Pennsylvania Takes Steps To Ease Volunteer Firefighter Crisis

As Pennsylvania’s volunteer firefighters dwindle, lawmakers hope to reverse the trend.

States nationwide struggle to recruit and retain volunteers, while simultaneously investing time and money into training required to keep up with stringent regulations.

According to the U.S. Fire Administration, volunteers account for 96.8 percent of firefighters in Pennsylvania – the third highest percentage in the country. The national average is 70.2 percent.

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