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PRESS RELEASE
June 12, 2017

It's Carnival time!

Beginning on Wednesday, June 28, 2017 and continuing through Saturday, July 01, 2017, the Patterson Fire Department will be a hosting a carnival at our Headquarters, located at 13 Burdick Road, Patterson, NY.

Carnival hours will be 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Hours will be 4:00 PM through 10:00 PM on Saturday and at approximately 9:30 PM, we will have a fireworks display with colorful shells reaching several hundred feet into the air!

At 7:00 PM on Friday, June 30, 2017, we will be hosting a Firefighters Parade which will run eastward on Route 311 from Maple Ave to Burdick Road. Fire apparatus from area departments will be on display for a chance to win best in class of various firematic categories.

Our carnival will feature rides, games, music, prizes and, of course, delicious food. ATV raffle tickets will be available as well as a 50/50 raffle and special t-shirt sales.

We encourage everybody to come down, enjoy the activities, socilize with your neighbors and show your support to the brave men and women who volunteer to help our community in times of emergency.


Patterson house fire
June 11, 2017

Patterson firefighters work at the scene of a fire that destroyed a house on Route 292 in Patterson early Sunday morning June 11, 2017. ...


Truck carrying cinder blocks crashes, closes Route 22 in Patterson
May 30, 2017

A truck carrying a load of cinder blocks crashed on Route 22 in Patterson Tuesday, partially closing the road. The truck came to rest down a small embankment just off the road. ...


PRESS RELEASE
May 29, 2017

On Monday, May 29, 2017, just minutes before the start of the annual Patterson Memorial Day Parade, the Patterson Fire Dept. was dispatched to a motor vehicle accident, was a car possibly on fire. The Putnam Lake Dept. and Patterson EMS were also dispatched.
Patterson Assistant Chief Tom Gamache was first to arrive, finding a three-car accident. All occupants were out of the vehicles, however one car was fully-involved in fire.
Patterson Fire Dept. Heavy Rescue 22-6-1 and Engine/Tanker 22-4-2 arrived almost simultaneously. Units stretched lines and quickly extinguished the fire.
Patterson Fire Police 22-8-1 assisted the New York State Police with shutting down the eastbound lanes of I-84 until fire department operations were concluded.
Patterson Fire Dept. Ambulance 22-7-2 arrived and staged. Putnam Lake Assistant Chief Greg Gagliardo assisted at the scene; Engine/Tanker 23-2-5 was staged on Route 311 for additional water and manpower.
Units returned to service, unfortunately just after the Memorial Day service concluded. The Patterson Fire Dept. No. 1, Inc. would like to offer a sincere thank you to all of our veterans, especially to those that made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our freedom.


Car fire shits Route 22 in Patterson
May 18, 2017

The Patterson Fire Department and Putnam Lake Fire Department responded to a car fire in front of 2200 Route 22 in Patterson, NY, causing Route 22 to be closed to all traffic for a short time while firefighting operations were underway. ...


PRESS RELEASE
May 03, 2017

At approximately 11:30 AM on Wednesday, May 03, 2017, the Patterson Fire Department was dispatched to an open burn turned brush fire on Old Route 22 in Patterson, NY.
Our tanker / tender, designated 22-4-2, and our brush truck, designated 22-3-2, responded to the scene to find a brush fire burning perilously close to a residence. Hoses were quickly stretched to the fire from both apparatus to prevent the fire from igniting the house while Putnam Lake FD's Assistant Chief facilitated with Incident Command.
While a motorcycle and the house had already suffered radiant heat damage, we were able to save the house and prevent further damage to the motorcycle.
The Putnam County Sheriff's Department and the Patterson Fire Department's Fire Police kept Old Route 22 closed between Old Road and Route 22, for about an hour, while the fire was extinguished.
New York State residents should be aware that the burning of brush is BANNED from March 16 to May 14 EVERY YEAR, due to the high risk / rapid spread of brush fires.
-jn-


PRESS RELEASE
April 28, 2017

At approximately 4:00 PM on Friday, April 28, 2017, the Patterson Fire Department was dispatched to a head-on collision on Route 311 at Burdick Road.
Our Heavy Rescue apparatus, designated 22-6-1, was first to arrive on scene, with 22-1-3 and the Town of Patterson Ambulance arriving seconds later. Thankfully, neither driver was trapped in the mangled mass of vehicles and they were removed via ambulance to local hospitals.
Route 311 was closed for almost an hour, in both directions, while emergency crews worked on the accident scene, cleaned the roadway of debris and the vehicles removed by tow truck.
-jn-


House Burns In Patterson
March 21, 2017

Smoke detectors became activated at a home on Cornwall Hill Road in Patterson early Saturday but when firefighters reached the scene they determined the fire was located in a residence across the street. ...


PRESS RELEASE
March 18, 2017

At approximately 1:30 AM on Saturday, 03/18/2017, the Patterson Fire Department was dispatched to a possible structure fire on Cornwall Hill Road in Patterson, NY. Patterson Fire Department Chief Matthew Szpindor was first to arrive on scene and quickly determined that the fire was not at the reported address but at a home around the corner at 986 Route 311. With visible fire emanating from the home, Chief Szpindor confirmed an actual structure fire and requested immediate assistance to the scene.
Assistant Chief Joey Nickischer from the Patterson Fire Department was designated as Incident Commander to coordinate the numerous responding resources while Chief Szpindor directly coordinated the fire attack operation.
A tanker / tender shuttle operation was established to bring water to the scene since the closest ample source of water was nearly 3000 feet away. Apparatus from Carmel, Lake Carmel, Patterson, Pawling and Putnam Lake Fire Departments all assisted with shuttling water to the scene as well as manpower for the direct attack. Fire Coordinators from Dutchess and Putnam County assisted with incident command while EMStar Medic 4 and Patterson Fire Department ambulances stood by to tend to any injuries. A crew from the New Fairfield (CT) Fire Department even stood by in their quarters in case of additional emergencies in the surrounding areas.
Shortly after extinguishment efforts were begun, the first floor of the house partially collapsed, making an already dangerous situation even more difficult. Thankfully, the firefighters, which had been inside the burning structure searching for victims and fighting the fire, realized the floor was about to give way and got out before the collapse. The frigid temperatures compounded the difficulty of the situation as all the water was turning to ice as it hit the ground. To alleviate the skating rink effect jeopardizing the safety of all our firefighters, the NYS DOT quickly responded to our request for a deicing truck, as did NYSEG to remove overhead power from the residence.
Our volunteer crews were on scene all night, almost 12 hours, before they were able to return home to their families and finally go to sleep.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
-jn-


PRESS RELEASE
February 28, 2017

At approximately 11:30 PM on February 28, 2017, the Patterson Fire Department was dispatched to assist the Lake Carmel Fire Department with a house fire. Chief Szpindor and Engine/Tanker 22-4-2 responded along with a crew of 6 firefighters.
Upon arrival, the house was already well-involved with heavy fire coming out of the windows. Patterson firefighters assisted units already on the scene with extinguishment efforts, including keeping the fire from damaging two cars in the garage plus preventing the fire from exposing oxygen tanks and propane cylinders stored in and outside the house, respectively. Apparatus 22-4-2 supplied water to the fire scene, delivering almost 15,000 gallons of water during the tanker shuttle operation (there were no fire hydrants in the area).
An additional crew stood by at Patterson Fire Department quarters in case of any other emergency calls in the area. The Patterson units were finally returned to service shortly before 0400.
-mjs-


Video: Truck fire in Patterson
February 25, 2017

Patterson firefighters attack a truck fire in a lot of Route 311 in Patterson Feb. 25, 2017. The truck, which was owned by a tree service company, was destroyed...


Fire consumes vehicle in Putnam; driver escapes
February 20, 2017

The driver of a minivan escaped injury late Saturday when his vehicle went up in flames on Fair Street near the intersection of Towners Road near the Patterson-Kent town line...


PRESS RELEASE
February 17, 2017

At approximately 4:40 PM on Friday, February 17, 2017, there was a two car accident on the southbound side of Route 22, just south of Route 164. A black pickup truck struck the front driver side of a car.
The Patterson Fire Department ambulance arrived quickly on scene and confirmed that there was a person trapped in the passenger car. Assistant Chief Joey Nickischer from the Patterson Fire Department arrived on scene and coordinated the responding Patterson Fire Fighters on the Heavy Rescue apparatus to assist on the scene. The Putnam Lake and Brewster Fire Departments were also dispatched for additional assistance.
Traffic was held up intermittently in both directions as the rescue and cleanup was undertaken.
Ambulances removed the patients to area trauma centers for evaluation and treatment of the injured occupants.
-jn-


PRESS RELEASE
February 14, 2017

At approximately 5:00 AM on February 14, 2017, the Patterson and Putnam Lake Fire Departments were dispatched to a house fire at 129 S. Lake Drive in the Putnam Lake area of Patterson.
Fire Chief Vinny Fanelli from Putnam Lake FD arrived on scene to find the top floor of a two story home on fire. Putnam Lake's fire engine, designated 23-2-4, arrived on scene and quickly doused the small bedroom fire. The Patterson FD arrived just behind the Putnam Lake fire engine with the Patterson Fire Chief and an engine/tanker, designated 22-4-2, and were tasked with ventilation, searching the dwelling for occupants and opening up walls to verify no additional fire spread. The Patterson FD engine/tanker also supplied the Putnam Lake FD engine with additional water.
The Ball Pond (CT) Fire Department arrived on scene with their engine to assist the fire crews and Putnam Lake FD provided a second engine, designated 23-2-4, for supplemental water and manpower.
Further assistance was provided by Putnam County Car 12 (for interdepartmental coordination assistance), the Putnam County Fire Investigation Team, Putnam County Sheriff's Department and the New York State Police.
-jn-


Two Rescued From Overturned Van Near Brewster Schools
February 10, 2017

Patterson firefighters rescued two people Friday who were trapped inside a van that ran off the road in Putnam, officials said...


2 in wheelchairs rescued from overturned van in Putnam
February 10, 2017

Patterson and Putnam Lake fire departments rescued two passengers who were in wheelchairs from an overturned van in Putnam Friday afternoon...


Ex-Treasurer for Patterson Fire Department Sentenced
February 09, 2017

Closing the chapter on the Patterson Volunteer Fire Department scandal, ex- treasurer Albert Melin was sentenced to 33 months in prison by a federal judge Friday...


PRESS RELEASE
February 06, 2017

On Friday, February 3, 2017, Albert Melin was sentenced in Federal Court to 33 months in prison for his embezzlement of over $1.1 million dollars from the Fire Dept. He was the former Treasurer of the Patterson Fire Dept. No. 1. Mr. Melin plead guilty in late 2016 to one count of wire fraud and one count of subscribing to a false tax instrument. His plea agreement included restitution for the amount stolen, criminal forfeiture in an additional amount of another $1.1 million payment. Friday was the culmination of an over one year-long investigation, bringing the sole person responsible for this theft to justice.

The Patterson Fire Dept. No. 1, Inc. would like to thank the Putnam County District Attorney's Office, the New York State Police, the New York State Comptroller's Office, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Internal Revenue Service, and the US Attorney's Office for their assistance throughout the investigation and prosecution. We would also like to thank our attorney for all of his diligent work and counsel throughout this ordeal.

The Fire Department wants to assure the citizens of the Town of Patterson that the Fire Department was fully insured for the loss, and that all of the stolen funds have been restored to the Fire Department's accounts. We have also implemented numerous additional financial controls and procedures to safeguard these funds.

The members of the all-volunteer Patterson Fire Dept. No. 1, Inc. continue to be dedicated to providing the highest level of fire and rescue services possible to the Town of Patterson, as we have done since the Fire Department was formed, almost 100 years ago."

-Patterson Fire Department Board of Directors


Ex-Patterson Fire Department treasurer gets 33 months for $1M theft
February 03, 2017

Albert Melin was sentenced today to serve 33 months in prison for stealing more than $1.1 million from the Patterson Fire Department when he served as its treasurer...

PRESS RELEASE
January 21, 2017

On Saturday, January 21, 2017, at approximately 8 PM, the Patterson Fire Department was dispatched to a two car accident, with injuries, at the junction of Route 311 and Route 164. The Patterson Fire Department ambulance and EMStar Medic 4 were also dispatched to the scene.

One driver was transported to the hospital by the Patterson Ambulance and the other refused medical assistance.

Also on scene was the Putnam County Sheriff and the Patterson Fire Department Fire Police in apparatus 22-8-1.




2016


Former Treasurer Of Patterson Volunteer Fire Department Pleads Guilty To Fraud And Tax Charges Arising From His Embezzlement Of More Than $1.1 Million
November 02, 2016
PRESS RELEASE: U.S. Attorney's Office

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Shantelle P. Kitchen, the Special Agent in Charge of the New York Field Office of the Internal Revenue Service - Criminal Investigation (“IRS-CI”), William F. Sweeney Jr., the Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Field Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”), Thomas P. DiNapoli, New York State Comptroller, and George Beach, Superintendent, New York State Police, announced that ALBERT MELIN, the former treasurer of the Patterson Fire Department in Patterson, New York (“PFD”), pled guilty today to wire fraud and false subscription to tax returns before Magistrate Judge Judith C. McCarthy in connection with his embezzlement of more than $1.1 million from the PFD.

Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said: “As he admitted today, Albert Melin betrayed the trust placed in him by the Patterson Fire Department, embezzling over a million dollars of fire department funds. Melin took money that was supposed to be used for fighting fires and other department needs, and instead used it to keep his own private businesses afloat and pay his personal bills. Thanks to our law enforcement partners at IRS-CI, FBI, the State Comptroller’s Office and the State Police, Melin’s betrayal was uncovered and his million-dollar embezzlement scheme put to an end.”...


Ex-Treasurer Enters Plea in Patterson FD Embezzlement Case
November 02, 2016

Albert Melin, the former treasurer of the Patterson Fire Department, pleaded guilty Wednesday to wire fraud and false subscription to tax returns in connection with his embezzlement of more than $1.1 million from the all-volunteer department...


PRESS RELEASE

At 0700 hours on Monday, Sept 5, 2016, the Patterson Fire Department was dispatched to Big Elm Rd in Patterson for a horse that had fallen into a drainage ditch. Patterson Fire Department Chief Matt Szpindor arrived first, followed quickly by First Assistant Chief Tom Gamache and Second Assistant Chief Joey Nickischer. Together, they formulated a rescue plan.

Nicholas, a 30-year old horse, was wedged on his right side in a four-foot deep ditch. The horse's owner, Jan Golash and Veterinarian Dr. Laura Faulkner monitored the horse's condition and provided medical care. Patterson Fire Department's Heavy Rescue and other apparatus arrived shortly after with additional personnel. Using various pieces of heavy rigging equipment, members set up a bipod and were able to lift the 1,000 lb. horse out of the ditch, and place him gently on the ground approximately 5 feet away.

After further evaluation and treatment by Dr. Faulkner, the owners and staff from The Crossroads Equestrian Center, Nicholas was back on his feet and walking back to the stable. The extrication took just over 90 minutes. Chief Szpindor commended his members, Dr. Faulkner, and all of those involved for a job well done.

UPDATE:
We recieved an update regarding Nicholas and his current condition.

"First on behalf of everyone at my barn - The Crossroads, we are all so grateful for your & Dr Laura Faulkner's kindness, compassion and hard work to save Nicholas's life yesterday. Nicholas is doing quite well despite yesterday's accident. He is alert, happy, begging for treats and whinnying for his favorite girlfriend Dotty - who is just across the way from his stall. Thank you for all your hard work yesterday!" Bernadette D.

Rescue photos by Joey Nickischer.
Nicholas with bandage photo by Crossroads Equestrian Center.

Horse rescue photos on Facebook.


Nightmare for Lake Carmel woman has happy ending
May 26, 2016

Joan, a 59 year old Lake Carmel woman, decided to take a hike in the Michael Ciaiola Conservation Area in Patterson with her beloved 95 pound yellow Labrador Retriever as she...


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