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Home Depot Annual Fire Safety Workshop
Special thanks to Kelly Herod from Home Depot for additional pictures.
Members of the local fire companies show off their skills and promote fire prevention and safety at Home Depot for their annual Fire Safety Workshop.
Companies present: Big Tree, Scranton and Woodlawn
Special thanks once again for donating a car to our friends at
Lake Erie Towing and Recovery
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What we offer you:
|Proud Community Dedication||Close Family Atmosphere||Camaraderie|
|Service Awards Program||Life/ Accident Insurance $10,000||Scholarships|
|Free/ Continous Training||Physical Fitness Programs||Town Tax Deductions|
|State of the art Equipment|| ||NYS Tax Deductions|
|Junior or Members with Restrictions for Young Adults ages 12 to 18 |
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649-6111 ext. 2848
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(Mutual Aid Pumper- Engine 20)
In 2012 the Town of Hamburg Fire Chief’s Association approved a new initiative aimed at supplementing manpower during periods where levels are known to be less than optimal.
The Mutual Aid Pumper 20 Program was proposed to the chiefs by the Fire Service Enhancement Committee in 2011. A 6 month trial period was granted allowing the committee to implement, review and makes any necessary changes to the program. The program was approved for permanency in 2012.
The concept is simple - answer the communities’ emergencies with a qualified volunteer crew in a timely fashion.
During periods of known manpower deficiencies, an engine crew is assembled with members from 8 fire companies. They are charged with responding to all fire calls within the jurisdictional boundaries of the Armor, Big Tree, Blasdell, LakeShore, LakeView, North Boston, Scranton and Woodlawn Fire Companies. If any of the crew possesses an EMS certification, the engine will also respond to EMS calls.
To date the program has conducted 32 standbys, answered 132 calls for service, conducted 45 hours of training and immeasurable hours of camaraderie and friendship.
Article by P Wilson (Chairman, Fire Service Enhancement Com)
Newton Abbott responds to
victims in the water
Pictures by John Kreiger of the Hamburg Water Rescue Unit
At 1655 hours on January 15, 2012, Newton Abbott Fire Company was dispatched for a report of two victims in the creek near McKinley Pkwy. and Willet Roads.
As initial reports from the scene were very sketchy, 1st Assistant Chief Brian Evaldi called for mutual aid from the Hamburg Water Rescue Unit while in route. Once on scene and doing a quick evaluation of the situation, Chief Evaldi reported he had 2 young teen victims on ATVs through the ice and stuck in middle of the creek, one in view and the other under the bridge, clinging to the steel girders (no pictures available), standing on top of his floating ATV and in a slightly more dangerous situation.
While not in immediate life threatening danger, the teens would now need assistance to get back to shore safely without getting into the frigid waters. Reporting on location, Second Assistant Chief George Sweetland took Operations, keeping the teens in view at all times, further accessing the situation and evaluating the teens conditions with Blasdell Police Officer AJ Ortiz.
Due to extremely cold temperatures and while in route to the scene, Hamburg Water Rescue Unit Chief of Operations, Ron Klimowicz called for the West Seneca Water Rescue Team for standby.
Newton Abbott Firefighters along with members of the Hamburg Water rescue Unit, Rural Metro and Blasdell and Hamburg PD assisted the two young teens to shore using ladders, ropes and cold water rescue suits, having the teens in the back of waiting ambulances for evaluation in 31 minutes from the time of dispatch.
Units remained on scene for another hour assisting the Hamburg PD and Lake Erie Towing recover the new ATV’s using ropes and winches to bring the ATV’s up out of the now frozen creek and back up on the bridge to the awaiting parents of the young teens.
While the teens were not in an immediate life threatening situation, they were stuck in the icy waters in extremely cold temperatures and in need of assistance. This call gave all agencies involved a great chance to practice and enact their mutual aid agreements and ice rescue skills under a very cold but controlled environment and under a unified command structure.
Hamburg Agencies Support the Special Olympics
Town of Hamburg Police, Fire, and EMS agencies along with multiple other State and County resources came out on December 3, 2010 to help support the NYS Special Olympics WNY Polar Plunge. This annual event, put together by members of law enforcement community and the private sector, has grown to over 800 participants who take the plunge. This year’s event has raised over $ 140,000 for the athletes of the NYS Special Olympics.
Chairman Steve Nigrelli of the NYS Police would like to thank all agencies and volunteers who operated under a NIMS Large cale Unified Command structure to make this event a safe and successful event.
Please check out more information on these special athletes at:
Agencies providing coverage for this event:
Hamburg Water Rescue Unit
Hamburg Police patrol and dive team
Hamburg Buildings and Grounds Department
Erie County Sheriffs dive unit, Air One, SMART Team and multiple other resources
Woodlawn Fire Company
Big Tree Fire Company
Newton Abbott Fire Company
Lake Shore Fire Company
Hamburg Fire Company STAR Team
Blasdell Fire Company
Rural Metro Ambulance
Buffalo Cotter Fire boat
US Coast Guard Marine units
Hamburg Water Rescue Unit members respond with ALERT
Region 1 Agencies activated for response to Tioga County
In the early morning hours of Thursday, September 7, 2011, ALERT Region 1 swift water rescue teams were activated to respond to TiogaCounty for massive flooding.
ALERT Coordinators Jim Miller (ALERT 9) and Ron Klimowicz (ALERT 9-1) began notifying region 1 swift water rescue teams and county officials for immediate response to the call for help, as hundreds of towns were inundated with massive flooding.
While in route to the Tioga County EOC, ALERT team members were diverted to respond directly to calls in the Towns of Waverly, Nichols and TiogaCenter. The response to these calls for help went on for over 72 hours and through out the night time hours as dozens of rescues were conducted, sometimes with Air support, never reaching their original destination of the Tioga County EOC. Alert units were then staged at the Nichols Fire Department where multiple additional deployments for rescue took place over the next few days.
ALERT Region 1 members responding were from Alden, Alexander and Sheldon Fire Companies as well as Alert Coordinators from The Hamburg Water Rescue Unit and Alden Swift Water Rescue Team.
Pictures by Ron Klimowicz and Dennis Wellspeak
Town of Hamburg Companies Deploy Down State
to Assist in Recovery from Hurricane Irene
The eastern part of New York State was among the areas devastated by Hurricane Irene causing downed trees, power outages, and severe flooding. The magnitude of the devastation exceeded the resources of first responders in those affected areas. The state wide mutual aid plan was activated and the request was made to Erie County to send equipment and manpower to assist in those areas. Late on Saturday evening of August 27th, the request was made to Erie County’s Dept. of Emergency Services looking for Engines, Ladder Trucks, and SEFU units to deploy for up to a 7 day deployment. Following coordination from The Hamburg Emergency Management Office, a convoy of crews departed from the Erie County Fire Academy on Sunday morning. Manpower and equipment from through-out Erie County deployed. Representing the Town of Hamburg was an Engine from Blasdell and SEFU units from Big Tree, Lake View, and Lake Shore along with manpower from Newton Abbott. The request for the engines and ladder trucks were cancelled allowing Blasdell to return to service. The remaining crews responded to Ulster, Rockland, and SchoharieCounties. Crews worked 12 hour shifts responding to fires, EMS requests, Co calls, MVAs, pump details, and water rescues.
On September 4th an additional request came in for ambulances to deploy to SchoharieCounty. Big Tree’s ambulance left September 5th for a 3 day deployment.
These deployments are an example of why the state-wide mutual aid agreement is so important and illustrates the brother and sister-hood that exists in emergency services.
We wish to recognize and thank those that volunteered to deploy to help our fellow New Yorkers as well as the Chiefs and Emergency Managers that played a behind the scenes part in this successful mission.
Pictured are the personnel that volunteered to respond downstate.
Article and pictures by John Carlin Sr. (D-2)
Saturday June 11, 2011 at 1551 hours:
Hamburg Marine Units assist seaplane in distress
The Hamburg Water Rescue Members and Big Tree Firefighters are dispatched to a report a seaplane is distress about 100 yards off the HamburgTownPark. Upon arriving on location, Marine 9 was updated by assisting boaters that the plane was doing multiple touch and go landings on the water when it appeared the plane had stalled. Unable to get the engine restarted, the seaplane was drifting towards the rocky shores just North East of the HamburgTownPark.
Wave runner operators initially assisted in keeping the plane from drifting into the rocks on shore by towing the plane to deeper water as marine units from the Hamburg Water Rescue Unit, US Coast Guard and Town of Hamburg Fire Coordinator (D-2) John Carlin merged on scene to render additional assistance.
Hamburg Marine 1 arrived on location and again towed the plane to deeper waters and assessed the situation. It was determined that the plane could not restart due to a dead battery. Marine one gave “jump start” to the seaplane and followed the plane further out from shore to prepare for take off.
The seaplane lifted off with no further problems and all marine units called back in service at1625 hours.
Clandestine Methamphetamine Lab Awareness Training
(Picture by John Carlin)
The Hamburg Fire Chief’s Association recently hosted a Clandestine Meth Lab Awareness Training at the Big Tree Fire Station. The training was intended to educate emergency services personnel of how to recognize things that might indicate the presents of a clandestine lab intended to produce methamphetamines (meth). The manufacturing, sales, and use of meth are increasing and there are tremendous hazards and dangers to the public and emergency services personnel at these clandestine labs. It is important for firefighters, EMS personnel, and other first responders to be able to recognize these hazards to take appropriate action to keep the public and themselves safe when such labs are encountered.
About 115 emergency services personnel attended the informative training. The training was presented by three Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents pictured above.
Pictured left to right are: Det. Chris Clark of the Niagara Falls, NY Police Department, Det. Corey Higgins of the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Department, and Det. Glenn Zawierucha of the Town of Hamburg Police Department.
Hamburg Fire Chief's Association host seminar
(Photo by John Carlin)
On Saturday April 9, 2011, the Hamburg Fire Chief’s Association hosted a seminar for area firefighters called “Tactical Operations and the New Rules of Combat Fire Engagement” with featured presenter Chief Christopher Naum. Chief Naum is a nationally recognized and high acclaimed author, instructor and authority on building construction. He is the Chief of Training for the Command Institute, Washington, DC – Vice President of the International Society of Fire Service Instructors – and a Contributing Editor of Firehouse Magazine and Firehouse.com as well as Buildingsonfire.com.
It is the goal of the Hamburg Fire Chief’s Training Bureau and Standardization Committee to provide a wide variety of training and education to all firefighters so as to enhance our safety, efficiency, and effectiveness while performing at incidents.
We would like to thank all of the Chiefs that promoted this seminar to their members and to those Association members that helped out at the seminar.
Special thanks goes to Char and Ashley Wilson for coordinating the refreshments; the HamburgMiddle School on Division Street in The Village of Hamburg for donating the use of their facility; and mostly to those that attended the seminar in an effort to improve their safety and effectiveness.
Article and Photo by John Carlin – Hamburg Fire Coordinator.
Hamburg Fire Chief's Water Rescue Unit
Responds Mutual Aid to Reservation Fire Company
Multiple Police, Fire and Rescue agencies from the Town of Hamburg assist in search for missing girl in Evans
Photos courtesy of Captain Kevin Caffery of ErieCounty Air 1
On March 24th, 2011 a report of a missing 18 year old girl came in to the Town of Evans Police Department. Within 25 minutes, multiple police, fire and rescue agencies from Evans, Hamburg and additional surrounding communities were on scene searching the 18 mile creek and the surrounding 575 acres of land. An exhaustive search continued for days as heavy snow, cold temperatures and steep terrain hampered operations and exhausted searchers from more than 27 agencies from around Western New York. On April 1st, 2011, the young girl’s body was found in the heavily wooded area, bringing the search to an end.
On April 14th, 2010, a debriefing and critique was held at the North Evans Fire Company where District Fire Chief Nick Mecca and Lieutenant Tom George of the Evans Police Department asked that their sincere appreciation and gratitude be passed on to all agencies involved.
ALERT Coordinators Jim Miller and Ron Klimowicz would also like to extend their sincere thanks to all ALERT Teams that responded to the calls for assistance in this search.
Hamburg agencies assisting on the search were:
The Hamburg Water Rescue and dive Team
The HamburgVFC STAR Team
The Hamburg Police Dive Team
Lake View Fire Company
Lake Shore Fire Company