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Brilliant VFD: Many changes through the years

October 8, 2012
Times Leader

BRILLIANT - Over the years the Brilliant Volunteer Fire Department has strived to provide the very best to the citizens in which it serves. While continuing to provide such services the dept. has seen many changes over the past year, from the construction of a new station, to several of its members furthering their EMS and Fire education.

All of this taking place while the dept. is on track to see its busiest year in history, as they're projecting to surpass 600 total calls for the year.

Construction of the new station started several years ago, as the members saw a need to relocate its current station, which was located in a FEMA declared Flood Zone, and could be more centralized to its current members, which would allow for quicker response to the citizens.

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THE?NEW?fire station for the Brilliant Volunteer Fire Department was finished in January. The department has been around since 1920.

After receiving news from FEMA's FSC Grant that funding for the new station would not be available, the members went back to the drawing board they were able to achieve their goal, and construction of the new station was finalized in January of 2012.

The BVFD's roster currently consist of 18 active members, and 5 junior members, who as of September 19, 2012 have answered a total of 428 calls for the year.

Of those 18 active members several have recently furthered their education to better help the community, including James Rusnak, who finished his 36hr firefighter class, Dan Hutchison, who completed his First Responder certification, and members Ed DiBenedetto and Yvonne Fair have completed and earned both their National and State certifications as EMT-Paramedics.

These individuals, along with the remaining members, are commended on their constant diligence to provide the best services in a manner that is both professional, and courteous, as they remain steadfast awaiting for whatever emergency they be called upon to answer.



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