firefighters

On Tuesday, residents of Berne and Knox will be able to vote for a fire commissioner in their respective fire districts. In Berne, Justin Crosier is seeking election, uncontested. In Knox, David Poole is seeking re-election, uncontested.

Firefighters fought the flames from inside the house and had the fire well under control in minutes, the Westmere fire chief said.

A statewide insurance program for certain firefighters afflicted with cancer has been touted for helping at-risk volunteers, but there is concern in small fire departments that the costs outweigh the benefits.

A landowner, thinking the end of the burn ban date was May 2, intentionally set his shed on fire, leading to Knox Volunteer Fire Company to respond.

“I’m proud that you guys are representing New York,” says Kevin Wisely, deputy commissioner of New York State Homeland Security and Emergency Services on Thursday evening inside the State Fire’s warehouse at the Northeastern Industrial Park in Guilderland before the group of 35 members, which include New York Task Force 2, an urban search and rescue team, travels to Florida.

There were no injuries in a house fire Thursday afternoon that destroyed the kitchen at 1154 Meadowdale Road in Guilderland Center.

Dan Dymes felt helpless in the wee hours of Wednesday morning as his Agway delivery truck was stuck in the snow and he watched the Prospect Terrace fire next door getting closer. In the end, he was grateful, although his truck was damaged and his mulch pallets unsellable, that no one was hurt.

Carman Road closed down Wednesday night for almost two hours because of a fire that caused heavy damage to a home’s detached garage.

Westerlo fire

A fire in Westerlo that occurred two days before Christmas has the family living in town without a home, although fire departments were able to save their pets and presents. A community response, including an account to donate to, has sprung up in response.

The intention is to equip responders in the case of an oil-train derailment, but local responders say it will likely prove useful for things like gas leaks or car accidents.

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