Firefighter Mike Hewitt
Junior Firefighter Bob Griffin
Junior Firefighter Jake Beaudet
SARATOGA COUNTY FIRE TRAINING
As the initial entry program for firefighting personnel, Firefighter I introduces firefighting concepts, practices and techniques necessary for success within the fire service.
Based on the Firefighter Level I objectives from NFPA Standard 1001, this course develops knowledge, skills and abilities based on performance criteria for the following topics: fire department organization, firefighter safety, fire behavior, personal protective equipment, self-contained breathing apparatus, fire extinguishers, building searches, forcible entry, ground ladders, ventilation, hose practices, fire streams, and loss control. The course consists of performance criteria in: incident command, building construction, ropes/knots, rescue procedures, forcible entry applications, ventilation practices, fire extinguisher applications, suppression of structural fires, tactics, vehicle suppression, water supply, loss control, fire cause determination, fire department communications, fire suppression systems, hazardous materials, weapons of mass destruction, confined space safety and fire prevention practices.
Location: Maple Ave Fire Station
Instructor: P.J Champagne
Time: 7 pm – 10 pm weeknights
4 hour sessions.
Sat./ Sun. Sessions (x2) 8 am – 4 pm (+/- depending on units)
Dates: September 9, 10, 12, 16, 21×2, 23, 24, 26, 28×2
October 3, 5, 7, 8, 20×2, 22, 27×2, 29
November 3, 5, 7, 12, 14, 18, 23×2,
December 2, 7×2, 2013
TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS COURSE, PERSONNEL ARE REQUIRED TO HAVE A “TRAINING AUTHORIZATION LETTER” FROM YOUR CHIEF. IT CAN BE PRINTED OFF THE COUNTY WEB SITE www.saratogacofire.com
Pre-register by calling Ed Tremblay @ 884-4702 and leave name, phone number and agency affiliation or e-mail registration information to: email@example.com
Deputy Director, O.E.S.
MOREAU — A fire that was apparently caused by a charcoal grill ripped through a Sweet Road residence Thursday morning.
No injuries were reported in the fire that started on the back porch at 13 Sweet Road and worked its way into the house, which was “pretty much gutted,” said Nicholas Quinn, assistant chief with the South Glens Falls Fire Company.
Some holes and smoke damage in the home’s roof were visible from the front of the residence.
The home’s occupants were inside the home when the fire broke out, but were able to escape safely.
The home was most likely a total loss, though some of the belongings inside were salvageable, fire officials said.
The fire started about 6 a.m. Thursday and firefighters were on the scene for four hours. The fire took about two hours to knock down, and an extensive overhaul took another two hours. It was difficult to put out some of the hot spots, Quinn said.
Fire departments from Gansevoort, Wilton, Hudson Falls and South Queensbury provided mutual aid.
courtesy of the poststar.com
WILTON – In their first year participating with a team, the Wilton Fire Department raised over $400 for the Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Southern Adirondack’s. The event, Bowl For Kid’s Sake, is an annual fundraising event where bowling teams raise money to help BBBS support the hundreds of children in the program. The Wilton Fire Department, as well, donates annually to the event.
On March 17, 2013, the Wilton Fire Department’s team took to the lanes of Spare Time in South Glens Falls for two games. The team consisted of Dakota, his Big Brother FF Warren Cutler, Kevin Meltzer, Todd Murray and Allison Murray.
— By Francine Grinnell (Saratogian.com)
Who are you?
I’m a Wilton resident and a husband and father. I’m a firefighter for the town of Wilton, a retired plumbing and heating expert and a country line dancer.
Why did you become a firefighter?
I lived in Greenwich, Conn., where my father was a career firefighter, and he was a great influence. When I was 16, I became a volunteer firefighter until I got out of high school. I apprenticed as a plumber and was drafted, so I chose the Navy and stayed in from 1959 until 1962. We were based in Norfolk, Va.
I came home on leave with a buddy from Wilton, I met my wife Nancy up here and the rest is history. We were married the next year. I volunteered to become a firefighter for Wilton Fire Department and have been fighting fires for more than 45 years. I also worked for 23 years as a plumbing and heating technician in Saratoga Springs, then started my own plumbing and heating business. I retired 12 years ago.
When a fire call comes in, it’s first-come, first- served as far as the truck we get to respond to a fire with. We all have a truck we like to drive. The one I drive is going to be retired soon and we’ll get a new one. At this point, I have chosen to fight non-interior fires so I don’t have to climb ladders or wear an air pack anymore, but I do most everything else. We seem to respond to more traffic accidents here.
Now my son, John Liptak Jr., is also a firefighter.
What led to your interest in country line dancing?
I wasn’t interested at first. Nancy wanted to learn and she took lessons for six months. I was chicken, but she talked me into it. We went all over. We lived in Connecticut after we were married, then moved to Wilton, and we’ve been dancing together for more than 15 years. It’s great exercise.
Was there a fire you were called to that stands out in your memory?
Yes. In the 1970s, there was a fire at the Rusk family’s home on Parkhurst Road in Wilton. It was 28 degrees below zero out and the house burned to the ground in snow that was 3 feet deep. We had to dig out the remains of seven or eight people. I’ll never forget it.
How long will you fight fires and line dance?
Until they put me in the ground.
Courtesy of the Saratogian.com http://saratogian.com/articles/2013/04/23/life/doc517732193ad46051454789.txt?viewmode=fullstory