On today’s Meet Cortland County segment:
Chiefs from the city of Cortland and village of Homer fire departments discussed National Fire Prevention week, which this year memorialized a fallen local first responder.
Robert Bush was added to New York State’s Fallen Firefighters Memorial Wall this week — he passed away last October after falling ill at the close of a fire training.(read more here)
“It’s every chiefs worst nightmare,” said Homer deputy chief Steven Hayes. “It is nice to recognize these things because it lets people know that Rob died for a cause.”
“He would’ve given the shirt off his back for anybody,” added assistant chief Nicholas Card.
Also joining the conversation was Cortland Fire Chief Wayne Friedman.
This year’s focus on cooking fire safety is supported by findings from NFPA’s newly released U.S. Home Cooking Fires report, which shows cooking is the leading cause of U.S. home fires and home fire injuries.
Nearly half (49 percent) of all U.S. home fires are caused by cooking activities.
“These statistics are right in line with what we experience here locally,” Friedman said.