The Warwick Fire Department (WFD) reports that for the week ending Mon., Apr. 15, they responded to 119 calls for service to date.
On Fri., Apr. 5 2nd Lieutenant John Knuth of the Raymond Hose Company #2 graduated from the NYS Corrections Academy in Albany, NY. The WFD congratulated him and wishes John good luck.
On Mon., Apr. 8, three of our four Department companies held a joint operational drill at the Wickham Woodlands. A great job was done by all firefighters involved.
On Tues., Apr. 9, the WFD responded to an motor vehicle rollover with entrapment on the Warwick Turnpike. Thank you to the Warwick Police, Warwick EMS, Orange County DPW, firefighters, the Fire Police and all involved.
On Thurs., Apr. 11, the WFD had a busy evening with the Department holding its monthly scheduled Extrication Drill at Spechts Garage on Covered Bridge Rd. The WFD Rope Team held a Rope Drill at the Warwick Ambulance Bay on South St. Ext. to instruct Warwick EMS Junior Corps members on Rope Rescue Operations. Thank you to Warwick EMS for hosting the WFD and thank you to Spechts Garage for allowing the WFD to use their facility.
On Sat., Apr. 13, the WFD responded to Park Avenue School to assist Warwick EMS and Warwick Police with a landing zone. Also on Saturday, Engine Company #3 held their Annual Company Dinner at the Italian Villa. Congratulations on another successful year to all of the firefighters from Engine #3.
It was another busy day on Mon., Apr. 15 starting with wires down involving a tree due to a storm. Later in the morning, the WFD was dispatched to mutual aid to a structure fire in the Greenwood Lake Fire District with their FAST Team (Firefighter Assist Search Team) to the scene with the Goodwill Hook and Ladder Company Truck 633.
Warwick Fire Prevention Report
The Warwick Fire Prevention Team again repeats that a NYS Burn Ban is in effect until May 14. The 2019 Smoke Detector Law has changed. All smoke detectors sold in New York State AFTER Apr. 1, 2019, are required to be powered by a 10-year, sealed, non-removable battery, or hardwired to the home. This does not affect your currently installed smoke detectors. Smoke Detectors save lives. Use them and replace them if necessary.
The Annual Warwick Easter Egg Hunt, sponsored by the WFD and the Warwick Recreation Department, will be held on Sat., Apr. 20 at 10 a.m. at Veterans Memorial Park. The WFD will host their 150th Anniversary Open House and Firefighter Food Truck Community Fest on Sat., Apr. 27 from 1 to 6 p.m. at Warwick Station #1, located at 25 Church St. Ext. in Warwick.
As part of RecruitNY, the WFD will join other volunteer fire departments throughout the State at their respective firehouses for a unified recruitment drive. Not only will RecruitNY be an opportunity to highlight the rewards and responsibilities that come with being a volunteer firefighter, it will also raise public awareness about the need for volunteers.
Throughout the afternoon the WFD will conduct tours of the fire station and firefighter apparatus. Firefighters will discuss the requirements to be a volunteer as well as conduct demonstrations, answer questions, and let visitors know how to get involved in their community fire department.
The Orange County Sheriff’s Office will also be at the Open House from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. with two deputies from the Identification Unit. The deputies will take photo identification and fingerprints for children.