NORTH CREEK A ceremony honoring a local 9-year-old this weekend will be among the several events planned at the North Creek Volunteer Fire Company this spring.
Fire Company Chief Steve Studnicky said that Matthew Richards, 9, of North Creek, will be given a commendation at noon Saturday, March 24 at the firehouse for his assistance in November 2011, when he called 911 to help his grandfather, Brian Richards Sr., a longtime member of the fire company who died shortly afterward.
“We have to let the kids know of the important job Matthew did,” Studnicky said.
Richards, his family, firefighters, and town and county representatives are expected to be in attendance.
North Creek Fire Company officials will also be starting a new group of Explorers, which is a coeducational affiliate of Boy Scouts that engages teens age 12-20 in fire or police departments. Fire officials failed to launch a post last year, but there has been renewed interest, according to Studnicky. The firehouse will host an open house pizza party/movie night Friday, April 20 for teens interested in learning more about the Explorers.
With an aging group of firefighters, “We really have to get renewed interest in the fire department,” Studnicky said.
That same weekend, the firehouse will be hosting its annual Recruit New York open house from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, April 21-22. Recruit New York is a program designed by the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York to attract new members to fire departments throughout the state. The North Creek Fire Company will have refreshments and equipment demonstrations throughout the weekend.
Studnicky said members recently changed the name of the fire company’s “Auxiliary” to “Support Team” to attract both men and women to this important volunteer corps, which supports the firefighters in a number of ways, from fixing and delivering food during major fires to helping with fundraising. In many places, an auxiliary consists of only women.
This is a busy spring for the North Creek Fire Company, but a good kind of busy, as opposed to last year’s record-breaking rain events.
“Thankfully, it’s busier for a different reason other than ice jams and flooding,” Studnicky said.