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Welcome to The Volunteer Firefighter™, the official magazine of FASNY.

FASNY’s publication strives to bring topical, educational and entertaining information to the volunteer emergency service decision-makers and volunteers throughout New York State. It offers feature articles and columns directly relating to the emergency services, as well as editorial content, training and education opportunities, legislation, fire prevention and life safety articles, and real-life experiences. Read the most recent news and insights below.

Youth Programs Grow in Recruitment Role

With the number of volunteer firefighters on the decline for decades, departments are turning to a key source for recruits. Youth programs – Juniors, Explorers and RAMs – are making a difference in both the lives of youth and department ranks across the state. “If you get one kid from…

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5 Ways to Create Positive Public Relations

By Michael Capoziello Today’s fire service, especially the volunteer fire service, is under a lot of scrutiny from the public at large. Maintaining a healthy, trusting, transparent relationship with the communities you serve should be one of the top priorities of any Chief Officer, Board of Fire Commissioners, Trustees or…

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NY’s New Sexual Harassment Law: What Volunteer Fire Departments Need to Know

By Timothy C. Hannigan, FASNY Attorney In connection with the adoption of this year’s budget in April, New York State enacted Labor Law § 201-g. This new law, which took effect on October 9, 2018, mandates: (1) the adoption of a sexual harassment policy and (2) an interactive training program…

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Surviving the Holidays: The 6 F’s

By Kelli LaPage, MS, ATC, LAH, President of WellTrail, Inc. and Vice Chair of the FASNY Health and Wellness Committee Mother taught you it is bad to use the “F word," but the holiday is full of them: Family, Finances, Fantasy and Food can all bring incredible levels of stress…

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Recruitment and Retention

By Deputy Fire Chief Robert Outhouse, FASNY Recruitment and Retention Committee Today, as we continue to see the numbers of volunteer firefighters dwindling from our departments, many of us are asking why. What are we doing wrong? What can we do better? Recruitment and retention are the two biggest words…

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Recruiting Outside the Box

By Norvin Collins, MS EFO The topic of recruiting in the volunteer and combination fire service has been on the minds of leadership for years now. It isn’t a new thought, yet the challenges we are facing are unique to the times. In order to keep our organizations strong and…

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Want to Better Recruit and Retain? Be More Like Google

By Jeremy Connors, FASNY Recruitment and Retention Committee In order to recruit and retain, you must change your mindset to that of a business. While we continue to scratch our heads on how to recruit and retain members among the ranks of our departments, we might want to take a look…

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Fire Science: Put the Wet Stuff on the Red Stuff

By Michael J. Klemenz, Upstate Fire Protection Engineering We all know the old fire service adage “Put the wet stuff on the red stuff.” But, just what is the “red stuff?” Understanding basic fire chemistry allows us to anticipate a fire’s next move, which comes in quite handy when making…

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Fire and EMS Role in Protecting the Homeland

By David Lewis, Convention Presenter Each day, fire and EMS personnel respond to a variety of routine service calls or emergency incidents in their communities. While most of these incidents are routine and do not present a threat to homeland security, it is necessary to always maintain situational awareness and…

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Lost and Found: Lessons from the Fireground

By Joe Pronesti, FASNY Convention Presenter My mistake of getting “sidetracked” on arrival could’ve led to a serious problem on one of my fireground commands. Don’t let yourself be sidetracked at your next serious event. Although I am not a military veteran, I have tons of respect for veterans and…

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