While the city is nearing a decision on hiring a new fire chief, the final determination on a court case involving former Fire Chief Mark Marentette may not be coming any time soon.
Marentette in June filed an appeal of his termination in state Supreme Court and is seeking a return to his job with the city. The two sides appeared before Judge William Kocher in July.
Marentette challenged the outcome of his Civil Service hearing and his termination, based on a preponderance of evidence, which is a legal standard of proof that a fact or event was more likely than not to have occurred.
Kocher, in a decision filed in the Ontario County clerk’s office on Aug. 14, said Marentette and his attorney did not raise any issues that require the court to dispose of the matter.
Lockport Fire Department is finally equipped and ready to provide advanced life support for those experiencing potentially fatal medical events, more than six months after receiving clearance from the state to do so.
Back in January, New York State granted LFD a two-year temporary certification to provide Advanced Life Support First Response, while the department goes through the lengthy application process for permanent ALSFR certification. The plan is for LFD to supplement, not replace, Twin City Ambulance's emergency medical response.
Union-Sun & Journal (Lockport)
Five fire departments battled two hours to put out a building fire on a small island just west of the Robert Moses Causeway Tuesday night, Suffolk officials said.
One firefighter from the Babylon department, which was leading the response, was hurt in the blaze that started just before 10:20 p.m. on Oak Island, officials said. Suffolk fire officials said one firefighter was taken to a hospital for evaluation and treatment of minor injuries.
Firefighters had to be taken to the island by boat, officials said. Police marine units and arson detectives also responded.
Firefighters began packing up from the scene about 12:15 a.m., but other details about the blaze were not immediately available.
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A 15-year-old girl escaped serious injury Monday after becoming trapped under a construction van outside of Mamaroneck High School, according to authorities.
Just before 9 a.m., police, fire and ambulance crews were called to the West Boston Post Road school on a report that a child had been run over, said Fire Chief Tracey Schmaling.
The student told authorities she was feeling dizzy, so she went to lie down on a grassy hill outside of the school, not realizing a contractor's van was nearby, Schmaling said.
A few minutes later, the driver came out of the school to move the vehicle closer to the building and accidentally drove over the teen, the fire chief said.
NY Journal News (Lohud.com)
A garage fire at a Bethpage home spread to two nearby houses on Monday afternoon.
The Bethpage Fire Department was alerted for a house fire on Hicksville Road and Mary Lane at about 1:19 p.m.
Heavy black smoke was visible for miles. A detached garage, shed, several stockade fences, a propane BBQ, as well as a house behind the garage and a house to the right of the garage were on fire.
Bethpage firefighters responded with help from the Farmingdale ladder 926, South Farmingdale engine, Levittown ladder, North Massapequa engine and Massapequa's tower ladder.