continued Specific findings, highlights
According to the report, facilities and apparatus reflect basic necessity. The fire station facilities, for the most part, have very basic quarters and some even lack the basics of modern day firehouses such as bunk-in rooms, lockers, showers, training rooms and meeting areas. In regards to apparatus, the majority of districts/departments have a sufficient fleet with the exception of the Plainville Fire District, which is operating with three vehicles dating pre-1991 that have outlived their useful service life; however, voters in the district approved a replacement vehicle for the department earlier this year. In addition, the Baldwinsville and Belgium Cold Springs departments both have a pre-1991 pumper in which replacement is eventually recommended. None of the vehicles reviewed represented top of the line apparatus.
The report also states the sharing of services already exists and there is little, if any, redundancy of specialized equipment, vehicles or tools, or extra resources that could be shared. Dallesandro commended the joint operation of Station No. 2 by the Baldwinsville Fire Company and Lakeside Fire Department.
“I believe that the joint station shared by Lakeside and Baldwinsville is a win-win for all parties involved including the general public and the local governments served by these two organizations and could potentially be duplicated between Plainville and Baldwinsville in the future,” he said. “This arrangement is fiscally responsible, provides improved and more stable service in the two areas covered by the station, provides optimum use of available manpower and results in cross training and cross department camaraderie for participating members.”
Dallesandro also highlighted the Engine 91 program, which is a joint effort between Lysander fire departments to ensure full coverage day and night with members from multiple departments.
“The Engine 91 program is another excellent program aimed at providing dependable service through shared services that deserves statewide recognition as a model for camaraderie, developing a working understanding of individual firefighter skills from different departments and a way to work with and possibly manage manpower shortages,” he said.