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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.

FASNY Breaks New Ground on New HQ

June 25, 2021, was a big day in FASNY history as we broke ground on renovation of our headquarters in Albany, New York. Plenty of smiles and members of the press were on hand as leadership did the honors. We proudly broke ground on our big renovation of headquarters with…

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Unique Leadership Strategies for First Responder Departments

By Sheldon Yellen, CEO of BELFOR Property Restoration The first responder profession is continuously ranked as one of the most stressful jobs in America for a number of reasons. First responders routinely respond to dangerous and gruesome emergencies, and their heroic efforts save lives every day. The weight of this…

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The Difference Between Training and Education of Firefighters

By David C. Denniston, ESIP Have you ever done something the same way for so long that you have no idea why you do it that way? For some tasks, that is called a conditioned response, and can be a good thing. Take for example when your pager alerts. Many…

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MCR Motorsports Partners with FASNY

By Shane M. Liebler, Senior Editor A racing team is partnering with FASNY to promote the volunteer fire service at the track. In addition to including the FASNY brand on its dirt modified cars, MCR Motorsports features a driver who is also a volunteer firefighter. “We know the importance of…

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A ‘Sound’ Strategy for Recruitment and Retention Marketing

By Steve Fortunato How did you learn the alphabet? Most of us learned the alphabet through the power of sound. We hear the alphabet song, retain the sounds, and repeat over and over and over again until we have all 26 letters memorized. I’m confident that after reading the last…

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The TIM Perspective: Seeing Traffic Incident Management Through the Eyes of Others

By John Bassett and Shawn Brimhall, Co-Chairs of the Statewide TIM Steering Committee Responding to crashes and vehicle fires on highways has become ever more dangerous. Every year, hundreds of first responders across the country are killed or seriously injured on highways while simply trying to perform their sworn duties.…

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The Fight Against Firefighter Cancer

By Angela Outhouse, RN, EMT, FASNY Health and Wellness Committee It is becoming widely known that firefighters have an increased risk of developing certain cancers. Firefighters are exposed to toxins in smoke from the combustion of a variety of materials and chemicals. The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health…

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Membership, Retention and Recruitment: Let’s Boost Membership

By Tom Bock, Westchester County Volunteer Firemen's Association Director A lot gets written and discussed about recruitment and retention in the volunteer fire service. And yet, with everything that has been proffered, we continually hear that increasing the fire company or fire department’s ranks seems to be more elusive than…

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Evaluating Core Values

By David Bullard, Georgia State Firefighters Association President Many organizations have adopted core values. Unfortunately, they tend to end up on posters, signs or other wall decorations. While the words have meaning, they rarely get used in a tangible context. Also, most career and some volunteer departments utilize some form…

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Where Are We Headed?

By David C. Denniston, ESIP Have you ever been at a wake or calling hours, or at an older person’s birthday party where there was a screen of pictures flashing in the background? How many times have you watched one of those picture reels and thought “I didn’t know that…

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