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Chattanooga, TN - Chattanooga firefighters stopped a trailer fire from destroying a local business on October 3, 2016. A passing motorist called 911 Communications at 5:45 A.M., reporting smoke and flames coming from a trailer, which was parked at the loading dock at the Chattanooga Bargain Hunt.

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MVA on Brindlee Mountain Parkway Injures One Arab, AL - Arab Fire, Arab Police and Samaritan EMS responded to a two-vehicle crash just after lunch time on August 22nd, located on Brindlee Mountain Parkway. Arab Engine-1 and Squad-1 arrived to find one vehicle overturned and another with entrapment. The driver of one vehicle was extricated and transported to Huntsville Hospital by Samaritan EMS with non-life-threatening injuries. The second driver was not injured. The accident is being investigated by Arab Police.


Arab Firefighters work the scene on 1st Place NW after rescuing a victim trapped inside.

Arab Woman Rescued from Fire Arab, AL - Firefighters from Arab FD, Ruth VFD and 4C-VFD responded to a structure fire on 1st Place NW on August 30th. Neighbors had reported to Marshall County 9-1-1 that there was heavy smoke coming from the house and it was unkown if anyone was home. Arab Engine-1 arrived to find a single-story home with smoke visible. Another neighbor advised Captain Blake Isom that they were sure that someone was still inside. Capt. Isom, along with FF Logan Mann and FF Dylan Woods, made entry into the structure while Lt. Michael Hall and FF Clifton

JUMP TO FILE #090316101 Suttles set up the scene and coordinated incoming automatic aid. Durimg primary searches, FF Woods located a female victim who was unresponsive on the floor in the living room. Crews removed the victim from the structure, began CPR and advanced life support procedures with the assitance of crews from Samaritan EMS. The victim was transported to Marshall Medical Center North by Samaritan. On arrival at the emergency depart-

ment, the victim had a pulse and blood pressure. At last report, the victim was admitted to ICU on a ventilator. Investigation into the fire by the Arab Fire Investigation Division and the Alabama State Fire Marshal's Office revealed that the victim had put a pot on the stove before falling asleep on the couch. Two family pets were lost in the fire. Arab Police, the Marshall County Sheriff's Department and Arab Electric Corp. also worked the scene. - RICKY PHILLIPS


4C-VFD Battles Tractor Fire

Arab, AL - Firefighters from 4C-VFD battled a tractor fire on Almond Drive in the Grassy community, located on the eastside of Arab on August 24th. The call to Marshall County 9-11 came in at about 3:30 P.M. On arrival of 4C's Engine-4, firefighters found a hay baler fully engulfed in flames. The owner had been operating the baler earlier in the day. Six firefighters battled the fire for about 45-minutes before clearing the scene. No injuries were reported during the incident. The equipment appeared to be a total loss.


Fatal Wreck in Cullman County Arab, AL - A single-vehicle wreck on County Road-1763, just south of Arab on Sunday evening, August 21st, left one person dead and two others seriously injured. The call came in at about 5:30 P.M. reporting a rollover accident with ejection. On arrival of Arab Engine-1, it was determined that one passenger had been thrown from the vehicle and suffered fatal injuries. At least one of the other people in the car were also ejected. The driver of the car was airlifted to UAB in Birmingham by Lifesaver helicopter while the other passenger was airlifted to Huntsville Hospital by AirEVAC helicopter. Arab Fire, Arab Police, Cullman EMS, Joppa VFD, Baileyton VFD and Alabama State Troopers worked the scene for about three hours. The Cullman County Coroner also responded to the accident scene. The cause of the accident remains under investigation by Alabama State Troopers.

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Mayor Sandy Stimpson presented the Firefighter of the Month award for September to Firefighter/Driver Randy Reed.


Mobile’s September Firefighter of the Month Mobile, AL - On August 24th, Firefighter/Driver Randy Reed was off duty and having dinner with his wife at a restaurant on Schillinger Road. While dining, Randy’s wife spotted a gentleman that appeared to be choking and alerted Randy. Randy immediately ran to render aide to the man. As he was approaching the man, he witnessed a young lady, who was eating with the gentleman, trying unsuccessfully to do the Heimlich maneuver on the much larger gentleman. By the time Randy reached him, the gentleman had gone limp.

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With his quick and knowledgeable reaction, Randy was able to successfully dislodge the object from the gentleman’s throat. Mayor Sandy Stimpson, on behalf of all the citizens, presented the Firefighter of the Month award for September to Firefighter/Driver Randy Reed. Mobile Fire-Rescue Department encourages everyone to learn basic first aid, including CPR. - STEVE HUFFMAN


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Pennsylvania:Gabriel Garnet Lee, 42 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: July 23, 2016 Death Date: July 23, 2016 Fire Department: Philadelphia Fire Department Initial Summary: Firefighter Lee was found unresponsive in the gym of the firehouse several hours after responding to a fire call. Lee was treated by fellow responders then taken to Temple University Hospital where he was pronounced dead. The nature of fatal injury is still to be determined. Missouri:Edward Austin Cosgrove, Jr., 53 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: July 24, 2016 Death Date: July 24, 2016 Fire Department: Green Township Fire Protection District Initial Summary: Firefighter Cosgrove responded to a recreational vehicle on fire. On arrival, Firefighter Cosgrove was performing or assisting with hoseline advancement to perform fire suppression, when he became ill. Emergency care was initiated at the scene and Firefighter Cosgrove was transported to a local hospital in cardiac arrest where he was pronounced dead a short time later. Pennsylvania: Donald R. Ishman, 60 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: July 23, 2016 Death Date: July 23, 2016 Fire Department: Hilltop Volunteer Fire Department Initial Summary:After helping out on a public service detail, Firefighter Ishman was attempting to guide the driver of the tanker truck, who was backing into the station, when he was accidently struck and killed. Firefighter Ishman, the former fire chief of the department, was pronounced dead at the scene by the McKean County Coroner. Kansas:Michael Lee Schultz, 47 Rank: Captain Incident Date: July 27, 2016 Death Date: July 27, 2016 Fire Department: Hoyt Rural Fire District #3

Initial Summary: Captain Schultz was killed when the tanker he was operating lost a front tire and crashed off of the roadway, rolling over several times. A second firefighter was transported to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The pair of firefighters were on their way to a county fair parade when the fatal crash occurred.

California: Robert Oliver Reagan III, 35 Rank: Dozer Operator Incident Date: July 26, 2016 Death Date: July 26, 2016 Fire Department: CAL FIRE Initial Summary: Dozer Operator Reagan was fatally injured during night time operations when his bulldozer overturned while operating in steep terrain battling the Soberanes Fire in the Palo Colorado Canyon vicinity of California.

New Jersey: Paul Price, Sr., 63 Rank: Safety Officer Incident Date: August 10, 2016 Death Date: August 11, 2016 Fire Department: Audubon Fire Department Initial Summary: The Audubon Fire Department was dispatched to a motor vehicle accident with a utility pole and wires down. Safety Officer Price was one of the personnel who answered the alarm by responding to the fire station. One apparatus responded prior to Price arriving at the station. The responding apparatus and personnel mitigated the incident. Safety Officer Price remained at the fire station while the call was ongoing. Upon the return of the apparatus to the fire station, Price assisted the personnel with placing the apparatus back into service. He then left the station and later that evening attended a town Emergency Management meeting. Safety Officer Price returned home later that night and was discovered the following morning by a family member already deceased due to a likely cardiac event. EMS responded for the pronouncement, as no life-saving measures were warranted. Safety Officer Price was a former Assistant Fire Chief with Audubon Fire Department and a retired Deputy Fire Chief with the Camden City Fire Department.

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Wall Heater Sparks Duplex Fire CHUCK HARTUNG

Demolition Fire in Old Veterinary Clinic Chattanooga, TN - The Chattanooga Fire Department responded to a fire on September 4th at 7353 Lee Highway, caused by an outside cooking fire that caught the grass on fire and spread to a building that was being demolished. The call came in just before 1:00 P.M. and the fire was extinguished less than one hour later. Firefighters had to use an elevated water source to reach the seat of the fire as well as construction equipment to dig in and break apart the piles of rubble to ensure that the fire was completely out. The building was an old veterinary clinic that had been vacant for many years.


Chattanooga, TN - A fire in a duplex on September 2nd left a family of four homeless. The Chattanooga Fire Department received the alarm shortly after 2:00 P.M. and responded to 6317 Walden Avenue with four fire companies. Battalion Chief Jeff Eldridge said the fire was located in the "A" side of the duplex. The firefighters made a quick interior attack and extinguished the fire in roughly 10 minutes. No injuries were reported. Captain Terri Roshell with

JUMP TO FILE #091216145 Quint-8 said the fire appears to have started at a wall heater in the hallway. A pile of clothes had been placed directly in front of the heater. When the clothes got hot enough, they burst into flames. The family told firefighters that they did not know the heater was on. The cause of the fire will be ruled accidental. Captain Roshell estimated

the dollar loss at $15,000. The fire caused enough damage to force the two adults and two children to stay elsewhere. Volunteers with the American Red Cross of Southeast Tennessee were called in to provide the fire victims with a temporary place to stay, along with other assistance. Chattanooga Police and Hamilton County EMS also provided assistance on the scene. - BRUCE GARNER


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Fire at Knoxville College Considered Suspicious Knoxville, TN - At 10:30 A.M. on September 30th, units from the Knoxville Fire Department responded to Knoxville College's Robert H. Harvey College Center for report of a fire that was called in by a passerby. When fire crews arrived, they confirmed heavy smoke and visible flames showing from the building. An offensive attack was

JUMP TO FILE #100316109 initially made, with an aerial stream established. Shortly after, defensive tactics were ordered. Once the fire was manageable, firefighters were able to re-engage an offensive attack using hand lines. The fire damage was con-

tained to an office area on the entry level floor of the boarded up building. The building had no power utilities connected, so the fire was considered to be suspicious. The cause of the fire is being investigated and no firefighters or civilians were injured. - DJ CORCORAN

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Local Schools Help Boost Firefighter Food Drive Engineer Kyle Cobb.


Engineer Retires After 28-Years of Service Murfreesboro, TN - Murfreesboro Fire & Rescue Department bid farewell to Engineer Kyle Cobb on Thursday, September 22nd, as his 28-years of service came to a close. Cobb began his career as a Firefighter in November of 1988. “I had a friend in Indiana that was a firefighter in my hometown,” said Cobb. “I would visit him as a child at the fire hall.” Cobb says the visits served as inspiration for him becoming a firefighter. He also enjoyed the “24 hours on/48 hours off” schedule. Cobb was one of the first new recruits hired to serve under retired Chief David Baxter and Deputy Chief Jimmy Francis. Cobb has seen a lot of changes over the years. He remembers that on his first day on the job, he was shown an air pack located on the back, right compartment of Engine-1. “I was told if I touched it, I was fired,” he said. “Back then it was considered for rescue only.” Now, all firefighters are required to wear air packs when responding to a fire scene.

JUMP TO FILE #092216104 When asked what he sees in store for the department over the next five-to-ten years, Cobb replied, “MFRD will continue to provide enhancements to the medical services they offer the citizens and visitors of Murfreesboro.” After retirement, Cobb says he and wife Sherry are going to “do a little gun-smithing and a whole lot of hunting, fishing and traveling!” “Engineer Cobb will truly be missed,” said Fire Rescue Chief Mark Foulks. “He is a great employee, who volunteered a lot of his time to cook on his large smoker for several MFRD events. We appreciate him and Sherry very much for all of their assistance over the years.” As he reflects on the last 28 years, Cobb sums them all up in one small, yet meaningful statement, “Being a Firefighter is the best job I ever had!” - MURFREESBORO FIRE & RESCUE

Chattanooga, TN - The results are in and this year's "Firefighters Against Hunger" food drive showed a significant increase from last year. The Chattanooga Area Food Bank reported that the firefighter food drive collected 8,358pounds of food and $1,290 in monetary donations, which will provide about 12,125 meals to people in need. Last year, the firefighter food drive brought in food for 5,000 meals. Fire Chief Chris Adams attributed the increase to all the generous and caring people who donated during the week-long event, and the three public schools that participated in the "Wash Away Hunger" events. " Together, CSAS, East Brainerd Elementary and Normal Park Museum Magnate School

JUMP TO FILE #100316114 collected 5,107-pounds of food. The Wash Away Hunger events really seemed to resonate with the students and faculty," said Chief Adams. "I hope we can build on that and add a few schools when we do this again next year in late September." The Unitarian Universalist Church of Chattanooga also contributed 342-pounds of food during the firefighter food drive. “Chattanooga Firefighters passionately battle emergency situations each day in our community. We’re so grateful that they recognize that hunger is a dire situation for many children, families and seniors. One-in-four kids in our re-

gion struggle with hunger. We can’t thank the firefighters enough for their service to our community and for joining us in the fight against hunger,” says Chattanooga Area Food Bank President and CEO Gina Crumbliss. The Chattanooga Area Food Bank leads a network of partners in eliminating hunger and promoting better nutrition in our region. The Food Bank acquires and distributes healthy food across a 20county service region including Tennessee and Northwest Georgia, with help from its network of over 300 partner non-profits. If you’d like to help, please visit the organization’s website at - BRUCE GARNER


Chattanooga Fire Chief Chris Adams is on the far right and Training Chief Phil Hyman is on the far left.

Chattanooga Starts New Fire Academy Chattanooga, TN - The Chattanooga Fire Department started a new fire academy on September 30th and it may be the largest in the department's history. The 36 recruits will go through 27 weeks of rigorous mental and physical training, including instruction on fire suppression, vehicle extrication, hazardous materials and many other

JUMP TO FILE #100316108 related disciplines. The firefighters must also go through medical training and be EMT certified to be a Chattanooga firefighter. If they successfully make it through all the tests and physical fitness training, they

will graduate on April 13, 2017. This class includes the 14 firefighters the department was able to hire with the $1.8 million Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant, making this the largest fire academy anyone in the department can remember. - BRUCE GARNER


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MFRD Welcomes 10 New Fire Trainee Recruits

Murfreesboro, TN - Murfreesboro Fire & Rescue Department welcomed 10 new Fire Trainees in August. Gianna Bacchetti, Brenner Ballard, Robert Gingrow, Tiara Green, Thomas Gunnell, Kevin Madachik, Jacob Nance, Betsy Prusynski, James Ray, and Adam Ross began their week-long orientation at Fire Administration before heading to the Tennessee Fire and Codes Academy to begin Rookie School. Trainees are unique because they are not required to have any previous fire service experience. At the completion of the 10week Rookie School, the Fire Trainees will be assigned to stations and will work on other training requirements to become certified Firefighters and Emergency First Responders by their one year anniversary date. “These men and women are eager to start training in the fire service,” said Fire Rescue Chief Mark Foulks. “I know they will do well in Rookie School and will only continue to gain knowledge and skills from there!” Meet the New Fire Trainees:

Gianna Bacchetti: -Volunteer Firefighter with Kittrell VFD for 1 Year; finished EMT school and is preparing to take the National Registry for licensure. Hobbies include: Working out,

kayaking, spending time with family, and snow skiing in the winter. Reason for joining the fire service: “I have the heart and passion for helping people, even on their worst days. Ever since I was way young, I have always looked up to the men and women of the fire service and knew one day I would be honored enough to work alongside of JUMP TO FILE# them and make a 082613157 difference.” Looks forward to: Making a positive impact in the department, as well as serving the citizens of Murfreesboro. “I want to make MFRD proud and look forward to continuing my education and training to better myself for the benefit of my fellow brothers and sisters.” Fun fact: Gianna is a recent “transplant” from California. Brenner Ballard, EMT-Basic: -Two Years Fire Service Experience. Hobbies include: Hunting, fishing, loving every day, adventuring outdoors, woodworking, and having fun with friends and family. Reason for joining the fire service: “Coming from four generations of fire chiefs, I really had no other option. I’ve been around the

fire service since birth and couldn’t imagine doing any other job. I thoroughly enjoy helping people and being able to serve the community.” Looks forward to: “Continuing my education and training to better myself and others, being a part of a well-respected organization, and serving the great citizens of Murfreesboro!” Robert Gingrow, Paramedic: -Six years in Emergency Medical Services. Married to Rachel, Kids: Taylor (6), John Thomas (5) Hobbies include: Hiking and spending time with family. Looks forward to: “Having the opportunity to grow and learn more in a very progressive department.” Tiara Green: Kids: Imani (13), Aaron (11), and Taylor (5). Hobbies include: Bowling, shopping, swimming, board games, anything outdoors, and spending time with family and friends. Reason for joining the fire service: “The love and passion for participating in saving lives. I enjoy working in stressful environments where I can protect, serve, and save.” Looks forward to: “Learning everything I can, building skills, gaining knowledge, and being a part of the family.” Fun facts: Tiara has been a licensed cosmetologist for 10 years, has 10+ years background in the medical field working as a Nurse’s Assistant, and is originally from Jacksonville, FL. Thomas Gunnell: -Married to Ashley. Hobbies include: Fishing, woodworking, shooting, and video games. Reason for joining the fire service: “To be able to help people, as well as my love for handson type work. I also know that it is extremely team-oriented which is something I have always loved from my past in sports.” Looks forward to: “Learning about the fire service and creating/joining a brotherhood and enjoying the camaraderie within. I am excited to meet new people and make new friends.” He adds, “I am so grateful to have been selected to be a part of the MFRD family. I know how difficult it can be to get into the paid fire service and I am still awestruck that I was chosen to join this team!” Kevin Madachik: -Twelve years as an “infantryman” in the United States Marine Corps. Daughter, Fiona (6) Hobbies: Woodworking and shooting. Reason for joining the fire service: “I miss the camaraderie

Front Row (L to R): Kevin Madachik, Tiara Green, Robert Gingrow, Thomas Gunnell, and Adam Ross. Back Row (L to R): Brenner Ballard, Jacob Nance, James Ray, Gianna Bacchetti, and Betsy Prusynski. MFRD

of the Marine Corps and wanted to be a part of the City of Murfreesboro to give the city back what it has given me.” Looks forward to: “My first call as a Firefighter for Murfreesboro.” He adds, “I feel blessed to be selected among these amazing trainees and know that we will make the department proud.”

Jacob Nance: -Seven years serving in the United States Army. Hobbies include: Fishing, watching University of Tennessee football, working out, and canoeing. Reason for joining the fire service: “My desire to protect the community in which I live, and to become a part of a brotherhood that is much bigger than myself.” Looks forward to: “I am most excited about being able to service my community. In my opinion, there is nothing greater than helping your fellow citizens on their worst day.” Betsy Prusynski, Paramedic: Hobbies include: Hiking and kayaking. Reason for joining the fire service: “I have always enjoyed helping others in different capacities and the fire service gives me that opportunity to feel as though I have helped.” Looks forward to: “Serving the citizens of Murfreesboro to the best of my ability and working with the

MFRD family.”

James Ray: -Volunteer Firefighter for 3.5 years. Hobbies include: Fishing and spending time with family. Reason for joining the fire service: “My compassion and desire to help others when they are in need.” Looks forward to: “Being able to serve the community I grew up in.” He adds, “I’m humbled by the opportunity to be a part of the MFRD team and look forward to a long career.”

Adam Ross: -Volunteer Firefighter with Almaville VFD for 3 years. Hobbies include: Outdoor activities, skydiving, SCUBA diving, hiking, camping, firefighting, and spending time with friends and family. Reason for joining the fire service: “I fell in love with the fire service on Day 1. I love to be a helping hand out there for a person in need.” Looks forward to: “The brotherhood, the family atmosphere… getting to train to better myself, and serving a community I have lived in and watched grow.” He adds, “I have lived in the Middle Tennessee area all my life. Adam graduated from Blackman High School in 2014. - MFRD

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Firefighters Stop Trailer Fire from Destroying Local Business Chattanooga, TN - Chattanooga firefighters stopped a trailer fire from destroying a local business on October 3rd. A passing motorist called 911 Communications at 5:45 A.M., reporting JUMP TO FILE# smoke and flames 100316113 coming from a trailer, which was parked at the loading dock at the Chattanooga Bargain Hunt. The Chattanooga Fire Department responded to 1301 Hickory Valley Road with four fire companies. Battalion Chief Jeff Eldridge said that the trailer was full of combustible materials and a lot of it was on fire. While some firefighters worked to pull out the burning materials from the rear of the trailer, other firefighters used a K-12 power saw to cut the side of the trailer open to allow better access to the smoldering materials. No injuries were reported. Battalion Chief Rick Boatwright said that the dollar loss was estimated at $10,000 for the trailer and $5,000 for the exterior of the building. The cause of the fire is under investigation. - BRUCE GARNER


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FCTRT Completes Construction of SAR Training Course

Rossville, TN - With the help of some very generous sponsors, the Fayette County Technical Rescue Team has recently completed construction of their new Search and Rescue Training Course. The Course, spread over a large area of dense and challenging terrain, will allow the teams' members to continue to enhance and improve their skills at locating lost persons and lost objects in an extremely demanding environment. In addition, the course will allow the team to continually train using the stringent standards and certification criteria required by the National Association for Search and Rescue (NASAR) for SARTECH I, II and III. The SARTECH Certification Criteria is formulated by NASAR and recognized by many states and agencies. The course will allow the team to evaluate their member’s performance of SAR skills using multiple stations such as the following: their

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Leslie Shockey, Norfolk Southern Corporation, Ron Gant/Collierville Insurance Company, and Academy Sports,” said Snider. The FCTRT is a Regional Rescue Squad that provides volunteer services not only in Fayette County but all over West Tennessee, North Mississippi and East Arkansas. It is the only private and sanctioned volunteer Rescue Squad in the midsouth that is solely dedicated to technical rescue and is the only Active Unit Member of the Tennessee Association of Rescue Squads in Fayette County. The Fayette County Technical Rescue Team is not a government entity and therefore does not receive any federal, state, county, or municipal government funding so that it can be available to respond anytime to virtually anywhere it may be called without any cost to the taxpayers. The volunteer Team is solely funded through the generosity of mid-south agencies and foundations; businesses and corporations; current and former elected officials; notable and community leaders; as well as residents from Fayette County and all across the mid-south. More importantly, all contributions are tax deductible as allowed by law since the Team is a tax exempt 501(c)(3) charitable organization. If you are interested in supporting or making a donation to the Fayette County Technical Rescue Team, checks can be sent to the team’s headquarters and training facility located at 3565 Highway 57,

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(L to R): Tom Davidson, local Firehouse Subs franchise owner, Fire Chief Chris Adams, Maura Sullivan, Chief Operating Officer for the City of Chattanooga and Robin Peters, Executive Director of the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation.


Captain/AEMT Clay Estes practices administering an Ephiniphrine shot.

MFRD Now Fully-Functioning BLS Response Department Murfreesboro, TN - Murfreesboro Fire & Rescue Department is proud to announce that the department is now fully functioning in Basic Life Support (BLS) response. “This is something that our licensed and credentialed personnel in the department have looked forward to for a long time,” said Assistant Chief Kim Lawson. Approximately three weeks ago, MFRD began an intense inservice training, which included a skills check-off for the new medical protocols developed and approved by MFRD’s new Medical Director Dr. Russ Galloway. (City Council approved Dr. Galloway to be hired as MFRD’s Medical Director last month. State law requires that Advanced Emergency Medical Technicians (AEMTs) and Paramedics providing BLS level response be supervised by a physician licensed to practice in the State of Tennessee). “By the end of the first week of training, we began placing our newly purchased equipment and medications on our apparatus throughout the city,” said Lawson. Each AEMT and Paramedic that completed the in-service is now approved to administer the new medications and utilize the additional equipment which includes: · An advanced King airway for patients who are not breathing on their own · Intravenous (IV) fluid and equipment for trauma patients and those needing medications · Epinephrine injections for patients having a severe allergic reaction which has affected their airway · Albuterol breathing treatment for COPD and asthma symptoms

JUMP TO FILE #100716115 · Narcan for overdoses ·Nitroglycerin for cardiac chest pain · Dextrose which is given by IV to a diabetic patient who is in Insulin Shock (hypoglycemic) Lawson says that since certifying and equipping licensed personnel, these upgraded skills have been used approximately eight times, and all with very positive outcomes for the patients. In the near future, MFRD will also implement a new electronic patient care reporting system that will make documentation more efficient and thorough. “We are very thankful to our city leaders for the support they have shown through this process and for giving us the tools to not only proceed with our goals, but also succeed,” said Lawson. “It is important that as the city continues to grow, our department continues to enhance our services we provide to the citizens and visitors in our community.” Fire Rescue Chief Mark Foulks is pleased with the accomplishment, “I’m very proud of our entire MFRD team for their hard work and commitment that led us to achieving this milestone. I am confident that with our new skills and the excellent partnership and quality services Rutherford County Emergency Medical Services provides, our citizens will be in great hands in any medical emergency.” - MFRD

Firehouse Subs Donates Equipment to Local First Responders Chattanooga, TN - Local firefighters and police officers have some new tools that will enhance their jobs, thanks to grants from the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation. On October 5th at the Firehouse Subs restaurant on Gunbarrel Road, the foundation made a combined donation of $29,447 to the Chattanooga Fire Department and the East Ridge Police Department. The Chattanooga Fire Department received $18,908 to purchase 12 "W" forcible entry tools. The "W" tool is used to spread a door frame to

JUMP TO FILE #100516114 gain access while causing little to no damage to the frame. The East Ridge Police Department received $10,539 to get 10 automated external defibrillators (AEDs), which are portable devices used to treat victims of sudden cardiac arrest. "We truly appreciate Firehouse Subs and the support they have provided to our community," said Fire Chief Chris Adams. "They have pro-

vided us with another specialized tool that will enhance our service to the citizens of Chattanooga." In addition to their use as a forcible entry tool, Chief Adams said the "W" tool can be used like a jack for vehicle stabilization, a rescue strut, structural support in a collapsed structure or to simply hang a ventilation fan in a doorway. The tools will be placed into service after the firefighters have had a chance to receive some training on how they can be used. - BRUCE GARNER


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Murfreesboro, TN - Murfreesboro Fire and Rescue Department's District-1, Engine-4, District-8 and Rescue-7 responded to a single-story duplex fire at 719 North Maney Avenue just before 11:00 P.M. on October 4th. Crews arrived to find heavy smoke and fire showing in the attic area of the home. According to Shift Commander Daryl Alexander, crews did an excellent job of knocking the fire down quickly. Residents from both sides of the duplex will be displaced, however only one family required assistance from the Red Cross. According to Fire Marshal Carl Peas, the fire was ruled as accidental and appears to have started in the attic. It is possible that a condenser was the cause.

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Captain Scott Dakin giving Jonathan Snipes Jr. an autographed football that was donated by Akins Ford.

BCES Names 10-Year-Old as Honorary Firefighter Atlanta, GA - On September 11th, members of Barrow County Emergency Services traveled to the Sheppard Clinic in Atlanta to honor a hero and name him as an honorary firefighter. “It was fitting that on September 11th we took time to honor a young boy who stepped up in an emergency and saved a life,” stated Chief John Skinner. “It was a great way to mark the 15th anniversary of September 11th and what that means to all Americans.” On a sunny Saturday afternoon in August, Jason Dills was enjoying some relaxing times with family and friends at a friend’s house in Bethlehem. He dove into the pool and hit his chin on the bottom of the pool. Jason immediately lost all movement in his body. His girlfriend, Tracy Snipes was also there with their 6-yearold daughter and 10-year-old stepson. Ten-year-old Jonathan Snipes Jr. was playing beside the pool when he noticed Jason laying at the bottom of the pool, not moving. Jonathan immediately jumped into the pool and went to the bottom to pull Jason out. Tracy and a family friend met Jonathon at the steps of the pool and helped pull him out of the water. Gwinnett County Firefighter Kevin Powers was at the cookout and assessed Jason’s injuries. He was conscious and alert, but had no feeling from the chest down. Someone called 911 and an ambulance from Barrow County Emergency Services responded and transported Jason to Gwinnett Medical Center. Jason spent time at Sheppard Clinic recovering from the injury he received that day. However, had it not been for the quick action of Jonathan, jumping in and pulling Jason out, the injury could have

JUMP TO FILE #091316117 led to the death of Jason. “In an emergency, it is common to see people panic and not be able to assist the people in need,” stated Chief Skinner. “To see a ten-yearold boy stay calm and dive in to rescue him is incredible and he deserves to be recognized.” Chief John Skinner, Deputy Chief Alan Shuman, Captain Scott Dakin, Fire Medic Tim Towe (who was the paramedic that treated Jason) and Fire EMT Nic Bourchier attended the ceremony in Atlanta. Friends and family of Jason and Jonathon also attended. “On that Saturday in August, Jonathan was the definition of a true hero and saved his stepfather's life,” stated Chief Skinner. “It is an honor to name him as an Honorary

Firefighter for his actions that day. He is a humble young boy that does not want to be recognized, but is very deserving.” Jonathan received a certificate from the department recognizing his life saving efforts. Businesses from the community that heard about what Jason did also stepped up and donated to Jonathan. This included Akins Ford, who donated an autographed Mark Richt Bulldogs football when they heard Jonathan was a big Bulldog fan. The Bethlehem Chik-Fil-A, Longhorns and Top Dawg also donated gift certificates to Jonathon for his courageous act. “I thank these business for helping us recognize Jonathan,” stated Chief Skinner. “It was an honor for us to recognize Jonathan and give him the praise he deserves.” - SCOTT DAKIN


Back row, L to R: Captain Scott Dakin, Gwinnett County Firefighter Kevin Powers, Tracy Snipes, Deputy Chief Alan Shuman, Chief John Skinner, Firefighter Tim Towe and Firefighter Nic Bourchier. Front row, L to R: Kayden Dills, Jason Dills and Jonathan Snipes Jr. FLORIDA

Garage fire at 1512 SE 43rd Avenue.


Fire Filled Friday for Ocala Firefighters Ocala, FL - On September 23rd, Ocala Fire Rescue firefighters had a Friday filled with fire calls, which became progressively worse as the day elapsed. The morning began with reports of a fire at 1850 SE 18th Avenue. At 7:58 A.M., a caller advised Marion County Dispatch that a building located in the Deerwood Apartment Complex appeared to be on fire. Crews arrived to find smoke showing out of a work shed. Entering the smoke filled shed, firefighters proceeded to identify hot zones and ambers throughout the garage, watering each area with a possible threat along the way. No one was in the shed at the time of the fire. No injuries were reported. The second fire call came in at 10:17 A.M., when a neighbor noticed that the recreation vehicle next to his was on fire. Firefight-

JUMP TO FILE #092616103 ers arrived at 4001 West Silver Springs Boulevard to find an RV with flames covering approximately one-third of the structure. The RV, which was not occupied of at the time of the fire, was a total loss. The last fire however, left a man seriously burned. At 2:41 P.M., OFR was dispatched to 1512 SE 43rd Avenue, where a man working on his motorcycle suffered serious burns after fuel from the motorcycle ignited. Three minutes later, firefighters were onscene and preparing the patient for transport to Shands Medical Center. No other injuries were reported. - OCALA FIRE RESCUE

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Staying Safe from Electrical Hazards II STAYING SAFE

Chief Henry Campbell

Upon arrival at a fire or emergency scene where downed or arcing wires or any other form of an electrical problem is involved, a good action would be to request the local power company to respond to the scene. Having the power company respond to all working structure fires is a good practice, should you need them, they will either be on scene or in route, a definite advantage. If the electrical hazard poses a threat to personnel or operations, a defensive posture is to be maintained until the hazard has been eliminated. If aerial devices, ladders, or hose streams are to be used in the vicinity of overhead wires or transformers, adequate placement distances should be maintained to prevent coming into contact with the wires or electrical devices. As soon as possible, utility service should be turned off at the gas meter or propane tank and the electrical panel servicing the involved area or structure. A department member trained and knowledgeable in performing such a task usually can accomplish this and it will also prove valuable in the cause and origin determination. Just screwing out fuses and dropping them on the floor, or turning circuit breakers off just won’t do. Turn the mains off by pulling or removing the main fuses and leaving all the circuit breakers or circuit fuses in their present positions as found. In some instances where it is unable to reach the electric panel, the utility company will have to disconnect service at the pole or underground service point, and may eventually do it at major fires. Remember that during overhaul and opening of ceiling walls and floors you may encounter electrical wires, outlets, and fixtures; therefore the power should be off before starting overhaul procedures. When responding to motor vehicle crashes where electricity and downed wires are involved caution is required. No approach to the vehicle or its occupants should be made until any electrical hazard has been removed. To attempt extrication of trapped victim(s) is foolhardy and should never be attempted no matter who the victim may be. In the event of a pole and wires down, obtain the pole number from another pole other than the one involved in the accident,

don’t go walking under the involved pole. Surely the power company will find the location. You are there to do all you can do to rectify the problem, but never lose site of the fact that you did not create the problem, your safety comes first. Risk always has to be evaluated as to what will be gained, and when up against 13,000 volt wires, defer to standing fast until the electric power has been shut down. “Killing the power” is the responsibility of the power company. Emergency response personnel should never attempt to pull electric meters, cut wires, or pull pole fuses or circuit breakers. Secure the scene and await the arrival of the power company. During storms when wires are down in numerous locations, it may require longer waits before response from the power company arrives. The use of fire police, local, or state police to secure the scene may be required in order to place equipment and personnel back in service and available for additional response. Never leave the scene of any type hazard that you have responded to unprotected, you are responsible until you have transferred the hazard to another agency, the power company, or it has been eliminated. One last thought for those departments that respond to flooded basement calls, remember most electric panels are located in the basement. Generally they are above the depth of the flooding condition, but checking the depth of the water before beginning your pumping operation is important. Looking from the outside before wading into the water and confirming the location of the electric panel with the homeowner will enhance your safety. Till next time, Stay Safe and God Bless!

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Rev. Katee Harris.


Katee Harris Named Associate Chaplain at Floyd Medical Center Rome, GA - Rev. Katee Harris has been named Associate Chaplain at Floyd Medical Center. Harris will work with patients and families, providing emotional and spiritual support. She will also be available to talk with them about advanced directives. Harris earned a Master of Education degree in school counseling and a Master of Divinity from Campbell University Divinity School in Buies Creek, North Carolina. She earned a Bachelor of Arts

JUMP TO FILE #100516118 degree from Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. She completed her Clinical Pastoral Education at Wakemed Raleigh Hospital in Raleigh, North Carolina and New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington, North Carolina.


Cherokee County, GA - The body of a 49-year-old woman was found on September 12th, just shortly after 1:30 P.M., in Lake Allatoona at Harbor Town Marina. The Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office identified the woman as Letrise Portia Ross of Acworth, Georgia. According to reports, the woman’s family reported her missing around 3:00 P.M. after her jet ski was found floating by an island near the marina around 5:00 P.M. The woman left with her jet ski from Webster Boat Ramp, near Red Top Mountain, on the morning of September 11th at 10:00 A.M. and

JUMP TO FILE #091216170 was supposed to return around 1:00 P.M. that same day. Members from the Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services Search and Rescue Team responded to the scene during the evening hours of September 11th to begin search efforts in locating the woman. After having no success, they returned early the next morning around 7:30 A.M. to continue the search and just shortly after 1:30 P.M., the body was located

about 200-yards from the mainland and in about five-to-six feet of water at Harbor Town Marina. Members from the Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services Dive Team recovered the body. A representative from the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office said that foul play was not expected. Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services, the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office and Rangers with the Department of Natural Resources aided in the search and recovery. - TIM CAVENDER



Patients involved in accidents used to be carried in mortuary vehicles! Before 1966 and the emergence of the Emergency Medical Service, it would be normal for people to be transported to the hospital in vehicles used by funeral homes.

Crews Respond to House Fire in Bethlehem Bethlehem, GA - Just after 4:30 P.M. on Monday, August 22nd, communication officers with Barrow County Emergency Services received a 911 call reporting a structure fire in the 300 block of Centennial Drive in Bethlehem. “The 911 caller informed communication officers that the house was full of smoke,” stated Captain Scott Dakin. “The communication officers informed them to make sure everyone evacuated the house and

JUMP TO FILE #082316114 dispatched firefighters the scene.” Upon arrival, firefighters found heavy fire and smoke in the front of the house and through the roof of the home. Due to the amount of fire upon arrival, firefighters went into a defensive mode of fire attack, fighting the fire from outside of the structure. Once the fire was

knocked down, crews made entry into the home to finish extinguishing the fire. The home was heavily damaged as a result of the fire. The Fire Investigation Team responded and the cause of the fire is under investigation by the team. The American Red Cross was called to assist the two adults who were displaced by this fire. - SCOTT DAKIN

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Henry County FD Rescues Dog from 40-Foot Well McDonough, GA – Firefighters rescued a beloved family dog that fell down a 40-foot well on Monday, September 26th, according to the Henry County Fire Department. The rescue took place in the area of Antioch Road off of Highway-81. The Henry County Animal Control was dispatched the scene to investigate and quickly realized that technical assistance was needed to extricate the dog safely from the well. An urgent call was placed to the fire department and additional resources were quickly immobilized. Crews from Station-10, 11 and 12, along with several members of Henry County’s Technical Rescue Team, made their way to the scene. After determining the scene was clear of any collapse hazards and hidden dangers, focus was turned to extrication efforts. Crews quickly erected a rope rescue system, including a tripod used for raising and lowering rescuers into confined spaces. The air quality in the well was tested and additional surface air was pumped into the confined space to aid in a safe rescue. The "all clear" was then given by Command, signaling the lowering of a single firefighter into the well. Forty-feet

JUMP TO FILE #100316103 below, contact was made with the dog and the journey back to the surface began. After emerging from the well, crew members and witnesses were elated to discover the dog showed no signs of injury. Bama, as the yellow lab was known to family and friends, joyfully greeted each rescuer in turn. The Technical Rescue Team is designed to augment the response of the Henry County Fire Department. The team is a specially trained group of firefighters drawn from the ranks of the department. They have been trained in swift water, dive rescue and recovery, hazardous materials, and structural collapse. The team utilizes their extensive rope and rigging experience to rescue victims in ravines or other places inaccessible to fire service ladders. Deputy Chief Johnson stated, “We are proud of the hard work and dedication the men and women of the department demonstrate each day on the job. They train to make a difference, regardless of what lives may be at risk.” - MICHAEL BLACK

Marietta, GA - Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services responded to a single-vehicle wreck at approximately 3:15 P.M. on Bells Ferry Road, near the intersection of Wooten Drive, on the afternoon of October 4th. When firefighters arrived on the scene, they found that a silver Ford Explorer had hit a power pole, causing it to fall and resulting in power lines landing on top of the vehicles. Power line crews with Cobb EMC were dispatched to the scene to help with cutting the power from the lines so firefighters could remove the driver. According to an eyewitness,

JUMP TO FILE #100416105 as the driver was heading towards Lake Allatoona, the car went off the roadway and hit a stop sign before hitting the power pole headon. The 58-year-old driver from Acworth was conscious and alert and was able to talk with firefighters until the lines could be removed. Once the lines were removed, firefighters approached the driver, who was able to exit the vehicle on his own. Firefighters took the driver to a squad to be checked

When Disaster Strikes Chaplain’s Corner Fernando Villicana

It is one thing to witness disaster on TV or hear about it from somewhere in another part of the world, but this is where first responders live. As well trained as we are, as often as we respond to such a wide variety of emergencies, even for us in the fire service, there is a whole different dimension to disaster when it strikes so close to home or hits your life. So often in the midst of a crisis we want answers, yet even answers can’t change what has

happened … so we need something MORE than just answers. Has anyone left us a blueprint in how to face a tragedy? How do we deal with tragedy as godly people who believe in a good God? There is a man named Job that faced a terrible personal tragedy, a man who lost his children in a terrible accident, a man who also had few answers, so what sustained him? The example of Job shows us a path through tragedy, while it doesn’t give us all the answers, it does point us to the one who can sustain us. Job 1:22 (NLT) In all of this, Job did not sin by blaming God. When we can’t find solutions to our questions, we can find a Savior for our catastrophe. What could possibly give a sense of security in the face of death and disaster? For someone

out, where they were later picked up by a family member. Both lanes were blocked until the wreckage was cleared and the power line was repaired. Just before 5:00 P.M., the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office reported that Bells Ferry Road would be shut down, both north and southbound, between Ridge Road and Wooten Drive for at least six hours as crews worked to repair damage caused by the accident. No other injuries were reported and the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the cause. - TIM CAVENDER

with no belief in God there is nothing but sorrow and loss! For someone like Job however that had a trust and belief in God there were other possibilities -faith, eternal security and an ongoing relationship with God. How do you handle a terrible disaster? Getting through a disaster begins long before one ever hits. The best way to handle unforeseen crisis is be strong before one ever comes. A sponge when squeezed can only give off whatever it had absorbed just before it was squeezed. If Christ lives in you now it will be His presence that is released in you when life and circumstances squeezes you. Blessings, Pastor Fernando Villicana Fire Service Chaplain

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Stephen Dooley has been named Paulding County’s new EMA Coordinator.

New EMA Coordinator Named for Paulding County Hiram, GA - On August 24th, Stephen Dooley was named Paulding County’s new EMA Coordinator. Dooley has nearly 20 years of experience in law enforcement, criminal investigations and JUMP TO FILE# emergency manage- 082516118 ment. He has spent the last 15 years with the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office, most recently as a Detective Corporal in the Criminal Investigations Division. Prior to coming to Paulding, he served the citizens of Polk County in their Sheriff's Office as an EMA Assistant in their Emergency Management Agency, as a volunteer Firefighter and as the Disaster Services/Emergency Preparedness Director for the City of Aragon Fire Department. Vickie Thompson, Paulding County’s Deputy EMA Director, commented, “As you can see, Stephen brings vast experience to our department. He has been a Certified Emergency Manager since 2007

and is state-certified by GEMA (Georgia Emergency Management Agency). Last year he also earned national recognition as a Homeland Protection Professional thru the National Domestic Preparedness Coalition. We are very fortunate to have someone with his background here in Paulding County. When a disaster strikes it is crucial to have knowledge and experience on our side so we can act fast to help our community.” The Paulding County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) helps local officials, businesses and citizens plan and prepare before disasters strike. The EMA office serves as the local conduit for state and federal disaster relief programs. They coordinate immediate aid countywide if a major incident occurs. If that happens, part of the EMA responsibility is to conduct a damage assessment that may result in a disaster declaration at the state or federal level with things such as external disaster support and funding. - STEVE MAPES

Barrow County, GA - Just after 10:00 A.M. on a Saturday morning in April of 2016, communication officers with Barrow County Emergency Services received a 911 call reporting an accident on Highway-316 at Patrick Mill Road. “Several people called this accident in and reported an overturned vehicle and several people trapped in their ve- JUMP TO FILE# hicles,” commented 082516110 Captain Scott Dakin. “When we arrived we found a two vehicle collision, with one vehicle on its side.” Crews with Barrow County Emergency Services found two people in the SUV that was on its side. One of these patients was Brenda Vinson, a driver of the vehicle that had rolled over. Paramedics found her unresponsive with some obvious injuries. One person was assigned to monitor the two patients, while other crew members started extrication and cared for patients in the other vehicle. Firefighters from Stations 3, 4 and 7 responded to this incident. Working together, they removed the roof of the SUV in order to gain access to the two patients. Once the roof was removed, crews were able to better assess Brenda and remove her from the vehicle. “It was obvious to us that Brenda had suffered some critical injuries as a result of the accident,” stated Captain Dakin. “We knew that she needed to be treated and transported to a hospital as quickly as possible.” Paramedics worked quickly to prepare Brenda for transport and treat her injuries. She was rushed to Gwinnett Medical Center in Lawrenceville, where she was turned over to the emergency room staff. Among Brenda’s injuries was bleeding from her brain, a collapsed lung, broken ribs, and both spine and multiple pelvic fractures. Brenda would spend five days in the Nero ICU, unresponsive. On the Thursday after the crash occurred, she started waking up to the world around her again. Brenda was transferred to Glancy Rehabilitation Center, where she had to learn to walk, eat and talk all over again. She would stay at the center until May 10th, steadily improving while doing therapy for three hours a day. She

(L to R): Captain Scott Dakin, Lieutenant Keith Jarrett, FF Robert Solomon, FF Crosby Harbin, FF Chris Barron, Koen Vinson, Brenda Vinson, Battalion Chief Rob Nowakowski, FF John VanGotum, Lieutenant Jeremy Thayer and FF Mark Siegel. PROVIDED

is now back to work with a new outlook on life and thankful for the many people that worked together to save her life. On Tuesday, August 23rd, Brenda stopped by Barrow County Emergency Services Station-7 to thank the firefighters that all worked to save her. “I thank God for putting everyone in place to make everything work in my favor,” commented Brenda. “Everyone worked together to make a difference in my life. From the firefighters, to the staff at Gwinnett Medical and Glancy Rehab. I am forever grateful to God and all of them for the fact that I am alive and well and staying on this earth for now.” Everyone, from the communication officers who dispatched the call, to the firefighters on scene worked quickly and efficiently in

order to extricate Brenda and transport her to the hospital. “Having Brenda come by the station today meant a lot to us,” stated Captain Dakin. “We don’t often know the results of our efforts with patients. Knowing her condition and chances when we pulled her from the car, to how well she is now, is incredible.” “This type of call is what we all train hard for as crews,” commented Chief John Skinner. “We work together, train on the newest techniques, and stay up with the best possible patient care. Brenda’s life is a result of this training and care and I could not be prouder of the work these crews did. They all are a great example of the high quality personnel in our department that serve the citizens of Barrow County.” - SCOTT DAKIN

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Helicopter Crashes in Southwest Palm Bay and Kills Three Palm Bay, FL - On September 6th, crews from Engine-6 and Engine-2 responded to a report of a helicopter crash in the Southwest section of the city. As units responded, a large column filled the sky in the vicinity of the reported crash. The responding District JUMP TO FILE# Chief requested a 090716112 tender and brush unit due to the column. Engine-6 arrived minutes later to find a helicopter heavily damaged and fully involved in fire. Crews initiated an attack on the main fire and began surveying the scene for hazards and victims. Engine-2 arrived shortly after and assisted Engine-6 with extinguishment and checking for victims. It was determined that the helicopter had three personnel on-board and after extinguishment, both Engine crews found all three deceased bodies. A perimeter was set up by the Palm Bay PD while awaiting the arrival of FAA and NTSB investigators. The helicopter was a 1974 Sikorsky S-61N. No civilians were in the vicinity at the time of the crash and the investigation is still ongoing. - ANTHONY GIANANTONIO

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Lake County Public Safety Receives Grant to Hire Additional Firefighters DC Comer and Captain Brian Crisman.

Firefighter/Paramedics Michael Garcia and Scott Dingle.


Tavares, FL - Lake County Public Safety was recently notified that it has been awarded, pending Board approval, the Department of Homeland Security’s 2015 Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant. The $1.7-million grant will go toward hiring 15 new Lake County Fire Rescue firefighters. “The FEMA SAFER grant will allow us to hire enough firefighters to properly staff four existing stations, open a new fire station, and add a third firefighter to some outlying stations,” said Lake County Public Safety Director John Jolliff. “These staffing changes will dramatically improve response times, increase the safety of citizens and help prevent injury to personnel.” Thanks to the grant, Lake County is opening up a new firefighter hire list. Applicants may

JUMP TO FILE #082516128 apply online at keyword: employment. The federal program is a funding initiative designed to strengthen the nation’s ability to respond to fire-related hazards and improve the nation’s overall level of preparedness. The goal is to enhance the ability of recipients to attain and maintain 24-hour fire department staffing and to assure that their communities have adequate protection. The SAFER program provides approximately $340-million in competitive grants to fire departments and statewide or local volunteer firefighter support groups. Lake County Fire Rescue became a professional fire organization in 1988. The career firefighters

of Lake County Fire Rescue protect county residents and visitors in an area covering approximately 1,200square-miles, with nearly 70,000 residences and up to 2,000 commercial properties. Fire Rescue serves both rural and urban areas through its 25 fire stations, with Advanced Life Support (ALS) provided at 17 of the stations. The department responded to 21,679 calls for service in 2015. For more information about Lake County Fire Rescue’s operations, contact Deputy Director John Molenda at 352-343-9458 or For up-to-date news on Lake County Fire Rescue, visit,, or - ELISHA PAPPACODA


IMFD Recognizes Three for Heroic Efforts Fort Myers, FL - Iona McGregor Fire District recently recognized Firefighter/Paramedic Scott Dingle, Michael Garcia and Training Captain Brian Crisman for their efforts in rescuing two victims from a vehicle that was engulfed in flames. Their heroic actions were the difference between life-and-death for the two victims.


City of Seminole Fire Rescue Promotes Five New Officers

Seminole, FL - City Of Seminole Fire Rescue recently promoted five members into key leadership roles. Promoted to Lieutenant were Brian Ulrich, Nick Bean and David Hernandez. Promoted to District Chief were Matt Seib and Jake Busche. On August 23rd, the five new officers were sworn in at a City Council meeting that was attended by many friends and relatives. Bringing with them a wealth of talent and knowledge, these five officers will lead the organization on into the future, filled with growth and potential. Congratulations to the five newly promoted City of Seminole Fire Rescue officers!

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Fort Lauderdale Firefighters Rescue Puppy from Weekend Blaze


High Angle Rescue Needed for Man Stuck in Tree Lake Panasoffkee, FL - Sumter County Fire & EMS units were dispatched for a person stuck in a tree at a residential address in Lake Panasoffkee at 11:34 A.M. on Tuesday, September 20th, with the first unit arriving seven minutes later. The emergency required deployment of the department’s Special Operation Team to perform a High Angle Rescue. Engine-21, Ladder11, Squad-22, Battalion-11, AMR Medic-301, Chief-4 and Chief-3 responded to the alarm. Upon arrival, Engine-21 found a male victim, stranded approximately 50-feet up in a large tree. The man was trimming the tree when his safety rope failed, leaving him without a safe way down. Despite being stuck in such a way, the gentleman was calm and uninjured. The crew from Ladder-11 positioned and operated the 78-foot aerial ladder so that two members from Squad-22 could ascend, assess the

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situation and prepare the man for rescue. Due to a precarious position in the tree, it was determined that the safest way down would be for the High Angle Team to prepare a rope system and lower him to the ground, rather than trying to have him climb from the tree onto the ladder. While the two rescuers on the ladder prepared the victim and the primary rope system for lowering, members from E-21 (also part of the Special Operations Team), prepared an anchoring and secondary lowering system on the ground. The man was lowered safely to the ground using the primary lowering system without injury. The total response and rescue took about 45 minutes.

Fort Lauderdale, FL - On Saturday, September 3rd, Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue received a mid-afternoon call for a residential structure fire. The first arriving engine advised they had JUMP TO FILE# heavy black smoke 090916110 coming from a single-family structure. The occupants were out of the house and told the arriving crews that a puppy was trapped in a back bedroom. The engine company initiated a fire attack on the rooms involved while the crew from the first arriving rescue made entry into the house and conducted a primary search, looking for the puppy. The distressed puppy was found in the back bedroom and a firefighter called over the radio to have the pet oxygen mask ready for the puppy when they came out. Once out of the structure, the puppy was quickly resuscitated and turned back over to his owner's loving arms. - GREGORY MAY




Motorcycle Down in City of Bradenton

Bradenton, FL - City of Bradenton units, along with Manatee County EMS, responded to a report of a pedestrian struck by a vehicle on September 21st. On arrival, they found two vehicles and a motorcyclist down in the roadway. Two drivers were transported to nearby hospitals while firefighters secured the vehicles.



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Seminole Promotes Two Assistant Chiefs

Seminole, FL - Congratulations to newly appointed Assistant Fire Chief Bill Morelli and Assistant Chief Jim Meegan. Chief Morelli and Chief Meegan were officially sworn in at a City Council meeting, held on August 9th. Assistant Chief Morelli will be assuming the responsibilities of Administration and EMS, while Assistant Chief Meegan will be taking on the responsibilities of Operations and Training. Prior to being promoted to their current positions, Assistant Chief Morelli and Assistant Chief Meegan were District Chiefs on the A-shift and B-shift respectively.

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VIDEO REVIEW By John M. Malecky November, 2016 Cleveland Fires, Volume 14 By S & J Video Available from: FSP Books & Videos 188 Central Street, Suite #4 Hudson, MA 01749-1330 1-800522-8528 E-mail: support@fire-pol i c e - e m s . c o m Price: $24.95 (DVD) This is a 60 minute video which features eight fires in Cleveland, Ohio during 2009. Four fires are second alarms and four are box alarms. There is no narration aside from what the viewer may hear from fireground radio transmissions, however by going to the FSP website the viewer can see a list of the fires which is accompanied by some additional information. To watch the video itself, the viewer will only see the location of the fire, the date and if it is a second alarm. Unless one knows the streets the Cleveland, the location is of little or no help! This is however very exciting video of firefighting. Five of the fires involve vacant houses but one of the five communicates to a commercial

building. The first fire is a second alarm in a mixed occupancy building with storefronts on the ground floor and heavy fire on the second floor which is a dwelling. The stores have security roll up doors and the truckies must use saws and tools to access through them. Handlines and ladderpipes are used as the fire worsens. The vacant houses are going good with heavy fire conditions that spread. Most have attics which the fires make their way to. Firefighters use outside tactics for safety reasons but in some cases entry is made with a handline.. One second alarm coverage opens up with the fire building already collapsed but still very much burning. The fire has spread to another multi-story building which appears to be commercial. Just about all of the fires occur at night so it is not always easy for the viewer to size up the buildings. The last fire, a second alarm involves a large two story building with a string of stores attached or adjacent which go for a block. In all cases fires are fought with handlines and streams from aerial ladders and/or platforms. The CFD performs valiantly in handling these incidents.


Southern Manatee Fire & Rescue Holds Annual Open House Tallevast, FL - Under bright blue skies, Southern Manatee Fire & Rescue held it's annual Open House on October 1st at Station #3, located on Prospect Road. The event was well attended as spectators visited over a dozen displays and demonstrations. Plenty of plastic fire helmets and fire prevention stickers were given to the young Jr. Firefighters. The Florida Division of Wildlife Conversation, Florida Division of Forestry, along with the Manatee County Sheriff's Department and Safe Kids of Florida were among those who attended. Firefighters gave a vehicle extrication and Hazardous Material demo. The department also had their newest piece of firefighting equipment, a Drone, on display for all to see.

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5-5-5 Firefighter Fitness Part II: The “How” By now you have had enough time to come up with some “whys”. But in case you haven’t, just take a look around during your next shift change or ride in the rig; those are your “whys”. In my last article, I promised you a “how to”; well, JUMP TO FILE# sort of anyway… 072016125 See, the “how” in fitness can be even more complicated than the “why” and because we are firefighters, we tend to make that “how” even more complicated than it needs to be, right?! So maybe this time around we will spend some more time focusing on the “how not’s” rather than the “how to’s,” which surprisingly, may actually be a bit harder. First and foremost, there is no quick and easy fix. If you want to make this work, if you want to do it for yourself, for your family and for your crew, you better plan to be in it for the long haul. Sure, a 28-daychallenge will work, especially one that provides you with what meals to eat, what you should drink and how you need to work out. It’ll work even more so for someone who has been primarily sedentary. But what happens on day 29??? You either re-up your “challenge,” attempt to create on your own the same magic that just occurred, or

it’s back to life as you knew it before. No matter what you see on TV or read in a trade magazine, there is no quick fix, and that’s the hardest pill to swallow. Of course there is still a huge market of products, promising rapid results and ultimate changes. There are even some geared specifically to emergency services personnel. They might look pretty and flashy, or claim to “simulate” real-life training conditions, but here’s a tip; you don’t need them! Do they help? Sure, especially to the person whose just starting out. But over time, what happens to these gimmick products? They end up in a pile on the floor, in the corner, not getting used. Mrs. Pip will tell you that I too, have fallen victim to the next greatest fitness craze, but I call it research so it’s ok; right?? And please, let’s not forget about the thousands of training “styles” that are out there. You can pick from pretty much anything; Fire Fit, Cop Fit, EMS Fit, X Fit, Jump Fit, Box Fit, Planet Fit, You're Fit, I’m Fit, or Whatever Else Fit. Regardless of which you choose, you’re at least picking to be fit, right?! You see, that’s part of the “how” that 555 Fitness focuses on: YOU. It all starts with you and your commitment to bettering yourself, both physically and mentally. The current wave of negativity sweeping through the fire service is

the “look at me” phenomenon, which is allowing the “haters” to take control. These individuals tend to speak from their recliners and say that the only reason we are working out is to look good physically, even when year-after-year, the leading killer of firefighters is still from cardiac related incidents. Remember, you are never just working out. You are training for life, your life, and for those who you respond with, those who are waiting for you at home, and those who you swore to protect. So, where’s the best place to start you may ask? Chances are if you’re still reading this article, you already know the answer to that question. You start by getting up. You start by moving around. YOU are the “how.” Even with the examples I gave above, it’s all you. Every one of them will work for you, but YOU need to make them work and here’s a pro tip; it’s not going to happen overnight. I’m sorry, but fast results, they don’t just come. It’s just like respect within a firehouse; it’s earned. Each and every day that I train, I’m earning my results. Now I’ve told you about the “why” and I’ve told you about the “how.” Next time, I’ll start to talk more about the “how to’s” of fitness in the firehouse. Till then, Train Hard Do Work Stay Safe. - ROBERT "PIP" PIPARO




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Semi Rollover Results in Turnpike Closure Sumter County, FL - On Thursday, September 29th at 5:58 P.M., Sumter County Fire & EMS was dispatched to a report of a semitruck rollover at the Southbound 306 mile-marker on the Florida Turnpike. Initial response was made by Engine-31, Engine-33, Battalion-31 and AMR Medic-301. Due to further report provided by dispatch of possible entrapment and a large fuel leak, Squad-22 and Hazmat-21 were also requested by Battalion-31. Units arrived on-scene at 6:04 P.M. and reported that the tractor-trailer was on it's side, with complete Southbound road blockage. The driver of the semi was found outside

JUMP TO FILE #100316106 of the vehicle and it was confirmed that there was no entrapment. The driver was assessed for injuries while crews began to secure vehicle hazards and mitigate the fuel leak. There were no contents in the trailer. The driver was transported to South Lake Hospital and listed in stable condition. Upon further investigation, it was estimated that more than 50-gallons of diesel fuel had leaked from the semi's ruptured saddle tanks. The Sumter County Sheriff's Office, along with FHP and Wildwood PD, managed

traffic control. Due to extensive scene operations, the Northbound lanes were also closed, with traffic diverted onto US Highway-301. Crews were able to contain the fuel leak; however, approximately 90-gallons of fuel had leaked out before Hazmat crews were able to completely secure the leak. A mitigation company was requested to begin clean up of the fuel spill and contaminated soil. The semi was removed by a tow company and Law Enforcement was eventually able to begin opening the Turnpike as crews cleared at 7:45 P.M. - JUSTIN THALGOTT



Fort Lauderdale Firefighter Donates Kidney to Uncle Fort Lauderdale, FL - Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue's Driver/Engineer, Jorge Moral, recently had an uncle in dire need of a kidney transplant. Knowing that his uncle had limited time to find a kidney, Jorge stepped up to the plate and offered to undergo the donor tests, which turned out to show that he was a perfect match. Once it was determined that he could help save his uncle, Jorge did not hesitate and quickly made the decision to donate one of his kidneys. Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue is proud of Driver/Engineer Moral and hopes that both he and his uncle have a speedy and healthy recovery!

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Class-26 Graduates from MTC

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Nick Garofalo from Station-1.


Bradenton, FL - On Monday night, September 19th, friends and family filled the auditorium of the main campus at Manatee County Fire Technical College to help celebrate the graduation of Class #26. The future firefighters completed over 600 hours of training at the academy and will now be job hunting throughout the state.


Fort Lauderdale Partners with AutoNation for Breast Cancer Awareness Month Fort Lauderdale, FL - Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue recently partnered with AutoNation to bring awareness to breast cancer and raise funds to help find a cure for the disease. The theme for the campaign is: Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue is “Driving Pink� this October. The public can support the campaign by purchasing a "Real Heroes Wear Pink" shirt. The shirts are available on the website

Stephen Bunting from Station-5.


Plantation FD Announces Promotions Plantation, FL - As part of its continued growth to meet the needs of the citizens, Plantation Fire Department's Chief Laney Stearns announced three promotions on August 31st. Nick Garofalo from Station-1, Stephen Bunting from Station-5 and Nick Palino from Station-3 were all promoted to the rank of lieutenant.

JUMP TO FILE #091216126 Garofalo has been a member serving at Station-1 since October of 2012. He is also the son of retired member Todd Garofalo. Palino, also the son of member Bob Palino, has been with the Department since

2011. Bunting, who was selected as "Member of the Year" for 2015, has also been with the department since October of 2012 and recently celebrated the birth of his daughter with Plantation Firefighter Kaitlyn Murphins. - JOEL GORDON


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Serious MVA in Bushnell Sends Four to Hospital Bushnell, FL - At approximately 6:00 P.M. on Monday, August 29th, Sumter County Fire & EMS Ladder-11, JUMP TO FILE# along with Engines 083116123 21 and 22, Battalion-11 and AMR Medics 301, 313, 307, 314 and 515 responded to a multiple vehicle accident on I-75, near MM-317 in Bushnell. Units arrived to find a Volkswagen Beetle with front-end damage in the northbound lanes, and a pick-up truck and U-Haul box truck in the southbound

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