We hope everyone is off to a terrific start in 2017. Beacon Hose Chief Jim Trzaski recently shared a few words with our members to look back at 2016 and look forward to this year.
2016 was a busy and rewarding year for Beacon Hose. I always say that Beacon Hose is a multi-faceted organization, and 2016 was no exception.
Members constantly demonstrated their value to our department, whether it was being dedicated to an ambulance crew night, working with our junior corps, representing our department at other departments’ functions, assisting at our fundraisers, participating in training and equipment checks, serving on a committee, or most importantly, responding to fire and medical responses.
As we move into 2017, I challenge each member to renew his or her committment to our mission. Our simple mission statement of saving life and property is the backbone of our existence. I am continuously impressed by and proud of the capabilities of our responders. The skill and dedication of Beacon Hose members is unsurpassed.
Even as I type this, an EMS crew was responding to a resident in need, and Engine 3 was returning after spending several hours overnight to help Naugatuck as its department worked at a structure fire.
The most impressive attribute that I observe about our members is the true compassion we display to our residents. Whether it is a fire or EMS response, our members focus on the human side of the event and take the extra effort to go above and beyond the call. Beacon Hose has always been noted for helping beyond the incident, and in 2016 we were directly or indirectly involved with helping many residents in need.
In 2017, I encourage everyone to continue with our forward progress, always represent our department in a professional manner, attend training to sharpen skills, and treat each other with respect.
I am extremely proud to be the chief of our department, and I must express once again how grateful I am for our most valuable assets: our members.
“If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself.” — Henry Ford