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Grisanti Bill Requires Emergency Escape Systems For Firefighters

Grisanti Bill Requires Emergency Escape Systems For Firefighters

Senator Mark Grisanti (R-60) today announced that the Senate has passed his bill S.7677 that requires cities or other employers of firefighters to identify if a firefighter will be exposed to  entrapment's at higher levels, identify if those firefighters will be exposed to fire and determine the appropriate escape system.  The bill will provide the firefighter community with the latitude to effectively respond to the needs of their locality, to consider appropriate alternatives and to provide communities with the flexibility to outfit their firefighters with the equipment that best suits their unique needs.  Present law has inadvertently prevented the firefighting community from using equipment generally recognized to be acceptable because it was not covered in the most recent edition of the  National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1983 Standard on Fire Service Life Safety Rope and System  Components.

NU’s Institute of Applied Learning Offering STEM Camp for Girls

NU’s Institute of Applied Learning Offering STEM Camp for Girls

Girls, this one’s for you!

Niagara University’s Institute of Applied Learning, an arm of its College of Education, is offering a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Camp for girls in grades 7-9. The camp runs August 13-16 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day.

Topics that will be covered during the camp include:

Frontiers of Energy Sources: Participants will explore a wide variety of energy sources, analyzing their strengths and weaknesses. The many uses of fossil fuels, solar, biofuel, wind and nuclear sources for energy efficient operations will be covered, as will the ability to use alternate energy sources to make devices run. Finally, the group will explore careers in the global energy resources industry. 

O/N BOCES Building Trades Students Take Home Awards at End-of-Year Celebration

O/N BOCES Building Trades Students Take Home Awards at End-of-Year Celebration

Students in Anthony Molinaro’s Building Trades program at the Niagara Career and Technical Education Center were recently recognized for their outstanding achievements at the end of the ceremonies.  Marquis Siner from Niagara Falls was the recipient of an ACTEA Award which was awarded by the Association of Career and Technical Education Administrators.  Hannah Kanouse, also from Niagara Falls was awarded a Coca Cola Scholarship and Ian Kroening from Wilson was presented with the Outstanding Achievement Award. 

Crews Begin to Clean Up Terrapin Point

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. - The crowds have gone home and the lights have been packed away. Now the cleanup from Nik Wallenda's wire spectacle can begin.

Crews began taking down the tightrope shortly after Wallenda completed his walk. The wire that took several days to put up, was taken down in a matter of hours.

Cleanup also began in earnest in Niagara Falls State Park on Saturday. The fencing and barriers that were set up for the event, were all dismantled and packed away.

After his walk, Nik Wallenda told us what's next for him.

"I have permits to be the first person in the world to walk across the Grand Canyon," says Wallenda. "So that's a process we'll begin working on right now...and I would say within the next three to five years, I'll have accomplished that one as well."

It is fair to point out that was also his answer back in 2008, when Wallenda set a world record for riding a bike on a tightrope.

Thousands Gathered to Watch Wallenda

NIAGARA FALLS, NY - Over 100,000 people from around the world came out Friday night to watch a once in a lifetime stunt performed by dare-devil Nik Wallenda. Crowds gathered on both the American and Canadian side of Niagara Falls to watch as Wallenda successfully crossed the falls by tight rope.

About 4,000 people purchased tickets to be able to view the walk from Terrapin Point on the American side. Dozens more gathered behind the gates to watch as well.

People from across the world came to see the spectacular feat. People like Junaid Patel from Pakistan. "We came to see the falls, but when I heard about this we scheduled it for this week specifically," said Patel.

The crowds in Canada were even larger. People started picking spots along the edge of the gorge in Canada early Friday morning to the prime searing spots. Officials estimate more than 105,000 people watched from Niagara Falls, Ontario.

Daredevil Getting Ready for the Walk of His Life

NIAGARA FALLS, NY - Shortly, daredevil Nik Wallenda will take the walk of his life, across the Niagara Gorge from Niagara Falls, New York to Canada. Wallenda says it's going to be his childhood dream come true.

"It's coming down to the wire, no pun intended," said Wallenda at a news conference Thursday.

Nik Wallenda did his last practice walk Thursday night, high up on the platform. Now, the is wire strung, the lights are set, and thousands of visitors are lining the streets to watch the daredevil walk across the Mighty Niagara on a tightrope.

"The first step's the hardest for sure. But once I'm on that wire, I'm committed and I'm going to make it across to the other side."

Business First School Rankings: Overachievement and Cost-Effectiveness

BUFFALO, N.Y. - Business First's 2012 rankings continue today with the most overachieving and cost-effective school districts in Western New York.

The Sherman school district in Chautauqua County finished at the top of the list for overachievement. Business First says that the school scores well academically despite being one of the poorer districts in the region.

Pine Valley and Westfield also performed well beyond their socio-economic conditions in academics.

Buffalo Business First also ranks Clarence as having the best cost-benefit ratio at $13,410 per student. Despite its efficiency, Clarence placed second academically in yesterday's overall school rankings.