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Burn, baby, burn: Marcellus FD celebrates prevention with live demos

Fire Chief Randy Pilot said the department is in need of members and they have jobs for everyone. If there are people who don't want to go into burning buildings, they can be trained for free by the department on driving the trucks, directing traffic, unloading and loading the apparatus and use of the equipment.

There were several tables filled with information on the fire service and fire prevention for the people who made it to the event.

"We're looking for social members," said Assistant Chief Tom Lanning. "There's so much work in the fire service now."

For those who want to join, Pilot said young adults from ages 16 to 18 can be trained as restricted firefighters, and it works much like a junior firefighter program. Those who are 18 and older will be put through an OSHA physical and training to join the crew.

Like towns across the state, the Marcellus Fire Department is seeing veteran members grow older, and they are trying to get the younger generations to step up.

For many of the men and women in the fire service, volunteering with their local department is a way of life and something that is in their blood.

"It's tradition and it's pride," Lanning said as his young son ran through the room wearing a baseball cap and a Marcellus Fire Department T-shirt.

As less and less people volunteer with local departments, Lanning said the volunteer departments will fade out, giving way to career departments which are supported by taxpayers living in the municipal district.

To further show the hundred or so people milling around the firehouse and parking lot what the department does when they are faced with an emergency, firefighters cloaked in turnout gear and armed with hoses and extinguishers set curtains and a Christmas tree on fire.

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