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New York volunteer firefighters who have been diagnosed with certain cancers will be eligible for health care benefits under a new state law.

NY sends crew to help fight CA wildfires

Oct 15, 2017
National Public Radio

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced that a crew of 20 employees and volunteers from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation left Sunday for California to help crews there deal with the devastating wildfires.

Governor Andrew Cuomo is getting pressure from lawmakers and volunteer firefighters to sign legislation providing better coverage for illnesses often associated with firefighting.

New York State Sen. Patrick Gallivan is among a trio of lawmakers introducing the Community Heroes Protection Act in New York. The act would designate crimes that specifically target police, firefighters and other emergency service workers punishable as hate crimes.

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Emergency crews from across Western New York were called to respond to a plane sliding off the runway at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport during Saturday night’s rain storms. The good news – it was all part of a drill.


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Firefighters are still monitoring the HTI Recycling building in Lockport, the scene of a huge blaze ignited Wednesday night.

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An early morning roll over accident this morning has injured two people.

The Buffalo Fire Department has 109 new firefighters after they received their badges Thursday night in a ceremony in Bennett High School, completing the long process of exams, processing and the fire academy in Cheektowaga.


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An overnight fire at a Transit Road business has caused heavy damage.

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A North Tonawanda Street has been the scene of a series of fires this weekend.

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The City of Buffalo has requested, and received, the resignation of a deputy fire commissioner based on what it calls a failure to rein in overtime costs.

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An early morning blaze has destroyed an abandoned East Side house.

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Buffalo fire officials are investigating a blaze that significantly damaged a North Buffalo home early this morning.

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Buffalo firefighters responded to a two-alarm blaze in a downtown neighborhood this morning.

Firefighters remember Christmas Eve shooting

Mar 7, 2013
WXXI Radio

The two Rochester-area firefighters who survived the Christmas Eve shooting that claimed the lives of two comrades say it's going to be a long road back to recovery.

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The two Webster firefighters injured in an ambush by a gunman have been released from the hospital.

Joseph Hofsetter and Theodore Scardino were shot while responding to a call to a burning house on Christmas Eve. Two other firefighters, Michael Chapperini and Tomasz Kaczowka were killed in the incident.

Hofsetter and Scardino had been treated at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester.
 

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Area firefighters paid tribute on Saturday to their fallen comrades in West Webster.

Better than 200 firemen met at the Erie County Fire Academy to board buses to travel to the wake for 43-year old Michael Chiapperini and 19-year-old Tomasz Kaczowka. The two rescuers were shot to death by William Spengler on Christmas Eve morning as they responded to a call.

Spengler took his own life.

Two other firefighters were wounded in the incident but survived.

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A home fire in the City of Tonawanda Friday night has displaced the homeowner.

Firefighters responded to a call on James Street to find a significant blaze and the homeowner outside of the residence. One firefighter was injured by a falling power line and reports indicate an injury to the homeowner. The extent of the injuries is not known as yet.

The home is considered a total loss.
 

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The number of police officers and firefighters collecting injury benefits in the City of Buffalo is a continuing concern.

Members of the police force who are unable to work due to injury, and not always on-duty injuries, can actually make more money staying at home than being on the job. The Buffalo News reports that in 2011 such cases cost local taxpayers more than $200,000 per week. Last week, the department listed 45 officers who were on the full injured-on-duty list, collecting benefits but unable to work.

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The Buffalo Common Council has approved its amendments to the Mayor's Proposed City Budget for the Fiscal Year 2012-2013.

A unanimous vote created a new budget line for funding Arts and Cultural groups. Monies were also designated for purchasing bottled water for firefighters and for hiring new police officers as well as firefighters.

The revised budget will now be reviewed by the mayor.