Fire calls 10-17-2011 to 10-23-2011

The Niagara Falls Fire Department responded to 117 incidents during the week of 10-17-11—10-23-11 bringing the yearly total to 4951 incidents.
10-17-11—Platoon 2 responded to a report of a sprinkler activation at the Regal Theater on Builders Way at 9:48 a.m. There was no fire, but a sprinkler in the main lobby had been activated due to a malfunction in the system. Crews were able to quickly shut down the water supply to the system and then assisted in the ensuing clean-up.
10-17-11—Engine 3 and Truck 1 were dispatched to a vehicle fire in the alley of the 2200 block of Michigan Ave. at 9:54 p.m. Upon arrival the crews encountered a 1997 Dodge van with the passenger compartment fully involved with fire. After extinguishment, Fire Investigator Gerald Aderhold determined the fire had been intentionally set. Damage was estimated at $1000 and the investigation continues.
10-20-11– A Pierce Ave. woman suffered 2nd degree burns to her face and back when she was smoking in bed with her home oxygen on. This obviously is not a good idea and the NFFD has responded to similar calls that resulted in a fatality to the person involved. Engine 3 provided first aid to the woman prior to her transport to St. Mary’s Hospital for further treatment. 10:26 p.m.
10-22-11— Engine 3 Platoon 4’s crew– Captain Mike Perri, Firefighter Dave Barr, Firefighter Eric Abel, and Firefighter Mike Colangelo were sent to the 1100 block of Michigan Ave. at 8:44 a.m. for a woman in cardiac arrest. Upon arrival the crew found the woman was not breathing and had no pulse. They immediately began CPR and attached an automatic external defibrillator used to shock the heart back to it’s proper electrical rhythm. One shock was delivered and the patient’s pulse was restored. The woman was transported to NFMMC for further evaluation and treatment.
10-23-11– A full assignment from Platoon 4 responded to a report of a kitchen fire in a restaurant in the 200 block of Rainbow Boulevard at 4:18 p.m. Prior to the units arrival, an employee at the restaurant had used a fire extinguisher to put out the fire . $2000 damage.

Fire Prevention Note: Fire Extinguishers—–They remain your best bet IF you’re on the spot when a fire begins. Fire extinguishers should be mounted in the kitchen, garage, and workshop. Purchase an ABC type extinguisher for extinguishing all types of fires. Learn how to use your fire extinguisher before there is an emergency. REMEMBER, USE AN EXTINGUISHER ON SMALL FIRES ONLY. IF THERE IS A LARGE FIRE, GET OUT IMMEDIATELY AND CALL 911 FROM ANOTHER LOCATION.