A Nationwide Shift of Services Rendered
By John Holstein, Chief, Danville Volunteer Fire Department (WV)

Over the course of the past twenty odd years or so, the volunteer fire service has gradually shifted focus from the standard “fire department”, toward a more proactive roll in the community. Not only have volunteer fire departments become more active in their respective communities, they’ve also taken on new assignments and responsibilities. Within the volunteer fire service, it is common knowledge that our service is very dynamic. From day to day, we never know what service we’ll be asked to provide. This article was written from the perspective of a Chief Officer in a local volunteer department. However, many of the situations, scenarios and financial matters can be seen at many departments all over the State of West Virginia and the Nation.

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