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Ocala, FL. Assistant Fire Chief Brian Stoothoff was recognized during a city council meeting on November 20th, for his 30 years of service with Ocala Fire Rescue. He has seen many changes over the years and was hired three decades ago when there were few paramedics in the State of Florida. Chief Stoothoff is a firefighter paramedic, who previously served as a fire equipment operator, captain, battalion chief, public education specialist and public information officer for the department. Chief Stoothoff states he looks forward to continue serving the citizens of Ocala and the City of Ocala.

Lucky to be alive in Hamilton County On December 17, 2012 at 10:30 a.m., the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office 911 center received a call of a low flying single engine plane in the area of US Hwy 129 and SW 109th Drive. Units from the Hamilton County Sheriff's office, Hamilton County EMS and the Jasper Fire Rescue Department were all notified and within seconds of initial notification, all units were advised of a plane down. Upon arrival, the plane was

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found in a freshly plowed field balancing on its nose and one wing. The female pilot had climbed from the cockpit unharmed. The plane was identified as a single engine Alarus and the pilot was a student pilot flying from Jacksonville to Live Oak, when the ceiling fell and she decided to

make a emergency landing. The plane was later pulled down onto landing gear from its original position and remained in the field until FAA could complete their investigation. Units responding to the incident were HCSO 56-1, 56-5, 5617, EM-1, EM-2 and EM-3, from EMS was Med 91 and from Jasper Fire Rescue were Engine 31, Squad 31 and Command 31. - W.J. Trinder Sr

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Lehigh Acres occupied dwelling fire LAFD Engine 105 “B” shift was first due at a well involved house fire at 625 Morningmist Lane at 2:47 a.m. on December 30, 2012. All occupants had escaped the blaze, which already had hold of most of the dwelling when Engine 105 arrived. 105’s crew made an aggressive interior attack with an inch and three quarter hand line while Truck 102's crew ventilated and pulled ceilings. Battalion 100, Acting Chief Chad Ketron, placed the fire under control approximately 40 minutes after arrival of the first unit. The LAFD Fire Marshal's office is investigating the fire.


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Rank: Deputy Fire Marshal Incident Date:11/3/2012 Death Date: 11/7/2012 Fire Department: Bladen County Emergency Services Fire Dept. Info: Emergency Services Director Bradley Kinlaw Initial Summary: Deputy Fire Marshal Hall responded to and actively participated in fighting a fire in the Carvers Creek Community. He was also the primary investigator of the fire. During the incident, Hall fell ill and was put on bed rest. Several days later, he was taken to the hospital where he passed away from a heart related cause.

North Carolina: Walter M. Summerville III, 55

Rank: Fire Chief Incident Date:11/6/2012 Death Date: 11/7/2012 Fire Department: Kernersville Fire Rescue Department Fire Dept. Info: Interim Fire Chief Terry Crouse Initial Summary: Fire Chief Summerville responded with his fire department to a triple shooting incident. Near the end of the incident, Summerville complained to fellow firefighters that he didn’t feel well and went to sit in one of the department vehicles while the incident finished up. The following day while at work, Chief Summerville complained again to coworkers that he still did not feel well and departed work early for home. A short time later, Summerville was discovered by a family member passed away from an apparent heart attack.

Michigan: John T. Sayles, 38 Rank: Captain Incident Date: 11/13/2012 Death Date: 11/14/2012 Fire Department: Pentwater Fire Department Fire Dept. Info: Terry Cluchey Initial Summary: Fire Captain Sayles responded with his fire department to a working residential structure fire. Fewer than twenty-four hours later, Sayles was at home when he experienced chest pain and difficulty breathing. Emergency assistance was summoned and he was transported to the hospital. After being evaluated and while being transported to a second hospital for surgery to repair an aortic aneurysm, it ruptured, resulting in Captain Sayles death. Pennsylvania: Chris Good, 36

Rank: Captain Incident Date: 11/21/2012 Death Date: 11/22/2012 Fire Department: Good Will Fire Company Fire Dept. Info: Dale McClure Initial Summary: Captain Good died of possible cardiac arrest within 24 hours of working an active house fire in West Goshen Township.

Rhode Island: David M. Mowbray, 52 Rank: Captain Incident Date: 02/05/2012 Death Date: 11/24/2012 Fire Department: North Kingstown Fire Department Fire Dept. Info: Fenwick Gardiner Initial Summary: Captain Mowbray passed away at home after being taken to the hospital and treated for a broken back injury suffered while he was at the scene of an emergency medical call earlier in the year. Pennsylvania:

Michael Martin, 51 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: 11/27/2012 Death Date: 11/27/2012 Fire Department: PPL Susquehanna LLC Fire Dept. Info: Pending 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.

Illinois: Timothy P. Jansen, Jr., 45 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: 12/02/2012 Death Date: 12/02/2012 Fire Department: Santa Fe Fire Protection District Fire Dept. Info: Adam Maue Initial Summary: Firefighter Jansen was struck and killed by a fire truck at the scene of a house fire. Jansen was on the first fire apparatus to arrive at scene and was standing outside the vehicle when he was hit. Firefighter Jansen was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital in Breese, where he passed away from his injuries. Texas:

Jalen Smith, 20 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: 11/30/2012 Death Date: 12/03/2012 Fire Department: Jackson Heights Volunteer Fire Department Fire Dept. Info: M. Terence Thompson Initial Summary: Enroute to the firehouse in response to a tractor accident in the area, Firefighter Smith was riding in a personally owned vehicle that according to preliminary reports was forced to take evasive action and crashed. Three members of Jackson Heights Fire Department were involved in the single vehicle rollover and all were taken to the hospital. Smith passed away from injuries sustained during the rollover; he was reported to have been ejected from the vehicle. The other two firefighters were treated and released the night of the accident.

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One room fire in Habersham On November 15, 2012 at 9:45 a.m., Habersham County received a page of a structure fire at 992 Tommy Irvin Road. Upon arrival of Engine 14 and in five minutes, nothing was showing from exterior. Upon entering front door, there was JUMP TO FILE # light brown smoke to 111912115 within three feet of the floor. Command radioed E-9 to have personal packs out and needed the TIC. The TIC revealed heavy heat in the A/D corner of the house. Attack lines were in place and crews made entrance through the front door. By this time, smoke had turned black with fire visible at the other end of the hall. Firefighters applied water and found a closet burning in a bedroom in the A/D corner. The bedroom windows were taken out and PPF was set up at the front door. When the smoke cleared up, hot spots was extinguished and the ceiling was pulled to check for further extension. There were three engines on

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First paramedic training Firefighters save two dogs from program


Dawsonville, GA. Dawson County Emergency Services (DCES) marked a milestone on December 10th, as 15 individuals proudly graduated from the first paramedic training program provided by Dawson County. The program includes an intense twelve month curriculum designed with instruction and scenarios to prepare students for the challenge of the National Registry Exam. As the host department, DCES provided classroom space, instructors, class supplies and coordinated the required documentation. Lead Instructor Jim Weaver

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stated, "Each of these individuals sacrificed so much this past year to prepare themselves to be paramedics, one of the greatest callings of mankind. As paramedics, these individuals will be able to provide advanced medical care such as cardiac care, medication administration and airway maneuvers which may mean the difference between life and death in the pre-hospital setting.” - KRISTI HUDSON

house fire At 4:46 p.m. on December 19, communication officers with Barrow County Emergency Services received several 911 calls reporting smoke and fire showing from a home in the 900 block of Justin Drive. Engine 1, Engine 6, Med 6 and Battalion 1 were dispatched. “Upon arrival of firefighters, smoke was showing throughout the home with flames visible in the kitchen area of the home,” commented Lieutenant Scott Dakin. “Firefighters quickly made ac-

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cess to the home to conduct a search and extinguish the fire.” While conducting the search of the house, firefighters found two dogs still inside. Firefighters were able to safely remove the dogs from the smoke and take them outside of the house. One dog was covered in soot and having difficulty breathing. Firefighters utilized a mask designed for dogs to give the dog

oxygen to clear its lungs of smoke. Firefighters were also able to bring the fire quickly under control and contain it to the area the fire started in. Two adults were displaced from the home as a result of the smoke damage to the house. The American Red Cross responded to the scene to assist them. The cause of the fire is under investigation by the fire investigation team and the Barrow County Sheriff’s office. - SCOTT DAKIN

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Firefighters from the 165th Airlift Wing based in Savannah, Ga. operated an Oshkosh Striker 1500 at undisclosed location in Southwest Asia. In the background is a C-130 Hercules, also from the 165th Airlift Wing. These firefighting airmen deployed along with maintenance and aircrew in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. The Striker 1500 is configured with a 1500 gallon water tank and a 210 gallon AFFF tank. It also contains 500 pounds of dry chemical extinguishing agent. The Stryker 1500 is equipped with a roomy cab and seating for four firefighters. The roof mounted turret is capable of pushing a water stream 150 feet.

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Henry County Fire Department conducts annual pump testing Henry County Fire Department recently conducted annual pump testing on all fire apparatus. In previous years this testing process typically took five days to complete. The entire fleet, of twenty pumpers, was tested and certified. The annual pump test is a doc- JUMP TO FILE # umented procedure 120712100 to ensure fire apparatus can perform at its rated capacity from draft. The chassis drivetrain, pump, pump transmission and associated plumbing are run through a progressive series of tests that are designed to prove the system is in sound working order. In order to obtain the maximum number of Insurance Service Office (ISO) points for pump testing (100 points out of a maximum of 654), departments must have documented tests for at least the last three years. Besides performing and documenting this test on an annual basis, it must also be performed on any apparatus that has been repaired or modified in any manner that may affect pumping performance. The test not only assures that the pump and its associated plumbing can deliver its rated capacity; it also proves that the engine and drive train are up to the task. In addition to ISO points, performing this test on a regular basis gives peace of mind because you will know that fire apparatus is ready to deliver when needed. - SABRINA PUCKETT


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Smoke alarms save seven lives in Henry County fire


Henry County, GA. Once again, that sometimes annoying little round box is credited with saving lives. At just before 6 a.m. on December 13, a Locust Grove family of seven, awoke to the sound of smoke alarms and a smoke filled home. The homeowner stated when she heard the alarms sounding, she got out of bed and began looking around. When she opened the laundry room door she said, "The room was full of smoke and flames!" According to the homeowner, they had just recently replaced the batteries in the smoke alarms because they were chirping. First arriving units advised heavy smoke

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and flames through the roof. Fortunately, fire units were able to confirm all occupants were out of the fiery structure, quickly enabling them to get to work extinguishing the fire and salvaging. Firefighters made a quick offensive attack stopping the fire in its tracks. No injuries were reported. Origin and cause are under investigation by Henry County Fire Investigators. American Red Cross was contacted to assist the displaced family. - SABRINA PUCKETT


Afternoon fire in Henry County claims Stockbridge home and sends one to hospital At just before one-thirty Wednesday afternoon, December 12, Henry County Fire units responded to a house fire at 100 Clifford Court in Stockbridge. First arriving units reported a heavily engulfed attic on a one-story residential structure with approximately thirty percent involvement. Firefighters made a quick offensive attack, bringing the fire under control quickly salvaging what they could. One adult residing in the home was transported to the hospital for evaluation. Although there were smoke alarms present in the home, they were reportedly not working and did not sound alerting the resident to exit the home. It is very fortunate the resident was able to escape the fiery structure. Origin and cause is unknown at this time and is currently under in-

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vestigation by Henry County Fire Investigators. American Red Cross was notified to provide assistance to the displaced family. “Although, the origin and cause of the fire is unknown at this time, there are always fire safety lessons that we can take from the tragedy this family faced today. Smoke alarms do reduce the risk of dying in a home fire in half and having a plan of escape may be what saves the lives of you and your family in the event your house becomes engulfed in fire,” stated Captain Sabrina Puckett. - SABRINA PUCKETT


Weekend fatal fire in Henry County On Sunday, January 6, 2013 at just before 6 a.m., the Henry County Fire Department responded to a structure fire at 192 Highway 138 East in Stockbridge. On arrival, units reported heavy smoke showing on the single story wood frame structure. Two of the four residents were able to escape without injury and were evacuated on arrival. However, units were advised there were still two occupants trapped inside the structure. Fire crews immediately began searching for the two family members unaccounted for. Both victims were quickly located and transported to Piedmont Henry Hospital without delay. A fifteen year old male was

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later flown to Augusta’s Joseph M. Still Burn Center, where he underwent treatment of severe smoke inhalation, in the hyperbaric chamber. Unfortunately, the other victim, a twenty-five year old female, was pronounced deceased at Piedmont Henry Hospital. Red Cross was contacted and did respond to the scene to assist the family. Subject that perished in the fire was that of a 25 year old female, Karen Prichard. The subject in critical condition at Joseph M. Still Burn Center is that of a 15 year old male,

Michael Haney. The home did have one smoke alarm located in the kitchen, but did not have a battery in it at the time of the fire. The origin has been determined to be in a room in the basement. The cause is still under investigation by Henry County Investigators No other injuries were reported. "On behalf of Henry County Fire Department, our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of the victims during this difficult time, stated Captain Sabrina Puckett. - SABRINA PUCKETT

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Annual donation made to Henry County Fire Department Tanger Factory Outlet Centers, Inc. made sure that many of the brave men and women that serve Henry County and Locust Grove were remembered, as they do every year. On November 30, 2012, in Locust Grove, Tanger Mall presented a $500 donation to the Henry County Fire Department. Those on hand for the annual check presentation included Henry County Fire Department Chief Bill Lacy, Chief Brad Johnson, Captain Sabrina Puckett, Fire Station Number Two Personnel Lt. David Blount and FF/EMT Barry Welchel, FF/Paramedic Wendy Jonson and FF/EMT Daniel Parker in addition to Holly Duffey, Gen-

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eral Manager and Rachael Starr, Administrative Assistant of Tanger Outlets. “It is an honor to recognize the members of our local police and fire,” stated Holly Duffey, General Manager of the Tanger Outlet Center in Locust Grove. “They are the backbone of our community and do so much to serve and protect us all year long.” Being actively involved and supporting the communities where it does business is very important to Tanger.

In 2012, Tanger supported the Georgia Breast Cancer Coalition Fund to help save lives in Henry and other surrounding counties. Nationally, Tanger continued its support, to fight breast cancer as part of its Tanger Style of Pink campaign. “We appreciate the support that we receive from local businesses like the Tanger Outlet Center,” stated Chief Bill Lacy. “The money donated by Tanger will be put to good use.” - SABRINA PUCKETT


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Structural fire control instructor certification Henry County Firefighters FF/Paramedic Chad Schaefer, FF/EMT Jason McCullough, FF/Paramedic Shannon Cain and FF/Paramedic Luke Mills were at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center (GPSTC) in Forsyth completing the requirements to become Structural Fire Control Instructors. Once they received certification, they were eligible to conduct live fire training for other fire-

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fighters; the best training experience firefighters can get. The course familiarizes instructor candidates with compliance requirements of NFPA 1403 for live fire training. The candidates review standards, learn to prepare for live fire exercises and demonstrate procedures and techniques for conducting live fire training exercises. The different aspects of training in acquired structures, along with class 'A' fueled and propane gas fueled burn buildings are also discussed. Instructor candidates participated in live fire, scenario based training, during which they played the roles of both a student and an instructor. This class is typically a difficult class to get in. Students must have National Professional Qualifications Instructor I certification or successfully completed the GPSTC Fire Academy Instructor I course and completed a GPSTC Fire Academy Structural Fire Control course. A minimum of four years of firefighting experience with a certified department is required. Successful completion of National Incident Management Systems (NIMS) 100, 200, and 700 are also required. - SABRINA PUCKETT

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Teaming up for collaborative training drill On November 29, 2012 at the Henry County Water Authority Towaliga Water Treatment Facility in Locust Grove, Henry County Water Authority and Henry County Fire Department came together in a training exercise. The purpose of the exercise was to share emergency response plans and practice the mitigation of a chlorine leak, a potentially hazardous situation. The main goal for the drill was to test strategic planning that the Henry County Fire Department and Henry County Water Authority representatives have been working on, to safely and effectively mitigate an emergency at a water treatment facility. Emphasis was placed on early recognition and early activation of emergency response personnel. A haz-mat operation is conducted strategically and systematic to prevent injury to the public as well as emergency personnel.

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Newer and better techniques to mitigate situations are always on the horizon and in effort to maintain sharp skills and to learn more effective ways to do things, the technicians train regularly to stay sharp, however training with private company’s response personnel builds a relationship that can definitely have an effect on how a real emergency situation is mitigated. “In the field of emergency response you can never train for all the situations you may encounter; However the Henry County Fire Department firmly believes training is a proactive approach and desires to be ready for the call no matter the nature,” said Captain Sabrina Puckett. - SABRINA PUCKETT



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Lieutenant Scott Dakin, Mr. Greg Hudson from FM Global, Battalion Chief Rob Nowakowski, Deputy Chief John Skinner and Chief Dennis Merrifield.

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Barrow County Emergency Services recently received a $1,700 grant from FM Global to be utilized in their fire prevention education and public information efforts. “This grant will be utilized to purchase a laptop, camera and accessories for our efforts in this area,” commented Public Information Officer Lieutenant Scott Dakin. “We are honored to have received this grant award from FM Global.” FM Global provides comprehensive global commercial and industrial property insurance, engineering-driven underwriting and risk management solutions, and groundbreaking property loss prevention research. They created their Fire Prevention Grant Program. The program is designed to help fund fire prevention, preparedness, and control efforts of agencies. This includes areas such as pre-fire planning for commercial, industrial, and

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institutional facilities. It also includes arson prevention and investigation programs as well as fire prevention education and training programs. This award will allow the department to develop fire and life safety presentations that are specific to Barrow County and the citizens they are presenting to. It will also allow us to continue to keep the citizens better informed about the department, as well as emergency preparedness steps citizens can take. “We want to thank Battalion Chief Rob Nowakowski who wrote the application for the grant,” stated Lieutenant Scott Dakin. - SCOTT DAkiN

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Rescue squad chief wins state achievement award Knoxville, TN. Blount County Rescue Squad Chief Keith Sartin was awarded the 2012 Costo McGhee Award at the Tennessee Association of Rescue Squad’s 57th Annual Convention held last week in Knoxville. This prestigious award is given to a rescue squad member, who has been both an outstanding squadsman and has been an asset to the citizens of their community through civic work outside their rescue squad. “Chief Sartin devotes countless hours of his time to the improvement of our squad, while at the same time building relationships with other emergency service and civic organizations within the community,” said assistant chief Brian Osgood. “I cannot think of a more deserving person to receive this award. He holds our squad members to a high standard of excellence, and I am proud and honored to work alongside him.” Sartin, a 13 year paramedic, boasts many other accomplishments in the local community. He is currently a medical supervisor for the American Red Cross First Aid Station Team (F.A.S.T.), and has taught over ten 60 hour first responder classes in the community free of charge. He is a member of the Blount

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County Local Emergency Planning Commission (LEPC) and has assisted in the planning of numerous local area disaster drills. Sartin taught CPR to students in local schools, provides volunteer medical support for local little league football teams and is involved in numerous projects with the United Way of Blount County. Sartin was a member of the Loudon County Rescue Squad for 18 years, before joining the Blount County Rescue Squad in 2010 and becoming chief in April 2011. Laura Osgood adds, “I am proud to work under the direction of such a strong and compassionate leader. He has had a tremendous impact on our squad in a short amount of time. The sky is the limit from here.” The mission of the Blount County Rescue Squad is to provide public education, prevention and excellence in pre-hospital emergency care and specialty rescue/support services to the citizens and visitors of Blount County and surrounding counties, when called upon by local and state emergency response partners. - LAURA OSGOOD

Alcoa, TN, November 6, 2012 The Blount County Rescue Squad is pleased to announce that the International Association of Emergency Managers has recertified Deputy Chief Ed Wolff as an internationally accredited Certified Emergency Manager JUMP TO FILE # (CEM©). 121712110 Accreditation as a CEM is considered to be the gold standard worldwide for emergency managers and as such, it has extensive certification and recertification requirements. In addition to working as an emergency manager, the CEM candidate must prove actual disaster experience, have a college degree, complete at least 100 hours of emergency management training, complete at least 100 hours of management training and have made professional contributions to the field of emergency management in 12 identified areas. After meeting all of these requirements, the candidate is then allowed to sit for the proctored and closed book written examination on emergency management. Upon successful completion of the exam, the score along with the application package (which typically fills a three inch binder) is reviewed by an international commission of emergency managers, who either approve or disapprove the candidate for certification or recertification. According to the IAEM CEM© Program Manager, with his recertification Deputy Chief Wolff continues to be the only CEM© in East Tennessee and is one of only 12 across the State of Tennessee and one of 1,251 CEMs© world-wide. Deputy Chief Wolff brings a multi-discipline background to the Blount County Rescue Squad and to the emergency management profession. His background includes over 32 years in public safety, 26 of which was with a 6,500 person law enforcement agency, where he retired in 2007 as one of the supervisors in the Office of Homeland Security, 32 years as an EMT and tactical medic and 19 years as a certified firefighter and manager with the FEMA Urban Search & Rescue

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Response program. His disaster response experience is unique in that it includes deployments on five continents including 33 federally declared large scale disasters. Within the United States, he has deployed as a manager on a FEMA Federal Type 1 Urban Search and Rescue Task Force and internationally for the U.S. Department of State. His responses have included flooding, tsunamis, earthquakes, hurricanes, mud slides and tornado outbreaks. Some of the most notable responses include Hurricane Andrew in 1992, earthquakes in Papua New Guinea in 1998, the World Trade Center attack in 2001, the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster in 2003, Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and the Alabama tornado super outbreak in 2010. In 2007, Deputy Chief Wolff joined the Blount County Rescue Squad and three years later, he was

appointed by the Board of Directors as the deputy chief working alongside the newly appointed Squad Chief Keith Sartin. In 18 months, the squad re-organized and has grown with over 31 new members, has deployed a new special operations response capability serving all agencies within Blount County, has formed the only nationally certified search and rescue team that includes eight nationally certified search and rescue dogs in East Tennessee and adds a specialized emergency medical response capability that includes one Medical Doctor, two RNs, two EMT-Paramedics, seven EMT-IVs and 10 Emergency Medical Responders. Deputy Chief Wolff and the Blount County Rescue Squad believe in and live by the motto of “One Team, One Mission…….That others may live!” - LAURA OSGOOD

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Walmart Superstore evacuated during busy holiday shopping weekend On Friday, December 21, 2012, during the height of holiday shopping, units were called to a local Superstore for an unknown chemical spill. On arrival, crews determined that there were multiple patients with similar complaints and quickly began evacuation of the store. Patients were evaluated in an isolated treatment area by rescue units and the department special operations team entered the building to determine if the substance in question was hazardous. After careful evaluation of the material, the team concluded that the substance was non-hazardous. A total of 17 patients were treated and nine were transported to local hospitals for further evaluation. VOLUSIA COUNTY FIRE SERVICES



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Baby ejected in Lehigh Acres crash Lehigh Acres Fire Department Engine, Rescue 104 and Battalion 100, Acting Chief Chad Ketron, were dispatched at 10:57 p.m. on January 4, 2012 to Lee Boulevard at Joan Avenue North for a traffic crash. Upon arrival, Engine 104 advised Lee Control they had a multi car crash with a baby ejected and lying in the street. Battalion 100 arrived moments later and requested a helicopter, but they refused to fly due to weather conditions.

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Rescue 104 immediately trauma alerted the six month old baby and transported to Lee Memorial Trauma Center. The baby was flown to All Childrens Hospital in Tampa later in the night and was listed in serious condition. The 21 year old mother of the baby was attempting to make a left turn from Lee Boulevard and was

stopped in the median with the rear of her car sticking out several feet into traffic, when she was hit from behind by a pickup that was unable to avoid her car. The unrestrained baby was thrown into oncoming traffic as her car rolled several times, but luckily the child was not run over. The mother was also transported with minor injuries. The driver of the pickup refused treatment.

Coral Springs. FL. Coral Springs Fire Department crews were called to the scene around 11:00 a.m. on January 7th when it was reported that a gas line had been cut. They found a four inch natural gas main line had been cut by a Broward County work crew during drainage improvements. Once the leak was located, hazmat teams from Sunrise Fire Rescue and Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue were called to the scene to oversee the operation. It took a team from TECO Gas Company about thirty minutes to secure the leak. The total incident time was about two hours. A neighborhood just north of the leak had to be evacuated, but only two homeowners were home and needed to be assisted out of the development. No injuries to firefighters or civilians were reported.


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between quads and city service trucks by definition is that the name, “quad” is short for “quadruple combination” meaning that the vehicle specifically had a rated pump, a hosebed, a water tank and a full complement of ground ladders. It fit between a triple combination and a quintuple combination apparatus. A triple did not have a full complement of ground ladders and a quint was a quad with the addition of an aerial device. Many apparatus called quints today do not meet the strict definition. City service trucks customarily only carried ground ladders, but there were some that had a chemical tank (soda acid and water solution) and one on page 89 has a 500 gpm front mounted pump. The book has a chapter on the principle builders of these trucks followed by seven chapters stemming from the early years and into the 1970’s and beyond. There is an interesting color section from page 113 through 126. The early

quads were distinguishable by their long bodies due to many ladders being one piece. When more ladder lengths became available with one or more extension sections, is when the more modern quads assumed the lengths of pumpers and it was not easy to distinguish a quad from a pumper unless one went to the rear to discover the ladder complement. However, if a fire department still wanted to have a single, long section ladder as part of the inventory, then a modern day quad may well be made in the extended body fashion. It is interesting to note how long some cities continued to use city service ladder trucks. You can find out by reading the book. The photo gallery, which is most of the book is exceptional and many interesting apparatus. In my opinion, a Walt McCall book sells itself so I will simply attest to buying one and not being disappointed. - JOHN MALECKY


Madeira Beach wears blue Madeira Beach, FL. Firefighters wore pink shirts during the month of October for breast cancer awareness. They wore blue shirts and grew mustaches during the month of November (also known as Movember) to raise money and awareness for men’s health issues. In its 9th year, this is part of an international movement that began in Australia, where a mustache is known as a “mo”. It focuses on the ever increasing issue of prostate and testicular cancer, which is notably higher in firefighters. According to the Prostate Cancer Foundation, one in six men will

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Two slarm commercial structure fire at metal shop in rural Palm Beach County

Commercial structure fire in Belle Glade At 5:43 p.m. on November 18, 2012, Palm Beach County Fire Rescue received a call for a structure fire on the 27500 block County Rd 880 in Belle Glade. Battalion 7 crews reported a column of black smoke from several miles away and found a metal shop that was fully engulfed in flames. The shop was approximately 100 feet by 50 feet and with several exposures nearby that also needed

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protection. Crews made an aggressive offensive attack on the main body of the fire while also protecting several barrels of pesticide and drums of fuel. Due to the remote location of this incident, there were no hydrants to provide water and crews began

drafting operations for a water supply. Fire crews had to utilize K-12 saws to cut access into the structure to begin firefighting operations using 2 1/2 ” and 1 3/4” attack lines. Overhaul operations were extensive and included placing some leaking containers into drums. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Live fire instructor class A number of Volusia County Fire Services firefighters completed a 16 hour Live Fire Instructor class at the Fire Science Institute in December. The training allowed the students to meet Florida state requirements to conduct a live burn while sending other students through the burn building. As core body temperatures can increase quickly while firefighting, a rehabilitation area was available to the firefighters in training. Those firefighters were cooled, hydrated, fed and received medical monitoring. This practice echoes the rehabilitation areas that are mobilized when firefighters are on the fire ground for an extended length of time.


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Share the gym, not the germs! FIREFIGHTER FITNESS Lori Ann Hodgkinson

Cold and flu season is upon us and now more than ever, we have to work hard to minimize the widespread of germs. Many of us share the gym, but that doesn’t mean we have to share the germs. Here are just some of the things to keep in mind so your workouts remain the path to health and wellness as opposed to illness. First of all, wash your hands before you enter the gym. You not only want to avoid picking up germs, you also don’t want to be the one bringing them in. Come equipped with your own bottle of water. Drinking fountains are a breeding ground for germs and even the water cooler can be an issue. Many exercisers refill their water bottles or cups from the water fountain or cooler and if they are touching the spout with the cup or bottle that has already touched their lips, well, here come the germs. Control the environment in the gym if you can. The temperature in the gym should not be too warm or moist and should be well-ventilated. If possible and/or necessary open a window, turn down the thermostat and make the room less “germ-friendly”. If you have no control over the temperature, consult with management to see if they can make the proper adjustments. Cover cuts and sores. If you have a cut, no matter how minor, cover it up before entering the gym. Those tiny wounds may seem like nothing, but they are the perfect little path for germs to enter your body. Shut the door to germs, a band aid is a simple fix here. Use a bacterial wipe or spray to wipe down any pieces of equipment you plan to use. We are all instructed to wipe down equipment after we use it. I, however, always recommend that exercisers wipe the equipment down before and after their workout. Let’s face it, by not wiping it down before, you are assuming that the last exerciser wiped it down after. As you know people vary in their level of compliance. Do you really want to rely

on someone else when it comes to something as important as your health? Wipe it down first. Bring two towels, one towel to place down on benches and mats before lying on them and a second one for wiping your face. I tell my clients to be sure to bring a towel that is imprinted on one side so that they always know which side goes on the equipment and which side to lie on. Bring that second towel if you need to wipe your face during the workout. It’s also a good idea to wipe your face with one side of the towel and hold it or put it down on the other. Sounds a bit fanatical, but staying well is surely worth the extra effort. An easy trick to keep the clean side clean is to fold the towel in half with the clean side in. You can then roll it up. The clean side remains clean and you can grab the rolled towel or lie it down without contaminating the clean part that will touch your face. I use this trick with my exercise mat too. Be sure not to touch your face during the workout. Your hands will be touching all kinds of things while in the gym. You may want to wear workout gloves to protect your hands. If so, be sure to clean your gloves regularly and to store them away from clean clothes and towels to avoid contamination. The gloves will protect your hands, but again, do not touch your face, until you have removed the gloves and/or washed your hands. Wash your hands and face with antibacterial soap or use an antibacterial gel on your hands immediately after your workout. If possible, shower with antibacterial soap after your workout. Keep your clean clothes separate from your dirty clothes and towel. After your shower, be sure to put on clean clothes as your workout gear will be loaded with germs. Keep clean and dirty clothes in different bags or at least in separate compartments. Wash dirty clothes as soon as possible and the actual dirty clothes bag often. This year has already become one of the worst flu seasons in US history. Let’s all be part of the solution and not part of the problem. Do all you can to avoid the spread of bacteria, germs and viruses. We all go to the gym to strengthen our bodies and our immune systems. We can certainly share the gym without sharing the germs. As always, stay safe and stay well!

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Difficult emergencies for New Year Delray Beach Fire-Rescue was very busy both as the year 2012 was coming to a close as well as in the first few hours of 2013. On December 30th, at approximately 1:15 a.m., DBFR responded to a vehicle accident at Seacrest Blvd. and NE 22nd St. They arrived to find a driver trapped in his vehicle after being involved in a T-Bone collision. The vehicle that was causing the entrapment was actually pulled away from the victim’s car by a winch on

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our EMS 1 vehicle. The victim was taken as an unconscious patient to Delray Medical Center as a trauma alert. As the New Year was just a few hours old, on January 1st units responded to a structure fire at 2709 S. Federal Hwy. Units that responded to this event, at approximately 3:30 a.m.

were Battalion 1, EMS 1, Engine 3, Medic 3, Engine 2, Medic 2, Ladder 6, Medic 6, Truck 5, Special Operations 5, and Medic 1. Units arrived to find a large amount of fire and heavy smoke. The fire was extinguished with no injuries to civilians or any firefighters. The fire is under investigation by the State of Florida Fire Marshall and the Delray Beach Police Department. - CURTIS JEPSEN


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Family of five displaced by early evening fire At 7:28 p.m. on January 2, 2013, Palm Beach County Fire Rescue units responded to reports of a possible structure fire on the 3700 block of Ramblewood Ct. First arriving crews stated they had heavy smoke from the front and side of the single family home and fire starting to come from the roof. All occupants were out of the home on arrival of the fire crews. An aggressive fire attack quickly brought the fire under control. A total of five adults were displaced by this fire and the Red Cross was called to assist them. The cause of this fire is under investigation.

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Lehigh Acres motorcyclist down Lehigh Acres Fire Department Truck, Rescue 102 and Battalion 100, Chief Dillalo, were dispatched to Alabama Road and Navajo Avenue for a car versus motorcycle just after 9:00 p.m. on January 9, 2013. Upon arrival, Chief Dilallo advised he had a motorcyclist down with serious trauma who had been run over by a vehicle. The chief requested a helicop-

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ter, but was advised of a 25 minute ETA for Aeromed and decided on ground transport of the trauma alert by Rescue 102. Witnesses stated that the motorcycle clipped the rear end of a car that had turned in front of him and as he entered oncoming traf-

fic he sideswiped a second car which threw him from his bike. Almost immediately, a third vehicle ran over the cyclist, pinning him under the car. Several bystanders, who witnessed the crash, lifted the car off the biker and dragged him out from under it. - CHARLIE ROBBINS


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PHFR FireďŹ ghter Dustin Seabolt.

Palm Harbor Fire Rescue announces Firefighter of Year 2012 Firefighter/Paramedic Dustin Seabolt was chosen by his peers to receive the Palm Harbor Fire Rescue Firefighter of the Year award. Those who nominated Dustin did so because of two life saving incidents during 2012. Dustin began his career with Palm Harbor Fire Rescue as a firefighter/EMT in 2002. He obtained his paramedic certification in 2007. The first incident occurred on June 24, 2012 during the time that our area was experiencing extreme weather and flooding as a result of Tropical Storm Debby. Firefighter/Paramedic Seabolt was assigned to Brush Truck 68 as a storm unit and dispatched to a call for children in distress in rapidly moving water. Upon arrival at the scene, Dustin found and quickly assessed a situation in which a 15 year old male was in distress, caught in rapidly moving water. The patient advised Dustin that he could no longer hold on and was going to let go of a tree branch he was clinging to. A short distance down from the child was a drainage pipe that funneled the rapidly moving water under Alt 19. The water was moving so quickly it was apparent that if the child let go he would be pulled under and into the drainage ditch. Without delay, FFPM Seabolt donned the safety line that he had secured to a tree and jumped into the water.

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Once he reached the child he held him until help arrived to assist in his getting the child to safety. Upon removal both the child and Firefighter Seabolt were exhausted. It is clear that without Firefighter's Seabolt's assistance, the boy would not have been able to hold himself there much longer. Dustin, without hesitation and at great personal risk, went into the water. For this incident, Dustin was also awarded the Medal of Gallantry. The second incident occurred on August 7, 2012. Firefighter Seabolt was assigned to Engine 65 when dispatched to a townhouse fire. Upon arrival Dustin was assigned to the fire attack team. After stretching a hose line into the fire building, Dustin began to perform a search of the first floor kitchen area. He quickly found an unconscious woman, called for assistance, and removed her from the fire to awaiting firefighters who provided emergency care. These two incidents have demonstrated Dustin's dedication to the department and the community, we are proud to have him represent Palm Harbor Fire Rescue as the Firefighter of the Year. - ELIZABETH MONFORTI

Palm Beach County Fire Rescue begins preparations for the 2013 brush fire season As the 2013 brush fire season comes closer, Palm Beach County Fire Rescue and the Division of Forestry continue their strong working relationship. Recently, Division of Forestry Area Supervisor Chris Wasil spent time with on duty crews in Palm Beach County Fire Rescue's Battalion 2. Chris, along with Senior Ranger Mike, provided a brief orientation/review to station captains, crews and command staff in preparation of the upcoming 2013 brush fire season.

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Over three days, all battalion stations and shifts, were rotated through two different sessions at battalion headquarters Station 28, where Chris gave a brief classroom presentation. Topics of discussion touched on the operations of his division/crew, types of apparatus/resources stationed in the area, communications, general tactics

and strategies, response time frames, permits/pile burns, unified command, and incident safety. Chris and Mike also brought along a tractor/plow and crews were given an opportunity to review general safety guidelines, emergency shutdown procedures, and possible challenges faced in the event of an emergency/accident involving the tractor apparatus on the scene of a fire. This training was very beneficial. - ALBERT BORROTO

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Aeromed 5 on scene awaiting trauma patient on Joel Boulevard in Lehigh Acres on November 30th.

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Structure fire for Tuskegee DARRELL FARMER

Retirement party for captain Captain Mike Revere started his career in 1983 as a firefighter and worked his way to the position of captain in the Mobile Fire Rescue Department. JUMP TO FILE # Captain Mike 010813109 Revere spent his last few years as captain on Ladder Truck 5 third shift at Tapia Fire Station. Captain Revere’s last day at the fire station was on January 8, 2013 and the men on his crew along with the help of Captain Mike’s wife planned a retirement party complete with cake, sodas, snack food and a plaque with a pick axe, helmet number, bronze head with helmet, and an inscription of appreciation for his service to the city of Mobile. After the retirement party, Captain Revere stayed on duty to finish the rest of his shift. He then hung up his fire jacket, helmet and bunker pants for the last time to leave at 7:00 a.m. on January 9th to start his retiremen. - DARRELL FARMER

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On December 27, 2012 at around 4:15 p.m., a call came into Tuskegee Fire Department for a single family dwelling on fire at 804 Main Street with possible entrapment. Upon arrival, the house was fully involved and threatening other homes. Tuskegee command balanced the fire call to a third alarm. Mutual aid was requested from Macedonia, Shorter, District 3, Notosogia, Veterans Affairs Fire and Chehaw. Crews were out on the fire for several hours. No other structures were lost. The cause still under investigation.

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City of Fort Myers fire truck crash At around 10:30 a.m. on January 6th, City of Fort Myers Truck 16 was responding to a fire alarm activation at Publix supermarket and was hit by a car at the intersection of Winkler Avenue and Veronica Shoemaker Boulevard. After getting hit and having two members injured, Truck 16's crew utilized the jaws to extricate the injured driver of the offending vehicle. The two members were transported to Lee Memorial Hospital by Lee County EMS and luckily received only minor injuries. The driver of the car claimed he never saw the big red truck with the lights and siren blaring and thinks he may have been asleep when the crash occurred.

Polk Fire Rescue opens joint station with Davenport Bartow, FL. Polk County Fire Rescue (PCFR) and the Davenport Fire Department recently opened a joint fire station, sharing facilities and increasing services to residents while cutting costs to taxpayers. The impact of this inter-local agreement results in the renovation and expansion of the existing Davenport Fire Department station while positioning a PCFR unit in the same building to be closer to their jurisdictional area. The result will lead to reduced response times, increased personnel and equipment on scene and better service delivery. This agreement marks the first co-location of city and county fire services in Polk County history and was reached to meet the needs of



Early morning fire in Belle Glade with fatality During the early morning hour of 3:30 a.m. on January 2, 2013, crews from Palm Beach County Fire Rescue Battalion 7 responded to a reported structure fire on the 500 block of SE 2nd St in Belle Glade. First arriving crews from Station 73 were met with heavy fire conditions. Firefighters worked quickly to extinguish the fire and to keep it from extending to neighboring trees and houses. One occupant inside the residence was found dead by firefighters during a primary search. No firefighters or other citizens were injured. The exact cause of death of the occupant and the cause of the fire are under investigation.

Just today I received an e-mail from FASNY, indicating that New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo was making appointments to three emergency preparedness commissions on Hurricane Sandy. One of the appointees was FASNY President and former New York State Fire Administrator James Burns. Appointing Jim is a smart move by the Governor. Jim is a long-time advocate for the fire service. Hurricane Sandy’s greatest devastation was in the most densely populated areas of New Jersey, Southeastern New York and Southern New England. This storm was the third serious storm in a little over a year to affect many areas. Every storm is unique. This storm caused historical level high tides, coastal flooding and a tremendous number of outages due to fallen trees from high winds. One of the unique aspects of this storm was caused by the lack of power to regional refineries and local gas stations. Within a day or two, mile-long lines were forming at the few gas stations that had power and fuel, reminiscent of the gas shortages and lines in the 70’s. From an emergency services point of view, these long lines pre-

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both agencies while cutting approximately $1 million in project costs. “Our mission is to enhance the quality of life for people throughout Polk County,” said Polk County Fire Rescue Chief David Cash. “When we can find a way to do that, cut costs and increase services, it’s an easy decision. Polk’s residents and visitors don’t care who shows up when they have a problem, just that someone is there to help them.” To enable the maximum benefits of this arrangement, both agencies and Haines City Fire Rescue entered into an automatic mutual

sented unprecedented hardships for our emergency service personnel. Some of our municipalities did not have fuel for emergency vehicles. In addition, many of our volunteer firefighters spent 36 or 48 hours responding to emergencies and then had to wait on line for three hours to fill up their personal vehicles. The same applied to volunteers at local ambulance corps and career firefighters, police, paramedics, etc., who were working massive amounts of overtime and then were forced to spend precious off-duty time waiting in long gas lines. I have been a strong advocate for residents’ purchasing generators in order to keep running basic necessities like refrigerators, freezers and the food they contain, as well as sump pumps, wells, lights and heat. However, these small gasolinepowered generators are very thirsty and consume a great deal of gasoline if run constantly. A 5,000 KW generator will easily consume eight to ten gallons of gas per day. Thousands of generator owners were desperate for gasoline, in addition to the normal need for gas. This added greatly to the demand for gas and the long gas lines throughout the heavily hit areas. This situation caught many in the emergency services off guard as we scrambled, like everyone else, for fuel for vehicles and our own generators. I encourage the Governor’s newly formed Emergency Preparedness Commissions to consider an effort to encourage gas stations (as

aid agreement to streamline the dispatching of emergency units during high priority responses. This agreement allows resource sharing to avoid costly duplications of service, while increasing service quality with no additional costs to residents. “By eliminating jurisdictional boundaries, the closest available units will be dispatched to an emergency,” said Polk County Fire Rescue Deputy Chief Mike Linkins. “Working together, this agreement provides seamless service in the northeastern part of the county. Essentially, taxpayers are getting more bang for their buck.” - BRAD RUHMANN

well as supermarkets and cell phone towers) to have back-up generators. They should also consider a program that the state of New Jersey has been working on, whereby retail gas stations voluntarily participate and are pre-certified by their State Office of Emergency Management for priority re-supply fueling. These stations will agree to service emergency responders during a declared State of Emergency. These facilities should be clearly identified with signage, indicating that they give priority to emergency services official and personal vehicles, i.e. a separate pump could be provided for police cars, EMS vehicles, fire vehicles and active emergency services personnel-owned vehicles, as long as they have proper identification. If these type stations can be logistically located in all areas of each county, it would be of benefit to the station owners and would assist the 1st responders during periods where they are, in many cases, being pushed to the max. Hurricane Sandy should serve as a warning, as we seem to be experiencing more frequent and more serious storms. Imagine what the devastation would be like if we get hit in these heavily populated areas of the northeast with an actual Category 1 or 2 hurricane or a massive ice storm, as was experienced in the late 90’s in northern New York State and Canada. I encourage states to consider addressing the gasoline supply problem as part of their recommendations.

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Aerial truck used to rescue trapped worker In the early afternoon of Monday, December 17th, crews responded to Okeechobee Blvd and Military Trail, in suburban Palm Beach County, where a bucket truck used to work on a sign had a hydraulic failure. Platform 29 was used to retrieve the worker from the bucket stuck high above the ground.

Betsy Sheffield from the American Lung Association presents Team Deltona Fire with the trophy during the City of Deltona Commission meeting.

Team Deltona Fire accepts trophy Deltona, FL. The Fight for Air Climb took place November third in Orlando at the Bank of America Building. This is a special event sponsored by the American Lung Association. Teams as well as individual participants utilize this event for a fitness target, a race with you challenging yourself or teams racing against other teams to see who can make it to the top of twenty flights of stairs. The American Lung Association Climbs are a wonderful way to show support for someone who has been diagnosed with a lung disease or as a memorial to someone who has passed away. Team Deltona consisted of 14 members of the City of Deltona Fire Department as well as two of their wives. The Deltona Fire Fight-

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ers Association sponsored the 14 firefighters and paid $100.00 per member to participate in the event. Members also raised additional money to the cause by obtaining additional sponsors who made pledges to the cause and raised a total of $1925. Team Deltona donned full protective firefighting gear including air packs tacking on an additional fifty pounds to make the challenge a little tougher. Overall Team Deltona placed first in the Firefighters Division and for the first time they had their first female firefighter take part in the challenge. Engineer Paramedic Katy

Christman turned in a time of 6 minutes 43 seconds. Team Deltona members were Firefighter Jason Pratt and his wife Heather, Firefighter Connor Beverly and his Hannah, Lt. Daniel Bowen, Firefighter Michael Drew, D/E Katy Christman, Firefighter John Fleemin, Firefighter Terry Freeman, Firefighter Ryan Hanley, Firefighter Tony Jacinto, Firefighter CJ Johnson, Lt. Rick Paine (Ret), Firefighter Aaron Quarberg, Lt. John Sabia and Lt. Josh Sievert. The team was presented with the traveling trophy at the City of Deltona Commission meeting. The trophy was presented by Betsy Sheffield of the American Lung Association and the City Commission. - MARK DALTON


Residence destroyed in Punta Gorda Punta Gorda, FL. At 7:35 a.m. on December 6, City of Punta Gorda Fire Department units were dispatched to 419 Burland Street for a structure fire. First arriving units found heavy smoke pushing from the structure with the fire self-venting through the roof soon after arrival. Crews encountered obstructions in the living room, which hampered the attack. They were later found to be a motorcycle, two bicycles and a wheelbarrow. Initial and secondary searches were negative and control was declared at 7:52 a.m. The structure was declared a total loss. The cause is under investigation. PGFD units Battalion Chief 1, Truck 1, Engines 2 and 3 were assisted by Charlotte County Fire/EMS Engine 7 and Rescue 7.


Clay County ’s traditional evening Christmas Parade with Santa Clay County Fire Rescue conducted their traditional Christmas parade for the residents of Fleming Island. Participating in the parade were several fire apparatus from Clay County Fire Rescue. This is a very long evening parade that firefighters wind apparatus through the community streets with the lights flashing and the trucks decorated with Christmas lights. Families come out to see Santa at several designated stopping points throughout the parade route and the children get to tell him their Christmas wish list.

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Mortgage program helps 1st Responders, despite Hurricane Sandy During the process of Timothy Mazza refinancing his home, Hurricane Sandy hit, wreaking havoc on New Jersey. Talk about a stressful time. Mazza, a veteran with the Ramsey Volunteer Fire Department, located in the northern part of the state, sprung into duty to tirelessly help with rescue and recovery efforts. As for his mortgage? It was no worry, stress-free and money-saving, thanks to Sun National Bank Heroes Mortgage Program. 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 a great rate, minimal lender fees and promises to get clients in their new home by the contract date. “This was the least stressful refinancing experience I ever had,” said Mazza, who has served the Ramsey Fire Department for 16 years. “Everyone at Sun Home Loans was fantastic. They made the process easy and took care of everything. The hurricane hit right in the middle of it, but it was no problem. I’ve already told people about the program.”

Mazza said refinancing with Sun Home Loans has saved him about $300 per month. “I have a son who is a senior in high school and going to college next year,” Mazza said. “Everything helps.” 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. “The program continues to be a success and we are proud to work with first responders who serve us every day,” said Steven Testa, an executive vice president with Sun National Bank. “The feedback has been incredible and thanks to referrals, we look forward to continuing to build our relationships with the emergency services community.” To receive more information about the program and its benefits, contact Steven Testa at or call 973615-9745. 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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Mortgage Checklist 1. Look for a bargain: According to the National Association of Realtors, home prices often drop by an average $7,000 after Labor Day. Prices in the Northeast can plummet by nearly $20,000 by October. 2. Know the market: Here's a quick quiz. Do you know why sellers in some Northeast and Midwest towns drop prices so quickly? Because winter's coming and they don't want to spend another year digging out the place. Use that to your advantage. 3. Know when a seller is desperate: Does the photo of the house you've been pining over all summer on MLS look exactly as it did when you first saw it Memorial Day? Is there yet another open house coming up in a few weeks? That all works in your favor. If a buyer hasn't budged since the summer, chances are there's room to negotiate. If they want the house sold more than they want a big profit, well, that's how deals are born.


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4. Kick the tires: Fall is the time of year when the weather takes a turn. When you're buying a home, the leaf litter and returning rain provide ample opportunities to see where the current homeowners have done work and what they've neglected. For the most part, there shouldn't be leaves piled up in the gutters in late September or early October. There also should be decent gutter drainage that doesn't involve water spewing from where a drain pipe once was. 5. Help is on the way: Census Bureau numbers indicate that fall is a tough time for contractors and home and garden stores. If your dream house could use a kitchen upgrade or central air through its heating ducts, home stores and builders usually start discounting inventory around this time of year and can help you make changes without spending as much during warmer months.

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Fire in Lake Worth displaces family for holidays On December 5, 2012, Palm Beach County Fire Rescue Battalion 3 units were dispatched to reports of a fire on the 1000 block of South K Street in Lake Worth at 1:41 p.m. The first arriving engine reported that they had flames and smoke coming from the front of the home. The occupants had all gotten out of the home. Crews made an aggressive attack on the fire and quickly extinguished it. Three adults and one child were displaced and the Red Cross has been called to assist them. The cause of this fire is under investigation.



Fire guts garbage truck cab Daytona Beach, FL. Daytona Beach Fire Department responded to the area of Bayless Blvd. and Fentress Blvd. for a reported garbage truck fire just before 9 a.m. on January 8, 2013. When fire crews arrived on scene, crews found the cab of a Waste Pro garbage truck fully involved with fire. Fire crews quickly attacked the fire in the cab area and brought

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the fire under control within minutes of their arrival. During the investigation into the cause of the fire, crews spoke with the driver, who stated hearing a loud pop and then seeing flames coming from under the cab as he was attempting to turn into the

Hooter’s Restaurant parking lot. The driver of the truck was able to escape without injury. Fire crews eventually put the fire out by completely flooding the cab and garbage holding area with water. No injuries were reported and no businesses were in danger during firefighting operations. - LARRY STONEY


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Early morning fire in Palm Beach County

Bartow, FL - Polk County Fire Rescue personnel were recognized at the December American Legion meeting. Lieutenant Matt Nichols was honored as Fire Officer of the Year, Kristen Olivenbaum was honored as Paramedic of the year and Dave Rittenhouse and Engineer Gary Bales Co-Firefighters of the Year.

Palm Beach County Fire Rescue units from Battalion 3 responded to an early morning fire at 2:50 a.m. on the morning of December 7th. The first arriving engine found flames and smoke from the front and side windows of the residence on the 700 block of Briarwood Dr. All residents of the home had already gone outside. Crews made an aggressive fire attack on the fire and were able to quickly bring it under control and extinguish the fire. One challenge that crews encountered was gaining access to the garage through the hurricane rated garage door. A total of four adults and one child were displaced by this fire and the Red Cross was called to assist. The cause of this fire is under investigation.

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North Naples brush fire North Naples E46 and B46 responded to report of a brush fire. Upon arrival, crews found a small brush fire behind an apartment complex. The fire was knocked down fairly quickly.

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Palm Beach County Fire Rescue rescues horse from pool On December 18, 2012, units from Palm Beach County Fire Rescue were dispatched to a very unique incident. Crews were told that a horse had accidentally fallen into a pool and would need rescuing to get out. Upon arrival on the 2300 block of Fawn Dr in Western Palm Beach County, they discovered a horse that was standing in a pool in the backyard of a residence. The homeowner stated that

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their 30 year old horse had gotten out of the enclosure and had accidentally fallen in the pool. A veterinarian was called to respond to the scene and the crews prepared to rescue the horse from the pool. With their specialized harnesses and the assistance of a tow truck, the crews were able to safely

lift the horse out without any injury. Palm Beach County has a large equestrian community and at certain times, these animals may ďŹ nd themselves in situations needing assistance. Palm Beach County Fire Rescue trains on how to safely perform large animal rescues to be prepared for situations such as this. - ALBERT BORROTO


Ironic MVA with entrapment in Gulf Breeze On January 1st at 11:23 p.m., the Midway Fire Department was dispatched to a motor vehicle accident on Country Club Road. Battalion Chief Lew Jones found a vehicle into a tree with an entrapped/unconscious driver. The crew of Engine 35 utilized their new TNT rescue tool, which was obtained with a $22,000 grant from Firehouse Subs. As the crew extricated the driver, it was determined that both he and his passenger were Firehouse Sub employees. Both individuals were transported by Lifeguard EMS to Baptist Hospital.


Brush fires for Sumter County Sumter County Fire & EMS responded to brush fires on CR 222 near CR 209 on November 29 at approximately 11:00 a.m. with another on December 1st on CR 209 near Camp Wildwood. Both fires quickly became wind driven, stretching the capabilities of the first arriving fire crews. Mutual aid assistance was requested from the Village’s Public Safety Department and the Florida Forest Service on both fires, which were quickly contained without any structures being threatened. Citizens are reminded to be extremely careful with open flames or discarding cigarettes, due to the drying conditions and changing winds that occur this time of year. The exact cause of both fires have yet to be identified.


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Engine 17 serves as Santa’s sleigh Firefighters from Clay County Fire Rescue recently assisted Santa with an early stop at the Dye-Clay YMCA of Orange Park. On November 30th, 2012, Engine 17 served as Santa’s sleigh for a stop at the YMCA. About 30 families attended the event to have cookies and cocoa with Santa. A good time was had by all, and many young and young at heart enjoyed checking out the fire truck.


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Clay County holiday with the heroes Firefighters from Clay County Fire Rescue held the fourth annual Holiday with the Heroes event at Station 14 in Middleburgon Saturday December 15, 2012. Twenty deserving children were paired up with a firefighter chaperone for a day of fun over the holidays. The children spent a day at the fire station, with snacks and arts & crafts projects and climbing on the

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fire trucks for the morning events. The Clay County Council of Aging provided transportation for the children and firefighters to a local Wal-Mart, where each kid was able to spend $100 for shopping. After the shopping trip, it was

back to the fire station for lunch and a visit from Santa. Every child was given a stocking and had a chance to sit on Santa’s lap for photos. As the day came to a close, every child was given a food basket for a holiday meal including a turkey and many side dishes. - CHRIS DILLEY


Early morning fire in suburban Palm Beach County CHARLIE ROBBINS

At 6:30 a.m. on December 5, 2012, units from Battalion 3 were called for a residential structure fire on the 3800 block of Lakewood Rd in suburban Palm Beach County. A neighbor stated that the home next door had flames coming from the windows and roof. Units discovered a triplex that had flames and smoke showing from the windows and doors. Neighbors stated that the building was an unoccupied structure, but that there may be some people staying inside at night to be out of the weather. Crews made an aggressive attack and quickly brought the fire under control, while other crews searched the occupancy for any patients that may be inside. The primary and secondary searches of the building revealed that it was unoccupied. The cause of this fire is under investigation.

Lehigh Acres SUV fire Just after 8:00 p.m. on December 16th, LAFD Engine 105, Rescue 102 and Battalion 100 were dispatched to the area of Foggia Street East and Genoa Avenue South for a possible vehicle crash. Responding units were advised that one vehicle was possibly on fire and someone may be trapped in the burning auto. Upon arrival, Lee County Sheriff Deputies advised that there was no vehicle crash, however an SUV was fully involved and a subsequent brush fire was spreading. Engine 105 found approximately one eighth of an acre of woods ablaze. The crew went to work on the brush fire initially, and then knocked down the vehicle fire. No persons were found in the SUV, which was reported stolen from a nearby residence shortly after the fire was extinguished.

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Winter operations and personnel safety Part III Problems may be encountered in locating and establishing a water supply. Hydrant and static w a t e r sources may be difficult to locate under snow banks or drifting snow. STAYING S o m e communities SAFE have local o r d i n a n c e s Chief Henry Campbell requiring the nearest resident to maintain the hydrant free of snow and debris. Other communities have an adopt-ahydrant program in which one of the neighborhood residents maintains the hydrant. There still is no guarantee the hydrant will be clear and easy to spot. To further complicate matters, the hydrant may be frozen and will result in a delay in getting hose lines into operation. Test the hydrant before hooking into it and have a secondary water supply established as soon as possible. If your response is within an area serviced with a hydrant system, all responding engine companies should locate at a hydrant and secure a water flow before making a commitment to that hydrant. Static water sources that have iced over will require extra time in penetrating the ice. In either situation, on board water should be used by the first in attack pumper while a water source is secured and the use of tanker relays may be the only viable source under extreme conditions. All departments, including municipal departments serviced by hydrant systems, should have a tanker relay plan in place as an alternate source of establishing a water supply. Hydrants should be checked annually and permitted to drain after each use to prevent freezing in the barrel. If you have a problem draining a hydrant, the water company should be notified to respond. Hydrants aren’t used every day, for that matter, most hydrants aren’t used at all, therefore the need for an annual or semiannual hydrant inspection program. As for static water sources, your department should have a water resource officer, who is knowledgeable as to the location of all reliable water sources within the community that can be tapped when the need arises. A map of your jurisdiction with all static water sources should be on board each apparatus. Apparatus pumps should be drained in the winter and all

lines blown free of any water. Gauges and valves have the potential to freeze and should be properly monitored and drained. It only takes a drop or two of water to freeze up and place the pumper out of commission, and usually at a most inopportune time. Front mounted pumps may have a blanket or heating unit to provide protection from cold weather and long distance responses. Secure water extinguishers in the cab of apparatus or in a heated compartment to protect from freezing. Also protect medical supplies and other items that can be affected by freezing temperatures. The placement of apparatus, especially aerial apparatus, on icy surfaces and inclines will require constant monitoring and the use of salt and or sand to aid in maintaining the stability of the vehicle and any positioned outriggers. The surfaces may not be icy when the operation begins, but as water begins to be used the hazard will develop. If the spot the apparatus is positioned looks unstable and un safe relocate to a safer position as there is no need to lose firefighters or apparatus. Then, when the fire has been extinguished and it is time to pick up and return, the fun will begin in retrieving frozen hose lines, tools, and retracting aerial equipment that has become locked in place due to icing. Care should be taken when attempting to retract aerial devices and the manufacturers’ recommendations should always be followed. Some departments have thawing equipment to assist in picking up hose, and no matter what method you use the least number of folds in the hose when frozen, the better. The best may be to wait for the sun to do its’ thing! Winter operations increase the potential of personal injury to emergency responders with a direct impact on their personal safety. Being prepared for extreme winter conditions will greatly reduce that potential A last note, if you create an unsafe condition because of your response and actions to extinguish a fire, i.e., water freezing on the roadway while extinguishing a vehicle fire, you are responsible to make the roadway safe before opening it. Request a highway sander to the scene before reopening the roadway if you are unable to alleviate the condition yourself. Till next time, Buckle Up, Stay Safe and God Bless! - continued at

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2012 rescue 1 rescue demo is available for immediate delivery. 16’-3” walk-around/international 4400 four-door chassis, fiveman seating, and maxxForce 9/315 hp engine. Pto 35 kw generator, 9000 watt will-burt light tower, fold down ladder to (4) upper storage compartments, 9000 lb portable winch and much more. For additional details visit our website: or contact mike marquis at (800) 752-8786, (732) 223-1411 (in nJ),

2005 red cHeVY taHoe Lt-cHieF’S car 2006 Ford e-450 Super duty medtec ambulance

incLudeS radioS, LiGHtS and SirenS

92,000 miles • asking $19,750

Good condition

6.0 Liter diesel engine • auto transmission

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For additional info contact bill or ray at 518-885-1478

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