2013 Brian Katzman
2016 Firefighter of the Year
Notes from Chief Greg Herrmann,
Now comes the time in our program, that I, as Chief, have the opportunity to recognize one active member who has shown dedication and perseverance, and gone above and beyond what is expected of a regular firefighter during the last year. The decision to recognize just one person is never an easy one, as so many people fit the bill. This years recipient is sometimes a little out spoken but has done many extra things for the department this year.
This year’s recipient joined our department in July, 2014. In 2016 he responded to 207 alarms (32%), 10 work details and 32 different trainings and drills. He has completed Firefighter 1 (91 hours), Firefighter Survival (12 hours), Strategy and Tactics for the initial company officer (16 hours), Scott SCBA maintenance specialist (12 hours), Apparatus Pump Operator (28 hours) and just recently passed his practical skills and is awaiting results on his written test for NYS EMT (190 hours). He was a participant in the Central NY 9/11 Stair Climb. He is an Interior SCBA qualified firefighter, and is starting his 2nd year as a Lieutenant in our department.
This person has taken the initiative to build a smoke and fire training prop used to educate people on fire and smoke flow during a house fire. He is the project leader for our use of the iAuditor software station wide helping us complete monthly truck and equipment checks and document everything necessary. He is leading our most recent project of a new Fitness Center for members to use at the station.
Without further ado, it gives me great pleasure to announce to you the 2016 Firefighter of the Year – Anthony Bivens.