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New Rochelle Ready for Hurricane Irene

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. – New Rochelle Fire Department Lieutenant Edward McGuire and the rest of city municipal departments are ready for Hurricane Irene to hit the area this weekend.

“We have a number of things we are doing,” said McGuire. These include activation of the Emergency Operation Center in fire department headquarters as soon as there is win.

Parties manning the phones will include NRFD firefighters, officials from United Water, officers from the New York State Police, officials from Con Edison, and New Rochelle Department of Public Works.

Various city officials met earlier Friday to pan out details of the city’s plan of action to approach the storm.

As a result, the New Rochelle Fire Department has upgraded preparedness tactics in anticipation of the storm system through the enforcement that firefighters and fire equipment be readily available for anything the storm might bring.

This includes the possibility of flooding, something New Rochelle Fire Department station 3 firefighter Paul Cordaro and company prepared an inflatable boat raft Friday.

“You can never be too prepared,” said Cordaro.

Fire trucks will still be out serving the community on a regular basis, but firefighters will have a heightened awareness of Irene’s possibility’s according to Captain Barry Meechis.

“(These are) just to stay ept and ready to go,” he said of the department's plan.

Based on reports from the weather channel, the Marina Office has been advising to make sure boaters ensure their boat is safe, have extra lines available, and insurance coverage.

“It’s common sense, that people should know” said Harbormaster Captain Salvatore A. Gugliara.

The New Rochelle Police Department is approaching the storm on a standby basis. Captains within the department will make a decision about what the department does should a serious situation occur.

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