Saturday, April 18, 2015
The Tallman Fire Department elected it's new officers for 2015, and the induction ceremony was today. Congratulations and best of luck to all the new officersChief Chris StevensFirst Asst Chief Andy MartineSecond Asst Chief Chris SzklanyCaptain Dennis MurphyLieutenant Pat McKiernan20-6 James Santoro, 20-7 Brendan Cronk, 20-8 Sean Szklany, 20-9 Jason HellmanCivil Officers:President Steve SteinhardtVice President TJ StevensTreasurer Steve DeBoerFinancial Secretary Orlando RiveraCorresponding Secretary Sean SzklanyTrustee Wayne Dolphin, Trustee George Doremus, Trustee Steve DeNegris
Thursday, April 16, 2015
The Tallman Fire Department hosted a multi county police department canine training program at the Tallman Fire House. Police Departments from multiple jurisdictions participated in the training program. Some of the departments were Ramapo, NYPD, MTA, Yonkers, NYS Troopers and many others were on site for 2 days of training.Trainers and their dogs participated in drug and explosive training, utilizing many areas of the firehouse. Interdictions included training on cars, luggage , containers, offices and several other areas. The Tallman Fire Department was pleased to be able to lend its facilities to help our fellow first responders with their training needs.
Saturday, April 11, 2015
Rockland Journal NewsUp to four apartment units were 'destroyed,' while a few others suffered smoke and fire damage.Buy Photo(Photo: Matt Spillane/The Journal News) 146CONNECT 3TWEETLINKEDIN 4COMMENTEMAILMOREA fire that ripped through a two-story apartment complex in Spring Valley Saturday afternoon is being considered "suspicious," officials said.The flames began around 3:30 p.m. in the bedroom of a first-floor apartment at 59 Robert Pitt Drive, said Spring Valley Fire Chief Bob Johnson. The fire then spread to the neighboring units in the complex, he said.Around 100 firefighters responded to the complex to combat the flames, including those from Spring Valley, Monsey, Hillcrest, Tallman and South Spring Valley, Johnson said.Buy PhotoA fire that ripped through a two-story apartment complex in Monsey Saturday afternoon is being considered ‘suspicious,’ officials say. (Photo: Matt Spillane/The Journal News)The fire was under control in about an hour, Johnson said.Up to four apartment units were "destroyed," Johnson said, while a few others suffered smoke and fire damage.Residents living in 48 units were evacuated, Johnson said. The Red Cross is helping displaced residents at the Spring Valley police station, he added.There were no injuries, Johnson said.Abigail Adams, regional communications officer for the Red Cross, said seven volunteers working at the scene have registered at least 31 people seeking aid, but "we expect that number to change."The fire appears to be "suspicious," Johnson said, and remains under investigation. Spring Valley police said that detectives are investigating.Gordon Wren Jr., the county's fire and emergency services coordinator, said strong winds helped the flames spread rapidly, but that firefighters did a good job containing the flames.Buy PhotoA fire that ripped through a two-story apartment complex in Monsey Saturday afternoon is being considered ‘suspicious,’ officials say. (Photo: Matt Spillane/The Journal News)It is unclear if there were smoke detectors in the apartment where the fire started, officials said, or if any building violations affected the fire. An illegal bedroom was found in one of the units that was damaged, they said.
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Rockland Journal NewsSUFFERN – A second fire erupted inside one of the village's oldest apartment complexes Wednesday morning as flames shot into the sky and left an estimated 25 to 30 people without homes after a night of firefighting, authorities said.Suffern firefighters and other volunteers rushed back to the Berkeley Square Apartments at 3:04 a.m. when flames started damaging another apartment section at 156 Wayne Ave. The first fire at 6:45 p.m. damaged a basement, the first floor and more than a dozen apartments from flames and firefighting."My guesstimate is 25 to 30 people at this point lost their homes," Suffern Police Chief Clarke Osborn said. "More than 20 apartments [were] damaged to some degree. We don't know the causes of the two fires. We always deem a fire suspicious until it's shown it's not."Berkeley Square Apartments in Suffern after a fire erupted in the complex. (Photo: Suffern Police Department)Previous coverage: Fire damages Suffern apartment buildingOsborn said when firefighters and police left the complex at 11 p.m. after the first fire, patrol officers reported another fire in the adjacent building about four hours later. A resident called 911 about an alarm going off toThe fire was on the second floor. Firefighters from Suffern, Tallman and Mahwah were brought back to the scene. Osborn estimated six to eight apartments were destroyed or heavily damaged."It was pretty serious," Osborn said. "The officers saw flames coming out."Osborn said many of the displaced people went to families or were being assisted by the American Red Cross.The first fire started in the basement and climbed through the walls and floor on the first level. Firefighters extinguished the fire within 20 minutes, Suffern Fire Chief Michael Starks said, but not before the flames reached the attic and damaged the basement and first floor."Damage to the basement was quite extensive because all the utilities sort of originate from that area," Starks said Tuesday night, adding that the fire burned through the first floor "quite a bit."More than 60 firefighters were at the scene to battle the blaze, including those from Suffern, Tallman, Hillcrest, Monsey, and Spring Valley, Starks said.An investigation into the fire remains ongoing and is being conducted by the Rockland County Sheriff's Bureau of Criminal Investigations and Suffern Police Department Detective Bureau, Starks said.A nearly identical fire burned through another building in the Berkeley complex nearly a year ago, starting in the basement before firefighters had it under control.The 10-building complex built in 1962 includes 150 apartments.
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
Rockland Journal NewsA basement fire caused heavy damage to a Suffern apartment complex Tuesday night.The fire began around 6:45 p.m. in the basement of a two-story building in the Berkeley Square Apartments, at 156 Wayne Ave., Suffern Fire Chief Michael Starks said. Firefighters extinguished the fire within 20 minutes, Starks said, but not before the flames reached the attic and damaged the basement and first floor."Damage to the basement was quite extensive because all the utilities sort of originate from that area," Starks said, adding that the fire burned through the first floor "quite a bit."There were no injuries, Starks said.More than 60 firefighters were at the scene to battle the blaze, including those from Suffern, Tallman, Hillcrest, Monsey and Spring Valley, Starks said.The fire caused Wayne Avenue to close down for about three hours, Suffern Police said.The apartment building is now uninhabitable, Starks saidFirefighters were called back to the scene in the early morning hours when the flames rekindled. Police said at 6 a.m. the fire was out again.The two-story building contained 16 apartments and was one of several similar buildings in the complex, Starks said. The fire chief did not know how many people had been displaced.Investigation into the fire remains ongoing and is being conducted by the Rockland County Sheriff's Bureau of Criminal Investigations and Suffern Police, Starks said.A nearly identical fire burned through another building in the Berkeley complex nearly a year ago, starting in the basement before firefighters had it under control.
Photo courtesy of Asst. Chief Andrew
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Rockland Journal NewsAIRMONT – Flames quickly consumed a two-story house early Thursday that had recently been sold.Monsey Fire Chief Rick LaGarde said the fire at 3 Park Ave. appears suspicious and that several agencies are investigating.The flames threatened a house next door, where a police officer woke up sleeping neighbors and got them to safety, police said.The fire in the brown, wood frame, one-family house was reported to firefighters at 2:02 a.m. LaGarde said when he arrived four minutes later "there were flames coming out every door, window and through the roof."The roof collapsed within 10 minutes.Ramapo police Officer Daniel Jacaruso, on patrol, had come upon the fire after noticing smoke in the vicinity of Saddle River Road, police said. He found the fire engulfing 3 Park, off Saddle River, and threatening the house next door at 5 Park.People were home at 5 Park, but flames and heat from the blaze next door kept the officer from reaching the front door. So, he banged on the back door, woke up three older people inside and helped them to safety, police said. The fire melted the siding on one side of their home.Photo courtesy of Monsey Asst Chief Andrew Schiessel
Monday, February 16, 2015
Tallman Firefighters completed there annual Bloodborne Pathogens training. This training is mandated by OSHA and is done once per year.The firefighters have been trained on the latest techniques to protect both victims of accidents as well as themselves when responding to calls that could transmit pathogens.Safety for all is of utmost concern which goes hand in hand with the many rescues that our firefighters are called to perform many times each year.
Monday, February 16, 2015
Rockland Journal NewsCHESTNUT RIDGE – The bitterly cold weather is making it a challenge for anyone venturing outside, especially the firefighters who had to fight a house fire for hours Monday on Manis Avenue.More than 50 firefighters from South Spring Valley, Hillcrest, Monsey, Orangeburg, Pearl River, Spring Valley and Tallman were dispatched to 38 Manis Ave. around 8 a.m.The blaze was originally called in as a refrigerator fire, then spread throughout the structure.The first crew arrived to find flames coming from the roof of the 2,909-square-foot ranch, with a black column of smoke visible from the nearby Garden State Parkway Extension.Firefighters also had to deal with extreme cold that froze hoses and a hydrant. Crews were rotated to help get them out of the freeze."The weather was a big factor," said Vincent Curcio, chief of the South Spring Valley Fire Department. "You're time gets cut in half when it's this cold outside."Fire hydrants are supposed to drain into a well beneath the frost line. Faulty valves or other problems can cause them to flood and freeze in the frigid weather. United Water, which maintains the county's fire hydrants, said the hydrant in question was last inspected Jan. 15."It's kind of a crap shoot," Curcio said of the hydrant. "It may give you water, or it may not. It's nobody's fault in temperatures like this."The owner, Marge Lapadula managed to get out safely, and there were no injuries, Curcio said.Firefighters remained at the scene through noon. The fire heavily damaged the home.An investigation is underway by the Rockland County Sheriff's BCI unit into what sparked the fire.
Monday, February 9, 2015
Tallman Firefighters recently completed their annual Hazmat training and updates. This is mandated by OSHA and is crucial in keeping our residents safe when dealing with any kind of hazardous spill or accident.With the huge number of trucks on the NY State Thruway carrying a wide variety of hazardous materials, as well as the increased use of freight trains with Hazardous substances onboard, its essential for firefighters to quickly determine the level of danger, and the actions that need to be taken to insure the safety of residents and firefighters.This is extensive training and reflects the every changing nature of firefighting in our community.
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.
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