(WKTV) - Many volunteer fire departments across the state will open their doors this weekend to area residents so they can learn about what it takes to be a volunteer firefighter. This is part of a new statewide recruitment program called Recruit New York.
The Whitesboro Fire Department on Oriskany Boulevard is one local department participating and will have their doors up from noon until 3:00 p.m. on Sunday.
The president of Firemen’s Association of the State of New York, David Jacobowitz, will be present, as Whitesboro is his home department.
"Volunteer firefighters and EMS personnel do important and challenging work for the pure satisfaction of helping others," said FASNY President David Jacobowitz. "They are essential for a number of reasons, including the fact that volunteers live in the communities in which they serve, which greatly enhances response times, and their volunteer service saves taxpayers millions of dollars every year."
This is a new way for fire service leaders to increase volunteer membership numbers across the state. The program provides fire departments with recruitment resources, communication tools, and tips to help them conduct an open house at their firehouse over Recruit NY weekend or for future recruitment efforts.
More information can be found online.