Volunteer Fire Company Of The Week: The Scranton Volunteer Fire Company
This is John La Mond and welcome to our new feature on the website: The Volunteer Fire Company Of The Week. Every Thursday, we are spotlighting a different volunteer fire company from Western New York. I think it is very important that we salute these hometown hereos. These are the men and women who get up in the middle of the night and leave their warm bed to save you and your loved ones.
This week’s spotlight is on the Scranton Volunteer Fire Company. Michelle Colley is a a volunteer firefighter at the Scranton Volunteer Fire Company in the town of Hamburg. She provided us with the following information about her fire company:
Above, I have attached a picture of some of us at a live burn training. The Scranton Volunteer Fire Company was established in 1933. On June 6th, our fire company formed its first aid squad under the American Red Cross and purchased a 1954 Pontiac Ambulance.
During the 1990’s, the fire company improved their training skills to the field of auto extrication. In 1994, we purchased a hydraulic system made by Amkus, similar to the “jaws of life.” Members quickly learned the system and started competing in extrication competitions in the northeast, winning trophies and awards. Scranton VFC covers about 7 miles of the N.Y.S thruway between Hamburg and Lackawanna. Therefore, we deal with a lot of heavy extrication rescues. Recently, we were called to a rollover on the N.Y.S thruway. The car was reported fully involved with fire. We responded to the call, got the fire out, and fortunately no one was hurt due to quick responses by Scranton and Newton Abbott fire companies.