Friday, September 20, 2013

-FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE- The Fairview Fire District Reminds Its Residents to 'Prevent Kitchen Fires’

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"Often when we're called to a fire that started in the kitchen, the residents tell us that they only left the kitchen for a few minutes," said Justin Bohlmann, Public Education Coordinator with Fairview. "Sadly, that's all it takes for a dangerous fire to start. We hope that Fire Prevention Week will help us reach folks in the community before they've suffered a damaging lesson."

Monday, June 24, 2013

Press Release Cardiovascular Fund of Dutchess County of the Community Foundation of the Hudson Valley




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 a grant from the Cardiovascular Fund of Dutchess County of the Community Foundation of the Hudson Valley in the amount of $2000.00.  These funds will be used to purchase “Bariatric Wings” for the ambulance stretcher.  This equipment will allow Fairview Firefighters and Emergency Medical Services personnel to safely transport obese patients to the hospital without having to wait for an ambulance to come from other areas.  

Obesity is a growing condition throughout the United States; the Fairview Fire District is not exempt.  The equipment that is being purchased with grant funds will be fitted to an existing ambulance stretcher allowing for a safer and more comfortable transport to the hospital.   This valuable addition will improve patient care, as well as have a positive effect on staff safety. 

The Fairview Fire District would like to thank the Cardiovascular Fund of Dutchess County of the Community Foundation of the Hudson Valley for the grant monies and for continuing to realize the importance of emergency services in Dutchess County. 




Friday, June 7, 2013

Press Release AFG Grant



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:
Christopher Maeder, Chief                             Meredith Kelly (Schumer) 202-224-7433 
Fairview Fire District                                       James Rahm (Gillibrand) 202-224-3873
258 Violet Avenue                                            Stephanie Formas (Maloney) 202-225-0415
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

                                                                                   
                                       
SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND, MALONEY ANNOUNCE NEARLY $160,000 FEDERAL GRANT FOR POUGHKEEPSIE AREA FIRE DEPARTMENT 
Funds to Replace Outdated Personal Protective Equipment
U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, and U.S. Representative Sean Patrick Maloney announced the Fairview Fire District is set to receive $158,948 in federal funding to replace outdated personal protective equipment, including updated SCBA breathing apparatus units. The money was allocated through the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. 
“With this funding, Fairview’s first responders can focus on their important work knowing they have new, reliable breathing apparatus,” said Senator Schumer. “This investment will help ensure that our local heroes can continue their life-saving work as effectively and safely as possible.”
“This is an important investment for the Fairview Fire District,” Senator Gillibrand said. “It’s our responsibility to ensure our first responders have the most up-to-date equipment to serve our communities.  The new personal protective equipment will help the Fairview Fire District respond to emergencies more efficiently and effectively, and help save more lives.” 
“The Fairview Fire District does a great job of meeting the fire and rescue needs of our community,” said Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney. “This investment will enhance the ability of our local firefighters to protect the community while reducing the number of fire related injuries.”
“We are thrilled to receive these federal funds to help us purchase much needed firefighting equipment for our personnel. The new equipment has much better safety features than our outdated equipment. We thank Senators Schumer and Gillibrand for their support.” said Fairview Fire District Chief Christopher Maeder.
The Fairview Fire District provides fire protection and Emergency Medical Services for the northern section of the Town of Poughkeepsie and the southern portion of the Town of Hyde Park. The district is approximately four and a half square-miles in size and encompasses two colleges, two hospitals, two elementary schools, state and county facilities, industrial facilities, residences, numerous daycare centers, and a three-mile section of the Hudson River.
The Fairview Fire District will use the federal funds to purchase new SCBA breathing apparatus units.  The District’s current equipment is outdated, over 14 years old. The new personal protective equipment has much improved safety features that will help to keep the Fairview firefighters safe.
Senator Schumer was an original sponsor of the legislation that led to the creation of this funding program for local governments and fire departments to help defray the rising costs of equipment and fire prevention. The Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program funds can go towards training, equipment, personal protective equipment, wellness and fitness, and modifications to fire stations and facilities.

The Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program assists local fire departments in programs and activities to improve the effectiveness of firefighting operations through specialized emergency training for response to situations like terrorist attacks; enhancement of emergency medical services programs; development of health and safety initiatives; establishment of fire education and prevention programs; creation of wellness and fitness programs; and equipment and facility upgrades.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Press Release Fire 90 Clark Street Investigation Determination



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

Date of Incident:        June 4, 2013

Location of Incident: 90 Clark Street, Town of Poughkeepsie

Fire investigators have determined the following regarding the fire that occurred at 90 Clark Street, in the Town of Poughkeepsie.  Officially, the fire will be listed as “Undetermined” as a cause as outlined in NFPA 921, the “Guide for Fire and Explosive Investigations”.  Fire Investigators are unable to rule out an event occurring as a result of individuals working on the roof of the building immediately prior to the fire occurring.  

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Press Release 90 Clark Street



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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


At approximately 4:26 pm, Fairview Firefighters were dispatched and responded to a reported structure fire at 90 Clark Street in the Town of Poughkeepsie.   Dutchess County 911 related to responding units that there was an active fire.  With reports of occupants trapped and multiple calls, a second alarm of fire was requested.  Upon arrival, the occupant had been assisted out of the building.  

Firefighters were hampered in their efforts due to limited manpower, the construction of the building, and the outdoor temperatures.   Assisting agencies were Arlington Fire Department, City of Poughkeepsie Fire Department, Roosevelt Fire Department, Dutchess County Department of Emergency Response, Town of Poughkeepsie Police, Mobile Life Support Services, and Central Hudson.  

Eleven occupants were assisted by the Red Cross for their immediate housing needs.  

One firefighter suffered minor injuries and was transported to the hospital and was released.  Currently the fire is under investigation.  

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Flashover Training Press Release



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

The weekend of April 19th to the 21st, Fairview Firefighters and other county fire department personnel will be conducting valuable hands on training not typically available within Dutchess County.   In partnership with New York State Fire Chief’s Association, Dutchess County, and multiple fire agencies; firefighters will be learning and experiencing Flashovers in a controlled environment.  A flashover occurs when all of the combustible material in a room reaches their ignition temperature at the same time.  Flashover’s kill and burn many firefighters annually.  

Firefighting personnel will attend a didactic session on Friday evening at the Dutchess County Department of Emergency Response. On Saturday and Sunday, firefighters will be broken up into groups where they will enter the simulator and experience the progression of a flashover.   This hands on part of the program will occur at the Fairview Fire Station, located at 258 Violet Avenue, Poughkeepsie.

The Fairview Fire District would like to acknowledge the generosity of Sandy Williams of Williams Lumber for assisting with the procurement of supplies needed for this training opportunity.