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April 24, 2014

Wanted: Volunteer firefighters


Ritton, Westford assistant fire chief, said Westford, Worcester, East Worcester and Schenevus departments work together and will have open houses at their stations at the same time from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday. Equipment will be on display, he said, and information will be available about volunteering.

“We can find work for anybody who is interested in joining,” Ritton said. “There’s room for everybody.”

Departments need crews not only to be “interior firefighters” but also to operate pumpers and other equipment, Ritton said. Training to become an interior firefighter takes about 80 to 90 hours, he said, and training for someone providing “scene support” takes 27 hours.

EMTs also are needed, he said, and the state pays the $825 fee for department members who wish to take the certification course, which is about 150 to 160 hours, Ritton said.

Visitors interested in volunteering may contact their local fire department or, in Otsego County, call the Office of Emergency Services at 547-4227, Ritton said. RecruitNY Weekend gives people a chance to see how taxpayer dollars are spent and to say “thank you” to volunteers, he said.

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