Open House, Recruitment Day
The annual open house, recruitment day will be held on Saturday, April 28th from Noon to 3pm at all four stations. Please drop by a station near you, or stop by all four if you would like, and take a look around. We would love to share what we do with you!
We need New Members! We have a job for everyone!
Is there a fire in you?
Burn Ban in Effect
The yearly Burn Ban runs between March 15th and May 15th. This can be extended depending on conditions. If you decide to burn during the ban, and get caught, costly penalties can be incurred. Once the Burn Ban is lifted, there are still restrictions on what, how, and when you can burn. Check your local ordinances on open burning. Learn before you Burn! Please abide by the law!
Learn before you Burn
Thank You Home Central from the Vestal Fire Department!
Home Central and Got Mulch are teaming up to support our local heroes. For the entire month of April, we will donate $1 to our local fire departments for every bag of mulch you purchase!!
Ross Corners Fire
On April 6th, Vestal Fire Department was dispatched to a working trailer fire
Mutual Aid Call with Binghamton Fire
On Tuesday evening March 6th, Vestal Fire assisted Binghamton Fire with 3 alarms in the city that happened within hours of each other. Chief 32=B along with Engine 32-4 responded with a crew of 4.
More information on the calls can be found at, http://www.wbng.com/story/37673085/binghamton-investigators-looking-into-three-suspicious-fires
Saint Patrick’s Day Parade
On Saturday, March 3rd, Vestal Fire was honored to participate in Binghamton’s Saint Patrick’s Day Parade! Our brothers and sisters from Oceanside Fire Department came up to join us once again in the parade! It was good seeing our friends, as a good time was had by all! Click the following link to view the video of our march in the parade!
Referendum for a New Tower Apparatus for Station 4
The Vestal Volunteer Fire Department sends a big Thank You to the residents of Vestal for supporting the referendum on the new tower apparatus. The vote was overwhelmingly in favor. We appreciate your support. As a reminder, please see our 2018 Budget and 20-year Financial Plan on this web site. Thank You
Vestal Fire Department took delivery on the new “Tanker 2” at station 2. It was put into service on December 4th.
Breakfast with Santa
Vestal Fire Station #2 would like to thank all that came out to support the Breakfast with Santa, and all of the sponsors that made the event such a success on December 10th. THANK YOU!!!
2018 Fire District Budget
On Tuesday, October 17th, a public hearing was held at the Town Hall presenting the 2018 Vestal Fire District Budget. Click here to view the presentation.
2017 Vestal Fire Awards Dinner
The 2017 Vestal Fire Departments award dinner was held on November 4th honoring those members that had passed this year, along with our members who have reached service milestones. A special Thank You goes out to our current Fire Marshal, Carle Truman, who was awarded for 60 years of service, and to past chief Ed Zimmer, for 55 years of Service. Congratulations to all that received awards! The Vestal Fire Department greatly appreciates your dedicated years of service!
Shelby Frisbie, Stephen Langeland, Keith Chason
Christopher Farley, Dustin McCartney, Sacha Sigelman-Schwartz, Jason Stupski
Joe Bunzey, William Fletcher
Dave Foland, Kenneth Fortier
Mark Sanford, Edward Hildebrand
September Water Rescue Training
Septembers water rescue training was held at Hickories Park in Owego. With the help of Rescue Randy, the team trained on search and recovery.
Fire prevention teaching Fire Safety at our elementary schools.
During the month of October, our fire prevention team has been very busy going to the various elementary schools teaching fire safety to our young students. Here, the Clayton Avenue students stopped by Station #1 to learn about Fire Safety!
National Night Out
On August 1st, The Vestal Police Department sponsored the 20th annual National Night Out at Target Plaza. Vestal Fire Department, along with other agencies and organizations participated in the event. Great fun was had by all!!! (Photos courtesy of the Vestal Town Crier)
The Heating season is upon us
The Heating season is upon us. Please be careful when using alternate home heating methods. Here are some Home Heating Safety Tips!
- Check your smoke alarms at least once a month
- Have Carbon Monoxide alarms installed and working in your home. Check your local code for requirements
- For more home heating and alternate heating source safety tips, go to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Home Page!
Water Rescue Training
Our water Rescue teams training this month consisted of low angle rescues. Here are a few pictures from our training session.
2017 Fire Expo
This year’s fire expo was a huge success! Great weather, great crowd, awesome demonstrations! Thank You Lowes once again for the use of your parking lot, and thanks to all the agency’s, vendors, and volunteers that showed up and gave their time to make it such a success! Here are a few pictures from this year’s expo!
Binghamton University RA/RD Training
On Wednesday, August 16th, the Vestal Fire Department assisted Binghamton University EH&S with their annual RA/RD training. We had 17 members there during the day time activity to assist with several task and stations.
Along with OFPC, we assisted with the fire extinguisher training simulator, a smoked filled room, and a station to where the members talked about the Vestal Fire Department.
Key points were address and how important each was especially during an emergency situation.
- How to communicate with the students they are responsible for.
- To not get complacent in the way they exit the building even the way they may go to their classes.
- Know your alternate routes.
- Make sure they are meeting the 1st Law Enforcement Officer or Fire Chief and reporting that everyone is out of the building.
Overall it was a great training to be a part of, and an eye-opening experience for the new RA/RD's coming into the University this coming semester.
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Cold weather is almost upon us. Heaters and furnaces will soon be turned on. Good time to review facts on Carbon Monoxide poisoning. Click Here to view.
Flash Flooding Hits South Vestal
In the early morning hours on Monday July 24th Between 2.1 and 3.1 inches of rain fell around the south Vestal area. This rain along with rain that fell in the Choconut Creek water basin in Northern Pennsylvania caused a rapid rise in Choconut creek causing flash flooding, starting at the Richards and Tharp street area. A little after 1am Monday morning July 24th, Vestal Fire was toned out. Assisted by Vestal Police Department, and Vestal EMS, several rescues and evacuations were performed. As the early morning progressed, Choconut creek ended up cresting at 13.8 feet effecting multiple bridges, and areas along the creek all the way to Main street, prompting the Town of Vestal to declare a State of Emergency. Up to 75 people were affected, with up to 10 requiring shelter assistance from the Red Cross. With all the activity, rescues, and evacuations, no injuries were reported! Thank You Vestal Police Department and Vestal EMS, and the Red Cross for your help and support during this event!