Fire Companies Open Doors

Annual call for much-needed volunteers

Volunteer fire departments in Cold Spring and Garrison will host open houses on Sunday, April 30, as part of Recruit NY, a statewide initiative to bolster membership in community-based fire companies. More than 450 fire departments across the state are taking part in the event.

Engines at the Cold Spring Fire Department (photo by Michael Turton)

In Cold Spring, the Main Street firehouse will be open from noon to 4 p.m. “We’ll have all of our apparatus and firefighting equipment on display along with the history of our fire company and information about becoming a member,” said Chief Steve Smith.

The Garrison Volunteer Fire Company will hold its open house from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the firehouse at 1616 Route 9. The Continental Village firehouse at 12 Spy Pond Road will have an open house from noon to 5 p.m.

In Beacon, the firehouse at 425 Main St. will be open to visitors from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 29.

Chief Smith said a misconception about volunteering for a fire company is that there is an age limit. “Our youngest volunteer is 16 and our oldest is 80,” he said, adding that a 50-year-old man asked about becoming an associate member but thought he would be too old. But, Smith said, not every member is a firefighter and that other roles such as assisting with traffic during calls also must be filled.

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