DENISE SLOCUM OF BRANCHPORT KEUKA PARK FIRE DEPARTMENT TO COMPETE IN 10th ANNUAL FASNY FIREFIGHTER WINTER GAMES AS CAPTAIN of ALL-FEMALE TEAM
Slocum to lead team of women volunteer first-responders Representing Branchport – Keuka Park and Himrod
(New York – February 5, 2015) Denise Slocum, captain of the Branchport Keuka Park Fire Department team, will compete on the first ever all-female squad at the 10th anniversary Firemen’s Association of the State of New York (FASNY) Winter games in Cortland, NY February 6th through 8th.
Slocum began her fire career at the young age of 13 as a junior firefighter in the Dresden Fire Department. When she turned 18 she became a senior member. Growing up, Slocum dreamed of becoming the first female chief of Yates County. After taking some time off to raise her children, Slocum decided it was time to rejoin a fire department. Slocum then joined the Branchport Keuka Park Fire Department.
Slocum comes from a family of firefighters. Her step-father is the chief of the Dresden Fire Department and her mother is a member of the same department. Slocum’s sister and twin brother are both members of Fire Departments in Yates County, New York. Slocum married a firefighter who is now the current Forman for Branchport Keuka Fire Department. Similarly, Slocum’s son is now a member of the Branchport Keuka Fire Department. Both Slocum’s husband and son will also be competing in this weekend’s games.
When not volunteering as a first responder, Mrs. Slocum works for the Veterans Crisis Hotline, a part of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs where she conducts worldwide rescues for Veterans and others in crisis.
Slocum’s team consists of three women from the Branchport Keuka Park Fire Department and two from the Himrod Fire Department. These women have worked together on different training and fire calls. Their team goal at the winter games is to have fun, use their skills to do the best they can do and to further bond as a team.
Proudly hosted by the Cortland County Firemen’s Association, more than 300 firefighters from across New York State, dressed in full turnout gear, will participate in a host of events throughout the weekend, including perennial favorites: Tubing, Sled Pull, Tug-O-War, Hose Race and Broomball. The 2015 Games represent the largest field of competitors to date, and the competition is INTENSE.
The games’ fierce Fire Departments competition for superiority allows firefighters to hone important training skills. For example, the Hose Relay Event reinforces firefighters’ training on how important speedy, efficient and close teamwork is when fighting a fire.
Founded in 1872, the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York (FASNY) represents the interests of the more than 88,000 volunteer firefighters and emergency medical personnel in New York State. For more information, visit www.fasny.com.