Town sees no takers for volunteer insurance

"We're in good shape, and this doesn't break any new ground for us," he said.

Selkirk Fire Chief William Borger said the town should avail itself of every incentive to attract volunteers.

"Our numbers could use a boost, every local dept could use a boost in membership," he said.

Slingerlands Fire Chief Craig Sleurs said that while he appreciates the option, none of his volunteers have a need for it.

"None of my members have gone forth and applied for it, because they basically have their own insurance through their own employers anyways," he said. "It's great that the town offers that, especially for people who don't have good insurance, they could go through the town if they wanted to."

Brennan speculated that volunteers who own their own business or would otherwise have to obtain insurance privately could find buying the town's health insurance attractive.

Bethlehem is served by five fire departments and two ambulance districts, all volunteer, plus county paramedic and EMS services. There are about 500 volunteers throughout the town, said Brennan.


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