Wet Down Ceremony for our New Truck

Wet Down Ceremony for our new truck. @ Neighbor Appreciation Celebration: Hosted by the Carey Institute for Global Good.  Music by  • Games • Albany County Sheriff • Helderberg Brewery • Complimentary Hot Dogs & Hamburgers

The East Berne, Berne, Westerlo, Medusa and Elsmere Volunteer Fire Companies helped their brothers and sisters in Rensselaerville celebrate the new truck. Always a good time at a wet down!

Neighbor Appreciation Celebration

Neighbor Appreciation Celebration: Sunday May 17th 12-4PM. Hosted by the Carey Institute for Global Good. Wet Down Ceremony for our new truck. Music • Games • Albany County Sheriff • Helderberg Brewery • Complimentary Hot Dogs & Hamburgers • Cash Bar

Carey Institute for Global Good
100 Pond Hill Road
Rensselaerville, NY 12147

Rensselaerville

Firefighters Tour Communications E-911 Center & Albany County Emergency Management Office

Members of the Rensselaerville Volunteer Fire Company and Medusa Volunteer Fire Company participated in a field trip to the Communications E-911 Center in Voorheesville and the Albany County Emergency Management Office in Clarksville.

Chris Heath of the Communications E-911 Center gave the firefighters a guided tour highlighting the capabilities and a detailed explanation of how 911 calls are processed and how responders are dispatched. Important information for the volunteers who depend on timely and accurate information need to respond quickly and to obtain the necessary equipment and resources to respond effectively to emergencies.

The next stop on the field trip was the Albany County Emergency Management Office where Lee Bormann of the Albany County Sheriffs detailed how the office Emergency Management develops and implements emergency management programs including:

Persons in Need: Albany County Disabled Registry designed to assist the special needs community during emergency situations

Search & Rescue: Provides state-of-the-art technical rescue response, advice, or support to requesting municipalities and/or public safety agencies.

Other resources available to firefighters include:

Pinpoint meteorology provided by a certified forensic weatherman.

A forensic Hazmat team

Coordinating with Civil Air Patrol

Rensselaerville Volunteer Fire Company Playlist

Rensselaerville 75th Anniversary Proclamation: Cecilia F. Tkaczyk New York State Senator for the 46th district was on hand to congratulate and give them a special recognition and read a proclamation which was presented to Chief Robert Tanner.

Firematics Games at Rensselaerville VFC’s 75th Anniversary Celebration: Firematics games were held with neighboring fire companies to commemorate the occasion of Rensselaerville VFC’s 75th anniversary. The games involved “Donning and Doffing”, wall breaching, tunnels, firemans carry, bucket brigade, pump and hose operations. The Berne and East Berne, Medusa, Tri Village, Rensselaerville and Westerlo Volunteer Fire Companies participated. Team Westerlo prevailed with a winning time of 3 minutes, 41 seconds.

2014 Albany County Hilltowns Vol. Fire Co. Water Ball Competition: Each summer, the volunteer fire companies of the Albany County hilltowns come together at a local park to have groups of their best firefighters go toe-to-toe in a competition of speed, agility and precision. It is a competition called Water Ball, and the object is for a team to use their fire hose and stream of water to move a metal disc along a zip line to the opposing team’s post before the competition can. The event pushes the teams of firefighters involved to place water on an object as accurately and expertly as possible. This translates into better performance in the event of an actual emergency fire event.

Berne-Knox-Westerlo Fire Response Drill: A comprehensive fire response drill at the Berne-Knox-Westerlo Elementary School occurred on June 30, 2014 to sharpen the skills of Albany County firefighters. This drill placed observers in the middle of a full-scale fire service training operation illustrating how fire companies collaborate to lend assistance across jurisdictional boundaries in emergency situations.

Vehicle Extrication Drill – Summer 2014: The Rensselaerville Volunteer Fire Company takes time out each summer to ensure their vehicle extrication skills remain sharp. They know when it counts the most and a member of their community has experienced a car crash and needs their help, these skills will be put to the test.

Rensselaerville Ice Rescue Drill: Hilltown volunteer fire companies undergo extensive specialized training to perform search and rescue operations in rural winter conditions. Ice rescue training provides volunteer firefighters with the skills and knowlegde they need to rescue victims who have fallen through the ice.

Why Did You Become a Volunteer Firefighter? Ed Hake, interior firefighter for Rensselaerville Volunteer Fire Dept. explains that after he bought his house and settled in, he wanted to become involved in the community. As Ed puts it “They need hands, they need people, you meet a lot of people who are right there to help you. It’s neighbors helping neighbors.”

Why did you become a volunteer firefighter? J.R. Delia joined the Rensselaerville volunteer fire company to help out. He thought “What better way to help society than to literally help make things not burn down. I thought I was too old – too out of shape. I’m surprised to find that I’m one of the younger guys. A lot of the stuff they need is not a big time commitment. It’s always a lot of fun.”

Westerlo Barn Fire Drill 2014: The Westerlo Volunteer Fire Company continually pushes its members to improve their structural firefighting and indoor search and rescue skills. The ability of a volunteer firefighter to quickly and efficiently navigate a smoke filled structure can mean the difference between life and death for anyone trapped or unconscious inside. To improve the skills of its volunteers, the fire company holds multiple drills each year during which key leaders closely monitor and critique the structural firefighting and indoor search and rescue skills of firefighters to ensure they are always improving.

Search & Rescue Drill in East Berne: Search and Rescue Drill in East Berne, NY, with Berne, East Berne, Huntersland and Rensselaerville Volunteer Fire Companies. These Albany County Hilltown firefighters utilize a simulated smoke-filled structure to conduct search and rescue drills. Visibility is zero in smoke-filled environment like a house fire, so firefighetrs must train in a simulated setting. They also conduct “Follow the Hose” exercises where firefighters learn to follow fire hoses to exit from a structure fire if necessary.

Why did you become a Volunteer Firefighter?

Why I Became a Volunteer Firefighter

Rensselaerville Volunteer Fire Company Seeks New Members

J.R. Delia joined the Rensselaerville volunteer fire department to help out. He thought

“What better way to help society than to literaly help make things not burn down. I thought I was too old – too out of shape. I’m suprised to find that I’m one of the younger guys. A lot of the stuff they need is not a big time commitment. It’s always a lot of fun.”

You can benefit from this sense of community and shared purpose by joining one of Albany County’s volunteer fire companies.

Learn. Drill. Do. — Join Us.

Apply to become an Albany County volunteer firefighter online at http://achvfire.wufoo.com/forms/z7x3p3/

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