Rombout Firefighters Kept Busy with Alarms and Fire Prevention Details

The Rombout Fire Department responded to 43 calls in the month of October:

Twenty-three motor vehicle accidents, seven automatic fire alarms, one carbon monoxide call, four calls for flooding conditions requiring pump outs, one medical assistance call, one child locked in a vehicle and one smoke in building. Firefighters responded to two calls for power lines and trees down in roadway, a Haz-Mat spill and one propane gas grill fire. Mutual Aid was provided to East Fishkill FD and the Village of Fishkill FD. This makes a total of 388 calls for the year to date.

October, aka Fire Prevention Month, is traditionally a busy month and this year was no exception. Firefighters and equipment were at Wal-Mart and Geering Park for Fishkill Community Day providing the public with brochures about fire safety and prevention. The Rombout Fire Department every year receives requests to teach the young children of the community about the do's and don'ts of fire safety.

Paul Messina, Fire Prevention Officer, coordinated many of the programs at the following locations: Brinckerhoff ES, Saint Mary's ES, Fishkill Baptist nursery school, the Dutch Reformed Church, Estelle and Alfonso Nursery School and the Children's Ark. Chief Jeff Marino expresses his thanks to all the schools that invited Rombout FD to talk to their students, the firefighters look forward to it every year. He also extends thanks to Paul Messina for coordinating the events and to the many members for taking their time to participate.

Training that occurred during October involved:

Congratulations go to our newest firefighters, Chris “Sparkles” Mazzuca and Dom Sceppaquercia for completion of Firefighter Basic Training 2000. This 42-hour course was held at Putnam County Fire Training Center in Lake Camel and instructed by Charles Liggio, a nine-year veteran of the New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control. This course provides a standardized fire training program needed to train new firefighters. It instructs the students on fire behavior, rescue, forcible entry, use of hoses and ladders, and ventilation of a building.

Driving tip. Avoid using cruise control when it is raining and the road is wet.

Happy Thanksgiving from the members of Rombout FD.

About Rombout

Rombout is an all volunteer fire company formed in 1971, and is named after the “ Rombout Patent ” which once covered most of the land in Dutchess County, NY. Rombout has about 50 active members, and many more exempt/associate members.

Rombout Fire Company protects the Rombout Fire District. Rombout is one of five fire departments or districts that protect the residents of the Town & Village of Fishkill, NY.

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