All across New York, volunteer fire departments will open their firehouse doors to the public on the weekend of April 23-24 as part of the sixth annual RecruitNY statewide volunteer firefighter recruitment campaign. RecruitNY is a major initiative designed to increase membership in volunteer fire departments across the state.
Throughout the weekend, fire department volunteers will conduct tours of their facilities, demonstrate firefighting techniques, allow visitors to try on turnout gear, and provide other exciting activities to give visitors a taste of the fire service. Families and children are welcome. Members will discuss the requirements and rewards of being a volunteer firefighter, and speak with interested visitors about the process of joining their local department. As of March 23, 410 fire departments from 59 counties across the state have already committed to participate in RecruitNY Weekend.
“The RecruitNY campaign continues to inspire residents across New York to consider volunteering with their local fire companies. In recent years, hundreds of fire departments have participated in RecruitNY, and we’re confident that even more will take part this year,” said Robert McConville, president of the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York (FASNY). “We invite all New Yorkers to visit their local firehouses on April 23 or 24, even if it’s just to say ‘hello’ to those neighbors who are currently protecting your community. You might just decide to join them as a neighbor helping neighbors and become a part of a new and very special family: your local volunteer firefighters.”
Volunteer firefighters are not only neighbors coming to the aid of their community during emergencies, but they are also saving residents over $3 billion each year. FASNY recently released its first comprehensive, volunteer firefighters economic impact report in more than a decade. The study, which quantifies the value of volunteer firefighters and tax savings throughout the state, concluded that the annual cost of a replacement all-career service would be $3.87 billion. This deficit would raise property taxes across the state an estimated average of 26.5 percent. Volunteer firefighters make the state not only safer, but more affordable for millions of New Yorkers.
Visit www.recruitny.org/participation-area to find out if your fire department is participating in RecruitNY.
For fire departments that would like to sign up for RecruitNY, simply log on to www.recruitny.org/signup and fill out the participation form. The program provides fire departments with access to recruitment resources, communication tools, posters, banners, etc. to help a firehouse hold a recruitment open house.