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Thursday, September 21, 2017 at 1:44 pm

Two firefighters sustained injuries during a barn fire Wednesday afternoon at 5622 Broughton Road, Gainesville. One firefighter suffered a broken wrist and the other with exhaustion. Both members were treated and released from Wyoming County Community Hospital.

Crews from Silver Springs, Castile, Perry, Gainesville, Perry Center, Pike, Bliss, North Java, Warsaw, Nunda, Cuylerville, and Pavilion fire departments were on the scene of the blaze for eight hours.

Fire Chief in Charge Silver Springs Fire Chief John Proper and crew were assisted at the scene by Wyoming County Emergency Services, Wyoming Correctional Facility and Monroe Ambulance. Companies standing by at empty fire stations included Wyoming, Mount Morris, Cuylerville, Wiscoy Rossburg fire departments, and Mount Morris Emergency Medical Services.

The fire at Broughton Farms caused an estimated $350,000 in damages and remains under investigation.

Monday, September 18, 2017 at 12:27 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, fire, news, Perry, Castile, Warsaw, Wyoming.

Firefighters from three counties spent six-and-one-half hours late Friday night battling a blaze in Perry. The fire at 7096 Burke Hill Road was reported around 11 p.m. and remains under investigation.

Crews from Perry, Perry Center, Castile, Warsaw, Wyoming, Pavilion, Cuylerville, York, Leicester, and Mount Morris fire departments were on the scene with Fire Chief in Charge Perry Center Fire Chief Harold Wright.

Assisting at the scene included Wyoming County Emergency Services, the Sheriff’s Office, and NYSEG. Standing by at empty fire stations were Silver Springs and Gainesville fire departments.

There were no injuries reported in the incident that caused an estimated $100,000 in damages.

Thursday, September 7, 2017 at 10:52 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, fire, Perry, Castile, Warsaw, Wyoming, Silver Springs.

Smoke detectors woke a sleeping couple around 11 p.m. Sept. 6, alerting them to a fire and giving them time to escape the blaze.

The fire began in the garage of 6186 Burke Hill Road, Perry. According to fire officials, a car inside an attached garage had caught fire, which spread into the home.

Crews from Perry, Perry Center, Castile, Warsaw, Wyoming and Pavilion fire departments, and Mount Morris Emergency Medical Services responded to the late night fire.

Assisting Fire Chief in Charge Perry Center Chief Harold Wright were Wyoming County Emergency Services, the Sheriff’s Office and NYSEG.

Standing by at empty fire stations included Silver Springs, Cuylerville and York fire departments.

Firefighters were on the scene for four-and-one-half hours with no injuries reported.

The estimated cost of damages is $100,000.

Friday, September 1, 2017 at 2:54 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, fire, news, Strykersville, Sheldon.

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A welding spark was the cause of a vehicle fire early this afternoon at a home on Welch Road in the Town of Java.

Fire department officials say the homeowner was working on an old military Jeep when a spark from the welder he was using came in contact with gasoline and ignited. Although the vehicle was directly in front of an outbuilding, the direction of the wind saved the building from being hit by the flames.

Members of the Strykersville and Sheldon fire departments responded to the scene shortly after noon and quickly extinguished the flames.

There were no injuries reported in the incident.

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Thursday, August 10, 2017 at 4:05 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, announcements, fire, Warsaw.

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Press release:

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) announced $111,958 in federal funding for the Village of Warsaw Fire Department and $83,334 in federal funding for the Cowlesville Fire Company.

Both of these grants were allocated through the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program. The program is designed to help first responders improve their capability to respond to fires and emergencies of all types.

“Our courageous firefighters must be able to operate effectively when responding to any type of emergency in our communities,” Collins said. “The AFG program has helped NY-27 fire departments purchase new equipment, make improvements to their communication systems, and keep their members safe. I was proud to work with the Village of Warsaw Fire Department and the South Wales Fire District No. 1 to secure this $160,514 in federal funding so they can continue protecting their members and fellow neighbors.”

The Warsaw Fire Department will use funds to purchase new fire hoses and nozzles. The equipment will help the department meet safety standards and mitigate their ongoing maintenance and repair costs.

“This important federal grant will allow our department to update outdated equipment that will allow us to better serve our community,” said Warsaw Fire Chief Joe Cummins. “I appreciate Representative Collins’ efforts and we will continue to work with him on issues related to the fire service.”

The Cowlesville Fire Company will use this $83,334 federal grant to purchase new emergency radios. The radios will significantly improve the company’s operational efficiency when responding to emergencies of all types.

“This important federal funding will allow our department to purchase updated radio and communications equipment,” said Cowlesville Assistant Fire Chief John Taylor. “This is critical for keeping our members safe and effectively protecting the community.”

The AFG Grant Program provides direct funding assistance to fire departments, State Fire Training Academies, and non-affiliated EMS organizations. The purpose is to enhance their response capabilities and to more effectively protect the health and safety of both the public and emergency response personnel with respect to fire and all other hazards.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at 6:32 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, fire, Warsaw, Perry, Silver Springs, news.

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Improper disposal of rags used to stain wood is said to be the cause of the shop/garage fire Tuesday night in Warsaw.

One firefighter suffered a minor hand injury during the mishap and was treated at the scene.

Firefighters from Warsaw, Silver Springs, Perry Center, and Perry fire departments were at 5268 Streamer Road for two-and-one-half hours putting out the flames.

Fire Chief in Charge Warsaw Assistant Fire Chief Adam Richter was assisted at the scene by Wyoming County Emergency Services and NYSEG, with Leicester Fire Department standing by at empty fire stations.

The estimated cost of damages to the shop is $60,000.

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Tuesday, August 1, 2017 at 11:02 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, fire, news, Warsaw, Perry, Silver Springs.

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Firefighters from Warsaw, Perry, Silver Springs and Perry Center fire departments responded to a fire at 5268 Streamer Road, Warsaw, around 7:45 this evening.

Assisting crews and Fire Chief in Charge Warsaw Assistant Chief Adam Richter was Emergency Managment and NYSEG.

At the time of this post, the cause of the fire is unknown and no injuries were reported. ​

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Tuesday, August 1, 2017 at 7:50 pm
posted by Howard Owens in fire, Warsaw, news.

There is a working barn fire at 5268 Streamer Road, Warsaw.

Friday, July 28, 2017 at 6:27 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, health, announcements, fire.

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Press release, file photo

Congressmen Chris Collins (NY-27) and Bill Pascrell (NJ-09) authored a bill that would require the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to develop and maintain a registry to collect data regarding the incidence of cancer in firefighters. The bill recently advanced through the Energy and Commerce Committee.

This piece of legislation addresses an enormous gap in research conducted on the health impacts of a career of firefighting. Firefighters may experience detrimental health effects due to smoke inhalation and other harmful substances, and this bill takes a first step toward developing new protocols and safeguards for these men and women.

“Firefighters are some of the bravest among us and more needs to be done to keep them safe,” Collins said. “This legislation has the potential to lead to methods that save the lives of the courageous men and women that keep our communities safe. I’m humbled by the strong bipartisan support we have received and look forward to getting this bill on the House floor.”

A 2015 study by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health found that in the United States firefighters had a greater number of cancer diagnoses and cancer-related deaths. Unfortunately, this study was limited in scope by a small sample size, yet the proposed legislation would establish and improve collection infrastructure and activities to collect a greater abundance of data.

The next step for the bill to become law is passage on the House floor.

For more information on the Energy and Commerce Committee hearing, click here. To read the text of H.R. 931, Firefighter Cancer Registry Act, click here.

Friday, July 21, 2017 at 12:34 pm

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The cause of the fire that decimated a home at 3700 Telegraph Road, Eagle, remains under investigation, fire officials say.

Early Thursday morning firefighters from Bliss, Pike, Gainesville, and Centerville fire departments responded to the home in Eagle under the direction of Fire Chief in Charge Bliss Fire Chief Clarence George.

Assisting at the scene included Wyoming County Emergency Management, the Sheriff’s Department, the Red Cross, and RG&E. Standing by at empty fire stations were Arcade, Castile and Silver Springs fire departments.

Crews were on the scene for three hours.

Although no injuries were reported, the fire is blamed for the total loss of the home and contents, along with a dog and a bird.

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Thursday, July 20, 2017 at 10:10 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, news, fire, Pike, Bliss, Gainesville, Arcade, Castile, Silver Springs.

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Firefighters from Pike, Bliss, Gainesville, and Centerville fire departments scrambled to an early morning fire on Telegraph Road – between Lyonsburg and Centerville roads – in Eagle today.

The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.

No injuries were reported at the time of this post.

Assisting at the scene included the Wyoming County Sheriff's Department and Emergency Management. Standing by at empty stations were Arcade, Castile and Silver Springs fire departments.

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Thursday, July 20, 2017 at 7:48 am
posted by Billie Owens in fire, Bliss.

A working structure fire is reported in Bliss at 3700 Telegraph Road. All available manpower from Bliss, Gainesville and Pike fire department is called to the scene.

Bliss command on location reports heavy smoke showing. The blaze has gone to a second alarm.

Arcade firefighters are asked to fill in at Bliss Fire Hall; Castile will fill in at Pike; Silver Springs will fill in at Gainesville.

UPDATE 8:02 a.m.: A rep from the power company is called to the scene.

UPDATE 8:07 a.m.: A rep from RG&E has been contacted; no ETA provided.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at 9:19 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, fire, news, Perry.
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       Brian Clair

On June 13 Perry Police responded to 24 St. Helena St. for a report of a house fire. Following an investigation, Brian Clair, 50, of Perry, is accused of intentionally setting fire to his home with his girlfriend and her animals inside.

Crews from Perry, Perry Center, Silver Springs, Castile, Warsaw, Wyoming, Mount Morris, and Nunda fire departments were on the scene for four hours battling the blaze, which caused an estimated loss of $125,000.

Fire Chief in Charge Perry Assistant Fire Chief Fred Eickhoff and firefighters were assisted at the scene by Wyoming County Emergency Services, the Sheriff’s Department, Perry PD, New York State Troopers, Perry Department of Public Works, NYSEG, RG&E, the Red Cross and Wyoming Correctional Facility.

Standing by at empty fire stations included Nunda, Leicester, Pavilion, Pike, and Gainesville fire departments.

Perry Police say Clair prevented his girlfriend from calling 9-1-1 by ripping the phone out of the wall.

He was charged with: arson in the second degree; criminal mischief in the fourth degree; reckless endangerment in the first degree; and aggravated cruelty to animals.

At the time of the fire, Clair was taken to Wyoming County Community Hospital for treatment of his injuries. The two other occupants of the home were being assisted by the Red Cross.

On July 10 Clair was arraigned in Perry Village Court and released to pretrial probation. He is due in court Aug. 1.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017 at 2:07 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, fire, news, Warsaw, Silver Springs, Wyoming, Perry, Varysburg.

An overheated electrical circuit sparked an early morning fire at 68 Genesee St. in the Village of Warsaw today.

Firefighters from Warsaw, Silver Springs, Wyoming, Perry, and Perry Center fire departments responded to the Genesee Street address around 1:30 a.m..

Assisting crews and Fire Chief in Charge Warsaw Chief Joe Cummins included Wyoming County Emergency Services, Warsaw PD, and NYSEG. Standing by at empty fire stations included Varysburg Fire Department.

Crews were on the scene for three-and-one-half hours with no reported injuries.

The fire caused an estimated $20,000 in damages.

Thursday, June 29, 2017 at 2:25 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, education, announcements, fire, Warsaw.

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Before David Summers met Warsaw Fire Department Fire Chief Joe Cummins, he didn’t know anyone who was a firefighter. But that all changed for the Warsaw resident shortly after a project he did while in sixth grade at Warsaw Middle School.

David, now an eighth-grader, had always had an interest in helping others and discovered his interest could turn into a career by joining a fire department.

Darlene Clark, David’s teacher, had organized a unit on career research and resume writing for her students at the tail-end of their sixth-grade year. With the help of Warsaw Central School coordinator Renee Duquette, each student was able to choose one career to focus on and further research. The students then created PowerPoint presentations, invited guests into their classroom and presented their research.

Soon after the project, Clark and Duquette arranged monthly after-school visits to the Warsaw Fire Department, where David met Cummins and Warsaw High School upperclassman Matt Ferrin. Matt is a member of the department’s Explorer Program, designed for youth 14 to 18 years old.

“I was a little nervous and intimidated when I first went to the fire hall,” David said. “I didn’t know anyone who is a fireman or had even been in a firehouse before.”

Throughout this past school year, David learned what it takes to be a fireman and that there are both paid and volunteer men and women who serve. He also donned the turnout gear, learned the tools of the trade, and about the multitude of knobs and dials on a fire truck and how they are used during a fire.

“The gear was heavy,” David said.

Yet his sense of pride swelled from the experience, saying he felt like a “real” fireman.

Not only did his meetings with Cummins teach him the skills it takes to fight a fire and operate the pumps and such on the trucks, Cummins also tried to tie the experience in with school lessons in subjects such as math and science – knowledge which is imperative in firefighting.

“Learning about firefighting has helped me with my homework and getting it finished because I focus on my schoolwork more,” David said.

The visits to the firehouse wasn’t just about learning the equipment, he also realized that time is of the essence when it comes to responding to an emergency as well.

On one of the last visits of the school year, David and Duquette had a bit of a friendly competition on who could get the turnout gear on the quickest – for the record, David won. But the highlight of his experience was riding in the fire truck. 

Next year, when he turns 14, David plans on joining the department’s Explorer Program.

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at 6:40 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, news, fire, Warsaw, Silver Springs, Wyoming.

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An unattended wax melt warmer was the cause of Monday’s fire in Warsaw. The fire, which started in a second-floor apartment at 160 Center St. in the Village, left three occupants in need of assistance by the Red Cross.

Firefighters from Warsaw, Silver Springs and Wyoming fire departments were on the scene at the four-unit apartment building for two-and-one-half hours.

Assisting Fire Chief in Charge Warsaw Fire Chief Joe Cummins were Wyoming County Emergency Services, Warsaw Police, the Red Cross, and NYSEG. 

The fire caused $15,000 in damages.

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Monday, June 19, 2017 at 10:04 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, fire, news, Warsaw, Silver Springs, Wyoming.

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A late afternoon fire broke out in a multi-unit apartment building at the corner of Center Street and Oatka Road, Warsaw. Fire officials say the fire was contained to an upper unit of the building.

Crews from Warsaw, Silver Springs and Wyoming fire departments were assisted at the scene by Warsaw Police and Wyoming County Emergency Services.

No injuries were reported. Several pets, including a cat, rabbit and lizard, were rescued.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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Monday, June 5, 2017 at 12:41 pm

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Friday’s fire on Devinney Road still remains under investigation.

The dispatch center received an emergency call around 3:30 p.m. June 2, about a house fire at 0 Devinney Road, Wethersfield, which was totally consumed by flames, say officials with Wyoming County Emergency Services.

Crews from North Java, Gainesville and Varysburg fire departments were on the scene for three hours putting out the blaze.

Fire Chief in Charge, North Java Assistant Fire Chief Brian Boorman was assisted at the scene by Emergency Services. Fire departments standing by at empty stations included Attica and Strykersville. 

There were no injuries reported.

The house and contents are deemed a total loss.

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Friday, June 2, 2017 at 5:56 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, news, fire, Gainesville, Java, Varysburg, Strykersville, Attica.

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A fire on Devinney Road in Gainesville broke out early this afternoon, sending crews from Gainesville, Java and Varysburg fire departments to the scene.

Standing by at empty stations included Attica and Strykersville fire departments. Wyoming County Emergency Services assisted on scene.

There were no injuries reported at the time of this post.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at 3:55 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, fire, news, Silver Springs, Castile, Perry, Gainesville, Pike.

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No injuries were reported in the fire in Castile Tuesday that cause an estimated $65,000 in damages. The cause of the fire at 4294 Fairview Road, Castile, remains under investigation.

Crews from Silver Springs, Castile, Perry, Gainesville, and Perry Center fire departments were on the scene for two hours yesterday afternoon. 

Assisting Fire Chief in Charge Silver Springs Chief John Proper, was Wyoming County Emergency Services. Standing by at empty fire stations included Pike, Gainesville and Mount Morris fire departments.

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