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Brook’s BBQ Thursday, October 23

BrooksBBQBrook’s BBQ at the Onesquethaw Volunteer Fire Company, Tarrytown Road in Clarksville, Thursday, October 23, 2014 from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. The cost is $10 for a chicken dinner, $11 for a ribs dinner, $7.50 for a half-chicken only, and $8.50 for ribs only. Take-out only.


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.

Onesquathaw VFC Wins Annual Water Ball Tournament

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.

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72nd Annual Installation Ceremony

The Onesquethaw Volunteer Fire Company’s 72nd Annual Installation Banquet

Saturday, June 7, 2014, Shaker Ridge Country Club

Clarksville, Feura Bush, Unionville

1942 -2014.

Onesquethaw Line Officers

Chief: Dan LaDuke
Assistant Chief: Mike Salisbury

Unit 1 Clarksville
Battalion Chief: Jacob Houck
Captains: Peter Houck, James Cable

Unit No. 2 Feura Bush
Battalion Chief: Zach Spaulding
Captain: Richard Voorhaar

Unit 3 Unionville
Battalion Chief: Jeff Mudge
Captains: John Freihofer, James Mudge

Special Squads

Fire Police
Captain: John Wright
Lieutenant: Richard Stickley
Sargent: Steve Dooley, Sr.
Sargent: Bill Salisbury
Sargent: Paul Lobdel

Rescue Squad
Captain : Matthew Latham
Lieutenant: Sherry Fink
Lieutenant: Jenna Houck

Administrative Officers

President: Debra Lobdell
Vice President: John Comstock
Secretary: Earl Miller
Treasurer: Jeff Houck
Assistant Treasurer: Sherry Fink
Membership Secretary: Florence Wright
Quartermaster: Arlene LaDuke
Chaplain: Jeff Mudge

Board of Directors

Unit 1 Clarksville: Randy Heilman, Scott Pauley
Unit 2 Feura Bush, William Salisbury, Donald Palmatier
Unit 3 Unionville John Freihofer, Steve Dooley, Sr.

Auxilliary Committee

Chair: Sherry Fink
Vice Chair: Aubrey Salisbury
Secretary: Nancy Wright
Treasurer: Carol Latham
Chaplain: June Alberts


Meet Chief Dan LaDuke and New Member, EMT/Firefighter, Kevin Pierce

The Onesquethaw Volunteer Fire Company provides all-you-can-eat breakfast events to members of the community during the winter months to raise funds for vital equipment. They also do this to keep in touch with the individuals they have sworn to protect and to encourage new members to join them in their mission to protect the lives and property of Onesquethaw.

Learn. Drill. Do. — Join Us.

Apply to become an Onesquethaw volunteer firefighter online at

Stand By Your Pan

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How often has the doorbell rung or a child interrupted you while you were cooking, causing you to forget about the chicken you left sizzling on the stove – until smoke filled the house?

If this scenario or a similar one sounds familiar to you, you may want to think about it a little more because it’s likely that you, a friend or family member has run the risk of having a dangerous fire. As chief of the (Your Fire Department Here), I often talk to people about the ways they can stay safe in their homes. Too often, we have that talk after they’ve suffered a damaging fire.

It’s my hope that people reading this article won’t have to learn the hard way. If I could give just one fire warning, I’d say, “Keep an eye on what you fry!”

Why? Because cooking is the leading cause of home fires, according to the nonprofit National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). The latest statistics from NFPA say U.S. Fire Departments responded to an estimated annual average of 156,600 cooking-related fires between 2007-2011.

We’re joining forces with NFPA and thousands of other fire departments across North America to commemorate Fire Prevention Week, October 6-12th, “Prevent Kitchen Fires.” The theme reminds us that leaving cooking unattended and other unsafe kitchen practices are a recipe for disaster.

Often when we’re called to a cooking-related fire, the residents tell us they only left the kitchen for a few minutes. Sadly, that’s all it takes for a dangerous fire to start. The bottom line is that there’s really no safe period of time for the cook to step away from a hot stove. A few key points to remember:

  • Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling, or broiling food. If you must leave the room even for a short period of time, turn off the stove.
  • When you are simmering, baking, or roasting food, check it regularly, stay in the home, and use a timer to remind you.
  • Keep cooking areas clean and clear of combustibles (e.g. potholders, towels, rags, drapes and food packaging).
  • Keep children away from cooking areas by enforcing a “kid-free zone” of three feet around the stove.
  • If you have a fire in your microwave, turn it off immediately and keep the door closed. Never open the door until the fire is completely out. If in doubt, get out of the home and call the fire department
  • Always keep an oven mitt and a lid nearby. If a small grease fire starts in a pan, smother the flames by carefully sliding the lid over the pan (make sure you are wearing the oven mitt). Turn off the burner. Do not move the pan. To keep the fire from restarting, do not remove the lid until it is completely cool. Never pour water on a grease fire. If the fire does not go out, get out of the home and call the fire department.
  • If an oven fire starts, turn off the heat and keep the door closed. If the fire does not go out, get out of the home and call the fire department.

A cooking fire can quickly turn deadly. I have seen too many homes destroyed and people killed or injured by fires that could have been easily avoided. Please heed these simple safety rules. We firefighters would like to be in your kitchen, but only when you invite us for dinner!


“Reproduced from NFPA’s Fire Prevention Week website, ©2013 NFPA.”


MEDIA ADVISORY Largest Fire Response Drill of the Year


Media Contact: Steve Felano

Albany County Hilltown Volunteer Fire SAFER Grant Task Force

Mobile: 518.852.1863



WHO: Volunteer firefighters serving the towns of Berne, Knox, Westerlo, Gallupville, Huntersland, Onesquethaw, and Altamont.

WHAT: A comprehensive fire response drill at the Berne-Knox-Westerlo Elementary School. This drill will sharpen the skills of area firefighters to better prepare them for any fire emergency at the BKW schools. Multiple practice interior firefighting evolutions will occur, simulating the actual search and rescue operations that may be required at a large, populated structure such as a school. This drill will place heavy emphasis on firefighter accountability and improved familiarity with the school environment. In addition to the interior firefighting evolutions, there will be a large-scale operation flowing significant volumes of water using approximately 10 pieces of fire apparatus. This aspect of the drill will challenge firefighters to establish and maintain the levels of water necessary to extinguish a large fire in a building the size of a school.

WHEN: Monday, June 24, 2013

6:30 PM

WHERE: Berne-Knox-Westerlo Elementary School

1738 Helderberg Trail, Berne, NY 12023

WHY: This drill will place observers in the middle of a full-scale fire service training operation illustrating how fire companies collaborate to lend assistance across jurisdictional boundaries in emergency situations. Opportunities to capture one-of-a-kind images, video, and natural sound will be available. Berne Fire District Chief Richard Guilz Jr. will be on hand to provide interviews, along with the firefighters under his command.

CLICK HERE for an inside view of our latest vehicle extrication drill-

ABOUT: The Albany County Hilltown Volunteer Fire SAFER Grant Task Force exists to enhance the operational capabilities of select volunteer fire companies serving Albany County’s hilltowns. Supported by funding from the Department of Homeland Security’s Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) program, the task force communicates the story of the volunteer fire service to the public, and outfits new volunteer firefighters with the gear, pagers, and physicals required to perform their civic duties. Volunteer firefighting is a journey of service, dedication, and commitment. CLICK HERE to start yours today.


Tuition Assistance Program Has Expanded to Include SUNY Empire State College


– Higher Education Learning Plan now covers more than 500 online courses at ESC-

(SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y.) Volunteer firefighters now can have up to one-hundred percent of their tuition costs for online courses at SUNY Empire State College’s Center for Distance Learning funded by the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York (FASNY) Higher Education Learning Plan (HELP).

“By partnering with Empire State College, we are ensuring that more of our volunteer firefighters have access to higher education while at the same time providing lifesaving services to their communities,” said FASNY President James Burns.  “Our HELP program has been an integral tool in recruiting and retaining new members. This new partnership will make our program even more robust.”

“By including Empire State College in the HELP program, FASNY has dramatically expanded access for volunteer firefighters to earn an associate degree online,” said Meg Benke, acting president of Empire State College. “Special thanks go to Jim Burns and his team at FASNY, college alumnus and former volunteer firefighter Richard Wishnie, Empire State College Professor Jim Savitt and the college’s Office of Academic Affairs for their hard work in making this arrangement possible.”


Launched in 2011, FASNY established the HELP program to assist volunteer fire departments in attracting and retaining more members.  Under FASNY HELP, a student/volunteer firefighter who hasn’t already achieved an associate’s degree or higher will be eligible to have up to 100% of his/her tuition reimbursed in exchange for maintaining good grades and fulfilling service requirements as a member in good standing in one of New York’s volunteer fire companies.

The program is covers courses at all 29 SUNY community colleges throughout the state and has seen hundreds of students receive tuition reimbursement. FASNY HELP is made possible through a Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. More information and an online application form are available here.


Founded in 1872, the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York represents the interests of the more than 92,000 volunteer firefighters and emergency medical personnel in New York State.  For more information, visit or

About SUNY Empire State College

SUNY Empire State College was established in 1971 to offer adult learners the opportunity to earn associate, bachelors and master’s degrees from the State University of New York.

In addition to awarding credit for prior college-level learning, the college pairs each student with a faculty mentor who supports that student throughout his or her college career.

The college offers more than 500 courses and complete degree programs online through its Center for Distance Learning. The college also educates students face to face at more than 35 locations in the state of New York. Its 66,000 alumni are active in their communities as entrepreneurs, politicians, business professionals, artists, nonprofit agency employees, teachers, veterans and active military, union members and more. More information about the college is available here.

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7 Top Benefits for Volunteer Firefighters: Tax, Health, Insurance, Tuition, Training & More…

Service has its rewards.
Not only does being a volunteer firefighter give you the opportunity to serve your community in an exciting and fulfilling way, there are also a variety of incentives available from the government, as well as your local fire companies. These may include:

  • Property tax offsets
  • State Income Tax Benefits
  • Free health checkups
  • Free accident insurance
  • Tuition Reimbursement (FASNY HELP)
  • Length of Service Awards Program
  • Free equipment and training

Apply to become an Albany County volunteer firefighter online at