Fire News New York State, March, 2024

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March 2024

Volume 17, No. 11

See story on page 6 -- Fire News photos by Peter Barber

Fairville VFD Mourns the Line of Duty Death of Daniel S. DeWolf See story on page 30.


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In this issue... Fire in Mahopac Falls The Mahopac Falls Volunteer Fire Department responded to a structure fire and discovered a fully involved single-family home. See story on page 4

3 Critical at Flatlands Fire FDNY firefighters rescued three civilians, with life-threatening injuries, trapped in a second-floor apartment. See story on page 10

Duanesburg Fire Destroys Home Upon arrival, units found flames venting from the C side of the structure. See story on page 15

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Blooming Grove MVA Upon arrival, units found one vehicle that collided with a tree with the operator out of the vehicle on the ground with serious injuries. See story on page 22

Toddler and Mother Rescued Squad Company 270 transmitted a 10-75 for fire on the first floor of a two-story private dwelling. See story on page 26

4 Civs., 2 FFs Injured in Bronx 3-Alarm Six people including two firefighters were sent to the hospital. See story on page 29

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Mahopac Falls Structure Fire

In the early hours of January 24, 2024, the Mahopac Falls Volunteer Fire Department responded to a structure fire at a residence on Old Bullet Hole Road. Assistant Chief Stasiak, arrived just before 0200 and discovered a fully involved single-family home. Mutual aid was swiftly requested to bring in extra tankers to tackle the intensifying blaze. Challenges arose in accessing water due to the extended stretch up Old Bullet Hole Road. However, a relay system and water source, approximately a mile from the scene, were

established. Despite the intensity of the situation, there were no reported injuries to the family or firefighters. Mutual aid came from Mahopac, Putnam Valley, Kent, Carmel, Mohegan, Somers, Yorktown, Putnam County Bureau of Emergency Services, Carmel VAC, and Brewster Fire. - Fire News story and photos courtesy Ellen Sacher, PIO, Mahopac Falls VFD

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Jamaica House Fire

Relocated FDNY companies in the Jamaica section of Queens operated at a private dwelling fire on Remington Street on January 2, 2024. The fire appeared to be confined to the attic area. - Fire News photo by

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Cover Story

Buffalo Warehouse Goes Up in Flames

A three-alarm fire ripped through a tire storage warehouse on Rapin Place after fire was reported shortly before 0100 on Christmas Eve, 2023. Flames fed by gusts of wind hampered efforts and threatened neighboring buildings with intense heat and flying embers. Several aerial platforms and numerous handlines were put to use to control the fire. The cause was under investigation. - Fire News photos by Peter Barber

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Salamanca House Fire

On December 31, 2023, at 0530, the Salamanca Fire Department was dispatched to a reported house fire on Conrath Avenue in the city. First arriving crews found a working fire and requested a second alarm. Off-duty city firefighters from Bradford City (PA) responded, as did firefighters from Kill Buck, Great Valley,

Limestone and Allegany; Seneca Nation stood-by for Salamanca. There were three people in the house at the time of the fire. One person was injured and was transported to a hospital. Firefighters were on the scene for over three hours. The cause of the fire was under investigation. - Fire News photo and story by Jay K. Bradish

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Up Close and Personal

A captain with the Millerton Fire Company after working a two-alarm fire on Barton Street on January 2, 2024. - Fire News photo by Ed Harvey

A lieutenant from Amenia (NY) footing a ground ladder at a wfire in Millerton on January 2, 2024. - Fire News photo by Ed Harvey

Two Yonkers firefighters take a break after a December 16, 2023, four-alarm blaze on Caryl Street in Yonkers. - Fire News photo by Mark Rosetti

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Nice Stop in Beekman

Beekman firefighters made a nice stop at a structure fire on Mayfair Road in the early afternoon of October 14, 2023. Quick work significantly limited damage to the structure and its contents. Beekman was assisted at the scene by LaGrange, Union Vale, East

Fishkill and Beekman/Empress Paramedics. The Dutchess County Department of Emergency Response-Fire Investigation Division and the DCSO are investigating the cause of the fire. - Fire News photo by Bill Johnson

Rescue in Gravesend

3 Critical at Flatlands Fire

Engine Company 330 transmitted an urgent 10-75 for heavy fire from the second floor of a three-story apartment building on West 4th Street in Gravesend, Brooklyn, on January 22, 2024. Members were able to rescue an occupant trapped in a large cluttered condition. Units used three lines to knock down the main body of fire. The civilian was removed to a local hospital in stable condition. - Fire News photo by Lloyd Mitchell

FDNY firefighters rescued three civilians trapped in a second-floor apartment on East 51st Street in the Flatlands section of Brooklyn on January 24, 2024. Engine Company 309 and Ladder Company 159 transmitted a 10-75 for heavy fire in the apartment. The victims were removed to Kings County Hospital in critical condition and with life-threatening injuries. - Fire News photo by Lloyd Mitchell

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Queens Village Fire

FDNY companies in the Queens Village section of Queens battled a fire on the second floor of a two-story private dwelling on 207th Street on the morning of December 26, 2023. - Fire News photos by

3-Story House Fire Draws a Crowd

On January 2, 2024, Millerton (NY) crews and crews from three states and four counties responded to a fire on Barton Street in the upper levels of this massive three-story home in Millerton. - Fire News photos by Ed Harvey

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Several Families Displaced by Schenectady Fire

Schenectady firefighters battled a two-alarm fire on 8th Avenue after fire was reported shortly before 0430 on December 14, 2023. Several families were displaced. One was transported to the hospital for smoke inhalation and one firefighter suffered a minor injury. - Fire News photos by Peter R. Barber

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Double Fatal in Jamaica

Rescue in East New York Fire

On January 8, 2024, Engine Company 275 and Ladder 133 transmitted a 10-75 for heavy fire throughout a private dwelling on 164th Street in Jamaica. Units fought fire on the first and second floors of a two-story private dwelling. While conducting searches, units found a elderly woman and her son deceased. It was reported the son had run back inside to help her evacuate. - Fire News photo by Lloyd Mitchell

At around 1130 on January 12, 2024, FDNY firefighters rescued a woman trapped on the second floor of a private dwelling on Atkins Avenue. Units arrived to find smoke blanketing the street and coming from the second floor of a residence. Units used two lines to knock down the main body of fire. - Fire News photo by Lloyd Mitchell

Brooklyn Blaze Injures 5 and 2 FFs

FDNY Engine Company 225 transmitted a 10-75 for heavy fire in a construction site just after 1900 on December 31, 2023. The fire extended into numerous other apartments on Schneck Avenue. The 39 Battalion transmitted second and third alarms on arrival. The

fire left two firefighters and five residents with minor injuries. The fire ultimately went to a fourth alarm. - Fire News photos by Lloyd Mitchell

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Duanesburg Fire Destroys Home

Duanesburg volunteer firefighters battled a house fire on Western Turnpike on December 14, 2023. Upon arrival, units found flames venting from the C side of the structure. The fire worked its way

through the balloon construction to the attic and other crawl spaces making it difficult to stop the spread. No one was home at the time of the fire. - Fire News photo by Peter R. Barber

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Latham 88th Annual Banquet The Latham Fire Department recognized its Life Members at its 88th Annual Banquet. This year, Joseph Moscatello, Sr., was installed as a 20-year member. Richard Barlette was recognized by FASNY, the Albany County Volunteer Firemans Association and Hudson-Mohawk Volunteer Associations as well as receiving a certificate from Town of Colonie Town Supervisor Peter Crummey for 50 years of service to the community and the department. Thank you all for your dedication. - Submitted by Lori Washburn; photo by Photos By Truck

Motley Crew The crew from Squad 1 after a fire in the Gravesend section of Brooklyn on January 22, 2024. - Fire News photo by Lloyd Mitchell

Maplewood Old Timers Night The Maplewood Fire Department celebrated its Old Timers Night on November 25, 2023. This year, Walter Babeyko, John Shewczyk and Thomas Marsolais were honored by the department, the Town of Colonie, FASNY, Albany County Volunteer Firemen’s Association and the Hudson-Mohawk Volunteer Firefighters Association for 50 years of dedication to their department and community. Thank you for all you have done for your department through the years. - Submitted by Lori Washburn; photo by Photos By Truck

Verdoy Life Members Night The Verdoy Fire Department held its annual Life Members Night on November 18, 2023. The event recognizes and honorsed members who have served with the department for 20-or-more years. This year they were privileged to recognize three new Life Members: John Krill, Tom Alesandrini and Chaplain John Phillippe. Congratulations and thank you for your dedication to your department and community. - Submitted by Lori Washburn; photo by Photos By Truck

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Niskayuna House Destroyed; Arson Suspected

On December 24, 2023, Niskayuna Fire District 2 firefighters responded to a basement fire on Lisha Kill Road. Heavy smoke was seen coming from the eaves of a two-story home. Crews entered the structure, knocking down fire on the first floor, but had to evacuate after parts of the first floor collapsed into the basement. The fire

spread to the second floor and was fought defensively from the outside. Officers at the scene stated this address had a history of domestic disputes and threats were heard about burning the house down. - Fire News photo by Peter Barber

Glenville Tractor Rollover

A farmer burning debris behind his barn was trapped for nearly an hour when the tractor he was operating slid down a hill, coming to a rest upside down next to a tree in the town of Glenville. He was extricated without incident or injury. - Fire News photos by Peter R. Barber

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Far Rockaway Fire

FDNY units in the Far Rockaway section of Queens battled an all-hands blaze on the top floor of an occupied multi-dwelling on Neilson Street on January 26, 2024. Multiple residents were removed from the fire escapes by arriving companies. - Fire News photo by

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Blooming Grove MVA

At 1223, on December 30, 2023, the Washingtonville Fire Department was dispatched for an MVA on Farmingdale Road in the Town of Blooming Grove. Upon arrival, units found one vehicle that collided with a tree with the operator out of the vehicle on the ground with serious injuries. Washingtonville personnel assisted the

Blooming Grove Volunteer Ambulance Corps with transferring the patient to the ambulance and established an LZ in the parking lot of a nearby church. The driver of the vehicle was transported to Westchester County Medical Center. - Fire News photos by Gary Hearn, past Chief, Washingtonville FD

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2nd Floor Destroyed in Colonie Blaze On December 5, 2023, Shaker RoadLoudonville, Menands, Colonie Village, West Albany, Latham and Fuller Road were called to a home on Frederick Avenue in Colonie. The fire occurred at rush hour making it difficult for departments to get through traffic to arrive. the home’s second floor was completely destroyed due to fire spreading through the eaves. The fire took hours to bring under control. All residents were able to escape without injury. - Submitted by Lori Washburn; photo by Photos By Truck

Good Save in Latham On December 23, 2023, the Latham Fire Department was called to a structure fire on Lawrence Avenue with a resident trapped inside. The elderly residents, both having mobility issues, were trying to escape the home that was filled with smoke. They had started a fire in their fireplace and the smoke stake was blocked. The husband was able to get out but his wife was unable to. Colonie EMS was able to assist both residents without having to take them to the hospital. Maplewood and Watervliet Arsenal assisted with removing the fire from the fireplace and the chimney was cleared by the departments. - Submitted by Lori Washburn; photo by Photos By Truck

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Winona Lake Christmas Party

The Winona Lake Ladies Auxiliary held their annual Christmas party for area children. Also on hand was the Grinch, Batman, The Joker, Spiderman and Elsa. Thank go out to the ROTC for dressing

up and supporting the event. Santa Claus came by fire truck, and gave out presents to the kids. - Fire News photos by Vinnie Dominick

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Remembering the Fallen

On December 27, 2023, the Buffalo Fire Department held a memorial service marking the 40th Anniversary of the 1983 warehouse propane explosion that took the lives of five Buffalo firefighters, all from Truck 5, as well as two civilians. The remembrance has been held every year except 2022 because of a blizzard. In attendance

were many firefighters that remember that day and members of the families of the five firefighters killed. Their names are: Jim Lickfield, Mike Austin, Mike Catanzaro, Matt Colpoys and Tony Waszkielewicz. Civilians: Mr. Alfred Arnold and Mrs. Jesse Arnold. - Fire News photos by Jim Lepard

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Toddler and Mother Rescued

On January 6, 2024 FDNY Squad Company 270 transmitted a 1075 for fire on the first floor of a two-story private dwelling. Units had to remove heavy clutter from the building. A toddler and moth-

er were rescued from the structure. The fire ultimately went to a second alarm. - Fire News photos by Lloyd Mitchell and

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2 Alarms on Arrival

Firefighters battled a second-alarm fire in Kings Hub store on January 8, 2023, just after 2145. Engine Company 302 transmitted a second alarm. Members removed over 40 e-bikes and gas powered bikes from the structure. The fire went to two alarms. - Fire News photos by Lloyd Mitchell

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LOOKING AT 2024 WITH THE NATIONAL FALLEN FIREFIGHTERS FOUNDATION By Victor Stagnaro, CEO As CEO of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF), my priority - and that of the organization - is already determined through our mission statement. While you may be familiar with the NFFF, I’d like to share a few specific examples of how we will fulfill our mission this year. The first part of our mission is to honor and remember America’s fallen firefighters. And really, everything we do reflects this. Whether it’s a virtual support Zoom call with family members of fallen firefighters; maintenance of the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Park; or a new training program on the Fire Hero Learning Network - all of our programs and resources honor our nation’s fallen firefighters. The annual National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend is May 4-5 this year in Emmitsburg, Maryland. This weekend serves as an opportunity for us to unite as a nation and pay tribute to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. Our goal is to bring support and comfort to the families of our fallen heroes and ensure them that the time-honored fire service tradition of honoring the fallen will serve as a way to remember them-and express gratitude for their service. I am always in awe watching family members -those of newly honored firefighters as well as those returning from past years-supporting each other during Memorial Weekend. If you have never attended, I highly encourage you to mark your calendars and come to Emmitsburg this spring and join us to to pay tribute to our nation’s fallen. The second part of our mission is to support fallen firefighters’ families, colleagues, and fire departments. The family members of our fallen firefighters will

always be our top priority. Recognizing their diverse needs, we offer programs tailored for parents, spouses/partners, adult children, men, and children/stepchildren. These events provide emotional support and peer support, which strengthens the bonds between families whose loved one died serving their community. One example of how we support the colleagues and fire departments of fallen firefighters is our Uniformed Peer Support Groups, which connect firefighters who have been involved in a line-of-duty death. These groups are open to active duty and retirees. If you or someone you know was the chief, company officer, or incident commander of a line-of-duty death, please reach out to Chief Ian Bennett ( for more information on the Uniformed Support Groups. The final part of our mission is to work to reduce preventable firefighter death and injury. You may be familiar with the 16 Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives created 20 years ago. To commemorate this anniversary, we will be holding a conference later this year to reflect on the progress made during the past 20 years-and determine the most effective way to continue improving firefighters’ health and safety. We cannot do this work alone, and we are very fortunate to have collaborative partnerships with many fire departments and fire service organizations from around the country. We are honored to be part of the #FireServiceOneVoice initiative of the U.S. Fire Administration. By uniting all stakeholders within the fire service community, our collective voice serves the needs and interests of firefighters nationwide. In addition, the Foundation is working with the U.S. Fire Administration on two consequential events in 2024. The first is the

World Fire Congress in May, which is bringing together international fire service leaders for knowledge sharing, collaboration, and fostering a global network of fire service professionals. Then, in October, we will again partner with the U.S. Fire Administration on the 3rd U.S. Fire Administrator’s Summit on Fire Prevention and Control. These events and partnerships ensure that crucial issues are addressed to better serve the brave men and women who risk their lives daily to keep our communities safe. Everyone can play a role in supporting the mission of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. Together, we can make a difference and ensure that our fallen firefighters are honored and remembered meaningfully. This year, please consider getting engaged by becoming an NFFF Fire Service Advocate, following us on social media, attending our fire service events, or participating in our stair climb or golf fundraising events. The best place to start is our website, Throughout the year, we will highlight different divisions of the NFFF in articles in Fire News. We thank Fire News for allowing us this opportunity to showcase the important work being done at the NFFF as we strive to fulfill our mission. As we march through 2024, let us carry a sense of hope and determination. Together, we can continue to honor our fallen firefighters, support their families, and work toward a safer future for those who serve our communities. The NFFF welcomes all who wish to join us in our mission.

THE CONGRESSIONAL FIRE SERVICES INSTITUTE (CFSI) HAS CHANGE OF DATE The Congressional Fire Services Institute (CFSI) has changed the date of the 34th Annual National Fire and Emergency Services Symposium and Dinner. Originally scheduled for April 24-25, 2024, the program has been rescheduled for April 29-30, 2024. CFSI changed the date so we could conduct our program while Congress is in session. While CFSI selects the dates for the program five years out due to the demand for venues in the spring months, Congress releases the congressional calendar shortly before the start of a new legislative session. Unfortunately, the schedule recently released for 2024 has Congress out of session the week of our program. Each year, we aim to make the trip to Washington, DC a positive experience for all our guests. The date change presents other opportuni-

ties for us to enhance the program. Whereas in the past, the Dinner took place on Day 2, it will now take place on the first day (April 29), as will the seminar program. We will focus Day 2 (April 30) on Capitol Hill activities to maximize the fire service presence in Washington, DC, and send a strong message to our federal legislators about the political force of our nation’s fire and emergency services. We will open registration on our website on January 5, 2024. If you have any questions, you can contact us at We hope to see you in April! Sincerely, Bill Webb, Executive Director

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3-Alarmer in Yonkers 4 Civs., 2 FFs Injured in Bronx 3-Alarm

Calls began coming in just after 0900 for black smoke from a second-floor apartment on Morrow Avenue, one of a pair of two very large six-story buildings on a dead end street. Companies could only access the fire building from two sides in part to its being constructed on top of the parking deck. Units arrived to fire showing from the windows of a third-floor apartment, prompting a second alarm to be transmitted. Due to the known difficulty in access, the battalion chief quickly transmitted a third alarm. The fire was preliminarily deemed accidental due to careless smoking, and was contained to the apartment of origin and brought under control in just under an hour. Two civilians and one cat were treated for smoke inhalation at the scene by Empress EMS. - Fire News photo by Mike Messar

FDNY Battalion 17 transmitted an all-hands for heavy fire with people jumping on Summitt Avenue on January 2, 2024. Members fought heavy fire throughout a wood frame dwelling. Units used a tower ladder and five hoselines to knock down the main body of fire. The fire went to three alarms. It also sent six people including two firefighters to the hospital. - Fire News photo by Lloyd Mitchell

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LODD: Fairville’s Daniel S. DeWolf On Sunday, January 21, 2024, Fairville (Newark, NY) Firefighter Daniel S. DeWolf responded to the scene of a chimney fire. While attempting to establish a water supply line, he collapsed. EMS on scene immediately initiated CPR. Firefighter DeWolf was then transported to the local hospital where he was pronounced deceased. He was 52. Dan was a dedicated welder/fabricator throughout his career, most recently showcasing his excellence at Halstead Machine. However, it was his selflessness and humble nature that truly defined him. Dan was a silent force for good, consistently helping others without seeking recognition. He demonstrated this generous spirit as a 33-year member of the Fairville Fire Department, where he served as a past Chief. His contributions were immeasurable, earning him the prestigious Fireman of the Year award multiple times, and he tirelessly undertook various tasks for the department during his long and impactful tenure. Dan will be remembered by his son, Chet DeWolf; his granddaughter, Addyson DeWolf; his mother, Betty DeWolf; siblings, Edward Jr. (Renee) DeWolf and Greg (Tammy) DeWolf; a sister-in-law, Carol Austin; his nieces and nephews Allison, Mitchell (Alissa), McKenzie, Aliza, Christina, Rebecca, Jeffrey, and Aleisha; and many friends. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to Newark Assembly of God Church, 1088 Hartnagle Road, Newark, NY 14513, or Fairville Fire Department, 2963 Route 88, Newark, NY 14513 in memory of Dan.

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