Rescuers from all over Yates County gathered April 6 to reflect on the work that was accomplished in 2017 as they completed more than 10,000 hours of training to be prepared for emergencies.
The volunteers spend dozens of hours each year training for a wide variety of emergency situations, and one night a year, the Yates County Emergency Management Office hosts a dinner and awards ceremony to recognize the effort that goes into being prepared.
Brian Winslow, Director of the Yates County Office of Emergency Management praised the work of all the Yates County departments during 2017, thanking the more than 150 who attended for their dedication.
Yates County volunteers responded to hundreds of calls for service in 2017, according to Winslow. Rescuers are prepared to respond to fires, motor vehicle crashes, rope rescues, farm accidents, hazardous conditions, water rescues and more at all times of day and night.