Huntsville Fire and Rescue is seeing a drop in recruits, causing some uncertainty for the department's future.
Deputy Chief Tim Barnack said there isn't one simple answer, but part of the reason is high-paying tech jobs that reduce the applicant pool. To some, it's concerning.
"My kids were in one of them, a matter of fact, and my brother and his family," Terrell Harlin said, explaining Huntsville Fire and Rescue had to help his family members twice, when their houses caught fire.
Harlin saw first-hand what the first responders do for the community, and questions why more people don't apply for the job.
"I don't see why not be a fireman?" Harlin said. "Save somebody's life right here at home."
Deputy Chief Barnack says it's not causing a problem right now.