Smoke On The Water 2014

Tuesday, August 19, 2014  This weekend, August 23rd 2014, The Hammondsport Fire Department and the Steuben County Veteran's Memorial presents The 4th Annual Smoke on the Water BBQ Competition!!

The event runs from Noon until 8 pm Saturday. 

Tastings will be offered from 1pm until they are sold out!  Get them while they last!  BBQ tastings are $6 and you receive a souvenir tasting glass! 

12:00 Open Category (not offered in the tastings)

1:00   Chicken

2:00   Pork Butt

3:00   Mystery

4:00   Brisket

Winners will be announced between 5 and 6 pm!!

This years teams are.......

Bikini BBQ

Waneta Wine and Swine

Smoke & Fire BBQ

Back Alley BBQ

Team Avoca Smoka

Rub It Good BBQ

Nomad BBQ

Stone Age BBQ

Triple "J" BBQ

Chasin' Hogs

Creekside BBQ

Carolina Shine

2 Guys Tryin'

Da Mama's Barbecue

Smokin Valley BBQ

There will be vendors, food, entertainment and activities for the whole family! 

Entertainment this year, sponsored by Maloney's Pub includes

1-4 pm "Tropical Cream"

430-8 pm "Keuka Katz"

We also will be having an antique boat show on the grounds! 

50/50 Raffles

Gift Basket Raffles

Miniature golf, a monster truck bouncy house and slide for the kids, and also a real monster truck!!!

Craft beer tastings from Keuka Brewing Company, Finger Lakes Beer Company, and Abandon Brewing Company!

Beer will also be available in the beer tent!  Tickets will be sold until 7:30 pm.

Proof of age is required and PLEASE NO COOLERS!!

There will also be non adult beverages for those who don't care to partake and for the kiddies as well! 

Also on site we will have a number of food vendors if tastings are not enough to satisfy you! 

The Park Inn Restaurant, The Pelican's Net, The Wayne Fire Department, BBQ Bandits, Triple J's BBQ and Stone Age BBQ will be on site to provide a wide variety of eats!

We would also like to thank our Farmers Market sponsors Veley Enterprises, Daniel Hubbard Farms and Stoney Acres Farms!

At this point we would like to thank this years sponsors!  The Steuben County Veterans Memorial, Mercury Aircraft Foundation, Maloney's Pub, Top Dog Studios, La Marche Funeral Home, Veley Enterprises, Lakeside Restaurant, BBQ Bandits, Bully Hill Vineyards, Faulkner Construction, Keuka Brewing Company, Finger Lakes Beer Company, Beers Tree Service, Empire Telephone, The Union Block Bistro, Campbell Building Supply, Vine City Supply, and Clarks Specialty.

Thank you for your continued support of the Hammondsport Fire Department!

Can't wait to see you there!!



Its getting cold! Time to check your chimney!

Sunday, November 17, 2013  Keeping chimneys clean is the other key step in preventing chimney fires. If you don't use your fireplace very often, or you just moved, you might not know whether your chimney is clean or not.

The following signs indicate a chimney in need of a cleaning:

  • Burned wood odors coming from the fireplace when it's not being used.

  • Fires that seem to burn poorly or that dump a bunch of smoke into the room.

  • A black damper. Since it sits right above the firebox, the damper is often the easiest thing to see and reach. And it gets caked with creosote. Look or reach inside, and see what you can find. If you see black gunk or you can pull out chunks of the stuff, there's a good amount of creosote built up inside.

How often you need to clean your chimney depends a great deal on how much you use it. The kinds of fires you build and the type of wood you use also govern frequency. As a rule of thumb, it's a good idea to have chimneys cleaned at least once a year, usually before cold weather sets in. Some people prefer to do it in the spring, and some chimney sweeps offer special promotions at this time of year to keep business going. This is fine, too, but scheduling a fall cleaning will also clear out anything that might have fallen into the chimney during the summer.

Most people hire chimney sweeps. We recommend it as well. It's dirty work, and not something that's okay to do half-way. A certified, well-trained sweep will do a better job in a shorter amount of time than you can. Look for someone who is credentialed by the National Chimney Sweep Guild or the Chimney Safety Institute of America.

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Hammondsport Assists Bath With Structure Fire

Thursday, November 14, 2013  On 11/14/13 Hammondsport Volunteers were alerted for mutual aid to assist bath with a structure fire.  2101 and Rescue 7 responded with 7 volunteers.  Upon arrival members were put to work with overhaul due to the fire being mostly out.  The members of the bath fire department made a good attack on the fire and were able to knock down the majority of it within a few minutes of arrival.  Units were on scene a little over an hour assisting with overhaul and removal of debris so the fire investigators could find a cause for the fire. 



Fire Safety Week

Wednesday, October 9, 2013  This week is fire prevention week.  Here are some tips to help you make your family safe and help out in case of a fire emergency. 

Step 1. Prepare and Plan Ahead
Make home fire safety the whole family’s responsibility. Work together, from the oldest to the youngest, to come up with an emergency escape plan in case of a fire or other emergency.

Try to include at least two ways to escape from each room in your home (this is not always feasible, depending on your home). Map out your fire plan on paper and be sure it includes emergency phone numbers. Post a copy in each bedroom. Try to review the plan with the whole family once a month.

Retractable ladders are a necessity for bedrooms on the second floor or higher. Everyone in your family needs to know how to climb out a window and down a ladder in case of an emergency. Be sure to show everyone how to crawl under smoke to escape during a fire and how to cover their mouths and noses with shirts or towels to keep from breathing in smoke. Designate one family member to assist younger children, elderly relatives or pets during an emergency.

Decide on a meeting spot that is outside and away from the house. All family members living in your home should know the fire plan, including where to gather once they have evacuated the house.

Be sure all children know what smoke and fire alarms sound like so they can recognize them during a fire. Teach your children the "Stop, Drop and Roll" technique for putting out a fire on their clothes or in their hair.

Keep fire extinguishers in the kitchen, garage and basement and go over how to use them with your family. To operate a fire extinguisher, just remember P.A.S.S.: Pull the pin, Aim the nozzle, Squeeze the handle and Sweep from side-to-side as it sprays to extinguish the flames. Recharge all extinguishers after any test.

Step 2. Install Smoke/Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Install working smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) detectors in your home. This is probably the most important part of any home fire safety plan, as these devices are your first defense against a fire. Once they’re installed, remember to check the batteries twice a year and replace them as needed.

Helpful Tips:

  • Consider using alarms powered by lithium batteries. These batteries can last up to 10 years. After 10 years, it’s also time to replace your smoke alarm.
  • An easy way to remember to check detector batteries is to test them when daylight savings time starts and ends.
Do a home walk-through. Look for places where you might have inadequate detector coverage. Be sure that you mount the devices inside bedrooms or in adjacent hallways. Smoke detectors should be installed high on the wall, preferably on the ceiling, because smoke always rises.

If attaching an alarm to a wall, mount it 6" or 12" from the ceiling. For a ceiling-mount, install the alarm about 4" from the wall.

Each device is different, so follow the manufacturer’s directions when mounting a smoke/carbon monoxide detector. However, most battery-powered smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are easy to install using a power drill, a screwdriver and a ladder. Measure the distance between the screw holes on the detector and then place the detector where you want to install it. Using a pencil, make a small mark on the wall on the outside edge of the detector as a guide and then mark where the screw holes will be. Drill holes in the ceiling where you’ve marked and then mount the smoke detector using a screwdriver.

Safety Alert!

  • Don’t install smoke detectors near windows or outside doors. If there is a fire, smoke might slip outside through one of these openings and not set off the alarm, which can be dangerous.
Helpful Tip:

  • Don’t install smoke detectors in kitchens, bathrooms or living rooms. Steam from cooking or hot showers, as well as smoke from fireplaces and candles, can set off alarms unnecessarily.
Carbon monoxide detectors that are not a combination smoke alarm unit should be installed lower to the floor because carbon monoxide is heavier than air. Many are plug-in units and can be plugged into any wall socket. If you want to install smoke/carbon monoxide detectors that are hard-wired to your electrical system, consult a certified electrician or have it professionally mounted.

Step 3. Practice Fireplace Safety
A fireplace is a fantastic feature and a cozy way to warm up a room, but it’s important to have your fireplace inspected and cleaned annually. Make sure yours is properly vented to the outside and inspect it for any leaks in the exhaust pipe. Clean your chimney regularly with chimney rods and brushes designed for chimney sweeping or hire a professional.

Don’t burn anything in the fireplace other than natural wood and never leave a fire unattended under any circumstances. Be sure your children understand fireplace safety and monitor them and your pets at all times when they are around a burning fireplace.

Step 4. Practice Electrical Safety
Never use electrical appliances near water or close to faucets or water pipes. Do not use any electrical appliances, including hair dryers and stereos, while bathing or washing dishes. If an appliance falls into water, make sure it is unplugged before you retrieve it.

Check all of your appliances for worn plugs or cracked wires. Do not attempt to make your own repairs unless you are an expert. Electrical repairs are best left to the professionals. Unplug appliances when they are not in use.

Make sure you’re not using oversized fuses or circuit breakers anywhere in your house; doing so will not allow the circuit to hold more or enhance the performance of appliances. In fact, this may actually cause overheating and lowered efficiency.

Take care of cords and electrical sockets. Always remove extension cords by the plug, not by tugging on the cord. Never break the ground prong of a three-prong plug to make it fit into a two-prong outlet. Instead, use an adapter. Cover any unused outlets to keep your family safe.

Great work! You and your family are better prepared and more knowledgeable about fire prevention.



Smoke on the Water Results

Monday, August 26, 2013  Hey Everyone!  The results are now posted!  Check under the download tab for the Official Results from this years competition!  Another successful year in the books.  We would like to throw a big Thank You out to all of our sponsors and to all of the competitors!  Also to all who attended, Thanks for coming! 



Smoke On The Water 2013

Sunday, July 28, 2013   August 24th from Noon til 8pm at the Hammondsport Fire Department Carnival Grounds; The  2013 Smoke on the Water Barbeque competition will be in full swing! 

Four categories of delicious BBQ with tastings from 1-4 pm available to the public! Cash prizes to competitors in each category, and overall will be presented!  This year we decided to eliminate the sauce category though.  We will, however, be paying out for second place overall! 

We will be having live music sponsored by Maloney's Pub!

3 of a Kind                1-3pm

John Bolger Band     5-8 pm

There will be food vendors, adult beverages, a custom motorcycle show, beer and wine tastings, mini golf, a dunking booth, 50/50 raffle, bucket raffles, and more!  Lots of fun for the whole family! 

Thanks to our sponsors The Steuben County Veterans Memorial, LaMarche Funeral Home, Veley Enterprises, Mercury, Heron Hill Winery, The Lakeside Restaurant, and BBQ Bandits! 

Here is a list of teams so far! 

Waneta Wine and Swine

Team Avoca Smoka

Smoking Valley BBQ

Triple J BBQ

Smoke and Fire BBQ

Chasin' Hogs

Nomad BBQ

Rub It Good BBQ

Back Alley BBQ

Da Mama's BBQ

Creekside BBQ

Finger Lakin' BBQ

Bikini BBQ

2 Guys Tryin'

Belmont Fire Department

If you are interested in competing we are looking to fill a field of 20 teams total, so at this point there are still open spots!! $75.00 per team and lots of fun!  All competition meat is provided! Registration, and rules are available for download under the downloads tab to the left! 

Notice To Competitors!!   There will be a competitors meeting August 6th at 7 pm at the Hammondsport Fire Station!  Just to go over the rules, any changes to this year's competition and to answer any questions you may have.  By the way we are still looking to fill some more spots, so if you know anyone who would like to compete, please let them know!! 



Gorge Rescue

Wednesday, July 24, 2013   On Wednesday July 24th Hammondsport Firefighters were alerted for a injured teenager in the Glen just off Pulteney Street. On arrival of 2nd Asst Chief McConnell it was found that the patient had a deep laceration to her upper leg and was going to have to be removed via stokes basket. Her location which was up on top of the 1st set of waterfalls was going to require some rope work. Firefighters rigged some safety lines and secured the Stokes basket with rope and a pulley. McConnell stayed with the victim helping to stabilize her. Hammondsport Ambulance members arrived and took over treating the patient. After packaging the patient in a stokes basket we started the process of bringing her down the waterfall and then the 1/4 mile trek down the glen to the waiting ambulance. She was then taken behind the Fire Station to Guthrie Air Helicopter where she was loaded and taken to Robert Packer Hospital. It took responders an hour to complete the rescue.



Fire At Laundry mat

Sunday, May 26, 2013  The Hammondsport volunteers were alerted to the structure fire at Approximately 4pm on 5/25/13 at the Hammondsport laundry mat. Car 21 was first on scene with smoke showing from the 30 by 50 foot wood frame structure Engine 24 was on scene soon after with a crew of six and quickly went to work. Two members forced the door to the utility room to secure the gas and electric while two more members pulled the 2" attack line. The fire was quickly knocked down using the "can" (water extinguisher). The fire was contained mostly to a dryer with some fire that spread to the ceiling tiles.  Members did overhaul to make sure everything was out. Hammondsport was back in service within about an hour. 



BBQ Update!!

Wednesday, May 22, 2013  Hey everybody!  Just wanted to give you an update on Smoke on the Water 2013!  So far planning for the event is on track.  We currently have 3 teams confirmed for the competition!

Waneta Wine and Swine

Team Avoca Smoka

Smokin Valley BBQ

Keep em coming, lets fill all 20 spots this year!!  Stay tuned, we'll keep you posted with more updates, and as always if you have any questions feel free to contact us!  All of the contact info is on the previous post! 



New Squad 3

Sunday, May 19, 2013  The Hammondsport Fire Department took delivery of a 2013 Chevy Suburban.  This vehicle will be used for support operations at various incidents and to tow the dive team trailer and boat if needed. 



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