East Texas volunteer fire departments need volunteers

By Holley Nees - bio | email

ANGELINA COUNTY, TX (KTRE) – East Texas volunteer fire departments are missing volunteers.

Firefighters say they don't just need people willing to battle the blaze, they also need volunteers to drive and maintain trucks, fill out paperwork, and fundraise.

Assistant Chief of the Fuller Springs Volunteer Fire Department, Bobby Cranford, said if they had more help, they would have a better chance at saving more property when they are called to fires.

"If you've got a real busy fire season, people notice you a lot and they think well, we'll go help," explained Cranford.  "If you start getting not a lot going on and it's kind of quiet, people kind of drift off and they don't come around anymore.  But, unfortunately, you never know when it's going to get busy and then by the time you're through being busy, it's too late for the help."

He said if you're interested in getting involved with your local volunteer fire department, contact your county's fire dispatch.

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