This weekend, fire departments across Onondaga County will hold open houses as part of RecruitNY, a statewide effort to recruit more volunteer firefighters.
continued Joining the fire service doesn’t just provide an occupational bonus, but a camaraderie that can’t be found anywhere else.
“The training you receive, the pride and dedication the members of the Cicero Fire Department speaks for itself,” Barrett said. “Once you become a member, you are now a member of the firefighting family for life.”
That bond, coupled with the benefit of helping people in their darkest hours, keeps many men and women in the fire service.
“The best part is the life-long friendship created and the feeling you get helping people in their time of need,” Dickerson said.
“It’s an important vocation,” Perkins said, “and we need to have people who are willing to do it.”
For information about your local department, visit recruitny.org/community.php?page=onondaga&submit=Go.
Amanda Seef contributed to the reporting for this article.