Recruitment Open House to be Held at The Coeymans Hollow Volunteer Fire Company on Saturday April 27th

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The Coeymans Hollow Volunteer Fire Company to Participate in
3RD Annual Statewide “RECRUITNY” Weekend to Help Increase Number of Volunteer Firefighters

Recruitment Open House to be Held at The Coeymans Hollow Volunteer Fire Company on Saturday April 27th  

(Coeymans Hollow, NY) The Coeymans Hollow Volunteer Fire Company will open its doors to area residents, so they can learn about what it takes to be a volunteer firefighter in their community, as part of the third annual RecruitNY statewide initiative. Over the last several years, it has been very tough for many fire departments throughout New York State to recruit and retain volunteers for a variety of reasons. Like most volunteer fire departments, the Berne Volunteer Fire Company needs to bolster its emergency responder numbers, so it can continue to provide the optimum level of protection for its residents.

The Coeymans Hollow Volunteer Fire Corporation will host a Recruitment Open House on Alcove Day, Saturday April 27 starting with the Ladies Auxiliary Bake Sale at 8:00a.m.  Garage Sale maps will be available beginning at 8:00a.m.  Throughout the day, Firefighters from Coeymans Hollow will be on hand to show our new 3,000 gallon Tanker 6-30 and our Rescue/Brush UTV 6-50 along with Engine 6-20, Engine 6-10, and our EMS/Brush Truck 6-40 until 4p.m.  Tours of the trucks, demonstrations, Membership Applications and refreshments will be available.

As part of RecruitNY, on Saturday, April 27 between 8:00am—4:00pm, The Coeymans Hollow Volunteer Fire Company located at 1290 SR. 143 (Intersection of 143 and Blodgett Hill Road) Coeymans Hollow, NY  will join volunteer fire departments all across the state at their respective firehouses for a unified  recruitment drive, as part of National Volunteer Week 2013. Not only will RecruitNY be an opportunity to highlight the duties and rewards that come with being a volunteer firefighter, it will also raise public awareness about the need for volunteers.

Throughout the day, The Coeymans Hollow Volunteer Fire Company will conduct tours of the station and firefighter apparatus, allow visitors to try on firefighter gear, and provide activities and stations throughout the firehouse for visitors. The fire department will discuss the requirements to be a volunteer, as well as conduct demonstrations, answer questions, and let visitors know how to get involved in the fire department.

Last year, over 430 fire departments in 55 counties across the state held recruitment open houses. FASNY is hoping for an even higher turnout this year and encourages departments to RSVP to let the community know they’re participating at: www.recruitny.org/signup.

“Come on out and join us for this unique recruitment day at our firehouse,” said Chief Bill Kapusta. “This is a great opportunity for our neighbors to observe the exciting tasks of a firefighter. Our current members love what they do; they are everyday heroes who help neighbors in need. We hope our recruitment day will inspire  other area residents to join our fire service family.”

Please stop by the Coeymans Hollow Firehouse and show your support for your Volunteer Firefighters and EMS Personnel.

The goal of RecruitNY is that the collaborative effort among volunteer fire departments statewide will turn the declining number of volunteer firefighters around. RecruitNY is one example of FASNY’s key initiatives to recruit and retain volunteers. Over the last year and a half, FASNY has worked exceptionally hard to build and deploy a multi-tiered plan for helping New York State’s over 1,700 volunteer fire departments recruit over 15,000 new volunteer firefighters across the state by utilizing federal SAFER grant funds for programs including the “Fire in You” advertising campaign, FASNY HELP community college tuition reimbursement program, and recruitment training classes.

Established in 2011, RecruitNY is a joint undertaking by the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York (FASNY), the New York State Association of Fire Chiefs (NYSAFC), Association of Fire Districts of New York State, Volunteer Fire Police Association of the State of New York,  and County Fire Coordinators Association of the State of New York. Last year, fire departments in more than 50 counties across the state participated in the first annual RecruitNY weekend.

For fire departments that would like to sign up for RecruitNY, simply log on to http://recruitny.org/opendoors.php and fill out the participation form. The program provides fire departments with access to recruitment resources, communication tools, posters, banners, etc. via http://recruitny.org/resources.php to help a firehouse hold a recruitment open house.

For area residents looking for more information, or to find out if your fire department is participating in RecruitNY, visit www.recruitny.org or contact your local fire department via a non-emergency phone number or its website.

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68th Annual Installation Banquet

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2013 Civil Officers: President—Tony Kapusta, Vice President—Darlene Wilson, Secretary—Michelle Kapusta, Treasurer—Sherle Slingerland, Financial Secretary—Sue Stratta, Membership Secretary—Michele Sadowski, Director—Sherle Slingerland, Sergeant at Arms—Herb Williams, Chaplain—Pastor Paul Meador

2013 Auxiliary Officers: President—Maryann Dennis. Vice President—Sarah Dennis, Secretary—Sue Stratta, Treasurer—Donna Wickham, Seargent at Arms—Adele Thayer

2013 Fire Line Officers: Chief—Bill Kapusta, 1st Assistant Chief—Bill Sadowski, 1st Assistant Chief—Matt Mortefolio, 1st Captain—Sam Slingerland, 2nd Captain—Robert Beebe, 1st Lieutenant—Dave Court, 2nd Lieutenant—Jody Burrows, EMS Captain—Davin Kryzkowski, EMS Lieutenant—Sherle Slingerland, Fire Police Captain—Jim Reyes, Fire Police Lieutenant—Jack Dennis

Alcove Day April 27th Bake Sale / Garage Sale Maps / Bakers Needed

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Alcove Day will be held on Saturday April 27. Garage Sale Maps can be purchased at the firehouse beginning at 8:00a.m. Also The Coeymans Hollow Ladies will be hosting a bake sale at the firehouse beginning at 8:00a.m. so you can start your day with fresh baked goods and a hot cup of coffee.

Calling all Bakers:

Coeymans Hollow Ladies Auxiliary President Mary Ann Dennis is calling on all Bakers to bake for the Bake Sale to be held on Alcove Day April 27.  Bake Goods can be dropped off at the Firehouse on Friday night between 6:00p.m. and 7:00p.m. or on Saturday morning

Why become a volunteer firefighter? Life Experiences

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William Greenwood became a New Hampshire volunteer firefighter because he witnessed a car accident involving his sister. He saw volunteer firefighters struggle to gather enough members to respond to the emergency, and decided he wanted to be a solution to this problem. You can benefit from this sense of community and shared purpose by joining one of Albany County’s volunteer fire companies.

Apply to become an Albany County volunteer firefighter online at http://achvfire.wufoo.com/forms/z7x3p3/

Seeking New Members

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Your local Volunteer Fire Companies are seeking new members to join our Volunteer Family. If you are interested in joining your local Volunteer Fire Company please call 475-2929 or check us out on the web at WWW.JOINEMSFIRE.ORG. and bring a friend. You can become an Active Firefighter, EMS Provider, Fire Police, Ladies Auxiliary Member or an Associate Member to assist us with our many committees.

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LadLadies Auxiliary Third and Final Manhattan Clam Chowder Sale a Sell Out:

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Coeymans Hollow Ladies Auxiliary President Mary Ann Dennis would like to extend her appreciation to everyone who purchased our Manhattan Clam Chowder. All proceeds from the Chowder Sale will benefit the Coeymans Hollow Scholarship Fund.  Mary Ann would like to extend her appreciation to all the Ladies of the Auxiliary and the Fire Company members who assisted with all the chopping and the selling of the clam chowder that helped make it a success. The next sale will be held on Friday March 14, 2014.  We hope to see you all next year.

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CHVFC Dedicates AED’S

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From the official CHVFC website:

On Tuesday March 12 the Coeymans Hollow Volunteer Fire Corporation dedicated 3 Automated External Defibrillaters that were purchased with memorial donations in the loving memory of J. C. Flach who passed away in a tragic accident. The Flach family set up a memorial donation fund for the Coeymans Hollow Volunteer Fire Corporation. With the donations the Fire Corporation purchased three AED’S, for the firehouse and two trucks to provide emergency defibrillation.

The Flach family, Parents Liz and John, their son Keith and J.C.’s finance Nicole Bautochka attended the dedication. The AED in the firehouse has a Memorial Placque placed on the side of the case.

The Flach family and the Coeymans Hollow Volunteer Fire Corporation would like to express their appreciation to everyone who donated to J. C.’s memorial fund.

Why become a volunteer firefighter? Community

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Albany County Executive Daniel McCoy served as a volunteer firefighter for seven years. He says the collaboration and diverse mix of skills present in volunteer fire companies forms the bedrock of community service. You can benefit from this sense of community and shared purpose by joining one of Albany County’s volunteer fire companies.