A Report from Station 54

— President James Buff presented his daughter, Past President Kathryn Murphy, with the “Distinguished Member Service Award” for her five years of service as president of the Skaneateles Fire Department, Inc. This was followed by Chief Eric Sell awarding Second Assistant Chief Fred Squires, with the “Fireperson of the Year Award” for his continued efforts in the area of firefighter training, and Past Chief Dick Perkins received the “Chief’s Award” for his continued dedication and service to the Skaneateles Fire Department.

The evening concluded with the corporate and firematic officers being officially sworn into their respective positions. Town board member Jim Greenfield had the privilege of installing the corporate officers, while Village Mayor Martin Hubbard had the honor of installing the firematic officers.

During the month of April, the dedicated members of the Skaneateles Fire Department responded to 25 emergency alarms spending 68 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:

April 2012

Fire: 8

Rescue: 1

EMS: 7 (SFD responds when SAVES is on another call)

Water Rescue: 0

Mutual Aid: 9 (SFD responds to another fire district)

Total number of calls for April: 25 (-9 from 2011)

Total Personnel Hours for April: 68

Thus far, the members of the SFD have responded to a total of 124 calls for 2012 with members spending 863 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 months: Fire Police, Rope Rescue Operations and mandatory OSHA classes. These training sessions will be attended by members of the SFD along with other firefighters from Onondaga and Cayuga Counties.

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