We have been living with and dealing with the COVID-19 virus for three years now. It seems that every few months we are confronted with a new variant. RSV and this years strain of the flu have added to the mix. The Bolton Fire Department has nearly all of their members vaccinated with the COVID-19 vaccine. Almost all of the members have been fully or partially vaccinated for both the benefit of the members and the public. We will however continue to practice and follow the guidelines of the CDC by maintaining social distancing and wearing masks when the member feels it appropriate. We will try to minimize contact with the public when we are on calls when possible. We ask the public to do the same.

2022 Year to Date Statistics

Year 2022 calls for service – 148

Year 2022 man hours – 1136

As usual July and August prove to be the busiest time of the year for the fire department. 24 and 25 calls respectively. The fire department also responded to 5 structure fires, an above average amount. The majority of the calls was for fire alarms.

The fire department responded to just one chimney fire in 2022.

The Bolton Fire Department assisted Bolton Emergency Medical Services 22 times during the year with everything from manpower for lifting and providing CPR to transportation of the EMS crew and patients to and from the islands with the fireboat.

Mutual aid is the terminology used when we provide assistance to other fire departments. We responded 12 times in the past year including one structure fire that was in the village of Hudson Falls in Washington County.

Training hours

In 2022 the members of the fire department accrued nearly 1660.5 training hours. The is a combination of both in house weekly training and outside training that the members take on their own time.

Members spent an average of 93 man hours a month training in house at our weekly drills. The remainder of the hours come from members attending state and county led classes covering multiple topics including ice rescue, incident command, and driving emergency vehicles to name just a few. We have three firefighters who just completed Basic Exterior Fire Operations (BEFO) and one who completed Interior Fire Operations (IFO).