BRIARCLIFF, N.Y. - The Briarcliff Manor Fire Department will open its doors to area residents later this month to show what it takes to be a volunteer firefighter.
The open house is part of the third annual RecruitNY statewide initiative. Over the last several years, it has been difficult for many fire departments throughout New York State to recruit and retain volunteers, said Briarcliff Manor fire officials. The Briarcliff Manor Fire Department needs to bolster its emergency responder numbers to continue to provide the optimum level of protection for its residents, officials said.
The recruitment drive, which will take place at other departments across the state, will be held locally from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 27.
Throughout the day, the Briarcliff Manor Fire Department will conduct tours of the station and firefighter apparatus, allow visitors to try on firefighter gear and provide activities and stations throughout the firehouse for visitors. The fire department will discuss the requirements to be a volunteer, as well as conduct demonstrations, answer questions and let visitors know how to get involved.
“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 heroes who help neighbors in need," Chief Robert O’Hanlon Jr. said in a statement. "We hope our recruitment day will inspire other area residents to join our fire service family.”
Last year, more than 430 fire departments in 55 counties across the state held recruitment open houses, fire officials said.
FASNY is hoping for an even higher turnout this year and encourages departments to RSVP to let the community know they’re participating at the RecruitNY website .
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