Volunteer firefighters show what it takes to battle fires at recruitment event in Rockville Centre
Volunteer firefighters in Rockville Centre demonstrated what it takes to battle fires on Long Island at a recruitment event this weekend.
Firefighters from Defender Hose Company No. 1 showed potential recruits how to battle different types of fires by using special nozzles to fight basement fires, and a deck gun that is used when it's not safe to get up close to the flames.
The event was part of a state and local effort to recruit volunteer firefighters.
Captain Andrew Krahm, of Defender Hose Company No. 1, said there is always a need for volunteers. He said a recent fire in Floral Park where almost every department in Nassau was called to the scene shows why there is a need for more volunteers.
Krahm said volunteering is not only rewarding knowing one is helping their community, but there are also other benefits.
"The Nassau County Legislature has passed some initiatives where they are increasing tax incentives for members to join and stay in the fire department," Krahm said. "Some departments have different incentives such as physical fitness programs and a length of service award called LOSAP, which is basically a direct contribution almost like a retirement plan with incentive to join the program and stay in the program."
Krahm said those who are interested can simply call or knock on their local fire department's door. He said there are even junior programs to help those under 18 get involved.