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Deferiet fire department recruitment, calls expanding

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DEFERIET — The village fire department is gaining momentum.

The village Board of Trustees approved four new prospective members — Mark Saber, Michael Saber and David DeGrave, all of Deferiet, and Melissa Roman, of Herrings — to the department during the March 5 meeting. Fire chief Timothy Irey said Mr. DeGrave is certified for basic life support and Ms. Roman has completed the Firefighter 1 training and is certified for advanced life support.

The fire chief informed the board the department has changed its new member policy.

“It used to be the good ole boy system — ‘hey I know you, you’re in,’” the chief said.

Since current members do not always know recruits, the department has implemented an interview process. Seven have applied since December. Calls have also increased, with 40 so far this year.

Mr. Irey said the department is hosting a first responders course and preparing for next month’s Recruit NY, a statewide recruitment event featuring open houses, slated for April 26 to 27.

To come into compliance with the recent Department of Environmental Conservation inspection, the board is looking into purchasing an alarm system for the well house.

In a cost-saving measure, village Mayor Janet M. Zando purchased three new rugs for the municipal office for less than $100. However, the village will now have to buy out from the current contract for rug service. Under the previous administration, the village contracted with Cintas of Liverpool at a cost of $125 per month and the agreement is in effect until April 2015.

In other business the board:

n Set a public hearing for the tax cap override for 6 p.m. April 2, to be followed by the 2014-15 budget hearing.

n Approved the purchase of four, 4-foot zigzag Christmas tree lights from Display Sales of Bloomington, Minn., to replace Christmas decorations in need of repair. The trees cost $219 each with $185 for shipping and handling.

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