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Fire Does Significant Damage to Home in Arab Arab, AL - Firefighters from Arab Fire, 4C-VFD and Georgia Mountain VFD worked a morning structure fire in the Brashier's Chapel Community just outside of Arab on Wednesday, January 2nd. The call to Marshall County JUMP TO FILE# e911 came in just 010219109 after 9:00 A.M. for a reported structure fire with smoke and flames visible. On arrival of Arab Engine 1, Lt. Kyle Powell and his crew were met with a working structure fire in a singlestory farm house. Crews made an aggressive interior attack, confining the fire to a single bedroom. With the assistance of automatic aid crews, the fire was quickly contained. No one was home at the time of the fire and no one was reported injured. The homeowner arrived a short time later and informed fire crews that he had been having electrical problems over the past few days. Arab Electric Coop had representatives on the scene. The fire is being investigated by the Marshall County Arson Task Force. - RICKY PHILLIPS

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BCES Donates Extrication Tools to Lanier Tech’s Fire Science Program Barrow County, GA - When Barrow County Emergency Services’ (BCES) extrication tools came to the end of their service life recently, they were replaced with updated tools with the help of an Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG). The older tools were still functional, but had come to the end of their life cycle for use on emergency incidents. Although the tools had been removed from service for emergency work, they were still operational and safe for use in instruction and for training purposes. Lanier Technical Institute’s Fire Science program was not far down the road, and in need of tools to train their students in the art and science of vehicle extrication. After a few phone calls, a plan was in place to donate some of the used tools to the school. The Barrow County Board of Commissioners approved the donation of one set of extrication tools to Lanier Tech’s Fire Science program. The value of the equipment donated was over $19,000, and included hydraulic power plants, hoses, cutters, spread-

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Houston County, GA - In December, Robins AFB Fire & Emergency Services crews staged apparatus in support of Houston County Fire Chief Jimmy Williams' benefit ride as the Red Knights Motorcycle Club GA Chapter 26 and Roughnecks MC of GA drove down Highway 247 in procession. The clubs raised a total of $3,848 from the ride, 100% of which will go towards Chief Williams' cancer treatments.


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Virginia: Brad Clark, 43 Rank: Lieutenant Incident Date: October 11, 2018 Death Date: October 11, 2018 Fire Department: Hanover County Fire & EMS - Station 6 Initial Summary: On Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018, at approximately 2100hrs, the Virginia State Police responded to a two-vehicle crash involving a fatality at southbound I-295, north of exit 38B. The trooper’s preliminary investigation revealed that Hanover County Fire and EMS was on-scene providing assistance with a two-vehicle crash with all of its emergency equipment activated, when a tractor trailer traveling southbound struck the engine in the rear. A total of three Fire and EMS personnel were injured in the crash with one of them, Lieutenant Brad Clark, succumbing to his injuries at the scene. The other two were transported to the hospital with serious injuries sustained at the scene from the crash. The driver of the tractor trailer had to be extricated from the cab of the truck and was transported for treatment with serious injuries.

Arizona: Joshua Eugin, 36 Rank: Probationary Firefighter Incident Date: October 17, 2018 Death Date: October 17, 2018 Fire Department: Saint David Fire District Initial Summary: On Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018, Probationary Firefighter Joshua Eugin was participating in a multi-department training exercise. Eugin was taking part in a "blackout drill," in which firefighters simulate rescuing victims inside a dark structure with fake smoke. Eugin collapsed while on-scene and fellow firefighters performed CPR. He was taken to the hospital where he died a short time later. The nature and cause of fatal injury are still to be reported. Iowa: Tom Henrich, 58 Rank: Chief Incident Date: October 20, 2018 Death Date: October 20, 2018

Fire Department: Earling Fire and Rescue Department Initial Summary: At approximately 2:40 p.m. on Oct. 20, 2018, Chief Tom Henrich responded with Earling Fire and Rescue Department units to a combine and field fire. While on scene, Henrich fell ill. CPR was administered and Henrich was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced deceased. An autopsy is pending to determine the official cause of death.

California: Ken Hood, 50 Rank: Assistant Fire Chief Incident Date: October 24, 2018 Death Date: October 24, 2018 Fire Department: California Governor's Office of Emergency Services, Fire and Rescue Division Initial Summary: On Oct. 24, 2018, California Office of Emergency Services Assistant Fire Chief Ken Hood suffered an acute medical emergency during a multi-agency coordination meeting in Quincy, CA. He received immediate assistance from the Quincy Fire Department and other public safety professionals who were attending the meeting. Despite a valiant effort by first responders and then emergency room personnel, Hood passed away hours later at the Plumas District Hospital in Quincy, CA.

Oregon: Glenn Harman, 64 Rank: Chief Incident Date: October 16, 2018 Death Date: October 16, 2018 Fire Department: Rocky Point Fire & EMS Initial Summary: On Oct. 16, 2018, at approximately 0815hrs., Chief Harman was found deceased at the fire department. Harman had been reviewing station reports when he was discovered collapsed at his computer.


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Plane Crashes onto Georgia College Firefighters Raise Money Campus, Pilots Survive for Cancer Research with No Shave November Barrow County, GA - Firefighters are, by tradition, clean shaven. In November, some firefighters with Barrow County Emergency Services (BCES) let their beards grow for charity in support of No Shave November. No Shave November is a nationwide campaign, started in 2009. Originally started with a focus on Prostate Cancer awareness, the campaign has grown to include awareness for all cancers and cancer research. Any member of BCES that donated $25 to the Barrow Fire Foundation were allowed to waive the requirement firefighters and EMTs have to shave their beards before reporting for duty each shift. The money collected will be presented to Northeast Georgia Health System’s (NGHS) Medical Center Foundation designated for Cancer Services. The BCES donation will be given in memory of members of the department that have battled cancer, some of whom are still fighting and others who have lost their battle. Interim Chief Alan Shuman said, “This is the second year BCES has participated in No Shave November, and participation has grown over the last year. Our firefighters look forward to the chance to not shave for a few

JUMP TO FILE #113018124 weeks while also raising funds for a good cause.” Chief Shuman did reiterate that if at any time a firefighter’s facial hair interfered with the ability to obtain a tight seal on his breathing mask, he’d be required to shave. In a show of solidarity and appreciation, leaders from Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC) Barrow also joined the cause. NGMC Barrow’s president, Chad Hatfield and medical director, Jon Horn, M.D. also contributed and participated in the No Shave November campaign. “We are so thankful for the work our emergency workers do every day. It is a privilege and an honor to have them support our organization’s cancer services. Being able to keep their donations locally, will help us impact lives of those in our community," Hatfield shared. On November 27th, representatives from BCES presented a check for the $1500 raised during the campaign to NGHS Medical Center Foundation.

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Kennesaw, GA - Two people escaped with minor injuries after their plane crashed on a college campus on November 29, 2018. The plane went down on the campus of Kennesaw State University, which is about 30 miles north of Atlanta, at the intersection of Campus Loop Road and Bartow Avenue. Crews with the Cobb County Fire Department had to extricate the two from the plane. Both pilots were able to walk to stretchers. They were transported non-emergency to

JUMP TO FILE #120718106 Kennestone Hospital for evaluation. “We’re very thankful that they are ok,” said Denell Boyd, Cobb County Fire spokeswoman. “You don’t end up in this situation many times when you’re not hurt badly.” The Cirrus SR22 aircraft was coming from Omaha, Nebraska, heading to Fulton County AirportCharlie Brown Field in Atlanta. The cause of the crash is not yet known,

but crews from the NTSB were on the scene Friday morning conducting an investigation. A parachute was deployed from the aircraft prior to it crashing, which is believed to have helped saved the lives of the pilots. Boyd mentioned that fire crews were on scene just two minutes after being dispatched, which helped minimize danger to a crowd of college students. Classes at the university were not affected by the crash. - AVERY GUTHRIE

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Bryan County, GA - Firefighter Stephen Purvis was named the “Employee of the Quarter” for the fourth quarter of 2018. Firefighter Purvis was nominated by several BCES members and following are direct quotes from those who nominated him. "Firefighter Purvis has undertaken multiple tasks around the department and has completed them in a timely manner"; "Firefighter Purvis makes sure ALL tasks are completed correctly and to standard"; "Firefighter Purvis takes initiative to complete jobs and tasks around the department on his own without being told"; Firefighter Purvis is a pleasure to work with and works well with others!" Pictured (L to R): Battalion Chief John Middleton, Firefighter Stephen Purvis and Chief Freddy Howell.


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MFRD Hosts Years of Service/Awards and Recognition Ceremony and Memorial Service Murfreesboro, TN - The Murfreesboro Fire Rescue Department recently hosted its annual Years of Service/Awards and Recognition Ceremony and Memorial Service at Patterson Park Community Center. The night began with recognizing personnel who reached Years of Service milestones. They were as follows: -30 Years: Lee Douglas, Troy Thomas, Daryl Alexander, Carol Whitaker, Jeffrey Day, Carl Peas and Kaye Jernigan. -15 Years: David Bricker, Davey Ferrell, Kenneth McFarland, Ray Robinson, James White, Mitchell Whittenburg and Kyle Winnett. -10 Years: Zach Fleenor, Rob Odom, Jonathan Parsons, Joshua Parsons, Jeremy Morris, Benson Cothran, Jason Norris, Sean Wheeler, Jonathan Gaither, John Flynt and Josh Warren. -5 Years: Brent Stephens and Justin Lewis. Several personnel were promoted during 2018. The ceremony was an opportunity for family members or other designees to pin their new badges on their uniforms. -Assistant Chief: Carl Peas -Battalion Chiefs: Joe Bell, Jamie Bigelow, Brian Lowe and Mark McCluskey. -Fire and Life Safety Specialists: Dwajuan Howse, Eugene Todd and Shandreah Womack. -Captain: Chris Ayers, David Bricker, Richard Crick, Karl Daigle, Doug Inglish, Chase Martin, Joel Patnode and Randy Shaw. -Engineer: Adam C. Brown, Kevin Defeo, Josh Jackson, Taylor Lasseter, Jamie Layhew, Dustin Liddell, Justin McCraven, Rob Odom, Duane O’Donnell, Julia Pitt, Matt Roeger and Matthew Twomey. -Fire Chaplains: Stephen Ellison, James Ray and Terry Smith. MFRD’s latest recruit classes were recognized for their accomplishments. One group graduated from the Tennessee Fire and Codes Enforcement Academy in Bell Buckle, TN in November, the other in December from the Franklin Fire Department Training Academy. -TFACA Recruit Class: Harrison Hovater, Christopher Llanes, Christopher Pokracki and Caleb Walls. -Franklin Recruit Class: Tyler Allen, Corra Dirksen, Tyson Donaldson, Nicholas Lanzafame, Sterling Rogers, Ryan St. Peter and Jarriett Toney. Firefighters that received the Toot’s Restaurant “Firefighter of the Month” awards in 2018 were mentioned, as well as the Noon Exchange Club’s “Firefighter of the Year".

JUMP TO FILE #122818107 The program then shifted to unit citations which occur when a crew performs an act as a team that results in a positive outcome. Two unit citation awards were given this year. In June 2018, the first crew to be honored, responded to an apartment complex in which a young girl’s arm was stuck inside of a pipe in the swimming pool. The crew worked for 2.5 hours to free the child and their teamwork was undoubtedly a contributing factor to the successful rescue. Those personnel were: Jeff Irvin, Titus Jackson, David Branch, Adam Ross, Raleigh Marlin, Mitchell Whittenburg, Matt Roeger, Matt Young, Renard Brown, Beau Doss, Brent Stephens, Gary Hutchinson, Chase Martin and Kevin Defeo. The second group to receive a unit citation was recognized for their “precise care” of a patient who had a deep laceration to her neck. As a team, they began lifesaving measures upon arrival and the patient’s life was ultimately saved. Those members were: Karl Daigle, Cruz Macias and Matt Young. Fire Rescue Chief Mark Foulks also recognized members of the public for various accomplishments. Five teachers from St. Rose School were presented the “Citizens Award” for contributing to the health and life safety of members of their community. Julie Menke, Jodi Vehr, Ronnie Franceson, Renee Loper and Colleen Hawkins provided medical care to a student’s grandfather who had become unconscious in his driver’s seat while in the pick-up line. Foulks said, “Because of their efforts, a young man and his grandfather are able to make many more memories together.” Foulks presented Kathy Ferrell, Executive Director of the American Red Cross Heart of Tennessee Chapter, with a Community Partner Award. He noted the various cooperative projects between MFRD and the Red Cross, including smoke alarm canvasses and blood drives. He also touched on their assistance to citizens who find themselves in need after a fire or disaster. The final awards of the evening were the Community Service Awards. Chellie Leetz accepted the award on behalf of Mission BBQ. The restaurant is dedicated to honoring the public safety and military members of the community. Foulks mentioned a few instances in which they donated food to help first responders, and even went as far as bringing

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Personnel with 30 Years of Service, (L to R): Deputy Chief Roger Toombs, Battalion Chief Daryl Alexander, Administrative Aide Carol Whitaker, Chaplain/Captain Lee Douglas, Captain Jeff Day, Assistant Chief Carl Peas, Assistant Chief Kaye Jernigan and Fire Rescue Chief Mark Foulks.

food to the family of a retired MFRD member who passed away. John Lee Smith, also known as Big Smo, also received a Community Service Award for donating his time to the department for various projects such as the Lip Sync Challenge and “Cooking with MFRD.” Foulks mentioned Smith’s donation of an autographed flag which will assist in raising funds for the Public

Safety Relay for Life Team. Before moving on to the Memorial Service, Deputy Chief Roger Toombs named the personnel who retired in 2018 and thanked them for their service: Robert Alsup, Jeff Bratcher, Keith Bratcher, Steve Melton, Billy Sauls, Nora Smith and Guy Matthews. Lastly, MFRD remembered the members of the department who

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passed away in 2018. Chaplain Lee Douglas described each of the deceased members to the audience as either their family member or an Honor Guard representative placed a single rose on a helmet spotlighted center stage. Those personnel were William “Bubba” Daniel, Dawson McCrary and Gary Ralston. - MFRD


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Fire venting through the eaves.

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Home in Murfreesboro a Total Loss Following Blaze Murfreesboro, TN - Murfreesboro Fire Rescue Department’s Districts 1, 3 and 8, along with Rescue 9, responded to a house fire at 1320 Diana Street just before 10:00 A.M. on Friday morning, November 30, 2018. Crews arrived to find heavy fire on the back deck, and fire and smoke venting through the roof. The attic was completely involved according to the first arriving crew members. According to Engine 3 Captain Tony Lehew, the fire had been burning for a while before it was called in. Firefighters extinguished the fire quickly and searched the house for hotspots. Fortunately, the owner was not home at the time. At least five

JUMP TO FILE #113018117 outside dogs were found unharmed. Battalion Chief Daryl Alexander said the home received heavy fire, smoke, water and heat damage and will likely be a total loss. The owner did not require assistance from the Red Cross, and the animals will be taken care of by a family member. The Community Risk Reduction Division was on scene investigating. The cause is unknown at this time, but it appears that the fire started on the back deck. - MFRD

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Coats for Kids 2018 a Huge Success in Chattanooga Chattanooga, TN - On Thursday, December 6, 2018, people came from near and far to drop off a new coat for a needy child at Hamilton Place Mall in Chattanooga. Personnel from Chattanooga Fire Dept., Chattanooga Police Dept., Hamilton County EMS, Hamilton County Office of Emergency Management and the volunteers of Forgotten Child Fund collected 1,602 coats and raised $17,355 this year! The event surpassed the goal of 1,500 coats and everyone that supported this wonderful event is very much appreciated. Chattanooga is a very generous city!

JUMP TO FILE #121218109 The Forgotten Child Fund was created as a result of selfless humanitarian concern with dedicated efforts of police officers, firemen and citizens who simply could not ignore or forget the desperate needs of destitute children who have prayed and dreamed that Santa Claus would not pass them by. These children, through no fault of their own, would not have received any toys at Christmastime or enjoy a good meal without charitable assistance.

From its small earnest beginning in 1962, the Forgotten Child Fund has evolved into a highly visible, non-profit and respectable community charity that is funded completely by private donations from concerned citizens and organizations. With the involvement of businesses, fraternal and professional organizations and churches, it is officially sponsored by the Chattanooga Fire and Police Departments. All that are personally involved are volunteers driven by a labor of love and compassion. - AMY MAXWELL

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Fire Damages Commercial Building in Knoxville

Assistant Fire Marshal Clay Malone comforts one of several dogs onsite.

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Knoxville, TN - At 7:45 P.M. on December 23rd, smoke was reported coming from the Volunteer Lawn Inc. building at 4605 Vie Street by a passing motorist. When firefighters arrived they found heavy smoke coming from the eaves of the metal structure. Crews forced entry through a front office door and began searching for the source of the smoke. Near the rear of the warehouse/garage type business they found flames coming from what later would be described by the owner as a mechanics area, where equipment was repaired. It was after normal business hours for the lawn company, so no employees were present. Fire investigators were on the scene to determine the cause. No injuries were reported.


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(L to R): Deputy Chief Roger Toombs, Club President Jane Blakey, Member Jackie Jenkins, Member Rebecca Cross, and Fire Rescue Chief Mark Foulks.

The Woman’s Club of Murfreesboro to Begin "Reading Buddies Project" with MFRD Murfreesboro, TN - The Woman’s Club of Murfreesboro is partnering with Murfreesboro Fire Rescue Department (MFRD) to start the Reading Buddies Project. The Reading Buddies Project, according to club member Rebecca Cross, “places children’s books in the hands of first responders who encounter children under the most stressful circumstances.” Aside from the obvious benefits, Cross adds that, “the ability to comfort a child with kind words coupled with books, engenders a lifetime relationship of finding solace and enjoyment in reading.” The kickoff for the project will be Saturday, December 15, 2018, at the Barnes and Noble Book Fair located at The Avenue from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. The book store has generously offered The Woman’s Club a percentage of sales from the entire day to jumpstart the funding of the program. All proceeds will be used to supply new books to be carried on MFRD’s frontline apparatus. “We are excited to begin this new venture with one of our community partners,” said Fire Rescue Chief Mark Foulks. “We are known for handing out stuffed animals to children in stressful situations, but providing books to those children takes that to the next level.” Cross said the continuing efforts of the club will ensure a “ready supply” of books for MFRD at all times. Reading Buddies is only one example of Literacy Outreach projects established within the community by The Woman’s Club. History of The Woman’s Club of Murfreesboro: The Woman’s Club of Murfreesboro began in 1887 with 12 ladies who possessed a love of reading and literacy. Each lady do-

JUMP TO FILE #121018113 nated one book, and books were housed on the counters of a local drug store. By 1911, several members of the original reading group organized The Murfreesboro Library Association, and by 1916 had over 2,000 books and periodicals, moving its collection from location to location. The Library Association needed a permanent home for its collection, and the founding members of The Woman’s Club of Murfreesboro located its present home at 221 East College, raised the funds to purchase it, and purchased the building in 1916. Books owned by the Library Association were moved to their new home in The Woman’s Club Library in 1916, and became the first public lending library in Rutherford County. The Woman’s Club Library operated the only public lending library from 1916 until 1948, when Linebaugh Public Library was formed. The library at the Woman’s Club remains a viable library for members and others in the community needing access to its volumes of rare, first edition, and out of print books for resource and research availability. The Woman’s Club of Murfreesboro was incorporated in 1916; celebrated its 100th anniversary on July 22, 2016; and was designated as a 501(c)(3) Public Charity in 2016. The Woman’s Club continues to offer community outreach programs involving literacy opportunities for some of the most underserved segments of our local community. - MFRD

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Front Row (L to R): Kevin Madachik (MFRD), Thomas Gunnell (MFRD), Frank Camejo (MFRD), Micah Meshotto (LFD), and Mitch Riggert (LFD); Middle Row (L to R): Adam Ross (MFRD), Chad Wisniewski (MFRD), James Ray (MFRD), Jeffrey Plaisted (MFRD), Tiara Green (MFRD), Matt Frye (LFD), Chris Spencer (MFRD and LFD), and Daphanie Crenshaw (MFRD); Back Row (L to R): MFRD Training Coordinator Jeff Wright, Instructor Alana Brown, David McCallister (LFD), Josh Dickson (LFD), Matt Young (MFRD), John Rutledge (LFD), Richard Goodyear (MFRD), Brittney Barry (LFD), MFRD Assistant Chief Kim Lawson, and Instructor Andrew Neill.

MFRD and LVFRD Personnel Complete Second In-House Motlow State EMT Class Murfreesboro, TN - The week of November 26, 2018 wrapped up an intense accelerated Emergency Medical Technician-Basic (EMTB) class provided by Motlow State Community College (MSCC) for personnel from Murfreesboro and La Vergne Fire Rescue Departments. The eight-week class was provided to students through a partnership with MSCC formed to better provide emergency medical response in Murfreesboro and Rutherford County. The students were trained on how to perform basic patient assessment; how to assess and treat life-threatening traumatic injuries; how to assess and treat medical emergencies, to include diabetic emergencies and chest pain; and how to assist with emergency childbirth outside the hospital. There are 30 specific skills that each students demonstrated proficiency of during the final skills test. After testing and passing the National Registry Exam, successful students will apply for licensing as a Tennessee state EMT. The instructors for the course

JUMP TO FILE #112618122 are current District Chiefs with Nashville Fire Department’s Emergency Medical Division, Alana Brown and Andrew Neill. Together, they have over 40 years of combined experience and were selected by Program Director Drew Hooker to instruct the course based on their experience in a fire departmentbased delivery of emergency medical services to the public. Both Chiefs have extensive credentials. Brown and Neill also taught Murfreesboro’s pilot in-house class which produced over 21 EMTs in February 2017. “We have been blessed with the opportunity to receive quality medical training right here in Murfreesboro,” said MFRD Fire Rescue Chief Mark Foulks. “We are also appreciative of Bradley Academy and its staff for the ability to host these classes at their facility.” The advanced (AEMT) portion of the class will begin in January of 2019. This will bring MFRD closer to achieving the department’s three

year goal for training its Firefighters as EMTs and AEMTs at the Doug Young Public Safety Training Facility. As for La Vergne, the department will now have three more AEMTS on each of three shifts, an average of one AEMT per station. “This class was a great opportunity for both departments,” said City of La Vergne Interim Fire Chief Chris Clark. “We are grateful for the chance to work with Motlow and their awesome instructors.” Clark went on to say, “It is only a matter of time and these students will be hitting the streets utilizing the skills they were taught to save lives in our communities.” “The partnership between each of the organizations remains strong to provide the quality EMS education needed for Rutherford County. I am proud of the work the students, instructors, and administrators have done to provide this course. This training will directly improve the care the citizens of Murfreesboro and La Vergne receive,” said Motlow EMS Program Director Drew Hooker. - MFRD

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Whitwell, TN - The residents of Mullins Cove in Whitwell, Tenn. have just one way into their community and one way out. Because they live in such a remote area, wildfires are always a risk. However, by preparing for future wildfire threats, these community members have learned how to best safeguard their home and earned Firewise USA™ recognition. Firewise USA™ empowers neighbors, municipal leaders, and other partners to work together in an effort to reduce the risk of wildfire within their communities. The program has been nationally recognized since 2002, and there are more than 1,400 Firewise sites located across the U.S. The Mullins Cove community has 22 miles of heavily forested area and narrow roads, which are often only wide enough for one vehicle. Working with the Mullins Cove Volunteer Fire Department and the Tennessee Department of Agriculture Division of Forestry, the community completed wildfire hazard assessments. They also developed a Community Wildfire Protection Plan identifying wildfire hazards and actions to reduce wildfire risk. “Wildland fires can have serious effects on natural resources,

JUMP TO FILE #123018101 property, and safety in any area of Tennessee,” Agriculture Commissioner Jai Templeton said. “Through Firewise USA recognition, the Mullins Cove community has proven they understand that they are the first line of defense to protecting their homes from wildfire by taking proactive, preventative measures.” The Division of Forestry will present the community with a commemorative plaque and Firewise USA street signs. Community leaders, homeowners, representatives from the Mullins Cove Volunteer Fire Department, and Division of Forestry officials will attend. “With only one way in and one way out, it was vital to develop an evacuation plan should residents find themselves surrounded by fire,” Lt. Robert Payne of the Mullins Cove Volunteer Fire Department said. “Equally important, the Firewise Committee found a need to improve communication with residents in the event of a wildfire.” - AMY MAXWELL

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Fire Displaces Residents from Home in Murfreesboro

Murfreesboro, TN - Murfreesboro Fire Rescue’s Districts 4 and 7, along with Engine 1 and Rescue 8, responded to a two-story house fire at 2214 Liberty Court around 8:00 P.M. on December 23, 2018. The occupant smelled something burning, got outside, and immediately called 9-1-1. According to Battalion Chief Joe Bell, the fire started in the garage and got into the kitchen area inside the home. Bell said the garage received extensive fire damage and the house had heavy smoke and heat damage throughout. The two occupants and their pets were displaced, but did not require assistance from the Red Cross. There were no injuries associated with this incident. The cause of the fire is unknown. The Fire Marshal’s Office would be conducting a routine investigation.


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Duplex Fire Displaces Five Adults and Three Children in Murfreesboro Murfreesboro, TN - Murfreesboro Fire Rescue Department’s Engine 4 and Ladder 6 and District 7 responded to a duplex fire at 812 Corner Court JUMP TO FILE# around 3:15 A.M. 121018104 Saturday morning, December 8th. Crews arrived on scene to find flames coming out of the front door and windows. The occupants of the unit where the fire originated were already outside. One of the occupants mentioned that she tried knocking on the other unit’s door but re-

ceived no response. Firefighters searched the unit and found that the other occupants had already exited the house. The fire was extinguished and no injuries were associated with the incident. A total of five adults and three children were displaced and will be assisted by the American Red Cross. The fire appears to have started in the kitchen, but the exact cause is unknown at this time. The Fire Marshal’s Office will be conducting a routine investigation. -MFRD

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New Drive-In at Burger King in Cedar Hammock Cedar Hammock, FL - A car traveling south on 14th Street West left the roadway on December 2, 2018, hitting and sheering off a bus stop bench and a garbage can along with shrubs. The vehicle rolled over and came to rest in the middle of the Burger King Parking lot. On arrival, firefighters pulled a line due to the car smoking. The driver was transported to a local hospital.

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Pinellas Park Paramedics Recognized as EMS All-Stars Pinellas Park, FL - Pinellas Park Firefighter/Paramedics Andrew Hughes and Daniel Schultz were each presented with the 2018 HCA Pinellas County EMS AllStar Award on December 12, 2018, from HCA West Florida Pinellas County Hospitals. Hughes and Schultz were recognized for “demonstrating exceptional clinical practice, compassionate care and

JUMP TO FILE #122018100 customer service to the citizens of Pinellas County.” The All-Star Awards are given annually by HCA Hospitals of Pinellas County to those who provide outstanding service to the community based on HCA’s core

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Firefighters Welcome Former Australian P-3’s with Water Salute

Bradford County, FL - Firefighters from Bradford and Clay Counties participated in a Water Salute to welcome three former Australian AP-3C aircraft to the Keystone Heights Airport (42J) on Monday, December 17, 2018. Engine 20 from Bradford County and Engine 25 from Clay County used deck guns to form the Water Salute that the aircraft taxied through on their way to the parking ramp. These three aircraft joined two other P-3 aircraft that have been purchased by MHD Rockland after being taken out of military service in Australia.

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Arson Deemed Cause of Structure Fire in Daytona Beach

Daytona Beach, FL - The Daytona Beach Fire Department responded to a structure fire at 602 Cassin Ave. on the night before Christmas Eve. The male and female occupants of the residence exited the house on their own without injuries. The male is suspected to have set the fire inside the house intentionally; however, it is unknown why. Daytona Beach Police were able to take the male into custody and the State Fire Marshal was called to investigate for arson.

Deltona, FL - For the fifth year in a row, Deltona Fire Rescue personnel worked with the community and local businesses to provide gifts for those in need. Deltona firefighters delivered gifts to 28 families in the days before Christmas. Collection efforts were so successful that firefighters were able to donate to three local Deltona charities, as well as deliver a van full of toys to hurricane-affected Calhoun County, care of their local children’s coalition. Operation Deltona Cares was established in 2013 by now-retired Lieutenant Chrissy Gallagher, who saw the need for the fire service to further help those in need within the community. Deltona Fire Rescue collected toys at all five fire stations, but their best known toy drive is the “Fill the Fire Truck” event held every Black Friday at the local Walmart on Howland

JUMP TO FILE #122418104 Blvd. Firefighters and their families stand by with Deltona’s Pink Fire Truck for 24 hours starting Thanksgiving evening, accepting toy donations from citizens. This year’s program was one of the most successful to date, due in large part to several generous community organizations and businesses, including Acousti Engineering Company of Florida, Volusia Flagler Central Labor Council, Volusia County Chapter Democratic Hispanic Caucus of Florida, the Deltona Woman’s Club, and Representative David Santiago. Wrapping all of the donated presents took two days and approximately 16 hours to complete. Firefighters were assisted by students from the Deltona High

School Health Academy, under the leadership of Mrs. Brandy. Several entities within the fire service came together to make Operation Deltona Cares a success. The Deltona Firefighters Foundation and Deltona Professional Firefighters I.A.F.F. Local 2913 joined forces with Deltona Fire Rescue to make this worthwhile program a reality. Fire Chief Bill Snyder and Union President Lieutenant John Viccaro were instrumental in supporting the needs of the program and the personnel and their families who worked countless hours shopping for gifts, sorting through donations, and researching families in need. As one department member explained, the effort “provides us with a true sense of the Christmas season.” - HEATHER LANGSTON

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Class #125 Graduates from STC Fire Science Academy Sarasota, FL - Twenty two students graduated from Suncoast Technical College Fire Science Academy on December 19, 2018, after six months of grueling work. Students took the State Practical Exam that morning at the academy. The graduation was held at the Conference Center of the main Campus, with family, friends and visiting dignitaries in attendance.

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Ocala Fire Rescue Welcomes New Aircraft Firefighting Apparatus Ocala, FL - Ocala Fire Rescue (OFR) welcomed a new Aircraft Rescue Firefighting (ARFF) apparatus on December 14, 2018, during a “Push-in” ceremony. Elected officials, community members and firefighters gathered at Fire Station No. 4, 3300 SW 20th St., to witness as OFR welcomed ARFF1, the first vehicle of its kind manufactured by E-One. The ceremony included a brief address by Fire Chief Shane Alexander, who spoke of the apparatus’ features, the project’s funding sources and the history behind

JUMP TO FILE #121818109 the ceremony to follow. The “pushing-in” of the apparatus proceeded. With an ARFF team member, Edward Floyd, behind the wheel of the ARFF1, firefighters lined themselves in front of the apparatus and prepared to “push” it into the fire station bay. Having completed the tradition dating back to the 1800s, when horse-drawn steam engines were pushed back into the station by

firefighters after a call, ARFF1 was announced to be officially in service. “During my career with Ocala Fire Rescue, I’ve witnessed the addition of two ARFF vehicles to our fleet,” said Ocala Fire Chief Shane Alexander. “Considering these purchases occurred 21 years apart, receiving this state-of-the-art apparatus, custom-built to fit Ocala’s aircraft firefighting and hazard mitigation needs, is exciting and humbling.” - OCALA FIRE RESCUE

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Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue Commences “Ready Now” Campaign Fort Lauderdale, FL - The safety and welfare of the residents and visitors of Broward County is of paramount concern to the men and women of the Broward Sheriff’s Office. It is also one of the motivating factors in the agency’s commitment to community outreach. As JUMP TO FILE# home to nearly 2 mil- 112118110 lion residents, Broward County maintains one of the densest populations in the State of Florida. The well-being of the community at large is also the impetus behind Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue’s “Ready Now” community campaign which began this past November. The Birthing of “Ready Now”: In May of 2018, Special Projects Coordinator Patricia Lynn of the Broward Sheriff’s Office Department of Fire Rescue recognized the senior citizens she was providing monthly educational sessions on community risk reduction were vastly unprepared in the event of evacuating for an emergency. Like many constructs of emergency response, this endeavor was born out of necessity and prompted Patti Lynn to develop an instructional presentation and demonstration kit inclusive of a “Go Bag”. While this concept is quite familiar to first responder and military personnel, it is generally not the case for the general public. A “Go Bag” is an emergencypreparedness bag packed in advance with the hope it is never needed and are useful in situations which require a rapid evacuation and contain various supplies to help through an immediate situation The concept, originally designed to aid the senior citizen population in the event of an emergency evacuation, rapidly grew to a full-blown agency-wide project, targeting the entire Broward County population. The “Ready Now” motto is “Ready to know, ready to go, “Ready Now”. By providing situational awareness training to at-risk groups, participants are able to better ready themselves for any emergency be it a man-made or natural disaster, fire, or active killer situation. The “Ready Now” project enables the residents and visitors of Broward County to act proactively to protect and prepare themselves in the event of any emergency situation. This empowerment allows the triad of fire rescue, law enforcement, and community members civilian to enhance survivability of everyone involved. “Ready Now” Implementation: The “Ready Now” project provides Life Safety Educators and Fire Command Staff a comprehensive curriculum in order to present a 2030 minute situational and dynamic program discussing the importance of staying informed, preparing an emergency kit in the event of evacu-

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ation, and always being ready. By providing broad-spectrum training and targeting at-risk groups, participants are able to help themselves and others during an emergency. The five-pronged approach includes active killer/situational awareness training, bleeding control, Hands-Only CPR, “Go Bag” preparation, and engaging in real life scenarios highlighting alternative solutions to rendering aid and fighting in place. To date, the “Ready Now” project has delivered training and “Go Bag” kits to over 1,500 senior citizens, parents, caregivers, business partners, and teachers in Broward County. The feedback within the Broward County community, both public and first responder agencies has been enormous. One Principal stated, “The teachers learned a lot, it was an eye opener for them. It was good to make them aware and be ready for the unknown. This is a great program and I think that other schools will really benefit from it.” “Ready Now” Status and Future Plans: The “Ready Now” project, started as a simple “Go Bag” presentation with a vision to reduce injury and loss of life within the senior citizen community, but through its expansion has resulted in changing the way personnel at the Broward Sheriff’s Office Department of Fire Rescue train the public in emergency preparedness countywide. Since the program’s inception in May, the Broward Sheriff's Office Department of Fire Rescue has partnered with daycare centers, places of worship, social and community centers, and businesses throughout the 1,323 square miles of Broward County. With overwhelming support from Sheriff Scott J. Israel and Fire Chief Joseph R. Fernandez, future plans for the “Ready Now” project are to offer and provide pre-emergency planning sessions to all public and private schools, businesses, home owner associations, and religious organizations

to the nine cities and enterprise districts the Broward Sheriff's Office Department of Fire Rescue serves during the next fiscal year. As the motto declares, “Ready to know, ready to go, “Ready Now”” will assist in protecting the estimated 2 million Broward County citizens to be prepared for future situations which will require expert knowledge to overcome. “Ready Now” Go-Bag Contents: The “Go-Bag” is fully customizable emergency-preparedness bag that you pack in advance, but hope you never need. ““Go Bag’s” are useful in situations that require immediate evacuation. The emergency kit should be self-contained in one small or medium-sized bag and should contain supplies to help get you through up to one day. Once packed, keep your “Go Bag” in an easy-to-reach location, (like an entry-hall closet or under your bed). Pack lightly, tag your bag with name and address, and prepare a bag for each member of the family. Every “Go Bag” should consist of: -Copy of passport or driver’s license -Copy of marriage or divorce papers -Copy of health insurance information -Copy of will, living will, healthcare directives -List of emergency personal contacts with phone numbers -List of allergies to any drug (especially antibiotics) or food -First Aid Kit- including bandages of various sizes, sterile gauze, antibiotic cream, and antiseptic wipes. -Flashlight with extra flashlight batteries -Water (one to two small bottles) -Non-perishable snacks (granola bars, nuts, peanut butter crackers) -Extra keys to house and vehicle -Emergency cash in single dollar bills and quarters -Sanitary wipes/towelettes -Tissues -Extra prescription eye glasses,

hearing aid -Permanent marker -Notepad and pen -Toiletries and personal care items including -Toothbrush and toothpaste -Deodorant -Comb or hair brush -Hand/facial wipes -Feminine products -Pair of socks -Light jacket -Whistle on a lanyard -Cell phone charger -Reading material, crossword book -Lightweight rain poncho

As a caregiver for children: -Copy of birth certificate -Copy of immunization records -Recent photo of each child -Change of clothes -Water (one to two small bottles) -Non-perishable snacks (granola bars, small packets of candy) -Diapers and powdered formula, bottles -Comfort items: stuffed animal, lovey, pacifier -Light/glow sticks -ID bracelet, marker, tag As a caregiver for adults or disabled family members: -List of any existing conditions or chronic illnesses, including allergies -Copy of passport or driver’s license -Copy of health insurance information -Copy of Medicare/Medicaid card -Copy of medical power of attorney/Durable power of attorney -Copy of living will, healthcare directives, do-not-resuscitate order -Current medications including over-the-counter treatments, with dosages -List of regular healthcare providers (names and numbers) -Extra prescription eye glasses, hearing aid or other vital personal items -A change of clothing: underwear, socks, tops, bottoms -Comfort items like copies of pictures, prayer book, Bible, rosary, etc.

-Toiletries and personal care items including -Toothbrush and toothpaste -Deodorant -Comb or hair brush -Hand/facial wipes -Adult diapers, sanitary pads, feminine products -Small bag for securing jewelry or other valuables

As a caregiver for pets: -Your pet’s paperwork for vaccinations and medical history -Recent photo of each pet -Collar/Harness with ID tag and rabies tag -Sturdy leash or pet carriers (A pillowcase is a good option for transporting cats and other small animals.) -Water -Non-spill bowls -Small sample-sized bag of dry food or pop-top lid of canned food -Plastic bags and litter -Chew toy, treats -Names and phone numbers of emergency veterinary hospitals and animal shelters As a teacher: -Class roster -List of students with special needs and description of needs (i.e. medical issues, prescription medicines, dietary needs), marked confidential -Pertinent medical supplies (EpiPen, Asthma Inhaler) -List of school emergency procedures and contacts -First aid kit with instructions -Student activities (such as playing cards, checkers, inflatable ball) -Pack of wet wipes -Toilet wipes/Toilet paper -Hand sanitizer -Gloves -Tissues -Pull-ups -2 large garbage bags -5 gallon Zip-Loc bags -Hard candies or other long shelflife food (Skittles, Goldfish crackers, etc.) -Whistle and/or hat for teacher identification - MICHAEL KANE


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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-

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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 www.heroesmortgage.com/AdvantageProgram or call 877-541-HERO.

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OCALA FIRE RESCUE

Cathy’s Kids Spend a Morning to Remember with Ocala Firefighters

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Ocala, FL - On December 14, 2018, 17 children from Wyomina Elementary School, who were selected to participate in the Cathy’s Kids program, spent a morning to remember with Ocala Fire Rescue firefighters. For years, members of the International Association of Firefighters Local #2135, comprised of Ocala Fire Rescue firefighters, have honored the tradition set forth by Cathy Fender, Cathy’s Kids Founder, of gifting a child a morn-

JUMP TO FILE #121718127 ing of shopping, followed by a trip to the park with undivided attention. Though inclement weather diverted the group from the park, the shopping experience was nothing short of great. At 10:00 A.M. a school bus, filled with children identified by school personnel as members of families in need, arrived at Walmart

Supercenter on 19th Avenue Road. There, each child was paired with at least one adult and treated to the shopping experience of a lifetime. Clothes, shoes, and of course toys for the children and their family members were purchased. Cathy’s kids could not have been possible without donations from firefighters, and sponsors such as Papa Johns and Wayne’s World of Paintball, among others. - OCALA FIRE RESCUE

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ST. PETERSBURG FIRE RESCUE

St. Petersburg Fire Rescue is delighted to announce the grand opening of their newest Fire Station at 875 64th Ave. North, St. Petersburg, FL.


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Single-Vehicle Accident Claims One Life on State Road 40 in Ocala Ocala, FL - A single-vehicle accident in the 4900 block of W. State Road 40 claimed one life in Ocala on December 9, 2018. Ocala Fire Rescue responded to reports of a fatal vehicle accident at 1:09 P.M. Upon arrival, firefighters encountered a four-door, maroon Ford facing JUMP TO FILE# west, on the oppo- 121018106 site side of the road. The vehicle, which appeared to have dislodged a hydrant, came to rest after colliding with a tree. The driver, the sole occupant, succumbed to injuries sustained. Florida Highway Patrol and Marion County Fire Rescue also responded. - OCALA FIRE RESCUE

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CIRONE PHOTOS

CERT Class Graduates from Manatee County Fire Academy

Bradenton, FL - The first CERT class in a long time has completed and graduated from training at Manatee County Fire Academy and are now certified CERT members. Residents from many communities attended this six week program. Now that training is complete, CERT members can assist emergency personnel in disaster and non-disaster situations. Pictured are students being shown how to use fire extinguishers.

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‘Rescue Me’ Benefit Calendar Features Lake County Firefighters and Shelter Pets Tavares, FL - Lake County firefighters teamed up with the Lake County Animal Shelter on a common mission this holiday season: to save shelter pets. Together, firefighters and adoptable cats and dogs will grace the pages of the 2019 “Rescue Me” charity calendar. All proceeds from the calendar will benefit the Lake County Animal Shelter, a no-kill facility managed by the Lake County Board of County Commissioners, located at 28123 County Road 561, Tavares. The calendar is available online at www.lakefirefighterchar-

JUMP TO FILE #112618121 ity.org for a suggested donation of $10. “We are thrilled to continue our partnership with Lake County firefighters on showcasing our wonderful shelter pets,” said Lake County Animal Shelter Director Whitney Boylston. “These local heroes are animal lovers who are dedicated to helping find homes for homeless pets.” The calendar is sponsored by the Professional Firefighters of

Lake County Local 3990, a notfor-profit 501C3 organization which raises funds for the local community, with photography, graphic design and print production completed in-house by the Lake County Office of Communications. For more information about adoptable animals, follow the shelter on Facebook at www.facebook.com/LakeCountyAnimalShel ter and Twitter at www.twitter.com/lakeshelterpets, or call 352-343-9688. - ELISHA PAPPACODA

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Hands Chaplain’s Corner Didymus McHugh

I was sitting during a meeting and my mind wandered. I was thinking about hands and what could be done with hands. We can use a closed hand to fist bump someone, or we can use a closed hand to punch someone. We can use an open hand to caress someone or slap them. We have so much power in our hands and sometimes we forget. In emergency services, our hands are part of the tools that we make take for granted. How else would you swing an axe, or a set of spreaders, or an attack hoseline? How would you lift a patient onto a stretcher? We can lift a patient onto a stretcher. We can lift someone’s spirits by placing a hand on someone else’s when we talk with them. We can place a hand on a shoulder to console someone. We can use our hands to feed the less fortunate. Clergy may lay hands on someone as we pray with them or bless them. Skilled hands can play beautiful music, or a painting, or a sculpture, or repair my vehicle. We use our hands to eat with. We can embrace our loved one. We can show how much we miss them, or there are others who hit their spouse. We hold our children as we hug them to show our love to them. We may hold our parents or an elderly person to express our love, for possibly the last time. The medical field use their

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hands to assess and treat patients. Hands are used to heal. Hands help us feel comfort, as we pet our dog, or cat. People use hands to communicate with the deaf by using sign language. We can tell someone to come or to go. We can teach a child to count. We can hand someone in need a meal, a bottle of water, a blanket or hand a child a toy. We take for granted so many things. We can use things for bad or to express love, to show how much we care. Almost everything that we encounter in our life can be used for good or bad. It is our decision on how we will use things. With our mouths, we can bless or curse. We can uplift or put someone down. We can bully or encourage. Use your hands for good. I know that you do good being an emergency responder, but there is so much that can be done the other times, when we may not realize how much of an impact we make. Go find someone that may need some love, give them a hug. It doesn’t cost you anything, but to the other person it may be priceless. Use your hands to change someone’s life. Part of the Irish blessing states, “and until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of His hand.” Wow, God holding us in His hand and caring for us. Keep up the great work and may God bless you and watch over your comings and goings. Stay safe,

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Patient is prepped and ready for Medevac flight to Broward Health in Ft. Lauderdale.

BSFR Treats and Transports Victim of Arm Amputation in Hillsboro Beach Hillsboro Beach, FL - A 44year-old construction worker sustained an amputation to his right arm on the morning of November 29, 2018 as a result of an industrial related accident in Hillsboro Beach. According to witnesses, the man was working with an industrial auger at a construction site when his right arm became entangled in the drill bit just after 10:00 A.M. Augers are frequently used during construction to excavate the ground for the purpose of drilling holes. The intense force of the me-

JUMP TO FILE #120318100 chanical drill-bit caused a complete amputation of his right arm just below the shoulder. The patient was first transported by Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue to Broward Health North by ground for evaluation, but due the severity of the injury, and in an abundance of caution, the patient was flown by Air Rescue to Broward Health in Fort Lauderdale

as surgeons attempted to reattach the extremity. Miraculously, the patient was conscious and in stable condition after the traumatic incident, likely due to the swift actions of a Hillsboro Beach Police Officer on the scene who applied a tourniquet and managed the patient’s care before paramedics arrived. As of Monday, December 3rd, the patient's limb reattachment was successful and he was recovering. - MICHAEL KANE

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There are five different stretchers on the average ambulance: When you hear the word stretcher, the first image that typically comes to mind is a long bed atop a set of wheels. Aside from that stretcher, somewhere inside the ambulance is a reeves, stair chair, scoop, and backboard. Each serves it’s own function.

BSFR helicopter is standing by, ready to transport victim of amputation.

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JUMP TO FILE #010919109 uses a comprehensive peer review model to evaluate candidates seeking the credential. The CPC awards the designation only after an individual successfully meets all of the organization’s stringent criteria. Achieving this designation signifies Chief Pidermann’s commitment to his career in the fire and emergency service. Prior to coming to the Broward Sheriff’s Office Department of Fire Rescue in 2018, Chief Pidermann served with the City of Miami Fire Rescue and retired as deputy chief after serving the city and its residents for 30 years. The Broward Sheriff’s Office of Department of Fire Rescue congratulates Chief Pidermann on a remarkable accomplishment and major milestone in his commitment to public service. - MICHAEL KANE

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OCALA FIRE RESCUE

Traffic Accident Resulting in Vehicle Fire Claims One Life in Ocala Ocala, FL - A single-vehicle accident in the 4800 block of SW 49th Pl., claimed one life on Wednesday, November 28, 2018. Ocala Fire Rescue responded to reports of a traffic accident with a vehicle fire at 10:12 P.M. Upon arrival, firefighters encountered a four-door sedan and the tree the vehicle impacted in flames. Utilizing water from the fire engine’s tank, as well as firefighting foam, crews extinguished the flames. The driver, the sole vehicle occupant, succumbed to injuries sustained. Ocala Police Department and Marion County Fire Rescue also responded.


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DEPARTMENT PROFILE

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The St. Pete Clearwater International Airport opened as a military installation during World War II. After the war the US Government gave the facility to Pinellas County to be used for commercial flights. It was originally named Pinellas International Airport with the call sign of PIE. Even though the name was changed in 1957, that call sign was retained and continues to appears on airport vehicles. Upwards of two million travelers pass thru PIE each year on commercial flights. It also remains the world's largest Coast Guard Air Station. The lion's share of air traffic, however, is general aviation.

Services at the airport include a full time fire department with three ARFF units. Each of these has a 1500-GPM pump and carries 1500gallons of water, along with 200-gallons of foam. There are also 500-lbs. of Dry Chem on board. These apparatus respond to all emergencies on or near the 2000acre airport grounds. They also have support vehicles and a marine unit on a trailer that is set up for rapid deployment. Mutual aid agreements are in place with the surrounding agencies.

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James Stasko, firefighter with Volusia County Fire Rescue, is shown with Fire Chief Jeff B. Smith during his promotion to lieutenant. Stasko works out of Station 13 in Ormond Beach.

LAKE COUNTY FIRE RESCUE

On December 7th, Lake County Fire Rescue celebrated the promotion of Carter Cork (right) to the rank of lieutenant.

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Citrus County Fire Chief Craig Stevens (far right) administers the oath of office prior to promoting members of Citrus County Fire Rescue at a recent ceremony at the Lecanto Government Building. (L to R): Firefighters Manuel Martinez, Kelly Seiferheld and Jose Dorta were promoted to Driver Engineers; Lt. Anthony Sequin was promoted to Captain; and Captain Robert Bessler was promoted to Battalion Chief, making him the newest member on the Fire Rescue Command Staff. Battalion Chief Keith Long was promoted to the position of Deputy Chief.

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VEHICLE NEWS

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Ocala Fire Rescue Celebrates Two Captains and Their Combined 40 Years of Service Ocala, FL - Ocala Fire Rescue (OFR) Captains Joseph Talley and Robert Osteen were honored Tuesday, November 20, 2018 during the regular Ocala City Council meeting for 20 years of dedicated service, each. The paths of these department veterans crossed in 1998 when they began as probationary firefighters for OFR. Since then, they have excelled through every promotional exam, including those for fire equipment operators, line

JUMP TO FILE #112118105 captains, and training captains. Similarities among these men extend beyond promotional processes. Captains Talley and Osteen are part of Florida’s Task Force 8, a federal resource for urban search and rescue, and have contributed to numerous rescue missions in and out of the state. Both men also have paramedic li-

censes and are instructors at the Florida State Fire College. “Field veterans like Captains Talley and Osteen are invaluable to the fire service, where nothing prepares you better for what’s to come than past experiences,” said Ocala Fire Chief Shane Alexander. “We are grateful to have such hardworking and loyal individuals as part of our fire department family.” - OCALA FIRE RESCUE

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Pasco County Fire Rescue Equips All Frontline Units with Carbon Monoxide Detectors Pasco County, FL - Carbon Monoxide is known as the silent killer. It's odorless, colorless and can impact patients in just minutes, leading to sickness or death. Pasco County Fire Rescue has seen an uptick of Carbon Monoxide poisonings due to push-to-start vehicles being left on in garages, and took action to protect our Firefighters. PCFR purchased a Tango TX1 carbon monoxide detector for each frontline unit in the county. This unit is placed on all of our jump bags and automatically sounds an alarm when Carbon

JUMP TO FILE #113018126 Monoxide is present, alerting our Firefighters to the presence of the dangerous odorless gas while they are on a call. The monitor not only helps protect First Responders against accidental CO poisoning, but gives us an indication of why a patient may be experiencing specific medical symptoms. - PASCO COUNTY FIRE RESCUE

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Five Citrus County Stations Respond to Home Fire Homosassa, FL - At 9:23 P.M. on December 12, 2018, Citrus County Fire Rescue was dispatched to a structure fire at a residence on South Victoria Point in Homosassa. The crew on the first arriving apparatus from the Homosassa Station, Engine 3, found a single wide manufactured home almost fully involved. Due to the nature and extent of the blaze, the initial and additional crews took up a defensive attack. Battalion Chief White declared the fire under control at 10:02 P.M. Crews from Connell Heights Station 7 with Rescue 7, Beverly Hills Station 13 with Tanker 13, Sug-

JUMP TO FILE #123118100 armill Woods Station 18 with Engine 18, Pine Ridge Station 20 with Engine 20, and Kensington Ave. Station 23 with Squad 23, responded to the scene. After an extensive overhaul, crews cleared the scene at 1:08 A.M. Due to the extent of the fire, the unoccupied home was left uninhabitable. The cause of the fire is under investigation and there were no reported injuries. - CRAIG STEVENS

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Daytona Beach, FL - A Daytona Beach Lieutenant dressed up as Santa Claus for his fourth year in a row to deliver toys to children for Christmas. Lt. Ray Hartsfield enjoys being Santa Claus every year, and the children are always so excited to see him. Pictured is Lt. Santa Claus and his helpers arriving to deliver toys to kids. SASHA STATON

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Cedar Hammock Fire District Takes Last Fire of the Year

Cedar Hammock, FL - Hours before the new year was going to ring in, Cedar Hammock Fire & Rescue was dispatched to a fire in the Flamingo Gardens Apartments. On arrival they were met with heavy fire showing through side "A" of the three-story apartment building. A second-alarm was stuck as residents made their way to safety. First-due units stretched into the fire floor as crews made their way to Divisions 2 and 3 to check for extension. Two adults and one child were displaced.

Jacksonville, FL - Fireboat Dr. Kiely was photographed on Veterans Day at the Jacksonville Veterans Day ceremony held at Memorial Park in the Riverside area of Jacksonville. The ceremony was officially started by Fireboat Dr. Kiely providing a salute with five deck guns. The 2010 MetalCraft Firestorm 70 Fireboat was originally dedicated as "Marine 1", but was renamed in honor of Dr Robert F. Kiely who served as the Medical Director of Jacksonville Fire Rescue for over 30 years. Powered by four Caterpillar C18 engines that create more than 4,000 horsepower and four Hamilton Jet Drives, Fireboat Dr. Kiely has a response area up to 100-miles offshore with a near shore response area from Kings Bay, GA to Port Canaveral, FL. Fireboat Dr. Kiely also has the capability to pump more than 14,000-GPM from four Hale water pumps.


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Kristi Campbell, a Volusia County Fire Rescue firefighter, has trained for the last three years with the John Hopkins All Children’s Hospital in Tampa to ensure that flight crews are prepared to survive a hard landing in the event of an aircraft emergency while transporting critically ill children. The flight crews are given a survival pack that includes a pocket knife, iodine pills, fire starter, bug spray, emergency blanket, whistle and other es-

sential items. Campbell’s team takes the crews to remote locations in swamp areas they frequently fly over and gives them a scenario. The crews must then find water and shelter, start a fire and signal rescuers. The guides instruct the flight crews on ways to survive using the tools they are provided in the surrounding environment. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office also assist with the training scenarios.

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Tamarac Fire Rescue Cadets and Broward Sheriffs Explorers Train Together to Learn CPR and Stop the Bleed Tamarac, FL - Fire Rescue Cadets and Broward Sheriff’s Office Dist. 7 Explorers recently trained together to learn CPR, AED, and Stop the Bleed techniques and procedures. By encouraging JUMP TO FILE# the cadets and ex- 121018110 plorers to work together we are training the next generation of future First Responders to understand each other’s organizations and how they operate. Doing so proves that together, we can improve the dynamics of how First Responders function when they must work together. In November of 2018, the Sheriff’s Office provided active killer training and an understanding of how the two professions may work together during such an incident by utilizing Rescue Task Force operations. On December 4th, Lt. Manny Ajuria and FF/PM William Ojeda provided an understanding of CPR, AED, and Stop the Bleed (a mini course of anatomy explained why we use certain techniques) for both groups. Both groups had an opportunity to work together to accomplish all subject matters and to work with other individuals from different backgrounds. This training experience was both educational and successful. Tamarac Fire Rescue and the Broward Sheriff's Office are looking forward to coordinating future training events. - VAN SCHOEN, PIO, EM

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Daytona Beach Firefighters Collect Record-Breaking Amount of Toys

CHUCK LOWE

The Deerfield Beach Fire Department once operated this 2005 Emergency One Typhoon heavy rescue out of Station 102 (The Big House). In 2011 DBFR was absorbed by the Broward County Sheriff's Fire Rescue division and this apparatus was reassigned.

Daytona Beach, FL - The Daytona Beach Fire Department worked so hard to make their annual toy drive the most successful one yet, and they were able to achieve that. Collecting more toys than any previous year, Daytona Beach Firefighters made a huge drop off to the local Early Learning Coalition. Thanks to the members of the Daytona Beach community who donated toys, many children in need in Daytona Beach were able to receive gifts for Christmas.


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