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Welcome to The Volunteer Firefighter™, the official magazine of FASNY.

FASNY’s publication strives to bring topical, educational and entertaining information to the volunteer emergency service decision-makers and volunteers throughout New York State. It offers feature articles and columns directly relating to the emergency services, as well as editorial content, training and education opportunities, legislation, fire prevention and life safety articles, and real-life experiences. Read the most recent news and insights below.

The Changing Face of Pre-Hospital Care

By Kristen Batchelder, MPA They aren’t always the most glamorous calls. They aren’t the ones that get your adrenaline pumping or allow you to call upon your extensive training in emergency response. Instead, it’s the call for the elderly man who is wandering in the woods in the winter without a coat or shoes.…

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Chautauqua Children’s Safety Education Village

By Marsha Holland, FASNY Fire Prevention and Life Safety Committee “What I see I may forget, what I hear I may not remember, but what I do, I understand.” This is the motto and main focus for the Children’s Safety Education Village located in Ashville, New York, in beautiful Chautauqua…

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Are You Sure You Want to Be in Command?

By Chief Billy Goldfeder I remember years ago watching young firefighters in volunteer companies race to ride the front seat – after all, the radio, the sirens and the horns were the priority. In career departments, firefighters would want to “ride up” when the lieutenant or captain had the day…

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9/11: A Reflection

By John D’Alessandro, FASNY Deputy Volunteer Program Coordinator Today is September 11. More than a dozen years have passed since that day that changed our lives forever. Over the years, I have become increasingly fearful that for many this day is merely becoming the one between September 10 and September…

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Gas!

By Charles Angione We responded one sunny fall afternoon to multiple calls for the odor of natural gas in the area. Upon arrival in the vicinity, we found that a strong smell had permeated the entire neighborhood. For a few moments I feared a main break, but there was no…

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President’s Message

By FASNY President Bob McConville I wish to thank everyone who attended the 142nd Annual Convention of FASNY at the Desmond Hotel and Conference Center in Albany. Without a doubt, it was one of the most successful events FASNY has ever hosted. The first annual golf tournament raising money for…

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New York Nonprofit Revitalization Act – What Does It Mean for the Local Volunteer Fire Companies?

By Anita L. Pelletier, Esq., Michael J. Cooney, Esq. and Brian W. Mahoney, Esq. The Fire Chief of Main Street Fire Company, a volunteer fire company, has a son who owns a catering company, GoodFood. The Main Street Fire Company hires GoodFood to cater the annual picnic. The event is…

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FASNY Museum Of Firefighting: A Busy Summer at the Museum

By Jamie Smith Quinn The museum has been a very busy place this summer! The museum’s Super Saturday programs have become very popular, which is evident from the great attendance the programs are experiencing. The last Super Saturday program the museum hosted was “Water Wars: an Interactive Learning Experience.” This…

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FASNY Convention 2014 … Prevention Through Education

Since that casual conversation between a few firefighters in the summer of 1872, the annual FASNY Convention’s one constant has always been to highlight the organization’s dedication to educate, train and inform the volunteer firefighters of New York State. Along the way, FASNY also become an activist and advocate for…

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FASNY Museum of Firefighting: The Day Barnum’s Burned

By John Mulligan, FASNY Firemen’s Home Resident and Retired FDNY Deputy Commissioner Most people recognize the name of P.T. Barnum due to his association with the circus. He is often referred to as the “Great American Showman” and LIFE magazine dubbed him “the patron saint of promoters.” However, long before…

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