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Saturday, August 16, 2014 at 12:53 pm

Photos: Fundraiser for Le Roy Fire at Frost Ridge

Today, Frost Ridge hosts its annual fundraiser for the Le Roy Fire Department. 

The event goes until 4:30 p.m.

Just now, they're setting up dual water slides.

The ladder truck rides, however, are over.

There's a basket raffle and food.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at 7:28 am

Le Roy fire puts new Rescue 66 into service

post by Howard B. Owens in Le Roy, Le Roy Fire Department

The Le Roy Volunteer Fire Department dedicated a new truck Monday night and officially put it in service.

The truck is a 45-foot-long heavy rescue, Rescue 66, that replaces a Peterbuilt that was put into service in 1994.

A rescue carries no water. Rather it is filled with tools that can be used on every type of call a fire department might handle, from structure fires and accidents to water rescues.

In fact, the new truck contains a compartment just for an inflatable boat.

"We used to mount a steel boat on top of one of the pumpers and tie it down and drive down the road with a boat on top of a pumper," Chief Tom Wood said. "Now we have an inflatable boat in a compartment on a truck where it's always ready to go at a moments notice."

The cost of the truck was $690,000 and paid for by fire district taxes.

Among the trucks tools are cutting and spreading tools for vehicle extrication, various axes and saws and picks, a couple of extra hoses, brooms for brush fires and a cascade air tank system.

"It's basically a rolling tool box," Wood said.

The air tank system will give Le Roy the ability to refill air packs for City of Batavia fire as well as other departments in the county. Typically, Darien fire has responded to fires in the city to provide support on air pack supply, but the new truck will provide another option for City fire.

At 45-feet-long, Rescue 66 is among the biggest rescue trucks in the county.

It can carry six firefighters.

"It rolls on every call for us, whether it's a brush fire, because it's got rehab on it for heat, structure fire air, or just for manpower," Wood said. "If another department in the county calls for manpower, this is the truck that's going to go."

Deacon Dave Ehrhart performed the blessing for the truck and the department members who attended the ceremony.

To find out more about becoming a volunteer firefighter, visit ReadyGenesee.com.

Chief Tom Wood shows off some of the tool storage on Rescue 66.

Compartment with inflatable boat, engine and water rescue gear.

Sunday, January 27, 2013 at 2:09 am

Photos: Le Roy fire annual installation and awards dinner

post by Howard B. Owens in Le Roy, Le Roy Fire Department

Bill Wood, a former chief of the Le Roy Volunteer Fire Department has been a firefighter for the past year and his dedication to the department, his willingness to teach younger members and respond to numerous calls earned him the Firefighter of the Year award at the department's annual installation and awards dinner on Saturday evening.

His brother, Tom Wood, is chief for 2013. Dale Ehrhart is 1st assistant chief and Tim Hogle is 2nd assistant chief. Josh Pfendler is business president and Laurie Bater is president of the auxiliary. Bill Seeley is chairman of the fire commissioners.

For this dinner, we tried something a little different for photos. Often when I attend these dinners, getting good pictures of the chiefs and the winners proves difficult because of poor lighting or poor backgrounds (for pictures), so last week I purchased a backdrop stand and a nice cotton U.S. flag. It seems to have worked out pretty well tonight and I intend to bring this set up to any future similar events I'm asked to attend.

For those who attended and wish to purchase pictures, there is a link in the upper right of the slide show below, or click here.

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