STAMFORD, Conn. — Truck-loving tots will have a field day this Sunday, in Stamford when two fire departments open their doors for tours and demonstrations to celebrate Volunteer Firefighter Day.
More than 60 Connecticut fire departments will hold open houses at nearly 80 locations from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.
In Stamford, the participating departments are:
- Long Ridge Fire Company at 366 Old Long Ridge Road and
- Turn of River Fire Department at 268 Turn of River Road.
Visitors can speak to firefighters about their work, see demonstrations, explore fire apparatus and turnout gear, go on firehouse tours, even fill out an application.
More than 80 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 willing and able to respond to emergencies whenever called upon, as well as support personnel such as fire police, administrative assistants, and more.
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 (CFCA) and the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), the Everyday Hero CT campaign is a two-year Volunteer Workforce Solutions (VWS) initiative.