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Friday, September 25, 2020

No injuries reported after oil barrels explode at T&R Towing in Bath

VIDEO: On Thursday September 24, 2020 at 2:50 pm the Bath Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched for a working structure fire at T&R Environmental Services Haz Mat building located next door to T&R Towing on Route 415 North of the Village of Bath. Large plumes of heavy black smoke could be seen for miles. Assistant Chief Sean Walruth was first on scene and immediately started calling for mutual aid tankers for water and manpower. In all 16 department were called to aid in our effort to bring the massive fire under control. Originally T&R’s Haz Mat building was fully involved in intense flame and heavy black smoke. There were several large fireballs that went high into the sky from the barrels of oil that were exploding.
WETM-TV NBC 18 Elmira

Watertown firefighters getting $1.4 million in back pay

City firefighters will receive nearly $1.4 million in back pay connected to the longtime contract dispute with the city. City Manager Kenneth A. Mix said Thursday the $1,396,559 payout for the retro pay, social security and retirement will be “just shy of $1.4 million.” The payouts — that went out on Thursday — will bring the city current to the contract from July 2016 through June 30 of this year. In all, 84 checks are going out to firefighters and retirees, the city manager said. Firefighters are receiving 2.5% raises for each year of the new contract after the city and Watertown Professional Firefighters Association Local 191 agreed to a new contract in August. They were required to receive the retroactive pay for the past four years within 60 days after the accord was ratified. In August 2019, union members received an additional nearly $1 million in back pay for the years of 2014 to 2016. - Metered Site

Report: Virus Overload Caused Responses By FDNY EMS to Take Nearly a Minute Longer

The coronavirus's greater demand on emergency services increased the Fire Department's response time to life-threatening medical emergencies by nearly a minute, according to the Mayor's Management Report. The time elapsed from when a call came in to a dispatcher until an FDNY ambulance arrived on the scene, went from an average of 9:22 in fiscal 2019 to 10:19 in the fiscal year that ended June 30. For historical context, 15 years ago, the average response time was 6:47. The latest spike in response times did not come as a surprise to Oren Barzilay, president of DC 37's Local 2507, which represents Emergency Medical Technicians and Fire Inspectors. "This validates my recent comments that we are seriously understaffed," Mr. Barzilay said during a phone interview. "Members are leaving in droves like never before. The situation is only going to get worse due to lower wages because of the structural inequality our members face."
The Chief - Civil Service Leader

Firefighters battling Brooklyn home blaze discover heaps of hidden cash

Forget the stock market, this is the hottest place to stash your cash. Firefighters cut through a ceiling while battling a house blaze in Brooklyn early Thursday and bundles of hidden cash rained down on them, sources said. “It was buried treasure basically,” said an FDNY source who had been briefed on the unexpected bounty. “It just kept falling out.” The firefighters had arrived at the three-story brick row house on East 57th Street in Old Mill Basin just after 2 a.m. to put out the fire, which had started on the first floor, the FDNY said. When they discovered that the flames had snaked their way into the ceiling, they cut through the overhead drywall to stamp it out, the FDNY source said. Then the cash, all wrapped in plastic bags and tinfoil, started landing on their heads. “It was a ton of cash. It just fell right out of the ceiling, pretty cool,” the source said.
NY Post

Bolton Landing restaurant fire devastates community

VIDEO: Fire has destroyed a popular restaurant in Bolton Landing. The Lakeside Lodge & Grille went up in flames early Thursday morning. It's unclear how the fire started. No one was in the building at the time. The restaurant has been a North Country staple since 1945. While neighbors and Lakeside's owner say they're devastated by the loss, they commend firefighters for keeping the flames contained to just the one structure.
WNYT-TV 13 Albany

Sea Cliff Fire Department to receive thermal cameras

Nassau County Legislator Delia DeRiggi-Whitton, a Democrat from Glen Cove, has secured a $29,800 county grant for the Village of Sea Cliff, which will be used to purchase four thermal imaging cameras for the village Fire Department. The funding, which was approved by the Legislature on Sept. 21, will be provided through an intermunicipal agreement between the county and the village. DeRiggi-Whitton said that the SCFD would be the third fire department in the 11th Legislative District to receive the cameras, with the other two in Glen Cove and Port Washington. She discussed the department’s needs with its leadership roughly 18 months ago, she said, and the cameras were one of its focuses. “This seemed to be what they really were interested in,” DeRiggi-Whitton said. “It provides a service that makes sure they’re not missing anyone in the building if someone is passed out from smoke inhalation.”

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Selkirk Fire District pitches new station with no tax increase

The Fire District is proposing a new station across from Lasher Road on Route 9W and renovations to the existing Station 2 in Glenmont, a project that is projected to cost $11.8 million. The presented plan includes no tax increase for Selkirk Fire District residents and is aimed at increasing safety and efficiency for the volunteer firefighters that cover the area. The vote for the station will take place on Oct. 6, from 1 to 9 p.m., at any three of the Selkirk Fire District stations. "The ability to pay for this new station was built into the budget in the last five years by the commissioners, who knew a new station was imminent," Daniel Wagoner, captain of Station 1 in Selkirk, said. "We are using the most conservative financial estimates possible. There is absolutely no tax increase for residents." Station 3 Captain Rob Messenger showed the proposal to about 40 people last Tuesday.
Spotlight Newspapers

Large House Gutted by Fire in Setauket

VIDEO: At 11:30am the Setauket Fire Department was called to 14 Franklin Ave after getting multiple calls for a large house on fire. Upon arrival units were met with fire, being fueled by winds from the north, totally engulfing the large home. One occupant was able to evacuate and could be seen standing with a small fire extinguisher even as the home collapsed onto itself. Multiple area fire departments were called in to assist. The fire moved so quickly firefighters made an exterior attack and in a short time the roof had collapsed into the home. Suffolk Arson squad and Town of Brookhaven Fire Marshal’s office are working to determine the cause of the fire.
Stringer News

Fire Rips Through D’Amigos Restaurant In The Bronx

VIDEO: A fire swept through a restaurant overnight in the Norwood section of the Bronx. The FDNY said it started around 1:30 a.m. on East Gunhill Road at the location of D’Amigos, a small eatery serving Mexican food. More than 100 firefighters were called to the scene. Three were injured and taken to local hospitals. There’s no word on how badly they were hurt. The fire was under control 90 minutes later. So far, no word on a cause.
WCBS-TV CBS 2 New York

Firefighters Battle Nassau County House Fire

At approximately 12:55 AM, on Saturday, September 5th, Nassau County Fire Communications (Fire-Com) alerted the Department for a report of a porch on fire on Hilton Avenue. 1st Assistant Chief Devyn Moody was on the scene at 12:57 AM and relayed to responding units of a working house fire and that all occupants were out of the home. Engine 145 from Fire Headquarters was the first responding unit and due to close proximity to Fire Headquarters, was on scene in under one minute. Engine 142 from Station 2 was en route within three minutes of dispatch, followed by Ladder 147, Engine 143 and Ladder 144. Assistant Chief Moody and Assistant Chief Taunton began interior and exterior operations while Chief Strysko established incident command.
Garden City Patch

New York firefighters pitch in as West burns

Like going off to war, when New York foresters and rangers scramble to fight Western wildfires, they seldom have any idea where they will wind up. “I never expected to be fighting a fire in Nebraska,” said James Canevari, a Department of Environmental Conservation forester who recently returned from a two-and-a-half-week tour of duty along with nine compatriots. But the changing climatic conditions — greater episodes of heat, drought and wind — that are being blamed for the great conflagrations on the West Coast are sparking fires across the High Plains and Rockies as well. New York’s foresters and rangers are always on standby, ready to mobilize should the call come from the U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management or other federal agency in need of help.
Adirondack Explorer

Six people displaced by Auburn house fire caused by cooking accident

A cooking accident caused a fire that displaced six people in Auburn Sunday, the Auburn Fire Department said. Assistant Fire Chief Ed Sherman said the call for a blaze at 62 Union St. came at 2:45 p.m. and was extinguished in about 15 minutes. Three adults and three children were displaced due to the fire, but Sherman said he believes they found a place to stay. Assistant Fire Chief Michael Grady said the cause of the blaze was a cooking accident and the building is a total loss. The fire was mostly contained to the kitchen and dining room, which received fire damage. Heat and smoke damage was sustained throughout the structure. No one was injured. AMR Ambulance was also present at the incident.
Auburn Citizen

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