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Raffle Drawing was held live at the CKON Radio Station on May 27, 2013

May 27, 2013 Raffle

The winning tickets were drawn live in studio, on CKON Radio by CKON's Lance Delisle and announced by CKON's Reen Cook on Monday 27, 2013 at 5:00 PM.

Reps from 4 Organizations

Represented in the photo for the 4 organizations were: Denean King, American Legion Ladies Auxiliary, Cecil Ransom, Akwesasne Hogansburg Volunteer Fire Department, Nanci Ransom, St. Regis Mission Church, & Gary Cole, Sons of the American Legion with John Ransom Treasurer, and son Philip and Harris Cole, Commander of the Sons of the American Legion Squadron 1479.

Raffle Winners May 27, 2013

Special Thank You to the Sons of American Legion Squadron 1479

               Son of American Legion Squadron 1479 Members        Sons of American Legion Squadron 1479 Logo   

  The Memorial Day Cash Raffle was organized by the Sons of the American Legion Squadron 1479, Harris Cole, Commander and John Ransom, Treasurer.

Many hours and hard work went into the selling of raffle tickets and BBQ Chicken preparation by the members. 

Note from Chief Derek Comins

HAVFD Training

On Saturday February 16, 2013 the Hogansburg Akwesasne VFD hosted an electric vehicle safety course sponsored by Franklin County Emergency Services; over 35 responders from fire departments across Franklin County took part in the training. The responders learned proper extrication, firefighting and rescue techniques involved with hybrid and electric vehicles.

The Hogansburg Akwesasne VFD would like to thank Scott Coupal and the Frenchie’s family, after a last minute call Scott provided the class with a brand new Chevy Volt to use as a visual aid.

Frenchie’s has been a great friend to the HAVFD in recent years and we look forward to working with them in the future.

 Thank You,

Derek Comins



Hogansburg Akwesasne Volunteer Fire Department

818 State Route 37

Hogansburg, New York 13655

EMAIL: Info@HAVFD.org 


New E92 at HAVFD Station #2

The new HAVFD Engine 92 at Station #2 

Click here to view pictures of the new HAVFD Engine 92  - Updated 9/7/2012

Hogansburg Marine 1

Marine 1 out on August 25, 2012                Photo courtesy of Sheila Oakes


Fire Safety articles for this Season

To Prevent Wildfires, Avoid Open Burning

Due to retreating snows and the onset of warm, dry weather, people should avoid burning brush and other debris during early spring conditions. Every spring, firefighters respond to hundreds of wildfires caused by open burning. In fact, brush and debris burning is the second most common preventable cause of wildfires. A lack of green vegetation, lots of dead vegetation, warm temperatures, sun and winds all allow wildfires to start easily and spread quickly. However, they could be prevented with safe alternatives like chipping, composting or simply waiting for the growth of new green vegetation later in the spring.

Burn Barrel
Burn barrels are a fire hazard and pollute the air as well

Practice Safe Outdoor Burning 

When conditions are more favorable for burning brush and debris, never leave a fire unattended, and always make sure a fire is completely out! To ensure that a fire is extinguished: 1) Drown the fire with water, making sure that all materials, embers and coals are saturated, and 2) Stir the remains of the fire, add more water and stir again.

Additional Tips

       Never burn garbage.

         Burn only woody material such as leaves, grass and light brush.

         Check and obey all local laws and ordinances.

         Obtain an open burning permit where required.

         Avoid burning on windy days or when wind is expected.

         Burn early in the morning when humidity is high and winds are low.

         Clear all flammable material for a distance of 10 to 15 feet around the material to be burned.

         Keep piles for burning small, adding small amounts of material as burning progresses.

         Always have a garden hose, shovel, water bucket or other means for extinguishing a fire nearby.

Wildfire prevention is everyone's responsibility. Do your part to keep New York State safe from wildfires.

After the Flood — A Homeowner’s Checklist

After a flood, it’s important to restore your home to good order as soon as possible to protect your health and prevent further damage to your house and belongings. Whether you do the work yourself or hire a contractor, this handy checklist will help you organize the clean up. 

Immediate action is important. Your house and furnishings are less likely to grow mold if they are dried within 48 hours.

Before You Begin

  • Put your own safety first. Avoid electrical shock. Wear rubber boots. Keep extension cords out of the water. Shut the power off to the flooded area at the breaker box. Ask your electrical utility for help if needed.
  • Record details of damage, with photos or video if possible. Contact your insurance agent immediately and register with your municipality—your municipality may have resources you need, such as future financial assistance.
  • Set up a step-by-step action plan to:
    • remove all water, mud and other debris
    • dispose of contaminated household goods
    • rinse away contamination inside the home
    • remove the rinse water
    • clean and dry out your house and salvageable possessions.
  • Be prepared to make difficult decisions about what to keep and what to throw out. Household items that have been contaminated by sewage, or that have been wet for a long time, will have to be bagged, tagged and discarded according to local regulations.
  • Assemble equipment and supplies:
    • gloves, masks (N95 respirators) and other protective gear
    • pails, mops, squeegees and plastic garbage bags
    • unscented detergent
    • large containers for wet bedding and clothing, and lines to hang them to dry
    • you may also need to rent extension cords, submersible pumps, wet/dry shop vacuums, and dehumidifiers or heaters.
  • Store valuable papers that have been damaged in a freezer until you have time to work on them.

First Steps

  • Remove standing water with pumps or pails, then with a wet/dry shop vacuum.
  • Remove all soaked and dirty materials and debris, including wet insulation and drywall, residual mud and soil, furniture, appliances, clothing and bedding.
  • Hose down any dirt sticking to walls and furnishings, then rinse several times, removing the remaining water with a wet/dry shop vacuum. Rinse, then clean all floors as quickly as possible. Flooring that has been deeply penetrated by flood water or sewage should be discarded.
  • Work from the top down. Break out all ceilings and walls that have been soaked or that have absorbed water. Remove materials at least 500 mm (20 in.) above the high-water line. Removing only the lower part of the wall applies if action is taken immediately after the flood or wetting event. Gypsum board walls that have been exposed to high humidity or standing water for a prolonged period of time should be removed in their entirety and discarded. Ceiling tiles and panelling should be treated like drywall.
  • Wash and wipe/scrub down all affected or flooded surfaces with unscented detergent and water. Rinse. Repeat the process as needed. Concrete surfaces can be cleaned with a solution of TSP (tri-sodium phosphate) in water (one half cup TSP to one gallon of warm water).When using TSP, which is highly corrosive, wear gloves and eye protection.

Bleach is NOT recommended
The presence of organic (humic) materials, the pH (acidity/alkalinity) of the water, the surface material and contact time affect the effectiveness of bleach for disinfection. Since these factors are not generally controlled, bleach cannot be relied upon for disinfection.The most compelling reason for advising against bleach is that fumes are harmful but in addition, overuse of bleach will result in increased releases of chlorinated effluents which can be harmful to the environment.

  • Surfaces that are dry and/or have not been directly affected by the flood water should be vacuumed with a HEPA vacuum cleaner. Further cleaning of concrete surfaces can be done with TSP. Washable surfaces can be washed with unscented detergent and water. Surface mold on wood can be removed with a vacuum-sander. Do not sand without simultaneous vacuuming.Wood that looks moldy after sanding may need to be replaced.
  • After cleaning the surfaces, ventilate or dehumidify the house until it is completely dry. Rapid drying is important to prevent mold growth. When the outside weather permits (low humidity and moderate temperature), open doors and windows and hasten the drying process with fans. If the outside weather is not suitable and you notice that drying is not happening fast, use dehumidifying equipment, renting extra units as necessary.

To determine if the outdoor air can help dry the air inside, place a hygrometer in the area to be dried. Let it stabilize then open a window and monitor the Relative Humidity (RH). If it goes down then it means the air is dry enough to assist the drying process. If the RH increases, close the window.

  • Carpets must be dried within two days. Sewage-soaked carpets must be discarded. Homeowners can't effectively dry large areas of soaked carpets themselves. Qualified professionals are required.
  • Ensure that all interior cavities and structural members are completely dry (which could take weeks) before closing cavities.

What to Keep or Discard

  • Discard and replace all insulation materials, and all less-expensive articles that have been soaked, including particleboard furniture, mattresses, box springs, stuffed toys, pillows, paper and books.
  • Separate valuable papers. Ask a lawyer whether you should save the papers themselves or just the information on them.
  • The frames of good quality wood furniture can sometimes be salvaged, but must be cleaned and dried by ventilation away from direct sunlight or heat. Consult a furniture restoration specialist. Coverings, paddings and cushions must be discarded and replaced.
  • Scrape heavy dirt from washable clothes, rinse and wash several times with detergent and dry quickly.

Before Moving Back In

  • Do not use flooded appliances, electrical outlets, switch boxes or fuse/breaker panels until they have been checked by your local utility.
  • If they have been soaked, consult an HVAC (Heating,Ventilation and Air Conditioning) contractor to replace the furnace blower motor, switches and controls, insulation and filters. Inspect all flooded forced air heating ducts and return-duct pans and have them cleaned out or replaced. Seek advice from your local utility about a water heater that has been wet. Refrigerators and freezers may need to be replaced.
  • Flush floor drains and sump pits with detergent and water and scrub them to remove greasy dirt and grime. Clean footing drains outside the foundation if necessary.

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