Senator Chuck Schumer
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

And now an update to a story we broadcast early last month: A federal grant that will enable the Albany Fire Department to purchase a state-of the art mobile fire training center has come through. 

“I became a firefighter because my father said, ‘Give it a try,’... the best advice he ever gave me, and it’s the best job I’ve ever had.” ~ Deputy Chief Maria Walker
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

In August, Captain Maria Walker was promoted to Deputy Chief, the highest rank ever held by a woman in the Albany Fire Department. She is a third generation firefighter, following her grandfather, Frank J. McGarry, and her father, Frank A. McGarry, who both served as firefighters in the Buffalo Fire Department. Walker recently sat down with WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas to discuss her new rank.

  Brian Panowich is a firefighter and former musician. He grew up in Europe until his family settled in East Georgia.

His debut novel, Bull Mountain, takes place in that region. Spanning decades, the story is told from alternating points of view and evokes the atmosphere of the mountain and its inhabitants: forbidding, loyal, gritty, and ruthless. It is a story of family, the lengths men will go to protect it or - in some cases - destroy it.


Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs has been awarded nearly one-and-a-half million dollars for research into the medical cause of cardiac deaths among firefighters.