Saturday, February 28, 2015   Just after 0430 Woodbury units were dispatched to a reported house fire on Summit Ave just off of Rt 32. Woodbury units arrived to find a large private house with smoke showing. Washingtonville R-581 was dispatched as the FAST on the working fire. R-581 and Car 2 (Hearn) were on the road in under 3 minutes. R-581 arrived as the first mutual aid company and were immediately put to work as a truck company and an additional FAST was requested. Car 2 and R-581's crew found fire on the 2nd floor and a large amount of fire in the attic. Crews from Woodbury, Monroe, Washingtonville and West Point operated on the 2nd floor and the attic early on. Members made multiple attempts to knock the fire in attic but were unsuccessful due to very limited access and high heat in the large open attic space. A decision was made to go to an exterior attack due to the collapse of the roof into the attic. Units operated from the outside for a short period of time prior to re-entering the structure to hit hot spots. The crew remained on scene for over 3 hours. TA-577 was also assigned on the 2nd alarm due to frozen hydrants in the area.




Tuesday, February 3, 2015   For the second time in as many days Washingtonville R-581 as the FAST responded to a multi-alarm fire in the county. Just before 12:30 Maybrook FD was dispatched to the Taylor recycling facility for a report of "cardboard burning in the building." As Maybrook Car 1 called responding he reported a large amount of smoke from a distance and requested the 1st alarm be filled. Washingtonville R-581 was dispatched on the 1st alarm as the FAST. R-581 and Car 3 responded almost immediately as units were clearing a property damage MVA in our district. While responding smoke was visible for miles away. Upon arrival a 200' x 50' metal warehouse was found to be well involved. R-581 was relieved as the FAST and put to work within the first 10 minutes on scene. The crew found 2 rooms on the second floor of the warehouse with fire showing from them. R-581's crew along with a line crew from Maybrook E-210 made a quick knock on these 2 rooms. Shortly after this operations advised that R-581 was once again needed to be an additional FAST unit on side 3. The crew retrieved all the FAST equipment and set up on side 3. Units remained on scene into the late afternoon. 

*This same building was the scene of a similar 3rd alarm fire in June of last year.

Photo courtesy of Maybrook FD FaceBook

Photo courtesy of Maybrook FD FaceBook

Photo courtesy of Maybrook FD FaceBook

Photo courtesy of Maybrook FD FaceBook



Photo courtesy of Alert Page's FaceBook

Photo courtesy of Alert Page's FaceBook

Monday, February 2, 2015   At approximately 09:40 Monroe FD was dispatched to a reported house fire on Center Hill Road. Heavy snow had been falling since the night before making road conditions difficult. Upon arrival of Monroe Car 3 he found a working fire and requested a 2nd alarm. Shortly after a tanker task force was requested and TA-577 was dispatched. Washingtonville TA-577 and Car 3 were on the road within 2 minutes. Upon arrival of Washingtonville units fire was venting from the 1st and 2nd floors. Command requested an additional FAST unit and R-581 was dispatched as the FAST. The crew from TA-577 maintained a FAST unit on side 1 until the arrival of R-581. The Washingtonville crews were rotated through and assisted in opening up and checking for extension. All units returned to quarters within 2 hours.




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.



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