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DeKalb County, GA - Just after 3:00 P.M. on September 12th, DeKalb County firefighters battled a two-alarm fire at the Eagles Run Apartments on Bouldercrest Road. Multiple occupants called 911, advising that the fire was spreading fast and that the building was completely involved.

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Arson Fire Being Investigated in Arab Deadly Explosion at Chemical Plant Kills One in Arab


Arab, AL - A mid-afternoon fire damaged a residence in Arab on Monday, September 24th. Arab FD received a report of smoke coming from the roof of a house just after 2:00 P.M. On arrival, Lt. Kyle Powell found a single-story residence with smoke visible from the roof of the home. Firefighters quickly knocked the fire down, which caused minor damage to a closet and the floor in and around the closet. Firefighters also located a second fire in another closet that had been contained by a melted water pipe. Investigators are working to identify the person(s) responsible for setting the fire. Arab FD, 4C-VFD and Ruth VFD responded to the scene.

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Arab, AL - Emergency crews in Arab responded to a deadly explosion on Tuesday, September 25th at the Umicore Specialty Chemicals plant on the city's east side. The call to Marshall County e911 came in from workers at the plant just after 2:00 P.M., reporting a loud boom somewhere inside the plant. A second e911 call reported that an above ground storage tank inside one of the buildings had exploded and there were workers on and around the tank. Arab Engine 1 arrived under the command of Lt. Michael Hall to find an approximate 7,000-gallon storage tank that had exploded

JUMP TO FILE #100318109 while a contract crew was performing work on the tank. The blast blew the top of the tank off, killing the worker who was on the tank. No one else was injured. The storage tank had previously contained sulfuric acid. It had been re-purposed from another part of the plant for use in a new building that was under construction. According to Umicore employees, the tank had been emptied and washed prior to its removal and re-installation.

There was no fire or chemical release as a result of the explosion. Guntersville Fire/Rescue responded to the scene with Heavy Rescue 4 to assist in stabilization of the tank and removal of the victim from inside the tank. A Marshall Medical Center EMS ambulance stood by at the scene for medical assistance during the operation. Arab Police assisted with scene security. Marshall County EMA and OSHA were notified of the incident and OSHA is conducting an investigation into the cause of the explosion. - RICKY PHILLIPS

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Knoxville, TN - Shortly before 5:00 P.M. on August 13th, units from the Knoxville Fire Department were dispatched to 1600 Vermont Avenue for the report of a house fire called in by a neighbor. When firefighters arrived they found smoke coming from the vacant structure. Crews gained entry by removing a mattress that was leaned before the front door. With attack lines in hand they pushed through the smoke to the seed of the fire and quickly extinguished the flames. The home had been vacant for sometime, and power utilities were disconnected prior to the fire. Arson division personnel were on the scene investigating and no injuries were reported.

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MFRD FF Eric Compton.


MFRD Firefighter Receives Leadership Award at Paramedic Graduation Murfreesboro, TN - Murfreesboro Fire Rescue Department Firefighter Eric Compton was honored on August 13th at the Motlow State EMS Education Achievement Ceremony in Lynchburg, Tennessee. Compton was one-of-10 graduates from the Paramedic Program to be recognized at the ceremony, however, Compton was the sole recipient of the Leadership Award. Motlow’s Leadership Award is given to an individual that shows excellent leadership and positive influence on fellow students and the program. The award is designed to reward an individual that sacrifices themselves so that others may succeed. “I am very proud of what Eric was able to accomplish while attending our program,” said EMS

JUMP TO FILE #082918108 Director Drew Hooker. “He is a true leader and has a bright future. Winning this award only confirmed the leadership qualities each of his instructors and fellow students witnessed each day. MFRD is lucky to have an employee like him.” MFRD Assistant Chief of Medical Services Kim Lawson was present at Compton’s graduation ceremony. “We were already proud of Eric for completing the 12month Paramedic Program,” said Lawson, “and were delighted, yet not surprised that he made such an impression on his instructors and classmates.” - MFRD

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North Carolina: Michael Goodnight, 55 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: July 4, 2018 Death Date: July 4, 2018 Fire Department: West Liberty Fire Department Initial Summary: While responding to a reported traffic incident, Firefighter Michael Goodnight was involved in a two motor vehicle accident and was pronounced dead at the scene. Two other adult civilians in the second vehicle involved in the accident had to be extricated from their vehicle and were airlifted to a hospital. The North Carolina State Highway Patrol continues to investigate the accident.

Wisconsin: Cory Barr, 34 Rank: Captain Incident Date: July 10, 2018 Death Date: July 10, 2018 Fire Department: Sun Prairie Volunteer Fire Department Initial Summary: Captain Cory Barr responded with crews to a report of a natural gas leak after a contractor struck a natural gas main in downtown Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. After the firefighters, along with law enforcement, arrived on scene to investigate the source of the leak and evacuate the area, there was an explosion that leveled multiple buildings. Captain Barr suffered injuries after being knocked down under a rubble pile as a result of the explosion and was transported by Sun Prairie EMS to UW Madison where he later passed away. A second firefighter was also injured in the explosion and is in critical, but stable, condition. A third firefighter with a minor injury was also admitted to a hospital. Three additional firefighters, one police officer, and seven civilians also suffered minor injuries. New York: Michael F. Cherubini, 71 Rank: Lieutenant Incident Date: July 4, 2018 Death Date: July 4, 2018

Fire Department: Hague Volunteer Fire Department Initial Summary: While riding as a passenger in a brush truck, at a parade in a nearby town, Lieutenant Cherubini became ill. His wife, who is also a member of the department and was the driver of the brush truck, immediately drove home. He was helped inside of his house by his wife and collapsed soon after. The nature and cause of the medical emergency has yet to be determined.

California: Braden Varney, 36 Rank: Firefighter/Equipment Operator Incident Date: July 14, 2018 Death Date: July 14, 2018 Fire Department: CAL FIRE Initial Summary: Firefighter/Equipment Operator Braden Varney was assigned to the Madera-Mariposa CAL FIRE unit, which has been fighting the 130-acre Ferguson Fire in the Sierra National Forest. On 07/14/2018, Firefighter/Equipment Operator Varney was working on a ridge to create a fire break. The bulldozer Varney was operating overturned and rolled down the ridge causing Varney to suffer fatal injuries. The wreckage was spotted by airplane on 07/15/2018 and crews reached the site and removed Varney's body on 07/16/2018. The accident is being investigated by Cal/OSHA. New York: Zachary J. Fazekas, 19 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: July 14, 2018 Death Date: July 14, 2018 Fire Department: New Hyde Park Fire Department Initial Summary: While driving to an EMS training class, Firefighter Zachary Fazekas was involved in a single vehicle accident and ejected from his motorcycle. Fazekas was pronounced dead at the scene from the injuries he sustained in the accident.

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Janie Lawrence is the first dispatcher to retire from the City of Murfreesboro.


Janie Lawrence Becomes First Dispatcher to Retire from City of Murfreesboro Murfreesboro, TN - Dispatcher Janie Lawrence is officially the first career telecommunicator to retire from the City of Murfreesboro. Lawrence retired in July, just two months shy of 31 years of service. Lawrence began her career as a police dispatcher in 1987. “Chief Doyle O’Brien got me an interview with then Commissioner Bill Jones,” she said, “mainly because I needed a job…the place I was working for went out of business.” When she started, on the first floor of the police building on Church Street, there was one radio and two phones. “I believe those are in the Smithsonian somewhere now,” she joked. In 1990, Dispatch moved to the second floor. Lawrence said that’s also when they began dispatching for fire and started using computers. “I had no idea how to use a computer, or even what it was,” said Lawrence. “We didn’t grow up with them…didn’t use them in school.” That is one thing that has been constant in her career…the new technology and the training that goes along with it. During her years as dispatcher, Lawrence worked for a total of four police chiefs and three fire chiefs. For many years, hers was the voice on the other end of the line for those calling in emergencies, and on the other end of the radio for those responding. “Being a dispatcher is not an easy life,” she said. “The hours are long, your days off seem few, and you are the first line of communication in what can be the most difficult day in someone’s life.” She said it took her about 10 years into the job to realize that she had to leave work at work. “As a dispatcher, you’re not only responsible for your life, but you’re also dealing with the lives of others… but at the end of the day you cannot bring those calls home with you.” She added, “I have a lot of good stories, but I also have a lot of bad ones.”

JUMP TO FILE #083018114 Over the years, Lawrence was able to meet many new people, “mostly over the phone,” she kids. She credits friendly officers and firefighters for making her difficult job a blessed one. “I have also been very fortunate to help many people… those on the other end of the line… and those who were new to dispatching.” Lawrence, a fixture in the department for the longest, was able to assist with training many incoming telecommunicators. As for being the first to retire from the city as a dispatcher, Lawrence said, “They said it couldn’t be done.” She reflects on her mentor, Martha Lou Reed. “She was there when I started. She taught me a lot.” On Lawrence’s last day, she said she looked up to the sky and said to Martha Lou, now passed, “There you go, Martha Lou…I did it!” Lawrence does not have any particular plans for retirement. “Dispatching was rewarding, but it was also a tough job,” she said. “I just plan on enjoying life for a while.” Chief Michael Bowen commented, “I have had the privilege of working with Janie for 30 years and I wish her the very best in retirement.” “It’s no wonder that Janie has been honored as ‘Telecommunicator of the Year’ three times during her career,” said Fire Rescue Chief Mark Foulks. “We already miss her voice on the radio. She was always cool, calm, and collected and as a first responder, that is very important. We wish her the best.” Lawrence’s take on the future of dispatch? “The growth of the city and the growth of both the police and fire departments is tremendous. We need more dispatchers to accommodate that growth, but those people must have the heart. It takes a special kind of heart to do this.” - MFRD

Anytime I have a difficult time figuring out what to make at the firehouse, I usually end up stuffing some peppers. Peppers are a great “vehicle” for stuffing because they are basically a blank canvas flavorwise, especially the watery bell pepper variety; and when it comes time to decide what flavor profile you are going for, have fun with it. Here are some classic combi-

nations: -Mexican (Rice, Beans, Ground Beef, Taco Seasoning, Cheddar) -Greek (Rice, Kalamata Olives, Tomato, Onion, Grilled Chicken, Tzatziki Sauce) -Tuscan (Cannellini Beans, Fresh Rosemary, Mushrooms, Ground Pork) -Chicken Parm (Ground Chicken, Tomato Sauce, Garlic, Mozzarella) -Asian (Rice, Bok Choy, Ground Beef, Hoisin Sauce) Stuffed peppers make great firehouse meals because you don’t need five different pots and pans so clean up is nice and easy, which I am sure the entire crew will ap-

preciate! All you need is a baking/sheet pan, cast iron pan, or any ovenproof skillet. They are also a great way to introduce healthier cooking into the firehouse through the use of more vegetables and portion control. Because it takes a little longer to eat, you tend to eat less. So next time you need to come up with something new for the firehouse menu, think about stuffing some peppers. And don’t forget to Stay Safe, Eat Well! Follow us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter Check out our website for more recipes!


STUFFED PEPPER INGREDIENTS: 1 Cup Cooked Rice, White or Brown 4 Bell Peppers, cut in half lengthwise and seeded, ribs removed 1 lb. Chicken Sausage 1 Yellow Onion, sliced thin 1 Cubanelle Pepper, seeded and sliced thin 2 Garlic Cloves, chopped Extra Virgin Olive Oil Salt, to taste 1 Cup Panko Breadcrumbs ½ Cup Parmesan Cheese

STUFFED PEPPER PROCEDURE: -Preheat oven to 400* -In a large skillet over medium heat, add a little olive oil and the chicken sausage. Brown and cook through. Remove and set aside. -Add the Cubanelle pepper and onions, sauté until onion is translucent. Add the garlic and stir to prevent burning. Remove and place in a bowl with the rice. -Chop the sausage into bite size pieces and add to the rice/pepper/onion bowl. Taste and adjust seasoning. -In a small bowl, combine the breadcrumbs, parmesan and a drizzle of olive oil. -Pour the mushroom ragu

(recipe below) into a baking pan. Place the halved peppers on top and stuff with the rice mixture. Top each pepper with the breadcrumb mixture. Place in the oven and bake for 25-30 minutes or until the breadcrumbs are golden brown. QUICK MUSHROOM RAGU INGREDIENTS:

8 oz. Package of Mushrooms, chopped 28 oz. Crushed Tomatoes 2 Garlic Cloves, chopped 1 Tsp. Dry Basil 1 Tsp. Chili Flakes


-In a large skillet over medium-high heat, add enough olive oil to just cover bottom. Add the chopped mushrooms and stir until all the water is out of them and they start to brown. Lower the heat to low, add the chili flake, garlic and dried basil. When the garlic just starts to color, add the tomatoes. Cook at a simmer while you assemble the peppers.


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DeKalb County Fire Rescue Master Firefighter Barry "Chip" Everett of Fire Station #25 died on duty at the fire station on Rockbridge Road on August 13th. MFF Everett answered his final call that night as Station 25 ran an emergency call later in the evening. MFF Everett was found in his rack by firefighters around 8:00 A.M. during shift change. MFF Everett was a nine year veteran with DeKalb County Fire Rescue and was assigned to Fire Station #25's 'B' shift. DeKalb County Fire, along with firefighters from throughout Georgia, gathered at Pilgrim

Rest Baptist Church on August 18th for the funeral service.

He is survived by his devoted mother and loving stepfather, Cheryl and Melton Bell; brother, Rodney (Misti) Everett; devoted grandmother, Gladys Stringer; uncle, Charles P. (Alfreda) Everett, V; aunts, Marilyn Stringer Atkins, Charlotte Stringer, and Beverly Thompson; great aunt, Edith (David) Davis; great uncle, Clarence (Maggie) Stringer; Dekalb County Fire and Rescue, and a host of other relatives, and friends. - SHANE SHIFFLETT


AMR Paramedic Taylor Hiffner (right) and EMT Mbill Khan were honored by the City of Decatur for their role in securing a positive outcome for someone experiencing cardiac arrest.

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Procession of DeKalb County Fire & Police apparatus arrives with MFF Barry "Chip" Everett.

Decatur, GA - In September, the City of Decatur held an event to honor AMR Paramedic Taylor Hiffner and EMT Mbill Khan, along with the firefighters from Decatur Fire Department. They were honored by the City of Decatur for their role in securing a positive outcome for someone experiencing cardiac arrest. To commemorate their efforts, the City of Decatur declared September 4th to be "First Responder Appreciation Day" in the City of Decatur, Georgia. PROCLAMATION: WHEREAS, the members of the City of Decatur Fire Department (CODFD) and American Medical Response (AMR) DeKalb County Operations provide emergency care and services to the citizens, visitors, and workers of the City of Decatur, 24-hours a day and 7-days a week;

JUMP TO FILE #100118111 WHEREAS, on July 21, 2018, the members of the CODFD Engine 1 and AMR Medical Unit 77 responded to 307 Feld Avenue on a “person-down unresponsive� call; WHEREAS, the members of the CODFD Engine 1 provided a quick assessment and determined that the patient was in cardiac arrest; WHEREAS, the members of the CODFD Engine 1 and AMR Medical Unit 77 initiated Cardiac Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), applied the Automatic External Defibrillator (AED), and provided basic and advanced life support to the patient; WHEREAS, after receiving CPR and a shock from the AED,

the patient regained a pulse and began breathing with minimum assistance; WHEREAS, the coordinated efforts of the CODFD Engine 1, AMR Medical Unit 77, and the staff at Egleston Hospital, demonstrates the effectiveness of the emergency response system; and WHEREAS, due to the combined efforts of the of the emergency response system, the life of the patient was saved. NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT PROCLAIMED, that in recognition of the lifesaving service of the emergency services system, the City of Decatur has designated this day, September 4th, as First Responder Appreciation Day in the City of Decatur, Georgia. - AMR



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Firefighting in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, 1741-1917 By Chris Eline, Nancy Rutman and Karen Samuels Available from: Karen Samuels (note, number “0”) or from Price: $34.95 This book is softcover, 8 inches by 10 inches, and is 136 pages long. It was put together by the exhaustive research of the three authors mentioned above. I am really not a history buff, but after reviewing this book I was totally impressed by their dedication and relentless pursuit in the details and contents of this book. All are residents of Bethlehem and Chris was a member of the BFD for 24 years. This book is actually a history of four fire departments which represented four sections of the city: North Side, South Side, West Side and Northampton Heights. Bethlehem, nicknamed the “Christmas City”, is in Northampton County and was founded in 1741. The forward is written by the former mayor and councilman. Almost every page has some sort of illustration,

whether it be a photo, picture, painting, map, drawing or what have you, there is much to enjoy when reading this publication. In fact, if a page does not have an illustration, there is one on the opposite page! Within the pages of the different chapters are three topics including Tools of the Trade (from simple buckets to the Hayes hook & ladder trucks), Memorable Fires, and Faces at the Scene (about memorable personalities). Some are side stories, but all are interesting. One is about the Norman Horse (Tools of the Trade) on page 25. This type horse was purchased because it was fast, intelligent and strong. It was bred as a war horse and ranged from 5 foot 6 inches to 5 foot 11 inches tall. There is a picture of this type horse on this page. On page 29 is a brief about the Matthews hydrant and the reasons behind its design that made it superior. I remember a section of my hometown that has some Matthews hydrants! Sanborn fire insurance maps are also written about. I remember a book of these maps in our fire headquarters. These maps detailed the structures in town with an overhead drawing. All in all, this book is a must for anyone interested in history. You will not be disappointed! The three authors have a partnership called Perseverance Publishing and are working on a another book, Firefighting in Bethlehem, 1981-2018, which would bring the city’s history up to date. It is expected to be published this year.



“Ready For Duty”; Georgia Fire Academy Basic Firefighter Class 18-3 Graduates at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center Forsyth, GA - Graduation ceremonies for the Georgia Fire Academy (GFA) Basic Firefighter Class 18-3 were held at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center (GPSTC) Auditorium on Friday, August 31st. The program commenced at 10:00 A.M. and was a memorable ceremony before a large crowd of approximately 200 guests. Athens-Clarke County Fire Chief Jeff Scarborough, and keynote speaker for the ceremonious event, addressed one of the Georgia Fire Academy’s largest graduating class of 32, encouraging them to never stop training. After eight weeks of intense training, the building of an indestructible team

JUMP TO FILE #091018114 bond and a lot of hard work, the 32 rookie firefighters from 16 different departments have graduated from the GFA Basic Firefighter Program and are prepared to join their individual fire department families. Georgia Fire Academy Deputy Chief Jeff Dean stated, “They have earned the right to be called firefighters, but their training has just begun. They have performed admirably during basic training and I believe they will continue to excel under the tutelage of their home departments.” These men and women were

subjected to 345 hours of intense firefighter training and comprehensive testing. Each of them successfully completed all necessary benchmarks and more than satisfied all requirements for earning their Georgia State Certification and Pro Board eligibility. “We are honored to be the leading training center for Georgia’s Fire Service professionals. In addition, we feel privileged to be entrusted with preparing new firefighters to return to their perspective departments where they will continue their firefighting careers,” stated Deputy Director of GPSTC Tony Hightower. - GPSTC

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Firefighters Battle Vacant House Fire in Macon Macon, GA - Macon-Bibb firefighters from Fire Station 6 were cleaning up from an earlier fire on September 18th when they spotted smoke. Engine 6 went to investigate and found a house on fire on Napier Avenue, about a block away from the first fire. The officer on E-6 radioed in that they had a house on fire and flames were advancing quickly, with heavy smoke pouring from the front of the house which eventually advanced to the roof. Communications immediately brought in the full fire assignment. Aerial 30 set up and flowed in front of the structure while firefighters set up additional handlines to protect the exposures. The fire is cur-

JUMP TO FILE #092418106 rently under investigation. Fire investigators advised that they have responded to multiple vacant house fires in the two weeks before this incident. People are encouraged to call the Georgia Arson hotline at 800-282-5804 with any info about the fires; a cash reward may be given if the information leads to an arrest. Tips can also be made to Macon Regional Crime Stoppers at 87768-CRIME, which also offers reward money.

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Atlanta Firefighters Battle Blaze in Abandoned Apartment Building

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Fire Rips Through DeKalb County Apartment Building, Leaves 50 Residents Homeless DeKalb County, GA - Just after 3:00 P.M. on September 12th, DeKalb County firefighters battled a two-alarm fire at the Eagles Run Apartments on Bouldercrest Road. Multiple occupants called 911, advising that the fire was spreading fast and that the building was completely involved. Several DCFR apparatus radioed in after responding, advising that heavy smoke was seen from several different fire stations. Fire crews arrived and found a three-

JUMP TO FILE #091818100 story apartment building with heavy involvement. Command immediately requested a secondalarm, bringing in over 50 firefighters to the scene. Aerials set up and laddered from different locations around the building while hand lines were dropped. Bouldercrest Road was closed for several hours due to

DeKalb County firefighters work the 2-alarm fire.

LDH covering the roadway. The American Red Cross was on scene assisting the occupants with temporary housing. A total of 50 people from 24 apartments were left homeless. The cause of the fire is under investigation, but firefighters believe it started on the third-floor. No one was hurt in the fire. - SHANE SHIFFLETT


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Three-and-a-half year old Ethan Monteagudo and his sister Emma joined Broward Sheriff firefighters to kick-off MDA collections.

Broward Sheriff Firefighters Stand-Up Against Muscular Dystrophy "I joined the fire service in April of 2017 and it has quickly become a passion. May 19th, 2018 became the worst day of my life when my wife and I lost our son due to an infection during the pregnancy. I got this tattoo so he will always be with me, and to honor him because he is my hero for saving his mother." -FF Trevor Kelley, East Granby Fire Department

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Weston, FL - For more than 60 years, ‘Fill the Boot’ has been a strong firefighter tradition, giving families with muscular dystrophy in hometowns across America hope for the future and support for today. The Broward Sheriff’s Office Fire Rescue has once again, supported this most worthwhile campaign. Ethan Monteagudo, three-and-ahalf years old, is the son of Martin County Firefighter Jose Monteagudo, and is currently battling muscular dystrophy.

JUMP TO FILE #090318100 On Saturday, September 1st, Broward Sheriff firefighters from the City of Weston kicked off the MDA campaign by collecting for a cure alongside Ethan at Publix Supermarket located at 1601 Promenade Blvd., at Weston Town Center. From a family of firefighters, for a family of firefighters, we will continue to stand alongside Ethan and

his family and everyone else courageously battling muscular dystrophy until this disease is conquered! According to -100,000+ firefighters participated in 2017 -1,567 International Association of Firefighters Union Locals participated in 2017 -$24 million was raised for the MDA in 2017 - MICHAEL KANE

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This former Gainesville Fire Rescue 1998 E-One now serves the Brooker Vol. Fire Department in Bradford County. This engine is equipped with a 750-gallon water tank and a 1750-GPM pump.

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Orlando Health Shines Light on Breast Cancer Awareness with Pink Fire Trucks Orlando, FL - Hundreds of breast cancer patients, survivors, supporters, physicians and nurses gathered on October 5th for the unveiling of pink-wrapped first- JUMP TO FILE# response vehicles 100518104 before marching toward Orlando Health UF Health Cancer Center in the annual Hope Hike in support of breast cancer awareness. The two events were brought together for the first time to bring greater attention to breast cancer. Orange County Fire Rescue and Orlando Fire Department each had a rescue ambulance and a fire engine wrapped in pink. Orlando Police Department also joined in, wrapping one of their patrol vehicles in pink. Each of the agencies will sport the pinkwrapped vehicles throughout the month of October for breast cancer awareness. They were unveiled at Orlando Regional Medical Center in an event featuring proclamations from Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs. “As first responders, we have a first-hand understanding of how devastating cancer can be,” said Otto Drozd, Chief of Orange County Fire Rescue. “Defeating breast cancer will take coordinated efforts to creatively increase awareness in our community. We’re excited to partner with Orlando Health for such an important cause.” “Cancer has long been one of the hazards we, as firefighters, deal with after years of exposure to contaminants from charred buildings,” said Roderick Williams, Chief of Orlando Fire Department. “We’re taking steps

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to combat cancer in our industry and in the communities we serve, and we hope the second you lay eyes on our bright pink engine and rescue, that it is a constant reminder to take care of yourself, men and women alike.” The newly unveiled pink firstresponse vehicles led the way for attendees and their guests as they made their way to the Cancer Center in this year’s Hope Hike. Participants, including Orlando Fire Department and Orange County Fire Rescue team members, Orlando Health team members, physicians, nurses, patients and survivors, walked the nearly halfmile course to a celebration of breast cancer awareness. - DAVID BURNS

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Tullahoma, TN - Congratulations to Deputy Chief Phil Duncan on receiving the 'Most Valuable Firefighter' Award. Phil has worked with the Tullahoma Fire Department for over 45 years and has been a true role model and asset to the community.

Robins AFB, GA - Lieutenant Kevin Harper of Robins AFB Fire & Emergency Services, located in Houston County.

Bryan County, GA - Congratulations to Firefighter/EMTI Amy Mason, who was nominated by several Bryan County Emergency Services members and named the “Employee of the Quarter” for the third quarter of 2018. (L to R): Chief Howell, FF/EMT Amy Mason and Battalion Chief Vicky Hooks.


Volusia County, FL - After weeks of training, the most recent group to graduate from the Volusia County Fire Rescue New Hire Academy has been sent to firefighting assignments at fire stations located throughout the county. (L to R): Fire Chief Jeff B. Smith, FF Mark Luenzmann, FF Tyler Sanford, FF Autumn Paris, FF Robert Stears, FF Terrence O'Neal and Battalion Chief Chuck Kamine.

Bradenton, FL - Although the class size was small, the journey to graduation was big. Congratulations to Manatee Technical Fire College Class #34, who graduated on October 4th. (L to R): Kai Delaney, Kacie Pierce, Mario Disi and Robert Turner.

Murfreesboro, TN - Murfreesboro Fire Rescue Department welcomed seven new fire trainees in September. (L to R): Corra Dirkson, Tyson Donaldson, Jarriett Toney, Sterling Rogers, Nicholas Lanzafame, Tyler Allen, and Ryan St. Peter.





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eLEND joins Heroes Mortgage Program to offer down payment assistance for heroes

For many Americans, funding the down payment necessary to realize a dream of home ownership simply is not possible; and squirreling away the dollars to do so on a limited budget could mean several years of renting and waiting to buy a house. In some cases, first responders and other community service employees have trouble affording homes in the areas where they work. With a purchase as big as buying a home, a little help can go a long way. The Advantage Program, introduced to the Heroes Mortgage platform by eLEND, helps hometown heroes like police officers, volunteer and paid firefighters, EMS workers, medical professionals and educators purchase a home within the community where they work, even in high-cost areas. The unique down payment assistance program was specifically designed for those who make a difference in other people’s lives, as well as first time home buyers. “The Heroes Mortgage platform helps connect members of the emergency services community with lenders that are specifically interested in working with them,” said Joseph P. Belsito, publisher of 1st Responder Newspaper. “The Advantage Program created by eLEND is exactly what makes the Heroes Mortgage Pro-

“We’re excited to introduce our Advantage Program to the Heroes Mortgage platform. It’s our way of trying to help hometown heroes advance their dreams of home ownership.”

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gram a valuable resource for heroes in our community looking for home financing.” Grant provides help to homebuyers Many buyers wait patiently on the sidelines, saving money and watching interest rates rise. Unlike many other home buying assistance programs, eLEND’s Advantage Program provides a grant for the down pay-

ment. These resources can immediately build a borrower’s buying power, helping them act on a purchase more quickly for either that first home, or a move-up home as the family has grown and needs more space. Qualified buyers can receive grants up to 2% of the purchase price, minimizing the

down payment dollars needed at closing. The grant is “forgivable” so it doesn’t have to be paid back, and there are no resale or borrower repayment restrictions. In the state of Wisconsin, appraisal cost (up to $700) is credited back at closing. This program is not yet available in Hawaii or Washington. To qualify, a borrower need only meet one of the following very flexible requirements: a current, retired, volunteer or professional first responder (police officer, firefighter, paramedic, emergency medical technician, etc.), educator, medical personnel, civil servant or military personnel, or a first-time homebuyer or meet certain income requirements. “We’re excited to introduce our Advantage Program to the Heroes Mortgage platform,” said Bill Packer, executive vice president of eLEND, a division of American Financial Resources, Inc. “It’s our way of trying to help hometown heroes advance their dreams of home ownership.” For more information or to check your eligibility for The Advantage Program, visit or call 877-541-HERO.

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Four Transported After MVA with Extrication in Ocala

Ocala, FL - Ocala Fire Rescue responded to reports of a vehicle accident with rollover on Saturday, September 15th at 3:23 P.M. Arriving at the corner of SW 10 Street and Pine Avenue, firefighters encountered an upside down SUV with passengers in need of extrication, and a minivan nearby. A utility pole taken down during the collision laid on the ground. Crews assessed the state of the patients, stabilized the SUV and began extrication. A total of four patients were identified and transported to the hospital. Two of the four patients were trauma alerted. Ocala Police Dept. and Marion County Fire Rescue also responded.


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A Valuable Commodity Chaplain's Corner Didymus McHugh

They say that trust is a valuable commodity, and it is. Many times trust has to be earned and not blindly given, except for some rare groups of people. One group of people that trust is given to is emergency services. Emergency services are trusted because when people call 911, they trust us with their lives, the lives of loved ones, and their property. They trust that we know what we are doing and that we can help the situation. We not only get people’s trust, but people also put their hope in us. When emergency services roll, we get situations that are beyond the client's skill set or resources. A mother hands over a child who is not breathing and they are hoping that we can bring breath to the child’s lungs. A family that has just found a relative on the floor, who has no heartbeat, is hoping that a defibulator and crew can perform CPR to give that person a heartbeat once again. Emergency services does not get the easy calls. We get called when a car may be wrapped around a tree or telephone pole. The crew has to work within the Golden Hour to get the person to the hospital. There may be a person trapped in a burning house. There may be hostages in a bank or supermarket, that law enforcement needs to rescue. In many situations, emergency services is given the trust and people put all their hope in us. Sometimes we may actually think about all the responsibility that is thrust upon us and it can be overwhelming. We know that when we have little innocent lives, it effects the crews even more. We know that the family put all their hope in us. Sometimes it is like they think that we can always bring people back from the dead. We also put our trust and hope in our officers and crew. We trust that our tools and our training will not fail us. We trust that our officers will utilize the resources that are available to them. There are even times when emergency services may feel help-

less. Emergency Responders may have all the training in their brain, the skill set at their fingertips, but they may not have the proper tools to do the work needed. One of the guys that I used to work with felt that way. He was extensively trained in heavy rescue and on a great team that performed vehicle extrications often. Well, he was following a relative who got into a really bad car accident. He felt helpless because the tools that he used were not there. His truck was not there. His crew was not there. He saw his relative in pain and knew how important the Golden Hour was, but he could not do anything to get the relative out. He had to put his hope that the town he was in would send the crew in time and that the crew would have the tools and knowledge to do what was necessary. There are times where we know what to do and can do it, but the officers will not allow it to be done. We may feel helpless but we may not have the same situational awareness that the officer may have. They may have the big picture in view and see that the floors are going to give out, or that the roof may collapse. BUT that does not take away the fact that some of the emergency service workers feel helpless. It may even be extremely difficult for us to handle after the incident, especially if there is a loss of life. I recently asked a group of emergency responders if they would have joined emergency services if they knew the horrors that they would be seeing. Like I figured, they said that they would do the job no matter what. To me, that is the answer of a true emergency responder; sacrifice ourselves for our fellow man. I, personally, hope that emergency services knows that the work that is done is noble work and that they should not feel helpless if they are doing all that they can and are trained to do. Anytime that emergency services has doubts they can always put the hope in God. If you do feel that you may have doubts or may feel helpless and need to talk with someone, you can reach out to a chaplain or someone from your local crisis team. We can always have people put their hope into God. He is always here for you. Thank you for all you do. Stay safe, Didymus McHugh



Pasco Fire Rescue Holds First-Ever Spouse’s Day at Training Center

Pasco County, FL - On Saturday, September 15th, Pasco Fire Rescue held a spouse's event with 14 firefighters and their spouses at their training center in Shady Hills. The day started with the issuing of bunker gear and some words of encouragement from their Fire Chief, Scott Cassin, and Deputy Chief of Operations, Michael Cassano. Spouses climbed a 78’ aerial, extricated three cars, pulled hose, performed simulated hose attacks, simulated a search and rescue operation, and then finished the day with a live burn. Events of this nature foster the “fire family” atmosphere at Pasco County Fire Rescue and aim to introduce spouses within the organization to each other, helping to build bonds that last a lifetime.

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Osceola County, FL - Osceola County Office of Emergency Management personnel were on hand at the recent “Discover Osceola 2018”, along with representatives from all branches of the county's emergency services. Several thousand people attended the annual event. The OEM theme this year was “eMIB”, aka Emergency Management in Black! DAVID BURNS/@FD4D

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Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue (BSFR) has taken delivery of a new fire boat named "FIREBOAT 6", whose main mission is the protection of Port Everglades and the surrounding area. Port Everglades is a seaport in Fort Lauderdale, located in Broward County.

(L to R): Elisa Mello and Patrick Murphy.


Fire Cadet Program a Success for Pinellas Park Fire Department Pinellas Park, FL - The first graduates of Pinellas Park Fire Department's new Fire Cadet program were sworn in recently during a special ceremony at PPFD Headquarters. Elisa Mello and Patrick Ryan Murphy are the first candidates of the department's Fire Cadet program. This new initiative helps fill a critical need for trained and qualified firefighter/paramedics by taking certified paramedics through the fire academy to become certified firefighters. Elisa and Patrick were accepted into the Fire Cadet Program this spring and following

JUMP TO FILE #092818115 graduation from the SPC Fire Academy, were sworn in as fulltime Firefighter/Paramedics with PPFD. FF/PM Mello has been a paramedic since 2015 and has worked with AMR (American Medical Response) and Sunstar Paramedics. FF/PM Murphy worked with Liberty Ambulance in Jacksonville before joining Sunstar as a paramedic in 2015. - SUZANNE BOISVERT

Port Everglades is one of South Florida's foremost economic centers, as it is the gateway for both international trade and cruise vacations. In 2017, Port Everglades was ranked the third busiest cruise port in the world, accommodating more than 3.8 million passengers. It was also the busiest container port in Florida and 10th busiest in the United States, moving more than one million 20-foot equivalents (TEU's) annually. FIREBOAT 6, a 33-foot-long, 7ton vessel that replaces the 15year-old Metalcraft, went into service in mid-July, and is assigned to Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue's Port Everglades Fire Station. The ship, capable of pumping 500 gallons-perminute, can reach speeds up to 50-knots (58 MPH). Fires can be fought with a maneuverable monitor/turret, or hand lines can be deployed if firefighters must make an aggressive offensive shipboard fire attack. A previously purchased Boston Whaler vessel that Fire Rescue crews were using at the Seaport since the decommissioning of the Metal Craft will be relocated farther north of Port Everglades in Deerfield Beach and will respond to offshore operations in the northern area of Broward County.

FIREBOAT 6, paid for in large part using $510,000 in grants from the Port Security Grant, has been designed by Safe Boats International in Bremerton, Washington. Harris Henbest, district chief of marine operations for BSFR, says the department is very pleased to have this new boat, as BSFR takes a forward-leaning stance to replace the existing fireboat.

"The number one reason we chose to augment our marine response capability by adding an additional fire boat was that we recognized the gap in the number of marine rescue incidents which occur offshore and the lack of fire department vessels available to respond to those incidents. With the support from our Sheriff Scott Israel and Fire Chief Joseph R. Fernandez, we were able to make this vision a reality. The advanced capabilities of this vessel will not only make protecting Port Everglades easier, but safer for our residents and visitors as well," said Henbest.

Speed was a concern because BSFR's territory stretches many miles offshore into the Atlantic Ocean and due to great distances, response times can be elongated. Most rescues are managed with the assistance of Broward Sheriff's Office Aviation assets, as well as assets from the United Sates Coast Guard. The new fire boat allows firefighters to get to the scene quicker and due to the very

manageable size of 33-feet, also maneuver in tighter operational areas such as harbors, canals and rivers.

FIREBOAT 6 is equipped with radiological detection equipment which affords the ability to aid in early recognition and discovery of radiological isotopes, which in the wake of 9/11 has been a major concern to public safety professionals guarding areas of high density nautical traffic, such as sea ports. In addition, FIREBOAT 6 has Forward Looking Infrared (FLIR) capabilities which enhances nighttime rescue operations and provides for a larger envelope of safety, as well as side scan sonar for search and rescue operations.

BSFR FIREBOAT 6 design and capabilities: -Overall length: 33-feet -Speed: 50-knots in fully loaded condition at 100% vessel power from 3-300HP Mercury outboard engines -Pumping capacity: 500-GPM -Monitors: One 500-GPM turret -Medical: Full ALS capabilities -Transport: 2 back-boarded patients -Vessel Capacity: 25 people -Hoist: Davit Arm with electric winch -Rescue: Equipped with 15-person throw raft -Search: Side scan sonar -Operating crew: Minimum 3 firefighters - MICHAEL KANE


Southern Manatee Fire & Rescue Holds Annual Open House

Tallevast, FL - When Southern Manatee Fire & Rescue holds its annual open house there is one thing you can always count on...a beautiful day weather wise, along with an actionpacked learning experience. Other agencies partner with Southern Manatee to make this event a huge success. Almost all the activities are hands-on for the children which is a great learning tool, along with materials that can be brought home.

FIREBOAT 6 approaches a vessel in distress off shore of Port Everglades.


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St. Petersburg Fire Rescue personnel participated in its 13th annual 'Back to School Campaign' as a continuing part of their public education initiative. This campaign acts as a reminder to motorists that school is back in session, promoting drivers to slow down and be aware of pedestrians. More than 150,000 students travel to and from school by bus, bicycle, private vehicle, or foot in Pinellas County. With the increased volume of traffic, coupled with the challenges of getting children to school on time, experience tells us that these factors can result in unfortunate accidents. To help get this message out more effectively, St. Petersburg Fire Rescue, along with St. Petersburg Police personnel, displayed banners and signs at various locations throughout the city during the morning and afternoon hours of the first three days of the Pinellas County Public School year, August 13th, 14th, and 15th. (L to R): Deputy Fire Marshal Chief Michael Domante, Mayor Rick Kriseman, and Police Chief Anthony Holloway. PROVIDED

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Ocala Fire Rescue Graduates its First-Ever Mentorship Class CIRONE PHOTOS

Manatee County, FL - Seventeen years have passed since the day our country changed forever, and it was one year ago that the 9/11 memorial could not be held until October because of Hurricane Irma. This year on September 11th, under clear skies, the event was held and packed to capacity as speakers recalled their memories from that fateful day. As the Mayor of Bradenton put it, as long as he is alive this day will never be forgotten in his town. Many dignitaries echoed the same thoughts. The Manatee County Fire Chiefs, along with many other partners, put together a tribute to all Emergency Services which was very humbling. Pictured are Manatee County Emergency Services personnel presenting the wreath.

Lake County, FL - On September 11th, we honored the nearly 3,000 innocent lives taken from us on September 11, 2001 while commemorating the incredible service members and first responders. Tavares Fire Chaplain, Scott Hedrick, led the invocation at the Lake County Board meeting. The spirit of service and self sacrifice that Americans nobly demonstrated on September 11th illustrates our unflinching courage and compassion.

Ocala, FL - On Saturday, September 15th, Ocala Fire Rescue celebrated the graduation of its first-ever mentorship program class. The mentorship program was completed by eight young adults seeking guidance toward a career in the field of firefighting. These graduates invested three hours every Saturday morning for a period of five months, learning various aspects of the profession.

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BSFR Technical Rescue Responds to Construction Worker Injured on Roof

Deerfield Beach, FL - A construction worker had to be rescued after he fell from a four-foot parapet wall and onto a rooftop at a building under construction in Deerfield Beach on the morning of Tuesday, September 4th. The 40-year-old man fractured his leg just before 11:00 A.M. at 266 W Hillsboro Blvd. after he lost his balance and fell while climbing a ladder. Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue’s Technical Rescue team responded and used an elevated platform ladder truck to lower the man to safety. The man was then transported by rescue to Broward Health North in good condition.


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Sarasota, FL - Steven Rose (center) recently graduated from Suncoast Fire Academy, making him a third generation firefighter in his family.


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Polk County Fire Rescue Combating National Shortage as New Integrity Scholarship Recipients Report Polk County, FL - With the falling state and national average of certified paramedics in the field and their rising demand, Polk County Fire Rescue’s new integrity scholarship was designed to counter its affect on the county and refill the ranks of its rescue units. On September 21st, the inaugural class of this scholarship’s recipients reported to orientation at Polk State College’s Center for Public Safety. The class of 25 men and women will participate in an eightand-a-half month accelerated paramedic program hosted and taught by Polk State College. Along with providing the group with a $1,600 monthly stipend, Polk County Fire Rescue will also cover the complete cost of schooling, books and other required materials. In return, the selected recipients of the scholarship have signed a five-year continuous employment agreement with the division. “There is both a state and na-

JUMP TO FILE #092118101 tional shortage of paramedics in the field, and we are feeling it here,” said Polk County Fire Rescue Chief Tony Stravino. “This scholarship opportunity is our answer to the shortage. We are looking forward to seeing what this inaugural class of 25 is capable of. Once they graduate and we can get them situated into our rescue units, we will be better facilitated to serve the ever-growing needs of Polk County.” With a continuously aging national population and occurrences of emergencies, such as motor vehicle crashes, natural disasters and acts of violence on the rise, the demand for mobile emergency medical attention has increased greatly. So much so, that the majority of calls now answered by fire rescue departments across the nation now fall into this category.

According to the National Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of EMTs and paramedics is projected to grow 15 percent over the next eight years, which is much faster than the national average for all other occupations. A paramedic’s training requires more than 1,000 curriculum hours in the classroom per national standards, plus an additional internship and field training. They can administer a wide range of medications, give injections, start IVs, insert breathing tubes and administer electromechanical as well as pneumatic ventilation. In comparison, EMT-certified personnel are the entry-level patient care providers. With approximately 150 hours of training, they can only provide basic care, such as CPR, positioning an injured patient, oxygen administration, as well as bandaging, splinting and wound care.

Managerial Association of Emergency Services Holds Health & Safety Wellness Symposium

Bradenton, FL - The Managerial Association of Emergency Services, aka "MAES", is an organization that serves Manatee, Sarasota, Charlotte, Desoto and Hardee Counties, promoting networking, training and fellowship for firefighters. This day-long seminar, held on September 12th, covered topics that affect firefighters' wellness inside and out. The new Florida PTSD Bill, which will go into effect in October, was also discussed during the symposium. Pictured is Tina Casola, a well known PTSD expert from San Diego, addressing the group.



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The Brooker FD in Bradford County operates a former US Navy Seabee semi-truck as Tender 83. This apparatus was provided by the Federal Excess Personal Property and Firefighter Property program that is administered by the Florida Forest Service, and was configured using local companies to modify the apparatus into a 2500-gallon tender.


Diesel Leak in Dania Beach Waterway Traced Back to Sinking Vessel

Dania Beach, FL - A large sheen of fuel was traced back to a sinking boat after Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue’s Fireboat located the sinking vessel behind 151 Beach Rd. in Dania Beach just after 1:00 P.M. on Tuesday, September 4th. Multiple calls to 911 were received as residents reported the smell of diesel and a sheen cast upon the channels leading to a marina. The boat, a 50-foot Sport Fisherman, moored at the Dania Beach Marina, had partially sunk and spilled an estimated 15-20 gallons of fuel into the waterway. At this time the owner of the boat named 'Wooden Nickel' is unknown. The US Coast Guard was notified and would oversee the fuel mitigation.

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