Fire department campaigns for volunteers

The Ridgway Fire Department kicked off campaign Boots To Fill in an effort to recruit younger members into the department.Assistant fire chief Joe Gasbarre attended Monday night's Ridgway Borough Council meeting to update council on the status of their membership."It's an effort to recruit younger guys into the fire department and get them trained and start taking over for some of the older guys," Gasbarre said.The campaign began during the week of the Ridgway Firemen's Carnival."Based on that week we actually received five applications and we are going to continue that this fall during fire prevention week," Gasbarre said. "We hope to get another five or 10 guys interested and then we will be running a basic class for those individuals this fall and on into the winter."Training will be provided by the fire department at no cost to the trainee. Classes will be taught by certified instructors within the department.Council member John Casolo Jr. questioned whether the borough could offer an incentive to members."Especially during the day, they have some critical issues with manpower and I really don't know what the answer is, as far as trying to recruit people, but I'm wondering if the borough can offer some type of incentive for membership or even more participation from the existing members by offering some kind of financial break," Casolo said.Pick up a copy of the Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2011 edition of The Ridgway Record for more.Ridgway Borough CouncilMonday, Sept. 197 p.m.Municipal Building