Sunday, January 18, 2015  At 9:19 am on Sunday, January 18, 2015, the Washingtonville Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a motor vehicle collision on State Route 94 west of Oxford Road in the Town of Blooming Grove. Weather conditions at the time were rain/sleet mix. Road conditions were dangerous due to severe black ice.

At approximately 9:25 am, Washingtonville Fire Department Engine 583, traveling at an extremely slow speed, due to icy conditions, slid into a rock wall, then continued to slide approximately 300' to the other side of the road, striking a civilian vehicle that was in the original accident, and then a Blooming Grove Police Department vehicle.

Six firefighters were injured in the collision and transported to Orange Regional Medical center and Saint Luke's Hospital in Newburgh. All six firefighters were treated and released.

The operator of the civilian vehicle was transported to Orange Regional Medical Center with injuries from the original accident.

Asst. Chief Gary Hearn




Monday, January 12, 2015   At approximately 8:30 this morning the Washingtonville Fire Department was alerted to an MVA on Route 208. En-route units were updated by BG Medic 491 that one person was trapped in the vehicle with minor injures. Upon arrival, units removed the passenger side door and assisted EMS with patient packaging. The victim was extricated in under 10 minutes. R-581, E-583 and Car 1 remained on scene until the tow company arrived. All units were clear in under an hour.




Friday, January 9, 2015   Just before 1:30 am units from Salisbury Mills were dispatched to a reported house on fire on Willow Ave in Beaver Dam section of their district. Orange County 911 reported numerous calls being received reporting a working a fire. SMFD Car 1 arrived to find a well involved house fire and immediately requested a 2nd alarm. Washingtonville E-583 and TA-577 were dispatched and were on the road in under 3 minutes. Units arrived to find an approximately 60x30, 2 story private house with a large volume of fire from both floors. Command ordered an exterior attack due to advanced fire conditions. Units from Salisbury Mills and Washingtonville stretched 3 hand lines and knocked down the bulk of the fire. Once the main body of fire was knocked units proceeded to enter the residence to open up and hit hot spots. Washingtonville units were on scene for over 3 hours.




Thursday, January 1, 2015   Just 2 hours into the new year Washingtonville firefighters were alerted to "assist PD with a pole down" in the area of Oxford Rd and Rt 94. As Car 2 (Hearn) arrived on scene he found a utility pole across the road and a vehicle over the guard rail and into the woods. Upon further size up it was found that the occupant of the vehicle was still in the driver's seat and was unable to get out. R-581 arrived and used the Grip Hoist system to stabilize the vehicle prior to removing the occupant. The vehicle was on a steep hill and was unstable. Crews used a chainsaw to remove trees blocking access to the occupant as well. The subject was removed and turned over to awaiting EMS and PD units in under 20 minutes. Units remained on scene for about 2 hours awaiting the tow company and utility company to remove the vehicle and pole. 

This was the 8th call for service within 22 hours for Washingtonville firefighters. In these 8 calls were 2 mutual aid calls for working fires and a stand by request in the city of Long Beach (Long Island, NY) while their members attended a LODD funeral.




Thursday, December 11, 2014   Just past 2 am Chester Fire Department was dispatched to a structure fire in the village of Chester. Upon arrival of Chester Car 1 he found a large barn converted into a residence with heavy fire visible. A 2nd alarm was requested which brought E-583 to the scene. The crew from E-583 assisted with placing a 2.5" line in operation. Crews were advised this would be an outside operation due to the volume of fire. A short time after E-583 arrived on scene T-579 was special called as an additional truck company. The truck arrived to fire through the roof of the entire building. The crew of T-579 stood fast for a while before the crew rotated through operating the bucket of Chester T-917. Both crews from Washingtonville remained on scene for over 2 hours.




Thursday, December 4, 2014   In the early morning hours of December 4th the Washingtonville Fire Department was dispatched to a reported apartment fire in our first due. En-route to the scene, Car 1 was advised by Orange 911 that PD was on scene reporting a heavy smoke condition. Shortly after this Car 1 arrived on scene, confirmed a working fire and transmitted the 2nd alarm. First due companies stretched a line to the second floor apartment and found fire in the walls and ceiling. Crews from E-584 and T-579 made short work of the fire and had it knocked in under 15 minutes. Crews remained on scene for about 2 hours conducting overhaul and hitting hot spots. Washingtonville units were assisted by Vails Gate FD, Salisbury MIlls FD, South Blooming Grove FD and Maybrook FD.




Friday, October 24, 2014   Friday night just before 11 pm units were dispatched to the area of Rt 94 and Howell Lane for a motor vehicle accident. Upon arrival of Car 2 (Skelly) and R-581 a car collision was found with 2 of the cars having hit head on. The driver of one vehicle was trapped and R-581 quickly extricated the patient. Washingtonville firefighters had the door popped and turned the most serious patient over to EMS within 5 minutes of arrival. This patient was transported to a landing zone at Round Hill School which had been established by Car 1 and E-583. Members who remained on scene treated 2 additional patients until the arrival of mutual aid EMS units. All Washingtonville units returned to service within 1 hour.




Sunday, October 19, 2014   Just after 11 am units from Washingtonville were dispatched to a reported house on fire on Tower Hill Drive in the village. While responding a large amount of smoke could be seen coming from area letting units know that this would be a working fire. Upon arrival of Car 3 (Hearn) he reported smoke showing from 3 sides and fire showing from the #4 side basement window, indicating a working basement fire. E-584 arrived and split their crew. Due to confirmation that all occupants had exited the building the crews from 584 stretched 2 lines immediately. One line went in the front door on side 1 to protect and hold the basement stairs, while the second line entered through the side 3 basement access. T-579 arrived and split their crew as well. Searches were completed, multiple ground ladders placed and horizontal ventilation was done by 579. Te engine crew had the fire knocked in short order and the fire was confined to the room of origin with little extension. Units remained on scene for just about 2.5 hours assisting the homeowner (a longtime member of our department).




Tuesday, September 16, 2014   Just after 581 returned from the multi-alarm fire in Florida units were on the road to a rollover MVA on Woodcock Mountain Road. R-581 responded with a crew of 6 and arrived to find an over turned small dump truck which had struck a tree and then collide with a large boat the was in a driveway. The driver had self extricated prior to our arrival and was in the care of PD and EMS. E-583 arrived and stretched a hose line while crews checked for additional hazards. The scene was turned over to BGPD a short time later and crews returned to service.




Tuesday, September 16, 2014  Units from the Florida Fire Dept and surrounding departments were dispatched to a reported structure fire just after 8 pm. Upon arrival of Florida command a 2nd alarm was sounded and he advised of a working fire on the 2nd floor of a 3 story tax payer. Shortly after the 2nd alarm command advised that Warwick T-633 (originally as FAST) was being put to work for truck company duties and command requested an additional FAST. Washingtonville R-581 was dispatched as the FAST and R-581 and Car 1, with 8 members,  were on the road in under 1 minute. Upon arrival of R-581 fire was venting from the 2nd floor windows on the exposure 4 side of the building. Members from R-581 placed multiple ground ladders and cleared windows to create egress points for crew making an interior attack. Shortly after all crews were withdrawn from the building due to heavy fire conditions. 2 tower ladders were placed in service to know down the bulk of the fire. Once the main body of fire was knocked down crews re-entered the structure to hot hot spots. An additional FAST was requested and R-581's crew was put to work. Members worked for over 2 hours opening up and extinguishing hidden fire. R-581 returned at 2322, just in time to run an over turned auto in our own district.



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