Tropical Depression Ida
The last 24 hours have been busy for Pleasantville FD volunteers who responded to 16 alarms (12 of which were in a 4 hour period).
At approximately 10:25 pm yesterday evening (9/1), the county dispatch center, 60-Control at the Westchester County Department of Emergency Services, experienced a significant increase in call volume and activated a “Modified Dispatch” plan. All fire departments in Westchester County were requested to staff their firehouses and set up their own means of receiving and dispatching alarms.
At 10:26 pm, PFD was dispatched to three calls simultaneously. Members responded and staffed our Fire Headquarters and crews were assigned to Engine 91, Rescue 47, Tower Ladder 5, and Utility 188. Additional personnel was assigned to our Radio Room to monitor radios, phones, and our Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) system in order to receive and dispatch our own alarms.
Members responded to alarms including:
- water rescues
- wires/trees down
- inside smoke odors
- structural/outdoor flooding conditions
- commercial & residential alarm activations
Due to flooding and road closures, PFD also responded Mutual Aid to assist our neighbors from the Thornwood Fire Department with water rescues and smoke from a structure called.
Thank you to all of the members of the Pleasantville Volunteer Fire Department for their dedication and for leaving their families during a severe storm to assist and protect the residents and businesses of the Pleasantville Fire District.
Want more information on how you can join our Department and help out the Pleasantville community? Want FREE emergency training that lasts a lifetime? Stop by our Headquarters (75 Washington Avenue) any Monday evening at 7pm, send us a message, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call at 914-769-2336.
Chief of Department
(Photo was taken at an alarm on Bismark St.)