The Niagara Falls Fire Department responded to 109 incidents during the week of 12-05-11 to 12-11-11 bringing the yearly total to 5733 incidents.
12-05-11—– Platoon 1 under the command of Battalion Chief Dan Boland responded to a structure fire in the 500 block of 10th St. at 1:40 a.m. First arriving crews found heavy fire blowing out the front first floor windows. Engine 8’s men– Captain Tom Jelen, Firefighters Gil Burke, Kevin Connolly, and Jacob Edwards rapidly hooked up to a hydrant and used their deck gun to knock down the main body of the fire. Fire Investigator Gerald Aderhold discovered evidence of flammable liquids poured on the floor and declared this fire intentional in nature. Damage is estimated at $9000.
12-06-11— Platoon 1 was sent to the 700 block of Spruce Ave. for a report of an attic fire which extended to a bedroom at 4:58 a.m. After extinguishment, it was determined that the fire originated in an electrical panel in the attic that was overfused. Damage is listed at $13,000.
12-07-11—Engine 7, Engine 8, Truck 2, Rescue 1 and Car 80 were dispatched to the 6600 block of N.F. Boulevard at 4:34 p.m. for a report of a motor vehicle accident with injuries. Despite the efforts of the personnel, one woman was declared dead at the scene and two other females were taken to trauma units for serious injuries. Crews remained on the scene for 1 1/2 hrs. performing clean up duties and assisting the NFPD with their investigation.
12-08-11— A garage fire was called in at 4:34 p.m. in the 600 block of Orchard Parkway. Arriving units found heavy smoke issuing from the loft of the garage. Truck 1 with Captain Gary Carella, Firefighters Frank Mantell, Joel Krupa, and Jason Cerrillo immediately vented the loft to allow other crews to bring a hoseline up the stairs and quickly extinguish the fire. A youth admitted he had been rummaging through the loft with a cigarette lighter and may have accidentally started the fire. The youth will receive counseling through the Fire Prevention’s J-FIRE program. $7500 damage.
12-11-11– Engine 9, Engine 7, Truck 2 and Car 80 responded to the 1200 block of 90TH St. for a possible house fire at 7:28 a.m. An improperly installed ventless fireplace had malfunctioned and proceeded to fill the house with smoke. Firefighters vented the house and discovered a marijuana growing operation present. NFPD and City Inspections were called to the scene. $2500 damage.
Note: During this period the NFFD responded to 49 emergency medical service calls, ranging from minor first aid to cardiac arrests. Due to the strategic placements of our 5 firehouses we usually arrive before an ambulance to begin treatment. The point is, if you have a medical emergency, call 911 and a fire rig and the ambulance will both be dispatched.