Mottville Fire Company Inc.: The little fire house that could

The firehouse looks only a bit bigger than someone's private garage. It houses just five fire-emergency vehicles. Membership is about 35 members, all volunteers.

But don't second guess what can't be seen. The Mottville Fire Company is no small operation.

"We average about 250 calls a year," said seven-year Fire Chief Tim Baker. "This year in the first 4 month we've already logged 105 so far. We're busy."

Mottville is a sleepy little community, a mile or so north of Skaneateles and the Fire Company is located right in the middle of a residential street. Drive down Frost Street to fast and you may miss it. The company's location is ideal for supporting the emergency services of the surrounding communities like Elbridge, Marcellus, Jordan and of course, Skaneateles. The company's website displays photographs of the volunteers responding to vehicle accidents, fire and natural disaster emergencies both on their own or aiding larger response organizations.

During the rainy spring, the company pumps out flooded basements and helps with recovery.

The site also describes how, in 1925, the company was created. By 1926, the company had 1 truck, a Ford, donated by a private individual. An ordinary vehicle of that era, the truck had to be rebuilt by the members of the fire company so it could be used to fight fires.

Presently, the company uses a 2000 E-One Ladder truck, 2 Rescue-Pumpers, a custom Chevy 3500 and Ford pick-up. Training, education and constant drilling enables the members to provide well respected and professional service. Recognized for this, the company has just received an $85, 000 grant from the Federal Government for the purchase of new Scott Airpacks.

"The old airpacks were pretty worn out and really needed to be replaced," said Baker.

The airpack is an essential piece of any firefighters' gear, constantly subjected to the worst elements -freezing cold, fire, water, the battering of a hostile environment, must always be in the best condition.

Last year, the Mottville Fire Company, too often not recognized for its actions and dedication logged over 4000 man-hours. Their airpacks are over 15 years old.

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