Chilson Looking for a romantic get away for Valentine’s Day?
Chilson Volunteer Fire Company will hold its 35th annual dinner dance Saturday, Feb. 9, at 5:30 p.m. at the E.M.A. at 9 Maplewood Lane in Ticonderoga.
“This year’s event marks a return to our traditional St. Valentine’s Day theme and the return of local music legend Chuck Moore and Friends for your dancing and listening pleasure,” said Stephen E. Phelps, Jr., department public information officer. “As always, the evening will feature raffles with lots of valuable prizes along with a delicious dinner of stuffed chicken breast and roast beef served buffet style, with the usual fabulous desserts by members.”
Proceeds of the dinner dance will help Chilson Volunteer Fire Department purchase a federally-mandated radio system.
“As part of the national post-9/11 plans for a nationwide communications system for first responders, fire, ambulance and police departments and other government agencies that respond to emergencies we must by law upgrade to radios that will allow them to communicate seamlessly with each other,” Phelps explained.
The Chilson fire department will receive some equipment from Essex County, but will need at least $16,000 of its own funds for additional radios, conversions and installations.
“That’s why the Chilson department is issuing a special plea to supporters in the Chilson and Ticonderoga communities to help it meet the challenge,” Phelps said. “As we learned on 9/11, and locally in the devastating aftermath of Hurricane Irene, effective communications are essential to saving lives and property. That’s as true here in Ticonderoga as it is everywhere throughout the country.”
Tickets for the dinner dance are now on sale for $15. Interested people can call Larry Lauman at 585-9133 to purchase tickets or for more information.
Chilson Volunteer Fire Department, with 44 members and 20 qualified active firefighters, serves a 30-square-mile area that also includes Putts Pond and a large portion of Eagle Lake. Chilson is a part of the town of Ticonderoga, and its fire district includes large tracts of state-owned land.
The department is staffed and equipped to provide fire prevention, fire protection and rescue services including vehicle extrications. Chilson firefighters also respond to weather emergencies, clear downed trees from roadways and provide assistance to home-bound residents during power outages and other emergencies.
The Chilson Community Center at the fire station is owned by the department. Its playing fields and picnic grounds host many community events.
For more information e-mail ChilsonFire13@hotmail.com or visit the department on Facebook at Chilson Volunteer Fire Department.