If you have ever lived in a rural area or a town far from metropolitan centres, you know everyone must rely on volunteer firefighters, those brave men and women of varying ages.
Even if you’re a city mouse, you should be thankful for the volunteer firefighters who: douse out-of-control campfires and yard fires; battle barn and brush fires that threaten crops and feed animals; put out forests fires that ravage the trees responsible for cleaning our air; and rescue people, pets and treasured belongings from house and vehicle fires.
Volunteer firefighters risk life and limb to save others’ lives. While the volunteers may not have the same modern equipment as full-time, professional firefighters, these women and men are dedicated, well trained and always ready to respond to a call.
These individuals also serve as first responders in situations other than fires, work out to stay fit enough for the role, wear heavy and warm gear, give generously of their time, lead community fundraisers, marshal parades, help with disaster relief efforts, raise awareness about fire prevention, and participate in local fairs.
If you spot a volunteer fire crew heading out to a fire scene, do yield the right of way, and if you ever meet volunteer firefighters, be sure to thank them for being