MARCH 10, 1997

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Opinion

The meaning of community

volunteer firefighters Because of our fast-growing community, the Duvall King County Fire Department is in desperate need for you to think about how you can become a better "Duvall Community Member." Now is the perfect opportunity for you to give some of your time back to your community and make the commitment to help your fellow neighbors at the same time.
   Probably most of you assume that if you were to call 911 for a firefighter or someone to help in an emergency medical situation, someone would respond. That can only happen if people like you have volunteered to share in the responsibility of serving our community. Without the volunteers, it would be impossible to give our community the fire protection and medical care that is needed.
   At the present time, we have a fire chief, a deputy chief, and four full-time paid firefighters that are on duty for any emergencies from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. All other hours are covered by the qualified volunteers.
   Because our tax base is comprised mostly of residential areas, our fire district cannot afford more full-time paid firefighters and must rely heavily upon its volunteers. If you would like more information about how you can become more involved in our community and become a volunteer firefighter, please call the Duvall King County Fire District 45 at 788-1625.

Bruce Smith, volunteer firefighter (10 years)