The Salvation Army serves at 300 acre Forrest Fire near New York/Canadian Border

July 13, 2018
Michael R. Schwartz | | (315) 434-1367

The Salvation Army serves at 300 acre Forrest Fire near New York/Canadian Border

(Altona, New York) - - The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services team based in Plattsburgh, NY (Clinton County) was requested and responded to a forest fire in the Town of Altona, New York on Friday. The team provided hydration services to several hundred first responders who are currently involved in containing and extinguishing a 300 acre fire near Flat Rock State Park.

“The request to respond came from the Clinton County Office of Emergency Services. Our team of volunteers provided snacks and water to the incident command post for distribution into the rough terrain that the first responders are operating in. We are grateful to Majors Mark and Robin Hager of the Plattsburgh Salvation Army for supervising and staffing this important operation,” said Michael R. Schwartz, Divisional Disaster Director for the Empire State Division of The Salvation Army.

Firefighters from 19 fire departments from New York, Vermont, Quebec and the Akwesasne Nation as well as personnel from the New York State Police, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Forrest Ranger Division, New York State DHSES Office of Fire Prevention and Control and the New York National Guard are on scene working in very warm and dry conditions over rough terrain.

For more information on The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services, please contact Michael Schwartz at (315) 434-1367 or

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