As part of a statewide effort to increase volunteer firefighter numbers in New York State, Nassau and Suffolk Counties are encouraging all residents to check whether their local fire departments are hosting open houses during RecruitNY weekend: Sat, April 25 and Sun, April 26.
During RecruitNY weekend, participating fire departments conduct tours of their firehouse and fire apparatus, allow visitors to try on turnout gear, provide visitor activities throughout the firehouse, and about what it takes to be a volunteer firefighter in their community.
Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano was joined by Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, and state firefighter officials this week to proclaim April 25-26 RecruitNY Weekend” in Nassau County, and to launch the local recruitment initiative.
As an incentive to join, Nassau County offers a property tax exemption and free community college tuition.
Gathering at the Nassau County Firefighters Museum, County Executive Mangano referred to the Museum as a “year-round recruitment attraction.”
And he spoke about the value and importance of volunteer firefighters,
“Volunteer firefighters protect our homes and communities 24 hours a day, 7 days a week,” Mangano said. “They are our friends and neighbors, and they take pride in helping our communities whenever and wherever support is needed. Now more than ever, they need our help so they can continue to protect the residents of Nassau County.”
He went onto encourage “anyone who is interested in becoming a volunteer firefighter to visit their local firehouse during the Recruit NY weekend, April 25th and 26th.”
“Today’s firefighters are responding to more emergencies than ever before, and are responding to more complex emergency situations,” Mangano said. “As residents witnessed during 9/11 and Superstorm Sandy, our communities rely on the heroic men and women of our fire departments more than ever before. Our fire departments need to bolster their emergency responder numbers, so they can continue to provide the best level of protection for their residents.”
For more information, or to find out if your fire department is participating in RecruitNY, visit http://www.recruitny.org or contact your local fire department via a non-emergency phone number or its website.