New York News

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

FDNY pulls 3 people from Parkchester apartment fire in the Bronx, 2 critical

Firefighters battled heavy smoke and pulled several people out of a burning apartment in the Bronx. The fire broke out on the 12th floor of the condo building on Metropolitan Oval in the Parkchester section around 1:30 a.m. Firefighters busted the glass windows to try to let out some of the smoke. "I was sleeping in the corner of my room and I didn't know. When I opened the door, I learned that there was something burning and the smell came out," said Mohammed Malik, nextdoor neighbor. "What does the hallway look like?" Eyewitness News asked. "It's filled with water and ashes," Malik said. The flames were put out quickly, but four people suffered injuries. Emergency workers could be seen doing chest compressions on one victim in the back of an ambulance. A man and woman are both in critical condition at Jacobi Medical Center. A teenage boy is said to be in serious condition. A fourth person was treated at the scene.

City plans to accept grant for Watertown Fire Department

City Council members are poised to accept a $561,202 federal grant to hire four firefighters after discussing the subject for 45 minutes on Monday night. Four council members plan to support accepting the Staffing for an Adequate Fire and Emergency Response grant when the vote is expected to come up at next Monday’s meeting. After the meeting, Councilman Mark C. Walczyk said he plans to vote for the grant, leaving only Mayor Joseph M. Butler Jr. as the only expected no vote. Mayor Butler insisted that the grant will only save the city in the short term, then drive up costs after the funding expires in three years. “We’ve been working on a small department and we’ve got that and now you want to go back,” he said. In recent years, the department has gone through a series of a retirements and long-term illnesses, leaving the actual current operational number at 63, down from 67 just a couple of years ago. The city has not filled the vacancies.
Watertown Daily Times

8 hurt when 3-alarm house fire breaks out in Brooklyn

Eight people were injured, including seven firefighters, after a fire broke out Monday at a house in Brooklyn. The three-alarm fire began at about 5:30 p.m. at a two-story house on Aster Court in Gerritsen Beach. It quickly spread to a neighboring structure. The fire reportedly started on the second floor of the house. All the injuries to the firefighters were minor. One civilian was also hurt. The cause of the fire was found to be accidental, careless cooking. 33 units and 138 firefighters responded to the scene, along with EMS personnel.

Lyons Fire Department gets $170K grant

For members of the Lyons Fire Department, the announcement of a six-figure federal grant could not have come at a better time. The $170,953 in funding was announced last week by U.S. Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand. The Lyons FD will use the funds to buy new self-contained breathing apparatus, commonly known as air packs. “We were looking at replacing some with our own funds when the grant came through,” said Jeff Rios, past chief, who was involved in applying for the grant with several other Lyons firefighters. Rios said the department has applied for a federal grant for the last several years, with no success, and used a grant writer this time around. The department plans on buying 25 new air packs with 50 bottles, and a Rapid Intervention Team pack. Rios said the bottles have a 15-year life expectancy. “We’ve got some of our bottles now that are near the end of their cycle,” he said.
Geneva Finger Lakes Times

Monday, September 24, 2018

Schenectady tries at making firefighters more diverse

Richard W. Harris is hoping the city will take a hard look at some of what he sees as barriers that could be hampering efforts to finally diversify the 126-member fire department. "You don't want unnecessary requirements in place that discourage people from becoming firefighters and you want to create an environment where we want minorities in the fire department," said the retired New York City fire lieutenant Friday during a discussion at City Hall about a program aimed at boosting the paltry number of minorities currently among Schenectady's ranks. In Schenectady, a person needs to have at least 60 college credits, be certified as a paramedic, and pass the civil service exam to become a firefighter paramedic. Ron Gardner, Schenectady's affirmative action officer, said that it could take upwards of two years to complete all those prerequisites, which he said can be challenging.
Albany Times-Union

After 41 years, FDNY Battalion Chief Don Hayde readies for retirement

The FDNY’s longest serving firefighter, Battalion Chief Don Hayde, came to work on his final shift Sunday wearing heavy-duty black work boots as if it was just another day in his 41 years on the job. “Always 110 percent prepared,’’ said Hayde, who Sunday turned 65 — the FDNY's mandatory retirement age. Hayde, a Baldwin resident whose firefighting career started at 18 as a volunteer in Uniondale, described his final day wearing the FDNY uniform as bittersweet. He said he'll miss "the guys" he worked with over the years but is ready to become a civilian again. Hayde credited his late father, a volunteer firefighter in Uniondale, with motivating him to take the same path. “I am grateful," Hayde said. "My father gave me a great career — a great living that supported my family. I’d do it again." Hayde made a brief visit Sunday morning to the twin reflecting pools at the Sept. 11 Memorial and thought of his fellow firefighters who lost their lives just over 17 years ago.
AM New York

One person killed in Camillus townhouse fire

One person is confirmed dead after a townhouse fire in Camillus on Monday morning. The flames broke out just after 4 a.m. at the Aaron Manor Townhouses along Gordon Parkway, near Milton Avenue. Deputies from the Onondaga County Sheriff's Office tell us one other person was transported to an area hospital for smoke inhalation. They are said to be in stable condition. Dozens of firefighters from multiple departments and a number of ambulances responded to the scene. Early reports indicated that two people may have been trapped inside. Smoke could be seen along Interstate 690, near Warners Road. Neighbors tell NewsChannel 9 that they were woken up by the sirens. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Newburgh’s West End Firehouse found to have asbestos

The West End Firehouse on Upper Broadway in the City of Newburgh has been determined to contain asbestos, according to laboratory test results. A report from Quest Environmental Solutions and Technologies, requested by the city, studied the first floor kitchen, first floor kitchen bathroom, first floor stairwell to second floor and the second floor perimeter column across from the bathroom. Test results, conducted for Quest by Eastern Analytical Services of Elmsford, New York found asbestos in the first floor kitchen wall plaster finish coat, first floor stairwell to second floor wall sheetrock joint compound, and the second floor column across from the bathroom plastic finish coat. “Debris associated with the above identified asbestos-containing materials was observed within the general vicinity of the damaged building materials,” said Quest inspector and project designer Rudy Lipinski, director of field operations, in a report to City Manager Michael Ciaravino.
Mid-Hudson News

Long Beach firefighter pulls unconscious man from ocean

A Long Beach volunteer firefighter pulled an unconscious man out of the ocean Friday afternoon and helped revive him with cardiopulmonary resuscitation, officials said, adding that the victim was fighting for his life in a hospital. Long Beach Fire Commissioner Scott Kemins said firefighter Justin Fitzmartin, who also is an emergency medical technician, jumped into the water near Tennessee Avenue and brought the man to shore shortly after fire officials received the emergency call at 2:38 p.m. Fitzmartin and a Long Beach police officer performed CPR, Kemins said. "The patient regained a pulse and was transported to South Nassau Communities Hospital emergency room in critical condition," Kemins said. Ryan McTiernan, executive assistant to the Long Beach city manager, said police Officer Michael Corbett helped revive the victim after Fitzmartin carried him to the shore.

76-year member of Franklinville fire department honored

While Royal Preston may no longer be able to go out on fire calls, he still has an impact on the Franklinville Volunteer Fire Department. The 94-year-old Franklinville native has been an exempt member for the last 36 years, but anytime there’s a fire hall function, he’s there. Members describe him as the unofficial grandfather of the department. “He’s someone you look up to,” said Franklinville Assistant Fire Chief Bill Lambert. At the department’s annual family picnic Saturday at Shamrock Pines Campground, Preston was honored for reaching 75 years of service. Firefighters surprised him with certificates of recognition from state fire organizations, as well as the presence of his family members, whom they secretly invited.
Olean Times Herald

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