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Patches needed for leukemia patient Sean Cadden, the 10 year old son of Town of Newburgh Police Sergeant Pat Cadden, recently suffered a relapse of Leukemia. Originally diagnosed in November of 2010, and after completing three and a half years of treatment, Sean was in complete remission. In August of 2014 he was diagnosed once again with Leukemia. Sean has started treatment, which will now include a bone marrow transplant. Sean is scheduled to be admitted to the hospital on November 1. Sean will be there for about ten weeks-an awful long time for a little boy and for his family. Sean would like to decorate his room with patches from police departments, SWAT teams, fire departments and other emergency

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service agencies. Let's really decorate Sean's hospital room for him! Lets show him just how much we care and that “we are all family!” Several employees of 1st Responder Newspaper personally know the Cadden family. He is an absolutely amazing kid and has immense strength. He’s an inspiration and we hope we can do everything we can to help him out. Patches can be sent to Town of Newburgh Police Department, 300 Gardnertown Road, Newburgh, NY 12550, Attention: Sgt Pat Cadden. - PROVIDED


A white Honda minivan was covered in garbage.

Garbage truck tips over spilling contents onto minivan Cherokee County, GA. Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services responded to an accident at 9:45 on the morning of September 25th at the intersection of Georgia Highway 20 and Union Hill Road. Emergency service personnel arrived on scene to find an overturned tractor trailer and a white Honda minivan. The truck, fully loaded with garbage, was heading east and turned onto Union Hill Road. As the driver made the turn, the truck began to topple onto its

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side spilling its load of garbage onto the minivan. The 39 year old driver of the van was removed from the passenger side of the vehicle. She and the 47 year old driver of the truck were transported to Northside Cherokee Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. According to a Georgia State Patrolman, the driver of the tractor

trailer stated that his brakes “gave way” as he was making the turn. The Cherokee County Hazard Materials team was also called to assist with a fuel spill from the tractor trailer. As of 1:30 this afternoon, Union Hill Road was still blocked as workers continued to clean the trash up from the highway. No other injuries were reported and the Georgia State Patrol continues to investigate the cause. - TIM CAVENDER

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We were shocked to learn of the sudden death of Harvey Eisner, Editor Emeritus of "Firehouse" magazine. Harvey was named editor of "Firehouse" in 1982. He wrote many articles and authored books on the Fire Service, as well as being a fire scene photographer. He also worked for the Bronx District Attorney's office as a crime scene photographer and videographer, retiring several years ago. Harvey Eisner was a volunteer firefighter in Tenafly, N.J., where

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he served as Chief of Department for 12-years. His life was dedicated to the Fire Service and the safety and wellbeing of its members. Firefighters across the country have lost a true friend. - RON JEFFERS

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After more than 30 years Lieutenant Skinner retires A fire at his home when he was in elementary school sparked a desire in a young boys heart. That desire was to become a firefighter. As he grew up, he watched his father help start a fire department in the county line area and it fanned that desire. In 1981, at the age of 16, that teenage boy started going with his father, who was chief of the department, and participating in training to become a firefighter. On September 25, 2014, 33 years later, Lieutenant Darrell Skinner decided to retire from working in the fire and EMS career and start a new chapter in his life. "Today we are taking time to honor Darrell for all the work he did in Barrow County and wish him well in his life as he moves on from the department." stated Barrow County Emergency Services Interim Chief John Skinner. "It was an honor to have had Lieutenant Skinner working for this department. He served the citizens of Barrow County as a firefighter, paramedic, lieutenant and several other roles and he will be missed." Lieutenant Skinner's career officially started on October 25, 1983 when he turned 18. "I used to go to the station with my dad and train with all the guys when I was 16," stated Lieutenant Skinner. "I was not allowed to go on calls or go into any fires as I was too young but I was allowed to do all the training. When I turned 18, I already had the training so I received seven certificates from the Georgia Fire Academy on my birthday allowing me to become an "official" firefighter. I fought my first house fire shortly after that." After graduating from Winder Barrow High School in 1983, Darrell thought that he wanted to be an electronic technician. He went to school and worked in the field for five years, but realized it was

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not what he wanted to do. In July of 1988, Darrell started working part time as a firefighter at the County Line Fire Station and in August that same year he started working full time for Barrow County Emergency Medical Services. "When I started working full time, there were only two ambulances in the county," stated Lieutenant Skinner. "We also had only four fire stations and a full time firefighter working Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. It has been interesting to see all the growth." Darrell continued volunteering at County Line as well as working part time, and continued training. In 1991, he received his certification as a paramedic and in 1993, he was promoted to shift supervisor for Barrow County Emergency Medical Services, a position he held until fire and emergency medical services were combined by the county. In 1992, Darrell also followed in his father's footsteps again and became the chief of the County Line Fire Department. He was chief until 2000 when all departments were combined and placed under Barrow County Fire and Emergency Services. Darrell continued working as a firefighter and paramedic for the department. In 2006, he was promoted to the position of lieutenant. He also began his training as a fire investigator, a move that led him to become a Certified Fire Investigator through the International Association of Arson Investigators. "One of the things that has changed a lot in the fire industry is the use of SCBA's. When I started, it was considered more manly to go into a fire without an SCBA," said Darrell. "It took time

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The diversification of the city breaks down other types of fire protection such as with mountain patrol stations, where brush patrol and tankers are stationed and where positive water supply is more scarce. Bulldozers also play a part in this type of firefighting. Add to that, fireboats protect some 45 miles of harbor area. Water towers and heavy stream appliances are explained and illustrated when fires get large. Utility companies bring floodlights and generators for night operations and they also serve coffee for rehab. Foamite companies are used at petroleum fires at facilities and on the road. At airports, crash trucks are there for aviation emergencies. Finally ambulances are featured with their life saving capabilities. From the apparatus, the video goes to the administration, explaining the duties of the chief of department, deputy chief, assistant chiefs, battalions chiefs and captains. A further breakdown explains the duties of the engineer, tillerman, hosemen, truckmen and salvage men. The fire department entrance exam is touched on along with the medical exam and training. The communications office is next, explaining its operation and how alarms are received and transmitted. Arson investigations and fire prevention activities are also explained and a reminder is put forth that fire prevention is everybody’s responsibility. Though this is an old movie, the principles are still the same and it is a good way to explain the functions of the different parts of the fire department. The old scenes also add a little flair with what would now be antique fire apparatus and of course the way we used to dress in the years gone by.

More video reviews by John Malecky can be found at to change that mentality, but now we thankfully use the SCBA on every fire without hesitation." When asked what he thinks one of his greatest accomplishments is he says it is the impact he has had on other firefighters. "It is great to see some of the guys that came to me as rookie firefighters who have gone on to do great things," said Lieutenant Skinner. "I trained them and worked with them and I like to think I had a small hand in helping them get where they are now." "I look forward to getting back to a more normal schedule and being home every weekend and most nights," commented Skinner. "However, I will miss many

things from my career here including the camaraderie that comes from working 24 hour shifts with the guys." Barrow County Emergency Services hosted a lunch for Lieutenant Skinner to mark his retirement. Many firefighters dropped by to wish him well in the new chapter in his life. "It was evident by the folks that came out how respected Darrell is with our department," stated Chief Skinner. "He was a true asset to the department and the people who worked here. It has been a privilege to work with him for many years." - SCOTT DAKIN

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In memory of those who gave all 1st Responder Newspaper honors and remembers emergency responders lost in the line of duty Nebraska: Darrell Parker, 56 Rank: Chaplain/Firefighter Incident Date: August 10, 2014 Death Date: August 13, 2014 Fire Department: Fairbury Rural Fire Department Initial Summary: Chaplain/Firefighter Parker died in the hospital several days after the privately owned vehicle he was operating in response to a fire incident left the roadway and struck a tree. The cause of the accident is still under investigation. Officials suspect that Parker may have experienced a medical emergency when he lost control of his vehicle. Montana: Dave "Chief 5" Anderson, 66 Rank: Fire Chief Incident Date: July 22, 2014 Death Date: August 25, 2014 Fire Department: Fort Shaw Fire Department Initial Summary: Several weeks after being injured in a collision between two Fort Shaw fire trucks responding to a grass fire near Vaughn, Montana, Fire Chief Anderson passed away in Peace Hospice of Great Falls. According to media reports, Montana Highway Patrol said the driver of the other truck, a brush truck, missed a turnoff en route to the fire and was making a U-turn when Anderson crashed into him. The water tender (tanker) truck driven by Anderson tipped on its side and Anderson had to be extricated from the wreck. He was then transported to the hospital by ambulance. Anderson was later transferred to a Billings rehabilitation facility that specializes in traumatic brain injury, and then transferred to Peace Hospice. The driver of the second vehicle involved in the accident was not injured. New Jersey: Richard Choate, 68 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: September 8, 2014 Death Date: September 8, 2014 Fire Department: Byram Township Fire Deptartment Initial Summary: The Byram Township Fire Department responded to an activated fire alarm incident. Firefighter Choate responded and drove the tanker/tender apparatus to the scene, where he stood-by while personnel investigated. The fire department cleared the scene shortly thereafter, and he fueled the apparatus upon returning to quarters. Members later reported that Choate appeared tired, but did not express

any complaints. Approximately five hours later, he was found unresponsive inside his personal vehicle, which had run off the road into a wooded area. Police and EMS responded, finding him in cardiac arrest. He was transported to a local hospital with CPR and AED use in progress. He was subsequently pronounced deceased at 1:03 p.m. Michigan: William Russell “Uncle Will” Wiita, 47 Rank: Assistant Fire Chief Incident Date: September 8, 2014 Death Date: September 8, 2014 Fire Department: Coldsprings-Excelsior Fire and Rescue Station #6 Initial Summary: Approximately three hours after Assistant Fire Chief Wiita responded to a rescue/medical call, Wiita was found deceased at his residence from an apparent heart attack. Ohio: Kevin J. Ollier, 60 Rank: Firefighter/Paramedic Incident Date: September 4, 2014 Death Date: September 5, 2014 Fire Department: Anderson Township Fire & Rescue Department Initial Summary: Firefighter/Paramedic Ollier passed away from a sudden illness several hours after responding to a smell of smoke call at a nursing home. North Carolina: John Derek Gupton, 24 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: September 16, 2014 Death Date: September 17, 2014 Fire Department: Justice Rural Volunteer Fire Department Initial Summary: While en route to a fire alarm, Firefighter Gupton lost control of the 2,500 gallon fire tanker he was operating when the apparatus left the roadway to the right, hit a ditch culvert and overturned. Gupton passed away from injuries sustained in the accident. An additional firefighter, who was a passenger in the apparatus, was treated for injuries and released from a local hospital.

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We are all a family, brothers and sisters in emergencyservices. Someone told me that we are a disfunctional familybut we are a family nonetheless, and we are a tight group. But let me ask you this, do we really pay attention to ourbrothers and sisters? Can you tell when something isbothering someone on your truck or in your station. We need to look out for our brothers and sisters so we allcome home from a call, but this also means when we are noton a scene as well. We need to know each other enough tostart seeing differences in behavior. Is someone showing thesigns that critical incident stress is affecting them, or is it (should I even think the words) depression or thoughts of dying by means of suicide? So many of us do not want to eversay or hear the words depression or suicide. I know that theusual response to someone who is experiencing depression is"well get over it" or "just snap out of it". These are nothelpful words. There are many things that can get someone to the point ofdepression. We can have family, financial, or health issues. We may be experiencing effects of critical incident stress or other things. Some medications, that we have to take, or surgery that we have had made cause us to feel depressed. But if we keep it to ourselves, we wallow in our own self pity and our challenges then have our permission to run our lives. If we keep it and do not vent or ask for help, we put ourselves into our own prison. To be a true brother, we need to care about each other. When people are not acting their "normal", you may want to ask the person "how are things going?" Let's face it, we are not the "normal" that society thinks of when they think of normal. We appear to be a little off center but that's okay because that's how emergency services is. Sometimes we need to talk to others that can relate to us in our "normal" state. One challenge, that we have, is that we are the rescuers. We go into the burning buildings that nobody else would enter. We go into places of chemical spills, we are used to rescuing every-

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one else. Sometimes we have to remember that it is okay for us to ask to be rescued. If you are having a code, can you perform CPR on yourself? So why think that you can handle your depression or suicidal thoughts by yourself. Remember, we ARE family. There are people that are willing to listen and help you get the help that you need. Have you tried your department chaplain or the CISM team? The CISM team knows therapists that actually know our culture. Hopefully, the people with depression will connect with a therapist that can help them. Yes, I know that many times we want to handle everything ourselves but there are times where it is okay to hang up the hero cape and admit that we need help. According to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, it is estimated that suicide is four times more likely to happen than a line of duty death. Think on that. What do we see? We all have been exposed to people who have attempted to die via suicide or have died by means of suicide. There are resources out there. Serve and Protect is a 24/7/365 crisis line for emergency services, where you can also speak to therapists or chaplains ( or 615373-8000). But you also have the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline ( or 800273-TALK (8255)). Go onto the website for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and look at the signs so that you can notice some of the warning signs or review the information for yourself, if you are having challenges. Many of us are afraid of speaking the words "depression" or "suicide", but by not speaking these topics does not mean that they do not exist. We use thermal imaging cameras to see hotspots in buildings to prevent a fire in buildings. We do not have the TIC's to see what is going on in people's minds. We need to ask them and if we are the one going through the depression or having the thoughts of hurting ourselves, we need to not be proud and keep it all to ourselves. We were brave enough to join the fire department in the first place, we need to be brave enough to ask for help or help somone else get the proper help. Instead of getting a CPR save or pulling someone out of a building and getting a save, how would you feel about saving a brother or sister? We are family. Don't be afraid to discuss this issue, the life you save may be your own. Stay safe.



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Accident victims return to say thank you Cherokee County, GA. July 16th will be a day in the life of Dylan Nelson that he will never forget. Just shortly after 3 o’clock that afternoon, Dylan was involved in an accident that resulted in the Ford F-250 truck that he was driving crashing head-on with a transfer truck. The wreck also involved a Chevrolet Silverado truck and a UMP TO FILE # Toyota Avalon. J100214104 Dylan said that the last thing he remembered before the crash was seeing the grill of the tractortrailer. In the truck with Dylan was his 77 year old grandfather, Larry, and approximately two to three cars behind him was his father, Barry, who witnessed the collision. “I expected the worse when I saw it. When I got to the truck, the first thing that Dylan said to me was that he was alright,” said Barry. Dylan’s grandfather was alright for the most part and was able to get out of the vehicle. However, Dylan was entrapped inside the truck with multiple injuries and he asked his father to pray for him. Firefighters from Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services and City of Canton responded to the scene to remove Dylan from the truck. The entrapment was a difficult one and took firefighters some time to remove him from the wreckage. Once Dylan was removed, he was life-flighted to Grady Hospital in Atlanta with a broken right leg, a broken left wrist, bruises on his kidneys and a concussion. Dylan’s grandfather was taken by ambulance to Kennestone Hospital with nine broken ribs.


Cherokee County firefighter, Brandon Denson, hugs accident victims, Larry and Dylan Nelson.

On October 2nd, Dylan, his father, Barry, his grandfather, Larry, his mother, Karla, and younger brother Ryan, traveled to Fire Station 21 to thank all the folks that were involved in helping their family members at the accident scene. The room was filled to capacity with Cherokee County and Canton firefighters, Sheriff’s deputies, 911 operators and a Cherokee County Fire Chaplain. The family, filled with emotion, thanked everyone for assisting their family during this difficult time. After meeting with the public safety officers, the family was able to meet with the flight nurses that were on duty that day when they flew Dylan

to the hospital. The family also got to see the life-flight helicopter that flew out. Battalion Chief Dan Floyd, thanked the family for coming. “It is rare that we get to see the end result from a tragedy like this. It is wonderful and important for our people to see this,” stated Floyd. Dylan’s father stated that his son had learned a valuable lesson. Dylan’s grandfather, who is a man of faith, thanked God for sparing his grandson. He also spoke to the public safety officials and said, “Thank you all from the bottom of our hearts.” - TIM CAVENDER

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Firefighter/Paramedic David McAuley has been named the “Employee of the Quarter” for the third quarter of 2014. David was nominated by several BCES members and below are direct quotes from the nominations. David has really stepped up and shined as a member of our team. David has been involved in communications by managing our radio and pager inventory and attending training on emergency disaster communications. He has

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also taken on many other projects such as fixing sirens on vehicles to repairing station radios to maintaining the station ice machines. David has become a great “go to” person because he can be counted on to get the job done. David does so much for BCES without a single complaint and always with a smile on his face. I would like to nominate

David McAuley for employee of the quarter. David is a valuable asset to this department. He has stepped up to the plate and never complains. He is doing a fantastic job with the Blackhawk as well as with handling our communications. Anytime we need anything he doesn't hesitate to help us out. We need more people like David! Congratulations to Firefighter/Paramedic David McAuley! - FREDDY HOWELL


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While spending the day in Chattanooga, former UT Football Coach Phillip Fulmer stopped by Chattanooga Fire Station 10 on Wisdom Street with his grandson Noah. The firefighters recognized him immediately and gave both guests the grand tour.

Firefighters Head Off Commercial Fire on Lee Highway Chattanooga firefighters responded to a commercial fire alarm around 6:30 p.m. on September 27th at the Executive Business Park at 6025 Lee Highway. Firefighters with Quint 8 were the first to arrive on the scene. Captain Terri Roshell said heavy smoke was visible on one end of the building, which contains a number of individual business suites. When firefighters checked the side of Suite 401, Captain Roshell said smoke and flames were visible when they opened a side door. Battalion Chief Jeff Eldridge took command of the scene and seeing the amount of smoke coming from the building, called for a second alarm response, bringing

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in a total of 12 fire companies to the scene. The firefighters attacked the fire in Suite 401, but smoke and possibly flames had spread into the attic, threatening the entire building. Chief Eldridge said firefighters used saws to make a “trench cut� in the roof. The resulting opening allowed firefighters access to the attic, which enabled them to extinguish the fire. Chief Eldridge said the firefighters got the blaze under control in roughly 20 minutes. No injuries were reported.

Smoke did spread to other parts of the building, so firefighters forced open some doors to the other suites and used high-powered fans to ventilate the building. A technician with EPB arrived a short time later to cut power to the entire building. The fire appears to have started in Suite 401, which was reportedly being used as storage for the local Susan G. Komen breast cancer organization. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Chattanooga police, Hamilton County EMS and ChattanoogaHamilton County Rescue also provided assistance on the scene. - BRUCE GARNER


Fire at community center Just before 2:00 p.m. on October 9th, a pedestrian reported to firefighters, smoke coming from a structure at 300 Ben Hur Ave., a block from the fire station. Firefighters drove to the address, confirmed the smoke, and called for additional manpower. A sign on the front of the property shows the structure being used as a Neighborhood Housing and Community Center. Firefighters forced entry through the front door where fire was found and contained to the front room. The building was unoccupied at the time of the call and no injuries were reported. The cause of the fire is being investigated at this time. BRUCE GARNER

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Chattanooga firefighters go pink Chattanooga firefighters are wearing t-shirts with pink logos through October to show solidarity in the fight against breast cancer. The Chattanooga Firefighters Association, Local 820, is spearheading the sale of the t-shirts. Union President Jack Thompson says 100% of the proceeds from the sale of the shirts will be given in honor of Jennifer Rains to the Chat- JUMP TO FILE # 101014103 tanooga chapter of Pink Heals. Lt. Jason Rains, a training instructor with the department, lost his wife Jennifer to breast cancer several months ago. To help fund the fight against breast cancer, the shirts will be sold to the public at $15 apiece. They will accept cash or checks, made out to “CFFA.” The t-shirts will be available for purchase on Friday, October 10, 2014, beginning at 1:00 p.m., at the union office located at 6216 Perimeter Drive in Chattanooga. The shirts can also be ordered on the union’s Facebook page 94819218. Union Secretary Tim Bryant says all you have to do is get on their Facebook page and post a comment, or send a direct message to them. They will respond as soon as they can.


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Appointing and training fire officers STAYING SAFE Chief Henry Campbell

On January 22, 2013, a 34year-old volunteer fire captain died while fighting a fire when the floor collapsed and trapped him in the basement of a residential structure with another firefighter who was injured but survived. The incident occurred in western New York State. The U.S. Fire Administration notified the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) of this incident and they began an investigation in late January, 2013. Also conducting an investigation was the New York State Labor Departments Public Employees Safety and Health (PESH) Division. The NIOSH report on this incident can be found on their web s i t e : The NY State report was not publically released. The NIOSH and PESH investigators met with the victim’s fire department, the volunteer department who commanded the incident, volunteer departments who responded to the incident, the county coroner’s office, and the state fire marshal’s office. Interviews were conducted with firefighters from the various departments who were on scene during this incident. Investigators also reviewed the victim’s training records, the incident commander’s training records and both the victim’s department and the incident commander’s department standard operating procedures. NIOSH issued a report on the fire investigation in March 2014 and identified the following items as key contributing factors in this incident that ultimately led to the fatalities: Inadequate water supply, Ineffective fire ground communications, Ineffective incident command, Inadequate Size-up, Lack of situational awareness, Uncoordinated fire attack and Deteriorated structural members. The NYS PESH also cited the department with violations, one of which was directed at insufficient training for officers, with those in leadership roles getting the same basic training as the firefighters. What are the standards and requirements necessary to be a fire officer? Who sets those standards? This can be a very confusing issue. For most firefighters, it is a time of pride and personal satisfaction when they are promoted and begin their rise through the ranks of their department. A few may eventually achieve the rank of chief and, along with the prestige, the greater responsibility that goes with being chief. Now you find yourself responsible for all the daily operations of

the fire department, not just emergency responses. Many chiefs enjoy the action of the emergency scene, while deploring the daily operational and personnel duties that occur more frequently than fires. Paperwork, record keeping, scheduling annual training and maintenance of equipment and apparatus has become an important and time consuming function for the fire chief, and sometimes neglected. In the career service, advancement in rank usually entails additional educational and experience requirements and an examination process to determine a qualified list of candidates for the position. Many volunteer fire departments conduct annual elections to determine who their officers will be for the ensuing year(s). Most of the time this is a good guy election and not necessarily based on leadership quality, ability, and knowledge for the position sought; and overall knowledge of the fire service. There is more to being an officer than just being a “good guy”, you are electing someone who will be directing your operations at an emergency scene and his/her decisions will have a bearing on your personal safety. Before casting your vote, maybe you should ask yourself a few questions, beginning with “Will I follow this individual wherever he/she my lead? Do I believe he/she is knowledgeable for the leadership position they seek? Are they aggressive and cautious, or aggressive and careless? It is your safety and your life that will be under their guidance and leadership! Does your department have minimum training and educational requirements that must be met prior to seeking an officer position, or immediately after filling the position? Does the department strictly enforce those requirements, or are they overlooked due to a variety of reasons? Do these requirements escalate for each ensuing rank? If not they should. With today’s decline in volunteerism and staffing, some departments may tend to lessen requirements in order to have the position filled. Is that good enough justification? Smaller career departments may operate with no officer due to staff reductions. Who then is looking after whom? It becomes very difficult to try and operate as an officer and a firefighter at the same time. Something will be overlooked or missed that could prove to be catastrophic. Being a responsible and knowledgeable fire officer requires more than having a lucky day taking a promotional exam or being the most popular person in the fire company. Leadership has many obligations and safety of personnel under your command tops the list. Till next time stay safe and God Bless!

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Plane crash at Smyrna Airport On September 24, 2014 at 5:01 p.m., Smyrna Airport Public Safety and support agencies responded to an Alert 3 (crash) that occurred on a Beechcraft Baron B58 aircraft. The pilot had done a couple flybys with the FAA control tower and it was confirmed that he had no landing gear on his nose. The aircraft landed and skidded 339 feet before stopping. There were no injuries and no fire. The pilot was commended on how good of a job he did controlling the aircraft.


MFRD honors employees at 4th Annual Years of Service Awards presentation Murfreesboro, TN. Murfreesboro Fire & Rescue Department honored employees at the 4th Annual Years of Service Awards Presentation September 29 in the Council Chambers at City Hall. Employees with 10 and 15 years of service received MFRD challenge coins engraved with their respective years. Employees with 20 and 30 years of service received awards engraved with their names and years of service. There were no personnel in the 25 and 35 year categories this year. Deputy Chief Roger Toombs told the group, “These plaques and coins are only a small token of the

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appreciation that Chief Gaines and I have for your dedication to this department. We could not be more proud of the way you represent this department on a daily basis. Your passion for serving your community never ceases to amaze us.� Award recipients were as follows. Ten years was awarded to Shandreah Womack, Charles Powell, Nicole Miller, James Bryant, Chase Martin, Stephen Ellison,

Mark Brewer, Joel Patnode, Karl Daigle, Joseph Pennington, James Jones, and Dale Bilbrey. 15 years was awarded to Titus Jackson, Robert Brewer, Israel Marcella, Greg Robinson, Roy Fugate, Dwajuan Howse, Joe Bell, Michael Bartlett, David Sloan, and Blake Insell. 20 years was awarded to Kurt McMahan, Tracy Summar, Nora Smith, Gary Hutchinson, and Robert Canterbury. 30 years was awarded to Robert Alsup, Eddie Mitchell, and Jack Black. - ASHLEY MCDONALD


Two transported from two Car MVA at NW Broad and Medical Center Murfreesboro, TN. Two victims were transported following a two car motor vehicle accident at the intersection of NW Broad Street and Medical Center Parkway. Around 4:15 Wednesday afternoon, September 24th, Murfreesboro Fire & Rescue Department's District 4 and Rescue 7 were dispatched to the intersection of NW Broad Street and Medical Center Parkway for a two car motor vehicle accident. An elderly female passenger was trapped in one of the vehicles involved in the incident. Crews were able to free her from the vehicle. She and the driver of that vehicle were transported to Saint Thomas Rutherford via ambulance with minor injuries.


Brush fire in Knoxville Around 9:00 a.m. on October 6th, units from the Knoxville Fire Department were dispatched to the Fourth and Gill neighborhood, when a police officer spotted and reported seeing flames from the interstate. Arriving firefighters found a pile of brush, approximately 60x60, burning. A couple of brothers, who own structures in that same block, were clearing the brush from this newly acquired vacant property by burning it. The assistant chief answering the call gave the two adults a stern warning and explained the dangers of a large open fire. The only outdoor fire permitted inside the city, is 3 foot by 3 foot by 3 foot high, with the purpose of cooking. A means of extinguishment, such as a water hose, is encouraged.

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Captain Scott McCullough carries sealed bags containing the clothing worn by the women, along with other items that were exposed to the powder. Senior Firefighter Larry Olivier (left) and Firefighter David Ruffin follow behind.

Suspicious looking letters cause concern at local business The Chattanooga Fire Department’s haz-mat team was dispatched on the afternoon of October 14 to an incident involving suspicious looking letters. Employees at the B-Well Chiropractic business at 7804 E. Brainerd Road told firefighters and Chattanooga police that when they opened two letters, a powdery substance fell out that reportedly burned their fingers and hands. With assistance from the police department, Battalion Chief Jeff Eldridge ordered the business evacuated and isolated. Members of the fire depart-

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ment’s haz-mat team entered the business and put the letters and powder into a special evidence container. Tactical Services Chief Danny Hague said initial testing on the scene indicated that the powdery substance did not appear to be a serious threat to the women in the business, or the general public. The three women were checked out by paramedics with Hamilton County EMS and as a

precaution, they were decontaminated. Also as a precaution, the clothes they were wearing were taken by haz-mat personnel for analysis. Despite complaining of a burning sensation, Chief Hague said the women appeared to be uninjured and required no medical treatment. The letters and powder were sealed on the scene and handed over to a U.S. postal inspector. The investigation will be handled by the U. S. Postal Service and the FBI. - BRUCE GARNER

MFRD and MPD work propane tank leak Murfreesboro Fire & Rescue Department's Engine 1, Ladder 2, and Rescue 2 were on the scene of a 500 gallon propane tank leaking gas at 1946 Cliffview Court. Units were dis- JUMP TO FILE# patched to the scene 092614115 at 8:39 Wednesday night, September 24th. MFRD crews have been released and the scene was turned over to Amerigas, who capped the tank’s valves. With the assistance of Murfreesboro Police Department, approximately 15-20 homes were evacuated as a precautionary measure. The conditions were soon determined to be safe and all residents were allowed to return to their homes. “This is a very favorable outcome for this situation,” said Acting Shift Commander Keith Bratcher. “Propane is an extreme fire

hazard. We were fortunate that the tank emptied without causing an explosion.” Bratcher also added, “We know that it was difficult for the residents to have to leave their homes until the early morning hours. We thank them for their pa-

tience during this incident.” The cause of the leak is still undetermined. Amerigas will return to the scene for further assessment. - ASHLEY MCDONALD

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South Miami Middle Community School students take on Category 3 Hurricane Suzanne Miami, FL. As Hurrivac computer images of Category 3 Hurricane Suzanne got closer to South Florida’s coast, Mayors Paul Zaraliy and Rene Dalamar were barking orders to their fellow South Miami Middle Community School students over the telephone. While student meteorologists provided storm briefings to student reporters, a fire in a shelter needed to be extinguished and 1,000 people relocated to other shelters in the area. The Zaraliy-Dalamar duo’s responsibility was to coordinate Emergency Support Functions (ESF in emergency management parlance) managed by their classmates (firefighting, transportation, law enforcement, search and rescue, medical assistance, hazardous materials, animal services and mass care, to name a few) to tend to the injured and ensure that the dispossessed people were properly relocated to other shelters and safe from the approaching storm. “Put the fire out first,” ordered Dalamar to Cody Kilcoyne, firefighters team leader. “Start removing the people,” he directed Transportation team leader Olivia Martinez. As soon as the problem was resolved, an overturned truck on a major evacuation route left thousands of motorists stranded. Gas from the truck was spilling all over the road; people were overheated and thirsty; and several fights erupted due to short tempers. To make things worse, pets were escaping. Again, the Mayors had to depend on their ESFs to resolve this perilous situation and reporters to alert motorists to avoid this route out of town. “We need to get water out to these people as soon as possible, contain the spill and remove the truck from the roadway,” Zaraliy demanded. “Get Resource Management, Hazardous Materials, Law Enforcement and Mass Care on the phone. We need to move fast.” After Suzanne’s passage, they faced equally challenging emergencies such as several hundred senior citizens stranded on an island by a washed-out Intracoastal bridge. ''We sent boats, helicopters and

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anything we can,'' said Mayor Dalamar. In the meantime, the local Zoo has taken a terrible toll from the hurricane. There is massive flooding leaving people and animals stranded. Numerous animals are missing and need to be captured. It has been reported that a lion mauled a resident in a nearby neighborhood and an elephant is roaming through another neighborhood. Animal rescue Team Leader Laurelis Correa went to work. There has been a fuel spill from a large gas tank on the property and several animals and zoo workers have been injured. “We acted quickly and got the job done,” added Zaraliy proudly. Sixty-five students spent a morning at the Miami-Dade County Emergency Operations Center on September 18, 2014 participating in a special hurricane preparedness exercise sponsored StormZone, where they planned for and recovered from Hurricane Suzanne. According to Bay Proby, StormZone founding director, StormZone is a school based multidisciplinary science and social studies education program that teaches students about the science of severe natural hazards–hurricanes, tornadoes, floods and flash floods, severe winter weather, extreme heat, wildfires, and earthquakes –and how emergency management agencies work with federal, state and local governments to prepare for and recover from such disasters. “Like the South Miami Middle Community School experience, the program provides an interactive exercise where students plan for and recover from a major weather event or earthquake. This is an emergency preparedness simulation program for the classroom that lets students form their own local government, learn the organizing principles used by emergency managers, make the decisions necessary to respond to a disaster in their community and create and coordinate a disaster recovery plan,” Proby said. Moreover, students learn, first-

hand, the importance of preparedness. Through their StormZone experience, they take home to their families' vital information that will help them become "disaster prepared." From the classroom, these weather emergency preparedness simulations can be re-enacted at city and county Emergency Operations Centers or at a school facility such as a gymnasium or cafeteria. At the conclusion of the exercise, student mayors Zaraliy and Dalamar conducted a press conference in the EOC’s Media Center to inform student reporters on preparedness measures that were taken prior to the storm and recovery efforts after its passage. “There were numerous injuries, but no lives were lost,” said Dalamar with a smile. In addition to supplementary science curriculum and the interactive exercise, StormZone also teaches students about safety and preparedness, including a disaster survival kit (including pets) and a family communication plan to share with their families. The program also offers students and their families information about how to become a Red Cross volunteer where they receive training in disaster service, shelter management and mass care (food and water). “In any conversation, the most talked-about topic is weather, whether it is local, national or even international,” said Proby, who founded the program in 2006 in Miami, Florida. “Unfortunately, every year thousands of Americans find themselves in harm's way from weather disasters. No one is exempt. That's why students need to know about the most dangerous weather threats and actions to protect property and, in some extraordinary occasions, save lives. That’s what StormZone provides.” All of the StormZone teaching materials are available at no cost to educators, emergency managers and the public at large. “To help support the program’s outreach operations, voluntary donations are welcome,” Proby added. - BAY PROBY

At 3:54 p.m. on October 10, 2014, the Levy County 911 Communications Center dispatched Levy County Department of Public Safety, Station 11 (Morriston) and Rescue 10 (Williston) with LCSO to a call reported as a rollover at the intersection of County Road 326 and Highway 27. The crew arrived on scene to find a full-size pickup truck in the westbound ditch that appeared to

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have rolled over while pulling a trailer loaded with another vehicle. No injuries were reported, the scene was turned over to Florida Highway Patrol after all hazards were secured. - ALESHA ARNOLD


Two vehicles collide At 12:11 p.m. on October 11th, the Levy County 911 Communications Center received a call reporting a motor vehicle accident near in Otter Creek on Highway 19. Levy County Sheriff’s Office, Chiefland Fire Department, Department of Public Safety Director David Knowles, Battalion 1, Rescue 5 (Cedar Key), Rescue 8 (Bronson), and Rescue 9 (Bronson) responded with Florida Highway Patrol to the scene. Units found two vehicles involved in a collision. Members worked together to quickly assess all occupants. Two patients were transported with non-life-threatening injuries to Shands Hospital in Gainesville by the LCDPS transport units on scene.

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Levy County Department of Public Safety hosts regional training Levy County Department of Public Safety (LCDPS) is hosting regional extrication training sponsored by the Florida Fire Chief’s Association (FFCA). LCDPS Director David JUMP TO FILE# Knowles contacted 101414123 the FFCA looking for regional training opportunities after they were requested at the monthly fire administrative meetings. The class is free of charge to all attendees thanks to sponsorship from FFCA. Special thanks to Levy County Shop Supervisor Charlie Bedford for coordinating the transportation and delivery of the vehicles. 32 attendees showed up for the two-day training that began Saturday, October 11, 2014. Lead Instructor, Battalion Chief Jim Chastain, came from Hillsborough County Fire Rescue. Attendees came from Levy County Department of Public Safety, Hollister VFD, Wakulla County Fire Rescue, Miccosukee VFD, Interlachen VFD, St. Johns County Fire Rescue, Chiefland Fire Department, Polk County Fire Rescue, and Bronson VFD. Attendees were split into four groups and were instructed on basic essentials of extrication; assessing and stabilizing vehicles. The second day of training will include advanced extrication techniques in-



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PBCFR congratulates graduates Palm Beach County Fire Rescue recently hosted a LFTI class at their Regional Training Center. Congratulations to the recent graduates! Thomas Dalman, Jerome Delaney, Gary Garrett, Chris Harris, Mike Meyer, Armando Soutullo, Robert Stubbs, Douglas Taylor, Steve Trimble, Todd Tuner, Robert Valentine.


Flag raising and 9/11 remembrance Members of Volusia County Fire Services Station 35 in Lake Helen were honored to be the flag raising crew during the city's 9/11 remembrance. Throughout the ceremony, city officials, local school children, church representatives and citizens sang the national anthem, recited the pledge of allegiance and prayed together for the United States. The firefighters felt privileged to be a part of the community as everyone took the time for reflection on this date of importance.

Rainy day keeps first responders busy


Ocala, FL. On September 29, 2014, four accidents were reported in Ocala. Three of them were between the hours of noon and 1:00 p.m. just as a light rain made its way through the city. At 7:42 a.m., the first accident took place at 2600 SW 42nd Street. A three vehicle collision left one patient needing transport to the hospital. As the afternoon progressed the calls began pouring in. A little after 12:00 p.m., a call advising of a traffic crash with a rollover was received. Ocala Fire

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Rescue responded to SE Watula Avenue, where two vehicles had collided, leaving one overturned with patients in need of assistance to exit the vehicle. Four patients were transported to the hospital. At 12:46 p.m., yet another accident was reported. This one between Silver Springs Boulevard and NW 27th Avenue, where a truck and a vehicle collided. One

patient was transported to the hospital. Meanwhile, at 12:48 p.m. a tractor trailer headed south on I-75 hydroplaned. The driver was able to gear the trailer toward the center guardrail, leaving other drivers unharmed. The impact however, caused the truck’s fuel tanks to burst leaving approximately 50-75 gallons of diesel on the road. No one was harmed. - ASHLEY LOPEZ

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Deputy Chief William Watts recognized by Maitland City Council On September 21, 2014, Deputy Chief William Watts was recognized as the Employee of the Quarter by the Maitland City Council. DC Watts has been with the Maitland Fire Rescue Department for over 14 years. His dedication and strong work ethic has contributed to the success of the Maitland Fire Rescue Department and its members. Chief Watt’s family was present to see him awarded the honor by the Mayor and City Council.


Firefighters battle boat fire on intercostal Daytona Beach, FL. Daytona Beach Fire Department with assistance from the U.S. Coast Guard, Daytona Beach Police Department, and Volusia County Sheriff Department responded to a call for service for a reported boat fire in the intercoastal waterway, also known as the Halifax River. When units arrived on scene, they found a 40 foot sailboat fully involved in fire against an unoccupied boat dock.

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Fire crews had to stretch over 1200 feet of hose line to put water on the fire. Crews were able to confine the fire to the boat without causing any damage to the dock. Reports at the scene state that there were two persons on board when the fire started. The report also states that the boat was on its

way to a buyer when there was some type of electrical or engine issue. The occupants attempted to put the fire out but were unsuccessful. The occupants were picked up by another passing boat while the boat drifted into an unoccupied dock. No injuries were reported. The boat subsequently sunk into the waterway and is a total loss. - LARRY STONEY


New Engine in Service Ceremony at PBCFR Station 91

Ceremony welcomes new PBCFR engine in Lake Worth The fire department has been a rich part of the history in the City of Lake Worth for over 100 years. And the fire engine has been a symbol of safety to the visitors and citizens of the city since the first motor-powered fire truck was purchased on May 26, 1917. On September 9, 2014, a new fire engine in service ceremony was held at PBCFR Station 91 welcoming the newest fire engine to the City of Lake Worth. The firefighters with the assistance of Lake Worth Mayor Pam

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Triolo, Councilman Andy Amoroso, and community leaders gave the new engine a ceremonial wetting from the retiring engine, drying and then “pushed” the engine back into its new home at Station 91 ready to protect the visitors and citizens of Lake Worth. - ALBERT BORROTO


Maitland Fire Rescue hosts Guest Speaker, Captain Bill Gustin On Thursday, September 25, 2014, the Maitland Fire Rescue Department hosted a class on improving firefighter health and safety through an emphasis on fire ground tactics. Captain Bill Gustin from Miami Dade Fire Rescue presented the class. Captain Gustin is a national educator on firefighter safety and tactics with over 39 years of experience in the fire service. The eight hour class was attended by firefighters from all over Central Florida.

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Immokalee caps busy night with fire and MVA Immokalee, FL A working fire and MVA capped a busy night for the members of A-shift on October 4th. At 4:01 a.m., ImmFire responded to the report of "a strong smell of smoke" in the area JUMP TO FILE# of the 19 building 100614122 Oak Haven Apartment Complex. Dispatch reported, deputies had evacuated all the residents at 529 Oak Haven Circle. Each of CBS buildings are two stories and contain four apartments, two units on each floor respectively. Attack 30 pulled up to the structure. Lt. R. Mendoza reported a working fire andestablished command. EN31 arrived shortly thereafter and quickly deployed their officer side 200' cross lay and prepared to enter the west side first floor unit. Flames were rolling out the window of one of the three bedrooms. EN31's crew maneuvered their way through the smoke filled apartment and attacked the seat of the fire, which was located in the bedroom adjacent to the living room. Within minutes the fire was brought under control. The room was destroyed by the blaze. The displaced homeowner, who was not home at the time of the blaze, received relocation assistance from the Red Cross. According to the preliminary investigation, the fire appears to have been caused by a lamp in the bedroom. Earlier that night ImmFire crews also responded to an MVA in which an SUV struck a tree right in front of the busy Seminole Indian Casino. The SUV, which sustained major damage, was unoccupied when emergency crews arrived on scene. The driver who's identity or condition was unknown at the time of the accident, was somehow able to flee the scene leaving his vehicle behind prior to authorities arriving. - ARMANDO NEGRIN


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Two vehicle MVA in Fort Walton Beach Fort Walton Beach firefighters responded to a two vehicle MVA on Monday, October 6, 2014. Fort Walton Beach Truck 6 and Battalion 6 responded to the intersection of Holmes and Cape Drive, finding two vehicles involved in the MVA. None of the passengers sustained any injuries and the leakage from one vehicle was contained and cleaned up. The scene was turned over to the Fort Walton Beach Police Department.


Building collapse during heavy rains Seminole FL. On September 19, at 9:33 p.m., City of Seminole Fire Rescue units responded to a structure collapse at 11200 Seminole Boulevard. Upon arrival, they found the front entry overhang collapsed onto a late model Chevrolet pickup truck belonging to the cleaning crew inside. There were no injuries and no fire. Largo Professional Center occupies the structure, which is the place of business for several medical offices. The cause of the collapse is still under investigation and the structure was partially closed down do to structural concerns.

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Heroes of September 11 Open House GRISELLE MARINO

Miami, FL. On October 4, 2014, Miami-Dade Fire Rescue (hosted an open house at “Heroes of September 11” Fire Station #3. The open house showcased a glimpse into life at a fire station with tours of the firehouse, interactive demonstrations and fun activities for residents and their families. This event marked the start of National Fire Prevention Week.

Miami tackles third alarm More than 100 Miami Dade Fire Rescue firefighters responded to a third alarm at a 45000 sq. ft. warehouse fire at 4730 NW 128 Street on Sunday, October 12 at 5:48 a.m. Companies encountered heavy smoke and flames upon arrival and the incident commander initiated a defensive operation. The fire was declared under control after about three hours of extensive “surround and drown” operations. One firefighter encountered a minor injury. More than 30 units responded to the incident over a three day period before the fire was completely extinguished and overhaul was completed.


Roof vent training with Escambia Firefighters from Escambia County Fire Rescue performed roof ventilation training using a roof prop training device. Firefighters have constructed the mock up roof with a replaceable roof section. This training prop allows for a low cost trainer that allows firefighters to practice the skills required to safely work on and ventilate a roof.

One car MVA in Fort Walton Beach Fort Walton Beach firefighters responded to First Ave and Ferry Road on Tuesday evening, October 7, 2014 for a reported MVA. The first arriving firefighters found one car that had collided with two dumpsters. The occupants were out of the vehicle. Fort Walton Beach Rescue 6, Truck 6 and Battalion 6 responded along with Okaloosa Medic 10 and Fort Walton Beach police officers. One occupant was treated for minor injuries. The vehicle was secured and the scene was turned over to the Fort Walton Beach Police Department for further investigation.


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Two vehicle collision in Levy County

Delray Beach Fire Rescue hires seven on SAFER grant

At 2:43 p.m. on Monday, October 13, 2014, the Levy County 911 Communications Center received a call reporting a motor vehicle accident on Highway 121, North of County Road 331A. Levy County Sheriff’s Office, Williston Fire Department, Department of Public Safety Battalion 1, Rescue 10 (Williston), and Rescue 8 (Bronson) responded with Florida Highway Patrol to the scene. Units arrived on scene to find two vehicles involved in a collision. Members worked together to quickly assess all occupants. Two patients, one met trauma alert criteria, were transported to Shands UF Hospital in Gainesville by LCDPS transport units on scene.

firefighter and as a paramedic. By the time these new recruits reach the end of their first year, their training include a five week recruit academy and three months

On September 8, 2014, seven new firefighters started their recruit training with Delray Beach Fire-Rescue (DBFR). These new firefighters were hired as a result of DBFR’s receipt of a Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant. Each is dually certified as a

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of on-shift paramedic training. These new firefighters are a timely addition to the department and will fill a crucial role in supplementing the staffing of DBFR’s emergency apparatus - KEVIN SAXTON



PBCFR captain receives top firefighter award The Village of Wellington council presented Captain Darla Leal with the Top Firefighter award for the Village of Wellington at their September 9, 2014 council meeting. Captain Leal is an exceptional employee, who strives for professionalism and quality responding to the needs of the citizens of the Village of Wellington and Palm Beach County. She serves on numerous department teams and committees and also is a part of the Battalion Command team as a liaison for the Village of Wellington. She serves as a proctor for the department Work Performance Evaluation program and has served at Palm Beach County Fire Rescue for over 18 years.


PBCFR Battalion 5 crews battle fire in four story building At 12 p.m. on September 12, crews from Palm Beach County Fire Rescue Battalion 5 responded to the 9300 block of SW 8th St. for reports of flames from the window of a second floor apartment. Responding crews reported dark black smoke visible several blocks away. The first arriving engine company reported flames from the front and side of a four story building. Fire crews quickly initiated an offensive fire attack, entering the second floor of the building, located the fire and brought it under control. The fire was contained to the apartment of origin and there were no reported injuries.

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Guntersville Fire perfecting skills Guntersville, AL. Personnel with Guntersville Fire/Rescue spent time recently at the harbor in downtown Guntersville perfecting aerial operations with support from their fire boat. Captain Brian Waldrop led the exercises where Marine 1 supplied water from Lake Guntersville to support aerial operations with Ladder 1. With the harbor being situated along US Highway 431, motorists were provided with an opportunity to see the firefighters and equipment that protect the beautiful lake city in action.

Sheriff’s office investigating fatal traffic accident Birmingham, AL. On September 27, 2014 at about 9:00 a.m., deputies responded to Dewey Barber Parkway in northern Jeffer- JUMP TO FILE # son County to 080713101 investigate the report of a single vehicle traffic accident. It was reported that a car

was in a ravine near the bridge over Crooked Creek. Deputies arrived and checked the car. The body of a male was discovered nearby. It is not known when the accident occurred. The male has not yet been identified. The investigation into the cause of the accident is ongoing. - RANDY CHRISTIAN


Please take notice that the Board of Fire Commissioners of the Uniondale Fire District will accept sealed Bids until 2:00 PM, November 7, 2014, for the sale of one (1) 1994 Chevy P30 Grumman Van. 11,600 miles. At 3:00 PM bid(s) will be opened and publicly read aloud. Vehicle is to be sold in “as is condition”. The minimum accepted bid for the vehicle is $1,500. Sealed bids may be delivered in person to the District Monday through Friday 9-4pm at 501 Uniondale Avenue, Uniondale, NY 11553. Sealed bids must be marked “Bid for 1994 P30 Grumman Van.” For more info contact the District Secretary at (516) 481-8411 between the hours of 8:30am and 4:00pm Monday through Friday ONLY.

Please take notice that the Board of Fire Commissioners of the Uniondale Fire District will accept sealed Bids until 2:00 PM, November 7, 2014, for the sale of one (1) 1997 Ford F350 Pickup Truck. 47,000 miles. At 3:00 PM bid(s) will be opened and publicly read aloud. Vehicle is to be sold in “as is condition”. The minimum accepted bid for the vehicle is $500.00. Sealed bids may be delivered in person to the District Monday through Friday 9-4pm at 501 Uniondale Avenue, Uniondale, NY 11553. Sealed bids must be marked “Bid for 1997 Ford F350 Pickup Truck.” For more info contact the District Secretary at (516) 481-8411 between the hours of 8:30am and 4:00pm Monday through Friday ONLY.

1996 Seagrave 100 foot Rear Mount Fire Apparatus. Sale is subject to a mandatory referendum. Accepting sealed bids until 4:00 p.m. on October 20, 2014. The minimum accepted bid for the vehicle is Eighty-Five Thousand Dollars ($85,000.00). For more specific information, contact the District Secretary, Joyce L. Nolan at (516) 481-8411 between the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday ONLY.

For Sale First Priority Renaissance Wheeled Coach Type 1 Ambulance on a 2014 Chevrolet K3500 4x4 Diesel Chassis. This unit was completely refurbished. Some upgrades include new FPEV  RCT Electrical System, hoseline 12v Heater/AC Unit, new LonPlate Mica Grey Floor, Interior LED Lighting. $115,000 For additional information or photos, email or call 800-247-7725.

1995 Ford E350-Horton Ambulance 37000 miles, 7.3 turbo diesel Automatic Transmission, Power Steering, Power Brakes, Power Windows, Power Locks, Rear view camera, Air conditioning, front and rear Ready for immediate use. Ready for immediate sale, Asking $11,000.00 Call Vincent Sorrentino, District Mechanic 516-931-3546, extension 211


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