Fire Departments Seeking Volunteers Across The State

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – Fire departments are opening their doors this weekend across the state to recruit more volunteers.

LISTEN: WCBS 880’s Sean Adams reports on the need for volunteers

As ranks continue shrinking, departments have become increasingly more reliant on volunteers, but that dependence is also becoming more difficult.

Mamaroneck Chief Chris Szymanowski said people’s lives are often too busy so they are less likely to volunteer.

“All the time we get that. ‘I love to help out, but my kids and work and scheduling.’ We’ll take whatever you can give us and we’ll work with you,” Szymanowski said.

The fire department in Mamaroneck will open its doors at noon on Sunday at the Columbia Firehouse.

Szymanowski said there are a million ways to help and volunteers don’t have to be the ones running into buildings everyday, but maybe a fire apparatus driver or an administrative position.

“It’s just knowing that you’ve made a difference in your community,” Szymanowski said. “You’re helping everyone out. Not only if they need you in an emergency, but you’re also helping them because of tax savings.”

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  1. Auburn Dale says:

    Will those fire departments accept volunteers who live in their towns, or must they come from elsewhere? (FDNY hires only suburbanites, so I was just wondering.)

  2. Barry from ChiTown says:

    Do you have to be born in the U.S. to become a volunteer firefighter? I would like to volunteer but I was born in Kenya.

    1. NY277 says:

      You just have to be a US citizen with a clean recored and theyll will take you. Whatever time you can spare they will work with you to get your training and ready to serve your community. Be Safe

  3. gyuu says:

    Hey they do a great service….BUT….IM PRETTY SURE THE CHIEF OF A CERTAIN LONG ISLAND FIRE DEPARTMENT IS NOT ALLOWED TO COMMUTE TO MANHATTAN IN HIS TAX PAYER PAID SUV …BUT HE DOES…DAILY

  4. gina says:

    i live in port orange. . how can i go ,by volunteering/. i’m a cert member. also.

  5. Doug says:

    Actually, volunteer fire companies are killing the taxpayer and are no bargain. FDNY in New York has a total of about 750 vehicles in the entire City while small communities in Nassau and Suffolk have over 3700 of them. All those extra vehicle need to be sold and a serious consolidation of the volunteer departments must be replaced with a small, but paid fire department.

    1. Junior says:

      Yeah, OK, gee, I am willing to guess you are a union firefighter! Show us the facts! Take your union propoganda BS somewhere else. Your facts do not add up, trust me, do the numbers, a piece of apparatus has a life span of many years, divide the total cost of 1 piece of appratus byt he # of years of service and it comes in WAY less then the cost of 1 paid firefighter over the same period. Unions killed themselves and are driving themselves into extinction!. You facts are not even close to being correct. Know what the most expensive thing in any buisiness/operation is? Manpower costs. Consolidation, maybe, paid, heck no!

    2. NY277 says:

      It would cost the tax payer just about a million dollars more per year just for a paid fire crew. Paying for their pensions, healthcare and salarys. A volunteer dosent get paid at all. They get a few benefits but not compared to a paid FireFighter. If you are a volunteer you should know better if not join one and see what we do for our community coming out on calls at two in the morning not getting paid 20-30 dollars like paid firemen.

  6. kasumba zaam says:

    i wish i was in america i would volunter

  7. s. kaplan says:

    And wheres the part that says to volunteer click here or contact whomever?

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