Climb In Trucks, Get In Gear At Volunteer Firefighter Day In Shelton

SHELTON, Conn. — Truck-loving tots will have a field day this Sunday, when the Echo Hose Hook & Ladder Co. in Shelton opens its doors for tours and demonstrations to celebrate Volunteer Firefighter Day.

Volunteer firefighters train to protect residents across Fairfield County.

Volunteer firefighters train to protect residents across Fairfield County.

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More than 60 Connecticut fire departments will hold open houses at nearly 80 locations from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.

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.

Echo Hose Hook & Ladder Co. 1 is located at 379 Coral Ave., Shelton.

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