Photos from LION's post
100% Volunteer, delivering a professional service Hutchinson Hose Co. / Williamsville Fire Dept proudly protects 11,000 people. We operate out of 2 stations that protect a primarily residential area.
Our department is a public department whose members are on a volunteer status.
Photos from LION's post
Congratulations to the Firematic Officers who will be guiding the Williamsville Fire Department through 2021. The annual election of officers was held this evening to be installed at the monthly meeting in May. Congratulations to Chief Richard Maddigan, First Assistant Chief Michael Vogel and Second Assistant Chief Chris Manning. In the captains’ rank, congratulations to John Licata, Jim Zymanek, Chris Nalbach, Charles Cilano, and EMS Captain Jack Oehmler. We look forward to a new year of continued training, community service, and upholding the 165 year old traditions of the Hutchinson Hose / Williamsville Fire Department.
Congratulations David Sherman on your retirement!
FBNY would like to Congratulate Dave Sherman on his retirement after 43 years at Bee Group Newspapers where he most recently served as their Managing Editor (and unofficial fire photographer). Dave has also been a longtime member of the Williamsville Fire Department and has a long history with The Fire Fighter Newspaper. Have a long and prosperous retirement!
TRAIN, but have fun, too. They say if you hide education in play, then the student doesn't even mind when he or she is being taught. With that intent, the Williamsville Fire Dept. held its indoor auto extrication drill last night on St. Patrick's Day all while making spreaders, cutters and air bag operation fun! An egg relay with spreaders and a giant labyrinth game controlled by air bags offered an opportunity for hands-on training all while adding just a wee bit of levity to the seriousness of the task.
In November of last year, the Williamsville Fire Dept. lost a rock that much of the department was built on. Mary Lavery may not have been a front line fighter, but, just as importantly, she was one that made behind the scenes just as important. As someone who was more than just a member of the Ladies’ Auxiliary, Mary was cheerleader, fundraiser, party planner, unifier, on-scene support, behind the scene support, and wore countless other hats and held innumerable other titles. She was the staunchest of those committed to the department and became synonymous with the cohesion of its membership of the ‘70s, ‘80s, ‘90s and beyond. She continually showed what true love and support for the volunteer fire service was. Tonight Mary was recognized with a plaque presented to her family, including her husband, Past Chief Ed Lavery, her son-in-law, current Chief Richard Maddigan, and grandchildren, EMS Lt. Katie Maddigan and FF Jimmy Maddigan.
We recently put into service a 2020 Ford Expedition Max to be used as a EMS response vehicle. We would like to thank Hamburg West Herr Ford, VSP/PD Decals, Gabe’s Collision, Mobile Storage Solutions, and 10-75 Emergency Lighting for their help with putting this in service!
We recently replaced the sign on the front of our station 1 that has been on the building since 1987 with a more modern LED style sign. This wouldn’t be possible without Past Chief Mike Measer securing funding from former NYS Senator Michael Ranzenhofer.
We would like to thank Santoro Signs for their assistance with this project.
Night 3 of three days' training! Immeasurable thanks go out once again to Georges Produce Market for the donation of a house for use by the Williamsville Fire Department for training purposes. The irreplaceable and critical re-emphasis of skills utilized over the last three days' time in a real-world scenario provides for interaction with the uniqueness of individual structures. Continued training last night included firefighter evacuation from a collapsed floor, escape through windows, and a firefighter through the roof (with use of a training dummy), along with many other scenarios. Special appreciation to Snyder Fire Department for joining us in a continued effort to train with our neighboring departments.
Today the Williamsville Fire Department was the recipient of the donation of a house to utilize for training purposes. It is with GREAT THANKS that we extend our appreciation to a tremendous neighbor and community business, Georges Produce Market, for their generosity of a home on their property that is to be torn down later this week. While others spent their winter Sunday sledding, skiing or making snowmen, WFD was training, working on chimney fires, roof ventilation, breaching walls, firefighter rescue, overhaul and more. The true value of a donated home is immeasurable with unknowns behind a wall that can't be found in a training building. And of course, when at a produce stand, not only were we treated to a house today, but were also treated to tasty and revitalizing fruits after.
Photos from Georges Produce Market's post
We would like to thank the Chaffee Sardina Volunteer Fire Company for purchasing our 2008 Expedition! The vehicle
has served us very well!
Help us help you!
Please keep the hydrants clear of any snow!
Help us help you!
Please keep the hydrants clear of any snow!
The Amherst Highway Department will be sending out the plows very soon.
Please don't put snow in the street when clearing driveways or sidewalks.
If possible don't park cars on the roadways so the trucks can clear the streets - Thank you
24 / 7. Even on Game Day!
We'd like to thank our mutual aid companies, Snyder and Main Transit, for coming out today to assist with our smoke in a building call. Upon arrival, dispatch was updated by Williamsville 9 to a possible fire in a wall with heavy smoke in the home. Damage was contained to the basement. All made it home for kick-off. Go Bills!
Tonight we held our annual social officer elections for 2021. We would like to congratulate the following;
President- Joe Frese
Vice President - Katie Maddigan
Recording Secretary - Dave Sherman
Corresponding Secretary- Trey Measer
Company Secretary -Charlie Cilano
Treasurer - Tony Schueckler
Directors - Jim Olivieri Sr, Rick Andrews, Tom Ratzel, Eric Weinreber, Chris Petrie.
Review Board - Chris Nalbach, Holly Schiferle, Doug Richardson
Congratulations to Amanda Weinreber as she transitions from Active Restricted (junior firefighter) to our Active rolls.
Please help us keep the fire hydrants clear of snow !
Merry Christmas from all of us at the Williamsville Fire Dept.
Stay Safe & Stay Healthy!
The Williamsville Fire Department would like to express our deepest sympathies to the Twin City Ambulance Corporation, her husband Jeff Luke, and along with all their employees while they mourn the passing of AEMT Sara Luke who lost her battle with cancer. We worked side by side with her in the field, and she always had a smile on her face which we will miss! Our thoughts and prayers go out to all her family during this difficult time!
An update from Santa: “Let the good folks of Williamsville (the children and adults of all ages,) know that I enjoyed my time with them last night very much. Their houses are decorated bright so I am certain we will find them even in snowy weather next week. I noticed every wave from every door, window, front lawn, and car. And I also got to see these fine EMS personnel at work when they were called to assist a member of their community in an emergency situation. The Williamsville Fire Department is always there for their neighbors and ready to help those they are trained to. Stay safe, stay well, and Merry Christmas to all!”
Look who we picked up from the North Pole!
Santa is on his way through the Williamsville Fire Department district to check in on
all the boys and girls awaiting his visit one week from now. Listen for the sirens and come out and wave!
Get ready Williamsville...It's Santa Day! We will be hitting the streets tonight at 4:30pm starting on the west side of our district. Check the comments in this post for a map of our district. Listen for the sirens to let you know when Santa is close!! See you all soon! 🎅🎅🎅🎅
We would like to sincerely thank Erie County Legislator Jeanne Vinal for securing funding in the 2021 Erie County budget for firefighter recruitment.
December 10, 2020
Legislator Vinal Secures Funding for Williamsville Fire Department
Legislator Vinal was able to secure funding for Williamsville Fire Department as part of the budget for 2021.
Legislator Jeanne Vinal was sworn in as Erie County Legislator for District 5, which contains about 75 percent of the Town of Amherst and includes Eggertsville, Snyder, Village of Williamsville, Sweet Home, and parts of Getzville. Willow Ridge. and most of Williamsville outside the village as well.
In her first year as Legislator, Jeanne Vinal has secured funding for Williamsville Fire Department in the amount of $750. This is the first year Williamsville Fire Department has received any money from the County. Legislator Vinal said, "It was a priority for her to get funding for Williamsville Fire Department because she knows how important community groups such as this one are."
The pandemic and shutdowns have strained community groups from both working toward their mission and from providing the fellowship, community, support, and fun of being together and talking things over face to face. In addition, membership outreach which is always necessary in any group has also faced a pause or at least a set back with the pause on large group in person meetings.
The money will be used at the discretion of the board. Legislator Jeanne Vinal is planning to attend the next meeting to answer any questions and to speak on the budget and the state of the county.
Legislator Vinal's legislative office is at 13 Lincoln Rd., Amherst, NY 14226; phone number is (716)836-0198; email is [email protected]. Legislator Vinal urges anyone in District 5 to reach out with ideas, suggestions, and concerns at any time.
The Legislature meets Thursdays and Legislator Vinal is on the Small Business, Community Enrichment, Health and Human Services, Energy and Environment, and Minority and Women Business Committees; she is Vice-Chair of Energy and Environment Committee, and the Chair of Small Business Committee, which she founded this year.
Legislator Jeanne Vinal is proud to serve Erie County District 5 and is glad to have been able to get this funding for Williamsville Fire Department.
We are just 6 days away until Santa visits the residents with in the district of the Williamsville Fire Department! Friday, December 18th, Santa will be hitting the road on a firetruck at 4:30pm to wish you all a Merry Christmas. Santa will start on the West side of our district. If you need to see if you fall with in our district, please check out the map we've made in the discussion section of the event made for this fun night. There are no set times for each street. Just listen for the sirens and the Ho Ho Ho!
Each year, we make sure to make it to each street but in the event our firefighters are called to an emergency, we apologize if we do not make it your street.
With the Covid pandemic going on, in order to keep the residents and our firefighters safe, we ask that you do not approach our fire vehicles with gifts of any kind. Our firefighters appreciate all the treats and goodies given to us in years past but we need to take precautions this year so we can all remain healthy!
See you next week! 🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅
Twin City Ambulance Corporation
Accepting donations at our Headquarters in Amherst NY, starting this Wednesday 12/9 through December 29th! Since the pandemic started, I know many of us have been cleaning out closets! Put those unneeded items to good use!
This morning we held a modified version of the HHC/WFD children’s Christmas Party. Because of today’s unusual circumstances, families came in one at a time at their pre selected time slot, wore masks and social distanced.
Modified HHC/WFD Kids Christmas Party
We are currently accepting sealed bids for the sale of 2008 Ford Expedition EL emergency EMS response vehicle. Bid packets can be picked up at Williamsville village hall, 5565 Main St. Williamsville, NY 14221 between the hours of 8am-4pm. Or follow the link below. Bids must be received by 11/30/20 @3:30pm.
More information can be found at; http://walkablewilliamsville.com/government/public-notices/
WNY Fire Buffs
Today is National First Responder Day. Thank you to all the First Responders working/volunteering everyday and night!
Congratulations to the Main-Transit Fire Department (our neighbors to the East) on their newly renovated station 2.
We are proud to announce that we have returned to our Station #2 on Sheridan Dr. The station went through a major renovation bringing the building that was built in 1965 up to 2020 standards, including a larger truck room, new bathrooms, new shower facility and a new storage room. There are some finishing details that needs to be completed before we post pictures of the entire station. We are also assessing our options for a public reopening/ribbon cutting ceremony with COVID considerations. A huge thank you goes out to East Amherst Fire Department that graciously made space at their Station #2 for our trucks and allowed access to our members, allowing us to provide quick and uninterrupted fire and medical coverage to the north end of our district. Further details and pictures to come.
EMS Lt Katie Maddigan
and Firefighter Cameron Ross for completing the grueling 8 week interior portion of firefighter 1. Your dedication is well appreciated! Now on to getting their red tags as interior firefighters.
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