Daily Dispatch: New York News
Union: Reinstating 4 Watertown Fire Captains A Good Start
Tue, 19 Mar 2019 15:49:00 -0700
As legal action between the City of Watertown and its firefighters union continues, four firefighters will be reinstated as captains, but union members say they still want more to be done. "They feel like they are righting a wrong," union president Dan Daugherty said of the city council's decision to reinstate the firefighters to the captain positions.
- PUB DATE: 3/19/2019 3:49:00 PM - SOURCE: WWNY-TV 7 Fox 28
Update: Voters give OK to dissolve Victor Volunteer Fire Department
Wed, 20 Mar 2019 07:46:09 -0700
Village voters overwhelmingly gave the OK to dissolve the Victor Volunteer Fire Department and create a fire district. According to results Tuesday night, 210 people voted to dissolve the department while 94 voted against it. The 115-year-old fire department had been under the auspices of village government; the fire district, which has the authority to levy taxes, begins June 1 with appointed commissioners to start and elections for those seats in December.
- PUB DATE: 3/20/2019 7:46:09 AM - SOURCE: Finger Lakes Daily News
Brentwood fire injures baby, leaves 15 people homeless
Wed, 20 Mar 2019 01:41:24 -0700
A baby was taken to the hospital Tuesday after a Brentwood house fire that left about 15 people homeless and destroyed a camper, authorities said. The occupants inside had escaped and flames were burning the rear of the first-floor home on Yarnell Street when firefighters arrived at about 2:50 p.m. and snaked a hose through the front door, authorities said.
- PUB DATE: 3/20/2019 1:41:24 AM - SOURCE: NewsDay.com
Area residents in training to join the Batavia City Fire Department
Tue, 19 Mar 2019 13:11:27 -0700
There is quite a bit of training ahead, but recruit firefighter candidates Craig Huntoon and Chad Brade hope to take their places as firefighters with the Batavia City Fire Department. Huntoon, 30, of Batavia, and Brade, 23, from Alexander, have just begun at the City of Buffalo Fire Training Academy, where they’ll be training for roughly the next 14 weeks, said city Fire Chief Stefano Napolitano.
- PUB DATE: 3/19/2019 1:11:27 PM - SOURCE: Batavia Daily News
Fire in East Amherst causes $400,000 worth of damage
Wed, 20 Mar 2019 06:35:12 -0700
Firefighters battled an overnight fire in East Amherst that they said caused tens of thousands of dollars worth of damage. The fire broke out around 1 a.m. Wednesday at a Muegel Road home. Multiple fire companies responded, including East Amherst, Swormville and Clarence Center. Firefighters said it started in the garage, and the family that lives inside escaped before fire companies arrived.
- PUB DATE: 3/20/2019 6:35:12 AM - SOURCE: WKBW-TV ABC 7 Buffalo
Fire leaves 99-year-old Olean woman's South Third Street home a total loss
Wed, 20 Mar 2019 01:42:21 -0700
A Tuesday morning blaze believed to be caused by a gas heater destroyed the South Third Street home of a 99-year-old woman, but caused no injuries to her or anyone else. The Olean Fire Department received a report at 6:16 a.m. of a structure fire at 129 S. Third St., finding the three-family residence engulfed with heavy smoke.
- PUB DATE: 3/20/2019 1:42:21 AM - SOURCE: Olean Times Herald
Victor Fire Department may become an independent district
Tue, 19 Mar 2019 02:30:06 -0700
For more than a century, the Village of Victor has had an all-volunteer fire department. That could soon be over. On Tuesday voters will decide whether to dissolve the department and create a district independent of the village. Victor fire chief Sean McAdoo said the reason is simple- more calls means the need for more people.
- PUB DATE: 3/19/2019 2:30:06 AM - SOURCE: Rochester First
Follow Up: Watertown Fire Captains Officially Reinstated
Tue, 19 Mar 2019 03:38:32 -0700
VIDEO: Four Watertown city firefighters will be reinstated to their captain positions. The city council voted 3 to 2 Monday night to promote the former captains. Mayor Joe Butler and Councilwoman Sarah Compo voted against it. The four captains were part of a group of eight who were demoted in 2016 as a cost-cutting effort.
- PUB DATE: 3/19/2019 3:38:32 AM - SOURCE: WWNY-TV 7 Fox 28
Buffalo Station House, a tribute to first responders, opens downtown
Sat, 16 Mar 2019 10:45:00 -0700
A new bar-restaurant dedicated to Buffalo firefighters and police has opened at 445 Delaware Ave., in the former Greystone. Buffalo Station House, a project by Dave Cronk, Ben Bell and Justin Driscoll, began its soft-opening phase Thursday night. The business aims for a refined feel, with abundant wall decor featuring art, police and fire department memorabilia collected by the owners and donated by passionate members of the community.
- PUB DATE: 3/16/2019 10:45:00 AM - SOURCE: Buffalo News
Albany firefighter nearly killed by septic infection prepares to go home
Tue, 19 Mar 2019 04:55:06 -0700
Josh Woodward, the local firefighter winning a battled against an aggressive septic infection that cost him a hand and toes, is slowly being removed from the machinery that has kept him alive, his wife said. Now, Chelsea Woodward says she's preparing to bring her husband home - possibly as soon as later this week.
- PUB DATE: 3/19/2019 4:55:06 AM - SOURCE: Albany Times-Union
Watertown's City Manager To Recommend Reinstating Fire Captains
Fri, 15 Mar 2019 09:27:06 -0700
Watertown's city manager wants to reinstate four fire captains who were demoted three years ago. City manager Rick Finn is proposing that the former captains be reinstated as of April 1. They were among eight captains who were demoted for the city's 2016-2017 budget as a way to save money. Four of the eight have already been promoted to their old ranks because of retirements over the past six months.
- PUB DATE: 3/15/2019 9:27:06 AM - SOURCE: WWNY-TV 7 Fox 28
Starting in April, all smoke alarms sold statewide must be tamper proof, last 10 years
Mon, 18 Mar 2019 00:00:00 -0700
Starting April 1, it will be illegal to sell smoke detectors with removable, replaceable batteries in New York state. The law was adopted in 2016 but it gave retailers three years to comply. The law requires that battery-powered smoke detectors sold in the state must come with batteries that last at least 10 years and cannot be removed.
- PUB DATE: 3/18/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Syracuse.com
Police: Man arrested for assaulting parents, starting fire on Long Island
Sun, 17 Mar 2019 11:26:58 -0700
A man was arrested after police say he started a fire that damaged two Long Island homes after he assaulted his parents early Saturday. Brian Alejo, 21, and his parents were at his Oakland Avenue home in Cedarhurst when they became involved in an argument just after 1 a.m., police said. During the argument, Alejo attacked his father with an edged weapon, resulting in multiple stab wounds, and he punched his mother before fleeing the house, according to police.
- PUB DATE: 3/17/2019 11:26:58 AM - SOURCE: WPIX-TV PIX 11
Champlain voters to decide $3.7M firehouse project
Mon, 18 Mar 2019 04:54:29 -0700
The Champlain Fire District is proposing a $3.765 million project to bring its 33-year-old station up to date. Those upgrades, including a 6,710-square-foot addition, would raise taxes 45 cents per $1,000 assessed value, equal to $49.95 per year on a $111,000 property. That figures out to about $4.
- PUB DATE: 3/18/2019 4:54:29 AM - SOURCE: Plattsburgh Press-Republican
Centerport Fire Department Contains House Fire
Mon, 18 Mar 2019 05:47:09 -0700
The Centerport Fire Department responded to reports of a house fire on McKinley Terrace on Saturday at 10:28 p.m. Firefighters located the fire in the basement that extended up through the walls into the first and second floors. Crews aggressively attacked the blaze which was contained to the basement and two rooms on the upper floors.
- PUB DATE: 3/18/2019 5:47:09 AM - SOURCE: Northport Patch.com
EMS FDNY Help Fund supports first responders during financial hardship
Fri, 15 Mar 2019 14:57:42 -0700
EMTs, paramedics and other first responders are sometimes overlooked, and now, an organization is looking to make a difference by offering a helping hand in times of need. Two years ago Saturday, EMT Yadira Arroyo tragically lost her life when a man jumped into her ambulance and ran her over in the Bronx .
- PUB DATE: 3/15/2019 2:57:42 PM - SOURCE: WABC-TV 7online.com
Residents jump out second-floor window to escape Port Jervis house fire
Fri, 15 Mar 2019 03:50:24 -0700
Twelve people made narrow escapes from a two-alarm structure fire at 18 Erie Street in the West End section of Port Jervis mid-morning on Thursday. Ten of the 12 were forced to jump from a second-floor window located in the rear of the house. They found themselves in thick, choking smoke and flames around them as they jumped to the ground below.
- PUB DATE: 3/15/2019 3:50:24 AM - SOURCE: Mid-Hudson News
Firefighter, hurt battling New Year’s Day blaze in vacant Tompkinsville home, sues owner
Fri, 15 Mar 2019 00:00:00 -0700
And a city firefighter, allegedly injured early on New Year’s Day when he fell from a ladder while battling a blaze in a vacant Tompkinsville home, maintains the building’s “unsealed” and “unguarded” condition made his job even more hazardous. John DiCarlo has sued 79 Monroe LLC, identified in court papers as the owner of 79 Monroe Ave.
- PUB DATE: 3/15/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Staten Island Advance
Residents evacuated in 'severe' Central Islip condo fire, officials say
Fri, 15 Mar 2019 03:33:32 -0700
At least 21 residents of a condominium complex in Central Islip were forced to flee their homes Thursday morning after a fire ignited then spread throughout the units, officials said. No one was hurt. The fire on Adams Road was reported at 12:40 a.m. by a 911 caller, according to police. Patrick C.
- PUB DATE: 3/15/2019 3:33:32 AM - SOURCE: News Day
Injured Buffalo firefighter is eager to get back to work and save lives
Thu, 14 Mar 2019 15:44:31 -0700
This week marks two months since a house fire that left Eric Whitehead with severe burns to his hands. On Thursday, he shared that he's still getting treatment for those injuries, but he's eager to get back to work. The Buffalo Fire Department responded to a house fire on Butler Avenue on January tenth.
- PUB DATE: 3/14/2019 3:44:31 PM - SOURCE: WKBW-TV ABC 7 Buffalo

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