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Local VFDs in need of volunteers

Volunteer firefighters at the scene of a house fire last week

From the March 1, 2017 issue of The Journal
By Richard Harris
   Volunteer fire departments in Marion County are dealing with a serious shortage of volunteers.
   Representatives of several of the VFDs that responded to last Thursday's home fire say they are really struggling to provide service to the community, because their numbers have fallen dramatically. While it did not effectively change the outcome of the latest home fire, they are concerned that may not always be the case.
   According to firefighters on the scene, the Brown Springs VFD is "basically inactive" due to not having volunteers able to respond to calls. Meanwhile, the Buena Vista VFD is ... The rest of the story.