Ulster County fire departments help with Sandy relief on Long Island

Above: Esopus Fire Department firefighters taking a break from volunteering for Sandy relief at the beach on Long Island last week. Photo by Randi Port, via the Esopus Fire Department Facebook page.

We asked our readers for photos of Catskills emergency responders working downstate on Hurricane Sandy recovery, and we received some great ones from Zack Spalding, the president of the Esopus Fire Department.

Spalding writes that Esopus firefighters were stationed in Long Island last week with several Ulster County fire departments: Highland, New Paltz, Modena, and Ulster Hose. While on duty doing Sandy relief, Spalding says, Esopus firefighters doused a house fire caused by propane tanks bursting into flame:

The most notable call they have responded while being deployed were 3 100lb propane tanks that exploded and caused a fire to spread to the nearby house.

Below: Members of the Esopus Fire Department battle a propane tank blaze on Long Island last week. Photo via Zack Spalding and the Esopus Fire Department's Facebook page.

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