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Chattanooga, TN - A collision between a train and a truck shortly after 9:00 A.M. on July 14th resulted in a train derailment at Wauhatchie Yards in Lookout Valley. Three people were injured in the incident, including the driver of the truck and both the engineer and conductor on the locomotive. The train completely destroyed the truck. The cab was found about 50-yards away, in a ditch. - See full story on page 8

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Two awarded with June Firefighter of the Month

Chief Harper shows off new MSA SCBA.


White Plains Volunteer Fire Department purchases new equipment Peidmont, AL - White Plains Volunteer Fire Department recently purchased new equipment with money raised from donations and fundraising efforts. Chief Nathan Harper, also known as “Boss” around the station, said that White Plains Fire bought new, self-contained breathing apparatus’ (air packs), generators, clothing gear, a fire truck and AED’s (automated external defibrillators), which are used in emergencies involving cardiac issues. “Everybody's excited anytime you get anything new. It’s like Christmas. Everybody picks up some steam and is ready to go,” Harper said. Station-2, off of Ala-

bama-9 in Piedmont, is the new home of the fire truck purchased from the Ranburne Rescue Squad. “It’s a used truck but it’ll be new for our community,” Harper added. The fire department's air packs, which are used to block smoke and toxins from being breathed in while also providing the firefighter with oxygen, were becoming a safety issue because of their age, so the department decided to go ahead and replace all of them. Before this purchase, the last time the department bought new air packs was circa 2006. - NATHAN HARPER


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Cropwell, AL- An old truck from the New London Fire Department, circa 1980, located in Cropwell, Alabama.

Mobile, AL - On Tuesday, July 5th, Mayor Sandy Stimpson presented the June Firefighter of the Month award to Firemedic Tony JUMP TO FILE# Rutland and 070716103 Firemedic Jerome Roberts at the City Council meeting. On May 21st of this year, the pair were working out at World Gym on Government St. and Monterey St., when Rutland witnessed a man collapse from a treadmill. After a quick evaluation, he determined that the patient was in cardiac arrest. Rutland called for his partner’s assistance and immediately began rendering aid by opening the airway and starting chest compressions. Roberts enlisted the assistance of two civilians by coaching one of them in chest compressions and the other in assisting him with retrieving gear from the rescue unit. When Roberts returned, he hooked up the cardiac monitor and it indicated that the patient was in VFib (Ventricular Fibrillation). The patient was shocked once and com-


On Tuesday, July 5th, Mayor Sandy Stimpson presented the June Firefighter of the Month award to Firemedic Tony Rutland and Firemedic Jerome Roberts.

pressions continued. After about the 100th compression, the patient began to gasp, looking around the room and moving his extremities. Because of their quick and knowledgeable reactions, they were able to cardiovert the patient back

into a normal rhythm. While en-route to the hospital, the patient was able to provide his name and answer questions.


USAR Alabama Task Force One’s canine team passes FEMA evaluation Mobile, AL - Debra Wright, a civilian team member of Alabama Task Force One Urban Search and Rescue (US&R) Team, and her lab "Chance," passed a very rigorous Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) JUMP TO FILE# test on Saturday, June 062716125 18th in Tennessee. They were evaluated and passed by the US&R Foundation (FEMA US&R Canine Evaluators), for a recertification Type I Canine test. Both FEMA and State Urban Search and Rescue Teams have certified canine and handler teams, which are a key element in supporting search operations. Mrs. Wright had to pass the certification by showing her knowledge in search strategies and tactics, mapping, search and victim markings, briefing and debriefing skills, as well as canine handling skills. Chance’s part of the test included proper command control, agility skills, a focused bark alert to indicate a live find and a willingness to persist in searching for live victims in spite of distractions such as other animals, food, excessive heat and noise. Chance also had to show that he is confident enough to search independently and must be able to navigate through slippery surfaces, balance on wobbly objects un-

USAR member Debra Wright and her lab "Chance."

derneath his feet and go through dark spaces. The team tests on two large rubble piles for an unknown number of victims, implementing all of their knowledge, skills and abilities acquired from years of training. Teams that pass this training are some of the most highly trained canine resources in the country. Alabama Task Force 1, sponsored by Mobile Fire-Rescue, City of Mobile, and the State Of Alabama, are the only ones in the State of Alabama with this resource and capabil-


ity. In fact, Alabama Task Force 1 has certified canines in both Live and Human Remains, which less than 30 teams in the country have. Mrs. Wright and Chance train weekly and have even responded with Mobile Fire-Rescue to certain incidents in which they were requested. All training and local responses are on a volunteer basis, which shows their dedication to doing what they love. Congratulations Mrs. Wright and Chance!


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Blue Angels crash at Smyrna Airport

Smyrna, TN - On June 2, 2016 at approximately 3:01 P.M., the US Navy Blue Angels were conducting a practice for the 2016 Great Tennessee Air Show, held at the Smyrna Airport, when an unfortunate incident occurred. Blue Angels Jet #6 crashed, killing the pilot on board. Smyrna Airport Fire and Rescue were on stand-by with the Smyrna Fire Department and LaVergne Fire Department, along with various other emergency response agencies from the Airport while the teams practiced, which allowed for an immediate response to this incident. Unified Command was utilized throughout the incident.

Three children and one adult displaced by fire

Knoxville, TN - Three children and one adult were awoken by the sound of a smoke alarm on July 18th at 6119 Emerald Hills Lane, off of Murray Rd. The occupants called 911 around 9:40 A.M. and were out safely when firefighters arrived. The fire appears to have started in the attached garage, with little fire extension to other areas of the home due to a quick response by the fire department. The family will depend on the American Red Cross for temporary placement until a more permanent solution can be found. No injuries were reported and the cause of the fire is under investigation.

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L-R: FF Justin Chambers, FF Brian Millington and Chief Frank Solomon. Not pictured: Lt. Adam Pittman and FF Ian Slagle.

Proclamations given to honor members New Market, TN - Proclamations were given to honor New Market Volunteer Fire Department members Chief Frank Solomon, Lt Adam Pittman, Firefighter Justin Chambers, Firefighter Brian Millington and Firefighter Ian Slagle. On May 23rd at 2:30 P.M., these men were at station-one when a person came in, asking for medical assistance for his son. The men sprung into action without any hesitation and helped by calling EMS while starting an evaluation on the sick person.


Smoke alarm alerts resident to house fire

Knoxville, TN - At 6:00 A.M. on July 18th, a resident of 1307 Hickory Oak Lane called 911 after being woken up by the sound of a smoke alarm beeping. The resident then safely self-evacuated from the burning structure. When fire crews arrived, they found heavy flames inside of the dwelling and already breaking through the roof and near the rear portion of the home. A defensive attack was ordered by the incident commander. The cause of the fire is under investigation and the homeowner will seek shelter with family members. The home appears to be a total loss.

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Michigan: Andrew Russell Rank: Lieutenant Incident Date: January 24, 2016 Death Date: July 2, 2016 Fire Department: Harrison Township Fire Department Initial Summary: Several days following surgery to replace a shoulder that was badly injured from a fall on ice while working an emergency medical call, Lieutenant Russell began to feel sick and asked his wife to call 911. Responders provided assistance to Lt. Russell and transported him to the hospital where he passed away from complications related to the surgery. Nevada: Jacob O’Malley Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: July 10, 2016 Death Date: July 10, 2016 Fire Department: BLM Nevada State Office Initial Summary: While investigating lightning strikes in the area, two firefighters were killed and one firefighter was injured when, according to the Nevada Highway Patrol, the fire department vehicle they were traveling in on Nevada State Route 140 (near Denio, Nevada) had a tire failure and overturned. Firefighters Jacob O’Malley, the vehicle operator, and Will Hawkins died from injuries sustained in the crash. Nevada: Will Hawkins Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: July 10, 2016 Death Date: July 10, 2016 Fire Department: BLM Nevada State Office Initial Summary:While investigating lightning strikes in the area, two firefighters were killed and one firefighter was injured when, according to the Nevada Highway Patrol, the fire department vehicle they were traveling in on Nevada State Route 140 (near Denio, Nevada) had a tire failure and

overturned. Firefighters Jacob O’Malley, the vehicle operator, and Will Hawkins died from injuries sustained in the crash.

New Jersey: Richard N. Zadorozny Rank: Chief Engineer Incident Date: July 10, 2016 Death Date: July 11, 2016 Fire Department: Eatontown Engine, Truck, and Hose Co. #1 Initial Summary: Along with his fire department, Chief Engineer Zadorozny was dispatched for an odor of natural gas at a local apartment complex. Operating the first responding apparatus, Zadorozny and his crew arrived on scene to investigate the incident. The odor was eventually unfounded and the apparatus returned to quarters. Chief Engineer Zadorozny returned to his home for the evening and, a few hours later, suffered a medical event (likely cardiac). EMS responded to Zadorozny's home, but were unable to revive him. Zadorozny was pronounced dead a short time later. Delaware: Tim McClanahan Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: July 11, 2016 Death Date: July 11, 2016 Fire Department: Lewes Volunteer Fire Department Initial Summary: Firefighter McClanahan died after falling from a helicopter while participating in a monthly “hoist training” exercise with the Delaware Air Rescue Team at the Delaware Coastal Airport. The helicopter immediately landed and the trooper medic and volunteer firefighter on board began to provide medical assistance. Firefighter McClanahan was taken to Beebe Healthcare, where he was pronounced dead. The fatal incident is under investigation by the Federal Aviation Administration, state and local authorities.

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Cindy Mitchell from the English Mountain Fire Wise Committee presenting Chief Frank Solomon, on behalf of the New Market Fire and Rescue Team, a Certificate of Appreciation for helping with the wildfires in April on English Mountain.

New Market Fire and Rescue receives certificate of appreciation

New Market, TN - Cindy Mitchell with the English Mountain Fire Wise Committee presented the New Market Fire and Rescue Team a Certificate of Appreciation for helping with the wildfires in April, on English Mountain. Accepting the certificate on behalf of the New Market Fire and Rescue Team was Chief Frank Solomon.


Three injured in collision between train and truck Chattanooga, TN - A collision between a train and a truck shortly after 9:00 A.M. on July 14th resulted in a train derailment at Wauhatchie Yards in Lookout Valley. Three people were injured in the incident, including the driver of the truck and both the engineer and conductor on the locomotive. The train completely destroyed the truck. The cab was found about 50-yards away, in a ditch. Battalion Chief Lesley Morgan said the driver was pinned in the vehicle, so firefighters had to use extrication equipment to free the man from the wreckage. The driver was transported by Hamilton County EMS to a local hospital. His injuries were not thought to be life-threatening. Considering the damage done to the truck, Chief Morgan said the driver is very lucky to be alive. The two men on the locomotive had lesser injuries, but were also trans-

JUMP TO FILE #071816105 ported to a local hospital as a precaution. The derailment of the Norfolk Southern train involved three locomotives and 10 rail-cars. Chief Morgan said firefighters worked quickly with railroad employees to determine that no hazardous substances were leaking from any of the derailed cars, however; several thousand gallons of diesel fuel spilled onto the ground from ruptured fuel tanks on the locomotives. Norfolk Southern was bringing in extra workers and heavy equipment to remove the derailed cars and begin work on repairing the railroad tracks, which were badly damaged. Assistant Chief Danny Hague with Special Operations said the derailed cars were carrying nonhazardous cargo, such as plastic pel-

lets and lumber. The train was also pulling cars carrying hazardous materials, but they were not involved in the derailment. Contrary to initial reports, the incident did not involve an 18-wheeler. The truck involved in the collision is called a "roll-off truck," which carries a large container similar in size to a dumpster. The truck is owned and operated by Clean Harbors Environmental. The Chattanooga Police Department is investigating the cause of the accident. HEPACO and Marion Environmental were the two cleanup companies that would be assisting Norfolk Southern with the cleanup of the diesel and other materials. A representative with Norfolk Southern told the fire department that they hoped to have the cleanup and repairs completed by the following morning. - BRUCE GARNER


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Heat relief for firefighters battling the fire in Holston Hills.

House fire in Holston Hills Knoxville, TN - At 1:41 P.M. on June 13th, units from the Knoxville Fire Department were dispatched to 2508 Shady Dell Trail in Holston Hills, for report of a house on fire. When firefighters arrived, they found smoke coming from a front bedroom of the brick structure and flames shooting through a side window. As fire crews forced entry through the front door, neighbors told them there might be an individual still inside. Firefighters completed a primary and secondary search of the home, but found no one. Due to a quick response, fire damage was limited to the front bedroom, however; smoke damage was noticed throughout the home. Fire investigators were on the scene to determine the cause. No injuries were reported.


Chattanooga, TN - On June 26th, firefighters from five fire companies worked to get a compost fire under control at the city's wood recycling center, using master streams from two aerials and some hand-held hoselines.

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House fire linked to kids playing with matches Chattanooga, TN - Around 12:30 P.M. on June 29th, Chattanooga Firefighters were dispatched to a structure fire at 8143 E. Brainerd Road. Captain Skyler Phillips reported that smoke from the fire was clearly visible from miles away, as they raced to the scene from Station-21. Once on the scene, the firefighters encountered a car-port fully engulfed in flames, with the fire rapidly spreading to the adjacent house. Captain Phillips said the firefighters used their deck gun and water from their tank until additional firefighters arrived and hooked up to a hydrant. It took roughly 24 firefighters about 20-minutes to get the blaze under control. No injuries were reported. The cause of the fire appears to be accidental. A fire investigator stated that two boys playing with matches started a fire in the car-port area. When they couldn't put the fire out themselves, they alerted their grandmother, who also tried to put the fire out with a pan of water. When her efforts failed, the grandmother led the boys away from the house. Someone from a nearby business spotted the fire and called 9-1-1. By the time the firefighters were notified and responded to the scene, most of the damage had already

JUMP TO FILE #063016106 been done. Battalion Chief Rick Boatwright stated that the firefighters had a difficult time extinguishing the fire because the house had several rooms added on, along with several layers of roofing. After a city building inspector condemned the building, the decision was made to bring in a trackhoe from public works to raze the structure so the firefighters could completely extinguish the fire. Chief Boatwright estimated the dollar loss at $50,000 for the building and $50,000 for the contents. The fire displaced up to six people, though the exact number is not known at this time. Volunteers with the American Red Cross of Southeast Tennessee were called in to provide assistance to the family. Chattanooga Police, Hamilton County EMS and EPB provided assistance on the scene. Chattanooga-Hamilton County Rescue also responded to the scene to provide cold refreshments to some very grateful firefighters. - BRUCE GARNER

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Water rescue with interesting twist Murfreesboro, TN - Murfreesboro Fire & Rescue Department's District-7, Ladder-9 and Engine-1 responded to a water rescue call around 11:30 A.M. on July 9th. Crews were told that a woman was kayaking when her boat filled with water, and that she was holding on to a tree limb somewhere on the Stones River, along the 1500 block of Broad Street. Rescuers/Firefighters Logan Gill and Josh Jackson responded to the scene and located the victim. Jackson waded over to her and was able to get her safely over to the shoreline. Little did the victim, Camille Jones, know that her brother-in-law, Gill, was a part of the rescue efforts! "My husband, father-in-law and I just decided that we would take a Saturday kayaking trip," said Jones. "I never imagined it turning out like

JUMP TO FILE #071116109 this." Jones stated that they put their kayak in on Searcy Street and had no issue, until the current got stronger down the river, pushing her kayak into a tree. She saw an opening for her to exit, but before she knew it, her boat was filling with water. "Luckily, I was in a grove and was able to stand and wait on rescuers." Jones credits her husband Scott for thinking ahead and using his phone to access their location via Google Maps before calling 9-1-1. When Jones realized that her brother-in-law was one of the rescuers, she was somewhat embarrassed. "I'm never going to live this down," she joked.

"I'm sure Logan will be talking about this for a while at family gatherings," said Jones. "Fortunately," she laughed, "the only casualties today were two water bottles." MFRD Special Event Team Members Captain/Shift Inspector Clay Walls and Firefighters John Fisher and Matt Welcome were at Uncle Dave Macon Days when the call came in. They used the department's Polaris Ranger to respond to the scene quickly. "Everything just happened to work out for the best in this situation," said Captain Walls. "We are very happy about the favorable outcome, even if there will be a little laughter at Mrs. Jones' expense." Walls also praised Jackson for a job well done. - ASHLEY MCDONALD

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MFRD announces upcoming opening of Veterans Parkway Station


18-wheeler rollover Chattanooga, TN - At 8:13 A.M. on July 6th, the Chattanooga Fire Department and the Red Bank Fire Department received calls for an 18wheeler rollover accident. The accident happened on the Highway-27 south ramp, off of Signal Mountain Road, on the Red Bank/Chat- JUMP TO FILE# tanooga line. Red 070716109 Bank Fire Department was first onscene and confirmed an 18-wheeler rollover with entrapment. Red Bank Fire Department

initiated extrication while Chattanooga Fire Department units were en-route. Both departments worked together to extricate the driver. The extrication took about one-hour due the cab of the truck rolled over on the driver side and against a guard rail. Extrication was complete at 9:20 A.M. The driver was transported to Erlanger Hospital by Hamilton County EMS with non-life-threatening injuries. Hamilton County EMA, Hamilton County EMS, Tennessee Highway Patrol and Chattanooga Police were also on scene to assist. - CHUCK HARTUNG

Murfreesboro, TN — The City of Murfreesboro and Murfreesboro Fire & Rescue Department are proud to announce the long-awaited opening of Fire Station-10, located at 2563 Veterans Parkway. The station is set to be fully staffed and operational as of 7:00 A.M. on Sunday, July 31st. City Council approved the addition of 18 new firefighters for Fiscal Year 2017 to staff the station and fill other vacancies within the department. The new firefighters would begin orientation on July 11th, and several Captain and Driver promotions would also take place before July 31st. The Veterans Parkway Station was completed in 2009, but due to declining growth over the last several years and lack of potential call volume in the area, it has not been occupied. MFRD has used the building for training and equipment staging to this point. The station will now service Veterans Parkway as well as the entire city area located west of Interstate-24. “Murfreesboro Fire & Res-

JUMP TO FILE #070616110 cue has anticipated the opening of this station for many years,” said Fire Rescue Chief Mark Foulks. “We are excited to offer the citi-

zens and visitors in that area our elite fire, rescue and medical services.” A Grand Opening Ceremony was tentatively scheduled for Monday, August 1st at 9:00 A.M. - ASHLEY MCDONALD


Murfreesboro Fire & Rescue Station-10, set to open July 31st.


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Firefighters battle two-alarm blaze at old textile building Chattanooga, TN - Chattanooga firefighters finally left the scene four-hours after responding to a two-alarm blaze at the old Standard Coosa Thatcher Mill that started at 3:00 A.M. on July 12th. The firefighters on "Blue Shift," who initially responded to JUMP TO FILE# the blaze, ended their 071316100 shift at 7:00 A.M. on July 12th, and were replaced by firefighters from another ten fire companies on "Green Shift." Their mission was to finish putting out hot spots where the fire occurred, and to search for any fire extension in an adjacent building. The whole mill, which has been vacant for many years, consists of several large buildings that cover an entire city block. One building burned to the ground and there was some fire extension into an adjacent building. The firefighters spent several hours going through the building, room by room, putting out any hot spots they came across. Battalion Chief Lesley Morgan said no injuries were reported in this operation, but the firefighters had to be rotated out due to the high heat and humidity. By 2:30 P.M., the firefighters had completed their mop-up operation and left the scene. The cause of the fire remains under investigation. - BRUCE GARNER


Firefighters with Quint-4 continue to wet down the debri as a trackhoe from public works tears down the remaining walls of the building that was on fire.

Firefighters head off commercial fire


Three paddleboarders rescued from storm Chattanooga, TN - On June 15th, three ladies got more excitement than they bargained for when they decided to go paddleboarding on the Tennessee River. They were near the Riverfront on two paddleboards when the area was hit by a strong thunderstorm. As the storm got stronger, they decided to paddle over to McClellan Island and sought shelter under a boat dock before calling 9-1-1. Firefighters assigned to the CFD's fire boat responded and found

JUMP TO FILE #061616116 them very quickly. Lt. Chad Rogers said that they appeared to be a little rattled, but were otherwise unharmed. The firefighters then gave them a ride in the fire boat over to Coolidge Park, where their vehicle was parked. - BRUCE GARNER

Chattanooga, TN - Chattanooga firefighters endured a very hot afternoon while fighting a commercial fire in South Chattanooga on July 21st. The fire department received the alarm at 5:05 P.M. and responded with six fire companies to ADM Southern Cellulose Products, located at 103 W. 45th Street. Firefighters with JUMP TO FILE# Quint-14 were the 072216117 first units on scene. Though there was only light smoke visible from the outside, once inside of the large building, Captain Tim Waters said they could see dozens of cotton bales that were on fire. Incident Commander Captain David Thompson Jr., called for a secondalarm response, in part because of the extreme heat outside. Having extra firefighters on the scene enabled the crews to be rotated out, keeping them from becoming overheated and exhausted. A total of 13 fire companies responded to the fire. Captain Thompson said that the company had recently repaired their sprinkler system and it activated properly, which helped to keep the fire contained. Firefighters from several companies carried in hand-held hoselines to attack the fire. As the firefighters extinguished the fire in

the cotton bales, a forklift operator with the company removed the burned bales from the building. The fire was brought under control in 15to-20 minutes. No injuries were reported. The cause of the fire was later ruled accidental. Company executives told firefighters that the bales are held together by wire, and they believe a wire on one of the bales might have created a spark against the concrete while being moved by a forklift.

When the spark hit the cotton, a fire broke out. About 200 bales of cotton were involved in the fire. The dollar loss was estimated at $30,000. The building itself was not damaged and company executives said that the fire will have minimal impact on its operation. Chattanooga Police, Hamilton County EMS and Chattanooga-Hamilton County Rescue also provided assistance on the scene. CAPTAIN DAVID THOMPSON JR.


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DCFR responds to second-alarm Decatur, GA - On May 31st, the DeKalb County Fire-Rescue Department worked a secondalarm apartment fire, located at 3783 Travis Trace (cross street of Holcombe). DCFR JUMP TO FILE# crews arrived on 062216123 scene to find a twostory, single-family townhouse involved with fire. No injuries were reported and fire investigators were on scene to determine cause and origin. Fire units were operating on Tac-10.


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Henry County, GA - The Henry County FD collected $58,011 for the Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation during its “Give Burns The Boot”® drive, held on May 6th, May 13th and June 10th.



Deltawing and Hometown Heroes Racing join forces Braselton, GA - June 13th – Starting at Watkins Glen International for the Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen, Panoz DeltaWing Racing and Hometown Heroes Racing joined JUMP TO FILE# forces to honor 062016130 those who dedicate their lives to serve our nation and protect, defend and save the lives of complete strangers on a daily basis. Michael E Murphy, RN, EMT-P founded Hometown Heroes Racing in 2014 with the sole focus of building honor and camaraderie amongst first responders and the military. “These incredible people risk their lives for others, and it is through teamwork and pride they do this day in, day out,” said Murphy. “Racing is a team game where fans and supporters unite, and that is why I feel it is a good fit.” Panoz DeltaWing Racing’s Team Owner Don Panoz has been involved in racing for over 20years, from owning successful race teams and race tracks to founding the American Le Mans Series (ALMS)*. Combined with his career in the pharmaceutical, resort and tech industries, Panoz has worked closely with many first responders, the military and multiple closely-related organizations. “I have every respect for what Michael is doing and am happy to support and recognize Hometown Heroes Racing’s ef-


The Motorsports Emergency Services crew poses with their rescue truck and ambulance at a test run done at Road Atlanta on June 16th.

forts to build camaraderie and respect in such a deserved community,” said Panoz. Murphy first saw the DeltaWing at the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona and was immediately captured by the patriotic livery. “I saw the car and knew then that Panoz DeltaWing Racing was the team I wanted to align with,” said Murphy. “On further understanding of how dedicated the team is to innovation and technology, striving to win and persevering for a better future, I only felt happier with my decision.” The DeltaWing will wear the

badges of the U.S. Fire, Police and EMS services at an upcoming race at Watkins Glen International. “We are delighted to team up with Hometown Heroes Racing and have them on the car,” said Tim Keene, team manager, Panoz DeltaWing Racing. “We all have Hometown Heroes to thank, and for us this is an opportune moment for me to show our appreciation and respect for those who work at the track, who help keep us safe, and who take care of us in times of need.” The team would also like to thank Watkins Glen International


The driver of the Deltawing poses for a picture before racing off.

for offering a discount to all first responders in addition to military personnel attending the race. More information can be found on Hometown Heroes Racing’s facebook and twitter pages. Under the guidance of Managing Partner Don Panoz, Panoz DeltaWing Racing builds and maintains the revolutionary DeltaWing coupe. The radically innovative sports car prototype takes efficiency to a new level, as the DeltaWing® architecture and ‘disruptive cumulative technologies’ vastly reduces overall mass and drag. The result is a race car

that is approximately half the weight, half the horsepower and uses half the fuel of it's competitors. The unique efficiency approach is changing street-legal vehicles as Panoz works to take the DeltaWing® platform from the racetrack to tomorrow’s roads. The Panoz DeltaWing Racing team operates out of Braselton, GA. Note: ALMS merged with Grand Am in 2014 to form what is now the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. - PANOZ DELTAWING RACING

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Barrow County Emergency Service’s Lieutenant T.J. Gower and Lieutenant Ernest Weant recently taught a Heartsaver CPR class to a local 4-H group.


Henry County FD collects $58,011 for burn foundation Henry County, GA - The Henry County Fire Department collected $58,011.00 for the Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation during its “Give Burns The Boot”® drive that was held on May 6th, May 13th and June 10th. The Henry County Fire Department is one of nearly 100 fire departments throughout the State of Georgia that participated in the 27th annual fundraiser, benefiting the Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation. “We would like to thank all of our citizens for their generous support,” said Captain Michael Black, Boot Drive coordinator for the Henry County Fire Department. “It is great seeing citizens interacting

JUMP TO FILE #062216106 with firefighters in a positive way, even for a brief second.” In it's first 26-years, this event has raised more than $13-million statewide for the GFBF. Funds collected through the boot drive will be used to help support the Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation’s mission of partnering with the fire service and burn care community to provide fire safety and prevention education, support medical facilities and also assist burn survivors in their recovery. - MICHAEL BLACK

Department teaches 4-H students CPR Winder, GA - Barrow County Emergency Service’s Lieutenant T.J. Gower and Lieutenant Ernest Weant recently taught a Heartsaver CPR class to a local 4-H group to help prepare them for babysitting. The CPR class was part of a babysitting training program that 4-H does to help students become certified babysitters. “It gave us an opportunity to teach the students something that may well save a life,” stated Captain Scott Dakin. “Teaching CPR to the students meant that the students now have the ability to react if someone suffers a cardiac arrest.”

JUMP TO FILE #071116132 Barrow County Emergency Services (BCES), has become well respected in its treatment of patients with cardiac issues. One such benchmark is the amount of time it takes between a 9-1-1 call and when a patient suffering from heart blockage is treated and transported to an appropriate hospital. BCES constantly strives to beat the national average by aggressively treating and caring for the patients. Even with the care and trans-

porting of the patients, trained citizens are the key to truly saving lives. If a patient goes into cardiac arrest, their chance of survival increases if CPR is performed immediately. The more citizens that are trained in CPR, the better chance that someone witnessing the cardiac arrest will know what to do. “These young ladies have taken the initiative to receive this and other skills to make them better prepared,” stated Captain Dakin. “Our department was honored to have taught them.” -SCOTT DAKIN

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Winder, GA - Barrow County Emergency Services recently placed several new vehicles into service, including two 2016 Ford Expeditions. One is being utilized as an emergency response command vehicle and the other is utilized as an administrative vehicle.

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Renovations being made at the Fire Safety Theatre.


Community supports a tradition in fire safety education Henry County, GA - Wednesday, June 15th, was an exciting day for the Henry County Fire Department. Leadership Henry Class of 2016 concluded it's Legacy Project by hosting an opening ceremony for the JUMP TO FILE# newly renovated 062316107 Fire Safety Theatre. The project would not have been possible without the overwhelming support of their community. Leadership Henry Class of 2016 raised nearly $30,000 to complete the renovations. Leadership Henry is a leadership development program, designed to provide individuals with a series of educational and participatory experiences, as well as give an opportunity for dialogue and the development of personal relationships. The program lasts 10-months and all members participate in a community legacy project prior to graduation. The Class of 2016 renovated the fire department’s Fire Safety Theatre, which was established in 1998, to improve the effectiveness and quality of fire safety education for children. The theatre provides an interactive learning environment in which audience members are able to demonstrate lessons learned during their visit to the fire station. The target audience traditionally has been Pre-K through 5th grade students and lessons focus on creating and practicing exit drills in the home. The goal of the Legacy Project was to renovate the Fire Safety Theatre so that Fire and Life Safety Educators could continue to educate future generations on fire and life safety fundamentals. Through renewed community partnerships and support, Leader-

Barrow County Emergency Services purchase new air packs Winder, GA - On Friday, June 10th, Barrow County Emergency Services put all new, self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA), into service on all apparatus'. “The SCBA’s were purchased through the capital purchasing budget this year,” commented Chief John Skinner. “Approval by the Board of Commissioners allowed us to purchase them to replace our outdated ones.” The SCBA’s are manufactured by MSA Safety Incorporated and feature many of the newest technologies available. Some of the improved designs include both a digital pressure display and a gauge so that firefighters can easily determine the amount of air remaining in their air cylinder. They also have a microphone system that will enhance communication between firefighters when working inside hazardous conditions. The system also includes improved ergonomics of the pack that will help to reduce the physical exertion of the firefighters

JUMP TO FILE #062016125 when wearing SCBA’s. The system also has a quick connect system that will allow firefighters to more readily swap empty bottles for full ones. This can make the difference between life and death for trapped firefighters. The system also has improved visibility and improved monitoring of the remaining air. Each firefighter will receive their own mask for the SCBA that will be fitted to their facial structure. “This purchase has helped us to truly improve on firefighter safety, which is a top priority,” stated Chief Skinner. “We thank the Board of Commissioners as well as the citizens of Barrow County for allowing the purchase of these SCBA’s. It allows us to meet current federal guidelines and also enhances the life safety of our firefighters and our citizens.” - SCOTT DAKIN

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ship Henry was able to provide an updated and modern learning environment, with a focus on reducing the number of fires, fire deaths and associated injuries. Renovations included new carpet, paint, audio and video equipment, and new theatrical props. The theatre is located on the second-floor of Fire Station3, on Highway-42 North in Stockbridge. It's accessible to all citizens with special needs, utilizing a new wireless incline stair chair, purchased with community donations. Since 1998, Henry County


Schools have been booking fieldtrips to the Fire Safety Theatre. Daycares, private schools and scouts also benefit from the theatre experience. Additional lesson plans are being added to accommodate adults and senior citizens with improved audio and video capabilities. For more information on fire safety, or to schedule a group visit to the Fire Safety Theatre, contact the fire department’s community relations division at 770-288-6619. - MICHAEL BLACK

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L to R: Captain Bryan Bullock, Harrison Poultry Representatives David Bleth and Devin Wood, Chief John Skinner and Deputy Chief Alan Shuman.

Harrison Poultry donates to local fire department Winder, GA - Firefighters with Barrow County Emergency Services will have more realistic training available thanks to a local business, "Harrison Poultry." “This donation will help improve the training that we conduct in Barrow County,” stated Training Captain Bryan Bullock. “The forcible entry door is a very valuable training tool that will be utilized for many years.” The forcible entry prop is manufactured by East Coast Rescue Solutions and will allow the firefighters to train on many different forcible entry techniques. “This

JUMP TO FILE #070716114 forcible entry door allows us to conduct realistic training for our firefighters,” said Captain Bullock. “By training with this door, firefighters can make faster entry into fires or rescue situations and that may make the difference between life and death.” The forcible entry door will help firefighters learn how to test for weak spots in doorways, how to use hand tools, saws and other equip-

ment to force open doors, as well as hands-on training for inward and outward operating doors. “It really makes me proud of our community when businesses like Harrison Poultry step up and help us in such a big way,” commented Chief John Skinner. “We can’t thank them enough for such a big donation. It will be utilized for years to come and there is a large potential that lives will be saved due to the training this door offers us.” - SCOTT DAKIN

Henry County Fire Department receives American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline EMS Recognition Award McDonough, GA - The Henry County Fire Department has received the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline® EMS Silver Award for implementing quality improvement measures for the treatment of patients who experience severe heart attacks. Every year, more than 250,000 people experience an ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI), the most deadly type of heart attack, caused by a blockage of blood flow to the heart that requires timely treatment. To prevent death, it’s critical to restore blood flow as quickly as possible, either by mechanically opening the blocked vessel or by providing clot-busting medication. Unfortunately, a significant number of STEMI patients don't receive this prompt reperfusion therapy, which is critical in restoring blood flow. Mission: Lifeline seeks to save lives by closing the gaps that separate these patients from timely access to appropriate treatments. Mission: Lifeline’s EMS recognition program recognizes emergency medical services for their efforts in improving systems of care and improving the quality of life for these patients. Emergency Medical System providers are vital to the success of

JUMP TO FILE #071116100 Mission: Lifeline. EMS agencies perform 12-lead ECGs which measure the electrical activity of the heart and can help determine if a heart attack has occurred. They also follow protocols derived from American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology guidelines. These correct tools, training, and practices allow EMS providers to rapidly identify suspected heart attack patients, promptly notify the medical center, and trigger an early response from the awaiting hospital personnel. Agencies that receive the Mission: Lifeline Silver award have demonstrated at least 75-percent compliance for each required achievement measure for one year. “EMTs and paramedics play a vital part in the system of care for those who have heart attacks,” said James Jollis, M.D., Chair of the Mission: Lifeline Advisory Working Group. “Since they often are the first medical point of contact, they can shave precious minutes of lifesaving treatment time by activating the emergency response system that alerts hospitals. We applaud the

Henry County Fire Department for achieving this award that shows it meets evidence-based guidelines in the treatment of people who have severe heart attacks.” “We are dedicated to making our EMS service among the best in the country, and the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline program is helping us accomplish that by implementing processes for improving systems of care with the goal of improving the quality of care for all acute coronary syndrome patients,” said interim Fire Chief Brad Johnson. “We are pleased to be recognized for our dedication and achievements in emergency medical care for all cardiac patients.” The American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline® program helps hospitals and emergency medical services develop systems of care that follow proven standards and procedures for acute coronary syndrome patients. The program works by mobilizing teams across the continuum of care to implement American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology clinical treatment guidelines. For more information, visit - MICHAEL BLACK


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PCFD rescue squad stolen and involved in multiple traffic accidents Hiram, GA - At 9:55 A.M. on June 27th, Paulding County Fire Dispatch received unauthorized and distressed transmissions over the Department's secure radio network. At approximately the same time, the 9-1-1 Center received several calls reporting a Fire Department vehicle driving erratically and at high speeds, damaging several road signs and mailboxes. The vehicle was also spotted crossing into oncoming traffic, causing at least one accident involving another vehicle. The department vehicle, which was identified as Rescue #3, was involved in a second accident in the vicinity of 690 Mt. Tabor Church Road, where it was heavily

JUMP TO FILE #062716126 damaged. The driver, a male in his 20’s, attempted to flee the scene but was quickly apprehended by Paulding County Sherriff’s Deputies. During the time of the incident, staff from Fire Station #3 were participating in training exercises several blocks away. Although the station was secured, the suspect forced entry and stole the Rescue by driving it through the bay door. No department or other injuries were reported. - STEVE MAPES

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Retired Captain Thomas Grice of Jackson County Fire Rescue with Captain Josh Williams of Jackson County Fire Rescue.

Chipola Civic Association selects 2016 Responders of the Year Marianna, FL - In May, the Chipola Civic Association held its Annual Pre-Memorial Day Luncheon for the public at Madison Park in Marianna. Each year, the Association asks first responder agencies to nominate members that have served with distinction in the last year and should be recognized by the group as their Responders of the Year. Scott Birge, the Chief of Jackson County Fire Rescue, noted that it was hard for him to single out just one of his personnel that stands out above others because of the high caliber of members they have, who each day, go above and beyond to serve the needs of the public, their neighbors and families, protecting them from fire and also treating medical conditions. The department recently endured a horrific crash, involving a semitruck and two school buses, during the morning rounds of collecting students for the school day. Mass-casualty accidents are one of those events you plan for, but hope not to have.

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were trapped. Upon entry into the bus, Captain Williams saw a familiar face, retired Jackson County Fire Rescue Captain Thomas Grice. Captain Grice was just a few cars behind the accident when it occurred and his years of service took over, compelling him to enter the bus and help where he could. Together, the duo performed the bulk of the extrication work to get the students out, passing them along to medic crews waiting outside. The injuries were serious that day, but the actions of both Captains Williams and Grice saved lives. Congratulations on a job well done and a much deserved recognition!

L to R: Fire Chief Howard, Tiffany Spence and Deputy Chief Comer.


Student raises and donates $1050 to Iona McGregor Fire and Rescue Fort Myers, FL - On Friday, June 10th, the Iona McGregor Fire and Rescue District had a very special visitor. Tiffany Spence, who just graduated 8th-grade at Lexington Middle School, was there along with her grandmother, to donate a check for $1050 to Fire Chief Howard. Tiffany, as a school community service project, decided to raise money for her local fire department. Her efforts spanned over 10-months, with nearly 200-hours of work involved. She raised the money using

JUMP TO FILE #062316113 a "Go Fund ME" account, donations from her Facebook and by donating her own money. Tiffany has always had a special love for first responders, especially because she has firefighters, law enforcement officers and military members throughout her family. It has been said that she never passes a responder or service member without stopping to thank

them for their service. Tiffany is a member of the National Junior Honor Society, as well as a Student Council member. She will attend Fort Myers High School in the Fall and plans to be a cardio thoracic surgeon. On behalf of the firefighters and staff at IMFD, we would like to extend our sincere appreciation to Tiffany Spence. Her thoughtful and kind gesture will be put to great use! - BRIAN CRISMAN



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Firefighters coming out for rehab as temperatures climbed into the 90's.


Massive warehouse fire in Sarasota County

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Sarasota, FL - On June 17th at 5:00 A.M., temperatures were already hovering in the mid-80's when Sarasota County Fire Department responded to a report of a fire in the Packinghouse. Upon arrival, the 7,000-square-foot building was well involved, with exposure problems as well as life hazard issues. The Packinghouse was opened in 1927 when the celery farms in the area were in full swing. A strong wind out of the west blew smoke onto Interstate-75, making driving conditions hazardous at times. State Police monitored the conditions. Firefighters dealt with high winds, high temperatures and also passing lightning storms throughout the day. The fire went to six-alarms after taking the main building and then went on to damage two other buildings. Around 80 firefighters from Sarasota and surrounding towns responded to the scene.

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Firefighter Class #29 graduates from Manatee Technical College

Bradenton, FL - As a class of new recruits were about to graduate at the Academy on the morning of July 9th, two other firefighter classes were training hard, preparing for their graduation day. Class #29 was a full-time class consisting of 15 students. Family and friends packed the auditorium to help celebrate this most deserving day. Awards for Academics, Physical Agility and Practical Skills were given out.


Lightning strike causes brush fire in Wildwood Wildwood, FL- At 5:24 P.M. on July 18th, Sumter County Fire & EMS responded to a reported brush fire on NW 14th Terr., in Wildwood. Engine-32 arrived to find approximately three-acres involved, including approximately 10 round bales of hay. The fire was being pushed by heavy winds from an approaching storm, requiring assistance from additional Sumter County units, as well as a request for the Florida Forest Service. Crews were able to bring the fire under control within 30-minutes, with no damage to structures. The cause of the fire was determined to be from a lightning strike. Sumter County Battalion-11, Tender-33 and Brushes 21 and 31 also responded to the incident.

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Captain Mike Salzano, recently promoted to Battalion Chief.

Captain Mike Salzano promoted to Battalion Chief Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Captain Mike Salzano has been promoted to Battalion Chief, effective June 19, 2016. Battalion Chief Salzano is a second-generation firefighter, thirdgeneration union officer and 18-year veteran of the fire service, serving the last 17-years in the Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue Department. Mike is currently a Captain on Engine Co. 2 and a past member of the Technical Rescue and Hazardous Materials Teams. Mike has spent the majority of his career serving District-2. He was mentored by great officers, such as Lieutenants' Joe Hernandez, Steve Pritchard, Dave Carter, Kevin Johns, Rod Peeler and Battalion Chief Bob Simac. Mike served nine-years at Firehouse-46, known as the "The Sistrunk Express," where he held bids on Rescue-46, as well as Engine Co. 46 as a Firefighter, DriverEngineer and Lieutenant. Mike started his union career in 2003, holding various positions as Shift Representative, President and VicePresident for the past eight-years. For the past nine-years, Mike has served as the Secretary/Treasurer for the Broward County Council of Professional Firefighters, and most recently was elected as a Trustee for the Florida Professional Firefighters. Mike founded the Fort Laud-

JUMP TO FILE #062016136 erdale Fire Training Expo, and is currently the expo's overall coordinator. He has taught Flashover Awareness, Vent-Enter-Search, Engine Company Operations, Vehicle Machinery Rescue, Rope Rescue and Trench Rescue to firefighters from around the nation. In conjunction, over the last nine-years he has been one of the lead Engine Company Instructors at the Orlando Fire Conference. He has also served as a Shift Training Captain, Fire Instructor, and Live Fire Training Instructor (L.F.T.I.). He has an Associate's Degree in Emergency Medical Services and a Bachelor's Degree in Fire Science Management from St. Thomas University. Mike is a dedicated member of the fire service. He has always worked hard to ensure that his firefighters trained diligently, operated efficiently and went home safely after each-and-every tour. Finally, and most importantly, Mike is a dedicated husband to Jennifer and father to Giuliana, Angelica and Nicholas. Congratulations Battalion Chief Salzano, on your well deserved promotion! - TIMOTHY HEISER

DeLand, FL - Steve Plummer, Deputy Chief with Volusia County Fire Rescue, retired on July 1st, after 19-years of service to the residents and visitors of Volusia County. According to Plummer, it was a difficult decision to retire as he had "lived and breathed the fire service," since volunteering at age19. He eventually served in volunteer and professional career positions, in both the public and private sectors, for 43-years. Plummer stated that choosing a career in the fire service brought him "satisfaction and joy," and that he wishes for not only safety, but a fulfilling, rewarding career to those carrying forth Volusia County Fire Rescue's mission. Lt. Jeff Marris, Deputy Chief Steve Plummer and Fire Chief Jeff Smith during the presentation of a gold-plated retirement ax.


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Sumter uses Jaws of Life for MVA

Sumter, FL - At approximately 8:29 P.M. on June 29th, Sumter County Fire & EMS Engine-12, Engine-22, Battalion-11, with AMR Medic-515 and Medic-303, responded to a reported motor vehicle collision on CR-573, located in the Center Hill area. Units arrived on scene to find that the driver of a singlevehicle had struck a utility pole. A 76-year-old female driver was found entrapped in the vehicle due to the significant damage it sustained. The patient was declared a "Trauma Alert," due to her injuries. Rescue personnel extricated the patient in 19-minutes, using the Jaws of Life. The patient was then flown to Orlando Regional Medical Center via AirCare-2. The accident remains under investigation by FHP.


Lehigh Acres fully involved travel trailer At 2152 hours on 6/21/2016 LAFD Engines 101, 102, 105, Truck 104 and Battalion 100, Chief Christensen were dispatched to 3606 East 2nd Street for a reported trailer fire. Upon arrival Battalion 100 advised he had a 30 foot travel trailer fully involved with trees and brush burning. He advised he had a occupied private dwelling approximately 30 feet from the trailer and the house was not involved at this time. Engine 102 arrived and stretched a 1 3/4 inch hand line and began attacking the fire. Engine 105 arrived a minute later and stretched a second line to assist in mop up and overhaul. The fire was completely extinguished in approximately 10 minutes.


Pawn shop loses over $1,000,000 from second-alarm fire

Bradenton, FL - Just as shift was about to change on the morning of July 6th, an alarm came in for Adam's Family Pawn Shop, located in the 2300 Block of 1st Street West. Upon arrival, fire was venting from the rear of the building and through the roof. A second-alarm was struck and companies went defensive due to the amount of inventory in the building. It's estimated that over one-million-dollars of inventory was lost. The building's contents had everything from jewelry, to motorcycles, to lawn mowers. Firefighters were also battling the heat, with temperatures already in the mid-80's at sunrise. Firefighters cut holes into the side of the building, which allowed them to hit hot spots. Over 40 firefighters from Bradenton and Cedar Hammock worked this fire well into the day. Manatee County EMS was also on scene.

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Plantation, FL - Plantation Firefighters Ricky Zalewski (front), Danny Stearns and a third teammate, attack a target during the Annual State Firematics Competition held in June.


Firefighter/Paramedic Chris Welling delivering "Stewie the Duck" drowning prevention education to a group of children in June.


Public Drowning Prevention Program

Plantation, FL - Plantation’s Firematics Team captured their 10th State Championship at the 2016 FSFA Firematics Competition hosted by Plantation in June.


Davie, FL - The Davie Fire Rescue Department has teamed up with the Florida Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) advisory committee to educate and encourage safe water habits to help prevent drowning for our youngest residents and visitors in the Town of Davie. It is a fact that Florida loses more children under the age of five to accidental drowning than any other state. Drowning is a silent catastrophe that can occur within minutes of leaving to answer a phone call, grab a towel, or just by being distracted. The "Stewie the Duck Learns to Swim" book educates children, ages two-through-six, on water safety. The program provides resources such as copies of the water safety song, a coloring activity and Water Watcher tags (for the adults). The book is read to children by Davie Fire Rescue Department members, making it a fun and interactive approach to decrease drowning.



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Murfreesboro, TN - Murfreesboro Fire & Rescue Department welcomed 10 new Firefighters in July. (L to R): Beau Doss, Davis Sanders, Dustin Hopper, Thomas Steele, James Strader, Samuel Bennett, Joshua Byrd, Matthew Henry, Samuel Spear, and Dustin Holman.


Henry County, GA - The Henry County Fire Department collecting donations for the Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation during its “Give Burns The Boot”® drive.


Piedmont, AL - White Plains FD recently received the Presidential Service Award for the hours its members spent volunteering in 2015. (L to R): Mike Phillips, Ann Hooper and Bill McAdams.



Lehigh Acres, FL - First-due Engine & Rescue-102 members take a well deserved break outside after battling a structure fire on July 5th.

Murfreesboro, TN - Camille Jones (center) visiting her rescuers at MRFD's Station-7, Brother-in-law and Firefighter Logan Gill (left) and Firefighter Josh Jackson (right).

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The Human Factors, a Contributing Factor in Firefighter Injury and Death, Part III STAYING SAFE

Chief Henry Campbell

This article, along with the two previous articles, first appeared when I initially started writing this column, "Staying Safe," 15-yearsago. I repeated it six-years-ago with slight modification, and feel it still holds true today as a leading cause of firefighter injury and death. It can serve as a refresher for senior firefighters and as a safety lesson for newer firefighters. There are those firefighters who believe they are impervious to injury and that accidents don’t happen to them; therefore they can do and act as they wish. The taking of foolish chances and avoidable risks under the guise of being a “macho” firefighter can lead to injury and death. This is Human Error at its worse and any personnel displaying this type of action requires strong supervision, discipline and additional training to correct the behavior. In most circumstances, the problem will be remedied. Personnel who believe they operate in a protected environment, safe and free from harm, just because of the nature of the service they provide, are setting themselves up for disaster. Horseplay and practical jokes have been in the fire service from its origin and when done occasionally and in good taste, they can contribute to the morale of the organization while building camaraderie and providing a form of stress relief. It is important that horseplay not get out of control and that it is not demeaning, offensive, or derogatory, and also that it does not compromise safety. The biggest negative factor regarding horseplay is that it has the tendency to get out of control and it is then when stupidity is interjected that the problems and unsafe acts begin. Any form of horseplay at the scene of an emergency should not be permitted because it becomes a diversion of one’s concentration from the tasks at hand and increases the risk for unsafe acts. Supervision and department policy will control to what extent horseplay may be tolerated, if at all. There is a feeling among many firefighters, especially the newer firefighters, that to seek help in order to accomplish a task or chore is reflective of their inability to get the job done, while in actuality, they may be increasing their risk of being injured. As previously mentioned, “you do not have to know how to do everything," and with that I include, “you don’t have to do everything alone.” There are many functions on

the emergency scene that require team effort and if the task you have been assigned to needs more than one set of hands or eyes, request them. You may need someone to assist you with lifting, raising a ladder, or to protect your back when opening a roof. Strains, sprains and falls add to the number of injuries each year that can be prevented, simply by seeking a helping hand. If there are not enough personnel onscene, call for additional help. If upon arrival it looks like you will need more personnel, call immediately, as you will need lead time before they are on-scene and available to assist. The old proverb still exists, “call for help early, if you don’t need them, they can go back home, but if you do, they are on the way!” Adequate on-scene personnel greatly reduces the potential for unsafe acts and injuries. Common sense, something that was always the hallmark of the American persona, has been on the decline in our country and has appeared within the ranks of emergency service. Common sense is the basic brain function that helps keep us safe and generally acts as our gut reaction and alarm system, which (should) alert us to danger. If something doesn't look right, it probably isn't. That is how simple it is! You don’t need a ruler to measure how far the distance is between the base of the ladder and the wall in order to check for a safe climbing angle. If it doesn't look safe, it isn't. When you are crawling down that long, smoke filled hallway and the flames start to roll back in your direction, it is common sense that tells you to slow down, open the nozzle, or get the heck out! Common sense, when used in addition to our other senses, is an integral part of our built-in personal alert system. Pay attention to it, as it may very well save your life. These are just some of the Human Factors that contribute to human error, which in turn contribute to unsafe acts, followed by an increase in accidents and the possibility of death and injury. Until we can control the excitement, speed and adrenaline rush that kick in during emergency response while also overpowering the thought process, we remain at risk. Human error is a behavioral problem that is controllable through training, supervision and thought. Think about what you are going to do, before you do it. Think about what can go wrong in the task you are about to do. Think about the risks involved and weigh them against what you intend to accomplish. Always take the time to think. Just because you put your helmet on your head doesn't mean you have to remove your thinking cap! Till next time, Stay Safe and God Bless!

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The times they are a changing Chaplain's Corner Didymus McHugh

Back when I joined the fire service, we had the high boots, canvas coats, leather New Yorker helmets, fireball rubber gloves, and that was it. Now, a firefighter has a pair of boots inside bunker pants, bunker coat, hood, helmet with a suspension system, leather gloves and everyone on the fireground has their own portable radio. Now I look at the fire trade magazines and catalogs, and I just saw firefighter bulletproof vests. Wow! So many times we have seen war and riots overseas. Over the years, there has become something that is becoming a "new norm."

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Since Columbine, there has become a new environment of mass shootings. They happen in theaters, night clubs, schools, malls, churches, military bases, etc. Where is the safety? Did each event have mental health issues going on? This is definitely the “see something say something” era, and I hope that people actually do that. I do not care if someone wants to say that you may be profiling. If you say something, maybe someone who needs treatment or correct medication can actually receive it. Think seriously about taking a psychological first aid of mental health first aid course. I know that it may sound a little Utopian, but maybe we can help someone before they take someone’s life. If we say something early, maybe the police can help defuse the situation. We are supposed to love our neighbors as we love ourselves. I think that it is a shame that more people do not live that way, and you don’t have to go to my church to think that way. We use different terms these days to be politically correct and soften the blow to what is going on. When I was working EMS, I used to go to things that people classified as riots but today it is known as “civil unrest." A fight used to be a fight, not an “altercation." When someone needs help, they need help. When someone is behaving erratically, help them to get the help that they may need. Caring about people is also caring enough to speak out. It's bad when fire and EMS have targets on their backs, causing the need for bulletproof vests. My heart also goes out to the police who have to wear the vests all the time. They also have to end someone’s life when that person is ending so many lives. There has also become a new term used, "suicide by police officer." In the emergency services, we take care of people of any race, color, creed, or orientation, and same thing goes for our fellow responders. Who cares what you are, just as long as you can do the job. I think that we, as emergency services, can teach the public how to act. So many emergency services are also involved in the community. All those who are coaches or scout leaders, or civic leaders or people who mentor the youth, or assist other people, raise your hands. Thank you for doing it. You have the power to change lives. By your acts, you may unknowingly change someone’s destructive behavior or thoughts. I strongly believe that each person is a walking encyclopedia. They have learned so much, experienced so much and have a wealth of stories. And when a person dies, usually, that entire library is lost. My mind goes to the youth of Sandy Hook, and how many of those lives did not get a chance to live to the plans that were set before them. Each life that is taken affects so many people. Please keep in your mind and prayers all those who are no longer with us, no matter their background, political view, or anything else that may be different than yours. A life is a precious thing. Lives matter.



Engine-102 arrives on-scene and stretches a one-and-three-quarter inch hand-line to the front door.

Fire through the roof upon arrival for Lehigh Acres Lehigh Acres, FL - At 4:46 P.M. on July 5th, LAFD Engines 102, 105, 101, Truck-104, Rescue102 and Battalion-100 Chief Naranjo, were dispatched by Lee Control to 24 McKinley Avenue for a possible house fire. Upon arrival, Chief Naranjo advised that he had a single-story residential structure with heavy smoke and fire showing. Chief Naranjo advised first-due Engine102 that they would be the attack crew and it was unknown if the occupants were out of the structure.

JUMP TO FILE #070516123 Engine-102 arrived oneminute later and stretched a oneand-three-quarter inch hand-line through the front door and began an aggressive interior attack. Engine-105 arrived two-minutes later and stretched a second line, as well as assisting Engine-102 with pulling ceilings, as the bulk of the fire was in the attic area, possibly caused by an air handler malfunc-

tion. Engine-101 and Truck-104 arrived shortly after and their crews relieved the first-due companies, who were in need of relief due to the 94-degree air temperature at the time of the fire, knocking down hot spots before commencing salvage and overhaul. The fire was knocked down within 15-minutes and the LAFD Fire Marshal's office will be investigating the cause of the fire. - CHARLIE ROBBINS


Large animal rescue in Sumter County Sumter, FL - At approximately 4:10 P.M. on Wednesday, June 22nd, Sumter County Fire & EMS (SCFEMS) responded to a citizen assist, regarding a large cow stuck in mud. The cow was located in a field at the intersection of CR470 and CR419, in Lake Panasoffkee. Upon arrival, crews found a cow that had become stranded in the mud, at the edge of a watering pond and was

JUMP TO FILE #062316114 struggling to survive due to the position it was in. The animal was struggling to breathe and was unable to stand due to the slippery mud and total exhaustion it was experiencing. The crew from SCFEMS Engine-21 recognized the need for the depart-

ment’s Special Operations Team to be activated for deployment of the state issued “Large Animal Rescue," equipment cache. Upon arrival of the Special Operations Team with the large animal rescue equipment, a rescue system was constructed and the cow was pulled from the mud, without injury. - RICK PITTS


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