Firefighter Training, Firefighting, Leadership

Volunteer Firefighting: Recovering from Adversity

Issue 2 and Volume 168.

By JIMMY VANCLEVE The McLean County Central District Fire Department (MCCDFD) in Calhoun, Kentucky, is a small, rural, all-volunteer fire department of 30 members with a first-due response area of 103 square miles. The department averages about 450 calls each year and has training for its members, which averages around 100 hours in house annually. With agriculture having such a significant impact on our community, we concentrate most of our training in the winter months when we can have the greatest attendance. The management structure has typically been chief, deputy chief, two assistant chiefs, two captains, two lieutenants, and two sergeants. Similar to many small, rural departments, MCCFDF has the same two struggles: funding and membership. Over the past 10 years, there has been a nearly complete turnover of its membership; there are now only four members with 10 or more years of continuous service. The department has also operated…

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