December 9, 2021

New 5-year agreements fund local fire and ambulance services

Town Supervisor Ciaran Hanna today announced that the Town of Perinton renewed five-year contracts for fire protection and emergency ambulance services in the Town of Perinton.  Renewed contracts include Bushnell’s Basin Fire Department, Egypt Fire Association, Fairport Fire Department, Village of East Rochester Fire Department and Perinton Ambulance.

I am pleased to renew contracts with our fire and ambulance services that recognize and support the important work they do to protect our community each day,” said Hanna. “These contracts will go a long way to support our first responders while simultaneously protecting local taxpayers. I thank the leadership team of each department for their partnership and coordination to agree upon contracts that best serve the interests of our Fire and Ambulance entities, their dedicated professionals and volunteers, and Perinton taxpayers. I would also like to thank our local first responders who perform their duties in a selfless, professional manner every day in service to our community.”

Perinton residents rely on five volunteer fire departments and one ambulance service to respond to emergencies within Town boundaries. Most rely on Town funding in addition to other sources.

Each year, the Town of Perinton supports our volunteer fire departments by providing funding for critical equipment such as PPE, turnout gear, medical supplies, fire suppression tools, and more. This is an investment in the safety of both our fire volunteers and residents. Our fire service volunteers also help to save taxpayer dollars. Our taxpayers have one of the lowest fire tax rates in Monroe County – due to the volunteer force.  According to the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York (FASNY), New York State taxpayers save more than $3 billion each year due to the services provided by the volunteer fire service. 

The new five-year contracts, which run through 2026, were unanimously approved by the Perinton Town Board at the November 10, 2021 meeting.