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Berne Fire District Chief Richard Guilz said firefighters had trouble ventilating and entering the single-family structure because of its age and layers of roofing.

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On March 14, residents will gather at Maple on the Lake to view potential designs for the facilities, to go on land along Route 443 in East Berne, and talk to officials overseeing the project.

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WESTERLO — Following the town board’s approval of the fire company’s annual contract, a councilman’s attempt to require more information from the company for future budget requests was met with contention and tabled.

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The town board will meet on Feb. 17 with the not-for-profit fire company, made up of volunteers, to discuss possible changes to their contract.

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A garage on Western Avenue now stands gutted, as the call for responders came as flames were shooting through the roof in the early morning hours of Thursday, Jan. 8.

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The county legislature recognized firefighters from Berne, East Berne, and Westerlo on Dec. 15 for their service helping during a severe snowstorm in Erie County in the middle of November.

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A second special election asking voters to allow the sale of a fire truck was passed on Tuesday night, with 136 ballots cast. The first referendum was defeated in August, 15 to 15. A town wide letter might have been the key.

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After a townwide letter was mailed to residents and an informational meeting held, the Knox fire commissioners are opening the polls for a second time, seeking permission to sell a tanker truck.

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At 75 years, the Rensselaerville Volunteer Fire Department showed little weariness Saturday. The ceremonial moments at the all-day celebration had the air and intimacy of a family reunion that ended with music and fireworks.

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Fire commissioners will meet next month to decide whether to hold the election again, revise their resolution, or give up on a 21-year plan to rotate trucks.

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