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Oneco, FL - On December 24, 2016 shortly after 1:00 P.M., Manatee County Dispatch started receiving multiple calls reporting a structure fire on the corner of 57th Ave. East and 15th Street East. As Engine311 pulled out of it's Station on 15th Street, units reported seeing a large column of thick, black smoke.

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Colonial Pipeline Leak Reported in Chattanooga Chattanooga, TN - First responders were dispatched to a reported pipeline leak early on the afternoon of January 7th, located off of Suck Creek Road at the boat ramp. Assistant Chief Danny Hague with the Haz-Mat team said that the pipeline belongs to Colonial Pipeline and he described it as "a very small leak of gasoline." Dispatchers with 911 Communications initially were not sure of the location, so the Haz-Mat team with Hamilton County Emergency Services was dispatched first. When it was confirmed that the leak was

JUMP TO FILE #010917112 just inside the city limits, the Chattanooga Fire Department sent its Haz-Mat team as well. Both teams worked together on the spill and were assisted by the Dallas Bay Volunteer Fire Department, which provided a boat to deploy containment booms on the Tennessee River. Other members of the two Haz-Mat teams deployed containment booms and absorbent materials on Shoal Creek, which empties into the Ten-

nessee River. Chief Hague said that no evacuations were necessary and the leak posed no threat to the public or to the environment. He also said that the containment booms were being used out of an abundance of caution to catch any of the gasoline that might have made its way into the creek or river. Technicians with Colonial Pipeline will repair the pipeline and they will be responsible for any cleanup that is required. - BRUCE GARNER


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Structure Fire on Kingston Pike Destroys Bank

Knoxville, TN - At 12:49 P.M. on January 5th, units from the Knoxville Fire Department were called to 4944 Kingston Pike for a report of a building fire located next to Chick-fil-A, a fast food restaurant. When firefighters arrived, they found a building that was under construction fully involved with flames. At least 12 construction workers on-site were able to evacuate the building without incident or injury. The cause of the fire is unknown at this time. During the incident, a section both east and westbound of Kingston Pike was temporarily closed between Homburg Drive and Mohican. The building under construction was determined to be Southeast Bank at Bearden. Due to structural instabilities, what was left of the building after the fire was knocked down.

Murfreesboro, TN - Murfreesboro Fire Rescue Department Captain/Shift Inspector Adam Brown credits working smoke alarms for saving lives and property at a duplex fire on Carriage Drive on Christmas Eve night. According to Brown, neighbors of the affected unit could clearly hear the smoke alarms going off next door. They called 91-1 and when District-2’s units arrived on-scene, they immediately smelled smoke and prepared to make entry. Just before forcing their way into the home, crews were able to wake the residents and alert them of the situation. The residents got out safely and crews were able to link the smoke to unattended cooking on the stove. “The occupants were sleeping when we arrived, and would likely have continued sleeping through the smoke alarms if it hadn’t been for their neighbors,” said Brown. “Our station had just installed new smoke alarms in the duplex ap-

JUMP TO FILE #010317112 proximately two months prior,” he continued. “This is why it is so important to have the right amount of working smoke alarms in your home,” said Fire Marshal Carl Peas. “Working smoke alarms cut your risks of fire-related death in half.” MFRD works closely with the State Fire Marshal’s Office’s “Get Alarmed” program, providing free smoke alarm installations for the citizens in Murfreesboro. If you are interested in having your smoke alarms checked, need your batteries changed, or need new or additional smoke alarms installed in your home, please contact the MFRD Administration Office Monday through Friday from 8:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. and schedule an appointment. - MFRD

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Two-Alarm Fire Hits Royal Arms Apartment Complex Chattanooga, TN - On December 29, 2016 at 4:52 P.M., a call came into Hamilton County 911 for a fire in the Royal Arms Apartments, located at 314 McBrien Road in Chattanooga. Six Chattanooga Fire Companies responded. First arriving fire units were on the scene at 4:56 P.M. and reported fire showing on the outside of one of the apartments, in the porch area. Firefighters worked to extinguish the fire while arriving fire crews ensured that all apartments were evacuated. The fire climbed up the exterior wall and extended into the attic, according to Battalion Chief Chris Warren. A secondalarm was called at 5:17 P.M. for

JUMP TO FILE #010317114 six additional fire companies to fill in throughout the Brainerd area and to also assist on the scene. The fire was confirmed under control at 5:43 P.M. The extent of the damage is not known, nor is the cause of the fire. Fire crews were still on-scene at 7:15 P.M. completing overhaul operations. No injuries were reported. Hamilton County EMS, the Chattanooga Police and the Electric Power Board were also on-scene to assist. - CHUCK HARTUNG


Car Crashes Through Knoxville Dollar Store

Knoxville, TN - At 9:42 A.M. on December 22, 2016 a vehicle crashed through the front window of a Dollar Tree store located at 4215 Broadway. When firefighters arrived, they found two women still inside of the vehicle. The two women were extricated at 9:47 A.M., with no signs of injury. The five employees and five customers who were inside of the building at the time of the incident were also uninjured. The store will be closed until the structural integrity can be determined and repairs are made.

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Montana: Darryl Elden “Poor Boy” Vielle, 51 Rank: Crew Boss/Engine Boss Incident Date: November 30, 2016 Death Date: November 30, 2016 Fire Department: Blackfeet Forestry and Fire Management Initial Summary: While serving on the Maple Spring wildfire in North Carolina, Blackfeet Nation Fire Management Crew Boss/Engine Boss Darryl Elden “Poor Boy” Vielle was found deceased in his motel room on the morning of November 30, 2016. The Blackfeet Forestry and Fire Management crew has been supporting firefighters in North Carolina since November 10th.

Michigan: Thomas Gary Walker, 70 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: November 27, 2016 Death Date: November 27, 2016 Fire Department: Otsego County Fire Department Initial Summary: Later in the day after responding with his fire department to an early morning carbon monoxide alarm, Firefighter Walker collapsed at home and was transported to the hospital where he was pronounced deceased from a nature and cause of fatal injury still to be reported.

Washington: Charles “Doug” Archer, 49 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: November 28, 2016 Death Date: Pending Fire Department: Spokane County Fire District 8 Initial Summary: After responding with his fire department to a residential fire and an aid call, Firefighter Archer returned to his residence to rest where he succumbed in his sleep. South Carolina: Jeffery A. Worsham, 45 Rank: Assistant Fire Chief Incident Date: December 2, 2016 Death Date: December 10, 2016 Fire Department: Whitesville Rural Volunteer

Fire Department Initial Summary: After responding to a motor vehicle accident call with the Whitesville Fire Department and then returning home, Assistant Fire Chief Jeffery A. Worsham was found in the morning by his spouse in cardiac arrest. The Whitesville Fire Department responded to Chief Worsham’s residence where he was treated and transported to the hospital but succumbed to his injury several days later. Ohio: Ruben E. Mast, 43 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: December 19, 2016 Death Date: December 19, 2016 Fire Department: Wayne Township Volunteer Fire Department Initial Summary: Firefighter Ruben E. Mast was responding to an alarm in his privately owned Ford F-250 pickup truck when he lost control of the vehicle and struck a guardrail before overturning. Mast was reported to have been ejected from the vehicle. He was transported by Wayne Township Volunteer Fire Department and Smith Ambulance to Union Hospital in Dover, where he later succumbed to his injuries.

Oregon: Ray Rubio, 52 Rank: Firefighter/Smokejumper Incident Date: November 23, 2016 Death Date: December 19, 2016 Fire Department: Redmond Smokejumpers Redmond Air Center Deschutes National Forest Initial Summary: Firefighter/Smokejumper Ray Rubio passed away in the Grandview Hospital, Birmingham, Alabama, from injuries he suffered in a fall on November 23, 2016. Rubio, a Smokejumper (RAC 95) with the Redmond Air Center (RAC) - Deschutes National Forest, had been assigned to the Southeast during an outbreak of multiple large fires in the region. Firefighter Rubio was reported to have been in travel status on his way home to Oregon and staying overnight in Birmingham at the time of his injury.

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Firefighters Save Recycling Business from Two-Alarm Fire Fall Branch, TN - Thanks to the amazing support and generous donations of their community, Fall Branch Vol. FD is proud to present the newest member of their fleet: a utility vehicle that will pull their Hazmat trailer; help transport personnel to calls, training and meetings; serve as a back up for their rescue truck; and one day long from now, continue it's service in a different capacity as a brush truck. FALL BRANCH VOL. FD

Chattanooga, TN - Quick work by Chattanooga firefighters helped prevent a fire from completely destroying a South Chattanooga business early on the morning of January 5th. The Chattanooga Fire Department received the alarm at 12:17 A.M. and responded to a fire at Republic Services, located at 1,000 E. 38th Street, with six fire companies. Republic Services provides waste and recycling services in Chattanooga. Firefighters with Quint-14 were the first to arrive on the scene and reported seeing heavy fire on one side of the building. Seeing the magnitude of the fire, Captain Tim

JUMP TO FILE #010617110 Greer called for a second-alarm response, bringing in an additional six fire companies. Firefighters with Quint-13 said they could see the flames from miles away as they responded to the fire. The flames broke through the roof as additional firefighters arrived on the scene. Battalion Chief Ashley May, the incident commander, said that the firefighters made a quick interior attack on the fire, getting the blaze under control in roughly 30-minutes. No injuries

were reported. Most of the building was saved, but the fire did cause substantial damage to one part of the structure. A few employees were reportedly in the building when the fire was discovered, but they got out unharmed. The dollar loss was estimated at $150,000. The lead fire investigator believes the cause of the fire is accidental, but what exactly sparked the blaze still remains under investigation. The Chattanooga police and Hamilton County EMS also provided assistance on the scene. - BRUCE GARNER


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Neighbors of Resident in Knoxville Report House Fire

Knoxville, TN - At 10:07 P.M. on December 22, 2016 units from the Knoxville Fire Department were dispatched to 1126 Rider Ave. for reports of a house fire. Neighbors saw smoke coming from the house and called 911 to report it. When firefighters arrived, they forced entry into the structure and began looking for any possible victims. Two dogs were found during their search, both overcome by smoke. The occupant was not home at the time of the fire. Fire Investigators were on the scene to determine the cause.

Columbia, TN - Columbia FD Firefighter Christian Shrader received his Firefighter badge on January 3rd during a pinning ceremony at Station-1. Congratulations Firefighter Shrader!



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Chaplain’s Corner Didymus McHugh


When was the last time that we thought about grieving? People grieve many changes in their lives. We grieve losing a job, a divorce, death, moving and many other changes. But do we really understand what it is to grieve? They say that there are fiveto-nine stages of grief. The five that are most common are: Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression and Acceptance. Some people think that you go from step one through step five in that order, but grief is not that neat and clean, or that predictable. A person can spend a long or short time in any of these phases. They can revisit any phase many times. You can go from denial, to anger, to bargaining, back to anger again, to depression, to anger again, to acceptance and to depression again. It all depends on the individual. Let’s look at the death of someone who died from being sick or old. The family may have been taking care of the individual for years. Even though they understand that the person may be at peace now, it still does not remove the pain. Months may go by until they decide to deal with the person's belongings. People may want this or that to remember their loved one. People may not even touch any of the possessions because it may cause them too much pain. Events that go by may trigger the grieving process again, such as the person’s birthday, the holidays, special landmarks in time or place, a smell that reminds them of the person, or a song. Just like Critical Incident Stress has many triggers, so does grieving; after all, it is a critical incident. Some may just want to sit there and experience the grief because they

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are afraid that when they stop grieving, they may forget the person. God says that we should love one another. Being there to be with someone as they grieve is a sign that you care, even just by helping someone figure out the paperwork, or what to do with the possessions. My friend told me that it was a great help as we cleaned out a relative’s house. We sat there for hours and talked as we went through everything. We figured out where it was to go, who it would go to, and/or if we would throw it out. Once in a while we would start to laugh, seeing things from our childhood that they saved from years ago, and seeing what we had from years ago. It is perfectly fine for someone to mourn. We all need time to process our losses. As I write this, I'm thinking of one of my clients that died, who I knew for about 30 years, and also one of my friend's relatives who died. I'm also thinking of someone who means a lot to me that was recently diagnosed

with Leukemia. I, myself, am mourning losses with my friends, as well as preparing myself for things that are inevitable. I know that I may be devastated when the person passes, but I also plan to remember the person close to me and I plan on honoring the person with my service, thoughts and actions. Children sometimes have a harder time dealing with grief, which people can assist with. There are counselors and also some camps that help, such as Comfort Zone Camps. Comfort Zone is a nation-wide camp that assists children when they have challenges dealing with their own grief. I ask that you be there to grieve with those who mourn, and be patient. It is okay to just be there and be silent when you do not know what to say. It is part of caring for people and being part of a family. We will all grieve at one time or another. Stay safe, Didymus McHugh

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(L to R): Crystal Johnson, Lt. Brandy Rogers, Patrice Schermerhorn, Hamilton County Mayor Jim Coppinger, HCEMS Deputy Chief John Combes, Memorial Foundation Rep. Jennifer Nicely and Leah Bucher.

Hamilton Co. EMS Raises Over $5,700 for Breast Cancer Awareness Chattanooga, TN - The employees of Hamilton County Emergency Medical Services (HCEMS) wore pink shirts as part of the official HCEMS uniform during the month of October in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month and also in celebration of the life of local television personality, MaryEllen Locher. MaryEllen brought awareness of breast cancer to the forefront in the Chattanooga community while courageously fighting the disease until her death 10-years-ago. The Hamilton County EMS staff supported the cause by purchasing and wearing the shirts during the month of October. The HCEMS committee members volunteered their time to help promote

JUMP TO FILE #011017107 the event through local radio and television appearances, as well as delivering each shirt sold to help meet and surpass last year's goal of $5,300. HCEMS employees are happy to announce that the shirt sales surpassed their goal, with a donation of $5,755.00 to the MaryEllen Locher Foundation this year. HCEMS wants to thank everyone who contributed to this important cause and looks forward to making a new record amount for 2017!


Mother and Baby Escape from Apartment Fire in Hixson Chattanooga, TN - The Chattanooga Fire Department responded to an apartment fire at 3:00 P.M. on December 15, 2016 in Hixson. Captain Chuck Hartung said that no smoke was showing when the first firefighters arrived on the scene at 4969 Brighton Lane, but upon entry, they discovered a fire in a room on the second-floor of a corner apartment. The firefighters worked quickly to

JUMP TO FILE #121616103 contain the fire and according to Lieutenant Robert Roark with Quint-10, the damage was contained to the upstairs area of the one apartment. Captain Hartung stated that a mother and her baby were home at the time of the fire. The mother

was transported by Hamilton County EMS to Erlanger Medical Center for treatment of smoke inhalation. Captain Hartung said that her injuries were not thought to be life-threatening. An estimate on the dollar loss was not available and the cause of the fire is under investigation. The Chattanooga police also provided assistance on the scene. - BRUCE GARNER


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Chattanooga, TN - A call came in to Hamilton County 911 at 8:44 A.M. on December 27, 2016 for a fire at PSC Metals, located at 980 W. 19th Street on the south side. Fire crews arrived on-scene at 8:49 A.M., with smoke and flames visible. Employees of PSC Metals were evacuated to another part of the plant for safety. Fire crews made an aggressive attack on the 40-foot tool trailer that was on fire inside of the large warehouse, where scrap metal is processed for recycling. According to Lieutenant Morgan from Quint-1, the fire was confirmed out at 9:21 A.M. The cause is under investigation and a dollar amount in damage has not yet been determined. The recycling plant resumed operations in another building. No injuries were reported. Hamilton County EMS and the Chattanooga Police were also on-scene to assist.

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(L to R): Karen Wiggins (vet tech NPEC), Devon Blackburn (vet tech with NPEC) with “Maybe” the Chihuahua, Christy Goodman (vet tech with NPEC), Firefighter Jeff Clementi, Fire Rescue Chief Mark Foulks, Dr. Meagan Batey and Engineer Randy Shaw.

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East Chattanooga House Fire Injures Family Dog

Chattanooga, TN - At around 3:00 P.M. on January 7th, the Chattanooga Fire Department responded to a house fire located on Taylor Street. Firefighters arrived on-scene at 3:08 P.M. and found a single-story house with flames and smoke showing on three sides of the structure. It was reported that no one was home at the time of the fire. Firefighters made an aggressive fire attack and the fire was called under control at 4:14 P.M. The cause of the fire is under investigation and the dollar loss is estimated at $35,000. A family dog was injured in the fire and transported by McKamey Animal Center for treatment and shelter. The Chattanooga PD, Hamilton County EMS, McKamey Animal Center and EPB were on the scene to assist.

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Murfreesboro, TN - The Murfreesboro Fire & Rescue Department received nine brand new pet oxygen mask kits on December 16, 2016 from the Nashville Pet Emergency Clinic (NPEC). The kits contain three different sized masks to fit all varieties of dogs and cats. The masks are designed to fit over the animals mouth/face, allowing for life-saving oxygen following smoke inhalation. Dr. Meagan Batey spoke to a group of firefighters at MFRD Headquarters about proper first aid procedures for pets, including cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Veterinarian technicians from the clinic explained other procedures for providing care to pets in an emergency situation.

JUMP TO FILE #121916113 “The goal of donating these masks to our local first responders is to provide training, equipment and resources to help during some of the most challenging emergency situations,” said Christy Goodman, Veterinarian Technician with NPEC. The United States Fire Administration estimates that between 40,000 and 50,000 pets lose their lives to fire related injuries every year. “We hope this small gesture will make a difference for pets, families and first responders,” she continued. “We are truly thankful for the donation of the pet oxygen mask

kits from NPEC,” said Fire Rescue Chief Mark Foulks. “Pets are very important members of the family, and having these tools may help us to save the lives of those fourlegged loved ones.” Until the donation, MFRD only had pet oxygen mask kits on the department’s four rescue units. “This will help us have at least one kit available for each station,” said Foulks. The Nashville Pet Emergency Clinics have been providing afterhours emergency care for the greater Nashville and surrounding areas since 1977. They have three AAHA accredited, conveniently located, state-of-the-art facilities in Goodlettsville, Nashville and Murfreesboro. - MFRD


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Tullahoma Firefighters Battle House Fire

Tullahoma, TN - The Tullahoma Fire Department was dispatched to 211 Johnson Lane at around 5:50 A.M. on Monday, January 2nd. Upon arrival, the units found a house fully engulfed in flames. According to Fire Chief Richard Shasteen, the firefighters battled the blaze and kept it from spreading to nearby homes. Shasteen said that because the house was under construction, no one was living in it at the time and there was no electrical service to the house. The cause of fire is under investigation at this time by the Tullahoma Police Department.


Firefighters Respond to Two-Alarm Fire in Brainerd Chattanooga, TN - No injuries were reported in connection with a two-alarm fire in Brainerd on the morning of January 9th. The Chattanooga Fire Department received the alarm around 10:00 A.M. and responded with six fire companies to 3237 Brainerd Road. Captain Joey Smith with Engine-5 said heavy smoke was showing from the two-story building. As additional fire companies arrived on the scene, Captain Smith said that the firefighters forced their way in through a side door and found the fire in an apartment located in the basement. Once a significant fire was confirmed, Battalion Chief Ashley May, the incident commander, called for a second-alarm response to bring in additional firefighters and equipment. Fortunately, the firefighters were able to get the fire out in roughly 20 minutes. The dollar loss was estimated at $17,000 for the structure and contents. If the firefighters had not extinguished the fire so quickly, the damage could have been much worse. The building has a business on the first-floor with apartments

JUMP TO FILE #010917136 on the second-floor, and it shares an interior wall with "Mr. Happy" restaurant. "The firefighters made a good stop on this one," said Chief May. "If they hadn't gotten it under control so quickly, we could have lost multiple businesses and apartments in this block." With all the fire apparatus and related vehicles on the scene, Brainerd Road was completely closed from Seminole Drive to Rosemont Drive. It was re-opened later in the afternoon. Volunteers with the American Red Cross were called in to provide assistance to one resident. It is not known how many other residents might have been affected by this fire. The lead fire investigator said the cause of the fire appears to be accidental, though what exactly sparked the blaze remains undetermined. The Chattanooga police and Hamilton County EMS also provided assistance at the scene. - BRUCE GARNER

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Fatal Crash in Sumter County

Sumter County, FL - On December 26, 2016 crews from Sumter County Fire and EMS Stations 21 and 22 responded to an early morning vehicle collision on I-75 Southbound at the 318 mile-marker, involving a fatality. Crews extricated a second patient from the vehicle and AMR Medic-300 transported the patient to Ocala Regional in serious to life-threatening condition. Medic-303 also transported a patient from a second vehicle to Ocala Regional, who was listed in serious condition. The collision, which occurred just after midnight on the morning of December 26th, is under investigation by FHP and the Medical Examiner.

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Two-Alarm Fire Takes Vacant Flea Market in Southern Manatee District Oneco, FL - On December 24, 2016 shortly after 1:00 P.M., Manatee County Dispatch started receiving multiple calls reporting a structure fire on the corner of 57th Ave. East and 15th Street East. As Engine-311 pulled out of it's Station on 15th Street, units reported seeing a large column of thick, black smoke. On arrival, units found the old "La Mexicana Flea Market" well involved, with multiple buildings on fire. This location is no stranger to the local Fire and EMS. The buildings involved also provided shelter for many homeless residents

JUMP TO FILE #122416110 of Bradenton. Firefighters had to cut locks on gates to lay into the fire. Many of the homeless stood together, watching what little they had go up in flames the day before Christmas. Firefighters were hampered by overgrown vegetation and debris throughout the property. Roads around the area had to be closed so LDH could be laid. The Flea Market had been closed for 10-15 years. Manatee County EMS, along with

the American Red Cross responded for rehab as temperatures hit the mid-80's. A Manatee County Transit Bus was also requested to the scene. The fire extended into the woods and Florida Forestry put a plow line around the burn. Southern Manatee was assisted by Cedar Hammock, East Manatee, the City of Bradenton and Florida Department of Forestry. There were no reported injuries and the fire is under investigation by the State Fire Marshal's Office. - WILLIE CIRONE


Candle Causes Structure Fire in Sumter County

Oxford, FL - The Sumter County Fire & EMS Station-32 crew was alerted by a passerby of smoke coming from a structure located just West of their station, at approximately 10:53 A.M. on December 28, 2016. Crews responded to find heavy smoke and flames emitting from the small, single-family structure, located at 1515 CR. 466 in Oxford. Crews forced entry into the structure and were met with heavy fire conditions, which had also penetrated into the attic space. The fire was brought under control within 10 minutes; however, the structure received extensive damage and additional units were required to assist in overhaul operations in order to completely extinguish all hot spots. There were no injuries reported and the State Fire Marshal determined the cause of the fire to be from an unattended candle.

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Assistant Chief Parnell visiting Ashli Zander and newborn baby, Zander Fate Sawyer.


Polk County Fire Rescue Delivers Baby at Patient’s Home SUMTER COUNTY FIRE & EMS

Two People Extricated from MVA in Bushnell

Bushnell, FL - On December 31, 2016 at approximately 10:20 A.M., Sumter County Fire and EMS Engine-22, Ladder-11, AMR Medics 303 and 515, along with Battalion-11, responded to a motor vehicle collision on I-75 at the 314 mile-marker in Bushnell. The incident consisted of a single vehicle, overturned and elevated precariously on the lane divider guardrails. Firefighters observed two patients entrapped inside of the vehicle and started extricating them using the Jaws-of-Life. They were freed in less than 20 minutes. The victims were then taken to local hospitals for observation. Their injuries were considered minor. As to the reason why their injuries were not more serious, firefighters credit the use of seatbelts and airbags. FHP is investigating the cause of the crash.

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Bartow, FL – Polk County Fire Rescue crews delivered their first baby of the year in Winter Haven early Thursday morning, January 5th. At about 3:00 A.M., Engine-451 and Medic-45 were dispatched to 406 Maggie Circle, where 19-yearold Ashli Sawyer was in labor. About five minutes later, Polk Fire crews were at her home and knew there was no time to transport her to the hospital. “The baby was coming and so we delivered the baby right at her home,” said Polk Fire’s Lt. Lance Meachum. “We delivered a healthylooking baby boy and mom was also doing well.” Ashli and her newborn,

JUMP TO FILE #010617107 Zander Fate Sawyer, were then transported to Regency, which is a part of BayCare’s Winter Haven Hospital. Ashli said she had been to the hospital Wednesday evening, “but I wasn’t dilating, so I was sent home around 11:00 P.M. and went to bed,” she said. “I felt like I needed to use the restroom around 2:00 A.M., and that’s when I noticed my baby was coming.” Ashli was home alone and it took her a while to reach her bedroom where her phone was to call 911.

“I named him Zander because the name means ‘defender of people’ and I wanted something that had a powerful meaning to it.” Zander is Ashli’s first child. He was born at 3:19 A.M. and weighed 8-lbs. 3-oz. and was 19-inches long. “We are so happy for Ashli. Things like this do not happen very often, but when it does, our crews are prepared. We wish Ashli and Zander the very best,” said Polk Fire’s Assistant Chief Rick Parnell. “Our crews often see and have to deal with horrible calls, but moments like this bring great joy to our crews.” - KEVIN WATLER

Carbon Monoxide Sickens Several at Bartow Gun Range Bartow, FL - Dangerous levels of carbon monoxide from a mechanical failure in an HVAC/exhaust system at LeadFeather Guns & Archery led to the fainting of two people on Monday, December 28, 2016. Polk County Fire Rescue crews were dispatched at about 3:30 P.M. to 410 Overlook Drive in Winter Haven, to assist a patient who had fainted. The address is an indoor shooting range. Initially, the patient refused treatment/transport, but before crews left the scene, another patient fainted. Crews then used a carbon monoxide monitor and found dangerous levels inside the building. Polk Fire’s Special Operations unit was called while the building was evacuated. The building was then ventilated until levels were deemed safe. Later, it was determined that a mechanical failure in the HVAC/ex-

JUMP TO FILE #010317133 haust system that services the indoor gun range caused the carbon monoxide buildup. Due to the increased shooting activity that day, this allowed the concentration of gunfire smoke and carbon monoxide to quickly build up in the range area. While a number of people were affected by the increase of carbon monoxide, only three were treated at the local hospital. The gun range portion of the facility was expected to reopen as soon as repairs to the HVAC/exhaust were completed. The range’s management is concerned about this incident and is working with Polk Fire inspectors and Polk County building officials to determine a solution that would ensure such episodes do not occur in the future.

Polk Fire’s fire prevention inspectors were on-scene Tuesday to survey the situation. Polk County Fire Rescue fire inspectors later gave LeadFeather Guns & Archery the all-clear to reopen its gun range after inspections on the newly installed carbon monoxide detection systems and the HVAC system were completed. “I applaud our crews and the staff from LeadFeather for their quick response to keep everyone at the location safe,” said Polk’s Fire Marshal Keith Williams. “Without the quick response and the willingness from LeadFeather to fix the issue, the outcome could have been more long-lasting.” The range’s management acted quickly to carry out repairs and install other safety measures to ensure such episodes do not occur in the future. - KEVIN WATLER

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Chief Byron J. Teates Retires from East Manatee Fire & Rescue Braden River, FL - Chief Teates has made significant achievements in the Manatee County Fire Service and especially to the East Manatee Fire Rescue District during his 36-years of service. JUMP TO FILE# Beginning as a 122416103 volunteer fireman with the former Samoset Fire Department in 1975, Fireman Teates served six-months with the agency before moving to England. There, he began a five-year career with the West Yorkshire County Fire Brigade. Mr. Teates returned to Manatee County in 1981 and remained a civilian until he joined the Braden River Volunteer Fire Department in 1984. Firefighter Teates was made a volunteer lieutenant in 1985 and in 1986, he became a member of the Manatee County Hazardous Materials Team. In 1988, Lieutenant Teates received a commendation for his actions during severe flooding along the Braden River when he used his personal Jon boat to rescue several stranded residents. He was promoted to Captain in 1991. During his time as a volunteer with Braden River, he attained his EMT, Fire Officer and Fire Instructor state certifications. He also taught Fire Science classes at Manatee Vo-Tech. In 1992, Captain Teates was hired full-time by the District as a Shift Officer. In 1993, he received a commendation from Manatee County for rescuing a family from their flooded home along the Manatee River and received another commendation later that year for rescuing a man trapped under a collapsed building. Captain Teates received a state commendation for his response to the many wildfires that plagued Florida in 2000. At the end of 2001, he was promoted to Battalion Chief. In 2001, Chief Teates helped start the Manatee County Professional Firefighters and Paramedics Association, Local 4074. Battalion Chief Teates was asked by the Board of Fire Commissioners to serve as the Interim Fire Chief in 2003. He inherited a district that was in deficient spending, in debt and in a declared financial emergency. Chief Teates immediately instituted several tough conservative spending policies and negotiated with the union to hold the line on salary and benefits. He developed a five-year plan, not only to get the district solvent again, but to also get ahead of the rapid growth and the increasing demand for service. He masterminded a campaign to educate the taxpayers on the initiative to use ad valorem

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assessments to fund the plan. In 2004, the initiative was passed by the voters. By 2005, the district was no longer in financial difficulty. Chief Teates had been appointed Fire Chief, and the district had rebranded itself under a new name East Manatee Fire Rescue. Under Chief Teates’ administration, the district has achieved several accomplishments, most notably: adding 41 line and staff positions, building two new fire stations and an administrative/training complex, acquiring land for two more stations, purchasing eight fire engines and one aerial platform, improving

their ISO rating from six to four and becoming debt free. After 25-years of service on the county Hazardous Materials Team, Chief Teates was presented with the Manatee County Fire Chiefs’ Haz Mat award in 2011. Earlier this year, Chief Teates was selected by his staff as the 2015 Fire Officer of the Year for the East Manatee Fire Rescue District. After 32-years with the district, Chief Teates' last day was on December 19, 2016. He officially retired on January 9, 2017. - EAST MANATEE FIRE & RESCUE

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Miramar Fire-Rescue Interim Fire-Chief Robert E. Palmer.

Robert E. Palmer Named Miramar Fire-Rescue Interim Fire-Chief Miramar, FL - A South Florida native of Cuban decent, Chief Palmer grew up in the City of Miramar and graduated from Miramar High School. He began his career as a Firefighter/EMT with Miramar Fire-Rescue in 1992, in the aftermath hurricane Andrew. He has always considered himself fortunate to serve the residents of Miramar, a city he lived in for 38-years. Chief Palmer has a Master’s degree in Emergency Services Management, a Bachelor’s degree in Occupational Safety and Health/Fire Science and an Associate’s degree in Fire Science. He has served as Deputy Fire Chief since 2014 and has previously held numerous other leadership roles within the department. Chief Palmer holds many professional certifications, including State Certified Live Fire Trainer, American Heart BLS and ACLS Instructor, Dive Rescue I and II Certifications, State Certified Fire Officer I, American Heart BLS and ACLS Provider, State Certified Paramedic, State Certified Firefighter, State Certified Fire Inspector, State Certified Fire Instructor and State Certified Emergency Medical Technician. He is the driving force behind the very successful Fire-Rescue Cadets, a department program he spearheaded in order to introduce local students to the fire service.

JUMP TO FILE #120516128 When not at work, Chief Palmer’s hobbies include vehicle restorations, boating and photography. - JOSÉ GREGORISCH


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20th Century Firefighting ON THE BOOK SHELF

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20th Century Firefighting As seen through the eyes of Illustrator, William Hicks, Milton Fireman 1899-1942 By Nathan R. Murphy and Lieutenant Brian Doherty Available from: FSP Books & Videos 188 Central Street, Suite 4 Hudson, MA 01749-1330 1-800-522-8528 e-mail: Price: $22.00 This is a soft covered book, measuring 9-inches by 11 ½inches and has 56 pages. From page 6 through 55 there are sketches and illustrations, except for one page which has a photo of a monument dedicated to six Milton, Massachusetts firefighters and two police officers who gave their lives in the line-of-duty to the city. This book is the product of an idea put forth by Lieutenant Brian Doherty to Nathan R. Murphy, en-

couraging him to write this book while he secured the rights to use the artwork in the book that was done by Firefighter William Hick, Nathan’s great, great Grandfather. William Hicks was a very talented firefighter and person. He served the city of Milton’s fire department for the first four decades of the 20th century. He was part of the transition of volunteers to career firefighters and from horse drawn to steam engines. He sketched illustrations of all aspects of being a firefighter, from fighting fires, responding to rescues and other emergencies, to firehouse life, social events, duties and what have you. Many, if not most of the sketches are of actual calls with the likes of actual firefighters who responded. Many locations are named and the nature of the call described. The days of old are well represented and it is an education to anyone interested in history. Modern day firehouse life and firefighting are a light-year difference from much of what you will view on these pages. It is an enjoyable look of yesteryear, but sometimes sad when tragedy results. Nathan used this book as an Eagle Scout project. Lieutenant Doherty is the current president of the Milton Historical Society and helped to establish the Milton Firefighter Memorial Archives.



Sumter County Crews Knock Down Tractor Trailer Fire

Bushnell, FL - Sumter County Fire and EMS Engines 22 and 23, along with Tender 23 and 33, Battalion Chief-11 and AMR Medic-300 responded to a report of a tractor trailer fire on I-75 at the 315 mile-marker at 6:11 P.M. on January 1st. Upon arrival, crews encountered heavy fire conditions, with the tractor fully involved and flames spreading rapidly to the trailer. Crews worked quickly and were able to bring the fire under control in about 12 minutes. The refrigerated trailer was hauling citrus. No injuries were reported and the cause of the fire is under investigation.

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Guinea Pig Saved from House Fire in Miramar

Miramar, FL - At approximately 7:00 P.M. on Wednesday, January 4th, firefighters from Miramar Fire-Rescue were dispatched to a report of a building fire near the 6300 block of SW 35th Court. Units arrived within five minutes and at first confirmed light, then thicker smoke, coming from the front door of the house. Crews established Command, set up for a quick attack, performed a primary search and extinguished the microwave/kitchen fire. The damage was estimated at around $6,000. There were no injuries to the homeowners or firefighters reported and one family pet, a guinea pig, was treated and released on-scene. CAPT. ALBERT BORROTO

Close Call at West Palm Beach Mobile Home Park West Palm Beach, FL - On Thursday, December 8, 2016 firefighters from Palm Beach County Fire Rescue responded to reports of a fire inside a local mobile home park. Responding firefighters reported that they could see a large column of black smoke while still several blocks away. First arriving Engine Company24 quickly evaluated the situation and started an aggressive fire attack. The fire was located in a large shed, with a heavy fire load nested between two mobile homes within 10-

JUMP TO FILE #120916140 feet of the fire. Firefighters did an excellent job containing the fire, while also protecting the exposures. Fire investigators were dispatched to the location to determine the cause. Great job by all the crews on this fire, including E24, WPBFR E4, E33, EMS23, R33, DC42, BC1, BC34, IV4 and IV6. - ALBERT BORROTO

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Van Versus Truck with Entrapment in Lehigh Acres Rachelle Lutz has been an EMT for 17 years and is currently in Paramedic Class. She has been a firefighter for 19 years, and is a state Certified Firefighter-1. Rachelle currently runs EMS with Jeannette EMS and Irwin VFD EMS. She is also a firefighter with North Irwin VFC. When asked what inspired her to get the tattoos, she responded "I got the star of life one in 2013 after 13 years of certification. The Maltese Cross one was just done in June of 2016, the same day I received my certificate for passing the state Firefighter-1 exam! If you look, behind both are tendons and muscle (tattoos). This symbolizes that these two things, Firefighting and EMS are a part of me...of who I am. I have tried to get away from the field, but have always been drawn back to it. My entire family is involved. I have two uncles who are paramedics and have served as officers in the fire department as well. My aunt is a Paramedic and a junior coordinator at a fire department. My mother took the EMT with me, but is no longer active. She is a nurse. My great grandfather was a founder of a fire station. I also have cousins involved in the fire department and/or EMS. The heart shape is simply a symbol of my love for the field. The EKG lines are important. The one is my husband's rhythm, and the other is mine. He is a Paramedic and a Firefighter-1 as well. In fact, we tested for the state exam together."

Lehigh Acres, FL - At 10:47 A.M. on January 3rd, LAFD Engine-101 was dispatched by Lee Control to the intersection of Williams Avenue and West 6th Street for a minor vehicle crash reported by the Lee County Sheriff's Office. Upon arrival, Engine-101 Lieutenant Rob Pitter advised that he needed an additional engine, ambulance and Battalion Chief to respond for a patient heavily entrapped, with serious injuries.

JUMP TO FILE #010317127 While Engine-102, Rescue102, acting Battalion Chief Lance Delgado and Medical Captain Martin McDowell were en-route, Engine-101's three-man crew went to work on the driver's side door. Engine and Rescue-102 and Battalion-100 arrived two minutes later and while crews worked on extrication and treatment of the

patient, Battalion-100 requested Leeflight for one trauma alert and requested that they land at the Lehigh Regional Medical Center landing pad, which was a short distance from the crash scene. Extrication of the driver took approximately 10 minutes. He was taken by Rescue-102 to meet Leeflight for transport to Lee Memorial Trauma Center in Fort Myers for further treatment. - CHARLIE ROBBINS

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FLFR Crews Extinguish Car Fire

Fort Lauderdale, FL - Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue E-46 and R-29 made quick work of this car fire on December 21, 2016.

Fort Lauderdale, FL - On Christmas day, the crew of FLFR R-2 went into the community to deliver presents they had bought for a few local kids. This selfless act helped spread some holiday spirit and put a smile on several young faces.


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Level-1 Mass Casualty Incident in Lehigh Acres Lehigh Acres, FL - At 9:30 A.M. on January 9th, all five LAFD Rescues, along with Engine-105, Truck-104, Lehigh 2 and 5, and acting Battalion Chief Lance Delgado, were dispatched to the intersection of Richmond Avenue and East 7th Street for a multi-vehicle crash, possibly involving eight patients. Upon arrival, Battalion-100 advised that he had a t-bone crash with two cars and nine patients involved, including five children. Battalion100 also reported that several patients had serious injuries. Chief Delgado further advised that he had two trauma alerts and requested Leeflight to launch. Lehigh Regional Medical Center would be the landing zone since it was a short drive from the crash scene. At that point, he declared a Level-1 Mass Casualty Incident. As LAFD Rescues 105 and 102 arrived on-scene, the two trauma alerts were loaded. One was transferred to Leeflight while the other was transported Lee Memorial Trauma Center by Rescue-102. The remaining seven patients were transported by Rescues 101, 104 and 103 to Lee Memorial Hospital. - CHARLIE ROBBINS

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East Manatee Fire Rescue Dedicates New Fire Station Braden River, FL - On the night of December 20, 2016 firefighters, family, friends and local officials packed the new Station #2 in East Manatee. The new, three-bay, state-of-theart fire station will serve the Braden River section of town. The construction came in under both time and cost for the Fire District. The new station will meet the needs of this growing community and was dedicated to Chief Byron J. Teates, who retired the same night.

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Mobile, AL - On December 29, 2016 Mobile Fire-Rescue distributed over $25,000 in checks to local groups for cancer research and patient care/comfort, thanks to all those who helped by purchasing their "Fighting for a Cure" cancer shirts!


Oneco, FL - Southern Manatee Fire & Rescue Fire Inspector Ken Reed pumping Engine-321 at a recent fire.


Augusta, GA - Congratulations to Augusta Fire/EMA Firefighter Frankie Hall on 30-years of service. On January 3rd, he was recognized during the County Commission meeting.



Oneco, FL - Southern Manatee Fire & Rescue Lt. Melvin Bonds "Incident Commander," giving a briefing to the media on a recent fire that occurred at a vacant flea market.

Fort Lauderdale, FL - Congratulations to Firefighter Petersen from Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue on his recent promotion to Driver Engineer!

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Chief Henry Campbell

Well, it's the beginning of another year and hopefully your resolution is to make it a safe one for you, the members of your department and the fire service in general. There was no final figure for Lineof-Duty deaths in 2016 as I prepared this article, using the USFA as my source, but the figure on December 14th was 82. We can and must do better in the reduction of this annual toll of lives taken in the line-of-duty and it will require a total commitment from all in the fire service. Staying out of harm’s way is not easy as we go about the performance of our duties with all of its inherent dangers. There exists tremendous potential from all forms of hazards that we encounter and are exposed to on a daily basis that can result in serious injury or death, even when we are observing caution. Imagine what can occur when you are not concentrating, relaxed, and lowered your guard, or do something just plain dumb. One must maintain the proper attitude relative to safety in order to remain safe and stay alive, and if you don’t, you can easily become a statistic. So, what can we do to help reduce this annual loss of life? You can start out by maintaining, or getting in good physical condition, since the leading cause of firefighter deaths is still heart attacks. Remember, round is not a shape unless you are a ball, so get in shape! It will enable you to perform at high physical stress levels, with less risk of a heart attack. Cigarette smoking is another major contributing factor for heart attack, so if you smoke, do your best to kick the habit. Believe me, I have heard all the stories and glories about "eating smoke at a fire, so why should I quit smoking??" Well for starters, the days of the smoke eater are long past and you should be using SCBA. Secondly, if there is one habit that contributes to almost every medical ailment known to science, it's smoking. Some fire departments have a no smoking policy that they have had in place for many years and in these departments’ retirement and pension, benefits hinge directly to this no smoking policy, especially should heart and lung medical illnesses arise. It might be the perfect time for the entire fire service to incorporate this, or a similar policy. In conjunction with a no smoking policy, it may also be time the

fire service begins enforcing a physical agility standard on an annual basis that requires all firefighting personnel to meet the standard or confront dismissal from the department. It may appear as an unreasonable option, but it may just be what is needed for some individuals to finally decide to take the necessary steps to keep his/her position, while improving and maintaining their health. Many career departments have volunteer participation physical agility programs, and if they have full compliance programs, they generally do very little policing of those who fail to meet the standard. In the volunteer service, where recruiting new members is becoming more difficult and getting a crew out during the week is difficult, the last thing you want to do is stop anyone from responding, so we sometimes look the other way. Another key factor relative to heart attacks in the volunteer service is that many members are much older than in the career departments. Many career firefighters have retired by the age of 55, whereas in the volunteer fire service, a member may continue active into his/her 70’s. With the increase in age also comes the increase in the potential of having a heart attack while performing stressful activity. It's tough to hold back some of the old dedicated members, and surely they would be missed, so it is incumbent for the department to make sure these members have a minimum medical examination and get plenty of monitoring and rehab when assisting at the emergency scene. Even then, there still remains the increased risk. If we can reduce the annual stress related line-of-duty deaths, we will have taken a major step in decreasing the annual death toll. We will not have eliminated LODD’s, but we will be moving toward a goal of reducing the annual death toll. Motor vehicle and apparatus related deaths need to be reduced. Risk management has to be reviewed and some logical determinations made by command officers, as to how much risk will be taken on the fire ground in order to save what? I realize the saving of life is our most important mission, and that includes our own personnel, but after that, almost every material item can be replaced. The life of a firefighter caught in a collapse, trying to save property from further destruction by fire, is too high a price to pay. So, as we enter this New Year, let us all resolve to do all we possibly can to reduce the annual death and injury toll. It can be done! Till next time, stay safe and God Bless!

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Lakeland MVA with Entrapment Injures Driver

Lakeland, FL - On December 20, 2016 the Lakeland FD was dispatched to a reported MVA with entrapment located at Cleveland Heights Blvd. and Polk Parkway. The driver of the vehicle involved was successfully extricated by the firefighters and transported to a local hospital for further treatment.

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1947 American Lafrance Tiller Returning to N.Y. The first-ever American LaFrance 700-series, tractor-drawn aerial ladder truck, was built in 1947 for the Middletown Fire Company in Middletown, NY. It has since traveled across the country and will soon be returning home. The truck, with a 100-foot long lad- JUMP TO FILE# der, resided in Mid- 010517104 dletown, NY until it was sold in 1967 to the Tulatin Fire District in Oregon. The Continental powered, six-cylinder tiller served Tulatin and eventually made its way into service for the Jackson County-3 Fire District in southern Oregon, where the compartments were modified and the truck was converted into a fire prevention/public education unit. It was with Jackson County that the rig last saw fire-related service. The truck is being restored by Chief Juan Diaz of California's Mountain View Fire Department, with the intention of returning the apparatus to its original owner. The Cuban immigrant, who arrived in this country at the age of 15, unable to speak English, developed his love of antique iron during his formative years in Cuba and his passion still burns brightly. Diaz, part of a family of five, arrived in Miami during the Cuban Mariel Boat Lift on a vessel tagged the "Sun Hippie." The family stayed with relatives until relocating to Santa Clara, CA. The young Diaz attended Santa Clara High School during the day and worked as a janitor at night to help his family pay rent in addition to saving money to buy the first of his many classic cars; a 1965 Mustang convertible. A strong work ethic and desire to help others led the young man to volunteer with the Santa Clara Fire Department until he was hired as a career firefighter with the San Jose Fire Department at the age of 23, where he served in a variety of positions during his 25year career with the department, rising through the ranks to the Deputy Chief spot. After leaving San Jose, Juan Diaz was named Chief of the Mountain View Fire Department in May of 2014, where he still serves. It was the firefighting profession that gave Diaz the opportunity to save for, and purchase many classic vehicles, including a 1956 ElDorado, a 1928 American LaFrance Engine, a 1940 Ford Engine and now, the first-ever 700 series tiller made by American LaFrance. Diaz discovered the tiller, which had been repainted a bright yellow, had its ladders removed and compartments modified, sitting in a San Jose salvage yard that he passed regularly on his commute to the SJFD. Chief Diaz eventually stopped in to inquire about the apparatus that had been stripped of mirrors, bumpers and anything else of value. The owner indicated that he had bought it in

The 1947 tiller in service in the 1970's. This picture is in the San Jose Fire Museum.

Oregon, spent $1500 to have it towed down, and originally planned to turn it into a rolling art piece for California's famed "Burning-Man Festival." The artwork never started and the 1947 classic just sat in the yard. Diaz couldn't resist. He offered a few hundred dollars to the owner and became the proud owner of a true labor of love. Chief Diaz has invested over 100 hours restoring the trailer to date and claims to be about halfway through the restoration of that part. Both the tractor and trailer have been repainted by Diaz to the original color. The purist has not counted all of his receipts yet, out of fear. The biggest expense, other than getting it hauled back to Middletown,


will be the application of handpainted gold leaf. According to Diaz, American LaFrance had gold leaf everywhere and he expects to pay thousands-of-dollars to have it done properly, to the 1947 factory condition. Chief Diaz, who is working alone for the most part on this project, is planning on getting the apparatus back to Middletown, NY in the Summer of 2018. When asked about his firefighting career and his restoration projects, Diaz said "this is the best country in the world and if you apply yourself, and with God's willing, you can be anything you want." - TODD BENDER


Mountain View Fire Chief Juan Diaz in the paint booth.

Before and after the return of the AFL red paint.


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Barry Marshall joined the New Windsor FD, located in New York, on March 18, 1974 which coincidently, is also his birthday. He served the residents of the New Windsor FD and Quassaick Bridge Fire District faithfully, for 42-anda-half years. As a young firefighter, Barry quickly rose through the ranks in the FD. He held all company and line officer positions, including the position of Fire Chief from 1987 until 1989. He learned from the best in the New Windsor FD, crediting many past chiefs for giving him pointers. The members were always quick to say "you and your men did a great job," which helped to create many very close friendships, even still today as we speak. Barry was also very active in the Orange County Volunteer Firemen's Association and as a result, was approved by his department to seek the open position of 5th Vice President of the OCVFA in 2002. Barry said that getting elected was great. Many members in his department helped out as he went through the chairs until becoming President in 2007, which was a very memorable year for him. He made a lot of friends around the county and the Hudson Valley during his term. Barry went on to serve as President of the Orange County Fire District for two years in 2011 and 2012, and then President of the Or-

Retired Fire Chief Barry Marshall.

ange County Fire Chiefs Association in 2012 and 2013. While attending many meetings throughout the state, he again ran for the position of Fire Chief and was elected in 1999. But the best was still yet to come for Barry! He became Fire Commissioner of the Quassaick Bridge Fire District, which he served faithfully for 26-and-a-half years. He learned a lot from past chiefs who also ran and served as commissioners during this time. He also went on to become Chairman of the Board twice during his tenure. It goes without saying that joining the fire department is one of the best things you can do for your community. Once Barry joined, he never looked back. In addition to volunteering at the FD, he also managed to work for the NYS Department of Corrections while also serving as an active riding member with the Town of New Windsor Volunteer Ambulance Corp., which he served for 25 years. He did all of this while also raising a family. Barry retired on July 31, 2016 after serving the residents of the Town of New Windsor for so many years. Although he misses everyone back in New York, he's very much enjoying his retirement down in Largo, Florida where he officially relocated on August 8, 2016 with his wife, Mary Ann Marshall, who had also recently retired.


Polk HAZ-MAT Crews Work Crash Involving Hazardous Waste Bartow, FL – A semitrailer carrying hazardous waste was involved in a collision with three other vehicles on Highway 33 N/Commonwealth Ave. N., near Bronson Ranch Road in Polk City, just after 4:00 P.M. on January 3rd. Two semitrailers, a pickup truck and an SUV were involved in the crash. Since one of the semitrailers was carrying hazardous waste, Polk County Fire Rescue’s HAZ-MAT team was dispatched, along with several other fire rescue units.

JUMP TO FILE #010917122 Polk Fire treated a total of three patients. One adult male patient was airlifted to Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center. Another adult male patient was transported by ground to the same hospital. An adult female was treated on-scene, but refused transport. Several containers with hazardous waste were damaged, but

only one of them appeared to be leaking. Highway-33 remained closed while Polk Fire’s HAZ-MAT team secured the container. None of it spilled onto the roadway. The hazardous waste that leaked out of the container was being tested by Polk Fire’s HAZ-MAT crews. Approximately 20-to-30 gallons of diesel fuel spilled on the roadway, but was isolated to the immediate area. - KEVIN WATLER


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Carrollton, GA - Congratulations to Lt. Billy House on his recent retirement. Lt. House served the City of Carrollton for 28-years. His leadership in the department and throughout the city will be sorely missed. Enjoy your retirement sir!


Residential Fire Quickly Knocked in Hoschton

Hoschton, GA - On January 7th, the West Jackson FD responded to a structure fire located on New Street. Crews from Jackson Trail and the JCCI also responded to the scene. All occupants were accounted for and fire crews were able to bring two dogs safely out from the fire. Jackson County EMS provided medical support.

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Tifton, GA - In December, City Council and the Tifton FD honored Henry Taylor on retiring after 27-years of service in the fire department. Congratulations Henry! TIFTON FD



A Crayola crayon can be used as a candle in an emergency. As the wax melts, the paper becomes a wick and one candle will last about 30 minutes.


Hiram, GA – On Friday morning, December 16, 2016 at 8:30 A.M., Paulding County Fire & Rescue officially commissioned Truck-2 into emergency service.

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In recognition for his dedication to the Roswell FD and outstanding contributions to the fire service, Chief Ricky Burnette presented Firefighter Frank Martinez with the Roswell FD Fire Chief's Award on December 16th, just four days before his passing. He received the award accompanied by his two sons.


Covington, GA - Some of the Covington FD personnel stopped by the Covington Hi Rise on December 20, 2016 to help spread a little Christmas cheer by decorating a tree donated by the "Police Who Care" fund. They had a great time!

Firefighter Frank Martinez.


Atlanta Mourns Loss of Firefighter Frank Martinez Atlanta, GA - The members of Squad-4 are saddened to report that Firefighter Frank Martinez passed away early on the morning of December 20, 2016. Frank fought a valiant battle with Stage-4 cancer for two years. Frank would always say "I am just a dude who got cancer," but his crew disagreed. According to them, Frank was an extraordinary man who bravely fought cancer, and until the end, wanted nothing more then to be back on the rig. Frank leaves behind a wife and two boys. God Speed Frank.


Alpharetta, GA - The City of Milton Fire-Rescue Department recently welcomed three new hires; Joshua Boone Firefighter/EMT, Anthony Russello Firefighter/Paramedic and Patrick Turner Firefighter/Paramedic.


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Savannah, GA - The firefighter pole at fire station headquarters in Savannah.

Henry County Dedicates New Fire Station in Locust Grove Locust Grove, GA - The City of Locust Grove received a new fire station as part of the SPLOST IV Project. This Fire Station replaces the existing Fire Station #2 and is part of the City of Locust JUMP TO FILE # Grove’s new Court 010317132 and Police Complex. To mark this historic occasion for the City and County Fire Department, a ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony was held on December 29, 2016 at 11:00 A.M. The new fire station is located at 35 Frances Ward Drive in Locust Grove, Georgia and sits in the adjacent lot of the old Station #2. The new station is a 9,973-square-foot building, featuring three apparatus bays, sleeping quarters for ten, a kitchen, laundry, common living area, fitness room, staff offices and a meeting room. Fire crews are eagerly awaiting the official move-in date and have already begun packing and shuffling about their current 1200square-foot home in anticipation of the big move. Fortunately, they will not have to travel far to get to their new, state-of-the-art fire station. - MICHAEL BLACK

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Buckhead, GA - An off-duty GA firefighter dons another firefighter's pink gear during a fundraiser event held downtown.




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Atlanta Fire Department is located in both Dekalb and Fulton Counties, Georgia.


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Firefighters Battle Apartment Fire in Birmingham


Alabaster, AL - Meet Marshal, Alabaster Fire Department's Fire Safety Dog!

Birmingham, AL - Firefighters from Birmingham Fire and Rescue responded on January 9th to a reported structure fire at the Timber Chase Apartment Homes. The fire was contained to a single unit, with surrounding units limited to smoke and water damage. Responding units included Engines 2, 3, 7 and 15, Rescues 2 and 15, Truck 1 and 2, Battalions 1 and 2, Safety Officer-1, Fire Investigators 3 and 4 and Assistant Chief-2.


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BFRS Contains Leak from Overturned Fuel Tanker

Birmingham, AL - Crews responded to a 4200-gallon fuel tanker overturned on 22nd St. North at Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd. on December 24, 2016. Upon arrival, crews found that the truck was leaking a mixture of diesel fuel and gasoline, which was draining into the storm sewer system. The leak was contained by BFRS and a cleanup crew was called in to retrieve all of the spilled product. Crews responding to the incident included Engines 1, 9, 13, 21 and 25, Rescues 1, 3 and 13, 7's Air Unit, Battalion-2, 12's Decon, 13's Decon, EMS-4, the Fire Marshal, 9's Foam Truck, 3's Hazmat, 25's Foam Truck and Assistant Chief-2.

Athens Fire Department is located in Limestone County, Alabama.


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