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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.

Probie Power

By Tom Rinelli, West Sayville Fire Department In a time of declining membership among volunteer fire departments across the nation, the West Sayville Fire Department has had marked success with the recruitment and retention of new volunteer firefighters. Led by Chief Gary Savino, the West Sayville Fire Department serves a…

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Winter’s Coming

By Michael P. Capoziello Winter’s coming. Just like the members of “House Stark,” one should always be prepared. With apologies to “Game of Thrones,” let’s discuss some winter thoughts to contemplate while responding and operating on the fireground during the coming winter months. POV Response Something seldom talked about but…

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9/11 Volunteer First Responders Are Eligible for the WTC Health Program

By Shane M. Liebler, Senior Editor During some of the nation’s darkest hours on September 11, 2001, and in the days and weeks that followed, thousands responded to help. In the years that followed, many thousands have also become sick. There are numerous conditions linked to exposure, including 24 categories…

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Baker Fireman’s Fountain, Gift of a FASNY Founder, Shines at Rededication

When the Owego Hose Team set out to restore the iconic Baker Fireman’s Fountain, no one realized the journey they were undertaking. Nor could they imagine the final result that was on full display in downtown Owego this past August at the fountain’s rededication. Standing protectively over the village in…

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New Member Recruitment and Online Video: A Winning Strategy

By Lieutenant Josh Haygood, EMT, Ambulance Company Recruitment Officer A couple of years back, I was asked by my previous EMS company to come up with some new ideas for recruitment. As I’m sure every agency out there can attest, getting new potential members interested in joining isn’t easy. The…

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After More than a Century, Queens ‘Vollies’ Remain Committed to NYC Community

By Matthew Troy, Broad Channel Volunteer Fire Department Captain Cruise over the North Channel Bridge in southern Queens and you’ll find yourself suddenly wondering if you’re still in New York City. To the west across Jamaica Bay is the familiar sight of skyscrapers reaching above the horizon, but it lies…

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Bunker Program Focuses on College Students

By Captain Michael Koch, Fishers Fire Department The Fishers Fire Department has proudly finished the fourth successful year of its college bunker program and is currently accepting applications for the fall 2019 program. The department's bunker program hosts college students from New York State who are attending local Rochester area…

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Non-Wage Benefits for Motivating Volunteer Retention

By Dr. Candice McDonald, Founder of Success Up As the number of volunteer firefighters decreases, it is important for fire service leaders to take a proactive approach in developing strategies to recruit and retain members. Many people are quick to assume offering a financial stipend or moving to a combination…

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The Invisible Enemy

By Keith Tyson, Firefighter Cancer Support Network Cancer in the fire service is our current reality, but we are beginning to better understand firefighters’ increased risks and cancer’s devastating toll. Cancer can be caused by things we eat, drink, breathe and absorb, including numerous carcinogens found in our fireground and…

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A New Pyramid Scheme for Your Volunteer Department

By Tiger Schmittendorf, First Arriving One of the biggest challenges faced by today’s emergency services managers is people. Not enough people to respond, not enough people to serve on committees, not enough people to take on added responsibilities, and not enough people to do all the jobs that need to…

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