The New Hartford Fire Department is actually two seperate and distict organizations. The Fire Department is a true department of Village Government. It's Chief is elected by the membership as well as all the fire (line) officers. The Fire Department is responsible for the prevention of, and extinguishment of fires as they may occur in the district. Additionally, over the years, the scope has evolved to include Emergency Medical Service, Hazardous Materials Response, etc.
In addition to the Fire Department, the New Hartford Firemen's Benevolent Association, created in the early 1930's, was established to maintain the health and welfare of it's membership. The Benevolent Association maintains a slate of "civil" officers that includes a President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary and the like. This organization is made up of all current and former active members of the fire department.