Sunday is Volunteer Firefighter Day in Connecticut, and kicks off National Volunteer Week. More than 60 fire departments will hold open houses Sunday from 10am-2pm. Visitors to the fire houses will be able to talk with volunteer firefighters about the work they do, see demonstrations, explore fire apparatus and turnout gear, get a tour of the fire house, and fill out an application.
More than 80 percent of all fire personnel in Connecticut are volunteers. Officials say the majority of fire departments throughout the state are experiencing a volunteer shortage.
Volunteer Firefighter Day is part of Everyday Hero CT, a program to increase the number of volunteer firefighters throughout the state. It's a partnership of the Connecticut Fire Chiefs Association and the International Association of Fire Chiefs.
Below is a list of some volunteer departments in the area:
Brookfield Volunteer Fire Company
92 Pocono Road, Brookfield
Easton Volunteer Fire Company
1 Center Road, Easton
Kent Volunteer Fire Department
28 Maple Street, Kent
Northville Volunteer Fire Department
359 Litchfield Road, New Milford
Hawleyville Volunteer Fire Company, Inc.
34 Hawleyville Road, Newtown
Dodgingtown Volunteer Fire Department
55 Dodgingtown Road, Newtown
West Redding Volunteer Fire Department
306 Umpawaug Road, Redding
Weston Volunteer Fire Department
52 Norfield Road, Weston