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VOLUME 39 Issue #12

Friday, February 8, 2008

“COMPLIMENTARY FREE COPY” Editor: STUART L. GATES, Stony Point, NY 10980 Member Dues to be $10.00 By-Law Passed Starting Sept. 1, 2008, the annual dues for individual members of the RCVFA will be ten dollars reports Robert A Capello, Financial Secretary. This is an increase of $5.00 notes Treasurer Michael Kramar. The new dues amount is the result of the membership passing the proposed by-laws at the th association’s January 11 meeting comments Evan Humphrey, Recording Secretary. Organization dues remain $12.00 per annum says Nick Gatti, RCVFA President. Company, Dept. and Organization dues will stay at $12.00 notes Treasurer Michael Kramar. The proposal to change the Board of Directors meeting time to 8 PM (2000 hours) was defeated. Thus the officers continue to convene at 7:30 PM with Chairman Bruce McClintock.

Doo Wop Spectacular Sat March 8, 7 PM The new Fieldstone Secondary School is the site for “the Largest Show in North Rockland Area” on th Saturday, March 8 , the Doo Wop spectacular. This one night only is a fundraiser for Wayne Hose Co of Stony Point said Co President Craig Robinson. The public is welcome. Show starts 7 PM. Reserved seating is $42.00 for this Oldies Concert. Johnny Z is Master of Ceremonies and popular host of Rock-n-Roll Revival Show on 103.9 WFAS. Call 845-279-4625. More details inside on page 2.

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On Leap Year Feb 29 you can support a fundraiser for Cosgniff Hose Co #4 in Haverstraw as they host Moonlight Bowling. “Strike For A Great Cause”, notes their Asst. Chief Robert Drexler, Jr. Check in at 9 PM, Bowl from 9:30 to midnight at the Hi-Tor Lanes, Route 9W, West Haverstraw. Donation $23.00 for Moonlight Bowling hosted by MC Rocky. 2 ½ hours, shoes, prizes, and a Great Time. For tickets please contact: Linda Heath 845-222-5334 or Brian Dolan 893-8610 “Cosmic Bowling”

Fish & Chips by Haverstraw FD March 7 The Haverstraw Fire Dept is holding a Fish & Chips Night on Friday, March 7 from 5 to 9 PM at the Haverstraw Elks Club. Open to the public, so bring your family and neighbors say Asst. Chiefs Peter Rugg and Pat McNamee. Take outs are available. There will be a 50/50 and DJ Luna. Donation $11.00 for Adults, $8.00 Seniors, and $5.00 for children. The Haverstraw Elks Club is at 877 Elks Drive, th overlooking the Hudson. March 7 is during Lent so fish and chips are appropriately offered by Dept 4 volunteers concludes HFD Chief Efran “Junior” Castro.

Avoid Cell Phone 411 Calls Charge! When using your cell phone and need 411 directory information dial 800FREE411 to avoid any charge. Cell phone companies usually charge $1.00 or more for a 411 call.


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You might program this 800-373-3411 into your cell phone now, suggests Robert Bell, Editor of the Putnam County VFA Blue Light.

Sparkill District 75 Years Old

The Expo is free, open to families from 10 AM to 4 th PM on Sunday, May 4 says President Streichert. “Rain or Shine”!

Doo Wop Spectacular at Fieldstone 3/8

The now Sparkill-Palisades Fire District was formed 75 years ago, so congratulations on your Diamond Anniversary. The “Father” pushing for creation of that th district was RCVFA’s 9 President: Henry Boss. He was also an Ex-Chief of the hamlet volunteers and ran the community meat market back in the 1920’s known for its clean sawdust on the floor.

Golden Oldies Remembered Forever is the Doo Wop th Spectacular coming Saturday, March 8 to the North Rockland Fieldstone Secondary School in Thiells. Show starts 7 PM. This is one night only and a fundraiser for the 100% volunteer Wayne Hose Fire Co.

Some sources say John Paulding Engine responded in early 1933 to Blauvelt when the Schuyler Hill Road Hennery burned. (over 600 chickens roasted.) This was a dozen years before Blauvelt Volunteer Fire Co. was organized.

Johnny Z is the MC with special appearances by the Cleftones, Earl Lewis and the Channels, also the Devotions along with the Barons and also Yo Vinny with the Bronx Wanderers, all popular with WFAS 103.9, a #1 rated show.

NYS Fire Police Change Convention Site The Volunteer Fire Police Association of the State of NY has changed it’s 2008 convention to the Comfort Inn in North Syracuse. It was originally planned to be in South Glens Falls said their announcement. th

The 54 Convention is Thursday, May 15 thru Sunday th May 18 hosted by Area 4 volunteer fire police and Onondaga County. Chairman for the North Syracuse sessions is Jeff Martin at 315-468-3961 The VFPASNY was organized by the late Charles F Draudt, Ex-Chief of Valley Cottage, and Suffern attorney Jerome M Kornfeld, Esq. Mr. Draudt was the first president of the association. He traveled all over being a milk-man who delivered dairy products to many homes while enjoying his cigar. Draudt died Jan 20, 1973, Inauguration Day as he was a leader in Rockland’s GOP and a devoted church member.

Sun May 4 Expo Planners Re-Elected The officers of the Rockland County Volunteer Fire Services Museum that are planning the Sunday, May 4 Expo VII were recently re-elected reports Expo Chairman Brian Duddy. The are Paul Streichert, President of Hillcrest, Joyce Browne Vice President of Hugh Gassner, Robert J Huslinger Sec’y-Treasurer from Stony Point. The Museum trustees held their annual meeting with elections Thursday, Jan 10 at the Rockland Fire Training Center in Pomona noted newest Trustees Michael Leitner of New City and Michael Karas from Blauvelt. Kenneth T Wanamaker, Past Chief of the Central Nyack Fire Dept was elected as the new member to the Museum Board of Trustees, joining his wife Linda who is also a Board Member. Linda is President of the RCVFA Ladies Auxiliary.

More info available at 845-721-6037, says Craig Robinson, Wayne Hose Fire Co President. Reserved seating is $42.00, payable to Wayne Hose Fire Co. You can secure your tickets early by sending check and SASE to Golden Oldies Forever Inc, PO Box 203, Croton Falls NY 10519, with your phone number and/or E-mail address. Thank you. Come and enjoy music of the 50’s and 60;s and support the volunteer firefighters. Ample free parking at the Fieldstone School campus near PIP exit 14, adds Stony Point Fire Police Captain Douglas C Mann.

Postage Pot Fund Donors Thanked Normally the RCVFA Trumpet does not list the names of our Postage Pot Fund donors as Corresponding Secy Sam Gilbert mails thank you letters to donors, but we acknowledge financial support, so THANK YOU to recent folks who encourage us. Charles Moots of Ridgefield, NJ, Marie Fredella in Altoona, PA, Duane Blankenbush of Rivervale, Debby and Russ Sandberg with Ruscon Truck Service of Congers, Michael Cesaire with Round Lake FD, residing in Cohoes and Elaine & Richard Silverberg.


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LA V Huntley a 50 Yr R,C Employee Virginia Huntley, a 40-year member of the Wayne Hose Co Ladies Auxiliary celebrates her 50 years as th an employee for Rockland County on February 10 . “Ginger” as she is well known in her native Stony Point is active with the Thiells United Methodist Church. She says she is not ready to retire nor travel. Her late father worked for the railroad 53 years before retirement. She works in the Finance Dept.-Accounts Payable. Congratulations Ginger on your long and loyal service to our county and to Dept 18’s ladies auxiliary! Thank you for your help and fiscal expertise to the Fire Advisory Board Questions.

Lynch & Taber Lead Past Pres Club John C Lynch was elected President of the RCVFA Past Presidents Club with Henry Taber chosen as Vice President. This action took place at the clubs th Jan 16 annual meeting held at Wayne Hose Co Rt 9W firehouse. Douglas C Mann was re-elected Secretary-Treasurer and collected the $5.00 dues. The retiring president was Stuart L Gates who served 2005, 2006, and 2007 (3 years). So John W Coyle IV, with help from RCVFA Junior Past Pres Mike Wicks is updating the plaque at the Rockland Fire Training Center noted Robert E Smith. At the behest of Larry Wieber the club is planning th their summer bar-b-que for Wed, July 16 said Philip Delorenzo. Robert Burton added that the annual Holiday Dinner is already scheduled for Fri, Dec 5, 2008! Thus the other PP’s can note the 2008 year dates on their calendars. New President Lynch announced his next meeting will th be Wed, April 16 at Wayne Hose Co at 2000 hours. Yes, ten Past Presidents attended their club meeting.

New Fire Safe Website by Liberty Mutual Liberty Mutual Insurance Co has produced a new Fire Safety Website www.befiresafe.com “Where’s the Fire?” An Academy Award winning actress Marcia Gay Hayler narrates and appears in the video on this new website. She alerts viewers to prevent fire deaths, and not to leave lit candles alone or near combustibles. The National Fire Protection Assoc reported 150 deaths, 1270 injuries and 539 million dollars lost property in 2005 in the USA, with an estimated 15,600 home fires started by candles. The video was

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filmed at Disney World in Florida. It urges parents to talk to their young (by age 5) children about fires and how quickly fires spread. Thanks Liberty Mutual.

Senior RCVFA Past Pres Schaad Died Paul Schaad, elected President of the RCVFA in th 1957 died Sunday, Jan 13 2008 in Northport, FL. He joined the RCVFA in 1946 from Wayne Hose Fire Co where Paul served as Chief 1951-1953, like his father “Pop” Schaad, who was Chief in 1934. Paul was a WWII Veteran. He was a charter member of the R.C Fire Chiefs Assoc. in 1952. Paul was also “The Father” of the Stony Point Volunteer and Exempt Firemen’s Benevolent Assoc. in 1963, getting help for the charter from the NYS Legislature, from the late Charles M Fales and late attorney Jerome Trachtenberg, Esq. Paul was cremated in Florida. Now the senior RCVFA Past President is Howard F Schweitzer Jr of SW Johnson SFE Co #1 of Garnerville. Howie still an active RCVFA Officer, was elected President in 1967.

Sat Feb 23 is Andy Fredericks Seminar The annual Lt Andy Fredericks FDNY Memorial Seminar and Exhibits hosted by the Elmsford Fire rd Dept will be Saturday, Feb 23 . It’s at the Westchester Marriott, Rt 119 (670 White Plains Rd), Tarrytown. Registration begins 7 AM. th Snow date is Sunday, Feb 24 . FDNY Batt Chief Jerry Tracy will present “Private Dwelling Fires” from 9 AM to 1 PM. Refreshments and Exhibits open 7:30 AM. Pre-registration is $30.00, but at the door is $35.00. For info contact www.regonline.com/efdseminar08 Tel contacts: Joe Doria 914-536-2235 or also Syd Henry 914-480-1981. For Marriott Hotel reservations call 1-800-882-1042 with a special rate ask for the Elmsford FD Seminar rate. Andy was a volunteer with the Suffern Fire Dept and died heroically on 9/11 at the WTC. Part of the profits are donated to the R.C Fire Instructors Lt. Andrew Fredericks Scholarship.


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Few Firemanic Facts From Friends Valley Cottage (Dept 22) has in service their new 207 American LaFrance LT1 rear mount aerial. The all red apparatus has a 1500 gpm/500 gwt with 110 foot ladder. This must help Valley Cottage Chief James Feeley (22-1) better protect his district and community. Congratulations to the Hillcrest Fire Co Uniformed Color Guard. They were participants marching Sept th 16 in the Hudson NY parade at the dedication of the new FASNY Firemen’s Home boasts a proud Chris Kear, Chief of Dept 6 (Moleston Fire District). Their friend Robert J Creifoeds, HVVFA Secretary, was the gala parade announcer, said Hank Taber (RCVFA Past President from Hillcrest. On the last Sunday of every month (except July & August) you could enjoy “Breakfast Out” hosted by the Buchanan Engine Co #1 from 8 AM to 1 PM at Buchanan firehouse, 3159 Albany Post Road in Buchanan. Donation: Adults $5.00, Children under 10 just $3.00. Choices include French Toast, Pancakes, Any Style Eggs, Bacon Sausage, Toast, Orange Juice, Tea & Coffee. They have a $7.00 Breakfast Special with 2 eggs, 1 pancake, 1 french toast and bacon or sausage says Linda and Dave Bender. Eat Hearty at Buchanan’s Volunteers. Thank you volunteers who braved the cold while being Santa atop the fire trucks while parading thru neighborhoods and when distributing food and toys to the needy in your communities, and to those outdoors selling Christmas Trees and Wreaths to raise money for chartable projects. Your are unrecognized and unnamed annual local heroes! RCVFA Director from Suffern Warren Lenny was much thanked by the Nyack Rotary Club. Warren aided local needy families during the holidays for having his Stop and Shop store in West Nyack helping put together wonderful food baskets. Congratulations to all the civic minded volunteers of RCVFA who also accepted appointments to various municipal boards recently when Town Boards and governments reorganized at annual meetings. Among them were Phil Delorenzo, Michael Bettmann, Paul Raso, Mike Yannazzone, Chris Flatley, Tom Price, Douglas Sampath, William Schlickenreider, Stuart Gates and Thomas Watson.

A Nite at the Races Sat, Mar 5 The John Paulding Engine Company will be hosting th th it’s 5 annual “A Nite at the Races” on Sat, March 5

at the Sparkill Firehouse, Route 340 in Sparkill. Gates st open ar 7 PM, 1 Race at 7:30 PM. There will be 10 actual Horse Races, with 2 daily doubles, 3 exactas, and 1 triple. Food and refreshments will be served. Donations of $10.00 for advanced tickets, $12.00 at the door. For reservations and tickets contact Frank Pagilaroli at 845-721-4931 or 845-359-1324. See you in the Winners Circle!

Blood Drive At Stony Point FD On Friday, February 15, 2008 there will be a Blood Drive at the Stony Point Firehouse, Route 9W, Stony Point. It will be held from 5 PM to 9 PM, Open to the public, light refreshments will be served. Please Donate!

Another Safety Tip from Jeff Facinelli Firefighter Jeff Facinelli writes what he calls “Operational Refreshers.” Jeff is a Lt. in FDNY Engine Co 67 in Washington Heights and volunteers with Hillcrest Fire Department. He is a great asset, and we are lucky to have his services. We will share his tidbits of wisdom on a regular basis in future issues. Thank you, Jeff. Although water is the primary agent we use to extinguish fires, the source of that water can vary depending on the operation. At some incidents, booster water may be sufficient, while at others a relay between engines will be adequate. Many times though, a water supply from a hydrant or a drafting source is required for an operation. In all cases, it is important that members take care to stretch supply hoses as close to the side of the street as possible and on the same side of the street as the engines or hydrant. If it is necessary to cross the street, the supply lines should cross as close to the fire building as possible to allow room for apparatus movement, later-arriving apparatus, and other operational expansion. Until Next Week.....Stay safe!

HOT TOPICS Con’t from page 8 Anyone familiar with two-way radio will agree that coverage is the all-important element. The county recognizes this and so has been totally focused on the proper placement of towers to insure the network’s basic performance. We’re moving through the somewhat un-glamorous tasks of lease negotiations but we’re anxious to provide you with more specific details of the network’s features shortly. Please Note: Additional updates will appear in the Trumpet on a regular basis.


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CALENDAR LISTINGS ARE FREE Sat. Feb 9 Fri. Feb 15 Tues. Feb 19 Wed. Feb 20 Thurs. Feb 21 Sat. Feb 23

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845-786-3861 Deadline for Next Issue 02/27/08

●Monsey Fire District dinner honors Albert Lepori and Chales Buxton Sr for 50 years ●Blood Drive 5 to 9 PM at Wayne Hose Co, Rt 9W firehouse. Open to Public. Light refreshments. Peter W Hubert Chairman 845-429-9327 ●Ulster County VFA meets 8 PM at Kerhonkson with President Brian Martin ●Ladies Auxiliary of RCVFA meets 8 PM with Pres Linda Wanamaker at DB Roche Route 202 fire hall, Thiells. ●R.C Fire Chiefs Assoc meets 7:30 PM with Pres Thomas W Bierds at DB Roche, Route 202 fire hall, Thiells ●Adult Comedy Night at Excelsior Engine Co Pearl River. Dinner, Show, Door Prizes 7 PM. Donation $35.00 per ticket. ●Andy Fredericks Seminar 9 AM to 1 PM at Westchester Marriott Hotel, Route 119, Tarrytown. Syd 914-490-1981 or Joe 914-536-2235 ●RCVFA Bd Directors meet 7:30 PM at Hillcrest with Chairman Bruce McClintock. ●R.C Fire Advisory Board meets 8 PM at Pomona Fire Training Center with Chairman Gary Wren ●NJ & NY VFA meet 8 PM at Little Ferry Hook & Ladd er Co, Main St with Pres Robert Kirsch ●Cosgriff Hose “Moonlight Bowling”at Hi-Tor Lanes 9 PM (see page 1 for details) ●FASNY Seminar at Walden ●Happy Birthd ay #81 to Cosgriff Hose Co #4 Ladies Auxiliary, formed in 1927 ●Columbian Hose Co #1 is 160 years old in Peekskill says Robert Boddie, Westchester CVFA First Vice President “A Nite at the Races” John Paulding Engine Co, Sparkill Firehouse, Rt 340, Sparkill, Frank 845721-4931 or 845-359-1324 ●Haverstraw Fish & Chips Night from 5 to 9 PM at Haverstraw Elks Club. Open to the public. With a DJ. Donation $11.00 Adults, $8.00 Seniors. ●Doo Wop Spectacular 7 PM at Fieldstone Secondary School. (see page 2 for details) ●Annual Legislative Conference at Montrose firehouse, Rt 9A, Free. Registration starts 9 AM, Session begins 10 AM, Lunch compliments of Cortlandt Engine Co ●Daylight Savings Time begins (forward 1 hour) ●Orthodox Lent begins ●Next RCVFA meeting 8 PM with President Nick Gatti at Excelsior Engine Co, Pearl River. Bring a friend. Share your ideas.

FUTURE EVENTS TO ENJOY Sat. Mar. 29, 2008 Sat. Apr. 26, 2008 Sat. Oct. 11, 2008

●Assoc. Fire Districts of R.C. installation dinner dance at Platzl Brau Haus says Jude Watson, Pres ●Hudson Valley VFA Fire Police Seminar is at Loch Sheldrake fire hall. ●RCVFA Past Presidents Dinner honoring Nicholas Gatti at Casa Mia says 2VP Frank Voce

News from the Fire Training Center At February Chief’s Meeting the Chefs that are present will receive the NYS Fire Chiefs’ Resource Guide. This three ring binder will also include the updated Rehab SOP for our firefighters. This committee, made up of Fire and EMS professionals, streamlined the SOP from previous additions. As you may know, the NFPA has moved the rehabilitation requirement from a recommendation to the standard level. If you have questions or concerns with the updated SOP, on the fire-side please forward them to 44-11, John Kryger, Charles Caselli (FD3) or Vince Martuscelli Sr (FD25) as they were our representatives on this committee. Sincere appreciation goes out to this team.

Two new courses are being offered during this years Winter Training – MAYDAY and Rockland County’s ICS Refresher. Both courses are well done and well worth the time your volunteers spend on training. The MAYDAY course blends pertinent information with radio transmissions of actual events. If your firefighters do not know when to issue an “urgent” or when to issue a “mayday” (knowing the difference) this one night course is definitely for them! The ICS course will sharpen our skills of leading a complex or large incident – again, tying information with actual fire ground incidents. The above information was furnished by Peter Byrne Coordinator, Fire Services, & Safety Compliance at the Fire Training Center.


FROM THE FIRE COORDINATOR’S OFFICE The following is an update on the County Radio Project as proposed by PierCon Solution’s Consultant, Andrew Ely.

Countywide Public Safety Communications Network Update September 10, 2007 marked the official kick-off of Rockland County’s new countywide public safety communications network project. The new network is a state-of-the-art digital trunking system that will replace numerous analog radio systems operating on different radio bands currently used by the county’s public safety community. Designed to provide interoperable radio communications for all Rockland County first responders, it will remove blockages in emergency communications caused by today’s incompatible frequency bands. Fire, police and EMS will all benefit equally from the network’s countywide coverage, robustness and redundancy. Additionally, users will be only a channel click away from being able to talk directly to any other first responder across village and town boundaries. The County network will serve each agency independently for day-to-day operations, however will mutual aid and joint operations through common “talk groups” set aside for joint police, fire and EMS operations needed for emergency situations or special events. More than 9 tower sites will support the network meet its design goal of providing countywide portable radio coverage with inbuilding coverage in town police headquarters, hospital Emergency Departments and other critical buildings such as shopping malls. The towers are linked by microwave, removing the dependency on fragile telephone lines. Motorola was chosen to supply the network, mobile and portable radio equipment. PierCon Solutions is acting as the county’s project and construction managers while AVSTAR consulting is managing the site acquisition process. Con’t on Page 5.



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