As one of the fastest growing towns in eastern Iowa continues to expand, so is its search for more firefighters.
The North Liberty Fire Department says after adding part-time staff to the team, it needs more volunteers to continue to lower response times. Contrary to that goal, the department has seen a significant increase in calls.
In 2018, the department said it took a record-high 1,300 calls. In 2019, the staff expects to break that record. For a fire department that only has one full-time employee, its fire chief, staff explained the department needs help now more than ever.
Dustin Wherry, a volunteer firefighter for the department for the last six months, his service is fulfilling a lifelong dream.
"It's very rewarding to be able to come here and serve your community and help anyone in need," Wherry said.