Wendelville FC Holds Awards and Installation Ceremony
March 5, 2021
PENDLETON, N.Y. - The Wendelville FC (WFC) held an awards and installation ceremony at its monthly meeting last night since the Company had to cancel its formal Installation Dinner because of COVID-19.
WFC Firefighter and Firemen's Association of the State of New York (FASNY) Director Andrew Pilecki read the oath of office to the WFC's 2021 Firematic and Executive Officers as well as the oath of membership to WFC's new class of members.
The 2020 Fireman of the Year Award was presented to Recording Secretary Russell Talma by outgoing 2019-2020 Chief James McDonough. An award of appreciation was also presented to outgoing Chief McDonough by the incoming Firematic officers.
Wendelville Member Honored by Senator Chris Jacobs
February 28, 2021
PENDLETON, N.Y. - The Wendelville Fire Company (WFC) announced today that member Donald Lanternier was chosen as the February 2021 Veteran of the month for N.Y. Congressional District 27 by Congressman Chris Jacobs. Congressman Jacobs presented the award to Lanternier on Monday, February 22 at a ceremony at Hall 1.
The award is given to select veterans that have gone above and beyond their military service and continued to serve thru community service. Lanternier's after-military public service accomplishments include Town of Pendleton Justice (33 years), Wendelville Fire Co (62 years), St Paul's Church Council, Pendleton Lions Club, Niagara County Magistrates Association, Pendleton Senior Citizens and 5 Veteran Service Groups including the Pendleton Veterans Association. Don has worked tirelessly to help make the town the great place it is. Congratulations!
Wendelville Fire Company Makes Two Major Announcements for 2021
February 19, 2021
PENDLETON, N.Y. - The Wendelville Fire Company (WFC) announced today that two major improvements are being made to assist in fire suppression for the residents of Pendleton. This announcement comes as the WFC celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2021.
"Very shortly Wendelville will be breaking ground on a new Fire Hall and taking possession of a ladder truck" said Matthew Berry, Chief Officer of the Wendelville Fire Company. "Our Station two on Main Rd. will be replaced by a new four bay structure allowing for better response from the center of town and will also allow for the purchase of a piece of apparatus we are in need of, a ladder truck."
Wendelville will continue to operate out of three halls within town, each that will house an engine for quicker response times. The new hall on Main Rd. will replace the old outdated hall and will include four bays for apparatus, doubling in apparatus storage. "The Town of Pendleton is increasing in size daily and this new hall will allow us to keep up with the population increase regarding emergency operations" said Mark Walter, President, WFC.
Schneider Architectural Services of Buffalo, NY have designed this project for the WFC and the structure will encompass 5315-square-feet in total. Construction is tentatively scheduled to begin in August of this year with a completion date by the end of 2021.
The second announcement of adding a ladder truck to Wendelville's fleet is something that has become a necessity in the Town of Pendleton. "The construction of two hotels in our district, new home construction with steep roof pitches, metal roofs and homes with solar panels all create challenges for fire suppression" said Chief Berry. "Roof operations are dangerous for firefighters and the addition of a ladder truck to our fleet will allow our firefighters to conduct safer roof operations and rescue operations if the need arises" said President Walter.
Wendelville purchased a refurbished 2003 E-One 95' Mid Mount Platform truck from Brindlee Mountain Fire Apparatus of Union Grove, AL. This truck was previously in service in Kansas and will help serve the Town of Pendleton at a fraction of the cost of a new ladder truck. "Why buy new when used will do" said Richard Misztal, Third Assistant Chief. "New ladder trucks cost in excess of one-million dollars today, this truck will allow us to protect our residents and firefighters at a fraction of the cost."
The ladder truck is currently being refurbished and is scheduled for delivery in early May. "Training will be our number one focus prior to placing the truck into service" said Shawn Christman, First Assistant Chief. "Our firefighters will receive specialized training for this piece of equipment and we will be placing it into service this summer."
With Wendelville celebrating 100 years of service in 2021 these two projects will make this year one for the history books in many ways. Wendelville is a unique fire company because they service the entire Town of Pendleton, all 27 square miles and are the only local emergency service provider for the town, creating the slogan "One Town, One Company."