Friday, March 11, 2011

St. Mary's County Unified Firefighter Recruitment Day


Visit your local Volunteer Fire Department or Rescue Squad

Volunteer Fire Departments and Rescue Squads throughout the county are opening their doors on Sunday, April 10 for “Recruit St. Mary’s.”

The Volunteer Fire/EMS Service in St. Mary’s County has many key volunteer positions open for citizens. On Sunday, April 10, 2011 between 1:00 and 4:00 PM, Volunteer Fire Departments and Rescue Squads will join volunteer fire departments all across the state at their respective firehouses for a unified recruitment drive, as part of National Volunteer Week 2011. Not only will Recruit St. Mary’s be an opportunity to highlight the duties and rewards that come with being a volunteer firefighter, it will also raise public awareness about the need for volunteers.

“Join us for this unique recruitment day at your community fire departments and rescue squads,” said Francis Jack Russell, president, Board of County Commissioners for St. Mary’s County. “This is a great opportunity to observe the exciting tasks of a firefighter. Our current volunteers love what they do; they are everyday heroes who help neighbors in need. We hope our recruitment day will inspire other area residents to join our fire service family.”

Throughout the day, community fire departments will conduct tours of the station and firefighter apparatus, allow visitors to try on gear, and provide activities and stations throughout the firehouse for the whole family. 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.

To view a list of the fire departments and rescue squads in St. Mary’s County, log on to the county’s website at Find Public Safety Department under the Departments pull down box, then click on Emergency Services.

Volunteer firefighters and EMS personnel do important and challenging work for the pure satisfaction of helping others. They are essential for a number of reasons, including the fact that volunteers live in the communities in which they serve which enhances response times, and they save taxpayers millions of dollars every year.

The St. Mary’s County Emergency Services Committee, St. Mary’s County Rescue Squad Association, St. Mary’s County Fire Board Association and the Department of Public Safety work in conjunction with the Board of County Commissioners for St. Mary’s County.

MEMBERS OF THE MEDIA: If you are interested in previewing this countywide unified recruitment drive prior to the event, or would like to attend the event itself, please contact Bill Smith, Recruitment and Retention Coordinator or Karen Everett, St. Mary’s County Public Information Officer Bill Smith can be contacted at 301-475-4200 X2114 (work) or 240-561-1897 (cell)