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Tyre renews fire contract with Clyde FD amid plans for new department

The Town of Tyre has renewed its fire protection contract with the Galen-Clyde Fire Department for 2024 at a cost of $88,000, while also laying the groundwork for establishing its own fire department. Town Supervisor Elizabeth Partee announced the renewal and highlighted ongoing efforts to set up a Tyre-based fire company. An Inter-Municipal Agreement is in preparation to facilitate the integration of personnel and the use of fire stations and equipment, aiming to enhance fire services within the community.

This move comes after the dissolution of the Magee Volunteer Fire Department, which had served Tyre for 72 years, due to various violations and issues. The State Supreme Court’s decision in January 2022 led to the redistribution of assets to the town. The town’s contract with the Galen-Clyde district, adjusted for not covering emergency medical service calls this year, represents a significant reduction from previous years’ costs.

The decision to contract with North Seneca Ambulance for EMS services underscores Tyre’s commitment to ensuring the safety and well-being of its residents. The collaboration with North Seneca Ambulance, which also serves surrounding towns, is based on a taxable unit formula, ensuring comprehensive emergency medical services alongside fire protection as Tyre progresses toward establishing its own volunteer fire company.