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To the Editor:

Volunteer fire departments beware. The state is trying to shift its responsibilities for controlling forest fires to the volunteer fire companies instead of maintaining its own cadre of fire wardens in each ranger district. The policy coming from Albany is that "Forest Fires are the responsibility of the local fire department except on state owned landed."

The truth, on the other hand, is that the environmental conservation law explicitly states that forest fires in the fire towns and fire districts are the responsibility of New York State. And for good reason. Volunteer fire departments cannot devote days or weeks to forest fires; it's been tried before and it doesn't work. It is an easy out for the state and the people in Albany.

President of Fire Wardens Association of New York

ED ROBBINS
May 23, 2006

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