Chilson to debate fire department's future

Hunsdon believes the majority of Chilson residents support the local fire company.

Formed in 1960, the Chilson squad covers a 30-square-mile area that includes Putts Pond and a portion of Eagle Lake. The fire district includes large tracts of state-owned property that have required Chilson firefighters to battle forest fires in the past.

The company responds to emergency calls, but does much more.

Each October firefighters go house-to-house in the community giving away smoke detectors and batteries while delivering fire safety information. The company also assists during weather emergencies, cleaning downed trees from road ways and bringing generators to home-bound residents.

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