Fulton County Board of Supervisors recognizes first responders

The Fulton County Board of Supervisors on Monday issues a proclamation recognizing first responders at the County Office Building in Johnstown. (The Leader-Herald/Michael Anich)

JOHNSTOWN — The Fulton County Board of Supervisors on Monday issued a proclamation recognizing the “dedicated efforts” of the county’s first responders this winter.

As the winter draws down, the board issued the proclamation at the County Office Building highlighting various efforts during the 2018-19 season.

Oppenheim Supervisor Cynthia Breh read the proclamation, which began: “The Fulton County region is blessed to have many dedicated first responders whose service safeguards the health and safety of its residents.”

A round of applause followed the reading of the document.

The proclamation indicated the commitment of these first responders as volunteers, paid staff, auxiliary, support professionals, emergency managers and others, are often overlooked until an emergency occurs.

“Several events during the winter of 2018-19, including weather emergencies, fires, accidents and EMS coverage issues, have tested the community’s first responders,” the proclamation said.

Fulton County has had to deal with the closure of the Ambulance Service of Fulton County, as well as the pending shutdown of the Johnstown Area Volunteer Ambulance Corps. Firefighters and police have also responded to a fatal fire on Nine Mile Tree Road, a huge fire that destroyed Meatland in Broadalbin, as well as several other incidents this winter.

“The Fulton County Board of Supervisors hereby recognizes all first responders for their excellent performance meeting the challenges of 2018-19 head on; and be it further that the board offers its sincere appreciation to all those working to maintain public safety and public health in times of need.”

Board Chairman Jack Wilson alluded to recent statements by county Emergency Management Director Steve Santa Maria about how smoothly ambulance services continue to run in the county despite the ASFC and JAVAC situations. Ambulance companies such as the Greater Amsterdam Volunteer Ambulance Corps are picking up the slack in the county.

“The most recent update that Mr. Santa Maria gave us is that it is still the same,” Wilson said. “There’s nothing new to add.”

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at manich@leaderherald.com.