Good-Will Fire Department is a volunteer fire company which provides fire and
rescue protection to many residents and businesses in the Town of Newburgh.
We encompass a wide stretch of the southeast corner of the Town of
Newburgh, providing protection from Washington Lake to the
Mid-Valley Mall. We protect a widespread area, including two
exit ramps and several miles along Interstate 84, two malls, and a
large range of residential and commercial zones stretching from
Vails Gate to Middlehope.
In 2012 ,
we responded to 257 emergency calls for
help, including building fires, Jaws-of-Life calls, rescue calls, brush
fires, storm related calls, and helping neighboring fire
departments with their own calls. We also deployed to Oceanside, Long
Island with Rescue 315
and manpower (operating as
a Heavy Rescue Company) to cover their
emegency calls after 2 of
their 5 stations were destroyed
by Hurricane Sandy (not included in our 257
call total). We are comprised of approximately 50 dedicated members who collectively
volunteer thousands of training and working hours to serve our
community - 365 days a year.
Emergency calls are only one part of our function. When we
are not fighting fires and training, we continue volunteering our
time in other ways. Every Christmas, we escort Santa around the
fire district with candy canes for the neighborhood children.
Every Thanksgiving, we play a charity football game with the
proceeds being donated to a local soup kitchen. On the
4th of July, we participate in the annual townwide
Community Day and teach children
about fire prevention, safety and a safe means of egress if their home is on fire. These are just some examples of what we do to give back to our community. We continue operating in full force even when there are no emergencies.