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Friday, July 30, 2021

Teens Train To Become Next Generation Of Volunteer Firefighters At Long Island’s Camp Fahrenheit 516

VIDEO: Instead of wearing shorts and swimsuits, teens are in heavy fire protection gear at a special summer camp on Long Island this week. They’re learning what it takes to become volunteer firefighters amid a national firefighter shortage, CBS2’s Carolyn Gusoff reported Thursday. Camp Fahrenheit 516 is named for the blazing heat campers encounter while training as the next generation of volunteer firefighters. “There’s not switch to turn off in here. They’re going into this building, what they come across burning is what, they’re gonna go on a call one day when they’re in their departments, and they go into a residence or a commercial building,” said Jerry Presta, chairman of the Nassau County Junior Firefighter Association.
WCBS-TV CBS 2 New York

Sommelier charged for 3 NYC arson attacks, including rival restaurants

A one-time “sommelier of the year” was apparently far too obsessed with fiery reds — getting charged this week in connection to a trio of Manhattan arson attacks, authorities said. Caleb Ganzer, the 35-year-old managing partner of La Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels and even a quirky 2020 presidential candidate, was allegedly busted starting a fire at Prince Street Pizza’s outdoor dining shed in Nolita in the early hours of July 13, FDNY fire marshals said. Pizzeria manager Tony Soza said Thursday that he had just gotten home shortly before 3 a.m. when he got a call about the fire. “My neighbors called me, ‘Your place is on fire,'” Soza recalled. “I said, ‘How?’ When I came down, the fire was shut down by my neighbors. One of my friends who owns a bar saw a fire and stopped by the deli down the block.
New York Post

FDNY, Melanoma Foundation launch partnership to prevent skin cancer among city’s bravest

A new partnership has been created to promote skin cancer prevention among New York City's bravest. The Mollie Biggane Melanoma Foundation and the New York City Fire Department launched the awareness campaign Thursday on Randall's Island. "The idea is to better educate and prevent skin cancer. Firefighters have an increased probability of skin cancer over non-firefighters," says FDNY Fire Academy Chief Frank Leeb. A study published in the JAMA of Dermatology found that firefighters are often diagnosed with melanoma at younger ages, at the average of 42 years old. Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer diagnosed in the United States, but it's also one of the most preventable, and is almost always curable when caught early, says Dr. Elizabeth Hale, a dermatologist at NYU Langone hospital.
News 12 Bronx

Tivoli Fire Department up and running at full capacity after 2019 fire

Two years after flames tore through a firehouse in Dutchess County, the Tivoli Fire Department is back and even better after it recently received a new truck to accompany its newly repaired building. In July 2019, a fire believed to have been started by a truck's onboard battery charger gutted the firehouse. It destroyed a truck and the village's lone ambulance. "This is our second home. So to see your own home burn up, it was emotional. But at the same time, we knew we had a service we had to provide to a community," says Tivoli Fire Department Chief Marc Hildenbrand. "We still had one truck left, and we had a UTV we could run around the village with if there was a disaster...And you know we weren't going to go out of service because that's just who we are."
News 12 Westchester

New City gym holds fundraiser to honor fallen firefighter Spring Valley Jared Lloyd

People were pumping iron for a purpose at Retro Fitness in New City on Wednesday. The gym held a fundraiser called "Lift For A Hero," in honor of fallen firefighter Jared Lloyd. Lloyd died in the line of duty rescuing residents from Evergreen Court Assisted Living Home in Spring Valley back in March. The gym's general manager says members have been supportive and donations started pouring in well before Wednesday. "We started realizing that everything surrounding him was starting to dwindle a little bit, so we wanted to spark the fire - pun intended - surrounding him and I actually went to school with one of his son's mothers and figured this is the perfect time. Let's bring the memory of him, let's keep it alive and make sure it stays in Rockland County," says Retro Fitness general manager Ashley O'Leary.
News 12 Westchester

Thursday, July 29, 2021

’Walk Out’ Ceremony Salutes Retiring White Plains Fire Chief Richard L. Lyman

Chief Lyman is a 44+ year veteran of the City of White Plains Department of Public Safety. He has the distinction of serving as the 8th career chief in White Plains’ history and has served as Fire Chief for the past 18 years. Chief Lyman joined the White Plains Department of Public Safety in 1976. He earned the rank of Lieutenant in 1986 and was promoted to Deputy Chief in charge of fire prevention, training, emergency planning and plan review in 1997. Firefighters provide prompt, high skilled assistance to victims of fire and other emergencies but also play a leading role in promoting public safety. Chief Lyman has been a strong advocate of fire prevention through public education and fire and building code compliance.
City of White Plains, New York

Watertown fire chief on Peyton Morse findings: ‘We’re left with pretty hard questions’

Watertown Fire Chief Matt Timerman is reacting to the findings of 2 reports into the death of Peyton Morse. He says those reports give him confidence to now call on the state to do a new internal investigation of the New York State Fire Academy, and not be afraid of the answers he thinks they’ll find. With an autopsy report showing Peyton Morse was a healthy 21-year-old with no heart problems or pre-existing conditions, coupled with a report showing Morse’s air pack he was using at the state fire academy March 3, 2021, was in fine working order, Timerman says the state needs to start looking at another variable: the training environment at the fire academy. “Now we’re left with pretty hard questions. How does a healthy 21-year-old firefighter with a functioning air pack - how does he go into cardiac arrest during training,” said Timerman.
WWNY-TV 7 FOX 28 Watertown

‘Our Guardian Angel’; Long Island Teen Spots Neighbors’ Home Burning, Rushes In To Save Family

VIDEO: A teenager’s courage helped save lives from a ferocious fire on Long Island. She noticed flames coming from her neighbors’ house and got three people and their dog out of their burning home, CBS2’s Carolyn Gusoff reported Wednesday. This house in Massapequa Park used to be home to eight members of an extended family. On July 24, the Kliperas lost everything but their lives. They credit their lifelong next door neighbor 19-year-old Antonina Barry, who was in her own backyard when she saw fire on their patio. “At first it really just looking like a small grill fire and it just progressed very fast,” Barry said. “The flames were just growing. The smoke billowed, but no one was running out. So Barry ran in yelling, “The house is on fire! There’s a fire! We have to go out the back! Let’s go! Come on!” she said.
WCBS-TV CBS 2 New York

Family Escapes Centerport House Fire, Firefighters Battle Blaze

Firefighters battled a Centerport blaze early Wednesday morning. The Centerport Fire Department was sent to Jackson Crescent at 1:42 a.m., according to public information officer Steve Silverman. Firefighters saw flames and heavy smoke extending into the second floor. Centerport firefighters used an aggressive attack on the blaze with two hose lines. The fire was extinguished quickly, and firefighters prevented it from spreading further through the house. Two family members escaped from the home, and no injuries were reported, Silverman said. The Huntington Town Fire Marshal and Suffolk Police Arson Squad are investigating the cause of the fire. About 50 firefighters helped put out the fire, and they were under the command of Chief Andrew Heglund and First Assistant Chief Kyle McLaughlin.
Northport Patch

1 Injured After 8 Cars Catch Fire At Hertz In East Patchogue

PHOTOS: Area firefighters rushed to the scene of a fire that broke out — damaging eight cars and injuring one person — in a parking lot behind Hertz on Medford Avenue in East Patchogue on Wednesday afternoon. Suffolk police said officers from the 5th Precinct responded to a call of a vehicle fire in a parking lot about 12:20 p.m. The person, who was not identified, suffered minor injuries to a hand, a Brookhaven town spokesman said. It is not clear if the injured person required medical attention. Brookhaven's fire marshal office, which investigated, considers the fire "accidental in nature," a spokesman said. The fire started when a worker was removing a catalytic converter from a vehicle while using a cutting torch and the vehicle caught fire, the spokesman said, adding, that the worker believed that he extinguished the fire, but it spread to seven other vehicles.
Sachem Patch

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