Daily Dispatch: New York News
Town of Oneonta Fire District votes to dissolve, sparks outcry
Thu, 20 Sep 2018 20:38:03 -0700
Town of Oneonta Fire District commissioners voted Thursday night 3 to 2 for dissolution, turning the job of negotiating a fire protection contract over to the Oneonta Town Board, which objects to the step. Supervisor Robert Wood said the Town Board plans to take legal action to block the dissolution.
- PUB DATE: 9/20/2018 8:38:03 PM - SOURCE: Oneonta Daily Star
Unlimited-Sick-Time Law Aiding 9/11 First-Responders Not Always Honored
Thu, 20 Sep 2018 13:51:08 -0700
Governor Cuomo signed a bill on Sept. 11, 2017, providing unlimited sick time for first-responders with World Trade Center-certified illnesses who work for the state or for local governments outside New York City. Historically, New York City, like other municipalities, offers that “line-of duty” unlimited-sick-time benefit exclusively to uniformed workers such as police officers and firefighters.
- PUB DATE: 9/20/2018 1:51:08 PM - SOURCE: The Chief - Civil Service Leader
Grant funding helps Perry Center and Cowlesville firefighters breathe a little easier
Thu, 20 Sep 2018 13:16:04 -0700
Area firefighters may soon breathe a little easier thanks to thousands of dollars worth of federal funding allocated through the Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. The awards — $22,477 for the Cowlesville Fire Company and $66,939 for Perry Center — will be used to purchase equipment relating to self-contained breathing apparatuses, devices worn by rescue worker and firefighters to provide breathable air in situations immediately dangerous to life or health.
- PUB DATE: 9/20/2018 1:16:04 PM - SOURCE: Batavia Daily News
Deputies: Breakup leads to arson in Canandaigua
Thu, 20 Sep 2018 10:09:26 -0700
Deputies say a 60-year-old Stanley woman was arrested following an arson investigation. On Wednesday, first responders were called to 4420 County Road 50 in Canandaigua at Pinewood Manor Motel. It prompted a response from the Canandaigua Police Department, Canandaigua Fire Department and VA Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 9/20/2018 10:09:26 AM - SOURCE: FingerLakes1.com
Pickup truck catches fire in Glenville
Thu, 20 Sep 2018 10:09:34 -0700
A Scotia man's truck caught fire on Freeman's Bridge Road Thursday morning, destroying the truck, but leaving the driver uninjured, police said. The incident happened at about 8:00 a.m. The driver was headed down the road when a mechanical issue led his his pickup led him to pull over, assistant Thomas Corners Fire Chief Gregg Petricca said.
- PUB DATE: 9/20/2018 10:09:34 AM - SOURCE: Schenectady Daily Gazette
Fire breaks out at vacant Concord Ave. property in the Bronx
Thu, 20 Sep 2018 09:28:51 -0700
A fire broke out Thursday morning at a vacant property on Concord Avenue. Fire officials say the flames started on the third floor of 430 Concord Ave just after 6:30 a.m. It was under control in less than an hour. Three hours after the fire was put out, crews returned to the scene due to smoke on the roof.
- PUB DATE: 9/20/2018 9:28:51 AM - SOURCE: News 12 Bronx
Rensselaer fire chief resigns amid tensions with volunteers
Wed, 19 Sep 2018 13:22:41 -0700
Rensselaer Fire Chief Bill Hummel resigned Wednesday just hours before volunteer firfighters are set to bring concerns about training and proper equipment to city officials. City volunteer firefighters and county officials say both the chief and an assistant chief have stepped down. While the mayor and the chief have not returned calls for comment, the volunteers believe the resignations are a direct response to growing tensions between volunteers and career firefighters within the city.
- PUB DATE: 9/19/2018 1:22:41 PM - SOURCE: WNYT-TV 13 Albany
FDNY fire and EMS dispatchers honored for their life-saving roles
Wed, 19 Sep 2018 15:38:04 -0700
Those calm, collected disembodied voices on the other end of 911 calls are about to be heard — and honored. The FDNY will be honoring 72 fire and Emergency Medical Service dispatchers during a special ceremony at department headquarters in downtown Brooklyn on Thursday, giving out awards to scores of first responders who are, truly, the first to respond.
- PUB DATE: 9/19/2018 3:38:04 PM - SOURCE: New York Daily News
Five displaced after Binghamton basement fire
Wed, 19 Sep 2018 15:21:33 -0700
Binghamton fire officials say a basement fire at 22 Clarke Street is out. Firefighters say no one was inside the home at the time and no one was injured. However, five people who lived in the home are displaced. There is no word yet on what caused the fire. "Once they completely got here and made entry, it was probably seven to eight minutes until the fire was completely knocked down," Binghamton Fire Department Assistant Chief Rick Allen said.
- PUB DATE: 9/19/2018 3:21:33 PM - SOURCE: WBNG-TV 12 Binghamton
Temporary Utica Fire Chief James Barefoot's term to expire October first
Wed, 19 Sep 2018 14:28:24 -0700
The clock is ticking for Utica’s temporary fire chief as his term expires at the end of the month. James Barefoot, a former member of the Utica Fire Department who had retired in 2012 as a captain, was appointed to the position effective July 1. As his term comes to an end the city is looking at potential replacements, including both internal and external candidates.
- PUB DATE: 9/19/2018 2:28:24 PM - SOURCE: WKTV-TV NBC Utica
Nearly $100K in federal funds to aid Williamstown VFD
Wed, 19 Sep 2018 12:59:04 -0700
Federal legislators on Wednesday announced $95,362 in funding for the Williamstown Volunteer Fire Department to replace equipment nearly two decades old. U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced the funding, allocated through the Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program.
- PUB DATE: 9/19/2018 12:59:04 PM - SOURCE: The Palladium-Times
Retired FDNY firefighter dies from 9/11-related cancer
Tue, 18 Sep 2018 19:55:04 -0700
Retired FDNY firefighter John Elges, cited three times for bravery in his decades-long career, died Saturday from cancer caused by Ground Zero toxins, his family said. He was 60. Elges was diagnosed with brain and neck cancer in 2015, six years after he retired from the FDNY. The treatment became all-consuming after the disease metastasized to his lungs, his wife said.
- PUB DATE: 9/18/2018 7:55:04 PM - SOURCE: New York Daily News
East Kingston man charged with torching former church, two-story shed; suspect has been volunteer firefighter
Tue, 18 Sep 2018 14:03:23 -0700
An East Kingston man who has served as a volunteer firefighter was arrested Tuesday for allegedly setting two fires in the hamlet, including one that destroyed a former church, according to town police. Michael D. Watzka, 29, was arrested on a warrant about 11 a.m. and charged with two counts of arson and one count of criminal mischief, all felonies, police said.
- PUB DATE: 9/18/2018 2:03:23 PM - SOURCE: Kingston Daily Freeman
Two fires being investigated at Ithaca's homeless camp, "The Jungle"
Tue, 18 Sep 2018 13:24:49 -0700
Public safety officials are investigating two fires that have occurred at a homeless camp over the past two weeks. A structure similar to a shed built in the area behind Walmart and Harbor Freight Tools, known as "The Jungle," burned on Monday, Ithaca firefighters said. No one was injured. Ithaca firefighters and Ithaca police were dispatched to the area at 12:30 p.
- PUB DATE: 9/18/2018 1:24:49 PM - SOURCE: Ithaca Journal
FDNY Firefighters Host ‘Lil’ Bravest’ Carnival For Hospitalized Children
Tue, 18 Sep 2018 16:58:29 -0700
Some New York City firefighters hosted a special carnival for children who they call “the bravest.” The kids are battling childhood diseases and the FDNY members in attendance also honored two of their fallen brothers Tuesday. Games and teddy bears, laughter and smiling faces filled the atrium at Cohen Children’s Medical Center in New Hyde Park.
- PUB DATE: 9/18/2018 4:58:29 PM - SOURCE: CBS New York
Follow Up: Kings Plaza garage arson suspect reveals motive for torching 135 cars
Tue, 18 Sep 2018 20:59:15 -0700
The man who investigators said lit the blaze that engulfed one of New York City's largest parking garages in smoke and flames went before a judge for the first time on Tuesday afternoon. Evon Stephens, 23, confessed to the crime, according to the criminal complaint against him. It also said that the self-described homeless man lit the fire for reasons involving sex taking place at the garage.
- PUB DATE: 9/18/2018 8:59:15 PM - SOURCE: WPIX-TV PIX 11
Kylie Jenner-approved designer teams up with the FDNY
Tue, 18 Sep 2018 17:54:04 -0700
With regular clients like Kylie Jenner and Bella Hadid, you might not expect Danielle Guizio to count the New York City Fire Department as one of her biggest inspirations. But to hear the young designer tell it, the FDNY was actually a perfect choice of partner for her new capsule collection. “I wanted to work with someone New York-based because my brand is New York-based, and who’s better than the FDNY?” Guizio told Page Six.
- PUB DATE: 9/18/2018 5:54:04 PM - SOURCE: New York Post
Man due in court after explosive Kings Plaza Shopping Center garage fire in Brooklyn
Mon, 17 Sep 2018 16:52:43 -0700
The suspect accused of causing an explosive seven-alarm fire in a Brooklyn garage is set to appear in court Tuesday. Dozens of cars went up in flames causing their tires to explode inside the Kings Plaza Shopping Center parking garage in Brooklyn Monday. Investigators say Avon Stephens, 23, was caught on surveillance video leaving the Kings Plaza shopping center parking lot before Monday morning's fire.
- PUB DATE: 9/17/2018 4:52:43 PM - SOURCE: WABC-TV 7online.com
EMS workers, elected officials call for de Blasio to stop opposing paid sick leave for 9/11 responders
Mon, 17 Sep 2018 15:09:16 -0700
More than 17 years after the Sept. 11 attacks, EMTs sickened at the World Trade Center are still fighting for unlimited sick time due to resistance, they say, from Mayor de Blasio. Lawmakers and union leaders ripped de Blasio Monday for his opposition to legislation that would expand unlimited sick time — already available to NYPD officers and FDNY firefighters, and to first responders from outside the city — to another about 4,000 city workers, including FDNY EMS workers.
- PUB DATE: 9/17/2018 3:09:16 PM - SOURCE: New York Daily News
Aurelius, Owasco, Throop firefighters simulate hunting rescue
Mon, 17 Sep 2018 20:31:07 -0700
Deer hunters preparing their tree stands for the upcoming season in Cayuga County can rest a little easier this year knowing if the worst happens, local fire departments are prepared to help. Firefighters from the departments in Aurelius, Throop and Owasco, along with AMR ambulance, completed a simulated training exercise Monday night in order to be better equipped to respond to calls of hunters falling out of tree stands.
- PUB DATE: 9/17/2018 8:31:07 PM - SOURCE: Auburn Citizen

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