Walter Promotes Firefighting Recruitment Initiative

Assemblyman Ray Walter joins  push to raise awareness about first responder opportunities


            In honor of National Volunteer Week, Assemblyman Ray Walter (R,C,I-Amherst) is taking part in RecruitNY, a state wide program in which local fire departments open their doors to any and all residents interested in learning more about what it takes to be a volunteer firefighter or first responder. Walter noted that it is becoming increasingly difficult for many fire departments in Western New York to recruit and retain volunteers for various reasons.


“Volunteer first responders are among the most essential personnel in our communities. They put their lives on the line in times of emergency, and we can always count on their protection,” said Walter. “The recent tragedies in Boston and Texas serve as a reminder of how truly brave and invaluable our emergency personnel are. I want to encourage everyone to contact their local fire departments to learn more.”


            Emergency responders provide an invaluable service to our communities, while saving local property taxpayers millions of dollars annually.  Unfortunately, New York’s volunteer fire departments continue to experience a critical loss of members and desperately need help to recruit and retain members to serve our local communities.


Below is a list of fire departments that are opening their doors for RecruitNY.


Hutchinson Hose Company - Williamsville Fire Department (5565 Main Street)

April 27th
10 am - 1 pm

Ellicott Creek Volunteer Fire Company

April 27th

1 pm - 4 pm

North Amherst Fire Company

April 28th

12 pm - 4 pm

Getzville Fire Company

April 27th

1 pm - 3 pm



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