Mid-Afternoon Working Fire - In the First Due
By Chief of Department Jason Nickson
February 5, 2019

At 14:14hrs on Tuesday February 5th, the Bedford Hills FD and Katonah FD's Ladder 39 (Tower Ladder 57 - was Out of Service for aerial testing) were dispatched to 133 Railroad Avenue, the Chabad Jewish Center for a reported structure fire. At 14:15hrs, Assistant Chief Patierno (Car 2033) arrived on scene and transmitted the 10-75, for a working fire in a 100 x 40 religious center.

Engine 199 arrived on scene within four minutes of dispatch and immediately placed two 1 3/4" handlines simultaneously into service , Rescue 10 acting as the First Due Special Service, began to ladder the structure and preform truck company functions.

The crews of Engine 104, Engine 109 and Ladder 39 - vented the structure, preformed secondary searches, secured utilities and assisted BHFD with salvage and overhaul. Utility 13 stood by as the FAS Team.

Although there were heavy interior fire conditions upon arrival, a coordinated Aggressive Interior Attack and Ventilation brought the fire quickly under control.

We are happy to report that a vast majority of the Religious items and artifacts were removed from the structure without damage.

Incident Run Down:
Car 2032 (Command)
Car 2033 (Operations)

Engine 198, Engine 199, Rescue 10, Utility 57 and Ladder 39 (Katonah FD - Automatic Dual Response)

Mutual Aid Companies:
BVFD: Car 2043, Engine 109
MKFD: Car 2281, Engine 104 and Utility 13 (FAS Team)
KBHVAC: 65-B1 / WEMS: 45M2
WCDES: BAT16, BAT24 and C&O 1405
Bedford Police / Bedford Water Department / Bedford Building Department

Relocated to BHFD:
CFFD: Car 2073, Ladder 67
SSFD: Car 2452, Engine 167