Tarrytown Fire Department

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2007 Archive

Happy Holidays

If you are heading into Manhattan to see the Christmas Tree a Rockefeller Center, Saks windows or St. Patricks Cathedral, or just taking the kids in for a day in the City, consider making a stop at the Fire Zone, New York City's state-of-the-art fire-safety learning center.

Fire Zone is New York City's state-of-the-art fire-safety learning center kids can feel a hot doors, and watch simulations of the top five NYC fire scenarios, space heater fire, pan fire on the kitchen stove, smoking in bed, kids playing with matches, and overloaded electrical outlets. The climax of the show is for the children to exit the demonstration area when the smoke detector sounds, crawling down a smoke filled corridor (simulated with dry ice vapor) to a waiting Firefighter.
Video Trailer 1 Video Trailer 2 Open
Mon-Sat 34 West 51 Street, at the Rockefeller Center, adjacent to Radio City Music Hall.

Also recommended

New York City Fire Department Museum houses one of the nation's most important collections of fire related art and artifacts from the late 18th century to the present. The Museum also house a permanent September 11th exhibit and memorial.

'Kelly Murphy kicks ass!' Chief John Korzelius, Sleepy Hollow Fire Department

Congratulations to Kelly Murphy who on Saturday 20th of October at the Sleepy Hollow Fire Department Annual Inspection Dinner, was presented with the ‘Above and Beyond Award’ by Chief John Korzelius. The award was in recognition of Kelly's heroic action on Thursday, September 13. Chief Korzelius aboard Sleepy Hollow Fire Department Marine 7 called Tarrytown Fire Department Marine 5 for medical assistance for the victim they had just recovered from the Hudson. Kelly swam from Marine 5 and climbed aboard Marine 7. Finding Marine 7 had no CPR shields onboard, Kelly immediately improvised a CPR shield by using 4"x4" gauze pads. Kelly then checked the airway and administered CPR.

Seventh Tappan Zee Bridge jumper of 2007

Congratulations to the crew of Fire Boat 5 for another successful rescue.

Link to story on LoHud.com

Wednesday September 12, 2007 - From the Westchester County Volunteer Firemen's Association

"The Awards Committee has determined that the members involved in the water rescue that occured on April 8, 2007 will receive a Honorable Mention. The following Tarrytown Fire Department members received certificates at this years awards Ceremony on September 12, 2007. Domenic Morabito Jr, John Kelly, Mike Coffey Jr, Bill Logan Sr, Bill Logan Jr, Jamie Valencia, Frank Morabito, Bill Jamison, Kelly Murphy, Pat Derivan, Charlie Boyce and Gen Gaspere."

33rd Annual Iggy Serina Memorial Breakfast

This breakfast was founded by Chief Ingnac Serina ('76) to give thanks for the Firefighters who serve this and the surrounding communities. It is traditionally held on the weekend before Thanksgiving. Thanks to all those that gave generously of their time to make this event a success, and to all those who attended. Next year Consolidated Engine Co. #1 looks forward to hosting this event in their new Firehouse.

Annual Tarrytown Fire Department Ex-Chiefs Association Senior Dinner

The Annual Ex-Chiefs Association Senior dinner was held at Main Street Firehouse on Wednesday, October 10. This year’s dinner was a salad followed by chicken and pasta, ice-cream for desert, with tea, coffee, soda or beer. Guests then played bingo $300 in cash prizes. Many thanks to the following for kindly donating their time for this event, Martin Anniccherico, Sal Zambelletti, Joseph Camilliere, Robert Errico, John Ragusa, Joe McCarthy, Scott Toth, Sonny Battista, William Jamieson, Ray Artus, Robert Demasi, Scott Weaver, Peter Saracelli, James Brown Sr., Jospeh Arduino, Sean Scogna, Armondo Scogna, Louis Tucci, Domenic Morabito, Kelly Murphy, Frank Giampiccolo Jr., Fred Gross, Pat Derivan and Frank Morabito. Apologies to anyone who helped but was not mentioned as their name did not appear on the signup sheet!

The Chiefs, Officers and Members of the Tarrytown [Volunteer] Fire Department would like to extend their thanks to all of those that took part in extinguishing the Hackley School fire on Saturday, August 4.

  • All six of Tarrytown's Fire Companies that form the Tarrytown Fire Department responded, and were greatly assisted by fellow firefighters from Archville, Ardsley, Armonk, Briarcliff, Continental Village, Croton, Dobbs Ferry, Elmsford, Fairview, West Harrison, Hastings, Hawthorne, Irvington, Lake Mohegan, Mount Kisco, Nyack, Pocantico Hills, Port Chester, Sleepy Hollow, Thornwood, Valhalla and Yorktown.
  • Major Drew Fixell and a number of Trustees who visited the scene.
  • The Police Departments of Tarrytown and Greenburgh.
  • The Tarrytown Volunteer Ambulance Corps (TVAC).
  • The Tarrytown Ladies Disaster Group who operated relief station.
  • The Tarrytown Department of Public Works who provided on site diesel refueling.
    Westchester Department of Emergency Services who sent fire coordinators, a County bus, with it air-conditioning on maximum to act as a cooling station and a foam unit to ensure the fire did not reignite.
  • The Westchester Marriott Hotel donated hundreds of towels. At the scene these were soaked in ice water and used to keep the firefighters cool.
  • The following business who kindly donated thousands of drinks and hundreds of sandwiches, the Tarrytown Deli, E&E Gourmet Deli, Rob Scogna’s Deli in Irvington, and Diamond Dairy. Please consider frequenting these establishments to show your support for them.

If anyone has been missed from this list then please accept our sincerest apologies.

If you cannot view the slide show above download the latest verison of or view the album directly Hackley School photographs 04-August-2007

WCBSTV.com Hackley School clip

Doug Zollo awarded for his outstanding service to the Tarrytown Fire Department

On Tuesday November 20th, during the monthly Wardens meeting, Doug Zollo Village Trustee and Fire Liaison was presented an award by Chief Domenic J. Morabito Jr. and 1st Assistant Chief Patrick Derivan, Sr. in recognition of his outstanding service to the Tarrytown Fire Department at the Hackley School Fire.

Halloween Saftey Tips

With witches, goblins, and super-heroes descending on Tarrytown here are few safety tips from your Volunteer Fire Department.

  • Carry and use flashlights. See and be seen.
  • Carry a fully charged cell phone. In an emergency dial 911.
  • Only fire-retardant materials should be used for costumes. Costumes should not be so long that they are a tripping hazard. Falls are the leading cause of unintentional injuries on Halloween. Add reflective tape to costumes, treat bags and sacks, bikes, push chair, baby joggers and brooms, too!
  • Review with your children the principle of "Stop-Drop-Roll", should their clothes catch on fire. Practice this drill at home on a regular basis.
  • Masks can obstruct a child's vision. Use facial make-up instead. When buying special Halloween makeup, check for packages containing ingredients that are labeled "Made with U.S. Approved Color Additives," "Laboratory Tested," Meets Federal Standards for Cosmetics," or "Non-Toxic." Follow manufacturer's instruction for application. If masks are worn, they should have nose and mouth openings and large eye holes.
  • Hosts expecting trick-or-treaters should remove anything that could be an obstacle from lawns, steps and porches. Candlelit jack-o'-lanterns should be kept away from landings and doorsteps where costumes could brush against the flame. Indoor jack-o'-lanterns should be kept away from curtains, decorations, and other furnishings that could be ignited.
  • Only go to homes where the residents are known and have outside lights on as a sign of welcome. Children should not enter homes or apartments unless they are accompanied by an adult.
  • Adults accompanying children should wear light-colored or reflective-type clothing so you are more visible.
  • Have a grown-up inspect your treats before eating. And don't eat candy if the package is already opened. Small, hard pieces of candy are a choking hazard for young children. Remember the rule is ‘When in doubt, throw it out’.
  • Play the Halloween Safety Game

Fire Prevention Week Oct. 8-14

Fire prevention week is observed for one week each October, - the week that falls around the ninth, because it is the anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871.  President Woodrow Wilson issued the first presidential proclamation designating Oct. 9 as Fire Prevention Day in 1920.  In 1922, it was expanded to a full week. Since 1925, the President of the United States has issued a proclamation for Fire Prevention Week. It is the longest running public health/safety awareness program in U.S. history.  This year Fire Prevention theme is "Practice Your Escape Plan."  It's not enough to have a home fire escape plan (PDF, 634 KB). To escape safely, you've got to make sure that everyone in the home has practiced the plan.
September is National Preparedness Month Be Red Cross Ready

Being prepared for emergencies is crucial at home, school, work and in your community. Disaster can strike quickly and without warning. It can force you to evacuate your neighborhood, workplace or school or can confine you to your home. What would you do if basic services – water, gas, electricity or telephones – were cut off?
Sunday July 1, 2007 - Tappan Zee Bridge

Sunday July 1, 2007 - Tappan Zee Bridge


2007 Fire Prevention Week

Thanks to the Principles, Teachers and Assistants that extended a welcome to the Tarrytown Fire Department. Institutions visited as part of this year program were John Paulding School, Tappan Hill School, Transfiguration School, New Beginnings Nursery School, Children’s Garden Nursery School, Tarrytown Nursery School, and Nursery School at the Jewish Community Center, Elizabeth Mascia Day Care Center, and the Day Care at the Neighborhood House. A total of three schools, four nursery schools and two day care centers, with and average of ten Firefighters per event. Students were shown smoke detectors, listened to the shrill alarms tone, and responded with what they would do in the event of an alarm in their home. Some students even demonstrated Stop, Drop and Roll to their classmates.

Our hope is that our discussions and demonstrations improved the awareness of all those who attended and that additional smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms were purchased and batteries replaced on exiting alarms. Remember have a plan and practice it.

If you would like to include your institution in next years program please contact 2nd Assistant Chief Mike Coffey, Jr. Please note that although many pictures were taken at the various locations, they cannot be put on the web for public display until the required permission slips have been signed by their parents and returned to the school.


Previously Featured Websites 


Many individuals, communities and organizations across the nation are spreading the message to Resolve to be Ready in 2008 by hosting events and developing initiatives to educate their neighbors, co-workers and employees on how to prepare for emergencies before they happen. Included below are a few examples of the many ways people have been getting the message out for 2008. To learn more about Resolve to be Ready 2008 or to tell us about an event you are planning, email Ready@dhs.gov or check the website www.ready.gov/america/about/resolve2008 or click on the logo above.

Saturday, February 23, 2008 7:30 am - 1:00 pm Lt. Andy Fredericks, FDNY, Memorial Seminar

This year’s topic: "Private Dwelling Fires" Presented by Battalion Chief Jerry Tracy, FDNY


Friday February 29, 2008 - Happy Anniversary ConqueroR

Congratulations to ConqueroR Hook & Ladder Company No.1 on one hundred and forty eight years of proud service. Only two years to their
sesquicentennial .

Click on the logo below to see the Stat-X First Reponder fire extinguishing agent videos.

Apr 2007 - Mar 2008 Monthly Alarms



























Tuesday April 1, 2008 - Tarrytown Fire Department Pipes and Drums

Friday April 4, 2008 - Message from Ex Chief Domenic J. Morabito, Jr.

I would like to thank the Board of Trustee for their continuous support, especially the Fire Liaison Doug Zollo. Best of luck to the new Chief Pat Dervian, 1 st Assistant Chief Mike Coffey and 2 nd Assistant Chief Pete Saracelli, and to the Officers and Members of the Tarrytown Fire Department. I would also like to thank all of our fellow Firefighters that came to our assistance to provide mutual aid in our time of need, and to thanks those departments that gave us the opportunity and honor to reciprocate and provide mutual aid to them. I will continue to be here to support the department.

Friday April 4, 2008 - Tribute to Ex Chief Domenic J. Morabito Jr.'s Year

Department Training Update April 2007 to March 2008

Congratulations to the following members who have recently completed training courses.

Firefighter 1
Ryan Nyarady, Alicia Goldstein, David Goldstein, Bill Maher, Shaun ‘Tex’ Holmes, Frank Giampiccolo Jr., Rensilin Pathrose, Andy Hofgartner, Tommy Keane, Dave Cappello, Kevin Grubbs, Bryan Duggan, Brandon Dugan, Joe Erstling and Dmitri Dunlov for passing Firefighter I.

The 84 hour course introduces firefighting concepts, practices and techniques necessary for success within the fire service. Based on the Firefighter Level I objectives from FPA Standards 1001, this course develops knowledge, skills and abilities based on performance criteria for the following topics: Fire department organization, firefighter safety, fire behavior, personal protective equipment, self contained breathing apparatus, fire extinguishers, building searches, forcible entry, ground ladders, ventilation, hose practices fire streams, and loss control. The course consists of performance criteria in incident command, building construction, ropes/knots, rescue procedures, forcible entry applications, ventilation practices, fire extinguisher applications, suppression of structural fire, tactics, vehicle suppression, water supply, loss control, fire cause determination, fire department communications, fire suppression systems, hazardous materials, weapons of mass destruction, confined space safety and fire prevention practices.

Firefighter Survival

1st Assistant Chief Mike Coffey Jr., Ray Tuohy, Craig Allan, Charlie Boyce, Ryan Nyardy, Chris McNally, Rensilin Pathrose, Andy Hofgartner, Tommy Keane, Kevin Grubbs, Brandon Dugan, Joe Erstling and Dmitri Dunlov.
Firefighter Survival

Firefighter 2
Andy Hoftgartner, Tommy Keane, Rensalin Pathrose and Robert Hoyt.

1st Assistant Chief Mike Coffey Jr., Ryan Nyarady, Kevin Grubbs, and Tommy Keane.

Rescue Tech Basic
Terence Murphy.

Fire Behavior and Arson Awareness
Alicia Goldstein, David Goldstein, and Robert Hoyt Jr.

Recognizing Clandestine Drug Lab Operations
1st Assistant Chief Mike Coffey Jr., Craig Allan.

Truck Company Operations
Ryan Nyarady.

Introduction To Fire Officer
Craig Allan.

Ice Rescue
Andrew Wilgermein, Tommy Keane, Bill Maher and Craig Allan.

Fire Behavior
1st Assistant Chief Mike Coffey Jr., Craig Allan, Ryan Nyarady, and Kevin Grubbs .

Incident Response to Terrorist Bombings
1st Assistant Chief Mike Coffey Jr., Craig Allan, Wayne Jeffers Sr., Wayne Jeffers Jr., Ray Tuohy, Andrew Wilgermein and Jamie Wagman.

1st Assistant Chief Mike Coffey Jr., David Goldstein, Skeet Scogna, Robert Hoyt Jr., Jay Brennan, Alicia Goldstein and Tommy Keane.

Saturday November 10, 2007 - Tarrytown Fire Department Annual Inspection

If you cannot view the slide show above download the latest verison of or view the album directly 2007 Annual Inspection

Link to the Inspection Program

Saturday November 24, 2007 - Fire at 119 Cobb Lane

The Chiefs, Officers and Members of the Tarrytown [Volunteer] Fire Department would like to express our sincere gratitude to our fellow Firefighters, who responded to the call for mutual aid for the 119 Cobb Lane fire. Perhaps the most fitting and complementary comment heard at the scene regarding the mutual aid was “they arrived ready to work, and were put to work”. Firefighter responding to the scene included Tarrytown FD, E76, TL78, L37 E80 E77 E79, Sleepy Hollow FD, E85, Irvington FD 2202, FAST, R49, E178, Pocantico Hills FD T12, Westchester Department of Emergency Services Battalion 14, Westchester Cause and Origin Zone 3, Ardsley FAST (E165), Ossining E99 & L42. Our fellow Firefighters on standby included Pocantico Tanker E237 & TL 21 at Tarrytown HQ, Ossining Engine at Sleepy Hollow and Hastings E44 at Irvington. As always a special thanks to Tarrytown Ambulance Corps [TVAC] , Irvington EMS and the Disaster Response team. Greenburgh Civil Defense U446, mobile cascade systems was kept busy refilling air bottles.












If you cannot view the slide show above download the latest verison of or view the album directly 119 Cobb Lane .

Link to story on LoHud.com

After Hydrants Fail, Tarrytown Takes Steps

Message from Chief Patrick Derivan

I would like to thank all those involved for making this years Tarrytown Fire Department Annual Parade a success. The residents of Tarrytown, and Volunteer Firefighters families, friends and visitors that lined the parade route and provided applause and cheers, the Parade Committee Co Chairs James Brown and Joe McCarthy, the Parade Committee, the Tarrytown Fire Department Ex Chiefs Association for acting as Parade Marshals, the Tarrytown Police Department, the Village Officials, Mayor Drew Fixell, Trustees Bobby Hoyt, Thomas Basher, Thomas Butler and Doug Zollo, on the review stand, Jim Kovacs for his announcements from the review stand, the Assistant Chiefs, Officers and Members of the Tarrytown Fire Department, and the Chiefs, Officers and Members of all the guest Fire Departments that attended, and all the bands that played.

I would also like to thank the kind donors of the 28 Trophies and Westchester County Parade Judges Association for their meticulous calculations ensuring the trophies were presented fairly. The results are also available on the Westchester County Parade Judges Association web site www.wcpja.com

Best Overall - Montrose, 2nd Best Overall – Ossining, Best Overall Out of County – Nyack, Chiefs Choice - Sleepy Hollow, Best Regulation Uniform – Ardsley, Best Non-regulation Uniform - Irvington, Best Dress Uniform – Montrose, 2nd Best Regulation Uniform - Briarcliff Manor, Best Fire Department Color Guard – Ossining, 2nd Best Fire Department Color Guard – Montrose, Most Men in Line – Ossining, Farthest Distance - Somerville NJ (70 Miles), Best Overall Apparatus – Nyack, Best Pumper 1-10 Years – Ossining, 2nd Best Pumper 1-10 Years - Ardsley , Best Pumper 11 Yrs. and older –Montrose, 2nd Best Pumper 11 Yrs. and older Briarcliff Manor, Best Aerial – Ardsley, 2nd Best Aerial - Irvington, Best Tower Ladder - Spring Valley, Best Rescue – Irvington, 2nd Best Rescue - Great Neck, Best Chiefs Vehicle Ossining, Best Antique - Sleepy Hollow, Best Musical Unit - Westchester Brassmen, 2nd Best Musical Unit - Tappan Zee Bridgemen, Best Musical Color Guard - C.W. Dickerson.

Unfortunately the weather broke during the award ceremony. Respect to Montrose FD who stood their ground in full uniform during the down pour.

Lastly I would like to thank all those who kindly supplied photographs and video of the Parade. Please see the video and slide show below.

Congratulations to Sleepy Hollow Fire Department on the launch of their website



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