WILTON — The Wilton Volunteer Fire Department will be opening its station to potential area recruits and their families as part of RecruitNY.
Partner agencies also attending the recruitment open house include Wilton EMS, Saratoga County Sheriff, NY State Police, FBI, and LifeNet. LifeNet’s helicopter is scheduled to land at approximately 10 a.m. The public can view the landing from their cars in the Ballard Elementary parking lot.
RecruitNY in Wilton will highlight the rewards and responsibilities that come with being a firefighter, paramedic, or law enforcement officer. Also, raising public awareness about the need for recruits as volunteer fire departments across the state have struggled these past several years with decreased membership and increased call volumes.
The WVFD is hoping to bolster its ranks so it can continue to provide the optimum and necessary level of protection for its 15,000 residents. Last year the department responded to over 330 calls for events such as the following: fires, motor vehicle accidents, fire alarms, carbon monoxide alarms, natural gas/propane leaks, downed power lines, and EMS assists. The not-for-profit designated 501(c)(3) department is made up of entirely volunteers, including its officers and Chief.
“This open house is a great opportunity for those interested in actively serving their community in an impactful way to meet their local volunteer firefighters and learn more about their local fire service and what is entailed in becoming a member,” said WVFD Chief Murray. “Our firefighters come from diverse backgrounds and ages with one shared common concern of helping people in their times of need, 24 hours a day – 7 days a week – 365 days a year. It is our hope after hearing how we teach, train, and serve together, more community members will become a part of our organization.”
For area residents looking for more information, visit fireinyou.org or the Wilton Fire Department at www.wiltonfiredept.org.