Firetruck dedicated to “Mr. Chatham”

President Patrick Wemitt (l) of S.W. Smith Hook & Ladder presents David Chapman with his Past Presidents pin. Mr. Chapman is also a past chief and 59-year member of the department. Photo by R. E. Lindmark

The new emblem on firetruck 58-42. The truck, dedicated to Dave Chapman, is a 2021 E-One Rescue/Engine. It pumps 1,500 gallons per minute and holds 1,000 gallons. Photo by R. E. Lindmark

CHATHAM—A new firetruck was dedicated to David “Chappy” Chapman at the Chatham Fire Department’s Banquet at the Columbia County Fairgrounds, June 5.

Also honored John Cozzolino, a 50-year member, David Silliman, a 50-year member, William Vanalstyne, a 25-year member and John Kipp, a 25-year member.

Auxiliary President Barbara Fischer honored Peggy Tuthill for her 5 years serving as president.

Daniel Herrick announced David Levow as Firefighter of the year and Chatham Hardware as the winner of the Captain’s Award.

During a special presentation, Chief Paul Rideout and Assistant Chief Eric Barnes announced that the departments new truck, 58-42 was dedicated to past chief and 59-year member Mr. Chapman.

New sexual violence training makes park areas safer

ALBANY—The State Department of Environmental Conservation and Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation launch new trainings to help prevent domestic and sexual violence at the hundreds of parks, campgrounds, day use areas, trails, boat launches, and other public outdoor spaces operated across New York. The state’s seasonal hiring is underway and experts led by the Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence (OPDV) are training many of the public-facing staff as part of Governor Kathy Hochul’s initiative launched last year to help domestic and sexual violence victims and survivors, with the goal of providing resources, access to safety and support to save lives.

“Domestic and sexual violence can happen anywhere, and it is critical that we have staff members who are trained to identify warning signs, respond to incidents and assist survivors who need help. DEC is proud to join State Parks and the Office of Prevention of Domestic Violence to help prevent these violent acts before a tragedy occurs. With nearly all of our campgrounds now open, DEC remains committed to making visitors stay safe and enjoyable,” DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos said in a press release.

“We look forward to our staff receiving this important training through the Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence. This is a smart partnership that will improve our state’s response to domestic and gender-based violence—and strengthen our agency’s commitment to help all visitors feel safe and welcome while visiting our State Parks,” State Parks Commissioner Erik Kulleseid said in the release.

In October, Governor Hochul announced the training as part of the state’s work to transform domestic and sexual violence service delivery to be more culturally responsive, survivor-centered, and trauma-informed. OPDV created, developed, and launched the training program for when many of the state’s parks, campgrounds, and recreational areas, which serve millions of patrons annually, reopen for the season. More than 4,000 staff who work on public lands at DEC and State Parks are expected to receive the training. In addition, State Park Police, DEC Environmental Conservation Police Officers (ECOs) and Forest Rangers will continue to receive training to recognize the signs of domestic violence during their interactions with the public.

The partnership among state agencies recognizes the importance of engaging and training non-traditional allies and the training covers the dynamics of all forms of gender-based violence so that public-facing DEC and Parks employees are better equipped to respond to incidents and assist individuals who need help. By extending the availability of assistance beyond the existing network of traditional service providers, survivors will know that they can get help accessing resources they need.

State Parks oversees more than 250 individual parks, historic sites, recreational trails, and boat launches, which are visited by 78 million people annually and can be found at parks.ny.gov.

The Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence is the country’s only Executive-level State agency dedicated to the issue of gender-based violence. New York’s Domestic and Sexual Violence Hotline provides confidential support 24/7 and is available in most languages: 800-942-6906 (call), 844-997-2121 (text) or @opdv.ny.gov (chat). The Office of Victim Services also funds a network of more than 212 community-based programs that provide direct services to victims of crime and their families.

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