New York News

Friday, October 20, 2017

Fire Academy grad follows the example of her husband, a 32-year FDNY veteran

When Lisa Snyder is sworn in as a firefighter Wednesday morning, she will be starting a career her husband has enjoyed for more than three decades. “My husband inspired me to be a firefighter,” Snyder said Tuesday. “He’s been with the FDNY for 32 years and he told me that it was the greatest job in the world.” “I saw how happy he is and I love public service, so I know I’m going to love it just as much as he does,” she added. Snyder, 38, taught second-graders at public schools in Brooklyn and Staten Island before joining the Bravest. She and Firefighter Joe Skonieczny married in 2005. They have two daughters — ages 7 and 9. When they were first dating, Skonieczny would tell her of the fires he responded to and the rescues he helped make, she said.
New York Daily News

Watertown City Councilwoman says she is being bullied by fire department

City Councilwoman Teresa R. Macaluso is accusing members of the city’s fire department of embarking on a smear campaign to defeat her in next month’s election, She’s also accusing the firefighters of bullying her during this fall’s City Council campaign because she’s been a vocal opponent of the fire department during the city’s three-year contract battle with the firefighters’ union. “I’m being bullied by 70 men,” she said. Last week, the union criticized Councilwoman Macaluso for complaining when she and other council members weren’t notified a fire department awards ceremony was postponed — while firefighters were battling a blaze that sent three people to the hospital.
Watertown Daily Times

Fairport firefighters getting close to the action without any fire

The Fairport Fire Department was out in full force on Thursday, but they were not saving any lives. They were practicing on how to save their own. A house that was being demolished was acquired by the Fairport Fire Department for practice. "We'll go up and treat it as a real house fire and ventilate the roof," said Edward Tubiolo, a part of FFD for just over a year."Get rid of heat and smoke." Tubiolo has about five years of training within the industry and says that this type of training is important. "This is the real deal." A ventilation hole is used as a chimney to allow more smoke out. Practice on the other side of the house was how to get out in case if a firefighter or person in the house needed to get out and the doors are blocked.
Rochester First

Man makes bedside confession in deadly Hudson Falls fire

A man accused of murdering his girlfriend by setting fire to their home now admits to the crime on camera. Police interrogated 22-year-old Derrick Guilder as he lay in his hospital bed saying he was the one who lit the fire. “I set the fire,” Guilder said. Guilder coming clean just days after a fire that killed his girlfriend Ashley Coltrain. “I got tired of everything.” In the beginning of the questioning, Guilder is still holding back about the details of the fire. “I heard it was the living room.” Eventually admitting he used Coltrain’s mother’s obituary to start the deadly fire. “I just lit the newspaper on fire in the living room.”
News10 ABC Albany

Raging Buffalo fire destroys building, damages another

Buffalo firefighters are calling for an emergency demolition of at least one building, involved in an overnight Friday fire. Two buildings were affected. Fire started about 1:00 a.m. on Watson Street, near William. Firefighters had to force their way inside both buildings to fight this fire. Division Chief Peter Kertzie stopped short of calling this fire suspicious. "You can't ignore the facts of this. They're vacant buildings, heavily boarded up, so we can probably rule out a couple of things. It wasn't cooking, it wasn't a household item, but as of yet we don't have that narrowed down," Kertzie said. One firefighter was hurt, but Kertzie said it doesn't appear to be serious. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
WKBW-TV ABC 7 Buffalo

Thursday, October 19, 2017

FDNY graduates diverse class of probationary firefighters

The FDNY's latest probationary class of firefighters graduated Wednesday at a ceremony held at the Christian Cultural Center in Brooklyn. There are 279 probationary firefighters in the class, all trained for 18 weeks. The class is incredibly diverse, with more than 50 percent identifying as people of color. There are also four women in this class, bringing the total number of female firefighters to 68. That's the highest number of female member in the department's history. There are also 35 veterans, representing all the branches of the U.S. Armed Forces. One of the newest fire fighters is a 24-year-old whose father worked at Engine 16. Tyler Hickey is following in his dad Stephen's footsteps.

Buffalo Fire honors Officer Craig Lehner

Officer Craig Lehner is being honored by his fellow first responders. On Wednesday, Buffalo Firefighters remembered and honored him, by hanging purple bunting above the front doors of Buffalo Police headquarters, and the K-9 unit building that Lehner worked out of. "It's an unfortunate tradition I'm in my 30th year here I don't ever remember it being another way," said Chief Peter Kertzie of the Buffalo Fire Department, "that's what we do, you mark where the person works, you could even mark their rig for us or mark his police car, but you just want to mark it." Kertzie hopes this provides at least some comfort to members of the police force and Lehner's family and friends.
WGRZ-TV Channel 2

Bath Volunteer Fire Department uses raw egg and life size jenga in drills

The Bath Volunteer Fire Department tried a unique way to perform its fire drills this week using a raw egg and other tools. Firefighters used the jaws of life rescue tool to play life size jenga and to also move a raw egg without breaking from one cone to another. The fire department justifies using what they called "foolish" drills by saying when faced with emergency situations, seconds count and so do the moves being made, meaning this helps with accuracy and teamwork because one small mistake could be disastrous. Rough cut hardwood cribbing was used for the jenga drills. The fire department says it shared many laughs, broke many eggs and tumbled piles of lumber but lessons were learned on seconds counting and lives being at stake.
WETM-TV NBC 18 Elmira

Hero neighbor breaks down woman’s door, pulls her to safety as Bronx apartment goes up in flames

A courageous neighbor pried a woman from her Bronx apartment as her home went up in flames early Thursday, officials and witnesses said. The blaze broke out in a fourth floor apartment of 1056 Sherman Ave. in Morrisania around 2:45 a.m. and was extinguished 45 minutes later, according to authorities. Jose Maldonado, 37, said he was walking home to his apartment two blocks away when he saw smoke rising from the fourth floor of the six-story building. "I saw the house catching on fire and I know the lady that lives up there so I ran upstairs," he said. On his way up Maldonado shouted for neighbors to flee the building, banging on doors as he passed through the halls, he said.
New York Daily News

Bronx firefighters have returned home after assisting with recovery efforts in Puerto Rico

Bronx firefighters have returned home after assisting with recovery efforts in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria. "Half my heart is in Puerto Rico," said firefighter Jorge Sanchez, one of many who spent weeks in the hurricane-ravaged island territory. "It seemed...almost like a war scene." Sanchez joined Lt. Ricco Diaz, of the FDNY Disaster Assistance Response Team, and about 30 other New York City firefighters in Puerto Rico. "I was only back in New York for about three days before we were deployed to go to Hurricane Maria," Diaz said. News 12 first interviewed Diaz before he went to assist in Houston after Hurricane Harvey and before he left for Puerto Rico. He said there were more volunteers than he could take to Puerto Rico, but the island still needs help.
News 12 Bronx

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