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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

New York legislature passes bill allowing cancer coverage for volunteer firefighters

A bill granting cancer coverage to the state's more than 110,000 volunteer firefighters has passed both chambers of the New York State Legislature. It's now on its way to the desk of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, and the state firemen's association has urged him to sign it "without delay." The bill would give $25,000 to volunteer firefighters who contract types of cancer including melanoma, digestive, hematological, lymphatic, urinary, prostate, neurological, breast and reproductive. If a firefighter is unable to work due to illness, the bill grants firefighters 36 months of $1,500 in disability benefits.
Syracuse Post-Standard &

Roof Of Building Collapses On Workers At Queens Construction Site, FDNY Says

Three construction workers were critically injured after the roof of an Astoria building undergoing construction collapsed, according to Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro. Two of the men had to be taken out of the basement of the construction site, located at at 31-25 28th Road between 33rd and 31st streets, and transported to Elmhurst Hospital, according to the FDNY. One worker had evacuated the site of the accident before the firefighters arrived, Nigro said. Another injured construction worker, who was 28-years-old, had been trapped under a few thousand pounds of construction material, which consisted of laminated beams, bags of cement, concrete blocks, sand and aggregate, Nigro said. He was conscious as he was removed from the collapse.
Forest Hills

Law enforcement, first responders review hazmat response in West Utica

On June 1, about a dozen law enforcement agencies were involved in a potential health risk like they never had seen before. A West Utica woman attempted to make abrin – a chemical more toxic than ricin – and purposefully ingested the powder in her Orchard Street home before calling an ambulance. That call, and the potential health risk it posed to first responders and the public, triggered an hours-long hazmat response from a multitude of local, state and federal law enforcement, said Utica Fire Deputy Chief Scott Ingersoll. While it was later determined the woman was unsuccessful in her attempts to make abrin, it did teach an important lesson, Ingersoll said. Department officials had an after-action report regarding the incident Monday.
Utica Observer-Dispatch

Port Chester: Teen dies falling from hospital roof

Police said a 14-year-old boy died after falling through the roof of a vacant hospital in Port Chester overnight. The teenager fell down an elevator shaft of the former United Hospital building on Tuesday night and was taken to Greenwich Hospital, where he died, Port Chester police said. Police have not released the boy's name yet. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of the victim," Port Chester Police Chief Richard Conway said in a press release. Police said they were called to the property at 406 Boston Post Road at 8:23 p.m. because youths were on the roof of the former hospital. Police said they arrived and saw seven or eight teenagers, ages 14 to 16, on the roof.
NY Journal News (

Fire Station Coming To Northwest Woods In East Hampton

Residents of the Northwest Woods section of East Hampton most likely can expect some relief from oppressive homeowner’s insurance bills now that the East Hampton Fire Department is preparing to construct a new substation off Stephen Hands Path, near the intersection with Old Northwest Road. East Hampton Village and the Town Board are negotiating a lease of 0.6 acre of town-owned property between Old Northwest Road and Bull Path for the village-owned fire department to construct a 3,800-square-foot, one-story fire truck and ambulance garage. The village submitted plans for the fire substation to the East Hampton Town Planning Board last week and hopes to have the new firehouse open by early next year. - Registration May Be Required

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Massapequa Firefighter Dies From 9/11 Related Illness

A Massapequa firefighter died on Saturday from 9/11 related cancer. He was 37. James Kennelly, who went with the Massapequa Fire Department to Ground Zero after the terrorist attack on Sept. 11, 2001, also worked as an officer for the Port Authority Police. He worked as a volunteer for the local fire department for 18 years. He began his law enforcement career with the Nassau County Sheriff's Department before joining the Port Authority Police Department assigned to the JFK Airport Precinct. Kennelly was a member of the Port Authority Police Emerald Society and was the 2017 grand marshal for the New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade.

FDNY Investigates Deadly Manhattan High-Rise Fire

A Manhattan high rise fire that killed an elderly woman Monday night is under investigation. The flames broke out around 7:30 p.m. inside a 15th floor apartment located at 70 La Salle Street near Broadway in Morningside Heights. Firefighters found an 88-year-old woman in the apartment and took her to the hospital where she died. An 86-year-old man was also taken to the hospital in critical condition. No word yet on what may have caused the fire.

Firefighters rescue two teens from bridge in City of Tonawanda

The City of Tonawanda Fire Department rescued two teens who climbed up onto the Niagara Street rail bridge Monday. The teems climbed up onto the bridge around 6 p.m. They were spotted by passersby who called police. After Tonawanda Police and North Tonawanda Police were unable to get the kids down, the fire department was called in to assist. Two firefighters scaled the upper portion of the bridge and with the assistance of ground spotters, they located the teens and assisted them off the bridge where they were met by officers. No one was injured.
WIVB-TV Buffalo

Poughkeepsie Fire Chief Details Harrowing Rescue

The constant training firefighters endure is such an essential part of the job that it becomes instinctual at a certain point. That's what happened with a crew responding to a residential fire in Poughkeepsie last week, the details of which were offered to in an exclusive interview with the city's fire chief, Mark Johnson. The fire broke out late Wednesday afternoon at a three-story structure on Hooker Avenue that contained eight apartments, leading to one firefighter suffering second-degree burns on his hands when he pulled a woman who was burning off a bed and out of a room that was engulfed in flames. Johnson said that as firefighters arrived on scene, the fire room on the second floor had already vented.

5 tractor-trailer trucks catch fire overnight in DeWitt auto shop parking lot

Firefighters spent nearly an hour trying to put out a massive blaze early Monday after five tractor-trailer trucks caught fire in a parking lot overnight. The trucks -- normally used to pull trailers -- were parked at Beam Mack Sales & Service at 6260 E. Molloy Road, DeWitt. The truck cabs were not attached to trailers. A passerby spotted two trucks on fire at about 4 a.m. Monday and called 911, said East Syracuse Fire Chief Chris Shields. The fire soon spread to three other trucks parked next to the first two, Shields said. The five vehicles were engulfed in flames and severely damage, he said.
Syracuse Post-Standard &

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