Brocton discusses fire drill, Halloween hours

BROCTON — All the fire and rescue personnel involved with this month’s full evacuation drill at the Herbert Star Apartment Complex in Brocton were praised by Village Mayor Richard Frost Wednesday during the board of trustees meeting.

The first of its kind in several years, the drill called for all residents, with varying states of mobility to be safely accounted for and evacuated by fire and residential personnel, and ended with residents being bussed to Brocton Central School, which would serve as an emergency shelter point should a major emergency ever occur at the complex.

Brocton Fire Department Chief Phil Gerace commented during his report to board members, noting “The drill went beautiful.”

Mayor Frost, who attended and observed the drill, concurred saying “The drill was very impressive, and I want to reiterate how very lucky we are to have the men and women in fire service here.”

Also of particular note, Chief Gerace made note that while candy will be handed out to area trick or treaters this year at the fire hall from 6 to 7:30 p.m., low attendance numbers in past years caused the department to not hold an annual Halloween parade this year. The hall will remain open until 7:30 p.m. to children to receive candy.

Board members officially set trick or treat hours for the village to run from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. After discussion, the board members concurred that a 5:30 p.m. start time would allow for parents to return home from work hours and an 8 p.m. cut off would allow for children to safely return home before the village’s 9 p.m. curfew. As in years past, the board of trustees and fire department urge the utmost safety precautions be observed by children and the adults who will be out with them the night of Halloween.

The board of trustees will reconvene following village elections, on Wednesday Nov. 15 at 6:30 p.m.