The Burdett Volunteer Fire Department was honored with an American Red Cross-Finger Lakes Region “Real Heroes Award” earlier this yr. The award honors organizations which have proven braveness, dedication and unselfish character by means of acts of heroism in our group. The Village of Burdett sponsors the all-volunteer fireplace division that gives fireplace protection for 355 village residents and 1,055 properties within the Town of Hector. The BVFD fireplace district covers 55 sq. miles with a membership of fifty.
Burdett has the best recruitment numbers for brand spanking new members and the best stability of older, skilled members. 6 members have been members for over 50 years. Burdett was one of many first departments in Schuyler County to welcome ladies as firefighters. 20% of its lively members are ladies, who meet the identical ranges of coaching and readiness as all firefighters.
In 2019, Burdett firefighters rescued a kayaker who was caught in a storm on Seneca Lake, after his kayak overturned. Rescuers introduced the sufferer to security after which carried out CPR.
In 2019, Burdett hosted 17 fireplace trainings with a complete of 51 division hours and 1,401 particular person firefighter hours and 9 rescue trainings with a complete of 20.5 division hours and 269 particular person firefighter hours. As with all volunteer fireplace departments, work bees play an essential function. Last yr, Burdett Fire Department work bees generated 140.5 division hours and 1,401 particular person firefighter hours.
In 2019, Burdett firefighters responded to 223 Alarms (92 EMS; 20 MVAs; 20 service calls; three grass and brush fires; 6 computerized alarms, 14 Hazardous Conditions; 1 House fireplace; three normal class fires; three smoke investigations; 1 water incident; four flooding occasions, three barn fires, 53 mutual assist responses to different fireplace firms. Total Department Hours: 204; Total particular person firefighter hours: 2,047.
Burdett firefighters offered mutual assist to different departments 63 occasions, whereas requesting mutual assist 17 occasions. Burdett firefighters have a big dedication not solely to residents in our fireplace district however have demonstrated continued help to fireside districts in surrounding communities when referred to as upon.
The fireplace division is the guts of the group, internet hosting eight fundraisers every year: 5 breakfasts (Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day), 1 Chicken BBQ, 1 dinner dance and a Squirrel Derby. 2019 was the Village of Burdett’s Bicentennial yr, with a daylong celebration June 2nd. The Fire Department served 400 folks in a free group dinner. 2019 additionally included a golf event and a meals concession stand at Burdett’s first annual Arts and Crafts Holiday Fair. Firefighters donated over 1,000 hours to those occasions.
Jason Kelly has served 21 years as fireplace chief. This management stability, together with taxpayer help, help of the village board, members of the Burdett Fire Department and the Town of Hector Board, facilitated development of a brand new Village Hall and Fire House that opened in April, 2019.
The fireplace district extends throughout 2/three the width of Seneca Lake. During an intensive August flood final yr, BVFD fireplace and rescue groups needed to borrow a ship to assist rescue residents with lake entrance property whose entry roads had washed out. In view of adjusting climate patterns, the Village Board gave precedence authorization to the fireplace division’s request for the acquisition of a pontoon boat for lake and lakeshore rescue. Recently, the division bought a brand new pumper truck.
Through the years, Burdett volunteer firefighters have sponsored youth applications for our fireplace district. This features a Halloween Parade and Party, supply of Christmas packages to youngsters from Seneca Santa on Christmas Eve, and instructing, with different space fireplace departments, the “Learn Not to Burn” fireplace program in elementary faculty. There can be a Junior Firefighters program which presently has 5 members. Although they haven’t documented their many hours with these applications, the help of youth is obvious by their presence.
If a hearth alarm goes off, the firefighter that’s the closest goes on to the scene to evaluate the scenario whereas the others seize crucial tools and arrive on scene inside a couple of minutes.
Community service and volunteerism are robust traditions in Burdett, a group that acknowledges the particular dedication and continued sacrifices of its volunteer firefighters. This selfless service has been handed from technology to technology. Burdett firefighters proceed to thrive and shield our group past measure.