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Ti firefighters plan open house

TICONDEROGA-The Ticonderoga Fire Department will host an open house to kick off National Volunteer Week.

The event, aimed at recruiting new members, will be held 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, April 9 and 10.

"We want to give the public an opportunity to see what we're all about," said Mary Cunningham, fire company president. "We hope a lot of people will stop by."

The Ticonderoga Fire Department presently has 57 members, three junior members and eight youth members.

There is no shortage of firefighters in Ti, Cunningham said, but new members are welcome.

"We hold our own, but we definitely could use more help," Cunningham said of membership. "We can still get a truck our of its bay in 5 minutes.

"There are a lot of opportunities to help and to grow," she added. "People don't even have to fight fires. There are a lot of things you can do rather than fight fires. The fire company needs a lot of support."

The open house and recruitment effort is part of a statewide event sponsored by the Firemen's Association of the State of New York that weekend.

"We recognize some fire departments hold open houses in the fall, but this event is not one focused around fire prevention," said David Jacobowitz, FASNY president, said. "This is an opportunity for volunteer fire departments to unite statewide to educate and draw in more members and to demonstrate to the public what volunteering is all about.

"FASNY is encouraging every volunteer fire department statewide to participate in this open house event on April 9 and 10 as part of National Volunteer Week,"he said. "If you have ever been curious about what it's like to be a part of the New York State volunteer fire service, this is your chance to learn about and experience it for yourself. Come see what it's like to serve your community and enter into a brotherhood and sisterhood unlike any other."

The Ticonderoga Fire Department has a long and proud history, Cunningham said.

The Ticonderoga Volunteer Fire Company formally started in 1991, but dates back more than a century. The community was served by three departments - the Defiance Hook & Ladder, the Defiance Hose and the W.W. Jeffers Hose - until a Ticonderoga fire district consolidated them into a single department in 1991. The Defiance Hose Co. was founded in 1873. The W.W. Jeffers Hose Co. was started in 1897.

Aladies auxiliary was formed in 1974 to assist local firefighters.

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