Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb Promotes “Recruit NY” Firefighter Recruitment Weekend

April 7, 2011

Assembly Minority Leader Brian M. Kolb (R,I,C-Canandaigua) is proud to recognize Tully Hose Company No. 1 in Tully and the Scipio Volunteer Fire Department in Scipio Center for their participation in the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York’s (FASNY) Recruit NY initiative, a program designed to encourage citizens to visit, support and join their local volunteer fire departments.

FASNY’s Recruit NY weekend will highlight the duties and rewards that come with being a volunteer firefighter, and raise public awareness about the need for volunteers. FASNY officials believe that a collaborative effort among volunteer fire departments statewide will increase the declining number of volunteer firefighters in New York.

“Unfortunately, volunteer recruitment in New York State is on the decline,” Kolb said. “In order to reverse this trend, we need brave individuals to take this opportunity to learn about what it takes to volunteer. I applaud Tully Hose Company No. 1 and the Scipio Volunteer Fire Department for opening their doors and encouraging members of their communities to answer the call of volunteer service. Recruit NYweekend is a great time to come out and support – or join – those who risk their lives to save others.”

Both departments plan to welcome the public to their facilities, offering tours of their stations and firefighter apparatus and providing activities throughout the firehouses for visitors to participate in. Department members will discuss what it takes to be a volunteer, answer questions, and let visitors know how to get involved in fire fighting.

There are approximately 97,000 volunteer firefighters in New York, all of whom make a vital contribution to the safety and welfare of state residents. An estimated 95 percent of all state firefighters participate on a volunteer basis. In addition, there are over 57,000 certified emergency medical service providers in the state, a majority of whom are volunteers.

Leader Kolb and the Assembly Minority Conference have advanced legislation (A.5294) that supports first responders and encourages all New Yorkers to volunteer in their communities. The agenda includes initiatives that will provide volunteers with an increased personal income tax credit, heart disease and blood exposure protection, employment protection and priority access to wireless telephone and text messaging service during emergencies.

For more information, visit FASNY’s website.