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AFD calls for volunteers

August 6, 2007

Albany -- The Albany Fire Department made a historic announcement Monday morning.

For the first time since 1893, the Albany Fire Department is welcoming volunteers to assist the department.

Eighty percent of America's firefighters are volunteers. And while there are six to eight full-time positions open right now at AFD, they want those interested in joining the department to know all of the opportunities offered with the job.

"Twenty to twenty-five years ago we were getting four to five hundred applications for five or six jobs. What we want to do is show the public that we have improved, and that we have a lot to offer. Also, we want to have a large pool to choose our applicants from," said Asst. Chief Ron Rowe.

There are requirements that must be met before one can participate in the training program.

For questions concerning full time or volunteer opportunities at AFD, you can contact the Albany Fire Department at 229-431-3217.