Recent Calls
Mon. Jan 6th 2020
544 HARRISON AVE - COMP STATES A VEHICLE HIT THE TRAFFIC LIGHT POST IN FRONT OF HIS HOUSE
Fri. Jan 3rd 2020
251 KENMORE AVE - FROM NATIONAL FUEL - CO DETECTOR
Fri. Jan 3rd 2020
23 LYNDALE AVE - SMOKE DETECTOR WENT OFF THIS MORNING WHEN COMP TOOK A SHOWER, NO SIGN OF SMOKE OR FIRE, BUT WOULD LIKE IT CHECKED
Thu. Jan 2nd 2020
58 GROSVENOR RD - SOCKET WAS SMOKING, COMP CAN SMELL SMOKE, ADVISED TO EVACUATE WITH HER DOG
Thu. Jan 2nd 2020
184 WENDEL AVE - CO DETECTOR BEEPING, STATES ITS OLD, WANTS TO MAKE SURE NO CO
News Headlines
Mon. Dec 24th 2018
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Santa Arrives in the Kenilworth Fire District. Santa taking time out of his busy schedule to drive around on top of a Fire Truck to meet all the kids in the District.
Mon. Dec 3rd 2018
Kenilworth Fire Department held their annual election on Sunday December 3rd. The following people were elected and will take office on January 1st 2019Chief: Jeremiah Gersitz
1st Asst. Chief Anthony ...
Sun. Jan 1st 2017
On December 6th 2016 the voters of the Kenilworth Fire District elected John Becker Sr. for a five year term for the office of Fire Commissioner. The term will being on January 1st 2017.
Tue. Apr 7th 2015
On April 7th, 2015, Chief Strauss reported that he has received the findings of the January ISO survey from Joe Pasco. He was honored and pleased to announce that for the 3rd time, Kenilworth had adva...
About Us

Welcome to Kenilworth Fire Department

 

 

 

KENILWORTH VOLUNTEER FIRE COMPANY No.1, INC.

 

"The Kenilworth Driving Park flourished during 1905-1908. This interesting and stirring amusement Park was located on what is now the East side of Montrose Avenue in the Southwest section of the Town Of Tonawanda. The park and race course included all that parcel of land which was later purchased and subdivided by J. G. Satler and which now contains Grandview, Hawthorne, University, Lyndale, Kenilworth, Ford and Paige Avenues - which is still known in part as Kenilworth Park, "Duck Town."

In the year 1919 a group of men met in a house in this district and founded the Kenilworth Volunteer Fire Company No. 1, Incorporated.

A charter for the Fire Company was applied for in that year and, after being returned twice by the State for more information, was received in 1920. And SO WAS BORN the Kenilworth Fire District:

A donated hose cart was our first piece of fire fighting equipment and it was kept parked in front of the old Kenilworth Inn. In winter, it had to be dug out of the snow and pushed or pulled to a fire. The first alarms were sounded by cranking a hand siren kept in Haygarth's store located on the southeast corner of Kenilworth Avenue and Hawthorne Avenue.

Christian Lang, the first Chief and a carpenter-contractor secured a note for $3000.00 from a lumber company and erected the original quarters of the Fire Company at 66 Hawthorne Avenue. The payments on the note were not met promptly and the Fire Company officers were taken to court. A young lawyer, Frank C. Moore, later Lieutenant Governor of the State of New York, interceded. and the Fire Company was given more time. Through fund raising activities, this note was finally paid off. Field days were begun in 1920 with as many as 1000 people attending from surrounding fire districts.

Housed in this frame building was the first mechanized piece of apparatus, a REO truck chassis purchased for $1100.00, on which chemical tanks were installed. Fire tax at that time was around $54.00 per $1000.00.

The Board of Fire Commissioners for this District #2 held their first regular meeting on June 30, 1922 in the frame fire hall. This first board was comprised of John Kullman, Chairman; John Caplick, Secretary; Gibson Fenton, Treasurer; Albert Obenauer, Joseph Weisner and Frank Miller.

Much of what has been accomplished here in District #2 not only firemattically, but socially as well has been due largely (then, as well as throughout the years and now) to the unselfish efforts of those men who have served and are now serving in this capacity. "Fire Commissioner" is an unpaid elective office; they must conform to all regulations under the State law.


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