Volunteer shortage leading to struggling fire departments nationwide

Published: Mar. 7, 2023 at 4:22 PM PST

SLOCOMB, Ala. (WTVY) – Imagine calling the fire department, and nobody answers the phone, leaving your home to be caught in a blaze.

While many fire departments are currently active, it is mainly because people are willing to volunteer their time.

According to the United States Fire Administration, 78% of fire departments in the state of Alabama are completely volunteer-based.

In Slocomb, there are a few paid positions at the fire station, but most are serving for free.