At about 5 minutes after midnight, Centerville Fire District and Diaz Ambulance were dispatched out to mile marker 101 on the New York State Thruway for a 2 car personal injury automobile accident involving a tractor trailer with entrapment. Upon arrival, Cars 1 and 4 found one patient with heavy entanglement in a small SUV. Crews from multiple apparatuses worked quickly to safely extract the patient from the vehicle. The City of Kingston’s Hazmat team was also dispatched to assist with a fuel leak coming from the saddle tanks on the tractor-trailer. Diaz Ambulance transported the patient to Albany Medical Center for non life threatening injuries. The call lasted 3 hours due to the diesel fuel leak and the scene was cleared approximately 10 minutes after 3 am.
As the 2016 year comes to an end, we’d like to take this opportunity to thank Deputy Chief Randy Ricks for his 24 years as a Chief Officer and Fire Commissioner Mike Kohler. Mr. Ricks has been an Assistant Chief for 11 years, Deputy Chief for 1 year and Chief of the District for 12 years. Mr. Kohler has been a Fire Commissioner for 20 years as well as an active firefighter. Both men have put forth hard work and dedication in the Centerville Fire District as well as displaying professionalism, leadership, and high morale for those of lesser grade to follow.
Commissioner Kohler will relieve his position as Fire Commissioner and remain an active firefighter. At which time, Deputy Chief Ricks will relieve his position as Deputy Chief and will assume the duties as a Fire Commissioner.
Newly elected and/or re-elected personnel will assume their duties come the first of the year. Below are the 2017 Fire Commissioners, Chief Officers & Line Officers.
Phil Cobb Robert Brandt
Tim Harris Gus VanEtten Randy Ricks
Chief & Line Officers
Centerville Station Chief Cedar Grove Station Chief
John Heppner Thomas Mullen
Centerville Station Cedar Grove Station
Captain: Jeremy DiCesare Shawn Mullen
1st Lieutenant: Brian Ellsworth Michael Callaghan
2nd Lieutenant: Zach Harris Brett Bigando
Centerville Fire District
Santa Clause made a special visit to the Centerville Fire District on Saturday. He was safely brought around the area with help from the men and women who serve in the fire department. They spent all day handing out candy, taking pictures with children and their parents who were more than excited to see the jolly fellow upon his arrival. Santa will return to the North Pole this evening to prepare for Christmas. On behalf of the Centerville Fire District, We'd like to thank Mr. Clause for coming back for yet another year of successfully spreading Christmas cheer, and also remind everyone to exercise caution when traveling on the roads over the holidays.
On Sunday October 23rd 20 volunteer firefighters with the Centerville-Cedar Grove Fire Companies from Saugerties, NY re-certified in firefighter bail out training held at the Greene County Fire Training Center in Cairo, NY. This type of training teaches interior certified firefighters how to self-rescue in case they find themselves having to rapidly escape from inside a burning building. Each interior certified firefighter is equipped with a bailout system including rope, harness, and descent control device which allows a firefighter to lower himself to safety.
Early Sunday morning at 01:22 hours Centerville-Cedar Grove was dispatched for a PIAA car into a utility pole at the intersection of Route 212 and Blue Mountain Road. Upon arrival Car 2 found 2 telephone poles broken that were hit by the car and found the car now fully involved in fire, the occupant was able to get out of the vehicle. Car 2 requested an additional dispatch to help handle the working car fire. Car 2, Car 3, and Car 4 responded as well as Engine 1, Engine 2, Rescue 1, and Rescue 2. Diaz Ambulance, Town of Saugerties Police, and Central Hudson all assisted at the scene. Units were back in service by 02:58 hours.