NORTH HUDSON The North Hudson Fire Department marked 50 years of service recently. Firefighters were feted during a 50th anniversary open house hosted by the departments womens auxiliary. A plaque to commemorate the occasion was presented to Chandler Thompson, president of the fire department, by Joe Provoncha on behalf of Robert Dobie, North Hudson supervisor. Joe noted some of the history of the department which has evolved from a small group formed to protect town property and now is called upon to respond to accidents and activities occurring on the Northway, said Barbara Marion, auxiliary secretary. This includes being called for traffic control when the local section of the Northway has to be shut down and aiding other agencies in emergencies. Chandler expressed thanks for the plaque and many heartfelt thanks to the townspeople for their continued support through the years. After the presentation and short remarks, cake with decorative icing noting the 50th anniversary was served by auxiliary members. The cake was baked by Sally Vinskus. Who was there to help in this and other times of crisis in North Hudson? Consistently it has been the citizens who comprise the North Hudson Volunteer Fire Department. Whether it is an automotive accident, a weather-related catastrophe, a fire, a medical emergency or even failed power lines, these volunteers are ready to assist. For example, in September 2007 the North Hudson Volunteer Fire Department was there to assist when a gasoline tanker truck turned over and burst into flames. The Blue Ridge Road in Newcomb was closed for the day while crews worked to control the scene. During this incident and many others, it is evident that the North Hudson Volunteer Fire Department works collaboratively with other local departments to ensure the safety of citizens. The department shares a close relationship with the Schroon Lake Rescue Squad, which responds to various calls throughout the year. Who are the members of the North Hudson Fire Department? There are 22 individuals who meet monthly to train for such events. The department operates five pieces of apparatus, including: a pumper, two tankers, a rescue vehicle and a brush truck. The department is in the process of purchasing a new light duty rescue truck as well. The department responds to approximately 60 incidents annually. Most of these incidents are motor vehicle accidents along the interstate. While the checkpoints of 1-87 along North Hudson have come and gone, one thing is for certain; the North Hudson Volunteer Fire Department is here to stay and ready to assist in times of need. The North Hudson FD includes Chief James Colaneri. Assistant Chief Don Dresser, Captain Ryan Bessey, F.T. Anauo, James Barber, Randy Bessey, Ross Bessey, Eric Caza, John Caza Jr., John Caza Sr., James Duntley, Marshall Gero, Angie Gokey, Matt Keller, John King, Michael Marsden, Steve Ossenkop, Alvin Provoncha, Dave Tart, Chandler Thompson, Emmet Thompson and Steve Thompson.