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CERT honors founding member On Tuesday January 15, during their annual awards dinner, the Barrow County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), made special recognition. Robert (Bob) Richardson, who is retiring from CERT after seven years of dedicated service, is one of those men. Richardson, joined by his wife, other members of the Berringer Point subdivision and several other Barrow County citizens took part in the first class of the CERT program offered by firefighters with Barrow County Emergency Services. The initial class was taught at Fire Station 5 and was an eye opening experience for many. For Richardson, it placed in his heart a need for developing the program and creating a team of trained volunteers to assist those in public safety. Richardson worked with many past and current members of the CERT program to build the team to where it is today. He was very motivated in his efforts and worked to place the team in the public eye as often as

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possible. He worked to educate citizens of the need to be trained and prepared for disasters. He helped develop the CERT team to assist public safety in Barrow County. “Bob Richardson was one of the first faces you saw when you started with the Barrow County CERT program for the seven years it has been in existence,” stated current CERT President Mike Wilson. “He is affectionately known by CERT members as Father CERT. He will be missed by all of us as he moves on to his next chapter in his life.” During the awards dinner, Richardson was honored for his years of selfless dedication to the CERT program. Richardson was awarded a plaque and certificate and a slide show was presented showing the history of CERT in Barrow County.


Deployed firefighters Firefighters from the 165th Airlift Wing in Savannah, Ga recently performed a multi company fire drill while forward deployed to Southwest Asia. Firefighters from the 193rd Special Operations Wing, Pennsylvania Air National Guard and the 187th Fighter Wing Alabama Air National Guard also participated in the training exercise. The training topics for the exercise were scene size up, forcible entry, preconnect attack line deployment, building search, water supply, incident command, downed firefighter rescue, medical evaluation and firefighter rehab. All training was accomplished using a vacant building filled with smoke that created a zero visibility environment. Hands on drills like these offer firefighters a safe way to learn and practice new roles on the fire ground.


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Cherokee County firefighters arrived on scene to find a motor home and garage on fire.

Motor home and garage destroyed


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Cherokee County, GA. Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services and the Canton Fire Department responded to a fire, shortly before 1:30 p.m. on February 15th at 130 Kimberly Road in Holly Springs. Cherokee County 911 received a call from the homeowner, who stated that he had spilled some gas and it started to spread quickly. He

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also tried to put the fire out with a garden hose, but was unsuccessful. Firefighters arrived at the scene minutes later to find a motor home and a garage fully involved. The garage was detached from the home by only a few feet and was in dan-

ger of catching fire, too. Both the motor home and the garage were completely destroyed, but firefighters were able to keep the fire from spreading to the home. No injuries were reported. The fire continues to be investigated by Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services. - TIM CAVENDER

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Emergency Preparedness Award On Tuesday, January 12, 2013, Henry County Fire Department presented Briggs & Stratton of McDonough with an “Emergency Preparedness Award” for their outstanding performance and dedication in creating an emergency prepared workplace. Fire Chief Bill Lacy, Operations Chief Brad Johnson, Training Chief Ike McConnell, Battalion Chief Stacey Ponder and Captain Billy Kunkle were on site to honor and recognize the plant’s efforts that ultimately resulted in the save of an employee’s life on November 28, 2012. At just after 2:30 in the afternoon, on that day in November, Curtis Reid of Griffin collapsed while working on the assembly line. Employees immediately put their training into motion, initiating the first link in the “Chain of Survival.”


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Firefighter of the Year Milton, GA. Captain Ryan James was named the City of Milton Fire-Rescue Department's 2012 "Firefighter of the Year" at the agency's awards banquet on January 26th. The 16 year veteran and married father of two was chosen for the honor because of his eternally positive attitude, outstanding leadership and tireless work ethic, said Chief Robert Edgar. "I was shocked, completely blown away - I'm still in awe of it," said James. "Truly I had no clue; In fact, I was telling one of my guys he was a shoo-in when they announced my name." James joined the City of Milton for its initial deployment in May 2007 after two years at the Dawson County Fire/Rescue Division, where he was also named employee of the year and eight years at Rural/Metro Ambulance as a paramedic. Edgar said in choosing a firefighter of the year, sometimes it's

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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 Missouri: Eddy Meador, 54 Rank: Fire Chief Incident Date:12/08/2012 Death Date: 12/08/2012 Fire Department: Pattonsburg Fire & Rescue Protection District Fire Dept. Info: Chief: Pending Initial Summary: Shortly after working several emergency incidents including a car fire followed by a hazmat call on a nearby Interstate Highway, Fire Chief Meador fell ill and passed away from a cause still to be determined. Wisconsin: Steven W. Fritz, 58 Rank: Fire Chief Incident Date: 12/10/2012 Death Date: 12/10/2012 Fire Department: Rothschild Fire Department Fire Dept. Info: Chief: Acting Fire Chief Glen Engebetson Initial Summary: Fire Chief Fritz fell ill while at his residence. Fire and EMS personnel responded to the call and transported Fritz to Saint Clare’s Hospital where he passed away from an apparent heart attack. Chief Fritz had responded to the fire station for at least one emergency call earlier in day. Missouri: Jeffrey Hudson, 46 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: 12/12/2012 Death Date: 12/12/2012 Fire Department: St. Louis Fire Department Fire Dept. Info: Chief: Dennis Jenkerson Initial Summary: n the morning and a short time after returning from an emergency call, Firefighter Hudson was found deceased in his bunk at the fire house. The cause of death is still to be determined. Incident Location: Fire Station #36, 5000 S. Kingshighway Blvd Rhode Island: Philip A. Mortensen, 67 Rank: Fire Chief Incident Date: 12/22/2012 Death Date: 12/22/2012 Fire Department: Brooklyn Fire & EMS Protection District Fire Dept. Info: Chief: Assistant Chief Leif Spilde Initial Summary: Shortly after returning to his auto shop from an emergency call, Fire Chief Mortensen fell ill and was discovered on the ground outside of the building. Brooklyn Fire and EMS crews responded and began CPR but despite all efforts succumbed to what is thought to have been a cardiac related injury.

New York: Tomasz Marian Kaczowka, 19 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: 12/24/2012 Death Date: 12/24/2012 Fire Department: West Webster Fire District Fire Dept. Info: Chief: James Deisenroth Initial Summary: Firefighter Chiapperini and Firefighter Kaczowka were shot and killed at the scene of a house fire that had been intentionally set in order to draw the firefighters into an ambush. Two other firefighters were also shot at the scene and are recovering in guarded condition at Strong Memorial Hospital. Investigation into the incident continues by local, state, and federal authorities. Incident Location: 191 Lake Road, Webster, NY New York: Mike J. Chiapperini., 43

Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: 12/24/2012 Death Date: 12/24/2012 Fire Department: West Webster Fire District Fire Dept. Info: Chief: James Deisenroth Initial Summary: Firefighter Chiapperini and Firefighter Kaczowka were shot and killed at the scene of a house fire that had been intentionally set in order to draw the firefighters into an ambush. Two other firefighters were also shot at the scene and are recovering in guarded condition at Strong Memorial Hospital. Investigation into the incident continues by local, state, and federal authorities. Incident Location: 191 Lake Road, Webster, NY

Alabama: Jonathan Wayne Burgess, 33 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: 01/08/2013 Death Date: 01/08/2013 Fire Department: South Alabama Regional Airport Fire Department Fire Dept. Info: Chief: Michael Ellis Initial Summary: Firefighter Burgess passed away from an apparent heart attack while performing safety checks on the runway at the South Alabama Regional Airport. Incident Location: Runway 29, South Alabama Regional Airport

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Explorers bring home six trophies Cherokee County Fire & Emergency Services’ Explorer Post #469 participated in the 39th annual Winterfest Competition in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, in February and brought home six trophies. Over 3200 people, representing states from all over the southeast, attended the event to compete in drills that would test their skills and knowledge in the fire and emergency services field. Explorer Post 469 had 16 youth compete against over 60 teams! The local explorers post hosted the Pittsburgh Drill exercise again this year and dedicated the drill in memory of Donna Westbrook, wife of Cherokee County EMA Director Robby Westbrook, who lost her life in an automobile accident last year. During last Saturday’s event, the fire explorers scored first and second place in the Pittsburgh Drill, which simulates rescuing a down firefighter through multiple obstacles to get him to safety. The group also scored first and second place in the Z-Drag. Participants had to rig a rope rescue system to assist them in the removal of a victim from a hostile environment. The youth also scored first place in the Save Your Skin Drill. This event resembled a crew of disoriented firefighters having to locate their hose line and navigate their way out of a hostile environ-

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ment with only seconds to spare. Finally, the local fire explorers placed first in the Secret Knots Drill, where the youth were given a random series of fire department knots to tie in a matter of seconds. Eddie Robinson, Assistant Fire Chief said, “I am very pleased with the effort that the individuals that make up our explorer post put into our profession. The accomplishments of this past weekend were outstanding and demonstrates their dedication.” Cherokee County Fire Chief, Tim Prather, was very proud of these young men and women and stated, “This was my seventh trip to Winterfest since becoming a chief officer. Each year seems to be better than the previous years. Last year, we brought home the most trophies ever! Going into this year, I didn’t know if we could ever exceed last year’s accomplishment. Well, we tied that number, but for the first time, we earned four first place spots. Again, the best ever!! I’m amazed each year by this group! I am very proud of the accomplishment of these fine youngsters.”


Two house fires in Barrow County Just before 5 p.m. on February 5th, communication officers with Barrow County Emergency Services received a 911 call reporting a fire in the 100 block of Alicia Drive. Upon arrival of firefighters, fire was in the garage and extended into the attic. Firefighters started an aggressive attack on the fire and kept it from spreading further into the house. Engine 7, Engine 3, Engine 4, Med 4, Med 7 and Battalion 1 responded. The fire caused extensive damage to the home and garage. The cause of the fire is under investiga-

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tio. At 4:13 p.m. on February 6th, communication officers received a 911 call reporting a structure fire in the 600 block of Cavern Springs. “When firefighters arrived we found a heavy fire condition at the front of the home,” commented Battalion Chief Mike Stoops. “The fire had already extended into the roof line of the home.”

Engine 1, Engine 6, Med 1, Med 6 and Battalion 1 responded. Firefighters were able to quickly bring the fire under control from the outside of the home. The fire and smoke caused extensive damage to the home. Two adults were displaced as a result of this fire. The fire investigation team determined the cause of the fire was improper disposal of a cigarette, which ignited pine straw that was around the foundation of the home. - SCOTT DAKIN


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Bryan County Emergency Services hosted Trauma Unleashed class EUGENE WEBER JR.

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Bryan County Emergency Services hosted a Trauma Unleased class at Station 7 on January 24, 2013. The class was presented by Flight Paramedic Thomas Cook from AirEvac Lifeteam through their outreach training program. AirEvac offers a list of courses and more will be held over the coming months in Bryan County Emergency Service. AirEvac Lifeteam strives to continually assist their customers with educational needs so they can provide the best patient care possible.

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Six steps to a successful purchase of a new home this Spring The weather is about to break, finally. Soon spring will have finally sprung. The springtime serves as peak home-buying season. Even though buyers have a greater advantage than they’ve had in awhile, it’s still easy to take a wrong, frustrating and–gasp– costly turn. But don’t worry: The Sun National Bank Heroes Mortgage Program provides six ways to make sure buying a new home proves to be a success. 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. 1. Be prepared: You will need to do a little homework before you get started looking for a new home. Make sure that you can locate all the documents necessary for you to be pre-approved for a mortgage. You will most likely need the following: Your two most recent pay stubs, your last two years W2’s, all of your asset statements, (checking, savings, 401k, stocks, bonds, mutual funds) and last two tax returns. Sit down and work up your budget, know how much you want to spend before you are told how much you can actually spend. 2. Get pre-approved: Call the Heroes Mortgage Program to be pre-approved for your new mortgage. Without pre-approval, you will not know what you can afford to buy. This can get you into a very difficult situation. If you put an offer on a house without being approved and you can’t afford it, you might be opening the door to some very expensive litigation. Call the Heroes Mortgage Program today and find out what you can afford to buy. 3. Ensure you are working with a real estate professional. Ask your Heroes Mortgage Program representative if they can recommend a real estate professional to you. It is extremely im-

portant to have a real estate agent who is working for you and your best interests. A real estate agent will look out for the best deals in your market and are there to facilitate the negotiating process and the transition to your new home. 4. Find a good real estate attorney. A lawyer can help you negotiate the real estate contract and renegotiate it if a home inspection finds flaws-or an appraisal deems the house less valuable than the sales price. A lawyer also represents your interests at the closing and does the lion’s share of paperwork and the coordination associated with it. 5. Make a firm offer. When you see a house you want, you’ll make a verbal offer. If the seller is interested, your next step is to commit yourself in writing. The written offer, or contract, is usually drawn up by the seller’s agent, but if you choose to use a buyer’s agent and real estate lawyer, they can negotiate and review that contract on your behalf. If you end up negotiating the price of the property, make sure that you check in with your Heroes Mortgage Program representative. You do not want to overbid the price of the property and then not be able to qualify. 6. Get the home inspected. No matter how good a house looks and no matter how much you love it, you want to be sure it’s sound structurally and in every other way. If it’s not, you want to know whether the seller will address the issue before you seal the deal. If not, you have to decide whether you want to back out of the deal or take care of the repairs yourself. 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

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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.

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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Car travels down boat ramp and crashes into Lake Allatoona Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services responded to a call on February 4th, just shortly before 4:45 p.m., regarding a car that had gone into Lake Allatoona at the boat ramp off Kellogg Creek Road. Cherokee County 911 received a call from a fisherman, who indicated that the vehicle was sinking fast and people were in it. However, when emergency service personnel arrived on the scene, the owner of the vehicle stated that there wasn't’t anybody in the car. Apparently the car, a silver Dodge Charger, went down the boat ramp and into the water. The Cherokee County Dive Team was also dispatched to the scene to assist in locating the car. A diver went into the water just shortly after 6 p.m., but after an

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hour and a half of searching, nothing was found and the search was terminated until the next morning. Divers returned to the scene the following morning at approximately 9 a.m. to resume their search efforts. Just shortly after 12 noon, divers located the car about two hundred feet from shore. Straps were eventually placed around the front of the car and it was later pulled out of the water shortly after 2 p.m. No injuries were reported, but the incident is being investigated by the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Department. - TIM CAVENDER


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Man entrapped after single vehicle wreck in Cherokee County Cherokee County, GA. Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services responded to a motor vehicle accident, shortly after 1 p.m. on the afternoon of February 14th, on Highway 369 near the Lower Creighton Road intersection. When emergency service personnel arrived on scene, they found a Lincoln-Mercury automobile had left the highway and landed on its side.

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The driver of the vehicle, a 77 year old male, was entrapped and had to be extricated. He had lacerations to his hand and forearm, but was complaining of pain throughout his body. The patient was in stable condi-

tion and was taken by ambulance to North Fulton Hospital. No other injuries were reported. Both lanes of the highway were blocked until the injured left the scene. The cause of the accident is being investigated by the Georgia State Patrol.



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Legislature day at academy Deason, TN. Several state legislators loaded a bus and traveled down to the Tennessee Fire and Codes Academy in Deason on January 30th to gain insight into what the fire service provides to the State of Tennessee. The demonstration was presented by the Tennessee Fire and Codes Academy Staff and members of the Tennessee Fire Service Coali- JUMP TO FILE # tion. The Tennessee 020513110 Fire Service Coalition is made up of members from the Tennessee Fire Chiefs Association, Tennessee Fire Safety Inspectors Association, Tennessee Fireman’s Association and the Tennessee Chapter of the IAAI. Seven legislators, Department of Commerce and Insurance Commissioner Julie McPeak and Assistant Commissioner Gary West walked through several stations set up by various agencies from multiple jurisdictions. The groups got to experience a Class A Burn Pod evolution, watch a vehicle extrication demonstration, learn about hazardous materials and paramedic/EMS response, were educated on the importance of fire prevention and investigation and much more. State Representatives Charles Curtiss (D-Sparta), Joshua Evans (R-Greenbrier), Jeremy Faison (RCosby), David Hawk (RGreenville), Pat Marsh (R-Shelbyville), Debra Moody (RCovington) and Dawn White (RMurfreesboro) were in attendance. The most exciting demonstration was a side by side room and contents fire with one room being sprinkled and the other not. The two rooms were designed with the same building construction, furnishing, and fuel loads. The ignition source for each room was also the same. The non-sprinkled room was completely engulfed in flames in less than four minutes. The sprinkled side was nearly extinguished once the sprinkler triggered in less than one minute. “Overall, I think the event was a great success,” commented Murfreesboro Fire & Rescue Department Fire Marshal Ken Honeycutt, who had a large hand in getting the event together. “We wanted the legislators to








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Days of rain floods roadway and tempts drivers Hayden, AL. On Tuesday, January 15, 2012, Ricetown and Mt. High Fire Departments were dispatched to a flooded roadway, Ricetown Road. After arriving on scene, it was learned that a vehicle had tried to cross the roadway, only to fall into the submerged ditch along side. A Blount County Sheriff's deputy had waded out to the vehicle to retrieve the woman inside when firefighters arrived. She had watched another truck drive successfully through the waters and attempted to follow, but got a little too close to the left side of the road and drove off into the ditch. She was uninjured. The truck was later removed once the waters had receded.

Line of duty deaths reported in Alabama and Tennessee The US Fire Administration announced a line of duty death for J o n a t h a n Wayne Burgess, age 33, of Andalusia, AL. Firefighter Burgess passed away from an apparent heart attack while performing

safety checks on the runway at the South Alabama Regional Airport. Burgess had 14 years of career service with the South Alabama Regional Airport Fire Department. The US Fire Administration announced a line of duty death for David Schnepp, age 43, of Church Hill, TN. A short time after fighting a brush fire Sunday evening, February 24, Firefighter Schnepp passed

away from a cause still to be determined. Burgess had 20 years of volunteer service with the Carter's Valley Fire Department. - HEATHER PILLSWORTH

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Pension Reform Upheld The Informed Firefighter


Firefighter/Paramedic Pete Villasuso

A hero firefighter at the gym On Thursday, January 11, 2013, Pete Villasuso was working out at Golds Gym in Saint Lucie, FL, as he does many other days. Upon seeing a woman noticeably upset running to the front desk, he quickly investigated. Pete is a firefighter/paramedic on the TRT Special Operations Team with Saint Lucie County Fire District and his training and need to help others quickly put him to work. He noticed an elderly man laying on a treadmill with another man holding his head up. It was clearly visible that the older gentleman was in distress and needing help. Pete quickly assessed the situation, placing him in the Trendelenburg position and checked his breathing and pulse. Pete asked one of the trainers to grab the gym’s AED. Luckily, it was readily available for use. After placing the pads on the man, Pete awaited the tones to see if a shock was needed. Off duty Police/EMT/Firefighter Brad Richards from Jupiter Island Public Safety arrived and began assisting. Without a pulse, they began CPR on the man. Another off duty Hazmat Firefighter/Paramedic with Saint Lucie County Fire District, Greg Cosgrave, began assisting as well. Greg obtained a mask and began administering breaths. After an-

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other long two minutes, the AED advised that a shock was needed. After the shock, ALS Engine 14 arrived on the scene. As all continued their efforts, another two shocks were administered at the gym. The patient was quickly packaged and transported to a local emergency room for further treatment. The man not only survived, but had a cardiac catherization and pacemaker/defibrillator inserted. The patient has since thanked Pete for saving his life and called Pete his “angel”. The doctors stated that had his patient been anywhere other than at that gym, he wouldn’t be here today. Pete Villasuso was truly an angel that day and saved this man’s life. On February 20th, Brad received an outstanding citizen award at the Saint Lucie County Fire Board meeting. Pete and Greg received Meritorious Service Awards. Lee Geisler came to the meeting and shared his story. Lee was able to assist in getting the community three AED's and a new CPR class. 45 residents are already getting certified.

In a narrow victory for the state, the Florida Supreme Court upheld pension reform legislation that took effect July 1, 2011. The 4-3 decision allows the 3% levy on state workers’ salaries to continue, and overturns a lower courts’ ruling declaring the changes unconstitutional. This effectively makes the Florida Retirement System (FRS) a contributory definedbenefit plan, changing it from the non-contributory plan it had been for decades. Governor Rick Scott declared it a victory for Florida taxpayers and an important step toward balancing the budget. Indeed, had the justices voted the other way, the state would have had to pony up nearly $2 billion to pay back public employees. Union representatives decried the ruling as a de facto tax on working families, vowing to hammer the governor on this point when he is up for re-election next year. Pension reform has been a divisive issue since the Great Recession began and the courts have tended to side with state employees, suggesting that pension promises cannot be withdrawn. Some states have decided that retirees may have even greater rights than that of a conventional creditor. The majority opinion in the Florida case sited a 1981 ruling in which the court allowed the Legislature to revise the retirement contract with existing state employees. For firefighters, this recent court ruling affects primarily those who work for a county or special district, since many cities have their own pension system, via a local law plan. The 3% levy is compounded by a reinstated payroll tax of 6.2% that began last month. This translates into less discretionary income for families. Fixing the public sector must not degenerate into demonizing it. Few people would begrudge the perks given to those who put their lives on the line. Balancing the state budget must be viewed against preserving the services the public has grown accustomed to. The focus should be on productivity, not on cutting resources. Also, the combination of a stellar stock market last year and this recent court case ruling makes for a budget windfall. Indeed, not too long after this ruling, Governor Scott proposed a pay-raise for educators, the first pay-raise for state workers in 6 years. As the economy grinds forward and the state unemployment rate continues to drop (the December rate was a four-year low), pension reform will likely move out of the spotlight. Although the court decision helps ensure the solvency of FRS, the best solution for the public sector is a vibrant private sector.



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Dry weather conditions spark brush fires On February 1st at 12:10 p.m., units responded to reports of a fire near Forest Hill Boulevard and Pinehurst in suburban Palm Beach County. Fire crews reported a fire that was approximately four acres and involving brush and trees. With the dry weather conditions and high winds, this fire proved challenging for the crews to control. A joint effort between Division of Forestry and Palm Beach County Fire Rescue contained the fire and prevented any danger to the residents living to the east or the Elementary School to the west. Fire breaks in combination with extinguishment of hot spots brought the fire under control in several hours and the department maintained a fire watch on the area to prevent any rekindling.



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Palm Beach County Fire Rescue battles fire in abandoned home On January 29, 2013 during the lunch hour, crews were dispatched to reports of a residential structure fire at a vacant home on the 1300 block of Suwanee Drive in suburban West Palm Beach. Responding engine companies reported a visible column of smoke while still several miles out. First arriving crews called a working fire and stated they had a single family home that had flames and smoke showing from one side and back. Fire crews made an aggressive attack on the fire and were able to contain the fire to the residence without any spread to nearby homes. Units from both Palm Beach County Fire Rescue and West Palm Beach Fire Rescue battled this fire for over an hour before it was completely extinguished. The cause of this fire is currently under investigation.

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The Bravest Real Stories, Rear Action, True Heroes. By, National Entertainment in association and distributed by Hearst Entertainment, Inc. Available from: FSP Books & Videos Dept. C66, 188 Central Street, #4 Hudson, MA 01749-1330 1-800-522-8528 E-Mail: Price: $44.95 (10 DVD set) Yes, you read correctly, this is a ten DVD set which covers 44 episodes and is 15 hours in length. The first disk was reviewed in this column in 2007. The episodes were made in 2001, before the World Trade Center tragedy. Coverage was done in many cities including New York City. A number of the New York City firefighters within these DVD’s were killed on 9-11-01. One lieutenant I knew, who is in some of this footage, was not killed on 9-11 but did pass away from a heart attack some time later. I reviewed the second disk, which is one hour and 44 minutes in length. These episodes were to be on television, but I cannot honestly say they were as I had not seen them. Anyway, they are enhanced by vest cams at times, which brings you inside the burning buildings and places where emergencies took place. I will only review this second

DVD for two reasons. First, because they are sold as a package, not individually and secondly, if I reviewed each of them, it would take a year as videos are reviewed in this publication every other month. Due to the fact that these episodes were filmed for television, they bounce to different scenes very quickly, which is not what you would see on the average video taken by a videographer, who would not be permitted in the building. Whereas most of the videos we review dwell on the outside of a structure or an incident, it is easier to take notes while analyzing it. These ten DVD’s advance too quickly to allow for note taking. I will simply cover the incidents from the episodes on this DVD. Miami-Dade Fire and Rescue is the first, and they handle an apartment house fire. However, this house is one story high with horizontally attached apartments. When the fire is knocked down a relief crew is called to overhaul. Their next incident is a stabbing. Next is New York City and they fight a three story apartment house fire and later do SCUBA training. Then, there is a cellar fire and an MVA with entrapment. The District of Columbia is next with a fully involved car fire next to a dumpster. Next, is a suicide attempt, a gas leak in a school and a female assaulted. Los Angeles City is next with a structure fire caused by a mattress resulting with a fatality. Members of Station 9 talk about their work. An abandoned house fire is next followed by a house fire caused by a candle. Finally they respond to a man with head trauma. Back to New York City we go with a multiple dwelling fire, an interview with Rescue 2, an apartment fire and finally hazmat training. This set is well worth the money to see and will keep you off the streets for awhile if you view each of them!

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Family rescued from balcony while firefighters battle second alarm MARK BUSH

North Naples responds to rollover North Naples Fire Rescue responded to a report of a vehicle rollover at the 107 milemarker of Interstate 75. Upon arrival of E-46, they had a vehicle on it’s side with a patient inside. After stabilizing the car, the patient was removed and transported to a local hospital.

Lauderhill, FL. At 11:07 a.m. on February 8th, Lauderhill Fire Rescue received a call for a apartment on fire at 1192 N State Road 7. Crews encountered a five story apartment complex with heavy smoke and flames coming from a fifth floor apartment. Crews quickly ascended to the fire floor and were met with heavy smoke and extreme heat conditions throughout the entire hallway. They advised of a fully involved apartment fire with flames impinging into the hallway common area. It took 22 units from five local agencies approximately 40 minutes to get the fire under con-

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trol. During that time an aerial ladder was used to rescue a trapped mother and daughter, who occupied the adjacent apartment. There was no one home where the fire originated. The apartment suffered extensive fire damage. 51 people were displaced and were assisted by the American Red Cross. The fire is under investigation by the Lauderhill Fire Marshall's office. - JERRY GONZALEZ


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Sousa named FFCA Instructor of the Year MICHAEL HANDOGA

Largo firefighters awarded Medal of Gallantry Lieutenant Shaun Carroll and Firefighter Kyle Lighthiser were honored were honored with the Medal of Gallantry by Fire Chief Michael Wallace. The Medal of Gallantry is awarded to a firefighter, who has been instrumental in rescuing and saving another from possible death or shows great initiative and capability. In October 2012, Shaun and Kyle were off duty and working at their part time job as fitness coaches. One of the customers of the gym had a cardiac event that resulted in the man going into cardiac arrest. Shaun and Kyle acted quickly and used all of their skills to save a life. While Shaun and Kyle performed CPR, bystanders contacted 911. When fire rescue units arrived Shaun and Kyle continued to assist in the care of the man. Due to the quick reaction and the incredible efforts of the two off duty paramedics, the man was delivered to the hospital alive. After treatment and recovery the man was able to walk out of the hospital. Without the intervention of Shaun and Kyle, the outcome most certainly wouldn't have been the same.

West Manatee Fire Rescue is proud to announce that Captain Tom Sousa was recognized as the Florida Fire Chiefs Association 2012 Instructor of the Year. Captain Sousa received this award during the opening ceremonies at Fire Rescue East, which is the largest fire-rescue training conference in the Southeast. He was recognized for his 35 years of service to our community, but more importantly his remarkable accomplishments for West Manatee Fire Rescue as well as the fire services within Manatee County. Captain Sousa developed an effective training simulator using shipping containers, which allows for multi-jurisdictional and multicompany training drills. This train-

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ing benefits all fire agencies and their ISO ratings, as well as developing better working relationships between agencies. He also developed an online web-based in-service training program, which can be shared by all fire agencies in Manatee County. This web-based training enables agencies to access the on-line training from any fire station or any location that has web access. Captain Sousa also received the Manatee County Fire Officer of the Year award and the Congressional Fire and Rescue Career Service Award during 2012. - BRETT POLLOCK

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Ocala, FL - Firefighters with Ocala Fire Rescue received training at the Ocala International Airport to combat aircraft fires. The training props which include mannequins to simulate passenger rescue and a mock up of an airplane were supplied by Kellogg Community College. “As part of their annual airport training, our firefighters are exposed to a variety of scenarios and this is an excellent opportunity to practice their tactics dealing with fuel fires, fuselage fires, engine, and brake fires” stated the fire department’s training division Captain Shane Ferguson.

Units from Palm Beach County Fire Rescue Battalion 4 responded to a reported rollover accident on Friday February 8th at Pipers Glen Blvd and South Jog Road. Crews discovered a vehicle that was on its wheels, but had apparently rolled over and still had two occupants trapped inside. Crews had to cut the vehicle away from around the occupants to get them out, including cutting the roof off the vehicle. Once out, both occupants were taken to a trauma center by rescue crews. Crews on this incident included E41, R41, R411, CP4 and DC5.


Ten acre brush fire All Lehigh Acres Fire Department A shift stations, two brush task forces and several FLDOF dozers were needed to fight five separate interface fires which occurred within three hours of each other on January 27th. As is the case in most brush fires in the LAFD fire district, there were several homes within the fire area which required protection. With the nearest hydrant a mile away, it required numerous water tenders to supply the needed water to extinguish the fire.

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Firefighters save two units in triplex fire Daytona Beach, FL. Daytona Beach Fire Department responded to the 700 block of Segrave Street on Wednesday, January 16, 2013 just after 12:30 a.m. for a residential structure fire. Reports to dispatch stated, callers seeing flames from Ridgewood Avenue and one of the units attached to the triplex, fully involved in flames. When fire crews arrived on scene, they found a two-story wood-frame construction triplex structure with heavy flames and smoke coming from the fully involved unit.

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Due to the heavily involve structure and the close proximity of the other units, fire crews initially attacked the fire using defensive tactics to protect the other structures. Once fire crews were able to knock down the major body of the fire, fire crews aggressively attacked the fire and brought the fire under control. According to reports on scene,

the resident was attempting to light the fireplace with kerosene when the kerosene spilled and started the floor and couch on fire. The resident attempted to extinguish the fire before calling the fire department, but was unable to do so. No injuries were reported on scene and the fire was confined to the apartment of origin. The fire is believed to have caused about $75,000 in damages. - LARRY STONEY

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Palm Beach County Fire Rescue recently added new brush trucks. The new vehicles are Type VI Brush 4X4 Trucks with 300 gallons of water and 10 gallons of foam with compressed air foam capabilities.

At 4:33 p.m. on February 9th, units from Delray Beach FireRescue responded to a structure fire at a multi-family residential structure. They found fire in the eaves of the building, spreading to an apartment. The fire was rapidly extinguished by arriving units utilizing a two and a half inch pre-connect hose line. Power to the entire structure was disconnected by FPL causing all residents of the structure to be displaced. The fire was located at 122 SE. Units responding were Battalion 1, EMS 1, Medic 1, Engine 2, Medic 2, Engine 4, Medic 4, Special Operations 5 and Fire Inspector 1. The fire is still under investigation by the Delray Beach Fire Safety Division.


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Wind driven blaze destroys Gulf Breeze home


On February 16th at 3:20 p.m., Santa Rosa County Communications received several 911 calls reporting a house fire in the 6000 block of East Bay Blvd. in Gulf Breeze. Callers reported smoke and flames showing from the residence. Midway Engine 37 found a two story residence well involved. The fire was located in a bay front home and was intensified by 18+ mph winds. As firefighters were stretching lines, embers from the fire began to ignite the woods across the street. Midway Chief Jonathan Kanzigg requested a second alarm assignment for additional personnel. In addition, the Department of Forestry was requested for assistance with the woods fire. Firefighters from Escambia County stretched a one and three quater inch line into the woods and

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attempted to contain the wind driven fire until the forestry units arrived. Three tractor plows responded and were able to hold the fire to approximately seven acres. The woods fire was 80% contained by 7:15 p.m. The residence was deemed a total loss and no injuries were reported. Firefighters from Avalon, Escambia County, Gulf Breeze, Holy-Navarre and Navarre Beach assisted Midway. Additional station coverage was provided by Escambia County Fire/Rescue. The Florida State Fire Marshal's office was requested for cause and origin. - STEVE CLARK


Station crew around sealed time capsule at Station 72 in Pahokee CURTIS JEPSEN

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Delray Beach responds to structure fire with dog trapped At 11:49 a.m. on January 29th, Delray Beach Fire-Rescue responded to reports of a structure fire at 1121 Lake Dr. in Delray Beach. Units found the front porch with flames and smoke coming from patio furniture. The flames were quickly extinguished, preventing extension into the rest of the house. The homeowners were not in the home, but the family dog was still inside. The quick response and extinguishment of the blaze prevented any major damage inside the home. Extension of the fire and smoke was also limited, which allowed the dog to escape with no in-

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juries. The entire house was searched and the dog was removed by firefighters and given to the pet’s owners. Units responding were Battalion 1, EMS 1, Squirt 1, Medic 1, Engine 2, Medic 4, Engine 4, Truck 5, Medic 5 and Special Operations 5. There were no injuries to civilians or firefighters. - CURTIS JEPSEN

Palm Beach County Fire Rescue seals time capsule On Friday, January 18, 2013 at 9 a.m. Palm Beach County Fire Rescue sealed a time capsule in front of Station 72 in the City of Pahokee. This time capsule contained items from the former Pahokee Fire Department along with items from PBCFR and will serve as a snapshot of what the department and community looked like in 2013. The capsule shall remained sealed in its current location for fifty years and then be opened by a new generation of firefighters. Station 72 time capsule Items include a letter from Fire Administrator Chief Steven B. Jerauld; a letter from Pahokee Fire Chief Gary Burroughs; a letter honoring Fire

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Chief Marvin Levin, Pahokee’s Fire Chief 1941-1976; the Station 72 grand opening article with picture, two Pahokee Fire Department pictures of the crew; engine, rescue and brush old helmet ID tags, Captain T. Paccione’s lieutenant badge; Diver Operator A. Moreira’s Firefighter ID card from the City of Pahokee Fire Department; a Power Point video by FM T. Dichard about Station 72 C Shift; Captain C. Bottari’s old PAT; Station 72 A shift’s Crew pictures with unit assignment’s and PAR tags; old Pahokee

fire glove; Fire Chief Gary Burrough’s business card with City and County emblems; Volume 1 and 2 of the Fire Line issues; Palm Beach County Organizational chart; Palm Beach County Fact Sheet FY2013; Station Activity at a Glance FY 2012; a disk with Palm Beach County Policies and Standard Operating Guidelines; a USB with Palm Beach County pictures, SOGs, policies, and more; Who’s Who Magazine 2011-2012; Pahokee fire badges, patches and fire extinguisher tag as well as the Pahokee Constitution and ByLaws. - ALBERT BORROTO

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Fire Chief Ed Curran with newly promoted Driver/Engineer Kurt Ochipa.


MSgt Daniel Byrne at the front door during a multi company fire drill while forward deployed to Southwest Asia


Participants and attendees to this year's Winterfest include front row: Trent Nations, Michael Sims, Micheal Poulson, Tom Pelletier and Mike Caglioni. Middle row: Tim Prather, Bill Hamby, Scott Deal, Kathy Lawson, Brad Gravitt, Rebecca Strobl, Jacob Storey, Miles Wilson, Josiah Gnanamuttu, Nick Leslie, Josh Germon, J.J. Vienneau, Matt Armstrong, Kylon Drones, Alec LePage, Mel Sweeney, Jordon Seda and Eddie Robinson. Back Row: Austen Fowler, Daniel Bushee, Yessica Juarez, Brooke Ice, Cheyenne Gurley, Carson Caglioni and Lane Emert.


Fire Chief Steve Jerauld with Division of Forestry at a recent brush fire in Palm Beach County, FL


St Petersburg Fire & Rescue’s Assistant Chief Robert Bassett and Fire Chief James Large

CERT members Steven Southerland, Brian Keener, Connie Keener, Michelle Martin, Bob Richardson and Mike Wilson were recognized in Barrow County, GA.


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Utility Communications, Inc. Recently Palm Beach County Fire Rescue held a recent driver candidate school. Classes such as these prepare our employees for movement on to becoming driver/operators in the department. The participants were J. Barber, S. Bean, L. Bronco, D. Dugger, S. Eaton, C. Gray, W. Gribble, J. Gutierrez, D. Hirsch, I. Laing, K. Loaiza, A. Lozano, F. Manriquez, A. Mercier, A. Mirich, S. Morzella, D. Naughton, M. O’brien, K. Osment, S. Packer, H. Raphael, T. Reyes, J. Saavedra, G. Sands, S. Schanke, A. Vasquez, B Wexler, B. Stewart

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Fire Chief Bryson announces retirement Miami, FL - Miami-Dade Fire Rescue announced the retirement of Fire Chief William W. Bryson in conjunction with the appointment of Chief David Downey as MDFR’s newest Fire Chief. Chief Downey will be the 13th fire chief to head the department. “It was not going to be a long stretch for me at MDFR, but it was so rewarding,” said Fire Chief William W. Bryson. “I now go off into the sunset and leave the department in the trusted hands of Chief David Downey.”

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