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HUDSON HEAT

Hudson Heat
Featuring Hudson New Hampshires Bravest

NEWSLETTER

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April 2015

Hudson Heat
April 2015

Volume 20
Issue 4

Featuring Hudson
New Hampshires
Bravest

HUDSON
NEW HAMPSHIRE
FIRE
DEPARTMENTS
UNOFFICIAL
NEWSLETTER

Publisher D Morin

Inside The Heat


Electrical Fire Quickly Contained

Firefighter Greg Rich Takes On The


Beast

Firefighter Brian Patterson Hudson


Grange Firefighter Of The Year

Departments Welcomes Firefighter Ian 4


Canavan
Engine 4 Responds To Trauma While
Covering Merrimack

Group 2 Responds To Three Building


Fires In Ninety Minutes

Providing Medical Care For Those


Who Run The Boston Marathon

Lowell Road Kitchen Fire Quickly


Controlled

Front Cover
Members package a patient
injuries in a motorcycle
crash at the intersection of
Ferry and Library Streets.

Back Cover
Firefighter Marty
Conlon overhauls a
fire on Wissahickon
Drive.

Hudson Heat April 2015

Firefighter Greg
Rich Takes On
The Beast
Firefighter Greg Rich
traveled to the
Mountain Creek Resort
in New Jersey on April
18th, to take on the
Reebok Tri- State Beast
Spartan Race. Greg a
seasoned veteran of
these types of races
completed the course
with his fianc Molly.

Engine 4 and Ladder 2s crews work at 8 Linden Street to contain an


electrical fire on April 10th.

The 12 mile course winds up the ski resort mountain


with up to 35 obstacles that the racers must challenge.

Electrical Fire Quickly Contained

These obstacles include deep mud, climbing walls, rope


climbs and many other tough and grueling hurdles.

Members of Group 2 made quick work of an electrical fire at

Greg finished the race in a time of seven hours and 21

8 Linden Street. Dispatcher Stuart received a 911 call at 21:46

minutes. At the end of the race Greg commented he was

on April 10th, reporting smoke coming from the floor boards.

bloody, sweaty, tired and sore but he made it.

Toned to the scene were Ladder 2 with a crew of Firefighters


Hier and Bradish, Engine 4 with a crew of Lieutenant Kearns
and Firefighters Provencal and Schofield and Car 4 with Captain
Grebinar.

On arrival Car 4 reported nothing showing and assumed


command. As crews searched the home for the cause of the
smoke they found a small fire in a wall. Once the wall was
opened up it was determined the fire was sparked by and
electrical short and the call was placed under control. Crews
removed the sheetrock around the fire area to check from any
further extension. The fire was contained to the area of the wire
and crews cleared the scene a short time later.

Congratulations goes out to


Firefighter Craig Benner for earning a

Crews from Group 4 Burns Hill and Robinson Stations responded to


this two vehicle crash involving a mail truck at the intersection of

Associates Degree in Respiratory

Central and Library Streets on April 20th.

Therapy.

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Firefighter Brian Patterson Hudson Grange

Departments Welcomes Firefighter Ian

Firefighter Of The Year

Canavan

Firefighter Brian Patterson was presented the 2015 Hudson

The department welcomed a new firefighter to the ranks

grange Firefighter of the Year Award at a ceremony held at the

in April. Ian Canavan although a new firefighter he is not

Grange Hall on April 14th.

new to the department. As a teen-ager he was a member of

The following is the Nomination letter submitted by Chief

the explorer post for several years.

Buxton. Please accept this as my response to your letter and

After high school he he attended the Lakes Region

request for nominations for the Hudson Grange #11 2015


Community Recognition Awards. I am pleased to forward for

Community College where he earned an Associates Degree

your consideration the name of Firefighter/AEMT Brian

in Fire Science. While attending college he was a live in

Patterson.

student at the Gilmanton NH Fire Department.

After graduation Ian was hired and served as a firefighter

Firefighter Patterson started his career with the Hudson Fire


Department on July 5, 2015 While he is relatively new to the

at the Brunswick Naval Air Station. The Naval Station closed

Department, he has become an interracial part of our emergency

in 2011 and he was transferred to the New London

services team

Submarine Base in Groton Connecticut.

While serving at the Groton Base, Ian responded to a

The fire service requires professionalism, loyalty and


dedication in order for firefighters to be successful in this career

once in a lifetime fire. The Groton crew responded mutual

field. Firefighter Patterson demonstrates all of these

aid to the Portsmouth Naval Ship Yard in Kittery Maine to

characteristics each and every day as he protects the public. As

assist battling a fire in the USS Miami Submarine. The

a member of the Operations Division, Brian and his peers

response to this scene took over two hours and was a very

provide the highest quality of care.

dangerous blaze to contain.

We all welcome Ian back to Hudson and wish him the

Recently Firefighter/AEMT Brian Patterson assisted with the

best of luck with his future endeavors with HFD.

birth of child and while doing so he demonstrated the core


values that the Hudson Fire Department represents.

Please join me in recognizing Firefighter/AEMT Brian


Patterson for all that he has done as a member of the Hudson
Fire Department by selecting him as your Hudson Grange #11

RUN TOTALS:

Firefighter of the year.

April - 258
2015 Year Total - 1,174

We all send our congratulations out to Brian on being


presented this award.

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Engine 4 Responds To Trauma While


Covering Merrimack
The Town of Merrimack requested a Hudson engine to cover
its Central Station on April 22nd, while their crews battled a large
brush fire. Engine 4 with a crew of Lieutenant Mamone and
Firefighters Berube and Canavan were toned to Merrimack at
19:18.

Just after 19:00 Engine 4 and a Merrimack ambulance


responded to Waterville Drive for a reported ATV roll-over. On
arrival crews found a teenaged male suering traumatic injuries
after crashing a all terrain vehicle. Crews packaged the patient
Hudson and Nashua crews overhaul the fire area after a fire broke out

from transport to a Nashua hospital for further treatment. Engine

at 8 Pulpit Drive on April 26th. Photo by Dylan Conway

4 remained in Merrimack for several hours before returning to


town.

Group 2 Responds To Three Building


Fires In Ninety Minutes
An unusually slow day on April 26th, for Group 2 came to
an abrupt end when members of Group 2 responded to
three reported building fires within ninety minutes. The first
call was received at 22:02 by Dispatcher Stuart when the
police reported smoke in apartment 9 at 24 Roosevelt Ave.
Toned to the scene were Ladder 2 with a crew of Firefighters
Hier and Patterson, Engine 4 with a crew of Lieutenant
Kearns and Firefighters Provencal and Schofield, Engine 1
with a crew of Firefighters Bavaro, Lambert and Sullivan and
Car 4 with Captain Grebinar.

On arrival crews found a small extinguished fire in the


apartment. Engine 4, Ladder 2 and Car 4 remained on the
scene clearing smoke and Engine 1 was sent to Central to
cover.

While crews continued to operate on Roosevelt Ave an


employee of the Burger King at 224 Central Street called
Fire Alarm reporting a fryer fire in the building at 22:20.
Companies quickly picked up to respond to the call. Toned
to the scene were Engines 1, 4, Ladder 2, Car 4, Car 2 with
Captain Morin and a Nashua engine. On arrival crews found
heavy smoke in the building and quickly had the fire under
control. Due to the smoke and other conditions found in the
building, Building Inspector Hebert was called to the scene.
The restaurant remained closed for a few days until the
State Health Department could complete an inspection.

See Fires continued on page 7

Three alarms were needed to control this fully involved home at 4-6 Girouard
Ave in Nashua claimed one life on April 13th. Photo by Al Boucher.

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Providing Medical Care For Those


Who Run The Boston Marathon

muscle stores are most likely to be depleted and


runners may not be able to continue. Most of the
1300 runners treated this year were treated for
hypothermia. When we are not in the tent with
runners, we stand by the road and cheer them to go
on. Many do not realize that they are at the top and
its only downhill after that. Sometimes that is all they
need to go on to finish the race. I cannot classify any
of the runners disabled - actually quite the opposite.
People with not one but two prosthetics legs run the
complete race. To watch these runners at various
levels of ability is simply amazing and humbling.

By Pat Mason

Pat Mason a long time member of the department


provides those who run the Boston Marathon with the
excellent medical care during the race. These
volunteers are know nationally for their work and their
professionalism and skill were highlighted during the
2013 bombings. The following is Pats experiences
during this years race. A big thanks goes out to Pat to
take the time to write down her experiences of this
years race for us.

I was asked to write about my experience of being a


volunteer for The Boston Marathon. I had been asked
several times to volunteer. I am a member of the
Disaster Medical Assistance Team out of Worcester,
Mass and one of the members on the team is the
Medical Leader at the station on the top of
Heartbreak Hill. She relentlessly hounded me until I
joined.

Over the last few years, the feel of the marathon has
changed as have the rules for volunteers, bystanders
and runners. Some of the changes were for the
better but some just made logistics harder to
accomplish.

I have always felt the need to give back to the


community in one way or another. The 23 years I
spent as a Firefighter/EMT with the Hudson Fire Dept
and my nursing background gave me the experience
that was needed to react and treat the runners who
become patients. Each year you encounter
something that you have not seen before.

This year at the 119th Boston Marathon, there were


27,165 runners and 9,000 volunteers. The race is a
total of 26 miles with Heartbreak Hill at the 21 mile
marker. Teams at stations consist of Nurses, an MD,
EMTs, Psychological Support and lay people. For
many teams, you will see the same people return year
after year. There are teams stationed all along the
course. At the top of the Heartbreak Hill, the runners
find us at mile 26. This is a place in the race where

I was not sure that I would return the year after the
bombing but I was determined that I should not give
in to the careless acts that took place in 2013 nor give
up something I had such passion for. So this year,
like the last 7, I returned to the tent at the top of
Heartbreak Hill.

Department Anniversaries
April
Michele Rudolph 4/1/1981

Jim Paquette 4/20/1997

Mike Mulcay 4/15/2007

Group 4 responded to this roll-over crash in front of 142 Lowell Road


on April 28th. One was injured in the crash.

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Tanker 1 ran a supply line to engine 4 and assisted with

Fires continued from page 5

The crews had only been in quarters a few minutes when


the third and most destructive fire was reported. A resident of
8 Pulpit Drive reported a fire in the rear of the home at 23:26.
Toned to the scene were Engines 4, 1, Tanker 1 with a crew of
of Firefighters Hier and Patterson, Cars 4, 2, Car 3 with
Deputy Tice along with a Nashua engine and ladder and a
Pelham tanker.

Car 4 and Engine 4 arrived on the scene together and


reported smoke showing from the garage of a two and a half
single family home. Car 4 assumed command and directed
Engine 4 to stretch a line to the rear of the building where they
found the owner using a garden hose keeping the flames in
check.

opening up the exterior wall checking for extension. As crews


worked they found the fire has spread into the walls. Engine
1, and the Nashua companies brought hooks to the basement
and first floor to open walls to get at the fire. Car 2 was
assigned operations with Car 3 assisting with command with
the Pelham tanker staging.

When the blaze began under a deck fire spread to the


exterior walls filling the home with smoke. The sleeping family
was woken by smoke detector possibly saving their lives.

Crews worked for forty five minuted before the fire was
placed under control. While companies battled the fire a
Nashua engine covered Central, a Tygnsboro engine covered
Station 4 and Station 1 was covered by a Londonderry
engine.

Lowell Road Kitchen Fire Quickly


Controlled
A kitchen fire sparked by food on the stove was quickly
controlled by crews on April 29th. Dispatcher Castonguay
received a 911 call reporting the fire at 20:05. Toned to the
scene were Engine 4 with a crew of Firefighters Haerinck,
Crane and Clarenbach, Ladder 2 with a crew of Firefighters
Conlon and Perkins, Engine 1 with a crew of Lieutenant
Paquette and Firefighters Bradish and Tracy, Car 4 with
Captain Hansen, Car 2 with Captain Morin and a Nashua
engine.

Firefighter Kim Hier also a firefighter in the Town of Gilford


was presented the Firefighter of the Year Award by the Gilford

On arrival Car 4 reported light smoke showing from a 1

Fire Department on April 17th, we all send our congratulations

1/2 story single family home. The residents had evacuated

out to Kim a well deserved award.

before arrival of crews and removed the burning pan form


the stove. Upon entry into the home firefighters found the
flames had spread to the cabinets above the stove. The
crews overhaul the fire area and opened up the wall behind
the stove to check for extension. the call was placed under
control at 20:18.

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Members of Group 1 responded to this motor vehicle crash at the


intersection of Central street and Kimball Hill Road on April 19th. No was
injured in the crash but a wall and a head stone were heavily damaged.

Tail
Board
Members of Group 2 responded to this two vehicle crash at the
intersection of Derry and Old Derry Roads on April 10th. One person was
transported from the scene.

Group 1 members responded to this two vehicle crash in the area of 220
Derry Road. One person was transported from the scene.

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