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On Monday, July 7th, at approximately 5:30 p.m., Upper Darby Fire Department Engine 37, Ladder 36, Ladder 20 and Engine 26 responded to the unit block of South 69th Street for smoke coming from the building. Arriving units found heavy smoke showing from the rear of a two story shoe store (Payless Shoes) in the 69th Street business district.

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Frackville, Schuylkill County, PA. On June 8, 2015 after 5:30 p.m., the Frackville Fire Department (Goodwill Fire Company), Englewood-Butler Township Fire Company, Altamont-West Mahanoy Township Fire Company, Mahanoy City Citizens Tower 456, Shenandoah Columbia Hose Engine 742 and Frackville Ambulance were dispatched to 129 S Lehigh Avenue for a house fire. The caller reported to the 911 Center that there was smoke in the rear of the apartment-commercial building and spreading quickly. A Frackville police officer confirmed it was a working fire. The smoke was coming from the rear apartment on the second floor. Frackville Chief 43, Charles Berger took command of the fire on the A side. He confirmed it was a working kitchen fire and requested the Mahanoy City Fire Department RIT team. The smoke continued to spread quickly and moved throughout the building. The Engine 367 crew advanced a one and three quarter inch hose line into the rear entrance. Altamont Engine 367 knocked down the volume of heavy fire. Engine 369 and Engine 43-15 crews checked the building for extension. The initial attack crew advised command that the fire was knocked down and contained to

JUMP TO FILE #070615100 the rear second floor apartment. Firefighters searched the second and first floors for extension and victims. They vented the second floor windows on side A and D. Firefighters found no extension to any of the floors and the windows were open to vent smoke. The interior attack crews found the smoke conditions in the fire building to decrease and visibility improved. A ventilation team went to the roof to open it up to vent heat and smoke from the second floor with help of a ground ladder. The fire apartment walls and ceiling were opened up to check for extension and hot spots. The fire was declared under control and out by 5:45 p.m. by Chief 43. Majority of the fire units left the scene by 7:00 p.m. The building received moderate fire and water damage. The fire chief determined the fire started in the rear second floor apartment and does not appear suspicious. He reported no serious injuries to firefighters or residents. Frackville and Shenandoah Ambulances responded to the scene and assumed control of rehab of the firefighters. - STEPHEN BARRETT


Third alarm struck in Muhlenberg Township On Monday, July 13th, the Berks County Communications Center received a call reporting smoke showing from duplex at 4320 12th Avenue. Temple Engine 11 arrived minutes JUMP TO FILE # later to smoke 071415115 showing from the second floor. As crews began entering the structure with hose lines, a second alarm was struck for additional manpower. The fire was eventually located in the basement of the structure, with multiple hose lines in service. Goodwill Ladder 10 setup aerial operations to the roof with help from Blandon Ladder 12. A third alarm was transmitted due to humid weather conditions at 1:23 hours p.m. All searches of both sides of the duplex were clear. Units from Temple, Goodwill, Laureldale and Spring Township were dispatched on the first alarm. Other units assisting include: Blandon, Leesport, Fleetwood, Exeter. Several other companies were placed on standby. -JASON BATZ

Conditions rapidly deteriorate as Ladder 10's aerial makes the roof.


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Engine 461 (Hummelstown Fire Department) operating on a commercial building.


Chester County Truck 8 works the ladder pipe at a Fathers Day building fire.


Father’s Day building fire in Cochranville Chester and Lancaster County firefighters responded to an early Father’s Day morning building fire. Cochranville firefighters arrived to find a working fire in a greenhouse building at Hidden Acre Farm Supply in the 900 block of Fallowfield Road, Chester County. Command quickly requested his working fire dispatch, which dispatched additional units from Chester and Lancaster Counties.

JUMP TO FILE #062315100 Firefighters laid a five inch supply line in the driveway and ran a tanker shuttle to supply water to the fire scene. Chester County Truck 8 set up for elevated master stream operations as firefighters used hand lines to knock down the fire. Once the fire was knocked

down and tin roofing was removed, the truck went to work extinguishing the rest of the fire. Crews worked for about three hours at the scene. Chester County Fire Marshals and a Pennsylvania State Police Fire Marshal worked on the scene to determine a cause, which was not immediately available. - BOB DEVONSHIRE


Reading Engine 9 found this pickup trucks motor on fire outside their quarters when returning from a previous run.


Engine/Tanker 47-10 on the scene of a working fire in West Brunswick Township. 47-10 is a 2004 KME with 1750 GPM and 1500 gallons of water and is operated by the Community Fire Company of Landingville


Overturn accident with entrapment in Bridgeport East Lampeter Township Fire Companies responded to a crash involving three vehicles, two involving extrication at the intersection of Route 462 and 340 on July 10th. Firefighters quickly responded and had to free both drivers of the

JUMP TO FILE #072015122 two vehicles. The overturned vehicle and the second vehicle was stabilized and

had to cut open using extrication equipment. Both patients were then transported to Lancaster General Hospital - FRANK ROBINSON


Tanker 47 (Union Deposit Fire Department) operating on a commercial building

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Ohio: David Knapke, 55 Rank: Lieutenant Incident Date: May 30, 2015 Death Date: June 5, 2015 Fire Department: Williamsburg Township Emergency Services Initial Summary: Fire Lieutenant Knapke suffered a sudden cardiac event and collapsed while operating at the scene of a mutual aid structure fire in Mt. Orab, Ohio, on May 30. Knapke was resuscitated at the scene of the fire and flown to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center for treatment. Subsequently, due to test results and in accordance with his end of life care plan, Lieutenant Knapke was moved to the Hospice of Cincinnati where he succumbed to his injury on June 5th.

Alabama: James Donald “Donnie” Keith, 59 Rank: Captain Incident Date: June 3, 2015 Death Date: June 4, 2015 Fire Department: Mount Zion Fire & Rescue Initial Summary: While at home several hours after responding to two fire calls, including one in a recreational vehicle at the Clear Creek Recreation Area Campground, Fire Captain Keith complained of not feeling well and suffered a cardiac arrest. Captain Keith was treated and transported to a local hospital by fellow responders where despite all efforts he succumbed to his injury.

Virginia: Ian Haxton, 31 Rank: Veteran Fire Corps Crewmember Incident Date: June 6, 2015 Death Date: June 6, 2015 Fire Department: Student Conservation Association Veteran Fire Corps Initial Summary: Veteran Fire Corps Crewmember Haxton suffered a medical emergency and collapsed 200 yards from the finish line while participating in the Wildland Firefighter Work Capacity Test. Medical care was immediately rendered by local emergency medical responders who had been staged

on-site for the test. Crewmember Haxton was transported to an Advanced Care Facility where he passed away from a nature and cause of injury still to be determined. At the time of the fatal incident, Haxton was serving at the Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge in Sasabe, AZ, preparing for a series of prescribed burns scheduled to take place at the Refuge.

New Jersey: Thomas D. Miserendino, 71 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: May 25, 2015 Death Date: June 4, 2015 Fire Department: Beachwood Vol. Fire Company #1 Initial Summary: Firefighter Miserendino arrived at the fire station on May 25th in full dress uniform to participate in the fire department’s annual Memorial Day Ceremony & Parade. Miserendino officiated over the memorial services at the fire station and then drove fire apparatus in the parade across town where he was scheduled to perform memorial duties during the town’s official ceremony at a local veteran’s park. Shortly after his arrival at the town’s ceremony, Firefighter Miserendino began to feel ill, and other members observed that something was wrong with him. EMS responded and he was transported to a local hospital for care. Miserendino was admitted for cardiac treatment and was discharged the next day. A few hours after returning home, he suffered an apparent heart attack, and was transported by EMS back to the hospital. Firefighter Miserendino remained there for treatment, however, his condition gradually worsened and he passed away at the hospital on June 4th.. Pennsylvania: Wille O. Sensenich, 69 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: June 8, 2015 Death Date: June 49 2015 Fire Department: North Huntingdon Township Circleville Volunteer Fire Department Station #8 Initial Summary: Firefighter Sensenich died from apparent cardiac arrest several hours after responding to an electrical fire in a residential structure.

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Trailer loaded with hay bales burns in Penn Township

Burning hay bales fell off of a trailer being hauled by a farmer to an auction near Manheim, Lancaster County on Wednesday, June 15'th. Once the farmer noticed the fire, he stopped and unhooked the trailer from his truck and called 911. Manheim firefighters found a well involved trailer load of hay. Firefighters were assisted by a local farmer, who used a front end loader to take the bales apart so firefighters could douse the flames. Using CAFS, firefighters worked in the heat and humidity of mid June for several hours before opening up Fruitville Pike to traffic. Manheim Fire Company was assisted at the scene by several mutual aid departments.

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A car spun off of Strasburg Rd and crashed into a Paradise Township home.


Lower Allen Fire Department operates a 2014 Pierce Velocity heavy rescue.

Car crashes into Paradise Township house A Toyota was traveling west on Strasburg Rd. (Route 741) when the car crossed over the eastbound lane, off the road and crashed backwards into a house at the intersection of Strasburg and Rohrer Mill Roads. The car slid into and under an addition on the east side of the home, becoming lodged under the home. The corner of the home protruded into the back seat of the car and up against the back of the

JUMP TO FILE #062715104 drivers seat before the car stopped moving. The driver of the car was reportedly walking around outside the car after the crash. A medic unit was requested to rendezvous the Gordonville Ambulance on their way to the hospital due to the extent of injuries.

It was unclear what caused the driver to leave the road, as State Police continued their investigation. Paradise Leaman Place Fire Company, Gordonville Ambulance, Lancaster EMS and the Pennsylvania State Police were on scene. - BOB DEVONSHIRE


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Shenandoah puts quick hit on house fire Schuylkill County, PA. At 4:01 p.m. on Monday, July 20, Schuylkill County 911 dispatched the Shenandoah Fire Department, Shenandoah ALS and Mahanoy City Rescue 993 (West End) to 130 East Coal Street in Shenandoah for smoke in a house. Units responding were advised that the call was being upgraded to a house fire as a report of a grease fire in the kitchen was received. Medic 6403 arrived on the scene and confirmed a working fire with smoke showing from the single family dwelling. Engine 742 and Squrt 745 arrived on the scene nose to nose and stretched a line in through the front door. 742 secured a water supply East on Coal Street. A second line was also brought in to the house. Engine 747 approached the scene and secured a hydrant on the West side of Coal Street and proceeded to supply the Squrt. Tanker 759 staged in the area of Coal and White Streets with a hydrant. Engine 751 positioned at Coal and Bower Streets.

JUMP TO FILE #072115116 Medic 6403 began to set up rehab behind the Squrt and requested an additional BLS from Frackville to assist with handing out water and cool towels due to the temperature flirting with ninety degrees. Crews feverishly worked to extinguish the fire that damaged the home on Coal Street and Chief 740 declared the fire under control before 4:30 p.m. Firefighters continued to search for hot spots and began to load their equipment back on to their apparatus. EMS made sure all firefighters were well hydrated and got adequate rest after coming out of the building. Everything was wrapped up and apparatus were ready to go back in service at 5:00 p.m. when Chief 740 placed all units available. - JC KRIESHER

Squrt 745 and Engine 742 arrived on scene and stretched lines to extinguish the fire


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Four alarm building fire in Upper Darby On Monday, July 7th, at approximately 5:30 p.m., Upper Darby Fire Department Engine 37, Ladder 36, Ladder 20 and Engine 26 (using Quint 37 due to mechanical issues) responded to the unit block of South 69th JUMP TO FILE # Street for smoke 071315104 coming from the building. Arriving units found heavy smoke showing from the rear of a two story shoe store (Payless Shoes) in the 69th Street business district. Engine 74 was added to the assignment as companies made stretches into the front of the store and up the rear exterior fire escape to the second floor (the only access point to the second floor). Companies found high heat and thick smoke conditions in the fire building, as well as heavy smoke in exposures B, B-1, B-2, D and D-1. Command (D/C Shuster) struck the second alarm, and as conditions worsened, ordered the evacuation of the fire building. Delaware County Fireboard sounded the County Fire Evacuation Tone and transmitted the evacuation order. Not long after interior crews were pulled out of the building, a collapse of the roof and second floor into the first floor occurred. Upper Darby Police, under the orders of Police Chief Chitwood, evacuated nearby homes on side C (rear) of the fire building. Command struck the third alarm as crews moved to an exterior defensive mode, and checked exposures for fire spread. A fourth alarm was struck as initial crews were relieved. The fourth alarm included a call-back of off duty Upper Darby firefighters per Upper Darby 9 (Department Chief Edward Cubler) and Mayor Thomas Micozzie. Numerous Delaware County

and Montgomery County units provided fire ground operations and covered Upper Darby Fire Stations. All fire equipment cleared the scene by 12:22 a.m., with the exception of Squrt 36, which was positioned in front of the building to extinguish hot spots. One firefighter was transported to the hospital, and later released.

Police are holding a suspect, who was seen in the fire building prior to the fire. Police report that the person was homeless, and may have been squatting in the second floor at the time of the fire. UDFD


Firefighters climb equivalent of 110 flights to honor FDNY fallen heroes The fifth annual Lancaster 911 Memorial Stair Climb will be held on Sunday, September 13, 2015 at Clipper Magazine Stadium in Lancaster, PA. Participants will climb steps at Clipper Magazine Stadium multiple times for a total of 110 stories, representing the number of floors in the World Trade Towers. Each climb is hosted and managed by local firefighters or people with an interest in ensuring that the 343 firefighters are not forgotten and to support the families of the fallen. All participants will receive a photo and badge of one of the fallen heroes of September 11th. A total of 343 individuals can participate in each event. Registration fees will be directed to the NFFF to assist the surviving families and coworkers of those firefighters killed on September 11, 2001. “The 9-11 Memorial Stair Climbs are a tremendous way to honor those heroes by completing the symbolic climb that they could not finish,” said Chief Ronald J. Siarnicki, executive director of the NFFF. “These climbs are also a way to let the families know the legacies of their loved ones are remembered by so many in the fire service.” The 9/11 Memorial Stair Climbs are inspired by stair climbs that first took place in Denver in 2005.

JUMP TO FILE #063015134 Five Colorado firefighters gathered at a high-rise in the city to climb 110 flights of stairs in memory of their 343 FDNY brothers. Word spread throughout the Denver area fire departments and by 2007, more than 100 firefighters wanted to participate. Interest continued to increase each year and in 2008, 343 firefighters participated. For more information on the Lancaster Stair Climb, visit our website at About the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) The United States Congress created the NFFF to lead a nationwide effort to remember America's fallen firefighters. Since 1992, the nonprofit foundation has developed and expanded programs to honor fallen fire heroes and assist their families and coworkers. The NFFF also works closely with the U.S. Fire Administration to help prevent and reduce line of duty deaths and injuries. For more information on the Foundation and its programs contact us at 301-447-1365 or visit - SCOTT YUILL

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Fire Cadet Weekend in Elysburg Elysburg, PA. For the fifth year, the Elysburg Fire Department has once again hosted with great success the ‘Fire Cadet Weekend’. This specially designed program gives local youth hands-on experience and a sneak peak into the life of the emergency services. With all aspects covered including fire, rescue, medical and law enforcement, cadets spent two full days of activities. Life skills learned included CPR, fire extinguisher use, 911 dispatching, and much more. With 36 on the roster this year, the program has now graduated 145 cadets and over 1/3 of them are now active in their local fire departments. “The success of the program is definitely humbling.” expressed Assistant Chief Harvey Boyer, creator and coordinator of the program. “Not just the success of the program, but the people who come to volunteer their time for the youth, the words ‘thank you’ just don’t seem enough. We are definitely making a difference.” With over 40 trained and professional responders and over 20 agencies involved, the cadets are put through a cadre of events in two days, wrapping up with a full graduation ceremony. PA State Fire Commissioner

JUMP TO FILE #062415106 Tim Solobay was on hand this year as the guest speaker. In the past, local businesses have helped fund the event, but this year a SAFER grant was awarded to help boost the program. Out of the 36 attendees, 14 are already active in local departments, but another number that is exciting is that 13 more in the program have said they want to join a junior corp in their area! In the times of volunteer decline, Elysburg Fire may have found a way to help change the tide! In addition to the many volunteers, other agencies involved in the program include Danville Fire Dept., Warrior Run Fire Dept., DCNR, Northumberland County Public Safety, Elysburg EMS Services, Jeff's Salvage and Auto Body, Geisinger Life Flight, PA State Fire Commissioner Tim Solobay, K & S Music, Provident Insurance (Ed Mann), Ralpho-Locust-Mt.Carmel Twp. Police, PA State Police, Goshen Fire Dept., Seven Mountains Health Council, Overlook Fire Department and Lewistown City Hook and Ladder. - HARVEY BOYER, JR


Codes, Rules, and Initiatives, a Safety Refresher - Part IV STAYING SAFE

Chief Henry Campbell

The 16 Life Safety Initiatives (FLSI) were jointly developed by representatives of the major fire service constituencies in 2004 at a Firefighter Safety Summit in Tampa, FL and passed off to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) to implement. In March, 2014 they reconvened to review and assess the effectiveness of the 10 year campaign. It was reported 955 firefighters died in the line of duty that time period, averaging 95 firefighter deaths per each of the 10 years. These figures indicate that progress has been slow and that more work still must be done to reduce firefighter deaths. The 16 Life Safety Initiatives are as follows: 1) Define and advocate the need for a cultural change within the fire service relating to safety, incorporating leadership, management, supervision, accountability, & personal responsibility. 2) Enhance the personal & organizational accountability for

health & safety throughout the fire service. 3) Focus greater attention on the integration of risk management with incident management at all levels, including strategic, tactical, & planning responsibilities. 4) Empower all firefighters to stop unsafe practices. 5) Develop and implement national standards for training, qualifications, and certification (including regular re-certification) that are equally applicable to all firefighters, based on the duties they are expected to perform. 6) Develop & implement national medical & physical fitness standards that are equally applicable to all firefighters, based on the duties they are expected to perform. 7) Create a national research agenda & data collection system that relate to the initiatives. 8) Utilize available technology wherever it can produce higher levels of health & safety. 9) Thoroughly investigate all firefighter fatalities, injuries, & near-misses. 10) Ensure grant programs support the implementation of safe practices and/or mandate safe practices as an eligibility requirement. 11) Develop & champion national standards for emergency response policies & procedures. 12) Develop & champion na-

tional protocols for response to violent incidents. 13) Provide firefighters & their families’ access to counseling & psychological support. 14) Provide public education more resources & champion it as a critical fire & life safety program. 15) Strengthen advocacy for the enforcement of codes & the installation of home fire sprinklers. 16) Make safety a primary consideration in the design of fire apparatus. The NFFF also includes the “Everyone Goes Home” program that has to do with returning to quarters from each and every alarm with the same number of members as you departed with. It goes further than alarms, it also includes everyday fire service duties, station activities, and non emergency functions performed on a regular basis. Everyone Goes Home is a program meant to reduce the annual number of line-of-duty deaths, and if you review the annual LODD causes, you will note that not all firefighter deaths occur at an emergency scene. Has your department adopted the 16 Life Safety Initiatives, if not, why not? Stir the pot, blow the siren, bang the drum and make some noise until they do. Stay abreast of all the infor-

mation and programs offered to the fire service from the NFFF and the Everybody Goes Home program, information that will help keep you safe. For additional information on the 16 Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives and other related firefighter safety information go to: Everyone Goes Home m/16-initiatives/ The last code in this series of articles is the Fire and Emergency Manufacturers and Service Association (FEMSA) PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY CODE. The code should serve as a warning for emergency responders to be sure they understand their role and responsibility in their own safety relative to using, wearing, or operating any new equipment or protective clothing. Training must be provided in the use, precautions, and care of any equipment you may be called upon to use. DANGER! Personal Responsibility Code The member companies of FEMSA that provide emergency response equipment and services want responders to know and understand the following: 1. Firefighting and Emergency Response are inherently dangerous activities requiring proper

training in their hazards and the use of extreme caution at all times. 2. It is your responsibility to read and understand any user’s instructions, including purpose and limitations, provided with any piece of equipment you may be called upon to use. 3. It is your responsibility to know that you have been properly trained in Firefighting and /or Emergency Response and in the use, precautions, a n d h t t p : / / w w w. 1 s t r e s p o n =true care of any equipment you may be called upon to use. 4. It is your responsibility to be in proper physical condition and to maintain the personal skill level required to operate any equipment you may be called upon to use. 5. It is your responsibility to know that your equipment is in operable condition and has been maintained in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. 6. Failure to follow these guidelines may result in death, burns or other severe injury.

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Bird-in-Hand Firefighters stretched a line in to attack the fire as Eden Fire Company's Truck 204 goes to the roof.

Fire burns undetected for hours, causes almost a million dollars damage A fire burned for several hours before an employee arrived for work and discovered heavy smoke inside the Arcobaleno Pasta Machine Company in East Lampeter Township, Lancaster County. Firefighters arrived and found a working fire in a piece of equipment that is used to make pasta making machines. Crews from the Lafayette Fire

JUMP TO FILE #062215142 Company along with several mutual aid departments used several dry chemical extinguishers and a hand line to bring the fire under control. Positive pressure ventilation was set up to evacuate smoke from

the building. Damage to the piece of equipment and extensive smoke and soot damage could push the final damage total to neat one million dollars. Lafayette Fire Chief Scott Hershey was in command of the fire. - BOB DEVONSHIRE



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Female perishes in New Castle fire Schuylkill County, PA. At around 6:30 a.m. on July 19, 2015, the Saint Clair Fire Department was dispatched to 321 Chestnut Street in the Arnots Addition section of New Castle Township for a reported house on fire with entrapment. Chief 700B went responding and was advised 911 got a call from a female stating her house was on fire and “she was burning up.” Chief 700B reported he had smoke showing from a distance. Pottsville City Stations 40 and 70 were added to the response. Chief 700B arrived on scene and confirmed a working fire with entrapment. The chief had heavy fire showing upon arrival. Ladder 703 took the address followed by Engine 702, who secured a water supply two blocks away. Engine 41 positioned behind 702 while Engine 705 took the rear of the single family dwelling. Crews worked to knock down

JUMP TO FILE #071915108 the fire and conduct a primary search, but the fire progressed too rapidly and a female was found deceased within the residence. As crews continued to hit hot spots and mop up the fire, Deputy Coroner Joe Pothering arrived on the scene to begin his investigation. Pottsville crews began to be released shortly before 9:00 a.m. with Saint Clair crews remaining on scene throughout the morning. The same residence was damaged by fire in early December 2014, which was caused by a propane heater. According to local news sources, this fire began from a cigarette that lit bedding on fire in the front room where the female reportedly had a bedroom. - JC KRIESHER

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Firefighter retires after 27 years of service Reading, PA. Congratulations to Firefighter Timothy Swartz on his retirement after serving for 27 years. Swartz began his career on June 30th of 1988. After completing fire training, he was assigned to the B platoon as a jumper. On January 24th of 1991, Firefighter Swartz took assignment to Snorkel 1 as the bucket operator on the B. After working the Snorkel for a few years, Tim moved over to Engine 1 as a firefighter in November of 1994 remaining with B platoon. On October 9th of 1996, Tim left the B for a position on Engine 3 on A platoon. Swartz remained on Engine 3 for nearly 14 years, before crossing the floor to be Ladder 1's tillerman in April of 2010. We wish Tim the best of luck in retirement.

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

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

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

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Muster held in Doylestown

Doylestown, PA. On June 7th, the Mercer Museum along with the Bucks County Fire Chiefs’ and Firefighters’ Association celebrated a Firefighting Day & Antique Equipment Muster on the museum grounds. Several hand engines demonstrated their pumping capabilities and fire prevention material was available. On display at this free event were pre-1960 hand drawn, horse drawn and motorized fire engines. Inside the museum was an admission display called, “Save Our Fellow Citizens” Volunteer Firefighting 1800-1875. This featured artifacts from the Philadelphia volunteer fire companies including photos, tools, parade regalia, artwork and equipment. This exhibit runs till September 7th along with some other special indoor and outdoor fire events.


Banks Township garage destroyed by fire Carbon County, PA. Just after 2:30 a.m. on Wednesday, July 8, Carbon County 911 dispatched the first alarm assignment to 1114 Berwick Street (State Route 93) in the Village of New Coxeville, Banks Township for a garage on fire. First arriving units found a one and a half story detached garage with heavy fire showing from the upper floor. Tresckow and Beaver Meadows positioned their engines near the front of the building while

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Vehicle accident with entrapment in Rohrerstown A two vehicle accident trapped one after a car came to rest against a tree on June 18th. Rorherstown firefighters responded to the intersection of Running Pump Road and Old Tree Drive in East Hempfield Township for a vehicle accident with entrapment. Firefighters arrived and found a Chevrolet four door car into a tree after being hit broadside by a Toyota Camry. Firefighters had to perform a two door swing in order to extricate one patient from the rear seat of the Chevrolet that hit the tree. Fire police kept the intersection closed for several hours while police investigated the accident scene. A male in the Chevrolet and a female in the Toyota were transported to an area hospital after the crash.


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Firefighting Air Tankers by Firestorm Video Productions Available from: FSP Books & Videos 188 Central Street, #4 Hudson, MA 01749-1330 1-800522-8528 e-mail: support@firep o l i c e - e m s . c o m Price: $24.95 (DVD) This is a 60 minute DVD of air tanker operations at California natural cover fires. Model fixed wing, propeller driven planes are

JUMP TO FILE #071915107 McAdoo Lader 49-22 took the front of the building. Crews experienced water supply issues due to two dead hydrants in the immediate area forcing command to call extra tankers in to the scene. Tankers from Carbon, Luzerne and Schuylkill Counties hauled water into the scene. Multiple lines were stretched

featured that are either operated by CAL FIRE of the California Division of Forestry or of private aircraft contracted to the U.S. Forest Service. Some models include the Cal Fire S2T air tanker and the Neptune Aviation System P2V and P2V5 all of which were anti-submarine warplanes once used the by Navy and then converted to air tanker status. The Lockheed P3 Orion is another aircraft, this one was formerly used for sub surveillance and presently operated by the Aero Union Corporation. The Canadair CL 215 and 415 are also featured. These are built as air tankers and have the capability of refilling with water in flying mode such as a lake. The 10 Tanker Air carrier which is a MacDonald Douglas DC-10 can hold 12,000 gallon of retardant. During the rundown of these aforementioned aircraft, you can see them operating at or near fires either directly dropping retardant

and crews worked the interior of the building before being evacuated and the elevated master stream was put into use off the ladder. The bulk of the fire was knocked down within 45 minutes and tankers began to go home within the hour. A State Police Fire Marshal was requested in to the scene to help investigate the cause of the fire. - JC KRIESHER

on the fires or in proximity to them to slow its advance and giving the ground troops an edge when they go in for the extinguishment. Verbal air traffic between the planes and the ground can be heard, however later on in the video there is a section narrated by a retired member of the USFS who details the strategies and tactics of air tanker operations as you see them working and this provides and educational segment of the video. This narration takes up a good portion of the video. There is also a bonus section which features vintage aircraft now retired that is working at a 1999 fire and how they get prepared to go to duty from the Paso Robles, CA Air Attack Base. This DVD was chosen to provide a little different type of firefighting separate from that in urban areas. I also want to credit with videographer with a job well done!

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The Annville-Cleona Fire District Presents: Deputy Chief Frank Viscuso Date: Saturday October 17, 2015 Time: 0900 - 1600 Location: Lebanon Valley College, Leedy Theater, Annville, PA 17003 Cost: $75/person, Lunch Provided

Course Description: Every organization’s culture is either created by design or default. Creating a culture of exceptional service does not happen by accident. This seminar begins with a discussion on the highest rated emergency service leadership traits. Chief Viscuso will also cover the leadership skills that are needed in order to motivate teams and maintain discipline within your organization. Topics will include: mentoring and succession planning, critiquing others, delegating, preventing freelancing, technical report writing, taking on administrative task, dealing with insubordination, conducting a post incident analysis, building morale and leading an organization through change. Chief Viscuso will also discuss how we, as the fire service, must provide exceptional service to the communities that rely on us.


Jackson Januzelli trying on daddy's gear and helmet (Firefighter Ron Januzelli) of the "Washies" of Conshohocken, PA while hanging out at the fire house.

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Flames engulf dwellings garage in Middletown Township Firefighters from the Langhonre-Middletown Fire Company, Yardley-Makefield Fire Company, Parkland Fire Company, and Newtown Fire Association (RIT), were dispatched by Bucks County Fire Radio to Tactical Box 22-63 for a well involved garage fire on Trappe Lane dispatched at approximately 7:45 p.m. on June 12, 2015. Firefighters arrived on location to heavy fire showing from the dwellings garage. Firefighters were in service with multiple hand lines battling the blaze. Firefighters remained on loca-

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Emlenton Fire Department of Venango County Pa. Still has a 1949 ALF 700 Series Scout Engine. 500/500. This engine is now used for community events.


Carbon house fire requires extra tankers Carbon County, PA. Around 7:30 a.m. on Thursday, July 2, Carbon County 911 dispatched the first alarm to 917 Railroad Drive in Packer Township for a dwelling fire. First arriving units found a working fire that was rapidly progressing. A second alarm plus a tanker task force was requested in to the scene. Weatherly Engine 20-13 positioned in the driveway on the D side of the home and multiple lines were stretched. McAdoo Engine 49-15 laid LDH down the driveway and set up portable ponds to supply 20-13. Freeland Ladder 136 positioned behind 20-13 and set up for master stream operations.

JUMP TO FILE #071915105 Heavy fire, which originally was found on the A/B corner of the home, traveled into the attic space and began to show through the roof before being knocked down by heavy handlines and the master stream. The fire continued to burn for over an hour before being brought under control. Units continued to operate on the scene throughout the morning. Last year, the residence next door also suffered severe damage from a fire. - JC KRIESHER

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Runaway coal truck in Summerhill At 2:59 p.m. on June 12th, Cambria County 911 dispatched Summerhill and South Fork for a vehicle accident with injuries on the Norfolk Southern railroad tracks in Summerhill Borough. A loaded tri-axle lost its brakes coming down a steep grade, JUMP TO FILE # going through a 062315101 busy intersection at greater than 70 mph, through a parking lot, down a 10 foot embankment and onto the railroad. Two sets of rails were torn from the rail bed and were badly warped from the impacts. A third set of tracks were covered in coal that came out of the bed and over the truck's cab. Rescue 86 (Summerhill) responded and was on scene in seconds, as the scene was only one block from the fire station. Although the cab of the truck was destroyed, the driver was not injured and managed to get himself out before the fire department arrived. An alert supervisor at the 911 center called Norfolk Southern as the dispatch was being made to have the rail traffic stopped. His actions stopped a serious situation from becoming a tragic one, as a freight train got word of the incident just in time and was coming to a stop on a curve just a few hundred yards east of the scene as units arrived. Two heavy wreckers were used to pull the truck back up the embankment. Norfolk Southern's crew immediately move in and started to make repairs to the tracks. Rail traffic was open in both directions around 2:30 a.m. - LARRY PENATZER

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Firefighter Tim Swartz with Brandon and his grandmother Karen. The pair visited Tim during his last night with the RFD before retiring.

Firefighter keeps in touch with boy after pulling him from fire Reading, PA. On January 8th of 2003 a fire was reported at 614 North 2nd Street by police officers in the area. With units arriving at a structure with smoke showing, a officer grabbed Firefighter Tim Swartz from Engine 3 and alerted him to an infant trapped in a rear bedroom. Swartz entered the dwelling and located seven month old, Brandon Cresina. The child was handed out to another police officer, who

JUMP TO FILE #070615130 took the baby to an awaiting ambulance. The child suffered smoke inhalation, but was successfully revived. After the fire, Bradon's grandmother wrote Tim thanking him for his actions. That letter sparked Swartz to reach out to Brandon's grandmother Karen with a request

to visit with Brandon once a year. Since that time, the two have gotten together every year since. It took Brandon a few years to truly understand why this strange fireman was visiting him. He admits it wasn't until he was seven or eight years old that he finally understood. Tim and Brandon now share a special bond which will last a lifetime. - JASON BATZ


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Cumru Township Fire purchases Holmatro rescue tool system Cumru Township, PA. The Cumru Twp Fire Department recently purchased a Holmatro Rescue Tool System for use on their Rescue Engine. During the week of June 22nd, firefighters familiarized themselves and practiced with the system under the direction of ESI representative Jim Artz. Tool use sessions were split into a day and evening to cover all firefighters.


The Goodwill Hose Company of Flemington, Clinton County, still operates this 1967 FWD engine in front line service. While their 1995 KME engine was out for service work, the '67 was first due for all calls in their first due coverage area. The engine has a 750 pump and 750 tank.

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Firefighter retires with 25 years of service

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Macungie Fire Department now operates a 2015 Ford F550/Darley mini pumper 1500/300/25 foam.

Congratulations to Patrick Kozak on his retirement after 25 years of service to the City of Reading. Pat Kozak was first hired by the department on January 1st of 1977; however, he left in JUMP TO FILE # 1980 to explore a 071315128 venture outside of Pennsylvania. Kozak returned to PA in 1984, and went back to school for computers. After 8½ years of working in that field, Pat explains he was never as happy as he was in the fire department. In 1994, Kozak retested for the department and was hired again on April 4, 1994. After attending a much different academy Firefighter Kozak was placed on the C platoon as a jumper. Pat has also worked for 14 years at Engine 1 and Engine 5 on the C platoon. In addition to Pat’s career time with the department, he also served as a volunteer firefighter beginning in 1974. We wish him the best of luck. - JASON BATZ


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Newport Twp.'s Squirt 163 1976 Mack 1250/500/55’ once saw service with the Community Fire Co. in Harleysville


West Brunswick fire damages trailer Schuylkill County, PA. Fire damaged a single family trailer on Red Church Road in West Brunswick Township on Wednesday, July 1. The first alarm was dispatched just before 1:00 p.m. and included Fire Districts 39 (Auburn), 42 (Deer Lake), 47 (Landingville) and 63 (Schuylkill Haven). While responding, a firefighter arrived on scene and confirmed a working house fire. A

JUMP TO FILE #071915102 tanker task force and an engine from District 56 (Orwigsburg) were requested into the scene. Engine 42-11 arrived on scene and positioned in the driveway with Engine 47-10 pulling right behind them. Multiple lines were stretched into the house and the bulk of fire was knocked down

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Upper Macungie Township 5612 1998 Pierce Quantum 2000/1000 once saw service with the Goodwill Fire Company in Trexlertown

Crash takes life of young woman driver on her 18th birthday


A one vehicle accident on Route 287 in Cummings Twp. claimed the life of a young woman Sunday afternoon, July 19th. According to rescue personnel, the female driver of a silver Subaru Outback wagon, Jordan Emert, 18, was traveling south on Route 287 when she lost control of her vehicle, traveled up an embankment, flipping the car onto its roof, spinning around 180 degrees, and ended up facing in the opposite direction in the southbound lane. Both Lycoming County Coroners, Jerold Ross and Charles Kiessling, were called to the accident and they pronounced the driver dead at the scene. The cause of death was blunt

JUMP TO FILE #072015150 force trauma and multiple systems failure according to Ross. Tragically, her life ended on her 18th birthday. The accident happened at around 3:45 and traffic was being turned around for hours as PSP conducted their investigation. A tow truck was called in to help members of Citizens Hose and Jersey Shore EMS, extricate the lone occupant of the vehicle. The victim was wearing a seat belt according to rescue personnel. - PAUL GARRETT

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Firefighter injured fighting attic fire A firefighter suffered an ankle injury while fighting an attic fire in Providence Township, Lancaster County on June 15th. A passerby noticed smoke coming from a home in the 300 block of Sawmill Road and called 911. Refton Fire Co. Chief Wesley Hicks found smoke showing from the attack of the single story home.

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JUMP TO FILE #062215143 Crews arrived and advanced a hose line to the attack, where they found fire and smoke conditions. Quick work by firefighters knocked down the fire and brought the incident under control in about 15 minutes.

Firefighters opened up a window in the attic and used hydraulic ventilation to remove smoke and heat from the attack. A Pennsylvania State Police Fire Marshal and two uniformed State Police troopers were on the scene investigating the cause of the $20,000 fire. - BOB DEVONSHIRE

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Rescue 59 (Lower Swatara Fire Department) operating on a commercial building BARBARA WEST

The 2015/16 Lebanon County Firefighter's Association officers are sworn in by Steve Shenk. Shenk serves as the president of Pennsylvania State Firefirefighter's Association.

93rd Lebanon County Firefighters Association Convention Lickdale, PA. On Saturday, June 19th, the Lickdale Fire Company in Lebanon County hosted the 93rd Annual Lebanon County Firefighter's Association Convention. The convention officially began on Friday night with a memorial service at the Trinity United Methodist Church to remember those that had passed since the previous convention. In typical LCFA fashion, a fundraiser was held after the memorial service to benefit fire prevention. On Saturday morning, the business meeting was held at the church to swear-in the the new officers of the association along with an awards presentation. The 2015-2016 officers included president, Paul E. Snyder, Lickdale Community Fire Co.; 1st

JUMP TO FILE #062115100 vice president, David M. Hull, Keystone Hook & Ladder Co., No.1, Myerstown; 2nd vice president, Jason Weikel, AnnvilleCleona Fire District, Station 58; 3rd vice president, Richard Kreitzer, Bunker Hill Fire Co.; 4th vice president, Frank G.Ceresini III, Chemical Fire Co., Lebanon Fire Department; recording secretary, vacant; assistant recording secretary, Larry Helmuth, Chemical Fire Co. Lebanon Fire Department; financial secretary, Randolph L. Simmon, Neptune Fire Co., Richland; treasurer, Richard Bleistine, Liberty Fire Co., No. 3, Lebanon; assistand treasurer, Larry E. Stohler, Scha-

efferstown Volunteer Fire Co.; chaplain, the Rev. Joel D. Risser, Perseverance Fire Co., Jonestown; assistand chaplain, Ronald Miller, Ebenezer Fire Co., North Lebanon Township; fire marshal, Michael A. Tribioli, Community Fire Co. of Cornwall; deputy fire marshal, Darlene Mindler, Quentin Volunteer Fire Co.; assistant fire marshal, Charles L. "Chuck" Killian Jr., Rescue Hose Co., Lebanon Fire Department; trustee, five-year term, William Kale, Union Steam Fire Engine Co, Eng. 16, Lebanon Fire Department. After the meeting and luncheon, a parade was held through the streets of Jonestown Borough.


Undine Fire Co 2 Quint 227 takes front of the building at a second alarm building fire in Bellefonte


Rescue 88 (Middletown Fire Department) operating on a commercial building


Patient refusal CHAPLAINS CORNER Pastor Fernando Villicana

Talk about frustration. You arrive on scene and someone in need of medical care refuses treatment AMA – “against medical advice.” Sizing up the situation, you determine the individual really needs to be transported. But legally, you cannot force them. Your best efforts to convince that person has failed.

The situation is frustrating. It’s not that you don’t care. Frequently you’re called out in the wee hours of the morning. You go, not only out of duty, but because you care. Nor is it like you’re not well prepared. You’ve studied, passed test after test, and perhaps had years of experience. Refusing treatment is risky – “this person really needs to go!” By ignoring the problem, your fear is that the subject’s health will deteriorate. A simple issue treated now could head off a major catastrophe tomorrow. What’s more, with treatment,

the patient would actually feel better. But they refuse, insisting on their own stubborn way. You shake your head and wonder. The Bible tells us that Jesus our Savior stands at the door of your heart and knocks. “Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if any one hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him…” (Revelation 3:20). Have you opened that door, the door to your heart or are you unwisely refusing His care, ADA – against divine advice?


Engine 747 of the Phoenix Fire Company #2 of Shenandoah. The engine is seen here pumping at a residential fire on Coal Street. Engine 747 is a 2009 KME holding 750 gallons of water with a 1,250 GPM pump.

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Rescue truck to be retired In 1975, the Friendship Fire Company of South Lebanon Township, Lebanon County, placed into service, a 1975 International Loadstar/Swab Squad truck. In 1995, this unit was replaced with a new E-One rescue and the International was sold to Slocum Township Fire Company in Luzerne County. Slocum Township had recently purchased Dingman Township's 1991 Ford L-8000/Saulsbury rescue truck, which Slocum will be placing into service as it's Rescue 147. The 1975 International/Swab will be retired after many years of

JUMP TO FILE #071513129 use. It has a 4 cylinder 4500 psi cascade and a 250/250 pump and tank on it. This happens to be the first fire truck that this correspondent had the privilege of riding to calls, when I first got into the fire service in 1982 at the Friendship Fire Company. I can remember many an interesting response in it, and it is showing some of it's age, although holding up rather well. - DARIN SMITH

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Engine 4013 of the Coaldale VFD is a 1979/90 Mack 1000/1000 which is originally from the Eastern Salisbury VFD.


Mahanoy City, PA. Squad 456, a 1986 Mack MC/Swab rescue, is now serving in Washington Borough NJ as a special operations unit. This apparatus was orginally purchased by Mahanoy City from the Wyomissing, PA Fire Department.

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Navigate or Die! The Importance of Land Navigation Skills for First Responders LETTERS TO THE EDITOR


Two killed in Hazle Twp. crash Luzerne County, PA. On June 18, Hazle Twp. Fire & Rescue was dispatched to State Route 924 at the Interstate 81 interchange for a motor vehicle accident with entrapment. Responding units were advised state police were on scene at a tractor trailer versus ATV. Responders arrived on scene to find both occupants of the ATV deceased. The roadway was shut down for hours as the scene was investigated.


First responder locomotive debuts at the Harrisburg Muster Harrisburg, PA. Fire buffs and rail fans were treated to a nice surprise as the Norfolk Southern first responder commemorative locomotive was on display at the 40th Annual Pennsylvania Pump Primers Muster on July 11th. Perched on a railroad bridge that spans the Susquehanna River, Locomotive 911 was very visible from the muster site. The locomotive originally came from the NS Altoona shops and is currently on tour honoring police, fire and EMS members. This NS unit is part of twenty others that the company has in its heritage program.

Land Navigation, or Orienteering, is an essential individual skill and valuable training tool for first responders and supervisors. After a disaster strikes, once familiar terrain may be unrecognizable and difficult to traverse by vehicle or on foot. In many situations, Global Positioning Systems (GPS) may not function leaving Responders dependent on use of map and compass to navigate, orient and provide locations for rescue efforts. Learning to use a map and compass teaches valuable skills and can save lives. For supervisors, land navigation is itself a valuable training event and can easily incorporate other tasks at low cost and with minimum time to set up. My career in the U.S. Army as a Green Beret and my volunteer emergency service experience in the U.S. Air Force Auxiliary (Civil Air Patrol) have proven the worth of solid land navigation skills without the use of technology. As a small unit leader in elite units of the 82d Airborne Division and Special Forces, I learned a lot about myself and honed my leadership skills using land navigation during training exercises and combat operations. Land navigation also provides a tremendous assessment opportunity for supervisors of candidates and trainees. U.S. Army Special Forces uses land navigation as a valuable source of information on candidates during the infamous Assessment and Selection program. I had the honor of supervising this program to screen Army officers and noncommissioned officers trying out for the Green Berets. The ability to navigate on foot over extended distances without a GPS was a vital aspect of our assessment process. Easily done in all types of terrain and weather conditions, land navigation is a high impact, low cost training event. Conducted by itself or with additional training tasks incorporated, land navigation develops individual and leader skills and is a valuable assessment venue for trainees and candidates of your First Responder team. I love land navigation! Some people know it as "orienteering". By either name, it basically means the skill of moving from point to point using a map and compass. In my quest to become a Green Beret, land navigation taught me valuable lessons in trusting my equipment, confidence in decisionmaking, control of fear and panic, and when leading others - leadership.

That's right, learning to navigate with a map and compass is a leader development opportunity. Invaluable Self Development Orienteering with a map and compass is a perfect training event for people performing various roles in emergency services. Individuals in search and rescue, law enforcement and disaster relief will benefit greatly from developing orientation skills. My training in the U. S. Army Ranger School and later in Special Forces required me to hone skills at traveling alone on foot for long distances over varied terrain in all weather conditions, day and night. Nothing compares to facing a challenge alone to assess your decision-making, attention to detail, judgment, motivation, and control of fear. Part of leader development is knowing your strengths and weakness and orienteering alone will help you do a self-assessment. Essential Leader Development You, as the leader, set the example and make decisions for your team. If lives are at stake, you want to make navigation decisions with confidence and teach those skills to your subordinates. During training, making decisions on route selection, search areas, and teaching team members navigation skills are great leader development opportunities. High Impact Training Land navigation provides a great amount of training on a wide variety of topics in a short amount of time. The training is simple to set up, low cost, and affords the incorporation of many other training tasks. For example, in a multiple point course each point can have a station set up so a person navigates to a point then performs a mission related task before moving to the next point. Even setting up the course can be a training event. GPS Is Not Your Friend – The Case for Map and Compass Skills Sadly, the ability to navigate with a map and compass is quickly becoming a lost art as technology makes us complacent. Even though all it takes is thick cloud cover or dead batteries and your GPS is not going to work. Keep in mind, after a disaster your own neighborhood may not be recognizable - think post tornado, hurricane, massive snowfall, or bomb-blast. Unfortunately, all of us from first responders to the military are heavily relying on GPS for navigation. Next time you are planning training incorporate land navigation. Individual and collective tasks can be trained at low cost with high impact results. The ability to navigate with a map and compass could save your life and the lives of those you under your command. - DAVID P. FITCHITT

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Man dies in MVA near Oval


Mass casualty drills need to be more than just learning how to care for patients. First responders need to know how to protect themselves during response. In a world filled with man-made as well as natural disasters, rescuers are painfully aware that we are only vulnerable human beings. There was an increased focus on emergency response readiness after September 2001, when more than 400 emergency responders perished. There is no way to practice for every event. There is no script and the emergencies we deal with may be far from the textbook scenarios we were taught in the classroom. There is danger in the unknown. Although the initial attack on 9/11 involved airplanes crashing into the buildings, structural damage fires fed by jet fuel led to the Twin Towers crashing to the ground and the possibility of secondary explosions from un-burnt jet fuel posed unexpected dangers to rescuers and building occupants. Natural disasters caused by the forces of nature can include any or all hazardous risks such a floods, fires, building collapse, downed wires, explosions, heat, cold, and more. Terrorism always runs the risk of secondary attacks after first responders arrive, simultaneous system failures and large scale confusion and panic. Terrorism alsocreates crime scenes where evidence should be preserved. There is increased need for vigilance. The Homeland Security Act of 2002 defines emergency response providers as including "federal, state, and local public safety, law enforcement, emergency response, emergency medical (including hospital emergency facilities), and related personnel, agencies, and authorities." Depending on the scenario, there will be multiple agencies on scene. In addition to EMS, FD and PD, there may be other

rescue workers and volunteers, who have not trained with the same intensity as uniformed services. Cross training between agencies is vital and fosters a clearer understanding of each unit’s training and strengths. The National Incident Management System (NIMS) is a systematic, proactive approach to guide departments and agencies at all levels of government, nongovernmental organizations, and the private sector to work together seamlessly and manage incidents involving all threats and hazards—regardless of cause, size, location, or complexity—in order to reduce loss of life, property and harm to the environment. Egos definitely need to be shelved when it comes to “Who is in charge?” Cross training in Incident Management will help the responders work together more cohesively. In studies conducted soon after 9/11 actual responders and their respective agencies were asked where they felt there were shortcomings and to make suggestions about needed improvements. PPEs were discussed and the lack of adequate protection during large scale operations. There were several complaints about what the PPEs provided and the restrictions placed on movement. Drills using full PPE helped to point out where equipment hindered the rescuer as well as helping the rescuers get used to donning the necessary gear. Because of the different events involved in MCIs, responders had to assume unfamiliar roles (like crowd control, construction, etc.) and work alongside potential rescuers whose training was different or even untrained. Even when responders participated in training drills extensively, they rarely had to endure the long hours, harsh temperatures, and lack of supplies like food and rest. First response agency leaders need to arrange disaster drills, stock supplies in bulk, arrange support for their responders, communicate with other agencies and encourage CISD and follow-up after every incident.

JUMP TO FILE #071415116 off after medics could not save the individual. The vehicle was traveling east on Shadle Rd. when the lone occupant lost control of the vehicle, skidded and hit the tree. The driver was found on the ground next to the tree according to Miller. Nippenose Valley, Independent Hose, Citizens Hose and Jersey Shore EMS responded to the deadly incident.


Protecting the protectors

A one vehicle accident claimed the life of a Limestone Twp man Sunday evening, July 12. At around 6:55 p.m., rescue personnel were dispatched to the scene of an accident in front of 238 Shadle Rd. in Limestone Twp. According to Nippenose Valley Volunteer Fire Company Chief Dean Miller, the 1989 white Ford Mustang, driven by Steve Shutts, from Limestone Twp. hit a tree and Shutts was ejected from the vehicle. "There was severe trauma to the patient’s body he had a pulse and we were going to lifeflight him at that time," said Miller However, lifeflight was called




NOTICE TO BIDDERS: Sealed bids will be received by the Board of Fire Commissioners, Uniondale Fire District, Town of Hempstead, NY until 5PM on Tuesday, July 21, 2015. Bids will be publicly opened and read at 6:45PM on Tuesday, July 21, 2015 in the meeting room of the Board of Fire Commissioners, 501 Uniondale Avenue, Uniondale, NY for: Emergency Ambulance. Instructions to Bidder, Form of Bid Bond, Proposal and the Specifications are “Contract Documents,” Prospective Bidders may pick up the “Contract Documents” at 501 Uniondale Avenue, Uniondale, NY 11553 or contact the Fire District Secretary at (516) 481-8411 between the hours of 9AM to 5PM, Monday-Friday. The bidder shall furnish a 5% Bid Security assuring fulfillment of the contract in all its provisions. Security for bid as set forth herein must be presented with the bid. Failure to provide the required security will render the bidder nonresponsive and the bid will not be accepted. The contract will be awarded to the lowest responsible bidder or the bid will be rejected within forty-five (45) days of the date of opening. The Board of Fire Commissioners reserves the right to reject any and all bid(s). The proposal shall be annexed hereto a noncollusive bidding certification as prescribed in 103-d of the General Municipal Law.

The Town of Weston is seeking bids on a 1976 Mack R-600 Attack Pumper. 50 Gallon Fuel Tank • 21,000 miles. Heavy Duty 5 Speed Standard Transmission. 1,000 Waterous Pump 1,000 Gallon Water Tank. Very Good Condition. All bids must be submitted to the Town Office in a sealed envelope by noon September 21, 2015 clearly marked “Bid 1976 Firetruck.” Mail to Town of Weston Attn: Selectboard PO Box 98 Weston, VT 05161. Bids will be opened on September 22, 2015. The Town of Weston reserves the right to refuse or reject any or all bids. For more info please contact Brian Lundberg at 802-824-6788 or email

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Cumru Township Firefighters Kyle Moyer and Jon Fritz Firefighters take a break on the back of Auburn Ambupose while packing a hose line. lance 905 while on the scene of a fire on Red Church Road in West Brunswick Twp., Schuylkill County.


The Elysburg Fire Department has once again hosted with great success the ‘Fire Cadet Weekend’.


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