Quick response spares dairy cows in Stuy barn blaze

No firefighters or cows were injured during a barn fire at Wil-Roc Farm in Stuyvesant, June 7. Photo by Lance Wheeler

STUYVESANT—Firefighters from 15 companies responded to a blaze that destroyed an equipment barn at Wil-Roc Farm, a Columbia County dairy farm, June 7.

The fire started in a “sorting bin” in the barn and remains under investigation.

Columbia County 911 dispatched Stuyvesant Falls firefighters and Valatie Rescue to the barn fire at 550 County Route 26A at 2:55 p.m. that day. The afternoon was hot and sticky.

Additionally, firefighters from Stuyvesant, Stottville, Hudson, West Ghent, Valatie, Stockport, Ghent, Kinderhook, Schodack Landing, Tri-Village, Niverville, East Chatham, North Chatham and South Schodack all responded to provide mutual aid.

Greenport, Castleton and Schodack Valley provided standby coverage.

According to a report by newsman Lance Wheeler, farm owners said about 150 cows were in danger when the fire spread to their nearby wood-construction free stall barn. Farmers and passersby, who saw the smoke, along with firefighters moved the frightened animals to a safe area.

None of the total 500 cows on the farm were hurt.

The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office and Columbia County Fire Coordinators assisted on scene. National Grid was called in to cut the power. Fire command reported the fire out at 9:09 p.m.

Be on the lookout for this suspicious vehicle. State Police seek the public’s assistance to find a vehicle used in a recent attempted theft of a catalytic converter in Canaan. The pictured vehicle, possibly a Honda Accord with no license plates, was used during the attempted larceny and was used to flee into Massachusetts via the Berkshire Spur. Anyone with information regarding this vehicle is asked to contact State Police at 845-677-7300, use reference number 10223118. Photo contributed

Gate knocked down on tracks. A tractor-trailer from Leatherstocking Timber Products, Inc., Oneonta, Otsego County, struck the gate at the Flints Crossing Road railroad crossing off Route 22 in Canaan and knocked it down onto the tracks, June 2 around 4:45 p.m. State Police investigated the incident in which no one was hurt. Photo by R.E. Lindmark

Tool enhances situational awareness

HUDSON—Columbia County 911 is among the first agencies nationwide to test and implement Jurisdiction View, a new situational awareness tool available through RapidSOS Portal.

Jurisdiction View is used to access critical location and additional data during an emergency. Columbia County 911 was one of the first agencies nationwide to test and implement this new tool, which is now available to 9-1-1 centers nationwide through RapidSOS Portal.

Information available through RapidSOS Portal includes accurate, real time caller location for 9-1-1 calls from iPhones (iOS 12+) and Android phones (4.0+), as well as situational and incident-specific information from connected vehicles, digital health devices, connected buildings, and mobile applications, such as Uber.

This information is immediately displayed on a satellite map of Columbia County, providing enhanced situational awareness for 9-1-1 telecommunicators and allowing for better and faster allocation of resources when it matters most.

“Jurisdiction View drastically improves our ability to locate a caller’s precise location when reporting an emergency from a cell phone and provides our call-takers with critical situational awareness that wouldn’t otherwise be available while working an incident. We’re excited to have this technology available,” Columbia County 911 Director Robert Lopez said in a press release.

“Columbia County 911 is leading the way in adopting new technology to improve emergency response. We’re proud to work alongside Columbia 911 as they help us learn, develop, and iterate on new technology to provide the most informed emergency response possible,” Senior Director of Public Safety at RapidSOS Karin Marquez said in the release.

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