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Urgent need for volunteers at Poseyville Fire Department

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POSEY CO., IN (WFIE) -

There's an urgent need for volunteers at the Poseyville Fire Department. 

The chief tells us membership is at the lowest point in the 10 years he's been on the force. 

When a barn recently caught fire overnight near Griffin, Poseyville firefighters were there.

"Night time is our prime time," says Poseyville Fire Department Chief Chris Neaveill.

You see, the Poseyville Fire Department, like many in the area is made up of volunteer firefighters, and most of them have 9 to 5 o'clock jobs.

"Help comes. It's the day like today, where if that fire would have come out at 10 or 12 this afternoon, this could have been a very different run," says Neaveill.

At full staff, the department should have 24 firefighters.

Right now they have 12, and only about 6 are able to make it out on most runs.

They're doing the best they can.

Neaveill says that means, "A lot more on our department, a little longer response times, little more work with us. Possibly injuries and definitely the use of mutual aide."

So far, they haven't missed any runs but the possibility makes firefighter Jordan Klostermann cringe.

"There's a couple where it was tight. I didn't know if we were going to be able to get away from work to make the run," says Klostermann.

"It's not a horrible problem right now, it could be worse. But it's definitely on the trend of being a major problem. We need volunteers. If you think you would like to volunteer, definitely get with us. We will show you anything you need to know," says Neaveill.

The fire chief says he doesn't want to let taxpayers down.

"The people pay taxes around Robb Township for fire protection, for us at times to be low on manpower, it hurts me as a fire chief because we got to give that pay where it's due," he says.

Volunteers have to be 18 or over and live in Robb Township.

Basic training lasts about 3 months.

If you are interested, call the Fire Department at (812) 874-2713.

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