BROOKFIELD, Conn. -- The Brookfield Volunteer Fire Department, Candlewood Company Inc., is hosting an open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 9.
The Brookfield Volunteer Firefighters Association is one of the more than 55 volunteer fire departments throughout the state that will celebrate the start of National Volunteer Week (April 10-16) by having an open house.
Visitors to the fire house will be able to talk with firefighters about the work they do, explore fire apparatus and turnout gear, get a tour of the fire house and fill out an application.
Eighty percent of all fire personnel in Connecticut are volunteers, and the majority of fire departments throughout the state are experiencing a volunteer shortage.
Local fire departments need volunteers of all skill levels and abilities -- people who are willing and able to respond to emergencies whenever they are called upon.
Volunteer Firefighter Day is part of Everyday Hero CT, a program dedicated to increasing the number of volunteer firefighters throughout the state.
A partnership of the Connecticut Fire Chiefs Association and the I nternational Association of Fire Chiefs , the Everyday Hero CT campaign is a two-year Volunteer Workforce Solutions initiative designed to address the shortage of volunteer firefighters in Connecticut.
It is helping achieve a viable and sustainable volunteer firefighter work force for 15 Connecticut fire departments.
Everyday Hero CT is paid for by a Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response grant awarded to the Connecticut Fire Chiefs Association by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency to develop a model to enhance the recruitment and retention of volunteer firefighters.
Those who are interested in becoming a Brookfield firefighter and would like more information should attend the open house.
The Brookfield Volunteer Fire Department is at 92 Pocono Road.