Roberts said he was apprehensive at first, but he decided to talk to department volunteers about what he would be doing and what they would ask of him. As it turned out, his schedule and the fire department's schedule worked out all right, he said.
Roberts does two overnight 12-hour shifts, twice a week, and reports to the station three to four times a week, he said. He is currently working through state and department required certifications to fight fires. He has yet to respond to a structure fire but has been out on several false alarms, he said. They are good for breaking the ice, he added.
Typically there are always two people at the department who are going through departmental screening, said Brizzell. Some make it on to certification and into the seats of responding emergency vehicles. Most of the work is routine, which is what department brass like, he said. But there are times that require the full extent of the department's resources. What matters most is being prepared for those times, and that requires the "stability of age" and the "vitality of youth," wrote department historian and 45-year department member, Bob Dawson.
The Shaker Road-Loudonville Fire Department will celebrate the milestone this summer in the shadow of the Hudson Valley Volunteer Fireman's Association Convention scheduled for four days, beginning Wednesday, June 20. The convention draws as many as 20,000 volunteers to the area. It is the second time in 15 years the department has hosted the event.
Parades to shift traffic
Friday, June 22: The Mardi Gras Parade route will run from Albany Shaker Road at Williams Park Road (in front of the SRLFD) into The Crossings and will step off at approximately 7 p.m. As a result, Albany Shaker Road will be closed from Osborne Road to Maxwell Road from approximately 6:30 to 8 p.m. The recommended detour route will be Osborne Road to Old Niskayuna Road to Maxwell Road.