For the period of Feb. 17 to March 2, the Niagara Falls Fire Department responded to 219 calls. The total number of service calls for 2014 to date is 1,020.
• MEDICAL: On Feb. 19, Engine 3’s crew, consisting of Capt. Mike Zambotti and firefighters Gil Burke, Mike Sillett and Nick Spurback, responded, at 8:18 a.m., to the 2000 block of Tennessee Avenue for a call of a man suffering a diabetic emergency. They used their glucometer to measure the patient’s sugar level, and determined that it was dangerously low. Firefighters administered glucose to the man to stabilize him before he was transported to a local hospital for further evaluation.
• FIRE: On Feb. 21, Engine 9 was dispatched, at 5:23 a.m., to the 1300 block of 102nd Street for a report of a vehicle fire. A 2012 Dodge van had an electrical fire in the passenger compartment which was rapidly extinguished. Damage was set at $500.
• FIRE: On Feb. 22, a fire, at 11:17 a.m., in a storage shed in the 2700 block of Eagle Heights Drive sent a full assignment from Platoon 1 to the scene. The fire was determined to be accidental and damage was pegged at $2,500.
• FIRE: On Feb. 28, Platoon 2 crews, directed by Battalion Chief Patrick Brown, were sent, at 12:52 p.m., to the 400 block of 19th Street for a structure fire. Hose lines were stretched to a second floor room that was fully involved in fire. After the fire was extinguished, damage was listed at $10,000 to the house, $5,000 to the contents. The cause was determined to be accidental, but remains under investigation.
• FIRE: On March 2, Engine 7, with Capt. Pete Sweeney and firefighters Chuck DelGobbo and John Mang, along with Truck 2’s crew of Capt. Frank Eugeni and firefighters Joe Dimino and Brian Stearns responded, at 12:55 a.m., to a vehicle fire in the 600 block of 61st Street. A security camera revealed a man breaking into a 2007 Chrysler van and starting it on fire. The fire spread to a nearby fence and total damage was estimated at $7,500. Police and fire investigators are looking for the suspect.
• FIRE: On March 2, Engine 4 and Truck 1 were sent to the Robert Moses Parkway near the John Daly Boulevard exit, at 5:56 p.m., for a call of a tour bus on fire. Fortunately, there were no passengers on the bus when a mechanical problem started a fire in the engine compartment. Damage was listed at $3,000.
• NOTE: Beware of cigarettes! According to the National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA), cigarettes are the number one cause of fire deaths in the United States, killing about 1,000 people per year. Most of the fires are started when ashes or butts fall into couches or chairs. If you smoke, be especially careful around upholstered furniture. Never smoke in bed. And be sure cigarettes are completely out before you toss them in the trash.