March 22 marked the grand opening of the newly constructed Baldwinsville Volunteer Fire Company's fire station no. 1.
Local dignitaries, guests and representatives from neighboring fire departments were present at the well-attended event including Lysander and Van Buren supervisors Barry Bullis and Claude Sykes (respectively). Both congratulated the department on the new, spacious fire station, which will better serve residents of Greater Baldwinsville.
After addressing the crowd, guest of honor Sen. John DeFrancisco was presented with an honorary fire chief's position, complete with a fire chief's helmet, by Tom Perkins, past chief and company vice president.
DeFrancisco was responsible for funding that obtained the fire company's rubber rescue boat and hauling trailer, which will be used for rescues needed along the Seneca River, Perkins said. The senator also obtained funds to help outfit the inside of the new fire station with needed equipment, as well as a NY flag flying outside the station.
After presentations and comments were made, attendees witnessed the hose uncoupling ceremony featuring DeFrancisco, Fire Chief Charles Cerio, Jr. and Fire Company President Paul (PJ) Johnson.
(From left) Fire Chief Charles Cerio, Jr., Sen. John DeFrancisco and Fire Company President Paul (PJ) Johnson uncouple a fire hose for the grand opening of the new Crego Road fire station.