October 23, 2014
Organized June 7, 1887
PERRY FIRE DEPARTMENT
PO Box 243 PERRY, NEW YORK 14530-0243
Phone 585-237-2050 Fax 585-237-0223
ATTENTION TOWN OF CASTILE TAX PAYERS AND RESIDENTS:
The Perry Fire Department (PFD) has provided fire protection and front line emergency response to the northern portions of the Town of Castile for the past 76 years. We have faithfully and expediently provided these services since 1938. On December 31, 2014, the contract with Town of Castile and the Perry Fire Department will expire. The Town of Castile Board has made the decision that on January 1st, 2015 that the Castile Fire Department (CFD) will now provide the fire protection and emergency services for areas once protected by PFD.
HISTORY: An article written in the Perry Herald on Wednesday May 11, 1938 stated “CASTILE ENTERS INTO CONTRACT WITH PERRY TO FURNISH FIRE PROTECTION. A plan was adopted to the effect that the Perry and Castile fire departments are to protect property one-half the distance from their respective fire halls. The fire protection district as established will provide rural property owners in the town with a definite means of fire protection.”
AREAS IMPACTED: Town of Castile Taxpayers that reside in the Village of Perry will not be affected by these changes, but if you live or travel on the following roads, the Perry Fire Department will no longer be providing initial fire protection or emergency services: Bills Road Middle Reservation Road Lower Reservation Road, Hathaway Road Partridge Road Johnson Road Schenk Road Slocum Road Sanford Road St. Helena Street Twin Bridge Road County Line Road Abbott Road Adrian Road Shearman Road Club Road Route 39 Ave A Street Martin Street Camp Road Lakeview Avenue Lakeside Avenue Parker Avenue Chapman Road Perry Avenue Genesee Avenue Fillmore Avenue Embury Avenue Wesley Avenue Hedding Avenue Harris Avenue Harris Avenue Durbin Avenue Monroe Avenue Park Avenue Ames Avenue Haven Avenue Hamline Avenue Janes Avenue Fillmore Avenue Thompson Avenue
MAJOR CONCERNS: Two major concerns of the Perry Fire Department with this change are LENGTH OF RESPONSE TIME and COMMUNITY EXPOSURE TO EMERGENCY VEHICLES. As first responders, length of response time is of the upmost importance to save life and property. If you live in the Twin Bridge’s area or west side of the Silver Lake (2.5 miles from PFD hall vs. 9 miles from CFD hall), it will take approx. 3.6 times longer for the CFD to reach your emergency. With the change to the current contract The Castile Fire Department will have to travel through the Perry fire protection area and/or the Silver Springs fire protection area to respond to emergencies on the northwest side of Silver Lake. This extra travel time of fire equipment and first responders in their personal vehicles on the road adds additional hazard to the traffic and the safety of the community, first responders and property.
REASON: The decision by the Town of Castile is an unfortunate one. The people in charge of the town’s financial interest are putting a price on what a person’s life is worth. The Town of Castile will state that they have saved money with this new choice, while this may be true, at what cost to life and/or property (Current Service Contract is for One Year at $10,000 or $25.00 per parcel).
Please contact the Town of Castile to express your thoughts and concerns you may have with this matter. WHAT YOU CAN DO: Contact the Town of Castile, 53 North Main Street, Castile, NY 14427. Phone (585) 493-2233. Or make your voice heard at the next CASTILE TOWN BOARD MEETING: NOVEMBER 13, 2014 at 7:00pm. The Perry Fire Department is honored to have served as your emergency service provider and thank you for your years of support.
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The Village of Perry, NY is located in Wyoming County, in Western New York State. The Perry Fire Department Proudly offers fire protection and other life safety protection, as well as fire prevention education to the people of the Village and Town of Perry, NY. Through the Mutual Aid system, our fire protection/rescue services extend beyond the borders of Perry into the surrounding towns of Wyoming, Livingston and Genesee Counties. Formally organized on June 7, 1887, The Perry Fire Department has been proudly providing these services for almost 125 years...Professionally staffed by Volunteers.