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The Rush Volunteer Fire Department has been proudly serving our community since 1920.

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  Rush Fire Dept. - 1971 Rush-Mendon Road, Rush, New York 14543  585-533-2058   rfdept@rochester.rr.com   bfaugh@rochester.rr.com)

2018 Responses as of NOVEMBER 13- 386

2019 CARNIVAL DATES: JULY 11, 12 & 13


11-13-18 At 11:39 PM - I-390 SB at the Rush / Henrietta town line a Tow Truck operator was struck and thrown over 100 ft and appeared to have severe injuries. Rush FD Pumper 583 & Ambulance responded along with CHS ALS Ambulance and the Monroe Co. Sheriffs. He was transported to Strong by CHS Ambulance.

PLEASE Pay attention while driving.  NO TEXTING, NO PHONE, Never take your eyes off the road for more than 2 SECONDS.

PLEASE Move Over and/or Slow down anytime you see ANY COLOR flashing warning light.

There were 4 Crashes between Martin Rd and R-H T/L Rd between 10 and 11:30 PM on 11/13/18. Yes, it was slick but 99.9% of the people made it through safely so guess who was at fault?  The State & Town DOT were salting BUT YOU HAVE TO SLOW DOWN.  When you see a car in the ditch that should be your clue to SLOW DOWN.........


Read this article below and you will see that it outlines how we fought the fire on Boulder Creek Drive Saturday October 13th. Why the roof was not opened up, why a bunch of windows on the first floor were not taken out and Command didn't stand around assessing & evaluating the situation. Rush Capt. Ron Faugh told 582 to come right into the scene.  He had the three people on 582 (Abby O'Neill , Jason Dundon  and Josh Gretzinger) take a line around to the back to get into the basement and knocked the fire down with about 100 gal. of water and some foam in less than 2 minutes.  There was heavy Black smoke coming out everywhere upon our arrival and it changed to white smoke in seconds. When the fire was completely knocked down the first floor was entered.  Very little if any water was used, results NO water damage any where on the first floor. The tank full light showed still full when HFFD 5" line was charged to 582.  This fire was fought with one pumper. The 13 Rush firefighters who responded should be very proud of the way this fire was taken care of.

New York Times - Putting Water on the Fire  – Monday JULY 2, 2012

One of the first tasks for firefighters arriving at a blazing home has long been to ventilate the structure — make holes in it — so that hot gases and smoke can escape. It has been this way for generations: a so-called roof man from a ladder company opens a hatch or saws through the ceiling, while other firefighters break windows as they search inside, often before the first drop of water has hit the fire.

House fires have changed. Now, spurred on by at least one grievous injury to a firefighter last year, the New York Fire Department is rethinking its tactics for residential fires, while trying to hold onto its culture of “aggressive interior firefighting” — charging inside burning buildings as fast as possible.  As it is the largest municipal department in the country, its new course may well affect the tactics of other fire departments.

Plastic fillings in sofas and mattresses burn much faster than older fillings like cotton, helping to transform the behavior of house fires in the last few decades, firefighters and engineers say.

With more plastic in homes, residential fires are now likely to use up all the oxygen in a room before they consume all flammable materials. The resulting smoky, oxygen-deprived fires appear to be going out. But they are actually waiting for an inrush of fresh air, which can come as firefighters cut through roofs, open doors, break windows and use current ventilation tactics.

Scientists and the Fire Department conducted an ambitious experiment on Governors Island in New York Harbor: they burned down 20 vacant row houses stuffed with modern furniture, to gauge which techniques work best in fighting the blazes.

“Years ago you could break a window and it took the fire several minutes to develop — or tens of minutes,” a fire battalion chief in Queens, George K. Healy, said. “Now we’re learning when you vent that window or the door, the fire is developing in, say, a minute with the available oxygen.”

Plastics, like the polyurethane foam used as filling in furniture, have drastically reduced the time it takes for a fire to heat a room above 1,100 degrees, the point at which it is likely to burst into flames. How flammable such fillings can be was shown in a catastrophic 2007 fire in a furniture showroom in Charleston, S.C., that killed nine firefighters.

Ventilation is not the only basic firefighting tactic coming under scrutiny.

For instance, it has long been considered a cardinal sin for firefighters to spray water on a room full of smoke with no flames. Water drives the smoke from the ceiling toward the floor, eliminating the low foot or two of visibility — and oxygen — along the floor that firefighters relied on to navigate an unfamiliar house and that survivors needed to breathe.

Most chiefs within the Fire Department have come to believe after seeing these test that quickly dousing a smoky room to cool the gases near the ceiling might be more important than preserving any smoke-free corridor along the floor. A Few SECONDS of water application.

In one set of controlled burns, the Fire Department looked at its standard approach to fighting basement fires — entering the house and descending the stairs to the basement.

Entering on the first floor, directly above the fire, puts firefighters in a dangerous spot but is considered necessary to protect other occupants of the building, by placing firefighters between them and the fire.

The experiments tested whether another approach, sticking a nozzle through a basement window, is more effective. The Fire Department has long been inclined to fight fires from inside residences, rather than through open windows, based on a belief that the outside method will drive the fire toward other areas of the house, where occupants might be. THIS DID NOT OCCUR IN ANY OF TEST FIRES.

More generally, the experiments, which were conducted with Underwriters Laboratories Inc. and the federal National Institute of Standards and Technology, focused on how a change in ventilation, as from an open window, might change the behavior of a fire inside.

“Everyone assumed that when you ventilate, things cool off, that venting equals cooling,” said Stephen Kerber, a research engineer with Underwriters Laboratories who is helping run the experiments. “We’re proving time and time again that venting doesn’t cool and allows for things to get much hotter.”

Mr. Kerber said venting was sometimes happening too early, before the engine company had a hose in place. He also suggested that the firefighter responsible for breaking open the front door should be trained to shut the door most of the way immediately after managing to break it open, and wait with the door nearly closed until the hose line was ready to go inside.

Mr. Cassano, the fire commissioner, acknowledged that “ventilation may be hurting people in the fire if we don’t ventilate properly.”

The results of the tests may, at some level, underscore how putting out fires quickly can sometimes be at odds with the Fire Department’s priority, which is to locate and rescue people. In years past the focus has been on search and rescue, and getting water on the fire is secondary, but with how rapidly fires are developing today, the focus needs to be on getting water on the fire first and then search and rescue is what all these test have shown.  


NEW RESCUE TOOL:  A Rush resident and his wife have donated a battery powered “Hurst Jaws of Life” combo spreader & cutter rescue tool to the fire department. They requested their names not be published. They stopped by the August monthly meeting and received a standing ovation and thank you from the Commissioners, Officers and members present. They stated that they wanted to donate something to the department to make a difference in our rescue operation and acknowledge the efforts of the volunteers that protect the Town of Rush. They stated that they were impressed on how we keep the residents informed through the town newsletter on how we operate the department and attempt to save money every place we can. The cost of the gift was over $13,000. The Hurst Tool instructor Todd Bane trained our members on its use on July 9th. Rush FD had the first electric powered "Jaws of Life" in Monroe County purchased with fund drive money in 1977. This new tool will be carried on Pumper 583 stationed in West Rush.  This donation was greatly appreciated by the officers and member of the Rush Fire Department.




On 03/19/18 just after midnight, Rush FD Ambulance & CHS MIHC (Henrietta Ambulance) were dispatched to a report of a 68-year-old male in cardiac arrest. The caller who also performed CPR until Monroe County Sheriff Deputy Erica Henderson arrived and took over CPR within 3 minutes of the initial call to 911. EMT Jim Bucci Rush Past Fire Chief and present firefighter & Dep Chief at CHS (Henrietta Ambulance) arrived and was the first Rush responder to arrive within 7 minutes. 9-1-1 did a great job of making the proper notifies and getting help on the way quickly.


Upon his arrival he confirmed a medical 500 and the Deputy continued CPR until EMT Bucci applied the pads on the patient’s chest within 53 seconds where CPR was briefly stopped so the AED (Automatic Defibulator) could analyze the patient’s heart rhythm, it was then the AED indicated a shock was warranted and then delivered. Again within 10 minutes from the time of dispatch Paramedic Manzo and Medic Byrne from CHS MIHC, arrive and at this time there was no indication of CPR needing to be done after a pulse check and airway management and patient care was underway.


What saved this patient was CPR being started immediately by the patient’s wife Diana who is a current member of the Rush Fire Department adding she is an EMT and CPR instructor. The added benefit of Deputy Henderson being less than 1000’ away and was able to take over CPR and perform hi quality chest compressions until EMT Bucci arrived with his AED to provide early defibrillation.  Good Prehospital care and treatment is what saved this person’s life!


2017 Fire – Rescue- EMS Activity – 486 Calls

We wish to congratulate the residents of Rush for a very safe year and for practicing fire prevention all year long. We had one major home fire which was quickly contained. That home is being repaired at this time. One expensive hay bailer and one auto on I-390.

We put over 8,000 miles on our emergency response equipment with NO mishaps!

Major Serious Fires (In Rush District)      3       1- Auto, 1 Hay Baler, 1 Home  

Good Intent Calls (Poss. car fires etc)     22   Though FD was needed but was not

Fumes (no CO Alarm)                               10    In structure or dug up pipes

Service calls to Other Districts              44    (Fill in or to the scene)

Service type calls in Rush                          3

Auto Alarms (Good Intent)                      10     Cooking set it off or CO present

Auto Alarms (False/Malfunctions)            28

Wires Down/Trees Down/Haz Cond          22

Water Problems                                       25

Brush and/or rubbish                                  2

MVA EMS                                                 37   

MVA w/ Apparatus Response                    25   MVA Extrication Required   4

MVA – Fluid spills  (Car-Deer usually)       34

EMS calls   (Ambulance Only)                  224   

Includes lift assists, over 65% of these calls (135) were dispatched as P-1, P-2 or P-3 which required Advance Life Support which CHS (Henrietta Ambulance) & HF Mendon supplied. The low P-4 Calls many were ck at MVAs, or sign offs, the rest, 90% were transported by the Rush FD Ambulance. We really appreciate their help!