Wanted: volunteer firefighters

Local departments say volunteers are needed now more than ever, and that there are more things you can do to help out your community than just fighting fires.

Posted: Apr 24, 2021 7:34 PM

NEW HARTFORD, NY - This weekend volunteer fire departments across the state are in search of some new recruits.

The program, organized by the Firemen's Association of the State of New York, is called Recruit NY and many local departments have opened their doors to give the public a look at what they do.

It was put on hold last year because of the pandemic but is back again for its 12th year.

Local departments say volunteers are needed now more than ever, and that there are more things you can do to help out your community than just fighting fires.

"We’re always looking for drivers, fire police officers to do traffic, as well as ladies auxiliary,” says Capt. Mike Galligano of the New Hartford fire department.

“There’s always something to be done, not just fighting fires. The feeling of helping your community - there's nothing like it. We all love the excitement and the adrenalin rush. There’s a lot to it, but once you pick up on it you kind of fall in love with it."

If you’re interested in becoming a volunteer for your local volunteer fire department check out Recruit NY and see what they have to offer.

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