On Saturday May 7, members of the Skaneateles Fire Department and their guests attended the annual dinner and installation of officers at the Orchard Vali Golf Club in LaFayette. After dinner and dessert were served, the corporate and firematic officers were installed by Village Mayor Martin Hubbard and Town Supervisor Terri Roney. Once the installations were complete, Years of Membership awards were presented to numerous members for their continued dedication to the Skaneateles Fire Department. Members honored for their 50 years of membership were Jim Garrison, Richard Marchand and Frank Pitman. These individuals received official proclamations from the village of Skaneateles, town of Skaneateles, Onondaga County Legislature, New York State Assembly and the Firemen's Association of the State of New York.
Former Skaneateles Police Officer Eric Sharpstein was unable to attend the dinner, but he was still honored for his actions and bravery on Feb. 13, when he rescued a civilian from a structure fire in the downtown business district. Additional recognition was presented to the former dispatchers of the Skaneateles Communications Center for their dedicated service to the Skaneateles community. The final recognition of the evening went to Dick Bendall who was awarded the "Chief's Award" for his continued service over the course of the past year.
During the month of April, the dedicated members of the Skaneateles Fire Department responded to 34 emergency alarms, spending 266 personnel hours on these alarms. In an effort to provide the most accurate information regarding our emergency responses, a more detailed breakdown of monthly SFD responses is located below:
Water Rescue: 1
Mutual Aid: 9
Total calls for April: 34
Total personnel hours for April: 266
Thus far, the members of the SFD have responded to a total of 126 calls for 2011 (33 more calls than the same time last year) with members spending 1,073 personnel hours away from home. In addition to answering the alarms, SFD members continue to train and prepare for any scenario they may face when the pager sounds and the siren goes off. The Skaneateles Fire Department will be hosting the following training sessions in the upcoming month: Truck Company Operations and mandatory OSHA classes. These training sessions will be attended by members of the SFD along with other firefighters from Onondaga County.