Decline in volunteers impacts rural emergency services

From the Telegraph:

Statistics from the Nebraska Emergency Medical Services Board indicate the sustainability and reliability of rural ambulance services related to the decline in volunteerism is the No. 1 issue for small fire departments.

“We’ve had a couple of calls in the past three or four years that have been pretty traumatic on our volunteers,” Falcon said. “We do a lot of debriefing when we have a fatality, but we’ve still lost a couple of volunteers due to those calls.”

In smaller communities, fire departments are all volunteer, including the chief, Falcon said.

“It’s tougher to get new volunteers because it takes so much time and effort with everybody’s busy life,” he said.

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