Growing up in the small town of Wrenshall, I am very aware of how important our volunteer fire fighters and EMS crews are. Most people, especially in the bigger cities pick up the phone to dial 911 and expect help to arrive. Small town folk do too, but we know that we may see a friend, relative or a neighbor lending a hand to help fight a fire or save a life.
According to WDIO.com the rural fire departments in our area are experiencing a shortage of volunteers. Actually, they have volunteers, but only a few can be really be counted on to show up when needed. Then, additional volunteer departments need to be called in and that leaves their township without a crew. What can be done to solve this growing problem? Is it possible that volunteer fire dep