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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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.

Rensselaerville Fire Dept. Celebrating 75 Years of Protecting You

The roots of the Rensselaerville Volunteer Fire Company go back to
1897 when the first hose house was located at the corner of Route 85
and Route 351, where the park is now.

On January 14, 1897 a meeting was held of the legal voters of the
Rensselaerville Fire District. T. R. Chadwick was elected chairman,
M. S. Golden secretary, and three commissioners, Dewey Bell, C. B.
Cross and William F. Smith.
It was voted on to appropriate $275 for the purpose of hose and
necessary fire apparatus.

On January 20, 1897 the fire commissioners met for the organization and selected M. S. Golden as chairman and C. B. Cross as secretary.
The name chosen for the fire district was the Rensselaerville Fire
Company.

The following were chosen as firemen for the company:
Foreman: Lewis Becker, Assistant: J. F. Becker,
Nozzlemen: Romaine Southard, William Becker,
Dewey Bell, William G. Smith, Charles Golden, Irvin Yeomans;
Hosemen: Frank Rice, Van N. Huyck, Albert C. Golden,
Abe Yeomans, Charles Smith, Henry M. Miner, Frank Bell,
Charles Hewitt, Louis Smith, M. S. Golden, Arthur S. Golden;
Laddermen: T. H. Chadwick, Charles Oswald, P. Dreisbeck,
Charles Dean, James H. Rider, John Baitsholts, Alvin Yeomans,
W. T. Williams; Bucketmen: Charles Jenkins, A. E. Kyte,
William F. Smith, John B. Shultes, David Lincoln, D. McCullock,
Arthur H. Shultes, Myron Bryant, Joseph Bouton, Robert Smith.

It was moved that the commissioners purchase 600 feet of hose and a hose cart, the sum not to exceed $275. A 1898 Gleason and Bailey hose cart was purchased which we still own today.

In 1939 the fire department was incorporated and became the fire
department we know today, the Rensselaerville Volunteer Fire Company.

1939 was also the year that the fire company acquired and occupied
Conkling Hall.
In 1958 the fire company acquired the building on Route 85 that they
still occupy today.

Rensselaerville Volunteer Fire Department 75th Anniversary Celebration

RVFD’s 75th Anniversary!

Saturday September 6th, 2014 at the Carey Institute for Global Good

Fun and Games for all ages starting at 9AM

  • Firematic Local Fire Department Competition
  • Peckham Hollow Project
  • $13 Chicken Barbeque at 6PM and much more!
  • Snacks All Day
  • Cash Bar

Call 518-797-5287 by August 31 to purchase tickets. #getglobal #globalgood

Help us celebrate 75 years of serving you. Join us at the Carey Institute for Global Good on September 6th. Activities include: firematic games (competition between fire companies), activities for children, bouncy house, demonstrations by Medusa, Tri-Village, East Berne and Westerlo Volunteer Fire Departments, Rensselaerville Ambulance and Albany County Sheriff’s Department. There will be cash food throughout the day and a $13 Chicken BBQ at approximately 6:00 pm. Please call 518-797-5287 for BBQ tickets by August 31st. More updates to follow.

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Easter Egg Hunt Saturday, April 19th 2014

Join us for the Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 19th at 2:00 pm. Activities include crafts, snacks and Easter Egg Hunt. The Easter Bunny will hop in at 2:30 to start the egg hunt. If weather permits, all activities will be at the Town Park. We will provide updates later in the week and have signs at the Firehouse.