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Flagler Beach, FL - On August 20th at 7:50 P.M., Flagler Beach Fire Department, with the assistance of Flagler County Fire Department, responded to an aircraft emergency in the eastbound lanes of the Flagler Beach Bridge. After take off, the pilot reported a smell of smoke in the cockpit, forcing the plane to make an emergency landing. - See full story on page 38

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Fatal accident on Alabama Highway 69 and Union Grove Road.


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Mobile, AL - Fire Department Ladder Trucks are like a toolbox on wheels! Ladders, lights, generators, hydraulic pumps, hydraulic tools, saws, portable exhaust fan, pike poles, miscellaneous hand tools, an AED Defibrillator and a first aid box are just some of the tools that Mobile Fire Rescue carries and uses for the public safety of the citizens of Mobile.


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Guntersville, AL - Emergency personnel from Georgia Mountain and 4C-VFD responded to a two-vehicle wreck on Alabama Highway 69 and Union Grove Road on Tuesday, September 19th. The accident occurred during a severe thunderstorm with heavy rain. On arrival of Georgia Mountain VFD, Chief Roger Ditto took command and determined that there was

JUMP TO FILE #092117105 entrapment in both vehicles involved. Chief Ditto also confirmed that one of the drivers was fatally injured. Guntersville Fire Department Heavy Rescue-4 was requested for assistance with extrication. One

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driver was transported by ambulance to Marshall Medical Center North for non-life-threatening injuries. Marshall Health Systems EMS, Guntersville Police, the Marshall County Coroner's Office and Alabama Department of Transportation assisted at the scene while Alabama State Troopers investigated. - RICKY PHILLIPS

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Murfreesboro Deployment Team Returns to Tennessee Murfreesboro, TN - Late Tuesday night, September 5th, Murfreesboro Fire Rescue personnel along with Rutherford County Special Operations Response Team (SORT) arrived back in Murfreesboro after being deployed to Houston, Texas to assist with the flooding as a result of Hurricane Harvey. The team of 14 left Texas early on Tuesday morning and after a check-in and debriefing at TEMA in Nashville, arrived in Murfreesboro at around 11:30 P.M. The personnel are safe and resting. All of the Tennessee teams

JUMP TO FILE #090717103 (10) demobilized Tuesday morning and are now back in the State. The TN teams who travelled to assist consisted of eight Rescue Teams, one Incident Management/Support Team, and one Communications Team. MFRD provided search and evacuations in different areas, but mostly within Houston along assigned grids. - MFRD


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Henry A. Campbell, 76, of Rhinebeck and formerly of Mount Vernon, NY, passed away on Friday, July 14th, 2017 at Westchester Medical Center.

Mr. Campbell was a 37 year veteran of the Mount Vernon Fire Department, rising through the ranks to serve as Chief of Operations from 1986 to 1996, when he retired. He served two years as acting Fire Coordinator/Commissioner for Westchester County Department of Emergency Services from 1999-2000.

He was an Adjunct Instructor at the NYS Fire Academy, a member of the NYS Department of Civil Service Fire Advisory Committee, an OSHA Safety Trainer throughout the Hudson Valley, and was the first Director of the Westchester County Career Chiefs Academy. Mr. Campbell served on the Westchester County Arson Task Force from 1980-1996, Westchester County Local Emergency Planning Committee from 1987-1996, the Westchester County Fire Advisory Board from 1988-1996, as a NYS Fire Instructor for Dutchess County from 19831992, he was the Yonkers Command Post Coordinator after the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center and subsequently NYFD Terrorism Training Instructor, and as the Emergency Management Coordinator for the Town of Rhinebeck.

He was a member of the International Assoc. of Fire Chiefs, the NYS Assoc. of Fire Chiefs, the Westchester County Fire Chiefs Assoc., the Westchester County Career Chiefs Assoc., the Westchester Firefighters Emerald Society, the Fireman's Assoc. of the State of NY, the International Assoc. of Fire Fighters-Local #107 Mount Vernon, the NYS Police & Fire Retirees Assoc., an Honorary Life Member of the Pleasant Valley Fire Department, and an active and faithful member of the Rhinebeck Fire Department.

In addition to his fire service and community involvement, Mr. Campbell was also devoted to his faith. He was a communicant of Good Shepherd Church and was a member of the Ushers Society of Good Shepherd Church for over 44 years. He also served as Head Usher for many of those years.

Mr. Campbell enjoyed his many friends and colleagues in the fire service, along with his pet dogs- Sparky, Muffet, Chowder, and Mollie. He also filled his days with family, friends, working on his computer, hunting, fishing, reading, and always learning each day. In addition to his loving wife of 54 years, he is survived by his daughter, Kathleen Campbell; his son, Kevin Campbell; a brother, Robert Campbell of Franklinton, NC; a sister, Marion Campbell of New York City, NY; along with extended family, countless colleagues and friends. May he Rest in Peace.


MFRD Responds to Fire at High School Concessions

Murfreesboro, TN - Just after 5:30 P.M. on September 18th, Murfreesboro firefighters from District 2 and District 1 responded to a reported fire at the concession stand of Riverdale High School, located at 802 Warrior Drive. When the first companies arrived, they found flames coming through the roof of a concession building located near the football field. According to Acting Battalion Chief Lehew, crews quickly put out the fire and the structure suffered moderate damage. At the time of the fire, the field was in use as well as the concession building. Lehew stated that it appears the fire was unintentional due to a grease fire while cooking. There were no injuries and the Fire Marshal's Office is conducting a routine investigation.

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Alabama: Dale Clinton “Clint” Hardemon, 58 Rank: Lieutenant Incident Date: August 13, 2017 Death Date: August 13, 2017 Fire Department: West Blocton Fire Department Initial Summary: Lieutenant Dale Clinton “Clint” Hardemon responded with the West Blocton Fire Department to a structure fire at 0818hrs on the morning of August 13, 2017. While on scene at the structure fire, Lieutenant Hardemon operated the fire pump on the fire apparatus and also maneuvered fire hose around the structure and apparatus. Fire department units returned to service at 1120hrs. Hardemon then drove the apparatus back to the station with no problems noted. Later that afternoon at approximately 1410hrs, Lieutenant Hardemon was at the fire station with Fire Chief Joe McCool looking at one of the fire department boats. Lieutenant Hardemon told the chief that he was feeling lightheaded and then fell to the ground unresponsive. Fire Chief McCool immediately began medical care and called 911. McCool initiated CPR and placed Lieutenant Hardemon on the AED; 2 shocks were administered before the arrival of the ALS unit. Lieutenant Hardemon was taken by ambulance to Bibb Medical Center, and then airlifted to DCH Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced deceased that evening from a heart attack. Arkansas: Randy Ray Treat, 71 Rank: Captain Incident Date: August 26, 2017 Death Date: August 26, 2017 Fire Department: Kingston Rural Volunteer Fire Department Initial Summary: Captain Randy Ray Treat fell ill while responding to an emergency call, becoming unresponsive, and then passing away from a nature and cause of fatal injury still to be reported.

California: Gary Helming, 47 Rank: Battalion Chief Incident Date: August 31, 2017 Death Date: August 31, 2017 Fire Department: Los Padres National Forest Santa Lucia District Initial Summary: While returning from an assignment on the Railroad Fire in the Sierra National Forest, Battalion Chief Gary Helming was killed when a Ford F-350 traveling in the opposite direction suffered a tire failure, crossed the middle of the road, and struck Chief Helming's vehicle head-on.

California: Terry Smerdel, 59 Rank: Battalion Chief Incident Date: September 10, 2017 Death Date: September 10, 2017 Fire Department: San Francisco Fire Department Initial Summary: Battalion Chief Terry Smerdel returned from an early morning fire alarm call, and was later found by coworkers in his office, unresponsive. Advanced Life Support measures were immediately initiated. He was pronounced deceased surrounded by his Fire Department Family, and later joined at the station by the Department’s Chaplain and the Smerdel family. Pennsylvania: Kenneth Greene, Sr., 60 Rank: Lieutenant Incident Date: September 3, 2017 Death Date: September 14, 2017 Fire Department: Philadelphia Fire Department Initial Summary: Lieutenant Kenneth Greene, Sr., became ill while on-duty and was transported to the hospital from the fire station on September 3, 2017. Lieutenant Green passed away on September 14th, 2017, from a nature and cause of fatal injury still to be reported.

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Murfreesboro Fire Marshal Investigates Suspicious Fire at Body Shop

Murfreesboro, TN - Murfreesboro Fire Rescue Department’s Engine 4, District 4 and 7, and Rescue 8 responded to a reported fire at a business located at 1106 W. College Street at 1:46 A.M. on Monday morning, September 25th. Crews arrived to find numerous vehicles around the body shop that were fully engulfed with fire. A total of eight vehicles parked near the building burned, with damage to approximately six additional vehicles. The structure did not suffer damage due to the fire. According to Fire Marshal Carl Peas, this fire was intentional and is being investigated as Arson. Peas said "While we have collected evidence at the scene, we encourage anyone who may have seen some activity at this location or who has information that may be helpful, to call Murfreesboro Fire Rescue Department at 615-893-1422.”


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Hamilton Co. EMS Returns from Florida’s Hurricane Relief Efforts Chattanooga, TN - Three members of the Hamilton County Emergency Medical Service, part of the five Tennessee ambulance strike teams, deployed to Florida in the wake of the destructive Hurricane Irma, returned on September 19th having completed their six day mission. HCEMS Paramedic supervisors Lt. Brian Bricker, Lt. Billy Burnette and Lt. David Burdett, deployed for a possible 14 day mission. Lt. Burdett acted as the team leader. Other agencies making up the Region III team were Cheatham County EMS, City Of Bartlett Fire Department EMS, Memorial Hospital EMS, and Puckett EMS. The Region III team deployed on Friday, September 8th from Chattanooga as part of Tennessee’s Hurricane Irma response to help local, state, and federal officials in Florida deal with the impact of Hurricane Irma, the second catastrophic hurricane to strike the United States this season. Tennessee’s Hurricane Irma teams had a total of 151 members to

JUMP TO FILE #091917102 include: a 40-person nurse strike team; five ambulance strike teams with 57 members; three urban search and rescue teams with 40 personnel; two healthy incident management teams with 10 personnel; and a fourmember team of emergency management officials. “We were privileged to have the opportunity to provide emergency equipment and services to local, state and federal officials and helping the people of Florida before, during and following the destruction of Hurricane Irma,” said HCEMS Lt. Brian Bricker. “The coordinated efforts of each government agency, health care institution and team member was quick, organized and effective.” “We anticipated a longer stay in the Florida area; however, the coordinated preparedness and immediate response to the disaster by many agencies led to less need,” said Lt. David Burdette. “The recovery con-

tinues in Florida and our team here in Chattanooga Region III will be available as needed. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Florida community as they begin the process of rebuilding their communities.” The ambulance strike teams were developed as a voluntary program by the Tennessee Department of Health EMS to assist in local, state and regional disasters. Hamilton County Emergency Medical Service is part of Tennessee’s Region III Team. Captain Eric Ethridge of HCEMS acts as the Region III Ambulance Strike Team Coordinator. Captain Ethridge said “I am glad to have all of the Tennessee Ambulance Strike Teams home today, but especially proud of our team and glad Region III was able to assist the citizens of Florida.” Captain Ethridge also stated “This was an effort supported by many departments within each agency that provided assets to the deployment. Many behind the scenes people made this possible.” - AMY MAXWELL

MFRD Responds to Afternoon Duplex Fire on Bradyville Pike

Murfreesboro, TN - Firefighters from District 1, District 8, Engine 3 and Rescue 2 responded to reports of a house fire at 1428 Bradyville Pike at 3:17 P.M. on Friday, August 18th. The first companies arrived on the scene in just over four minutes and found smoke and flames which had begun coming through the roof of a duplex. The fire was extinguished quickly. There were no injuries, but occupants from both sides of the duplex were displaced and Red Cross was requested to the scene to assist the residents. The Fire Marshal was on the scene conducting a routine fire investigation into the probability that the fire started in the attic.

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(Front Left) Hamilton Co. Office of Emergency Management Director, Tony Reavley, gives out pet oxygen masks to Hamilton Co. Fire Departments.


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Chattanooga, TN - Over the weekend of September 9th, Chattanooga held it's first WORLD IRONMAN. Several hundreds of personnel consisting of EMS, Fire and Police provided safety for the contestants and sightseers throughout the event. This the FIRST pre-hospital on-site ECMO Team at an endurance event in the United States developed by the Erlanger Health System Heart and Lung Institute, LIFE FORCE Air Medical, and Hamilton County EMS.

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Hixon, TN - Each year in the United States, thousands of people lose their lives to fire. Unfortunately, we have become accustomed to hearing about these tragedies, but there is another tragedy that occurs in which we rarely hear about; family pets who suffer injury or death due to smoke or fire. Although firefighters attempt to save a pet’s life during a fire, the damage a pet sustains from inhalation of smoke or carbon monoxide overwhelms many of the animals that often die at the scene. If firefighters were able to provide lifesaving equipment, such as oxygen masks for animal use as they do for humans, more animals would be saved. Thanks to a generous donation

JUMP TO FILE #091917101 by a gentleman, who wishes to remain anonymous, firefighters will now have an opportunity to assist pets that are experiencing respiratory distress or failure due to a fire. On Monday, September 18th at 6:00 P.M., at Chester Frost Park, fire officials from all Hamilton County Fire Departments received pet oxygen masks for each one of their fire stations from Hamilton County Office of Emergency Management (OEM). The pet oxygen devices work similarly to equipment manufactured for humans suffering from smoke inhalation, except this device

is solely for four-legged animals. The device has a cone shaped design with a rubber seal that creates a snug fit over the animal’s nose and mouth, making the oxygen delivery more effective than oxygen masks designed for human. The pet kits come with several masks made in various sizes that are specifically designed to fit different types of pets. Separate masks are designed for dogs, cats, birds and reptiles. The device will aid in the system-wide efforts of delivery of oxygen to pets in respiratory distress or respiratory failure, and minimize the number of animal fatalities that occur due to fire. - AMY MAXWELL

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Southside Fire-EMS Acquires Coastal EMS Savannah, GA - Southside Fire-EMS recently purchased Coastal EMS from MetroAtlanta Ambulance Service of Marietta. Coastal EMS was able to keep their ambulances and moved them back to the Atlanta area. Southside Fire & EMS operates Mercy Ambulance Service, located in Chatham County, and is the only provider of 911 EMS services in the county. They handled over 60,000 medical calls last year.


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Summer has come and gone, probably quicker than we all had hoped. Till next year, tomatoes! See ya in twelve months, jalapenos! Wait...sweet corn! Where are you going?!?! But fear not because not all produce is dead! Fall is actually a great time of year for ingredients that thrive in the cooler temperatures. Think hardy butternut squash, sweet apples, crisp cauliflower and the all-mighty pumpkin. With the hot weather behind us, it is time to throw the cover on the grill and fire up the ovens again. I am talking long simmering

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-1 Onion, peeled and chopped -1 Carrot, peeled and chopped -3 Garlic Cloves, sliced thin -½ Head of Escarole, thoroughly cleaned and rough chopped -1 lb. Hot or Sweet Italian Sausage, removed from the casings -2 - 15 oz. Cans of Cannellini Beans, drained -4 Cups of Chicken Stock (more may be needed) Red Chili Flake -Parmesan Cheese -Extra Virgin Olive Oil -Salt, to taste Procedure:


-In the same pan, add a little more oil if needed and add the onions and carrots. When the onions are translucent, add the sliced garlic and a pinch of chili flakes. When the garlic is just starting to brown, add ONE can of the beans and saute for a minute or so. Add the chicken stock and bring to a simmer.

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them is apple pie! Apples and pork are a match made in culinary heaven. I mean, you can’t go wrong with pork chops and homemade applesauce. Pears are also in season and another classic combo is to pair them with walnuts and bleu cheese, a simple salad that would go well with just about any fall dish. Speaking of salads, this is the perfect time of year for chicories! What are chicories you may be asking? They are a pleasantly bitter family of lettuces which include radicchio, endive (great with the pear, walnut, bleu cheese combo) and one of my favorites, escarole. One of the most memorable dishes from my childhood is escarole and beans. Simple, rustic Italian food, perfect for the fall weather that makes my heart warm. Check out the recipe below for my Escarole, Sausage and Bean Soup!

“Escarole, Sausage and Bean Soup”


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stews, super slow braises and yes, even baking! The ingredients available at this time of year love this kind of cooking. Root vegetables, such as parsnips and carrots, shine in dishes like the firehouse classics, Pot Roast and Beef Stew. The sweetness from the natural sugars really develop with the extended cook times. One often overlooked ingredient this season are greens. Kale and collards thrive in the cooler temperatures of the fall and winter and are sturdy enough to hold up to long slow cooking. And while kale may have already seen it’s “15 minutes of fame," it still makes an appearance on the firehouse table whether sauteed with garlic and chiles, or in a cannellini bean soup. Fall may not make you think fruit, but nothing is better than a sweet crisp apple. And don’t think for a minute all you can do with

nellini beans to a medium sauce pan with enough water to cover and simmer for about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool. Add to a blender and puree the beans (be careful as hot liquid in a blender can be messy and dangerous!) Add this puree to the soup pot along with the escarole and reserved sausage. -Cook the soup for about 1 hour partially covered. Taste for seasoning and serve with grated parmesan.

-In a deep pot over medium heat, add a glug of olive oil and then the sausage. Using a wooden spoon, break up the sausage and brown. Remove the sausage and set aside.

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Tiny Firehouse Station No. 9 Visits Eatonton Eatonton, GA - In September, Tiny Firehouse Station No. 9 was on hand at Georgia Butts BBQ for the "Tiny Firehouse Screening Party". Residents were able to see in person the creation of Tiny Firehouse Station No. 9, along with other small houses that were built by Free Range Homes. JUMP TO FILE# The day also 092417105 consisted of live music, fellowship, great food and a meet-and-greet with the firefighters of Putnam County Fire Rescue who appeared on the DIY Network's "Tiny House, Big Living" episode. The Tiny Firehouse, which is

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(L to R): Chief Howell, Employee of the Quarter Firefighter Sean Curry, and wife Misty Curry.


Employee of the Quarter Named for BCES Bryan County, GA - Bryan County Emergency Services Firefighter Christopher “Sean” Curry has been named the “Employee of the Quarter” for the third quarter of 2017. Firefighter Curry was nominated by several BCES members. Following are direct quotes from those whom nominated him: “While I realize that Firefighter Curry is one of our newer full time employees, he has since day one exceeded any minimum standards we have set.” “Daily, Firefighter Curry takes great pride in his station and apparatus he is assigned to and will always assist the EMS crews assigned to the station.” “Firefighter Curry has made every effort to become familiar with our SOP’s, he has also spent off duty time doing area familiar-

JUMP TO FILE #101117103 ization as well.” “Sean has stepped up to assist with daily shift training to include the FF1 and FF2 classes.” “Firefighter Curry always has asked to have a hand in training. In talking with Curry, he loves to train and has always offered his help and without hesitation.” “Firefighter Curry never has a negative thing to say and has always spoke well of the department and how much he loves his job and being a part of BCES.” Congratulations to Firefighter Christopher “Sean” Curry! - FREDDY HOWELL

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(L to R): Deputy Chief Alan Shuman, FF Grayson Pierce, FF Cory Landers and Chief John Skinner.


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Barrow County, GA - On August 29th, Barrow County Emergency Services (BCES) held graduation ceremonies for Recruit Class 02-17. The ceremony was the culmination of the department’s eight week long rookie school. The in-house training course combined intensive physical training with classroom and hands-on instruction in fire science, firefighting tactics, and hazardous materials operations. Much of the training was conducted under live fire conditions in the county’s five-story burn building and training facility. Recruits also had the opportunity to visit the City of Atlanta Fire Rescue’s flash-

JUMP TO FILE #091317116 over simulator as well as other offsite locations to learn about building construction, water supply, and other topics unique to firefighting. During the ceremony, Captain Heath Williams spoke to the recruits saying, “We’ve given you the basic tools and knowledge to succeed in this career, but we’ve only scratched the surface. Now it is your turn to earn the title of ‘firefighter’ by learning everyday from your crewmates in the field.” The ceremony ended with family and friends gathered to watch as

the recruits were issued their helmets and welcomed to the department by Fire Chief John Skinner and Deputy Chief Alan Shuman. Chief Skinner said, “One of our goals this year has been to ‘Build For The Future’. The addition of these two young men to our team is a positive step towards achieving that goal.” Recruits Cory Landers and Grayson Pierce graduated as NPQ Firefighters I and II, as well as with certifications in Hazardous Materials. They will be assigned to one of the county’s six fire stations this month. - STEVEN ROSE


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Houston County Fire Runs Accident with Entrapment

Houston County, GA - Houston County Fire was alerted to Booth Rd. and Hwy. 247 on September 22nd for a single-vehicle rollover accident with possible entrapment. Communications received multiple calls advising a truck overturned with the driver trapped. HCFR Engine-61 and Rescue-2 arrived on scene and found a pickup truck on its roof with confirmed entrapment. Firefighters pulled the tools and handline and began cutting the doors to gain entry while Houston Medical Healthcare stood-by, awaiting the removal of the patient. A second HCFR engine arrived to assist with the extrication. The Houston County Sheriff's Office and Warner Robins Police investigated the accident. Booth Road was closed for an extended period of time during the incident.

Warner Robins, GA - Members of Robins Professional Firefighters Local F-107 take a break from selling fundraiser tickets in September for a group photo.


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Macon, GA - Macon-Bibb County firefighters was alerted to 3631 Houston Ave. on September 25th for a building on fire. The first arriving units encountered heavy fire conditions. Firefighters made an aggressive attack and quickly brought the fire under control. The home had been converted over as a barbershop. Nobody was in the building when it caught on fire.


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Sandy Springs, GA - Firefighters, police and local citizens gathered on Monday morning, September 25th, to honor the life of Sandy Springs Firefighter Jacob Hammond, who passed away on Thursday, September 21st after a motorcycle crash in Forsyth County. He was 21-years-old. Sandy Springs Fire & Rescue held a special procession to the funeral. The Forsyth County Sheriff’s Dept. escorted the firefighters to the funeral home and then to First Baptist Church in Cumming where FF Hammond's service was held. Hammond had been a member of Sandy Springs Fire Rescue for two years.


Georgia Public Safety Training Center (GPSTC) Celebrates 30 Years of Training Georgia’s Finest!

Sandy Springs Firefighter Jacob Hammond.



Forsyth, GA - Established by the Georgia Legislature in 1980, the Georgia Public Safety Training Center (GPSTC) has been training the public safety community longer than any other institution in Georgia. This July marked 30 years and a very momentous milestone, in the history of the Georgia Public Safety Training Center, when training commenced in 1987 on the campus of Georgia’s state-of-the art and premier training facility. In 1988, the first fiscal year that student population was recorded, the training center documented just shy of 16,000 students visiting the campus of the GPSTC; this encompassed all public safety throughout the state of Georgia. In fiscal year 2017, which recently concluded, just over 200,000 students received training through the center by means of on campus instruction and/or online instruction. The Center has experienced a significant increase in student population and the growth continues daily. “What that equates to is that we have a better trained public safety force, which means a safer Georgia,” stated Chris Wigginton, Director of GPSTC. Today, GPSTC is proud to be in its 31st year of training those who serve others. GPSTC currently remains Georgia’s premier training facility for all state and local public safety-related units of government including: Law Enforcement, Jail, 911 Communications, Corrections, Department of Community Supervision, Fire, Emergency Medical, Emergency Management, Coroners, Prosecutors, Investigators and GPSTC Resident Agencies. The Training Center anticipates and welcomes the continuous growth of relationships and alliances not only within the State of Georgia but across the Nation; improving the level of professionalism

JUMP TO FILE #082817113 and offering state-of-the-art training for the public safety community will ultimately result in the utmost professional public service to all. Chris Wigginton, Director of GPSTC remarked, “It is very exciting to witness the continuous growth of the training center and I look forward to the day GPSTC is not only the premiere training facility for Georgia, but for the entire Nation.” On Saturday, July 22nd, the Training Center held a celebration event commemorating 30 years of training those who serve and protect the citizens of every community across the great State of Georgia. The celebration was held in Forsyth at the main campus of GPSTC. It was a great day of celebrating the milestone of training Georgia’s Finest with Georgia’s Finest. The event attracted public safety personnel from across the state and vendors from across the country. The day’s events began with a motorcycle rodeo, where officers demonstrated the skills of handling and maneuvering police motorcycles through a comprehensive cone course. Following the rodeo was a ribbon cutting ceremony to inaugurate the official opening of the Basic Emergency Vehicle Operations Course (EVOC) driver training tracks new expansion. Governor Nathan Deal and Attorney General Chris Carr were in attendance and were the first to take a lap on the new course. Other event activities included the Training Center’s individual academies showcasing the different areas of specialized training that is provided on a daily basis. This was exhibited through live demonstra-

tions across the campus for the attendees to observe first-hand. The demonstrations included live fire suppression scenarios; a vehicle versus a structure on fire with persons trapped and a flowing fuel fire provided by the Georgia Fire Academy, a high speed vehicle pursuit resulting in the use of the Precision Immobilization Technique, a live firearms demonstration that focused on shooting while on the move provided by the Georgia Police Academy, and two live explosives demonstrations provided by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. The demonstrations were definitely a popular attraction allowing the attendees to view other areas of training that might be outside their actual career field or job discipline. The enthusiasm could be vividly seen and felt among those in attendance, making for a great day and a successful event for the Training Center. The GPSTC Conference Center was filled with a variety of public safety vendors displaying anything from equipment to footwear to vehicles to drones. Just walking through the exhibits venue, one could feel the excitement that filled the air as the Training Center was bustling with various activities. Several State Law Enforcement Agencies were on hand as well, showcasing their equipment and abilities to protect the citizens of the State of Georgia. The Georgia Public Safety Training Center is dedicated to promoting professionalism and professional growth in the public safety community and thanks all who support the Training Center. GPSTC looks forward to another 30 years of training the professionals among the public safety communities in Georgia and across the country. - GPSTC

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Paulding County Firefighter Suffers Heart Attack on Scene of Truck Fire Dallas, Georgia – While operating at a tractor-trailer fire Thursday night, October 5th, a Paulding County Firefighter suffered an apparent heart and was resuscitated on the scene by other responding personnel. At approximately 8:41 P.M., several Paulding County units were dispatched to a truck fire located at 3807 Atlanta Highway in Hiram. 911 callers reported placards on the truck indicating it was carrying flammable liquids. Upon arrival, Engine-1 encountered a tractor-trailer heavily engulfed in flames. Several other fire units arrived within minutes to assist with fire suppression efforts. At approximately 9:14 P.M., while operations were ongoing, Sergeant Kevin Van Dyke, the officer on Engine-1, suffered an apparent heart attack, fell unconscious and stopped

JUMP TO FILE #100617102 breathing. Fire department personnel were unable to find a pulse and immediately initiated CPR. Within one minute, an AED was used to successfully shock Sergeant Van Dyke’s heart into an organized rhythm. Initially he was transported by Metro Ambulance to Paulding Hospital, where he was stabilized and later transferred to Kennestone. He remained in the ICU at Kennestone in critical, but stable condition. Sergeant Van Dyke is 41-yearsold and is a 10-year veteran of Paulding County Fire & Rescue. He is assigned to Fire Station #1 located at 169 Thomas B. Murphy Drive in Dallas, Georgia. - STEVE MAPES


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Macon Responds to Fatal House Fire

Swearing in of the new recruits led by BCFD Fire Chief Craig Millsap.


Bartow County Fire Department Graduates 17 from Rookie Class Bartow County, GA - The Bartow County Fire Department recently graduated 17 new recruits from their Recruit Class 17-01. The class is an important point in the department's history since this is the first in-house training for full time recruits that the department has been able to conduct. Previously, the department hired only state certified firefighters. This in-house training allows the department to train firefighters on basic firefighter skills, emergency medical skills, hazardous materials, and the department's core values. These firefighters underwent an eight week program of approximately 320 hours of instruction. Eleven of the new recruits will fill vacant positions in the department and the rest of the recruits will staff the last remaining volunteer station in the county. Gor-

JUMP TO FILE #092217101 don County Fire Department also had a recruit participate in the training program. The ceremonies were held on September 8th at 6:00 P.M. at the Clarence Brown Conference Center in Cartersville, with approximately 200 people in attendance. Georgia Association of Fire Chiefs President Dwayne Jamison opened the ceremonies, Northwest Georgia Fire Chiefs Association Chaplain Bruce King provided the invocation, and the Bartow County Fire Department Honor Guard presented the colors. BCFD Training Chief Chad Woodall presented the candidates with their certificates of completion and class awards. The awards were

The stage is set for Rookie School 17-01.

sponsored by H&R Fire Safety of Cartersville. The class leadership award was named the Harold C. Carlisle Leadership Award after the first Bartow County Fire Chief and founder of H&R Fire Safety, Chief Harold Carlisle. Bartow County Commissioner Steve Taylor gave the keynote address and Gordon County Fire Training Chief Nathan Sailors addressed the recruits and challenged them to continue to train and pursue continuing education for the rest of their careers. Bartow County Fire Chief Craig Millsap then welcomed the recruits to the department and oversaw their badge pinning by family members before swearing them into the department. The ceremonies concluded with light refreshments.

Macon, GA - The Macon Bibb County Fire Department was alerted to 1283 Duncan Ave. on August 30th for a house on fire. The first arriving units on scene encountered heavy fire conditions. The fire claimed the life of a 62-year-old man. Five other residents escaped without injury. Fire investigators ruled that arson was not the cause, but the fire did start in one of the three bedrooms. According to investigators, the house has caught fire in the past.

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Athens, GA - Fire hydrant located in downtown Athens (Clarke County), near the UGA campus.

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Kingsland, GA - Several 'antique' items were found in Kingsland Fire Department's 1968 Parade Truck.

Investigators were called in to the scene along with an Accelerant-Detection K-9 to try and determine a point of origin as to where the fire began in the Kidst Mariam Eritrean Orthodox Church.


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Church Damaged During Afternoon Fire in Dekalb County


Dekalb County, GA - On the afternoon of August 27th, Dekalb County Fire & Rescue was alerted for a fire in a church at 3435 Midway Road. The call came in shortly after Sunday services had ended at Kidst Mariam Eritrean Orthadox Church. A group of the Church’s parishioners were gathered in the fellowship hall in the basement of the church when they began to smell smoke. The fire was discovered in a section behind the sanctuary of the church. Dekalb County firefighters were alerted to the call as parishioners were evacuating the church.

JUMP TO FILE #090117100 Firefighters arrived to find smoke showing as the church was still in the process of evacuating. Firefighters deployed an attack line into the church to begin their fire attack. Crews were able to conduct an aggressive attack, bringing the fire under control within minutes after their arrival on the scene. Sunday afternoon’s fire was quickly contained to just one room of the church. The church sustained moderate damage consisting of the

fire damage to the single room involved, along with smoke and water damage throughout the rest of the church. All parishioners were able to safely evacuate the church and no injuries were reported. Investigators were called in to the scene along with an AccelerantDetection K-9 to try and determine a point of origin, as well as a possible cause. There are currently no indications that the fire was arson, but the incident remains under investigation at this time. - WILLIAM KING


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Ten Ways Social Media Works For Your Department by Chief Joel Miller

1. Ensure your social media policies work for the department and do not completely restrict your social media platforms. Do not leave “gray areas” for interpretation such as making policies so strict or confusing that people are deterred from utilizing them. 2. Utilize your PIO (Public Information Officer) as your social media administrator. This is the person with the information that needs to be available on your social media. They can do this from the field as the action happens and even use social media for a press conference or mass notification. 3. Consider utilizing firefighters as volunteer PIOs for your social media accounts. This allows you to cover more areas than having one PIO. Volunteers can be given rules and guidelines for posting pictures and information or have all posts funnel through the official PIO for actual posting. Many fire departments have been very successful with this approach. Just make sure your crew understands, work first and social media second unless they are the official PIO. 4. Establish a following. Make sure your fire departments’ social medial information is on everything! In today’s world, this is just as important as your phone number…….and I’m not talking about 911. So, from business cards to flyers for an event, be sure to include all your departments’ social media information. 5. Work smarter not harder. Let your social media accounts promote

your events and fund raisers. Use social media to direct people where to buy tickets or make donations to your events. 6. Always post the “great” things that are going on within your department such as fire prevention, feeding the homeless, or other public services in which your department participates. 7. Always post your departmental promotions and retirements on social media. This is a great way to let the community know about your departments’ accomplishments and recognize staff for their hard work and dedication. 8. As I stated in a previous article “A Picture is NOT Worth a Thousand Words," you must always tell the story behind the picture because if you don’t, people will assume the worst and reflect negatively on your department. Keep the story brief, as most readers only read the first two or three lines. 9. Use other groups and organizations’ social media pages to help promote your page. Tag other people with large sites relevant to your page and use their hashtag to help promote your pictures and get your information in front of the masses. (@chief_miller #chiefmiller , just saying… lol) 10. Start a hashtag for your department and use it consistently on all your posts. This is an important way for others to find your page in the social media world. Choose a hashtag that is relevant to your department while keeping it simple and easy to remember.

Paulding Public Safety Appreciation President Joseph Gullett receiving a donation from Paulding Chamber of Commerce President Stacy Hamby. G & E STUDIOS

Paulding Public Safety Appreciation Receives Donation from Paulding Chamber of Commerce Dallas, GA - Paulding Public Safety Appreciation (PPSA) is a local non-profit charity focused on helping members of public safety during times of need. Help is available to any individual in the public safety sector who lives or works in Paulding County. PPSA, which was formed in 2009, is made up of a board of unpaid volunteers representing both Paulding County citizens as well as public safety representatives, including the Paulding Sheriff’s Office, Paulding Fire and Rescue, Paulding Marshal Bureau, MetroAtlanta Ambulance, Paulding E-911, Hiram PD, Dallas PD, Paulding Animal Control, and the Paulding District Attorney’s Office. At the recent Paulding Chamber of Commerce Public Safety Appreciation Luncheon held in Septem-

JUMP TO FILE #091317113 ber, PPSA President Joseph Gullett announced that the organization has raised over $100,000 in direct cash donations and over $20,000 in inkind donations. Of the money raised, Paulding Public Safety Appreciation has already given back $70,000 to public safety including direct financial assistance, benevolence funds, continuing education scholarships and public safety sponsorships. “As a founding member of Paulding Public Safety Appreciation, I have witnessed the incredible growth of this organization from its humble roots to where we are today as one of the largest public safety oriented charities in the state,” Gul-

lett stated. At the conclusion of the lunch, Paulding Chamber President Stacy Hamby presented Paulding Public Safety Appreciation with a donation. “Our organization’s success is a direct tribute to both our public safety and to our business community,” says Gullett. “The people and businesses of Paulding County have consistently, and very generously, supported our mission. It’s truly humbling.” For more information about PPSA, including information for those wanting to get involved, visit the organization’s website at or contact PPSA President Joseph Gullett at - JOSEPH GULLETT


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GPSTC Serves as Logistical Staging Area During Hurricane Irma Relief Efforts Forsyth, GA - The Georgia Public Safety Training Center (GPSTC) has completed its activity as a Logistical Staging Area for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA). GPSTC was activated as a FEMA/GEMA Logistical Staging Area (LSA) on September 9, 2017, and just shy of 14 days, has officially completed the operation. As Governor Deal declared all 159 of Georgia's counties a State of Emergency earlier in September, the Training Center began its transition into a LSA. GPSTC staff quickly shifted from their regular duties and filled the support roles for the mission. The Training Center staff worked collaboratively with the Georgia Forestry Commission Incident Management Team (GFC IMT) to operate the LSA Command Post. The Training Center served as a reception, staging, and onward movement and integration site to support logistics

GPSTC LSA morning briefing.

JUMP TO FILE #092517120 management and resource mobilization for disaster areas in Georgia and Florida. The mission included: acceptance and inventory of supplies from state and federal agencies, staging first responders and supplying food and shelter while they awaited assignment, and the loading and unloading of federal and state vehicles of supplies ordered and/or requested. Along with the GFC IMT, GPSTC supported the management, receipt, storage and the issuing of commodities/supplies in support of the disaster relief emergency. GPSTC also provided assistance for the traffic flow, security and the tracking of all resources received by the Training Center. Advanced and Specialized Training was canceled, but only for a short period of time, from

September 11-15, 2017. This decision was made to accommodate for the extra traffic of the tractor-trailers loaded with commodities/supplies, emergency equipment and human resources that were expected to be on campus. However, Basic Academies resumed training on Wednesday, September 13th and all GPSTC training was back to the regular schedule on Monday, September 18th. The Georgia Public Safety Training Center was proud to have the ability to rise to the occasion and do our part to serve the citizens impacted by the devastation Irma left behind. Director Wigginton stated, “I am pleased with the success of the operation and commend the cohesive efforts between the GFC and the GPSTC. I believe the successfulness of the mission was a direct reflection on the seamless partnership between the two state agencies and I am proud to be a part of such a great team.� - GPSTC



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(Back Row, L-R): Jeffrey Barrs, Maria Bonilla, Logan Boyce, John P. Brown, Jr., Joshua Carver, Derrick Cronsell, Clint Echols, Zackary Edens, Latoya Haygood, Dillon Hodge, Bryston Ivey, LaDaric Jones; (Front Row, L-R): Brandon Kaupp, Cody Mayfield, Benjamin Morris, Zane Nagorski, David Noll, Jessica North, Jacob Pearce, Victoria Prince, Brett Sanford, Robert Smith, Barry Smoak, Payton Swilling.

“Ready For Duty” Georgia Fire Academy Basic Firefighter Class 17-3 Graduates at GPSTC Forsyth, GA - Graduation ceremonies for the Georgia Fire Academy (GFA) Basic Firefighter Class 17-3 were held at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center (GPSTC) auditorium on Thursday, August 31st. The program commenced at 6:00 P.M. and was a memorable ceremony before a large crowd of approximately 200 guests. Bainbridge Public Safety Chief Doyle Welch, and keynote speaker for the ceremonious event, addressed the graduates stating, “Always be a team player, be accountable, and respect the public. Being a firefighter is an honor and a privilege.” After eight weeks of intense training, the building of an inde-

JUMP TO FILE #090117119 structible team bond and a lot of hard work, 24 rookie firefighters from 16 different departments have graduated from the GFA Basic Firefighter Program and are prepared to join their individual fire department families. Assistant Chief and Coordinator of the Basic Firefighter Program, Tim Taylor, 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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Tybee Island, GA - Memorial Health & Tybee Island Fire were on standby while the movie "The Last Song" was filmed on Tybee Island back in 2009. SHANE SHIFFLETT

Marietta, GA - Metro Atlanta EMS operating on a crash with injuries in Marietta. SHANE SHIFFLETT

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PBCFR Members Return from Deployment to Puerto Rico

This patch belongs to Broward County Fire Rescue, located in Broward County, FL. EUGENE WEBER JR.

Palm Beach County, FL - Lt. Alex Mirich and Special Operations Technician Greg Tabeek recently returned from Puerto Rico after spending a week deployed there with Florida Task Force II. The two men served a tour in Monroe County for the devastating effects of Hurricane Irma in the Florida Keys prior to deploying to Puerto Rico with only a few days rest in between. Both members arrived back home safely and are enjoying time with their families before returning to shift. Scott Lord from Station 81 was also deployed to Puerto Rico with Florida Task Force V. We wish all our members well while they travel abroad assisting those in need. Pictured are Lt. Mirich and Special Ops Technician Tabeek.

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“Keep Safety in UTV Public Safety Rescue” Essential precautions for deploying side-by-sides with rescue skid units

As part of an extensive recruit training program, Lake County Fire Rescue’s five newest members recently spent 80 hours at the county's training facility. They received hands-on experience in several aspects of firefighting and EMS including engine company operations, water supply, wildland firefighting, rapid intervention teams and self-survival. Their training at Fire Station 70 included cutting simulated burglar bars with a rotary saw to gain access into a structure and performing VES, or vent enter search, a

rapid primary search for viable life. “Our three new firefighter/EMTs and two firefighter/paramedics went through a two-week new employee orientation. All five are now beginning a 4-month assignment alongside a lieutenant,” said Lake County Fire Rescue Chief Jim Dickerson. “It is always exciting for our organization to hire new members and we look forward to celebrating the entire new hire class of 2017 during our annual awards and badging ceremony in February.”


UTV chassis side-by-sides outfitted with appropriate medical or fire skid units complement most any agency's first response fleet. Safety concerns surrounding their use, particularly when used for patient transport, warrant careful attention from rescue teams. A thorough understanding of the vehicle, transport apparatus, offroad terrain, and patient requirements must precede any use in public safety situations.

First, understand the vehicle: Before considering the advantages of using a patient transport skid unit for side-by-side UTVs, understand the design and limitations of the off-road vehicle in which it fits. (Please reference Kimball Johnson's earlier article titled, "Not All UTVs Are Created Equal.") Most of the larger UTV chassis available today, such as John Deere Gator, Polaris Ranger, Gravely Atlas, and Kubota RTV, to name a few, can dependably accommodate the transport of a patient. Slip-on skid units for medical or fire rescue, such as KIMTEK's MEDLITE® and FIRELITE® units, are specifically equipped for safe transport of patients in compatible UTVs and in some pick-up trucks. Next, understand the missions: Fire and EMS teams must clearly understand the likely mission objectives and what is expected of the equipment in the field. Types of terrain, for example, will help inform which UTV chassis is best for the mission. Sand or rock, flat areas or mountains, and other features of location are all important factors in the decision.


Florida Competes at 2017 World Police & Fire Games in Los Angles Bradenton, FL - Team Malone proudly represented Florida at the 2017 World Police and Fire Games in Los Angeles, California. (L to R): Wayne Owens-Key West FD, Steven TrompkeBradenton FD, Mitch White-Palm Beach FD (retired), Robin Brightbill-Sarasota FD, and Robert Malone-Key West FD (retired). The team competed in shotgun shooting sports including Trap, Skeet and Sporting Clays at the Triple B Gun Club August of 2017.

Choosing the right equipment also depends on what type of calls the department anticipates. Will the vehicle cover bicycle trails too narrow for larger ambulances? Will it cover wooded areas where hunting, fishing, and horseback riding are popular? Will the vehicle need equipment for the dual service of fighting wildfires as well as providing medical transport? Perhaps the coverage area includes beaches or vast stadium areas with large concentrations of people. The types of medical treatment likely for each coverage area also affect equipment decisions. Are heart attacks, heat stroke, and shortness of breath more likely than traumatic type injuries from bicycle riding, horseback riding, and motorcycle and ATV accidents? Consideration of all these factors is essential when selecting the right UTV side-by-side chas-


sis and the medical and fire rescue slip-on transport unit that best meets the needs of the call area. Patient comfort and safety: How best to transport patients is the next decision. When immobilization of a patient's neck and spine is required because of suspected traumatic injury, a skid unit equipped with a long board or stokes basket should be sufficient. If a medical emergency occurs along paved or hard surfaces, such as a local road race or inside a stadium, consider a skid unit that carries a full-wheeled cot stretcher, such as a Stryker® or Ferno®, to transport patients in a position of comfort.

Training is essential: Once a team has identified the purpose and model for its new UTV sideby-side rescue vehicle and properly outfitted it with the appropriate skid unit, lights, and perhaps a radio, enacting several different training drills and scenarios is key. Every department and agency should develop and incorporate a full set of standard operating guidelines or procedures (SOG or SOP) that encompass operation of the vehicle, loading and securing a patient onto the skid unit, and overall guidance on how teams will handle obstacles and incidents along the trail or through the rescue site.

Occasions may arise when removing a patient from the UTV skid unit midtransport is required in order to safely traverse a particularly difficult or dangerous part of the trail, such as in a steep incline or deep water crossing.* The rescue team leader may decide to lift off and hand carry the stokes basket or long board with the patient over an obstacle, then securely remount the patient once safely beyond it for transfer to a waiting ambulance or command post.

*KIMTEK recommends that patients never be transported through high water where a rollover could occur, risking further patient injury or drowning.

In accordance with the rescue service mandate to "do no further harm to the patient," a complete understanding of the UTV, the skid unit, and how they work together is necessary to meet that goal. These units are not meant to transport patients at high rates of speed over rough and uneven terrain; rather they are designed and built to safely and professionally transport patients in a manner that would be relatively faster than transport on foot.

To assist rescue service teams in their training, KIMTEK provides a complete installation and safety manual with every skid unit sold. The manual covers basic safety concerns and suggests solutions to particular coverage area challenges. KIMTEK reminds its customers that UTV-based rescue vehicles fully deserve the same respect that larger ambulances and fire apparatus receive because serious injury to rescue personnel or patients can result if proper training and operation procedures are not followed. Even though these specially equipped public safety vehicles may not leave the fire or EMS bay every day, their unique purpose and custom design make them worth every penny to rescuers and their patients.


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On Tuesday, October 3rd, PBCFR Recruit Class #66 completed their one year probation. The event was celebrated with an Orange to Black ceremony at Palm Beach County Fire Rescue Headquarters. During the ceremony, the firefighters turned in their probationary helmet shields and received their black shields from Division Chief of Operations Chris Hoch. Congratulations Class #66 on the completion of your probation! PBCFR

Members of Florida Task Force II.



Firefighters Eugene Clark and Brian Olsen from Myakka Forest Fire District working open house in Sarasota.

Possible Generator Fire Sparks Blaze in Palm Beach Gardens

Palm Beach Gardens, FL - Palm Beach County Fire Rescue along with Palm Beach Gardens Fire Rescue were dispatched on September 12th to a fire behind a residence in the 4700 block of Square Lake Dr., which had no power due to Hurricane Irma. Upon arrival of first units, they found a large gazebo fully involved in the wooden under portion of the structure. Units quickly had the fire knocked down and did overhaul on it for approximately one-and-a-half hours. There was a burnt generator found sitting under the structure.

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Two-Alarm Fire Erupts at Seminole Car Dealership Seminole, FL - The City of Seminole Fire Rescue Department responded to a two-alarm structure fire on Friday, September 22nd at 6:00 A.M., at Suncoast Chrysler Plymouth. Upon arrival, firefighters found heavy black smoke coming from JUMP TO FILE# 092217123 a service area. Crews rapidly extinguished the blaze that occurred in one of the service bays within 20 minutes. Smoke and heat damaged several vehicles that were in the building at the time. Fire units from City of Seminole, Pinellas Park, Largo, Lealman and an ambulance from Sunstar assisted in the operation. No injuries were reported, and damages and cause of the fire are being investigated. - BRAD DYKENS



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The Florida Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Association supports statewide training and education in disaster planning and emergency preparedness for citizens and CERTs. The association, in connection with local, state and federal agencies, serves as a mentoring and resource asset for local programs. It also organizes an annual statewide conference, which was held this year in Daytona Beach. Volusia County Fire Rescue’s Training Center was the location of the full-scale drill associated with this year’s conference held in August.

More than 150 CERT members participated in the drill with Volusia County Fire Rescue personnel operating the three teaching stations and assisting in the final scenario, which had 70 moulage role players dispersed throughout a large disaster scene. Role players included volunteers with Volusia County Fire Rescue and boy scouts from three local troops and their families. After the final scenario, everyone attended a debriefing in Volusia County’s Emergency Operations Center. Pictured is Lt. Chris Davis, VCFR, assisting in the final scenario of the drill.


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Firefighters Battle Structure Fire in Daytona Beach During Hurricane Irma Daytona Beach, FL - Reports of a structure fire at a residential home in Daytona Beach came out during the middle of Hurricane Irma hitting the area. Crews county wide had been instructed not to leave their stations to respond to calls due to the dangerous conditions. Nearby fire stations were not allowed to respond to this structure fire for a period of time due to the intensity of the storm, leaving the structure fully involved. Once it was determined that it was safe for firefighters to respond, they quickly arrived at the fire and began to combat the flames to the house and a vehicle parked out front. They were able to extinguish the fire and keep it from spreading to nearby houses; however, the house ended up being a total loss. There were no occupants inside the home and no one was injured.

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Lake County Firefighters Rescue Astor Residents and Their Pets

Lake County, FL - Lake County Firefighters Jason Graham and Blaine Halbert rescued two residents from their flooded Astor home Wednesday evening, September 13th. The couple, under a voluntary evacuation order, chose to shelter in place with their pets. Firefighters were able to evacuate both the couple and their dogs and bring them to safety at a host shelter for Astor evacuees.

Fort Lauderdale Hazmat Team Works to Secure Cut Gas Line Fort Lauderdale, FL - Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue Hazardous Materials Team and crews from the 2nd Battalion responded to a cut gas line in front of Fort Lauderdale Police Headquarters at 1300 West Broward Blvd. on September 21st. Construction crews using a boring machine cut into the gas line which was located more than three-feet below the ground. Broward Boulevard, a main

JUMP TO FILE #092217104 east/west corridor through Fort Lauderdale, was closed which caused major traffic congestion for commuters trying to get to the Downtown District. To complicate the incident, mother nature decided to saturate the scene with a South Florida rain storm. Crews worked for more than

three hours, digging out the area and eventually getting inside the deep saturated hole to secure the leak. TECO gas company responded to the scene and their workers provided assistance in the repair. Once the leak was secured and the area deemed safe for the public, the roads reopened and the traffic began to flow once again to the Downtown Fort Lauderdale. - GREGORY MAY


PBCFR Strike Team 703 Deployed to Assist in Keys Post Hurricane Irma Palm Beach County, FL - Palm Beach County Fire Rescue Strike Team 703, consisting of four Engines from PBCFR and one Engine from Delray Beach Fire Rescue, deployed to Monroe County post Hurricane Irma as part of a statewide emergency management operation. The Strike Team mission performed Search and Rescue, Medical Services and Fire Protection to the communities in the lower keys.


Working House Fire in Starke

Starke, FL - In the early morning hours of August 21st, Bradford County dispatchers received a 9-1-1 call alerting them to a structure fire in the 400 block of East South St. in the City of Starke. First arriving units advised of heavy fire on the "B/C" corner of the two-story residence. Firefighters from the City of Starke, Heilbronn Springs, Lawtey, Sampson City and Theressa responded to the fire along with Bradford County EMS and Emergency Management. Starke PD and an investigator from the Fire Marshal’s office were also on scene assisting with traffic control and the fire investigation. City of Starke line crews were also called to the scene to secure power to the home. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation by the State Fire Marshal’s office. No firefighters or occupants were injured during this fire.

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Florida State Police's seat belt unit is always a hit, showing what can happen inside the vehicle without seat belts. CIRONE PHOTOS

Clearwater Emergency Services Holds Annual National Night Out Clearwater, FL - Clearwater Emergency Services held their annual National Night Out on Tuesday, October 3rd. Hundreds turned out for the event, which was held at the Super Target at the Clearwater Mall. Food vendors and local vendors from the community participated. Clearwater Police

JUMP TO FILE #100317106 Department displayed their boat, horses and Swat Team along with other specialty units. Florida State Police had their seat belt demo unit along with their motorcycle unit. Bayflight Helicopter was

also on display. Clearwater Fire & Rescue had an Engine, Ladder, Rescue and Squad on display. National Night Out is usually held on the first Tuesday of August, but to beat the heat, Clearwater holds theirs in October during the cooler weather.

Always a line at the fire truck as firefighters let the youth tour inside.



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Flagler Beach F.D. Responds to Aircraft Fire on Bridge

Flagler Beach, FL - On August 20th at 7:50 P.M., Flagler Beach Fire Department, with the assistance of Flagler County Fire Department, responded to an aircraft emergency in the eastbound lanes of the Flagler Beach Bridge. After take off, the pilot reported a smell of smoke in the cockpit, forcing the plane to make an emergency landing. As the crews were climbing out of the cockpit, the aircraft caught fire. Fire crews were able to make an aggressive attack and contain the fire to the cockpit. There were no reported injuries during the incident. Pictured is Flagler Beach Engine-11 making the initial knockdown.


Fort Lauderdale Battles House Fire Fort Lauderdale, FL - Fort Lauderdale firefighters responded to a mid-afternoon residential structure fire in Zone 46 on September 19th. Responding units from Firehouse 2 noticed a large column of smoke to the north- JUMP TO FILE# west of the station. 092217103 Engine 8 was the first arriving unit and called a Working Fire in a single-family residential which had hurricane shutters and boards on the windows. The heavily involved structure had fire throughout which extended to the attic and roof. A total of three lines were placed into operation and a drone from the Emergency Management Bureau provided continuous assessment of the roof, making sure the firefighters on the inside remained safe while battling the blaze. It took more than 20 minutes to extinguish the blaze. No injuries were reported and the fire is under investigation. - GREGORY MAY


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Buckboard Fire Plantation Firefighter Grabs Top Honor During Memorial Run Apparatus ON THE BOOK SHELF

by John Malecky

Buckboard Fire Apparatus The Original Cab Forward By Anthony G. Buono Available from: FSP Books & Videos 188 Central Street Hudson, MA 01749-1330 1-800-522-8528 E-Mail: support Price: $29.99 This book is soft cover, measuring 8 ½ inches by 11 inches and has 243 pages. The author did a fantastic job of research to put this history together. Though I am an apparatus buff so to speak, I am not very learned in antiques, but I was very impressed in reading this book. What I did not know is that the term “buckboard” was never used to describe any fire apparatus when these particular trucks were being built. The name was coined by Walter P. McCall, who in the opinion of many (including myself), is a famous historian of apparatus, most notably American LaFrance. He likened this design to the buckboards of the cowboy days when these wagons were used for transportation and the hauling of supplies. The book is not broken down into chapters, but into topics and the different brands of apparatus that used the design. The author went to great lengths and detail to give the reader the most accurate information about these histories. There are over 300 references listed on the pages and eight pages of bibliography. Much of these are from a host of apparatus experts from SPAAMFAA. The photos are all black and white, and there are plenty of them. Many major cities are represented and I was even surprised to see a photo of an aerial ladder tuck from my hometown of Bayonne, NJ on Page 192. All of the coverage of the manufacturers are like short stories in a sense and it makes an easy read because none of them take up a lot of pages. It is safe to say that most of these manufacturers are not around today and that there are a few of the buckboard trucks in the hands of museums and perhaps private owners. So for readers that are up in their years, the book may bring back fond memories, and for the young readers, it will take them down through history, illustrating how fire departments of yesteryear used the best they had to fight fires.

Fort Lauderdale, FL - While the event is not designed as a race, it’s still cool to say you finished first. This year, as a participant in the 2017 Fort Lauderdale Tunnel to Towers Run/Walk, Plantation Firefighter Kelly La- JUMP TO FILE # Course not only 092617113 finished first among her age group, she also finished first among all women participants. Plantation participates annually in the event which was established to memorialize the FDNY firefighters who climbed the tow-

ers during the 9/11 attacks. This year's event was held on September 23rd. Each year firefighters, police officers and their families gather in downtown Fort Lauderdale to make the 5K Run/Walk from the McKinney Tunnel on US 1 to the 110 Tower on Southeast 3rd Street. LaCourse received a special acknowledgement for her achievement. “It’s not about where you finish,” said LaCourse. “It’s all about the camaraderie and remembering those who sacrificed.” - JOEL GORDON

Finishing with Distinction: Plantation FF Kelly LaCourse crosses the finish line first in her bracket and first among all women at the 2017 Tunnel to Towers Run/Walk in Fort Lauderdale. PLANTATION FD


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Volusia County Firefighter Awarded First Responder of the Year


Lake County firefighters rescue blue heron from Astor floodwaters.

Firefighters Help Save Water-Logged Blue Heron in Astor Astor, FL - In the search for an elusive python, Lake County Fire Rescue’s Chief Dan Miller and Lt. Jason Rivera instead discovered a struggling blue heron on September 15th. The bird, an iconic symbol in the county’s logo, was found water-logged in Astor’s flooding. “We were sitting at the Unified Command post and a gentleman came running in, crying hysterically that a 9-foot python just ate his cat,” said Chief Miller. “We jumped up and took off to go looking for the snake and we couldn’t find it. What we found was this bird flopping around in the water. It couldn’t get out.” The firefighters, in dry suits

JUMP TO FILE #080113110 and heavy gloves, picked up the heron and placed it into a Lake County Sheriff’s Office Agriculture/Marine Unit truck. The bird was allowed to rest and dry out, and was eventually released back into the wild. “People think of the fire service as just putting out fires and working on injured patients, but we are a part of the community and will work on whatever mission comes before us,” said Fire Chief Jim Dickerson.

Volusia County, FL - Firefighter-Paramedic Scott Frazier, a Volusia County Fire Rescue employee since 2002, is the Florida State Elks Association 2017 First Responder of the Year/FirefighterParamedic. Frazier JUMP TO FILE# received this honor 100217114 based on the actions he took on June 20, 2016. On that day, he was part of Engine45’s responding crew to a residential structure fire with the occupant still inside the home. Frazier was familiar with the home, as he had responded to medical calls there previously and knew the resident had mobility issues. Frazier entered the structure alone, in full protective gear, and began a victim search. He located the victim, who was unconscious on the floor. He moved her to the front door, where members of an ambulance team helped him remove her from the hot zone. Advanced life support care was provided to the patient, and she was transported to an area hospital, where she recovered from her injuries. Frazier’s bravery and quick action during the early stages of a structure fire saved a life. - KATE LIND

Firefighter-Paramedic Scott Frazier with his son.



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Clearwater, FL - Clearwater FF DJ Lawrence, D/O Steve Wilensky, Lt. Eric Miller and Lt. McBride working the annual Clearwater National Night Out.


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“The Ripple Effect” Chaplain's Corner Didymus McHugh


A true American hero: Plantation’s contingent stops for a photo with Wilbur Spangler, 98, a survivor of Omaha Beach during the D-Day Invasion.

Plantation Firefighters Help Welcome Home Veterans Fort Lauderdale, FL - Despite being heavily involved in Hurricane Irma cleanup, Plantation firefighters took some time to join dozens of other organizations and individuals to welcome home some very special veterans as part of the Honor Flight program. The Honor Flight, with more than 160 veterans on board, arrived at Ft. Lauderdale International Airport Saturday evening, September 23rd, to a huge celebration. Honor guards from several local police and fire agencies,

JUMP TO FILE #092617114 as well as bagpipers, baton twirlers, and a large crowd greeted the returning veterans. The Plantation Volunteer Fire Association has been a big supporter of the Honor Flight program. This year, the Association had special T-shirts made to honor the Veterans. Profits from the sales went to support the Honor Fight program.

The highlight for Plantation’s firefighters was meeting 96-yearold Wilbur Spangler who survived the raid on Omaha Beach during the D-Day Invasion. “It’s called Honor Flight,” stated Jon Hatch, Plantation Volunteer Fire Association President. "The truth is, the honor is all ours. They call us heroes, but that is nothing compared to who these heroes are.” - JOEL GORDON

I have heard so much about the ripple effect, how what we do has impacts that we could never imagine. Well, how about what we do impacts so many people, and people that we will never meet, or know about? A friend of mine passed away and we thought about what he did and who we had to coordinate with for his memorial. He served in the Navy, retired after serving in a fire department for 25 years, retired from being an instructor at the local fire academy for 25-30 years, he was a life member of a firefighter’s motorcycle club, a founding member of an ambulance corp., he served on a CISM team, he worked with AA and also with his local church. When you think of it, just belonging to one organization impacts many people. My friend had to have taught thousands of firefighters and developed friendships with so many of them. Those firefighters may have taught other firefighters, taught fire prevention to people including children, saved lives through EMS or pulled people out of buildings. Through a fire instructor, just teaching one class can have an immense impact that they will never know. How many people are alive because someone responded as an EMT? If that person died in a car crash, from a gunshot, or of a medical issue, how many people would not have been born because the family’s blood line could have ended there? We do not really realize the impact of our words or actions. In the Bible, because of the life that Abraham lived, he was told that he would have more children than the stars in the sky. Or how about

Joseph? He was sold as a slave by his brothers, BUT later he ended up saving Egypt from a great famine. Jesus only did ministry for three years on Earth, but how many people today are following his teachings from 2,017 years ago? How many people are you going to impact? Who can you inspire, just by speaking words of encouragement to them? What lessons can people learn from you? My friend taught that you need at least four hugs a day to continue a happy and healthy life. He also taught that it is alright to cry. “It is through our tears that we are able to go on. You cannot have a rainbow without the rain and you need the tears to help you heal.” Just one of us can help and effect so many. We throw one stone into the pond of life and the ripple of our existence will propel lives, like a wave effecting a boat. The words that we speak can put wind into someone’s sails and keep them moving on. The love that we share, in our service to our neighbor and fellow man, can impact a family, community, country. Al, Thank you for being in our lives. You have helped so many people and touched so many people's lives. You were there for me as I was laying on my deathbed. You loved your family and friends. You served as an instructor and took care of so many. Now you have been called home by our Heavenly Chief. You have reported for your new assignment, working in the heavenly station as our guardian. You have been told “Well done good and faithful servant”. We will see you again someday. May the LORD bless you and keep you; May the LORD make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; May the LORD turn his face toward you and give you peace and until we meet again, may the Lord hold you in the hollow of His hand. Stay safe, Brother Didymus McHugh



Residential Structure Fire in Edgewater

Edgewater, FL - Shortly before noon on October 11th, Edgewater Fire Rescue units were dispatched to a report of a structure fire in the 3100 block of Vista Palm Drive. There was at least one adult resident and two dogs in the home at the time of the fire. All were able to safely exit the home. The fire was quickly extinguished by Edgewater fire crews. The origin of the fire was found to be in the kitchen. The cause of the fire was determined to be accidental by the Edgewater Fire Marshal. There was major damage to the home (approximate loss of $20,000). The Red Cross is responding to assist the three adults and two children who reside at the home.

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PBCFR Communicator III Tim Roche Retires After 27 Years of Service Palm Beach County, FL - Congratulations Communicator III Tim Roche, retiring after a 27+ year career with Palm Beach County Fire Rescue. Tim began his illustrious career with the NJ State Police in October of JUMP TO FILE# 1977 as a dis- 100417104 patcher, before moving to Palm Beach County Fire Rescue in May of 1990. Tim started out in the “old trailer” (Dispatch Office) on Belvedere Road. Tim was always willing to help his coworkers with any problems and used his military skills in communications and computers to mitigate problems before they caused an interruption in the 911 center. Besides his service to the citizens and visitors of Palm Beach County, Tim proudly served his country for 24 years. He served in the United States Marine Corps for 4 years, Florida National Guard for 4 years and the United States Army Reserve for 16 years, retiring as a Sergeant 1st Class. Please join us in wishing Tim Roche a happy and healthy retirement! - ALBERT BORROTO

PBCFR Communicator III Tim Roche.


APPARATUS FOR SALE The Board of Fire Commissioners of the Uniondale Fire District will accept sealed Bids until 2:00 pm, June 19, 2017, for the sale of one (1) Red 2005 International Ambulance. Add’l detailed info can be obtained. At 3pm, June 19, 2017, bid(s) will be opened and publicly read aloud. Vehicle is to be sold “as is”. The minimum accepted bid for the vehicle is $35,000 w/ firematic pkg. Sealed bid(s) may be delivered in person to District Office M-F 9:00a-5:00p at 501 Uniondale Ave., 2nd Floor, Uniondale, NY 11553. Sealed bid(s) must be marked “Bid for 2005 International Ambulance”. Sealed bid(s) must be accompanied with a check in the amount of ten percent (10%) of the bid price submitted or the bid will not be accepted. Contact District Secretary at (516) 481-8411 8:30a-5:00p M-F. The final sale payment is to be by certified or bank check. The Uniondale Fire District reserves the right to reject any and all bids.

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