New county fire stations spark need for volunteers
by GREG KAYLOR Banner Staff Writer
Jan 20, 2013 | 969 views | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print
WHEN ALL IS DONE, this will be one of the new firehalls for Bradley County Fire-Rescue. This one is located on Georgetown Road near Volunteer Energy Cooperative. Banner photo, GREG KAYLOR
WHEN ALL IS DONE, this will be one of the new firehalls for Bradley County Fire-Rescue. This one is located on Georgetown Road near Volunteer Energy Cooperative. Banner photo, GREG KAYLOR
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Bradley County interim Fire Chief Troy Spence has noticed a need for an expanding department.

With new fire stations being completed this year, a growing need for volunteers has come into focus.

“BCFR is recruiting for volunteers who want to aid in their community and other areas of Bradley County as well,” said Spence.

A growing population and a growing department has been a catalyst for a recruitment drive.

According to earlier reports in the Banner this week, 15 volunteers have signed up for a variety of training for services which have been performed for years.

Spence said the technical and fire sciences sides of public protection are both in need of volunteers who can learn these techniques and capably put them to use.

“Rescue operations such as swift water, dive, collapse, urban search and rescue, high-angle rescue and many others are in need of people who care and want to donate their time and effort,” Spence said.

“On the fire side of the business, we will need engineers, firefighters, drivers and others to help. In all at this point, we will have 13 firehalls which will be working and manned with 69 paid firefighters. Volunteers can work alongside of them,” he added.

Many of the volunteers have currently been revamping the main fire station downtown.

Walls have been moved, expanding areas and making them more friendly to the ever-expanding station.

Spence said as stations are completed, equipment is being delivered and readied for service.

“We will have ‘soft openings’ of the stations, and firefighters and trucks will be seen in and around the communities where the stations are located. Right now, we need people who want to help their community,” Spence said.

According to Spence, a good example is BCFR aided Polk County in a mutual-aid boating accident, covering West Polk Fire and Rescue calls for fire and accident and maintaining Bradley County for any fire or rescue operation.

“This is routine for Bradley County Fire. We do this often and volunteers are a benefit,” Spence said.

Applications for prospective volunteers are available at any of the Bradley County Fire Stations or at the main station located on Inman Street.

For additional information, contact BCFR at 728-7311.