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Fire department honors Durfee for 50 years of service

Incredibly proud to see the fire department continue to expand, Durfee thanked the current Cazenovia College students that volunteer their time to the department.

"We couldn't do what we do without them. It's unbelievable how much the training programs have changed," Durfee said. "These guys are getting together every week, rescue training, completing ropes courses and practicing protocol. When our rescue squad started out in 1961, there were just six of us, we didn't have as many opportunities to train as they do today. It's great to see."

Other developments that Durfee is happy to see, deal with the technological advancements with equipment and the expansion of the firehouse. "The equipment we have today is just phenomenal, compared to what we used to work with. It's great to have all of our gear and vehicles in one building," he said. "It was really tight when we were up in the Municipal Building at 90 Albany St. but it's starting to get a little tight again. It's nice that 6 Farnham Street was acquired. Parking has been a big issue."

Having happily entered retirement, Durfee spends much of his time helping out at the department. Recovering from a previous back injury, he admitted that misses being so closely involved with the department but also confessed he has been enjoying camping more often, when weather permits.

The Cazenovia Fire Department is located at 127 Albany St. and can be reached at 655-2834. For more information on past and present chiefs, as well as volunteer members of the department, visit cazenoviafire.com.

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