Lysander fire protection study released

Merging fire organizations, new equipment on the table

— Lysander fire officials are on the right track, according to an independent study recently released by independent consultant Michael P. Dallessandro.

Commissioned by the fire districts and departments serving the town of Lysander in order to provide a snap shot of current operations and obtain an external review of services, the report provides recommendations on buildings and facilities, apparatus fleets, management practices, shared service possibilities and long range planning. Dallessandro also highlights areas of excellence in the report.

“The Lysander Public Safety Committee/C.O.D.E.S. really must be credited for some progressive work on behalf of their area fire departments,” Dallessandro said in his report. “It is not believed that a group as dedicated and active in promoting the positives of the fire service exists anywhere in our state. Clearly this group gets their hands dirty and has done great things for the fire service.”

Dallessandro noted the LPSC’s extensive work on public education and fire prevention, recruitment and retention and interaction with area schools to connect with a future generation of firefighters in addition to filling a true training need by conducting NYS firefighter training courses and classes under the watchful eye of NYS Certified Fire Instructors who are from Lysander area fire departments.

“These training efforts have resulted in volunteer firefighters receiving county and state level classes much faster than they ever would have if they had waited for the annual state calendar to come around,” he said noting a shortage of state courses primarily due to budgetary constraints. “[This] group has found a way to bridge that gap in a very positive way.”

Paid for by a majority of the fire protection entities serving the town with additional funding provided by the Town of Lysander and Onondaga County through grants, the assessment was conducted on the following districts/departments: Baldwinsville Volunteer Fire Company, Belgium Cold Springs Fire District, Cody Fire District, Enterprise Fire Company (Phoenix), Lysander Fire District, Plainville Fire District, and the Seneca River Fire District. LPSC Chairman Tom Perkins complimented the participating departments “for having the courage to take a good look in the mirror to assure they are doing right by the district taxpayers and the people they protect.”

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