Volunteer fire departments band together to recruit new members

April 26, 2019 08:34 AM

RUSH, N.Y. (WHEC) — With a critical shortage of volunteer firefighters, local departments are working together to recruit.

If you call 911 for a fire, chances are a volunteer firefighter will be the one responding. However, a staffing shortage is creating obstacles for that response time.

To change that, the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York, or FASNY, is holding a recruitment initiative called RecruitNY.

“You open your doors, show the fire department, show what you do. Different departments do different things. Some will do mini drills or show people how to use equipment like the Jaws of Life,” explained Diana Pfersick, a Rush firefighter and member of the FASNY board of directors.

The open house type event is open to the public. To see if your fire department is participating, visit RecruitNY's website or contact your local fire department via a non-emergency phone number.


Stephanie Robusto

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