Rombout Firefighters Kept Busy

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

Seventeen motor vehicles accidents, ten automatic alarms, three false alarms, four medical assist, two calls for power lines down in the road, two structure fires, one pump out and one vehicle fire. Rombout also provided mutual aid stand-by coverage for Glenham and Castle Point Fire Departments. The Village of Fishkill responded and assisted Rombout at a serious auto accident and a structure fire. This makes 432 total calls for the year.

Firefighter Walter Brozman and Assistant Chief John Cerrato have been credited with saving the life of an accident victim who was unconscious and not breathing. Their quick action in removing the victim from the automobile and resuscitating him saved his life.

Training highlights:

November 10- A refresher course on AED/CPR was given by Ron Piga. The Jaws of Life drill was held so the members could refresh their skills and techniques of extricating victims from vehicles. This is where skill, speed and safety play a key role in rescuing the victim. Members were able to successfully use the high-pressure hydraulic tools to cut, pry and lift several wrecked cars. These skills were recently put to use in saving a victim in an auto accident in November.

A hazardous materials operations level refresher course was given by Steve VanBuren, Chief of the Dutchess County Haz-Mat Team, refreshing firefighters on proper procedures for dealing with chemical incidents.

Congratulations to Chris Mazzuca and Kevin Barry for completion of the NYS Intermediate Firefighter Course, qualifying them as interior firefighters. This 36 hour New York State certified course was held at Putnam County Fire Training Center at Lake Carmel, instructed by Charles Liggio of the New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control. Chris and Kevin trained with personal from North Highlands, Cold Spring, Carmel, Brewster, Putnam Lake, Mohegan and Mahopac Falls Fire Departments with their final evaluation at a "live" burn session at the Dutchess County Fire Training Center on Creek Road in Poughkeepsie.

The Rombout Fire Department’s 32nd Annual Inspection Dinner was held on November 15, at the Dutchess Manor in Dutchess Junction, with music provided by DJ Michael Darcy.

With invited and honored guests present, Martin Corsa, President of the Fire Company presented the Award for Years of Service to the following personal.

For Five Years of Service: Walter Brozman, Joe Feuer, and Paul Tompkins.

For Ten Years: Marc Breimer, Ric Keeley, John Muller, and Peter Delifico.

For Fifteen years: Daniel Silvestri Sr.

For Twenty Years: Thomas Arnold, David Lamoree, John Lucariello, Edwin Diedrich, Anthony Dworetsky and Anthory Ducharme.

For Twenty-five Years of Service and Life Members: William Van Pelt, Kevin Fogarty, Emilo Zullo, Bill Segnit, Michael Silvestri and Paul Frutiger. For Thirty Years Service as Active Members: Jim McGowen, Robert Morse and Charles Theiss Sr.

For Thirty Years: Kenneth Scofield, Charles Darcy, Roger Healy, Michael McDowell, John Reynolds, William Partridge, Robert Harvatin, Nick Altomare, John Clark, Bill Brooks and Roy Prentiss.

Roy Duncan received a badge for Past President and John Cerrato for Past Captain.

Special presentation of an Honorary Badge was given to Monica and Marc Breimer on behalf of late Commissioner Kenneth Breimer. Ken was a Commissioner from 1995 to 2003 and a friend to the members and will be deeply missed by the Department.

Special thanks from the Chief to the Inspection Dinner Committee: John Cerrato-Chairman, Stephanie Brozman, Judith Cerrato, Jennifer Clark, Martin Corsa, Jim McGowan and Jill Muller and all who assisted in creating a successful and enjoyable evening.

Have a safe Holiday season by checking your holiday lights for frayed or worn wires and cracked sockets and plugs. Keep candles away from napkins, drapes, greenery, or other flammable materials and never decorate a tree with candles.


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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