Calling All Firefighters

April 21, 2012 Updated Apr 21, 2012 at 7:24 PM EDT

By WKBW News

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April 21, 2012 Updated Apr 21, 2012 at 7:24 PM EDT

GETZVILLE, N.Y. ( WKBW ) Local fire departments are looking for new recruits this weekend.

Dozens of volunteer fire companies are holding open houses this weekend.

The Getzville Fire Department had a special guest at their open house Saturday afternoon,.

Congresswoman Kathy Hochul visited the fire house to talk with firefighters and new recruits.

Hochul told Eyewitness News, "It's tough to find people who have got the time to commit, but it is such a worthwhile experience. I've worked with fire companies for over 20 years."

The recruiting weekend in Western New York is part of a statewide effort this weekend by the Firemens Association of New York.