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FL - Around mid-morning on December 10th, a call came into dispatch reporting a house fire on 8th St Ct. Units responding updated enroute to the scene a large black column of smoke. On arrival, the triplex was well involved. - See full story on page 20

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New Year…What Else is New? FIREFIGHTER FITNESS Lori Ann Hodgkinson

Arab, AL. Emergency crews work to extricate a wreck victim in Arab.

CHIEF RICKY PHILLIPS

One car wreck with entrapment in Arab Arab, AL. Responders in Arab worked a single vehicle wreck with entrapment just after 9 p.m. on December 10th on Mobb Scholl Road in North Arab. Arab Squad 1 arrived to find a corvette, which traveling at a high rate of speed left the roadway and struck a utility pole. The driver was ejected and the passenger was trapped.

JUMP TO FILE #121315104 Arab, Ruth FD and Samaritan and Marshall Health System EMS worked for over an hour to free the passenger. Both were ground transported to Huntsville Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Arab Electric Coop worked

along with first responders to stabilize a utility pole that was across the car and dangling utility lines in the area. Arab Police are investigating the accident. Alcohol apears to be a factor in the wreck. - RICKY PHILLIPS

Happy New Year to All. The ideal time to try something new has arrived. We have been stating all along, “Change is Good”. Sooooooo, what will be your something new? If you haven’t been exercising, the New Year is a great time to start - and make that your something New. If you have been exercising, it is time to change it up a bit. Here are just some of the many ways you can switch things up to make your workouts more interesting, more effective and therefore more long lasting. Location, Location, Location. Where are you training - at the Gym? Why not change it up a bit with some in home workouts? For those of you in colder climates, you may be more inclined to train if you don’t have to venture to the gym for all of your workouts. There are so many options that require little or no equipment and/or space. Even doing a portion of your workouts at home can be a great way to change things up. Conversely, if you are primarily training at home, the New Year is a great time to switch it up with an occasional gym session and/or class. What’s your pleasure? As always, changing your cardio venue is another way to vary your workouts. Have you been logging all your miles in on the treadmill? Well, hop

on the bike, stair climber, or elliptical. Whatever you have been doing, try something new. You equipment junkies - try a zero equipment cardio session with kickboxing, aerobic dance, walking/jogging etc. Of course if you are already on that track, throw in equipment based sessions when you can. You can go it alone or for still another change – join a cardio class, or find a partner. Resistance – Free or Machines? Trade your free weights for machines or vice versa. If that is not an option, at the very least, change the exercises you do for each muscle group. You can always go back to your old standbys in the future. Taking a break from them will make them “newbies” again after a brief hiatus. Eventually, your something old will be something new! Absence makes the heart grow fonder! I think you will be surprised at the difference even the tiniest of changes can make. The clothes that you wear, the equipment you use, the place that you train, or who you train with are all great places to start. Change how often you train, vary your intensity or fluctuate the duration of your workouts. Trade circuits for straight sets or vice versa. Change one; change a few or change ‘em all. Whatever you choose, remember to receive clearance from your physician. The start of the New Year is the perfect time to revisit her/him as well.Stay Safe - Happy New Year – Happy New You!

WHERE ARE THEY NOW? If you have photos you would like to see in our Where are they Now? feature, please upload them on our website www.1stResponderNews.com or email them to Heather@1stResponderNews.com.

ROGERSVILLE VFD

Rogersville VFD Christmas Party and awards program

Rogersville firefighters had a great fellowship with each other at our annual Christmas Party. A huge congratulations to our award recipients for this year: Kaylab Hairrell - Firefighter of the Year, Heather Shockley - Cadet Firefighter of the Year, Casey Bloodworth - Rookie of the Year. Rogersville firefighters were busy this day running a total of five calls. It was great to relax and fellowship with our brothers and sisters in the fire department. A special thank you to the mayor and town council from the Town of Rogersville for visiting with us tonight. We had a total of 60 firefighters and family members present.

This E-One, Engine 16 from the District of Columbia, is now serving Rogersville, Alabama

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EMS ISSUES

CHELLE CORDERO

News about the Kentucky paramedic whose survivors have been denied an LODD death benefit has left many concerned and enraged. It appears that Kentucky has no death benefit provision for EMS personnel in stand-alone EMS. Coverage varies state-tostate. There is sometimes ambiguous language that should be read and clarified BEFORE any agency loses a member. Any state that has provisions for Line-of-duty-death or Line-ofduty-injury benefits has seemingly endless forms and applications that need to be filed in a timely fashion; even then the period between submitting, getting approval, and actually receiving any compensation often takes time. One EMT, who asked NOT to be identified, said that any cases that (he) has seen have all been “long-fought battles”. In most cases of firefighter death or injury, for both volunteers and paid personnel, benefits are provided and often extended to EMS responders when they are part of the fire-based agencies. However there are several cases where EMS agencies and ambulance squads are “standalone” and this is the gray area when it comes to this protection. Benefits help protect the families of first responders; in the case of permanent disability or death. Families lose any potential earnings the first responder was bringing into the home (even if they were volunteers). EMS personnel (including EMTs, CFRs, paramedics and all ambulance personnel) are vital components to our communities well being and their families should not be left in need if they are unable to provide for them. The Public Safety Officers Benefit Act (PSOB) was created in 1976. This national plan originally only covered firefighters and law enforcement officers. Many amendments later, by 2006 ,the PSOB included the words ‘‘member of a rescue squad or ambulance crew’’ (an officially recognized or designated public

employee member of a rescue squad or ambulance crew.). Individual EMS employers may have made insurance plans and benefits available for staff members. In New York State, “volunteer firefighters and volunteer ambulance workers are provided benefits for death or injuries suffered in the line of duty under the Volunteer Firefighters’ Benefit Law and Volunteer Ambulance Workers’ Benefit Law”; for more information about volunteers go to http://on.ny.gov/1HuwuM7. In all cases, there is specific criteria (definitions, causes, etc.) that must be met and appropriate forms to be filled out and submitted to the appropriate agencies. In 2011, a study was cited in the Prehospital Emergency Care journal, which emphasized how dangerous a professional EMS truly is. Between 2003 and 2007 more than 65 reported EMS fatalities, a major contributor involved ambulance collisions and roadside incidents (EMS personnel struck by vehicles on a roadway). Ambulance personnel are among the first responders, who work in hazardous situations even when “civilians” are cautioned NOT to be out on the roads. There were also a large number of non-fatal injuries including sprains from lifting and falls, and exposure to communicable diseases and body fluids. The possibility of an EMS agency having to deal with a lineof-duty-death (LODD) or serious disability to a member is something that should be prepared for before it is actually needed. Investigate and have clear answers as to what benefits would apply to staff, whether paid or volunteer at federal, state, local and agency levels. Write to local legislators to help institute clear guidelines and provisions so that all members are covered and families have some protection if the worst were to happen. And, a designated officer and committee within every agency should be trained to handle even the worst case scenario; a handy guide to dealing with this stressful situation can be found online at http://bit.ly/1TiUR0d. (The Line of Duty Death Handbook for EMS by Tawnya Silloway, Community Relations Coordinator at American Medical Response).

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Fire prevention Another great week of fire prevention was held at Gill Hall Elementary. The students learned about fire safety with a focus on smoke detectors. Remember, the only good fire was the fire that was prevented!

HUNTSVILLE FIRE AND RESCUE

Two story apartment fire for Huntsville Huntsville firefighters responded to a two story apartment fire on Patton Road around 6:45 am this morning, December 10th. There was smoke coming from a bottom apartment. Crews entered and found a fire in the kitchen area. They were able to contain the fire to the one apartment. Other surrounding apartmens had smoke in them. No one was living in the apartment at the time. All residents were evacuated when the maintenance man noticed smoke and flames in the vacant apartment. No injuries were reported. Crews from Station 3, 6, and 1 responded to the fire.


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New Jersey: Thomas J. Kolarick, 59 Rank: Deputy Chief Incident Date: September 17, 2015 Death Date: November 11, 2015 Fire Department: Keasbey Protection Fire Company #1 Initial Summary: Deputy Chief Kolarick returned to the firehouse after a fire alarm response. Inside of the firehouse, Kolarick suffered a medical emergency and collapsed. He was subsequently transported to a local hospital where he remained hospitalized until the time of his passing. Michigan: Vince Smith, 49 Rank: Sergeant Incident Date: November 19, 2015 Death Date: November 19, 2015 Fire Department: City of Detroit Fire Department Initial Summary: Sergeant Smith passed away in his sleep at the fire station from a nature and cause of fatal injury still to be deter-

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CHRIS DILLEY

MVC in Pooler, GA

Firefighters from Pooler Fire Rescue responded to a two vehicle accident on Saturday, December 5th. Engine 62 and Tower 64 from Station 2 were dispatched to Benton and Mulberry Boulevards for a reported motor vehicle collision. A total of two vehicles were involved in the collision. A patient assessment was conducted. Both vehicles were rendered safe. All spilled fluids were contained and cleaned up, and the debris was removed from the roadway. The scene was turned over to the Pooler Police Department for further investigation.

Roswell Fire crews rescue elderly female from structure fire Roswell Fire Department’s Engine 7 was dispatched to a smoke detector activation call early in the day on November 30th. Engine 7 arrived on scene of a two-story wood frame, multi-family apartment building with no fire or smoke visible from the outside. Crews were met by a bystander, who said he smelled smoke and warned there may be an elderly couple inside the apartment. The crew forced entry into the structure and found it was filled

Terrorism, Still A Threat STAYING SAFE

Chief Henry Campbell

In light of the Paris, France terrorist shooting attacks on November 13th and the continued bold threats being made by ISIS against the United States, it is of the utmost necessity that emergency responders stay alert to any responses that may indicate a terrorist attack and be prepared to protect themselves as well as the public. Terrorism can happen in any community, so stay trained and stay alert. The following information is taken from the from the U. S. Fire Administration “Fire/Emergency Medical Services Department Operational Considerations and Guide for Active Shooter and Mass Casualty Incidents”. More than 250 people have been killed in the United States during what has been classified as active shooter and mass casualty incidents (AS/MCIs) since the Columbine High School shootings in 1999. AS/MCIs involve one or more suspects who participate in an ongoing, random or systematic shooting spree, demonstrating the intent to

harm others with the objective of mass murder. It has become evident that these events may take place in any community impacting fire and police departments, regardless of their size or capacity. Local jurisdictions must build sufficient public safety resources to handle AS/MCI scenarios. Local fire/Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and law enforcement (LE) must have common tactics, communications capabilities and terminology to have seamless, effective operations. They should also establish standard operating procedures (SOPs) for these very volatile and dangerous situations. The goal is to plan, prepare and respond in a manner that will save the maximum number of lives possible. Maximizing Survival Extraordinary efforts on the part of local fire/EMS agencies and direct preplanned coordination with LE is required during response to these events in order to rapidly affect rescue, save lives, and enable operations with mitigated risk to personnel. It is essential that local policies be put in place before AS/MCIs happen to ensure coordinated and integrated planning, preparation, response, treatment and care. The recognition of AS/MCIs as a

reality in modern American life has led to the assembly of a number of public safety organizations representing various disciplines to share and develop strategies for combating the problem. One group, convened by the American College of Surgeons and the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Hartford, Connecticut, developed a concept document for the purpose of increasing survivability in mass casualty shootings. The paper, The Hartford Consensus, describes methods to minimize loss of life in these incidents. The Hartford Consensus identifies the importance of initial actions to control hemorrhage as a core requirement in response to AS/MCIs. Experience has shown that the number one cause of preventable death in victims of penetrating trauma is hemorrhage. Well-documented clinical evidence supports the assertion. The Hartford Consensus focuses on early hemorrhage control to improve survival. These very practical recommendations include the critical actions contained in the acronym THREAT: T - Threat suppression H Hemorrhage control RE - Rapid Extrication to safety A - Assessment by medical providers T - Transport to definitive care The THREAT concepts are simple, basic and proven. The Hartford

JUMP TO FILE #121115105 with heavy smoke. A full alarm was requested and crew members advanced into the apartment and performed a primary search under moderate heat and low visibility conditions, which revealed an elderly female located in the bathroom behind the door. The woman was rescued from the structure while a coordinated paper points out that life-threatening bleeding from extremity wounds are best controlled by use of tourniquets. Internal bleeding resulting from penetrating wounds to the chest and trunk are best addressed through expedited transportation to a hospital setting. Coordinated/Integrated Planning and Response To increase survivability of victims, fire and EMS agencies must incorporate THREAT principles as SOPs. At a minimum, SOPs should include: • Jointly developing local protocols for responding to AS/MCIs. Fire/EMS and LE should plan and train together. • Planning for and practicing rapid treatment and evacuation, including who, what, when, where and how it will be carried out. • Using the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and the Incident Command System (ICS). Accordingly, fire/EMS and LE should establish a single Incident Command Post (ICP) and establish Unified Command (UC). • Fire/EMS, LE and all public safety partners planning and training together. • Including AS/MCIs in tabletop and field exercises to improve familiarity with joint protocols. Regularly exercise the plan. • Using common communications terminology. In addition to NIMS and ICS terminology, fire department personnel must learn common LE terms and vice versa. Share

fire attack effort was initiated. Company 4 arrived to aid in the care of the woman and to assist with a secondary search of structure. The rapid and efficient decision making process of the first arriving units made this effort a success, and the Roswell Fire Department is proud of the amazing work done by all the crews involved. - PABEL TROCHE

definition of terms to be used in AS/MCIs and establish a common language. • Incorporating tactical emergency casualty care (TECC) into planning and training. Training must include hemorrhage control techniques, including use of tourniquets, pressure dressings, and hemostatic agents. Training must also include assessment, triage and transport of victims with lethal internal hemorrhage and torso trauma to definitive trauma care. • Providing appropriate protective gear to personnel exposed to risks. • Considering fire hazards secondary to the initial blast if improvised explosive devices (IEDs) are used. • Considering secondary devices at main and secondary scenes. • Determining how transportation to and communications with area hospitals/trauma centers will be accomplished. This is only the first few pages, there is much more valuable reading on this subject at https://www.usfa.fema.gov/downloads/pdf/publications/active_shooter_guide.pdf Another source of Responding to Terrorism information is from the CDC, Center for Disease Control EMERGENCY RESPONSE RESOURCES or http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/emres/terrorresp.html Till next time, Stay Safe and God Bless!


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ALAN GLOGOVSKY

Structure fire in Augusta

Brystol and the Sheriff

ASHLEY HENSON

Sheriff makes donation to “Battle for Brystol” Paulding County, GA. On December 10, 2015, Sheriff Gary Gulledge had a special visitor come see him at his office. Miss Brystol Haynes, who is the three year old daughter of Paulding County Firefighter Hunter and Chelsea Haynes, came to see the sheriff. Earlier this year, Brystol was diagnosed with leukemia and has undergone chemotherapy at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta for the past several months. During her visit, Sheriff Gulledge deputized Brystol and made her an official junior deputy. Usually the sheriff's office solicits donations for our annual Cops for Kids Christmas shopping program for less fortunate children. This year, Sheriff Gulled decided to change it up a bit. This Fall, the sheriff's office participated in several fundraisers with the intention to donate the money to Cops for Kids, which included donating the proceeds from the sales of the blue line "In God We Trust" decals. Sheriff Gulled also allowed non-uniformed personnel to participate in "No-Shave-November" with the provision that each deputy, who participated, had to pay $50.

JUMP TO FILE #121415114 The money generated from this was originally going to be put in the Sheriff's Office Relief Fund and Flower Fund. Once Sheriff Gulled heard about the Battle for Brystol, he decided to donate the money to her. After the money was collected, which included several Cops for Kids fundraisers, proceeds from the sales of the "In God We Trust" blue line decals, and No-Shave November donations, Sheriff Gulled and the Paulding County Sheriff's Officer were able to give the Haynes family $5000. Sheriff Gulledge remarked, "I hope this small amount of money will ease the pain and heartache that this family has had to endure this year. A child's life is precious and I truly hate to see Brystol have to go through this. My heart goes out to this family." If you would like to donate or find out more information about the "Battle for Brystol," you can call the Paulding County Fire Department at 770-222-1160 or Brystol Strong on Facebook. - ASHLEY HENSON

On Sunday December 6th at 3:30 p.m., the Augusta 911 received a call for a structure fire at 1759 Essie McIntyre Blvd. While enroute, Battalion 2 Chief McFeeley was advised of heavy fire and smoke coming from several apartments as well as a second building starting to go. BC-2 ordered a second alarm. Upon arrival, units were faced with fire in two apartments along with heavy smoke coming from two others. Quick actions of members of August Fire Department's Shift-B kept the fire to the apartments involved. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.

APPARATUS IN ACTION If you have photos you would like to see in our Apparatus in Action feature please upload them on our website www.1stResponderNews.com or email them to Heather@1stResponderNews.com.

Pooler Engine 62 at a recent MVC on December 5th.

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IAN ZEBA

Bryan Co. Emergency Services Fire Chief Howell receives training certificate and five Pet Oxygen Mask kits for the department from Camy Thumwood of Pet Alert with Battalion Chief Schultz just before the holidays. SCOTT DAKIN

Local businesswoman donates pet oxygen mask kits to Bryan Barrow County CERT holds mock disaster The Barrow County Commulies if a disaster hits. They can then J #120415112 nity Emergency Response Team help their neighbors. County Emergency Services (CERT) recently graduated 13 local After graduating, students can UMP TO FILE

Bryan County resident, Camy Thumwood, owner of Pet Alert donated five pet oxygen mask kits to Bryan County Emergency Services to help their emergency responders to save pets lives during 911 emergencies. This is especially important and helpful now, with the holidays approaching, stated Fire Chief Freddy Howell. According to the National Fire Protection Association an estimated 100,000 pets lose their life in house fires due holiday decorations in the United States and three times as many home cooking fires occur on Thanksgiving more than any other day of the year. On average 550,000 pets lose their lives in house fires in the United States because of lack of proper information about the animal during the emergency, and the lack of proper lifesaving equipment

JUMP TO FILE #112315114 on board fire trucks. Animals only have between 5 to 20 minutes before they suffer from smoke inhalation and die, depending on their lung size, type of animal and location in the fire, so being prepared is crucial to save a pet’s life, particularly with dogs that hyper ventilate when excited. Pet oxygen mask kits cost $100 each, but provide lifesaving oxygen to pets suffering from smoke inhalation and increases their chance to recover. This act of kindness will not only aid Bryan County emergency personnel in their efforts to rescue animals from house fires, but could potentially save your pet’s life.

residents. In order to graduate, the students had to complete eight classes and participate in a mock disaster drill. This is the Barrow County CERT’s 17th class since its beginnings in 2006. “All of the graduates will be joining the CERT team in assisting Barrow County Emergency Services in numerous areas,” stated CERT Public Information Officer John Sliman. The CERT program teaches

citizens how to prepare and respond to possible disasters that may affect the citizens of Barrow County. The classes teach students in areas such as disaster preparedness, search and rescue, medical operations and many other subjects. It is taught by Barrow County Emergency Services personnel and teaches students how to first take care of themselves and their fami-

join the CERT team in Barrow County if they would like to volunteer. The team works with local public safety agencies in many areas including educating the public on disaster preparedness as well as assisting in responding to large disasters. CERT volunteers also work special events and occasionally assist first responders. - SCOTT DAKIN

- FREDDY HOWELL

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JACADE LONG

Rockdale County with new tools

CHRIS DILLEY

15 Engine 2 from Liberty County Fire Services was photographed during its annual pump testing.

Rockdale County Fire and Rescue teams representing multiple shifts trained with their new extrication tools. Chancy's Wrecker Services hosted the training service with Georgia Fire and Rescue leading the training scenarios.


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Chattanooga, TN. Chattanooga firefighters have something to brag about today. With the generous help from the public, the Chattanooga Fire Department raised more money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) than any other fire department in the state this year. At the fire administration building on Wisdom Street, Jack Thompson, president of the Chattanooga Fire Fighters Association, Local 820 presented a check for $84,063 to Holly Carroll, MDA National Director. The money was raised from an annual Muscle Team Gala event, a chili cook-off, and two Fill the Boot campaigns conducted by firefighters throughout the Chattanooga area. Firefighters with Station 19 in Hixson were also recognized for raising the most money of all 19 stations within the department. The money raised will help MDA provide support for patients

JUMP TO FILE #120915116 and their families with world-class health care at MDA clinics, access to MDA Summer Camp and support groups, and assistance with medical equipment. Perhaps most importantly, the money helps fund research to find treatments and hopefully cures for dozens of lifethreatening muscle diseases. The Chattanooga Fire Department beat out the much larger Memphis Fire Department for top honors with MDA. "We're proud that we finished first in the state this year," said Fire Chief Chris Adams, "but this is a cause near and dear to us, so if another department raises more money and beats us next year, we're fine with that. Our main goal is to support MDA and do what we can to fight these terrible muscle diseases."

At 9:45 a.m. on November 27th, units from the Knoxville Fire Department were dispatched to 715 Houston St. in East Knoxville for report of a house fire. When firefighters arrived, they found smoke coming from the address and one resident running back-and-forth into the house. Firefighters called KPD for assistance, as the woman was preventing firefighters from doing their job. The woman was later transported to a local hospital via family's personal vehicle to calm her down. An acquaintance of the resident, who was also at the scene, was detained by police officers for questioning. The woman's dog was later found uninjured and taken to a neighbors fenced yard for safe keeping. No injuries were reported, and arson investigators are on the scene to determine the cause of the fire.

- BRUCE GARNER

Local Chattanooga students win top honors Nashville, TN. Three local students, all from Boyd Buchanan School, won top honors in the State Fire Marshal's Office (SFMO) 2015 Fire Prevention Poster Contest. Jillian White, a 9th grader, got the top prize, winning the Commissioner’s Choice Award. Carl Joseph Vonnoh, was the state-wide winner for the 9th grade, and Mackenna Hood was the statewide winner for the 10th grade. All of the poster contest winners will each receive a $50 prize check and a certificate of achievement signed by Governor Bill Haslam at an awards ceremony on January 30th at the TN Fire and Codes Academy in Bell Buckle.

Post-Thanksgiving house fire in Knoxville

JUMP TO FILE #121615117 The poster contest is a longstanding annual event used by the SFMO to highlight and promote fire safety awareness throughout Tennessee schools. This year’s contest theme corresponded with the National Fire Protection Association’s Fire Prevention Week campaign: “Hear the Beep Where You Sleep: Every Bedroom Needs a Working Smoke Alarm.” Congratulations to all of the winning students! - BRUCE GARNER

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House fire in Knoxville At 5:30 a.m. on December 6th, units from the Knoxville Fre Department were dispatched to 2431 E. Glenwood Ave. at Adams Ave. for report of a house fire. When fire crews arrived, they found flames shooting from the front porch area of the home. Firefighters quickly went to work extinguishing the flames and searching for any possible victims inside. A small Chihuahua was found in the hallway and brought outside to safety. The four individuals, whowere home at the time of the fire, had self-evacuated and were in their vehicle when firefighters arrived. One of the residents had non-

JUMP TO FILE #120715103 life-threatening burns to his hands and face and was offered transport via ambulance, but refused. He later chose to be transported by personal vehicle. Fire investigators determined that the blaze was accidental and most likely caused by the areless discard of a cigarette. The fire victims will seek shelter from family members. The family said there were smoke alarms inside the rented home, but were in need of batteries. - DJ CORCORAN


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Lostology CHAPLAINS CORNER Pastor Fernando Villicana

ASHLEY MCDONALD

Murfreesboro has very busy morning Murfreesboro, TN. Murfreesboro Fire & Rescue Department had a busy Tuesday morning on December 15th. Just after 6:30 a.m., crews were called to 4050 Mercy Court (Little Embers Daycare) for reports of a fire. Ladders 7 and 9, Engine 5, and Rescue 9 responded. Children and staff were already out of the building upon MFRD’s arrival. Crews located the fire near the HVAC unit. It appeared that some leaves caught fire around the control board on the duct work of the

JUMP TO FILE #121515107 unit. The control board to the unit melted, but the building received no damage. MFRD cleared light smoke from the daycare, and everyone was allowed to go back in the building. Approximately one hour later, Engine 5 and Rescue 9 responded to a wood chipper on fire at the traffic light at Manson Pike and

Fortress Boulevard. Crews quickly extinguished the fire using foam. No injuries were associated with this incident. Traffic on Manson and Fortress at Medical Center Parkway was blocked for a while, until the equipment could be moved and the scene could be cleared. According to Captain Randy Jones, it appeared that mulch got in the brake drums and ignited the tires on the chipper. - ASHLEY MCDONALD

Urban Search and Rescue is now a recognized term globaly. In the past few decades, lostology has been refined and has been instrumental in locating and rescuing people in need. You won’t find the word lostology in the dictionary, because I invented it. Perhaps if I use it enough, we’ll force them put it in the dictionary. Jesus said: For the Son of God has come to seek and to save that which was lost.” Luke 19:10. Jesus Christ is the greatest lostologist who ever lived. He stands as the greatest Search and Rescue force in the world. I believe the church (Christian believers) is part of His USAR Team. To seek and to save that which is lost. The church many times refers to non-believers as unchurched and unreached, but these are not Bible terms. Jesus refers to unbelievers as being “lost.” Now, I know this may be offensive to some people, but being called “lost” establishes a connection to those people. Because you

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can’t say something is lost without a value being placed on it. Ever lose your keys and the search for those keys becomes a top priority? If you are said to be “lost” it means you’re important to someone. A search has value the moment it begins. Each and every time our Firefighters drive out of quarters to respond to an emergency such as a physical rescue, TC heavy rescue, trench rescue etc, value is placed on whoever is hurting, trapped and in need of help. That person is important and becomes a top priority! Firefighters are highly trained and well equipped to respond to such incidents. No one gets lost on purpose. I don’t believe anyone wakes up in the morning and says “I want to be lost today.” We were all born lost due the fall of Adam and in need of a Savior. In the book of Luke, Jesus told three back to back stories of lostness and demonstrates his commitment to Search and Rescue. And when He finds you, He doesn’t lecture you or say “serves you right.” In the Bible story of the Prodigal Son, the father is happy to see his son found again. Jesus is more concerned about leading you home than he is how or why you got lost. Lostology - Search and Rescue is about a God who is seeking you out because you’re lost or trapped in life. That search places high value on you as a human being. Jesus seeks and saves that which is lost.


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Murfreesboro fills two key positions

BRUCE GARNER

Lt. Atkins surveys the damage following the house fire that nearly claimed five lives this morning.

Man and four kids barely escape morning fire Chattanooga, TN. When fire broke out in a home at 3703 7th Avenue around 7:00 this morning, December 7th, it wasn't the sound of a smoke alarm that woke up Johnny Robinson. It was the sound of a baby crying. Mr. Robinson said he got up and went to his cousin's room, and when he opened the door, smoke and flames burst out toward him. Mr. Robinson said he immediately went to get his cousin's four children, including three girls and a boy, ages 1 to 4. He carried the two youngest kids and the other two walked out of the house with him. All of the children appeared to be uninjured, but Mr. Robinson appeared to be suffering from some smoke inhalation, and some burns. Most of the hair on his head was singed. Paramedics with Hamilton County EMS checked him out on the scene, but he refused to be transported to a hospital. Mr. Robinson and the four children he saved were all outside the house when the first Chattanooga firefighters arrived on the

JUMP TO FILE #120715109 scene. Lt. Danny Atkins with Engine 9 said the front half of the house was fully engulfed in flames. The firefighters eventually got the blaze under control, but not before the fire caused substantial damage to the house. Battalion Chief Lesley Morgan said the cause of the fire appears to be accidental, though what exactly sparked the blaze is undetermined. No working smoke alarms were found in the house. The parents of the four children were away at work at the time of the fire. Volunteers with the American Red Cross of Southeast Tennessee were called in to provide assistance to the family. Chattanooga police also provided assistance on the scene. - BRUCE GARNER

Murfreesboro, TN. Murfreesboro Fire & Rescue Department recently filled two vacant positions within the department. Driver Jeff Wright was promoted to Medical Training Coordinator JUMP TO FILE# and Assistant Fire 121115110 Marshal Carl Peas was promoted to Fire Marshal. Wright’s promotion goes into effect December 14. He will be responsible for providing personnel with mandated training and instruction for medical services within the department, and assisting with future developments of the emergency medical services. “This is an exciting time to be named to this position,” Wright said. “I look forward to working with our administration to advance our medical capabilities at MFRD.” Wright began his career with MFRD in February 2002, and was instrumental in MFRD’s implementation of a first responder program. He is a certified Paramedic (EMT-P) and has worked with the Smithville FD for 29 years. He assists with their training and is an instructor for Dekalb County Emergency Medical Service. Peas’ promotion will be effective December 28. As Fire Marshal, he will be responsible for planning, organizing, managing, and directing all the activities of the Fire Prevention Division. He will also enforce fire and building codes and city ordinances. “It was a tremendous honor to be selected for this position,” said Peas. “I’m elated at the opportunity to serve Murfreesboro in this capacity.” Peas has been with MFRD since November 1988. He has had a major role in several projects including acquiring the Fire Safe House, a Fire Investigation Trailer, smoke alarms for the hearing and visually impaired, and most notable, the addition of the department’s Child Safety Seat program. He is an instructor with the Ten-

Jeff Wright

Carl Peas

nessee Fire and Codes Enforcement Academy (TFACA) in Deason and teaches Live Burn, Fire & Life Safety Educator I and II, Juvenile Firesetter I & II, and various other courses under the arson curriculum. He served as President of the following

MFRD

MFRD

organizations: Tennessee Fire Safety Inspectors Association, International Association of Arson Investigators, and the Tennessee Advisory Committee on Arson. - ASHLEY MCDONALD

Family escapes Knoxville fire At around 5:40 a.m. on November 25th, units from the Knoxville Fire Department were dispatched to 1015 Severe Ave. for report of a house fire. When firefighters arrived, they found the family safely out of the smoke filled structure. Fire crews quickly found the source of the fire in a living room wall. A tenant of the residence reported to fire officials, that a breaker in the electrical panel had continued to flip itself off over the last few days. He awoke this morning to the

DJ CORCORAN

JUMP TO FILE #112515109 smell of smoke and began investigating, and that is when he found the glowing red outlet and called the fire department. Firefighters chopped through the wall and found the fire had extended upward into the attic area. The family will receive assistance. No injuries were reported. - DJ CORCORAN


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DANIEL CORCORAN

Camper engulfed in flames

Shortly after 4 a.m. on November 24th, units from the Knoxville Fire Department were dispatched to 120 W. Woodland at Central Avenue for report of a fire. When firefighters arrived at One Stop Does It All Automotive, they found a metal 15 x 20 prefab structure, and a van type camper completely engulfed in flames. The fire was quickly extinguished and overhaul began. No injuries are reported and the cause of the fire is undetermined at this time.

DJ CORCORAN

Smoke showing on arrival in Knoxville At 8:24 p.m. on December 8th, units from the Knoxville Fire Department were dispatched to 1918 Gertrude Ave. for the report of a house fire. When units arrived, they found smoke coming from the address, and one tenant safely outside the home. Fire crews quickly went to work extinguishing the flames, which were contained to a laundry room. The resident told fire officials, that he had just turned on his gas heat, when ten minutes later, he noticed smoke coming from the laundry room and called 911. Firefighters were able to contain the damage to the room mentioned. No injuries were reported, and the two residing will be assisted by Red Cross for temporary shelter.

Semi crash on SR 30 causes minor injuries to driver of the car.

TIWANNA BRICKER

One injured in semi crash East of Spencer One person sustained minor injuries after a semi-truck and a car collided on SR 30 east of Spencer, TN Tuesday afternoon, December 1st. Piney Volunteer Fire Department, Fall Creek Falls Fire Department, and Spencer Fire & Rescue responded to the scene just after 3:20 p.m. The semi-truck was traveling up the mountainous, curvy road when he crossed the

JUMP TO FILE #120315103 yellow line trying to make the curve. The mid-size car was traveling down the mountain. The two vehicles collided causing moderate damage to the car and minor damage to the trailer of the semi. SR 30 was closed for about 30

minutes because of the accident. The driver of the car was transported by Van Buren County EMS to St. Thomas Riverpark Hospital in McMinnville, TN. Van Buren County Sheriff’s Department also responded to the scene. Tennessee Highway Patrol investigated the crash - TIWANNA BRICKER


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Ocala firefighters exceed Cathy’s Kids expectations once again Ocala, FL. Members of the International Association of Firefighters (Local #2135), comprised of Ocala Fire Rescue officers, exceeded the expectations of 20 Wyomina Elementary School students, who participated in Cathy’s Kids. A school bus filled with children from homes in need arrived at Walmart Supercenter, where a group of more than 40 firefighters, and EMT students from CTAE, waited for the Cathy’s Kids experience begin. Each child was paired with two adults, and the groups proceeded to take Walmart aisles

JUMP TO FILE #121415113 by storm. They gathered toys, clothing, shoes and desired items not only for them, but for their families. Once the shopping trip was completed, the joy and excitement continued at Tuscawilla Park where a pizza party, sponsored by Papa Johns, ensued and both children and adults indulged in playground games for the remainder of, what would have been, the school day. Cathy’s Kids could not have

taken place without the generous support of Local #2135 firefighters and donations from the following sponsors: Allen Curry Plumbing, AWS Waste Service, Bagelicious Deli, Beef O’Brady’s, Downtown Chiropractic & Wellness Center, Eco Waste Systems, Friends Recycling, Legacy Team Sales, LPS of Marion County, Mark’s Prime Steakhouse & Seafood, Papa Johns Pizza, Palm Chevrolet, Ritz & Johnson Fashion Eyecare Center, Volkswagen of Ocala, and Waster Pro. - ASHLEY LOPEZ

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Ocala vehicle fire extinguished in three minutes

Ocala, FL. On December 14th, Ocala Fire Rescue responded to a vehicle fire at the nineteen hundred block of NW 29th Avenue. A battalion chief, a fire engine and rescue, as well as an inspector, were summoned to the scene of a vehicle fire which unfolded at approximately 2:52 a.m. The fire, initially thought to be a structure fire, due to the vehicle in flames being parked under a carport next to a mobile home, was contained to the point of origin and extinguished only three minutes after firefighters arrived. Thanks to the firefighters prompt attack, the flames were unable to spread to the adjacent home. The cause of the fire is under investigation. No injuries were reported.

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South Manatee Engine 311 handles car fire

Just before sunset, dispatch received multiple calls of a car fire on 9th Street East and 52 Ave on December 12th. When fire units arrived, they found a well involved car fire on the shoulder of the road, which was threatening a nearby garage. Engine 311’s crew knocked the fire down and checked for extension to the structure.


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BRAD RUHMANN

Polk County Fire Rescue Assistant Chief Rick Parnell, Polk County Fire Rescue Lieutenant Dan Washington, Polk County Fire Rescue Chief David Cash.

Polk County Fire Rescue donates more than 200 toys to Toys for Tots Bartow, FL. Polk County Fire Rescue personnel made Christmas a little brighter for some of Polk’s youngest residents, collecting more than 200 unwrapped toys for Toys for Tots at their annual awards ceremony on Tuesday, December 8. “From Barbie dolls to basketballs, our staff really came through this year”, said Polk County Fire Rescue Chief David Cash. “The

JUMP TO FILE #121615101 generosity of the individuals within this organization never ceases to amaze me.” “The toys were pouring out of the back of the ambulance when the doors opened,” said Toys for Tots Warehouse Manager Dorothy Dunlap. “This was such a bless-

ing!” Each year, as part of its ‘Polk County Fire Rescue Gives Back’ campaign, PCFR stuffs the ambulance with unwrapped toys for Toys for Tots and collects items to fill stockings that are donated to residents of the Rohr Home, a licensed, 60-bed skilled nursing home facility. - BRAD RUHMANN

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South Manatee vacant triplex apartment fire Around mid-morning on December 10th, a call came into dispatch reporting a house fire on 8th St Ct. Units responding updated enroute to the scene a large black column of smoke. On arrival, the triplex was well involved. It was also abandoned. Firefighters made their way through the un-maintained property to get to the doorways. The fire was located in the middle apartment. Heavy smoke pushed from the windows and eves and the fire made it’s way through the roof. Cedar Hammock assisted along with Manatee County EMS.

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Vehicle News

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Miami Dade Fire Rescue operates a 2015 Sutphen 1500/300/100' Tower Ladder.

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PBCFR crews extinguish school bus fire in Jupiter

C. COOPER

Lealman Fire District announces an additional Advanced Life Support Rescue in service known as Rescue 18 (R18).

PBCFR Battalion 1 units responded to a Palm Beach County School Board bus fire on Pennock Point Road. Crews arrived to find the 35 children and bus driver mustered in the driveway of nearby home. The rear engine compartment was well involved and fire was spreading into the passenger area. B19, SO19 and BC19 arrived and fire attack was started using B19's hose line. E19 and R16 arrived shortly after and assisted in the extinguishment. E19 completed a primary search to confirm the bus was evacuated and R16 confirmed a head count of the students. Numerous parents arrived on scene to check on their children and found they even had their back packs. The bus driver is to be commended for quick and clear thinking in the safe evacuation of the school bus.


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CIRONE PHOTOS

Motorcycle versus pickup head on in Cedar Hammock After a busy day in Cedar Hammock Fire District on November 22nd shortly after 7 p.m., a call for an MVA on 14th Street West and Florida Blvd came in to dispatch. On arrival, firefighters found a motorcycle versus pickup with the two riders from the motorcycle on the ground not moving. Firefighters from Engine 211 and 421 contained the fuel leaking from the motorcycle. Both were taken by ground to Sarasota Medical Center. The Florida State Police is conducting the investigation.

JEFF CRUMBLEY, VOLUSIA CO. COMMUNITY INFO.

Fire Chief Jeff Smith, right, congratulates Firefighter Michael Sypian for receiving the division's silver medal of valor.

Firefighters honored for heroic acts Volusia County Fire Rescue Fire Chief Jeff Smith recently honored five staff members and one volunteer firefighter for acts of heroism on the job. Firefighter Michael Sypian received a Silver Medal of Valor for rescuing a young boy from the surf near Bicentennial Park, demonstrating courage, knowledge and quick decision-making in an incident that was outside the

JUMP TO FILE #112015103 realm of normal fire rescue operations. Firefighter Gerard Krallinger and Lt./Paramedic James Lucas earned Bronze Medals of Valor for rescuing three swimmers from rough seas on Memorial Day Weekend. Volunteer Firefighter

Adam Boudreau received an Award of Commendation for his role in the rescues. Lt./Paramedic Jeremy Smith received a Bronze Medal of Valor for rescuing a man from a burning home. Firefighter/Paramedic Logan Eichler received an Award of Commendation for assisting with the rescue.

BRAD DYKENS

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Cedar Hammock handles single SUV rollover After clearing from a possible structure fire, Engine 321 responded to a report of a MVA with a rollover on 27th Street in the 5500 block. On arrival, a Jeep Cherokee was found in the middle of the grass field on it's roof, both occupants were out waiting for medical attention. The two occupants only received minor injuries and were not transported. Firefighters checked the vehicle and found a leaking fuel tank and contained the leak.

- KATE LIND

Pinellas County officer development class held

The Pinellas County Officer Development Class was held November 9th through November 13th. Over fifty new and prospective fire officers from various fire departments throughout Pinellas County honed their skills in leadership, fire ground tactics, and strategy. The conference featured keynote speaker nationally recognized Battalion Chief Anthony Kastros of Sacramento, California, who shared his incredible expertise in fire ground management, safety, situational awareness and tactics. The officer development class also featured many experts in their fields of emergency response and was held at the new Seminole Community Building. The officer development course was a joint effort of the Pinellas County Fire Chiefs Association and the Pinellas County Fire Training Officers Group and has been an annual fire service training event for over twenty five years.


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The Selma Fire Department (AL) would like to congratulate Chad Mitchell on his promotion to sergeant! L to R: Asst. Chief Mark Walker, Sgt. Chad Mitchell, Fire Chief Toney Stephens, Capt. Kevin Jones, Battalion Chief Joe Phillips

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Tamarac Fire Rescue held a “Badging Ceremony” for graduates of our recent firefighter recruit class on Thursday, November 19, 2015.

ASHLEY LOPEZ

After five weeks of collecting food and toys for local charities, Ocala Fire Rescue has distributed the last of the donations gathered from citizens and fire personnel. aptain Michael Calhoun, Firefighter Jimmie Smith, Firefighter Chris Pavlos, and Firefighter David Osteen, (left to right, bottom row) Captain Michael Anderson, Firefighter Jagger Maguire, and Firefighter Tommy Taylor

Polk County Fire Rescue Paramedic John Mikula was recognized at today’s Board of County Commissioners’ meeting for receiving the inaugural Florida SWAT Association SWAT Medic of the Year award on Nov. 11.

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ALESHA RINAUDO

As a bi-annual requirement, on November 9, 2015, Levy County Department of Public Safety (LCDPS) was inspected by the Florida Department of Health, Bureau of Emergency Medical Oversight.

The Levy County Department of Public Safety (LCDPS) 206 hour Firefighter One Class of 2015 officially graduated on Friday, December 4, 2015. ALESHA RINAUDO


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Recruit Class 63 Probationary Firefighter Alec Myers caught the first fire of his career within the first 12 hours of his very first shift in the field.

SCOTT DAKIN

The Barrow County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) has recently graduated 13 local residents.

CAPTAIN ALBERT BORROTO

Palm Beach County Fire Rescue went Pink to Make Strides against Cancer at Butterfields southern café in Royal Palm Beach.

More than 60 individuals were recognized at Polk County Fire Rescue’s promotional and oath of office ceremonies held on Oct. 21 and 22. Gary Ball, Eugene Gorokhov, Jeff Fussell, Dustin Benefield, Ben Cassista, Charlie True and Ryan Corbett

The Village of Wellington (FL) honors one police officer and one firefighter from their community as the public servant of the year. This year's honor went to FM Eric Aho (Station 30A) for his exemplary service to community and department.

Polk County Fire Rescue Chief David Cash, Deputy Chief Keith Williams

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Structure fire in vacant for Edgewater

CHARLIE ROBBINS

Lehigh Acres head-on with entrapment

At 12:20 p.m. on November 19th, Lehigh Acres Fire Department Stations 101, 102 and Battalion 100, Acting Chief Delgado, were dispatched to Joel Boulevard and Country Club Parkway for a vehicle crash. Upon arrival, Engine 101 Lieutenant Rob Pitter advised they had a two car head-on crash with entrapment in one vehicle and three total patients. Engine 101's crew went to work with the jaws extricating the driver of the Cadillac Escalade and removing the passenger. Station 102 personnel handled the driver of the PT Cruiser, who ended up being trauma alerted during transport by Rescue 101.

At 2:30 p.m. on November 24th, Edgewater Fire Rescue units were called to respond to a reported structure fire. Crews found a small fire in what appeared to be a vacant unit in a duplex at JUMP TO FILE# 2214 India Palm 112515101 Drive. When firefighters entered the structure, a fire was found in the living room area of the unit. The fire was quickly extinguished but there was major damage to the north wall of the unit and one of the electrical power supply connections to the building. The unit where the fire occurred was undergoing renovation relative to a previous fire at that location in July. The electrical supply system destroyed in the fire supplied power to the other unit in the duplex. A family of two adults and three children live in that unit and have been displaced while the wiring to their unit is replaced. The Red Cross is enroute to assist the family who were not home at the time of the fire in the adjacent unit. The cause of the fire was determined to be accidental with the origin being in a trashcan in the unit under construction. - JILL DANIGEL

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Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue Rescues Kitten From Vehicle On November 11th, 2015 a commuter was driving to downtown Fort Lauderdale when they began to hear what sounded like a kitten meowing in distress. The driver pulled their vehicle over at the 2000 block of West Broward Blvd where they flagged JUMP TO FILE# down an FLPD mo- 111915114 torcycle officer and asked him for help. On investigation the police officer found a small kitten wedged inside of the engine compartment and requested Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue respond to the scene. Crews from Fort Lauderdale Engine 47 worked diligently to free the tiny kitten from the tight space. Once removed the crew brought the kitten back to Firehouse 47 where they worked to find it a new home.

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Cedar Hammock Fire Inspector Diane “ski” Chrzanowski Retires

Fire Inspector Diane "Ski"Chrzanowski after 28 years on the job has retired from Cedar Hammock Division of Fire Inspections. Wednesday morning the Department honored "Ski"with the Traditional Flag Ceremony. Officers, Firefighters, Friends, Relatives came to honor "Ski" for her devoted years of service to the Cedar Hammock Fire District.

- GREGORY MAY

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Everyone loves a parade! Volusia County Fire Rescue's Tender Engine 22 participated in this year’s Christmas Parade in Oak Hill. The firefighters had a great time greeting the residents of Volusia County's most southern city.

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The Big Burn VIDEO REVIEW

Video reviews by John Malecky

The Big Burn by American Experience Films PBS Available from: FSP Books & Videos 188 Central Street, Suite #4 Hudson, MA 01749-1330 1-800522-8528 E-Mail:support@fire-pol i c e - e m s . c - o m www.fire-police-ems.com Price $24.99 (DVD) This DVD is 60 minutes in length mostly in black and white. It is a program inspired by a book of the same name and is a story about the horrendous wildfire, which consumed an area of the Rockies in the Summer of 1910. The fire covered an area the size of the state of Connecticut, including million acres of land made up of towns as well as forestry. It is also a brief history of the U.S. Forest Service, its founder Gifford Pinchot, and his successor. It is the story of arrogance and pride that nature could be managed. Pinchot’s aim was to preserve national forests. He had his opponents in the name of the timber and mining industries as well as the railroads. The first two, at least, thought

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that forests were theirs to make use of, in selling their products, and did not take kindly to those who got in their way. The railroads posed a threat by their trains kicking out sparks, which tended to start fires. They took no responsibility in helping to suppress them as they felt fires were only a hazard of their passing through forestry land. The story progresses telling about Pinchot’s political activism and his befriending influential people such as New York Governor Theodore Roosevelt, who later became president and how they worked together. The succeeding president was another story. It also tells us about the forest rangers stationed in the west and how they were protected from harm by seven companies of elite black soldiers of the 25th Infantry and how their performance when later fighting the Big Burn influenced the minds of many to look upon the black man in a different, favorable way. Coverage of the firefighting during the Big Burn is intense and an influential leader, who was instrumental in managing this battle is shown. His invention of the Pulaski tool came about after this fire and is still a weapon in fighting forestry fires today. I would recommend this DVD as a lesson in history and a bit of education for those who do not normally fight forest fires to see how the other guys do it!

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Over 200 residents receive training Hands only CPR has been proven to save lives! Palm Beach County Fire Rescue in association with IAFF Local 2928, the Community Assistance and Benefit Corporation and ER Nurses Forum of Palm Beach County provided free instruction for residents of Tivoli Lakes, Tivoli Reserve, Ponte Vecchio, Ponte Vecchio West, Valencia Point, Palm Isles, Mizner Falls and The Grove in western Boynton Beach. This one day educational blitz, covering eight communities, trained over 200 residents on how to perform hands only CPR. Events like these are part of Palm Beach County Fire Rescue’s continuing efforts to train as many people as possible in this life saving skill.

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