Thank You, Fleet
It is with great sadness that we mention the passing of CHFD Member 001, Fleet Morse. We miss him dearly.
Ithaca: Fleet Morse, 90, passed away on February 19, 2015, at Longview in Ithaca, NY. He was born on December 15, 1924, in Ithaca, one of two children of the late Wilhelmina and Clarence F. Morse. Fleet is survived by his brother, Everett F. Morse; sister-in-law, June Morse; niece, Ann Morse; nephew, Jonathan Morse, and Jonathan's wife, Liz Morse; grandnephew and grandnieces Dylan, Isabel, and Rosie Morse.
Fleet attended Cayuga Heights elementary school, the Rectory School in Pomfret, CT, and Proctor Academy in Andover, NH, where he became an avid skier. He was drafted on Thanksgiving Day, 1943, and served in Germany as a Private First Class in the Tank Destroyer Battalion, Troop B, 16th Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron. He was headed to the Pacific aboard the USS Breckinridge when the war ended.
After being discharged in 1946, Fleet helped build Vetsburg, a temporary housing village for returning veterans at Cornell University. He also worked briefly for the Allen Wales Company, and, in 1949, took a year of general business courses at Ithaca College through the GI Bill. On May 1, 1950, Fleet began what was to become a 40-year career in food service at Cornell. He was proud to have been a longtime member of the Statler staff, where he worked with dedication at both the original Statler Inn and later the Statler Hotel. Upon his retirement in December 1990, the Statler staff awarded him "the trip of a lifetime," an adventure by rail through the western US that proved to be a highpoint of his many train travels. He also fondly recalled traveling to Alaska to see bald eagles and family trips to Oregon, Hawaii, Europe, and Disneyland, where he loved the "It's a Small World" exhibit, which reflected his outlook on life.
Fleet loved meeting people. He was a loyal, unwaveringly positive, friendly, good-humored man who found pleasure in the simple things in life. He took people at face value, treated everyone equally, and always wanted to know "What's new?" As he said in a 1956 article in the Statler newsletter, "I just like to get along with people, ... meet everyone, and be happy. It's nice to be busy."
Fleet kept busy until the very end. He was a founding member (#001) of the Cayuga Heights Fire Department, which he served with enthusiasm for fifty years. His scanner was never far from his side. A patriotic WWII veteran, he was chairman of the Tompkins County Veterans' Association as well as the Veterans' Day Celebrations Committee; served as Commander of the Tompkins County American Legion, Post 221; and was a member of the Sons of the American Revolution and the VFW. Fleet's volunteer work also included the Community Players, the Lake View Cemetery Board, and Loaves and Fishes, for which he earned the President's Volunteer Service Award, and he cheerfully attended as many CRC and GIAC activities as possible.
His hobbies included photography, he had a keen interest in the space program, and he always kept up with the local news. He collected stamps and hats (the more colorful the better), loved to recount a delicious meal, and adored a good nap. Sports were another of Fleet's many passions. He attended several Olympic Games and, when younger, enjoyed horseback riding and playing tennis, baseball, and other sports. He was a card-carrying life-member of the Cornell Hockey Boosters and loved watching all Cornell sports. He liked nothing better than cheering on the Big Red. Fleet was a huge fan of life.
We are huge fans of Fleet. We will miss him dearly.
The family gives special thanks to longtime friend Lydia Kessler, to Adela Edwards, who helped to care for Fleet in his later years, and to the residents of McGraw House. They also thank all those who helped to care for Fleet during the past months at Longview, Cayuga Medical Center, and Hospicare. A celebration of Fleet's life will be held at 3 p.m. on March 28 at the Cayuga Heights Fire Department, 194 Pleasant Grove Road, Ithaca, NY 14850. Burial arrangements are by Herson Wagner Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, donations in Fleet's memory may be made to the Cayuga Heights Fire Department.
And now, as Fleet would say, "Over and out."
Please click here for Fleet's obituary in the Ithaca Journal.
A celebration of Fleet's life will be taking place at the CHFD Fire Station, on March 28, 2015, at 3pm.
For a printable version of Fleet's obituary, click here.
The Cayuga Heights Fire Department is currently seeking volunteer firefighters and Emergency Medical Technicians for our Spring 2015 Recruit Class.
The Cayuga Heights Fire Department is an all volunteer fire agency which covers the Village of Cayuga Heights and a portion of the Town of Ithaca. Cayuga Heights provides fire protection and Advanced and Basic Life Support EMS response to our coverage area.
If being a volunteer firefighter or EMT interests you then please email us at email@example.com.
There will be an informational dinner at the fire station at 194 Pleasant Grove Road on February 19 at 7:00 in the evening.
10/22-25/14: CHFD Detachment in Buffalo
Assistant Chief Joe Price, Lieutenant Blake Berger and Firefighter Jaden Gladstone were deployed to the Buffalo area Saturday evening for 72 hours. While in the Buffalo area they were assigned to different fire departments where they spent their time pumping out basements and clearing drainage ditches to allow water to flow freely.
No trick - just treats with CHFD
Look for your friendly neighborhood firefighters in Cayuga Heights this Halloween as we get into the festive spirit!
We'll be strategically located around the district, looking for all ghouls and goblins.
10/04/14: Sunset Park Boiler Troubles
On the 4th of October, CHFD was dispatched along with Bangs Ambulance to a residence on Sunset Park for an explosion in the basement. 202's crew made entry and found the boiler had exploded, scattering pieces of the boiler throughout the basement. After confirming no extension and securing the utilities, CHFD personnel from 231 assisted with ventilation. Fortunately, no one was harmed from the explosion. The explosion was heard from several streets away. Due to the possibility of an asbestos hazard, CHFD personnel provided assistance to the family and performed gross decontamination of gear and equipment on scene.
09/26/14: Mutual Aid to Lansing
In the early afternoon of the 26th of September, CHFD was automatically dispatched on a mutual aid call to the Village of Lansing. Lansing 1167 reported heavy smoke coming from a residence at 134 Graham Road. 202 arrived on scene shortly with an interior crew, and the crew assisted Lansing in extinguishing the fire upon arrival.
Check out Lansing FD's Facebook post regarding the incident here.
09/13/14: Two Mutual Aid Calls to Lansing
Around 10am on the 13th of September, CHFD received an automatic mutual aid call Triphammer McDonald's in the Village of Lansing for a fryer fire. 202, 231, 261 and 262 rolled in and assisted Lansing in putting out the grease fire. All occupants had already evacuated the building prior to the arrival of CHFD, Lansing FD and Bangs units.
As overhaul went on, tones dropped again for Lansing FD, and 1161 requested for CHFD units to respond to a malfunctioning furnace. 202, 231, 261 and 262 cleared McDonald's and proceeded to the second call. Using the aerial, CHFD assisted Lansing in fixing the furnace problem, and all units were back in service before noon.
Throughout the durations of these two calls, a fully staffed 203 and 241 remained in station, in case any other calls should come in from within the Heights.
Mark Your Calendars!
The Annual CHFD Open House will be held on
Saturday, October 4th from 10am-2pm.
Come visit your all-volunteer, neighborhood fire department to see and experience what we do. There will be food, truck rides, demonstrations, and more!
This family-friendly event is free and open to our entire community. We hope to see you there!
03/07/14: Two Mutual Aid Structure Fires
March 7th, 2014 was a busy day for CHFD. Shortly after 9:30, CHFD was dispatched for a mutual aid call to a structure fire at the Saunders Concrete Facility at 32 Pickney Road in Varna. Engine 202 provided water supply to a Dryden ladder truck and the crew provided support as the Firefighter Assist and Search Team (FAST) for the incident. Additionally, vehicles 242 and 244 responded with additional manpower and aided in extinguishment. CHFD members were joined by over 70 other responders from Varna, Etna, Dryden, Lansing, Groton, Freeville, McLean, Brooktondale, Slaterville Springs and the state Department of Environmental Conservation. No one was in the building at the time and no firefighters were hurt.
For the Ithaca Journal article on the Saunders Concrete Facility incident, click here.
Later that day, CHFD was again dispatched for a mutual aid call, this time to a garage fire on 1767 Danby Road in Danby. Again, the trained crew from 202 provided the FAST support at this incident. Vehicle 242 provided manpower that assisted in fire extinguishment as well as overhaul. CHFD utilized the K-12 fire-rescue saw extensively to dismantle the sheet metal sides of the structure in order to expose the fire. At the scene were also firefighters from Danby, West Danby, Ithaca, Newfield, Slaterville, Brooktondale, and Candor. There were no reported injuries.
For the Ithaca Journal article on the Danby Garage incident, click here.
11/06/13: Mutual Aid to Freeville
Shortly after 9:00 on November 06, CHFD was dispatched for a mutual aid call to a structure fire on Sheldon Road in Freeville NY. 202 and 242 responded with eight firefighters to a fully engulfed structure. CHFD members assisted in fire suppression and overhaul. No individuals were in the residence at the time of the fire. The Red Cross is assisting the family.
For the YNN article on this incident, click here.
For the Ithaca Journal article on this incident, click here.
8/31/13: Saturday Night Live Fire
At 1755 on August 31, CHFD was dispatched along with automatic mutual aid to a structure fire on Sapsucker Woods Rd. 202 responded immediately with a full crew. 262 arrived to find heavy smoke showing from the first and second floors on sides A and B. 202's crew pulled two 2-inch handlines, one to the 1st floor and one to the 2nd floor and began extinguishment within 6 minutes of being dispatched. 231 hit a nearby hydrant and supplied 202. Mutual aid units, including 2 engines from IFD, 1 engine and manpower from Lansing, and a FAST Team from the town of Dryden departments responded quickly and assisted with fire suppression, ventilation, and hours of overhaul. Due to the combined effort of all responding departments working together, the fire was contained quickly and spread from time of FD arrival was minimal. There were no firefighter injuries and one cat was rescued from the structure.
Four apartments were rendered uninhabitable and Red Cross was on scene to assist the displaced. CHFD would like to thank our mutual aid departments for their rapid and invaluable assistance on this humid day.
For the YNN article on this incident, click here.
6/14/13: The Roof is on Fire
At 4:47PM on a sunny Friday afternoon, CHFD was requested Mutual Aid by Lansing to assist with controlling a structure fire on Ridge Rd.
Engine 202 arrived on scene to find a fully involved house fire. Chief 261 and Assistant Chief 262 arrived shortly thereafter, followed by Support 242 with additional manpower. CHFD crews made entry into the building and stabilized the situation, suppressing the fire. They then proceeded to assist with salvage and overhaul at the scene. Upon completion of tasks, all CHFD units were released from service by Lansing Chief 1161.
Responding agencies included the Lansing FD, an engine from Genoa, an engine from King's Ferry, Bangs Ambulance, and NYSEG.
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In addition to proudly serving our community, the Cayuga Heights Fire Department is also on the vanguard to make battling blazes safer for firefighters everywhere
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Crumpets with your tea, Guvnor?
Congratulations to Christopher "Kit" Dobyns for being awarded a prestigious Rhodes Scholarship. Kit was a member of the Cayuga Heights Fire Company and recently graduated from Cornell University with honors
He begins an exciting new chapter of his life at Oxford University
Find out more about Kit's story here:
9/2/12: CHFD hits the target
At 7:58PM, CHFD responded mutual aid to Target at Ithaca Mall for a confirmed gas leak when the line was hit with a power jack.
Chief 262 arrived on scene to assess the situation followed by Engine 202 with a fully-staffed interior crew. Truck 231 and Engine 203 arrived shortly thereafter. Lansing FD requested the Cayuga Heights crew to monitor the air and assist with evacuation of the entire mall. The mall was evacuated in 20 minutes while NYSEG shut off the gas.
All Cayuga Heights were cleared from the scene with thanks from Lansing.
Members of the Cayuga Heights Fire Department proudly supported and participated in the
2012 Tunnel To Towers event in NYC, honoring our fallen heroes
8/30/12: Vehicle fire on Route 13
At 12pm CHFD was dispatched mutual aid to Lansing for a working vehicle fire. Engine 202 responded and arrived on scene to find a fully involved truck fire on Route 13 near the Triphammer exit. Lansing and CHFD units extinguished the fire and returned in service.
State troopers also responded to the scene.
8/10/12: Rollover in Lansing
At 11:06AM, CHFD got requested for mutual aid by Lansing to the Route 13 southbound entrance ramp on N. Triphammer Rd.
Engine 202, Rescue 241, and Chief 262 responded to assist Lansing for a rollover MVA with an entrapped victim. 202 arrived on scene to find a vehicle on its roof with a passenger still inside. After securing the area, firefighters and EMTs assisted by Bangs extricated the patient.
In addition to CHFD, responding agencies included the Lansing FD, Bangs Ambulance, and law enforcement.
7/16/12: Dryer Fire at Cornell's Hasbrouck Apts
At 9:28pm CHFD was dispatched to Cornell's Hasbrouck Apartments at 121 Pleasant Grove Rd for a fire alarm activation.
A caller witnessed fire coming from a dryer with flames going up the wall. Cornell's Emergency Response Unit 2418 was on location to confirm the dryer fire and contained the incident with a dry chem extinguisher. Minutes after being assigned the call, Engine 202 responded with a fully-staffed crew, shortly followed by a fully-staffed Ladder 231. Chief 264 established initial command. CHFD arrived on scene to investigate for an extension of the fire with a Thermal Imaging Camera (TIC) and conducted overhaul. No malicious activity was suspected. Utilities were secured by 2418 with maintenance on scene. After transferring command to CUPD and 2418, all CHFD units returned in-service.
CHFD sent 16 firefighters to the scene. Responding units from CHFD included: Asst Chief 264, Engine 202, Ladder Truck 231, and Engine 203
Responding agencies also included Cornell's EH&S 2418 and CUPD
At 0110, CHFD was requested as mutual aid to Lansing at 134 Graham Road for an apartment fire with entrapment.
As the first unit on scene, 264 established initial command and confirmed a fire in a first-floor apartment at the apartment complex. No entrapment was present in the apartment that was on fire; however, six residents in two separate apartments were unable to escape due to heavy smoke.
Within three minutes of dispatch, a fully-staffed 202 arrived and established water supply. 202's interior crew entered the apartment and quickly extinguished the fire that was confined to the first-floor apartment's kitchen. 231 arrived shortly after 202 and set its aerial device to the third-floor, bringing a family of three to safety. A second crew from 231 went to the rear of the complex with a ladder and brought another family of three to safety.
Responding agencies also included the Lansing Fire Department, the Ithaca Fire Department, Bangs Ambulance, Tompkins County Sheriff, and the New York State Police. On scene operations lasted for just over an hour.
At 0220, CHFD was requested as mutual aid to Lansing at 41 Dutch Mill Road, MLP Inc., for a building filling with smoke. 262 arrived and, along with Lansing 1167, found an industrial manufacturing plant and warehouse with smoke and fire visible from the exterior.
Responding with a full, interior crew, 202 was the first due engine and was charged with establishing water supply and engaging in the initial fire attack of the building. 231 arrived, set its aerial device to the roof, and cut a hole for ventilation. 203 and 241 also responded, bringing rehab supplies and additional CHFD manpower to the scene. A total of sixteen CHFD firefighters responded. On scene operations lasted until 0453 for a total of approximately two-and-a-half hours.
Responding agencies also included Bangs Ambulance and the Ithaca Fire Department.
On Monday and Tuesday, the 21st and 22nd of November, CHFD saw two MVCs in the upper portion of the district.
At 1630 on the 21st, CHFD was dispatched to the 200 block of Warren Road for a rollover with entrapment. 202 and 241 responded w full crews to find a 'SMART car' on its side in a ditch at the entrance to Cornell University's Moakley House. Upon arrival, the patient had been extricated and was in the care of CUEMS. CHFD stabilized the vehicle and assisted with patient care and hazard control. Warren Road, between Forest Home Drive and Hanshaw Road, was closed by CHFD for the duration of the incident. On-scene operations lasted for twenty minutes.
At 0914 on the 22nd, CHFD was dispatched to the 300 block of Winthrop Drive for a car vs. tree with entrapment. 202 and 241 responded with a crew of seven. Upon arrival, units found one vehicle into a tree with approximately one foot of intrusion into the passenger compartment of the vehicle. After removing the vehicle's roof, the patient was successfully extricated and tranported to the hospital by Bangs Ambulance. CHFD cleared the incident at 1016 with on-scene operations lasting forty minutes.
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At 0855 on September 16th, CHFD was requested mutual-aid into the Village of Lansing for a truck fire at the mall. Upon arrival, units found a fully involved, working tractor trailer fire in the loading dock of Best Buy.
CHFD, responding with Engines 202 and 203 and a crew of ten, assisted Lansing Fire in the extinguishing of the fire. The fire was contained to the cab of the truck without extension or damage to the trailer or load. On scene operations lasted forty minutes.
A video of the incident was captured by a bystander and posted on youtube:
Truck fire at the Ithaca Mall