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Ti firefighters busy, prepared

To the Times of Ti:

2012 was another busy year for the Ticonderoga Fire Department. We responded to 213 emergencies ranging from building fires (10), motor vehicle accidents (32), assisting EMS agencies (24), fire alarm activations (42) and 107 other emergencies. We pride ourselves in our rapid responses of 2.2 minutes on average.

We currently have a roster that includes 49 full members, 18 junior members and 22 auxiliary members. Our average call had 12 members spending approximately 32.5 minutes on each call and our membership totaled 1,733.5 man hours for all emergencies.

On top of responding to the emergencies you will see we put in even more in our training as we logged 2,533 man hours of training. We also pride ourselves with an excellent fire prevention program in which we put in over 100 man hours of time during the month of October at our schools educating the younger generation.

We are always looking for new members and applications can be obtained on Tuesday and Thursday nights at 7 or contact any member for more information. There are many classifications of firefighters that all have a very important job and you don’t have to be the one going into a burning building to volunteer with us.

Our junior firefighter program is the strongest it’s ever been with 18 members ranging from 14 to 17 years old. Their primary role is to train with our senior members and learn all about firefighting so when they turn 18 they are ready to go. The Fireman’s Association of the State of New York currently offers scholarships to college bound students who volunteer at their local fire department.

We encourage everyone to make sure their heating sources are properly cleaned and maintained and make sure you have a carbon monoxide detector in place. The public is welcome to stop by anytime to see what we are all about. We expect 2013 to continue to be busy and we look forward to meeting any challenges we encounter.

Matt Watts, assistant chief

Ticonderoga Fire Department

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