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Dinolfo, FASNY Kick-Off 2018 "RecuitNY" Weekend in Monroe County

Dinolfo, FASNY Kick-Off 2018

County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo, Monroe Fire Bureau Coordinator Steve Schalabba, and Firemen’s Association of the State of New York (FASNY) President Ken Pienkowski kicked off the 8th annual RecruitNY weekend in Monroe County, part of a statewide effort to increase volunteer fire service participation. The RecruitNY initiative helps increase volunteer firefighter membership and connects local fire stations with the communities they serve.

“On behalf of a grateful community, I thank the dedicated men and women in the volunteer fire service who give their time and talents to keep Monroe County safe,” said Dinolfo. “Volunteer firefighters not only perform a vital public safety service for us, their work helps to control costs and keep our property taxes stable. I encourage potential recruits and local families alike to come on out to a RecruitNY open house near you this weekend. There is no better time or place to give back to our community than right here, right now through the volunteer fire service.”

RecruitNY, an initiative of FASNY, will be held on the weekend of April 28-29 this year. As part of RecruitNY, over a dozen firehouses across Monroe County will open their doors to the public in an effort to increase membership in the volunteer fire service. Many of the events will include firehouse tours, firefighting demonstrations, family fun activities, and more. Anyone interested in joining the fire service will have the opportunity to speak with active volunteers at an open house, who can discuss what being a member of the fire service entails.

“It is a privilege and an honor to serve as a volunteer firefighter,” said Pienkowski. “Joining the fire service is an incredibly rewarding thing to do, and all across New York State, volunteers are eager to discuss this possibility with their neighbors, friends, and family. Serving as a volunteer firefighter means serving one’s community, but it also means joining a very close, very special family. We are always heartened to see New Yorkers turn out to support their volunteer firefighters, and expect to see many faces, both familiar and new, during this year’s RecruitNY event. FASNY is grateful to County Executive Dinolfo, County Coordinator Schalabba, and all of Monroe County for their continued and valued support of the volunteer fire service.”

In 2016, FASNY released an economic impact report, which concluded that transitioning to a replacement, all-paid fire service in New York State would generate a cost of $3.87 billion annually and cause property taxes to rise by an estimated average of 26.5%.

For more information on RecruitNY events scheduled in Monroe County this weekend, please visit www.recruitny.org/participation-area.