WARREN COUNTY A number of fire companies in the southern Adirondacks will be hosting open houses soon in an effort to recruit volunteers, to explain the benefits of service as a volunteer firefighter, and to raise awareness in the community.
The open houses, set for Saturday April 26 and one on Sunday April 27, are being held in conjunction with the statewide RecruitNY weekend, an annual initiative to boost the ranks of volunteer firefighters.
In northern Warren County, the Pottersville Volunteer Fire Department will be kicking off their day-long open house at 8 a.m. Saturday with a pancake breakfast, and all area citizens are invited.
Throughout the day, the Pottersville fire officials will conduct tours of the station and firefighter apparatus, and allow visitors to try on firefighter gear. 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.
In central Warren County, the Warrensburg Volunteer Fire Co. will be conducting an open house at their fire hall on Elm St. from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. There, the fire officials will also be conducting tours, answering questions about fire service and talking to citizens about joining their fire company.
A few miles south, the Lake George Volunteer Fire Department will be hosting a pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Sunday as they welcome community members and prospective firefighters.
In northern Warren County, the Chestertown Volunteer Fire Co. will be hosting an open house on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at their fire hall at 5885 state Rte. 8.
Pottersville Fire Chief Guy Swartwout said this week that it has been difficult for fire companies across the state to recruit and retain volunteers, considering the ever-increasing demands on people’s time.