The Fireman’s Association of the State of New York has been urging New York fire companies to host open houses the last full week of April for Recruit NY. The Recruit NY program gives companies a chance to open their doors and invite potential recruits in. FASNY estimates that about 25,000 recruits have been added through this program since its inception 13 years ago. The first year, 53 out of 62 counties across New York State took part in the program.
FASNY estimates that volunteer firefighters save New York taxpayers about $3 billion a year due to the fact that they don’t receive pay. And many companies are looking to add members. During the recent Recruit NY weekend, which took place on April 23-24, some companies opened their doors to find that they did not have one visitor during the entire time.
The Machias Fire Department was one of these companies. It can be very discouraging for the volunteers who are involved presently and could use more members.
Local fire departments are asking that residents would consider making the decision to sign up to volunteer for this much needed service.
It should also be noted that although Recruit NY is a weekend which is set aside to add recruits to local fire companies, anyone who is interested can stop by your local fire department any time.