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Grand Island Fire Company News 2017

Grand Island Fire Company, Inc. Website

For Emergencies Dial 9-1-1 or 773-7508
To contact the Fire Company Dial 773-4334

Firematic Officers 2017: Fire Chief Christopher Soluri; Deputy Fire Chief Mark Sadkowski; 1st Assistant Chief Omar Sortino; 2nd Assistant Chief Daniel Mathes, Fire Captains Tim Krecisz, John Podlucky, Jourdain Benoit; EMS Captain Sean McCormick; Fire Police Captain Don Portik.

Administrative Officers 2017: President Mike Dallessandro, Vice President Brent Mendel, Recording Secretary Joanne Ciffa, Financial Secretary Nicole Gerber, Treasurer Tony Mastantuono Sr. and Sgt.-at-Arms David Khreis.

Board of Directors 2017: Gregory J. Butcher, Jeremy Pullano, Peter Sukmanowski, David Khreis, Kevin Koch, Saed Shafie, Mike Dallessandro.

Driver Hospitalized in North Bridge MVA - February 2017

Story by Ray Pauley, Public Information Officer.
    Shortly after 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 31st, Grand Island Fire Company rescue personnel responded to a three vehicle MVA on the I-190 southbound, near the North Grand Island Bridge Toll barriers. This is the third multi vehicle accident to occur in that vicinity since January 4th. Deputy Fire Chief Mark Sadkowski stated that Paul Harper of Grand Island was involved in a collision with an 18 wheeler and another passenger vehicle. He was evaluated by GIFC EMS personnel and transported by ambulance to Kenmore Mercy Hospital. The Canadian driver of the semi refused treatment. Sarah Szotuski, 32 years-old and her 8 year-old son were also uninjured.

Island Couple Hospitalized in Three Car Collision - January 2017

Story by Ray Pauley, Public Information Officer.
    At 10:48 p.m. on Saturday, January 28th, Grand Island Fire Company Rescue personnel responded to a three car MVA on Stony Point Rd. between Whitehaven and Independence Lane. Fire Chief Chris Soluri reported that this multi vehicle collision was caused by slippery road conditions and other factors. One driver 63 year-old Diane Lattimer of Grand Island and her husband, 63 year-old John were evaluated by GIFC medics and transported to Millard Fillmore Suburban hospital. Another driver, 17 year-old Maxwell Keller of Grand Island claimed no injuries. Two 16 year-old Islanders in the third vehicle declined hospitalization. GIFC units returned to service by 11:15 p.m.

Slow Down, Use Caution, Move Over - January 2017

Story by Ray Pauley, Public Information Officer.
   After a recent incident, Grand Island Fire Chief Chris Soluri is stressing that scene safety has always been a top priority for all firefighting and EMS personnel. While local volunteers do their best to handle any and all emergency incidents, they are also placed in harms way and require special protection to lesson some of the dangers they face. Section 1144a of the Vehicle and Traffic Law of 2012 requires motorists to slow down, use caution, and move over when encountering any emergency vehicle travelling or parked on a roadway. Chief Soluri noted that while the vast majority of drivers consciously observe the law, there are some who don't. He also noted that within the past week, a passing motorist ran into a parked GIFC vehicle, barely missing a medic standing next to an on scene ambulance. Chief Soluri urges all highway users to exercise common sense, so that GIFC volunteers can perform their community protection duties.

Grand Island Fire Company Installation Dinner - January 2017

All from left.
Firematic Officers, back: Koch, Portik, Sortino, Soluri, Sadkowski, Mathes, Mrkall.
Front: Krecisz, Podlucky, McCormick.

Administrative Officers: Gerber, Mastantuono, Mendel, Dallessandro, Ciffa, Khreis.

Board of Directors: Dallessandro, Butcher, Koch, Shafie, Pullano, Khreis, (absent Pete Sukmanowski).

Ladies Auxiliary: A. Soluri, Wilson, V. Soluri, D. Soluri, Butcher, Shafie.

Story & photos by Ray Pauley, Public Information Officer.
   Town Supervisor Nathan McMurray administered the oath of office to newly elected Grand Island Fire Company officers on Saturday, January 14th at fire headquarters, 2275 Baseline Road. Both firematic and administrative officers were sworn to uphold their 2017 community protection duties. Honored guests and family members joined in praising the outstanding committment of these volunteers. GIFC Board Chairman Greg Butcher reminded those in attendance that the firefighter workload during 2016 consisted of an astonishing 57,504 total hours devoted to this community service.
   Chris Soluri begins his first term as fire chief and will be joined by Deputy Fire Chief Mark Sadkowski, 1st Ass't Chief Omar Sortino, 2nd Ass't Chief Dan Mathes; Fire Captains Tim Krecisz, John Podlucky & Jordain Benoit; Day Captains Kevin Koch and Skip Mrkall, Fire Police Captain Don Portik and EMS Captain Scott McCormick.
   President Mike Dallessandro will be assisted by Vice Pres. Brent Mendel, Recording Secretary Joanne Ciffa, Line Secretary Michelle Jones, Financial Secretary Nicole Gerber, Treasurer Anthony Mastantuono and Sgt At Arms Dave Khreis.
   Greg Butcher was returned to the Board of Directors and Mike Dallessandro began a new three year term. Scott Shaw will serve on the Board of Review and Robert Meyer was returned as a Benevolent Association Trustee. GIFC Ladies Auxiliary President Nicole Butcher introduced her officers as follows: Vice President Vicki Soluri, Recording Secretary Arlene Soluri, Secretary Danna Soluri, Treasurer Nancy Amato, Sgt At Arms Barbara Wilson, Chaplain Mary Becker, Trustees Julie Meyer, Darcy Golde and Haneen Shafie.
   The 2016 Chief's Award was presented to Pete Coppola for his exceptional service as Safety Officer, member of the Board of Directors and his dependability as a day squad responder. Recipient of the 2016 Presidents Award was Dave Khreis, also a Board member who consistently went above and beyond normal job assignments. Firefighters Don Turner, Rich Nichols and Jon Cinelli received training awards for their notable contributions in this area.
   Firefighter Robert Dailey received a special EMS Award for completing an extensive two year college course leading to his NYS certification as a paramedic. Firefighter Ben Shaw was singled out as Rookie of the Year for his phenominal performance whenever called upon. Other new recruits who were congratulated for 2016 training accomplishments were Michael Haynes, Paul Valera, Dan Robinson, Jeremy Stepp, Dakota Bower and Ashley Gorman. Matt Osinski was commended for his outstanding service and dedication as fire chief from 2014 through 2016. John Podlucky was similarly recognized for his exhaustive work as past GIFC president.
   2016 Chiief's Commendations were issued to GIFC personnel Pat Hahn, Pete Coppola, Ben Shaw and Evan Shaw for lifesaving intervention in an MVA on April 15, 2016. Responders Omar Sortino, Jon Cinelli, Jourdain Benoit, Nick Egloff, Mike DeMartin, Robert Dailey, Rich Nichols, Edie Thompson, Joe Torregrossa, Alison DeMartin, and Medical Director Chris Krawczyk received a similar commendation for their life saving intervention in a July 13, 2016 skydiving accident.
   Top Ten responders during 2016 were led by Capt. Tim Krecisz with 672 calls. Others in sequential order are Joanne Ciffa, Matt Osinski, Jon Cinelli, Dan Mathes, Nick Egloff, Mark Sadkowski, Omar Sortino, Cory Rozell and Skip Mrkall.

GI Bridge MVA - January 2017

Story by Ray Pauley, Public Information Officer.
   Shortly before 6:00 a.m. on Monday, January 16th, Grand Island Fire Company rescue personnel responded to a four car chain reaction collision in the southbound lane of the I-190 at the North Grand Island Bridge. This is the second multi vehicle accident occurring in that location within the past two weeks.
   Fire Chief Chris Soluri stated that extremely slippery road conditions during early rush hour traffic apparently contributed to this MVA. 52 year-old Robert Vaughan of Youngstown, NY; 28 year-old Ryan Chambers of Niagara Falls, NY and 27 year-old Peter Shea of Youngstown, NY were evaluated by GIFC EMS personnel but claimed no injuries. The fourth driver was treated by medics and transported to St. Mary's Hospital for additional medical attention.

$30,000 in Damage at Garage Fire - January 2017

Story and photo by Ray Pauley, Public Information Officer.
   At 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, January 7th, Grand Island firefighters responded to a structure fire at the Bedell Road residence of David Butcher. An alert neighbor noticed visible smoke and flames coming from a two car unattached garage at the Butcher home and immediately contacted the homeowner and the Grand Island Fire Company.
   Deputy Fire Chief Mark Sadkowski reported a working fire as Engines #2,#4,#5, LT 6 and fire suppression crews arrived on location. Despite two frozen hydrants west of the involved building, the fire was knocked down and under control at 4:51 p.m. Firefighters used the direct water supply from engines on scene. Total damage was estimated at $20,000 to the structure and $10,000 to the contents. The 76 year-old homeowner was treated for smoke inhalation but declined hospitalization.

MVA at Island Residence- January 2017

Front of Adams vehicle in basement, at top.

Story and photo by Ray Pauley, Public Information Officer.
   At 6:40 p.m. on Wednesday, January 4th, Grand Island Fire Company rescue personnel responded to a motor vehicle collision with a building incident at 11 Regency Drive. Homeowner Phyllis Lock was sitting in the kitchen with her older sister when they heard what sounded like an explosion. The ladies then heard pounding on the door as the driver alerted them to the problem and helped them get to the neighbors, where the GIFC was contacted.
   Fire Chief Chris Soluri confirmed that 54 year-old David Adams of Niagara Falls had lost control of his vehicle which veered off Stony Point Road and traveled about 60 feet before striking the Regency Drive home. The force of the impact dislodged an exterior gas meter while the vehicle intself crashed through a wall and ended up about three feet into the basement. The driver claimed no injuries when evaluated by GIFC medics. The gas meter was shut down and National Fuel was notified while the house was ventilated to remove hazardous fumes.

North Bridge MVA's - January 2017

Story by Ray Pauley, Public Information Officer.
   At 7:41 a.m. on Wednesday, January 4th, Grand Island Fire Company rescue personnel responded to a nine car chain reaction collision in the southbound lane of the North Grand Island Bridge. Deputy Fire Chief Mark Sadkowski reported that slippery road conditions during rush hour traffic contributed to the multi vehicle accident. 25 year-old Ashley Luzak of Lewiston was treated and transported to Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center. 43 year-old Christina Rice of Niagara Falls was evaluated and transported to DeGraff Memorial Medical Center. 59 year-old Ellen Hutton of North Tonawanda was also evaluated for minor injuries and refused hospitalization. Although there was extensive property damage to other autos, no other injuries were reported.

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