38 entries in the Call History
"PRESS RELEASEIMMEDIATE RELEASEJANUARY 23, 2020Main-Transit Firefighters respond to Structure Fire in AmherstMain-Transit Fire Department of Amherst, NY responded to a report of a garage fire at 110 Sixth Ave at 3:19 PM on January 23, 2020. Firefighters arrived on location in under six minutes and found fire conditions in the garage of the residence. Firefighters immediately began extinguishing the fire and performed overhaul and salvage operations after the fire had been extinguished.Thirt...
Harris Hill Firefighters were alerted to a structure fire at 2:09 am this morning on Nottingham Terrace. Harris Hill 9 was first on scene reporting fire through the roof. The home was unoccupied at the time of the fire. We were assisted on scene by Main Transit Fire Dept Bowmansville Volunteer Fire Association East Amherst Fire Department Twin City Ambulance Corporation.
Harris Hill Firefighters responded to a fire alarm activation at the Oak Apartments this morning. On arrival, crews found light smoke in the hallways and upon further investigation found a small fire contained by the sprinkler system. The fire was at the bottom of the staircase near an exit door. This fire highlights the reason it’s important to always know two ways out!!
Harris Hill Firefighters were dispatched at 5:03 pm for a motor vehicle accident, involving a motorcycle, at the intersection of Gunville Rd. and Wehrle Dr. One person was treated by crews on scene and transported to ECMC by Mercy Flight for injuries sustained in the accident. No other injuries were reported! Photo Credit: Scott Medole
21:54 Harris Hill, Main-Transit, Williamsville East and CD-142/ CD-142A mutual aid heavy fire showing from the roof request 2nd alarm Bon Ton 4545 Transit Rd22:05 Command reports yard hydrants ineffective laying lines from transit rd22:05 command request Newstead to stand by at Harris Hill. Request fire investigator. Fire is believed to be confined to the outside2221 fire under control
Harris Hill Firefighters responded to a local business on Sheridan Dr. tonight for a natural gas leak. A lawnmower hit the natural gas meter. Firefighters were assisted on scene by Clarence Fire Company and Town of Clarence Emergency Management, for air monitoring levels, ensuring the safety of the residents in the area! Bowmansville Volunteer Fire Association filled in at our station during the incident. All firefighters returned home safely and no civilian injuries were rep...
May 11, 2019, at 13:50 Hrs, Wherle Dr. and Transit Rd Motor Vehicle Accident with injury, female complaining of chest pain from seatbelt
May 10 2019, at 15:32 Hrs called for a Motor vehicle accident with injury on Transit Rd in front of Michaels Arts and Crafts 2 cars
38 entries in the Call History
The History of the Harris Hill Volunteer Fire Company
The Harris Hill Volunteer Fire company was started on January 7th, 1937, with John H. Farrell acting as President and Chief to fifty brand new firefighters. The bi-monthly meetings were held at various members homes, the school basement, or The Rose Garden on Wehrle Dr. They battled fires with one truck, and didn’t even have an established district until 1939. Some of their first equipment included a dozen rubber coats and boots they purchased for $10.50.
To raise operating funds, the new fire company held "Smoker Parties" every few months. The first Monte Carlo party required an outlay of $209.55 and returned $210.85. The signing of the Fire Protection contract with the Town of Clarence in 1941 eased financial worries. The Town of Clarence paid 1/10th of the assessed valuation of all homes in the district. At the time of signing, it came to about $550.00.
Harris Hill got its first loan from the Bank of Williamsville when they borrowed $200.00 for a Federal Fire Siren that they had installed on top of Metz's Garage at the corner of Main St. and Harris Hill Rd. One blast of the sired indicated a meeting, two blasts indicated a drill, and three blasts meant a fire!
World War II brought many changes to the Fire Company. Blackout drills sometimes consisted of simulated bomb hits to which the firemen responded. In 1942 a government-owned Curtiss P40 airplane valued at $60,000.00 went up in flames on Transit Rd. a half mile North of Sheridan Dr. The gas tank blew up and the airplane was a total loss. The war also necessitated the purchased of war insurance on the fire truck. The truck, which was stored in Metz's Garage, had to be guarded every night by volunteers.
The Harris Hill Firemen's Club was established in 1951. It was a restaurant that served dinners at the fire hall Wednesday through Saturday evenings and featured dancing on Saturday nights. All monies beyond expenses were turned over to the Fire Company. At its peak, the Firemen's Club had 851 members! The Club was discontinued in 1967 because it couldn't compete with commercial restaurants.
Volunteer Firemen's Sunday, was initiated in our area by Firefighter Walter Pfeil in 1959. Mr. Pfeil wrote a column for the Clarence Press entitled, "Safety and Fire Facts." He also encouraged the Fire Company to offer a creative writing award to high school students, which was posthumously named after him and is still awarded today.
In the 1960's Harris Hill Firemen resisted moves toward providing ambulance service. During this time, the Junior Chamber of Commerce tried to donate an ambulance, but it was refused. In 1965, after Clarence Center Volunteer Fire Co. complained that 75% of the ambulance calls they received were in the Harris Hill District, a fee was sent to them to encourage their continued service. In June 1965, Harris Hill adopted a resolution to provide ambulance services.
On February 2nd, 1970, Clayt Ertel Sr. introduced the Exempt Firemen's Club, as a service organization for the firemen to promote the welfare of the Harris Hill Volunteer Fire Company.
In 1971, The Eastern Hills mall opened on the western borderline of our district which is Transit Rd. The building boasted a total size of 997,945 square feet and 92 total stores with 7 additional anchor stores.
In 1978, a New York State Human Rights Law against sexual discrimination went into effect. It required a constitutional change which allowed Patricia Grogan to become Harris Hill's first female member.
The fire district saw tremendous growth during the middle to late 1990s. The entire western border line of Transit Road grew uncontrollably to quickly become the second largest commercial fire district in all of Western New York. Additionally, the fire company saw several new subdivisions created, all which doubled the call volume.
In 2001, The Harris Hill Volunteer Fire Company Explorer Post 114 was started. It consists of a group of 14-18-year-old high school students who are interested in helping the community. Today the program is still functional and is a key resource to the recruitment of new firefighters.
During the summer of 2005, Harris Hill moved into their new fire hall located in the lot to the east of the old fire hall. The new building is led certified (green energy conservancy). It contains ample office space for each firematic and administrative officer, as well as rooms for physical fitness and a training classroom. The new fire station has a seven-bay apparatus room, allowing each truck to have its own bay.
During the 2018 calendar year, Harris Hill answered 629 calls for help and today the Harris Hill roster consists of 63 active members; that dedicate their time and effort to protecting the residents within the Harris Hill Fire Protection District. HHVFC answered 89 calls for help during the hours of 11 p.m. and 7 a.m; 283 calls for help during the hours of 7 a.m. and 3 p.m.; and 257 calls for help during the hours of 3 p.m. and 11 p.m.
The Harris Hill Volunteer Fire Company has been through several changes during its history. The diversity of the people and the times have made the fire company a thriving organization with the brightest of all possible futures. Today the fire company is very active in the community, continuing to strive to be the best, and of course always be ready when called upon.