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Larchmont, Mamaroneck Fire Departments Run Drills

Fire Trucks lined the corner of Fifth Ave and Madison Ave Tuesday night, but there was no fire. The Town of Mamaroneck and Larchmont Fire Departments were in the midst of familiarization drills, which they have been doing for years.

The Larchmont Fire Department practiced responding to a fire in groups with the Town of Mamaroneck Fire Department's men and equipment.

"There are a few locations, like schools, that we do dual responses with the Larchmont Fire Department," said Joseph Russo, deputy chief of the Town of Mamaroneck Fire Department.

Russo helped coordinate the groups while they made their way through the Carlton House, across from Larchmont's I-95 south ramp. Meanwhile, other groups of Larchmont fire fighters got better acquainted with the equipment.

Mamaroneck Fire Department chief Brendan P. Collins said this type of drill prepares the two departments for incidents where they will need to use each others equipment, especially in buildings like the Carlton House, where there are older residents.

"It's invaluable," captain of the Larchmont Fire Department John Caparelli said. "We work so closely with the Town of Mamaroneck, who are a similar size to us."

The two fire departments did a similar familiarization drill two months ago at the Larchmont Yacht Club, and plan to do four in total this year, Russo said. The first two are designed to familiarize the departments with each other and their equipment, and the final two will focus more on live training.

"Two months from now we're going up to the Fire Training Center to do some live fire training in Larchmont," Russo said.

The Town of Mamaroneck Fire Department also does similar drills with the Village of Mamaroneck Fire Department.

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