At 11:05am on Tuesday May 31, 2016 Croton FD requested Verplanck Fire Marine 1 to respond to the area of Croton Point Park at Teller Point for a missing fisherman in the Hudson River. Verplanck Marine 1 assembled at Viking Boat Yard with Assistance Chief Michael Ruh (2493), FF Robert Morrison, Ex- Chief Robert Daley and FF Michael Eichler. Car 2491 James O'Brien and Car 2493 Thomas O'Brien responded to Croton Point Park where command was established by Croton FD 2089 John Munson to assist ground crews. Verplanck members standing by in district was Captain Paul O'Brien, FF Steve Trend, FF Jeanne O'Brien FF Troy Dyckman. Marine 1 set up in a perimeter motion around Teller Point to assist in the search, FF Michael Eichler was able to enter the water in a dry suit to mark the last know location for the divers from Yorktown FD and Mahopac Falls FD, Also in assistance was Westchester County PD Marine Units, Westchester County PD Aviation Unit, Ossining PD Marine Unit, under the Command of Croton FD Ground units and Marine units, Rehab was also provided by Cortlandt VAC, Croton EMS, and Ossining EMS on standby while divers were in the water. Around 3:45pm Chief 2491 requested additional tones for manpower to respond to the firehouse for a boat crew relief. At 4:10pm Chief 2491 retoned and advised all responding units to respond to Viking Boat Yard for the Marine Unit Relief and Car 2491 was also enroute to the boat yard. While responding back out to the Croton Point at 4:15pm, Car 2089 John Munson advised to go back in service that the search was being called off for the day with negative results. See LOHUD Link for article regarding the incident and also Kempter Fire Wire for incident run down and additional pictures.
Do to the incoming weather report of Heavy Rain the Memorial Day Parade has been Cancelled today in Montrose NY, however there will still be a ceremony memorial event held at the Hendrick Hudson High School front lawn at 1030am. All are encouraged to attend. If heavy rain occurs event will be moved to Montrose FD HQ on Albany Post Road and Kings Ferry Road. Happy Memorial Day and Never Forget the Men and Women who served our country for this day.
On this Memorial Day let take a step back and remember what this day is really about. It's not all about an extra day off from work, the un-official start of Summer, or even enjoying a BBQ with friends and family but to remember the Men and Women of our Armed Services who laid down their lives for our freedom. We Thank You and Will Always Remember You. Please come and join us with this years host Montrose FD at the Tri-Village Memorial Day Parade Monday May 30, 2016 starting at 1030am on Montrose Point Road and Meadow Road leading to Kings Ferry Road to Albany Post Road ending at the Hendrick Hudson High School Front Lawn for a memorial service held by the FD and Local American Legion.
BLUE FLASHING LIGHTS NYS VTL 375 (41) DID YOU KNOW? When you see an approaching Blue Flashing Light in your rear-view mirror it is a Volunteer Fireman or EMT responding to either a Fire or Ambulance Call. These personnel need to get to the firehouse or to the scene as quickly as possible to render the service needed in a timely fashion. PLEASE BE COURTEOUS and PULL OVER, STOP and LET THEM PASS. Someone is depending on their help and sometimes seconds really do count.
MOVE OVER LAW NYS VTL 1144-a DID YOU KNOW? When you see any emergency vehicle (Police, Fire, Ambulance,Tow Trucks) on the side of the road with their Emergency Flashers on you need to SLOW DOWN AND MOVE OVER! If you are not able to move over to a new lane you MUSTreduce your speed and watch for instruction of personnel who may be directing traffic and proceed pass the emergency scene safely and slowly.
You know it! Its Monday Night and that means it is Training Night! Tonight Training was based on EMS and was to help a few EMT-in-Training students with equipment overview and patient assessments. Tonight EMT-in-Training Amanda Wessells (who is wrapping up her EMT Class next month out of Phelps) held the helm of Crew Chief conducting Patient Assessment of the Trauma Patient with her direct assistant's Ian Barnes and Michael Eichler treating the patient LT Roberto Rosario (All 3 of the students above will also be enrolling into the next EMT Class by the end of the month in Peekskill.) Also providing the touch of Friendly Patient Care are our 2 former EMT's Mary Murray and Morgan Davis who help put their experience and knowlege into helping Amanda with her assessment and patient packaging. Also on hand tonight was our Patient Proctor EMS LT Keith Martin speaking for our incoherent patient and the Scene Safety Officers LT Gabe Hayes and Asst Chief Thomas O'Brien. Overviewer George Ellgen
The Scene: The patient was reported to be pinned under a vehicle with a broken femur. Amanda did an amazing head to toe assessment and everyone quickly picked up on the Femur and sprung into action a got the Traction Splint and package the patient and completed the patient assessment.
Teamwork always plays a great role when it comes to providing excellent Patient Care in a timely fashion.
Great Job All!
photo credit: LT Gabe Hayes Asst. Chief Tom O'Brien
The Members of Verplanck FD attended the Ossining FD Parade on May 21, 2016 even tho we didn't win a trophy, we did march down the road with Pride of our Company and Pride of our Community that we represent. Alot of unnoticed work was put in to the prep of the appratus for this parade. Great Job to all that attended the parade.
Band: Tappen Zee Bridgeman
Color Guard: Michael Eichler (American Flag) Michelle Murray (Right Guard)
Body: Chief James O'Brien Ex-Chief/1st Asst. Chief Michael Ruh 2nd Asst. Chief Thomas O'Brien Ex-Chief/Captain Paul O'Brien 1st LT John Delaney 2nd LT Roberto Rosario FF Morgan Davis FF Jeanne O'Brien
Chief Car (2493): FF Linda Bender (Driver) FF George Ellgen (Passenger)
Engine 126: Ex-Chief Thaddeus Karalak (Driver)
Photo Credits: Julia O'Brien Michael Eichler Teresa Goldstein
For the past week the members of Verplanck have been putting their Wax on - Wax off moves in to Engine 126 in preparation for Ossining Parade May 21, 2016 starting at 4pm. This will Start off the Parade Season for our New Chief James O'Brien as he leads his department down the hills of Ossining ending at the Waterfront. Special Thanks goes out to LT John Delaney, LT Roberto Rosario, LT Gabe Hayes, and FF Michael Eichler for their efforts on make the old truck look new. If you are around and want to come support Verplanck as we march the parade starts at 4pm and starts at Croton Ave and Ends at the Train Station. See You There! Photo Credit Michael Eichler
Monday May 16, 2016 Verplanck TL-46 was invited to Georges Island Park by Montrose FD to go over Ladder Truck Operation. Verplanck and Buchanan crews were able to going over Montrose Ladder Tower 8 and Montrose and Buchanan crews were able to going over Verplanck Tower Ladder 46. Operation consisted of placement of equipement on the truck, Truck placement on a scene, Truck set up and Truck Operation on flying the bucket with firefighter from each department.
A Big Thank You to the volunteers of Montrose FD and Buchanan FD
Verplanck FD Members Asst. Chief T. O'Brien Captain P. O'Brien LT J. Delaney LT R. Rosario FF M. Eichler
We want to wish all the EMT's & Paramedic's from Verplanck FD and our Mutual Aid Agencies (Peekskill Vac, Cortlandt Vac, Croton EMS, Mohegan Vac, Ossining Medic, and Cortlandt/Peekskill Regional Medics) a Happy EMS Week May 15-21, 2016. These men and woman put countless hours in to ongoing training and education to upkeep their skills and cerification to provide 24/7 care to the general public in their time of need. Verplanck EMT/Medic EMS Captain EMT Josh Buland EMS Lieutenant EMT Keith Martin Medic Holly Haight EMT John Delaney EMT Michelle Murray EMT Chris Nieminski EMT Julia O'Brien EMT Steve Trend EMT Rich Wessells EMT in Training: Megan Fausner EMT in Training: Amanda Wessells EMT in Training: Ian Barnes EMT in Training: Michael Eichler EMT in Training: Roberto Rosario and all our Firefighter who are also our Drivers
Wing Nite 2016 has officially come to an end, The Chicken Has Left The Coop. Much appreciation goes out to all the customers, the entertainers (DJ Paulie D and 24Seven Band) the amazing sponsors, the hard workers (Memebers of Verplanck FD) who put countless hours into the night and the New York State Police for the night security. See You All Next Year!
WING NITE COUNT DOWN 1 HOUR TO GO, THE BAND 24 SEVEN IS HERE, THE DJ IS HERE THE BEER IS HERE, AND THE WINGS ARE COOKED. SO COME ON DOWN AND ENJOY THE NIGHT THE DOORS OPEN AT 6:00 PM. RAIN OR SHINE!!! SEE YOU THEN!
That funny loud noise you heard the last two days was not test, but indeed it was the house siren for Verplanck FD where assistance to the public was needed. On Sunday May 8 at 1828 hrs Verplanck Marine 1 was requested to Bear Mountain Bridge to assist Continental Village FD for a confirmed Jumper Down. Marine 1 responded from Viking Boat Yard with Asst. Chief Ruh, Lt Delaney, Lt Hayes, and EMS Captain Buland. Asst. Chief O'Brien responded to staging area at Peekskill Riverfront Green. Standing by FD HQ was LT Rosario, Ex Chief Karalak, FF Ward Jr, FF Ward 3rd, FF Marino, EMT-in Training A Wessells. Marine 1 conducted a search under the bridge where the jumper was reported to have last seen swimming towards land along with Continental Village FD, Yorktown Dive Team, and Rockland FD Units.
ALSO Late Monday Night May 9, 2016 2335 hrs Verplanck FD was requested to a residence on 5th Street cross of Broadway and Westchester Ave for a reported Fence on Fire. Chief J OBrien-2491 on scene after Dispatch along with Captain P O'Brien-2494. Chief J O'Brien confirmed the working fence fire in the rear yard to responding units while Captain P OBrien deployed a Fire extinguisher to knock down the fire. Engine 128 responded from Broadway side of 5th Street hitting the hydrant and laying in, while Engine 126 responded from Westchester Ave side of 5th Street standing by the back up hydrant on the corner. 1 (1 3/4") line was stretched to knock down the remaining fire and hot spots (logs and wood) that was stacked up behind the fencing and hand tools were used to pull apart the charred fence. The fence also had live electrical running along it for lights and plugs and power was shut down at the breaker. A BBQ Grill was also near by the fence line. Fire is currently under investigation by the Chief Officer. Engine 128 - Driver Lt Hayes, Officer Seat Lt Rosario and FF Marino Engine 126 - Driver Ex Chief Schembari, Officer Seat Lt Delaney On Scene- Chief J OBrien-2491, Asst Chief Ruh -2492, Asst Chief T O'Brien - 2493, Captain P OBrien- 2494 EX Chief Karalak, EX Chief Daley, FF Eichler, FF Dyckman, FF JG O'Brien, FF JM O'Brien
The first project is to repair guiderail near the Pleasantville Rd Overpass in Briarcliff with detours as follows:
Southbound 9A will be closed at Route 133. Traffic will exit onto Route 133 East and head East to Route 100, then head South on Route 100 to re-enter Route 9A South of Pleasantville Rd. Southbound 9A will be closed to all Side Roads between 133 and Pleasantville and detoured appropriately.
Northbound 9A will be closed at the Pleasantville Rd ramp. Traffic will be detoured up the Ramp, left onto Pleasantville Rd, right continuing on Pleasantville Rd North, Right onto North State Rd, and then left returning to 9A North.
The second project is in the vicinity of the Ryder Rd Overpass with detours as follows:
Southbound 9A Traffic will be detoured onto Route 134 (Dale Ave) Travel South to Route 133, Right onto Route 133 and then Right to Route 9A.
Classes held at Westchester County Fire Training Center. Please sign up on county site via http://training.westchestergov.com any assistance in signing up contact an officer. classes being held Rescue Tech Basic June 2016 16-95 Emergency Vehicle Operation June 2016 16-97 Emergency Vehicle Operation July 2016 16-98 5th Annual Womans Weekend June 18th 16-96
Monday May 2, 2016 Verplanck Firefighter took to the Hudson River for a Pump Operation Drill with Marine 1 to overview the onboard pump to determing how much water we can used on multiple lines and feeding the deck gun. The best way to learn is trial and error during training rather then at the time of the incident. The men and woman learned a lot on what the boat can do during a fire and different was of tactics for firefighting purpose. Crew also used Marine 29 for driver familiarization as the river was really calm night. Photo credits Mary Murray and Thomas OBrien in attendance Asst Chief Thomas OBrien LT John Delaney LT Roberto Rosario LT Gabe Hayes EMS LT Keith Martin FF George Ellegen FF Joe Ryan FF Mike Eichler FF Jeanne OBrien FF Mary Murray EMS Ian Barnes