Saratoga County asks people young and old to become volunteer firefighters

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Saratoga County is casting a wider net in hopes of recruiting more volunteer firefighters. There was an event today to kick off a new “Roll with us” recruitment campaign.

This as Saratoga County deals with a serious shortage of firefighters that impacts safety across many communities.

People might typically think they need to be in shape, young and have a lot of free time to volunteer as a firefighter. But officials say people actually don’t have to be any of those things to step up and help.

Wednesday, officials gathered at the Round Lake Fire Department to launch the campaign. They want people to know that you only have to commit to responding to 10 percent of fire calls.

Departments are in need of people to help with fundraising, directing traffic and other help behind the scenes.

Emergency management stressed that they’re looking for young people, older people and anyone who thinks they can lend a hand to make the community safer.

"If you think you can’t do it, don’t have the time, you don’t have the youth, you don’t have the body for it, we want you to think again. There is a calling for you in your town," said Carl Zeilman of the Saratoga County Office of Emergency Services.

For more information about becoming a volunteer, click here.