firefighters https://www.thebatavian.com/ en https://www.thebatavian.com/themes/barrio_batavian/images/thebatavian_logo.png firefighters https://www.thebatavian.com/ Local Matters © 2008-2023 The Batavian. All Rights Reserved. Tue, 16 Apr 2024 23:43:33 -0400 https://www.thebatavian.com/themes/barrio_batavian/images/thebatavian_logo.png Fri, 01 May 2020 18:13:00 -0400 Hawley sponsors legislation for financial support of firefighters, EMS workers https://www.thebatavian.com/billie-owens/hawley-sponsors-legislation-for-financial-support-of-firefighters-ems-workers/553535 Press release:

Assemblyman Steve Hawley recently signed on with the Assembly Republican Conference to sponsor legislation that would divert state and federal funds received for COVID-19 relief to frontline firefighters and EMS workers who have been on the clock since the lockdown in New York started.

With these organizations relying heavily on donations and fundraisers to support their services, and with the lockdown draining them of their resources, Hawley wants to ensure these workers are protected and ensure their success.

“During these tough times, with a budget that is struggling to keep up, we need to be provide state and federal funding to those risking their health and safety on the front lines,” Hawley said. “There is just about $90 million that’s been generated from wireless surcharges that is deposited into the state’s General Fund and not used for emergency response purposes; my recommendation is to start there.

“Despite these trying times, it’s important that we keep in sight the health and safety issues that our frontline workers are facing. They need this funding to offset the costs they can’t make back otherwise during this pandemic. The legislation proposed addresses the need for state funding as a result of COVID-19.” 

To further support these frontline workers, Hawley is urging Speaker Heastie and the Chair of Assembly Racing and Waging Committee, Assemblyman Pretlow, to allow a full vote on his Assembly Bill A2250, which would legalize the selling of raffle tickets online for nonprofit organizations who fundraise, such as local firehouses, volunteer organizations, service clubs, or EMS operations.

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https://www.thebatavian.com/billie-owens/hawley-sponsors-legislation-for-financial-support-of-firefighters-ems-workers/553535#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/billie-owens/hawley-sponsors-legislation-for-financial-support-of-firefighters-ems-workers/553535 May 1, 2020, 6:13pm firefighters Hawley sponsors legislation for financial support of firefighters, EMS workers Billie Owens <p><em>Press release:</em></p> <p>Assemblyman Steve Hawley recently signed on with the Assembly Republican Conference to sponsor legislation that would divert state and federal funds received for COVID-19 relief to frontline firefighters and EMS workers who have been on the clock since the lockdown in New York started.</p> <p>With these organizations relying</p>
Basic Exterior Firefighters Operations training completed by 14 GC students https://www.thebatavian.com/billie-owens/basic-exterior-firefighters-operations-training-completed-by-14-gc-students/540600

Press release:

The spring Basic Exterior Firefighter Operations (BEFO) program was held at the Genesee County Fire Training Center. The 79-hour program began in March and concluded on May 15. Fourteen students completed the 79-hour program from eight county departments. 

The BEFO program is an entry level program for the volunteer fire service designed to prepare students to respond to emergencies as exterior firefighters. Students are instructed in fire extinguishers, building construction, forcible entry, ladder deployment, incident command, drafting operations and hazardous materials operations level. In addition, students are trained in ropes and knots, and first aid/CPR. 

Participants included: 

ALABAMA

  • Joseph A. Uhrinek

TOWN OF BATAVIA

  • William Allen

CORFU

  • Cyle J. Felski

EAST PEMBROKE

  • Matthew N Allen 
  • Sheri Allen 
  • Jenniffer J. Groff
  • Erin M. Martin 
  • Noah A. Martin 
  • Alyssa M. Nye

ELBA

  • Brandon M. Burgess

LE ROY

  • James D.King

OAKFIELD

  • Matthew Doran

PAVILION

  • Shane J. Freeman 

STAFFORD 

  • Julia Bobo

Visit your local fire department to find out more about volunteer opportunities.

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https://www.thebatavian.com/billie-owens/basic-exterior-firefighters-operations-training-completed-by-14-gc-students/540600#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/billie-owens/basic-exterior-firefighters-operations-training-completed-by-14-gc-students/540600 Jul 29, 2019, 3:54pm firefighters Basic Exterior Firefighters Operations training completed by 14 GC students Billie Owens <div> <p><em>Press release:</em></p> <p>The spring&nbsp;Basic Exterior Firefighter Operations (BEFO) program was held at the Genesee County Fire Training Center.&nbsp;The 79-hour program began in March and concluded on May 15.&nbsp;Fourteen students completed the 79-hour program from eight&nbsp;county departments.&nbsp;</p> <p>The BEFO program is an entry level program for the volunteer fire service designed</p></div>
Nineteen GC firefighters completed vehicle rescue training in June https://www.thebatavian.com/billie-owens/nineteen-gc-firefighters-completed-vehicle-rescue-training-in-june/540598

Press release:

Nineteen firefighters from Genesee County completed an 18-hour Vehicle Rescue: Operations Level training program held over five nights in June; concluding on June 27.

Operations level requires the rescuer to enter the hot zone and perform the rescue in normal-type passenger vehicles.

Student who successful completed the program are able: to demonstrate the ability to perform a situational assessment of the accident scene; to determine what support services, if any, are needed and to determine the effective application of tools, equipment and personnel; recognize existing and/or potential hazards and take appropriate steps to control the same; gain access to the entrapped patient(s); provide for patient assessment and any necessary emergency medical care; assess and perform disentanglement of the patients so as to facilitate patient care, patient packaging and extrication; provide for patient packaging and removal; and assess for and perform patient extrication from the damaged vehicle.  

Participants included:

ALABAMA

  • Ryan M. Thompson

TOWN OF BATAVIA

  • Bryan A. Moscicki
  • Ian A. Sanfratello
  • Tyler J. Stewart

CORFU

  • Jacob Stiles

DARIEN

  • Joe T. Marino

EAST PEMBROKE

  • Matthew N. Allen 
  • Samantha M. Cavalieri

ELBA

  • Michael J. Pfendler

LE ROY

  • Jared Chick
  • James D. King 
  • Stephany McVicker

SOUTH BYRON

  • Nichole Boldt
  • Chase Cone
  • Andrew L. Konieczny
  • Vito Muoio

STAFFORD

  • Mark Dougherty 
  • Matt Hendershott
  • Ashley Swartzenberg

Visit your local fire department to find out more about volunteer opportunities.

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https://www.thebatavian.com/billie-owens/nineteen-gc-firefighters-completed-vehicle-rescue-training-in-june/540598#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/billie-owens/nineteen-gc-firefighters-completed-vehicle-rescue-training-in-june/540598 Jul 29, 2019, 3:43pm firefighters Nineteen GC firefighters completed vehicle rescue training in June Billie Owens <div> <p><em>Press release:</em></p> <p>Nineteen&nbsp;firefighters from Genesee County completed an 18-hour Vehicle Rescue: Operations Level training program held over five nights in June; concluding on June 27.</p> <p>Operations level requires the rescuer to enter the hot zone and perform the rescue in normal-type passenger vehicles.</p> <p>Student who successful completed the program are</p></div>
Training in fire investigation for line officers completed by 32 Genesee County residents https://www.thebatavian.com/billie-owens/training-in-fire-investigation-for-line-officers-completed-by-32-genesee-county

Press release:

The Fire Investigation for the Line Officer course is a six-hour, NYS Office of Fire Prevention and Control program, which was conducted at the Genesee County Fire Training Center earlier this year.

Forty-three volunteer firefighters completed this program; of those, 32 reside in Genesee County

The program addressed the purpose of fire investigations, the responsibilities of the fire chief, and responsibilities of line officers.

The process used to determine the cause and origin of fires, the importance of scene and evidence preservation, and fire behavior were also discussed.  

The Genesee County residents completing the course were:

ALABAMA

  • Richard Brunea

CITY OF BATAVIA

  • James Call
  • Greg Ireland
  • Stefano Napolitano
  • Scott T. Maloy 

BERGEN 

  • Jared Hicks

BETHANY 

  • Gregory W. Johnson
  • Peggy J. Johnson
  • Richard J. Klunder III
  • Christopher M. Page
  • Corrie A. Rombaut
  • Kyle L. Rombaut

BYRON

  • Victor L. Flanagan 
  • Zachary Johnson 
  • Robert A. Mruczek

DARIEN

  • Joe T. Marino
  • David W. McGreevy 
  • Theresa A. Tesch

EAST PEMBROKE 

  • Andrew D. Martin 
  • Thomas E. Dix

ELBA 

  • Michael Heale
  • Nicholas Guarino 
  • Christopher P. Lane
  • Michael J. Pfendler
  • Michael Schad Jr. 
  • George M. Underhill

LE ROY

  • Thomas E. Feeley

PAVILION

  • Kelly Kraft
  • Bryen Murrock
  • Tyler Schiske
  • Jason True    

STAFFORD

  • Timothy Eckdahl
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https://www.thebatavian.com/billie-owens/training-in-fire-investigation-for-line-officers-completed-by-32-genesee-county#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/billie-owens/training-in-fire-investigation-for-line-officers-completed-by-32-genesee-county May 29, 2019, 3:22pm firefighters Training in fire investigation for line officers completed by 32 Genesee County residents Billie Owens <div> <p><em>Press release:</em></p> <p>The Fire Investigation for the Line Officer course is a six-hour, NYS Office of Fire Prevention and Control&nbsp;program, which was conducted at the Genesee County Fire Training Center earlier this year.</p> <p>Forty-three volunteer firefighters completed this program; of those, 32 reside in Genesee County</p> <p>The&nbsp;program addressed the purpose</p></div>
Total of 148 firefighters brushed up on haz-mat responder skills https://www.thebatavian.com/billie-owens/total-of-148-firefighters-brushed-up-on-haz-mat-responder-skills/532722

Press release:

Several offerings of the Hazardous Materials First Responder Operations Refresher course were given across Genesee County over the past few months, providing first responders the opportunity to complete the OSHA required annual refresher.

A total of 148 fire personnel from 11 county fire departments in the area reviewed the competencies for First Responder Awareness and Operations Level Responders.

The competencies included: the nine classes of materials; the use of the U.S. Department of Transportation Emergency Response Guidebook; and principles of containment, confinement and extinguishment within the scope of the duties of a first responder at the Operations Level. 

Visit your local fire department to find out more about volunteer opportunities.

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https://www.thebatavian.com/billie-owens/total-of-148-firefighters-brushed-up-on-haz-mat-responder-skills/532722#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/billie-owens/total-of-148-firefighters-brushed-up-on-haz-mat-responder-skills/532722 May 29, 2019, 1:06pm firefighters Total of 148 firefighters brushed up on haz-mat responder skills Billie Owens <div> <p><em>Press release:</em></p> <p>Several offerings of the Hazardous Materials First Responder Operations Refresher course were given across Genesee County over the past few months, providing first responders the opportunity to complete the OSHA required annual refresher.</p> <p>A total of 148 fire personnel from 11 county fire departments in the area&nbsp;reviewed the</p></div>
Local police and fire hockey team enjoyed fast-paced tourney in Buffalo last weekend https://www.thebatavian.com/billie-owens/local-police-and-fire-hockey-team-enjoyed-fast-paced-tourney-in-buffalo-last-weekend

Submitted photos and press release:

The Batavia/Genesee Police and Fire Hockey Team participated in the third annual 2018 Police and Fire Ice Hockey Tournament in Buffalo this past weekend.

Twenty teams participated in the tourney, coming to Buffalo from as far south as South Carolina, and as far north as London, Ontario, Canada.

It was another enjoyable, face-paced weekend for our local boys, who played against teams from Canada, Erie County, and Homeland Security.

All our thanks to those who came out and cheered us on! The team was once again sponsored this year by Ken’s Charcoal Pits & BBQ, with many thanks going to Ken Mistler.

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https://www.thebatavian.com/billie-owens/local-police-and-fire-hockey-team-enjoyed-fast-paced-tourney-in-buffalo-last-weekend#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/billie-owens/local-police-and-fire-hockey-team-enjoyed-fast-paced-tourney-in-buffalo-last-weekend Apr 26, 2018, 3:50pm firefighters Local police and fire hockey team enjoyed fast-paced tourney in Buffalo last weekend Billie Owens <p><div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/users/2061/2018-04/img_5404.jpg?itok=VG5KN9uh" width="460" height="271" alt class="image-style-large"> </div> </div> </p> <p><em>Submitted photos and press release:</em></p> <p>The Batavia/Genesee Police and Fire Hockey Team participated in the third&nbsp;annual 2018 Police and Fire Ice Hockey Tournament in Buffalo this past weekend.</p> <p>Twenty&nbsp;teams participated in the tourney, coming to Buffalo from as far south as South Carolina, and as far north as London, Ontario</p>
Local volunteer firefighters train and hone their skills to save lives and help in dangerous situations https://www.thebatavian.com/billie-owens/local-volunteer-firefighters-train-and-hone-their-skills-to-save-lives-and-help-in

Press release:

Fifteen area firefighers successfully completed the Basic Exterior Firefighter Operations (BEFO) training program held at the Genesee County Fire Training Center. Also, an eight-hour Trench Rescue Awareness course was recently conducted at the Genesee County Fire Training Center. Twenty-two members of the County’s volunteer fire service completed this program on Nov. 9.

BASIC EXTERIOR FIREFIGHTER OPERATIONS TRAINING PROGRAM

BEFO is an entry-level program requiring 79 hours of classroom instruction and skill development. This course is designed to prepare students to respond to emergencies as exterior firefighters. BEFO prepares new firefighters to operate under direct supervision in the exterior or IDLH (immediately dangerous to life or health) areas of the fire scene.

Students participated in training covering: firefighter personal protective equipment (PPE); self-contained breathing apparatus inspection and cylinder changing; fire department communications; building construction and fire behavior; modern fire control research; portable fire extinguishers; rope and knot tying; ground ladders; forcible entry; tactical ventilation theory; water supply; hose and fire streams; loss control; orientation to fire origin and cause determination; fire prevention and life safety initiatives; confined space awareness; overview of first aid and buddy care; and Hazardous Materials First Responder Operations. 

Genesee County BEFO training participants included: 

Alexander Fire Department

  • Matthew F. Grimes                    
  • Adam F. Meier                 
  • Douglas G. Mess                 
  • Heidi L. Richmond                    

Bethany Volunteer Fire Department

  • Timothy J. McCabe                    

Darien Center Chemical Fire Company

  • Megan R. Brown                    

East Pembroke Fire Department

  • Lloyd J. Casselbury

Pavilion Fire Department

  • Amanda A. Goodwin                    
  • Sean P. Vogt Jr.                    
  • Timothy R. Zipfel Jr.                     

South Byron Fire Department

  • Aaron N. Belluscio                 
  • Theresa E. Hammer                 
  • Andew L. Konieczny                 
  • Vitorrio J. Muoio                    

Stafford Volunteer Fire Department

  • Samantha S. Call                  

TRENCH RESCUE AWARENESS COURSE

Problems that can and do occur in trench rescue incidents were discussed. Safety techniques, shoring techniques, proper procedures, team operations and hazard assessment were addressed.

Trench Rescue Awareness participants included:

Town of Batavia Fire Department

  • Joshua K. Boyle
  • Clayton A. Gorski                 

Bethany Volunteer Fire Department

  • Christopher M. Page
  • Kyle L. Rombaut

Corfu Rescue Hook & Ladder Co.

  • Mitchell D. Bates
  • Gregory S. Lang
  • Matthew P. Lenhard
  • Steven D. Rodland
  • Jeffrey D. Luker

Darien Center Chemical Fire Company inc.

  • Joe T. Marino
  • David W. McGreevy
  • Mark R. Starczewski Sr.
  • Paul C. Redden

Elba Fire Department

  • Nickolas J. Esten
  • John D. Mudrzynski
  • Jason R. Pallister
  • Michael J. Schad Jr.
  • George M. Underhill
  • Caitlin E. Zipfel                    

Pembroke Fire District

  • James Reinhardt
  • Tera L. Reinhardt

Stafford Volunteer Fire Department

  • Timothy E. Eckdahl
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https://www.thebatavian.com/billie-owens/local-volunteer-firefighters-train-and-hone-their-skills-to-save-lives-and-help-in#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/billie-owens/local-volunteer-firefighters-train-and-hone-their-skills-to-save-lives-and-help-in Nov 24, 2017, 10:11pm firefighters Local volunteer firefighters train and hone their skills to save lives and help in dangerous situations Billie Owens <div> <div> <p><em>Press release:</em></p> <p>Fifteen area firefighers successfully completed the Basic Exterior Firefighter Operations&nbsp;(BEFO) training program held at the Genesee County Fire Training Center.&nbsp;Also, an eight-hour Trench Rescue Awareness course was recently conducted at the Genesee County Fire Training Center.&nbsp;Twenty-two members of the County’s volunteer fire service completed this program on Nov</p></div></div>
Photos: Tribute to First Responders 2015 https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-b-owens/photos-tribute-to-first-responders-2015/111068

This slide show is a collection of some of the photos from 2015 of the fires, accidents, ceremonies and other events involving our first responders in 2015.

It was a year in which law enforcement responded to at least three incidents where officers' calm professionalism, despite the looming risk to their own safety, avoided rash action and prevented the situation from getting worse.

This year, we tragically lost a volunteer in the line of duty, and another had his life threatened, plus whether volunteers or paid personnel, these professionals have sacrificed time away from family, businesses and jobs to respond to both the routine and the difficult calls and they put in countless hours training.

We thank our first responders for keeping us safe and responding when we need them.

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https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-b-owens/photos-tribute-to-first-responders-2015/111068#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-b-owens/photos-tribute-to-first-responders-2015/111068 Dec 25, 2015, 3:51pm firefighters Photos: Tribute to First Responders 2015 Howard Owens <p></p> <p>This slide show is a collection of some of the photos from 2015 of the fires, accidents, ceremonies and other events involving our first responders in 2015.</p> <p>It was a year in which law enforcement responded to at least three incidents where officers' calm professionalism, despite the looming risk to</p>
Photos from 2014: A tribute to the firefighters who serve Genesee County https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-owens/photos-2014-tribute-firefighters-who-serve-genesee-county/45951 This is the third year we've created a slide show of photos from 2014 of our firefighters as a way to honor those who serve our community in an often difficult, sometimes dangerous job, and many times an emotionally draining one, too. We thank them for their service to our community.

There are not as many opportunities to get photos of police officers on the job, but we also want to extend a thank you to the members of our local law enforcement community for all they do to protect and serve.

To find out how to become a volunteer firefighter, visit ReadyGenesee.com.

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https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-owens/photos-2014-tribute-firefighters-who-serve-genesee-county/45951#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-owens/photos-2014-tribute-firefighters-who-serve-genesee-county/45951 Dec 25, 2014, 11:23am firefighters Photos from 2014: A tribute to the firefighters who serve Genesee County Howard Owens <p>This is the third year we've created a slide show of photos from 2014 of our firefighters as a way to honor those who serve our community in an often difficult, sometimes dangerous job, and many times an emotionally draining one, too. We thank them for their service to our</p>
Remembering fallen firefighters https://www.thebatavian.com/cantaur3/remembering-fallen-firefighters/43247

Firefighters who have fallen in the line of duty were honored Saturday at Pembroke Town Park as part of the four-day Cost of Freedom event held in Pembroke. Genesee County Fire Coordinator Timothy Yaeger applauded those men and women of courage who give unselfishly in aid of others and remembered those who have lost their lives.

Good, reliable firefighting equipment is of course essential. And there are times when that equipment has just as much of a story to tell as those who fight the fires. In this case, it is South Byron’s Rescue 88 vehicle.

“Rescue 88 was just about brand new with the Floral Park Fire Department in Long Island,” Scott Blossom said. “This vehicle was there, on that day, at ground zero.”

The Long Island Fire Department was retiring this truck out of service when South Byron Fire Department was looking to add an ambulance to its inventory.

“This truck was donated. All we had to do was go pick it up,” the Assistant Chief of South Byron Fire Department said. 

Not only did this truck serve New York City on Sept. 11, 2001, this vehicle was also used to bring a life into the world.

“Floral Park (Fire Department) has this neat tradition. They place a stork sticker, with a pink or blue blanket, on their rescue vehicle if a child was born in the ambulance,” Blossom said. “I often wonder how long after 9/11 that baby girl was born in this vehicle.

“Oftentimes, ambulances are on a scene because someone has left this world,” Blossom continued. “I thought it was neat that this one was also used to bring someone into this world.”

In addition to the stork emblem, the ambulance also has an insignia of the badge of one of the Floral Park paramedics who lost his life Sept. 11.

“We’ve had this ambulance for about four or five years now. She’s finally coming up on 50,000 miles,” Blossom said. “She’s a special girl for us.”

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https://www.thebatavian.com/cantaur3/remembering-fallen-firefighters/43247#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/cantaur3/remembering-fallen-firefighters/43247 Jun 15, 2014, 10:05am firefighters Remembering fallen firefighters cantaur3 <p><div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/users/31865/2014/cof_firefighters_remembered._1.jpg?itok=aeiguCLA" width="460" height="306" alt class="image-style-large"> </div> </div> </p> <p>Firefighters who have fallen in the line of duty were honored Saturday at Pembroke Town Park as part of the four-day Cost of Freedom event held in Pembroke. Genesee County Fire Coordinator Timothy Yaeger applauded those men and women of courage who give unselfishly in aid of others and remembered</p>