New Berlin fire department commends volunteers

NORWICH – The New Berlin volunteer fire department took time out on Saturday to celebrate the many achievements made in 2007 and the dedication and service of its membership.

Volunteer Fire Chief George A. Hanslmaier reported that volunteers responded to 178 EMS calls and 78 fire calls, finished renovations in the fire hall’s upstairs conference room, received funding for a new generator, gained nine new members, and spent over 4,000 hours in member training.

Hanslmaier said the department’s dedication to each other was made apparent when faced with the possibility of no longer being able to provide an ambulance service in the community. The restored service stands as one of the biggest achievements for the year. It is fully-functioning, providing service to South New Berlin, New Berlin and some of the Town of Columbus.

Sue Burke, director of the new ambulance service, reflected on the importance and meaning to the department to once again offer emergency ambulance service. Burke herself was honored with the EMS appreciation award.

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