Newton Abbott Fire Company was privileged to host an important press conference this morning at 10:30 AM, in which the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York (FASNY) President James Burns, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz, Emergency Services Commissioner Daniel Neaverth, Hamburg Town Supervisor Steve Walters, and other officials announced the 2014 RecruitNY statewide volunteer fire service recruitment campaign. _DSC0831

During the RecruitNY 2014 Open House Weekend, Saturday, April 26 and Sunday, April 27, volunteer fire departments across New York State will open their doors and fire truck bays to local residents as part of the statewide volunteer firefighter recruitment effort. Fire departments will conduct tours of their firehouses and fire apparatus, allow visitors to try on turnout gear, and provide visitor activities throughout the firehouse.

 Members will discuss the volunteer requirements and the rewards that come with being a volunteer firefighter, as well as conduct demonstrations, answer questions, and let visitors know how to go about joining their fire department. To date, an impressive 32 fire departments in Erie County have signed up to participate in the RecruitNY 2014 Open House Weekend.

“Last year, nearly 600 departments in 59 counties across the state participated in RecruitNY and we expect even more counties to get involved this year,” said James A. Burns, President of the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York. “RecruitNY has proven a success in past years and is a key initiative to help bolster membership numbers so fire departments can continue to provide the optimum level of protection to their local residents.”

_DSC0793Established in 2011, RecruitNY is a joint undertaking by the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York (FASNY), the New York State Association of Fire Chiefs (NYSAFC), 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.

In attendance today were firefighters from Newton Abbott, Woodlawn, Lake Shore, Scranton, and Armor fire companies, as well as the Hamburg Water Rescue Unit, and Mercy Flight.