Monday, May 9, 2011
The Hamlin Fire Department was dispatched to a car on fire on the North Hamlin Road on Sunday morning, May 8th. 2C114 was quickly on the scene and confirmed a car completely involved.2C24 and 2C34 responded along with Engine 242 driven by firefighter Adam Barker and commanded by 2C14. Tanker 246 also responded under the command of 2C44. A 1 ¾ line was stretched from 242, and firefighters Sal Magovero and John Deserto quickly extinguished all fire. The vehicle was a complete loss but the trunk full of personal possessions remained undamaged.Click on the photo's to see the whole article.Photos and story by Jerry Clement and John Deserto
Training in Donated House
Monday, May 9, 2011
Hamlin doesn’t get a lot of fires any more. A fact that is excellent for the community and the safety of its firefighters, but it also means the firefighters in town have fewer opportunities to hone the skills needed to fight fires. The Town of Hamlin acquired the house on 1678 Lake Rd and allowed the fire department to use it for a month before it was leveled. The Training Captain of the Hamlin Fire Department, Rick Wood, created an intense schedule of search and rescue, overhaul, ventilation, self escape and live fire drills that challenged all the firefighters who attended. The drills and building were opened up for other departments also. The Walker Fire Department used the house for their mandated mask confidence training as well as joining the Hamlin Fire Department in search and rescue drills and live fire drills. The Spencerport Fire Department brought over their probationary firefighters and ladder truck to work on ventilation and search and rescue skills. Brockport also brought up its ladder truck for the Hamlin Firefighters to train on. Since most of the homes on Lake Road are of similar height and roof pitch this was an excellent opportunity.Training Captain Rick Wood did an excellent job, on short notice, and created safe yet challenging experiences for all participants. The rest of the Junior Line Officers assisted in a variety of ways from preparing the house to instructing the firefighters. The training was held on most Tuesday’s, Thursday’s and Saturday’s for the month of April. On Sunday, May 1 the house was leveled in a controlled burn and covered with dirt. The town plans to make the area into a parking lot in the future.Photo’s by Jerry ClementStory and movie by John Deserto
Saturday, May 7, 2011
On Saturday morning April 30 the Hamlin Fire Department was called to assist the Morton Fire Department with an extrication at an MVA on Roosevelt Highway. The driver of an eastbound pick-up truck, who was fighting sun glare, collided with a westbound sedan. The driver of the sedan was pinned in the drivers seat, the driver of the pick-up had minor injuries and self extricated before help arrived. All three fire departments in the Town of Hamlin have an automatic mutual assistance agreement which automatically sends a rescue truck from the neighboring department to any serious MVA.Morton’s Rescue 218 arrived first and the crew began working on the passenger side of the sedan. Hamlin’s Rescue arrived seconds later and the crew of Lt. Deserto, driver John Hohman, firefighters H. Deserto, J. Bopp, A. Barker and J. Deserto began working on the passenger side of the car. Working swiftly together the roof was removed, the door on the driver side was cut off, the dash was rolled and the floor pan pushed lower. This allowed the driver to be removed, packaged and put on the waiting ALS ambulance within 30 minutes of the receipt of the alarm.The smooth coordination between the two crews from two different fire departments is a result of many years of cooperation between the officers and firefighters on the scene of calls and drills. The Hamlin Fire Department looks forward to continued excellent relations with our neighboring departments and providing the highest standard of service to the communities we serve.Click on the photo’s to view the entire story.Photo’s by Jerry ClementStory by John Deserto
Saturday, April 9, 2011
At 5:15 PM the Hamlin Fire Department was alerted to a two car MVA at Drake Road and Route 18. Hamlin’s Heavy Rescue truck, 248 responded with a crew of Lt. Anthony Deserto, Keith Gay, John Calaci and John Deserto. EMS Captain, Anthony DiNatale went on location and found
a minivan with substantial front end damage and a sedan on its side with significant damage to the passenger side. The driver of the minivan was traveling on Route 18 and broadsided the sedan, which was crossing the highway on Drake Road. The driver of the minivan self extricated but the driver of the sedan was trapped in the car.
Lt. Deserto took over operations and directed firefighters Calaci and Deserto to stabilize the car. This was accomplished with the Kodiak Stabilization system. Once the car was stable, the firefighters were directed to take the windshield then slice the “A” post and the roof rail in front of the “B” post. This would connect the windshield and the sunroof to create an enlarged opening for the removal of the driver. The driver was removed and packaged by members of Hamlin Fire Department, Monroe Ambulance and the crew from 218, the rescue truck from Morton.
The driver of the minivan was transported by Hamlin Ambulance, the driver of the sedan was transported by Monroe Ambulance. Both drivers were injured but the injuries were not life threatening. The assignment was back in service in about 90 minutes.
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Photo's by Jerry Clement
Story by John Deserto
Saturday, April 2, 2011
On Thursday morning, March 31 the Hamlin Fire Department was requested to provide a Rapid Intervention Company (RIC) into Kendall for a working fire. The usual first out engine, 243, was out of service for regularly scheduled maintenance but engine 242 is also set-up for RIC operations. 242 and a crew of Past Chief’s Tom Sercu and Daryl Prince, Kelly Slossar, Jordan Bopp, Sal Magovero and Mike Broskin responded to Kendall. An engine was requested from Brockport to fill in at Hamlin since both Hamlin engines were out of town. On arrival, the fire which originated in the basement, was being contained to a first floor room and a bedroom above it on the second floor. The Hamlin RIC laddered the building and provided for firefighter safety. When the initial attack was completed the RIC manpower was rotated out to help with overhaul. Hamlin’s assignment was back in service just before noon.
Unfortunately the fire rekindled about five hours later and took hold in the second floor and attic space. Hamlin was again requested to Kendall as the RIC. 242 and a crew which included Past Chief Daryl Prince, Lt. Anthony Deserto, Jordan Bopp, Mike Broskin, Tim Slossar and John Deserto responded to the scene. Hamlin Chief Allen Smith and Deputy Chief Tom Maier were already on scene. In route members who had been at the original fire in the morning, updated the rest of the crew to the room layouts and the holes that were burned through the first floor. When 242 arrived, crews from Kendall and Morton were working on the second floor and the Hamlin RIC was preparing to ladder the second floor when their assignment changed and half the company was tasked with opening the roof. Once this was accomplished half the company was stayed on duty as RIC and the other three worked overhauling this stubborn fire, rotating back and forth between assignments. The balloon framing and a variety of framing modifications created multiple chases and voids that made final/complete extinguishment of this blaze very difficult. Hamlin’s assignment was back in service about 9PM.
As mentioned Hamlin was already down one engine for maintainence, so an engine company from Brockport moved up to Hamlin and an engine from Hilton filled in at Morton. During the evening the Brockport fill in company handled a microwave fire at Hamlin Terrace.
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Photo’s and information from Jerry Clement.
Web story by John Deserto
RIC operation at the morning fire.
Roof operations at the second fire.
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
On March 15, the Hamlin Fire Department was dispatched to a reported horse stuck in the mud on the North Hamlin Road. The 29 year old horse had been let out of the barn on during the unseasonably warm weather and became mired in an area of disturbed soil. The horses owner had also become stuck trying to free the animal before his wife called for help from the fire department. Past Chief Daryl Prince (a neighbor and life long horse owner) and Capt. Joe Burk went to the scene and after size-up determined that manpower, some strapping and shovels would suffice to remove the animal. Heavy Rescue 248 was dispatched with a crew of five. On arrival the crew of Kelly Slossar, Pat Doerrer, Sal Magovero, Jordan Bopp and driver Keith Gay used shovels to clear a path below the animal. Then straps were wrapped around the horse and with an big assist from the firefighters the animal was able to break free. It was then critical to get the horse standing and moving to avoid any dangerous internal complications. This was completed by the owners wife while the firefighters freed him from the mud. Once everyone was free the crew cleaned up and went back into service.
Photo’s by Jerry Clement
Story compiled by John Deserto
Monday, March 14, 2011
At 8:30 AM on Monday March 14 the Hamlin Fire Department was alerted to a possible structure fire on 44 Spring St. in Brockport as part of an automatic mutual assist on the first alarm. Hamlin engine 243 went enroute shortly after with a crew of seven. Upon arrival crews from Brockport had extinguished most of the flames and rescued one child from an upper story window. Hamlin firefighters Kelly Slossar, Justin Stevenson and Jordan Bopp advanced a line to the rear of the structure to extinguish some fire that had extended from the kitchen where it originated, to a back room and exterior. Once this was knocked down they performed overhaul in the back room while Lt. Anthony Deserto, Hannah Deserto and Sal Magovero overhauled the kitchen area. Daryl Prince was the driver on the call and Deputy Chief Tom Maier was in overall control of the Hamlin crew. Hamlin firefighters operated at the scene for about three hours before returning to quarters.
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Photo’s by Jerry Clement
Information for the story from Hannah Deserto and Jerry Clement
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
On Wednesday February, 24 the Hamlin Fire Department was notified of a two car MVA on Route 18 in Walker’s fire district. This is part of an automatic mutual assist policy between the two departments. Hamlin Deputy Chief Tom Maier, EMS Captain Anthony Di Natale and Heavy Rescue 248 responded. On arrival Chief Maier reported a person trapped in a minivan that was off the road and one patient in the road next to a sedan. Captain Di Natale stabilized and packaged the driver of the sedan while Hamlin Firefighters Jordan Bopp and Justin Stevenson used the hydraulic tools to free the driver of the minivan. To accomplish this the door was removed, relief cuts were made in the quarter panel and the dash was rolled off the drivers legs. This allowed the pedals to be cut away from the drivers lower legs, which completed the extrication which took about 15 minutes. An additional five minutes were used to remove the door from the passenger side to make removing that victim easier. The crew from Walkers engine 282 assisted with patient packaging. In total there were four patients transported to area hospitals by Hamlin Ambulance and Monroe Ambulance.
Photo's by Larry Couch, Hamlin Ambulance
Story by John Deserto
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
On Sunday February 27 a crew from Hamlin took engine 242 up to the Town Hall to "show the Flag" and do both fire prevention and public relations. Our part of the show included teaching people to stay low to escape fire and smoke as well as stop-drop-and roll. Both of these concepts were demonstrated by "Halligan", a lab owned by one of the firefighters. Other firefighters demonstrated the importance of our bunker gear, SCBA's and the importance of EDITH drills. A tour of the engine and lot's of give-away stuff completed the experience. We had a good number of people visit us, but I didn't get much footage of them because I was helping with the tours.
The rest of the event featured a small sled hill, snow sculpture contest, sled dogs, snow mobile and tractor rides.
The crew was Hannah Deserto, Kathy Penny, Jordan Bopp, Ron Cottorone, Sal Magovero and Halligan.
Story and movie by John Deserto
Monday, February 14, 2011
The mutual assistance between the Hamlin and Brockport Fire Department’s was clearly evident this past weekend. On Saturday February 12 Brockport call an engine from Hamlin in to assist at a structure fire on Fair St. The first floor had flames showing when the first arriving Brockport Chief, 2C43, arrived on location. The crew from Hamlin’s 243 overhauled the second floor and the attic. Spencerport also sent an engine to the scene. Morton sent their rescue to the scene for the use of their cascade system. Holley was the RIC. Spencerport, Hilton and Walker filled in at Brockport.
Then on the morning of Sunday February 13 Brockport again requested assistance from the Hamlin when a call for a bedroom fire in an apartment on Main St. was received. The buildings on this block of Main St. are all three story taxpayers of ordinary construction and the caller stated that there could be extension to other apartments. Hamlin Engine 243 was on the first alarm and when the incident went to two alarms Hamlin Heavy Rescue 248 also responded. The crew from 243 helped search above the fire floor and check for fire extension. The crew from 248 were tasked with salvage operation in the antique store below the fire floor.
Holley and Claredon were the RIC companies, Spencerport, Hilton, Churchville and Bergen responded for manpower. Morton’s Rescue was used for the cascade system. Walker and Albion provided fill in companies.
The Hamlin and Brockport Fire Departments have had a long history of assisting each other at a wide variety of calls and is evident from the close working relationship.
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