There is a need for volunteer firefighters across New York state. The 11th Annual RecruitNY campaign is going on now. The COVID-19 pandemic has hindered their volunteer campaign and enrollment has been down significantly in the past few years. But there has been an increase in fire calls. To meet demand, volunteers are desperately needed.

This weekend (April 24th and April 25th), all New York state firehouses will hold open houses. Some will be done virtually while others, if possible, will open their garage-type doors to the public in hopes to recruit volunteers in local communities according to News 10 ABC.

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I have a few good friends that are volunteer firefighters. The majority are women. If you are thinking of becoming a volunteer firefighter, this weekend will give you an insight as to what's expected of you. A few years ago we visited the Bought Fire Department for their open house and it was eye-opening. Not only did our son Ryan learn a lot about fire safety in a fun environment, but Jenn and I got a glimpse as to what it takes to become a hero to your community. It truly is an honorable service.

There are many Capital Region fire departments participating this weekend in the 11th Annual RecruitNY campaign. They include Guilderland, Latham, Westerlo, Valatie, Brunswick, West Sand Lake, Round Lake, Malta Ridge, Rotterdam, Whitehall, Cambridge, and many more. To see a complete list of all of the fire departments participating in the RecruitNY campaign to find volunteer firefighters, click HERE.

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