Resolution J4427-2013

Commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the West Valley Hose Company

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  • Apr 29, 2014: ADOPTED
  • Apr 29, 2014: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • Apr 4, 2014: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION  commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the West
Valley Volunteer Hose Company

WHEREAS, It is the intent of this  Legislative  Body  to  recognize  and
honor  fire  companies and their members that have exhibited great dedi-
cation, courage, and selflessness in  protecting  their  neighbors  from
fire and other disasters in this great Empire State; and
  WHEREAS,  Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its long-
standing traditions, this Legislative Body is justly  proud  to  commem-
orate  the  100th Anniversary of the West Valley Volunteer Hose Company;
and
  WHEREAS, Since the early days of the "teapot steamers," the  volunteer
firefighter  has  been  the  cornerstone of our great State's efforts to
spare us from the ravages of fire; and
  WHEREAS, West Valley Volunteer Hose  Company  became  certified  as  a
corporation in 1914; the charter members and the residents of the Hamlet
known  as  West  Valley  owned  only a two-wheeled hose cart housed in a
private garage; the group called themselves the Fire Company,  but  they
soon  came to be known officially as a "Hose Company," named after their
only piece of firefighting equipment, a hose cart; and
  WHEREAS, West Valley's hose cart carried only a few  hundred  feet  of
canvas  hose  and  a  nozzle;  water was supplied by a lengthy system of
underground wooden pipes and cast-iron  fire  hydrants  installed  by  a
publicly  owned  company  called  the West Valley Crystal Water Company;
fire protection was provided for the village by the "fire district"  and
the rest of the Town of Ashford by the "fire protection district"; and
  WHEREAS,  The first home of the West Valley Volunteer Hose Company was
in the building now known as a portion of the  West  Valley  Market;  it
housed  two  narrow  truck  bays,  a small kitchen downstairs, a meeting
room, storage closet, and a billiards table upstairs; and
  WHEREAS, In addition to the hose  cart  and  another  truck,  a  1930s
"stewart"  pumper/tanker,  was eventually purchased; the 1930s "stewart"
featured an open cab, leather seats, a hand-cranked siren, a  250-gallon
water  tank,  500  feet  of  2 1/2-inch canvas hose, a mid-ship mounting
centrifugal  pump,  a  hand-cranked  six-cylinder  engine  with   manual
ignition control, and a large amount of gold-leaf lettering; and
  WHEREAS,  A 1937 Chevrolet panel truck joined the fleet prior to World
War II; it featured a 100-gallon water tank and space in  the  back  for
six firemen; it also served as an ambulance for accident victims; and
  WHEREAS,  Following  World  War  II,  two  Army-surplus  vehicles were
purchased; the first was a dual-wheel 1940 Chevrolet truck chassis which
was outfitted with a 500-gallon tank, pump, and hose  compartments;  the
second  was  a  military  fire  truck with a 500-gallon water tank and a
front-mount centrifugal pump; they also added a four-wheel drive  pickup
in  1962  which  included  a  water  tank, pump, ladders, hose reel, and
"Indian" pumps; and
  WHEREAS, The West Valley Volunteer Hose  Company  then  purchased  the
former  Baptist  Church  and  "Odd  Fellows"  hall  in the middle of the
village; a new three-bay truck room addition was built behind the  hall;
the new hall was completed in the late 1970s by volunteers who had drawn
its plans on the back of two placemats from the West Valley Hotel; and
  WHEREAS,  In  the  early 1980s, a new 3,500-gallon tanker was added to
the fleet through the generosity of A&D Engels,  Inc.;  fire  protection
and  Emergency  Medical  Services for the new West Valley Fire District,
which by then covered the entire Town of Ashford, was enhanced by a  new
1986 Braun ambulance, a huge new AutoCar, a used ladder truck from Sala-
manca,  and  a snorkel from Ellicottville; the members also got involved

with fire truck restoration by refurbishing and placing  back  in  local
service old equipment purchased from other Western New York fire depart-
ments; and
  WHEREAS, During the 1990s, the local fire hall was sold to the Town of
Ashford for its new Community Center; proceeds were used to buy land and
build a new fire hall and a large storage building south of West Valley;
at  the  same time, land was obtained for another fire hall on Route 219
in Ashford Hollow; both of these new facilities, built in 1995 and  1996
with  local labor, feature the most up to date 911 fire alarm and commu-
nication technology available today; and
  WHEREAS, Their active members, with  a  focus  on  community  service,
provide  vital  services  to their beloved community; the volunteers who
dedicate their time to the Hose Company are  the  first  to  respond  to
fires,  accidents, storm damage, ambulance calls, and other emergencies;
and
  WHEREAS, It takes special people who  are  devoted  to  helping  their
fellow human beings in times of extreme need; and
  WHEREAS,  It is the intent of this Legislative Body to publicly recog-
nize distinguished fire companies that have achieved notable success  in
protecting lives and property over the course of their long histories in
this great Empire State; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED,  That  this  Legislative  Body pause in its deliberations to
commemorate the 100th Anniversary of  the  West  Valley  Volunteer  Hose
Company; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to West Valley Volunteer Hose Company.

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