A new federal rule is enacting stricter spill response regulations for oil trains.
The rule affects the crude oil trains that pass through Genesee County regularly on the CSX railroad.
It specifically requires railroads to establish geographic response zones along affected routes while ensuring personnel and equipment are staged and prepared to respond in the event of an accident.
Railroads are also required to identify the person responsible for each response zone, along with the organization, personnel, and equipment capable of removing and mitigating a worst-case discharge. Information about the trains must be provided to state and tribal emergency response commissions.
The rule applies to trains hauling petroleum oil in a block of 20 or more loaded tank cars or those that have a total of 35 loaded petroleum oil tank cars.
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A firehouse in Westchester is now under investigation by the federal government.
On Thursday, the FBI launched a second investigation into Port Chester's Putnam Engine and Hose Fire Company.
Port Chester firefighters were tight-lipped about another apparent federal investigation involving the department. The police chief did tell News 12 that the FBI has launched an investigation after $30,000 worth of radio equipment went missing out of Port Chester Putnam Engine and Hose fire Company - and no one seems to know where it is.
The FBI has had an active investigation inside the department since a former treasurer admitted to stealing $38,000 to cover old debts, though it’s not clear if he is a suspect.
The police chief tells News 12 that they started investigating last month and they still don't know if it’s true.
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The words "it takes a village" or, rather, a hamlet, were never more true than in Hampton Bays this week, as an entire community of residents, business owners, volunteers and town officials worked hand in hand and and opened their hearts to welcome about 20,000 mourners as NYPD Det. Brian Simonsen was laid to rest.
Simonsen, 43, of Calverton, a 19-year NYPD veteran, was killed by friendly fire in the line of duty last week; he and a sergeant were shot during a robbery at a T-Mobile store in Queens — and thousands turned out for his wake Monday and Tuesday and funeral service Wednesday at the Church of St. Rosalie on E. Montauk Highway.
Preparing for an veritable sea of blue, 20,000 strong, is no mean feat when the hamlet of Hampton Bays itself has a population of about 13,603, according to recent statistics reported by suburbanstats.org.
A fire broke out at a home in clay on Friday morning.
The call came just after 5:00am bringing crews to Capri Circle. Upon arrival, fire officials say they could see heavy flames and smoke on the second floor. According to the Clay Fire Department, there up to 5 people in the house at the time, all were able to make it out safely. “The occupant of the building went next-door, knocked on the neighbor's door and the neighbor actually made the first call into 911," said Michael Redhead, Deputy Chief with the Clay Fire Department.
Fire officials said the home suffered severe damages. The second floor has been gutted to the roof and there was extensive water damage throughout the home.
One Clay firefighter was injured but was evaluated on scene for minor facial injuries. no other injuries were reported.
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Officials from Greater Amsterdam Volunteer Ambulance Corps do not expect its expanded role in Fulton County to affect operations in Amsterdam and Montgomery County.
“We have not changed any of our procedures for Montgomery County. We are still putting the same number of ambulances out on the road as we did on Feb. 7,” GAVAC Executive Director Thomas Pasquarelli said.
On Wednesday, GAVAC had been named the primary agency serving the area formerly serviced by Ambulance Service of Fulton County, an official said.
Fulton County Emergency Management Office Director Steven Santa Maria announced Wednesday evening in a press release the plan to name GAVAC as the primary agency for the areas originally serviced by ASFC and to terminate their contingency plan effective Thursday at 8 a.m.
ASFC announced Feb. 8 it was suspending its operations after it was unable to make payroll with ambulance services throughout Montgomery and Fulton counties picking up the calls and work left by the absence of ASFC through the contingency plan.
The Central Square and West Monroe Fire Companies routinely hold joint training nights as neighboring mutual aid departments, but this evening was a little different. Suited up in full gear and air packs the firefighters added one more piece of equipment – a hockey stick! While this may seem like just a fun get together, it was so much more. Imagine playing floor hockey in cumbersome protective gear, limited vision through your air mask and a limited supply of air.
According to CSFC Captain Maria Kurtz who organized the drill, “There were multiple things covered. In a nutshell it was a team building exercise to prepare everyone to work together for effective fire ground operation where we use our SCBA (air packs). It helped build communication skills and tested our air conservation ability, critical to an interior firefighter.