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Fire Districts
The Town of Charlton has three (3) fire districts.  Fire districts are not part of Town government.  Charlton’s Town Board has no say or responsibilities over fire district matters.  However, fire districts must comply with all Town zoning and building requirements.

Fire districts are governed by an elected board of five (5) fire district commissioners; and, they are required to have a treasurer and secretary.  Fire districts have the power to require the levy of taxes on real property within their districts and to borrow in their own names.  

The oversight of fire districts is the responsibility of the State Comptroller (as is contained in the State Constitution, Article 3 of the General Municipal Law and Town Law. Click here for the Office of the New York State Comptroller’s ‘Fire District Accounting and Reporting Manual (approx. 95 pages).  This Manual contains the fire district laws and operating procedures.

How Charlton's Fire Districts Answer Calls
During the day from 6AM – 6PM, depending on where the call comes in, there is mutual aid response.  This means that all Charlton Fire Districts and the Burnt Hills Fire Department will respond if a call for a fire comes in.  If there is a non-fire call, the District receiving the call will respond, and, will call for backup if it is required.  After 6PM, each Charlton Fire District responds individually to all calls.  If needed, the District can and will call for backup if necessary.

Listed below are Charlton’s fire districts, and their operating funds for 2014 (this info was compiled by Saratoga County).  Note, the Harmony fire district also provides coverage to a portion of the Towns of Galway and Milton.

Fire District
2013 Assessed   
Tax Rate Per M
2014 Collected
Charlton
$213,527,776
$1.379680
$294,600.00
Harmony
$54,026,510
$1.442981
$77,959.23
W. Charlton
$56,502,314
$1.879446       
$106,193.05

Links to our fire district websites are listed, if the district has a website; and/or contact info is shown below.

Fire Departments (Public is welcome at meetings listed below)
Name
Non-Emergency Phone
Fire Dept. Meetings
Fire Commissioners' Meetings
399-1967   
7:00 pm at the Firehouse.
1st Tuesday of the month at 7:00 pm.
Harmony Corners
882-1091
2nd Tuesday of the month at 8:00 pm at the Firehouse
2nd Monday of the month at 8:00 pm
West Charlton Volunteer
882-1010
1st Tuesday of the month at 7:00 pm at the Firehouse
4th Monday of the month with the exception of July & August.
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