"It's what fits best," he said.
Additionally, the departments encourage activities that include families, like going sledding in the winter or holding barbecues in the summer.
"There's always the motto, your family comes first, your job comes second and them comes the fire department," he said.
On Feb. 22, the Manlius and Fayetteville fire departments will hold an open house for the public. Anyone interested in learning more about becoming a volunteer can speak to any member of the departments.
The Manlius Fire Department is located on Stickley Road in Manlius; the Fayetteville Fire Department is located on East Genesee St. in Fayetteville.