FONDA, N.Y. -- Residents in the village of Fonda are wondering who they're going to call in case of a fire after a three to one ruling was made to abolish the local volunteer fire department at Monday's Board of Trustees meeting.
According to Mayor William Peeler, the cost of maintaining the 139-year old fire department was becoming a burden on the tax payers, citing aging equipment as a primary reason.
Starting next month, the village will consolidate resources with the Mohawk Fire Department.
"For the future betterment as well as the current betterment of our situation in fire protection it was better to dissolve the fire department and move on with a our contract with our district fire department," said Peeler.
"Once the contract is up in 2015, I'm pretty sure there's probably going to be a fire tax levied against the residents, the tax payers of Fonda," said Donald Wagoner.
The Fonda Volunteer Fire Department will close its doors at midnight March 14, which is when the official Mohawk Dire District contract goes into effect.