Tuesday, November 6, 2018

For Immediate Release - Purple Heart Homes


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

On Tuesday, November 6th, 2018, Eugene Parrotta from the Purple Heart Homes, New York Downstate Chapter presented the Fairview Fire District with a plaque and flag.  The flag was flown over the United States Capital Building and the South Carolina State Capital.   These gifts were in recognition of the members of the Fairview Fire District going above and beyond for a local resident who was a veteran of World War II; a Purple Heart recipient.  

Members came into contact with this local resident on an emergency medical services call and determined that the individual was home bound due to his disabilities.  It was identified that the installation a ramp to exit in his wheelchair would greatly improve the quality of life for this resident.

Lt. Tim O’Connor of the Fairview Fire District spearheaded trying to assist this individual by returning his independence.   O’Connor and other staff, along with the assistance of a number of other members from the community diligently worked and received funding from Purple Heart Homes and The Home Depot to purchase and install a ramp at the resident’s home.

The installation of the ramp allowed this individual to return to some normalcy.  This individual was now able to go to doctors’ visits and other events with his new-found freedom.   Unfortunately, this member of our nation’s Greatest Generation recently passed.  

This is not the first time that members of the Fairview Fire District have installed a ramp onto a resident’s home.   The off-duty members of the Fairview Fire District have provided these services countless times in the past.   Currently, there are three other ramps still being used by residents daily.

The flag and plaque will be prominently displayed in the public area of the fire station. 

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

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.