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Volunteer Firefighters

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Volunteer Firefighters

Volunteer Firefighters

Volunteer Firefighters

Only Available in Archive Formats.

NPR's Mark Roberts reports on the difficulty many small towns have recruiting volunteer firefighters. Many potential volunteers must commute to other areas for work, and are unable to respond quickly to emergency calls. Others find the demand on their personal time hard to deal with. Some municipalities are adding to a few paid firefighters to their volunteer staffs, but even that solution has its drawbacks.