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Firefighting News: Volunteers Save Millions in New York Firefighting Costs

When fire alarms sound in the Lower Hudson Valley (NY), thousands of firefighters -- both volunteer and career -- stand ready to respond, reports The Journal News. The majority of communities in Rockland, Westchester and Putnam counties are served by volunteers, in line with state and national trends that show about two-thirds of all firefighters are volunteers. These everyday citizens are willing to interrupt their days, and their nights, to help people in need. Whether volunteer or career, all firefighters must complete training before they can fight fires. Rockland, Westchester and Putnam each maintain a fire training center where fighters can take classes, sometimes very extensive ...

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