If you're curious about what it takes to become a volunteer firefighter, now's your chance to find out. The RecruitNY Open House Weekend will take place Saturday and Sunday. A total of 26 volunteer fire departments across Erie County are opening their doors to residents as part of a statewide recruitment effort.
"Volunteer firefighters are on the front lines of community protection and serve the public in many ways," said Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz, in a statement. "They may be the first on the scene when accidents happen or the first there to help when disaster strikes. These men and women are the backbone of effective community response, and I encourage anyone who’s thinking of joining their ranks to take some time on Open House Weekend, visit their neighborhood firehouse, and see what volunteer activities might be a good fit for them."
Among the volunteer fire departments participating: Akron, Big Tree, Blossom, Boston, Brighton, Chaffee-Sardinia, Cleveland-Hill, Doyle Hose Co. 1, East Aurora, Forks, Getzville, Harris Hill, Highland Hose, Lake Shore, Main-Transit, Mortons Corners, North Collins, Orchard Park, Reserve, River Road, Scranton, Springville, Twin District, U-Crest, West Falls and Winchester Volunteer Fire Companies.
The Boston Emergency Squad is co-locating their open house with the Boston Volunteer Fire Company.
“If you long for those high school days of being part of a team or are intrigued every time an emergency vehicle passes by, this is the time to get off your best intentions and check out your local volunteer fire department," said Erie County Commissioner of Emergency Services Dan Neaverth Jr. "We provide the training, equipment and camaraderie. You provide the desire."
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