How can I be notified of a major emergency?

alertIn the event of a County-wide or Town-wide emergency, you may be notified of the emergency by phone on your residential land-line. But, what if you don’t have a land-line or want to also be notified by email or via text message?
Then you can sign up for emergency notification on your mobile device. Click here to navigate to the Code Red website to register your device or email address. You can also reach the site through the Saratoga County Office of Emergency Services site. The link for the “Emergency mass notification system sign up” is near the bottom of the page.

Why do you still use a siren?
Our siren‘s main purpose is to notify our 100% volunteer membership of an alarm.  The station is not staffed most times and our volunteers need to be called to duty.  This obviously, dates back to the days before more modern technology existed to give us other means to be notified.  However, technology, as good as it is, can fail.  The radio pagers that each member carries are triggered by the Sheriff’s department dispatch center and at times the system has gone down.  More recently, we have started to use smart-devices to get notifications. However, that is in its early stages and relies on several other companies to provide that service, adding additional points of failure.  So, not wanting to put our reliance on a single method of notification, we continue to use our siren.  The 5:00 PM siren is a test to ensure that this notification method is still functioning.
We’d like to think that our siren, also lets our fellow neighbors know that folks in their community are themselves, being roused from bed, leaving their families, in the middle of the night, usually when the weather is at its worst, to assist someone in need.   We only hope that some may say a small prayer, that each of us gets to return safely home again.
Do you have a room to rent for parties?

We do have a room available to residents of the Fire District, free of charge.  It does require that one of our members be present at the fire house (not at the event) to be responsible for the building.  The room seats ?? and has a full kitchen, 8-foot banquet tables and enough chairs to accommodate the maximum capacity of the room.

Can I be removed from your mailing list?

We send one main mailing per year, usually in September soliciting donations to support our volunteer membership.  Other mailings may happen on a rare occasion, to inform the public of special events.  Some notifications are required, by law, to be sent out via the postal service.  Our mailing list is simply a list of all the physical residences within the Fire District.  We do not maintain a database of names or addresses and therefore cannot maintain a list of those who may not want to hear from us.  While we understand that you may not want to receive requests for donations or other news from us, we ask that you simply recycle the letter.  We will do our part in keeping the correspondence to a minimum.  Thank you.