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West Park, FL - Four fire departments battled a tenacious tire store blaze in the city of West Park on the evening of March 15th. The fire was reported just after 7:00 P.M. at the Discount Tires located at 4397 W Hallandale Beach Blvd. The business had just closed for the evening when 911 dispatchers began receiving reports of heavy smoke and flames coming from the front of the building. - See full story on page 21


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29-Year-Old Man Suffering Cardiac Arrest Resuscitated; Team of Family and First Responders All Play a Role in Survival BCES

Four-Year-Old Child Playing with Lighter Starts House Fire in Auburn Auburn, GA - A young child playing with a lighter in bed got more than he bargained for when he accidentally set his house on fire on the morning of February 25th in Auburn. Barrow County Emergency Services communications officers were alerted to the report of a residential structure fire in the 1500 block of Willow Gate Way around 11:00 A.M. Crews from Stations 4, 5 and 7 responded. The first arriving fire units reported that heavy smoke and flames were coming out of an upstairs bedroom window. The adult resident on scene immediately met fire crews and notified them that everyone was out of the home. Crews quickly made entry into the two-story house and made their way upstairs to extinguish the fire. During the fire fighting operations, the floor of the bedroom collapsed into the kitchen below. No firefighters were injured. Fire Investigators determined that the fire originated in the area of a bunk bed in a child’s bedroom. At the time the fire started, there was an adult and two young

JUMP TO FILE #022619114 children in the home. Investigators were able to determine through evidence and interviews that the fire was started accidentally by a child playing with a lighter in bed. “We are happy to report that no one was injured. Mattresses burn very quickly and produce toxic smoke the second they start burning. Since two small children were in the bedroom at the time the fire started, this could have been a tragic story. The fact that the fire seems to have been started by children playing with a lighter is especially troubling, and is an example of why we will continue to promote fire safety in the community.” There was moderate smoke and water damage to the home, and the bedroom and its contents where the fire originated were a complete loss. The American Red Cross responded and is assisting the family. - BCES

Dallas, GA (March 5, 2019) – On Sunday, December 9, 2018, Paulding County 911 received a call that a 29-year-old male had collapsed at his home, was unconscious and not breathing. With instructions being provided by a team of 911 Communication’s Officers, the family immediately initiated CPR. Approximately eight minutes later, Rescue and Engine #3 arrived on the scene. They found the man pulseless and not breathing, and noticed that his fiancée was performing excellent quality CPR. Those PCFD personnel took over lifesaving interventions, including shocking the patient sev-

JUMP TO FILE #030619102 eral times, causing the man’s heart to start beating again. Minutes later, Metro Ambulance unit 804 arrived and quickly transported him to Paulding Hospital where he was stabilized. Later that evening, he was transferred to Kennestone Hospital where he spent two weeks in the ICU. Today he’s back at work, healthy and living a normal life. According to Fire Chief Joey Pelfrey, “CPR saves lives. There is no doubt that the fast thinking family and entire team of public safety per-

sonnel, including 911 Operators, Firefighters, Deputies and Ambulance personnel helped this man survive. We are also very fortunate to have excellent hospital facilities nearby such as Wellstar Paulding and Kennestone. I am proud of everyone who played a role in saving this man’s life.” “And, I encourage anyone reading this to learn CPR. If you haven’t taken a class within the last year you should check out the American Heart Association’s website for more information, at .”



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American Heart Month Event at State Capitol Reunites & Celebrates Cardiac Arrest Survivor and Her Rescuers Atlanta, GA - In honor of American Heart Month 2019, Better Outcomes hosted an event at the Georgia State Capitol in February to celebrate Ms. Kasi Crawford and the first responders who saved her life in July of 2018. Ms. Crawford almost died after suffering respiratory failure and cardiac arrest following an allergic reaction to seafood. AMR DeKalb County Medics and Stone Mountain Fire and Police Departments met with and were honored by Governor Brian Kemp with letters of commendation. Senator Emmanuel Jones

JUMP TO FILE #030519106 arranged for photos to be taken on the Senate chamber floor and honored each rescuer with a letter of commendation from Senator Jones. All rescuers were awarded "Star of Life Gold Awards" from Better Outcomes and will receive Heartsaver Hero Award certificates from the American Heart Association. - AMR

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This is a Fire Engineering book, hard cover, 6 inches by 9 inches with 300 pages. There are several black & white photos that illustrate the author’s teaching. The author is a retired deputy chief from the Kearny, NJ Fire Department. I first met him when he was the training captain. I also reviewed another book he wrote named “Common Valor”, which is a group of heroic stories of firefighters, one of which was from my hometown fire department of Bayonne, NJ. The book is a welcomed addition to the subject of management, supervision and training that comes from a fire service related source. When I was on the job and studying for promotion we did not have books that were fire service related until Fire En-

gineering published Management in the Fire Service by David Gratz, who was a chief in Maryland. I do not want to mislead the reader to think that the rest of the books were not effective, but they dealt with the business world. The fact is that a human being’s management and supervision is the same no matter where he or she is employed. It was a matter of adapting the content of these books to the fire service. Frank’s book is five intensive chapters with numerous subtitles. They are 'Teamwork in the Fire Service,' 'Preparing for Success,' 'Leading Teams,' 'Preventing Team Collapse' and 'Building Your Legacy'. He has put what appears to be countless hours into research, recounting of experience and just plain analysis of human behavior. He has developed a “writing high” where thoughts just jump into your brain as you compose each subject, kind of like mystery writers might to make their books more interesting. As you read the different chapters you may find yourself agreeing with the author’s observations as you recall your own experiences. In a day when the fire service is faced with members of all types who are on the job for one reason or another and who have differing attitudes as to their being a good firefighter or simply tolerating their career until retirement, this book will give you the ammunition to get the best out of them, help them to gain interest and give the best they can to the people they protect.

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Massachusetts: Christopher J. Roy, 36 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: December 9, 2018 Death Date: December 9, 2018 Fire Department: Worcester Fire Department Initial Summary: On December 9, 2018, Firefighter Christopher Roy responded with the Worcester Fire Department to a basement fire of a 3-story, 6-unit apartment building. Conditions deteriorated rapidly and, ultimately, the fire went to five alarms. Heavy fire forced several firefighters to the second floor to evacuate. With the assistance of other crews and the Rapid Intervention Team, five firefighters escaped using ladders. Two additional firefighters, including Firefighter Roy, became trapped and had to be rescued by fire crews. Both were transported to a local hospital where Firefighter Roy passed away from the injuries sustained. The second firefighter was evaluated and released.

where he passed away a short time later. The nature and cause of the fatal injury have not yet been reported. Captain Dannheimer was a member of the Coal Township Fire Department/East End Fire Company, Station 120.

Pennsylvania: Scott Dannheimer, 53 Rank: Captain Incident Date: December 20, 2018 Death Date: December 20, 2018 Fire Department: Coal Township Fire Department Initial Summary: On Thursday, 12/20/18, Captain Scott Dannheimer, after working the scene of a structure fire, was in the seat of an engine performing after action duties when he collapsed. CPR was immediately performed, and Dannheimer was transported to the hospital

Wisconsin: Christopher P. Truman, 46 Rank: Captain Incident Date: December 31, 2018 Death Date: December 31, 2018 Fire Department: Lake Mills Fire Department Initial Summary: Captain Christopher Truman stopped to assist individuals involved in a single-vehicle accident. While assisting, Truman was hit by another vehicle. He was transported to a local hospital where he passed away from his injuries.

Washington: John Ostergard, 63 Rank: Captain Incident Date: December 14, 2018 Death Date: December 16, 2018 Fire Department: East Olympia Fire District 6 Initial Summary: On Friday December 14, 2018, Captain Ostergard collapsed at the scene of a working structure fire in Yelm, WA. He was immediately transported to the Providence Saint Peters Hospital in Olympia, WA, where he passed away on Sunday, December 16, 2018. The nature and cause of fatal injury have not yet been reported.

Mississippi: Robert Lee "Bobby” Dunaway, 72 Rank: Fire Chief Incident Date: December 23, 2018 Death Date: December 23, 2018 Fire Department: Howell Volunteer Fire Department Initial Summary: While working his third call of the day, a vehicle fire, Fire Chief Robert Dunaway suffered a medical emergency and was found unresponsive. Attempts to revive Dunaway on scene were not successful. Dunaway was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced deceased.

New Jersey: Natalie Dempsey, 21 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: December 25, 2018 Death Date: December 25, 2018 Fire Department: Mizpah Volunteer Fire Company Initial Summary: Firefighter Natalie Dempsey was responding to the fire station for a structure fire call in her personal vehicle when she lost control, causing the vehicle to leave the roadway and strike a guardrail. Dempsey was pronounced dead on scene as a result of the injuries sustained in the single-vehicle accident.

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Smoke Filled Home Alerts Residents to Fire in Statham Statham, GA - Residents of a Statham home awoke on the morning of February 20th to the smell of smoke and were forced to quickly evacuate themselves and their pets. Barrow County Emergency Services communications officers were alerted to the report of a residential structure fire in the 2400 block of Peace Circle around 2:00 A.M. The first arriving fire units reported that the attic of the home was heavily involved in fire and that the roof was starting to collapse. The residents on scene immediately met fire crews and notified them that everyone was out of the home. No injuries were reported, but the home’s occupants were placed inside of an ambulance to protect them from the cold and rainy weather. Smoke detectors were reportedly not operating at the time of the fire. “We’d like to remind everyone of the importance of working smoke detectors. Today’s modern homes and furnishings burn much quicker than in the past, and produce toxic smoke that can quickly incapacitate sleeping occupants. Fortunately, the occupants this morning were able to get out in time,” said Public Information Officer Steve Rose.

JUMP TO FILE #022219116 Crews from Stations 1, 6 and 7 responded. Truck 7 was on scene and the aerial ladder was extended to aid in fighting the fire. Once the bulk of the fire was controlled, crews made entry to fully extinguish the remaining fire with an interior attack. Barrow County Fire Investigations were requested and determined that the fire originated in the area of the fireplace and chimney, and spread up through the wall into the attic. Barrow County Fire Marshal Capt. Glen Cain said, “The National Fire Protection Association recommends annual fireplace and chimney inspections by a certified chimney professional.” The home and its contents were heavily damaged, but firefighters were able to salvage some important personal items from inside the home and return them to the owners. Two adult residents were displaced and the American Red Cross was notified to assist them.


Houston County Crash Causes 1400 Customers to Lose Power

Houston County, GA - Houston County Fire & Houston EMS were alerted to Green Street at Pinecrest Road for an accident with rollover on January 8th. Houston County Fire arrived on scene with a single vehicle that struck a parked vehicle and power pole before rolling over. The crash brought down live wires around the scene. Firefighters and Houston County Sheriff's Officers secured the scene while crews worked the accident and packaged the patient. The crash caused a total of 1,400 Flint Energy Customers to lose power. Power crews worked throughout the night to get new poles and wires set up.

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Residential Fire in Arab Arab, AL - Fire crews with Arab FD and 4C-VFD worked a residential fire on Thursday, February 21st on Fry Gap Road in downtown Arab. Crews on Ladder 1 and Engine 1 arrived to a single-story residence with heavy smoke visible throughout the structure, and flames visible from the rear of the 'D' side of the structure. Captain Jackie Ridgeway had firefighters begin an aggressive interior attack through the front door. Crews were able to contain the fire to a single bedroom, however there was extensive heat and smoke damage throughout the res-

Buffalo wings are magical. They possess all that we seek in food. Spice, acidity, texture and savoriness make them irresistible, but unfortunately they also pack in the fat and calories along with it. Cauliflower is in the middle of a “renaissance” right now with everything from cauliflower “rice”

to pizza “crust”. And with the blank canvas they offer in the flavor department, they are a perfect vehicle for buffalo sauce. Cauliflower is very low in saturated fat and cholesterol, but is packed with Dietary Fiber, Vitamin K, Vitamin C, Vitamin B6 and Potassium. It's also in season right now, which not only brings the cost down but also makes them taste that much better. A light coating of cornstarch helps add texture to the dish by absorbing excess moisture that releases during the cooking process. Cornstarch is a “flour” made from corn kernels, and is also gluten-free.

Let’s not forget about the dip! No buffalo wing platter would be complete without Bleu Cheese or Ranch, and where you stand on that is totally up to you. But for this recipe I feel Ranch pairs much better with the milder flavor of cauliflower. Using Greek yogurt instead of the typical buttermilk and mayo, Ranch also reduces the calorie count, not to mention it’s also delicious and packs way more protein. While there will never be a substitute for a plate of wings, this recipe certainly helps keep those cravings at bay and the fat and calories down!

JUMP TO FILE #022319100 idence. Automatic aid with 4CVFD provided a tanker and additional personnel to the scene. Off duty personnel were also called in for additional assistance at the scene. Samaritan EMS and Arab Police assisted at the scene. No one was injured during the incident and the cause is under investigation by the Marshall County Arson Task Force. - RICKY PHILLIPS

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1 Head of Cauliflower; cut into medium sized florets 1 Tbsp. Corn Starch Drizzle of neutral oil or coconut oil; enough to coat the florets Salt and pepper to taste ½ Cup Buffalo Sauce (OPTIONAL: Garlic Powder, Chile Powder) Shortcut Yogurt Ranch Dip: 1 Cup Plain Greek Yogurt Packet Ranch Seasoning, to taste; add a little at a time and adjust accordingly Procedure:

- Preheat oven to 425° - Toss cauliflower florets in a bowl with the oil, salt, pepper and any other spices - Spread out in a single layer on a sheet/roasting pan; Roast for 15 minutes, stir and roast for another 15 minutes or until just tender - Taste and adjust seasoning - Toss in a large bowl with the buffalo sauce; Serve with the Shortcut Yogurt Ranch Dip EUGENE WEBER JR.

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Multiple Knoxville Residents Displaced by Apartment Fire Knoxville, TN - Just before midnight on March 11th, units from the Knoxville FD were dispatched to the Cherokee Ridge Apartments at 301 Woodlawn Pike for the report of an apartment fire. When fire crews arrived, they found smoke coming from the 12-unit 'G' building, and flames from one of the units within. Firefighters quickly completed evacuations of all tenants by banging on doors and alerting them while additional manpower made their way to the apartment, containing the flames and beginning extinguishment. Smoke flooded the center hallway which connects all the units. No injuries were reported, and temporary assistance will be required for eight out of 24 residents. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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Fatal House Fire in Murfreesboro Murfreesboro, TN - Murfreesboro Fire Rescue Department responded to a house fire at 914 Kirkwood Avenue just after 6:00 P.M. on Monday evening, March 25th. Dispatch notified JUMP TO FILE# crews that the caller 032619104 believed there was someone still inside the home. Upon arrival, crews discovered heavy smoke coming from the roof and eaves of the home. Firefighters made entry, but despite their best search and rescue efforts, a heavy fire load and extreme heat made the victim inaccessible. Due to the unsafe conditions, crews had to exit the home. According to Battalion Chief Mark McCluskey, the fire took quite a while to extinguish. The body of the deceased was located once the fire was out and conditions were safe to re-enter the home. The cause of the fire is unknown at this time. The Fire Marshal was called to conduct a routine investigation. McCluskey said the Fire Marshal would be performing an initial investigation that, but would be back out the following morning to continue. The three surviving residents have been displaced and will be assisted by the American Red Cross. - MFRD


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Fatal House Fire in Knoxville Knoxville, TN - At 7:11 P.M. on February 28th, units from the Knoxville FD were dispatched to 5401 Chapman Highway for the report of a fire. The caller reported hearing a loud explosion and then saw flames in the woods. Firefighters had a difficult time reaching the home due to a steep gravel and mud driveway leading a quarter-mile up the side of the mountain to the structure. Fire-

JUMP TO FILE #030119102 fighters struggled desperately to stretch a water supply from Locust Hill, which is an eighth-mile above the home. Fire crews snaked hose lines through the woods to the structure. An all-terrain mini pumper was able to climb the driveway and

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reach the home, which was completely engulfed by that time. During a third search of the home for possible victims, one fatality was discovered. The family of the person residing at the address was notified. The home was a total loss and the cause of the fire is undetermined at this time. - DJ CORCORAN


Three Families in Chattanooga Displaced by Quadruplex Fire Chattanooga, TN - On the morning of March 1st, firefighters from Highway 58 Volunteer Fire Department responded to a house fire at 8750 Millard Lee Lane. At 10:40 A.M., firefighters arrived on the scene reporting flames visible on the front and back of the quadruplex. Fire personnel conducted a quick interior search of the entire unit and reported that no one was inside the four apartments. Chattanooga FD responded to the scene for mutual aid, bringing additional manpower and apparatus. Tri-Community VFD, Dallas Bay VFD and East Ridge FD stood by at Highway 58 fire stations for any additional emergency calls in their

JUMP TO FILE #030119111 district. Highway 58 fire officials reported that the quadruplex is a total loss and damages are unknown at this time. The cause of the fire was accidental and had started in the kitchen. No injuries were reported, but HCEMS was on the scene for any potential injuries to the first responders. The American Red Cross was requested to respond to the scene to assist four adults and two children with their emergency needs. - AMY MAXWELL


Fireworks Deemed Cause of House Fire in Knoxville Knoxville, TN - At 8:27 P.M. on February 26th, units from the Knoxville FD were dispatched to 201 East MorĂ­lia Ave. for the report of a fire. When firefighters arrived they found two teenagers and one child safely outside the address, and smoke and flames showing from the home. Firefighters quickly evaluated the scene, asking if there were any others inside with the reply of no. Crews quickly went to work extinguishing the flames. Upon further investigation, firefighters discovered individuals playing with fireworks to be the cause of the fire. No injuries were reported and the American Red Cross was assisting the family with temporary placement.

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in 2011. He was Metro Moore County EMS Director from 2007 to 2012, and also previously worked as a paramedic for the Vanderbilt University Medical Center Adult Emergency Department and for Lincoln Medical Center EMS. He served as a flight paramedic for Vanderbilt LifeFlight from 2012 to 2018. He holds a B.S. degree in Emergency Services Management from Bethel University. Bonnie Lewis, Metro Moore County Mayor, said Deal was always going above and beyond for the citizens of Metro Moore County. “Jason serves the community and responds to all emergencies with the highest level of professionalism. He uses every opportunity available to acquire new training and certification for himself and all members of our emergency services,” she said. “His leadership as prior director of EMS and current director of EMA provides a stable environment for staff members to excel in their careers and continually strive for excellence." Lewis said Deal was the ideal example of a true public servant. “Being a paramedic requires having the heart of servant, which best describes Jason Deal. His loyalty to his hometown, his profession, his church and his family is evident in his everyday actions,” she said. Judy Dreaddy, chief flight nurse for Vanderbilt LifeFlight’s Tulla-


JUMP TO FILE #022519103 homa base, who supervised Deal while at Vanderbilt LifeFlight, said Deal was a great educator, mentor, leader and preceptor in the EMS Community. “It’s evident that Jason loves his career and serving others,” Dreaddy said. “His positive attitude and cando work ethic are contagious to those around him.” Other award winners at the banquet included: -Jimmy Studdard EMT of the Year: Steven Swaffer, Grainger County EMS -Bob Thomas ALS Service of the Year: Robertson County EMS -Thomas Erwin Lifetime Achievement Award: J.R. Gore, U.T. LifeStar -Dr. Robert C. Clark EMS Medical Director of the Year: Todd Heffern, M.D., Grainger County Ambulance Service -John Bond EMS Administrator of the Year: Jonathan Rodgers, AMR/Rural Metro Blount County -EMS Advocacy Award: Jim Durrent, Mayor, Montgomery County -L. Gale Allen President’s Leadership Award: Jeff Davis, Air Evac - JERRY JONES, VANDERBILT LIFEFLIGHT

When we go through stuff, we might see a bad scene that may trigger feelings inside, or when we are faced with life’s challenges we may feel overwhelmed. We may be thinking about where we are going to get the money to repair the vehicle, which we just do not have the money for, or we went to a call where someone died, who looks like a family member or dear friend. Yeah, I know that these are different types of crises, but where do you go? In emergency services, the expression that you hear a lot is “I got your back.” In law enforcement and the military, the phrase is “I got your 6.” But who can you truly count on to have your back? Yes, the crisis team is there for you and the chaplain is there for you. A brother or two may be close. But when the stuff hits the fan and you are alone, who do you have? I was recently reminded of a verse from Isaiah 58:8 that reads “the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard.” It reminded me that God has our back. There are so many times where we may want to throw in the towel, the sticky towel from how we made a mess of things that we may not know how to get out of the problem. We need to remember that we can talk to God about the situation, which is called prayer. We know that we can let Him handle it but we cannot just sit there and expect everything to fall into our laps. We need to put forth the efforts. He will guide our actions. A long time ago a woman was having financial challenges. Elisha came and asked how he could help

after the woman explained that she had no money and the creditors were coming after her. Elisha told her to get jars from all the neighbors. She did and she started to pour out from a jar of olive oil that she had. The jars got full and her little jar kept pouring. She filled up so many that she was able to sell all the oil and pay off all her debts. Maybe there are times that you don’t have two nickels to rub together, but you are able to eat. Maybe someone came by and gave you some money, or helped you with the situation that you would never have been able to foresee. That is God taking care of you. Even when the apostles were in the boat and the storm was all around them, God looked after them. He fed the Jews in the desert, where he gave them the manna (bread) each day for what they needed. In the Lord’s Prayer it states, gives us this day our daily bread. He had their backs. How many times did you have close calls? Do you think that it was just luck? Isaiah 43:2 states “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you.” How is that for back up? I can’t think of a better partner to be with. God does see what is going on, He is there with you. When you are going through hard times, financially, physically, mentally, whatever, lean on him a little more. He has broad shoulders. He can take your burdens also. I found that out long ago. I could have died. I should have died. But He had my back and decided that it was not the time for me yet. I learned that if I can trust Him to keep me from dying, why can’t I trust Him with the rest of my load. Until we meet again, may He hold you in the hollow of His hand. Stay safe, Didymus McHugh

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MFRD Responds to Playground Fire at Parkside Housing Complex Murfreesboro, TN - Murfreesboro Fire Rescue Department crews were dispatched to a commercial fire at 524 Vaughn Street just before 4:30 P.M. on Monday afternoon, February 25th. Crews arrived on scene to find the playground of Parkside Housing Complex fully engulfed in flames. According to Battalion Chief Jamie Bigelow, flames were shooting almost 20-feet high and threatening to spread to buildings on either side of the playground. Bigelow said the materials on fire were mostly plastic playground

JUMP TO FILE #022619105 equipment and rubber mulch. Fortunately, firefighters were able to extinguish the fire and contain it to the playground area. No structures were damaged in the housing complex. Assistant Fire Marshal Michael Bartlett was on scene conducting an investigation. The cause of the fire was unknown.

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Humboldt Area Rescue Squad Celebrates 30 Years Humboldt, TN - On Saturday, January 26th, the Humboldt Area Rescue Squad celebrated their 30th Anniversary. To celebrate this tremendous occasion they hosted an open house and had refreshments for guests. Chief Privitt pulled out all the vehicles from the bays and there was standing room only for guest speakers, which included current and past members and local politicians. The highlight however was Ms. Lakin Parshall, a young lady who would not have been standing

JUMP TO FILE #031519104 there that day if it weren't for the Humboldt Area Rescue Squad. She was involved in a rollover accident in which another passenger was also ejected from the vehicle. Besides the guest speakers, the meeting room was opened up and pictures, old equipment, and other historical items were on display for everyone to see. While going through all the items, Chief Privitt

presented a notebook which had the original donors and the spec sheet for their first crash truck. When asked about the anniversary, Chief Privitt stated, “It’s been a wonderful 30 years knowing the difference we’ve made in peoples lives.” The Humboldt Area Rescue Squad not only runs rescue calls for the community, they also run a thriving first responder program. - TARS



Boy Scout Troops Work with Emergency Personnel to Obtain First Aid Badges


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Hixon, TN - On Saturday, March 23rd, Hamilton County Office of Emergency Management participated in the Sequoyah District 2019 Spring Camporee. Agencies from Dallas Bay Vol. FD, Hamilton County Marine Rescue and Hamilton County EMS spoke to troops about their service and level of response during an emergency situation. One hundred and five Boy Scouts and Ventures earned their badges in Basic First Aid, Emergency Preparedness and Search/Rescue. These agencies conducted Search and Rescue drills for the troops consisting of 25 Boy Scouts injured from a tornado. Non-injured Boy Scout troops shadowed the First Responders as they used their skills to triage, assess injuries, accountability and transport patients. Pictured are troops using their First Aid skills to help the injured.

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Firefighters Save Home from Backyard Fire in Ocala Ocala, FL - Ocala Fire Rescue responded to reports of a large grass fire threatening neighboring structures in the 2000 block of SW 14 Street at 1:03 P.M. on March 25th. Engines 3, 4 and 7, Rescue 4, Tower 1 and Battalion Chief 22 arrived at the address to find a column of smoke and flames roaring behind a home. Gaining access to the water supply, fire engine crews attacked

JUMP TO FILE #032519130 the fire with two hose lines while medics assessed affected residents for smoke inhalation. Although the flames claimed a shed and miscellaneous items in the backyard, the main property was not affected. Approximately 1,000-

gallons of water was used to extinguish the fire. No injuries were reported. Ocala Police Department, Marion County Sheriff’s Office and Marion County Fire Rescue also responded. - OCALA FIRE RESCUE

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Daytona Beach FD Hosts Citizen's Academy

Daytona Beach, FL - The Daytona Beach FD recently hosted another successful Citizen’s Academy. Through a nine-week course, Daytona Beach residents participate in the academy that teaches them about the different functions and services provided by the City of Daytona. One of these sessions is dedicated to learning about the fire department. Citizens joined together at Fire Station #4 to hear an in-depth overview of the fire service from Chief Dru Driscoll. Following this, the fire department’s Technical Rescue Team simulated a high-rise rescue with one of the members repelling off the training tower. After, the firefighters performed a vehicle extrication to demonstrate their process in the event of entrapment as a result of a motor vehicle accident.

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Fully Involved Fire at Abandoned Building in Daytona Beach

Daytona Beach, FL - Daytona Beach firefighters responded to an early morning structure fire at an abandoned building on March 20th. The two-story structure once used to be a small apartment complex. Several engines battled the fully involved fire. There were no occupants inside the building. The fire was considered suspicious and the State Fire Marshal was called in to investigate.


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Training with our local partners, both municipal and federal, is critical for the ability to provide the best response in the event of an emergency. Palm Beach County Fire Rescue recognizes this and routinely trains with our local partners. On Tuesday, February 19th, the department took part in a multiagency air boat training exercise in the Florida Everglades. Members from Palm Beach County Fire Rescue, Broward Fire Rescue and Federal agencies all

took part in this valuable training.

During the exercise, PBCFR Airboat 73 worked with the other agencies to pre-plan areas of the Everglades in parts of both Broward and Palm Beach Counties. The training allows for the building of strong relationships. There are plans for future training exercises that will include participants from Miami-Dade and Miccosukee. - ALBERT BORROTO


Palm Coast Fire Lt. Richard Cline, center, placed his firefighter boots on the steps of the State Capitol to raise awareness for firefighter cancer. His fellow firefighters attended to support him. (Front row, L to R): Firefighter Joseph Fajardo, Lt. Cline and Deputy Chief Bradd Clark; (Back row, L to R): Firefighters Daniel Hackney and Patrick Juliano.



Morning Blaze Burns Through Half of an Ocala Home

Ocala, FL - Ocala Fire Rescue responded to reports of a structure fire in the 1900 block of SW First Street at 7:31 A.M. on March 14th. Engines 1, 3 and 4, Rescue 3, Tower 1, Battalion Chief 22 and a Safety Officer arrived at the address to find a vacant cement block home with a wooden roof 50-percent involved in flames. With an aggressive interior attack, firefighters extinguished the flames within six minutes of arrival. Firefighters conducted a primary and secondary search to ensure no one was inside. Crews proceeded to search for hot spots and douse the areas where heat could produce rekindling of flames. No injuries were reported. Ocala Police Department and Marion County Fire Rescue also responded.

Palm Coast Firefighters Raise Awareness About Firefighter Cancer Palm Coast, FL – Running into burning buildings is not the biggest killer of America’s firefighters; it’s the cancer they get from doing their job. Firefighters face a nine-percent higher rate of cancer diagnoses and 14-percent more in cancer-related deaths compared to the general population in the United States. That sobering statistic has a name and face in the Palm Coast Fire Department. In 2014, Lt. Richard Cline was diagnosed with Papillary Thyroid Cancer. He had his thyroid gland surgically removed, taking the cancer out and saving his life. Fast forward to this year on March 7th when Lt. Cline proudly placed his boots on display at the Florida State Capitol to commemorate five years of being cancer free. He was one of many firefighters who journeyed to Tallahassee to participate in the event. In all, 500 pairs of firefighter boots lined the steps to raise awareness on firefighter occupational cancer, honoring those who died, those battling it, and those who survived. The commemoration was concurrent to the start of the 2019 Florida Legislative Session where legislation has been proposed to provide workers compensation benefits to firefighters who are di-

JUMP TO FILE #031919119 agnosed with cancer. Florida is one-of-six states without such laws in place. “Cancer rates in our firefighters are absolutely alarming, and doing nothing is not an option,” Florida Chief Financial Officer and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis said in an announcement. Across the country, there have been increased reports of occupational cancer in firefighters. Because of this, fire departments are working together to stop cancer before it starts. The Palm Coast Fire Department has implemented several new policies and procedures to limit firefighter cancer exposure, becoming a leader regionally in efforts to reduce cancer exposure risks. While at the State Capitol, Palm Coast firefighters were able to share their prevention practices with Patronis, Sen. Travis Hutson and Rep. Paul Renner. “Firefighters may not be able to avoid smoke, but they can limit exposure to carcinogens,” said Palm Coast Fire Chief Jerry Forte. Palm Coast firefighters received Cancer Exposure Decontamination Kits from the State Fire

Marshal’s Office and the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine last year. Each decontamination kit includes a five-gallon bucket, detergent, a scrub brush, a hose and a spray bottle to help first responders wash soot from their gear. In addition, firefighters have adopted a Hood Exchange Program, which involves having backup sets of firefighter gear and embracing a clean-cab concept to keep contaminated firefighter gear and equipment away from firefighters and out of the cab of the fire engine. “We take the concept of cancer prevention serious,” Forte said. “Our next fire engine scheduled to be delivered this year will embrace the clean cab concept.” Lastly, firefighters undergo annual health screenings and fullbody ultra-scans for early detection of diseases. “Our firefighters have invested their lives for our community,” said Palm Coast Mayor Milissa Holland. “It’s important for our community to invest in our firefighters by supporting their efforts in making health and wellness a priority.” - PATRICK J. JULIANO

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Fire Races Through Industrial Warehouse in Tamarac


Firefighters attack the blaze with 2.5-inch hose lines.

BSFR and Three Agencies Battle Intense Blaze at West Park Tire Shop West Park, FL - Four fire departments battled a tenacious tire store blaze in the city of West Park on the evening of March 15th. The fire was reported just after 7:00 P.M. at the Discount Tires located at 4397 W Hallandale Beach Blvd. The business had just closed for the evening when 911 dispatchers began receiving reports of heavy smoke and flames coming from the front of the building. When firefighters arrived to the single-story, 900-square-foot building, they were met with intense, acrid smoke forcefully pushing from the front of the structure which could be seen and smelled throughout the entire neighborhood. About 30 firefighters from Broward Fire Rescue and an additional dozen firefighters from Hallandale Beach, Hollywood and Miramar Fire Departments assisted. The fire took approximately 45

Tamarac, FL - At approximately 8:06 P.M. Tuesday, February 19th, units responded to a fire in an industrial warehouse. The first units to arrive stated that heavy smoke was seen from a distance and they were able to confirm it as a working fire immediately. The industrial warehouse (around 8,000-square-feet) was filled with supplies for events such as large rolls of cloth, wood props, wood tables, chairs, couches, pillows, and other combustible items. Arriving units began suppression at the front entry, but quickly noted that the front wall was

JUMP TO FILE #030419123 breached. Conditions were deemed unsafe to do interior attack operations and a defensive approach was used, including the deployment of ladder trucks to both the north and south side of the warehouse. A thirdalarm was called at approximately 8:40 P.M. In all, 39 units from seven departments responded to the scene. The departments included North Lauderdale, Oakland Park, Broward County, Margate, Coral Springs, Ft.

Lauderdale and Plantation. The fire was under control by 10:00 P.M. and Tamarac Fire Rescue investigators, along with the State Fire Marshal’s office, worked diligently to complete their portion of the investigations by early morning of the next day. There was one reported incident of smoke inhalation by one of the individuals employed at the warehouse. No other injuries were reported. - VAN SCHOEN, PIO, EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT


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JUMP TO FILE #032119117 minutes to bring under control due to the extremely heavy fire load of combustible materials and tires loaded in the building. Due to their composition of rubber and oils, tire fires are extremely difficult to extinguish. The fire was declared out just after one hour and no injuries were reported. The cause of the fire, which appears to have started unwitnessed, will be investigated by the Florida State Fire Marshal. The westbound lanes of Hallandale Beach Blvd., from SW 42nd Ave. to 46th Ave., remained closed to traffic until firefighters completely cleared the scene, which took several hours. - MICHAEL KANE


On March 16, 1997, the Oviedo Fire Department (Seminole County) conducted a training burn in the city to allow firefighters to practice firefighting techniques. Between the heat of the day and the fire, apparatus needed to be repositioned during the burn to keep the apparatus' paint from peeling.


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Three Transported from Vehicle Collision on Silver Springs Blvd. in Ocala Ocala, FL - Three drivers were transported after their vehicles collided in the 2300 block of SW Silver Springs Blvd. on February 25th. Ocala Fire Rescue Engines 3 and 4, Tower 1, Rescue 3, Battalion Chief 22 and a safety officer responded to a report of a vehicle accident with a need for extrication at at 4:10 P.M. Upon arrival, units encountered a blue sedan on its

JUMP TO FILE #022619103 roof with a driver trapped inside and two compact vehicles upright, with drivers requiring care. Utilizing cribbing material, firefighters stabilized the vehicle that was upside down. Using extrication tools, crews removed the passenger’s side door to gain ac-

cess to the driver. Once the extrication was complete the driver was trauma alerted to the hospital. The drivers of the vehicles upright, with moderate damage, were also transported to the hospital. Ocala Police Department and Marion County Fire Rescue also responded.



Orange County Fire Station 37 serves the Town of Oakland. The brush unit assigned here is a 2005 Ford F550/E-One Classic. Brush 37 has a 350-GPM pump with a carrying capacity of 380-gallons of water and 20 of foam.


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Stuart Fire/Rescue operates this 2015 (1500/400/30F) Mini Pumper as Squad 1.






Members of Volusia County Fire Rescue's Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting team recently participated in a training briefing with members of the United States Air Force Thunderbirds. The Thunderbirds were visiting the Daytona Beach International Airport preparing for their flyover at the beginning of the Daytona 500.

Indian River County Brush 14 was built by CET on a 2017 International 7400 4x4 chassis. This unit has a 350-GPM pump and carries 750-gallons of water and 10-gallons of foam.

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Attendees help push in Deltona Fire Rescue Tower 61.


Deltona Welcomes Tower 61 PASCO COUNTY FIRE RESCUE

Pasco County Fire Rescue Responds to Fatal Mobile Home Fire Wesley Chapel, FL - At approximately 10:30 A.M. on March 4th, Pasco County Fire 911 received a call for a reported home fire in the 5900 block of Penny Royal Rd. in Wesley Chapel. When firefighters arrived on the scene, they reported a single-wide mobile home with fire shooting from all sides. Firefighters also reported one elderly male outside the house that was severely burned. Firefighters

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on the scene called a trauma alert for the elderly male and requested transport by a medical helicopter to a local burn unit. Due to the amount of fire found upon arrival, a defensive attack was called. After the initial knock-

down and search of the home, one elderly female and a dog were found deceased in the home. A joint investigation from Pasco County Fire Rescue investigators, Pasco County Sheriff Major Crime Detectives, and the Florida State Fire Marshal’s Office was initiated. The cause of the fire remains under investigation. - COREY DIERDORFF

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Deltona, FL - On February 13th, Deltona Fire Rescue welcomed a new member to the fleet of apparatus serving the community. Tower 61, a 110-foot Pierce Ascendant Heavy Duty Aerial Platform, was officially recognized by department members, retirees, the Deltona City Manager, and City Commission members. Tower 61 is by far the largest apparatus in the Deltona Fire Rescue fleet, measuring 36-feet from bumper-to-bumper, 42-feet from rear bumper to the end of the bucket, and nearly 13-feet tall. Station 61, home to Tower 61, was recently renovated to accommodate the unit. This station is located in the heart of the city, making it an ideal home for the new tower truck. Despite the cold, rainy weather, several community dignitaries and retirees attended the ceremony. Fire Chief Bill Snyder welcomed all attendees and highlighted how Tower 61 will better protect the community, including a new six-story hospital which is under construction within the city. Attendees were treated to a brief

JUMP TO FILE #022519139 history of the Wash Down/Push-In ceremony in the fire service, a longstanding tradition dating back more than 100 years. Participants then were invited to rinse Tower 61 off before ceremonially “pushing” the apparatus back into the bay of Station 61. Chief Snyder anticipates that Tower 61 will serve the Deltona community for the next decade and a half. The city of Deltona is experiencing significant commercial growth, so the addition of this unit is well timed. Prior to the unit going into service, Pierce conducted several training sessions with all Deltona Fire Rescue driver/engineers to teach them the unique aspects of operating the unit. The department will conduct frequent in-training sessions to ensure everyone driving the apparatus is well versed in its use. - HEATHER LANGSTON


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Platform 32 in Broward County has received a 2018 Pierce Velocity PUC 100' tower ladder. This new apparatus has a 1500-GPM pump and carries 500-gallons of water. Station 32 is the home of BCSFR's Technical Rescue companies.

Truck 21 of the Pottsville, PA Fire Department runs this 2014 Pierce Arrow XT 100', which originally saw service in Brevard County, Florida. KEN SNYDER

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BSFR Firefighters & Civilian Rescue Cardiac Arrest Victim… Then Celebrate His Re-Birth-Day Dania Beach, FL - On March 13th, a very special survivor reunion was held at Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue Station 17 in Dania Beach. Representing the Broward Sheriff's Office were Undersheriff Colonel Sean JUMP TO FILE # Zukowsky and 032219106 Deputy Fire Chief Timothy Keefe. Few events in the life of first responders surpass the joy of saving the life of another, except perhaps bringing a brand new life into the world. This is a story of how the lives of 10 sworn members of the Broward Sheriff’s Office and one very special civilian, along with our survivor, Mr. Bruce Livulpi, would converge on February 14th, 2019 just after noon. It was 12:30 P.M. when Mr. Luvulpi, who had previously complained to his brother Frank that he wasn’t feeling well, was being assisted to the car by his brother Frank to be driven to the doctor for an examination. Mr. Livulpi never made it to the car. He collapsed just outside his home in Dania Beach after suffering cardiac arrest. He laid on the ground, not breathing with no pulse. Frank, who had previously been trained in CPR, immediately began compressions to circulate Mr. Livulpi’s blood. At just about the same time, a neighbor by the name of Mary Jane peered through her window from across the street and noticed Frank leaning over Mr. Livulpi, compressing his chest. She immediately called 911 to report the incident. The time is 12:46 P.M. Mrs. Jane is speaking to one of BSO’s 911 call-takers, Dekia Jones, verbally painting a picture of what she sees on the street in front of her. Dekia enters all of the pertinent information necessary to summon an emergency response and just a few seconds later, the information appears on the dispatch screen of Communications Operator Jael Persaud, who dispatches units to the scene. For six minutes, Frank pumped on the chest of his brother, artificially circulating and oxygenating the heart and brain of Mr. Livulpi. At 12:53 P.M., First Responders arrive to find Mr. Livulpi lying lifeless on the ground, and Frank feverishly working to save him. Care is transferred to the paramedics and for the next 27 minutes, eight firefighters from fire station 17 used their many years of training and knowledge to continue the work already started by Frank Santiago. As Mr. Santiago looks on, the

paramedics insert an artificial airway to breathe for Mr. Livulpi, they administer an intravenous line into his arm to administer cardiac medications, and they defibrillate his defectively quivering heart, which spontaneously converts the chaotic heart rhythm into an effective heartbeat that now once again begins to beat naturally and circulate blood throughout Mr. Livulpi’s body. By the time Mr. Livulpi arrived at Memorial Regional Hospital, he was semi-conscious. He was discharged the very next day, miraculously suffering no neurological or physical deficits from his cardiac arrest. When paramedics are trained in Advanced Cardiac Life Support, they are taught about the four links of the ‘Chain of Survival’. That is to say: The first link, Early Access to the emergency response system, includes early recognition of the cardiac emergency and early notification of rescue personnel via 911. This was initiated by Mary Jane and actions performed by Communications Operators Dekia Jones and Jael Persaud. The second link, Early CPR, is a set of actions that the rescuer performs in sequence to assess and support airway, breathing and circulation. This was the actions initiated by Frank Santiago, and likely the single MOST important contribution to Mr. Livulpi’s survival. The third link, Early Defibrillation, is the delivery of a shock to the heart to convert the heart's rhythm from Ventricular Fibrillation back to a normal heart rhythm. This was performed by the firefighters and paramedics of FS17. The fourth link, Early Advanced Care, relates to the response of highly trained and properly equipped paramedics who can respond to the patient and provide for the administration of drugs, advanced airway procedures, and other interventions and protocols, prior to the arrival of the patient at an advanced care facility, also performed by the firefighters and paramedics of FS17. The following members were recognized for their expert care, compassion, training and dedication: -Frank Santiago -Communications Operator Dekia Jones -Communications Operator Jael Persaud -Battalion Chief Michael Bufalo -Captain Kenci Saintil -Captain Dean Meadows -Lieutenant Michael Romanski -Driver/Engineer Joseph


Mr. Bruce Livulpi along with his brother Frank who delivered bystander CPR, and the public safety professionals that assisted in saving Mr. Livulpi's life.

Mosca -Firefighter Danise Fequiere -Firefighter Ryan OMalley -Firefighter Christian Preston

While all of those which participated in Mr. Livulpi’s rescue were in attendance at the award ceremony, Mr. Livulpi was called to the podium and presented with a black fire helmet emblazoned with a number “55” front-shield representing Mr. Livulpi’s next birthday,

which by the actions of his brother, would be alive to celebrate, coincidentally the next day. The helmet also read ”SURVIVOR”, identifying his amazing feat and the many professionals, both civilian and sworn, that played a pivotal role in his survival. This is a remarkable story to be told and an underpinning of the importance of community CPR. The most likely scenario, as seen here, is that the CPR one administers is

The 'RE-BIRTH-DAY' cake for Mr. Livulpi.

likely to be directed towards someone they know, and most likely someone they love. In the fire service, success has many fathers, and so does saving lives. The reunion concluded with a distinctive “RE-BIRTH-DAY” cake and the entire room singing ‘Happy Birthday’ to Mr. Bruce Livulpi. - MICHAEL KANE



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Kissimmee, FL - The Osceola County Office of Emergency Management and Brevard Office of Emergency Management, along with numerous Federal, State and local agencies, recently conducted a radiological exercise called "Cobalt Magnet 2019."

The exercise was designed to simulate a missile launch from the Kennedy Space Center that had an “anomaly” shortly after launch, where radioactive material was released. During the exercise, whose participants also included the US Department of Energy, Florida Division of Emergency Management and ROSS teams as scientific experts, Brevard County was Ground Zero with Osceola as the ingestion county. All aspects of the emergency action plan were tested to include a joint information response to

life and safety hazards, potential evacuations, health care facility considerations and sheltering. In addition, a joint information center/citizen information center was established, designed to provide public and media outlets with the latest information. Fallout occurred during the exercise within Osceola County and the simulated response was coordinated among all the county’s agencies. Because Osceola is home to agriculture, one of the factors in the exercise was coordinating activities for the best approach to protecting this vital food source.

After the exercise, a “hot wash” among all participants took place with the goal of identifying what went well and what areas need improvement. - DAVID BURNS


Division Chief Steven "Ty" Vassil, Leo Rodriguez Firetec, Logistics Captain Danny Rodriguez, Bill Banks Firetec, and Fire Chief Dan Booker.

Margate-Coconut Creek FD Becomes First Fire Department in Florida to Obtain 100% Compliance with NFPA 1851 Margate, FL - On February 20th at the Margate City Commission meeting, the Margate-Coconut Fire Department was given recognition for their tireless efforts in providing the members of the department with additional personal protection. The Margate-Coconut Creek Fire Department is the first fire department in the State of Florida to obtain a 100% compliance to NFPA 1851. NFPA 1851 is the Standard on Selection, Care, and Maintenance of Protective Ensembles for Structural Fire Fighting and Proximity Fire Fighting. This standard establishes requirements for the selection, care, and maintenance of fire fighting protective ensembles to reduce health

JUMP TO FILE #022719107 and safety risks associated with improper maintenance, contamination, or damage. Approximately two years ago, the department established a Standard Operations Guideline for the cleaning and maintenance of each firefighter's structural fire fighting gear. This SOG employs the implementation of decontamination kits on all fire apparatus, a gross decontamination to be preformed on scene after fire fighting duties have been completed, and all contaminated structural fire fighting gear is sent

out for professional cleaning. Congratulations to Logistics Captain Danny Rodriguez for his hard work and dedication to ensure the members of Margate-Coconut Creek Fire Department meet the NFPA 1851 Standard, and special consideration to Chief Dan Booker and Chief Ty Vassil for their undaunted leadership and commitment to the members of the department. Margate-Coconut Creek Fire Department would also like to say "thank you" to FIRE TEC, who were instrumental with the care and maintenance of the gear. - MATT WHITESHIELD


Richard Halquist, Osceola County Emergency Management Operations Manager, briefs participants.

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Santa Rosa County, FL – Avalon Fire Rescue recently took delivery of their new squad, a 2018 Ford/EOne F-550 4x4 Mini Pumper. Squad 12 carries 220-gallons of water and 30-gallons of foam and is equipped with a 750-GPM pump, two pre-connect attack lines, a booster reel, hydraulic extrication equipment, cribbing and medical equipment. This apparatus replaces their old squad, a 1998 GMC/EOne Mini pumper (that will now be used as a brush truck), which had a 250-GPM pump, 200-gallons of water, 10-gallons of foam, two pre-connect attack lines and a booster reel.


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April, 2019

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