Departments Looking For Volunteers on RecruitNY WeekendPosted: Updated:
Area fire departments, like the Adams Fire Department, held open houses Saturday to recruit volunteer firefighters for RecruitNY 2018's volunteer firefighter recruitment weekend.
"We are recruiting for new members, actually, we need firefighters of course but we need other members to do administrative functions," said Bob Simpson, a spokesperson for the Adams Fire Department.
Simpson said that training to become a firefighter is certainly no walk in the park. It requires two nights a week for about 4-6 months before the training process is complete.
Meanwhile in Watertown, the NorthPole Fire Company held it's own open house during a chicken BBQ to raise money for the local police dogs. And Fire Chief Joe Wargo said that barring any arson convictions, anyone can sign up to volunteer as long as they get through the training.
"You need to be over 16, 18 in some departments, you fill out an application and it goes usually to a vote of the membership and you can't have any arson convictions," Wargo said.
The NorthPole open house attracted Zachary Hickok, a man who recently relocated to the Watertown area and wanted to sign up to volunteer in person with his family.
"Both of my grandfathers were part of Pillar Point Fire Department and that's kind of what made me want to join the fire department," said Hickok.
If you would like to join you can go to your local fire department and fill out the application there, or you can go online to your local fire department's website and fill out the application online.
If you don't want to be a firefighter but still want to help, you can call your area department to talk about other ways to lend a hand.
Some departments are having open houses Sunday. Click here for more information.