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History of NYMFD...
Proudly serving the
residents & businesses of our fire district since 1931!
November 10, 1930, at the New York Mills High School Auditorium,
New York Mills
Village Board held a meeting for the purpose of
a fire department for the village
of New York Mills.
Mayor Herbert Hart presided
at this meeting and appointed Raymond
as acting secretary to record
proceedings of the meeting.
Mayor Hart introduced Chief David Ellmore of the Whitesboro Fire
Department who had
previously been delegated by the Village Board to
help organize a fire department for the village.
Chief Ellmore presented a lengthy presentation on the operations of
a Volunteer Fire Department. Applications for admission to the fire
department were given to the thirty four (34) men present. The
applications were filled out immediately and placed with the
temporary secretary. After much discussion it was voted to close the
charter that same night, thereby establishing thirty four Chartered
Members of the newly formed fire department.
At the next meeting on Monday, November 17, 1930 at 8:05pm, Mayor
Hart announced that the Village Board had appointed Frank Bean as
Chief of the New York Mills Fire Department. Later the group elected
Thomas Williams the first president of the newly formed fire
All meetings were held at the High School and at a special meeting
on December 22, 1930 Mayor Hart asked the membership to meet on the
morning of December 26 at the Village Hall to select the rooms they
wanted for the department club rooms. When the club rooms were
turned over to the department it indicated that they were getting
closer to having their own fire truck. A section of the Village Hall
was also being transformed into a Fire Station.
In 1929 the Village Board had purchased a 1929 Sanford Pumper which
was used by the Yorkville Fire Department to fight fires in the
village of New York Mills. This was done because New York Mills had
a contract with Yorkville Fire Department to fight fires in New York
Mills before we had our own department.
On March 7, 1931, with the Fire Station and the Box Alarm System
ready to summon firefighters, the pumper was turned over to the New
York Mills Fire Department to use for emergencies. The first three
alarms, March 11, 13, and 15 were false alarms, but the fourth alarm
on March 22, 1931 recorded that Whitesboro was already asking for
With Whitesboro organizing our department and with Yorkville using
our pumper, a little ribbing arose from our professional fire
fighters about everybody helping New York Mills.
Many special meetings were held during the first year, but time was
still found to hold a Field Day which produced a profit of $237.88.
We also became members of the Oneida County Firemenís Association
and New York State Firemenís Association.
In 1932, it was decided to expand the membership from 34 to 65
members. 1932 was also the year the Brockway Hook and Ladder Truck
was purchased. This included a compliment of ground ladders and a
In 1934, the department hosted the Oneida County Volunteer Firemanís
Convention which was also done in 1947, 1953, 1965, 1973 and 1981.
In 1935, the department purchased their first Full Dress Parade
Uniform which was similar to the present uniform of today. The
uniform today is the third uniform bought. Through the many years
the department has marched in numerous parades in many counties.
Since the department formed, there have been many major fires in the
village. One occurred at the Utica Country Club which is now Twin
Through the years to the present time, many fund raisers and field
days were held to produce funds for purchasing equipment. In 1940,
funds were raised to purchase the first resuscitator. Since then,
purchased have been continually made to upgrade such equipment
procedures, and of which we are proud.
In 1941, a committee was formed to raise funds to purchase a squad
car which was eventually obtained in 1943. This was converted from a
1939 Cadillac LaSalle.
As the population in the village expanded, the department in 2949
raised its membership to 75. This was also the year that a new
pumper was discussed. The pumper which was bought is the Ward
LaFrance (112) and was delivered in 1950.
In 1951 procedures were started to incorporate the department with
the state. This also was the year the jeep was acquired from the
Village Highway Department and converted in 1953. In that year, the
New York Mills Little League was started by the Fire Department.
The Ford Pump (111) became a reality in 1959. The next piece of
equipment was in 1961 with the acquisition of the 1958 Village
Police vehicle, to be used as an emergency vehicle.
In 1960, we acquired Ladder Truck 115 and later the Chevrolet Van
Now that we were pretty well equipped, we started thinking about the
past, doing something for the ones that helped us get where we are,
but are no longer with us. In 1972, we dedicated the Firemanís
Memorial Monument located at the Fire Station. We also bought a Ford
Pick-up (114) which helped us get through any bad road conditions
In 1974, the old Emergency Car was replaced with a new Plymouth
Wagon (116). The purchase of the American LaFrance (113) pump was
made in 1975.
With the new emergency car carrying more than it should and with
rebuilding the old salvage a couple of times, different ideas were
generated. Chief Roman finally came up with an excellent idea.
Between the Mayor of Utica, the Village Board of New York Mills, and
the Chief, a used Salvage truck was bought from Utica. This Salvage
Truck (119) was completely rebuilt and reconditioned for a lot less
money than a new vehicle could be obtained. This vehicle was put in
service in 1978. All the previous vehicles except the major pumps
and ladder were purchased by the department bought our fund raisers.