The Paul Smiths-Gabriels Volunteer Fire Department (PSGVFD) was formed in 1979. The fire apparatus was housed in a garage next to the maintenance building at Paul Smith's College. Ed Rabideau was elected as the first chief for the department.
The department currently consists of a combination of firefighters, fire police, and active social members. The social members play an important part in the operations of the department. They help out in many fund-raisers, food preparation during calls, photography, social events, etc.
As the area grew so did the fire service needs. Soon the building we were in was not adequate for the fire department to conduct our business and protect our community. So with much help from friends, neighbors and the volunteers the construction of a new fire house began. In November of 1998 a parade of the Paul Smiths-Gabriels fire trucks from the old fire house at Paul Smith's College to the new one opened up the ceremonies for the fire station's grand opening. Many townspeople, neighboring fire departments, town officials, and news media were present to help celebrate this fabulous occasion.
Fundraising is a big part in purchasing much needed fire fighting equipment. One very welcomed fund-raiser the fire department puts on is the annual lasagna dinner held every March. Between 500-600 dinners are served. With the continued help of the food service at Paul Smith's College we are able to provide a fantastic meal at a fabulous price.
Every year we hold a banquet for the members to get together, relax, and have a party. Invited are the members and their significant others, neighboring department chiefs, town officials, and people who have helped us out through the year. An excellent dinner is catered by the Bloomingdale K of C, cocktails served, music provided, serious awards are given out, a slide show and of course the Gag-gifts. The members all appreciate and deserve this night.
If you ever want to help out your community, join your local fire department, you will never regret it. If you can't be a member for whatever reason I know for a fact that the fire department will accept a donation of any size at any time. It helps the department, so the department can help you.