Daily Dispatch: New York News
Utica officials reaffirm assistant fire chief's appointment
Wed, 14 Nov 2018 15:44:10 -0800
Faced with the threat of a legal challenge, the City of Utica Municipal Civil Service Commission reaffirmed the appointment of a once-retired Utica Fire Department assistant chief to his former position. Assistant Chief George Clark retired in April after more than 30 years with the department but returned at Mayor Robert Palmieri’s request after Palmieri appointed current assistant chief Scott Ingersoll to provisional fire chief to fill that vacancy.
- PUB DATE: 11/14/2018 3:44:10 PM - SOURCE: Utica Observer-Dispatch
State audit cites New Hyde Park Fire District for payroll, OT lapses of more than $183G
Thu, 15 Nov 2018 00:00:00 -0800
Officials in the New Hyde Park Fire District failed to properly authorize and approve nearly all overtime or doubletime hours paid out and did not review or approve 79 percent of timecards totaling more than $170,000 in gross pay, according to an 18-month audit by the state comptroller's office. The report, released Thursday, states that supervisors also did not document their reasons for adjusting $4,451 worth of payroll hours, and that 91 percent of the overtime or doubletime hours that were paid out but not approved totaled $7,833.
- PUB DATE: 11/15/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Newsday
Town of Oneonta passes budget, establishes fire district
Wed, 14 Nov 2018 19:45:48 -0800
The Town of Oneonta approved its 2019 budget in a board meeting Wednesday night. The council members also established the Oneonta Fire Protection District by unanimous vote. The district will be identical to the prior Town of Oneonta Fire District, which was dissolved on Nov. 2 after a 3-2 vote by its commissioners.
- PUB DATE: 11/14/2018 7:45:48 PM - SOURCE: Oneonta Daily Star
Failed 911 calls have Albany County legislators seeking answers to lack of cell service
Wed, 14 Nov 2018 16:19:20 -0800
Can you hear me now? If you’re in parts of Bethlehem, Cohoes and Colonie – probably not. Recommended Video Albany County Legislator Joseph O’Brien, a Colonie resident, said he lives about a quarter-mile from a cellphone tower on Old Niskayuna Road, but oftentimes he has no cell service. Other times calls are dropped.
- PUB DATE: 11/14/2018 4:19:20 PM - SOURCE: Albany Times-Union
Fire damages businesses in Yonkers
Wed, 14 Nov 2018 20:19:42 -0800
Fire damaged a string of stores at the corner of Yonkers and Central avenues in Yonkers overnight. Fire officials say they first got the call just before 11 p.m. on Tuesday. They say it appears the fire started in Smoke City, a cigar and vape store, then spread into the cockloft, the area that's in between the ceiling and attic.
- PUB DATE: 11/14/2018 8:19:42 PM - SOURCE: News 12 Westchester
Oneida County 911 centers plan equipment upgrades
Wed, 14 Nov 2018 00:00:00 -0800
With any digital technology, there is a need to upgrade over time. The emergency communication equipment utilized by county 911 centers is no different. Also like other technology, the 911 centers’ equipment isn’t entirely immune to problems: Power outages, connectivity issues and damaged equipment can all interfere with callers’ ability to reach the right people in an emergency.
- PUB DATE: 11/14/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Utica Observer-Dispatch
Flower Hill: 2 Firefighters Hurt Battling Blaze at Gold Coast Estate
Tue, 13 Nov 2018 18:40:30 -0800
Two firefighters suffered minor injuries while battling a blaze at a home in Flower Hill Tuesday afternoon, officials said. The Port Washington Fire Department was alerted to the fire on Drake Lane at 3:20 p.m. Within an hour, the fire was knocked down and crews searched to confirm that the fire did not travel within the walls.
- PUB DATE: 11/13/2018 6:40:30 PM - SOURCE: Smithtown Patch.com
Poughkeepsie: New emergency vehicles dedicated to memory of late Assemblyman Skartados
Wed, 14 Nov 2018 03:44:43 -0800
The City of Poughkeepsie formally dedicated two new fire apparatus and a police vehicle to the memory of the late Assemblyman Frank Skartados on Tuesday. Skartados passed away of cancer last April. Mayor Robert Rolison said Skartados had worked on funding for the new equipment for two years up until his untimely death.
- PUB DATE: 11/14/2018 3:44:43 AM - SOURCE: Mid-Hudson News
7 hospitalized after carbon monoxide scare in Monsey
Tue, 13 Nov 2018 17:11:24 -0800
Seven people, including children, were taken to the hospital after a carbon monoxide scare in Monsey. Ramapo police say they responded to a call around 10:30 p.m. Monday that a woman fell and was unconscious. Residents there were reportedly running a generator on an enclosed deck to power lights and space heaters, while using pans of smoldering charcoal to heat the home inside.
- PUB DATE: 11/13/2018 5:11:24 PM - SOURCE: News 12 Westchester
Fire damages businesses in Yonkers
Wed, 14 Nov 2018 03:38:44 -0800
Fire damaged a string of stores at the corner of Yonkers and Central avenues in Yonkers overnight. Fire officials say they first got the call just before 11 p.m. on Tuesday. They say it appears the fire started in Smoke City, a cigar and vape store, then spread into the cockloft, the area that's in between the ceiling and attic.
- PUB DATE: 11/14/2018 3:38:44 AM - SOURCE: News 12 Hudson Valley
Volunteer firefighter seriously hurt in Orleans County crash
Mon, 12 Nov 2018 18:06:49 -0800
A volunteer firefighter remains at Strong Memorial Hospital with serious injuries following a crash Monday night. State Police say 27-year-old Jared Thompson was traveling eastbound on Route 31 in Murray around 5:40 p.m., responding to a call. Thompson is a member of the Fancher Hulberton Murray Fire Company and had his blue emergency lights activated, according to New York State Police.
- PUB DATE: 11/12/2018 6:06:49 PM - SOURCE: WUHF Fox Rochester
Man makes 'miraculous recovery' after being saved by Syracuse Firefighters
Mon, 12 Nov 2018 14:56:04 -0800
A Syracuse man is back to full strength after heroic efforts from several Syracuse Firefighters. Last Wednesday around 11:25pm, the Syracuse Fire Department was called to a fire at 550 South Clinton Street for a fire on the 13th floor. It took almost 50 firefighters to put the flames out. While some of the firefighters burst through a locked door and began extinguishing the fire, crews began searching for anyone still trapped.
- PUB DATE: 11/12/2018 2:56:04 PM - SOURCE: LocalSYR.com
End of an era for Catskill
Mon, 12 Nov 2018 20:48:48 -0800
The Catskill Fire Company switched over to new high-band pagers Nov. 7, silencing the distinctive wail of the historic village fire alarm, probably for all time. The upgrade is part of a multi-million-dollar countywide project that will increase coverage for firefighters. Municipal fire departments have to purchase high-band radios and pagers, while Greene County Emergency Services upgraded its computer-aided dispatch system for $2.
- PUB DATE: 11/12/2018 8:48:48 PM - SOURCE: Ravena News-Herald
Reward For Info On Who Bashed Firefighter's Truck With Bat in Riverhead: Cops
Mon, 12 Nov 2018 19:01:28 -0800
The search continues for whoever used a baseball bat to damage a vehicle belonging to a volunteer firefighter in Riverhead, police said. Suffolk County Crime Stoppers and Riverhead Town Police Department detectives are asking for the public's help to identify and locate the person used the baseball bat to damage a 2010 Dodge Ram pickup truck that was parked outside the Riverhead Fire Department, located at 540 Roanoke Ave.
- PUB DATE: 11/12/2018 7:01:28 PM - SOURCE: Smithtown Patch.com
Tenant detects Keeseville fire, alerts tenants
Mon, 12 Nov 2018 14:59:04 -0800
A Keeseville man carried a partially paralyzed woman out of their burning apartment building and then knocked on the remaining two apartment doors, alerting the other tenants to the blaze. "(Lee Spoor) threw me over his shoulder," Niki Barcomb said. "He carried me out of my room, out the door, onto the deck.
- PUB DATE: 11/12/2018 2:59:04 PM - SOURCE: Plattsburgh Press-Republican
Multiple agencies knock down house fire in Cortland County
Mon, 12 Nov 2018 13:22:08 -0800
Route 13 in the Town of Cuyler. There firefighters found a three story house that was on fire. Our team at the An overnight fire in Cortland County is under investigation. Crews responded to calls of a fire just before 1 a.m. on Monday morning, on Route 13 in the Town of Cuyler. There firefighters found a three story house that was on fire.
- PUB DATE: 11/12/2018 1:22:08 PM - SOURCE: WSTM-TV NBC3-CNY Central
Ground Zero first responders who died of Sept. 11-related health conditions can now receive federal Medal of Valor
Thu, 08 Nov 2018 18:38:04 -0800
First responders who died of Ground Zero-related illnesses are eligible for a federal medal honoring Sept. 11 heroes under a new law signed by President Trump. The law, introduced last year by Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Queens), makes firefighters, cops and emergency service officers fatally sickened by the toxic debris pile eligible for the 9/11 Heroes Medal of Valor.
- PUB DATE: 11/8/2018 6:38:04 PM - SOURCE: New York Daily News
Crews extinguish fire at Pittsford home Thursday
Thu, 08 Nov 2018 18:50:21 -0800
Firefighters and Monroe County Sheriff's deputies responded to a fire at a home in Pittsford Thursday night. Crews were dispatched to Saddle Brook near Mendon Center Road around 7:30 p.m. Sheriff's deputies said someone inside the home knocked over a candle, causing the fire. An adult and two children were home at the time.
- PUB DATE: 11/8/2018 6:50:21 PM - SOURCE: WUHF Fox Rochester
Buffalo firefighter reports gun stolen from vehicle parked at fire station
Fri, 09 Nov 2018 07:48:05 -0800
A Buffalo firefighter parked behind a Main Street fire station discovered a 9 mm handgun was stolen from his car when he left work Thursday morning, according to a police report. The firefighter, who works at the station housing Engine 34 and Ladder 7 at Main and Mercer Avenue, told police his car had been locked and he didn't know how the thief or thieves gained access to the vehicle.
- PUB DATE: 11/9/2018 7:48:05 AM - SOURCE: Buffalo News
Syracuse Firefighters Local 280 make special delivery to P.E.A.C.E. Headstart Preschool Program
Thu, 08 Nov 2018 16:02:02 -0800
Syracuse Firefighters Local 280 distributed 180 coats to children at P.E.A.C.E. Headstart Preschool Program Thursday, as part of their Operation Warm fundraiser. They started the program in Syracuse last year when they saw how many children were walking around without winter coats. "We try to bring some warmth and we try to do that to the children and our way of doing that is providing children of need with coats, hats and gloves," said Paul Montondo, president of Syracuse Local 280.
- PUB DATE: 11/8/2018 4:02:02 PM - SOURCE: LocalSYR.com