Wednesday, September 5, 2018

For Immediate Release - Fire at Mid-Hudson Regional Hospital


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:
Christopher Maeder, Chief
Fairview Fire District
258 Violet Avenue
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

On Wednesday, the 5th of September at approximately 2:44 pm, Fairview Firefighters were dispatched to Mid-Hudson Regional Hospital in Poughkeepsie for a reported automatic alarm of fire.  When Firefighters arrived approximately five minutes later, they found an active fire in the Cooke section of the building.  The alarm was upgraded and additional resources from the City of Poughkeepsie Fire Department was dispatched.  Hospital staff had already begun the steps of activating their emergency response plan. 

A small fire was discovered to be in the duct work for the ventilation of the building’s generator.  The fire was immediately extinguished by Fairview personnel.  The fire was declared to be under control at 3:08 pm.  Light smoke was found on two floors that were evacuated by hospital staff. 

At no time were hospital staff or patients in any danger. 

The building was ventilated by Fairview personnel.  All emergency service crews left the scene at 4:21 pm.   The building was turned back over to Mid-Hudson Regional Hospital staff.  

The fire was determined to be caused by a mechanical issue with a newly installed generator.  

The Roosevelt Fire Districted assisted by standing-by at the Fairview fire station.  

Please remember that your Fairview Firefighters are always here when you need them.  


Thursday, August 9, 2018

For Immediate Release: FFD Recieves $275,000 in Grant Funding from FEMA


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:
Christopher Maeder, Chief
Fairview Fire District
258 Violet Avenue
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

The Fairview Fire District is pleased to announce the receipt of grant funding in the amount of $275,000 from FEMA’s Assistance to Firefighter’s Grant.  This grant is a training grant which will provide funding for Fairview personnel to attend training in an effort to become New York State Certified Paramedics.  Fairview will be required to match funding in the amount of $13,752. 

The notification of the grant award came from Congressman Maloney and Senator Gillibrand’s office’s.  FEMA has provided funding for the enhancement of emergency service by providing funding for equipment, protective gear, emergency vehicles, training, and other resources to our nation’s firefighters.  The FFD has benefited from this program many times.  Previous grants awarded to the FFD through the FEMA AFG include, but are not limited to the building generator, extrication tools, self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA). 

This current grant allows for six FFD personnel to attend training at a local academic institution.  Costs covered by the grant include their salaries, tuition, books, and overtime when shifts are needed to be filled.  

The Board of Fire Commissioners and District Staff are exploring the possibility of creating an advanced life support program for the benefit of those who live, work, and travel through the Fairview community.

The leadership of the FFD is grateful and appreciative of the support of the elected officials who supported our application.  

Please remember that your Fairview Firefighters are always here when you need them.  

Friday, April 27, 2018

For Immediate Release - Fire at HRPC Main Administration Building - Updated 6:30 pm 4/27/18

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 27, 2018

Reply to: Christopher Maeder, Chief
                Fairview Fire District
                258 Violet Avenue
                Poughkeepsie, NY 12601                
                cmaeder@fairviewfd.net

    At approximately 3:44 am, Fairview Firefighters were dispatched for a report of smoke in the area of Fulton Street.  Firefighters found smoke coming from the area of the old Hudson River Psychiatric Center.  Upon further investigation a fire was found in the wing of the old Main Administration building.   Additional resources were immediately called to the scene.

    After a majority of the fire was knocked down, it was determined that the fire extended into the Main Building requiring additional ladders and fire apparatus to the scene to control the fire.

    Assisting at the scene was Pleasant Valley Fire District, City of Poughkeepsie Fire Department, New Hamburg Fire District, Arlington Fire District, Roosevelt Fire District, Union Vale Fire District, LaGrange Fire District, Hyde Park Fire Department,  Dutchess County Department of Emergency Response, Town of Poughkeepsie Police, Water, and Building Department, and Mobile Life Support Services.  Stand-by coverage is being provided by the Rhinebeck Fire Department.

    Investigation of the fire has determined that it was intentionally set.  Individuals with information about the fire are encouraged to call the Town of Poughkeepsie Police at (845) 485-3666.  The developers of the property have offered a $5000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the individual(s) who started the fire.

    As of 11:30 am, firefighters were still operating at the scene.  

UPDATE:

All Fairview and mutual aid personnel were clear of the site at 5:22 pm.   Approximately 75 firefighters from multiple agencies were on the scene during the operation. 

There were no reported injuries to personnel.  

The Leadership of the Fairview Fire District would like to extend our deepest appreciation to all agencies that assisted at the scene or were on stand-by at the Fairview Fire Station.

Additionally, the Leadership of the Fairview Fire District would like to extend our thanks to Sheli's Deli, Rossi's Deli, North End Mobile, Stewart's Shop, Arlington Stop and Shop, and Jones Septic for their support during the operation.  



Saturday, January 20, 2018

112 Fairview Avenue and FFD Still Remembers





It is hard for many of us at Fairview to see the date January 21st on the calendar and not relive that dreaded night. 

It was six years ago when Fairview Firefighters woke up to the announcement of a structure fire.  The dispatchers broadcasted that there were multiple calls and reports of occupants trapped.   Personnel raced to the scene to encounter a building fully involved with fire.  Four occupants were fortunate enough to escape the inferno; regrettably, three did not and perished that night. 

The Fairview Fire District remembers 112 Fairview Avenue.  It is something we may never forget.  The names Eva Block, Kerry Fitzsimmons, and Kevin Johnson will not be lost to time.  In their memory, we work hard to make sure another tragedy does not occur through a robust public education program.  We encourage the installation of sprinklers in every building built within district boundaries even when not required by the building code.   We install car seats and smoke alarms at no charge.  We do it because it helps protect people which is our mission. 


Please remember that your Fairview Firefighters and EMT’s are here for you; committed to your everyday safety.