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Chilson firefighter honored

Jim Davis cited at dinner-dance

Chilson Volunteer Fire Department Board of Trustees Chairman Jim Davis, left, was honored for his 41 years of service to the department with a plaque presented by Chief Steve Hunsdon during the department’s annual dinner-dance.

Chilson Volunteer Fire Department Board of Trustees Chairman Jim Davis, left, was honored for his 41 years of service to the department with a plaque presented by Chief Steve Hunsdon during the department’s annual dinner-dance. Ada S. Phelps

— A long-time firefighter has been honored by the Chilson Volunteer Fire Company.

James H. “Jim” Davis was cited during the department’s 35th annual dinner-dance Feb. 9.

A former Chilson FD chief, Davis is now chairman of the department’s board of trustees. He has served the company 41 years.

Chief Steve Hunsdon and former chief Chuck Moore, who served as master of ceremonies, made the presentation to a standing ovation from the capacity crowd.

The presentation was a highlight of the annual dinner-dance at the EMA in Ticonderoga. Music was provided by Chuck Moore and Friends. There was also a series of raffles featuring prizes donated by local businesses.

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,” said Stephen E. Phelps, Jr., department public information officer, 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.”

The 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.

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