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.
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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.
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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."
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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.
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.
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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.”