On The Job - New York

Harry J. Oster describes a major fire at an auto dealership that required the resources of nine departments.


Spring Valley Fire Department Chief Robert J. Schultz Personnel: 125 volunteer firefighters Apparatus: Four engines, two aerial ladders, one rescue, one emergency rescue, one mask-service unit Population: 32,000 Area: 3.5 square miles Within minutes after the dispatching...


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Another concern was preventing injuries from hypothermia and falls on the ice throughout the incident but no injuries to firefighters or civilians were reported. The local utility shut off gas and electric service to the building and salt spreaders were called to the scene because of the icy conditions that developed on the fireground and on the road.


Harry J. Oster has been a career firefighter with the FDNY for over nine years. He is assigned to Ladder Company 49 in the South Bronx. Oster also is public information officer for the Spring Valley, NY, Fire Department. He holds an associate's degree in fire protection technology.