Philmont Volunteer Fire Company receives donation

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PHILMONT — The Philmont Volunteer Fire Company is seeking donations. Due to the global COVID-19 Pandemic, Philmont Vol Fire Company -1 had to suspend its usual fundraising events. The added expense of personal protective equipment in conjunction with normal “wear and tear” of equipment makes the need for donations even greater this year. Local Firefighters and First Responders are seeing an increase in the number of calls for help; this is our opportunity to help them.

Higher numbers of calls requires more frequent replacement of costly one-time-use EMS equipment such as AED pads, oral airways, bag valve masks, gloves and PPE. Replacement costs for reusable equipment such as air packs and turnout gear is expensive. On average, one full air pack costs $7,000; to replace one set of fire resistive gear is over $2,200.

Philmont EMS and Firefighters are always there for the community. They respond to calls within minutes, saving countless lives and personal property. Let’s all step up and help these heroic men and women stay safe while serving our community.

Donations can be sent to Philmont Fire Company -1, PO Box 632, Philmont, NY 12565.

“The Fire department has always been here for us, we are honored to be able to help them during this difficult time,” said John Kolenda, Administrator, Pine Haven Nursing & Rehabilitation Center.

Pine Haven Nursing & Rehabilitation Center Administrator John Kolenda presented a check for $10,000 to Philmont Vol. Fire Company -1 Chief Mark Beaumont. Pictured from the left are Maria Ostrander, EMS Captain; Clarence Speed, Mayor; Mark Beaumont, Fire Chief; Fred Zitto, President, Philmont Vol Fire Co.; John Kolenda, Administrator, Pine Haven Nursing & Rehabilitation Center.

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