On April 25th and 26th between 10:00 am and 6:00 PM we will be opening our doors to our neighbors, so they can learn about what it takes to be a volunteer firefighter in our community as part of the fifth annual RecruitNY statewide initiative. Over the last several years, it has been very tough for many fire departments throughout New York State to recruit and retain volunteers. Like most volunteer fire departments, we need to bolster our emergency responder numbers so we can continue to provide the optimum level of protection for the people we serve.
As part of the RecruitNY campaign we will join volunteer fire departments all across the state for a unified recruitment drive. Throughout the day, we will conduct tours of the station and firefighter apparatus, allow visitors to become familiar with the equipment, and provide activities and fascinating informational opportunities. We will discuss what it takes to be become a volunteer, answer any questions, and let visitors know how to get involved in the fire department.
Please join us for this fun and informational event. We hope to see you there!
The “Black Hat” of the month features a Latham Firefighter each month. These are the responders that come to help in a time of need and this is their story.
March’s “Black Hat” of the Month is Firefighter Paul Goes. Paul has been with the Latham Fire Department for 36 years. He has served as a firefighter, Lieutenant, Captain and 1st Assistant Chief of this company in the 36 years he has been a member.
Latham has proudly been a volunteer department since 1910, which means all of our members have lives outside of the firehouse. Paul owns his own Electrical contracting company and is the father of two children, one of which is also a member in the Latham Fire Department and the other a social member at Colonie Village Fire Department. Paul is always a guaranteed responder to calls when he’s not working and is a very knowledgable asset to our team.
We thank Paul and all the “Black Hats” for dedicating their time and effort to help the members of the Latham community stay safe.
The Latham Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary will be sponsoring a blood drive on February 19th, 1-6PM. It will be located at Station #1 at 226 Old Loudon Road. To make an appointment please contact the American Red Cross at 1-800-RED-CROSS or visit redcrossblood.org.
It is with heavy hearts that the Latham Fire Department mourns the passing of Life Member Ernie Iachetti. Ernie was a member of the Latham Fire Department for over 61 years. His infectious laugh and care for each Member that passed through the doors of the firehouse will be genuinely missed. He will be remembered as a constant beacon of light; always cheerful and upbeat, quick to say hello, and make you feel welcome even if it was your first day in the department. Within hours of learning of Ernie’s passing, all pall bearer and honor guard positions were satisfied. That act speaks volumes for the type of man he was and what he meant to the Latham Fire Department.
Rest easy Ernie, the pleasure was all ours.
-Ex-Chief Chris Morigerato
Calling Hours: Wednesday, Jan 21st, 4pm- 7pm, Dufresne & Cavanaugh Funeral Home at 149 Old Loudon Road, Latham.
All Officers and Members of the Latham Fire Department and Ladies Auxiliary are requested to meet in full dress uniform at Latham Station #1, Wednesday, January 21st, at 5:30PM to proceed to the Dufresne & Cavanaugh Funeral Home to pay last respects to our departed Life Member, Ernest Iachetti.
Funeral Services will be held on Thursday, Jan 22:
9:15AM at the funeral home
10:00AM at St. Ambrose Church
Have a safe and happy New Year! Tonight there are special programs to help you get home safe from celebrations:
Martin, Harding & Mazzotti, LLP’s will initiate their Free Cab Ride Home program. Call 1-800-LAW1010 and let the operator know where you are and they will get a cab right out to you – always free of charge and no questions asked. Click here for more information.
CDTA will be offering free bus service at all regular bus stops from 8:00PM to 1:00AM. They will be operating on a regular weekday special. Click here for more information from CDTA.org.
FREE COFFEE: will be available at all 27 thruway service areas from 11 p.m. until 7 a.m. Customers can get a free cup of coffee at any Cumberland Farms starting at 5 p.m. and any of the Stewart’s locations beginning at 6 p.m.
On Saturday March 22nd, Latham and Verdoy Fire Departments had a live fire burn drill at the Colonie training tower. Both departments worked together to put out the fire for each training evolution. A different scenario was given for each evolution in order to simulate a real call. The junior officers also had a chance to practice running a fire scene by being the Incident Commander. Thank you to Verdoy for participating in our drill. Great job done by all!
(Photo’s courtesy of Lori Washburn)