Departments will hold recruitment open house
FINGER LAKES--If you ever wanted to learn more about your local fire department this weekend April 27-28 offers a special opportunity with the state-wide RecruitNY campaign.
During the weekend, volunteer fire departments across the area and state will open their doors and provide the public with a glimpse of what it means to be a volunteer firefighter. Potential volunteers will have the opportunity to speak with active volunteers and participate in typical fire service activities. The event also enables citizens to better understand the role the local fire department plays in protecting their community.
"It is a privilege and an honor to serve as a volunteer firefighter," said FASNY President Steven Klein. "The fire service is a family. Across New York state, volunteers are eager to discuss the possibility of joining this family. RecruitNY is a wonderful opportunity for New Yorkers to meet their neighbors who help keep them safe and to learn if joining might be right for them."
The volunteer fire service has a long, proud heritage in New York and is deeply integrated into the social fabric of the state. Volunteer fire departments not only answer emergency calls, but they often serve as key community organizations.
Area residents looking to see if their fire department is participating in RecruitNY can visit http://www.recruitny.org/participation-area/ or they can contact their local fire department via a non-emergency phone number.
As of Friday, April 19 the following departments were listed on the state website with their open house details:
DUNDEE, 12 Union St., Dundee, open Saturday April 27, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., 607-243-8841
BRANCHPORT, 3686 State Route 54A, Branchport, open Saturday April 27, 315-694-41216
MONTOUR FALLS, 111 Lee St., Montour Falls, open Saturday April 27, 607-535-7265
BEAVER DAMS, 1165 County Route 19, Beaver Dams, open Saturday April 27, 607-962-0647
VALOIS LOGAN HECTOR, Hector, open Saturday April 27, 607-243-8441
Established in 2011, RecruitNY is an undertaking by the Firemen's Association of the State of New York (FASNY) and supported by the New York State Association of Fire Chiefs (NYSAFC), 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.