DEC: Open burning banned through May 15

ALBANY—A number of brush fires have occurred recently in the Capital Region. The state Department of Environmental Conservation reminds the public that garbage burning is never allowed and that residential brush burning in towns with fewer than 20,000 residents is prohibited through May 15 due to dry conditions that typically exist at that time. Brush burning in towns with more than 20,000 residents is never allowed.

For more information visit DEC’s website at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/press/101102.html and

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Chatham joins recruitment efforts across the state

CHATHAM—The Chatham Fire Department, at its 10 Hoffman Street firehouse will open its doors to area residents April 25 and 26 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., so they can learn what it takes to be a volunteer firefighter in their community as part of the fifth annual RecruitNY statewide initiative.

Over the last several years, it has been difficult for many fire departments throughout the state to recruit and retain volunteers. Like most volunteer fire departments, Chatham needs to bolster its emergency responder numbers so it can continue to provide the optimum level of protection for residents, neighbors, friends and visitors.

Chatham will join 275 volunteer fire departments in 52 counties across the state at their respective firehouses for a unified recruitment drive. Not only will RecruitNY be an opportunity to highlight the rewards and responsibilities that come with being a volunteer firefighter, it will also raise public awareness about the need for volunteers. There are many ways to serve—as an interior or exterior firefighter, as a driver or fire police directing traffic around an incident, helping in the kitchen prepare one of our breakfasts or dinners, or manning a booth during our annual fundraising carnival. No experience is necessary and top-quality training is provided at no cost other than a time commitment based on an individual’s availability.

Throughout the day, the Chatham Fire Department members will conduct tours of the station and firefighter apparatus, allow visitors to try on firefighter gear and provide activities and fascinating informational opportunities throughout the firehouse for visitors. The fire department will discuss the requirements to be a volunteer, as well as conduct demonstrations, answer questions, and let visitors know how to get involved in the fire department. Applications will be available, and coffee and refreshments will be provided.

“Come on out and join us for this unique recruitment day at our firehouse. This is a great opportunity for our neighbors to observe the exciting tasks of a firefighter. Our current members love what they do; they are everyday heroes. We hope our recruitment day will inspire other area residents to join our fire service family,” Chief Paul Rideout said in a press release.

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