The Dire Shortage of Volunteer Firefighters (The Secret List)


This is a piece from the BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation),,,,
Much of the US relies heavily on non-career firefighters, but their ranks are dwindling. If the problem doesn’t abate, there’s a lot at stake.

“…..We’ve always thought that everybody wanted to be a firefighter. We took it for granted…”  Dr. Lori Moore-Merrell, United States Fire Administrator.

During Covid-19, I – like many others – found myself wondering what I could do to help. After passing by a local fire station many times, I checked out the department’s website and found that they needed volunteers.
Having lived in rural areas growing up, I knew volunteer fire departments existed. But I didn’t think my town, an 8,500-person suburb of New York City – Hastings-on-Hudson, 20 miles (32km) from Midtown Manhattan – had one. I was also surprised to learn that even in the largest metropolitan area in the US, a large percentage of the population doesn’t have full-time fire departments.
Instead, volunteer firefighters do the work that paid, professional – “career” – firefighters do. They are essential to their US communities. Yet many of these volunteer departments, especially across rural and suburban areas, are struggling.
This In-depth article on the volunteer fire service by Sam Becker is continued here:
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The Secret List 1/26/2024-0800 Hours