GLASSBORO- With responding to over 700 calls a year including, motor vehicle accidents, alarm systems, and fires, it is surprising to hear that the Glassboro Fire Department is struggling to find volunteers. Though the department has had long standing reliable members for the past 116 years, from 2010 to 2012 those numbers have decreased.
In recent research from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) it is estimated that 30 % of firefighters are career firefighters and 70 % are in fact volunteers. This being said, it is crucial that the amount of the volunteers increase in order to have sustainability in the department. NFPA also states that departments with more volunteers then that of career firemen, then they are responsible for the protection of at least 25,000 people in the county.
When talking Susan M. a local resident in Glassboro, she states her concern about this growing issue..
“Something needs to be done soon, locals here do not need the extra worry that if in fact a fire was to happen to their home, that every hand in the fire department was there to help. We do not need unwanted casualties because of something so silly like this.”
Another resident (who wished to remain anonymous) had a different take on this issue,
“Although it is a shame that the fire department is looking for volunteers, as long as there are enough to protect us , I don’t really see a problem.If the numbers decrease so bad to the point were other fire departments need to step in , then I have a problem with it.”
Unfortunately,the glassboro fire department was unable to comment on the issue particularly. However, one former volunteer firefighter was able to put his input in on the issue,
” Though I am not positive how desperate the fire department is for volunteers, I’m sure they will be able to handle whatever problems that may occur with this issue entirely. I have complete faith in the chief. and the other firefighters.”
Whatever the issue maybe, it is clear that glassboro is a becoming a fast growing community. It is with the help of not only the EMT,police, and fire departments but that of their volunteers as well. Without them, more causalities could be possible in the near future.
If you would like to become a volunteer firefighter please visit our website: http://www.glassborofiredept.com/joinus.htm