Thursday, December 17, 2015

Binder Lift Grant


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 $1250 from the Cardiovascular Fund of Dutchess County of the Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley.  

Funds were used to purchase patient lifting devices otherwise known as Binder Lifts.   Oftentimes, Fairview Firefighters and EMT’s are requested to assist individuals who have fallen and are unable to get up.  These devices will make assisting these individuals and responders safer by preventing injuries to the individual, as well as our responders. 

The Fairview Fire District would like to thank the Cardiovascular Fund of Dutchess County for their support of first responders and the public they serve.  

For more information about Binder Lifts go to 

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Response to the Poughkeepsie Journal Article Dated 12/2/2015

For a number of years, Marist College has identified the value of the services of the Fairview Fire District.  As a result, Marist has made financial contributions to the district.   Today’s article in the Poughkeepsie Journal is an attempt to discredit the relationship with Marist and make it appear that the Fairview Fire District has done something improper.   We have not!  To put it simply and clearly, Marist College has financially supported the district when there is no legal obligation to do so. 

As the article relates, Marist College has been a willing partner with the Fairview Fire District for a number of years and has contributed annually.   The agreement memorializes these contributions and as a result allows the board of fire commissioners to apply funds toward the budget resulting in a decreased levy (AKA taxes) for residents.   It could be argued that these agreements are models for other large tax exempt institutions that use valuable community services.  

The comments by Steven Leventhal are well placed in the article as an attempt to discredit the agreement or to perhaps persuade the reader of the article that the Fairview Fire District will turn a blind eye to dangers or risks of new construction on the Marist property, The Fairview Fire District will always oppose projects that are unsafe or pose a risk to those who live in our community or to our personnel.   The record will show that the Fairview Fire District has consistently asked for and promoted safe construction with sprinklers in building projects. 

In fact, the new dorms at Marist College will be constructed of superior construction then what is being replaced.  Additionally, there will be sprinklers and modern fire detection equipment in these new buildings, therefore safer for the students as well as firefighters.  

In reference to Ms. Fries FOIL request, she could have been more specific in her initial request or in her follow up email once provided the Marist and Dutchess Community College agreements.  The Fairview Fire District has a history of transparency.  This can be seen by visiting our website where there is ample information on the operations and administration. 

Ms. Fries could have done a better job in “investigating” the three projects than just reporting the number of units.  What really is the root of the problem is the number of beds.  When comparing the the three projects, it would be a fair and proper if all of the noted projects were measured in the same way.  Why would Marist be reported in beds and both Dalia and Fairview Commons be measured in units?  Ms. Fries should have been more conscientious in the presentation of these projects.    

The leadership of the Fairview Fire District was hopeful that the Poughkeepsie Journal would provide a fair representation in this article.   Once again, we are disappointed and have to waste time and energy on preparing a response instead of focusing on our primary mission of being prepared for emergencies. 

The Fairview Fire District wishes everyone a safe and happy holiday season.   Remember that your Fairview Firefighters are here when you need them.  

For more information please contact Chief Christopher Maeder at