April 17, 2014

Fire department gears up to boost recruitment

LANCASTER- The Lancaster Fire Department 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 fourth 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 range of reasons. However, Recruitment Chairman for the Lancaster Fire Department, Cindy Moore said the department has been able to sustain their membership by understanding that people have lives outside of the fire department and cannot dedicate 100 percent of their time.

“We make sure that everyone feels comfortable with the amount of time that they are able to donate to the fire service, while meeting the requirements of the department,” remarked Moore. “Lancaster has also had good success with recruitment events such as this one. Although we have not had a decline in membership, we always are looking for new members to continue to build our department.”

Currently, the department consists of 120 volunteer firefighters, but only 80 of them are active. Just last year alone, firefighters responded to more than 250 calls, which is the average... Read the rest of this article in News

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