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Leo Tully / WAER News

  Young volunteer firefighters from Buffalo to Long Island gathered in Syracuse Friday morning for a series of competitions and training courses.  The ninth annual Youth Day is part the 145th annual convention of the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York.  President Ken Pienkowski says the events were all about getting young people truly interested in firefighting more than actual training. "It's always difficult to get younger people involved, but it's more difficult to keep them amused.

John Smith / WAER News

Central New York firefighters and state officials gathered in Chittenango Thursday to urge Governor Cuomo to sign a bill that would provide coverage for presumptive cancers contracted by volunteer firefighters. Senator David Valesky says both the Senate and Assembly strongly supported the bill.

Scott Willis / WAER News

Volunteer Fire departments in Onondaga County and across the state will open their doors this weekend in hopes of adding new members to their ranks.  The seventh annual Recruit NY campaign gives residents a chance to talk with firefighters about various volunteer opportunities and to see firefighting demonstrations.  Firemen’s Association of the State of New York President Ken Pienkowski says more volunteers are needed to ensure the protection of New Yorkers without additional cost to taxpayers.

Scott Willis / WAER News

Baldwinsville volunteer firefighter Kim Morini has been responding to medical emergencies, car crashes, and fires for a year and a half…much to her surprise.