The Firemen’s Association of the State of New York (FASNY) announced that it has been awarded a $1.5 million federal grant to recruit new volunteer firefighters. The four-year Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant is awarded by the United States Department of Homeland Security. The funding will be used to create statewide outreach campaigns, awareness programs and recruitment and retention activities.
“Volunteer fire departments provide vital emergency response services throughout most of New York State. Unfortunately, with increasing call volumes and other challenges, we need more volunteers to staff those departments properly and effectively,” said Kenneth Pienkowski, President of the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York (FASNY).
Currently, there are almost 1,800 volunteer fire departments in New York State, staffed by approximately 100,000 volunteer firefighters. With an increasingly complex mission and growing call volumes, more volunteers are needed to ensure timely and adequate response in the communities they serve 24-hours a day, seven days a week.