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Murfreesboro, TN - Murfreesboro Fire & Rescue Department’s Engines 1 and 3 and Rescue 8 responded to two cars on fire in the parking lot of Richland Falls Apartments (526 Dill Lane) just before 7:00 a.m. on Feb. 18, 2016. - See full story on page 8



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Out of Reach, the day Hartford Hospital burned

Excavator and chimney fire Morgan County Fire Rescue battled an excavator fire and a chimney fire on this Valentines Sunday, February 14th. Units also responded to a chimney fire last night. Please remember to JUMP TO FILE # keep your chimney 032116122 free of buildup, or have it serviced by a professional. It may not seem like a big deal, but it can prevent a potentially devastating fire from occurring in your home. Luckily, both fires were confined to the chimney with no damage to the homes.


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Out of Reach, The Day Hartford Hospital Burned By F. Mark Granato Available from: Barnes & Noble ( Price: $17.99 (hard copy) This is a soft cover book measuring six inches by nine inches and has 296 pages. It is also available as an e-book. There are 32 chapters plus an epilogue. Most of the chapters are a few pages with only a few others that are a little lengthy. It is a novel about the Hartford Hospital in which a major fire occurred in December of 1961. Leo LePages’ book on his career as a Hartford police officer touched briefly on this fire in a single chapter. This author is a writer and journalist, not associated with the fire service or any emergency service for that matter. His extensive research which included interviews with many who were there and recollections of family members of those who are no longer with us, brings us a riveting story that promises to keep you at the edge of your seat! Though some of the contents are a work of fiction, the stories do

parallel actual events particularly with strategy and tactics with heroics from both emergency personnel, hospital personnel and just plain visitors and others that happened to be in the hospital that day. The author’s determination was relentless in detailing the tragedy, which took many lives. He includes from his own imagination how some of the things may have happened. You will read of some heroic tactics that may not be believable, but I can tell you that they did take place and that they only prove once more how firefighters will go to the utmost extent to save lives. As you read, you may put yourself at the scene and imagine how difficult it was to survive through this operation. For one thing, it took place at a time when SCBAs were scarce and individual fire companies did not have sufficient gear for each member. Thus many had to “eat smoke,” if you will, while undergoing bonetiring ordeals to make rescues and bring the fire under control. The fire was overshadowed by an earlier working fire in an apartment house that same morning, which drew men and apparatus away and kept them away for a reasonable amount of time. Other side stories capture human interest that the reader will find interesting. This is definitely a read to be considered whether you are in the emergency service or simply an avid reader!

Fire department training academy graduates emergency medical technicians


Amy McCullough; Patrick Harrison; Jeremy Hicks; Daniel Roy; Noah Hudgins; Kortney Cheek; Michael Johnson; Owen High; Mario Hooper; Johnathan Owens; Scott Groover; Donald Wright; Desmond Walker; Jesus Favela; Bryan Glass; Lt. Ben Leverett.

February 24, 2016. The emergency medical technician certification program is intended to provide the initial training for students to receive emergency medical technician certification in the state of Georgia. Fourteen students completed twenty one weeks of classroom and clinical instruction, provided through the Henry County Fire Department Training Division. Amy McCullough coordinates and provides instruction for the department’s accredited EMT and paramedic programs. Assisted by Lieutenant Ben Leverett, they provided students with instruction ranging from trauma, medical, obstetrical, geriatric and EMS operations. These students will be challenging the Advanced EMT certification process in the near future. Individuals completing the program included Kortney Cheek, Jesus Favela, Bryan Glass, Scott Groover, Patrick Harrison, Jeremy Hicks, Owen High, Mario Hooper,

JUMP TO FILE #022516135 Noah Hudgins, Michael Johnson, Johnathan Owens, Daniel Roy, Desmond Walker, and Donald Wright. This group of men and women were also recent graduates of the Henry County Fire Academy, and are eager to begin shift work beginning February 29, 2016. Chief Brad Johnson and Division Chief of Training Ike McConnell offered words of encouragement and praise, as they presented each student with a certificate of completion. “You have been selected to serve and protect the citizens and visitors of Henry County,” stated Chief Johnson. “Be consistent; always keep dedicated to the job, your fellow firefighters, and the goals you set for yourself.” - MICHAEL BLACK

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On Sunday morning, Feb. 14th just before 8:45, a 911 call was received by communication officers with Barrow County Emergency Services. The caller reported a possible structure fire in the 1600 block of Butterfly Lane. “Firefighters responded to this incident and found fire on the back deck of the home,” stated Lieutenant Scott Dakin. “The fire had started to spread to the siding of the home.” It was determined that ashes from a fireplace were placed on the back deck resulting in this fire. Just after 1:15 a.m. on Feb. 15, a 911 call was received reporting a structure fire in the 500 block of Stoneridge Drive. Firefighters found smoke coming from around the chimney of the home. Crews pulled the remaining fire from the woodstove and removed some of the piping. Ashes and creosote were found heated in the insert. Just after 7:30 p.m. on Feb.

JUMP TO FILE #021716107 16, communication officers received a 911 call reporting a structure fire in the 30 block of Myrtle Street. Firefighters responded and found a fire in the kitchen of the home. The fire had started on the stove and went into the wall of the kitchen. Firefighters quickly extinguished the fire and started checking to see if it had extended any further. Crews also ventilated the home. The fire was determined to be the result of unattended cooking. One person was transported to an area hospital due to injuries from this fire. Six adults were displaced as a result of the fire. The American Red Cross responded to assist the residents. - SCOTT DAKIN

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Pooler Fire Rescue Tower 64 on the scene of a recent two vehicle accident

Barrow County Emergency Services continues treatment improvements According to statistics released by the CDC in 2015, heart disease is the number one cause of death in the United States. It accounts for almost 25% of all deaths in both men and women. Coronary heart disease, a buildup of plaque in the arteries, is the most common type of heart disease. When it becomes acute, it can turn into what medical professionals call a STEMI heart attack. Barrow County Emergency Services has been working hard to improve the care and treatment offered to its citizens that are suffering from a STEMI. That hard work has been paying off and making Barrow County Emergency Services a leader in this area. “I am very proud of the hard work and dedication each employee of Barrow County Emergency Services has shown in dealing with this fast growing problem,” stated EMS Captain Heath Williams. Barrow County Emergency Services took a good step forward when Lieutenant Chuck Savage, who was EMS Coordinator at the time, worked to have the county purchase through an AFG grant program new Philips MRx cardiac monitors with transmitting ability. This technology allows the paramedics to transmit the EKG readings to the receiving hospital to assist them in confirming the STEMI diagnosis. Another big step is the paramedics of BCES going through many hours of training, and continuing education, on how to identify and treat STEMI’S. This education includes giving lifesaving medication to the patient, as well as determining which specialty hospital the patients need to be transported to. “Our paramedics have been very dedicated in studying ways to identify and treat

JUMP TO FILE #022616103 the STEMI patient and find ways to further reduce mortality from a STEMI,” commented Captain Bullock BCES Training Officer. Over the last five years, BCES paramedics have participated in several workshops with area hospitals to improve upon the knowledge and ability to identify a STEMI and properly report it to the hospital. This has allowed the patients from Barrow County to go straight from the ambulance to the cath lab, bypassing the emergency room. This has helped to reduce the amount of time from when a STEMI has been diagnosed to when the patient is having the lifesaving procedures completed. This cooperation and sharing of information with area hospitals will continue to improve the level of services offered by Barrow County Emergency Services. “The fact that Barrow County Emergency Services paramedics can quickly recognize STEMI, initiate treatment and deliver the patient to the appropriate facility is a testament to their training and dedication to the citizens of Barrow County,” commented Dr. Todd Jordan, Medical Director for the Emergency Room at North East Georgia-Braselton. In October of 2014, Barrow County Emergency Services launched its new record management system ImageTrend. This new software system allows BCES administrative officers to better track treatments and performance of not only STEMI but other types of emergency calls. This data collection will assist the personnel in looking for

ways to continuously improve the services offered. Barrow County Emergency Services has also become part of a regional STEMI system network that works together to improve the outcomes of patients that suffer from a STEMI event. “All of this training, research, hard work and cooperation has been paying off for our patients” stated Captain Williams. “We want to offer our patients the best possible outcome from their STEMI event and in the last five years we have truly improved in this area. Only through hard work and further continuing education can we continue to reduce the risk of mortality from STEMI’s,” stated Captain Williams. “I know that our staff is up to the challenge.” When a patient is having a STEMI event, they must be transported to the proper facility where a stent can be placed in the affected artery(s). When it comes to a cardiac medical issue minutes truly count. One of the critical steps in treating a STEMI is time. A big factor in treatment is the time from when the patient makes the first call for medical assistance to when the patient is placed on a table and a balloon is inserted into the artery to open it up for blood flow. “The main factor of whether or not a STEMI patient will have a good outcome or even survive is determined by how soon the diagnosis is made and treatment is started” stated Paramedic Jason Grady and the Northeast Georgia Regional Coordinator based out of Northeast Georgia Medical Center. “Traditionally this diagnosis has been made by a cardiologist or emergency department physician which takes precious time away from initiating treatment and determining

transport located. Barrow County Emergency Services has highly trained paramedics who are able to diagnose, begin treatment and activate the cardiac catheterization team before they even reach the hospital.” The national average for this time is 120 minutes and two of the local hospitals that Barrow County Emergency Services transport to have set a benchmark of 90 minutes. In 2015 the two hospitals that track this information gave Barrow County a 79.5 minutes average. This fast response time greatly improves the chances of a STEMI patient recovering from the cardiac event and returning to their normal life, with no lingering health issues. “The relationship between EMS and the cardiologist in thetreatment of STEMIs is the hallmark of a cutting edge STEMI system. We in cardiology have the confidence in Barrow County Paramedics to correctly diagnose and begin treatment of heart attacks before they arrive to the hospital” states J. Jeffery Marshall, MD, FSCAI, FACC and Director of the Cath Labs at NGMC. “Because of their expertise we bring heart attack patients directly to the cath lab, bypassing the ER in most cases.” “I am very proud of our staff at BCES for the dedication and team work they have put into the STEMI program,” stated Chief of Emergency Services John Skinner. “The continued work of the men and women in this department, as well as plans for future programs such as a heart healthy community will continue to enhance the treatment and success of the program.”


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North Carolina: Joshua Woods, 24 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: January 12, 2016 Death Date: January 12, 2016 Fire Department: Siler City Fire Department Initial Summary: While driving his personal vehicle in response to an emergency call, Firefighter Woods lost control causing the car to crash. Firefighter Woods passed away from the injuries he sustained in the vehicle accident.

Wyoming: Clarence "Speed" Hartbank, 79 Rank: Deputy Chief Incident Date: September 10, 2015 Death Date: January 13, 2016 Fire Department: Fremont County Fire District Initial Summary: On September 10, 2015, Deputy Chief Clarence "Speed" Hartbank fell approximately 15 feet through the ceiling of a bunker while fighting a grass and structure fire in rural Fremont County, near Lander, Wyoming. Hartbank suffered second and third degree burns over 38 percent of his body, seven broken ribs and a punctured lung. Hartbank was flown to Swedish Medical Center in Colorado and went through numerous surgeries in the months since the incident. On January 13, 2016, Hartbank passed away at the Swedish Medical Center from the injuries he sustained.

Texas: Richard J. Cano, 35 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: November 22, 2015 Death Date: November 29, 2015 Fire Department: Cy-Fair Volunteer Fire Department Initial Summary: Firefighter Richard J. Cano worked a 24-hour shift from 0600hrs on November, 21, 2015, to 0600hrs on November 22, 2015. During that shift, Cano responded to three incidents. Cano was dispatched with Cy-Fair Volunteer Fire Department's Engine 1 to the last of these incidents, a threealarm apartment fire, at 0138hrs and cleared the scene at 0345hrs. At the end of his shift at 0600hrs, Cano returned home and went to sleep. At 0845hrs that same day, Cano's wife observed him in distress and subsequently stop breathing. She immediately called 911. Upon arrival, responders found Cano's wife performing CPR. Care was taken over by the ambulance crew and advanced life saving measures were performed during transport to the hospital. Cano was turned over to a hospital emergency room nurse with a pulse. He was in the hospital's intensive care unit for a week, but never regained consciousness. Firefighter Cano passed away on November 29, 2015, at 1930 hrs.

Ohio: Scott D. Bruggeman, 45 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: March 18, 2014 Death Date: January 18, 2016 Fire Department: Middletown Division of Fire Initial Summary: On March 18, 2014, Firefighter Scott D. Bruggeman suffered a heart attack while restraining an uncooperative patient in the Atrium Medical Center emergency room. Bruggeman was subsequently diagnosed with sarcoidosis and underwent several heart surgeries. After the last surgery which occurred in November 2015, Bruggeman was placed in hospice care. On January 18, 2016, Firefighter Bruggeman passed away from injuries sustained. Arkansas: Ronald Jason Adams, 29 Rank: Lieutenant Incident Date: January 22, 2016 Death Date: January 22, 2016 Fire Department: East Pulaski County Fire Department Initial Summary: Lieutenant Adams was shot and killed by a resident at the scene of an emergency medical response call. Investigation of the fatal incident continues by local and state authorities.

North Carolina: James R. Varnell, 53 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: February 2, 2016 Death Date: February 2, 2016 Fire Department: Bakertown Volunteer Fire Department Initial Summary: Firefighter Varnell was at the fire department attending training. As Varnell was preparing to depart, he became ill and fellow responders quickly came to his aid with basic life support measures. As more assistance arrived, advanced life support was provided as Varnell was transported to the hospital where he succumbed to a nature and cause of injury still to be determined. Connecticut: James J. Butler, Jr. , 50 Rank: Chief Driver Incident Date: February 7, 2016 Death Date: February 7, 2016 Fire Department: Derby Fire Department Paugassett Hook & Ladder Company #4 Initial Summary: Upon returning to the fire house from responding to a fire alarm activation with his fire company, Chief Driver Butler complained to fellow firefighters that he did not feel well. While at his residence several hours later, Butler succumbed to a nature and cause of illness still to be determined.

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Chattanooga firefighters finish putting out hot spots after extinguishing the fire on Wheeler Avenue this afternoon.

Firefighter injured in house fire Chattanooga, TN. Strong afternoon winds fed the flames when fire broke out in a house at 902 Wheeler Avenue shortly before 2:00 p.m. on Feb. 24. Captain Wadie Suttles with Engine 4 said light smoke was showing when the first firefighters arrived on scene. When firefighters forced their way inside the house with hand-held hoselines, the fire was initially difficult to locate because the visibility was so low. Moments later, flames blew out a front window. Captain Scott Pell, the incident commander, said high winds blew in through the open window, fanning the flames. One firefighter said it was as if the fire turned into a blow torch.

JUMP TO FILE #022516104 With temperatures soaring inside, one firefighter received relatively minor burns to his neck, face and arms. He was removed from the house and handed off to paramedics with Hamilton County EMS, who transported him to a local hospital. Though his burns are not life-threatening, he was expected to be taken to the the burn unit at Vanderbilt Hospital for further evaluation. With the high winds making it more difficult to put the fire out, the incident commander called for a total of five fire companies to re-

spond. Crews got the blaze under control in roughly 15 minutes, containing the fire damage to a couple of rooms. With some of the wiring damaged by the fire, EPB was asked to cut power to the house. Captain Suttles said one woman lived in the house, but she was not home at the time of the fire. Volunteers with the American Red Cross of Southeast Tennessee were called in to provide assistance to the victim. Chattanooga police also provided assistance on the scene with traffic control. An estimate on the dollar loss was not available. The cause of the fire is under investigation. - BRUCE GARNER


Double vehicle fire Murfreesboro, TN. Murfreesboro Fire & Rescue Department’s Engines 1 and 3 and Rescue 8 responded to two cars on fire in the parking lot of Richland Falls Apartments (526 Dill Lane) just before 7:00 a.m. on Feb. 18. When crews arrived on scene, at least one vehicle was fully engulfed in flames. The vehicle next to it also ignited. The initial vehicle’s fuel tank was involved. Crews jumped into action quickly, spraying foam to extinguish the blaze. Firefighters were able to con-

JUMP TO FILE #021816104 tain the fire to the parking lot and away from the buildings. An airbag exploded and landed on a second floor balcony, but fortunately no one was injured. According to Captain/Shift Inspector Brian Lowe, a mechanical malfunction in the initial vehicle is likely the cause of the fire. - ASHLEY MCDONALD

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Fully engulfed house in Knoxville

At 6:20 a.m. on March 10th, neighbors to 2115 Linden Ave. called 911 to report the house engulfed in flames. Because the structure was fully involved and too dangerous to enter, upon arrival the incident commander ordered a defensive attack on the flames, and an additional hand line to protect the residence next door from the radiant heat. The structure was unoccupied, and arson investigators are on the scene to determine the cause. No injuries were reported.

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Three Hamilton County Medics were honored Sunday November 1st 2015 at a surprise luncheon to reunite auto accident victim and the three medics who helped save her life. Pictured left are Advanced EMT Jamie Jackson center Paramedic Scobey Newman Lt. Paramedic Chris Dill Center behind patient Ashlyn Anderson.


No injuries at Knoxville apartment fire Three Hamilton County EMS medics honored At 11:24 a.m. on Feb. 20th, units from the Knoxville Fire Department were dispatched to 5860 Bailey Cove Circle, (The Pines Apts.) off Francis Road in West Knoxville for the report of an apartment fire. Fiirefighters found an eight unit apartment building with smoke coming from an upstairs unit. Fire crews advanced charged hoses and extinguish the flames, which they were able to contain to a bathroom area in one of the units. A resident in an adjoining upstairs unit noticed paint buckling on

JUMP TO FILE #022216105 her walls and puffs of smoke beginning to form, which prompted her to call 911. At least 15 residents from the building are temporarily displaced, and will receive assistance from the American Red Cross. No injuries were reported and the cause of the fire is being investigated. - DJ CORCORAN

After more than eight months following an automobile accident, which resulted in trauma brain injury for accident victim Ashlyn Anderson, she and her family recognized three Hamilton County Emergency Medical Service employees at a luncheon held in their honor. “They saved my life,” said Ashlyn Anderson. Nineteen year old Ashlyn Anderson was involved in a major automobile accident in February, 2015 and was found unconscious inside her vehicle suffering from head trauma with multiple facial lacerations by Hamilton County Emergency Medical Service crew Paramedic Scobey Newman, Advanced Emergency Medical Technician Jamie Jackson and Lieutenant Paramedic Chris Dill. On the scene, she was quickly assessed and immobilized with spinal precautions along with endotracheal intubation for airway management and transported to a local

JUMP TO FILE #012516111 hospital. The three medics’ immediate actions and continued airway management at the scene and during transportation contributed to her recovery and the opportunity to reunite with the three members of HCEMS staff. The Anderson family told Ashlyn, the luncheon was a birthday party for her grandmother; however they surprised her by reuniting her with the HCEMS staff that “saved her life.” Held on Sunday, November 1, 2015, emotions were high as hugs were exchanged by Ashlyn, her family members and the three medics as they talked about her journey from accident to recovery. “It was just a joy to see her and the EMS personnel today and I’m just so thankful to them for their ac-

tions and the care they gave my daughter that day,” said Ashlyn’s father Jay Anderson. “They gave her the chance to be here today and I am so thankful for them. They were the best (paramedics) at the exact spot at the exact time that they were needed….they were her guardian angels.” “I have been in this field of work for many years and many times accidents with less trauma than Ashlyn suffered didn’t work out as well, but in this case, it’s nice to see that there was such a positive outcome,” said Paramedic Charles “Scobey” Newman. “It is our goal to provide quality emergency medical care for our community,” said HCEMS Lt. Chris Dill. “This was a real honor to meet Ashlyn and her family and to be acknowledged for doing our jobs.” - AMY MAXWELL

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Capt Joey Smith and Firefighter Tyler Toon


Firefighters honored Chattanooga, TN. Dozens of Chattanooga firefighters were honored at the 2nd Annual CFD Awards Ceremony tonight at the Bessie Smith Hall. At the ceremony, Mayor Andy Berke and Fire Chief Chris Adams recognized those firefighters who exhibited extraordinary efforts at incidents that occurred during the year 2015. The top award, Firefighter of the Year, was given to two firefighters, Captain Joey Smith and Firefighter Tyler Toon. Together, they

JUMP TO FILE #021616106 saved a man's life in a house fire at 317 N. Highland Park Avenue on Nov. 14, 2015. A new addition was the Firehouse Subs Hall of Fame award, the purpose of which is to honor retired firefighters who had a positive and lasting impact on the department. - BRUCE GARNER

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Are you a friend or are you a Brother? Chaplain’s Corner Didymus McHugh


Firefighters battle fatal blaze in Knoxville At 10:22 p.m. on March 13th, units from the Knoxville Fire Department were dispatched to 5005 Inskip Dr., Williamsburg Village Apartments for report of a fire. While enroute, firefighters were made aware that there were confirmed victims inside the apartment. Arriving firefighters quickly went to work searching for victims, while additional manpower was assigned to extinguishing the fire,

JUMP TO FILE #031416104 which was contained to one room. One female victim was found just inside the apartment door, while a second female victim was found in a back bedroom. A deceased male victim was found in the front bedroom, which was also the room of origin. Firefighter/paramedics

tended to the two female victims at the scene before being transported. A fourth adult male, son of the deceased, escaped without injury. The two females were sent to U.T. Hospital with severe smoke inhalation. Only two ground-floor units of the four units building were occupied. The cause of the fire is believed to be accidental. - DJ CORCORAN

We call each other “Brother” but that is not a title to be awarded easily. Usually a rookie is not called brother. That title is reserved for someone that has gone through battle with our common enemy and we can rely on that person. We may have friends in the department, but may have less that we actually call “Brother”. Proverbs 17:17 states “A friend loves at all times and a brother is born out of adversity” and our brotherhood has been molded and shaped out of adversities that we have gone through together. We see so much of the public’s challenges and we may put our lives in risk. The peoplewho are there with us are our Brothers. When we say to a brother “I got your back.” that says that we are with them through all their challenges and danger. When a Brother calls and he says that he needs our help, our response to

help him should be immediate and not even a second of delay. We are to look out for our Brother, offer him help, if we think he may need it. This may be a car repair, painting a house or if we see that he has something that is weighing heavy on hismind and may need to talk. Are you a friend, who may only be in it for your benefit or are you a Brother who comes when there is an emergency, even if it is inconvenient for you. I personally know that I have at least one Brother who is always there, even if I do not ask him to be there for me. He has saved me plenty of times and even pulled me out of a fire. You may be there to answer your calls for help from the public, but are you there to answer your Brothers’ call for help in his time of adversity? Stay safe.


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MFRD hosts Firehouse Expo steering committee On Friday, Feb. 19, Murfreesboro Fire & Rescue Department hosted a steering committee meeting for the Firehouse Expo to be held at the Music City Center in Nashville October 18-22, 2016.

JUMP TO FILE #022316110 “We were proud to host this meeting, as the event will greatly

benefit our entire region,” said Fire Rescue Chief Mark Foulks. “This group will definitely work well together to make the event a success.” - ASHLEY MCDONALD

Hamilton County EMS receives Service of the Year Award Chattanooga, TN. Hamilton County Emergency Medical Service (HCEMS) was awarded the 2016 Bob Thomas Advanced Life Support Service (ALS) of the Year by the Tennessee Ambulance Service Association (TASA) during its annual Mid-Winter Conference and Award Banquet, “Race to the Top,” held in Gatlinburg at the Park Vista Resort. Each year, the Bob Thomas ALS Award honors a Tennessee Emergency Medical Service that exemplifies outstanding professionalism and service to the community it serves. This year, HCEMS was honored with the prestigious award for its continued efforts in providing outstanding emergency medical service for Hamilton County citizens, its community awareness programs, and for going above and beyond excellent customer service. In 2015, HCEMS responded to over 32,000 emergency medical and trauma related alarms, one of those being the July 16, 2015 terrorist shootings at the Lee Highway Recruiting Office and the Amnicola Highway Naval Marine Operations Center where five Military personnel lost their lives and one Marine and Chattanooga Police Officer were injured. HCEMS is a 911 service which employs a staff of over 134 paramedics and advanced emergency medical technicians. There are fourteen ambulances strategically located throughout Hamilton County. “It is an honor to have been selected for this award, the men and women of HCEMS are outstanding, dedi-

JUMP TO FILE #021616118 cated and committed to provide the best quality emergency medical care for the citizens of our community. They continue to demonstrate their professionalism and heroic services in our community and I am proud to be a part of this outstanding organization and service,” said HCEMS Director Ken Wilkerson. The goal of TASA is to secure harmony in business; to cultivate a more friendly spirit socially; to ele-

vate and bring to a higher state of perfection to the EMS profession; to enlighten and direct public opinion in relation to the laws on ambulance service in Tennessee; to disseminate correct principles of business management and the best method of protecting the interest of the ambulance services in professional practice and the general public; to safeguard the common interest of its members; and to foster and maintain among them high professional ideals of public service. - AMY MAXWELL


MFRD responds to large mulch fire at Gateway Title Service


Representatives accepting the 2016 Bob Thomas Advanced Life Support Service of the Year award on behalf of the employees of HCEMS were HCEMS, Director Ken Wilkerson, Deputy Chief John Combes, Captains John Miller and Dale Head and Advanced Emergency Medical Technician Bob Williams.

Murfreesboro, TN. Just before 12:30 p.m. on Feb. 19, Murfreesboro Fire & Rescue Department's Engine 4, Ladder 7, and Rescue 7 responded to a large mulch fire at 1639 Medical Center Parkway (Gateway Title Service). The wind made it difficult for firefighters to extinguish the flames. The fire, which initiated in a 30' x 80' mulch bed, jumped a patio area and ignited another mulched area. After pulling a total of three (1 3/4") lines, crews finally knocked the fire down. The building filled with smoke and employees had to be evacuated. The building also received damage to the windows and outside electrical boxes. The cause of the fire is unknown.

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Fitness trends are constantly changing/evolving. There is no denying that the way we train today differs greatly in many respects from the way we trained in the past. As research develops and training equipment and modalities improve, so do we. It’s progress, and it’s terrific. As we embrace new methods, it is important to keep in mind much value remains within many of our past practices. While incorporating the newbies, it is still possible to hang onto and build around those oldies – but goodies. As Spring approaches, many of us find ourselves modifying our current routines. Last month we revamped our cardio workouts. Here we tweak our strength

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routine for even greater progress. Most traditional exercises target the major muscles groups. They are basic in nature and can greatly assist in laying a sound foundation on which to later build with more varied and modern exercises (fine tuners). Here’s an 'old school’ basic training routine to outline your April. Once May arrives, you can implement some of your newer functional and more specific exercises. We won’t touch your cardio workouts or abdominal/lower back training. You can keep those as is or modify them anyway you like. This is a full-body major muscle group strength training routine. After a couple of minutes of light cardio, you will perform three sets of ten reps of each exercise. Rest between sets will be 15 seconds with a full minute of rest between each of the different exercises. Remember to select weights where the last two reps of each set are challenging yet not impossible to perform with proper form and alignment. Be sure to finish with at least five minutes of full-body stretching. Since it is a full-body routine, it should be performed on alternate days. For consecutive day training, divide the routine into upper and lower body segments and perform upper body exercises on one day and lower the next. You can perform this routine 2-3 days per week. Push-ups Bench Press Front Pull downs One arm Row Shoulder Presses Lateral raises Squats Lunges Leg Curls Heel Raises Barbell or Cable Bicep Curls Preacher (Scott) curls Triceps Pushdowns Triceps Bench Dips These traditional exercises make great staples. They are basic. They are simple. They are not new, but they still have a lot to offer. Because these exercises have been around awhile, many of us are familiar with them. If you are unsure how to perform them, an internet search can provide a significant amount of cues to refresh your memory. If you are new to these exercises, consult a Fitness Professional for detailed instruction. Of course, not all exercises are suitable for all individuals, so please as always, consult your Physician before beginning this or any exercise program.


Malone Promoted to Assistant Fire Marshal Murfreesboro, TN. Murfreesboro Fire & Rescue Department’s Charles “Clay” Malone was recently promoted to the position of Assistant Fire Marshal. He officially assumed his new position March 7. Malone began his career with MFRD in January 2005 as a firefighter, JUMP TO FILE# but previously vol- 022516107 unteered with Number One Volunteer Fire Department (2003-2006). He is an Advanced Emergency Medical Technician, Hazardous Materials Technician, and is a certified Public Fire and Life Safety Educator. He has served on MFRD’s Policy and Rules Committee and is also a member of the department’s Special Events Team. Malone has a Bachelor’s Degree from Middle Tennessee State University with a major in Physical Education. “I am extremely honored to be chosen to serve MFRD as Assistant Fire Marshal. Using my education background, I plan on taking our Fire Prevention Program to the next level,” said Malone. In addition to advancing the department’s public safety and fire prevention/education programs, Malone will also assist with conducting inspections of new and existing buildings, codes enforcement, and fire investigations. “Clay stood out among three very qualified and capable candi-

dates,” said Fire Rescue Chief Mark Foulks. “He was selected in part for his teaching background, but also for the distinct passion he exhibited for this job.” Malone and wife Alison (15 years) have two children, daughter


Halle (ten) and son Hunter (seven). In his spare time, he enjoys golfing, skeet and trap shooting, and coaching Hunter’s baseball and basketball teams. - ASHLEY MCDONALD


Flames shooting through Knoxville roof At 9:45 a.m. on March 3rd, units from the Knoxville Fire Department were dispatched to 1225 Woodberry Dr. for report of a house fire. When firefighters arrived, they found flames shooting through the roof over a carport on the A/B side of the brick rancher. Three vehicles, one in the carport and two in the driveway, were also engulfed in flames. The fire, which had breached the roof, was beginning to advance

JUMP TO FILE #030316108 through the open attic space and run the length of the house. Firefighters quickly gained access to the attic space and headed the fire off before it could do more damage. Two occupants, along with two dogs inside the home, were able to escape without injury. The homeowners cat was not as fortunate, and

perished in the fire. One occupant reported to fire officials that she had awoken to the sound of popping noises and went to investigate when she discovered the fire. Fire investigators say that the fire appears to be accidental in nature, but the cause is undetermined at this time. The American Red Cross is assisting the occupants. - DJ CORCORAN

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Afternoon fire displaces family of six


Chattanooga, TN. Chattanooga firefighters were dispatched to a house fire shortly after 5:00 p.m. on Feb. 29 at 1918 South Greenwood Avenue. Captain Tally Glover, the incident commander, said JUMP TO FILE # the first firefighters 030116101 on the scene were met by a woman standing in in front of her house. Captain Glover said the woman tried to talk with him, but could not speak English. Captain Glover said the woman was trying to say something about her children. Fearing the worst, the firefighters quickly went inside the house on a rescue mission. Fortunately, no one was inside the house.

Our Daily Risks STAYING SAFE

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MFRD responds to fire at Just Love Coffee Roasters Murfreesboro, TN. Murfreesboro Fire & Rescue Department responded to a fire at Just Love Coffee Roasters located at 129 MTCS Road around 2:15 p.m. on Feb. 24. Ladders 6, 7, 8, Engine 4, and Rescues 7 and 8 responded to the scene and discovered heavy smoke. All employees had been evacuated from the building. When they entered the business, crews found the coffee roaster on fire. Employees had attempted to put the fire out with an extinguisher, and most of the fire was knocked down upon MFRD’s arrival. However, when crews used the aerial on Ladder 6 to get a per-

JUMP TO FILE #022516103 spective on the roof, they discovered a small amount of fire had extended into the vent pipe. They quickly extinguished the flames and began conducting salvage and overhaul. According to Fire Marshal Carl Peas, the fire has been ruled as accidental. It is unclear if the business will still be able to operate. They were advised by Fire Marshal Peas to contact the Health Department. - ASHLEY MCDONALD

During the past few weeks within the greater metro area of New York, there have been two incidents involving cranes that have claimed the lives of three civilians, who were going about their daily routine. The first was a crane collapse in Lower Manhattan on February 5 in which an individual on his way to work was struck by the toppling crane and killed. In Hanover, New Jersey on February 18, a crane was being operated to lower a five ton generator into position at the site of a newly constructed firehouse when a strap(s) gave way dropping the generator. Two workers below, who were guiding the crane operator in positioning the generator, were killed. It was reported the crane operator was the father-in-law of one of the men killed. How many other people may have been killed in freak accidents over the same period? Can one prepare for either of these incidents? For the most part, you can’t, but further investigation by police, the Labor Department, and other investigating authorities may find a cause. It won’t change the results for the deceased. A variety of incidents that can exceed our imagination occur with frequency across our country each and every day that is impossible to plan for and resulting in injury and death.

Fate, destiny, or being in the right place at the wrong time, or, as some say, in the wrong place at the right time. There have been and will continue to be firefighter fatalities within the ranks of the fire service where fate plays a similar unpreventable role. It is the preventable deaths within the fire service that we are trying to eliminate. From the day a new firefighter enters the ranks, it is drilled into their heads that whenever we are faced with a life challenging decision, we are to weigh the risk versus the potential gain. If the risk exceeds the gain, we should not place one’s life in jeopardy. Yet, there are times when a firefighter will take that great risk and be successful in accomplishing their objective. There also will be times when one will fail and it will cost them their life. How far can one push the risk envelope in attempting to save a life? A very difficult question to answer, as evaluating the risks involved can be very complicated because we all don’t perceive the same issues (risks) that may be involved. In our daily duties, we should operate under the umbrella of safety in order to reduce the toll of injuries or deaths. You should check and maintain your equipment on a daily basis, train and encourage additional training for yourself and your fire company and use a seat belt each time you are riding in the apparatus. If you are responsible for driving the apparatus, check it daily, you

The firefighters located the fire on the exterior of the house. Captain Joey Smith with Engine 5 said the fire had penetrated into the wall and soffit above, and then got into the attic. The firefighters contained most of the fire damage to the wall and the attic above. The rest of the house had some smoke and water damage. An estimate on the dollar loss was not available. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Captain Glover said the fire displaced six people, including three adults and three children. Volunteers with the American Red Cross of Southeast Tennessee were called in to provide assistance to the family. Chattanooga police and Hamilton County EMS also provided assistance on the scene. - BRUCE GARNER

are responsible for all on board. If you are the officer, it is your responsibility to oversee that the assigned daily routine work and training is being done. It all has to do with the safety of the firefighters. It is easy to overlook much of the daily equipment checks and seemingly mundane tasks, but when an SCBA malfunctions, a power tool fails to operate, or the apparatus brakes fail at a critical moment; it could lead to injury or death. How often do we take shortcuts and or deviate from how we have been trained? Each time we do, we are taking a risk, and for the most part we don’t even see it as a risk. It may have become routine and replaced, in our mind, the original safe method. Heart attacks are the leading cause of firefighter deaths annually, averaging over 50% of LODD’s. Firefighters should maintain a healthy lifestyle staying in good physical and medical condition. Exercise and maintain your weight to stay in good physical condition. Hopefully you never smoked, or have had the courage to give up smoking. If there is one great contributor to many health issues, it is, without a doubt, cigarette smoking The basics must not be forgotten or overlooked when it comes to firefighter safety. You are responsible for your personal safety along with your fellow firefighters and officers. You owe it to them and your family to return from each call in good health. Till next time, Stay Safe and God Bless!

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Water rescue at Walter Hill Dam BRUCE GARNER

Rescued fire victim meets his heroes Chattanooga, TN. At our Chattanooga Fire Department Awards Ceremony last month, the department announced how Captain Joey Smith and Firefighter Tyler Toon rescued Willie Hayden from a house fire on November 14, 2015. Captain Smith and Firefighter Toon received the Firefighter of the Year award for their efforts. Mr. Hayden recently visited his rescuers at Station 5 on Willow Street to thank them personally. His fiancé, Abby Hubbard, also sent the fire department a letter, offering an account of what happened inside the house on November 14th. Here’s her letter: “The night the fire broke out, Nina, our pit bull (our baby that always sleeps with us) attempted to wake Willie up and he dismissed her. She then went into Jamari’s bedroom. Jamari is our seven year old nephew. Nina jumped on him and woke him up. Jamari realized the house was filled with smoke and woke his uncle up. The front of the house was engulfed in flames, so Willie did all he could to alert Corey, his brother, and wake him up as he sleeps in the front of the house. Once everyone was awake, they went to the back of the house to exit out of Willie's window. Corey and Jamari were able to get out and Willie turned around to get Nina to safety, and then he collapsed. At that point, he had taken in too much smoke. That's where you guys (Smith and Toon) came in and rescued him. Willie was flown to the burn unit at WellStar Cobb Hospital in Austell, Georgia. I was at work and remember getting the call from his parents in Texas. We all rushed to be there with him and it was the longest drive of my life as none of us really knew what condition he was in how badly he was burned. Once I arrived, a nurse

JUMP TO FILE #030916106 greeted me and helped me put on the sterile suits we all had to wear to go in the room with him. She told us Willie had been burned over 21% of his body, all upper body. He was on a ventilator as he had suffered the "worst inhalation injury they had ever seen." They told us it would be a minimum of 14 days before they even attempted to wake him up, and there was a great probability that he would require round the clock long-term care and rehab. The staff at the burn unit is the best we had ever met. They truly treated us like family and there was this most amazing chaplain. They prayed with us, comforted us, really have us hope, while still giving us the facts. Sadly, the second night Willie was on life support his mother died of a heart attack. How terrible, now when he wakes up we had to tell him his beloved dog – who he tried to save -- died, but now his mother, his MOMMA, had passed away as well. On day five, they took him off sedation. His stepmother and I were in the room. I remember just watching, praying, hoping and wishing. After a few long moments, he began to breathe on his own. It was a rattled wheezy, awful sound, yet at the same time the most beautiful sound we'd ever heard. The first moments were iffy. Of course, he was very disoriented, and we feared the worst. Was he blind, brain damaged? It was too soon to tell. Several hours later, he miraculously turned a corner. He recognized us, attempted to talk to us, and even ate ice cream. He appeared for the most part fine, although it took him a day or two to really grasp what had happened. He was

burned terribly from his fingers all the way to his shoulders, so he had no use of his hands. His head was badly burned, but he dealt with it all very gracefully. The day of his mother's service he went home, he insisted upon it! We had to go back to Georgia several times for surgeries, to change his bandages, etc. But within a month, he was using his hands, and being pretty much self-sufficient. The moral of the story is he could have and should have died that night, but thanks to you guys he didn't. He could have remained in the hospital for months, but he didn't. He could have been blind and brain damaged, but he wasn't. I saw real miracles take place in that hospital and my faith has forever been renewed. We will forever appreciate and respect you all for the work that you do. I've been in that house. I know how hard it must have been to get him out, but you did, not knowing him, just because it's what you chose to do! We are forever thankful for you all; you are Willie's guardian angels, as well as the doctors and nurses at WellStar Cobb. We remember you all in our prayers each day and we always will!! Thank you!” When Mr. Hayden visited his rescuers at Station 5, he didn’t tell anyone because he just wanted to meet the firefighters who saved him, without having a big audience. He also wanted a photo. That’s Captain Joey Smith (left) and Firefighter Tyler Toon with their arms around Willie. Of course, other firefighters helped with Willie’s rescue too. Also in the photo are, from left to right, FFS Tim Freire, FFS Bob McBryar, Lt. Alex Cole and FFE Ben Bradley. - BRUCE GARNER

Murfreesboro, TN. Murfreesboro Fire & Rescue Department, Murfreesboro Police Department, and Rutherford County Special Operations Rescue Team (SORT) responded to a water rescue incident at the Walter Hill Dam located at 556 Lebanon Pike just after 12:30 p.m. on Feb. 27. A woman, who had been kayaking, found herself stuck in the middle of the East Fork of the Stones River, just 100 feet from the Walter Hill Dam after her unit capsized. She got swept in a current and caught in thigh-deep waters in a section of trees and limbs in the middle of the river. MFRD’s water rescue team members from District 7 responded to the scene, along with crews from

JUMP TO FILE #022916112 Ladders 6 and 9 and Rescue 9. MFRD Firefighter and Water Rescue Team Member Jeremy Spivey and a member of SORT waded through the waters to reach the victim. According to MFRD Shift Commander Tim Swann, it was the cooperative efforts of the two agencies that allowed the woman to be safely walked back to shore. She was transported to Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital to be checked out, but did not appear injured. Crews have cleared the scene. - ASHLEY MCDONALD


Firefighters respond to tractor trailer fire

Chattanooga, TN. A tractor trailer fire off Signal Mountain Boulevard garnered lots of attention shortly before 4:00 p.m. on Feb. 3. The truck was located behind Fire Station 17, in the parking lot near B&B Discount Sales. Battalion Chief Don Bowman said the entire front portion of the 53-foot truck, including the cab, was engulfed in flames when the first firefighters arrived on the scene. The smoke could be seen for miles in every direction. It took firefighters from three stations roughly 30 minutes to get the blaze under control. No injuries were reported. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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Paramedic student Darryl Bart, Lt. Brandy Rogers, center Beth Hoelke, Lt. Brian Bricker, Paramedics Crystal Johnson and Matt Geier.

Hamilton County EMS participates in Read Across America Hamilton County EMS Supervisors Lieutenant Brian Bricker and Lieutenant Brandy Rogers recently participated in the annual celebration of Read Across America event at Hixson Elementary School. Hixson Elementary School Librarian Beth Hoelke, invited various leaders from Hamilton County to be part of 2016 Dr. Suess’ Read Across America event. The event is to encourage students to get excited about reading. “I believe that celebrating Dr. Seuss is a great way to honor his contribution to children's literature and for the students to just have fun with books. One of my main goals is for students to feel like they can connect to a book,” said Ms. Hoelke. “Reading for pleasure is great for students and I hope that Seuss week inspires students to read, think, write, and learn”. Along with other agencies, four emergency medical personnel from HCEMS visited various classrooms, reading the chosen book and answering questions about EMS and their duties as a Paramedic or an Advanced Emergency Medical Technician. “I really enjoyed the opportunity to participate in the Read Across America. It is important to promote reading to the children in our community and let them see just how fun reading can actually be. I love to watch their faces light up when a book takes then off on a

JUMP TO FILE #030416133 fun adventure and they really get involved in it,” said HCEMS Lieutenant Rogers. “I personally enjoyed my time spent reading to them and talking with the children about my job and let them know that while any emergency event can be frightening, we are caring individuals who help them in an emergency situation. It is a little less frightening for children in a traumatic incident, if they understand what happens on an emergency call” said Lieutenant Bricker. Hamilton County Emergency Medical Services was established in 1988. The advanced life support service covers 571 square miles and over 300,000 citizens. The fleet consists of 13 ambulance stations strategically located throughout Hamilton County and responded to over 32,000 emergency calls in 2015 to include the July 16, terrorist attack on Chattanooga and chosen as the Advance Life Support Service for 2015 by the Tennessee Ambulance Services Association. HCEMS foundation of core principles are leadership, training, mutual respect, customer service and teamwork. This foundation allows us to accomplish our goal of “Setting the Standard of Care” - AMY MAXWELL

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Two pets lost in apartment fire Margate, FL. On February 24, 2016, at approximately 4 p.m., dispatch received a call for a residential structure fire at Oriole Gardens Phase 2. Due to high call volume, and in accordance with automatic aid agreements, units JUMP TO FILE# from Margate-Co- 022516111 conut Creek Fire Department, Coral Springs Fire Department, and North Lauderdale Fire Department responded. Quint 58 was the first arriving unit on scene and notified dispatch of heavy flames and smoke coming from the corner apartment on the second floor. Personnel from Quint 58 and Rescue 58 made an offensive interior attack and were able to contain the fire damage to the front bedroom. Heavy smoke damage was throughout. The fire damage was limited to room of origin. During the primary search, crews were able to locate the resident’s pets. A small dog and cat were quickly evacuated from the


Search crews found a small dog and cat overcome by smoke.

structure. Both animals were found to be unresponsive and pulseless. Every attempt was made at resuscitating the dog and cat. Crews quickly applied oxygen and began cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Even with their best efforts at CPR, both animals were lost to smoke inhalation. The owner of the apartment was transported in stable condition to a local hospital for smoke in-

halation symptoms. The fire is currently under investigation. The residents of the fire apartment and downstairs are staying with family until the structure is deemed safe. Margate Fire Department C.E.R.T. team responded to provide rehabilitation for the crews on scene and assist effected residents. - MATT WHITESHIELD


Motor vehicle accident in Pierson

Volusia County Fire Rescue responded to a motor vehicle accident in the Emporia Road area of Pierson. Engines 41, 44 and Battalion 40 responded to the scene and found the patient by the side of the road being assisted by bystanders. The patient was transported to Halifax Health Medical Center.

Beat The Budget Blues! Engine 105's crew prepares to stretch a second hand line through the front door.


Lehigh Acres fire through the roof Lehigh Acres Fire Department Stations 102, 105, 104 "A" shift and Battalion 100, Chief Dilallo, were dispatched at 9:57 p.m. on March 12 to 390 Poplar Street for a reported structure fire. While enroute, responding companies were advised by Lee Control that they were taking numerous calls reporting flames showing. Upon arrival, Engine 102 advised they had a single story residential structure with a car in the driveway with no residents out front and that they had heavy fire through the roof.

JUMP TO FILE #031316102 Chief Dilallo arrived on scene moments later and assumed Command. He advised second due Engine 105 to pull in behind Engine 102 and feed 102 their 3,000 gallons of water due to no hydrants in the area. Engine 102 stretched a one and three quarter inch hand line through the front door to protect members doing a quick primary search. Luckily it proved negative.

They then began knocking down the fire. Engine 102's crew was soon assisted by Engine 105 members who stretched an additional one and three quarter inch line. Truck 104 arrived on scene and was assigned R.I.T by command. The bulk of the heavy fire was knocked down within ten minutes and companies remained on scene for overhaul as well as arrival of the State Fire Marshal. - CHARLIE ROBBINS

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MTC Fire Academy Class #27 graduates

Fifteen new recruits became firefighters on Saturday morning, March 12 at the Manatee Technical College in Bradenton. The firefighters completed 600 hours of firefighter training along with Emergency Medical Technician training. The new firefighters will now start looking for a job to put their new skills to use. Friends, family, instructors and dignitaries from the college attended this event. The Manatee County Honor Guard led off this ceremony.

Caution tape has taken the place of the concrete wall.


Multi county response to car off fishing pier Right around 2 p.m. on December 23rd, North River Fire and Rescue was dispatched to a car off the Sunshine Skyway Fishing Pier South. On arrival, units found a section of the concrete wall missing. Fishermen explained a male driving a Red Mercedes Coupe walked up to the wall checked it out while he smoked a cigarette. The male then got in his car and left.

JUMP TO FILE #122315119 Moments later, the fishermen heard the sound of a motor and the car traveling at a high speed heading toward the wall, hitting it, and plunging into Tampa Bay. Once on scene, emergency service workers declared the inci-

dent a recovery, not a rescue. Marine and dive units from St. Petersburg responded to the scene. The U.S. Coast Guard brought in boats with sonar units. High winds and very rough seas hampered operations. Once the vehicle was found, it was pulled from the bay onto the pier. - WILLIE CIRONE


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Cedar Hammock tracks down smoke condition On the afternoon of Feb. 23, the employees of the American Healthcare building located on the 3400 block of Cortez Avenue called Manatee County Dispatch to report a smoke condition. On arrival, units found a slight smoke condition in the building. Firefighters also checked the building to make sure it was evacuated. After an extensive search, the source was found in a roof top air conditioner. The air conditioner was secured. Cedar Hammock Engines 211, 221, and 231 with a Bradenton ladder and Medic 19 responded.


Four vehicle MVA with entrapment On March 11, 2016, Flagler Beach Fire Department and Flagler County Fire Department units responded to a head on collision on South A1A in the area of Painters Hill. Flagler Beach Ladder 11 reported three vehicles with heavy damage and another vehicle with moderate damage with reported entrapment. Crews extricated one patient and was airlifted to Halifax Medical Center by Flagler County's Fire Flight helicopter. Two occupants, who were traveling northbound, were pronounced dead on scene. All other other patients were taken to the local hospital with non life threatening conditions.



Two drivers injured in Seminole On Feb. 23, City of Seminole Fire Rescue crews worked rapidly to extricate the drivers of two vehicles involved in an early morning vehicle crash at the intersection of 110 Avenue and Seminole Boulevard. Both drivers suffered non-life threatening injuries and were transported to Bayfront Medical Center. A few minutes later in an unrelated incident, another vehicle crash occurred just blocks away at 102 Avenue and Seminole Boulevard involving two vehicles with one of the occupants suffering minor injuries.

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Fire at Soul Essentials of Ocala Ocala, FL. On March 8, black smoke could be seen from the road as Ocala Fire Rescue firefighters approached 805 East Fort King Street, home of Soul Essentials of Ocala, a new age boutique, and the owners living quarters. Ocala Fire Rescue’s Battalion Chiefs 11 and 22, Rescue 1, Squad 1, Tower 1, Engines 1, 2 and 3, safety officer, public information officer, and two inspectors responded to reports of a structure fire at 2:21 p.m. Upon arrival, firefighters en-

JUMP TO FILE #030916103 countered smoke and flames protruding from the front, second floor, window of the structure. Having found the homeowner outside, and being informed that a pet cat may have been inside. Firefighters proceeded to attach the flames while completing a search to ensure no occupants were inside. Once the vacancy of the building was con-

firmed, crews continued extinguishment, focusing on the attic of the second floor. Although the flames were knocked down rapidly, the fire was not called under control until 3:54 p.m., at which time all hot spots had been identified and extinguished. The cause of the fire is under investigation. No injuries were reported. - ASHLEY LOPEZ

Brush fire in Williston At 1:43 p.m. on Friday, February 26th, the Levy County 911 Communications Center received a call of a brush fire located at Northeast 128th Avenue and Northeast 19th Street in Williston. Levy County Sherriff’s Deputies, Levy County Department of Public Safety (LCDPS) Battalion-10, Rescue 3 (Inglis/Yankeetown), and Squad 11 (Morriston), Bronson Fire Department, and Williston Fire Department responded to the scene. LCDPS Battalion 10 requested resources from Forestry. Upon arrival, crews discovered a ¼ acre brush fire with an RV in

JUMP TO FILE #022916131 danger and flames beginning to spread further into the nearby woods. Utilizing a demonstration ultra-high pressure skid unit provided by HMA Fire, Battalion-10 quickly began fire suppression and the fire was called under control within 16 minutes of arrival. Crews worked well together to contain the fire and protect the RV and surrounding woodlands. No injuries were reported. - ALESHA RINAUDO

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VCFR responds to camper fire in Pierson Crews from Volusia County Fire Rescue Stations 41 and 44 and Lake County Fire Rescue responded to a camper fire in Pierson, which is located in northwest Volusia County. No injuries were reported.

Five vehicles catch fire at local auto body shop

Ocala, FL. On Feb. 26, flames spread from one vehicle to the next, leaving five cars parked at a local auto body shop damaged by a fire of unknown cause. Ocala Fire Rescue’s Battalion Chief 22, Safety Officer, Rescue 3, and Engines 3 and 4 responded to reports of a structure fire at 1:37 a.m. Upon arrival at 3040 NW 21st Street, firefighters spotted a vehicle fire, which was threatening the structure next to it. Forcing entry through the gate which kept them from combating the fire, firefighters entered the auto body shop’s parking area and attacked the blaze. The fire was under control by 1:46 a.m., averting damage to the structure initially menaced by the flames. The cause of the fire is under investigation. No injuries were reported.


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Yoga for firefighters program Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue has instituted a “Yoga For Firefighters Program”. Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue partnered with Greenmonkey Yoga. The 40 minute practice is specifically tailored to the needs of firefighters and the program can be done at the station during shift. The project includes making a video that explains the benefits of yoga and a demonstration of the workout. As firefighters progress through their careers, the physical aspect of the job begins to take a toll on their bodies but rarely do firefighters think of the mental and emotional aspects. Call after call firefighters begin to store memories, the majority of the memories are from unfortunate in-

JUMP TO FILE #030916107 cidents where a tragedy has occurred. Alcoholism and suicides are on a rise in the fire service and it is time the service as a whole does something to help reduce the levels of stress endured by those serving. Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue has taken a proactive approach and has made health and safety, including wellness, one of its top priorities. Greenmonkey Yoga will be leading six probationary firefighters through the new program. - GREGORY MAY

Tavares, FL. Lake County Public Safety Director John Jolliff has announced the hiring of John B. Molenda as the Public Safety Department’s deputy director and the promotion of longtime Lake County Fire Rescue Assistant Chief Jim Dickerson as the fire JUMP TO FILE #031416106 chief. Deputy Director Molenda joins Lake County after spending 22 years with Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue, where he retired as deputy fire chief. There, he served as the department's Operations and Administration chief, EMS chief, Special Operations coordinator for the Hazardous Materials Team, and participated in the Technical Rescue, SWAT Medic, and Dive Rescue teams, among other duties. Molenda also has more than a decade of teaching experience as a lead instructor for many local colleges and educational institutions, holds a paramedic certification, an associate’s degree in fire science and a bachelor’s degree in fire safety engineering. He was the rescue team manager for FEMA’s Urban Search and Rescue Team, and was deployed to Hurricane Katrina, the World Trade Center after 9/11, and dozens of other disasters around the world. Chief Dickerson began his fire

Public Safety Deputy Director John Molenda, Public Safety Director John Jolliff, Lake County Fire Rescue Chief Jim Dickerson.


service career at the Palatka Fire Department in 1983, became a paramedic in 1986 and was hired as a firefighter/paramedic with Seminole County Fire in 1987. He joined Lake County as assistant chief of operations in 2004. Dickerson is responsible for managing all day-today operations of Fire Rescue, including overseeing personnel, equipment and apparatus, and fire stations. His many accomplishments include deployments in response to Florida wildfires, Hurricane Ivan as taskforce team leader, Hurricane Charley and Hurricane Katrina. Dickerson holds an associate’s degree in fire science

and a bachelor’s degree in organizational management. He completed the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer Program in 2006 and graduated from Florida State University’s Certified Public Manager program in 2014. “I feel highly confident in the broad range of skills Deputy Director Molenda and Fire Chief Dickerson bring to the table,” said Director Jolliff. “Under the leadership of these two men, the safety of the public, and the safety of our firefighters, are in fully capable hands.” - ELISHA PAPPACODA

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Firefighters give high-fives to a prom king.


Firefighters attend special needs prom Feb. 12 was a very big night for hundreds of teens and adults with special needs as they attended a prom. The Tim Tebow Foundation presented the event called “A Night to Shine,” which was designed to provide anyone 16 and older with developmental and/or physical impairments with an exceptional prom-like experience. As the VIP’s arrived to the prom, they were each given crowns and escorted down a red carpet by members of the University’s ROTC and the cheerleading

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Sun Coast FOOLS hold annual scholarship meeting

The Sun Coast FOOLS held their annual scholarship meeting at the Ranch Grill in Bradenton. Every year, this chapter gives scholarships to new recruits attending the local fire academies. Once the recipients receive word they are going to receive a scholarship, they must write a essay on what it means to them to be a firefighter and present it at the meeting.


Gas line cut in downtown Fort Lauderdale Construction crews cut a two inch gas line during construction of the 45 story Icon building in downtown Fort Lauderdale. Units from the 2nd Battalion along with the Hazardous Material Teams from Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue and Broward County Sheriff Fire Rescue responded to the incident. The gas line was cut more than three feet below ground. The hole was full of mud and water, which made securing the leak extremely difficult for both of the responding teams. After more than an hour, the leak was secured, which enabled the residents and visitors of the busy downtown area of Fort Lauderdale the ability to get back to their day.

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Plantation rescue divers participate in waterway cleanup Plantation, FL. When a vehicle goes into a canal, rescue divers don’t get to choose how clean the water is they are diving into. But when given the opportunity to help clean up the canals, the divers certainly have the opportunity to make them a little better. That’s why, on March 5th, members of the Plantation Fire Department’s Dive Rescue Team joined with homeowners from the Plantation Harbor area for the 39th Annual Broward County Waterway Cleanup project. “This is some of the more important work we do,” said Fire Chief Laney Stearns. “Of course fighting fires and saving lives is always number one, but when we can help improve our community in any way possible, we are ready

JUMP TO FILE #031116127 to go,” Plantation’s divers launched two of their dive boats from the slip on Plantation Isles and cruised more than five miles of twisting canals of South Plantation. Along the way they picked up several bags of trash including one unique find. “We found a fully inflated beach ball from our ‘Watch the Water-Watch the Kids’ program,” said Robin Russell, department spokesperson, who photographed the event. “We haven’t given those out in a couple of years. It’s kind of like a collector’s item.” - JOEL GORDON

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Delray Beach holds their 48th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade Delray Beach, FL. 03-12-16, The 48th Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade was held in Delray Beach FL. This parade is the biggest parade dedicated to firefighers, law enforcement and any other public service entities. West Atlantic Ave was crowded with thousands of people lining both sides of the street. Firefighters from all over the world attended this parade. Local police and sheriff office motorcycle units lead off the parade. This year, they had World War ll veterans pushed by firefight-

JUMP TO FILE #031516119 ers from different parts of the world. This brought a standing ovation for the service and dedication of the Vets. It was very humbling to see these war heroes coming down the street. Then they were followed by fire apparatus, marching bands and local businesses with floats. - STEPHEN SABO

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Sprinklers and prompt response keep fire at bay


Vehicle extrication training in Heilbronn Springs

On the evening of Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016, firefighters from Heilbronn Springs Fire Rescue conducted vehicle extrication training. During this exercise, recently acquired Hurst hydraulic extrication tools were demonstrated to new members of the fire department. Two donated cars were used for the training event.

Ocala, FL. On March 4, 2016, a working sprinkler system and firefighter’s prompt actions prevented what could have turned into a large scale incident by containing a commercial structure fire to its area of origin. JUMP TO FILE# Ocala Fire Res- 030716105 cue’s Battalion Chief 11, Rescue 1, Squad 1, Tower 1, Engines 1, 2 and 5, and a safety officer, responded to reports of a commercial structure fire at 10:03 p.m. As fire units approached the 2800 block of NE 14th Street, smoke and flames were spotted. Upon arrival, firefighters found a lightweight metal construction building, fenced, with all occupants evacuated. Battalion Chief 11 assumed command, directing Engine 5 and Rescue 1 to initiate fire knockdown, while Tower 1 crews conducted a primary search of the structure. Squad 1 was instructed to assist Engine 1 with pulling hose to fight the fire. The fire, located in the exterior, rear work area, of the building, was extinguished by 10:22 p.m. Once a thorough examination for hot spots was completed, crews

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25 graduate basic wildland firefighter class held in Myakka River District Florida State Forest Fire Service Myakka River District held the Basic Wildland Firefighter Class "S-190 S-130" recently. The class comprised of state, county, local and private individuals spent four days in the classroom learning everything from weather to firefighting techniques. On the last day, the new firefighters put their skills to use in a hands-on field day. Most of the new firefighters will use their new skills in state and some will go on to fight fires out of state.


RV fire in Jacksonville On the evening of Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016 Jacksonville firefighters responded to a reported RV on fire on New Kings Road close to the Duval/Nassau County line. Engine 33, Tanker 33, Ladder 26 and Fire 7 responded to the incident. Firefighters from Engine 33 were first on scene and found a fully involved motor home parked on the right side of the road.


Vehicle crash in Sumter A vehicle crash occurred on Friday, March 4th at 7:42 p.m. on State Route 471 at State Route 48 in Webster. Two vehicles had heavy damage. The extrication of two trauma alerts was needed with air transport to trauma center. Sumter County Fire & EMS units were on scene.


Tamarac townhouse fire displaces four

Tamarac, FL. On March 8, 2016, units From Tamarac Fire Rescue, North Lauderdale and Lauderhill Fire Rescue Departments responded to a fully involved multi-family dwelling at the Shaker Woods Townhouse Community. Upon arrival, Tamarac Engine 78 reported heavy smoke and flames coming from the dwelling. Arriving suppression units performed a primary search, protected the attached dwellings, and extinguished the fire. The fire produced heavy damage to the townhouse displacing four adults. Two patients were treated at the scene and released. Residents were assisted by the Broward Chapter of the Red Cross. The cause of the fire remains under investigation by the Tamarac Fire Marshal’s Office.

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Lake County Fire Rescue Lt. Shannon Bush named Fire Officer of the Year for saving drowning toddler Tavares, FL. Lake County Fire Rescue Lt. Shannon Bush was named Fire Officer of the Year at two recent events honoring the fire service. Lt. Bush was lauded for saving a drowning toddler’s life last year during the Elks Lodge #1578 Annual Banquet on JUMP TO FILE Feb. 22 in Eustis #030316103 and the 2nd Annual Lake County Fire Rescue Awards & Recognition Ceremony on Feb. 12 at Lake Receptions in Mount Dora. While on vacation with his family at an Orlando-area resort in May 2015, Lt. Bush was alerted to four-year-old Taylor Washburn lying at the bottom of the pool. The 14-year department veteran and EMT immediately jumped into action, performing CPR on the child, who was at the time, lifeless and unresponsive. After about two minutes, the little girl regained a pulse and started moving before being rushed to the hospital. Lt. Bush has since kept in touch with the child’s family, who live in Ohio. They drove to Florida to attend the Lake County Fire Rescue Awards Ceremony and cheer on Lt. Bush as he was honored. “I was truly blessed to have Taylor's family there. They are wonderful and loving family and Taylor has an amazing smile that



Lt. Shannon Bush is pictured receiving the Officer of the Year Award with Taylor Washburn, the girl he rescued at a resort pool.

makes everyone around her happy,” said Lt. Bush. “It was a surprise to receive the Officer of the Year award, and I feel very honored. There are a lot of great people who work for Lake County Fire Rescue. They do amazing things for the citizens and visitors of Lake County on a daily basis.” Public Safety Director John Jolliff said that Lt. Shannon Bush

is “a true testament to the concept that firefighters are never off duty.” “Although I know he would shy away from being called a hero, his actions that day are nothing short of heroic, and will forever be remembered by the little girl he saved and the family he touched,” said Jolliff.

New Smyrna Beach “Employee of the Year”

Congratulations to Lt Mike Lynn for being awarded Employee of the year for the New Smyrna Beach Fire Department. In conjunction to emergency response as an Engine Company Officer, Lt Lynn is also the coordinator for our CPR and MDA programs. Mike additionally has the responsibility of IT support for the fire department’s computer software.


Cadet Adviser Firefighter/Paramedic Mark Sherwood (center) working with the Cadets in preparation for the Winter Games.



Two bagger at Nordstrom's in Southern Manatee Fire District

Just before noon on Jan. 13, a person working in the parking lot of Nordstrom's noticed smoke coming from the roof of the store located at 8551 Copper Creek Road University Town Center Mall. Units found a smoke condition coming from the roof. The employees and shoppers were evacuated as firefighters made their way to the roof. On arrival, a second alarm was struck. This mall is located on the Sarasota County line. The fire on the roof was knocked down and units inside the building checked for extension in the ceiling area and performed salvage operations. In coming units laid supply lines to feed the scene. The incident commander was Battalion Chief Chris Gould.

Largo Fire Rescue cadets bring home two trophies On Jan. 23, the Largo Fire Rescue cadets competed in the Florida Cadet Winter Fire Games in Orlando. The cadets, in two teams, competed in seven different events against 17 other departments or teams from around Florida. At the end of the competition, the cadets brought home two trophies, second and third place in the CPR event. The Largo Fire Rescue cadets have been training for months to compete in subjects such as EMS skills, rapid bunker gear dress, hose line evolutions and communi-

JUMP TO FILE #012916110 cations drills. Thirteen cadets participated in this full day event held at Disney Springs and organized by the Florida Fire Chiefs Association. The Cadet Program is overseen by Assistant Chief Mike Handogoa and advisers Mark Shewood, Kristen Williamson and Chris Lewis . - TERRY TOKARZ


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Eighteen wheeler on fire

On March 10th, several engines were on the scene of an 18 wheeler on fire near the Mercedes plant exit. No injuries were reported and the cause of the fire is under investigation.

Emergency responders work the scene of a deadly traffic accident that left three people dead.

Three killed at Union Grove Road and Alabama Highway 69 Responders from Georgia Mountain VFD, 4C-VFD, Guntersville Fire/Rescue, Marshall Health System EMS, Samaritan EMS and Huntsville Med-Flight worked a two vehicle wreck on February 18 that left three people dead. The wreck happened just before noon on Alabama Highway 69 at the Union Grove Road. An SUV pulled from Union Grove Road into the path of an tractor-trailer truck that was

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traveling on Alabama Highway 69. Two people were pronounced dead at the scene by Marshall County Coroner Marlon Killion. A third person was transported to Huntsville Hospital by Huntsville Med-Flight where she later died. The driver of the truck was not injured.

As a result of the impact, the truck overturned spilling its load of pig iron metal on the road way. Alabama State Troopers, Guntersville Police and Marshall County sheriff's deputies worked the scene that snarled traffic in the area for several hours. - RICKY PHILLIPS



Huntsville responds to brush fire Huntsville Fire responded to a grass fire on Chandler Drive early in the evening of March 17th. Units arrived and found approximately 20 acres on fire, behind a house under construction. Five units initially responded but due to the steep terrain and the size of the fire other units were also called. It took firefighters about five hours to completely extinguish the fire.

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