Racing fans packed State Park Speedway in Rib Mountain Saturday. It was the first day of the racing season and a chance for fans to remember racing icon, Dick Trickle.More >>
Racing fans packed State Park Speedway in Rib Mountain Saturday. It was the first day of the racing season and a chance for fans to remember racing icon, Dick Trickle. People at the track observed a moment of silence for Trickle. He died Thursday in an apparent suicide at the age of 71. Race organizers said the event brought in more than 1,500 fans to watch the season's opening race and to remember Trickle's successful career."More >>
Tom Heiser has been a volunteer firefighter in Grand Rapids
for 30 years.
"Fire departments go on Christmas Day. They go on holidays.
They go at 3 a.m.," said Heiser.
Fire officials said that might be why fewer young people are
becoming volunteer firefighters. According to the National Volunteer Fire
Council, the number of volunteer firefighters has dropped 18 percent since
Arpin is part of the trend.
"As a department, we're all getting older, and there are no
young people that are filling the bottom of our roster to replace us as we
retire," said Capt. Chad Godard of the Arpin Fire Department.
The Arpin Fire Department has 32 volunteers. That's 6 short
of a full roster. As a result, they need more help from other fire departments.
"We do our best to keep our community safe, but as in any
department, of course, a full roster would help," said Godard.
But not all Fire Departments are seeing a shortage. The
Grand Rapids Fire Chief Dan Bohn said he has a full roster of 55 volunteers.
"When we have a fire, it's hands on. You need a lot of
people there in a quick hurry," said Bohn.
Grand Rapids fire officials said they've seen some younger
people signing on to volunteer. Heiser said he thinks that's because the job is
worth all the hard work.
"It's just a good feeling when you have somebody walk up to
you and say, ‘Thank you, you know, for what you did,' because then you know you
made a mark in their life," said Heiser.
Fire officials say they're trying to promote interest in
firefighting to boost the number of younger volunteers.
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