewer can get an idea of the magnitude of what these firefighters had to deal with within the walls of these buildings, as well as on the outside! It was shear hell compounded by many occupants, difficulty in locating the fires, close proximity of the buildings, high heat and spread of the fire via airshafts to name a few! There were several MAYDAY’s in the first fire and an evacuation order transmitted by the incident commander at the second fire. Many tower ladders were put to work, as well as numerous hand lines. Fire extended to all floors and to exposures. There were constant roll calls needed to assure that all companies had their personnel accounted for. The intensity of these operations have to be viewed to be appreciated!




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Ballston Spa Jr. Firefighter Steven Bowers and 2nd Assistant Chief Glenn Bowers pictured at the 2019 Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Albany Tower Climb, 9/15/19.


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Selden, NY - During the early afternoon of Sunday, October 6th, a pickup truck carrying Halloween props was traveling southbound on County Road 83 when a scary clown prop fell off the truck and landed in a traffic lane, causing a chain-reaction car crash. - See full story on Page 35

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Driver in Brentwood Dies After Crashing Into 7-Eleven

Brentwood, NY - The Brentwood Fire Department along with EMS agencies responded to a fatal accident around 2:30 A.M. on Saturday, October 6th. The accident occurred when a car veered off the expressway and struck a 7-Eleven store at 260 Motor Parkway in Brentwood, trapping the driver and causing extensive damage to the building. The driver was pronounced deceased by authorities around 2:45 A.M. The scene was then handed over to the Suffolk County Police Department and Fire Marshal's Office for investigation.


Taxi Versus Tree in Mount Sinai

Mount Sinai, NY - The driver of a cab said he was cut off on October 11th while driving on County Road 83, forcing him to lose control and leave the roadway before slamming headon into a tree, trapping him. Mt. Sinai Firefighters arrived on scene and removed the driver's side door using spreaders. The driver was then handed off to Port Jefferson EMS personnel who transported him to a local hospital.

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Fatal Single-Car Crash in Melville Melville, NY - Just before 6:00 A.M. on Saturday, October 5th, a single car left the roadway of the Long Island Expressway and struck the wall of an overpass at Exit 50 eastbound. The driver was pronounced dead a short time later.

Off-Duty Firefighter Saves Farmingville House from Burning Down Farmingville, NY - On September 28th at 2:04 P.M., the Farmingville FD was dispatched for a working structure fire at 1042A Portion Road after an off-duty firefighter saw flames shooting from the windows of his neighbor's home and called it in. On arrival, the Chief requested mutual aid to respond in from Holtsville, Ronkonkoma, Centereach, Selden and Medford. Ronkonkoma’s ladder was sent up to the roof and the fire was knocked down within 20 minutes. There were no injuries reported at the scene. An ambulance company stood by at Farmingville’s headquarters during the incident.

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Firefighters work to secure a car thats rear was hanging in the air after crashing in Mastic, 10/4/19.


In acknowledgement of Volunteer Recognition Month, Selden FD member Christina Georgia was nominated by Suffolk County Legislator Tom Muratore and presented with a Proclamation in recognition of her outstanding volunteer service to the community.


Farmingville FF Amanda Coffey at a recent working fire on Portion Road.

Car Hangs in the Balance After Crash in Mastic Mastic, NY - On Friday, October 4th around 3:38 P.M., the Mastic Ambulance Co. was activated for an MVA on Mastic Rd. and Southaven Ave. On arrival, Mastic Ambulance Chief Maria (5-37-30) found a two-car collision, with one vehicle being held up by the other and lots of fluids on the ground. Chief Maria immediately asked MEDCOM to have Mastic FD activated. A short time later, FIRECOM activated Mastic FD and Chief Rudy Sunderman (5-1230) immediately called for heavy

JUMP TO FILE #100619105 rescue to respond to the scene. Rescue 10 was the first unit Sunderman wanted on the road due to the nature of the scene. On arrival, Sunderman instructed his lieutenants to stabilize the vehicle so that crews could go to work extricating one trapped person. Portable Hurst tools were used to take off the passenger side front door and the trapped occu-

pant was then removed. Multiple engines along with Fire Police personnel responded to the scene to assist with the heavy clean up as well as traffic control. According to officials, the drivers of both vehicles suffered non-lifethreatening injuries and were taken to a local hospital by crews from Mastic Ambulance. Mastic Rd. was closed for just under one hour while emergency crews operated at the scene. - JOHN WALTHERS


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Brookhaven FD members take a group photo in front of Engine 9 (5-3-9), nicknamed "Beast From The East", at the William Floyd School District Homecoming football game.


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Glen Cove Fire Dept. Tiller 5211 Gets Super-Soaked Christening! Glen Cove, NY- On the morning of Saturday, September 28th, firefighters from across Nassau County came out to City of Glen Cove's Fire Department for a special ceremony to christen and officially place into service JUMP TO FILE# their new 2018 Sea- 100419103 grave TDA truck (Tiller) 5211. The new tiller replaces another Seagrave ladder truck which the department had for approximately 32 years. In addition to fire personnel who were in attendance, there were also several dignitaries on hand as well, including Glen Cove Mayor Tim Tenke. Mayor Tenke along with the City Council for Glen Cove were instrumental in getting the new truck approved and delivered. Tenke said some words to thank the department for what they do and wished them well with their new piece of equipment. Glen Cove FD Assistant Chief Tate then invited those in attendance to come by the truck for the breaking of champagne tradition. Mayor Tenke and a senior member of the Glen Cove FD both stood at the front of the truck and simultaneously broke a bottle of champagne over the front bumper. Once the champagne was broken and pictures were taken with the new rig, the mega bath began. Four ladder trucks were put into operation, as well as several hand lines, to spray water over the truck, but it wasn’t just the truck that got a bath; Assistant Chief Tate and some members also got in on the fun and got soaked while doing so. Congratulations to the Glen Cove FD on their new Ladder, may it bring you many years of safe, reliable travel and service on alarms! - JOHN WALTHERS

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Smoke and flames show from a house on Washington Ave. in Mastic Beach, 9/29/19.


Scary Clown Prop Causes Multi-Car Crash on Busy Highway in Selden

Selden, NY - During the early afternoon of Sunday, October 6th, a pickup truck carrying Halloween props was traveling southbound on County Road 83 when a scary clown prop fell off the truck and landed in a traffic lane, causing a chainreaction car crash. The driver of a second car quickly changed lanes in an attempt to avoid hitting the downed clown prop, only to then hit the back of the pickup instead. The impact caused a torso of "Pinhead", a character from the Hellraiser films, to fly off the pickup truck and land next to the car's now-burning engine compartment. A Mercedes then crashed into the burning car, crushing the back of it. Two people were injured and transported with non-lifethreatening injuries.

Mastic Beach Family Uninjured After Escaping Early Morning House Fire Mastic Beach, NY - On Sunday, September 29th at approximately 4:39 A.M., the Mastic Beach FD was activated for the report of a house fire on Washington Dr. at Neighborhood Rd. Chief Tom Montreuil (5-13-30) was the first enroute and on arrival found smoke and flames visible. He immediately requested that FIRECOM reactivate for a working fire and start his department’s mutual aid plan. Crews from Mastic and

JUMP TO FILE #100419105 Brookhaven Fire Departments were called to the scene to assist and went right to work on arrival, making a quick knock down on the fire shortly after. Brookhaven FD assisted with overhaul in the rear of the home while Mastic Beach firefighters ensured that there were no hotspots left. Center Moriches FD stood by

at Mastic Beach's headquarters during the incident. Crews from Mastic Beach and Shirley Ambulance were on scene to assist and provided firefighter rehab support services. According to fire officials, the scene was turned over to the Town Fire Mashal and Suffolk PD Arson Squad to investigate and determine the cause of the fire. No injuries were reported. - JOHN WALTHERS


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Mastic 1st Lt. Steve Januskiewicz and his son, Firefighter Anthony Zayas, at a house fire on Bonny Dr. in Mastic, 9/28/19.

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Two-Car Crash with Overturn in Mastic

Mastic, NY - Around 6:22 P.M. on October 2nd, 911 dispatchers took a call for a two-car MVA with one overturned vehicle on Cove St. and Poospatuck Lane. Mastic EMS and Mastic FD were toned out and arrived on scene to find one car overturned and all occupants outside of the vehicles. Mastic EMS began treating one person on scene before transporting them to a nearby hospital. Mastic FD Engines 5-12-10 and 5-12-1 along with Fire Police arrived on scene and went right to work putting down speedy dry on leaked fluids in the roadway. Firefighters remained on scene until SCPD ESU arrived to upright the overturned car. The road remained closed until both cars were removed by a tow truck.


Smoke billows from a single-story home on Bonny Dr. in Mastic, 9/28/19.

Early Morning House Fire in Mastic Mastic, NY - On September 28th at about 3:35 A.M., the Mastic FD was toned out for a reported structure fire in the vicinity of 16 Bonny Drive, off Hover Ct. Chief Rudy Sundeman and 2nd Lt. Rudy M. Sunderman were the first two officers enroute when the FIRECOM dispatcher advised that they were starting to take multiple calls. On arrival, Chief Sunderman advised that they had fire showing from the exposure 2 side and requested that the department be reactivated for a working fire, and to have a mutual aid response started.

JUMP TO FILE #092819102 The first-due engine crew hit the hydrant across from the fire building and immediately went to work putting water on the fire. The second-due engine was requested to bring their crew up to the fire building and assist with extinguishing the fire. Mutual aid came to the scene from Ridge and Brookhaven for an Engine and RIT. Manorville FD was requested to stand by for addi-

tional alarms at Mastic’s main house. Firefighters were able to make a quick knock down on the main body of fire and all units were back in service within one hour and 10 minutes. The scene was then turned over to the Brookhaven Fire Marshal’s Office. Mastic and Shirley Ambulance Companies were both on scene to assist with firefighter rehab and support functions as needed. - JOHN WALTHERS


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Two Drivers Injured and Mustang Reduced to a Pony in Terryville MVA

Terryville, NY - On the evening of Thursday night, October 3rd around 9:30 P.M., a Mustang and a second car collided on Jayne Blvd., injuring both drivers and trapping the driver of the Mustang for over 20 minutes. Terryville firefighters arrived on scene and used multiple hydraulic tools to extricate the driver. Mutual aid responded in from Selden for one ambulance. Both drivers were transported by ambulance to local hospitals.


Centereach FD Engine 12 on scene as additional manpower for a cardiac arrest incident.

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Since starting in 2007, the WTC Tribute in Light Photo Shoot held at Liberty State Park in Jersey City has photographed well over 1,000 emergency vehicles. This year, just over 175 were shot. Making the trip on a warm but clear night were rigs from NJ, NY, PA and CT. Some arrived early for a BBQ in the staging area. Camaraderie was in full effect among the fire, police and EMS members that attended.


Five-Alarm Blaze at Bronx Apartment Building Injures 10, Including Firefighters FDNY Metropolitan


Bronx, NY - A massive blaze that tore through a Bronx apartment building on the evening of Friday, October 4th displaced dozens of residents and injured 10 people, including firefighters. The fire started around 8:00 P.M. on the top floor of the sixstory building at 1555 Grand Concourse in the Mt. Eden section of the Bronx. The blaze escalated to

JUMP TO FILE #101719104 five alarms in less than 90 minutes, bringing over 200 firefighters and EMS units into the scene. According to officials, nine firefighters and one civilian were transported to the hospital for nonlife-threatening injuries.

The blaze was brought under control around 11:00 P.M., and officials later determined that the fire was caused by an electrical issue. The Red Cross was on scene to help assist the displaced residents. - LINDSEY PALMER


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On October 17th, FDNY Commissioner Daniel A. Nigro, along with members, family and friends gathered for a wreath-laying ceremony at 23rd St., between Broadway and Madison Ave., commemorating the 53rd anniversary of the day that has come to be known within the Department as the “23rd Street Fire.” Twelve firefighters made the Supreme Sacrifice, at what was at the time, the deadliest fire in Department history - Deputy Chief Thomas A. Reilly, Division 3; Battalion Chief Walter J. Higgins, Battalion 7; Lt. John J. Finley, Ladder 7; Lt. Joseph Priore, Engine 18; FF John G. Berry, Ladder 7; FF James V. Galanaugh, Engine 18; FF Rudolph F. Kaminsky, Ladder 7; FF Joseph Kelly, Engine 18; FF Carl Lee, Ladder 7; FF William F. McCarron, Division 3; FF Daniel L. Rey, Engine 18; FF Bernard A. Tepper, Engine 18.


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22-year-old Karim Murdoch was arrested for vandalizing 6 FDNY ambulances, 10/12/19.

22-Year-Old Man Arrested for Vandalizing Multiple FDNY Ambulances Bronx, NY - FDNY Fire Marshals have arrested Karim Murdoch, 22, for vandalizing six FDNY ambulances on October 12, 2019 at EMS Station 15 in the Bronx. Following the discovery of the damaged ambulances, which needed to be removed from service for repairs, Fire Marshals began an investigation which included surveillance of the immediate area. The suspect was seen in the vicinity of the station that evening, brought in for questioning by Fire Marshals, and later arrested. He is

JUMP TO FILE #101719103 charged with two counts of criminal mischief. “Vandalizing and damaging our ambulances shows disrespect to the dedicated men and women of FDNY EMS, and the public they bravely serve. This quick arrest is the result of outstanding investigative work by our Fire Marshals,� said Commissioner Nigro. - FDNY

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