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2 - Times of Ti • Ticonderoga Fire

May 19, 2012

Ti Fire Department opens doors to the past and present Assistant Fire Chief, Matt Watts. Both Perry and Brown are now deceased but the collection remains for the community to enjoy. The collection features old firefighting equipment, antique furniture, photos, newspaper clippings from major fires and events, board meeting minutes that date back to the 1800s, photos and various awards. A hose cart from the 1800s, a 1923 American LaFrance fire truck and a 1950s juke box that was in one of the town's fire stations are also displayed. The museum also displays artifacts from some of the areas earliest departments such as the Defiance Hook & Ladder, the Defiance Hose and the W.W. Jeffers Hose, along with the ladies auxiliary and the town's junior firefighters, who were originally Boy Scouts. Watts said the department has extended an open invitation to the community to come out to the fire station and see

By Katherine Clark katherine@denpubs.com TICONDEROGA — The Ticonderoga Volunteer Fire Company No. 1 formally organized in 1991, but its history and the drive of the community to help each other dates back more than a century. The firehouse now houses the department’s past in a special museum for the community, alongside the present, hard working department members at the firehouse located at 60 Montcalm Street. The museum, which opened on May 29, 2011, began as a collection of artifacts former historian Newt Brown had saved for the department in a room in the firehouse. In 2005, former Fire Chief Carl Perry made it his mission to erect a place for the artifacts to be displayed, according to First

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Ticonderoga EMS • Times of Ti - 3

Ti EMS settling comfortably into new home By Katherine Clark katherine@denpubs.com TICONDEROGA— The new Ticonderoga Emergency Squad building brings greater learning opportunities to squad members and enables quicker response times for the community. The new EMS facility is located at 118 Champlain Avenue. The Ticonderoga Emergency Squad had been located in a small garage behind the Community Building since 1963. That building long-ago became too small for a modern ambulance corps. The location also caused concerns about emergency vehicles pulling into traffic. The new building, constructed by D.L. Paige Construction, is 4,100 square feet with access from Champlain Avenue and The Portage. “We think we have a great location here,” Rick Morse, squad president, said. “We’re very pleased with the way things have turned out.” Barber said another advantage of the new building is the ability for squad members to congregate and hold training exercises, something the small former building couldn’t offer. The new building is on the site of the old Ticonderoga Civic Center and was sold to the ambulance squad in 2009 by the

town of Ticonderoga. The building includes two drive through bays, a meeting room, offices, kitchen, lounge and storage areas, Morse said. It also has a state-of-the-art propane heating system that automatically adjusts to weather conditions. It also has a generator so it can remain operational during power outages. The architect was Steve Jung of Schroon Lake. The building project had a budget of $860,000 — $280,000 raised by the squad and a $600,000 loan. The Ticonderoga Emergency Squad receives no taxpayer funding from Ticonderoga and operates strictly on donations and insurance billing. Helping the squad financially was the sale of the former ambulance building to Lakeside Heating and Plumbing. That $68,000 will go toward the new mortgage payment, Morse said. The Ticonderoga Emergency Squad has 30 members, including 12 basic emergency medical technicians, three critical care emergency medical technicians and one paramedic. It has three ambulances. The Ti squad is the only North Country unit with a “thumper,” an auto-pulse cardiopulmonary resuscitation device. In 2011 the squad responded to 526 calls. That was a slow year, according to Captain Mark Barber. In 2010 the squad answered 620 calls. Only the Lake Placid Ambulance Squad, which has paid staff, answered more calls in Essex County last

year, Barber said. The ambulance crew also stands by at local events, like Ticonderoga High School football games, activities at Fort Ticonderoga, road races and community events. The Ticonderoga Emergency Squad is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Barber explained members work four-hour shifts. Each member is required to work one shift a week as well as participate in training and fund-raising efforts. The Ticonderoga Emergency Squad was chartered in 1947. The original ambulance was a funeral home hearse that was garaged at the north end of Champlain Avenue in the back of a bank. A ribbon-cutting ceremony to formally open the new Ticonderoga Emergency Squad Building took place on May 12. The day-long celebration was planned by the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce. “We invite and encourage you to join the chamber, the town of Ticonderoga as well as other area organizations and community members as we celebrate with and support the Ticonderoga Emergency Squad,” said Matthew Courtright, chamber executive director, prior to the opening ceremony. “The squad plays such an important role in this community and we are happy to be part of this celebration.” The opening celebration included a mass causality incident drill and a free community barbecue.

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4 - Times of Ti • Ticonderoga PD

May 19, 2012

Ti PD: Serving and protecting residents for decades By John Grybos jgrybos@denpubs.com TICONDEROGA — The Ticonderoga Police Department stays on the leading edge of crime-fighting technology to keep their town safe and secure. “Information technology is really the new trend in policing,” said Police Chief Mark Johns. The department's two Crown Victoria police cruisers and a Chevy Tahoe police SUV are all outfitted with radar, computers and in-car cameras to keep the patrolmen in touch with police networks and gathering data on their surroundings. All that equipment helps the department get its officers on the road instead of being at the station. All the paperwork they need is right at their fingertips, and they can run IDs and check auto registrations without having to wait on the radio with the station. “The most important part of a police department is their patrolmen,” said Johns. “The patrolmen's visibility deters crime and gives the community reassurance of police protection.”

The officers have also been outfitted with non-lethal weaponry since 2007 — Taser stun guns. All the officers on staff are certified with Tasers and carry them in addition to the regular field gear like sidearms and handcuffs. They’re used once or twice a year. Though they operate with high-tech equipment, the department can trace its roots to constables hired by Ticonderoga in the late 1800s. Those constables became a village police force until the village was dissolved in the 1980s; now they're town police. The staff includes seven full-time officers and six part-timers including the chief, a sergeant, an investigator and patrolmen providing 24-hour coverage in Ti. Their officers are often out in the community giving presentations with organizations around town, like the Boy Scouts, senior groups and schools on personal safety. “We're very community oriented,” said Johns. “Any time we have the opportunity to interact with our community, we act on that.” When preparing for a personal safety outreach program, they seek input from the requesters about what they'd like to learn about, if it's scam awareness or tips on better protecting

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Chilson Fire • Times of Ti - 5

Chilson volunteer FD celebrating gold anniversary By Katherine Clark katherine@denpubs.com CHILSON —The Chilson Volunteer Fire Company remains a strong part of the community after five decades, Steve Phelps, a department trustee said. The Company, founded in 1961, today has 44 members and 20 qualified active firefighters. “The department’s 50th year of continuous service was marked by a growth in membership, acquisition of new and more modern equipment, and continuous training to improve firefighting and lifesaving skills,” he said. “Testament to the department’s dedication to its Chilson Hill community is its

responsiveness.” Leading the department in 2012 are Chief Steve Hunsdon, First Assistant Chief Tom Taylor, Second Assistant Chief Mike Trybendis, Third Assistant and Safety Officer Chief Casie Hunsdon, Captain Cody Duval, First Lieutenant Jake O'Hara, Secretary Cathy Trybendis, Buildings & Grounds Chair Dick Allen and trustees Jim Davis, John Blanchard, Chuck O’Hara, Larry Lauman and Phelps. The department serves the Chilson community, a 30-squaremile area that also includes Putts Pond and a large portion of Eagle Lake. Chilson is a hamlet of the town of Ticonderoga. Its fire district includes extensive tracts of state-owned land. Phelps said the department is staffed and equipped to provide both fire prevention, fire protection and rescue services

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May 19, 2012

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8 - Times of Ti • Crown Point Fire & Rescue

May 19, 2012

Crown Point Fire & EMS: Guard over bridge By Katherine Clark katherine@denpubs.com CROWN POINT — From the day residents of the North Country stood on the shores of Lake Champlain to watch the explosion of the 80-year-old Lake Champlain Bridge, the Crown Point Emergency Medical Squad has been there. Through the bridge’s construction and past opening day the EMS squad has been watching over the safety of the construction crews and ferry travelers. Fire Chief Scott Ingleston said during the construction process the Crown Point EMS Squad responded to two ambulance calls and the fire department responded to a call

that a tractor trailer truck had caught on fire during the ferry trip from Chimney Point, VT to the Crown Point side of the lake. “Luckily there were few emergency calls, we responded to help a construction worker who was ill and there was a fire on the ferry that was extinguished by ferry personnel,” Ingleston said. The squad will continue their protective coverage over motorists who use the bridge during the opening ceremony scheduled for May 18 - 19. The squad will have two ambulances standing by during the duration of the events. The highest volume of response calls for the 15-member emergency squad are motor vehicle accidents, Ingleston said. To improve the quality of care for both patients and EMT’s the squad has expanded its equipment to include

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May 19, 2012

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The squad receives about 450 calls a year, Paris said. The highest volume of calls received are from people worried about their health, some may be false alarms but the squad takes every call seriously Paris said. Many other calls received are car accidents and other accidents. “We run the gambit, crashes, falls, cuts, lacerations,” Paris said. “We take big city calls like drug overdoses and small town calls like people getting kicked by cows.” With two ambulance, both equipped with advanced life support equipment, the squad responds to calls in the town of Moriah and provides mutual aid for Crown Point, Westport, Elizabethtown and Lewis. The squad is run entirely by volunteer efforts and remains free of charge to those in need of serv-

ices. The entirely-volunteer group gets $15,000 a year from the town of Moriah, but the remainder of its budget comes from community donations. As the need for more volunteers and support is a problem all area departments are facing, Paris said the squad works hard to fundraise through events like the annual letter campaign, coin drops and other events. Something the squad is always trying to do is to encourage community members to join the squad. “Time for training and time away from work and families is something we hear a lot from people but every little bit helps, there are a lot of small things the community can do to help the squad,” Paris said.

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Moriah Fire • Times of Ti - 11

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12 - Times of Ti • Mineville/Witherbee Fire

May 19, 2012

Change of Guard taking place at Mineville/Witherbee FD MINEVILLE — After 17 years of service to the area, Mineville-Witherbee’s Fire Chief Paul Tromblee has stepped down and new Fire Chief Adam Wright will serve the 96-year-old company. The department first opened in 1916 when employees of the Witherbee Sherman and Company formed the H. Comstock Fire Department in 1916 and later the municipal district was created by the Moriah Town Board. The department has seen many disasters and accidents over the past 96 years and the 19-member company remains determined to protect area residents. The department’s coverage is a somewhat small area of about 20 square miles. Wright said the department receives about 45 to 50 calls a year. During Tropical Storm Irene and Lee in 2011, however, the department received over 100 calls. “We do a lot for a small department and we respond to anything and everything,” Wright said. After serving the department for over 17 years, former chief Tromblee said he wanted to allow Wright a chance to

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Schroon Fire & EMS • Times of Ti - 13

Schroon Lake Fire & EMS go above & beyond By Katherine Clark katherine@denpubs.com SCHROON LAKE — The Schroon Lake Fire Department and Emergency Medical Services Squad stays up to date on training to provide area residents with the best possible emergency coverage. Tony Ramierez, assistant captain of the emergency squad, said the members of the squad are very inspiring people who work very hard for the community. “We do a lot behind the scene, not just because we are

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14 - Times of Ti • North Hudson Fire

May 19, 2012

Community volunteerism strong in North Hudson By John Grybos jgrybos@denpubs.com NORTH HUDSON — Community involvement with the North Hudson Volunteer Fire Company, Inc. isn’t a problem, with about one in 10 residents of the small Adirondack community on the roster. The department was established in 1958, before that, recalled Chief Don Dresser, if there was a fire in town, the locals would get together and put it out. Mid-century town supervisor Charlie Palmer got together a group of 39 charter members to make the firefighting a little more official. They have 27 now. Dresser said responses can be a bit spotty, especially in the summer season. North Hudson doesn’t have many employment options for residents, and many of them travel to Schroon Lake or Ticonderoga for work. Some work summers in construction, so they’re much more likely to respond when the working season’s over. “This is a big problem in all these towns — it doesn’t matter where you are. These people have to give up their jobs momentar-

ily to fight these structure fires.” Some of them can do that, some can’t. He said some people get burned out between their home, professional and volunteer duties, but worried that the community spirit isn’t what it used to be. “People do not want to volunteer their time as much as they used to. Communities used to be more close-knit.” Dresser’s been involved with the fire company since 1967, and bowed out as chief in 2002. He returned in December 2010 to head the unit. The company responded to 65 calls last year, many of them emergency medical calls. Much of that is mutual aid with the Schroon Lake responders, as North Hudson doesn’t have the training or equipment to take those calls on their own. The fire station was built in 1998, and currently houses several trucks. One is a 1995 International E1 pumper that can carry 1,000 gallons. They added a mini-pumper to the fleet several years ago, a 1986 Pierce. They have two tankers to carry water. One’s a refurbished oil truck with an 1,850 gallon capacity. The other is a more standard 2001 tanker. Their equipment is hauled with a 1991 F350. One challenge the Adirondack town faces is pager reception.

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Two-man Moriah police force vested in community By Katherine Clark katherine@denpubs.com MORIAH — Taking care of 4,000 residents and 67 miles of road way, the two member Moriah Police Department takes care of the Moriah, Port Henry and the MinevilleWhitherbee area. Officer in charge, Steve Stahl, and officer Art Brassard have been handling law enforcement for the area for the past three years. “As a two-man department we handle close to 200 calls a month,” Stahl said. When the two aren’t working, Stahl said they rely on aide from members of the State Police Investigators Nate Yaw, Marshall Roque, and Ron Husner. “I can’t stress enough that as a two-man department we couldn’t do this without the help of the state police investigators, they come in and handle felony cases for us, we’ll

assist them as they assist us,” Stahl said. Stahl, who has been working for the Moriah Police Department for the past 28 years since graduating from school in 1984, said he first began working for the town when the area police force was divided among two departments, the village of Port Henry department and a smaller, part-time department in Moriah. Around 1990, Stahl said the two departments combined to form the town of Moriah Police. Both Stahl and Brassard are native to Moriah, both grew up and went to school in the town. Stahl said that gives them the advantage of understanding the needs of the community. “Art and I both grew up here, we know the people here and we try to serve the community as best we can,” Stahl said. “We also ask for community support as well as the help from the state police to prevent crimes in the area.” The Moriah officers investigate a wide range of crimes in the surrounding community such as assault, burglary, larceny, domestic violence, harassment, forgery, property damage,

prescription drug abuse, narcotics, and traffic patrol. Of the calls the department responds to, the highest volume of calls are for larceny, harassment calls and a problem he said officers everywhere, especially in Moriah area, are facing — battling prescription drug abuse. “Recently prescription drug abuse has been a real problem, some people are dealing their prescriptions, others are stealing the drugs, and it’s something we have to keep an eye out for,” Stahl said. When officers suspect someone is abusing prescriptions or dealing prescription drugs, officers must inform the individual’s physician the person is suspected of mishandling their medications. “When we think we have someone abusing we’ll let their doctor know and go from their,” he said. “It’s a battle.” With the support of the community and the appreciation of his home town behind him, Stahl said Moriah is his home and he will continue to serve his home town.

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