ATHENS — John Farrell, of Athens, was elected to be the Fireman’s Association of the State of New York first vice president earlier this month.
Farrell was elected to the position at FASNY’s 146th annual convention in Liverpool on Aug. 12.
In his new role, Farrell said one of his main goals is to work on legislation to improve fire service.
“I’ve been a member of FASNY for a long time,” he said.
The veteran firefighter was on the membership committee from the mid-90s until 2001, then he served on the Board of Trustees for FASNY’S Firemen’s Home in Hudson. On the board, he served as the vice president and president. Farrell served as FASNY’s second vice president for two years before getting elected to the first vice president seat.
“I really enjoy what FASNY has to offer,” Farrell said.
Farrell has been involved in fire service since he joined the Citizen Hose No. 5 in Catskill in 1971. His passion for firefighting started early.
“I enjoyed fire trucks as a kid,” Farrell recalled.
Since then, Farrell has been actively involved with fire service and held various positions. He spent six years as a firefighter with Citizen Hose No. 5. In 1974, he became involved with the Citizen Rescue Squad, where he served as captain.
Farrell joined the West Athens/Lime Street Fire Company No. 1 in 1977, where he continues to serve today. He has held many positions at the local fire department, including president, treasurer and financial secretary.
He served as the assistant chief for four years and chief from 1987 until 1991 and later ran for the Board of Commissioners and is currently the chairman.
FASNY provides various services to state volunteer firefighters including scholarships, state-wide training and educational programs, legal assistance and various awards such as EMS Provider of the Year and Firefighter of the Year.
“It’s a truly an honor and a privilege to serve the volunteers of New York,” Farrell said.