"Undeniably, some of the districts/departments have much more to gain from this study than others, but it was agreed that if a study of the fire service in the Town of Lysander was to be done, all who are involved with the fire service in the Town of Lysander should have a chance to participate and hopefully 'opt in,'" Merriam said. "As the current chairman of the Lysander Public Safety Committee Tom Perkins likes to say 'None of us are as good as all of us.'"
Merriam offered the following to encourage potential volunteers to step up and become part of something larger.
"It is my humble opinion that we must do everything we can to keep our fire protection under local control with the service close to the volunteers who 'fill the boots.' If the volunteers fall by the wayside, the costs of paid staffing will be monumental. Whether you are a town of Lysander resident or live elsewhere, please give some serious consideration to joining your local fire department. Admittedly, there are many demands, but unquestionably, there are many more rewards."