County Officials Promote Volunteer Firefighter Recruitment Day

Legislature Public Safety & Emergency Services Committee Chairman Scott Baker (R-Windsor) and Broome County Executive Debbie Preston today promoted Volunteer Firefighter Recruitment Day in Broome County, which is Saturday April 27th from 12-3pm at over 20 Fire Departments throughout Broome County. They were joined by Legislature Chairman Jerry Marinich, Fire Advisory Board Member Mike Sopchak (R-Johnson City), Broome County Firefighters Association President Rob Brady and other municipal officials.

This is the fifth annual Volunteer Firefighter Recruitment Day, which was first held in 2008 as an opportunity to welcome residents to their community Fire Houses to boost volunteer levels. Preston and Baker jointly declared Saturday April 27th as Volunteer Firefighter Recruitment Day in Broome County.

"As a firefighter and Captain here in West Windsor, I see first hand how our local communities depend on the services of our Volunteer Firefighters,” said Legislature Public Safety & Emergency Services Committee Chairman Scott Baker. “Fire service helps us appreciate things like helping those in need, working closely with others in tough situations and providing mutual aid to those around us. I encourage people to visit their local Fire Department on Saturday and volunteer to help.”

“We hope as many residents as possible come out this Saturday to visit their neighborhood Fire House and learn about volunteer opportunities,” said Broome County Executive Debbie Preston. “You don’t have to be interested in emergency services to volunteer; no matter what your skill set is, from accounting to vehicle maintenance, there is a need for your service to your community.”

“Everyone should experience the satisfaction of helping those in need”, said Rob Brady, President of the Broome County Firefighters Association. “There is no greater feeling like it. We are looking forward to this Saturday and we hope everyone will come out.”

Over one million Firefighters working with approximately 30,000 Fire Departments across the nation risk their lives to protect its citizens every year.

Approximately 75% of those Firefighters are Volunteers. Broome County has 32 Volunteer Fire Departments; last year they responded to 10,543 Fire calls and 61,265 EMS calls

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04/22/2013 - 2:30pm