North Carolina fire departments struggle to recruit the number of volunteer firefighters needed

  • Source: Winston Salem Journal
  • Published: 01/09/2019 03:21 PM

Of the nearly 1.2 million firefighters in the United States, more than 800,000 are volunteers. And without the services provided by volunteers, a number of small communities with small budgets might have to do without a fire department. But attracting volunteers has become a challenge in recent years. “People don’t have as much time to volunteer at organizations anymore,” said Brian Causey, the assistant chief at the Guil-Rand Fire Department in Archdale. “People are spending more time with their families, they’re working more. The more rural areas, they depended a lot on the farmers, people who are around in the daytime and can run to the fire station for a call.” Guil-Rand is one of 15 departments in North Carolina taking part in a campaign sponsored by the N.C. Association of Fire Chiefs and the International Association of Fire Chiefs to try to attract more recruits.


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