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March 5, 2014

Step Back in Time: March 5, 2014

50 years agoMarch 5, 1964

The application of a lot of hard labor and not a little dedication to the task of fire protection over approximately a three-year span has brought to operative status the Oneonta area’s newest Fire Department.

This new department, complete to fire house, new truck and equipment, is at Pindar’s Corners and will be displayed to residents of the area, specifically residents of the western end of the town of Davenport, at an open house scheduled to start at 10 a.m. Saturday.

Officials of the Pindar’s Corners Fire Department said Wednesday, “We are ready and able to answer a fire call … and hoping that we never have to …”

Chief of the new department is John House, who heads a slate of officers which includes First Assistant Chief Robert Chambers; second Assistant Chief Charles Cerosaletti; secretary Sterling Carrington, and treasurer, Ralph Garrison.

Trustees are Gordon Schaefer, Robert Lawson, and Keith Carrington.

Planning for the new department started several years ago, officials said Wednesday, as residents of the area realized that the rapid growth of assessed valuation in that portion of the Town of Davenport required more fire protection than was then afforded by the existing units.

Total cost of the structure, truck and equipment amounted to $16,000, officials said Wednesday, explaining that much of the equipment in the building and all of the labor of excavation, wiring and building was contributed.

They said all visitors will be welcomed at the open house which will continue “as long as there is anybody to see the truck and station.”

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