A report in this week’s Lake Placid News indicates a need for volunteer firefighters in several local departments — a need that is mirrored throughout the state.
In an effort to solicit more volunteers the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York promoted a recruitment day across the state on April 9 and 10. Some of fire departments in the area generated minimal interest.
Part of the problem facing fire departments in finding new recruits is all the mandatory testing and classes that are required to become a volunteer firefighter. These “hoops” should not deter those who want to serve. Hopefully, something can be done to reduce the burden of signing up to be a volunteer, otherwise there will be a crisis.
Each and every community in the North Country — and the state for that matter — needs to have dedicated members of its fire department.
Without them, the safety of each and every citizen will be at risk.
Even if you cannot become a volunteer, ask a local firefighter what you can do to help the fire department.
It’s a worthy cause — and one that everyone needs.
It is easy to take the fire department for granted, and we shouldn’t. Not only may they be the ones to save your home from being destroyed by fire, but they also may be the ones to save your life if you are ever in a car accident.
It is a wise investment to support your fire department in any way possible — with becoming a volunteer at the top of the list.
For more information on how to become a valuable asset to your community by serving as a volunteer firefighter, contact your local fire department:
¯Keene Valley: 576-2002
¯Lake Placid: 523-3211
¯Upper Jay: 946-9996