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Colonie, NY - A fire Saturday, August 17th ripped through a Latham apartment building, leaving 14 residents displaced. The call came in as a porch fire at Building 22, Apartment 12 of the Valley View Apartments.

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Multi-victim MVA in Scottsville Scottsville, NY - The Scottsville Fire Department with a mutual aid rescue from the Rush Fire Department responded for a two car MVA at Quaker and River Roads on the evening of August 14th. EMS was provided with two ambulances and paramedic unit from Henrietta Ambulances and Scottsville's ambulance. One patient was in serious condition and three were transported for evaluation. It was reported that a car failed to stop for a stop sign, causing the crash. The stop sign was dislodged by the accident, resulting in a special request for the NYSDOT to replace it. River Road and a portion of Quaker Road were closed for a an hour.

New Windsor accident claims a life On Monday, August 19th at approximately 5 p.m., New Windsor Police, New Windsor Fire Department and Vails Gate Fire Department responded to a motor vehicle accident on River Road near the City of Newburgh line. They arrived to find an overturned vehicle with entrapment and serious injuries. According to published reports, the vehicle struck a Central Hudson pole and over-

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turned. Electrical power to the area was affected and Central Hudson was alerted to the scene. A landing zone was established at nearby Destinta Theaters. A lengthy extrication ensued, but through the meticulous work by first responders, the patient was thoroughly extri-

cated and packaged. Due to the extended ETA of the medevac, the patient was transported via ground by New Windsor EMS to St. Luke's Hospital. Unfortunately, the 65 year old driver succumbed to his injuries at the hospital. Town of New Windsor Police are investigating the cause of the accident. - HEATHER PILLSWORTH



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Ethanol fire training program drill At a recent Essex County ethanol fire training program in Willsboro, Essex County, fire companies trained in the use of ARAFFF foam. Teaching firefighters how to apply foam so there is an uninterrupted blanket to cool the fire and eventually provide a layer of foam over the fuel to hold down the vapors so they won’t reignite was the mission of the instructors. They did

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Town of Ulster, NY - A car verus motorcycle crash ended with the motorcyclist landing on the roof of a car. Upon arrival, Ulster Hose Co #5 members found the injured motorcyclist on the roof. A 2002 Yamaha motorcycle was attempting to turn right onto Ulster Ave southbound, but ended up in the northbound lane and was struck by a 2004 BMW SUV. The motorcyclist received only minor injuries. Ulster Hose Co #5 was assisted by Kingston Police, Town of Ulster Police, New York State Police, the Ulster County Sheriff's Dept, and Mobile :ife Support Services.

Home destroyed in overnight blaze Soon before midnight on August 12th, Marlboro firefighters were alerted to a fire at 300 Bingham Road in their district. They arrived to find the house already engulfed in flames and smoke. Chief Troncillito took command and requested mutual aid from Milton to the scene as well as Middlehope to Marlboro's headquarters to standby. Mobile Life also assisted at the scene. Central Hudson arrived to terminate power to the scene. Unfortunately, the fire had quite a head start before the firefighters arrived and the home is a total loss. No injuries were reported and the cause and origin of the fire are under investigation by local officials.

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Firefighter transported with injuries Buffalo, NY. Firefighters of 6th Battalion 1st platoon were called out to battle a structure fire in a two and a half story frame dwelling at 38 Macamley St. in South Buffalo. Firefighters used multiple one and three quarter inch hand lines and 45 feet of ladders. The structure was occupied. One firefighter was transported to the hospital with injuries. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Damage was listed at $75,000 to the building and $15,000 to the contents. 36 Macamley St. received $1000 in damage.

Rope and water rescue in Mumford Wheatland, NY. The Mumford and Scottsville Fire Departments responded Monday evening for a man who fell from his kayak in Oatka Creek with CPR being performed. Arriving units found a group of kayakers performing CPR on a male on an island in the middle of a rain swollen creek with limited access. Firefighters donned in cold water suits entered the water, pulling the victim to shore while continuing CPR. The man of unknown age was transported by paramedics from Genesee Valley EMS to Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester where he later died. This is the second water rescue in this area of the creek in two weeks. The Monroe County Sheriff's Office is investigating the incident.

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Firefighters continue overhaul as Chenango's Quint is positioned to the roof.

Apartment fire with entrapment in the Town of Chenango Just before 5a.m. on the morning of Sunday, September 1st 2013, Broome County Communications dispatched the Chenango Fire Department for a reported building fire at 1009 Castle Creek Road (NYS Rt 11). Dispatch had confirmation from a firefighter that lived next door that it was a working fire and that there were residents trapped inside their apartments. The second alarm was requested almost immediately as working building fire with confirmed entrapment for tankers, manpower, and a FAST team. Chenango crews along with neighbors and police were quickly able to extricate several residents from their apartments, some out windows and down ladders. With heavy fire showing from the basement apartment living room window and from the front main entrance door, hose lines were advanced to knock down the main body of fire. Command was able to confirm that all residents had been rescued and that progress was being made on the fire. As mutual aid companies arrived, tankers were used for water supply and engine crews were utilized to relieve interior personnel. FAST was established as well as water supply at Chenango Station

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2. Suppression operations continued for a duration until command could determine that operations could be switched to overhaul. Overhaul operations continued for several hours until it was clear the fire had been completely extinguished. Chenango Ambulance and Broome Ambulance transported several residents to area hospitals with smoke inhalation and related injuries. Broome County Sheriffs Department assisted on scene and NYS DOT assisted with closing the road. Fire departments assisting on scene included Chenango, Chenango Bridge, Choconut Center, Whitney Point, and Port Dickinson as FAST. Several other departments were dispatched for standby while crews were tied up on scene. Later in the incident, extra manpower was requested from Endwell, Hillcrest, and Prospect Terrace to assist with finishing overhaul and clean up equipment. No injuries were reported on the scene and all companies were in service by around noon. - NICHOLAS GRISWOLD

Blaze strikes New Windsor apartments New Windsor, NY. On the afternoon of Monday, July 22nd at a little after 2 p.m., the New Windsor Fire Department was alerted to a fire at the New Windsor Gardens apartment complex at 3204 Route 9W. Command arrived on scene to find heavy smoke showing from multiple apartments, requesting the second alarm for mutual aid assistance. New Windsor quickly went to work attacking the fire with two Vails Gate and one City of Newburgh tower pouring water from above. A third alarm was needed for additional manpower and apparatus to the scene. Interior searches were con-

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ducted by firefighters at the scene, but luckily, no victims were found. Fire was through the roof, causing the roof to eventually collapse. Arriving at the scene to assist New Windsor were Vails Gate, Good-Will, Monroe, Cornwall on Hudson, Cornwall, Salisbury Mills and the City of Newburgh. Multiple departments stood by at various stations for assistance as needed. EMS at the scene came from New Windsor as well as Cornwall. They set up a rehab area assisting the firefighters. Although temperatures were

only in the mid-eighties, the humidity quickly took its toll. The main body of fire was quickly knocked down and overhaul began less than an hour and a half after the initial call came through. Three firefighters sustained minor injuries during the course of the firefight. One was treated for heat exhaustion. Two others received minor burns. The cause and origin of the fire are currently under investigation. Eight families were displaced by the fire and are being assisted by tyhe American Red Cross. - HEATHER PILLSWORTH


Mayday called at two alarm house fire in Rochester Rochester, NY. Around 10:00 p.m., on Thursday, July 11th, Rochester firefighters responded to a two-alarm house fire with a person trapped at 387 Aberdeen Street. Upon arrival, two adults and two children were already out of the house. Firefighters had to call a "mayday" after fire trapped two of them and an unconscious victim in a stairwell. The trapped woman was previously on the phone with 911 trying to help guide the firefighters to her. The 22 year old woman is in guarded condition at Strong Memorial Hospital. A firefighter suffered burns to his chin and is expected to be okay.

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6th Annual Horseshoe Tournament Medusa, NY - The Medusa Volunteer Fire Company's 6th Annual Horseshoe Tournament. A double elimination tournament was held on August 4th, 2013 and trophies were awarded to the three top teams. We use this event as a day well spent with other local firefighters, EMT's and their families. The event started with check in at 8 a.m. with pastries and coffee. The tournament began promptly at 9 a.m. Hot dogs, hamburgers, steamed clams, beverages, etc. were served all day. It was a day of fun for families with a playground available for the children.


Putnam & Dutchess County Fire Departments present colors at Hudson Valley Renegades Members of Lake Carmel, Carmel, Mahopac, and Brewster Fire Departments from Putnam County and Rombout Fire Company from Dutchess County teamed up to provide a color guard for the National Anthem at the Hudson Valley Renegades game on August 24th. Members from all groups, their families, and friends enjoyed an evening at the game sponsored by the Lake Carmel and Carmel Fire Departments.


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Globally harmonized system of classification and labeling of chemicals (GHS) In 2003, the United Nations (UN) adopted the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). The GHS includes criteria for the classification of health, physical and environmental hazards, as well as specifying what inform a t i o n should be included on labels of hazardous chemicals as STAYING well as safety SAFE data sheets. The US was Chief Henry Campan active parbell ticipant in the development of the GHS and is a member of the UN bodies established to maintain and coordinate implementation of the system. OSHA published a proposed rulemaking on September 30, 2009 to align OSHA's Hazard Communication standard (HCS) with the GHS. On March 20, 2012, OSHA revised the Hazard Communication Standard to align the regulation with the provisions of the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). The final rule became effective on May 25, 2012. These changes will impact all users of hazardous chemicals at the University. The HCS has been in place since 1983 and was designed to ensure manufacturers and importers evaluate the chemicals they produce and that this information concerning the hazards are transmitted to employers and employees through labels and Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS). The standard also addresses chemical inventories, written plans and training. The Globally Harmonized System (GHS) is an international approach to hazard communication, providing agreed criteria for classification of chemical hazards, and a standardized approach to label elements and safety data sheets. The GHS was negotiated in a multi-year process by hazard communication experts from many different countries, international organizations, and stakeholder groups. It is based on major existing systems around the world, including OSHA's Hazard Communication Standard and the chemical classification and labeling systems of other US agencies. The result of this negotiation process is the United Nations' document entitled "Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals," commonly referred to as The Purple Book. This document provides harmonized classification criteria for health, physical, and environmental hazards of chemicals. It also includes standardized label elements that are assigned to these hazard classes and categories, and provide the appropriate signal words, pictograms, and hazard and precautionary statements to convey the hazards to users. A standardized

order of information for safety data sheets is also provided. These recommendations can be used by regulatory authorities such as OSHA to establish mandatory requirements for hazard communication, but do not constitute a model regulation. OSHA is requiring that employees are trained on the new label elements (i.e., pictograms, hazard statements, precautionary statements, and signal words) and SDS format by December 1, 2013, while full compliance with the final rule will begin in 2015. OSHA believes that American workplaces will soon begin to receive labels and SDSs that are consistent with the GHS, since many American and foreign chemical manufacturers have already begun to produce HazCom 2012/GHScompliant labels and SDSs. It is important to ensure that when employees begin to see the new labels and SDSs in their workplaces, they will be familiar with them, understand how to use them, and access the information effectively. The revised Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) is a modification to the existing standard. The parts of the standard that did not relate to the GHS (such as the basic framework, scope, and exemptions) remained largely unchanged. There have been some modifications to terminology in order to align the revised HCS with language used in the GHS. For example, the term "hazard determination" has been changed to "hazard classification" and "material safety data sheet" was changed to "safety data sheet." OSHA stakeholders commented on this approach and found it to be appropriate. The three major areas of change are in hazard classification, labels, and safety data sheets. -Hazard classification: The definitions of hazard have been changed to provide specific criteria for classification of health and physical hazards, as well as classification of mixtures. These specific criteria will help to ensure that evaluations of hazardous effects are consistent across manufacturers, and that labels and safety data sheets are more accurate as a result. -Labels: Chemical manufacturers and importers will be required to provide a label that includes a harmonized signal word, pictogram, and hazard statement for each hazard class and category. Precautionary statements must also be provided. -Safety Data Sheets: Will now have a specified 16-section format. The above information has been taken from the OSHA web s i t e : Link to Purple Book: To be continued. Till next time stay safe and God Bless!


The scene of the rollover accident as seen from the County Route 13 bridge.

Six injured in NYS Thruway rollover accident Chatham, NY. On July 6th, Columbia County 911 took numerous calls reporting a rollover accident on the Berkshire Spur section of the New York State Thruway. The accident occurred near milepost 13.2 in the westbound lane and was easily seen from the County Route 13 overpass. Tri-Village firefighters and Chatham Rescue were dispatched at 3:16 p.m. Chatham Rescue responded with two ambulances. Mutual aid ambulances from CC Greenport Rescue with two, CC Valatie Res-

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cue with one and Bruen Ambulance with one were dispatched for mutual aid. A LifeNet helicopter was requested to the scene. It landed next to the Thruway just west of the accident scene. A total of six patients, four children and two adults, were transported from the scene. One patient was flown and five were transported by ground. All reportedly

were transported to Albany Medical Center. The Columbia County Fire Coordinators Office and the Columbia County EMS Coordinators Office were on the scene. The westbound lane of the Thruway was closed during the incident and traffic backed up for miles. New York State Police from Troop T investigated the accident. Tri-Village firefighters were back in service at 5:11 p.m. - RICHARD LINDMARK

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As a team, they pushed the new truck into her bay and she was put into service

Wrights Corners christens new engine It was a day that Wrights Corner's Fire Chief Timothy Williams Jr has waited a long time for. The new engine pumper rescue truck was baptized by deck guns and placed into service at Wrights Corners’ main hall. Honored guest and friend to all volunteers in the Western New York area, State Senator George Maziarz, lives in the fire district and explained to all. “This is a lot of money, however, when you respond to the call for help not knowing if it will be a fire or a severe auto accident, you need to arrive with the equipment you need to do the job.” He also made it clear you need to have the equipment that protect the people that answer the call for help any time day or night, hot or cold. The Senator is a leading advocate for volunteers working over time to find funding for their needs. Chief Timothy Williams unselfishly started out by thanking his committee, Dan Handrich, Tracy Jufer, Ryan Dickinson, Jim Smith, Jeff Lee, Jeff Seefeldt, Mike Norwood, Joe Mangiafesto, and himself for all their dedicated time and effort in making this piece of equipment a reality. It has been 22 years since Wrights Corners purchased a piece of equipment and that engine is re-

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placed by this new one. And a new one it is! This isn’t just an engine, it is a pumper, a rescue, a command post, a protector of firefighters from the elements. It has it all. This apparatus is a 2013 Pierce Velocity with two sets of ladders with hydraulics, an eight man crew cab with full view from the cab, 1500 gallon a minute pump with a 1000 gallons on board, four attack lines, light towers, built in generators, and so much in extras. The community came out to share in this moment and to enjoy the free food and special cake with the picture of the new engine designed on it. They also enjoyed the blessing of the engine by Chaplin Wayne Jagow, who is also a long time member of Wrights Corners. Then, they watched as the new truck was deck gun blessed with water from it's sister engines. The members dried her off gently and as tradition has it, they worked as a team,and pushed the monster engine into her new bay. She was placed into service to protect the community.


Albany firefighters investigate a manhole cover that was blown off on South Pearl Street

Albany firefighters investigate manhole problem Albany, NY. Albany firefighters were called to an area on South Pearl Street June 27th to investigate a manhole cover that had popped out of place. The problem left the nearby Times Union Center without power and knocked a radio station off the air. Smoke briefly billowed from the manhole as firefighters investigated. National Grid officials say a main electrical cable failed causing gas to build up until the pressure forced the manhole to pop. It was at least the sixth time since September that problems

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with the underground cables have led to manhole covers being blown off in the downtown area. No injuries or problems were reported in the latest incident, but one in March led to four manhole covers blowing off, causing damage to a nearby restaurant. A second incident a week later sent flames shooting out of the manhole near the Albany County Courthouse. Albany County leaders are

calling for the State Public Service Commission to investigate, but National Grid officials say they're doing everything they can to correct the problem. They say the infrastructure is old and in desperate need of replacement. They say they've added extra crews to help replace miles of underground cable in the downtown area. They're also replacing at least 100 manhole covers with safer ones that feature a grate-like surface that allows built up gases to escape before igniting. - MIKE CAREY


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High rise fire Buffalo firefighters of the 4th Battalion 1st Platoon were called out for a high rise fire on the fifth floor of an apartment building at 505 Elmwood Ave. at the corner of W.Utica St. The 4th Battalion Chief requested the balance of the high rise assignment. A person from the fire apartment was removed from their bedroom and transported to the hospital. Damage was extensive and fire crews were removing excess water from the fire floor. The cause of the fire is under investigation.


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Firefighters respond to blaze in large vacant commercial Honeoye, NY. Around 4:00 a.m., on August 22, Richmond firefighters were dispatched to a reported structure fire at the former Stone Construction Equipment building at 8662 Main Street. First arriving units found the large vacant commercial building fully involved in flames. Defensive operations, including master streams from two ladder trucks, were able to cut the fire

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off and keep the flames from spreading to other nearby structures. Assisting Richmond firefighters at the scene were Naples, East Bloomfield, Cheshire, Bristol, West Bloomfield, Ionia, Victor, Hemlock, Livonia, Lakeville,

Avon, Springwater and Atlanta Fire Departments. Responding units worked for several hours to bring the blaze under control. The cause of the blaze was under investigation by the Ontario County Office of Emergency Management and the Ontario County Sheriff's Office.

Fast moving kitchen fire Buffalo firefighters of the 7th Battalion 3rd Platoon were called out to battle a fast moving kitchen fire at 1374 Kensington Ave. in the city's Kensington Eggert section on Tuesday evening, July 16, 2013. Firefighters used two-one and three quarter inch hand lines to bring the fire under control. The Red Cross was called for two adults. No injuries were reported and the cause of the fire is under investigation. Damage was listed at $10,000 to the building and $10,000 to the contents.



Car fire in Town of Newburgh Town of Newburgh, NY - On August 21st, the Good-Will Fire Department was alerted to a car fire on Route 32 just past the exit for Interstate 84. Firefighters quickly doused the flames and were soon back in service. The cause of the fire is under investigation, but seems to be accidental.

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Like many training facilities around the country, the Rockland County Fire Training Center functions as a clearinghouse for fire-related information. When significant incidents or information is brought to our attention, we frequently pass the information on to our fire officers and fire fighters. An unusual incident occurred inside a working fire in a row of townhouses earlier this year in our county. Deputy Fire Coordinator Pete Byrne sent the following e-mail to the local fire service leaders: On the Fire Engineering web page there is an article written by Jerry Knapp (FD23) and Chris Kear (Ex-Chief FD6) about a near miss Chris had at a recent fire. The information is a new threat to interior firefighters and is well worth the few minutes to read and then share with your firefighters. It deals with the pistons now being installed for the pull down attic stairs. Chris has presented this information to several associations already, but this is a timely and worthwhile topic, so I thought it was worth highlighting again. I thought that this incident was significant enough to share with the readers of 1st Responder. The fact that young line officer Cory Martin had his helmet cam running when the incident happened was instrumental in determining what actually took place. I encourage you to go to Fire Engineering’s web page and review the article written by veteran fire fighters Jerry Knapp and Chris Kear. Jerry Knapp is also a correspondent with 1st Responder Newspaper.

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Volunteer firefighter eases into retirement with savings Talk about serving your community. Michael Bender is a volunteer firefighter with Hopewell Fire Department 52 in the town of Princeton, N.J. His wife, Elaine, is an EMT with the department. Michael just retired in July after 25 years as a police officer in Princeton. Congratulations on your retirement, Mr. Bender – from everyone at 1st Responder’s Heroes Mortgage Program. We are proud to say that we helped Bender ease into retirement with some savings. Bender refinanced his home with the Heroes Mortgage and shaved three years off his mortgage. He’s also saving $100 every month on his payment. “I just retired, so any income I can save is big,” said Bender, who has four children. “Especially over a year, that adds up. I don’t know anyone who wouldn’t want to add $100 to their wallet every month. I had 18 years left on my mortgage and now I just have 15, which is a big savings.” Do you want to know more about the innovative Heroes Mortgage Program? Well, then, the New Jersey Firemen’s Convention on Sept. 13-14 in Wildwood is the place to be. The Heroes Mortgage Program booth at the convention is

one of the more popular attractions. Clients stop by to talk with the staff about their positive experiences and how it helped them, whether they purchased their first home, or refinanced. Meanwhile, interested firefighters check in to learn more about how the Heroes Mortgage Program can help them. There are so many wonderful stories surrounding the Heroes Mortgage Program. Whether it’s the young firefighter who used the program to by his first home, the thirty-something who refinanced to get a better rate and ease the burden of the bills, or the client who could only be approved through the Heroes Mortgage Program due to bad credit; our team is there to help. 1st Responder and Sun Home Loans teamed up to create the enterprising initiative, which provides discounted fees and low interest rates for firefighters and other members of the emergency services community. “These men and women are the fabric of our communities. Nobody sacrifices more every day,” said Joseph Belsito, Publisher of 1st Responder. “We were excited about this program from day one and, to see it get off the ground, like this is gratifying. These people are the best of the best. It’s been our pleasure getting to know them and help them.”

Whether purchasing a new home or refinancing an existing one, the Heroes Mortgage Program is offered exclusively, providing personal service, benefits and rates not normally available to the general public. Now in its 29th year, the New Jersey Firemen’s Convention is often described as the largest exposition of it’s kind east of the Mississippi. Firefighters from the entire MidAtlantic region converge on the famed Jersey Shore for the event. 1st Responder certainly looks forward to seeing our clients, our friends, and telling your colleagues more about the Heroes Mortgage Program. We are certainly proud of it. Whether purchasing a new home or refinancing an existing one, the Heroes Mortgage Program is offered exclusively, providing personal service, benefits and rates not normally available to the general public. To receive more information about the program and its benefits, contact Steven Testa at or call 973-615-9745. Sun National Bank Home Loans and 1st Responder Newspaper are not affiliated. All loans subject to approval. Certain conditions and fees may apply. Mortgage financing provided by Sun National Bank Loans, Equal Housing Lender.

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Raging blaze makes skeleton of home Town of New Windsor, NY. On August 16, 2013 at a little after 4 p.m., a raging blaze destroyed a home and caused minor damage to two others in Vails Gate's Fire District. Luckily, two young boys home at the time of the fire escaped without injury. Flames quickly engulfed the two and a half story 40 x 60 wood framed private home at 2076 Independence Drive. According to Vails Gate Chief Chris Sweeney, Washingtonville Car 4 was in the area and reported the house to be fully engulfed. Upon arrival, crews immediately went to work. Operations at the scene were only exterior, as the fire conditions were far too advanced to conduct interior ops. According to Chief Sweeney, "all units did a great job considering the

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conditions found." Vails Gate's Tower Ladder 482, a deck gun from Engine 478, and several hand lines were in operation with the attempt to douse the flames in the fully engulfed main fire building as well as keep them from spreading to the D side exposure home. Due to the valiant effort made by the firefighters from the first engine on scene, that exposure only suffered superficial damage. The house to the rear also suffered minor damage (melted siding). Vails Gate responded with approximately 25 members, three engines, one tower ladder and a rescue. Another ten or more firefighters responded from Salisbury

Mills with an engine and the City of Newburgh (FAST) with an engine. New Windsor Ambulance responded to the scene on standby duty and to provide rehab services. On standby at Vails Gate Station 1 were a ladder from Cornwall as well as an engine from New Windsor. They responded to an automatic alarm in the district for Vails Gate. Crews quickly had the fire under control and mutual aid was released approximately 30 minutes after arrival. Vails Gate crews continued hitting hot spots and conducted overhaul operations. Although the fire seemed to originate in the garage area, the cause and origin are currently under investigation.


Memorial boat ride A memorial boat ride was held in the memory of Firefighter Jonathan S. Croom of Ladder Co. 7 of the Buffalo Fire Department. Jonathan died in the line of duty at Box 363 on 1815 Genesee St. on August 24, 2009 along with Lt. Charles "Chip" McCarthy. Jon's mom held a memorial walk in Delaware Park. This year, a memorial boat ride was held in his honor on this 4th Anniversary on the Miss Buffalo. The Greater Buffalo Firefighters Pipes and Drums played at the dock until the boat departed.



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Car plummets into ravine New Windsor, NY - On August 1, 2013, Vails Gate Fire Department was alerted to a motor vehicle accident. They arrived at around noon to find a vehicle down in a ravine with the victims mobile. Firefighters used ladders to access the area and assisted the victims up. New Windsor EMS was on scene to evaluate the patients. New Windsor Police assisted and investigated the cause of the accident.

Buffalo, NY - Firefighters of the 3rd Battalion 1st Platoon were called out to battle a blaze in a fully involved one and a half story frame dwelling at 202 Wilson St. on the City's East side. Firefighters used multiple hand lines and a tower ladder to bring the blaze under control. The fire was directly behind the quarters of old Ladder Co. 11, which closed in 2003. Firefighters had to deal with low water pressure and stretched feed lines from Fillmore Ave. through the yards. No injuries were reported and the cause of the fire is under investigation. Damage was listed at $35,000 to the building and $0 to the contents. 212 Wilson St. received $5,000 exposure damage.

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“Your Workout with a twist”… Train the Way you Move FIREFIGHTER FITNESS Lori Ann Hodgkinson


Kitchen fire in Buffalo Buffalo, NY. Firefighters of the 4th Battalion 1st Platoon were called out to battle a structure fire at 555 Humboldt Pkwy. on the City's East side on Wednesday, August 21, 2013. The fire started in the basement of the very large two and a half story frame dwelling. Firefighters used several one and three quarter inch hand lines and 45 feet of ladder to bring the fire under control. The Red Cross was called for one adult. No injuries were reported and the cause of the fire is under investigation. Damage was listed at $35,000 to the building and $5,000 to the contents.

Local firefighters form charity ice hockey team Schuylerville, NY Firefighters from Saratoga, Schenectady, and surrounding counties formed a benefit Ice Hockey team to help others. Adam Myers, a lieutenant from the Schuyler Hose Co. and firefighter with the Stratton ANGB Fire Department, has organized a firefighter ice hockey team with some fellow firefighters. The team’s purpose is to organize and participate in benefit hockey games to raise money for fire service organizations and families of or in memory of Fallen Firefighters. The team is comprised of both, career and volunteer firefighters and is named in honor of MacBoston 18 Truck Firefighter Memorial. Adam, is the son of Brian

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Myers Sr., who died in the line of duty while battling a working fire on January 1, 1997. He was also a member of the Schuyler Hose Co. in Schuylerville, NY. The team recently started practicing together this June in Clifton Park, NY. A scrimmage has been set for September 21. Their first benefit game will be for its namesake, MacBoston 18 Truck, and tentatively scheduled for this Spring. You can follow them on Facebook: - ADAM MYERS

Let’s face it. Many of us are creatures of habit, even “old school” when it comes to our workouts. I myself am a huge fan of the “basics”. They make a great foundation for a balanced fitness routine and they work! Squats, Push-ups, Crunches: They’re simple, effective and most of us include them in our workouts regularly. Once you have mastered the basics (and not before) there are some great variations to try. As much as I love the old school stuff, research is clear that we need to find new ways to perform such exercises in order to get the most out of them. We need to train the way we move and (firefighters especially) have to train the way they work. One of the positive characteristics of a basic exercise is simplicity. We love the simple stuff especially when it works. However, we must be careful not to limit ourselves. The simplicity of our favorite moves can also be their most limiting factor. When we perform squats in the gym, we certainly make sure our legs are just a little more than shoulder distance apart. We flex at the hips as opposed to the waist. We keep our hips back and align our knees over our shoelaces (ankles). Proper form is essential. We sit straight down and stand straight up. It works those thighs, those glutes and even strengthens the lower back. That strength surely is beneficial, but how can we further benefit from the squats? As humans, we rarely move in a straight forward line or straight up and down. We combine our movements through multiple planes. Visualize the way you sit into and get up from a chair. Do you do it like a robot, making razor straight movements, or do you usually favor one side over an-

other and sort of get up with a twist in the direction of which you will begin to walk? Think about it. It’s surely the latter. Here’s a variation on the squat to get you training the way you move. Hold a dumbbell or medicine ball at your chest. Place your feet just a bit wider than shoulder width apart and turned slightly outward (there is hip rotation in this movement, so pointing the toes ever so slightly outward and more importantly pivoting on the balls of both feet will prevent any twisting of the knee during the hip rotation). Lower into a squat, (going no lower than 90 degrees) and bringing the elbows towards the inside of the thighs. As you stand up, take the weight overhead and rotate to the right, pivoting on both feet. Lower and repeat for 1-3 sets of 8-16 reps, alternating sides. You don’t have to give up straight squats altogether. For a more rounded set of squats you can start with straight up and down reps, do the alternating twists and then finish up with straight up and downs. Push-ups? Love ‘em! But you can add a twist to your pushups as well. Picture this. You are lying on your stomach watching TV (Hey – how come that was so easy to picture????). The doorbell rings and you get up to answer it. Are you robotic? Do you push straight up equally with both arms, tuck both legs simultaneously and stand straight up and then do a perfect right or left face? (Oh, that reminds me, we surely have to vary our squatthrusts, but that’s a conversation for another day). You certainly are not robotic here either. You pushup, rotate slightly to one side and get up from there. Try to simulate that with this variation on the push-up. From a pushup position, lower yourself as usual then as you push up rotate your body so your right arm lifts up and extends overhead. Your arms and torso should form the letter “T”. Return to the starting position, lower yourself, then push up and rotate till your left hand points toward the ceiling. Yes, this is a somewhat exaggerated movement, but the rotational twist is more closely tied to

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the way you move in life and at work than perpetually training in a straight and linear plane. The abdominals: The core of so many of our movements. We are crunching like mad and that works. We even crunch with a twist and that’s great! I know we have discussed this one and a number of variations using a medicine and/or Swiss ball. We are more evolved than ever with our abdominal training. With that in mind, think about the movement and the muscles that engage when you do a door push. It taxes your core and if not properly trained, can fatigue you in a hurry. The “Russian Twist” is a great way to train that movement and those muscles. While seated on the floor, hold a medicine ball, dumbbell, or weight plate. Your hips and knees are bent 90 degrees. Hold the weight straight out in front of you and keep your back straight (your torso at about 45 degree angle to the floor). Explosively twist your torso as far as you can to the left, and then reverse the motion, twisting as far as you can to the right. That's one rep, do 3 sets of 8-12 at the end of your workout. These are just a few examples of movements that can be varied to more accurately mimic the way you live and work. Of course the most direct transference of movement is actually the movement itself. So I also recommend incorporating actual job tasks into your training. Do an actual door push, dummy drag, ladder climb etc. That aside the exercises sited are a great way to balance out and enhance your basic gym routine. You get the idea. How many others can you think of? Go For It! Stay Safe – and of course -Remember, these variations are only suitable once you have mastered the original basic movement. You should be free from restriction especially regarding the knees, shoulders and lower back. Additionally, remember to receive clearance from your physician before beginning any exercise program. - LORI HODGKINSON

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Goal: Quality patient care starts with the crew EMS ISSUE CHELLE CORDERO

An ambulance crew consists of the minimum of a driver and an EMT or Paramedic. Each member, like a pit-crew, needs to know how to best perform their job and to be able to work with each other. Each member of the team needs to know that they can rely on their teammates and every patient needs to know that everything possible is being done to ensure the best patient care. Every crew needs to take the time to know each other and understand the individual responsibilities that are expected of each. Commonly referred to as the “forming stage”, this is the optimum time to clarify what skills are available and the tasks to be performed. If there are any disagreements about responsibilities, this is the time to get these conflicts worked out so that no quarrels or resentments keep the crew from working together effectively. Performance, the ability to successfully manage all resources, including individual skills, to provide quality pre-hospital care and transportation, is the “final stage”. Team effectiveness is defined as achieving four performance outcomes: innovation/adaptation, efficiency, quality and team member satisfaction. (Daft RL. The leadership experience) Other factors, individually, go into the total response and value of service. Each crew needs to work towards a “sterile cockpit” concept. The sterile cockpit is a term coined by the FAA in regards to pilots and the environment they work in; in ambulance response it refers to the driver’s compartment. In a sterile cockpit the distractions are kept to a minimum and only those that are vital to the successful completion of a call. No cell phones, no texting, no extraneous radio or passenger conversations and no (entertainment) radio/music during response. If a GPS is used to help find patients, program the addresses when stopped and use voice prompts if available instead of taking your eyes off of the road while driving. During times when two crew members are sitting in the cockpit (no patient on board or additional/non-essential crew), the

passenger can act as a second set of eyes, work the siren, program the GPS, or look up maps. Although a busy station and numerous jobs may prohibit regular meal times, there should never be eating food or drinking beverages while on a call; eating in an ambulance also increases the chances of crew members ingesting germs and endangering health. Playing music during a call, especially in the patient compartment detracts from the attention that should be paid to the patient. Even before a patient is on board, crews should use the time to prepare for the call and eliminate all non-essential activity. Before each shift, a crew should discuss and agree on the ways to ensure a sterile cockpit and it will become more commonplace with each call. Hierarchy at a scene and during the call can sometimes cause confusion or disruption. Generally the highest medically trained provider is in charge of patient care and the driver is in charge of transport (taking into account any requests regarding urgency or necessary stops from the EMT/Paramedic in charge). While it may be easy to understand who is in charge within one agency and one crew, problems may arise when there are more than one crew responding or more than one agency is involved, especially when different services (such as fire and police) respond. Running periodic inter-agency drills are a productive way to alleviate these issues before they impair patient care; drills should always be followed up with calm and honest assessments with the goal of determining best practices. Each drill and call should be a learning device and no one should hold on to “that’s the way we’ve always done it” if another way is found to be more successful. Finally each crew member should be held responsible for maintaining their knowledge and skills – this is equally imperative for paid as well as volunteer responders. Career emergency medical responders may put in several hours a week on calls and training whereas volunteers are usually not in service as often. Career and volunteer first responders in EMS take the same basic training, each needs to maintain that level of skill. Patients should be able to depend on the members of the ambulance crew that responds to their emergency and not worry that the EMT or other crew member only “practices” life saving skills once in a while.

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

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

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

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Memorial dedicated On August 21st, a memorial was dedicated to the memory of the five firefighters from Buffalo Fire Department's Truck 5, who were killed at Box 191 on December 27, 1983.


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Small town gets big help A small town fire department received a big time grant to help them out. The Raymertown Fire Department in Rensselaer County received a grant for ten brand new wildland firefighting JUMP TO FILE # suits. 081713100 The department utilized their new suits on a wildland fire drill. The fire department used a one acre field of high grass and brush to hold their drill on. Crews practiced in basic wildland firefighting skills along with shuttling water to the drill site with limited man power. They drilled for three hours and plan to keep training to improve their skills.

Buffalo, NY. On Saturday, August 10, at 10:07 p.m., Buffalo firefighters were dispatched to a reported structure fire in the area of Carlton and Locust Streets. Fire units arrived on location and found a working fire in a va-

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Two car accident Four were transported from a two car accident in the Town of Newburgh on August 25th. Good-Will Fire Department responded to the accident on Route 32 near the intersection with the Interstate 84 off ramp around 2:30 p.m. Assisting with patient transport was the Town of Newburgh EMS.

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On July 29th and 30th, the Westford Volunteer Fire Department (Otsego County) held their first ever Junior Firefighter Camp for youth in the community. The camp, which was held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on both days, was attended by 27 kids ranging from four to thirteen. Each day began with a flag raising and physical fitness run followed by classroom and hands on training in fire department history, fire suppression, calling 911, and home fire safety. Live demonstrations on fire suppression and vehicle extrication were also performed by fire department personnel. The camp concluded on the 30th with a junior firefighter obstacle course. On July 31, a community BBQ and graduation ceremony was held for all who attended the camp and graduation certificates and smoke detectors were presented by Chief Ralph Ritton, Fire Commissioner Chairman Steve Hatfield and Town Supervisor Brad Davis. Plans are already underway to continue this successful event in 2014. - KEVIN RITTON

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Wayne Jagow Chaplin, State Senator George Maziarz, Ast Chief Tracy Jufer, Chief Timonthy Williams, and Ast Chief Dan Handrich stad by the new Wright’s Corners engine


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Accident on Newburgh Beacon Bridge On August 23, 2013, the Middlehope Fire Department reported to a motor vehicle accident on the Newburgh Beacon Bridge around dusk, approximately 6:45 p.m. The Town of Newburgh Emergency Medical Services assisted with patient removal and transport.


Six assisted by Red Cross after blaze Buffalo, NY. Firefighters of the 3rd Battalion 4th Platoon were called out to battle a structure fire in a two and a half story frame dwelling at 218 Cambridge Ave. in the City's Delavan-Grider section. The fire was on Sunday, August 18, 2013. Firefighters used a couple of one and three quarter inch hand lines to bring the fire under control.

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Car into trees On August 26th at approximately 8:30 a.m., Good-Will Fire Department was alerted to a car versus tree in front of 413 Little Britain Road. Further information provided advised of serious injuries with the patient unconscious. Mutual aid to the landing zone at Local 17 was the City of Newburgh Engine 3. The medevac was cancelled and the patient was transported via ground.

Albion, NY. On Sunday afternoon, August 25, firefighters from Albion and Carlton responded to a report of crates burning at the Lamont Fruit Farm, 3031 Densmore Road. Firefighters found stacks of wooden crates used for fruit storage ablaze. The fire was quickly extinguished and there were no injuries.


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