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Serving Fire, Rescue & EMS Heroes In NY State FEBRUARY 2014

Schenectady firefighters were called out to a reported structure fire on Moyston Street on Christmas Eve. Complete story on page 7. -Fire News photo by Peter R. Barber

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In this issue... Flames Ko’d in Walden

Walden (Orange County) firefighters responded to a reported structure fire. See story on page 6

Yonkers Battles Four Alarmer

The Yonkers F.D. received calls for a fire in the Dollar K store on South Broadway. See story on page 10

Flames Light the Buffalo Sky

Buffalo firefighters responded to heavy fire in a two-and-ahalf-story dwelling. See story on page 16

Two Cars Collide in Winona Lake

The Winona Lake Fire Department responded to a two car motor vehicle accident on Rt. 52 See story on page 21

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From the Editor’s Desk Dennis Whittam, Editor

The Two Sides of Social Media Whether or nor you like it, social media is here to stay. For those that may not know it, social media sites are where people interact with one another freely, share and discuss information about each other and their lives using a mix of personal words, pictures, videos and audio. There are lots of well-known sites such as Facebook, LinkedIn, MySpace, Twitter, YouTube and many others. I use Facebook to share my photos, let my friends know about important events and to let them know what is coming up in the next edition of Fire News. The Fire News Facebook page is liked by over 40,000 fans. Our purpose is to remind our readers of events that are happening in the fire service. We share photos and brief stories that we will be covering at length in our next paper. We thank the people who are working hard to make their department look good. What can be bad with this? Social media is a wonderful tool, but it needs to be continuously monitored for inappropriate posts. Unfortunately, the risk of misinterpretation presents problems. Occasionally, someone will twist a post or misinterpret a photograph and offer negative comment that now provokes a firestorm of comments that occasionally gets out of hand. We must remember that what you write could be viewed as a slanderous comment if you

make a comment or statement that is not true. The answer to preventing this from happening is simple. Send a private message to the person who makes a statement you do not agree with and offer your feelings. Posting controversial or antagonistic statements creates problems for everyone. This is why departments and even your jobs are creating social media policies that could result in termination if your posts are deemed inappropriate. A new job interview question that comes up from time to time refers to your social media sites. Can you open your social media page and share it with the person who is interviewing you? Don't put yourself in a bad situation. Keep things positive and use social media for what it was intended to be used for. And remember, even if you delete a post, it is still floating in cyberspace and can come back to haunt you at a future date. As for Fire News, we enjoy utilizing this tool. It is an extension of our purpose which is to promote the fire rescue and emergency services in a positive light. Keep up the good work and offer positive comments that make all responders proud of the job they work so hard at to keep our communities safe. Dennis



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ANNOUNCEMENTS DEADLINE APPROACHING: SUBMIT YOUR NOMINATIONS FOR THE NVFC'S ANNUAL AWARDS There are just three weeks left to nominate an outstanding member of the fire service for one of four prestigious awards from the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC). Recognize the achievements of a longtime volunteer firefighter, a fire prevention officer, a junior firefighter, or a junior firefighter program by submitting your nomination today! Learn more about each award at The NVFC Lifetime Achievement Award, sponsored by Rosenbauer, recognizes a volunteer firefighter who has served at least 20 years and has made a major contribution or achieved significant accomplishments in the volunteer fire service at the local, state, and/or national level. The recipient of the award will receive a trip to the Washington, DC, metro area for the awards banquet, a personalized award, and national recognition. The NVFC Fire Prevention Award, sponsored by First Alert, honors a volunteer firefighter for remarkable efforts made in the area of fire prevention. The recipient of the award will receive a trip to the Washington, DC, metro area for the awards banquet, a personalized award, and national recognition. The Junior Firefighter of the Year Award, sponsored by Tyco, honors a junior firefighter or Explorer who has shown extraordinary dedication, commitment, and achievements as a youth member of the fire service. Two letters of recommendation are required with the nomination materials. The winner of the award will receive a trip to the Washington, DC, metro area for the awards banquet for themselves and up to two parents/guardians plus a $500 stipend toward college courses or fire service training. The Junior Firefighter Program of the Year Award, sponsored by Tyco, recognizes a department that has an outstanding junior firefighter program. The program must have been in operation for at least one year, and departments must demonstrate creativity and community impact for the program. The recipient of the award will receive a trip for one department representative to the Washington, DC, metro area for the awards banquet and a $500 grant for junior firefighter program activities. The nomination deadline for all four awards is February 4.

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Flames KO’d in Walden Walden (Orange County) firefighters responded to a reported structure fire at 104 Coleman Road at 0900 on December 23, 2013. Upon arrival, a working fire was reported. Mutual aid was requested from Wallkill, Montgomery, Coldenham and Maybrook to the scene. Additional neighboring companies were on standby. An aggressive attack extinguished the fire quickly. The private dwelling sustained major damage. No injuries were reported for the incident. -Fire News photo by Steve Lenz

Carport Fire Beat in Newburgh The Good Will Fire Department, located in the Town of Newburgh, was called out to a structure fire on Taft Avenue. Arriving units found a fully involved carport. Units made an aggressive attack on the fire, resulting in a quick knock down. -Fire News photo by Vinnie Dominick

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Water Supply Hampers Operations

Schenectady firefighters were called out to a reported structure fire at 35 Moyston Street on Christmas Eve. Upon arrival, responders found the B and D exposures of the structure well involved. Fortunately, two occupants escaped the flames, one by jumping from a second floor window. Water supply and water pressure hampered operations on the dead end street. With the mercury hover-

ing around 15 degrees, the responders had their work cut out for them. Four inch supply lines were stretched across State Street in order to secure a 12 inch water main. In under an hour, flames had consumed the building of origin and caused total damage to houses on either side, leaving 9 people homeless. The cause of the fire is suspicious. -Fire News photos by Peter R. Barber

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Fire Escapes Save Bronx Residents

At least twenty residents of a Bronx apartment house were rescued from fire escapes by firefighters, after a two-alarm fire broke out in their Wallace Avenue complex. EMS treated at least ten occupants for minor injuries in the blaze that started in a second floor apartment around 1215, on Friday, December 27, 2013. Red Cross officials were on the scene to assist the displaced. -Fire News photo by

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Flames Destroy Car in Schenectady

Schenectady firefighter Scott Briggs extinguishes a car fire at Union and Clinton streets. The engine compartment was well involved upon Engine 4’s arrival. The fire was knocked down without incident. -Fire News photos by Peter R. Barber

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Yonkers Battles Four Alarmer

On December 26, 2013, the Yonkers Fire Department received calls at around 1600, for a fire in the Dollar K store on South Broadway. Companies prevented the fire from spreading to a 5-story apartment building that was next door to the fire. However, nearly 200 residents from that building were displaced. Seven firefighters were injured and the fire was brought under control in about 6 hours. The cause of the blaze is still under investigation. -Fire News photos by Mike Messar and

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All Hands Operate in Thornwood On January 11, 2014, the Thornwood Fire Department was called to a working fire on Whittier Drive. Upon arrival, flames were found shooting through the roof. The fire was contained to the attic. This fire was the first all-hands for 2014 in Westchester County. Engine 88, Ladder 1, Engine 89, Rescue 75, along with the Hawthorne FD, Vahalla FD, Pleasantville FD, MPPD, Westchester C&O and Battalion 11 operated at the call. -Fire News photo by Herbert Doerr

Heavy Smoke on Arrival On December 2, 2013, fire companies in the Rosedale section of Queens battled an all-hands blaze. Heavy smoke was pushing from the upper floors on arrival, but the fire was extinguished and brought under control within twenty minutes. -Fire News photo

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Garage Burns in Plattekill

On December 9, 2013, firefighters from Plattekill, Ulster County, brought a second alarm blaze under control. The fire was in a garage on Ardonia Road. Mutual aid was requested for tankers and ladders from numerous neighboring departments. The fire was brought under control without incident. -Fire News photo by Steve Lenz

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Flames Destroy Burnt Hills Lanes

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On the Job in Plattekill Firefighters Ramono and Degiorgio smile for the camera after a second alarm fire in Plattekill. -Fire News photo by Steve Lenz


The Burnt Hills Lanes at 825 Saratoga Road was completely destroyed by a fire early Sunday, January 12, 2014. Flames broke out shortly after closing at 0130. Tower ladders from East Glenville and Eagle Matt Fire Companies were special called to the scene. Numerous hand lines and deck guns were deployed to contain the fire to the original building, before spreading to neighboring buildings. In s a little more than an hour, the building was a hollow shell. The cause of the fire is not known. A firefighter suffered a minor knee injury after falling on ice. Several other mutual aid companies responded to assist with the fire. -Fire News photos by Peter Barber

We would like to remind our readers that we are always happy to receive photos and stories from departments who have never been in our paper. Feel free to e-mail your photos to We ask that any photo you do send be high resolution (300 dpi or better) and that you do not retouch, crop, alter or reduce your photos in size when you e-mail them to us. Please send two to four photos per incident. Also, include a brief write-up of the incident, event, or family news, which includes basic “who, what, when, and where information.” We look forward to seeing your department in our next issue. - Ed.

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Plane Lands on Major Deegan in the Bronx On Saturday, January 4, 2013, three people walked away from an emergency landing that took place in the Bronx. Helping with the successful emergency landing were members of the Department of Transportation, who noticed the incoming plane and stopped traffic on the Major Deegan Expressway to make way for the planes safe landing. -Fire News photos by Edmund J. Coppa

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Buffalo firefighters responded to 736 E. Amherst Street for the report of a fire. Engine 23 arrived on location and reported they had heavy fire in a two-and-a-half-story dwelling. They also reported they had an exposure issue on the number 2 side, which was

occupied and also on the 4 side which was vacant. Engine 23’s officer asked for two extra engines and an additional truck. Eventually a request was made for a full second alarm assignment. A third alarm was called for manpower. -Fire News photo by Lloyd Mitchell

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Cleared Hydrants Appreciated in Latham

Latham, Verdoy, Boght, Shaker Road-Loudonville and Fuller Road Fire Departments battled a structure fire on Broadway in Latham on December 16, 2013. The fire, which began in the kitchen, quickly overtook the second floor of the home. The residents, including the family pet were able to escape before the fire department arrived. The residents were diligent in making sure the fire hydrant outside their home had been properly dug out, which aided the firefighters. The bitter cold of the evening made the area dangerous for the firefighters due to freezing. No one was injured in the event. -Fire News photos by Lori A. Washburn

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Brooklyn and Queens Go to Work Firefighters from Brooklyn and Queens were dispatched to 858 Meeker Avenue for the report of a fire. The 45th Battalion Chief while en route to the fire reported heavy flames shooting from the roof of the Marly Supply Company. He immediately transmitted the all-hands for the working fire. It did not take long for the second alarm to be transmitted due to frozen hydrants in the area. A third alarm was called in to help battle the massive fire. The NYC Police Department was forced to shut down the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway exit that was closest to the fire. The warehouse stored lumber, bricks, sheetrock and other building supplies. -Fire News photo by Lloyd Mitchell

Private Dwelling Burns in Ridgewood Firefighters battled a blaze in the Ridgewood section of Queens. The structure fire occurred on the afternoon of Tuesday December 3, 2013. The fire was in an attached, wood framed, private dwelling on 60th Street. The fire was handled by three engines, two ladders and a Squad. -Fire News photo by

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Three Alarm Blaze Battled in Harlem Firefighters from the City of New York were on the scene of a three-alarm blaze in a Harlem apartment complex on the morning of Sunday, November 24, 2013. Arriving units found flames shooting from three floors of the fivestory building on West 138th Street. Several firefighters suffered minor injuries battleing the blaze. All residents at the complex were able to safely escape the flames. -Fire News photo by

Queens Fatal Fire Saddens New Years A seven year old child was killed and another child was seriously injured in an early morning fire in Queens on New Years Day. The fire broke out around 0900, at an attached home located at 30-38 90th Street in the East Elmhurst section of the borough. Neighbors said firefighters rushed into the burning home to rescue the occupants but were unable to save the seven-year-old child, who was found on the first floor. -Fire News photo by

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Icy Roads in Yonkers Result in Pileup On Sunday night, December 8, 2013, icy roads caused a 27-car pile up on the Bronx River Parkway near the Sprain Brook Parkway in Yonkers. The chain reaction accident started around 2300, when many elevated roadways in the area froze over after a small snowfall. Empress EMS arrived to find dozens of injured people over a quarter of a mile and quickly requested the city's Medical Emergency Transport Unit (METU) from the Yonkers Police Department. After recently participating in a drill on Long Island, this was the first time the new unit had responded to a real emergency. Police, Fire and EMS personnel established two zones of operation, one on each side of the accident, due to a literal pile up of vehicles making the roadway impassable. 45 people were transported to three local hospitals, 21 on the METU. -Fire News photo by Mike Messar

Out of Control in Beukendaal Beukendaal firefighters worked to free the driver of a car after it lost control on Route 5 in the town of Glenville. The car struck a guard rail and landed on its roof, trapping the driver. Hydraulic rescue tools and pneumatic air bags were used to free the lone occupant of the vehicle. She was taken by Mohawk Ambulance to a local hospital for treatment. -Fire News photo by Peter Barber

FISCAL YEAR 2014 OMNIBUS FUNDING BILL RELEASED; INCLUDES FUNDING FOR FIRE SERVICE PROGRAMS On Wednesday, January 15, 2014, the House approved H.R. 3547, the “Fiscal Year 2014 Omnibus Spending Bill.” The $1.1 trillion spending package funds the federal government through the end of the fiscal year. Included in the bill are funds for several programs of importance to the nation’s fire and emergency services. The Assistance to Firefighters (FIRE) Grant Program and the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grant Program are each funded at $340 million in the bill. This is an increase of $2.5 million for each program over the Fiscal Year 2013 level. The bill also funds the United States Fire Administration (USFA) at $44 million, the same level as in Fiscal Year 2013, and rejects a proposal by the Administration to transfer the State Fire Rescue System is funded at $35.18 million in Training Assistance Grant from USFA to the the spending measure, also the same amount FIRE Grant Program. The Urban Search and the program received in Fiscal Year 2013.

“The willingness of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees to maintain funding for these important programs, and in the case of FIRE and SAFER grants increase funding, shows the commitment of our Congressional allies to America's firefighter,” said Bill Webb, CFSI’s Executive Director. “Because of the collective efforts of the nation’s fire and emergency services organizations, these programs continue to be successful and provide our first responders with the resources they need.” Currently the federal government is operating on a continuing resolution (CR) which funds the government through January 18, 2014. The omnibus spending bill now goes to the Senate, where it is expected to be approved before the CR expires. CFSI will continue to provide updates throughout the budget process.

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Motor Vehicle Accidents Keep Winona Lake Busy

Recently, a two car motor vehicle accident occurred on Route 52 at Route 300. The Winona Lake Fire Department responded to the scene and assisted one person who was injured in the crash. Once the scene was secured, responders safely returned home. Fire News photo by Vinnie Dominick

Winona Lake was called out to a roll-over due to a snow squall that came through the area. It was reported that the driver tried to avoid a deer that was hard to see in the squall One person was taken to the hospital. Fortunately the person was able to self extricate through the sun roof. -Fire News photo by Vinnie Dominick

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Two Injured in Cronomer MVA The Cronomer Valley Fire Department was called out to a two car motor vehicle accident on Route 300 and Route 32. One person that sustained injuries was taken to the hospital. -Fire News photo by Vinnie Dominick

New Years Day Starts With MVA On New Year's Day, responders from Winona Lake started the year by responding to a two-car motor vehicle accident that occurred on Route 300. One person was taken to the hospital with injuries. - Fire News photo by Vinnie Dominick

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Berne F.D. Responds to ATV Accident The Berne Fire Department, along with Helderberg Ambulance and Albany County Paramedics responded to a serious ATV accident on Saw Mill Road. A person apparently became the victim of booby traps that he had set to protect marijuana plants on his property. According to an Albany County Sheriff, the owner was driving an ATV in the backyard of his property when he was nearly decapitated after running into a fine, nearly invisible wire that was among the fortifications set up around four large marijuana plants. Other protections for the plants included barbed wire and a leg trap similar to something used to trap coyotes. Alcohol may have been a factor in the accident. The investigation is under investigastion. - Fire News photos by Tom Heffernan

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Sherrill-Kenwood F.D. Kicks-off 100th Year

Senior Citizens Dine at the Winona Lake F.D.

The members of the Sherrill-Kenwood Volunteer Fire Department kicked-off the start of their 100th year in service to their community with a special ceremony dedicating their newly renovated Rec Room to Past Chief and Life Member, Fred Evans. The 84 year old Evans was the 5th chief to serve the department in its 100 year history. The Sherrill-Kenwood Fire Department first started out in 1914 as the Oneida Community Volunteer Fire Department serving the Oneida Ltd. Silverware offices and manufacturing facility. It was renamed with the incorporation of the City of Sherrill in 1916. Today, the SherrillKenwood Fire Department is one of the few all-volunteer fire departments serving a city in New York State. Pictured left to right is Past Chief Terry Hill, Past Chief Bill Vineall, Past Chief Fred Evans, Current Chief Dan Davis, Past Chief Doug Ray and Past Chief Rob Healy. -Fire News photo by Colleen Bennett

Recently, the Winona Lake Fire Department held there annual Senior Citizens Dinner. 200 people came out to the event. Two buses were donated so that the guests could be picked up at their homes. Chairman Wil Roy, along with some of the men did the cooking for the event. They served turkey with all the sides. 15 members from the ROTC served the food to the seniors, while the men and the ladies made the plates. Gifts were given out to everyone. -Fire news photo by Vinnie Dominick

Lighting the Way for Santa

Children Enjoy Santa in Winona Lake

Firefighters from Schenectady Station 4 decorated the city’s oldest remaining firehouse for the Christmas holiday. E4 is located on Avenue A and Nott Street and is one of four engines, two tower ladders and a rescue unit that protects the City of Schenectady. -Fire News photo by Peter Barber

Recently, the Winona Lake Ladies Auxiliary held there annual Christmas Party for the children of the department. The kids enjoyed seeing a clown who did tricks for the kids. Santa arrived on the ladder truck and gave out presents to all of the kids. Thanks to the Ladies Auxiliary who made hot dogs, cookies and ice cream Sunday’s to everyone. Everyone had a great time celebrating Christmas. -Fire News photo by Vinnie Dominick

Dedicates Room to Past Chief Fred Evans

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FOOLS Bring Joy to Children On Saturday, December 14, 2013, members from the Capital Region FOOLS delivered presents and cards to the children at Albany Medical Center's Children's Hospital. They wanted to make sure the children knew they were thought of during the holiday season. From left to right is Warren "Fuzzy" Carr, Richard French, Kaila Ricciardi, Representative from the Children's Hospital, President Mike France, and Jayson Ward who's daughter was being treated at the hospital at the time. -Fire News photo by Lori A. Washburn

Downstate Correctional Facility Conducts Drill On December 4, 2013, the Downstate Correctional Facility located in Fishkill, conducted a high rescue drill with Glenham Fire Department and with Rombout Fire company's tower ladder. The drill simulated a medical emergency with the need to extricate the patient from a tower to the ground via tower ladder. Downstate Fire and Safety Officer Jeff Joques with Deputy Fire and Safety Officer Jeff Cable from Greenhaven Facility supervised this annual drill with twenty firefighters from Glenham and Rombout. Glenham Fire Chief David Dross commented “We’re here to support Downstate” and these drills and walk-thru help firefighters to better understand the unique challenges that are presented to the fire service at correctional facilities and to be aware of security protocols. -Fire News photo by Kevin Barry

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New Air Boat for Arvin Hart Fire Company

Members of the Arvin Hart Fire Company traveled to Orange Texas to the American Air Boat facility to review specifications, take delivery and to train on the new 18’, 550HP Air Ranger air boat. The craft is similar to the units built by American Air Boat for the DEC, the State Police and the US Coast Guard. Training will take place on Saratoga Lake, Round Lake and in the Hudson River. Our primary launch point on Saratoga Lake is Brown’s Beach and with the capability of the new air

boat it will be able to reach all points on the lake quickly. Crews will be trained in safety procedures as well as handling characteristics and limitations that the craft might have. The boat will be housed at the Arvin Hart Station at 147 George Thompson Road and is pulled by the 1999 Ford/Braun which is a retired ambulance converted into the water rescue support unit. -Fire News photo by Tom Rinaldi

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Services held for Former Johnson City Fire Chief George Maney

Family, friends, and brothers in firefighting gathered on December 21, 2013, to pay respects to former Johnson City Fire Chief George Maney. Chief Maney was born November 14, 1941 and passed away Sunday December 15, 2013. He is remembered as an honest and fair man who expected the best from everyone and was always there for his family and his men alike. Chief Maney was well respected in the local fire service as well as across the state. Maney retired from the Johnson City Fire Department in 2001 after serving 37 years, 15 of which were spent as the department’s Chief. He also served as a building inspector for the Village for many years. Maney also was a former member of the Choconut Center Volunteer Fire Department. At the state level Maney served as Chairman of the NYS Department of State - Division of Building Standards and Codes, and served on the New York State Codes Council Fire Sub Committee. Maney also spent several years as the President

of the NYS Association of Fire Chiefs. While red lights flashed on a purple and black bunting draped Engine 26-1, firefighters carried the Urn containing Chief Maneys remains to the truck one last time. Bagpipes played as he was loaded onto the back of the truck. Chief Maney will be missed by all who knew him. -Fire News photos by Nick Griswold

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History is Alive in Amsterdam A collection of century old photographs, news articles, a fully restored fire engine and some antique collectables can all be seen on the first floor of an old firehouse in Amsterdam. It's not hard to see Walter Martin's passion for history after he converted the first floor of an old firehouse into a personal collection of historic items and then continued on to restore the second and third floors into living space for his wife Mary Beth and himself. Months after Martin joined the profession in 1973 the firehouse went out of commission. Over the 37 years he spent on the job Martin never thought it would become reality to see the firehouse as it is today. "I used to drive by it and always think it would be cool to live there," Martin said. His collection began in 1978 when he started saving photographs of each fire and a news article to go along with them. His collection only grew from there. The oldest article that was found was about Fred Dobbs who was the captain of firehouse No.4 during that time which dated back to 1919. On the far wall of the firehouse hangs the original bell that the alarm would sound sending signals to a device that punches holes into paper to signify where the alarm was sounded from. Over the years Amsterdam has changed tremendously. The historic building in Amsterdam that used to be the city's firehouse is now filled with interesting history about the city. Martin has successfully preserved the history of not only the firehouse but also the history behind making Amsterdam what it is today. -Fire News photos by Mark Perfetti

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Bailout Training in Schenectady Schenectady firefighter/paramedic Paul Dufort bails out of a window on the third floor of the fifth floor Schenectady Fire Department training tower, while training on the new DEUS 3100 Firefighter Bailout Kit. The department has followed hundreds in a trend to give them the tools to rescue themselves in the chance they get caught in a fire and the only alternative is to bail out of a window to safety. -Fire News photo by Peter Barber

New York Wildfire & Incident Management Academy Academy offered first-ever Brush Truck Course for Local Volunteer Firefighters Spanish and Greek Delegation attends Academy and participates in Prescribed Burns The New York Wildfire and Incident Management Academy (NYWIMA) concluded its sixteenth year of operations and has now provided training to more than 6,500 firefighters and emergency response personnel over its existence. The NYWIMA recently conducted an inaugural Brush Truck Training course oriented toward volunteer firefighters, which focused on three days of classroom instruction which stressed typical Long Island wildland fire situations and a one-day actual in-the-field driving, handling and operational experience designed to closely simulate conditions encountered during actual wildfire incidents. The Academy’s goal is to provide for a safe learning environment for wildland firefighters and all-risk incident managers and to foster greater networking opportunities and partnerships between participants from federal, state, and local agencies. “The delegation from Greece and Spain illustrates the respect that the Academy has generated over its existence both in this country and internationally,” said NYWIMA Board Chairman John Urevich. For further information regarding the Academy, please contact the Academy at (631) 769-1556, or visit the Academy’s website:

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