Casie Hunsdon, Chilson Fire Department third assistant chief, made a new friend during the company’s 2012 open house. This year the Chilson FD will have its open house Saturday, April 27.
Firefighters around the state and the area will take part recruitment open houses April 27 and 28.
Sponsored by the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York, the event coincides with National Volunteer Week and focuses on attracting new recruits. It’s billed as RecruitNY.
Participating locally will be the Ticonderoga Fire Department, the Chilson Fire Department, the A.E. Phelps Fire & Rescue in Crown Point, the Mineville-Witherbee Fire Department, the Moriah Fire Department, the Port Henry Fire Department, the Putnam Fire Department and the Schroon Lake Fire Department.
Besides attempting to attract new members, local fire companies will use the open houses to showcase their departments for their communities.
Last year more than 430 fire departments in 55 counties across the state held recruitment open houses. FASNY is hoping for an even higher turnout this year.
Ticonderoga firefighters will hold an open house Saturday, April 27, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
“We will have members present to take the public around the station and show them the fire house as well as the fire trucks and equipment and answer any questions anyone has,” said Matt Watts, assistant chief. “We will have applications available as well. We will offer lights refreshments throughout the event. Anyone over the age of 18 is welcome to take a ride in our Tower Truck, which reaches 100 feet in the air.
“This the third year of the FASNY program and I believe it has been very successful,” he said. “We have recruited half a dozen new members over the past two years during this event. While the goal is to recruit new members we also use this opportunity to show the community what we are all about.”
The Chilson Volunteer Fire Department will serve a free pancake breakfast and picnic lunch Saturday, April 27, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. as part of its open house.
The event will feature Larry Lauman’s Chilson apple pancakes for breakfast and burgers and hot dogs for lunch at the fire department at 60 Putts Pond Road. People can learn how to become an auxiliary department member or a firefighter member. People can also tour the fire trucks and equipment. Call 585-2510 for more information.
“The success of a volunteer fire department depends on all kinds of people, not just firefighters,” said Chilson Chief Steve Hunsdon.
A volunteer fire department, he explained, has two kinds of members — firefighter members and auxiliary members.
“We’re always on the lookout for auxiliary members — volunteers who can help us with things like planning special events, or maintenance and repairs — just about anything folks can do, from cooking to mowing grass to office paperwork, we can use their help.”
Chilson FD auxiliary members do not have to live within the fire district.
In addition to breakfast and lunch, visitors to the open house will be able to look over the fire trucks and to inspect the firefighters’ turn-out gear and other tools of the trade. Families and children are welcome.
For more information visit www.recruitny.org or contact Chilson Volunteer Fire Department at 585-2510 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The A.E. Phelps Fire & Rescue Co will hold an open house 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, April 27 and 28, at the fire house at 2764 Main St.
“We are planning a jaws demonstration at approximately 1 p.m. on Saturday,” Chief Randy Clarke said. “We’ll have fire/EMS/ice water rescue/fire police displays, kids activities, refreshments and safety information. There will be fire personnel on hand to answer questions and our trucks and ambulances will be on display.”
For information call 597-3211.
The Mineville-Witherbee Fire Department will hold an open house Saturday, April 27, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the fire station at 112 Raymond Wright Ave.
Throughout the day the Mineville-Witherbee FD will conduct tours of the station and firefighter apparatus, allow visitors to try on firefighter gear and provide activities and stations throughout the fire house 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 in the fire department.
“Come on out and join us for this unique recruitment day at our fire house,” said Fire Chief Adam Wright. “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. We hope our recruitment day will inspire other area residents to join our fire service family.”
The Moriah Fire Department will open its doors to the community Saturday and Sunday, April 27 and 28, for the annual state-wide recruitment event.
Fire Chief Brian Glebus said the department will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on both days.
“We’re going to open up to show taxpayers just what they are paying for,” said Glebus.
Not only can people tour the facility, but there will be demonstrations throughout the day with a window rescue operation with props and demonstrations for interior drills.
“We want people to see what we do here and how we help them if we have to take a call,” said Glebus.
The day will be an opportunity for anyone interested in volunteering with the fire department a chance to talk to people who have gone through the training.
“We have been very fortunate to have a full roster and our junior program is really bringing in volunteers at a younger age and getting them involved in their community, but we always need more help,” said Glebus.
If a person can’t make it to the recruitment day the department members meet at the fire house every Tuesday night at 7 p.m.
“Come in and meet us, there will always be someone ready to tell you all about our department,” said Glebus.
The Port Henry Fire Department will hold an open house Saturday, April 27, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at its fire station at 14 Church St.
The Port Henry department is one of the oldest in New York, dating back to 1874. It has 48 members serving a community of approximately 1,200 village residents and covering eight square miles.
“As history dictates, the fire department acts as an anchor to the community,” Chief James Hughes said. “Our all volunteer fire department assumes the responsibility of protecting our businesses, residences and people. It is the responsibility of village government to provide the means i.e. fire station, fire trucks, tools, equipment, etc. in order to continue to meet these goals. The continuous planning, maintenance and improvement to our village infrastructure is imperative if we desire our community to continue to thrive and grow and to attract to new businesses and residents to our village.
“The Port Henry Fire Department provides many services to our residents within the incorporated village and surrounding communities,” he continued. “For example, our department provides fire protection that includes the use of three pumpers, one brush truck, one rescue van and a dive/rescue boat. In addition, our department supports a Jaws of Life Team consisting of 16 certified Vehicle Extrication Technicians, 16 Surface Ice Rescue Technicians, five certified NAUI scuba divers, three Emergency Medical Technicians and two Certified First Responders. In addition, we have two members who are on the Essex County HAZ MAT Response Team.”
The department responded to 72 calls in 2012.
“The Port Henry Fire Department has accomplished a great deal over our 139 years of existence,” Hughes said. “However, so much more must be done. To continue our work and meet the obligation to our residents, we need help from people who care about our community, our neighbors, our department and our mission.
“As a result of this recruitment campaign, we are hoping we will be able to spark the interest of residents within our town to join the fire service,” he said. “We are actively recruiting and accepting applications for new volunteers.”
Applications may be picked up at the station the day of the open house or by contacting Hughes at 546-4144.
The Putnam Fire Department will host at open house Saturday, April 27, at its fire station at 43 Fire House Lane. For infrmation call 547-9982.
The Schroon Lake Fire Department will hold an open house Saturday, April 27, at its fire house at 28 Industrial Drive. For information call 532-7477.