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Statham, GA - At 3:45 P.M. on Wednesday afternoon, April 11th, Barrow County Emergency Services received a report of a structure fire in the 2300 block of Hartley Ct. in Statham. Apparatus and personnel from Stations 1, 6 and 7 responded. The first arriving units reported an approximate 40’x40’ external garage fully involved in fire.

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Fatal House Fire in Knoxville Claims Life of 67-Year-Old Woman Knoxville, TN - At 11:01 P.M. on April 16th, a home monitoring system alerted our 9-1-1 center of a fire at 4002 Tazewell Pike. When fire crews arrived, they found super heated heavy brown pressurized smoke coming from the eaves, and visible flames from a cellar window. A vehicle in the driveway and observation by neighbors indicated that there may be someone still inside. While firefighters pushed forward with attack lines, additional manpower completed a primary and secondary search before finding a body inside the home. The body of the deceased was later identified as a 67-year-old

JUMP TO FILE #041718106 woman. The fire was ruled accidental in nature. Fire investigators with the city of Knoxville Fire Department determined that the fire started near or around the victim. Fire Investigators believe a carelessly ignited cigarette near the use of oxygen may have rapidly fueled the woman’s clothing before extending to the basement area via an air return in the floor near where the victim was discovered. - D.J. CORCORAN


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House Fire in Murfreesboro Leads to Arrest Murfreesboro, TN - Murfreesboro Fire Rescue Department responded to a fire at 524 N Maple Street just after 6:00 A.M. on Saturday morning, March 17th. District 1, Engine 4 and Rescue 8 arrived on scene to discover one patient with significant burns, and heavy smoke showing from the left side of the structure. Engine 3 was called for backup. The patient was transported to Vanderbilt via LifeFlight.

JUMP TO FILE #031918103 According to Battalion Chief Tim Swann, crews made an exterior attack and located the fire in one room of the house. Search and rescue efforts determined there were no others inside. The fire was extinguished quickly and contained to the room of origin. The Fire Marshal’s Office was

called in to investigate. Murfreesboro Police Department later charged John Daniel Carothers with attempted first degree murder and Murfreesboro Fire Rescue has charged him with eight counts of reckless endangerment and one count of aggravated arson following the fire at 524 N Maple Street. - MFRD


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Knoxville, TN - At 7:00 P.M. on April 16th, units from the Knoxville FD responded to 4309 San Juan Lane for the report of a house full of smoke. When units arrived, they found the owner of the home safely outside and evidence of a malfunctioning furnace. The heating unit had forced smoke out of every register/vent in the home, setting off smoke alarms. As crews were wrapping up, a second fire was reported at 316 Ault Street. Firefighters responded. Once there, they found one female adult and her nine children safely out of the structure. Fire investigators were on scene to determine the cause. No injuries were reported in either incident. The American Red Cross will assist the nine children and parents, while the first incident at San Juan Lane will not require assistance. During this time, a third fire was reported at Walker Springs Apartments, which turned out to be inside Knox County. Rural Metro FD was lead suppression at that incident.

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AFD Captain Retires After 25 Years of Service

Anniston, AL - In February, the Anniston F.D. recognized the retirement of Captain David Conde, after over 25 years of service to the department and community. David served the last few years of his career as the department's EMS Coordinator. Pictured is Chief Collins presenting a retirement plaque to Captain Conde.

Knoxville, TN - The Volunteer Firefighter Alliance is kicking off its Spring Fire Prevention Push, in which free fire prevention materials are offered to groups across the country. The Alliance has free fire prevention activity books available to fire departments, schools and civic organizations. The Alliance hopes that these materials will help raise fire prevention awareness in communities across the nation. Groups can get started by visiting and clicking on the ‘programs’ tab to request materials. Organizations will then receive the materials in the mail. The Volunteer Firefighter Alliance is a national non-profit 501c3 organization dedicated to assisting volunteer firefighters and their departments through many diverse programs.

JUMP TO FILE #032318106 The Alliance is also dedicated to fire safety education of at-risk groups across the nation. Free fire prevention education books for fire departments, schools, and organizations can be requested at w w w. v o l u n t e e r f i r e f i g h t e r a About Volunteer Firefighter Alliance: The Volunteer Firefighter Alliance is committed to fire safety and prevention through public education. The non-profit organization assists local volunteer fire departments across the country in areas such as recruitment, community outreach, fundraising, and public education. - VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTER ALLIANCE


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Kansas: John Randle, 67 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: January 1, 2018 Death Date: January 2, 2018 Fire Department: Wamego City Fire Department Initial Summary: At 0450hrs, January 1, 2018, the Wamego Fire Department responded to a reported structure fire. Upon completion of the call and after returning to the station, Firefighter John Randle sustained a life threatening injury from a fall while returning fire apparatus to service. Firefighter Randle, was air lifted from Wamego Health Center to Stormont Vail Hospital where on January 2, 2018, Firefighter Randle succumbed to his injuries.

Pennsylvania: Matthew LeTourneau, 42 Rank: Lieutenant Incident Date: January 6, 2018 Death Date: January 6, 2018 Fire Department: Philadelphia Fire Department Initial Summary: Lieutenant Matthew LeTourneau of Philadelphia Fire Department Engine 45 succumbed to injuries suffered from a structural collapse while fighting a rowhouse fire. Louisiana: Russell Achord, 48 Rank: Deputy Fire Chief Incident Date: January 17, 2018 Death Date: January 17, 2018 Fire Department: West Feliciana Parish Fire Protection District #1 Initial Summary: While at the scene of a motor vehicle collision involving a tractor-trailer that had run off the side of a highway due to icy conditions, the driver of a second vehicle, a pickup truck pulling a trailer, lost control and crashed into the scene. Several people were struck and injured, including Deputy Fire Chief Russell Achord, who was pinned under a vehicle. Fellow responders rushed to extract Chief Achord and provided med-

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Tennessee: Derrick Ryan Webb, 31 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: January 17, 2018 Death Date: January 17, 2018 Fire Department: Hardy’s Chapel Volunteer Fire Department Initial Summary: Firefighter Derrick Ryan Webb fell ill while preparing a training drill at the fire station. Webb was found unresponsive in the apparatus bay beside his turn-out gear and SCBA. The PASS device on the SCBA was still sounding. CPR was initiated but firefighter Webb was pronounced deceased at the hospital from a nature and cause of fatal injury still to be reported. Virgin Islands: Dwayne "Yogi" Thomas, 57 Rank: Firefighter/Driver-Operator Incident Date: January 24, 2018 Death Date: January 24, 2018 Fire Department: U.S. Virgin Islands Fire Service Initial Summary: Shortly after driving a tanker to the scene of a structure fire, Firefighter/Driver-Operator Dwayne "Yogi" Thomas assisted with forced entry of the burning building. Firefighter Thomas then returned to his apparatus as other fire engines arrived on scene to set up water supply. Soon thereafter, Firefighter Thomas was found unresponsive by fellow responders. Thomas was attended to immediately, but succumbed to his injury, a reported heart attack, while being transported to the hospital.

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Huntsville Arby’s Fire Caused by Improper Disposal of Smoking Material Huntsville, AL - On March 26th around 2:45 P.M., Huntsville Fire & Rescue responded to Arby's on University Drive for reports of a fire. Firefighters arrived and reported smoke visible from an outside wall near the entrance. Firefighters initially extinguished the visible fire, but after tearing down a wall, a larger fire burning inside the wall was ex-

JUMP TO FILE #041218117 posed. The fire was quickly knocked down, but the building received significant damage. All employees were found safe outside of the building when firefighters arrived. One firefighter received a minor cut when pulling

down a ceiling inside the building. The firefighter received treatment at the scene from Huntsville Emergency Medical Services, Inc. (HEMSI), and returned to work. The fire was ruled accidental, due to the improper disposal of smoking material.


Elba, AL - On April 11th, four Elba VFD members traveled to Seminary, Mississippi and back to bring the new Engine 4 home. The new apparatus is now in service to serve the citizens of the Elba area, as well as any surrounding areas who request their assistance. Engine 4 is carrying 3000-gallons of water with a 1500-GPM pump, and also carries (two) 3500-gallon portable drop tanks on board.


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Statham Garage Destroyed by Fire WAYNE NOHA

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Statham, GA - At 3:45 P.M. on Wednesday afternoon, April 11th, Barrow County Emergency Services received a report of a structure fire in the 2300 block of Hartley Ct. in Statham. Apparatus and personnel from Stations 1, 6 and 7 responded. The initial dispatch reported that multiple calls were being received reporting a fire in the detached garage behind a residence. The first arriving units reported an approximate 40’x40’ external

JUMP TO FILE #041218100 garage fully involved in fire, with the flames beginning to spread to the surrounding grass and woods. The garage contained numerous lawn mowers and other tools and equipment. Two hand lines were used to set up a defensive operation. Due to the contents that were burning, fire fighting foam was also

used to help extinguish the fire. (Aqueous Film-Forming Foam, aka AFFF, is often used in fires where large amounts of petroleum products, like oil or fuels, are burning.) The garage and its contents were deemed a total loss. The homeowner was not home at the time of the fire, and no injuries were reported. The cause of the fire has not yet been determined.


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Aftermath of the house fire that claimed the life of a 6-yearold girl.


House Fire Claims Life of 6-Year-Old Girl in Douglas County

Lithia Springs, GA - Just after 1:30 P.M. on March 22nd, Douglas County Fire-Rescue was alerted to the 6100 block of North Sweetwater Road for a house on fire. Firefighters arrived and found a single-family residence with heavy fire conditions. Arriving crews had heavy fire throughout and encountered a woman screaming that her daughter was trapped inside the home. The six-year-old girl died as a result of the fire. Three others sustained injuries and were transported from the scene. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.


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BCES Recognizes Employee of the Quarter


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Bryan County, GA - Firefighter/EMT Sarah Simon has been named the Bryan County Emergency Services “Employee of the Quarter” for the first quarter of 2018. Firefighter/EMT Sarah Simon was nominated by several BCES members and below are direct quotes from those who nominated her. “Firefighter/EMT Sarah Simon has always demonstrated a confident and ambitious attitude. I believe her attitude has been an incredibly contagious energy on C shift, which has inspired all her co-workers to work a

JUMP TO FILE #041718111 little harder to better themselves and the department.” “Firefighter/EMT Sarah Simon is a firefighter that is an irrefutable essential member of our team. Her arduous work ethic has proven Sarah as a firefighter that I am always confident will complete a task promptly with phenomenal proficiency.” “I have witnessed Firefighter/EMT Sarah Simon’s pa-

tient care numerous times while working on EMS calls with her. Her skills are not only remarkable, but her relationships with patients are an outstanding essence. Her confident and friendly communication skills have been the foundation of many positive relationships and have without doubt reflected on Bryan County Emergency Services and our team members as competent and sincere.” Congratulations to Firefighter/EMT Sarah Simon! - FREDDY HOWELL


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Atlanta, GA - Racial barriers would be broken in 1963 as 16 black men were hired for the position of firefighter for the Atlanta FD. The new firefighters received 75 hours of training at the Atlanta Training Facility under the supervision of Chief R.N. McGill. This initial training was done at the recruits' own expense and own time, as they were not yet employees of the

city. This was the current policy at the time and not just done as a resistance to integrate the Fire Department.

Upon completion of training, all 16 men were assigned to Station 16 on what was then known as Simpson Rd. NW, (now called Jospeh E. Boone). They were under the command of white officers and white fire apparatus

operators. This new station was in a community which had fought for years to see blacks hired as firefighters.

Today, the fire department is an equal opportunity employer and has grown into an establishment that welcomes men and women of all backgrounds, races, colors and cultures to protect the residents and visitors to this city.


Smyrna, GA - She's back.....The Smyrna FD recently completed a light restoration on its 1953 Peter Pirsch & Sons antique fire engine. The truck was originally purchased in 1953 at a cost of $7,500 and was capable of pumping 500 gallons of water per-minute. This truck was purchased prior to transitioning from a volunteer to a full-time paid department. We anticipate utilizing the newly restored apparatus to promote our rich history through public engagement out in the community.


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Rep. Devin Nunes Named EMS Legislator of the Year Clinton, Miss. — The National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT) will present Rep. Devin Nunes (RCA) with the 2018 NAEMT EMS Legislator of the Year Award on April 11th during EMS On The Hill Day, the largest national advocacy event for emergency medical services (EMS) professionals. This prestigious award recognizes a member of Congress who demonstrates an outstanding commitment to, and support of, high quality prehospital and emergency medical care, as well as the EMS professionals who dutifully serve our nation’s patients. Rep. Nunes said, “I’m grateful to NAEMT for this award. Emergency medical services may not get a lot of headlines, but they’re absolutely vital services for my district and all American communities. The passage of the five year extension of Medicare ambulance add-ons was a good first step in providing long-term relief to ambulance service providers and suppliers, and I look forward to working with my colleagues in Congress to further improve conditions for the provision of emergency medicine.” Rep. Nunes introduced legislation in 2017 to preserve the Medicare ambulance extenders for another five years and set the EMS industry on a path toward cost reporting that will give EMS the data needed to demonstrate the true costs associated with out-ofhospital patient care and preparedness. The provisions of this legislation were passed early in February as part of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018. “Everyone in EMS – from all delivery models – understands the

JUMP TO FILE #041018106 importance of maintaining our Medicare ambulance extenders. The fact is... EMS could not survive without them,” noted NAEMT President Dennis Rowe. “We deeply appreciate Rep. Nunes’ leadership in securing our Medicare extenders for another five years. Throughout the entire process, Rep. Nunes demonstrated his steadfast commitment to do right for our industry, our patients, and our communities. It has truly been an honor to work with Rep. Nunes and his great staff on this legislative initiative, and we thank him for his outstanding leadership to our nation.” About NAEMT: Formed in 1975 and more than 65,000 members strong, the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians is the only national association representing the professional interests of all emergency and mobile healthcare practitioners, including emergency medical technicians, advanced emergency medical technicians, emergency medical responders, paramedics, advanced practice paramedics, critical care paramedics, flight paramedics, community paramedics, and mobile integrated healthcare practitioners. NAEMT members work in all sectors of EMS, including government agencies, fire departments, hospital-based ambulance services, private companies, industrial and special operations settings, and in the military. - NAEMT

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Autism: The Unexpected Call and What to Expect I started training first responders in autism awareness in 2008. It was a hard sell even though the training was free. The autism rate then was 1 out of every 150 children born in the U.S. Now officially it’s 1 out of 68; unofficially it’s more like 1 out of 24 per the large autism groups. Autism is getting to be more prevalent every year. The chances of a call involving an individual with autism are extremely high. You may have already had this interaction and not realized it. We have all been trained to handle emergencies, but not an emergency that involves an individual with autism. In this article, I will try to outline the basics; my hope is that this article will help you better understand the issue and the need for more involved training. Autism is basically a dysfunction of the senses: hearing, vision, touch and smell. In many individuals one or more of these senses are amplified causing confusion and sensory overloads. The first thing you must consider is that individuals with autism are very structured on how they live day to day. Any disruption can create a sense of panic and anxiety. The one common trait is that it will be a confrontation for you, the first responder. Their caregiver should be your go-to person. This could be a parent, teacher or anyone that knows the person. They can answer most questions. Many individuals with autism are nonverbal or have skills far less than their age level. Many use picture boards to communicate. There are free apps you can download for your phone so you have them readily available. When you do attempt to communicate, speak slowly and do not shout. Use simple terms, not slang, as they may take what you say literally. Even if they are not looking directly at you, it doesn’t mean they are not listening. Give them the time they need to sort out what you are asking them. Sometimes rephrasing the question will

JUMP TO FILE #032618125 get you the answers you need. Let’s move on to search and rescue. Elopement is big in the autism community. Individuals with autism are master escape artists and are attracted to water. They have no real sense of dangers, like water currents, temperatures, heights, roads and railroad tracks. They feel comfortable in tight, out of the way places that can be dangerous to access. Approaching them quickly can startle them, putting them in further danger. Our second form of search and rescue is a structure fire. Any action you take will break their routine, thus causing confrontation. You are asking them to leave their “safe” place. Remember, the caregiver will be your go-to for places to look. Once again search tight, out of the way places, under beds and in closets. Subduing the individual will not be easy and will require several people. Individuals with autism have great amounts of strength especially when their adrenaline is flowing. After finding the individual, be ready for more possible confrontation. Things as simple as what door you exit may break their routine. Be prepared in case an alternative exit is needed. Doors and windows can be locked and barred to deter wandering. After any rescue, the individual must be watched or they may attempt to return to the place they were just rescued from! If approaching an accident scene or called to a house or school for an individual with autism, try to keep lights and sirens to a minimum. These can trigger seizures. Even if you are responding to a call at a school or group home and the individual does not have autism, someone there may. Many individuals with autism are subject to regular seizures. Confusion is frustrating for individuals with autism. Simple

things like the diamond plate on the steps of the ambulance or EKG cable wadded up could cause the individual to become uncooperative. Have a caregiver accompany the individual in the ambulance; it will make things easier. Again, if you must restrain the individual, it must be face up and use as many people as possible. The ER environment should be a private quiet room, low lighting and cloth sheets, not paper. One reactive mechanism is a “meltdown”. It’s basically a loss of control of senses. It’s not a temper tantrum. In most case it will play itself out. If the individual is not endangering him or herself and is no danger to you or others, let the meltdown take its course. They will tire and be much more willing to cooperate. In closing, visit an autism group home and set up a fieldtrip with them to your firehouse. It’s a great way for interaction between first responders and the individuals in a non-threatening environment. They get to see the equipment and firefighters in gear and can learn to become more relaxed with it and you. You get the opportunity to see some of the things we discussed in this article first hand and a chance to practice your communication skills. - JOHN SOKOL

John M. Sokol. Ph.D., the author of this article, has been a firefighter for over 10 years and is currently Deputy Fire Chief of Beaverville Fire Protection District in Illinois. You can take his complete training course online for a very small donation. The program is nationally accredited through C.A.P.C.E. and approved for EMT/EMS/Paramedic continuing educations hours in almost every state. You can contact Deputy Chief Sokol if you would like to set up on-site training at


Clearwater Fire Rescue Helps Keep Kids Afloat Clearwater, FL - Florida Suncoast Safe Kids Coalition recently teamed up with Clearwater Fire and Rescue to hand out life vests to children. Florida leads the nation in drownings every year. (Drowning is the leading cause of death in children between ages 1 and 4.) This event was held not only to hand out life vests, but also to educate the public on water safety issues. PROVIDED

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Sun Coast F.O.O.L.S. Present Annual Brian Reed Scholarship Sarasota, FL - The Sun Coast F.O.O.L.S. have been a long-time supporter of the three local fire colleges, providing scholarships throughout the years. This year, the Brian Reed Scholarship was presented to two students at JUMP TO FILE# Manatee County 032218102 Fire College. Benjamin Davidson and Kaleb Hazen were presented with the scholarship for their academic achievement. The Sun Coast F.O.O.L.S. also provides low cost and sometimes free training to local departments. - WILLIE CIRONE

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A God of Empty Promises Chaplain's Corner

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I recently came across this story: A young man from a wealthy family was about to graduate from high school. It was the custom in that affluent neighborhood for the parents to give the graduate an automobile. "Bill" and his father had spent months looking at cars, and the week before graduation, they found the perfect car. Bill's father told him that he would come through with a promise to purchase the car for him upon his graduation. On the eve of his graduation, his father handed him a gift-wrapped Bible. Bill was so angry that he threw the Bible down and stormed out of the house. He and his father never saw each other again. It was only the news of his father’s death years later that brought Bill home again. As he sat one night going through his father’s possessions that he was to inherit, he came across the Bible his father had given him. He brushed away the dust and opened it to find a cashier’s check, dated the day of his graduation, in the exact amount of the car they had chosen together. As I thought about this story, I couldn’t help but wonder how many people in this world have done the same thing with God. Literally tossed aside a wonderful promise(s), because they didn’t understand it, look into it enough, or believe that it was possible. God reveals His prom-

ises to all of us in the Bible: "For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope," (Jeremiah 29:11). In our world, we are taught that “if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is". So many of us have been taken in by “empty promises,” that we are leery of anything or anyone that tells us we can have something for nothing. The world simply doesn’t work that way! But, you know what – God does. God never made a promise that was too good to be true. It is His gift to those who trust in Him: “I am leaving you with a gift-peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid," (John 14:27). The truth of the matter is, the world is full of empty promises. We watch TV and the advertisements tell us that we can be happy, sexy, rich, or famous, if only we purchase a certain product. It doesn’t take long before we discover that the world’s promises are full of emptiness. But, God is different. Instead of promises full of emptiness, he gave us emptiness that is full of promise. For all of God's promises have been fulfilled in Christ with a resounding "Yes!", and through Christ, our "Amen" (which means "Yes") …(2 Corinthians 1:20a). Jesus said: ”I am the resurrection, and the life; he that believes in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whoever lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?” (John 11:25-26 ). What tremendous promises - promises that all can embrace with confidence.


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Firefighters and EMS personnel from Bradford County and Clay County participated in helicopter familiarization and safety training with soldiers from Florida Army National Guard on March 22nd at the Keystone Heights Airport. Training was conducted on the HH60M Blackhawk helicopter that is operated by C Co, 1-111th AVN. The training included patient loading and unloading, safety features, aircrew extrication, and how to safely operate around the Blackhawk helicopter. Additionally, a successful test of the aircraft public safety band radio was performed, verifying the ability to talk from the helicopter to FD portable and vehicle mounted radios.



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FMFD Chief Caufield. (L to R): FF Tyler Graham (crouched), Fire Equipment Operator Will Roberts, Captain Jesse Bloom, Fire Chief Bradd Clark, and Councilman Justin Grabelle. OCALA FIRE RESCUE

Ocala Fire Rescue’s Station No. 5 Receives Wood Carved Emblem from Anonymous Donor Ocala, FL - A donor, who wishes to remain anonymous, delighted firefighters on April 16th with a gift crafted specifically for Ocala Fire Rescue’s Station No. 5 – a wooden rendition of the recently unveiled station logo for the “Sleepless Knights”. City of Ocala Fire Chief Bradd Clark, Councilman Justin Grabelle, and fire personnel at Station No. 5 gathered at 2345 NE 25th Ave. to accept this magnificent gift. Having no idea of how the rendition looked, expectations ran wild among those on site. Presenting the item with utmost care, the individual making the presentation removed the plastic covering in one swoop, revealing a masterfully crafted piece of art. Emerging from a 35”x23” single slab of Iroko wood (a.k.a. African Teak), was a beautifully carved knight’s bust in full armor (including helmet, pauldrons, chest plate and gauntlet gloves), holding a cup of smoldering coffee in one hand and a New York hook in the

JUMP TO FILE #041618105 other. “Today, we appreciate the thoughtfulness and generosity of the gift, and the availability and support Councilman Grabelle,” said City of Ocala Fire Chief, Bradd Clark. “The citizens who envisioned and delivered this beautiful gift have our most sincere gratitude.” The hyperbolic rendition of Station 5’s logo was inspired by the station’s motto, a play on words for the many nights spent without slumber due to the high volume of nighttime calls this station responds to. The wood carving, weighing in at 22 lbs., doesn’t only serve as a demonstration of this station’s pride, it embodies the character of firefighters in Station 5.


Local First Responders Applaud New Coverage for Mental Health Benefits Fort Myers, FL - Local first responders joined Fort Myers Fire Chief John Caufield, Florida Chief Financial Officer/State Fire Marshall Jimmy Patronis and Southwest Florida elected officials on April 2nd at Fort Myers Fire Department Fire Station 1 to commemorate the signing of Senate Bill 376, which allows first responders suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to access mental health benefits available through the Florida workers’ compensation system. In addition, Sanibel Island fire-

JUMP TO FILE #040318117 fighter Rob Popkin and City of Fort Myers police officer Steve Gruber shared their firsthand accounts of PTSD and the importance of having access to mental health providers. Both emphasized how finding the right provider and getting appropriate treatment helped them navigate this potentially devistating disease. "We commend Governor Scott and the Florida Legislature for passing this significant new law," re-

marked Chief Caufield. "Many first responders struggle with after effects of their job and don't realize the emotional toll can accumulate over time. Having access to the right healthcare professionals is critical for the wellbeing of not only the affected person, but to their families, friends and coworkers, and in certain cases it can save a life." For more information contact Stephanie Schaffer at 239-3217157 or email - FORT MYERS FIRE DEPT.


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The LaCrosse Fire Department still operates this 1991 E-One as Engine 22. This apparatus is equipped with a 750-gallon water tank and a 1250-GPM pump. Engine 22 formerly served the city of Dover, NH as Engine 3.

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Three Plantation firefighters were among a group of Broward County first responders honored by the Eastern Star order of the Masons. PLANTATION FIRE DEPARTMENT

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Easter Fire in Daytona Beach Displaces 30

Daytona Beach, FL - Daytona Beach FD responded to a structure fire at a Daytona Beach apartment complex on the evening of Easter Sunday. When firefighters arrived, they found several units fully involved with flames coming through the roof. All occupants and their pets were able to evacuate on their own; however, one adult male was transported to the hospital for minor burns and smoke inhalation. Four units were affected by the fire and another four units were affected by smoke, making them unlivable. The Red Cross was called to assist 20 adults and 10 children that were displaced. The Daytona Beach FD determined that the cause of the fire was a result of careless smoking. The fire started on the porch of one of the units and spread to the adjacent apartments. The fire was accidental.


Plantation, FL - First responders from across Broward County were honored during a dinner and ceremony sponsored by the Order of Eastern Star, a division of the Masons, on April 8th. Among the honorees were three Plantation firefighters; Captain Steven Merritt, Lieutenant Vincent Cicione, and Charles “Chuck” Simpkiss. Merritt was honored as Plantation’s 2017 Member of the Year; Cicione was recognized for his

JUMP TO FILE #041018103 life-saving efforts involving the resuscitation of a child; and Simpkiss was honored as the longest standing active volunteer firefighter in Plantation, with 39 years of continuous service. Following a dinner, a meeting of the Masons was called to order and each honoree was called up

one at a time, presented with a certificate and a challenge coin. First responders from all disciplines across Broward were recognized including firefighters, police officers, ambulance attendants and nurses. The event was held at the Masonic Lodge in Oakland Park. - JOEL GORDON

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The estimated number of firefighters working in the U.S. is 1,134,400. Of that number, 346,150 are career firefighters and 788,250 are volunteers.

Lake County Fire Rescue administration staff is pictured wearing the department’s new uniform shirts, complete with logo designed in-house by Communications staff. A more modern gray was chosen to replace the department’s former sky blue uniforms to better match Fire Rescue’s new branding. The shirts are also reflective for added visibility at night. (L to R): Fire Chief Jim Dickerson, Administration staff Kelly Boeder, Brent Bentley and Elizabeth Gouveia Miner, and Fire Marshal Mike Vitta.

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Trailer Fire Quickly Knocked at Golden Flake Potato Chip Factory

Ocala, FL - A trailer meant to haul waste from a compactor at Golden Flake potato chip factory was involved in a fire on the morning of April 2nd. Ocala Fire Rescue units were dispatched to the 3000 block of West Silver Springs Boulevard, where a trailer fire threatened to become a structure fire due to the proximity of the enclosure to the building. Three engine companies, a tower truck, rescue and battalion chief responded to the 7:00 A.M. fire. Separating the trailer from the building, firefighters attacked and extinguished the flames before they could spread. No injuries were reported.


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Palm Coast resident Serge Judro, (center, in olive green shirt and khaki shorts), attended the Palm Coast City Council meeting to help honor the Palm Coast Fire Engine 21 crew and Judro’s coworkers for their roles in saving his life.

John Thomas submitted this tattoo, saying "I had it completed in one sitting on March 22, 2018. It took 6 hours to complete. I have been in emergency services since 1981 with a few different departments, and I was also an EMT and Police Officer before going back to fire. I've been a firefighter with the current township for 28 years. This is the only tattoo I will be getting. I returned from Ground Zero from my last shift and wanted to do something for all of my fallen brothers; yes I know it took me a few years to find someone this good. The top has my personal logo that I live by, "No Guts No Glory". If you don't have the guts to do the job, you don't get to see the look on someone's face after you just saved one of their loved ones. The medals don't mean anything to me, I have actually turned down a few over the years. The money means nothing but paying bills. I do this because I love the job. I love to see the looks on people's faces when we come out and the fire is out, and the family is safe."

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Palm Coast Man Attends Recognition for Firefighters & Coworkers Who Helped Save His Life Palm Coast, FL - When cardiac arrest occurs, every second counts. That was true for Palm Coast resident Serge Judro, who has lived to share his story. On Tuesday, April 3rd, Palm Coast Fire Chief Mike Beadle and the Palm Coast City Council recognized the Palm Coast Fire crew and four local residents for their roles in saving Judro’s life. Judro wasn’t feeling well when he went to work Feb. 15, but he didn’t realize he was experiencing signs of a heart attack, known medically as "Acute Myocardial Infarction". His coworkers didn’t notice anything wrong until Judro collapsed. They called 9-1-1 and immediately began CPR. Upon arrival of Palm Coast Fire Engine 21, the crew of Lt. Daniel Driscoll, Driver/Engineer Adam Bachman and FirefighterParamedic Kalin Graham found Judro in cardiac arrest. Cardiac arrest is an electrical malfunction in the heart that causes an irregular heartbeat, also known as arrhythmia, that disrupts the flow of blood to the brain, lungs and the organs. It is a leading cause of death, with more than 350,000 cardiac arrests occurring outside the hospital each year in the United States. Unfortunately, nearly 90 percent of those people

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When a person has a cardiac arrest, their survival depends on immediately getting CPR and medical attention. The American Heart Association says CPR can double or triple a person’s chance of survival if performed in the first few minutes. So it was fortunate that Judro received CPR performed by his coworkers. Upon arrival, Firefighter-Paramedic Graham led the resuscitation efforts, assisted by the Flagler County Fire Rescue 21 crew that responded in an ambulance. They performed Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) interventions including manual defibrillation, intravenous drug therapy, airway intubation and maintaining high quality CPR. Their efforts resulted in Judro regaining a pulse and spontaneous breathing. The physicians and staff at Florida Hospital Flagler continued post-resuscitation care, and Judro has since been released from the hospital. On Tuesday, April 3rd, Judro attended the Palm Coast City Council meeting to meet and thank his coworkers and the Engine 21 crew who responded when

he collapsed. Because of the extraordinary chain of events on Feb. 15, Judro is here today as one of the 10 percent of people who survive an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. Chief Beadle presented lifesaving awards to Sandvik employees Nate Kife, Gene Kleinschmit, Tricia Pacionis and Lori Scorpio, saying not all first responders are firefighters. Driscoll, Bachman and Graham of Palm Coast Engine 21 received a Unit Citation. Preparation for situations like this is the result of ongoing training and cooperative efforts of Palm Coast firefighters and Florida Hospital Flagler. Dr. Kristin McCabe, who was recently recognized as the hospital’s Physician of the Quarter, is the medical director for Flagler County/Palm Coast Fire services. Dr. McCabe and Dr. Blue Coltharp lead monthly training sessions with firefighters that evaluate pre-hospital medical care and the transition to post-hospital recovery. Last October, Florida Hospital Flagler and local first responders were recognized for treating heart attack patients faster than the national average. - PALM COAST FIRE DEPT.

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Manatee County Fire College Class #33 Awards Ceremony Bradenton, FL - Manatee County Technical College had 15 students graduate from the Fire Academy in March. Students received training in EMT and Firefighter I & II Haz-Mat Operations, along with Incident Command and National Wildland Firefighting Certification. With a total of over 500 hours just for the fire certs, and another 300 hours for EMT, the well prepared students can now start applying for jobs throughout the state. Class #33 was held full time, MondayFriday from 8am-5pm. Pictured is Class #33 preparing for the awards ceremony.


How to Hide Healthy Ingredients in the Firehouse Menu FORK & HOSE CO.


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I have said it once and I will say it again; getting the crew to eat healthy in the firehouse is not easy. But one thing I have learned over the years is that you have to treat it the way parents do when trying to get their kids to eat vegetables. It’s trickery, mixed with a little culinary creativity and a splash of luck. If you are lucky like me, your crew will trust you enough when it comes to cooking that they won’t ask too many questions. Sometimes after a meal I will get the “What was that thing you put in the pot?” But if I was successful at hiding the healthy stuff, they won’t even know what hit 'em! How to go about doing this is easier than you may think. One of

the first ways I was able to “hide” a healthy ingredient was by swapping in mashed cauliflower for half of the potatoes needed for Shepherd’s Pie. The crew knew something was different, but they just couldn’t figure out what it was, but they loved it! One of my favorite things in the world to cook is pasta, but unfortunately many pasta dishes don’t offer much in the way of nutrition. To get a little more fiber I will use whole wheat pasta if possible. This will fill up the crew a little quicker, resulting in smaller portions and often less calories consumed. Adding more vegetables than meat is also another little “trick” to get more nutrients and vitamins into the meal. For example, with the classic pasta with sausage, broccoli, garlic and oil, I will cut the amount of sausage in half and add more broccoli than say a recipe calls for. When the crew wanted lamb burgers I was able to put some ideas “to the test”. Since lamb is

naturally very lean, it can dry out very easily. So even if you don’t overcook it, it still needs some extra fat to make it more delicious. With the Roasted Pepper Sauce, I used Greek Yogurt instead of the traditional Mayonnaise based. The yogurt offers much more in protein and probiotics. And the best part...they didn’t even know it was yogurt! I also felt the burger needed a little crunch to it, so I decided on a Radicchio Herb Salad to top the burger with. Radicchio is great because it offers a slight bitterness that compliments the gamier lamb flavor. And the herbs and lemon were able to cut through the fat of the feta cheese and sauce. And of course a burger is often served with fries, and while it is a great combo, sometimes I want to eat a little healthier. So for this meal I roasted some potatoes in olive oil with fresh thyme and finished with lemon. Another healthy, delicious firehouse meal!

“Lamb Burger with Feta, Roasted Pepper Yogurt Sauce & Radicchio Herb Salad” Roasted Pepper Sauce

INGREDIENTS: 3 pcs. Jarred Roasted Red Pepper, drained well 8 oz. Plain Greek Yogurt Zest of ½ Lemon 1 Tsp. Lemon Juice 1 Garlic Clove, diced 2 TBS. Extra Virgin Olive Oil Salt, to taste

PROCEDURE: Combine all ingredients except olive oil in a food processor. Pulse well. With machine running, drizzle in olive oil just until combined. Taste for seasoning. Radicchio Herb Salad


Car Versus Motorcycle in Bradenton

Bradenton, FL - City of Bradenton Engine 422 was alerted to State Road 64 on March 24th for an accident involving a motorcyclist down in the roadway. Firefighters arrived and confirmed a Nissan versus motorcycle with dispatch. The occupants involved sustained minor injuries.

INGREDIENTS: Small Head of Radicchio, first couple of layers peeled ¼ Cup Fresh Parsley, rough chopped ¼ Cup Mint, rough chopped Zest of ½ Lemon 1 TBS. Lemon Juice Extra Virgin Olive Oil, just enough to coat Salt, to taste

PROCEDURE: Cut radicchio into thin strips. Combine in a bowl with herbs, lemon zest and juice and a pinch of salt. Toss to combine, add a drizzle of olive oil. Taste and season as needed.



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CFO and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis Honors North Collier Fire Personnel at 2018 Fire Service Awards Naples, FL - CFO and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis honored 13 recipients at the 2018 Fire Service Awards held on Firefighter Appreciation Day, on March 7th, in Tallahassee. Included were North Collier Fire JUMP TO FILE# Control and Rescue 040318113 District personnel Assistant Chief Eloy Ricardo and Public Education Officer Heather Mazurkiewicz. Chief Ricardo was recognized as the Firefighter of the Year for the State of Florida. Beginning his career with the District in 2001 as a firefighter, Chief Ricardo moved up through the ranks and now serves as the Assistant Chief of Life Safety and Prevention. The well-deserved recognition as Firefighter of the Year is a result of his service to the District and its more than 250 sworn personnel. Having served in the past as President of the District’s Professional Firefighters, and currently as the 11th District Vice President for the Florida Professional Firefighters, Chief Ricardo takes his leadership role seriously. Chief Ricardo’s dedication to the fire profession is equally matched by his dedication to the youth in his community. Architect of the Helmets to Heroes’ program, Chief Ricardo speaks to young people involved in team sports about career opportunities in the fire profession. Currently focused on area football programs, Chief Ricardo intends to expand the program to other organized sports. “Some of these kids I have coached since they put on their first pair of cleats, and now they are graduating. I want to expose them to the comradery and teamwork of the fire profession.” Chief Ricardo went on to say, “In only the third year of the Helmets to Heroes’ program, we have mentored and graduated four young men through the fire academy.” Officer Mazurkiewicz was recognized as Volunteer Firefighter of the Year for the State of Florida. Serving as North Collier Fire Control and Rescue District’s Public Education Officer since 2017, Mazurkiewicz oversees its Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and Community CPR programs, as well as a myriad of other public education and outreach efforts. Additionally, since 2015, she has served as a volunteer firefighter with Bayshore Fire & Rescue in Ft. Myers, FL. Concurrently, Mazurkiewicz also functions as the Assistant State Director for the Firefighter Cancer Support Network. In this role, she travels to fire depart-

Chief Eloy Ricardo with CFO and State Fire Marshal, Jimmy Patronis.

ments across the State of Florida, teaching “Cancer in the Fire Service”. The two-hour program brings awareness that cancer is the #1 killer of firefighters, with 73% of line-of-duty deaths in 2017 attributed to the occupational disease. “Many people think it is what we (firefighters) breath in, and that is part of the equation, but the profession has become very good at wearing our SCBA (self-contained breathing apparatus) at fire scenes. Science is showing us the carcinogens in the smoke gather on our skin and are absorbed into our blood stream.” Mazurkiewicz continued, “These classes show firefighters the statistics - that cancer is an epidemic in our profession. But, we show them what they can do to significantly reduce their risk of being diagnosed with occupational cancer.” Fire Chief of North Collier Fire Control and Rescue District, James Cunningham, attended the ceremonies in support of Ricardo and Mazurkiewicz. Chief Cunningham stated “This recognition for Chief Ricardo and Public Education Officer Mazurkiewicz is truly a reflection of their commitment to our community. They do not hang up their helmets and put their boots away at the end of the day. They are engaged members of this community, and the citizens of Collier County are truly fortunate



Public Education Officer Heather Mazurkiewicz with CFO and State Fire Marshal, Jimmy Patronis.

to be served by such dedicated members of the North Collier Fire Control and Rescue District.” Governor Rick Scott issued a proclamation declaring, Wednesday, March 7, 2018 as Firefighter

Appreciation Day across the state and said “Florida is home to the world’s best first responders, and I’m proud to recognize the dedication of our state’s firefighters who serve our communities. We also

pause today to honor every firefighter who has given their life to protect others.” - NORTH COLLIER FIRE RESCUE


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Two-Alarm House Fire in Hudson Leaves Two Adults Displaced Hudson, FL - At approximately 11:45 A.M. on April 5th, Pasco Fire Rescue received a call of a reported structure fire in the 12900 block of Post Road in Hudson. While firefighters were responding to the scene, they ad- JUMP TO FILE# vised of a large col- 041318101 umn of smoke from a distance. Upon arrival, they noted a large two-story residence with heavy smoke and fire coming from the roof. Command was set up on the scene, and a second-alarm was called due to the large residence and fire conditions. Firefighters started their initial attack and confirmed that there were no occupants inside the home. It took approximately 90 minutes to bring the fire under control. The American Red Cross of Central Florida was called to the scene to assist the two adult residents from the home. - PASCO COUNTY FIRE RESCUE


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Probationary firefighters stand at attention after completion of badge ceremony.

Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue Graduates 23 New Hires Fort Lauderdale, FL - On March 15th, the Broward Sheriff’s Office Department of Fire Rescue graduated 23 firefighter recruits in a ceremony conducted at the I.T. Parker Center located in the City of Dania Beach. The graduation opened with a performance by the Black Pearl Pipes & Drums and was emceed by Division Chief of Training Thomas O’Connell, a 42-year veteran of the fire service. Chief O’Connell expressed his praise in class 18-01’s performance, remarking that class 18-01 was “…one of the best classes he has had the pleasure to have taught at the Broward Sheriff’s Office (Department of Fire Rescue)”. While each of the 23 recruits were already certified by the State of Florida as firefighters and paramedics, they each received an additional 8-week instructional review of performance standards inclusive of firefighting skills and

JUMP TO FILE #040918116 tactics, EMS, hazardous materials, and water rescue. The ceremony concluded with an inspirational speech and lifelesson advice read by Fire Chief Joseph R. Fernandez. The sense of accomplishment was visible in the eyes of the newly graduated recruits and was palpable by the expressions exuded of the family and friends who were present. Each recruit had the opportunity to have the family member of their choosing brought up onto the stage to participate in the pinning ceremony. Best of luck to our newest members! Our next recruit class is scheduled to begin in September, 2018. - MICHAEL KANE

Countdown to Calamity (1971) VIDEO REVIEW

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Countdown to Calamity (1971) By Quality Information Publishers Available from: FSP Books & Videos 188 Central Street, #4 Hudson, MA 01749-1330 1-800-522-8528 Price: $18.99 (DVD) This DVD is 26 minutes in length. It is narrated coverage of a massive fire from 1970 which started in Oakland, California. Though it seemed to be contained, the high winds which periled that

state spread the fire from north to south, spreading the joint firefighting forces so thin that mutual aid had to be called in. This was a very difficult story to review because the scenes changed so fast and in spite of the excellent narration, notes just could not be taken quickly enough to keep up. It was exhausting to even watch this devastation, especially if you thought of the relentless fight that these forces put forth. All of the fire scenes show ruins! There is footage of the operations centers and their dispatching activities. Camp crews were also in abundance. These were the infantry so to speak, whose manual labor helped other ground and air operations to bring this conflagration so to speak, to a halt. It is an exceptional report that viewers can appreciate.

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Daytona Beach, FL - Daytona Beach firefighters, along with volunteers from the Red Cross, recently installed 123 smoke detectors in a Daytona Beach neighborhood. This neighborhood houses hundreds of manufactured homes who will definitely benefit from the smoke alarms that were installed in hopes of preventing fires and harm.


Tuscaloosa, AL - Congratulations to Tuscaloosa Firefighter Brian Nix (center), on graduating from the Alabama Fire College recruit school on April 6th!


Robins AFB, GA - Robins AFB Lt. Mark Gibson operating L-11 during a training evolution.



Birmingham, AL - Congratulations to BFRS Department’s 1990 Recruit Class on 28 years of providing excellence through service! (L to R): Battalion Chief Thomas White, Deputy Chief Ross Sheffield, Battalion Chief Kenneth Hatcher, Assistant Chief John Whitmer, and Captain Willie Williams.

Daytona Beach, FL - Several firefighters from the Daytona Beach FD participated in the 51st Annual Easter Beach Run. The firefighters were enthusiastic about running in a race that is a tradition in the city they protect each day. While running, firefighters wore their bunker gear, making the 4-mile race even more challenging. The firefighters enjoy running side by side with the citizens each year.

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