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New Rochelle Fire Fighter Emergency Responses Increase 30% Since Year 2000

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2012 was a busy year for New Rochelle’s professional fire fighters, who responded to over 8,000 emergencies (8,018), a 2.5 percent increase compared to 7,823 emergencies in 2011.

New Rochelle Fire Union Offers Holiday Decoration Safety Tips

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With the Christmas season upon us, families are rushing out to get fresh cut evergreens to place in their living rooms as Christmas trees.

City of New Rochelle Honors Stamford Firefighting Heroes

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On Tuesday, October 16, at 7 pm in New Rochelle, members of the Stamford, Connecticut Fire & Rescue Department will be honored by the Council of the City of New Rochelle for their outstanding feats of courage and heroism during the rescue of four New Rochelle residents. The presentation will take place in the Council Chambers, City Hall, at 515 North Avenue in New Rochelle.

In the late evening hours of July 22, 2012, Stamford Fire & Rescue responded to an overturned boat in Stamford Harbor, with two passengers clinging to the hull of the boat and two others trapped underwater in the boat’s cabin. Divers had to make their way through debris and an 18-inch-wide entrance to the cabin to reach them.

New Rochelle Fire Fighter Keith Morris died in the accident.

The resolution states, “This City Council extends its deepest gratitude and honor to all the participants in the in the heroic rescue.”

Local Fiat Dealership Destroyed by Fire

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A fire raged through a Fiat car dealership early Wednesday morning in Larchmont, shutting down a key portion of Boston Post Road and destroying the car dealership.

The blaze required the efforts of dozens of fire fighters from Larchmont and the neighboring New Rochelle and Mamaroneck Fire Departments.

Fiat of Larchmont – which markets itself as “the original Fiat and Abarth dealer” – began selling the Italian made cars in 1961 and has become a fixture in the local community.

New Rochelle’s Engine 21 and Ladder 12 responded to the request for mutual aid.

“When a fire of this magnitude strikes in our own or a neighboring community and can wipe out a business and the livelihoods of all its employees, it is critical that fire fighters rapidly contain it,” explained Byron Gray, president of the New Rochelle Uniformed Fire Fighters Association. “In this situation, fire fighters encountered vehicles on the dealership lot, all of which contained highly flammable materials including motor oil, fuel, plastics, rubber, cloth and various petroleum based synthetics, which can all make vehicle fires extremely hot, toxic and difficult to extinguish.”

New Rochelle Uniformed Fire Fighters’ Annual Oldies Show to Feature Former Top 20 Vocal Group, The Classics

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-Free Night of Entertainment Features Elvis Impersonator and More-
-Friday, September 28 at New Rochelle High School-

The Annual New Rochelle Uniformed Fire Fighters’ Oldies Show will take place on Friday, September 28 at 8pm at New Rochelle High School (265 Clove Road, New Rochelle). Dennis Nardone, host of Club Dennis on WVOX AM 1460, will serve as Master of Ceremonies at this free concert, made possible by the support of local businesses and firefighters.

The lineup of performers includes: TNT Dreaming, Patrick Perrone as Elvis and The Classics, a Top 20 vocal group from the 1960’s.

Any proceeds and donations from the event will go to benefit local organizations including: New Rochelle Sports; Youth Tackle; Little League; New Rochelle Cheerleaders; The Campership Fund, which assists children that can’t afford to go to camp; The New Rochelle Youth Bureau, which assists children in obtaining summer jobs; and The Children’s Cancer Hospital of Westchester.

Statement from Byron Gray, New Rochelle Uniformed Fire Fighters Association President

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Wednesday evening, the New Rochelle City Council voted unanimously to accept a $1 million grant from the federal Department of Homeland Security that will allow the city’s Fire Department to hire six new fire fighters at no cost to local taxpayers.

The grant is a very positive development for both public safety and taxpayers, as it will cover the salaries and benefits of the new firefighters for up to two years. With recruits expected to enter the academy in Valhalla in October, the new firefighters could be in the firehouses by early 2013.

On behalf of the members of the New Rochelle Fire Department, I would like to thank Mayor Bramson and members of the city council for their support in seeking the Homeland Security grant to increase fire fighter staffing. This is an important first step towards rebuilding and reversing the significant attrition of our Fire Department, which has seen its staffing cut by 15% since 2008.

Big Decision This Week for New Rochelle Public Safety

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At its September 12th meeting, the New Rochelle City Council will review the recently awarded $1 million federal Department of Homeland Security grant to increase firefighter staffing.

The Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant, which the City Council supported the fire department’s application for in early August, would provide funds to fill six new fire fighter positions. The grant will cover the salaries and benefits of the six fire fighters for two years. SAFER grants are awarded to hundreds of municipalities across the country each year, recognizing local public safety needs.

Since 2008, staffing for the New Rochelle Fire Department has been cut 15% (168 to 148 members). As New Rochelle fire fighters have left or retired, budget concerns prevented the city’s hiring of replacements. The new fire fighters provided by the grant can be utilized to fill that first responder deficit.

New Rochelle Fire Department Awarded $1 Million Homeland Security Grant

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The Department of Homeland Security has announced that the New Rochelle Fire Department (NRFD) has been awarded a federal Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant due to the efforts of Senators Charles Schumer (D-NY), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Representative Nita Lowey (D- NY) and Representative Eliot Engel (D-NY).

The objective of the SAFER program is to enhance the nation and its cities preparedness for fire and emergency first responder related hazards by strengthening local communities’ response capabilities.

Application for the federal grant was made by the New Rochelle Fire Department (NRFD) working with the city council and Mayor Noam Bransom. The $1 million dollar plus grant will add 6 new firefighter positions for the city.

“This Homeland Security grant will go a long way to enabling us to better protect the community,” said Byron Gray, president of the New Rochelle Uniformed Fire Fighters Association. “Our deepest thanks go out to Senators Schumer and Gillibrand and Representatives Lowey and Engel who fought to bring this vital federal funding home to New Rochelle.”