Saturday, October 08, 2016
Volunteer Firefighter Shortage ‘Becoming Critical’
SNOW HILL – “It’s almost like the volunteer fireman is becoming an endangered species.”
As National Fire Prevention Week begins Sunday, Worcester County Commissioner Merrill Lockfaw took the opportunity this week to bring attention to the dwindling number of volunteers supporting the fire service. All of the county’s 10 volunteer fire companies are struggling to hang on to their members.
“Recruitment is one thing, retaining them beyond three to five years is a whole other avenue,” Worcester County Fire Marshal Jeff McMahon said.
The Worcester County Commissioners issued a proclamation Tuesday in recognition of National Fire Prevention Week Oct. 9-15. Along with the “Don’t Wait, Check the Date” smoke detector message being pushed, the commissioners shared concerns about the decline in volunteer firefighters.
“Each fire department is now suffering from a lack of membership because of the amount of time it takes,” Lockfaw said.
at 10/08/2016 10:30:00 AM