Middle of the day or night, these are the men and women who drop everything and show up when others need help.
In New York state, 90 percent of the fire departments are made up entirely of volunteers. Nationwide, the number is 70 percent. Which means when you need help, the people taking care of you are there out of a sense of duty. Pure and simple.
Even without a paycheck, volunteer firefighters spend countless hours training. Because the goal is to keep everyone safe and – in many cases – there is no room for error.
Cayuga County in New York just completed a four-month course in both exterior and interior fire operations. Here are some photos from those classes.