Douglas Van Etten, of Homer, New York, was recently elected to the Board of Trustees of the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York (FASNY)’s Firemen’s Home.
Van Etten was elected on August 10th at the 147th FASNY Annual Convention in Syracuse. This is Van Etten’s first time elected to the Board of Trustees.
Van Etten has been a volunteer firefighter for 30 years. He began his time with the fire service in 1989, following his father’s footsteps and volunteering for the Town of Lexington Fire Company in Greene County. He joined the Cortlandville Fire Department in 1994 and volunteered there for 16 years, serving in various capacities, including as President of the Department and as an Assistant Chief. He is an active member of West Side Hose Company #3 of the Homer Fire Department, where he has volunteered since 2010.
Outside of volunteering for the fire department, Van Etten is the Principal of Homer Central Highschool. He lives in Homer with his wife, Kim, and his two sons Tyler and Zach.
“I have always tried to dedicate my life to service, and to show my children the value of volunteering in the community,” said Van Etten. “As a trustee of the Firemen’s Home, I cannot think of a better way to give back to those who have volunteered for their communities most of their lives.”
The FASNY Firemen’s Home started more than 100 years ago as a refuge for firefighters in need with no safe place to live and has become a fully licensed and certified residential healthcare facility. It provides members with rehabilitation and therapy and is well known for nurturing the camaraderie unique to the fire service. Located in Hudson, NY, the Firemen’s Home also serves as the grounds for the Museum of Firefighting as well as the Firefighter’s Memorial. The home additionally houses a chapel presenting interdenominational services and opportunity for reflection.