BOLTON VOLUNTEER FIRE COMPANY INC.
The Bolton Fire Department has nearly all of their members vaccinated with the COVID-19 vaccine. 76% 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. We will try to minimize contact with the public when we are on calls when possible. We ask the public to do the same.
A mask will be worn in the building at all times. If there is a situation where you cannot, use your best judgement. As soon as the situation warrants, replace your mask.
Maintain proper social distancing (6 feet). If there is a situation where you cannot, please use your best judgement and be respectful of fellow members.
Despite COVID-19 and the wide spread lock downs that the entire country faced 2020 turned out to be an unprecedented year for the Bolton Volunteer Fire Company. This past year we responded to a 188 calls for service. The most ever! Of those 4 calls were for structure fires, 20 calls were to assist EMS for everything from lifting and moving, to helping at the scene of cardiac arrest’s and mostly transporting EMS to sick and injured people out on the islands of Lake George and then transporting everyone back to shore. 21 times we were called to provide mutual aid to neighboring department. As you would imagine the summer is our busiest months, and even though people were traveling less just between July and August we handled 59 calls in 62 days. A breakdown of the calls follows, not every category is listed.
Structure Fires – 4
Motor Vehicle Accidents – 16
Fire Alarms – 51
Mutual Aid Calls – 21
2020 by the numbers
The members of Bolton Volunteer Fire Company put in over 2,090 man-hours at calls in 2020. Some of the calls were well attended and some had a small turn out of dedicated men and women respond. Some of the calls were minor and dealt with very quickly some were more entailed and complex with firefighters spending hours at the scene.
On top of the 2,090 man-hours responding to calls the membership spent an additional 1,366 hours just on training. Over 1,000 of those hours took place in the form of in house training. The remainder was in outside training in the form of on-line education and a limited amount of training provided by the state and county most of which was canceled due to the pandemic.
Covid-19 and the fire service
Like everyone else the Bolton Volunteer Fire Company had to make changes in the way we conducted business. Following guidelines everyone needs to wear a mask when entering the firehouse and riding on the apparatus. Hand and equipment sanitizing are now the norm and many times during the year we held our monthly meetings outside in the rear parking lot to allow for social distancing. One of the drawbacks from this quarantine was our firehouse was closed to the general public, thus not allowing us to show off our building and equipment to many of the visitors and tourists that come to town every year.