Chilson The Chilson Volunteer Fire Company will celebrate its 50th anniversary during its annual dinner-dance Saturday, Feb. 25.
The event will be held at 6 p.m. at the EMA, 9 Maplewood Lane in Ticonderoga.
“This year’s event will be a special celebration to wrap up the department’s 50th anniversary year with the theme ‘Keeping 50 Years of Firefighting Alive’,” said Steve Phelps, a department trustee. “As always, the evening will feature raffles with lots of valuable prizes, great food and entertainment, and dance music by the popular local band Calamity Rock”
Tickets are $15. To purchase tickets or get more information call Casie Hunsdon at 585-6823.
The Chilson Volunteer Fire Company remains a strong part of the community after five decades, Phelps said.
“The department’s 50th year of continuous service was marked by a growth in membership, acquisition of new and more modern equipment, and continuous training to improve firefighting and lifesaving skills,” he said. “Testament to the department’s dedication to its Chilson Hill community is its responsiveness. In 2011, for example, firefighters answered 17 separate emergency calls in just one day – on Aug. 28, the day that Hurricane Irene came to town.”
The company recently elected new officers. Leading the department in 2012 are Chief Steve Hunsdon, First Assistant Chief Tom Taylor, Second Assistant Chief Mike Trybendis, Third Assistant and Safety Officer Chief Casie Hunsdon, Captain Cody Duval, First Lieutenant Jake O'Hara, Secretary Cathy Trybendis, Buildings & Grounds Chair Dick Allen and trustees Jim Davis, John Blanchard, Chuck O’Hara, Larry Lauman and Phelps.
Chilson Volunteer Fire Department, with 44 members and 20 qualified active firefighters, serves the Chilson community, a 30-square-mile area that also includes Putts Pond and a portion of Eagle Lake. Chilson is a part of the town of Ticonderoga. Its fire district includes extensive 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 even 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.
In addition to serving Chilson, the department provides mutual aid to surrounding departments.
For more information e-mail ChilsonFire13@hotmail.com or visit the department on Facebook at “Chilson Volunteer Fire Department.”