For the week ending on Mon., Aug. 26, the Warwick Fire (WFD) reports that it has responded to 287 calls for service to date.
On Mon., Aug. 19 WFD was dispatched to a reported brush fire on Mt. Peter with the Greenwood Lake Fire Department. Upon arrival and further investigation it was determined that two Orange & Rockland Utilities Contractors had succumbed to injuries sustained in an electrical industrial accident. The Fire was extinguished and the victims were removed. All agencies involved did an amazing job. The Warwick Fire Department gives our condolences to the families, friends and coworkers of the men lost.
Also on Mon., Aug. 19 the WFD officers and members completed weekly truck checks of all apparatus. The Chiefs and Past Chiefs attended the Fire Chiefs Association of O.C. Meeting held at the Cuddebackville Firehouse.
On Wed., Aug. 21 the WFD attended the Battalion 6 meeting at the Greenwood Lake Fire Department headquarters. Congratulations to the GLFD on the arrival of their new 80’ Quint Ladder Truck. On behalf of all our members we wish you all the best of luck with your new Apparatus. The Battalion 6 Departments are made up of the four fire departments in the Town of Warwick including the Florida Fire Department, Greenwood Lake Fire Department, Pine Island Fire Department and the WFD.
On Thurs., Aug. 22, the WFD held a Parade Committee meeting for the upcoming Parade on Sept. 28 at 2 p.m. and the WFD Color Guard held a drill to prepare for the upcoming department events. All do fantastic work and should be proud of their continued dedication to our community.
On Sat., Aug. 24, the WFD responded to the O.C. Fire Training Center to conduct new members training to prepare our new Warwick firefighters for Basic Exterior Fire Operations and then Interior Fire Operations.
On Sat., Aug. 24, the WFD attended funeral services for Past Chief of the Goshen Fire Department Dave Quackenbush who is the brother to Past Captain Rich Quackenbush and great-uncle to Past Captain and Department President Melissa Stevens. Our condolences are given to the Quackenbush Family as Past Chief Elmer Budd said in his eulogy Chief Quackenbush was a good man and he will be missed by all who knew him.
Also on Aug. 24, the WFD attended Funeral Services for FDNY Firefighter Robert B. Fitzgibbon due to 9/11 related illness. The WFD were proud and honored to attend the services. The WFD offers their sincerest condolences to the family and friends of the Fitzgibbon family. Also our condolences to Engine 47 and to the FDNY – you all did an amazing job honoring your brother.
In addition, on Aug. 24, the Warwick Historical Society Committee members hosted their annual “Party in the Park” fundraiser and honored the men and women of the Warwick Fire Department and the Excelsior Hose Co. #1 for 150 Years of volunteer fire service to the Warwick Community. The WFD cannot thank everyone enough for the accolades, the certificates, and the hospitality offered to them on Saturday night. The WFD are grateful and humbled to the Historical Society for honoring them on their 150th Anniversary.
Fire Safety Prevention Tips
Use a portable fire extinguisher when the fire is confined to a small area, such as a wastebasket, and is not growing; everyone has exited the building; the fire department has been called or is being called; and the room is not filled with smoke.
To operate a fire extinguisher, remember the word PASS: Pull the pin. Hold the extinguisher with the nozzle pointing away from you, and release the locking mechanism. Aim low – Point the extinguisher at the base of the fire. Squeeze the lever slowly and evenly. Sweep the nozzle from side-to-side.
For the home, select a multi-purpose extinguisher (can be used on all types of home fires) that is large enough to put out a small fire, but not so heavy as to be difficult to handle. Choose a fire extinguisher that carries the label of an independent testing laboratory.
Read the instructions that come with the fire extinguisher and become familiar with its parts and operation before a fire breaks out. Local fire departments or fire equipment distributors often offer hands-on fire extinguisher trainings.
Install fire extinguishers close to an exit and keep your back to a clear exit when you use the device so you can make an easy escape if the fire cannot be controlled. If the room fills with smoke, leave immediately. Know when to go. Fire extinguishers are one element of a fire response plan, but the primary element is safe escape. Every household should have a home fire escape plan and working smoke alarms.
Portable Fire Extinguishers & Children
NFPA believes that children should not be trained how to operate portable fire extinguishers. Teaching children to use portable fire extinguishers runs counter to NFPA messaging to get out and stay out if there is a fire. Furthermore, children may not have the maturity to operate a portable fire extinguisher properly or decide whether or not a fire is small enough to be put out by the extinguisher. They may not have the physical ability to handle the extinguisher or dexterity to perform the complex actions required to put out a fire. In the process of extinguishing flames, children may not know how to respond if the fire spreads. NFPA continues to believe that only adults who know how to operate portable fire extinguishers should use them.
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