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2015 Recruitment Drive

We will be participating in the annual Recruit NY Recruitment Campaign.  Are you interested in joining the volunteer fire service?  Stop by our firehouse on Route 202 on Saturday April 25, 2015 between 10 AM and 4 PM

Welcome Rockland American Cancer Society!

We would like to welcome all members of the Rockland Relay for Life to the Kick off at our Route 202 Firehouse tonight 2/6/15.

Santa visiting

Santa will be visiting the Thiells Roseville FireDistrict on Sunday December 14th, between 9am and 12 pm.  Look for Santa as he rides our fire truck!

Erie County Coverage

One Engine (26-1500) and one Chief’s vehicle have been requested to respond to and cover the area covered by The Abbot Newtown Fire Co in Hamburg NY.  The area nearby was devastated with a series of snow storms dropping nearly 11 FT of precipitation. It is expected to warm up, and flooding is expected. We wish our members to remain safe up there!

Annual Open House

Sunday October 26, 2014 from 12PM to 3 PM at our Route 202 Firehouse.  Stop by for a tour of our facility, vehicles as well as demonstrations and free give aways!!

Haverstraw Crash

A Long Island couple was driving from Lake Welch toward the Palisades Interstate Parkway Sunday when their car rolled over several times then crashed down an embankment, police said Monday.

The passenger, Jacob Nadien, 23, of Huntington, died at the scene of the 8:50 p.m. Sunday crash on Willow Grove Road, police said. Emergency personnel took the driver, Julia Stanwycks, 22, of Dix Hills, to Nyack Hospital in critical condition, police said.

The single-car crash remains under investigation by the Haverstraw police and the Ramapo Police Department Accident Reconstruction Team.

“We assume speed is a contributing factor by virtue of observations,” Haverstraw police Lt. Martin Lund said Monday. “She apparently lost control and the car rolled over and careened 20 feet down the embankment against a tree.”

Had the tree not been there, the car likely would have fallen farther down the wooded hill, police said.

The 2007 Ford crashed near Gate Hill Road heading east toward the Palisades Interstate Parkway on the border with Stony Point, Lund said. The couple were both wearing seat belts.

Given that the couple lived on Long Island, “they were mostly likely heading toward the PIP south,” Lund said.

Police reopened the road at 5:30 a.m. after hours of investigation and reconstruction of the crash.

Willow Grove Road is a winding, dimly lit, two-lane street largely bordered by woods and thick shrubbery on either side. An eastbound driver would be heading downhill as the roadway continues a gradual slant until bottoming out for a stretch just before Blanchard Road.

The accident drew emergency personnel with heavy lighting to allow Thiells Fire Department’s David B. Roche Volunteer Fire Company to pull the Ford up the embankment and cut the two people out of the crushed vehicle, Lund said.

Haverstraw police were assisted by the state police, state park police, Rockland Paramedic Services, Haverstraw Ambulance Corps, and Rockland Medical Examiner’s Office.

The fatal crash is the second to occur in the area. In April, 21-year-old Christian Ascolese died while a passenger in Honda Civic that overturned just over a mile away on Gate Hill Road in Stony Point.

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N.J. man, 20, dies of apparent drowning in Harriman State Park lake

In the Sloatsburg Area, Dive Teams from Sloatsburg FD, Thiells FD, Stony Point FD, Monroe FD, and firefighters from Tuxedo FD responded to Pine Meadow Lake on 6/10/14 for a reported drowning victim.  Thiells Divers recovered the victim.  See the article below for the rest of the story.

HARRIMAN STATE PARK – A 20-year-old New Jersey man died Tuesday after apparently drowning in Pine Meadow Lake, officials said.

Emergency responders were called to the lake shortly after 6 p.m. when two of the victim’s friends witnessed him go under, said Randy Simons, a state park police spokesman.

Park police and rangers along with several fire departments from Rockland and Orange counties searched the water for the man, whose identity was not released.

“It was basically a recovery,” Sloatsburg Fire Chief Joseph Vega said. “Supposedly, he was swimming with a friend, got a cramp and the other guy wasn’t able to help him.”

Simons said witnesses told police the 20-year-old was trying to swim the distance of the lake when he went under. There are no lifeguards posted at the lake and swimming is prohibited.

The incident is similar to drownings that occurred last summer in Bear Mountain’s Hessian Lake, where swimming also is not permitted.

“When we get involved in these lakes, we always ask people to use caution and common sense and swim only in life-guarded areas,” Simons said. “Some of these lakes look beautiful and refreshing, but there’s no way to identify underwater currents, temperature changes … It’s very dangerous to swim in these lakes.”

Simons said an official cause of death won’t be determined until the Rockland County medical examiner can perform an autopsy.

On July 4, 2013, 46-year-old Refugio Jimenez of Manhattan died while swimming in Hessian Lake. Just weeks earlier, on June 24, Jean Fritz Pierre, a ninth-grader from Brooklyn, died while swimming in the same lake. Both victims were later found to have drowned.

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Thank you for your support

We would like to thank our community for their support with our relay For Life Car Wash today, it was a great success!!!

Relay for Life Car Wash

Please Support the Thiells Fire Department Relay For Life Team.  Sunday June 1st, from 10 am to 2 pm at the Route 202 Firehouse.  The donation is ony $5.00

Man Rescued After Sailboat Flips On Hudson

A sailboat overturned in the Hudson River, sending the boater into frigid waters where he hung onto a floating cushion while waiting for help, officials said.

Responders first learned of the overturned vessel shortly before 7 p.m., mobilizing forces from both sides of the river, Thiells Fire Chief Ray Redmond said.

“Not too many people have boats out so it’s a little involved,” he said.

Thiells fire crews were assisted by firefighters from Stony Point, medics from Haverstraw and police officers from Haverstraw, Rockland County and Westchester County marine units. The approximately 21-foot sailboat was found overturned near the boat dock by the Bowline generating station.

A diver rescued the man, who had been in the water for some time, Redmond said. The water’s temperature was in the 40s, as measured by buoys maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey on the Hudson River.

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