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Volunteering at fire company can change your life

Prince Spells had been traveling outside the country as an artist and freelance photographer for ten years before the COVID-19 pandemic brought him back to his hometown. Back in Elkins Park, Spells found his second home in January of 2022 at LaMott Fire Company. “When I got home, I felt like I wanted to connect more with the community, and …

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Valentine’s Day Sparks Fly for Three Local Couples, All Montco Firefighters

Article via MontgoToday By Dan Weckerly Published: 5:26 am EST February 9, 2023Updated: 7:13 am EST February 9, 2023 Husband-and-wife firefighters in Montgomery County cherish the opportunity to volunteer alongside one another. In celebration of Valentine’s Day, the Montgomery County Fire Chiefs Association happily recognized these coupled Montco firefighters. Tyler and Gina Walters-Miles Tyler Miles and Gina Walters-Miles began volunteering at Limerick Fire Department as …

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MontCo Fire Chiefs Association seeking volunteers for 2023

Article via GlensideLocal The Montgomery County Fire Chiefs Association is actively seeking volunteers to help around the firehouse, respond to a variety of calls, or provide general assistance to first responders. The County’s 89 fire companies are searching for administrative members, junior firefighters, fire police and EMTs in 2023. From a recent press release on behalf of the Association: Prince …

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Montgomery County volunteer fire department seeking young recruits to help address statewide shortage

Story Via Fox29 The number of volunteer firefighters in Pennsylvania’s third-most populated county continues to fall, leaving first responders hopeful for new recruits. Chief Kevin McDevitt of the Norrriton Volunteer Fire Department in Montgomery County says the decline in volunteers has been happening for 10 years and is exacerbated by growing populations. “We need more people to cover the calls …

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FEMA grant awarded to Montgomery County fire companies amid volunteer shortage

The $686,000 grant will go toward increased recruitment efforts Article via KYWNewsradio PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) —Volunteer fire companies in Montgomery County are celebrating a $686,000 grant from The Federal Emergency Management Agency. The four-year grant will benefit more than 80 fire companies in the county. Its overarching goal is to increase on-site volunteers because there is currently a shortage. “We hope with this campaign …

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Bolstering the Brave: Four-Year Grant Funds a Countywide Effort to Increase Volunteer Firefighter Numbers

Montgomery County is currently experiencing a dire shortage of volunteer firefighters. At a recent press event, Montgomery County Fire Chief’s Association George Wilmot cited the data that illustrate the problem. “The number of volunteer firefighters in Pennsylvania has shrunk from 300,000 in the 1970s to 38,000 in 2018,” he explained. He said that the falloff is particularly dire in Montgomery …