Ohio volunteer fire department struggling to recruit

The department received three applications from individuals interested in joining the program through a meet and greet event

The Marietta Times

MARIETTA, Ohio — Representatives from 12 area fire companies, the Ohio State Fire Academy and Ohio State Fire Marshal's Office were among those on hand Tuesday during the first-ever community meet and greet event for area firefighters.

The purpose of the meet-and-greet was two-fold, according to Marietta Fire Chief C.W. Durham who helped coordinate the event with Warren Township Fire Chief Mark Wile and John Burdette, director of Washington State Community College's new Center for Public Safety Training.

"The numbers are down for volunteer firefighters locally, so this is kind of a recruitment event for area departments, but it's also a way for the community college to let potential students know about the firefighter training that starts this year," Durham said.

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