At approximately 1345 hours on July 2,
the Town of East Greenbush Emergency Communications Center began receiving nonstop
emergency calls from citizens in the East Greenbush Fire District. Town dispatchers
activated East Greenbush Fire Dept. for multiple calls within their district. Captain Forgea
(acting car 5) took command and requested all of EGFD to respond to the calls.
While we were operating in the town, EGFD was requested for a tanker to a second alarm fire
in the Schodack Valley Fire District. Engine 7, with a crew of 6, handled the mutual aid run
and was back in service within an hour. EGFD answered well over 30 calls for service ranging
from wires and trees down, trees on houses, and flooded roadways as well as two structure fires.
The second of the two structure fires was a report of smoke in a commercial building.
Captain Benson (acting car 3) had command and called a signal 20 for a small electrical fire.
Crews operated throughout the town for approximately four hours, driving through the worst hit
neighborhoods to make sure residents were ok and looking for any hazards.
EGFD worked side by side with the town of East Greenbush and Schodack Highway Departments
as well as National Grid. We would also like to thank the East Greenbush Police for their
assistance throughout as well as the Best Luther, Defreestville, and Clinton Heights
Fire Departments for their cover assignments.