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Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at 11:43 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, news, fire, Arcade, Bliss, Strykersville, North Java, Sheldon, Pike.

Sparks from a cutting torch ignited bedding materials in the cow barn of a Cattaraugus County farm, causing $150,000 in damages.

Several Wyoming County fire departments responded to the fire at 10826 Osmun Road, Freedom, shortly after noon Monday.

Arcade, Bliss, Strykersville, North Java, Chaffee/Sardinia, Yorkshire, Delevan, Farmersville, Centerville, and Rushford fire departments responded to the barn fire at Edelweiss Farm Inc. Assisting Fire Chief in Charge Arcade Fire Chief Tom Beiersdorf included Wyoming County Emergency Management, Arcade Electric, and Cattaraugus County Fire Investigators. Standing by at empty fire stations included Sheldon, Bliss, and Pike fire departments.

Firefighters were able to stop the fire from spreading to other nearby barns on the complex. Crews were on the scene for three-and-one-half hours with no reported injuries.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at 9:21 am

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A passing motorist first noticed the fire at 5905 Curriers Road, Java, around 7:45 p.m. Monday. The driver checked to see if anyone was home and called 9-1-1.

Fire crews from Strykersville, Arcade, North Java, and Sheldon fire departments responded to the blaze under Fire Chief in Charge Strykersville Fire Chief Brian Ash. Assisting at the scene included Wyoming County Emergency Management, the Sheriff’s Department, and Strykersville Squad 10. Standing by at empty stations were Harris Corners, Varysburg, and Yorkshire fire departments.

Firefighters were on the scene for four-and-one-half hours battling the flames, which caused $200,000 in damages. The house was a total loss.

While no injuries were reported, three people lived in the home and are being assisted by family and friends.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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Monday, April 3, 2017 at 7:53 pm
posted by Howard Owens in fire, Arcade, news.

A structure fire is reported at 5905 Curriers Road, Arcade.

Strykersville fire got the initial alarm. Second alarm for all available equipment from North Java.

UPDATE 7:55 p.m.: First chief on scene reports "a working structure fire."

UPDATE 8:01 p.m.: Full assignment from Arcade requested to the scene. Fire police requested to shut down Curriers Road at Geer Road.

UPDATE 8:34 p.m.: Strykersville 10 requested to the scene. Varysburg 2 is on scene.

UPDATE 9:09 p.m.: Harris Corners requested to stand in at Strykersville hall.

Thursday, March 23, 2017 at 1:48 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, fire, Sheldon, Strykersville, Arcade, Java.

A smoke detector alerted homeowners of a problem with the woodstove chimney around 8:21 p.m. Wednesday. 

Firefighters from Strykersville and Arcade fire departments responded to 5866 Michigan Road, Java, and found the chimney fire had extended into the wall surrounding the woodstove vent pipe. Standing by at empty fire stations were Sheldon and Yorkshire fire departments. Assisting at the scene was Wyoming County Emergency Management. 

Crews were on the scene for two hours and able to contain the fire to the wall around the chimney on the first and second floors of the home. 

Fire Chief in Charge was Strykersville Fire Chief Brian Ash.

The chimney fire caused approximately $15,000 in damages.

Sunday, February 26, 2017 at 1:07 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, news, fire, Arcade.

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Although the house has since been razed, money was the prime mover for the March 2015 back-to-back fires on Liberty Street in the Village of Arcade.

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     Jody Nelligan

“She lied about the fire under oath when she was actually deposed,” said Wyoming County Assistant District Attorney Vincent Hemming in court transcripts. “This was someone that started a fire in a house, with children in that house, for money.” According to court transcripts dated Feb. 2, Jody Nelligan, 40 of Orchard Park, admitted to the Wyoming County Probation Department of intentionally setting fire to the home to “get the renter’s insurance policy.” Additionally, up until her guilty plea Oct. 27, Nelligan “continuously lied about this fire for a substantial period of time.”

Hemming also noted that Nelligan has no drug or alcohol issue “whatsoever,” but did ask the Court to consider incarceration as part of any probationary sentence.

The matter was seen before Wyoming County Judge Michael Mohun.

On March 23, 2015 a fire broke out in the basement of a Liberty Street home in Arcade. Arcade, Strykersville, Yorkshire, Chaffee-Sardinia, and Harris Corners fire departments were on the scene for three hours, under the direction of Fire Chief in Charge, Arcade Fire Chief Tom Beirsdorf putting out the fire. Standing by at empty stations were Bliss and Sheldon fire departments.

The following day, several surrounding fire companies responded to the home for a second time for a fire that began in a second-floor bedroom closet. Following the fires, Nelligan, another adult, and four children were being assisted by the Red Cross and family members. The four family cats were also saved. 

Arcade, Yorkshire, Harris Corners, Bliss, Strykersville, Chaffee-Sardinia, and Sheldon fire companies were on the scene for five hours battling the blaze. They were assisted at the scene by Wyoming County Emergency Services, Wyoming County Sheriff’s Department, Arcade Electric, and the Arcade Police Department. Standing by at empty stations were Bliss and Holland fire departments.

On July 1 of last year, Nelligan was charged with setting both fires – two counts of arson in the second degree, a Class B felony; and two counts of perjury in the first degree, a Class D felony.

In October she had pled guilty and on Feb. 2 she was sentenced.

At the time of her sentencing, Nelligan was facing up to six months in jail and five years probation.

Nelligan’s attorney, Andrew Pace, reiterated to the Court that she has taken full responsibility for the fires. He also quotes a probation officer as saying she is “extremely apologetic, very distraught with what happened, and since we left court at our last appearance, she has taken steps to help remediate what can only be described as a myriad of mental health issues.”

Additionally, she has no criminal record and is working with a mental health counselor weekly, a psychotherapist monthly, and her primary care physician to coordinate all of her medications.

Pace stressed to the Court in his memoranda how “essential it was that we try and get Jody back to her family,” because she is the primary caregiver of not only her four children, but her sickly father and her husband as well.

When Mohun gave Nelligan an opportunity to speak, she again apologized for the fires and told the Court it would not happen “ever again.”

“I am a mom and I have four children,” Nelligan said. “Two of my children are special need children and they need my care daily and I have my father, who I’m a caregiver for. He’s 70 years old and I would really hope that you would impose probation on me and not jail time because I need to be home with my family.”

Mohun then asked the defendant if the family she spoke of was the same family that was in the house when she set fire to it. To which she had said her father was not present at the time of the fires, but her children were.

“And now you’re asking not to put you in jail because you want to be a mother to these children that you put at risk?” Mohun questioned.

Nelligan admitted that it was a “bad choice,” to which Mohun said it was “probably a most horrific choice that anyone could make, let alone a mother.”

Due to the fact that she is working with a counselor and receiving medication for her illness, this gave the judge pause. Mohun noted that if there was no constraint on sentencing, a state prison sentence may have been appropriate.

“You put the lives of your children at risk,” Mohun said. “For what? For money. It’s an extraordinary tale that is told in this prosecution where you put money ahead of your children’s safety. You put them at risk. That is certainly not a motherly instinct.”

With that said, however, Mohun agreed with Pace that she has taken steps to “come clean” and did not think her children should “suffer any more for your criminal behavior.”

“Every day you are with those children is a blessing, and I hope you don’t put them at risk anymore because this is a revocable sentence,” Mohun said.

According to New York Penal Law 60.01 a revocable sentence  shall be deemed a tentative one to the extent that it may be altered or revoked in accordance with the provisions of the article under which it was imposed, but for all other purposes shall be deemed to be a final judgment of conviction.  

Nelligan was convicted of attempted arson in the third degree and sentenced to five years probation, $26,075.55 in restitution, and fees and surcharges.

See related: Unknown cause sparked the first fire at a Liberty Street home in ArcadeArsonist responsible for setting two fires at a Liberty Street home, ArcadeAn Orchard Park woman pled guilty to setting fire to an Arcade home last year

Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 3:05 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, Castile, fire, crime, Business, news.

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Amy S. Goodenow, no age provided, of Castile was charged with arson in the third degree, a Class C felony, for allegedly setting a fire that destroyed a Castile business.

The Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office says, during the early morning hours of Feb. 15 a fire broke out at the Castile Diner, 125 S. Main St., Castile. When deputies arrived at the Main Street restaurant they noticed a “working structure fire” and say Goodenow was at the scene at the time of the incident.

After both a fire and criminal investigation, officials determined that the fire was intentionally set. 

Although Goodenow owns the business, the contents and building are owned by Steve Gitsis.

Members from Castile, Silver Springs, Gainesville, Bliss, Pike, and Nunda fire departments were on the scene for close to five hours putting out the flames. 

Assisting at the scene included Wyoming County Emergency Services, the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Department, the New York State Police, and the Village of Castile. Standing by at empty fire stations included Perry, Warsaw and Fillmore fire departments.

Goodenow, who was jailed on $5,000 cash bail and $10,000 bond, subsequently posted bail and was released. 

She is due in the Village of Castile Court at 7:30 p.m. April 3.

See related: Castile Diner fire remains under investigation

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Friday, February 17, 2017 at 11:06 am

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Around 3 o’clock this morning a fire broke out at 71 Covington St. in the Village of Perry. 

Crews from Perry, Perry Center, Silver Springs, Castile, Warsaw, and Mount Morris fire departments responded to the scene with Fire Chief in Charge Perry Fire Chief Steve Laraby. 

Assisting at the scene included Wyoming County Emergency Services, the Sheriff’s Department, Perry Police Department, Perry Department of Public Works, NYSEG, and the Red Cross. Standing by at empty fire stations included Wyoming and Leicester fire departments.

The fire was said to have started due to a malfunctioning hot air furnace, causing $60,000 in damages to the home.

Firefighters were at the scene for four hours putting out the blaze with no injuries reported.

The Covington home housed two apartments, which resulted in two families being displaced and in need of assistance by the Red Cross. A total of six people were affected by the fire.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at 2:21 pm

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An early morning fire at the Castile Diner, 125 S. Main St., Castile, remains under investigation today.

While no injuries were reported, fire crews were on the scene for four-and-one-half hours under Fire Chief in Charge, Castile Fire Chief Bill Dake.

Firefighters from Castile, Silver Springs, Gainesville, Bliss, Pike, and Nunda fire departments were assisted by Wyoming County Emergency Services, the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Department, the New York State Police, and the Village of Castile. Standing by at empty fire stations included Perry, Warsaw and Fillmore fire departments.

Damages are estimated at $150,000.

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at 1:04 am
posted by Billie Owens in fire, Castile.

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A fire is reported at the Castile Diner, 125 S. Main St. in Castile. A first responder says there is smoke in the building. Castile Fire Department is responding, along with mutual aid from Warsaw, Gainesville, Bliss, Perry, Pike, Silver Springs and Nunda.

UPDATE 1:07 a.m.: This is a fully involved structure fire.

UPDATE 1:15 a.m.: Command requests a Castile ambulance to the scene to evaluate a female.

UPDATE 1:16 a.m.: Wyoming County Sheriffs deputies are at the scene.

UPDATE 1:19 a.m.: A truck from Warsaw is requested to fill in at Silver Springs Fire Hall.

UPDATE 1:20 a.m.: Crews from Perry are standing by in Castile's fire hall.

Thursday, February 2, 2017 at 7:56 pm

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According to Jim Kelly, Varysburg Fire Department has a crew of “Type A” people – they can work together like a well-oiled machine and argue like brothers and sisters. 

And they were honored recently at the department’s annual Installation Dinner, held at Bryncliff Resort & Conference Center, Humphrey Road, Varysburg.

“They are compassionate, but not always to each other. They are old farts and whippersnappers. They train, they practice, they review, they volunteer, and are always ready to lend a helping hand. They cook, clean and get up at all hours of the night. They rush out of things they want to do, to rush out to help others,” Kelly said. “And sometimes, they hurt others feelings, but they don’t mean to. So from all of you to all of you… I’m sorry, we’re sorry.”

In December, the department held its annual Election of Officers meeting, to which:

    • Jim Kelly was appointed fire chief and treasurer;

    • Adam Vetter, 1st assistant chief;

    • Jeff Rogacki, 2nd assistant chief;

    • Thomas Belinger, captain and president;

    • Austin Skawienski, lieutenant;

    • Deb McCarty, rescue squad captain;

    • Sue Rogacki, rescue lieutenant and secretary;

    • Pat Almeter, fire police captain;

    • Bob Defedericis, vice president; and 

    • Marylou Knaggs, assistant treasurer.

One of Kelly’s first orders of business was to thank the outgoing chief for his knowledge.

“We need all of you to do what you do. I need you to help me do what we need to do. Adam (Vetter) required us to be at our best, safest, and most efficient. When we messed up, he let us know...he was making us better to be able to handle it the next time. It’s an awesome responsibility you (Vetter) have given me.”

According to Kelly, Vetter, the past fire chief, spent countless hours at the hall compiling information from each call. As he said “stats are important for improving ourselves.”

The total number of calls Varysburg volunteers responded to in 2016 was 174, up two from 2015. Of those calls, 119 were for emergency medical services (EMS) totaling 874.27 man hours (22 weeks –  just over five months – at 40-hours-per-week for one employee). Fire-related calls accounted for 55 of the 174 calls, totaling 732.16 man-hours (18 weeks – approximately four months – at 40-hours-per-week for one worker).

However, firefighters don’t just put in time for emergency services, they are also required to complete training, go to meetings, perform work details, and work fundraisers and the like. Members went to 383 different types of “non-incidents,” totaling 689.25 man-hours (17 weeks – approximately four months). Training consisted of 319 different sessions or classes, totaling 1,545.28 man-hours (39 weeks – just over 10 months).

The Varysburg department didn’t just respond to structure fires, fire calls also included a rope rescue, power lines problems, service and good intent calls, windstorm assessment, traffic control, and carbon monoxide alarms. EMS calls ranged from heart attacks, to overdoses, accidents, assistance calls, and more.

Not only was the entire department recognized for its commitment to the community, three people were recognized as “top responders for 2016:” 

    • Leonard  Knaggs – 114 calls;

    • Almeter – 110 calls; and 

    • Defedericis – 99 calls.

And others were recognized for their length of service:

    • One year -- Defedericis, AJ Dyrbala, Pam Hoag, and Maria Olague;

    • Five years -- John McCarty; and 

    • 20 years -- MaryLou Knaggs.

“We need all of you to do what you do,” Kelly said. “I need you to help me do what we need to do.”

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Friday, January 13, 2017 at 10:57 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, fire, news, Middlebury, Wyoming, Perry, Warsaw, pavilion, Bethany.

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Quick thinking on the part of homeowners Joe and Kathleen Barrett likely saved their home from being engulfed in flames Thursday evening. 

The call came in as a report of a “structure fire” at 1510 Route 19, Middlebury. When crews arrived, they saw smoke coming from the area near a light fixture in the ceiling.

Firefighters from Wyoming, Perry, Perry Center, Warsaw, Pavilion and Bethany fire departments were on the scene to locate the source of the smoke, which turned out to be an electrical malfunction.

Crews were able to locate the smoldering fire using a thermal imaging camera to check for “hot spots” along the wall and ceiling in the home. Firefighters opened up the ceiling area to expose the smoldering insulation and extinguish the fire.

Assisting Fire Chief in Charge Wyoming Fire Department Assistant Chief Mike Smith was Wyoming County Emergency Services and Wyoming County Sheriff’s Department.

Although there was not an active fire, crews were on the scene for two hours. 

The estimated loss was $10,000, with no injuries reported.

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at 12:21 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, government, fire, grants, announcements, Warsaw.

Press release:

Applications for the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant program for fiscal year 2016 are now being accepted. The grant program is administered through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

Applications from eligible departments must be submitted by 5 p.m. Feb.10.

The program is designed to help local fire departments and Emergency Management Service (EMS) providers increase or maintain the number of trained, “front line” firefighters available in their communities.

“The SAFER Grant Program delivers funding assistance to our local fire departments and EMS providers that helps recruit new members and ensure that current members are properly trained,” said Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27). “I look forward to working with this year’s applicants and I encourage all NY-27 fire departments and EMS providers to apply.”

Interested applicants with further questions or those seeking letters of support from Congressman Collins are asked to call his Geneseo District Office at (585) 519-4002.

Thursday, December 22, 2016 at 7:55 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, winter, wood stoves, fire, Warsaw.

While winter officially clocked in Wednesday, most county residents have been running their heaters for the past month or so. With that being said, there may be a few things to consider and keep in mind when heating with a wood-burning stove or furnace.

So far in Wyoming County, in 2016 alone, there were 11 chimney fires and 72 structure fires. In 2015, there were 12 chimney fires and 77 structure fires.

Earlier this month, a fire in Java offered a perfect example of how a faulty chimney can spread a fire quickly into the home.

According to Wyoming County Emergency Services Fire/EMS Coordinator Bill Streicter the call came in as a structure fire at 1460 Route 78. However, following the investigation it was determined the fire actually originated in the chimney. 

The fire report states a faulty chimney flue allowed the fire in the chimney to extend through the cracks and ignite the surrounding combustible material. In this case, the “material” was the attached garage. 

While firefighters were quick to put out the fire – they were on the scene for one-and-one-half hours – the garage sustained $10,000 in damages.

“Inspect the chimney annually,” Streicter said. “Use seasoned wood – wood that has had a chance to dry out. Green wood has moisture in it and when it burns it creates creosote, which, in turn, can cause a fire.”

According to the Chimney Safety Institute of America’s website, creosote is black or brown in appearance and has many forms – crusty, flaky, tar-like, drippy and sticky, or shiny and hardened. Due to the nature of creosote being highly combustible, a large buildup, along with high internal flue temperatures, may result in a chimney fire. 

“It’s better to build smaller hotter fires to keep the chimney clean,” Streicter said. “The hotter the fire, creosote doesn’t get a chance to build up. It all gets combusted.”

In addition to unseasoned wood, restricted air supply and cooler than normal chimney temperatures can all play a part in accelerating the buildup of creosote.

There are two types of dampers in a chimney, an air damper, which controls the air flow into the fire, and a vent damper, which slows the fire and retains the heat into the stove to radiate heat into the living space and not out the chimney. 

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, each year more than 140,000 wood-burning-related fires, 280 deaths, and 2,500 injuries occur. Of those fires, an estimated 45,000 begin in the chimney. Additionally, the commission says the fires are a result of inadequate cleaning and poor maintenance of the chimney. 

“Make sure you inspect and clean your chimney regularly,” said Emergency Services Director Tony Santoro. “Preferably having the work done by a reputable contractor that is well versed in wood-burning chimneys.”

Additionally, with several different types of wood burners out there, Santoro reminds residents “any wood-fire-burning appliance must be permitted and inspected by the Wyoming County Building Codes office prior to use.”

“Do not burn trash, paper, boxes and the like,” Streicter said. “They burn hot and fast and may send gasses and flames up the chimney and spark a fire. Get a thermometer for the vent pipe to keep an eye on the temperature and adjust the damper(s) as needed. Have a fire extinguisher nearby and operating smoke detectors in the house.”

The Residential Code of New York State (RCNYS) requires single and multiple-station smoke alarms to be located outside each sleeping area, in each bedroom, and one on each floor of the home, including basements and cellars. Additionally, new construction homes must have smoke detectors hardwired into the home with a battery backup and the detectors must be interconnected.

For more information on woodstove inspections contact Wyoming County Building and Codes at (585) 786-8820, or via email at droberts@wyomingco.net. Information is also available at the departments office at 36 Center St., Suite C, Warsaw.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at 12:45 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, fire, Pike, Gainesville, Bliss.

A cracked flue for a wood burning stove was deemed the cause of a reported chimney fire in Pike yesterday.

Crews from Pike, Bliss and Gainesville fire departments responded to 3 S. Division St., around 5:30 p.m.. Fire Chief in Charge was Pike Fire Chief Rich Vanderploeg and was assisted at the scene by Wyoming County Emergency Services. 

The fire was said to have started in the chimney and had extended into the wall of the home in the area around the chimney.

No injuries were reported. 

Damages are estimated at $12,000.

Monday, November 7, 2016 at 9:50 am

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Seven fire departments responded to a shop fire at 4463 Wethersfield Road, Gainesville, early Sunday evening.

Crews from Gainesville, Silver Springs, Pike, Bliss, Warsaw, North Java, and Alexander fire departments were on the scene for four-and-one-half hours battling the blaze. Fire Chief in Charge was Gainesville Fire Chief Greg Lockwood, Assisting at the scene included Wyoming County Emergency Services and Wyoming County Sheriff’s deputies. Standing by at empty stations were Arcade, Perry, Castile, Varysburg, Nunda and Fillmore fire departments.

No injuries were reported and the cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Damages from the fire are estimated at $50,000.

The shop was being used to make craft items for sale at craft shows. 

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Tuesday, November 1, 2016 at 2:05 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, arson, fire, crime, Arcade.
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Jody Nelligan pled guilty Oct. 27 for two back-to-back fires in Arcade in March 2015.

She was convicted with attempted arson in the third degree, a Class D felony. Sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 26.

Nelligan, 40, of Orchard Park, was charged July 1 with setting fire to the same home – not once, but twice – on Liberty Street in the village.

The first fire was started in the basement of the home on March 23. The following day, she started a second fire in a second-floor bedroom closet. 

The house was owned by Thomas Capell, Nelligan’s father and was occupied by family members. There were no injuries reported at the time of the incident.

On June 30, she was indicted by a Grand Jury and arrested by the Orchard Park Police Department. At that time, she as charged with two counts of arson in the second degree, a Class B felony, and two counts of perjury in the first degree, a Class D felony.

The Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office was assisted in the investigation by the Arcade Police Department, Arcade Fire Department, and Wyoming County Emergency Services.

Monday, October 24, 2016 at 11:24 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, fire, Arcade, Bliss, Strykersville, North Java, Sheldon.

When firefighters arrived on the scene, the house at 1247 Route 39, Arcade, was already completely consumed by fire.

Crews from Arcade, Bliss, Strykersville, North Java, Sheldon, Chaffee/Sardinia, and Yorkshire fire departments were on the scene for five hours Sunday morning battling the blaze.

Arcade Fire Chief Tom Beiersdorf was the fire chief in charge with Wyoming County Emergency Services, Wyoming County Sheriff’s Department, the Red Cross, Arcade Electric, National Fuel, and Arcade Police Department assisting at the scene. Standing by at empty fire stations included Strykersville and Sheldon fire departments.

No one was home at the time of the fire. No injuries were reported. The estimated loss is $75,000, with the house and contents deemed a total loss.

The investigation is continuing.

Friday, October 14, 2016 at 5:50 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, fire, emergency responders, announcements.

Press release:

Benefits volunteer emergency responders receive as a reward for their service is no longer subject to federal income tax, withholding, and reporting. On Sept. 21 the Senate Finance Committee approved legislation exempting these nominal benefits. 

Language from the Volunteer Responder Incentive Protection Act (VRIPA), which excludes property tax benefits and up to $600 of other types of benefits for the 2017 tax year, was added to the Retirement Enhancement and Savings Act. The Committee approved the benefit by a voice vote. The amendment was sought by senators Charles Schumer (D-NY) and Susan Collins (R-ME), the sponsors of VRIPA (S. 609/H.R. 2752).

“On behalf of the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) I’d like to thank senators Schumer and Collins for their work on this important legislation, which will help local emergency response agencies recruit and retain volunteer personnel,” said NVFC Chair Kevin D. Quinn.

“On average a volunteer firefighter in the United States donates services worth more than $18,000 to the community that he or she serves. It is common sense to clarify that the nominal incentives that volunteers receive as a reward for their service should not be taxed by the federal government.”

The NVFC will continue to work to identify opportunities to pass VRIPA before the end of the year and will provide updates if and when votes take place on the House or Senate floor. In the meantime, you can use the NVFC’s Legislative Action Center to contact your U.S. Representative and senators to ask them to support VRIPA.

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