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Statewide Firefighter Recruitment Drive Comes to WNY
Statewide Firefighter Recruitment Drive Comes to WNY

First-Ever Statewide Unified Volunteer Firefighter Recruitment Drive to be Held at Local Fire Departments, April 9 - 10

Volunteer fire departments across the state will open their doors to area residents, so they can learn about what it takes to be a volunteer firefighter in their community, as part of a new statewide recruitment program called Volunteer New York. Over the last several years, it has been tough for many fire departments throughout New York State to recruit and retain volunteers for a variety of reasons. Volunteer fire departments need to bolster their emergency responder numbers, so they can continue to provide the optimum level of protection for their residents. Now more than ever, fire departments need more of their neighbors joining their department.

The fire departments will hold a recruitment drive at their respective firehouses as part of this unified effort over the course of Saturday, April 9 and Sunday, April 10 to kick off National Volunteer Week 2011. Not only will Volunteer New York be an opportunity to highlight the duties and rewards that come with being a volunteer firefighter, it will also raise public awareness about the need for volunteers. The hope is that a collaborative effort among volunteer fire departments statewide will turn the declining number of volunteer firefighters around.

The Firemen’s Association of the State of New York (FASNY) worked in conjunction with the New York State Association of Fire Chiefs, Association of Fire Districts of New York State, Volunteer Fire Police Association of the State of New York and County Fire Coordinators Association of the State of New York to make this program possible.

“Volunteer firefighters and EMS personnel do important and challenging work for the pure satisfaction of helping others,” said FASNY President David Jacobowitz. “They are essential for a number of reasons, including the fact that volunteers live in the communities in which they serve, which greatly enhances response times, and their volunteer service saves taxpayers millions of dollars every year.”

 Throughout the recruitment drive, fire departments will conduct tours of their firehouse and firefighter apparatus, allow visitors to try on turnout gear, and provide activities and stations throughout the firehouse for visitors to participate in. The fire department will discuss the requirements to be a volunteer, as well as conduct demonstrations, answer questions, and let visitors know how to get involved in the fire department.

 In order to prepare for this event, the fire departments were able to access a FASNY-designed website, http://recruitny.org/, which provides recruitment resources, communication tools, and tips to help them conduct an open house at their firehouse.

 If you are interested in visiting the upcoming firefighter recruitment drive, call your local fire department to see if they are participating in Volunteer New York.

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