"We need big numbers, because you have to remember as this goes on, we're still losing a certain amount of members too," says Gordy Kotars, Vice Chair of Public Relations for the Firemen's Association of the State of New York (FASNY). "People grow old, they start retiring, they can't fight fires anymore. They move away. So for every member we take in, we hope we aren't losing anymore," Kotars says.
Local departments say volunteers are needed in every aspect of running the firehouse, so the emergency responders can continue to protect you and your family."Many fire departments have auxiliary or corporate members that can fill those positions. Whether they may be an accountant, someone who is a mechanic or any of those functions, if there's someone who is available for those type of positions, we encourage them to contact their fire department," says Gunther Michael, former chief of the Mattydale Fire Department. "They may have opportunities to help out in anyway they feel possible."
Last year, as a result of RecruitNY Weekend, the Mattydale Fire Department took on 9 new members. The Manlius Fire Department recruited 21.