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Monday, June 5, 2023

Firefighter sustains minor burn injury during 3-alarm Rochester fire

VIDEO: Crews with the Rochester Fire Department were called to a house fire on Rosedale Street near Hinsdale Street in Rochester during the early morning hours Saturday. A second alarm was declared due to the fact that two houses were on fire with further exposure issues, according to firefighters. “The initial house on fire was an exterior attack. An interior attack was started on the first exposure house which had a large volume of fire in the attic,” firefighters said. A firefighter suffered a minor burn injury. The firefighter was treated and released from the hospital. According to the RFD, the first exposure house went to exterior attack because the fire was too deep seated. They add the houses were occupied, but all residents made it out safely before RFD arrived. Then a third alarm was called for manpower to provide reliefs for the initial crews.
WROC-TV 8 CBS Rochester

Volunteer firefighters, emergency service workers in Niagara County get a tax break

Niagara is the latest county to provide property tax breaks as a way of attracting volunteer firefighters and emergency service workers. The county legislature approved a new law allowing a 10% property tax exemption on property owned by a member of a volunteer fire company, fire department or voluntary ambulance service, or spouse of a member, at its May session. “Members of volunteer fire departments and ambulance corps provide valuable services to the people of Niagara County,” the law states. “In order to be certified and recertified, such volunteers must undertake numerous hours of training on their own time and often their own expense.” State real property tax laws were amended in 2022 adding a provision allowing for the exemption to combat low volunteer first responder rates.
Niagara Gazette - Metered Site

Car crashes into house, catches fire in Rochester

Crews with the Rochester Fire Department say a vehicle struck a tree then landed against a house overnight Sunday on Glenwood Avenue near Rainier Street. When crews arrived at the scene, they say the vehicle and the exterior of the house were on fire and that the vehicle’s rear end was leaning on the house with its rear wheels off the ground. The occupants of the vehicle fled the scene prior to the fire crew’s arrival. According to the RFD, the first arriving company stretched a hand line and quickly knocked the fire down. The structure suffered fire damage to the front exterior of the house. There were seven occupants in the house and they were able to make it out of the house safely prior to firefighters’ arrival. “Injuries of the occupants in the vehicle are unknown at this time due to the fact of them leaving the scene,” officers with the Rochester Police Department said.
WROC-TV 8 CBS Rochester

Westmoreland: 2023 Firefighter Awareness Ride

According to the International Association of Fire Fighters, 348 of the 469 fire fighter deaths in 2022 were caused by cancer. It's because of numbers like those that the Chapter 19 New York Red Knight Riders are doing the best they can to help our local fire fighters with their annual Believe 271 Benefit. Today marks the eighth year of the Firefighter Awareness Ride. Community members and local bikers were welcomed to come out to the Westmoreland Fire Department to buy raffle tickets, merch, and take part in the main event... the ride. As is tradition, riders biked around Central New York. This year the bikers went through four counties while showing support for cancer awareness and other serious illnesses in the Fire Service.

Friday, June 2, 2023

Central New York Assistant Fire Chief Honored for Always Putting Others First

When it comes to selfless leaders, this Central New York first responder stands out among the best. Meet Shawn Fleming: Whenever there's a problem, you can always count on Shawn. He currently serves as 1st Assistant Chief of the Poland Volunteer Fire Company. Not only that, but Fleming also works with Kuyahorra Ambulance as an EMT. In any role, Shawn has proven to be a leader. He's always willing to help his fellow brothers and sisters with training at the fire hall. Even if it's something as simple as a question, he always makes time for it. Shawn is also dedicated to serving his community. It's never about personal accolades inside the firehall, it's about protecting people in and around Poland. No matter the time of day or night, he responds to every call that comes in.
WIBX-AM 950/FM 106.9 Utica

Massive fire destroys Orange Lake home

PHOTOS: Bright orange flames shot high into the early evening sky as fire ravaged a two-story home at 4 Copper Rock Road in the Orange Lake area of the Town of Newburgh. The three-alarm blaze brought out firefighters from Orange Lake and other area departments to quell the flames. The cause of the fire which was called in around 6:30 p.m. is under investigation. There were no reports of injuries.
Mid Hudson News

FDNY Marine 3 Saves Three at Breezy Point Jetty

A grateful borough this week thanked the City Fire Department’s Marine Division for saving the three passengers of a disabled boat in 8-foot waters off the coast of Breezy Point. According to the FDNY, “Members had to work quickly and tactically position Marine 3’s vessel (pictured) in order to safely bring [the victims] aboard and onto shore.” City Councilwoman Joann Ariola (R-Ozone Park) praised the quick response of City firefighters. “What was meant to be a fun Memorial Day weekend outing quickly turned chaotic when a boat was caught against the Breezy Point jetty rocks in rough waters. Fortunately, New York’s Bravest responded quickly, pushing through strong wind and waves to reach three people in distress,” said Ariola, chairwoman of the Council Committee on Fire and Emergency Management.
The Forum

9 Hurricanes Could Hit New York City This Season, Experts Say

Hurricane season could send up to nine hurricanes spiraling toward New York City this year, forecasters said. Atlantic hurricane season began Thursday and will run until Nov. 30, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Forecasters with the agency's Climate Prediction Center last week predicted a 40 percent chance of a near-normal season and 30 percent chances each of "above-normal" and "below-normal" season. New Yorkers can expect between five and nine hurricanes will develop, forecasters said. Of those, one to four could turn into major hurricanes, they said. “As we saw with Hurricane Ian, it only takes one hurricane to cause widespread devastation and upend lives," said Deanne Criswell, FEMA's administrator, in a statement.
New York City Patch

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