The Bulloch County Fire Department is actively recruiting volunteer firefighters. Candidates will be provided with quality training that could lead to a career. The next volunteer firefighter training classes begin in February, said Bulloch County Fire Chief Christophe Ivey.
“We started noticing a decline in volunteer firefighters a few years ago nationwide as well as locally,” he said. “The job takes dedication – there lot of training.” Also, keeping up with mandated training and drills can be challenging, so being a volunteer firefighter takes dedication, he said. Some reasons the number of volunteer firefighters are declining include job and family demands.
Volunteer firefighters in Bulloch County receive $20 a call, and $20 per drill to cover costs and gasoline, Ivey said. The real reward for a volunteer is knowing he or she is helping the county save lives and property without a burden to the taxpayer, he said.
“The volunteer firefighter program is a great thing in that it saves taxpayers money,” he said. But with declining volunteer numbers, “We may have to start a career fire department,” which would be financially challenging.
The Bulloch County Fire Department currently has about 70 volunteer firefighters covering 14 districts, he said.
Those interested can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org for an application. For answers to questions for Bulloch County Fire Chief Christopher Ivey, call (912) 489-1661.
Holli Deal Saxon may be reached at (912) 489-9414.