By Tim Kowols
Fire department open houses often draw families to check out the station facilities and equipment, but it is proving just as much for the adults as it is for the kids. According to the National Volunteer Fire Council, nearly 70 percent of firefighters are volunteers, but it is becoming harder and harder to retain them. Numbers are on the way up in some areas nationwide, but the average age is climbing as well. Captain Bob Volpe is a member of both the Gibraltar Fire Department and Ephraim Fire Department and says the younger generation just is not signing up.
Volpe says open houses like Gibraltar Fire Department’s on Saturday are good for outreach.
Featuring demonstrations, displays, kids games, and refreshments, the Gibraltar Fire Department’s open house takes place at their Fish Creek station from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.