The Oaks Corners Fire Department is a 100% volunteer department that provides fire protection as well as rescue and EMS services to the eastern half of the town of Phelps, New York. Phelps is located in Ontario County, which is located about half way between the cities of Rochester and Syracuse along the New York State Thruway. We operate out of a single station and protect a population of about 3,000 residents over an area of 35 square miles. We also protect a 2.5 mile portion of the New York State Thruway and over 10 miles of railways. We protect a primarily rural, residential area with some commercial and industrial occupancies as well. We have 85 members in the organization including 51 fire and EMS responders that respond to around 225 calls annually. Due to the fact that there is no municipal water supply in our fire district we have a current ISO rating of 8B.
The Oaks Corners Fire Department provides emergency medical services in the form of BLS First Responders. We currently have 20 members who hold an EMS certification of Certified First Responder or higher. Our first responders respond to all medical calls within our fire protection district and provide patient care until a transporting ambulance can arrive on scene. The primary transporting ambulance service for our area is Phelps Ambulance Inc. Around 1999, our agency initiated a public access defibrilation program which has resulted in the training of most of our firefighters in the use of our automated electronic defibrillator.
During the hours of 6am and 6pm we provide automatic mutual aid for any structure fires in the entire North Side fire district in the town of Geneva, as well as a large portion of the Phelps fire district including the entire village of Phelps. We also assist the Junius Fire Department by responding automatically to any structure fires in a portion of the Town of Junius.
Due to the fact that there is no municipal water in our fire district, we rely on automatic mutual aid agreements with several surround departments to supplement our water supply. Our district is divided into several sectors. Depending on the location, the Phelps, Lyons, or Geneva Fire Departments respond automatically to any reported structure fires in our district.
Our department is funded primarily through a contract for fire protection with the town of Phelps. Additional funds come from fund raisers such as dinners, fund drives, and our annual golf tournament. The Town of Phelps contract for 2012 was for approximately $68,000.