Fire Police On Duty
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Mohegan Fire Police close roads to traffic
A call for the Mahopac Falls FD Heavy Rescue with air bottles and compressor unit to respond to the Mohegan Fire District and assist with a working structure fire on Buckhorn Rd. off East Main Street was dispatched early Sunday afternoon. Smoke from the structure could be seen for miles as Mohegan arrived within minutes and Mahopac Falls, Yorktown and Peekskill units got on the road. Mohegan Fire Police detoured traffic around the scene as Mohegan EMS set up to support their firefighters.

Mahopac Falls Heavy Rescue arrives on scene

Crews of Mohegan Firefighters work the scene

Mohegan uses the ladder pipe to douse the fire upstairs

Heavy fire seen through the upstairs

Fire crews attack rear of building

Mahopac Falls Rescue providing fresh air bottles and refill on scene

Smoke could be seen for miles
The Patterson fire police were selected to join Brewster and Carmel Fire Departments, assorted veteran's vehicles, and over 200 motorcycles, in escorting "The Wall" from the rest area on I 84 in (Westchester County), through eastern Putnam County, ending at the County Park. The exhibit honors those who made the ultimate sacrifice during the Vietnam War. The travelling exhibit was erected there to be available for public viewing for the remainder of the week.

Photo by F. Becerra, Journal News

Photo by F. Becerra, Journal News

Photo by F. Becerra, Journal News
A Durango towing a trailer containing two horses went over a 100' embankment on the east bound lane of Route I 84 just past Exit 18 in Patterson resulting in the New York State Police and Patterson Fire Police closing both lanes while emergency responders worked at the scene. None of the three passengers in the vehicle were injured and one horse exited the trailer under its' own power. The second horse, on its' side, was sedated and remained in the carrier while it was winched to another waiting carrier on the road which transported it to a nearby equine medical facility. It is reported it the injured horse fully recovered. The crash, reported at 9:30 a.m. on a Saturday, tied most up local roads with massive traffic jams of vehicles exiting 84 attempting to re-enter the highway in Southeast.
Briarcliff Fire Police under the command of Captain Gilmete and Lt. Linda Urban, assisted with road closures on North Date Road and Pleasantville Road for the Tough Man Triathlon bike event. Also assisting was Lt. Robert Cerrone.
Patterson, Lake Carmel, and Putnam Lake Fire Departments were called to a truck fire on the east bound exit ramp from I 84 to Route 311. Upon arrival the pickup, towing a vacation trailer, was fully involved. Fire police from Patterson and Lake Carmel closed the ramp and expedited an unexpected hasty departure across 311 by two engines from the scene, when they were called under mutual aid to assist at a house trailer fire in a neighboring town.
An 8:30 p.m. fire broke out in La Russell's Laundry-Cleaners, located on Route 52 in Lake Carmel. Although out of business for some time, it was reported the building still contained many dry cleaned items which forced abandonment of an initial interior attack. Of the two apartments located above, one was not occupied, and the other quickly evacuated. Lake Carmel Fire police had to shut down Route 52 for approximately 4.5 hours. Carmel, Kent, Brewster, Patterson were also assisting at the scene along with Carmel Volunteer Ambulance. The cause of the blaze at this time remains under investigation.
All photos by
Frank Becerra Jr.
Journal News
The Putnam County Fire Police Response Team assisted Peekskill Fire and Police with traffic at the funeral of 20 year firefighter Kevin Bristol who died of an apparent heart attack after returning from fighting a kitchen fire.
All photos by
Joe Larese
Journal News
An electrical problem was the probable cause of a 9:30 a.m. fire in the Goldens Bridge Firehouse. The actual fire was confined to one section, but the entire building was heavily damaged by water and smoke. Two firefighters in the building at the time of the blaze managed to save several pieces apparatus but three were lost including a rescue truck containing all of the Goldens Bridge Fire Police equipment. Fire departments from Bedford Hills, Vista, South Salem, Croton Falls, Yorktown Heights, Mount Kisco, Brewster departments, among others, assisted in battling the blaze. A tanker shuttle using portable pools was the only water source. Croton Falls fire police assisted Goldens Bridge in turning tankers and in shutting down Route 138 for most of the day. The fire was brought under control by about 10:30 a. m.
All photos by
Frank Becerra
Journal News
Mahopac Falls Fire Department members were readying themselves for a SUCBA drill when they were toned out for a "car into a pole" on Rt. 6N, delaying the drill and triggering an immediate department response. To protect operations, fire police shut one lane diverting northbound traffic around the crash. No injuries were reported.
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