Fire Sirens not Weather Alerts

It was recently pointed out that not all persons in our area are familiar with our custom of sounding the fire siren to summon our firefighters and EMS providers of an emergency call where they are needed.  People from the southern states are more used to the sirens alerting them of impending storms where they should be prepared for bad weather and seek shelter. Our sirens can be a very scary thing to hear for our southerners, especially in the middle of the night. We are trying to spread the word through as many means as possible, to let everyone know the sirens heard in this part of the country are a means to summon our first responders - not a weather alert.


Check Presentation to Believe NNY


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Carthage Fire, Carthage Fire Auxiliary and Carthage Nighthawks Drill Team were the first to hold a benefit to raise money for Believe NNY. Carthage Fire Auxiliary is the first Auxiliary to join Believe NNY.  

The Mission Statement of Believe NNY:

To offer financial assistance for housing, mileage resource material, and contacts to volunteer firefighters, EMT's, members of fire department auxiliaries and affiliated members in Franklin, Hamilton, Essex, Jefferson, Lewis, and St.Lawrence counties who suffer from life threatening illnesses, such as cancer.


Believe NNY

Chicken BBQ   PROUDLY, members of the Carthage Fire Dept, Carthage Nighthawks Drill Team and Carthage Fire Auxiliary raised $560 for Believe NNY during the chicken BBQ. Thank you to all that helped, thank you to all that purchased chicken.


Mission Statement

It is the mission of the Carthage-Wilna Fire District and the Carthage Fire Department to provide the highest quality of professional emergency services that are humanly possible. As first responders to fire calls, accidents and public safety issues we strive to protect the lives and property of the residents and visitors of our community.

The fire department holds regular and special training sessions for its members to ensure the safety of each firefighter as well as to provide superior service to the community.

Our Values

SERVICE: The Department will continue its unwavering call to protect and serve.
BRAVERY: Bravery is the ability to overcome fear through fortitude, instinct, compassion for others and training.
SAFETY: We strive to keep our citizens free from danger, especially deliberate, harmful acts. With the best equipment and training, the Department can reduce the risk to the public and its members at fires and other emergencies.
DEDICATION: A commitment to the objectives of our mission is an essential part of our code of conduct. The faithful observance of duty calls for us to fulfill our obligations professionally and honestly. We inspire each other through pride in our units, which is a belief that every action reflects on all the members of the District and the Department, both past and present.