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The Rush Volunteer Fire Department has been proudly serving our community since 1920.

We appreciate your support.

  Rush Fire Dept. - 1971 Rush-Mendon Road, Rush, New York 14543  585-533-2058   rfdept@rochester.rr.com   bfaugh@rochester.rr.com)


The Rush Fire Department members & officers and Rush Fire District Commissioners acknowledges and thanks everyone for the kind words, comments on our facebook pages and prayers for our members, CHS co-workers, family and many friends of Chief James J. Bucci Jr.  Thank you to the Rush FD Ladies Auxiliary.  Thank you to the Monroe County Fire Bureau, Fire  Coordinator  Steve Schalabba and Asst. Fire  Coordinator Derek Hardy for setting up mutual aid coverage during this past week. The following fire departments that filled in our station were Laurelton, Hilton, Webster, Brighton, Penfield, Spencerport, Gates, Bushnells Basin, West Webster, Chili and Fairport.  Our neighbors who were also on standby:  Avon, East Avon, Henrietta, Honeoye Falls and Scottsville. We also wish to thank the many fire departments in western NY that contacted us to provide anything we might have needed.   Ambulance & EMS  coverage was coordinated by the Monroe Co. EMS Coordinator Tim Czapranski and CHS ambulance. Thank you CHS and Honeoye-Falls Mendon Ambulance. Thank you  Dr. Jeremy Cushman - the Monroe County & Rush Fire District Medical Director. Thank you to our Chaplin Rev. Dr. Charles “Buzz” Grimm.  Asst. Thank you to the Monroe County Sheriff's office, New York State Police and New York State Office of Fire Prevention & Control.  Asst. Chiefs Jon Faugh and Sean Brown had several meetings with Reg Allen the Chief of CHS Ambulance to coordinate everything that had to be done for the viewing and funeral. Thank you CHS for everything that you did and continue to do.

As was reported last week it is impossible to adequately report what James J. Bucci Jr. has done for the Towns of Rush, Henrietta, Monroe County and the fire and ambulance community in New York State. He will be missed by everyone who knew him. MAY HE REST IN PEACE.   


MAY 3rd, 2019: The Rush Fire Department, Rush Fire District, CHS Ambulance, Monroe County Fire and EMS community, friends and family mourn the sudden & unexpected death of our Fire Chief JAMES J. BUCCI Jr. who we lost on MAY 2, 2019.  PLEASE keep all of us in your thoughts and prayers. It is almost impossible to adequately report how much this great leader will be missed and what he has accomplished while he was with us. May he rest in peace.          


Calls so far 2019 - 225 as of 6/10/19

2019 CARNIVAL DATES: JULY 11, 12 & 13

PARADE - JULY 12th  7 PM

PARADE INFORMATION & SIGN UP: If you didn't get an invite card e-mail:   Parades@RushFireDistrict.org 

Jim Princehorn or Bruce Hall will then contact you. PLEASE limit the amount of equipment/apparatus that will stay after the parade due to limited parking - THANK YOU...


The Rush FD Ambulance Operation which started in 1939 with a Chevrolet rig that cost $790.00 was recognized at the STEP EMS Conference in Rochester on Sat. March 30 for 80 years of service to the Town of Rush. Since then FD Fund Drive money has purchased 7 ambulances at a cost of approx. $410,000.  The FD Ladies Aux. has donated thousands of dollars to help equip the ambulances over the last 80 years. We were one of the 1st ambulance services to equip the unit with a phone to talk to and alert the emergency room that we were coming with a patient. We were the 1st ambulance service in western NY to transport patients to the hospital not using lights and sirens in 1972. We were the 1st FD Ambulance service in Monroe Co. to be NYS Health Department certified with an EMT on every call in 1980. There is no charge for BLS (Basic Life Support) ambulance service provided by the fire department. 

Past Officers Banquet March 2, 2019 our 99th year serving the Town of Rush 

102 members and guests attended the event at the Wildwood Country Club.  Chief Jim Bucci Jr. was the MC and moved the program along better than ever.  He thanked the members and families for the support given to the department over the years and reminded us to take care of both of our families, the fire department and the ones at home.  Rush FD Chaplin “Buzz” Grimm gave the invocation and echoed what Chief Bucci had stated.   A great meal was then provided by the Wildwood staff.   Every member and guest received our 100 year anniversary collector coin.  

Town Supervisor Kathy Frank also thanked the members and families that volunteer to keep the town safe.  

Rush FD Ladies Aux. President Debbie David talked about the great relationship they have with the Fire Department and gave them a $2,000 donation for anything they may need to do the job better.  Over the years they have donated THOUSANDS of dollars to the fire department and ambulance operation.  

Senator Rick Funke sent appreciation certificates to all the people honored from the NYS Senate.  

Rush Fire Commission Chairman Scott Goodman introduced the Commissioners thanked the members for the great work that they do and the great relationship they have with the Rush commissioners.  

President Duane Fanning, Chief Jim Bucci, Past Chief Jim McNeil presented the awards to those honored.  Past Chief, Jim McNeil, Past Asst. Chief & Director Joe Watlack, Past Captain Ron Faugh, Past Captain Sean Brown, Past EMS DO Scott Goodman, Past Lt. Kevin Smith, Past Safety Officer Bruce Hall and Susan VanCuran for serving as Lead Explorer Post Advisor.    Years of Service: Josh Eggleston (5), Kevin Kolmetz (5), Elizabeth Faugh (10), Paul Bischoping (15), Bev Smith (30), Dale Sweet (35). Past Chief & Past Commissioner Al Sweet was recognized for his 67 years of service.  Past Chief Jim McNeil was given his Gold Life Membership card for 25 years at Rush. He served over 12 years at Henrietta also.   

Fire Commissioner Bob Faugh presented Past Commissioner Larry Meston with a plaque & certificate from the NYS Senate for his 28 years as a Firefighter/Lieutenant/ Director and his 25 years as a Fire Commissioner. He was recognized and thanked him for his input on major purchases that the fire district has made over the years and all the time he donated keeping the apparatus in excellent condition. Many of his family members were also present, including his wife Jane.  

It was reported that Firefighter/EMT and Rush EMS DO  Jenna Cirincione, who last month received the CHS “EMT of the Year” has also received “EMT of the Year” from the Monroe-Livingston EMS Council and will receive the award at the STEP  conference in Rochester on March 29.  

Entertainment was provided by DJ Kevin O’Connor and Gambling by Upstate Vegas. Scottsville FD filled in at Rush and CHS (Henrietta) ambulance covered EMS Calls. The banquet committee was Jenna Cirincione, Tyler Grillo, James J. Bucci and Bob Faugh



Our 100 year anniversary is in 2020 and the anniversary committee has a limited amount of fund raiser collector coins available to offset the cost of our many events for 2020. These collector coins can be obtained from some Rush firefighter including Jim Bucci, Duane Fanning, Tyler Grillo, Bob Faugh and Eric McNeil.  They are $10.00 from members. If you want one in the mail its $12.00.  Send a check made out to Rush FD to Treasurer Bob Faugh - PO Box 252, Rush, NY 14543.  The coin is 1.75 inches across.

Congratulation to F/F EMT - Jenna Cirincione

She was selected by the over 100 members of CHS (Henrietta Ambulance) as EMT of the Year for 2018. She received this award at their annual banquet at the RIT Conference Center Saturday night February 2nd.  Jenna started out in Rush as an Explore then became a Rush Firefighter/EMT. She is also the present Ambulance DO and Vice President of the Fire Department.  On 3/2/19  we were notified that she was selected as "EMT FOR THE YEAR" from the Monroe-Livingston EMS Council and will receive the award at their STEP Conference March 29, 2019 in Rochester.  May 2019 - American Ambulance Asso. Award for JENNA CIRINCIONE.


      2018 Fire – Rescue & EMS Activity  - 427 calls 

Major Loss Fires 1 Structure (Boulder CK)  2 Autos (1 Rt 15 – 1 I-390)    Total    3

Fires in a structure – minor or no damage                                                Total    4

Poss. Airplane Crash (false report)                                                            Total    1

Good Intent – Poss. fire or incident – unfounded – FD not needed            Total  22 

Fire - Automatic Alarms -  Cooking  16,  False set off by resident 3,

                                            Low Batt 2, Malfunction 14,  Fire drill 3            Total  37 

Carbon Monx. Alarms – Alarm w/ CO  0,   Low Batt. 3, Test 1                  Total   4 

Fumes or Gas leak (One dug up gas line)                                                 Total   4 

Mutual Aid to Other Depts – HFFD 11, Henrietta 9, Scottsville 5            

                                               Chili 1, East Avon 1,                                     Total  27 

Misc. Service Calls in Rush (1 Missing person – 2 Lock outs –

1 Child caught in swing – no EMS )                                                             Total    4 

Wires down, Wires burning, Trees down – Haz/Conditions                   Total  19 

Water Problems                                                                                         Total   4 

Brush – Rubbish fires 4 – Recreation fires 4                                           Total   8

 MVA w/ Fire Apparatus response                                                            Total  26

MVA – Fluid Spills No EMS required                                                       Total  13 

                                                                              Total of all above calls       176 

Ambulance EMS Activity:  Incident stand bys  3  Lift Assist 4, Call canceled 4,  Total 11

Ambulance transports or sign off at scene  60,  Ambulance transports with  Advanced Life Support in Rig  25 

Total  589 Response and/or transport  96  

Advance Life Support required – Transported by ALS from CHS (Henrietta) or HF Mendon –

No Rush First Responder or equipment    (Total  36)

Ambulance – ALS Required – Transported by ALS – Rush 587, 589 or F/R to the scene to assist

(Total  67)   Total ALS Calls  103 

Basic Life Support (BLS) No crew for 589 - No First Responder, Transported or sign off by CHS or HF Mendon.   (Total 23)  BLS transport or sign off – No crew f/ 589 – First Responder from Rush to scene    (Total 11)   MVAs Victim signed off or Transported by other agency  (Total  8)   Medical Alarms – unfounded or false ( Total 5)EMS calls not in District  4,   MHA – Police Transported  2,    (Total  6)

                                                       Total Ambulance / EMS calls   252 –     Total ALL Calls -  428


DECEMBERS COMMISSION MEETING: Commissioner Robert Faugh - Recognizing and congratulating Commissioner Larry Meston on his retirement from the Board of Fire Commissioners. Larry served for 25 years and was an active Rush firefighter for 28 years and is a "life member".  Larry did alot of repairs on our apparatus over the years and saved the taxpayers tons of money. He also served on too many committees to list. He will be missed.




On 03/19/18 just after midnight, Rush FD Ambulance & CHS MIHC (Henrietta Ambulance) were dispatched to a report of a 68-year-old male in cardiac arrest. The caller who also performed CPR until Monroe County Sheriff Deputy Erica Henderson arrived and took over CPR within 3 minutes of the initial call to 911. EMT Jim Bucci Rush Past Fire Chief and present firefighter & Dep Chief at CHS (Henrietta Ambulance) arrived and was the first Rush responder to arrive within 7 minutes. 9-1-1 did a great job of making the proper notifies and getting help on the way quickly.


Upon his arrival he confirmed a medical 500 and the Deputy continued CPR until EMT Bucci applied the pads on the patient’s chest within 53 seconds where CPR was briefly stopped so the AED (Automatic Defibulator) could analyze the patient’s heart rhythm, it was then the AED indicated a shock was warranted and then delivered. Again within 10 minutes from the time of dispatch Paramedic Manzo and Medic Byrne from CHS MIHC, arrive and at this time there was no indication of CPR needing to be done after a pulse check and airway management and patient care was underway.


What saved this patient was CPR being started immediately by the patient’s wife Diana who is a current member of the Rush Fire Department adding she is an EMT and CPR instructor. The added benefit of Deputy Henderson being less than 1000’ away and was able to take over CPR and perform hi quality chest compressions until EMT Bucci arrived with his AED to provide early defibrillation.  Good Prehospital care and treatment is what saved this person’s life!