|Volunteers needed because of why?
|By Member Joyce Shry
|January 16, 2024
Volunteers make up 67 percent of our nation’s fire service, protecting communities from hazards of all kinds. Small and rural communities are especially dependent on volunteers to provide emergency services. The services donated annually by volunteer firefighters in the U.S. are worth approximately $46.7 billion. Without those donated services, many communities would be unable to provide emergency services protection at all while others would be forced to raise taxes to pay salaries and benefits for full time staff.
In addition to staffing, lack of up-to-date equipment, training and apparatus are significant challenges for the volunteer fire service. National fire service needs assessment studies consistently show that agencies serving small communities lack up-to-
Aging fire station infrastructure, equipment and apparatus replacement are among the most acute problems facing America’s fire service in general, and volunteers in particular.
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