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7/1/2012 City of Rensselaer Mutual Aid Structure Fire by Capt Mike Benson Jr.
        At approximately 16:30hrs, the East Greenbush Fire Department was transmitted for a mutual aid fire in the city of Rensselaer on Aiken Avenue on a 85 degree hot and humid day. A second alarm was transmitted by Rensselaer FD Car 1 which brought Engine 8 to Rensselaer's North Station for a cover assignment, however they were quickly transferred to the scene. Engine 8 was a 6 man crew under the helm of Lieutenant Mark Becker.
        Engine 9 transferred to the Rensselaer North Station, however they were then called to the scene with a 4 man crew under the helm of Lieutenant Anthony Proulx. A special call was then made from CHFD Car 1 for Truck 11 to the scene. Truck 11 responded with a 3 man crew and assisted in roof operations with Rensselaer FD. Engine 7 then proceeded to the Rensselaer North Station, however as they were in the vicinity of the Rensselaer firehouse on Washington Avenue, they were then called to the scene by Rensselaer Fire Command. Engine 7 was a 6 man crew under the helm of Captain Mike Benson Jr.
        All crews conducted interior fire attack, ventilation and overhaul work along with members from the following fire departments: Rensselaer, Clinton Heights, Defreestville, Mountainview, and West Sand Lake. EMS was supplied by Mohawk Ambulance and assistance from the crew from West Sand Lake Fire. The fire did spread to a couple of other houses nearby.
        The EGFD would like to thank Schodack Valley and Wynantskill for covering our North Station and Main Station. The East Greenbush Fire Department operated at the mutual aid scene for approximately 2 1/2 hours with approximately 19 members manning a Truck Company and 3 Engine Companies.