Obviously one of the main services the Halfmoon-Waterford Fire District No. 1 provides is fire protection for its residents – that is, if someone’s house/business/car/property catches on fire, we come and extinguish it. To become a “Class A” firefighter (permitted to wear an SCBA and enter a burning building), volunteers with our fire district are required to take a mandated NYS Firefighter 1 course which lasts 13 weeks. Volunteers are also expected to qualify annually on district training mandates to ensure that their skill sets are adequately maintained.
Arguably one of the most valuable services the fire district provides to its residents is EMS First Response.The fire district is dispatched alongside ambulances to medical emergencies in our fire district – which is a huge benefit to our community.
The Towns of Halfmoon and Waterford are currently covered primarily by Clifton Park Halfmoon Ambulance and Waterford Rescue Squad to cover the majority of the districts residents.
The district has many Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) who are trained to provide Basic Life Support (BLS) services to our community. Volunteers who become EMTs are required to take a 120+ hour course through the New York State Department of Heath to become certified. In addition to the course, EMTs have annual training requirements as members of the Halfmoon-Waterford Fire District No. 1 they are expected to meet.
The Halfmoon-Waterford Fire District No. 1 is routinely called to motor vehicle accidents.
Our volunteers train regularly with specially designed tools used to cut (extricate) victims trapped inside their vehicle as a result of a motor vehicle accident. This is highly specialized training that requires hours upon hours of instruction especially to keep up with the assortment of vehicle technologies developed by car manufacturers such as hybrid vehicles and alternative fuels – each of which present unique and changing dangers to rescue personnel during accidents.
Hazardous Materials is the generic phrase that refers to dangerous materials (typically chemicals) that can be found in our community. When there is an emergency that involves these materials, fire district volunteers are dispatched to deal with the emergency and protect our community.