Duane Volunteer Fire Department


The Duane Fire Department responds to calls for assistance via the Franklin County 911 call center in Malone, NY. The department consists of trained firefighters, EMT’s and first responders to respond to all Fire, EMS and emergency requests for assistance. The department is a corporation contracted by the Town of Duane through its budget to provide these services. Request for an ambulance is automatically dispatched with the fire department personnel upon calls to 911. Ambulance service is provided by yearly agreements with St. Regis Falls Fire/EMS and Northern Ambulance. The Town also contracts yearly with Life Flight for its services when required.

Ned LeMieux, Jr. — Chief 1989
F. Gil Paddock — President 1970
Current Members    Exempt Members
Brittany Fish 2009 Ned LeMieux, Sr. 1970
Bill Brunell 2007 Richard Brown 1970
Dave Teeple 2019 Janine Paddock 1977
Don Teeple 2011 Pete Biesemeyer 1985
Kenneth Fish 1997 Mark Young 1995
Luis Pinilla 2020 Steven Fish 1997
Matthew Fish 2009
Neil Fish 2012    Chaplain 
Scott Glenny 2008 Richard Bolster
Tom McLane     2021

Yearly hose testing at the Duane Fire Department insures integrity of the hose supply on all apparatus.

Duane firefighters prepare to do yearly hose testing . Posted 9/25/21

A portable tank is used at fire scenes for water supply and also during hose testing.

The tanker discharges water into the portable tank.

The Duane Fire Department attended the 20 year anniversary of  911  parade and  ceremony in St. Regis Falls

Firefighters in line at event

Duane firefighters at 911 ceremony.

Flag raising by Veterans at ceremony

Flag raising by local Veterans at the St. Regis Falls Fire Department

Men in uniform on stage at 911 ceremony

Speakers from Veteran groups, Fire departments, EMS, Police, Sheriff’s office, the military and clergy were featured at the 911 Remembrance event.

Duane Fire Department with Duane Angels raise funds toward “Jaws of Life”

The Duane Fire Department has just accepted delivery of the “Jaws of Life” rescue tools. The tools that had been in use for many years no longer were able to be maintained or repaired due to their age and the inability to obtain parts. In addition, older versions of hydraulic rescue tools were heavy, run by a generator and hydraulic hoses and extremely noisy to operate at rescue scenes. It was clear that an upgrade was needed.

At a business meeting of the fire department, a vote was cast to spend the $34,000 to upgrade the tools. This type of expenditure is difficult for a small department, but with the safety of the community and travelers in mind, it became a vote for the safety of citizens and rescue personnel alike. With the new tools being battery-run and the variety of tasks they can perform, the Duane Fire Department is prepared in the event of a crash or incident when extrication is required.

The recent Town Wide Garage Sale by the Duane Angels was very successful in nearly reaching the goal of contributing one third of the funds for the tools. The Department is very grateful for the outpouring of community support which helped to offset the cost of the four rescue tools, known as the Jaws of Life. If you wish to contribute to this worthy project, please contact Chief Ned LeMieux, Jr. or Gil Paddock, President.

Four Firefighters with rescue tools

Duane firefighters trained on June 21st with their new extrication tools.

(L to R)  Tom McLane, Chief Ned LeMieux, Scott Glenny, Bill Brunelle

Man with rescue tool

Firefighter Tom McLane uses the cutter tool during a training exercise.

Spreader tool used on car wreck in training

The spreader tool is demonstrated during training.

Car used for training by firefighters
Instructor with rescue tool
Firefighters with tools

Duane Volunteer Fire Co. Inc.

The Duane Volunteer Fire Company, Inc. celebrated its 50th Anniversary in 2020. A group of concerned citizens began the task of organizing a fire department after Duane residents experienced back to back emergencies in their tight knit community. The untiring efforts of those citizens resulted in acceptance into the Franklin County Mutual Aid System in November of 1970. Five residents-Ford D. Paddock, Bernard Duffy, Edward “Ned” Lemieux, Mary Lagoy and Richard Brown personally guaranteed a mortgage to build the fire station and begin to equip the department. The building was built on land donated by Rita and Ned Lemieux. Through the generosity of many residents and untold volunteer hours of labor, the station became habitable in the fall of 1971.

As the department celebrated their 50 years of service to the community, this page recognized the many members, past and present, who have selflessly given their time and talents to the citizens of Duane.

With sincere thanks….

In Memory

Allen LaPlante ✞   Bernard Duffy ✞   Beverly Paquin ✞   Doug Tebeau ✞   Ford D. Paddock ✞   Harry McFaul ✞   J. Harold Stewart ✞   Katherine Paddock ✞   Kenneth Tebeau ✞   Lloyd Mayville ✞   Mary LaGoy ✞   Paul Pfenninger ✞   Rev. Thomas Wright ✞   Rita D.Lemieux ✞   Robert French ✞   Robert Johnston ✞   Earl Paquin ✞   Raymond Ziesse ✞   Ronald Paquin ✞   Wilbur Moore ✞

Past Members

Aaron DeShane — Andrea Stewart — Avis Brown — Brad Paddock — Brent Stewart — Christopher Ward — David Perry — Gary Gadway — Glenn Lawson — Jacqueline Tebeau — James Frey — Judy Pelkey — Lisa LaFlesh — Lloyd Walfield — Malcolm Dodd — Marti Dodd — Matthew Bezrutezyk — Michael Glenny — Michael LaFlesh — Nathan Betts (Junior) — Scott Haskins — Scott Smith — Shannon Hart — Susan Mahler — Thatcher Hogan — Richard Davenport — Scott Smith — Bryant Gonyea — Gerald Dumas — Bruce Pelkey — Ivan Faughnstock—Sean Tebeau

**For those who donated, served or supported the department, too numerous to mention**

Sincere thanks.