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Fire departments across Connecticut looking for more volunteers

It takes 160 hours of training to become a firefighter and many departments around the state need more volunteers. Now they have a new tool to try to recruit them.

Matt Troy a cinematographer in New York City, and a volunteer with the Hebron Fire Department, made a PSA for the Connecticut Fire Chiefs Association to help departments across the state recruit new volunteers.

His fire department is among many in need for more volunteers. In Hebron, volunteers also run the ambulance service. They have 25 EMT's but could use six to ten more to make sure all shifts can be covered more easily. 

"It's initially a lot of work to become an EMT but on the other side once you're out of EMT school have your license it's a great feeling to serve people that are in your community," said Chief Nick Wallick.

There are also other benefits for volunteers. Many towns offer tax abatement and stipends for those who choose to serve. 


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