Derry Fire Department Recruit Class

Press Release
From: Battalion Chief Jack Webb Date: 22 May 2013
Re: Recruit Graduation
On May 17, the Derry Fire Department completed a three week long recruit school for four new Derry Firefighters. The four recruits are Firefighter/EMT Anthony DeRosa, Firefighter/Paramedic Ryan Hickey, Firefighter/Paramedic Joshua Ledbetter, and Firefighter/EMT Robert Marini. All recruits hired by the Derry Fire Department had a minimum certification of Firefighter Level 2, and experience with other departments.
The Recruit School was coordinated by Derry Firefighter/Paramedic Sean Beinhaur. He was assisted by Derry Fire Lt. Ed King, Firefighter James Hoffman, Firefighter Steve Hussey, and Battalion Chief Jack Webb; Gilford Fire Department Deputy Chief Richard Andrews and Firefighter Nick Proulx; and Concord Fire Department Lt. Tom Frier.
The purpose of the Recruit School is to train the new recruits to work as members of an effective fire/rescue team. During the three weeks the firefighters trained on physical fitness, self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA), firefighter safety and survival, fire behavior and flashover, engine and truck company operations, vent- enter-isolate and search (VEIS), and vehicle rescue. Recruit School is only the beginning, over the next year all the new firefighters are responsible for completing a detailed probationary firefighter manual.
The Derry Fire Department would particularly like to thank Chief Steve Carrier and the entire staff of the Gilford Fire Department. They allowed us to use their new, live fire, training facility; provided instructors, and additional firefighters that allowed our recruits to do two days of live fire training.
The four recruits bring a variety of skills and experience to the Derry Fire Department. Firefighter/EMT Anthony DeRosa grew up in Salem and graduated from St. John’s College where he played baseball. He is a fitness professional and call firefighter with the Pelham Fire Department. Firefighter/Paramedic Ryan Hickey is a
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graduate of Salem High School, graduated at the top of his paramedic program from the New England EMS Institute, and is a former musician. Firefighter/Paramedic Josh Ledbetter lives in Derry, is married and is the father of three children. Before Derry he was a career firefighter in Goffstown. Firefighter/EMT Rob Marini grew up in Derry and graduated from Pinkerton Academy, he is a member of the Auburn Fire Department, and last year was a Drift Formula 1 Crew Chief for Retaks Racing.

DFD Recruit School Photo 1: Firefighter/Paramedic Ryan Hickey preparing to attack a fire in the Gilford Fire Department Live Fire Training Building.
DFD Recruit School Photo 2: After completing a successful Vent-Enter-Isolate and Search drill, Firefighter/Paramedic Josh Ledbetter and Firefighter/EMT Anthony DeRosa pass “Fred” a 150 pound dummy out the window to Gilford Firefighter Jason Godin.
DFD Recruit School Photo 3: The 2013 Derry Fire Department Recruit Class and instructors at the Gilford Fire Department Live Fire Training Facility. Top (L-R) Gilford Firefighters Jason Godin, Nick Proulx, Ron Skinner and Nate Lemay; Derry Recruit Coordinator Sean Beinhaur, Lt. Ed King, Battalion Chief Jack Webb, and Gilford Deputy Chief Richard Andrews. Bottom (L-R) Recruit Ryan Hickey, Recruit Anthony DeRosa, Recruit Josh Ledbetter, Recruit Rob Marini, and “Fred”.
DFD Recruit School Photo 4: Derry Fire Recruits learning about fire behavior and thermal imaging from Concord Fire Lieutenant Tom Frier (red helmet) in the flashover simulator at the New Hampshire Fire Academy. This photo was taken well before the flashover, as the flashover would have melted the camera.
All photos courtesy of DFD Photographer Paul McCallum

Submitted by:
Battalion Chief Jack Webb


Teens Robbed of I-pod/Cell Phone


MANCHESTER, NH- On Monday, February 11, 2013, at about 6:30 PM, Manchester Police responded to a Clay Street address for a report of a robbery.  On arrival, they met with two 16 year old Manchester teens who reported they had been the victims of a robbery a short time earlier on Somerville Street, near Belmont Street.


According to the boys, they were walking in the area when they were approached by two men, one of whom demanded their belongings, indicating his companion had a gun, although no gun was observed.


One of the boys surrendered his I-pod Nano and Galaxy S3 cell phone and the men left.  They were last seen leaving the area as passengers in an older, dark colored 4-door sedan operated by a third individual who was possibly wearing a red sweatshirt.


The first suspect was described as a white male in his forties, about 6’3” tall with a slender build and dark “stubble” on his face.  He was last seen wearing a dark colored vest and a green “beanie” style hat.  The second man, alleged to have possessed a gun, was described as a clean-shaven white male in his forties with an average height and build.  He was last seen wearing a camouflage shirt and khaki pants.


Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Manchester Police Department at 668-8711.  Anonymous tips for cash rewards can be made through Manchester Crimeline at 624-4040 or online at