Volunteers wanted: Long Island fire departments to hold open houses as part of recruiting effort

  • Source: WCBS-TV CBS 2 New York City
  • Published: 04/12/2024 12:00 AM

VIDEO: There is a renewed effort on Long Island to find more volunteer firefighters amid a shortage. Thursday, firefighters gathered at the Plainview Fire Department to kick off a recruiting effort. According to the Firefighters Association of the State of New York, the past several years have been especially challenging with less members and more calls. They say a decade ago, there were 20,000 more volunteers. Now, they're trying to change that trend. "There's a job for everybody in the volunteer fire service. I'm 65 years old. I still am an active interior firefighter," said Eugene Perry, first vice president of the Firefighters Association of the State of New York. "A sense of community, a sense of brotherhood and the ability to serve your community with pride," EMT Colby Kusinitz said.


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