Fire consolidation talk renewed in Moriah

Supervisor would like to see a study

Fire district consolidation is again an issue in the town of Moriah.

Fire district consolidation is again an issue in the town of Moriah.

— Consolidation would not mean reduced fire protection or response time, the supervisor said. The Moriah and Mineville-Witherbee fire stations could remain open and keep their equipment.

There would be changes in fire leadership, though, in a consolidation. Now the Moriah and Mineville-Witherbee fire districts each has a board of commissioners and each department has its own officers. If consolidated into one district, there would be one board of commissioners and the single department would have one set of officers.

Scozzafava admits, consolidation may not be popular with some firefighters.

“I don’t want to start World War III,” he said. “I just want to have a discussion.

“There is grant money available for a study and the state is offering incentives for consolidation,” the supervisor added. “This may be a good time to look at it.”

Moriah’s town board will have no say on the issue. Any consolidation proposal must be initiated by the Moriah and Mineville-Witherbee boards of fire commissioners and would have to be approved by a referendum of fire district voters.

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