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J02872 Summary:

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J02872 Text:

Senate Resolution No. 2872
BY: Senator AKSHAR
        COMMEMORATING  the  75th  Anniversary of the Union
        Center Fire Company of Endicott, New York
  WHEREAS, This Legislative Body is  proud  to  commemorate  the  75th
Anniversary  of  the Union Center Fire Company and to honor its past and
present firefighting members for 75 years  of  fire  protection  to  the
citizens of Endicott, and its surrounding communities; and
  WHEREAS,   Fire  departments  are  an  integral  part  of  community
protection services in every locality of our State; during the  past  75
years,  the courageous and devoted firefighters of the Union Center Fire
Company have valiantly responded to all types of  fire  emergencies  and
have won the praise and respect of the community which they serve; and
  WHEREAS, In 1947, the Union Center Fire Company was established with
one  station  located at 1805 Union Center Highway in Endicott; over the
years,  this  station  has  been  expanded,  by  purchasing  neighboring
property in 2006, and building a larger station to meet the needs of the
community;  today,  the  station  is  located at 1811 Union Center-Maine
Highway; and
  WHEREAS, As the population grew and shifted to the North Side  area,
a  two-bay  station  was built at 1209 Taft Avenue, which has since been
upgraded to a four-bay station; and
  WHEREAS, In the mid-1960s, the Union Center Fire Company  started  a
First Aid Team, and in 1992, an EMS team was formed; the team is made up
of   personnel  with  CPR  training,  New  York  State  Certified  First
Responders, Emergency Medical Technicians, and Paramedics; and
  WHEREAS, The EMS team  is  trained  to  use  an  Automatic  External
Defibrillator  (AED)  for  cardiac  arrest  patients, oxygen, and airway
management equipment, all of which is contained in  their  EMS  response
vehicle;  the  equipment  and  personnel  are  dispatched  to respond in
advance of an ambulance to get medical aid to a patient  as  quickly  as
possible; and
  WHEREAS,  All  emergency  calls  are  received  at  Broome  County's
state-of-the-art  911  Communications  Center,  and   all   alarms   are
radio-dispatched to its personnel through this Center; upon receiving an
alarm,  members  respond  to  the  station  and  respond with the proper
emergency equipment to the scene; and
  WHEREAS, Currently, the Union Center Fire Company  is  led  by  Mark
Belensky,  Chief;  Dan Hoeflein, 1st Assistant Chief; Anthony Silvestri,
2nd Assistant Chief; John VanKuren, Day Captain; Brian Haas, Lieutenant;
and its Board of Directors,  Wes  Miga,  President  and  Treasurer;  Jim
Brown, Vice-President; Barrilyn Polhamus, Secretary; Bob Bealo, Director
at Large; and
  WHEREAS,  With a membership of dedicated firefighters, the record of
the Union Center Fire Company in public service and fire  protection  is
one to be envied; for 24 hours a day, for 365 days a year, for 75 years,
whenever  the alarm sounded, these noble volunteers left their homes and
went to the aid of their neighbors; and
  WHEREAS, The brave firefighters of the Union Center Fire Company are
prepared  to risk their lives every day to help save the lives of others
and to protect homes and property from the destruction caused  by  fire;
  WHEREAS,  In  addition to the skill and devoted service demonstrated
by individual firefighters, the Union Center Fire Company  reflects  the
history and development of firefighting over the past 75 years; and
  WHEREAS,  This  Legislative Body cannot express sufficient gratitude
to those devoted individuals who recognize that the preservation of life
and property is a sacred responsibility and who make that responsibility
their own by serving as firefighters; and
  WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative  Body  that  we  should
give  special  recognition  to  those  who  work  so assiduously for the
betterment of their communities, and  acknowledge  publicly  the  heroic
good  works  performed  by  the volunteer fire departments of this great
Empire State, their officers and auxiliaries; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its  deliberations  to
proudly  commemorate  the  75th  Anniversary  of  the  Union Center Fire
Company; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this  Resolution,  suitably  engrossed,  be
transmitted to the Union Center Fire Company.
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