By Tim Kowols
Jared Baudhuin and three of his Southern Door High School classmates are a part of a trend more volunteer fire departments hope to see. Volunteer fire departments across the country have seen their stable of firefighters get older as they try to recruit new members. According to the National Fire Protection Association, over half of volunteer firefighters are above the age of 40. Baudhuin, 18, says he joined the Brussels-Union-Gardner Fire Department because of the great feeling he gets serving the community.
Baudhuin will serve on the department until he goes off to school this fall, but plans on being on call when he is back home for holiday breaks. Gibraltar Area School District and Southern Door School District offer joint programs with their respective volunteer fire departments to take their usual course load but also learn what it takes to be a firefighter.