BLOOMINGTON FIRE DEPT.
By DAILY FREEMAN |
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NEW PALTZ, N.Y. — The Police Chiefs Association of Ulster County last week honored local law enforcement personnel and first responders along with civilians, businesses and organizations that served their communities admirably.
Meritorious Police Service: Heroism/Teamwork
Rosendale Police Officer Erich Funccius, New York State Police Trooper Benjamin Strickland and Lt. Joseph Hafner III and Lt. John Lane of the Bloomington Fire Department.
On Aug 18, 2022, at approximately 4:48 PM, the Rosendale Police Department, Ulster County Sheriff’s Office, the New York State Police and the Bloomington Fire Department were dispatched to Williams Lake in the Town of Rosendale for a water emergency.
The responding units found Carol Smith, 81, of New York City had gone underwater while swimming and did not resurface. Funccius, Strickland, Hafner and Lane immediately entered the water and began a rescue search. Smith was located 30 feet away from shore in deep water and rescued.
First responders began CPR and eventually a pulse was restored and she was brought to a hospital.
Smith later died while in the hospital, but the actions of Funccius, Strickland, Hafner and Lane gave loved ones a chance to say goodbye to her.
BRUSH FIRE AT WILLIAMS LAKE NOV. 10, 2022
Yesterday about 3:15pm we were dispatched for a brush/woods fire on the Williams Lake Project property off Williams Lake road. On arrival there was approximately 5 acres burning with a wind coming out of the southwest pushing the fire deeper into the forest. Mutual aid was requested from Rosendale, Stone Ridge, St. Remy, Tillson, High Falls and New Paltz Fire Departments. We were also assisted by Ed Garland Construction utilizing a bulldozer to construct a fire line around the east, north and west ends of the fire. The Town of Rosendale Police Department, Ulster County Sheriffs Department, New York State Police, and the Ulster County Fire Coordinator’s Office also assisted at the scene. Our Ladies Auxiliary responded to the scene to provide refreshments for crews and we were back in service at 8:16pm. Approximately 25 acres of rough terrain was scorched by flames and there were no injuries. Thank You to all that assisted and anyone that would like to join our department please call 845-338-2794, leave a message and we’ll be sure to contact you.
Structure Fire on Old Lucas Turnpike June 10, 2021 at 2157hrs
PIAA Car-Pole with 3 people injured on Route 32 by Rockwell Lane October 1, 2020.
Landing Zone for Tractor Trailer Tanker Rollover on Creek Locks Road - Monday July 20, 2020
PIAA car rolled over into cemetery just south of station on March 4, 2020
Downed Pole and wires from the Oct 29, 2019 wind and rain storm:
I would like to extend our sincere thanks to our Members and assisting Mutual Aid Companies for the quick stop at our structure fire at 530 Hickory Bush Rd. The initial dispatch said there was smoke coming from the roof, upon arrival that was in fact the case. Heavy smoke was rolling down from the eves and attic vents. A second alarm was immediately called for bringing an Engine from Kingston Fire and a Fast Team from Ulster Hose to the scene. Our Engine 1, Engine 2 and Engine 3, Tankers from Tillson and Rosendale operated at the scene, and a Engine from St Remy went to the fill site. Hurley and Spring Lake stood by at the Bloomington station, Stone Ridge at the Binnewater station. Soon after, Ulster Hose was called for a Tower Ladder to the scene to assist in roof ventilation, and Stone Ridge was then called for their Fast Team. After initial attack and the fire was out, all companies assisted in getting all equipment back in service. The UC Fire Investigation Unit determined the fire started in the attic and was electrical in nature. We were also assisted at the scene by Rosendale Police, NY State Police and Mobile Life. The home owner was not at home at the time of the fire and we had no injuries. A total of 8 Mutual Aid Companies and approx. 60 personnel were involved. We would also like to thank the Bloomington Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary for providing refreshments.
STRUCTURE FIRE CREEK LOCKS ROAD JAN 31, 2019 / OUTSIDE TEMP 2 DEGREES
We would like to give a big reach out to all our Mutual Aid Companies for assisting us with Working Fire in sub ZERO temperature a great stop was made initially by the first arriving crews, however overhaul proved to be a challenge. Thank you to all involved. A brief scenario as to the workings of the night, at approx. 930 PM we were dispatched for a Structure Fire, in the Back Room upon arrival heavy smoke was observed out the front door and the eves and second floor and fire was visible in the rear first floor, a second alarm was immediately called for. At this time it was apparent the Home Owner had suffered burns and severe smoke inhalation initially treated by us until Mobile Life arrived on scene eventually had to be Air Lifted to Westchester Medical Center via AIR 2. Aside from our Department with all equipment we were assisted on scene by Kingston FD, Rosendale FD, Tillson FD , St Remy FD and Ulster Hose FD, Companies on Stand by were Hurley FD , Spring Lake FD at the Bloomington station, Stone Ridge FD at the Binnewater Station . and the Town of Rosendale Highway salt truck. Central Hudson had arrived and killed the power Investigators on scene believed the fire was accidental , a total of 9 departments with approx. 75 firefighters were on scene for 4 hours and other than the extreme cold there were no injuries, and last but not least thank you Ladies Aux for the hot coffee and hot chocolate cant thank everyone enough, be safe all.
This morning we responded to a tree and wires down on the roadway on Creek Locks road. On arrival we found an occupied vehicle around the bend that had one of the primary lines wrapped around the vehicle. Fortunately the New York State Police and Rosendale Police at the scene advised the sole occupant to remain calm and remain in the vehicle. Central Hudson and Ulster County DOT responded and made sure the wires were safe, the wires were removed and the motorist was on her way.
Bloomington Firefighters at the Sam's Point Preserve Wildfire April 27, 2016
ULSTER COUNTY EXECUTIVE MICHAEL HEIN PROCLAIMING MARCH, 7, 2015 AS 'JOE HAFNER SR. DAY' IN HONOR OF JOE'S 60 YEARS OF FIREMATIC SERVICE TO THE BLOOMINGTON FIRE DEPARTMENT AND COMMUNITY.
Total Runs - 288
Top 10 Responders
Firefighter Joe Hafner Sr. 233
Chief Joe Hafner Jr. 203
Asst. Chief Ernie Navarra 185
Lt. Ray Stegner 183
Past Chief Kevin Keller 143
Asst. Chief Mike Schabot 132
Lt. John Lane 123
Firefighter Josh Hintz 119
Capt. Brian Phillips 105
Firefighter Billy Lyons 95
Chief : Joe Hafner Jr.
Asst. Chief: Mike Schabot
Asst. Chief: Ernie Navarra
Asst. Chief: Will Stokes
Capt: Brian Phillips
Capt: Alan Brown
Lt: Douglas Tierney
Lt: John Lane
Lt: Joe Hafner III
Lt: Ray Stegner
Lt: Dan Wood
EMS Lt: Patty Vincent
Fire Police Capt: William Lyons
President: Mike Schabot
Vice President: Brian Phillips
Secretary: Joe Hafner Sr.
Treasurer: Kevin Keller
Directors: Fred Harries
Chaplain: Rev. Nick Miles
Chief: Joe Hafner Jr.
Members should be reminded that invitations to our annual dinner will be given out based on participation at department calls, training, meetings and activities in an attempt to keep the cost of this event down.
The Bloomington Fire Department takes great pride in trying to operate within a budget that we feel provides the residents of the fire district with the best protection for the lowest cost to our community. During the course of each year we run several fund raisers which supplement our budget and help us get through the year. In the event that anyone would like to make a donation to us, or in memory of a friend or loved one, please feel free to mail your donation to: Bloomington Fire Department, PO Box 111, Bloomington, NY 12411.
All members are urged to use the I AM RESPONDING PROGRAM to notify the department that they are on their way to calls.
President Deb Tierney
Vice President Rita Schabot
Secretary Lori Woolsey
Treasurer Sue Peck
We mourn the passing of Life Member Richard "Dick" Keller, Father of Commissioner, Past Chief and Past President Kevin Keller. Visitation will take place at the Joseph V. Leahy Funeral Home, 27 Smith Ave., Kingston, NY, Thursday December 22, 2022, between 4:00 pm and 6:00 pm. Funeral Services will take place Friday, December 23, 2022, at 12:00 pm at St. Joseph's Church, Wall St., Kingston, NY., with interment to follow at St. Peter's Cemetery, Kingston, NY. All members are requested to be at the Bloomington Station at 5:00 pm, Thursday, December 22, 2022, in uniform or appropriate attire then proceed to the Leahy Funeral Home to pay last respects.
All members should be aware that effective January 2017 there are new requirements to maintain an active membership classification. All members are required to attend at least three (3) regular general business meetings, (If you cannot make a meeting contact the President prior to the meeting), attend all mandatory training and respond to at least ten (10) percent of the yearly alarms. One who does not meet these minimum requirements will be reclassified as INACTIVE. Once reclassified as INACTIVE the member will be required to return all department issued equipment to their respective stations and will not be permitted to respond to alarms or have a vote at any meetings. The INACTIVE classification will be in effect for a minimum period of three (3) months and the INACTIVE member may request to be returned to an ACTIVE classification by a written request to the department after the 3 month period has been completed.
We mourn the loss of June Woolsey-Crispell, Mother of Life Member Randy Woolsey and Mother-in-Law of Chairperson of the Board of Commissioners and Ladies Auxiliary member Lori Woolsey. Calling hours will be at Joseph V. Leahy Funeral Home, 27 Smith Ave., Kingston, NY Wednesday, February 22, 2023, between 5:00pm and 8:00pm. All members are requested to report to the Bloomington Station on Wednesday at 6:00pm in full dress uniform or appropriate attire then proceed to the Leahy Funeral Home to pay last respects. Funeral services will be held 11:00am on Thursday with the Rev. Nick Miles officiating.
We mourn the loss of Ethel Marie Navarra, 91, mother of Asst. Chief Ernie Navarra. All members are to meet at the Bloomington station 6:00pm, Friday, November 25, 2022, in full dress uniform or appropriate attire then proceed to the George Moylan Funeral Home to pay last respects. Calling hours are 3-7pm 11/25/22, funeral services will begin 9:15am at the funeral home with mass at St. Peter's, Rosendale, NY at 10;00am 11/26/22.
The Bloomington Fire Department is a 100% Volunteer Organization. As times have changed, as with most Volunteer Fire Departments our membership has dwindled. We are always in need of new members. If you would like to join us or just stop by and see if you would be interested in joining, we are at the station every Thursday evening at 7:00PM. Feel free to stop by or call us at 845-338-2794, leave a message and we will get back with you.
On July 29, 2023, Members of the Bloomington Fire Department and the Ladies Auxiliary participated in the Ulster County Volunteer Firemen's Association Convention Parade in Wallkill, NY. The Bloomington Firefighters received a 3rd Place Trophy for Best Appearing in Bloused Uniform with 15 & under in the line of march. The Bloomington Ladies Auxiliary received a 1st Place Trophy for Best Appearing Ladies Auxiliary with 15 and under in the line of march.