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Volunteers keeping Wellsville ready to fight fires in the ice and snow

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By Andrew Harris

If you read the history of Wellsville NY, the winter season has taught the local fire department to be ready for anything. With a week of frigid winter weather about to arrive, our fire and ambulance crews worked all around the village last night clearing fire hydrants. The five-day forecast calls for temperatures below zero, overnight Friday is expected to get close -15F.

With home heating efforts at a peak, the risk of a house fire also increases. First responders understand that a few moments spent clearing a fire hydrant could be the difference between a save and a total loss, or life and death.

Wellsville Fire Chief Kevin Fleischman led the local fire department and other emergency service volunteers on a hydrant clearing mission last night, keeping the village ready for the worst. Thanks to the Chief for the photos and thanks to all the volunteers for spending the evening focused on the safety of residents.

If you love stories about Wellsville and beloved fire departments, here is a great look at a history of major fires in Wellsville as told by longtime volunteer fireman Bill Hendrick.

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