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Firefighter numbers dwindling at Fort Washakie department

Mar 15, 2017 Hyle Miller, Fort Washakie

Editor:

A community served by a volunteer fire department determines the level of fire protection through its support of the department and its members.

Recently there were two tragic fires int he fort Washakie area. No apparatus or personnel from the Fort Washakie Fire Department responded to either of these incidents. Fortunately, there were no lives lost, but both homes were destroyed.

The firefighters of the Fort Washakie Department love their community and are well trained. The problem is, there are too few of them. They have tried various recruitment efforts, yet their roster has dwindled to a handful of volunteers.

The Fremont County fire Protection District has plans to build a larger, more-modern fire station in the Fort Washakie area. It has invested many thousands of dollars in apparatus and equipment.

This will not help the people of the area if there are not enough responding firemen to safely operate the apparatus and equipment.

If you live in the Fort Washakie area, the Fort Washakie Fire Department desperately needs your help.

For more information, please contact any Fort Washakie firefighter. To find out more about becoming a volunteer firefighter, or to voice your concerns about the current situation, please call Craig Haslam, Fremont County Fire Protection District Chief, at 857-3030.

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