The County Executive’s Model Program Will Provide Access To Life-Saving Medication At The Scene Of Structure Fires
Bloomington, N.Y. – With the Bloomington Fire Department as the backdrop and joined by representatives of fire and ambulance companies from across the County, Ulster County Executive Mike Hein unveiled an initiative that will provide access to life saving medication to our First Responders. Ulster County Executive Mike Hein announced that Cyanokits will be present on County emergency vehicles that respond to the scene of a fire and will also be provided the kits to certified ambulance companies throughout the county. Cyanokits are used to counteract the effects of cyanide poisoning as a result of smoke inhalation.
Michael P. Hein, Ulster County Executive
“Our First Responders do a tremendous job of responding to emergencies and keeping all of us safe each and every day and I am proud to provide them a life-saving medication to assist in their mission,” said Ulster County Executive Mike Hein. “By providing access to Cyanokits at the scene of a fire we are dramatically improving the opportunity for recovery for anyone who has suffered smoke inhalation. The public can rest assured that through the strong partnership of my administration and the emergency services throughout Ulster County we will do what is necessary to provide our First Responders with the tools they need to keep our residents safe.”
Peter Loughran, Ulster County Legislator
“These Cyanokits are an incredibly important life-saving tool for our first responders and possible victims of smoke inhalation, and during the discussion of providing access to these kits I wanted to make sure that the City of Kingston Fire Department was included as well as the many brave volunteer departments throughout the county,” said Legislator Pete Loughran. “I want to commend the County Executive for spearheading this initiative and thank him for helping protect the residents of the City of Kingston and our firefighters by providing access to this medication for the City of Kingston Fire Department.”
Dr. Carol Smith, Ulster County Commissioner of Health and Mental Health
"County Executive Hein's decision to make Cyanokits available to paramedics throughout Ulster County will help protect the lives of first responders, and all of those who work so hard to save the lives of others,” said Dr. Carol Smith, Ulster County Commissioner of Health and Mental Health. “It is an added measure of safety and security that we are grateful to have in Ulster County."
Steve Peterson, Director of Ulster County Emergency Management/Services
“Access to Cyanokits has been on the list of needs of first responders for some time, and getting them has been, until now, undermined by the state regulatory framework and cost,” said Steve Peterson, Ulster County Director of Emergency Services. “The County Executive has listened to the needs of the fire service and emergency medical service and gets things done. He developed a plan that provides on scene access to life-saving medication that will dramatically increase the survival rate of any individual who suffers cyanide poisoning as a result of smoke inhalation at a structure fire.”
Everett Erichsen, Chairman of the Ulster County Fire Chiefs Association
"County Executive Mike Hein has once again demonstrated he is a strong supporter of the emergency services and the work we do," said Everett Erichsen, Chairman of the Ulster County Fire Chiefs Association. "Being able to access Cyanokits in the field is an important resource as it may truly be the difference between life and death."
Richard Muellerleile, Ulster County Emergency Medical Services Coordinator
"Providing access to potentially life-saving Cyanokits in the field across the county is an incredible asset to both our citizens and responders, and I commend County Executive Hein for making it possible," said Richard Muellerleile, Ulster County Emergency Medical Services Coordinator. "As a firefighter/ paramedic, I have seen firsthand the effects of cyanide poisoning as a result of smoke inhalation and this initiative will provide not only county-wide access to an important safety tool, but will help ensure that emergency medical service members have the best care options available to treat patients."
Cyanide gas can be released by virtually any material composed of nitrogen and carbon that is burned at high temperatures and low oxygen conditions. When cyanide enters the body it prevents cells from utilizing oxygen and can result in cardiac or respiratory arrest. Cyanokits, which contain the drug hydroxocobalamin, are administered intravenously by a paramedic and can counteract the effects of cyanide poisoning. Administering Cyanokits in the field as opposed to waiting until the patient reaches a hospital greatly improves their chances of survival.
Pictured above: County Executive Hein at Bloomington Fire Department with First Responders
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Top Ten Responders
Firefighter Joe Hafner Sr. 170
Chief Joe Hafner Jr. 164
Asst. Chief Ernie Navarra 130
Asst. Chief Mike Schabot 116
Lt. Ray Stegner 116
Past Chief Kevin Keller 113
Firefighter Josh Hintz 88
Firefighter Byran Brainard 83
Firefighter Paul Hintz 79
Lt. John Lane 74
President: Mike Schabot
Vice President: Brian Phillips
Secretary: Joe Hafner Sr.
Treasurer: Kevin Keller
Directors: Fred Harries
Chaplain: Rev. Nick Miles
Chief: Joe Hafner Jr.
Chief : Joe Hafner Jr.
Asst. Chief: Mike Schabot
Asst. Chief: Ernie Navarra
Asst. Chief: Will Stokes
Capt: Brian Phillips
Capt: Alan Brown
Lt: Douglas Tierney
Lt: John Lane
Lt: Joe Hafner III
Lt: Ray Stegner
Lt: Dan Wood
EMS Lt: Patty Vincent
Fire Police Capt: Roger Peck
Members should be reminded that invitations to our annual dinner will be given out based on participation at department calls, training, meetings and activities in an attempt to keep the cost of this event down.
The Bloomington Fire Department takes great pride in trying to operate within a budget that we feel provides the residents of the fire district with the best protection for the lowest cost to our community. During the course of each year we run several fund raisers which supplement our budget and help us get through the year. In the event that anyone would like to make a donation to us, or in memory of a friend or loved one, please feel free to mail your donation to: Bloomington Fire Department, PO Box 111, Bloomington, NY 12411.
All members are urged to use the I AM RESPONDING PROGRAM to notify the department that they are on their way to calls.
We Mourn the Loss of Ladies Auxiliary Life Member Elsa Mosher who passed on June 17, 2022. Visitation will be Saturday, June 25, 2022, from 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM at the Joseph V. Leahy Funeral Home, 27 Smith Ave., Kingston, NY. A funeral Service will follow at 1:00 PM at the funeral home and Internment will follow at 1:45 PM at Wiltwyck Rural Cemetery, 205 W. O'Reilly Street, Kingston, NY.
Expressions of sympathy may be made in the form of contributions to The Bloomington Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary, PO Box 223, Bloomington, NY, 12411.
President Deb Tierney
Vice President Rita Schabot
Secretary Lori Woolsey
Treasurer Sue Peck
We mourn the loss of Life Member Charles A. Phillips who passed on May 26, 2021, Father of Capt. Brian Phillips and Grandfather of Firefighter Katie Phillips. Services were held privately at the convenience of the family.
We mourn the loss of Life Member, current Director, Past Commissioner and Past Assistant Chief Mike "Pop" Hines. Visitation will take place at the George Moylan Funeral Home, Route 32, Rosendale, Friday June 18, 2021 from 5:00 PM till 8:00 PM. Funeral services will be held 10:00 AM, Saturday June 19, 2021 at the Moylan Funeral Home followed by interment at the Rosendale Plains Cemetery. All members are requested to meet at the Bloomington Station 06/18/21 in full dress uniform or appropriate attire at 6:45pm then proceed to the funeral home to pay last respects. All members are also requested to meet at the Bloomington Station 06/19/21 in full dress uniform or appropriate attire at 9:15am then proceed to the funeral home for funeral services.
All members should be aware that effective January 2017 there are new requirements to maintain an active membership classification. All members are required to attend at least three (3) regular general business meetings, (If you cannot make a meeting contact the President prior to the meeting), attend all mandatory training and respond to at least ten (10) percent of the yearly alarms. One who does not meet these minimum requirements will be reclassified as INACTIVE. Once reclassified as INACTIVE the member will be required to return all department issued equipment to their respective stations and will not be permitted to respond to alarms or have a vote at any meetings. The INACTIVE classification will be in effect for a minimum period of three (3) months and the INACTIVE member may request to be returned to an ACTIVE classification by a written request to the department after the 3 month period has been completed.
The Bloomington Fire Department is a 100% Volunteer Organization. As times have changed, as with most Volunteer Fire Departments our membership has dwindled. We are always in need of new members. If you would like to join us or just stop by and see if you would be interested in joining, we are at the station every Thursday evening at 7:00PM. Feel free to stop by or call us at 845-338-2794, leave a message and we will get back with you.