New York News

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Four-alarm blaze breaks out in Brooklyn hardware store, injuring one

A fire raged for hours in a Brooklyn hardware store early Thursday, injuring one person. Firefighters responded to the four-alarm blaze at Fulton St. near Franklin Ave. in Bedford-Stuyvesant around 5:10 a.m., according to authorities. There are three floors of apartments above the hardware store. One person suffered non-life threatening injuries, FDNY officials said. More than three hours later, the fire continued to burn. The inferno drew spectators among morning commuters but nearby subways remained open. The fire sent giant plumes of smoke billowing into the sky.
New York Daily News

Update: Judge to decide within week on city firefighters’ ‘sick call’ policy in Watertown

A state Supreme Court judge on Wednesday reserved decision regarding an injunction to block the city from a new policy that prohibits firefighters from being called into work when their colleagues call in sick. Last month, the City Council decided in executive session to establish a new policy that will not allow firefighters to be brought into work when others call in sick, a move that City Manager Sharon A. Addison admitted violates the union contract. The union promptly filed a grievance. Following oral arguments by attorneys, Judge James P. McClusky said he would make his written decision known within a week.
Watertown Daily Times

9/11 FDNY first responder fighting cancer gets help to move around

With uncertain steps Wednesday, FDNY EMT Sal Turturici accepted a gift that will make getting around a little easier. Suffering from liver cancer, the Staten Island father of three gets tired easily, and he says his new motorized wheelchair will give him a bit of his life back. "It'll let me do the right thing and make sure that I can hang out with my kids, and be with my kids, and do it all, and make memories," Turturici said. Turturici became an EMT just after 9/11. His first assignment: months of rescue and recovery work at the World Trade Center site. When he was diagnosed with terminal cancer two years ago, doctors said it was the result of all the time he spent there. A short time later, he met retired Firefighter Ray Pfeifer.

Lawsuit accuses FDNY of discrimination against blacks

A lawsuit filed against the Fire Department of New York accuses it of discriminating against black employees and job seekers in its ambulance and civilian support staff operations and comes almost four years after the department agreed to pay $98 million to settle a discrimination lawsuit from black firefighters. The new lawsuit, filed in federal court in Manhattan, has seven plaintiffs, all current employees. One of those employees works in the ambulance service, and the others are in non-uniform positions such as human resources and computers.
Middletown Times Herald-Record

Firefighters uncover hazardous mess inside illegal Mount Vernon nightclub, reminiscent of deadly 1990 Happy Land tinderbox

An illegal social club in the basement of a massive apartment building in Mount Vernon — just six miles from the Bronx — could have been another Happy Land fire, according to Mount Vernon officials. Late last month, Mount Vernon’s Fire Commissioner Teddy Beale got tipped to an unlicensed hangout set up in the basement of 257 1st St, underneath a laundromat and at least 20 residential apartments in the building above. When Beale and local police raided the rickety joint, they found conditions that brought to mind the deadly Bronx blaze of 1990. Eighty-seven people died inside the Happy Land, an illegal social club, after getting trapped by a raging inferno.
New York Daily News

Canandaigua City Council to consider new fire position

Should Canandaigua City Council give the OK to creating a deputy fire chief position — as it is expected to do Thursday night — the process of hiring for the position will be similar to the one used in finding a new fire chief. Canandaigua Fire Chief Frank Magnera was appointed fire chief in September after a search and interviews with both internal and external candidates. A similar process will be used in filling the deputy fire chief position, although City Manager John Goodwin said there is no definite timetable on hiring the person for the role. A search will be conducted and internal and external candidates will be considered to find the best fit for the job and for the city, Goodwin said. “Hiring is one of the most important things we do,” Goodwin said, so the city will perform due diligence in reviewing candidates and conducting background checks.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Cohoes inferno melts fire truck but not mutual aid pacts

The Remsen Street fire burned so intensely on Thursday that it melted the tires, electric system and hydraulic lines of the Watervliet-Green Island aerial ladder truck at the fire scene, officials said Tuesday. “It was so hot that it melted the tires. It’s fire resistant not fire proof,” said Sean Ward, executive assistant to Green Island Mayor Ellen McNulty-Ryan. The aerial ladder was eventually able to be driven back to the Watervliet Fire House where it’s being assessed for damage, Mayor Michael Manning said. The extensive damage showed the pros and cons of mutual aid agreements uniting Cohoes, Green Island, Troy and Watervliet when it comes to fighting fires.
Times Union

Joshua Charry Named Chief of Vigilant Fire Company

The Great Neck Vigilant Engine and Hook & Ladder Co., Inc. (Vigilant Fire Company) recently announced that Joshua Charry, a resident of Great Neck since 1984, has been elected Chief of Department by the members of the Vigilant Fire Company. Charry replaces Joshua Forst who has held the position since December 2014. "It is a tremendous honor to be elected as Chief of the Vigilant Fire Company—a Company that has a rich and storied history of providing first-class emergency response services to the Great Neck community for more than a century," said Charry. "As a community-based service, the entire Vigilant Fire Company will continue to work as a cohesive unit as we respond to increased emergency calls throughout the peninsula."
Great Neck

Lackawanna City Council rejects new pumper for fire department

Lackawanna Fire Chief Ralph Galanti recommended that the city purchase a new pumper for $439,201. City officials told him they did not have enough money. "There is a concern regarding appropriations," said Carolyn Nicometo, city comptroller. "Our cash is committed to other projects contracted up to 2018." An unexpected expense involved the increase in recycling costs, estimated at $25,000 a month, said Anthony DeSantis, commissioner of public works. That would lead to a $200,000 expense, he said. Galanti said the pumper would take Empire Apparatus of Niagara Falls a year to build. Second Ward Councilwoman Annette Iafallo summed up the city's plight Monday.
Buffalo News

Cayuga, Onondaga county fire departments extinguish Skaneateles house fire

Multiple fire departments from both Onondaga and Cayuga counties put out a fire at a residence in the town of Skaneateles Tuesday morning. The fire occurred at 1787 Russells Landing, also known as Fire Lane 50, a one-story home overlooking Skaneateles Lake. The home is just south of the hamlet of Mandana. Skaneateles Assistant Fire Chief Pete Buehler said no one was home at the time of the fire, and there were no injuries. A neighbor called in the blaze, which Buehler said appears to have started in the left corner of the front of the building, at 7:59 a.m. The fire was out within 20 minutes, he added. The fire lane has several houses close together on the water, but damage was contained to the one structure.
Auburn Citizen

Rochester firefighters battle 2-alarm fire in strong winds

Rochester firefighters were called out to a two-alarm fire on Tuesday night in the South Wedge neighborhood. It happened just before 8:30 at the corner of Gregory Street and South Clinton Avenues. When firefighters got there, they found heavy black smoke pouring out of all three stories of a large, mixed use building at 699 South Clinton. That situation, coupled with the strong winds and not knowing how many people were inside caused a 2nd alarm to be called. Fire crews did find that everyone had gotten out of the building, and no injuries were reported.
WXXI Rochester Public Broadcasting

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