Firefighters plan open house

TICONDEROGA-Ticonderoga Fire Company #1 will participate in Recruit NY, a statewide effort to recruit and retain volunteers.

Saturday, April 9, and Sunday, April 10, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Ticonderoga Fire Company #1, located at 60 Montcalm Street, will join in an initiative with volunteer fire departments all across the state at their respective firehouses for a unified recruitment drive, as part of National Volunteer Week 2011. Not only will Recruit NY be an opportunity to highlight the duties and rewards that come with being a volunteer firefighter, it will also raise public awareness about the need for volunteers. The hope is that a collaborative effort among volunteer fire departments statewide will turn the declining number of volunteer firefighters around.

"Come on out and join us for this unique recruitment day at our firehouse," said Jeff Burns, Ticonderoga fire chief. "This is a great opportunity for our neighbors to observe the exciting tasks of a firefighter. Our current members love what they do; they are everyday heroes who help neighbors in need. We hope our recruitment day will inspire other area residents to join our fire service family."

Throughout the day, the Ticonderoga Fire Company will conduct tours of the station and firefighter apparatus, allow visitors to try on turnout gear and provide activities and stations throughout the firehouse for visitors to participate in. The fire department 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.

Ticonderoga Fire Company # 1 responded to 250 calls for assistance last year alone.

The Firemen's Association of the State of New York 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 this program possible.

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