On May 6th 2017, 20 year old Elsmere Fire Department's Alyssa Bevilacqua-Shufelt was honored with the 2017 Chief Kevin M. Shea Annual Participation Award...
This award is named in honor of Chief Shea who suffered a Line of Duty Death on January 24, 2004 while serving as Chief of Department of the Elsmere Fire Department in the Town of Bethlehem. This is awarded annually to a Firefighter who shows true Dedication and sets an example of Volunteer Service to the Elsmere Fire Company. The recipient shall show a high level of attendance responding to emergency incidents, participating in weekly department drills, company meetings, special details, and attending outside training courses.
Twenty year old Firefighter Bevilacqua-Shufelt joined the Elsmere Fire Department in February of 2014, was appointed a probationary member on April 1, 2014, and by August 2014 completed Firefighter I Boot Camp at the Town of Guilderland Fire Training Center. Firefighter Bevilacqua-Shufelt completed her Initial Training Requirements and completed her fire company probation on October 24, 2014. Between 2014 and today she has built an impressive Emergency Services resume which includes: NYS Office of Fire Prevention and Control Courses: Firefighter 1, Firefighter Survival,SCBA Confidence, Hazardous Materials Decontamination, Water Rescue Awareness, Hazardous Materials Technician, and NYS Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) in January of this year. The New York State EMT course is a very demanding course of nearly 150 hours inside and outside the classroom. NYS Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) in January of this year. Firefighter Bevilacqua-Shufelt has completed over 1000 hours of firematic training in the since 2014.
During 2016, Firefighter Bevilacqua-Shufelt responded to 155 of 401 total incidents, which is 40% of our total number of incidents for the Elsmere Fire Department. In addition to her incident response record, Firefighter Bevilacqua-Shufelt participated in 52 drills, 12 meetings, 4 outside training courses, many fund raising, fire prevention details, and other miscellaneous activities during 2016. Firefighter Bevilacqua-Shufelt is a full time college student and works at Mohawk Ambulance in Schenectady. Firefighter Bevilacqua-Shufelt is a dedicated member of the New York state emergency services community.