Marcellus Volunteer Fire Department opens its doors Saturday

The Marcellus Fire Department is opening 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.

Like most volunteer fire departments, the Marcellus Fire Department 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.

On Saturday April 9 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Marcellus Fire Department, located on Slate Hill Road, will join volunteer fire departments across the state at their respective firehouses for the first-ever unified recruitment drive, as part of National Volunteer Week 2011.

"Come on out and join us for this unique recruitment day at our firehouse," said John Rossiter, Marcellus Fire Department Chief. "Our current members love what they do; they are everyday heroes who help neighbors in need. We hope our recruitment day will inspire other area residents to join our fire service family."

Throughout the day, the Marcellus Fire Department will conduct tours of the station and firefighter apparatus, allow visitors to try on turnout gear. The fire department will discuss the requirements to be a volunteer, answer questions and let visitors know how to get involved in the fire department.

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