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Stations Hold Open Houses for Volunteer Firefighter Recruitment Day

This Saturday is Volunteer Firefighter Recruitment Day in Broome County.
This Saturday is Volunteer Firefighter Recruitment Day in Broome County.

There are between 1,100 and 1,200 volunteer firefighters at the 31 fire departments in the region. However, those numbers are dwindling, which is a challenge, especially when you consider those agencies responded to 5,000 fire calls and 29,000 EMS calls last year.

Fire officials say there are a variety of jobs that need to be done in fire companies. They can tailor your volunteer experience with your expertise, which means you don't have to enter a burning building if you don't feel comfortable doing so.

"Without people that are willing to do that, it puts the people who are willing to do it in danger, because they don't have enough backup and people to help them out. It's very important that we muster as much support from the community to serve the community as possible," said volunteer firefighter Scott Baker.

All stations will host open houses from noon until 3 p.m. this Saturday.
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