County Officials & Local Firefighters Promote Volunteer Firefighter Recruitment Day

(Kirkwood, NY) – Broome County Legislature Public Safety & Emergency Services Committee Chairman Scott Baker (R-Windsor) today promoted Volunteer Firefighter Recruitment Day in Broome County, which will be held on Saturday April 26th from 12-3pm. He was joined by other County Officials, the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York (FASNY), Five Mile Point Fire Company, the Broome County Firefighters’ and Fire Chiefs’ Associations and other municipal officials.

This is the sixth Volunteer Firefighter Recruitment Day, which was first held in 2008 as an opportunity to welcome residents to their community Fire Houses and boost volunteer levels.

"As a volunteer firefighter myself in West Windsor, I see that many people do not realize the need that many of our local volunteer fire departments have for more volunteers,” said Legislature Public Safety & Emergency Services Committee Chairman Scott Baker. “I thank the Five Mile Point Fire Company for joining the over 20 fire stations throughout the county participating in this year’s recruitment effort. I encourage the public to stop by their local Department this Saturday to see how they can help out.”

“I have been a member of the Five Mile Point Fire Company for 27 years, serving in every position from Probationary Firefighter to Chief, and I have seen a steady decline in the number of volunteer firefighters not only in my department but every department I come in contact with,” said Five Mile Point Fire Company Chief Mike Kuruc, Jr. “The Recruitment day allows departments to have people come in and get information as to what is required to be a firefighter and to show off their stations and equipment, which is something they take great pride in.”

Over one million Firefighters working with approximately 30,000 Fire Departments across the nation risk their lives to protect their residents every year. Approximately 75% of those Firefighters are volunteers.

“Time and again, from Superstorms to polar vortexes, the volunteer firefighters of New York State have risen to the occasion and responded to help their communities when they needed it the most,” said Ken Pienkowski FASNY 2nd Vice President. “This weekend, take a moment and stop by your local fire house to learn how you can become part of the volunteer fire service.  We are always looking for new members and there is no better way to give back to your community.”

“A great feeling of personal accomplishment is felt when helping others during their emergency situation,” said Broome County Firefighters’ Association President Rob Brady. ”We are looking forward to signing up some new members this coming Saturday throughout Broome County.”

Broome County has 31 Volunteer Fire Departments; last year they responded to 5,002 Fire calls and 29,180 EMS calls.

“The volunteer fire service in the region provides an invaluable service to their communities on a daily basis,” said Broome County Director of Emergency Services & Fire Coordinator Brett Chellis. “It is a fulfilling and rewarding community service. Volunteer fire departments have need for volunteers for a number of duties and need your help.”

To learn more or find a full list of participating fire departments, please visit the Recruit NY website, http://recruitny.org/opendoors.php.

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04/24/2014 - 12:25pm