While the ice on Hampton Manor Lake may look safe to walk on, it is not. Please keep off the ice!
Fire Prevention Week begins tomorrow. This year’s theme is “Don’t wait – Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years. Please take a moment to check your smoke alarms and if they are are over 10 years old they should be replaced.
On Saturday October 15th from 11:00 – 3:00 we will be hosting a open house at fire station 2 on Sherwood Avenue.
Firefighters will be available to demonstrate various aspects of fire safety. All members of the community are invited and encouraged to stop by at the fire station to learn about smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and other tips meant to encourage safety at home given the potential of hazards that lead to fire. There will be gear to try on and kids can help put out a “fire” with the help of a firefighter (using our new digital training tool).The apparatus including the new Engines 8-1 and 8-2 will be on display for public viewing; children’s pictures in the driver’s seat are always a big hit. Refreshments will be available during the course of the day.
Please stop by and say hi. We would love to see you!
On Monday February 22nd, the Clinton Heights Fire Department was requested by the East Greenbush Fire Department to assist with a two car accident with entrapment. The scene was located on Columbia Turnpike just east of the Phillips Rd. / Forrest Dr. intersection. Upon arrival of Rescue 8, Captain Bestler took command of the CHFD units. Squad 8 arrived shortly thereafter with Car 1 and Car 3 as well. Members assisted the EGFD with extricating the drivers of both vehicles. The patients were transported by the Bruen Rescue Squad to area hospitals.
With 8-5 back in service for a day and a half, at approximately 4:00 am on Monday the 21st, CHFD was dispatched to a structure fire at The Asian Tea House at 117 Columbia Turnpike. CHFD Car 3 (Asst. Chief Racine) arrived and requested a re-dispatch for a working fire. Car 1 (Chief Tracy) arrived moments later and took command while Car 3 assumed the operations officer duties. A second alarm for box 08-30 (Commercial Occupancy) was requested immediately brining an additional 3 engines and 2 trucks plus the FAST team and rehab unit. Engine Company 8-5 arrived, secured a water supply and stretched an attack line to the seat of the fire in the kitchen area. The crew from Truck 8 took the roof and completed ventilation duties. The engine crew made quick work of the well involved kitchen fire. Mutual aid companies assisted with searches, overhaul and salvage. Damage was confined primarily to the kitchen area of the restaurant. Companies were in service by approximately 8:00 am. The investigation into the cause and origin is ongoing. Units: CHFD Car 1, 2, 3, 8-5, T-8, Squad 8, Rescue 8, 11-8, T-11, T-29, 3-6, 9-7 (FAST), Utility 43 (Rehab), Bruen Rescue and EGPD.
Less than 12 hours after a 2nd alarm fire in our own district, the CHFD was requested on a 2nd alarm to the City of Rensselaer for Box 29-02 at 708 East St. CHFD responded with Cars 1, 2 and 3, 8-5, T-8 and R-8. Car 2 (Asst. Chief O'Connor) was the first CHFD officer on scene. He quickly met up with the IC, Asst. Chief Corcoran and received orders for the CHFD units. Engine Co. 8-5 and Truck 8 arrived moments later. 8-5 secured its own water supply and the crew stretched a line to the second floor while the Truck went to work opening up on the second floor as well. The aggressive interior attack by the Rensselaer and Clinton Heights units made quick work of the fire. Exposures were a mere 3 feet away on either side. Neither suffered any damage due to the rapid fire suppression.