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The first engine company to arrive on the scene of a working fire is charged with extinguishment. New Rochelle Fire Department policy is for a quick interior attack on the fire whenever possible. This includes making quick entry to the fire building to find and extinguish the source or seat of the fire. Throwing water at smoke from outside a window will not put out the fire. The old adage is "you have to put the wet stuff on the red stuff." Of course every fire is different, there is no such thing as a normal fire. Initial fire line placement, method and location of the entry point, and fire line size are just a few of the variables that must be considered on every scene.
The second engine company to arrive on the scene of a working fire is charged with water supply to the first engine and then backup for the first crew in the building. The "usual" procedure for the second engine company is to stop at a hydrant closest to the fire and lay a 5 inch diameter supply line on the way to the fire building. This size supply line should be large enough to supply the first truck with water to spare. Once the second engine is at the fire building part of the crew will complete the hook up of the supply line to the first engine. The third engine is assigned to fill in any gaps, often stretching a 2nd or back up attack hose.
The first ladder to arrive at the scene of a working fire will assist the first engine with gaining access to the building, "forcible entry." Once entry is made the crew will do a quick search of all areas which can be entered. They are looking for victims and for fire. They will advise the engine as to where they should stretch hose lines. As they search, they will ventilate the building as they go opening windows to remove the smoke. The second ladder is assigned to search above the fire, while the first ladder crew searches the fire floor. If the fire is on the top floor, the second ladder crew will go to the roof to ventilate it. After both ladder crews have completed a primary and a secondary search they are assigned to open up the walls, ceiling, and floors to look for fire which may be burning out of sight.
The ladder operators (drivers) are assigned to position the truck to be able to use and if needed raise the aerial ladder. It is critical and often very difficult to position properly as it must be close enough to the building to reach it and due to obstructions, like parked cars, trees, overhead power lines and in some cases other emergency vehicles. Once that is completed the drivers team up to perform outside ventilation and to set up portable ladders, and lighting. Outside ventilation usually includes breaking the windows in the fire room from the outside. This ventilation will remove some of the heat from the fire area allowing engine companies to get close enough to extinguish the seat of the fire.
The ladder companies carry equipment that will assist with ventilation, forcible entry, search and rescue, and overhaul. Ventilation is important because it allows the super-heated toxic gases to escape and also allows the firefighters inside to do their work safer and more efficiently. All ladder trucks carry chainsaws and circular saws. These saws are used to cut holes into roofs and walls. To be able to get into a building you need the right kind of tools therefore ladder companies carry many different types of tools. A couple examples are the hydraulic rabbit tool, which pulls a door away from the jam, and tools to snap even the strongest pad locks. For search and rescue the technology is now available to have hand held thermal-imaging cameras. These cameras allow firefighters to see through the smoke and see the victims. Our department has one on each of our companies. Overhaul is basically cleaning up. Removing all the debris that was destroyed in the fire and make sure all hot spots are extinguished.
A new examination in the title may be requested and held at any time during the life of an existing eligible list. It is the responsibility of the candidate on the existing list to keep abreast of the examination schedule and to apply for and participate in the new examination.
At the time of establishment of the new list, a decision is made on whether or not to allow the existing list (over one year of age) to continue or to replace it with the new list. When the “old” list is continued, the new list “supplements” the old list until a predetermined date. The old list is used first.
Promotional examinations are restricted to current employees of the participating appointing authority who meet the service requirement and minimum qualifications as cited on the announcement. It is possible for current employees to take an examination both open-competitively and promotionally, and appear on both lists if they pass the examination. Candidates on promotional lists are canvassed first.
The New Rochelle Police Officer exam will be held on Saturday, September 18. Applications will be accepted until Thursday, August 12 at 4:00 PM.
There are a number of online resources.
(19 – 34 years old) Candidates must be at least 19 years old on or before the date of the written test. Eligibility for appointment begins when the candidate reaches 20 years of age. Candidates who reach their 35th birthday on or before the date of the written examination are not qualified except as follows: candidates may have a period of military duty of up to six years, as defined by section 243(10-a) of the military law, deducted from their age for the purpose of determining whether they meet the age requirement.
In order to be eligible, Candidates must have Sixty (60) college credits from an accredited college or university recognized by the state education department of new York, or thirty (30) college credits from an accredited college or university plus two (2) years of active military duty with an honorable discharge by time of appointment. Applicants with a high school diploma or an equivalency diploma issued by the state education department will be allowed to take the test, but will not be eligible for appointment until they meet the college or military requirements as stated above.
No- but candidates must be legal residents of Westchester, Putnam, Rockland or Nassau County, Bronx, Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn or Staten Island at the time of application.
Paper applications are available at the Civil Service Office, New Rochelle City Hall, 515 North Avenue during the hours of 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM or DOWNLOAD NOW
Applications are also available at the following locations:
Applications will be accepted until Thursday, August 12 at 4:00 PM.
Completed applications must be brought in person to the Civil Service Office along with one form of photo ID and two pieces of mail during business hours 8:30AM to 4:30 PM.
City Hall will remain open late on Tuesday, July 13 and Tuesday July 27 until 7PM to accept applications.
The City of New Rochelle recommends that those taking Amtrak from the New Rochelle Train Station park on the 5th Floor of the New Rochelle Transit Center. Parking is allowed for up to 120 straight hours (5 days). Payment is required 24 hours a day, 7 days a week including Sundays and Holidays.
Muni machines on and off street do not issue change or refunds. Parkers must pay with exact cash amount.
If you are parked on street, muni machines are interchangeable so if one is broken, another one is conveniently located within close proximity.
If you are parked in a parking facility, there are multiple muni machines located within each facility for your convenience should one be out of order.
Paying for parking via the ParkMobile App is also an option if a muni machine is out of order.
In order to amend your parking permit, you must log into the City’s online permit portal (https://permixx.parkmobile.us/Permixx/ClientPages/LogOnPP.aspx?SupplierID_4_CSS=70&hash=E69D161557F244C37C5B55B9A2894778
If you receive a citation for an expired meter, you may pay it at a muni machine, in person at the City Court or online (https://www.parkingticketpayment.com/newrochelle/).
Park Mobile Zone signage is posted through each location. You may also find it here for your convenience.
Valid proof of New Rochelle residency must be submitted (NYS drivers license or non-drivers id) to Parks and Recreation
To obtain a Ward Acres Pass for your dog(s), you must submit a valid NY State dog license and proof of current rabies vaccination to the Department of Parks and Recreation. The fee is $50 for New Rochelle residents and $100 for non-residents.
In the event that these contact methods fail or if the emergency occurs after our normal hours of operation, please call the New Rochelle Police Department at (914) 654-2300.
Please read up on the West Nile Virus and the Catch Basin Larvicide Program.
After those roads are clear, secondary streets are cleared and streets with moderate traffic. Lastly, all other streets, including cul-de-sacs and dead-end streets, are plowed. After a major storm, it may take two to three days for plow crews to clear all the streets.
The only way to avoid extra shoveling is to wait until the Public Works crews have done their final clean-up on the street.
Yes. Furniture such as mattresses (sealed in plastic), box springs (sealed in plastic), couches, chairs and other household items may be placed curbside with your garbage on your garbage day. If you have a very large clean up please call the Refuse Collection Bureau ahead of time at (914) 235-4654.
There are a variety of reasons why trash is not picked up. -It wasn’t placed out on time (7:00 am, 6:00 am in summer months) -It was not placed at the curb -Refuse was not containerized properly -Containers exceeded the weight limit of 75lb.s -Something in your trash was not allowed (building materials, oil, car parts, etc.) -Refuse was jammed in containers, not allowing it to fall free -It was not your pickup day (North End- Monday & Thursday, South End-Tuesday & Friday) -It wasn’t collected during the regular day in a Holiday Week
Unfortunately no. The City offers curbside collection only since we have no dump or incinerator.
For more information call the Public Works Office at (914) 654-2131 Monday thru Friday, 8:30AM - 4:30PM
Yes. An Omnicard/Senior Park Passport is needed for ALL Senior Center activities including classes, cards, mahjong, and trips (Some activities offer guest fee options at an additional cost).
For New Rochelle resident seniors, the cost is $40.00 for five years. Non-resident seniors pay $80.00 for one year.
No. However you will be required to register (NAPIS) the first time you use our services. Also, you will not be allowed to participate in any of the events or activities at the Center.
Gray collection bins have been installed at the entrances of the following locations: New Rochelle City Hall, 515 North Avenue; the New Rochelle Public Library, 1 Library Plaza; Super Stop & Shop, 2425 Palmer Avenue; and The A&P in the Quaker Ridge Shopping Center.