Monday, May 6, 2019

For Immediate Release - James W. Wright Public Education Award


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

The Fairview Fire District is pleased to announce that the District has been awarded the “James W. Wright Public Education Award” presented by the New York State Association of Fire Chiefs.  This prestigious award is presented to recognize individuals and agencies for their outstanding effort in providing fire and life safety education programs to citizens of New York State.  Members of the Fairview Fire District’s Public Education Team, received the award at the 46th Annual Fire and Life Safety Educator Conference, at the New York State Academy of Fire Science.  The Fire and Life Safety Educator Conference, hosted by New York State Association of Fire Chiefs and NYS Office of Fire Prevention and Control, brings together public educators in emergency services from across the Northeast and Canada to participate in workshops, hands-on training, and networking, to improve upon and enhance their education programs.
The Fairview Fire District’s Public Education Team currently consist of one Lieutenant and two Firefighter/EMTs who are nationally certified Fire and Life Safety Educators, and the District Chief.  Fairview’s public educators attend this conference annually to build upon and improve our education programs so that we may better serve our community.  The Fairview Fire District formally established the special position of Fire Prevention Coordinator in 1989.  Since then, Fairview has seen 7 different coordinators, including adding positions.  The program has evolved with the times to better meet the needs of the community it serves.  This includes changing the program title from “fire prevention” to “public education” to more accurately reflect the valuable and comprehensive services provided to the community that go above and beyond educating on just fire prevention.
The Public Education Team works together to provide CPR and Stop the Bleed training to the public, check and install child car seats, install smoke alarms in resident’s homes, visit elementary schools and daycares teaching children about fire safety, and much more.  Since 2002, Fairview’s Child Passenger Safety Technicians have checked/installed approximately 4,500 child car seats, and our firefighters have installed approximately 500 smoke alarms in homes of Fairview residents since 2012.    Additionally, through community partnerships with local institutions, we have collaboratively developed targeted education programs to not only increase safety, but to also decrease the frequency of unnecessary alarms.  Our team is committed to public safety, and reducing risks to those living in and traveling through our community through education.
The Fairview Fire District is honored to receive this prestigious award, and will continue to strive for excellence in educating our public and keeping our community safe.  Remember, your Fairview Firefighters are here when you them, 24/7.

From left to right: Chief Christopher Maeder, Asst. Pub Ed Coordinator Ryan Fincham, Pub Ed Coordinator Chris Lewis, Lt. Justin Bohlmann


Pub Ed Coordinator Lewis thanks the NYS Assoc. of Fire Chiefs for the award.

The leadership and Pub Ed Committee from the NYS Assn. of Fire Chiefs with FFD Staff.



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.