Number of Ohio Volunteer Firefighters has Dropped

The number of volunteer firefighters in Ohio dropped by 6.5 percent from 2009 to 2011, a trend experts attribute to stricter training requirements and a lagging economy, reports the Springfield News-Sun (http://bit.ly/KIgokw).

Many Ohio fire departments rely heavily on volunteers to help with emergencies and to save money for local governments.

The newspaper details that volunteers must have at least 36 hours of training and must successfully complete the appropriate training through one of the state’s chartered fire training programs.

In 2009, the Ohio Department of Public Safety started requiring that volunteer firefighters seek continuing education credits and had to renew their certification every three years.

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