CME Recert - ALS and BLS Scheduled for OCTOBER 2018
Watch for the dates to be announced for the Orchard Park District EMS CME Weekend - currently planned for October The Specific dates are being worked on. This year in addition to the BLS Core program an ALS Core progrm will be given- stay tuned for dates.
Chestnut Ridge - Eternal Flame Rescue Season Begins
Hillcrest Fire are routinely requested to rescue hikers down in the Eternal Flame at Chestnut Ridge Park. With a little break in the weather, hikers entered the Eternal Flame to shake off the cabin fever building over the winter. The early hikers along with challanging paths put Hillcrest into action to bring up a hiker with a significant leg injury. Here Firefighters are putting away a "gator" equipted with tracks that was used in gaining access and transport of our patient. Our patient was transported to the hospital and all our equipment put back in a state of readyness for the next time we can assist. Hillcrest is specialy equipted to perform this rescue but it can olny be done effectively with the assistance of South Wales, Orchard Park EMS
Chestnut Ridge Tower fire training for Orchard Park District Members
Never too hot to train! Orchard Park District members were treated to multiple evolutions atthe training tower. NYS and Erie County Fire Instructors took the district members through the paces. Prior to starting any fire, the instructors used "smoke" to simulate heavy fire/ smoke conditions and allowed the Districts Explorers an opportinity to exprience heavy smoke conditions while advancing hoses. 29 Orchard Park District members trained for 3 hours.
Concept to Reality - Hillcrest Fire Hall Expansion ready to go !
In 2007 the members of the Hillcrest Fire Hall went to the Board of Fire Commissioner and requested an expansion of the current fire hall located at 7125 Ellicott Road. The need of the expansion was based on an older building requiring maintenance and the lack of room. The current fire hall is not designed to hold the equipment required for current day fire fighting and EMS response. Plans were drawn, however the building never happened. In the past 6 months it was once again apparent that the hall is too small and required a considerable amount of maintenance and the fire company once again attempted to revive the plans. Consideration of replacing the current hall with a new hall was cost prohibitive and the company worked with the Commissioners to modify the original plans of expansion and have come to an agreement.
One of the biggest concerns of the district is to assure there will be no compromise in the response of the fire company to emergencies and working with the contractors there should be no delay in responding to calls. Look for the first shovel to be placed in the next three weeks! The total to complete the renovation should be 7 months.
Hillcrest Fire Company THANKS YOU for another successful Chicken Barbeque
1300 Chicken halves were sold in the 6 hours of the BBQ. With the wonderful weather the flow of cars were steady with an increase in take out. We appreciate the patients of all the customers as we did the best in getting them in and out.
As always the company hopes for the best chicken dinners possible as we have tried a number of providers- this year we were no dissapointed by Chiavettas Chicken BBQ.
Special thanks go to all the members of the fire company who donate their time, the Hillcrest Ladies Auxilary and our Explorers and Scouts.
The coleslaw recipe is guarded even more than the Bushes Baked Beans recipe!
Hillcrest Fire Company Sponsors 7 Members in New York State Certified EMT Class
John McEvoy (recertification)
The EMT Class is 166 hours long held twice a week for four hours. The Firefighters learn life saving methods used in their capacity of firefighters daily. The course is follow by two NYS State tests- one for their skills and one for their knowledge of pre hospital care.
Members of the New Voice Club of the Niagara Frontier teach EMT students about larengectomies with practical experience
Hillcrest Fire Company and the students appreciate the committment of Carl DePalmer, President, Charlie Roszak, Jim Kocot, Joseph Corbi of teh New Voice Club of the Niagara Frontier. They shared their story and provided critical information for the students in how to treat victims with laryngectomies. This personal, hands on experience cannot be duplicated by any book or video. Learn more about the New Voice Club of the Niagara Frontier through their web site.
Hillcrest Fire Company recognizes our Wilderness Search and RescueTraining Graduates at last General Meeting:
from left to right
Asst. Chief Al Marino, John Benevento, Karl Blombeck, Jared Pitcher, Captian Chris Chaffee, Jason Stuhr, Roland Pigeon, Brianna Meyer - not pictured - William O'Connell, Jay Meyer, Jon Westendorf and Dennis Popielinski
Hillcrest Fire out going door to door meeting the community and stirring interest with the youth of Orchard Park in fire fighting on Breezewood
Chief Al Marino attends training at the NYS Fire Training Academy
Al attended the third annual technical rescue conference at the New York State fire training academy . The conference had topics such as Advanced Rope Rescue , Advanced Vehicle Rescue with Ron Moore of Fire House Magazine and structural collapse rescue with John O'Connor retired rescue three FDNY .
What Do Hillcrest Fire Fighters Do When The Weather Gets Nice? They adopt a Highway! Watch for us on Ellicott Road from Chestnut Ridge Road to Cole Road
Hillcrest Fire Hosts a NYS DEC Wilderness Search Course
Hillcrest Fire along with the NYSDEC, Area Fire Companies, NFSAR, and local law enforcement, with the support of the Erie County Emergency Services Division, completed the NYS DEC Basic Winderness Search program. This all day program prepares the rescuer to search out, find and bring home individuals that may have lost their way. This is an extremely important skill the firefighters need especially in Western New York.
Hillcrest Active and Exempt Fire Organizations announce 2015 Scholarship Award Winners
$1000. Matthew Gill
$750. Jenna Wolf
$500. Haley Wagonblott
$250. Stephanie Pickard
$150. Alyssa Buranich, Tanner Kendall, Elizabeth Preisigke
Congratulations to all the awards winners from the membership, Good luck in your careers!
June 21st. Noon to 6pm. Hillcrest chicken BBQ at 7125 Ellicott Road. Hillcrest Fire Hall. Drive through or eat in.
March 14 Wilderness Search Course 0900
February 18 Rapid Intervention Team Training 1000 Orchard Parck Central School Street
February 16 Ice Water Rescue Drill 1845 Birdsong
February 14 Ice Water Rescue Drill 0900 Birdsong
Hillcrest Fire Company Installs new officers at Ilio Dipalos on January 31st
Dinner for Cystic Fibrosis
Hillcrest Volunteer Fire Company annually supports the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation by raffeling off an Official Fire House Dinner. Watch for your opportunity to win your own dinner for you and friends