NEW HARTFORD, NY - After a one-year hiatus due to the pandemic last year, the New Hartford fire department’s Fire Truck Spectacular returned to the New Hartford Shopping Plaza Thursday.
Fire trucks of all sizes were on hand from Oneida, Herkimer, and Madison counties. There were even some privately owned antique fire engines on display.
It gave residents - especially any future firefighters - the opportunity to get behind the wheel of an actual fire truck, it also gave them an up-close look at the equipment used to fight fires in their community.
New Hartford Fire Chief Scott Nicotera says a majority of the fire departments in the area are volunteer and in desperate need of members.
“There's a lot of jobs in the volunteer fire service. Fire police. Support services. We cover the whole spectrum of emergency services. We can never have enough volunteers for the fire service”.
If you'd like to help out, just contact your local volunteer fire department to find out how to join.