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BRADENTON, FL - On Sunday afternoon, June 2nd, the City of Bradenton FD was dispatched to a structure fire on 3rd Street West. While enroute a heavy smoke column was visible. On arrival the single-family structure was fully involved and two residents were in front of the structure with third degree burns. - See full story on page 14

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Paulding County EMA Recognizes CERT Volunteers for Exceptional Service DALLAS, GA – During the month of May and June 2021, Paulding County EMA recognized Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) volunteers Sid Kelly, Ruth Leber, Matthew Gray, and Anita Morgan for their dedication and commitment exemplified through perfect attendance for 2020. Sid Kelly, who serves as the CERT Planning Section Chief, was awarded Volunteer of the Year. Sid volunteered 94 hours of his time with Paulding County through trainings and events last year. Sid

has been a member of Paulding CERT since 2016. Ruth Leber, who serves as the CERT Operations Section Chief, was recognized for her perfect attendance as an EMA volunteer in 2020. Ruth volunteered 67 hours of her time last year with Paulding County through trainings and events. Ruth has been a member of Paulding CERT since 2016. Anita Morgan was recognized for her perfect attendance as an EMA volunteer in 2020, during which she volunteered 32 hours of her time through trainings and

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events. Anita has been a member of Paulding CERT since 2018. Matthew Gray was also recognized for having perfect attendance as an EMA volunteer in 2020, during which he volunteered 26 hours of his time through trainings and events. Matthew has been a member of Paulding CERT since 2018. Deputy EMA Director Stephen M. Dooley and EMA Coordina-

tor/CERT Program Manager Eve Cogsdell presented each of these volunteers with a plaque and letter of appreciation. Paulding County EMA has managed the Paulding County CERT program since it was founded in 2016. CERT is a positive and realistic approach to being ready for emergencies. Through the emphasis of rescuer safety, sound decision making, and doing the greatest good for the greatest number of people, CERT volunteers work together in teams to assist with missing persons searches,


(L to R): EMA Coordinator Eve Cogsdell and Ruth Leber.



(L to R): Deputy EMA Director Stephen M. Dooley, Sid Kelly, and EMA Coordinator Eve Cogsdell.


(L to R): Deputy EMA Director Stephen M. Dooley, Anita Morgan, and EMA Coordinator Eve Cogsdell.

shelter operations, SkyWarn storm spotter activations, conducting damage assessments following significant weather events, and providing logistical support with planned community events such as fireworks displays and parades. Paulding County EMA trains and equips active volunteers and the program has continued to be a very successful enhancement to the preparedness, response and recovery goals of the agency.


(L to R): EMA Coordinator Eve Cogsdell and Matthew Gray.

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Houston County Fire Takes Home Trophy WARNER ROBINS, GA - On May 15th, the Houston County Fire Department took home the trophy for having the most participants in the 2021 Central Georgia Firefighters Stair Climb. Centerville Fire Department had the second most registered participants. Thank you to all departments that participated!


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In memory of those who gave all 1st Responder Newspaper honors and remembers emergency responders lost in the line of duty Oklahoma: Lonnie Bolar, 45 Rank: Chief Incident Date: January 29, 2021 Death Date: January 29, 2021 Fire Department: Waynoka Volunteer Fire Department Initial Summary: On Friday, January 29, 2021, at approximately 3:07 a.m., Chief Lonnie Bolar and Firefighter Tayler Bradford responded to a residential fire. The fire was initially reported by a person trapped in a bedroom of the home. Chief Bolar and Firefighter Bradford entered the home and found a man and woman. While attempting to perform rescues, there was a roof collapse killing both Chief Bolar and Firefighter Bradford as well as the occupants. Oklahoma: Tayler Bradford, 28 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: January 29, 2021 Death Date: January 29, 2021 Fire Department: Waynoka Volunteer Fire Department Initial Summary: On Friday, January 29, 2021, at approximately 3:07 a.m., Chief Lonnie Bolar and Firefighter Tayler Bradford responded to a residential fire. The fire was initially reported by a person trapped in a bedroom of the home. Chief Bolar and Firefighter Bradford entered the home and found a man and woman. While attempting to perform rescues, there was a roof collapse killing both Chief Bolar and Firefighter Bradford as well as the occupants. Pennsylvania: Edward P. Bookmyer, 60 Rank: Chief Engineer Incident Date: January 24, 2021 Death Date: January 30, 2021 Fire Department: Craley Fire Department Initial Summary: On January 24, 2021, Chief Engineer Edward P. Bookmyer was working on a piece of apparatus after returning from a fire call when he suffered a medical emergency. He was immediately taken to the hospital where he passed away on Saturday, January 30, 2021.

New Mexico: Edward Vasquez, 35 Rank: Lieutenant Incident Date: December 7, 2020 Death Date: January 30, 2021 Fire Department: NASA Fire Department, White Sands Test Facility Initial Summary: While on duty, Lieutenant Edward Vasquez contracted COVID-19 at the fire department. He passed away from the virus on Saturday, January 30, 2021. West Virginia: Brian Ritchie, 50 Rank: Lieutenant Incident Date: December 18, 2020 Death Date: February 2, 2021 Fire Department: Weirton Fire Department Initial Summary: While on-duty, Lieutenant Brian Ritchie contracted COVID-19 at the fire department. He passed away from the virus on Tuesday, February 2, 2021. Lieutenant Ritchie was also the Assistant Chief of the Hooverson Heights Volunteer Fire Department. Mississippi: Guandes “Mook” Smith, 27 Rank: Captain Incident Date: December 9, 2020 Death Date: February 8, 2021 Fire Department: Sardis Volunteer Fire Department Initial Summary: While on duty, Captain Guandes “Mook” Smith contracted COVID-19 at the fire department. He passed away from the virus during the early morning hours of Monday, February 8, 2021. Tennessee: Terry Watts, 51 Rank: Training Lieutenant Incident Date: January 20, 2021 Death Date: February 10, 2021 Fire Department: Shelby County Fire Department Initial Summary: While on-duty, Training Lieutenant Terry Watts contracted COVID-19 at the fire department. He passed away from the virus on Wednesday, February 10, 2021.

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GLENNVILLE, GA - Glennville Fire Chief David Baxter retired on May 31, 2021, after 40+ years of service to the City of Glennville and the Glennville Fire Department. Chief Baxter’s long and distinguished career began on March 18, 1981 as a volunteer firefighter. He worked his way through various ranks of the fire department and was appointed to Fire Chief in 2015, where he faithfully served until his retirement. Chief Baxter has seen many changes in his time with the Glennville Fire Department, including the ability to manage and organize fire scenes, changes to standards that keep firefighters safe, and the

change in construction that makes today’s fire scenes so much more dangerous. Chief Baxter managed several commercial fires since becoming Chief, including one that decimated an entire city block, as well as his own fire station burning in 2017. Deputy Chief Anderson and members of the Glennville Fire Department honored Chief Baxter and his years of service at a retirement supper on May 27, 2021. Mayor Bernie Weaver presented a proclamation that congratulated Chief Baxter for his achievements and longtime dedication to the City of Glennville and the fire service. - JIM ANDERSON

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Large Defensive House Fire in Leesburg LEESBURG, FL - On the morning of June 6th at approximately 5:30 A.M., Station 63 was notified of a possible structure fire. Initially, L63 could not locate the correct address of the fire because the wrong address was called in. Once the correct address was figured out by crews, units arrived on scene to find a large residential home with heavy fire showing. The fire was deemed defensive and crews deployed multiple lines. Additional units were requested to the scene to assist with overhaul. The home was deemed a total loss. The homeowner was not home at the time of the fire. No firefighters were injured, and the fire is currently under investigation. Units on scene included Leesburg L63, E61, E62, BAT60, Tavares E28, E29, BAT28, LCFR E72, E71, SQ7, BAT20, and LEMS 161.

MOUNT PLEASANT, FL On May 30th at 7:06 P.M., Mount Pleasant (MTPL) firefighters were dispatched to a reported vehicle fire on Humphrey Rd., between Hardaway Hwy. and Hanna Mill Pond Road. Mount Pleasant VFD responded with a Pumper and a Rescue Truck. Sycamore VFD responded mutual aid with an Engine and a Pumper/Tanker. Being a rural area of the county, hydrants are very few and far between, but between the four apparatus there was plenty of water to handle this incident.

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Upon arrival, MTPL Lieutenant Jim Roberts reported that a passenger vehicle was fully involved and established Command. MTPL Lieutenants Jim Roberts and Ben Bass donned airpacks and began the initial attack along with assistance from MTPL Firefighter DeCarlos Allen, MTPL Chief Ed Cullifer and SVFD Assistant Chief Joe Clark. Personnel pulled (two) one-and-three-quarter inch lines and were able to quickly get water

on the fire, bring the incident under control and extinguish the fire. The occupants advised that they were traveling on Humphrey Rd. when the vehicle started smoking, so they pulled over to investigate. One of the occupants opened the hood and at that point the engine compartment erupted into flames. They called 9-1-1 and made an attempt to extinguish the fire with no success. None of the occupants were injured. - JAMES ROBERTS III

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Two Dogs Rescued by Daytona Firefighters


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DAYTONA BEACH, FL - On May 28th, Daytona Fire Department was dispatched to a residential home for smoke in a structure. When they arrived on scene, they observed smoke showing. Both the front and back doors were locked, causing firefighters to force the front door. As they entered the house, they found light smoke throughout the home. Once access was gained into the home the structure was searched and a pot was found on the stove that was causing the smoke. The occupants of the house were not home at the time, but firefighters found two dogs inside the home and were able to successfully removed them from the house and reunite them with their owners once they returned.

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Lightning Strike Scorches 550-Acres in Carlton Reserve VENICE, FL - On June 5th, Sarasota County was kept busy with lightning strikes that caused multiple wild fires. With rainfall well behind normal, temperatures above normal and humidity at record lows, firefighters have difficulty con- JUMP TO FILE# trolling the unusu- 060521100 ally dry vegetation. The state, already on a burn ban due to conditions, hadn’t seen rain in weeks. The fire in Carlton Reserve was just one of many fires going on in the district. With such dry and windy conditions the fires were hard to control, and fire's behavior was extreme. The fire was held on the third day to 550acres with no injuries, but a small garage and medium size barn were lost. Agencies assisting with this wild fire were Sarasota County Burn Mitigation Team, Sarasota County FD, Venice FD, Nokmis Vol. FD and Florida Forestry. The park remained closed until the fire was declared under control. - WILLIE CIRONE


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Ocala Fire Rescue Responds to Wildland Fire in The Lagoons


MELROSE, FL - On May 20th, the Melrose FD Water Rescue Team conducted a boat familiarization training with firefighters and paramedics from Bradford County Fire Rescue on Lake Santa Fe. Some of the topics covered were crew member roles, basic navigation & rules of the waterways. Demonstrations were performed on how to use a hand-held smoke flare, deploying the Life Sling Overboard Rescue Device, and patient extraction using the Avon SR 4.2 RHIB operated by the Melrose FD. Additionally, boat maneuverability and operational capabilities were demonstrated.

OCALA, FL - On June 1st, Ocala Fire Rescue responded to a fire in the vicinity of NW 8th Avenue and NW 14th Street. At 10:53 A.M., Engines 1, 3, 5 and 7, Rescue 1, Tower 1, Battalion Chief 11, and a Safety Officer were dispatched to the scene of a wildland fire in the area known as "The Lagoons". Units arrived to find heavy smoke and flames making their way through the tree line. The fire was declared under control at 12:02 P.M., with no injuries reported. Ocala Police Department, Marion County Fire Rescue, and the Division of Forestry also responded.

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Camper and truck overturn on Interstate 10 near the 170 MM.

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Sarasota Burn Mitigation Team members Shep Zedaker and Meghan Meyer at a recent wildfire at the Carlton Reserve.

GREENSBORO, FL - At 4:23 P.M. on June 2nd, Mount Pleasant VFD was dispatched to a reported motor vehicle crash involving a vehicle and camper that overturned on Interstate 10 westbound, near the 170 mile marker. Fire Chief Ed Cullifer and Lieutenant Jim Roberts responded to the scene with Rescue 3. This was a joint response with Sycamore Vol. FD, City of Quincy FD and the City of Chattahoochee FD. Upon arrival, Lt. Roberts advised that there was a single vehicle

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towing a camper that had rolled over, and that both lanes of Interstate 10 westbound were blocked. The Florida Highway Patrol requested the rescue to take up a position on the west side of the scene to provide assistance with removing the camper from the roadway with the winch. Firefighters, with the assistance of the FDOT Road Ranger, were able to partially remove the camper from

the road to open a single lane westbound. During the operation a propane tank on the camper started to leak on the camper and operations were halted. Firefighters pulled a handline and worked to secure the leak. Gadsden County Emergency Medical Services were able to assess and initiate treatment for the occupants on scene and transport them to the hospital for further treatment. - JAMES ROBERTS III


Manatee Fire Academy Instructors Dave Sedgley and Ben Anderson at a recent live burn.


Firefighters Quickly Contain House Fire in Hudson SEAN PARKER

Members of Leesburg Ladder 63, B-Shift at the scene of a house fire, 6/6/21.

HUDSON, FL - On Monday, June 7th around 2:28 P.M., Pasco County firefighters were dispatched to a house fire on Bluffview Way. Engine 10 was first in due to Engine 39 being out on a medical call. On arrival firefighters found smoke showing from a one-story dwelling and immediately went to to work, containing the fire to the garage's attic space and preventing it from spreading to the home. Firefighters were on the scene for over an hour making sure the fire was contained. Due to the high heat with temperatures in the 80's, firefighters took rehab once they had exhausted their air supply as fresh crews checked for extension.


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Not all barbecue sauces are created equal! FORK & HOSE CO. a Food Blog by A.J. Fusco


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Seasoned Vet Gets Promoted in Plantation PLANTATION, FL - In May, the Plantation Fire Department promoted John Legrand, a veteran paramedic, to a Lieutenant’s position within the Rescue (EMS) Division, Fire Chief Donald Todd announced. Legrand joined the Plantation Fire Department in 2017, bringing a number of years of experience as a paramedic with Mary Immaculate Hospital in New York City, a flight paramedic with the University of Virginia, and a paramedic instructor for the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, in Dallas.

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John was promoted to Crew Chief with Plantation in 2019. He graduated from University of Rochester with a degree in Economics and later received his paramedic certification through Stonybrook University in New York. He has an 11-year-old daughter. Lt. Legrand will supervise a rescue crew on A shift.

To lump all barbecue into one category would be doing it an extreme disservice. It is by far one of the most complex cuisines in the world. Its origins can be debated and dissected ten times over without ever fully understanding it. But rather than focusing on all aspects of it, let’s talk sauce. What makes BBQ taste so good is not one thing. It is a combination of quality meat, spices a.k.a rubs, smoke and sauce. And it is sauce that can arguably make the most noticeable difference between recipes. The most popular of all barbe-

cue sauces is the tomato-based kind, particularly Kansas City style. It is sweet, tangy and loaded with spices such as garlic and onion powder. Thick, almost syrup-like, from molasses and brown sugar, this type is the one found in most restaurants that serve anything “BBQ”. Most tomato-based sauces start with ketchup and then branch off in many directions with the addition of unique ingredients, particular to a region or style. Some other examples are Texas and St. Louis style, which tend to leave out molasses. These are thinner and less sweet than the Kansas City sauce. The ketchup-based sauces compliment most types of BBQ, whether it is beef, pork or chicken. When you get into North Carolina, which is predominantly hog, that is when vinegar-based sauces start to become popular. This is actually my

favorite style because I tend to like the way these sharp, spicy sauces cut through the fattiness of pork. By now you are probably thinking there couldn’t possibly be anymore styles of BBQ sauce. What if I were to tell you that South Carolina is known for a mustard base sauce? Yup, mustard. Traced back to the 18th century and the German settlers in the area, this type of sauce is perfect for pork. Typically it contains just a hint of ketchup, but the yellow mustard is the star if the show. In this recipe I wanted to make it a touch healthier by replacing the molasses and brown sugar often used with maple syrup. The result is just enough sweetness to balance out the acidity and spice from the mustard. Give this one a shot the next time you fire up the smoker!

MAPLE-MUSTARD BBQ SAUCE Yields 1 pint Ingredients: ¾ Cup Yellow Mustard ¼ Cup Apple Cider Vinegar 1 tsp. Salt 2 Tbsp. Ketchup 1 tsp. Hot Sauce ¾ Cup Maple Syrup

- JOEL GORDON Procedure: -Combine all ingredients well, taste and adjust seasoning. Set aside in the fridge.


Two-Acre Brush Fire in Port Orange AJ FUSCO

PORT ORANGE, FL - Port Orange Fire, Volusia County Fire, and the Florida Department of Forestry responded to a twoacre wildland fire near the Coraci Sports Complex on the evening of May 19th.

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House Explosion Rocks Bradenton Neighborhood BRADENTON, FL - On Sunday afternoon, June 2nd, the City of Bradenton FD was dispatched to a structure fire on 3rd Street West. While enroute a heavy smoke column was visible. On arrival the singlefamily structure was fully involved and two residents were in JUMP TO FILE# front of the structure 060221103 with third degree burns. Reports that the house blew up came in from blocks away. The blast sent glass and parts of the house throughout the neighborhood. As the first due engine started pulling lines the power lines from the house fell on the engine. - WILLIE CIRONE

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Vacant Mobile Home Hit by Lightning in Spring Hill SPRING HILL, FL - Shortly after 2:00 P.M. on May 30th, Pasco County was dispatched for a structure fire on County Lane. On arrival, Engine 20 encountered fire showing from the entire side of a vacant mobile home. Additional companies arrived on scene and assisted as the home was completely destroyed by the fire. Witnesses on scene stated that a lightning storm moved in and they heard a loud crack and then noticed the dwelling on fire. Firefighters were on scene for over an hour making sure there were no hot spots.


MANATEE COUNTY, FL - After 6 months of inhouse Florida Fire I training, nine Duette Volunteer Fire District Firefighters were ready for their live fire training. The newly trained firefighters traveled to Manatee County Fire Academy for the live fire training, which is mandatory for completion of the course. The first burn was in the gas prop fire training tower, the second was at the outdoor gas props.

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212 degrees Chaplain’s Corner Pastor Fernando Villicana

One of the many things I learned in the Fire Department Drill Tower was that at 211 degrees, water is hot. At 212 degrees, it boils. And with boiling water, comes steam. And with steam, you can power a train. One degree! When water turns to steam the expansion ratio is 450/1. 450 more effective than water at 211 degrees. Applying one extra degree of temperature to water means the difference between something that is simply very hot and something that generates enough force to power a machine. A beautifully uncomplicated idea that should feed our every effort. Consistently pushing us to make the extra effort in every task, action and every responsibility we undertake. 212 serves as a scientific/natural law and a spiritual law. It reminds us that seemingly small things can make tremendous differences. In the lives of believers, this entire thought has a much greater outcome – salvation, eternal life, making a spiritual impact on the world that we live in. Let me ask and answer the question that most of you are/should be thinking about now: WHAT IS NEEDED TO REACH AND MAINTAIN THE BOILING POINT IN MY LIFE? What is needed to transform me into steam? 1. Position yourself over the heat source: Leviticus 6:12 (ESV) The fire on the altar shall be kept burning; it shall not go out. The priest

shall burn wood on it every morning… Being Spirit filled and Spirit led is deliberate act of your will. If you want to go from a subdued, unenthusiastic, lukewarm existence to the boiling point (212) which produces steam - you will have to position yourself for it. Position yourself over the fire of God! 2. Be constant: 1 Chronicles 16:11 (ESV) Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually! Stay long enough for the fire to do its work. Be steady, stable and unmovable when it comes to your dream or vision. Never allow yourself to be thrown off or removed by things you see around you (failure of people, administration, bureaucracy). 3. Maintain concentration and focus: Psalm 1:2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night. Joshua 1:8 This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success. Your efforts must be such as to harness the steam and focus it where it is needed. A laser beam can cut through several inches of steel. That laser is no more than concentrated light. The bottom line - do whatever necessary to raise your temperature. Let us ask God for help in moving from a simmer, to a boil, to steam which has the ability to produce power.

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Vehicle News



Tamarac Fire Rescue placed a new battalion vehicle into service on June 4th. This Ford F450, which features state-of-the-art design and equipment, will serve the City out of Station 36.



Daytona Firefighters Visit Two Citizens for Birthday Surprise

Palm Harbor Fire Rescue has placed in to service its first Rescue. R65 is a 550 Custom Wheeled Coach by REV RTC out of Orlando, FL.

DAYTONA BEACH, FL - Firefighters recently heard about two Daytona beach residents celebrating their birthday and decided to drive by in the fire truck to pay them both a visit. Ella Bell Wilson turned 91-years-old and Jessie Corbit reached 102-years-old and was beyond excited to see his local fire department personally wishing him a happy birthday.

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Southern California Wildfire Siege 2019 VIDEO REVIEW Video reviews by John Malecky

Southern California Wildfire Siege, 2019 By Firestorm HD Productions Available from: FSP Books & Videos 188 Central Street, Suite 4 Hudson, MA 01749-1330 1-800-522-8528 E-mail: Price: $12.95 This DVD is approximately 53 minutes in length and involves coverage of four fires driven by high winds that lasted a span of five days. They are the Tick, Getty, Easy and Maria fires. They involved the Los Angeles City, Los Angeles County and Ventura County Fire Departments with mutual aid from several departments from California and other western US states. At one fire I spotted a Type II engine from Albuquerque, NM. I found out later that many western states have agreements with California to furnish mutual aid when requested. It is an involved process, but worth learning about

if you are interested. It also applies to firefighting aircraft, both fixed wing and rotary. One of the fires involved the area of the historic Bel Air fire in 1961, which was one of the worst, if not the worst wildland fire in the state’s history. Another fire in Ventura County occurred very near the President Ronald Reagan Library in Simi Valley. In the first fire, an engine company from Los Angeles County valiantly tries to prevent wind-driven flames from involving a couple of nice homes. They are eventually backed up by a second engine company making their best effort as well; but the wind overcomes their tactics and eventually flames start to take the homes. Much of the footage involves wildfire suppression supported by fixed wing air tankers and rotary craft. Some of the fixed wing aircraft are huge, like commercial jet size. There was one fixed wing craft by CanadAir which I recognized as being one which is able to swoop down onto a lake for instance and take on water in its tank and they take off again to continue firefighting. There was no slouching here! Firefighters relentlessly fought using handlines from their pumpers and facing extreme heat. Even the videographer put in such a day that he admitted he had to rest from exhaustion, but promised to resume the next day!


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ROCKY POINT, NY - Meet Caitlin Thrash, cheerleader by day, firefighter by night!

moved up to the regular department around the same time she did.

Caitlin is not just your average young lady; she's an inspiration to many. Caitlin is a senior at Shoreham-Wading River High School, and in addition to her studies and being on the cheer squad at school, she also has other very important responsibilities.

When asked about whether the guys treat her differently because she's a female, she said they don't. She did however admit that some of the training can be a little tough so she has to work harder, but her friends and fellow department members are super supportive.

Caitlin is currently a probationary member in the Rocky Point Fire Department Company #3. She originally joined the fire service around the age of 14 when one of her neighbors, who is a chief in the department, struck up a conversation with her about the department's Junior Firefighter program. Little did she know that this would lead to bigger things.

Caitlin had her first working fire in April of this year and when asked if she was nervous about it, she said that though the heat was something to get used to, the training she had done prior in the Juniors Program and regular department definitely helped ease her nerves. The very next evening the department had another house fire and she saw some more action.

Now a few years later, Caitlin is one of just a handful of female members in the department, most of whom are EMTs. She joined the department as a probationary member in October of 2020. I was able to sit down with Caitlin recently to discuss her involvement in the fire service, as well as how she balances it all.

Though right now she is balancing her school, work and volunteer schedules, Caitlin plans on sticking with the fire service as a volunteer and eventually aspires to work her way up the ranks into being an officer.

Caitlin said she was originally a little nervous when she first joined the Junior Program a few years ago, but that changed after she built great relationships with the guys in the program, some of whom had

Caitlin's advice for any fellow women who may want to join the fire service but are nervous is to just try it, and if need be join with a friend. “The more women the better!”, says Caitlin. For her, she said it was one of the best decisions she ever made, and she has made many great relationships because of it.


Rocky Point FD Co. 3 Probationary FF Caitlin Thrash is a senior at Shoreham-Wading River High School where she's also a cheerleader, but on nights and weekends she can be seen battling fire! Caitlin's pictured here at a working fire on April 10th.


One Transported from Vehicle Rollover in Ocala OCALA, FL - Ocala Fire Rescue responded to a collision involving two vehicles at the 1500 block of E. Silver Springs Boulevard on May 26th. At 9:01 A.M., Engine 3, Rescue 3, and Battalion Chief 22 were dispatched to the scene of a vehicle accident with a rollover. Units arrived to find a silver compact vehicle on its roof, with its driver in need of extrication. A white pickup truck with minimal damage was parked behind the silver vehicle. Firefighters used wooden wedges to stabilize the silver vehicle and began extrication. The driver was removed through the passenger’s side window and transported to the hospital. No other injuries were reported. Ocala Police Department and Marion County Fire Rescue also responded.

Vehicle Fire with Entrapment Requires Extrication in Leesburg At approximately 10pm on June 2nd, Leesburg Engine 62 was dispatched to a vehicle fire. Engine 62 arrived on scene to find a single vehicle with an engine compartment fire and the JUMP TO FILE# driver still en- 060721105 trapped. Leesburg Police Department attempted to extinguish the fire with ABC extinguishers without success. Engine 62 immediately stretched a line and started extinguishing the fire. Simultaneously, Engine 62 driver attempted to rescue the patient out of the vehicle without success. Following extinguishment, extrication begin to rescue the patient out of the vehicle. Engine 62 and Leesburg Engine 61 preformed a complete side removal with a dash lift and roll to free the patient. The patient was air lifted to a local trauma center and deemed in “critical” condition. Other units on scene Leesburg Battalion60 (command), Rescue 56 (Transport) and Engine 56 (Landing zone) Follow Lees-


E62 & E61 perform a complete side removal with a dash lift and push to free the patient.

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Two Calls on Same Day for Volusia County Hazardous Materials Team NEW SMYRNA BEACH, FL - On June 13th, Volusia County Hazardous Materials team responded to two separate incidents. The first call was for an anhydrous ammonia leak in New Smyrna Beach. Multiple units from Volusia County Fire Rescue and New Smyrna Beach Fire Department responded to the scene, which was under control in a few hours. Later that day, the team assisted Deltona Fire Department for a fuel offload with an overturned semi-truck on Interstate 4.


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Daytona Beach Firefighters Save Boater Trapped in Engine Compartment DAYTONA BEACH, FL - Several Daytona Beach FD units responded to a late-night call on May 28th at a local marina for a boat fire. When they arrived, they were advised that one of the boaters was trapped in the engine compartment, which was filling with heat, smoke and fumes from chemicals. The fire had extinguished but due to the explosion, the 1,500-pound engine hatch was damaged and would not open. Firefighters quickly began working to open the compartment and eventually were able to extricate the injured boater. The male had to be transported by helicopter to be treated for severe burns.

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Driver Escapes Semi-Truck Fire in Daytona Beach DAYTONA BEACH, FL - Just after midnight on May 28th, Daytona Beach Firefighters responded to a vehicle fire located on I-95. They arrived to a fully engulfed 18-wheeler pulled off to the side. The driver of the semi was able to pull over when he noticed sparks coming from the truck and exited without injury. Firefighters extinguished the truck that had been carrying ice cream. The cause of the fire was due to a malfunction with the brakes.

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