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Volunteer firefighters join ranks

New firefighters are (highest, from left) Dan Vogel from Piseco (Firefighter I), Scott Visscher from Lake Pleasant (FFI), Andrew Snide from Long Lake (FFI), Noah Broiles from Wells (FFI), William Walters from Indian Lake (FFI) and Zachary Hoag from Indian Lake (FFI); (lower group, back) Len Broiles (back, mustache) from Wells (FFI), David Jaquish (hat) from Lake Pleasant (Scene Support Operations), Chris Aldous (sunglasses, mustache) from Indian Lake (FFI), Richard Hoag from Indian Lake (SSO), Becky Strain from Indian Lake (SSO) with Matt Michienzi from Piseco (FFI) in front of her; and (front) Steve Stofelano from Wells (SSO) and Shea Callanan from Indian Lake (SSO). Dillon Tristram from Long Lake (SSO) is not pictured.


Firefighter recruits graduate

Sunday, June 22, 2014 - Updated: 9:16 AM


Special to the Express

SPECULATOR -- Local fire departments received a needed boost to the ranks when 15 firefighters recently completed mandatory training as required by New York state or department by-laws.

Nine of the firefighters finished the NYS Firefighter I class, 91 hours of a combination of classroom time and hands-on skills. This class is a prerequisite to most other state-offered courses and incorporates self-contained breathing apparatus training for interior firefighters.

Six of the firefighters completed Scene Support Operations, 27 hours of training. This training meets department by-laws as a minimum level of training for firefighters and enables them to work with hose lines and support in other areas on the fire ground.

Local departments depend on these volunteers to staff the equipment and assist communities in times of need. A graduation ceremony was held Monday, June 2, at Oak Mt. Ski Center here.

Indian Lake Volunteer Fire Department has six of the new recruits, Wells has three, and the Piseco, Lake Pleasant and Long Lake fire companies each have two.

Congratulations to these volunteers for completing these classes and for sacrificing so much time in satisfying state and department requirements for levels of training.


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