The Niagara Falls Fire Department responded to 94 incidents during the week of 10-10-2011 to 10-16-2011 bringing the yearly total to 4834 incidents.
10-10-11—Engine 9 was dispatched to a motor vehicle accident with a report of injuries at 3:03 p.m. at 1370 Military Rd. After tending to injuries of two people, one patient was transported to Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center.
10-10-11— Approximately 1 hour later at 4:18 p.m., Engine 7 and Rescue 1 responded to another MVA/injuries call in the 6600 block of Niagara Falls Boulevard. One person went to NFMMC for further treatment of injuries. Fire crews remained on the scene to clean up fluid leaks present on the roadway.
10-11-11—At 3:46 a.m., Engine 8 and Truck 1 were sent to a vehicle fire in the 1700 block of Welch Ave. Upon arrival, the crews found the passenger compartment of a 1998 Mercury completely involved in fire. After extinguishment, Fire Investigators went to work to determine the cause. An interview with the car’s owner and subsequent evidence samples taken from the interior revealed a probable arson situation. Damage was estimated at $1700 and the investigation continues.
10-11-11— Engine 4 and Truck 1 responded to a motor vehicle accident with injuries incident on John Daly Boulevard at 7:53 p.m. As back and neck injuries to a man were indicated, spinal immobilization measures were taken before the man was extricated from the vehicle. The patient was then transported by ambulance to Erie County Medical Center.
10–14-11—-Engine 3, Truck 1, Car 80 and Rescue 1 were dispatched to the Cave of the Winds area on Goat Island to assist State Parks Police in the recovery of a badly decomposed body in the water near the Luna Falls at 11:28 a.m. The body was at the base of a steep 80 foot incline. Truck 1’s crew—Captain Robert Andrews, Firefighter Mike Fleming, Firefighter Gerald Frazier, Firefighter Chris Finitz, and Firefighter Anthony Ross—–rigged up a highly technical rope lowering and raising system. They donned wet suits to protect them from the rain and mist from the Falls and then proceeded to rappel to the base of the Gorge. After securing the body in a body bag, crews above were able to hoist it using the 5–1 mechanical advantage provided by the raising system. Gorge rescues are almost always difficult and time-consuming and requires the NFFD to devote a significant amount of time training on ropes and knots and rigging applications to successfully and safely accomplish these missions. This event lasted approximately 3 hrs.
Fire Prevention note: Furnace/Space Heaters—-Used improperly, a space heater can be the most dangerous appliance in your house.
Install and maintain heating equipment correctly.Have your furnace inspected by a professional prior to the start of every heating season. Don’t store newspapers, rags, or other combustible materials near a furnace, hot water heater, space heater,etc. Don’t leave space heaters operating when you’re not in the room.Keep space heaters at least three feet away from anything that might burn, including the wall. Don’t use extension cords with space heaters. The high amount of current they require could melt the cord and start a fire. Never use a gas range as a substitute for a furnace or space heater.