NYE Resolution: Volunteer!

holiday-video-start-screenFrom 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.

Thanks to our media partners WBBZ-TV for producing thisa :30 second ad spot that includes a friendly holiday greeting, important safety messages and a call to volunteer.

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Say Thanks. Join Our Ranks!

our-volunteers-their-storiesAs 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:

  • ReDEFINE Yourself! celebrates our county’s growing number of fire service Triple-F volunteers: Fabulous Female Firefighters.
  • firstFAMILYfirst highlights the benefits of joining what we affectionately call our ‘second family’, especially when you’re already ‘firstFAMILYfirst’!
  • DEFINE: Active! showcases our seemingly super-human volunteers who juggle home, work, family and a laundry list of volunteering activities in their REALLY active lifestyles!

All three campaigns can be found under the “Our Volunteers. Their Stories.” menu tab.

So, check out our super volunteers, take the time to say thanks and consider joining our ranks: Fight Fires. Save Lives. Volunteer TODAY!

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Pocobello Awarded for Helping Others

U-Crest Volunteer Firefighter Jordan Pocobello is recognized for his positive attitude and helping others.

U-Crest Volunteer Firefighter Jordan Pocobello is recognized for his positive attitude and helping others.

Jordan Pocobello, a volunteer firefighter with the U-Crest Volunteer Fire Company in Cheektowaga NY was recognized for his positive attitude in helping others overcome their challenges during the graduation ceremony for the Erie County Firefighter 1 Boot Camp held July 17, 2015 in the Erie County Emergency Services Training & Operations Center Auditorium.

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Winchester’s Krawczyk Awarded Recruit of the Year

Winchester Volunteer Firefighter Daryl Krawczyk

Winchester Volunteer Firefighter Daryl Krawczyk

Congratulations to U-Crest Firefighter Jordan Pocobello on being selected to receive the Robert E. Newell Memorial Award as the 2015 Erie County Firefighter 1 Boot Camp Recruit of the Year as nominated by SFI Jim Zymanek:

“For this recruit, the volunteer fire service is a family affair that includes his father, his brother, his uncle and two cousins – but to him it’s about more than just building on the foundation that’s already been laid for him. The word ‘service’ is his reason for joining the volunteer fire service. He says he joined because he loves to make an impact on people by helping them through some of their toughest times. Joining the fire service is a conscious choice that everyone has available to them and he feels it’s the best decision he’s ever made in his life.

This recruit was chosen for this award for his ability to maintain a positive attitude while working hard to overcome his own personal challenges, all the while always offering to help others overcome theirs. His work ethic and attitude toward serving others is “worth investing in.”

I have chosen the recipient of the 2015 The Robert E. Newell Memorial Firefighter 1 Boot Camp Recruit of the Year Award to be Jordan Pocobello from the U-Crest Volunteer Fire Company here in Cheektowaga.”

Bob Newell’s youngest son John, a Captain with the Orchard Park Volunteer Fire Company, was on hand at the graduation ceremony to present the award given in his father’s name.

Krawczyk was one of 33 new volunteer firefighters from across Erie County to graduate from the time and energy-intensive two+ week basic firefighter training.

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