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Needed: Firefighters

By Gary Popp
Published in News on September 25, 2011 1:50 AM

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Volunteer firefighters Amanda Wilkinson and David Strickland share a laugh as they sit in front of one of their Belfast Volunteer Fire Department trucks in the Berkeley Mall parking lot Saturday. Being a volunteer firefighter means more than just responding to wrecks and house fires, it also means spending time in training and at various public outreach events like Saturday's Safe Kids Community Day.

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Randy Rogers, chief of Arrington Volunteer Fire Department, says he and other fire chiefs in Wayne County are all too familiar with the difficulties of finding enough volunteers to fill out the rosters.

A changing world and a weak economy are taking their toll on the county's volunteer fire departments as memberships continue to drop and funding becomes harder and harder to find, local chiefs say. Wayne County officials say there are...

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