Quantcast
Skip to main content
Thursday, October 31, 2013 at 8:11 am

When you fall back Sunday, don't forget to change your fire alarm batteries, too

post by Howard B. Owens in fire department, fire safety

Press release:

The City of Batavia Fire Department is joining nearly 6,000 fire departments nationwide in promoting the annual Change Your Clocks, Change Your Batteries campaign on Sunday, Nov. 3.

Fire Prevention Officer Lieutenant Jeff Whitcombe encourages all residents to adopt the simple, life-saving habit of changing smoke alarm batteries when they change their clocks back from daylight savings time to standard time.

“It’s an easy, inexpensive and proven way to protect your family and your home,” Lt. Whitcombe said.

Since 1987, the International Association of Fire Chiefs has joined forces with Energizer batteries to spread the message that non-working smoke alarms are responsible for needless death and injuries. Now 25 years later, thanks to the change Your Clocks, Change Your Batteries campaign, home fire deaths continue to decline.

Recent surveys conducted for the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the Consumer Products Safety Commission found that 96 percent of all homes have at least one smoke alarm, but only 75 percent have at least one working smoke alarm. Almost two-thirds of home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms. Smoke alarm failures usually result from missing or dead batteries or disconnected wires. The peak time for home fire fatalities is between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. when most families are sleeping. A working smoke alarm can provide the critical extra seconds needed to get people out safely.

According to the NFPA, the maximum life cycle of a smoke alarm is 10 years from the date of manufacture, not the date of installation. Beginning in 2002, all smoke detectors must have a manufacture date marked on the outside of the smoke alarm. If your smoke alarm does not have a manufacture date, then it is older than 10 years and must be replaced. The City of Batavia Fire Department recommends purchasing smoke alarms with 10-year lithium batteries. All smoke alarms should be tested monthly.

The City of Batavia Fire Department has a free smoke alarm and battery installation program. According to Lt. Whitcombe “We have installed hundreds of smoke alarms and batteries over the past 20 years and will continue to do so until everyone who needs them has them.”

For information about the free smoke alarm and battery installation program, City of Batavia residents should contact the City of Batavia Fire Department at (585) 345-6375.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at 9:51 am

JK student gets ride to school in city fire truck as prize for winning fire safety poster

post by Howard B. Owens in batavia, fire department, John Kennedy School

Andrew Beal, a student at John Kennedy, got a ride to school this morning in a City of Batavia fire truck as his prize for winning the department's recent fire safety poster contest.

Firefighter Dave Adams, Andrew's father Jerome, and Chief Jim Maxwell with Andrew.

Andrew and his father Jerome waiting for Engine 11 to arrive.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012 at 9:57 am

Council approves purchase of new fire truck

post by Howard B. Owens in batavia, fire department

It will be red, bright, shiny and brand new and it will belong to the City of Batavia.

In a unanimous vote Monday night, the city council approved the purchase of a fire truck built from the ground up by Rosenbauer, a 140-year-old fire apparatus manufacturer based in South Dakota.

The total cost of $342,369 was the lowest of the bids to meet all of the requirements of the fire department, Chief Jim Maxwell told the council.

City Manager Jason Molino noted it's still below the $370,000 built up in reserve over the past three years for a new truck.

The truck, which may carry the designation Engine 11, will replace Engine 14, which was retired due to escalating repair costs to keep it up to standards.

Locally, the Town of Batavia operates a Rosenbauer engine and Rochester recently bought seven engines from the company.

When questioned by Councilman Jim Russell, Maxwell confirmed that the fire department visited with some of the departments running Rosenbauer equipment, as well has other engines, and didn't come across any complaints.

The department expects delivery of the new truck in 120 days.

On the Web: Build your own fire truck on Rosenbauer's site.

Sunday, June 6, 2010 at 4:20 pm

'Fill the Boot' drive biggest yet for City Fire in support of MDA

post by Howard B. Owens in batavia, charity, fire department

City firefighters raised $5,601 in support of the Muscular Dystrophy Association this year as part of its annual "Fill the Boot" campaign.

It's the most ever donated in a single MDA boot drive, according to Greg Ireland, president of IAFF Local 896.

On Friday, off duty firefighters, stood at the intersections of Main and Court and Ellicott and Court with firefighter boots and asked passersby to drop in donations.

"It was an amazing day," Ireland said.

Friday, June 4, 2010 at 12:08 pm

Photo: Fill the Boot today

post by Howard B. Owens in batavia, charity, fire department

filltheboot.jpg

Firefighters Mike Morris and Jeff Whitcombe were on Main Street at Court Street this morning collecting donations from drivers passing by as part of the City of Batavia Fire Department Local 896's annual campaign. The funds benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Firefighters will be at Main and Court and Ellicott and Court until 5 p.m.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010 at 10:40 am

Two lifelong volunteers are still making a difference in Bergen

post by Justine Bonarigo in fire department, Keller, Miller

At the age of 18, Tracy Miller and James Keller were just two teens riding their bikes on an evening in Bergen in 1958.

They happened to hear there was a fire on Maple Street, so they rode by the scene with great interest. To their surprise, the fire chief at the time yelled to the boys to get up on the fire truck and help out.

bergen_miller.jpgHolding the water hose and instantly becoming a part of the crew at the scene was the moment when both men fell in love with the idea of being a firefighter. Looking back on that fond memory, Miller explained how “it was so exciting” for them to be able to offer help to such a critical service.

Both lifelong residents of the Bergen community, and lifelong friends, were happy to share their stories with me.

This spring, the Town of Bergen commended Miller and Keller for their 50 years of service. It was an honor to get to meet them and their wives, Loretta and Wilda, respectively.

Miller shared with me that at the age of 18 when he signed up to be a Bergen firefighter, his name was placed on a waiting list.

“At the time, volunteering for the community was the thing to do," Miller added.

It was in July of 1959 when Tracy Miller officially joined the fire department. Keller was appointed as a member in 1958, just after his father was recognized for 65 years of service to the fire department.

"It has been an ongoing generation sort of thing for the Keller family to be a part of the fire department," he said.

Both men are still active and greatly involved with the fire department and now serve as fire policemen. Their exceptional contributions and volunteerism continue to inspire junior fire members, as well as Bergen and its youth.

bergen_keller.jpgFor Miller, the most gratifying reward for being a part of the FD for so many years, he told me, has been “simply being able to help my neighbors in their time of need.” Keller also agreed that being able to help others has definitely been the most satisfying result of this uncompensated labor of love.

As if dedicating one’s life as a volunteer firefighter isn't enough public service, these guys do a lot more and Bergen is the better for it.

Miller served on the Town Board of Bergen for 16 years. He is the vice president of the Historical Society, a Mason, and a deacon at The First Presbyterian Church. He also volunteers at the Senior Center in Batavia to help people with their taxes, and he provides elderly people he's met through the FD with transportation when needed.

Bergen Town Supervisor Don Cunningham said “what makes Tracy’s 50 years of service even more extraordinarily unique is that he still remains active. Whether arriving at the hall to pilot the ambulance, direct traffic at a fire scene, or just be available to lend a hand where needed."

Currently, Miller is helping to the fire department plan its 150th year celebration for 2011.

Keller is active in the Cemetery Association at Mt. Rest as is Miller.

Keller was a member of the EMT rescue squad for 10 years. And he currently participates as an Institutional Representative for Boy Scouts, which is sponsored by United Methodist Church, where he has been a member for 20 years. Keller is also a member of the V.F.W.

Not only have both men been recognized for their 50 years, and counting, of outstanding work as a volunteer for the Bergen Fire Department, they both continue to gain satisfaction from their incredible volunteering roles in the community by participating in various village functions.

Tracy Miller is pictured on top. Above is James Keller.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010 at 10:31 am

Firefighters announce annual 'Fill the Boot' campaign for MDA

post by Howard B. Owens in batavia, charity, fire department

City of Batavia firefighters are asking local residents to once again "fill the boot."

The annual fundraising drive benefits the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

At 9 a.m. Friday, residents are encouraged to drive through the intersection of Court Street and Ellicott Street or Court and Main and drop donations into a firefighter's boot.

This is the 16th year City of Batavia Fire Department Local 896 has sponsored a local "fill the boot" drive.

Last year, the community donated $4,500 to the effort.

"Everyone at the firehouse is looking forward to this Friday," said Union President Greg Ireland.  "The guys really appreciate the generosity of those that can give, whether it be their spare change, a dollar or even more."

Donations help cover everything from wheelchairs to braces, physical therapy sessions to kids summer camps.

Photo: File photo from last year.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010 at 3:40 pm

Two Men and a lifetime of serving the Bergen community

post by Justine Bonarigo in fire department, Keller, Miller

At the age of 18, Tracy Miller and James Keller were just two teens riding their bikes on an evening in Bergen around the year 1958.

They happened to hear there was a fire on Maple St., so they rode by the scene with great interest. To their suprirse, the fire chief at the time yelled down to the boys to get up on the fire truck and help.

Holding the water hose, and instantly becoming a part of the crew at the scene was the moment where both men fell in love with the idea of being a firefighter. Looking back on that fond memory, Miller explained how "it was so exciting" to be able to offer help at such a time, to such a critical service.

Both lifelong residents of the Bergen community, and lifelong friends, were happy to share their stories of dedication and service with me.

The town of Bergen recently commended Miller and Keller for their 50 years of service in the Fire Department in March of 2010. It was an honor to get to meet with both Tracy, his wife Loretta Miller, and James and Wilda Keller.

Miller shared with me that at the age of 18, when he signed up to be a fire fighter in Bergen, his name was placed on a waiting list. "At the time, volunteering for the community was the thing to do", Miller added.

It was in July of 1959 when Miller and Keller joined the Fire Department. Keller was appointed as a member just after his father had been a part of the FD for a total of 65 years. Keller added, "it has been an ongoing generation sort-of-thing for the Keller family to be a part of the Fire Department."

Both miller and Keller are still active and greatly involved with the FD as they now participate as Fire Policemen. Their exceptional acts of volunteering continue to shine light on other junior fire members, as well as the community of Bergen and its youth.

For Miller, the most gratifying reward from being a part of the FD for so many years, he shared, has been "simply being able to help my neighbors in their time of need." Keller also agreed that being able to help others has definitely been the most satisfying reward from this uncompensated labor of love.

As if dedicating one's life as a volunteer fire fighter doesn't receive a loud enough applause, both individual's contributions to the community exceed past their role in the FD.

Tracy Miller also served on the Town Board of Bergen for 16 years. He is the Vice President of the Historical Society, a member of the Masons, and a Deacon at The First Presbyterian Church in Bergen. He also volunteers his time at the Senior Center in Batavia, and he generously provides elderly with transportation when needed.

Don Cunninghman, Supervisor of the Town of Bergen, stated that Tracy's will to help the community is "extraordinarily unique", whether it be "arriving at the hall to pilot the ambulance, direct traffic at a fire scene, or just be a available to lend a hand where needed", Tracy is there to volunteer.

(Photo: Tracy Miller)

Miller currently dedicates his time to the FD in planning for their 150th year celebration in the upcoming, 2011 year.

Both Miller and Keller actively participate in the Cemetery Association at Mt. Rest where they are currently getting ready for Memorial Day, by placing flags on all of the firefighter's graves.

Keller (pictured below) was a member of the EMT rescue squad for ten years. He is also a present participant as an Institutional Representative for Boy Scouts, which is sponsored by United Methodist Church. He has been a member for 20 years. Keller is also a member of the V.F.W.

Not only have both men been recognized for their 50 years, and counting, of outstanding work as volunteers for the Bergen Fire Department, they both continue to gain satisfication from their incredible contributions to the community by participating in various village functions.  

Friday, May 21, 2010 at 11:22 pm

COVA 2010 Open House

Tonight I attended the COVA "Central Orleans Volunteer Ambulance" Open House at their headquarters in Albion NY.  Over 150 people were on hand during this occational rainy event to give thanks to all EMT's, Mercy flight, Volunteers, etc. Much of the information is on the website at :www.covaems.com/

I interviewed EMT Patrick Lamka and asked the question, What is COVA?

Here is a quick video of Mercyflight taking off:

Many photos during this event:

1.JPG

Lots of people on hand even though it poured at times but a great turnout !

2.JPG

Yummy popcorn and activities for kids.

3.JPG

Some staff members ...

4.JPG

One of the ambulances from the fleet.

5.JPG

The newest ambulance to the fleet, not yet lettered.  Just arrived.

6.JPG

Patrick Lamka and Tricia Warren

7.JPG

posing near the Mercyflight helicopter ...

8.JPG

The 2010 COVA staff

They thanked everyone who came to support, donate and attend tonight's open house.  Providng services to help others in emergency needs.

Thursday, April 29, 2010 at 5:38 pm

City announces new temporary fire chief

post by Howard B. Owens in batavia, fire department

Captain Craig Williams will serve as City of Batavia fire chief for the next four to six weeks, City Manager Jason Molino announced late this afternoon.

captain_craig_williams.jpgWilliams replaces Chief Ralph Hyde, who has been acting chief since last fall, when the previous chief had to step down because of a conflict over his retirement benefits and ability to draw a city salary.

Hyde was on his second tour of duty as the city's chief, and decided it was time to go back into retirement.

Molino said the search for a new, permanent chief is progressing, but didn't want to discuss details of the search, including the number of candidates who have applied for the job.

At the city's fire hall this afternoon, firefighters were in a good mood and Williams said he stepped into the role because it seemed like the right thing to do.

"With Chief Hyde leaving tomorrow and the city needing an interim chief for the next month, month-and-a-half, I decided to step in and help the city out," Williams said.

Williams said he will handle the chief's typical day-to-day duties until a new chief is appointed.

Meanwhile, the city's other vacant position of note, the plumbing inspector, has been filled with an interim appointment. Replacing the retiring Barb Toal is her cousin, Ron Toal of Elba.

Plumbing inspectors in New York's cities must pass a local plumbing board test and cannot work as a plumber in the city once appointed.

The city has three candidates for a permanent position, Molino said. They have taken the test and Molino said he believes the tests will be graded next month.

The plumbing board has three tests to grade, Molino said.  He expects they will be graded next month.

Premium Drupal Themes