You will find fireground audio and a large series of early still pictures by Moishe Lichtenstein from Wednesday’s apartment fire in Spring Valley, New York (Rockland County). Below are two more clips of raw video.
The fast-moving fire erupted about 10:30 a.m. on the western side of the Raymond Castle apartment complex and took firefighters from 11 departments more than three hours to quell, officials said.
With temperatures in the 80s, firefighters worked in shifts to avoid heat exhaustion and dehydration. One firefighter was overcome by the heat and another was treated for a minor injury after taking a fall, officials said. No other injuries were reported.
Fire officials reported several firefighters suffered heat exhaustion and one fell inside the building but they were treated at the scene.
At one point or another, the Spring Valley, New City, Suffern, Tappan, Orangeburg, Hillcrest, Nanuet, Pearl River, Congers, Stony Point, Nyack, Tallaman and Monsey fire departments all responded.
“Our volunteers did a great job in cutting off the fire,” (Rockland County fire coordinator Gordon) Wren said. “When they frist showed up, they had to decide to try and manage the fire or go through the apartments and search for people. So they went looking for anyone inside, and thankfully the other departments showed up to help get things under control.”
In addition to the story from Barnegat, New Jersey of the fire truck parade for Kyle McGetrick that Glenn Usdin at FireTruckBlog.com/Command Fire Apparatus brought us, here's another fire company going all out for another young man who is suffering. In Garnerville, New York (Rockland County) Thiells Fire Department was contacted by Jennifer Cunnane, a North Rockland school district teacher, about nine-year-old Sean DePatto who has been dealing leukemia since he was two. Cunnane and the fire department conspired to get a dog from the Westchester SCPA that Sean and his brother were interested in. "Cooper" arrived in style in time for Christmas.
A man claims that forcible sodomy is a "prerequisite" for volunteers at the Piermont Fire Department. He says that when his teen-age son volunteered, firefighters "forcibly caused [him] to engage in acts of sodomy, all against his will and consent," and that this "ritual" is "a prerequisite" for all people who want to join.
Mark Bernstein sued the Village of Piermont and three named firefighters in Federal Court, on behalf of his 17-year-old son.
Bernstein claims the village knew about the hazing ritual and "took no steps to prevent this rite of passage and as such acquiesced in its implementation."
He claims that when his son volunteered for the force, in August 2010, he was "battered, physically restrained, pushed, shoved and forced into submission," and that the sexual abuse left him "physically and psychologically ill." It caused him to seek medical and psychological treatment and has left him "permanently damaged."
The father says every prospective firefighter is subjected to this hazing and that Piermont "manifested a deliberate indifference to these violations of civil rights" and created "a receptive atmosphere for the various acts of pedophilia performed by the co-defendants."
The complaint states: "(S)ometime prior to Aug. 14, 2010, and on occasions too numerous to mention, the defendant the Village of Piermont promulgated, fostered and implemented a policy whereby new arrivals ('initiates') into the position of volunteer firefighter would be subject to a form of 'hazing' whereby fellow firefighters would restrain the initiate's movements, depriving him of his freedom of movement, expose their genitals to the said initiate, and attempt to forcibly cause the initiate to place his hand upon and/or fondle the genitals of various members of the Piermont Fire Department, and/or force the said initiate against his will by dint of duress to sodomize an existing firefighter.
"Sixth: That upon information and belief, the aforementioned exercise of what the defendant The Village of Piermont deemed to be 'hazing' was done to each and every named individual defendant herein and further deemed to be a ritual utilized as a 'rite of passage,' a prerequisite in acceptance into the Village of Piermont Fire Department".
The father and son seek damages for battery, civil rights violations and outrage. They are represented by Richard Gilbert with Levine & Gilbert of New York, N.Y.
Piermont, on the west bank of the Hudson River, is a town of about 2,600. Its median household income of $88,000 is 61 percent higher than the state average, according to city-data.com. Its fire department apparently is all-volunteer. The town budget for fire protection is extremely low; the village has no official website. It decided to create an official website 2½ years ago but the site is still under construction, according to an Internet search this morning (Thursday).
PGFD house fire: A basement fire shot by Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department PIO Mark Brady yesterday at 15 Bannington Drive in the Largo area. No injuries. Damage estimated at $60,000.
IAFF backed candidates win top spots in DC and Prince George’s County: Yesterday’s elections will have significant impact on the fire service locally. Incumbent District of Columbia Mayor Adrian Fenty lost to challenger Vincent Gray, the current City Council Chairman. It was a decisive win by Gray who had the backing of IAFF Local 36 and many other labor unions the Fenty administration clashed with. There isn’t anyone who sees the election as good news for the current leadership of the DC Fire & EMS Department.
In Prince George’s County, Maryland IAFF Local 1619 played an early and significant role in the campaign of Rushern Baker. Baker appears to have run away with the Democratic Primary. Observers expect another major shift in the balance of power between career and volunteer forces in PGFD.
Note: In the two heavily Democratic jurisdictions the primary is traditionally the important and decisive election.
Firefighter apparently caused large Colorado fire: Investigators believe a 71-year-old volunteer firefighter accidentally caused the Fourmile Canyon fire that took the firefighter’s home and many others. Click here to read and watch how it started.
Calling in sick, playing golf and posting your scores on the Internet: That’s what WFMZ-TV reports one Allentown, Pennsylvania firefighter did on three of four consecutive days that he missed work. Read the details.
Here’s another golf story from a wife who knows the score: In Chico, California a woman called the fire department to help retrieve her husband’s driver that ended up on the roof of a neighbor’s house. It slipped out of the man’s hand when he was taking some practice swings at home just before playing a round. Dorothy Cornie knew she had to act fast because when her husband returned from the golf course he would go up on that tile roof. The firefighters handled the problem keeping 91-year-old Lynn Cornie on the ground and ready to swing another day. Here’s the article.
FDNY can hire, but there’s a catch: A federal judge has given the FDNY until Friday to pick from a number of quota-like hiring procedures in order to allow a recruit class to be hired. Here’s the latest.
Now that’s some strong coffee: Sounds like there may have been a coffee BLEVE in the UK yesterday. An exploding coffee machine in a supermarket injured seven people. Click here for a picture and the story.
Do they know the way to San Jose?: Or, can they get there in times of trouble? After the San Bruno explosion another California city is questioning how it could quickly call back off-duty firefighters in case of a major emergency when so many of them live so far away. Here’s the story from San Jose.
An Emergency! emergency: Firegeezer has been a dealer of late for those old junkies trying to get their fix on the show that started many of them on this damn fire service addiction. It looks like the Geeze’s supply has dried up. But there’s some binge viewing going on just before everyone has to go cold turkey. Check out Firegeezer’a daily Emergency! before it’s too late.
Three firefighters charged with exposing themselves: In Rockland County, New York the accusations against a 29-year-old firefighter and two members of the Piermont Fire Department who are teenagers is they exposed themselves to a 16-year-old member and told him to touch their genitals. Read more.
Former fire chief is mad as hell and isn’t going to take it anymore, so he tells his own story: In Kelowna, British Columbia there has been a lot of news coverage over why and how Chief Rene Blanleil left his job. Along the way, the coverage has asked a lot of questions about money. The chief came out swinging with his own YouTube video bypassing reporters. Watch the video and read the story.
At least they don’t have that idiot who spoke last year: The 8th Professional Development Seminar of the Fairfax County Professional Fire and Rescue Officers Association is in less than a month. Lot’s of good stuff for a reasonable price in Tysons Corner, Virginia. Click here to sign up.
Dave is pitching products: Two of our loyal readers have some new fire related items to sell. One is Will Wyatt in Texas who has a wonderful book about his time in the fire service. Click here.
The other is Steve Roth from Pennsylvania. Steve’s calendar is hot off the presses. And we mean hot. Check it out.
The daring young man on the flying tower ladder: One gets the idea that Jason Nolan probably likes to work without a net. Maybe that’s why he went from trapeze artist to Decatur, Illinois firefighter. Here’s his story.
Bronx 2nd-alarm: Here’s the description with this fire from yesterday- “Box 3394 address of 2696 Marion Ave. fire on 2nd & 3rd floors of a 3 story PD., 4 lines stretched 3 in operation.”
A fire Monday evening in Rockland County, New York. One police officer was treated for exhaustion while evacuating the building at the Blueberry Hills apartments in Monsey. According to LoHud.com, “Rockland Deputy Fire Coordinator John Kryger said that a lack of nearby fire hydrants prevented officials from effectively fighting the fire early on.” Click here to read more about the fire.