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"We hold our volunteers to a higher standard, as our fire is just as hot for a full-time and volunteers, so we train them to the same level and our expectations are the same,"
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.
Learn 15 basic tactical considerations for preparing for, training for, and prioritizing the fireground based on staffing and equipment when the department uses volunteer firefighters
The public's expectations of volunteer firefighters has evolved in recent years.
How can departments cost effectively and successfully recruit and retain volunteer firefighters?
Some may say that having young volunteer fire officers is a disadvantage; some say that it is an advantage. Whatever the opinion, it is imperative for a young fire officer to understand how to handle the trials and tribulations associated with the position.
An 18-year-old Texas firefighter is dead, and a deputy fire marshal is charged with manslaughter.
The severe drought across Stutsman County is taking a toll on the operating budget of the Jamestown Rural Fire Department, according to Brian Paulson, chief of the department.
Cicero Township junior firefighter program prepares students for fire service.