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5/18/2013 East Greenbush Fire Dept Car Show.
5/17/2013 Borderline Porch fire with BLFD.
5/15/2013 Mutual Aid Milk Plant fire with CHFD.
5/11/2013 PubEd/Car Show.
5/7/2013 Engine 9/Explorers Drill.
5/4/2013 Best Luther Mutual Aid Brush Fire.
April 2013 Eddy's first PubEd event YMCA.
4/18/2013 Pancake Breakfast.
4/9/2013 Drill at Rensselaer Co Training Tower.
4/8/2013 Port of Rensselaer Dump Truck accident.
4/1/2013 Hannaford Plaza Gas Leak.
East Greenbush Fire was dispatched by the Town of East Greenbush dispatch center for a report
of a smell of natural gas from the restaurant Chez Mikes. Car 4(Jeff Tooker) arrived and confirmed
a heavy smell of natural gas in the area. Car 3 (Chris Dick), engine 7,8,9,R-11 and the ladder truck
all responded on the box. The truck company forced entry into the business and found explosive
reading inside the restaurant. Crews' evacuated neighboring businesses, secured a water source,
stretched lines and searched the building for the source. An additional engine was requested
from the Heights to be added to the box. Crews were in service prior to the 3 hour mark. The
restaurant was turned over to the owner and National Grid stayed on the scene to work on the
problem. Thanks to the Heights for the additional engine and command officer. We are lucky to
have such a working relationship with our neighboring department.
March 2013 Fish nights at the Firehouse.
3/1/2013 Columbia Turnpike Pumpout.
After lunch on March 1st EGFD was dispatched for a water problem on Columbia Turnpike near
Park Drive. The cause of the water problem was a broken pipe in the wall on the 3rd floor.
TK had already cut the water so we pumped out about 3 inches worth of water.
3/1/2013 I-90 Car Fire.
2/26/2013 Mayday Refresher.
2/21/2013 Gas leak at Day Care.
EGFD responded for a gas leak at a day care center. While crews checked for a leak Bruin Ambulance
and EGFD Utility 11 were used to keep the children and day care workers warm on a cold and blustery day.
No leak was found and everyone returned safely to the building.
2/2/2013 Third Annual Firehouse Chile Cookoff.
1/25/2013 High CO/Chimney Fire Tamarack Lane. By Tom Whittemore
At 3pm on January 25th EGFD was dispatched for a Carbon Monoxide Alarm on Tamarack Lane.
R11 responded and found CO reading in excess of 30 PPM in the house along with a smoky
smell but no signs of any thermal hot spots. Truck 11 and Engine 9 responded as well to the call
while further investigation discovered a dormant chimney fire. The chimney was cleaned and
the house ventilated. This turned out to be the first of three odor or alarm calls
received on the 25th.
1/19/2013 East Greenbush Fire Company Elects Officers for 2013.
The 97th Annual Installation and Inspection of the East Greenbush Fire Company was held in the
banquet hall of the East Greenbush Fire Company on Saturday January 19, 2013.
Board of Fire Commissioners Chairman Edward McCabe Forgea conducted the inspection of the
members of Fire District No. 3 and President Timothy Boel welcomed the assembled members and
distinguished guests in his Presidential address. Fire Company Chaplin Fr. Joseph O'Brien
provided the Invocation.
Past President Jeffrey Tooker offered the oath of office to the Executive Officers for 2013:
President Timothy Boel, Vice President Marc Iorio, Recording Secretary Michael Benson, Jr.,
Financial Secretary Nancy Baker, Treasurer Paul Benson, Membership Secretary, Nicholas Madore,
Sergeant-at-Arms Richard Hendick, Jr. Board of Directors Chairman Dennis Kennedy, David Becker,
David Chesnut, Martin Miller, Thomas White, Sr. and Purchasing Agent Richard Williams.
Past Chief Richard Williams offered the oath of office to the Chief Officers for 2013:
Fire Chief Kevin Hitchcock, 1st Assistant Chief Robert Lehmann, 2nd Assistant Chief Christopher Dick,
3rd Assistant Chief Jeffery Tooker.
Past Chief Ronald Yeates offered the oath of office to the Line Officers for 2013: Captains
Michael Benson, Jr., Christopher Cargain, Richard Edberg, Gregory Forgea, Anthony Proulx;
Lieutenants Mark Becker, Todd Cullum, Marc Iorio, Nicholas Madore, Matthew Sullivan; Foremen
George Forgea, William Sigsby, Richard Smith, Edmund Wallace, Joseph Winnicki. Fire Police
Captain Joseph Lacivita. Fire Police Lieutenants Robert Falls, Sr., Nelson Williams, Thomas Whittemore.
Fire Company Vice President Marc Iorio installed the officers of the Ladies Auxiliary to the
East Greenbush Fire Company for 2013: President Jeanne Mastin; Vice President Kimberly Edberg,
Recording Secretary Kathleen Schmidt, Membership Secretary Cynthia Reineke, Treasurer Patti Wade,
Historian Katherine Miller.
Past Chief Michael Benson, Sr. presented James Morgan with his Life Membership badge.
Thomas Whittemore was awarded the 2012 Officer of the Year. The Firefighter of the Year award
was presented to Assistant Chief Robert Lehmann, Captain Greg Forgea, Lieutenant Matt Sullivan,
Commissioner/Firefighter Ed McCabe, Firefighters Mike Forgea and Josh Witco. This crew provided
mutual aide assistance to the Long Beach Fire Department in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy.
Ladies Auxiliary President Jeanne Mastin was awarded Auxiliary Member of the Year for her yeoman
efforts organizing a relief effort of needed supplies for those affected by Sandy.
Local business Albany Transport was recognized with the Community Achievement Award for their
generosity in providing a tractor trailer and personnel to assist in the delivery of the
Auxiliary's donated supplies to the downstate area.
1/7/2013 Mutual Aid to the Win's Market Fire Rensselaer, NY. By Greg Forgea.
Crews from engine 8 worked a late morning fire with the City of Rensselaer for box 29-2 for a
working fire at Wins market. RFD arrived and found a working structure and went to work. RFD
and CHFD made a quick knockdown on this fire. E8 was assigned to the rear of the structure as well
as the basement. While crews were working a evacuation order was given after part of the floor
fell into the basement. All members were accounted for and went back to work soon after.
Great job RFD and CHFD on this fire.
Car 3 and engine 8 operated at the scene for just under two hours with 9 members.
12/21/2012 wind storm with 45 mph gusts.
At approximately 0920 on Friday 12/21 the East Greenbush Fire Department was dispatched to a
building collapse at Goff Middle school located on Gilligan Road. Engine 8 along with cars 1
and 4 responded immediately as they were just finishing with another call on the North end of
town. The East Greenbush communications center was receiving multiple calls with conflicting
information reporting a building collapse of one wing.
Units arrived to find that the structure had not collapsed but the roof had torn off. School
staff immediately evacuated the students and staff out of the affected area while first responders
began assessing the damage. Car 1 (Hitchcock) had command while car 3 (Lehmann) had interior operations.
First due crews were sent to the roof to assess damage as well as secure loose material that was
still flying off the roof. Crews found multiple exhaust fans and heaters were ripped off the roof
leaving exposed wires. Power was then shut off for the whole wing that was affected.
Members from the EGFD assisted with evacuation of the students as well as escorting them in small
groups back to lockers to retrieve essential items. All students and staff were sent home early
due to the damage.
When a call like this is received we all pray for the best possible outcome and that is exactly
what happened on this call. Multiple agencies within the town of East Greenbush operated on
this scene, East Greenbush Fire Department, East Greenbush Police, Bruen Rescue, East Greenbush
building department, East Greenbush highway and water department as well as many staff and
representatives from the East Greenbush School District.
Car 1 operated with 3 engines, 1 rescue and car 4 with a total of 22 members. Crews were
placed back in service at 12 noon only to be activated many more times for the day. We would
like to thank our brothers from CHFD who handled some of our calls while units operated at
the school. For the day EGFD ran a total of 19 calls.
11/21/2012 Senator Schumer visit.
Today, at the Clinton Heights Fire Department in East Greenbush, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer
expressed his gratitude to the selfless men and women of the Clinton Heights, East Greenbush,
Melrose and Poestenkill Fire Departments. Volunteers from these fire departments responded to
Long Island before, during and after Superstorm Sandy. Following a tour of the Clinton Heights
Fire Department, Schumer presented each of these fire departments with an American flag
flown over the U.S. Capitol in honor of their commitment to helping all New Yorkers and
to thank them for their service during this holiday week.
Excerpt from information released by New York Senator Charles Schumer.
On Tuesday November 13, 2012 the Office of Fire Prevention and Control issued
Orders to deploy crews from Rensselaer County to Nassau County for Hurricane
Sandy disaster relief. The deployment which included EGFD and Center Brunswick FD
were ordered to arrive in Westbury, NY by 0800 hours on Wednesday, November 14,
2012 for mutual aid coverage of Fire Stations.
With less than 12 hours' notice Engine 9 and Car 3 departed the Park Station for
Long Island at approximately 0130 hours. A crew of six firefighters under the
direction of Assistant Chief Robert Lehmann arrived early for their assignment
with minimal rest. Chief Lehmann, Captain Greg Forgea, Lieutenant Matt Sullivan,
Commissioner /Firefighter Ed McCabe, Firefighters Mike Forgea and Josh Witco
volunteered for a 72 hour commitment.
On behalf of the EGFD and Fire District # 3, I would like to commend Assistant
Chief Lehmann and his crew for offering assistance to the victims of the recent
storm devastation. I would also like to thank everyone who has helped with the
relief effort. The selfless dedication shown proves you are willing to help others
in their time of need without asking for anything in return. Your actions make me
proud to be a Chief and a member of the EGFD.
Our efforts may only slightly ease the burden to those affected by this tragedy;
but together we can make a difference showing pride in our organization. I ask that
we keep the crews in our prayers for their safe return home.
The members and volunteers of the East Greenbush Fire Company and Ladies
Auxilary would like to thank everyone for the donations we received as a
result of our Hurricane Sandy Collection. The support and outpouring from
the East Greenbush Community and Capital District has been outstanding and
more than we ever imagined! The trailer is packed and ready to head downstate
this week. We could not have done it without you!
"Small kind gestures that when paid forward could possibly change someone’s life.
11/11/2012 Structure Fire
At approximately 1330 hours the East Greenbush Fire department was alerted for a reported shed
fire in a residential area. Cars 1 and 2 responded and had a column of smoke visible from the
Turnpike. Engine 7 under the command of Lt. Becker arrived first and confirmed a well
involved shed fire with a working brush fire. The crew of E7 stretched the 200 ft of 1-¾
preconnect and began fire suppression. Engine 8 took the driveway of a neighboring house
and stretched 300ft to the fire building and also hand stretched to the closest hydrant
to secure a water source while Rescue 11 layed a line to engine 7. The crew from engine 9
operated one handline and assisted with fire suppression and overhaul.
Crews operated for just over an hour with 3 engines one rescue and a stand by crew manning
the truck company in quarters. Car 1 operated with 24 members, at the time of this article
the fire was under investigation
10/20/2012 Structure Fire Columbia Turnpike Schodack Center
At approximately 1246hrs the EGFD was transmitted for a reported structure fire at a commercial
structure on Columbia Turnpike. CHFD was also transmitted on the alarm with Truck 8 as the
acting Truck 11. Engine 7 with a five man crew arrived under the helm of Capt. M. Benson Jr.
and reported a smoke condition from the west side of the building of a commercial dwelling
with a living quarters on the second floor. E-7 stretched a line to the second floor
dwelling where the fire appeared to be originating from. EGFD Car 4 along with CHFD Cars 1, 2,
and 3 arrived moments after along with Truck 8, Squad 8, Engine 8, and EGFD Car 3. The CHFD
units went to work on the roof with their 6 man crew to check for any further extension in
the cockloft. An aggressive knock-down was made by EGFD and CHFD. The small fire was contained
to a small part of the living room with minimal extension in the attic/cockloft. A signal 20
was transmitted by EGFD Car 4. Units operated on scene for approximately 1 ½ hours. All units
on scene included EGFD Car 3, Car 4, Engine 7, Engine 8, Rescue 11, CHFD Truck 8, Squad 8,
CHFD Car 1, Car 2, Car 3, and Schodack PD.
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Nancy J. Williams
Board of Fire Commissioners
East Greenbush Fire District #3
EAST GREENBUSH FIRE DISTRICT #3
The monthly meeting of the Board of Fire Commissioners, East Greenbush
Fire District #3 shall be held on the second (2) Monday of the month
at 7:00pm. The location shall be East Greenbush Fire Company
Headquarters located at 68 Phillips Road, Town of East Greenbush.
The above shall be followed unless the Board makes prior notice of a change.
This is in compliance with Article 7 of the General Municipal Law
relating to meetings.
Nancy J. Williams
Board of Fire Commissioners
East Greenbush Fire District #3
Directions to Firehouse at 68 Phillips Rd.
From I-787 take exit 3 onto Dunn Memorial Bridge, continue on US-20 East/US-9 South for 3.8 miles. |
Eighth traffic light, at Columbia/Price Chopper plaza, will be Phillips Rd.
Turn right onto Phillips, go .7 miles, firehouse on right. Parking and entrance in rear of building.
From I-90 east take exit 9 and turn right onto US-4 South, go 2 miles until the intersection with
Columbia Turnpike/US-20 West/US-9 North. Turn right onto Columbia turnpike and go .6 miles
At Columbia/Price Chopper plaza, will be Phillips Rd.
Turn left onto Phillips, go .7 miles, firehouse on right. Parking and entrance in rear of building.
Instructions for The Kidde Smoke Detector PI 9000
Instructions for The Kidde AC Carbon Monoxide Alarm KN-COB
Go to http://www.nfpa.org and click on "safety information" for
additional facts related to smoke detectors.
WTEN special report with EGFD: Get out alive.