FRANKLIN COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) - Franklin County has 13 volunteer fire departments. However, none of them receive any funding, other than the occasional grant.
"If we don't get grants, we're on our own," said East Franklin Volunteer Fire Department chief Rodney Alexander. "We have to do it our self. We have to have fundraisers in order to keep our fire departments going. We have some individuals that pay their fire fees on a yearly basis, but it's not everyone. So, it's tough."
Alexander said chicken dinners and fish fries are not cutting it anymore. He said there are a handful of departments in Franklin County that are fighting fires with equipment that is substandard.