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Prepare for winter

To the Times of Ti:

The Hague Volunteer Fire Department is now busy preparing its apparatus for the winter season. Chief Ray Mury strongly suggests that everyone does the same. Begin by being sure you have winter safe tires and a strong battery. Additionally, every vehicle should carry a winter emergency kit in the event of a breakdown. If you get stranded in a snow storm, do not leave your vehicle or leave it running for long periods of time. At home, make sure flues and chimneys are clean.

The PAC pro wrestling fund raiser was a slamming success. Support from the community was outstanding, thank you!

We will be holding our department board and officer electing at the next meeting, Dec. 2 at 7 p.m.

In October we responded to 12 fire calls and drills using 232 volunteer hours and one EMS call coupled with many continuing medical education hours. MR-3, our fire rescue boat, will be removed from the water and stored for the winter.

Congratulations to our newest member, Steve “Fletch” Fleischacker. “Fletch” brings to our community decades of experience in emergency medical services. Our department has another new emergency medical technician. SJ Santaniello passed the New York State EMT certification process and will be serving the community as a driver and medical technician. A huge thank you goes to both volunteers.

The HVFD is looking for new members, especially anyone willing to drive the ambulance. A correction from the October printing, E5 staffing services is not paying the $1 an hour to drivers, this incentive is being paid by the Hague Fire Department. We will pay our volunteer drivers $1 an hour, in the form of a refillable Stewart’s gas card, paid monthly. This is for any and all hours you volunteer to driver our ambulance between the hours of 7 a.m. and 5 p.m Monday through Friday. If you are interested, you need a valid New York State driver’s license. Training will be provided by the department.

The best advice for driving in bad winter weather is not to drive at all, if you can avoid it. Do not go out until the snow plows and sanding trucks have had a chance to do their work, and allow extra time to reach your destination.

S.J. Santaniello

Hague Volunteer Fire & EMS

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