Resolution J947-2013

Commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the North Syracuse Volunteer Fire Department

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  • Mar 21, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Mar 21, 2013: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • Mar 19, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the North
Syracuse Volunteer Fire Department

WHEREAS, This Legislative Body is justly proud to commemorate the  100th
Anniversary  of  the  North  Syracuse  Volunteer Fire Department, and to
honor all of its past and present members, for providing the citizens of
the North Syracuse district with 100 years of exemplary fire protection;
and
  WHEREAS, Volunteer fire departments are an integral part of  community
protection in localities across this great Empire State; and
  WHEREAS,  For  the  past 100 years, the courageous and dedicated fire-
fighters of the North Syracuse Volunteer Fire Department have  valiantly
volunteered their time to respond to various fire emergencies, all while
earning the praise and respect of the community in which they serve; and
  WHEREAS,  The North Syracuse Volunteer Fire Department was established
in the winter of 1913, after a law was passed  by  the  New  York  State
Legislature  to  give  unincorporated communities the right to establish
districts for fire protection; the Village of  North  Syracuse  was  the
first village in the state to follow this law; and
  WHEREAS, The North Syracuse Volunteer Fire Department began its histo-
ry with two hand-drawn chemical fire engines, until a Model T Ford truck
was  eventually  purchased  and  housed  in a barn, which became the new
firehouse on Ferguson Avenue; and
  WHEREAS, In 1950, the Village of North Syracuse Fire Department  moved
to a new location in the old, remodeled trolley station at the corner of
South  Bay  Road  and  Church  Street;  the  department remained in that
location until February of 1983, when the  first  "purpose  built"  fire
station  was  dedicated  at its present location at 109 Chestnut Street;
and
  WHEREAS, In 1985, a second fire station was built on the old  military
base,  in  order  for  the  North  Syracuse Volunteer Fire Department to
increase its service to the district; and
  WHEREAS, For the past 100 years, the  North  Syracuse  Volunteer  Fire
Department  has  provided  various fire and rescue services to the resi-
dents of the Village of North Syracuse and to  parts  of  the  Towns  of
Cicero  and  Clay,  such as fire suppression, fire prevention and educa-
tion, vehicle rescue,  and  life  support  medical  services;  the  fire
department  currently  responds to more than 1,000 service calls a year;
and
  WHEREAS, Since its establishment in 1913, the North Syracuse Volunteer
Fire Department has grown its fleet to more than a dozen modern fire and
rescue vehicles, increased its emergency and non-emergency services  and
its membership, and made advancements in technology in order to meet the
changing  needs of the district; the fire department is also one of only
205 in the state to hold an I.S.O.   Public Protection Class  3  rating;
and
  WHEREAS,  Each  day, the brave volunteer members of the North Syracuse
Volunteer Fire Department prepare  to  risk  their  lives  in  order  to
protect  the life and property of all those living within their communi-
ty; the department currently has 40 members, four  engines,  one  aerial
truck, one heavy rescue, and two light rescue vehicles; and
  WHEREAS,  This Legislative Body cannot express sufficient gratitude to
all of those trained and devoted individuals who serve and protect their
communities through volunteer fire departments across this great  Empire
State; now, therefore, be it

  RESOLVED,  That  this  Legislative  Body pause in its deliberations to
proudly commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the North  Syracuse  Volun-
teer Fire Department; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Patrick J. Brennan, Fire Chief, North Syracuse Volunteer Fire
Department.

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