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30-Plus FDs Set to Roll in Nyack Fire Parade

Chiefs Inspection Parade kicks off at 2 p.m., goes through downtown Nyack.

More than 30 fire departments are set to be part of the Nyack Fire Department's Chiefs Inspection Parade on Saturday in Nyack.

The parade is part of a Nyack tradition that honors the chief of the all-volunteer fire department. Overseeing the parade from the reviewing area will be Nyack Fire Department Chief James Petriello.

The parade kicks off at 2 p.m., with the route going from Midland Avenue in Upper Nyack south to Main Street in Nyack, east to Broadway and onto Cedar Hill Avenue.

Judges will review the fire departments participating in the parade, with trophies awarded to the best units. Trophies will be awarded in a ceremony at 7:30 p.m. at the Nyack firehouse on Catherine Street, just off Route 9W.

Among the trophies that will be award will be one for the best fire truck from among the eight companies of the Nyack Fire Department. Last Saturday, all eight companies showed off their trucks at an inspection at the Catherine Street firehouse.

Petriello and a group of fire chiefs from neighboring volunteer fire departments reviewed the Nyack fire trucks, which local volunteers have spent weeks preparing for the inspection. Petriello said the inspection is a Nyack tradition, which has its roots in efforts to ensure the department's firefighting equipment is in top shape.

The results of the inspection have been kept secret all week and will be revealed on Saturday night.

With the event on Saturday, the parade route will be closed to traffic.

Lauren Benjamin October 06, 2012 at 06:56 PM
I admire and support our local fire departments, but spent more than an hour trying to leave town today. The parade had not yet begun, and there was no way out! Several officers directed me towards routes that, when I attempted them, turned out to also be blocked. Finally, a rude and dismissive police officer convinced me I was out of luck and should give up trying to make my appointment. I noticed dozens of other cars in the same predicament as myself. I hope next year there is a viable detour for residents, and that police are in better communication and are able to provide residents with accurate information. It was extremely disappointing and aggravating!

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