What should I do after I have a house or
Firefighters are familiar with the
devastation and trauma resulting from fire. Generally, those who experience fire
are not. The difficult period directly after a fire is confusing and traumatic.
Recovering from a fire can be a physically and mentally draining process. When
fire strikes, lives are suddenly turned upside down.
Often, the hardest part is knowing where to
begin and who to contact. We recognize this and have created this booklet to
assist you through this trying and tragic period.
"After the Fire" an Instruction Booklet
(90KB Adobe PDF File)
What rules pertain to controlled burning?
Effective on October 14, 2009, all open burning is prohibited in New York with several exceptions, including the following:
•Campfires less than 3 feet in height and 4 feet in length, width or diameter are allowed.
•Small cooking fires are allowed.
•Fires cannot be left unattended and must be fully extinguished.
•Only charcoal or clean, dry, untreated or unpainted wood can be burned.
•Ceremonial or celebratory bonfires are allowed.
In towns with a total population less than 20,000 (This includes the Towns of
Middlesex and Italy), you may burn tree limbs with attached leaves. The limbs must be less than 6 inches in diameter and 8 feet in length (also referred to as brush).
However, this is not allowed from March 16 through May 14 due to the increased risk of wildfires.
You may only burn
brush that is yours and came from your property, it is an NYS Environmental Conservation (Encon) regulation violation to transport
debris to your property for the purpose of burning.
It is also an Encon regulation violation for a business or individual to burn debris of a commercial business.
You may NOT burn leaves.
It is encouraged
that you compost leaves instead.
You may NOT burn household garbage.
Burning trash is now prohibited statewide in all areas.
The burn must be attended at all times.
In the event your burn becomes out of control call 911 immediately to request
the fire department.
Abandon structures or other unique burns are
subject to Encon and fire department approval and have very specific rules.
Open burning is never allowed within any incorporated village including the Villages of Penn Yan,
Rushville, Dundee, and Dresden.
This FAQ is not intended to cover all possible
scenarios for controlled burning. See NYSDEC Regulations website at
Chapter III, Part 215 and/or a DEC officer for
Who should I notify if I want to burn something?
If you are planning a controlled burn at your residence, and one of the
exceptions above applies, you should
first call the
Yates County 911 Center. The phone number to report controlled
burns is 315-536-3033 or 1-866-308-3225. By notifying the dispatch center of
your plan to burn material, it lessens the chances of an unnecessary fire
department response to your location.
Who should I notify if I have a fire alarm system?
If you have a fire and/or burglar alarm system installed in your home or place
of business that is, located in Yates County, you are required by Yates County
Local Law 2-02 to register the alarm system with the
Yates County 911 Center.
Call 315-536-3033 or 1-866-308-3225 for more information.
Who should I notify if I accidentally trip my fire alarm system and there
is no real problem?
If you accidentally trip a fire alarm system in your home or place of business
and there is no real problem call the
Yates County 911 center at 315-536-3033 or
1-866-308-3225 tell the dispatcher what happened. It is very likely that the
fire department will still respond, but the dispatcher will be able to update
the responding units.
I want to rent the fire hall
for a private party?
Strictly speaking, we do not rent
the fire hall to individuals for any purpose. The fire hall is private
property owned and maintained by the Middlesex Hose Company, it is not a public
I want to rent tables and
We regretfully are not able to rent
tables and chairs. Tables and chairs are expensive items essential for the
operation of our own funds raisers. Too often, for the little money gained,
tables and chairs would come back broken or damaged; sometimes they never made
it back at all.
Are there any exceptions to
the hall rental policy?
Established members of the Middlesex
Hose Company or the Middlesex Sirenettes may rent the dinning hall for their own
Special organizations may make a
request to use the hall for a special event. The request must be in writing and
detail the purpose, date and time of the event. If the hall is available on the
requested date, the request will be discussed at the next regular meeting of the
Hose Company. This process can take a month or more and there are no guarantees.
What about having the fire department
cater a private party for me?
The Middlesex Sirenettes will cater private parties and banquets at the Middlesex Fire Hall.
Middlesex Sirenettes thank you for considering our organization for your
upcoming event. We offer a variety of options and many years of experience to
provide you with an enjoyable and memorable event. The following guidelines
insure that your event will run smoothly.
Deposits and Guarantees:
require a $50.00 non refundable deposit to secure your date. This deposit will
be applied toward your final bill. In the event that your function is cancelled
your deposit, is NOT refundable and will become property of the Middlesex
Sirenettes. We must have a total guest count 14 days before your event. Your
bill will be based on the guest count given to this organization on that day. A
deposit of 50% of your total bill will be due to this organization 7 days before
your event. The final amount owed to this organization will be due this
organization at the conclusion of your event.
Menu prices are subject to change and you will be notified of any changes 90
days prior to your event.
Here is a PFD of the available Menus:
Bands and Music:
do not have these services available through our organization, but you may hire
someone to provide music for your event.
do not offer any bar services. You may bring your own alcohol to your event but
you are the responsible party. You will be required to sign a legal document in
order for you to bring alcohol onto the premises.
menus above are not absolute. We will make substitutions within reason.
you are having a wedding reception the cake may be delivered to our facility the
day of your event. If you have any questions or would like more information
please contact the person whose name and phone number are listed below.
Responding to Calls
How do firefighters know when there is an emergency?
Yates County 911 Center receives and
dispatches all calls for service in the Middlesex Fire Departments response
area. When the 911 center receives a request for the fire department they
transmit the call via radio to voice pagers. The firefighters all wear pagers
that alert, the details of the call are received from the dispatcher.
How can I get current
information for local road conditions during storms?
During inclement weather,
particularly in the winter, the Yates County Sheriff’s Office will occasionally
issue travel advisories or even road or lake closings by issuance of a special
state of emergency as declared by the Sheriff. Citizens need to tune into a
local media outlet for current travel conditions. Please DO NOT call the
Yates County 911 Center or the Middlesex Fire Station for road and travel conditions. Dispatchers need to keep
phone lines open for disseminating this information to the media and other
public service agencies. Any significant information relating to highway and
travel safety will be provided to local news media as soon as possible for their
immediate release to the community. You can also click
road condition updates from the NYS Department of Transportation. If you have
doubts about traveling safely and your commute is not necessary, it may be best
to stay off the roads.
I have a scanner, what frequency should I listen on?
The county is currently in the process of
changing to a more modern system. The new dispatch channel is 453.250 mhz.
Here is a table with all of Yates County's new Fire
and EMS channels.
453.25000 Yates Fire UHF F-1 - Dispatch ( 46.50 simulcast)
453.57500 Yates Fire UHF F-2 - Fire-Tac
460.07500 Yates Fire UHF F-3 - Fire-Tac
460.12500 Yates Fire UHF F-4 - Fire-Tac - Water Supply
465.07500 Yates Fire UHF F-5 - Fire-Tac - Fire Police
465.12500 Yates Fire UHF F-6 - Fire-Tac
453.50000 Yates Fire UHF F-7 - Fire-Tac
460.03750 Yates Fire UHF F-8 - Fire-Tac / Coordination
Some Yates County
departments may also be using the old, 46.500 mhz as the primary radio channel
during the transition to the new system. The secondary
radio channel is 46.220 mhz which is a state-wide channel.
You can also listen to Yates County Fire, EMS
and Law Enforcement as heard in the Middlesex Fire Station at our audio
feed hosted by radioreference.com
Click the Play Button Below to
Why is there a siren on the fire station?
The fire siren serves several purposes. It
acts as a secondary alerting device to firefighters in the case that there is a
problem with the paging system. As a secondary alerting device it positively
affects ISO ratings which help your fire insurance rates. It also serves as a
means of alerting the community that there will be emergency vehicle traffic in
the area around the fire station.
When does the siren on the fire station get activated?
The fire siren is activated by the
Yates County 911 center on all emergency
level fire calls. When activated for a fire, the siren cycles up and down
continually for one minute. The siren is not activated for EMS first response
calls or other specific non-emergent calls. The siren is also tested once daily Monday
though Saturday at 12 noon. When activated for a test, the siren cycles one time.
On the fourth Wednesday of every month, at 12 noon, an Emergency Warning Siren test
is conducted. The siren blows, one continuous tone, for one minute.
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