Searching for a Few Good People

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The state Firemen’s Association says there are fewer and fewer volunteer firefighters in West Virginia.

Members of the group, meeting this week in Vienna at the 75th Annual State Firefighters Convention, are trying to think of ways to recruit and retain volunteers.

And its president says younger people aren't interested in fighting fires as a career.

“They don't want to go through training; they spend 12 years in school, they don't want to go to school after that. They putting more on us as far as schools go. It's just harder to be a volunteer firefighter,” explains Tom Wolford, President of WV Firemen’s Association.

Gov. Wise, who spoke to the group Thursday morning, also has proposed incentives such as discount license plates and free passes for state park stays.

The convention ends Saturday with a parade of fire trucks from around the state.