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Pennsylvania Volunteer Firefighter Shortage May Have Negative Impact

In 1976, a state report estimated the number of volunteer firefighters in Pennsylvania at 300,000. Today, according to state Fire Commissioner Edward Mann, that number is closer to 50,000, reports The Times Leader. During a Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee hearing on Friday in the Adams County Emergency Services Facility, firefighters, municipal officials and others painted a grim picture of the status of firefighting in Pennsylvania. "With the dramatic drop over the years in volunteer firefighters, there is concern that there may be a public safety crisis in coming years," Mann said. He noted that 96 percent of firefighters statewide are volunteer...

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