GREENVILLE, Ky. (WFIE) - The Greenville Fire Department is accepting applications for volunteer firefighters.
Officials say they are looking for more assistance due to an increase in calls.
“We’re relying on other volunteers from other departments to come out and assist us because we don’t have volunteers,” Greenville fire public information officer Logan Franklin said. “It’s not just a shortage here, it’s a shortage all across everywhere.”
Jackets and helmets hang with less bodies to fill them, Franklin says it could be fear of coronavirus risks or they’re just tired.
He said they responded to over a thousand calls last year.
“It’s just draining,” Franklin said. “Especially for that low number of guys that are here, we can only do so much.”
Franklin says they have added EMS calls to what they respond to, which is normally just a job for an ambulance.
Despite it all, one volunteer says the work is worth it.
“The opportunities you get, the life experiences, the training, the things you can use in your every day life anyway here at the fire department is the most valuable part of being here,” volunteer Jakob Smith said.
Smith said the best part of it all is helping out the community he grew up in.
Greenville fire is also looking for new members for their junior firefighter program for ages 15-18.
They say that program gives training and knowledge in fire service as well as everyday life skills.
For those interested, officials say give them a call or stop by the station for more details.