Small fire on Chestnut Heights Drive

by Nate Cisne April 16th

On the afternoon of Wednesday, April 16th, units from Liverpool, Moyers Corners, Mattydale, and North Syracuse were dispatched to the 300 block of Chestnut Heights Drive, in Station 2’s first due, for a reported house fire.  Shortly after dispatch a County Emergency Management car arrived onscene, reporting light smoke showing.  Liverpool Engine 2 arrived simultaneously with Mattydale Quint 3, bringing in nearby hydrant and stretching a line into the house, while Mattydale’s Quint assumed first-due truck company responsibilities.  Cars 1 [Chief Loucks] and 3 [A/C LaFaver] arrived, reporting a fire in an upstairs bedroom. Units found a small fire in an upstairs bedroom that had been partially extinguished by the resident, and finished extinguishing the fire, which had extended to the outside of the house.  After overhauling and checking for extension, all units returned in service after approximately 1 hour.  Units onscene included Liverpool Engines 1, 2, 3, Rescue 1, and Squad 2.





Vehicle Fire in front of Station One

by Nate Cisne April 11th

During the morning rush hour Liverpool Stations 1 and 3 were dispatched for a vehicle fire on Route 57, in front of Station 1.  Liverpool Engine 1 (Lt. Sikora) pulled out onto the pad, to find a well involved vehicle fire.  Car 2 [D/C Ormsby] had command as Engine 1’s crew quickly knocked down the fire.

Liverpool to Belgium-Cold Springs

by admin April 3rd

At 1132 this morning, Liverpool station 3 was alerted to respond with an engine to a reported house fire on Doyle road. Engine 3 was quickly out the door with LT Paparo in the seat and Car 2(Ormsby) leading the way. The first arriving chief arrived to a heavy smoke condition in the house and determined a fire was located in the kitchen on the first floor. Engine 3 arrived and laid a supply line from the closest hydrant. Engine 3’s crew was responsible for the search on the second floor while the chauffeur supplied the first arriving Baldwinsville engine with water. Crews had the fire knocked down within minutes of being on scene. Units were on scene for 45 minutes to assist with overhaul and ventilation. No one was injured and the cause of the fire is being investigated.

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New medication to treat drug overdoses proves itself again

by Nate Cisne March 25th

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At 5:47pm on Tuesday, March 25th, Liverpool was dispatched along with Rural/Metro ambulance to the Onondaga Lake Parkway, near Interstate-81, for an individual in a vehicle who was reportedly unconscious with ineffective breathing.  Liverpool units had just cleared a fire alarm on Salina Meadows parkway and Car-2 [D/C Ormsby], M-1, Engine 3, and Squad 2 immediately marked enroute.  Car 2 arrived, confirming the dispatch and advising a respiratory arrest.  Liverpool EMTs administered intra-nasal Narcan, and assisted Rural/Metro Paramedics in stabilizing the patient, who began breathing on their own.  Intra-Nasal Narcan is a medication used to treat drug overdoses, and which was recently added to all of Liverpool’s EMS response vehicles.  Only weeks ago it was used for the first time to successfully treat a patient, and once again has proved its value in helping the EMTs of the Liverpool Fire Department provide life-saving care.

Vehicle Fire on Onondaga Lake Parkway

by Nate Cisne March 23rd


At 10:12pm on the evening of March 21st, Liverpool was dispatched to the Onondaga Lake Parkway for a reported vehicle fire.  Car 1 [Chief Loucks] arrived to find a large SUV with a working fire in the engine compartment.  Engine 1 [Lt. Geidel] was first arriving and deployed a handline, quickly knocking down the fire.  Engine 5 [Lt. Stoluskey] arrived second-due and assisted in overhaul and repacking hose.  All Liverpool units returned in service after approximately 20 minutes.

Working house fire in Galeville

by Nate Cisne March 17th

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At 12:12pm on Tuesday, March 17th, units from Liverpool, Mattydale, Baldwinsville, Moyers Corners, and North Syracuse were dispatched to 131 Kearney Ave, in Station 2’s area, for smoke coming from the rear of a house.  Car-2 [D/C Ormsby] arrived to find heavy smoke coming from the rear or a two story wood-frame private dwelling.  After a size up, a ‘Signal 99′ was transmitted as Engine 5 [Lt. Cisne] was arriving as the first due engine.  They quickly stretched and attack line and forced entry into the structure, while the chauffeur secured a water supply from a hydrant across the street .  Truck 2 [FF Warren] and Engine 1 [Capt. Vassallo] arrived together and deployed a second hoseline into the residence, while Truck 2 was tasked with vertical ventilation.  North Syracuse Engine 6 arrived and was tasked with a primary search.  D/C Ormsby passed command to A/C O’Key, and took interior operations.  As crews advanced to the second floor they were met with heavy heat and smoke conditions, hampering visibility.  Crews found fire in the B/C corner and it was quickly extinguished.  Engine 3 [Lt. Paparo] arrived along with Mattydale Quint 3, Moyers Corners Engine 32, and Baldwinsville Engine 4, and those units went to work deploying ground ladders and assisting with searches, ventilation, and overhaul.  Baldwinsville Rescue 6 was added to the alarm as a replacement RIT team.  The fire was quickly placed under control and there were no injuries.  Unfortunately, several pets were found deceased during the course of operations.  Other Liverpool Units onscene included Rescue 1, Rescue 2, and Squad 2.  EAVES ambulance responded with their incident rehabilitation trailer, and Rural/Metro ambulance stood by onscene.  We would like to thank Belgium Cold-Springs, Clay, and Hinsdale Fire Departments for covering Liverpool’s stations during the incident.  All units were back in service by 15:40.

Reported building collapse in the Village

by Nate Cisne March 12th

Shortly before midnight on Tuesday, March 10th, Liverpool’s three stations were dispatched to Oswego Street between 3rd and 4th for a reported building collapse.  Baldwinsville Rescue 6 was dispatched as the Rapid Intervention Team.  The caller reported that power lines were also down in the area.  Car-4 (O’Key) arrived to find that the enclosed porch of a two story residence had been pulled off the front of the house and collapsed, possibly due to a large amount of melting snow/ice falling off the roof of the house.  The collapse had also affected the power/cable service lines into the house.  The RIT team was returned, and Liverpool units were onscene for approximately 1/2 hour investigating and checking for hazards before returning in service.  Liverpool units onscene included: Rescue 1, Engine 1, Truck 2, Engine 3, Engine 5, Squad 2, M-2, and several Chiefs.

Engine 3 responds to Clay housefire.

by Nate Cisne March 9th



On the morning of Monday, March 9th, a full box alarm was dispatched for reported housefire at 9172 River Rd in the Town of Clay, bringing Liverpool Engine 3 (Lt. Ingram) as the Rapid Intervention Team, along with units from Clay, Moyers Corners, Cicero, and Caughdenoy.  Shortly afterwards, Emergency Management Car 2 arrived and gave a Signal 99 for a fully involved housefire.

Due to the advanced spread of the fire throughout the home the fire was fought defensively, with Moyers Corners Truck 2 utilizing their aerial’s masterstream.  Units were also hampered by a water main break, which resulted in multiple tankers being dispatched for a water relay, in addition to relief companies from several departments being brought to the scene.  Despite several hours of efforts by multiple departments, the house was a total loss.

Engine 3 stoodby as the RIT team, as well as assisting with fire-ground operations.


Liverpool uses Narcan to help revive overdose victim

by Nate Cisne March 4th


Under the direction of Deputy Chief Ormsby, Liverpool Fire Department recently added intranasal Narcan to all three Rescues.  Narcan is a medication used to reverse drug overdoses, which have been on the rise in Upstate New York.

On February 11th, at 10:58am, Liverpool was dispatched to the Ramada Inn on Buckley Rd for an unconscious person.  Rescue 2 (FF/EMT’s Laakso and Goodnough) and M-1 (Lt./Paramedic Cisne) were first onscene and found a male in respiratory arrest, with signs and symptoms of a drug overdose.  Liverpool members immediately began providing stabilizing care, and intranasal Narcan was administered.  Liverpool members assisted providers from Rural/Metro ambulance in successfully reviving the patient

This was the first use of Narcan by the Liverpool Fire Department and, in addition to the automatic CPR devices recently added to all three Rescues, is an example of the progressive standard that Liverpool Fire Department strives to maintain in responding to EMS calls.

Working Housefire in the Village

by Nate Cisne February 25th

At 12:05 on Wednesday, February 25th, units from Liverpool, Moyers Corners, Mattydale, and Baldwinsville Fire Departments were dispatched to 122 Memphis Street for a reported housefire.  Liverpool Car 2 [Ormsby] arrived at the end of dispatch to find a single story house with heavy smoke showing, and shortly thereafter a ‘Signal 99′ was given for a working housefire.  Onondaga County Fire Control advised that the address was flagged due to ‘hoarder’ conditions inside the residence.  Liverpool Engine 3 [FF Bertholf] was first arriving and quickly advanced a handline to side ‘B’ and began an interior attack.  Engine 1 [Capt. Vassallo] arrived next and secured a water supply.  Truck 2 [Lt. Cisne] arrived shortly thereafter and began horizontal ventilation and assisting with handline advancement.  Engine 5 [Capt. Zogg] arrived and advanced a second handline into the structure.  Moyers Corners Engine 31 arrived and began assisting with handline advancement and extinguishment, and Moyers Corners Rescue 3 arrived and set-up RIT operations.  Mattydale Quint 3 arrived and began vertical ventilation operations.  Crews were hampered by not only heavy fire loading and multiple vehicles in the yard, but also by over a foot of snow present on the property.  Command made the decision to temporarily transition to exterior operations due to heavy fire load, deteriorating interior conditions, and limited progress by companies operating inside the structure.  Crews successfully evacuated the structure as heavy fire began venting from the ‘C’ and ‘D’ sides of the residence.

After operating defensively for a short time, multiple companies moved back into the residence to resume extinguishment and begin extensive opening-up and overhaul.  Additional companies from Belgium Cold-Springs, and Seneca River were brought into the scene to relieve first alarm companies.  Eventually, an excavator was moved in to begin demolition of the rear of the structure in order to locate and extinguish remaining pockets of fire.   An excellent job was done by all companies who operated in difficult conditions for several hours, as well as thanks to all companies who covered Liverpool’s three stations during the fire.

Additional units operating onscene included Liverpool Rescues 1, 2, 3, and Squad 2.