On Friday 7/27 our recruits boarded a charter bus for our yearly trip north to the NYS Firefighter’s Museum in Hudson, NY. Here they were lead through the history of firefighting in America, and got to see first hand the progression of firefighting equipment, trucks and tactics throughout history. The museum in Hudson houses a large collection of historic items, including dozens of antique firefighting carts and trucks, which were the subject of a scavenger hunt as well. Afterwards the recruits were allowed to visit the gift shop before eating lunch on the grounds of the New York State Fireman’s home.
On Saturday 7/28 our recruits reached the culmination of the week, as Cold Spring celebrated the 10th Anniversary of the Junior Firefighter Academy with a parade down Main Street and graduation banquet at Incredible Caterers. This year 54 children graduated the Junior Academy, joining approximately 400 others who have graduated over the past decade. Congresswoman Nan Hayworth, joined other local dignitaries in congratulating our graduates and highlighting the self sacrifice of everyone involved during the week.
A special congratulations to Chief Dan Valentine on 10 years of the Academy – here’s to 10 more!