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First Responders are needed!


Ranks of fire, rescue, and ambulance personnel are dangerously low

By Michael T. Baldwin

Volunteer First Responders are (and have been) dwindling over the years. Saturday and Sunday, New York State is holding its annual RecruitNY initiative, sponsored by the Firefighters Association of the State of New York. It features open houses and the opportunity for residents to learn about the chance to volunteer and what it means. We reached out to Allegany County Fire Coordinator Jeff Luckey for a comment on this story, but he noted he wasn’t available (he was headed to a serious vehicle crash at the time). According to the website, here is what is planned in Allegany County:

· Saturday April 23 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Cuba Fire Dept. They will have live demo and handouts to show off our new pumper rescue truck and refreshments

·         Saturday April 23rd from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m.: Wiscoy-Rossburg Fire – here will be games for kids, we will have someone to talk about our Jr. program and we will have officers and members to speak with to talk about what we do, you may try on gear, and we will have someone to go through trucks to show tools and other equipment used for emergencies we will also have applications available.

·         April 24th 1 p.m.-3 p.m. Belfast Fire Dept.- Will have an open house with demonstration and information hand outs.

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