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  • Gov. Markell honors state’s volunteer firefighters

  • In the midst of National Volunteer Week Gov. Jack Markell took a moment to pay tribute to Delaware’s volunteer firefighters. Markell signed a proclamation deeming Tuesday Volunteer Firefighter Day.
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  • In the midst of National Volunteer Week Gov. Jack Markell took a moment to pay tribute to Delaware’s volunteer firefighters. Markell signed a proclamation deeming Tuesday Volunteer Firefighter Day.
    “Every eight minutes a Delaware volunteer fire company is responding to an emergency and is willing to go out at any time, in any weather condition and put their lives on the line for the public they serve.”
    There are currently 60 fire companies in the state which operate 81 fire stations. Over 6,000 volunteers man those stations, according to Markell.
     The Governor’s tribute presentation was just one of several events planned for volunteer firefighters at Legislative Hall on Tuesday. They were given the chance to meet with their local legislators, visit the house and senate chambers and sit down with the governor to discuss their work. The day that volunteer firefighters spent at Legislative Hall kicked off the Delaware Volunteer Firefighters Make a Difference Campaign, which is aimed at recruiting new members, according to Earle Dempsey, program manager for the statewide recruitment and retention program with Delaware Volunteer Firefighters Association.
    “We want to bring awareness to the need for volunteers, especially young volunteers,” Dempsey said. “The volunteer fire service is struggling with the same challenges other industries are having, we have an aging work force in our country. We’re faced with the same thing. In Delaware it’s ever important that we don’t let volunteerism die out. The state survives with first responders and EMS if that volunteerism goes away and we’re not able to sustain it for years to come it will hit all of us in our pocket books when it comes to taxes.”
     
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