The Hughsonville Fire Department installed their 2016 slate of officers at a dinner dance held at the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel on Saturday January 23rd. Leading the volunteer fire department again in 2016 will be Chief of Department Tim Laffin. Assistant fire chiefs include Edward D’Anna and Tyler Pettit. Taking office as fire company captain is Tim Morano with Trevor Dhalla and Mike Flynn serving as first lieutenant and second lieutenant, respectively. William Beale was appointed EMS lieutenant and Michael Valentino, Sr. and Bruce Flower were appointed safety officers.
The Administrative officers are again led by company president William Beale and serving as vice-president is James McGovern. Raymond Leslie and Julia Eurillo are serving as recording secretary and membership secretary, with John Lorenzini as treasurer. Michael Valentino was elected to trustee.
The 100% volunteer membership of the Hughsonville Fire Department remained very active in 2015. Responding to 589 calls for service, firefighters were able to again achieve average response times of less than 5 minutes. In 2015, the month of March led the year in calls for service with 66 alarms. In addition to assisting residents with potentially life threatening medical emergencies, firefighters were most frequently called to motor vehicle collisions on the busy corridors of Route 9 and 9D.
Several firefighters received basic and specialized training during 2015. In addition to basic firefighter training, several firefighters attended building construction, code enforcement, and fire inspection training. In addition, firefighters attended specialized heavy rescue training, basement fire training, and hazardous materials training. Members also attended emergency medical technician training and CPR training in 2015.
The Hughsonville Fire Department is continuously recruiting candidates and welcomes anyone interested in learning more to stop by the fire station on any Monday evening and ask for an application. The fire station is located at 88 Old Hopewell Road, near Route 9D.
For more information, visit the Hughsonville Fire Department on facebook or online at www.HFD45.org.
CONTACT: WILLIAM BEALE, PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER (914) 475-4075