On Saturday, April 9, more than 55 volunteer fire departments throughout the state will celebrate the start of National Volunteer Week, April 10-16, by holding open houses. Trumbull Fire Services will be participating in this special event by opening the doors to its firehouses throughout town from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Long Hill Volunteer Fire Company will open Station 1 at 6315 Main St., Station 2 at 5400 Main St., and Station 3 at 4229 Madison Ave.

Nichols Fire Department will open Station 1 at 100 Shelton Road and Station 2 at 582 Booth Hill Road.

Trumbull Volunteer Fire Company will open Station 1 at 860 White Plains Road and Station 2 at 100 Daniels Farm Road.

Visitors to the firehouses will be able to talk with volunteer firefighters about the work they do, explore fire apparatus and turnout gear, get a tour of the firehouse, and fill out an application. For more information, visit the departments online at Long Hill website, Long Hill Facebook, Nichols website, Nichols Facebook, Trumbull Center website, and Trumbull Center Facebook.

Eighty 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.

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 designed to address the shortage of volunteer firefighters in Connecticut. It is helping achieve a viable and sustainable volunteer firefighter workforce for 15 Connecticut fire departments. Everyday Hero CT is funded by a Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant awarded to the CFCA by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to develop a model to enhance the recruitment and retention of volunteer firefighters.