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RECRUIT NY - APRIL 21, 2013 | A SUCCESS!!! written by SJB, 04.16.2013

[UPDATE] 4/29/13:

The 3rd Annual RecruitNY was a success! We had many visitors come and learn what the fire department and the volunteer services is all about.  Not only did we get new applicants, but residents of the city came out to show their support - their attendance and personal thank you to the volunteers was a very heartwarming experience.

In putting this event together we have to thank the Officers and Members of the Department, Ex-Captain Retoske for organizing the event with the committee members.  We also want to thank A+ Graphics & Signs located at 4 Railroad Ave., Glen Head NY for making signs to promote the event.

We especially would like to thank Kevin and the Gold Coast Gazette for their unwavering support for the volunteer recruitment drive, for getting the word out to the citizens of the City of Glen Cove, and for making a great hometown newspaper for Glen Cove, Sea Cliff, Glen Head, Glenwood and Brookville. Kevin's help in promoting the event helped the volunteer fire department connect with the resident we strive to protect during times of emergency. (http://www.goldcoastgazette.net)



Fire departments across the Empire State will host recruitment open houses, the City of Glen Cove Fire Department will hold the statewide event on Sunday April 21, 2013, from 12 noon to 3pm, Rain or Shine. 

(City of Glen Cove, NY) The City of Glen Cove Volunteer Fire Department will open its doors to area residents, so they can learn about what it takes to be a volunteer firefighter in their community, as part of the third annual RecruitNY statewide initiative. Over the last several years, it has been very tough for many fire departments throughout New York State to recruit and retain volunteers for a variety of reasons. Like most volunteer fire departments, the City of Glen Cove Volunteer Fire Department needs to bolster its emergency responder numbers, so it can continue to provide the optimum level of protection for its residents.


As part of RecruitNY, on Sunday, April 21 between Noon - 3pm, the City of Glen Cove Volunteer Fire Department located at 10 Glen Cove Avenue, Glen Cove, NY, will join volunteer fire departments all across the state at their respective firehouses for a unified recruitment drive, as part of National Volunteer Week 2013. Not only will RecruitNY be an opportunity to highlight the duties and rewards that come with being a volunteer firefighter, it will also raise public awareness about the need for volunteers. 


Throughout the day, the City of Glen Cove Volunteer Fire Department will conduct tours of the station and firefighter apparatus, allow visitors to try on firefighter gear, and provide activities and stations on the apparatus floor for visitors. The fire department will discuss the requirements to be a volunteer, as well as conduct demonstrations, answer questions, and let visitors know how to get involved in the fire department.


“Come on out and join us for this unique recruitment day at our firehouse,” said Recruitment Chairperson Ex-Captain Retoske. “This is a great opportunity for our neighbors to observe the exciting tasks of a firefighter. Our current members love what they do; they are everyday heroes who help neighbors in need. We hope our recruitment day will inspire other area residents to join our fire service family.”



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