For many volunteer fire departments having enough firefighters is a big challenge. But Washington State Community College hopes to change that.
Firefighters from Wood and Washington Counties gathered Tuesday evening, at Washington State Community College for the first ever fire fighter meet and greet.
It was an opportunity for the community to learn more about firefighting.
There was a jaws of life demonstration, as well as a window escape simulation.
Valley fire departments are raising awareness and hoping to recruit volunteer fire fighters.
Organizers say they wanted to give insight into the duties required. They say there are a total of two paid departments in Washington and Wood counties, so the need for volunteers is great.
"All the other fire companies in both counties rely on volunteers to meet the service calls that they have. So without volunteers they are not able meet those service calls and membership is off a little bit, so this is all about creating an interest in becoming a volunteer fire fighter. Getting the numbers up, getting staffing where it needs to be on both sides of the river if we are able to help with Wood County as well," said Washington State Community College, Director of Public Safety Training, John Burdette.
Representatives from the State Fire Academy and State Fire Marshal's Office were there and are part of this whole effort.
The fire training program is a new program at Washington State Community College.