Water Rescue Training 1/21/18 Ice Water Rescue using different techniques.

The buyer for the old tanker 2 stopped by to take ownership of their new vehicle.

It is going to the Charlotte Volunteer Fire & Rescue Department, in Charlotte Maine. Before she leaves us, we wanted to get a picture of the old and new.

Referendum for a New Tower Apparatus for Station 4

The Vestal Volunteer Fire Department sends a big Thank You to the residents of Vestal for supporting the referendum on the new tower apparatus. The vote was overwhelmingly in favor. We appreciate your support. As a reminder, please see our 2018 Budget and 20-year Financial Plan on this web site. Thank You

Click here 2018 Budget and 20-year Financial Plan

Thank You

Tower

Help Us Keep Hydrants Clear of Snow

With winter now upon us, please keep your hydrants clear of snow. Please keep an area, 3 feet by 3 feet around the hydrant clear.

Keep Hydrants Clear

1-10-2018 Call

Vestal Fire responds to a call at the Town Square Mall. Possible Fire in roof heater unit

Tanker 2

Vestal Fire Department took delivery on the new “Tanker 2” at station 2. It was put into service on December 4th.

Tanker 2

Breakfast with Santa

Vestal Fire Station #2 would like to thank all that came out to support the Breakfast with Santa, and all of the sponsors that made the event such a success on December 10th. THANK YOU!!!

Broome County NYS EMT Class

Vestal Fire Department recently participated with the Broome County NYS EMT Class at the Fred Singer training site in an automobile extrication exercise. Here are a few pictures from the exercise.


2018 Fire District Budget

On Tuesday, October 17th, a public hearing was held at the Town Hall presenting the 2018 Vestal Fire District Budget. Click here to view the presentation.


2017 Vestal Fire Awards Dinner

The 2017 Vestal Fire Departments award dinner was held on November 4th honoring those members that had passed this year, along with our members who have reached service milestones. A special Thank You goes out to our current Fire Marshal, Carle Truman, who was awarded for 60 years of service, and to past chief Ed Zimmer, for 55 years of Service. Congratulations to all that received awards! The Vestal Fire Department greatly appreciates your dedicated years of service!

5 Years
Shelby Frisbie, Stephen Langeland, Keith Chason

10 Years
Christopher Farley, Dustin McCartney, Sacha Sigelman-Schwartz, Jason Stupski

15 Years
Joe Bunzey, William Fletcher

20 Years
Dave Foland, Kenneth Fortier

25 Years
Mark Sanford, Edward Hildebrand

30 Years
Scott Orcutt

35 Years
William Murphy

40 Years
Edward Tomczyk

45 Years
Theodore Baker

55 Years
Edward Zimmer

60 Years
Carle Truman


September Water Rescue Training

Septembers water rescue training was held at Hickories Park in Owego. With the help of Rescue Randy, the team trained on search and recovery.

Alarm, Ross Corners Church

On October 21st, Vestal Fire received and alarm for a possible fire at the Bridgewater Church in Ross Corners.


Fire prevention teaching Fire Safety at our elementary schools.

During the month of October, our fire prevention team has been very busy going to the various elementary schools teaching fire safety to our young students. Here, the Clayton Avenue students stopped by Station #1 to learn about Fire Safety!


University Plaza Apartments

Vestal Fire responded to University Plaza Apartments for an active fire on October 20th. Fire was contained to Bathroom and Bedroom.


National Night Out

On August 1st, The Vestal Police Department sponsored the 20th annual National Night Out at Target Plaza. Vestal Fire Department, along with other agencies and organizations participated in the event. Great fun was had by all!!! (Photos courtesy of the Vestal Town Crier)


The Heating season is upon us

The Heating season is upon us. Please be careful when using alternate home heating methods. Here are some Home Heating Safety Tips!

  • Check your smoke alarms at least once a month
  • Have Carbon Monoxide alarms installed and working in your home. Check your local code for requirements
  • For more home heating and alternate heating source safety tips, go to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Home Page!

Water Rescue Training

Our water Rescue teams training this month consisted of low angle rescues. Here are a few pictures from our training session.


2017 Fire Expo

This year’s fire expo was a huge success! Great weather, great crowd, awesome demonstrations! Thank You Lowes once again for the use of your parking lot, and thanks to all the agency’s, vendors, and volunteers that showed up and gave their time to make it such a success! Here are a few pictures from this year’s expo!


Binghamton University RA/RD Training

On Wednesday, August 16th, the Vestal Fire Department assisted Binghamton University EH&S with their annual RA/RD training. We had 17 members there during the day time activity to assist with several task and stations.

Along with OFPC, we assisted with the fire extinguisher training simulator, a smoked filled room, and a station to where the members talked about the Vestal Fire Department.

Key points were address and how important each was especially during an emergency situation.

  • How to communicate with the students they are responsible for.
  • To not get complacent in the way they exit the building even the way they may go to their classes.
  • Know your alternate routes.
  • Make sure they are meeting the 1st Law Enforcement Officer or Fire Chief and reporting that everyone is out of the building.

Overall it was a great training to be a part of, and an eye-opening experience for the new RA/RD's coming into the University this coming semester.


Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Cold weather is almost upon us. Heaters and furnaces will soon be turned on. Good time to review facts on Carbon Monoxide poisoning. Click Here to view.


Flash Flooding Hits South Vestal

In the early morning hours on Monday July 24th Between 2.1 and 3.1 inches of rain fell around the south Vestal area. This rain along with rain that fell in the Choconut Creek water basin in Northern Pennsylvania caused a rapid rise in Choconut creek causing flash flooding, starting at the Richards and Tharp street area. A little after 1am Monday morning July 24th, Vestal Fire was toned out. Assisted by Vestal Police Department, and Vestal EMS, several rescues and evacuations were performed. As the early morning progressed, Choconut creek ended up cresting at 13.8 feet effecting multiple bridges, and areas along the creek all the way to Main street, prompting the Town of Vestal to declare a State of Emergency. Up to 75 people were affected, with up to 10 requiring shelter assistance from the Red Cross. With all the activity, rescues, and evacuations, no injuries were reported! Thank You Vestal Police Department and Vestal EMS, and the Red Cross for your help and support during this event!


Car Fire Safety

With the height of the cooling season here, please be safe with your Air Conditioners, Fans, and extension cords

Five Common Causes of Electrical Fires
Use Extension Cords Safely

electric

July Fire Police Training at the Fred Singer training site

Fire Police using the full scale, and 1/10th scale striping to practice lane closure.

July Department Training

Training with the Water Rescue and Command Assistance Team at Harold Moore Park


June Ladder Training

 

June Dry Hydrant Training

 


June River Drafting & Pump Training


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