Baldwinsville The Baldwinsville Volunteer Fire Company will open its doors to area residents Saturday, April 21, so they can learn about what it takes to be a volunteer firefighter in their community. This effort is 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 the fire department. Department officials are especially looking for people who can help out during the daytime hours when many people are away at work. Those who are shift workers or who work nights are encouraged to check it out.
The fire company is comprised of about 85 active members protecting approximately 28 square miles including the entire village of Baldwinsville, and major portions of the towns of Van Buren and Lysander. The department is responsible for the life safety of approximately 15,000 residents and average around 800 calls per year
Between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. April 21, the department 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 bean opportunity to highlight the duties and rewards that come with being a volunteer, firefighter, it will raise public awareness about the need for volunteers.
“Come on out and join us for this unique recruitment day at our fire station number one,” 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.”