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May 15, 2014

Fly Creek Fire Company growing strong


“It wound up getting in the ceiling of the second floor,” said Thayer. To put out the fire, the company had to run interior lines, he said.

Thayer said that the firefighters get an average of five to six calls a month. He also said that they respond not just to fires but to other incidents as well.

“Motor vehicle accidents, trees down, anything blocking lanes of traffic,” said Thayer.

Last year the company signed a shared services agreement with five other area fire companies, Cooperstown, Hartwick, Hartwick Seminary, Schuyler Lake and Richfield Springs. This means that the company gives and receives automatic mutual aid from these companies, which translates into all companies being called automatically whenever there is a structure fire.

“It boils down to respecting the other departments and how they operate,” said Thayer.

The company is also involved in other efforts, such as directing traffic and being in charge of EMS at Cider Run 5K and 10K, and putting up and maintaining flags in Fly Creek for holidays such as Memorial Day. Additionally, the company participates in five to six parades a year.

A crucial part of the company is its EMS squad, which is run by Rick Kelly.

“We do roughly 100 calls a year,” said Kelly.

All members of the EMS squad are members of the fire company too. The squad consists of eight EMTs, three certified first responders, and six to eight other first responders who assist with lifting and driving.

First responders are important in an aging community, Kelly said. 

“As the community is getting older, people are in need of a little more help,” said Kelly.

As for volunteering with the squad, Kelly said that once a member has joined the company, they can volunteer to work with the EMS squad, although he said that his members tend to start working as firefighters or fire police first.

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