Chilson Volunteer Fire Department Board of Trustees Chairman Jim Davis stands with the department’s newest vehicle, Utility 137.
Through a combination of thrift, good management and the generosity of its members and Ticonderoga neighbors, Chilson Volunteer Fire Department has been able to replace its support-utility vehicle with a more modern and effective truck.
The old CVFD Utility 137 was an elderly and unreliable former ambulance.
“It was kind of a rattletrap, to put it kindly,” said department board chairman Jim Davis.
The “new” Utility 137 is a 2005 Chevy 2500 4X4 with a crew cab. It carries 500 feet of hose, a 500 gallon-per-minute portable pump, a special 450 gallon-per-minute floating portable pump, a 2,500 watt generator, portable scene-illumination floodlights, a chainsaw, and all the brooms, shovels and other workaday equipment needed at fire and rescue scenes. Because it can seat five firefighters in their turnout gear and carries command communications equipment, it can serve both as an on-scene command center and an air-conditioned rest-and-recovery post for exhausted firefighters.
“Best of all,” said Davis, “It didn’t cost the taxpayers a penny. Over the past two years we’ve done everything we could to hold down costs while really stepping up our fundraising efforts – and all the friends and neighbors who’ve enjoyed our winter dinner-dances and summer barbecues have helped us acquire this new piece of community safety equipment.”
Chilson Volunteer Fire Department, with 44 members and 20 qualified active firefighters, serves the Chilson community, a 30-square-mile area that also includes Putts Pond and a large portion of Eagle Lake. Chilson is a part of the town of Ticonderoga and its fire district includes extensive tracts of state-owned land.
The department is staffed and equipped to provide fire prevention, fire protection and rescue services including vehicle extrications. Chilson VFD also responds to weather emergencies, clears downed trees from roadways and helps home-bound residents in emergency situations.
The Chilson Community Center at the fire station at 60 Putts Pond Road is owned by the department. Its meeting hall, playing fields and picnic grounds host many community events.
In addition to serving Chilson, the department provides mutual aid to surrounding departments.
For more information Email ChilsonFire13@hotmail.com or visit the department on Facebook at Chilson Volunteer Fire Department.