January 23, 2008
At the sound of the alarm, the Stony Point Volunteer Fire Department is always ready to go out on the next call, but they can't continue to operate without volunteers.
Just as there is turnover in most jobs, the same is true for the fire department. This Sunday, they are looking for new recruits.
"Volunteers are absolutely critical to our ability to be able to answer calls," said Assistant Fire Chief Jack Mellott.
The fire department has 38 members; some are paid, but many are volunteers.
“As this community is very diverse, our volunteer base is likewise diverse. We have folks who are teachers, retired military, retired police officers, and we have folks enrolled in the University of Virginia,” said Mellott.
Many of these volunteers move on. That's why the fire department is hosting an open house to recruit new members.
Being a member doesn't always mean going out on calls and putting out fires. There are two types of membership. Fire core members help with non-operational tasks, like shopping, running errands and marketing while operational members go through extensive training and go out on calls.
Even if you don't have a lot of time to give, your services are still needed. The Stony Point Fire Department says they are very flexible and will work with most schedules.
If you are interested in becoming a member, the open house is on Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Stony Point Volunteer Fire Department. If you're unable to attend, a second open house is scheduled for Thursday, January 31st at 7 p.m. at the same location.
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