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Grand Island Fire Company News 2018

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Firematic Officers 2018: Fire Chief Christopher Soluri; Deputy Fire Chief Mark Sadkowski; 1st Assistant Chief Omar Sortino; 2nd Assistant Chief Daniel Mathes, Fire Captains: John Podlucky, Jourdain Benoit. Jon Cinelli; EMS Captain Scott McCormick; Fire Police Captain Don Portik.

Administrative Officers 2017: President Mike Dallessandro, Vice President Joanne Ciffa, Recording Secretary Tammy Gorman, Financial Secretary Nicole Gerber, Treasurer Tony Mastantuono Sr., Line Secretary Michelle Jones and Sgt.-at-Arms Pat Hahn.

Board of Directors 2018: Gregory J. Butcher, Jeremy Pullano, Peter Sukmanowski, David Khreis, Kevin Koch, Saed Shafie, Mike Dallessandro.

Driver Hospitalized in North Bridge MVA - March 2018

Photo by Peter Sukmanowski.

Story by Ray Pauley, Public Information Officer.
    Shortly before 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 11th, Grand Island Fire Company rescue personnel responded to a two vehicle collision in the southbound land of the I-190 on the North Gand Island bridge. Fire Chief Chris Soluri stated that a tractor tailer driven by 54 year-old Patricia Fenwick of Canada and a pickup truck driven by 37 year-old John Hamilton of North Tonawanda were involved. Fenwick was evaluated by GIFC medics and transported by ambulance to Kenmore Mercy Hospital for non life threatening injuries. The other driver denied injury.

Drowning Victim Successfully Revived - March 2018

Story by Ray Pauley, Public Information Officer.
    Shortly after 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 11th, Grand Island Fire Company rescue personnel responded to a reported near drowning at the Grand Island High School swimming pool. Fire Chief Chris Soluri stated that when GIFC EMS responders arrived on location within three minutes, a lifeguard and bystander were administering CPR upon a 10 year-old child who had been underwater for an undetermined amount of time. Breathing was restored and GIFC medics continued advanced life support treatment while the child was being transported by ambulance to Women's and Children's Hospital. Preliminary assessment indicated that the child is expected to make a satisfactory recovery.

Driver Hospitalized in Two Car Collision - February 2018

Story and photo by Ray Pauley, Public Information Officer.
    Shortly after 2:00 p.m. on Monday, February 26th, Grand Island Fire Company rescue personnel responded to a two car MVA at the intersection of Baseline and Staley Roads. Ass't Fire Chief Omar Sortino stated that all occupants were out of their vehicles when EMS responders arrived on location. The force of the impact caused one auto driven by Shannon Dald, 24, of Lockport, to end up in a roadside ditch. After evaluation, Dald was taken to Niagara Falls Memorial Hospital. The other driver claimed no injuries.

Island Chimney Fire - February 2018

Story by Ray Pauley, Public Information Officer.
    At 7:49 p.m. on Saturday, February 17th, Grand Island firefighters responded to a reported chimney fire at the White Tail Run residence of Mark Violino. Deputy Fire Chief Mark Sadkowski stated that upon arrival of Engines #2,#3 and fire suppression crews, it was discovered that the fire within the chimney walls was essentially out and had not prenetrated into the adjoining structure. Firefighting crews then removed burning embers from the fireplace and inspected the chimney outlet after laddering to the roof. There was no damage found.
    Fire officials further indicated that dangerous accumulations of combustible creosote can build up in wood burning fireplace chimneys over a period of time. Homeowners are urged to have chimneys inspected and or cleaned on a regular basis by professionals.

Budget Motel of Grand Island Heavily Damaged in Fire - February 2018

Story & photos by Ray Pauley, Public Information Officer.
   At 2:17 p.m. on Saturday, February 10th, Grand Island firefighters responded to a reported structure fire at the Budget Motel of Grand Island - 3080 Grand Island Blvd., between Alt Blvd. and Industrial Drive.
   Fire Chief Chris Soluri stated that arriving fire suppression crews with Engines #2, #5, and LT 6 encountered heavy smoke and flames coming from the northwest section of the 24 unit motel. The fire was confined to the office complex where it originated, and did not involve adjoining rooms, due to brick fire wall construction. The fire was knocked down and under control at 2:42 p.m. Mutual aid assistance was received from the City of Tonawanda Fire Department, Sheridan Park VFD, and River Road VFD, due to burdensome manpower demands.
    G.I. Deputy Fire Chief Mark Sadkowski stated that total damage amounted to $250,000, with $100,000 to the structure, $100,000 to the contents and $50,000 to a BMW vehicle parked nearby. An exact cause has not yet been established according to fire investiagators. The American Red Cross were called in to render assistance to several occupants.

Driver Seriously Injured in Car/Bus MVA - January 2018

Burning Rossi vehicle.

Story & photos by Ray Pauley, Public Information Officer.
   Shortly after 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, January 31st, Grand Island Fire Company rescue personnel responded to an MVA involving an NFTA Metro Bus and two passenger vehicles on Grand Island Blvd. near Fantasy Island. Ass't Fire Chief Dan Mathes and Capt. John Podlucky shared Office In Charge duties and reported that thirteen individuals were evaluated at the scene. Five were transported by ambulance to local hospitals for non life threatening injuries, while seven others declined hospitalization.
   27 year old Joseph Rossi of Grand Island was pulled from his burning vehicle by alert passersby and treated by GIFC medics for serious traumatic injuries. He was then transported by ambulance to ECMC for emergency followup.

Medic 7 Emergency Vehicle - January 2018

GIFC paramedic Joe Torregrossa with Medic 7.

Story & photo by Ray Pauley, Public Information Officer.
    Fire Chief Chris Soluri announced that the Grand Island Fire Company recently took possession of a 2017 Ford Explorer vehicle that has been fully equipped to handle all basic life support and advanced life support emergencies. The vehicle has been designated "Medic 7" and is assigned to a GIFC paramedic on a rotational basis. This arrangement has enhanced life saving response time, especially in the event of a cardiac incident, ensuring the first rate community protection that Island residents are accustomed to.

2018 Fire Company Installation - January 2018

Chief Soluri receives oath of office from Assemblyman Angelo Morinello.

Firematic officers from left: Scott McCormick, Jon Cinelli, Omar Sortino, Chris Soluri, Mark Sadkowski, Dan Mathes, John Podlucky, Jourdain Benoit.

Board of Directors from left: Peter Sukmanowski, Greg Butcher, Mke Dallessandro, Saed Shafie.

Story & photos by Ray Pauley, Public Information Officer.
   New York State Assenblyman Angelo Morinello administered the oath of office to newly elected Grand Island Fire Company officers on Saturday, January 13, 2018 at fire headquarters, 2275 Baseline Road. Both firematic and adminstrative officers were sworn to uphold their 2018 community protection duties. GIFC Board of Directors chairman Greg Butcher reminded those in attendance that the fire company has become a first rate organization because of dedicated lifetime members. Former president Bill Weis, recently deceased, was one of these special individuals whose tough but fair minded leadership pushed everyone to maximum levels of achievement.
   Chris Soluri begins his second 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 Capts. Jourdain Benoit, John Podlucky, Jon Cinelli, EMS Capt. Scott McCormick and Fire Police Capt. Don Portik.
   President Mike Dallessandro will be assisted by Vice Pres. Joanne Ciffa, Recording Secretary Tammy Gorman, Financial Secretary Nicole Gerber, Treasurer Anthony Mastantuono, Line Secretary Michelle Jones and Sgt at Arms Pat Hahn.
   Saed Shafie and Jeremy Pullano were returned to the Board of Directors for an additional three year term. Chris Caruana again serves on the Board of Review and Robert Meyer on the Benevolent Association.
   Nicole Butcher, President of the GIFC Ladies Auxiliary will be assisted by Vice. Pres. Vicki Soluri, Corresponding Secretary Arlene soluri, Recording Secretary Danna Soluri, Treasurer Karen Dallessandro, Sgt at Arms Brooke Raham and Barbara Wilson.
   For his exceptional expertise in maintaining GIFC operational technology, Ron Stipp received both the 2017 Chief's Award and President's Award. Pat Hahn received the 2017 Training Excellence Award for his special accomplishments in that area. Joe Savage was designated 2017 Recruit of the Year for his outstanding performance as a new (rookie) member. Allison DeMartin and Joe Casullo also completed 2017 training requirements.
   Top ten responders of 2017 were led by Tim Krecisz with over 500 calls. Others in sequential order were Dan Mathes, Joe Savage, Norm Mrkall II, Jourdain Benoit, Cory Rozell, Pat Hahn, Mark Sadkowski, Joanne Ciffa and Omar Sortino.

No Injuries in School Bus MVA - January 2018

Story by Ray Pauley, Public Information Officer.
   At 2:49 p.m. on Thursday, January 11th, Grand Island Fire Company rescue personnel responded to a passenger vehicle/school bus collision at the intersection of Baseline Road and North Lane. Fire Capt. John Podlucky reported that both drivers and 16 middle and high school students were uninjured. A member of the ECMC "Smart" (Specialized Medical Assistance Response Team) team was called to the scene for required medical clearance, which was given. The students were off loaded to an alternate bus for completion of the route.

Say Cheese Pizza Alarm - January 2018

Story & photo by Ray Pauley, Public Information Officer.
   Shortly before 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, January 7th, Grand Island firefighters responded to an alarm o fire at Say Cheese Pizza, 1771 Love Road. Deputy Fire Chief Mark Sadkowski stated that an on scene investigation determined that a broken sprinkler head in a cooler had disrupted water pressure and triggered the alarm. The system was shut down and drained, prior to recommended service repairs. Deputy Chief Sadkowski reported no damage, structural or otherwise, due to quick employee response.

Rooftop EMS Rescue - January 2018

Story & photo by Ray Pauley, Public Information Officer.
   At 1:27 p.m. on Friday, January 5th, Grand Island Fire Company rescue personnel responded to an employee report of a rooftop workman at Tim Horton's Cafe and Bake Shop, 1685 Grand Island Blvd., having trouble breathing. Ass't Fire Chief Dan Mathes stated that 58 year old Timothy Seefeldt was a crew member of Action Commercial Repair working on the roof to correct a cooler malfunction, when he experienced breathing problems. When GIFC EMT's arrived on location in sub freezing temperatures, he was found to be in cardiac arrest and CPR was immediately initiated.
   LT 6 responded to the scene and Sheridan Park VFD was alerted for mutual aid manpower assistance due to the cold conditions. Seefeldt was removed from the rooftop by using LT 6 while successful life support continued, and transferred to Kenmore Mercy Hospital.

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