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Recruitment open houses April 27 and 28

Casie Hunsdon, Chilson Fire Department third assistant chief, made a new friend during the company’s 2012 open house. This year the Chilson FD will have its open house Saturday, April 27.

Casie Hunsdon, Chilson Fire Department third assistant chief, made a new friend during the company’s 2012 open house. This year the Chilson FD will have its open house Saturday, April 27. Gary Wells

— Firefighters around the state and the area will take part recruitment open houses April 27 and 28.

Sponsored by the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York, the event coincides with National Volunteer Week and focuses on attracting new recruits. It’s billed as RecruitNY.

Participating locally will be the Ticonderoga Fire Department, the Chilson Fire Department, the A.E. Phelps Fire & Rescue in Crown Point, the Mineville-Witherbee Fire Department, the Moriah Fire Department, the Port Henry Fire Department, the Putnam Fire Department and the Schroon Lake Fire Department.

Besides attempting to attract new members, local fire companies will use the open houses to showcase their departments for their communities.

Last year more than 430 fire departments in 55 counties across the state held recruitment open houses. FASNY is hoping for an even higher turnout this year.

Ticonderoga

Ticonderoga firefighters will hold an open house Saturday, April 27, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“We will have members present to take the public around the station and show them the fire house as well as the fire trucks and equipment and answer any questions anyone has,” said Matt Watts, assistant chief. “We will have applications available as well. We will offer lights refreshments throughout the event. Anyone over the age of 18 is welcome to take a ride in our Tower Truck, which reaches 100 feet in the air.

“This the third year of the FASNY program and I believe it has been very successful,” he said. “We have recruited half a dozen new members over the past two years during this event. While the goal is to recruit new members we also use this opportunity to show the community what we are all about.”

Chilson

The Chilson Volunteer Fire Department will serve a free pancake breakfast and picnic lunch Saturday, April 27, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. as part of its open house.

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