Always Remember 9/11, 20 Years later, time passes, the pain lingers but life goes on. Always keep the memories of our loved ones lost that fateful day and the years since. Always cherish the good times and thoughts, for that time cannot diminish and…
My thoughts and prayers to our fallen service members killed in the recent Terrorist bombing at Kabul Airport and to all our Troops who have fallen, or who have been maimed in this long war. Thank you for service and sacrifice!May our Troops, Fellow…
The LODD funeral ceremony for Spring Valley FF 2nd Lt. Jared Lloyd on Sat, 3/3/21, will occur at Palisades Credit Union Park at 1 Provident Bank Park Drive Pomona, NY 10970 (next to RC FTC) Service begins at 11:00am Please muster at the Rockland County Health Complex- Bldg ‘L’ (Social Services) 50 Sanatorium Road, Pomona, NY 10970. Each bldg has visible signs on the Sanatorium Rd. If the parking area at Bldg ‘L’ fills up, please use the parking area across the street or adjoining parking lots…See More
The AAVF wishes to express our sincerest condolences on the passing of SVFD 2nd Lt. Jared Lloyd,on 3/12. LODD, Nursing Home fire with partial bldg collapse in Spring Valley, NY on 3/23. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends and…
The AAVF wishes to express our sincerest condolences on the passing of WFD FF Peyton Morse, on 3/12. He had suffered a medical emergency during an SCBA training drill at the NYS Academy of Fire Science, Montour Falls, NY on 3/3. Our thoughts and…
The Assn. Aux-Vol Firefighters, never forgets 9/11, a time to remember and reflect on the fallen, those who are ill, the heroes of that fateful day and the enduring spirit that will forever be their legacy.
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Other Past or Current Departments and Organizations
Congressional Fire Service Institute
Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Response Assoc., Intl.
Fire Dept. Safety Officers Assoc.
Firefighter & EMS Foundation
Firefighters For Christ
Firemen's Assoc. State of New York
Friends of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation
National Assoc. Emergency Medical Technicians
National Assoc. of Fire Investigators
National Assoc. For Search And Rescue
National Assoc. of Hispanic Firefighters
National Vol. Fire Council
New York Retired Vol. Firefighters Assoc.
New York State Assoc. of Fire Chief's
New York State Vol. Ambulance and Rescue Assoc.
New Jersey and New York Vol. Firemen's Assoc.
Southern New York Vol. Firemen's Assoc.
Volunteer Firefighter Alliance
Active Shooter Awareness
Alternative Fuel Vehicles
Amateur Radio - Technician
Anhydrous Ammonia Awareness
Basic Hazmat Life Support
Behavioral Health for the Fire and Emergency Services
BLS Health Care Provider
Burn Care - Pre - Hospital Provider
CEVO 3 - Ambulance
CEVO 3 - Fire
Chemical Suicide Awareness for First Responders
Child Abuse Reporting
Community Emergency Response Team
Confined Space - Awareness
Core Disaster Life Support
County Animal Response Team
Courage to Be Safe
Crime Scene Awareness
Crude By Rail Emergency Response
Developmental Disabilities Awareness
Effective Fire Dept. Leader
Electric Vehicle Safety Awareness
Elder Abuse Awareness
EmComm - Level 2
Emergency Oxygen Administration
Emergency Responder Health Monitoring and Surveillance Awareness
Emergency Response to Terrorism
Emergency Services Risk Reduction Program
Energy Storage Systems Safety
Epilepsy and Seizure Response
Ethanol Emergency Response
FEMA EMI Professional Development Series
Fire Ground Accountability
Fire Ground Survival Awareness
Firefighter Bail Out System
Fire Service Ethics
First Aid- Basic
Flood Cleanup Awareness
HazCom/Right To Know
HazMat Security Awareness
Highway Safety for Emergency Service Personnel
Human Trafficking Awareness
Incident Safety Officer Series
Injury Prevention on the Fire Ground
Is Your Department at its B.E.S.T.?
Leadership, Accountability, Culture and Knowledge
Leadership for the Fire and Emergency Services
LNG Awareness Emergency Response
Machinery Rescue Awareness
Managing A Modern & Effective Fire Dept.
National Safety Culture Change Initiative
National Traffic Incident Management
Natural Gas Safety
Opioid Overdose and Naloxone Administration
Partnering For Prevention
Passenger Train Emergency Response
People with Disabilities Awareness
Pet First Aid and CPR
Pipeline Emergencies - Awareness
POV Safety Operation
Preventing and Coping with Suicide in the Fire and Emergency Services
Pyschological First Aid
Railroad Emergency Response HazMat Awareness
Railroad Safety Awareness
Responding To Utility Emergencies Awareness
Responding To Violent Incidents
Safety Tops Our Priorities
Sexual Harassment Awareness
Solar PV Safety for Firefighters
Stop The Bleed
Stress First Aid for Fire and EMS Personnel
Structural Collapse Awareness
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome
Surface Ice Rescue - Awareness
Suspicious Activity Reporting Fire - EMS
Swift Water Rescue - Awareness
Taking Care of Our Own
Train The Recruiter
Transgender Issues Awareness
Understanding and Utilizing International Fire Code
Wildland Fire Assessment Program
Numerous DHS/FEMA, Red Cross, USFA/NFA Certifications
Numerous firematic seminars and workshops
I am a Deputy Chief, now retired after 12 yrs, with the Assn. Aux - Vol Firefighters in West Lawrence, NY, serving on a volunteer fire disaster response team and a ceremonial unit. The AAVF having disbanded, in early 2021 and ceased operations due to staff shortage. It had existed for 31 years, proudly serving the community of West Lawrence in Far Rockaway. I was a 9/11 volunteer with NYC Transit. I have also volunteered, with the following organizations: American Red Cross Greater NY, NYC Animal Care Control, NYC CB 12 Community Emergency Response Team, and the NYC Medical Reserve Corps.
Why I Joined Fire/EMS
After volunteering at Ground Zero on the pile, I felt that I needed to do more to help out the next time another disaster occurs. I then became involved in disaster response as a volunteer with several organizations. In 2009, I joined the fire service. Though I am now retired, I am ever so grateful, that I was able to serve those in their time of need and give back to the community.
Why I Love Fire/EMS
I love being a part of the fire service, because it is truly a brotherhood, proud in tradition, and always there to serve.
Top Issues Facing Responders:
Top issues that I feel are facing responders in the volunteer fire service are, recruitment and retention. Also the lack of funding for updated equipment, supplies and training is especially hard, on smaller departments.
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