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Press Release - Croton Fire Department
Village of Croton-on-Hudson E-Notice
Contact: Thomas P Dinkler
Croton Volunteer Fire Dept

PO Box 365
Croton on Hudson, NY 10520
Phone 914 271 2693
Fax 914 271 2972
Croton Volunteer Fire Department
Press Release

Come Out to the Croton Volunteer Fire Department & See What It’s All About

The Croton Volunteer Fire Department is opening its doors to area residents, so they can learn about what it takes to be a volunteer firefighter in their community, as part of a statewide program called Recruit NY. 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 variety of reasons. Like most volunteer fire departments, the Croton Volunteer Fire Department needs to bolster its emergency responder numbers, so it can continue to provide the optimum level of protection for its residents. Now more than ever, they need more of their neighbors joining their fire department.

On Sunday, April 10th between 10am and 2pm, the Croton Volunteer Fire Dept located at 154 Grand St, Croton on Hudson will join in an initiative with volunteer fire departments all across the state at their respective firehouses for a unified recruitment drive, as part of National Volunteer Week 2011. Not only will Recruit NY be an opportunity to highlight the duties and rewards that come with being a volunteer firefighter, it will also raise public awareness about the need for volunteers. The hope is that a collaborative effort among volunteer fire departments statewide will turn the declining number of volunteer firefighters around.

“Come on out and join us for this unique recruitment day at our firehouse,” said Deputy Chief Thomas “Tex” Dinkler.  “This is a great opportunity for our neighbors to observe the exciting tasks of a firefighter. Our current members love what they do; they are everyday heroes who help neighbors in need. We hope our recruitment day will inspire other area residents to join our fire service family.”

Throughout the day, the Croton Volunteer Fire Department will conduct tours of the station and firefighter apparatus, allow visitors to try on turnout gear, and provide activities and stations throughout the firehouse for visitors to participate in. The fire department will discuss the requirements to be a volunteer, answer questions, and let visitors know how to get involved in the fire department.

Volunteer firefighters do important and challenging work for the pure satisfaction of helping others. They are essential for a number of reasons, including the fact that volunteers live in the communities in which they serve which enhances response times, and they save taxpayers millions of dollars every year.

The Firemen’s Association of the State of New York (FASNY) worked in conjunction with the New York State Association~of~Fire Chiefs, Association of Fire Districts of New York State, Volunteer Fire Police Association of the State of New York, and County Fire Coordinators Association of the State of New York to make this program possible.