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IN-DEPTH: Fishers to vote Tuesday on fire consolidation

After years of discussion, $32,000 in research and strategic planning and hundreds of hours of work on the part of town and village of Victor officials and staff, the fate of the proposed Victor Consolidated Fire District is in the hands of five people.

At 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Fishers Fire District commissioners are expected to vote on whether to dissolve their century-old district and become part of the proposed consolidated district along with the Victor Fire Department.

At stake, in addition to the success or failure of that consolidation, is a $239,400 grant from the New York Department of State to aid in the consolidation of the Victor Fire Department and Fishers Fire District into one entity.

If consolidation happens, this grant will be used to hire policy and procedure consultants, attorneys, accountants and auditors, information technology and records management consultants, and communication equipment. The transition would be entirely funded by the grant, at no cost to taxpayers, according to a town of Victor press release.

“I’m happy to hear New York state has approved the full amount of the town’s funding request for a consolidated fire district,” said Victor Fire Chief Sean McAdoo. “Fishers and Victor Fire Departments have been working together operationally for nearly five years. We share each other’s facilities and have made sure our equipment is, if not fully interoperable, then complementary. This reduced redundancy is a direct savings to the taxpayers, and provides safety for our firefighters by increasing efficiency.”

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