Wednesday February 7, 2018 started off as another busy day for the Patterson Fire Department. At 1057 hours, Patterson Fire was dispatched to a motor vehicle accident on Fair St. One vehicle reportedly rolled over down an embankment during the height of the snow storm. Patterson Heavy Rescue 22-6-1 arrived to find one vehicle on its side down a 5-foot embankment. Both the driver and a passenger were out the vehicle already. With no entrapment, members set about evaluating the patients’ injuries, checking for additional hazards like leaking fuel, and assisting Patterson Fire Police and the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office with traffic control. Upon the arrival of Patterson EMS, patient care was turned over to their ambulance crew; both patients were transported to Putnam Hospital Center for further evaluation. Putnam Lake Engine/Tanker 23-2-5 arrived and stood by briefly before being returned to service.

Shortly after Stan’s Auto Body arrived to recover the vehicle on Fair St, a second rollover motor vehicle accident was dispatched on Route 22 and Route 164, this one involving a fuel oil tank truck. Patterson Heavy Rescue 22-6-1 responded from Fair St, arriving just behind Putnam Lake Engine/Tanker 23-2-5 and Asst Chief Joey Nickischer, 22-1-3. Again fortunately there was no entrapment, as passersby assisted the driver out of the vehicle prior to the Fire Department’s arrival. The tank truck came to rest on its side. The tank truck was carrying 1,400 gallons of #2 Fuel Oil, none of which was leaking. Patterson Fire Department Ambulance 22-7-2 arrived and evaluated the driver of the truck, who declined to go to the hospital. Patterson Fire Department Fire Police assisted the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office and New York State Police with traffic control. Units stood by on the scene for almost two hours, assisting two heavy wreckers from Lisi’s Towing of Brewster as they expertly uprighted the tank truck without incident and removed it from the scene.

A short while later, Patterson and Putnam Lake also responded to an automatic fire alarm on Field and Forest Court, caused by food on the stove. Just another busy day protecting the Town of Patterson!


Photographs by Joey Nickischer