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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.

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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10 Quick Extrication Tips

By Les Baker, FASNY Convention Presenter Establishing command, sizing up the incident and formulating a plan based on good strategies is necessary to proficiently and safely mitigate an MCI. These activities remain constant regardless of the severity of the entrapment and/or patient condition. In addition, responders must have the knowledge…

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FASNY and FDIC: Shaping Tomorrow’s Fire Service

By Chief Bobby Halton (Ret.), Fire Engineering Magazine Editor in Chief For the past 91 years, firefighters from FASNY have participated in the Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC) International as instructors, attendees, volunteers, exhibitors and keynote speakers. FDIC had, for many years, traveled from state to state. For the past…

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The 3 Biggest Mistakes That Keep Firefighters from Losing Weight

By Dr. Karlie Moore, Fit for Duty Consulting Losing weight can be really hard, especially for firefighters. With all the misinformation and nutrition myths out there, it’s no wonder people are confused. Here are three big mistakes I’ve observed throughout my work helping thousands of firefighters to lose weight. Mistake…

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… And the Band Plays On: America’s First Volunteer Firefighter Emerald Society Pipes And Drums Band

By Steve Grogan, Lynbrook Fire Department In 1976, the Lynbrook Fire Department on Long Island organized the first Emerald Society in the volunteer fire service in the country. In its first year, the membership quickly climbed to 75 members. Although most of the firefighters were of Irish heritage, some were…

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Recruit and Retain: A Continual Process

By David Glenn, FASNY Recruitment and Retention Committee On the last weekend in April each year, fire departments across New York State open their doors to the community and invite in anyone who might be interested joining their ranks. Firefighters work hard to show all the benefits of volunteering to…

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It’s Not About the Donuts, Part 2: Rewriting Your ‘Solutions’ for the New Year

By Kelli LaPage, MS, ATC, LAH, FASNY Health and Wellness Committee A new year is upon us and with all of its promises for a new beginning comes a time of reflection for many of us, and a desire to start anew in 2018. Every year, millions of people ring…

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Remember the Family

By Chief Patrick J. Kenny Ever hear a firefighter complain about the new generation in regard to the lack of volunteerism and “family” concept? Too busy being by themselves in cubicles with their electronic devices? “I remember the good old days when we would go off-duty and leave to go…

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It’s Not About the Donuts: Why You Don’t Have to Give Up What You Love on Your Journey to Health

Kelli LaPage, MS, ATC, FASNY Health and Wellness Committee Back in August, I was honored to be a part of the FASNY Convention as a member of the Health and Wellness Committee. I always look forward to these events as an opportunity to catch up with members and this year…

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