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Tice Fire Department, Engine 215, was first due at a fully involved occupied motorhome fire behind 6331 Westwood Acres Road, just after 1:00 p.m. on October 28, 2012.

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Cherokee County responded to the structure fire that occurred shortly after midnight.

Midnight fire destroys home Cherokee County, GA. Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services responded to a structure fire shortly after midnight on November 16th, at 1780 Trinity Church Road near Free Home. According to Battalion Chief, Greg Erdely, firefighters arrived on the scene to find heavy flames coming from one of the corners of the two story log house with the back of the structure fully in-

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volved. The occupants of the home, a 66 year old female and a 29 year old male, were able to escape without injury. The female occupant stated that she was in the living room watching television and began to smell smoke. She walked up to the second story and

saw nothing but red and realized the home was on fire. The house was gutted and received major fire, smoke and water damage. Portions of Trinity Church Road were blocked until the clean-up operation was complete. No injuries were reported and the cause of the fire is currently under investigation. - TIM CAVENDER TIM CAVENDER


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Kingsland Fire Rescue operates a Polaris Ranger for off road support operations. Primarily purchased to support the athletic programs at Camden County High School, the “Wildcat” has also assisted with other emergencies where traditional fire apparatus could not operate. The Wildcat was designed to accommodate one back boarded patient and attendant in the cargo area.

Engineer Jason Evangelista successfully completed the Georgia smoke diver program recently. Engineer Evangelista endured five days of advanced firefighter training under incredible physical and mental stress in The Georgia smoke diver program. Engineer Evangelista is among the elite few that can call themselves Georgia smoke divers.

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Garden City works MVC Garden City, GA - Savannah Chatham Metro Communications dispatched Garden City Fire to Highways 21 and 307 for a reported vehicle fire. Engine 23 reported no fire and advised of a two vehicle crash. In addition, the incident was in Port Wentworth’s jurisdiction. DO Amy Headrick took command while the crew checked the scene for hazards. An additional engine and rescue from GCFD arrived to assist. Southside EMS assessed the patients while fire crews applied absorbent to the fluid leaks.


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Port Wentworth responds Port Wentworth, GA - Port Wentworth Fire & Police along with Southside EMS were dispatched to Highway 21 westbound in the area of the Interstate 95 southbound off ramp for an accident with injuries. Units found a multiple vehicles. Medic 19 immediately began patient care, while the fire department cleaned up the scene.

Bryan County, GA. Just after 2:00 a.m. on November 4, Bryan County and Richmond Hill were dispatched to Daniel Siding Loop Road for a confirmed structure fire. Units found the house fully involved, including a vehicle parked in the driveway. Fire crews were hampered by live wires down around the structure as well as the fact that the area was a non-hydrant section of the county. The home was occupied by a mother and son, who escaped unharmed. Pet birds died in the fire. The American Red Cross is assisting the family and asking for the public’s help with a fund that has been set up at Bryan Bank and Trust. The fire is currently under investigation.

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Rank: Captain Incident Date:09/15/2012       Death Date: 09/15/2012     Fire Dept. Info:Chief: William Bivens Initial Summary: On Saturday, September 15, during a smoke diver class designed to train firefighters advanced survival skills in full gear, Captain Neal Smith passed out from a heat-related illness. He was transported to a hospital during which CPR was administered. Captain Smith remained in critical condition until Monday, September 17, when he succumbed to his injuries at approximately 6:30 p.m. Doctors reportedly determined that Captain Smith's body temperature was more than 106 degrees.

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Rank: Junior Firefighter   Incident Date: 09/27/2012   Death Date: 09/27/2012 Fire Dept. Info: Chief: Shane Furbush. Initial Summary: IDagsboro Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched for an outside fire in a wooded area on East Clogg Drive just outside town limits. While en route to Station 73 in a personal vehicle, Junior Firefighter Justin Townsend was fatally injured in a motor vehicle crash on Pepper Road, in the area of Jay Patch Road. No details of the accident are available at this time. The Delaware State Police Crash Reconstruction Unit is currently conducting an investigation into the fatal incident. Incident Location: Fire: Wooded area on East Clogg Drive (USNG: 18S VH 7696 6949). Fatal MVA: Pepper Road near Jay Patch Road (USNG: 18S VH 8015 5977).

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Rank: Lieutenant   Incident Date: 10/01/2012   Death Date: 10/01/2012 Fire Dept. Info: Chief: Chief Mitchell Jensen Initial Summary: On Sunday, September 30, during his shift, Lieutenant John Grabowski participated in fire department training. His shift ended that day at 1800hrs. The following morning, Lieutenant Grabowski traveled to his second job. At approximately 0803hrs, Lieutenant Grabowski was found collapsed in the parking lot of his second employer. The second employer?s emergency response team tended to Lieutenant Grabowski and performed CPR. Advanced life support also responded to the scene where they treated Lieutenant Grabowski and transported him to Henry Ford Wyandotte Michigan hospital. Efforts to revive Lieutenant Grabowski at the hospital were not successful and he passed away within approximately one hour of being found in his employer?s parking lot. The official cause of death has not yet been determined.

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Rank: Fire Chief   Incident Date: 10/09/2012   Death Date: 10/09/2012 Fire Dept. Info: Chief: Assistant Chief Lowell Johnson Initial Summary: Fire Chief Nielsen was responding to a barn fire riding in fire department apparatus when he fell ill. The vehicle operator immediately pulled over to the side of the road and called for help. Chief Neilsen was treated at the scene by EMS responders and transported to the hospital where he passed away from an apparent heart attack. Incident Location: Vicinity of Gilmore City, IA(USNG: 15T UH 81 31)

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Georgia Governor recognizes firefighter for heroism A Cherokee County firefighter was recognized by Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal for an act of heroism during the Governor’s Public Safety Awards ceremony in Forsyth. JUMP TO FILE # Jason Williams, who 111512126 has been with the fire department since 2006, was given a medallion from the Governor for an incident that occurred on Chestatee Court in Woodstock. Sgt. Jason Williams was on the initial team responding to a reported chimney fire. Upon arrival, the three man team entered the residence, where they ascended the stairs to the upper floor. Two members of the team made their way into the attic to put out the fire while Williams stayed at the bottom of the stairs to pull the hose for the others. As he waited, Williams began to feel high heat, rapidly deteriorating conditions and noted fire just outside the window where he was positioned. Williams attempted to make contact with the crew at the top of the stairs, but soon realized both of his hands and his arms were burning. As he turned to look back, Williams saw a wall of fire coming from behind him, blocking the escape. His immediate thought was to get out, but, despite agonizing pain, Williams instead turned and made his way up the stairs to get his crew. Williams reached the other two firefighters at the top of the stairs and alerted them to the danger. With no other way out, the crew was forced to crawl down two flights of stairs through the fire that raged from floor to ceiling. The hose line they were on burned through and gave them no protection. All three team members were burned, with Williams sustaining the worst injuries in the form of first, second and third degree burns. Without Williams’ heroic actions, this incident would have surely led to further injury. - TIM CAVENDER


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Tice fights motor home fire Tice Fire Department Engine 215 was first due at a fully involved occupied motorhome fire behind 6331 Westwood Acres Road just after 1:00 p.m. on October 28. The fire had extended to an attached structure and other vehicles prior to Engine 215 arriving on scene. Several explosions from propane and ammunition could be heard as crews approached. There were reports from Lee Control that there may be persons and/or animals trapped; however, that was unconfirmed. The Florida State Fire Marshal's office is investigating.



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Sixteen new firefighters hit the streets in Wildwood Wildwood, FL. Sumter County welcomed sixteen new firefighters on November 3, 2012, at the Blueberry Hill RV Resort Community Hall in Bushnell. The evening celebration began with sixteen new firefighter/EMTs and paramedics proudly marching down the center aisle in front of nearly 100 family, friends, and fellow citizens. The audience was soon treated to a slide presentation of the new firefighters’ last four weeks of orientation training. Deputy Chief Frank Ennist, who oversaw the groups training process, narrated the slide show, explaining the various aspects of the rigorous training program completed by the new firefighters. He also shared some anecdotes regarding the recruits, including a few who gained notoriety with nicknames such as Pushstart, Pom Pom, I’m so Happy Herby and Hulk; each with a spe-

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cific underlying story. Following the slide presentation, two members of the graduating class provided a short dissertation on their view of the orientation program and its importance to their new career. One by one, each new firefighter was called forward and presented their badge by the fire chief and congratulated by the fire and EMS division command staff. Each firefighter invited a special friend or family member to pin the badge on their uniform shirt. Wives, girlfriends, children, fathers, mothers, sisters and friends pinned the badge on their loved one. - ANDREA CARLSON


Delray Beach firefighter dies after battle with brain cancer Delray Beach Fire-Rescue sadly announces the passing of Paramedic/Firefighter Eric Patrie. Eric passed away on Sunday afternoon, November JUMP TO FILE # 11th, after battling 111512106 cancer for over a year. Eric was hired at Delray Beach Fire-Rescue in 1999 as a paramedic/firefighter and was promoted to driver engineer in 2003. Eric also worked as a “step up” station officer on a regular basis. He was an active member of the special operations team, including the HAZMAT team and dive-rescue team. Eric was also an integral member of the apparatus committee and assisted in the specifications and designs of a number of DBFR apparatus. Eric is survived by his wife, Kim, their two young daughters ages five and one, his parents and his brother. Eric's funeral service was held at on Friday, November 16th at the Church of the Palms in Delray Beach. The family is asking that donations be made to the Benevolent's Eric Patrie fund in lieu of flowers. To donate please visit the Eric Patrie Family Trust Fund at: http://www.firefighterericpatrie.c-om/. - CURTIS JEPSEN







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Palm Beach County Fire Rescue opens new station On October 23, 2012, Palm Beach County Fire Rescue held an opening ceremony for Station 72 in the City of Pahokee. Station 72 is a rebuilt fire station that responds to the residents in the City of Pahokee covering 201 square miles. Station 72’s service area also includes Canal Point and its surrounding area. The station handles approximately 1,635 calls per year. The station houses an engine, an ALS rescue transport, a water tender and a brush truck. The station is staffed by seven ersonnel, which includes a captain, a lieutenant, two drivers, two paramedics and one EMT/Firefighter.


Fire department selects member of the year Plantation, FL. Few people get to live out their childhood dreams. But, for the Plantation Fire Department’s Member of the Year, those dreams have become a reality. Alex Poitevien joined the Plantation Fire Department in February of 2003, but he has been fascinated with the fire service even as a young child. As a boy Alex would ride his bicycle, following the fire trucks to calls, listening intently to his scanner and showing up at numerous fire department functions. “As an adult, Alex has been

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able to realize those childhood passions,” wrote Captain Evan Katz wrote, in his nomination of Alex for the award. “When I think of all the hard work that individuals put in to make this department work, it’s only a fraction of what Alex does…” Most recently Alex displayed his artistic side by designing the graphics scheme for the department’s newest fire truck, Engine 56. “Lieutenant Poitevien came up

with the sleek, modern design, which has set the standard for all Plantation’s trucks in the future,” said Fire Chief Joe Harris. Additionally, Alex designed the Breast Cancer Awareness shirts department personnel are wearing throughout October. Other fire department activities during Fire Prevention Week included the selection of the Business of Year, school and local fire prevention programs, and the annual Fire Prevention Poster and Essay contest. - JOEL GORDON


North Naples house fire North Naples, FL - Squad 40, Engines 46 and 40, Ladder 47 and Battalion Chief 40 responded to report of a house fire. Units reported smoke and flames showing. The fire selfvented on the D side bedroom. Engine 46 make a quick fire attack through the kitchen/garage door, finding the fire was in the back bedroom. Ladder 47 conducted a primary search and found all occupants out of the building. A resident was treated for smoke inhalation on the scene.


Lehigh Acres scooter crash Lehigh Acres Fire Department’s Engine 105, Truck 102, Rescue 104 and Battalion 100 responded at 3:55 p.m. on November 2nd to Milwaukee Blvd at Eisenhower Blvd for a motorcycle crash. Chief Wayne advised Lee Controlof a 20 year old male down with severe head trauma from a scooter crash. He requested Aeromed to respond for a trauma alert. Engine 105 and Rescue 104 began treating the patient and transferred the patient to the airship for the ten minute flight to Lee Memorial Trauma Center in Fort Myers.

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Ocala Fire Rescue provides fire prevention education MARK DALTON

Ocala, FL - Firefighters help save lives every day by responding to emergencies and sharing fire prevention information. During the month of October, firefighters visited schools in our community to talk with children about the importance of having a home escape plan and offer tips to prevent fires. Fire Prevention Week is held annually in October in commemoration of the Great Chicago Fire which occurred in 1871.

Crews extricate passenger of MVA in Deltona

Back to back crashes with entrapment Deltona, FL. The City of Deltona Fire Department responded twice within a few hours on October 26 for two separate motor vehicle accidents that involved entrapment. Battalion 61, Engine 61, Engine 65 and Squad 65 of C Shift along with Volusia County EMS responded to both incidents. In the second accident, Rescue 61 of the City of Deltona Fire Department and two units from VCEMS also responded. The first involved a single vehicle accident in which a pickup truck lost control on wet roads and ended up on its’ passenger side

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within inches of a private family home. Crews extricated the driver, the only occupant in the pickup truck, by removing the roof of the vehicle. The driver did not sustain any injuries and after he was checked out by paramedics, he was released. The Volusia County Sheriff’s Department was still on scene determining what caused the accident. In the second accident, a pickup truck slammed into a four

door passenger vehicle. The driver of the pickup truck sustained minor injuries and was transported to the hospital by VCEMS. The City of Deltona Fire Department crews once again had to extricate the passenger as well as the driver of the vehicle by utilizing their jaws of life. Both victims were extricated quickly and were transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The cause of the accident is under investigation by the Volusia County Sheriff’s Department. - MARK DALTON


Vehicle crashes into convenience store Palm Beach County Fire Rescue units responded to reports of a vehicle crash into a building in the Village of Wellington. First arriving units discovered a vehicle had crashed into a convenience store at a gas station. The driver of the vehicle was not injured and a person in the building suffered minor injuries. The operation of the gas pumps was not affected and there was never any danger of fire. Units on this scene were E30, R25, DC48 and CP9.


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Shelly goes through decontamination wash after being rescued from a septic tank.

Firefighters rescue family dog trapped inside septic tank On Tuesday evening November 6, 2012 at 7:27 p.m., Palm Beach County Fire Rescue Special Operations Station 34-B shift units were called out to rescue a large dog that had fallen into an open septic tank in the front yard of a residence in Delray Beach. Palm Beach County Fire Rescue Station 44 units along with Delray Beach Fire Rescue arrived to find an unusual predicament for the homeowners. Somehow the owner's eleven year old dog “Shelly had fallen down into the home's septic tank, which was presently being worked on. The majority of waste had been pumped out of the tank by the septic tank worker, but the 96 pound dog was found sitting in feces, six feet down inside the bottom of the septic tank. It was unclear whether or not the 11 year old Pointer mix, was injured from the fall. A decontamination station was set up by Delray Beach Fire Rescue and Palm Beach County Fire Rescue Special Operations team members donned protective suits to

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enter the tank and perform the rescue. A makeshift webbing harness was pre-fitted to the owner's other dog, who was of similar size and weight, and Special Operations 34 crew members set up the confined space tripod and winch system for canine retrieval. After descending into the tank, Shelly was fitted with a two point webbing harness, attached to the tripod system and hauled out safely to waiting personnel, who escorted the dog to the decontamination station. Shelley appeared to be unharmed and the owners were encouraged to follow up with their veterinarian. This incident allowed special operations crew members to apply their knowledge, training and skill sets in animal rescue, hazardous materials, confined space rescue and rope rescue.



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Palm Beach County Fire Rescue goes pink On October 4th, Palm Beach County Fire Rescue went “Pink” to make strides against Breast Cancer at Butterfields Café in Royal Palm Beach. Guests to the restaurant were greeted by firefighters wearing pink department shirts and had their orders taken by more firefighters in pink. The entire restaurant was decorated in pink and everywhere you looked there were men and women wearing pink department shirts in support of this cause. Thanks to everyone who came out in support of the event. Without you, it would not have been a success.

Correspondent Contest Sponsored by Fire-Dex The readers of 1st Responder Newspaper have helped make the fastest-growing Fire/Rescue/EMS site on the web. Information comes from our valued correspondents. Each time you post an entry on our website, your name will go into a drawing for a monthly prize. Only web entries are eligible. The prize for our December editions from Fire-Dex are Fire-Dex Rubber Boots and FDX G1 Gloves. Our November editions winner of a $100 American Express Gift Card from First Priority Emergency Vehicles was Roman Isaryk of Little Egg Harbor, NJ. If your company would like to provide a prize and sponsor our monthly contest, contact Heather at x212.

Just the thought of many years of cold weather firefighting sends chills up and down my spine as I think of the extreme conditions firefighters work under normally and then include all that a winter environment can add STAYING to the mix. For those SAFE of you who are fortunate Chief Henry Campto perform bell your role as a firefighter or EMT in a warmer climate, enjoy the benefits. Snow, sleet, ice, freezing rain and hail, along with some extremely cold temperatures can make the tough job of firefighting extremely hazardous. Winter weather conditions can have an impact upon your safety and overall operations in a variety of ways; from slips and falls on ice to frostbite, hypothermia, increased fire calls, delayed responses, fatigue and increased time frames to perform specific tasks that would normally require half the time and physical exertion. Wintertime also generates an increase in residential fires due to the increased use of fireplaces, wood burning stoves, space heaters and normal heating devices subject to malfunction and or inappropriate operation, generating an increase in home fires. Your personal protection in a winter environment requires you to stay warm and dry for as long as possible through the layering of clothing under your bunker gear. The wearing of a sweatshirt (for many years when turning out at night I would wear my sweatshirt backwards as it afforded more protection to my upper chest and neck), hooded sweatshirt, flannel shirt or a woolen turtleneck sweater under the turnout coat will help preserve body heat. And don’t forget to use the ear flaps in your helmet, nomex hood or some other form of head and ear protection against the cold temperatures.

EMS personnel should wear some form of shoe/boot for protection of the feet and water repelling clothing to help ward against the elements of winter, along with a warm cap. Remember what your mother told you about wearing a hat when the weather is cold; you lose a lot of your body heat through your uncovered head. She was right then, and now! Make sure you are completely dressed against the elements and wearing all your protective clothing properly before heading out under adverse weather conditions. Be prepared! It may take a minute or two longer to get into the additional clothing, but if you don’t do it prior to responding, you may not get the chance to do it later. It is also important during the winter months to have an additional spare change of dry and warm clothing available. Firefighters and EMS personnel should have a complete change of clothes, including socks and underwear, preferably stored in a small container or nylon bag on board the apparatus. If not on the apparatus, keep them in your private vehicle or in the station because when the clothing you are wearing becomes wet and loses its effectiveness in keeping you warm you will be glad you have them. You can change clothing on the rehab bus, ambulance or warm apparatus cabin if need be. An extra pair or two of dry gloves is another must, and remember, no matter how wet and cold your hands may get in wet gloves, don’t take them off unless you have a dry pair to replace them with. Some departments carry additional gloves on board apparatus for replacements when originals become wet, a good idea. Physical activity during winter operations, especially with snow falling and/or on the ground, is very strenuous and taxing on the human body and additional resources are required to help stretch hoselines, place ladders, perform rescues and fire confinement and extinguishment. - continued at

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Fire Chief Bradd Clark stands with Captain Randy Griffin and Firefighter Andrew Blaire. The men were recognized at an award ceremony on November 3rd for performing CPR and advanced life support procedures that resulted in saving a life.

Ceremony honored Ocala heroes Ocala, FL. Ocala Fire Rescue’s 2012 Award and Recognition Ceremony honored heroes in our community and the fire service on November 3. The event was attended by more than 150 people. Thirty three firefighters received heroism or lifesaving awards. Thirteen firefighters were

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honored for their service on the honor guard and SWAT team. Nine firefighters were recognized for years of service and seven firefighters were recognized for delivering

babies this past year. In addition, six police officers were recognized for assistance with arson investigations, and thirteen civilians were honored for providing medical care to injured persons at accident scenes.


Firefighters are your friends, don't be afraid of them! When firefighters wear their turnout gear and masks to protect themselves from fires, they can look and sound scary to children. In the event of an emergency, it's important for children to know that firefighters are here to help them. Volusia County Fire Services Station 23's crew staged a fire safety demonstration at an early education facility in New Smyrna Beach on October 9. The kids got to see and talk with firefighters in full turnout gear and now know that firefighters are their friends!


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“The Art of Heroism” BRIAN STOOTHOFF

Firefighters prepare to leave the scene after the five adults were treated

Five adults sickened by carbon monoxide Ocala, FL. On November 2, 201, Ocala Fire Rescue received a 911 call at 12:55 a.m. reporting several people ill. A few minutes later, firefighters encountered extremely high levels of carbon monoxide. Wearing self contained breathing apparatus they entered the residence,

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which had no electrical power. A gas generator was found operating inside the kitchen, the source of the carbon monoxide. Firefighters opened windows

of the house and used fans to ventilate the structure. All five adults were removed and transported to a local hospital by ambulance. The house was located at 1008 Northeast 17th Avenue.

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Miss Florida 2012, firefighter for a day Laura McKeeman may have been awarded the Miss Florida 2012 title, but on October 24, 2012 she earned herself a new title…firefighter! Exchanging her crown and sash for full fire gear and an air tank, McKeeman participated in day long firefighter training session at the St. Petersburg fire training drill grounds. McKeeman pulled charged hose lines, repelled out a second story window, res-

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cued a child from a smoke filled building, cut up a car using the "jaws of life" and fought avehicle fire. The training did not only increase McKeeman’s familiarity with fire safety and the necessary training to endure fire emergencies, but it also provided an op-

portunity for McKeeman to witness how fire services and the community interact. "It’s really hard work and it’s dangerous work!" stated McKeeman. Training Lt. Ian Womak said that Laura was a natural and had a career in the fire service, here in St. Petersburg, once she’s finished with touring with the crown. - JOEL GRANATA

Mark Calloway of All Aces Tattoo recently completed this maltese cross on the left calf of Chris Dilley. Chris’s idea was to create a design to commemorate the American Firefighter and couldn't think of a better way than a red, white and blue maltese cross. Mark's shop is located in Orange Park Florida and additional tattoos of his can be viewed at Chris Dilley is a correspondent and photographer with 1st Responder Newspaper

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Fire Chief James Large, Lt. Richard Ganci and 10 Connects News Co-anchor Reginald Roundtree.

St. Petersburg congratulates members St. Petersburg Fire & Rescue congratulates Alan Jones and Richard Ganci. Jones is this year’s winner of the Firefighter/Paramedic of the Year award. The 2012 Bert Smith Paramedic of the Year was awarded to Firefighter/Paramedic Alan Jones on November 2nd at the First Annual St. Petersburg Fire & Rescue Banquet. Alan was hired on October 2, 1995 and was promoted to Firefighter/Paramedic on January 1, 2001. Alan serves as an acting lieutenant and volunteers for many department activities including shelter supplies, special needs, MDA, and the annual block party. His most recent accomplishment was receiving an award from HCA Hospitals recognizing the great job he is doing in

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the field. According to his nomination letter, Alan is very pleasant to work with and always goes the extra mile to do the right thing for both the department and those he assists in the field. He is a leader in the community and on the job and demonstrates his leadership abilities by counseling St. Pete College students, new employees, and also some veteran paramedics and EMTs. Alan loves the opportunity to teach others and is considered one of the most compassionate paramedics on the job. St. Petersburg Fire & Rescue also congratulates Richard Ganci, winner of this year’s Fire Officer of

the Year award. Lt. Ganci was hired on October 6, 1986 and was promoted to Lieutenant on October 29, 2007. He is a state certified EMT, Fire Instructor I, Fire Inspector, engine and ladder truck operator, PTEC instructor, Live Fire Training instructor, as well as an instructor for the Fire Officer Training Institute. He is a member of the Tampa Bay Regional Search and Rescue Team, Florida Task Force-3, Structural Collapse Technician, Trench Rescue Technician, Marine Response Operations/Water Survival Instructor, and Thermal Imaging Instructor. He has been assigned to the Safety and Training Division since 2009. - JOEL GRANATA


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Vehicle damages church building, one injured Ocala, FL. On November 6, 2012, a vehicle struck an occupied church building, injuring the driver. Ocala firefighters responded to St. Paul’s United Methodist Church located at 800 Southeast 41st Avenue at 7:46 p.m. On arrival and within a few minutes, firefighters treated the driver who sustained non-life threatening fractures. The building, belonging to the church, was occupied by ten adults and children at the time of the crash and none were injured. The building sustained damage to the concrete block wall. The Ocala Police Department is investigating the incident.

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“Training Firefighters to Stay Alive” Jersey Guys fire service training is operated by Lieutenant John Lewis (ret) Passaic (NJ) Fire Department and current Brewster (MA) and retired City of Englewood Fire Chief Robert Moran. Over the following years this alliance has provided these nationally recognized fire service instructors the opportunity to develop and present dynamic, contemporary, and highquality training programs to thousands of firefighters in 13 states across the country. The instructors utilize their experience and knowledge to present interactive programs that focus on enhancing individual firefighters and fire officers ability to develop and implement safe and effective strategic and tactical fireground action plans. Some of their most popular training programs include; “It’s In The Basement”, RIC T-

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Brindlee Mountain on Extreme Makeover On December 3, 2012, ABC’s Extreme Home Makeover aired a two hour Christmas special featuring a firefighting family and their fire department. This special episode included not only a Home Makeover, but a Fire Station Makeover as well! Personally, this hit close to home for James Wessel, as his father-in-law’s house was destroyed in the same fire that affected the featured family and fire department. He is thankful to Extreme Home Makeover for bringing hope after a catastrophic fire and proud that Brindlee Mountain Fire Apparatus was able to co-sponsor this unique Makeover.

During the show, Brindlee Mountain, the nation’s largest supplier of used fire trucks, gave away thousands of dollars to fire departments across North America. Departments watched to see if they were recipients. To see details on the departments, visit or their Facebook page: Brindlee Mountain Fire Apparatus truly thanked 1st responders for their service to our communities.

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What would you do with an extra $1,000 month? That's a question Mark Farese will have to ponder, thanks to the Heroes Mortgage Program. Farese, a volunteer firefighter with Iselin District 11 in New Jersey, inquired about the Heroes Mortgage Program after seeing an advertisement in 1st Responder. Looking to refinance, Farese figured he would get a better rate. However, the one he received was even lower than he expected. The Heroes Mortgage lowered his mortgage rate by almost 2 1/2 percent a month. Translation: Folks, that's a savings of about $1,000 per month. "It beat all of my expectations," said Farese, a 22-year veteran. "For me and my family, it felt great. Obviously, we can do a lot of other things with that money now. I've told a lot of people at the firehouse about it and they are looking into it as well.

They think the Heroes Mortgage Program is great." 1st Responder and Sun National Bank teamed up to create the Heroes Mortgage Program. This exclusive mortgage opportunity provides discounted fees and low interest rates for firefighters and other members of the emergency services community. The program offers a great rate, minimal lender fees and promises to get clients in their new home by

the contract date. "Mr. Farese's situation is not unique. We are saving many of our clients that kind of money," said Steven Testa, an executive vice president with Sun National Bank. "I have to tell you, it's a pretty good feeling to see the look on somebody's face when you tell them you are saving them $1,000 a month on their mortgage. Times are rough, this program really helps people. These people happen to risk their lives every day for us. So it's an honor to provide them with this opportunity." Sun Home Loans, a division of Sun National Bank, and 1st Responder are both proud to serve the heroes in our community, who dedicate their lives serving the rest of us. Clients enjoy unmatched customer service and attentiveness throughout the process - from their initial inquiry - to closing. Working with its own resources and Federal government programs, Sun National Bank develops solutions that open the path to home ownership. Sun National Bank provides a full-range of banking products and services, delivered by experienced bankers. Personal attention merges with world-class service and competitive products that meet the needs of today's consumers and businesses. Sun National Bank believes that doing business in the community means being a part of it. Whether purchasing a new home or refinancing an existing one, the Heroes Mortgage Program is offered exclusively, providing personal service, benefits and rates not normally available to the general public. To receive more information about the program and its benefits, contact Steven Testa at or call 973615-9745. Sun National Bank Home Loans and 1st Responder Newspaper are not affiliated. All loans subject to approval. Certain conditions and fees may apply. Mortgage financing provided by Sun National Bank Loans, Equal Housing Lender.

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Downed aircraft training Recently the Smyrna Airport and the Tennessee Fire and Codes Academy hosted the AF-100 (Airport Fire School). The school was JUMP TO FILE # open to municipal 102612107 and volunteer departments, who attended from all across Tennessee. This intense twenty hour school focused on the response to a downed aircraft and provided training to those, who don't routinely respond to aircraft incidents / accidents outside of the airport fire departments.

Daytona Beach, FL. Daytona Beach Fire Department responded to the 200 block of South Keech Street just before 5 a.m. on October 30, 2012 for a reported structure fire. Fire crews found heavy smoke and flames coming from the roof area in the rear of the single story concrete block construction home. They initially attacked the fire from a defensive mode of operation due to safety concerns for firefighters, but quickly changed modes of operation and made an aggressive attack on the fire. Firefighters were able to contain the fire to the area of origin and minimize significant lost to the residents. During the investigation into the cause of the fire, fire officials

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determined that a heater in the rear bedroom had malfunctioned and possibly started the fire. While speaking to one of the residents, they were able to confirm the fire officials’ claim that the fire was started by a malfunctioning heater. The resident stated: “he noticed sparks coming out of the heating unit right before the fire started”. No injuries were reported at the scene and the residents are receiving aid from the American Red Cross. Fire officials believe the home sustained about $25,000.00 worth of damages. - LARRY STONEY

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Early this year I read a “Letter to the Editor” from a weekly upstate New York County newspaper. The writer indicated that his homeowner’s insurance policy had gone up from $600 per year to over $1,000 per year. When he called the insurance company, he was told that his fire protection class

rating had gone from a 6/7 to a 10. I doubt if most property owners, or firefighters for that matter, realize that insurance carriers base their overall policy fees on these ratings of the local fire department, which in this case, are done by the Insurance Service Organization, known as ISO. A 10 is the worst rating assigned to properties that are far from any fire station or fire hydrants. An ISO rating of 1 is the best, with very few fire departments achieving this prestigious

rating. The writer of the “Letter to the Editor” challenged the $633 increase. He just so happened to be the chairman of his local fire district and knew that his home was actually an ISO rating 6 because he was less than 5 miles from the fire house and there was a hydrant within 1,000 feet of his home. - continued at


Fight for Air Climb in Orlando Orlando, FL. The Fight for Air Climb took place on November 3rd in Orlando at the Bank of America building. This is a special event sponsored by the American Lung Association. Teams as well as individual participants utilize this event as a fitness target, a race with you challenging yourself or teams racing against other teams to see who can make it to the top of twenty flights of stairs. The American Lung Association climbs are a wonderful way to show support for someone, who has been diagnosed with a lung disease or as a memorial to someone who has passed away. Team Deltona consisted of 14 members of the City of Deltona Fire Department as well as two of their wives. The Deltona Fire Fighters Association sponsored the 14 firefighters and paid $100.00 per member to participate in the event. Members also raised additional money to the cause by obtaining additional sponsors who made pledges to the cause and raised a total of $1925.00. Team Deltona firefighters donned full protective firefighting gear including air packs thanks to the fire department, tacking on an additional fifty pounds to make the challenge a little tougher. Overall Team Deltona place third in the firefighters division and for the first time, they had their first female firefighter take part in the challenge. Engineer Paramedic Katy Christman turned in a time of 6 minutes 43 seconds. Team Deltona members were Firefighter Jason Pratt and his wife

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We are still in need of cold weather gear, (hats, gloves, socks, boots,) for the members. We also need paging systems for the departments. We have supplied these departments with temporary communications, however, they have no way to contact their members in the event of a call. Roof alarms, pagers, etc. We received donations from multiple volunteer ambulance services and volunteer fire departments throughout the state, PA and as far as Indiana. Contact information is or The mailing address is POB 863991, Ridgewood, NY 11386. Gerritsen Beach Volunteer Fire Department at 53 Seba Ave, Brooklyn NY is in desperate need of assistance. Their fire department was totaled in the flood from Sandy. Their one and only engine is out of service due to salt water damage to the electrical system. Their TOG was soaked in salt water and sewage backup. Any help would be awesome. They are the only volunteer department in Brooklyn. Contact information is Gerrittsen Beach Fire Dept. Lt Mike Castro 718-552-6959 or Chief Doreen Garson 718-332-9292 53 Seba Ave Brooklyn NY.

For those interested in volunteering to help with Hurricane Sandy assistance, please contact the New Jersey volunteer emergency response hotline at 1-800JERSEY-7 or backup hotline numbers (which are being answered): 609-775-5236 or 908303-0471. The Glen Oaks Volunteer Ambulance Corps was having a supply drive to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy. Donations were being accepted at their headquarters on Union Turnpike in Floral Park, NY. Please call them at 718347-1647 for more information. We were advised that Broad Channel Volunteer Fire Department lost a fire truck when it caught fire. West Hamilton Beach Fire Department lost two trucks, two ambulances, a brush truck and a chief truck. A department in PA kindly donated a truck to them. The Berlin Volunteer Fire Department located at 700 North Street, Berlin, PA (Somerset County, Pennsylvania) is donating one of their equipped fire engines to the storm ravaged West Hamilton Beach Volunteer Fire Department in Queens, NY. The receiving volunteer fire department lost everything during

Hurricane Sandy. The Fire Chief, Fire Department President along with a fire truck driver from the Berlin Volunteer Fire Department will be driving the fire truck from Berlin to New York on November 16th. Berlin Area Ambulance Association, Inc. is donating various emergency medical equipment such as stretchers, splints and back boards. An 18 wheeler brought relief supplies to the Bergen County Law & Public Safety Institute in Mahwah. Supplies, including palettes of water, non-perishable foods as well as other items, were trucked from the Harvest Hope Food Bank in Columbia, SC. The coordinated effort was made possible by Rich and Nadine Demczyszyn as well as several other first responders. Their coordinated efforts can be viewed on their Facebook page, Immediate supplies for NJ EMS and Fire Depts affected by Hurricane Sandy. If you have a story to share with us, please email us at There are an incredible amount of stories to be told. Do you know a fire, rescue or EMS department in need of help? Please send along any information

Unfortunately, many members of the local emergency services community have been personally affected by Hurricane Sandy and her aftermath. The sense of loss is enormous, overwhelming and painful. During this crisis, the 1st Responder News family would like for all of you to know that you and your families are all in our thoughts and prayers. We would also like to thank all of you in the emergency services community who, once again, have worked so diligently in helping others during this time of overwhelming need. Your tireless effort and selflessness continue to inspire all of us. 1st Responder News’ staff will continue to think about all of you during this difficult time.

you have to We want to get the word out!!! While responding to a call on November 24, one of Point Breeze Fire Department’s 4x4 engines had an electrical fire in the crew cab. The apparatus is in desperate need of replacement as it operated in six feet of sewage/saltwater during Sandy. Please help if you can. They are Breezy's first line of defense. They are a 100% volunteer non-profit tax deductible organization. You can donate by mailing a check directly to Point Breeze Volunteer Fire Department, 1 Fireman's Plaza, Breezy Point, NY 11697. Thank you. As the holidays approach and we move from the rescue and recovery operation, to the rebuilding phase; I would like to thank everyone for their help and support, and wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season. As you know, the next phase can be a long and tedious one, and can take a toll on our rescue workers. The NYSVARA and the NYSVARA, District 4 are dedicated to these agencies, our members and will continue to offer support and assistance. During this rebuilding phase, we are still in need of basic medical supplies, including pediatric items. District 4 has also joined with NYS Assemblyman Michael

Millers Office and Kiwanis to collect unwrapped toys for the children affected by the hurricane. This effort will help not only rebuild the agencies affected, but will also help in rebuilding the communities and the relationships between these agencies and their communities. Volunteer Fire and Ambulance Services from around the state and country collected equipment, collected donations, and offered support. These companies coordinated local and county wide collections, packed trucks and delivered items to the District 4 receving facility. Special thanks to the volunteers who helped on a daily basis receving donations, packaging, loading and delivering donations, and continue to offer support. Please help with the toy drive. Part of the rebuilding process of our agencies is rebuilding of the communities. We cannot forget the children in all of this. The toys will be handed out by Santa Claus on Saturday, December 24, 2012. Donations can be sent to POB 863991 Ridgewood, NY 11386 Toys and supplies can be delivered M-F (9-5) or mailed to the same Assemblyman Michael Millers Office C/O District 4, NYSVARA 83-91 Woodhaven Boulevard Woodhaven, NY 11421

Moonachie seeks help During the night of hurricane Sandy, the members of the Moonachie Fire Department were out operating at numerous emergencies across the town when the unthinkable happened and would change the history of the Moonachie Fire Department and the borough of Moonachie. While members were returning from a run around 2300 hours, they noticed water rapidly rising on East Joseph Street heading into the town and right to fire headquarters. Within minutes, water was rushing into the firehouse, giving the members very little time to remove apparatus and personal items. The water rose so high and so rapidly most of the towns including fire headquarters were under between 3 and 6 feet of water in under an hour. Members and apparatus found higher ground in another town, so they could assist in rescue operations with other Moonachie agencies and numerous mutual aide companies. Members operated overnight and into the next day even knowing most of their homes where severely flooded. When the water receded, companies returned to fire headquarters to find total devastation.

Water levels in the firehouse were near six feet, causing severe damage to radios, computers, turnout gear, personal items and several pieces of apparatus including our 1953 Ahrens Fox pumper. The apparatus could not be removed in time due to the rapidly rising water. Due to the extent of the damage, MFD has a temporary firehouse which we are making due with, but we need to rebuild our Moonachie Road firehouse. If you would like to help in the rebuilding of Moonachie Fire Department, PLEASE make a donation to assist us. There are many items that insurance won't cover 100%. Please send any monetary donations to Moonachie Fire Department 70 Moonachie Road Moonachie, NJ 07074. Or via Pay Pal at T2YZ5LSFY. All donations will go to the house, apparatus and equipment fund. Thank you all for your thoughts and help over the last few days. Thank You From the Members of the Moonachie fire department.

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