Despite extreme, oppressive heat hovering around 100 degrees, junior firefighters trained in search and rescue, hose relay competitions, vehicle extrication, second-floor bailouts, forcible entry simulations and more on August 12, 2016, at the Hudson Fire Department, during the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York’s (FASNY) 8th Annual Youth Day. Junior firefighters wore full turn-out gear and carried heavy equipment up ladders, across terrain, and wielded tools in replicated emergency situations. The hands-on training helps prepare the youngsters as they travel up the ranks to one day serve as volunteer firefighters in their communities. Dozens of adult Youth Group Advisors and Fire Department Instructors, with FASNY leaders, made the trip, organized the events, provided training — all on a volunteer basis. Juniors from Baldwinsville Explorer Post 99; Baldwinsville Volunteer Fire Company; Chili Explorer Post 546; Chili Fire Department, Inc.; Cincinnatus Fire Department; Coxsackie Explorer Post 57; Coxsackie Hose Company No. 3; Greenport Rescue Squad; Hudson Fire Department; Mattydale Fire Department; Mattydale Junior Fire Department; Medway-Grapeville Fire Department; Preble Fire Department; Wassaic Fire Company; Wassaic Junior Fire Company; West Babylon Explorer Post; and the West Babylon Fire Department participated.

– Fire News photos courtesy of Jerry Presta for FASNY