LAUDERDALE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – They are often times the first on the scene of an emergency situation, but volunteer fire departments across the Shoals are having an emergency of their own right now.
As the number of calls go up, the number of volunteers responding is going down.
United in their message, volunteer fire department officials from Colbert and Lauderdale counties stand as one.
Their message is simple, they are in dire need of new members at all 28 volunteer fire departments in the Shoals.
“We have departments across the county that have as few as 12 volunteers on their roster,” explained Lauderdale County Association of Volunteer Fire Departments President Adam McCanless.
Right now around 600 volunteers service both counties, but McCanless said that number is not near high enough when you take into account most volunteers have full time jobs or other commitments that have to come first.
Kelly Aday, President of the Colbert County Association of Volunteer Fire Fighters sees the need for volunteers on a daily basis, “Especially during the day time when most of the people are at work, most of our volunteers are working, it makes it difficult for some departments to have one or two that are available.”
And both men stated not all volunteers have to fight fires, they can simply help with maintenance or before office duties.
No matter what position you fill with a fire department, they said all volunteers play a large role in the safety of their community.
To apply for a volunteer role in Lauderdale County call Adam McCanless at (256)810-6785.
In Colbert County perspective volunteers can call Kelly Aday at (256)710-1901.