Welcome Our New Fire Chief
The Board of Fire Commissioners of the Barnard Fire District proudly announces the appointment of Stephen M. Andrews as their new career Fire Chief. Chief Andrews has many years of experience in the Fire Service community: having served as a volunteer firefighter for 25 years, past Chief and Assistant Chief of the Webster Fire Department, past Fire Commissioner of the North East Penfield Fire District, just to name a few of his accomplishments. He currently serves as Monroe County Deputy Fire Coordinator, a Monroe County Arson Investigator and a member of the Monroe County Special Operations Search Team. We look forward to having his diversity and experience augment our District/Department’s talents and services. Chief Andrews will begin his duties on December 2, 2019.
The Barnard Fire Department wishes to congratulate and are very proud of Firefighter Dean Smith for being awarded the 2019 Fire Safety Educator of the from the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York (FASNY).
Dean Smith started in the volunteer fire service 30 years ago with the Barnard Fire Department Explorer Post 507 and graduated into the fire department upon turning 18. He was appointed to the fire Prevention Committee and quickly excelled in this role. As we progressed from “fire prevention” to “fire and safety education”, Smith continued to build the program and relationships with the Greece Central School District and students. Dean continued his passion for the fire service and became a full time firefighter with the Ridge Road Fire District. He stayed with Barnard FD as a life member in order to continue his work with the fire and life safety education program.
In Recent years, Dean was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. This unfortunate turn of events required him to retire as a career firefighter. However, despite his health issues, he has continued to thrive and excel in his role as Barnard FD’s Fire and life Safety educator.
Dean is a master at talking to children in a way they can understand. His voice is always calm and reassuring when talking about a topic that may be frightening to children. He plans activities that are age appropriate, fun and allow for movement instead of just sitting and listening. Dean’s lessons have a huge impact on the students and their lives, He also has been a resource to teachers.
Over his many years in this position, Dean has become a Fixture in the community. The children know, love and trust “ Fireman Dean”. When he walks down the hallways, he is met with smiles and hellos from the hundreds of student he impacts each Year.
Photos from Vehicle Stabilization Training
New Smoke Detector Laws and What It Means to You
Effective April 1, 2019, a new NY State law requires all NEW or REPLACEMENT smoke detectors in New York State to be
powered by a 10-year, sealed, non-removable battery, or hardwired to the home.
According to NYS Law 399-ccc: "It shall be unlawful for any person or entity to
distribute, sell, offer for sale, or import any battery operated smoke detecting
alarm device powered by a replaceable or removable battery not capable of powering such device for a minimum of ten years."
Homeowners and landlords must upgrade their smoke detectors before selling or renting homes and apartments in New York State.
While these 10-year smoke detectors have a larger upfront cost than traditional alarms powered by replaceable batteries (approximately $20 per unit) the lack of yearly battery changes makes them cheaper over the life of the device.
The Barnard Fire Department recommends that homeowners and landlords still routinely test your new smoke detectors every 6 months to ensure proper function.
If you have any questions, please call the firehouse at 585.663.1113.
Barnard Fire Department
3084 Dewey Avenue
Rochester, NY 14616
(P) 585 - 663 - 1113
(F) 585 - 621 - 7547
Calls for Service
Fire Calls YTD: 723
EMS Calls YTD: 2056
Total 2019 Calls YTD: 2779