Looking to add a few to crew

Fire and Ambulance District seeks to fill its volunteer ranks


May 11, 2022

Benny Westcott

Volunteer firefighter Virgil Kropf accepts a donation during the Sweet Home Volunteer Firefighter Association's annual Sportsman's Holiday Fireworks Fundraiser on Wednesday, May 4.

The Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance District has a shortage of volunteer firefighters.

"Historically, our numbers have been up to 60 volunteers on the roster, and we currently have 30," Recruitment and Retention Officer Ryan Paul said, reporting a steady decline over the past five years.

Lower numbers, however, aren't just a local problem.

"It's definitely not unique to Sweet Home," he said. "It's kind of across the board everywhere. People's work schedules are different. People are commuting, so that takes a lot of time out of their day, and then they come home and have their family at home...

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