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Volunteer Fire Departments Struggling With Numbers

Rising Costs,?Declining Membership Hurting VFDs

July 13, 2014

MOUNDSVILLE — In the span of less than a year, two Marshall County volunteer fire departments closed their doors for good due to increasing insurance costs and a lack of interested volunteers....

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Jul-14-14 7:32 PM

the State puts some rigorous standards on VFD members that require dedicatoin of a lot of personal time for mandatory training. RESA tries to make it easier by having regional training schools, but it is still a burden. The standards discourage the hero types who want to drive fast with red lights and drink beer at festivals. Still each VFD has a faithful, semi pro center group that struggles to meet standards and answer calls. Those are the people that must stay or the VFD fails. There are people in some towns and rural areas who dedicate a whole life to providing fire service and you don't find that in the next generations. Sign of the times I suppose.

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