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The South Wales Fire Company, founded in 1928, currently provides fire protection and emergency medical services to portions of the Town of Wales and Town of Aurora. With a current active membership of 40, the fire company responds to an average of  200 alarms each year.

The South Wales Fire Company has fully trained Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT’s), Intermediate EMT’s, and Certified First Responders who are equipped to handle all types of Emergency Medical and Rescue calls.  In addition, our EMS response is supplemented with a Rural Metro Paramedic backup.

Adopt A Fire Hydrant

Hydrant SnowAs the snow continues to fall and pile up, fire hydrants are becoming buried, which makes it difficult for firefighters to locate them in an emergency. The South Wales Volunteer Fire Company asks our residents to please try and clear snow from around fire hydrants, and ensure that they are not buried in snow by snowplows or snowblowers.  Snow-covered fire hydrants cost valuable time when firefighters must locate and uncover them when responding to a fire call. 

Firefighters need plenty of room to maneuver around a hydrant. It takes a wrench as long as two feet to loosen the caps and firefighters generally need a couple feet of clearance all around a hydrant so they have room to work.

Fire departments across the country are asking local citizens to adopt a hydrant near their homes or workplaces and keep it clear of snow and visible to emergency services personnel at all times. The South Wales Volunteer Fire Company urges our residents to do the same. Every second counts when fighting a fire and clearly visible fire hydrants in every neighborhood can save homes and lives.  Thank you for your help in keeping the South Wales fire district safe.

Member Training Links

OSHA / PESH REQUIRED ANNUAL ONLINE TRAINING COURSES FOR ALL MEMBERS

Bloodborne Pathogens

Hazardous Communication

Lockout-Tagout Program

 

FEMA REQUIRED ONLINE COURSES FOR ALL MEMBERS

Introduction to Incident Command System

ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents

National Incident Management System (NIMS) An Introduction

National Response Framework, An Introduction

 

SOUTH WALES FIRE COMPANY PERSISTENT COURSES

EAFC 400 MHz Radio System Training Material

2017 Proposed Budget

NOTICE OF BUDGET HEARING

In accordance with Town Law 175 C, notice is hereby given that the Board of Fire Commissioners of the South Wales Fire District #1 shall hold a public hearing on October 18, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. at the South Wales Fire Hall, 6406 Olean Road, South Wales, New York.

This hearing will be held to fully discuss the proposed 2017 Fire District Budget and to receive input from the residents of said fire district on this budget.

 

E.D.I.T.H. – Exit Drills In The Home

If you have a fire tonight, will you get out safely?

You’ll have a better chance of getting out safely if you’ve planned ahead. Develop a fire escape plan and practice it with the whole family. Everyone should know two ways out of each room and know where to meet outside. Make sure everyone understands that getting out is the first priority. And remember, once you’re outside, stay out.

A home escape plan must be created and practiced so that each person knows exactly what to do. It also is important to practice Exit Drills In The Home.

Most residential fires occur between 8 p.m. and 8 a.m. Deaths from residential fires occur in greater numbers between midnight and 4 a.m. when most people are asleep. An average of 800 fires strike residential buildings each day in the United States. More than 6,500 persons die each year from fire – more than half of them children and senior citizens. The majority of these deaths are in home fires.

Regardless of the cause of the fire, a home may be filled with smoke. This is a very dangerous situation. Family members may be unable to see very well. The smoke and toxic gases may cause dizziness and disorientation. In the confusion, one can easily become lost or trapped in the home. Family members must understand that their safety depends upon quickly leaving the home. It has been proven that exit drills reduce chance of panic and injury in fires and that trained and informed people have a much better chance to survive fires in their home.

Fire Company Officers

 

Chief Mike McClure
1st Asst. Chief Marty O’Connor
2nd Asst. Chief Jason Breeser
Truck Room Captain
Fire Police Captain William Reed
EMS Captain Kathy Rose
Rescue Captain Dave Benedict
Fire Captain
Safety Officer Paul Rose
Training Officer Mike Ende
Fire Prevention Officer Cheryl Ciapa
President Charlene Schneckenberger
Vice-President Don Butcher
Secretary Barb Kowalski
Treasurer Cheryl Ciapa
Sergeant-At-Arms Les Midura

Fire Company Roster

 

SWFC Active Members

Last Name First Name Last Name First Name
Argenio Joe Kibler Ed
Belter, Jr. Ed Knuth Wilbur
Benedict David Kowalski Barb
Breeser Jason McClure Mike
Breeser Tracy McMullen Jeff
Butcher Don Midura Jr. Leslie
Cashmore JT O’Connor Brenda
Ciapa Cheryl O’Connor Marty
Cream Doug Pollutro Nick
Damon Nathaniel Popiel Linda
Ende Mike Reed Bill
Ginnick Ian Rose Kathy
Gowanlock Chris Rose Paul
Gowanlock Don Schneckenberger Charlene
Hausauer John Schneckenberger Misha
Hausauer Tim Trzyna Rich
Heitman Jeff Wysocki Gary
Heitman Mike
Jakubczak Kayla
Hooper Doug

Gow School Junior Firefighters

Last Name First Name
Dietrich Simon
Hubenak Zach

Auxiliary Roster













Auxiliary Committee
Last Name First Name
Belter Teresa
Benedict Michelle
Benedict Nick
Buchwald Alicia
Busch Dori
Gowanlock Caroline
Merkel Sean
Pierce Tina
Wheaton Darla

Dedication to the Community

Not only does the South Wales Volunteer Fire Company provide education and emergency services to the community, it is also dedicated to developing a tight-knit community. Each year, the Fire Company hosts two chicken barbeques, one in May, and one in September. In addition, various other events presented by both the Fire Company and the Auxiliary help to bring together members of the community and the Fire Company. These events continue to enhance the exceptional relationship the Fire Company has achieved with the community. We look forward to seeing you at our next event. Check back often for updated news and details about upcoming events!

Committed To Excellence

The members of the Fire Company constantly strive to improve the quality of their services to the community. Progressive training requirements help meet that goal. Annually, the men and women of the South Wales Fire Company attend over 2000 hours of training, not including time spent responding to emergencies.

Hey Kids!

Learn about ways that we can keep safe and prevent fires. 

Click on Sparky  or Smokey the Bear below and they will take you to different pages with lots of games and fun stuff to do.

    

Membership Information

What if no one answered the Call?

This slogan,  used in a national volunteer recruitment, sums it up well.

How Can You Help?

Desire To Serve. Courage To Act.

Firefighting is not for everyone, but Volunteering can be. There is plenty of opportunity to serve the community through the South Wales Volunteer Fire Company and much of it has nothing to do with actual firefighting. Fire and emergency services are one of the most diverse and challenging professions today and everyone can contribute in some capacity – even you. The South Wales Volunteer Fire Company is currently seeking dedicated men and women to join our team.

Get involved! Serve your community, help your neighbor, learn something new, and challenge yourself to make a difference.

Why Volunteer?

Community service, neighbors helping neighbors, and the satisfaction of knowing that you made a difference are all good reasons to volunteer. Most communities rely on the people who live within them to help each other, and South Wales is no exception. Perhaps one of your neighbors is a volunteer with the South Wales Fire Company, already.

Please stop by the fire hall any Thursday evening between 7pm and 9pm to meet our current volunteers, to pick up an application, or to discuss memebership with any of our members. We would be happy to answer any questions you may have, and welcome the opportunity to provide you with additional information about volunteering with the South Wales Fire Company.

 

Smoke Alarms

Can you afford to spend a few minutes each month to test the smoke alarms in your home? Can you afford not to? Going without the protection of a working smoke alarm is a risk too dangerous to take. In a fire, you’ll need every second to get out safely, and the early warning from a smoke alarm can make the difference between surviving a fire and dying in one.  Test your smoke alarms today. You can’t afford not to.

Working Smoke Detectors and Carbon-Monoxide Detectors Save Lives!

Home Heating Safety

A warm, cozy fire or warmth from a space heater can quickly spell danger during the cold winter months of November through March – the time when home fires and home fire-related deaths are more likely to occur.  Each year, nearly 600 children ages 14 and under die in residential fires and another 40,000 children are injured.

To help prevent a fire, parents and caregivers need to closely inspect the home and eliminate all potential hazards.  During the winter months especially, it’s extremely important that families take the proper precautions to ensure all home heating equipment is in working order and that all household members know how to escape in case of a fire.