Fire EMS, Firefighting, Volunteer Fire Service

One Department’s Journey from Volunteer to Paid

Issue 10 and Volume 166.

BY SHARI LENTSCH Some might say it was inevitable. As a community grows, changes, and evolves, so should its fire department to best serve its citizens. Those who live as a part of a volunteer fire department will likely tell you that volunteer departments as well as paid departments can achieve this evolution. This may be true in some cases. This is our transition story—a department with a history of proud loyal volunteers making the evolution from an all-volunteer to a completely paid fire department. Our hearts, our intentions, say that there’s no match for volunteers who want no greater reward than serving their community or citizens. However, life moves quickly and as jobs change, families change, and even our economy changes, the ability to respond as often as a volunteer would like changes as well. What remain are only our good intentions for what we would like to do…

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