As a fire department, we are tasked with responding to countless emergencies, some seem pretty understandable, such as house fires, brush fires, and motor vehicle accidents. Did you know as members of the fire service we are also trained to assist at building collapses, trench collapses, water emergencies, hazardous materials incidents, confined space rescue, and rope rescue? While not every member is trained to a high level for every possible call, members who enjoy certain activities will dedicate themselves to additional training hours to keep wither skills top notch.
In addition to the emergencies we handle, firefighters are also tasked with fire prevention, community risk reduction initiatives, and public events.
Our rescue squad is made up of EMTs and drivers whose main responsibility is handling medical calls dispatched within our response area. While it is becoming increasingly difficult for volunteer EMS squads to keep up with the high demand, we pride ourselves on working as a team to answer the call as often as possible, and coordinating with paid agencies to bring advanced life support to our community whenever needed.
Our members are always in need of non-firematic support. There are ways for you to be involved without responding to calls! We complete a lot of vehicle maintenance and building repairs ourselves, and many hands make light work. With a younger membership that is very gung-ho, the department is in need of members to help with different public events, cook for meetings and during long operations, and even to be a historian for the department as we come up on milestone years!
These members train as firefighters. However, when placed into service, via a chief officer, or emergency response, members with fire police training are granted particular police powers as a New York State Peace Officer. These are granted under Section 209 (c) of the General Municipal Law.