We’re constantly looking to bring our call for volunteers to the forefront of our community so we’ve been busy creating some new promotional videos for our county’s 94 volunteer fire departments. We hope you like them and Respond!
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At first, 19-year-old Aidan Vangelov was hesitant to join the East Amherst Volunteer Fire Department because of the time commitment he thought it took, but in December 2016 he caught “the bug” of the love for helping people right away.
Although he doesn’t have any family who have served in the fire service, he was strongly influenced by his father Dave who has worked in the fire industry for most of his career.
Once he made the decision to get involved he realized just how enjoyable serving others can be. Aidan just graduated from Erie County’s Firefighter 1 Boot Camp training program on July 21, 2017 with 17 other volunteer firefighters from across the county. The course was delivered in a blended-learning environment where the students first attended a weekend orientation in May and then completed online coursework until they came back together for another weekend in June. That was followed by more online learning before attending the two-week Boot Camp conducted Monday-Friday for the two weeks in July and required 6-9 hours of intensive hands-on training and skills testing each day .
“It’s been a great experience and nothing beats helping people.” –Erie County Volunteer Firefighter Aidan Vangelov
If you or someone you know are interested in joining Aidan and the more than 6,000 volunteer firefighters in Erie County, sign up today and we’ll connect you with the appropriate agency in your community.
As part of FASNY’s annual RecruitNY program, twenty-five Erie County Volunteer Fire Departments will open their doors to the community and prospective volunteers Saturday-April 29 and/or Sunday-April 30.
Several of the participating fire companies are offering no-obligation “Firefighter Try-Out” programs that allow interested parties to test drive the opportunity to do some of the tasks and activities that volunteer firefighters and first responders do.
Here’s a list of participating agencies as of 4/19/17. Find one in your neighborhood and line up to serve your community!
Click here for a complete list of Erie County Volunteer Fire Departments and Emergency Squads and join today!
As if saving lives and running into burning buildings isn’t extraordinary enough, our communities benefit from thousands of extraordinary volunteers who give their time and energy – their lives to do just that every day. Published thirteen years ago, a 2003 FASNY study indicated that Erie County’s 94 volunteer fire departments save our taxpayers $203 million dollars each year.
That’s why we ‘re building and celebrating three special campaigns that feature our great team of volunteer firefighters: