Chilson to debate fire department's future

A separate $10,000 grant allowed the purchase of portable generators. Those can be used during power outages to assist residents with medical conditions that need electricity and to power the Chilson Community Center. The community center is owned by the fire department and serves as an emergency shelter.

Scuderi claims Chilson residents have two options for the fire company - keep it as is or merge with the Ticonderoga Fire Department.

"Either way, we will continue to have a fire house, fire equipment and a trained crew to respond," Scuderi wrote. "It appears that any fire would be responded to and taken care of in much the same way as it is presently."

Hunsdon disagrees, noting he has discussed the issue with Ticonderoga firefighters.

"If Ti took over they wouldn't want our trucks because they're out of date," he said. "They would probably need to put a big pumper and tanker up here.

"They'd have to build a new fire house because their trucks wouldn't fit in our current fire house," he continued. "They may even have to buy property, because the current fire house is so close to wetlands the APA (Adirondack Park Agency) probably wouldn't let someone build on the site today. It could cost millions."

Scuderi pointed to merger of the Ironville and Crown Point fire districts. In that case the Ironville fire house was closed and all calls are responded to from Crown Point.

If the Chilson fire house closes, Hunsdon said, residents will suffer. He pointed to a house fire Feb. 4 that destroyed a garage. Chilson firefighters were able to save the home.

"If the firemen were coming from Ticonderoga they wouldn't have made it in time," Hunsdon said. "It would have taken them at least 15 minutes longer to get there (than Chilson firefighter) and that would have been the difference."

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