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Main-Transit's Chief Riley Passes Away

The Main Transit Fire Department is saddened to announce the loss of our chief, William “Radar” Riley. Chief Riley passed away on March 30, 2016 after a tough battle with cancer. He was 49 years old and a 30-year veteran of the fire service.

Chief Riley leaves behind his wife of 22 years, Denise, and many close friends and loved ones.

The family will be present at Amigone Funeral Home (Amherst Chapel), 5600 Sheridan Dr., to receive friends and loved ones on Sunday, April 3rd from 1pm-3pm and 6pm-9pm

A funeral service will take place at the same location on Monday, April 4th at 11:00AM. Following the internment at Saints Peter and Paul Cemetery, there will be a luncheon at the Main-Transit Fire Department.

Honor Guards and apparatus are welcome and asked to contact Dominic Creamer at 716-206-4010 or email him at [email protected] with the number of apparatus and personnel participating. Participating fire companies will be schedule in the latter half of the visitation.

Please direct any further questions to Asst. Chief Daniel Hooper or President Brian Rusin.

Visitation and Funeral
Amigone Funeral Home (Amherst Chapel)
5600 Sheridan Dr.
Williamsville, NY 14221

Sts. Peter and Paul Cemetery
South Union Rd.
Williamsville, NY 14221

Main Transit Fire Department
6777 Main St.
Williamsville, NY 14221

Peak Months for Fires in College Housing

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), September and October were identified as peak months for fires in college housing. Make sure your kids stay safe this semester...

In a report released by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), September and October were identified as peak months for fires in college housing. According to the report "Structure Fires in Dormitories, Fraternities, Sororities, and Barracks," in 2007-2011, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated annual average of 3,810 structure fires in dormitories, fraternities, sororities, and barracks. As college students settle into housing at school or off-campus, reviewing safety tips is a valuable way for them to remember what actions can be taken to prevent fire and how they can prepare to escape if one occurs. Being sure that smoke alarms are working, and having and practicing a fire escape plan is vital.

Roughly 70 percent of fires in dormitories, fraternities, sororities, and barracks began in the kitchen or cooking area. Seven percent of fires started in the bedroom, but these fires were responsible for 27 percent of injuries and 21 percent of property damage. The report also noted that fires are most common in the evening hours, between 5 p.m. and 11 p.m. and on weekends.

Main-Transit Fire Department offers safety tips for college students living in on- or off-campus housing:

  • Look for fully sprinklered housing when choosing a dorm or off-campus housing.
  • Make sure your dormitory or apartment has smoke alarms inside each bedroom, outside every sleeping area and on each level. For the best protection, all smoke alarms should be interconnected so that when one sounds they all sound.
  • Test all smoke alarms at least monthly.
  • Never remove batteries or disable smoke alarms.
  • Learn your building’s evacuation plan and practice all drills as if they were the real thing.
  • Learn your building’s evacuation plan and practice all drills as if they were the real thing.
  • If you live off campus, have a fire escape plan with two ways out of every room.
  • If you live off campus, have a fire escape plan with two ways out of every room.
  • When the smoke alarm or fire alarm sounds, get out of the building quickly and stay out.
  • Cook only where it is permitted.
  • Cook only where it is permitted.
  • Stay in the kitchen when cooking.
  • Check your school’s rules before using electrical appliances in your room.
  • Use a surge protector for your computer and plug the protector directly into an outlet.

Main-Transit Presents Comedy Night featuring Rob Lederman and two guest comedians

The Main-Transit Fire Department will host a comedy night fundraiser featuring Western New York funny man and owner of Rob's Comedy Playhouse, Rob Lederman.

Catering will be provided by Orazio's Restaurant with cocktails at 6:00 PM and a buffet style dinner at the Main-Transit Banquet Facility, 6777 Main Street, Amherst, NY.

Tickets will be $30 and include two free drinks with one dollar drinks thereafter. All proceeds to benefit the Main Transit Fire Department,

Tickets will sell fast! For more information email: [email protected] or call the Main-Transit Fire Department for more info at (716) 632-9710 x113.

The Main-Transit Fire Department has been serving the town of Amherst, New York in Emergency Medical, Fire and Motor Vehicle Rescue Services. The Main-Transit Fire Department is a 100% volunteer organization. We also work with several other agencies throughout the Western New York area in times of need. Main-Transit has been proudly serving the Amherst, NY community since 1936, to learn more please visit www.MTFD.com or call us at (716) 632-9710. 

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