New York News

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Champion Fire Company seeking to form fire district

About 30 people gathered Wednesday evening in the Champion Fire Company station for an informational session to gauge the public’s interest in forming a fire district. “We want to put forth the facts and put to rest misconceptions,” said Willie M. Craig, a member of the fire company’s board of directors. In 2014, town residents voted to dissolve the Champion Fire Protection District for which the town contracted with Champion Fire Company, Great Bend Fire District, West Carthage Fire Department and Copenhagen Fire Department. The dissolution was proposed by members of the Champion Fire Company in order to form a fire district — a political entity with its own elected governing body that may incur indebtedness and require the levy of taxes. The fire company members claimed they were not receiving their fair share of the funds collected for fire protection.
Watertown Daily Times

Olean: Irving Street home a total loss after morning fire causes roof collapse

A Monday morning fire collapsed the roof of an Irving Street home and left the residence a total loss. The Olean Fire Department responded to the blaze at 115 Irving St. just before 6 a.m., finding heavy fire conditions on the exterior and in the attic area. After trying to gain access to the two-story home’s attic, firefighters were forced to switch to a defensive attack before the roof finally gave way. “Once (the fire) gets into that attic area, it’s ventilated through the roof and in the rear of the structure, so yes, it had a lot of heat, smoke and fire damage,” said Olean Fire Capt. James Theodore. “It looked like in my opinion (the home) would be a total loss.”
Olean Times Herald

Watertown fire department will receive $46,364 grant

The city’s Fire Department has obtained $46,364 in federal funding to purchase three gear washers and three gear dryers — one for each of the department’s fire stations. The funding was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant program. Fire Chief Dale C. Herman said the new equipment will help the department provide clean and safe turnout gear and reduce the prevalence of cancer in firefighters. The city applied for the funding earlier this year. The grants are awarded on a competitive basis to the applicants that most closely address the program’s priorities and demonstrate financial need, according to a news release.
Watertown Daily Times

2 Rochester men charged in connection to separate arsons

Two Rochester men have been charged in connection to separate arsons within the City of Rochester. The Rochester Arson Task Force charged 27-year-old Christian Ramos with felony arson and felony criminal mischief for a dumpster fire on Van Auker Street on July 26. There were no injuries reported. Ramos is in the Monroe County Jail awaiting his arraignment. Twenty-year-old Ayden LaBoy was also charged with arson on two separate occasions unrelated to Ramos. LaBoy was charged with two counts of arson for a vehicle fire on Coleman Terrace on May 1 and a dumpster fire on Chili Avenue on June 22. Again, no injuries were reported but the vehicle was destroyed in the blaze. LaBoy is also awaiting his arraignment in the Monroe County Jail.
WHEC-TV NBC 10 Rochester

Nearly $60k for Greenfield Fire District

Greenfield Fire District received nearly $60,000 in federal funding to modernize equipment. U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced $59,525 of funding allocated through the Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. The Greenfield Fire District will use the funding to purchase a new air compressor storage station with filling cascade system, which is used to fill the self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) devices that are worn by firefighters to help them breathe clean air. “It’s going to give us a chance to do a better response and also keep in mind the safety of the firefighters and the community,” said Commissioner John “Jack” King, who led the grant application process.
Saratoga Springs Saratogian

Monday, August 13, 2018

FASNY: Brookhaven Fire Department Member Announced As Firefighter Of The Year

Proving that life and death can be decided in a matter of seconds, the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York (FASNY) today announced Peter DiPinto of the Brookhaven Volunteer Fire Department as 2018 “Firefighter of the Year” for his heroic actions to successfully remove a driver from her vehicle moments before it was struck by an oncoming train. The 30-year veteran of the Brookhaven Fire Department will be honored at a ceremony on August 12 at the 146th FASNY Convention in Liverpool, NY, where he will receive a Medal of Valor for his heroics. “Firefighter DiPinto acted quickly, decisively, and heroically, successfully saving the life of somebody who almost certainly otherwise would have perished,” said FASNY President Kenneth Pienkowski. “Firefighter DiPinto’s actions were consistent with the finest traditions of New York’s volunteer fire service. For his bravery, FASNY is honored to name Peter DiPinto the 2018 Firefighter of the Year.”

Nearly 10K people have gotten cancer from toxic 9/11 dust

The city is approaching a terrible milestone — nearly 10,000 people have suffered cancers linked to the toxic dust and smoke at Ground Zero, The Post has learned. With the 17th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks a month away, the federal World Trade Center Health Program has counted 9,795 first responders, downtown workers, residents, students and others with cancer deemed 9/11-related. In all, more than 1,700 responders and others affected have died, including 420 of those stricken with cancer, officials said. “9/11 is still killing,” said John Feal, an advocate for WTC responders. “Sadly, this fragile community of heroes and survivors is shrinking by the day.” The number of cancer patients has rapidly risen since the federal program started tracking the disease in 2013.
New York Post

Home of former Stanford Heights fire captain severely damaged in blaze

More information about a destructive fire at a house in Colonie Saturday night has been released. The Stanford Heights firefighters who responded to the blaze on Elmwood Street said on Facebook the house belonged to one of their former fire captains. The post says Mark Nichols suffered burns before they got him out of the house. His pet dog could not be saved. Firefighters say an unknown person interfered as they were starting to work on the fire, before police removed him from the scene. The home was severely damaged. The Facebook post says the fire started in the kitchen, but the official cause is still being investigated.
TWC News - Albany NY

Columbia County to aid firefighters with mandated cancer insurance

Columbia County is looking to transfer savings in workers’ compensation to help local fire departments pay for insurance they’ll be required to provide to volunteer firefighters beginning next year. The state passed a law Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed last October that requires fire departments to offer insurance to volunteer firefighters with five years’ of interior experience for various types of cancer, including lung, prostate, breast, lymphatic, hematological, digestive, urinary, neurological, cancer of the reproductive systems, or melanoma. The law will take effect Jan. 1. systems, or melanoma. The law will take effect Jan. 1. The Firemen’s Association of the State of New York put together an insurance program for fire departments across the state, partnering with Hartford Insurance Company, which will offer insurance for certain types of cancer for $225 a year per eligible firefighter.
Ravena News-Herald

’Nick Firedog’ finds home with Newburgh firefighters

He is a head-turning celebrity sought after for fundraisers and modeling. Hundreds follow his Facebook page. A heartless person’s castaway has become the City of Newburgh fire department’s windfall. Two years ago firefighters responded to a report of a dog tied to a hydrant just blocks from the main firehouse. The malnourished pit bull they found is now “Nick Firedog,” a healthy, tail-wagging ball of energy who has become ambassador for the department. “We take him out, we take him places and he’s great with people,” Lt. Brendan Hogan said. “Kids naturally want to see a fire truck, but then, when you bring the dog off, the fire truck’s essentially forgot.”
Middletown Times Herald-Record

Grant to Provide Rescue Training for White Plains Fire Department

The White Plains Fire Department was awarded a $336,430 federal Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) on Aug. 1 to provide rescue training for personnel in the fire department’s Rescue Company. “New York’s first responders put their lives on the line to protect our communities, and we must ensure that they have the training to perform their critical public service while ensuring their own safety,” said Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-Harrison) who worked to make the grant possible. The Rescue Company is staffed 24/7 and responds to emergencies including fires, building collapses, trench collapses, and vehicle accidents. The City of White Plains is required to provide a 10 percent match of the federal grant, for a total of $370,073 for the White Plains Fire Department. The AFG Program is administered by the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
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