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New year starts busy for Lansing Fire Department spotlighting importance of volunteer first responders

The Lansing Fire Department had a hectic start to 2024 with several emergency calls on January 3, demonstrating their readiness and efficiency in handling diverse incidents.

The day began early at 6:40 a.m., with a call to Locke Road where a disoriented man was found in a swampy area. Firefighters, equipped with cold water suits, rescued the individual from the frigid water. He was then transferred by ambulance to a local hospital for evaluation.

By 9:43 a.m., the department responded to a two-car motor vehicle accident at the intersection of Pyramid and Catherwood Road. The team provided patient evaluation and managed the clean-up of hazards at the scene.


At 10:30 a.m., the department was activated for an emergency involving a full arrest in the west end of their district. The response included medical rescue and heavy rescue teams, along with the duty chief.

Later, at 11:55 a.m., they were called to a reported structure fire with potential occupants inside. The first units arriving at the scene discovered heavy smoke and fire confined to the garage area of the residence. Fortunately, all residents were accounted for quickly. Firefighters then successfully contained the fire before it could spread to the main part of the house. This response saw significant collaboration, involving three engines, two tankers, an aerial unit, and heavy rescue equipment, as well as twenty firefighters.

The Lansing Fire Department expressed gratitude to all the mutual aid departments that assisted, including the Genoa Volunteer Fire Department, King Ferry Fire Department, Cayuga Heights Fire Department, Bangs Ambulance, and the Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office. Their collective efforts exemplified the community’s dedication to public safety and emergency response.