Fire de­part­ment hosts an­nual re­cruit­ment day

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Hop­ing to en­cour­age more young peo­ple to join its ranks and serve the com­mu­nity, the Abing­ton Town­ship Fire De­part­ment vis­ited Abing­ton Se­nior High School as part of its an­nual Stu­dent Re­cruit­ment Day Dec. 14.

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ATFD Com­mu­nity Ser­vice Spe­cial­ist Jef­frey M. Glynn said the an­nual Stu­dent Re­cruit­ment Day is a sta­ple on the de­part­ment’s cal­en­dar be­cause it al­lows mem­bers to demon­strate what they do for Abing­ton and the sur­round­ing area.

“Events like this are the per­fect op­por­tu­nity to ed­u­cate stu­dents about the ATFD and en­cour­age them to be­come vol­un­teers,” Glynn added.

Tenth-grade stu­dent Nick Fonseca was one of the stu­dents who shared an in­ter­est in learn­ing more about the de­part­ment and its vol­un­teer op­por­tu­ni­ties. Fonseca said that he has al­ways been fas­ci­nated by emer­gency ser­vices and how they help the pub­lic dur­ing their time of need.

“I think this would be a very good way for me to lend my sup­port to the com­mu­nity and do some­thing that I am in­ter­ested in,” Fonseca said.

Dar­ren Dozier, a high school se­nior, also found the event in­ter­est­ing.

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