Pine City Fire Department on volunteer recruitment struggles

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A drop in volunteer firefighters have not only been impacting communities across the nation but also in the Twin Tiers. 

The Pine City Fire Department currently has 30 active members, that’s about half the amount they used to have. 

Assistant Fire Chief, Bill Howe, said part of that difficulty come from time-consuming courses and requirements to become a firefighter. 

However, he said the benefits for the community are priceless. 

“It’s not just the firefighting side of it, you also meet a lot of new friends and you learn a lot,” Howe said. “It really is helping the community out and the more help we can get here, the better off we are helping the community.”

He said the fire department always welcomes new recruits, as does any other department. 

The statewide push to increase the number of volunteers across the Empire State will take place Saturday, April 23 and Sunday, April 24. 

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