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Firefighters need help

| Sunday, Oct. 30, 2005

Last week was fire prevention week, and your paper ran an article about Pennsylvania being the third leading state for people setting fires. A lot of statistics and information from the state fire marshal's office in Harrisburg were quoted. The article was interesting to say the least.

But if you would like to do a service to the communities you serve, contact the same office and ask about two of the biggest problems facing the volunteer fire and ambulance services, namely lack of funds and the biggest problem, lack of new members.

If we don't soon do something to get new members, your fire service may not be there when you need it.

Local municipal dollars can only go so far. The fire service needs incentives to offer its members, and this must come from the state and federal government.

Dwindling membership in almost all volunteer fire stations, if left unchecked, will lead to one station covering much larger areas and this will increase response times.

You, the average citizen, can help. Get involved. Make a difference. Contact your state and federal lawmakers and express your concerns. You can also volunteer yourself.

Robert Stoebener, president of Highland Hose Co.
Tarentum

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