It is that time of year again folks! The DEC burn ban starts tomorrow, March 16. Open burning is the largest cause of wildfire in New York. See the link below for the full story.
This weekend, through the NYS Special Operations Bureau of State Fire, six members completed their Cold/Ice Water (IWR) Technician certification. IWR Technician is the highest of three possible levels the state offers!
Last night at 20:41 hours, Bemus Point FD responded 12 firefighters across two engines, a rescue, and the Chief staff to a reported house fire in the Ashville fire district (Video attached). The responding units identified the source of ignition to be a malfunctioning heating unit that caused the fire. All units were available by 21:42 hours.
We hope everyone has a safe and happy New Year as we complete our busiest year in department history!
Cold temperatures have not slowed us down! Last night, BPVFD continued to train on the art of securing a rural setting water supply in a timely manner and advancing the water to fire apparatus involved in fire suppression. #TrainEveryTuesday
The Bemus Point Volunteer Fire Department is closing its 98th year stronger than ever as we continue to welcome new members, upgrade our equipment, and provide the highest quality services possible. While many volunteer agencies throughout the country struggle to recruit and retain members, we have been fortunate to consistently gain a few new members each year. More importantly, our established members are as vested in furthering their skills and knowledge as our new members, which leads to more responders with more advanced training serving our community.
In the following pages you will see articles about the various equipment purchases we have made from your generous donations as well as Grant Awards. We have been able to replace worn or non-compliant equipment, acquire updated tools, and meet mandates which allows our responders to perform with higher efficiency and safety. From the new saws and extrication tools to the state-of-the-art air packs and radio system, all this new equipment means more training—and not just our members, but inter-departmental drills with responders and equipment from area departments to make sure when multi-department incidents occur, we can all work together efficiently, effectively, and safely. After all, the safety of our responders is as important as the safety of the people we serve.
To that end, on most any Tuesday night you will find responders training in some way, whether it's lectures on new or changing firefighting practices or learning how to use the new equipment, acquiring new skills and knowledge is crucial. Our responders are truly engaged in advancing their skills not only through in-house drills, but also through County Classes and Courses. So, in addition to the initial firefighting required courses, our responders have added classes like Tech Rescue, Rapid Water Rescue, Trench Rescue, and even EMT and Paramedic courses. We continue to enrich the depth of skill that we can offer to you, our residents, family, friends, and everyone who passes through.
A massive congratulations is owed to Bemus Point FD Lieutenant/Paramedic Ben Pickard, who is graduating today from the Buffalo Fire Academy as a professional firefighter. Ben has dedicated the last 18 months of his life to pursuing an A.A.S in Emergency Medical Technology as a New York State Paramedic and then followed this education by promptly attending to the Fire Academy to begin firefighter recruit school. Congrats Ben!
“A common question answered for tax payers. Why do so many trucks go on a fire call? Why do you need so many firefighters?” - Chris Campbell
Today was a very busy day on top of what has been quite a busy year. BPVFD responded to four 911 alarms, one service call, held multiple meetings, and finished with our weekly in-house training. The topic of discussion tonight was chimney fire strategy and tactics. In addition, two members completed "Principles of Instruction," a NYS Fire Curriculum course held in Dunkirk. The alarms today pushed us past our call total for all of 2017. 🚒🚒