Wanted: Volunteer heroes


A key word in voluntary fire department is voluntary, meaning firefighters receive no paycheck for donning their gear and trying to save lives and property as they risk their own. They simply choose to help.
Often, finding people willing and able to donate their free time to the cause is a challenge.
“I think if you spoke with any of the volunteer fire departments around, even the career departments, they’re all going to say they never have enough on duty at any given time,” said Russell Hobbs, volunteer deputy chief with the Tri-County Fire Protection District, which covers portions of Camden, Pulaski and Laclede counties.
Often, volunteer fire departments only informally recruit new members. Tri-County has an LED sign at their station in Richland that lets the public know that they meet every Monday at 6:30 p.m. for training, equipment checks, etc. Sometimes, informal recruitment happens at a brush fire or other scene with an invitation to make a difference.

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