Thank you for assistance at recent fire

On Feb. 10, the Gloversville and Johnstown Fire Departments were once again summoned to work at the scene of a large building fire at the former tannery of Tradition Leather on West Eleventh Avenue. The fire was well on its way to destroying the all wooden structure on arrival of the first due units and would eventually consume the main tannery. Our members could contain the fire and protect the safety of our members and the residences nearby. I would like to thank the members of Berkshire Fire Co. and Meco Fire Co. for their asistance both at the scene and covering our station. The Fire Coordinator Steve Santa Maria was also at the scene and assisted in the fire investigation.

I would like to take this opportunity to dispel any myths that pertain to having water supply problems due broken hydrants or hydrants in disrepair as was not the case. In our efforts to contain the fire of that magniture we were using water faster than those mains on West Eleventh and West Tenth avenues could supply. In an effort to keep up, we employed Berkshire Fire Co. and Johnstown Fire to set up large supply lines from larger mains in North Main and Bleecker streets. Thanks to the Water Department and the work they do to keep our water system in good condition for situations such as these.

As in the past, efforts from the Gloversville Police Department and Ambulance Service of Fulton County must be recognized. The Gloversville Police Department assisted in security and the fire investigation. Ambulance Service of Fulton County set up rehab operations and remained at the scene as a precaution for the duration.

Several local businesses donated food and refreshments to our firefighters and first responders. Dunkin Donuts of Gloversville, McDonald’s, Stewart’s Shops, Primo’s Pizza and Hannaford all donated food, coffee and water to our members. The Gloversville School District opened Kingsboro Elementary School and Principal Trisha Bobowski manned the cafeteria for the entire duration of the event so that first responders could get in out of the weather and rest. Huge thanks to all these members of our community.

And last but not least, a group of ladies from one of our residence towers made sandwiches and salad and delivered them to the firehouse late in the day. We were not able to get their names or which tower they reside but we are very grateful for your efforts and would like to be able to thank them in person.

On behalf of all the members at GFD, please accept our sincere thanks for all your help.

THOMAS GROFF

Fire Chief

Gloversville Fire Department