After several yers of playing in different charity tournaments, the AFD team has finally won itself a championship trophy. The team edged out Pittston Twp FD
to become the fire dept bracket Champions of the 2016 Duryea FD Softball tournament.
Great job team! The entire department is proud of you!
Chief Recognized for Service
During Friday night's opening ceremony of our Annual Softball tournament, members took the opportunity honor those we lost during the past year, while
presenting Chief Chris VanLuvender with a plaque for his years of service.
A moment of silence was held to honor FF/Paramedic Frank Wozniak, Fire Police Captain Marty Mackin and life member Alfred Moore.
Chief VanLuvender then received honors for his more than 50 years of service. Chris has been an active member for 51 years, while serving as department Chief
for more than 40 years. Chief VanLuvender is pictured above along with his family after the award ceremony.
Members Receive Promotions
During the August monthly meeting, Chief Chris VanLuvender announced several FF promotions.
Jason Bartoli promoted to Rescue Leiutenant.
Kevin O'Brien Jr promoted to Engine Sargeant.
Tom Matthews Jr promoted to Rescue Sargeant.
Rich Szumski promoted to Fire Police Leiutenant.
Rich Ostrander promoted to Chief Engineer of Rescue.
Chad Jacobs promoted to Chief Engineer of Engine.
Congrats to each of you and thank you for all your hard work!
Softball Tournament Champs
It was a smoking hot weekend, with lots of softball and some downpours thrown into the mix. When all was said and done, the Duryea FD team came out the champs
of the FD bracket, while Andy Gavins/Fireball Whiskey won the non FD bracket. Congrats to both teams.
We'd also like to thank everyone who supported this weekend. It was a great fundraiser, not only for your volunteers, but also for the Avoca Little League and
the Avoca Lions Club. We all appreciate the support.
We'd also like to thank all our sponsors. You helped make this the best tournament yet. Now onto next year!
Sign Up for Emergency Alerts
Last night, Borough Council passed a resolution allowing the community to participate in an emergency notification system that is being sponsored by Luzerne
The system allows Luzerne County, Avoca Borough and the AFD to push out instant notifications to residents to apprise them of an ongoing incident or threat.
The system might be used in cases of flooding, natural disasters, large scale incidents or simply a road closure due to construction or emergency services
activities. EMA Coordinator and AFD President Jim McMahon is an administrator of the system and recently attending a training session on its use.
Any resident who currently utilizes a landline phone service is already subscribed to the system. Anyone else can download the Swift911 app from the iphone/google
stores. (blue icon, not red)
Once the app is downloaded, you simply register and then choose your subscriptions. Some local subscriptions that may interest you are Avoca Borough, Dupont
Borough, Luzerne county Nuclear plant and other area notification plans.
There is no cost to you and you can determine within the app how you would like to receive the notification, whether it be a call, email or text.
New Members always Welcome
Are you looking for a way to make your community better? Maybe you want to do something challenging? Or if you are looking for someplace for your
teenager to learn about community service while learning new skills, then we think you should check out our department.
Our volunteers (beginning at age 14) do a variety of functions that keep our department functioning and our community safe. You can join our family and learn
new skills. Whether its assisting with billing, fund raising, grant writing or completing firefighting training, operate the apparatus or just provide general
support, we'd welcome the opportunity to have you visit us and learn more.
If interested in learning more, stop by the station or contact us via our facebook page. We cannot have a volunteer department without volunteers!
President - Jimbo McMahon
Vice President - Tom Matthews, Jr
Secretary - Josh Taylor
Treasurer: Sandy VanLuvender
Trustees: Mark Mullen, Kevin O'brien Jr, Rich Ostrander
Chief - Chris VanLuvender
Deputy Chief - Tom Matthews
Assistant Chief - Jim Butler
Engine Captain - Mark Mullen
Engine Lieutenant - Chris Collins
Rescue Captain - Mike Lampman
Fire Police Captain - Gary Halagarda
Fire Police Lieutenant - Marty Mackin
Seargeant - Jason Bartoli
RIP - December 9, 2015
Its said that it 'takes a village to raise a child'. It also takes a community to operate a volunteer fire department. Today, we need your help. We need you
to get involved. We need you to show your support. We need you to join us today so that we can continue to provide essential services throughout our area.
The AFD is an ALL VOLUNTTER department.
If you are interested in learning more, please stop by the station or contact us through our Facebook page.