Our department and several surrounding departments have had multiple brush fires over the past few days. Please remember there is a red flag warning on top of the burn ban currently. This means the chances of fire spread are highly likely, even a cigarette thrown out the window could start a brush fire. For more information visit:http://www.dec.ny.gov/press/101102.html
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SARATOGA SPRINGS — Boats left high and dry on residential streets and countless buildings darkened by power outages greeted local firefighters who arrived on Long Island early Wednesday.
More than a dozen members of the West Crescent and Wilton fire departments deployed to Nassau County following a call for help from the state Office of Emergency Services in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.
Also, the American Red Cross Adirondack-Saratoga Chapter has sent staff and supplies to flooded parts of Dutchess and Ulster counties and expects to assist relief efforts in metropolitan New York as well.
“It’s shocking how devastated everything is,” said Gary Ferris, Red Cross chapter executive director. “It’s too early to know exactly how big our response will be, but it will be a huge one.”
Millions of people from Connecticut to New Jersey are victims of Sandy.
West Crescent firefighters went to Long Beach, Long Island, where 30-foot waves and a tidal surge caused myriad destruction. The crew has already responded to two calls — a gas leak and a carbon monoxide incident, Saratoga County Fire Coordinator Ed Tremblay said.
A 7 p.m. curfew is in effect because of power outages.
West Crescent firefighters are sleeping in a fire station powered by a gas generator.
“When they get down there, they’re responsible for supplying their own gear, food and accommodations,” Saratoga County Emergency Services Director Paul Lent said.
West Crescent sent an engine ladder truck, and Wilton responded with a heavy rescue team that could use equipment such as the Jaws of Life, if needed. Both crews are deployed for 72 hours, the longest amount of time allowed by the Federal Emergency Management Administration for a mutual aid response.
The five-man Wilton team is led by Capt. Stephen Penman and includes Lt. Stephen St. Louis and firefighters Tom Meehan, Ray Bailey and Ryan Ward. The men arrived at about 5:30 a.m. Wednesday and had already responded to three calls by mid-afternoon — two gas leaks and a building collapse.
“Fortunately, there was no one inside,” Fire Chief Bill Morgan said.
He said that uniform state fire training regulations are extremely valuable in disaster situations such as this one.
“Whether you’re on Long Island or in Wilton, you take the same classes,” Morgan said. “Everyone in the state is trained to the same level.”
Lent said he expects to get additional requests for assistance to impacted areas, meaning other local fire companies might send personnel and equipment.
Monday, area Red Cross chapters provided shelter for 66 people from Plattsburgh to Poughkeepsie. Volunteers also distributed snacks and supplies and have begun doing damage assessment.
Ferris said he expects more local volunteers to be deployed.
“The relief effort in New York and New Jersey is going to be huge,” he said.
The Crew preparing to leave
The long drive down to Long Island with West Crescent
Some of the damages – roof on the beach.
Home for the meantime in Long Island – Long Beach Station #2
The crew in Long Beach
Mounds of sand and buried cars
Several feet of sand