2015 in review

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87 Years of Service to Our Community 1928—2015

CoverAnnual Banquet Berne Volunteer Fire Company was held at the Settle Hill Banquet House in Altamont, NY on March 28, 2015. Service awards were given and Executive and Line Officers were introduced.

Life Members

Terry Adams, Fred Bassler, Marvin Becker, Maver Becker, Peter Becker, Gerald Cross, Robert Flagler, Milton Hart, James LaGrange, James Mosbey, John Norray, Sr., John Norray Jr., Timothy Norray, Mark Sampsen, Arthur Shultes, Vickie Snyder, Michael Vincent, Richard Wright, Alan Zuk

Executive Officers

President, Alan Zuk

Vice President, Edward Hampton

Secretary, Robert Motschmann

Treasurer, James Mosbey

Assist. Treasurer, Robert Flagler

Corresponding Secretary, Vickie Snyder

Quarter Master, Arthur Shultes

Board of Directors

Mike Vincent, Terry Adams, Robert Motshmann, Mark Sampsen, Jack Norray, Sr., Vickie Snyder

Line Officers

Chief, Eric Gardner

Assistant Chief, Nick Minute

Captain Squad #1, Peter Becker

Captain Squad #2, Holly Clark

Captain Fire Police, Jack Norray, Sr.

District Chief, Rich Guilz, Jr.

Auxiliary Officers

President, Bridget Minute

Vice President, Jane Adams

Secretary, Robin Meszaros

Treasurer, Lauri Motshmann

Chaplain, Alyce Gibbs

Board of Fire Commissioners

Mary Alice Molgard, Rich Guilz, Sr., Ron Sprung, Millie Zuk, Sec., Mark Resnick, Treas.

Firefighters Honored for Service in 2014 Buffalo Snowstorm


Deborah Busch, Albany County Legislator, read a proclamation commending five Albany County Hilltown volunteer firefighters for their commitment and efforts in helping our neighbors in Western New York State during the 2014 Buffalo Snowstorm:

We would like to honor these individuals with a proclamation from the Albany County Legislature for their heroic deeds. This is honoring our firefighters from the hilltowns for their assistance to others during the Buffalo 2014 snowstorm and the proclamation reads as such.

WHEREAS, on November 18th 2014, Buffalo New York received five feet of snow within 24 hours, leaving drivers stranded on roadways and residents trapped in their homes.

WHEREAS, the storm shut down the city of Buffalo and its surrounding suburbs for days, leaving these most in need alone and scared for their well-being.

WHEREAS, on Wednesday, November 19th a group of five highly-trained Albany County volunteer fire fighters embarked on a journey to assist Buffalo residents in the recovery efforts and to help reach those in need.

WHEREAS, these brave firefighters included Scott Duncan, Chief of the East Berne Fire Department, Jason Smith Assistant Chief of the East Berne Fire Department, Brandon Kallner, Firefighter of the East Berne Fire Department, Nicholas Minute, Captain of the Berne Fire Department and Ethan Sharpe Lieutenant of the Westerlo Fire Department.

WHEREAS, these five men covered 148 miles while working 70 hours 60 of which were in the town of Hamburg New York, where they conducted four search and rescues, provided seven assists to EMS for transportation to hospitals, conducted five welfare checks and medication deliveries, and attended eight collapsed buildings.

WHEREAS, selfless individuals who give their time and energies to help those in need, are an asset beyond remuneration and cannot be sufficiently extolled.

WHEREAS, through their actions and deeds, Chief Duncan, Assistant Chief Smith, Firefighter Kallner, Captain Minute and Lieutenant Sharpe, have proven themselves to be selfless individuals who have brought pride and honor to their families, communities and to the County of Albany, and it be

NOW THEREFORE RESOLVED, that this honorable body of the 39th Legislative District hereby recognize and commend Chief Scott Duncan, Assistant Chief Jason Smith, Firefighter Brandon Kallner, Captain Nicholas Minute and Lieutenant Ethan Sharp for their unselfish dedication to the people of the City of Buffalo and the Town of Hamburg during the snowstorm of 2014.

Fire Prevention Week at Berne Knox Westerlo Elementary School

Members of Berne, East Berne, Knox and Westerlo Volunteer Fire Companies presented fire safety to the elementary school students at Berne, Knox, Westerlo School. Firetruck tours and and equipment presentations were followed by classroom instruction about home fire safety, the use of smoke detectors, where they need to be installed, and planning on safe egress from the home in the event of an emergency.

Volunteer firefighters not only plan for emergencies, they do their utmost to prevent them from happening by interacting with the community, teaching the community members what they can do to prevent home fires and whet to do in the event of a fire.

Roast Beef Dinner Sunday, October 19, 2014

Roast-Beef-DinnerRoast Beef Dinner sponsored by the Berne Volunteer Fire Company, at the Berne Fire House, Canaday Hill Road, Sunday, October 19, 2014 from noon to 5 p.m. The menu includes roast beef, mashed potatoes, gravy, cabbage salad, vegetables, homemade applesauce, rolls, and homemade pies. The cost is $12 for adults, $5 for children, and $13 for take-outs.

Simulated Smoke Search & Rescue Drill

The Blue Barn in East Berne provides the perfect environment for search and rescue training. A non toxic smoke machine is used to simulate a fire scene in which firefighters must navigate the building’s interior without the ability to see, to find and rescue a “victim”. The floor plan of the Blue Barn can be changed by rearranging the walls and window openings, thus making the layout impossible to memorize for future drills. This was a mutual aid drill with members of Onesquethaw Volunteer Fire Company East Berne and Berne Volunteer Fire companies.

Having a Blast at Berne SummerFest 2014

Members of the Berne and East Berne Volunteer Fire Companies set up the “Water House” so the kids could have fun playing firefighter on a hose line. The object of the game is to open each window of the “House” with the hose. Firefighters used the all terrain vehicles’ water pumping apparatus for the demonstration at Berne Summerfest 2014.

Annual Water Ball Summer Fun Night

Annual Summer Fun Night Was a Blast! The Berne, East Berne, Schoharie, Gallupville, Knox, Slingerlands, and Onesquethaw Volunteer Fire Companies enjoyed a game of water ball and BBQ at the Berne Town Park.

Volunteer firefighters enjoy the camaraderie while sharpening their basic firefighting skills and teamwork.

Learn. Drill. Do. — Join Us.

Apply to become an Albany County volunteer firefighter online at http://achvfire.wufoo.com/forms/z7x3p3/