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Lockport Fire Department responded to the old Walter Cole Motorcycle warehouse located on Gooding Street Hill for the report of a fire. - See full story on page 2

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A number of explosions sent flames ripping through the air

Lockport battles fire that darkens sky Lockport Fire Department responded to the old Walter Cole Motorcycle warehouse located on Gooding Street Hill for the report of a fire. First on scene crews had heavy fire ripping throughout the building. The officer in charge called in for all off duty firefighters and a mutual aid alarm for South Lockport Volunteer Fire Department for manpower and their 101 foot ladder truck. The heavy smoke was visible over 30 miles away and darkened the skies. The streets were actually clogged with onlookers. The firefighters were advised immediately that this was an outside attack only. Parts of the roof had collapsed in a number of locations over the years and the building was not safe to enter. Inside, there was hundreds of

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old motorcycles and parts along with barrels with unknown contents. Throughout the fire, explosions could be heard and at one point a huge explosion sent a fire ball ripping into the air. Lockport Police had their hands full trying to keep people off the railroad trestle that runs next to the building. Heavy smoke and extreme heat was present along the railroad and posed a hazard to the people on the track. Lockport firefighters had their bucket truck up and fought the fire from the air and used a deck gun from the engine. South Lockport volunteers had their truck set up just down from the city and they used a duel attack to control the

blaze. Officials at the scene were discussing the possibility of three young people running from the building just minutes before it was engulfed in fire. Fire crews attacked the blaze from the railroad side after lifting hose up and over a railroad bridge. Other crews had hand lines along the far side of the building. It took a number of hours to get the blaze under control. The building was build in the 1800's and had been listed on the web as a location to try to sneak in and take pictures. This led to a lot of trespassers. The building will be taken down under emergency demolition as soon as the investigation is complete.


Extensive damage in Buffalo Buffalo firefighters of the 3rd Battalion 1st Platoon were called out to battle a blaze in a two and a half frame dwelling at 75 Kirkpatrick St. in the city's Bailey Delavan section on July 26th. The fire spread to the attic and step down inside the structure. No injuries were reported and the cause of the fire is under investigation. Damage was extensive.




Two trucks collide Two trucks collided at Route 9W and the off ramp from Interstate 84 at approximately 6:30 a.m. on July 30th. No injuries were reported from the vehicles and the Cronomer Valley Fire Department handled all hazards.

Rochester house fire Rochester, NY. On Friday night, July 26, Rochester firefighters responded to a report of smoke coming from a house at 403 Westfield Street on the city's southwest side. Fire units arrived and found a mattress burning in a first floor bedroom of the home. The blaze was quickly brought under control. There were no injuries.

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1st Responder Newspaper honors and remembers emergency responders lost in the line of duty California: Luke Sheehy, 28 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: June 10, 2013 Death Date: June 10, 2013 Fire Department: U.S. Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region Fire Dept. Info: Regional Forester Randy Moore Initial Summary: Firefighter Sheehy, a member of the California Smokejumpers, was struck by a falling portion of a tree while operating on the Saddle Back Fire in the Modoc National Forest. Sheehy was treated by fellow firefighters and flown by helicopter to a hospital in Alturas, California, but succumbed to his injuries. North Carolina: Tony Barker, 36 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: June 13, 2013 Death Date: June 13, 2013 Fire Department: Mountain View Volunteer Fire Department Fire Dept. Info: Bill Johnson Initial Summary: Wind from a storm in the Wilkes County, NC, area blew part of a maple tree across power lines igniting a fire in a small structure. A witness said that Firefighter Barker, one of the first to arrive at the scene, was bending over to look more closely where the fire was coming from and was less than 3 feet away from the structure when he collapsed. While witnesses said they never saw Barker touch the structure, the electricity from the power lines on the structure likely moved through the building and unpaved ground, electrocuting Barker. Reports indicate that the ground was saturated with rainwater which helped conduct the electricity. Other firefighters were able to pull Firefighter Barker away from the structure. Efforts to revive Barker with CPR, however, were unsuccessful. Firefighter Barker was pronounced dead at Wilkes Regional Medical Center. New York: Thomas Burley, 20 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: June 18, 2013 Death Date: June 18, 2013 Fire Department: Youngstown Volunteer Fire Company Fire Dept. Info: Eric Wieland Initial Summary: While returning from fire department mandated training at the Niagara County Public Safety Training Facility, Firefighter Burley died from injuries sustained when his privately owned vehicle was involved in an accident. Georgia: Katrina Sims, 24 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: June 18, 2013 Death Date: June 18, 2013 Fire Department: Atlanta Fire Rescue Department Fire Dept. Info: Kelvin J. Cochran Initial Summary: Firefighter Sims was found deceased while on duty in the fire station. Investigation into the circumstances related to the death is underway by authorities. Rhode Island: Edward C. Vanner, Jr. , 24 Rank: Assistant Chief Incident Date: June 17, 2013 Death Date: June 17, 2013 Fire Department: 143d Fire & Emergency Services - Quonset ANG Base R.I. Fire Dept. Info: Anthony J. Novellino, Jr. Initial Summary: Assistant Chief of Operations Vanner was found by a fellow firefighter in his office unconscious and unresponsive. Chief Vanner was transported to Kent Hospital where despite the best efforts of EMTs and doctors from the 143d FES, North Kingstown Fire Department, and Kent Hospital, Chief Vanner passed away from an apparent heart attack. West Virginia: John T. Appleton, 62 Rank: Firefighter/Chaplain Incident Date: June 24, 2013 Death Date: June 24, 2013 Fire Department: Malden Volunteer Fire Department Fire Dept. Info: William L. Peterson Initial Summary: While conducting exterior operations with other firefighters at a residential structure fire on Happy Hollow Road in Sissonville, Firefighter Appleton suffered a medical emergency. Appleton reportedly went into cardiac arrest and was treated at the scene then transported to the hospital but passed away from his injury.

Arizona: Garret Zuppiger, 27 Rank: Firefighter Kevin Woyjeck, 21 Rank: Firefighter Clayton Whitted, 28 Rank: Firefighter William Warneke, 25 Rank: Firefighter Travis Turbyfill, 27 Rank: Firefighter Joe Thurston, 32 Rank: Firefighter Jesse Steed, 36 Rank: Firefighter Anthony Rose, 23 Rank: Firefighter John Percin, 24 Rank: Firefighter Wade Parker, 22 Rank: Firefighter Scott Norris, 28 Rank: Firefighter Sean Misner, 26 Rank: Firefighter Grant McKee, 21 Rank: Firefighter Eric Marsh, 43 Rank: Firefighter Christopher MacKenzie, 30 Rank: Firefighter Dustin Deford, 24 Rank: Firefighter Travis Carter, 31 Rank: Firefighter Robert Caldwell, 23 Rank: Firefighter Andrew Ashcraft, 29 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: June 30, 2013 Death Date: June 30, 2013 Fire Department: Prescott Fire Department Fire Dept. Info: Dan Fraijo Initial Summary: Nineteen firefighters, members of the Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshot Crew, were killed while working the Yarnell Hill fire near Yarnell, Arizona, when their position was overrun by flames. The Yarnell Hill fire was listed at 800 acres on Sunday morning. When a thunder cell passed over, the fire blew up. Wind gusts of 40-50 mph occurred. Fire crews were reported to have deployed their fire shelters at about 1755hrs. Because of poor visibility, fire behavior, and high wind, no contact was made with the crew for a little more than an hour. Shortly thereafter, confirmation of the multiple firefighter fatalities was made. Investigation into the fatal incident continues. California: Christopher Douglas, 41 Rank: Engineer/Paramedic Incident Date: July 5, 2013 Death Date: July 5, 2013 Fire Department: CAL FIRE/Riverside County Fire Department Fire Dept. Info: John R. Hawkins Initial Summary: Engineer/Paramedic Douglas was hit by a passing vehicle while standing on the Monterey Avenue onramp along Interstate 10. Douglas was taken to Desert Regional Medical Center where he died from his injuries. The accident remains under investigation by California Highway Patrol’s (CHP) Multidisciplinary Accident Investigation Team. Idaho: Dennis Long Rank:Heavy Equipment Operator Incident Date: July 8, 2013 Death Date: July 8, 2013 Fire Department: Idaho Department of Lands - Maggie Creek Forest Protective District Fire Dept. Info: Area Manager Jim Clapperton Initial Summary: Heavy Equipment Operator Long became ill while operating a dozer and putting in a fire line during suppression operations on the Pardee fire located between Greer and Kamiah, Idaho, on the east side of the Clearwater River. The dozer boss performed CPR on Long before Life Flight and emergency medical services arrived on scene, where Long was pronounced dead. The nature of fatal injury is still to be reported.

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Largest fire response drill of year A comprehensive fire response drill at the Berne-Knox-Westerlo Elementary School took place on July 15th. This drill sharpened the skills of area firefighters to better prepare them for any fire emergency at the BKW schools. Multiple practice interior firefighting evolutions occurred, simulating the actual search and rescue operations that may be required at a large, populated structure such as a school. This drill placed heavy emphasis on firefighter accountability and improved familiarity with the school environment. In addition to the interior firefighting evolutions, there was a large-scale operation flowing sig-

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nificant volumes of water using approximately ten pieces of fire apparatus. This aspect of the drill challenged firefighters to establish and maintained the levels of water necessary to extinguish a large fire in a building the size of a school. This drill placed observers in the middle of a full-scale fire service training operation illustrating how fire companies collaborate to lend assistance across jurisdictional boundaries in emergency situations. - JIM GROSS

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Flames through roof in Buffalo Buffalo firefighters of the 4th Battalion 2nd Platoon were called out again to battle a structure fire at 81 Amherst St. in Buffalo's Black Rock section on July 15th. The alarm was sounded around 5:30 a.m. With a church as an exposure, the chief called for an extra two engines and a ladder over the first alarm assignment. Two tower ladders and multiple two and a half inch hand lines were used to bring the fire under control and keep the fire from the church. Firefighters fought a stubborn blaze at the same house on Sunday evening. No injuries were reported and the cause of the fire is under investigation. Damage was extensive. The second fire added an additional $50,000.00 to the building and $5,000.00 to the church at 85 Amherst St. WILLIAM ROSAS

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NYSAFC announces 2013 scholarship recipients NYSAFC is pleased to announce the recipients of this year’s scholarship awards. The association’s scholarship program is offered to enhance, through academic achievement at the college level, the quality of leadership in the fire and life safety field and to assist Active, Associate, and Affiliate association members (and their spouses or children) in their efforts to pursue academic advancement. An "Anthony J. Messina Scholarship" award in the amount of $500 will be presented to Tory Zinmeister of the Hamlin Morton Walker Fire District and Bryan


Crash on Interstate 390 6-21-13 At around 17:00 during rush hour with heavy traffic Rush Fire/Rescue & Ambulance was dispatched to I-390 MPM 60.9 for an vehicle crash. While in route they were advised of of vehicle going south in the northbound lanes and it had hit another vehicle and was still going JUMP TO FILE # south in the north 062813104 bound lane. At the same time Livingston County 911 had a report of a crash with people trapped near Exit 10 in the Town of Avon. They dispatched East Avon FD and Avon Ambulance. This turned out to be the Rush incident at MPM 58. Rush equipment stopped at the first crash and was told by the male operator that he was ok. The equipment continued south. At MPM 59.6 we found another vehicle had been knocked off the road that was north bound with 4 people in it. They reported a green car had hit them and was going south in the northbound lane. They advised Rush EMS Officer 5C68 that they were OK. We continued south. Rush equipment then found the vehicle that had caused all this at MPM 58 sitting sideways in the median. She had crossed back into the southbound lane and then drove into the median. The female operator said she had a diabetic problem, Low blood sugar and that caused her to do what she done. Rush Rescue crew cut the door off her car and she got out of the vehicle. She was wearing her seat belt and her air bags had deployed. She was taken by Henrietta Ambulance to Strong. The Rush FD ambulance transported one of the people from the second car she hit at MPM 59.6 to Strong for a back injury. Monroe County Sheriffs were investigating the incident. - ROBERT FAUGH


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Second alarm for City of Newburgh City of Newburgh, NY - On June 26, 2013, the City of Newburgh was alerted for a structure fire at 274 Carpenter Avenue. They arrived to find smoke and fire showing from the roof area. Ladder 2 was quickly placed into action and firefighters worked diligently to get the fire under control. Mutual aid companies were toned out to assist and backfill. The cause and origin of the fire are currently under investigation.

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Homeowner sets fire to house Rouses Point Fire Department was called out just after 8 a.m. on Monday, July 29th for a structure fire at 30 Priscilla Lane in the village. The owner of the home set the house on fire after assaulting his family. Mutual aid was summoned from Champlain, Mooers, Alburgh, VT and Lacolle, Quebec. State Police discovered the owner in a nearby shed during fire operations and he was transpoeted to the hospital by Rouses Point EMS. Assistant Chief, Walter Laramie was in command.

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The propane tank that was standing alone 50 feet from the house in the front yard was struck and thrown approximately 15 feet.

Rombout responds to car versus propane tank Fishkill, NY. On July 1 at 4:10 p.m., Rombout was dispatched for a leaking propane tank after it was struck by a car on Cedar Hill Road. Rombout 1st Assistant Chief John Lucairellio found a car had left the roadway during a rain shower, sliding sideways across a lawn. The propane tank that was standing alone 50 feet from the house in the front yard was struck and thrown approximately 15 feet. With the gas lines severed, a

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propane gas cloud quickly developed in front of the occupied home. Firefighters safely evacuated the occupants of the house and the driver of the car before advancing with a fire hose in a fog spray pattern to shut the tank valves off. The driver of the car was not injured and refused medical attention

at the scene. Cedar Hill Road was shutdown in both directs between Smithtown Road and Derrick Drive while traffic was detoured for one hour. Mutual aid departments were New Hackensack, Hughsonville, the Village of Fishkill FD and Mobile-Life. The Town of Fishkill Police Department is investigating the cause of the accident. - KEVIN BARRY


East Bloomfield and Bristol fire training Canandaigua, NY. On Monday night July 29th, firefighters from East Bloomfield and Bristol conducted training exercises in a vacant house on Routes 5 and 20, the site of the future Cheshire Fire Department, Station 2. The home has been used for training for several months and soon will demolished. In this drill firefighters practiced ventilation, wall breaching and bailout techniques.


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New technical rescue resource The Southern Tier of New York has a new expanded resource at their disposal when it comes to technical rescue services. The Steuben Regional Technical Rescue Task Force has been created as an expansion of the Bath Volunteer Fire Departments rescue team and now includes the Bath Veterans Administration Fire Department as well as Coopers Plains, North and South Corning and Steuben County Emergency Service management. The Task Force is an expansion of what the Bath Fire Department started back in 1980 and has evolved thanks to grants from New York State Division of Homeland Security, which was used to purchase a 28 foot trailer and many of the specialized tools that are needed. They specialize in Technical Rescue Services for building collapse, trench rescue, and confined space as well as swift water and high and low angle rope rescue and will be mainly available to respond in Steuben, Chemung, and Allegheny, Schuyler, and Yates Counties and called on as mutual aid by area fire departments. The team will deploy wher-

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ever requested with their trailer, small lumber cash and the Bath Fire Departments heavy rescue truck. The team is meant for rapid deployment to any size incident for rapid intervention. For larger incidents, the team can get stabilization started and extrication of victims underway while the larger teams such as Task Force II can deploy from the Albany, Rochester and Buffalo areas. At that time we all work together as a single resource. What is important to note as they are not there to take over the incident. They simply are a resource, which operates under the existing incident command structure and in cooperation with other branches of the system. The team is professionally trained by New York State fire instructors specializing in technical rescue which are also members of Buffalo, and Rochester Fire/Rescue, Task Force 2 from Colonie, NY and the FDNY.


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Structure fire for Kennedy On July 7, 2013 at 3:49 p.m. Kennedy Fire Department was dispatched to 2094 Route 62 for a reported structure fire. Kennedy chief went on location and reported a working structure fire. Fire departments on location were Kennedy, Falconer, Kiantone, Gerry, Frewsburg, Fluvanna Rescue 7, Ellington, and Randolph from Cattaraugus County, New York.

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Coeymans Hollow provides relief to campers During the heat wave, Coeymans Hollow firefighters were called upon to provide relief to the day campers of Lawson Lake. Since the redevelopment of the facility is in its first stages, the lake is not ready for use by the campers. Firefighters from Coeymans Hollow brought out their 3,000 gallon tanker to set up a spray-ground for the campers and staff. While the spray-ground was

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being set up, the campers were given a tour of the truck and an opportunity to try on turnout gear and air packs to give them the feel of being a real firefighter. This was the first time most of the campers had the opportunity to be up close to a fire truck and its equipment.

When the water was turned on everyone joined in under the spray to beat the heat of the day. From the smallest camper to the oldest adult, everyone had a great time in the water. Everyone who was wilting in the summer heat, was now refreshed and ready to continue with some fun filled activities at Lawson Lake. - JIM GROSS


Warehouse fire in Lockport City of Lockport, NY. Firefighters were called out to battle a blaze in a three story warehouse built in 1875 and was home of the old Kohl's Cycle Sales. Three youths were scene running from the building. The alarm came in just before 1:30 p.m. The building was over 50,000 square feet. South Lockport came to assist the city at the scene and Wrights Corners Fire Company filled in at Lockport firehouse.


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Fire police officer honored Fire Police Officer John Coyne was the recipient of the 2013 Hudson Valley Fire Policeman of the Year Award at their Annual Convention in West Glens Falls, NY. John is a forty-five year member of the Croton-on-Hudson Fire Department attached to the Croton Fire Patrol Company. In the past, he served his department in many capacities including president, captain, treasurer, ambulance squad member, and presently is the department’s chaplain and an active fire police officer. He is a member of many state and county fire organizations and is treasurer and chaplain of the Putnam-Northern Westchester Fire Police Association.

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Stottville firefighters battle heat, fire to save house Despite heat and high humidity, Stottville firefighters with automatic mutual aid from Stockport quickly contained a structure fire on June 27. Units were dispatched to a two story residential structure located on state Route 9 in the hamlet of Stottville at 2:45 p.m. First arriving units, Stottville Assistant Chiefs Ed Hamm and Nick Wendelken, confirmed a working structure fire with a fire in the wall of the kitchen in the rear of the two story residence. Command requested Stuyvesant firefighters with their

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FAST team to the scene, with Stuyvesant Rescue 529 responding. Crews from Engine 501 with assistance from Stockport Engine 491 attacked the blaze, bringing it under control in minutes. Crews simultaneously located a cat and brought it to safety. Crews from Stottville L50, Rescue 509, Engine 502 and Stockport 49-9 then spent more than an hour overhauling, locating hot

spots and extinguishing and ventilating a significant amount of smoke from the residence. Because of temperatures near 90 degrees with a high humidity level, Greenport Rescue Squad undertook rehab at the scene with cooling fan and an ample supply of ice and water. No one was injured in the blaze. Route 9 was closed for about 90 minutes and all units were clear from the scene by 4:40 p.m. - MIKE MCCAGG

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Rollover MVA in Hemlock Hemlock, NY. On Sunday, July 7, at 1:50 p.m., Hemlock and Livonia Fire/EMS were dispatched to an MVA at 3164 Plank Road. Fire units arrived on location and found that a southbound SUV pulling a trailer had lost control and rolled over in the front yard of a residence. The driver freed himself from the vehicle and was transported by Livonia EMS to Strong Memorial in Rochester. The cause of the crash was under investigation by the New York State Police.


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Kitchen fire in Buffalo MIKE CAREY

Firefighters battle a blaze on Schuyler Street in Cohoes

Buffalo firefighters of the 6th Battalion 2nd Platoon were called out Sunday morning, July 28, 2013 to battle a blaze at 65 Cable St. in Buffalo's Kaisertown section. The fire started in the kitchen of the two story frame dwelling and extended to the wall. No injuries were reported and the cause of the fire is under investigation. Damage was moderate. One-one and three quarter inch hand line was used to bring the fire under control.


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Fire destroys a Cohoes business Cohoes, NY. A fire on Thursday, July 4th destroyed a Cohoes business. The blaze at 20 Schuyler Street also damaged two other buildings. Authorities say when the first crews arrived, Angela's Salon was fully involved, with heavy fire blowing out the front windows. Live power lines downed in the street briefly hampered efforts to tackle the fire. Crews from Troy, Green Island, and Watervliet provided mu-

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tual aid as heavy smoke blanketed a section of the city. No injuries were reported, but a dog had to be rescued from one of the buildings. Firefighters had to battle temperatures approaching 90 with high humidity and crews were routinely rotated in and out to avoid any problems. Authorities say Angela's Salon

was destroyed and will likely need to be torn down. A home at 22 Schuyler Street suffered smoke and water damage but is repairable. The News Stand Deli and Grocery at the corner of Schuyler and Main streets suffered smoke damage. A pick-up truck parked in front of the salon also sustained significant damage. A cause remains under investigation. - MIKE CAREY

Greene County firefighters train with firefighter escape system Firefighters with the Cairo Fire Department and the Round Top Fire Department received training on firefighter personal escape systems. The training was conducted on July 19-2021 at the Greene County Fire Training Center in Cairo. The departments purchased the Petzl EXO Personal Escape System and the Gemtor Class II Rescue Harness. The training consisted of a classroom session, the issuing of harnesses and systems to each student, and then a hands-on session that included each firefighter performing nine bailout descents. Each descent was progressively more difficult, to build student confidence with the system and techniques. Also, every student was attached to a back-up safety belay rope system. All equipment and training was provided by All Hands Fire Equipment & Training, based out of New Jersey.

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Museum now open to the public The Fire Safety Education Center at the Orange County Firefighters Museum was open to the public for the first time on Saturday, July 27th from 1 to 4 p.m. Opened in June of 2011, the Fire Safety Education Center has hosted school age children from Orange and Sullivan County throughout the school year. Members of the Education Advisory Committee decided to have the Fire Safety Education Center open in conjunction with the museum on the last Saturday of the month from 1 to 4 p.m. The Fire Safety Education Center teaches many things including the importance of having a family safety plan in place that is practiced with parents and children complete with a family meeting place, how to stay low and get out, and the proper usage of 9-1-1. Children can also try on appropriately sized turn out gear complete with boots and helmets. They can read fire safety and prevention books, play with puzzles, watch a movie about the danger of leaving candles unattended as well as how to identify potential fire dangers in your kitchen and other areas in your home through our simulated Hazard Kitchen and Countertop. The museum and education center are located at 141 Clinton Street in the Village of Montgomery. Please visit us and “like” us on facebook and check out our website at

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Stomping the fire out cold DAVID KAZMIERCZAK

Two firefighters transported in Buffalo Buffalo firefighters of the 4th Battalion 3rd Platoon were called out to battle a fire in an apartment building at 106 Elmwood Ave. in the heart of Buffalo's Allentown district on Juy 1st. A second alarm was requested as firefighters had heavy smoke on several floors. The four story building had ten apartments housing twenty residents and the Red Cross was called to assist. Firefighters used three-one and three quarter inch hand lines to bring the fire under control. Two firefighters were transported to the hospital with injuries. Damage was listed at $150,000 to the building and $50,000 to the contents. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

The City of Troy was toned for an alarm of fire at 252 2nd Street in the south end of the city. City police units were on scene quickly and relayed messages to the dispatcher that they had a working fire. Police units kicked down the door, but could not make entry due to the heavy smoke. Shortly after Engine 6, the south end engine, arrived; firefighters called a Signal 30 for the working fire and the second alarm. Crews made a swift interior attack, quickly knocking down the fire before it could spread to adjacent buildings. Crews checked for extension into the adjacent buildings, but were cleared. The fire is still under investigation.


Parade pays tribute to fallen West Webster firefighters Webster, NY. Thousands of spectators turned out on Thursday, July 11, to watch the annual Webster Firemen’s Parade. The parade honored slain West Webster firefighters Mike Chiapperini and Tomasz Kaczowka, who died December 24th after being shot at a blaze on Lake Road. Members of the Chiapperini and Kaczowka families led the parade along with two riderless horses, paying tribute to the fallen firefighters. Over 120 fire departments and community groups participated.

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CRMC Chief Medical Officer Dr. Gerrard Gallarneau, New Deputy Ann Steimle, EMS Coordinator Greg Tavormina, ER Director Wendy Brown, Commissioner of Public Safety Richard Martinkovich, New Deputy Rob Carnell, New Deputy Joel Sherwood and County Legislator Gene Benson.

Sullivan County reforms the Bureau of Emergency Medical Services In 1997, the county government established by county charter the formation of the office EMS coordinator, which will be under the Office of Emergency Management. Through the years, we have seen many deputy coordinators come and go and as of April of 2013, there were no deputies. The EMS coordinator approached the county legislature with the problem at hand and by majority approval, three deputy coordinators have been approved to assist the county EMS coordinator with any work that may need to be done. At the end of April, the EMS coordinator asked for three interested parties. The legislature approved the three persons to take over effective immediately. It is part of our desires to establish more education opportunities at the county training center. We also want to start doing an annual or biannual mass casualty event. The last time that EMS worked with the Bureau of Fire was over 10 years ago. We have been told that we have over 100% support from the Bureau of Fire and the departments that falls under that bureau. It is our eventual desire that the ambulance service (paid or volunteers) see that the Bureau of EMS is for real and that we mean business. The bureau is very excited to get to work on an array of different projects. Now is the perfect time to introduce the EMS coordinator and his deputies: EMS-1 Greg Tavormina: Greg has been involved in EMS for many years and for the last 10 years he has been named the EMS coordinator. To reach Greg his email is gregory.tavormina@co.sullivam.ny .u EMS-2 Ann Steimle: Anne has been involved in EMS for over 17 years. She is the current president of the Lumberland FD and has been former captain of that department and has been an EMT for close to 20 years. To reach Ann, her email is:

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Fire rips through Saratoga Springs row houses Saratoga Springs, NY. A massive fire on July 28th destroyed five row houses in Saratoga Springs and left almost three dozen residents homeless. The blaze broke out around 4 a.m. at 108 Woodlawn Avenue. The first crews arrived within two minutes, but the fire had already spread to 106 Woodlawn and both buildings were fully involved. Almost 100 firefighters attacked the fire, but it continued to spread. Within 90 minutes, the fire also included buildings at 100, 102, and 104 Woodlawn. By 6 a.m., the middle and rear portions

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of 108 and 106 collapsed and firefighters were ordered out. Crews continued to attack the fire from several angles, including the use of two aerial trucks. It wasn't until about 9:15 a.m., or five hours after the initial call, that Chief Robert Williams declared the fire under control, but not out. 12 hours into the fire, crews were still addressing some hot spots. The fire left 32 residents displaced, many of whom are em-

ployees of the New York Racing Association who had just moved in nine days ago as they work at Saratoga Race Course for the summer. 16 residents were home when the fire broke out but all escaped safely. No residents were injured but three firefighters received treatment for heat exhaustion and smoke inhalation. Investigators are searching for the cause, which they say could take days to determine. They do say it is not considered suspicious. - MIKE CAREY



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High school sports injuries and the EMT


In many communities, the local high school football team is the zenith of community pride. In every game, emotions, determination, and herculean efforts are dialed super high. Unfortunately injuries can occur in all sports; however, football seems to have the highest incidence. Not all injuries require EMS or transport to the hospital. There is an emotional reaction of the spectators, coach, team and even the injured player to the break in the game’s momentum. Severe and visually disturbing injuries can provoke excited reactions, impatience with game delays, and a lack of cooperation with treatment. When possible and safe to do so, patients should not be treated in full view of spectators. The injured party with a suspected spinal injury should not be moved until appropriate personal and equipment can be used to maintain proper spinal immobilization. Protective gear can make treatment problematic. Improper treatment of a spinal injury can cause secondary injury and complications. Helmets and shoulder pads will affect the spine’s alignment; removing one without the other may cause excess movement and curvature of the spine. A football player’s helmet and shoulder pads should not be removed before transport unless one is already off or ill-fitting, or complete removal is necessary to treat life threatening injuries to the shoulder or head area. Shoulder pads used in lacrosse, ice hockey and field hockey are not as thick as those used in football and each needs to be considered individually. Athletic trainers, coaches and parents of these minor athletes may all interfere in the normal treatment protocols. Certified athletic

trainers will have valid input and when allowed to work as part of the rescue team can help to maximize the care and treatment given to an injured player pre-hospital. Face mask removal should be accomplished by cutting the loops and a certified athletic trainer should have the proper tools for doing this. Ideally the initial assessment of any injury should have been observed starting with the mechanism of injury. Trainers and medical staff should have eyes on and consider the need for basic life support and transport to the hospital. If there is not a standby BLS crew and there is any question about needing BLS response, the 9-1-1 system should be activated. Do not move the player unless it is necessary for airway, breathing, or circulation. Once airway, breathing and circulation are properly assessed and treated as necessary, the patient’s level of consciousness should be checked. The Glasgow Coma Scale is an effective tool to use: GCS 13-15 = mild; GCS 9-12 = moderate; and GCS 3-8 = severe injury. A mild concussion may exhibit some confusion, will not have any loss of consciousness and symptoms usually resolve within 15-minutes; a moderate concussion duplicates mild except the symptoms last longer than 15-minutes, there may be some amnesia; a severe concussion includes loss of consciousness. Examine the helmet for damage and note previous head trauma and seizure activity in your report. Evaluate motor and sensory function in all four extremities. If it is necessary to transport the patient, move the body as a unit onto a long board and secure the head and torso – secure the patient with helmet and shoulder pads if both are worn. Other common injuries that can occur during sports games include skeletal, muscular, neurological, lacerations, abrasions and contusions. Proper and quick assessment and knowledgeable treatment can help keep the fun in sports.


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There is nothing like the sound you get over the radio system when someone goes to transmit and is in close proximity to another radio. Worse than the sound is the fact that any transmission has been “lost in space” and never reached the intended recipient. Separate the distance of the radios or turn one of the radios off (remember to turn the other radio back on when done). Feedback is useful in assisting in locating a downed or missing firefighter and it should be reserved just for that purpose. All members should be trained in the procedure and when it is being used, all on scene personnel and the dispatch staff should be notified. Portable radios are only as good as the battery used to operate them. The batteries are usually charged daily and exchanged at change of shift or another specific time designated by department policy. This doesn’t guarantee that a battery won’t go “dead”, especially if the battery is nearing the end of its lifespan, or if it has seen excessive use since last charged and installed. Building construction, especially high-rise buildings, and terrain can create radio interference and/or block radio transmissions. The use of repeaters may be required in certain areas in order to establish adequate radio communications. Radio frequency bleeding through onto your radio frequency may require fine-tuning of all components in the radio system including all radios. At worse, a change in frequency allocation may be required. Emergency services frequencies were split at the beginning of 2013 to increase the number of frequencies available. In the next few years emergency services may have to give up their present radio frequencies and move to a different band length. When and if this happens, it will be very costly change for the emergency services. Add to this the more widespread use of two-way radio communications in the private sector and it is easy to see all the radio spectrums are operating on overload. Maybe with the increased use of cell phone service, there will be less pressure on the FCC to come up with more radio frequencies. On the other side of the coin, how well will the cell phone frequencies stand up to the added pressure? Only time will tell. Lastly on my list, I am sure you can think of additional problems you have encountered with radios over the years, is the “open mike” problem. The dispatcher generally will transmit a tone followed by the message “All units check for an open mike”. - continued at

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Port Ewen Fire Department's new and old ladder trucks with the Hudson River in the backround. Left side photo is a 1988 Sutphen Quint 65' on the right is our new Sutphen SP70 2012 Quint.


Critically injured paramedic given a spectacular welcome home After being critically injured in an ambulance accident back in May, paramedic Bill Spadafora was finally discharged from Albany Medical Center recently. In May, Spadafora and his partner Gigi Williams were critically injured in a head on car accident in Ulster County. Spadafora was airlifted to Albany Medical Center, where he underwent a series of emergency surgeries and was placed in the intensive care unit for an extended period of time. Upon hearing the news of the accident, the emergency services community pulled together to support their friend and coworker, who remained in critical condition. They worked together to fundraise for the Bill Spadafora Fund, a fund set up for Bill and his family while he recovers,and they also worked to make Billâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s home accessible for him when he came home. Bill made great progress and surprised the doctors on how quickly he was recovering. With the support of his family, Bill finally received a discharge date of July 11th. Early on Thursday, July 11th, a Mobile Life ambulance escorted by two Mobile Life fly cars caravanned up to Albany Medical Center to bring Bill Spadafora home. During the ride home, the emergency services community had set up a surprise welcome home caravan to escort him back to his home. In nothing short of spectacu-

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lar, dozens of ambulances, fire trucks and police cars lined the side of Route 209 in Hurley. With lights flashing and sirens blaring, they all wished Bill a grand welcome home. The vehicles then filed past his home as he sat there with friends and family. This was an emotional day for Bill, his family and the emergency services community. They were able to welcome home a coworker, friend and brother. - JEAN LASPISA


Rollover for Cronomer Valley Town of Newburgh, NY. Cronomer Valley firefighters were alerted to a rollover accident on Fostertown Road on July 6, 2013. They arrived on that very hot and humid day to find one vehicle off the side on the road on its roof. Town of Newburgh Emergency Medical Services and the Town of Newburgh Police also assisted at the scene.


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Overturn on Route 9W for Marlboro Marlboro Fire Department was alerted to a two vehicle motor vehicle accident on Route 9W in front of Madeleine's Dance Center on July 18th. One patient was removed from the overturned vehicle and transported to a local hospital. No serious injuries were reported from the other vehicle.

Baby perishes in Buffalo fire Buffalo, NY. Firefighters of the 7th Battalion 3rd Platoon were called out to battle a two alarm fire at 367-365 Riverside Ave. in Buffalo's Riverside section on July 9th. The fire was fatal for a baby and a pet from 367 Riverside Ave. The fire involved the house next door and did additional damage to 371 Riverside Ave. A second alarm was called out to bring the fire under control. The first due Ladder Co. 13 was closed and not available to respond to the fire because of the city's manpower policy.

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367 Riverside was a two story frame dwelling, the fire started in the first floor and spread to the second floor and attic. Captain Timothy Ried of Engine Co. 26 called for an additional two engines and a ladder. After determining heavy fire in the attic of the exposure building, he requested the balance of the second alarm. The fire took side two of 365

Riverside and extended. Engine Co.19 tried in vain doing CPR on the baby, who was transported to Children's Hospital. Damage was listed at $75,000 to the building and $30,000 to the contents for 367 Riverside Ave. and $60,000 to the building and $30,000 to the contents. 371 Riverside also received $15,000 in damage. Fire marshals were on the scene and the investigation is ongoing. - DAVID KAZMIERCZAK


Overturn for Good-Will Town of Newburgh, NY - The Good-Will Fire Department was alerted for a roll over accident on Gardnertown Road on July 1st near the intersection of Gidney Ave.

Life member and past chief mourned Life Member and Past Chief George Vega of the Middlehope Fire Department in the Town of Newburgh was honored and mourned by family, friends and his colleagues at the fire department after his passing on July 22nd. Services were held at the Brooks Funeral Home on July 26th. The funeral followed the next day. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Autism Research Foundation and mailed to 72 East Concord Street, R-1014 Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, MA 02118 or online at

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Last month, one of our departments responded to a report of an oven fire in a neighborhood of well-kept middle-class one-family homes. When the fire department arrived, they discovered that one of the residents was utilizing an aerosol can to spray insecticide to kill cockroaches near the stove. The electronic ignition on the stovetop caused a flash fire. The interior officer reported that the fire was out. However, he asked that I come into the building because of what he perceived as serious fire safety and building code violations. With the local fire inspector, we performed a complete inspection of the entire building. It became apparent that this former one-family home had been illegally converted for a total of seven single rooms, with each door having a keyed lock. The 19 occupants shared a kitchen and bathrooms, with one separate complete apartment located in the cellar. The building was infested with cockroaches and bedbugs, according to the tenants,and there were numerous violations throughout the building and the property. We interviewed the tenants, who indicated that they were paying approximately $125 cash per week for each room. The cash payments were collected by one tenant and delivered to the landlord’s office. When we asked for the address and the name of the owner, we discovered that the landlord is one we have dealt with numerous times because he has dozens of properties with similar or worse conditions. Within the last year, the landlord has been fined well over $30,000 in fines in three different

municipalities, yet he continues to buy additional properties and illegally convert them. We can only assume that the cash rent that he pulls in is so lucrative and the penalties and deterrents so weak that they are not discouraging him and his associates from continuing this despicable, illegal way of doing business. $125 per week cash is over $500 per month or $6,500 per year per small room. In another former one-family home, there were 28 single men renting cubicles in the basement, first floor, second floor, attic and the former garage. This landlord would receive $182,000 per year in rent, assuming 100% occupancy! In those communities that are not aggressively enforcing the state building, fire and zoning codes, the illegal conversions have become an epidemic. On some streets it is becoming rare to find a legal one-family home. In our county, we have formed a task force to follow some of these cases from the time of complaint through adjudication. What we have found is shocking. Heavy fines are few and far between. Therefore, there is little if any deterrent. The task force has reached out to the media, in an attempt to put the spotlight on those municipalities where the inspection/enforcement system is not working. The task force has sent a letter to the New York State Division of Code Enforcement, alleging that several municipalities are not enforcing the state building and fire codes. Hopefully, the efforts of the task force will be successful; and illegal slumlords will start to pay a heavy financial price and maybe even serve some jail time, forcing them to stop this illegal practice that endangers the lives of thousands of mostly poor, hard-working men, women, and worst of all, small, innocent children. Our local volunteer firefighters are also placed in extreme jeopardy every time we respond to one of these deplorable and illegally converted buildings.

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Firefighters and Buffalo Sabres fill the boot On Thursday, August 1, 2013, Buffalo firefighters and members of the Buffalo Sabres staged at eight major intersections that bring morning commuters into the city. Through the generosity of the people of Western New York $30,000 was raised. Sabretooth, the team mascot, also came out to lend a hand to help fill the boot for SMA SMART, SMA: Spinal Muscular Atrophy, SMART: The Spinal Muscular Atrophy Research Team. SMA is the #1 genetic cause of death amongst children less than two years old, affecting one in

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6000 births. Approximately one in 35 people carry a copy of the gene that causes SMA. Patrick Keleta #36 was at the base of the Skyway Bridge with a boot in hand. Several other Sabres Alumni enforcers Rob Ray and Andrew Peters were at other intersections along with Darryl Shannon. - DAVID KAZMIERCZAK


Family Day in the park City of Newburgh, NY. On July 13, 2013, the City of Newburgh held their 14th Annual Family Day in the Park at Downing Park. The event was sponsored by the Trowell-Harris Chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. Association. The City of Newburgh Fire Department and Mobile Life Support Services gave children the opportunity to tour their vehicles and check out their tools.


FDNY to Ride Across the Country to Raise Funds for Hope For The Warriors® Monroe, NY, July 29, 2013– On Friday, August 9, 2013, four members of the FDNY will start their 15-day motorcycle ride across the country to raise funds and awareness for Hope For The Warriors®. The FDNY Southern Rumble will cover more than 5,300 miles, stops in 15 cities, and visits to two military medical centers. Events kick off on Saturday, August 3 with a fundraising party at Bourbon Street Bar & Grille in Monroe, NY. Funds raised during the party will benefit Hope For the Warriors®, a national nonprofit organization that assists post-9/11 service members, their families, and families of the fallen who have sustained physical and psychological wounds in the line of duty. The kickoff party begins at 7 p.m. A $25 donation at the door includes food and drink specials, door prizes and live music by Whiskey Sinners. The FDNY Southern Rumble includes four men who have all

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served as firefighters: John Finnerty, Kevin McEntyre, Jason Puser and Chris Walsh. Two of the men were also first responders on 9/11 and Walsh is Marine Corps veteran who served in Iraq. All four men are dedicated to supporting wounded service members and military families. They have worked hard to generate donations for Hope For The Warriors® as well as donations to cover their expenses. This is the second year that the group is doing the Rumble. Last year’s ride raised more than $18K; the group has set a goal of $20K for the FDNY Southern Rumble. "[We’re just] doing what every American should do, saying thank you to our heroes, to those who provide us with the freedom that we enjoy every day,” Walsh said. “Freedom is not free."

To learn more and donate to the FDNY Southern Rumble, visit Additional contributions can also be made directly to Hope For The Warriors® at The mission of Hope For The Warriors® ( is to enhance the quality of life for post-9/11 service members, their families, and families of the fallen who have sustained physical and psychological wounds in the line of duty. Hope For The Warriors® is dedicated to restoring a sense of self, restoring the family unit, and restoring hope for our service members and our military families. Hope For The Warriors® has earned a Four-Star Rating from Charity Navigator ( for two consecutive years. Charity Navigator is an independent organization that evaluates fiscal responsibility and accountability of nonprofits

Rochester Fire Department promotions Rochester, NY. At a ceremony and press conference Monday morning, July 15th, several promotions were made by Chief Salvatore Mitrano. Felipe Hernandez Jr. was promoted from Lieutenant to Captain, and has the distinction of carrying diversity up the ranks as the first Latino Captain.

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Firefighters promoted to Lieutenant are, Mark Shull, Jeff Kyrwy, James Marconi, Frank Vallone, Jason Bagley and Brian Keenan. Also recognized at the event was Milt Walker who has served

for 40 years with the department and is currently assigned to the Arson Unit. Additionally, Captain Russell Merrick was recognized as a graduate of the National Fire Academy's Executive Fire Officer program. - JOHN SPAULDING

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Low angle rescue drill Members of Rescue Co. 1 of the 2nd Platoon in Buffalo conducted a low angle drill in Delaware Park on Monday July 29, 2013. The park has a stone bridge where recruits are given a RTB lesson.


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The Greater Baldwinsville Ambulance Corp. recently put this Braun Chevy Express into service that was purchased from Bob Reilly of North Eastern Rescue Vehicles, Inc. DENNIS LAUGHLIN


Windsor, NY. The Windsor Fire Company in Broome County has placed in service a 2013 Chevrolet brush truck.



Ulster Hose Company #5 of Ulster recently put into service Engine 2, a 2012 Seagrave 2000/750.

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Cooperstown Bicentennial Parade Greater Buffalo Firefighters Pipes & Drums LINDSAY DUNNE

Over the 4th of July holiday weekend, the Cooperstown (NY) Fire Department celebrated their bicentennial.

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Putnam County Car 7 Ken Clair, Putnam Lake Chief Jamie Gagliardo, and Chief's Aide Ray Zaccari, at the conclusion of a wreck on Interstate 684 southbound at milemarker 27.


Voorheesville was named best appearing fire unit, dress uniform, 8-13 in line at the HVVFA parade


The Wrights Corner Volunteer Fire Company was called out to standby at the City of Lockport Firehouse as City units battled a large warehouse blaze Tuesday afternoon July 30, 2013.


Saratoga Springs Lieutenant Spensieri and Firefighter Bellantoni at the scene of a structure fire


Plattekill Car 2 (47-1) Ralph Davis at a recent motor vehicle accident.


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Saratoga Springs firefighters take a rest 12 hours into a massive fire that destroyed five row houses


Sounding the last call for Life Member and Past Chief George Vega of the Middlehope Fire Department in the Town of Newburgh


East Bloomfield Assistant Chief Jesse Cooper, Bristol Fire Chief Eric Dey and East Bloomfield Assistant Chief Peter Koppman check their radios at training session.


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Marlboro, NY. Marboro Fire Department's Chief Bobby Troncillito on the scene of an overnight residential blaze on the morning of August 13th.

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Mount Tabor assistant chief recommends mortgage program to many Over the last year, Assistant Chief Dave Hollner has become somewhat of a celebrity in the firehouse of the Mount Tabor (N.J.) Volunteer Fire Department. No, Hollner didn’t make the silver screen – he did one better. He was featured in an issue of 1st Responder last year after taking advantage of the Heroes Mortgage Program. 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. “A lot of people, not only in our firehouse, have that article cut out,” said Hollner, a 12-year veteran with Mount Tabor. “They have given me a hard time, but it’s all in good fun. If they aren’t saying anything to you at the firehouse, something is wrong. Not only did Hollner take advantage of the Heroes Mortgage Program, he’s raved about it. Some of the people ribbing him have now become clients. Hollner has recommended the program to at least 15 of his peers. Indeed, the Heroes Mortgage Program has been a hit in the fire services community, providing un-

matched customer service and attentiveness throughout the process from their initial inquiry - to the day you close. Firefighters and other members of the emergency services community can learn more about the Heroes Mortgage at the annual New Jersey Firemen’s Convention on Sept. 13-14 in Wildwood at the famed Jersey Shore. The Heroes Mortgage Program booth at the convention has become 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 stop by to learn more about the innovative program and how it can help them. “We have received so much great feedback about the Heroes Mortgage Program,” said Joseph Belsito, Publisher of 1st Responder. “Sun Home Loans has stepped up in a big way to extend benefits to members of the emergency services community and their families. We look forward to seeing everyone at Wildwood, we always do. For us, getting to meet with our clients and the men and women who risk their lives for us every day, is always a highlight.” Hollner took advantage of the

Heroes Mortgage Program to refinance, which saved him on his monthly mortgage payment. Before Sun Home Loans stepped in, he was getting hurt by PMI (Private mortgage insurance) from his previous lender. “The Heroes Mortgage Program is just such a nice offer,” Hollner said. “The staff is so easy to work with and they really look out for you. They want to save you money.” 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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Dive team drill On July 7, 2013, the Cronomer Valley Fire Department conducted a dive team drill in the Hudson River at the Newburgh Yacht Club. During the drill, they also cleared the area of debris.

This 2003 4x4 Ford/Pierce 750/wCAFS mini pumper of the Youngsville Fire Departmentt is used to pull a 10x14 Cargomate search and rescue trailer, which houses a Kubota 4WD RTV. The trailer features heating and air conditioning and is also used by the department's divers.



Fire hits vacant building in Troy Troy, NY. Firefighters were called into action Sunday, July 14th when fire broke out at 252 Second Street in Troy. Callers reported heavy smoke coming from the windows and door, and the first crew on the scene reported that it was "definitely a signal 30." The battalion chief quickly called for a second alarm, indicating he had heavy fire on the second floor. Firefighters had to battle temperatures that hovered around 90 degrees with high humidity, but were able to quickly knock down the fire. There was some concern about exposure buildings because they shared a common attic, but crews kept fire damage restricted to the original building. 252 Second Street was vacant and no injuries were reported. A cause remains under investigation.

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