Serving Clay, Cicero and Hastings for fire and EMS emergencies
Anywhere you live in the town of Clay, if there is a fire, you are covered. The town of Clay, which covers a wide area of Northern Onondaga County, has volunteer fire departments ready when we need them. The Brewerton Fire Department covers approximately 23 square miles in the towns of Clay, Cicero and Hastings. They even respond to emergencies on Oneida Lake and the Oneida River. Because they are located near Oneida Lake, the Brewerton Fire Department responds to calls in both Onondaga County and Oswego County.
There are 63 active members in the department, which responded to 339 calls, not counting ambulance calls. Like many fire departments, their members are voluntary, working full-time jobs, raising families and still finding time to volunteer.
The firefighters are required to take a Firefighter 1 course and there are many opportunities for additional training throughout the year. They have Tuesday night drills for training on varied topics. Currently, they are learning the new radio system that will be going into effect in the whole county. There are refresher courses each year to keep their skills and knowledge up to date on a variety of topics. In addition, there are state required mandatory training classes that the firefighters complete.
The department has five fire commissioners who answer to the town. There is a fire chief and two assistant chiefs. The chief and assistants are one-year positions and there are elections every year. The elections are coming up in April.
There are two station houses. Station 1 is located right on Route 11 and Station 2 is located on Muskrat Bay Road.
Station 1 has two engines with a ladder and a bucket, a heavy rescue vehicle and a boat for water rescues. Station 2 has one engine, a squad for EMS calls and light rescue, and an air boat for ice and swamp calls. The department has a dive team that is certified for both underwater and under ice missions.