As fire season ramps up, Calif. community loses its last volunteer FF

Without firefighters at Shasta Fire Station 56, the nearest help will have to come from three miles away

By Leila Merrill

SHASTA COUNTY, Calif. — The Shasta Fire District’s Station 56 has lost its last volunteer firefighter, Action News Now reported Monday.

The nearest Cal Fire station is about 3 miles away.

As fire season ramps up, Chris Koeper, general manager for Station 56, gave a statement to Action News Now.

"They did have some volunteer applicants but are waiting to learn more from the Local Agency Formation Commission," he said. "Then that commission will determine where the area will be county served moving forward."

The station’s last volunteer firefighter, Aida Kowalski, said she is concerned about the community’s safety.

"We do have a CAL FIRE station, and if they're busy, there is a chance there will be nobody there, and there is a chance that an engine could be coming from a lot further away," Kowalaski said.

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