For Alan Way, a volunteer firefighter for the Brockport fire department for the past 53 years, getting new volunteers to come join, is more than just a money-saving measure for the state, it’s a passion for his hometown.
“It’s helping your community, it’s the love of your hometown or community helping them out making sure that everything is running right,” said Way.
Brockport Fire department, which is run entirely by volunteers, is just one of dozens of departments across the state in dire need of volunteers. Way says there’s no one better to do the job than a person who knows and loves their community.
“You’re going to people in their worst times whether it’s a flooded basement or an accident or a house fire it’s one of their worst times and you’re going to help them out,” said Way.
There are few people more enthusiastic about finding new recruits than the Clarkson town supervisor, Paul Kimbel, who credits the volunteer firefighters with saving his daughter and her family from a house fire.
“If they didn’t have the volunteers that they have that could have gotten there at a speedy time, I’m not sure what the result would have been for my daughter and her family,” said Kimbel.