Volunteer firefighters were once the backbone of fire departments in communities throughout Western North Carolina. But officials are finding it increasingly difficult to get people to sign up for an unpaid job with an erratic schedule and hundreds of hours of required training. What steps are departments taking to fill this critical need?
The cause of the Nov. 10 fire remained unknown as of press time. According to a Facebook post by the West Buncombe Volunteer Fire Department, all of the county’s fire departments and personnel from neighboring counties were called to the scene.