Members of Philipstown’s four fire departments are used to answering the call to help people in need, but it usually involves a fire, motor vehicle accident or mountain rescue.

On Nov. 12, the Cold Spring, Continental Village, Garrison and North Highlands volunteer fire companies answered a call to Surprise Lake Camp, but this time it was to meet an acute need of their own — new volunteers.

They gathered for a photo shoot led by Jay Brenner, a retired professional  photographer and member of the Garrison Fire Company. Brenner’s photos will be used by a recruitment organization recently formed by the four companies and appear on its new website,

“We had great individual photos but needed shots of a cross section of firefighters and apparatus from all four fire companies,” Aaron Leonard, president of the Cold Spring Fire Company said, adding that the photo shoot underlined their mutual need for new volunteers.

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Type: News

News: Based on facts, either observed and verified directly by the reporter, or reported and verified from knowledgeable sources.

Turton, who has been a reporter for The Current since its founding in 2010, moved to Philipstown from his native Ontario in 1998. Location: Cold Spring. Languages: English. Area of expertise: Cold Spring government, features

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  1. Fabulous story about a national treasure like Surprise Lake Camp. Notables like Eddie Cantor, Neil Diamond, Larry King — and me — went there to get away from the city heat.

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