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Baldwinsville Vol. Fire Co. hosts firefighter recruitment day

Come out to the Baldwinsville Fire Station No. 1 at 7911 Crego Road and see what it's all about.

The Baldwinsville Volunteer Fire Company (BVFC), Inc. will open its doors to area residents so they can learn about what it takes to be a volunteer firefighter in their community, as part of a statewide program called Recruit NY.

Over the last several years, it has been tough for many fire departments throughout New York State to recruit and retain volunteers for a variety of reasons. Like most fire departments, the BVFC needs to bolster its emergency responder numbers, so it can continue to provide the optimum level of protection for its residents. Now, more than ever, they need more of their neighbors joining their fire department.

The BVFC is comprised of about 65 active members protecting approximately 28 square miles including the entire village of Baldwinsville and a major part of the towns of Van Buren and Lysander. They are responsible for the life safety of approximately 15,000 residents and average around 800 calls per year.

Between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Sunday April 10 at the Crego Road station, the BVFC will join in an initiative with volunteer fire departments all across the state at their respective firehouses for a unified recruitment drive, as part of National Volunteer Week 2011.

Not only will Recruit NY be an opportunity to highlight the duties and rewards that come with being a volunteer firefighter, it will also raise public awareness about the need for volunteers.

"Come on out and join us for this unique recruitment day at our fire station no. 1," said Fire Chief K. C. Pickard. "This is a great opportunity for our neighbors to observe the exciting tasks of a firefighter. Our current members love what they do, they are everyday neighbors helping neighbors in need. We hope our recruitment day will inspire other area residents to join our fire service family."

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