New York News

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Canandaigua fire chief case moves to higher court

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 launches advanced life support service

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)

Suffolk: Firefighter injured in island blaze off Robert Moses Causeway, officials say

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.
NewsDay - Metered Site

Teen trapped under van in ’freak accident’ near Mamaroneck High School

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 (

Fire Spreads Across Three Bethpage Homes

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.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Town of Batavia Fire replaces tanker and engine with new, versatile ladder truck

Town of Batavia Fire Department took delivery of a new ladder truck this week and it should go into service within a couple of weeks. Ladder 22 is the second ladder truck for the fire department, will be housed at Station 2, and become a primary response apparatus on many calls, said Paul Barrett, a past chief who was chairman of the committee overseeing this purchase. The truck replaces two pieces of equipment, a tanker sold a couple of years ago in anticipation of buying this truck, and an engine that was recently sold. "If you have to do a rescue, it's a two-fold piece of equipment," Barrett said. "It's got engine company equipment on it. We can do all your engine-type work and also truck work. So it's like a combination piece for us."

3 people jump out window to escape burning Hamburg home

Five people, including two firefighters, were taken to the hospital after an early morning ripped through a home on Rosedale Avenue. The fire started around 2:30 a.m. in the garage and spread to the rest of the home, where a family of five was sleeping at the time. As the fire spread, a woman and her two children jumped out of a second story window to escape. A man and another child were able to safely exit the home. The three people who jumped out the window were taken to ECMC for evaluation and two firefighters were taken to Mercy hospital for medical issues. The house is considered a total loss.
WIVB-TV Buffalo

Carthage Firefighters Ask Village To Support Cancer Bill

Carthage firefighters are asking village leaders to stand by them. That's because the village board wrote a letter to the state opposing a bill that would help volunteer firefighters with the cost of fighting cancer. Dozens of firefighters and supporters came in trucks -- and even a bus -- and walked into the village board meeting to convince lawmakers to support the bill. The bill only needs the governor's signature to become a law that would help select volunteer firefighters get disability benefits if they get cancer. The village board's reason for opposing it, as firefighters learned during the meeting, had to do with who would pay for it..
WWNY-TV 7 Fox 28

Gasport VFC lands $128K for air tanks

Gasport Chemical Hose Company will be able to purchase 21 new air tanks thanks to $128,667 from the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters grant program. U.S. Rep. Chris Collins, R-Clarence, announced the award last week along with a separate $51,285 grant for Richmond Fire Company near Honeoye Lake. Gasport Chemical Hose Company Chief Christopher Wesolek thanked Collins for his "aggressive advocacy" on behalf of the fire department. “Updated (self contained breathing apparatuses) are critically important to protecting our firefighters and making sure they are able to keep our community safe," Wesolek said in a statement.
Union-Sun & Journal (Lockport)

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