Volunteer fire department calls for more help


August 31, 2023

Orin Pierson

New members of the Petersburg Volunteer Fire Department, Coby Holder (left) and William Hanahan, talk about why they volunteer at last Thursday's open house.

Petersburg Volunteer Fire Department is dangerously understaffed. Last week the department pushed to get the word out about how and why to join the volunteers. They screened a film at the movie theater titled "Odd Hours, No Pay, Cool Hat" and hosted an open house at the fire hall, where veteran volunteers and newcomers spoke about what motivates them to volunteer.

The recent fire disaster at the Catholic Church highlighted staffing issues. The firefighters who were on hand valiantly battled the blaze for long hours, and very little relief was available for those in the heat of it.

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