ENDICOTT (WBNG) -- The future of the West Endicott Fire Department is unclear. Assistant fire chief Michael Tremblay says the department either has to recruit volunteers to join the department or it will close at the end of the year.
"If we don't see an increase in membership, we're going to have to make a really hard decision whether or not it is in the best interest of the residents we serve for this fire department to still function," said Tremblay.
He says the department only has about 20 members. He says that is barely enough people to staff two fire trucks and is not sustainable.
Tremblay says if the department does have to close its doors, residents will deal with several unforeseen consequences.
"Taxes will change. They will most likely increase, because they would be covered by one of the neighboring departments. A lot of the things that we've done outside of fire suppression and life safety activities would end. Anytime a community loses its volunteer fire department, it's losing a real treasure," Tremblay said.
The department is holding a town hall meeting Sunday night at 6 p.m. at the fire station located at 113 N Page Ave. to recruit new volunteers. Tremblay says anyone interested in encouraged to attend.