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

The Hawleyville Volunteer Fire Department is one of several in the area hosting open houses on Sunday.
The Hawleyville Volunteer Fire Department is one of several in the area hosting open houses on Sunday. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman

NEWTOWN, Conn. — Truck-loving tots will have a field day this Sunday in Newtown when two volunteer fire departments open their doors for tours and demonstrations to celebrate Volunteer Firefighter Day.

The participating locations are the Hawleyville Volunteer Fire Company Inc. at 34 Hawleyville Road and the Dodgingtown Volunteer Fire Department at 55 Dodgingtown Road.

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.

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