Youth Day took place at the Syracuse Fire Department Training Center and the courses covered a wide spectrum of firefighting duties. The hose relay competition had two groups striving to see who could hook up their hose to water first, while the another operation had pairs working together to safely get an injured firefighter off a roof. President Pienkowski says the courses were aimed at teaching new skills and at giving opportunities to enhance existing skills.
"Everyone here is currently a member of a youth group, whether it's an explorer post or junior firefighter in their home department, wherever they come from. The end goal of this you start them young, you train them young, and when they turn 18, they become an active member of their volunteer fire department."
Many of the young firefighters at today’s events are looking to continue a family tradition. Tanner Woodworth of Solvay was just one of the many people on the courses today.
"All of my family is in the fire department, so it's in the bloodline. My friends are doing it, and I know the instructor. That's what inspired me. I might take it further as a volunteer for Solvay, and see where it goes from there."
The three-day FASNY conference began Thursday and will wrap up Saturday with an awards ceremony and the announcement of the Firefighter and EMS Provider of the Year.