A little over a year ago Doug Saltstein and Andrew Berliner suffered a major accident during Hurricane Sandy. Armonk Fire and EMS, along with NCPD and North Castle Highway Department responded to the scene. Both were in critical condition and taken to Northern Westchester. Since then they have made a remarkable recovery and are doing well. Their families have been a huge help to the fire department in recruitment and fundraising. Both of their wives, recently organized a a race and donated more than $15,000 for Armonk EMS. We are extremely grateful for all the help they have given us. Thank you to everyone who participated in the race. Continue reading
Here is a great video about the dangers of improperly storing your 9 volt batteries:
On January 3rd, the Armonk Fire Department responded to a reported structure fire in the area of 17 Faraway road. Upon arrival 2022 established command and reported a confirmed structure fire. Engine 286 was first due to the scene, along with Tanker 9 and engine 287. Unfortunately due to the severe cold and fierce winds the fire had self vented through the roof and the front door prior to arrival and quickly spread to the rest of the structure. As there is no usable water supply in the area we used tankers from neighboring departments to shuttle water to the scene. All units were clear from the scene at approximately 17:38hrs Continue reading
Are you ready for the next big storm? While there is nothing in the forecast for another Hurricane Sandy anytime soon, winter storms cause severe delays that cripple infrastructure even if only temporary. There is a reason schools close in bad weather—it simply isn’t safe to drive. If your local school closes down you should close down too and stay inside until the storm passes. If you prepare yourself in advance for storms the reasons to go out significantly diminish. Make sure you stock up on flashlights, snacks, blankets and water. We always hope that power won’t go out but unfortunately it does sometimes so it is always best to be ready. If you choose to have a wood burning fireplace going make sure that the chimney is clean and ashes are disposed of properly. DO NOT dispose of ashes when they are hot or even warm—doing so will start a fire. If you keep a kerosene heater on ensure that it is placed far from any combustible objects. Lastly do not start a generator unless it is installed properly by a professional. Carbon monoxide is a silent killer and if fumes from a generator find its way into your house, you will be exposed to toxic gas. The key thing to keep in mind is to be prepared; have a plan in advance for big storms and do not underestimate the dangers that snow and ice pose to your safety. Stay off the roads whenever you can and avoid both driving and walking on ice. Here at the Armonk Fire Department we are always looking out for the safety of our fellow residents and we will post safety tips like those above as often as we can. Stay safe this holiday season! Please share this with your friends and family so they can be a little safer too. Remember if there is an emergency ensure your personal safety and dial 911.
SMOKE IN THE AREA. There is a large brush fire in Rockland County just across the river. The winds are currently blowing to the North East, if the winds shift we may experience smoke conditions in the area.
Remember, if you are concerned or feel as if there is an emergency please dial 911
This weekend we had members come down to the Firehouse for an extrication Drill. We used our Paratech Rescue Struts. We first started the drill flipping the car on it’s side to simulate a rollover with someone trapped in the front seat. We cut out the windshield, the A posts and the roof to give us more working room. Once that was complete we flipped the car on it’s roof. This gave us a chance to use the struts to actually lift the car up about 1 foot. If we had to we would have been able to cut the roof off while still holding up the car to get to anyone in the back seat.
Have plans this weekend? Now you do! This Sunday (October 6th from 12-4) we will be hosting our annual Fire Prevention Week Open House. We will be featuring great games for the kids, learning material and much more. Come down with the whole family to learn how you can stay safe, and learn more about the fire department.
If you are interested in joining, this is a great time to come down, meet the members and learn how you can help!
Last night we had a drill featuring wildlife search and rescue. We knew very little about what we were in for, and the only information was that we were searching for someone in the woods. We found the patient and realized he was pinned under a tree. We used airbags to lift the tree and remove the patient.
Check out our facebook page for more pictures: https://www.facebook.com/armonkfd
We would like to take a moment to remember all those that were lost on September 11th 2001. May we never forget the victims of the tragic terrorist attack, or the first responders that rushed in to save a countless number of lives.
“When I am called to duty, God
whenever flames may rage,
Give me the strength to save some life
Whatever be its age.
Help me to embrace a little child
Before it’s too late,
Or some older person
from the horror of that fate.
Enable me to be alert
And hear the weakest shout,
And quickly and efficiently
to put the fire out.
I want to fill my calling
and give the best in me,
To guard my neighbor
And protect his property.
And if according to Your will
I have to lose my life,
Please bless with Your protecting hand
My children and my wife”