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FL - LAFD Engine 105 “C” shift was first due at a well involved house fire at 611 Broward Boulevard at 11:40 a.m. on April 29th. Firefighters were faced with heavy fire conditions throughout the structure and with storm panels on all windows. - See full story on page 19

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Repeat National Champions at FDIC Murfreesboro, TN - Murfreesboro Fire & Rescue Department’s Honor Guard placed first in the National Honor Guard Competition at FDIC. The team, competing against eight other teams from across the nation. Team members were Captain/Shift Inspectors Nora Smith, Wade Williams, and Thomas McAdoo, Captains Jeff Irvin, Gary Hutchinson, and Mike Adams, Driver Randy Shaw and Firefighters Greg Burt and Charles Powell.


Firefighters battle blaze sparked by domestic Franklin, TN. On April 24, 2013 at 7:43 p.m., Franklin’s 911 Center received a call of a domestic disturbance with and an intentionally set fire at 402 Eastover Court, in the Rogersshire subdivision. Responding officers learned that the suspect was still inside the home and possibly armed. Arriving officers were advised that all other occupants of the home had escaped.

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When officers ordered the suspect from the burning home, he complied and was taken into custody. The fire was still burning and damage to the home is significant. The suspect is being held at Franklin Police headquarters,and the other residents of the home are

at a safe place. The fire scene was very active and the police investigation is ongoing; Both continued into the overnight hours. Officers had to forcibly remove the suspect from the home. He was not armed at the time of his arrest. Franklin firefighters moved quickly to battle the blaze the moment that the suspect was taken into custody. - CHARLES WARNER


Vehicle crashes into building Franklin, TN. On May 2 at 1:00 p.m., emergency crews responded to an injury crash after a vehicle drove into the office building at 110 New Highway 96 West. Investigating officers determined that the 59-year old driver of Franklin, had been test driving a vehicle and returning to the business when his foot pushed the accelerator as it was slowing down in a parking space. The vehicle struck an employee who was sitting outside on a park bench, pushing him through a front window, trapping him underneath the vehicle. Emergency crews were able to free the 71 year old victim out from underneath the vehicle and transported him to an area hospital in stable condition. A second employee, who was sitting at a desk inside, was also struck by the vehicle, but was not trapped and suffered minor injuries. The driver and the other two occupants of the vehicle were all uninjured. City of Franklin Building and Neighborhood Services responded to the scene and deemed the building safe to remain open for business.


Tuesday afternoon car fire Murfreesboro, TN - Murfreesboro Fire & Rescue Department’s District 9 responded to a car fire close to Scales Elementary School around 2:30 p.m. on May 7th. Upon arrival, the crew discovered a 1998 Audi A6 engulfed in flames. The fire was extinguished within five minutes of the crew’s arrival. The owner was just about to turn into the school when he noticed smoke coming from the dash. He was able to exit and get a safe distance from the vehicle to wait for MFRD. No injuries were associated with this incident. According to Captain/Shift Inspector Randy Rae, the fire appeared to have started in the dash area and was most likely due to an electrical issue.

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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 New Jersey: Jeffrey Scheurer, 35 Rank: District Forest Fire Warden/Firefighter Incident Date:Mar 28, 2013 Death Date: Mar 28, 2013 Fire Department: New Jersey Forest Fire Service Fire Dept. Info: NJ Division Fire Warden Jason Von Oesen Initial Summary: While conducting a controlled burn in Hunterdon County with the New Jersey Forest Fire Service, Firefighter Scheuerer was struck by a motor vehicle driven by a civilian. The accident apparently happened after the wind shifted causing heavy smoke from the controlled burn to reduce visibility on the road where Scheuerer was present. Firefighter Scheuerer did not survive the injuries he sustained when struck by the vehicle. Pennsylvania: Michael R. Goodwin, 53 Rank: Captain Incident Date: Apr 6, 2013 Death Date: Apr 6, 2013 Fire Department: Philadelphia Fire Departmentt Fire Dept. Info: Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers Initial Summary: Captain Goodwin passed away while fighting a three alarm blaze after a third-floor roof collapsed beneath him. Captain Goodwin is to be promoted posthumously to the position of Battalion Chief. Investigation into the fatal fire continues by authorities. Incident Location: 748 South 4th Street, Philadelphia, PA New York: John M. Janos, 57

Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: Apr 6, 2013 Death Date: Apr 6, 2013 Fire Department: City of Binghamton Bureau of Fire Fire Dept. Info: Daniel L. Thomas Initial Summary: After having responded to an automatic fire alarm on the 5th floor of an occupied multiple dwelling earlier in the morning, Firefighter Janos was found deceased in bed at the firehouse. Incident Location: 23 Henry ST, Binghamton, NY

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Rank: Assistant Chief Incident Date: Apr 7, 2013 Death Date: Apr 7, 2013 Fire Department: Fort Osage Fire Protection District Fire Dept. Info: John E. Yocum Initial Summary: Assistant Fire Chief Hollingsworth was en route to a reported structure fire on Atherton Road during an active severe weather event. He was involved in a single vehicle accident during this response striking a tree. Assistant Chief Hollingsworth was transported to a local hospital where he received treatment but succumbed to his injuries. Incident Location: 2620 North Old Atherton Road (structure fire)

New Hampshire: James B. Clark, 56 Rank: Lieutenant Incident Date: Apr 11, 2013 Death Date: Apr 11, 2013 Fire Department: Bedford Fire Department Fire Dept. Info: Scott Wiggin Initial Summary: Several hours after working a very active shift at the fire department that included a number of emergency calls, Lieutenant Clark was found deceased at his residence from a cause still to be determined. Illinois: Lawrence A. Stone, 37 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: Apr 13, 2013 Death Date: Apr 13, 2013 Fire Department: West Union Community Fire Protection District Fire Dept. Info: Bill Crumrin Initial Summary: Firefighter Stone was operating his privately owned vehicle en route to a fire call when the vehicle left the roadway and rolled. Firefighter Stone was ejected from the vehicle and passed away at the scene of the accident which is still under investigation by authorities. Incident Location: MVA - One quarter mile East of Darwin Ferry RD and 2100 St

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At 3:51 p.m. on May 3, the Knoxville Fire Department received a dispatch to 4327 Skyline Dr for report of a fire with an elderly bedridden male trapped inside. Engine Company 6 was first on the scene and found an A frame structure with heavy smoke coming from the basement area. Captain JUMP TO FILE # Dennis McCain and 042513108 his crew gained entry through a basement door, found the victim lying in bed and were able to successfully carry the patient to safety. The man was transported to U.T. Hospital for smoke inhalation. Prior to the fire departments arrival, there were two men across the street who noticed smoke coming from the home. One of the men ran to call 911 while the younger one made several unsuccessful attempts to reach the victim, before becoming a victim himself. He was found passed out in a driveway several hundred feet from the burning home. He too was transported to an area hospital for smoke inhalation. The fire was contained to the basement level of the home, with smoke damage throughout. Fire investigators determined the fire started around a electrical breaker box inside the structure. - DJ CorCoran

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Hazmat Team Preparation

Multi-agency response to possible hazmat Richmond Hill Fire Department along with Bryan County Emergency Services were dispatched to a local medical complex for a possible hazardous materials when a female employee became sickened by a white powdery substance. Richmond Hill Fire Department secured the scene and began

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collecting information, establishing command, isolating the workers and contacting other agencies for assistance. The Savannah Fire Department Hazmat team was requested and re-

sponded. They were briefed on the situation, made entry, sampled the substance and secured it. It was determined that the substance was non-hazardous. The hazmat team went through decontamination and rehab and the scene was terminated.

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Firefighters save trapped dog in Barrow County Barrow County Emergency Services personnel were at Station 6 when a citizen came into the station distraught. “She stated her dog had run under her house and had gotten tangled up in some electrical wires,” commented Lieutenant Ernest Weant. “Frustrated and not knowing what else to do to get her dog out she came to the firehouse and asked for help. We offered to go see what we could do to help.” When Lieutenant Weant, Lieu-

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tenant James Key, Firefighter Josh Shelby and Firefighter Teddy Brown arrived, they found a scared puppy unable to free himself from an entanglement. Due to the limited amount of space under the house, there was no way a person could get under the house to free the dog. With the aid of tools carried on the

engine, firefighters were able to free the dog. Once he was freed from the leash, he was initially scared, but was easily drawn out by the owner using dog treats. “Firefighters are called upon for many different types of help,” stated Lieutenant Weant. “In this situation we were able to help a citizen out in a different way.” - SCOTT DAKIN

At 12:53 p.m. on May 11, a 911 call reported a house fire in the 900 block of Highway 211NE. “Upon arrival of firefighters we found heavy fire conditions in the garage of the home,” commented Lieutenant Scott Dakin. “They also found fire in a bedroom on the second floor of the home. Firefighters made a very fast aggressive attack on the fire and were able to quickly bring it under control.” The fire started in the wiring of a golf cart in the garage and spread throughout the garage. It caused heavy damage to the garage and spread through the ceiling and up into the second floor window. The remainder of the home suffered smoke damage. Firefighters remained on the scene for several hours removing smoke from the home and checking for any extension of the fire.


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Response to Terrorism, Revisited


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Jeep overturns, sends two to hospital Cherokee County, GA. Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services and the Canton Fire Department responded to single vehicle accident on the afternoon of May 3rd, at approximately 4:50, on Killian Road at the Brickmill Road intersection in Canton. The accident involved a black Jeep Cherokee that apparently left the roadway and landed on its top. The 16 year old female driver had a possible head injury and was

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transported emergency in stable condition. An 18 year female passenger in the back was complaining of back pain, plus she had cuts and bruises and was also in stable condition. Both patients were transported to Kennestone Hospital in Marietta. According to Val Hice, Med

Con operator and paramedic for Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services, “The other passengers, three males, did not have any serious injuries.” Killian Road was blocked until the clean-up operation was complete. The cause of the accident is currently under investigation. - TIM CAVENDER


Storm rattles Garden City Garden City, GA - Garden City Fire Department responded to 86 Rommel Ave during an afternoon thunderstorm for a large tree down on a house. Crews arrived and found negative injuries. They immediately began protecting the homeowners belongings.

Following the April 15 explosion that took place at the Boston Marathon killing three and injuring more than 150 innocent people, we are once again reminded that terrorism continues to be a real threat. Be it home grown terrorists or from foreign lands, the threat remains the STAYING same as they SAFE attempt to strike fear into the Chief Henry Campbell hearts and minds of the American people. Fear is another word for terrorism and fear is what must be overcome. The American people must continue to carry out their daily activities as they normally would, but they must also be alert and vigilant to changes around them. Terrorism is designed to create panic and fear and meant to draw public attention; wherein the terrorist strikes or makes threats, then disappears, to reappear who knows where and when. Determination and strong will can aid a free people in overcoming the terrorist threat and keeping us safe, but along with that, we as a country, and our emergency responders, must be prepared. We as first responders must be prepared for and respond to actual acts of terrorism. If there should be any form of terrorist attack in your community the fire and emergency services will be in the forefront of the response, and you must be capable of protecting yourself in order to protect others. That requires training of all department members in response to weapons of mass destruction (WMD); including nuclear, biological, and chemical (NBC) weapons and explosive devices. In light of the Boston attack, it is important for first responders to review, revise, and or establish policies and guidelines that will protect responding members and the public from acts of terrorism. Firefighters and EMS personnel must know how to react, precautions to observe and follow, what is expected of them at the scene of an incident and what they should and should not do. Since the terrorist incidents in Boston, there has been the usual increase in the number of reports of suspicious or abandoned packages on buses, trains, stations and terminals, office buildings, and on public thoroughfares. The public once again has gone on the alert and heeded the message “If you see something, say something!”

Included also are mailings of packages to government officials and others containing possible chemical agents. All these incidents require a response that normally falls under police jurisdiction as crime scenes with fire and EMS personnel responding to assist the police agencies. What is a suspicious package? What is an explosive device? What does a bomb look like? Maybe it is time to review or retake the FEMA Emergency Response to Terrorism Course at What is your policy when responding to a reported bomb or explosive device? Don’t have one? Get one! You can start with the following information by retired Deputy Chief Vincent Dunn, FDNY with the complete text available at his web site: Terrorism Firefighting Strategies newsletters/Terrorism-Firefighting-Strategies.pdf Additional information may be obtained from the IAFC publication Terrorism Response A Checklist and Guide for Fire Chiefs at The potential for a secondary device occurrence must be stressed in training and all first responders must always be alert to that possibility, note there was a secondary device used at the Boston Marathon on April 15. Strategy and tactics require approaching the scene of any suspected incident with caution and being prepared for any form of chemical or explosive release. The use of protective clothing and equipment including SCBA, being alert for outward warning signs that may indicate the type of danger present such as where vapor clouds, mist, and unknown liquids exist should trigger warnings. Should they be present, do not enter the area and withdraw to a safe position. The proper placement and staging of apparatus at the scene perimeter rather than at the front door, down the block or even around the corner is safer. Maintain scene safety and coordination using the NIMS and ICS, stay vigilant to your surroundings and what is going on while having an escape route in mind. All are important to your safety. Also remember that you are operating at a crime scene and the collection of evidence and your personal observations can be critical to the apprehension of the perpetrator(s). Till next time, Stay Safe and God Bless!

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Barrow County Emergency Services employee recognized Barrow County Emergency Services had one of their own recently recognized as their Paramedic of the Year. Lieutenant Michael Barnes received the award at the annual Georgia Emergency Medical Services Region 10 Awards Banquet. He was also one of several employees recognized at Tuesday night’s Board of Commissioners’ meeting. “Lieutenant Barnes was nominated by his peers and is well deserving of this award,” stated Chief Merrifield. “He has worked hard for our team and is a true asset to the citizens of this county.” Lieutenant Barnes joined Barrow County Emergency Services in 2003 as a firefighter and emergency medical technician and was named Rookie of the Year for his hard work and dedication. He quickly showed his determination to learn more about his job and offer the best services to the citizens we serve. He enrolled in a paramedic class and received his paramedic certification in 2004. With this certification, Lieutenant Barnes continued to work on improving his skills and knowledge, which helped him in receiving a Hero Award in 2005. This award was given to Lieutenant Barnes for his outstanding treatment to a trauma patient. Continuing to gain knowledge and improve his skills, Lieutenant

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Barnes became an instructor of numerous fire and EMS classes. He works to help others better understand their jobs and can be called upon to work with newly hired personnel that are just learning the job. Due to his dedication to learning and his strong work ethics, he was promoted to Lieutenant in 2011. In this position, Lieutenant Barnes is responsible for his crew and station, including making sure the crew receives all required training. His knowledge and training, as well as his certifications as an instructor in several classes have greatly assisted him in these efforts. Since being employed with Barrow County Emergency Services, Lieutenant Barnes noted a need to assist another agency, the Barrow County Sheriff’s Office. Identifying the need for SWAT medics, Lieutenant Barnes worked with another paramedic to see if there was a way to fill that need. Lieutenant Barnes is one of the original members of the Barrow County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team as a tactical medic. This required him to take additional specialized law enforcement training to become a member of this elite force. After joining the Barrow County

SWAT Team, Lieutenant Barnes quickly became a leader and started moving the SWAT Medic program forward. His commitment and dedication to the SWAT team was the gateway of taking our service to the next level and above many other agencies within the state by providing advanced medical care to our law enforcement agencies. Lieutenant Barnes has been able to improve the relationship between the law enforcement agencies and fire/ems service. This was accomplished by his determination to promote and educate the team of the importance in having trained medical staff on-site. With this in mind, the tactical medic program has been in operation for 6 full years here in Barrow County. The SWAT medic team has expanded the members from 2 to 5 members. Lieutenant Barnes also developed and implemented the medical protocols for this team. He has also become an instructor in the TCCC (Tactical Combat Casualty Care) where he has been able to teach the team members this additional training for both the Sheriff’s office and members of Barrow County Emergency Services. “I became a paramedic because no day is the same,” commented Lieutenant Barnes. “You never know

SCOTT DAKIN Lieutenant Barnes his wife Kristi, daughter Brooklynn and son Jackson

what kind of call you will run and you can really make a difference in people’s lives.” Lieutenant Barnes is married to his wife Kristi. They have a son named Jackson who is six, and a daughter named Brooklynn who is 19 months old. “Lieutenant Barnes is and has been a vital part of our organization

and truly puts his heart and soul into public safety as a whole,” stated Chief Merrifield. “His countless hours of dedication and commitment to our service make him well deserving to be recognized as our paramedic of the year.” - SCOTT DAKIN

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Pre-Summer Burn FIREFIGHTER FITNESS Lori Ann Hodgkinson

In my line of work, I can often chart the seasons without a calendar. I can tell what season is approaching by the nature of the requests clients make of me. Well according to my “inbox”, summer is coming. The majority of communications ask what exercises to do to burn fat and there are equally as many inquiries about trimming and toning that abdominal area. Yes, these requests are common all year long, but as summer approaches they reach record numbers. Sometimes, but not often, clients want to understand the physiology. They express an inter-

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est in what makes one workout better suited for one specific goal over another and why. They may ask “Why should I do this and why this particular way? Quite frankly however; at this time of year, clients want me to spare them the ‘why’s ‘and they just want to know the ‘what’. They ask which exercises should I do for this?”. Usually they simultaneously grab at their gut and a good number of the ladies additionally point toward the hips and thighs. “Just give me a workout for this!” So without getting too detailed, here is a high intensity workout designed to burn lots of calories, lots of fat and tone all the major muscle groups. Don’t worry; it’ll hit all those trouble spots and then some. I use it in my Fit Camp Boot Camp. I haven’t made too many friends with it, (it’s difficult) but the improvements clients make with it make them happy in the long run. Also – it is adaptable to all fitness levels because although the intensity level is way up, it is only as high as each exerciser is capable of. Begin with a three to five minute gradual warm up (anything that increases blood flow will do the trick). Perform each of the four exercises for thiry seconds with no rest in between. The goal is to do as many repetitions as you possibly can without sacrificing proper form or safety. Listen to your body and stay within your personal fitness limits. When choosing a weight choose the highest level of difficulty you are capable of, while still being able to complete each exercise with proper form and without the use of momentum. Work Hard, but Be Smart! After completing each of the four exercises go back to the first exercise and repeat all until you have completed the circuit a total of three times. Push-ups (Remember, choose the highest level of difficulty you are capable of, be it from your knees, Full push-ups, or even one arm push-ups) Squats Reverse crunch Jog After repeating the above circuit three times, walk for one to two minutes. Remember to sip water to stay hydrated. Move on to the next circuit, again performing each exercise for 30 seconds with no rest in between. Keep the intensity at your very top. Ccomplete three times. Bent over row Lunges Seated twists Jump rope After repeating the above circuit three times, walk for one to two minutes. Remember to sip water to stay hydrated. Move onto the next circuit, again performing each exercise for thirty seconds with No rest in between. Shoulder presses Bicep curls Tricep extension Crunches Finish with a gradual cool down (walking, works) of three to five minutes and a full-body stretching routine. Drink more water to stay hydrated. - continued at


County public safety agencies and National Guard participate in drill Barrow County Emergency Services recently participated with several other agencies in a training drill at the Barrow County Airport. “It was a simulated military helicopter crash with three patients in the helicopter,” stated Emergency Management Coordinator Penny Clack. The drill was set up as an opportunity for military and civilian public safety personnel to work together in a simulated emergency. Participants in the training drill were members of Barrow County Emergency Services, the National Guard, Barrow County Sheriff’s Department and the Barrow County Airport Authority. Several

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planning meetings were held between all agencies to go over emergency plans and several possible simulations. Follow up meetings went over the positives things that happened at the drill and ways that some things might be able to improve. A member of the National Guard started the drill with a call to the 911 Center. Sheriff Deputies and Emergency Services personnel responded and worked with the National Guard in handling the

scene. Sheriff Deputies quickly worked to secure the scene while firefighters removed the patients from the helicopter and prepared them for transport to medical facilities. “Previous training conducted between agencies aided in emergency responders being able to mitigate the emergency scene without any issues,” commented Clack. “This type of training drills allows us to improve cooperation between various agencies and ensure that our emergency plans are current and workable. - Scott daKin

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Tender Engine 44 is now in service calling Volusia County Fire Services’ Station 44 in Pierson (FL) its home.


Bryan County responds to tractor trailer fire Bryan County Emergency Services was dispatched to a tanker truck on fire on I-16 on the afternoon of April 19th. Firefighters found a tractor trailer with a tanker with the rear wheels on the passenger side of the tractor on fire. After determining the product being hauled in the tanker and its stability, the firefighters quickly pulled a pre-connect line and from the driver’s side of the tractor extinguished the fire. KEN SNYDER

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Fire destroys house Just after 8:00 p.m. on April 11th, a 911 call reported a house fire at 731 Worth Court in Bethlehem. “Upon arrival of firefighters, heavy fire was found across the roofline and attic of the structure,” commented Lieutenant Scott Dakin. “Firefighters quickly started a defensive attack to bring the fire under control utilizing the ladder truck.” Ladder Truck 7, Engine 3, Med 7, Med 3 and Battalion 1 responded. Firefighters worked quickly to bring the fire under control from a defensive position. Due to the collapse of the roof and attic, firefighters returned to the scene throughout the night to extinguish small hot spots. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

EMD Safety Day Pt. Wentworth,GA. PWFD along with Ft. Stewart/HAAF Fire Prevention & EMS participated in EMD's Safety Day which brought families together for the day to enjoy catered food, fire prevention activities, rock climbing wall & just overall fun. FSFD set up their smoke house & showed families hands on the dangers of the hazards within a house which catch fire & what to do during an emergency. PWFD brought apparatus for the children to explore.

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tories, if you will, that you may or may not remember, but nevertheless will nevertheless leave an impression on you after you’ve read about them. The important thing to realize is that most of them occur in or outside of small towns with paid and or volunteer fire departments responding either to assist the industrial fire brigade or to totally handle these incidents themselves along with mutual aid. The incidents may be read individually without going strictly cover to cover. They give details on what responders were faced with and how the campaign was handled. The book details what the forces had going for them and what they did not as well as what worked and what didn’t. In a number of cases the Williams Fire & Hazard Control company was called upon. Many of you may recognize the name as they developed “Hydrochem Technology” and nozzles. This is dual agent nozzle that uses foam solution or water application and introduces a dry chemical through the center. The incidents involve a variety of flammables and combustibles including not only petroleum storage tanks, but liquor, sugar dust, scrap rubber, chlorine, nitromethane, acid and others. Some were transportation accidents. In one instance, the disaster was caused by a rail switch that had been thrown and had not been returned to the main line configuration. No one had checked to make sure this was done, and because of this, well, you’ll read about it! This book is worth taking the time to read and even taking some notes as you read! The price is worth the knowledge and it proves that preplanning is a step in the right direction.



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Five year old raises money for fire department Ocoee, FL. Most children enjoy receiving toys and fun games for their birthday presents. Five year old Noah Hall-King decided he wanted something different for his birthday. Noah, who lives in Ocoee, decided that he wanted to collect money for the Ocoee Fire Department instead of getting birthday gifts. With the help of his mom, Cheryl King, Noah started raising funds well before his fifth birthday party. With donations from friends and neighbors, Noah collected $1,210.25. On May 7, at the Ocoee City Commission meeting, Noah presented firefighters with a fire boot filled with the money he collected. For his efforts, he was presented with an official fire badge, fire department baseball cap and a shadow box mounted with fire emblems.

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In my line of work, I can often chart the seasons without a calendar. I can tell what season is approaching by the nature of the requests clients make of me. Well according to my “inbox”, summer is coming. The majority of communications ask what exercises to do to burn fat, and there are equally as many inquiries about trimming and toning that abdominal area. Yes, these requests are common all year long, but as summer approaches they reach record numbers. Sometimes, but not often, clients want to understand the physiology. They express an interest in what makes one workout better suited for one specific goal over another and why. They may ask “Why should I do this and why this particular way? Quite frankly however; at this time of year – clients want me to spare them the ‘WHY’s ‘and they just want to know the ‘WHAT’. They ask which exercises should I do for this?”. Usually they simultaneously grab at their gut and a good number of the ladies additionally point toward the hips and thighs. “Just give me a workout for this!” So without getting too detailed here is a high intensity workout designed to burn lots of calories, lots of fat and tone all the major muscle groups. Don’t worry; it’ll hit all those trouble spots and then some. I use it in my FIT CAMP Boot Camp. I haven’t made too many friends with it, (it’s difficult) but the improvements clients make with it make them happy in the long run. Also – it is adaptable to all fitness levels because although the intensity level is way up, it is only as high as each exerciser is capable of. BEGIN WITH A 3-5 MINUTE GRADUAL WARM-UP (anything

that increases blood flow will do the trick). PERFORM EACH OF THE four (4) EXERCISES FOR 30 seconds WITH NO REST IN BETWEEN. The goal is to do as many repetitions as you possibly can without sacrificing proper form or safety. Listen to your body and stay within your personal fitness limits. When choosing a weight choose the highest level of difficulty YOU are capable of, while still being able to complete each exercise with proper form and without the use of momentum. Work Hard – but Be Smart! After completing each of the four (4) exercises go back to the 1st exercise and repeat all until you have completed the circuit a total of 3 times. PUSH-UPS (Remember Choose the highest level of difficulty YOU are capable of – be it from your knees, Full push-ups – or even one arm push-ups) SQUATS REVERSE CRUNCH JOG AFTER REPEATING THE ABOVE CIRCUIT 3 TIMES WALK FOR 1-2 MINUTES. REMEMBER TO SIP WATER TO STAY HYDRATED. MOVE ON TO THE NEXT CIRCUIT – again performing each exercise for 30 seconds with No rest in between. Keep the intensity at YOUR very top. COMPLETE 3 times. BENT OVER ROW LUNGES SEATED TWISTS JUMP ROPE AFTER REPEATING THE ABOVE CIRCUIT 3 TIMES WALK FOR 1-2 MINUTES. REMEMBER TO SIP WATER TO STAY HYDRATED. MOVE ON TO THE NEXT CIRCUIT – again performing each exercise for 30 seconds with No rest in between. SHOULDER PRESSES BICEP CURLS TRICEP EXTENSION CRUNCHES FINISH WITH A GRADUAL COOL-DOWN (walking – works) of 3-5 minutes and a full-body stretching routine. Drink more water to stay hydrated.

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5th Annual Billy Hagans Memorial Scholarship Benefit The Keystone Heights Volunteer Fire Department sponsored a motorcycle ride and BBQ dinner for the 5th Annual Billy Hagans Memorial Scholarship Benefit on Saturday May 18th, 2013. Billy was a volunteer firefighter with Keystone Heights Volunteer Fire Department when he was killed in an industrial accident back in 2009. 36 motorcycle riders participated in the Memorial Ride, followed up with a BBQ dinner that was cooked by Don Mobley, Jeff Miller and Fred Goetzman. Over 200 meals were served at the Keystone Beach Pavilion. The benefit raised over $6300 that will be used to support scholarships for firefighting or EMT school students.

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Uprooted tree causes gas leak in Ocala

Fire extinguisher training Firefighters from the Orange Park Fire Department recently conducted a fire extinguisher training class for the employees of the Courtyard Marriot Hotel in Orange Park. Twenty five employees attended the training session. The employees were taught how to operate a fire extinguisher. Key points from the training session were prompt 911 notification, P.A.S.S., aim for the base of the fire, and never turn your back on the fire.

Ocala, FL - On May 21, 201, a large tree in a residential neighborhood uprooted, causing a break in a natural gas line. Firefighters arrived on scene and encountered a strong odor of gas, prompting a dozen homes to be evacuated. Personnel with Ocala Fire Rescue temporarily stopped the leak by clamping the natural gas line while waiting for the gas company to respond. Approximately 20 residents were allowed back into their homes after about one hour. There were no injuries according to Battalion Chief Shane Alexander. The incident occurred in the area of Southeast 15 Street and 24 Avenue.


80 acre wildfire in Gulf Breeze On May 14, 2013 at 6:00 p.m., Midway Fire Department was dispatched to a fire in the woods off of Stanford Road. Battalion Chief Lou Jones reported a working brush fire in the woods next to Pensacola Bay. The fire was in an inaccessible area, mostly in the wetlands. The Department of Forestry was requested and two bulldozers responded. On the following morning, the DOF dispatched a helicopter for water drops. The fire had spread to approximately 80 acres and was mostly contained by 5:00 p.m..


Rural water supply training Levy County Department of Public Safety Fire Station 6 Rosewood and Cedar Key Fire Rescue firefighters participate in a joint training on May 8, 2013. The training consisted of establishing rural water supply for firefighter operations in nonhydrant areas of the county. Firefighters used water tenders to transport large amounts of water to 3000 gallon portable water tanks to provide a continuous supply of water during firefighter operations in unincorporated areas of the county.

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Newbridge Ireland St. Patrick’s Day Parade JAMES CONOMEA JR.

Traveling Vietnam Wall Event From May 9 – 13, 2013, the traveling Vietnam Wall was at the Green Cove Springs Junior High. It is a 3/5 replica of the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington DC. It was an amazing experience that honored veterans from all branches of military service and brought the wall to those wishing to pay their respect to who may be unable JUMP TO FILE # to make the trip to 051413110 the memorial in Washington D.C. Clay County Fire Rescue supported this event with medical services as well as uniformed support. Apparatus was on site from Station 19 and Station 20 and firefighters raised the large U.S. flag between the ladder trucks in honor of the fallen soldiers. Fire department honor guard members participated and helped with the overall event support over the past year. The event was made possible by the Clay County Junior High Administration and the Beta Club. The Beta Club members raised $15,000 to cover expenses for the traveling wall to come to their community. Navy Commander Chip Shaw was the Master of Ceremony and Navy Rear Admiral John Scorby, Jr. was present to address the crowd and award some of the recipients. The Commander-in-Chief of the Veterans of Foreign Wars John Hamilton was also there to present a Purple Heart to Army Chief Warrant Officer 4 Ernesto Serna for heroic actions performed in 1969. - JAMES CONOMEA

Ocala, FL. An official delegation from Ocala visited its twin town Newbridge Ireland in March. The delegation had the honor to march in the St. Patrick’s Day parade and represent the Ocala community during many official activities over the course of a week. Twinning is a program that promotes education and economic development. The agreement between the two towns was signed in 2008. The delegation this year included three firefighters and six law enforcement officers who paid their own expenses for the trip.


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Ocala firefighters extinguish house fire Ocala, FL - On May 21, 2013, an alert passerby noticed smoke from a residence and told fire officials. He banged on the front door to ensure no one was inside. A neighbor turned on a garden hose to try to contain the flames. Ocala Fire Rescue responded to the blaze at 10:52 a.m. and arrived on scene within three minutes according to Battalion Chief Mark McEarchern. The fire was contained to one room, although the home suffered significant heat and smoke damage. The distraught homeowner later arrived on scene and was checked by paramedics. According to fire investigator Captain Alan Peters, who was called to the scene, the fire was caused by a malfunctioning extension cord. Damage was estimated at $35,000 and occurred at 2720 Southwest 17 Circle.


Seminole firefighters reach new heights in fundraising On May 10, 2013, the Muscular Dystrophy Association’ coordinator Diana Maclean reported that the Seminole Fire Rescue Local 2896 Boot Drive collected $5651.87 to date. Many off duty firefighters tirelessly stood at the street corners collecting. Seminole Fire Rescue Lt. Mike Lathrop stated that this is the highest boot drive total yet! With a goal $ 10,000 to reach this year we should be seeing more of the yellow shirted firefighters again throughout the summer.

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Front row: Paramedic Sheri Vara, Paramedic Chris Angel, EMT Marcos Munoz Back row: Michael Zubal, FF Sean Russ, FF Charles Butler, FF Matt Davis, Engineer Justin Greer, Engineer John Cook, Captain Rich Crotty

Nine Phoenix awards presented The Phoenix is recognized as a symbol of excellence and as a mythical bird said to rise again from its ashes. This award is presented to those who exhibit expertise on an emergency medical or fire scene, to restore life to a victim. We are honored to announce that the Matlacha/Pine Island firefighters brought back to life JUMP TO FILE # one of our resi- 041913106 dents. On December 19th, Engines 151, 152, and Medic 10 were dispatched to an MVA with unknown injuries. Engine 152 found a vehicle still running with the driver slumped over. The vehicle had apparently struck another car and came to a stop in the field. E152 quickly removed the patient and realized the patient was not breathing and pulse less. E152 quickly started CPR and began preparations for Advanced Life Support treatment. Care was transferred to Medic 10 for rapid treatment and transport. The patient was a Priority One and Medic 10 requested Firefighters Russ and Davis to ride into the hospital to help with ALS procedures. Because the patient was in cardiac arrest an advanced airway had to be put in place and the patient had to be manually ventilated. The patient was attached to the Life Pack monitor and was defibrillated seven times. An IV was established and seven rounds of ALS medications were used while enroute. Just prior to arrival at Cape Coral Hospital, the patient had a return of spontaneous circulation and a weak carotid pulse. The patient was rapidly transferred to the ER with a pulse and breathing on his own. Congratulations to these firefighters and paramedics who dedicate themselves to saving lives! - PINE ISLAND FIRE


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Midway Firefighters are shown attempting to gain entry in the bedroom for the primary search

Fire claims life of Gulf Breeze resident On April 25th at 9:30 a.m., the Midway Fire Department was dispatched to the 5300 block of Pecos Pass for a residential structure fire with possible entrapment. A 911 caller who escaped from the residence, reported a male occupant was still inside the single wide trailer. As Engine 37 left their station, they reported heavy black smoke in the area. Battalion Chief Lew Jones immediately requested a second

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alarm. Engine 37 reported a fully involved residence. The fire was quickly knocked down and a primary search was initiated. A victim was located in a bedroom on the A/B side of the trailer. The 31 year old male was removed, however he had succumbed to the

fire. The dilapidated trailer was suspected of being used to manufacture methamphetamine. The Florida State Fire Marshal's Office is investigating the cause of the fire. Midway was assisted by Holley-Navarre Engine 41, Navarre Beach and Escambia County Ladder 13. Avalon Station 12 provided station coverage. SHANE SHIFFLETT


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Firefighters from Battalion 4 prepare to enter garage

Palm Beach County battles challenging fire At 7:04 a.m. on April 13, 2013, crews from Palm Beach County Fire Rescue Battalion 3 and 4 were called to a reported structure fire on the 6100 block of Arcade Ct. in suburban Palm Beach County. First arriving crews reported heavy smoke from a single car garage of a home. Crews discovered fire in the garage that had also spread to a back bedroom. An

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aggressive fire attack contained the fire to the affected areas. One obstacle the firefighters encountered during the firefighting efforts was the amount of clothing and household supplies stored inside the garage and home. Fire investigators have deter-

mined the cause of this fire as accidental, caused by the storage of materials near the gas hot water heater inside the garage. A total of even occupants were displaced by this fire, five adults and two children and the Red Cross was called to assist them with food and shelter. - ALBERT BORROTO


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Masters degree in administration achieved JIM FORTIN

Ventilation and search/rescue training with Heilbron Springs Volunteer firefighters from Heilbron Springs Fire Rescue conducted vertical ventilation and search & rescue training with an abandoned and soon to be demolished structure. Utilizing both powered and hand tools, multiple of roof cutting techniques were practiced. The second portion of the drill was a search and rescue drill with a downed firefighter emergency thrown into the training.

Seven employees of the Iona-McGregor Fire Protection and Rescue Service District recently completed their master’s degree through Barry University and Hodges University. Six of the individuals received their degree in Administration (a cross between an Master in Business Administration and Public Administration) and one person received a Master’s of Science Management. The cohort is part of the succession planning at the district for professional development and advancement. Pictured are DC of Training Seth Comer, DC of Prevention Phil Brown, Acting Chief Chad Jorgensen, Training Captain Joseph Ursitti, Inspector Shar Hingson, Firefighter Tracy McMillion, Battalion Chief Marc Mascarelli.



Pack your bags for a Weekend full of Training Opportunities The 8th annual Northwest Florida Volunteer Firefighter Weekend will gather at the Northwest Florida State College in Niceville, Florida from September 18-22, 2013. The purpose of the annual event is to provide basic and advanced training to volunteer firefighters throughout the Southeast region. ast year, 235 volunteer firefighters from Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, and Florida received over 4,300 hours of training. This year’s event will offer over 30 classes including 15 new subjects (smoke reading, ARFF, communication skills, ATV safety, S330) ranging from 2 - 40 hours and also includes Saturday and Sunday lunch provided by Lenny’s Subs

of Niceville, FL and a Saturday night banquet catered by Carrabbas Italian Grill of Destin, FL. Live raffles and presentations will provide for plenty of interaction and important networking opportunities. The event is sponsored by local and area fire departments, the Florida Division of State Fire Marshal, the Florida Fire and Emergency Services Foundation, the Florida Forest Service, the Northwest Florida State College, dozens of vendors, and top notch fire service instructors from across the state that come together annually for the training experience. For our out-of-state firefighters, there is a $20 registration fee that will allow you to take one

class or several that you are able to schedule. It also includes lunch on Saturday and Sunday and the banquet on Saturday evening. Some classes require books; however, if you don’t have them, loaner copies will be available. Want some more great news? The Recruiting and Retention Workshop for Volunteer Fire Departments students may be eligible for a scholarship from the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Responses (SAFER) grant program. For our Florida firefighters, we have scholarships available through SAFER for Firefighter Part I Skills Task Book, Live Fire Evolutions, and S130/S190 Wildland classes. Essentially, these are all expenses paid classes. Naturally, there are certain eligibility requirements and you can check that and all the event information on

our website listed below. Online registration for all classes is now open on our website. You will enjoy the weekend and learn a lot. It is time to take that leap of faith like this firefighter just before he hits the water. For further information on how your volunteer fire department can take advantage of this training and grant, contact Charlie Frank at 877-6863839, ext 2 or check the website at .


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Structure fire in Gulf Breeze On April 21st at 11:00 a.m., the Midway Fire Department was dispatched to the 3000 block of Tibet Drive for a residential structure fire. As Battalion Chief Larry Brewer was responding to the call, he reported heavy smoke showing from Highway 98. BC Brewer reported a working fire and requested a second alarm. Engines 35 and 37 made the initial attack, while Holley-Navarre Engine 41 picked up the hydrant. The bulk of the fire was confined to the attached garage. In addition, a pickup parked in the driveway ignited from the radiant heat. Midway was also assisted by Gulf Breeze (Ladder 33), Escambia County (Ladder 13) and Avalon Station 12 provided coverage. No injuries were reported.

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Utility Communications, Inc. On May 17, 2013 Levy County Department of Public Safety Fire Rescue crews participated in managing propane fire as part of the Firefighter II training program at Citrus County Fire Training Center. Training consisted of proper techniques to manage a propane fire in large vessels. The purpose is to keep the vessel cool to reduce the chance of creating a Boiling Liquid Expanding Vapor Explosion (BLEVE). Firefighter spray water on the propane tank to keep the product cool until the control valves are turned off stopping the flow of propane and extinguishing the fire.

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L to R: Chief Jeffrey S. Hoyle, Division Chief Alex Lobeto, Chief Randall R. Stulce and Division Chief Mike DeChelbor

Cedar Hammock’s passing the torch ceremony On May 9th, 2013, Cedar Hammock Fire Rescue in Manatee County, held their “Passing the Torch” Ceremony. The Board of Fire Commissioners appointed Jeffrey S. Hoyle as fire chief. Retiring Fire Chief Randall R. Stulce enjoyed the honor of pinning Hoyle’s new badge. JUMP TO FILE # Chief Stulce served 052013108 12 years with Cedar Hammock and had a total of 42 years in the fire service. Under Chief Stulce’s guidance, a strong succession plan comes to fruition. During this succession plan, over 130 years of senior administrative experience will leave Cedar Hammock with the recent retirements of Chief Stulce, Division Chiefs Dan Center and Robert Permane and Training Officer Leigh Hollins. Hoyle started his career with Cedar Hammock in 1994 and has risen through the ranks serving the department as a company officer, Training/ Safety Officer, Fire Marshal, and Division Chief. After officially taking the helm, Chief Hoyle promoted nine members of Cedar Hammock Fire Rescue: Alexander Lobeto toDivision Chief Administration, Michael DeChelbor to Division Chief Operations, Mark Bandstra to Battalion Chief A shift, Gene Brown to Battalion Chief C Shift, Billy Whitfield to Captain B Shift, Nick Herlihy to Captain C Shift / Training Officer, Bill Smith to Lieutenant B Shift, Joe Falcone to Lieutenant C Shift and James Taylor to 1st Class Firefighter C Shift. In his promotional message, Chief Hoyle described his excitement in continuing Cedar Hammock Fire Rescue’s proud tradition of “Providing Quality Service with Pride, Commitment, and Courage.” - ALEXANDER LOBETO


Ware County Fire Rescue operates a 2007 Polaris Ranger as a 4x4 search vehicle.


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Ocala firefighters extinguish fire in vacant dwelling Ocala, FL - On May 6, 2013, firefighters battled a blaze in a vacant dwelling. Ocala Fire Rescue responded to a 911 call at 7:30 p.m. and arrived in three minutes to find flames shooting above the roof and the building 90 percent involved. Eighteen firefighters responded and remained on scene over one hour. There was no electricity to the building and an Ocala fire inspector was called to the scene to determine the cause. There were no injuries according to acting Battalion Chief Larry Doerffel. The fire occurred at 659 Northwest 4 Place.


Critical injuries from accident A 26 year old Bronson woman suffered critical injuries Thursday morning, May 9th, when she was involved in a single vehicle accident on U.S. Alt. 27 south of Levy County Road 339. Cathy Ann Speer was driving a 1993 Ford Ranger southbound (going toward Bronson) in the left lane of U.S. Alt 27 at about 11:30 a.m., when the Ford's left tires entered the median and after traveling in the median for several feet, the driver lost control, Ganus said. The Ford started to rotate clockwise, he said. The Ranger

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came back onto the highway and started to rotate counterclockwise, the trooper said. The vehicle left the road on the left shoulder and entered the median. It began to overturn on its right side and made approximately three complete rollovers, ejecting the unrestrained driver from the interior compartment of the vehicle, the FHP said. The Ford Ranger came to final

rest upright and was facing northwest. The driver was not wearing a seatbelt, according to the report. Witnesses said Levy County Public Safety-EMS was on the scene within five minutes to transport the critically injured victim to Shands at U.F. The vehicle was a total loss. Members of the Levy County Department of Public Safety, Levy County Sheriff’s Office, and Bronson Fire-Rescue Department assisted in the efforts at the scene. - DAVID KNOWLES

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Take your child to work day This year at Take Your Child to Work Day, 42 children between the ages of 8 and 14 got a firsthand look inside daily operations of SPFR. Each year, SPFR incorporates new activities, like the scavenger hunt; along with the favorites pulling hose, fighting fire and rescuing trapped victims. Brady Nugent (9), son of Captain Rob Nugent, rescued Randy from a fire.


he Med Trans Corporation operates a Bell 407 as one of 3 North East Florida based medical helicopters. Seen landing at Shands Hospital in Jacksonville Fl for refueling.

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Heroes Mortgage Program

Heroes Mortgage Program works hard to make mortgage process easy Ernesto Acuna works two weekly 24 hour shifts as a firefighter/paramedic with the Gainesville (FL) Fire Rescue Department. And that’s not all. Acuna, 42, also puts in two 12 hour shifts as a paramedic at a local hospital. Talk about dedication. With so much going on, Acuna didn’t have time to be tied down with paperwork during his search for a mortgage. Not a problem. The Sun National Bank Heroes Mortgage Program helped Acuna through the process, right through closing. “I don’t have the time for a lot of things,” said Acuna, a ten year veteran with the Gainesville Fire Resuce Department. “The service is just excellent, it was a wonderful experience. The Sun Bank staff helped me through everything. It made a big difference and made my life a lot easier.” 1st Responder and Sun Home Loans teamed up to create the Heroes Mortgage Program. This exclusive mortgage opportunity provides discounted fees and low interest rates for firefighters and other members of the emergency

services community. The program offers unmatched rates, minimal lender fees and promises to get clients in their new home by the contract date. Sun Home Loans, a division of Sun National Bank, and 1st Responder are both proud to serve the heroes in our community, who dedicate their lives serving the rest of us. Clients enjoy unmatched customer service and attentiveness throughout the process, from their initial inquiry, to closing. Working with its own resources and Federal government programs, Sun National Bank develops solutions that open the path to home ownership. Sun National Bank provides a full-range of banking products and services, delivered by experienced bankers. Personal attention merges with world-class service and competitive products that meet the needs of today’s consumers and businesses. Sun National Bank believes that doing business in the community means being a part of it. Whether purchasing a new home or refinancing an existing one, the Heroes Mortgage Program is offered exclusively, providing personal service, benefits and rates

not normally available to the general public. “We aren’t only here to offer the best rates, we will provide the best customer service in the industry,” said Steven Testa, an executive vice president with Sun National Bank. “That’s what we pride ourselves on. Especially when you are talking about brave men and women such as Mr. Ernesto Acuna, who risk their lives for us every day. We certainly look forward to working with and developing our relationship with the emergency services community.” To receive more information about the program and its benefits, contact Steven Testa at or call 973-6159745. Sun National Bank Home Loans and 1st Responder Newspaper are not affiliated. All loans subject to approval. Certain conditions and fees may apply. Mortgage financing provided by Sun National Bank Loans, Equal Housing Lender.


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During a training with the tower and ladder trucks at the training tower, Iona-McGregor Fire District firefighters Adrian Allen, Alden Plimpton, Greg Rawls, Jon Lockwood, and Jason Martin took a break for a quick pic.


Fire Chief James D. Large of St. Petersburg Fire & Rescue was selected as one of Tampa Bay's 10 Leading Men for 2013.


On 4/21/13 Escambia County Ladder 13 responded to a working structure fire in the Midway Fire District. Lt. Matt Scallan, Firefighter Jeff Tavener, Firefighter Chris Watson and Firefighter John Quina.



Lieutenant Michael Barnes of Barrow County Emergency Services received the Paramedic of the Year award at the annual Georgia Emergency Medical Services Region 10 Awards Banquet.

FSGA, GA - Ft. Stewart Fire Captain T. Timmons takes command during a training exercise.

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Early morning fire claims life Birmingham, AL. On April 22nd, seven people escaped the blaze. Just before 4:00 a.m., deputies responded to a report of a house fire in the 400 block of Springdale Road in Mount Olive. They arrived to find a double wide mobile home fully involved with fire. The residents had been awakened and fled the residence. 45 year old James Swafford perished in the fire. Family members attempted to rescue him, but due to his medical condition, could not get him to safety. Firefighters found his body as they were extinguishing the


Fatal accident in South Huntsville Huntsville, AL Emergency personnel from Huntsville Fire/Rescue and Huntsville-Madison County Rescue Squad responded to a fatal truck accident Tuesday afternoon, April 16th just after 3:00 p.m. at the intersection of South Memorial Parkway and Martin Road. Traffic was backed up on the

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flames. A family friend had been staying at the home and told deputies he awoke to see the flames and began alerting the other occupants of the house. Five adults and two children managed to escape. The fire is being investigated by the State Fire Marshal's Office. The cause of the fire is not yet known. - RANDY CHRISTIAN

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parkway for the better part of two hours while Huntsville Police investigated the accident and cleared the scene. The truck was the only vehicle involved in the accident which re-

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Logging skidder catches fire Hayden, AL. On Thursday, May 16 2013, Mt. High and Ricetown Fire Departments were dispatched to a logging skidder on fire off of Lazy Y road. Upon arrival the vehicle was fully involved. Mt. High Engine 2 deployed a preconnect towards the skidder. It was approximately 150 feet off of the roadway. Ricetown Engine 1 began attacking the fire. Workers from the logging company that called the fire in assisted in getting the hand line to the vehicle. Mt. High Engine 1 assisted with manpower. Once firefighters reached the blaze, it was quickly extinguished. Since the skidder is mostly steel, the fire was contained to the rear tires and combustible engine compartment components. Luckily, the skidder was in a previously logged part of the area, so no wildfire was ignited. No injuries were sustained by the workers during the fire.

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