Skaneateles fire reports increase in responses

The Skaneateles Volunteer Fire Department (Onondaga County Station 54) is responsible for the "prevention and extinguishment of fires and the protection of life and property and the initiation of rescue in hazardous situations" within the Skaneateles Fire District.

For the fifth month in a row, the 100 volunteers of the Skaneateles Fire Department have experienced an increase in emergency responses. For the month of January alone, 36 emergency alarms were answered. These dedicated firefighters spent 251 hours away from home or work answering your calls for assistance.

On Sunday Feb. 12, the Skaneateles Fire Department hosted an 8 hour ice rescue training on the ice of Skaneateles Lake. This all day training was conducted by New York State Fire Instructor Bob Day which allowed emergency responders the opportunity to learn new ice rescue techniques as well as to practice and review established rescue techniques and procedures.

Numerous emergency personnel from the following fire departments participated: Amber, Aurelius, Borodino, Brewerton, Bridgeport, Cicero, Jordan, Marcellus, Mottville, Owasco, Port Byron, Spafford, South Bay and SAVES Ambulance.

In an effort to maintain our high level of service, we are always looking for interested individuals 17 years of age and older to become a valued asset of the Skaneateles Fire Department. If you are interested in becoming a member or are just curious about what we have to offer, stop by the firehouse at 77 West Genesee Street on Monday nights at 7 p.m., give us a call at 685-3496 or visit www.skanvfd.com for more information.

Finally, tickets for the "Big Money" drawing are available from any firefighter or online at skanvfd.com. $100 monthly drawings will be held every month beginning in March 2011 until the "Big Money" drawing to be held on Sunday Sept. 4 at the Skaneateles Fire Department's annual Labor Day Celebration.

The Skaneateles Fire Department...Serving the Skaneateles Community with Pride, Commitment and Dedication since 1833.

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