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Newburgh, NY - Dozens of firefighters from nine departments responded on the morning of September 6th for reports of a structure fire at Andiamo Restaurant, a one-story building located at 5025 Route 9W, next to Alexis Diner. BOB ROOT

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1st Responder News is sad to announce the passing of our longtime columnist, Henry Campbell. Henry wrote a monthly column titled "Staying Safe," which was very much enjoyed by our readers.

Henry A. Campbell, 76, of Rhinebeck and formerly of Mount Vernon, NY, passed away on Friday, July 14th, 2017 at Westchester Medical Center.

Mr. Campbell was a 37 year veteran of the Mount Vernon Fire Department, rising through the ranks to serve as Chief of Operations from 1986 to 1996, when he retired. He served two years as acting Fire Coordinator/Commissioner for Westchester County Department of Emergency Services from 1999-2000.

He was an Adjunct Instructor at the NYS Fire Academy, a member of the NYS Department of Civil Service Fire Advisory Committee, an OSHA Safety Trainer throughout the Hudson Valley, and was the first Director of the Westchester County Career Chiefs Academy. Mr. Campbell served on the Westchester County Arson Task Force from 1980-1996, Westchester County Local Emergency Planning Committee from 1987-1996, the Westchester County Fire Advisory Board from 1988-1996, as a NYS Fire Instructor for Dutchess County from 19831992, he was the Yonkers Command Post Coordinator after the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center and subsequently NYFD Terrorism Training Instructor, and as the Emergency Management Coordinator for the Town of Rhinebeck.

He was a member of the International Assoc. of Fire Chiefs, the NYS Assoc. of Fire Chiefs, the Westchester County Fire Chiefs Assoc., the Westchester County Career Chiefs Assoc., the Westchester Firefighters Emerald Society, the Fireman's Assoc. of the State of NY, the International Assoc. of Fire Fighters-Local #107 Mount Vernon, the NYS Police & Fire Retirees Assoc., an Honorary Life Member of the Pleasant Valley Fire Department, and an active and faithful member of the Rhinebeck Fire Department.

In addition to his fire service and community involvement, Mr. Campbell was also devoted to his faith. He was a communicant of Good Shepherd Church and was a member of the Ushers Society of Good Shepherd Church for over 44 years. He also served as Head Usher for many of those years.

Mr. Campbell enjoyed his many friends and colleagues in the fire service, along with his pet dogs- Sparky, Muffet, Chowder, and Mollie. He also filled his days with family, friends, working on his computer, hunting, fishing, reading, and always learning each day. In addition to his loving wife of 54 years, he is survived by his daughter, Kathleen Campbell; his son, Kevin Campbell; a brother, Robert Campbell of Franklinton, NC; a sister, Marion Campbell of New York City, NY; along with extended family, countless colleagues and friends. May he Rest in Peace.



Boat Explosion Rocks the Hudson River Poughkeepsie, NY - On Sunday, August 21st, reports came through of a boat on fire near the gas dock of the Hyde Park Marina on the east bank of the Hudson River in Dutchess County. Fairview Fire De- JUMP TO FILE# partment responded 082117103 with 41-11 and the Poughkeepsie Fire Department sent their Marine-1 up to the scene with Lt. Eric Dodd, FF Ron Holder and FF Eric Dingee aboard. Fairview worked to prevent further exposure to surrounding property while Marine-1 raced up the river. The Roosevelt FD relocated one of their engines to the Fairview FD to handle calls for Fairview. Chris Sekul, a recreational boater with more than two decades of boating experience was aboard his craft, the "One Night Stand," and was able to secure photos of the scene, including PFD Marine-1, for 1st Responder News. According to Sekul, Fairview and Poughkeepsie were joined at the scene by Sea Tow and the Ulster County Sheriff's Office Marine Unit. The Dutchess County Sheriff's Office deployed Sgt. Todd Grieb aboard Enforcer-1 to provide additional assistance. The explosion, with an undetermined cause, aboard the pleasure craft took place in close proximity to the gas pumps. - TODD BENDER


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Kingston, NY - On August 2nd, a roofer collapsed while working on a roof at 22 O'Neal Street. The City of Kingston Fire Department responded with their ladder truck. Firefighters worked to stabilize the victim before removing him from the roof.



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Buffalo, NY - Firefighters of the 6th Battalion/3rd Platoon were called out to battle a three-alarm blaze in three dwellings in the City's Iron Island section on Monday, September 4th. The original fire building, located at 42 Bougardus St., is a two-story frame dwelling and suffered $60,000 in damages to the building and $40,000 to the contents; 42 Bougardus St., a rear cottage, also a two-story, wood-frame suffered $50,000 in damages to the building and $25,000 to the contents; 46 Bougardus St., another two-story frame suffered




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JUMP TO FILE #090717100 $80,000 in damages to the building and $40,000 to the contents. Seven adults and seven children were left homeless by the blaze. The Red Cross was called in to assist. The Salvation Army Canteen also responded. Two civilians and two firefighters suffered unknown injuries. The cause of the fire is under investigation. - DAVID KAZMIERCZAK



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Fishkill, NY - The Hudson Valley Renegades baseball team, a class A short season affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays, have been playing ball for several years. What many fans don't see is the behind the scenes first responders. Chuck Foster is the head of the EMT squad that consists of seven EMTs who are responsible for responding to any medical emergency in the stadium, including special events that take place when the 'Gades are away. On Thursday, August 17th, Chuck and his EMT wife Kaelee were the two assigned to work a special event, the "Hudson Valley Burger and Beer Bash". It was an uneventful evening that gave the couple a chance to pose for 1st Responder News. TODD BENDER


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MVA with Rollover on Route 208 in Washingtonville Washingtonville, NY - At 12:32 A.M. on August 28th, the Washingtonville Fire Department and Blooming Grove VAC were alerted for a motor vehicle collision with rollover and ejection on Route 208 in the vicinity of Woodcock Mountain JUMP TO FILE# Road. Upon arrival, 082817116 the driver of the vehicle was found on the ground away from the vehicle. The vehicle also struck and damaged a utility pole at the location, causing the guide wires to drop across he roadway. Initially, reports were that a second person may have been in the vehicle, but a search of the area by the Washingtoville FD yielded negative results. Fire department personnel stabilized the vehicle, removing the hazard. Washingtonville FD Fire Police closed Route 208. The driver of the vehicle was transported to Saint Luke's Hospital in Newburgh by Blooming Grove VAC. The accident is under investigation by the Blooming Grove Police Department. - GARY HEARN


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Hyde Park, NY - Roosevelt Fire District's Station 3 in Hyde Park prepared for the annual 9/11 memorial services by placing 343 American flags on their lawn. If your department paid tribute to the 343 brave FDNY firefighters with a 9/11 ceremony or tribute, tell us about it!

City of Newburgh, NY - The City of Newburgh FD was dispatched to a motorcycle versus vehicle accident on Broadway and Mill Street on August 28th. The City of Newburgh PD and firefighters assisted with the injured subject of the motorcycle until Mobile Life EMS arrived and took over patient care. Firefighters spread speedy dry on fluids in the roadway. The subject was transported to Saint Luke's Hospital be Mobile Life.


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New Jersey: Richard W. Leonard, 70 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: April 10, 1993 Death Date: July 30, 2017 Fire Department: Perth Amboy Fire Department Initial Summary: Firefighter Richard W. Leonard was operating a pumper at a fire on State Street in Perth Amboy, New Jersey, on April 19, 1993. The fire involved a recycling facility with plastics. Firefighter Leonard did not have breathing air and worked in the highly toxic plastic burning smoke for hours. Leonard never returned to duty and spent the last 24 years under workers' compensation care for continuous medical conditions caused from inhaling the smoke. Firefighter Leonard died on July 30, 2017 due to the effects of the smoke exposure. Texas: Jay Hinkie, 61 Rank: Assistant Fire Chief Incident Date: August 2, 2017 Death Date: August 2, 2017 Fire Department: Silsbee Volunteer Fire Department Initial Summary: Assistant Fire Chief Jay Hinkie was struck in the roadway by a passing vehicle while he operated at the scene of a single vehicle rollover. As firefighters were cleaning up the scene, Hinkie was walking with traffic in the westbound lanes of FM418 near Ruby Lane when he was struck. Chief Hinkie was rushed to a hospital in Beaumont where he succumbed to his injuries. The fatal accident remains under investigation by authorities. Montana: Brent M. Witham, 29 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: August 2, 2017 Death Date: August 2, 2017 Fire Department: U.S. Forest Service Initial Summary: Firefighter Brent Witham was

struck and killed by a falling tree while working on the Lolo Peak fire in Western Montana. Witham was given CPR and other emergency medical aid by fellow firefighters and was then airlifted to a hospital in Missoula, Montana. Despite all efforts, Witham passed away as a result of his injuries. Firefighter Witham was a member of the Vista Grande Hotshot crew based in Idyllwild, California. Montana: Tom Martin, 61 Rank: Fire Chief Incident Date: August 18, 2017 Death Date: August 19, 2017 Fire Department: Black Eagle Volunteer Fire Department Initial Summary: Fire Chief Tom Martin attended live fire training on the evening of August 18, 2017. Within 24 hours of this training, Martin passed away at his residence on August 19, 2017.

Kentucky: Thomas P. McBride, 60 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: August 24, 2017 Death Date: August 24, 2017 Fire Department: Campbellsburg Fire and Rescue Initial Summary: While participating in search and rescue training Thursday evening, Firefighter Thomas P. McBride complained of difficulty breathing. He removed his breathing apparatus, denied medical treatment, cooled down, stated that he felt better and requested to return to the training. Instead, he was assigned to pump operations. A short time later, he collapsed. Resuscitation efforts were started immediately and Firefighter McBride was transported to an area hospital where he later succumbed to his injury. The nature and cause of fatal injury are still to be reported.

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Maybrook and Mechanicstown Respond to Motorcycle MVA on I-84


Fire at Refuse Transfer Station in Caledonia

Caledonia, NY - On Saturday, September 2nd at 7:20 A.M., Caledonia firefighters were dispatched to a report of a structure fire at the LT Disposal Transfer Station at 119 West River Road. Fire units arrived on location and reported a large refuse fire. Mutual aid was requested to the scene from Mumford, East Avon, York, Scottsville, Henrietta, Bergen and Stafford Fire Departments. Heavy equipment was used to gain access to the large pile of burning debris inside of the metal sided structure. Firefighters worked throughout the morning to extinguish the blaze. There were no injuries reported.

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Montgomery, NY - Maybrook Fire Department and Mechanicstown Fire Department were dispatched by Orange County 911 for a motorcycle accident at the 27 mile marker on Interstate 84 East on September 2nd. JUMP TO FILE# Upon arrival of 090717109 Maybrook Car 1, the motorcyclist was found on the ground severely injured. There were also multiple other vehicles involved in the accident. Reports from eyewitnesses at the scene stated that the operator of the motorcycle was being pulled by a tow line that was attached from the back of a pickup truck doing approximately 60mph and lost control on the interstate, causing additional vehicles to crash into each other while trying to avoid the motorcyclist. A medevac was requested to the scene after being on standby. Maybrook’s Heavy Rescue was requested by Car 1 to come up west on the eastbound lane to the scene, as the interstate was shutdown to have EMTs treat the motorcyclist, as well as conducting battery cuts to vehicles. Mechanicstown Engine was requested to take up the landing zone for the incoming medevac. Maybrook Engine 218 was tasked to have the EMTs check the occupants in the other cars and mitigate any hazards from the three vehicles. Prior to arrival of emer-

gency services, there was a secondary accident that was caused by the first accident, with only property damage to the vehicles and occupants. Additional resources on scene were Orange County Fire Coordinators 36-4, 36-12, Campbell Hall with one Engine for cover assignment at Maybrook Fire Headquar-


ters, multiple Mobile Life Support Services and Goshen Ambulance Corps. The motorcyclist was airlifted to Westchester Medical Center. The two separate accidents are being investigated by New York State Police Troop F. - MAYBROOK FD

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Ancram Wins Trophy Down in Dutchess Millerton, NY - The Dutchess County Volunteer Firemen's Association parade was held in Millerton on August 12th. The parade helped Millerton celebrate 125 years of service to the community. The well attended event gave trophies in several categories, both in and out of Dutchess County. The Ancram FD joined in the festivities with apparatus and manpower. The trip down culminated with the trophy for "Best Appearing Engine Out of County" being awarded to Ancram's 79-20.

(L to R): Jim Conety, Jim Chambers and Dean Hanks.


Salem Rescue Squad Hosts Annual Members and Family Get-Together Salem, NY – The Salem Rescue Squad held a family gathering on August 19th at the new Salem Fire House. There was plenty of food and laughs! President John Gibb in his welcoming remarks stated, “Without the support of the members' families, we would not be able to provide the emergency medical services to the citizens and visitors in Salem, Hebron, Jackson, East Greenwich and Rupert. When called, whether it be day or night, good weather, rain, snow or ice, they leave their warm homes and family and respond to the needs of a fellow community member for medical assistance.” Captain Vicky Campbell

JUMP TO FILE #090517112 awarded service plaques to founding member Jim Conety, 48 years; founding member Dean Hanks, 48 years; Jim Chambers, 45 years; Stephen Snyder, 25 years; John Gibb, 25 years; and Fred Muhlig, 20 years. Pins recognizing years of service were also awarded to the members of the Salem Rescue Squad. For more than 45 years, the Salem Rescue Squad has provided emergency medical services to citizens and visitors in Salem, Hebron, Jackson, East Greenwich and Ru-

pert. The Squad relies primarily on dedicated volunteers to serve as Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs), drivers and assistants in answering approximately 400 calls per year. Salem Rescue Squad is in search of new members who can be a part of its team and contribute to its critical mission of providing emergency medical care to the community. Flexible schedules are easily accommodated due to our 24/7 schedule. For more information about Salem Rescue Squad call 518.854.7199 or email - ED DONOGHUE


Four People Transported to Hospital from Newburgh MVA Newburgh, NY - Cromoner Valley FD was called out to an MVA on Route 300 and Jeannie Drive in the Town of Newburgh on August 23rd. They were assisted by Winona Lake Engine Company. Four people were taken to the hospital.


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WTC Health Program Available to Help First Responders Even 16 years after the September 11th terrorist attacks, New Yorkers, including many first responders, are still feeling the effects of one of the darkest days in the history of the United States. While the full scope of 9/11 health-related issues is still unknown, an increasing number of studies suggest that individuals affected by 9/11 have been exposed to substances and psychological stressors that put them at risk for certain health conditions. Some of the most common conditions seen among the population include but are not limited to asthma, GERD, sinusitis, rhinitis as well as cancer and mental health conditions such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), anxiety and depression. The James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010 established the World Trade Center (WTC) Health Program. The WTC Health Program aims to help eligible individuals affected by 9/11. In 2015, the Zadroga Act was reauthorized and the Program was extended until 2090. The WTC Health Program provides medical monitoring and treatment for approved WTC related health conditions to 9/11 workers and volunteers, defined by the Zadroga Law as “WTC Responders.” This group was involved in rescue, recovery, cleanup and other support services at the Ground Zero (south of Canal

JUMP TO FILE #091317109 Street), Staten Island Landfill, Barge Loading Piers, or Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. The category of “WTC Responders” includes firefighters, police officers, military personnel, and other emergency workers that assisted in the 9/11 recovery efforts in the disaster area. The WTC Health Program is administered by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) within the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). There are currently over 78,000 members enrolled in the Program and enrollment is still open. Emergency medical technicians, police officers, and any other first responders that worked in the disaster area and have not enrolled in the WTC Health Program can apply at any time by submitting an application to NIOSH. You can check your eligibility or download an application by visiting their website or calling 1-888-982-4748. Services are available through Clinical Centers of Excellence located in New York and New Jersey, as well as through a national network of providers. - GABRIELLA VILLACIS

Welcome to the Energy and Vision of Pulse Check 2017 The New York State Volunteer Ambulance & Rescue Association’s 62nd Annual Conference & Trade Show—PULSE CHECK 2017—is taking place at the Albany Marriott on September 21– September 24, 2017. First Responders, EMTs, Paramedics and many others who represent Emergency Medical Services, Rescue and Fire Agencies in the Empire State and nearby New Jersey and New England states will come together at the Albany Marriott for professional development, continuing education, to learn about the latest trends, practices, equipment and technology—and to celebrate our industry and the accomplishments of NYSVARA! Our Conference & Trade Show continues to grow every year. It attracts top quality speakers who continue to bring new, interesting and cutting-edge seminar topics to our attendees. Conference Highlights: • Conference opens on Thurs-

JUMP TO FILE #091417117 day, September 21st with the successful 8-hour Pre- Conference Core Content EMS Refresher Program. • The Trade Show will run on Friday, September 22nd and Saturday, September 23rd • Friday and Saturday features two major educational tracks. • The Annual EMS Skills Drill Challenge will take place on Friday evening. • NYSVARA’s Annual Awards Banquet and Memorial will take place on Saturday evening. • The Conference closes out on Sunday, September 24th with the popular “Three Wise Men” featured seminar and Board of Directors Meeting. Come Join Us! - NYSVARA

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Fire Guts Mobile Home in Spring Lake Spring Lake, NY - On August 1st 8:20 A.M., a fire at 120 Maxwell Lane, Lot 2 gutted a mobile home. The Spring Lake FD responded and called for a second-alarm while responding, as the fire was visible from the rear of their firehouse. Upon arrival, firefighters encountered heavy smoke and fire. Five-inch hose was laid to a hydrant and one hand-line to the fire. Fire spread quickly, but firefighters knocked it down within about 10 to 15 minutes. According to 1st assistant Chief Jared Mance, the blaze was caused from a furnace malfunction.

Summer has come and gone, probably quicker than we all had hoped. Till next year, tomatoes! See ya in twelve months, jalapenos! Wait...sweet corn! Where are you going?!?! But fear not because not all produce is dead! Fall is actually a great time of year for ingredients that thrive in the cooler temperatures. Think hardy butternut squash, sweet apples, crisp cauliflower and the all-mighty pumpkin. With the hot weather behind us, it is time to throw the cover on the grill and fire up the ovens again. I am talking long simmering

stews, super slow braises and yes, even baking! The ingredients available at this time of year love this kind of cooking. Root vegetables, such as parsnips and carrots, shine in dishes like the firehouse classics, Pot Roast and Beef Stew. The sweetness from the natural sugars really develop with the extended cook times. One often overlooked ingredient this season are greens. Kale and collards thrive in the cooler temperatures of the fall and winter and are sturdy enough to hold up to long slow cooking. And while kale may have already seen it’s “15 minutes of fame," it still makes an appearance on the firehouse table whether sauteed with garlic and chiles, or in a cannellini bean soup. Fall may not make you think fruit, but nothing is better than a sweet crisp apple. And don’t think for a minute all you can do with

them is apple pie! Apples and pork are a match made in culinary heaven. I mean, you can’t go wrong with pork chops and homemade applesauce. Pears are also in season and another classic combo is to pair them with walnuts and bleu cheese, a simple salad that would go well with just about any fall dish. Speaking of salads, this is the perfect time of year for chicories! What are chicories you may be asking? They are a pleasantly bitter family of lettuces which include radicchio, endive (great with the pear, walnut, bleu cheese combo) and one of my favorites, escarole. One of the most memorable dishes from my childhood is escarole and beans. Simple, rustic Italian food, perfect for the fall weather that makes my heart warm. Check out the recipe below for my Escarole, Sausage and Bean Soup!

“Escarole, Sausage and Bean Soup” Serves 4 Ingredients:

-1 Onion, peeled and chopped -1 Carrot, peeled and chopped -3 Garlic Cloves, sliced thin -½ Head of Escarole, thoroughly cleaned and rough chopped -1 lb. Hot or Sweet Italian Sausage, removed from the casings -2 - 15 oz. Cans of Cannellini Beans, drained -4 Cups of Chicken Stock (more may be needed) Red Chili Flake -Parmesan Cheese -Extra Virgin Olive Oil -Salt, to taste

nellini beans to a medium sauce pan with enough water to cover and simmer for about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool. Add to a blender and puree the beans (be careful as hot liquid in a blender can be messy and dangerous!) Add this puree to the soup pot along with the escarole and reserved sausage. -Cook the soup for about 1 hour partially covered. Taste for seasoning and serve with grated parmesan.

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Rush Firefighters Bring Joy to Disabled Kids Rush, NY - On Monday, August 28th, Rush Asst. Chief Jon Faugh, Capt. Joe Watlack and Firefighters Beth Faugh and Tyler Grillo, took Pumper-582 to the Mary Cariola Children's Center group home for disabled and handicapped kids on Rush-Scottsville Road. Residents from English Road, Bailey Road and Rushwood enjoyed pizza on the patio, a story about firefighters and fire safety, and then they toured one of the trucks from the Rush FD. The kids were put in the driver's seat and used the siren and air horns (neighbors probably loved that!), got to put on equipment, drag the hoses, etc. The kids never get to come to the FD open house, so we brought it to them!

-In a deep pot over medium heat, add a glug of olive oil and then the sausage. Using a wooden spoon, break up the sausage and brown. Remove the sausage and set aside. -In the same pan, add a little more oil if needed and add the onions and carrots. When the onions are translucent, add the sliced garlic and a pinch of chili flakes. When the garlic is just starting to brown, add ONE can of the beans and saute for a minute or so. Add the chicken stock and bring to a simmer.

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Chaplain's Corner Didymus McHugh

I have heard so much about the ripple effect, how what we do has impacts that we could never imagine. Well, how about what we do impacts so many people, and people that we will never meet, or know about? A friend of mine passed away and we thought about what he did and who we had to coordinate with for his memorial. He served in the Navy, retired after serving in a fire department for 25 years, retired from being an instructor at the local fire academy for 25-30 years, he was a life member of a firefighter’s motorcycle club, a founding member of an ambulance corp., he served on a CISM team, he worked with AA and also with his local church. When you think of it, just belonging to one organization impacts many people. My friend had to have taught thousands of firefighters and developed friendships with so many of them. Those firefighters may have taught other firefighters, taught fire prevention to people including children, saved lives through EMS or pulled people out of buildings. Through a fire instructor, just teaching one class can have an immense impact that they will never know. How many people are alive because someone responded as an EMT? If that person died in a car crash, from a gunshot, or of a medical issue, how many people would not have been born because the family’s blood line could have ended there? We do not really realize the impact of our words or actions. In the Bible, because of the life that Abraham lived, he was told that he would have more children than the stars in the sky. Or how about


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Joseph? He was sold as a slave by his brothers, BUT later he ended up saving Egypt from a great famine. Jesus only did ministry for three years on Earth, but how many people today are following his teachings from 2,017 years ago? How many people are you going to impact? Who can you inspire, just by speaking words of encouragement to them? What lessons can people learn from you? My friend taught that you need at least four hugs a day to continue a happy and healthy life. He also taught that it is alright to cry. “It is through our tears that we are able to go on. You cannot have a rainbow without the rain and you need the tears to help you heal.” Just one of us can help and effect so many. We throw one stone into the pond of life and the ripple of our existence will propel lives, like a wave effecting a boat. The words that we speak can put wind into someone’s sails and keep them moving on. The love that we share, in our service to our neighbor and fellow man, can impact a family, community, country. Al, Thank you for being in our lives. You have helped so many people and touched so many people's lives. You were there for me as I was laying on my deathbed. You loved your family and friends. You served as an instructor and took care of so many. Now you have been called home by our Heavenly Chief. You have reported for your new assignment, working in the heavenly station as our guardian. You have been told “Well done good and faithful servant”. We will see you again someday. May the LORD bless you and keep you; May the LORD make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; May the LORD turn his face toward you and give you peace and until we meet again, may the Lord hold you in the hollow of His hand. Stay safe, Brother Didymus McHugh

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Washingtonville, NY - Monnell FD held their open house on August 26th, celebrating their 125th anniversary.

MVA with Rollover in Washingtonville Requires Medevac Washingtonville, NY - At 7:05 P.M. on August 25th, the Washingtonville FD was dispatched to a motor vehicle accident with rollover at 111 Toleman Rd. in Washingtonville. Upon arrival, fire department personnel found a 71-year-old male with an altered mental status. He was removed from the vehicle by Washingtonville FD and treated by New Windsor VAC with assistance from the Blooming Grove VAC Paramedics. He was transported to Westchester County Medical Center by MedEvac helicopter. The accident is under investigation by the New Windsor PD. Washingtonville FD Fire Police provided support with traffic control.


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Cortlandville Fire Dept. Helps Houston

Deacon Peter Haight gives opening prayer.

Members bow heads during prayer.



Cortland, NY - On Friday, September 1st, members of the Cortlandville Fire Department teamed up with the American Red Cross and Royal Motors in Cortland to collect funds for the hurricane Harvey relief. The de- JUMP TO FILE# partment set up 090617106 their 104’ Rosenbauer tower ladder and a table for the public to drop off money donations for the Red Cross relief efforts. Joe Reagan, owner of Royal Motors, has been a longtime supporter of emergency services and the Red Cross through promotions and generous donations to both organizations. Under the direction of Chief Jared Gebel, the officers and members of Cortlandville Fire Department staffed the event and greeted the public as they dropped off their donations. Cortland County suffered some devastating flooding earlier this year and these members know all too well of the challenges that flooding can create for both the department and its community. The department also participated in a national campaign to gather and ship new fire department t-shirts down to the Fire Marshal’s office in Texas to be given to firefighters and their families that lost everything in the flooding. David Denniston, Past Chief and current President of the department said, "Often times we are out protecting our citizens and our own families can suffer when we are not there to comfort them and protect our own assets during these challenging times.”

The t-shirt drive is a small token of support for these firefighters and a way for their families to know that they are not alone and that the brotherhood stretches


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Newburgh FD Holds 9/11 Ceremony Newburgh, NY - Newburgh FD held their 9/11 ceremony at Park Place on the morning of September 11th. The ceremony started at 8:30 A.M. with Deacon Peter Haight giving the opening prayer. Acting Fire Chief Terry Ahlers talked about how it must have felt that day going into the towers. Mayor Judy Kennedy was also in attendance and thanked the First Responders. The Newburgh Bagpipers played Amazing Grace just before a trumpet player from the FD played TAPS. A list of residents from Orange County were read off. JEFFREY ARNOLD/@FIREPHOTO25

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Three-Alarm Fire Destroys Three Buildings in Albany Albany, NY - Around 5:38 A.M. on August 21st, the City of Albany FD responded to 317 1st St. in Arbor Hill for an alarm of fire. The first arriving truck and engine companies had heavy fire pushing from the rear of two JUMP TO FILE# buildings and called 091217112 for the Signal 30. As soon as the battalion chief arrived on scene and did a quick scene size up, a second-alarm was requested. Albany Firefighters pulled multiple hand lines into the two buildings and around to the rear of the building. Firefighters encountered heavy fire conditions in the main fire building and in the secondary building. Crews mounted an aggressive interior attack, but due to the balloon frame style building and the materials on the outside, the building it made it hard for them to get a quick handle on the fire. While firefighters were trying to bring the fire under control, a third building that was attached to the well involved structures caught fire and spread into the cockloft of the building. As firefighters worked inside the two main fire buildings, Ladder-2's crew had to use the roof of the building next to the fire buildings due to tight streets and command setting up a collapse zone. Firefighters had to go in from another building by setting up a ladder and scale across to the main fire building. As soon as firefighters climbed across the 10-foot gap, they went right to work making large ventilation holes so that firefighters below would be able to have semi-visible working conditions inside the fire buildings. As the heavy brown smoke pushed from all of the buildings, command started to see the rapid changes occurring and ordered everyone out of the building. Command also requested the

third-alarm, bringing the City of Troy, Green Island and the Watervliet Fire Departments to the scene, as well as to the Arbor Hill firehouse to cover the City of Albany. As soon as all of the firefighters were clear of the building, the engines in front of the building, along with multiple firefighters, opened up with their master streams as heavy fire engulfed the front of the building and pushed from the roof of the buildings. The powerful force of the master streams blew apart the building and quickly knocked down the heavy

fire conditions. When command re-evaluated the situation, he had Ladder-2 open up their master stream and start to knock down all visible fire from their location. Firefighters on scene battled the fire until the late hours of the morning. Multiple neighbors reported seeing large amounts of squatters in the area the night before. No firefighters or civilians were injured on scene and the fire is currently under investigation.



While we certainly know how vital it is for our agencies to prepare with training, drills and literature to handle disasters, it is time to start preparing the public to be a part of the solution. It’s long been a responsibility of local first response agencies such as EMS, fire and police to help protect themselves and their communities. Most people tend to think of disasters like hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico, earthquakes like the 1994 Northridge quake that hit the Los Angeles area, or tornadoes like the one that reduced a Missouri town to rubble in 2011. New York has felt the ground shake, we’ve had tornadoes that left us with chilling death tolls, and a hurricane in 2012 that ultimately left dozens dead. New York State has also experienced ice storms, plane crashes, forest fires, floods, gas explosions, train accidents, terrorism and more. The better prepared communities are to deal with natural and man-made disasters the better the chance of survival is, there’s a faster recovery for the municipality, and the less strain there is for emergency responders. People can prepare for many potential emergencies and learn the basics for any unusual event. Preparation involves building a plan of action including possible escape/evacuation routes, knowing where to turn for information from official sources, setting up a chain of communication for family members to reconnect, and putting together an emergency disaster kit that could help meet your basic needs until conditions improve. Before your agency schedules outreach programs with the public to help educate and prepare, you should first learn what potential hazards are using demographics and history — Has your town flooded? Are you in a low valley near a reservoir, river, or lake? Do you have chemical, nuclear, or otherwise hazardous-substance plants? What about your infrastructure such as highways, railways and airports? Are there any schools in your community that could place large numbers of

young children away from parents in a sudden emergency? Consider the physical needs of hospitals and nursing homes in your area. Know about existing and potential shelters for use in an emergency; if possible, know which shelters are pet friendly or designed for special needs. Invite residents to a meeting to discuss potential hazards, assure them that your agency is prepared to respond to their needs and what they can do to help ensure their own and family’s safety. Explain the potential hazards your community might someday face and explain the differences between evacuations and sheltering in place. Ask residents for (voluntary) info to help create a database of athome invalids and those on equipment requiring electricity to keep the person alive. Set up a workshop to help residents compile emergency supply kits including: Water (1 gal/@ person ea. day X3); non-perishable food (3 day supply @ person — no refrigeration, cooking or water needed); medicines (w/ Rx copies); spare eyeglasses (if available); battery-powered or hand-crank radio; flashlight; extra batteries; simple first aid kit; whistle; wrench; screw driver; blade/knife; can opener; fire extinguisher; cell phone & charger (solar or crank charger if available); cash; personal toiletry wipes; contact list with phone numbers; account information. Help pet owners to compile emergency kits for their dogs, cats, gerbils, birds, etc. Pet emergency kits (for EACH pet) should include: 3 to 7 days' food, 2 week supply of medicine; 7 days of water; dish and water bowl; litter box and/or pee-pads; flea/tick prevention; pet grooming wipes; collar, leashes & ID tags; owner documents; vaccine records & vet name; comfort toys; and a pet firstaid kit. If the family, INCLUDING pets, needs to evacuate, pet friendly shelters require carry cases/cages/kennels. Some of the places you can go to for information to disseminate to your community include: h t t p s : / / w w w. r e a d y. g o v / (, (National Fire Protection Association), and (Corporation for National and Community Service). There are printouts available to share with your community.

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Fire Heavily Damages Newburgh Restaurant Newburgh, NY - Dozens of firefighters from nine departments responded on the morning of September 6th for reports of a structure fire at Andiamo Restaurant, a onestory building located at 5025 Route 9W, next to Alexis Diner. Lula Gjurashaj, JUMP TO FILE# one of the owners of 090617107 the Italian restaurant, was inside of the building getting ready to open when she smelled gas around 10:00 A.M. She then went into the kitchen where she found flames climbing the walls. The fire went to three alarms before it was brought under control approximately an hour and a half after firefighters' arrival. Once the fire was declared out, Westchester County Police Arson K-9 "Daisy" was brought to the scene to start the investigation. The nine departments that responded to the scene included Cronomer Valley, City of Newburgh, Coldenham, Goodwill, Middle Hope, Orange Lake, Plattekill, Stewart Air National Guard Base and Winona Lake. The cause of the fire is unknown and under investigation at this time. -BOB ROOT


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Triple Fires for Busti Busti, NY - At 1:31 P.M. on August 15th, Busti FD was dispatched to Lawson Road just east of the Big Tree Road for a reported structure fire. A Busti chief went on scene and reported a working structure fire. Firefighters were already battling two different piles of fire at the same location when this third call came in. Fire departments from Kiantone, Frewsburg, Lakewood and Sugar Grove responded to the scene. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Fire Levels Mobile Home in Lomontville Lomontville, NY - On August 16th, a mobile home at 177 Quarry Road in Lomontville was leveled by a fire. The Lomontville FD responded to the 1:20 A.M. fire to find that the residence was already leveled from the blaze. Lomontville Fire Chief Lou Cardinal said the fire was under control in 30 minutes and is still under investigation. Firefighters from Stone Ridge, West Hurley, Hurley and Marbletown Fire Departments assisted at the scene.

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Ten Ways Social Media Works For Your Department by Chief Joel Miller

1. Ensure your social media policies work for the department and do not completely restrict your social media platforms. Do not leave “gray areas” for interpretation such as making policies so strict or confusing that people are deterred from utilizing them. 2. Utilize your PIO (Public Information Officer) as your social media administrator. This is the person with the information that needs to be available on your social media. They can do this from the field as the action happens and even use social media for a press conference or mass notification. 3. Consider utilizing firefighters as volunteer PIOs for your social media accounts. This allows you to cover more areas than having one PIO. Volunteers can be given rules and guidelines for posting pictures and information or have all posts funnel through the official PIO for actual posting. Many fire departments have been very successful with this approach. Just make sure your crew understands, work first and social media second unless they are the official PIO. 4. Establish a following. Make sure your fire departments’ social medial information is on everything! In today’s world, this is just as important as your phone number…….and I’m not talking about 911. So, from business cards to flyers for an event, be sure to include all your departments’ social media information. 5. Work smarter not harder. Let your social media accounts promote

your events and fund raisers. Use social media to direct people where to buy tickets or make donations to your events. 6. Always post the “great” things that are going on within your department such as fire prevention, feeding the homeless, or other public services in which your department participates. 7. Always post your departmental promotions and retirements on social media. This is a great way to let the community know about your departments’ accomplishments and recognize staff for their hard work and dedication. 8. As I stated in a previous article “A Picture is NOT Worth a Thousand Words," you must always tell the story behind the picture because if you don’t, people will assume the worst and reflect negatively on your department. Keep the story brief, as most readers only read the first two or three lines. 9. Use other groups and organizations’ social media pages to help promote your page. Tag other people with large sites relevant to your page and use their hashtag to help promote your pictures and get your information in front of the masses. (@chief_miller #chiefmiller , just saying… lol) 10. Start a hashtag for your department and use it consistently on all your posts. This is an important way for others to find your page in the social media world. Choose a hashtag that is relevant to your department while keeping it simple and easy to remember.




Troy, NY - In the early hours of the morning August 27th, the City of Troy Fire Department responded to 710 5th Ave. for a reported vacant building on fire in North Lansingburgh. On arrival, Engine-1 had heavy JUMP TO FILE# fire in the rear of 091217114 the building and called for the Signal 30. Firefighters forced entry and stretched two hand lines into the front of the building while making their way to the seat of the fire located in the rear of the building. Firefighters made an aggressive interior attack. Engine4's crew made their way to the second-floor and quickly brought the fire under control. While crews from Engine-1 and Engine4 knocked down the heavy fire in the rear of the building, Truck-1’s crew went to the roof and started to vent the building to allow all of the heavy smoke to escape from the structure so firefighters working inside could have better visibility. Members of the rescue squad and Truck-2 helped the crews inside open up the ceiling and wall to make sure they had no hot spots remaining. Firefighters were able to bring the fire under control within minutes. Crews conducted heavy overhaul on the building and were back in service within one hour. The building at the time of the fire was not occupied, but it was

currently under construction. The owner of the building was contacted and came to the scene. No firefighters were injured on scene

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Commercial Building Fire in Cheektowaga Cheektowaga, NY - Cheektowaga firefighters responded to a commercial building fire on August 20th around 5:15 P.M. at R&R BBQ, located at 1060 Harlem Road. Upon arrival, fire units found heavy smoke coming from the roof of the building. The blaze was quickly brought under control. Firefighters from Doyle, Bellevue, South Line, Forks and Winchester were on the scene.


Tractor-Trailer Fire on NY-747 in Newburgh Newburgh, NY - Coldenham FD was called out to a tractortrailer fire on August 29th at exit 5A on NY-747 Stewart Airport/International Blvd. Orange Lake Engine Company and Maybrook FD also responded. Traffic was backed up for miles during the incident.


Chief officers confer after the fire was under control. The first-due was a mutual aid company that was returning from an automatic alarm, resulting in a very quick response time.

Firefighters’ Quick Response Saves Home from Blaze Chili, NY - Just before midnight on Monday, September 4th, a homeowner living at 36 West Ham Circle in Chili heard a loud bang as a fierce thunderstorm rolled through. Soon after, he found his house on fire. JUMP TO FILE# The homeowner 090817101 and his wife thankfully were able to escape unharmed. According to Clifton Fire Chief Dave Richards, when firefighters arrived, they found the garage heavily involved in fire. Three departments were called to the scene to assist Clifton as the thunder, lightning and rain kept falling. Chief Richards said that their quick response and Mutual Aid from Chili and Scottsville saved the house. The garage and three cars are a total loss. It took firefighters about 30 minutes to bring the blaze under control. The Monroe County Fire Bureau was investigating the cause of the fire. One firefighter was taken to the hospital with a minor injury according to Chief Richards. - JOHN SPAULDING

A firefighter waits for more water on the large, two-and-a-half story garage that was found on fire during a lightning storm. JOHN SPAULDING / @JOHNSPAULDING


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With great sadness, Slingerlands FD past chief and fire commissioner, John “Father” Flanigan, passed away on August 21st at the age of 83. John was born and raised in Slingerlands, NY and spent his entire life here. He worked for the Town of Bethlehem for 41 years from 1968 to 2009 with a majority of that time as the Building Inspector and Fire Marshal. John “Father” Flanigan was a member of the Slingerlands Fire Department for more than 60-years and held multiple positions in the department, including Chief and past Commissioner. John also held multiple other positions throughout the Town of Bethlehem, New Scotland and New York State, including Past President of the New York State Building Officials, Past President of the Association of Towns, Committee Member of the International Codes Council. He was currently serving on the New York State Codes Council. There are so many other boards and committees that John served on over the years, I could not possibly list them all. John



touched a lot of people in his lifetime and on Saturday, August 26th, family members, friends, firefighters, police officers, EMS, and members of the community came out to celebrate his life and accomplishments. With the passing of a great person that has touched so many lives, we don’t mourn the loss of a person, we instead celebrate that person’s life with each other.

Firefighters from multiple departments lined both sides of the road outside of the Slingerlands FD and paid their respects to a man that has touched their lives. Members of the department talked about how every year, John played Santa for the department's community holiday party and how multiple members looked at him as their own grandfather. Everyone shared stories about all the great things John did for the community. Chief, you have served this great community for over 60 years and you will be truly missed. Rest easy, we will take it from here.



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Buffalo Firefighters Hold T-Shirt Drive for Hurricane Harvey JAMIE LYNN PHOTOGRAPHY

Grand Gorge, NY - The brand new son of Grand Gorge FD Captain, Collin Oliver - GGFD welcomes Jaxon!

Buffalo, NY - The Buffalo Professional Firefighters Local 282 did a fire t-shirt drive for our Brothers and Sisters affected by Hurricane Harvey. Boxes were placed in all Buffalo Firehouses. The collection went until September 17th, and they were shipped on September 18th. Stay strong, stay safe, we're with you!


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Buckboard Fire Apparatus ON THE BOOK SHELF

by John Malecky

Buckboard Fire Apparatus The Original Cab Forward By Anthony G. Buono Available from: FSP Books & Videos 188 Central Street Hudson, MA 01749-1330 1-800-522-8528 E-Mail: support Price: $29.99 This book is soft cover, measuring 8 ½ inches by 11 inches and has 243 pages. The author did a fantastic job of research to put this history together. Though I am an apparatus buff so to speak, I am not very learned in antiques, but I was very impressed in reading this book. What I did not know is that the term “buckboard” was never used to describe any fire apparatus when these particular trucks were being built. The name was coined by Walter P. McCall, who in the opinion of many (including myself), is a famous historian of apparatus, most notably American LaFrance. He likened this design to the buckboards of the cowboy days when these wagons were used for transportation and the hauling of supplies. The book is not broken down into chapters, but into topics and the different brands of apparatus that used the design. The author went to great lengths and detail to give the reader the most accurate information about these histories. There are over 300 references listed on the pages and eight pages of bibliography. Much of these are from a host of apparatus experts from SPAAMFAA. The photos are all black and white, and there are plenty of them. Many major cities are represented and I was even surprised to see a photo of an aerial ladder tuck from my hometown of Bayonne, NJ on Page 192. All of the coverage of the manufacturers are like short stories in a sense and it makes an easy read because none of them take up a lot of pages. It is safe to say that most of these manufacturers are not around today and that there are a few of the buckboard trucks in the hands of museums and perhaps private owners. So for readers that are up in their years, the book may bring back fond memories, and for the young readers, it will take them down through history, illustrating how fire departments of yesteryear used the best they had to fight fires.

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“Keep Safety in UTV Public Safety Rescue” Essential precautions for deploying side-by-sides with rescue skid units


Automatic Alarm Turned Working Fire in Brighton

Brighton, NY - On Wednesday morning, August 16th, Brighton firefighters were dispatched to an automatic alarm in a residence at 202 Roosevelt Road. A second call reported a working fire at the location. Mutual aid was requested to the scene for an RIT from Pittsford. The occupants and a dog were able to escape the home unharmed.

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UTV chassis side-by-sides outfitted with appropriate medical or fire skid units complement most any agency's first response fleet. Safety concerns surrounding their use, particularly when used for patient transport, warrant careful attention from rescue teams. A thorough understanding of the vehicle, transport apparatus, offroad terrain, and patient requirements must precede any use in public safety situations.

First, understand the vehicle: Before considering the advantages of using a patient transport skid unit for side-by-side UTVs, understand the design and limitations of the off-road vehicle in which it fits. (Please reference Kimball Johnson's earlier article titled, "Not All UTVs Are Created Equal.") Most of the larger UTV chassis available today, such as John Deere Gator, Polaris Ranger, Gravely Atlas, and Kubota RTV, to name a few, can dependably accommodate the transport of a patient. Slip-on skid units for medical or fire rescue, such as KIMTEK's MEDLITE® and FIRELITE® units, are specifically equipped for safe transport of patients in compatible UTVs and in some pick-up trucks. Next, understand the missions: Fire and EMS teams must clearly understand the likely mission objectives and what is expected of the equipment in the field. Types of terrain, for example, will help inform which UTV chassis is best for the mission. Sand or rock, flat areas or mountains, and other features of location are all important factors in the decision.


Union Vale Fire Chief John Farmer and his daughter, Firefighter Kaelin Farmer, posed for 1st Responder Newspaper in front of Union Vale's 67-14 prior to stepping off in the DCVFA parade, held in Millerton on August 12th.

Choosing the right equipment also depends on what type of calls the department anticipates. Will the vehicle cover bicycle trails too narrow for larger ambulances? Will it cover wooded areas where hunting, fishing, and horseback riding are popular? Will the vehicle need equipment for the dual service of fighting wildfires as well as providing medical transport? Perhaps the coverage area includes beaches or vast stadium areas with large concentrations of people. The types of medical treatment likely for each coverage area also affect equipment decisions. Are heart attacks, heat stroke, and shortness of breath more likely than traumatic type injuries from bicycle riding, horseback riding, and motorcycle and ATV accidents? Consideration of all these factors is essential when selecting the right UTV side-by-side chas-


sis and the medical and fire rescue slip-on transport unit that best meets the needs of the call area. Patient comfort and safety: How best to transport patients is the next decision. When immobilization of a patient's neck and spine is required because of suspected traumatic injury, a skid unit equipped with a long board or stokes basket should be sufficient. If a medical emergency occurs along paved or hard surfaces, such as a local road race or inside a stadium, consider a skid unit that carries a full-wheeled cot stretcher, such as a Stryker® or Ferno®, to transport patients in a position of comfort.

Training is essential: Once a team has identified the purpose and model for its new UTV sideby-side rescue vehicle and properly outfitted it with the appropriate skid unit, lights, and perhaps a radio, enacting several different training drills and scenarios is key. Every department and agency should develop and incorporate a full set of standard operating guidelines or procedures (SOG or SOP) that encompass operation of the vehicle, loading and securing a patient onto the skid unit, and overall guidance on how teams will handle obstacles and incidents along the trail or through the rescue site.

Occasions may arise when removing a patient from the UTV skid unit midtransport is required in order to safely traverse a particularly difficult or dangerous part of the trail, such as in a steep incline or deep water crossing.* The rescue team leader may decide to lift off and hand carry the stokes basket or long board with the patient over an obstacle, then securely remount the patient once safely beyond it for transfer to a waiting ambulance or command post.

*KIMTEK recommends that patients never be transported through high water where a rollover could occur, risking further patient injury or drowning.

In accordance with the rescue service mandate to "do no further harm to the patient," a complete understanding of the UTV, the skid unit, and how they work together is necessary to meet that goal. These units are not meant to transport patients at high rates of speed over rough and uneven terrain; rather they are designed and built to safely and professionally transport patients in a manner that would be relatively faster than transport on foot.

To assist rescue service teams in their training, KIMTEK provides a complete installation and safety manual with every skid unit sold. The manual covers basic safety concerns and suggests solutions to particular coverage area challenges. KIMTEK reminds its customers that UTV-based rescue vehicles fully deserve the same respect that larger ambulances and fire apparatus receive because serious injury to rescue personnel or patients can result if proper training and operation procedures are not followed. Even though these specially equipped public safety vehicles may not leave the fire or EMS bay every day, their unique purpose and custom design make them worth every penny to rescuers and their patients.

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Washingtonville FD Honors Their Own During 9/11 Ceremony Washingtonville, NY - On September 11th, Washingtonville FD remembered their own firefighters who were killed at the World Trade Center 16 years ago. Members from FDNY and Port Jervis joined in the candle light vigil. Boy Scouts from Washingtonville handed out candles before the ceremony, and as the ceremony ended, the crowd of about 150 people started singing God Bless America.

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56-24 on their way to taking the "Best Engine in the County" award at the DCVFA parade.


Re-Dedicated Engine Wins Big in Millerton Millerton, NY - The Salt Point Fire Company in Pleasant Valley, NY recently re-dedicated one of their engines, 56-14 to honor the 24 charter members of their department. The rig was re-dedicated as 56-24 in June to coincide with the department's 70th anniversary. The lettering was done with the assistance of Valley Custom Sign Shop. The rig is adorned with a plaque as well as the names of the 24 members that formed the department. On August 12th, the members of the department marched with 56-24 at the Dutchess County Vol-


unteer Firemen's Association parade that was hosted by the Millerton FD. The parade also helped Millerton celebrate 125 years of saving life and property in the Town of North East. Salt Point piloted 56-24 right to the top, taking the award for "Best Engine in the County" at the parade.

Firefighters from Buffalo Ladder Co.6/4th Platoon F.A.S.T. Team at a recent two-alarm fire on 18-22 Summit Ave.


FDNY and NYPD officers at the 9/11 Memorial in Staten Island.

The names of the 24 Charter Members are on the rig.



Fairview firefighters posed for a group photo at the end of the "RA Academy" at Marist College, held in August. TODD BENDER

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Pine Plains Gets “Best Rescue” in DCVFA Parade


Kingston, NY - The 14th Annual Antique Fire Engine Muster was held on August 26th at the Volunteer Firemen's Museum on Fair St. in Kingston. Refreshments and tours of the museum were enjoyed by all visitors. A parade to the Spring Lake Firehouse concluded the event.


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Millerton, NY - At the annual Dutchess County Volunteer Firemens Association parade held in Millerton on August 12th, Pine Plains rolled their Rescue rig, 55-51, to "Best Rescue in the County". The parade helped the Millerton FD celebrate 125 years of service to the community. Pine Plains had a very dear member of theirs in the officer seat of the rig; Bob "Chiefy" Cahill. Cahill served for many years as chief of the department located in northeastern Dutchess County. According to Sarah Cahill-Funk, her 86-year-old father, known to everyone as "Chiefy," has been a member of the Pine Plains FD for 60 years and is still very active in the department's events, including the well attended chicken bbq. "He eats, sleeps and breaths for the fire department," beamed his daughter who also resides in Pine Plains.



El Palo County, CO - Todd Bender, Account Representative and Reporter for 1st Responder Newspaper, traveled to Colorado in late August to visit his son Ryan, a US Army Airborne Ranger stationed at Ft. Carson. While there, Todd, Ryan and Ryan's wife Kayla went to the summit of Pikes Peak at 14,115-feet above sea level. At the top of the mountain, our Reporter had the chance to catch up with one of the EMTs working that day. EMT Luke Radokovich told Bender that the staff of medics numbers 13 during the season and they treat everything from altitude sickness to injured hikers and cyclists. The medics are employed by Aramark, the vendor that has the contract to run the summit lodge. (L to R): EMT Luke Radokovich and 1st Responder News Reporter, Todd Bender.

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Automatic Alarm Turned Working Fire in Brighton Brighton, NY - On Wednesday morning, August 16th, Brighton firefighters were dispatched to an automatic alarm in a residence at 202 Roosevelt Road. A second call reported a working fire at the location. Mutual aid was requested to the scene for an RIT from Pittsford. The occupants and a dog were able to escape the home unharmed.


Two Cars Crash Near Schlesinger’s Steak House

New Windsor, NY - The Vails Gate FD was dispatched to a two-vehicle accident on State Route 300 in the area of Schlesinger's Steak House on August 22nd. New Windsor PD and EMS were at the scene. New Windsor PD directed traffic while EMS was evaluating the drivers of both vehicles. Vails Gate firefighters helped secure the vehicles. Central Hudson was also notified, as a guide wire was down on the side of the road due to the accident.


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Heavy Smoke in Dorms Sends Students Running Poughkeepsie, NY - On August 22nd, Marian Hall, a dormitory at Marist College, filled with dense smoke and triggered the fire alarms. Ten to 12 students were forced to evacuate the building through the near blackout conditions. The students, all Residence Assistants at the college located midway between Albany and NYC, exited the building and were greeted by Fairview FD Lt. Robert Ridley, FFD Firefighter Conroy, and NYS OFPC Representative Chris Whitby, who were there as part of the Marist College "RA Academy," a fire safety class started in 2006 in an effort to reduce the risk of fire calls on campus. The academy brings Marist College security together with the Fairview FD, NYS OFPC, and the RA's tasked with manning each of the 34 student housing facilities on the 210-acre campus. The purpose is to educate the students so they can in turn educate the incoming students on ways to reduce fire hazards on campus. The day starts with the entire group attending a demonstration on kitchen safety. Kitchen fires are the number one cause of fires on college campuses. The class is run by a chef and covers a variety of topics, including the proper way to extinguish a grease fire. The catch phrase is "put a lid on it". After the morning kitchen safety class, the group is divided into three smaller groups who take turns in situations they might face including the aforementioned smoke-filled dorm, a trash can fire, and the opportunity to learn about the gear and apparatus that Fairview uses when responding to the college. The trash can fire is done with a simulator provided by NYS OFPC and uses propane powered flames to give students a chance to extinguish it with a water can. The drill is done under the watchful eye of OFPC Rep Lou Serrano. Fairview Firefighter Chris Lewis was on hand with both FFD engines to explain what the rigs do as well as explaining a variety of the tools carried on the rigs. Students were also encouraged to suit up in full turnout gear to better understand what firefighters go through when responding to calls. Lewis also stressed the need to keep fire lanes clear by telling them about the size and turning radius of the different rigs. Back at the dormitory, Lt. Ridley and OFPC Whitby stressed the importance of keeping doors and windows clear of obstructions and, in the event of smoke, "stay low and go" is the way to get out safely. According to Fairview Firefighter Justin Bohlmann, "the Fairview Fire District believes that campus fire safety is one of the major cornerstones in our public education program." Bohlmann also serves as Public

JUMP TO FILE #082317100 Education Coordinator with the Fairview Fire District. "Since the year 2000, fire has claimed 128 victims both on and off college campuses. Many times, college is the first step to independence in a young adult's life and this annual training program gives the residential staff of Marist the framework to promote fire safety within the college community. Students leave with the sense that they are the person who is most responsible for their safety." - TODD BENDER

The debriefing after leaving the smoke filled dorm.


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Cronomer Valley F.D. Recognizes LODD that Occurred 71 Years Ago Newburgh, NY - A line of duty death occurred 71 years ago on December 20, 1946. Cronomer Valley F.D. Firefighter Walter E. Ferguson, 29-years-old, died in a fire that he came upon while snowplowing with a friend. While the fire was in his own home, Firefighter Ferguson acted in the same manor any firefighter would. He advised someone to call the fire department and then proceeded to go into the building to try and protect/save property. While in the actions of his duties, FF Ferguson died in the line of duty after succumbing to the smoke and flames. Mr. Ferguson was a Navy Veteran who worked at the Stewart International Airport as an Engineer. He was born in the Town of Newburgh and was married to Catherine Dolphin on August 21, 1945. He had three brothers and three sisters. He was a member of the Moose Lodge of Newburgh and also the Masonic Lodge of Bermuda. He was a member of the Rossville Methodist Church, and a Firefighter with the Cronomer Valley Fire Department. While reading this some may be asking themselves, why is FF Ferguson's death just now being acknowledged, 71 years later? The answer to that question is simply because we just found out

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JUMP TO FILE #091217108 about it during a recent meeting where we were discussing insurance. It was very surprising information to hear since it had never been discussed before. After word of the news started rotating around the firehouse, another member advised us that he was related to FF Ferguson's wife. That gentleman then contacted FF Ferguson's brother and asked him questions pertaining to the fire. We were then supplied with photos of FF Ferguson from his wedding, as well as news clippings from the Newburgh News that covered the fire. Lastly, we interviewed our oldest member, 95year-old Don Stillwaggon, who has been a member for 77 years. He recounted the incident from 1946, which he was present for, and that's when we realized we really did have an LODD that was never officially recognized as just

that. When we asked Don why the LODD was not known about, he replied that although it was sad, they dealt with it and moved on. We had to realize that back then, LODDs were not recognized as they are today. While it happened 71 years ago, we still feel that the tragedy should still be recognized to honor a brother firefighter, and to make known to the fire service that there was a fire that claimed the life of a firefighter in the Cronomer Valley Fire Department. There will be a memorial held in his honor at the firehouse, but more importantly, the state will honor Firefighter Walter E. Ferguson by including him on the NYS Fallen Firefighters Memorial wall on October 10th at 11:00 A.M. His brother George will be in attendance to receive honors for his departed brother. Rest in Peace Walter E. Ferguson, and thank you for your service. - ROBERT DORRMANN

Cronomer Valley F.D. fallen FF, Walter E. Ferguson.



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City of Troy Firefighters Face Early Morning Fire Troy, NY - Around 12:30 A.M. on August 23rd, the Troy Fire Department responded to 2806 6th Ave. for a reported fire in the building. On arrival, Engine-4 had fire showing from the windows of the building and declared the Signal 30 for a working fire. JUMP TO FILE# Engine-4's crew 091217113 stretched a single hand-line into the building and knocked the fire down quickly before it could spread. Command requested Truck-2 to go to the roof and check for extension. After checking the roof, firefighters discovered that they were able to contain the fire to the firstfloor of the building. Command declared the fire under control in less than 10 minutes. Firefighters had to overhaul the fire room in the building. The fire is currently under investigation by the Troy Fire Department. - JEFFREY BELSCHWINDER


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Poughkeepsie FD Engines 1 and 4, with Ladder 1 and TL 2, responded on August 9th to an AFA at the historic Dutchess County Courthouse. The courthouse is the site where NY ratified the US Constitution on July 26, 1788.

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Poughkeepsie Responds to Another Heroin Overdose

Poughkeepsie, NY - Poughkeepsie firefighters on Engine 4 (2 is OOS), Moblie Life, and Poughkeepsie PD were dispatched to the report of a woman suffering from a heroin overdose on August 22nd. Firefighters were on scene less than two minutes after dispatch. The patient was treated at the scene and loaded into the ambulance to be transported to a local hospital.

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Troy, NY - While everyone was enjoying their Labor Day holiday weekend, Troy's police and fire department were busy handling multiple incidents. JUMP TO FILE# On September 091217118 3rd just before 1:15 P.M., the City Troy Police Department along with the City of Troy Fire Department were dispatched to the Titanic Market at 127 5th Ave. for a reported stabbing. Engine-1, Medic1, Car-3, and the rescue squad were dispatched and notified that the scene was not secure. Police officers arrived on scene quickly and found a 29-year-old male with a stab wound on his upper leg. After ensuring that the scene was secure, the officers allowed the fire department to make entry and treat the patient. Firefighters quickly packaged the male and transported him to Albany Medical Center with non-lifethreatening injuries. The victim described his assailant as an unknown aged black male who was wearing a white T-shirt and jeans. The stabbing is currently under investigation. Just after 7:20 P.M. on the same day, the City of Troy Fire Department was dispatched to 55 Ford Ave. for a reported stove fire on the second-floor. On arrival, Engine-3 had nothing showing from the outside of the building, but as they made entry into the first-floor, they had a working kitchen fire and called for the Signal 30. Firefighters pulled a single hand-line to the first-floor and

knocked down the fire within minutes. Crews checked for extension on the second-floor, but did not have any. Overhaul was then conducted in the kitchen to make sure they did not


miss any hotspots. Firefighters were able to save the home with minimal damage. - JEFFREY BELSCHWINDER


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Millerton, NY - Downtime during the Dutchess County Volunteer Firemen's Association parade lineup gave Beekman FD Auxillary member Megan Bender (L) a chance to catch up with her friend, Kaelin Farmer, representing the Union Vale FD. Megan is the daughter of 1st Responder Newspaper Correspondent, Todd Bender. TODD BENDER


Poughkeepsie, NY - The Fairview FD protects a portion of Poughkeepsie that includes Marist College, Dutchess Community College, and a section of the Hudson River. Pictured are Fairview 41-11 and 41-12 ready to respond.

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FDNY Has a Fire Factory Harlem, NY - For over 50 years, a part of Harlem has been protected by one of the busiest houses in the world; The Fire Factory. JUMP TO FILE # Sitting among 083117114 the projects on 5th Avenue between 112th and 115th Streets is where 58 Engine and 26 Ladder Companies are quartered for short periods of time between runs. The Engine Company runs to nearly 6,000 calls a year and the Ladder Company gets out to approximately 5,500 calls annually. Ladder 26 is captained by Charlie Roberto, a 38-year veteran of FDNY. Captain Roberto recently filmed a documentary with Harlem Cultural Archives, a historical society incorporated by the NY Board of Regents. A portion of Roberto's interview is the foundation for this story. On August 28th, 2017, 1st Responder Newspaper paid a visit to the legendary house where E 58 and Ladder 26 were sitting still for a rare moment. Engine 58 Company was founded in Harlem in 1893 and Ladder 26 was born in 1904. According to Captain Roberto, the name "Fire Factory" originated in the 1960's when Harlem was burning at a rate comparable to the Bronx. It was commonplace for the rigs to be returning from one job only to come across another working fire. Legend has it that on one occasion when this took place, the officer called in the new fire and dispatch responded by saying "what are you running up there, a fire factory?". The firefighters admired it and the name stuck. The Fire Factory is steeped in history and tradition, like many other firehouses that become a second home to all that work out of it. The "House Watch" sits in the front corner of the engine bay and stands out due to its brick and ornamental con-

struction. According to Firefighter Flynn who, along with Lt. Mike Magerle gave 1st Responder Newspaper a tour, the bricks used to make the room are from demolished buildings in their response area. It was constructed by firefighters assigned to the house. Further back in the engine bay is the old hose tower where, when hoses had a cotton shell, were hung up to dry after being used. The practice is no longer needed and the Fire Factory's hose tower has become a tribute to firefighters with ties to the house. It has pictures of firefighters that had spent time at the house before making the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty. One such memorial is to that of FDNY's Chris Engledrum. At the time of his death, he was assigned to Ladder Company 61 in the Bronx and was a Sgt. in the Army National Guard. On October 29, 2004, during Operation Iraqi Freedom, the Humvee he was riding in struck an IED and claimed the firefighter's life. Engledrum, who had started his public safety career as an officer with NYPD before joining FDNY, became the first civil servant killed in the war. Engledrum had previously served on 58 Engine before going to the Bronx. Another warrior in the Humvee that day was FDNY's Daniel Swift of Ladder Company 43, who sustained shrapnel wounds. The centerpiece to the tribute area is dedicated to Lt. Robert Nagel of Engine 58. According to the current Lieutenant, Mike Magerle, Nagel was the only FDNY member from the Fire Factory to perish at Ground Zero on 9/11, due in part to Nagel's efforts to save his men. Engine Company 58 responded to Ground Zero on that fateful day and Nagel joined other officers at the command center established in the hotel between the towers. When the first tower started to fall, it created a deafening noise that was unknown to the firefighters. Training kicked in and Nagel made his way to a wall


This three-dimensional wall art hangs in the TV room at the Fire Factory. It was handcrafted in Woodstock, NY.

next to an elevator shaft; trapped. His first action, according to Captain Roberto, was to take a roll call to make sure his men were okay. He advised his crew that he was trapped and was going to need a few supplies before they left to get rescue tools. He requested and received a rescue rope, cigarette, water, and a flashlight. The crew made their way out to get tools only to discover that all of the nearest rigs had been crushed and were inaccessible. After finally grabbing tools, the men made their way back to their lieutenant, started cutting, and the same deafening noise was heard again. Nagel ordered his men out. The firefighters made their way and ended up trapped up to their chest in debris when the second tower came down. Nagel's body, along with the other officers, were never recovered. Lt. Mike Magerle told 1st Responder News that Nagel's leadership and heroism are the standards that he holds himself to. Past the Hose Tower monument, towards the back of the apparatus bay, is a wall lined with numerous unit citations that have been awarded to both companies. Across from the citation wall is the entrance to a brick-walled dining area with an enormous handcrafted table paid for by firefighters that either retired or promoted out of the house. The center of the table, made in Woodstock, NY has the house bulldog in the center and a small dedication plaque is inlayed in one of the corners. According to Firefighter Flynn, the bricks lining the walls were sourced the same as the House Watch room; from demolished buildings. A stained glass backlit window is set into the wall and was also provided in the same manner as the table. The walls are lined with photos that provide a glimpse into the history of the two companies. The air-conditioned TV room across the hall was constructed by firefighters. The room is where firefighters can go and decompress. Call volume keeps the room unoccupied most of the time. On the wall opposite the TV is the house bulldog logo handmade by the same Woodstock craftsman. The wall art immediately catches the attention of all who enter the room. The Fire Factory is not just known for the number of calls they run. The house was also the setting for the filming of Sesame Street's "Elmo Visits the Firehouse". According to Roberto, the film crew questioned how hard the guys worked...until the alarms started coming in on a typical workday. By the end of the filming, the production staff had a much better perspective of how hard firefighters work. If you find yourself in Manhattan, take time to head up to Harlem and visit the storied "Fire Factory". If you get there soon, you can meet Captain Roberto before he retires and get yourself an in-depth history lesson on one of the world's busiest houses. - TODD BENDER


The Memorial Mass leaflet from Lt. Nagel's service is proudly displayed in the windshield of the officer's seat on Engine 58.


The "House Watch" room is constructed from bricks of buildings that were demolished in the neighborhood.


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Rescue 5 and Ladder 85 members at the Richmond County Fair.


In August of 1977, the FDNY answered a three-alarm fire in Midtown Manhattan. In the forefront is Engine 9 and Engine 34 with their famous Mack 'CF' Model Pumpers.

Metropolitan Fire's rig.



Metropolitan Fire Holds Recruitment Drive at Richmond County Fair

Staten Island, NY - Members of the Metropolitan Fire Association held a recruitment drive at the Richmond County Fair in Staten Island on September 4th. Metropolitan sponsors an Explorer Post through Boy Scouts of America that teaches young adults about the emergency service profession.

FDNY Incident Management Team Deploys to Florida

New York, NY - On September 12th, 65 members of the FDNY Incident Management Team departed New York City for Florida, where they will support relief missions in response to Hurricane Irma. IMTs are federally trained teams of first responders responsible for overseeing large-scale long-duration incidents and emergencies, including forest fires, earthquakes, hurricanes and other natural disasters. The FDNY IMT was developed following the tragic events of September 11, 2001, and has responded to multiple national emergencies. The FDNY IMT consists of members from all ranks in the Department with specialized training in incident command, rescue operations, logistics and planning. Most recently, the team was deployed to Texas to assist those affected by Hurricane Harvey.

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FDNY Engine 54, Ladder 4, Battalion 9 is located in the heart of Midtown Manhattan and the Broadway Theater District. Their engine logo is "Never Missed a Performance," and their truck logo is "Pride of Midtown".




SUV Crashes Through Staten Island Laundromat Staten Island, NY - An elderly driver backed into a laundromat and went through the plate glass window of the store on September 3rd, pinning a family against the wall. First-due companies Ladder 76 and Engine 151 arrived at 240 Page Ave. on Box 4799, and reported a patient count of six to eight people. The extent of those injured is unknown.



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FDNY FDNY Participates in 9/11 Ceremony Held in Staten Island Staten Island, NY - A ceremony was held on September 11th at the 9/11 Postcards Memorial in Staten Island to honor First Responders killed on September 11, 2001.


FDNY Fireboat Firefighter 2, (Marine 9) passing by in review.



The "Tribute in Light" in the distance is framed by the Staten Island 9/11 Memorial known as "Postcards".

9/11 Ceremony in Staten island.


FDNY officer ringing the ceremonial bell at the 9/11 memorial.

FDNY Firefighter-2 (Marine 9) salutes the event with a water display.



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FDNY Engine 151 enroute in Staten Island.



Boat Catches Fire in Great Kills Harbor

Staten Island, NY - A private boat caught fire on August 27th in Great Kills Harbor, Staten Island. The passengers were evacuated by a passing boat, with no injuries reported. FDNY Marine units as well as land units responded to the fire. Marine units towed the boat back to Nichols Great Kills Marina.


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FDNY EMS enroute in Staten Island.



Members from USAR New York Task Force-1 participated in a September 11th remembrance ceremony while deployed to Puerto Rico to assist those affected by Hurricane Irma. Coordinated and overseen by FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency, New York Task Force-1 is comprised of FDNY and NYPD members trained to respond to catastrophic events, and is managed by NYC Emergency Management.


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