Tallman Fire Department

Home severely damaged by Fire In Montebello Pines

Friday, January 16, 2015  Rockland Journal NewsMONTEBELLO – An Oxford Drive home was damaged Thursday when a fire broke out in the attic, Ramapo police said.

The blaze, which began at 51 Oxford Drive about 6:15 p.m., forced a family from their home, but caused no injuries.

Tallman firefighters were aided at the scene by volunteers from the Sloatsburg, Suffern, Spring Valley and Mahwah, New Jersey, fire departments. Police said the Hillburn and Hillcrest departments were held on standby. Ramapo Valley Ambulance also responded to the call.

Fire and building inspectors from the village were investigating the fire Thursday, but believe it was caused by an electrical problem near a chimney in the home's attic, police said.



Tallman Truck Committee members visit Seagrave Factory for Final Inspection of new pumper

Tuesday, August 19, 2014   The Truck Committee of the Tallman Fire Department spend 2 days visiting the Seagrave Factory in Clintonville, Wisconsin, to perform a final inspection of its new 2000 GPM Pumper, which will be designated 20- Tanker.

During the visit, every specification was reviewed for accuracy, every function and feature was tested, the truck was pumped and road tested. Minor last minute changes were made, and the truck will be in the NY area in about 2 weeks for final fitting, lettering and get ready for service.



Tallman FD responds to Fatal Head on Collision on NY State Thruway

Tuesday, August 12, 2014  The State Police are investigating a two-car fatal motor vehicle accident that occurred on the New York State Thruway I-87 northbound, shortly before 7:00 AM on Tuesday, August 12, 2014 in the Village of Suffern, Rockland County.The Tallman Fire Department assisted the NY State Troopers and provided recovery at the scene
At approximately 6:54 AM, NYS Thruway communications received calls of a blue pickup truck traveling southbound in the northbound lanes of I-87 in the area of exit 15 in the Village of Suffern.  Immediately following, Thruway dispatch received calls for a two vehicle accident at mpm 29.5. 
Troopers immediately responded and encountered a two vehicle collision at that location with the drivers and sole occupants deceased. 
At this time, a preliminary investigation has revealed that a 2002 Dodge Dakota operated by Richard E. Christopher, age 32, of Suffern, NY was traveling southbound in the northbound lanes of I-87 for unknown reasons.
Christopher’s vehicle struck head-on, a 2003 Honda CRV operated by James B. DeVito, age 59, of Airmont, NY.  Both drivers were pronounced dead at the scene.
State Police can confirm Richard Christopher was a member of the New York City Police Department who was off-duty at the time of the accident.
The investigation into the accident is continuing with the assistance of the New York State Police Collision reconstruction unit, as well the Bureau of Criminal Investigation. 
State Police were assisted by the Town of Ramapo Police Department, NYS Thruway Traffic Safety & Maintenance, and the Tallman Fire Department.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the State Police at SP Haverstraw at 845-364-0200.  

Photo Courtesy of Rockland Paramedics

Photo Courtesy of Rockland Paramedics


Tallman FD responds to Fully Involved Car Fire

Tuesday, July 29, 2014   The Tallman Fire Department was dispatched to a Vehicle fire on Route 202 and Cutler Court. The vehicle was fully involved and Route 202 was closed to all traffic until the fire was extinguished. 20-2001 was first due and was backed up by 20-2000.



Tallman responds to heavily involved Structure Fire on Montebello Road

Monday, April 28, 2014   Rockland Journal News

MONTEBELLO An unoccupied Montebello Road house was the center of an arson investigation Monday after a fire severely damaged three floors of the structure.

No injuries were reported in the blaze at 101 Montebello Road that started in the basement shortly before 9 p.m. and spread to the upper floors.

About 75 firefighters from the Tallman, Suffern, Sloatsburg, Monsey, Hillcrest and Mahwah, N.J. fire departments responded to the scene, extinguishing the flames in about 20 minutes, said George Drescher, a Rockland County deputy fire coordinator.

"A heavy fire was in the basement," Drescher said. "The crews made an initial attack there. We now have that fire under control in the basement and are checking for extension."

Though believed to have begun in the basement, the flames spread quickly through the wood-framed, balloon construction home, eventually damaging nearly all of the 2 1/2-story house.

What sparked the fire was not immediately clear. Drescher said Orange and Rockland Utilities, Inc. had confirmed that both gas and electric service to the house had previously been shut off.

Officials believed the fire may possibly have had multiple points of origin in the basement and on the first floor — where the flames were heaviest — but Drescher said further investigation would be needed to confirm that fact. The village fire inspector and the Rockland County Sheriff's Bureau of Criminal Investigations would be probing the blaze, he said.

In addition to the fire departments, Ramapo police and the Ramapo Valley Ambulance Corps responded to the scene.



2 Suffern Homes Damaged as Car Fire Spreads

Thursday, April 24, 2014   Rockland Journal News

SUFFERN – A car fire spread quickly Thursday, growing into a wind-swept blaze that destroyed much of one East Maltbie Avenue home and damaged parts of another.

Police responded to 52 E. Maltbie Ave. shortly before 7 p.m. to find a car engulfed in flames, Village Police Chief Clarke Osborn said.

"At that point, we made sure that all the occupants were out of the home, which they were already," Osborn said. "We then assisted with traffic control for the fire department."

In addition to the four people who escaped the home were about four dogs, Osborn said. Neither the people nor the animals suffered injuries.

Firefighters battled a car fire that spread quickly Thursday, April 24, 2014, affecting two homes and a detached garage.(Photo: James O’Rourke/The Journal News)

Suffern Fire Chief Michael Stark said the car fire spread to a detached garage between two houses at 50 and 52 E. Maltbie Ave. before spreading to the homes themselves. The house at 50 E. Maltbie sustained minor damage while the other home was heavily damaged by fire, smoke and water, he said.

"There was some extension to number 50, which was contained to the outside of the house," Stark said. "As you can see, number 52 had a lot of fire on all three floors. It's balloon construction so the fire got in through the outside and traveled right through to the attic."

Osborn said the flames were visible for miles and drove people to report the incident to authorities — including one person who called 911 after seeing smoke and flames from neighboring Mahwah, N.J. Many onlookers stood on the residential street during much of the emergency response.

In addition to the construction of the home, which allowed the fire to spread quickly and burn intensely, Stark said heavy winds helped fan the flames.

"I was at the Department of Public Works getting gas when the call came in ... and when I heard the address, I looked this way and I knew that it wasn't a car fire just by the smoke," he said.

Suffern firefighters were aided by the Tallman, Hillburn, Sloatsburg, Monsey and Mahwah fire departments. The Nanuet, Nyack and Hillcrest departments were held on standby. Osborn said the fire was placed under control by about 9:45 p.m.

Stark said one Suffern firefighter was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital with a minor knee injury.

The cause of the fire was not yet certain Thursday. The Rockland County Sheriff's Bureau of Criminal Investigations also was on the scene.



Tallman Responds to Large Brush Fire Route 202

Saturday, April 19, 2014   April 21, 2014

Tallman Firefighters responded to a brush fire off Route 202, near Mayer Drive. The fire was burning behind houses that backed up to the mountain, making access difficult. It took several hours to bring the fire under control

Firefighters from Suffern, Mahwah NJ, Spring Valley, and Hillcrest responded to assist Tallman Fire Fighters.



Tallman Responds to Major Structure Fire on Dolson Road

Tuesday, January 7, 2014   Rockland Journal News

A fast-moving fire gutted a Judaica dealer’s home Tuesday, but the family got out safely.

Eighty-five firefighters from eight departments battled the blaze at 35 Dolson Road, the home of Daniel Dymchitz.

“Thank God no one was injured,” said Dymchitz’s son, Moshe, 21, a religious student who lives nearby, speaking above the din of fire engines. “It’s only property. Property you can get back.”

The fire was reported before 11:30 a.m. Five people — Dymchitz’s mother, his wife, the couple’s 7-month-old and 4-year-old sons and a housekeeper — were home at the time. They got out safely, said Chris Kear, Rockland County’s deputy fire coordinator.

Firefighters arrived to flames pouring from a second-story bedroom. The fire spread to the attic, then consumed the entire stone and stucco house, which was built in 2008 and is more than 5,600 square feet, according to online property records.

“It overtook the house,” Kear said.

In addition to the flames and heavy plumes of smoke, firefighters also had to deal with temperatures that hovered around 10 degrees.

“The majority of the firemen are wet,” Kear said. “Their gear is frozen. Their helmets are frozen. Water hits anything today it’s immediately freezing on contact.”

Firefighters worked in shifts in the arctic air, warming themselves in a van, while Ramapo road crews hit the ice-slicked road with salt. Firefighters remained on scene through 4 p.m., dousing hot spots and picking through the smoldering remains.

In addition to Tallman, crews responded from Hillcrest, Monsey, Nanuet, Sloatsburg, Spring Valley, Suffern and Mahwah, N.J.

The Ramapo fire inspector and Rockland County Arson Unit will try to determine the cause of the blaze, which is believed to be accidental. The Dymchitz family took shelter in a home across the street.



Tallman Responds to First Structure Fire of 2014

Tuesday, January 7, 2014   Nyack Free Press

Firefighters Get Creative to Battle Smoky New Year's FireFan boat used to rid warehouse of thick smoke
MONTEBELLO -  Rockland County volunteer firefighters didn't have to wait long to get their first fire of 2014.

A fire involving a piece of floor cleaning equipment at Manhattan Beer Distributors at 10 Dunnigan Drive - between the New York State Thruway and Route 59 near Airmont Road - filled portions of the company's recycling warehouse with thick smoke at about 12:30 a.m. While the fire did not do much damage, fire officials said they had to get creative to get all the smoke out of the building.

Tallman Fire Chief Chris Szklany said a brainstorm by Mahwah, NJ, firefighters made their job easier. Instead of using the normal heavy-duty fire department fans to pull smoke out of the building, Mahwah brought its fan boat to Montebello. The fan boat was placed inside a loading bay at Manhattan Beer Distributors, and the boat's giant fan quickly cleared the warehouse.

The fan boat is used by Mahwah for emergency operations along the Ramapo and Mahwah rivers and is a key tool for coping with frequent flooding in that community just south of Rockland County in New Jersey. Szklany said the Mahwah fire chief offered to bring the boat to Montebello, and Szklany said he jumped at the chance of speeding up operations at the warehouse.

The fire was the first call of the new year in Rockland County. Because of the timing during a holiday, Szklany said volunteer manpower was a issue for his department. Volunteers from Suffern, Monsey and Mahwah were called to assist with equipment and manpower for the incident.

At first, Szklany said, volunteer firefighters did not see a fire at the warehouse building. But as firefighters checked the building, Szklany said firefighters discovered that a piece of floor cleaning equipment had caught fire and had created extensive smoke.

Szklany noted that the building's fire sprinkler system had kept the fire from spreading and volunteer firefighters were quickly able to put out the fire. The building involved is used for recycling, Szklany said, and did not affect areas where Manhattan Beer Distributors has its products.

No one was injured and the warehouse was closed at the time of the fire. Firefighters finished their operations at the warehouse at about 3 a.m.

Manhattan Beer Distributors operates in the metro-New York area, with facilities in Rockland, the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and on Long Island. Started in Manhattan as a small distributor in the 1970s, the company is today among the largest beer distributors in the country.



Tallman Responds to Massive Structure Fire in Oakland, NJ

Friday, November 1, 2013  CLIFFVIEW PILOT.COM: A massive fire at the home of Oakland contractor Ben Perry quickly went to six alarms early this afternoon as firefighters battled water problems.

Several firefighters were reported injured at the 3½-story, wood-frame home off Skyline Drive, mostly from exhaustion and smoke inhalation.


“It was a total loss,” one emergency worker toldCLIFFVIEW PILOT.

No one was home when the blaze broke out around noon.

However, an emergency services official toldCLIFFVIEW PILOT that a dog was killed and another rescued from the nearly 5,000-square-foot home on nearly two acres of property set back from the tree-lined roadway in the woods near Route 287, after efforts were made to resuscitate both.

The one who survived was rushed to Oakland Animal Hospital.

Firefighters at first stretched a hose a great distance to the scene, but it broke, requiring a new length. Then the hydrant it was hooked to had no pressure, one emergency worker said.

Fully engulfed

Another line was run from a closer hydrant, he said.

As a result, two tankers from Mahwah, one from Ringwood and one from Franklin Lakes supplied water shuttled from area lakes, with at least one more expected from Rockland County.

A Hawthorne cascade truck also responded, along with five BLS units and fire companies from as far as Hillsdale and Fair Lawn, along with Ho-Ho-Kus, Mahwah, Pompton Lakes, Ramsey, Ringwood, Saddle River and Waldwick.

Oakland officials said companies from 17 municipalities in all assisted.

Firefighters later filled the structure with high-expansion foam after weight-bearing walls began to sag.

Nearby residents were evacuated and all surrounding roads closed, as was the Skyline Drive exit (#57) off 287. The results have included mounting congestion on Ringwood Avenue.

Perry, who lives with his wife and children, built the house in 2004 and has used it for his business, records show



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