- Associated Press - Saturday, April 29, 2017

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - More than 450 volunteer fire departments across New York state are holding open houses this weekend to recruit new members.

The Firemen’s Association of the State of New York has organized the seventh annual RecruitNY weekend on Saturday and Sunday. Volunteer firefighters at local departments will conduct firehouse tours, demonstrate firefighting techniques and allow visitors to try on gear.

Residents can find out if a local department is participating in the open house event by looking online at www.recruitny.org .

The Firemen’s Association of the State of New York represents about 110,000 volunteer firefighters and emergency medical personnel in the state.

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