The majority of the nation has depended on volunteer firefighters for centuries, and in our area it's no different. But many of our local departments are in desperate need of people like you.
There are a total of 13 volunteer fire departments in Marion County alone, and one of the two biggest problems these stations are facing besides funding is a lack of man power, and being county that relies on its volunteer departments almost daily when it comes to fighting fires, many are seeing a steep decline in volunteers.
That's because many of them fear job loss if they miss a days work battling a blaze. However, in West Virginia we do have a state law that covers firefighters jobs in case of emergency. But there isn't one that says that an employer has to let an employee leave work. That's why all throughout Marion County the volunteer fire departments are looking to you to lend a helping hand.
"The smaller towns don't have the finances to put in a paid staff 24/7. So they rely on people who leave their homes 24/7, in the middle of the night, in all kinds of weather, birthday parties and events to go out and help their community." said Barry Bledsoe, President of the Marion County Fire Association.
If you would like to lend a hand and volunteer, local fire officials want to urge you to contact your local volunteer fire department and get involved.