Mount Morris Chief: ‘Heck of a Job’ Saved Big Barn from Blowing Fire

MOUNT MORRIS – The Village's Fire Chief credits firefighters with saving a large barn that was directly in the path of a fire that had already consumed three smaller barns. Mount Morris Fire Chief Dana Regatuso said that his Assistant Chief, Rodney Cobb, was the first firefighter to the scene on Rte. 408 (Mount Morris Geneseo Road). Mount Morris called neighboring fire departments from Livingston County and beyond, who helped minimize the … [Read more...]

Firefighters Watch Over Livingston County’s Elderly in Wind Disaster

LIVINGSTON COUNTY – Firefighters in York and Caledonia kept a watchful eye over vulnerable neighbors during this week's wind storm and recovery. Several elderly residents came to emergency shelters at the York Town Hall and J. W. Jones Hall in Caledonia for warm meals. Firefighters pumped flooded basements through the night Wednesday, with calls for service tapering off by 9 a.m. Thursday. Due to round-the-clock work by utility crews, lights … [Read more...]

Firefighters Free Trapped Victim from West Sparta Christmas Eve Rollover

UPDATE: Firefighters Free Trapped Victim from West Sparta Christmas Eve Rollover WEST SPARTA – Firefighters recovered a person who was trapped in a vehicle the morning of Christmas Eve. According to first responders, an emergency call at 5:11 a.m. reported a one-car accident at McKay Road and Hartman Road with an occupant trapped in the vehicle. Firefighters extracted the person and took them to a safe landing zone for a medical … [Read more...]

East Avon Firefighters Rescue Trapped Passenger

AVON – The East Avon Fire Department freed one person from a two-vehicle accident Tuesday afternoon. According to first responders, an emergency call went out at 12:17 p.m. reporting a two car accident on Rte. 15 and Exit 9 of I-390. First responders arrived to find three victims, one of whom was trapped in a vehicle. Firefighters cut away a door to free that passenger. Ambulance crews transported all three patients to a hospital with … [Read more...]

Dansville Firefighters Save House from Dryer Fire

DANSVILLE – Dansville firefighters put out a fire that could have seriously damaged a home on Rte. 436 (Nunda-Dansville Road) on Tuesday. First responders on scene said that a clothes dryer caught fire, creating smoke and threatening to spread to the rest of the house. Firefighters arrived at about 2:25 p.m. and quickly knocked the fire down with hose water. Firefighters then hauled the destroyed dryer onto the lawn, where they disassembled … [Read more...]

Geneseo Cops and Firefighters Save Cat and Malcolm the Dog from Fire

GENESEO – Two four-footed Geneseo residents have the village police and fire department to thank for freeing them from their burning home and saving it from destruction. Geneseo Police Officer Benjamin Swanson and his partner Officer Dylan DiPasquale arrived first at the scene of a reported structure fire on Rorbach Lane Thursday afternoon. They saw a dog hunkered down away from the smoke and immediately took action. "He was a smart little … [Read more...]

NYS Senate Passes Expanded Cancer Coverage for Volunteer Firefighters

NYLON —  The New York State Senate passed a bill that would amend the Volunteer Firefighters’ Benefit Law to incorporate certain types of cancers into existing medical coverage for volunteer firefighters. According to a press release from Senator Catherine Young, the bill recognizes that overexposure to smoke and toxic fumes increase all firefighters' risk contracting certain types of cancers. The bill will now go to the NYS Assembly for … [Read more...]

18 Volunteer Firefighters Ready to Serve After Graduating Challenging School

LIVINGSTON COUNTY – On Monday and Tuesday, new recruits from nine of nineteen local volunteer fire companies in Livingston County completed the last basic physical and academic tests required by New York State to enter a burning structure and fight a fire. The 3-month, 103-hour course taught by New York State Fire Instructor Bob Lennington is designed to prepare new recruits for the physical danger and problem solving involved in entering a … [Read more...]

Farmer’s Controlled Burn Results in Field Fire

LIVONIA – A South Lima Road farmer's controlled brush burn resulted in a large portion of his cornfield burning Thursday evening, and a response from local firefighters as it slowly burned out. According to first responders on scene, the same farmer has caused grass fires multiple times by burning back portions of brush at the edges of his fields. This fire started just after 5:30 p.m. and burned itself out within about two hours. The … [Read more...]

Sudden Fire Destroys Pontiac Fiero on Geneseo Mount Morris Road

GENESEO – A Pontiac Fiero driven by a single occupant suddenly burst into flames early Wednesday morning headed towards Geneseo on Rte. 63 (Geneseo Mount Morris Road), and though the driver escaped unharmed, the car was destroyed. At 12:15 a.m., the 911 call was made that a car was on fire in the right lane headed towards Geneseo. Firefighters with the Geneseo Fire Department responded to the scene, and the fire was put out and the road was … [Read more...]