OUR MISSION

The Association of Fire Districts of the State of New York, a not-for-profit corporation, works to improve the fiscal responsibility, efficiency and effectiveness of the fire district management through education, training and advocacy for commissioners and other fire district officials in the 57 counties outside of the City of New York.

Current Winners








2017 : Rachel Wahlers (East Region)
Putnam County

Rachel Wahler was chosen in the East Region. Rachel resides in with her family in Holmes, New York which is located in Putnam County and Region VII. She is a senior at Carmel High School located in Carmel, New York. She has maintained a weighted G.P.A. of 97.52 and has enrolled in a number of advanced placement courses as a junior and senior. Her educational plan is to seek a degree on elementary education and become a teacher. She is active in her high school in its science club, involved in her church’s choir and has still found time to serve for four years in the Lake Carmel Fire Department Explorer Post and currently serves as its 1st Lieutenant. In order to get a head start on her teaching career she has actively assisted young children in the choir with The Dotted Half Notes group. Her father is an Ex-Chief and member of the Somers Fire Department.







 





2017 : Amanda Linger (Central Region)
Greene County

Amanda Linger was chosen in the Central Region. Amanda resides with her family in New Baltimore, New York which is located in Greene County and Region II. She is a senior at Ravena-Coeyman’s-Selkirk High School located in Ravena, New York. She has maintained a weighted G.P.A. of 94.32. Her educational plan is to seek a degree in in pharmacy. She is active in her high school in its student government, yearbook staff, National Honor Society, and was chosen as a student representative to the Board of Education. She has served her community as a member of the Cornell Hook and Ladder Ladies Auxiliary and then as a member of the Cornell Hook and Ladder Company. She is a third generation volunteer firefighter.
 




 







2017 : Calvin Zielinski (Western Region)
Erie County

Calvin Zielinski was chosen in the West Region. Calvin resides with his family in Cheektowaga, New York which is located in Erie County and Region VI. He is a senior at Maryvale High School also located in Cheektowaga, New York. He has maintained a weighted G.P.A. of 92.05. Her educational plan is to seek a degree in computer information systems. in pharmacy. He is active in his high school in its Chess Club, National Honor Society. He has served his community as a member of the Cheektowaga Police Explorers, the Hy-View Fire Explorers, has assisted the elderly at the Cheektowaga Senior Center. His father is a volunteer firefighter.
 





 




2017 : Nathan R. Hanley (North Region)
Clinton County

Nathan Robert Hanley was chosen in the North Region. Nathan resides with his family in Ausable Forks, New York which is located in Clinton County and Region XI. He is a senior at Ausable Valley High School located in Clintonville, New York. He has maintained an unweighted G.P.A. of 84.26. As a junior and senior he served as a captain of his high school’s football team. He also has been a member of his high school’s basketball team. His educational plan is to seek a degree and take course in fire science, emergency medical studies and criminal justice. He has served for two years in the Ausable Forks Emergency Ambulance Service, for nine months in the Ausable Forks Fire Department and for one and one half years in the Wilmington Fire Department junior program. He is currently a volunteer firefighter in the Ausable Forks Fire Department.