There was a time when finding volunteers to serve in the community fire department was not a problem, but that is no longer the case.
Shown are members of the Seaford Volunteer Department. The department is looking for volunteers to serve as firefighters, EMT, and in administration. Submitted photo
The Seaford Volunteer Fire Department, like other area fire departments and community service organizations, is in need of volunteers to help serve its community.
“As the dynamic of the community changes, we’re having a hard time drawing community members to the fire department,” said Seaford Fire Chief Jack Wilson.
The department is looking for citizens who live within the Seaford Fire District to serve as volunteer firefighters, Emergency Medical Technicians, or as administrative members. While larger fire companies are able to pay firefighters and EMT, smaller companies rely heavily on community members to volunteer.
“The basis of our fire department was built on volunteers,” Wilson said.
Volunteers are eligible for a state of Delaware Volunteer pension and receive free training. Volunteering with the fire department also allows citizens the opportunity to give back to their community.
There also may be job opportunities in the area. The fire department provides education, experience, and training for free.
Wilson said the need for volunteers at fire departments is statewide, regional, and national. “Every community has it. It’s cultures and differences and trying to bring them together,” he added.
While many organizations have a need for volunteers due to family and work obligations, the consequences for not having enough volunteers at a fire department are more dire.
Not having enough volunteers to fire spots can mean longer response times and create unforgiving circumstances which can put firefighters and citizens in danger.
According to Wilson, the Seaford Fire Department has become very busy responding to emergencies in the city and helping out neighboring fire departments. It is the second busiest department in Sussex County.
Potential volunteers are asked to visit seaford87.com, call 629-3112, visit the Seaford Volunteer Fire Department on Facebook, or stop by the fire house, located at 302 East King Street. “Come out and talk to us, ask questions,” said Wilson.