About The District
Henrietta Fire District
The Henrietta Fire District is a combination department (career and volunteer) that provides fire protection and first response emergency medical services (EMS) to a response area of 39 sq. miles. This includes all of Henrietta which has a population of 45,685 (2008 U. S. Census). The District also provides fire and EMS service to 21 miles on the New York State Thruway I-90 and 10 miles on I-390. The town estimates that as many as 250,000 people live, work, or pass through our town each day. On an average day 25,000 to 30,000 vehicles pass through the I-90 interchange into our town. The District also has a county wide mutual aid agreement with the City of Rochester and all other communities within Monroe County, population 735,343 (2000 U. S. Census). The District responded to 4339 calls in 2013 as compared to 1,190 calls in 1990. Due to the tremendous growth in population and businesses in the Town; and also that people are not willing or able to volunteer their time to firefighting, the District has hired additional career firefighters over the years.
Who's Who in the Fire District?
In 1969, the Town of Henrietta granted by resolution that the three volunteer fire companies become a Fire District.
The Fire District is the governing body commissioned with providing fire and rescue service to its residents. The cost for this service is paid for through the collection of your tax dollars. The District is its own taxing agency and therefore has the power to levy taxes (similar to a School District). The fire tax is the only means of funding for the Fire District. Unlike other forms of local government, we do not receive State Aide, Federal Aide or income from service fees/taxes, or billing for service.
While the Fire District can accept and appreciates donations, the Henrietta Fire District does not solicit funds through mass fund drive mailings. Any fund drive mailing you may receive is from one of the three volunteer companies. Fund drive money is used to maintain the facilities of the three volunteer companies.
There are six fire stations within the Town of Henrietta. The Fire District owns three of these stations, and independent volunteer fire companies own the remainder.
The District owns all equipment and apparatus at the six stations and rents from the companies the truck bays, radio room, and the volunteer chief's office space.
District Owned Stations:
Station 4 located at 850 Bailey Road is the Fire District's Headquarters. This station is staffed with career officers and firefighters 24 hrs. a day. The District dispatch center is also at this location as well as the day administrative staff.
Station 5 located at 230 Pinnacle Road is staffed with two career firefighters, and a Lieutenant 24 hrs. a day.
Station 6 located at 60 Erie Station Road houses the District's training center, now called the Francis G. Byrne Training Center. This is used for District training as well as outside firefighting agencies. Volunteers respond from this station.
The three company owned stations are:
Station 1 - Henrietta Fire Company No. One located at 3129 East Henrietta Road, volunteer staffed.
Station 2 - West Henrietta Fire Department, 774 Erie Station Road, volunteer staffed.
Station 3 - Genesee Valley Fire Department 9 Riverview Drive, volunteer staffed.
The Board of Fire Commissioners
The Fire District governing body is made up of five (5) Commissioners elected by the voters of Henrietta. They serve a 5-year term, and one (1) is elected each year. The election is held the second Tuesday in December. Any registered voter in the Henrietta Fire District may vote. The Commissioners oversee administrative activities, including setting the fire tax, budget, apparatus and equipment purchases, building maintenance and repair or replacement. etc. Commissioners are assigned different positions: finance, insurance, personnel, equipment, and building and grounds. Similar to the Town and School Boards, the only pre-requisite to becoming a candidate for Commissioner is that the candidate must live in the town of Henrietta and complete the petition requirements.
The Commissioners hold a monthly business meeting on the second Tuesday of each month at the District headquarters. Other meetings may be held from time to time to conduct District business. Per NYS Open Meetings Law, all Commissioner meetings where District business is conducted are open to the public.The official newspaper of the Henrietta Fire District is the Messenger Post. All legal notices are published in this paper. The District also has a website www.henriettafire.com. which contains information about the District, current events etc.
The person in this full time position works along with the Commission and the Chief. The Secretary/Treasurer serves as Chief Fiscal Officer and Records Management Officer. Some of the duties include: finance/budget preparation, personnel/human resources, payroll, accounts payable, and liaison to various committees and legal counsel.
The Chief of the Henrietta Fire District is a career position and is ultimately responsible for the firematic operation of the Fire District. Some of the duties include: supervises the career and volunteer firefighters and officers, liaison to Town, County and State agencies, assist with budget preparation, grant writing, purchasing, and serves with the Commission on various committees and labor contract negotiations. The Chief is supported by a Career Assistant Chief and three volunteer Battalion Chiefs.
Career Assistant Chief
The Assistant Chief of the Henrietta Fire District is a career position, and his current assignment includes overseeing both the Training and EMS programs. The Assistant Chief serves on various committees at the direction of the Fire Chief. The Assistant Chief also performs the duties of the Fire Chief in his absence.
Volunteer Battalion Chiefs
The Fire District is divided into three geographical areas called Battalions. A Battalion Chief is responsible for each of these geographical areas.
Currently the District employs ten career Lieutenants. Two Lieutenants are assigned to each of the four working groups of career firefighters and are responsible for management of the firefighters assigned to their group. Each Lieutenant is assigned an area of responsibility within the District, example: scheduling, inventory, communications.
A career Lieutenant is also assigned to a staff position and is in charge of the fire prevention program as well as being the District Safety Officer. As Fire Prevention Officer, this individual visits local schools and businesses to educate them about fire safety. The Safety Officer is responsible for the Henrietta Fire District meeting all Local, State, and Federal safety regulations.
A career Lieutenant is also assined to a staff position, MTO (Municipal Training Officer). This position is in charge of the training provided to all firefighters. This includes the annual 100 hrs. of in service training for career firefighters. The MTO is also in charge of EMS recertification as well as weekly drills for volunteer firefighters. This individual is also responsible for the recruit volunteer firefighting program which runs 13 weeks or more.
The District currently has three volunteer captain and three volunteer lieutenants. Volunteer firefighters in each battalion are supervised by volunteer captains and lieutenants. The volunteer officers assist the volunteer battalion chiefs with operational and station duties in each battalion.
We have a have a topnotch dedicated group of career firefighters. The first firefighter was hired in 1975. The 25 career firefighters are divided into four groups providing coverage 24 hours per day, 365 days per year. Each group consists of six firefighters and two Lieutenants. They staff two trucks out of Station #4 (Bailey Rd.) and one truck at Station #5 (Pinnacle Rd.) The Career firefighters have 229 hrs. of training and are NYS certified. The new hires are nationally certified as well. All firefighters are NYS EMT-D certified.
The District has approximately 75 volunteer firefighters. These dedicated groups of people are your neighbors who give their time and efforts to protect you, your neighbors and guests. All volunteer firefighters receive their training through Fire District's Training Office.
Public Safety Dispatchers
The District employs four Public Safety Dispatchers. Each group is assigned one Public Safety Dispatcher. With a District as large and as busy as we are, we rely on these Dispatchers to provide the communications and coordination to accomplish our job.
Due to the size of our fleet which consists of 21 vehicles, the District employs a full time mechanic. The mechanic does preventative maintenance and repairs to our apparatus and equipment. Having a mechanic on site reduces the downtime of apparatus and costs of repairs.
We hope this information has helped. As mentioned at the beginning of this article, this is meant to give you an overview of your Fire District. We will be going into greater detail on many of these subjects in the future. If you have any questions or concerns please join us at one of our meetings or call us at 334-1234 and leave a message and someone will get back to you.