The Coeymans Hollow Volunteer Fire Company to Participate in
3RD Annual Statewide “RECRUITNY” Weekend to Help Increase Number of Volunteer Firefighters
Recruitment Open House to be Held at The Coeymans Hollow Volunteer Fire Company on Saturday April 27th
(Coeymans Hollow, NY) The Coeymans Hollow Volunteer Fire Company will open its doors to area residents, so they can learn about what it takes to be a volunteer firefighter in their community, as part of the third annual RecruitNY statewide initiative. Over the last several years, it has been very tough for many fire departments throughout New York State to recruit and retain volunteers for a variety of reasons. Like most volunteer fire departments, the Berne Volunteer Fire Company needs to bolster its emergency responder numbers, so it can continue to provide the optimum level of protection for its residents.
The Coeymans Hollow Volunteer Fire Corporation will host a Recruitment Open House on Alcove Day, Saturday April 27 starting with the Ladies Auxiliary Bake Sale at 8:00a.m. Garage Sale maps will be available beginning at 8:00a.m. Throughout the day, Firefighters from Coeymans Hollow will be on hand to show our new 3,000 gallon Tanker 6-30 and our Rescue/Brush UTV 6-50 along with Engine 6-20, Engine 6-10, and our EMS/Brush Truck 6-40 until 4p.m. Tours of the trucks, demonstrations, Membership Applications and refreshments will be available.
As part of RecruitNY, on Saturday, April 27 between 8:00am—4:00pm, The Coeymans Hollow Volunteer Fire Company located at 1290 SR. 143 (Intersection of 143 and Blodgett Hill Road) Coeymans Hollow, NY will join volunteer fire departments all across the state at their respective firehouses for a unified recruitment drive, as part of National Volunteer Week 2013. Not only will RecruitNY be an opportunity to highlight the duties and rewards that come with being a volunteer firefighter, it will also raise public awareness about the need for volunteers.
Throughout the day, The Coeymans Hollow Volunteer Fire Company 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 in the fire department.
Last year, over 430 fire departments in 55 counties across the state held recruitment open houses. FASNY is hoping for an even higher turnout this year and encourages departments to RSVP to let the community know they’re participating at: http://www.recruitny.org/signup.
“Come on out and join us for this unique recruitment day at our firehouse,” said Chief Bill Kapusta. “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.”
Please stop by the Coeymans Hollow Firehouse and show your support for your Volunteer Firefighters and EMS Personnel.
The goal of RecruitNY is that the collaborative effort among volunteer fire departments statewide will turn the declining number of volunteer firefighters around. RecruitNY is one example of FASNY’s key initiatives to recruit and retain volunteers. Over the last year and a half, FASNY has worked exceptionally hard to build and deploy a multi-tiered plan for helping New York State’s over 1,700 volunteer fire departments recruit over 15,000 new volunteer firefighters across the state by utilizing federal SAFER grant funds for programs including the “Fire in You” advertising campaign, FASNY HELP community college tuition reimbursement program, and recruitment training classes.
Established in 2011, RecruitNY is a joint undertaking by the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York (FASNY), the New York State Association of Fire Chiefs (NYSAFC), Association of Fire Districts of New York State, Volunteer Fire Police Association of the State of New York, and County Fire Coordinators Association of the State of New York. Last year, fire departments in more than 50 counties across the state participated in the first annual RecruitNY weekend.
For fire departments that would like to sign up for RecruitNY, simply log on to http://recruitny.org/opendoors.php and fill out the participation form. The program provides fire departments with access to recruitment resources, communication tools, posters, banners, etc. via http://recruitny.org/resources.php to help a firehouse hold a recruitment open house.
For area residents looking for more information, or to find out if your fire department is participating in RecruitNY, visit http://www.recruitny.org or contact your local fire department via a non-emergency phone number or its website.