New York News

Friday, January 27, 2023

4 injured, including 3 firefighters, in fire at apartment building in the Bronx

VIDEO: Several people were injured, including three firefighters, in a fast-moving fire that broke out at an apartment building in the Bronx and spread to another. The fire started just after 5 p.m. on Thursday at a low-rise apartment building located at 4055 Carpenter Avenue in the Wakefield section, according to FDNY officials. Four people were injured including three firefighters and one civilian. Officials say the civilian and one of the firefighters were more seriously injured due to smoke inhalation. Roughly 200 fire personnel rushed to the scene to fight the four-alarm blaze. Citizen App video captured flames on the roof of the building. The inferno started near Carlos Cabrera's fifth floor apartment. "I just want to go home and my home is gone, I have no home no more," Cabrera said.
WABC-TV ABC 7 New York

2 residents, 1 firefighter, hospitalized following Rochester house fire

Three people — including one firefighter — were hospitalized after a house fire on Hancock Street. The fire was at a three-story, wood-frame home. According to the Rochester Fire Department, it appears that the structure was a nine-family home. Two people were rescued from inside the home and were taken to a hospital. Their conditions are unknown. Others were seen leaving the area in blankets and placed into warming buses. Multiple residents are still unaccounted for. A News 8 crew on the scene say that the top floor of the home was engulfed in flames and that the roof collapsed. One firefighter was taken to a hospital after receiving burns on his ears. RFD said they will remain on the scene to dismantle the house and search for survivors if any, while adding that Red Cross will remain on the scene to aid those who were displaced.
WROC-TV 8 CBS Rochester

Inside what’s driving the demand for Monroe County volunteer and paid firefighters

Demand for new firefighters for both paid and volunteer positions is the highest it’s been in years at fire departments around the Greater Rochester Area and State of New York. But attracting a new field of recruits will require sorting through more complex issues compared to what other first responding agencies are dealing with when it comes to staffing. When looking at 911 call volumes, a lot more is being asked these days of our local firefighters compared to just 20 years ago. And leaders of local fire departments say that’s contributing to a decline in recruitment and volunteers as the pace of work life becomes difficult to make time for family. Now that state is looking at reform. Henrietta Fire District Chief Mark Cholach, began as a volunteer firefighter more than 30 years ago. Since then, his team has lost about a third of the volunteers.
WROC-TV 8 CBS Rochester

Riverhead Town highway workers, both veteran volunteer firefighters, save two women from burning building

Shortly after opening the storefront office for business at 9 o’clock Wednesday morning, a strange glow in a second-floor window across the street caught the eye of an employee at Gadzinski Insurance on Pulaski Street. “It looked like a very tall, bright candle inside,” she recalled Thursday morning. Her desk faces the street and when she looked up and saw the yellow light grow brighter and more intense, she realized she was looking at flames inside the apartment above the Western Union store. As panic rose within, the employee, who asked not to be identified by name, said she ran out of her office and called down the street to the town highway crew working one block east. In an instant, flames started to shoot from the upstairs window of the two-story building.

Madison County man dies in house fire

A 68-year-old man was killed in a house fire in Madison County Wednesday night. A neighbor reported the fire on Tyler Road in the town of Sullivan just before midnight. The caller told authorities that the man who lived there may still be inside the house. The Bridgeport Fire Department responded to the scene along with deputies from the Madison County Sheriff’s Office. The fire was fully involved when crews arrived. Deputies also confirmed the resident of the home, Harold Fink, was killed in the fire. The cause and origin of the fire are still under investigation.

Thursday, January 26, 2023

18 children, 4 others injured after basement fire in Queens

VIDEO: Officials are investigating a fire in Queens that left nearly two dozen children injured, one of them seriously. It happened around 2 p.m. Wednesday. In a frenzy, firefighters rushed to get everyone out of the two-story home on 72nd Drive near 147th Street. "They were running, and the smoke was intense," said Anny Phillip, who works nearby. It took about 40 minutes for crews to get the fire under control. First responders say 22 people were injured, 18 of them children. Most were treated at the scene for smoke inhalation. One child was taken to a local hospital in serious but stable condition. "That was scary, to see a whole bunch of kids coming out. I saw one in a blanket that a firefighter took, I think, and he had a blanket. He was running with him because I guess that one was probably really bad," Phillip said.
WCBS-TV CBS 2 New York

New York City emergency call system receiving makeover to enhance public safety

City officials announced Wednesday that New York City's 911 emergency call system is getting a multimillion-dollar makeover to enhance public safety. They say it’s called “Next Generation 911” or “NG911” for short. The new system will help speed up response times and allow critical information between 911, the NYPD and the FDNY to be routed quicker among agencies. Also, the information coming in is expected to cut down on the amount of time it takes to internally handle a call. NG911 will give people and emergency workers the ability to send and share texts, photographs and videos to the city's 911 system, which will help first responders deal with an emergency before they arrive to a scene. The city's 911 call centers operate out of the Bronx and Brooklyn, and combined they receive about 9 million calls a year.
News 12 Brooklyn

CPR device a lifesaving tool for North Greece Fire District

VIDEO: The North Greece Fire District received a lifesaving gift Wednesday. The LUCAS 3 mechanical CPR device is used to deliver chest compressions to a person in cardiac arrest. Firefighters say this will help them provide better care when it matters most. The machine cost $19,000, but firefighters say it’s worth every penny and will make a big difference. We all saw that after Buffalo Bills player Damar Hamlin went into cardiac arrest a few weeks back. Doctors say CPR helped save his life. The LUCAS 3 is used in the event of cardiac arrest. It was donated by North Greece Firefighters Local 3827. Union President Mark Baxter says the device delivers a more than 60 percent blood flow increase to the brain than manual CPR. And because it’s automatic, it doesn’t tire out.
WHEC-TV NBC 10 Rochester

Governor: Demand rises for public safety training at state’s facility

Demand has increased for public safety training in the last year following a 16-month pause at the state's training facility in central New York due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Gov. Kathy Hochul's office on Wednesday announced more than 8,000 public safety professionals — ranging from law enforcement, fire service and emergency management — received training at the facility last year. The training push comes has New York officials at the state and local level have sought to expand the ranks of volunteer organizations, including firefighters and ambulance services. The State Preparedness Training Center, which first opened in 2006, is operated by the State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services.
Spectrum News 1

Perinton honors ‘Pines’ heroes, residents one year after devastating fire

A year ago Wednesday, the fire that ripped through the Pines of Perinton displaced 65 residents and destroyed a total of 18 apartment units. On the evening of the anniversary, the Town of Perinton honored those who responded to the blaze, and those who provided relief. The town hailed this occasion, saying no one was killed during the fire and the huge “lift” in the immediate hours and days afterward to get these displaced residents settled brought the town together. A resident there though, said issues at the complex remain. Fire crews were the first to be recognized, followed by the town staff who let the Pines of Perinton residents into the town recreation center for shelter. “When it occurred so many in the community stepped up,” said Ciaran Hannah, Perinton Town Supervior
WROC-TV 8 CBS Rochester

Obituary: Stephen P. Hession, retired FDNY Deputy Chief

Stephen P. Hession, 82, of Eastport NY passed away peacefully on January 21st. Born in the Bronx, NY to Dorothy and Edward Hession, he was a lifelong Yankee fan. He is survived by the love of his life, Mary Kieran, his son Christopher, son Stephen and daughter in law Lori. Loving sisters Liz and Dorothy (Bunny). Grandchildren who loved him dearly Stephen, Paige, Tyler and Madison. There are also nieces and nephews and many friends, all of who loved and respected him. Steve joined the FDNY of June 2, 1962 where he served 38 years with honor until his retirement as Deputy Chief in January 2001. He often said there was never a day he wasn't happy going to work, to the job he loved. Steve will be remembered by all for his wonderful sense of humor, his sense of fairness, the sound of his laughter and his love of a good time.

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