At this year’s Columbia County Fair – Firefighter’s Parade, members of the Spencertown Fire Company earned “1st Place Best Appearing Fire Unit 16 – 21 In Line!” This means everyone’s uniform was right, everyone was in-step including the Color Guard & Drum Line and the trucks (tanker, rescue, ‘32 Seagraves) were all spic and span. The whole package had to look good to the Judges! Our long time Drum Line was also awarded “2nd Place Best Appearing Drum Line!” Congratulations to Parade Chairman Russ “Gus” Gauthier and all members involved! After the trophy presentation, Russ thanked those who participated saying, “There’s a lot of prep work by members before hand with getting the uniforms right and trucks cleaned, then on parade day everyone has to be at the top of their game when marching.” Adding, “It’s hard to beat the SFC when we’re at our best!”
WE’RE BACK!!! After a year off due to COVID, join us for our annual Beef BBQ on August 8, 2021. Proceeds support our Fred Oleynek Memorial Scholarship Fund which for the past 35+ years, presents a check (currently $1,500) to a HS graduate heading to college.
For tickets contact any SFC member. Note: We ask anyone who has not received the COVID vaccine to please wear a mask.
During the first six months of 2021, the SFC has been busy getting back to some kind of normality from the COVID Pandemic by having drills, trainings and other fire company events. In addition to the emergency calls, we celebrated the 90th birthday of a long time member, installed chief’s and fire line officers, acknowledged volunteer’s years of service awards and who led in responding to calls in 2020, remembered and honored those who died for our country as well as past members who helped make our community safe and, ….even had our annual member’s golf tournament in early June. The SFC Auxiliary is busy again with providing community treats and with COVID still in our minds and daily activities, we move forward!!!
From the men & women
Spencertown Fire Company!
February 8, 2020 – Members of the Spencertown and Austerlitz Fire Companies participate in training for ice rescue equipment recently purchased by the Austerlitz Fire District.
Instructor Bob Davis discuses how the equipment is used, maintained and stored. Bob is President and Founder of MARSARS Water Rescue Systems and is retired from a 22 year career with the US Navy and Coast Guard. The newly issued equipment is assigned to the Spencertown Fire Co rescue truck.
Every year before the Memorial Day weekend there are a few more red flags to place at the graves of our past volunteer firefighters. A few more people who, when they lived, served their community by working to be ready for the emergency call where their neighbor needs help.
Giving up time in their lives to learn how to operate the emergency equipment needed to put out a car, house, fuel, forest or electrical fire. Learning how to enter a burning building, how to do CPR and how to extricate an injured person from a badly damaged vehicle.
Working to be ready ….then that emergency call comes, leaving their own family and responding toward danger to help a neighbor. No pay, just a thank you and that isn’t always given ….or needed.
We know what it takes and what it means, that’s why we make sure the flags are there so they are acknowledged, remembered and honored.
Please take time this Memorial Day to reflect on those past veterans who during their lives protected our freedoms, our past first responders who protected us, and our past volunteer firefighters who did it ….only because it’s the right thing to do
The new Fire-Rescue truck assigned to the Spencertown Fire Company, which replaces the old truck taken out of service after many years, arrived Thursday evening May 16, 2019. KME Fire Apparatus from Nesquehoning, PA, who was awarded the Austerlitz Fire District new truck bid, delivered the truck and gave a 3 hour training to Spencertown and Austerlitz firefighters.
The new Ford F550 4WD Crew Cab is a custom unit designed by a truck committee formed by the Austerlitz Fire District. It’s no easy or quick task which took more than a year of design meetings and then many more months of working with KME before the truck was ready to be delivered.
With a CAFS (foam fire attack) system, extrication jaws, vehicle stabilization equipment, inline generator, rescue ropes, 4 side attach heavy duty winch, scene lights, water rescue sled and SCBA seats, …..its ready!
Austerlitz Fire District Chief Eric Pilkington said he is very happy with this truck, “it’s state of the art and can respond to and handle many different types of emergency situations.”
Chairman of the Austerlitz Fire District Board of Fire Commissioners Jay Engel, thanked the truck committee for the many meetings and long hours put into designing the truck, ensuring it fits the fire district’s needs as an effective and efficient emergency response vehicle. He also thanked KME for their cooperative and professional construction and purchase process.
Spencertown Fire Captain Evan Kerr said the truck didn’t sit long in the station before its first call, “we responded with it the next day to a vehicle roll over accident with injury just off the Taconic Parkway.”