Kingston, NY - Many Ulster County fire departments and ambulance squads will be holding an open house on Sunday, October 3, 2010 from 1-3 PM. This event not only kicks off Fire Prevention Week, but is also an opportunity for residents to visit their local fire stations and ambulance squads. Last year Ulster County instituted an ongoing Recruitment and Retention Campaign geared toward increasing the number of volunteers in the county.
Ulster County Executive Mike Hein said, "We are proud to partner with the local fire and EMS providers in this event. I’m pleased that we are helping volunteer fire departments and rescue squads with their recruitment efforts. Our county-wide public service campaign has generated interest; however, many more volunteers are needed and the open houses scheduled on October 3rd present a great opportunity for residents to visit their local firehouses and EMS squads to learn first-hand about the important work our emergency responders do."
Ulster County Fire Coordinator Charlie Mutz said, "The Ulster County Recruitment and Retention Program has been a great success. We have a lot of new firefighters coming in to get training. We all need to continue to partner together to enhance the ranks of our fire and EMS corps. The annual open house is a great way to support this goal."
Anyone wishing to learn more about volunteering in their local community volunteer fire department or rescue squad can also visit a special web site set up for that purpose. The online address is: www.ucvolunteers.org