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CITY OFFICIALS: Canandaigua Fire Chief Mark Marentette fired

Canandaigua City Manager Ted Andrzejewski says that suspended Fire Chief Mark Marentette was fired Friday. The reason: Insubordination and mismanagement of public funds. Andrzejewski said the decision was made by assistant city manager, John Goodwin, based on the recommendation of the civil service hearing officer. “We went through the process, the hearing officer rendered a decision and we got the... more

Firefighters injured, resident ticketed following structure fire in Junius

Two firefighters were injured, one being hospitalized while battling a structure fire at a vacant home, according to Seneca County Sheriff Tim Luce. While the structure was considered a complete loss, deputies say that one of those firefighters was even hospitalized. Deputies say that on Monday at approximately 7:36 pm a structure fire was reported at 1318 Whiskey Hill Rd.... more

Gov. Cuomo taps top aide to lead re-election campaign

A top aide to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has been picked to lead the Democratic governor’s bid for a third term. Cuomo announced Monday that Bill Mulrow will serve as the chairman of Cuomo’s 2018 campaign. Mulrow had been working as the secretary to the governor, a high-profile position within the administration. Prior to that he was a senior... more

After Sennett outdoor fire, Cuomo says NY brush burning ban remains in effect

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is warning New Yorkers about the risk of wildfires with warmer temperatures expected this spring. A statewide residential brush burning ban is in effect until May 14. Cuomo also advised residents in eastern New York that there’s the potential for wildfire conditions through 8 a.m. Tuesday. Dryer, warmer conditions combined with gusty winds increases the risk for... more

Auburn fire chief: Consider a countywide fire service

Joe Morabito, chief of the Auburn Fire Department, said it won’t happen in his career or maybe even in his lifetime, but he wants the city and Cayuga County to consider a countywide fire department. As part of his goals to tackle in his 2017-2018 budget presentation, Morabito told Auburn city councilors Thursday night that an inter-municipal agreement similar to... more

Moravia man dies after truck slams into trees, catches fire

Police say a Moravia man was the victim in a fatal accident, which happened in Skaneateles on Wednesday. Anthony J. Labaro, 26, of Moravia was traveling on County Line Rd. heading south when the driver failed to negotiate a turn properly, resulting in the vehicle traveling off the road — slamming into a group of trees. The pickup truck then burst... more

Sennett landowner ticketed for starting massive timber fire

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation says one person has been ticketed after the massive, two day fire that broke out in Sennett this week. The DEC reports that David Panek, the landowner, was issued a citation for starting a small fire to burn household and yard waste. That fire spread when light winds began pushing the flames... more

Fire departments called back to large lumber fire in Sennett

Multiple Cayuga County fire departments returned to the scene of a large outdoor fire in the town of Sennett Tuesday. According to Cayuga County 911, at around 11:30 a.m., crews from Sennett, Weedsport, Owasco, Auburn, Fleming, Throop and Aurelius were called to the area of Grant Avenue, County House and Chestnut Ridge roads to fight hot spots from a lumber... more

West Bloomfield fire remains under investigation

On Friday around 9:18 pm crews were called to 8605 County Rd. 14 in West Bloomfield for a reported fire. Deputies say Haroutun M. Babigian, 25, of Ionia had arrived home and found his residence to be filled with smoke. They say the smoke appeared to be originating from the basement of the home. Ionia and West Bloomfield Fire Departments... more

Memorial service honors Auburn firefighters who have died

For Auburn Fire Department Chaplain James Enright, there are two buildings that always stand out in a community: the churches and the firehouses. And once a year, he said, the two come together in the city of Auburn in a special, time-honored tradition. On Wednesday night, dozens of people packed the pews at Willard Memorial Chapel for the fire department's... more

Ovid FD planning benefit dinner for volunteers battling illnesses

The Ovid Fire Department will be hosting a benefit dinner and gift raffle to help with medical costs for four volunteer firefighters as they fight for their lives. Scott Armitage, Gary Covert, Brian Reynolds and Mike Snyder, who are all facing various medical emergencies will be benefited by the dinner, which is expected to draw major support from the local... more

Hoverboard bursts into flames in Waterloo; homeowner smothers fire

The Waterloo Fire Department was the latest agency to respond to a hoverboard fire. On Sunday around midnight — the Waterloo Fire Department responded to 224 E. Williams St. for the report of a structure fire. Upon arrival, it was discovered that a hover board burst into flames while it was charging. The homeowner, identified as Terry Hunt, was able... more

Ontario County Safety Council awards honor those who saved lives in 2016

Police, firefighters and area residents who took action that saved lives during 2016 will be honored at the Ontario County Safety Council’s awards banquet. The 54th annual awards will be given out March 28 at Canandaigua Inn on the Lake. There will be a social hour starting at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 7. The Life Saving Award will... more

Waterloo FD gets new ‘cold water’ equipment, hosts training session

Cold water rescues for the Waterloo Fire Department just got a little bit warmer to handle. The Waterloo Fire Department was recently able to acquire new personal protective and safety equipment to use in cold water rescues. The “Ice Rescuer 1500” ice rescue suits are designed to keep those wearing the suit safe from harsh elements; including cold or frozen... more

Crews worked for several hours battling Newfield fire

Firefighters spent hours battling a blaze in Newfield on Thursday. The fire was reported at 11:09 pm at 1399 Shaffer Rd., according to officials. Crews from West Danby, Enfield, Van Etten, and Odessa all assisted at the scene. Bangs Ambulance was also called to the scene, but they were ultimately not needed as there were no injuries reported. The charred... more

N. Wadsworth St. fire under investigation; home suffers extensive damage (photos & video)

The call for a structure fire at 17 N. Wadsworth St. came in at 6:29 pm. Shortly thereafter, crews from the Geneva Fire Department were on the scene. While the video below depicts a chaotic scene, Geneva Fire Chief Michael Combs reports that when crews arrived — smoke and fire was showing from the second story. Photos from the scene... more

CLEAR EM OUT: Officials ask for residents to clear around fire hydrants

When a winter storm the magnitude of Stella makes it’s way through, leaving nearly two feet of snow (or more) in some areas — it takes some work to get everything back to normal. The roads have improved significantly just one day removed from the biggest winter storm of the season, but Seneca County officials are asking for a hand... more
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