The West Glenville Fire Company is a volunteer
emergency service provider made up of neighbors
from your community. We are a volunteer
organization with nearly 25 active members that
volunteer thousands of hours each year. We
volunteer our time and skills to assist the residents and visitors of our response district during fire, rescue and medical emergencies. We respond to your emergency, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.
Fortunately for our organization, there are hundreds of residents, like you, in our community who realize the high cost involved in emergency services. Providing the tools, training and equipment to save lives and protect property is an expensive
task. West Glenville Fire Company wants to meet the challenge of providing the highest quality fire service apparatus, equipment, and training to answer calls for help in our community.
West Glenville Fire Company is now conducting its annual fund drive and we are asking for your continued support. Your donations in past years has allowed us to purchase the first half of the Jaws of Life, a Hurst Electric Cutter with extra battery and charger. This is an upgrade from our older hydraulic cutter. We are now capable of cutting the steel and alloy metals used in newer cars. The old cutter was unable to cut through roll cages and reinforced parts in cars as common as a Subaru.
Another advantage is portability. We are no longer tethered to the cutter’s power source with 100 ft. of hydraulic hose. This allows us easier use far from the roadway and better
easier use far from the roadway and better maneuverability. With the extra battery and charger we now have a backup power source. Using a battery and charger similar to most power drills, space has been freed up on the engine to carry other important equipment. Because of your support not only did we purchase a new cutter but were able to purchase a Rhino glass cutting tool. This electric cutter is able to cut through the new laminated glass that is in vehicles 2017 model year and newer.
Each year we choose a piece of equipment that is needed to help the members of our community as the focus for our fund drive. This year we are raising money for the matching Hurst spreaders that make up the other half of the Jaws of Life set.
Like the cutters this will be a significant upgrade to the equipment we are using now. All donations will help fund a budget shortfall within the Fire District.
The West Glenville Fire Company appreciates any donations to help us meet the department goals. Every dollar you donate helps the West
Glenville Fire Company serve people in need. You and your donations play a critical role in helping our community. Money donated is used to purchase equipment or support our firefighters. Our annual fund drive request is by newsletter only. We do not solicit any donations by telephone so please
be cautious about telephone calls soliciting funds for your local fire company. In addition we do not employ a telemarketer to handle our fund drive. All efforts are handled by our volunteers. This means 100% of your donation goes to the West Glenville Fire Company and in turn the community.
The members of the West Glenville Fire Company would like to thank the community for the continued support that has been received over the years. Your support and appreciation always makes our job easier and more fulfilling.
Please use the enclosed envelope to mail a check made payable to the “West Glenville Fire Company.”
Don Robar Jr.
President, West Glenville Fire Company
By their very nature emergencies happen at the
most unexpected times. Know how to identify an
emergency and knowing what to do in advance
will keep confusion and chaos at bay, and may very
well save a life.
Stroke: Know what it means to be F.A.S.T.
FACE DROOPING Does one side of the face
droop or is it numb? Ask the person to smile. Is the
person’s smile uneven or lopsided?
ARM WEAKNESS Is one arm weak or numb? Ask
the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift
SPEECH DIFFICULTY Is speech slurred? Is the
person unable to speak or hard to understand?
Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence, like
“The sky is blue.” Is the person able to correctly
repeat the words?
TIME TO CALL 9-1-1 If someone shows any of
these symptoms, even if the symptoms go away,
call 9-1-1 and say, “I think this is a stroke” to help
get the person to the hospital immediately. Time
is important! Don’t delay, and also note the time
when the first symptoms appeared. Emergency
responders will want to know.
For more information, check out:
Don’t wait to get help if you experience any of
these heart attack warning signs. Although some
heart attacks are sudden and intense, most start
slowly, with mild pain or discomfort. Pay attention
to your body — and call 911 if you feel:
Captain, West Glenville Fire Company
glenville lending and safety program
WHO ARE WE?
Feel free to contact a member of the West Glenville Auxiliary:
We are lending out first aid kits and personal locator beacons to residents of Fire District 6. These are very useful for camping trips, hikes, etc. Also those who are not residents of the fire district can borrow them if they are sponsored by a fire company member. For more info, contact the fire company.
message from the chief
is your house number visible?
West Glenville Residents,
Death to an oxygen deprived brain can begin as early as four minutes into a medical event! We at WGVFC continue to train and commit to respond to cardiac and nearly all other emergency events in Fire District #6. As with many home budgets, we have been stretched especially thin financially this year. We have a generous community of tax payers and supporters; for that we remain grateful. This year I am asking for your assistance in a more personal manner. Help us, help you and your loved ones in a safe and more time efficient manner.
Label you mail box or mail box post, visible from 3 sides
Make sure your reflective letters are at least 3” high
Can your home/property be found at highway speeds by folks who don’t live there?
Often we feel like we are engaged in a game of hide and seek after a 911 call is initiated by a home owner. Emergency response has the highest probability of success if we mutually instead engage in being found quickly. Any means to safely attract our attention is appreciated; flash a post light, turn on all outdoor lights, have an uninjured occupant flag us down at the road. Please when sending help or evacuating a home, stay out of the driveway and be seen. Our responders will come from multiple directions and your labeling or lack thereof, may impede a response to your property as well as a neighboring property. We are not the US Mail, we frequently operate in the dark, poor weather and in directions opposed to one sided mail box numbering. If you have mobility or fiscal constraints that impede your ability to number your mail box, please call me. We will work together to get labels on.
In January of 2020 I cautioned our membership that we would have trying times ahead. Our community has risen to many unfathomed challenges in 2020, please help us with the next set of unknowns. Our membership has trained and adapted through COVID challenges, work relocations, school cancelations and financial hardships this year. When you need help, we will come. Please make sure we find you.
Chief, West Glenville Volunteer Fire Company