RIVER ROAD VFC

This Is The Official Website Of:
The River Road Volunteer Fire Company District #3
39 Kaufman Ave. - 716-874-9140
Town Of Tonawanda, New York 14150





Drill Nights are weekly, every Wednesday evening at 7 PM
If you are interested in joining, come at 6:30 PM
Buffalo/Riverside residents welcome (based on distance from the hall).






About River Road VFC:

The River Road Volunteer Fire Company Incorporated,
was the third of six fire districts created in The Town of Tonawanda, New York.
The Town of Tonawanda is in Erie County of Western New York.
The Town of Tonawanda also includes these other fire districts:
Ellwood Fire District, Kenilworth Fire District, Sheridan Park Fire District, Brighton Fire District and the Village of Kenmore Fire Department.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 20.4 square miles (52.7 km), of which, 18.8 square miles (48.7 km) of it is land and 1.6 square miles (4.0 km) of it (7.66%) is water.

The north border of the town is the City of Tonawanda and Tonawanda Creek, which is part of the Erie Canal, and the west border is the Niagara River. Ellicott Creek flows parallel to Tonawanda Creek in the northern part of the town, with a confluence just east of the Niagara River. The east border, marked by US Route 62 (Niagara Falls Boulevard), is the Town of Amherst. Forming the southern border is the Village of Kenmore and the City of Buffalo.





HISTORY:

Formed in 1929, River Road is the smallest firematic district both in size and residences in the Town of Tonawanda. The River Road Fire District occupies a small sliver of three residential streets in an area where heavy industry surrounds its district on all sides. There are several major industrial points of interest in the District 1 area including the Dunlop Tire Plant, Dupont Chemical Plant, FMC, 3M, GM Powertrain Plant and the NRG Huntley Power Plant. This abundance of heavy industry showcases the necessity for a fire station in this heavily industrial area of the town.

The River Road Fire Company was originally quartered at 59 Kaufman Avenue in a cramped two bay station. That old firehouse is in rough shape, showing it's age having been built originally in 1929 with the founding of the fire company. There has been a new firehouse built across the street in a lot owned by the Fire District. Construction of the new hall at 39 Kaufman Ave. was started in June 2011 and completed in March 2012 and has been well received by the community and The Town Of Tonawanda.

Over the years the membership had shrunk to the point where there was talk of disbanding River Road or merging them into another town fire company. However the recent events transpiring at the River Road Fire Company point to a new found interest in the fire company.





MILESTONES:

Due to extensive work by two of the firemen in the company Bernard S Misiura Jr (President of the organization 2008 - ????) and Jason Webb (Lieutenant 2008 - ????) a law was passed regarding membership limitations. This law was achieved with help from the honorable State Senator Mary Lou Rath and the Honorable State Assemblyman Robin Schimminger with thanks to Governor David A Paterson.

Specifically this law amends through exempting River Road Fire District #3 from subdivision 7 of section 176-b, of Town Law that mandates Fire Districts to have no more than forty-five Percent non-resident membership.

The Governor David A Paterson signed this proposed bill into law on July 21, 2008.

The Ladies Auxiliary after being disbanded for over 20 years was officially resurrected in September 2008.





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