Daily Dispatch: New York News
Fire Chief Napolitano still enamored with city, department a year into Batavia tenure
Sat, 19 May 2018 14:44:32 -0700
From his office at the City of Batavia Fire Department, Chief Stefano Napolitano doesn’t have to look far to see priorities extending months into the future. Four sheets of easel pad paper hang like oversized to-do lists on the office walls as a distillation of the personal and professional accomplishments Napolitano and his department want to accomplish.
- PUB DATE: 5/19/2018 2:44:32 PM - SOURCE: Batavia Daily News
3-alarm fire burns through 2 homes in Bronx, 2 firefighters hurt
Mon, 21 May 2018 05:38:33 -0700
A three-alarm fire in the Bronx started in a vacant home before spreading to another occupied home Monday morning. The fire broke out around 5:45 a.m. inside the home on Anthony Avenue in the Tremont section. Flames could be seen shooting from the upper floors of the building. It quickly spread to the house next door.
- PUB DATE: 5/21/2018 5:38:33 AM - SOURCE: WABC-TV 7online.com
From CPR to K-9 police, first responders in New Baltimore show how it's done
Sun, 20 May 2018 01:46:32 -0700
From an electronic CPR device to a fire simulator to an energetic K-9 officer who knows commands in three languages, first responders showed how it’s done Saturday at Cornell Hook and Ladder in New Baltimore. The firehouse held its first Health and Fire Safety Day, an opportunity for first responders and other community service organizations to bring their resources directly to the community.
- PUB DATE: 5/20/2018 1:46:32 AM - SOURCE: Hudson Valley 360
Former Auburn Fire Department Chief Michael Harmon Passes
Mon, 21 May 2018 08:17:09 -0700
The Auburn Fire Department on Sunday reported the passing of retired Chief R. Michael Harmon. Chief Harmon served 28 years and retired in 1995. Chief Michael Harmon was 74. Current Chief Joe Morabito grew up across the street from the Harmon family. He calls his predecessor a firefighter’s firefighter.
- PUB DATE: 5/21/2018 8:17:09 AM - SOURCE: Finger Lakes Daily News
Albany: 15 routed, 2 buildings damaged in Sheridan Hollow fire
Sat, 19 May 2018 11:01:46 -0700
Fifteen Albany residents were displaced from their homes after a fire consumed a vacant building in the Sheridan Hollow neighborhood overnight. The Albany Fire Department received a call for the fire at 124 Lark St. at about 3 a.m. Saturday, according to Chief Warren Abriel Jr. The three-story, brick building had heavy flames when firefighters arrived and the fire was rapidly spreading to a next door building on Sheridan Avenue that was separated by a 12-foot alleyway.
- PUB DATE: 5/19/2018 11:01:46 AM - SOURCE: Albany Times-Union
Ionia Volunteer Fire Co. rebuilds after station fire
Thu, 17 May 2018 20:19:15 -0700
An official grand opening and dedication for the Ionia Volunteer Fire Co.’s new fire station — constructed to replace the original building destroyed by a 2015 fire — is planned for July 28, the third anniversary of the blaze. The Ionia Volunteer Fire Co. was organized in 1954, with the original two-bay building built in 1955.
- PUB DATE: 5/17/2018 8:19:15 PM - SOURCE: MPNNow
FDNY to honor fire dispatcher after 41 years of service
Thu, 17 May 2018 18:27:33 -0700
The FDNY is giving a beloved radio dispatcher a special sign-off after a four decade long career. Gary Greenbaum will be honored Friday for his continuous service to the city, officials said. The Bronx was burning when Greenbaum, 66, joined the FDNY as a fire dispatcher in 1977. That year, firefighters responded to 129,619 blazes, according to the website fdnewyork.
- PUB DATE: 5/17/2018 6:27:33 PM - SOURCE: New York Daily News
Firefighter cancer registry could be created
Fri, 18 May 2018 00:00:00 -0700
It's not just the fire that presents a danger. For firefighters, it's common to be exposed to a range of harmful toxins while extinguishing flames. Some of those toxins have been shown to increase the risk of developing cancer. A bill, which has passed the Senate and is in the House of Representatives, calls for the creation of a national firefighter cancer registry.
- PUB DATE: 5/18/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Poughkeepsie Journal
Broome County: Firefighters raising money for new towing vehicle for fire safety trailer
Thu, 17 May 2018 16:02:09 -0700
Local firefighters are asking for donations from the community to help fire prevention awareness to children. The Broome County Firefighters Association has used a trailer called the “Kid's Safety House” to educate children in the community for the last 20 years. "It's hands on. They get to learn, they get to watch, they get to touch things, they get to see things operate, and it make a better impression," said Broome County Firefighters Association President Robert Brady.
- PUB DATE: 5/17/2018 4:02:09 PM - SOURCE: WBNG-TV 12 Binghamton
New fire chief chosen in Lake George
Thu, 17 May 2018 02:04:48 -0700
A man whose family has embraced a tradition of firefighting for four generations was recently chosen to serve as chief of the Lake George Fire Department. Scott A. Smith, 57, a volunteer firefighter for 40 years, was elected in April to the post by a majority vote of the Lake George fire company membership.
- PUB DATE: 5/17/2018 2:04:48 AM - SOURCE: Denton Publications
Batavia: City's newest firefighter comes to department with accomplishments and family heritage
Wed, 16 May 2018 15:50:38 -0700
There are few firefighters at age 23 who come into City Fire with a resume to match Ryan Hinz. He's been a volunteer in Alexander since he was 16. He twice won Firefighter of the Year. He rose to the rank of EMS captain and won awards for his EMS work. He also won a chief's award. Fire Chief Steve Napolitano said Hinz scored high on his civil service exam and his agility test and excelled at the fire academy.
- PUB DATE: 5/16/2018 3:50:38 PM - SOURCE: Batavian
Need for more volunteer firefighters in Western New York
Wed, 16 May 2018 10:15:30 -0700
"We're always on call 24/7 we're on a volunteer basis, you usually go when you can," said Karl Blomback, Hillcrest Fire Company Lieutenant. Karl Blomback is a Lieutenant with the Hillcrest Volunteer Fire Company. He tries to respond to at least two calls a week. "Sometimes we'll have 6 calls a day sometimes you don't have any for a couple days so we never really know when it's going to happen," said Blomback.
- PUB DATE: 5/16/2018 10:15:30 AM - SOURCE: WIVB-TV Buffalo
Opioid Overdoses Are on the Decline in Buffalo
Wed, 16 May 2018 09:53:11 -0700
Christopher Walsh is proof you should never give up on someone addicted to drugs. "It spirals out of control so quickly," Walsh said, noting that his addiction started after surgery when he was prescribed Lortabs. He eventually turned to heroin and overdoses 7 different times. "[Now] you realize the insanity of it all," he said.
- PUB DATE: 5/16/2018 9:53:11 AM - SOURCE: WGRZ
Brush fire ignites Champlain apartment complex
Wed, 16 May 2018 21:28:14 -0700
Shannon Rabideau was on her way home from work Wednesday afternoon when she saw the blaze at Sunset Efficiency Apartments. "I noticed how quickly it was spreading across the apartment building," she said. "I went up to the doors and started pounding and yelling to let people know their building was on fire.
- PUB DATE: 5/16/2018 9:28:14 PM - SOURCE: Plattsburgh Press-Republican
Dennis Fields Jr. named new Oneida fire chief
Tue, 15 May 2018 14:25:07 -0700
Assistant Chief Dennis Fields Jr. will be taking over the role of Oneida fire chief on May 31. Fire Chief Kevin Salerno will be retiring from the department after 28 years of service to the community. Salerno joined the department in 1990 as an excited rookie who couldn’t wait for his next work duty day.
- PUB DATE: 5/15/2018 2:25:07 PM - SOURCE: Oneida Dispatch
Son of Norwich Fire Chief killed a day before father's retirement celebration
Tue, 15 May 2018 15:08:22 -0700
After more than 30 years of service, the chief of the City of Norwich Fire Department was preparing to celebrate the end of his career this Wednesday. Chief Tracy Chawgo was scheduled have an open house at the fire station Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., but a tragedy has canceled the party and left the Norwich community in mourning.
- PUB DATE: 5/15/2018 3:08:22 PM - SOURCE: WBNG-TV 12 Binghamton
FDNY firefighter sues ‘leakers’ who made him seem like coward
Tue, 15 May 2018 02:45:14 -0700
A firefighter is going after fellow smoke-eaters who he says slimed him with media leaks painting him as unfit for the job, the Daily News has learned. Michael Johnson — an African-American "priority hire" who joined FDNY ranks in the wake of a fiery legal battle to diversify the department — is targeting fellow firefighters who teed up tabloid stories saying he ran away from his job when things got too hot.
- PUB DATE: 5/15/2018 2:45:14 AM - SOURCE: New York Daily News
Community gathers to lay Richford Fire Chief to rest
Tue, 15 May 2018 15:08:22 -0700
The Tioga County community gathered to say a final farewell to Richford Fire Chief John Keener who passed away Thursday. "I don't think you could go anywhere in Tioga County and not know who John Keener is," said his daughter Tracy. Dozens gathered at McPherson Funeral Home to pay their respects to the person many described as the center of the community.
- PUB DATE: 5/15/2018 3:08:22 PM - SOURCE: WBNG-TV 12 Binghamton
Buffalo Fire Currently Operating Without a Commissioner
Wed, 16 May 2018 03:33:20 -0700
Yesterday, WGRZ reported that the Buffalo Fire Department is currently operating without a commissioner - and city leaders have expressed concern. Commissioner Vincent Muscarella went on leave six weeks ago due to an undisclosed injury that he obtained on duty. With former deputy commissioner Jonathan Eaton stepping down to the rank of captain two weeks ago, it's now up to the current five division chiefs to take care of the day-to-day operations of the department.
- PUB DATE: 5/16/2018 3:33:20 AM - SOURCE: WBEN 930-AM & 107.7-FM
Two state fire academy graduates will join Auburn Fire Department
Tue, 15 May 2018 10:54:30 -0700
Two Auburn firefighters graduated from the state Academy of Fire Science in Schuyler County Friday. Theodore Alnutt Jr. and Robert Gage were part of the 75th class to graduate from the Recruit Firefighter Training Program — the program's largest graduation class since its inception in 1984, according to a press release from the state Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Services.
- PUB DATE: 5/15/2018 10:54:30 AM - SOURCE: Auburn Citizen

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