GARDEN CITY, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – New York State fire officials have announced a statewide effort to recruit more volunteer firefighters.

As WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reported, volunteer firefighting involves more than running into burning buildings.

“We’re looking for all people. There are many tasks and jobs that can be done in a fire department. Not everybody has to go into a burning building, so we’re looking for all sizes and all ages of people,” said Jim Burns, president of the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York.

Burns said there are property and state income tax break for volunteers and many other rewards from the community.

“When I joined, none of these financial benefits were available. We did it because we wanted to help our neighbors. Afterwards, you run into them in the grocery store or the service station and they thank you for being there. That sometimes brings a tear to your eye, just for the neighbors thinking of you and thanking you for what you’ve done for them,” he told Hall.

This weekend will feature the fourth annual RecruitNY event.

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