Help keep Warwick safe

Warwick.V olunteers needed for Warwick Fire Department and Volunteer Ambulance Service.

28 Jan 2020 | 11:37

The Warwick Fire Department, which just celebrated its 150th anniversary, needs firefighters and it wants to offer local citizens an opportunity to learn about the rewards and responsibilities that come with being a firefighter.

Especially this year, the Department would like to raise public awareness about the urgent need for volunteers.

'Our citizens should be proud'

First Assistant Chief Michael Contaxis asks: “Is there a fire in you? Do you want to give back to your community? Then we need you.”

Some firefighter volunteers are retired, but most are daily commuters, business owners, teachers, lawyers, engineers, blue-collar workers, high school students and members of every other profession.

The Fire Department is also looking for junior firefighters in high school from 16 years of age and up.

“We are very fortunate in Warwick to have great emergency services provided by our police, fire and EMS,” Contaxis added. "Our citizens should be proud of all that our volunteers do.”

Anyone interested in additional information about becoming a volunteer firefighter can visit Facebook at Warwick NY Fire Department, call 986-3473, email warwickfire150@gmail.com or just stop at one of its four companies at three firehouses to join up on any night.

Warwick Community Volunteer Ambulance

The Warwick Community Volunteer Ambulance Service is also a 100 percent volunteer organization.

The corps is dedicated to providing emergency medical care for all, no matter the problem. And that not only means serving patients from the youngest baby to the oldest citizen but always being on hand at parades, sports events and other community gatherings where emergency aid may be needed.

Volunteers are currently needed for both the Junior Corps, ages 14 to 17, and the Senior Corps, those over 18.

For additional information email warwickems@gmail.com

To learn requirements or submit an application visit www.warwickems.com or stop by the Ambulance Corps at 146 South Street Extension the first Saturday of every month from 9 a.m. to 12 noon.

- Roger Gavan