Nearly 170 firefighters battled a four-alarm fire that ripped through a Bronx parking garage early Wednesday morning, according to officials.
The FDNY said a call came in around 2 a.m. reporting a car fire in the two-story parking garage located at 1959 Jerome Ave. in the Morris Heights section of the borough.
The flames could be seen shooting through the roof of the building and the walls collapsed as the flames raged into the morning.
According to the FDNY, 168 firefighters from 39 units responded to work the large blaze.
There were no reports of injuries but there are likely numerous destroyed vehicles.
Around 5:45 a.m. the FDNY said the main body of the fire had been knocked down and it was not expected to escalate any further.
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The Henrietta Fire District responds to about 4,500 calls per year. Fire Chief Mark Strzyzynski says that number could be higher, if it weren’t for the efforts of one man: “Firefighter Mike”.
Captain Michael Dinsmore of the Henrietta Fire District has spent over 20 years as a firefighter. He teaches hands-on fire safety at various schools in Henrietta as “Firefighter Mike”, something he says is critical for youngsters.
“It’s important. They don’t get that education at school, it’s not part of their math or English, it’s life saving,” says Dinsmore.
Cinthia Aceto works at The School of the Holy Childhood in Henrietta and nominated Captain Dismore. She says he not only took the time to teach students there, but also the staff with manual learning.
“He came to our after school program. The kids can hold on to the hose, and have the water pour out of it and have fun,” says Aceto. Dinsmore also gives the kids a trailer full of simulated smoke to walk through, and taught how to crawl on the floor during a fire.
The coronavirus outbreak brought out the importance of emergency response volunteers in communities across the United States... And the need for more volunteers.
The shortage of volunteer firefighters, EMTs, and other organizations is nothing new. It's been an issue communities have been facing for several years now. In Broome County, officials are trying to find ways to not only recruit more, but hang on to those who answer the call to serve.
“There’s a major time commitment in becoming a volunteer firefighter," says Jeffrey Buckler, Fire Coordinator with Broome County Emergency Services.
Buckler says when he started his career, there was about 30 hours of required training, now that's over 100 hours. He says this is for good reason.
“There's a lot at play, but changing demographics, changing lifestyles. Both people in a household are working, some are working multiple jobs to make ends meet," says Buckler.
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When licensed skydiver William “Bill” McCartin jumped out of a plane on Sunday afternoon, it started out as uneventful. McCartin had some 200 jumps until that point, but because it had been a couple of months since his last jump, he was accompanied by a coach, which is part of the FAA-approved skydiving licensing system. The jump was the final step for McCartin to again be allowed to skydive solo, but it ended in tragedy when he landed in the parking lot of the Gardiner fire department, sans his parachute harness. One nearby resident described the impact that killed the New York City resident as sounding like a “shotgun blast” in a Facebook discussion.
Instructor John Kieran had been on the plane with McCartin, but made a separate skydive after McCartin and the coach. The plane was flying at about 14,000 feet when McMartin and his coach jumped, and the two separated to give make room to open the parachutes.
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Syracuse Fire crews rushed to a home in Syracuse’s far north side early Tuesday morning.
The Syracuse Fire Department says the call went out just after 2 a.m for a house on the 400-block of Burdick Avenue, off of Murray Avenue. When crews arrived, they found a large fire in the back of the home, spreading from the bottom floor up to the attic.
Everyone in the home safely evacuated before crews arrived, according to the fire department. There were no injuries to the residents or firefighters.
Some residents of the home were displaced and are being taken care of by the Red Cross.
The house did have working smoke detectors. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.
As a volunteer firefighter, Jesse Montgomery recalls going to a car accident on U.S. Route 219 to find an elderly driver whose tire had blown out in a pothole.
Limestone’s Montgomery said the potholes along the highway have gotten worse, and he fears more accidents — even fatalities — will occur. He said a particularly bad spot for potholes can be found just north of the Interstate 86 West exit near Sassy’s Truck Stop.
Montgomery, who reached out to the media with his concerns, said he remembers answering a call with the Limestone Volunteer Fire Department and encountered an older woman who had a car accident on Route 219.
“She said, ‘I don’t know (what happened), I hit something and then all of a sudden my tire blew out,” Montgomery said in sharing the conversation. “It crashed into the guardrail … I mean this road is ridiculous.”
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