Capital District volunteer fire departments hold open house recruitment events

EAST GREENBUSH, N.Y. (NEWS10) –Capital Region fire departments are sounding the alarm for more volunteers to join their team. As part of a statewide effort to increase the number of volunteer firefighters, “Recruit New York” kicked off this weekend.

It’s always been very tough for volunteer fire companies in finding volunteers. That’s why this weekend, fire companies all over the Capital Region will be showing people what it takes to be one.

The Clifton Heights Fire Department is just of many who are hoping for interested candidates to swing by. But, they’re letting everyone know it’s a job that requires sacrifice.

“There’s a lot of commitment that’s needed. It’s not a task to be taken easily,” said Richard Hendrick of the Clifton Heights Fire Department.

Like most volunteer fire departments, they’re looking to boost its emergency responder numbers so they can continue to provide the best protection for the community.

“As we know, the demands on the fireground or accident scene are increasing so the manpower is vitally important,” said Hendrick.

Over the past couple of years, FASNY has built a plan for helping New York State’s more than 1,700 volunteer fire departments recruit more than 1,500 new volunteer firefighters.

Anyone will be considered for the position, no matter what your background is.

“There are openings in volunteer fire departments for everyone. It doesn’t matter how old or young, big or small, male or female.  We have dozens of jobs that need to be done and we look forward to taking members from all parts of the community,” said FASNY Secretary John D’Alessandro.

If you’re not able to make it out today to the recruiting events, it’s also going on Sunday for several other fire companies.

For more information about RecruitNY events visit: http://www.recruitny.org/

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