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Convention focuses on keeping firefighters on the job

The 147th annual Firemen’s Association of the State of New York Convention, a 3-day long event of training and networking, began in Syracuse Friday.

Volunteer firefighters from across the state gathered in Liverpool to discuss a pressing issue: firefighter retention.

It is a complex issue that leaders say is a significant public safety risk for suburban and rural communities.

This year’s convention will primarily focus on panels and classes addressing retention, with resources, tips, and training for departments across New York State.

“The volunteer fire service and frankly, firefighting in general is built upon the hard work of dedicated, trained men and women who are willing to respond when their friends and neighbors need them,” said the Association Secretary John D’Alessandro.

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