GET EQUIPPED

When you join the volunteer fire service, you learn to use the most advanced technology and tools available to protect and serve your community.

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GET TRAINED

Ordinary men and women are trained to do extraordinary things when they join the volunteer fire service. We provide free training.

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BENEFITS

In addition to the personal rewards of special service to the community, volunteer firefighters enjoy several tangible benefits. Tax breaks, tuition reimbursement and paid health checkups are only a start. You also enter an environment where you receive invaluable training, experience working with a team and leadership opportunities. You become a part of a centuries-old legacy that you can be proud of.

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FIND YOUR DEPARTMENT

There are more than 1,700 fire departments dedicated to the cause throughout New York State. Find your nearest fire organization and learn more about how to join in the training, service and camaraderie that can change your life while strengthening your community.

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FIREFIGHTER STORIES

From true-life heroic tales and family traditions to life lessons and camaraderie, learn why we join and what it's like to be a volunteer firefighter.

‘The Volunteer Fire Department Has Changed My Life’

A story of true brotherhood.

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‘I Wouldn’t Change It for Anything’

A six-generation legacy led him to firefighting, but the rewards keep him in volunteer service.

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The Christmas Miracle

Heroes don't take holidays ...

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READ MORE STORIES

From the birth of a nation to modern days, the volunteer fire service of the State of New York has been at its best when times are at their worst. Every call, any situation and every day, we honor a great tradition of being the first to respond in times of tragedy, terrorism and disaster. When you join the volunteer firefighting family, you fight more than fires. You step up whenever and wherever help is needed.

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OUR LEGACY

YOUTH

This is your chance to truly make a difference in your community. This is your opportunity to get involved in something rewarding and meaningful. Become a first responder to develop leadership skills, get trained with life-saving equipment and experience the camaraderie.

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