Volunteer fire departments across NY hold open houses this weekend to recruit new members

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ALBANY, New York — Volunteer fire departments across New York state are holding open houses to recruit new members.

The open houses Sunday are part of the Firemen's Association of the State of New York's fifth annual recruitment drive. The organization has a list of open house locations online at http://www.recruitny.org .

The recruiting program is aided by a $4.2 million federal grant.

The number of volunteer firefighters in New York dropped from 110,000 in 1990 to 84,000 by 2010, mirroring national trends. With aggressive recruiting efforts, statewide volunteer numbers were up to 92,655 by the end of 2012. That's the most recent figure available.

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