Thursday, June 21, 2012
Engine 243 is buttoned up and ready to return but the lone fire policeman has three curious young men that wish to cross the street between the trucks. Steve Mitchell will be on location after the engine returns to quarters and the chief is back in service. Steve and the whole Hamlin Fire Police Squad “protects the protectors” suffers through blistering heat, freezing cold far away from the excitement and has to deal with some snotty and scary drivers, but complaints are few and the laughs are plentiful. Thanks Steve and the rest of the fire cops for making sure these three got home safe and none of us firefighters became hood ornaments.
Helmet Cam of trailer fire
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Just before noon on April 4, the Hamlin Fire Department was toned out for a trailer fire on Bankside Drive with Morton called mutual assist. 2C-24, Tom Maier was on location quickly and declared a working fire, in an abandoned single wide, fully involved.
Because this was a weekday call in the late morning, manpower was slim and Hamlin Engine 243 went in route with just 2C-64, Tony Deserto with Mike Marchetti driving. On arrival they pulled a Blitzfire monitor with a three inch line. Past Chief Scott Witte was in the area and assisted with set-up. 2C-64 used the Blitzfire to quickly knock down a vast majority of the fire. He switched to a hand line to get the hot spots.
Hamlin Heavy Rescue 248 arrived with Keith Gay driving and 2C-54 Joe Burke. By this time a large high sided dumpster next to the burned trailer began free burning. This was a much more stubborn fire to extinguish because it was packed with combustibles from the trailer. The Hamlin crews eventually just filled the dumpster with water to douse this difficult fire.
Special thanks to Walker, Hilton and Brockport who assisted at the scene or filled in.
The helmet cam video was from Tony Deserto.
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Tuesday, March 6, 2012
On Monday, March 4 the Hamlin Fire Department was called to respond with one engine to Brockport's working trailer fire on West Ridge Road. Engine 243 responded with a crew of five. The photo's are from Jerry Clement, Hamlin photographer. The helmet cam is from Lt. Anthony Deserto.Click on the photo's or the story to view the whole article.
Helmet cam of barn fire
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
The Hamlin Fire Department was alerted to a possible barn fire on North Hamlin Road at 3:55 PM. The Walker and Hilton Fire Department's were also automatically called as mutual assist companies and RIC, respectfully. Past Chief Daryl Prince was on scene immediately and declared a working fire, Current Chief Allen Smith arrived and began organizing the incoming resources, finding a water supply and preparing for a major fire in the large barn complex.
Hamlin Engine 243 went in route under the command of Lt. Anthony Deserto, driven by Past Chief Tom Sercu with a crew consisting of Jordan Bopp, Rich Breslawski and Scott Prince was quickly enroute. On arrival they pulled a 300 foot 2 inch line and made their way into the southern most barn in the complex that was filling with smoke. They encountered heavy smoke conditions with little heat as they made their way back into the structure. When they reached the rear of the barn they found the fire in an adjoining barn that they reached through a man door. Scott Prince quickly doused the flames and the crew continued to search for more fire and began some light overhaul.
More fire was discovered by an exterior crew coming through the barn walls near a large propane tank. An additional line was pulled from 243 and this fire was also extinguished and the metal wall panels were removed.
At this point the exterior crew could see that the tall stacks of cardboard shipping boxes had ignited over the heads of 243's interior crew and they used their line to douse those flames which were not visible to the interior crew.
While this was occurring, Chief Smith discovered a farm pond approximately 1200 feet from the barns and directed Walker Engine 282 to begin drafting operations from there to 243. Hamlin Engine 242 arrived at that time and dropped its manpower at the scene then laid 1200 feet of 5-inch supply line to the Walker engine at the pond. While this was being set up Hamlin Tanker 246 pumped three quarters of is load directly to 243, which was the base engine. Chief Smith also requested additional tankers from Morton and Kendall for a tanker relay, a ladder from Hilton for roof operations or defensive operations and two engines from Brockport for manpower.
The quick discovery and notification of the fire by the owner in addition to the speedy knock down of the fire before it could spread into the ten to twelve foot high stacks of cardboard saved the whole barn complex and a vast majority of it’s contents. In the end neither the tanker relay or defensive operations were required but Chief Smith was very happy with the top-notch support the neighboring departments provided.
The helmet camera video is from first in officer Lt. Deserto
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Helmet Camera Video
Monday, February 20, 2012
On February 3, Hamlin engine 243 went to Hilton as the RIC company for a basement fire.
The movie was taken on Lt. Deserto's helmet camera.
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
NEW YORK’S FIRE SERVICE ISSUES CALL TO ACTION IN SECOND-EVER “RecruitNY” EFFORT TO INCREASE NUMBER OF VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTERS STATEWIDE
(NEW YORK – JANUARY, 2012) Later this year, volunteer fire departments across New York will open their truck bays and doors to local residents as part of the annual RecruitNY campaign to increase the number of volunteer firefighters and emergency medical personnel statewide. Started last year, RecruitNY is part of a coordinated effort to boost membership in volunteer fire departments, which has recently suffered due to various factors, including the stagnant economy.
“It is critically important to provide and maintain essential fire services in our communities,” said David Jacobowitz, president of the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York (FASNY). “To that end, FASNY remains committed to helping out local departments recruit and retain their volunteers – the men and women who are always there to answer the call regardless of the hour or day.”
As part of RecruitNY, participating fire departments will hold recruitment drives at their respective firehouses on Saturday, April 21 and Sunday, April 22, 2012. The events will allow fire departments a chance to highlight the duties and rewards that come with being a volunteer firefighter. There will be a RecruitNY coordinator at each firehouse who can address questions or concerns regarding the program.
RecruitNY is a joint undertaking by FASNY, the New York State Association of Fire Chiefs, the Association of Fire Districts of New York State, the Volunteer Fire Police Association of the State of New York and County Fire Coordinators Association of the State of New York. Established in 2011, RecruitNY provides fire departments with recruitment resources and communication tools.
For more information or to find out if your fire department is participating in RecruitNY, visit www.recruitny.org or contact your local department via a non-emergency phone number or website.
Hamlin Fire Department- (585) 964-2330
Membership Director- Hannah Deserto (585) 472-1148
Firemen’s Association of the State of New York (FASNY)
Sunday, January 15, 2012
At the request of 2C24 and 2C34, the Hamlin Fire Department was called at 22:00 hours to investigate the presence of a strong odor and a solvent type of material on the roadways within the Harper Mobile Home Park. Engine 243 and Rescue 248 responded on the dispatch.
Further investigation by the Chiefs identified several locations of a thin coat of solvent on the roadway and puddles of materials in different areas along the roadway. 2C24 declared a Level 0 Haz-Mat condition bringing Car 822 to the scene. It was concluded that the materials had been spread throughout the park, perhaps by paint materials dumped into a refuse truck, but this could not be confirmed.
Firefighters began to use absorbent pads to pick-up the thicker collections of sludge while Car 822 completed his investigation and notified other agencies of clean-up plans. Those plans were to absorb what could be picked-up by pads and than washing down the area. This action was completed at approximately 23:00 hours.
As fire fighters were leaving the scene, a caller from 1 Dogwood notified the EDC at 23:12 hours of a strong odor in that area of the facility. The firefighters moved to that location, a short distance from the previous location, and found an even greater amount of the solvent material on the roadway and sludge along the roadway. Again 2C24 declared a Level 0 incident and Car 822 returned to the scene. Because all absorbent pads had been used at the prior incident, some time was spent waiting for more pads to be delivered from the highway department. Again, most of the sludge was picked-up and the area washed down.
Firefighters returned to quarters a little after midnight and there were no further calls to the area. An early morning snowfall helped to mitigate the situation.
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Photo's and story by Jerry Clement
Sunday, January 15, 2012
The Hamlin Fire Department will have an open house at 7PM on Thursday, January 26 for any 14-18 year old living in the fire district interested in joining the Junior Firefighter Program. The program will teach members the skills and experience needed to become a successful firefighter.
To qualify for membership a candidate needs to live within the Hamlin Fire District, be in high school and have passing grades. Once accepted, the member is expected to attend a minimum of one drill per month. Junior members will receive high quality training in a safe environment, which focus on basic skills and equipment. They are also allowed to attend weekly fire department drills for the full members, parades and fundraising events.
When trained to an acceptable level to ensure safety, Junior Members will be given a uniform, fire pager and encouraged to answer a select type of fire calls. When old enough, Junior Members can transition into full membership and become certified, class one, interior firefighters for the Hamlin Fire Department.
The open house will provide candidates and their parents the opportunity to see the facilities and equipment that will be used, interact with past members and the advisor of the program as well as Hamlin Fire Department officers.
Anyone needing additional information or with any questions is encouraged to contact the advisor, John Deserto at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Members of the Hamlin Fire Department were just clearing up from an EMS job on Monday afternoon, when the Morton Fire Department got toned out for a structure fire. Hearing this the Hamlin fire Department started crewing up Engine 243 to respond. The original dispatch location of the fire was on west side of Monroe - Orleans County Line Rd. The protocol for this is an engine with manpower from Kendall on original dispatch and a tanker from Hamlin. Luckily, newly minted 2C-74, Lt. Pat Doerrer read the Chiefs mind and crewed up the engine first. This was an excellent idea as the call to 911 came from the west side of the road, but the house on fire was on the east side. 243 with a crew of 5 arrived on location, followed closely by tanker 246.
The crew from 243 (Lt. Doerrer, Magovero, Cottorone and Deserto met Hamlin Chief Alan Smith and pulled a line from Morton Engine 215. They entered the front door and went upstairs to back-up a crew from Kendall that had taken over the original line brought up by a Morton crew. In a bedroom at the top of the stairs the fire had already caused a portion of the roof to collapse. The visible fire had been put out but more fire was discovered in the attic space after the Hamlin crew started pulling ceilings.
This fire proved difficult to control because it was fed from below in the balloon framed structure. The Hamlin crew turned over extinguishment and overhaul duties to relief crews when their air bottles got low. After a short rehab and bottle change the Hamlin crew went back in and relieved the crews on the second floor. After additional overhaul work the Hamlin crew used up their second bottle of air and were relieved for the rest of the incident.
The structure was in a non-hydrant area of Morton, so a three tanker shuttle (Hamlin, Kendall and Hulberton) fed the Morton base pumper. An engine from Kendall supplied the water from a hydrant near the Morton fire house. Other departments involved were from Holley, Brockport and Hilton. The Morton fire house was opened up for firefighter rehabilitation where they were well fed by the Morton Auxiliary out of the bitter cold single digit temperatures and wind.
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Story by John Deserto
Photo's by Jerry Clement.
Santa Run 2011
Sunday, December 18, 2011
On Saturday December 10, 2011 the Hamlin Fire Department and Life Solutions of Hamlin teamed up to deliver Christmas cheer to several dozen families in Hamlin. This is an ongoing relationship between these two voluntary service organizations that enables some families in economic difficulties to have something special in this season of giving.A lion's share of the work is done by Life Solutions staff who gather the food, sort, organize and wrap the presents for all the clients and families, not just the Santa Run families with small children. This was Life Solutions first Christmas in their new building and they were very pleased with how much easier the day went. All the hard work they have put into their new building has definitely paid off. The movie and photo's are dedicated to the hard working volunteers who stayed in the building all day serving the other clients while the firefighters got to see the joy on the faces of children and parents when that Christmas miracle, Santa Clause, strolled up and delivered Christmas to them.A light snow and sunny but crisp temperatures set the mood for the 17 members of the fire department continued the seven year tradition of helping Santa for the Santa Run. The stories of children leaping into Santa's arms (if he was prepared or not), exclamations that this was the real Santa and which hard bitten "nothing gets to me" firefighter had to take a moment to wipe a tear will be told for years.A special thanks to Department photographers Jerry Clement and Deputy Chief Tom Maier for their hundreds of pictures. Without them we wouldn't be able to share this experience with you. A final thank you to Santa, you rock. See you next year.Story by John DesertoPhoto's Jerry Clement and Tom Maier
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