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The ‘first-line’ defense: The story behind the local fire departments and those who serve

From left, Liverpool Firefiighter Corey Warren, Lieutenant Dave Ingram, bunk-in firefighter Nick Scoones and Captain John Laakso stand in front of the ladder truck at Station No. 1.

From left, Liverpool Firefiighter Corey Warren, Lieutenant Dave Ingram, bunk-in firefighter Nick Scoones and Captain John Laakso stand in front of the ladder truck at Station No. 1. Amanda Seef

— From the cliché cat in a tree to cardiac arrest, car accidents and structure fires, the Liverpool Fire Department is there.

“Someone calls 911 and they rely on us to be there and help them,” said Liverpool Fire Department Lieutenant Dave Ingram. “When it's someone's worst day of their life, we are there for them. We put ourselves out there for our community and people who we don't even know."

Recruit NY open houses

The following local stations will be holding open houses for Recruit NY weekend on Saturday, April 26. At these open houses, visitors will be able to learn about volunteering for the department, try on gear, check out the apparatus, ask questions of members and more. For more information, visit your local department’s web site.

Belgium Cold Springs

Brewerton

Cicero

Clay

Hinsdale

Liverpool

Lyncourt

Mattydale

Moyers Corners

North Syracuse

Seneca River

South Bay

Like hundreds of men and women across central New York, the volunteers of the local fire departments are there to answer the call of their community, to fulfill the promise that when tragedy or catastrophe or chaos strikes, there will be someone there to offer that necessary helping hand.

“We are the first line defense for people’s lives and property," said Liverpool deputy chief Jason Ormsby. "There is no one else to call when people are in peril.”

Liverpool Fire joins nearly 600 fire departments across the state seeking new volunteers to join the fire community. Many local departments will be hosting open houses this weekend in a statewide push. The number of volunteer firefighters in any given community has dwindled in the last 10 to 15 years, according to the National Volunteer Fire Council.

That’s where RecruitNY, with its inaugural event held in 2011, helps. The volunteer drive has brought hundreds of new volunteers to the fire service, a tradition deeply rooted in suburban and rural communities.

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