Fire Apparatus on Snowy Streets Concerns Hudson NY Fire Chief

Hudson Fire (NY) Chief Craig Haigh asked members of the Common Council’s Fire Committee if anything could be immediately done about the city’s Snow Emergency Plan.

A storm the first week of January had made a downtown city street virtually impassable, Haigh said, for a fire truck responding to a restaurant fire.

If it were not for the Hudson Police Department “working very well” with his crew that night, Haigh could only speculate how things might have turned out differently.

Haigh mentioned that other factors beyond their control negatively impacted their response. Out-of-towners, there to celebrate the New Year’s holiday, had crowded both sides of the restaurant’s street. Snow removal equipment had not had the chance yet to clear the remnants of that week’s storm.

Fortunately for the firefighters, Haigh had secured signage from Superintendent Robert Perry of the city’s Department of Public Works to reroute traffic. Police helped restaurant patrons relocate their vehicles.

“Sidewalks you can put on the curb, but driveways you have to haul out,” First Ward Alderman Nicholas Haddad indicated, explaining that the city’s Snow Emergency Plan, although imperfect, aims to clear snowy streets quickly.

“It’s not really a complete plan at a lot of levels,” Common Council President Donald Moore conceded. “This situation on top of it really makes it that much more urgent.”

Within the next six months, if not sooner, Haigh requested that any revisions made to the Snow Emergency Plan include input from the city’s police and fire departments.

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