A message to our community

May 1, 2023

The members of the Clifton Fire Department Inc. have decided that there will not be a parade and carnival this year or in the foreseeable future. Please know that this was not a decision made lightly, easily, or without considerable research, thought, and discussion.

We recognize that there is sadness in this news. Many of us have never known the first weekend in August without the Clifton Carnival until the pandemic, but unfortunately, it is just not feasible to bring it back at this time. Even with the full support of the Ladies Auxiliary, there are too many challenges to realistically overcome to be able to host the event to the standards we have had in the past. We would never be satisfied with anything less.

We are extremely proud of what we brought to the community for over 80 years and will always have the great memories of past carnivals to enjoy.

The Members of the Clifton Fire Department and Ladies Auxiliary.


Hello Neighbors:

We would like to tell a little bit about ourselves. The fire department, established in 1935, provides fire protection, EMS (emergency medical services), and rescue services for the southern part of the town of Chili and the southeast part of the town of Riga. Ambulance service is provided by the CHS (Chili, Henrietta, Scottsville) Ambulance Service and the Churchville Fire Department in Riga. Our firehouse is located at 53 Wheatland Center Road in the hamlet of Clifton. Our membership consists of about 40 men and women, all volunteer, who are also your friends and neighbors.

The fire department holds fundraisers during the year. Our annual Fireman’s Carnival is held during the first full weekend in August. The carnival has food, games and refreshments in an old style country carnival atmosphere. Friday night is the Fireman’s Parade and Saturday has entertainment. In November we host a Turkey Raffle, where you have the chance to win the turkey for Thanksgiving dinner. All of these events are held at the firehouse. The department mails an annual fund drive request. Donations may also be made through the United Way, look for our agency code.

Again we would like to welcome you to the community and to invite you to participate in some of the events we hold. We are always in need of new members to help us out. It is an opportunity for valuable training and very rewarding experiences. If you have any questions or would like more information about the Clifton Fire Department, feel free to contact us. We can be reached by e-mail Cliftonfd@Cliftonfire.org or stop at the firehouse on a Monday evening.

The members of the Clifton Fire Department