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Land O Lakes, FL - At approximately 4:10 P.M. on July 5th, Pasco County Fire Rescue 911 received a call of a structure fire in the 3300 block of Chessington Drive. When firefighters arrived they reported smoke in the home, and light smoke coming from the roofline. - See full story on page 14

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Fire Chief Rescues Child from Burning Apartment in Covington Covington, TN - On May 17, 2019 at approximately 3:14 P.M., Tipton County Fire Chief Jon Piercey responded to a reported apartment fire with children trapped at the Broadmeadows Apartment complex located at 150 JUMP TO FILE# Peeler Road. Arriv- 071719120 ing before any supp r e s s i o n companies, Chief Piercey donned his turnouts/SCBA and prepared to assist as needed. Upon learning that victims were still trapped and with no additional units on scene to assist him, Chief Piercey made entry into the fire apartment and began a search. With zero visibility and no hose line in place between him and the fire, Chief Piercey located an 18-month-old victim and successfully removed her from the fire environment, saving her life. Another child was rescued by local citizens who were able to take action prior to the arrival of fire suppression units. Chief Piercey received an award in recognition of his lifesaving actions. - ADAM HURSH


Presenting the award to Chief Piercey (R) is Atoka Fire Chief Henry A. Posey (L), President of the Tipton County Fire Chiefs Association.

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Commercial Structure Fire for Knoxville Crews

Knoxville, TN - Just after 2:30 P.M. on July 12th, units from the Knoxville FD responded to TAMKO, located at 2506 Johnston Street in the Lonsdale community, for the report of a fire near the ventilation system for large machinery. When fire crews arrived they spotted flames coming from the fan and ductwork on the roof of the metal fabricated building. (TAMKO produces large rolls of fiberglass infused paper from recycled cardboard.) Crews had the fire under control within the first 20 minutes with no injuries reported.

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Fireworks Cause House Fire in Knoxville

Knoxville, TN - Just after midnight on July 6th, units from the Knoxville FD were dispatched to 4305 Acuff St., just off Broadway, for the report of a house on fire. When firefighters arrived they found a single-story residential dwelling with flames coming through the roof. Three adults and three children had safely self-evacuated when firefighters arrived. Tenants of the dwelling confirmed to fire officials that they had been shooting fireworks prior to noticing the front portion of the home ablaze. The American Red Cross responded to assist the displaced family. No injuries were reported.

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Mom’s Lecturing Pays Off After Son Rescues Friend from Drowning Duluth, MN - All the years of telling my son "everything that can go wrong will, so be prepared," recently paid off. I stopped by his house as he was leaving with friends on June 27th to go cliff diving. I gave him a hug, and normally I would give a short lecture but I didn’t this time. I knew that I have instilled in him to have fun and live life, but to always be cautious and prepared. My normal lecture goes something like "don’t drown please, it would be bad for business!". All joking aside, what happened that day is something he will never forget. My son called me and said, "Mom, I just saved my friend's life in 200 feet of water! Everyone was cliff jumping so I stayed in the water so that if something happened to anyone I would be close by." When his friend jumped and attempted a double, he opened up


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JUMP TO FILE #070119112 late and knocked himself out. Brody Fleming was just a few feet away. Realizing immediately that there was a problem, he dove under, grabbed his friend and got his head above water. He then found out that his instincts were right and his friend had completely passed out. The friend eventually came to and would make a full recovery. Had Brody been even just a few feet further away, his unconscious friend would have sank straight to the bottom. I am so proud of Brody for not just being in the right place at the right time, but for purposely putting himself there! - CONNIE SYLVESTER


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Florida: Barry Boulton, Sr., 67 Rank: Lieutenant Incident Date: May 7, 2019 Death Date: May 7, 2019 Fire Department: Plantation Fire Department Initial Summary: On May 7, 2019, Lieutenant Barry Boulton, Sr., collapsed after completion of a Rapid Intervention Team (RIT) drill. Resuscitation efforts were immediately rendered to Boulton who was then rushed to the Westside Regional Medical Center in Plantation, FL, where he passed away from cardiac arrest. Idaho: Charles Alan Ruffing, 53 Rank: Senior Firefighter/Driver Engineer Incident Date: May 21, 2019 Death Date: May 21, 2019 Fire Department: Boise Fire Department Initial Summary: Senior Firefighter/Driver Engineer Charles Ruffing, who had been diagnosed with posttraumatic stress disorder, was found deceased in Boise Fire Department Station 6 as a result of a suicide.

Missouri: Christopher Moore, 42 Rank: Firefighter/Paramedic Incident Date: June 7, 2019 Death Date: June 8, 2019 Fire Department: Maryland Heights Fire Protection District Initial Summary: Firefighter/Paramedic Christopher Moore was on duty at the fire station on Thursday, June 6, 2019, and Friday, June 7, 2019. He responded to several fire and EMS calls during his 48 hour shift. He complained of not feeling well in the late morning of Friday, June 7, 2019, and was relieved of duty to go home and rest. He stated that he was going to follow-up with his personal physician. He was found deceased Saturday morning, June 8, 2019, at his residence. Investigation into the incident is ongoing.

Alabama: Jared Wayne Echols, 35 Rank: Firefighter/Paramedic Incident Date: June 17, 2019 Death Date: June 17, 2019 Fire Department: Springville Fire & Rescue Initial Summary: Firefighter/Paramedic Jared Wayne Echols was participating in a recruit training exercise in Anniston, AL. While at the training, he became ill and was immediately transported to the RMC Hospital in Anniston, where he passed away a short time later. Investigation into the incident continues. Firefighter/Paramedic Echols was also an active member of the Pleasant Hill Volunteer Fire Department in Springville, AL. Mississippi: Todd Lanthrip, 53 Rank: Acting Captain Incident Date: June 12, 2019 Death Date: June 13, 2019 Fire Department: Mathiston Volunteer Fire Department Initial Summary: Captain Lanthrip responded to an automobile accident on the evening of June 12, 2019. He returned home after the response. At approximately 0130hrs the morning of June 13, 2019, he became unresponsive. Attempts by his wife and first responders were unsuccessful and he passed away. Maryland: Michael "Mike" Powers, 70 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: June 25, 2019 Death Date: June 25, 2019 Fire Department: Libertytown Volunteer Fire Department Initial Summary: Firefighter Michael Powers responded to the scene of a fatal vehicle accident. While at the scene, he collapsed and suffered a medical emergency. He was immediately transported to the Frederick Memorial Hospital where he passed away a short time later. Investigation into the incident continues.

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Microwave Mishap Causes House Fire in Knoxville

Murfreesboro, TN - After 29 years at Murfreesboro Fire Rescue Department, Engineer Ronald “Ronnie” Nobles handed in the keys to his engine on July 1st. Nobles started in June 1990 after two years of attempting to get hired on with the department. “I’ve always wanted to be a firefighter,” says Nobles. “I had several relatives in the fire service, and I also like to help people in need.” Nobles also said this “job of a lifetime” assisted him with his goal in making a difference in someone’s life.

When Nobles started with the department, he remembers only running about 2,000 calls a year. “We didn’t make medical runs back then.” Now, Nobles notes the department responds to an average of 13,000 or so calls annually. As for the most memorable call of his career, Nobles says he will never forget responding to January Street for a small child not breathing. His Captain picked the child up and started CPR while walking toward the ambulance. “That’s something that’s hard to for-



The Engineer will miss his work family tremendously. “The greatest thing about working for this department has been the people. I have worked with some of the smartest crew members and Captains, and they have helped me throughout my career. I can never thank them enough.”

Nobles also thanks his wife, Penny, for always being there for him and taking care of things at home. “The life of a firefighter’s wife isn’t always easy,” he comments, “but she never once complained.” Relaxation is on the agenda for Nobles’ days post-retirement. He also plans to be more involved with his church, spend more time with family, and play a lot more golf.

“I’ve never been around Ronnie when he wasn’t smiling,” said Fire Rescue Chief Mark Foulks. “He is one of those people that you know you can count on day or night. He truly loves helping people and it shows. He will be missed.”

Knoxville, TN - At 6:30 A.M. on the morning of June 15th, units from the Knoxville FD were dispatched to 2027 Lincoln Street for the report of a house fire. When firefighters arrived they found flames coming from the rear portion of the house and three tenants safely outside. Fire crews quickly went to work extinguishing the flames and had the fire under control within

JUMP TO FILE #061819131 the first 10 minutes. Additional manpower searched for any additional victims, with none found. The structure is a “step house," which places homeless veterans in homes here in Knoxville. One of the residents told fire officials he had been dry-

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ing personal papers in the microwave, then took the hot paper with dry brown spots outside the home and placed them near the back door. He later spotted the flames which had climbed the outer wall and then breached the soffit, threatening the attic, before calling 911. No injuries were reported. - DJ CORCORAN



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Winder, GA - In June, emergency responders from all over Barrow County converged on the Center for Innovative Teaching (CFIT) to participate in an active shooter drill. Representatives from Barrow County Emergency Services (BCES), Barrow County Sheriff’s Office, Winder Fire, Winder PD, Barrow Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), Auburn PD, Barrow County Schools, and Lanier Tech participated, with approximately 100 people in attendance. Organizers from Barrow County EMA made sure the training was extremely realistic, including having “victims” with simulated wounds, and law enforcement using weapons, firing blanks and “sim-rounds” (non-lethal ammunition). Scattered throughout the event were evaluators who followed the action and made notes that were used to debrief the participants and provide feedback on performance.

The drill began by having an armed assailant hidden in the school, with multiple victims wounded. Law enforcement made entry into the school, located and engaged the shooter, and eliminated the threat. Medical personnel were then escorted into the school with armed protection from law enforcement to evaluate, treat, and remove wounded patients.

Other medical personnel outside of the school then loaded patients based on priority into awaiting ambulances. The drill gave BCES personnel the opportunity to train with their newly acquired ballistic vests and helmets, and to train alongside their law enforcement counterparts.

“Training like this gives our team the chance to practice lowfrequency, high risk events. Thankfully, mass casualty events are low frequency for us, so the opportunity to “overwhelm” resources in a controlled environment allows us to test our ability to respond, and find areas to improve,” said Barrow County EMA Director Penny Clack. After the drill was run once, participants met to review the scenario and discuss what went well, and to uncover areas needing improvement. The drill was then run again, to give everyone the opportunity to make corrections and practice the simulation again. “Overall, I’m very happy with the outcome of this drill. Many people from around the county showed their dedication to their job and this community by spending about 5 hours of their day preparing for an event we pray will never happen,” said Clack.

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Warner Robins Battles Shed Fire on Choctaw St. Warner Robins, GA - At 3:24 P.M. on July 19th, WRFD was dispatched to Choctaw Street for a reported fire with explosion. As apparatus was responding, crews began reporting columns of black smoke visible. The first arriving engine on scene reported heavy smoke and fire conditions and began an ag-

JUMP TO FILE #071919116 gressive attack on a 20'x20' shed to the rear of a residence. Three additional apparatus arrived to assist. Houston County EMS arrived and began setting up rehab for the firefighters, who remained on scene

for two hours extinguishing hot spots. The cause of the fire was determined to be from an electrical short. The home close to the shed sustained no damage. - SHANE SHIFFLETT

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Resident Suffers Severe Burns in Statham House Fire Statham, GA - Early on the morning of July 2nd, Barrow County fire investigators were on the scene of a residential structure fire on Oak Spring Street in Statham that left a resident with severe burns over 50% of his body. Barrow County Emergency Services (BCES) communications officers were alerted to the report of a house fire around 4:00 A.M. when a citizen called reporting that their neighbor’s house was on fire. The first arriving fire units reported heavy smoke and flames coming from the window of the home, and an adult male laying in the front yard with severe burns to much of his body. While medical personnel tended to the burn victim, fire crews quickly extinguished the fire. The burn victim was flown by helicopter to a regional burn center. After the fire was contained, firefighters discovered a dog that was deceased inside the home. The fire was contained to the living room and kitchen area of the mobile home, but the rest of the structure received heavy smoke, fire, and water damage. The mobile home was declared a total loss. “The cause of the fire was determined to be a propane leak originat-

JUMP TO FILE #070319108 ing from an improperly installed wall heater. The leaking propane ignited as the occupant attempted to light a cigarette in the vicinity of the leak,” said Lt. Blair Darst, Chief Fire Investigator for Barrow County. The homeowner told responding crews that he had been smelling propane for a few days prior to the fire. Representatives from AmeriGas were requested and responded to assist investigators in evaluating the scene and lending their expertise in current propane installation codes. BCES would like to remind everyone that any propane or natural gas equipment in a home should be properly installed by professional technicians who are familiar with current building codes and regulations. Additionally, the smell of propane or natural gas, particularly inside of an enclosed building, should be investigated immediately. Homeowners and renters should be familiar with where gas shut-offs are located in their homes and how to turn off the flow of propane or natural gas. - STEVE ROSE

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“Sweet Heat Shrimp” FORK & HOSE CO. a Food Blog by A.J. Fusco

This dish came together one day when I needed something quick, flavorful and healthy. Normally I try to steer clear of shrimp when cooking in the firehouse. The last thing you want to do is have a run come in while cooking, and have to reheat shrimp upon returning to the station. Overcooked shrimp reminds me of that piece of gum you have been chewing for way too long, rubbery and flavorless…in other words, not good!

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For Shrimp: 1 lb. Shrimp; peeled and deveined 3 Cloves of Garlic, minced 2” Piece of Fresh Ginger, grated or minced Small Bunch of Fresh Basil, leaves picked 3 Scallions, thin sliced ½ C Hoisin Sauce 2 Tsp. Sambal Oelek Sauce (usually found next to Sriracha) 1 Tbs. Canola or Vegetable Oil


For the Shrimp: -Combine all the ingredients in a ziplock bag or bowl. Stir/shake to combine. Add shrimp and let

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a kick. You can find it in most grocery stores now, probably right next to Sriracha coincidentally. Hoisin is a Chinese sauce made from a combination of fermented soybean paste, garlic, chiles, vinegar, sesame oil, and some sort of sweetener. Think of it almost like Chinese BBQ sauce! However, it's very potent in flavor so use much more sparingly than you would American BBQ sauce. It's most commonly used in Cantonese cooking on Peking Duck, which is delicious if you've never tried. When combined with the Sambal, you end up with a sauce that hits those salty, sweet, spicy notes that we all love. This would be killer on some wings too….just sayin'


For Bok Choy Fried Rice: 3 C Rice, *see note below 8 Heads of Baby Bok Choy, sliced into 1” pieces 1 Tbs. Soy Sauce ¼ Canola or Vegetable Oil 1 Clove Garlic, minced *Day-old rice works best for stir fries. If you don’t have day-old rice, cook a batch and spread out on a sheet pan to cool for at least an hour.


But sometimes in life, you need to take a gamble and roll the culinary dice. Luckily this time it paid off with uninterrupted cooking and a delicious meal. Sambal and Hoisin are not words often heard at the firehouse kitchen table, but this recipe is sure to change that. Sambal, particularly Sambal Oelek, is a chile sauce originating from Southeast Asia. It's made with hot red chiles, salt and some vinegar, and quite honestly I think it's more versatile than the more popular Sriracha sauce. It definitely packs some heat but isn’t overpowering and allows the chile flavor to shine. You could definitely use it on its own but I find it used best when mixed into sauces, marinades, mayo or anything else that needs

marinate for 30 minutes to an hour. Remove from marinade and set aside.

-Heat a large skillet or wok over medium-high heat, add a few drizzles of oil. Carefully add the shrimp to the pan, flipping as needed to cook through and just until they turn pink. Remove the cooked shrimp, toss with some of the basil and scallion and set aside.

For the Rice: -Clean out the pan or heat another large skillet or wok over medium-high heat. Add the oil, followed by the bok choy. Stir the bok choy until it just starts to wilt. Add the garlic and then the rice. Continue stirring while the rice starts to crisp up a bit. Add the soy sauce. Serve the fried rice, topped with the shrimp and more basil and scallion. AJ FUSCO

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Two-Car Accident with Entrapment in Bonaire

Bonaire, GA - Houston County Fire was alerted to Old Highway 96 at Hampton Meadows Dr. on May 26th for a multiplevehicle accident with entrapment. The Houston County Sheriff's Office was first on scene, reporting one vehicle off the roadway and one with an occupant entrapped. While awaiting the arrival of EMS units, Engine 61 crews began patient assessment and extrication. Firefighters used the Jaws of Life to spread and cut the passenger door from the older model Honda. Police Officers and medics stood by while the patients were packaged and extricated. Several patients were transported by police cruisers and ambulances to local hospitals. GSP and Sheriff's Officers investigated the scene.

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DeKalb County Commissioners Honor Local Girl & First Responders for Saving Younger Sister from Drowning

DeKalb County, GA - Ten-year-old Jala Dallis helped save her three-year-old sister from drowning. Jala saw her sister struggling in the pool, jumped in, got her out safely and immediately began administering CPR until a local police officer arrived on scene. American Medical Response paramedics arrived on scene and transported her to the hospital while still administering life-saving CPR. Jala's sister has since made a full recovery. On June 11th, DeKalb County Commissioners and CEO Michael Thurmond honored Jala for her heroic act. In addition, first responders including AMR EMTA Tate Malone (pictured right) and Paramedic Ashlee Landry, were on hand to be recognized.

Henry County, GA - Forty Henry County FD recruits were recognized for their accomplishments in a graduation ceremony on Friday, June 28th, at Creekside Christian Academy. In attendance were family, friends and coworkers, along with representatives from the county administrative staff to celebrate their monumental achievement. The Henry County FD recruit school consists of a total of 44 weeks; 22 of comprehensive firefighting training for a total of 640 hours and 22 weeks of emergency medical training for a total of 856 hours. Of the 40 recruits, 18 completed the entire 44 weeks of training. They were released to begin their on-duty careers with six going to each shift on July 1st, 2nd and 3rd. The re-

JUMP TO FILE #070819124 maining 22 recruits will begin the second half of their training on July 15th. Fire Chief Luther Phillips congratulated the new recruits and posed the question, “What will your legacy be?”. He also stated that this was just the beginning and to never stop learning. In conclusion of the ceremony, recruit Jevaris Jones was awarded the Top Boot award. This award recognizes one individual who demonstrated the ability to excel in academics, skill evaluations, physical fitness and teamwork. Recruit Class 19-01 (in no particular order): Roland Reynolds,

Michael Glaze, Patrick Fagan, Eric Jumper, Charles Beaumont, Ritvik Chakraborty, Kelsey Brown, Patrick Ahern, Dean-Carlo Grant, Rachel Overbaugh, Jevaris Jones, Lance Elder, Lynorris Evans, Robert Carmichael, Tyler Rundle, Bruce Allen, Johnathan Litke, Zachary McCullars, Donovan Suwinski, Clinton Hester, Gabriel Hecht, Christian Young, Josue Cortez, James Olier, Audrey Ridgeway, Daniel Nurse, Austin Townsend, Daniel Harrison, Ernest Anderson, Jeffery Gross, Alan Pribble, Levi Harrell, Levi Rackard, Michael Kearns, Jeremy Cassell, Raymond Sferazo, Devontay Thomas, Jabrandis Stroud, Austin Hall and Matthew King. - MICHAEL HUNNICUTT




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Pasco Fire Rescue Responds to Lightning Strike Fire in Land O Lakes Land O Lakes, FL - At approximately 4:10 P.M. on July 5th, Pasco County Fire Rescue 911 received a call of a structure fire in the 3300 block of Chessington Drive. When firefighters arrived they reported smoke in the home, JUMP TO FILE# and light smoke 071719104 coming from the roofline. Crews attempted to locate the fire in the attic of the home, but due to large vaulted ceilings, finding the exact location became challenging. Firefighters from Squad 1 took to the roof and cut a trench cut, allowing the growing fire to vent through the peak of the roof. Crews from Ladder 37 and Truck 1 started extinguishment using a master stream while additional firefighters entered the home to assist. It took crews approximately 30 minutes to extinguish the fire. No injuries were reported. - COREY DIERDORFF



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Four Transported from Vehicle Collision in Ocala

Ocala, FL - On July 12th, four individuals were transported after a compact vehicle and a tow truck collided at the intersection of NE 36th Avenue and NE 14th Street in Ocala. Ocala Fire Rescue Engine 5, Rescue 3, Tower 1, Battalion Chief 11, and a Safety Officer were dispatched to a motor vehicle accident with possible entrapment at 9:38 A.M. Upon arrival, units encountered a gold Hyundai Sonata facing south on NE 14th St., and a white and blue tow truck facing east. Inside the Hyundai firefighters found four individuals; two adults in need of extrication and two children in the back seat. All four occupants of the Hyundai were transported to the hospital. Neither the driver nor passenger of the tow truck had injuries to report. Ocala PD and Marion County Fire Rescue also responded.


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BSFR Says Local Hero is Responsible for Saving Neighbor, Extinguishing Fire Deerfield Beach, FL - It was just after 10:00 A.M. on July 19th when Alan Potrzuski heard commotion coming from the house next door. It was his neighbor's voice and she was yelling. When Potrzuski, 64, looked outside, he saw black smoke coming from the home at 3430 SW 3rd Ct. He knew just what to do. Donning a rebreather mask he uses while working as a pest control technician, he darted next door equipped with a fire extinguisher. Entering the home, Mr. Potrzuski found the likely source of the fire, a dish washer burning in the kitchen. When Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue units from Deerfield Beach arrived on scene about three minutes later, the fire was mostly extinguished, Mr. Potrzuski and his

JUMP TO FILE #072019103 neighbor were safely outside, and the house was saved. Firefighters remained on scene to ventilate smoke from the home and remove the burnt dishwasher, which could be seen lying abandoned in the driveway. “Mr. Potrzuski‘s swift actions likely contributed to the homeowner's safe escape and minimized damages to the home from the fire. This situation clearly emphasizes the importance for homeowners to not only have working smoke alarms in their home, but fire extinguishers as well. These important life-saving tools can be the difference between life and death. Thank-

fully, no serious injuries were reported.” The Florida State Fire Marshal will conduct an investigation to determine what caused the appliance to catch fire. According to the National Fire Protection Agency, every 24 seconds a fire department in the United States responds to a fire somewhere in the nation. When asked how he was going to spend the rest of his day, Mr. Potrzuski said he was “going to head to Costco to get a new fire extinguisher”. He hopes his experience will encourage others to be prepared in the event that they are faced with an emergency. - MICHAEL KANE

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Quick Knock in Southern Manatee Fire District

Bradenton, FL - Shortly before sunset on June 20th, Southern Manatee Fire District responded to the report of a kitchen fire in the 1900 block of 32nd Street. Fire units responding reported a smoke column showing. On arrival units made their way through the yard, which was a maze of debris, and found fire showing from the 'Bravo' side. Firefighters used a transition attack as the fire made its way into the attic area. Crews not only battled the fire, but also the 90-degree temperatures.


Clay County Tender 159 is a 1989 Oshcosh that once operated as a fuel truck for the military. It's able to safely haul 3000-gallons of water. This 30-year-old apparatus runs out of Station 15 at Lake Asbury.

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Radiation and Crisis Chaplain's Corner Didymus McHugh

In our life, we can learn lessons from our Radiation classes or how it was known in the days of Civil Defense, "Radiological Defense." When dealing with radiation we were taught about time, distance and shielding. We can survive some doses of radiation, when we are given it a little at a time and not that much over a few years. We can survive some radiation if we are far enough from it. How many of us were effected by the radiation from Japan when they had their problem? We also see that when we go for an X-ray, they put the lead apron on us before the technicians move behind their shielding. We also use the same recipe in fighting fires. We are in the heat of the battle for a certain time, usually one or two cylinders of air, then its time for rehab. We have distance that we are from the fire, because some are hotter than others. And we have shielding of our turnout gear and the hosestream. The water acts as our shield as we are in the battle. Back in the days of coats and pull up boots and Fireball gloves, we really understood the shielding that water could provide. With Ems, you have the exposure to the patient and shielding of what bloodborne pathogen

PPE you are using. If we look at that and apply it to crisis, or disaster or bad stuff in life, I am sure that we can all handle the little stresses in life. We can handle the button that comes off our shirt or running out of coffee. But once in a while we need to remember the importance of exposure. We use time, distance and shielding when dealing with toxic people in our lives. We only speak to them when we need to. Time of Exposure. We may wave to them from across the parking lot and not go into detail when we talk with them, keeping them at a Distance. We may communicate with the person by use of only certain methods or we may use someone else to be their point of contact. Shielding. Granted we are supposed to love our enemies and we may have some people that just drain energy from us. When Christ was in the crowd of people, He was able to feel energy leave when the woman just touched the hem of His garment. Other times his disciples shielding Him by keeping the crowd away, at certain times. We all need to keep our strength and energy up for the things that are valuable in life, like sitting down with the person who is truly in pain and needs someone with compassion. May the Lord bless you and keep you and may you be shielded from the toxic people. Stay safe, Didymus McHugh

Lake County Fire Rescue Outfitted with New Protective Gear for Active Attacker Response Tavares, FL – Lake County Fire Rescue has added another tool to its arsenal to increase public safety. The new protective gear, funded by a $34,000 state Emergency Medical Services grant, is specifically designed for members of Lake JUMP TO FILE# County’s Rescue 062819105 Task Force to respond to an active attacker situation. The gear includes ballistic vests, ballistic helmets, bleeding control bags, medical gear, tourniquets, and rapid extraction patient movers. The gear will be strategically placed on fire apparatuses throughout the county, ensuring that it’s readily available should an emergency happen. “Our firefighters have been training for nearly a year on our county-wide active attacker response, learning tactical medicine, establishing a rescue task force and how to use the appropriate gear during an emergency,” said Lake County Fire Rescue EMS Chief Dan Miller. “Now that we have the gear, it’s the final piece of the puzzle, and it will be instrumental in keeping the public safe.” - LAKE COUNTY FIRE RESCUE


FF/Paramedic Gary Gratz, Lt. Ryan Fickett, and EMS Chief Dan Miller.

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Crews Battle 40-Foot Boat Fire in Flagler Beach

Flagler Beach, FL - The Flagler Beach Fire Department and Flagler County Fire Rescue were dispatched to a boat fire at the Moody Boat Ramp in Flagler Beach on June 20th. Initial arriving crews reported a large 40-foot vessel with heavy fire in the rear of the boat, approximately 40% involved. Fire crews made an initial knockdown but because of the involvement prior to their arrival, the fire had extended into the hull of the boat which made access and extinguishment very challenging. The fire was fully extinguished with the assistance of the Flagler County Sheriff's Marine Unit.

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This tattoo was submitted by Bruce Gallagher, retired EMS Captain and current Chaplain of Flanders Fire & EMS in Morris County, New Jersey. Regarding its concept, Bruce said, "The top of the tattoo is FFD and the bottom is 1987, when I started my career. The left side is my coat number 39 and the right side is my daughter's number 211, Chelsi Gallagher."

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Twelve members of Volusia County’s Technical Rescue Team traveled to Columbus, GA in June to complete an Advanced Swiftwater Rescue certification course in the rapids of the Chattahoochee River. Members learned about hydrology and the dynamics of moving water in relation to identifying deadly hazards while organizing a successful rescue during a swiftwater emergency. Skills included self-rescue and victim-rescue techniques while in the water, as well as rope rigging, and boat operations. The group completed individual skills and rescues in the water in addition to multiple team scenarios in both daylight and night conditions utilizing water rescue and boat rescue techniques. The knowledge, skills, and experience gained during this class further the ability of Volusia County’s Technical Rescue Team to successfully serve the citizens of Volusia County.

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

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

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

- BILL PACKER Executive Vice President eLEND

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

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

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

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This is a hard cover book measuring 6 ½ inches by 9 ½ inches with 224 pages. It is the memoirs of a London firefighter who put 13 years on the job. Now you may say that it seems like he left the job early and that would be the case, but the author did see his share of action, a selection of which is written about here. He is single, lived with his mother and had a younger brother. There is also a brief mention of a daughter. He worked at many different fire brigade stations in some different capacities and his accounts make for interesting reading, especially when it has to do with the different lingo spoken between the American and British

languages. There are explanations to the reader for certain terms and then there are others that you can pretty much figure out. He explains the command levels as well as the types of apparatus that they use. His calls, or “shouts” as they refer to them as, are diversified from comical, like the swan rescue to the very tragic like the poisoning of two children by their mother. But the most tragic is a fire that involved a large hi-rise residential building which resulted in many deaths and injuries. His input with this fire was not the initial fire attack but rather the overhaul, mop up and recovery which affected him so deeply that combined with other gruesome work that he was called to do collectively caused him to eventually leave the job. There are a lot of details in the descriptions of the operations within the 17 chapters. I sympathize how a firefighter could psychologically suffer. After all, other than in initial training, one does not know what it is like to be in a burning building with minimal to no visibility, unless he or she experienced it within their own home or a building that they had been in. The same goes for medical calls involving the seriously injured or dead! This is a book worth reading! It is one in which a person contemplating a career in the fire service would find enlightening!


Pick-Off Rescue Conducted in Margate

Margate, FL - At approximately 2:00 P.M. on July 2nd, MargateCoconut Creek FD received a call in the 1400 block of Banks Road for a worker on a roof experiencing chest pain with shortness of breath. The worker had been on the roof for an extended period of time and started exhibiting signs of heat exhaustion. As crews were evaluating the patient, it was determined that he was unable to self-extricate from the roof and a "pick-off" procedure would be implemented. Treatment of the patient began on the roof as the crews worked diligently to secure the patient in a stokes basket and prepare the rigging to safely lower the patient from the roof. Seamlessly, the crew from the roof and ground worked together to provide an expeditious and safe roof extrication. The patient was transported to Northwest Medical Center for continued treatment and further evaluation.

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West Manatee Fire & Rescue’s 2016 Pierce Enforcer 107’ Ladder carries 500-gallons of water and runs a 1500-GPM pump.


Engine 3 of the St. Lucie County Fire District operates one of the department's newest pumpers, a 2017 E-One Typhoon. It's rated as 1500-GPM and has a 780-gallon water tank.


13-Year-Old Called a Hero for Saving Family from House Fire in Dania Beach Dania Beach, FL - An alert 13year-old girl likely saved the day and her family after fire erupted in their home. Shortly after 2:00 P.M. on Tuesday, June 4th, Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue received a call for a structure fire at an occupied apartment in Dania Beach. One of the residents indicated that her 13-year-old daughter initially smelled the smoke inside their apartment. When the child’s mother went to investigate, she saw smoke and flames and called 911. When firefighters arrived, they

JUMP TO FILE #061919100 were met with moderate fire and smoke conditions to the rear of the single-story duplex located at 325 Phippen Waiters Road. About 20 firefighters responded to the scene on the residential street just south of Stirling Road. The fire was quickly put out and damage was limited to a storage room in the back of the home. A fire grows in size every 60 seconds. In this case, the rapid

recognition by the young daughter and activation of the 911 system by her mother likely contributed to a positive outcome. Thankfully, none of the six occupants suffered any injuries, and damage to the apartment was relatively minor. Had the fire occurred while the residents were sleeping, the outcome could have been completely different. The cause of the fire is under investigation. - MICHAEL KANE


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Clermont Ladder 2 operates with a 2005 E-One Cyclone II 75-foot quint. It has a 1500-GPM pump with 500-gallons of water on board. This apparatus was repainted in 2018 to match the rest of the CFD fleet.


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West Manatee Fire & Rescue on Anna Maria Island runs this 2018 Ford F-150 as their secondary EMS vehicle. The station runs one ambulance from Manatee County EMS, but this vehicle acts as an EMS unit if they are not available.

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