SNOW HILL, N.C. (WNCT) – If your house catches fire, you expect firefighters to be there quickly, but a lack of volunteers is hurting one small town in the east. Volunteer firefighters in Greene County are hard to come by.
“It’s starting to become a problem and if people don’t start volunteering, it’s going to be a big financial burden to the citizens of the state,” Jeremy Anderson said.
If people don’t step up to the plate, local volunteer departments may have to close, forcing cash out of your pocket.
Anderson says “If there is not a fire department within five or six miles, your insurance rate would shoot up.”
The state requires fire crews to have at least 36 hours of training each year and 18 people registered on the roster. If departments don’t meet those requirements, they’re forced to shut down.
“We just stopped our EMS transport service at the end of 2015 because there are so many requirements and certifications and it takes volunteers way too much time for the transport,” Anderson said.
He says that’s why it’s important to recruit volunteers.
“It’s not all about running into burning buildings and the stuff you see on TV, it’s about helping people out and keeping the department running.” said Anderson. “We need as many as we can have.”
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