Thanks to our media partners WBBZ-TV, we’ve produced a :30 second ad spot that includes a friendly holiday greeting, important safety messages and a call to volunteer.
Watch for this video to run on WBBZ-TV quite frequently through the New Year. From Erie County’s more than 5,000 Volunteer Firefighters : “Have a Safe and Happy Holiday” and please consider joining your local volunteer fire department in the New Year. Continue reading →
Meet 23-year old Erie County Volunteer Firefighter Courtney Jasinski. Courtney works as a detailer and she joined the Winchester Volunteer Fire Company in West Seneca in January-2012.
Here’s her story…
Becoming a firefighter is not an easy task, nor did I ever think I would face this life changing challenge.
My boyfriend Anthony DiChristopher is a Fire Lieutenant with the Winchester Volunteer Fire Company in West Seneca. After watching him respond to calls after the tones dropped; helping him with a bunch of different projects and events around the fire hall, I thought to myself: “I can do this too.”
It was not too long before I fell into his foot steps and joined Winchester in January of 2012. Although all of the firefighters I know or have seen were men, I wasn’t discouraged. I didn’t want to give up or doubt my abilities — but I also knew I had to prove myself.
Want a taste of what it’s like to be a real firefighter? The Erie County Department of Emergency Services, the Erie County Park System and iVolunteerFIRE.org are proud to host: HERO RUSH at Chestnut Ridge Park in Orchard Park on … Continue reading →
Meet Connie Calandra, a 43-year old mom of 3 children, purchasing agent and volunteer firefighter/EMT with the Pine Hill Hose Co. 5 in Cheektowaga NY.
Meet 43 year old mother of three Connie Calandra, Volunteer Firefighter and EMT with the Pine Hill Hose Co. 5 in Cheektowaga NY.
I am definitely not what you would consider as your first choice to be the cover girl. However, maybe after you read my story I will change your mind.
I am 43 years old, married to my husband for 21 years, a mom of 3 children (2 daughters and a son) and hold a full-time job. I have no family members in the fire service, so there was no influence to join.
I volunteer because it is about “Paying it Forward!”
On February 15, 2010, my Mom experienced cardiac arrest. Had it not been for the EMTs/Paramedics that performed what they had been trained to do, I would have lost her that day. Just under a month later, she came home from the hospital with no limitations. She is practically perfect in every way. Words will NEVER be enough to show my gratitude to them. Continue reading →