The Firemen’s Association of the State of New York (FASNY) will conduct its annual “RecruitNY” campaign this weekend, an annual public awareness initiative sponsored by the association to encourage the recruitment and retention of local volunteer firefighters and EMTs.

Yates County departments that will participate are:

Branchport, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 27

Dundee, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 27

According to FASNY, the number of volunteer firefighters statewide declined from 140,000 in the early 1990s to less than 90,000 just a few years ago. Volunteer emergency medical technicians (EMTs) experienced a decline from more than 50,000 to 35,000 during the same period, with some rural counties experiencing as much as a 50-percent depletion of their EMT ranks. 

A FASNY study estimates that the property tax increases that would result from moving from volunteer to all-paid fire fire services would be: Chemung (33.8% increase), Schuyler (36.1%), Steuben (40.3%), Tioga (48%), Tompkins (45.4%) and Yates (33.8%).

The full study can be found online at: http://www.fasny.com/EconomicStudy/