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A Report from Station 54

— With the arrival of summer vacationers and the return of the snow birds, please remember to call 911 to report an emergency. To ensure a rapid response to your emergency, please make sure your house numbers are visible from the road and should measure a minimum of four inches in height and be reflective in nature.

Often times, the arrival of firefighters or EMS personnel are delayed since your house is not numbered properly if at all. For those of you that live on a fire lane or a distance from the road and have mailboxes on the street or at the top of a fire lane, you are required to have your house number on the mailbox and, believe it or not, actually have the numbers on your house!

When you are experiencing an emergency, seconds count and if we cannot find you, we cannot help you. So please take the time to place your house number on your mailbox and on your house near an entrance so we are able to locate your home in a timely manner. Please remember when you have an emergency and you reside within the Skaneateles Fire District, you need to call 911 report an emergency.

In an effort assist the citizens of the Skaneateles Fire District or any other neighboring fire districts, the Skaneateles Fire Department is offering reflective street signs for sale. Please help us help you by purchasing a reflective green and white street sign for $15.00 and installing it on your home or your mailbox. If you are interested in purchasing a sign, order forms are available at the fire station or online at www.skanvfd.com.

During the month of May, the dedicated members of the Skaneateles Fire Department responded to 32 emergency alarms and have responded to a total of 156 emergency calls in 2012, a reduction of 5 calls from the same time period in 2011.

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