In 1900, the SOA provided for the installation of a fire pump on the steamer Doris. When the Doris was re-equipped with a gasoline engine, the Association provided its own fireboat, SOA I and later, SOA II. In 1966, the Town of North Elba and Village of Lake Placid assumed responsibility for fire protection on Lake Placid and the Association gifted the SOA II to the fire department. SOA II was subsequently retired in favor of the Hotspot, a 22-foot, diesel-powered, fiberglass former Coast Guard vessel with a 1000 gallon-per-minute pumping capacity.
In 1990, to better coordinate and communicate with the fire department and rescue squad, and to ensure that the fire and rescue equipment remained in top condition, the SOA formed the Emergency Services Committee. The Committee devised a property identification system, and in 1993 the SOA distributed reflective number plates to be attached to every dock or boathouse on the lake. The number plates were updated and replaced in 2019. The numbers provide a coherent and comprehensive system to aid fire and rescue personnel in the event of an emergency. Please contact the SOA to confirm that your property identification is up to date.
Navigation Marking System
For many years the SOA maintained the navigation marking system on the lake. Hazards were first marked with SOA flags and oil lamps. The Village of Lake Placid provided navigation lights where powerlines existed, supplemented by battery-powered lights provided by the SOA at the northern end of the lake. In 1969, the New York State Conservation Department, now the Department of Environmental Conservation, assumed responsibility for the navigation buoy system. The SOA continues to monitor navigational lights and marker buoys for the safety of all who use the lake.