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RecruitNY is Sunday

GLOVERSVILLE — The Berkshire Fire Department, 320 Steele Ave. Extension will open its doors to area residents from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday so they can learn what it takes to be a volunteer firefighter in their community, according to a news release.

As part of the annual RecruitNY, the BFD will join volunteer fire departments across the state at their respective firehouses for a unified recruitment drive. Not only will RNY be an opportunity to highlight the rewards and responsibilities that come with being a volunteer firefighter, it will also raise public awareness about the need for volunteers.

Throughout the day, the BFD will conduct tours of the station and firefighter apparatus. The members will discuss the requirements to be a volunteer as well as conduct demonstrations, answer questions, and let visitors know how to get involved in the fire service.

The past several years have been challenging for volunteer fire departments across the state, as many are struggling with decreased membership and increased call volume. Like most volunteer fire departments, the BFD needs to bolster its ranks so it can continue to provide the optimum and necessary level of protection for the community.

“All are welcome to join us during RecruitNY,” said BFD Chief James McCredie. “This is an excellent opportunity for people to meet their local volunteer firefighters and learn a bit more about the fire service. I believe that we are a service to our community, not just a department. Volunteer firefighters are everyday heroes who dedicate their spare time to helping their community in times of need. We are always looking for new members, and it is our hope that after seeing the incredible camaraderie of the firehouse up close, more people will be interested in becoming a part of our very special family.”

The Firemen’s Association of the State of New York has worked to build and deploy a multi-tiered plan for helping the state’s 1,700-plus volunteer fire departments recruit thousands of new volunteer firefighters across the state by utilizing federal Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response grant funds for programs including the “Fire in You” advertising campaign, FASNY Higher Education Learning Plan college tuition reimbursement program and recruitment training classes.

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