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A Report from SVFD Station 54

— The Skaneateles Fire Department answered 387 calls during 2011, an increase of 37 alarms from 2010. This is the highest response total in the department’s 179-year history.

For the month of December 2011, the members of the Skaneateles Fire Department responded to a total of 30 calls bringing the yearly total to 387 calls. Below is a summary of December’s responses:

Fire: 20

Rescue: 1

EMS: 8 (SFD responds when SAVES is on another call)

Water Rescue: 0

Mutual Aid: 1 (SFD responds to another fire district)

Total number of calls for December: 30

Total Personnel Hours for December: 237.9

The breakdown of the SFD’s total calls throughout 2011 is as follows:

Fire: 176 alarms

Rescue: 53 alarms

Water Rescue: 18 alarms

EMS: 75 alarms

Mutual Aid: 65 alarms

Total for 2011: 387 alarms

The dedicated firefighters of the Skaneateles Fire Department spent 2,852.7 hours away from home or work answering calls for assistance during 2011. The average personnel response per alarm included 12 firefighters and two chief officers.

During the course of 2011, 47 in-house training opportunities were offered for SFD members, in which 2,161.5 hours of training were conducted. This does not include the hundreds of additional hours spent attending state mandated courses or other various drill sessions Skaneateles firefighters attend annually.

At this time, the officers and members of the Skaneateles Fire Department would like to welcome our newest member, Amanda Sams, who will be responding from Station No. 1.

The SFD is continually looking for volunteers in an effort to maintain the highest level of service. We are 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 at 7 p.m. on Monday nights, call us at 685-3496 or visit skanvfd.com for more information.

Tickets for the “Big Money” drawing are available once again from any firefighter or online at skanvfd.com. The $100 monthly drawings will be held every month beginning in March 2012 until the “Big Money” drawing to be held on Sunday, Sept. 2, at the Skaneateles Fire Department’s annual Labor Day Celebration. Thank you for your continued support!

Comhghairdeas (congratulations) to 51-year member Charlie Major on his recent selection as Grand Marshall for this year’s 30th Annual Syracuse St. Patrick’s Parade to be held March 17 in downtown Syracuse.

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