The Averill Park Sand Lake fire department has been in service for more then 100 years and has seen many changes over the years.
Averill Park and Sand Lake Fire Department (APFD) is facing both an increase in the population, resulting in more firematic and EMS activity, and a decline in volunteer membership. In addition, of the current APFD members, 11 active members are over the age of 65. APFD recognizes that we need an infusion of volunteers that can be trained and ready to take the place of our aging volunteers when the time comes. This time may not be that far off either, having had at least 3 active members reduce their activity levels within the last year. To become a volunteer visit their website at http://www.averillparkfire.org or contact Chief Paul Glasser, Jr. at 788-1131.
What do you get when you volunteer?
- give back to your community
- camaraderie with fellow community members
- LOSAP retirement plan
- life insurance
- opportunities for tuition scholarships
- $200 NYS income tax credit
- eligibility for membership with FASNY and their federal credit union
- training to be an Emergency Medican Technician
- participation in fire prevention and community education
Also, HUD offers the Good Neighbor next door program for firefighters (also police officers, teachers). You can save up to 50% from the list price of a home, as long as you agree to owner-occupy the home for 36 months as your sole residence. Eligible single family homes are generally found in revitalization areas and are listed exclusively for sale through this program.
The fire house is located on Eastern Union Turnpike - 674-3077 or http://www.averillparkfire.org
Some pictures that I took of the firefighters and the Rescue 1 at the Butler Park Summerfest carnival: