Tarrytown Fire Department

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2012 Archive

Saturday, December 1, 2012 - 5.00pm - The 13th Annual Holiday Tree Lighting

The 13th Annual Tree Lighting will start at 5.00pm at Patriots Park. The Tarrytown Fire Department will be distributing battery operated combined smoke & carbon monoxide detectors at this event. If you forgot to change the batteries in your smoke & carbon monoxide detectors when the clock fell back please remember to do so. A useful tip is to write the month and date on the fresh batteries with a permanent marker pen when you install them. Similarly write the month and date on the back of the smoke & carbon monoxide detector. Many detectors are only good for five years from there manufacture date (not the install date), please refer to the manufactures instructions. Never mix batteries of different manufactures or dates. If you have a whole house system provided by a central monitoring company e.g. ADT or Slomins Shield, contact them for a replacement and service advice. Remember to test your smoke & carbon monoxide detectors at least one a month. Never remove the batteries from a detector that is sounding an alarm, you might forget to put them back in and that could be a fatal mistake, instead take the detector to fresh air until it resets.

Don't be the person that gets woken in the small hours of the morning because your detector is sounding its low battery warning because you forgot to change the batteries. Benjamin Franklin - "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure."

Tuesday, November 27, 2012 - Changes to the Fire Whistle

In response to requests by residents the number of rounds blown by the Fire Whistle will be reduced from 3 rounds to 1 round between the hours of 9.00pm and 6.00am from Decemeber 1. 3 rounds will still be sounded for a confirmed working fire. The meaning of the Fire Whistle codes can be found here 
Tarrytown Fire Alarm Signals


Please be advised that water line replacement work will be occurring on North Broadway by Central Avenue. The work will take place on Monday evening, June 25 (8:00 p.m.) into Tuesday morning, June 26 (5:00 p.m.) and the same times on Tuesday evening into Wednesday morning, June 27.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012 - Message from Chief Eugene Gasparre

Congratulations to the Officers and Members of Conqueror Hook and Ladder Co. No.1 for winning Best Aerial Apparatus with (the existing) Ladder 37 and to the Officers and Members of the Tarrytown Fire Department for Best Overall Uniform 25 or more at the Pleasantville Parade. Thank you to all the Members who took part in preparing for the parade and marching.

The new Ladder 37 has been delivered to Conqueror Hook and Ladder Co. No.1 and will be going into service soon.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012 - Message from Chief Eugene Gasparre

Congratulations to the Officers and Members of Riverside Hose Co. No.4 for winning Best Overall Apparatus with Engine 80 and to the Officers and Members of the Tarrytown Fire Department for 2nd Best Dress Regulation Uniform at the Ossining Fire Department's 200th Anniversary Parade.  Thank you to all the Members who took part in preparing for the parade and marching.

I am looking forward to Saturday for the Dedication Ceremony and Wet Down of Riverside Hose Co. No.4's new Engine 80, which is a 2011 Crimson 2000 GPM Pumper.

Congratulations to Conqueror Hook and Ladder Co. No.1 as the new Ladder 37 arrived in the Village today.

Saturday, May 12, 2012 -Riverside Hose Dedication Ceremony and Wet Down

Photographs courtesy of Clark Thompson at ClarkeShots.com

Friday, May 4, 2012 - International Firefighters' Day (IFFD)

International Firefighters' Day (IFFD) is observed on May 4. It was instituted after proposal emailed out across the world on January 4, 1999 due to the deaths of five firefighters in tragic circumstances in a wildfire in Australia. May 4 used to be a traditional Firefighters' Day in many European countries, because it is the day of Saint Florian, patron saint of firefighters. The email reads

"The role of a firefighter in today’s society – be it urban, rural, natural environment, volunteer, career, industrial, defence force, aviation, motor sport, or other is one of dedication, commitment and sacrifice – no matter what country we reside and work in. In the fire service we fight together against one common enemy – fire – no matter what country we come from, what uniform we wear or what language we speak.”
- Lt JJ Edmondson, 1999"

On December 2, 1998, a tragic event shook the Linton Community, Australia and the world. Firefighters in Linton, Australia- a populated region in Victoria- were fighting a large wild fire and called for mutual aid. This urgent mutual aid call brought the Geelong West Fire Brigade to the scene not knowing the despair and tragedy that was in store. Garry Vredeveldt, Chris Evans, Stuart Davidson, Jason Thomas, and Matthew Armstrong all loaded into company’s truck. They were part of a strike team and were being sent to help extinguish the flames. As the five headed into the hot zone, the wind suddenly switched direction, engulfing the truck in flames and killing all five members. This unfortunate incident is what inspired JJ Edmondson to bring about an international holiday, called International Fire Fighters Day, to support the lives lost and dedicated fire fighters who risk their lives every day to save life and property.

Thursday, May 3, 2012 - Carry The Load featured on Staten Island Live

Coleman Ruiz stopped by FDNY Rescue 5 on Staten Island as part of the 1,700 mile Carry the Load relay. Coleman is rucking the entire relay with the badge of Rescue 5′s own Lt. Harvey Harrell who died on September 11, 2001. Watch Ruiz’s interview with Staten Island Live as he talks about the meaning of Carry the Load.

Friday, May 4, 2012 - Message from Chief Eugene Gasparre

Firefighters dedicate their lives to the protection of life and property. Sometimes that dedication is in the form of countless hours volunteered over many years, in others it is many selfless years working in the industry. In all cases it risks the ultimate sacrifice of a firefighter’s life.

International Firefighters’ Day (IFFD) is a time where the world’s community can recognize and honor the sacrifices that firefighters make to ensure that their communities and environment are as safe as possible. It is also a day in which current and past firefighters can be thanked for their contributions.

A special time to stop and reflect on the sacrifices made by firefighters is held on the first Sunday in May at noon local time each year when fire sirens sound for 30 seconds followed by a minute’s silence in memory of, and respect for, all firefighters who have been lost in the line of duty or passed on before us. This is known as the “Sound Off“

Saturday, April 28, 2012 at 11 AM - 3 PM, Rubber Duck Derby

The Rotary Club will be hosting its Annual Rubber Duck Derby race at Patriots' Park. This years Rotary club Duck Derby is being held in memory of former Chief Joseph F. McCarthy Jr.
If you cannot attend in support then please think about buying a duck in Joey's memory!

Tarrytowns Rotary -Rubber Duck Derby

Sunday March 11, St. Patrick's Parade

Congratulations to James Kovacs, this years Grand Marshall. James is also a member of Washington Engine (TL78).

Photographs courtesy of Cameron Allan & Campbell Allan.

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