Fire training an eye-opener for elected officials

26 Oct

J.S.CARRAS - JCARRAS@DIGITALFIRSTMEDIA.COM Galway and Wilton firefighters battle a simulated car fire during Saratoga County Fire 101 presentation, a familiarization of the fire service hosted by Saratoga County fire representatives Saturday, October 25, 2014 at the Saratoga County Fire Training Center, in Ballston Spa, N.Y..

BALLSTON SPA >> Firefighters are faced with potentially life-and-death decisions each time they answer a call.

When the heat is on, there’s no time to think – preparation, experience and training are critical to saving lives and staying safe in the process.

Elected officials got a first-hand look at the many types of incidents firefighters respond to during a multi-agency exercise at Saratoga County’s Byron J. Baker Fire Training Center in Ballston Spa Saturday.

“It’s an eye-opener for the folks that fund us; the dedication, equipment and resources involved,” said Peter Shaw, assistant Saratoga Springs fire chief. “Just when you think you’ve seen it all, something else will pop up. It’s not just fires now. If somebody doesn’t know who else to call they call the fire department. It could be hazmat (hazardous materials), wires down or a pump-out when there’s a flood. We have to be the jack of all trades.”

About 100 personnel, seasoned firefighters and trainees alike, representing nearly a dozen paid and volunteer departments, from South Glens Falls to Waterford, took part.

The activity was specifically designed to let public officials see how tax dollars are spent on training. and marked the first time they’ve been invited to such an event. Leaders at all levels turned out – several county supervisors and town board members along with Ballston Spa Mayor John Romano and state Sen. Kathleen Marchione, R-Halfmoon.

Halfmoon Supervisor Kevin Tollisen said, “This gives us an actual hands-on view of what they do every day for our county.”

The training center is used several times per week, not just by local fire companies, but some from neighboring counties such as Warren, Washington and Rensselear, too.

The facility prepares firefighters for all kinds of situations. A multi-story live burn building was installed several years ago to give personnel experience with structure fires. When responding, firefighters don’t just try to extinguish a blaze. Many things are involved, such as ventilation and search-and rescue that require teamwork.

“All these functions have to be coordinated,” said Ed Tremblay, Saratoga County fire coordinator.

The burn building cost $875,000. But it’s price is invaluable considering the lives that might be saved through proper training.

The center also teaches firefighters how to respond to vehicle fires and extrications in addition to railroad tank car fires. Saturday’s participants even learned how to drive large emergency vehicles.

The event was hosted by the Saratoga County Fire Advisory Protection Board, comprised of representatives from each town and city in the county. The board meets monthly to ensure that all fire companies are following the same standardized incident and mutual aid procedures.

This way, firefighters from different agencies – sometimes complete strangers – know how to work together when responding to a serious call.

“We showed how valuable that live fire training is,” said board Chairman Bob Palmieri, of Mechanicville. “It’s important to feel the heat and smell the smoke before you have to do it for real.”

1st Place at Hemmings Car Show!!

29 Sep

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Fire destroys Gansevoort home; Three pets die in blaze

29 Sep

September 27, 2014 9:12 pm

GANSEVOORT — Fire investigators were still on the scene late Saturday following a fire that destroyed a home and killed three pets.

Gansevoort Assistant Fire Chief Keith Burch said the call came in at about 5 p.m. from passers-by for a structure fire at 246 Austin Road. No one was believed to be in the residence at the time of the call.

Burch said the one-story home was fully engulfed by the time firefighters arrived.

Though the investigation was not complete, Burch said a faulty appliance was suspected as the cause.

No personal injuries were reported and the home was insured. Mutual aid was provided by Wilton, South Glens Falls and Schuylerville fire departments. Victory Mills Fire Department assisted in establishing a fill site.

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Is there a fire in You?

1 Jul

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Congrats Grads!

1 Jul

Congratulations to all of the High School grads! Have a safe graduation season, and a great summer!

At least 2 firefighters killed in Boston blaze

26 Mar

RIP brothers:

Boston Fire Dept.
@BostonFire 1m
Killed was Firefighter Michael R. Kennedy of Ladder Company 15 on Boylston St. 33yo, a 6 1/2 yr veteran. Also Veteran USMC

Boston Fire Dept. @BostonFire 4m
Killed was Lt. Edward J. Walsh,Jr. assigned to Engine Company 33 on Boylston Street. 43 yo, a 9 1/2 year veteran.

 

At least 2 firefighters killed in Boston blaze

By Kevin Conlon and Dana Ford, CNN
updated 7:55 PM EDT, Wed March 26, 2014
Watch this video

9-alarm fire in Boston neighborhood

STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • More than a dozen other people are hurt
  • “I watched it go from pretty small to really, really big,” eyewitness tells a CNN affiliate
  • Blaze began in the basement of a brick brownstone

Photos: Nine-alarm fire in BostonPhotos: Nine-alarm fire in Boston

(CNN) — A nine-alarm fire broke out Wednesday at a brick brownstone in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood, killing at least two firefighters and injuring more than a dozen people, officials said.

The deaths were confirmed by a public safety source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

The fire began in the basement and quickly climbed up the four-story building, the Boston Fire Department said on its Twitter page.

It posted images of the blaze, showing firefighters attending to someone on a stretcher.

The area is west of downtown Boston, near the Charles River. Video showed smoke rising over the city.

On its Twitter page, Boston Emergency Medical Services said that it had transported 18 patients to area hospitals from the Beacon Street blaze.

Three firefighters were injured, one seriously, Boston Fire Department spokesman Steve MacDonald told reporters before news of the deaths. He said that more than 150 firefighters and between 20 and 30 trucks responded to the incident.

Fire officials were conducing a roll call to make sure everyone is accounted for, the spokesman said. The cause of the blaze was not immediately clear.

Mark Bristol, an eyewitness, told CNN affiliate WCVB, that he saw people climbing down the building’s fire escape. The affiliate reported that strong winds were fanning the flames, complicating efforts to put the fire out.

“I watched it go from pretty small to really, really big — like there was just smoke absolutely pouring out the front entrance,” Bristol said.

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