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About efermann

  • Birthday 02/22/1974

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  • Name: Eric Fermann
  • Location Ossining, NY
  • Gender Male
  • Primary Sector You Work In Fire
  • Your Primary Role Firefighter
  1. As a teacher...agreed 100% on both previous posts. Sadly, there's a new teacher evaluation that's coming out soon (as part of the new state budget deal...?...) that's going to require teacher evaluations from administrators from within the school as well as from outside the school (another building, another districti, or an "independent evaluator"). There will be even more paperwork for the administrators to do next year. Think the administrators are going away? My evaluations take about a month to get back to me as it is now... And Dinosaur...they do see the inside of a classroom...2x per year for me for observations and the occasional pop-in to get a student. [kidding, of course...I got your point]
  2. While I realize this site is a fire/police/ems site, the tax cap actually hits EVERY government agency equally (except maybe the village manager's/mayor's office). But DPW, building, etc are all unable to replace retiring employees. It's an issue that won't go away and won't make any governmental agency effective. Consolidation...only if the politicians will allow it to go through.
  3. I'm glad to hear things are going well. This is a reminder -- NOT NECESSARILLY IN THIS CASE -- but it's important to stay in shape for this job. Again, NOTHING TO DO WITH THIS PARTICULAR CASE because I don't really know. Just a general reminder.
  4. Do these laws apply to all structures equally? Or are there exceptions for single family homes, 2-family homes, etc? Good for them if they actually apply equally to all structures. I'm honestly curious, though.
  5. Not really a comment on right or wrong, but I just stumbled across these two items listed in a row on the fireengineering site: Updated NYPD policy: http://www.fireengineering.com/articles/2014/04/new-york-city-police-receive-orders-on-fire-response.html Another case of PD officers being injured at a fire. This time it wasn't a high-rise..."just" a single family house. http://www.fireengineering.com/articles/2014/04/firefighter-and-three-lapd-officers-hurt-in-house-fire.html My guess is that a quick internet search would turn up more of the same. Obviously, this is something that happens often. Hopefully lessons are learned and applied to training and future responses.
  6. In Ossining, a similar building has gone up and is just about finished, I think. The attached photo was taken last summer when my kids and I went to watch the modular components being placed on top of the steel frame underneath. It's going to be mixed use (stores at street level, residential units above). The two floors of pre-built modular components went on over a weekend and maybe one extra day.
  7. I have no idea where things stand for that site in Sleepy Hollow, but not for nothing, any re-development of that property is likely to incur additional insurance costs at this point. FEMA re-did their flood insurance maps in the not too distant past (February?) and the cost of flood insurance is going to increase incrementally unless the buildings are above their newly determined flood heights. I have a friend who owns a property in Margate (NJ) who plans on selling and then building a new second home. They are going to have to raise their next 2nd home so many feet in order to avoid the additional flood insurance rates. This link (http://fema.maps.arcgis.com/home/webmap/viewer.html?webmap=2f0a884bfb434d76af8c15c26541a545) pulls up the new advisory levels for flood insurance. Feel free to zoom in on any costal region to see the new advisory levels. Zoom in on the Sleep Hollow site in question here and you can see it's in zone ABFE: V and ABFE: A (those abreviations stand for the flood zone levels). Click in any of the pink areas and then click on the Frequently Asked Questions. Read some of that information...it's eye-opening, especially for future development or anyone who owns property within the re-classified zones. My understanding is that it will be up to the local government on if they will accept the new zones, but I could be wrong. In any case, I don't think there really is a way to get around it, even if the local govt doesn't accept the new zones. This doesn't really get at the question of "why hasn't anyone done something there", but might shed some light on why the property might sit for a longer time now.
  8. My son got this from an uncle for Christmas: (picture from lego.com) Not sure if it's all that practical, but he seems to really like it.
  9. RIP. What a terrible thing to happen.
  10. From my own high school teacher perspective...we go through lock down/lock out drills each year. Do i think this would keep someone intent on committing such an act of violence? No. Would they slow them down? Yes. My classroom is on the first floor and it has definitely crossed my mind to "toss" my students out of the class in a case such as this.
  11. RIP. Tragic loss.
  12. A similar news article & video here: http://ossining.patch.com/articles/man-who-ran-from-ossining-car-accident-found-lying-helpless-in-ravine
  13. I was reading the newspaper today at school and came across the article linked below about cross-laminated timber (CLT) being used in construction in Europe. Seems very different than typical stick construction and different still from light-weight construction. Either way, it's allowing wood /timber buildings to be built taller than previously. The article mentions that this construction hasn't taken off in the US, but if/when this construction works its way to the US, it will probably have an impact on tactics and fire spread (with the apparent lack of void spaces within walls). 1st link to the article: http://www.nytimes.c...gewanted=1&_r=1 2nd link to the large graphic image with some summary information for those that don't want to read the whole article: http://www.nytimes.c...tml?ref=science