Red Cross partners with firefighters to prevent deadly house fires
Teams will provide smoke alarms and education to neighbors
Posted: May 01, 2017 12:02 AM EDT
Updated: May 01, 2017 12:02 AM EDT
FAYETTEVILLE (WSYR-TV) – Some local fire departments are joining forces with the American Red Cross to reduce the number of deadly house fires.
Crews in Fayetteville, Kirkville, Manlius and Minoa have joined the program that offers home visits for families.
The partnership is the first of its kind in Central New York, providing both smoke alarms and education to neighbors.
“You reduce your risk of death by 50 percent in a fire if you have a working smoke detector. So, right there, it’s a small investment, that makes a huge impact if there was a fire,” says Fayetteville firefighter Jeffrey Jones.
For more information about Home Fire Campaign visits call 315-234-2299.
Members of the Manlius Fire Department posed for a picture at the site of the new fire station on the corner of Enders Road and Route 92 in Manlius. (Hayleigh Gowans)
Total bond amount will be less than originally approved
By Hayleigh Gowans
A groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of the Manlius Fire Station on the corner of Enders Road and Route 92 in the town of Manlius was held on Sept. 8, and local dignitaries, members of the fire department and representatives from the construction and design firms for the project were on hand to celebrate the occasion.
“It’s been a long process, but we appreciate all of the work put in by the fire committee and everyone else involved to finally make it happen,” said Manlius Mayor Paul Whorrall.
According to construction manager Donald Hathaway, of Construction Associates LLC., some work has already been done on the site.
“As you can see, we’re pretty well into excavation here. We’ve located bedrock that’s existing and you’ll start seeing some more work go in on the bedrock,” said Hathaway. “Concrete is going to be put in in the near future, and grading of parking lots and embankments will start, so we’re pretty well in motion.”
Whorrall said they hope the fire station can open by the end of 2017, and it will replace the two existing fire stations located on Stickely Drive and Pompey Hill Road, which were in need of many major renovations to meet current federal and state regulations.
One fact that some taxpayers in the fire district may be glad to hear is the bond amount that will be submitted is about $500,000 less than what was approved in March 2015.
Citizens in the village of Manlius voted by a small margin in March 2015 to approve a $10.8 million bond resolution to construct a new fire station with an official vote of 266 to 243.
On the Sept. 6 meeting of the Manlius Village Board, Village Clerk Martha Dygert said the construction of the capital project has been estimated to be a total of $9.8 million, including construction, furnishings, possible change orders and radio and exhaust equipment. She suggested to the board that they submit a serial bond for $10.2 million to leave a cushion for costs of the project, which is about $500,000 less than the original $10.8 million bond amount.
“If anything is unspent for the capital project, it’s obligated by law to become a debt service fund and can only be used for payment of the debt service for that project,” said Dygert. “The worst case scenario is we only spend $9.8 million, but we can use the remaining amount to help defray the tax rate increase to taxpayers.”
Trustees voted in favor of submitting serial bonds for the amount of $10.2 million.
Updates to the fire station project will be periodically documented by the Manlius Fire Department, and can be found at manliusfire.com.
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on April 24, 2016 at 8:05 PM, updated April 25, 2016 at 7:22 AM
POMPEY, N.Y. — Dozens of firefighters carried portable three-gallon tanks of water up a hill and through “terrible terrain” in a 2 1/2-hour effort to put out a brush fire Sunday afternoon in the town of Pompey, Manlius Assistant Fire Chief Robert Bennett said.
No fire vehicle could reach the fire behind 4966 Indian Hill Road, so firefighters carried the water, rakes and shovels needed to fight the fire, Bennett said.
A resident called 911 to report the brush fire shortly after 2 p.m. Sunday after his son spotted smoke while riding an ATV outside, and then the father saw fire, the assistant chief said. Pompey Hill, LaFayette, Delphi Falls and Fayetteville responded to the scene. Cazenovia remained on stand-by. The resident who called 911 also let firefighters use an ATV to get to the fire.
“The firefighters carried water on their backs, up and down the hill,” Bennett said. “The terrain was terrible. We couldn’t get hose lines up there.”
As winds shifted, the fire spread over an estimated 4 acres and over a 40-foot ravine, he said. More than 50 firefighters battled the brush fire on both sides of the ravine, eventually extinguishing the flames some 2 1/2 hours later, Bennett said.
While firefighters don’t think anyone started this fire — “combustion happens a lot,” Bennett said — he reminded everyone that
residential brush burning is prohibited
The DEC reminds New Yorkers that residential brush burning is prohibited through May 14.
statewide through May 14.
Bennett said the firefighters’ training helped them battle Sunday’s fire, but it was no easy task.
“It’s very tiring for those guys carrying the water,” he said.
Livestock Dies in Manlius Building Fire
Monday, February 8, 2016 at 07:58 AM EST
MANLIUS, N.Y. — A Manlius building fire on Cazenovia Road kept crews busy most of the afternoon on Sunday.
Fire officials say crews got the fire under control quickly, but it had a “large headstart.”
No one was hurt, but livestock in the building didn’t make it.
Officials say the fire may have been started by a heater.
“There was a heat source that was in back of the building,” said Brad Pinsky, Manlius Fire Department Assistant Chief. “The cause is still under investigation, but we’ve located at least the ignition point in the back of the building. We don’t know how long it was burning, but that lid off the back, that quickly grew.”
A few departments responded to the fire including crews from Fayetteville and Cazenovia.