Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Who pays for the
A: The MRVFC receives funding through a combination of taxes and state grants. To
taxpayers, the MRVFC costs $49 per capita (less than half the average of $130 in New York State for fire
Q: How can I help?
A: As an organization made up entirely of community volunteers we are
always welcoming new members. In addition to traditional firefighting and fire scene support services, there
are many other operational and administrative functions that must be conducted. Feel free to e-mail us or stop
in to discuss how you might be able to help serve your community. You can also learn more about volunteering
Q: What can the MRVFC do for me?
A: The MRVFC offers a Length of Service Award Program
through New York State to all volunteers. Benefits include: Life Insurance/survivor benefits, $200 credit on
State Income Tax, free annual physicals and a retirement incentive package based on accrued time in active
duty. Through MRVFC you will receive free training in: CPR, Leadership, Management, Trust and Team Building,
Critical Incident Management, Survival, Building Construction and Fire Investigation. Many of the courses cover
topics that are relevant to volunteers’ everyday professional and private lives.
Q: What type of alert system should I have in my house?
A: In the event of a fire a
smoke alarm can save your life and those of your loved ones. They are a very important means of preventing
fatalities by providing an early warning signal so you and your family can escape. Smoke alarms are one of the
best safety devices you can buy and install to protect yourself, your family, and your home. Carbon Monoxide
(CO) detectors are also an important part of the home alert system. Each year in America, carbon monoxide
poisoning claims approximately 480 lives and sends another 15,200 people to hospital emergency rooms for
treatment. Learn more about fire safety in the home here.
Q: How do I establish a fire safety plan in my house?
A: There are many resources
available to help minimize the risk of injuries or fatalities from fire in the home. There are alert systems, escape plans, home fire safety check lists, and information about fire extinguishers. We hope you find these reference links useful but please call our
office at (518) 584-6155 or e-mail us if you have