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July 27, 2015 - 7:04pm
posted by Traci Turner in east pembroke, East Pembroke Fire District.

The East Pembroke Fire District plans to proceed with the construction of a new fire hall at a different location. 

After residents voted to approve to build a new fire hall last year, the project was delayed by Fire District officials to consider a more suitable location.

According to Robert Yungfleisch, chairman of the East Pembroke Fire District, the property that was originally part of the project had wetland issues and would have been expensive to build on. After a property owner offered to donate a parcel earlier this year, the Fire District decided to wait on the project.

The Fire Commission met last week to discuss moving forward with the project as soon as they take ownership of the property.

The donated parcel is located on Barrett Drive near property already owned by the Fire District. The parcel is approximately six to eight acres. 

Due to the change of address, residents must vote on the project again. The environmental studies and site assessments must be redone as well.

Yungfleisch stated taxes will not go up for 20 years. The tax increase that was implemented last year figures in the mortgage on the new building, new equipment, maintenance and other expenses.

The cost of the project cannot exceed $3 million. The Fire District is in the process of making adjustments to cut down the original estimated cost of $3,170,000. Although the cost of materials and labor has increased since last year, Yungfleisch thinks the district can work within the budget.

"With the new property, we are looking at different options for labor and materials so it shouldn't be a problem knocking off $170,000," Yungfleisch said.

The project can receive up to $500,000 through a New York State Emergency Services Revolving Loan. The rest of the project will be funded through U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development Loan. Property owners will pay for the loan over 30 years.

The Fire District has been dealing with structural problems with its current building ever since a car struck the fire hall in 2012. A new fire hall is needed to handle the weight of the fire trucks and provide extra storage for equipment. 

"The new fire hall will serve our community for 100 years," Yungfleisch said.

The Fire Commission will meet again to discuss project expenses before they hold a public hearing in September. The vote is tentatively set to take place in October. If the vote is approved, Yungfleisch, hopes to start building the new fire hall next spring.

July 19, 2015 - 3:56pm
posted by Billie Owens in accident, thruway, east pembroke.

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A big accident is reported on the eastbound Thruway at mile marker 397. Unknown injuries. It involves two tractor-trailers and at least two other vehicles. East Pembroke Fire Department is responding along with Mercy Medics.

UPDATE 4:03 p.m.: Town of Batavia Fire Department requested to the scene. Pembroke and Indian Falls fire department asked to shut down eastbound I-90 at Pembroke exit.

UPDATE 4:05 p.m.: A third ambulance, this one from Darien, is called in.

UPDATE 4:29 p.m.: Howard at the scene reports seeing no tractors-trailers; rather, there's an SUV or RV towing a trailer, a pickup truck, and another passenger vehicle involved in the crash.

UPDATE 4:49 p.m.: A responder on scene reports traffic in the opposite direction -- westbound -- is backed up for at least eight miles.

UPDATE 5:19 p.m.: Town of Batavia is back in service. 

UPDATE 5:17 p.m.: Pembroke and Indian Falls traffic control detail is back in service.

UPDATE 5:23 p.m.: A reader reports both lanes are now open.

Reader submitted photos.

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July 12, 2015 - 2:27pm
posted by Billie Owens in fire, east pembroke.

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A large rubbish fire which got out of control is reported by law enforcement on scene at Galloway Road, just west of Macomber Road. East Pembroke Fire Department is responding along with mutual aid from Alabama, Oakfield and the Town of Batavia.

UPDATE 3:06 p.m.: Elba, Pembroke and Indian Falls fire departments are responding in non-emergency mode.

July 3, 2015 - 6:41pm
posted by Billie Owens in accident, east pembroke, Darien.

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A motor-vehicle accident with entrapment is reported on Lovers Lane Road near Route 33. East Pembroke and Darien fire departments are responding.

UPDATE 6:45 p.m.: Mercy Flight is called to the scene and a landing zone is being established. Due to multiple incidents in progress, a second platoon from the City of Batavia is requested to headquarters.

UPDATE 6:48 p.m.: Town of Batavia Fire Department is called to the scene.

UPDATE 7:19 p.m.: Mercy Flight #7 is on the ground.

UPDATE: The blue sedan was southbound on Lovers Lane Road and came over the crest of a hill and an apparently high speed and the driver lost control of the vehicle. It crossed over the center line into the northbound lane of traffic where it struck a Ford pickup truck. The driver is believed to be approximately 18 years old. The driver and minor teen passenger were both transported by Mercy Flight, with the minor going to Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo and the driver being taken to ECMC. The pickup driver was taken by private vehicle to UMMC. Charges are pending. Alcohol is not considered a factor, said Deputy James Diehl, but distracted driving has not been ruled out.

UPDATE: The driver of the sedan is identified as Brandon Faucett, 17, of Rose Road, Batavia. His passenger was Bailey Faucett, 13. Charges are pending. The driver of the truck was Gloria A. Schafer, 52, of Pearl Street, Batavia.

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June 29, 2015 - 4:28pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Ed Arnold Scrap Processors, corfu, east pembroke.

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I stopped in the office of Ed Arnold Scrap Processors this afternoon to drop something off and found I'd arrived just in time to see Daniel Orr, of East Pembroke, pick up his new Vizio 48-inch smart TV, which he won in a drawing held Saturday.

It was pretty easy, Orr said, "all I had to do was fill out a piece of paper."

Pictured: Brent Arnold, Ed Arnold Sr., Orr, and Ed Arnold Jr.

June 14, 2015 - 7:01pm
posted by Billie Owens in accident, east pembroke.

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A tractor-trailer rollover accident is reported on the eastbound Thruway at mile marker 397.2. The driver is out of the vehicle. It's possible another vehicle was struck as a result of the rollover, but that information is not confirmed. East Pembroke fire and Mercy medics are responding.

UPDATE 7:03 p.m.: Dispatcher says "Other vehicles involved." Mutual aid is requested from Darien ambulance and an engine from Indian Falls.

UPDATE (By Howard): Photos submitted by Stephen Smelski, 1st asst. chief, East Pembroke Fire Department. Smelski said it's unknown at this time why the truck crossed over from the westbound lane and struck the concrete bridge barrier. The truck was carrying 10,000 pounds of vegetables. A passenger vehicle was struck with three adults and a child. All five people were "sign-offs," meaning no injuries requiring transport to a hospital. It will be some time before the vehicle is uprighted. Traffic is reduced to one lane in the meantime.

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June 5, 2015 - 5:03pm
posted by Billie Owens in accidents, east pembroke.

A two-car accident, unknown injuries, is reported at the intersection of Hartshorn Road and Route 33. East Pembroke Fire Department and Mercy medics are responding.

May 26, 2015 - 12:06am
posted by Billie Owens in fire, east pembroke.

A fire with multiple explosions, "multiple vehicles, possibly tankers involved," is reported at Kistner Concrete Products, Inc., 8713 Read Road, Town of Pembroke. East Pembroke fire chief responding told dispatch "I can't get close enough -- multiple explosions." East Pembroke Fire Department is responding along with mutual aid from Oakfield, Darien, Alexander and Town of Batavia.

UPDATE 12:08 a.m.: Pembroke Fire Department is asked to stand by in East Pembroke's fire hall.

UPDATE 12:09 a.m.: Mercy medic #2 is requested to the scene on Read Road.

UPDATE 12:18 a.m.: A dispatcher tells command: "My partner spoke with the owner and he explained what was happening. He's been updated about the situation."

UPDATE 12:22 a.m.: Howard at the scene says the fire is out. A semi-truck was completely destroyed and a flatbed truck adjacent to it was heavily damaged.

UPDATE 12:29 a.m.: East Pembroke Fire Chief Don Newton told Howard: "I don't know what blew up. We were sitting at the fire hall when we heard the explosion. I've heard tires explode and they never sounded that loud."

UPDATE 1:55 a.m.: Photos and more information from Chief Don Newton.

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Newton said he and two other members of the department were burning the midnight oil at the Fire Hall working on reports when they heard a series of booms.

"It sounded like thunder," Newton said. "Well, actually, it sounded like more than thunder, so we walked outside then I heard about 10 more explosions and I said there's more than just thunder going on."

Newton and the other firefighters got into his personal vehicle and went out to scout the area. A short drive down Route 5 and they spotted the orange glow in the sky at Kistner Concrete. They swung down Bennett Road, but couldn't get into the yard because of the locked gates and barriers. Newton said he could see a truck was on fire and it looked as though the fire could have spread to other vehicles. He was worried whether there might be a structure nearby.

"I couldn't tell if there was a building around it or not because the smoke was thick and it was black and it was dark," Newton said. "You couldn't see anything except for the orange glow."

Newton radioed dispatch and immediately requested a second alarm. He took the firefighters with him back to the Fire Hall and they rolled two engines.

The gate off Read Road was locked, so Newton used one of the trucks to pull it down so they could get access to the fire.

Soon, other volunteers arrived on scene and the East Pembroke crew with the aid of Oakfield, Town of Batavia, Darien and Alexander, was able to quickly get the fire knocked down (Pembroke and Indian Falls provided fill-in at East Pembroke's hall).

The quick response likely saved another truck that was sitting next to the one that caught fire as well as a piece of machinery on the neighboring flatbed trailer.

The cause of the fire is still undetermined, but was possibly electrical.

The truck's saddle tanks were brimming with fuel, ready for the next day's work, but a lot of things could have exploded, not just those tanks.

"The explosions could have been everything from tires to the fuel tanks to the air chambers," Newton said. "There's a lot of pressurized units on these trucks. This truck was last used on Friday, so it's very possible everything could still have been pressurized on it."

People reported hearing the explosions as far away as Wortendyke Road and the Village of Corfu.

May 4, 2015 - 11:53am
posted by Billie Owens in fire, east pembroke.

A grass fire is reported by the Thruway Authority at mile marker 398.5 westbound. East Pembroke fire is responding. The Weather Service has a red flag warning in effect due to low humidity and strong winds, which can cause fires to quickly get out of control.

UPDATE 12:16 p.m.: Fire is out. East Pembroke assignment is back in service.

May 1, 2015 - 7:23pm
posted by Billie Owens in accident, east pembroke.

A car accident with minor injuries is reported at Route 5 and Boyce Road. East Pembroke fire and Mercy medics are responding.

April 23, 2015 - 7:28am
posted by Billie Owens in accident, east pembroke.

A tractor-trailer vs. school bus minivan accident is reported at 2300 Genesee St., Pembroke. One child is onboard the minivan. They are reporting no injuries, but the minivan is underneath the tractor-trailer and the occupants are pinned inside. The East Pembroke fire chief on scene says the tractor-trailer is blocking traffic. The location is between Angling and Read roads. Corfu Fire Police are called for traffic control at Route 33 and Angling Road. Eastbound traffic will be shut down.

UPDATE 7:32 a.m.: A family member, possibly the child's parent, is at the scene.

UPDATE 8:10 a.m.: Fire Police remain on scene but other responders are back in service. The road will be reopened shortly.

UPDATE 8:11 a.m.: The door of the minivan was jammed shut but firefighters got it unstuck quickly once they arrived, and the child was picked up by a family member.

UPDATE 8:30 a.m.: Photos added. The milk truck was backing into a dairy farm. The driver of the van reportedly told deputies he didn't see the truck. One or both drivers may be cited, pending conclusion of the investigation. There were no injuries.

March 3, 2015 - 2:39pm
posted by Billie Owens in fire, east pembroke.

A working trailer fire is reported, flames showing, at 3322 W. Main Street Road. East Pembroke and Town of Batavia fire departments are responding along with Mercy medics. Call came from a passerby. Unsure if the trailer is occupied.

UPDATE 2:40 p.m.: This is in the Batavia Mobile Home Park. The fire has gone to a second alarm. Oakfield, Darien and Alexander are called to respond with mutual aid. Pembroke is asked to stand by in East Pembroke's fire hall.

UPDATE 2:44 p.m.: All available manpower from East Pembroke is requested to the scene.

February 21, 2015 - 11:19pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, pembroke, east pembroke.

A motor-vehicle accident with injuries is reported in the area of 2486 Main Road, East Pembroke.

East Pembroke fire and Mercy EMS dispatched.

UPDATE 11:53 p.m.: We've heard no updates on this accident. 

February 1, 2015 - 8:51pm
posted by Billie Owens in accident, east pembroke.

An accident with injuries is reported on the westbound Thruway near mile marker 394. It may be a rollover. East Pembroke Fire Department and Mercy medics are responding.

UPDATE 9:04 p.m.: The actual mile marker is 393, which puts it in Town of Batavia's district. 

UPDATE 9:06 p.m.: It sounds like a sign-off on the patient and Mercy EMS as well as the fire departments are back in service.

January 11, 2015 - 2:29pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, pembroke, east pembroke, East Pembroke Fire Department.

Chief Don Newton, East Pembroke Fire Department, received the Service Award for 2014, and Fire Training Officer James Gayton was named Firefighter of the Year Saturday night during the department's annual installation dinner.

Counting fire calls, accidents and EMS calls, East Pembroke went on 350 calls in 2014, up from the recent average year of about 300 calls.

The 2015 firematic officers as elected by members are: Newton, chief; Stephen Smelski, 1st assistant chief; Williams Torres Jr., 2nd assistant chief; Donald Newton Sr., firematic captain; Jose Santini, firematic lieutenant; Lori Ann Santini, EMS captain; Robert Yungfleisch, EMS lieutenant; Ray Schramm, fire police captain; Chris Bennett, fire police lieutenant; Gayton, training officer; Smelski, safety officer.

Candles were lit after the dinner in a memorial service to honor fallen first responders and members of the military.

Genesee County Emergency Management Coordinator Tim Yaeger administered the oath of office for department and district officers.

December 12, 2014 - 8:18pm
posted by Billie Owens in east pembroke, accidents, indian falls.

Fire police from East Pembroke and Indian Falls are called to shut down eastbound traffic on Akron Road at Wyman Road. There is a jackknifed tractor-trailer blocking the roadway. Law enforcement is on scene.

November 29, 2014 - 5:39pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, east pembroke, accidents.

A wreck involving at least two vehicles is reported at 3238 W. Main Street Road in the Town of Batavia. The location is just west of Wortendyke Road. Law enforcement on scene requested two ambulances. East Pembroke fire and Mercy medics are responding.

UPDATE 6:07 p.m.: One person was taken to UMMC. East Pembroke is back in service.

November 27, 2014 - 7:43am
posted by Howard B. Owens in east pembroke.

A fire alarm summoned volunteers East Pembroke Fire Department to a home on Slusser Road this morning.

After the alarm went out, a dispatcher said a caller informed him it was only a fire in the oven.

The dispatcher offered that perhaps a turkey caught fire.

When clearing the scene, an East Pembroke chief informed the dispatcher, "it was only a pie," then added, "Happy Turkey day."

"Thank you, and same to you," replied the dispatcher.

November 11, 2014 - 3:13pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in fire, pembroke, east pembroke, indian falls.

A quick response by the East Pembroke Fire Department helped save a house on Indian Falls Road this afternoon when a fire destroyed a detached garage and heat from the fire was causing the siding of the house to melt.

Chief Don Newton said all of the department's trucks rolled within minutes of the alarm.

When Newton arrived on scene driving one of those engines, the garage was already gone. 

One firefighter described it as "rolling flames."

Newton said crews deployed hand lines and acted quickly to protect the house and knock down the fire.

"It is a great save to the house," Newton said. "These guys are awesome. This is what we train for. These guys do a hell of a job for me. I can't thank them enough for being here during the day. Middle of the day, it's tough to get people out and all the units that responded here from all the different departments, I can't thank enough for them being out here."

The house, at 2023 Indian Falls Road, suffered significant heat damage, but no apparent structural damage.

County records list the property owner as Timothy Franclemont.

"It was a good save on the garage as far as I'm concerned," Newton said. "There were a lot of chemicals in the garage, oils, gases, that were burning fiercely, running out of the doors with water on fire."

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

No injuries were reported.

Assisting East Pembroke were Indian Falls, Oakfield, Pembroke, Darien, Elba and Alabama.

(Initial Post)

November 11, 2014 - 12:52pm
posted by Billie Owens in fire, east pembroke, indian falls.

A fully involved garage fire with exposures to other property is reported at 2023 Indian Falls Road. Indian Falls and East Pembroke fire departments are responding. The call has gone to a second alarm. Oakfield, Pembroke, Darien, Elba and Alabama are also called in and Town of Batavia is asked to stand by in East Pembroke Fire Hall.

UPDATE 1 p.m.: Corfu Fire Police are to shut down Indian Falls Road at Route 77.

UPDATE 1:19 p.m.: Howard at the scene reports flames are no longer showing. The garage is a total loss and the nearby house "has significant heat damage (outside)."

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