Issues: Firefighters

GALLIVAN ANNOUNCES WAYS WESTERN NEW YORKERS CAN ASSIST DOWNSTATE NEIGHBORS IMPACTED BY SUPERSTORM SANDY

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I - 59th District) today announced several ways that Western New Yorkers, and all New Yorkers, can help the massive relief effort underway in the New York City Metro Area in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy that ravaged the Eastern Seaboard last week.

Gallivan urged New Yorkers to utilize The American Red Cross and Catholic Charities, or other trusted charitable organizations who have strong track records of efficiently and effectively distributing relief aid in disaster situations.

November 5, 2012
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RITCHIE JOINS WEST MONROE COMMUNITY FOR PANCAKE BREAKFAST

State Senator Patty Ritchie sat down with people in West Monroe recently for a Fireman’s Pancake Breakfast.

The event took place at the West Monroe Fire Station and proceeds went to benefit the West Monroe Volunteer Fire Department.

October 26, 2012
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RITCHIE, GRIFFO, LITTLE ANNOUNCE $100,000 GRANT FOR FIRE TRAINING CENTER

Funding To Help 40 Volunteer Fire Departments Train New Recruits

State Senators Patty Ritchie, Betty Little and Joe Griffo announced they have obtained a $100,000 grant from New York State to help replace the aging fire training tower used to train St. Lawrence County’s volunteer firefighters.

October 18, 2012
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Senator Farley Salutes Fallen Firefighters

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) was proud to be a part of the New York State Fallen Firefighters Memorial Ceremony in Albany on October 9th.

"It is important that we always remember, and recognize, the service -- and sacrifice -- made by our firefighters," Senator Farley said at the ceremony. "On behalf of the New York State Senate, let me express our gratitude and appreciation to our firefighters and their families."

October 10, 2012
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Ridge Road Fire District Offers CERT Classes

Come and Learn to be Prepared!

 

Community Emergency Response Teams

CERT

CERT prepares citizens to help themselves, their co-workers and their neighbors during

times of emergency. In this course citizens will learn how to:

 

turn on/off utilities, extinguish small fires, perform light search and rescue, organize to respond,

utilize neighborhood volunteers effectively, collect disaster intelligence to support first responder efforts,

basic emergency medical service including opening airways, controlling bleeding and treating for shock.

 

This training will teach you how to prepare for and deal with all types of natural and manmade disasters.

 

September 27, 2012
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Schoharie, Delaware First Responders Receive State Grants

NORTH BLENHEIM, 09/19/12 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I–Oneonta) today joined representatives of the New York Power Authority (NYPA) and local officials to present more than $207,000 in grants to nine first-responder organizations in Schoharie and Delaware counties to rebuild equipment and systems capabilities after Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee.  The grants were announced in August by Governor Cuomo, among other state initiatives to aid communities affected by last summer's storms. NYPA today also issued a request for proposals (RFP) to improve cellular and wireless communications at the Blenheim-Gilboa power plant and across the Northern Catskills.

September 20, 2012
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SQUADRON, GOTTFRIED, FIREFIGHTERS URGE IMMEDIATE CLOSURE OF MAJOR GAPS IN SAFETY CODE AT HUNDREDS OF STATE-OWNED BUILDINGS AROUND CITY

Squadron-Gottfried Legislation Created Task Force to Avoid Tragedies Like Deutsche Bank Fire; Now as Council Holds Hearing, Recommendations Must be Acted On

Squadron, Gottfried: Every Day We Don't Act Means Another Day Lives May Be at Risk

NEW YORK -- State Senator Daniel Squadron, Assemblyman Richard Gottfried and firefighters urged immediate action to close major gaps in the fire and safety codes at hundreds of State-owned buildings around New York City, today outside the scene of the tragic Deutsche Bank fire. 

September 19, 2012
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Brockport Fire Department 9/11 Ceremony

On Tuesday, night, September 11th, the Brockport Fire Department held their annual vigil to remember the victims of the terrorist attacks 11 years ago. Brockport FD has held this vigil each year since the attacks. The vigil included a display of firefighters' helmets, a display of American flags, and the Brockport 9/11 Memorial.

September 12, 2012
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Ridge Road Fire District 9/11 Ceremony

On Tuesday morning, September 11th, I had the honor to attend the Ridge Road Fire District's Remembrance Ceremony for the victims of the terrorist attacks 11 years ago today. A wreath was planted at the Ridge Road Fire District 9/11 Memorial, flags were lowered to half-staff, and a bell was rung at 8:46 a.m., which marks the time that the first plane hit the World Trade Center on 9/11/01.

September 11, 2012
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Remembering Those Who Perished On 09-11-01

Eleven years ago, our Nation was attacked, and our way of life was changed forever. Terrorists killed thousands of innocent victims in New York City, at the Pentagon, and in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Today, we remember all of those who perished on that terrible day. I hope that you and your family will spend some time together, thinking about those who lost their lives and the families they left behind. There are a number of community events today and tonight that people can attend to reflect and remember. Not only on this anniversary, but continually, we shall Never Forget.

September 11, 2012
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SAYING ‘THANKS’ TO OUR VOLUNTEERS

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column

They save us from burning buildings.  They are the first on the scene at motor vehicle accidents.  They go searching when our loved ones go missing.  They are the ones running towards danger when everyone else is running away. 

Too often though, we forget to say ‘thanks’ to the more than 150,000 volunteer firefighters, EMS, search and rescue teams and other emergency responders that serve across New York State.   

August 27, 2012
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CAN I SEND YOU A PICTURE FROM 'VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION DAY'?

I have some photos from last week's Volunteer Appreciation Day in Cape Vincent that I would like to send to attendees.

Download the attachment below to view all the photos. Write down the number of the picture, and click this link to complete the order form.

Thanks again for attending Volunteer Appreciation Day.

I look forward to hosting an even bigger event next year, to say "Thank You" for all you do.

CLICK HERE TO COMPLETE THE ORDER FORM.

August 27, 2012
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CAN I SEND YOU A PHOTO FROM VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION DAY?

I have some photos from last week's Volunteer Appreciation Day in Cape Vincent that I would like to send to attendees. Please take a look at the images above, then click the link and tell me which picture you would like me to send to you.

Thanks again for attending Volunteer Appreciation Day.

I look forward to hosting an even bigger event next year, to say "Thank You" for all you do.

CLICK HERE TO COMPLETE THE ORDER FORM.

August 27, 2012
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MORE THAN 200 FIRST RESPONDERS, FAMILIES JOIN IN 1ST ‘APPRECIATION DAY BBQ’

Event Sponsored by Senator Ritchie Draws Volunteers

from Oswego, Jefferson and St. Lawrence County Departments

More than 200 firefighters, rescue, EMS and other emergency first responders and their families joined State Senator Patty Ritchie Tuesday, for her first-ever ‘Volunteer Appreciation Day’, held at Cape Vincent Recreation Park.

August 22, 2012
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August 13, 2012
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Senator Martins Attends Meeting of Hicksville Fire District Board of Commissioners

Senator Jack M. Martins recently attended a meeting of the Hicksville Fire District Board of Commissioners. As a proponent of the volunteer fire service, Senator Martins keeps abreast of the issues facing our volunteers.

July 27, 2012
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From the Desk of Senator Jack M. Martins

In the Line of Duty

I’d like to share with you the story of Paul Brady, a Malverne firefighter who was killed in his firehouse in 2006. Brady, who was 42 at the time, had been working on top of one of the trucks in the firehouse when another firefighter mistakenly drove it out, not realizing he was up there. Paul was consequently crushed between a beam in the ceiling and the truck.

July 18, 2012
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Legislation to Preserve Memory of Firefighters Killed in the Line of Duty Signed Into Law

Legislation passed by the New York State Senate to ensure that any firefighter who is killed while performing services in the line of duty has their name included on the Fallen Firefighter Memorial in Albany was signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo.

“The men and women who make up the volunteer fire services here on Long Island are among the bravest and most qualified firefighters in our state. They give selflessly of their time and expertise. They deserve to have their memories preserved. Thank you to Senator Dean Skelos was sponsoring the legislation and Governor Cuomo for signing it into law,” said Senator Jack M. Martins, who strongly supported the law.

July 13, 2012
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Governor Cuomo signs new law co-sponsored by Senator O'Mara to more immediately honor fallen firefighters like longtime Horseheads Fire Chief Dick Sullivan

Albany, N.Y., July 12—Legislation co-sponsored by State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) to ensure that every New York State volunteer or professional firefighter killed in the line of duty has his or her name included on the New York State Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Albany, has been signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo. 

“New York State’s firefighters put their lives on the line day in and day out, and they earn and deserve every measure of honor and respect that we can offer and provide,” said O’Mara.  “This new law ensures that every firefighter who dies in the line of duty will immediately be provided a place and forever be remembered on the New York State Fallen Firefighters Memorial.”

July 12, 2012
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Brighton Chamber of Commerce Memorial Stone Dedication

Earlier this morning, I had the privilege to speak at the dedication ceremony at the Twelve Corners Memorial Stone in Brighton. Herb Ross, who was a vital part of the Brighton community for so many years, received the honor of having his name added to the memorial stone. I had the pleasure of working with Herb throughout the years, both on my staff and in other capacities. Herb passed away earlier this year. He was a Korean War Army veteran who also served afterward in the Army Reserve, attaining the rank of major. He volunteered for six decades at Temple B’rith Kodesh and twice served as president of the Brighton Chamber of Commerce. Herb also worked for a long time at Daw Drug Co., then as an insurance agent. I am pictured with my daughter and members of Herb's family.

July 4, 2012
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