FEBRUARY 10, 1997

 The Edwards Agency

Opinion

Duvall volunteers in the 'hot zone'

volunteer firefighters Recently, there have been many articles written about the demise of the volunteer firefighter in neighboring fire districts. Duvall-KCFPD #45 is one of the finest fire departments around and one of the reasons is the high degree of training, experience, and dedication of our volunteers. Our volunteers are here to stay, and if you join, you will be in the "hot zone" right next to career firefighters.
   Being a volunteer firefighter is not for everyone. It requires a high degree of dedication, and a significant expenditure of time to become one and to maintain training. There are missed dinners, missed parties, time away from your family. But the rewards are greater than you have ever experienced.
   There is no feeling in the world like doing CPR on someone who has died and seeing them eating pancakes at the annual pancake breakfast. There is fierce pride in knowing you have overcome almost insurmountable odds and saved the life of an accident victim long enough to allow the family to say goodbye.
   Becoming a volunteer firefighter will be one of the most important, and hardest, things you will ever do. If you think you can meet the challenge, if you think you have what it takes to become one of the elite, then call us.

Ted Ritter, Battalion Chief, KCFPD #45, Duvall