The Niagara Falls Fire Department responded to 119 incidents during the period of 1-02-12—1-08-12 bringing the yearly total to 136 incidents.
1-02-12— Engine 4 responded to a call of a pedestrian struck by a vehicle near the corner of 19th St. and Ferry Ave. at 11:08 p.m. A seriously injured woman was treated and stabilized prior to her transport to the hospital. NFPD were later able to arrest a suspect in this hit and run incident.
1-03-12— Engine 3 was sent to the 1100 block of Ontario Ave. for a report of a woman in labor at 2:53 a.m. Upon arrival the crew found the mother in the process of childbirth. They assisted in the completion of the birth and after being taken to NFMMC , it was determined that mother and child were doing fine.
1-04-12—Engine 8 was dispatched to a gas station in the 2200 block of Hyde Park Blvd. for a call of smoke in the building at 2:54 p.m. After an investigation of possible interior causes of the smoke, it was discovered that a carelessly discarded cigarette outside along the foundation had smoldered and started a small fire in the exterior siding and smoke had found a void to enter the structure. Damage was estimated at $500.
1-08-12– Platoon 1 responded to a call for a swift water rescue at 12:16 a.m. A man was in the American Falls rapids approximately 100 yards from the brink of the Falls. Arriving crews assisted Niagara Parks Police in getting the man safely to shore whereupon he was taken to NFMMC for evaluation.
Fire Prevention Note: At the fuel pump: Even if your vehicle is fuel-efficient, you might feel like you’re always stopping to refill the tank. While you may often be in a hurry, following these safety tips will help make your fuel stop safer. Turn off your engine before fueling. Leave your cell phone in the vehicle or turn it off prior to fueling, to avoid static electricity that could cause a fire. If a fire does occur, do not attempt to remove the nozzle from your your vehicle or turn off the flow of gasoline; leave the area at once and call for help—dial 911 and also notify the gas station attendant. Always use Department of Transportation (DOT) approved portable containers if you’re getting gas for non-vehicle use; be sure to set the containers on the ground before filling and cap them tightly when finished.