A few days ago, some members of Local 2029 had the pleasure of presenting the staff at the Maria Fareri Children's Hospital at Westchester Medical Center with a $10,000 check. Members of Local 2029 would like to thank the many members of the community who helped us raise the money, particularly those who played in our annual golf outing, and those who helped during our fill the boot drive. Over the years we have raised just under $100,000.
Local 2029 would like to congratulate Firefighter Michael Stoddart on graduating from the Westchester Career Fire Academy. Mike spent the last four months at the Career Academy receiving over 25 NY State Fire Certifications and National Firefighter Certifications I & II. That is over 600 hours of training. Mike is pictured here receiving his diploma from Firefighter Ryan Prata. Congrats Mike.
Since November 2014, the Rye Fire Department has been a topic of conversation in the public eye, specifically the Rye City Review newspaper. The main topic has been circling around our career staffing. The issue was brought to light by the City Manager, citing OSHA standards and firefighters and citizens' safety. Below are the links to the articles that appeared in the review.
November 26, 2014 - "City Manager: Fire Department Staffed for Failure" - "Right now, we're staffed for failure," Culross warned the Rye City Council. - http://www.ryecityreview.com/city-manager-fire-department-staffed-for-failure/
December 12th, 2014 - "City Council Nixes 2015 Firefighter Hires" - "We are cognizant that this is a discussion that we are going to have to have in the coming year," Sack said. "We thank the city manager for prompting us to have this discussion by including it in the budget, but these are not issues that appeared overnight. Existing conditions have been as they have for some time...and there is nothing that needs to be changed that can't wait another year." - http://www.ryecityreview.com/city-council-nixes-2015-firefighter-hires/
December 18th, 2014 - "City to Weigh FD Future" - "Options will include having discussions with neighboring communities about perhaps merging our departments and possibly even considering closing one of the two firehouses we have" [Sack said] I'm not saying that's going to happen, but I say it by way of indicating that we're going to have all options on the table." - Closing a firehouse "will not offset the citywide insurance premium, which could be millions per year," the report stated. - http://www.ryecityreview.com/city-to-weigh-fd-future/
January 8th, 2015 - "Firefighter Hire Doesn't Address Staffing Concerns" - "It was a surprise to all of us," Castelhano said regarding the city's decision to hire one firefighter. "We were never consulted about it. It was never a proposal. It just appeared...I think the way they're doing it isn't going to correct any of the problems we have" - http://www.ryecityreview.com/firefighter-hire-doesnt-address-staffing-concerns/
The Rye Professional Firefighters Local 2029 would like to send a big thank you to all the Rye residents and those passing through this past weekend who contributed to our annual Fill-the-Boot drive for the Maria Fareri Children's Hospital! It was a great day and we raised over $7,500! Thank you so much for all of your support.
On Saturday December 13th, the Rye Professional Firefighters Association, Local 2029, will be out on Purchase Street holding our annual Fill-the-boot drive in support of the Maria Fareri Children's Hospital. Last year we raised over $9,500 bringing our total of money raised over the years to over $85,000.
The Maria Fareri Children's Hospital at Westchester Medical Center is THE children's hospital for New York's Hudson Valley region and Fairfield County. They are the regional and national leader in children's health, serving more than 20,000 children a year. With your help, we can aid in the complete care of our children. If you are near Rye, please take a drive down Purchase Street and fill our firefighter's boots with your donation and help us do better than we did last year.
This past week, the Westchester Career Fire Academy came to Rye to train on another pre-teardown house. Candidates are put through many multi-company operation evolutions, allowing them to experience close to real-life situations; outside of what they are use to at the training grounds back in Valhalla. The group of about 25, including one of our own, are about half way through their training, with hopes of graduating in mid-January. This marks at least the fourth time that the Academy was able to benefit from Rye's booming real estate.
Local 2029 is pleased to announce the appointment of Michael Stoddart to the position of Firefighter for the City of Rye. Mike is a longtime resident of Rye and has been involved in the Fire Department for over six years. Mike will begin the Westchester Career Fire Academy starting in a few weeks. We look forward to his years of service. Congrats Mike!
For the forth year in a row, members of Local 2029 joined more than 30,000 runners and walkers for the Tunnel to Towers Foundation and their annual 5K in NYC. Local 2029 donated $1,500 to the Foundation which raises money for burn centers around the country and building homes for disabled veterans.
For a third year in a row, Local 2029 will be participating in Breast Cancer Awareness Month. For all of October, union members will be wearing pink shirts to show their support for the fight against Breast Cancer. Shirts will also be available to the public for sale and all money raised will again go to Sole Ryeders, a local organization that provides and supports Breast Cancer programs. If you would like to purchase a shirt, stop into Fire Headquarters on Locust Avenue. Shirts are $20 and are available now. This year's design is above, and is available in women's cut.