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FIREFIGHTERS RESCUE SEVEN PETS eLEND joins Heroes Mortgage Program to offer down payment assistance for heroes COLUMBUS DIVISION OF FIRE

Columbus, OH - Columbus firefighters hustled to revive two dogs and a cat retrieved from a North Westmoor Avenue home after a neighbor spotted smoke and called 911 on the morning of January 3rd around 8:30 A.M. A third dog and three additional cats were rescued unharmed from the two-story residence. - See full story on page 15


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Dover, OH - Firefighters from Dover, New Philadelphia and Strasburg, along with medics from Smith Ambulance, were dispatched to a reported structure fire in the 700 block of East Third Street on Saturday, October 6, 2018 shortly after 8:30 A.M. Neighbors noticed heavy smoke coming from the eaves and attic of the one-and-a-half story house and called 911. Tuscarawas County 911 dispatched Dover Ladder 209 and New Philadelphia Tower 2109 to the residence, which was four blocks up the street from Dover’s station. Dover Utility 208 and L209 were first on scene and reported heavy smoke issuing from the basement and second floor windows during their initial sizeup. L-209 secured a water supply from a nearby hydrant as crews entered the house to find that the fire had burned through the kitchen floor and traveled up the wall to the second floor. Shortly after, New Philadelphia Tower 2109 arrived on scene and the two departments combined crews and vented the roof as (two) one-and-three quarter inch attack lines were stretched inside to extinguish the fire. Dover’s

JUMP TO FILE #102018100 chief reported that the fire was knocked down in about 20 minutes. Engines from New Philadelphia and Strasburg were dispatched to provide additional manpower to assist with overhaul operations, and arrived on scene shortly after the fire was extinguished. Smith Ambulance also provided a crew to the scene and stood by during the call. Dover firefighters were assisted by the Dover Police Department who provided traffic control during the call, which lasted about two hours. The vacant, brick and woodframe structure was recently purchased and under renovation at the time of blaze. The home suffered smoke damage throughout and the owner lost some tools and painting materials in addition to the damage caused by the fire, which was mainly limited to the kitchen. The cause of the fire was under investigation. - DAVID SCHLOSSER


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Highlights from 2018’s Fire Department Instructors Conference INDIANAPOLIS – (December 16, 2018) - This year marked the 79th anniversary of the Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC), which was held at the Indiana Convention Center and Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis from April 23rd through the 28th. The week's events featured classroom lectures, hands-on training and the famous fire equipment show, which is the world’s largest annual fire show according to Penwell Publishers, who own the rights to the event. This year’s show featured 813 exhibitors and drew a record 34,425 attendees from more than 50 countries (PennWell), not including the thousand others who attended the outdoor exhibits and events surrounding the show. The conference has an annual economic impact on Indianapolis of about $35 to $40 million USD according Indianapolis FOX 59 News FOX59 (Houser, April 21, 2015). Since the FDIC’s beginnings in 1929, the conference and show has been held in various locations around the country including Chicago, Memphis (1935-69 and 74-83), Kansas City (70-73), Cincinnati (84-94) and Indianapolis since 1995. Though the locations have changed over the years, two things that remain constant is the representation of Ohio fire departments, and equipment manufacturer’s impact on the fire service. The 2018 FDIC show featured many Ohio based manufacturers, including Action Couplings from Holmesville, Akron Brass from Wooster, Breathing Air Systems of Columbus, Braun Ambulances from Van Wert, Fire-Dex Fire and Safety from Medina, Firovac Power Systems from Apple Creek, Horton Ambulance from Grove City, Red-Head Brass from Shreve, Sensible Products from Richfield, Sutphen Corporation from Dublin, Hilliard and Springfield, and WillBurt Light Towers from Orrville. Two companies celebrated milestone anniversaries at the FDIC this year. Akron Brass celebrated its 100th anniversary and had a large booth showcasing their nozzles, valves and apparatus control products, as well as products from their sister companies which included Hale Pumps, Weldon Electronics and Hurst Jaws of Life. The Akron Brass/Hurst display also featured two extrication demonstrations with Ford Taurus Police Interceptor police cars. Horton Emergency vehicles celebrated their 50th anniversary with a display of one their first units, a 1968 Ford Econoline from the Prairie Twp. FD. They also had several new deliveries and demos on the floor, as well at the REV Group display. Ohio Fire Departments were well represented on the floor this year. KME Fire Apparatus displayed Wooster Twp. Fire Department’s new yellow and black 2018

JUMP TO FILE #121618116 KME Panther Rescue Pumper at the REV Group booth. The new rig features a 1500-GPM pump, 750gallon tank and 25-gallon foam cell. The Van Wert Fire Department’s new 2018 International/Braun Ambulance stopped visitors in their tracks with its striking red and gray paint scheme and custom cougar graphics. The new ambulance, built in Van Wert, features the local high school mascot and will protect those who created it. East Cleveland’s new 2018 Freightliner/Horton Type III Ambulance was featured at the REV Group’s Ambulance Booth, along with ambulances bound for Florida, Louisiana and the FDNY. Midwest Fire’s booth was home to a monster Pumper-Tanker bound for Oberlin, Ohio. The new Freightliner/Midwest Fire 1000/3000 Tanker, lettered Tanker 45, was paid for by funds collected by New Russia Township. Other Ohio built apparatus of interest on the floor included an impressive red 2018 International tanker with a 1000-GPM Darley pump and 3000-gallon polished aluminum tank on the Firovac Lot. Braun Ambulance also had several units on display, including a 2018 Ford medic unit bound for New Orleans and Osceola County, Florida. The General Motors display also featured a demo unit built on a 2018 Chevrolet cut-away chassis, as well as a 2018 Ford F350 Type III medic unit at the Ford display. Sutphen’s display was impressive and featured several custom chassis pumpers bound for Florida. Orlando’s new 100’ Tower and West Palm Beach’s new 1500GPM pumper were featured, along with their 2018 Sutphen SLR 75’ short wheelbase 1500/470/30f Quint demo. In addition to the Ohio based companies and Ohio bound apparatus, there were over 150 fire trucks and ambulances featured inside the Lucas Oil Stadium, Indiana Convention Center, and outside in the various display lots. Companies such as Seagrave, Pierce, Rosenbauer, E-One, Ferrara, KME, Danko, Midwest Fire, Marion, Custom Fire, Darley, Hackney, PL Custom, Rescue 1, AEV, General Truck Equipment, Blanchett, Weis, Spencer, Spartan, EVI, Lifeline, Toyne, HME Ahrens-Fox, Wheeled Coach, Demers, Leader, AEV, BME, Fort Garry, Firematic, Lenco, Lake Assault Boats, Boston Whaler, and Quiroga from Mexico. The 2019 FDIC will celebrate its 80th anniversary and will be held again in Indianapolis from April 8th through the 13th. - DAVID SCHLOSSER

Prairie Twp.'s 1968 Ford/Horton Ambulance 50th Anniversary Display.


Firovac's 2018 Int.'l/Firovac 1000/3000 Demo on the floor.


Horton's 50th Anniversary 2018 Ford/Horton Demo.


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Maryland: Daniel "Danny" Lister, 34 Rank: Assistant Fire Chief Incident Date: September 1, 2018 Death Date: September 1, 2018 Fire Department: Queen Anne-Hillsboro Volunteer Fire Company Initial Summary: Assistant Fire Chief Daniel "Danny" Lister was operating at the scene of a motor vehicle accident with multiple medical patients on Maryland Route 404 at Old Queen Anne Road and suffered a medical emergency. Resuscitation efforts on scene were unsuccessful and Lister passed away at the University of Maryland Shore Regional Health at Easton.

Oregon: Eric Christopher Aarseth, 20 Rank: Firefighter II Incident Date: August 27, 2018 Death Date: September 4, 2018 Fire Department: Miller Timber Services Initial Summary: Firefighter II Eric Aarseth worked the Horns Mountain Fire in Washington on Aug. 27 and was released at 6:00 p.m. On Aug. 28, Aarseth was found unresponsive at his home in Oregon. Reports indicate that Aarseth developed pneumonia which became septic. Aarseth was treated at Sacred Heart Medical Center in Springfield, Oregon, but was taken off life support on Sept. 3 after suffering irreversible damage to his organs. Aarseth passed away early the following morning on Sept. 4.

South Dakota: David Fischer, 43 Rank: Assistant Fire Chief Incident Date: September 7, 2018 Death Date: September 7, 2018 Fire Department: Sturgis Volunteer Fire Department Initial Summary: At approximately 4 p.m. on Sept. 7, Assistant Fire Chief David Fischer responded with the Sturgis Vol. FD and other local first-responders to a residential structure fire in Tilford, South Dakota. Upon arrival, firefighters found a single-family home that was fully involved in fire. The intense fire ignited several outbuildings on the

property and threatened nearby propane tanks. Firefighters made their initial attack, sent out a mutual aid call, and evacuated nearby residents. Soon after, responders were informed of a resident that was unaccounted for and last seen in the involved residence. As firefighters continued to fight the fire and attempted to locate the missing resident, a nearby propane tank experienced a catastrophic failure causing a Boiling Liquid Expanding Vapor Explosion, or BLEVE. The explosion instantly killed Fischer. In addition, the remains of the missing resident, an 82 year-old male, were found the following morning. Michigan: Robert James Phillips II, 62 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: September 22, 2018 Death Date: September 23, 2018 Fire Department: Memphis Fire Department Initial Summary: On Sept. 22, Firefighter Robert James Phillips II responded to two emergency incidents, the last one being a motor vehicle accident at approximately 11:30 a.m. On Sept. 23, at approximately 6:30 a.m., Phillips was found unresponsive by his wife at his residence. She called 911 and the Memphis Fire Department responded, but Phillips was pronounced dead at the scene. The nature and cause of fatal injury are still to be reported.

Missouri: Russell Hayes, 62 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: October 3, 2018 Death Date: October 4, 2018 Fire Department: El Dorado Springs Vol. Fire Department Initial Summary: On Oct. 3, Firefighter Russell Hayes, while driving a department truck, was on his way to have a pump inspected for annual certification. Hayes lost control of the vehicle, veered to the right side of the road, then overcorrected as he tried to get back, causing it to travel off the left side of the road and overturn. Hayes was air lifted to the Mercy Hospital in Springfield, MO, where he later died from injuries sustained in the accident.

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Barn in Warsaw Destroyed by Fast-Moving Heavy Fire Warsaw, OH – The Walhonding Valley FD responded to a house fire in the 42000 block of CR 24 on August 24, 2018 at approximately 7:00 P.M. While traveling to the scene on SR 60, near the River View HS, heavy black smoke could be seen in the distance of the impending fire. At that time, a second-alarm assignment was requested by Assistant Chief Brian Wilson of WVFD. Upon arriving on scene, firefighters found a large barn fully involved. After stretching lines to fight the fire, tankers dropped two portable tanks to establish a water supply. A tanker fill site was also established back on SR 60 at Killbuck Creek. Second and third-alarm units started arriving from Three Rivers, Jackson Twp., West Lafayette, Conesville, Holmes District 1, and Killbuck Fire De-

JUMP TO FILE #092518107 partments. The additional manpower from these units was spread around the entire barn to help fight the fire. A backhoe was brought in from the Township Trustees to aid in removing the roof part of the barn so that hay that was stored there could be dispersed and extinguished. Most of the units remained on scene for about four hours to contain the fire. On scene for support was Coshocton County EMS and the Coshocton County Sheriff’s Office. The Salvation Army was also on scene, supplying cool drinks for the working firefighters. - JIM MCKEEVER

Firefighters try to get water under the roof to reach the burning hay.

Firefighters work a handline.





Pulling some of the side panels of the barn.


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WOMEN IN FIREFIGHTING If you have photos you would like to see in our “Women in Firefighting” feature, please upload them on our website, www.1stResponderNews.com or email them to Lindsey@1stResponderNews.com.

I joined the fire service back in 2005 as a junior firefighter and became a senior firefighter in 2007. I obtained my EMT certification in 2006 and worked as an EMT for a few years before having my kids. I took time off from the fire service to be a stay-at-home mom, but went right back as soon as my children were old enough. I’ve now been a volunteer firefighter with the Deptford Fire Department (Gloucester County, New Jersey) for almost two years.

I was first inspired to become a firefighter after watching all the heroic responses during the 9/11 attacks. The bravery those first responders showed going into the unknown without any hesitation to aid complete strangers showed me the true definition of what a hero is and convinced me to join. I wanted to make a positive impact, even on just one person, in the same way those heroes inspired me on 9/11.

sponders that responded and are now experiencing 9/11-related illnesses. Some people don't realize that ‘343’ is not the actual final count for 9/11related firefighter deaths. Many firefighters and other first responders died after 9/11 from complications resulting from responding to Ground Zero. The Flemington 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb has the FealGood Foundation as their beneficiary, while Wildwood has the National Fallen Firefighter's Foundation as theirs. (I had the pleasure of meeting John Feal, founder of the FealGood Foundation, at the Flemington Stair Climb; what a wonderful, kind man.) The New York World Trade Center climb chooses a new beneficiary every year. This year was the Ray Pfeifer Foundation.

The Ray Pfeifer Foundation helps cover 9/11 responders’ medical needs that are not

covered by insurance, including police, fire and EMS personnel. Ray was an FDNY firefighter who passed away on May 28, 2017, from 9/11-related cancer. I was given a prayer card by one of Ray's close FDNY friends to take with me to every climb, which I hold very special to my heart. I volunteer my time with this foundation to help get the word out to people who responded on 9/11 that might be in need of assistance. We receive no compensation; everyone here is 100% volunteer.

I encourage everyone to look for and participate in a 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb being held near them next year. It's such a worthwhile and fulfilling experience, and many of the climbs also allow civilians, so you can have your family and friends participate too. - AUBREY LEHMAN

I had the opportunity to attend multiple 9/11 Memorial Stair Climbs this year. The climbs were held in Wildwood (New Jersey), Flemington (New Jersey), and New York City. The stair climbs are held annually as a way for first responders and the community to honor and remember the 343 FDNY firefighters who selflessly gave their lives on September 11, 2001, so that others might live. The climbs consist of 110 flights to equal the amount of stories in the original World Trade Center. I wore full bunker gear (including air pack) during each climb. Participating in the stair climb not only remembers the sacrifice of an FDNY brother, but also symbolically completes their heroic journey to save others on that tragic day.

I thought it would be a great thing to help bring more awareness to these events, especially being one of the few women firefighters who participates in them, and to also show the families who lost loved ones on 9/11 that they are not forgotten.

The proceeds of the stair climbs go directly to the surviving families of the 343 firefighters who made the ultimate sacrifice on that fateful day, as well as the first re-

Deptford FD Firefighter, Aubrey Lehman.


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We’re Having Salad For Lunch… FORK & HOSE CO. a Food Blog by A.J. Fusco

It's the beginning of 2019...this means one thing...New Year’s Resolutions! I'm a firm believer that saying you are going on a diet is setting you up for failure. Instead, we should just be cognizant of what we are eating. Focus on eating whole foods and less processed foods. We also need to eat more fresh vegetables and fruit. And one way to do this is by eating salads that are both delicious and interesting. Unfortunately, the mere mention of the word salad is known to send entire crews into a chaotic frenzy. Now serve one as a main course and you are really asking for it! But there is a way to avoid the verbal “beatdown” which would usually result because of this bold move...put steak on it! I've found that if you tell the

crew you are making a “steak salad”, they are usually a little more enthused about this idea. It’s almost like hiding vegetables in mac and cheese to get your kids to eat them! What kind of steak you use is totally up to you, but I prefer quick cooking lean cuts that pack tons of flavor like flank, skirt and in this case, hangar. Feel free to marinate any of these, as they all take on flavor really well, but I personally think they taste great with just a little salt, as this lets the beefy flavor shine through. And anytime you cut steak, make sure to slice it AGAINST (perpendicular to) the grain to achieve maximum tenderness. If you cut with the grain, you might as well serve shoe leather no matter how perfectly you cooked it. And when it comes to salad greens, my go-to is arugula. Its mild peppery flavor stands up to strong ingredients like gorgonzola and steak, while providing a nice contrast in textures to the grilled pears. And best of all, it packs a punch when it comes to nutrition. Arugula is loaded with fiber, which helps keep you fuller

longer. It also has tons of vitamins A, K, C, folate, iron and potassium. Some of the minerals it contains also relax blood vessels, helping to control blood pressure, which is a huge benefit in fighting cardiac related incidents among firefighters. Any good salad also needs a great dressing to go with it. I urge you to avoid pre-made dressings that are made with tons of preservatives. Instead, make your own so that you can control what ingredients are used, and at the same time tailor it to your own taste. Even a simple dressing of lemon juice, olive oil and salt can make a salad delicious. This Balsamic Yogurt Dressing is great because it adds flavor and a little extra protein too. Yogurt is a great substitute for cream if you are looking for creamy dressings, but try to use the plain, full-fat Greek variety if possible. So the next time you are looking to get a salad on the table without being stripped of your chef badge, put some steak on it!


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Columbus, OH - On Sunday morning, November 18th, the Columbus Division of Fire Auxiliary conducted a training class on Search and Rescue. This was held at the Columbus Fire Academy, utilizing the 911 house. The building was filled with fake smoke and had almost zero visibility. Two rescue dummies were placed in different parts of the house for the crews to find. A Mayday/RIT evolution was also held for extra training. Crews did several evolutions before calling it a day.

1 lb. Hangar Steak 1 Pear, sliced into ¼” thin wedges Small Container Crumbled Gorgonzola Honey Sea Salt Large Package of Arugula Dressing:

½ Cup Plain Greek Yogurt, at least 5% fat ¼ Cup Balsamic Vinegar 2 Tbs. Honey ¼ Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil Salt, to taste



-For the Dressing: In a bowl whisk together the vinegar, honey, yogurt and salt. Slowly drizzle in the olive oil while whisking. Taste and adjust seasoning, set aside in refridgerator. -Preheat grill on high

-Place steak on a wire rack, pat dry with paper towel and season with plenty of salt. Rest for at least 20 minutes at room tempera-


-Toss sliced pear in a bowl with drizzle of honey and EVOO and a pinch of salt -Grill the pears on one side just until lightly charred. Set aside to cool (a rack on the grill will prevent pears from slipping through grates)

-Grill steak to desired doneness, flipping frequently. Let rest for 10 minutes before slicing against the grain.



-Assemble salad and drizzle with Balsamic-Yogurt Dressing

Spontaneous combustion is real. Some fuel sources can generate their own heat—by rotting, for instance. Pistachios have so much natural oil and are so prone to heat-generating fat decomposition that the International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code regards them as dangerous.


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Mansfield Twp., NJ Firefighter Brian Pidgeon of the TriCounty Fire Co. (Warren County Station 29) has some special artwork on his arm, which is in competition to whose depicted on the back of the fire company's sweatshirts. We think the arm wins, hands down!

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Alliance Holds 33rd Annual Pump-In Event Alliance, OH – You couldn’t ask for a more perfect day for the Alliance Pump-In, held at the Glamorgan Castle on Sunday, August 5, 2018. There were fire JUMP TO FILE# trucks, equipment 091018131 vendors and plenty to see and do at the 33rd Annual Pump-In. The event was sponsored by the Alliance Firefighters Local 480 and was the kick-off for the week-long Alliance Carnation Festival. Twenty five emergency vehicles spanning 93 years of firefighting history were present, with many of the old timers drafting from the pond, flexing their muscles. Retired fire apparatus owned by private collectors, as well as active units from area departments, drafted from the pond and showed off their impressive pumping capabilities.

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The oldest unit on display was brought by Ted Elder and family. Ted displayed the pumping capabilities of his 1925 Ahrens Fox 750-GPM Pumper, which previously served Dover, Ohio. Other classic trucks present were Rick Staffer’s 1968 Chevrolet Cab-Over FMC pumper, formerly from East Canton, and Henry Sheaffer’s 1951 Mack/American pumper that once served Canton Township. The newest units on display included the Atwater FD’s Sutphen tanker which features a Kenworth chassis, 1000-GPM pump and 3000gallon tank. The Lexington Twp. FD brought their 2018 Rosenbauer 75’ Aerial and set it up for all to see. Lexington Twp.’s Ladder 3 features equipment organization and mounting by Sensible Products, and is the department’s first Aerial. The Stark FD Rehab Unit (FDRU) brought their “new” orange International/JBResq Heavy Rescue and set up their misting fans to cool the firefighters and visitors who needed a break from the 90-plus degree weather. The FDRU rig, known as Rehab 777, features a striking firefighter wrap and was acquired from the Chikaming Twp. Fire Department in Michigan. Not to be outdone by the FDRU, the East Sparta Vol. Fire Department brought their Spartan/4Guys Rescue Pumper which features a full body wrap of the iconic flag raising image from the World Trade Center on 9-11. Both trucks drew many admirers and selfie posts. Other units on display included Alliance's Rescue Pumper and tower, Damascus' Pierce Rescue Pumper, Beloit’s E-One Pumper and brush truck, Marlboro Twp.’s KME Rescue Pumper, Sebring’s Pierce Quantum Ladder and command truck, Lexington Twp.’s Precision rescue pumper, and Washington Twp.’s International Pumper. In addition to Ted Elder’s 1925 Ahrens Fox Pumper, Richfield, Ohio’s old 1975 Duplex/FMC Pumper spent time at the pond pumping throughout the afternoon. Other events that took place over the course of the day included timed firefighter relays, extrication demonstrations, and a water barrel tournament. Also present was a plywood house that allowed children to knock down flames with an attack line. A grand fire truck parade kicked off at 1:00 P.M., and the afternoon’s activities included an exciting and spirited water barrel completion. For the second year in a row, firefighters from the Baltic Vol. Fire Department took home the trophy for the top team after beating out some excellent competition. The Alliance Pump-In is traditionally held in early August, in conjunction with the Alliance Carnation Festival. The Muster kicks off the week-long event, which includes a rib burn-off, balloon launch, concerts, beauty pageant, fashion show, golf tournament, road races, carnival rides and the Carnation Festival Grand Parade. - DAVID SCHLOSSER


Former Canton Twp. Mack/American and East Canton Chevy/FMC Pumpers on display at the Pump-In.

View of the pond during the Pump-In.

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This 1981 Ford C8000/Emergency One with 1000-GPM Hale Pump and 750-gallon tank once served as Engine 10 with the Mount Gilead Fire Department (Morrow County), until May of 2016. The truck is now privately owned.


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Walhonding Valley FD Fire Chief Mike Synder takes a well-deserved break during a recent house fire.


Columbus Firefighters Rescue Seven Pets from West Side House Fire Columbus, OH - Columbus firefighters hustled to revive two dogs and a cat retrieved from a North Westmoor Avenue home after a neighbor spotted smoke and called 911 on the morning of January 3rd around 8:30 A.M. A third dog and three additional cats were rescued unharmed from the two-story residence. No one was home when the

Firefighter Rusty Dreher hits some hotspots.

JUMP TO FILE #010419103 fire broke out on the second floor, and the cause remains under investigation. A neighbor transported the pets to a nearby animal hospital after firefighters revived the animals, who were overcome with

smoke when they were found. Columbus fire engines carry petspecific oxygen masks, courtesy of a generous donation of masks from Invisible Fence of Columbus. The company donated 18 kits in December of 2018 and 40 kits in 2011. - JAMES MILLER/COLUMBUS DIVISION OF FIRE



Firefighter Morgan Landis exits a structure after doing some overhaul.



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New Beginnings Chaplain’s Corner Didymus McHugh

Just because we may have to get a calendar for a new year does not necessarily mean that we should hold off changing until January 1st. I know that many times we may set New Year’s resolutions, but how many of them do we see through until completion? There have been so many changes that we have made in our lives that did not wait for January 1st. When did you sign an application to join emergency services or another organization? How about starting a new job, if the fire services is not your paying job? Did you have a discussion with your wife to make sure that the baby was born on January 1st? She would laugh. So, you start to get the point. We have our clients who have to start new lives because of a house fire, or maybe a diagnosis from the doctor, or a love one died. We have people effected by tornados, wildland fires, hurricanes, and other natural disasters. These are traumatic events that we have no choice over, but they are a new beginning. I know that the phrase that I was not wild about was that it was the “new normal”. When

someone has something like these events in their life, that comment will be the last thing that they want to hear. Think about the one person that you just had to rescue from their house and the only thing that they have is that bar of soap that they are clinging onto, or the slippers on their feet. They definitely have a new beginning, but it was thrust upon them. We do have new beginnings that we can control. You control when you want to stop smoking, start exercising, stop drinking, stop using that substance, or behaving a certain way and get assistance. We do have control of so much in our lives; there are so many things that we do not realize we have control over, and then things that we have no control over. There are many new beginnings each and every day. Some we are joyful for, others are full of sadness and despair. The one thing that I want to let you know is that you are not alone in this thing called life. There are people around you to assist you. They may not know what to do but they just may be there to talk with you. But you are not alone. I have seen so many people who have gone through hell and back, who some people would see as crushed, but they made it through. They had someone, some people that they can rely on. No matter how

challenging your new beginning is, remember that you always have God. He has never left you. He is here to listen to your praises and your gripes. If you ever feel like griping to God, just read from the book of Psalms. Many of the writings are written like the author is coming to God with all their problems and then they get that moment of clarity, the V-8 moment. God is there, is the strength that can be drawn upon. I wish that you all have the success in your new beginnings. Please don’t forget that the new beginning can be a minute from now. Remember the resources that you have, that you know about, and that you may discover resources that you never knew were right around you. Look for the inspiration. Listen to the whispers in the wind. Encouragement can come from anywhere at any time. I know that this article is being read by the one person who needs encouragement at this particular time. Most people may not believe it, but this is an appointment from God. He wants to give you the strength in your deepest time. He wants to encourage you for your next step. Stay safe, Didymus McHugh didymus-mchugh.com


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The Prairie Twp. FD of Holmesville recently placed this The Montville/Oakdale FD recently placed this 2018 In- 2018 Dodge/McCoy Miller Ambulance into service as ternational/Firovac 1250/2000 Hawk QP Tanker into serv- Medic 53. The purchase of the new ambulance was ice. The new unit features a polished aluminum tank and made possible thanks to a generous donation form the Sterling Humrichouser Estate. power fold-a-tank brackets.

The Wooster Twp. FD recently placed this 2018 KME Panther Pumper into service as E-148. The new pumper features a 1500-GPM pump, 750-gallon water tank and 25-gallon foam cell. This rig was also featured at the 2018 FDIC.


Charter Twp. of Springfield recently received a second The Fredericksburg FD recently placed this 2018 Rosen- The Western Holmes Fire District recently placed this demonstration unit through Firovac's demonstration bauer Commander 1500/750 Rescue Pumper into serv- 2018 Ford/McCoy Miller ALS into service as Medic 57. program. The unit has a 3000-gallon vacuum system ice as E-111. with a 1000-GPM Darley pump, 3 air operated valves, additional short/high side compartment, and power portable tank bracket with two drop tanks.





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FDNY The Battle Continues, Vol. 24 VIDEO REVIEW

Video reviews by John Malecky

The newly redesigned patch of Station 2 in Columbus, Ohio.


FDNY The Battle Continues, Vol. 24 By Fire Line Video Productions Available from: FSP Boos & Videos Hudson, MA 01749-1330 1-800-522-8528 E-mail: support@fire-policeems.com www.fire-police-ems.com Price $29.95 (DVD) This DVD is 63 minutes in length and features fires from 2007 and 2008. There are nine incidents including three thirdalarms, three second-alarms and three “all hands.” Five are in Queens, three are in the Bronx and one is in Brooklyn. There is radio traffic that can be overheard during these incidents, but it is not always understandable. The back of the DVD case lists the in-

cidents with some descriptions adding to the announcement on the screen preceding each scene. Of the all hands, the first is in Queens involving a 2 ½ story frame private dwelling. Fire apparently started on the first floor and communicated through the walls, eventually reaching the attic. An aerial ladder, ground ladders and hand tools are used in venting windows. Next is an all hands in the Bronx for a vacant, two-story private dwelling which had a fire a few days before. Fire is in the second floor rear. Next is a second-alarm in Queens involving a historic wooden church. A tower ladder opens up near the ridgepole. The fire gains intensity. A secondalarm in Queens is in the basement of a two-story private dwelling. An injured civilian is removed to an ambulance. Next is a third-alarm in a six-story brick occupied multiple dwelling in the Bronx, involving the cockloft after traveling through the upper floor. An all hands in Queens is next,

involving a well involved first floor of a two-story frame dwelling. It was an outside fight initially due to the deteriorating conditions. A Bronx third-alarm is next for a deep-seated cellar fire discovered by a company on another call. A tower ladder is directed into an opening in the cellar at the storefront. Next is a second-alarm in Queens on the Van Wyck Expressway for an overturned tanker which ignited. Kennedy Airport fire units were having a drill when they spotted the smoke. They reported the fire and got permission to investigate and respond off their property, and did so with three crash units. The FDNY received the call for the tanker fire and beside their response, dispatched all of the foam units to the scene. Finally, the last is a third-alarm in Brooklyn in a vacant, four-story brick dwelling which started in the stairway and extended up through the building due to high winds. This volume, like all of the rest, is packed with action!

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

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

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

- BILL PACKER Executive Vice President eLEND

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

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

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

For more information or to check your eligibility for The Advantage Program, visit www.heroesmortgage.com/AdvantageProgram or call 877-541-HERO.



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Columbus, OH - The Columbus Division of Fire Auxiliary recently held a training class on Engine Company Operations. Crews reviewed different hose loads, proper deployment, and advancing into a structure. The training was held at the fire academy in Columbus. Crews did several evolutions before calling it a day. CFD instructors were on hand to assist.


Pulling the line off, heading to the building.

Lowe's Employees Step Up for Firefighters 4 Kids Toy Drive


Columbus, OH - Employees from the Lowe’s Home Improvement store on Brice Road formed a chain with firefighters to load over $400 worth of donated toys into Ladder 32 on Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018. The 111 employees earned a $400 safety bonus for working without an accident or injury at the east-side store over a three month period. The group decided to use the money to purchase toys for the annual Firefighters 4 Kids Toy Drive. The employees have made a close bond with the firefighters from nearby Station 32 during their multiple visits to care for customers struck ill, and for responding to a water leak that once flooded a section of the store. Last year, Firefighters 4 Kids assisted 5,600 deserving families, including over 17,200 children, with gifts and food baskets to area residents who struggle to make ends meet.

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Crews advancing down the hall inside the building.


Fire academy Engines 41 and 42 were used for the class.

A firefighter knocks down flames on the 'A/D' corner of a house in West Lafayette on 8/22/18.



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TV Personality Cameron Fontana Helps Columbus Fire Recruiters Columbus, OH - In December, local entertainment reporter Cameron Fontana was enlisted by the Columbus Division of Fire to assist shooting a fire recruitment video in the run up to the Di- JUMP TO FILE# visions’ open enroll- 010419104 ment period, which runs Jan. 1 thru Jan. 31, 2019. Fontana participated in the Fire Fighter Mile, a series of physical strength and agility tests administered by the Columbus Civil Service Commission for successful applicants who wish to become Columbus Firefighters. The Firefighter Mile is one of a three part test that also includes a written and oral exam. Fontana passed all the physical tests at the Columbus Fire Training Academy for the video segment. Firefighters from the Columbus Fire Office of Recruitment, Diversity & Inclusion assisted in the video, including Firefighters Julie Dassylva, Liz Finnegan, Lamar Ruffin, Jennifer Miller and Battalion Chief Joe Richard. - JAMES MILLER/COLUMBUS DIVISION OF FIRE


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"This is a photo of a shadow box I created with my great uncle and grandfather's fire department badges. My uncle, Joseph Cattelona, and grandfather, Michael J. Haas, Jr., were both former chiefs of the Hamburg Volunteer Fire Department in Hamburg, New Jersey. The shadow box highlights Joe's Ex-Chief badge and Mike's Fire Police badge, along with an old newspaper clipping of Joe (far right) and two other members of HVFD showing off their parade trophies. A current patch from Hamburg Fire is also displayed that I was thrilled to receive in a patch trade with my own department, (Lake County Fire Rescue in Lake County, Florida)."

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Firefighter Josh McQueen prepares to get a new air bottle.

Columbus Division of Fire Says Goodbye to Beloved K9, Baxter Columbus, OH - It is with great sadness that the Columbus Division of Fire announces the passing of K9 Baxter, the proud partner of Columbus Fire K9 Handler Lew Smith. He passed away on Tuesday, November 27, 2018 of natural causes. Baxter graduated from the Division’s accelerant detection program on June 9, 2017. Our thoughts go out to Firefighter Smith and his family for the loss of his partner and family member. K9 Baxter, a three-year-old black lab from North Carolina, was trained by the Division’s K9 unit before graduating from the State of Ohio’s K9 certification program. Baxter has worked alongside Columbus Fire K9 Handler Lew Smith, and lived with Smith and his wife Karen. Smith will bring his former K9 partner Paz out of retirement after six-and-a-half years of service to resume his duties after undergoing re-certification testing this week. “Baxter died while doing what he loved best, which was playing Frisbee,” said Smith of his partner. The pair would both exercise at Berliner Sports Park before their shifts at Fire Station 3 just across Greenlawn Avenue. Baxter collapsed suddenly after retrieving his Frisbee. Preliminary results of an autopsy suggests that Baxter died of natural causes. “It was just so sudden. I was shocked, naturally. But I can’t imagine a happier way to go. He was a rescue dog, not quite a pure breed. My wife says his 18 months with us was surely the happiest days of his life,” said Smith. The search for a new dog to serve the residents of Columbus has already begun. The dog selected must have a desire to work, a fearless attitude concerning dark, confined spaces and the ability to remain focused in loud, chaotic scenes, sometimes surrounded by large crowds. “Unfortunately, you can’t just go to the store and pick up a dog that can perform under the conditions they endure working for us. They’re exposed to a lot, but must stay focused,” said Smith. Bringing Paz, Lou’s partner for almost seven years, out of retirement was surprisingly easy, considering he’s learned the simple pleasures of hanging out a home all day for over a year. “Whenever I would work with Baxter at home, Paz would watch and try and jump in. He’s a

JUMP TO FILE #010419107 little heavier now, but he’s steady. He knows the game, though he works at a more relaxed pace, unlike a younger dog,” said Smith. The Division of Fire has two K9’s trained in detecting explosives, and a single dog, now Paz, trained to detect accelerants at fire scenes. Arson dogs are trained to detect nine different petroleum based odors frequently used in arson fires, including gasoline, diesel fuel, lamp oil, kerosene, lighter fluid, charcoal fluid, paint thinner, camping fuel and distillate-based stain removers. The dogs begin the “imprinting” process by repetition; with the trainer giving the “seek” command followed by offering the dog a whiff of a minute trace of gasoline (10 microliters, or about a quarter of a drop) which simulates the remaining residue after a hot struc-

ture fire. The K9 in training receives a lump of food as a reward each time he “sits” to indicate detection. The K9 handler and dog must pass the state’s certification test as a team, and work on handling skills and search patterns during the training period so the pair can work as a seamless team on a fire scene. The Division of Fire has been training dogs to assist in arson investigations and bomb detection duties since 2006. Last year, the Division’s arson dog has assisted in 140 investigations, while a pair of explosive detection dogs have worked at 375 incidents and events, including Red, White & Boom, the Columbus Marathon, Pelotonia, Columbus Crew, Columbus Blue Jackets and Ohio State Buckeye sporting events, plus many high profile political candidate visits to Columbus. - JAMES MILLER/COLUMBUS DIVISION OF FIRE


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Firefighters set up two portable tanks for water supply at barn fire back on 8/24/18.


On 12/6/18, Columbus firefighters from Station 15 on East Livingston Ave. showed up at an east-side warehouse to assemble hundreds of donated bicycles to benefit Firefighters 4 Kids, now in its 41st year. The firefighters also donated $2,500 from the Firefighters Foundation which will be used to purchase more bicycles for area kids.

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Walhonding Valley FD 701 operating as darkness prevails.



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