Fire departments have always helped each other out. Firefighting began as a voluntary call to action. But since this system was established, much has changed in the communities where we live. That’s a factor in a scarcity of fire fighters, volunteer or paid. Shutesbury, Mass., Fire Chief Walter Tibbetts, also the head of the Franklin County Fire Chiefs Association, says among the barriers stopping men and women from signing on for the job is an overall lack of community involvement, especially in rural towns.
You can learn more about the firefighter situation in this article from Richie Neal at The Greenfield Recorder.