Assemblyman Robert Oaks (R,C-Macedon) is encouraging men and women who are interested in joining their local fire departments to take advantage of open houses April 27 and 28 as part of RecruitNY, a statewide recruitment initiative by the Firemen's Association of the State of New York.

Assemblyman Robert Oaks (R,C-Macedon) is encouraging men and women who are interested in joining their local fire departments to take advantage of open houses April 27 and 28 as part of RecruitNY, a statewide recruitment initiative by the Firemen's Association of the State of New York.

FASNY is encouraging fire departments throughout the state to open their doors for this annual event to boost recruitment efforts as part of National Volunteer Week 2013. Check with your local fire department to see if it is participating. More information is also available at ww.RecruitNY.org.

The Palmyra Fire Department will open its doors to area residents, so they can learn about what it takes to be a volunteer firefighter in their community, as part of the third annual RecruitNY statewide initiative. 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 Palmyra Fire Department needs to bolster its emergency responder numbers, so it can continue to provide the optimum level of protection for its residents.

As part of RecruitNY, on Saturday, April 27, between 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Palmyra Fire Department located at 615 E. Main St., Palmyra, will join volunteer fire departments all across the state at their respective firehouses for a unified recruitment drive, as part of National Volunteer Week 2013. Not only will RecruitNY 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.

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

Over the last few years, it has been very tough for departments throughout New York state to recruit and retain volunteers for a variety of reasons, according to FASNY. Departments, particularly in rural areas, need to bolster their emergency responder numbers, so they can continue to provide the optimum level of protection for their residents.

Those who are interested can use the open houses to learn more about the requirements to be a firefighter, learn about the duties and rewards of being a volunteer and have their questions answered by current fire department members.

“Please get involved and support this initiative,” Assemblyman Oaks said. “It's vital to the future well-being of the volunteer fire service in New York.”