Tuesday, November 4, 2014

File of Life

Members of the Fairview Fire District is looking to assist anyone who has a medical condition, is elderly, on medications, lives by themselves, or has any other special needs that an emergency responder would need to know about in the event of an emergency.  All members of the public are encouraged to come to the firehouse to assist with the File of Life Program.  This program is a way to access medical information to emergency responders in the event of a medical emergency.  The File of Life contains crucial information such as your name, address, date of birth, medical history, medications, allergies, and any other information that is important for a First Responder to know.

In the event of an emergency the stress of the situation can sometimes hinder effective communication between First Responders and the patients\family. This File of Life is able to curb that by giving us the information needed to treat someone who is sick or injured quickly.  The files remain with the individual and no information is kept by Fairview Fire Distinct personnel.  This is a free service to those who live in Fairview.  

At the Fairview Fire Station, 258 Violet Ave., Poughkeepsie, NY.

Friday, November 7th, 6pm-8pm
Wednesday, November 12th, 6pm-8pm
Saturday, November 15th, 10am-2pm

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Open Burning in the Fairview Fire District

Over the last few weeks we have received and investigated several complaints regarding open burning.  The New York Department of Environmental Conservation as well as the Towns of Hyde Park and Poughkeepsie have laws that regulate open burning describing what you can and cannot burn and when. 

While outdoor burning is allowed under certain conditions, please remember that while you are enjoying it, the smoke from your fire may be negatively affecting your neighbors.  Temperature, humidity, wind direction, proximity to your neighbors, etc. can influence how much they are affected. 

All of the laws (some are more detailed than others) allow for one basic type of fire without the need for permits and/or approval from the respective town or NYS DEC.  That is the basic camp fire.  But there are some laws and/or rules that need to be followed.

-          Barbeque grills and other outdoor cooking devices are allowed, when actually used for cooking, but they must be at least 10 feet from combustible construction.   There may be additional local regulations and/or restrictions regarding their use especially if you are in a multiple family dwelling (apartments, condominiums, townhouses, etc).  Propane fueled fire pits fall under the same category as barbeques grills.

-          Technically, “open burning” is not allowed in the State of New York.  The fire needs to be contained by a basket, rack or wall of non combustible material such as a commercially available steel fire pit, brick, stone, etc.  Burn barrels or modified burn barrels are allowed.

-          It must be less than three feet in height, and less than four feet in length and width or diameter.  In other words, no bonfires are allowed.

-          You can only burn charcoal or untreated wood.  You are not allowed to burn wood that has been chemically treated, coated (painted), sealed, stained, glued or otherwise altered.  This includes pressure treated lumber, plywood, particle board, fiber board and oriented strand board.

-          The fire must be attended to by a person of suitable age and discretion until extinguished.  That means a competent adult must be present and attending to the fire.

-          You are not allowed to burn leaves and brush although the Town of Poughkeepsie, under special circumstances, may issue a permit.  This permit may be revoked, and the fire extinguished, by the fire department having jurisdiction if they determine the fire is not being conducted in a safe manner and jeopardizes the public health, safety and welfare.

Burning anything other than wood or charcoal is not allowed.  While it may seem to be allowed in both the Town of Hyde Park and Poughkeepsie (as long as it is contained) the NYS DEC does not allow anything other than untreated wood or charcoal to be burned and they have overriding jurisdiction.  This means garbage, furniture, petroleum products, leaves, papers, paints, or other flammable materials, etc. cannot be burned in an outside fire at anytime.

Any fires we respond to that are not tended to by an appropriate person or that violate the applicable laws will be extinguished.

The leadership of the Fairview Fire District would like to thank the residents for following these rules.   Remember that your Fairview Firefighters are here for you when you need them.


Town of Hyde Park
Town Code
Chapter 48. DUMPING

Town of Poughkeepsie
§ 110-16.1. Open fires. 

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
Part 215: Open Fires

Fire Code of New York State
Chapter 3, Section 308 Open Flames

Thursday, May 22, 2014


 Firefighters Battle Fire at 51 Fulton Street, Poughkeepsie    

At approximately 2:33 pm, The Fairview Fire District and the City of Poughkeepsie Fire Department under automatic mutual aid were dispatched for a reported fire endangering a building.  Upon arrival, firefighters found a well involved pile of compacted scrap metal, comprised mostly of scrap vehicles on fire with the fire endangering an industrial car compactor and a building.   
Due to the nature of the fire, large amounts of foam was used to extinguish the stubborn blaze as the piles of scrap metal were taken apart by an excavator which also had to be called to assist at the scene. 
Assisting at the scene included the Roosevelt Fire Department, Town of Poughkeepsie Fire Inspector, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, the Dutchess County Department of Emergency Response, and Tom Gleason Excavation.

The fire was declared to be out at 6:42 pm.  There were minor injuries to two fire personnel who were treated at the scene.  
The fire has been determined to be accidental.  
For additional information, please contact Chief Christopher Maeder at (845) 452-7453 or via email at cmaeder@fairviewfd.net. 

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Fairview Fire District to Bolster Fire Prevention Efforts with FM Global Grant


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

Fairview Fire District to Bolster
Fire Prevention Efforts with FM Global Grant

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y.—The Fairview Fire District has received a US$3,000 fire prevention grant from FM Global, one of the world’s largest commercial property insurers.

FM Global representatives presented the award to Chief Christopher Maeder, Commissioner Robert Gephard, and Firefighters Terry Lane and Eric Foster at the Fairview Fire Station located on 258 Violet Avenue in Town of Poughkeepsie. The award will be used to assist with prefire planning to efficiently collect and track data related to local community buildings.  The information will help the fire service respond in an emergency situation.

Because fire continues to be the leading cause of property damage worldwide, during the past 35 years FM Global has contributed millions of dollars in fire prevention grants to fire service organizations around the globe. Locally, the company has awarded grants to a number of New York-based organizations.

 “At FM Global, we strongly believe the majority of property damage is preventable, not inevitable,” said Michael Spaziani, manager of the fire prevention grant program. “Far too often, inadequate budgets prevent those organizations working to prevent fire from being as proactive as they would like to be. With additional financial support, grant recipients are actively helping to improve property risk in the communities they serve.”

Through its Fire Prevention Grant Program, FM Global awards grants quarterly to fire departments—as well as national, state, regional, local and community organizations worldwide—that best demonstrate a need for funding, where dollars can have the most demonstrable impact on preventing fire, or mitigating the damage it can quickly cause.

To learn more about FM Global’s Fire Prevention Grant Program, or to apply for a grant, please visit www.fmglobal.com/grants.

For more than 175 years, many of the world’s largest organizations have turned to FM Global to develop cost-effective property insurance and engineering solutions to protect their business operations from fire, natural disasters and other types of property risk. With clients in more than 130 countries, FM Global ranks #541 among FORTUNE magazine’s largest companies in America and is rated A+ (Superior) by A.M. Best and AA (Very Strong) by Fitch Ratings. The company has been named “Best Property Insurer in the World” by Euromoney magazine, “Best Global Property Insurer” by Global Finance magazine and was voted “Best Commercial Property Insurer” in Business Insurance’s 2010 annual Readers Choice Awards.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Fire at Marist College Suppressed by Automatic Sprinkler System


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

Fire at Marist College Suppressed by Automatic Sprinkler System

At approximately 7:09 this evening, Fairview Firefighters were dispatched for an automatic alarm of fire at Marist College Townhouse “M”.  While enroute, Fairview personnel were updated that there was an active fire in the unit’s kitchen area.  Firefighters arrived to find a smoke condition in the apartment with a sprinkler head activated.  The fire which started on the kitchen stove was held to the immediate area by the sprinkler system activating.  

“This is an excellent example of how a sprinkler system in a building can save lives and property,” said Chief Christopher Maeder of the Fairview Fire District.  

The fire was determined to be caused by unattended cooking on the stove top.   According to the Center for Campus Fire Safety, cooking is the number 1 cause of fires on college campuses.  

Assisting at the scene were the City of Poughkeepsie Fire Department, New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control, and Dutchess County Department of Emergency Response.   There were no injuries as a result of the fire.  It is anticipated that the building will be able to be reoccupied in the immediate future.    

Please remember that your Fairview Firefighting Professionals (Career and Volunteer) are here ready to respond 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.