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Bell County Fire Department needs volunteers

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

BELL COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - The Bell County Volunteer Fire Department board wants to re-open two fire stations that closed almost three years ago, but they need firefighters to run it.

The Colmar and Brownies Creek fire stations remain closed in Bell County. Firefighters shut them down nearly three years ago during a funding dispute with the county, but now they want to re-open them. They do not have enough firefighters to staff them. They are asking for volunteers

"It takes a lot of good hearted people, I guess would be the best way to describe this as a volunteer because you're not getting self-gratitude, no pay, no reward out of it," said Bucky Shelby, Bell County Volunteer Fire Department PIO.

They need six to twelve volunteers for each department. Each of the volunteers must pass training courses before they can be firefighters and the stations can re-open.

Volunteer John McNab is telling people it is worth it to try.

"When we pull up on scene, the little bit of hope we can give them to save some of their property. Anything we can grab a hold of, something they can remember, is really worth it, more than a paid job. Just salvaging something that they can build their lives back on," said McNab.

Shelby says re-opening those fire stations will help the communities.

"It would definitely be good for those communities in those areas. It would cut down on our response time dramatically," Shelby said.

He says shorter response times would lead to cheaper insurance rates.

If they can get the volunteers, they hope to re-open the stations this summer.

Anyone who wants to volunteer can visit the fire department headquarters building off of US-119 by the Page School. They will also have applications at their booth at the Mountain Laurel Festival.

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