CARTHAGE FIRE DEPT - Many events taking place in April...
During the weekends of April 9 and April 16 firefighters of the Carthage Fire Department will be out and about spreading the word and passing out information on fire service in our department in an effort to increase interest in joining the Carthage Fire Department.
Friday 4/15 (4p-7p) there will be a jerked pork or grilled chicken dinner - $10 each - dinner includes macaroni salad, baked beans, roll and dessert.
On Friday 4/22 there will be a dance at the Carthage Fire Department with music by the Nelson Brothers Band from 7p-11p. $5 per person cover charge, and it will be a "bring your own alcohol" event. Raffles and food will be for sale throughout the evening.
Very Important event - On Saturday 4/23 the Carthage Fire Department will be hosting a special community family day. Carthage firefighters will be demonstrating bailout from an upper level, auto extrication, demonstrate using foam, hose and extinguisher use, raising the bucket on the aerial truck, showing the Drill Team's B-truck and C-truck, the Engines and the fire house. The fire department will be offering free hot dogs and popcorn.
Joining us on 4/23 will be the Carthage Auxiliary, Carthage Area Rescue Squad, Carthage Area Hospital providing different screenings, Carthage Police Department, NYS Police demonstrating their DWI Goggles, Teri Ellis showing vintage memorabilia, Adirondack Lightning Protection with fire extinguishers, and more.
The department was 1 of 8 winning departments out of 253 that were entered into a contest sponsored by FASNY. The winning package, valued at approximately $1,200 includes a 20' air dancer, a 12' x 4' banner, a large yard sign and other smaller items, all of which will be personalized for the Carthage Fire Dept. This was an exciting win for the department and has sparked an extra interest in promoting our service and seeking new members. Please join us and if you've ever had an interest in becoming part of the department please complete and submit an application.
For Release: Tuesday, March 13, 2012
DEC: State Ban on Residential Brush Burning Begins March 16 during High Fire-Risk Season
All residential brush burning is prohibited in smaller communities during the state's historically high fire-risk period from March 16 through May 14, state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Joe Martens reminded New Yorkers today.
"This time of year has the most risk of fires and the risk is even greater this year due to the extremely mild winter we've seen across the state," Commissioner Martens said. "Since the open burning regulation passed in 2009, there have been fewer fires reported in New York state. In an effort to protect the health and safety of our children, families and our natural environment, we remind residents that brush burning is banned statewide beginning this week."
In 2009, New York toughened restrictions on open burning to reduce harmful air pollutants and help prevent wildfires. While the burn ban regulation allows residential brush burning for most of the year in towns with a populations of less than 20,000, it prohibits open burning in all communities during early spring when the bulk of New York's wildfires typically occur. The state regulation prohibits the burning of garbage at all times and in all places.
Several factors enable wildfires to start easily and spread quickly at this time, including the lack of green vegetation, abundance of available fuels such as dry grass and leaves, warm temperatures and wind.
Open burning is the largest single cause of wildfires in New York state. Data from DEC's Forest Protection Division shows that debris burning accounted for about 36 percent of wildfires in the state between 1985 and 2009, which is more than twice the next most-cited cause. In addition, from 2000 to 2009 New York's fire departments responded to an average of 2,300 wildfires each year from March 16 to May 14. That represents about 46 percent of all wildfires for the year.
Fire department data for 2010 and 2011 indicated a 26 percent reduction in wildfires during the burn ban period for those years when compared to the previous 10 years (2000-2009). In addition, 86 percent of all communities across the state had a reduction of wildfires compared with the previous five years.
Some towns are designated "fire towns" primarily in and around the Adirondack Park and Catskill Park. Under the Environmental Conservation Law, open burning is prohibited in these municipalities without a written permit from DEC. Open burning is prohibited at any time in these municipalities. To find out whether a town is a designated "Fire Town" and/or to obtain a permit, parties should contact a DEC regional office. For a directory of the DEC Regional Offices, visit the DEC website.
Violators of the open burning state regulation are subject to both criminal and civil enforcement actions, with a minimum fine of $500 for a first offense. To report environmental law violations call 1-800-TIPP DEC (1-800-847-7332), or report online on DEC's website.
A list of questions and answers on the open burning regulation is available on DEC's website.