Legal Notice

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 election to fill the Office of Fire District Commissioner on
December 13, 2022.   This position will have a term of office from
January 1, 2023 to December 31, 2027.   The election will take place at
the South Wales Volunteer Fire Hall, Route 16 in South Wales, NY from
7:30pm – 9:00pm.   To have your name placed on the ballot a petition
with twenty-five (25) qualified voter signatures must be filed with the
Fire District Secretary no later than December 3, 2022.  Mail all
petitions to the attention of: Fire District Secretary P.O. Box 94,
South Wales, NY 14139.


2023 Proposed Budget


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, 2022 at 7:30 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 2023 Fire District Budget and to receive input from the residents of said fire district on this budget.

Annual meeting of the South Wales Fire District No. 1


Annual meeting of the South Wales Fire District No. 1 held on January 2, 2022
Paul Rose was elected as Chairperson of Fire District
Fire Chiefs and District Officers were sworn in.
Be it resolved that the South Wales Fire District No.1 pass and unanimously approve the following resolutions:

  1. Be it resolved that the South Wales Fire District No. 1 Accountant shall be Mark Adamchick (salary per hour)
  2. Be it resolved that the South Wales Fire District No. 1 Attorney shall be Ron Bennett (salary per hour)
  3. Be it resolved that the South Wales Fire District No. 1 official newspaper shall be the East Aurora Advertiser
  4. Be it resolved that the South Wales Fire District No. 1 official bank shall be the Bank of Holland
  5. Reaffirms the investment policy and the resolutions that established capital reserve funds and fuel reserve fund
  6. Reaffirms District procurement and purchasing policy
  7. Be it resolved that the South Wales Fire District No. 1 approves membership in the association of Fire Districts of the State of New York, and the regional association
  8. Be it resolved that the South Wales Fire District No. 1 continue the defense and indemnification for the protection of the officers and employees of the South Wales Fire District (NY LAW 174(6) Section 18)
  9. Be it resolved that the South Wales Fire District No. 1 authorize the Chief to send people for training and to expend training funds.
  10. Be it resolved that the South Wales Fire District No. 1 shall be governed under (section 176 (11).) NY town law rules for the care and use of all fire equipment and shall be governed by the rules adopted by the Board of Commissioners November 1, 1983 and as amended thereof.
  11. Be it resolved that the South Wales Fire District No. 1 sets the date for the regular monthly meetings as the 2nd Monday of each month at 7:00pm and a work session two Thursdays before monthly meeting
  12. Be it resolved that the South Wales Fire District No. 1 reaffirms and authorizes all resolutions passed and actions taken in the previous year
  13. Be it resolved that the South Wales Fire District No. 1 reaffirms and authorizes all financial transactions in the previous year
  14. Be it resolved that the South Wales Fire District No. 1 authorizes the secretary and the treasurer to:
    1. Prepare the treasurer’s annual report for the previous year for submission to accountant and approval by the March monthly meeting
    2. Submit the accountants AUD report for the previous year to the appropriate governmental agencies by the March monthly meeting
    3. Review the surety bond for the treasurer at the annual review with insurance agent by the March monthly meeting
    4. File appropriate information with the town clerk and publish this information together with the results of this meeting in the District’s official newspaper and District website
  15. Be it resolved that the South Wales Fire District No. 1 names the following as standing committees:
    1. Service awards committee
    2. Finance and Audit committee
    3. Building Committee
    4. Equipment Committee
    5. Records Retention and Foil Committee
  16. Be it resolved that the South Wales Fire District No. 1 authorizes the South Wales Fire Company to hold four (4) fundraising activities per year
  17. Be it resolved that travel expenses on behalf on the fire district shall be reimbursed at the IRS Rate in effect at time of travel.
  18. Be it resolved that the South Wales Fire District No. 1 does not support absentee ballots for its district election process

Respectfully submitted,
Julie Wysocki, Secretary South Wales Fire District #1

Member Training Links


Bloodborne Pathogens

Hazardous Communication

Lockout-Tagout Program



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



EAFC 400 MHz Radio System Training Material

The Company


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.

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.

Board of Fire Commisioners

  • Paul Rose
  • Joseph Argenio
  • Jeff Heitman
  • Mike McClure
  • Rich Trzyna
  • Julie Wysocki – Secretary
  • Deana Breeser – Treasurer

Fire Company Officers

Chief Marty O’Connor
1st Asst. Chief Jason Breeser
2nd Asst. Chief Mike Heitman

Fire Captain Chris Kuhnle
EMS Captain Shannon Melnyk
Truck Room Captain Jeff Heitman
Truck Room Lieutenant Chris Gowanlock
Safety Officer Mike McClure
Fire Police Captain William Reed
Fire Police Lieutenant Gary Wysocki

President Charlene Schneckenberger
Vice-President Brenda O’Connor
Secretary Kathy Rose
Treasurer Bill Voss
Sergeant-At-Arms Bill Reed

Board of Directors

Bill Reed
Mike McClure
Ed Belter
Chris Gowanlock
Ed Kibler
Gary Wysocki

Fire Company Roster

SWFC Active Members

Last Name First Name   Last Name First Name
Argenio Joe   McClure Mike
Belter, Jr Ed   Melnyk Shannon
Benedict David   O’Connor Brenda
Breeser Deana   O’Connor Marty
Breeser Jason   Reed Bill
Butcher Don   Rose Kathy
Ciapa Cheryl   Rose Paul
Fisher Matt   Schneckenberger Charlene
Gowanlock Chris   Trzyna Rich
Hausauer John   Voss Bill
Heitman Jeff   Wysocki Gary
Heitman Mike   Zolet Brian
Hooper Doug      
Jeffe Mark      
Kibler Ed      
Kowalski Barb      
Kuhnle Chris      

Junior Firefighters

Last Name First Name      
Smolinski Owen      

Auxiliary Roster

Belter, Teresa
Benedict, Michelle
Benedict, Nick
Andrea Heitman
Joyce, Robin
Merkel, Sean

South Wales Fire Hall

The South Wales Fire Company
6406 Olean Road
South Wales, NY 14139
716-652-6659 (NON-EMERGENCY ONLY)



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.