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FASNY keeps fighting for more volunteer firefighters: What will it take to fix shortage?

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As the Firefighters Association of the State of New York pushes for increased funding in the state budget, volunteer firefighter departments across New York hosted recruiting events last weekend to attract new members and showcase their essential role in local communities.


Eric Lawler, Chairman of the Recruiting Committee in Pittsford and a volunteer firefighter who recently spoke with News10NBC, highlighted the importance of weekend recruitment events in maintaining well-staffed departments. He shared that the open house events were part of a statewide initiative sponsored by FASNY to raise awareness for the need for volunteer firefighter services.

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According to a recent FASNY economic impact study, volunteer firefighters save New York taxpayers more than $4.7 billion annually through their service. Lawler hopes that lawmakers will bear these significant contributions in mind as they plan future open house events and allocate funding.

Lawler also extended an open invitation for individuals over the age of 18 to join their organization, welcoming anyone who can contribute in any capacity.