"There's a place for everyone in our firehouse," McGuirk said. "The fire department becomes your second family."
There are openings for volunteers who want to fight fires, drive trucks, or support the other members. McGuirk recognizes that it takes many hours of required training to qualify for certain jobs, and it is a big commitment of time. The Lake George Volunteer Fire Department holds training sessions every Tuesday night. But, she said, the training is worth the extra effort.
"Training is the key to our success," McGuirk said.
The Pottersville Volunteer Fire Department, located at 20 Valley Farm Road, will be hosting an open house from 1 to 3 p.m. April 9.
"This is a great opportunity for our neighbors to see the real work our firefighters do and the service they provide," said Pottersville Chief Guy Swartwout. "Our current members love what they do. And they provide an invaluable service. We hope our recruitment day will inspire other area residents to join our fire service family."
Throughout the day, the fire departments will conduct tours of the stations and firefighter apparatus, allow visitors to try on turnout gear, provide activities, offer fire safety information, have refreshments available, and, in Pottersville, give a gift to each child attending. Fire officials 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 department.
Earlier on April 9, a pancake breakfast will be held from 8 to 11 a.m. at the Pottersville firehouse to benefit the department and the PVFD Ladies Auxiliary.
FASNY worked in conjunction with the New York State Association of Fire Chiefs, Association of Fire Districts of New York State, Volunteer Fire Police Association of the State of New York, and County Fire Coordinators Association of the State of New York to make the Recruit NY program possible.
For more information, visit online at recruitny.org.