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SHFAD looking to find new ways to boost volunteer numbers


May 29, 2019

SHFAD VOLUNTEERS collect donations for the annual Sportsman's Holiday fireworks show during a "Fill the Boot" fundraiser at A&W on May 6.

The Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance District needs volunteer firefighters and more.

"Not only in our community, but every community across the nation, there is a decrease in volunteer firefighters," said Volunteer Association Vice President Josh Marvin. The peak in volunteering for firefighters was in 1999, while the low point was 2011.

"Virtually every community with 10,000 or less population is served by volunteers. That hits them the hardest."

The shortage means fewer people are available when the fire departments need them, Marvin said.

"Every large incident, volunteers are needed," sa...

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