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Broadalbin-Kennyetto Fire Company

This winter, the members of Broadalbin-Kennyetto Fire Company remind residents the importance of safety with the use of space heaters. Two recent calls we responded to involved space heaters and electrical shortage. Heating equipment is the second leading cause of home fires in the United States. More than 65,000 home fires are attributed to heating equipment each year. Space heaters can be safe if use correctly. Space heaters should be plugged directly into a wall outlet. DO NOT USE EXTENSION CORDS OR SURGE PROTECTORS. Due to the significant draw in power, space heaters will cause extension cords or surge protectors to malfunction. Remember these important tips when using space heaters:
– Never leave a space heater unattended. Turn it off when you’re leaving a room or going to sleep, and don’t let pets or children play too close to a space heater.
– Plug space heaters directly into a wall outlet. Do not use an extension cord or       power strip, which could overheat and result in a fire. Do not plug any other   electrical devices into the same outlet as the heater.
– Place space heaters on level, flat surfaces. Never place heaters on cabinets,     tables, furniture, or carpet, which can overheat and start a fire.
– Make sure the heater is clean and in good condition.
Below are actual pictures taken from one of our recent calls. In this situation, the surge protector was filled and plugged into a wall outlet.
surge plug

Posted on 6 January 2019 | 3:45 pm by Broadalbin Fire

Broadalbin-Kennyetto Fire Company

New NY law mandates sale of upgraded smoke detectors

Homeowners and landlords may soon have no choice but to swap out their smoke detectors for upgraded 10-year sealed models next time they go to the store. It’s thanks to a new New York State law going into effect this year.

The law says that starting April 1, 2019 all businesses must sell smoke detectors that are either a 10-year, sealed, non-removable battery or hardwired detector.

The Clifton Park Fire Department says that while these 10-year smoke detectors have a larger upfront cost than traditional alarms powered by replaceable batteries, the lack of yearly battery changes makes them cheaper over the life of the device.

The smoke detectors run about $20, but the Red Cross gives them out for free. Volunteers say when they install the detectors that they find the one’s being replaced are often old or have missing batteries.

“The benefit of these sealed units is that you can’t do that. You can’t accidentally take the battery out and forget to replace it,” said Kimmy Venter.

“People say, ‘Well I change the battery and it still works.’ Well it beeps but it doesn’t work anymore,” said volunteer Tommy Smith.

Like all safety alarms, 10-year sealed smoke alarms should still be tested at least once each year using the button on the front of the unit to ensure they are working properly.

According to the Clifton Park Fire Department, all smoke detector units, both with and without replaceable batteries should be replaced after 10 years. Detectors with sealed battery compartments and 10-year lifespans ensure detectors are removed and replaced once they become outdated.

Posted on 5 January 2019 | 7:13 pm by Broadalbin Fire

Broadalbin-Kennyetto Fire Company


Posted on 5 January 2019 | 1:59 pm by Broadalbin Fire

Broadalbin-Kennyetto Fire Company




Every second counts in the case of a fire or medical emergency. Being able to quickly locate the correct address can mean the difference between life and death. Here are some tips to help us help you!

– Reflective numbers are highly recommended
– The numbers on residences should be at least 3 inches high
– Numbers should be placed on, above, or at the side of the main entrance, so that they can be easily detected from the street.
– If your house is over 45ft from roadway, reflective numbers should be on mailbox or post.
– Remember – Your mailman always comes the same way. Fire trucks, ambulances and police cars may come from any direction. Be sure to mark BOTH sides of your mailbox or mark your house number in such a way that it may be easily seen, no matter which direction they are approaching.
Note that fancy numbers or numbers that are spelled out may be aesthetically pleasing but are very difficult to read from the street.

Click on the image below to view and/or purchase a reflective sign. If you have any questions regarding home address signage, please contact us at 518-883-3611


Posted on 5 November 2018 | 11:45 am by Broadalbin Fire

Broadalbin-Kennyetto Fire Company

BROADALBIN, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Recently FEMA awarded assistance to firefighters grants and five departments in the Capital Region were given hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Volunteer fire departments rely heavily on grants to buy new equipment and now a local company will be able to do just that.

The Broadalbin Kennyetto Fire Company has been awarded more than $150,000 in a recent round of federal grants.

“This is the biggest grant we’ve received.”

Robert Zurlo is the treasurer for the company and says this money will go towards 26 new air packs.

“It’s gonna help us immensely. It’s going to pretty much pay for most of it.”

Currently, the department has 16 air packs but they expire next year and don’t have the most up-to-date technology.

“With the new ones they have a speaker on them so when you talk in your mask it comes out the speaker and you can hear it.”

Communication is key when fighting fires.

“You can’t normally see hand communication or what someone else is doing so you have to be able to talk.”

The new packs will last 20 years and Zurlo says they need to have them.

“We have to get the equipment. We don’t have a choice. The equipment is mandated.”

Without the grant, the fire company would be forced to take out a loan. It’s a burden that would be difficult to take on after the recent purchase of a new truck.

“For volunteer fire departments any tuck purchase is really getting harder and harder.”

On top of monetary struggles, the department is also low on volunteers.

“Most of the county is depending on volunteer fire departments and they’re not getting the membership and we really do need the help.”

Zurlo has been at this job for nearly 40 years and says he’s passionate about protecting the community.

“I do love what I do. And most of the guys, you don’t volunteer to be a fireman unless you love what you do.”

He hopes others will see the good the department is doing and step up too.

The fire company is expecting to receive their brand new masks sometime around Christmas.

Posted on 19 October 2018 | 8:38 pm by Broadalbin Fire


2019 Events

Posted on 16 December 2017 | 12:26 am by Broadalbin Fire


Broadalbin-Kennyetto Fire Auxiliary Members

2019 Broadalbin – Kennyetto Fire Company Auxiliary Members

President – Wendy Hayes
Vice President – Sheri Davis
Secretary – Dennice Davis
Treasurer – Mary Zayicek

Andrea Davis
Dennice Davis
Sheri Davis
Wendy Hayes
Betty Levendusky
Joann Myers
Lolalynn Robinson
Megan Sherman
Michelle Simonds
Kim Verrego
Carol Volpe
Deb Wells
Dale Wilcox
Mary Zayicek
Susan Zurlo


Posted on 28 April 2015 | 1:18 am by dwells



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Calls to Date

Broadalbin-Kennyetto Fire Company
Call #51

3/18/2019 2154 Hrs
Smoke Condition
Town of Mayfield

Call #50

3/16/2019 0030 Hrs
Motor Vehicle Accident – ATV
Town of Broadalbin

Call #49

3/8/2019 1343 Hrs
Commercial Fire Alarm
Town of Mayfield

Call #48

3/7/2019 1211 Hrs
Motor Vehicle Accident w/Injuries
Town of Mayfield

Call #47

3/6/2019 0554 Hrs
Furnace Malfunction
Town of Broadalbin

Call #46

3/5/2019 0704 Hrs
Motor Vehicle Accident – Airbag Deployment
Town of Broadalbin

Call #45

3/4/2019 0933Hrs
Motor Vehicle Accident
Town of Broadalbin

Call #44

3/3/2019 1412 Hrs
Commercial Fire Alarm – Mutual Aid
Town of Perth

Call #43

3/2/2019 1713 Hrs
Basement Pumpout
Village of Broadalbin

Call #42

3/1/2019 1554 Hrs
MVA Snowmobile – Mutual Aid
Town of Mayfield

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