At 0838 hours Engine Co. 8 and Truck Co. 3 were dispatched to Jamesville on a reported fire at Drumlins Country Club at 800 Nottingham Rd. Engine Co. 8 and Truck Co. 3 both staffed with a combination of career and volunteer staff were the first units to arrive. Crews found a cigarette receptacle that had burned and caught the siding of the country club on fire. Maintenance staff had put the fire out with a fire extinguisher prior to the arrival of fire units. Companies checked for extension and overhaul.As companies were picking up DeWitt was dispatched along with Fayetteville Engine 7 and Manlius Truck 2 to a reported fire at the Bank of America at 400 Nottingham Rd. Crews arrived to find a smoke condition in the building. Upon investigation to was found to be that the furnace was the source of the problem. The crew from Truck 3 ventilated to building. DeWitt Car 1 had the command
At 0320 hours crews were dispatched to a motor vehicle crash on I-481 near Jamesville Rd. Engine Co. 8 arrived to find a single vehicle rolled over approx 20 feet off of the road. Crews found 3 patients 2 of which were ejected and 1 unconscious on the side of the road. Engine Co. 8 packaged all the patients and turned care over to RuralMetro Medical Services for transport to the hospital. The Engine remained on the scene for several hours to assist the Town of DeWitt Police with lighting the scene during there investigation.
At 2122 hours Engine Co. 8 was dispatched along with Manlius Fayetteville and Cazenovia crews to a reported residential fire on Elmbrook Dr in the village of Manlius. First arriving chief reported a working fire in the back of the structure. The crew from Engine Co. 8 established their own water supply and stretched a line and commenced fire suppression. Truck Co. 3 was special called into the incident as command requested further resources. Companies were back in service in under 2 12 hours. Manlius Car 1 had the Elmbrook Command
pnbspppDEC State Ban on Residential Brush Burning Begins March 16 during Highbr Fire-Risk Seasonppbr All residential brush burning is prohibited in smaller communities duringbr the states historically high fire-risk period from March 16 through May 14br state Department of Environmental Conservation DEC Commissioner Joebr Martens reminded New Yorkers today.ppbr quotThis time of year has the most risk of fires and the risk is even greaterbr this year due to the extremely mild winter weve seen across the statequotbr Commissioner Martens said. quotSince the open burning regulation passed inbr 2009 there have been fewer fires reported in New York state. In an effortbr to protect the health and safety of our children families and our naturalbr environment we remind residents that brush burning is banned statewidebr beginning this week.quotppbr In 2009 New York toughened restrictions on open burning to reduce harmfulbr air pollutants and help prevent wildfires. While the burn ban regulationbr allows residential brush burning for most of the year in towns with abr populations of less than 20000 it prohibits open burning in allbr communities during early spring when the bulk of New Yorks wildfiresbr typically occur. The state regulation prohibits the burning of garbage atbr all times and in all places.ppbr Several factors enable wildfires to start easily and spread quickly at thisbr time including the lack of green vegetation abundance of available fuelsbr such as dry grass and leaves warm temperatures and wind.ppbr Open burning is the largest single cause of wildfires in New York state.br Data from DECs Forest Protection Division shows that debris burningbr accounted for about 36 percent of wildfires in the state between 1985 andbr 2009 which is more than twice the next most-cited cause. In addition frombr 2000 to 2009 New Yorks fire departments responded to an average of 2300br wildfires each year from March 16 to May 14. That represents about 46br percent of all wildfires for the year.ppbr Fire department data for 2010 and 2011 indicated a 26 percent reduction inbr wildfires during the burn ban period for those years when compared to thebr previous 10 years 2000-2009. In addition 86 percent of all communitiesbr across the state had a reduction of wildfires compared with the previousbr five years.ppbr Some towns are designated quotfire townsquot primarily in and around thebr Adirondack Park and Catskill Park. Under the Environmental Conservation Lawbr open burning is prohibited in these municipalities without a written permitbr from DEC. Open burning is prohibited at any time in these municipalities. Tobr find out whether a town is a designated quotFire Townquotbr andor to obtain a permit parties should contact a DEC regional office.br For a directory of the DEC Regional Offices visit the DEC website.ppbr Violators of the open burning state regulation are subject to both criminalbr and civil enforcement actions with a minimum fine of 500 for a firstbr offense. To report environmental law violations call 1-800-TIPP DECbr 1-800-847-7332 or report online on DECs website.ppbr A list of questions and answers on the open burning regulation is availablebr on DECs website or by calling the DEC dispatch center at 518 408-5850.ppnbspppnbspppa hrefhttpwww.dec.ny.govpress80920.htmlhttpwww.dec.ny.govpress80920.htmlap
New Yorks New Move Over LawDrivers MUST use due care when approaching an emergency vehicle that displays red andor white emergency lights or a hazard vehicle that displays amber warning lights.- On all roads and highways drivers MUST reduce speed for emergency vehicles.- On parkways interstates and other controlled access highways with multiple lanes drivers MUST move from the lane immediately adjacent to the emergency vehicle or hazard vehicle UNLESS traffic or other hazard exist to prevent doing so safely.- This applies to Fire Police EMS Tow Services and Maintenance vehicles.GIVE US ROOM TO WORKMove over and slow down….Its the law
At 1453 hours units were alerted to a motor vehicle crash on E. Genesee St in front of Wegmans. Engine 8 staffed with 4 arrived to find the 2 vehicle crash at E. Genesee St and Cleveland Blvd. Engine 8 assumed a blocking position and the crew evaluated 3 patients stabilized 2 vehicles and checked for hazards. One patient with minor injuries was transported by RuralMetro Medical Services.
h1Celebrate the holiday season safely and get the New Year off to a good starth1div idcontenu-innerdiv classcsc-default idc2862pDuring the holiday season the use of fireplaces candles and Christmas garlands increases considerably the risks of fire.nbspThe DeWitt Fire Districtnbspwishes to remind you a fewnbspbasic safety rules.pdivdiv classcsc-default idc2863h2Christmas decorations should not be an open invitation to fireh2h3At home decorate safelyh3ul liMake sure that your decorations andnbsplights bear a certification seal.li liFollow the manufacturerrsquos instructions with regard to the interior or exterior use of the equipment.li liDo not overload the power system.li liIf you decorate a natural Christmas tree benbspextra cautiousli liNever let a tree lit unattended.liuldivdiv classcsc-default idc2864h2In private dwellings never omit keeping your Christmas tree hydrated and keep a watch on your decorationsh2pIf you decorate a natural Christmas tree you must take certain precautionary measurespul liChose a freshly cut tree. If the needles fall off easily look for another one.li liCut the base of the trunk tapered then place the tree in a recipient full of water.li liDo not let your tree lit and unattended. In other words turn off the chaser lights when you go to bed and before you go out.li liAvoid overloading the power system.li liAnother advice that shouldnrsquot be ignored never buy and decorate your tree several weeks in advance. Not only by the time the holidays come in full swing will the tree have seen better days but it will also become a serious potential fire hazard If you opt for an artificial tree made of metallic material do not decorate it with any electrical light setsliuldivdiv classcsc-default idc2865h2Heating systems beware of fire and carbon monoxide poisoningh2pWenbsprecommend having your direct-fired heating system verified by a qualified contractor.ppWhatever the type of fuel used wood pellets anthracite stone coal fuel oil natural gas or propane a good over-fire draft and a full combustion venting is necessary for your heating system to operate correctly.ph3Beware of COh3pCarbon monoxide CO which can be given off by a heating system is an odourless gas that is potentially deadlyppThe installation of a carbon monoxide detector is recommended to detect the presence of this gas. An investment of only a few dollarshellip that can save livesph3Chimney sweepingh3pA chimney should be cleaned at least yearly. Have you done it this yearph3Elimination of ashesh3pWhen you remove the ashes from a fireplace or a solid fuel-fired equipment store these outside of the house away from all combustible surface walls made of vinyl or wood wooden patio garden house etc..pdivdiv
pUnits were dispatched to Lyndon Road in the area of Cedar Bay after arriving DeWitt Police units found a two-car crash requiring extrication.nbsp Engine-8 handled extrication and packaged onenbspRescue-7 was assisted with packaging two by Fayetteville Engine-7.nbspp
pnbsppdiv styleline-height normal margin 0in 0in 10ptspan stylefont-size 9ptPlanning ahead can help make this Halloween a fire-safe one. Taking simple fire safety precautions like making sure fabrics for costumes and decorative materials are flame-resistant can prevent fires. spandivdiv styleline-height normal margin 0in 0in 10ptspan stylefont-size 9ptDuring the four-year-period of 2003-2007 NFPA estimates that decorations were the item first ignited in an estimated average of 1240 reported home structure fires per year. These fires caused an estimated average ofnbspseven civilian deaths 53 civilian injuries and 20 million in direct property damage per year.spandivdiv styleline-height normal margin 0in 0in 10ptbspan stylefont-size 10ptFlame Resistant Costumesspanbspan stylefont-size 10pt When purchasing a costume masks beards and wigs look for the label Flame Resistant. Although this label does not mean these items wont catch fire it does indicate the items will resist burning and should extinguish quickly once removed from the ignition source. To minimize the risk of contact with candles or other sources of ignition avoid costumes made with flimsy materials and outfits with big baggy sleeves or billowing skirts.spandivdiv styleline-height normal margin 0in 0in 10ptbspan stylefont-size 10ptCostume Designsspanbspan stylefont-size 10pt Purchase or make costumes that are light and bright enough to be clearly visible to motorists.spandivul typedisc li styleline-height normal margin 0in 0in 10ptspan stylefont-size 10ptFor greater visibility during dusk and darkness decorate or trim costumes with reflective tape that will glow in the beam of a cars headlights. Bags or sacks should also be light colored or decorated with reflective tape. Reflective tape is usually available in hardware bicycle and sporting goods stores. spanli li styleline-height normal margin 0in 0in 10ptspan stylefont-size 10ptTo easily see and be seen children should also carry flashlights. spanli li styleline-height normal margin 0in 0in 10ptspan stylefont-size 10ptCostumes should be short enough to prevent children from tripping and falling. spanli li styleline-height normal margin 0in 0in 10ptspan stylefont-size 10ptChildren should wear well-fitting sturdy shoes . Mother s high heels are not a good idea for safe walking. spanli li styleline-height normal margin 0in 0in 10ptspan stylefont-size 10ptHats and scarfs should be tied securely to prevent them from slipping over childrens eyes. spanli li styleline-height normal margin 0in 0in 10ptspan stylefont-size 10ptApply a natural mask of cosmetics rather than have a child wear a loose-fitting mask that might restrict breathing or obscure vision. If a mask is used however make sure it fits securely and has eyeholes large enough to allow full vision. spanli li styleline-height normal margin 0in 0in 10ptspan stylefont-size 10ptSwords knives and similar costume accessories should be of soft and flexible material. spanliuldiv styleline-height normal margin 0in 0in 10ptbspan stylefont-size 10ptPedestrian Safetyspanbspan stylefont-size 10pt Young children should always be accompanied by an adult or an older responsible child. All children should WALK not run from house to house and use the sidewalk if available rather than walk in the street. Children should be cautioned against running out from between parked cars or across lawns and yards where ornaments furniture or clotheslines present dangers.spandivdiv styleline-height normal margin 0in 0in 10ptbspan stylefont-size 10ptChoosing Safe Housesspanbspan stylefont-size 10pt Children should go only to homes where the residents are known and have outside lights on as a sign of welcome.spandivul typedisc li styleline-height normal margin 0in 0in 10ptspan stylefont-size 10ptChildren should not enter homes or apartments unless they are accompanied by an adult. spanli li styleline-height normal margin 0in 0in 10ptspan stylefont-size 10ptPeople expecting trick-or-treaters should remove anything that could be an obstacle from lawns steps and porches. Candlelit jack-o-lanterns should be kept away from landings and doorsteps where costumes could brush against the flame. Indoor jack-o-lanterns should be kept away from curtains decorations and other furnishings that could be ignited. spanliuldiv styleline-height normal margin 0in 0in 10ptspan stylefont-size 10ptAs always use caution when placing candles in or around displays or jack-o-lanterns.nbspFor additional Halloween information visitspandivdiv styleline-height normal margin 0in 0in 10ptspan stylefont-size 9pta hrefhttpwww.nfpa.orgassetsfilespdfpublic20educationhalloweensafetytips.pdfspan stylecolor bluehttpwww.nfpa.orgassetsfilespdfpublic20educationhalloweensafetytips.pdfspanaspandivdiv styleline-height normal margin 0in 0in 10ptspan stylefont-size 9pta hrefhttpwww.cdc.govfamilyhalloweenspan stylecolor bluehttpwww.cdc.govfamilyhalloweenspanaspandiv
p classcaption metaEach year hundreds of children are injured or killed by motor vehicles on foot or when riding bicycles according to the National Highway Safety Transportation Administration.ppWith summer coming to an end the school session begins. Children dont always pay attention while walking biking or crossing the street. Driving defensively can prevent a tragedy.ppBuses are equip with warning devices. Dont depend on these alerts solely as children may be running late and run in front of your vehicle or approach from behind your vehicle. Always use extra caution around buses.ppMany children wear headphones hooded sweatshirts or hats that may decrease their ability to hear traffic. Children may also cross the street not at an intersection. Stay alert and be prepared to stop.ppDrive Safep
The DeWitt Fire District is pleased to announce the appointment of Glen LeComte to the International Association of Fire Chiefs Environmental Sustainability Committee. The newly formed Environmental Sustainability Committee is concerned with both environmental and financial sustainability and serves as a clearing house for all environmental sustainability issues affecting the fire service. The committee promotes best practices that reduce the environmental footprint and economic impact of emergency services operations. Environmental sustainability is a growing issue in the fire service with positive impacts on both the communities we serve and the departmental budgets.LeComte a Fire Protection Engineer serves as the DeWitt Fire District as both a volunteer firefighter and a fire commissioner. He will attend a panel discussion in late August with chiefs and fire service officials from across the country who will highlight departmental best practices and lessons learned.The IAFC represents the leadership of firefighters and emergency responders worldwide and boasts the worlds leading experts in firefighting emergency medical services terrorism response hazardous materials spills natural disasters search and rescue and public safety policy. Since 1873 the IAFC has provided a forum for fire and emergency service leaders to exchange ideas develop professionally and uncover the latest products and services available to first responders.
DEWITT N.Y. — Emergency crews were investigating a possible hazardous materials situation in DeWitt this morning.Around 840 a.m. a substance was found on Kimber Road behind Christian Brothers Academy. Officials say a dog ingested the substance and had a reaction to it. They say the substance was not airborne and a human in the area was not affected.The substance was collected and the Department of Environmental Conservation will analyze samples to determine exactly what the substance is.
pnbsppdiv styleline-height normal margin 0in 0in 0ptspan stylefont-size 12ptThe Central New York Regional EMS Program recognized DeWitt Fire District FirefighterParamedic James Pienkowskinbspat its annual awards dinner on July 19 at Drumlins Country Club.nbspPienkowski was named Advanced Life Support Provider of the Year.nbspThe award was among several that were presented and is given based on contributions by an individual to the community as a Paramedic for dedication responsibility professional behavior ingenuity special skill or insight in the EMS environment.nbspJamie began his EMS career as an Explorer with the Taunton Fire Department and at RuralMetro Syracuse.nbspHe became an EMT while attending Broome Community College and began working as an EMT later receiving his Paramedic certification through SUNY-Upstate joining the DeWitt Fire District staff in 2004.nbspHe was recently awarded three regional commendations for his direct involvement in three separate EMS calls resulting in full cardiac arrest victims being transported to the hospital with return of spontaneous circulation and subsequent discharge from the hospital.nbspspandivdiv styleline-height normal margin 0in 0in 0ptnbspdivdiv stylemargin 0in 0in 10ptspan styleline-height 115 font-size 12ptThe Central New York Regional EMS Council agency represents agencies and providers Onondaga Cayuga Oswego Cortland and Tompkins counties.spandiv
At 1603 hours DeWitt was dispatched to a motor vehicle collision at the Lyndon Corners. Paramedic Engine Co. 8 Rescue 7 and Car 1 arrived to find a 4 vehicle crash with all occupants self extricated. Crews did a triage of all the patients and determined there were 5 BLS patients to be transported to the hospital. Crews assisted RuralMetro in loading all the patients and returned to service in a little over 30 minutes. Chief Green 14C1 had the Lyndon Corners Command
pnbsppdivMay 15-21 was National Emergency Medical Services Week.nbspEMS Week is designated annually to publicize safety and honor the dedication of those who provide the day-to-day lifesaving services of medicines quotfront line.quotnbspThe DeWitt Fire District has 26 career and volunteer EMS providers answering close to 1000 EMS calls annually with around-the-clock ALS first response.nbspDeWitt was one of the first agencies in Central New York to provide pre-hospital advanced life support to our community over thirty years ago.divdivnbspdivdivDuring EMS week we are pleased to announce that the DeWitt Fire District received three regional EMS Commendations which were awarded Monday May 16 2011.nbspThese awards were presented by Central New York Regional EMS Council Chairperson Warren Darby and CNYEMS Executive Director SusienbspSuprenantnbspto Lt. John Hogan 3 awards FFAEMT Scott Clark FFParamedic Jamie Pienkowski 3 awards and FFParamedic Pat Maguire.nbspThese awards represent the actions of the those providers for three separate incidents occurring in November 2010 January 2011 and March 2011 resulting in full cardiac arrest victims being transported to the hospital with return of spontaneous circulation and subsequent discharge from the hospital.nbspdivdivnbspdivdivThese three patients are alive today because of the EMS system in action.nbspConsidering the fact that out-of-hospital cardiac arrest has a 2-8 survival rate this accomplishment shows what a tremendous benefit we have realized from our investment in continued training for our personnel.nbspThis recognition also shows how fortunate the residents of the DeWitt Fire District are to have some of the best EMS providers in the Central New York region at their disposal.nbspThese personnel exemplify the high standard of care which we all strive to provide.nbspThe DeWitt Fire District congratulates these providers on their accomplishment.nbspWe also send a big thank you and job well done to all of our EMS providers for their constant commitment and effort.div