Recruit NY was held on April 23 at the New Paltz Firehouse

Four-year-old Baileigh Jarosch and her dad Dan sport some plastic fire helmets at the Recruit NY event held at the New Paltz Firehouse this past Saturday. (photo by Lauren Thomas)

Four-year-old Baileigh Jarosch and her dad Dan sport some plastic fire helmets at the Recruit NY event held at the New Paltz Firehouse this past Saturday. (photo by Lauren Thomas)

The New Paltz Fire Department held its RecruitNY event on Saturday, April 23 at NPFD Station #1 at 25 Plattekill Avenue. Live music and refreshments accompanied the opportunity to learn some useful information as well as to tour the firehouse and check out the equipment.

New Paltz Rescue Squad was on hand to teach and certify community members in hands-only CPR and automated external defibrillator (AED) awareness as a part of their “1,000 Hands Across New Paltz” campaign to make the community a safer place. New Paltz Fire Department personnel educated the public on how smoke and carbon monoxide detectors work and how best to utilize them. There was also a fire extinguisher simulator for people to learn how to properly extinguish a fire and a chance to try on some fire turnout gear and use an actual fire hose. All of the emergency responders came together for a live demonstration of a mock personal injury automobile accident, to show the public all of the planning and skills it takes to respond to a serious car accident.

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