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Hague Fire Department needs volunteers

To the Times of Ti:

A huge, heartfelt thank you goes out to all the businesses and community members that supported the Hague Fire Department’s steak roast. It’s always a blessing to have so much positive encouragement and unwavering support.

The open water swim held from the Hague beach in late August was provided safety support by our own fire rescue boat, ambulance and EMS crew on stand-by. There were no major incidents reported, but it was good that we were there.

There were 10 ambulance calls totaling 220 volunteer hours and 22 fire calls and drills for a total of 198 volunteer hours in the month of August. It was a very demanding month for our department and its volunteers. Volunteering offers many rewards. In addition to improving your community and advancing causes that are important to you, volunteering can help you develop and grow as a person. Many people find that volunteering is a great way to express gratitude for help they received from an organization in the past.

We need volunteers — firefighters, EMTs, fire police and other supportive positions. Young adults, 16 or older, are encouraged to join. New York State Fire Association offers college tuition reimbursement funds. For more details on this fantastic program, visit the FASNY website at: https://www.fasny.com/

It’s that time of year again when our fire chief asks all our town folk to do regular home heating system maintenance and outline safety procedures in your home. This will give you fuel savings and protect your family from any unwanted and dangerous surprises — including chimney fires. If you can not afford or properly clean your heating device, please contact the fire department. We are not free chimney sweeps but it’s best we visit your home in street clothes rather than full turn-out gear. In addition, we can also advise you on the best method to dispose of your hot ashes. Some of these new pellets can smolder for long periods of time, even in the snow bank.

Once again the HVFD will be involved in some way helping to make the annual Oktoberfest weekend a great success. Come out to enjoy great food, good music and lots of fun.

Leaf peepers will soon be out on our roads, so keep a careful eye out for these welcome visitors.

School is in session, keep an eye out for those big yellow busses with the little short passengers that don’t always look both ways. Please “Like” us on Facebook (Hague Fire & EMS).

SJ Santaniello

Hague Fire Department

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