Van Buren fire study complete

Public Safety Consultant Ron Graner of RFG Associates recently completed the fire district study for the town of Van Buren, a report that is approximately 200 pages.

In the report, he makes 34 specific recommendations and 32 strategic recommendations, which include dissolving and reorganizing all current fire districts, establishing a regional approach to fire and rescue services that invites the towns of Lysander, Geddes, Camillus and Elbridge to participate in, creating a public relations program that educates residents and creating a region-wide volunteer firefighter recruitment program.

"I am aware that some may not agree with some of the recommendations listed in this report, but we are confident that all will see that improvement is necessary," Supervisor Claude Sykes wrote in a letter accompanying the report.

The full report will be available on the town web site for residents to review or residents can request an e-mail version. Town board members are reviewing the report and plan to engage in discussions with the county to discuss the recommendations.

The town spent $5,900 for the study to be completed and Sykes said "it was money well spent."

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