Learn about serving your community during the weekend's open house event happening across the county
The general public is invited to visit any volunteer fire department in Onondaga County from 9 a.m. to noon May 1 and from noon to 3 p.m. May 2 in a coordinated effort to solidify the ranks of each of the 57 departments.
The weekend invitation has been organized so community members can explore and consider the possibility of joining a local fire department to serve in a volunteer capacity.
Onondaga County Volunteer Firemen's Association Recruitment Chairman George Davenport, along with the association's president, Richard Webster, both feel strongly about the recruitment effort.
With the ever-increasing demand and necessity to find ways for the volunteer fire service to reduce costs, Davenport said that increasing the number of volunteers is a sure way to help reduce the potential need to add paid staff to their departments.
Davenport's committee personally contacted every fire chief in the county to receive a commitment to have their doors open for residents to stop by and see what's expected of a volunteer firefighter.
Community members should also expect to discover there are a number of ways to serve a volunteer fire department besides assisting on emergency calls.
Each Department will be working independently in regards to what activities will take place in their station. Some may have an information officer available with literature, others may have a full fledge open house with refreshments and demonstrations.
Please call your local volunteer fire department for specific details. Both Davenport and Webster also suggest residents consider bringing along their high school aged children, as many departments also offer Junior Fire Department memberships for youth between the ages of 14 and 18.