December & January 2023 Newsletter

Rush Fire District

COMMISSIONERS ELECTION: Any Rush resident can run for the fire commissioner position. This is a volunteer position with a five year term. A petition is required with 25 Rush tax payers signatures. Doug Platt & Zachary DuBois are running for the five year position. The election is held December 12th 6pm to 9pm at the main fire station located at 1971 Rush Mendon Rd, Rush, NY 14543. For complete information contact the district secretary at or (585) 533-2058 & leave a number to contact you.

RUSH FIRE DISTRICT: Fire District Public Budget hearing was held at the main fire station on Tuesday, October 17th at 7:00pm. This hearing and date is set by NYS Law.

ANNUAL BUDGET: The cost per $1,000 is $1.22. The total budget is $500,623. The increase was due to putting in place station managers and the major increase in insurance and utilities. Just the insurance is over $75,000.

ACCESS & HOUSE NUMBERS: “HELP us so we can HELP you”. We are still having serious problems with gaining access into many properties along with not being able to find homes in emergencies due to no visible or legible addresses on the house or mailboxes. Did YOU know that there are local and state codes that you have to comply with? Not complying with these codes could delay the Fire Dept., Ambulance, and Sheriffs in getting to you and damage to our expensive equipment. This could cost you loss of life and property. For more information please contact The Rush Town Code Enforcement Officer so you can be compliant.

Volunteer Fire Department & Ambulance

RESPONSES: We have responded to 470 calls as of November 29th. Many car deer accidents – no injury car crashes, lift assists and auto alarms that were ALL FALSE.

LADIES APPRECIATION DINNER: The Rush firefighters will again hold a prime rib and salmon dinner for the Ladies Auxiliary to thank them for all they do for the fire department and community. Beth Faugh is chairperson.

FUND DRIVE: The second request went out in November. We have about 500 of the 1,300 requests return some donation. A SINCERE THANK YOU TO THOSE WHO HAVE RESPONDED.

FIRE PREVENTION: Many of the fire publications have FD’s that boast about how many serious calls they respond to. WE BOAST on how the residents that we serve are very fire and safety conscious and DO NOT NEED OUR SERVICES VERY OFTEN, We thank you for this. Please continue the great work. We feel that our years of fire prevention & education efforts have paid off. These efforts do work and help control accidental fires and resulting injuries or death in Rush.

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