Welcome to St. Johnsburg!
The St Johnsburg Fire Company would like to extend to you a warm welcome to the Town of Wheatfield and invite you to attend the 115th annual convention of the Western New York Volunteer Fireman's Association. This year's convention will be held at the Wheatfield Town Hall located at 2800 Church Road with tent city located on the grounds just behind the town hall. Tent city will open at noon on Wednesday July 23rd along with the secretary's office and will conclude with the fire police training and competition at 1:00pm on Saturday July 26th.
The local committee has been working together for the past year and a half preparing for the 115th Annual Convention. In addition to the annual events; the EMS competition, the Firemen's Parade, Nozzle Practice, the Memorial Service and Awards presentation, this year's convention promises to have activities for all to enjoy. The local committee believes that this year's convention will not only be a memorable one, but enjoyable one as well. Some highlights of this year's convention will be the return of John Valby "Dr. Dirty" Thursday night at 6:00 PM at our fire hall and a fire truck pull following the Firemen's Parade on Friday just outside the beer tent. This year's golf tournament will take place Thursday morning at the Shawnee Country Club to be followed by a display and demonstration by Amkus Rescue Tools back at tent city. The St. Johnsburg Ladies Auxiliary will be hosting a breakfast at the fire hall both Thursday and Friday mornings. This year will also include the FASNY Firefighter Olympic Games, a beer pong tournament as well as can-jam and horseshoe tournaments and each day will end with live music in the beer tent. Black Widow Band will perform live Thursday evening at 8:00 PM outside the beer tent and the 90 West Band performs there Friday evening starting at 9:00 PM. The officers and members of the St Johnsburg Fire Company are proud to be hosting this year's convention and we're truly glad to see you here!
A Welcome from President Walker
On behalf of the officers and members of the St. Johnsburg Fire Company, I would like to personally welcome you to the Town of Wheatfield. I hope that everyone enjoys themselves at the 115th convention.
It is my pleasure to be the first female president of the WNYVFA. I am honored to follow in the footsteps of my father Robert Walker and my uncle Lloyd LaDue. This has been an experience that I will never forget and thank you to the members of the association for giving me this opportunity. Thank you all for your words of encouragement and always willing to lend a hand.
I would like to thank all the members of the St. Johnsburg Fire Company for all their hard work and dedication over the last few years to make all this happen. I would like to especially thank my chairman's Mike Kislack, Tim Pytlik and Robert Walker for keeping things organized and keeping me sane through this whole experience.
I would also like to thank my family. My dad Robert Walker, my sister Laura Walker and nephews and niece TJ, Kylee, Jaden and Alvin for all your support and all your wors of encouragement. I would also like to thank my mother Linda Walker for all her support over the years. You are missed more than you know and I really wish you were here to see all that I have accomplished. Thank you for watching over me, love you and miss you every day!! I would also like to thank my best friend Mark Taylor for standing by my side and also encouraging me to do things I normally would not have done.
Thank you again for giving me the opportunity to be president of the WNYVFA. It has been a pleasure and an honor to serve as the first female president. I hope everyone has a good time and stays safe at the convention.
Sincerely, Wendi Walker, President, WNYVFA
Fire service convention coming to Wheatfield
Some 1,000 volunteer firefighters, fire police and emergency medical services personnel are expected to arrive in Wheatfield for the 115th annual Western New York Volunteer Fireman's Association Convention.