Fire departments nationwide, including in the Capital Region, are continuing to see a decline in interest of volunteer firefighters.
Fire officials say they’re constantly looking for new recruits to replace older members who are retiring or moving on to less active roles.
Halfmoon and Waterford Fire Commissioner John D’Alessandro says that the volunteers they need are not only on the fire lines but also behind the scenes doing tasks like administrative work.
He says working as a firefighter is an unbelievably rewarding experience.
“It is a gratifying feeling to be able and be trained to help your friends, your family, and your neighbors on some of the worst days of their lives.”
D’Alessandro says that volunteering as a firefighter could open up a new career for anyone who is interested.