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Urgent Call for More Volunteer Firefighters Continues: ‘We Need All the Help We Can Get


LOCKPORT,⁣ NY — The Firemen’s ⁢Association ‍of‍ the‌ State of New York (FASNY) ‌made a public call ⁣for more volunteer firefighters⁤ across the state on Tuesday. ​This announcement was made during the launch of the RecruitNY campaign at ​the⁣ South Lockport Fire Company.

In a bid to encourage more recruits, FASNY President Ed Tase Jr, revealed ​a proposal currently in ‍the New York State ⁤budget.⁤ This⁣ proposal aims to boost the income tax credit for firefighters⁣ from a modest‌ $200 to ‍a ⁢more ​substantial $800.

“This benefit will reach every‍ volunteer firefighter — regardless of whether you own property, rent, or live with your parents. ⁣Once you file an income⁣ tax ⁤return, you ⁢will receive‌ $800⁤ for your service in the volunteer fire service,” Tase ⁤Jr. explained.

FASNY has reported a worrying⁢ decline in the ‍number of volunteer firefighters statewide. The figures have ⁤dropped from 110,000 in 1998 to just 75,000 in 2021, representing a ‌32% decrease in‌ membership.

In response to this decline, Governor Kathy Hochul initiated a program last month that offers payment ⁣to new volunteers for their firefighter training.

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“Those who value ‍their volunteer fire service should reach out to their local Assemblyman to make their voices heard. We‌ need to do everything we can to keep the volunteer fire service strong,” urged Tase Jr. “The volunteer fire ‍service is more than just firefighting. ⁤We are a community service-oriented organization and we need all ⁢the help we can get.”

Despite the challenges, firefighters affirm ‌that serving the community⁤ is worth every minute of‌ their time.

“It’s a passion. It’s exhilarating, it’s an adrenaline rush, and it’s ‌the satisfaction ​that comes from helping the community. The first time you help save a life, you’re hooked,” shared Christopher Mcclune, PIO ‌of South Lockport Fire Co.

Interested individuals can find ⁢the nearest firefighter openings near ‌them here.

Alejandro Mendoza
Alejandro Mendoza
Alejandro Mendoza is a dedicated journalist, known for his in-depth research and commitment to truth. A graduate of Columbia University's School of Journalism, he specializes in revealing and reporting on significant local issues.
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  1. I agree that volunteering as a firefighter is essential for the safety and well-being of our community. Every bit of help makes a difference in times of need.


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