Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Dear Friends,

We hope this letter finds you and your families well this New Year.  

For over 100 years, the members of the Orangeburg Volunteer Fire Association have served and protected the community, under sometimes challenging circumstances.  The firefighters who make up our team of 50 professionally trained volunteers are your family, friends, and neighbors, each of whom selflessly give of their own time, 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year, to keep our town, its residents, homes, and businesses as safe as possible.  Embracing the words of Mahatma Gandhi, our members believe, “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”

Each active member of our fire department has completed 130 hours of rigorous initial training, in addition to countless hours spent training as part of our weekly in-house training program.  We undertake these endeavors to ensure that every time we respond to a call for help (297 times in 2016), you are provided with the best and sharpest skill sets available.

As you know, responding to emergencies is not the only thing that we do.  We also take great pride in the events that involve you: our friends and neighbors.  We were delighted to see so many familiar faces in 2016 during our annual carnival in June, our Halloween Parade in October, and our various fire prevention activities during the year, not to mention the brisk evening we spent together in December during our ever-growing Holiday Parade.  

We hope that you enjoy attending these events as much as we enjoy hosting them, but like all things in life, they do come with a cost. It is with this in mind that we ask that you to consider making a tax-deductible donation to the Orangeburg Volunteer Fire Association to aid in the continuation of these community-minded events.  Donations can be made to the Orangeburg Volunteer Fire Association (OVFA), by check, and mailed to 23 South Greenbush Road, Orangeburg N.Y 10962-2204 or via PayPal button below.  No contribution is too small.

Every interaction with our friends and neighbors carries with it a memorable experience, whether tangible or not, that we take with us every day.  Our volunteers, both individually and as an organization, are grateful for all the support you have shown us in the past, and will continue to provide you with the dedication and exemplary service that you have come to expect.

Wishing you and your family a happy, healthy and safe 2017,

The members of the Orangeburg Volunteer Fire Association 

Friday, January 20, 2017
On Friday evening, January 20th, the volunteers were summoned for an Extrication Call at the corner of Spruce Street and Greenbush.  Upon signing in, 44 Control broadcast that a vehicle had left the road and entered into the stream. Then came the words no one wants to hear "and the person was still in the car." Chief Neil Lynady immediately called for the Piermont Fire Departments Underwater Dive Team - thus saving precious minutes if needed.  Fortunately they were not needed.  One vehicle had left the roadway about 100 feet short of the intersection and entered the stream.  The vehicle was still upright and the volunteers only had to pop open the drivers side door and assist the gentleman back to the roadway.  Thankfully he was not hurt but EMS was on the scene in the event he was.

11-1 Chief Neil Lynady
11-3 Assistant Chief Pete Byrne
Piermont Dive Team
Orangetown Police
South Orangetown Ambulance Corp
Rockland Paramedic Services
Orange & Rockland Utilities (Electric)
Thursday, January 19, 2017
On Thursday evening, January 19th, the volunteer firefighters teamed up with the Rockland County Technical Rescue Team, RPC Facilities and the construction company.  This meeting was for     the emergency first responders to walk and crawl through the tunnels where work is being performed.  Since some of these areas are considered a "confined space"  this meeting was very beneficial for all involved.  As always, we hope we never need to use this new gained knowledge, but we appreciate all of the volunteers that  came out to pre-plan.
Saturday, November 12, 2016
The volunteers firefighters of the Orangeburg Fire Department had the honor of teaching fire prevention to the Lion Cubs of Pack 88. 
A great presentation was given by Firefighter / Board of Director Matt Byrne.

Monday, November 07, 2016
On Monday, November 7th, a phone call was made that Cottage 4 of the Dominican Home was on fire. Apparently workers on the exterior fire escape had caused the siding to start burning.
First on scene, 1st Asst. Chief Chris Jackson, reported smoke showing thus confirming the fire. A quick response by the volunteers contained  the fire to the exterior wall.
As a precautionary measure, since the building is balloon frame construction, Chief Neil Lynady requested a ladder truck from Sparkill and an engine from Blauvelt to the scene. An engine from Tappan staged at the Orangeburg Firehouse for any additional emergencies.

Chief Lynady credits the immediate phone call from the site and the quick response and actions of the volunteers for saving this old building. "We had Chiefs on the scene within two minutes followed closely by all of our apparatus that was fully staffed." 

11-1 Chief Neil Lynady 
11-2 Asst. Chief Chris Jackson
11-3 Asst. Chief Pete Byrne
Blauvelt VFC
Sparkill VFD
Tappan VFD
Deputy Fire Coordinators Drescher, Daly, Kear, and Simms.
Orangetown Fire Inspector 
South Orangetown Ambulance Corp
Orangetown Police
Suez Water
Orange & Rockland Utilities
NYS Office of Fire Prevention & Control  

Department Stats

2012 294 10,664
2013 252 9,508
 2014 268 7,754
 2015 344   6,247
 2016 297  10,833
 Jan-17  33  638
 Feb-17 31  445
YTD   64 1,083

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