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In 2015, amid a national slide in volunteerism, Cleveland County had fewer than 400 volunteer fire fighters across its 12 departments. None of the departments had any staffing during the daytime.
A string of questionable money transfers and purchases in this tiny town's fire department has spawned a county investigation.
The gear represents a windfall of equipment that many of the volunteer departments in West Alabama never would have been able to afford to purchase.
Stanislaus FPD chief retires after restoring budget and erasing deficit.
April 14: Learn from two of America’s most successful chiefs how they navigated the budgeting processes and secured the supplies and equipment needed to keep their organization world class.
If your organization has not encountered this shift yet, consider yourself fortunate, but plan accordingly.