We must take a stand for volunteers – our essential workers – to ease financial burdens
The public and elected officials need to better understand the impact of inflation and rising gas prices on volunteer firefighters
Every firefighter is feeling the effects of inflation, especially from gasoline prices, as we go to and from our home and the fire station where we work and train. But while I work for a paid department, many of our volunteer firefighters are facing considerable pains at the pump to fill their personal vehicles, plus pinches from the rising costs of myriad other products and services.
BY THE NUMBERS
According to the NFPA report, there are approximately 1.1 million firefighters in the United States, and volunteers make up approximately 70% of the fire service, though this group has seen a decline in numbers over the years. Read More…