Tallman Fire Department

Airmont Home Destroyed in early morning fire

Photo courtesy of Asst. Chief Andrew Schiessel

Photo courtesy of Asst. Chief Andrew

Wednesday, February 25, 2015  Rockland Journal News

AIRMONT – 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



Tallman Firefighters complete Bloodborne Pathogens Training

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.



Tallman mutual aid to South Spring Valley Structure Fire

Monday, February 16, 2015  Rockland Journal News

CHESTNUT 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.



Tallman Firefighters complete Hazmat Training

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.



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.



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