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SUV hits bridge, driver Fire damages home in Cherokee County killed TIM CAVENDER

Heavy smoke was coming from the residence when firefighters arrived on scene.

Cherokee County, GA. Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services and Woodstock Fire Department responded to a structure on the morning of March 14th, shortly before 10:30 a.m., at 108 Eubanks Road. Cherokee County 911 received a call from a neighbor, who stated that there was lots of white smoke coming from the two story residence. A second caller also stated

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that there was smoke coming from the roof. The first engine could also see flames showing. Cherokee County firefighter, Eric Robidou, stated that flames were coming from the back corner of the structure. He also said that there was lots of fire,

smoke and water damage inside the home. The residents of the home were not home at the time of the fire. No injuries were reported and both lanes of Eubanks Court were blocked until the operation was completed. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation. - TIM CAVENDER

Cherokee County, GA. Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services responded to a single vehicle accident on Sunday afternoon, March 10th, just shortly before 1 p.m., on the northbound lane of Interstate 575 at the bridge at Lower Bethany Road. Emergency service personnel arrived on the scene minutes later to find a gold Ford Explorer had left the roadway and struck a bridge pillar. A life flight helicopter was put on standby, but was later canceled.

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The driver of the vehicle, a 28 year old male, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. One lane of Interstate 575 northbound was blocked until the clean up was complete. The cause of the accident is being investigated by the Georgia State Patrol. - TIM CAVENDER

Multiple fires in Barrow County


Car wrecks, lands on top Cherokee County, GA - Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services responded to a single vehicle accident just shortly before 6 p.m. on Sunday, March 3rd, on Highway 372, near Flat Bottom Trail, in Ball Ground. The accident involved a Honda automobile that apparently left the highway, became airborne and landed on its top. When the call came into 911, the caller indicated that there was possible entrapment. However, the 18 year old female driver was able to crawl out of the vehicle. The driver was shaken, but did not appear to have any serious injuries. She was later transported by ambulance to Kennestone Hospital to be evaluated. Both lanes of Highway 372 were blocked until the clean-up was complete. There were no additional injuries and the cause of the accident is being investigated by the Georgia State Patrol.

On February 20th at 3:25 a.m., Barrow County Emergency Services received a 911 call reporting a fire at 1093 Dee Kennedy Road. “Upon arrival of firefighters, we found the home to be heavily involved with fire through the roof,” commented Battalion Chief Rob Nowakowski. “We had to fight the fire from the outside due to the amount of fire.” Firefighting efforts were hampered by the collapse of the roof and floor into the basement of the home, which resulted in extensive damage. Six adults were displaced as a result. The American Red Cross responded to assist the adults. The cause is under investigation. On February 21st at 10:59, a fire at Westside Middle School was reported. Students had reported to a teacher that smoke was showing in the gymnasium. The teacher investigated and found smoke in the bathroom with fire showing in a bathroom stall. The teacher then pulled the fire alarm to evacuate the school. “Upon arrival we found smoke showing in the gym,” commented Battalion Chief Mike Stoops. “Upon further investigation, the fire was found to be in the bathroom and controlled by the sprinkler system.” Firefighters were able to ex-

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tinguish the fire quickly. Smoke and fire damage was contained to the gymnasium, which was not attached to the school, allowing the students to return to their classes shortly after firefighters extinguished the fire. “The cause of this fire was determined to be an intentional human act,” commented Chief Fire Investigator Blair Darst. “The toilet paper and holder were set on fire which extended up the wall of the stall causing the sprinkler to activate.” Suspects have been identified in this incident, which is being investigated. At 3:10 p.m. on February 21st, a person was hit by a train in the area of Atlanta Highway NW and Hill Shop Rd. One person was flown by a helicopter to an Atlanta hospital. At 11:07 p.m., a possible vehicle explosion was reported with extension into the home at a Thomas Drive residence. Firefighters found a van fully involved in fire. Crews extinguished the fire quickly with no extension. The cause of the fire is under investigation. - SCOTT DAKIN

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At Heritage Park on Lake Dow Road in McDonough, Henry County Fire Department hosted day two of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation Leadership, Accountability, Culture, and Knowledge (L.A.C.K) training. The class was only four hours in length, but provided immeasurable benefits to the men and women of the fire service. Over the two day period, a total of one hundred and three fire service personnel, from across the state, attended the training including fifty-eight Henry County firefighters. The training examines the root causes of Line of Duty Deaths (LODD) and the role of L.A.C.K. as it influences the end result. Unfortunately, many fire departments across the United States “LACK the Right Stuff” to prevent their department from being on the path to a line of duty death, with Leadership, Accountability, Culture, and Knowledge being the elements that need to be addressed and man-

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Trailer fire results in arson charges Shortly after 2:00 p.m. on March 2nd, communication officers with Barrow County Emergency Services received a 911 call reporting a fire at 112 Etheridge Road in Auburn. “Firefighters found two rooms of a vacant trailer with heavy fire showing,” commented Battalion Chief Mike Stoops. “We made an aggressive interior attack and were able to quickly bring the fire under control.” The double wide trailer was vacant. The fire investigation team and the Auburn Police Department investigated this fire and determined it was arson. An Auburn po-

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Line of duty death reported for Georgia The US Fire Administration announced a line of duty death for Lonnie Nutt, age 49, of Marietta, GA. The Marietta Fire Department was responding to a motor vehicle accident. Firefighter Engineer Nutt was the driver of the apparatus accompanied by two other firefighters. After arriving on the scene,

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In memory of those who gave all 1st Responder Newspaper honors and remembers emergency responders lost in the line of duty New York: Owego, Matthew J. Porcari, 34

Rank: Captain Incident Date:01/22/2013 Death Date: 01/22/2013 Fire Department: Owego Fire Department Fire Dept. Info: Chief: Edward Franz Initial Summary: The Owego Fire Department Company #3 responded to a mutual aid call. While performing interior attack on the structure, Captain Porcari and another firefighter fell through the floor of the structure. Both firefighters were transported to separate facilities. Captain Porcari succumbed to his injuries shortly after arrival to the hospital. The other firefighter received burns and remains in serious condition.

Pennsylvania: Berwick, Michael Martin, 51

Rank: Firefighter Incident Date:11/27/2012 Death Date: 11/27/2012 Initial Summary: Firefighter Martin passed away while participating in a first responder training program at the Luzerne County Community College Public Safety Training Institute. Martin, an employee of PPL Susquehanna, was employed at the PPL nuclear power plant in Salem Township and was part of the company's on-site fire brigade. During a SCBA portion of the training, Martin required medical assistance. The on-site trainer began to administer CPR and a college official called 911. An ambulance transported Firefighter Martin to Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center where he succumbed to his injury. Investigation into the incident continues by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Texas: Bryan, Gregory Pickard, 54

Rank: Lieutenant Incident Date: Feb 15, 2013 Death Date: Feb 16, 2013 Fire Department: Bryan Fire Department Fire Dept. Info: Chief: Randy McGregor Initial Summary: While battling a blaze at a Knights of Columbus Hall, Lieutenant Wallace became trapped inside the structure. He notified others on the scene by radio, stating he was low on air. Lieutenant Pickard, accompanied by two other firefighters, entered the building to rescue Lieutenant Wallace. During the rescue, the roof collapsed. Lieutenant Wallace died at the scene and Lieutenant Pickard was rushed to the hospital where he later passed away from his injuries. Both firefighters died from burns sustained in the collapse. The two other firefighters involved are in stable but serious condition. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Texas: Bryan, Eric Wallace, 36 Rank: Lieutenant Incident Date: Feb 15, 2013 Death Date: Feb 16, 2013 Fire Department: Bryan Fire Department Fire Dept. Info: Chief: Randy McGregor Initial Summary: While battling a blaze at a Knights of Columbus Hall, Lieutenant Wallace became trapped inside the structure. He notified others on the scene by radio, stating he was low on air. Lieutenant Pickard, accompanied by two other firefighters, entered the building to rescue Lieutenant Wallace. During the rescue, the roof collapsed. Lieutenant Wallace died at the scene and Lieutenant Pickard was rushed to the hospital where he later passed away from his injuries. Both firefighters died from burns sustained in the collapse. The two other firefighters involved are in stable but serious condition. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Pennsylvania: Summit Hill, Claudia Sokol, 55 Rank: Fire Police Officer Incident Date: Feb 21, 2013 Death Date: Feb 22, 2013 Fire Department: Diligence Fire Company No.1 Fire Dept. Info: Chief: Shawn Hoben Initial Summary: Fire Police Officer Sokol suffered a medical emergency while on traffic control duties at the scene of a motor vehicle accident on Thursday and passed away Friday evening, February 22. Tennessee: Church Hill, David Schnepp, 43 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: Feb 24, 2013 Death Date: Feb 24, 2013 Fire Department: Carter's Valley Fire Departmentt Fire Dept. Info: Chief: Michael Yates Initial Summary: A short time after fighting a brush fire Sunday evening, February 24, Firefighter Schnepp passed away from a cause still to be determined. Incident Location: Pending Michigan: Mattawan, Nate Fruin, 22 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: Feb 26, 2013 Death Date: Feb 26, 2013 Fire Department: Mattawan Fire District Fire Dept. Info: Chief: Terron McLean Initial Summary: Firefighter Fruin was responding to a structure fire when he fell ill from a cause still to be determined. Shortly after leaving the station, Fruin's partner, who was driving, called to report the medical emergency. He then pulled over to the side of the road, and according to reports, Fruin went into cardiac arrest. Other responders stopped and rendered aid, but Firefighter Fruin succumbed to his injury.

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Live fire training for deployed Savannah Guard Dawgs Forward deployed firefighters from the 165th Airlift Wing, Georgia Air National Guard recently conducted a live fire training burn at an undisclosed location in the Middle East. Firefighters from the 187th Fighter Wing Alabama Air National Guard, 169th Fighter Wing South Carolina Air National Guard, 148th Fighter Wing Minnesota Air National Guard and the 193rd Special Operations Wing Pennsylvania Air National Guard also participated in this day of training. Some of the lesson objectives completed were advancing a charged hose line in a reduced visibility environment, incident command, safety officer, driver training and pump operator and vertical and hydraulic ventilation. All of this training was conducted with limited water resources and required the use of multiple water tender apparatus.

For years, fire departments have focused heavily on teaching fire prevention. We visit schools, we distribute smoke detectors, we try to educate every citizen we meet on fire safety. As a result, our communities have benefited by a significant drop in loss of life and property. But what comprises the overwhelming bulk of today's emergency calls? Medical emergencies! Do we lose more lives to fires or illness? We have worked so diligently and been so successful with fire prevention, so why aren't we applying this to the community's medical needs? We all know our country faces a severe crisis with rising medical costs. Individuals, families, cities and employers lose money at an alarming rate due to poor health and disability. Why aren't we focusing at preventing these emergencies just as much as the fire emergencies? We determined that the natural evolution of our department, in order to best fulfill the needs of our

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community, would be to develop a program where health and wellness is taught as aggressively as fire prevention. To carry out this ambitious undertaking, we created the "H.E.R.O." (Health Empowerment, Resolve and Ownership) program. The goal of this initiative is to empower the citizens to take control of their own health and wellness through better nutrition, increased physical activity and better health education. Although this project is still in the infancy stage, we're already planning small health fairs at apartment complexes and shopping centers where we can take vitals and hand out information on proper exercise, nutrition and how to better manage existing illnesses such as diabetes. In addition to the fire prevention taught at local schools, we

will be incorporating exercise and nutrition awareness to start children off with good health habits that they can take home and share with their families. In addition to our traditional educational methods, we are also incorporating the social medias. We recently launched a Facebook page to motivate and inspire as well as educate, and soon we will be adding a You Tube page where citizens can workout with our fire personnel. The nature of emergencies has shifted over the last several years, and we must change with it to continue to be a vital, integral part of our community. We have embraced the change and look forward to seeing the results once our program's components are fully implemented. The H.E.R.O. program is our pledge to be there to empower our citizens to live healthier, happier, richer lives. - GARY MENARD

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Storm preparations for your firehouse Most people heeded the evacuation warnings that were given, but as usual there were those who remained behind thinking they could ride it out and be safe. They were wrong and placed emergency responders’ lives in jeopardy in order to rescue STAYING them. T h e SAFE pager has just opened and Chief Henry Campbroadcasts bell the following message, “The Weather Bureau has issued a tornado and severe thunderstorm warning for the area between the hours of p.m. and 9 p.m. There is a potential for heavy rains, nickel sized hail and winds in excess of 60 miles per hour with the potential for flooding in low lying areas. Should a storm hit in your area, you should immediately report to your fire station.” Will the damage from the storm be minor and last an hour or less? Or will there be major damage to your community requiring emergency duty lasting a day or possibly extending into weeks. As you respond to your fire station in compliance with the storm message, you should feel secure in knowing your family is prepared, but how about your fire station. Is it prepared to handle an extended operation? If not, it should be. Does the fire station have the capability to house (sleep) the number of members who have reported for duty? When any extended emergency requires you to go on long term (more than a day or two) emergency response and standby, it will require the feeding and housing of the firefighters and EMS personnel responding to the numerous and varied calls. Living and working out of the fire station for prolonged periods of time requires preparation and if you aren’t or haven’t prepared, you should. Any of the aforementioned storm scenarios can be encountered by most communities at any time, then add the potential terrorist threats, hazmat or WMD’s and the potential for flu and related medical epidemics, the realization of having your fire station prepared for extended operations is important. Having a standby source of electricity with a sufficient fuel supply to provide electric power to the fire station is very important should power fail. Portable radios and pagers will require charging; along with maintaining basic communication links within the fire station and dispatch. It is also important to note where you can obtain additional fuel for the standby generator system if needed, gasoline, diesel or propane. A full service kitchen with an adequate supply of food, coffee, drinks, water and needed staples along with disposable paper products and utensils is required. The quantity in supply will be dependent upon the number of firefighters

you foresee having on hand in an emergency for a minimum of three to five days, or possibly longer. Your best food supply would be the commercial sized (large) cans of prepared foods and with a backup electric supply, you can also safely store frozen foods. Most of these commercial meal type items can be purchased from the local supermarket or big box discount supply houses beforehand and will only require heating prior to serving when needed, even if no firehouse chef is available. Additional food supplies may be obtained initially at local supermarkets and merchants, but if it is an extended operation with power outages, their food stock will deplete rapidly and restocking may take days or longer. During an extended period of emergency operations, you may be very limited as to what you will be able to obtain locally during the emergency. Having some basic provisions on hand and replacing them annually is the way to go. You can use last year’s food stock products for an after meeting or drill meal, donate them to a local food pantry or whatever innovative way you choose while you replenish it with a fresh supply. Rest for the weary firefighters is another priority. Does your fire station have sleeping accommodations and how many can it accommodate? If you don’t have sleeping accommodations or need a larger area, can you establish them by setting up a specific area or room that can be used solely for the purpose of firefighters catching some “shut eye.” You may have to split a large meeting room by installing movable room dividers and separating the room during an emergency. Once you have a designated sleep area, you will need cots, blankets and pillows to provide the basics for a good sleep. Individual members should bring a personal grooming kit and a sleeping bag if they have one. Individual sleeping bags can be used with the cots and eliminate the need for blankets and sheets. In extended operations rest is important as the novelty, adrenaline rush, and excitement will quickly wear off, and a place to rest will become a must. Throughout periods of high activity it would be wise to assign four to six firefighters per apparatus and to have those remaining firefighters/EMT’s be designated the off duty (rest) group. After a certain period of time, four to eight hours, the groups can exchange allowing for all personnel to have a rest period. It is important that everyone get their proper rest and an officer should be responsible for seeing that all firefighters comply with their assigned rest period. Lack of rest often leads to unsafe acts, which in turn leads to injuries. Don’t forget personal hygiene and shower facilities will make the stay more livable and healthy for all! Being prepared for long term emergency operations is taking proper proactive action and will help keep all safe while providing service to your community.


FCTRT members demonstrating their “field craft” skills in the wilderness

FCTRT completes more wilderness training From Moscow to Piperton, members of the Fayette County Technical Rescue Team have been training very heavily in wilderness search and rescue for the past couple of months. In addition, six new members have successfully passed their SARTech certification from the National Association of Search and Rescue. Therefore, nearly every one of the team’s operations members are now certified in wilderness search and rescue through NASAR, which is the premiere training agency for wilderness search and rescue. NASAR, a Virginia based non-profit corporation was founded in 1972, with a focus on education in search management, the theory of search, search planning, and the management of search incidents. The company has gone on to expand its area of focus to include the promotion of the National Incident Management System and to provide training programs to certify search and rescue personnel in a number of field related areas, such as: search methods, operational concepts, tracking, and search scene management. According to its mission statement, “the National Association for Search and Rescue is a not-for-profit membership association dedicated to advancing professional, literary, and scientific knowledge in fields related to search and rescue. NASAR is

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comprised of thousands of paid and non-paid professionals interested in all aspects of search and rescue - the humanitarian cause of saving lives - throughout the United States and around the world.” “One of the disciplines of response of our team is obviously Search and Rescue.” said the Team’s Training officer, Captain Christopher Bauer. “Our training modules for search and rescue cover both wildland and urban environments, but due to the geographic terrain of southern Fayette County, we are training very heavily in wildland S&R to be able to respond in the very terrain challenging areas around the Wolf River. “On top of our internal training and operational readiness exercises, we are having some of our newer field personnel obtain their SARTech series certifications. “We have committed to using NASAR’s standards as our basis for certification and operational policy to achieve the best possible result.” The Fayette County Technical Rescue Team is a private, nonprofit and sanctioned rescue squad comprised of volunteers from various emergency response agencies and the private sector that is solely funded through sponsors, dona-

tions, and private grants. The team does not accept or receive any federal, state, county, or municipal government funding so that there is no cost for the all volunteer team. The FCTRT is an Active Unit Member of the Tennessee Association of Rescue Squads and has formed alliances with the Rossville Fire Department, Search Dogs South and the Kelsey Canine Medical Center and holds active team memberships with the National Association for Search and Rescue (NASAR), the International Association for Dive Rescue Specialists (IADRS), the International Rescue and Emergency Care Association (IRECA), the National Association of Volunteer Search and Rescue Teams (NAVSAR) and the Mid-South Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters (Mid-South VOAD). The team is fully insured; available to respond in most of Tennessee, Mississippi and Arkansas; and provides specialized emergency response to fire departments, police departments, and agencies requesting additional assistance or personnel without charge. If you are interested in joining, assisting, donating, or just looking for more information about the Team - please visit their website at, visit them on Facebook, or call them anytime at (901) 496-6800. - KEVIN SNIDER


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Several injured during apartment fire in Daytona Beach Daytona Beach, FL. Daytona Beach Fire Department responded to the 400 block of North Halifax Ave. just after 5:30 a.m. on February 5, 2013 for a commercial structure fire. Fire crews could see heavy smoke from an upstairs apartment unit. As firefighters were making entry to the apartment, the occupant attempted to block access by standing in the doorway of the unit. Daytona Beach Police Department, who was assisting with evacuation of the complex, had to restrain the resident in order for fire crews to attack the fire. Firefighters treated several police officers on scene for smoke inhalation due to the restraining of the resident. The resident of the unit was treated for smoke inhalation as well as a burn to his leg and taken to

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Halifax Health Medical Center for further evaluation. Firefighters eventually made entry to the room of origin and were able to confine the fire to that location. During the investigation into the cause of the fire, firefighters found evidence of the resident possibly falling asleep while smoking in the bed. No other injuries were reported on the scene and the fire caused about $5,000.00 in damages. All evacuated residents were allowed to return back to their apartments after firefighters cleared the building of smoke. - LARRY STONEY




Palm Beach County Fire Rescue changes command for the third time since inception Thursday, February 28, 2013 began as any other within Palm Beach County Fire Rescue except the anticipation of a change in command slated for the afternoon. For 30 years, Palm Beach County Fire Rescue has been on the leading edge of providing emergency services to the citizens of this 1822 square mile area with a population of an estimated 864,528. Since 1984, when eight fire districts consolidated to form the department it was under the command of Herman Brice, who led the department until 2009 when he hung up his helmet of 55 years.

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Steven Jerauld was selected as the second fire chief of Palm Beach County Fire Rescue following Chief Brice. Chief Jerauld was able to provide three years of dedicated service as chief, ending on February 28, 2013 and completing 35 years of service with PBCFR. Jeff Collins was then selected as the third fire chief for this organization. Chief Collins has served 17 years with Palm Beach County Fire Rescue and held the position of deputy chief in the bu-

reau of safety services/fire marshal before being selected for the fire chief position. Chief Collins was presented with a formal change of command ceremony on Thursday, February 28, 2013. The change of command ceremony commenced for the second time in the department’s history. Palm Beach County Fire Rescue personnel and other local dignitaries were in attendance to meet and congratulate Chief Collins on his achievement. - ALBERT BORROTO


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We have discussed the benefits of group fitness many times in the past. Quite simply group fitness is a great motivator and compliance booster. Working as a team comes naturally to members of the fire service, so it’s a good fit. The arrival of Spring is a perfect time to take training as a group one step further. It’s a great time to get outside. The weather can be a factor at times, so you have to have a backup plan for this. A simple indoor circuit does the trick. How ‘bout getting organized? It can be as simple as designating time(s) to walk or jog as a group. Walking or jogging as a group is a fun and easy way to exercise together. It doesn’t require any equipment and you can change the route often. Through a park - the beach? Change it up! You can go totally recreational with games of ‘ultimate frisbee’ (touch football style) or even revert to your old school days with ‘field day” like activities. Think - relay races, obstacle courses, tug ‘o’ war, etc.) Setting up a volleyball court or organizing softball or basketball games work great. You can play games within your department or make arrangements with nearby departments to participate along with you. There are leagues out there. Either way, why not give it a shot? You can even create your own version of the combat challenge. Make an obstacle course consisting of four to six “duty” related activities and train or compete for times and accuracy on a regular basis. This is one of my favorites because of its functionality. Getting fit and improving your work skills at the same time is a great combo. Go for it! Start, by getting a few members excited about your idea. Conduct a survey with a few proposed activities and also ask members for their suggestions. Check with”the powers that be” to make sure officers/administrators are “on board” and for guidelines. Post sign-up sheets on bulletin boards - make announcements at meetings/drills and get something going. Be sure all participants receive physician’s approval, and let the games begin! - LORI HODGKINSON

Firefighters battle three car garage fire in Western Boca Raton Boca Raton, FL. On Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at 4:30 p.m., units were called to the 17000 block of Brookwood Drive in suburban Boca Raton. Initial 911 calls stated that there was a fire inside a three car garage at the location. Responding crews stated that they could see heavy flames and smoke showing from the front of a two story residence when they turned onto the street. On arriva, they stated they had a three car garage that was fully involved and they called a working fire. Crews made an aggressive fire attack and found they had two vehicles inside the garage with fire into the attic space.

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At one point during firefighting efforts, a vehicle fuel tank began leaking gasoline which ignited. Firefighters did an excellent job containing the fire to the garage area and preventing the spread of fire into the estimated 6000 square foot home. Crews on this incident included E54, E53, P57, E52, E42, E55, R54, R55, R451, R53, R411, DC5, CP5, DC4, BC5, CP4, IV4, TRAIN6, AT18 and PI1. - ALBERT BORROTO ALBERT BORROTO







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Lehigh Acres was dispatched to Milwaukee Boulevard and Grant Boulevard for a rollover with reported entrapment at 10:40 a.m. on Febru- JUMP TO FILE # 021613101 ary 16th. Truck 102 advised they had a car versus pickup with the truck on it's side and multiple victims on the ground. They reported a female pinned in the other car and the driver of the pickup had been ejected. Battalion 100 requested a helicopter. Lee Control advised they had would dispatch Aeromed with a ten minute ETA. Engine 104 set up a landing zone just west of the crash site while truck 102's crew made quick work of the extrication. A total of three trauma alerts were transported by LAFD Rescue 101, 102 and Aeromed 5. - CHARLIE ROBBINS



Lehigh Acres structure fire LAFD Engine 104 was first due at a well involved dwelling fire at 3213 15th St SW at 1555 hours on March 5th. Nearly the entire interior of the structure was involved in fire when crews arrived on scene. Companies made an aggressive interior attack, but were pulled out by when conditions began to deteriorate. It appeared a section of the roof was about to collapse. After a short exterior attack and some additional ventilation, companies returned to interior attack mode and had the bulk of the fire knocked down in about 20 minutes.

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Dryer causes fire in Suburban Palm Beach County BOB ROMIG

At 10:23 a.m. on Saturday, February 23; Palm Beach County Fire Rescue units responded to reports of a residential structure fire on Springdale Road. The first arriving engine company stated they had flames coming from the garage of the single family home. Fire crews made an aggressive fire attack and located the source of the fire as a clothes dryer in the garage. Crews removed the dryer and were able to contain the fire to the single garage. One challenge the first arriving engine company faced was driving their apparatus down a very narrow road to the residence. The cause of the fire is under investigation


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Lehigh Acres fatal crash Lehigh Acres was dispatched at 1:50 a.m. on March 8th to the area of State Road 82 and Homestead Road for a vehicle crash with entrapment and ejection. Upon arrival, Engine 105 advised Lee Control they had a two car wreck with one victim pinned and one ejected. Battalion 100 requested a helicopter and Lee Control advised they would have Aeromed on the way. The driver of the silver Mustang was in traumatic arrest and taken to Lehigh Regional Medical Center, where he died from his injuries. The driver of the red sedan was trauma alerted and taken to Lee Memorial Trauma Center aboard Aeromed.

The Florida Antique Bucket Brigade recently sponsored the winter meeting of SPAAMFAA. They exceeded their expectations and never expected to have over 300 registered guests/vendors/apparatus owners. Those 300 plus guests represented about 40 different chapters of SPAAMFAA from 33 states, Canada and the UK and had one member travel from Alaska. We had seven hand drawn apparatus on display and 28 motorized apparatus. Tom and Julie Hooker drove their 1965 Seagrave down from North Carolina and Pete Menedis brought his 1870’s Klotz and Chromer estate pumper down in his pickup from Pennsylvania. They both won longest dis-

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tance travelled. We had rigs from Tennessee, Georgia, Maryland, Virginia as well as many of our local members and other antique apparatus owners from Florida. We also had many of the modern units from the Jacksonville Fire/Rescue department including their new mass casuality bus. Other displays included the Florida Forestry Service; Jacksonville Sheriff’s office; the Florida State Fire Marshal’s office and two of the pink breast cancer awareness rigs from Florida. Our president, Ron Czaplicki set up his 1900 Deming hand pumper for a

demonstration operated by the JFRD explorers. The displays had a good mix of equipment on the grounds including a 1914 American LaFrance; 1934 Ahrens Fox VL; 1925 Reo Speedwagon;(all owned by FABB members); a very beautiful 1938 Seagrave 66E7, ex-Baltimore, MD that has been converted to a unit to carry funeral caskets; a 1978 powder blue ALF Pioneer pumper formerly from upstate PA. We also had a couple of chief’s vehicles: a 1967 Chevy Impala, ex-New Jersey unit owned by Ron Petrillo; a 1925 Ford Model T Chiefs car owned by Bill Killen. - BOB ROMIG

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St Petersburg Fire & Rescue takes gold, silver and bronze Congratulations to Firefighters Emil Baltic, Nick Boice and John Smeltz for placing first, second and third, respectively, in the regional 2013 Skills USA firefighting competition held at Pinellas Technical Education Center (PTEC) on February 7, 2013. The Skills USA Firefighting Competition evaluates the ability to perform firefighting skills such as donning bunker gear, tying knots, hoisting tools and completing the Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT). These three candidates worked very hard to perfect these skills prior to the competition. Emil, Nick and John will represent Region 4 (Hernando, Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas Counties) at the Skills USA state competition held April 28th–May 1st in Pensacola, FL. The winners of the state competition will move on to the national competition being held in Kansas City.



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Firefighters battle flames and bees to extinguish structure fire During lunchtime on Friday, March 8, 2013; units from both Palm Beach County Fire Rescue and West Palm Beach Fire Rescue were called to a residential structure fire on the 1600 block of N Congress Ave. Callers reported they could see smoke and flames from the back of a house at the location. First arriving crews reported a single story home with heavy smoke and flames from the back. Crews made an aggressive attack and the fire was quickly under control. One challenge that the firefighters encountered was they found a beehive in the back of the home when they began firefighting efforts. No firefighters were stung. The home was an unoccupied structure and the cause of the fire is under investigation. MARK J BUSH

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Coral Gables Fire Department promotions On February 7, 2013, the City of Coral Gables promoted four of its finest to new fire officer positions. In attendance at the ceremony were the Coral Gables Mayor Jim Cason, Coral Gables Fire Chief Walt Reed and his staff, Chief of Police Scott Massington, and family members of the honorees. The Coral Gables Fire Department would like to congratulate Firefighter Jason Barger promoted to fire lieutenant, Firefighter Jose Pereda appointed to staff lieutenant, Lieutenant Jesus Acevedo appointed to captain in the professional standards division and Captain Dean James who was appointed to division chief of operations.


Palm Beach County battles brush fire that threatens mobile home park At 1:30 p.m. on February 11, 2013, Palm Beach County Fire Rescue Battalion 3 units were called to a report of a brush fire on 7th Ave North in Lake Worth behind an industrial complex and next to a mobile home park. Crews found a two acre brush fire and quickly brought it under control, preventing any danger of exposure to the mobile homes. Access to the site was challenging and crews fought the fire from several different points to quickly extinguish it.

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Car fire quickly extinguished Engine 419 firefighters from the Cantonment Station of Escambia County Fire Rescue were able to quickly extinguish a vehicle fire February 20th that was threatening a nearby home. Firefighters arrived on scene to find a fully involved vehicle fire surrounded by piles of clothing. The owners were attempting to extinguish the fire with a garden hose as Engine 419 pulled up. Acting Lt. Bill Halfacre and Firefighter Charles Bailey quickly extinguished the fire.

EMMITSBURG, Md. – The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) announced today a provisional total of 83 on-duty firefighter fatalities in the United States as a result of incidents that occurred in 2012, the same number of firefighter losses as in 2011. The 83 fatalities were spread across 34 states. Pennsylvania and North Carolina experienced the highest number of fatalities with nine firefighter deaths each. New York had six firefighter deaths, including the most recent tragic

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shooting deaths of two firefighters in Webster. California and Texas, each with five firefighter deaths, were the only other states with five or more firefighter fatalities in 2012. Heart attacks or stroke were responsible for the deaths of 41 firefighters (49%) in 2012. This single year total is a near average proportion of firefighter deaths from heart attack or stroke over recent years. This nature of fatal injury has remained relatively constant, while others, on average, have been reduced during the past decade. Eleven on-duty firefighters died

in association with wildland fires, the same as 2011 and 2010. The single cause of injury seeing more than a four-fold increase in firefighter deaths during 2012 was vehicle collisions (including aircraft), with 18 deaths. These 2012 firefighter fatality statistics are provisional and will likely change somewhat as the USFA contacts state fire marshals to verify the names of firefighters reported to have died on duty during 2012. The final number of firefighter fatalities will be reported in USFA's annual firefighter fatality report, expected to be available by July. - US Fire Administration

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Two dead in overnight fire City of Punta Gorda Fire Department units were dispatched to 310 Sorrento Dr at 11:19 a.m. for a possible structure fire on March 7th. The caller was the occupant's daughter, who had come to the house for a welfare check JUMP TO FILE # and found evidence 030813101 of a fire. First-arriving units reported nothing visible and no indicators from the street. A closer investigation showed darkened windows. Entry was forced and revealed heavy fire damage to the living room with smoke marking almost to the floor in the other rooms. The residents, an elderly husband and wife, were found deceased in the master bedroom. Both had been able to get out of bed, but succumbed almost immediately. The fire self-extinguished with no outside evidence. Neighbors reported they heard and smelled nothing. A gentleman walked his dog past the structure earlier and noted nothing amiss. The residence had no operational smoke detectors. The cause is under investigation by the state fire marshal. PGFD Engine 3, Engine 12 and BC1 responded. The City of Punta Gorda Fire Department has a program in place for residents to receive a free smoke detector (installed) just by calling department headquarters.

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Two alarm fire with roof collapse On Monday, February 25, 2013, crews from Palm Beach County Fire Rescue responded to reports of a residential structure fire on the 19300 block of Waters Reach Trail in Western Boca Raton. Units responding to the fire stated they could see a visible column of smoke from the entrance to the devel- JUMP TO FILE # 031313106 opment. The first arriving engine company reported flames visible from two roofs. Firefighters started an aggressive interior attack on the fire, but were forced to pull back at one point when flames moved above their position. Shortly thereafter, there was a roof collapse caused by the fire. There was one resident home at the time of this fire, but they were able to safely get out without any injury. This fire caused damage to four of the six townhomes in the complex. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Units on this fire included E53, R53, E55, E54, R55, BC5, DC5, R57, P57, CP5, R500, DC4, CP4, E58, BC4, CAT2, BC1, OPS2, LA341, IV2, PI1, IV5, R400, E42, E52, R27, E45 and IV4. - ALBERT BORROTO

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St Petersburg Fire & Rescue announces promotions On January 3, 2013, three of St. Pete’s finest stood tall in front of the many co-workers, family and friends who gathered to witness their promotion and badge pinning ceremony. Steven Knight, a 16 year veteran, was promoted to assistant chief in charge of EMS. Robert Basset, a 23 year veteran, was promoted to assistant chief in charge of operations; and Michael Domante, a 23 year veteran, was promoted to fire marshal. Knight is a third generation firefighter and Bassett is a second generation firefighter. Fire Chief James D. Large conducted the pinning ceremony.

Plantation firefighter honored for heroism Plantation, FL. With his wife at his side, Plantation Fire Captain Randall (Randy) Pettitt stood before the Plantation City Council meeting on February 13th to receive the department's Meritorious Service Award. On the evening of October 30th, 2012, while on his way to dinner with his wife Jill, Captain Pettitt witnessed a car go into the lake at Peters and Pine Island Road, in Plantation. Captain Pettitt immediately pulled off the road and contacted Plantation's dispatch center via the

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radio. Not knowing the condition of the vehicle or what injuries the driver might have sustained and fearing she might further injure herself, Pettitt made the decision to enter the water and safely remove her to the bank. A Plantation rescue arrived shortly thereafter and the woman was transported to Westside Regional Medical Center, where she

recovered. For his quick actions, while placing his own safety in jeopardy, Captain Pettitt was awarded the Plantation Fire Department's Meritorious Service Award. During the ceremony, Lifesaving Awards were also issued to the rescue crew of Lt. Eric Moshe, paramedic Peter Simone and EMT John Zeilinga. A Civilian Citation was awarded to Dr. Gerald Lavandosky for assisting with the resuscitation of a child in an office parking lot. - JOEL GORDON

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Seminole County, FL - On February 22nd, Seminole County Fire Department responded to a residential structure fire located in the 1800 block of Shadyhill Terrace in the Winter Park area of unincorporated Seminole County. Upon arrival, smoke and flames were visible and one occupant evacuated the home with the assistance of a neighbor. An additional neighbor was treated and released on scene, suffering injuries as a result of the smoke. Firefighters from Seminole County, City of Casselberry and the City of Winter Park aggressively fought and extinguished the fire. The American Red Cross is assisting the homeowners and the State Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating.

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Ocala firefighters extinguish blaze in apartment complex Ocala, FL Ocala Fire Rescue was called to the scene of an apartment complex fire at 11:02 a.m. on February 24th. Smoke could initially be seen from several miles distant and on arrival firefighters observed flames coming through the roof of a two story wood structure. The occupied building contained 16 apartments and firefighters were quickly able to search the building to ensure everyone had safely evacuated. “Fire and smoke damage was contained to just four of those apartments, and firefighters remained on scene for more than five hours� stated Battalion Chief Wally Brinkman. Twenty eight firefighters responded to the scene, and there were no injuries to the tenants. The cause of the fire is under investigation.


North Naples house fire Around 3:30 a.m., North Naples R45, SQ45, BC40, E42 and TL44 responded to a report of a fire in the garage. Upon arrival, units had flames showing from the eaves near the front door and heavy smoke pushing throughout the structure from the eaves. Crews were notified that the family pets were still inside, a quick search found two of the three dogs. The third was found after the fire was extinguished. R45 crews contained the fire inside the garage with no extension into the house, even though the fire got into in the attic.


Delray Beach announces staff promotions The City of Delray Beach Fire-Rescue Department held a promotional ceremony for four staff members on Wednesday, February 20th. The city is proud to announce the following promotions: Captain Dan Waldrep was promoted from Firefighter/Paramedic to Training Captain. Captain Andrew Close was promoted from Driver/Engineer to Fire Safety Inspector. Driver Engineer Brian Fiorey was promoted from Firefighter/Paramedic. Driver Engineer Kenny Hansley was promoted from Firefighter/Paramedic. The City of Delray Beach congratulates each of these newly promoted staff members and appreciates all of their efforts.


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Maitland Fire Rescue Department responded to an auto accident with entrapment on the evening of January 7th. Multiple callers reported a two vehicle accident at the intersection of Keller Road and W. Kennedy Boulevard. Q47, E45, R47, B45 and EMS61 extricated one moderately entrapped patient by removing the roof and driver’s door of a newer model sedan.


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Palm Beach County holds Fire Fest in Jupiter Jupiter, FL. On February 10, 2013, Palm Beach County Fire Rescue held it's first ever Fire Fest in the City of Jupiter Florida. There were many static displays presented by all of the different public service entities in the county. Represented were Palm Beach County Fire Rescue, Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office, Florida Division of Forestry, Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission, Palm Beach County Emergency Management, several vendors and the Palm Beach County Health Care District's Aero-Medical Helicopter the Trauma Hawk.

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Also, there were demonstrations of a cardiac arrest scenario, extrication, hazardous materials equipment, a live burn demonstrating a non-sprinklered room and a room with a sprinkler system in it, and an appearance of the PBCHCD's Trauma Hawk which was a hit with all. E veryone in attendance had a great time and walked away with a wealth of knowledge. - STEPHEN SABO


The Colors flying at the Entrance to the Fest for all the Citizens attending

Some of the Citizens that attended



FF/PM Flight Nurse Kit Hibbs on the right answering questions about the Trauma Hawk


Palm Beach County Fire Rescue's Pink Pumper bringing awareness of different types of Cancers that affect Men and Women


Palm Beach County Health Care District's Trauma Hawk coming in for a landing at the Fest

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Heroes Mortgage Program

Hero firefighter inspired by Hurricane Katrina helped by mortgage program Like so many other Americans, Stephanie Fowle watched on television in disbelief and horror, as Hurricane Katrina ripped through New Orleans in 2005. Fowle wanted to do something to help down in New Orleans, but she couldn’t. However, she could make a difference back home. Inspired by the devastation Hurricane Katrina left in her wake, Fowle joined the Green Creek Volunteer (NJ) Fire Department. She is still a proud Green Creek firefighter, a true hero, one the Sun National Bank Heroes Mortgage Program is proud to have worked with. 1st Responder and Sun Home Loans teamed up to create the Heroes Mortgage Program. This exclusive mortgage opportunity provides discounted fees and low interest rates for firefighters and other members of the emergency services community. The program offers unmatched rates, minimal lender fees and promises to get clients in their new home by the contract date. Fowle and her husband, Merrill, a firefighter for 32 years, used the Heroes Mortgage Program to refinance – saving a few hundred dollars every month on their mortgage. “Everyone with the program was so helpful and you can’t beat

the rates,” Stephanie Fowle said. “It’s awesome and really helped us out a lot. To save that kind of money, is a big deal. I would definitely recommend the Heroes Mortgage Program.” Sun Home Loans, a division of Sun National Bank, and 1st Responder are both proud to serve the heroes in our community, who dedicate their lives serving the rest of us. Clients enjoy unmatched customer service and attentiveness throughout the process, from their initial inquiry, to closing. Working with its own resources and Federal government programs, Sun National Bank develops solutions that open the path to home ownership. Sun National Bank provides a full-range of banking products and services, delivered by experienced bankers. Personal attention merges with world-class service and competitive products that meet the needs of today’s consumers and businesses. Sun National Bank believes that doing business in the community means being a part of it. Whether purchasing a new home or refinancing an existing one, the Heroes Mortgage Program is offered exclusively, providing personal service, benefits and rates not normally available to the general public. “Our staff is honored to work

with first responders such as Stephanie Fowle and her husband,” said Steven Testa, an executive vice president with Sun National Bank. “They are such a big part of our community, the fabric if you will. They risk their lives for us every day. This type of program is the very least that we could do for

them. Of course, we all look forward in continuing to build our relationship with the emergency services community.” To receive more information about the program and its benefits, contact Steven Testa at or call 973-6159745.

Sun National Bank Home Loans and 1st Responder Newspaper are not affiliated. All loans subject to approval. Certain conditions and fees may apply. Mortgage financing provided by Sun National Bank Loans, Equal Housing Lender.



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Chief Jerauld, Chief Brice and Chief Collins at the change of command ceremony for Palm Beach County Fire Rescue

Fire Chief Ed Curran with newly promoted Lt. Juan Velez from the City of Lauderhill Fire Rescue.



Firefighter Nick Boice competed in the regional 2013 Skills USA firefighting competition held at Pinellas Technical Education Center (PTEC) on February 7th, 2013.

On February 23, Palm Beach County Fire Rescue units responded to reports of a residential structure fire on Springdale Rd.



Lt. Cheyenne Gurley (left) leads teammates Nick Leslie and Brooke Ice in the treatment of an injured patient at the "Trauma Practical" event at the Winterfest Competition attended by the Cherokee County Fire Explorers.

A district chief with Palm Beach County Fire Rescue at a brush fire on February 11, 2013 that threatened a mobile home park.

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