700+ New Recruits Joined Volunteer Fire Ranks in 2013


January 30, 2014

CONTACT: Peter Anderson / Peter.Anderson@erie.gov
Phone: (716)858-8500 / Mobile: (716) 270-7842


December’s Total of 58 New Recruits Pushes 2013 Total over 700

ERIE COUNTY, NY— The Erie County Department of Emergency Services is pleased to announce that over 700 new recruits swelled the ranks of volunteer fire companies across Erie County during 2013. This influx of new volunteers came from across the County’s 94 fire departments and will augment the over 5,000-member strong volunteer firefighting force that currently serves Erie County’s municipalities. Continue reading

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Interesting, Interrupted Lifestyle of Volunteers

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Highland Hose Volunteer Firefighter Jack DeGroat has a veritable fire museum in his house, a collection of fire artifacts that’s been growing for decades. Photo: The Buffalo News

Buffalo News Feature Reporter Ann Neville — an Erie County Volunteer Firefighter herself — shares her keen insight into the interesting and interrupted lifestyles that come with being a volunteer firefighter in this two-page feature published on Sunday-December 15, 2013. Continue reading

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New TV Spot: ECC Football

Check out our new recruitment commercial which will start airing on WBBZ-TV soon:

In football and in firefighting, drafting the right players is critical to the success of your team.

Erie Community College and Erie County’s Team of Volunteer Firefighters – educating and protecting Western New York.

We’re more than 5,000 Strong! With You – We can be stronger!!!

Contact your local volunteer fire department or visit iVolunteerFIRE.org to learn more today!

RecruitmentHQ Hotline: 716.601.3020

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DEFINE ACTIVE: Michelle Hapeman

Think you lead an active lifestyle?

Can’t find the time to volunteer?

Think you lead an active lifestyle? Can't find time to volunteer? Meet Michelle Hapeman

Think you lead an active lifestyle?
Can’t find time to volunteer?
Meet Michelle Hapeman

Meet Michelle Hapeman:

  • Age 37
  • Wife
  • Mother of six (6) children
  • Works part-time as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) with pediatrics and adolescents
  • Dual-major college student at Erie Community College: Emergency Management & Nursing (RN)
  • Charity runner/obstacle course fanatic
  • Volunteer Firefighter and EMT: Snyder Volunteer Fire Department in the Town of Amherst


Put some REAL action into your “active” lifestyle.

Fight Fires. Save Lives. Volunteer Today!

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VolunteerNY Open House Weekend

iVolunteer-Classified Front Page3LRBe sure to visit the fire department opening their doors in your neighborhood during VolunteerNY weekend April 27th and/or April 28th.

VolunteerNY is an annual recruitment program sponsored by the Firemens’ Association of the State of New York — commonly referred to as ‘FASNY‘.

Fifty (50) Erie County Volunteer Fire/EMS agencies are opening their doors for this year’s VolunteerNY weekend to anyone interested in joining their ranks. Click here for a complete listing of the open houses. Continue reading

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