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Local volunteer fire departments need more help

Letter to the Editor

Suppose you had a house fire tonight and no one came to help. November 22 a house burned on Clearcreek near Kooskia about 9 p.m. and the Ridge Runner Fire Dept. was paged. After two pages with no response, Kooskia Fire Department was called out for mutual aid. We responded with three personnel (all who answered the page) and two trucks. One of our trucks was first on scene followed shortly by a Ridge Runner truck and the second Kooskia truck. Two more pages brought more Ridge Runner people and equipment. The slow response didn’t matter in this case as the fire was well under way before it was noticed and reported, and the outcome would have been the same anyway.

The point here is all local volunteer fire departments need more help. We do the best we can with the people we have, but the time seems to be coming when no one will respond to someone’s fire. More property damage will result, and lives may even be lost for lack of volunteers. Just a few volunteers can’t be available 24/7. Please consider becoming a firefighter.

Young or old, male or female, you are needed. Training will be provided. Help your neighbors and yourself. Ask around and contact your local fire department.

Lucky Brandt

assistant chief,

Kooskia Fire Department



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