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Alabama’s Volunteer Fire Departments Not Alone in Recruiting Struggles

They’re often the first ones on the scene of major emergencies, but their numbers appear to be dwindling. Volunteer firefighters help communities in ways both obvious — fighting fires—  and overlooked — improving communities’ home insurance rates through ISO ratings. …

Delaware Senate Bill Would Fund Volunteer Ambulance Services

The state Senate is set to vote on one of a series of bills aimed at providing more money to politically powerful volunteer fire companies who say their ambulance services are losing money. The bill to be voted on Thursday …

Trusted Choice Grants Support Texas Volunteer Fire Departments

The Texas State Fire Marshal’s Office announced that Texas independent insurance agents, who operate in their communities under the Trusted Choice brand, have created a grant program for volunteer fire departments (unsupported by tax revenues) to award at least six …

Funds Withheld for 5 West Virginia Fire Departments

Kanawha County, West Virginia,  officials are refusing to give taxpayer funds to five volunteer fire departments that haven’t shared their financial statements with the County Commission. The commission voted last year to check financial data before releasing county funds to …

Eastern Kentucky Fire Departments Struggle to Find Volunteers

Fire departments in eastern Kentucky are struggling to find enough volunteers. Pike County Emergency Management Director Doug Tackett told the Appalachian News-Express that volunteer departments are finding different ways to compensate for the lack of firefighters, but the problem is …

Tennessee Fire Departments Lacking in Volunteers

While calls to volunteer fire departments are on the rise, the ranks of these volunteers are dwindling in Middle Tennessee and officials hope a younger generation will step up to the service. Volunteer fire departments account for about 80 percent …

West Virginia Backs Workers’ Compensation for Volunteer Firefighters

West Virginia lawmakers appear willing to help the state’s volunteer fire departments with their workers’ compensation expenses. The House and Senate exchanged bills this week that would dedicate insurance policy surcharge revenues toward these costs. The volunteer departments are bracing …

West Virginia Volunteer Fire Departments Seek Funding

West Virginia’s volunteer fire departments are turning to state lawmakers for help with insurance and recruitment. A bipartisan House bill introduced this week would tap liquor revenues to provide $5 million a year for these volunteer departments. Most West Virginia …