Sunday, July 13, 2014

The Hudson Project update

The Hudson Project festival site has been evacuated. Al patrons are being urged to shelter in their cars. Those without vehicles are being sheltered at locations in the Village. To keep up to date where people are and what arrangements have been made for their transportation, visit the Hudson Project's social media sites. All local residents are urged to avoid the area due to the large exodus of traffic from the festival grounds.

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Traffic Incident Management Course

The Woodstock Fire Department will be hosting a US DOT Traffic Incident Management Course on July 17 at the Co 1 firehouse on Tinker St. The class runs from 6:30 PM to 10:30 PM.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Missing Police K-9

Falcone, a 17 month old German Shepard ran away from his handler on Monday 6/16 at approximately 9 PM. He went missing in the area of Upper North Rd Highland. If seen, please call the Town of Lloyd PD at 691-6102.

Monday, June 02, 2014

CPR Awareness Week

June 1-8 is CPR Awareness Week. The American Heart Association wants everyone to learn the two simple steps of hands-only CPR to help save lives from cardiac arrest - a leading killer in New York State and the nation. Here is the link to a one minute video about hands-only CPR.

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

First alarm news and information

To: All Ulster County Emergency Services From: Art Snyder Date: March 31, 2014 Re: News and Information CAD view-only access – I have been asked by the law enforcement community to grant view-only CAD access for current fire and EMS incidents to those police agencies with a dispatch center. This would allow their dispatcher to retrieve information (such as nature and location) of incidents within their area of responsibility. There would be no ability to research closed calls, nor would there be the ability to add/change/delete the current incidents. I stated that before approval would be granted, I needed to find out if there was opposition. Any agency that does not wish law enforcement to have this view-only access, please send me a letter or e-mail by May 1. I will have someone from area law enforcement address your concerns directly with you. Central Hudson – There has been some concern recently about Central Hudson requesting fire department approval to restore electric service to a fire-damaged building. Central Hudson management agrees this is a building department function and will reinforce this with staff. Low band paging – As a follow up to previous discussions about low band paging, I am pleased to report that the FCC has granted us a license modification that allows for an increase in the number of pagers on frequency 155.220 MHz. This will allow us to simultaneously dispatch fire departments over both 33.48 and 155.220. The short term plan is to provide this service on a one to one basis (for example, a department that is dispatched off the Kingston tower on 33.48 will also be dispatched off the Kingston tower on 155.220). Unfortunately there will have to be some modifications in call dispatching procedures until a fully simulcast solution is put into place. For example, to avoid interference we may have to sequentially dispatch some agencies responding to the same incident. This is an unavoidable consequence until a fully simulcast solution is installed (which is the long term plan). To provide full simulcast of all 155.220 tower sites on all calls requires new base stations, a new microwave system and other enhancements – a complex and very expensive project. However, this is part of the overall upgrade to our radio system anyway, so while very pricey, it is not unexpected. No part of this project is wasted money – the migration to a simulcast VHF high band paging solution, and all other radio system enhancements, are being developed and implemented not as stand-alone solutions, but rather with an eye toward integrating them into a complete, interoperable radio system for all of Ulster County’s emergency services. Motorola’s decision to discontinue offering Minitor pagers in VHF low band simply hastened this move. There is no need to notify our office when you organization begins to purchase high band pagers – we will be implementing the 33.48/155.220 simulcast on or around May 1st for all departments. The only change you may notice is the sequential paging that may be necessary to avoid interference. As departments begin to purchase new high band paging equipment, tell your vendor to use the same tones and timing on high band that is currently used for low band. Low band paging will sunset by May 1, 2016. This gives agencies over two years and two full budget cycles to replace their low band paging equipment. The Hudson – The NYS DOH has given Part 18 approval for a mass gathering, and the UC Health Department is close to giving their approval for the Part 7 permit. The scale of the event is such that most impacts (aside from an increase in traffic) should be focused on Saugerties. More information will be forthcoming.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Flood potential for this weekend

Good afternoon After wavering on track and intensity, the National Weather Service (NWS) and other forecast services are mostly in agreement about this coming weekend. The flood watch headlines have been posted, and I will not be surprised if we see flood warnings (both general and for poor drainage areas) beginning tomorrow evening. The storm will track into the Mid-Atlantic region Saturday night, so there is still time for change, but here is the latest forecast: Rain - A slow moving storm will begin tomorrow afternoon, increase in intensity during the evening and become heavy during the overnight. 2+ inches of rain is expected during the overnight period alone (with another combined inch or so before and after the heaviest downpours). The latest projections are for rain to continue through most of the day on Sunday - perhaps not completely ending until Monday. Our area should see all rain - not snow. Snow pack - Although valley locations have little snow remaining on the ground, mountainous areas still have a few inches of liquid equivalent left in the snowpack in those areas. Frost - While the top few inches of soil may be muddy, there is still frost extending well into the ground. This will affect the ability of the soil to accept much rain - most will result in run-off. Ice Jam - Again, there is a wide variety in the County of free flowing streams and those slower moving bodies of water with considerable ice remaining. As run-off from the storm flows into ice laden streams, expect remaining ice to break up, and potentially back up - ice jam flooding can develop very rapidly. Reservoirs - After weeks of releases, the Ashokan is at 84% and the Rondout is just under 90%. Flood potential - Poor drainage areas will be the first to feel the effects of the storm, but the factors above all indicate we MAY face widespread issues with flooding during the overnight on Saturday through perhaps Monday (depending on how quickly the storm moves away). Please monitor conditions throughout the weekend as conditions change. If you need assistance from this office, please call. Art

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

High Band Paging for Fire Departments

As a follow up to the information provided in this month's first alarms regarding VHF high band paging for fire departments, I wanted to get the word out that yesterday we received FCC approval for an expanded number of pagers on frequency 155.220. Information regarding the implementation of this program (including the sunset of 33.48 paging) will be forthcoming within the next week. At this point I simply wanted to make you aware of the FCC's approval so that any imminent pager purchases could be made with an eye toward the migration to the new frequency. Tone configurations will not change, ie the same tone assigned to your department on 33.48 will be used for 155.220. More details will follow.