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FIRE DISTRICT: You are reminded that it is your responsibility to have access for emergency equipment onto your property. Our crews have had problems getting in with the ambulance and other equipment due to low branches and bushes, this slows our response and has damaged our vehicles. The lack of visible house numbering also remains a problem and is violating building codes.




2021 BUDGET: We are in the process of doing next year’s budget. It is our goal to keep your tax rate at $1.15 a thousand. It may go up. The fire commissioners and Rush Fire Department membership is doing everything that we can to keep this rate as low possible. Mark David Highway Supt. Is allowing us to do the chassis lube, oil & filter changes at the highway garage saving a lot of money for the taxpayers. The LED lights we installed last year are saving us over $100 a month.




STATION ONE: We are having an engineer do a study on our 50 year old station. He reports that the building is in very good condition and will advise us on repairs to get it back to 100%.




NEW MEMBERS: We welcome two new members voted in at the July meeting. Sydney McDaniel from West Henrietta Road and Tom Dundon from Pleasant Drive, our explorer who has moved up to firefighter.












YOUR TAX RATE: It is time for us to start to prepare a 2016 budget. It is our goal to keep the rate the same as last year. At this time you pay $1.12 per thousand. Our costs continue to go up and we try to save money any place we can.  We have two major reserve funds, one for building and grounds and the other for apparatus and major equipment such as the radio system replacement and new vehicles.








EQUIPMENT STORAGE: Our present storage situation needs help. We would like to put the ATV, Boat trailer, wood trailer, water rescue equipment, extra generators, pumps and extra hose in one place. The 4WD brush/utility truck could also be parked there. We have a committee of firefighter and commissioners looking into how we can address this problem. We could add a 30 x 40 addition on the south east side of station one or a completely separate building 30 x 40 at the rear of station one next to the extrication area.  Option one would be a lot easier for the electric, water and heat. It would be a block/ metal structure like the addition to station one in 1998.  This type construction is energy efficient and cost effective. Our present station one is 6,500 square feet. This would add 1,200 square feet.
















NEW MEMBERS: Kathryn Vancuran from our explorer post is becoming a firefighter  and Eric McNeil, son of Asst. Chief Jim McNeil has joined the department.








RECRUIT NY OPEN HOUSE: It was held April 26 from 1 to 4 pm. The Ladies Auxiliary provided char-broiled hots, chips and drinks. The turn out was disappointing but those few who showed up enjoyed the power-point show and equipment displays.  The explorers provided a mock building fire that the kids could spray water at. Many departments around NYS report no one showing up at their open house.








ANNUAL FUND DRIVE: All resident should have received a fund drive request for Ambulance and Fire Department operations. We still operate the only free BLS ambulance service in the county. A special “thank you” to all of the residents that contributed to our annual fund drive. We realize that the economy is having an adverse effect on many. Your firefighters appreciate the Rush community financial support that is unmatched per mailing anywhere in western New York!








WHERES THE MONEY GO? No fund drive money is used for any social events. It goes for training, fire prevention activities, scouting programs, new equipment and vehicle replacements such as a new Rescue Truck in 2010, a new Ambulance in 2012 and a new Kubota 4×4 with trailer that cost $15,000 in 2013. Tracks for the ATV $7,000 in 2014, $7,000 to the Fire District towards the LED Sign in 2014,  New ropes and equipment for water rescue in 2014 $6,000, Double Deck boat trailer in 2015 for $7,000 These were all paid for with Fund Drive money.  








DOG SHOW: Genesee Valley Kennel Club will be using our Carnival field and south area parking lots June 18 thru 20 during the day till around 6 pm.  The RFD Ladies Auxiliary will be operating the food concession and providing meals during that period. Only charge is for parking @ 3.00 a vehicle. 








CARNIVAL JULY 9, 10 and 11  Thursday night reduced prices on clams and beer. Legal Gambling every night.  The Parade will be Friday night 7 pm sharp! A band will play on Saturday night.  “FREE ADMISSION NO COVER” ONE PRICE RIDE SPERCIALS: Thursday night 6 to 10 pm & Saturday 1 to 5 pm. KIDDIE PARADE:  Ladies Auxiliary Kiddie Parade (Western Theme) 6pm on Thursday night. TUG-O-WAR. HERO’S & PRINCESSES & CHICKEN BAR-B-QUE: is on Saturday. FIREWORKS:  10:15 pm Saturday night.








CANIVAL RAFFLE: Due to popular demand 50/50 raffle tickets are available now.  THREE prizes of $1,000 each are possible if we sell out, drawing 11 pm Saturday night.








AGAIN THIS YEAR:  Two Rush businesses are sponsoring the 50/50 raffle by paying for the ticket printing cost as a donation to the Fire Department and providing coupons for their products. A BIG “THANK YOU” to COLBY’S  BBQ & ICE CREAM and MONTESANO’s PIZZA. 








PARADES: The Fire Department, Ladies Auxiliary, Explorers, Band and Apparatus will be attending area parades. For a complete list go to RushFD.org and click on Parades.








RUSH SENIORS PICNIC: The Rush firefighters will provide the hots, hamburgs and rolls for the July & August picnics held in the FD pavilion for Rush senior citizens.








RUSH FIRE DEPARTMENT WEB SITE IS: www.Rushfd.org – Go there for news, photos, history, recruitment info, membership lists, officers, apparatus, classic photos, links to other related sites. We are also now on Facebook under Rush Volunteer Fire Department.








Past News – 2015 FIRE DISTRICT: 








MESSAGE SIGN/COMPUTERS/ALERT SIREN:  The sign is working out very well as we figure out all its programs. 3 new computers (2 towers – 1 lap top for training) these replaced out dated equipment at station one. A new trunked digital scanner was placed in the radio room to monitor the Sheriff, State Police and Livingston Co. agencies. The siren has thawed out and will be sounding from 7 am to 9 pm.  One blast for EMS and six blasts for fire/rescue calls.








PUMPER/TANKER 583: We are looking to upgrade the unit in West Rush. This 1992 Pierce/Dash unit is in very good shape but has some corrosion and minor problems. We can add a small foam unit to it and some new lighting. We could get five to ten more years of service from it. The a new replacement would cost $500,000 and have all the electronic controls and EPA engine requirements that everyone in the fire service is not happy with and is causing many problems when trying to operate. Our present 583 has none of these problems.








AMBULANCE COVERAGE: The fire commissioners are working on the lack of crews for the Fire Department operated ambulance. This service is not required by NYS law and is optional for fire district to provide any type EMS or ambulance service. Since 1939 the Fire District has allowed the Fire Department to operate an ambulance service. Getting a crew and ambulance on the road is worse than ever since 1939. We have very few people around during the day that can give up the time required for an ambulance transport and associated paperwork. An ambulance call takes 2.5 hours or more to complete. We usually can respond with a “First Responder” that has the proper equipment to take care of a patient until a transport ambulance can arrive. 90% of the time this is Henrietta Ambulance and they usually show up within four or five minutes after our F/R is on scene. If it is a serious patient they would probably go into the HVA ALS or Honeoye Falls-Mendon ALS ambulance anyway.








Many fire departments in our area only have “first responder EMS” and do not transport, Honeoye Falls, Mendon, Pittsford, Henrietta, East Avon, Avon, Mumford, and Clifton to name but a few. We are no where near a decision to go out of the ambulance transport business but it is an option. We are involving our attorney, the Town of Rush, Rush Fire Department, HVA, NYS Health Dept. and the MC EMS Coordinator on this situation. This is not unique to Rush. It is a problem everywhere with volunteer ambulances.








From 10 pm to 6 am every night we have a duty officer that responds to every call. On fire type calls we have a system in place where the closest neighboring FD’s are dispatched the same time we are so this is not as serious a problem. Most fire/rescue type calls take less than one hour. The automatic alarms take about 15 minutes and we had 53 of them in 2014.








RUSH FIRE DISTRICT WEB SITE: www.rushfiredistrict.org/ is still being worked on and is moving along.








NEW REFRIGERATOR: A new refrigerator was purchased for the kitchen at station one.
















ACTIVITY: We have responded to 112 calls for service as of 4-21-15. At the present time we have 46 active members








RESPONSES IN 2014: Total responses 392, EMS 240 including 22 MVAs with Injuries and 10 with no injuries. One victim required extrication. 3 Structure related fires with an average of 17 members responding. Rush responded 23 times to our neighbors for stand-bys or to the scene with an average of 10 firefighters responding. 5 vehicle related fires with an average response of 15 firefighters. 1/3 of the fire/rescue responses were for some type of automatic alarm, that is 53 calls. Not one of these calls required any hoses being pulled from any of the apparatus. You can see that automatic alarms remain a serious problem. That being said we still had an average of 12 members respond to those type calls. There is a false automatic alarm in this country every 12 seconds. 








FASNY STATEWIDE OPEN HOUSE:  Rush FD will have an open house April 26th from 1 pm to 4 pm. Stop in and see the equipment. Talk to the volunteers and ask questions about your fire department and ambulance service. A Rush FD history power point will be showing all day in the meeting room. There will be refreshments. This is an annual statewide effort to recruit more volunteers and make the community aware of how your volunteer FD and ambulance services operate. 








2015 FUND DRIVE: In 2014 your volunteers responded to 392 calls for service, that one every 23 hours. They donated over 6,000 hours to provide emergency service, attend meetings (Local, regional and state), attended training and drills, raise funds and maintain buildings and equipment. We have only ONE goal and that is to provide the best service we can for you and your family.








We are 100% volunteer, NO ONE GETS PAID! The EMS responded to 240 calls in 2014. We responded to 152 fire/rescue calls in 2014.  We have a 1st responder on scene of priority calls within 6.0 minutes of dispatch  95% of the time!








You should receive the annual fund drive letter and postage paid envelope for the EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICE and FIRE DEPARTMENT operation in May.








We use fund drive money for our scouting, fire prevention programs, training, seminars and two replacement funds – one for the replacement of EMS vehicle, utility vehicle/brush truck, ATV, boat & trailer. The other is for new large equipment such as “Jaws of Life” up grades and other heavy rescue equipment. No fund drive money is used for our few social events. Very few Fire Depts. or Ambulance services can say that!  Major purchases in 2014 were a new trailer for our boats at a cost of $7,500, Tracks for the ATV at $7,000 $ 6,000 worth of new rescue ropes and associated hardware and $7,000 for the message sign, a joint purchase with the fire district.








TAX EXEMPT STATUS:  We are a tax-exempt 501(C)3 organization. This allows anyone who donates to us to claim the donation on their income tax and for us to be tax exempt ourselves. We also are listed as a charitable organization by NYS Attorney Generals web site. You can select us to receive your donation at the United Way. We are very proud and thankful to the Rush residents who support us with donations.  
















PAST OFFICERS BANQUET: 2015 Awards & Past Officer banquet was held at RIT Inn. Reg Allen Chief of Henrietta Ambulance was the MC. Rich Funke from the NYS Senate addressed the people there. The Town of Rush Supervisor, Cathleen Frank, also thanked everyone associated with the fire department for the efforts throughout the year.








Fire Commission Chairman Bob Faugh also praised the fire department membership for all their dedication and services that they provide on a daily basis, also for the equipment and money they donate to projects like the message sign that saves the taxpayers a lot of money. Chief James Bucci reported on the accomplishments for the past year which were numerous. He also thanked our neighbors, Fire & EMS that assist us in many ways.








Service awards went to Jenn Cirincione, Andrew Socola, & Scott Goodman for five years. Jon Faugh for 15 years, Dan Monaghan for 25 years & life membership, James Bucci for 30 years, Jim Princehorn for 45 years and Wayne Burdett for 28 years as a director and 36 years in the FD, Wayne went social in January.  Bev smith was recognized as past secretary, Andrew Socola for asst. secretary, Vern Wanderseleben & Jake Vogt for Asst. Chiefs positions. Karen Wanderseleben was recognized for her work as secretary for the fire commission.  Upstate gambling provided games at the banquet. The Rush FD Ladies Auxiliary President Debbie David presented a check for $2,000 to the firefighters to purchase any needed equipment. Henrietta Ambulance stood by for EMS calls and Henrietta Co#1 had a pumper and crew in Rush. They had a Rush MVA call on 390 that turned out to be in Henrietta at Martin Road.









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