Friday, 25 September 2009 00:00
(On Sept. 10, residents of Mineola passed a referendum on change in the Length of Service Awards Program (LOSAP) for the members of the Mineola Fire Department. The change now allows members to accumulate credit toward an award past the age of 60. The referendum passed by a 564 to 139 margin.)
The residents of the Village of Mineola had an opportunity to support their volunteer firefighters by casting their vote in favor of our Service Awards Program. At the conclusion of the vote, it was my distinct pleasure to announce the results to my membership with more than 80 percent of the votes cast favoring our department.
The fire service is a passion, which takes countless hours away from our families and our daily lives in order to provide the premier service which our village deserves. In 1990, the residents of Mineola approved a service award program to assist the department in our recruitment and retention of members and to provide a small token of appreciation to the members upon completion of many years of service.
The original program included a provision which prohibited members from remaining in the plan past age 60 despite the fact that many members in this age category continue to serve the department as active firefighters. These firefighters are particularly helpful during the daytime hours when many of our younger members are tied up at work. They perform all of the duties required to be active firefighters, conduct fire prevention programs and assist with the upkeep of the equipment. However, due to their age, these members were not entitled to participate in the service awards program.
The residents of Mineola have now corrected this defect in our Service Awards Program and secured the program for all of our firefighters going forward. For this we are deeply grateful. We will continue to provide the level of service you have come to expect from our organization. We will also maintain our community involvement with new and innovative fire prevention programs and of course our elves are already preparing Santa’s sleigh for Operation Santa.
On behalf of the members of the Mineola Fire Department, I would like to say thank you.
Robert L. Connolly
Chief of the Mineola Fire Department