The Fly Creek Volunteer Fire Company is experiencing growth, but they are still interested in more volunteers.
“We’ve had an increase in membership, particularly a lot of young people,” said Christine Voulo, president of the company.
Voulo said that over the last six months, six people have joined the fire company. Of these new members, two have become firefighters, three have joined the fire police and one has joined the auxiliary.
The fire police secure the site of a fire and direct traffic there, while the auxiliary primarily engage in fundraisers. Of these new members, four were women and two were men. According to Chief Mike Thayer, the company has about 30 members total.
Voulo said that this increase has been the result of the company getting the word out that they are looking for new members, as well as the recognition that the company has received from fighting some recent fires.
“I think the community's starting to really see the good that we do. These are your neighbors,” said Voulo.
Voulo also related the incident that motivated her and her husband to join. She said that they joined the company two years ago after the carbon monoxide detector went off in their home and they had to call 911. She said that the fire company came and were very professional, even showing concern for the snow they tracked into the house.
“I found out later on that that was the night of their Christmas Dinner,” said Voulo. “I was so impressed that they were more concerned about their neighbors then … they were annoyed that they had to leave their party.”
One of the notable calls the company has responded to recently was a chimney fire in the hamlet of Fly Creek in April that morphed into a structure fire.