The Yarmouth Fire Department is putting recruitment on the front burner.
The department has around 30 volunteer firefighters in addition to the 14 or so paid staff it has. But the department’s fire chief says they could use 15 to 30 more volunteer firefighters. And they’re hoping to tap into the female and visible minority demographic.
Our community – in fact all communities – owe a lot to those who volunteer as firefighters. If there is a fire and we call 911, we want firefighters to arrive at our doorstep, and arrive there fast.
And it is not only fire scenes that we depend on the fire department for, but also at accident scenes, for Hazmat issues, etc.
On the other side of these emergency calls are people who are leaving their homes in the middle of the day, and sometimes in the middle of the night, leaving their workplaces and leaving their families. They rush to an unknown scene to protect others from injury and to try and save property.
While it is their goal to keep us safe, they need to be kept safe too. Obviously the more firefighters at a scene the better.
We know it takes a large commitment to be a volunteer firefighter – actually, to volunteer for anything.
If you’ve ever thought about being a firefighter – and maybe even if you haven’t – why not check out this week’s Aug. 6 open house and recruitment session at the Yarmouth Fire Department.
Goodness knows we appreciate it when the fire department shows up.
We’re sure they’d appreciate it if others do the same.