Volunteer Firefighter Shortage a Problem for Idaho

A shortage of volunteer firefighters across the state of Idaho and many small communities are having to cope with the problem, reports ktvb.com.

The Idaho Volunteer Fire and Emergency Services Association (IVFESA) are trying to help with a series of television ads and online promotions designed to highlight the state’s need.

“The local firefighters are the first responders,” said Kevin Courtney, IVFESA president.

For years, fewer people have been signing up to help respond to emergencies in rural Idaho towns and counties. Courtney told us it’s a tough problem to fix.

He says the state needs 3,000 to 4,000 more people to fully staff volunteer fire departments. In the meantime, Idaho City is making do with what it has.

“It’s kind of hard to make it all work, but we do it,” said Idaho City Volunteer Fire Chief Terry Teeter, who’s been working for the department for 36 years unpaid.

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