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I have been a member of Rotterdam Fire District #2 for over 15 years. While in high school, I was interested in helping the community so I joined the Carman Fire Department Explorer Post #725. When old enough, I joined the White Eagle Ambulance Squad (now part of REMS) where I volunteered and worked for almost 30 years. A short time later, I joined the Carman Fire Department as an active firefighter. After almost nine years there, I moved across town and joined Rotterdam Fire District #2. I took some time off when my children were born, but rejoined District #2 in 2005. In 2006, then-County Coordinator John Nuzback Sr. gave me an opportunity to join the Schenectady County Fire Coordinators Office by appointing me to a Deputy Coordinator position (On-Scene Communications and Documentation). In January 2018 I became Chief of Rotterdam Fire District #2.
As a member of both Fire Departments, I have been influenced by many people. I have learned much as an officer moving up through the ranks. The experience and knowledge of the people I have been fortunate enough to have volunteered with has been invaluable to me. Additional required training was provided by State and County Fire Classes, seminars, fire calls and weekly Department drills.
I look forward to leading our fine Department into the future. Rotterdam Fire District #2 has 43 members that volunteer to help the people of the community in times of need. They also spend many hours training and doing other things for the Department and the community. I want to acknowledge all the Past Chiefs, past members, and current members for their hard work and dedication to this Department, which will be celebrating its 85th anniversary in 2018. I want to thank my current line officers. Without their hard work and dedication, a Chief cannot be successful. I would like to thank all of the people who have supported me and provided me guidance and knowledge through my years as a volunteer. Lastly, thanks to my wife Kim and my children, Kaitlyn and Kyle. Their support and understanding has allowed me to do what I enjoy doing, being a volunteer firefighter.
Chief, Rotterdam Fire District #2
*Earl A. Harley: 1934-1939