CROWNPOINT-The A.E. Phelps Fire and Rescue Company is hoping an open house will attract new members.
The Crown Point fire company will welcome visitors Saturday, April 9, noon to 4 p.m. as part of National Volunteer Week. The goal of the open house is to increase general interest and membership in the local fire department.
"Currently we have 40 members on the roster, but you figure half are active," said Joe Norton, department first assistant fire chief. "The more members we get the better."
The Crown Point fire department provides both fire and medical services. It has two ambulances, two fire engines, a mini pumper, a tanker, a utility truck and a rescue boat.
The squad especially needs emergency medical technicians. State regulations require all ambulances be staffed with an EMT.
For information on the fire department or the open house call the fire station at 597-3211, e-mail CPFD14@cptelco.net or go online at aephelpsfire.webs.com
The open house and recruitment effort is part of a statewide event sponsored by the Firemen's Association of the State of New York that weekend.
"We recognize some fire departments hold open houses in the fall, but this event is not one focused around fire prevention," said David Jacobowitz, FASNY president, said. "This is an opportunity for volunteer fire departments to unite statewide to educate and draw in more members and to demonstrate to the public what volunteering is all about.
"FASNY is encouraging every volunteer fire department statewide to participate in this open house event on April 9 and 10 as part of National Volunteer Week,"he said. "If you have ever been curious about what it's like to be a part of the New York State volunteer fire service, this is your chance to learn about and experience it for yourself. Come see what it's like to serve your community and enter into a brotherhood and sisterhood unlike any other."
Firefighters have served Crown Point more than a century. Crown Point's fire company formed in 1906 as the A.E. Phelps Chemical Engine Co. It later became the A.E. Phelps Engine Company and is now the A.E. Phelps Fire and Rescue Company.