The First Volunteer Fire Company of Bergholz, Inc.
We recently completed our 100th year of service to the residents of the Town of Wheatfield, NY. One hundred years of pride and professionalism as our members dedicated continuous service to our community and we look forward to the next one hundred years.
If you have thought about volunteering but you don't know where to start, we are here to help. On this site is an application page that you can fill out and submit. One of our first responders would be glad to reach out to you. We are always accepting interior and exterior firefighters, fire police, emergency medical technicians and driver/pump operators. If you have something that would keep you from physically participating but you have a talent that would assist on our administrative side, please let us know. We also have an auxillary that supports our fire company through fund raising and assistance on larger emergencies. You can also contact us at our fire station by calling and leaving a message at 716-731-4848.
Bergholz Sets Department Call Records in 2020
The First Volunteer Fire Company of Bergholz, Inc. has released it's call data for 2020 and has announced a few records for call volume. The total amount of calls responded to for 2020 was 1240 which is up from their total of 1168 from 2019. The department also set an individual month record by responding to a grand total of 124 calls in July which included responding to 35 fire related calls. A huge thank you to all of our responders as this was during the pandemic and while following strict call response guidelines.
First Volunteer Fire Company of Bergholz, Inc. Top Responders for 2020
1. Carmen Morreale - 1,060
2. Kevin Mahoney - 845
3. Scott Wilson - 841
4. Jim Kish - 678
5. Ralph Mauro - 658
6. Dave Manth - 579
7. Andy Wittkowsky - 467
8. Art Kroening - 415
9. Doug Wittkowsky - 368
10. Mike Manth - 353
11. Dustin Kowalik - 315
Congratulations to our incoming slate of officers for 2021:
Chief - Dave Manth
1st Assistant Chief - Kevin Mahoney
2nd Assistant Chief - Jim Kish
3rd Assistant Chief - Jeff Stenzel
Captain - Mike Manth
Lieutenant - Dean Durow
President - Gail Carrier
Vice President - Robert Jasper
Recording Secretary - Jim Kish
Treasurer - Doug Wittkowsky
Financial Secretary - Carmen Morreale
Trustee - Dave Devantier
Trustee - Art Kroening
Trustee - Keith Potter
Trustee - Zach Will
CHOWDER SALE MARCH 13TH!!
We want to thank all of our customers for you patronage and understanding with the recent COVID-19 crisis. We have decided to continue our monthly chowder sale in a "Drive-Thru" manner. Please follow the signs posted for the route and directions that are also listed below. There are some changes to the sale listed below:
- You will not be permitted to bring your own personal container.
- The price of chowder is now $9.00 per two (2) quart container and $18.00 per gallon. PLEASE NOTE THE PRICE CHANGE.
- From Niagara Road - Take Rohr Street south to Cayuga Street then turn left.
- Proceed on Cayuga Street to Luther Street and then turn left.
- Take Luther Street to the side driveway on the east side of the fire station.
- Once you are on the property, please stay in your vehicle and in line. A member will assist you in placing your order, paying for the chowder and then the chowder will be brought out directly to you. Please note that you can pay in cash or you can now pay through Pay Pal as well!!
Again, thank you for your patronage and we hope to see you at the fire house!
This edition of our Member Spotlight will focus on our retiring Chief Brian Kroening and retiring Past Chief Keith Potter
Chief Kroening joined the First Volunteer Fire Company of Bergholz, Inc. on May 3rd, 1994 and quickly earned the respect of his fellow firefighters. He worked very hard at becoming a dependable firefighter and moved up the ranks becoming a line officer in 2000.He ascended up the ranks and served his first time as Chief of the department from 2007 to 2009 and has just concluded recently from 2018 to 2020. Chief Kroening has tirelessly worked on several committees, field days, chowder sales, truck committees and recently while Fire Chief served as the chairmen of the department's 100th Anniversary celebration and festivities which was a very large undertaking. Brian followed in the foot steps of his dad Art who served as Chief of the department from 1980 to 1983.
Past Chief Potter joined the First Volunteer Fire Company of Bergholz, Inc. on June 1st, 1982 and rose through the ranks quickly as well. Past Chief Potter has held numerous line office positions including three terms as Fire Chief first serving from 1998 to 2001, 2003 to 2006 and 2010 to 2013. Past Chief Potter has also served on numerous committees, work projects, chowder and is a well respected leader throughout the county fire and EMS community.
Thank you Chief Kroening and Past Chief Potter for your service from all of your members. The First Volunteer Fire Company of Bergholz, Inc. is forever indebted to you both and we all look forward to many more years of your service and fellowship.
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